“Piece and Quilt with Precuts” – Kites

I am so excited to be taking part in the “Piece and Quilt with Precuts” blog hop with Christa Watson of ChristaQuilts.  Piece and Quilt with Precuts is Christa’s third book published by Martingale.  Its an amazing quilting book with such easy to do quilt projects, especially if you are a beginner quilter.  It has step by step instructions on piecing and quilting many beautiful quilts.  I made the Kites quilt featured in the book.  

Kites

Piecing the Quilt top

I decided to make a baby play mat using the Kite quilt pattern as it would double up as great gifts for a couple of great nieces/nephews on the way.  My quilt size is 33″ x 47″.  My fabric selection is simple, I am using the lovely dinosaur novelty print fabric and matching the solids to the print.  For the background fabric I have used plain white fabric to bring a balance to the bright colours used for the other blocks. Having said that, white brings out the freshness in a quilt so I often love using it for my background.  I have used fabrics from my stash to show that you can make your own precuts if you don’t have ready access to them and you can still end up making all the lovely quilts featured in Christa’s book.

See my pictorial display of how I made my quilt:
My fabric selection
 Cutting strips from the fabric
 Cutting out the required templates to make up your Kite block

 Quilting 

I quilted the first ‘Kite’ quilt allover using the ‘Wavy Grid’ design (refer to Page 26) with the walking foot.  I marked 2 inch points at the bottom, middle, top and sides of the quilt to give me a guidance to stitch the Wavy line from edge to edge.  With the second ‘Kite’ quilt I used the ‘Wavy Grid’ and the ‘Modern ZigZag’s” quilt designs (refer to Page 32), within the ‘Kite’ block.   I started out by using the walking foot but I found it too challenging as I was working within a small space so I switched to using Free Motion Quilting (FMQ) to complete this quilt.

See the quilting images below:

Giveaway

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To receive a free e-copy of Piece and Quilt with Precuts:
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Buying the Book

You can purchase Piece and Quilt with Precuts  directly from ChristaQuilts; from Martingale Publishers; or from Amazon.

 To see the parade of all the lovely quilts don’t forget to visit  ChristaQuilts website.  There are some gorgeous quilts on display as well as lots of giveaways on each of the blog sites so don’t miss out.

To access Christa Watson’s beginner quilt class on Craftsy please click on my affiliate link: “The Quilters Path – Plan It, Quilt It, Stitch It“.

 

Applique Tutorial

I am currently working on a quilt “Season’s of Canberra”.  The quilt has a sizeable portion of Applique work and this is a real challenge for me! the reason is that although I do love the look of Applique I really do not have the temperament to do lovely delicate Applique.  However, with this pattern it was necessary to achieve the look I am going for, and as a quilt artist never say never to a challenge right!

In this post I am demonstrating an alternative way of preparing your shapes for Applique for a quilt:

Materials:

  • Applique template
  • Fabric
  • non-iron interfacing

Steps:

  1. Cut out your Applique shape from your fabric and non-iron interfacing as seen in image 1.
  2. Sew it up placing the non-iron interfacing on the right side of the fabric and sew a quarter inch seam around the shape as seen on image 2.
  3. Trim excess fabric around the shape and snip to ensure smooth curves.  Snip the centre of the non-iron interfacing making sure that you snip just right.  If you snip right to the end then you will not get the tightness in the seams when you turn over as seen in image 3.
  4. Turn over and pull out the edges to retain the shape of your Applique as seen in image 4.
  5. Iron your Applique shape as seen in image 5.
  6. Your applique shape is ready to use as seen in image 6.
  7. You can attach your shape to your quilt by hand or by machine.

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Inspiration using Design Seeds Colour Palatte

Playing around with the Design Seeds Colour Palatte using the Graphic app on my iPad.  The designs will then be drawn in EQ 7 to make quilt templates.

 

 

Sewing the ‘Emerald Bag’

Presenting the ‘Emerald Bag’ featured in the Australian Handmade Magazine, Vol 36 No 2.   This bag was designed as a summer carry all or a bag you can take with you on a shopping expedition or to the beach.  The pattern and instructions for making this bag is available in the Australian Handmade Magazine, Vol 36 No 2.  This post can be used in tandem with the instructions in the magazine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sewing the body of the bag

  1. Cut out Template A from the main fabric, lining fabric and the soft and stable.
  2. Cut out Template B from your contrasting fabric.
  3. Layout Template B onto Template A (main fabric) and top stitch to a-fix to the main fabric.
  4. Then prepare your piece for quilting by laying the soft and stable cut out using Template A and the main fabric (with Template B sewn onto it) and pin it together or if preferred baste it with a cotton thread.
  5. Then quilt your main piece as shown in the picture below.
  6. The body of the bag is now ready.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sewing the sides of the bag 

  1. Sew the sides of the quilted piece and the lining of the bag as shown in the picture below.
  2. Then prepare the base of the bag by bringing the corners together, ensuring that the seam of your quilt piece and lining are in the centre.  Do this for the quilted and the lining pieces (separately).
  3. Turn the quilted piece inside out, it should look like the third picture below.  Leave the lining piece as it is.
  4. Iron to flatten the seams.

 

 

 

 

Sewing the Bag Handles, Button Loop and Bias

  1. Insert your lining in the bag and pin together.
  2. Prepare your bag handles, loop and bias referring to instructions in the magazine.
  3. Place the bag handles, button loop to the top of the bag as shown in the picture.
  4. Once bag handles and button loop is secure, finish off by sewing a bias around the top of the bag.

 

 

 

 

 

Your Emerald Bag is ready to Enjoy!

Please don’t forget to send me finished pictures of your bag as I’d love to see it and also share on my facebook page: no3quiltstudio.

Using embroidery techniques in my quilts

I often use embroidery to enhance my quilts.  I like using both machine and hand embroidery techniques.  See some of my quilts where I have used embroidery to enhance the design of the quilt:

Machine Embroidery

In my Rose Blush quilt I wanted to experiment with the use of machine embroidery with quilt blocks.  The block I used was the foundation quilt block using fabric shades of pink this gave the finished block a rose like look, therefore To enhance that I chose to embroider the block centre by Using the Husqvarna machine embroidery design, which I felt really added to the overall quilt.

 

Hand Embroidery

I love using hand embroidery to enhance my quilts.  The quilt shown below is made of  a ready print Alphabet fabric panel.  It was made for a little baby so I felt that by adding these random hand embroidered stars gave a lovely homely feel to the design.  I simply drew the stars onto my finished quilt with textile pencil and embroidered the stars with a thick cotton thread by using even back stitches (a tutorial on this will follow).

In the Xmas Joy and the pink/green ABC Quilt quilts made for the Australian Patchwork & Quilting magazine, again I used Hand Embroidery to enhance the quilts.

I chose to embroider circles on the Xmas Joy quilt to give a feeling of snow fall. Again I used the same technique as in the ABC quilt above.

in the pink/green ABC quilt I have hand embroidered an up/down pattern in the borders with even tacking stitches (I will expand on how I drew the lines in the border) and hand quilted around the Alphabet letters with tiny tacking stitches.


 

 

 

The Making of “Joy of Flowers”

“Joy of Flowers” was created for an online quilt competition organised by Husqvarna India.  To see my entry “Joy of Flowers” click on this link: My entry.

I must give credit to my beautiful son for coming up with the creative concept based on a photo taken by my husband in Floriade, Canberra.  The photo was of a bed of tulips against the lovely clear blue sunny Australian Sky.

This would be my first true art quilt and and also first quilt that I actually completed all on my own, right up to the quilting.  I have been observing art quilts for years and have read on it and also taken a class on how to create these.  The most common method used to produce art quilts is by raw edged applique.  However, for me that seemed incomplete and also at that time I was not too good with my Free Motion Quilting (FMQ) so would not have been able to successfully quilt over the raw edges, so I decided to use the traditional piecing method.  Once I decided on my course of action I then set to work on the execution of this concept.

I started by doing a sketch of the design using a paper and colour pencils and worked out all the measurements and colours I was going to use.  Later on when my quilt got accepted by the Australian Patchwork & Quilting (AP&Q), I created the whole design on EQ 7, by tracing the image and working on custom blocks.  This was my first original design created on EQ 7.

 
 
 
 
The colour palette used for the quilts was to give authenticity to the colours in the photo.  The tulips were a classic Red and Yellow/Orange and leafy Green colour was used for the leaves.  The colour of the sky reflected the blueness of a spring sky so I chose a myriad of blues from smoky blue to sky blue and the fabrics used near the sun were a range of sunny yellows.  The grass colours were to give an illusion of green grass on garden bed of brown soil.
 
 The quilting was done by using the walking foot method and that was actually my first time that I confidently quilted an entire quilt on my own.  I chose to finish off the quilt by using a facing rather than a binding at the edge.  I often use this method when I want the viewer of the quilts to focus more on the quilt design.
 
 This quilt was then accepted by the AP&Q magazine as its cover quilt in July 2016 and recently in March 2017, in a readers competition the AP&Q cover chosen as the most liked was the one with “Joy of Flowers” on it.
 
 Please have a look at the photo gallery on how the quilt was made.
 
 
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Lesson 3 – Quilting and finishing your quilt

Lesson 2 – Joining Blocks – Adding a border to your quilt top and preparing your quilt for quilting

So now you are ready to finish your quilt top, that’s great news.  You should give yourselves a big pat on the back.  In part 2 I showed you how to add a border and prepare your quilt for quilting.  This is how the quilt top would look like once you have pinned it ready for quilting.
Step 1:  Planning – Before you sit down to quilt you need to have a plan on what you want design you want to quilt and the method you want to use for quilting.  The three methods I know are hand quilting, free motion quilting and quilting whilst using the walking foot.  I won’t be able to go into great detail for each method, for that I will ask you to do your own research on the net.
Step 2:  Drawing your design on paper – As shown below draw your quilt top on a piece of paper and decide what you want to do.  I am choosing a maze design on each of the blocks we have made, however in the middle where the butterfly is I will be using the free motion quilting method and then I will finish off with straight lines on the border.


Step 3:  Draw your design on your quilt block – as shown below

 


Step 4:  Attach your walking foot to your machine and get ready to start quilting.

 

I will first start by stitching in the ditch.  That is securing my quilt by stitching along the seam lines. When doing this make sure that you continue to flatten your quilt piece and ensuring the backing fabric is absolutely flat too.

 

Tip:  Please note that you don’t have to quilt in one go, you can stop and start.  However, if you do decide to stop make sure that you neatly finish off the thread as shown below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 5:  This is how your quilt will look once quilted.  Once you have completed quilting cut off the excess fabric and neaten the edges.  Make sure you have secured all your loose thread ends and your quilt is ready for binding and labeling.

 

Step 6:  Binding your quiltFor binding your quilt please have a look at this amazing you tube video to learn how to bind your quilt.

Step 6:  Labeling your quilt

Once you have finished binding your quilt you may want to label your quilt.  After all you have put considerable effort in making it.  I have included a link on how to make your quilt label.

and there you go you have successfully made your own sampler quilt.

Course completed

Note for course participants: all the course material produced for this course is the property of No 3 Quilt Studio. Please ensure that this material is not distributed without my permission.

Lesson 2 – Adding a border to your quilt top and preparing your quilt for quilting

Lesson 1-Joining Blocks

You would have by now joined up your blocks made from your Building Blocks tutorials.  The next step in this process is to add borders to your quilt top to finish it off.  For the Amethyst quilt I have chosen a plain border which is about 2 inches wide.

Step 1:

Cut your fabric in strips of 2 inches, sufficient enough to go all around your quilt top edges.  You can do this by calculating the length and the width of your quilt top this way you ensure that while you are sewing you don’t get a distorted quilt top.

Step 2:

Pin your border strips to one of the edges of your quilt tops and start to sew.  You will notice that the first strip I have sewn is edge to edge.  Once sewn cut off any excess fabric as shown in picture 3.

 

Step 3:

Continue sewing around all your quilt top edges until you sewn your border around all your quilt top.

Step 4:

Flatten the border seams for a neat finish, then measure your quilt top to ensure that the quilt width and length are even from top to bottom.

Step 5:

Now getting your quilt top ready for quilting.  You will need fabric for backing and wadding of your choice.  Since this is a sampler quilt I am going to use a polyester wadding, however if you were making a bed quilt I strongly recommend a natural fibre wadding (such as wool or cotton) as it would be fire resistant.

Note: for your backing fabric you can use one piece of fabric or use your left over fabrics to create a lovely backing for your quilts.  That decision I will leave up to you.  I am using a plain grey fabric with a grey star print fabric for my backing to make my sampler quilt interesting.

 

Step 6:

Note:  When cutting your backing fabric and wadding make sure you cut them a little bit bigger than your quilt top to allow for movement when quilting.

Lay out your backing fabric, then your wadding and then smooth your quilt top over these layers of backing and wadding.

Step 7:

With your quilting pins/or large safety pins start pining your quilt layers together right throughout the quilt.

Step 8:

One you have pinned your quilt its ready to be quilted.

Now last lesson quilting and finishing your quilt – see Part 3


Note for course participants: all the course material produced for this course is the property of No 3 Quilt Studio. Please ensure that this material is not distributed without my permission.

Lesson 1 – Preparing Your Quilt Top

Congratulations to all the online course participants.  You have made your first sampler quilt.  

There will be three parts to finishing your quilt:

  • Preparing your quilt top;
  • Adding a border to your quilt top and preparing your quilt for quilting; and
  • Quilting and finishing your quilt. 

Lesson 1- Preparing your quilt top:

 

In preparation to joining your blocks you will have to first make sure that all your blocks are even sized.  If you will see the picture below you will notice that my bottom block is a little bigger than my top block.  If that is the case with yours, please trim those extra bits off but make sure that you are not cutting too much into the block.

After adjusting all your blocks this is what they should look like, all evenly sized.

Once all the blocks are adjusted layout your blocks according to your layout as shown in the image below.

Start sewing the bottom row first, then the middle row, then the topmost row.

Please remember my mantra, flatten your seams with an iron.  That gives a neater finish.

Now you will have blocks stitched in three rows.  So again join the bottom row to the middle row by stitching it together.  Once done flatten the seams with an iron.  Then stitch the remaining top row to the joined bottom rows and again flatten the seams with an iron.

Once you have joined the rows together you have your quilt top ready.

Now to add a border to your quilt top – See Lesson 2


Note for course participants: all the course material produced for this course is the property of No 3 Quilt Studio. Please ensure that this material is not distributed without my permission.