Wise Words Quilt – Free Pattern

Posted by on Nov 7, 2017 in Blog, Quilts, Tutorials, Words of Wisdom | No Comments

When I received yardage of Words of Wisdom, I was faced with the question of “What kind of quilt would you make if you were going to use the whole Words of Wisdom panel print”?


Words of Wisdom Panel Print

I chose to highlight each saying in the panel by framing it with coordinating prints from the collection.

Rather than placing the coordinating prints randomly around the sayings which might make it confusing to look at, organizing them in a particular layout creates a secondary pattern that helps move the eye diagonally across the quilt.

While I used the fabric as-is for this project, you could certainly personalize it by embellishing the individual sayings prior to making the quilt. A bit of embroidery, anyone?

This is an easy sewing project with everything based on squares, rectangles and half-square triangles and at 58″ x 68″ it sews up as a lovely throw or lap quilt. Placed in a living room, it provides positive vibes for all to feed off of.

You can find the fabric here & the free quilt instructions right here. Enjoy!

{ Happy Sewing } Embroidered Wallhanging

Here’s a tutorial for this sweet little wallhanging that you can fully personalize with embroidery.

I love the quiet process of hand embroidery. I learned how as a child from my Mom and still enjoy it today, though I have narrowed down all those stitches I learned early on to a few favourites I use on high repeat now. This project focuses on 4 favourites: The French Knot, Satin Stitch, Back Stitch and Chain Stitch.

One of the main things I enjoy the most about hand embroidery is that one can be as detailed and colourful as desired. Using the Words of Wisdom panel print for this project is great in this respect as you could pick and choose which elements to fill in or outline, or you could go all-out and fill in every last detail. That’s the beauty. It’s all up to you to make it your own! I chose to leave a fair bit unstitched as I felt it gave a clean, modern feel to the finished work and leaves places for the eye to rest.

I opted to use the prints from the Words of Wisdom fabric collection as my colour jumping-off point. The blue was already the ground in the panel (the panel print comes with either a white ground or a soft-blue one), so I focused on corals, yellows, greens and pinks as my pallet.

THE TUTORIAL

What I Used:

– A saying of your choice from the Words of Wisdom Panel, cut to 8 1/2″ x 10 1/2″.
– Embroidery floss in your choice of colours (I used 6 colours of DMC embroidery floss)
– Embroidery needle
– Embroidery hoop (approx. 5″ – 6″ diameter)
– 2 coordinating fat eighths fabrics from the Words of Wisdom collection
– Backing fabric (8 1/2″ x 17″)
– Sewing thread
– 2 pieces wooden dowel (3/8″ diameter x 9″)
– A 24″ length of yarn for hanging

What I Did:

The first step is the most fun… the embroidery. Here are the 4 stitches I used:

The French Knot: This can be used as individual small dots, or clustered for greater impact and to fill shapes.


Knot end of thread & pull thread up through fabric. Close to needle, twist loose thread twice around needle.


Put needle tip back through fabric at the same spot the needle came up. Pull thread taught around needle.


Carefully pull needle & thread through to the back of the fabric making sure to not upset the knot forming on top.


Pull thread taught at back. 1 french knot done!


Pull the needle back through to front of fabric wherever you’d like to create more. When finished, knot thread at back of fabric & cut.

Satin Stitch: Used to fill in a shape with uniform stitches that sit side by side, giving a smooth, satiny look and feel.


Knot end of thread & pull thread up through fabric. Insert needle point at the opposite side of the shape you are filling in (HINT: do not make stitches too long. Stitches much longer than 1/4″ can easily get caught on things & cause your fabric to buckle). Pull the thread through to the back (not too tightly).


Pull needle back up through fabric to the front, right beside where you started your 1st stitch. Stitch back to the back of fabric, following the contour of your shape.


Continue in this fashion, keeping stitches snug against each other and carefully following the outline of the shape you are filling. When finished, knot thread at back of fabric & cut.

Back Stitch: For creating straight or curved lines of stitching. Can also be used to trace fine lettering or outline shapes.


Knot end of thread & pull thread up through fabric. Insert needle point back through fabric about an eighth inch along the line you are creating.


Pull thread through to back and bring needle back up through fabric another eighth inch along the line. Insert needle point back through fabric at the point the last stitch ended (in essence, going backward).


Repeat the last step, again starting an eighth inch along the line and going back down through fabric at the point the last stitch ended.


Continue in this fashion to finish line. When finished, knot thread at back of fabric & cut.

Chain Stitch: Creates a wider, open line of stitching, or can be used to create individual leaves or petals.


Knot end of thread & pull thread up through fabric. Insert needle point back through fabric right beside where it came up, then re-insert point back through to top of fabric about an eighth inch away.


While the needle is in this position, make sure the loose thread runs underneath the needle.


Pull the needle and thread through (not too tightly), creating a loop. If creating a single chain (like for a small leaf) skip the next step.


Repeat this process, first inserting the needle point through to back right beside where the thread emerges from the fabric, then bringing the needle point back up to the front of the fabric about an eighth inch along the line you are creating, running loose thread under needle tip. Continue in this fashion along the line you are creating.


To end your chain, put your needle through to the back immediately on the other side of the loop created, just beyond where the thread comes up.


Pull the thread through to the back, securing the last chain in place. When finished, knot thread at back of fabric & cut.

Assembling the Wallhanging:

Refer to this diagram for the following instructions:

– Cut one of the coordinating fabrics to 2 pieces (1″ x 10 1/2″)
– Cut the other piece to 2 pieces (3 1/2″ x 10 1/2″)
– With 1/4″ seams and right sides together, sew together the pieces in the following order to make one long 10 1/2″ wide piece: One piece 3 1/2″ x 10 1/2″, one piece 1″ x 10 1/2″, the embroidered panel, the 2nd 1″ x 10 1/2″ piece, the 2nd 3 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ piece. Press seams toward the narrowest pieces.
– Right sides together, sew assembled piece to backing fabric along 2 long sides.
– Turn right-side-out. Press.
– Fold top and bottom ends under to the back 1 3/4″. Pin in place. From the front, topstitch in the ditch between the 1 1/2″ strip of fabric and the 3 1/2″ of fabric on both ends, thus securing the ends and creating a channel on both ends.
– Insert dowel in both ends.
– Double the yarn and attach to both ends of the top dowel to hang.

All done!

Words of Wisdom

Posted by on Oct 16, 2017 in Blog, Fabric Collections, Words of Wisdom | 4 Comments

My second fabric collection this year, Words of Wisdom has started shipping to stores!

Words of Wisdom is a positive little collection centred around a panel print of words, phrases and quotes to inspire us, give us guidance and get us back on track. It offers all kinds of imaginative possibilities for thoughtful gift giving and brightening our own days.


Words of Wisdom Panel

The panel, available in white or soft blue, is a full yard of fabric and consists of 15 images, each 8″ x 10″. I chose some of my very favourite pages from my Words of Wisdom colouring book for this print so that all you creative sewists could work your magic bringing them to life through embroidery and embellishment, fabric painting or colouring, thread painting or creative piecing.


Say Yes to New Adventures, Enjoy the Little Things & Dream it, Believe it, Do it.

And then there are just 3 sweet co-ordinates, but in the prettiest rainbow of harmonious colours.

Stores can get more information on the collection directly from Michael Miller Fabrics.

I will be back shortly with more on the embroidered wall hanging at the top of the post and a fun quilt project that uses the whole panel print and the co-ordinates too. Hope you’ll join me!

A FROLIC Aurifil Thread Kit

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017 in Aurifil, Blog, Fabric Collections, Frolic | 4 Comments

This is an exciting project I had the pleasure of collaborating on this Spring. A FROLIC thread collection with Aurifil. How cool is that!?

Twelve large spools of gorgeous 50wt. Egyptian cotton threads housed in their own collectors’ box.

I chose the colours based on the saturated hues of the fabric collection’s grounds, including 2 white spools, and added a light blue variegated spool as a little something special.

So if you’re looking for that perfect colour blue thread to topstitch your daughter’s Maggie Jean dress, look no further.

While the colours are specific to the Frolic collection, they were also chosen as standards for all you sewers who love working with lots of colour (cause I know there are all kinds of rainbow lovers out there).

If you ‘d like a box, be sure to ask your local fabric store to bring them in with the fabric collection.

And, as a little hint of what’s coming up, the threads have been doing double duty in my sewing room lately as they may just work really well with a certain fabric collection of mine (that of course, I can’t show you pictures of yet) that’s soon to be shown to stores and will be coming your way in the Fall.

A Couple More Frolic Quilts

A couple weeks ago I shared the first 2 of 4 quilts I made with FROLIC for Quilt Market. Today it’s time for the other two.

As FROLIC is a pretty young, playful, bold collection, I wanted to create a quilt that worked along the same lines. My mind went to children’s sorting games where colour, shape and counting play a principal role. The Building Blocks Quilt is what resulted.

5 different blocks for 5 colour groupings. Squares turned on point for orange, half-square triangles for green, equilateral triangles in blue, petals in pink and circles for the multicoloured print, Mini Bargello. Arranging the blocks in groupings of varying numbers results in a bold, playful quilt… Just what I was going for. With all that colour, a white ground keeps things from getting too intense.

You can find a complete list of fabrics used & the free downloadable instructions here.

Beyond the last 2 quilts I shared and the 1 above, I was asked to do a larger, really eye-catching quilt for one wall of the Michael Miller Market booth, so I chose to go full on with colour in this Over the Mountain Quilt.

Simple equilateral triangles arranged in an inverted V formation according to colour makes for a striking quilt top.

I paired each print I was using with a solid Cotton Couture partner, keeping the lighter of the 2 for the triangle in each block. This formation makes for some fun fussy cutting where some FROLIC critters can be highlighted.

Lots of luscious colour!

Find the list of fabrics used and the full instructions here.

{ Happy Sewing } My First Attempt at Sewing Knits

Posted by on Jun 28, 2017 in { Happy Sewing }, Blog, Fabric Collections, Frolic | 2 Comments

A quick post to show you my first tiny tentative efforts at sewing with knit fabric (I used FROLIC Big Love in Candy). For all you uninitiated soles out there, it was surprisingly simple & painless & oh-so-rewarding!

I made these teeny-tiny baby leggings using this tutorial, a baby headband using this one, and a baby bonnet based on this one. All really easy and a good introduction to the serger for me.

Happy Wednesday!
Tamara

A FROLIC Knit Dress by Craftstorming

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in Blog, Fabric Collections, Frolic | No Comments

To round out the FROLIC Blog Tour (I have a few more things to share that I have created, but this is the last post from other wonderful makers out there), Laura of Craftstorming sewed this adorable Waterfall Raglan dress and co-ordinating hat for her cute daughter.

Laura used FROLIC Knits, choosing Frolicking in both the Royal and Sky colour ways.

Head on over to Laura’s post to see oodles of cute pictures and read about her experience sewing with these happy knits.

Thanks for your lovely addition to the blog tour, Laura. I hope your little one gets lots of wear out of her new dress.

Endless Summer Quilt by Agnes Wong

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in Blog, Fabric Collections, Frolic, Quilts | 2 Comments

My good friend, occasional running buddy and fellow Montreal Modern Quilt Guild member, Agnes Wong has made a fun Frolic quilt.

This is a first for her on many fronts:
– Her 1st medallion quilt.
– Her 1st hourglass block quilt.
– Her 1st quilt without grey in it (I tend to think of her quilts as lovely jewel-toned works that certainly do a have a smokey undertone to them).
She also says this is a 1st for her exercising design control, but I always admire the control in her quilts, so I’m not sure about that one.

Agnes used this tutorial for her blocks, starting with 6 1/2″ squares of fabric.

She opted to work with the full range of blues and pinks from FROLIC with just a hint of the fresh green.

At 52″ square, this would make a fabulous summer picnic blanket, wouldn’t it?
Thanks for playing along with Frolic, Agnes and enjoy your happy non-grey quilt!

A Fun Frolic Project by Gingercake

Posted by on Jun 8, 2017 in Blog, Fabric Collections, Frolic | One Comment

Virginia of Gingercake has created something fun and unexpected with FROLIC… A beanbag chair!

With a unique shape so it takes on a different character depending on which way it is turned, her daughters now have either a reading or a napping spot.

Virginia chose to work with the sweet hedgehogs of Summer Portrait with On the Wind in Raspberry, Big Love in Candy and Tresse in Lime and 2 coordinating solids she had on hand.

Head on over to her blog to see more photos, find out which pattern she used and get tips on construction and filling.

Thank you, Virginia for your cheery contribution to the FROLIC blog tour and for showing that FROLIC isn’t just for quilts and pretty dresses.

FROLIC Dresses by Thread Riding Hood

Posted by on Jun 6, 2017 in Blog, Fabric Collections, Frolic | One Comment

Sherri of Thread Riding Hood always knows just what to sew to please her girls and to show off fabric patterns beautifully. She has hit a home run again this time with these lovely dresses.

While a few weeks ago she shared a FROLIC Knit project, this time around she used the woven cottons to make these pretty Sally Dresses for her girls.

The light, airy and oh-so-soft fabrics are just perfect for summer dresses and the prints Sherri and her girls chose for the dresses play along that easy, breezy theme beautifully too. The blue dress uses On the Air in Blue with pockets and bodice insert of Maggie Jean in Sky, while the white dress uses On the Air in Spring with accents of Big Love in Candy.

There are lots more sweet pictures on Sherri’s blog, Thread Riding Hood right over here.
Thank you again Sherri for your creativity. I hope your girls get many, many days of happy summer wear out of their new dresses.