A Quilty Kind of Girl

March 26, 2010

Easter Mini Quilt Along – Day Four

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Yay! It’s time to stitch down our applique! Now I did promise you I would return with instructions on how to blanket stitch your applique. All I’m going to say about THAT is…. don’t ask. k? 🙂 It turns out, that straight stitching around all of our appliques shapes is going to be just as AWESOME! (and much much easier!)

So first of all, put your regular presser foot on your sewing machine. If you have a clear applique foot, that is your best option. You should not use the quarter inch foot, as the guide will rub on your shapes, and irritate you by lifting the shapes off the fabric. Not good. Now, choose threads that will go with your letters, eggs, and bunny. I used a chocolate brown to match Mr.Bunny, and variegated reddish pink for the rest. Here are a few little tips:
1) Sew very slowly. You want your stitches to stay on the applique, not fall off the edge. The shapes are small and there are lots of curves. When you need to turn or pivot the fabric, leave the needle down in the fabric, lift the presser foot, and turn the fabric just enough to make the next stitch. You may feel as though you are crawling. It’s ok! It will be worth it. 🙂
2) When I begin stitching, I do not snip the threads. After each shape, I flip the quilt and pull the top thread to the back side and tie a note with the bobbin thread. This prevents the applique stitches from falling out later.
3) Put a new needle in your machine before beginning. It’s nice to have a good sharp needle to penetrate the extra layer of fusible web between the fabrics.

I think you are all set to go… so here are some pictures….

Hoppy Easter!

The Easter Mini Quilt, all ready for applique stitching! YAY!

Stitching the bunny applique.

When stitching applique, I always start with my needle down. Since he is so small, I will only take one stitch at a time. As the shape curves, leave your needle down in the fabric, lift your presser foot and turn your fabric slightly to keep the stitching line inside the applique.

Applique Eggs

Now I have changed to a variegated thread and will stitch the eggs in the way I did the bunny.

The eggs finished.

Here's a look at the eggs with the top stitching finished.

Letters appliqued.

The letters were done the same way as the other appliques.

The stitching on Mr. Bunny.

Look at his cutie little tail!

So as always, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to send me an email : bradie at quiltcetera dot com , or leave a comment, and I’ll get back to ASAP! Have pics to share yet? Come and join the flickr group!
I can’t wait to see what you’ve made! I’ll be trying hard to quilt mine this weekend, but we’ll see how that works out. It’s going to be busy around her, but that’s pretty typical for a family of ten! Enjoy your weekend my quilty friends!

And just for fun, here are some pics of the babes….

Checking out sissies raisins.

Hmmmmm. I wonder if I could snag her raisins too?

Taking a peek at big bro's raisins.

Hey. I think he has more than me!

The pout.

Don't they know I'm the BABY?!

Quilty Hugs,
Bradie

March 24, 2010

Easter Mini Quilt Along – Day Three – Bunny Time!

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Here we go with Day Three! I am so thrilled to be feeling a little better, and I am back in action Baby! So last night, I got busy with the remaining applique and the second set of shapes is now ready for download. Follow the instructions from Day Two for today’s bunny and eggs. I chose chocolate brown for my bunny so he didn’t blend in with the other colors. He really does look yummy enough to eat! Now onto the goods….

Background fabric for applique.

Cut your white backgorund fabric to measure 8.5 inches X 16.5 inches.

Easter Mini Quilt Applique Shapes

Download your shapes for the applique bunny and eggs. Trace them onto the fusible and cut them apart leaving a quarter inch around each one.

Applique shapes on wrong side of fabric.

Choose the fabrics for your bunny and eggs. Press the fusible pieces onto the wrong side of the fabrics. Cut out each of your shapes.

Applique pieces laid out on background fabric.

Now you can remove the paper from the back of your applique pieces. Play around with the layout until you like the way it looks, or lay it out like mine. Remember to stay away from the edge, you will need a quarter inch seam around the outside. Once you like the layout, press them in place onto the background fabric. Remember to hold iron for 3-4 seconds ONLY.

Four patches sewn together.

Sew 4 of the four patches together in a single row. You need four rows.

Borders laid out around mini quilt.

First attach the top and bottom border, and press the seams outward. Next attach the two side borders, also pressing outwards.

How do you like it so far? From this point on, all we have left is the top stitching! How exciting is that?! Tomorrow, I will show you how I do the blanket stitch around the applique. From there, your quilt can be quilted and bound. If you keep working on it each day, you will certainly have it finished in time for Easter!
Now I want to see ALL of your photos up on flickr. I have started an Easter Mini Quilt Along group and I would love for you to join us! There are already a few members, and Sue has already added her photos too! So join us…. don’t miss out on all these cutie little quilts.

March 23, 2010

Tutorial Tuesday – Machine Applique – Part One and Day two of Easter Mini Quilt Along

So today’s post begins with some big fat excuses. First of all, I have a cold in my sinus area, that is making it a constant challenge to remain vertical. Second of all, my two oldest darling daughters are away on a school trip. That means that 98% of the chores in the house need to be reassigned. (Dear daughters, Mommy misses and appreciates you so much more than you will ever know!!) So now that is out of the way, I should tell you I did not get nearly as much done as I wanted to last night. But not to fear, I still have part one of the machine applique tutorial ready for you my quilty friends. So let’s get going k? 🙂

Hoppy Easter!

These are the letters we will be using for the applique. The letters have to be backwards because we will trace them onto fusible web then attch to the back of the fabrics.

Letters traced onto fusible web.

Place the fusible web on top of your letters and trace around the shapes. Leave about half an inch space around each letter.

The individual letters all cut away from each other.

Cut the letters apart from each other. Leave about quarter inch of paper around the outside of each one.

Experimenting with placement of letters.

Set your iron to the silk setting with no steam. While it heats, move the letters around to decide where you wnat them on the fabric. I made mine very flowery and colorful. Remember you are placing the fusible on the BACK of the fabric.

Letter attached to the fabric.

Once you've decided you like the letter orientation, press the fusible, paper side up, onto the fabric. Hold it for about 3-4 seconds then lift iron to see if it has attached. Do not hold the iron on for longer than that. If the glue overheats, it loses effectiveness.

Back side of letter after cutting out.

Cut out the letters including the centers where necessary. Leave the paper on the back for now.

A peek at the front of the letter.

Phew! Are you relieved? It's not backwards!

Applique letters after cutting out.

See how flowery and pretty they are? Carry on with this method until you have all the letters for Hoppy Easter.

Leftover scraps from charm squares.

Some of your scraps will still be usable. Toss them into your tash, or use for more letters.

This is where you can download the words for the Easter mini quilt. There is no need to reverse the letters or resize, they are ready to use. So your homework for today is to print out your letters, and trace them onto the fusible web. Press the letters onto the back of your fabrics, and then cut them all out. If you keep the paper on the back, it will protect the glue until we are ready to put these on the quilt. We still have a couple of applique designs to do, attach borders, and stitch down the applique shapes. Now don’t forget, if you have any questions, be sure to either leave a comment or email me. bradie at quiltcetera dot com.

I’ve also started an Easter Mini Quilt Along flickr group for everyone to add their photos. Be sure to join and share with us!

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Have you been blogging along with us? Don’t forget that blogging along can earn you a chance to win $200 in long arm quilting services, so make sure to join in! I will see you all tomorrow for Day 3 of The Easter Mini Quilt Along!

Quilty Hugs,
Bradie

March 22, 2010

Day One – The Easter Mini Quilt Along

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Welcome to Day One of The Easter Mini Quilt Along! Today we will stitch up 16 little four patches. These will make the border of your mini quilt. Here is a recap of the materials you need to make this little quilt:
about 30 charm squares. ( A charm square is a 5 x 5 inch square. You can use from your stash if you like)
a neutral background fabric, white or cream, 8.5 inches X 16.5 inches.
a bunny colored fabric, if you don’t want to use charm squares. My bunny is going to be chocolate brown. 🙂
about 3 strips, for binding. ( 2.25 inches X 44 inches)
(18 in X 26 in) pieces of batting and backing
Fusible web such as wonder under, misty fuse, steam a seam, or heat and bond.
Paper Scissors

16 charm squares

For the first step of this mini quilt, you will need an assortment of 16 squares. Choose different colors, prints, solids and scales. This looks better if the blocks have a good variety.

Marking center lines on back side of charm squares.

Mark a vertical line down the center of each charm square. The squares are each 5 inches, so the marking with be at 2.5 inches.

Marking center lines on back side of charm squares.

Mark a horizontal line across the center of each charm square. The squares are each 5 inches, so the marking with be at 2.5 inches.

Pairing up the charm sqaures.

Pair the five inch squares with a fabric that has contrast. You don't want any blending of prints.

Fabrics with out contrast.

These two fabrics have a different color background, but the print is so similar that they blend. AVOID this type of pairing.

Stitch your squares right sides together. First stitch a quarter inch to the left of one marking. Then turn patch around it stitch on the other side of the line using a quarter inch seam again.

Two sets of patches sewn together and cut apart on the marking line.

Once you have sewn along both sides of the marking, cut on the marking line to seperate the patches in two.

Peeking inside the patches to determine a solid.

The seams should be pressed towards the fabric which seems more like a solid. In this case, I pressed towrds the purple and the red.

Pairing the patches a second time.

Pair the patches again. Chose a mate that contrasts. Place a solid type fabric next to a print to avoid blending of colors and prints. Save the two other halves to pair with different patches.

Pinning the seams of the patches.

Pin the side seams to nest them together. You will stitch down the marking line again, crossing two fabrics this time. Stitch on both sides of the marking line, in the same way you did the first time.

Cutting the patches apart the second time.

Once you have sewn on both sides of the marking line, cut the patches apart for the second time.

The two 4 patches created.

This will yield two identical 4 patches.

The remaining charms, sewn in pairs.

Finish sewing the remaining charms together in pairs, cut them in half, and press open. Pair them each with a contrasting pair.

These four patches will create the border for your Easter Mini Quilt.

I laid the patches out to see how they would look as the border of my Easter Mini Quilt. We will sew them together in a later step, but isn't it fun to see how they will look? 🙂

If you need help with nesting seams, you can visit my tutorial on that very topic.

Tomorrow, we will do some applique letters. Now if you’ve never done applique, do not worry! I will show you how to do it step by step, and by machine! It is super duper easy. 😉

If you are planning to quilt along, please leave a comment! I’d love to hear about your progress. Now if you have any questions, you can ask in the comments section, or feel free to email me at Bradie at quiltcetera dot com.

Quilty Hugs,
Bradie

ps. Hop on over to see Vickie! She is having a giveaway!! and it’s moda Botany…. one of my FAVES!!

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