Fabric Fusion

My friend Jeri shared a quilt she’d sewn from the pattern Fabric Fusion. She used primitive colors with muslin. I kept thinking about it and since I had some bright scraps…

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I tried a few blocks with a light grey sash (second row). Not too good, the grey blended right in with the other fabrics. So I tried it with white, but then I had one row of grey and one of white sash. Did not want another random what-am-I-supposed-to-do-with-this UFO. Hey, why not continue the graduation to charcoal?

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That was fun. I’ve been sewing a lot lately. Cutting out kits to take to retreat and a sew day coming up soon with friends but then I want to sew them up. Oh well. It’s nice to have the time to do so…and the fabric to do it with!

How to Canvas a Quilt

First cut  2.5″ strip (long enough to go all the way around) and begin sewing it to quilt edge with end folded as shown  below. The wood I used for the frame is 1″ x 2″ furring strips. Thicker wood would obviously need a wider strip.

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Sew to .25″ (or whatever your seam allowance is) of the corner…

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and turn…

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Yes the corner will be funky, try not to sew any pleats into it. Here it is done.

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A close up of the corner. Don’t clip it as it will be pulled taut around a wooden corner and we don’t want it to rip.

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Turn it inside out…

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And pull evenly around a frame that you’ve made to fit. Build frame according to finished size of quilt (not including strips) and you will pull the quilt top ever so slightly around frame edge so as not to see strips from the front. I used tacks  but someone mentioned staples which sounds easier on the thumbs for sure. Voila!

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This piece is much smaller than the last one, about 6″ x 17″. Usually there is (in my mind) a specific right side up to a piece but not with this one. I like it any way, horizontal, vertical, dark up or down. Colors are silk and grey to white is Kona.

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See ya.

two tops

First top is inspired completely by b perrino. Love her work. She did one of these in orange and white. I added blue and grey but think I like her version better. Am quilting this one today, lots of vertical lines. Quick since its baby size.

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Have been searching for the perfect Kona orange and so have a short stack of oranges for no particular reason.  Paired it with some blue and white. Love how it turned out. Initially was only using white but didn’t have enough to make it rectangular and so added grey and am glad I did!

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I sewed one more top that day but haven’t photographed it yet. Fun day of sewing. Tell me, isn’t it weird how much more you can tell that the blue is blue next to the grey as opposed to the white?

Quilt Canvased

Finally finished this piece for my studio wall. Took a lot of time with this one due to all the thinking. Wasn’t willing to finish it until I figured it all out. I wanted it to hang well, solidly like a painting would. A sleeve on the back wouldn’t be good enough. So I decided on a frame to wrap the quilt around like a canvas. It was super easy, much easier than all my procrastinating warranted.

The back…

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I used furring strips ($1.27 at Lowe’s)  that easily allowed tacks to be pushed in. I know that’s not the proper use of L brackets but use what you have right? And they served the purpose. It’s a solid but lightweight frame. I think it was a 2.5″ strip of dark grey that I sewed around the quilt edge to wrap around the 62″ x 24″ wood frame.

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Love, love how it turned out. One of those things where I wished I’d have tried it sooner.

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This last one shows a corner.

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I will definitely be doing this again, even on smaller pieces. It looks so good!

a bird fish purse

I found this cute lil’ coin purse and pinned it. Looked simple enough, so I gave it a try.

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First I chose fabrics to go with the zipper I had.

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The first try (yes, it took more than once) didn’t pass muster. Beak and wing were fine but that zipper placement was not right, uneven and bumpy. Also it wasn’t big enough, I wanted to be able to take out coins with more than two fingers.

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This next time I used a heavy interfacing to help keep the shape. Worked much better but to me, tell me if you see it, it kinda looks like a fish. So I guess I now have a Birdfish coin purse. And the $24 this gal charges on Etsy…doesn’t pay her enough for her time, that’s for sure.

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I’ve had this metal closure for a few years and finally pulled it out. Couldn’t decide between linen or Kaffe’, so, I went with both. Still needs a chain but it won’t get one with me. I wasn’t happy at all with the way it attaches to the closure. The first attempt I used regular thread but the holes in the metal had sharp edges and cut the thread after only a few stitches. The only thicker thread available was a black upholstery thread. Whatever, it’s done. Sometimes what I learn when I try something new is that I don’t want to do that again.

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Have you ever heard of someone selling every thing they own and completely redoing their home in a totally different style? I saw this a long time ago and just came across it again. From antique to modern…in 2 weeks!

 

Last Post

of the year.

I hope your Christmas was wonderful and this New Year the best one yet for us all!

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This is a piece I’m working on for a wall in my studio. Haven’t felt like working on it and I guess really haven’t had time due to all the Christmas quilts. So while making a list of projects (3 lists- sewing, quilts and clothes) I noticed I’d kept this book, wanting to try a particular block before returning the book back to its owner. Only had it for months now.

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So here’s the block, maybe you can understand why I put it off. More work than I’m used to for one block. Cotton and silk. The pattern is from a Japanese book which I was going to take a photo of but forgot and don’t remember the name. Sheesh, sorry. Maybe if Sabrina reads this she can put the name in the comments, see I didn’t even give the book back to its owner but to another friend.

Now I’m thinking there needs to be at least 2 other circular blocks, this can’t be the only one in the quilt. Maybe a simple wagon wheel and mini Dresden. We’ll see.

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See you next in the Year of our Lord 2013.

Merry Christmas

My studio quilt is done. the binding finished.

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There was no particular plan for the design. Lime green, various grays and white. Flannel backing. Wind quilting. In progress…

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and final close ups…

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All quilts are finished, as of today, for Christmas. They are wrapped and ready.

Work tomorrow and Friday and then all that’s left is the baking.

A very Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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