November 10, 2020

My Golden Rules for 'Piecing Tiny Pieces'

 If you know my patterns, you know many of them have small pieces.  

I say, 'Don't be Afraid!...You Can Do It!"

Quilt pattern above is called 'And So it Crows' can be found on Etsy

I've been teaching 'Piecing Tiny Pieces' for years and I'm here to share some thoughts with you.

1920's Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt block above...pdf classes available on Etsy

The document below was created in 2014 and if you have not seen it yet, I hope you find it helpful in strengthening your piecing skills. 
 
Print it out using the green print friendly button below.

If you would like to use the green 'print friendly' button, i recommend clicking on the Post Title first (so you only print the post you want...and not the entire blog).  
Once the print friendly option is open on your screen, the post can be printed in a number of pages.  You can select just the pages you wish to print.  Page numbers will be listed at the bottom of each page.  You'll want to select 'All' or 'Custom'.  
Only want to print one page?...click 'Custom' and select the desired page number... example:  only want to print page 3?  You'll want to enter 3-3.  Want to print pages 3-6?  The enter 3-6, etc..

Print Friendly and PDF

November 9, 2020

'Sharing the Harvest' PDF Pattern Available Now.

This is such a fun Fall pattern!  

Quilt measures 62" x 80" which makes a wonderful cover up ~~ Or folded at the end of a bed for that warm homey touch. 

Don't miss the video of Sharing the Harvest at the end!

All Fabrics used in the pattern are from Andover Fabrics.

Designer, Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket 
Linen Textures Collection
Rust and Milk Chocolate for the Pumpkins and Honeycomb for the star centers.  Each of these fabric colors are also used in the checkerboard border.  
Olive Branch Collection
Olive for stem and leaf
Signature Style Collection 
Dandelion for Background

Designer, Kathy Hall 
Trinkets Collection
Star Points, Checkerboard and Binding

Looking for a quick November finish?  Here is a smaller version using the stars and pumpkins to create a table runner or welcome banner.

You will need the 'Sharing the Harvest' pattern and it is available on Etsy.  Using the Pumpkin and Star block instructions in the pattern, below are the fabric requirements, and instructions for the inner border and checkerboard to make a 3 star wall runner or 2 star welcome banner.  Of course you can position the pumpkins either way to make a larger banner or smaller runner.  

3 Star 'Sharing the Harvest' Runner 14" x 51"

Background: 5/8 yard
Medium Pumpkin for Pumpkins and Checkerboard: 1/3 yard
Green for Stem/Leaf:  1/8 yard
Black for Star Points and Checkerboard and Binding: 1/2 yard
Gold Star Center and Checkerboard: 1/4 yard

Note:  One pumpkin stem is reversed in both the banner and runner.  Simply follow the pattern instructions reversing the layout of one stem.

Once the pumpkin and star blocks are sewn together, 
Cut (2) 1-1/2" x 9-1/2" background rectangles and sew to the bottom of each pumpkin.  Press towards the rectangle.  
Cut (2) 1" x 47-1/2" background rectangles and sew to each side.  Press towards the rectangle.  

Referring to the purchased pattern measurements and instructions, Cut 1 strip of pumpkin and gold and 2 strips of black to create an alternating checkerboard border.
Lay out the checkerboard according to the diagram above.  Sew the shorter sides first (under each pumpkin). You will need to cut and add in one pumpkin square to one end, and a gold square to the other end.  
Sew the longer checkerboard sides, adding in one black square to each side.

Cut 3-1/2 strips x width of fabric of black for binding. 

****************************************************

2 Star 'Sharing the Harvest' Welcome Banner 14" x 42"

Background: 1/2 yard
Medium Pumpkin for Pumpkins and Checkerboard: 1/3 yard
Green for Stem/Leaf: 1/8 yard
Black for Star Points and Checkerboard and Binding: 1/2 yard
Gold Star Center and Checkerboard: 1/4 yard

Follow the instructions for 3 Star Runner with the exception of the Inner Border and Binding
Cut (2) 1" x 36-1/2" strips and sew to the long sides first.  Press towards the strips.
Cut (2) 1-1/2" x 10-1/2" rectangles and add one below each pumpkin.

Cut 3 black strips x width of fabric of black for binding

**********************************************************
I have a helpful Pictorial for creating the stem section...you'll find it in the recent Jack blog post
**********************************************************

Sharing The Harvest PDF patterns are now available.  Mailed copies coming later this week.


Here is a look at the pattern cover!


Fall in Love with Sharing the Harvest!  Get your pattern today!

 

Print Friendly and PDF
If you would like to use the green 'print friendly' button, i recommend clicking on the Post Title first (so you only print the post you want...and not the entire blog).  
Once the print friendly option is open on your screen, the post can be printed in a number of pages.  You can select just the pages you wish to print.  Page numbers will be listed at the bottom of each page.  You'll want to select 'All' or 'Custom'.  
Only want to print one page?...click 'Custom' and select the desired page number... example:  only want to print page 3?  You'll want to enter 3-3.  Want to print pages 3-6?  The enter 3-6, etc..

October 30, 2020

How to sew a binding using a longarm

                   New amateur YouTube video up!  

Have you wondered how to sew a binding on a quilt, using a longarm?  If you don't have a longarm, you may want to ask your longarmer if they can do this for you.  

Yes, small quilts can easily be done on a domestic sewing machine, but oh those larger quilts!  Yikes!  Stuffing them through the machine throat is not fun...and keeping the quilt sandwich nice and flat is stressful!   

And...for those professional longarmers watching,  I charge .065 per linear inch.  A 62" x 80" size quilt would cost $18.46.  Add each side 62+62+80+80=284 linear inches.  Multiply that number (284) x .065= $18.46

Of course the binding comes all prepared by the quilter when the quilt is dropped off...all you have to do is sew it on.  

Here's how easy it is!

Love it if you'd subscribe to my YouTube Channel.  Homemade videos at their best.  LOL 
Thank you!
~karen
to watch the full screen version, go to my YouTube Channel 

LinkWithin

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...