Friday, May 15, 2015

Blogger's Quilt Festival!

It's time for the Blogger's Quilt Festival again!  Perfect timing, since I recently finished this sweet little wall hanging.  And, she's a winner!  At HMQS last week in Salt Lake City, Isabella's Bonnets placed 2nd in the RBD Design Challenge.  Then, she and the other 26 quilts in the competition were sold at auction, raising an amazing $6,900 for this year's charity, Family Promise.

 "Isabella's Bonnets" 46" x 50" Wall Hanging by Deonn Stott
(Patterns will ship out next week!  You can preorder HERE.)

Love this fabric for this turn-of-the-century-style quilt.  The fabric itsself gave great clues as to how I should design, embellish then freemotion quilt it.  Tried for a wallpaper look in the background.

Learn more about the parts and pieces in the original post HERE.

Meanwhile, I've entered this quilt in the Applique' division of the Blogger's Quilt Festival.  Be sure to check out all the entries in this Spring's Festival HERE.

Happy Quilting!

Monday, May 4, 2015

HMQS 2015 ~ Design Challenge

Did I mention how much I love the Home Machine Quilting Show??  Here I am, even now, helping on the crew so the quilts can get hung for the show. We'll work non-stop for the next three days to put the quilt show together behind the scenes, and oh!  I really can't wait to see all of the quilts in the Riley Blake Designs fabric challenge this year.  Of course, I had to participate!

"Isabella's Bonnets"

Quilts in this design challenge are put on display for the Home Machine Quilting Show's duration.  And on Saturday, May 9th at 12:30 pm, they'll be sold in a live auction to benefit this year's charity, Family Promise.  You can see more info here:  I hope this quilt brings in a good chunk of change!

Some years, the "Design Challenge" is truly challenging!   But this fabric spoke to me and told me it needed to become a nostalgic look at days gone by.  A turn-of-the-century, Gibson Girl, Downton Abbey-ish quilt.  Click HERE to see the fabrics in the kit.  I love the border print - roses, leaves, feathers... great inspiration for not only the quilting motifs, but the embellishments too!

I think that the charm of this quilt lies in the embellishments.  The applique' is fairly straightforward, then all of the dimensional elements really bring it to life.

You may recognize the sweet Little Birdie.  Doesn't every hat need one?  His little tail is covered with lace. And the fabric roses, rosebuds and leaves give the hat a lush Victorian charm, I think.  See the tutorial for those HERE.

Bonnet #2, the roses and the umbrellas employ some basic sewing techniques - gathers and pleats.  Just adorable. 

Bonnet #3 gets a few ribbons and roses.  The crown of this one and the purse are both filled with batting for an extra little pouf.

Fussy-pieced the border fabric... can you find the seamline?

Mitered the corners, then quilted it with some traditional motifs and mimicked the background print to look like wall paper. 

Finished the curvy edges with a fancy finish!  See the TUTORIAL<<

THIS QUILT COULD BE YOURS!!!  Now, if you happen to be in Salt Lake City next Saturday, you can come and make a bid on this quilt.  And if not, you may be interested in a pattern to make one yourself!  Send an email - if you would like to be notified when the pattern is ready (within the next couple of weeks)!!  

Curvaceous Binding! (+ Bias Binding Tutorial)

There are times when a quilt calls for a fancy, curvy edge!

Fabric:  "Romancing the Past" by Sue Daley for Penny Rose Fabrics,
a division of Riley Blake Designs
Here's a little tutorial about how to achieve long, smooth curves when applying binding to a curved border. 

Prepare the Quilt
Now, sometimes all a quilt needs is a little curve around the corners.  I like to add a little dip after the curve, not much, about a 1/2" little dip, with straight binding in between.  It somehow frames the quilt without a whole lot of effort, and looks so sweet!  
Woolie Flowers
First, MARK your desired curves using a removable marking pen.  My favorite is an iron-off Pilot Frixion pen.  Use a circle template/ruler or grab a bowl, plate or pan lid to mark the curves.  

You can get really scientific about it, calculating the length of the border, then dividing by the number of curves or scallops so they're all distributed equally, or simply start from the corners and work your way to the center.  You can smooth out the curves or bring them to an inner point for scallops.  OR you can simply follow the print of the fabric, as pictured below:

↑↑ Check out that perfectly curvy shadow!

In this case, I fussy-cut and pieced the border fabric, then centered each border on the quilt and mitered the corners.  

Be sure to MARK the scallops or curves on the quilt prior to quilting.  Then, BASTE the quilt right on the marked lines.  Once quilted, TRIM the quilt a scant 1/4" from the marked/basted line.  Now you're ready to bind!

Prepare French Double-Fold Bias Binding
Determine the amount of fabric needed for your quilt.  I use a minimum of 5/8 yard, which produces 30" strips when cut on the bias, and yields enough bias binding for a full size quilt. If my quilt is smaller, I'll just save the extra for another project.  

Here's a chart for yardage needed to produce 2" binding strips.  Any larger than 2" strips for the binding will make it a little more "klunky" - that is, less smooth around the curves.
  • BIAS BINDING YARDAGE CHARTCrib size (40 x 54")      1/3 yard
    Twin (63 x 87")           1/2 yard
    Full ( 78 x 87")            5/8 yard
    Queen (84 x 92")         3/4 yard
    King (100 x 102")         7/8 yard
Note: 5/8 yard will produce fifteen 2" wide x 30" long strips.  That's about 450 linear inches of binding yardage!

Prepare your binding as indicated in this Bias Binding Tutorial.
First, TRIM off selvages and SQUARE UP binding yardage.
1)  Lay out fabric wrong side up, selvage edges at the sides.  FOLD left corner up to the top edge at a 45-degree angle.  Allow selvage edge to overhang by about 5/8".  Finger press to crease.

2)  CUT on folded line
3)  Unfold the cut triangle and MOVE the piece to the opposite end of fabric.  PIN selvage edges, right sides together.

4)  STITCH using a 1/4" seam allowance.  PRESS seam open.  Your binding piece should now resemble a parallelogram.
5)  Next, FOLD the upper left point of fabric down along the diagonal cut edge, keeping raw edges aligned.  Repeat on the opposite side by folding the lower right point up along the diagonal edge.  Keep folding into a roll as needed to fit on your cutting mat.

6)  ALIGN folded roll along a horizontal line on your cutting mat. TRIM end evenly, then SLICE into 2" segments.

7)  JOIN strips right sides together, end to end, and STITCH from valley to valley as pictured.  A diagonal seam will help to distribute the bulk and reduce lumps in your binding. :)
8)  TRIM seams to a scant 1/4”; PRESS seams open.  PRESS binding in half, lengthwise, then fold to store until needed.  See video HERE.
9) STITCH binding to the quilt front, aligning raw edges together.  For best results, stretch the binding slightly on inner curves, and ease around outer curves.  Use a stiletto or your fingers to help ease the binding under the needle, especially around tight curves.

Ease around the outer curves
10)  JOIN binding ends together with a final diagonal seam.  It works best if you pick a gentle slope to create that final mitered seam.  TRIM (yes, I use pinking shears to help reduce even more bulk), PRESS seam open, then refold and continue stitching, overlapping the beginning stitches.

Miter the final seam for a continuous binding
11)  FOLD binding around to the quilt back, then HAND-STITCH to finish, matching thread with the binding.

Hand-stitched finish

"Isabella's Bonnets"
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P.S.  Here are a few links referenced in this tutorial:
Bias Binding Tutorial

Binding Basics (final mitered seam)
Binding Storage (video)
Mitered Borders Tutorial

Friday, May 1, 2015

HMQS giddiness... "It's Magic!"

It's time for the Home Machine Quilting Show here in Salt Lake City next week!!  Woohoo!

This is my 6th year on the HMQS board - what a crazy, fun, great bunch of gals!

I'm a little giddy, getting ready for the show.  Here are a few reasons this is my favorite, most exhausting week of the year:

1)  Working as a volunteer to scribe for the judges - Not only do I learn so much from being scribe, but it lets me get up close and personal with amazing, inspiring quilts.  I have been known to cry over quilts, they're so incredibly beautiful and tell such a story.
"America, Let It Shine" by Sherry Reynolds - Best of Show 2012
2) Hanging quilts, setting up the quilted garment display.  This quilted wedding dress is a fabulous example.
Quilted Wedding Dress
by Renae Haddadin
3)  This year I'll also be teaching 3 classes!  I've been cutting out endless kits and have made several extras since I'll be teaching some of these again this summer.  I'll add some of the kits to my Etsy shop after the show, just in case you'd like one but can't make it to Salt Lake!
"Sheep Shape" Quilt Workshop

"In a Bind?
Fabulous Finishes & Alternate Endings Lecture/Demo
"Magic Instant Blocks" Workshop

4)  In the past, I've entered a few quilts in the show, but I have usually stayed with the Design Challenge category, and mostly with a group consisting of myself, my friend Debbie, and one, two, or six other friends.  We called ourselves the "Midnight Quilters", usually getting things done at the last minute, lol!  But it has always paid off!   The fun part of the challenge is selling the quilts at auction for charity at the end of the show.  Over the years these quilts have raised more than $3000 for varying causes.
Counter clockwise from upper left:  2007 Blossoms & Beyond,  2008 Wrapped in a Quilted Past,
2009 Ellie's Scrapbook, 2010 Every Quilt Has a Story, 2011 Isabella's Bonnets, 2012 Smart Quilt,
2014 Hexagarden, 2013 That's Amore'.
This year, I entered the challenge alone, using one of my favorite designs from the previous years.  Here's the fabric, can you guess which design I used?  The pattern will be available soon!! Stay tuned!

5)  And finally, well, this is no reason to be excited, but it does give me the jitters!  For the past 4 years, they make me sing the opening theme song. Yep, they know I like to sing.  In a crowd, that is.  They don't realize that I die of stage fright if I have to do it alone...  Maybe I can just hide behind the curtain!  Or, maybe everyone will know this old 80's song and sing along:   "It's Magic!" 
♫♪ Oh, oh, oh, it's magic, you know,
      If you quilt or embroider or sew ~
      You'll find magic, you know,
      At the Home Machine Quilting Show!♪♫

In giddy jitters,

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