It seems I’m taking it a bit easy this summer (well, besides being chauffeur to my kids!), but I am happy to report I’ve finished a couple of pillows using the oh-so-cute Flutter fabric by Laura Gunn. Last time I shared this fabric, I mentioned I paired it with some of Laura’s Painter’s Canvas (which in case you are wondering, is quilting cotton, not actual canvas). She has a huge variety of colors but I selected a rainbow assortment.
I ended up adding piping to the butterfly pillow. I used a gray painters canvas I had on hand. I’m not exactly experienced with piping. I think the last time I made some was when I put together my Weekender. It turned out…ok. I know some people requested a tutorial and I’m sure there are much more experienced sources out there for that. I free motion quilted this pillow with some random loop-de-loops around the butterflies. I thought it gave a nice fluttering effect.
For my second pillow, I more or less fussy cut some little bugs out of the fabric. The different color bugs were all a bit different sizes, but I averaged them out to 2-1/4″ x 3-1/2″. I then cut an assortment of the Painter’s Canvas the same size and made a little rectangular patchwork design. I decided to quilt this one using decorative stitch 301 on my Bernina 750QE, using my usual 50 weight Aurifil thread in white.
I love that this machine does even wider stitches than my “old” Bernina (not really old). If your machine has decorative stitches and you haven’t checked them out, I encourage you to do that! I’ve done this same technique on another pillow, using my Bernina 440QE and was thrilled with how that turned out as well.
One feature I tried out on my new machine this time was the “Start-Stop” button. See that green glowing button above? When I was ready to stitch, I pushed that button and it took off sewing without me using the foot pedal. I simply guided the fabric a bit. This was a nice feature considering how many lines I was stitching and let’s face it – repetitive decorative lines can feel a bit monotonous at times.
The backs of the pillows are more of the Flutter fabric. I’ve given these to my daughter for her bedroom and they are already happily being used for her dolls.
June 30, 2014 8 Comments
Remember that awesome fabric I showed you before I left for Quilt Market? Well I cut into it today. I was really inspired to make something with the butterflies from Flutter first. I cut a couple of rows of them out, and then some 1-1/2″ strips of Laura Gunn’s Painter’s Canvas. My plan was to make a pillow from a bunch of log cabins with the butterflies in the middle.
But something about Laura’s fabric always makes me want to appliqué. I say that sort of as a joke, but I think the last time I appliquéd something was also with her fabric! Hmmmm, something magical in those threads I think…
Once I completely changed my plan for this fabric, I recut fabric strips to 2″ and sewed those together in a rainbow gradient. I fused Heat n Bond Ultra on the back of the butterflies and cut those out as well.
I spray basted the rainbow stripes, batting and backing. Then I placed the butterflies on the pillow top and ironed them down (final step of the Heat n Bond). I used my Blindstitch Bernina Foot #5 to follow the edge of the butterfly, and moved the needle to the left a bit to stitch the butterfly down.
I didn’t worry too much about it being perfect because 1) I love the frayed looked of raw edge appliqué, 2) this is a decorative pillow that won’t get hard use, and 3) I used Heat n Bond Ultra for the fusing. After stitching around the butterflies, I started quilting in a loop de loop design.
It’s not finished – almost! But I wanted to share my progress. I’m trying to decide if I should add piping around the pillow. What do you think? Hopefully I’ll have more time to work on it tomorrow!
May 28, 2014 36 Comments
This afternoon I head to Quilt Market in Pittsburgh. If you are attending, I hope you will stop by the F+W booth Friday at 11:45. I’ll be there signing copies of Vintage Quilt Revival! For those of you not able to go, I thought I’d post some pretty fabric here for you today.
I received this fabric last week from designer Laura Gunn – her latest line Flutter for Michael Miller Fabrics. Last Winter I bought some of Laura’s bird prints from her Etsy Shop. I used them to decorate my guest room, so she knew I was going to be excited when I saw her new line. I can’t wait to use these to make some coordinating pillows!
I am planning on pairing them with some of Laura’s Painter’s Canvas that I have on hand. Most likely I’ll keep in simple with either log cabins or just squares.
I also wanted to share that I officially have two more patterns available in print.
You can find those in my pattern shop, along with PDF downloads. Any printed patterns purchased this week will ship once I’m back from market on Monday. If you are a shop and would like wholesale information, just email me!
Finally, I started Lisa Congdon’s Creativebug class this week. I decided it would be fun to do some drawing with my 7 year old daughter. That’s hers up top with all the colors. She is loving it! I’m not sure she has ever spent so much time on one picture. And I am not someone comfortable with drawing, but Lisa really breaks it down into simple idea and shapes. I highly recommend it!
See you all next week!
May 15, 2014 9 Comments
Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a relaxing weekend. I spent both days traveling to the city for various birthday and Mother’s Day parties – May is a very, very busy month in our family. I did manage to get a photo of me and my kiddos yesterday. Usually I’m at the other end of the camera so it’s always a special treat.
I wasn’t able to spend any time at my sewing machine, but I did finish up my newest mini quilt last Friday. This quilt was so fun to make. Mostly because of the great fabrics from Laura Gunn. The colors are really amazing!
When making this quilt, I first cut my neutral squares at 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″. Initially I thought this was going to be a pillow, so I set it up to finish at 18″ x 18″. This means there are 9 squares across and 9 squares down (for a total of 81). I pieced those together first, and then created my quilt sandwich for quilting. The neutral fabrics I used are all Free Spirit Designer Solids – Pearl, Sand Dune and Dogwood.
After that was all set up, I started placing out my circles until I came up with a layout that I liked. I used Heat n Bond Lite to fuse the circles to the squares.
After I was done ironing everything into place, I did the quilting. I’m not sure if this is a weird order to go about the process, but I thought it would be fun/smart to combine the applique and quilting steps. (As opposed to appliqueing the circles onto the squares, and then sewing them together, creating the quilt sandwich, and quilting).
At first I started just going around the edge of each circle, but after one row I changed my mind and decided on something a little different. So I ripped out those stitches and started quilting 4 straight lines through the middle of each row and column. Just something a bit unexpected.
From the beginning, when I was thinking about this project, I envisioned raw edges fraying in the finished quilt. I’ve washed it a couple times now and it’s only now starting to fray a little. I think I need to throw it back in a couple more times. I’m really enjoying the texture it’s creating.
This week I’m hoping to sit down and do some design work, and also get back to work on my Simply Style work in progress. Finger’s crossed!
May 13, 2013 31 Comments