art quilt, Skills and Techniques

Carriage Quilt Shoppe Class!

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Color In The Lines – Spring Flower
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We painted on white cotton fabric and used Aloe Gel for our medium! Very different and fun!
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It was time to quilt our sandwich using free motion. This was the first time that some of us did free motion! They all did an amazing job!
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The class was a two session class. We painted on the first day and quilted on the second. Next time, I will take photos of the painting process as well!
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Once quilting was complete, we used a zigzag stitch to finish the outer edge. Then we glued our completed quilt onto a stretched canvas.
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Wow! How amazing that looks!! Looking forward to my next classes!

Look on my teaching page for my up coming teaching engagements.

Skills and Techniques

Faux Pipping Technique

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Have you ever had the thought of adding a fine line to your quilt for framing or to give a pop of color or for a “piped” binding?   Sometimes is tricky to do.  I just learned this trick in my Fiber Interest Group.  I practiced a couple of times and it seems to turn out every time, and wanted to share this technique with you!

In my sample, I used a solid strip at 3/4″ wide by 8″ long.  The print fabric is cut into 2-1/2″ by 6″ strips.  We are going to add the solid in the middle of the two print pieces, and will only show about 1/16″ – 1/8″ wide strip.

  1.  Start with one print piece face up and the solid piece face down.  Right sides facing each other and the sewing edges of both flush and pinned.fullsizeoutput_e19Figure 2
  2. Use 1/4″ seam allowance to sew both pieces together.
  3. Press seem towards the solid fabric. (figure 2)
  4. Place other printed piece right sides together lining up the unsewn solid piece side (figure 3)
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5.  Flip over, align both edges together.

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6.  Using the previous stitch line and your presser foot guides, sew to the right of the first stitch line and the desired end width.    EXAMPLE:  In Figure 4, I know that the first job on my presser foot is 1/8″ away from the needle.  I will stitch a second line to the right of the first to achieve a 1/8″ piping.

7.  Press seam allowance to the second printed fabric on the wrong side.( figure 5)

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8.  Flip to the right side and you have a 1/8″ strip in the middle of your piece!! (figure 6)

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Hope you will try this. Please post a photo of your sample or how you used this technique! I would love to see it!

 

 

 

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T-shirt Preparation for Quilt

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T-shirts are a wonderful way to remember special occasions, events, and a myriad of other reasons.  If you are one of the many people who can’t seem to give up those special t-shirts, putting them into a quilt is an excellent idea.  You may use this tutorial for creating your own t-shirt quilt or see my Etsy shop for details of how I can do a custom quilt for you.

I want to add that you can use sweatshirts, sports shirts that are made of that waffle fabric, golf shirts (polo), etc.  Use the same directions for the prep.  Message me if you have any questions.

View #1 is the front and back of the t-shirt I am demonstrating today.  Some t-shirts have printing on the back as well as the front.  You may want to have both sides in your quilt or just one side. The preparation is the same.

It is very important to wash all of the t-shirts with your normal laundry detergent and 1/2 cup of White Vinegar.  The vinegar will remove most or all of the odors.

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After you have washed and dried your shirts, you can start cutting them apart. Be sure to lay the t-shirt flat on a table to have more accurate cutting.  Make sure you leave at least 2″ around the design you want to use.

View #2 is showing to cut sleeves away from the shirt first.  I like to cut close to the seams to allow as much extra fabric room as possible around the design.

 

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Next is to  cut along the side seams of the t-shirt (view 3).  This is where it is important to have the t-shirt laying flat.  Most t-shirts do not have a side “seam” (where the manufacturer stitched it together).  There should be some sort of a crease on the sides that you can follow and cut along that crease.  If there is no crease, that is where laying it flat will show you that where that “crease” would be.  Be sure to cut along both sides.

 

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Lastly, we move on to the shoulders.  The shoulders need to be cut right next to the seams on both shoulders.

If there is a little emblem on a sleeve that you wish to be part of the quilt, just send the sleeve as is to me.

Now you are done with the scissors!

If I am making this quilt for you, all you have to do is send the part of the shirts that have the emblems you wish to have in your quilt.

Please tell me if this blog was helpful to you.