June 28, 2017

Rin by Machine Applique

I wanted to give the Rin, Carolyn Friedlander's applique pattern, a try but didn't want tackle all those large circles and curves by hand applique, so I decided use my familiar stand-by method, machine applique using a zigzag satin stitch.  And here is the result.

The background is the Tree Stripe in Iron from her Friedlander fabric collection (see Sunday this Stash post) and the applique rings are black and white plus signs by Cotton + Steel.

I first decided to make a paper template and made sure I could fold it according to the instructions in the pattern and that worked out fine.  See Cheryl's (Meadow Mist Designs) folding tips in her post here.

Next, I used this Creative's Grid Circle Quilting Ruler (affiliate link) to draw the circles to size on my blank paper which had been folded and then unfolded to establish the center or pivot point.

You can draw a circle up to 22" in diameter with this ruler at 1/8" increments, so it worked great.

I then took the individual paper templates and using the circle(s) I had drawn as a guide for placement, I drew around the template each number of times to complete the applique ring pattern.

To reinforce the template, I applied scotch tape to the edge where I would be tracing and cut the template 1/8" shy since I would not need the turn under allowance used for hand applique.

I decided to make one master paper template which included all the different Rin templates except one that similar to another. I could then trace the desired ring template shapes for each block onto the fusible web without having multiple templates.

These are the rings for the next block drawn onto the fusible web.  I like Soft Fuse Premium (affiliate link) because it's lightweight, doesn't add bulk to the applique and it's really not a fussy fusible at all.

So all I need to do is fuse it to the back of my ring fabric, cut on the solid line and fuse to the right side of my background fabric.

For the machine applique, I used 100% cotton 50 wt. Aurifil 2692, a pure black, for the top thread.  I like to use a finer polyester thread in the bobbin like Dual Duty Fine on the purple spool.

Here's a close up of my first Rin block done by machine applique with a zigzag satin stitch.  And for the best results, don't forget to use iron-on tear-away stablizer underneath your applique before stitching as mentioned in this blog post.

And here's one more close up of the Rin block pictured with the thread for perspective.

Now I need to pick out fabrics for my 2nd Rin block.  It's not to late for you to complete just one block to be entered in the drawing for some great prizes in the Rin Along hosted by Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs and Cindy at Hyacinth Quilt Designs.  Why not give the Rin block a try by machine?

Linking to:
Let's Bee Social with Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts
Needle and Thread Thursday with Kelly at My Quilt Infatuation
Tips and Tutorials Tuesdays with Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl (July 25th)

June 25, 2017

Sunday Stash

I was lucky enough to recently win a giveaway from Kelly at My Quilt Infatuation when she was participating in the Benartex Summer Mini Quilt Blog Hop.  I won a fat quarter bundle of Patio Splash by Kanvas Studios for Benartex.  I just love the saturated colors.

You can find a link to Kelly's free quilt pattern, Sliding Geese Mini in her blog post here.

By now, I'm sure you heard about the Rin Along going on hosted by Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs and Cindy of Hyacinth Quilt Designs.  It's a quilt along using Carolyn Friedlander's quilt pattern, Rin which can be found here.

I resisted for a long time, but decided to purchase the pattern and check it out.  I have a long term hand applique project started already, so I thought I might give it a try using a zigzag satin stitch by machine.  After all, I love machine applique.

Quilted Blooms

I found the Tree Stripe in Iron from her Friedlander fabric collection at a local quilt shop and thought it would be a great background.

There are some awesome prizes up for grabs and we only have to make one block to be in the drawing.  I'm hoping I'll win this Auriful 80 wt 10 piece thread collection by Carolyn Friedlander.

And for fear of running out of black and white, I ordered 2 yards of Squared by Rashida Coleman Hale for Cotton & Steel from I Love Fabric (and it was on sale).  I had used most of what I had in the Sew Easy Schlep Bag I made last month.

I'll be linking to Main Crush Monday with Beth at Cooking up Quilts.

June 2, 2017

Big Ole Schlep Bag

I recently made this tote bag from Cotton and Steel black and white fabrics except for the lining. The free pattern is So Sew Easy Schlep Bag by Sentimental Stitches.  However, I wouldn't classify it as So Sew Easy.

It really wasn't that difficult, but the construction with on-point squares really made me think.  And to add it, I decided to enlarge the bag by using 10" squares instead of 8" and it's really just too big.  I must carry it on my shoulder or it will drag on the ground.

It took a little figuring to increase the size of the lining and I found this handy diagonals of a square calculator which I use a good bit.  You must try it out! Here's a screenshot, but all you do is drag any vertex (where the sides meet to form a corner) to the desired square size and it will automatically calculate the diagonal of the square.

In this case, I used 10" squares, so the finished square would be 9.5".  The calculations are to the nearest even numbers, but it's really close and I didn't have to do that calculation you see below using the square root of anything.

I pieced the lining using some fat quarters I didn't care for and added a band of the focus fabric along the top where it might be seen.

I even added a pocket in the lining seam.

Here's the schlep bag lying flat.  It measures 24" wide by 18" tall.

And I guess you've noticed my mistake by now...I sewed the label on side rather than the front between the handle straps.  Faye, vice president of the Greenville MQG, screen printed the labels with our logo for us attendees of the GMQG retreat we had back in April.  And it's my favorite color too!

 And a better close up of the quilted handles.

Based on my experience making the So Sew Easy Schlep Bag, I have a few recommendations or things to consider:

1.  Make the bag using the suggested size squares or you will doing more quilty math then you might prefer.

2.  The pattern called for just using interfacing on the 4 bottom squares, but I feel it needed it throughout the bag or perhaps a layer of fleece.  I used Pellon Shape Flex 101 (affiliate link), a woven interfacing.

3.  If I hadn't put in the pocket, I would have quilted the layers sewing along the edges of the squares adding to the stability.

4.  The bag really needed structure and I added a bottom by cutting an old plastic advertisement type sign to fit.  I may go back in cover it in fabric, but for now it's sitting in place just fine and ready for schlepping.

Linking to:
Finish It Up Friday with Amanda at Crazy Mom Quilts
Whoop Whoop Friday with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Show Off Saturday with Caroline at Sew Can She

and the next

Tips and Tutorials Tuesdays with Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl