Applique Class by Kevin Kosbab

I took an Applique Class taught by Kevin Kosbab of Feed Dog Designs through the Carson Valley Quilt Guild (Nevada).  I had done some applique before, but I learned some new tricks and had fun.

Did you know that there are at least three different types of applique?  Here are my definitions:

a) Raw /fusible applique – This is the kind I had done before.  You draw the pattern on the paper of a fusible web, cut out and iron onto the back of the fabric, which will then be ironed onto a backing material.  Then, you can either sew with a straight or zigzag stitch.

Years ago I decorated canvas grocery bags this way and then used dimensional fabric paint around the edges.

b) Freezer paper applique –  Cut a template from the freezer paper and iron to the wrong side of the material.  Then fold the edge of the material over the template.  Then remove the template and sew the folded edges to the background material by hand or machine.

c) Needle turn applique – Using a template mark the material with a water soluble marker.  Then fold over the material on the edge using your fingers.  Then hand stitch the applique to the background fabric.

Today’s class we used the fusible technique for the feet and beaks.  We also used the freezer paper technique for the bird body and wing.

Kevin was good at giving enough details and showing the step by step instructions that I was able to pick up the steps very quickly.  I was actually done with my sample early enough that I had another bird cut out before the class ended.

Here are the two samples I made in the class.

Have you taken a class lately?  What did you learn to do?

Later – H

Custom aprons

This winter I made custom aprons for two little girls I know.

One was a birthday present for Mia who was turning  two year old.  Her mom told me that Mia loved the movie ‘Frozen’ and I happened to find some perfect fabric.

Mia apron

 

Then I told my hairdresser and she said her three year old would love an apron too.  So, I found some more material and I made her one also.

second apron p

They were pretty easy to make and I was happy to hear that both little girls enjoyed them.

Later – H

 

 

Curtains made with Grommets

Note:  This is not a sponsored post.  I bought all of the material and the opinions are 100% mine.

When I started to setup the sewing/craft room I used a set of pink curtains I found in the garage.  Since I had painted the room a light green color the curtains gave a horrible tint to the room, but they at least covered the windows until I found a set of curtains I liked.

pink curtain

Temporary curtains

I didn’t find a set of curtains I liked, but I did see this package of Dritz Home Curtain Grommets, in Pewter, at a local fabric store.  I had never used them before and was willing to try.

grommets used

Dritz Home Curtain Grommets

Next, I had to find the material I wanted.  I happened to be in Walmart one day and saw this material for less than $3.00 per yard.  I bought four yards of the main material and four yards of the white material as the liner.

main material

Since I had never used the curtain grommets before I decided to cut a header and attach the grommets to it and then sew the header to the curtain.  I used a ruler and pen to mark the center of each grommet location and then used the pen to trace the template mark.

Note:  I also decided to stitch the two layers together on the template line so the curtain would not move while I was cutting out the circle.  This step wasn’t mentioned on the package or by the fabric store.

stitch on template

To cut out the circle I made a small cut in the middle and then worked my way out to the outer edge.  The cashier suggested that I cut the hole slightly inside the template mark which was a very good idea.

cutting circle

I followed the package instructions to install the grommets.

white header

To make sure that the edges of the curtains didn’t roll I top sewed about 1/4″ from the edge of the curtains after I had pinned and ironed the edge flat.

edge stitching

When the curtains were done I hung them up and found out that they were not as full as I wanted.

white curtain

Finished white curtains

So, I went back to Walmart and found that they were out of the white material, but I found a black material with the same pattern on clearance also.

black material

So, I bought a third package of the Dritz Home Curtain Grommet and made two curtains, which were half width that I hung on each side.

black and white curtain

Final curtains

I think they turned out really good and I would definitely make more of these curtains.

Some additional information:

– I saw similar packages of the curtain grommets at Walmart.  I think they were for a slightly different size curtain rod and I don’t know if they go together as easy as the Dritz Home package.

– I recently saw similar curtain grommets used to make a tote bag.  She used them as decoration and for the handles to go through.

– I used quilt weight material so I didn’t have to worry about the two layers of material being too thick for the curtain grommets.

– The package of curtain grommets says that the grommets can be removed with a flat screwdriver and that the curtain grommets should not be put through a washing machine, which is another reason I sewed the two layers of material together.

Leave a comment if you have any questions.

What project have you worked on lately?

Later – H

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teaching 4-H quilting

Starting in February 2016 I was brave again.  I decided to teach three pre-teens to quilt a wall hanging (they had learned to sew with me the previous year).  It was decided that the parents would have to stay and help.

Since I had to clear out my mom’s house last year and found a lot of presents that were given to her (some even by me) which were never used and stored in unusual places (i.e. kitchen tools in a bedroom drawer) I wanted the kids to make something they would want (or could give away).

So, the first meeting the kids graphed out what they wanted their wall hanging to look like.  Some of the ideas we came up with were:

  • use Clip Art off the internet (or from coloring books) to trace
  • use Fabric Markers to paint their design
  • use one mom’s cutting machine to cut out designs
  • free hand draw their ideas

I am happy to say that they all turned out great and everyone liked creating them so much they would like to do another quilting project in the future.  Here are the photos of their wall hangings.  (And I didn’t feel right posting the last name of one of the girls so I covered it up.)

 

All the wall hangings were shown in the local quilt show this summer even.

Do you volunteer?

Later – H

Updated: DIY Ribbon Organizing

This is an update to one of my first blog posts.  I think this idea is much better and takes up less room.

So, when I was first organizing ribbon I used a plastic basket, dowels and some twist ties.  This basket was still in my cupboard until January of this year.

 

January is when I started to seriously reorganize the sewing/craft, etc room (that will take multiple posts to show so that will be done some other time).

Anyways, I saw on Pinterest (or somewhere) about the idea of hanging ribbons on a mutiple pant hanger (or at least that is what I call it) and I had one sitting in my closet.  This allows me to use the space in the cupboard for stackable items  (labeled boxes, etc) and I can hang the ribbon holder on the door handle when I am working on a project.  When it is not being used it could hang in a closet.

ribbon holder watermark.jpgYou may see another update in the future if I figure a good way to hang extra ribbon below the lower bar (which doesn’t open).

Anyone have any suggestions?

Later   -H

Thread organizing

Have you ever picked up a jewelry (or for something else small) organizer at a thrift store since it was a great deal and you knew you would find a good use for it someday?  Well, I have in the past and I finally determined a great use for one of them.

When I reorganized the sewing/craft, etc room I found this one buried in a cupboard.  Since I had just been looking at my small spools of thread and trying to figure out the best way to organize them (partly so I knew what I had and could get to them easily) I had a light bulb moment.  And this is what I came up with:

thread hanger watermark.jpg

This works perfectly for me since I had bought the Gutermann 26 spool thread (from JoAnn Fabrics on sale) so I had one or two spools of a bunch of different colors.

When I am sewing I can take it out and hang it on the cupboard door handle and see the options that I have.

 

Later – H

 

2016 Northern Nevada quilt activities

In case you are in the Northern Nevada area this summer here are some of quilting / sewing activities you might be interested in.

June 4 –  June 5, 2016

Carson Valley Quilt Guild show

10 am – 4 pm

Douglas County Senior and Community Center

1329 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville, Nevada 89410

http://quiltshow.cvqg.com/

 

June 21 – September 6, 2016

Row by Row Experience

http://www.rowbyrowexperience.com/

 

June 23 – 25, 2016

Sew Original Quilt & Creative Expo

Grand Sierra Resort

2500 E. Second Street, Reno, NV 89595

http://qscexpos.com/reno.html

 

Do you know of any other events in Northern Nevada?

Later – H

Denise’s purse – Quilt project

I just realized this post is almost two years old, but I never finished it!  So, since it is still valid I will finish it and post it now.  Two posts in one week already?  Maybe I am back to blogging….

So, lately my hobby of choice has been sewing.  Besides helping with Community Quilts (part of the quilt guild) where we work on quilts that are donated to people in the community (which is also a social outlet for me) I have worked on a few quilts – one of them being the Lil Twister Table Runner from this post:

https://acreativeengineerinnevada.wordpress.com/2014/08/04/table-runner-lil-twister/

I also made a quilt wall hanging for a friend (Denise) who loves purses.  I designed the quilt and it was inspired by Kim Schaefer’s ‘Calendar Quilts’.  This was also the first time I had tried Free Motion Quilting.  I think it turned out really good.  The one thing that surprised me is how LONG it took me to make this.  I think that is partly since I knew I was making it as a present and wanted to make it ‘perfect’.  Well, it isn’t perfect, but Denise loves it.

Denise purse quilt watermark

 

 Now (two years later) I am the 4-H leader for Quilting (actually the three girls are making wall hangings).  I was able to borrow the wall hanging I made for Denise and show it to them.  They were excited to see it and asked if I had won awards with it (definitely no, but it was nice to know they liked it).
Do you have multiple hobbies?
Later – H

 

 

 

Leading 4-H basic sewing

This post was in the pending pile due to not having the photo available.  Well, it is being posted now without the photo.

In the Fall of 2014 I decided to be brave.  I am taught a section with six kids (9-12 years old) to sew.  We decided that everyone would be working on the same project and that the parents were required to stay and help (even if they didn’t know how to sew).

We held the Fall session in October.

  1. The first night was crazy!  We had machine issues along with learning how to keep your fingers out of the way of the needle, how to stitch on a line, etc.  By the end of the night each kid had made their own 4-H tie (even cut to their own length).  The smiles at the end made the crazy night worth it (I wish I was wearing my pedometer since I know I didn’t stay in one spot the whole time).
  2. The second session they made a two color pillowcase.  I decided to be fair and let them each pick a piece of paper which told them what order they would pick out their pillowcase ‘kit’.  Everyone was really happy with the pillowcase they made at the end.
  3. The third session they made a Scrappy Pillow.  A friend (that quilts) had given me a bunch of rectangles that she didn’t need.  So, I cut some more of different materials so the kids had plenty to choose from.  By this time the kids were feeling more comfortable with sewing so they could make some different choices – some used eleven pieces, some used eight pieces and I think one used nine pieces.  All of them turned out very random and no two turned out the same.  The kids even learned how to stuff the pillow and sew the opening closed.
  4. The fourth session was held to finish the pillows, take photos, help with the portfolio paperwork and give out a participation ribbon.    (Sorry I can’t find any photos.)

I know from some comments parents had made to me that the kids enjoyed learning to sew and some were sad to have the project end.

So, do you volunteer?

Later – H

Christening Blanket from wedding dress

Last week I met up with a friend who worked at the Senior Living facility (in the cafeteria section) that my mom lived in for a few months last year.  She happened to say that her grandson was being Christening this coming weekend and she wanted get a blanket made with parts of her wedding dress, but another friend hadn’t called her back yet.

I first wasn’t sure whether I should offer to help since I have too many projects of my own to do, but then I figured it might be a good way to repay her for helping my mom (and me) last year.

So, I picked up her wedding dress and started to panic as to whether I could make what she envisioned (if you know me up to now I have only made gifts for people and they usually don’t know what they are getting until it is done).

My friend wanted the top layer of her wedding dress to be the ruffle on the blanket and thought the lining of her dress could be used also.  Well, it turns out the lining was spotted so that wouldn’t work.

I then did a Pinterest and Google search and found that most Christening blankets were usually crocheted (i.e. not something slick that you would have to worry about holding a squirmy baby in).

So, I figured I would make one side of the blanket of slinky material and the other side of flannel (with the wedding dress material as the ruffle).

The top layer of the wedding dress was cut into strips and sewed together into a long strip (240 inches).  [240 inches allowed me to make a roughly 40″ x 40″ blanket.]  I then folded the strip in half and added a running stitch to hold the ruffle together for when I sewed it to the blanket.  Oh, and the pinning and adding the running stitch was done in the car while we traveled last weekend (otherwise, I knew there was a chance I wouldn’t get the blanket done in time).

I picked up a piece of cream flannel, a piece of white slinky material, a package of sharp needles and a package of pins for slinky material (since I never sew on slinky material).

The ruffle was sewn to the flannel (with a ton of pins holding it in place).

I then practiced stitching on a slinky / ruffle/ flannel sandwich scrap.  (I was actually surprised how easy it was to sew – no pulled threads, etc.)

Yesterday I sewed the three layers (flannel, ruffle, slinky material) together and topped stitched it so it the edges would not roll.  I then hand tacked the flannel and slinky material together in nine places so it would be stay together.

Last night I was able to give my friend the completed blanket.  She loved it!  (I was pretty proud of it, but I have to say that was a relief.)

She asked how much she owed me (we hadn’t talked about the cost) and I was happy to say that it was a gift in repayment for all the extra help she gave my mom (and me) last year.  (She said she will pay for my hot chocolate / iced tea the next time we meet at Starbucks.)

I have asked for a copy of a photo taken with the baby and the blanket this weekend.

Here is the photo I thought to take before I gave her the blanket.

Christening blanket edge

So, what special project have you worked on lately?

Later – H