Saturday, December 22, 2012

Leafy Hot Pad Pattern--Quick Gift

For a unique gift for a foodie, try this pattern for a leaf-shaped hot pad, easy to make and rather elegant.  There's no curved seam sewing, but you will need some narrow fusible tape. Three fat quarters make 3 hot pads, including backing.  Pattern calls for one fat-quarter-sized batting and insulating batting, but you can go without the insulating batting if you're in a hurry.  This hot pad was designed as an additional piece for Leafing Lovely Table Fashions (scroll down), a very unique placemat set. Visit my Craftsy store (click icon above right) for more information.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Leafing Lovely Table Fashions Pattern

How about a new and unique table setting for a fun dining experience?  Use this 3-piece pattern (placemat, napkin, beverage coaster) to create just such a setting.  Fusible tape method eliminates the headache of curved piecing, yet preserves the elegant styling.  Napkin accordion-folds through stem casing, creating additional leaves.  No-binding finish sets construction apart from other sets--in a fraction of the time.
Create table ensembles for fall, winter, spring, and summer by choosing colors reminiscent of the time of year. Super unique for gifting--housewarmings, bridal gifts, and more.  Photo above left features an extra component of a leaf-shaped hot pad, if desired.  Table set pattern is available at (click icon above right).

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Simple Elegance Table Fashions Placemat Pattern

Fabulous fabrics paired with simple pattern shapes result in contemporary, high-end table fashions. This 3-piece pattern includes directions for placemats (14″ x 20″), table scarf (14″ x 42″), and self-lined 13 ½″ square napkins styled with an elegant twist. All pieces are reversible, producing two fashionable looks with one sewing operation. Fast and easy directions include methods using No Bindings and No Hand Sewing! This is a great pattern to use for gifting ideas and easily tailored to individual tastes. One size fits all—placemats for round, square, or rectangular tables.  Pattern includes directions for easy marking (no fabric marks to remove) and quilting. Truly a classic pattern you will use over and over throughout the years.Pattern can be purchased via Craftsy icon above right.


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Modern Medallion Quilt Pattern

Do you own any fabrics that you just much so that you can't bear to cut them up into small pieces? They're either too beautiful to sacrifice, or just too perfect in their original, uncut state--perhaps a large print that loses its character if not used in its entirety. I have several I've collected over the years, both commercially-printed yardage and some hand dyed, one-of-a-kind fabrics. What to do? Well, don't cut them! The Modern Quilting trend gives us even more permissions to deviate from the traditional. Like many folks, I purchase fabrics I love on the spot and decide later what they will be used for. The lap quilt (36" x 48") at left uses salmon-colored Moda Marble on the borders with Alexander Henry's La-Ti-Dot in the central medallion in this trendy, fast and easy quilt--use as lap quilt or wall art. The fancy-cut binding that mimics a scallop-edge border is cut from the same Alexander Henry print.

Modern Medallion Quilt Pattern Download

Two more Alexander Henry prints compose the twin (72" x 82") jungle-theme throw.  Buy a little extra fabric and sew up a coordinating pillowcase (pattern for pillowcase not included).  Pattern includes directions to figure custom-size quilt yardage.  Pattern available via Craftsy.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Half Dozen Hearts Pattern

Half Dozen Hearts ©2009 DC Vollbracht
Make a traditional or contemporary art quilt (20 ½” x 28 ½”), by fusing hearts to fabric squares, and hand or machine quilting. Add a few sprays of bead embellishment or keep it simple with fabric colors as the main focus. Heart template included along with tips for quilting, beading, and preparing a back-side hanging sleeve. This timeless design can be made in several colorways: reds/pinks for Valentines; Americana; contemporary; or Wild Child! The streamlined methods make this pattern a great choice for gifting—house warming, baby shower/child’s room, or to personalize your d├ęcor.
Pattern available at Craftsy, icon above right.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Sew Much Fun Quilt Pattern with Fix for Wavy Border

 So, you've carefully cut, sewn, pressed and prayed to the gods during the construction and birthing of your newest creation.  Add the batting, backing and leanest of quilting, and....phooey!  The outer border of this modest of sizes (29 1/2" square) quilt waves more than the court princess on the homecoming parade float.
No worries--you can still hold your head high.  View the wavy outer border in the first photo, then the visibly straighter, flatter outer edge of the second photo.  Start your straightening operation in much the same way as you would preparing for binding by determining the desired measurement for the outer edge.  You can determine your desired outer measurement by using a cardboard cutting board, cutting mat and/or square, even the lines in tile flooring can be drafted into service by aligning quilt edges with a straight edge. Measure the narrowest points, taking an average if necessary. Most of my wall quilt pictured settled in at 29"--I fluffed the extra around the edge inward so the corners settled squarely. Quilting had reduced the measurment from the original 29 1/2". You can lay your tape measure over the top of the excess to read your measurement and over the center of the quilt to do the same.
You've determined your average and decided on a measurement for your outer border length on top/bottom and for the sides--now what?  Obviously, you want to shrink in the excess on the outer edge to conform to these modified measurements before you apply binding and forever preserve the excess length into a wavy finished edge.  On the quilt pictured, I used a piece of rayon seam tape (and twill tape works well) cut to the finished length desired--in this case 29".  I pinned the tape to the back side, ends of tape first (aligned at each corner), then just kind of tamped the excess border under the stable tape evenly from edge to edge.  For larger quilts, you may want to mark the midpoint of each before pinning, or quarter marks if the length calls for more register marks. (Note that bias tape stretches and will not work as a stabilizer). Pin tape just outside the 1/4" seam line (within the seam allowance) to ensure stitching does not show on quilt face.  Machine baste tape the entire length of the seam line. Once you have eased the excess border under the tape, you are ready to apply bindings.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Relaxing Fabric Creases

I purchased a package of fat quarters awhile back and have just gotten around to unfolding and appreciating the selection of fabrics.  As you can see in the photo, creases are quite noticeable.  Since it will be a few weeks before I begin a project with these fabrics--and I don't want to shelve them creased, I opted to roll the fabrics to begin the process of relaxing the weave without having to iron each fat quarter.

Smooth a fat quarter on the table, then add and smooth each fabric on top.  Start the roll on one side that is parallel to the selvage, and hold the roll up to continue rolling.  The process will render the fabric layers uneven--outer layers of fabric will take more surface to travel the outer circumference of the roll.  Holding the roll up allows the layers to fall and correct themselves. 

Much of the creasing will relax--ready to lightly press when it's time to begin your sewing project.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Quiltmaker 100 Blocks, Vol. 5 Giveaway Winner

A winner has been randomly selected to receive the Quiltmaker 100 Blocks, Volume 5 free issue (drum roll, please). The winner is Jamie Todhunter from Watertown, NY. Thanks so much to all visitors who took the time to leave comments and enter the giveaway--I so much enjoyed reading all the comments and emails and am very much humbled. I wish you all many happy hours of quilting pleasures.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Quiltmaker 100 Blocks, Vol.5, Original Design Block

Welcome to Quiltmaker 100 Blocks, Volume 5 Blog Tour. Pictured is the block I designed, "Feng Shui". This asymetrical block, when constructed as shown along with mirror-image blocks, produces a chevron design, enhanced by color placement. For a completely different result, study the quilt top below made with Rowan fabrics: Kaffe Fassett "parasols" and 2 six inch jelly rolls (Rowan "Fire" and "Ocean"). This 106" square top (not yet quilted) features only 4 blocks with an added 10" border, and is named Modern Crazy Quilt. Observe the secondary pattern formed at the juncture of the four super blocks--yet another design element. Use this visual to plan color placement for your quilt. Using this pattern (available soon through Hancock's of Paducah), the strip-sets surrounding the center square are sewn using the full width of the jelly roll fabric (four colors per strip-set), then the strip-set is cut diagonally corner to corner to produce 2 half strip-sets (see strip-set photo). You will need 4 half strip-sets per block for this quilt.
Comments are welcome--would love to know your likes and dislikes, and if there are any topics you would like to see posted on Creative Folk Quilting--teaching or creative. If you would like a chance to win a copy of Quiltmaker 100 Blocks, Volume 5, please send your email address to and place "Giveaway" in the subject line. All fabrics came from Hancock's of Paducah.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Quiltmaker's Volume 5 Blog Tour

Plan to visit next week on Monday, April 30 when I will be posting an image of a block I designed for Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 5. I will be posting a photo of the originally designed block, plus a photo of a completed 106" square quilt top using the block design. Comments are encouraged--would love to learn your thoughts on any topic covered here. See you Monday!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Color Pools

More fun with Pancake blocks! Check out the March/April 2012 issue of McCall's Quilting for another variation of the Pancake block (also shown on the cover of Quilter's Newsletter Magazine below). All fabrics in this springtime runner are batiks purchased at Hancock's of Paducah--batting used in this runner is my favorite--Warm & Natural needled cotton. This block has unlimited possibilities for design variations by piecing blocks before sewing into circular "pancakes". Enlarge blocks for full quilts to speed the process of making large projects.

Please note: the star effect design on this block is not pieced as a star. In this design, strips of fabric are sewn to the center square--the star effect is produced when the circular flaps are sewn down. The pattern is not as complicated as it appears, so take a closer look at the McCall's issue to see how easy it can be to sew this complicated looking design.