Friday, 17 January 2020




Week 2 and its ....

STRIPPY CURVES WITH @getahashtagkim



Don’t be scared, curves aren’t as tricky as you think!  Try this easy, no-pin way of making gentle improv curves. The Scrap Bag Sampler SAL is the perfect opportunity to give it a go, as we’re using scraps and making random blocks.

Cut four 9½ x 2½ inch strips. Lay four 9½ x 2½ inch strips in your chosen order.



















Then take two strips and overlap them by about an inch as shown with pin markers. 



Using a small rotary cutter, cut through both layers where they overlap, making small curves. Go slowly to avoid shifting the two strips, pin them together at the far end if it helps. Discard the narrow scraps & admire your hills & valleys! Cut and sew each pair of strips one at a time to ensure the curves match. Those straight sides in the middle will be cut and sewn later.
Take one pair & sew along the curvy edge RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER using a narrow seam allowance, 1/8th inch is easier than trying for a normal ¼ inch, in my experience. You don’t need pins, trust me! Just go slowly, carefully lifting & turning the top layer as you go to align the edge with that of the bottom layer. Don’t pull or you’ll stretch the fabric. You may only manage a couple of stitches at a time before you have to leave the needle down & raise the foot to work around the curves and wriggle the fabrics but it WILL work. It’s trickier to explain than it is to actually do!  (Maybe I’ll be brave enough to post a video)  




Yes, I know it looks a mess right now but it will press flat, if you go slowly. Lay one strip flat on the ironing board, hold the other one up and gently nudge the tip over the iron along the seam allowance to press it over to one side.




Overlap then cut the remaining straight sides as shown earlier. Sew & press as before. Give the block a final press, with a blast of steam, then trim to a 4½ x 8½ inch block. Look forward to seeing
your curves!



This is a deceptively quick block to put together. I cut the block into a 4.5" square for the SAL bag. I suggest keeping it as one large unit until you decide on how to position your blocks.





Visit our designers on Instagram to see their versions of this block : @cotefleurie @getahashtagkim @JustSewSue @lisasew @metroquilter @picosailors @pippaspatch @quirkyhannah  @surfseasew @therunninghare



#scrapbagsampler

Friday, 10 January 2020




Well here it is, Week 1 of our wonderful new exciting project.  Really looking forward to seeing everyones flying geese. Thank you Sue for your wonderful instructions.

Foundation pieced flying geese


Dip your toes into foundation piecing with this strip of flying geese designed by @justsewsue to start this sewalong

Materials:

2.5” to 3” squares of background fabric cut into triangles

Assorted scraps for geese measuring at least 2.5” by 4.5” but don’t cut your pieces down to this size as you will trim as you go

Foundation paper

Download the foundation pattern here. Print the foundation pattern onto paper. I use Jenny Doak’s foundation paper which I buy from Amazon. I buy the cheapest size and print in greyscale at actual size. Measure the 1” box before continuing. I then mark on the paper the colour fabric that I want for each goose. Don’t use a Frixion pen as you will lose the markings when you press your work.



Then cut apart the paper patterns leaving a good quarter inch around the dark cutting line.




You are ready to start sewing. The first section is potentially the trickiest but after that you just follow the numbers.

Take your first geese fabric and place it on the wrong side of the foundation pattern, face up. Pin on the right side parallel to the stitching line between A1 and A2. Fold back the foundation along the stitching line between A1 and A2. Trim the fabric ¼” away from the line of the paper.


Place a background triangle of fabric face down on your geese fabric, matching the edge of the background triangle to the geese triangle.  Keeping a firm hold of the fabric, turn over and pin perpendicular to the line between A1 and A2.


Turn your stitch length down to 1.6 as the paper will be perforated and much easier to remove. Stitch along the line between A1 and A2. Starting in the seam allowance and continuing into piece A4. Press the fabric away from A1 and double check the darker fabric isn’t showing in the background. If it is, this is the time to grade the seam by trimming the seam allowance of the darker fabric.


Now it’s time to repeat your actions for piece A3. Remember the mantra – trim, stitch, press, repeat.

 

Fold the paper back on the line between A1 and A3. You may tear some of the paper, but don’t worry that will make the removal of the paper easier. If you rip too hard, use a scrap of foundation paper and a glue stick to repair the tear, don’t use sticky tape, it won’t end well!! Trim the fabric ¼” away from the line of the paper. Place a background triangle of fabric face down on your geese fabric, matching the edge of the background triangle to the geese triangle.  Keeping a firm hold of the fabric, turn over and pin perpendicular to the line between A1 and A2.





Stitch along the line between A1 and A3. Starting in the seam allowance and continuing into piece A4. Press the fabric away from A1 and double check the darker fabric isn’t showing in the background. 

Instead of pressing you can use a wallpaper seam roller but definitely press with an iron once the unit is completed. Repeat the sequence – trim, stitch, press, repeat until you have sewn all twelve sections. This is a good leader and ender project.


Press the finished block and trim to 4½ x 2½ inches. Sometimes the paper shrinks slightly when pressing, so just make sure you cut to the correct size.



Wait to sew sections together until you have a better idea of what size you need, but this block would look great as a rainbow. For the SAL bag pattern, I used one 2 x 4” strip and one 2” x 6” strips.


Visit our designers on Instagram to see their versions of this block : @cotefleurie @getahashtagkim @JustSewSue @lisasew @metroquilter @picosailors @pippaspatch @quirkyhannah  @surfseasew @therunninghare

#scrapbagsampler

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Scrap Bag Sampler


Who's excited about Friday's kick off on the #scrapbagsampler sewalong ???

Block instructions will be published every Friday on our blogs and we will all be posting our own versions of the block on Instagram too. Keep checking that hashtag !! #scrapbagsampler

Our first stop is with Sue also known as @justsewsue on IG

Followed by :- 
17 January @getahashtagkim 
24 January @quirkyhannah who blogs Here 
31 January @metroquilter
7 February @cotefleurie
14 February @pippaspatch who blogs Here
21 February @picosailors who blogs Here
28 February @therunninghare 
6 March @Lisasew
13 March @surfseasew 


Towards the end of March you'll have all the blocks and can get on with finishing your project. You could make the bucket bag which Sue has graciously designed and will share with us on 20th March. Sue's design needs a panel 30” by 8” (finished) and she has used :- six 4” squares, three 6” squares, one 2” square, one 2 x 4” strip and two 2” x 6” strips. Do you already have some small blocks which are unloved? Incorporate them into your design. You can mix and match, most of our blocks are variable in sizes. You can customise your favourite bag pattern, tote bag, project bag, how about a cute zipped pouch, a mini quilt, you could even make more blocks for a baby quilt or super size them up for a lap quilt. 

Use those scraps, they will just keep multiplying otherwise. The end of the sewalong will be 9pm GMT Easter Monday April 13th and please share your finished projects using the #scrapbagsampler hashtag. Myself and all the designers can't wait to see what you make and share our own finishes with you. Roll on Friday !!!

Sunday, 5 January 2020



Do you love a good sewalong but don’t want to commit to another large quilt, spend the £s on a pattern or buy more fabric? Then this is the sewalong for you. We are going to use the scraps that we have accumulated and make small blocks every week to make a panel for a bag. These small blocks are perfect as a leader and ender project and to try out new techniques. Think of it as a spring clean for your scraps.

I am going to use up all my old colourful scraps from my collection of  Karen Lewis fabrics.  I have already made several quilts from her lovely prints and I just have odd bits and pieces left over, some large some small and in a whole range of colours. 


The sewalong will commence on Friday 10 January, but join us on Instagram today to see what scraps we’ve chosen to use for the sewalong. Share the scraps you’ve chosen to use for the sewalong using the hashtag #scrapbagsampler

Visit our designers on Instagram to see their versions of this block : @cotefleurie @getahashtagkim @JustSewSue @lisasew @metroquilter @picosailors @pippaspatch @quirkyhannah  @surfseasew @therunninghare

#scrapbagsampler

Friday, 6 December 2019



Do you love a good sewalong but don’t want to commit to another large quilt, spend the £s on a pattern or buy more fabric? Then this is the sewalong for you. We are going to use the scraps that we have accumulated and make small blocks every week to make a panel for a bag. These small blocks are perfect as a leader and ender project and to try out new techniques. Think of it as a spring clean for your scraps.

This week we are looking at how you keep your scraps.  I must admit I am not being a good girl at the moment as Christmas sewing has overtaken me and they are all piled up high on my desk! However, usually if I am sewing from a specific fabric line I keep all those scraps together and at the end of the project I give them away on instagram! That way I don't feel guilty and someone else gets to use them!.

The sewalong will commence on Friday 10 January, .

Designers include: @cotefleurie @getahashtagkim @Just Sew Sue @lisasew @metroquilter @picosailors @pippaspatch @quirkyhannah @therunninghare
#scrapbagsampler

Friday, 29 November 2019



Do you love a good sewalong but don’t want to commit to another large quilt, spend the £s on a pattern or buy more fabric? Then this is the sewalong for you. We are going to use the scraps that we have accumulated and make small blocks every week to make a panel for a bag. These small blocks are perfect as a leader and ender project and to try out new techniques. Think of it as a spring clean for your scraps.

You can make a bag of your choice or the bucket bag that @justsewsue has designed for this project which is 8” tall with a diameter of 9.5”. This design needs a panel 30” by 8” (finished) or use your favourite bag pattern and customize it with a patchwork panel. Do you already have some small blocks which are unloved? Incorporate them into your design.

The sewalong will commence on Friday 10 January, but join us on Instagram next Friday to see how we each organize our scraps (or not).

Designers include: @cotefleurie @getahashtagkim @Just Sew Sue @lisasew @metroquilter @picosailors @pippaspatch @quirkyhannah @therunninghare
#scrapbagsampler

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

CQ Bee is go go go!





Well this month I launched the new CQ Bee.  I couple of months ago I did a talk at our local guild.  Many of the ladies had never heard of sewing bees let alone flickr.  So I decided to make our own bee and eleven lovely ladies volunteered to join me.


I am doing the first month and I have decided to do a girls quilt for Siblings Together charity.
The block was inspired by one of my other groups and it is the weathervane block, with colour choices to make it look like a flower.  Put together it will look like a lovely flower garden for a girl.
I found a nice easy pattern to follow and made a couple of sample blocks.
Don't they look pretty!


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I hope everyone will enjoy the new bee and have some fun along the way.