Giveaway – Tidal Lace fat quarters

Leave a comment to win this entire gorgeous group of fat quarters from the Tidal Lace collection by Kim Andersson for Windham Fabrics. Share your favorite quick sewing project in your post.

Leave a comment to win this entire gorgeous group of fat quarters from the Tidal Lace collection by Kim Andersson for Windham Fabrics. Share your favorite quick sewing project in your post.

 

The Tidal Lace Blog Hop continues!

See my previous post for a quick pillow project tutorial.

Tidal Lace Pillow

Check out the rest of the AMAZING projects created with this gorgeous fabric.

Sept. 15-23rd.

Sept. 15-23rd.

 

Here are the links for all the participating sites:

Mon 15th Sept:
Windham Fabrics
Kim Andersson : I Adore Pattern
Tues 16th Sept:
Erin Harris : House on Hill Road
Amy Gunson : Badskirt
Cath Mosley on Instagram
Wed 17th Sept:
Anne Sullivan : Play Crafts
Stacey Day : Stacey In Stitches
Thurs 18th Sept:
Adrianne Ove : Little Bluebell
Terri Carpenter : The Quilted Fox
Friday 19th Sept:
See How We Sew
Amanda Hohnstreiter : My Sewcial Hour
Sat 20th Sept:
Ann Haley : Sew Messy
Madeleine Roberg : Domestic Strata
Sunday 21st Sept:
Cal Patch : Hodge Podge Farm
Rebecca Ringquist : Drop Cloth
Monday 22nd Sept:
Alicia Wietholter : Swoon Patterns
Stacey Sharman : Peppermint Pinwheels
Tuesday 23rd Sept:
Jen Carlton Bailly : Bettycrockerass
Miriam Blaich : The Berlin Quilter
Sew on – – – – – – – – – –
Ann

 

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Tidal Lace pillow – FREE TUTORIAL

 

Tidal Lace pillow by An n Haley

Tidal Lace pillow by Ann Haley

 

 

This quick pillow utilizes Kim Andersson’s new Tidal Lace fabric collection for Windham Fabrics. It’s a great beginner project or a quick gift for someone special.

Here is the skinny . . .

Cut 21″-long strips of fabric in various widths. I used the earthy tones in the collection near the bottom of the pillow top, watery fabrics in the center part and the airy colors near the top. Join enough strips to form a square 21″ x 21″.

TIP: Adding a narrow strip or two creates drama.  In this picture, you can see light blue and light pink strips. Each of these narrow strips was cut 3/4" x 21". Then I sewed them using a 1/4" seam allowance, so they finish 1/4" wide.

TIP: Adding a narrow strip or two creates drama. In this picture, you can see light blue and light pink strips. Each of these narrow strips was cut 3/4″ x 21″. Then I sewed them using a 1/4″ seam allowance, so they finish 1/4″ wide.

Cut a piece of muslin 24″ x 24″ and a piece of batting 24″ x 24″. Place the batting on top of the muslin, then center the stripped pillow top with right side facing up, on the batting. Hand baste the 3 layers together using random 2″-long stitches to hold the layers together. You can pin baste the layers, but I think hand basting holds them in place better. With a small project like this, hand basting will only take a few minutes.

Quilt the pillow top sandwich in long wavy lines from one side of the square to the other. I used a walking foot and gently moved the fabric from side to side as the machine sewed. My wavy lines were more wavy at the bottom of the pillow top and more straight near the top. Quilt the heck out of it. I am not a proficient machine quilter, but this was a piece of cake and added great texture to the pillow.

Quilt the pillow top by crisscrossing rippled lines of stitches.

Quilt the pillow top by crisscrossing rippled lines of stitches.

The stitches near the top of the quilt are now as wavy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trim the muslin and backing even with the quilt top. Make sure the pillow top sandwich is square and measures about 21″ x 21″. Set aside for now.

The pillow back is made of 2 overlapping panels. These panels can also be pieced. Each panel should be 21″ high and 15″ wide. Once the 2 panels are pieced and trimmed to 15″ x 21″, fuse a lightweight interfacing on the wrong side of each panel. This will give the fabic a nice weight and hold the panels flat. Do not use medium or heavyweight interfacing or the back will gape open. (Trust me on this.)

Tidal Lace pillow back

On each back panel, turn one 21″ edge under 1/2″ and press. Turn this same edge of each panel under 2″ and press. Topstitch the pressed edge of each panel to hold the folds in place.

Overlap the folded edge of one back panel over the folded edge of the other panel by about 4″ and pin together. The pinned pieces should form a square about 21″ x 21″. If you need to, adjust the overlap to get this measurement. Machine baste across the top and bottom of the back, where the panels overlap.

Place the pillow back right side up on your table. Put the quilted pillow front face down on the pillow back, so the pillow front and back are right sides together. Pin and stitch all four sides using a 1/2″ seam allowance.

Turn the pillow cover right side out and press the outer seams and corners. If everything looks hunky-dory, turn it inside out again and trim the outer seam allowance to a scant 1/4″. I always like to make sure everything looks good on the outside before I trim a seam! Turn right side out and press one last time.

You can insert a 20″ x 20″ pillow form now and your done – congrats!

IF you want to create a flange around the outer edge of the pillow, read on . . .

A 2" seam is sewn around the outside of the finished pillow to create a flange. Then a smaller, 16" x 16" pillow form is inserted.

A 2″ seam is sewn around the outside of the finished pillow to create a flange. Then a smaller, 16″ x 16″ pillow form is inserted.

This photo of the pillow back shows the flange well. To create this outer flap, begin by topstitching 1/4″ from the edge of the pressed pillow cover.

Sew another row of stitches 2″ from the outer edges of the pillow cover. I taped a ruler to the bed of my sewing machine 2″ from the needle. See my previous post on Wide Seams for a more detailed explanation. This really helped me sew a straight line!

Add-a-Quarter ruler as a seam guide

Add-a-Quarter ruler as a seam guide

That’s all there is to creating a “flange”! Insert a 16″ x 16″ pillow form through the opening in the back and take pictures!
Tidal Lace Pillow

Here are a couple other ideas I had while playing with Kim Andersson’s Tidal Lace fabrics. This awesome fabric collection will make its appearance at your local quilt shop in January ’15.

For a modern looking pillow, I started with simple rectangles and added narrow strips around each. Then I used a great Tidal Lace print to fill in the rest of the pillow top. I will add simple channels of stitches when quilting this pillow top.
Tidal Bar pillow top by Ann Haley

Another idea I was toying with was to add wavy bias strips of fabric to a simple strip-pieced background. These bias strips haven’t been sewn down yet, but you can see the “painterly” effect that can be achieved.

Bias strips of fabric to be sewn to a pieced background

Bias strips of fabric to be sewn to a pieced background

Pillows are a great way to try new ideas while creating a nice finished piece. Have fun!

Modern pillow pattern

Quick modern pillow – pattern available

 

This fab pillow is made using 5 fat quarters of Terra Australis 2 fabric from Ella Blue (due in stores in September). Of course you can use any fabric you like. But seriously, don’t you this fabric is amazing?

The pillow pattern available. It’s a great project for a beginning quilter or home sewist. The cutting and piecing is very basic. It’s a slip-cover, so no zippers or buttonholes required!

The pillow top is quilted in straight lines – easy peasy!

I’m setting up my Etsy store, so for now, just shoot me an email if you want a hard copy or downloadable PDF.

For those of you in the Bay Area, I’ll be teaching this class at Intrepid Thread in Milpitas, CA , October 3rd.

If you haven’t discovered Intrepid Thread yet, I promise that you will LOVE it! Julie carries modern quilt fabrics at great prices. All of the inventory is online, so you don’t need to be in the Bay Area to indulge yourself.

Don’t you love projects that give you instant gratification?

Midnight in the City quilt

Midnight in the City quilt

My skyline quilt “Midnight in the City” was displayed at Stitch Modern in Piedmont, CA. It all started with my Skyline quilt block and a great group of friends on the Flickr bee, Simply Solids. Click on the photo to go to the free tutorial for the basic block I used to make this quilt.

Boho chic tassel

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I made this tassel yesterday as a gift for my friend Barbara. I added tons of beads, though many are hidden in the depths of the tassel. 

An embellished tassel like this can be used as a keychain, a purse dangle, curtain tie back or, as shown in this photo, to spruce up an old brass lamp. It’s a little over the top, but I love adding this kind of rich texture to my life. 

I started by cutting narrow strips of three different fabrics. Then I threaded beads on embroidery floss and pearl cotton of various colors and weights. I tied a few of the larger beads to the fabric strips but wasn’t crazy about how jerky the fabric knots looked. (I kept them there because I don’t like to undo things very often. I prefer to keep it as is, my own personal creative expression, and try something different next time. If I try to make the first one perfect, it will never be done!)

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I tied it together at the top with wire strung with larger beads and wired that to a sterling silver keychain, as shown below. I wrapped a strip of fabric around the neck of the tassel, secured it with stitches and sewed beads there, too.Image

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Skyline block quilt tutorial

Blocks from Simply Solids bee on flickr using my tutorial on sportsew.wordpress.com

Blocks from Simply Solids bee on flickr using my tutorial on sportsew.wordpress.com

Skyline block quilt tutorial

I am almost finished with my Skyline quilt – yay! I posted the basic block tutorial on my other blog – sportsew.wordpress.com if you are interested in looking at it.

The quilt needs to be hung tomorrow night at Stitch Modern in Oakland, CA, so “almost finished” is not good enough and I’m starting to panic.

I’ll post a picture of it as soon as it’s quilted, but I wanted to remind you that the tutorial is on my other blog. Here is a picture of a basic block. Last March, I designed this block for my online quilting bee Simply Solids on Flickr. The fabulous women in my bee took the basic concept and produced some amazing variations.

The blocks are pinned to the wall in this photo. I’ve altered the layout since then because I thought they looked a little like books on a bookshelf.

More to come, stay tuned . . .

Quilt binding dispenser

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This is a follow up to my previous post about wrapping quilt binding around a cardboard tube. If you recall, I concluded in my last post that any old cardboard tube (from wrapping paper, paper towels or even toilet paper) works just fine for storing quilt binding.

I discovered that placing the tube on my sewing machine’s second spool made it easy to pull out just the amount I need. What an awesome way to keep the binding from getting tangled and mangled.

If you don’t have an extra thread spindle on your machine, use a vertical paper towel holder.

Since I had wrapped my binding on a large wrapping paper tube left over from the holidays, I placed a large spool of thread on the spindle then slid the cardboard over the spool. The big spool of thread kept the tube steady.

Give it a try, you will use this tip again and again.

Stitch on – – – –
Ann