Thursday, 21 July 2011

Beach Huts Tutorial Part 2

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I think the photos speak for themselves at this stage. Using a fusible of your choice cut out the pieces of the Beach Huts and fuse to the back of your chosen fabrics. You can download a pattern template here Email me for a copy of the beach huts pattern.

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A lot of stitching has gone into this piece and so keep everything smooth I like to stitch the details onto appliques before attaching them to the quilt. Fuse them onto a stabilizer as shown below.

landscape quilting tutorial

I also like to get all the lines stitched onto the background before adding the huts as this saves having to twist and turn around the added pieces. I use mono filament thread for this.

landscape quilting tutorial

I have added some birds with fabric pen.

landscape quilting tutorial

Now I add the huts and straight stitch them into place. They are stiff enough for this to be done easily. Just add a few pins to keep them in place.

landscape quilting tutorial

Here is the finished piecing using an envelope facing. Below is the original one which was pieced with an added border and appliqued first before adding minimal quilting and a traditional binding pieced from left over pieces.
landscape quilting tutorial


landscape quilting tutorial

I added 5 huts to this one and let them sit over onto the border for variety.

There we are. I hope you have a go and if you make one I would love to see it.

landscape quilting tutorial

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Beach Huts Mini Art Quilt Tutorial

Need some sunshine in your life?
How about making this Beach Hut mini art quilt.


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This tutorial will show you how to do a diagonally pieced sky using two different fabrics and looks at some different stitching options. It is not a definitive lesson on what you must do to create this quilt but rather something that will help you set you off and give you different options to follow.

Requirement

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Naturally I have used had painted fabric, but any fabric can be used.
I am not going to give sizes. Make it any size you wish.
The only thing to remember is that you need  two pieces of sky fabric exactly the same size.
Also
one strip of sea fabric
one strip of sand fabric
a selection of scraps for the beach huts

Piecing the background


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Right sides of fabric both facing up, place them one on top of the other.

landscape quilting tutorial

Using a ruler and rotary cutter, slice diagonally through the two layers of fabric.


landscape quilting tutorial

Move your cuts out from the inner corner to the outer corner in increments just remembering to make them wide enough to allow for the seam allowances which will come later.


landscape quilting tutorial

Now alternate the pieces of fabric like shown.

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When stitched together it will look like this.
But can then be trimmed to look like this.

                            landscape quilting tutorial

Those observant among you will notice that this one is the sister of the previous one as you get two for the price of one with this method.

landscape quilting tutorial

Now add your sea and sand strips, in whichever order you like.

landscape quilting tutorial

Here the sea is behind the huts,

landscape quilting tutorial

and here it is in front of them.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Back in the Saddle


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Today I have been planning and painting and thinking and generally enjoying the fact that my In the Spotlight quilt is finished. That means that normal blogging can resume. I just want to say thank you to all the new followers that I gained after the Sew Mama Sew giveaway for being so patient. Sorry that I have been off the radar for so long.

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These poppies are inspiring me at the moment. They are self seeding and spring up all over the place this time of year.

poppy field art quilt pattern

I just love the way in which they give you the bud, the flower and the seedhead all at the same time.

poppy field art quilt pattern

Hope you are finding inspiration in your garden.

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