Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Scrappy Pasta Necklaces: Scraps 101

Rainy day, school holiday fun.  Pasta necklaces made with fabric covered pasta - great use of fabric scraps!

  • Glue fabric scrap onto pasta - we found it best to paint the glue onto the fabric then wrap the fabric onto the pasta.
  • Thread pasta onto string (we used milliner's elastic). 
  • Sprinkle on a bit of glitter (just because ...)

This is project 29 of Scraps 101.

Friday, 18 April 2014

Selvedge Scraps/Improv gift cards: Scraps 101

To make these I sewed selvedge strips to a piece of cardstock ...

Selvedge strips sewn onto cardstock

then sliced it up and sewed the strips onto other pieces of cardstock.  This is project 28 of Scraps 101.

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Friday, 11 April 2014

Scraps 101: Ticker Tape Quilt {Guest Post}

Today I am so excited to welcome Mariana Galvagno from Coser Tejer Crear as my latest Guest Blogger for Scraps 101.  If you haven't visited Mariana's blog before, why not pop over and say 'Hola'!  

Hola a tod@s! Hoy es un dia especial para mi. Una amiga de blogland me ha pedido que escribiera un post especial. Sarah, de mila+cuatro, esta embaracada en una aventura de retales. Su objetivo, usar todos, absolutamente todos los restos de tela de sus proyectos. Y hoy voy a comtribuir con una idea más que puedes utilizar para darle uso a esos pequeńisimos pedacitos de tela que estan dando vueltas por tu mesa de trabajo. Si, hasta los mas pequeños, esos que miden dos centimetros o tienen una forma extremadamente irregular.

Hello everyone from all over the world! Today is a very special day for me. A blogland friend of mine, Sarah from mila+cuatro, asked me to write a guest post for her Scraps 101 Series. Her main goal? To make as many beautiful and useful things as she can with all her scraps. I hope my contribution will inspire you to make something with all the little tiny scraps lying on your sewing room. Yes, even the smallest ones, those 2cm wide ones with irregular shape.

Se llama Ticker Tape Quilt. No es una idea mia, que va! Hay muchos ejemplos en la red. Pero voy a contarles como hice el mio.
Comence a coser hace 4 años nada mas. Y mis primeros proyectos fueron hechos con ropa que a mis nanos ya no les quedaba. Principalmente muñecos de peluche. Luego vinieron los quilts. Y, como nos pasa a todas, de cada proyecto me quedaban pequeños trozos que me costaba horrores tirar. Y nos los tiraba. Y asi nacio la idea de hacer Ticker Tape Quilts.

Its called Ticker Tape Quilt.  It is not my idea, of course not! There are zillions of examples on the web. But I'm going to tell you how I made mine.
I started sewing 4 years ago and I mainly upcycled the clothes that no longer fitted my kids. I made cloth dolls and rag pets. Then came the quilts. You know what I mean when I say that it was impossible to part with the leftover scraps, don't you? They kept piling up and filling up my scrap jars. So the idea of a Ticker Tape Quilt came to mind.

Lo que necesitas:
Retales de todos los tamaños y colores. Hasta los mas pequeños sirven!
3 piezas de tela en el tamaño del quilt que quieras hacer, agregandole 1 pulgada alrededor. Estas telas se convertiran en el frente, el relleno y la trasera. Puedes reciclar toallas viejas para usar de relleno. O tambien coser guata de otros proyectos. He hecho ambas cosas y funcionan igual.
Cinta de bies. Hecha por ti misma con retales de 2,5 pulgadas de ancho cosidas entre sí o comprada. Es tu eleccion. Mide el perimetro del quilt y agregale 20 pulgadas más.
Basting Spray
What you need
Scraps in various sizes and colors. Even the tiny bits work!
3 pieces of fabric in the size you want your quilt to finish, plus one inch all around. These will be the Top, Batting and Backing of your quilt. You can upcycle old towels to use as batting, or sew batting leftovers. I've done both and they work wonderfully.
Binding. Home made with 2.5 inches wide scraps or store bought. Your choice. Measure the perimeter of your quilt and add 20 inches to that number.
Basting Spray

Manos a la obra!
Haz el sandwich para el quilt pegando o juntando las tres telas.
Comenzando por el extremo superior izquierdo, cose el primer retal de tela; aquí tenemos dos opciones: la primera es usar una puntada zig-zag y la segunda es usar una puntada recta. Si usamos la puntada recta es una buena idea tener a mano Frey Check, un producto para evitar que se deshilachen los retales. Asegurate de que no se han movido las capas del tu sandwich. Yo uso el mismo hilo para todo el proyecto. Y generalmente elijo un color contrastante.
Continua agregando pequeñas piezas, de izquierda a derecha en la primera fila y de derecha a izquierda en la siguiente fila. Esta es una opcion.
Tambien puedes empezar por los bordes y luego ir llenando el espacio del medio. Lo importante es que te diviertas y uses todos los retales, hasta los mas irregulares y raros.


Get to work!
Make your quilt sandwich by spray basting the layers.
Start on the upper left corner of your quilt and sew the first scrap onto it. You can either use a zig-zag stitch or a straight stitch. If using straight stitch, make sure you have Frey Check handy, to avoid those tiny pieces to frey with time. Make sure there is no shifting in the layers. I often use a contrasting thread but thats just me.
Keep on sewing your scraps from left to right in the first row, right to left in the second row. This is just an option.
You can also start on the borders and fill up the middle.
Whats important is that you have fun and use up all your scraps, even the odd shaped ones.


Una vez que hayas acabado de llenar todos los espacios solo te queda agregar el bies y ya puedes disfrutar de tu Ticker Tape Quilt. Y esta técnica es genial para hacer cartas!

Once youve filled up all your quilt space you are ready to bind it. And you can enjoy your Ticker Tape Quilt. Also, this same technique works great to make cards!

Gracias Sarah por permitirme compartir esta experiencia con todos. Nos vemos en Blogland!

Thank you, Sarah, for letting me share my experience with you all. See you in Blogland!

Thank you so much, Mariana!  Mariana also has another great scrappy project on her blog - Fabric Postcards, check them out here!

Linking up to:
Anything Goes Monday
Sew Cute Tuesday
Fabric Tuesday

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Radiant Explosion: The Process

This is for those of you interested in how my Radiant Explosion quilt went from an idea to a finished quilt. My inspiration for the quilt came from Quilting Modern - I read the following phrase regarding their Supernova quilt and an idea popped into my head:  "Supernova dazzles with its explosive design and vibrant color palette.  Random fragments spin off ..." (p105, Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts).

The original idea

After deciding what size I wanted the quilt to be (50" x 60"), I worked out the location of the epicentre.  I then marked out the quilt and epicentre on my design wall. I pulled the fabrics I wanted to use and then then crazy pieced panels.

Crazy pieced panels

I started cutting up the panels and sticking them on my design wall.  At some point between sewing the crazy panels together and then cutting them back up again, I realised that the pieces needed to be kind of wedge shaped, whereby the end closest to the epicentre should be narrower than the other end of the wedge.  I played around with it focussing on how it looked, with absolutely no consideration for how I was going to join it all together.  In the following pictures, all the coloured pieces are pinned to the design wall [aka cot flannel sheet hung from wall with coat hangers], I haven't started sewing them together yet.

So then I sat in front of it for quite a while thinking, hmmm, now what do I do?  I sewed them together in sections, by first adding white scraps to the top and bottom of each shard/wedge, and/or the sides of the wedge.  I would then trim to straighten the edges for sewing together.  When I removed a piece from the wall I put pins in my design wall/sheet so I could return them to the right place. I went through a cycle of  joining sections then pinning them back up on the wall, and moving onto another section, until I had large chunks pieced that could be joined together into a large circle.  Here is an example of a section sewn together.

Some sections pieced together

At some point I realised that joining all of these in the centre needed to be thought through.  I tried to do an improv curve when I'd joined part of the explosion together.  I knew I was on the right track but it didn't really cut the mustard.  I made sure I had lots of seam allowance in the centre, which looked like a big fat mess for a while.

I googled "circle shape in quilt" and ended up at Craftsy watching Sarah Fielke show me how to create perfect applique circles with ease.   So I appliqued a circle on my epicentre.  I machine stitched around the edge of the circle (as opposed to needle-turn applique - is that what it's called?), mama doesn't hand-sew. The centre of the explosion is where my inexperience let me down, and is definitely the one area that I would do differently if I did something similar again. 

Before applique

After - much better but an area to work on in the future

The negative space isn't all white with the odd shard of colour - that would have been much easier but for some reason mama decided to include some rays of Moda Bella Ivory.  My thinking was that it was a subtle way to extend the explosion, which I think it does (you'll just have to believe me, because you can't really tell from the photos).  In the photo below you can see the spacing of the rays.  I used the stitch and flip technique to turn the long rectangles into long triangles.

From here it was a matter of trying to square up the explosion and then piece the background into panels which could then be sewn together.  That one sentence sounds easy but in reality it took me longer than I thought it would, mostly because of the rays set on an angle.

I originally quilted it with a variegated thread, the thread was perfect from a palette perspective (orange, pink, purple) but it was far from perfect from a quilting perspective - the coloured thread highlighted the wonky/crazy shaped pieces but in a bad way, it didn't enhance the piecing - it contradicted it and made the crazy piecing seem all wrong.  So I unpicked it, it took quite a few hours to unpick then re-quilt (basically at the end of the day on Sunday, I was at the same point I was at the start of the day but quilted with a different coloured thread).  It was definitely worth it.

When I quilted it again, I started at the edge of the applique circle, with off-white thread (Wonderfil Konfetti 50wt - colour KT101).

Here is what I learnt:
- I want to do a dresden plate, or similar design with wedges joined in a central circle, so that I know the "proper" way to do it!
- I need more practice with Y seams (seeing as this is the first time I've ever done one)
- I need to remember to square up, it happens as part of the process when you make a quilt with rows of equal length, but is easily omitted when making a quilt like this.
- Sometimes its better if you don't know how much you don't know, otherwise you might not try things.
- I don't like the look of coloured thread quilted on white/light background.
- I really need to get my camera serviced because that black spot on all my photos is driving me crazy.
- Did you just go back and check each photo for the black spot?  I crop it out sometimes.

Thanks for reading!

Linking up to:
Anything Goes Monday at Stitch by Stitch
Sew Cute Tuesday at Blossom Heart Quilts 
Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story
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