I just finished this baby quilt for a neighbor who’s having a baby shower next weekend. She asked for orange, yellow and blue. I picked fabrics that had an interesting image in those colors. This quilt actually has 15 different fabrics! It’s a little quirky, with carrots, fish, lemons, snails and peaches in it. It’s certainly not an art quilt, but it was fun to make. I wanted it to be fast and easy. I cut out most of the squares at Hello Stitch, with their CriCut machine. I had to fussy cut the oranges and fish, so I did that by hand with a ruler.
Here’s the back. It’s Marimekko. I don’t remember how I got this fabric. Maybe June gave it to me? I think Carrie (the mom of the baby) will like the back since it’s so orange.
Here’s the label. Helen Green is a neighbor who quilts. She’s about 82 years old. At the neighborhood potluck, when Carrie announced her pregnancy, i offered to make Carrie a quilt. Helen also offered, so Carrie suggested that Helen help me. Helen offered to help me hand quilt the baby quilt! I said I had no intention of hand quilting it, but that Helen could help me sew on the binding. When I was collecting blue, orange and yellow fabrics for the front, Helen let me raid her stash. The fish, oranges, butterflies and kokopelis come from Helen. Unfortunately Helen fell and broke her hand, so she wasn’t able to help me sew the binding on. The up side is that she didn’t break her hip.
Circular Rectangles is the kind of quilt where you keep making units, without firm ideas about how to sew them together, and put them on a design wall. The blocks don’t get sewn together until the whole quilt is on the wall, and you’ve stopped rearranging it. I chose not to square up blocks or make them all the same size in this quilt. Some of the edges are curved rather than straight. Some blocks are square, some are rectangular, and some edges are slightly rounded. This makes it more challenging to sew together.
Here’s the first process photo, above.
Here’s the second. Note the little white rectangular holes in the design. With this quilt I decided to embrace “partial seam construction.” I ended up with 3 holes where I needed to sew in a rectangle with partial seam construction.
Here I was working on adding the red to the upper corner, and the blue to the lower corner. I really liked the fabric with the polka dots on the bottom right, but it never made it into the quilt. In the finished quilt, the lower left corner is my favorite part of the quilt. I like the way the edge of the piecing interacts with the blue negative space next to it.
This is the small healing quilt I just finished. I’d like to make a larger one, and maybe add more embellishments, like embroidery and tassels to the bottom. I have a lot of ideas for another healing quilt. I’d like to experiment with quilt edges that aren’t straight. I’d like to do more with middle eastern archways.
It’s hard to see in this photo, but there are seed beads sewn in the flowers. I used fusible applique for the hamsa in the middle, and used a straight stitch to sew it down. I used to do a lot of paper-cutting with an Exacto knife. It’s harder with fabric, because it stretches, but the skill set is the same.
I call this one, “Circular Rectangles”. I started this quilt a year or so ago when I first taught my circular squares and rectangles class. I taught it again, recently, and made more rectangles with the same colors. I decided it was time to gather both sets of blocks together and make a quilt. My favorite part is the lower left corner where the edge of the pattern meets the blue of the negative space. I’d like to make another quilt like this, but with more negative space, and less busy, overall.
Here’s a detail of the quilting. I used my walking foot, of course.
I took the hamsa I cut out in the fusible appliqué class I taught, and put it in an appliquéd archway. I think I’m going to wait until it’s ready to be quilted before stitching anything down. In this photo I’m auditioning the other fabrics for this small quilt. I’m really pleased with the ombré fabric behind the hamsa. This quilt won’t be a square or rectangle. I’m planning to make it house shaped, with a pointy roof.
In the photo above I was experimenting with making a pointy roof. I decided not to do it this way, but to make it larger, and add an additional fuscia triangle for the roof.
I taught a fusible fabric appliqué class at Hello Stitch last Sunday. This was the first time I’ve taught this class as a fabric class and not a hamsa or paper-cutting class. I taught the basics of paper-cutting, but everyone did it on fabric. It was a great class. I had 6 students, 5 of whom had never taken a class with me before. Here is my students’ work:
Below is is the hamsa I worked on during class. I was too busy teaching to finish it then. But I finished cutting it out (with an X-acto knife) while watching Outlander on Netflix.
In Mount Vernon, Wa I found this hamsa shaped air freshener. I’m amazed that hamsas have become this mainstream. Not only that, but it has rainbow stripes on it.
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This is the stone floor in a train station in Seattle. The colors were richer than what you see in the photo. I could easily imagine it as a quilt.
I taught a one hour class on fusible collage at the Netivot Shalom retreat. I called it, “Fabric Collage without Sewing,” because it was so short, and because it was for people who don’t necessarily sew. I got a nice mix of kids and adults who seemed to be having a good time with the materials. Above is my friend Mindy, holding the challah cover she made. To make the materials easier to manage in such a short time frame, I fused the fusible web to the backs of a variety of fabric before the class started.
I’m teaching Fusible Machine Applique Aug. 4th at Hello Stitch Click here for more info, and to sign up. Here’s an example:
Aug 4 from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
At Hello Stitch Studio, 1708 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94703
I will teach paper cutting techniques to make intricate, iron-on fabric appliqués, using Xacto knives and scissors. Then we will practice different ways of sewing the fused appliqués onto a background fabric. Explore the possibilities with multi-layer appliqués.
This is a process class, focused on learning how to cut and appliqué fabric. However it’s easy to turn your class project into a wall hanging or pillow.
Skill Level: Appropriate for everyone from beginners to advanced.