QUILTS FOR COMFORT NORTHEAST

Quilts for Comfort Northeast – Meeting the challenge of bringing comfort one stitch at a time.


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..Mixed Media Quilting..

….what happens when you put a mixed media artist who likes to paint and create designs on just about any surface she can get her hands on….with a sewing and quilting artist who can create and free motion on fabric like the thread was attached to her finger tips???

..You get a Mixed Media Quilting Workshop..a double act of Lucie and Sandra..showing you how to use paints and threads to create your own fabric panels..
..we have designed a quirky chicken project just for this workshop..
.learn how to use paints,stamps,everyday items to create your backgrounds and doodles
..then after a break for lunch (and some yummy cakes and chocolate!!)
.. its onto the wonderful world of thread play….applying applique and free motion stitching and using threads like paints to detail your project.

Dates and details for this workshop can be found here


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HOW TO MAKE REALLY GOOD CIRCLES

Do you struggle with making really good round circles for your appliqué work? Well here’s a simple way to make good round circles without a struggle. You’ll love this method because it’s really quite simple and gets great results.

I start with a cardboard circle template the size of the circle required. I don’t use fancy cardboard; just cereal box cardboard is perfect. Now I trace the circle onto the chosen fabric.

Now cut the fabric leaving a generous ¼” allowance.

Stitch around the fabric circle using a running stitch approx. 1/8” from the edge of the fabric. Do not cut the thread yet.

With the wrong side of the fabric facing up, place the card template back into the centre of the fabric and pull the thread and needle which makes the fabric bunch up around the template. Secure the thread, cut. Press the circle on both sides. Let the circle cool.

Remove the card template. Press once more. Voila you have a perfect circle to appliqué to your project. Wasn’t that fun? You can use the same method for ovals as well.

I often think that it’s the simplest techniques that are the best. I learned this particular method of making circles from a Thimbleberries BOM many years ago. I’ve used this method ever since. After having a little go today I feel a scrappy quilt coming on. Circles are great fun to make especially if you’re using this simple method.

So the next time you have to make circles for a project I hope you’ll visit again.

Thanks for popping in today.

Happy stitching.

Lucie the Happy Quilter ♥♥


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PROTECTING YOUR IRON FROM THE DREADED STICKY STUFF

Sticky Stuff is my scientific name for the horrible sticky substance that makes fusible web work. As most of you will know fusible web is very useful for appliqué work in patchwork but it can do dreadful things to the sole plate of your iron and your ironing board cover. To avoid the struggle of cleaning the Sticky Stuff off your sole plate here’s a little tip for all the beginners.

Make a folder from grease proof paper place the fabric and fusible piece in between the layers of the grease proof paper and press using a dry iron. Any Sticky Stuff that might squeeze out will be trapped in the grease proof.

I fold my grease proof in half forming a folder and in half again which makes it easier to store for the next time. I also write something in the corner which side is up so there’s always a clean side to run the iron on. I keep a greaseproof folder close to my ironing station. So there’s no excuse for finding Sticky Stuff on the sole plate of my iron.

If your grease proof folder isn’t big enough for the piece you’re working on just slide the folder and press one section at a time.

It’s a very simple, inexpensive way of protecting both your iron and ironing board cover from Sticky Stuff.

Enjoy your summertime creating.

Lucie the Happy Quilter XX


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HOW TO REDUCE BULKY SEAMS WHEN PIECING PATCHWORK BLOCKS

Today this happy longarm quilter has a tip for all the beginners out there who struggle with too much bulk where seams meet. Bulky seams are no fun when it comes time to do some quilting. This little tip works well whether you plan on stitching in the ditch or even for free motion quilting. As a professional longarm quilter I quite often come across bulky seams and this little tip works quite well. Of course it adds a little more time to get thru your project but I think it is definitely well worth it if it makes the quilting a little easier especially if you’re planning on quilting your project using your domestic sewing machine.

Click on the photos to zoom in.

I’m using a simple four patch as an example for this tutorial but this works well with other types of blocks where seams meet.

You start piecing your four patch block as you always do making sure that your seams have been pressed in opposite directions. Be sure to lock in the seams that way you know your seams will be aligned. Once your four patch is pieced, using your handy little stitch ripper remove the last couple of stitches from the seams which you have just locked in on both sides. Refer to the photo that shows where to remove the stitches. It’s really quite easy to do.

You will most probably find that the seam which you have just sewn will try to fold over in opposite directions on either side of the centre point, which is exactly what you want it to do. Using you index finger squish down the centre where the seams meet.

Take the block to the ironing board, with the block facing right side up press. Voila, you have a lovely block with no bulk where the seams meet in the middle. I find this little technique makes quite a difference come time to do the quilting.

I hope this little tutorial helps. Remember to take your time and press all your blocks properly. Pressing is such an important part of the job if you want to make nice quilts.

Happy stitching everyone,

Lucie the Happy Quilter X


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EASY PEASY PINCUSHION TUTORIAL

As a Creative Friend I thought I ought to post something creative before the month comes to an end. So here’s how to make a very simple pincushion using scraps from you scrap basket. I start by tracing this template which is very much like a Dresden Blade onto both layers of my chosen fabric. (You can add some fusible interfacing if you would like a little more body to your pincushion.) I lay my fabric right sides together and trace.

After tracing the template I secure both layers with a couple of pins and cut on the traced line.

Now we can start machine sewing. Just like the Dresden Blades, fold your pieces lengthwise and sew across the top.

Clip the corner to reduce bulk.

Now turn you pieces right side out and work the points out. I use a blunt pencil for this task.

Now press the point flat.

Now with right sides together match both pieces and sew around the three raw side edges.

Clip the corners to reduce bulk. Now press again.

So now I fill the pincushion. I use a combination of wadding and I make a little pouch for bird grit. I know you think I’m nuts but I find the bird grit keeps your pins sharps and it helps keep the rust to a minimum plus it gives the pincushion some weight. You can fill your pincushion using your preferred recipe.

We’re almost finished now. Match the points and sew straight across so that your points can be flipped down.

Now that your pincushion filling has been secured you get to do the best part; the embellishing. I just added a little ribbon and a button to mine but the sky’s the limit. Go on dig around your stash and find some interesting things to add to yours.

I hope you all have a go at making this very simple project. And if you do make one please send photos and we’ll try to publish it. If you would like to use the template that I used please email me at lucie@mapleleafquilters.co.uk and I will email it to you.

Happy stitching.

Lucie the Happy Quilter XX


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GIVEAWAY WINNERS ANNOUNCED

We are very pleased to announce that the winners of the companion project GIVEAWAY are:  Jackie, Patricia & Terri

Congratulations ladies you will be receiving one Owl Kit and one Owl Block Keeper Pattern each. Please email your postal addresses to lucie@mapleleafquilters.co.uk so that your parcel can be posted off as soon as possible.

The Creative Friends look forward to releasing other projects sometime soon. So please keep checking for new and interesting projects.


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HOLD HANDS AND JUMP IN

Well the day has finally arrived. We are pleased to tell you that two of our Creative Friends, Sandra of the Crafts House and Lucie the Happy Quilter have joined forces and are launching their very first companion project.

The Crafts House is offering the Owl kit.

Lucie the Happy Quilter is offering the Owl Block Keeper pattern.

The Friends set themselves a challenge a few months ago and came up with these projects using Sandra’s owl design as the theme. For more info about how to purchase the kit or pattern please click on the highlighted blogs above.

To celebrate the launch of the sale of the first companion projects the Friends are having a GIVEAWAY.  To have the chance of winning a set of both projects, that’s one kit and one pattern, you must comment on both blogs. The prizes will be drawn on May 11. Good luck to all.

Happy creating.