QUILTS FOR COMFORT NORTHEAST

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


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WHAT’S THE LATEST NEWS

Hiya everybody. I hope you’re all enjoying the summer. It’s a long time since I posted here so I thought I’d give it a go.

I’ve spent quite a lot of time longarm quilting and teaching lately but there’s a side of me that you don’t see. And that side is the part of me that’s working behind the scenes with Quilts for Comfort. Alongside Sandra and Nicola and our Quilts for Comfort family I’m beavering away trying to make a difference one stitch at a time. As most of you know we will soon be holding a launch day just to let everyone know what it’s all about and what’s been happening. So why don’t you come along and see us on Thursday July 10th at The Crafts House. Pop in and have a coffee and one of Nicola’s delicious cakes. Nicola really is the best baker in town and not only that but we’re going to teach her to make patchwork blocks soon. Even if you don’t sew you can play a part in bringing comfort to someone who needs it.

 This morning we got together to get things ready for the near future. We made lists regarding future plans …..

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 And put things in some kind of order …..

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The lovely Sandra played with fabric scraps …..

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And Nicola put oodles of fabric scraps in order ready to be turned into comforting quilts …..

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We had a look at the latest donated quilts …..

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We all agreed that we love the soft animal print on the back of this quilt.

We receive a wide variety of quilts. And as well as finished quilts we receive quilt tops and blocks. And our very helpful and hardworking Quilts for Comfort family members turn quilt tops and blocks into superb quilts which go to young people needing comfort.

It’s not difficult to join the Quilts for Comfort family. I joined last summer when I made a few boys quilts to fill a need and I have longarm quilted a few quilt tops in between everything else I do. And I plan on continuing in this fashion for as long as I can. I also plan on teaching a few newbies how to piece quilt blocks on our Quilts for Comfort volunteer days. So if you don’t sew this might be your chance to learn while doing something worthwhile.

As well as our hardworking family  we have another great source of support. Some of you have already visited Stitchin’ Heaven on the 697 in Longframlington. Anne and Mick Davison run the lovely patchwork shop in an idyllic setting in north Northumberland. Anne and Mick have very generously pledged to help us bring comfort to our young friends. I’m so very pleased to welcome them to the Quilts for Comfort family. We can use all the help we can get.

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This is Anne hiding behind a whole load of quilts kits.

Mick running the shop

This is Mick taking care of business.

So I’m looking forward to the launch on Thursday. I’ll be the one sporting a big smile. I hope to see you there.

 Until the next time,

 Happy stitching.

 Lucie the Happy Quilter x


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JAPANESE FOLDED PATCHWORK BLOCK TUTORIAL

Japanese Folded Patchwork just happens to be one of my favourite techniques. It’s right up there with making hexagons. So I thought I’d show you how I approach the task. Keep in mind that others may do it a little different.

I’ll start by giving you the template dimensions; I’m aiming for 4-1/2” block. I have cut out two circle templates. The measurements are for the diameter. The first template measures 6-7/8” but 7” is near enough if that’s easier for you to produce; and you will use this for tracing the circle onto your outer fabric. The second template measure 6-1/4”, this template is the sewing template. And finally the square of fabric and wadding should measure 4-1/4”. I use a rotary cutter to cut the fabric and then lay the fabric on top of wadding scraps and trim it with scissors.

When I make a Japanese Folded Patchwork I use two colours; one for the outer circle and one for the centre square. So here is the method I use when working on Japanese Folded Patchwork Blocks.

First I take my larger circle template and trace it onto the outer fabric. Then cut on the traced line.

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Now using a doubled up thread with a knot in the end I sew a running stitch a scant 1/8” from the edge all the way around. DO NOT SECURE AND CUT THE THREAD YET.

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Place the fabric circle on the table. Now lay the smaller circle template in the centre and hold it down with one hand and pull the needle and thread like a drawstring until the fabric fit snuggly around the cardboard template. Now secure the thread in place and cut. This is the same method I use to make really good circles for applique purposes.

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The next steps is to press the circle on both sides. Let it cool. Gently remove the template. Press again on both sides carefully. This second pressing gives the circle a good crisp edge to work with.

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Now it’s time to add the centre square. Layer one fabric square over one wadding square and centre them both in the middle of the wrong side of the circle. Now you simply fold the circle edges over the sides of the square and pin in place. Make sure that everything looks even on all sides. You can measure up with your squaring up ruler to make sure it’s square.

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Now we stitch everything in place. That’s pretty simple. You can either use a matching thread or a contrasting thread depending on whether you want the stitching to show up or blend in. My preference is a thread that blends in but for these photos I have used a contrasting thread. When stitching, make an effort to stitch thru all the layers right thru to the back so the stitches will show front and back. This will assure that nothing moves and your block will keep its square shape.

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Once you have pieced all your blocks they are sewn together to produce your project. I recommend you sew carefully making very small stitches.

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Over the years I have pieced a couple of bags using his technique but you could make placemats, table runners, quilts, sewing machine dust covers and a whole range of things. Let your imagination run wild. And let me know how you get on.

I hope this little tutorial helps.

Happy stitching.

Lucie the Happy Quilter X


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CREATIVE FRIENDS LAUNCHING AGAIN…..

Back in May two of our Creative Friends launched a successful companion project. Well they have gone back to the drawing board to create something new and truly whimsical. This time Sandra of The Crafts House has designed the most whimsical of hangers called A Pocketful of Gingerbreads for a quilted Gingerbread Pockets designed by Lucie the Happy Quilter. The two projects look fantastic paired up together. So now, as of today, you can purchase the pattern for the quilted Gingerbread Pockets and you can make the Pocketful of Gingerbreads hanger at The Crafts House with the guidance of the very talented Sandra in her wonderful treasure trove of a studio. You can find more info about the Pocketful of Gingerbreads hanger here and more info about the quilted Gingerbread Pockets by clicking here. Sandra and Lucie have worked hard to bring this project together and have had plenty of laughs along the way. This companion project is the perfect gift for a special someone.

 

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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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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.