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Chocolatier BOM - October

Posted by Brenda Ratliff on Oct 21, 2017 12:36:00 PM
  

Hi everyone!

Each month we will be sharing the current Chocolatier Block with you - we're grateful you've chosen to sew with us!

For all of the blocks in the Chocolatier quilt, we recommend pressing all seams open. Some of the pieces in these blocks can get small and pressing open can help reduce bulk when multiple seams collide.

September's blocks are called Argyle and use hourglass blocks. We will be making 8 blocks. 


We will be making a total of 32 Hourglass units in 3 different colorways.

Follow the instructions to create the half-hourglass units.


After sewing two half-hourglass units together to make the hourglass block, trim the block to be 3 1/2" x 3 1/2"

Take your time trimming to make sure the blocks keep the right angles.

Sew 4 squares together to make a complete hourglass block.

We're almost done! Just two more months and our Chocolatier Quilt will be complete. 

When you've finished this month's blocks, hop on over to Instagram and show them off using the hashtags #chocolatiersampler and #PCFchocolatier - we love seeing what you make!

See you next month! - Kara 


Topics: Techniques, Quilting

How to Free Motion Quilt with the Janome 6700p

Posted by Katie Remski on Oct 3, 2017 3:18:27 PM
  

free motion quilting on the Janome 6700p

One of our most commonly asked questions is how to free motion quilt on their sewing machine at home. Free motion quilting (FMQ) is fun and simple with a little practice, and lets you really customize your quilt exactly the way you want. Today, I'll show you the basics on one of our favorite machines, the Janome 6700p! Even if you don't have this specific machine, the basic procedures still apply. free motion quilting on the Janome 6700p

1. If your machine has an extension table, attach it to the machine. The 6700p is sold with the extention table, but if your machine does not have one, most have the option to purchase one separately. This makes it easier to quilt because the weight of the quilt will be displaced over the table and you can better see where you're going! 

free motion quilting on the Janome 6700p

2. Drop the feed dogs. This is the single most important step in setting your machine up for FMQ, as the feed dogs "pull" your fabric in a straight path and do not allow for side to side movement. How to lower the feed dogs will vary by machine; check your manual first to see how. On the 6700p, all we have to do is flip the side lever to lower the feed dogs. 

free motion quilting on the Janome 6700p

3. Attach the FMQ foot. The 6700p includes this as well, but again, you can also buy one for your machine. 

free motion quilting on the Janome 6700p

4. Set your stitch length to 0. 

5. Once everything is set up and tension/speed is correct, use a fabric pen or pencil and practice drawing lines and squiggles and other designs on scrap quilt sandwiches. Practice FMQ, following the drawn lines and feeding the fabric smoothly through the machine. 

free motion quilting on the Janome 6700p

When you're confident with your design, you can move on to quilting your quilt! 

See all Janome machines online!

Topics: Janome, Tutorial, machine quilting, Quilting, 6700p, free tutorial, free motion quilting

Chocolatier BOM - September

Posted by Brenda Ratliff on Sep 21, 2017 12:13:00 PM
  

Hi everyone!

Each month we will be sharing the current Chocolatier Block with you - we're grateful you've chosen to sew with us!

For all of the blocks in the Chocolatier quilt, we recommend pressing all seams open. Some of the pieces in these blocks can get small and pressing open can help reduce bulk when multiple seams collide.

September's blocks are called Maple Leaf and Baseball and use half-square triangles and curves techniques. This is the last of the sampler blocks, and we'll be making one of each block. 


We'll start with 4 HST units and 1 Stitch-n-Flip unit. Layout the squares and sew them together

Sew into rows.

Quick and easy! Now, let's tackle curves.

First, cut out your pieces.

I was able to learn how to use a seam roller from Violet Craft at Glamp Stitchalot 2 and I highly recommend it for pressing curved pieces!


Pin the pieces in place and then press towards the while polk dot (or light aqua). 

Trim the block as shown in the instructions.

When you've finished this month's blocks, hop on over to Instagram and show them off using the hashtags #chocolatiersampler and #PCFchocolatier - we love seeing what you make!

See you next month! - Kara 


Topics: Techniques, Quilting

FREE Quilt Patterns using Dark and Stormy from Dear Stella Fabrics!

Posted by Brenda Ratliff on Jul 22, 2017 10:45:01 AM
  
Dark and Stormy fabric by Dear Stella.  I bought this from Pink Castle Fabrics! Dark and Stormy fabric by Dear Stella.  I bought this from Pink Castle Fabrics! Dark and Stormy fabric by Dear Stella.  I bought this from Pink Castle Fabrics!
Dark and Stormy fabric by Dear Stella.  I bought this from Pink Castle Fabrics! Dark and Stormy fabric by Dear Stella.  I bought this from Pink Castle Fabrics! Dark and Stormy fabric by Dear Stella.  I bought this from Pink Castle Fabrics!

Another glorious fabric collection has arrived from Dear Stella fabrics! We love the nautical and whimsical Dark and Stormy collection! This small collection can be used to make the really cool FREE Chomp Quilt pattern! We are always looking for great free quilt patterns and this one we could use again and again! Wouldn't this look great in a little boys bedroom?

 Free Chomp Quilt Pattern using Dark and Stormy fabrics!

Shop the Dark and Stormy collection!

Topics: free quilt pattern, dear stella, Techniques, Quilting

English Paper Piecing Pattern: La Passacaglia

Posted by Katie Remski on Jun 24, 2017 9:45:00 AM
  

Welcome to the last day of EPP Week! today, we're talking about  maybe one of the most impressive examples of English Paper Piecing-- the La Passacaglia quilt. The pattern is from Millefiori Quilts by Willyne Hammerstein, and has a corresponding pack of paper pieces. Here, I've rounded up some La Passacaglia quilts in progress from Instagram so you can see how amazing they look at each stage. 

La Passacaglia made by Karen Pabst (Instagram: @kpabst) While the quilt may seem intimidating, it's made up from simple shapes-- triangles, pentagons, diamonds, etc. The La Passacaglia growns just like any other quilt, one piece at a time-- granted, in this case, the individual pieces reach a count of almost 3,000. Yes, you definitely want the precut paper pieces. 

The quilt is made up of individual medallions that have a "bite" taken out of them where they attach to each other, as seen in the image on the left. Each piece is a prime target for fussy cutting, and the shapes make the prints look even more interesting and dynamic. 

A Halloween-inspired La Passacaglia Medallion from Karen Pabst Instagram @kpabst

 

 


With the medallions varying in size, the quilt has a rich, busy(in a good way!) feel, and lets you use scraps or small cuts of fabric. You could probably make a good dent in your stash with this pattern! That said, if you plan on fussy cutting a certain motif, remember you might need 9 or 10+ of the same one in order to complete the medallion, so having enough of those prints is essential.

La Passacaglia in progress by @michellesmakings on Instagram
@michellesmakings on Instagram

 

@crafterbynight on Instagram Really, this quilt is a labor of love, a project to be worked on when you feel like you need a little handstitching. Sometimes the best projects are the ones that take a while to complete, that you have fun picking up from time to time. Even if it takes a few years, you'll only love the finished product even more. 

 

@crafterbynight Instagram

Cotton+Steel Wonderland medallion and La Passacaglia Quilt in progress, both by Ashley, Instagram @crafterbynight

Buy the La Passacaglia Kit Now! 

Well, that's all for EPP Week- I hope you feel confident and excited to start English Paper Piecing! 

All posts for EPP Week:

1. Supplies

2. Basic Hexagons

3. Fussy Cut Hexagons

4. Tula Nova

5. La Passacaglia 

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Topics: English Paper Piecing, Paper Piecing, Techniques, Quilting

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