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Thanks for visiting my personal blog; where I write about the projects I'm working on, and UFO's I'm avoiding :) as well as my thoughts on all things quilty.

If you have something to report or talk about, let me know by leaving a comment. I LOVE to hear from all of you...leave me your blog link also so I can visit you...

Have a block of the month in mind that you'd like us to do as a club, please let me know. 

Until next time, stay happy and creative

Entries in piecing (5)

Friday
Jul232010

Review: Press Open or to One Side? (133)

Welcome back to Vals Quilting, today I want to talk about pressing seams open or to one side. 

I was taught to press seams to one side generally to the dark and to nest the seams when connecting blocks together, this seems to be the proper way or the way most quilters sew.

A year or so ago I was reading about quilters starting to press seams open, then I was struggling with a complicated block and my friend Beth said to press my seams open and boy did that ever make a difference. Less bulk, it lays so much flatter especially when you have multiple pieces.

I also had the privilege recently to take a lecture or two and a workshop by Fun Quilts, Bill Kerr and they press their seams open and always have. They do this to relieve bulk. If they have no concerns about pressing their seams open and commissioning their quilts in upwards of $5000K they must be onto something....

There was some debate recently at a quilt guild meeting regarding this. One lady mentioned that pressing the seams open may make the seam vulnerable, another person agreed but if you think about it, Seamstresses and Sewers press their seams open all of the time to relieve bulk. Some sewers will finish their seams in  "french" style or zigzag over the seam allowances to ensure they are secure or even use a serger so the seam allowance doesn't become frayed. You likely wouldn't use a serger when quilting because this will definitely add bulk to the seam and plus you will be quilting through all 3 layers to finish the quilt and secure the blocks in place at the end.

I was taught to sew pressing the seams open, thanks Susan.

I was taught to press my seams to one side when quilting, thanks to all of you quilting experts and teachers out there :)

I've decided to press seams open and or to press in the direction that will make my block sit flat and to reduce bulk, if that means to press to one side, I will do that, if that means to press the seam open, I will do that.

Since I've started teaching with Chinook Learning Services, I've decided to teach my students to press their seams open, so far :)

What do you do? Press Open or to one side and Why?

Until next time, have a happy and creative day!

 

 

Friday
May282010

Quilting - Get Started, Freebie, A Kittens Tale (116)

Hi Everyone, how are you? What have you been working on lately? Last week I completed a few things including 1 hard block with about 20 inset seams, yikes it was a doozie but I LOVE the way it turned out

I finished Block 3 of A Kittens Tale bom which is so adorable...here's the preview, I still have the yo-yos and stitching to complete

These two blocks almost took me an entire day to complete but look how amazing...well I think so anyway...they turned out :)

Then I got down to it and finished the sampler top for my last class in the Quilting - Get Started program on Wednesday night and I'm quite pleased, it's so cheery and fun looking, what do you think? We will be cutting borders, layering, basting on Wednesday night, I'm kind of sad to be finished I'm so enjoying the teaching.

Check out my new Class set for the Fall Semester

Cathedral Tote

Kites for Kids, which has also been added to my Patterns Kits area here

Quilting - Get Started

I'm also working on a swap with Quilting Gallery's website called "Be Amoungst the Bees" it's a cute stitchery pattern I'm going to do using my silks. Are any of you doing this swap? If so, do you already have yours completed, what did you choose for fabrics?

 Also, please vote on our new Poll for 2010 block of the months clubs that are coming, we need your help!! Until next time, have a happy and creative day, 

Thursday
Sep172009

Log Cabin Tutorial, Pizza Box Challenge (entry 18)

Hi Ya'll, (I just like saying that as you Texan's always sound so fun with your drawl accent)

As you know I've started a pizza box challenge (thanks to Boston Pizza for donation the boxes for us - so generous of them). I'm on my way to a retreat on the 2 & 3 of October so I had to get my block completed for the pizza box challenge.

I've always wanted a log cabin quilt but never seem to get around to making one - helping my mum right now make this beautiful one...can't wait to see that one finished.

So I thought since I'm making one now for my Pizza Box Challenge I would do a tutorial on piecing them together the easy way.

 

First I found one of my favourite quilting books on blocks

Found the log cabin option pages

The block I wanted to complete (Diagram 7) and figured out my final size which will be 9" and I wanted the one with the contrasting from one side to the other with the red block in the middle. The red center block dates back to civil war times and it generally means heart of the home. I chose 1.5" widths for my strips.

I chose subtle blues (4)

red for the center square and tans and browns for the light side of the block


a) sew your center square 1.5" x 1.5" to the 1st tan as in Diagram 7

b) line up your ruler and cut the excess of this first strip off so it's straight

c) finished center

d) add your next strip on (unfortunately I cut mine prior to taking the photo)

c) add you next 1/2 round of blues on both sides (see Diagram 7)

c) cut excess of blue off

 

make sure you press well on the wrong side keeping everything nice and straight

d) next 1/2 round of tans

e) remember to do both sides of the half

f) continue on until you have the desired size or equal rounds or both ;)

g) final round - press well and your done!!

any questions email me or leave a comment

Monday
Sep072009

Library Quilt & Binding Tutorial (entry 15)

I wanted to have a quick tutorial on binding a quilt as I love to do binding but most people don't and I think it's because it can be tricky. But Practice, Practice, Practice and you will become a binding master.

I'll take you through the binding I did for a raffle quilt that Lakeside Quilters Guild did for our local library to raise money. It is called the library quilt and this is the 3rd one we have done - the other 2 we just raffled to generate money for our charity projects.

 

 Start by cutting off the excess material and batting to square up your quilt.

I use a ruler to mark a 1/4" away from the top edge - this will pad your binding

Here's what it will look like after you trim around the whole quilt use your ruler to keep it a square as possible.

To create your binding the most general width is 2.5", once you cut these strips, you will need to connect them together in the most non-de-script way - which is on the diagonal. I always do this in the same direction each time to perfect the technique and to not make it confusing.

Then mark on the diagonal - now make note of which way I'm marking the diagonal. Then pin to secure while sewing together.

 Here's how your binding will look when pinning your strips together depending on the length of each strip.

Now the sewing part, I would recommend chain piecing as it's quicker, you don't break your thread in between until you are all finished the entire length of binding.

Here's the first connection going into my machine.

Here's what it looks like going to the machine in "chain" piecing. Always be careful sewing over the pins - try to go a bit slower or remove the pins right before they go under the needle.

Once all of your sections are sewn together cut 1/4" seam allowance on the right hand side of your seam and separate your sections.

press the entire length of the binding in half

 

open the seam allowances prior to pressing in half

 leave a tail about 8" prior to starting to sew your binding to quilt top - this will make it easier to connect the start to the end of the binding. 

Backstitch, then begin sewing along the 1st length of the quilt to the 1st corner, stop 1/4" from the corner, backstitch.

bring your binding straight up to create a 45 degree angle to the corner of your quilt top.

bring it straight back down aligned the edge of the binding with the edge of the fabric - you can pin the corner if you want it more secure then just finger holding.

Backstitch and then continue along the perimeter of your quilt and

stop approx 8" from where the beginning is - backstitch.

overlap the beginning and the end exactly the same as your binding width. 2.5" wide binding, overlap by this amount as you can see with my ruler. Cut off excess.

place your quilt so the binding is on the far side away from you, match up the corners (binding strips) the same as you did when you connected the binding to begin with, mark, sew, cut to 1/4" seam allowance, press.

Once stitched, pin in place on the top of the quilt and finish sewing together...all attached, the binding is complete. Now blind stitch the binding to the back of your quilt.

Binding complete!!

(any questions, email me valerie@pastimesonline.ca

Friday
Jul172009

Threads in Hand Club, Freebie 15, Grace, Sheets Set (entry 9)

So I've been working on a BOM by Lynette Anderson http://lynetteandersondesigns.typepad.com/

here's a picture of one block that has the embroidery stitching completed and the triangles around the perimeter (which I changed from the original pattern) I still have to complete the applique for the homes.

This 2nd image is the center of the alternating blocks with solids, 9 patches (52) and these cute little heart with swirl center blocks (13) almost finished just need to stitch the hearts in place.
One of the girls in this club said that one block took her approx 10+ hours to complete...some of them I believe that!:-)
The Freebie 15 project - for those of you who don't know what this is it's a Block of the Month (BOM) this is given out by the stores as long as you get your block completed each month the next month is free!! It's a kind of mystery quilt project as you don't know what it will look like until it's done. see a few of the blocks from this challenge that I have completed thus far. This is through TraditionalPastimes.com
I did finally get to give my niece her quilt - the quilt for Grace and she was so happy as well as the rest of the family - overwhelming response which was awesome!!
These aren't that great as they were taken with an iphone but my SIL Colleen will be sending me the better ones - thanks in advance Colleen!!
Here's some pics of the quilt setup on her bed what a perfect match - Auntie's just know :-)
I've also spruced up our sheets and pillow cases for our holiday trailer - I just thought that they should be a little more fun and I'm pretty happy with how they turned out here's the pics:
First pic is the bow on the top band of sheets with bow ties.

Second Pic is the ties to close the pillow cases after the pillow goes in them
Third one is showing the complete set.
I think that's all for today...
Happy Sewing...Quilting...and Crafting
For the next entry I have designed a laptop bag for my mac as well as working on a design for my ipod so I can strap it to me when I'm jogging in the mornings...I've also started covering my old cookie tins with fabrics for my sewing room shelves and to store fabric stashes in.