Whilst testing my blocks for my latest Block of the Month Project ‘In The Good Old Days’, I decided to use one right here to send to Leah and see what she did with it! and here are the results!...

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The Leah Day Project

Whilst testing my blocks for my latest Block of the Month Project ‘In The Good Old Days’, I decided to use one right here to send to Leah and see what she did with it! 

 

and here are the results! Pop over to her blog to see what and why!

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so here’s a quick tute on how I made it..

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Make four A/B and eight B/C half square triangle units.17094215_10154449877853367_526313207_n17092277_10154449877873367_971837431_n

Place the squares right sides together with all edges even. Use a Clearly Perfect Angles tool to eliminate the need to mark diagonal lines. Check out this video for help on the tool – it is brilliant and will give you accurate units every time.

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So to make half square triangle units you are going to line the point up with that grey line and stitch 1/4” either side of what would be a centre line. 17077968_10154449877943367_377002033_nChain piece all the units through and then turn them and stitch down the other side.17077831_10154449878053367_1663546449_nThen use scissors or your rotary cutter and ruler to cut them apart down the center of the two stitch lines (point to point)

17093878_10154449878108367_1175510337_nPress them all open. You will have 4 corner blocks and 8 blocks which go on the 4 sides of your finished block.17078017_10154449878203367_377469721_nNOw take your D squares, right sides together and make four half square triangles as before.17077819_10154449878703367_1563259353_nYou are then going to use your ruler and cutter and cut them in half point to point. And discad the four top halves (use them for something else one day)17092055_10154449878978367_474540686_nNext we find the four C triangles (we cut our squares in half earlier). Place right sides together and stitch along the long edge-  you need to take care not to stretch this bias edge.17035271_10154449879018367_1102053246_nPress open carefully.

Now lay all your units into rows and stitch together matching all points. note: if you press the seams in each row in opposite directions (ie top row to left, 2nd row to right) then they will butt up nicely and make for easier seam matching.

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To complete my block I added corners to put it on point (note: this was testing my measurements for my BOM quilt side and corner set triangles)

Cut two squares light fabric 5 3/4”

Cross cut once to make four triangles

Cut one strip red fabric 1 1/2” x wof

Lay the triangles right sides together along the long cut edge on the red fabric strip. Stitch taking care not to stretch the bias edge. Leave space in between each one for turning and cutting.

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Press red strip outwards and use a ruler and cutter to trim the red strip at an angle in line with the edge.

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Attach a triangle to opposite sides of your block. press open. Attach remaining two and press out. Trim your block and then see what Leah does with her amazing quilting!

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This is where and how I used my block! can you spot it?

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hugs for today

and thanks Leah for the invite to work with you.

Helen

    



Appliqu the gluestick way

This is an old tutorial post that was posted onto madam Samms blog. Her blog is no longer active and the links are broken, hence I have decided to reupload it for you all.

 

happy stitching

Hugs

Helen

Wow, what an honour to be invited to be a regular visitor to Madam Samm’s blog for you all… but being a very busy time of year for us all, particularly down here in Australia as we are heading to our big summer break and end of year activities…. I have had to quickly make something up for you last night…. not so bad, that means you too still have time to make it for Christmas…

 

so, I thought I’d show you my gluestick appliqué technique. If you have always been scared of needleturn appliqué but love the look, then this is the answer for you.

what you need:

A Sewline Glue pen (and why you’re at it get a few refills too)

Hugs 'n Kisses applique paper

Some fabric – about two fat eights

and some needle and thread…

to make this:

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First, download and print out the template page. Trace each appliqué piece (from the reversed sheet) onto the non fuse (the non shiny) side of the applique paper – I like to use a Sewline ceramic pencil to do this.

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where one piece sits under another make a mark so you know you do not need to turn this edge under.

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Cut out each shape smoothly.

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fuse the pieces to the wrong side of your chosen fabrics.

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cut out leaving a small seam allowance – about 1/8” is enough.

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Clip into inner points and curves only.

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Using the Sewline glue pen (yes you can use any water soluble glue stick but these are much less messy, go on blue and dry clear so you can see where you have been, and are sticky enough to hold instantly) P1090493

run a line of glue around the edge of your applique paper template – just do a small section at a time

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Using a thumb and finger press over the seam allowance onto the glue.

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take care to get nice smooth curves – we don't want pointy curves. If you are having trouble you may need to trim back the seam allowance a little further. Continue around the complete shape BUT – remember you don't have to turn over where you made those marks – where the edge is going to be sitting under another piece.

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Next, position your pattern sheet (the right way around) onto a lightbox. Smooth your piece of background fabric over the top. Using the gluepen layer and glue each piece into position (you can see the design through your fabric, use this to position the pieces).

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Mark the string lines and using a grey Sewline pencil and the lines on the bauble using white (if you used a dark red fabric).

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Now you can appliqué down all of your prepared pieces as normal using a blind appliqué stitch and a matching thread. I love the Superbobs donuts from Superior threads for this as you get a little bit of lots of colours all housed neatly in a donut so always at hand… If you cannot get a matching thread then use a blending thread such as grey – if your stitches are correct you wont see it anyway.

Once all of your pieces are stitched down fuse some stabiliser to the back of your piece. Place it into a 6” embroidery hoop and embroider as follows:

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The strings are stitched using a chain stitch. The top row and the bottom row on the bauble are feather stitch. The two inner rows are first stitched in herringbone and then a pistil stitch is placed at each inner junction. I used a cream Presencia Finca Perle #16 thread and a Hugs ‘n Kisses Stitchery needle.

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You could choose to do more, different or no embroidery – just thought you may like to practise your newly learned skills from Stitched Sundays..  if you don't remember them you can always download my new Hugs ‘n Kisses App – there are links on there to each step by step tutorial and diagrams of many stitches. – and its free…

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To finish your little banner layer with batting and backing and bind the outside edges – I curved the bottom edge so a bias binding is better for this curve. Place some hanging tabs at the top and hang your little banner of Joy.

So now you can master perfect appliqué circles- everyone's biggest fear…. and I love circles and use them in so many of my designs so this works perfectly for me also..

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happy gluesticking….

hugs,Helen

    



I stitched with Anni

Another Gathering has come and gone, but not without a lot of effort, a lot of help, a lot of laughter and even quite a bit of stitching..

 

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The tables were set and ready for the morning arrivals…IMG_7237

Little gifts and treats kept on coming….IMG_7257Anni came bearing lots of goodies and eye candy..IMG_7248

and the projects were to die for….image1appleseedbothappleseedclose1great show and tell….Judy, Jo and Wendy with finished Anni bagsIMG_7265

Donna and Pauline with finished projects from the last Xmas gathering

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and Bev’s beautiful version of the Scrappitdy doo dah quilt.IMG_7277of course much stitching was achieved!IMG_7284amidst the chatter and forming of new friendships far and wide.IMG_7285IMG_7283

shall we do it all again?

registrations are open!

but you’d better be quick.

hugs for today

Helen

    



And a Happy Christmas to all

Can we believe it – only 5 sleeps til the big man comes…. eeeek, where did that year go?

I of course have had a huge year…. trips to Bright, Salt Lake City, Houston, Victoria x 3, NSW x 3, SA for AMQF – and too many others to mention – whilst also opening a quilt store, a

café and lastly a learning centre – The Shed!

mmmm what was I thinking…….

Meanwhile, two fabric lines, a new book, several Magazine commissions and many new patterns…. but that keeps my creative juices flowing and the dopamine levels high….

I couldn’t have done this without so many special people in my life and I want to take this minute to publicly thank them…so please bear with me as I do…

Firstly – Jo!

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Jo stepped in for me at an emergency moment and I bet she had no idea where her offer would take her.. So much for just folding a few patterns, a few bits of fabric and getting lots of inspiration to stitch – she now runs me, my business, runs the wholesale backend, the retail shop, the ‘shed’, the cutters, the folders, the café staff – and yes she even makes coffees. .. all with a smile and never a fluster… how could I be so lucky……

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Judy is the most kind, caring genuine lady you’d ever meet and I'm so glad she asked for something to do. She cuts all of our kits and just jumps in where something is needed. She keeps me looking forward, on track and organised for the future so there are no last minute surprises.

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Kat, is our Kona solids coordinator and has been our ‘Saturday girl’ this year. She is an extraordinary quilter and designer and has taken on our first batch of classes this year teaching her amazing skill set with great results from her students. Kat won’t be continuing in the shop Saturdays next year but will be teaching many more amazing classes to very lucky students, focusing on her designing and teaching – you need to follow her on FB to keep up with her amazing work. We are lucky to call her our teacher.

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Abby and Lauren have begun the café journey with me. With various experiences in hospitality they have gotten us started, pout up with my lack of coffee knowledge and together we are learning daily to bring a café with quality, friendly service, a great atmosphere of support and community… and I’m told they make a great coffee!

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And of course I cannot forget my family. Rohan has taken on café responsibilities – yes he can make a mean coffee and woo the ladies and has even made a few quilt shop sales.. he is my barista backup.

Tess has been my backup baker when she can fit it in between uni studies and work, Molly has been living away working her grad year for nursing and Miss Matilda, well she’s my little right hand.. again I thank them all for their support holding the fort while I am away visiting with all of you – my last people to thank – those of you who stitch my designs, make my quilts, join in with me to inspire, create and give to make a difference to yourselves and others.. You are the reason I do this…

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so, this is a big Christmas thanks….

next year is not looking any less busy but I’ll cover that in the new year.

I wish you all a wonderful Festive season, may you make good memories, have quality time with those you love or just be at peace…

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and see you all in 2017!

 

Oh – we will be closing for a short break between Saturday 24th December, reopening on Tuesday 3rd January.. that's Quarter Inch and Hugs ‘n Kisses. Feel free to place online orders still and they will be processed in order on our return.

hugs from

Helen

    


New Projects for Christmas or not!

You saw our wonderful gathering photos but I did forget to show you the new projects we made.

 

The Hexie gogo teeny table topper

HexierunnermainpicwebThis cute little runner could be for Christmas if you used Christmas fabrics – we just used my new Coonawarra Reds with my favourite Essex Putty linen background and a Cosmo Seasons #5006 variegated red thread. IMG_6180

With button embellishments and our wonderful iron on leave in EPP hexie papers this came together quickly and easily.. yes you could still get it done for a Secret Santa gift!hexierunnerclose

There may also be a few kits left including everything you need for $20 plus the pattern.

 

the Christmas Dilly Bag

christmasdillybagfrontcoverThis again used my Coonawarra Red fabrics, Essex linen in sand colour and some Basically Hugs fabrics. But scrappy anything of course will look great.christmasdillybagclose

The pattern comes with an iron on transfer for the little stitcheries which you stitch all at once before fusing the included precut iron on hexies to the bag and making up this cut hexie dillybag..

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a few kits left for this one also at only $20 plus pattern.

Gather Ye Blessings:

This one didn’t end up being a Gathering project (I made a few spares whilst deciding) but it was finished in time..

gatheryeblessingscoverpicThe pattern includes applique paper, precut EPP iron ons for the diamonds, squares and circles and of course all instructions.gatheryeblessingsclose2

with a little EPP, a little gluestick applique and a little stitchery it can be personalised for you.gatheryeblessingsclose3

 

We have the metal stands as pictured or we have cute little wall hangers with a Christmas star in the 12” width for only $10 each.

These are not on the website and as I'm madly working on new websites they may not get there on the current one…

but if you’re keen you can just phone or email Jo on 03 62001304

til next time

hugs from Helen

    


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