We made it to 2018- what will it bring?
So many exciting things happening in 2018, where do I start? I’m currently having just a few days off but madly trying to design, stitch and prepare some exciting programs and projects for you all to tempt those stitchery senses...
So let's start with - where will I be around the country in 2018.
Our first event right here in Hobart is the Gathering - Stitch with Helen and Lynette (Lynette Anderson designs) on Sunday March 4th at the Newtown Bay Rowing Centre. There are just a few spots left so don't leave booking for this one too late.
Next will be our annual visit to Melbourne for the Australian Quilt Convention - I am almost ready to start my take and teach project for this one - remember they sell out very fast each morning of the show - any requests?
April 5-8th 2018
Next is my first of three trips to South Australia - yes girls, you asked (so many times) and so, I am coming....more than once - I hope you don't get sick of me :)
The first is for 'Chix that Stitch' - by the beach, at Wallaroo - 2 hours west of Adelaide. My lovely friend and ex quilt store owner Sue is venturing into the world of events - sharing her passion for stitching and quilting with all of you...
How indulgent is this weekend going to be?
My next trip west is to teach in Whyalla with Gail Pan for the lovely Ruth of Pretty Country Things in June. This sounds like a beautiful weekend and I don't think I've been to Whyalla for maybe 40 years (my Aunt lived there and we visited as young kids often) - will I see you there?
Sunday the 9th September will see me in Queensland stitching by the Sea with Lynette (Anderson)...for 'Stitch the day Away'
And finally wed 19th-Sunday 23rd September I will be back in Adelaide teaching at the Australian Machine Quilting Festival once again... Registration for classes open late March, but check out the teachers and signup for the newsletter so you know when they are open - they sellout fast!
And I think that's enough for you and I to think about for now... back to the design board for me to get projects and class samples done for them all... I hope you might also be enjoying a small break over the Christmas/New year period (preferably without the holiday cold I have been enduring) and are looking forward to the year ahead...
hugs from Helen
So much to tell you about my last few months, but let’s start backwards with our wonderful but busy weekend just gone..
Over 100 lovely like minded ladies joined us in a wonderful setting to share, stitch, laugh and play….
Jo had worked her magic and made us all feel welcome and loved..
The girls in the kitchen fed us well (a huge thanks to Tessie who baked all week and Adrienne for making multiple scones and all of our other wonderful friends and helpers (Linda, Donna, Monique, Molly)
sorry no pics of the delicious desserts but let’s just say I’m still enjoying the leftovers…
Projects were stitched with focus and concentration….
and of course lots of shopping temptations….thanks to Judy and Jo
so…. do you want to see the new projects they stitched?
First it was the Soft and pretty Serendipity Ipad pouch using Moda fabrics – Lily and Wil
And one for us: The Stitchers’ Santa stocking. Make this one for yourself (or a stitching friend) – hang it with the kids or grandkids stockings and it may just be filled with the stitching things you love!
We have a few kits left if you want a few last minute Christmas gifts to stitch…
Hugs for today
Apple or Yellow Greens are the colour for this months Aurifil block designer – and I’m it! I love my Aurifil threads and was chuffed when they asked me to be the October girl…
This year this free BOM quilt is based on the colours of the Rainbow – and we are up to October already – but never fear you can go back and find all the previous months quite easily here
I, of course, had to include some English paper piecing (using EPP Iron-ons – iron on leave in epp papers) and a touch of whimsical embroidery using the 12wt threads.In the pattern I included a printable sheet for the templates you can print onto my Applique paper so you too can use the iron-on/leave-in method.
If you need help with the how-to’s of English Paper piecing I have several YouTube videos on my channel – go subscribe as there are more coming soon!Or I have a great Craftsy class which will take you through everything step by step…. if you click on the photo below it will take you to a 33% off link!
If you need help with embroidery stitches you can sign up to my free embroidery lessons right here.
So I hope you enjoy my block and would love to see them if you do happen to make it – Please share on Instagram (if you’re not following me its helen_stubbings)
and use the hashtag #stitchwithhelen so I can find you….
hugs from Helen
PS- forgot to tell you where to get it!
head to here to download the pattern.
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!
so here’s a quick tute on how I made it..
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.
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. Chain piece all the units through and then turn them and stitch down the other side.Then use scissors or your rotary cutter and ruler to cut them apart down the center of the two stitch lines (point to point)
Press them all open. You will have 4 corner blocks and 8 blocks which go on the 4 sides of your finished block.NOw take your D squares, right sides together and make four half square triangles as before.You 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)Next 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.Press 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.
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.
Press red strip outwards and use a ruler and cutter to trim the red strip at an angle in line with the edge.
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!
This is where and how I used my block! can you spot it?
hugs for today
and thanks Leah for the invite to work with you.
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.
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:
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.
where one piece sits under another make a mark so you know you do not need to turn this edge under.
Cut out each shape smoothly.
fuse the pieces to the wrong side of your chosen fabrics.
cut out leaving a small seam allowance – about 1/8” is enough.
Clip into inner points and curves only.
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)
run a line of glue around the edge of your applique paper template – just do a small section at a time
Using a thumb and finger press over the seam allowance onto the glue.
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.
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).
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).
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:
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.
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…
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..