Sunday, 15 January 2017

The Iron Caddy Tote

Happy New Year - this is my first posting for 2017.  I have been busy working on a couple of projects that are not going too well.  Bit sad really as I have been doing an awful lot of unpicking.

To take a break from these projects I started making an Iron Caddy for a friend's birthday last night.  I also need to make a couple for my class irons.  I used the free pattern available from Tri Country Quilters.com.  http://tricountyquilters.weebly.com/uploads/3/0/2/4/3024945/iron_caddytote.pdf

 
This pattern is easy to follow however I did find a little error on the diagram page regarding measurements.  The final height is 19 1/2".  The lower and upper middle sections should be 6 1/4" in height not 6 1/2".  My other recommendation would be not to precut your fabrics and batting to the correct size before sewing.  It is easier to trim down to the correct size.  I found my fabrics moved & shrunk quite a bit when sewing and I was very reluctant to put pin holes into the Silver Iron Board fabric.
I used wonderclips to hold the layers together instead of pins.  This worked very well.

The only material I had difficulty in finding within New Zealand was the Silver Iron Board Fabric.
I spoke with quite a few suppliers late last year who are unable to bring this product in the country due to the cost plus shipping.  So if I can't find a product in NZ my next best place is :Nancysnotions.com.  Product link below.
http://www.nancysnotions.com/product/by+the+yard+-+iron+quick+fabric.do


I didn't make my own binding or handles - opting for ready made bias binding and webbing for handles.  I used flat buttons rather than ones on a shank.  When the mat is laid out  shank buttons will raise the corners.

Back to my "stalled" quilts.

Happy stitching
Shirls
 

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

NZ Quilt Symposium 2017 - My Update

Thanks to the wonderful Symposium team, the information regarding my classes has now been corrected and will soon show on the Symposium website. 
My Quilt As You Go class does not appear in the catalogue and my weaving class was listed as a two day class. 

Needs lists for my Symposium classes can be accessed via link found on the front page of this blog (right hand side). Click onto the class name.   Each needs list contains a brief summary with additional photos.

Within this blog you can search (top right) by class names.  Students work from my previous classes will be displayed.  This may help when selecting your fabrics or wanting to find out more about my classes.

So here is the correct information for my classes.

Spinning Stripes (2 day class) 6 & 7 October (examples below)


 
Stacking Bow Ties (1 day) 8 October















Weaving Kiwi Style (1 day) 9 October




















QAYG Quilt As You Go (1 day) 10 October




See you at Symposium

Happy stitching
Shirley



Monday, 19 December 2016

QAYG Needs List Symposium 2017


Quilt as you go

Tutor Shirley Mooney



Do you have difficulty manipulating a large quilt on your sewing machine?  Or are you concerned you may damage applique, embroidery or embellishments on your quilt when quilting?
Quilt as you go is a technique which enables you to work on smaller areas by piecing and quilting blocks at the same time.  Blocks are then joined using thin sashing strips both on the front and the back of your quilt.
In this one day class you will create three or four blocks and join them together using this technique. From here you can then build your quilt to whatever size you wish.
The quilt sampler for this class is made using 2 ½”scraps and can be built up to whatever size quilt you wish. We will discuss the various ways blocks can be assembled using this technique in class.


 

This needs list below covers the requirements for the class, not the whole quilt.

 

Fabric requirements

Please pre-cut fabrics as per instructions before class to save time.  
Background colour and sashing strips.
These can be the same colour. Whatever colour you use for your background, it should make your feature colours stand out (pop). You will need to bring to class 6  2 ½” full fabric width strips of background fabric which will be sub cut using class templates. I recommend full width as opposed to fat quarter lengths which create a lot of waste.
Suggested quantity for larger quilt 1.5 to 2 meters. This will vary depending on the size of your quilt. If in doubt – buy more.
Block colours
Please bring fabrics for four blocks.
For each block colour you will need four shades from dark to light.
For each block cut one dark fabric into an 8” x 4 ½” rectangle which will be cut into a smaller diamond using class template.
Cut the other three colour shades for each block into 2 ½” strips using the full fabric width (112cm) or cut 2 of each if using fat quarters. These will be sub cut using class templates.
Backing Fabric
This technique uses more backing fabric than the standard quilt. If you intend to make a large quilt, then I suggest you purchase at least 4 metres. You can also use different fabrics on the back for each block. This is another way of using scraps from your stash.
Cut 2 12” full width fabric strips (across the bolt 112cm) if using one backing fabric
OR
Cut 4 20” x 12” pieces for each block if using different fabrics. You may wish to match these fabrics with those of your colour blocks.
Back Sashes
You can use either the same fabric as your chosen backing fabric or a contrasting fabric.
Cut 2 1 ½” full length strips or 4 if using a fat quarter.
Batting
Cut 2 12” full width strips or cut 20” x 12” pieces if using scrap batting.  Any batting will do though students using Dacron in my classes have had difficulty as it is very slippery to use.

 

Sewing requirements

·         Sewing machine with walking foot attached.

·         Power cord and foot control for your sewing machine.

·         2 pre-wound bobbins with thread matching that will work with your backing and background fabrics.
·         Rotary cutter (fresh blade please) and medium size cutting board.
·         60deg triangle ruler (optional – only bring if you have one)
·         Long ruler
·         Quilting pins
·         Scissors
·         Fabric marker. This will be used to mark your batting.  If using white or light background fabric you may wish to a marker that disappears.
·         Quilting gloves (optional)
·         1” x 6 “ruler that has ¼” lines marked. (Optional – only bring if you have one)
·         Masking tape.  Used for making ¼” line on your machine and assists with keeping templates from slipping.
 
Block templates provided in this class are for you to keep.  Some accurate sewing is required to ensure your blocks are sewn straight and sized correctly. 
Please visit my blog dontwaittocreate.blogspot.co.nz to view other quilts made using this technique.  On display are other students’ quilt blocks. Viewing these may help you with your fabric selections.
Typ “quilt as you go” in the search field top left of my blog page to view posts.
 
 
 


 
 





Weaving Kiwi Style Needs List - Sympoisum 2017

Weaving Kiwi Style Needs List
Tutor: Shirley Mooney
 
  
 
Weaving fabric creates the illusion of a miniature quilt and gives wow factor to any bag, purse, quilt or other gift item you make.

In this one day class you will prepare strips and weave them into two designs you have chosen from my class sampler.  

In the South Pacific region we are surrounded by beautiful cultural weaves.  You will be shown how to draw up and weave your own designs.  

This is Optional: You can bring along a picture of a weave design you would like to create and work through the design process in the afternoon session instead of making a second weave from the class sampler.

Needs List:  NO SEWING MACHINE REQUIRED

Background fabric       The background fabric is used to stabilise your fused strips and also acts as the back of each block.  Any cotton fabric will work but choose a fabric that will enhance your weaving fabric (as sashing strips).  Please cut two pieces 8.5” by 8.5” for this class.

Fabric for strips           Choose a selection of 3 - 5 fabrics .2 metre full width cuts from the bolt (if you can).  Fat quarters require more strip making and create waste.  I have found that batiks or “ugly” fabrics are excellent as they also add visual texture to your piece.  Make sure your colours are strong and contrasting i.e. black, white, red etc.  If you are not sure look at them through the lens of the camera on your mobile phone.   If using batiks, please wash them first.


Rotary cutter, cutting board and ruler


Clover bias tool size 9mm (is purple in colour)
Small pin board (notice board) that will fit your background fabric onto plus 8 pin board pins (flat). 

Clover Bodkin
Clover Appliqué pins (used to hold down your strips).
Clover Bodkin – grabs and holds the fabric while you weave it.
Small scissors that can cut fabric.
 
Chalk marker or pen that can be seen on your background fabric.
 
Clover products are finer and easier to work with than other imitations
 
 

 

Stacking Bowtie Symposium 2017 Class Needs List




Stacking Bow Ties Class Needs List
Tutor Shirley Mooney








 

 
I have used the traditional origami bow tie block but have inserted the bow tie centre (3d) into each corner rather than every second row.  It’s very tactile to touch and technically fiddly. To learn this technique we will be making a panel using 3" squares.  Your final piece/panel can be made into a cushion, bag or wall hanging - whatever you like. 
Needs List:
·         You will need two groups of fabric.  Background and foreground (3d).  The background is your base.  You can use one fabric (i.e. pink cushion above) or various fabrics in the same colour way (i.e. green cushion above).   Please pre-cut 36 x 3" squares.

·         The foreground is your accent.  It should complement your background fabric but stand out / pop (i.e. light vs. dark or a strong contrast).  Please pre-cut 25 x 3" squares.

·         1 x 20"square piece of batting.  Initially this will be your design board for laying out and pinning your design.  Once your panel has been sewn it is then quilted onto this piece of batting.  Why not use your leftover batting from other projects, sew them together to make up this piece. 

·         Pins - you will need plenty.  Dress making pins work well as they are sturdy.  Long thin quilting pins for normal piecing will bend.

·         Quick unpick.  We use this to assist us in linking our rows together by removing stay stitches (usually 1 or 2 per block).  Don't forget it - it’s a requirement.

·         A camera, iPad or mobile phone for taking photographs of different layouts.

·         Machine thread for piecing and for quilting which should match or blend with your fabrics.

·         Scissors or snips for cutting thread.

·         Cutting board, rotary cutter and ruler.

·         Sewing machine with 1/4" foot.

·         Walking foot (for sewing the panel onto batting).  This may or may not happen in class depending on time.  Quilting gloves (if you use them)

·         Foot control and power cord for your machine

A lot of time may be used in laying out, so to save valuable time please come with your fabric pre-cut.  Pre-wind your bobbin and please make sure you have a new size 80/12 needle in your machine. 


Spinning Strpes Needs List Symposium 2017


Spinning Stripes Class needs list

Tutor Shirley Mooney




















In this two day class we cut your fabric, then lay out the whole quilt before we sew. The cutting and layout will take most of day one.  The quantity of fabric you buy is up to you and your budget.   Your triangle size block will depend on your stripe width repeat e.g. the finer the stripe, the smaller your triangle size.   When looking for your stripe fabric for this class – try find something that has a variant in colour and stripe/shape/width. BUT make sure you love it.  Click onto this link to view other fabric selections from a previous class.







Class Requirements:


·         Striped fabric 1.5 to 3 metres continuous length of fabric. No fat quarters please.


·         Large bed sheet (flannel preferable) to lay out your triangles.


·         Pins to pin your triangles into groups and place onto your sheet (dressmaking pins are great for this).


·         Rotary cutter (with new blade please) and cutting board (No small boards).

·         Full length ruler (optional as we will be cutting our strips without a ruler – freeform)

·         60degree Triangle ruler (please make sure it has all three points)

·         Sewing machine with 1/4" foot attached.

·         Foot control and power cord for your machine.

·         Matching sewing thread with bobbin wound ready to go

·         New size 80/12 sewing machine needle

·         Quilting pins, quick unpick and scissors


Saturday, 17 December 2016

New QAYG techniques class

There are several ways in which you can assemble blocks and join them together using Quilt As You Go techniques.   These techniques are fantastic especially if you have trouble quilting a large quilt (strength, injury, space etc.).   Your quilt may consist of blocks that need to be handled with care so rolling it up and pushing though your machine could damage your blocks.
There is also the cost factor.  We have all sent our quilts away to be quilted.  They look stunning when they come back however, if you make a lot of quilts, this can be extremely expensive.

Most QAYG quilts are made using a set quilt block design.  In this class we work though different block constructions  and joining  techniques. 

Regard this sampler as a reference.  Its all about planning and how to avoid the pitfalls.  Use up your scraps.  Its not meant to be pretty - just a great opportunity to learn, understand and practise.  Once finished, you have it always to refer to.



Most of all, its all done on your sewing machine NO HANDWORK including the binding. 

Next years class dates to be advised.

Happy stitching
Shirls.