02/26/18

Fancy Work Applique

Each month I receive an email with the next pattern in the block of the month quilt I’m stitching with Lori Triplett and her sister Kay Triplett. Lori is using pre-fused, laser cut appliques and adding touches of hand painting to her blocks. Kay is using needle turn applique with freezer paper on top. And I’m using back basting applique with my Waddington Road Primitives fabrics.

A favorite recent block was a gorgeous cutwork pattern that the sisters call Fancy Work. I studied the pattern and decided there was enough space between elements that I could successfully back baste it using one piece of tan fabric. I started by tracing the full pattern to the wrong side of the fabric. Next I placed a single piece of fabric on the front stacked with both fabrics right side up. I like to complete the basting step by machine so I dropped my feed dogs and from the back I basted on all the drawn lines.

Basted on wrong side

For this tutorial I intentionally used black thread in the bobbin – so you would be able to see the basting on the front. That was a good thing because then I was also able to see it!!

Front side of the basted design

At this point I paused for a reality check. Did I really want to work with those tiny seam allowances? Reviewing the image of the original quilt I noted that this block is repeated three times and each version looks a little different than the other two blocks. I took that as my sign and decided it really didn’t matter how close to the original my block turned out. I set to work and trimmed the entire block.Some appliquers prefer to cut as they stitch but I like to get all the excess fabric out of the way so I can see exactly where I need to needle turn.

The stitching went fine as long as I didn’t try to rush. I just turned a bit and stitched a bit until the entire design was appliqued. I stitched the circles last so I could shape them to fit the open space between the other motifs. At one point I felt disappointed that they had become so much smaller than the original drawing and considered cutting new, larger circles and covering them. But if I had done that I wouldn’t be able to say it was cut from one piece of cloth, and besides, I had already coached myself that it didn’t really matter.

Finished 8″ x 8″ block

The reverse applique was the scary part. All the rest of the stitching was already completed when I took my small sharp scissors and cut a slit. I almost couldn’t breathe. It was a month’s worth of applique work resting on the tips of those scissors. But cut I did! Over the next four evenings I completed one reverse applique slit per night. Slow and steady – each stitch was carefully placed.

I marvel to think how the original quiltmaker got such narrow reverse applique slits in her work, but I’ve decided to concede the small seam allowance prize to her. If you are making this quilt too and are feeling challenged by the small seam allowances relax a little and resist the urge to compare to the original. I like my finished block just fine and I’ll like the other two versions even better because they aren’t quite as fancy!

Here are my first nine completed blocks. I think my Fancy Work block looks nice with the group.

The first nine blocks of the Triplett Sisters BOM

To see the original quilt and learn more about this BOM click here.

11/1/17

30s Sampler BOM Month 5

Month 5 marks the halfway point of the 30s Sampler BOM! To celebrate all previous patterns are half off for the month of November only. So stock up on any of the patterns you’ve missed!

The four new patterns for November are posted and ready for you to download. Click here to get the patterns. This time there is a sheet of templates. Make sure you turn the scaling off on your printer so they print accurately.

30s Sampler Month 5

Just tuning in to the 30s Sampler BOM? Get all the details and see previous blocks here.

09/1/17

30s Sampler BOM Month 3

Presenting the third installment of my 10 month Block of the Month. Starting today, Sept 1, 2017, the patterns for four blocks will be free for one month after which they will got into my online store where they are available for $5.

Blocks for Month 3

You may wonder how I selected the order of the blocks.  There is absolutely no rhyme or reason to how the four blocks are grouped each month.

I just started sewing blocks.

When a block was finished I put it on my design wall so I could monitor fabric placement – my goal being that participants could make the quilt with a fat quarter bundle of Vintage 30s Ruby’s Treasures (plus background fabric). I didn’t want to use up one fabric too early in the process leaving none for later blocks.

Since I am alternating my pieced blocks with the appliqued Ruby’s Farm Life and Ruby’s Flower Garden panel blocks I noticed that the green fabrics were dominating so I became more selective about which pieced blocks included green.

Once a block was tested I sent the rough draft directions to a graphic artist (my very own daughter Sarah!) and they got numbered in the order I sent them.

That’s why a group of four blocks has no specific connection.

I’m sewing my blocks together in numerical order but, of course, you may sew your blocks in any order you’d like.

If you have been collecting patterns but haven’t begun to sew yet this might be the perfect month to start because the patterns are relatively simple.

Before you head over to get this month’s patterns read this:

Note: The system for downloading the patterns has been updated. Effective this month when you click on the link you will be directed to my online store. Simply click on the item to put the patterns in your shopping cart then check out following the prompts. Since it’s free payment information will not be collected. Once completed a page will pop up with a link to download the pattern. Click on that link and your pattern should download automatically. You will also receive an email with the same link.

The reason for the change is that I found it was taking me a long time to get the patterns posted due to having to go back to previous social media postings to change the links once the free month was over. This way I will be able to change it in one place which means you will get the patterns on time.

To download 30s Sampler BOM Month 3 patterns click here.

To download the general information about the program click here.

If you missed the patterns for Month 1 you may purchase them here.

If you missed the patterns for Month 2 you may purchase them here.

 

06/19/17

30’s Sampler Block of the Month

It’s coming soon! A BOM quilt right here at Barb’s Favorites! It’s starting on July 1, 2017 and continuing for the next ten months.

Here is a sneak peek:This 80″ x 80″ quilt is designed specifically for the embroidery panels that have been licensed by McKim Studios and are marketed with my Vintage 30’s Ruby’s Treasures.

My sample will use both the Farm Life panel and the Flower Garden panel. But you could make the quilt with two flower panels or two farm panels.

The 30’s Sampler Quilt is designed specifically for the pre-printed blocks which finish 7 3/4″ x 7 3/4″ which is sort of an odd size for alternate pieced blocks. So I’ve come up with 41 blocks that can be trimmed to size without sacrificing points or other design elements.

I will be releasing the patterns four blocks each month for ten months. There will be five blocks in the last month. They will be FREE as pdf downloads for the first month they are posted after which they will be available to purchase for $5 per four block set.

My sample will have 41 pieced blocks alternating with 40 appliqued blocks. I’ll be doing back basting applique and blogging about the process. Instead of applique you could embroider the preprinted blocks. Or paint them. Or crayon tint the blocks before embroidering them!

Make the quilt in any fabrics you’d like but if you want to make it like mine I am offering a kit in my online store. Check it out here.

The kit has everything you will need.

Click here for a pdf of the supply list and general information about the program.