My blogging friend Chela makes beautiful fabric journals (and other fabric art) and recently used Kraft-Tex to make a cover for last year’s journal pages. You can read about how she did it in her post here. However, she had some difficulty with pictures on her site, so I have some pictures of her process below:
Chela used a tool to crease the Kraft-Tex, and I do too–it’s tough enough to stand up to this
She also used clips to hold it for sewing–of course you don’t want pin holes!
She decorated the cover of her journal with stitching and buttons–Kraft-Tex can be stitched either by hand or by machine
Chela had trouble with glue for applique, but stitching worked fine. If you want glue, I use the Aleene’s Jewel-It glue with good results on Kraft-Tex
And here are some of her creative journal pages. Click on any image for a larger view.
You can see Chela’s blog here: colchasymas.blog
I guess every quilt has a story, but sometimes I think “Hoo-boy, this one really has a story!”
The finish here started with a shibori dying class with Debbie Maddy in 2018.
I decided to use the fat quarters (FQs) I’d dyed in the class to make a quilt using Debbie’s Usagi pattern.
The blocks were easy to make and I enjoyed the process. Then I decided to quilt it myself! I usually do pretty well quilting on my domestic machine, but my walking foot decided it didn’t want to participate. The resulting quilt was quite a mess. No, I did not take pictures!
I took out a lot of the quilting, using both a regular seam ripper and a tool that looks like a miniature electric razor. Both worked pretty well, and I managed not to make holes in the fabric!
Finally I got up the nerve to try again. I did small meandering in the blocks to make the rabbits stand out, some stitch-in-the-ditch around the blocks, and some wavy quilting in the border. Done!
Pattern: Usagi by Debbie Maddy
Fabric: Most shibori-dyed in class with Debbie Maddy; border is a commercial batik
Size: 44″ x 44″
Quilted by: me (twice–a learning experience!)
I like to start the year with a scrap quilt, so I’ll be teaching one January 21 at Studio Stitch in Greensboro, NC. It’s based on this pattern by Linda Hahn, but I have made some significant changes.
On February 29 I’ll be teaching a quilt I call “Easier Than It Looks”. It’s great for those “just can’t cut” fabrics, whether you can’t cut because the design is large or because you love the fabric so much.
Not sure yet what I’ll be teaching in March, but I’m thinking about tiny landscape quilts. Opinions, anyone?
If you live near Greensboro, please join us for one of these classes–we’ll have fun! And there’ll be chocolate 😉
Having the internet out for several days caused problems with my blog, but I got a lot of quilting done. I finally finished (got the binding on) my bed-size One Block Wonder (OBW) quilt!
I found this Jane Sassaman fabric many years ago and just had to make something from it.
Garden Divas fabric by Jane Sassaman
After many design experiments (using photocopies of the fabric so as not to waste), I decided on OBW. Not sure I’d do that again. Anyway, here’s the finished quilt, as well as some detail shots.:
Name: Wondering in the Garden
Size: 69″ x 85″
Pattern: One Block Wonder
Quilted by: Julia Madison
This year’s finishes:
One bed size quilt:
This isn’t as wonky as it looks, thank goodness! It’s just that I had trouble hanging it for the photo because it’s bigger than the design wall!
And a number of other quilts for various family, or for things I was teaching, or just because I wanted to:
Machine applique of these circles was done after the quilting, so there was no need for further stabilizer
A few of this year’s 13 donation quilts:
This one was done for leaders and enders, and is going to have to be entitled “Nobody’s Perfect”! Finished size is 34″ x 39″
This top was started over a year ago when I wanted to experiment with half-rectangle triangles. The finished quilt is 40″ x 48″
This top was made from slabs swapped in one of my groups. I spy some orphan blocks incorporated into slabs!
I found this panel in the SCRAP BIN at a shop where I teach, so I got it for $1 an ounce!
Blue Rails, drawn in EQ8 based on a quilt by Nann at withstringsattached.blogspot.com
And finally, some table runners, art quilts, etc:
The colors of the quilt blended with the colors of my chimney, where I stuck it up to be photographed
Cheryl and me with the partially completed quilt I designed and made in class
These projects were started this year but still aren’t finished:
Yes, quitting my day job really improved my productivity 😀
We have internet and phone again so I will post this coming Sunday as usual. Meanwhile, have a happy holiday of your choice!
“It’s a little difficult” was what they said in Japan when I asked for something that couldn’t be done. I have no internet service at the moment, so my regular Sunday post is a little difficult. Please stay tuned and I’ll send it out as soon as the problem is fixed.
One of our Christmas traditions is re-usable gift wrap. I’ve made a number of fabric bags for the purpose over the years, and we have lots of hemmed lengths of holiday fabric that we use for Furoshiki style gift wrap. (Here’s a link if you want to see an expert doing a Furoshiki style wrap.)
Enter the red Kraft-Tex recently sent by C&T for me to experiment with. From the time I saw it, I wanted to make a flower to decorate a holiday package. It took a good bit of experimentation, but here’s what i came up with;
This is the Crimson color of hand-dyed, prewashed Kraft-Tex
I started by cutting pointed ovals about 2″ long and then sewing a little dart in one end to make them 3-dimensional. I did tie a knot a the point of the dart, but there was no problem with back-stitching at the other end.
I glued the petals to a button with a concave surface to give them some support, then glued a piece of discarded costume jewelry in the middle. I’m going to glue an alligator clip on the back for attaching the flower to the package.
You may wonder how this flower will do being stored with the wraps between holidays. The answer is: just fine! Read on for why.
This color is “Sapphire”
I recently made this little pyramid bag from Kraft-Tex (free pattern here, if you’re interested). There was no need for batting between layers because the Kraft-Tex has enough body to hold the bag up.
It took some DOING to get this little bag turned right side out after construction because it’s so tiny. The material actually looked better after all that squishing and twisting than it did before! There were no permanent creases in it, and it looks much more like leather now that it’s been manipulated a lot. So, as I’ve said before: was the Kraft-Tex, crumple it in your hands, etc, etc. It just improves the appearance.Please note: C&T provides Kraft-Tex for me to play with, but the links in this post are for your convenience. I do not make money when you buy from them.
I’ve made multiple triangle quilts this year, and this final one is my favorite. It all started when I saw this book:
The book presents variations on 3 different types of triangles (equilateral, right, isoceles), with multiple options for each type. You know I don’t like to make the same block twice, so the variety of these triangle blocks seemed perfect! (The cover states there are 70 different blocks!)
I chose the equilateral triangles and a limited color palette. And of course I changed some of her patterns and improvised a few new ones. That said, her instructions were excellent. (You may take excellent instructions for granted when you’ve paid for a book, but don’t. Enough said.)
So here’s my finished quilt! There are 11 different layouts for the blocks; this isn’t one of them 😉
The quilting was done by my friend Andrea Walker. Andrea does beautiful custom quilting, but she is understanding when I want edge-to-edge quilting instead (because I want the quilt to be about my design rather than her quilting).
And here’s the back:
- Name: Triangle Variations (Hmmm…boring. If you have a more creative idea please let me know.)
- Finished size:57″ x 66″
- Source: Inspired by Rebecca Bryan’s book Modern Triangle Quilts, and most of the blocks are from that book. (Book available here.)
- Quilted by: Andrea Walker. (You can see her website by clicking on her name.)
This quilt went together well (due to the excellent instructions) and it is unique even though most of the blocks came from patterns. Try it!
Note: The links here are for your convenience; I do not make money if you buy from them.
Several years ago I made this table runner by my own improvisational method.
Then I made this one, same method, using a lovely group of crossweave fabric.It was accepted for publication in a magazine, and I wrote the instructions, but the magazine ceased publication just before the issue in which my runner was to appear!
While developing the article for Crossweave Runner 1, I made Crossweave Runner 2 so I could take some process photos.
So, while cleaning the studio recently, I found two partially finished runners, the one above and the one below.
I finished these last two runners, and that’s about enough of those for now! It’s good to get even a little project finished and out of the way, especially right before the holidays when I’m thinking about gifts for folks!