Monday, March 21, 2016

Easter Bowl

Written by Linda Chaney, mother

The weather has definitely changed for the better with warmer, SUNNY days, budding trees and green grass. Signs of Spring are abundant and EASTER is early! For those that may want to make a quick Easter Bowl based on our technique described in our book, Contain It! English Paper-Pieced Style Containers!, here is the new pattern using a modified egg template for the sides. This bowl can be constructed entirely by machine, or do the sewing by hand. It's also possible to construct without doing any sewing!

Supplies Needed: 


In addition to using Template 120 from Contain It! to make this bowl, the book will also serve as the full set of instructions for prepping the materials and constructing container. Here is the basic outline of the steps, but be sure to also read the instructions in Contain It! for further information.

Directions:

1.Gather the supplies listed above and review the basic container instructions in Contain It! starting on page 9.

Easter Egg Bowl

2. Make Template 20 from Contain It! and cut the following pieces. As always, be sure to label everything!
  • 2 Stabilizer Pieces
  • 2 Fabric Pieces
3. Using Template 136 that you printed, create your template and cut the following pieces. Remember to use the 1" square printed on the Template to ensure it printed correctly.
  • 12 Stabilizer Pieces; Trim ~1/16" off the bottom straight edge of the 6 Stabilizer Pieces that will be on the INSIDE of the bowl. The Outer Egg Side will be slightly larger than the Inner Egg Side. Be sure to label these pieces.
  • 12 Fabric Pieces
4. Adhere Fabric to Stabilizer as described in General Techniques.

Easter Egg Bowl
  • It may be easier to use a running stitch along the curved surfaces to draw the Fabric in around the Stabilizer piece before adhering to the 1/4" Steam-a-Seam double fusible tape. 
  • DO NOT FOLD THE FABRIC UP ALONG THE STRAIGHT, BOTTOM EDGE. 
  • Only the curved surfaces will wrap around the Stabilizer.

5. Stitch Egg Sides together.
  • Place 1 Fabric covered Outer Egg Side  wrong side up.
  • Place double fusible tape around the outer CURVED edges of the Outer Egg Side.
  • Place 1 Inner Fabric Side right side up on top of the Outer Egg Side, aligning the top and sides of the Outer Egg and Inner Egg Sides. Remember that the Outer Egg Side is slightly larger than the Inner Egg Side along the bottom straight edge. 
  • Fuse in place.
  • Stitch close to the outer edge around ALL the entire egg shape OR continue to next step with stitching.
  • Repeat for the other 5 sides to create 6 Fabric Covered Egg Sides (Fused Outer and Inner Egg Sides).
Easter Egg Bowl
6. Attach the Hexagonal Base.
  • Take 1 Hexagonal Base and place it wrong side up.  
  • Adhere 6 Egg Sides to the Hexagonsl Base with double fusible tape as follows:
    • Place double fusible tape on ONE of the six hexagonal edges (call this Side 1).
    • Butt the straight edge of the Outer Egg Side against the Hexagonal Base edge, allowing the excess fabric on the bottom straight edge of the Fabric Egg Side to lay towards the inside of the hexagon. Iron in place.
    • Place double fusible tape on Side 3 and adhere another Fabric Egg Outer Side.
    • Continue this process, fusing Side 5, then Side 2, then Side 4, and finally Side 6. The even numbered sides will fall slight to the inside of the finished bowl.
Easter Egg Bowl
  • Place double fusible tape along the inside edges of the second Hexagonal Base.
  • Lay the second Hexagonal Base on top of the structure above structure, wrong sides together. Be sure to align the two Hexagonal Bases.  
Easter Egg Bowl
  • Fuse in place.
  • To reinforce the integrity of the finished bowl, stitch around the Hexagonal Base edge forming the inner base of the bowl.
Easter Egg Bow
7. Form the sides of the bowl.
  • To form the sides of the bowl, bring two sides up and tack the two sides together at the outer edges. Placement of this tack is your preference.  
Easter Egg Bowl
  • Add a decorative element, like a button, at the point of attachment.  
  • Repeat until all the sides have been tacked at the same location along the Egg Sides.
8. Enjoy your completed bowl!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Splendid Sampler Blocks

Written by Linda Chaney, mother

My friend, Kim, and I were scrapbooking recently when she received a message from her quilting friend about a new, year long mystery quilt, The Splendid Sampler. I read the message and promptly said, "we're doing this!"  I love mystery quilts because it forces me outside my comfort zone and this one also seemed reasonable - quilt blocks were released twice a week (Thursday and Sunday) and would include all different types of techniques, such as piecing, applique, and embroidery. She agreed and the adventure has started.

My rules for participation included:  using only fabrics from my stash and attempting those techniques that I may not especially like to do or that I have never tried before.  In other words - keep an open mind and try it!! I am also making some modifications that will include using some of my tatted pieces.

The Splendid Sampler First Seven Blocks


I have completed the first 7 blocks and will discuss the modifications I made in these blocks in another post.  Needless to say, I've kept that open mind and have indeed learned some interesting skills needed to complete these initial 6-1/2" x 6-1/2" squares. Perhaps you would like to join in this adventure and enhance you knowledge and skills in the world of quilt making? If so, you can find more information at The Splendid Sampler.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

A New Year, A New Post

Written by Linda Chaney, mother

How time flies! It feels like we just finished posting the final 12 week Countdown to Christmas projects. We hope you enjoyed making some of these. In fact, I just used the Woven Hearts project to make wonderful Valentine's Day hearts filled with chocolate!

As I look back over the past year, a lot has happened:

  • an unexpected gallbladder surgery in early spring (I'd rather give birth to 12 children than go through that pain again!); 
  • my husband's chemotherapy for the return of his cancer (so far, so good as he is now on a maintenance program that isn't as nearly debilitating); 
  • a wonderful vacation to San Francisco to see both our children in October (missed our trek to Longs Peak campground but was happy the doctor finally released my husband for this trip); 
  • creating posts for the Countdown to Christmas projects (thanks to Laura for posting those blogs!); 
  • and celebrating Christmas with our children, Laura and Bill, in San Francisco (first time away from Omaha for the holidays in quite a few years).


The break from posting was really needed to re-energize for the coming year. Although I had hoped to start a bit sooner (thank you to the individual behind me on the full flight home in January for giving me a horrendous respiratory infection), I now feel excited to start new projects and finish others. I wasn't completely idle, though. I took up my crochet hook and made quite a few dishcloths (every one used a different crochet stitch) and some hand-warmers.

Prairie Sewn Studios Hand Warmers
Colorful hand-warmers.

I would like to tackle a sweater project, but that will have to be put on hold. I sometimes have issues with stitch consistency; that's why dishcloths are so great!


Prairie Sewn Studios Dish Cloths
Dishcloths, with glorious stitch consistency.


One of my goals this year is to machine quilt the numerous quilt tops I have pieced. In addition, I'm working on several Easter quilts and containers and have joined the The Splendid Sampler group to create a mystery quilt based on 6" blocks released twice a week. Check out this project, especially if you like sampler mystery quilts or just want to learn new techniques. I will be choosing fat quarters (about 35) from my stash. It should be a lot of fun!

Hope you had a wonderful holiday and started the new year with your list of things to accomplish! Good luck and Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Bellflower Vase-Countdown to Christmas 2015

Written by Linda Chaney, mother and Laura Chaney, daughter






Our holiday gift to you is a new pattern, the Bellflower Vase. It is an advance pattern since both concave and convex curves create the shape, but like all our other patterns in our book, Contain It! English Paper-Pieced Accessories, is constructed following the same methods.

Supplies needed: 

In addition to using some of the templates from Contain It! to make this vase, the book will also serve as the full set of instructions for prepping the materials and constructing container. Here is the basic outline of the steps, but be sure to also read the instructions for the tall flared vase for additional information.

Directions:

1.Gather the supplies listed above and review the basic container instructions in Contain It! starting on page 9. 

2. Make your templates and cut the following pieces. As always, be sure to label everything!


  • Template #5 - Inner Base - Cut 1 Stabilizer Piece

                                                       Cut 1 Fabric Piece

  • Template #78 - Outer Base - Cut 1 Stabilizer Pece

                                                         Cut 1 Fabric


3. Using Templates 134 and 135 that you printed, create your template and cut the following pieces. Remember to use the 2" square printed on Templates to ensure it printed correctly.


                                                           Cut 4 Fabric Pieces


                                                            Cut 4 Fabric Pieces

4. Follow the directions for tall flared vase. Remember that all of the 3-D containers are constructed in the same way with these basic steps:
  • Make the templates
  • Cut the stabilizer pieces
  • Cut the fabric pieces
  • Fuse the fabric and stabilizer pieces together
  • Assemble the Octopus

  • Sew the Octopus (hand or machine-see pages 13-15)
  • Complete the container with the outside base

Review the detailed directions on pages 9-16 with any questions.




5. Decide what you'll do with your new beautiful vase! Keep it for yourself? Or give it as a hostess gift?




Either way, be sure to post your pictures on the Prairie Sewn Studios Facebook Page or email them to us at contact@PrairieSewnStudios.com.




Countdown to Christmas



Monday, December 14, 2015

Pincushion Star-Countdown to Christmas 2015

Written by Linda Chaney, mother and Laura Chaney, daughter




The Pincushion Star is a perfect shape to use at your sewing machine. Filled with crushed walnut shells, it will also keep those pins and needles sharp. The simple construction uses one pattern piece from our book, Contain It! English Paper-Pieced Accessories


Supplies needed: 

In addition to using some of the templates from Contain It! to make this gift box, the book will also serve as the full set of instructions for prepping the materials and constructing the box and lid. 

Directions:

1.Gather the supplies listed above and review the basic container instructions in Contain It! starting on page 9. 

2. Make your templates and cut the following pieces. As always, be sure to label everything!

  • Cut 6 stabilizer pieces
  • Cut 6 fabric pieces


3.Baste Fabric onto Stabilizer using 1/4" double sided fusible tape. Review the detailed directions on pages 9-16 with any questions.



4. Layout "Octopus", being sure to place fused fabric pieces in the order in which they are to be sewn.



5. Construction is similar to that described for Stuffed Ornaments using diamond shaped pieces.

  •  Stitch pieces together (wrong sides together) using a short whip stitch. 
  • During this process, after one half of the side seam is sewn, the fused fabric pieces will need to "bend" to sew the other half of the side seam together. 
  • Continue adding pieces until the last side seam needs to be sewn together. 
  • Partially stitch the side seams together and turn the pincushion right side out. 
  • Add filler, such as crushed walnut shells, and close the rest of the seam using a whip stitch. 
  • If desired, add a button on each side in the center. 





5. Enjoy your new pincushion!!


Be sure to post your pictures on the Prairie Sewn Studios Facebook Page or email them to us at contact@PrairieSewnStudios.com.


Countdown to Christmas