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.




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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!!


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Monday, December 7, 2015

Danish Woven Hearts-Countdown to Christmas 2015

Written by Linda Chaney, mother and Laura Chaney, daughter



Supplies needed: 

  • Printed copies of the Danish Woven Heart Template you want to use
  • Printed copy of the weaving patten you want to use
  • 2 contrasting fat quarters of fabric (18" x 22")
  • Double sided fusible material
  • Iron with Steam
  • Coordinating thread
  • Basic sewing supplies (needle, scissors, thimble, wonderclips or pins etc)

There are 3 sizes you can make for the Danish Woven Hearts - Small, Medium, and Large. Templates to cut out fused fabrics are in three sizes: small, medium, and large. Templates for different woven heart designs are included for the small Danish Woven Heart. To create the medium or large Danish Woven Heart, enlarge the small Danish Woven Heart template by 150% for the medium size or 200% for the large size.

Directions: 


  • Two contrasting fabrics and double fusible material such as Steam-a-Seam 2 are needed for each Danish Woven Heart that is created. 
    • For the Small Danish Woven Heart, cut two contrasting fabrics and one double fusible material at 4-1/2" x 6". 
    • For the Medium Danish Woven Heart, cut two contrasting fabrics and one double fusible material at 6-1/2" x 8-3/4". 
    • For the Large Danish Woven Heart, cut two contrating fabrics and one double fusible material at 8" x 11-1/2". 
  • Sandwich the double fusible material between the wrong sides of the two contrasting fabrics. Fuse with the iron. 



  • Copy the desired Fused Fabric Template (small, medium, or large) onto paper or heavy duty template plastic if making several hearts. 
  • Cut out the Fused Fabric Template and trace two times onto the fused fabrics. 
  • Cut out the fused fabrics, fold in half and press. 
  • Be sure that opposite sides of the fused fabrics are folded.For example, if red and white fabric are fused together, fold the fabric so that the red color shows on one folded piece and the white color shows on the other folded piece. 



  • Copy the desired Danish Woven Heart Template onto paper or cardstock(65 pound weight). I prefer copying the templates onto cardstock since it is sturdier and can be used multiple times. 
  • Remember, the template is used twice, once on each folded fused fabric. It is important that the cuts made into the fabric are clean and precise to give the best results. 
  • Using Wonderclips to hold the Danish Woven Heart Template onto the fabric as you make each cut limits any movement of the template on the fabric. 


  • Two cut fused fabric pieces of opposite colors are created (two cut fused fabric pieces in the open position.)



  • The two different fused and cut fabric pieces are woven together, similar to weaving a pot holder. I prefer to think in terms of over the strip and through the strip when weaving the Danish Hearts because the working strips are either going around the next strip (over) or inside of the next strip (through). 
  • See http://www.creativehardt.com.au/christmastemplate/ for good photos on weaving process
  • Attach a handle at the top of the woven heart using either thin, leftover fused fabric strips or yarn, or thread.


Small version of Danish Woven Hearts using templates in Set 1.




Small version of Danish Woven Hearts using templates in Set 2.




Remember, the more lines there are to cut, the more difficult the weaving process is. Set 1 and Set 2 patterns have been arranged from simple to difficult.

You can use different fabrics and pinking shears to add a different edge (would not use pinking shears on narrow cut strips).



 3 different sizes of woven hearts - small, medium, large



The inside woven pattern is just as interesting as outside woven pattern



3 Danish Woven Hearts hanging









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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Break from Blogging

Written by Laura Chaney, daughter

Hello everyone and Happy DECEMBER!!

This is a short note just to let people know that we're going to be taking a bit of a break from regular blogging here for a while. Don't worry, we'll still get our final Countdown to Christmas project posts up each week, and anything else will just be a bonus post!

Hoping that figure out how to have time to both blog AND create in the New Year!


Monday, November 30, 2015

Stuffed Ornaments-Countdown to Christmas 2015

Written by Linda Chaney, mother and Laura Chaney, daughter


Stuffed Ornaments


Today we're sharing the ninth project in our Countdown to Christmas series! You'll need a copy of Contain It! English Paper-Pieced Accessories for the template.

Only one size template is used to make these ornaments. The number of diamonds used in the final ornament determines its shape and size. In addition, the amount of polyester stuffing inside each ornament can change the overall appearance. Add embellishments to enhance your ornament.

Supplies needed: 

Template used in these samples was #50, the smallest of the diamond templates.

Directions:

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

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

Use Template #50, which is the smallest of the diamond templates in the book. Decide how many sides you want your ornament to have and cut the stabilizer and fabric pieces accordingly.

Stuffed Ornaments


3. Follow these steps to assemble your ornament:
  • Place two diamonds next to each other. 
  • Sew two adjacent sides of the top half of the diamond together, then the bottom half.  
  • Add the next diamond and repeat the sewing process. 
    • It is necessary to "bend" the diamonds to sew the seams together. 
  • Leave the last seam open, flip the structure inside-out. 
Stuffed Ornaments

  • Stuff, if desired, and close seam with a ladder or whip stitch.
  • Embellish as desired.
  • Use embroidery thread to add a looped to the top of the ornament to easily hang it up and admire it!
Stuffed Ornaments




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Next up:


We'll see you next week on December 7 to make Danish Woven Hearts!


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Monday, November 23, 2015

Winter Snowballs and a Snowman-Countdown to Christmas 2015

Written by Linda Chaney, mother and Laura Chaney, daughter


Snowballs and Snowman


Today's  Countdown to Christmas post can be made as individual snowballs, or stack them together to make your very own snowman! You'll need a copy of Contain It! English Paper-Pieced Accessories for all of the templates and the full directions.

Supplies needed: 

In addition to using the templates from Contain It! to make these snowballs, the book will also serve as the full set of instructions for prepping the materials and the basics for constructing the snowballs. These can be a little tricky to make, so be sure to also read the below directions carefully. 

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!

NOTE:  If you truly want to build a snowman, just use one set of templates from each size, cut out 12 peltex and 12 fabric pieces for each size, sew just as we described and add the additional base to close off the open space. I suggest using Pattern Pieces #44 (largest), #62 (medium), and #75 (small). Embellish as desired!

Pattern Pieces for Stabilizer and Fabric Templates:

     Small - Template #74 - Inner Pentagon
                  Template #75 - Outer Pentagon

     Medium - Template #62 - Inner Pentagon
                     Template #63 - Outer Pentagon

     Large - Template #44 - Outer Pentagon
                  Template #45 Inner Pentagon

Peltex: 

     Small - 7" x 20" - Cut 11 Inner Pentagons
                                 Cut 11 Outer Pentagons
     Medium -  13" x 20" - Cut 11 Inner Pentagons
                                       Cut 11 Outer Pentagons
     Large -  15" x 20 - Cut 11 Inner Pentagons
                                   Cut 11 Outer Pentagons

Fabric:  

     Small - 2 fat quarters - Cut 11 Inner Pentagons
                                          Cut 11 Outer Pentagons
     Medium - 2 fat quarters - Cut 11 Inner Pentagons
                                              Cut 11 Outer Pentagons
     Large - 2 fat quarters OR 22 charm squares
                           Cut 11 Inner Pentagons
                           Cut 11 Outer Pentagons

3. Follow the directions for cube construction that begin on page 35; 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

Although the Snowball container may look complex to create, it is a simple structure to sew together. The key lies in getting the Snowball Octopus laid out correctly and constantly returning to the Octopus as one sews.

Examine the One Arm on Inner Base diagram. The sewn side, where the two arrows point towards each other, is the starting point for numbering the sides of each pentagon (1,2,3).

Snowball Arm


An Inner Side (IS) is laid next to the Inner Base (IB).  The next Inner Side is laid along Side 2 of the first Inner Side.  An Outer Side (OS) is laid along Side 3 of the second Inner Side . The joining of the Outer Side to the Inner Side will form the top of the Snowball container. The last Outer Side is laid along Side 3 of the first Outer Side.

Snowball Octopus


This is done for EACH arm of the Octopus - all 5 arms - and should form a Snowball Octopus as shown in the Snowball Octopus diagram.

Snowball octopus in fabric


After the Octopus is laid out, start to sew the arms together. Remember, the first Outer Side is centered on the second Inner Side, forming the top of the Snowball.

Snowball Sew arms together



When all the arms are attached, check to be sure the correct sides have been sewn together.

Snowballs and Snowmen Prairie Sewn Studios


Formation of the 3D Snowball can now be started. Refer to the color bars and arrows connecting sides at the top of the Snowball Octopus.  Start at the Inner Base and sew two adjacent Inner Sides together. These are the GREEN lines in the Octopus Diagram right below.

 Snowball Octopus

Be sure to take a double stitch at the beginning and end of each side seam segment. Continue to the next segment, joining the side seams marked in RED in the Octopus Diagram above.

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Note that the first photo shows the red Wonderclip on one side seam pointing to the adjacent side seam to be joined; the second photo shows the two seams held together, ready to be sewn). Continue to the next segment, joining the side seams marked in BLUE in the Octopus Diagram Above.

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Thus far, only Inner Sides have been joined. The Outer Sides have been reached; two Outer sides will be joined with the PURPLE lines in the Octopus Diagram above.

Snowballs and Snowmen Prairie Sewn Studios


Be sure to take the extra stitches in the lip!


Snowballs and Snowmen Prairie Sewn Studios

Continue to the next segment, joining the seams marked by two BLACK lines in the Octopus Diagram above.

Snowballs and Snowmen Prairie Sewn Studios


The last Outer Sides to join together are marked by the DOTTED GREEN lines in the Octopus Diagram above.

Snowballs and Snowmen Prairie Sewn Studios


One side seam has been sewn.

Snowballs and Snowmen Prairie Sewn Studios


Repeat this process, sewing one segment of the side seam at a time, until all sides have been sewn. Squishing will be necessary as more sides are completed!!



It's time to turn The Snowball inside out.

Snowballs and Snowmen Prairie Sewn Studios


SQUISHING is mandatory!

Snowballs and Snowmen Prairie Sewn Studios


Add the Outer Base to the bottom of the snowball (or is it a Space Ball!)

Snowballs and Snowmen Prairie Sewn Studios


Enjoy!




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Next up:


We'll see you next week on November 30 for the next project from our Countdown to Christmas with instructions to make the Stuffed Ornaments!


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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Crafty Comment Karma and a Poll About When you Quilt

Written by Laura Chaney, daughter

Well this post is getting up two days late, but I figure better late than never. It was a crazy week at work as we celebrated International Education Week, and yesterday I needed a day to just be completely AWAY from a computer. But here we are now, so let's get cracking!

Last week we asked about when you started quilting. 


This was such a fun question. I love seeing how much it varies from the very young to the very young-at-heart! Last week we had 148 quilters vote in our poll!

Poll results how old


This week we're asking about when you typically quilt during the day. 


You can mark more than one in case you're one of those lucky ducks who get to sew more often throughout the day.


When do you typically quilt?

Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Late Night
Whenever I have time to squeeze it in!
Poll Maker

And now, onto the link up!