Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Work in Progress Wednesday #46- Mr. Bones, Take Two

Written by Linda Chaney, mother

I love my design wall.  Although I had planned to use black narrow borders as posted previously, I was not happy with the look. So I searched through my stash and started to experiment with different fabrics replacing the narrow black borders.

Mr. Bones


In addition, I found  two fabrics at one of my fabric quilt shops that brought the whole quilt together. It always amazes me how the look of a quilt can change by altering just a few minor pieces of fabric.


Mr. Bones


I've also designed the template needed to make the final border - but that's a story for another day.

Now to start cutting and sewing!




How do you attach your binding?

By machine to the front, then by hand on the back
By hand on both front and back
By machine on both front and back
Poll Maker

Linking up with Freshly Pieced and Sew Fresh Quilts.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Class Announcement-ACME Fabric and Quilt Co

Written by Linda Chaney, mother

I'm super excited to announce that our next class on the cube from  Contain It! English Paper-Pieced Style Accessories has been scheduled. Come join me at ACME Fabric and Quilt Co. in Blair, Nebraska on November 7!



The class runs from 9:00am-3:00pm and at the end of the day you'll be close to having a completed cube, or you swift sewers will have one that's completely finished.



Take a look at the supply list and full description for this cube class, and then if you're in the area you can sign up by calling the store at (402) 533-1015. Hope to see some of our readers there!

Don't live nearby? Check out our teaching schedule to see where we'll be next. Interested in having a class at your own store or quilt guild? We would love to expand our teaching network! Email us at contact@PrairieSewnStudios.com

Friday, August 21, 2015

Crafty Comment Karma and a Poll About How You Attach Your Binding

Written by Laura Chaney, daughter

I am tickled pink by the results of this week's survey. When we asked, "Have you tried English Paper Piecing (EPP)?" 73% responded with "Yes, and I loved it!" Woohoo! So excited to see that so many people also enjoy one of my absolute favorite sewing techniques!



This week we're asking about how you attach your binding to your quilts. At some point we'll get around to the more contentious binding question: how wide do you cut your binding.


How do you attach your binding?

By machine to the front, then by hand on the back
By hand on both front and back
By machine on both front and back
Quizzes


And now, onto the link up!

Crafty Comment Karma


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Work in Progress Wednesday-#45: Mr. Bones, a Halloween Wallhanging

Written by Linda Chaney, mother

My friend and I loved "Mr. Bones" the first time we saw him and decided to make a lap size quilt using the panel and accompanying border print. The panel is Chillingsworth created by Echo Park Paper Co. for Andover Fabrics (andoverfabrics.com).

Mr Bones Halloween Panel

Mr. Bones will be surrounded by a series of borders:  First,  an inch black border; second,  the fence to keep Mr. Bones in; third, another black border, about 1 to 1-1/4 inches wide; fourth, flags and books border; fifth, another black border about 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 inches wide; and finally, a wedge shaped border with varying halloween prints.  The quilt will be bound in black.

Mr Bones Halloween Panel



The center panel and two of the three borders have been cut. It was a snap to cut the two borders; however, Mr. Bones himself was a bit trickier.  Now to cut the fabric for the remaining borders!  The hope - to have Mr. Bones completed in time for Halloween!  Wish me luck!

Have YOU voted in this week's poll?



Have you tried English paper-piecing (EPP)?

Yes! I loved it!
Yes, and I hated it.
No, but I want to!
No, but I don't want to.
Poll Maker

Monday, August 17, 2015

English Paper Piecing: How We Got Started

Written by Laura Chaney, daughter

Hopefully you read out blog regularly, and so you saw that our poll question this week is asking "Have you ever tried English paper piecing?"

Prairie Sewn Studios English Paper Piecing


Today, it's obvious that both mom and I love English paper piecing and all the fun things we've gone onto do with this technique, but it wasn't always this way. We first learned English paper piecing at the AQS Pacudah Show in 2011,which was the year the city was deluged with horrible floods right before the quilt show, causing all of the quilts, classes and vendors to be relocated to various empty buildings around the city.

The classes and lectures had all been moved to a local church that had lots of classroom and chapel spaces available. Our English paper-piecing lecture was in the chapel, so we arrived at the church and took our seats in the pews. Lectures at the AQS shows are usually about 45 minutes long and most tend to be presented in the traditional "lecture" format, but the English paper piecing one included a little history and antique English paper-pieced quilts, a demo of the techniques, and our own little sample pack to make a single Grandmother's Flower Garden flower.

Prairie Sewn Studios English Paper Piecing
A more recent flower.
It's fun to go to these shows as a mother-daughter team, but our that also means we end up doing a bit of negotiating about the classes and events we'll attend. Let's just say this wasn't Mom's first choice for a lecture.  We both made our sample flowers that same night back in the hotel room, and ended up purchasing some paper templates the next day from Paper Pieces (now the only place I get my paper templates)! We both were hooked.

English Paper Pieces



One thing led to another, and eventually we used what we learned lecture and the many hours of basting hexagons after that to develop the technique used in Contain It! English Paper-Pieced Style Accessories

So first, please vote in the poll!

Have you tried English paper-piecing (EPP)?

Yes! I loved it!
Yes, and I hated it.
No, but I want to!
No, but I don't want to.
Poll Maker


But we also would love to know if you have any good stories about a time you were reluctant to try a new technique that you ended up loving! We'd love it if you share your story in the comments below!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Crafty Comment Karma and a Poll About English Paper Piecing

Written by Laura Chaney, daughter

Hello again, and happy belated Friday (again!)! One of these days I'll be back on my schedule for blog posts, but I think for right now we're just going to focus on the accomplishments wherever they occur!

Last week we asked about how you do your machine quilting. Another week where I wasn't too surprised with the poll results. I think most people who machine quilt do it themselves, on their regular ole' domestic machine. Now they might wish they had different machine to do their quilting, like a longarm, that's a pretty big investment in both size and money.

machine quilting


This week we're turning to a subject that is near and dear to my heart, English paper piecing. If you've been reading our blog for a while, you may know that the road to our book Contain It! English Paper-Pieced Style Accessories began with a lecture on English paper piecing at the American Quilter's Society Paducah Show. Mom was a less than enthusiast participant at first, but the technique has obviously grown on her.

So this week, we want to know...

Have you tried English paper-piecing (EPP)?

Yes! I loved it!
Yes, and I hated it.
No, but I want to!
No, but I don't want to.
Poll Maker



And now, onto the link up!


Crafty Comment Karma



An InLinkz Link-up

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Work in Progress Wednesday-#44 One Stitch at a Time

Written by Laura Chaney, daughter

As you might have guessed from my lack of regular posting in the last few weeks, it's been a busy summer for me here in San Francisco! My day job slows down for just a few weeks and then we're right back at it getting ready for our new students to arrive for the Fall semester at our University! Once August hits, summer is officially OVER in our world!

So what do you do when life gets crazy? You still sew one stitch at a time. And with a little help from Battlestar Galactica.  This episode has one of my favorite moments when the character of Dr. Gaius Baltzar screams in desperation, "I'm one of the good Gaius!" It makes me laugh so hard every time.

Battlestar Galactica

Stacking them up makes me feel like I actually got something accomplished, even if it isn't much. These hexagons, like every sewing project, WILL get made one stitch at time. Even if progress overall is slow. 


Battlestar Galactica

I'm still loving the colors I'm working with right now, the Ocean Waters Batiks by Robert Kaufman. 

basted hexagons

Linking up with  Sew Many Ways!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Crafty Comment Karma and a Poll About Methods of Machine Quilting

Written by Laura Chaney, daughter

Do you ever have one of those weeks that just completely gets away from you? That was my week last week and I'm just now getting to the post I meant to put up on Friday!

Last week we asked about "how do you quilt your quilts?" I think the results (for once) were along the lines of what I expected! Machine quilting is more popular the hand quilting, but 36% said that it depends on the project.

How do you quilt your quilts?




This week we're sticking with the quilting theme, but taking a close look at machine quilting specifically.



How do you do machine quilting?

Domestic sewing machine
Domestic mid-arm machine
Your own long arm
With my credit card! (Send it out for quilting)
Poll Maker


And now, onto the link up!

Crafty Comment Karma