Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Upcycling #2 – Book and Binder Covers

Book cover from free motion quilting sample

Last year, I took part in the Free Motion Quilting Challenge at Insights from SewCalGa and in the process ended up with lots of “samples”.

What a shame not to use them for something!

So, this is a book cover made from the Tiles challenge by Angela Walters.  The quilting design in the tile is Leah Day's design "H2O"

Here's what I used, minus the small blue scrap which I did not need.


I measured the book and added seam allowances.  I cut the quilted portion longer so that it would turn in about one inch on the inside covers.  Added extensions and turned under.  

Extensions on book cover

 I used a decorative stitch to turn under the edges

Inside covers

Quilted book cover


I like to use binders to store instructions, class information, etc.

Here's three different options I used to make binder covers: orphan blocks, pieced strips left-over from making a quilt, even placemats.

Orphan blocks
orphan blocks

 Strips left-over from making a quilt

Left over strips

inside cover

Made from placemats

cut to fit

Linking up to The Needle and Thread Network WIP Wednesday, all Canadian blogs!

Happy Quilting,


Thursday, August 22, 2013

Take a Stitch Tuesday

Stitches 37 to 40

Four samples for TAST with Sharon b. at Pin Tangle.

Stitches 37 to 40

Stitch 37 – Beaded Hedebo Edge

I found it hard to have the right spacing for the beads but eventually figured it out. The spacing is better on the heart, I think.

Beaded Hedebo Edge

Stitch 38 – Knotted Loop Stitch

I played around with different widths in the borders and the flower was fun to do.

Knotted Loop Stitch

Stitch 39 – Italian Border Stitch

Fun and easy!

Italian Border Stitch

Stitch 40 – Buttonhole Wheel Stitch

I just love how this one turned out! I used several other stitches learned on this project.

Buttonhole Wheel Stitch

I will link up to TAST at Pin Tangle 

Check out the comments to see all the beautiful work going on there.

Happy Stitching,


Fern Study 3

Quilt Documentation # 146 

Work in Progess

Fern Study 3

Not a lot going on in the sewing room this summer, but I managed to get in there for a few hours to get another piece done in my Fern Study series.

I have mostly been learning embroidery stitches with Sharon Boggon at She posts a new stitch every week on her blog. The challenge is called Take a Stitch Tuesday.

I used a couple of very basic stitches on Fern Study 3.

This is one of the prints made earlier this summer using ferns and black acrylic paint.

Ink Print

This piece started as a resist, so the “feathering around the fern” is from brushing over the fern on the white fabric. It was pretty messy so I stamped the fern over the white space.

The thread used for the hand embroidery is 100% cotton Japanese Sashiko thread.

I wanted to machine stitch around the embroidery but knew that my free motion foot would keep getting caught in the stitches so I decided to try Glad Press 'n Seal.

Glad Press 'n Seal

I placed it over the whole piece, this stuff will stick to everything, and then stitched with gold metallic thread.

free motion quilting with metallic thread 

I removed the Press 'n Seal from around the edge, it came off easily (forgot to take a picture) and then did the background quilting.
I wasn't sure how to remove the rest of the plastic so after a little experimenting I found that by ironing over a sheet of parchment paper the Press 'n Seal just melted off.  Since everything was either 100% cotton and metallic, it worked great.


The border is not quilted as I'm waiting to see what happens with the next 2 pieces. I'm hoping this will be part of either a triptych or diptych if the one or both of these other pieces turn out OK.

You can see Fern Study 1 and 2 here.

Linking to Nina Marie's Off the Wall Friday.  Have a look at all the beautiful fibre art there.

Happy Quilting.


Monday, August 5, 2013

Take a Stitch Tuesday

Stitches 31 to 36 

Six more samples for TAST with Sharon b. at Pin Tangle.

Take a Stitch Tuesday Samples
I think I'm about halfway through the TAST stitches so far and I'm enjoying learning something new with everyone of them.

Stitch 31 – Pekinese Stitch

Hard to see in the photo but I added a little bling with some Wonderfil metallic thread.

Pekinese Stitch

Stitch 32 – Linked Double Chain

I do like this as a border stitch but was a little at a loss at what else I could do with it.

Linked Double Chain

Stitch 33 - Sheaf Stitch

Fun and easy!

Sheaf Stitch

Stitch 34 – Pistil Stitch

I really like this one, I can think of many places for it.

Pistil Stitch

Stitch 35 - Dizzle Stitch

This one and the Pistil stitch were two of Sue Spargo's favourites. Had learned both in her class.
Drizzle Stitch

Stitch 36 Knotted Buttonhole

I found this one easy to manage.

Knotted Buttonhole

I will link up to TAST at Pin Tangle

Check out the comments to see all the beautiful work going on there.

Happy Stitching,