Occasionally I take part in the BBC swap group at flickr where we make tiny 3″ quilt blocks based on a theme. I have been feeling a little whimsical lately; the recently-finished Spring Kites mini quilt is a good example of that. So this month’s Woodland theme suited me perfectly. I designed a Magic Fairy Door quilt pattern with a little sconce on the side.
Which magic door would you open today?
I made ten spring-time fairy doors for the swap. I couldn’t decide on naming the block “Magic Door” or “Fairy Door”, so I decided to combine the two and call it “Magic Fairy Door”. I know it’s a bit redundant, but as I mentioned earlier – whimsical!
Both my husband and I still love the wonders and dangers of fairy tales. We thought it would be fun to use a pillow cover made from this pattern for the guest bed in his work room. Since it’s a 10″ block, I added a little more detail by adding a door frame to the original design.
I also wanted a night forest block for the room because night really makes me think of moonlit flighty fairies. I am definitely going to hand quilt this one.
Download – Magic Fairy Door Quilt Pattern
Feel free to download the Magic Fairy Door quilt pattern file which includes both patterns you see here. Add a little whimsy to your life and pass it on to anyone else you think may need some. I wonder what adventure awaits me behind that door!
This is the very first quilt I ever started and how naive was I to think that I would actually finish a completely hand-stitched queen size hexagon quilt in no time! I usually put it away for a few weeks after working on it regularly for months. This way I don’t get tired of working on it and lose interest. I pulled it back out again last week to start working on it. The pieces are made from 3/4″ hexies with 2″ square fabrics pieces.
I am using 13 solids of Kaufman Kona for the flowers and Canary Yellow for the center. For the row I will be working on, I make all the hexagon pieces ahead of time. These are all the hexagons I made last week for the current row.
Hexie pieces sewed through the paper
Previously when I made my fabric hexagon pieces, I used to sew through the hexagon paper templates to attach the fabric pieces to them. Last week I figured out a way to make my hexies without stitching the fabric pieces to the paper templates.
I wrote up a tutorial with lots of photos, hope you find it useful. I had to put the piece down to take the photos. Make sure to hold the folds down with your left thumb while you are sewing the corners.
1. Place the paper template on the square fabric.
2. Fold the top corner of the fabric over the paper template.
3. Fold the next side over the first fold.
4. Put the needle through the folds, but not through the paper.
5. Pull the thread through leaving a little tail behind. I don’t usually put knots because its easier for me to remove the thread bits without the knots.
6. Now go over it one more time through the folds.
7. This is what the first corner should look like.
8. Follow steps 4 and 5 around each corner.
9. When you get to the last corner, go through the last folded fabric and the flat fabric underneath it from the very first fold.
10. Just like the other corners, stitch through the same folds one more time.
11. I go though the very first stitched corner one last time to secure the fabric to the template nicely. Cut the thread after you pull it once through the first corner.
12. Your very first thread-tail and and last-cut thread should be at two sides of the very first corner.
Front and back of the finished hexie
I can’t say it’s any faster than sewing through the paper, but I do feel my wrist relaxing because of the lack of pressure exerted by the needle going through the paper. It doesn’t sound like much, but it makes a difference when you are making many pieces all together. Also the templates stay intact, so they can be reused many more times. This process also saves the needle from getting blunt too quickly from going through paper. I really like this new method for making hexies.
Last week I got a surprise email from Joan at MooseStash Quilting telling me that I got this gorgeous snow-dyed fabric made by her as the Flag On A Stick giveaway winner!! You will not believe how beautiful the texture is on this fabric and she even included a two-year planner! Thank you so much, Joan!! I have to think of something really pretty to make with this fabric.
I also have a giveaway winner to announce -
Robin is the winner of the these two patterns – Spring Kites and Fair Isle Star.
Congratulations Robin and I will email them to you very soon!
Until next time!
Our neighbour’s flower peeking through the fence to say Hello!
When I saw the announcement for the Flag On A Stick blog hop, I teeter-tottered on the decision of joining. As I was sorting through things and putting stuff up in my new workroom, I came across a drawing I did for a college project few years ago. The objective was to describe yourself on a shield. I thought that would make a perfect pennant to hang in my new atelier, as my husband lovingly calls my new workroom. So I ended up joining the Flag On A Stick blog hop hosted by Sew We Quilt. It’s an indoor flag, so I used a very light interfacing to give it a little stability and sewed two tabs to the top so it can be hung on a wall. I took the picture outside just in time before the rain started pelting down.
This is the original painting that I scanned. It is done in watercolour pencils and marker. The scan wasn’t quite large enough for this project, so I scaled it up and printed it out. I then traced the drawing on the fabric in pencil and painted with acrylic colour pencils, paintbrush and textile medium. I haven’t done textile painting in a very, very long time and I couldn’t find any reference on how to go about it when using pencils. So I did a few test doodles to figure out what method works best for fabric painting.
The flag is steeped in symbolism. Every single colour and element in the flag has some meaning that describes me, but I won’t bore you with all the details. The only thing I think I should mention is this – the cat on the top is not there because I love cats. It’s there because I am very much like a cat – I am an extreme introvert, I like small spaces to hide in and I like to have control over my own life situations. The last bit is probably best described in the Latin phrase you see on the shield – Resolutely in action, gently in manner – which is why I chose it.
Thank you so much, Thearica and Mdm Samm, for coordinating the blog hop. I would have never worked on this otherwise and my new atelier would have remained without a flag. There are some really awesome flags being created by the other participants in the blog hop. I am sharing my day with these talented ladies and they would love for you to visit them -
Thimblemouse & Spouse
Stitchin’ By The Lake
Just One More Stitch
The Quilting Queen Online
I am giving away these two patterns from my shop to celebrate spring – Spring Kites and Fair Isle Star. My giveaways are for my followers only and I would love for you to follow me anyway you like. Please leave a comment and let me know how you follow my blog and you will be entered in my giveaway. The winner will be announced on Thursday, April 10th.
Thank you so much for visiting!
I was running errands yesterday when I came home and saw emails from my friends in my mailbox about the Pantone Quilt Challange. I was completely clueless as I went through the emails that talked about my having won. Right after that I saw the wonderful email from Anne telling me that I not only won but got first place!!
I made the quilt for my little kitty cat and entered it in the Pantone Quilt Challenge to share with others and have a little fun. Two very nice ladies – Adrianne @ On The Windy Side and Anne @ Play Crafts arranged this fabulous event! That’s a lot of hard work, believe me! There were some seriously beautiful quilts entered in the challenge, and not for one moment had I thought that I had any chance of winning. I was already very happy with all the wonderful comments I received on that quilt.
Picture of the recipient of the quilt per request
I entered mine in the Finished minis category which was judged by Elizabeth Dackson @ Don’t Call Me Betsy. Now I get to have fun shopping at Fat Quarter Shop, one of my favorite online quilt stores. Thank you all so very much for everything, you have no idea how much this means to me. You have made me an extremely happy camper!!
The bright colors and carefree nature of kites make me happy. If you could hold on to the tail of a kite and it carried you away, you would never know where you would end up landing. If you had two kites, you could bring your best friend along too! So I designed the Spring Kites quilt to reflect my day dreams of magical kites carrying us away to a distant fairytale adventure on a perfect Spring day.
Once I started thinking about quilting, I could not put aside the idea of hand quilting the puffy clouds. I had never hand quilted before, so I watched a small Craftsy video, ordered my tools, and got started. On the first day I did about 2 inches of quilting in 2 hours, but I was hooked! The next day my flu got worse enough that I had to stay put. So I sat on the sofa and quilted the day away. It was very relaxing!! My stitches are not the smallest, but I think I achieved consistent stitch length – most of the time.
Pattern on Etsy and Craftsy
I really wanted to hand quilt the border, but I figured machine quilting that part would cause the hand quilting on the block to stand out more. Then I wrapped the whole mini up with a brown binding which anchors the quilt nicely without weighing it down. I now really love hand quilting and I love this little Spring quilt.
Recently, Amanda from What The Bobbin emailed me to let me know that Craftsy had featured both of my music quilts on their blog post – 7 Rockin’ Quilts for Music Lovers. Then Cheryl from Meadow Mist Designs sent me an email saying the Music Notes pattern was number 1 on Craftsy and that I was a featured designer. Since I had no idea about either one of those, they came as great surprises. Very special thanks to both of you girls, my sweet quilty friends!!!
If you haven’t already, don’t forget to download the Fleur de Lis embroidery patterns. They have been on the top twenty list since I uploaded them to Craftsy last week!!
The 12″ Spring Kites quilt pattern is also available on Etsy and Craftsy. It’s an easy, fun and quick block to make. Although it’s a perfect Spring quilt pattern, I can see endless possibilities of playing with colors. I also included the kite tails embroidery template on the last page of the pattern file.