Monday, May 15, 2017

Kid Giddy Sizzix Doll Appliqué Sew Along - Block 1

Hi everyone,
Sometimes the best laid plans are still not enough to give me more time on the clock. Last year I finally got around to finishing my Ballerina Doll Quilt, but wanted to have even more fun and make 9 applique doll blocks to put into one huge quilt. I thought there might be some other sewists out there that would join me in sewing together. You can make your blocks into a quilt as I am planning on doing, or you can make 9 different blocks and use them individually. As individual blocks, they could be great as tools in a Homeschool or Montessori style class room. They can be fully sewn or made to be a "get the doll dressed" style block that helps to teach specific skills.

This is the first Kid Giddy Doll Applique block using my Kid Giddy Sizzix Doll die for a fun 9 block quilt along I'm hosting throughout the rest of the year. This first block represents April Showers. You can make each of your blocks similar to mine, or you can create your very own blocks. Later on, some of my blocks may use a combo of the Sizzix Kid Giddy Doll die (for the head and body) and the Sizzix Kid Giddy Fox die (for the arms and legs) as I did for the first Ballerina Doll block above.

Before we get started, here are some basic tidbits of info you may find helpful:
In order to use the die, you'll need a Sizzix Big Shot Machine (if you can get the Big Shot Plus - you can use all of my dies on it) and the BigZ XL 25" cutting pads. You can use the smaller cutting pads for some parts, but not for the legs as they are longer than the shortest pads.

What you'll need for each block:
1) 1 Fat Eighth of skin tone fabric of choice. Depending on how you choose to sew your doll applique blocks, you may need less. (1 Fat Qtr will be enough for 2 doll blocks, or 1 stuffed doll).
2) Background Fabric (I used white) - 13" x 18" (or larger if desired). 
3) Other materials will depend on the doll you wish to make (additional quilters cotton prints and wool felt for hair if desired).
4) Glue, Fine glue tip and Iron are helpful for glue basting your pieces in place.
5) Bright thread for stitch basting and matching thread for needle turn applique or raw edge applique.
6) Create A Pattern paper for designing any extra pieces (as I did for the jacket, hood and raindrops).

I have decided that I am going to needle turn all of my blocks. I just love the look of needle turn applique, but understand some others may prefer to raw edge applique. For those that also wish to needle turn applique, but haven't done so yet, I learned some great techniques from Carolyn Friedlander's CreativeBug class (not an affiliate link). If you are going to raw edge applique your blocks, you should use an iron on fusible stabilizer prior to cutting out your pieces on the die. Some steps may vary for raw edge appliquers but may not all be noted.

To Start sewing your block:
Step 1: Sew the doll and head pieces together, placing right sides together and using a 1/4" seam allowance. (You may notice in the later pics, I also sewed the boots to the bottom of the legs and the raincoat sleeves to the hands. I cut off the excess skin colored fabric underneath)
Step 2: Place your doll pieces down on your block background as desired (mine are centered but your design may not work best if centered). Lightly glue baste each piece to be sure correct placement at first (as this can be moved around if necessary). Using your brighter thread, stitch the pieces in place 1/2" away from the seam allowance. Clip and notch your curves (within the 1/4" seam allowance - not at, and not more than) to reduce the bulk around the edges (see pic below).

Step 3: While I am needle turning, I love using the two products: the Dritz squishy Thimble grips, and the Thread Cutterz ring. I have bought many and have them all scattered throughout my house and may mom and sister's houses too. lol.
Turn under your edges and stitch in place.

Step 4: When sewing the arms in place, make sure they are going to still be under the body portion when the body is turned 1/4" under too. Note that the little thumbs are pretty awkward, but the stitch basting here really helps.

Step 5: If you hold your block up to a light source, you can see one of my corners just barely makes it under the body edge (on the right hand side). I'll be sure to tuck it in the better on the next block. You may also see here that I have tucked the legs further up than normal. I wanted this one and all of mine to look younger and therefore shorter. Again, you can make your blocks as you would like, just be sure your blocks are all the same size in the end if you want uniformity, and that your blocks are large enough to accommodate your design.

Step 6: Continue adding and sewing all of your detail pieces as you'd like, as I'm doing with the hood, jacket panels and raindrops to complete your block, staying within the 1/4" - 1/2" seam allowance. I've decided to leave the jacket pieces unsewn on the inside and bottom edges. This will allow her jacket to move around. If you decided to add this type of feature, double roll the edges, glue baste and top stitch to secure the hems.

Step 7: Add a face as desired. This can be drawn with fabric markers, sewn with an embroidery machine (test on an extra face piece first), or hand embroidered (as I did for the first time ever below). I haven't decided how I am going to do their faces - I think I need some embroidery lessons or something - so the faces may come later. This one is from my Ballerina. Unplanned and noticeably so.  But I loved her little heart lips and those eye lashes!


Step 8: Once you have all of your pieces sewn, you can cut off the excess background from the back if you prefer, following the basting thread stitches. Be sure not to cut the front pieces and do not cut too close to the sewn edges (not shown). Remove the basting stitches.

Because this tutorial and sew along was supposed to start in April, I'm already a month behind my own schedule. I will be posting two blocks in June, unless I get May's block done sooner. As you can see, this is a pretty casual sew along. If you have any questions about this tutorial, please leave me a comment below so I can answer it for all to see and benefit from as well. I would really love to see your doll blocks. Please be sure to tag #kidgiddy on IG. I will be opening my KidGiddy Group up again on FB for sharing as well after I return from Quilt Market.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Dandy Drive QAL Week 4

Hey everyone - it's week 4 of Quilter Pat Sloan and Sarah J Maxwell's Dandy Drive. This week is all about the butterflies. Week 1 was the 9 patch blocks, week 2 was putting together the outer flower pieces (as shown below) and last week the stem blocks.
These buttterflies (above) don't have their outer background pieces on them but will eventually when. I have more white fabric. 
Who knew I would go through a bolt of white so quickly. I had some for these two below and love how they are starting to look with all the flowers and my one stem block (again waiting for more white). 

If you are new to this quilt along - Pat and Sarah have some fun things planned with prizes each week and the pattern is...FREE! You can download the PDF files each week over on Sarah's website Designs By Sarah J. I'm making my quilt with some of my hoarded Heather Bailey's Up Parasol fabric collection as well as some prints from her True Colors and Lottie Da collections. To get started you can check out the yardage info here (Sarah's Dandy Drive Yardage Requirements).

Pat and Sarah put together a really fun group of friends for this sew along too. Need some inspiration? Check out everyone else's blocks by clicking the links below to see all the possibilities. I'll be sharing more of my blocks on my Kid Giddy IG and Facebook too throughout the week.

Pat Sloan: Facebook/Instagram/Sew Along Website/Facebook Group
Sarah: Facebook/Instagram /HomesteadHearth 
Kim Niedzwiecki: Facebook/Instagram
Jane Davidson: Facebook/Instagram
Jacquelynne Steves: Facebook/Instagram/Facebook Group
Heather Valentine: Facebook/Instagram/Facebook Group
http://blog.patsloan.com/2017/04/free-sew-along-dandy-drive-block-4.htmlSo the prize this week. . . they want to give one lucky participant a Dandy Days FQ bundle. Head over to Pat's website (click the image above) and simply enter a pic of your block via the blue button link on her post.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I'm looking forward to seeing all of your butterfly blocks.


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Friday, April 21, 2017

Dandy Drive QAL Week 3

Good morning everyone!

I missed posting last week here on my blog - but if you are following my on IG - you might have seen one of my flower blocks and the new (portable) design wall I made with some of my blocks on it. As you know - Quilter Pat Sloan kindly invited me to be a part of Sarah J Maxwell's Dandy Drive quiltalong and it started 2 weeks ago...plenty of time to catch up if you are just getting started. Week 1 was the 9 patch blocks, week 2 was putting together the outer flower pieces (as shown below) and this week...the stem blocks.

If you are new to this quilt along - Pat and Sarah have some fun things planned with prizes each week and the pattern is...FREE! You can download the PDF files each week over on Sarah's website Designs By Sarah J. I'm making my quilt with some of my hoarded Heather Bailey's Up Parasol fabric collection as well as some prints from her True Colors and Lottie Da collections. To get started you can check out the yardage info here (Sarah's Dandy Drive Yardage Requirements).

As I made my stem blocks - I want to put out this PSA - read Sarah's instructions first. I knew something was wrong when my HST's were still 3 3/8" instead of 3". I luckily only cut one blocks worth first and then sewed it up - but I cut and sewed 12 HST triangles instead of cutting and sewing 6 and then cutting them in half. I wasted a lot of fabric and time! Don't pull a Kerry! lol. Luckily I was able to use what I cut and sewed and will be sure not to make that mistake again. The results...you'd never know I messed up. Whew!

Pat and Sarah put together a really fun group of friends for this sew along too. Need some inspiration? Check out everyone else's blocks by clicking the links below to see all the possibilities. I'll be sharing more of my blocks on my Kid Giddy IG and Facebook too throughout the week.

Pat Sloan: Facebook/Instagram/Sew Along Website/Facebook Group
Sarah: Facebook/Instagram /HomesteadHearth 
Kim Niedzwiecki: Facebook/Instagram
Jane Davidson: Facebook/Instagram
Jacquelynne Steves: Facebook/Instagram/Facebook Group
Heather Valentine: Facebook/Instagram/Facebook Group
http://blog.patsloan.com/2017/04/free-sew-along-dandy-drive-block-3.html
So the prize this week. . . they want to give one lucky participant a Sunday Drive batik FQ bundle. Head over to Pat's website (click the image above) and simply enter a pic of your block via the blue button link on her post.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I'm looking forward to seeing your stem and full flower blocks, and adding some butterflies next week. 


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Friday, April 7, 2017

Dandy Drive Quiltalong

Good morning everyone!

The fabulous Quilter Pat Sloan kindly invited me to be a part of Sarah J Maxwell's Dandy Drive quiltalong and it starts today...just in time to sew flowers in the studio as they spring up outside my windows.

Pat and Sarah have some fun things planned with prizes each week and the pattern is...FREE! You can download the PDF files each week over on Sarah's website Designs By Sarah J.

If you didn't see the yardage info last week - check here (Sarah's Dandy Drive Yardage Requirements). Week 1 is all about the traditional 9 patch block which is the center of each flower.

Here are a few of the 9 patch blocks I stitched up using Heather Bailey's Up Parasol fabric collection as well as some prints from her True Colors and Lottie Da collections.

I really challenged myself to use fabrics from my stash (that I've hoarded forever) so I had in some cases only a fat quarter for the flowers which worked out great (that just means I won't be able to use the same pieces for the butterflies). I decided I like that plan though because most of my butterflies will be shades of blue, hovering over and around a sea of pink and orange flowers, on a white background. This is going to make a beautiful spring and summer quilt and I'm so excited to see it progress.

Pat and Sarah put together a really fun group of friends for this sew along too. Need some inspiration? Check out everyone else's blocks by clicking the links below to see all the possibilities. I'll be sharing more of my blocks on my Kid Giddy IG and Facebook too throughout the week.

Pat Sloan: Facebook/Instagram/Sew Along Website/Facebook Group
Sarah: Facebook/Instagram /HomesteadHearth 
Kim Niedzwiecki: Facebook/Instagram
Jane Davidson: Facebook/Instagram
Jacquelynne Steves: Facebook/Instagram/Facebook Group
Heather Valentine: Facebook/Instagram/Facebook Group


https://designsbysarahj.wordpress.com/2017/04/07/dandy-drive-quiltalong-part-one/

So the prize. . . they want to give one lucky participant a kit to make the Dandy Drive quilt. Head over to Sarah's website (click the image above) and simply enter a commenting on her block post and telling her which of the 4 colorways is your favorite. They’ll randomly pick a winner to receive that kit. The giveaway is open until Sunday, April 9 at 12 noon, CST. If you don't want to wait you can buy a Dandy Drive Quilt Kit too just check out Sarah's site for more info.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I'm looking forward to seeing your blocks, and adding the next part of this quilt. My daughter will be sewing with me which is also fun! She wanted to help make these blocks, but was a bit under the weather. So we really will be doing this together when she's all better.


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Friday, March 31, 2017

Basic Square and Hexie Blocks in Electric Quilt

Hello everyone.

It's be a really really crazy month and I'm so glad to have had a couple days of sleep to catch up after all the madness. There was a lot of secret sewing going on here that I can't share until May and October - but until then, I've been playing in my Electric Quilt EQ7 program again and wanted to share these fun blocks with you! I've been hearing a lot of people are afraid to start paper piecing - they don't know where to start, in terms of sewing and designing. I designed some basic blocks and took some screen shots to help visualize how they work.

Last time I posted about EQ7 and learning how to paper piece - I said paper piecing was kind of like playing pick up sticks in reverse order. I mentioned that you have to go in a particular order as you place the fabric and sew it down. It would be the same as putting pieces of paper down around the outside to get the shape you want on the inside.

This simple Square block is similar to what a log cabin block would be. However, instead of cutting out all of the pieces exact in the beginning and sewing patchwork style, you are sewing the lines on the paper, with the pieces of fabric underneath. Your first block is the white center block. This allows you to fussy cut your center as you wish. You would sew both sides to your center block and then both top and bottom pieces last. While designing in the program, you may have to put lines down, but then erase them. If you extended the lines up and down from pieces 2 and 3, you would have a basic 9 patch block. By erasing the two lines in area 4, and the two lines in area 5, it becomes a log cabin type block.



This Hexie block is just as basic as the square block - just has two extra patches.


I designed this Hexie (hexagon) block a long time ago but not as a paper piecing block. I wasn't able to get my hexie in the center consistently, becoming easily frustrated, so I decided this would make a perfect foundation paper pieced block. Now my blocks are consistent and so much more fun. If you are not a fan of sewing English Paper Pieced hexies, or larger set in seam hexies, you just might love this block. You can sew it with a fussy cut center on point or with your top and bottom hexie lines straight across. When designing your blocks in EQ7, you get to decide how they will look. Although I designed the block as 6" x 6", I have included it as a 3" x 3" Hexie block (another great feature of EQ 7 is choosing the size you'd like to print the block as. I have also included three other easy hexie blocks I created in EQ7, with slightly different lines. This pattern is only available on my Craftsy page. They are great for scrap busting and just good ol' fussy cutting fun. You'll also get the basic square block for free!

As you begin to sew blocks, and start designing them, it does get easier. You can check out my Land of Magic Crown and Land of Magic Star blocks too as the next levels up. More pieces and more sections.

What's more fun than that? If you haven't tried EQ7 or EQ Mini, now is your chance to win an EQ Mini from the Electric Quilt Co! It's a great beginner program to get you started on your way to designing your own blocks and quilts just the way you want! Head on over to my Kid Giddy Instagram page for more info - and to enter. Look for the blocks image above...that will be the giveway post!



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Friday, March 3, 2017

Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt Along - Nan #75


Hey everyone -

Kinda feeling sad this is my last tutorial block with Angie @GnomeAngel for the Farmer's Wife 1930's book. Although I haven't had the time to make every block during this sew along I have enjoyed the ones I made and enjoyed reading the letters that each block comes with.

Say hello to Nan - block number 75. I selected these two Cotton and Steel prints based on the really sad letter. Mrs. J.D.K lost her 16 year old son in April of 1930 after he drowned during a class picnic day. Weeks later she was feeding chickens and found pages from an old book providing words of peace and comfort. So being this is a cross pattern I decided to use the Sardinha print (representing the fish that Christ feed to the 5,000 during the Sermon on the Mount) as the Cross, surrounded by the beautiful Rifle Co. flowers. I also decided to paper piece the block because I'm not a master patchworker.

I don't normally precut my paper piecing fabrics in a specific way (I just tend to cut pieces off the corner of a fat quarter), but wanted to make sure this looked seamless. I guess if I wanted it to be exact I could have stuck with patchwork. LOL.

I've gotten better about not wasting as much fabric as I used to when I first started paper piecing but still don't measure each section with a ruler. As I cut my pieces I lay the fabric down on the pattern piece and cut it off. Some pieces are easier than others. If there are triangles - I fold the corner back and cut it as a square, then cut diagonally to separate. 

Before you begin sewing, make sure your pieces are just past the seam allowances for each section as above to avoid having pieces that are too small, and trim off any excess seam allowance.

I know this tutorial wasn't ground breaking, but it's a very simple block, maybe a level 2 for beginners. You can check out my other Farmer's Wife tutorials or paper piecing tutorials for more tips and tricks to paper piece your Farmer's Wife blocks. by clicking on the Quilt Along tag. Thanks so much to Angie for including me in this sew along. I'm looking forward to seeing your Nan blocks on social media!




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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Welcome to The Mug Club

Hi everyone,

Well - we've introduced The Mug Club pattern (part 1) Instagram - but felt I should officially introduce it here on my website. My sister @MossAndLotus and I are closing in on finishing the mugs for Part 2 as well as some of her really fun extras - but in the meantime, here is part 1.



This Mug Club is our first collaborative pattern set and certainly not our last. I designed these paper pieced mugs using the Electric Quilt Company EQ7 program. The mugs are offered in two different sized blocks (6" x 6", 10" x 10"). There are two PDF's to keep all of the pieces in order, however you get both sizes to download as you wish. The Mug Club Part 1 mugs are available in my Kid Giddy Etsy shop.

The Mug Club Part 1 includes 6 mug blocks and 5 different Levels:
Level 1: The Boot Camp mug - this is the beginner mug being that it is all one section, think boot camp paper piecing 101 (it allows anyone new to paper piecing to join in the fun and grow in confidence).
Level 2: The Paper Love Mug - Almost as simple as the boot camp mug, but the handle becomes a little more detailed and now there are multiple sections.
Level 3 - The Vardagen Mug - based on one of the first mugs I ever owned in my home after getting married, I've called it "the everyday" mug. I've increased the level here because the base of the mug also becomes a little more detailed. 
Level 3 - The Kawaii Mug - the cutest one of the bunch.
Level 4 - The Tupper Mug - a throw back from my earlier life and an homage to the must have of the 70's (has the most sections other than bonus block).
Level 5 - The Daddy Mug (has two Y seams) and is therefore the hardest block in the club - check out the pics below for a little help on these silly Y seams....

 Once you've sewn C1, C2, and C3 -sew C4 and C5 on too.

Tuck the top corner under and fold or press to line up with the pattern line.
Using a window or other light source, make sure your fabric is folded properly to line up with the line between C2 and C5 or C3 and C4. Once it's folded where it needs to be, glue baste it in place so both fabric pieces stay together where they need to be. Unfold and sew your y seam accordingly. In this instance, you can even sew it from the fabric side if you want to keep an eye on the actual fabric. If you can't get the hang of it - it's ok. The best trick I've come up with is to fold it in place and leave it be until you'd torn all the paper off. Then you can go back and sew it by hand with a hidden stitch.

There is also a really fun bonus mug - The Kermy Mug block. You could say I became mildy obsessed with Kermit the Frog when I was in HS and college and had to add this one to the bunch! The really fun thing...it can easily look like two other childhood characters too by simply using either blue or red fabrics. A sweet 3 in 1 deal.





What's even more fun than that? Once you've downloaded your patterns - you can head over to @MossAndLotus IG pic and claim your Mug Club number assignment! This will allow you to post all of your pics to the "club" using #TheMugClub, but then you can see all of your own mugs (and we can too if you don't have a private account) using your special number. Mine is #TheMugClub1, Sue is #TheMugClub2...and so on.

We will have more exciting things to come for all of our mug club members - and more Mug Club mugs too when Part 2 is released. Are you a member yet? For those of you that are...we appreciate your support more than you know! For anyone on the fence...or shall I say in the doorway...come on in! We'd love to have you join us!





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Monday, January 16, 2017

Partnering with Electric Quilt

Hi everyone,

I have some exciting news. You all know how much I love designing paper piecing designs in EQ7 right? Well the folks over at Electric Quilt love that I’m designing with their program too and have asked me to be one of their Media Partners. A perfect partnership!
To give you a little background about my paper piecing/EQ7 journey…It all started with a mini quilt swap in April 2014 that I signed up for. My partner said she loved all things nautical so I got this idea to make an anchor. I was still new to quilting in general but wanted to make an anchor and didn’t know how – (at that point I still didn’t know how to do raw edge applique or needle turn either – yes I was really new to quilting). Somehow paper piecing was way more interesting to me so that is where I set my sights.
I had been hearing for a few months all about paper piecing but had no idea what it was and what that meant. The more I looked around the more I learned about the process and had enough ‘curious cat’ in me to figure it out. That’s when I discovered The Electric Quilt Company. Much to my dismay, the PC version had been out for years, but they were still working on the program for the MAC and were releasing it soon, but hadn’t yet. What to do while I wait? I tried designing a paper-pieced anchor on graph paper so it would be easier to get me up and running on the program. I got it all drawn out on paper and still wasn’t sure I was doing it right and took Amy (Friend) up on her offer to email my drawing just to be sure I had done it right (btw - she’s one of the EQ Ambassadors this year). If you click on the link above - you can read the comments and share in my #idontknowwhatimdoing hashtag! lol.
A month or so later the program came and I was thoroughly hooked. Everything new has a learning curve, but I quickly found answers on their website for anything I couldn’t figure out on my own. They really have an answer for everything! Now I can't stop myself from making more difficult blocks and pushing the program to it's limit (a limit of which I have yet to find).

About 2 years after beginning this paper piecing journey the folks at Electric Quilt Co. named me one of their #doyoueq artists and now almost 3 years later one of their Media Partners and I couldn’t be more thrilled. I’ve really enjoyed making so many new designs to fit my needs (like the chair above that I made last year for my husband’s quilt), and making blocks for friends like this one above I made recently for Giusepe to match his (Giucy_Giuce) logo.

I am also having fun making random blocks like the Christmas Sweater block (a play on the Ugly sweaters everyone wears to holiday parties) and hosting sew-alongs to encourage more fun.
If you are still wondering how paper piecing works…Here’s this analogy that I hope helps to explain it the best way I know how…Think of the game “Pick Up Sticks”. When playing pick up sticks (which are usually longer and colorful), the object of the game is to pick up as many sticks, one at a time, without moving any of the others. Meaning you can’t just grab them all at once. Paper piecing is similar but works in the opposite order. As you lay down the fabric, and sew on each line of the paper, you have to put them down in a particular order, one by one, as they will lay over each other line by line. As you sew each piece, you are sewing on the paper with the fabric underneath, flipping the fabric and trimming seam allowances as you go. When you have a design that has a perpendicular line next to a section that has another perpendicular line lower or higher, it splits the block into multiple sections. I hope that makes sense. You can visit some of my previous learning how to paper piece tutorials starting at the Land of Magic Crown tutorial.

Thanks so much for stopping by and thank you especially to the Electric Quilt Co for including me in this new program. I'll have a fun block to share with you later this month so keep an eye open for that. In the meantime, let me know in the comments below what you love about paper piecing, and any questions about paper piecing and the EQ7 Electric Quilt Program that you have. I'd love to help answer some of them and might chose your question to work a tutorial off of!


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