Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Stitchin' Queen 2014 #9 Part 2 - Appliques

Now that we have our top all together, lets start with the appliques.

For this next step you will need the following:
3" x 6" piece of red fabric for the strawberries
6" x 6" piece of dark green fabric for the leaves
4" x 4" piece of lighter green fabric for the leaves
Embroidery floss in red, green, and grey.


This is what you will be creating this month. We are starting with the Strawberry side (mostly because I screwed up the orange tutorial...sorry ladies! We will figure it out next month.)

Print off your PDF pattern HERE on my website.


Begin by tracing the design onto your freezer paper with a pencil. Cut out the jar outline so that your paper pattern will fit snug against the jar as pictured. 


Take a look at your design. Consider which leaves are in the back, and which ones should be in front. This is a technique you will use when appliqueing a design that does not have an applique order listed. From the picture, you can see which leaves I have cut out. I used two different shades of green for the strawberry leaves. 

In the printed pattern the colored leaves should be prepared from the darker fabric. Cut out the leaves pictured and iron them to the right side of your fabric.

Pin the paper pattern into place after cutting out the leaves.


Position the leaves back into the spot that you cut them from under the freezer paper and pin them into place.


Remove the paper pattern and set it aside while you applique the leaves into place.


The border will look like pictured above when appliqueing is complete.


To transfer the embroidery lines, first remove the paper leaf applique and cut out the lines - stopping short of the edge so that the leaf pattern stays intact.


Then iron the paper leaf pattern back onto your applique.


Use a mechanical pencil to transfer the lines through the cut lines onto the fabric.


Remove the paper pattern. Now your lines are transferred onto the applique.

Use this same method to transfer the straight lines onto the bottom of the design.


Prepare the next round of appliques as shown above.


Position into place and pin.


Remove and set the paper pattern aside to applique the next set of leaves and strawberry.


Turn under all the edges and transfer the leaf lines as described above.


Use a large pin to poke holes through the dots of the paper and then iron back into place. Transfer the dots for french knots onto the strawberry through the paper with a pencil.


Prepare the next group of appliques.


 Position into place under the paper pattern and pin into place.


Remove the paper pattern and applique the next couple of leaves into place.


Turn under the edge of the leaf and sew as close to the edge of the jar as you can so that it gives the appearance that it lies behind the jar.


Using the paper pattern, cut out the lines for the vines and stems. Iron the paper pattern back into place and transfer the embroidery lines onto the fabric with a pencil.


Use a sharp pair of scissors and cut out the wording as shown above on the pencil line.


Iron the wording into place.


Transfer the lines of the wording onto the fabric using a mechanical pencil.


Lift away the paper and discard the paper pattern.


To applique the last strawberry, you will need to make some registration marks on the paper pattern to aid in placement. With a pencil, make lines on the paper pattern where the leaves intersect with the strawberry.


Prepare the strawberry and position back into place using the lines. Pin into place. Transfer the embroidery lines as you did in the steps above when applique is complete.


When you are finished, your project should appear as above.


Embroider the dots of the strawberry using two strands in red and a French Knot - wrap twice.


Embroider the leaf tops of the strawberry using a satin stitch and two strands of green floss. 


Embroider the leaf lines in green using two strands and a stem stitch.


Embroider the bottom lines in grey using four strands and a stem stitch.


Embroider the wording in red using two strands and a stem stitch.



Embroider the heart using a backstitch and two strands in red.


Embroider the last of the wording in red using two strands and a stem stitch.


When complete you will have a beautiful strawberry border. 

Next month we will tackle the orange border... so stay tuned!

If you want to see more tutorials in the future, let me know.
If you don't let me know, I assume you are not interested in this type of project.  
Please leave your comment below. 
Thank you.


Monday, September 22, 2014

Stitchin' Queen 2014 #9 - Part 1 Construction

This month is going to be a lot rolled into one month, but I know you can pull it off. Now is the time to decide what you are going to do with your jam jars... If you follow along with me, you will be making a table topper. 

I plan to display this project on my snack table in the kitchen. It is the place we sit and talk after school, or work and have snacks...mmmmm my favorite time!

If you plan on creating a different project, hopefully you can incorporate the design into your plans.

We are going to piece the topper together this month, followed by appliqueing onto the borders once the topper has been put together. After completing this next few rounds of appliques, I am confident you will be able to applique anything that comes your way, and you will become a Stitchin' Queen by the end of 2014!



First we need to piece together the topper, so lets start cutting out our fabric.
You will need  3/4 yard of white fabric ( I used left over fabric from a quilt backing); and a bunch of coordinating colored fabric scraps for the center block and four square blocks (I used left over fabric I had in my stash with four fabrics of each color.)

From the white fabric cut: 9 strips 2  1/2" x the width of the fabric. 
From these strips cut:
2 - 28  1/2" long strips (border)
2 - 32  1/2" long strips (border)
12 - 8  1/2" long strips (center and jam blocks)
8 - 6  1/2" long strips (corner blocks)
8 - 4  1/2" long strips (corner blocks)
8 - 2  1/2" squares (corner blocks)

Then from the left over fabric, cut 40 - 1  1/2" squares (four square blocks)

From the colored fabrics cut 26 - 1 1/2" squares of each color set - yellow, orange, red, and purple for a total of 104 - 1 1/2" squares. (I cut 7 from each of my 4 prints of the same color, and discarded two after I was happy with their placement.)

Cut a strip from each color to make 4 - 1" x 29" long strips. Piece together the fabrics if necessary to make the long strip, then press - wrong sides together to make a pressed folded strip for the outer border (pictured towards the end of topper construction.)



Using 64 colored 1  1/2" squares (16 of each color) lay out your center square. 
Arrange the fabrics until you are happy with their placement. I grouped my colors together making sure that the center four square block contained one square of each color, and each corner featured a different color.


Sew together your center block in rows until you have completed an 8 square x 8 square block as shown above. This block should measure 8 1/2" square.


Next, lets use all of those 1 1/2" remaining squares to make 5 four square blocks of each color as shown here.


Now lets sew the center block together using the center 8 x 8 block, 4 - 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" strips, and 4 - four square blocks (one in each color.) Lay out the block as shown here and sew a side strip to each side of the center pieced block; followed by a four square to each end of the top and bottom strips; then press and sew the top and bottom to the center square. Make sure you match up those colored corners.


Let's make those corner blocks next starting with the orange. 
Use your remaining four square blocks in orange, 2 - 2 1/2" squares, 2 - 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" strips, and 2 - 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" strips. Lay out the block as shown above.


Sew together the four square blocks and the 2 1/2" squares to make the block shown in the bottom left. Sew together one four square to each strip on the right as shown above.


Next sew the 4 1/2" strip to the top of your left bottom corner square set.


Followed by the four square and strip set to the right.


Then sew the top strip 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" to the top of the set as shown.


Followed by the right strip set to complete the block. Repeat these steps to create all four colored corner blocks as shown above.


To make your jam jar blocks the same size as the center, we will need to add a 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" strip to each side of the jam jar block. Remember you should have trimmed the jam blocks to 8 1/2" square.


Continue sewing these strips to each side of your jam jar blocks until all four are completed as shown above.


Using all of your jam blocks, center block, and corner blocks, arrange your topper as shown here and begin sewing together sides first to the center square. Sew a corner block to the top and bottom of the jam blocks, and then sew to the center quilt block set.

Now we are going to put on the outer border....


Starting with the orange side, pin the folded strip to the outer edge of the topper matching the raw edges - folded edge towards the center. Trim off the excess fabric at the end of the strip to match the edge of your top.


Add the white 2 1/2" x 28 1/2" border strip on top of the orange fabric pin and sew.


Fold the seam towards the center and press so that you have a border that looks like the picture above.


Repeat this process with the opposite side of the topper - the purple side following the same instruction as above.


To complete this border detail for the side strips, press under the seam allowance on the edge of the folded fabric.


Press the fabric back into it's folded position and match it to the edge of the orange fabric detail and pin.


Repeat this process and press under the seam allowance to match the edge of the other side as shown.


Then pin into place. Pin the 2 1/2" x 32 1/2" border strip the length of the topper and sew.


You should have a border strip that looks like the picture above. I put in a tiny stitch on each end (where the pin is) to secure the folded edge down and make sure it stays put.


Repeat the process for the yellow side, pressing under, pinning, and adding the white border strip.


Your finished topper should look like the one above. 


Sew a seam 1/8" in all the way around the outer edge of the topper to keep it from fraying while doing the applique. 

This is such a picture heavy post that I will post our applique step in a separate post.

This month should take an afternoon to cut and piece together your topper, plus another weekend to follow the applique steps. I hope you can find the time this month to keep up... I always seem to have more time to stitch this month - so that is why we are doubling up. I hope this is true for you also.

Applique post to follow...... stay tuned! 

How are you doing so far?