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Finally!

Close up of the Purple Flower

Finally, this little flower is done. Completed in mid-January. Although I have made 2 others, this is the first one made from quilting cotton fabrics. The other two were made with batiks. It is not very big, only 22.5 inches square. Commercial cotton fabrics, fused, raw edge applique, free-motion thread play with cotton, rayon and polyester threads. I call it…. The Purple Flower. Catchy, No?

complete Purple Flower quilt

A Detail of the flower

Close up of the Purple Flower

The beading is complete.

Detail of the Purple Flower beads

The binding is done and a lable attached.

I have another finish too… but I’ll share that … a little later. Still busy with the camera and edits… and rewrites. I see that taking months!

What keeps you busy every day?

More Later… Beth

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A Little Sticky, Some Blue and a TIP

the "chickens" on the longarm

Its been a little sticky and blue In the Creative Space. A picture of the ‘chickens’ loaded on the longarm was in the last post. So far that hasn’t changed, still no thread.

The Sticky

So what about the sticky and blue? I use a lot of fusible products and I try as many as I can find and afford. The favorite is paper backed, because I can draw my design and then transfer to fabric, with very little waste of either. I love Misty Fuse because it stays soft and retains a beautiful drape. Since Misty Fuse is just a web, getting the exact result is more difficult, because you need another way to transfer the marked lines/design to Misty Fuse, which can add another step to the process.

photo showing good stick with Barely There Fusible
Good Stick!

Last year I tried Barely There (the review) and in the store here. The few small things I tried it on worked out for the most part. Except for the occasion, where I forgot to use the correct heat setting on the iron. Oops! I used both Barely There and Misty Fuse on the ‘chicken’ quilt. Barely There for the construction of the chickens and egg flowers. While stitching down the chickens, I discovered some loose pieces. Not completely coming off, but enough that things could have shifted. So a bit more testing was in order.

I was afraid that I may have made an error when I decided that I liked Barely There! What could possibly make a fusible not stick well? The only thing, if all else was done correctly; the proper iron temperature and setting (made that mistake with the gecko) and/or the correct amount of pressing time would be the fabric. What could be wrong with the fabric? With fabric, the manufacturers finish or starch will keep a fusible from adhering well. So I prewashed the fabrics for this piece. Then I printed the pattern on to the Barely There, fused them to fabrics and proceeded. Verdict? Much better stick!

Stick was very important in this case because this piece is raw edge applique using regular quilting cotton, not batiks which have a finer thread and tighter weave. Regular ‘quilting’ cotton tend to have a thick thread and looser weave, making them susceptible to fraying. By prewashing the fabric good stick was achieved and with less fraying on all fabrics!

The Blue

the piece with the blue lines drawn

So what about the blue part of the sticky and blue? For the quilting, I drew a grid with a blue washout marker. Getting rid of the grid after quilting these days is the real problem, especially if you don’t always prewash your fabrics, (ask me how I know about this too). I have been sewing and quilting long enough that I remember the marks coming out fairly well with just a spritz if only one layer, and maybe a good wetting if more than one layer, (top, batting, backing). But here lately, you might actually have to submerge a project to get the blue out.

a corner with blue lines and lines erased with water

I have used just about every product made to remove the blue, and none of them seemed to work any better than water if they did anything at all. But while surfing, reading blogs and posts on the Internet, Facebook or Instagram, one day- I ran across a tip. Wish I could remember from where and give the kudos and credit and link directly to their page, but I can’t. (edit- I found it!) For the story from the tipper go to www.piecenquilt.blogspot.com I even tried a search and a look back through daily history. But no such luck. If you know who…please tell me, I’ll add it!

The Tip

Quilting done, blue lines gone

Mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda with 1 cup cold water. Mix well and place in a spray bottle. And then proceed as normal. All the blue came out, no resprays or touch-ups. I left a corner and as you can see, it was a rather thickish line. I used the Mark-B-Gone from Dritz, it makes a thick line but marks fast and for a simple grid, it works great! Going to keep a spray bottle with soda water in it. I suppose a flat bottle , (as in no bubbles), of soda water would work too, now that I think about it!

Have you had difficulty getting the blue out? Do you have another method that works well? Please share in the comments if you do!!!

More later-Beth

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Sew-in Purse Frame

What do you do with one?

 The Sew-in Purse Frames (the 3-inch square-ish style) came with the “I Have a Notion” store. But what to do with them was the problem.

photo of the coin purse frames
The shape of the frames

There were no patterns or instructions for making something like a ‘coin purse’ on the shelves or in the books. I Have A Notion has 2 frames,  this “No Brand One” and the Ellen Medlock version (both appear to be very similar except for packaging). Back in the spring an Internet search did very little to assist with the problem as far a “free” pattern went. So an idea to create our own pattern became the plan.

No Pattern on the Internet… that seemed suitable for a quick Project

A Plan!

As you can probably guess, a little of the Creative Time consisted of pattern making. Actually a couple of patterns are in the works or planning stages, but this one is complete!

The original design, created earlier in the year, did not have a pleasing shape. So a change was contemplated.

First design of Coin Purse

So a redo and Eureka! Much happier with the look. The Pattern is very simple and only requires 4 seams and a little edge finishing at the machine. A bit hand stitching and Viola! A little purse! 

2 coin purses from different fabrics
Of course after finding a look we like… we had to play.

After making 2 from the new pattern, a bit more fiddling of the pattern and 2 more were made and some decoration added.

Beaded Coin Purses
These 2 have been decorated… with some beads

I wonder how many is too many?

Wouldn’t it make a perfect Holiday or Birthday gift for ‘Secret Santa or Sister, Sewing Bee, Office or Club Gift Exchange. Personalize it using fabrics that reflect the recipients loves or hobbies. Perfect for a stocking stuffer, stuffed with some personal care items? 

How long do they take?

They go together in about an hour… maybe a little more for the first one. After that they whip up; and coming up with all the different combinations of fabric and design opportunities to personalize makes it so much fun!
The PDF pattern is FREE when you purchase this Sew-in Coin Purse Frame or this Ellen Medlock Sew-in Coin Purse Frame from IHaveANotion.com. The Pattern will be sent via email.

View of inside of Coin Purse and notions
look stuffed with NOTIONS!

With several Holiday Gatherings coming up, I plan to make some from ‘novelty sewing notion’ fabrics and one or two from Motorcycle fabrics for the gift exchanges!!!

More Later- Beth