A Good Day to Sew…

Vintage Threads, SewingSupplies

Another cold day in sunny Minnesota…  I hope to get time in my sewing room.  I am working on a free motion quilting project/tutorial using all of the motifs we have learned so far.  I hope you have been practicing!  Even if you don’t have time to stitch the motifs, it is very helpful to practice doodling them on paper.  Please check out the Quilts tab above and try one tutorial each day this week.  Anyone interested in a Link Up—sharing photos of your doodles or practice pieces?  I’d love to see them!

You might also like:  The Doodle Notebook

WIP-English Paper Piecing

English Paper Piecing, Grandmother's Flower Garden, Hand Dyed Fabrics

Inspired by my two sisters who are working on Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilts, I decided to give English paper piecing a whirl.  The little hexagons makes a great take-along project.  The pieces are small and all the supplies can fit into a purse-sized tin.

I decided to put my spin on this classic by stitching it in bright hand-dyed fabrics.  Unfortunately, I typically use a very tightly woven fabric for my hand-dyes.  The tight weave takes the dye very well and the colors are very vivid.  However, the tight weave means it is more difficult to hand stitch.    I haven’t dyed fabric in a while…now I have my excuse!

English Paper Piecing, Grandmother's Flower Garden, Hand Dyed Fabrics

Tuesday Tutorial-Woven Cross-Hatch

Woven Cross Hatch Tutorial

Today we are going to try a very easy filler…the Woven Cross-Hatch.  This may have another name, if anyone knows it, please chime in…

I started with The Stencil Company’s Geranium Stencil (read more here and here)…but you could draw your own grid.  This grid space is 3/4 inch in this small quilt.

Woven Cross Hatch Tutorial

Start in one corner, weaving in and out.  Try to cross the drawn intersections with your stitching lines.

Woven Cross Hatch Tutorial

Once you get to the end of the line, weave back on the same drawn line, but in the opposite direction, creating an “eye” shape.  Then take a few straight stitches to get to the next drawn line.

Woven Cross Hatch Tutorial

Repeat as above on the next drawn line.

Woven Cross Hatch Tutorial

In no time at all, you will have a little rhythm going…As you can see mine are not perfect…

Woven Cross Hatch Tutorial

Once you get to the corner, you will start in the perpendicular direction…This is when it gets really fun because now you can see the pattern…

Woven Cross Hatch Tutorial

Woven Cross Hatch Tutorial

Just continue around the square…

Woven Cross Hatch Tutorial

Woven Cross Hatch Tutorial

And I am quite sure you will be thrilled with the outcome!

Woven Cross Hatch Tutorial

The Stencil Company has several grid templates (here)  I love the Geranium stencil because it is so versatile, but I also use the 10 x 10 inch Line Design stencil quite a bit.

Please check out all the tutorials in the Quilt Section above…

I have to get to my sewing machine now…I have a Shamrock Doodle Quilt dancing a jig in my brain…