Monday, September 1, 2014

Hive 3- September Block Tutorial

Samantha's September Block- Flying Geese!
What is your name?
My name is Samantha Linehan.  I don't tell people my middle name because it is my mother's maiden name and I was teased as a child for not having a "normal" middle name.  (It's Wilke)  Before marriage I was Samantha Siegel.  I used to fantasize about the middle names I might give myself when I got old enough, like Olivia.  Then my initials would be SOS. Anyway, by the time I got married, I didn't care anymore.  And I lost the "coolness" of the initials when my name changed anyway.

Where do you live?
I currently live in Atlanta, GA.  I grew up in Lansing, MI.  After college I moved to Scottsdale, AZ with my husband and we lived there for 12 years, until this past March.  So far, I really like Georgia.

Tell us about your family (Spouse, kids, grandkids, pets, etc.)



I have been married for 12 years to my pilot husband, Nick.  We met at the dorm our freshman year in college.  After the first year living so close to each other (just down the hall). he transferred to an aeronautical university in Prescott, AZ.  We had a long distance relationship for the rest of college (3 years).  He proposed to me when I flew out for his college graduation.  We got married one year later, after I graduated.  Our first "child" was an American Eskimo dog named Thumper.  He was the sweetest, best dog ever!  Sadly we had to say goodbye to him this past November.  We all still miss him terribly.  Nick and I have two boys named Tommy and Ben.  Tommy is almost 6 and just started Kindergarten two weeks ago. Ben is three and a half.  They are best friends and worst enemies, sometimes at the same time.  Ben misses Tommy terribly while he is at school.

Tell us about how you got interested in quilting.
The honest answer here is that I don't know how I got interested in quilting.  I didn't know anyone who quilted when I was young.  I did a little bit of sewing with my mom when I was in high school, but we sewed some dresses.  She sewed two of my prom dresses.  After I got married, my parents bought me a sewing machine.  One day I decided to teach myself how to quilt.  Then I started taking classes and really learning how and I've been hooked ever since.  I didn't really get into it though, until after Tommy was born and I stayed home with him.  I started sewing during his long three hour afternoon naps.  The thing I like most about quilting is the idea that you can take tiny pieces of fabric and sew them together in different ways and end up with a blanket.  If you think of people's most basic needs, one of them is warmth.  A warm blanket can be an amazing thing to someone who is without.  I am always in awe of what I created when I'm finished with a quilt.  I love making them for new baby gifts.  If I could sew faster and especially quilt faster, I would love to donate quilts to homeless shelters.  Imagine the comfort you could give with just one quilt.

How do you organize your fabric stash? (Picture appreciated)
I have to laugh at this question.  I have been nervous about answering it since January.  I don't have a sewing room, I have a kitchen table.  My sewing "tools" fit in one large book bag.  My stash is in two flat bins under my bed.  I tend to buy fabric for a particular project and not just on a whim because I have trouble choosing and I don't have a lot of storage.  But I've managed to cram quite a bit of fabric into those bins.  In the past few, I have started buying more fabric than I need so I have some left over when I finish a project.
Ben pulled fabric from my stash one morning and we whipped together this cuddly frog.  He was thrilled to be able to push the pedal on the sewing machine for some of the piecing and quilting.

Who is/are your favorite fabric designers?
I really like Dear Stella and Me and My Sister Designs.  There are so many others that I like, but I don't often pay attention to who the designers are.  I just buy what strikes me at the time.

What is one thing you have learned that you wish you knew when you first started quilting?
When I first started quilting, I thought I could just teach myself.  You just take fabric and sew it together and make it into a quilt, right?  But then I took a class where the teacher gave a quick rotary cutting tutorial and I realized how much I didn't know just about cutting.  And that wasn't even the reason for the class.  So I started taking more and more classes and learning something new in each one.  So that is the thing that I recommend to any new quilter or even experienced quilter.  Take a class sometime.  Make a project with someone else instructing.  I always learn a new tip or technique, even if it's just a new kind of pen to try.

I took a class to make these adorable blankets for my boys.

What is your favorite sewing/quilting tool and why should we all go out and buy it?
Recently I have started to appreciate different presser feet.  I have a Bernina sewing machine and there are a million feet for it.  Most of which I don't have and don't know how to use.  But I love my quarter inch foot for piecing.  It has a guide at the quarter inch that runs along the side of the fabric.  LOVE IT!  In the past year I have really gotten to love my quarter inch foot without the guide.  It's perfect for sewing triangles, which I've been doing more often.  Also I really have come to love my clear plastic foot with a center line marked.  That has come in handy a lot recently.
Tommy decided he would like a quilt for his bed.  This summer we picked out a pattern and fabric.  We are making a friendship star quilt.  He has helped with a lot of the sewing on the blocks.  We are putting my 1/4" foot to good use!

Who is your favorite fictional character and why? (Could be from a book, movie, TV show, etc.)
This is a tough question.  There are so many that I love.  I will answer it not with a particular character, but with some of my favorite books instead.  One of my all time favorite books is The Time Travelers Wife (I never saw the movie.)  I love the Harry Potter series.  Mr. Popper's Penguins is still one of my favorites after all these years.  I read it for the first time when I was about 9 and I delayed reading the last chapter for weeks because I didn't want it to end!


Before I get on with the tutorial, let me show you my inspiration for this month's quilt.  When we moved our family from Arizona to Georgia in March, my father-in-law also sold his house in Arizona.  It was house that he had furnished, but hardly ever stayed in.  So we were lucky to be able to take some of this extra furniture. One piece we chose to keep is an arm chair that my in-laws had re-upholstered some years back.  The chair fits nicely in our bedroom now and it's great for sitting in to read.



The other part of my inspiration this month is a lamp that my in-laws also gave us, when we were furnishing our first apartment back in 2001.  It is stained glass.  We stopped using it for a long time because our dog (Thumper) chewed threw the cord when he was a puppy.  We were lucky that the lamp was plugged into a socket connected to a light switch and the switch was off.  Now we use it as a decoration.  But the lamp still reminds us of our mischievous puppy.


The colors I would like to use in this quilt are the colors from the chair:  dark olive green, dark red, gold, and chocolate brown.  If a background neutral fits into the block, I'm looking for a cream or off white, and something that doesn't have a stand-out pattern.  I would like the green to be in the olive family.  I'm trying to avoid any really bright grassy greens.  For the gold, I'm looking for fabric being more tan-gold rather than yellow-gold.  I hope that leaves you with some choices without being too picky.

Unfortunately the colors don't come out exactly when I upload the photo.  My red's are actually darker and my greens are more olive.  Here is a close up of the chair for a better view of the colors.


This month, I challenge you to make a block that is 13- 15 inches and has flying geese.  The block does not have to be square and it does not have to use all of the colors I chose.  Please choose your favorite flying geese block and method.  At the end I will arrange and sash the blocks to make a flying geese sampler. Bonus points to anyone brave enough to try the blocks with flying geese in a circle or spiral!  If you need inspiration there are a ton of flying geese blocks and quilts on flickr and pinterest.

Here is the block I made.  It is not particularly scrappy, but feel free to mix up the fabrics to add more scrappiness!


This block is made from 8 flying geese.  Here is one method for making flying geese.  If you would like a different method to make four of the same flying geese with no scraps, I refer you to Alison's tutorial in January.  If you use the method and end up with triangles left over, would you consider sending them along with your block?  I will use them in a scrappy, maybe wonky, border for this quilt.

You will finish with a 14 1/2 inch block.  Begin by cutting 2 rectangles from each of 4 fabrics for a total of 8 rectangles at 4" x 7 1/2".  Cut 16 squares from background fabric at 4".

With your favorite marking tool (I love my frixon pen), mark a straight diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of each background square.

Align one marked square with one end of each rectangle, right sides together.  Sew on each marked line. Trim excess, leaving a 1/4" seam allowance.

Press open toward triangle.  Align one marked square with the other end of each rectangle.  Note the direction of the marked line.

Sew on the line and trim excess leaving a 1/4" seam allowance.

Press open toward triangle.  Your flying geese are complete!  To finish the block first sew two of the same flying geese together, pointed in the same direction.  You will have four squares each with two flying geese. Next arrange squares so the flying geese point in different directions, making a pinwheel at the center.

  Sew the top two squares together, and the bottom two squares together.  Be sure to press center seams in opposite directions.

Finally sew the top to the bottom. Ta da!!!




Sunday, August 31, 2014

Hive 5 - September Block Tutorial



Hi, I’m Jacki Bracewell, I live in Alexandria, VA with my husband Tom, and our cat Mr. Stupid. His name was Spooky when we adopted him, but he quickly earned his current moniker.  Our two grown daughters live in North Carolina, one happily married with two boys (14 and 15), the other happily single. I am two years out of the classroom, and not sure I like being retired. On the other hand, I know I enjoy the extra time I have to spend on sewing, knitting, and all those things there was never time for when I was teaching full time.

I’ve always sewn, my grandmother made sure I learned all the needle arts when I was very small, but it wasn’t until I was grown, married, and a new mother that I made my first quilt. It was a quilt-as-you-go log cabin pattern from Family Circle magazine.  The fabric was a bag of scraps from a local garment factory (some sort of poly-cotton blend), and I cut up an old blanket for the batting. Looking back I’m sure “hot mess” was the best description for it, though my mother, an accomplished quilter, displayed it on her sofa with a proper mother’s pride for years. I haven’t kept count of how many quilts I’ve made since then, but it has to be nearing triple digits by now.
What order there is to my stash has been imposed on it by my loving husband. He is a ‘clean desk’ person, and tries to be patient with his ‘everything at hand’ wife. Thank goodness for IKEA. I have a wall of shelves with doors, and can work with the doors open, then shut them, creating instant tidiness. I sort fabrics by size, under ½ yard in bins, larger pieces stacked. Phd’s live at eye level and I try to limit their numbers to fewer than 30. (‘don’t want to be a fabric collector, lol)
My favorite fabrics and fabric designers have evolved over the years. The one constant has been a love of earth tones and reproduction fabrics. Oh, and batiks, I swoon for batiks. I joined the stash bee this year to break out of my rut and expand my color and design horizons to include all the lighter, brighter fabrics in the stores. It has been a very freeing experience. (And a wonderful excuse to haunt the fabric shops getting a handle on “modern” as a concept)
My favorite tool is my design wall. It began when in a fit of pique I stapled batting to the wall, and quickly evolved to its current glorious incarnation of batting stapled to the wall with an edging of wooden trim so it doesn’t look like someone stuck batting on the wall with a staple gun”
The thing I wish I'd known when I first started quilting is that there is no tool, technique, or class that is a substitute for just  doing a thing. It doesn't matter if a project turns out perfectly the first time, just get in there and ask questions as you go. After all, it's only the first 500 that are hard, after that it's easy. I'm still working on that first set of 500, but I'm showing up for practice every day. 

Tutorial

This month’s blocks will become the quilt for a grand-nephew’s first big-boy bed. I would like primary colors (that box of 8 crayons). Please avoid floral fabrics, and juvenile prints; the goal is a quilt that is fun for a toddler, but not “too babyish” for a boy of 6 or 7.
This is a fairly long tutorial. I looked online for an example of this applique technique but did not find one (must be one somewhere…) so I've tried to be very detailed. Although there seem to be a lot of steps, there are only 4 seams.
This block uses a tear-away or wash-away stabilizer. (not a fusible) A paper coffee filter that irons out to an 8 inch circle will work, but despite what I’ve been told paper towels tend not to. If you do not have such, I have envelopes of tear away stabilizer just waiting for addresses, so please send me an email and I will post them to you at once. You will need the equivalent of an 8 inch circle and a 5 inch circle for the block.
You also need a copy of the template. The small square should be one inch when you print the page. (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwxEIQdtjS3wZHdUM0l4STBzbkE/edit?usp=sharing). Rough cut around the large circle, but do not fold on the sewing line.
Set your machine for a shorter stitch than usual (whatever you use for paper piecing). If you are a “foot for every purpose" person, like me, use an open toe foot, or one with a clear line to follow, and set the needle to match the line.

All seam allowances should be cut as a full, or even a generous, ¼ inch.
 

Fabrics:

Begin by selecting a primary color, and its complement. (red/green, yellow/purple, blue/orange). Here are a few from my stash.

Cutting:

Cut a square 12 ½ by 12 ½ inches of one fabric, and a square of 7 ¾ by 7 ¾ inches of the other fabric.


Sewing:

1. Layer the 7 ¾ inch square (right side up) with the stabilizer and the template. Pin the layers together (glue basting is not useful in this technique).
2. Sew on the dotted line, stitching over the first few stitches at the end.
3. Trim the circle by cutting on the solid outer line.
4. Tear away the template paper outside the sewn line, and then carefully lift the center section in one piece (set this aside to use the smaller circle template).
5. Pinch and separate the stabilizer and fabric. Snip a small hole in the stabilizer and then cut several lines that go about half way from the center to the seam line.
6. Turn the fabric to the outside and using first your fingers and then a stylus, smooth the edges of the circle (if you don’t have a stylus a mechanical pencil with the lead retracted will do the job). Iron the circle.
 
7. Place the circle off-center on the 12 ½ inch square. The closest the circle comes to the edge should be 2 inches. Pin the circle to the square and using a STRAIGHT stitch sew as closely to the edge of the circle as your machine foot will allow (1/8th inch or less from edge). The top thread may match either the background or the circle fabric.

8. Turn the block to the wrong side, separate the fabric layers and beginning near the edge inside the sewn circle cut away the bottom fabric (the12 ½ inch square)  leaving a full ¼ inch seam allowance.
The fabric you remove will become the smaller applique circle.

9. Carefully tear away the stabilizer (if using wash away stabilizer leave this step until block is finished.) Manipulating the seam allowance while removing the stabilizer will create some fraying, which is why a generous seam allowance was used. When the stabilizer is removed a quick spritz with water or Best Press© before ironing will flatten things out nicely.


10. Repeat steps 1 to 9 using the smaller template, the smaller piece of stabilizer and the fabric cut away from the 12 ½ inch square.



 



Thursday, August 21, 2014

Coming soon: Stash Bee 2015!

Hello bees!
 
Those of you that are current participants know that the Stash Bee is TOTALLY ON for 2015 and that I am very excited to take a crack at running it! I am so thankful that Danny has been such a good role model and I am looking forward to having a good mix of Stash Bee veterans and newcomers.
 
Here's the skinny:
  • Sign ups will happen in mid October and the sign up will be posted here on the Stash Bee blog
  • Hive Mamas will be assigned and notified by mid-November
  • Hive members will be assigned by mid-December
There will be one significant change to the rules: Anyone who is behind on their blocks will not be allowed to take their turn as Queen Bee (aka design and receive blocks) until they are caught up.
 
Simple enough, right?
 
The following rules will remain the same:
  • Hives will have 11 members and will run from January - November 2015.
  • Queen Bees may not request a specific fabric be used in their blocks, unless the Queen Bee provides fabric to all of the hive members.
  • Hives will have a mixture of US and non-US participants.
  • Quilt shop quality fabric MUST be used.
  • All blocks MUST be made with care and precision to ensure high quality, correctly sized blocks.
  • This is a modern-focused bee, so Queen Bees can request hive mates make modern blocks, use modern-style fabrics, and use modern techniques.
In all likelihood, there will be LESS hives arranged in 2015 than in 2014 to allow everyone to post on the Stash Bee blog. This means that the number of participants will be limited to approximately 100.




If you have questions/concerns/comments, please email me (Alison) at littlebunnyquilts@gmail.com.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Saturday, August 16, 2014

HIVE 6-AUGUST BLOCK TUTORIAL

What is your name? Melanie Bendorf. I've been a Deputy District Attorney in a small northern California county for about 15 years. I still love it. It's challenging, but we are tasked with seeing justice done, so we have a lot of leeway with how we handle cases. Every one is different.

Where do you live?  Rocklin, CA.  It's about 20 minutes northeast of Sacramento. We're basically 1.5 hours away from everything--San Francisco, Tahoe, etc. It's a great place for families.

Tell us about your family: I have a husband, Robert, and two grown stepkids, Robbie and Samantha. Robbie is out of college, employed, and engaged to be married next year to a lovely girl he met online, of all places! Sammy is the slow starter-she's working full time and still living with us trying to figure out what she wants to do. She makes an excellent roommate :)

And I almost forgot the most important member of the household!
We love Boston Terriers :)

The most recent addition to my family is my stepfather Ernie! As most of you noticed, this month's block post is very, very late. My mom and now-stepfather decided to get married and gave us all about two weeks' notice. As Ernie put it "At out age, not much point in waiting"---tough to argue with, really :)


They are why this month's post is soooo late, and I can't thank you ladies enough for your patience and consideration. It was tough to throw together a proper wedding with such short notice and the bride KEPT CHANGING HER MIND, lol. One day it was a simple ice cream social afterward. The next day, when she was supposed to leave me a message about what ice cream flavors to get it became a tray of deviled eggs, a tray of sandwiches, chips and salsa...you get the drill :)


How I got interested in quilting: My aunt lives pretty close by and was always wanting to spend time together and tbh pestering me to try quilting. I finally gave in and agreed to do a local quilt shop's block of the month SOLELY to make my aunt happy. Ten years and a whole lot of money later, I'm more of a fanatic than she is :)

How I organize my stash: Eh, it's *sort* of organized. I have a hall closet to myself and it's stuffed to the gills with yardage, precuts, and stuff I haven't got around to cutting up yet.
Example:




I also have some things organized in plastic drawers and tubs, scraps, fat quarters, random 3" squares,
stuff like that. My ideal is to get the spare bedroom closet cleared out and take it over!


Favorite fabric designers:  gosh, I'm not super picky. I like Tula Pink, Art Gallery, and Bonnie and Camille. Pretty eclectic taste.

The one thing I wish I'd known when I started quilting: thread size vs. needle size. Would have saved myself so much frustration with skipped stitches, etc if I'd known about it. The Schmetz website has a great needle chart available.


My favorite quilting tool:  probably the Quilter's Block Tool. It has tons of blocks with multiple sizes, so you can basically look at any quilt and reconstruct it yourself.




My favorite fictional character: I can't pick one! This is waaayy too hard a question!

AND NOW THE BLOCK!


I decided on an X-Plus block in bright colors with a grey solid background. I used Kona Shadow and Kona Ash. Anything in a light grey solid or something that reads as solid is fine. For the prints--go colorful, go wild. This quilt is going to be for my mom and Ernie's bed, and they love 60's and brights. May have something to do with aging eyesight, too, lol.

You will need:

Eight 2.5" grey squares
Four 2.5" printed squares
Four 4.5" printed squares
One 2.5"x 6.5" bright solid rectangle and TWO matching bright solid 2.5" squares.

First, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on each of the grey squares:

 
Then, get out your four 4.5" print squares:




Take the grey squares and place them right sides together on two opposite corners of the 4.5" print squares:


Trim 1/4" away from the seam toward the corner. Press seam open. You will then have:


Take your bright rectangle and matching squares and place them in a cross position:


Lay out your corner units around the cross and place the print 2.5" squares as shown below:
 
 
Sew one print square to either end of the rectangle. Sew the other print squares to their corresponding bright solid square.  Sew a corner square to each side of the short arm of the cross:
 
 
Sew the three sections together. You will end up with:
 
 
The block should end up approximately 10", but don't worry about exact sizing. Use a scant quarter-inch seam and press seams open. I can make just about anything fit!
 
Please take whatever time you need to get this block made. I know this post is very late and you all have other obligations.
Melanie

Monday, August 4, 2014

Hive 1 - August Block Tutorial

What is your name? My name is Kathy, (iamacraftkat on IG, craftykat on flickr and sporadic blogger at http://squishedfairy.blogspot.com.au/)

Where do you live? I live in Sydney Australia. Let me tempt you with a picture of the Sydney Opera House during Vivid : festival of the lights.They project images onto various buildings around the harbour and I thought this one was great quiltspiration!



Tell us about your family. I am married with two cheeky kids and two cheeky dogs. My husband is fairly tolerant of my love of sewing only because he is equally obsessed with woodwork, building, electrical stuff and collecting random pieces of junk. I compare my sewing room to his garage so there is no complaining there! I also have a rule that what he spends in the hardware store I can spend an equal amount on fabric - fair right? My little kidlets are Miss Elsie who is turning 4 soon and Mr Clyde is 18 months. And my original fur kids Nala and Sierra who are sisters, rescue dogs, staffy-crosses, wannabe lap dogs (24kg!) and love nothing more than to lie on quilt blocks I am trying to lay out.


Tell us how you got interested in quilting. I have pretty much always been a sewer but starting quilting after visiting a friend about 8 years ago who quilts and thought - that looks easy, maybe I will just make one quilt. Oh an what hideous fabrics I used! but you know what - we still have it on our lounge and use it all the time! I then discovered Amy Butler - it was around the Charm and Belle era and fell in love with modern quilting fabrics! I probably became more obsessed with quilting after having babies who thankfully liked sleeping for long periods at a time. Housework seemed boring so what else was there to do but quilt!
I am now part of the Greater Western Sydney Modern Quilt Guild and it is great to connect with other inspirational quilters in Sydney!



How do you organise your fabric stash? If you would have asked me this at the start of the year I would have said wherever it lands! But since realising I have to answer this question my fabrics are now sorted by colour in boxes. I have even started sorting scraps by colour into little boxes. Within the boxes themselves - whether they land!



Who is/are your favourite designers? My favourites would have to Rashinda Coleman-Hale, Heather Ross, Allison Glass, Amy Butler am loving Katarina Roccella at the moment as well. The list could go on and on...



What is the one thing you have learned that you wish you knew when you first started quilting? Scant 1/4" seam!!! So important!


What is your favourite sewing/quilting tool and why should we all go out a buy it?
My Hera marker is my most favourite tool. Seriously, everyone needs it! If you don't know what it is it marks your fabric by creasing it - no chalk, no fading pen - just a crease! I find it particularly useful for marking half square triangles and lines for quilting.



Who is your favourite fictional character and why? Ohhh hard question!  I could give such a great literary characters such as Eowyn from the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, or Pip from Great Expectations, or Holden from Catcher in the Rye, Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird who are some of my all time favourites ... but instead I am going to say Tinkerbell! My daughter loves Tinkerbell and I actually sat down the other day to watch. She is awesome - she sews her own outfits, she fixes things and "tinkers" like all good tinker fairies do.

Tutorial
OK onto the tutorial!
Firstly let me start by saying how much Stash Bee has inspired me to try out improv! So in that spirit I would love a somewhat inspired improv scrappy  bookshelf block! It will be a quilt for my daughter who is turning 4 this month and she is a bit of a book crazy girl (can you guess her mother is a librarian!).


I have been thinking about this block for months and am so excited by it! I may already have the backing and border fabrics. It contains one of my most favourite things - scraps!

Colour Palette
Scrappy is great! As this is for a little girl probably more fun colours (her favourite colour is purple!) but just like any bookshelf - a nice mix of colours!

Supplies
+ low volume backgound (text if you have it - otherwise any low volume or even white will do!)
+ handful of scrappy strips (bits of excess binding work well)
+ not necessary- but if you have any selvedges that make good book titles that would be cool
+ again not necessary - but some fusible web to applique the selvedges on. If you don't have any but would still like to include some selvedges I can applique them on at my end.


Block Size
Your blocks can be any width as I think that would make an interesting bookshelf. The height should be 10.5" unfinished (so 10" finished)

Construction
As the blocks are improv I will just show you some general instructions on how I constructed mine. If you wanted to do just vertical or horizontal, or even books on a slant I don't mind. I don't even mind if you wanted to put something besides a book on the bookshelf either! The block I have made has both vertical and horizontal books.
First cut all your scraps to different lengths. I then arranged them on the background fabric until I found a layout I liked.

For the Vertical Books - you will need to cut strips of background fabric the same width as your book. The length will depend on the height of your book but it end up at 10.5". I tend to make them a little longer and then trim to size at the end. Sew your background fabric to the top of your book and press seams open. Then sew your books together starting at the base of your books. Please press seams open.



Horizontal blocks - You first need to decide how wide you want to make this section of the block. My longest book is 9.5" so I am going to add another 4" which will make the block when sewn together 13" wide. Again, cut your fabric the width of the book and make up the length to be a couple of inches longer than your overall width for this section. This will give you a bit more leeway when positioning the blocks later. Continue for all strips and sew the background fabric to one end of your book.

Layout your books how you want them arranged, then use your ruler to find the end of your block.


Using your rotary cutter, cut of the remainder of the background fabric then swap it over to the other side of the book.

Sew these on and then sew your books together and then trim. You will then need to cut another piece for the top of your block the correct width to make it 10.5"

Assemble your book block together! (and yes, in true form my neatly stacked books are now out of order but that totally resembles my bookshelf anyway!)


Selvedges  - now this bit is completely optional! I always keep my selvedges and found a few that could be used as cute book titles. We are going to applique them onto some of the books using a fusible web. I am using a product called Heat and Bond as it is easily available in Australia, but use whatever you have. If you don't have any fusible web but would like to include some "book titles" I can easily applique them on at my end (please don't feel you need to go out an buy any!)


Press your selvedges nice and flat and bond them to your fusible web with your iron according to the manufacturers instructions. Trim them down to size.


Lay your block out and place the titles where you want. Bond them to the block using according to the manufacturers instructions

 Now with applique I like to do a small zigzag stitch around the area. For example on my Janome I put the zigzag stitch at W 2.5 L 0.9 but this might be different on your machine - Just as long as it is not a giant stitch but also captures the layers all is good!


And there you have it - a bookshelf block! Of course mix it up to make it improv and your own. I hope it is a fun block to make and thankyou for taking time to make it!

If you have any questions please let me know!

xx
kathy