Wilga is an absolutely amazing needlewoman. She has spent most of her life involved in some form of sewing. Her knowledge is extensive and best of all she is happy to share her know how with all the members of MP&Q. Wilga still does workshops based on the things we want to learn how to do. She is a patient teacher and always ready to advise in the most kindly way. She also sits in on other member’s workshops and gets really excited when she learns something new. Wilga is a life member of our group.
Cutting Pieced Strips:When you are cutting pieced strips of fabric, as for Seminole or strip piecing, use this simple trick.
- Place the ruler where the cut is to be and hold firmly.
- Make a small cut from the top edge going down.
- Now cut from the bottom as you would going through the first cut and your cut will be straighter and not pucker and the edges will be even.
Covering a Journal or Folder
- Measure the length of the folder whilst it is closed. Measure the width of the folder. Add an inch all round to these measurements.
- Cut out your top cover fabric and lining to the above measurements. Cut out a light wadding, such as iron on wadding, to fit.
- Iron the wadding to the back of the cover fabric and quilt and decorate as desired.
- If your folder is large make two handles or a closure for a journal.(Optional)
- Trim the top and lining to the original measurements plus seam allowance.
- Cut two flaps from lining fabric. Make them a suitable width to slip the folder edges into. On these flaps you can add pockets.
- Lay the Cover face up, then the pocketed flaps face down at each end making sure the pockets are the same way up. lastly lay the lining face down. Slip in the handles if using.
- Pin and sew the seam allowance leaving a small opening to turn through.
- Turn the cover, pull out the handles and press. Slip stitch the opening. Add a button for a journal closure.
- Turn your folder or journal backwards and slip on the cover.
- Other ideas – Add a piping around the edge of the folder before sewing. Instead of sewing and turning layer the flaps, lining and top and bind the edges. Add lace before you sew for a vintage look. Add a pocket on the front of a journal for a pen.
If you are not sure of which colours to choose, begin by finding your border fabric then use it to prompt the colours in the blocks.
I make lots of scrap quilts and found a great way to use leftover binding from other projects. I sew all the old bindings together and bind my scrap quilt with the new piece. It adds a great look. Now I make extra binding when I make a planned project so I have enough “leftovers’ to bind scrap quilts.
- A wooden mug hanger is a useful place to hang your scissors.
- Sharpen scissors by cutting through foil or very fine sandpaper.
- Cut our needleturn applique shapes with pinking shears.
- When cutting layers of fabric iron then together first.
- Chain stitch your block pieces so the ends are locked.
- Use an anchor pad (a small folded fabric piece) so your get a neat start to your seams. Sew off the anchor pad onto your seam.
- A felt ring under your reel of thread (upright position) will make it run smoothly.
Equipment from MP&Q:
- Flexicurve – use this to see multiples of your blocks when you have only one block finished.
- Fussy Cutters – These sheets of shapes are excellent for cutting out fabric when you want a particular part of the design.
- Bias Cut Rulers – Use these so you don’t have long bias edges on your block pieces such as a half square triangle.
- Curve Cutter – use when you want to cut your curves the same from piece to piece as opposed to free curve cutting.
- Curve Foot – these come in various sizes to fit most machines. Attach to your machine and sew a curved seam withput pins. Place the unward curve fabric on the top. Best for gentle curves rather than Drunkard’s Path blocks.
- Block Template Sets – there are a number of different template sets which all have directions and make a large variety of blocks cutting out the older way. An interesting insight into the changes in quilting over time.