Sweet Snow-A-Long, Wk 3

Hi Again!

How’s everyone doing with their Snow-A-Long quilt?

Have everything fused?

*

*

Sew far, sew good I hope.

Speaking of sewing, here is where it gets tricky for me!! I soar at drawing and cutting but sewing makes me a bit nervous, still.

This week we are

securing/stitching

your raw edge appliqué pieces down and

trimming

the blocks. You can also do any additional decorative stitching or embroidering at this time. Decorative stitch guidelines are provided on your patterns. Although the fabrics do much of the work in this quilt, the gingerbread blocks are perfect candidates for some fancy thread work either by hand or machine.

*

*

I have several photos that will show you our sewing process. I used a blanket style stitch (under the quilting stitch guide on my machine) for the edges. That is the one I am most comfortable using with my skill level but feel free to choose any that you like. I am certain that all of you have more sewing experience than myself so I look forward to seeing and/or hearing about your personal choices for this step. My understanding is that with raw edge appliqué you want a stitch that will help to keep the edges from fraying should the fusible product let loose with washings and use. However, I’m seeing the trends for raw edge appliqué and looks like anything (personal preference) goes!! And I like that.

Please #snowalong and #snowsweetfabric progress photos on social media so we can find and add to our

Pinterest board!

*

*

I also chose to use the same thread color as my appliqué fabrics. Again this was to better blend in and hide any of my stitching errors. If you want the appliqué art to stand out more you may want to try black and possibly some sketchy free motion which I love and hope to learn some day. I used Aurifil cotton 50 wt thread for all appliqué sewing.

With so many blocks to stitch down, I did all of the white first, then black, red, and so on. Soon you will have them all finished.

*

*

Time to trim.

This is done after the stitching to allow for any shrinkage that possibly took place. Be sure to leave yourself a quarter of an inch for a seam allowance on all four sides of each block finish size. Block finish sizes are stated on your pattern. Some images like the gingerbread house is intended to sit on the bottom seam line of the block. So I trimmed to the one quarter inch mark at bottom and sides.

Once all are trimmed, post on your design wall and enjoy seeing your quilt come together!

I love that part.

And I love this Snow Sweet collection from Riley Blake Designs!

Widely available in shops now, but it’s going fast.

See you next Thursday.

Sweet Snow-A-Long, Wk 2

Hello Again!

Welcome to week two of the

Snow-A-Long

Featuring our

Snow Sweet

collection from

Riley Blake Designs.

We will be sharing an appliqué placement method using tracing paper doors to make this the easiest and most fool proof fusing process for making all the appliqué blocks.

Here are our appliqué shapes described in last week’s post. You may notice that we chose to trade out a couple of the fabrics that were listed and shown on the cover art but this is each maker’s prerogative! All of the fabrics can be interchanged to suit your desired look. You’re the maker!

Let’s make doors!

We like the tracing paper door for placement accuracy both in making each multi layered appliqué, and also centering on the block background fabric. This is an optional step if you are not such a stickler for detail as myself but a tried and true way for good results. Here’s a (link) little bit more about making a placement door from the Hat Shop SAL.

Use the same appliqué template sheets and trace them, again. This time on to a piece of tracing paper with a fine tip sharpie. Trace as much or as little of the details as you will need for placement guides. Tracing paper allows for turning over to reveal the image as it will appear on your block. Soon you will have several tracings that resemble the table top below:

And now, on to the fusing!

We are building each block from the bottom/underneath appliqué pieces, up.

Place background block fabric on to your pressing surface.

Then center the detail traced door, flipped over to match the direction of your cut out appliqué pieces, and pin along one side.

Then open your paper door and place the largest appliqué fabric, glue side down and nudge in place. You can easily open and close the door to line up your pieces precisely. Once you have them where you like, press according to the fusible product manufacturer’s directions ten seconds or so.

The large snowman template sheets are numbered so place each one according to the sequence marked on your pattern. We rough laid them out initially just to get an idea of how it would look and to determine which appliqué gets fused first. For instance one arm goes under snowman’s body and one goes on top. So again follow the sequence numbers and use the tracing paper door. It really helped us on the large snowman block.

I also wanted to point out that the star was cut in three different pieces and is marked on your pattern that way to eliminate the yellow from showing through the white fabric. We recommend an extra layer of interfacing as described last week/post to help with this as well. Wherever light fabric goes over a darker one, use the interfacing to get a better result.

Ta-daa!

We made two, one with plain white snow for our quilt and this one was to be for a (now cancelled) class.

Keep going until all of your blocks are fused and we’ll see you next week. And take lots of photos so you can post and share for a social media GIVEAWAY op!

Save

Sweet Snow-A-Long, Wk 1

Hello Everyone.

It’s time!

To start the

SNOW-A-LONG,

featuring SNOW SWEET and PAINTERS PALETTE fabrics

from Riley Blake Designs.

I would like to remind all of you that this is only my second SAL so I welcome your comments, questions and constructive critiques.

Now, let’s have some fun in the snow!!

Some of you may not have received your patterns yet due to a last minute edit however, you will be able to catch up quickly in this first week. When you get them, be sure to read through the entire instructions section before you begin.

This week we will be making your appliqué pieces and cutting your block background fabrics.

Begin by taping together the six Star Snowman pages. A light box or taping to a convenient window works very well for this.  Match up the registration marks located on each page. You may choose to trim the edges of your six page snowman template first to eliminate gaps in the line art. As you can see in the pictures below, we did not.

Take your assembled Star Snowman and all of the other appliqué template sheets and begin tracing onto your fusible web, paper side up. Start with the largest pieces first such as Star Snowman, his scarf and snow base. We like to tape down the pieces so they do not move during this process.

Every shape that you see on the templates will be an individual ‘glue’ piece so we numbered them as well by block for easier organization and quick identification when fusing. The appliqué designs are already in mirror image. Once all are traced, rough cut them apart. You will have something that looks like these:

Next: For all white and light colored appliqué fabrics you will want to add a second layer of fusible interfacing to mask the block background fabric you are fusing to. We did this with the Snowman and his base, snowflakes and bell.

Rough cut a piece of interfacing a little larger than your fusible pieces. Once again start with the largest items first. As you can see in the next photo group, you will simply ‘sandwich’ your white or light colored fabric on bottom wrong side up on your pressing surface, interfacing piece glue side down and then fusible web piece on top, glue side down. Once in place press according to the manufacturers recommended instructions. Darker fabrics will not require this step. So, for all other appliqué pieces using the pattern cover art as your fabric/color guide, simply fuse cut web pieces, glue side to wrong side of fabrics.

Here are the products we used. Pellon 805 Wonder-Under as our fusible web, Pellon 911FF Fusible Featherweight interfacing, and fine tip sharpies.

Once each glue piece is fused to its corresponding fabric you can move on to cutting out each appliqué. The more accurate you trim, the better the result. Use sharp scissors but not your “fabric only” pair as you will be cutting through the fusible web product. Here are the loose pieces organized and laid out that you will have before the final fuse to each block. Do not fuse together until week 2 for a helpful tip.

Next you will be cutting your block background fabrics, again starting with the Star Snowman. The sizes for each block are listed on your instruction sheets. Refer to the cover art for all of your fabric colors.

Note: There is one red fabric inconsistency listed from the original RBD storyboard as compared to our pattern. No worries! Either red fabric will work.

An optional but important step for week 2 will be creating “doors” for accurate piece placement. This will require any standard tracing paper you can get at your local art or craft store. This was not included on our original supply list. It comes in a variety of sizes. We used Strathmore Tracing Paper Pad, 300 Series, 9″ x 12″, 50 sheets. This will be plenty for this project.

We would love to see your progress photos on Facebook, Instagram and/or Pinterest so please let us know where in the comments.

Please tag us and follow on Instagram @jweckerfrisch and #snowalong whenever posting.

You can follow us on Facebook at Joy Studio News

And we’ve created a Sweet Snow A Long board on Pinterest.

Welcome everybody! See you next week!

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Slight Snow-A-Long Delay

J. Wecker Frisch

Hello Everyone.

We have been hearing a lot of excitement surrounding the

Sweet Snow-A-Long!

And we are equally excited and thrilled to be bringing this classic fabric collection with our partners at Riley Blake Designs and FUN project to all of you!!

Please note the new “shooting for” date:

The Sweet Snow-A-Long originally scheduled to begin on July 23rd will now start on July 30th.

Patterns (P149)-Sweet Snow-A-Long) will be ready in the nick of time, for this highly anticipated event!

Meanwhile, if you’re shopping!

The REVISED Fabric Requirements and Supplies List:

Sweet Snow-A-Long Update

The above items are available in Quilt Shops now.

We are sorry for the delay and are grateful for your understanding and patience. We want to be sure that everyone is able to gain access to the fabric and pattern.

So, hang on just a bit longer please.

Thanks again for all of You who have been supporting the Snow Sweet fabric collection, it has been amazing!

Sweet Snow-A-Long

Announcing,

SWEET SNOW-A-LONG

July 23rd

made with

SNOW SWEET

fabrics from Riley Blake Designs!

Follow us here at JOY STUDIO for each step over five weeks to make this delightful and delicious quilt top.

Patterns and fabric are shipping now so check with your favorite shop for arrival times. MANY shops have ordered this so patterns, kits and fabric should be widely available.

If your local is still closed check the on line shops. Search Snow Sweet fabric and Sweet Snow-A-Long.

J. Wecker Frisch

Anyone can make this. We know because WE DID!! Lol And as you know, we are still new at this. I hope you can join us to make this really fun snowy quilt and cool off your summer!!!

Spring Quilt Market, Virtual

Spring Quilt Market 2020

Virtual!

A first for everything, eh. It is my privilege to be presenting a spring collection for

Riley Blake Designs.

My very first fabric group ever and the one that literally launched my quilting industry career, in Pittsburgh, 18 years ago,

Hungry Animal Alphabet.

Once again, available!!

This is the best version yet, check out those patches! I am so pleased to see this printing (highest digital quality, art skus) that is the closest to my original watercolor art. I personally refreshed the colors and created some brand new layouts including the rare book panel! This will be a hot item I predict. The timeless images detail rich are still fun to see how many words beginning with each letter of the alphabet that one can discover. This one is dear to my heart.

If you’re a shop that enjoyed the original offering then I’m sure you will remember the sales strength and broad appeal of this classic. Hungry Animal Alphabet is by far my most requested fabric especially the coveted panels. You will not want to miss it.

The collection delivers in November 2020.

There are three free projects that will be posted at Riley Blake Designs once the line is available. Two are quick and easy projects using the patch panel. The third is a gorgeous pieced quilt using an eighteen inch sunflower block discovered and recreated from an antique quilt booklet. This is a nice one, right on trend and soft tones and colors for the modern nursery.

Pieced by Kerri Thompson and will be quilted by Annie Sloan. Stuffed animals made by Aunt Henri.

AND

If you want to see MORE, please come to our LIVE on June 4th, 10 MDT and enjoy a rare look inside (mini tour) of the Joy Studio. And, it’s my birthday!!

SO – come and see the full booth and perhaps win a prize?!!!

To see all the RBD virtual tour join us on Facebook at rbdvirtualquiltmarket

Our HAA bunting made by Katie Frisch.

First collection, first virtual Quilt Market, first booth in our own Joy Studio and first LIVE!!!

Follow for the fun GIVEAWAYS on:

Instagram @jweckerfrisch

Facebook Joy Studio News

THANKS, for stopping by, would love to hear from you!

More She Who Sews, Kits!

 

Hello to everyone at home. And sewing?

If you ever thought of making one of our large scale

She Who Sews

series for your studio, now would be a good time. Patterns are

half price

in the shop through May!

And we have fabric kits (limited supply) for

“Machine Maid”

as she originally appears on the pattern cover using our

Painters Palette,

and a few basics plus a Paris version using my

Couturiere Parisienne

fabrics from Riley Blake Designs. Both collections are available in shops now.

I am making her up in the later currently and for the first time ever actually and, I’m liking!!

Fabric background back story below.

• Back story on the background text fabric is that the text was inspired by a little antique children’s book of prayers, in French! Sew sweet. Although I cannot interpret them, I was pleased to make this a part of the Couturiere Parisienne collection in lieu of my standard snippets of scripture. Parfait!

I’m sure we all agree that we are still in such a strange time but keep creating is my plan. And praying. It helps, right?!

Au revoir mon ami!

Freedoms

Freedoms taken away.

Freedom of speech. – My first (stronger, more specific) saved draft of this post suddenly and mysteriously disappeared, unretievable.

Freedom to worship. – I can no longer attend my local church.

Freedom from want. – I cannot purchase basic needs but rather in some cases decided for me.

Freedom from fear. – The daily news reports are terrorizing.

I am a licensed artist, not a strong politically minded person, not a conspiracy theorist. However, I am compelled to post this expression of my anger and a career decision. My (& yours) freedoms for the moment and foreseeable future have been taken away. In America!! Coincidence or intentional? What does your common sense tell you?

  1. Aside from numerous inconveniences, I am angry that I will not be spending this Easter holiday with my immediate family. I am angry that I cannot attend my local church. Two of the most important freedoms that were enjoyed my whole life, in America.
  2. Despite the costly personal loss, I will no longer license my art/Images and name to manufacturers whose product(s) are made in China. I should have addressed this several years earlier when my conscience was merely bothered. Now I take it personally, as though I have been attacked. My sincere apologies.

I have never expressed any political views and make it a point, but rather I stick to art and creativity only in my content up to now.

Please understand and again pardon me, I am deeply angered at WHO caused this attack on my country, and the world.

Would have never believed or conceived.

Wake up o sleeper? Eph. 5

Upcycling

March,

National Quilting Month,

means it’s time for the #IGQuiltFest2020 hosted by Amy Ellis @amyscreativeside on Instagram!

Most likely you’re familiar with the event that works around a daily quilt related post prompt, plus opportunities to win a variety of giveaways!

Ours is Day 8, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Perfect, since I have been ‘upcycling’ for a very long time.

You can view my IG post on Sunday, March 8 @jweckerfrisch

One can quickly tell from looking at anything I create that I am crazy about antique and vintage EVERYTHING! This influence is apparent in my art, fabric and interior design. Not only a collector but as a maker I always see a potential use for anything typically discarded so, the studio is always full of possible medium for future creations. And, if it’s not being used to make something, an item may double for creative storage or organizing.

The shots below are some of the reuses of items picked up along the journey and my post focus.

1) Antique Pre-Hoosier cabinet, red bistro chair and locker room baskets make great sewing supply storage. Fabrics shown are Painters Palette, Couturiere Parisienne (in shops) and a sneak peek of Snow Sweet (delivers in June) both from Riley Blake Designs.

Maybe you will notice the three year old studio shift since I began learning to quilt. It’s true! The turn of the century pre-hoosier cabinet once housing all of my art and crafting supplies is beginning to fill up with the current fabric collections that can clutter during sample making for markets and event preps. Sew far Paperdoll, Costume Makers Ball, Painters Palette, Couturiere Parisienne, Goose Tales and Snow Sweet collections from our fabric partner, Riley Blake Designs, have passed across the tables, filled the cupboards and been stacked on every flat surface available in the Joy Studio at one time or another.

2.) Auto shop ‘Creeper’ rolling cart under the cabinet is the perfect size for fabric bolts.

3). Saved vintage canvas bags and select clothing items have found their way into our appliqué quilt project testing. The upcycled materials snowman below is included in our quilt pattern for this summer’s Snow-A-Long which features “Snow Sweet” fabrics from Riley Blake Designs.

Thank you for the visit!

Please leave me your thoughts in comments and . .

ENTER to WIN Painters Palette RBD Fabric Bundle GIVEAWAY @amyscreativeside on Instagram Sunday, Day 8!

Happy National Quilting Month and thank you Amy for hosting #IGQuiltFest.

G R A T E F U L,

to be living the abundant life. John 10:10

 

Hat Shop SAL Wrap

Hat Shop Sew-A-Long, last post.

Adding your borders is all that is left to do!

This can be done in a couple of different ways however, I will only be describing how I actually, chose to finish this quilt.

Borders.

First up, the inner 1″ (finish size) black border. Make sure that your window blocks are squared up by trimming, measuring and placing your tracings over them before you add this border. Pay special attention to you last row of blocks so that all of the items will appear to be sitting on the bottom shelf of your window. It was necessary for me to trim mine about 1/2″. Then pin and sew with your 1/4″ seam.

Secondly sew on your gray borders to three sides. Top, right and left. I cut them 2″ for an inch and a half finish.

 

Bottom border.

Because I did not want to stitch around the appliquéd bricks after the borders were added to the quilt top, I simply strip pieced both of the borders together to treat the entire unit as the bottom border. Then I arranged the bricks (omitting one) making up the window sill approximately 1/4″ or so apart, evenly to fit directly under the black inner border. When I was satisfied with the placement, I fused the bricks to the gray and black unit, overlapping the seam slightly. This made stitching down the bricks much easier to manage than turning the entire quilt. I did however, stray from the pattern a bit. As you can see, the brick window ledge was confined to the bottom border only. You can choose to add two more bricks, one on each end after you add your side borders. I plan to do this as I show in the last photo in the segment below.

If you made it through the Hat Shop SAL, be proud of yourself! I was, and also quite surprised. This was a very intimidating challenge for me but I pushed through and learned much by making this project. Now my top is off to the quilter and I will share the finished piece with you soon.

Instagram @jweckerfrisch

Facebook Joy Studio

 

From ART to APPLIQUÉ.

Thanks for following and hopefully, sewing-a-long.

So long, for now.