Follow the Blue Bird

Celebrating,

the launch of

Riley Blake Designs

first low volume Designer Collection,

Hush Hush!

Excited,

to be the first designer to showcase our

“Follow the Blue Bird”

original project.

 Using our favorite fusible applique technique, and the free pattern which can be found on RBD’s website, we created a Birdhouse Bunting!! Our bunting features Riley Blake Designs fabrics from Hush Hush, Painters Watercolor Swirl, and Hungry Animal Alphabet. Basic applique instructions are written below:

 

General Instructions for Fusible Applique:

  • Refer to photos for fabric choices/placement
  • Download the template sheets (using the link bottom of this post) to create your bunting flags by tracing onto paper backing of fusible web. Rough cut around each.
  • Fuse according to the product instructions on wrong side of selected fabrics.
  • Cut out the applique pieces on the drawn line, cool and remove paper backing.
  • Fuse applique pieces onto the background blocks according to fusible web directions.
  • Once all of your flags are fused you can secure your applique and/or further embellish with decorative stitching.

First, trace your pieces onto the paper side of your fusible product then fuse to wrong side of fabrics and cut out your blue bird pieces. I found this was helpful to do first to help in choosing my Hush Hush background fabrics.

 Next, choose your fabrics.

Print out your two sheets for the bunting flag using the link at bottom of the page. Assemble with tape to form half of the flag and use this template to make the full pattern image on any craft paper of your choosing. Once you have this you will also trace the various pieces on to the paper side of your fusible product and cut out.

You can chose to fuse backing fabric to your bunting flag for a flat result as we did here or layer with batting before attaching backing fabric.

We always make a tracing paper ‘door’ to enable accurate appliqué placement as shown in the photos above. Pinning to the top of your pressing mat makes it easy to flip open and closed to nudge the pieces where they go.

The bunting flag pattern can be used to piece your top and bottom fabrics which form your birdhouse shape or fuse them as we show here. These are first, then fuse scallops, then (tape measure fabric) trim. Next we fused the birdhouse hole (black Swirl fabric) and last assembled our blue bird.

Now, for the fun part, decorative sewing!

You can see our Birdhouse Bunting finish photos on Instagram and/or Facebook later today and throughout the week.

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We also used Hush Hush fabrics as the background for a Maple Leaf nine patch table top quilt, made with Painter’s Watercolor Swirl fabrics. A perfect pairing with our Fall Leaves Place Card project and HERE, that we created with Painters Palette fabrics.

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Birdhouse Bunting

Snowman Sew Along with All About Christmas: Wk 3 – Sewing your Appliqué Blocks

Welcome

to the last week of our mini

Snowman Sew Along

with All About Christmas quilt &

fabric from Riley Blake Designs.

By this time you have your three snowmen blocks completely fused and are ready to sew. If not, as always continue at your own pace. The only thing we have left to complete these blocks now is to secure the appliqué designs to the background fabrics and add any decorative stitching. There are many stitches and styles you can use to do this and the choice is entirely yours, you’re the maker!

I am most comfortable using one of my (basic Pfaff) machine’s options that is most like a blanket stitch to outline and secure my appliqué pieces to my background fabrics. I started with the large white pieces first. These are a bit stiff since we used an extra layer of interfacing and your appliqué pieces can pull up with handling so be careful to get them well fused. If this happens however, before you are ready to sew simply press over them again to reactivate the fusible glue. If you use this type of stitch you want to lay your needle right beside your appliqué fabric edge close as you can for the running stitches.

I also chose the same color thread that best matched my fabrics or close as I had on hand. I used 50 weight cotton Aurifil. Both of these choices (blanket stitch and same color thread) seam to make up for any imperfections due to my beginner sewing skills. Of course you can go with any style such as free motion or any number of decorative stitching that you like.

I continued by sewing the next largest pieces first red, then yellow, green and so on until I finished stitching around all of the smaller pieces.

For my green, I only had a lime shade but I think this helped to distinguish the tree branches against the two darker fabrics.

Remember! These blocks still have to be quilted so, hold off on any 3-D embellishments like buttons or charms, etc. Which explains the blank look on our snowmen faces. Lol!  I actually have tiny black buttons for his eyes and mouth and can’t wait to see them finished. 😉

We will post our finished blocks on Instagram and Facebook so, if you want to see our updates and the rest of our blocks in this quilt, plus anything new, you can follow us here:

IG – J Wecker Frisch

FB – Joy Studio News

Happy sewing and a sincere thanks for joining our snowman fun!

Below is our block inspiration.

Original watercolor by J Wecker Frisch

 

Snowman Sew Along with All About Christmas: Week 2 – Raw Edge Fusible Appliqué

Hello again!

Is everyone ready to move on to the

All About Christmas quilt

SNOWMEN?

Good. Let’s get started!

You should already have your three background snowflake fabrics cut and set aside to receive the snowman appliqué items per instructions.

So, first thing is to tape your snowmen template sheets together. There are six sheets per snowman included in your pattern. You will want to take a little time with this to match up registration marks and get them squared up to the correct block size.

Now you’re ready to begin tracing the individual shapes of each item in the snowman image onto your fusible web products. We like using a fine tip Sharpie in any color however, using a different color for each block will make organizing your fusible pieces much easier to access readily. The All About Christmas quilt pattern templates are already in reverse so trace with template sheets, printed side up, on the paper side of you fusible products. Again, just as in the fabric cutting suggestions last week, place and trace your largest glue pieces first to assure you will have enough of the fusible to complete this process.

Next begin laying out all of your smaller appliqué pieces in the remaining areas where they fit best for utilizing all of the fusible materials. We strongly suggest numbering the pieces too as you go. This will come in handy later when you begin to arrange and fuse the difficult to recognize pieces on your background fabric blocks. Once all of your fusible web pieces have been drawn, rough cut them out and organize by block.

Side Note: You will be tracing your Riley White snowman and snowy ground twice, first on your chosen fusible web product and a second time on a lightweight fusible interfacing product. We use Pellon Fusible 911FFW1 Featherweight. This will help to block the fabric underneath from showing through your white appliqué fabrics. You may want to use this method for the yellow fabrics in your piece also. Layering sequence when you are ready to fuse these, will be wrong side of appliqué fabric to interfacing, that unit to fusible web and then onto background fabric in the indicated order. You will end up with a heavier/thicker appliqué unit.

Next, making your raw-edge appliqué pieces.

Refer to the pattern cover art to begin fusing the correct, numbered fusible web pieces to their corresponding fabrics, according to the manufacturers directions. After all of the appliqué pieces are fused, you can cut them out accurately with a good sharp pair of scissors. I do not use my ‘for fabric only’ scissors for this but rather a specified favorite. We recommend letting all of your appliqué pieces cool completely before attempting to remove the paper backing. If time allows we prefer waiting overnight but a couple of hours may be enough. Another tip for removing the paper is to score a line with anything sharp but not enough to cut through the fabric, anywhere on the paper side of your fused appliqué. Then begin peeling the backing paper away from the fabric using the scored line as a stating point. This will help to prevent fraying your fabric edges.

Now, building the snowman blocks!

After all of the paper is removed from your appliqué pieces, you are ready to arrange and place them in your snowman blocks. The numbers on each snowman template indicate which piece is the next to be fused. As stated in last week’s post, placement is best achieved using a placement sheet. Since you cannot view the template sheet through the background fabrics we like tracing the template onto a sheet of ordinary tracing paper to make a placement sheet ‘door’. Explained last week here and shown below.

You can see in the above phoyo that we opted to cut out the small snowman (block 3) both in cotton and batting to offer a little extra pouf . This is your preference.

Having fun yet?

I like the cutting and fusing best myself, but next week we are

READY to SEW!

Show us your progress as you follow and tag me on Instagram @jweckerfrisch

and please use #allaboutchristmasfabric to share your photos.

I would enjoy hearing from you!

 

 

 

Snowman Sew Along with All About Christmas: Week 1- Reverse Raw Edge Appliqué Technique

 

Hello Everyone, good news!

All About Christmas fabric has delivered and is in a shop near you. Find a list of retailers in my last blog post here.

This collection is beautiful! It includes the Christmas story from Luke 2 making it VERY Christmas-y and we especially love those details. In addition, the printing quality is wonderful thank you to our fabric partners at Riley Blake Designs.

So, here we go with another little Sew-A-Long. This time it will be a mini. The two items that we will be sharing over the three weeks are,

  1. Our three large snowman blocks (row 4)
  2. Reverse raw edge appliqué blocks (rows 1 & 5)

This week we will be looking at number 2, reverse raw edge fusible appliqué for the ornament blocks. The snowflake blocks are done the same way only much less detail so we will be focusing on row one.

Do you have your pattern and fabric ready? If not, visit this link to find a shop.

Are you ready to sew?! Let’s go! According to the All About Christmas pattern instructions, it is important ‘To Get Started’ by cutting fabrics for the large snowmen blocks FIRST. This assures that you will have the larger fabric cuts set aside when you need them. Follow the cover art for the fabric choices and make cuts according to the pattern instruction page(s) and directional fabrics. If you are new to the technique of reverse raw edge appliqué I highly suggest reading the pattern in it’s entirety before starting or cutting into your fabrics.

Since some of our designs for this quilt were stencil-like with white as the main center image (see the snowflake and ornament rows), we selected this reverse appliqué technique. Often with appliqué we will use a second interfacing product to mask the background fabric from showing through our white however, we found this to be a better option for the ornament and snowflake blocks on this quilt. The photos below will offer a visual aid so-to-speak to support this explanation.

Once you’ve cut your fabric squares for blocks in Rows 1 and 5, you can begin tracing the designs onto your fusible web product according to manufacturers directions. We like Pellon Featherweight Fusible 805. Be sure to trace all of the pieces that make up the inside ornament designs before fusing. You will be using those to help your fabric remain as a continual image. Fuse to wrong side of fabric considering whether your fabric square will be using a directional print and align accordingly.

When you go to cut out the ornament rounds, be careful not to cut through the outside square itself or those tiny pieces. You can see at the bottom of our ornament photo below where we began poking the scissors through to cut around the perimeter only. This way, when the traced ornament is removed, your background stays completely intact. Then cut your smaller (traced beforehand) pieces and set them aside somewhat in order, or you can number them if that helps.

Once all of your ornament pieces are cut out you are ready to fuse. Sandwich the colored fabric silhouette squares on top of your Riley White squares that will show from underneath. You can place the pattern flipped upside down (since already in reverse) beneath your layered fabrics to use as your placement guide. Or, another method that we like to use, is a tracing paper door, as we call it. The photos below plus this link will explain. Simply put, we trace the block template image(s) onto ordinary tracing paper and pin down on one side of your block to help with accurate placement in the event the paper pattern does not show through your fabric. We also found that using tweezers was the easiest way to then nudge the tiny pieces into place. When you get them where you like, fuse!

Here are our results. Now for the fun part, stitching them down. I will be using thread to match and a blanket style stitch. I find both are somewhat forgiving. You may choose to use any number of decorative stitching to add these details if you prefer over these tiny appliqué pieces. This is where your sewing skills will shine beyond my limited experience so please, send progress photos! And have fun of course 😉

I hope you had fun sewing along with me! If you have any questions about this technique, leave a comment below! See you next week for the BIG snowmen blocks.

Follow and tag me on Instagram @jweckerfrisch

and use #allaboutchristmasfabric to share your photos.

I will be posting progress shots as well!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s New

In A Nutshell Post

Old Made fabric is our 2021 (non Halloween) Halloween collection delivering to shops now!

Painters Watercolor Swirl fabric is our first Basics collection with Riley Blake Designs and is delivering now. It was chosen out of our Painters Palette fabric group which has joined the Riley Blake Designs Basics offerings!

All About Christmas is scheduled to deliver in shops next month! And when we say ALL about Christmas, we mean Jesus! Complete with Him in a manger as the main panel. Also angels, camels, nativity, etc. You get the picture. Lol

• Riley Blake Designs Virtual Quilt Market is next week!!! We are presenting “Coffee Chalk” and “The Best of She Who Sews”!! Join this Facebook event here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/294355661719623

Or – Go to rileyblakedesigns.com for the market schedule. We will be on Wednesday morn, Friday afternoon and Saturday morn.

And that’s, what’s new in our fabric world! For plenty of Joy Studio sneak peeks, follow me : @jweckerfrisch on IG and Joy Studio News on FB

Thanks very much for visiting. ~ Janet