Easter Bunny – Patchwork Bunny Panel

I had a lot of fun making this bunny panel

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I used Quilters fusible grid, to make sure my squares were accurate.

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I cut scraps into 2″ squares and placed them, right side up, on the fusible side of the grid, lining up the squares.

TIP – I usually do this on the ironing board, I place a piece of white paper or fabric underneath – this makes the grid easier to see.

I fused the squares in place (I used 42 squares (6 x 7) with a medium iron, pressing gently.

TIP – cut the grid to exactly the size you plan to cover with fabric – this reduces the risk of getting the iron stuck to the fusible grid

I folded the fused squares on to each other, one row at a time and stitched a 1/4″ seam down all the verticals.

Then I snipped those stitches seams with fine scissors between the squares , this allowed me to push the seam allowances in different directions so that they ‘nested’

I then sewed the horizontal seams with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

You can download the pattern of the bunny here Bunny_Outline

 

I traced the bunny design onto the smooth side of fusible Vilene  I placed this onto the right side of my patchwork and stitched with a small stitch all the way around the bunny. I then trimmed back to this seam leaving a small allowance (1/4″). I snipped the curves and the indents.

The next bit is scary! I cut into the Vilene in the centre and very carefully turned the bunny out, so its raw edges were folded under by the vilene. Be careful to ease out the seams and snip into the seam allowance at any area you feel is ‘pulling’ Be careful not to cut through the outer stitching. If you do, turn the bunny back and re sew the seam.

Once done position your bunny onto a background piece of fabric – mine was 12 1/2″ square. You can then iron the Bunny in place, as the fusible of the Vilene is now underneath

Stitch the Bunny to the background by hand or machine.  By hand you can use a small slip stitch or an invisible ladder stitch, By machine you could use a zig zag, a satin stitch, a blanket stitch or I used a blind hemming stitch and invisible thread.

I added a border to my block of squares .

I am now ready to quilt it and turn it into a Wall Hanging or Cushion front. You could embroider flowers, Easter eggs or carrots around your Spring Friend!

 

Have fun and email me pics of your bunnies!

 

 

 

 

Workshop Passport On Sale Next Week – 1st April

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Our Workshop Passport is incredibly popular – pay just £85 and most of our classes are Free – that means you could do 10 or even 20 classes in the term for just £85!

We make our classes available from a few months before, so customers who do not want a passport can book into classes which may fill very quickly once the Passport goes on sale . The Passport goes on sale one month before the start of the new term – so 1st April with the new Term starting in May.

Check out our workshops here

This term we have introduced our booking form which if you plan to buy a passport you can fill in ready for the 1st April

 

You can download it here             Booking_FormWSPSUMMER2017

We hope you will take advantage of this useful list and fill it in ahead of buying your Passport so you are all ready in the queue for our classes.

 

 

 

Row by Row

Threads and Patches row 2016 'Pigeon's Perch' Home Sweet Home
Threads and Patches row 2016 ‘Pigeon’s Perch’ Home Sweet Home

Our Row is ready!

It shows a lovely London Pigeon in her ‘Home Sweet Home’ Nest on Nelsons column at the feet of the great mans statue. She can see across the skyline of London, with St Pauls Cathedral, The Gerkin , Tower Bridge and the London Eye silouetted against a painted sky. Is it dawn or dusk? You decide, the time on big ben shows 5.30 so it could be either! There is a n embroidered sampler attached to her nest saying – what else? ‘Bless this Nest’. The union flag flies over London and the scene is one of peace above a bustling city.

The Row is part pieced – the column and Nelsons legs. The skyline and pigeon are applique. There is a little embroidery – the sampler and the Cross of Saint Pauls Cathedral. There is some fabric pen drawing – the lettering on Nelsons Column and the clock face of Big Ben.

This is a fun row to do. The pattern will be available free from the shop from the 21st June – 6th September limit of one per customer.
Kits will be available on the same date from the shop priced at £14.99 and includes the pattern and all the fabric and instructions to make the quilt top.

We are really excited to be a part of this truly international event.

See who else is taking part here

www.rowbyrowexperience.com

 

We also have Row by Row License Plates for sale

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Join in the fun – come and see us soon!

Why I Love My Janome Memorycraft 15000!

By Louise Harrison –

Many of you will have noticed the Janome sewing/embroidery machines we had on display by the shop entrance over the last couple of months.  They have certainly made people take notice, and even caught the eye of one or two husbands who have asked if they also make tea!

Joking aside, I never thought of buying an embroidery machine until Jane from Janome came to demonstrate them to all the staff at T&P.  I am not a girly girl, I’m not into highly decorated décor or clothes, in fact I have quite simple tastes (apart from a minor obsession with metallic fabric!).  When it comes to quilting I like geometric designs in the main.  I also already had a 5900QC.  So why did I buy a Janome Memory Craft 15000?

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My first project – the Palazzo Quilt, made with Stonehenge Medici fabric.  This was quilted with the Acufil hoop and Horizon Link, the software provided with the machine for PC.  The all-over stipple design is calculated using the software, which also provides the templates to easily transfer placement to the quilt top.

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A brilliant gadget – the quilt binding set folds and sews your binding in one pass, you can even mitre the corners!

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Close up of the stipple quilting design.  Each ‘block’ fits a bit like a jigsaw with its neighbours.  Each block took 4 minutes to stitch out, with 90 hoopings it took two afternoons to stipple the whole quilt!

Quite simply, I was so impressed with what it was capable of.  It has immediately obvious wow factors; the automatic motorised needle threader, the fold up arm for embroidery, large hoop and harp area, WiFi, PC connectivity, and the huge range of inbuilt designs.  But it was also the sheer versatility of what it could do.  Little did I know that this was the start of a whole new chapter in my sewing life!

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Embroidered bag using Simplicity pattern 1597.  Designs from Embroidery Library.

It was so easy to use, right from the off we were editing and producing embroidery using this fantastic machine.  Coupled with it being a fantastic sewing machine with all the features of the flagship long arm machines and more, I was already hooked.  It made everything so easy, and was simple to operate.  The results were impressive.  You could even just choose what sewing job you wanted to do and the machine would automatically set itself up to do it!  It had something for everyone; quilters, crafters & dressmakers alike.

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Flowerpot table runner made with ‘Scallop Magic’ fabric from Riley Blake.  The flower quilting motifs were done 3 at a time in the hoop, and it was bound using the Janome quilt binder set

Even so, I didn’t decide then I was going to buy one, although I thought it was wonderful.  Back then I was of the opinion that it was a lot of money.  Well, that’s certainly true, and that’s something I hear a lot from customers in the shop.  But then I got to thinking about the use I could get from it and the fantastic things I could do with it.  The Acufil quilting system was something I was really interested in, and actually when I finally took the plunge and bought one my first project would be quilted this way.

 

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King size quilt from pattern ‘Mulberry Stars’. Ditch quilted with borders and cornerstones quilted in the Acufil hoop. I enlarged the standard stippling pattern for the outer border.

In actual fact it’s been the best decision.  OK, half the kitchen has been lost to my ‘sewing space’ (I am waiting on the offspring moving out so I can have a sewing room…don’t think that’s happening any time soon!).  But I can do everything on the one machine, and I use it most days.  The super large harp space meant that quilting a 104” square quilt with the Acufeed walking foot was easy.  Quilts can be quilted in the special Acufil hoop, which makes it simple to cope with those thick layers.  I’ve even produced my own border designs using MBX software, meaning my designs are perfectly matched and sized to my project.  And friends and family are getting some pretty special presents for Christmas and birthdays!

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 I digitised this poppy design to use in a wall hanging (to go with the poppy fabric.  Left: the free motion feet (there are three) float over the surface of the quilt rather than bouncing, which makes them a breeze to use.  I’ve finally got a result I’m proud of!

 

It’s opened up a whole new world of creativity for someone who, let’s face it, finds it hard to be inspired and original with a design.  This machine helps me really make it my own and has given me a whole new perspective on my sewing!  And it was worth every penny.

Louise (staff member @ Threads and Patches)

 

Wonderful Wonder Clips!

Each of our team have favourite products and fabrics. Julie wanted to share her love of these little gadgets with you –

Do you have a tool in your sewing box that you couldn’t possibly live without? I’m sure everyone does, and I bet they’re all different. Mine are Clover Wonder Clips  – I’ll recommend them to anyone who will listen!

If you’re a quilter, you can use Wonder Clips for what is, I suppose, their original purpose – keeping binding in place while you hand-stitch. That’s why I bought them in the first place – and I seem to have accumulated quite a few over the last few years! I keep a handful in every sewing bag or box.

Now I use Wonder Clips for everything and anything – I find them especially useful for English Paper Piecing : when hand basting, I Wonder Clip one seam around my paper and start basting from the opposite side. It just keeps the paper and fabric secure until I get a couple of stitches in, without needing a pin. Even if I am glue basting , I’ll still use a Wonder Clip to hold my English Paper Pieces together while sewing up seams. They’re just the perfect tool for anything you don’t want to use a pin in – like oilcloth, vinyls, leather, even paper – or anything you can’t easily get a pin into – like thick felt, fun fur, fleece, or even a project like bag-making , which might involve holding several thickly interfaced layers together. I’ve even been known to clip cut fabric pieces to their corresponding pattern pieces, so I don’t lose track of which piece is which in a complicated project!
Can you tell I really think Wonder Clips are the best tool ever?! What tool in your sewing box would you be totally lost without? Send us your thoughts!

Sally’s Favorite New Book – Farm Girl Vintage by Lori Holt

We have so many new things going on at Threads and Patches, new products arrive weekly, new fabrics fill our shelves and we are always striving to provide new and interesting workshops and classes in patchwork, quilting, dressmaking and needle craft. Below is a selection of a few new things we have on offer

This is my favorite new book, with a wonderful selection of sampler blocks and projects. It is great value for money as you are bound to get many projects out of the beautiful selection here.
Just look at some of the lovely ideas
If you want to see more click on the link
http://www.threadsandpatches.co.uk/acatalog/Farm-Girl-Vintage.html