Tuesday, April 27, 2010

QUILTERS' UNIVERSITY Lesson #4 Mitering borders

Some people have a terrible time with mitering.
Let me make it easy for you. Measure length and width of quilt top. Use those measurements and add at least eight inches on each end of borders for mitering. After sewing the inside border to the outside border, overlap the extra as show in the picture above.#1 picture

#2. Picture shows folding under the top border to form a miter. Be sure that the wrong side of the top piece is even with underneath piece at the top and at the bottom. Pin down the fold and press with a hot dry iron

#3 Picture shows unpinning after pressing and gently folding the top piece back to see crease line made by pressing. Draw over the crease with a dark pen. Repin across the crease and line, and stitch starting at the top. Stitch with a basting stitch, in the event that you haven't gotten the miter perfectly in the center of the corner. When sure of that, restitch with a regular tight stitch.

#4 Picture shows the miter perfectly sewn and perfectly at the center of the corner.

#5 Picture shows the underside of the miter with the seam allowance and excess borders materials removed. Press with a hot iron and DO NOT OPEN SEAM! Press to one side!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


Here's a picture of my AZALEA in full bloom. Notice the spots of red and the red veins. All of this may be duplicated with deep red crayola and shading around the sides, etc. Using a hot iron, iron over the crayon with a sheet of wax paper face down on the flower to set the color. Do this before appliqueing the flower down to the background. Seed beads may be sewn over the lines and larger red beads may be sewn onto the red dots. Silk ribbon will be used later for the statem and silver beads at the ends of each. All beading is done AFTER the flower and leaves, etc. have been sewn down. In other words, that is the finale for the flower block.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Blue Hydrangea petal placement

There are 8 petals per oval base: 7 around the outside and one in the middle.
Applique the oval base before stitching the petals onto the base.

Blue Hydrangea Nitty-Gritty

Look closely at the way the petals are pleated before stitching to the oval base.
The pearls hide the machine stitches! yeh!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

April's Flower, Blue Hydrangea

Wow, this is a beautiful flower, and a challenge to me to make a pattern for you; but, I did it and you'll enjoy making it once you get the pattern.............I'll keep pictures on the blog going for you so you can follow the steps for completion.
Enjoy this one............I love it!