Monday, November 30, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
In preparation for the event, I went shopping for Canada or Olympic clothing to wear along the road and we cheered for our local torch bearers. Many others had thought the same thing, because I was unable to find any touques or mittens. So I decided to make black fleece touques with a Canadian maple leaf, for all of us.
The torch has a long way to go to get to Vancouver yet, so if you are a sewer or quilter and you live west of New Brunswick, why not make Canada Touques for your entire family.
Here is my "Sew a Canadian Touque" Tutorial for you. I have incorporated some quilting techniques to give it a special oomph. If you make some touques, be sure to take a picture and blog about it, then leave me a comment. I'd love to see!!!
Enjoy the flame Canada. It is awesome to see.
I'm a quilter, so I've incorporated a couple of quilters techniques to this touque to give it more oomph!.. In particular you'll notice the raw edge appliqued maple leaf. And I've added a cotton binding to the edge of the touque for a finished look. I made both adult and kids sizes, but depending on your fleece, you may have more or less stretch than I had. It's good to make one as a prototype to get the size. I made a couple before I got it right. I hope you enjoy this touque pictorial tutorial. This tutorial is in two parts.
Using standard sheets of paper, you will create your paper pattern template to cut out your fleece. Once your pattern is made, then move to the second part - Sewing a Canadian Touque - Part 2.
Preparing your paper template:
Toddler 3 - 5 years old - Start with 8.5" x 10.5" paper
Child 6 - 10 years old - Start with 8.5 x 11" paper
Adult - Start with 8.5" x 12.25" paper
For all sizes, mark a dashed seam allowance line 1/2" in along one of the 8.5" sides. (I'm showing an adult size here)
Next, Fold in on the dashed line. This is your seam allowance.
Cut away the double folded corner... (not the seam allowance corner)
If you got to this page without going to Part 1,
Seam 2 and 3: Fold the touque so that the top points meet. It's hard to see in this photo but your side seam becomes one of your points. Ensure that your side seam is opened.
Binding the brim of your touque: Ensuring your side seam allowance is opened, using using your 1/4" foot on your sewing machine, lay the bias binding on the bottom edge of the right side of the touque. Do not stretch either the bias or the fleece. Sew using a scant quarter inch seam, just like you would do for a quilt. Either use the easy fold and tuck joining method, or the diagonal seam to join the ends of your bindng.
And that's it. You now have a Canadian Touque.
To go to Part 1 of this tutorial, click here.
Friday, November 27, 2009
2. Binding - a few years back, I ran out of binding for a quilt. I learned a very good lesson, and ever since then, I always err on the high side and usually make too much binding now. Since I always use 2.25" wide binding, I save my leftover binding. When I make a small scrappy project, I put together leftover binging lengths and use it that way.
3. Binding (can you tell I love binding) When I have a fat quarter piece of fabric that is now outdated, or I just don't like it any more, I make standard bias binding out of it. I measure it, fold it up and secure it with a piece of selvage. I put a paper label on it with the length of binding so I can quickly know how much is there to use. I use it to bind small projects.
Well, there's my 3 tips for the Quilters Connection blog. If you are Canadian, and and have some green tips, why not go over to their blog and leave your ideas. All tips will be published.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
This is the Olympic Mascot. Everyone loves him and he smiles pretty good for the camera, don't you think.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Anyway I'm starting to get distracted with other sewing projects and seasonal activities so I'm really glad I gave myself the little Monday challenge to help me get my Crazy Quilted socks done. Last evening, I did manage to get all my buttons out and it's fun making a little cluster. They do take more time that I remember. The button cluster and the silk ribbon rose cluster took the entire time that I was watching Dancing with the Stars.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Have you happened to read my sister's blog this week?. She ran with the Olympic torch in 1987 and it was quite a moving experience. She has lots of mementos from her experience and is blogging about it all week.
Reading about all her recollections this week has me all excited for the torch coming through our city. I think I'm going to buy a nice Olympic fleece to wear when I go to watch the torch pass through next week.
Go Canada Go!
Monday, November 16, 2009
I've also been asked to make a 6.5" white, cream, or light NAME block that will be part of the back of this quilt. These quilt blocks along with the name blocks will come from all over Canada. I don't know how these will be stitched into the back of the quilt, but it certainly has peaked my interest.
So today, I started thinking more about the Name block than the 12" block. I've never made a name block. Sounds easy, but I thought I'd take the opportunity to use this neat little book that I've had for years. It's a doodle book called the Kids Book of creative Lettering . It's harder than it looks, for me anyway. I think the trick is practice.
I dig out my 48-pack of Zig markers, ironed a piece of light fabric to freezer paper, measure a 5" square on the fabric with disappearing marker, take a deep breath and then put zig marker to fabric. I use some illustrations and techniques that I find in the book. I'm ok with the little frame that I created and if you stand back 2 or 3 feet, it looks pretty cute, except for the printing of my name. I gave it a quick press, and it looked ok. Just ok. To get rid of the disappearing marker, I rinsed it under the tap, and gave it another press to dry it out. I noticed that some of the ink bled a bit. oh no. I thought Zig markers were colorfast. But it was a good excuse to do another since I wasn't really really happy with it.
Maybe a different fabric and a good hot heat set before rinsing it. So I prepared another piece of plain white cotton fabric and drew the frame. I did the name with the thick end of the Zig marker and it was too thick. I'm not happy with this name block either. I did give it a hot hot iron for a good 30 seconds and let it cool, then rinsed it to remove the disappearing marks. It did bleed a bit but not bad.
I think in the morning, when fresher (ha ha) I'll try again a third time.
One of the three will have to do. It along with the 12" block is going in the mail tomorrow.
Also, it's Crazy Quilting Monday today, but my CQ spiders are not done yet. I will expect they'll be done this evening while watching Dancing with the Stars. I'll post about them tomorrow.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
This is Jessica and this is her I spy quilt from at least 6 or 7 years ago. It is well worn and very soft. When she was little we used to play I spy with it. She was a smart kid and knew where all the cats, balls, bugs and flowers were. now after years of use, little rips and holes are starting to show up. This quilt has been patched once. Today, while it didn't need a patch, we sewed a beautiful little dragonfly embroidery on it today. It's just sweet and I can guarantee that this quilt is going nowhere except home with Jessica.
This is Emily having fun under her blankie. This little quilt was given to Jessica by her other grandmother when she was born. When Emily was a baby, she adopted this little quilt as her own. It's been washed and washed so much that within a few years, holes started to appear.
Emily has a great memory and says that the very first patch that we put on the quilt was this little purple cat. When she was a toddler, she was a real cat lover.
Then Emily said we put on the poodle patch. She must have been going through her doggie phase.
Then we added snowmen, apples, more cats.
Then the holes were out of control especially on the back, so the back of the quilt has been completely patched over with large pieces of quilting cottons. It has many many lines of zig zag stitching and is very secure now.
So, back to the front, the holes were continuing to come quilting on the front, so I started adding my stitch-out embroidery samples. They were cute too. So Emily has an octopus, a "Bride" patch, a lovely "S" from when I was making Stephanie towels, and even a snake on her blankie.
Today, we added a very elegant dragonfly and it's covering a new hole that just came out in the past week.
Both of these well used quilts have fun histories and many many memories, for both Jessica and Emily and of course me too!