My Baking Career?

parchmentpaperLooks like I’m about to bake a massive batch of cookies, right? If you believe this, you would be very, very wrong. The last time I baked cookies dinosaurs roamed Illinois. No, this recent supply of parchment paper has a different destiny. It was purchased at my local Costco for your class projects.

stripfusing2See, parchment paper works just like the release paper that comes with fusible web. Used when making fused art quilts, this paper has a silicone coating that releases fused fabrics glued together like this collage of green fabric strips. I am told that parchment paper also releases large chocolate chip cookies that someone else bakes. I hope to meet that person someday.

Stitching Pinked Edges #2

vase2This flower looks rather forlorn, doesn’t it? But you’ll note that the tips of the flowers are rather jaunty. That’s because they are cut with a pinking blade used on a standard 45mm rotary cutter handle. (If you want to see how similar flower petals are made with this blade, check this out.)

vase3To give our flower a little flair, long embroidery stitches travel from the peaks and valleys of the pinked edge to the center of the flower. This is done with the Sunflowers colorway in a size 8 pearl cotton thread. That same thread couches down the long strands of thread holding them in place.

vaseontable3c French knots added to the pinked flower tips dress up our bloomers even more and our forlorn flower is now fabulous!

More tips on adding hand embroidery to pinked fabric edges coming up soon!

Stitching Pinked Edges #1

vaseontable3aReady for a fabric cutting challenge? With a little forethought, you can cut fused fabrics with decorative rotary cutter blades and create perfect fabric shapes for hand embroidery. Here’s a good example of planning ahead: the 1/4″ green stripes in this wallpaper fabric are cut with a pinking blade.

Each cut of the blade is off set with the previous cut making a “rick rack” edge on the fabric strip. Stitching across the strip with a size 12 thread creates a pleasing diagonal stripe across the fabric.

vaseontable3eYou can see that I didn’t always align the blade on the fabric consistently when cutting the strips. So some of the stitching appears off on the wall paper. My excuse: This is hand work. Made by human hands not a machine.

Stay tuned for more stitching of pinked edges tomorrow!

How to Stitch Decorative Edges

decblades1A favorite tool for those making fused art quilts is the decorative rotary cutter blade. Decorative blades come in a variety of shapes (pinking, wave, scallop) that add a delightfully embellished edge to fused fabrics. Decorative edges add movement and interest to quilt designs.

But how do you add hand embroidery to that decorative edge?

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Vase on the Table #3 by Laura Wasilowski

This quilt shows a variety of ways to add hand stitchery to the pinked edge. You canĀ  see fabric cut with a pinking blade in the wallpaper stripes, flowers, vase, and top edge of the table cloth. Each fabric shape is stitched in a different way. Over the next few days I’ll show you how to hand embroider the pinked edge. Please stay tuned!

Cutest Acorns Ever!

acorntools - CopyWe pause in our cactus stitching for some well deserved rest. And to admire the newest addition to my sewing tools: an acorn tape measure! A lovely student in Australia gave me this sweet little tape measure. I was thrilled because it matched a wooden thimble holder I acquired years ago. The top screws off the little acorn to hold the thimble and the stem rewinds the tape measure acorn. So clever. Now I have two nuts!