How to Embroider Your Home, Sweet Home Stitch-Along #5

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Your Home, Sweet Home quilt top is complete and you are happy as a clam in white wine! Next up is preparing the quilt top for hand embroidery and adding stitchery.

See how the hand embroidery really brings the quilt to life? It adds texture, pattern, and those fine details you can’t get with fabric alone. For this quilt, we use only 4 thread colors in size 12 pearl cotton. Even with these few colors you can see how hand stitchery outlines shapes, repeats color, and takes your quilt from flat to fabulous!

(Note that directions are first given here on the Artfabrik blog and then added to the Home, Sweet Home Tutorial page as we go.)

Step #13

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  • Remove the quilt top from the paper. Place the glue side of the composition on to the non-scrim side of the batting. It is important the glue does not touch the scrim or you’ll get a ripply quilt. See How to Determine the Scrim Side of Batting.
  • Cover the quilt and batting with a dry pressing cloth. Iron the quilt to the batting using a steam iron. Set the steam iron to the cotton setting and steam the top for 10 seconds in each spot to set the glue. Wiggle the iron so you don’t get the shape of the iron on the quilt top.

Step #14

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  • Add hand embroidery stitches through just the batting and quilt top layers Do not put the backing on the quilt yet.
  • Stitch straight stitches vertically and horizontally across each window to make the window panes. Use a size 12 thread (like Oranges) and a size 5 or 7 embroidery needle. 
  • Stitch a French Knot on the door to make the doorknob and stitch Blanket Stitches around the door using the same thread color as the windows. 
  • Stitch Chain Stitches around each window to outline them. Stitch right next to the window shape on the house fabric. Use a size 12 thread (like Lettuce).

Step #15

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Putting It All Together: Home, Sweet Home Stitch-Along #4

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Are all your fabrics fused? Have you transferred the pattern shapes and cut them out using the Miracle of Pattern Transfer?

Good! now we can move on to putting your parts together for the Home, Sweet Home project. This is also known as the fun part

(Note that directions are first given here on the Artfabrik blog and then added to the Home, Sweet Home Tutorial page as we go.)

Step #8

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  • Center the sky onto the background fabrics about 2″ down from the top edge.

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  • Cover the sky with parchment paper or silicone release paper and fuse-tack into place.
  • Remember fuse-tacking is exposing the fusible web to a short amount of heat, 5 seconds, from the iron (set at the cotton setting).

Step #9

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  • Place the house on the lower edge of the sky about 1″ in from the left edge.
  • Place the roof on the top of the house and overlap the house shape about 1/8″.
  • Place the door on the bottom edge of the house about 1/4″ in from the right edge. 
  • Cover the sky and house with paper and fuse-tack into place.

Step #10

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  • Trim 1/4″ from the long edge of the grass fabric using a pinking blade or pinking shears. 
  • Center the grass shape with the pinked side up about 1/4″ over the lower edge of the sky.
  • Free cut 4 windows measuring about 1/2″ x 3/4″. Place the windows vertically on the house.
  • Free cut a dot measuring about 1/2″ across. Place the dot on the peak of the house. 
  • Cover the house and grass with paper and fuse-tack into place.

Step #11

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  • Place the tree top onto the sky. Cover with paper and fuse-tack into place.
  • Clean your iron if necessary. For this next step you can not use paper to cover the fabric. See: How to Clean an Iron
  • Cut the tree trunk fabric on the bias to form 2 triangles. (Note: a bias cut fabric is cut at a 45 degree angle from the grain of the fabric or from corner to corner on a square piece of fabric to form 2 triangles.)
  • Cut 1 strip measuring about 1/8″ wide and tapering to 1/ 2″ wide by 5″ long from the long or bias side of one of the triangles. Snip the 1/ 2″ wide end of the tree trunk into a curve.
  • Fuse the tree trunk from the tree top to the grass by curving the trunk with one hand while fusing with the other.

Step #12

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  • Center the leaves on the lower point of the grass.
  • Cut 6 triangles measuring about 1/2″ across by 1″ long to make the flowers.
  • Place the flowers between the leaves. Cover the leaves and flowers with paper and fuse-tack into place.

Miracle of Pattern Transfer! Home, Sweet Home Stitch-Along #3

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In today’s lesson we are making the background or foundation layer for the Home, Sweet Home design.

And you’ll learn about the miracle of pattern transfer to a fused fabric. How exciting! 

Just as a reminder, both parchment (baking) paper and silicone release paper (paper you removed from your fused fabrics) can be used to assemble the quilt top and for pattern transfer. Be sure to peel the paper off all your fused fabrics before starting Step #4. 
 
(Note that directions are first given here on the Artfabrik blog and then added to the Home, Sweet Home Tutorial page as we go.)
 
Step #4
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  • Trim 1/4″ from the long edge of the bottom background fabric.
  • Use a pinking blade in your rotary cutter or pinking shears. (See: How to Load Decorative Blades onto Your Rotary Cutter.)
  • If you don’t have a decorative cutter, just make sure the edge is trimmed neatly without any fraying of the fabric.
 Step #5
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  • Place parchment paper or silicone release paper on the ironing board. The paper should measure about 13″ x 13″ or larger. You can overlap sheets of paper to make the 13″ square. It’s important to have the paper underneath the fabrics before fusing or the fabric will fused or glue to your ironing board.
  • You can also use a Teflon ironing sheet as seen in this photo.
  • Place the top background fabric horizontally on the paper.
  • Overlap the pinked edge of the bottom background fabric 1/4″ onto the bottom edge of the top background fabric.

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  • Cover the fabrics with another piece of silicone release paper and fuse-tack into place with a hot dry iron. Cover the fabric to keep it clean. Irons are filthy things.
  • This is important: Remember, fusible web is a heat activated glue. Too much heat applied repeatedly for too long burns the glue into the fabric. Over-fusing changes the fabric color, makes the fabric stiff, makes it difficult to stitch, and the fabric will no long adhere to other fabrics.
  • Fuse-tacking or exposing the glue to only 5 seconds of heat at a time is best. Once the composition is complete you will steam set the fabric to batting for 10 seconds bonding everything into place.
 
Step #6
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  • Click here to download and print out the Home Sweet Home pattern as a Word document. Or click here to download and print out the Home Sweet Home pattern as a PDF.
  • Place silicone release paper or parchment paper on the sky pattern.
  • Trace the pattern shape with a black Sharpie marker or a lead pencil.
  • Do not write or add numbers inside the shape or the writing will transfer too.

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  • Place the marker or drawn side of the release paper onto the glue or fused side of the fabric.

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  • Iron the paper in place for 5 seconds with a hot iron.

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  • After the fabric cools, remove the paper from the fabric.
  • The ink from the tracing will transfer to the glue. The fabric shape will also face the same direction as the pattern shape was drawn. No need to flip the shape.
  • It’s a miracle!

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  • Cut out the shape just inside the black line with a pinking blade or pinking shears.

Step #7

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  • Repeat the steps above to transfer the house, roof, door, grass, leaves, and tree top pattern shapes to their respective fabrics.

How to Fuse Fabric: Home, Sweet Home Stitch-Along #2

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A list of all the tools and materials for our project is found on the Home, Sweet Home Tutorial page.
 
In today’s lesson, we begin by fusing the fabrics. (If you’ve purchased the fabric part of a Home Sweet Home Stitch Kit, your fabric is already fused.
Lucky you! You may skip to Step #3.)
 
(Note that directions are first given here on the Artfabrik blog and then added to the Home, Sweet Home Tutorial page as we go.)
 

Step #2 Fusing the Fabric

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  • If you’ve purchased a pre-fused fabric kit please skip to Step #3.
  • Cut the fusible web slightly smaller than the fabric. Suggested fusible webs are: Pellon Wonder Under paper backed #805, Soft Fuse, or Misty Fuse (used with parchment paper). Please note that some other brands of fusible web are tacky and will be difficult to hand embroider.
  • Place the fabric on the ironing surface then put the rough side or glue side of the paper on top. (If using Misty Fuse, place the web on the fabric and cover the web with parchment paper.)
  • Transfer the fusible web to the fabric using a hot (cotton setting), dry iron.
  • Glide the iron across the paper from edge to edge for about 5 seconds in each spot. Go to the edge and beyond!
  • Note that fabric that bubbles or ripples when fused will flatten out when the paper is peeled off.
  • If the web separates from the paper, place the web on the fabric with release paper on top and fuse.

Step #3 Silicone Release Paper

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  • Let the fabric and web cool 5- 20 minutes before removing the paper. The fused fabric should feel dry, not tacky.
  • Before removing the paper, separate the fabric from the paper at one corner. Then trim the non-fused fabric off by following the paper’s edge. Peel the paper off without ripping it. Save the paper.
  • The paper you’ve just removed is called silicone release paper. It has a silicone coating and can be used to: 1. assemble fused collages and compositions, 2. build design elements as a unit, 3. store fused fabric scraps, 4. place on top of compositions to protect them from dirty irons and, 5. transfer shapes to fused fabrics.
  • Parchment (or baking) paper is similar to release paper and can be used in place of release paper. Test the paper first by ironing a piece of fused fabric to it. The fabric should easily release or come off the paper.
  • Either side of silicone release paper or most parchment papers is usable for fusing. Please note, however, that on some versions of fusible web only the “shiny” side of the paper is usable as release paper.
  • Both parchment paper and release paper can be used for assembling quilt tops, fused collages, storing fused scraps, protecting the ironing board, and pattern transfer.
  • Peel the paper off the fused fabric before cutting shapes. Paper dulls scissors and cutting blades. Also fabric edges may fray if paper is peeled off a cut shape.

 

What You Need: Home, Sweet Home Stitch Along #1

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Home, Sweet Home by Laura Wasilowski

Ah, how good to be in my Home, Sweet Home! Now that the closets are free of long lost socks and enough dust bunnies to start a rabbit farm, it’s time to start another stitch-along project.

Won’t you join me?

We’re making this sweet little fused quilt called Home, Sweet Home. It measures about 12″ x 12.5″. We start by learning how to fuse the fabrics for the design, then move on to constructing the quilt top, adding hand embroidery, and finishing it with a pillowcase binding. 

(Note that directions are first given on the Artfabrik blog and then added to the Home, Sweet Home Tutorial page as we go.)

Step #1 

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My version of Home Sweet Home is made with hand-dyed fabrics but you can use any cotton fabric you like as your canvas. (See a Note about Fabric Choices below.) Click here for a Home Sweet Home Stitch Kit. The stitch kit includes pre-fused fabrics for the quilt top only and pearl cotton threads for hand embroidery.

Or assemble the following items:

  • 8″ x 13″ light yellow to pink for top background
  • 6″ x 13″ blue/green to purple for bottom background
  • 8″ x 10″ light blue to light purple for sky
  • 4″ x 4″ yellow for house and house dot
  • 4″ x 5″ red orange for roof
  • 1″ x 5″ light blue for windows
  • 1″ x 1″ blue for door
  • 3″ x 7″ green for grass
  • 4″ x 5″ light green for leaves
  • 4″ x 4″ orange for tree top
  • 5″ x 5″ purple for tree trunk
  • 13″ x 13″ backing fabric
  • 2 yards of fusible web (Wonder Under #805 recommended)
  • 13″ x 13″ batting (Hobbs Heirloom Premium 80/20 Batting or wool batting recommended)
  • Size 12 pearl cotton embroidery thread
  • Size 4 or 5 hand embroidery needle

A Note about Fabric Choices Fabrics with no finish like 100% cotton hand-dyed and batik fabrics work best for raw edge fusing because the color goes through the fabric. (Fused elements from printed fabrics with a white back will show a white edge when cut.) Fabrics with a higher thread count fray less when cut. Wash your fabric to remove any starch or sizing before fusing and do not use fabric softener.

Other items needed:

  • Black Sharpie Fine Point marker or lead pencil
  • 1 yard parchment or baking paper  (optional)
  • Rotary cutter, mat, and ruler
  • Decorative pinking rotary cutter blade or pinking shears (optional but helpful)
  • Machine quilting thread
  • Click here to download and print out the Home Sweet Home pattern as a Word document. Or click here to download and print out the Home Sweet Home pattern as a PDF.

Stay tuned for your first set of directions. Meanwhile, what do you do with your odd socks?

New Project for Your Enjoyment

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Home, Sweet Home by Laura Wasilowski

Your new stitch-along, Home, Sweet Home, launches on Monday, April 13. We’ll make this little quilt from start to finish and learn how to fuse fabric, transfer the free pattern, and add hand embroidery. For a sneak peak of the items needed, view the Home, Sweet Home Tutorial page.

But for now, I want to thank you for sending me photos of your current projects. They are terrific!

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This portable embroidery bag was made by Lynne P. She used the free pattern and stitch directions for the Flower Vase Tutorial.  I love how she adapted the stitch project to her canvas bag.The color choices are brilliant too. So clever!

beckycAnd here is a cute idea from Becky. Her quilt guild, the Twilight Stitchers in Blue Springs, Missouri, is celebrating an anniversary this summer. Members are making blocks for a quilt featuring an open envelope. Becky’s customized flap used the bird from a free pattern I gave to Artfabrik customers last month. This is such a fun idea! 

Thank you to Becky and Lynne for sharing their work with us.

And stay tuned for our next stitch along: Home, Sweet Home.