Okay... so I didn't hand quilt all week in the dark but my post is late today because power was out until just a bit ago... some trees in storms moving through our area fell on some power lines and we were out of power all together for 5 hours today!!!
Today I am linking my slow stitching progress to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching linky party HERE <
Kathy is working on binding on a project... fun to have a happy ending on something you have been working on for sure!!!
Last week in my post I was just finishing the first row of big swoon blocks. So this week I focused on the sashing that was all fun quilting no fill...
Below is my Julius... a Singer 301 from 1952. He was a bit tight for unknown reasons...
Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville showed some sugar cookies someone make for her retreat in KY this past week... what a LOT of work these work.. work of Heart for sure!!!!
Daisy Meadows Update...
This fern by our grist mill comes back every year y'all... no covering or work needed to preserve it!!!!
Across the pond is this majestic ancient weeping willow tree... our native Eagle likes to watch our pond for a top floating fish to fetch for a meal at times...
Currently I am thinking positive of electricity and how much we take it for granted for sure!!! lol Have a blessed week y'all! Kathi
Sunday, July 14, 2019
Friday, July 12, 2019
This tutorial will be divided into 2 general areas... Making the Mosaic & Making the Mosaic a Quilt!
PLEASE READ ALL OF THIS BEFORE BEGINNING YOUR OWN PROJECT :)
I am hoping my friend Lisa of Lisa Capen Quilts will also do a Youtube video process of this idea using her own ideas! If/when this happens I will add a link to this tutorial here or she will add it in the comments below. This won't happen until August 2019 at the earliest though ... so if you are excited KEEP READING!!! This IS a picture heavy tutorial also 💟
First Item ... This method requires 100% cotton quilting weight or so fabric for the confetti that makes the mosaic. And making one the size I did doesn't require much fabric... so save those cut offs from your fave project and try this out!!!
...Making the Mosaic...1st step is to decide what shape you want to fill with confetti sized cotton fabric. I chose this heart shape and added a wavy line to separate the center for fun!
Now you have YOUR shape... choose your colors for the background and the shape itself... as I mentioned above I imaged a 2 color heart and a color for the outlining ... that means the background needs a color too... and you will need "grout " or background fabric for once the mosaic is done... more about this later but ALL this fabric is to be 100% cotton mid/light weight (quilt type) fabric for ease of use... save your glittery fabrics and slinky stuff for a project that doesn't need ironing and you will be ironing this !
So you have a shape! GREAT! Choose the fabric base colors you want for each section of your shape....
- Cutting Mat and Rotary cutter with manageable small see through ruler for using with rotary cutter... OR Scissors and LOTs of patience (haha)
- Fabric -
- 100% cotton quilting weight 4 to 6 each color of 2 1/2" square or smaller bits in the same color family for each color area you are filling with mosaic shapes
- 1 1/2" width and length to cover the sides for binding at the end (for my 6" art quilt I had a 30" piece)
- Grout piece of 100% cotton fabric in a solid fabric preferably for your first project larger than your mosaic finished piece and Steam a Seam 2 Lite Fusible piece
- 100% cotton batting piece larger than above grout piece
- Backing fabric that is 100% cotton and bigger than your batting piece
- Tulle - I chose a roll of 6" wide glitter tulle but you can also find this easily by the yard in colors or in white which reads very clear in this project. Choose as desired!
- Steam-a-Seam 2 Lite Fusible... this is the BEST to use... I have tried others for this process and they are too heavy and not tacky when working with them so they don't hold the pieces... get THIS type and brand to be most successful please :)
- Steaming Iron
- Tweezers of any sort but metal is best as they are most non stick in my opinion and this is important!
- Piece of 100% cotton fabric to use as a pressing cloth
- Piece of copy paper with your image printed on it (if making a larger than 8" width piece go to your local copy shop for the printing to make it easiest and most accurate)
- Non melting (such as glass head) pins... you want to iron over these once your mosaic is made before lifting it up... if you are unsure just test with your pressing cloth over the head of your pin selections :)
- Hanging circles or ingenuity to hang your finished piece otherwise ;)
Step 1 of the process is to prep your image for becoming the mosaic!
Do this by laying down your copy paper sized image on a pinnable surface like an ironing board... I laid a sheet over my ironing board to keep it safe from this craft project too but it would have been find without this step.
Outline the size of your finished piece... square or rectangle is best for your first one.
Pin a piece of Steam a Seam 2 Lite over the surface that is about 1" larger than your defined lines all the way around. See photo below...
Beginning to make the confetti for the mosaic....
I like to start with the outline of the shape and fill in from there... this is my process... yours can be in a different order if you prefer but this works best to start out. So my outline is dark red...
Now it is time to Iron your Mosaic... you will press with a very steamy iron per the directions on this specific product on the cotton or just below that setting on your iron. BEFORE ironing replace that nonstick piece and I added the 100% cotton pressing cloth too... this is just a piece of sheet or fabric you don't care if it gets a bit of glue on. Once you have pressed well ... LET IT COOL WELL!!!!
Once it has cooled you can lift it off the backing fabric carefully!!!
Now choose your "grout fabric"
Grout fabric is 100% cotton fabric that you will place this piece on that will show through all the little places you left uncovered with this mosaic process
Left is Light Grey...
Right is White...
I chose white... I layered my backing ... then batting ... then grout fabric on my ironing surface
...Quilting the Mosaic...
Now that you are layered up I have found for a small piece no walking foot is necessary as the top is still a bit sticky under the tulle... so a flat solid foot is best like the one I am using on Cleopatra my Singer 319w :D
I follow BOTH SIDES of the outline of your shape... then fill in your shape with close together lines and add some straight background lines too at regular intervals....
Cut your binding fabric 1 1/2" wide by width of fabric ... if this isn't enough cut enough to cover the outside plus 6" to 10" more for joining. Join so it is one long strip just like you do with double fold binding... all these cuts are cross grain from selvage to selvage too... this is not bias cut binding as our sides are straight.
Press your strip of binding fabric in half lengthwise... then fold one side of than in half again... this is prep work but soooo worth it in the end. Let this cool a few minutes to hold the folds then unfold and start your sewing close to a corner like I did below but leaving a 6" unsewn tail or so...
Once I came back to the beginning side I stopped after rounding the corner well... joined the ends in my favorite method and sewed the remaining seam allowance to finish the binding sewn the front leaving me with a the below shot...
Linking this fun tutorial to Wendy's Peacock Party Linky HERE << check out her Sashiko finish too!
In August this will be linked to the Crafty Quilter UFO & WIP Finishes with Julie HERE