Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Linky Tuesday

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Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River
Today is Linky Tuesday!
Last week Cathy from A Quilting Chick showed us this neat zodiac block.....look at all the small pieces! Thanks so much for sharing and be sure to grab a featured button.
Zodiac block from Cathy

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

April 2015 in Review

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April 2015 in Review
Projects done in April 2015 at Freemotion by the River
Notice anything about my photos for April? Lots and lots of color as another month flew by!

TAP Transfer Artist Paper used with dog print

Spin the Wheel Tutorial at Freemotion by the River
Center piece with a tutorial coming soon
Rebooting my system with juice
Aruba Sunset made with Island Batik fabrics
AccuQuilt dies for flying geese
Blooming Piano Keys
Piano Keys table runner made with Full Bloom from Island Batik

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

TAP Transfer Artist Paper

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Wall hanging made using TAP Transfer Artist Paper
I just finished up a quick little project using Lesley Riley's TAP Transfer Artist Paper that C&T Publishing sent to me. I used a photo of my friends Basset Hound and put some info about the breed behind the photo. I used Photoshop and reversed the image before printing on the TAP Transfer Artist Paper with my inkjet printer.
TAP Transfer Artist Paper used with dog print
For my background fabric I used the Heavenly Hues Halo batik from Island Batik. I carefully ironed the transfer on to the fabric using a piece of painters tape to secure it in place. Following the directions, I used a hot, dry iron and then removed the backing while it was still hot. I was nervous but it worked perfectly.
Easily use TAP for your favorite photos
Then I added a border of another Island Batik fabric from the Countryside Collection. This is a new one that will be shown at Market. I made a quilt using the collection. I had a couple Aurifil threads that matched perfectly.

The Transfer Artist Paper gives your image a rubbery feel like a film. I wasn't sure how much free-motion quilting I should do on it and didn't want to have to take out stitches which I think would leave a permanent mark so I just outlined the dog and border. It worked okay, just made a lot of noise.
Using Aurifil threads on my wall hanging
This is going to be a gift to Otis's "mom and dad". I took the photo last summer when he was a pup. Last weekend he came for a visit and I took him for a walk.....he is getting big!

If you like any of the photos and use Pinterest please pin them as C&T Publishing as a contest going on for the most re-pins. Maybe that means I should pin and you should re-pin......LOL.

Otis, a basset hound used with TAP for a wall hanging
I had fun using the TAP Transfer Artist Paper and I think I'll try it on t-shirts for the girls. If I plan on doing a lot of free-motion quilting I think it would be better to just run the fabric through my printer.

Today is the last day to take advantage of AccuQuilt's Spring Die Sale.
Spring Sale
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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Spin the Wheel Tutorial

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Spin the Wheel Tutorial at Freemotion by the River
Here is the tutorial, I hope you enjoy it!
Carpenters Wheel wall hanging and tutorial
 24” x 24”

The other day I asked for suggestions for a name for this wall hanging and Dottie emailed me with......Spin the Wheel....I think it is perfect! Thanks so much Dottie!

This is going to be a short tutorial but will cover all the necessary info. I will post a link at the end for a pdf file that will also have the templates for the raw edge applique or applique with a seam allowance included.

Supplies Needed:
Teal - 3/4 yard includes binding
Print - 1/4 yard
White - 3/4 yard
Backing - 1 yard
Batting 28” 28”
Fusible adhesive for applique

Sew with ¼” seam allowance

Cut the following:

Teal -     cut 12 - 3  7/8” x 3  7/8” squares
Print -   cut 12 - 3  7/8“ x 3  7/8” squares
White - cut 12 - 3  7/8“ x 3  7/8” squares

White- cut 4 - 3 7/8“ x 3  7/8” squares for corner HSTs

White - 1 - 12 ½“ x 12 ½” square for center

If you decide to go with the square design - Cut:

 2 - 6  7/8” x 6  7/8” squares

Pair 6 Teal with 6 Print squares
Pair 6 Teal with 6 White squares
Pair 6 Print with 6 White squares

Place the two squares right sides together. Draw a line
diagonally on the lightest block, (this will be your cutting
line) then draw another line ¼” away on both sides. Stitch on
both of these lines.  Cut the block diagonally. Press to set the
seam then open and press to the dark side.

Your blocks should measure 3 ½” x 3 ½”.
 Follow the diagram below to lay out your blocks and piece the design together.

Diagram for piecing the carpenters wheel
 Add applique design to the center.

Spin the Wheel wall hanging
 Here is the design with corners added to make it square.
Add corners to make the design square
Here is a closeup of my applique and echo quilting.
Close up of center applique design
I really wanted to do a post with more information about the different ways toYou  make half square triangles (HSTs).....it is on the list. I hope you enjoy this and if you make one I would love to see it!

I actually used my AccuQuilt GO! and the Half Square 3" Finished Square.

You can download a pdf file for this tutorial which includes the templates HERE.


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