July 7, 2015

Pressing your Seams - Quilting Technique



Throughout the year I have been sharing series of tips and tricks to help your quilting journey and eventually I would like to elaborate on each tip and share a series of hint and tricks to be able to further your skills. 

Today I am sharing the first of these posts - last week I shared the below tip with Brother Australia and Sweet Little Pretties fans and it got a series of further questions, so it is the best start to elaborate on why it is important and how to utilise this skill in your quilting


Seams will often meet or cross when quilting so it is important to press the seams to keep your fabric and quilt design in place. 
Ironing will disrupt the seams and not allow the fabrics to sit properly.

Firstly what is the difference between ironing and pressing 

Pressing uses small movements of lifting the iron on and off the fabric

Ironing uses a forward and back motion without releasing the iron off the fabric - similar to ironing creases out of clothes 


If you have creased fabric like above it is fine to press but it will need to be on a low heat and carefully and lightly press to remove all creases in your work


How to Press your Seams and why you don't iron your Seams?

Pressing uses a high setting and the tip of the iron, allowing your seams to sit neatly. 
Ironing over the complete quilt will disrupt the seams and possibly stretch your fabric. 

Pressing can involve pressing your fabric, pressing seam allowances either open and to one side and then the complete block pressing as your continue to build your quilt of numerous blocks. 

When pressing I do not use any sprays or fabric starches, only water to spritz the fabric if required. 



Why is it important to press your seams?

Quilt designs are becoming more detailed and pressing has become a commonly used process to allow your quilt seams to sit flush while building your blocks and quilts. 

As you can see below the flying geese blocks sit flush and crisp due to pressing the fabric throughout the process of building your quilt



July 6, 2015

August Book Club - Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey


A book I have heard so much about and could not wait to read and thought it would be a fantastic book is discuss together 

Discussion will start late August 

Sweet Little Pretties Book Club Forum 


If you have any questions please feel free to email me on sweetlittlepretties@gmail.com

July 4, 2015

Easy Flying Geese Tutorial - Quilting Technique



My second quilt 'My State of Colour' is well underway and I thought this time around I would incorporate some more techniques to broaden your quilting journey. Today I am sharing an easy flying geese tutorial using charm squares.

There are so many different tutorials on how to do flying geese but I find this the easiest way to create this beautiful design

Easy Flying Geese Tutorial

With this tutorial I have chosen to showcase the fabric by boarding it with white fabric. With this tutorial I am showing you how to complete 1 flying geese block which can be continued to create a series of flying geese.

Materials 

1 x Patterned Charm Squares (only half is used for one block)
1 x White Solid Charm Squares (only half is used for one block)
Cutting Mat 
Rotary Cutter
Ruler

Method

1. Select your patterned charm square and using your rotary cutter and ruler cut diagonally creating two triangles. Place one triangle to the side to use for a later block.




2. Select your solid charm square and using your rotary cutter and ruler cut diagonally creating two triangles. Place one triangle to the side to use for a later block.
3. With one triangle in your solid colour using you ruler and rotary cutter down the tip of the triangle create two smaller triangles.


4. Matching the ridged edge place your fabric face down and secure with pins.


5. Using a 1/4 inch seam sew along the ridged edge. 
6. Repeat with the other side -  Matching the ridged edge place your fabric face down and secure with pins.


6. Using a 1/4 inch seam sew along the ridged edge. 


7. Trim and square your piece ready to join together.
8. Repeat from the beginning to create the next piece ready to join into a series of flying geese.

Note - Be Careful with the tip of your geese block when joining a series of blocks.