Sunday, 5 January 2014
Happy New Year everyone!
I wanted to quickly share a new pair of slippers I made using Ayumi's log cabin slipper pattern (you can get the slipper pattern here). I love this pattern! I mean I really really really love it!
For the tops, I used my Espresso cup pattern which is available in the Parisienne Cafe Set. The Espresso cups seem very appropriate for those early mornings when you put your slippers on. Reminding you that a little bit of caffeine will make everything all better.
Happy weekend to you all!
Monday, 16 December 2013
Several people expressed interest in making their own "In the Pantry" mini so I put together a quick tutorial to help!
First of all, you'll need to purchase the "In the Pantry" pattern set from Kerry and I's Sew-Ichigo shop. The pattern set is chock full of possibilities. Kerry has come up with 4 variations of the canister jar, and the set also includes my Mama's Pyrex pattern as well as the silverware.
Next, using this diagram, you will sew it together.
A few tips:
1. All the blocks are at 100% unless indicated by the diagram.
2. All seam allowances are 1/4''.
3. Some of the sashing pieces will be slightly bigger than the block they are being sewn to. That is ok. Just trim the sashing pieces down after you've sewn each section. And trim each section as you go.
Instructions:1. Sew one of each block: mama's pyrex, simple sweet jar, knife, spoon and fork. Sew three simple sweet jars at 75%.
2. Sew sashing A to the top of the mama's pyrex block.
3. Sew sashing B to the top of the largest simple sweet jar.
3. Sew the knife, spoon and fork blocks together as indicated in the diagram, then sew sashing C to the top of the blocks.
4. Sew two of the smaller simple sweet jars together side by side.
5. Sew a 1 1/2'' sashing strip to each side of one of the smaller simple sweet jars.
6. Sew a 1 1/2'' sashing strip to the top of the jar in step 5.
7. Sew the small jar in step 6 to the top of the small jars in step 4.
8. Sew the large jar to the left side of the utensil block.
9. Sew the small stacked jar block to the right side of the utensil block.
10. Sew a 1 1/4'' sashing strip to the bottom and then one to the right of the jar/utensil block
11. Sew the mama's pyrex block to the left of the jar/utensil block.
12. Make a quilt sandwich, quilt using sparkles with Aurifil thread, then bind.
If you make this mini, Kerry and I would love to see it! You can tag me on Instagram (I'm @sewtakeahike, and please use the hashtag #sewichigo) and/or you can post it on flickr in the sew-ichigo group here!
Friday, 29 November 2013
Monday, 18 November 2013
The "In the Pantry" pattern set includes one pattern with some gentle curved seams. A great beginners pattern if you've not sewn curved seams before.
To help you along the way, I've created a short video to guide you when cutting your 1/4" seam allowance around curved seams. This method is much easier and faster than using a seam guide to mark around the pattern piece, then cutting from dot to dot around the pattern.
Go ahead and try it, it really is as easy as it seems!
Kerry and I are no strangers when it comes to Kitchen-alia. It's our favorite thing to make patterns for so it's probably no surprise to you that's what our latest pattern set is all about. It's called "In the Pantry" and is a bounty of patterns which is full of options.
Mama's Pyrex includes an introduction to curved seams, which is a first here at Sew-Ichigo. (Find a short video here on how to easily cut your 1/4" seam allowance for these curved seams.)
This pattern can be modified to a stack of two, three or four bowls.
The Storage Jars are full of options as well. You can mix and match lid handles, labels, and include a gift tag on your jar.
Then there's the knife, spoon and fork which you can bejewel or not. You choose!
Thursday, 15 August 2013
As promised, a little technique for making diagonals easier when paper piecing. We've all had that moment when we have joined a piece of fabric to a diagonal seam on a paper piecing project only to open it out and find that it is too small despite using a massive piece of fabric! A way round this is to make a quick freezer paper template of the pattern piece. I think Cindy first suggested this to me for which I am profoundly grateful! To see how this works I am using Chic from the 'Get Your Geek On' pattern set, there are diagonals galore!
Cut out freezer paper pieces, and iron to the reverese of the desired fabric, in this case a background print. Leaving the freezer paper on the fabric, cut out leaving a 1/2" seam allowance all round. This generous amount gives you a little wiggle room.
Place on to your foundation pattern and sew as you usually would, it helps to leave the freezer paper on to identify the pieces as you go.
You can see how the fabric for piece A3 is ample size and opens out to cover the area and the 1/4" seam allowance with a little extra left over.
Monday, 12 August 2013
Geekiness: a subject close to our hearts and yours I am guessing so it seemed the perfect theme for a new pattern set. We are both glasses wearers- Penny full time, Kerry part-time and they are a key geek association so we present to you, 'Get Your Geek On'.
Inspired by international rock stars, international quilting stars (Ms Heather Bostic) and Kerry's mum's 1960s wardrobe-we like to search far and wide for our inspiration! You can find our new pattern in our shop, on Craftsy and on Etsy. And for this week only- the price is $5 instead of $6.50 for any of you Fat Quarterly subscribers who already have the Retro Sunnies pattern that was released there first.
Blog post is coming up this week with hints cutting fabric for diagonals when paper piecing, meanwhile, 'Get Your Geek On!'