How to make a Hovering Hawks block – Quilting Tips & Techniques 157

This video shows how to make a Hovering Hawks block using 2 1/2″ squares. The block measures 8 1/2″ so will be a finished 8″ block.

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Where do you like to quilt?

The weather was too good to stay indoors!

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The Oakshott Colourshott Bundle Blog Hop – my turn!

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I hope you are enjoying the blog hop with the delicious Oakshott fabrics. There have been some wonderful ideas of how the bundles could be put to good use! These fabric bundles are going to be released at the Festival of Quilts in August.

Today it is my turn to show you what I have done. As some of you know, my husband and I are enjoying living on the canal in the UK on a canal boat which has been very interesting and a huge amount of fun! ! So I have made a small wall-hanging inspired by the lock gates, which come in a variety of similar styles and are all amazingly heavy! and after operating approximately 50 over 3 days recently, they are very topical just now!

This is the original lock gate that inspired “That Lock Gate” wall-hanging.

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Here is a tutorial of the wall-hanging “That Lock Gate”which I hope you will enjoy.

There is also a video tutorial for this wall-hanging, in 2 Parts, see below.

That Lock Gate measures approx. 15″  x  18″.

ThatLockGate - Picture 12a The Oakshott fabric bundle I received is called New Forest. The bundle consists of eight fat 1/8′s and because the fabrics are extra wide, there is plenty of fabric.

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Requirements for That Lock Gate:

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Bundle 8  x  fat 1/8′s Oakshott New Forest
Backing approx. 17”  x  20”
Batting approx. 17”  x  20”  – cotton or thin batting (I used Warm and Natural cotton)
Marking chalk pencil
Pencil for drawing on fabric for foliage (I use a mechanical pencil)
Thread (I used Aurifil 2610, 50wt throughout)
30cm (1/3 yard) Fusible web with paper backing (I used Heat ‘n Bond Lite)
Small sharp scissors for cutting out foliage
Fine wire – florist or craft wire
General cutting/sewing supplies

Cutting:

Darkest rust                 -  3  x  1”  x  12 1/2” strips
Binding                          -  3  x  2 1/4”  x  26” strips
Rusty colours x 2         -  from each, cut 6 x 1 1/2” x 15” strips
Darkest green              -  4  x  2”  x  15 1/2” strips   &    2  x  2”  x  12 1/2” strips
Med green                    - 3  x  1”  x  12 1/2” strips
Use the remaining 3 greens/yellow for foliage

All seam allowances are 1/4” unless otherwise mentioned and are included in the cutting measurements.

Join together, alternating the 2 colours, the rusty strips (1 1/2”  x  15”)
Press this and trim to measure 12 1/2″ wide by 14 1/2″ long.

This wall-hanging is quilted as you go.

Lay the backing, right side down, then the batting on top. Position the joined up strips on to this, right side up, centring it. Secure the 3 layers, with pins maybe, and then quilt this piece with parallel lines approx. 1/4” apart, up and down the strips.

Using the chalk or marking pencil, measuring from the top edge of the quilted strips, using your quilting ruler to help, mark a line across 4” down, (line A) then a line 1 1/2” down from that line, (line B) then a line 3 1/2” down from that, (line C) then 1 1/2” down from that line, (line D) then there should be 4” left down to the lower edge from that line.

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Set this aside while we do some foliage.

Foliage:

This is “play time”! I had great fun with different, imaginary leafy shapes!

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Grass first:

Cut some lengths of the wire, varying the length from about 2 1/2″ to 3 1/2″. It is easily cut with scissors (not your best scissors!). I cut 15, but there is no specific number.

Cut 3 pieces approx. 4”  square of fusible web, and also 2 squares each (same size) of the 3 green/yellow fabrics.
Fuse the web to the wrong sides of 3 squares, peel off the paper and lay some wire across in parallel lines, with one end level with an edge of the fabric. Lay the remaining squares on top (right side up) and press, with fusible web and wire in between.

Using the wire as a rough guide, draw close to the wire, up both sides.

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Stitch along, using free motion sewing, or close to the drawn line a couple of times, just rounding the top, keeping the blades of grass as thin as reasonable. Some will be longer than others, keep them fairly narrow.
The wire will help give the grass some stiffening and shaping.
Cut out numerous blades of grass, set these aside for now.

Part 1 of the video takes you to this point. (video below)

Part 2 of the video starts at this point. (video below)

Now for some leafy shapes:

Cut some lengths of the wire, varying the length from about 3″ to 3 1/2″.
I cut 9, but there is no specific number. This is similar to the grass.

Cut three pieces 4”  x  8” of fusible web, and also 2 each the same size of the 3 green/yellow fabrics.

Fuse the web to the wrong sides of 3 of these rectangles, peel off the paper and lay some wires across, with one end level with an edge of the fabric. Space these out to allow for leafy shapes on each wire, I did 3 per rectangle. Lay the remaining rectangles on top (right side up) and press, with fusible web and wire in between.

Looking at the suggested shapes as a guide, draw a variety on to the fused fabrics.

Now do some outline straight stitching around the inside edge of the shapes, then do some more stitching for leaf veins etc. Cut out numerous leafy shapes, set these aside for now.

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Play Time!

Have a look at your foliage and try different positions, there are 3 levels, the lines previously marked will help. Work out the general plan, then work on the lower section first.

Position the foliage for the lower section along the lower edge of the quilted strips background, pin in place, then lay a medium green strip, right side down, over the ends of the foliage, along with raw edges even, stitch in place (1/4” seam).

Press strip down and do a couple of straight quilting lines across.

Next, work on the middle section. Using line C as your guide, position the foliage for the middle section along the line C, pin in place, then lay a medium green strip, right side down, along with raw edge even with line C, stitch in place (1/4” seam).

Press strip down and do a couple of straight quilting lines across.

Repeat this process for the upper section along line A.

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Woohoo! Looking good!

Using one of the darkest rust strips, lay this, right sides together, along the top edge, raw edges even and stitch in place (1/4” seam). Flip over and press, then do a couple of straight lines of quilting across.

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Using one of the darkest rust strips, lay this, right sides together, along with raw edge even with line B at the top edge of the strip, stitch in place (1/4” seam).

Flip over and press, then do a couple of straight lines of quilting across.

Repeat this process for the upper section along line D.

Using the 2 darkest green strips (2”  x  12 1/2”), press under 1/4” along both long edges of each strip. Position these across the quilt, covering the raw edges of the previously stitched strips and foliage. Stitch close to each folded edge. Machine quilt with a wood grain look going across the quilt.

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Using 2 of the darkest green strips (2”  x  15 1/2”), these are the sides, so place them, right sides together, with the raw edges level at the sides and stitch in place (1/4” seam). Press over and stitch close to the seam line. Machine quilt with a wood grain look going up and down the quilt.

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Using the remaining 2 of the darkest green strips (2”  x  15 1/2”), these are the top and bottom, so place them, right sides together, with the raw edges level along the top and bottom and stitch in place (1/4” seam). Press over and stitch close to the seam line.

Machine quilt with a wood grain look going across the quilt.

Trim the quilt ready for binding.

Well. the quilt is almost done! Just the binding to go now, and add a sleeve in if you want to. Using the 3 darkest rust strips (2 1/4”  x  26” strips), join them together to make the binding, fold in half along the length.

Trim the quilt and bind. If binding entirely by machine, stitch the binding on to the back of the quilt and roll it over to the front and stitch in place, close to the folded edge. If you prefer to stitch the binding down by hand, stitch the binding on to the front of the quilt and roll it over to the back and stitch in place, along the folded edge.

There is a pattern for That Lock Gate that you can download here

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Mystery Quilt Part 5 -That Garden Quilt – New Free on-line mystery

This garden is growing!

This video offers a little encouragement and information about the new free on-line mystery quilt pattern, Part 5, available on www.gourmetquilter.com. This free downloadable pattern will run over 6 months.
You may also want to view:
Quilting Tips & Techniques 016 http://youtu.be/gN2n6a_7xQQ
Quilting Tips & Techniques 017 http://youtu.be/HDswx_Pd5rE
Quilting Tips & Techniques 029 http://youtu.be/SI7QBT1Lt5c

 

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The Oakshott Colourshott Bundle Blog Hop

I am thrilled to be taking part in the Oakshott Colourshott Bundle Blog Hop!
I will be the last on the list but do go and have a look at what everyone is doing with these delicious fabrics!
We have each been given a different delicious bundle to play/design with and we will be posting a tutorial for our projects on the dates listed below.
Jo has started the Blog Hop off with a tasty tutorial with her bundle
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                                                         Here is the full schedule of the blogs on the bloghop:
                                                              30 June:    Jo from My Bearpaw
                                                                 1 July:     Kerry from Very Kerry Berry
                                                                 3 July:     Nicky from Mrs Sew And Sow
                                                                 4 July:     Helen from Archie The Wonder Dog
                                                                7  July:     Sonia from Fabric And Flowers
                                                                 8 July:     Charlotte from Displacement Activity
                                                               10 July:     Trudi from Trudi-Quilting Prolifically
                                                               11 July:     Susan Claire from Gourmet Quilter
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How to English Paper Piece large Hexagons with 4″ sides – Quilting Tips & Techniques 155

This video shows how to attach fabric to large paper hexagons and diamonds and then stitch them together by hand. This is a great “sew on the go” project, I always have something like this with me in case of an urgent need to sew! This is my current “lock stitching” project!

and here I am, sitting on a lock gate, stitching!

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