Category Archives: STITCHED

Paper Piecing Art: Beginner and Beyond

STITCHED workshop - Paper Piecing Art, Beginner and Beyond

Way back in 2011, I was invited to be an instructor for STITCHED, a subscription-based online classroom community that offered workshops by experts in different craft-related areas. The entire shebang was conceived of and hosted an extraordinary artist, Alma Stoller.

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My own workshop Paper Piecing Art: Beginner and Beyond, was geared to take students step-by-step through the paper piecing process.

I shared every tip and technique that I myself use when paper piecing. Now, over a year after the completion of the STITCHED 2012 Workshops, I offer my own class here, free for you.

If you’re already a paper piecer, you might pick up a trick or two; if you’re new to paper piecing or have tried before and it didn’t quite click, I hope this helps you on your paper piecing journey!

Jennifer’s Tools:

Paper Piecing Art uses Waiting for Rain, a pattern designed by myself especially for the workshop.

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You can find Waiting for Rain in my Craftsy shop for just $4.
Looking for a text-based tutorial? I have that here! Questions? Comments? I’m always happy to chat in comments!
Remember to stop back by tomorrow for the Paper Piecing Vintage February update! Have an extraordinarily happy Friday!

on the way…

There are some super fun events going on around here!

Sweet Skating Sue Mini Quilt Swap

Today is the LAST DAY to sign up for the Sweet Skating Sue Paper Piecing Mini Quilt Swap and we’d love to have you! Get the details over at The Quilting Gallery!

On October 16, look for my entry in the Something Wicked This Way Comes Blog Hop. All Halloween, all paper pieced, all month long, hosted by Whims and Fancies!

Something Wicked This Way Comes Blog Hop Prize

And, of course there will be prizes when you share your photos with my flickr group! Details on Tuesday.

There will be another VERY SPECIAL blog hop coming soon. It’s a secret for now, but I promise to post the minute I have the go ahead. I hope this one will be fun for you, too!

There are just over two months left to take advantage of the awesome that is STITCHED! Learn to paper piece with me now through December with my full-length video workshop available only through this subscription-based site. You get access to over 20 full-length workshops AND instructors, including myself. Registration is now only $40! Really, $40 for all those workshops…that’s less than $2 per class! Click here for details and support indie craft instructors like me!

I hope to see you around!

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Let’s get STITCHED Again

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Hey, ho, awesome announcement time!

STITCHED, where I am one of a multitude of awesome video workshop instructors, is almost six months old…woo-hoo!

It is also our wonderful founder, Alma Stoller‘s, birthday!

*throws confetti*

With six months still to go in this year-long endeavor, I am excited and thrilled to announce that registration has now been reduced from $89 to just $40!

That’s $40 for access to 20+ fabric workshops, including my own, Paper Piecing Art: Beginner and Beyond.

Just to put it in perspective, one three-hour class in real life will start at about $30. For just $10 more you can have access to more than twenty video workshops and all the instructors of those workshops for the next six months.

In my workshop, Paper Piecing Art: Beginner and Beyond, I take you through paper piecing step by step using an original pattern I designed especially for STITCHED! I share all my tips and tricks for making paper piecing both fast and fun and at the end, you’ll have an 8 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ piece of fabric art great for using in cushions, wall hangings, tote bags and more, plus the skills you need to tackle any paper pieced pattern!

STITCHED workshop - Paper Piecing Art, Beginner and Beyond

Use your STITCHED project to make a cushion cover…

STITCHED workshop - Paper Piecing Art, Beginner and Beyond

or a piece of art…

STITCHED workshop - Paper Piecing Art, Beginner and Beyond

or get scrappy with a fun wall hanging!

Did I mention that all instructors, including myself are available for any question you might have?

Did I mention we have show and tell and special extras just for STITCHED members?

Did I mention that there are awesome giveaways each month just for STITCHED members?

No? Well, now you know!

That is some kind of serious bargain!

Treat yourself to 20+ workshops by experienced instructors and learn something awesome (and new!)….I hope to see you there!

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TTMT #154 – TWO DAYS! and TWO Winners!

Owl Fat Quarter
Thank you so much to everyone that commented on my STITCHED Blog Hop Tutorial!
We have TWO winners of the super cute owl fabric I used in my tutorial:
ladyoctavia
and
kimberlee
 Congratulations, ladies, I hope you both enjoy your fabric!

Reminders:

In honor of my participation in the STITCHED Tutorial Blog Hop, get 15% off your TOTAL PURCHASE from the Sewhooked Shop during the month of March with coupon code MARCH15. Not valid on etsy or craftsy.
Paper Pieced Pattern-A-Day Garden Party Blog Hop

The Paper Pieced Pattern-A-Day blog hop is coming April 1, 2012! We have a full compliment of designers ready to share awesome Garden Party-themed FREE paper pieced patterns with you!

Add your Sewhooked-related photos to my flickr group and you might be featured in a future post!

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STITCHED Tutorial Blog Hop – Make An Oven Mitt

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Welcome to my STITCHED Tutorial Blog Hop!

Today, I thought we’d do something both fun and useful…make a cute oven mitt!

This is a project already had on my mind when the opportunity to participate in the STITCHED Tutorial Blog Hop came up. It seemed like the ideal time to make this project a reality!

Owl Fat Quarter

Read through the post, then leave a comment for a chance to win one of two owl fat quarters! Winners announced Tuesday March 20!

Making an oven mitt is a great way to bring fun fabrics into your everyday life. I chose fabrics from my stash. You can do that, too, or use this as an excuse to buy a couple of new fat quarters. You can also incorporate quilt blocks or the recycled materials of your choice for a unique and fun oven mitt!

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For each oven mitt you want to make you’ll need the following:

  • 1 fat quarter for the outside, pressed
  • 1 fat quarter for the inside, pressed
  • OR 1/2 yard for both inside and outside, pressed
  • Cotton batting, approximately fat quarter size (18″ x 22″)
  • Hobbs Thermore Batting or another batting made specifically for potholders, etc., approximately fat quarter size (18″ x 22″)
  • 2 1/2″ x 18″ strip of fabric OR a scrap of quilt binding (shown)
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Paper Scissors
  • Fabric Snips (optional)
  • Thread
  • Water Soluble Glue Stick
  • Sewing Machine
  • Size 80 or 90 Sewing Machine Needle
  • Optional: Free-motion foot
  • Also optional, but very useful: Walking Foot for your sewing machine
  • Oven Mitt Pattern; for best results, print with no scaling
  • Dowel Rod, any size

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First, we’ll prepare our pattern. Overlap the center lines and tape the pattern together, as shown.

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Trim the excess paper from the pattern using your paper scissors.

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Once printed and trimmed, the pattern should measure approximately 12 1/4″ from top to bottom.

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Next, we’ll layer our fabrics. The owl fabric will be my “outside fabric” and the dot fabric will be my “inside fabric.”

These are layered together with the two kinds of batting just like for any quilt sandwich.

The fabrics face right sides out, with the Thermore directly under the “outside fabric.” It is important that the Thermore be directly under the “outside” fabric so that it will be closest to the heat when the oven mitt is in use.

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 Since we’re working with such a small area, we will not be pinning, instead, we will glue baste the fabrics to the two layers of batting.

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Place dots of glue 6″ – 8″ apart directly on the batting.

You’ll do this for both the front (“outside”) and back (“inside”).

You do not need to baste the two layers of a batting together. They will grip to each other without glue.

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Smooth the fabric to the batting. Once you’ve smoothed it by hand, take the quilt sandwich to your ironing board and press to remove any bubbles or creases. This will also help set the glue.

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I chose free-motion for my quilt sandwich. How you quilt your sandwich is up to you.

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If you free-motion your quilt sandwich, be sure to drop your feed dogs!

If you’re new to free-motion quilting, check out Leah Day’s blog, The Free Motion Quilting Project

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I decided to keep it simple and created a large meander to quilt the layers together.

For a simpler approach, you can try Straight Line Quilting. Here’s a great tutorial from Tall Grass Prairie Studio.

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Once your sandwich is quilted, pin the paper pattern to the top or “outside.”

My fabric is directional, so I made sure that the owls would be pointed in the correct direction.

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Using your fabric scissors, cut around the paper pattern.

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For the second side of the oven mitt, reverse the pattern. Cut with your fabric scissors.

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You will have two pieces for your oven mitt. They should be mirror image.

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Just for fun, here are the same two pieces from the other side!

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Fold the 2 1/2″ strip in half and press OR use a binding remnant.

Align the raw edges along the “inside” fabric where the mitt opening will be.

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If you were free-motion quilting earlier, remember to raise your feed dogs and change your presser foot.

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Straight stitch the binding 1/4″ from the edge of the mitt.

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Repeat for the second side.

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When you fold the binding out, it will look like this.

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Roll the binding to the outside. Top stitch near the edge of the binding using a straight or decorative stitch.

Repeat for other side of the mitt.

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Your binding will look like this.

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Trim off any excess binding.

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Each side of the mitt is bound individually. You can opt to use continuous binding, but I find this to be a much simpler method.

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Binding, from the other side.

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Now, with right sides together, align the two halves of the oven mitt. This is going to be a thick sandwich!

You’ll be stitching through four layers of fabric and four layers of batting.

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Stitch the oven mitt together using a generous 1/4″ seam.  Back stitch at the beginning.

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I was able to use my presser foot for a guide.

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Back stitch on both sides of the thumb.

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Back stitch when you get to the end.

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Once the two sides are stitched together, snip the area between the thumb and fingers.

If you have Fabric Snips, this is a great time to use them.

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Snip the curve for easier turning.

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Snip the binding corners.

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Now comes the hardest part…turning this guy right side out!

With your hand inside the mitt, tuck the end inside and grab on, slowing working the mitt until you have the mitt turned right side out.

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If you need it, use a dowel rod to poke the rest of the mitt into shape.

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The dowel rod is especially useful for the thumb! Be careful when working on the thumb, you don’t want to pop any stitches.

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Here’s what your mitt looks like from the inside. Nice and thick to protect your hands from hot pans!

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Ta-Da! We’re done!

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You will have some scrappy bits of quilted material left. I used mine to make hand covers for my cast iron skillets!
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And just for fun, this was my proto-type. I made this one with a hand-drawn version of the pattern. By making a prototype, I was able to work out the tricker bits and figure out the best way to go about this project.

Visit the rest of the STITCHED Blog Hoppers!

Everybody Hop!
March 1st  – Deborah of Deborah’s Journal
March 5th – Paula  of Paula Joerling Studio
March 6th – Jackie of Stitchworks
March 8th –  Mollie of Wild Olive
March 15th – Jennifer of Sewhooked (oops, I posted a day early!)
March 20th – Kelli of Kelli Nina Perkins
March 22nd – Tracie of Radical Recycks
March 27th – Alma of Alma Stoller
March 29th – Ann Tucker of The Lavendar Tree

Reminders:

In honor of my participation in the STITCHED Tutorial Blog Hop, get 15% off your TOTAL PURCHASE from the Sewhooked Shop during the month of March with coupon code MARCH15. Not valid on etsy or craftsy.
Paper Pieced Pattern-A-Day Garden Party Blog Hop

The Paper Pieced Pattern-A-Day blog hop is coming April 1, 2012! We have a full compliment of designers ready to share awesome Garden Party-themed FREE paper pieced patterns with you!

Don’t forget to comment for a chance to win a fat quarter of the owl fabric used in this tutorial!

Add your Sewhooked-related photos to my flickr group and you might be featured in a future post!

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Hopping around and a WINNER!

Have you been hopping along with the STITCHED instructors this month? The tutorials have all been super fun, Be sure and check them out!

STITCHED is a subscription-based community with a slew of awesome instructors, workshops, prizes and more!

My STITCHED workshop is a comprehensive paper piecing tutorial. We make a block, from beginning to end, of an original pattern I designed just for STITCHED. I share all of my tips, hints and suggestions that I have accumulated from my years of paper piecing and teaching beginners.

Everybody Hop!
March 1st  – Deborah of Deborah’s Journal; Blog Hop: Handwriting on Fabric
March 6th – Jackie of Stitchworks; Blog Hop: Printed Fabric, Printed Fabric part 2
March 8th –  Mollie of Wild Olive; Blog Hop: Honey Bee Candle Mat
March 15th – Jennifer of Sewhooked (that’s me…woohoo! AND this is my sister’s birthday!)
March 20th – Kelli of Kelli Nina Perkins
March 22nd – Tracie of Radical Recycks
March 27th – Alma of Alma Stoller
March 29th – Ann Tucker of The Lavendar Tree

STITCHED Tutorial Blog Hop

My Blog Hop tutorial is March 15. Here’s a sneak peek!

In honor of my participation in the STITCHED Tutorial Blog Hop, get 15% off your TOTAL PURCHASE from the Sewhooked Shop during the month of March with coupon code MARCH15. Not valid on etsy or craftsy.

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And, we have a winner! Carol’s comment on my Learning Center post wins the free PDF pattern of her choice from the Sewhooked Shop!

Carol’s been a long-time Sewhooked reader and commenter. Her comment was an inspiration and such a surprise to me. Carol, please email me and let me know which pattern you’d like from the Shop. And? Congrats! Thank you so much for sharing your story!

Carol

Hi Jennifer, Something you may not know about me is that I was in a near fatal rollover in November, 2009. My recovery took a big leap when I stumbled onto your website. I was looking for pillowcase directions after reading about the One Million Pillowcase challenge. It wasn’t long before I became a dedicated FAN of TTMT. I have been so inspired by your patterns, your enthusiasm for trying new things, and the designing and crafting you do for good. You inspired me to take a beginning quilting class to renew very rusty skills. I tried paper-piecing when you drafted the Stars for Linus pattern and asked quilters to make and send blocks. It was a great feeling to complete a block – finishing something has been huge for me – and send it to you to become part of a larger project. When I read your article on the Quilting Gallery today and saw the beautiful examples, I was reminded about how you have played a major role in my recovery. I rediscovered my love for quilting, learned how to paper-piece, actually completed a block, made at least a dozen pillowcases (I also recommend your tutorial to folks) work very part time in a quilt shop, and hope to become skilled enough at paper piecing to teach a future class using your Tree Trimming pattern. All this took place because of you and your willingness to share with others! Thank you!!! Carol P.S. Your directions are concise and easy to follow. And, your examples are beautiful!

Paper Pieced Pattern-A-Day Garden Party Blog Hop

The Paper Pieced Pattern-A-Day blog hop is coming April 1, 2012! We have a full compliment of designers ready to share awesome free paper pieced patterns with you!

Add your Sewhooked-related photos to my flickr group and you might be featured in a future post!

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STITCHED is Hopping Through March

I am absolutely thrilled to announce that am taking part in a Tutorial Blog Hop during the month of March that is brought to you by 10 STITCHED instructors, myself included!

STITCHED is a subscription-based community with a slew of awesome instructors, workshops, prizes and more!

Read all about STITCHED right here.

Each one of the tutorials in the STITCHED Tutorial Blog Hop is unique and FREE, so definitely check out each of these blogs, learn something new and have some crafty fun!

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My tutorial is March 15. Here’s a sneak peek!

Everybody Hop!
March 1st  – Deborah of Deborah’s Journal; Blog Hop: Handwriting on Fabric
March 6th – Jackie of Stitchworks; Blog Hop: Printed FabricPrinted Fabric part 2
March 8th –  Mollie of Wild Olive; Blog Hop: Honey Bee Candle Mat
March 15th – Jennifer of Sewhooked (that’s me…woohoo! AND this is my sister’s birthday!)
March 20th – Kelli of Kelli Nina Perkins
March 22nd – Tracie of Radical Recycks
March 27th – Alma of Alma Stoller
March 29th – Ann Tucker of The Lavendar Tree
In honor of my participation in the STITCHED Tutorial Blog Hop, get 15% off your TOTAL PURCHASE from the Sewhooked Shop during the month of March with coupon code MARCH15. Not valid on etsy or craftsy.
Paper Pieced Pattern-A-Day Garden Party Blog Hop

The Paper Pieced Pattern-A-Day blog hop is coming April 1, 2012! We have a full compliment of designers ready to share awesome free paper pieced patterns with you!

 Shop Sewhooked and help keep the free pattern page free! (Craftsy Shop)

Add your Sewhooked-related photos to my flickr group and you might be featured in a future post!

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Register Now for STITCHED!

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