Friday, 16 January 2015

A little happy Rosette tutorial


A very belated Happy New Year!  I didn't intend on taking quite such a long blogging break, but December passed in a whirl of packing lots of parcels full of loveliness, end of term school activities, Poppy's Birthday Party, last minute present making (of which I mostly forgot to photograph before gifting) and then of course Christmas itself and all that it entails.  January was upon me before I knew it and in between packing even more parcels full of loveliness (thank you, you are keeping Mum and I so very busy!), a 7 year old very reluctant to go to sleep at a decent hour and then finding myself a little under the weather with an ear infection, I'm afraid my poor little blog was indeed neglected and even worse I'm afraid my blog reading has been virtually non existent...so sorry!

I have managed a little sewing and crochet, which, if you've been following me on Instagram and Facebook you will have seen the little snippets I've been sharing.  My main objective for 2015 is to get some of my 'works in progress' finished......I have plan, but more of that another day!

So anyway I digress, as I mentioned it was Poppy's 7th Birthday just before Christmas and as is my little tradition I made her a Birthday Rosette......  


I think it's no secret, that I like to make these................

round rosettes, flower rosettes, birthday rosettes, Christmas rosettes..... in my world there's a rosette for any occasion!


Having received various emails asking for some tips on rosette making, I thought I would share a little happy tutorial to make a heart themed rosette.



You will need

Fabric scraps in two designs (I used pretty Tilda)
WoolFelt® in three colours
One brooch pin
A selection of buttons, ribbons and lace
Sewing thread
Bondaweb
Needle, scissors, paper and a compass



The first thing you will need to do make some paper templates using your compass.  (Alternatively draw round some circular objects).  My circular templates measured 9cm, 8cm,7cm, 6cm and 5 1/2cm in diameter.

IMPORTANT, the fabric will need to have Bondaweb adhered to it prior to cutting.  You can find out how to do this HERE.

Cut the following:
Felt A (Duck Egg) cut out two 9cm circles and one 6cm circle.
Felt B (White) cut out one 7cm circle
Fabric A cut one 8cm circle
Fabric B cut one  5 1/2cm circle
Felt C cut one heart

A little happy tip.....for little hearts like the one used here, I find it easiest to freehand cut.  to do this start with a square of felt aprox 4cm high/wide, fold this in half and then with the fold line being the centre line of your heart cut out half a heart shape.  Unfold and you will have a perfectly symmetrical heart.  You can always use this method to create a paper template first.


From your pretty selection of ribbons and lace, cut several pieces 18cm in length and three 7cm pieces.  The OCD in me likes the ribbons to be symmetrical, but go with what you like!

Lets get started....... I forgot to mention that I generally sew all my rosettes by hand, but you can of course sew yours by machine in you prefer.

Firstly, adhere the 8cm fabric circle to the a 9cm felt circle and the 5 1/2cm fabric circle to the 6cm felt circle.

Take one of your shorter (7cm) lengths of ribbon, fold in half and stitch to the back of the 9cm felt circle that has the fabric adhered to it.  Make sure your stitches are aprox 1cm away from the outer edge of the circle as shown below.

Repeat for the other two shorter lengths of ribbon.  Don't worry if you're stitches are not terribly neat, you'll soon be covering them up with another layer of felt! 

Now you're going to stitch the ribbon tails to the bottom of the Rosette. I find it easiest to start in the middle and work outwards......take care if you are using one sided ribbons eg velvet..... we won't talk about the the time is sewed one on backwards.......

Once you sewn all your ribbons in place, put this part of the rosette to one side for the time being.

Using running stitch and the perimeter of the fabric circle as a guide, stitch the 6cm circle to the 7cm circle.  I positioned mine slightly off centre.

On top of this stitch your felt heart, again I positioned my heart off centre and this time I used blanket stitch for a little variety, you could of course use running stitch or back stitch or whatever stitch takes your fancy.  You can find some easy embroidery stitch tutorials HERE.

Now stitch this set of circles to the ribbon embellished circle,  again use the perimeter of the white felt circle as a guide.

Add some pretty buttons as many as you would like.  The rosette front is now completed......you're nearly there!

Sew the brooch pin to the centre of the remaining felt 9cm circle.

You're now going to stitch all the layers together.  Place your rosette front, right side facing down and place the rosette back piece on top, brooch pin facing upwards.

Stitch all the layers together using the perimeter of the dotty fabric circle as a guide.

Finally trim the ribbon tails to a length that you find pleasing.

That's it your little happy rosette is completed!  

 Pin it on your favourite cardi and wear with a smile!
I hope that you enjoyed the tutorial and if you use it to make your own version, please to send me some pictures, I would love to see.  Alternatively, if you share them on Instagram of Facebook, tag me or use the hastag:

#alittlehappytutorial

so that I can take a peek!

Have a lovely weekend and back soon!

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Christmas Crafting

Now for the record I do know that I should be spending any spare precious crafting time that I have working my way through my rather long homemade Christmas gifts list, but sometimes an idea pops in to my head and I just have to make it!

That is exactly what happened the other night.  I had been working on my Christmas Quilty Fun Blocks (ok so that's another project not on the To Do list.....but these blocks have been so much fun to make, so I think that's an acceptable excuse).....this by the way is what my over stuffed make shift design board currently looks like....

Anyway I digress, as I was merrily stitching away I decided that it would be rather sweet to make a Christmas Tree mini quilt to hang on my kitchen door over the festive season.

Having been inspired by Lori's block, I did some quick maths and reduced the block size pieces, which then enabled me to add on some extra branches.  With the addition of some pretty cotton lace, a little embroidery, some cotton ribbon and a few precious vintage mother of pearl buttons from my stash, this is what I can up with.......


One of my favourite buttons ever takes pride of place at the top!
The fabrics for both these projects are in the main a mix of Tilda's from collections old and new.  I know I've said it before, but one of the principle reasons why I love Tilda so much, is the fact that each collection works so coherently together.

It was also so lovely to do some embroidery again, it seems an age since I picked up some floss!
Whilst talking of Christmas crafting, I don't think I ever showed you the Christmas box I made using some of the squares from the Moda 'Winter Wonderland' panel.........
This is such a gorgeous panel and redwork designs are just so timeless don't you think?   

I loved this panel from the moment it arrived.  You could of course use it as a centre panel on a Christmas quilt, but I have had such fun cutting it up and using the sections separately.   In addition to the box, I've also been adding some embroidery to one of the little squares....I'm planning on hanging this once its finished on the front door on Christmas Eve....

Mum's also been having some stitchy fun using the little line of snowmen from the bottom of the panel  ......

I have plans to turn the remaining squares into Christmas mats, but that will be a last minute project, once I've worked my way through that list!
 
'A little happy' shop news......

If you fancy a little Christmas crafting, our Christmas Shop can be found here, to be fair it is a little depleted, but hooray.....bells and ribbons have been restocked and you can find the Winter Wonderland panel here.  All our pretty Tilda fabrics from collections old and new can be found here and finally would you believe it........Christmas Fabrics for 2015 have been ordered...how scary is that!   

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

A Little Happy Patchy Heart Quilt Along ~ Week 4 Quilt Binding



Welcome back for the final installment of the Patchy Heart Quilt Along.  Today I'm going to show you my favourite method for binding a quilt.  I've tried various ways, but for me personally I always get the best results with this method.  So if you're ready, lets go!

Binding

Firstly we need to join the four 2 1/2" by full width of fabric strips that you cut from your binding fabric. (Just to clarify, the fabric used for my quilt bindings is printed with a diagonal stripe and my binding strips were cut horizontal across the full width of fabric and not cut on the bias)

To do this take two strips and place them right sides together at a right angle, make sure that the selvedges are positioned above and to the side as shown. (You can if you prefer cut them off before you start)  If you have a quilting mat, I find it helpful to use the vertical and horizontal printed lines on it to help give a perfect 90% angle.  Pop a pin in. (step A) 


Now draw a diagonal line at 45%.  Again if you have a quilting ruler, use the lines printed on it to help with the angle  (steps B and C)  

Stitch along along the line (step D) and then cut away the excess leaving a 1/4" seam allowance. 


Repeat this process and  join the remaining two strips and press the seams flat.  

Finally fold the strip in half lengthways, wrong sides together, raw edges meeting and press.

You should now have one long strip ready to bind your quilt.


We're now ready to get stitch the binding to your quilt top.  Take one end of your binding, open out and fold over the end as shown below

Place the opened binding on to the top side of your quilt, right sides together, matching the raw right hand side edge of the binding with the trimmed edge of your quilt.  Stitch with a 1/4" seam allowance (or as close to this as possible if you do not have a 1/4" foot) for aprox 4".

'A little happy' tip ~ I generally start my quilt bindings on either the right hand edge or the bottom edge of my quilt top, aprox 2/3rds of the way down/across, I find this way my eye isn't drawn to its position once the quilt is completed.
Sorry I forgot to photograph the next picture, so this is a different project, but the process is the same.  Refold the binding (you should now have both raw edges of the binding matching the cut edge of your quilt)  and start sewing the binding to the quilt top aprox 3" lower than the starting position of stitching in the previous step, this creates a little opening.  Again use a 1/4" seam allowance or a close to this as possible.
Continue sewing until you reach the first corner of your quilt......STOP stitching 1/4" from the corner (as indicated by the arrow).  Cut your threads, but NOT the quilt binding.
 Fold the binding upwards, making sure the raw edges of the binding are in line with the edge of the quilt top.  Can you see that nice 45% angle on the fold line of the binding.......
 Now bring the binding back down so the the raw edges now meet the side of the quilt again and the fold across the top of the binding is running in line with the top edge of the quilt that you previously attached the binding to (as indicated by the dashed line).  You're now ready to sew the next side.  Start 1/4" lower than the previous stitched edge (as indicated by the arrow)
Repeat this process until you have stitched all four sides and you are back where you started.  As you approach your start position, gently unfold the little pocket opening that created at the beginning and slip the tail end of your unstitched binding in to it,  trim away any excess binding that goes beyond/exceeds your 3" opening.  Refold the pocket binding and make sure that all the layers are laying flat......
 Continue sewing until you reach your first stitches (as shown in the circle).  That's it your binding is now sewn to the front side of your quilt.  By the way, can you see that little pucker in the binding, where I finished stitching..... oh how cross was I........
.....luckily this was just on this side and when I checked underneath, the seam line between the binding and quilt was lovely and smooth, so no action was necessary as this eventually was hidden when I folded the binding round to the back.

This is what the join line should look like on the front of your quilt.....
Grab yourself a cuppa and find a nice comfortable place for a spot of hand stitching.  I love to stitch bindings on an evening with something good on tv!

The final step is so hand sew the binding to the back of your quilt.  Starting from the point where you began machine stitching the binding, fold the binding over to the back of the quilt this overlaps and hides all the raw edges.  Bring the edge of the binding past your seam line from where you stitched the binding to the front, so that this is hidden and whip stitch in place.

To whip stitch, inbed your knot in the underside of the binding, then take your needle through the quilt backing and into the wadding for about 1cm (as shown in the main picture below), make sure you do not pierce the quilt front, then bring the needle back out and into the binding, as indicated by the cross, then repeat.  You can see from the inset photo how this stitch looks in progress.
This is a lovely stitch to use as it is almost invisible apart from tiny stitches going from the binding into the backing every cm or so. 
When you reach a corner, you will find that the binding naturally creates a 45 degree angle on the fold as indicated by the arrow (step A), to create the mitred corner, fold the binding on the next side of the quilt over to the back (step B),  catch the corner in place with a couple of neat little stitches (step C) and then continue whip stitching (step D) until all your binding is  neatly sewn in place.
'A little happy' tip ~ when you need to change your thread, secure your stitching and then take your needle in to the wadding bringing it out aprox 1" away.  Pull on the thread so that it is taught and snip close the backing fabric, the thread end will then slip back inside the quilt and out of sight.
Hooray.......that's it you're done, you should now have your very own Patchy Heart Quilt to snuggle under.



As always, if you have any questions, please do pop me an email or leave a comment below and I'll do all that I can to help.

I would LOVE to see pictures of your finished quilts, so if you share any on Instagram or Facebook, tag me or use the hashtag:

#alittlehappyqal

or send them to me by email.

Thank you once again for joining me on the Patchy Heart Quilt Along and I hope that you enjoyed it as much as I did!!