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How to Spray Baste a Quilt Sandwich


Back a decade or so ago, basting a quilt sandwich took some time to complete. A “quilt sandwich” is simply the term we use once the quilt top, batting and backing are assembled together in preparation for quilting. In the “olden days”, we used to sew the layers of our sandwich together by hand with basting stitches or pinned 100’s of safety pins to hold the top, batting and backing together whilst the quilting took place. For a long while now there has been 505 Spray on the market and this has sped up the basting process considerably.

We knowSF515 that many of you out there have a few finished quilt tops out there waiting to be “sandwiched” and quilted. Perhaps you are a new quilter and are curious about this step in the quilt making process. Every week we have customers who ask us about how to use this spray and we want everyone to see how quick and effective this spray is.

It’s not difficult to use, just remember to apply sparingly. 505 Spray & Fix Temporary Fabric Adhesive is a temporary repositionable fabric adhesive designed for quilt basting, applique, sewing, embroidery and crafts. The adhesive will not transfer from the surface that is sprayed. It eliminates pinning and and allows repeated repositioning! It does not gum up sewing needles, cleans up with soap and water. It is odorless, colorless and acid-free.

Here at Hamels we offer two sizes of spray cans. What size do you need? Well, a small can should last for several medium to small  projects that you need to baste. However if you are busy making lots of quilt tops, invest in the larger can that will give you enough product to spray several large tops.

 

Here’s a quick video that shows how to use 505 Spray:

Quilts with Rounded Corners Using Dinner Plate


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Just last week, Pauline brought in a whole line of “gauze-like” cottons into the store. The series of bolts are called “Color Basic” by Lecien. This lightweight cotton is going to be wonderful this summer! So many ideas bounced in our heads for using this fabric and then we decided to make a simple one piece quilt top using this new fabric. It’s amazing what we think of when the boss is away in Alberta at a quilt show! Linda cut us one metre of the dots for the top and one metre of yummy Henry Glass flannel for the backing.

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To make the quilt we simply squared up the two pieces to the exact same size and put them right sides together and sewed all around the edge leaving an opening to turn it out. But wait a second… what if we “rounded the corners” on this super easy quilt? Why not?!Using a dinner plate from my kitchen drawer, I was able to make a nice rounded corner to sew around. Just draw a line with a marking pen, snip off the excess and head off to the sewing machine.  I was first inspired by a civil war quilt I saw in a book that sported rounded corners.

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Rounded corners on a regular quilt that needs binding will require bias binding to be applied. But that  is easy to make. Refer to our post from a few weeks ago on “continuous bias binding“.c312969b917c194f8f99af67e9d9dc3f

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please let us know if this inspires you at all to try rounding the corners on your quilt project. We love seeing your comments.

The Tips and Tricks Of Accuquilt


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Accuquilt is a great way to cut shapes out to piece your quilt.  It saves time and creates perfect shapes for perfect piecing.  No more ruler and rotary cutter needed.  In addition to this, there are some real neat short cuts and tricks you can use with your Accuquilt to create great blocks and even binding.  You can use the Accuquilt to create beautiful quilts from those old quilt patterns  Watch this video below from Eleanor Burns as she demonstrates how in the way that she can only do. Click Here for more information on all our Accuquilt products or to order your own.

Breezy Buntings Throw Quilt Tutorial


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With the fall upon us the windy storm season is coming. For those who live in The BC South Coast, you have already experienced a storm last week that shut down a lot of greater Vancouver.  Some people were without power for three days.  Well that is the perfect time to snuggle up with a warm quilt and this Breezy Bunting quilt by Sarah Zimmerman is perfect for the upcoming fall season.  The quilt finishes at 68 inches square.  You will have fun making the quilt by following this tutorial.  Start by selecting your charm packs by Clicking Here.  Then see the huge selection of co-ordinating  fabric we have  from our website at hamelsfabrics.

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2 Charm Packs: Persimmon by Basic Grey

4 yd background: “Roasted Marshmallows Grunge”

4 1/2 yd backing:  2 yd GingerSnap (Golden Delicious Tart 30385 14), 2 yd Harvest Cider (Golden Delicious Tart 30382 15), 1/2 yd GingerSnap (Blueberry Crumbles 30385 12)

1/2 yd binding: Pumpkin spice (Golden Delicious Tart 30384 17)

Batting: at least 69″ x 69″

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Overview:

There are 4 different pieced units for this quilt, each utilizing HSTs (Half Square Triangles) and squares:

Pinwheels (13), Bunting A (22), Bunting B (12), and Corners (4)

Also, forming the background, there are:  16  squares, 20 setting triangles, and 4 corner triangles.

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Cutting Instructions:

From background fabric (roasted marshmallow!):

For the pieced units,

1.   Cut 8  5″ x WOF strips.  Cut each strip into 5″ squares. Mark these on the wrong side, diagonally from corner to corner. Total:  64 5″ squares (58 for the top, 6 for the back)

2.  Cut 8  4 1/2″ x WOF strips, 1  4 1/2″ x 18″ strip.  Cut each strip into 4 1/2″ squares.  Total:  76 4 1/2″ squares (64 for the top, 12 for the back)

For the setting units,

3.  Cut 16  8 1/2″ squares:  3   8 1/2″ x WOF strips, 5 squares per strip, plus 1 square, from step 4)

4.  Cut 10  8 7/8″ squares :  3  8 7/8″ x WOF  strips, 4 squares per 2 strips, out of 3rd strip cut 2  8 7/8″ squares, and the odd 8 1/2″ square from step 3.  Cut these (8 7/8″ squares) on the diagonal, for the setting triangles.

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5.  Cut 1  9 1/4″ square. Cut on both diagonals, for a total of 4 corner triangles.

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From Binding fabric (Pumpkin Spice!):

Cut 7  2 1/2″ strips.  Sew end to end and press in half the entire length.  I roll mine around a bottle, ready and waiting for that fun final step!

Piecing Instructions:

Make HSTs:

Choose 64 charms from the 2 charm packs.  Pair with the 64 marked 5″ background squares.  Chain-piecing, sew 1/4″ from each side of the marked diagonal line, press, cut on the line and trim to 4 1/2″, press again.

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Assemble Pieced Units:

Before you sew the units, play with placement and loosely determine a balance of color and saturation for the pinwheels, which make up the center of the quilt, and the buntings, which make up the border, being mindful of the 4 pinwheels in each corner.

Make 13 Pinwheel units:

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Make 22 Bunting A units: 16 for the top, set aside 6 for the back

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Make 12 Bunting B units

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Make 4 Corner units

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Quilt Top Assembly Instructions:

Before assembling rows, choose 4 Pinwheel units for the corners, and sew the 4 corner set triangles to them.

Now is the time to determine your layout.  It helps to have your units in labeled stacks, so that you don’t get your Bunting A units confused with your Bunting B units.

The Layout:

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Here is a diagram showing the layout, with the units color-coded:

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Pinwheels=orange, Bunting A=light blue, Bunting B=brown, Corners=dark blue

Written out, and referring to the photo and the diagram, the rows are assembled like this:

Row 1:  Setting triangle, Pinwheel w/corner triangle, Setting triangle

Row 2:  Setting triangle, Bunting A, Corner unit, Bunting A, Setting triangle

Row 3:  Setting triangle, Bunting A, Bunting B, 8 1/2″ Square, Bunting B, Bunting A, Setting triangle

Row 4:  Setting triangle,Bunting A, Bunting B, 8 1/2″ Square, Pinwheel, 8 1/2″ Square, Bunting B, Bunting A, Setting triangle

Row 5:  Setting triangle, Bunting A, Bunting B, 8 1/2″ Square, Pinwheel, 8 1/2″ Square,Pinwheel, 8 1/2″ Square,Bunting B, Bunting A, Setting           triangle

Row 6 (longest row):  Pinwheel w/corner triangle, Corner unit, 8 1/2″ Square, Pinwheel, 8 1/2″ Square, Pinwheel, 8 1/2″ Square, Pinwheel, 8 1/2″ Square, Corner unit, Pinwheel w/corner triangle 

Row 7:  Setting triangle, Bunting A, Bunting B, 8 1/2″ Square, Pinwheel, 8 1/2″ Square, Pinwheel, 8 1/2 Square, Bunting B, Bunting A, Setting triangle

Row 8:  Setting triangle, Bunting A, Bunting B, 8 1/2″ Square, Pinwheel, 8 1/2″ Square, Bunting B, Bunting A, Setting triangle

Row 9:  Setting triangle, Bunting A, Bunting B, 8 1/2″ Square, Bunting B, Bunting A, Setting triangle

Row 10: Setting triangle, Bunting A, Corner unit, Bunting A, Setting triangle

Row 11:  Setting triangle, Pinwheel w/corner triangle, Setting triangle

Whew!  Are you still with me? Trust me when I tell you it is easier done than said!

Once you have assembled the rows, you may press them so the seams are opposing for each row, and sew the rows together, and Voila! finished top!

But that is not all, hang with me now, because we have a fun pieced backing to whip up, too! (The Nut Brown side of the quilt!)

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From the 1/2 yd of Ginger Snap, blueberry crumbles:

Cut 5  8 7/8″ squares. Cut on the diagonal, for a total of 10 setting triangles.

Cut 1  9 1/4″ square. Cut on both diagonals, for a total of 4 corner triangles.

Using the 6 Bunting A units set aside earlier:

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Sew the 6 units together, sewing the last two corner triangles to each end.  Press.

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Taking the remaining 2 pieces of backing fabrics, Harvest Cider and Ginger Snap, lay out the pieced strip between the two in a proportion that pleases you, and sew those last two seams!

Tip:  When I have a length of unpieced fabric to sew to a pieced length, I always pin to avoid puckers or gathers.

You will need batting at least 69″ x 69″.  Take care to line up the strip on the back with the front and baste…a little fiddley, but not too difficult.

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Quilt as you like, bind ‘er up and you have a wonderful, warm Fall throw, just in time for those cool nights and snuggles by fire!

Hot cider anyone?   

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One 68″ x 68″ quilted throw!

 

 

 

Patchwork of the Crosses


pc                               Patchwork of the Crosses has been an incredibly popular quilt to make.  This English Paper Piecing project has continued to stay  a favorite of quilters.  It continues to surge the internet with many posts and pictures.  English Paper Piecing, (or EPP as it is known), is very easy to do and great for take along projects.  This addictive process will have you hooked.  Patchwork of the Crosses from Lucy Boston has landed itself to be a classic.  For fabric lovers, this is the quilt to be your next project.  Choosing fabric and how to arrange scale and prints is what quilters love about Patchwork of the Crosses.  Very easily can you release the inner artist in you.

514jsP5v-pL._SX384_BO1,204,203,200_Be sure to get on board with us as we will be starting a series of tutorials to complete this fun and addictive quilt.  In the meantime, you can order the pattern now to be prepared.   Click Here.  Then you will be ready to start the journey along with us and many more.   Stay tuned for more details.  Better yet why not subscribe to our blog and you won’t miss out on a posting.  Our subscribe from is at the top right our blog website.