New Custom Staff Bundles

Sometimes we can very competitive here on staff at Sewn Studio. Basically anything having to with fabric or a sewing skill, we can turn into a contest around here.

Recently we decided that each staffer should put together a custom fat quarter bundle of their own current favorites. And of course, it’s a contest to see who can sell out all their bundles first! We’ve done this a couple times before, but we’ve never had this many of them at once. Everyone was included this time, even some spouses and kids. The results are like fabric candy- how could you pick just one of these great little curated bundles of 6?

You can find these all in the shop, but if you aren’t local don’t worry! We’ve listed each bundle in our online shop just for you. Click on the links below to buy your favorites.

Shannon’s Bundle

Jessica’s Bundle

Larry’s Bundle

Heidi’s Bundle

Pat’s Bundle

Eliza’s Bundle

Amanda’s Bundle

Julie’s Bundle

Tommy’s Bundle

Claire’s Bundle

Happy spring sewing!

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MJ’s “Beat It” Jacket on the Oliver & S blog today

 

 

Sometimes, you just have to sew something because it sounds FUN, right? Julie has got all of us thinking of our projects that way for 2014, and it leads to a lot of crazy ideas- like this baby sized Michael Jackson jacket! It’s one of the most fantastic things you’ve ever seen, promise!

I don’t know what the final zipper count on this thing was, but it has to be at least 18. Head over to the Oliver & S blog today to see all the glory of the baby king of pop, and learn more about how Julie modified the Nature Walk Pullover pattern to make this amazing garment.

#2014sewforfun

 

 

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us map baby quilt tutorial

I’ve always thought maps were amazing.  They’re beautiful to look at, but they’re also fascinating.  The idea that something as big as our state – or country – can be represented in two dimensions with so much detail is really cool.   A few years ago, while paging through the many fun map related projects on Pinterest, I found this map made by  SeeKateSew in 2011.

I LOVED it.  I couldn’t stop thinking about.  Those are my favorite projects  (the ones I can’t get out of my head), so I decided to make one.  I wanted mine to hang in my daughter’s room, so I bought a wall map, the really BIG one.

This map is from the office supply store and it’s 32″ x 50″.  Since you don’t have to cut it apart to make the map quilt, I’ve been able to use it several times.

My first map quilt was strictly a wall quilt.  The quilting was limited to the lines around the states and a single line around the entire map.

I learned A LOT from that first map. So, by the time I made this baby quilt last fall, I had worked out some of the kinks.

To make your own,  you’ll need these materials:

- a map (any size)

- fusible web, I used Heavy Duty Wonder Under from Pellon

- background fabric, you’ll need a piece that’s at least 2 or 3 inches bigger than your map on all sides

- fabric scraps for the states

- thread

- batting, backing and binding

 

Instructions:

Cut your background fabric at least 2 or 3 inches bigger than your map on each side.  As you’re constructing, the angle of the map can shift unexpectedly. I like to be generous here, it would be sad to get to the East Coast and find out that you’re background fabric isn’t big enough!

I used a deck wood-grain print from Riley Blake’s Maritime Modern collection.

Trace the first state onto the Wonder Under (I chose to begin with Texas so that I’d be moving outward in both directions – this decreases the cumulative shift your map may take as you’re adding states).  States are not symmetrical, so you’ll need to trace them onto the rough side of the Wonder Under, instead of the paper side.  If you trace on the paper side, you’ll end up with a mirror image of the map. (It turns out maps aren’t really flexible that way!)  You’ll need to see your line from the paper side of the Wonder Under, so I recommend using a fine-point marker, rather than a pencil.

Fuse the Wonder Under to the wrong side of the fabric you’ve chosen for the state (do not cut-out the state before fusing).  The rough side of the Wonder Under must be touching the wrong side of the fabric.  You should still be able to see your line through the Wonder Under paper.  Cut the state out of the fabric/Wonder Under combination.  I like to cut slightly inside the line to avoid ink marks on the edge of the state.

Repeat this process for each state.  I prefer to cut all of the states out before I begin fusing and sewing.  As I cut the states, I place them on the background fabric in order, so I can think about the color and value of the fabrics.



 

When you’ve cut out all of the states, place the background fabric on top of the map. The map should be centered under the fabric. Use a water soluble pen to trace the bottom edge of Texas onto the background fabric, this will help you put Texas in the correct place. Peel the paper off the back of the state and use an iron to fuse it into place.

Using a straight stitch and a very small seam allowance, sew around the border of Texas. I  pivoted to accommodate as many of the curves as I could.  I used a straight stitch instead of a zig-zag because I think it allows the relationships between the states to show better than a zig-zag would. I also like the idea of the edges fraying to create a little texture.

 

After sewing around the border of the state, secure the end of the thread by pulling the top threads to the back of the fabric and tying them to the back threads with a small knot.

 

Continue by fusing and stitching the remaining states one at a time.  Refer to the map before you fuse each state to be sure it has the proper relationship with the surrounding states.

 

When you’ve fused and stitched all of the states, sandwich and quilt as desired.

 

Bind and wash!  I love when the edges of the states fray.

 

My quilt was a gift for a new baby, and I hope he’s enjoying it right now!  If you make one, please share it in our sewn studio flickr group or facebook page.  We’d love to see it!

 

~julie

 

 

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New Year, New Quilting Skills

Lots of people are thinking about taking up a new hobby or learning a new skill this time of year. We are taking a fresh new approach to some of our classes around here as well, and we are excited about the possibilities! We are offering a new pattern for our beginner quilting class,  Arithmetic, by Jeni Baker of In Color Order. We are big fans of Jeni’s blog and fabric here at Sewn, and this pattern is another great design from her.

 

This is a great change for our beginner quilters because you can choose what size quilt to make. You can make baby sized if you want, or a larger throw sized. And the pattern even goes up to king-sized if you get more ambitious down the road. This is such a great design for playing with fabric choices and placement. But the piecing is definitely simple enough for a beginner.

 

Teacher Heidi will also teach you rotary cutting skills, straight line quilting on machine, and finishing it all off with a neat and tidy binding.

Beginning Quilting still has a few spots left and runs Monday evenings, January 13 & 27 and February 3, 6:00-8:30 pm. Call 513-321-0600 for more info or to sign up.

 

 

We also have a new class this month that is all about fabric choice! We are so excited to offer this new workshop on color, value, scale, and all those things that can inform your fabric choices to make your projects the best they can be. You will learn a lot thru discussion with instructor Jessica,  as well as hands on activities. You will also have the chance to get personal guidance on your own projects. (We will not be completing any projects in this class, the photo above is just an example of how this knowledge can be applied.)

 

This is a 2 hour workshop for sewists of all levels that promises to be tons of fun. Class in on January 18, 10am-12pm. Call 513-321-0600 to sign up!

 

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Field Study Quilt

Every step in the process of making this quilt was fun for me. Picking the 5 high-impact fabrics, carefully cutting and piecing them all, and then thinking up a bunch of fun ways to quilt it. It’s a pattern we’ve carried for a while in the shop, called the Field Study quilt by Tula Pink. I’ve always loved the bold simplicity of this one, but the fabrics used on the cover of the pattern didn’t make it stand out on the pattern wall the way I thought it should. So I decided we needed our own Sewn version.

 

The blocks come together really quickly using the traditional technique for making “flying geese” triangular units. And they are big enough that the leftovers quickly come together to make these half-square triangle units for the back. I knew I wanted to use one of our new ombre fabrics on the back, but it was just short of being wide enough. The perfect use for HST’s from the front!

 

Since I chose to quilt each section of the chevron created by the blocks differently, you get a really interesting look on the back. And the gradient of the ombre pink really makes it look like it glows. I think any quilt would look fantastic with one of these ombre colors on the back.

 

This quilting was such a confidence builder for me. As a long-time straight line lover, I’m no free-motion quilting expert. But I am a testament to how great Millissa’s FMQ class is. Ever since I sat in on her class and had a few realizations about how to actually make quilting enjoyable, I’ve been practicing and building my range of designs. Don’t get me wrong, I still have a LOT of practicing to do, and if you inspect my work here in the shop too closely you will see that. The point is, FMQ and classes like it can really change your perspective and set you up to do great new things.

Out of the 4 free-motion designs I tried, these little scallops or clamshells are my favorite. They were so fun to do and I want to use them on everything now! I decided that straight lines in the navy areas would frame everything up nicely on the top and bottom.

You can make this Field Study quilt top in class with me this Thursday, November 14th 10-12:30. We will learn about value placement, making the flying geese blocks, making the HST’s for the back,  and we’ll get a good portion of the piecing done in class. (Students are welcome to stay and sew as long as they’d like!) This is for beginning quilters looking for a new project but confident enough to finish the quilting and binding on their own.

Pattern is included and cost is $49 plus fabrics. This sample is a nice sized throw at 48″ x 60″, but the pattern has larger options you could choose as well. Call 513-321-0600 to sign up today!

-Jessica

 

 

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