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Harlequin Stars - Piecing Tutorial

Aug 18, 2014-5:11pm

I have written this tutorial to help with the piecing together of this block.
There are 16 points all meeting in the centre and with seam allowances it can get tricky.
This tutorial will have a few tips and tricks I use to get all the points matching in the centre.

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To start piecing  the star together you need to make the points.
This includes 8 right points and 8 left points.
These can be completed by the freezer paper method of foundation piecing which I talk about
in my pattern or your preferred foundation piecing method.

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You then need to join these two pieces togther.
I like to pin and the top seam and then at the middle to make sure the seams meet.
Start sewing from the wide end down to the small end.

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After you have sewn the points together, you need to trim the seam allowance at the base.
I just trim with my scissors making sure I don't clip the stitching.

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Your completed unit should look like this.
Make sure to iron in one direction and repeat with the other 7 units required for this block.

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You then need to sew two of these untits togtether to make a quarter block.
Match the seams at the top and pin, and do the same at the small end.
The seams should lock togther as you ironed them in opposite directions.
Once again after you have sewn the seam from the wide end to the small end,
trim the seam allowance making sure not to clip the seam.

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The finished quarter should look like the photo below.

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Remember to iron the seams in all the same direction.
See photo below.

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Here is a close up of where all the seams meet at the small end.
This is what yours should look like.
Make 3 more of these quarters to complete the star.

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Add the drunkard's path piece to make the block into a square.

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Here's a photo of the reverse side too.

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Now take two of these quarters and sew them togther to create a half.
Use pins to match the seams and sew from the outside into the middle of the block.

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This time iron the seam in the opposite direction to the other seams.
See the photo below.
For some reason this helps when piecing the 4 quarters togther.
Repeat to create another half.
Then you need to sew the two halfs togther.
Use pins to match the seams, paying lots of attention to the centre.

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Here's a close up of the pinning.
I like to pin either side of the seam, it stops any movement when you sew.
You can also use fork pins.

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Once sewn, iron to one side and press well.
I also use "Best Press" to help achieve a flat block.

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I hope these tips help you to create a block with neatly matched centre points!
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Boomerang Quilt Pattern - A free PDF Download

Aug 13, 2014-9:13pm

As Terra Australis 2 is being released into Australian stores this week
I thought I might share the free pattern I designed for this range.

Click here to download the PDF pattern for this quilt.

Boomerangs - Rainforest

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Boomerangs - Desert Sands

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I hope you enjoy making this quilt!
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Terra Australis 2 now arriving in stores!

Aug 8, 2014-10:01pm

Terra Australis 2 is starting to turn up in stores this week!
It's all very exciting.
I have had my own delivery and will be busy cutting up packs
and quilt kits this weekend.

This is the Desert Sands colourway.

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and this is the Rainforest colourway.

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Check out my stockist list to find a Terra Australis 2 stockist near you!
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Map Of Australia Cushion Tutorial

Jul 17, 2014-11:53am

Map Of Australia Cushion

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Finished size: The cross hatch quilting shrinks the cushion front and back in, 
to make a perfect fit for a 16” (40cm) cushion insert.

REQUIREMENTS:

30cm zipper (approx.)

Iron on Fusible web such as Vliesofix or Steam-a-seam.

Spray baste such as 505 Spray and Fix for basting.

Hera marker

16” (40cm) cushion insert

PDF pattern for Australia Map, downloadable here - Map of Australia

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FABRIC REQUIREMENTS

Cushion Front: 

Cut 1   12½” x 12½” square Linen fabric for centre square

Cut 2   3¼” x 12½”strips fabric for side borders

Cut 2   3¼” x 18” strips fabric for top & bottom borders

Fabric piece at least 9” x 10” for the Map of Australia

Cushion Back:

Cut 1  18” x 18” square Linen fabric

Batting:

Cut 2  18” x 18” squares

 

CONSTRUCTION   ¼” seam allowance except for outer seams which are ½”.

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  • Trace the Map of Australia (don't forget Tasmania) onto the fusible webbing, and remember to reverse the image. Roughly cut out the Map of Australia shape and then fuse it onto the back of the fabric selected. Carefully trim around the Map of Australia shape, remove the backing paper and position in the centre of the made cushion front. Iron to fuse in place. 
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  • Choose a thread to match the Map of Australia fabric and raw edge applique (which means just using a normal sewing stitch), around the edges of the Map of Australia shape. Sew as close to the raw edge as possible, and sew around three times.  
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  • Baste the batting and the cushion top together with spray baste.
  • Mark the first two diagonal quilting lines with a Hera marker. 
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  • Put your walking foot onto your sewing machine and sew the first diagonal quilting row. Stopping at the Map of Australia. Sew the second diagonal quilting row. 
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  • Set your machine walking foot with a 1” seam guide preferably on the left side of the quilting foot, and sew rows 1” apart, working out from the first diagonal rows sewn. If you do not have a seam guide on you walking foot mark all the quilting lines 1” apart with the Hera marker. Cross hatch the entire cushion top.
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  • Baste the Backing fabric and batting square together, mark the diagonal lines with your Hera marker as before, and then 1” cross hatch the entire back of the cushion.
  • Now the back and front are completed it is time to sew the cushion together. There is a ½” seam allowance around the entire cushion.  Trim any excess batting, around both the cushion top and cushion back. Neaten the the edges (with a zig zag stitch or overlocker) of both the front and back pieces where the zipper will be placed. We placed the zipper at the bottom of the Map of Australia.
  • Pin the two neaten seams together and using a ½" seam allowance sew  in 3" at both ends of the seam. 
Please note: I have used the images from the Kangaroo Cushion Tutorial to show how to insert a zipper. I did this as the process is exactly the same. 
 
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  • Press the seam open along the entire length of the seam firstly from the wrong side to ensure the ½" seam allowance and then from the right side.
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  • With the zipper closed place it under the pressed seam and pin the zipper in place. Try to keep the zipper teeth directly under the center of the seam and the pins in the directions you will be sewing. 
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  • Attach your machine zipper foot with thread to match cushion fabric and start to sew at one end. The idea is to use the zipper foot as a guide to keep the line of stitching about ¼” away from the zipper teeth. When you reach the zipper pull, stop sewing, leave the needle down in the fabric and lift the foot. Carefully pull the zipper open for a few inches sew along a while and then reclose the zipper. Sew across the end of the zipper taking care to catch the end of the zipper fabric but not the metal end, complete the other side and end. 
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  • Once the zipper is sewn in, leave it open, and pin the back and front of the cushion together. Sew around with ½” seam allowance. Trim the fabric bulk from the corners and pull the cushion to the right side.  Place cushion insert inside cushion and admire your work.
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Jul 18, 2014-10:54am

Helen F: What a great tutorial! I have never machine appliqued before but will give it a go - you made it look so easy!
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Winter Workshops at Quilters Harvest

Jul 16, 2014-1:33pm

Last weekend I was lucky enough to teach my Harlequin Stars quilt in Warracknabeal.
The weekend was organised by Del and Shirley from the local patchwork store Quilters Harvest.

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Here's a photo of the quilt hanging in Quilters Harvest.

I had two classes, one on Saturday and one on Sunday.

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All my students were very keen to learn how to foundation piece using freezer paper and
all the blocks made were so different but all beautiful.

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1. Casey  -  using Terra Australis 
2. Deb  -  using Millefiori by Sarah Filke
3. Wilma
4. Michelle - using Terra Australis 2

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1. Margaret
2. Meredith

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1. Pam
2. Carol

The weekend was very well organised by Del and Shirley including the most delish food made
by them too! The classes were held at the local football club rooms which had fabulous light
and were nice and warm.

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Thanks so much to Del and Shirley for organising such a fabulous weekend and for inviting
me to be a part of it! 
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