Monthly Archives: November 2016

More Information and Photos of Sale Additions

All proceeds received from sale of the specific quilts mentioned below will be donated to Alzheimer’s Society of Canada. The donation will be made in Bonnie Kerr’s name.

These quilts are completed that have been Long Arm quilted. The quilts range in size from lap size (small)  to queen size (not so small).  The smalls will sell for $85.00 each and the not so smalls will be priced at an amazing $165.00.  Same rules, be here Dec 2 or 3rd, first come first served, no reserved items.

Details of the Sale:

  • Location – at Sweet Pea Quilting  11 – 1209 E. Island Highway,  Parksville, BC
  • Dates: Friday December 2nd from 9:30 to 4:30 and Saturday, December 3rd from 9:30 – 4:00
  • All samples professionally sewn (with their usual expertise) by Alvina and or Gail.
  • Not all store samples are on sale but there is a wide selection. If they are on the tables at the back and have a price tag, they’re for sale.
  • No holds – if you’re there and it’s available, you can buy it. First come, first served.

Some of these additional quilts:

bonnie1a bonnie2a bonnie3a

MONDAY ! REVIEW Batik Quilts by Marianne Fons and Liz Porter

Batik Quilts by Marianne Fons and Liz Porter and published by Leisure Arts is a colorful book with a large collection of some of their favourite quilts. The patterns are for all skill levels and are of all sizes, from a baby quilt to a full-sized quilt.

batikquiltscoverAccording to the books promotion, you can create paradise. “Create paradise with quilts in exotic fabrics! For this book, the editors of Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting magazine have collected their most popular batik quilt patterns for all skill levels.”

The book includes an article about how batik fabrics are made.

There are 24 Designs: Under the Sea; Split Rail Fence; Imperial Diamonds; Circles, Circles; Batik Magic; Prairie Skies; Blue Bayou; Crossed Kayaks; September Leaves; Woven Wonder; On the Dark Side; Tucson Sunset; Triangle Surprise; Tranquility; Horse Play; Charming Diamonds; Sailing; Sunflowers; Night Blooms; Gold Rush; Baby Blue Mini; Candy Flowers; Graceful Ladies; and Double Wedding Ring.

The authors have trademarked their Sew Easy lessons and these guide you via photographs and description through any specific techniques you need for a particular project.

Upsides:

You can download size options and quilt top assembly instructions from their website. One of my personal favourites is the Split Rail. See more of it here. They include sizes for both Queen and King beds.

Split Rail Fence Design

Split Rail Fence Design

Downsides:

I can’t imagine any of these patterns being particularly appropriate for a complete novice.

Where to find the book:

I found this at my public library – my first choice of source. However, many people will want this in their quilting library. Amazon.ca has it but the price is high. You can also order directly from Leisure Arts at http://www.leisurearts.com/best-of-fons-porter-batik-quilts.html at a price of $26.99 (US I believe).

If this has inspired you, we have a wonderful selection of batiks at Sweet Pea Quilting. Here are just a few to whet your appetite.batik1 batik3 batik4 batik5Don’t forget our annual sample sale this Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2nd and 3rd.

 

FRIDAY ! FREEBIE? Too busy with our Annual Sample Sale Preparation

Hi Everyone. No FRIDAY  ! FREEBIE today. We’re busy getting ready for our Annual Sample Sale next Friday and Saturday. More FRIDAY ! FREEBIES will be coming soon. We’re cleaning house and laying everything out for you to see and buy. Completely finished quilts from $85 for small quilts up to $165 for the large ones. You couldn’t make them for that!

For those of you who haven’t heard, here are the details of the sale:

  • Location – at Sweet Pea Quilting  11 – 1209 E. Island Highway,  Parksville, BC
  • Dates: Friday December 2nd from 9:30 to 4:30 and Saturday, December 3rd from 9:30 – 4:00
  • All samples professionally sewn (with their usual expertise) by Alvina and or Gail.
  • Not all store samples are on sale but there is a wide selection. If they are on the tables at the back and have a price tag, they’re for sale.
  • No holds – if you’re there and it’s available, you can buy it. First come, first served.

We look forward to seeing you.

Annual Sample Sale: an exciting update

Just an exciting update to our upcoming Store Sample Sale happening Dec 2nd and 3rd here at the store.

We have now added a couple dozen more items to the sale. We are cleaning house.. as they say, so these new additions are completed quilts that have been Long Arm quilted. The quilts range in size from lap size (small)  to queen size (not so small).  The smalls will sell for $85.00 each and the not so smalls will be priced at an amazing $165.00. Yes, you read that correctly. Same rules, be here Dec 2 or 3rd, first come first served, no reserved items.

Details of the Sale:

  • Location – at Sweet Pea Quilting  11 – 1209 E. Island Highway,  Parksville, BC
  • Dates: Friday December 2nd from 9:30 to 4:30 and Saturday, December 3rd from 9:30 – 4:00
  • All samples professionally sewn (with their usual expertise) by Alvina and or Gail.
  • Not all store samples are on sale but there is a wide selection. If they are on the tables at the back and have a price tag, they’re for sale.
  • No holds – if you’re there and it’s available, you can buy it. First come, first served.

 

Here are a few of the lovely items.

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Just NINE SLEEPS until our Annual Sample Sale!

December 2nd and 3rd – Sample Sale

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Our annual sample sale is just nine days away. It starts at 9:30 on Friday December 2nd. This year we’re adding a second day, Saturday, December 3rd for those of you who can’t make it in during the week.
Here’s what you need to know about the sale:

  • Location – at Sweet Pea Quilting  11 – 1209 E. Island Highway,  Parksville, BC
  • Dates: Friday December 2nd from 9:30 to 4:30 and Saturday, December 3rd from 9:30 – 4:00
  • All samples professionally sewn (with their usual expertise) by Alvina and or Gail.
  • Not all store samples are on sale but there is a wide selection. If they are on the tables at the back and have a price tag, they’re for sale.
  • No holds – if you’re there and it’s available, you can buy it. First come, first served.

We look forward to seeing you at the sale. It will a fun busy two days. Come and enjoy the atmosphere and a chance to buy some gifts for your family, friends, or for yourself.

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MONDAY ! REVIEW in Review with Totes

Hi Everyone. This morning I want to revisit last week’s MONDAY ! REVIEW because I spent some time working on some of the projects in Quilting Arts TV Series 600 DVD. You can see that review here. Most of the QAT episodes have matching patterns online but I could not find the bag patterns (and I did a serious search) so decided to create my own pattern. If you need more than just measurements, then we have some fun bag patterns in stock at Sweet Pea Quilting.

Close-up of my bag done in Moda coordinated fabrics, some scraps from my stash and a fabulous hand-made button from Molly Magid of Mission Clay Works.

Close-up of my bag done in Moda coordinated fabrics, some scraps from my stash and a fabulous hand-made button from Molly Magid of Mission Clay Works.

I had some beautiful Moda fabric pieces from one of their collections – maybe Barbara Brackman. Sweet Pea has some of this fabric still in stock. If you choose something else, Alvina can help you coordinate your choices to create the perfect combination for you.

I didn’t have much of each piece so had to improvise. I used different fabrics for front and back pockets but all were coordinated so the color scheme worked. I used a heavy weight fusible non-woven interfacing. I wanted the bag to have some ‘heft’ on it’s own.

Back of the bag with different pocket from front.

Back of the bag with different pocket from front.

The bags I saw on the DVD had a simple lining, no pockets. I decided to put two pockets inside…one for keys and one for a cell phone. That way the bag could double as a purse.

If you like this design and want the measurements and details, check out our blog on Friday when I will offer a free tutorial for making it.

Stop in to Sweet Pea Quilting in Parksville to find all your quilting needs and free advice. Don’t forget that we have our annual sample sale December 2nd and 3rd. We’d love to see you there.

FRIDAY ! FREEBIE Napkin-inspired decorative pillow

Hi Everyone. On Monday I showed you photos of my two napkin-inspired pillows made after watching Quilting Arts TV Series 600. I loved this process. So easy and fun to do. Here are detailed instructions for you to follow. Post what you make on our Facebook page.

Purple Pillow Paper Napkin Collage

Purple Pillow Paper Napkin Collage

Supplies:

  • 2 pieces of fabric cut to 17″ X 17″  for front and back of pillow (depending on your pillow form size of course)
  • 1 piece 17″ X 17″ fusible fleece or plain batting and spray fabric glue. Recommend either 505 for temporary work or 606 for permanent fusing.
  • 1 medium sized dinner napkin – approximately 6 1/2″ X 6 1/2″
  • One border fabric to outline napkin. At least 4″ wider than the napkin. In mine, I used a 9″ piece.
  • 1 – 16″ square pillow form
  • If you do not have 606 spray glue (permanent), then you’ll need some fusible web (like wonder under) to applique the napkin.
  • Decorative threads – perhaps some metallic.
  • Parchment or baking paper.
  • Piping, 2 yards or just under 2 meters for this size pillow  – buy or make your own.
Measurements

Measurements

 

Preparations:

Audition Fabrics

Audition Fabrics. I chose to cut the red/white fabric on the diagonal to reduce fraying and to create a candy cane effect.

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Audition Fabrics

Important Note: You will be taking only the thinnest layer of the napkin so the outline color (in photo above, the beige) must not be something that will show through and destroy the look of the image on the napkin. Nothing too busy or too dark.

Pressing and Cutting:

Press your selected fabrics and the napkin.

Cut out a 6 1/2″ X 6 1/2″ section of the napkin that has the best overall design.

Cut all of the following:

  • fleece or batting (same size as front)
  • front and back fabric pieces (17″ X 17″ or adjusted to your specific pillow)
  • outline fabric (approximately 9″ X 9″)
Mark position with chalk pencil

Mark position with chalk pencil

 

To layer all pieces:

Gently peel away napkin backing so you are left with only one layer.

Gently peel away napkin backing so you are left with only one layer.

I suggest using parchment paper to protect your surface while spraying glue. It also made stitching around the flowers super easy. You may not need it if you’re going to use a free motion foot. If you do not use glue, you will need to use fusible web to applique each piece.

Here are the layers, bottom to top:

  • Bottom – parchment paper or plain cotton to protect your machine from any residual glue.
  • Fusible batting
  • Front of pillow
  • Outline fabric
  • Napkin piece (be sure to remove the second layer of napkin – see above)
Spray gluing layers

Spray gluing layers

Fixing the layers:

If you use the 606 glue, you can spray both top and bottom of napkin which acts as a protection for the top of the napkin. However the 505 can cause problems as it is VERY sticky and I had to throw out my first napkin; it got wrapped around my fingers and wouldn’t let go. My suggestion – first use fusible web to position it and then spray on top of it. Cover with parchment/baking paper and  iron.

So, now you have a napkin ‘sandwich’.

Sewing:

I started by using a metallic thread and a wide, long stitch to attach the napkin. If you don’t want to cut the paper, use a stitch that will not perforate the paper, hence the long stitch.

I then appliqued the outline piece by using another colorful decorative stitch. The design is up to you here.

trapunto

Trapunto effect by stitching around the flowers and flower centers.

Closeup of stitches

Close-up of decorative applique stitches

On the purple pillow I added rows of quilting around the outline fabric to give a more finished appearance. You can use your imagination here.

Once you’ve done your decorative stitching and quilting, you’re ready to assemble your pillow.

Assembly:

  1. Carefully pin your piping on the right side of the top of the pillow, fat side facing inward, around the edge of the pillow. I chose to have the piping begin and end at a corner. Sew as close to the piping as you can using your zipper foot and moving your needle as close as possible to the fat part of the piping. I suggest a half inch seam allowance here. It will make the next step so much easier.
  2. Now, carefully (and I mean this – I had to redo one pillow because of carelessness) lay the back of the pillow right side down onto the right side of the top of the pillow, piping carefully tucked inside. Pin around the edge being sure to keep the piping in the seam allowance.
  3. Sew very carefully and leave open about six inches of one seam to turn the pillow.
  4. Turn and push out the corners.
  5. Insert the pillow form and slip stich the final seam closed.

Here are Sweet Pea Quilting in Parksville, we have the following fusible  and glue products in stock:

  • 505 spray
  • Clover Item #514 Temporary Fabric Adhesive Stick
  • Aleene’s  4 oz. No sew temporary fabric glue
  • Aleene’s Fabric Fusion  – Permanent Glue
  • Aleene’s No sew Fast drying Glue Pen
  • Roxanne’s Glue – Baste- It in a ½ oz. bottle as well as in 2 oz bottle
  • Steam A Seam Lite 2

If you need more details on how to assemble the pillow, you can check out this video from Quilters Club.

Try one of these for a special Christmas touch.

Paper Napkin inspired Christmas PIllow

Paper Napkin inspired Christmas Pillow

Don’t forget Sweet Pea’s Sample Sale on Friday December 2nd and Saturday December 3rd.

 

 

 

 

Annual Sample Sale December 2nd and 3rd

December 2nd and 3rd – Sample Sale

Our annual sample sale is just two weeks away. It starts at 9:30 on Friday December 2nd. This year we’re adding a second day, Saturday, December 3rd for those of you who can’t make it in during the week.
Here’s what you need to know about the sale:

  • Location – at Sweet Pea Quilting  11 – 1209 E. Island Highway,  Parksville, BC
  • Dates: Friday December 2nd from 9:30 to 4:30 and Saturday, December 3rd from 9:30 – 4:00
  • All samples professionally sewn (with their usual expertise) by Alvina and or Gail.
  • Not all store samples are on sale but there is a wide selection. If they are on the tables at the back and have a price tag, they’re for sale.
  • No holds – if you’re there and it’s available, you can buy it. First come, first served.

We look forward to seeing you at the sale. It will a fun busy two days. Come and enjoy the atmosphere and a chance to buy some gifts for your family, friends, or for yourself. I’m sure someone in your life needs a snowman or a mermaid.

mermaid2 seachart seacreatures snowman
See you in December!
Alvina

MONDAY ! REVIEW Quilting Arts TV Series 600 with Wonderful Totes

MONDAY ! REVIEW

Quilting Arts TV: Series 600 DVD Set

Quilting Arts TV: Series 600 DVD Set

Today’s review is Series 600 of Quilting Arts TV. I’ve reviewed several Quilting Arts TV series before and I don’t get tired of them.  These episodes were produced in 2010 but I find them just as fascinating now as they probably were then. There are several episodes that got me ready to jump up, grab my fabric and head to the machine. As usual, Pokey Bolton, the moderator, has a series of wonderful guests although I found a couple of the episodes about computer software less than thrilling. It wasn’t their production value but rather, that if you were not familiar with the software, they would mean almost nothing to you.

One episode, although I didn’t think much of it at the time (really didn’t like the resulting product), stayed in my head. A few days later, I was at an art opening in Vancouver. The art was lovely but it was the paper napkins that really caught my attention. I took a clean one and carefully put it away in my handbag to be used later… for art, not food! The 2nd segment of episode 610 that came together with the napkin, was Fusing Techniques for Creating Collages with Jennifer O’Brien.

Standard Paper Napkin

Standard Paper Napkin

You can see the original napkin here.  By following the technique described in the lesson mentioned above, I appliqued the napkin to a border fabric and then the actual pillow fabric. If you want full details and a pattern, I will publish them on this week’s FRIDAY ! FREEBIES. I had difficulty finding the correct spray glue. The one I had was temporary. That made it very sticky and then after ironing, it lost its stickiness. I had to substitute a fusible web which seemed to work fine.  More details on that Friday. Also, you can download Jennifer’s instruction for her collage wall hanging here.

Purple Pillow Paper Napkin Collage

Purple Pillow Paper Napkin Collage

The success of the first pillow got me thinking and searching through my ‘everything’ drawer in the kitchen. The good news…I cleaned out the drawer. The bad news, I didn’t have much of a selection of paper napkins but there were a few hangers-on from last Christmas.  You can see here my second pillow. I used a scrap of fabric to back the napkin that gave the impression of candy canes. I used it on the diagonal so that it wouldn’t fray so easily and also, to give the idea of the candy cane’s swirls of red on white.  I’ll also have the pattern and instructions for this in Friday’s post.

Paper Napkin inspired Christmas PIllow

Paper Napkin inspired Christmas PIllow

 

My favourite episodes/segments were:

  • Episode 601 – Segment 1: Kathy Mack and Winslow Market Tote
Kathy Mack and Winslow Market Tote

Kathy Mack and Winslow Market Tote

  • Episode 601 – Segment 2:Reversible Patchwork Tote
Reversible Grommet Bag

Reversible Grommet Bag

  • Episode 610 – Segment 2: Fusing Techniques with Jennifer O’Brien

Recommended Spray Glue:
The  glue I should have used is the following, the Odif 606 Permanent Spray Glue. I recommend buying locally if you can as the price on Amazon is higher.

Odif 606 Permanent Spray Glue, made in France. Buy at: amazon.ca.

Odif 505 Temporary Spray Glue.

NOTE: Sweet Pea has this and other glues and fusible products in store. You can buy everything you need (except the napkins) for these products at Sweet Pea Quilting in Parksville, BC

505 is the one I used but it did not react well on the napkin. By using the spray both top and bottom of the napkin, you seal the napkin with a coating. I would not recommend machine washing but I think you could spot it nicely in lukewarm water.

 

Upsides of Series 600 DVD set:

I learned a LOT from the videos. I have about ten projects in mind already. I really have to stop viewing these videos or I’ll never stop.

 

Downsides :

To use the ideas in the episodes, it helps to be an experienced sewist already. Also, it was incredibly difficult to find the patterns.

Source for the DVD I found the DVD at my local public library. You can probably get it on an inter-library loan if you use the following information. You can also download it from the Interweave website at: http://www.interweavestore.com/quilting-arts-tv-series-600-download

 

Publisher: Quiltingarts.com, c2010
ISBN:9781596683396
Branch Call Number:DVD 746.46 QUI
Characteristics: 4 videodiscs (ca. 348 min.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bags in Store!

If you’re like me, you want to be able to make things that you can use (and show off) immediately. The alternative is to give them as gifts. Today we look at several fab bag patterns and kits that we have here at Sweet Pea Quilting. Some of these are not so easy to get your hands on so consider yourself lucky that we have a few in stock.

The newest item we have in stock…and it wasn’t easy to get it, is the Quick and Easy Mesh Tote Bag Kit by Lyle Enterprises. The kit includes: mesh, lining fabric, webbing, fast & easy pattern and handy bag.
Approximate size: 18″ wide by 15″ high with a 4″ gusset.

Mesh Tote Bag in Blue

Mesh Tote Bag in Blue

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Mesh Tote Bag Kit

Alvina just finished another bag, the Camden Tote which we mentioned last Wednesday. Here is the finished product.

Delightful, colorful, Camden Tote

Delightful, colorful, Camden Tote

The following bag, The Double Diamond Tote Bag is taught in a Sweet Pea Class. Alas, the class has already started but you can still find the pattern and materials at the store. This eye catching Tote Bag uses a specially designed ruler to construct rows of fabric diamonds. In this class we will spend one session making and embellishing the diamonds panels. In the second session we will review the construction of the Tote Bag. Our focus will be on the making of the diamond panels as they are the focal part of the Tote Bag.

Double Diamond Tote Bag

Double Diamond Tote Bag

Finally, we have the wildly popular, New York City Tote. Get this one before the fabric is gone forever!

New York City Tote

New York City Tote

Stop into the store and see the samples or call us at 250-586-1050 if you have questions about any of our products. We’d love to hear from you.

By the way, our annual sample sale is going to be on Dec. 2 and 3rd this year. Plan to come into the store. I’ll post more about it with lots of photos on Friday.

Happy Quilting!