Category Archives: improv patchwork

Video tutorial: improv patchwork projects- quick and easy quilting

I’ve made a few improv projects over the years.

Do you have a lot of scraps you don’t know what to do with? Here is how you can use them.

Learn to do improv patchwork in 2 minutes

This is is just one way to do improv patchwork but quite an easy one.  You can use a piece of paper as stabiliser or nothing at all.

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Improv projects tutorials

Upcycled travel bag tutorial

Upcycled travel bag tutorial

Semi-improv 9-patch quilt

Quilt-as-you-go patchwork school bag

Urban garden iPad carry case



Reversible tray cover using improv piecing and embroidery


Improv patchwork headboard makeover



Spanish lace bobbins holder



Improv/free form quilt series



Free form patchwork mini quilt – visual creative process



Free form, free motion patchwork trial

 

English Paper Piecing (EPP) mini quilt

English paper piecing (EPP) tutorial

If you’ve never done English paper piecing or EPP this is an easy project to start with.

For this I printed a few sheets of 1 inch hexagons (pdf), but if you prefer to start with larger pieces, you can use up 1 1/2 inch or 2 inch hexagons. You’ll find those two sizes on the pdf download as well.

This mini quilt is 29 inches wide.

How to make English paper piecing (EPP) hexagons

This is a beginner’s project.

You can see that the quilt starts with a hexies flower and then hexagons are added in rows.

English paper piecing (EPP) tutorial

English paper piecing (EPP) tutorial

English paper piecing (EPP) tutorial

English paper piecing (EPP) tutorial

This is it.

English paper piecing (EPP) tutorial

Block 7: 16 HST quilt sampler

Block 7: 16 HST quilt sampler

How to make this block

Materials

  • Two 7 inch squares of print fabric
  • Two 7 inch squares of white fabric

Finished block

10 1/2 inch square.

All block tutorials for this quilt.

Instructions

Make the tutorial twice to obtain 16 HST.

Trim off HSTs and place them into the pattern below.

Block 7: 16 HST quilt sampler

Then sew HSTs in rows.

Block 7: 16 HST quilt sampler

And then sew rows together.

Block 7: 16 HST quilt sampler
Block 7: 16 HST quilt sampler

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Quilt designs using this block

Block 7: 16 HST quilt sampler

Block 7: 16 HST quilt sampler

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English Paper Piecing: megahexagon of hexies or improv EPP

This is my new English paper piecing project that I started without any planning – a lot of my quilts and projects start this way -, as something to do while I watched TV and just seeing it grow, and watching where it took me.

For this I printed a few sheets of 1 inch hexagons (pdf), the same size as my Scrappy flower quilt, still in progress.

How to make English paper piecing (EPP) hexagons


This is a beginner’s project.

Below is the sequence so far.

At this stage I’m thinking I’m going to do a star shape with the points in a lighter colour and the background in a dark pink, purple or brown.

Denim purse tutorial

Materials

How to make hexagons

Notes: all seam allowances are 1/4 inches.  Add the seam allowance to the pattern line.

This pattern is made for a 4 inch wide frame. If your frame is wider or narrower, just place frame on top of the pattern and draw proportionally around the lines, inside or outside, adjusting for the width of frame.

Cut all your pieces,as per instructions on the pattern, adding 1/4 in seam allowance.

Sew 9 or 10 hexies and stitch in groups. Learn how to sew hexies.

Pin each hexie group to each denim side.

Stitch to the denim with a hidden stitch.

To remove paper hexagon turn over the denim piece, make a few cuts, trim excess denim fabric and remove paper.

Lining

To make the lining, pin pieces together, in twos, and stitch along the line.

The lining is now ready.

Now stitch the exterior in the same way, alternating denim and pattern fabric.

The exterior is done.

Now with the lining inside out and the exterior inside out, place the exterior inside the lining.

Stitch along the top edge leaving a 2 inch opening to turn purse inside out.

Turning purse inside out through the opening.

Voilà!

Now it’s time to stitch the purse to the frame, or glue it.

The hardest part is to stop it from moving. I used pins but you could thread and large stitches that go from the lining to the exterior and wrapping around the frame.

Then just stitch the frame to the purse using stranded cotton or some strong thread.

I addes a self covered button to cover the point where all the pieces meet which was a bit untidy.

It is a cutte frame and it is a good size too. It could be a make a small make up bag.