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Jane A. Stickle Quilt row B: JAS-B02 – Sweet Tater Pie

This block is easy.

Susan Gatewood’s site has the patterns to piece this block but she also suggests an alternative way of putting this block together using two pinwheels blocks. This is similar to the method demonstrated in thatquilt. In thatquilt the appliqué method is needleturn with freezer paper on top. I used regular needleturn with freezer paper below.

Cut four 3 1/2 in squares in the white fabric and four 3 1/2 in squares in white.

Place one white square right side up and a colour square wrong side up on top of the white square and pin well.

Trace a diagonal as per picture below.

Now stitch with 1/4 seam allowance on each side of the diagonal.

Cut through the diagonal line.

Open and press with the seams open to reduce bulk.

Do this with all squares to obtain 2 pinwheels.

Sitch together each pinwheel.

Print Susan Gatewood pattern and measure the finished circle radius using a compass.

Using the radius trace a circle on freezer paper.

Now measure again, this time including the bottom seam allowance.

Get one of the pinwheels and trace a circle.

Cut the circle and press the freezer paper on the back of the circle.

Now baste around the seam allowance.

Pull the thread.

Pin a needle through the middle .

Now push the needle through the centre of the pinwheel underneath to align the circle to the pinwheel.

Align all lines and pin well.

Appliqué the circle to the pinwheel block.

Almost there.

Cut out a circle on the back.

Remove the freezer paper.

Trim off excess fabric to obtain a 5 inch block.

Where to get the Jane A. Stickle Quilt patterns

Susan Gatewood’s paper foundation . All patterns are free though Susan says “I only ask that you consider making a donation to the Bennington Museum, in Bennington, Vermont. And if you do, it would make me tremendously happy if you would tell them that you have received help from me.” I totally recommend Susan’s patterns as they are very easy to use.

Virtual quilt

See all blocks I’ve done together in a larger size.

Jane A. Stickle Quilt row B: JAS-B01 – Bachelor Buttons

While I was doing row A I had a quick look at row B and it looked like the row from hell.

As it turned out block B01 is an easy one. My applique circles aren’t perfectly round but I was expecting that.

I used reverse appliqué with freezer paper on top and a charm square for the background.

I cut out one of Susan Gatewood’s circles from her free pattern to use as a template to draw the circles.

I cut a 4 1/2 in square of freezer paper. To work out the placement of the circles I drew a grid like below. I drew a line at 1 1/4 intervals on each direction.

Then I put a needle through the centre of the circle and through one of the axis in the freezer paper.

I drew all the circles this way.

Then I cut them out using a very small pair of scissors. This is important if you’re a bit scissor challenged like me.

So here is my charm square.

And the fabric for the circle.

I pressed the frezzer paper on top of the charm square.

I cut the fabric around leaving a 1/4 seam allowance. A bit smaller would have been easier to turn over.

And also I made some small cuts all the way to the freezer paper.

Then I placed the white fabric underneath.

I basted the three layers so they wouldn’t move.

And started the appliqué.

All done.

Remove the basting and freezer paper.

This is the back.

Trim off excess fabric and that’s it.

Where to get the Jane A. Stickle Quilt patterns

Susan Gatewood’s paper foundation . All patterns are free though Susan says “I only ask that you consider making a donation to the Bennington Museum, in Bennington, Vermont. And if you do, it would make me tremendously happy if you would tell them that you have received help from me.” I totally recommend Susan’s patterns as they are very easy to use.

Virtual quilt

See all blocks I’ve done together in a larger size.

Upcycled denim pants travel bag with improv patchwork

This is not only a bag with improv patchwork but also a sort of improv travel bag too. I don’t have any clue about how to construct pants or any garment. The way I went about doing this was rather approximate as you will see. I am not going to give any sizes of fabric, jeans or whatever because it will depend on the size of the pants you use. Before you start, align the top of the waist jeans together and pin. Believe me it makes things better if you do this.

I started with an old pair of jean. This pair in particular had pockets lower than the start of the legs. I wanted to preserve the pockets so I cut the pants lower than the pockets.

Then I cut each leg bit individually as per picture.

I pinned both sides, from each leg together. The point of this exercise was to get a straight piece of jeans. I drew a straight line of where the seam should go.

I stitched along the line.

I turned the pants around and did the same thing on the other side. In both instances excess fabric needs to be trimmed off.

This is the resulting piece from step one.

Now trim both front and back as per picture. Make sure the rectangle is the same height on both right and left side.

Improv patchwork

There’re many of ways of doing improv patchwork. I have posted tutorials on improv patchwork before. For this bag,  I stitched pieces of fabric together of approximately the same length until I got a bigger piece. Then I put it aside. I continued to stitch bigger pieces from smaller pieces. You will need to trim pieces as you continue to piece. For instance I stitched a rectangle on an an angle in the piece below. Then I trimmed it to fit with the rectangular shape of the larger piece. I usually try to get to a rectangular or square piece because then it is easier to assemble the different pieces. By this stage I thought I’d have enough for the bottom of the bag. I started to assemble the pieces and trimming them into a rectangle. When you trim your pieces they can be reused to square other improv pieces. Do not throw anything away. Prepare the denim pants. You need to decide how big you want your bag to be and then decide on the size of your improv patchwork piece. My improv patchwork is about 7 inches wide by the width of the pants. I made a large strip/rectangle and stitched it into a tube. Then I placed the pants inside the patchwork tube and aligned the bottom edge. I pinned well. I stitched along the edge leaving 1/4in seam allowance. That’s it. The bottom is attached. I pressed the seam well. Then I turned the bag inside out and pinned along the bottom edge to make the exterior sac. I stitched all along the bottom edge leaving 1/4 inch allowance. Time to box the corners of the bag. My photos aren’t great on this step so if they don’t make any sense please check Sew 4 home tutorial. Place the bag as per picture below and mark 2 1/2 in from the corner. Stitch along the line and cut off excess fabric. Do on both sides and voilà! Done!

Lining

Usually I stitch the lining by machine but this time I don’t want to stitch the lining all the way to the top of the bag but just up to the waist band so I hand stitched the lining. Also I added batting to the lining for the same reason I hand stitched it to the bag. I measured the bag and cut 2 lining pieces in quilting cotton. I squilted both pieces separately. Then I placed both pieces right sides facing together and stitched around 3 sides leaving the side that will go up open. The lining also needs to have boxed corners. Do as you did for the bag. The handles are heavy duty and store bought. I’m tired of my handles and straps deteriorating within a few months of using a bag. Place the handles about 6 inches apart. Pin. And stitch now. Place the lining inside the bag, fold the top in and slip stitch around the waist. Done! This is it. Big enough as a weekend bag or a beach bag.