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Monday, December 22, 2008

'Tis the Season

What a wonderful and wonderfully busy time of the year. Our lives have been complicated due to some personal health concerns but with this added tension comes the perspective of what really matters. So we are focused on our children and extended family and a little less on the hustle and bustle of shopping and those things. We have hosted a great Christmas and Baby party so we are now looking forward to a great family night of wrapping presents, some home made and all to be given with love. An unexpected stay in the hospital has delayed the addition of a great winter banner, 'Let it Snow' to our pattern line but in the New Year I will add it, unfortunately here in Canada and in many other places there will be enough winter left to still "enjoy" its sentiments. From our family to yours may you find joy, peace and His love at this wonderful time of the year. Merry Christmas.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Fall Leaves Table Runner and Pre-Christmas Fun

Things are good and lots of fun, my 26 month old is so very busy learning to say new words every day, our dog's name this last week. The newborn is somehow 4 months old and technically not so new born anymore, she is wonderful and holds her head by herself. We have had family weddings, family reunions and mini vacations in the last few months, with many memories made. I have been busy teaching classes, designing and sewing new patterns and with Christmas around the corner I am looking forward to the months ahead. The table runner pattern shown with the Fall Leaves and Acorn Applique Pattern is ready. It is a lot of fun, the seams are straightforward and create an interesting and easy home decor project. We are always being inspired and designing, updating the web site and I enjoy my posts here, just about monthly. We love your comments and feedback as we move forward, if there is a pattern or project you would like to suggest please let us know. I love talking quilts and sewing, send me an email! Happy Quilting

Friday, October 17, 2008

Putting it all Together

Well three months can go by faster than you want. Things are busy and wonderful. Our children are truly a miracle and so much fun. I have been able to put some things together amid my new family of four.

The foundation quilt pattern for Easter Delight can be found here. This quilt pattern works up very quickly and is quite fun to put together. I like it because I know that the appliqués will be the focus and who am I kidding, straight seams are always easier :) You can adjust any number of the design elements, larger boxes or sashing for example to accommodate your appliqué. This quilt pattern is great for any appliqué project, center your designs within the nine squares or arrange your designs to off set the openings and 'think out side the box' as it were.

My Scrappy Irish Chain class went very well in September, we have even had a follow-up get together in early October. My personal project is coming together nicely and Emi's quilt top will hopefully be ready for Christmas. You can see the original quilt I made in tones of pink in the background and in my hands is the current project in shades of teal and chocolate It was great to work with some great ladies as I taught this quilt pattern for the first time. I love the fusible interfacing appliqué technique we used and I think the participants appreciated the time they saved as they appliquéd. I will post further pictures as the top is finished and I have the quilting completed.

There are several new patterns in the works, a great fall leaves and acorn pattern that I am completing the table runner example for today, hopefully. I am trying to echo quilt it and the learning curve is a little steep. All in good fun, Happy Quilting

Monday, September 8, 2008

Birthdays and Appliques

What a weekend, second birthday parties are a lot of fun and a lot of work. The party went great and we all had a so much fun. Thank you to all our friends and family for taking the time to share and play with us.
So I have been at my machine just tying up some loose ends, I have nearly finished quilting a lap quilt I started at least five years ago. I have finished some receiving blankets for a new niece or nephew due in April and I have made some example blocks for a quilt class coming up in mid September. I am quite excited to have the opportunity to teach the quilting class. I have adapted a Scrappy Irish Chain pattern I found years ago, my appliqué block is completed with fusible interfacing rather than the needle turn method as described. I find it is easier, more accurate and saves my fingers from the tip of my iron. Ouch is all I have to say. The night should be a lot of fun, I will take some pictures and recap how things go. Happy quilting, Darcy

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Our family of Four

New addition to our family, Emilee Mae was born July 8, 2008. She arrived two weeks ahead of her due date with only minor complications, all is well now and we are loving having her here. Things are very busy and not much sleep seems like normal already. There are projects on the go and we are planning and desiging some great patterns so keep watching in the next few months as things settle out in my house and I have the opportunity to put my thoughts to paper and then fabric. Thank you to all those who have helped support my family in the past weeks and months to come.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Easter Delight is Finished

As with most things, it is
worth the wait.

Anna is getting so big, although in this picture she is only five months old. Speaking of getting big, so is my baby belly. The three of us, and Dad when he can, are hiding out from the summer heat in our basement, in Grandma's pool or at the lake. Little Emilee should be here soon so I am trying to get things tided up before I get to blissfully busy to care!!!!

I say that I can put my sewing down but even with Anna there was always a project on the go. Two little girls might just be enough, no who am I kidding, there are rooms to decorate and scrapbooks to finish, to much fun.

Anyways its done!!! Anna's Easter quilt, Easter Delight. I am quite happy with how it turned out. It is an original design, the appliques are fleece and wool felt and the quilt top is cotton. It is machine quilted, that is one of my favorite things to do, I was able to quilt it one afternoon as Anna had one of her marathon naps. The pattern is available at The Pattern Place web site. You can download the bunnies separately for now or the complete pattern; bunnies and flowers together. I am working on the pattern and written instructions for the quilt top, it will be available here on The Pattern Place blog when finished. I have so many things to look forward to, a new little baby added to an already wonderful little family is so exciting. I am thankful and grateful for all the wonderful blessings in my life. Happy Quilting

Friday, June 13, 2008

New Free Pattern

Things are going well, life is good and that feels great. My little girl is 21 months old and pure joy nearly every minute of every day. Baby number two is 4 -6 weeks away, so with a little bit of back pain but no real inhibitors I am prepping for a new life chapter.

I have carved out a little bit of time for some sewing and time spent at my computer. The results are a new Twinkle Stitchery pattern, now bundled with the Three Stars Template originally offered for paid download. As well as some additional example photos. I have one major project nearly finished, Easter Delight should be ready and photographed in the next week. I am very pleased with the originality and quality of the appliqués. So I will stop typing now and get back to it. Happy Quilting

Saturday, May 31, 2008

The Sewing Goes Slowly

So things in the applique department are moving slightly slower than I desire but I have been down with a nasty cold and at 32 weeks pregnant that is no laughing matter. I am working to complete some big sewing projects and at the same time trying to keep the pattern ideas from bursting from my head, I love to be inspired. Well I will give next week to my sewing, the week after to new patterns and then I think some baby prep is in order. I can't wait to wash all those little clothes but I don't want to get to ahead of myself. I hope to take some family pictures tomorrow, capture the three of us before it becomes four !! Happy Quilting Darcy

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Lazy Daisy Project

OK here we go!!! I have taken on some challenges recently, some I create for myself and others come and find me. Learning is such a wonderful experience, this project has been fun and very rewarding.
This pattern is offered for free, click the free patterns button above. Print these patterns onto standard letter computer paper. My appliques were cut from several colors of purple and green felt. I love to trace my patterns using a light box onto a very light weight fusible interfacing, space them comfortably apart so you can cut close to but not on the line, then using a hot iron fuse to the fabric or in this case felt. Let the appliques cool, then cut using the traced lines on the fusible interfacing. Then I arranged the flower and leaf appliques as desired, basted them in place and began thinking about assembly of the pieced border.

The pieced border was where my challenge showed itself and my honesty must come out. I have always followed someone elses pattern when constructing a quilt. I thought that I should author this entire project, so I cut my center block, arranged and basted my appliques before considering the size and how that would affect my border design, rookie mistake I hope.

Knowing now that this project progressed the really hard way from this point on, for me, here are the cutting instructions I should have used.

Cut center block 12.5"x16.5"
Cut border strips 1.5"x 14" cut 18
Cut outer border 3.5"x 20.5" for top/bottom
Cut outer border 3.5"x 22.5" for sides
Cut approximately 110" of 2.5" wide strips to bind wall hanging.
Cut backing and batting approximately 26"x 30"

Stitch three of the 14" strips together six times to yield 6 strip units. Press seams and cut each unit into three 4.5" square blocks, yielding 18 blocks.

Assemble center block and side borders as shown.

Add top and bottom of border as shown.

Add sides and top/bottom of outer border in exactly the same way. I hope future projects, yours and mine can proceed a little smoother. On with my original post :)

I thought the asymmetrical applique design would lend itself to a stitchery component in the upper right hand corner and while wrestling with the border the phrase 'Love grows Here' entered my mind. I do try to listen to the little bits of insight and perspective life hands out and after being quite frustrated and hard on myself I smiled and gave thanks for the lesson taught, love truly grows everywhere. After tracing the pattern Loves grows Here, which is included in the free pattern page above, to my center block with my handy light box and a water soluble pen I stitched the design with brown embroidery floss and made sure all markings were erased. A back stitch truly works the best when stitching lettering, I am no expert but this aspect of the project was very relaxing, worked up quickly and I achieved the desired look with no real problems. In other words it worked and it was fun.

Now this is where I really began to enjoy myself, I love to machine quilt. I dream one day one hours spent machine quilting with an industrial long arm. Reality for now is learning to use my domestic machine and a darning foot. Its not as fancy but it can be done at my kitchen table while my almost two year old naps. After machine quilting the pieced border and quilting in the ditch the seams from center block and outer border I was really starting to like my Lazy Daisy Project. Now that the pieced border is quilted I can stitch the flowers and leaves using a blanket or applique stitch. For this project I wanted to match the thread and felt colors versus a high contrast thread which also produces great results. Feel free to use embroidery floss, there are hundreds of colors. I seperate the six threads and use two in my needle at a time. With the leaves and flowers stitched in place I decided to use felt, my other option was the cotton from the pieced border, for the center of the flowers. Once stitched down we are really close being done.
Next thing I added the binding so I could then trim away the excess backing and batting. Then I started and finished hand stitching the binding in place. All it needs is a label on the back and it is finished.
I hope you enjoy the Lazy Daisy Project or what ever parts of it you choose to use. Please let me know if you have any questions or feedback. We would love a picture of your completed project, it would be fantastic. We will make sure it is included in the Design Gallery section of The Pattern Place. Take care and Happy Quilting.

Friday, April 11, 2008

The Pattern Place on the Web

Well it has taken longer than I thought it would but today is up and running. There are several kinks to work out but I look forward to making improvements. I am very excited to concentrate a little more on the patterns and projects piling up on my design table. I can't wait to be back at my sewing machine, thank you to all those that have contributed to this project thus far and to those who will make my step outside the comfort zone a success.