Archive for July, 2013

July 23rd, 2013

Tutorial: Free Motion Quilting Modern Petals

by Julie Hirt

I came up with this design when trying to attempt Dogwood/Orange Peel quilting and mine was just looking too sloppy.


Patchwork squares make this an easy pattern, so it works well for the Scrappy Trip, Postage Stamp or Scrap Vomit quilts.

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Here we go:

Pretend my drawn lines are patchwork pieces.  Just use your blocks as a grid pattern.

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Step 1:   Quilt a straight line up between 2 blocks

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Step 2:   Curve up and around to the left corner

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Step 3:   Swing down and around to the upper right corner creating a half circle

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Step 4:   Curve back down to the middle

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Repeat:  Steps 1 – 4 all the way up your row.

TIP:  I don’t have my petal tips reach the points of the corners.  This way there is a little spacing between the rows.


Now, I’ll show you how on the machine.  Use your free motion foot, feet down and draw your thread up.

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Straight line up

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Curve up to the corner

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Half circle around to the other corner

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Curve back down

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When you get to the top of your quilt you can just reverse these steps and work your way back down.

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This is a simple pattern and depending on the size of your squares, it can get really crinkly in the wash!

Here is the Scrappy Trip  quilted with ‘Modern Petals’.


Let me know if you have any questions!  I’ll answer questions in the comments thread rather than emailing.


July 21st, 2013

Patchwork Zigzag Baby Quilt

by Julie Hirt

This patchwork zigzag/chevron quilt was made for a sweet baby girl and hitting the mail tomorrow.


The entire process from piecing to hand binding is enjoyable on a baby sized quilt. Even the basting isn’t bad!


Front piecing is Kate Spain’s Cuzco collection
Backing & Binding is Hugs & Kisses from Anna Marie Horner’s Loulouthi

Measures 40″ x 40″


I did a free motion stipple because I love the texture it makes. The quilt will get softer and crinklier with each wash.

The quilting was done using Aurifil Maki 50 wt thread in Platinum, I think it’s a nice neutral choice with all of these colors.


My friend Chelsea from Whatcha Makin’ Now took these pictures for me.  I think I’ll just take all my quilts over to her house for photo shoots now.  Don’t you just love her cabinet filled with vintage Pyrex?

There’s still a few weeks left in Plum & June’s New Blogger Blog Hop. Be sure to check out the amazing blogs in this weeks line-up!

Little Birdie Quilting Studio
modern handcraft
Ella & Nesta’s Little Room
Everyday Fray
Kwilty Pleasures
Snuggle Up with a Dish
Making Happyness

Hope you’re having a great weekend.



July 18th, 2013

Thursday Threads Link Party 7/18

by Julie Hirt

Between work, quilting and trying to enjoy some sun, this summer is flying by!  Look at some of these awesome projects from last weeks link up:


Sassy Quilter made this gorgeous hexagon pillow.  After working on my own English Paper Piecing project, I admire it even more.

Love the Amy Butler fabrics in this Simple Pieced quilt – and her quilting lines.


This EPP project from Tales of Ineptitude is going to look incredible!

On my Echino Missouri Pillow post I had a couple of questions about my labels.


I order them through Ikaprint on Etsy.
5% off using coupon code “627HANDWORKS”.  Whoop!

grab the button code:

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  1. Share your quilty, sewing, crochet or any thread related projects or stash.
  2. Link back to Thursday Threads with a button on your site or link in your blog post.
  3. Please, no direct links to Etsy stores.
  4. Comments are the best – be sure to leave some for others!

Oh!  You can now find me on Facebook 

What are you working on or finishing up?  Do you have any new stash fabrics?




July 17th, 2013

Something Old, Something New & Giveaway Winner

by Julie Hirt

My entry for the Something Old, Something New Challenge at Quilty Creations.


I have a bunch of vintage sheets so I cut some into 2″ squares and stitched them up.  Made and quilted with Aurifil Mako 50 wt in white.  Measures 9″ x 5″ standing with 1″ boxed corners.


It’s sitting on an old cotton chenille bedspread my Aunt Arlyn gave me.  It was used on her daughters bed 30+ years ago.


Now, onto the good stuff!  The winner of the Giveaway is….



Sally from Life in a Sally World.  Congrats, Sally!  I’ll be sending you an email shortly.

I’ll be hosting more Giveaway’s in the coming weeks.


July 16th, 2013

Echino Missouri Pillow

by Julie Hirt

I’m originally from Missouri and wanted to make a pillow with the shape of the state.  Luckily it has a cool shape and isn’t just a square like Colorado or Wyoming.


I’ve had my Echino by Etsuko Furuya linen for a while and haven’t really used it.  Since it has a patchwork look (and I combined two different prints) I thought it would work well.


This pillow had 2 ‘firsts’ for me. Applique using the Freezer Paper Method* and hand quilting.   This was a small quilting job and I didn’t hate either process.  Who knows, maybe I’ll try it again.

I made a zipper back because the envelope backs don’t hold up very well around here.

The front blue fabric is Kaufman Quilters Linen and the back is a Moda Bella solid. I did add a strip of a 3rd Echino fabric. Love those blue cars!


For the machine quilting on the back I used Aurifil Mako 2813, it’s a variegated thread that matches the front fabrics perfectly.


I printed a shape of Missouri off Google image search.   This is the first time I’ve appliqued like this and I really like how the Missouri shape kind of pops out of the fabric.  It would be fun to do a pillow for a kid’s room using the letters in their name.


These are great for all sewing projects and quilts.  I purchased them at Ikaprint on Etsy.
Use coupon code 627HANDWORKS for 5% off your order.  They are made in France and shipping is really fast!

Freezer Paper Applique Method

  • Trace your shape onto the non-waxy side of the freezer paper
  • Cut the shape out of the paper (not the fabric)
  • Iron the freezer paper onto the right side of the fabric
  • Trim your fabric around the shape leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance
  • Peel off the freezer paper
  • Place the freezer paper non-waxy side down onto the back side of your fabric
  • Fold the seam allowance over to the waxy side of the freezer paper
  • Iron down the fabric seams onto the waxy side of the paper  (At this point your shape should have smooth fabric edges with the raw cut edges ironed under)
  • Heavily pin your applique shape onto your main fabric
  • Blind stitch all the way around and remove pins
  • Turn your fabric over and cut a slit in middle of where your applique piece is, careful not to cut the applique shape
  • Trim out the fabric of the main area out leaving a 1/2″ around your stitches and pull out the freezer paper


Thrifty Pillow Tip

Use old sheets or store bought sheets for the interior lining.  Only you will see it!  I also save scrap batting from quilt projects to use for pillows and smaller projects.  The lining on this pillow is part of a sheet set I purchased at Target on clearance.  A lot cheaper than fabric or muslin and it’s fun when you unzip it.



July 15th, 2013

Introducing Cucire Fabric & Notions

by Julie Hirt

I would like to introduce you to a new fabric shop called Cucire.


About the shop:

My name is Elizabeth, and I am the owner of Cucire. I have a degree in Landscape Architecture, and worked in my dream profession until 2012, when I made the difficult decision to leave my office job due to health issues. I have found the silver lining in that cloud as I now enjoy staying home with my beautiful children and watching a bit too much Netflix.

I have also been busily surrounding myself with gorgeous fabrics. I love to quilt, and over the years have accumulated a gigantic fabric stash (hoard?) via Etsy. This spring, a new dream began to bloom as I decided to open my own fabric and notions retail shop. I have a passion for gorgeous fabric, and want to provide the highest quality supplies to help ensure an enjoyable shopping and sewing experience for my customers.

What is ‘Cucire’? Cucire* is an Italian word meaning ‘to sew’. Italians are known for their fashion and commitment to high quality goods, perfect inspiration for a fabric retail shop! I intend to source the highest quality goods from trusted manufacturers for use in your garment, sewing, and quilting projects.

*If you are curious how to pronounce ‘Cucire’, I would suggest “coo-CHEER-uh“, however I will not judge you if you perfer an alternate pronunciation!


Elizabeth is kind enough to be sponsoring some upcoming Giveaway’s. Yay!

Cucire’s special for the month of July is $6.50 per yard Moda Grunge Basics.

Moda Basics Grunge in Aqua

Moda Basics Grunge in Winter Mint

So many colors available and the Grunge Basics would make great background options for quilt blocks.

Cucire also carries a great selection of voile in prints and solids.

Solid Voiles Fat Quarter Bundle

Tula Pinks Birds and the Bee's Voile FQ Bundle

I just purchased some of Tula Pink’s Bees Knees to make a minky voile baby quilt that I may just end up keeping for myself!  I’ve heard so many great things about quilting with voile.

Best of all… they carry Aurifil in loads of colors and great prices.

Aurifil 12 wt Cotton Mako Thread (383 yard spool)- One spool, color of your choice

Cucire is definitely worth checking out.  Hope you are all having a great start to the week!



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