Sunday, February 12, 2017

Dearest Heart Free Project




Dearest Heart
36” x 36”
Designed by Heidi Pridemore
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. To celebrate the month of love, I designed our little lovely quilt, “Dearest Heart”. It is perfect size for a wall hanging or table topper. So lets celebrate the month of love with sweet projects, acts of kindness and lots of chocolate.
This month’s project is using the GO Mix and Match 6” Qube, GO! 6” Companion Set and Queen of Hearts Die sets. For the collection I wanted something that was soft and pretty without being tradition Valentine’s Day colors. Windham’s Curious Dream collection fit the bill. The group id about Alice from Wonderland and her “curious dream”. The color palate was perfect with soft peaches and teals. As a bonus feature, there were hearts printed on several of the pieces making it a perfect fir for my little quilt.



The pattern for this month’s project is free from The Whimsical Workshop. You can download the free pattern at www.TheWhimsicalWorkshop.com along with our past free patterns. We have also included traditional cutting instructions for this project in the pattern too.



For the pieced block in the quilt, I kept thing simple and used a Monkey’s Wrench Block featuring assorted dies from the GO! Qube 6” Mix and Match dies. I added a touch of white fabric to the quilt as the resting strip and break up the different peach and teal pieces.




For the applique block, I useed a combination of colors and heart sizes from the Queen of Hearts Die to add interest. The layout is centered on the Words Background square. A nice trick for this is to fold the background square into quarters and press. One you open the block, the center lines are pressed in and can be used a placement guide for the hearts.





For the finishing stitch around the hearts, I choose to use a very bright turquoise AuriFil thread that would pop off the block. Sometime thread color can look very intense on the spool. I recommend laying one piece of thread across the block to see how it looks. I tried several softer colored threads but kept coming back to this lovely turquoise. I have to say, I love the way this block came out.




Now putting it all together. For contrast, I used the darkest Teal fabric as the sashing to work as a frame around each lighter colored blocks. I used the peach words fabric for the corner stones to carry the peach color to the outer areas. This creates a nice balance of colors.



If you know me, you will know I love Polka Dots! So for the Outer Border, I made forty-four 3” Drunkard Path blocks and then I created a Polka Dot Border from them. I am thrilled how this came out. I plan on using this design feature again in the future to add interest to the borders.




                                                  
Consider this my Valentine to you. I hope you enjoy making this sweet quilt as much as I do.  I would love to see what you come up with so please send me photos of your projects!
Make sure to visit my blog each month where I will share with you some tips and tricks on cutting and assembling of the project of the month along with posting the free pattern on our website The Whimsical Workshop You can also see our pattern and post at www.accuquilt.com
Until next time…..
Heidi 


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Modern Melody Basic Quilt for Henry Glass Fabrics


Modern Melody Basics Quilt
58” x 76”
Designed by Heidi Pridemore for Henry Glass Studios
Here at The Whimsical Workshop Studios, we design 100’s of patterns a year for a large number of clients. Every once in a while one design will stand out as a favorite for me. This is the case with the Modern Melody Basics quilt we designed as a FREE pattern download for Henry Glass Fabrics. When I was sent the fabric collection to work with I thought about doing a Drunkard’s Path design and immediately planned on using my  GO! Drunkard's Path-7" Finished Die (55034) if we ever needed to make the quilt.

As it turned out this was one of the quilt designs that was selected to be made into a quilt for Quilt Market (wholesale quilt show). I followed our directions for the quilt to make the strip sets and then broke out my GO! Electric Cutter and Drunkards Path Die to cut the curved and background pieces.

Once everything was cut. I sat down to pin each arch to a background piece. I recommend a comfy chair and a good movie while doing this step! The die cut shapes have a lovely notch on each piece of the block to make aligning the pieces a breeze. You can pin as much or as little as you need. Once everything was pinned, I sat down at the machine and zipped these through.

Once I had everything sewn, I pressed the blocks. I did not need to clip the curves, they just press down flat. I choose to square up each block to measure 6 ½” square by only trimming the white sides. I have to say this is the best way to make Drunkard Path blocks and with my die cutting system it made this quilt a breeze to make.
Here are a few photos of the quilt along with close ups of the amazing quilting done by Monica Croom.



 Here is an image of the back of the quilt to really see the details.

Make sure to visit my blog each month where I will share with you some tips and tricks on cutting and assembling of the project of the month along with posting the free pattern on our website The Whimsical Workshop You can also see our pattern and post at www.accuquilt.com
Until next time…..
Heidi 

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Dragonflies and Daisies FREE Pattern


Dragonflies & Daisies
32” x 32”
Designed by Heidi Pridemore
Fall is upon us and for people in Arizona that means the end to the100 degree days. Yah! So Fall in AZ can feel a lot more like spring  does everywhere else. So this month to celebrate the cooler weather I decided to design a whimsical dragonfly table topper. I used a collection called Dragonfly Dance from Benartex Fabrics. This fabric has beautiful gold details to add elegance to the stunning artwork. I used my GO! Qube Specialty Set-Serendipity by Edyta Sitar to make the applique design and the pieced border.
The pattern for this month’s project is free from The Whimsical Workshop. You can download the free pattern at www.TheWhimsicalWorkshop.com along with our past free patterns. We have also included traditional cutting instructions for this project in the pattern too.

Here are all the dies I used for this project. I list each piece on the pattern for die-cutting and also include templates for traditional cutting. I also wanted to include an image of the die with the fabrics on top of the shapes that we are using for this project. For the die-cut shapes, I back my fabric with fusible web and cut pieces larger that the shape. Then I die-cut the shapes I need for my project.

When I design a pattern for fusible applique, I always try to include a placement drawing. You can use the placement drawing and an applique pressing sheet to assemble the pieces of the applique before positioning them on the background. An Applique pressing sheet is a Teflon coated sheet that keeps the fusible web from sticking to it. This means you can arrange the shapes on the sheet and iron them together. Any where the fusible web touches fabric, they will stick together and any where it touches the applique pressing sheet you can pull it off and the webbing will stay on the fabric.

A quick tip to remove the backing from the fusible web backed shapes, use a straight pin to scratch the paper backing on the webbing. This will create a crack and peel on the back of the shape and it is easier to remove the paper.
  

Above I am showing you how you can see the placement draw through the applique pressing sheet. I assemble one daisy at a time on the sheet and then I move the placement drawing under the applique pressing sheet to assemble the next flower. I continue until I run out of room. Then I peel off each completed shape.
To position each daisy on a corner square, I fold the square in half in both directions and press to create a center point. I use these lines to center and press the daisy in place.

                                                  

For the center bouquet, I start with the stems and leaves and press them in place on the applique pressing sheet to hold the in place and then add the daisies to the top. Once the bouquet is complete it is ready to add to the center block with the dragonflies as shown below.

Once you have all the shapes pressed to the background squares, you will need to finish the edges with a decorative stitch along the raw edges for this project I use an olive green thread on everything to make them pop.

Here is the quilt finished and ready to quilt. I hope you enjoy this month’s project. I look forward to using my topper to decorate our table after Halloween. Happy Fall!

Make sure to visit my blog each month where I will share with you some tips and tricks on cutting and assembling of the project of the month along with posting the free pattern on our website The Whimsical Workshop You can also see our pattern and post at www.accuquilt.com
Until next time…..
Heidi