Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Introducing Seaside Sail

A new pattern full of “Down by the Seashore” character. 

When fellow designer for Riley Blake, Tasha Noel, designed this adorable line of fabric I knew I had to make something with it. Seaside Sail features easy applique & quick block techniques. Quilt measures 54 x 71

Life Rings, Sail Boats and Star Blocks are sweet details on this quilt.

This pattern can be made using a Border print  --- Tasha has a beautiful one in her line as shown in this quilt made by the Riley Blake Team.

Or you can use the alternate Pinwheel Block if desired in lieu of a border print.

So sail on over to the Pattern Shop and pick up your copy of this delightful pattern.
Available in PDF or Paper

Happy Sailing! - Dodi

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Aurifil Floss and a FREE Pattern!

Aurifil Floss and a FREE Pattern!

A bit back Aurifil was kind enough to send me their amazing embroidery floss in matching colors with my Enchanted Fabric line for Riley Blake. 

They are so beautiful and I love using them as they stitch like butter. And I admit I have a crush on the wooden spools. Love them! They remind me of sewing with my grandmother when I was younger. I loved to play with her spools of darning thread on the floor while she mended socks. Wow, that brings back memories.

Mama Said So Pattern available HERE

I wanted to play with these delicious threads some more, so I created this cute little Choose Happiness Squirrel embroidery just for you!  

Click to enlarge the photo and then print, or save image and then print full size 8.5 x 11.

I often run my embroidery patterns off on Sulky Fabric-Solvy. It is self-adhesive and I can put it in my printer, (laser or ink), and create the perfect diagram to stitch my design. 

While it has the firmness and feel of fabric, it easily washes away, placing no stress on the thread work. I like to run my designs off with brown ink as black sometimes tends to run, depending on your printer. It’s always good to do a test first. Use a light or draft setting on your printer. You will really like the ease of using this product with embroidery. No more hand tracing!

I also use a soft light weight flannel behind all my stitcheries when I can. It helps to hide your threads and gives your handwork a nice loft look.

I put my finished embroidered design into a hoop and I think it’s adorable!  

The thread colors are intense and just pop when stitched into a project. They are 6 strands of sheer delight and are colorfast. That is so important to me. Aurifil threads are soft and subtle and can be used with ease… I LOVE THEM! You won’t regret investing in these threads.

What are you going to make today?
 Pick up some Aurifil thread or floss and stitch away.

More from Aurifil HERE

Have a HAPPY STITCHING day!         


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Oh, Happy Day!

In July/August 2017 - Love of Quilting
Page 44....

My fun and bright and lively quilt featuring my Enchanted fabric.
Highlighted by the corresponding Aurifil thread.

Fun blocks that make for a happy happy quilt

Note that wonderful quilting by Jackie Noard, it's spectacular!

Kits are available from Fons and Porter, in the magazine or online.
You'll want one for yourself!

Grab the magazine today. :)

Monday, April 10, 2017

Binding Tutorial

A friend of mine struggles when sewing on the binding of a quilt. When she gets to the end and has to match up the two pieces, it just gives her fits. I showed her my trick, and she hasn't had a problem since! So, I thought I might share with all of you, just in case you have the same issue.

So, you get to this point when sewing on the binding to your quilt.... and you need to match up the two ends......

Step One: fold your two ends over and crease where you want them to meet. 
Finger press in place, to create a crease.

Step Two: on the left hand piece of material, draw a line with water soluble ink on along the crease you made, ON THE GOOD SIDE OF THE FABRIC.   Do the same for the right hand piece, ON THE BAD SIDE OF THE FABRIC.

Take the right hand piece of fabric and align with the left hand piece as pictured.
The line ON THE  GOOD SIDE OF THE FABRIC, lines up with the edge of the right hand piece of fabric. Putting the line ON THE BAD SIDE OF THE FABRIC along the edge of the left hand piece of fabric. (confusing, but study the picture, it makes sense)

Now, draw a line diagonally as shown, and sew on that line.

Flip it over and check your angles before trimming.
Then trim off edges at 1/4 inch.

Wa La! Perfectly lined up every time. Works like a charm!
Happy Binding!!!