pancakes, circles, hearts and 'oh, my'

Oracle , AZ(Zone 8b)

thunder asked about directions for the 'hearts'. This is how it came about...... In 2006 or so Fons and Porter did an episode that had a Peek-A-Boo crib quilt in it. 900 series #905. I was enchanted and had to try it. Haven't finished it yet of course...... Here is what I did. Made a pattern from a saucer of the size I thought would work, traced it on the back of my focal fabric, layered focal fabric, backing, and batting, sewed all around on the line. Yes, all around. Trim close to stitching. Made a paper pattern same size, folded it in fourths, drew a line from point to point making a square pattern. Using the square pattern to determine where to draw a line to show where to make the slit in focal fabric for turning. Slash just the focal fabric. You may have to to use a pin to lift the fabric away from the backing.

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Oracle , AZ(Zone 8b)

Turn the 'pancake' inside out. The purple thang works really well for turning, or a crochet hook or what ever you have. You can sew a bunch of pancakes and turn them while you're watching tv. Press, trying to get a nice circle. Using the square pattern, mark your stitching line. Take another 'pancake', putting back sides together so it looks like you just have one pancake, sew them together.

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Oracle , AZ(Zone 8b)

What you want to do is to have the 'turning slit' to the outside of the stitching line, so that when you turn down the 'lip' and sew it in place the slit will be hidden. It is so cool and fun.

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Oracle , AZ(Zone 8b)

I have a lot of brights and kid stuff, which I like ,too! I think I used a button hole stitch here to sew the lips down. We all have lots of decorative stitches on our machines so finding a good one should not be a problem.

Oracle , AZ(Zone 8b)

Oops, forgot the photo. As I mentioned before before, I got this from Fons and Porter's 900 Series. I have no idea how big this particular quilt is going to be whenever I finish it. I'll know when it gets there.... I thought I had another photo but it seems I had the camera on video...... sigh....

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Oracle , AZ(Zone 8b)

I made a couple of cat quilts from leftovers. I used a bigger circle and just two fabrics. Just thing of the possibilities!

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Oracle , AZ(Zone 8b)

Another one with just two fabrics

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Oracle , AZ(Zone 8b)

Several years ago I ran into a gal name Charlie at a Rusty Barn Show in Tucson. She has taken the pancake idea even further. She calls it "Less Than Traditional". She has a book and several different patterns. Very cool lady. Any way, she has a quilt shop in Las Cruces, New Mexico, called Quilters Haven. Web site www.quiltershaven.net
e-mail quiltingwithcharlie@msn.com phone (505)526-9960
Very clear directions and lots of creative ideas. I made the placemats for the swap from her patterns. This is one of them.

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Oracle , AZ(Zone 8b)

Another one. I keep experimenting with color placement.

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Oracle , AZ(Zone 8b)

And then, I took a class for this one with a gal named Donna Sylvia at the quilt shop where I worked. She has even taken the idea further....` This one is a bit more complicated. I did not use any batting for this one. Isn't it great? I have a big stash of reds so I used reds and black. Any color looks great. I only have an e-mail address for her. She used to live here in Az. but I believe she has moved. hpsdjs_28@msn.com Her pattern is copyrighted. It is called 'Heart Smart!'

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Oracle , AZ(Zone 8b)

a close up

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(Barb) Manchester, NH(Zone 5a)

Looks so much like Cathedral Window pattern. I really like it Gloria....

Ottawa, ON(Zone 5a)

Gloria, thank you so so much for the tutorial!! I really love the effect of the folded fabric...that childrens quilt is beautiful and so are the placemats!!
Another Pattern added to my "OMG-I have to make this" List!!!

You do such amazing work gloria thank you for sharing!!
Love and Hugs Thea

Oracle , AZ(Zone 8b)

Thanks Barb and Thea. As I was taking the photos I saw in one of my stacks of halloween fabric some that would be perfect for the pancakes! I must go and mark and cut and make the lint fly!!! I'll keep you posted.....

(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI(Zone 5a)

Oh remember a while back we had one like this made of Denim circles and flannel squares? There is a rotary circle cutter that makes easy work of cutting the circles.

I can't remember what that one was called but I'll try to find it by looking in old threads.

(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI(Zone 5a)

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/814015/

This is the thread.

Orlando, FL(Zone 9a)

Thank you for this wonderful thread. That was so cool. I'm still a little lost as to how you managed to get a heart shape out of it, but my days a little crazy so yeah, I will look at it again when I am more alert, lol.

(tish) near Atlanta, GA(Zone 7b)

Thanks so much for sharing this idea pattern and showing the "how to"! I had seen this pattern in some books or magazines I have but I didn't take the time to see how it was put together....I thought the curves would be too hard for me to work with at the time, I had no idea it wasn't difficult at all. Well,I guess the ironing a good circle is the tricky part, ha. Your projects are just lovely.

(thunder)Wildwood, FL(Zone 9a)

AWESOME Gloria !!! thank you for showing us your beautiful work !!!! the hearts are spiffy, but oh my !! I love the bright one ^_^
I have about fifty denim circles cut, and some flannel squares...another quilt on my "OMG-I have to make this" List!!! and will have to add one of these now too!!!
I used a paint can lid to trace my circles.
I have jeans from all my boys, and the hubs!! and Flannel shirts from all of them, and my step dad.....If I ever get it done...It will be MINE, and it will be full of lots of love, and I will be getting hugs from all the men in my life!!!

Oracle , AZ(Zone 8b)

siliolegma, I checked out the thread you mentioned and in post #6963289 by Tullulah is the 'Charlie' I mentioned. In her "Got Scraps?'" she uses a four patch for the back circle, which makes for a really colorful backing. There are so many different looks you can get with this method. I like to use all the various scraps of batting I have, if they are the same thickness.
Thunder, one of the days, I'm going to make a bright hearts wall hanging. (If I live long enough....) Your denim quilt sounds like it will be full of love and memories. A very good thing.

Orlando, FL(Zone 9a)

What does the back look like?

Oracle , AZ(Zone 8b)

Which back? The hearts or the placemats? I know, I'll show both. Placemat first.

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Oracle , AZ(Zone 8b)

Now the hearts. This really is the back.....

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Whitsett, NC(Zone 8a)

Oh, man . . . another project to give a try!

Orlando, FL(Zone 9a)

WOW! Ok, I'm impressed. I need to make one of these.

Fleming Island, FL(Zone 9a)

So what does the front of the hearts look like?

Oracle , AZ(Zone 8b)

quilter, check a previous post. Just scroll up and you'll find it. ;-)

Fleming Island, FL(Zone 9a)

So the front & back look the same? THe pic above (10 from top) looks the same as the pic of the bck above.

Oracle , AZ(Zone 8b)

Almost the same, except the front shows the 'lips' sewn down. The close up shows that just a bit. There is no batting in this one so it lays really flat. Maybe this pic will help. This is a foursy, four pancakes sewn together. Two of the pancakes are half red and half black and when put together right, TADA! a heart! When you turn it over you have a heart there also. Hope this helps.

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Fleming Island, FL(Zone 9a)

Wow a reversible quilt!!!!! That is neat how it all goes together.

Orlando, FL(Zone 9a)

Ok, another question, lol, sorry. I am trying to make sure I understand this pattern. Am I taking two completely finished (as in sewn front, batting, back) circles and sewing them together so I basically have two fronts, two backs? or am I sewing one front with a different back and then doing the square? Oh my, I think I got myself confused again when I typed that. Oh boy. I guess I'm trying to figure out if it's two completely finished circles being sewn to each other or one completely finished circle and then I do the square part? Help...

Ottawa, ON(Zone 5a)

Bev...have a look here http://www.fonsandporter.com/videos_loq_series_900.html
then go to episode 905

that is the program Gloria was talking about.

I am in the middle of making a tablerunner for a friend with this pattern. I cut the template from a thin cutting board from the dollarstore. Right now I am in the middle of sewing the circles...to sew a near perfect circle it helps to sew nice and slow and pivet slightly every 6 stitches on a stich lenght of 2.5

Hope this helps you a bit

(tish) near Atlanta, GA(Zone 7b)

Has anyone tried that curve master sewing machine foot? I seen it for sale on ebay, there is also a video of how it works. It is supposed to make sewing curves and circles easier. Even though curves are a little tricky, as much sewing as I've done, I didn't think I'd need a speciality foot for curves,..but I was wondering if anyone had experience with this foot. I imagine after making several circles, it would get a little easier and faster. I do love the look of these quilt blocks. tish

Fleming Island, FL(Zone 9a)

I have a quide on my machine. So you use a square of fabric. Sent the radius on an arm that attaches to my foot. The other end has a pin that goes thru the fabric and into a hole in the machine bed. and you just sew. The arm and that pin make a perfect circle. Can make circles from 1" to something rather large.

(tish) near Atlanta, GA(Zone 7b)

I have heard of that attachment. I know its an accessory that is available for my machine, but I would have to buy it separately. It does sound really easy though...have you used it yourself? When sewing a LOT of circles, easy would be very good.

So who draws a circle and sews on the line and who cuts out circles and sews along the edge?

Just wondering. Cause I'm thinking of making this - table runner first cause it will be smaller to see how I'd want a whole quilt - I like that 4 block patchwork on the back from the older post.

tish

Orlando, FL(Zone 9a)

Thea thanks for the video link I will go check it out. As for feet attachments, I didn't even know they had such a thing. And I am the cut on the line sew on the edge kind of girl.

(thunder)Wildwood, FL(Zone 9a)

Someone ??? did say they bought one of those curve master sewing feet and said they loved it, but I can not remember who??

I have not done any of these, but plan on it. I will draw the circle, and sew on the line

(Barb) Manchester, NH(Zone 5a)

Qwilter said she has one and loves it.... I'll ask Santa for the foot!!!!!

Fleming Island, FL(Zone 9a)

The foot for sewing curves (Drunkards Path type piecing) doesn't help when sewing a circle.

(Barb) Manchester, NH(Zone 5a)

Thanks for the heads up Jean. I guess Santa will need to bring me something else!!!

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