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.
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.
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.
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...
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
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Very clear directions and lots of creative ideas. I made the placemats for the swap from her patterns. This is one of them.
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. email@example.com Her pattern is copyrighted. It is called 'Heart Smart!'
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
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...
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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...
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
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
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.
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.
I am finally DONE!!!
Thank you so much Gloria for your tutorial, you made it look sooooooo easy. It took me forever to sew this runner, but that is partly because I can`t sit longer on my sewing machine then about 15 minutes due to my back and hip acting up. I just love the way it came together and I will definatly make another one for myself.
This one is for my dear friend who suffered brain damage due to a fall and she made such remarkable recovery. Her Birthday is tomorrow and I finished it 1 hour ago...lol
Wonderful job Thea. Wasn't that tutorial great??? I love the colors you used. Did you zig-zag the circles down or just stitch close to the edge?
Got 20" of snow last night so I'll be stuck inside for a while - great time to play catch up!!!!
Holy Jumpens Barb!!!! 20" of snow...wow I don`t think it ever snowed that much up here in the North!!! Hope your Power stays on and that you are all cozy and warm with enough food in the house!! Does Norm still have to go to work tomorrow?? Stay safe!!!
Barb...I used white flannel as Batting and I used the machine blanket stitch to sew the flaps/pedals all down. Oh and the crochet hook works perfect for smoothing out the circle edges (on the inside) once the pancake is turned.
All of our power lines are underground in the area where I live. It really does make a difference when you live with trees!! We don't have another heat source either Karen but our daughter lives 5 miles from us and she has a wood stove and a generator. So if all else failed - off we would go. It has melted quite a bit today. Still about 12-15 inches on the ground.
My Momma got about 30 inches of snow in her area, no power :) took a couple days , but my sister finally got to her with the four wheel drive truck!!! so now at least she is with my sister, and they have a wood stove :) they are saying 7 - 10 days before power is restored :(
My Momma said it was very strange looking as the snow fell off of the trees. the trees are still mostly green in her area, and to see the green trees sticking up out of 30 '' of snow on the ground...very strange!!!
we had our lines underground, when we lived up north. but what connected to it was above ground, in the center of town...so we still lost power sometimes...never for as long as we have at times down here though, once had no power for 14 days!!! and it was HOT, very HOT... no ac, no running water !!! we were getting gallon jugs, bottled water from the fire dept, and we would dump them over each others heads, out in the yard to wash off a bit!!! it was not fun!!! but honestly I'd prefer that to not having power in the cold!!! no thanks !!!
I am having problems with the square section of the pattern. I followed the directions and my flaps came out flukey, then I just measured and went to see if that would be better, only they still came out awful. What is the trick to getting that middle section right so that when I sew them together it comes out ok. I followed even a step by step picture thing for Cathedral Windows and it still isn't' working, help... ugh.
I'm not following what the problem is. If you have a "round" circle to start with, and they are all the same size, and you sew them together on the drawn line, it should all work out fine.
Can you post a pic of what is happening????
Sewsassee, I didn't use Cathedral Window instructions. What I made is very different from Cathedral Windows. The end results look similar but they are quite different. Ditto what Qwilter said. Keep trying. Check out what I did again. Unless you are doing Cathedral Windows. I've never done them, yet.
Wow, thea!! I love how you put it together. I'm getting inspired again! I haven't done any sewing for about two weeks and I'm starting to twitch... Weather has been nice so I've been playing out side in my courtyard.