I used this fabric to make a One Block Wonder quilt. I was very happy with the finished quilt top however the white highlights on the acorns stuck out like a sore thumb and since the similar blocks are clustered together when making a One Block Wonder the white was more prominent than it was in the fabric. Problems need solutions so what I did was use a Sakura Pigma Brush (it is like the Sakura Pigma pens only it has what looks like a felt tip so it gives more ink coverage) and I gently ran it over the white highlights.
In the picture below the acorns is the upper left corner have not been altered. The acorns in the lower right corner have had brown ink applied to them.
This is the quilt. I think is looks rich and elegant....maybe a bit like a Persian carpet or a paisley.
These are some of the blocks which had a lot of acorns. The white has been softened with the brown ink so that they are much better.
And the corner with a mitred corner - I used my sneaky mitred corner technique (you'll find it under Tips and Tutorials). I also touched up the acorns in the border fabric and on the binding!
You can also use this same technique if you've quilted with a light coloured quilting thread and have inadvertently strayed onto a darker fabric. If the quilting thread is noticeable simply take a fabric marking pen in a colour that works with your fabric and gently touch the quilting thread to mute the colour. You don't want to hold the pen on the thread because it will wick up the ink - just lightly touch the stitches to soften the colour.
Well I've got some good news for you! The English paper piecing and foundation pieced hexagon instruction manuals that I've been promising should be posted tomorrow! The first is titled Easier Than Pie - English Paper Piecing for Beginners. The second is titled Easier Than Pie and Beyond - Where Foundation Piecing Meets English Paper Piecing. Here are some foundation pieced hexagons to tempt you!
I will also be posting Master Hexagon Templates for your use. You will be able to print or copy what you need and then cut them out. I prefer to cut out my own hexagons because precuts can get expensive if I am making a large quilt.
I hope you'll enjoy the instruction manuals and the templates and if you want to post a link my blog so that others can access my instructions that would be terrific!
Until I post again, happy sewing!
Your kaleidoskopquilt Looks so, so wonderful.ReplyDelete
Änderungen i Love your hexies.
Thank you Grit! And I love your La Passion quilt!Delete
The tip with the felt marker is a great one. I have used it withReplyDelete
success. I did not realize there was a brush, that would be handy.
The brush tip is fabulous and it works really well for larger areas. I like the small hard tipped pens for touching up odd stitch that has strayed onto dark fabric.Delete
Wowo, that quilt looks amazing! Can't believe you fussy cut the whole thing out of the same fabric, so awesome! I've also used markers to 'photoshop' fabric. Especially when you have digital prints and there was a lint and it left a white spot.ReplyDelete
Thanks Lia! One Block Wonders are fun because a single fabric is transformed into something unique. There's a lot of pressing involved but it is work the effort!Delete
Great idea for photo shopping fabric.
Brilliant idea about the pigma brush! I shall remember that.ReplyDelete
I am totally in love with your red quilt, it is just delicious. I fell in love with a similar fabric last year, but did not buy any, as I had no idea what to do with it. I wish I'd known about this quilt at the time.
I am looking forward to your manual, it is very generous of you to share all your knowledge and templates.
I am not very good on design, so what would really help me, would be if you could talk about how you combine all the blocks and how to go about designing and laying out a quilt idea. I'd love to try making all your hexy blocks, but don't know if I could put them all together.
Hi Kath! I'll work on putting something together to help with design when it comes to using hexagons. I agree that it can be a challenge deciding what to do when you have a stack of hexagons and don't know what to do. It will take some time and lots of thought to prepare instructions but I'll work on it!Delete
Karen, your acorn quilt looks like kaleidoscope, it´s so nice.ReplyDelete
I´m looking forward to manual too, your ideas are so usefull.
Thanks Lenka - I love that red quilt too!Delete
I hope the hexagon manuals will be helpful!
What a gorgeous quilt! Love it. Now as to those manuals - are they still available?ReplyDelete
Off to check.