Embroidering

The Vine Crooked House Pillow Directions

This pillow is made using The Vine Crooked House Block, but it can be used with any 12 1/2" center block. This is a pillow cover that is Velcroed together and can be taken off the pillow form for washing purposes.

Materials:
1 – 12 1/2" center block (The Vine Crooked House is used for this pillow.)
30” of 44” fabric for back and outside border
6” fabric for thin border
22” square thin batting (I used organic cotton)
22” muslin or light scrap fabric for backing (will be inside the pillow and not seen)
18” square pillow form
Sewing machine thread
18” – 3/4" Velcro (both loops and hooks)
Pattern for layout

Please Note: 1/2" seam allowance used throughout this project

Directions:

Cutting out fabric:
1] Cut out fabric as described below:
Back and outside border
1 – 12 ½” x 19 1/2"
1 – 12” x 19 1/2"
2 – 3 1/2" x 14 1/2"
2 3 1/2" x 19 1/2"
Thin border
2 – 2” x 12 1/2"
2 – 2” x 14 1/2"
Batting
1 – 22” x 22”
Quilt Backing
1 – 22” x 22”

Piecing Top:
2] Sew the two 2” x 12 1/2” thin border pieces to the two sides of your center block piece. Press seams open.

3] Sew the two 2” x 14 1/2" thin border pieces to the top and bottom of your center block piece. Press seams open.

4] Sew the two 3 1/2" x 14 1/2" wide border pieces to the two sides of your block. Press seams.

5] Sew the two 3 1/2" x 19 1/2” wider border pieces to the top and bottom of your block. Press seams.


Quilting Top:
(Quilt the pillow top as desired or follow the suggestions below.)
6] Lay out the quilt backing. Place the batting on top of it. Then place the finished front on top of the batting, right side showing.

7] Pin in place before quilting.

8] Quilt your center block piece. (Refer to The Crooked Vine Block for suggestions on how to quilt that piece.)

9] Quilt a 1/4" away from the seam that attaches the thin border thecenter block and the thin border to the wide border.

10] Add buttons or other embellishments now.

11] Trim away excess backing and batting.

Pillow Back:
12] Fold a 19 1/2” edge of one of the pillow back pieces under 2” to the wrong side and iron. Do the same for the other back piece.

13] On one of the pillow back pieces, position the Velcro loops 1/4" from a folded edge. This should be on the back of the fabric. Sew close to the Velcro edge around all 4 sides of the Velcro.

14] On the other pillow back piece, position the Velcro hooks 1/4" from the folded edge. This should be on the frong of the fabric. Sew close to the Velcro edge around all 4 sides of the Velcro.

15] Carefully attach the 2 sides by sticking the Velcro together. Your pillow back should measure exactly 19 1/2" x 19 1/2". Reposition the Velcro pieces if necessary until you achieve the 19 1/2" square.

16] With right sides together, pin the pillow back to the pillow front. Sew the 4 edges. Turn the pillow right side out.

17] Insert the 18” pillow form and Velcro shut.

Note about patterns: We are sharing patterns we have designed and made for our own children, families and friends. Every effort is made to share information in a clear and accurate manner. We offer preemptive apologies for any mistakes that may be made. Please let us know via comments or emails if you stumble upon a mistake or if you encounter directions that leave your scratching your head! We will rectify the situation as soon as humanly possible!

 

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Tree Stump Applique Block

 
 

Well, it finally happened... I've begun to yearn for spring. And, of course, with spring comes flowers! My mind has been meandering through the woods and my gardens. So, after designing the tree stump, I needed to surround it with flowers! While going through various embroidery stitches, I came upon a woven spider's wheel stitch that is new to me. I'm in love with this stitch. If you "weave" it enough, it takes on a lovely 3 dimensional look. It has the look of a tightly packed peony or rose. Very cute and tons of fun to make! (I'm sure you'll be seeing a lot more of this stitch!)

If you haven't checked it out lately, Michelle has been adding stitches to our glossary. Our glossary is NOT a how-to, per se, but rather a pictorial representation of the stitches. I love the large illustrations she has been doing. So hopefully in the future, when we introduce a new stitch, it will be available in our glossary.

Hope you like our new applique and find many uses for it. As always, it was designed on a 6" x 6" block but can be enlarged or reduced to meet your needs. The pattern is available in our FREE Applique Data Base and you can get it here. Enjoy!

Note about patterns: We are sharing patterns we have designed and made for our own children, families and friends. Every effort is made to share information in a clear and accurate manner. We offer preemptive apologies for any mistakes that may be made. Please let us know via comments or emails if you stumble upon a mistake or if you encounter directions that leave your scratching your head! We will rectify the situation as soon as humanly possible!
 
Copyright © Wee Folk Art 2008 - 2009. All rights reserved.

The Vine Crooked House Block Directions

Please Note: Throughout this project you will find many hints. They will help you complete the project.

Important: The pattern pieces DO NOT have a seam allowance included. You MUST add a 1/4” seam allowance BEFORE you cut out the pattern pieces.

Materials:
Fabric scraps – 5 colors, light to medium weight cotton or cotton blends
Felt scraps – white and second color (Note: If you plan to wash this project do not use wool felt as it will shrink and the color may bleed. Chose instead a high quality synthetic felt.)
Embroidery floss for quilting
Buttons – 1 for the doorknob, 1for the flower center, and 1 cat button for the window.
Eyelet Lace - for the flower head
Thread – for sewing machine or hand sewing
Pattern
(You will need a thin batting and backing but the size will depend on how you plan to finish the block. Wee Folk Art will include patterns for a pillow, a tote bag and a banner. Fabric and batting requirements necessary to complete those projects will be included in those patterns.)

Note: Because there are many little pieces in this pattern, exact measurements are necessary.

Directions:

Preparing the pattern:
1] Make copies of the pattern pieces. (Hint: It is helpful to print the pattern on card stock since these will be used as templates and the heavier weight will make it easier to trace.

2] Cut out the pattern pieces, your templates, carefully. You will use these to trace the pattern on your fabric.

Cutting out your fabric:
3] Turn your fabric so the wrong side is showing. Place templates right side down on the fabric for tracing. (You should be looking at the back of the fabric and the back of a template.)

4] Trace your template on the back of the fabric. Make sure you mark the fabric using a pencil or marker that is colorfast or especially designed to “disappear” over time, and does not show through to the front of the fabric. Make sure the template does not move. You want your trace to be accurate.

5] After you are done tracing a piece you MUST add a seam allowance. Traditionally, quilters use a 1/4" seam allowance. (Hint: Special tools are designed to make this easier. I use a Quilt Seam Guide which is a 12” long acrylic 1/4" square rod which you can lay along a seam and mark a perfect 1/4" seam. A must have for quilters!) Mark a 1/4" seam allowance on all edges. This will be used as your cutting line, and the template marks will be used as your stitching lines.

6] Cut out the pieces as follows:
Color A (sky) – 1, 3, 4, 10
Color B (house) – 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14
Color C (grass) – 15
Color D (roof) – 2
Color E (windows and door) – 6, 8, 13
White felt (cloud) - 16
Felt (flower center) - 17
Eyelet Lace - 8"

7] Following the Basic Layout in your pattern, layout the pieces.

 


Piecing the block – Refer to Basic Layout on Pattern
(Hint: When sewing the pieces together it is imperative to maintain accurate seams. I found this trick to work for me: (Refer to illustrations on your pattern.)
Step 1: Place right sides together. Begin at an outside corner. Stick a pin through the front fabric corner (illustration 1a) then make sure it goes exactly through the corner of the back fabric (illustration 1b).
Step 2: Do the same for the other corner. (illustration 2)
Step 3: When placing the rest of the pins, go through the seam line on the front fabric making sure it goes through the line on the back fabric. If necessary, gently ease the fabric to fit between the 2 corners. (illustration 3)
Step 4: When you sew the seam, start at the edge of the fabric, not the corner, and sew off the outer edge. (illustration 4)
This should help ensure accuracy throughout the piecing.)

Row 1:
8] With right sides together sew piece 1 to piece 2. (Note: There are circles with numbers in them on each template which indicates which pattern piece, or pieces, that seam is meant to attach to. (Note: the placement of the numbers does not necessarily line up with the actual pattern pieces. It's just used to denote which pieces should be touching.) 

9] Iron seam. (Note: When quilting, seams should not be ironed opened but rather ironed to one side together. This helps make the piece stronger.)

10] Attach to piece 3 and iron seam.

Row 2:
11] Sew pieces together as follows:
House Row 1:
5 to 6, 6 to 7, 7 to 8, 8 to 9. Press seams
House Row 2:
Piece 11 does not attach to anything at this point
House Row 3:
12 to 13, 13 to 14. Press seams

12] Sew House Row 1 to House Row 2, then House Row 2 to House Row 3. Press seams.

13] Sew pieces 4 and 10 to house. Press seams.

Row 3:
14] Row 3 is a single piece.

15] Sew Row 1 to Row 2 and Row 2 to Row 3. Press seams.

16] Your block is now pieced. It should measure 12 1/2" x 12 1/2".


Embellishments

Vine:
17] Using the pattern as a guide transfer the vine to the house. Embroider as follows:
Stem – stem stitch using 6 strands floss
Leaf – disconnected stem stitch using 6 strands floss
Flowers – lazy daisy stitch using 6 strands floss
Buds – French stitch using 6 strands floss


Flower:

18] Turn under both edges of eyelet lace 1/2" and iron.

19] Using a small running stitch close to the unfinished edge, sew across the top.

20] Pull thread tightly to gather lace. Tie off so the lace stays tightly gathered. Do not cut the thread. Using a blind stitch sew the 2 edges of the lace together to make a circle.

21] Using the pattern as a guide, stem stitch the stem using 6 strands of floss and add leaves using a detached chain stitch.

22] Using the pattern as a guide, place eyelet flower on stem with right side up. Place the round flower center on the flower, and position a button in the middle. Securely sew the button on going through the round flower center and the eyelet flower.

Cloud:
23] Using the pattern piece #3 as a guide, position the cloud in the sky and pin in place. Blanket stitch the cloud to the sky using 6 strands of floss.


Buttons:

The button on the door and the cat button will be sewn on after you have quilted your piece. Refer to pattern for placement.

Quilting the Block:
Decide on how you wish to finish your block. Wee Folk Art will have instructions for setting the Crooked House blocks in a pillow, a tote bag and a banner. You may decide to finish it in a different way. But the quilting of the block will remain the same. You will need your finished block, a thin batting (I use an organic cotton batting) and a backing. Exact sizes will vary depending on how you finish the block.

I have included an illustration of how I quilted my block, but the choice is yours. Because the block is “busy”, I wanted my quilting to be subtle. To quilt I used 3 strands of floss in colors that matched my material. This gave the block dimension without creating extra detail. But have fun with your choices and make it uniquely your own!

CAUTION: If you are making this for a child under 3 years old, do not use buttons. They are a choke hazard. Instead, embroider or appliqué the doorknob, flower center and cat.

Note about patterns: We are sharing patterns we have designed and made for our own children, families and friends. Every effort is made to share information in a clear and accurate manner. We offer preemptive apologies for any mistakes that may be made. Please let us know via comments or emails if you stumble upon a mistake or if you encounter directions that leave your scratching your head! We will rectify the situation as soon as humanly possible!

 

www.WeeFolkArt.com

Copyright © Wee Folk Art 2008-2009. All rights reserved. All photos, text and patterns are copyright protected. You may not copy, reproduce or redistribute any material found on WeeFolkArt.com without written permission. KM Projects retains all rights. All projects, patterns and directions are meant for your personal use and neither the patterns nor completed projects may be used for personal gain.

The Vine Crooked House Pillow - Part 1

Early last week I shared a photo of The Crook House banner I made. In the next few weeks I will be sharing directions for making the three blocks and the banner. I thought it might be fun to show some other ways you could use these blocks. I have turned the first block, The Vine Crooked House into a 18" pillow. Today I am sharing the pattern and directions for making this first block and the pillow.

This pillow was made for Pixie and Fairy's room. There was some dispute over whose pillow it was, so I'll probably be making a second one soon!  Enjoy!

Directions for making the center block can be found HERE.

Directions for making the pillow using the center block can be found HERE.

Crooked House Update

The expression "bitten off more than you can chew" must have been coined by some cockeyed optimist that took on a project that was far more complex than she anticipated! Yikes! I've never designed a pattern for anything this complex before. When I made my crooked house, I winged it. Far more complicated trying to duplicate it for others to make. I'll just say it's been a learning experience... but in a good way. 

I was hoping to have the pattern posted today, but I don't see that happening! I'm getting close, though, and I'm very happy with the way things are going. I have the pattern pieces designed and they're ready to be made into a PDF, but I still need to write up directions. Also, I'm turning this first piece into a pillow, which requires quilting, and I'm not done with that yet, either. PLUS, I need to write up directions for making the pillow. Did I say YIKES already? Anyway, the grandbabies were over today and I had the partially completed pillow, as seen above, pinned to a walling hanging quilt. The kiddos took one look at it and said, "Gammy, that's soooo beautiful." The girls were thrilled to know it was going in their room. (And this is why we do it!)  As expected, my grandson then asked, "What are you making me?" And so it goes!

I will have a little time to myself this weekend, so I'm hoping to get it finished for Monday, or at least the beginning of next week. Look for it then.   

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