Thursday, January 19, 2017

Korean patchwork bojagi - tutorial

When Marian from Seamstobesew asked me to participate in her blog hop "A Fresh Snow Hop"and show sewing with non cotton fabrics I was absolutely sure what to share with you .
This is totally different from traditional quilt - first because of fabrics and second - because of specific way of constructing the finished item.

Have you ever heard about pojagi - the Korean patchwork?
It is also known as bojagi.
When I have seen a curtain made this technique I felt in love.
I have sewn a similar curtain six years ago. The fabrics I used then was not transparent, but there is a lamp behind the curtain so the effect was the same.
Now I tried sewing pojagi with different fabrics and I am  satisfied with the result too much.

All you need is transparent fabrics. As a real quilter you have to have a lot of patience.

You might read some tutorials after Google searching or read my step by step detailed instructions.

Here is the fabric. It is fine linen specially for curtain. The good news is that both sides are the same.

Get two pieces. You have to stitch them by "french seam" - no face, no backside for the finished item.

 Before stitching them see how to place proper- with a little gap - about 1/3 inch.

In traditional piecing if you work with 1/4 inch seam allowances you need 1/2 inch extra fabric when stitch together two pieces.

It is good to know that here you must provide ONE INCH extra fabric - 1/3 inch from first fabric and 2/3 inch from second fabric.

After stitching iron as shown. First towards one side and then to make an auxiliary fold on the back.

 Now the next stitching is very easy.

 Finished look of this stage,

Keep in mind that now both side are different - one seam on the first and two seams on another.
Use different threads if want to increase the effect.
Here we don't have a quilting so contrasting thread is quite welcome.
Be brave to experiment.

 Repeat the same way with other pieces no matter the size and color. Trim the exceed if needed.

Good luck!

Don't forget to visit future participants, here is the schedule:

Jan 20
Jan 23
Jan 24
Jan 25

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

First post for 2017

Hello everyone!

Happy New Year! 
Let your reasonable dreams come true!

I wish to me to have more time to write here, because I make interesting thing, but sometimes have no time to describe them and the pictures still stay in my disk.

Have a good health, good luck and chance in 2017!


 This is my Christmas present. I made a mini patchwork and the smallest pincushion ever.

Monday, November 28, 2016

My last baby quilt - fast design and speed sewing

I have to make a baby quilt only for one day from the fabrics I have.
It seemed difficult to me - I like slow designing and sewing with touch of perfection.
This time there was no place for dreams and I had to sew fast.
It has to be 25 x 35 inches, so I realized I need 9 paper sheet A4 size.

I found a fabric with a boy and girl printed on it. It was a small piece - only 10 inches strip.
Trim around a girl and a boy and add some stripes from my leftovers.
It is easy to make with help from a sheet of paper.
Place the piece and pin.

Align a strip on the left right side together. Stitch.

Open and iron.

Repeat with next long side (the right one).
Pin both stripes and place a new strip on the bottom.

Then repeat with the top. As you see I trim the exceed fabrics after stitching.
I use scissors - no measure of 1/4 inch seam allowances.

Here is is.

On the back.

Now make the final trimming at 1/4 inch.
Easy and fast block - it take 10-15 minutes.

I made the other with a girl the same way.

Next blocks should be Stack&Whack wonky blocks from 3 pieces.
Place three rectangles of fabric and make two cuts.through all three layers.

Combine the three pieces of each layer and stitch together.

 Don't worry of uneven pieces - trim to desired size - now it was 9x6 inches.

 Repeat with other two blocks.

Here is a detail

"Let it sunshine..."
What a nice title of this quilt!

Monday, November 14, 2016

A lettter in a hexagon - tutorial

My interest in making letters has new shape - letter in hexagon.
I love making tiny things, I adore mini quilts.
Last year I have designed another Hexie alphabet.
Now I finished the new one.

Let me introduce the letter A

 The letter B.

                                                                                 The letter C.

Here is the whole alphabet. You can get the PDF pattern from ETSY or CRAFTSY.

How to do a letter...

Each letter is made first by paper piecing and then by English paper piecing.
Print  the pattern and cut the hexagons.
Set the machine stitch length to shorter than usually you sew - somewhere between 1,5 and 2.
Keep in mind - with small length you will easier tear off the paper, but if there is a need to rip a seam you will be in a trouble.

Prepare pieces for the background :
  • two pieces - 1 x 2 inches 
  • two pieces - 1 1/2 x 1 1/4 inches 
  • a small piece round 1 x 2 inches for the inside of the letter.
Use a 1/2 inch strip for the letter. It is easier to work with strip instead of small pieces.

Use a source of light - the sun, a lamp etc.
First seam will be between area 1 and area 2.
Place first piece wrong side to the paper to cover the area 1 and pin. Then place the strip right side together and repin. Keep in mind that after sewing a seam and turn over the strip, it must covers the area 2.

See how it looks like on the back side.

Sew a seam between 1 and 2 starting1-2 stitches before and ending 1-2 stitches after. If prefer make a backtitch.
Cut the strip align to the previous piece, turn over and iron.

Trim the seam allowances to less than 1/4 inch. No need to use rotary cutter - simply use a scissors.

Repeat the same steps to cover the whole letter.
Using a strip for letter is very tricky - look at the next photo.

After you position the strip you can easy control its direction.

Add the next four pieces the same way - first left and right.

Then up and down.

Now you should start and finish stitching a quarter inch wider than the paper.

This letter is one section, so it is very easy to follow the numbers.
When the letter is two sections simply paper piece the letter and then proceed from this step forward.

Now you have a finished hexagon. Trim a quarter inch seam allowances.

The front look

Tear off the paper carefully.
Place a one inch paper hexagon in the centre and make EPP the way you prefer.

Use the letters for small project, to personalize pouch, mug rugs etc.
Happy sewing!