Late Adulthood- Needle Craft

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    Patchwork

    Patchwork in different shapes and size appear on many early American quilt. Even today

    it is afashion. This particular one is based on the eight-point Lone Star design. It will

    brighten your sitting room or study room. If you are using simple patchwork, plan your

    design on a paper with pencils before beginning your work.

    Materials

    y Tracing Papery Thin Cardy Blue velvet Fabric or any type of fabricy 12.5 x20cm/5x8 in peach velvet fabricy 12.5x20cm/5x8 in light green velvet fabricy 20x40cm/8x16in backing papery Tacking (Basting) thready Matching sewing thready Dried herbs or cottony Buttony Pencily Scissorsy Dressmaker's Scissorsy Rulery Needley Irony Dressmaker's pins

    Procedure to make a patchwork sachet:

    Trace diagonal, square, and triangle shaped designs. Cut eight diamonds, four squares and four

    triangles on a thin card. Use your templates to trace the correct number of shapes onto the

    lengthwise grain of each fabric. Add a (6mm)1/4 inch seam allowance and cut out four light

    green and four peach diamonds, four blue squares and four blue triangles from fabric. Cut the

    backing paper of the same shape of the templates. Place these backing paper of each shape,

    turn the joint over the paper, folding at the points, tack in place.

    Stitch one piece of peach and green diamond together along one edge, then sew a blue

    square at a right angle. Make four of these units and join together all these units in such a

    way that the square pieces comes at the four edges, so that it looks like a star. Sew the blue

    triangles on to the remaining spaces to complete the square. Iron lightly and remove all thetacking threads.

    Cut a 19cm/71/2 in square from the remaining blue fabric and

    iron a 5mm/1/4in seam evenly all round. With wrong sides together, pin this square to the

    patch work and overstitch around the outside edge leaving a 7.5cm/3 in gap on one side. Fil l

    with herbs or cotton and sew up the opening. Finish off by sewing a button to the centre of

    the star.

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    Bricks and Cobblestones Quilt

    Quilt Fabrics

    Choose bright geometrics, dots, stripes, tone on tones and small prints. The block examples on page

    3 and page 4 are made with a tone-on-tone for either fabric #1or fabric #2, and a print for the other

    fabric in the block. Refer to the quilt block diagrams on page 2 for assembly schematics.

    One of our community members wrote to suggest using noodles for this quilt block. What a great idea-- thank you Sally!

    Cobblestone Quilt Blocks

    Each cobblestone is 61/2" X 61/2" unfinished (before sewing to neighbors)

    y Fabric 1: cut one 2-1/2" X 2-1/2" squarey Fabric 2: cut two 2-1/2" X 2-1/2" square,y and cut two 2-1/2" X 6-1/2" rectanglesBrick Quilt Blocks

    Each cobblestone is 6-1/2" X 12-1/2" unfinished (before sewing to neighbors)

    y Fabric 1: cut one 2-1/2" X 8-1/2" rectangley Fabric 2: cut two 2-1/2" X 2-1/2" squaresy and cut two 2-1/2" X 12-1/2" rectanglesRemember to use two different fabrics per block if you want to make a quilt like the one inthe photo above. For example, if you choose a tone-on-tone for Fabric 1, choose a brightprint for Fabric 2.

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    Assemble the Cobblestone Quilt Blocks

    1. Gather fabrics set aside for a Cobblestone quilt block. Sew a 2-1/2" Fabric 2 square to oppositesides of a 2-1/2" Fabric 1 square. Press seam allowances either direction.

    2. Sew a Fabric 2 rectangle to each long edge of the row you assembled in Step 1. Press seamallowances either direction.

    3. Repeat to make additional cobblestone blocks.Assemble the Brick Quilt Block

    1. Gather fabrics set aside for a Brick quilt block. Sew a 2-1/2" Fabric 2 square to each short side ofthe 2-1/2" x 8-1/2" Fabric 2 rectangle. Press seam allowances either direction.

    2. Sew a 2-1/2" x 12-1/2" Fabric 2 rectangle to each long edge of the row you assembled in Step 1.Press seam allowances either direction.

    3. Repeat to make additional brick blocks.

    Two cobblestones and one brick quilt block.

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    Endless Stairs Quilt Block Pattern

    Materials Required for One BlockBlue fabric: (1) 3" x 19" strip. This can be a medium to adark. The fabric should definitely read as blue, and can be a print, a tone on tone or a mottled fabric.Do not use large multicolor prints that appear to be a mix of several colors from a distance. Blueshould be dominant.

    My blue is somewhat directional, but works okay for this block. Please avoid stripes.

    Neutral: (1) 2" x 19" strip. This can also be a print, a tone on tone or a mottled fabric, but the sameguidelines apply -- creamy neutrals, white, even gray -- but the neutral should rule. The print I usedin the example block is actually a creamy neutral color, not yellow, but my photos are a bit off.See page 3 for more examples, and pages 4 and 5 for layout ideas.

    Refer to the guidelines for the number of blocks you can enter in the event, and for info aboutduplicates. But in general, please do not make two identical blocks. However, you can use the sameblue fabric with a different neutral, and the same neutral with a different blue.

    Cutting strips from the longest edge of a fat quarter produces strips slightly longer than necessary,but offers plenty of squaring-up room.

    1. Sew your strips together lengthwise as shown. Press seam allowance towards the blue fabric.2. Square up one end of the strip set and then cut (4) 4-1/2" segments from it.

    Sew the Endless Stairs Quilt Block

    1. Arrange the four block segments into two rows as shown, left.2. Sew the components of the top and bottom rows together, center photo. Press seam allowance

    toward the unpieced panels (blue for top row, cream for bottom).

    3.

    Join the rows, butting the center seams for a perfect match and making sure all other edges arealigned. Press. The quilt block should measure 8-1/2" x 8-1/2".

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    Patchwork Quilt

    InstructionsThings You'llNeedy Measuring tapey Large basket (optional)y Fabricy Colored pencils or markers

    1Decide on the finished size of your project right from the start. Measure the bed orthe space where you are going to put your patchwork quilt. The bigger and more

    complex your project is, the longer it will take to complete. Write your measurementsdown. How thick do you want your quilt to be---heavy and warm for the winter or light

    and cool for a summer room? Batting specially made for quilting is available in a widerange of sizes and types.

    2

    Creating a color scheme is essential to any design plan. A traditional patchwork quilt is

    made of fabric squares in many colors, arranged to appeal. Try taking a large basketand filling it up with patchwork squares and swatches of fabric. Include a few small

    objects with interesting color or texture. Take the basket to your work table andevaluate your choices. Look for combinations of color that are pleasing and/or suited toyour decorating scheme. Try arranging two or more colors or several shades of thesame color together. Strive to establish a continuity of color that will carry throughout

    the completed quilt.

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    3

    Selecting same or similar kinds of fabrics is important to good design. Cotton, muslinand linen are the most durable. Is your quilt going to be used frequently? Avoid

    stretchy or lightweight fabrics.

    4

    Deciding on the size of your patches makes a difference in the amount of sewing that

    you will be doing. If you enjoy sewing, you might use small, 2 inch squares. Be sure toadd an extra to inch seam allowance to the sides of each patch when cuttingthem. Try embroidering some solid color, plain squares if you like to embroider. Do youeven want the patches to be square? Traditional patchwork quilts include triangle andrectangular shapes, too.

    5Consider how you will quilt your project. A patchwork design is traditionally quilted(sewn) in a grid-type pattern following the edges of the squares or groups of squares.

    Block pattern designs, available in many books and online, are a form of stylized

    patchwork. Small pieces in many shapes are combined to make a larger square orblock. Quilting templates and patterns are also available if you choose not to follow thegrid pattern.

    6

    Determine your focal point. Good patchwork quilt design includes a focal point. Think

    about the elements already discussed. Often, the focal point is a quilter's favorite partof the process or her strongest skill. Do you enjoy sewing a lot of tiny pieces together?If so, use smaller squares. If you would like a more complex quilting pattern, you willneed to buy or make a template for sketching the design on your top patchwork panel.If color matching is your focal point or your strongest skill, make your color scheme thefocal point of your project.

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    Sketch your patchwork quilt ideas on paper, and make a design plan. Sketch an outlineof the completed quilt and plot measurements for the sides (with and without a seamallowance). If you plan to include a border, include those measurements in yourdrawing. On a separate sheet of paper, draw a grid scaled to the finished project todetermine how many squares you need in each row and column to suit your

    measurements. Use color pencils or markers to plan an effective color design.

    8Decide what type of backing you

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