Monday, 10 September 2012

Back to School basics

When Kerry and I agreed to do a Back to School set, we landed upon a couple of basics.  Pencils and hi-liters.  Kerry's pencils sew up like a dream and are quick, easy and so effective!  I really had a hard time deciding on the fabrics to use for the ones I made.

We both made a version of Lisa's pencil case, pattern here.  Thank you Lisa for allowing us to do that!  I love how Kerry's pencil case is so her; delicate, sweet, and girly.

For our Back to School set, Kerry has included patterns for the pencil wheel block and a single pencil.  She also will be putting up a tutorial here for how to trace and embroider your own message for the center of the pencil wheel.  Also included are my hi-liters, capped and uncapped, and the basic instructions to make this block

Happy back to school!

Tips- Tracing text for embroidery

When you want to embroider a little text- a name or  special word onto your block or project, you don't want to spend too much time worrying about how the letters will fit or if you can get them to flow in a line or look like handwriting.  For our new pattern set, 'Back to School', I wanted to sew the word Liberty in the centre circle of the Pencil Wheel quilt block.   This block is similar to a dresden and has a centre appliqu├ęd circle.
The finished circle size as 2.5" diameter so I drew a circle in Word and added a text box in the centre.  I chose a stitchy handwriting text which is widely available as a free font.  Adjust the font to the size you want, you could even make it darker using  bold so it will show through more.  I then printed the motif and placed it under the centre circle fabric.  You can see this is untrimmed and larger than the printed circle.  This allows you to have room to handle it whilst you embroider, you can trim down when your stitching is done.  Place the paper under the fabric and trace with a disappearing or washable fabric marker.  I used a Sewline fabric pencil and sketched very lightly.  Now you can embroider away!
You do need to be using a lighter background fabric for this to work, but it is a great way to get a particular style of letters on to your fabric ready to sew.


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