Monday, August 3, 2015

Selvage Along: Feather Tutorial

Today's tutorial was inspired by this pin I found--someone using selvages for an Anna Maria Horner Feather Bed pattern!  I've used the feather pattern for many mini quilts, but I've always given them away.  This time I chose colors and layout for the wall space above the window in my sewing room.

Selvage feather using the AMH Feather Bed pattern

Before I get to my tutorial, let me first say I'm basically repeating Meredith from Olivia Jane's method, with some changes and instructions for working with selvages.  If you are just going to use regular fabric, go check out her tutorial!  Also, you will need to go get the AMH Feather Bed pattern, and will need her instructions for putting together the blocks.

Instructions: For best results, read through ALL instructions before starting!

First cut 16-24 pieces of selvages to 12" long--this length will give you 4 feathers.  The number of selvages you will end up needing depends on how wide you trim your selvages.  I almost always cut mine 1" past the white part of the selvages and used 10 strips for one side and only 8 strips for the other side.

12" selvages

Next, press your selvages flat, I recommend using some spray starch too.

Selvages ready to sew!

Here's my pile of selvages I chose for these feathers, and the A piece from the AMH Feather Bed pattern:

Selvages and pattern piece.

Pick two pieces to start with, and stagger them about an inch, using the pattern piece as a guide, being sure to line up the bottom of the pattern with the bottom of the selvage:

Line up bottom of pattern piece A with bottom of the selvage, then place second selvage so the bottom of it is about 1/4" away from the pattern piece.  

Overlap the upper selvage 1/4" over the bottom selvage, then pin in place and sew at the edge of the top selvage:

Sew near the edge of the selvage, with a 1/4" overlap.

Now get another selvage and layer it on top of the previous one, again using the pattern as a guide on how far over to stagger this piece:

The red circle is showing how I place the top selvage with 1/4" overlap while figuring out where to stagger it.

Then pin and sew:

Sewing the selvages together.

 Here's what the back looks like, you can see the 1/4" seam allowance that is created on the raw edges of the fabric:

Back of my selvage panel.

After sewing together several selvages I started to notice some warping and curving, so I started pressing and starching after each new piece was added:

Warping and waves need to be pressed out before they cause problems!

Also the selvages have a tendency to curve, so I also recommend putting a straight ruler on the raw fabric edge to check, placing the ruler from corner to corner and trimming off anything above the ruler:

There is at least a 1/8" curve in the selvage.  Left untrimmed it will cause the next selvage to warp and curve more, and the problem just keeps getting worse.

Continue adding selvages using the pattern as a guide, and pressing, starching and trimming after each addition:

Staggered selvage panel ready to trim!

Using the pattern piece and a long ruler over it for a hard, straight edge, cut one pattern piece as shown in the above picture, then flip it around and cut one like in the picture below:

Second feather orientation.

Continue flipping it top to bottom until you run out of fabric.  If there is one or two selvages too short to cut out the last feather, you can rip out the short pieces and add in a longer piece:

Last feather needed some surgery on the far left--I ripped out the piece that was too short and then using the pattern as a guide added a longer one.

You should now have 4 feather halves:

These are the right sides of the selvage feathers.

To make the LEFT side of the feathers, flip your pattern over (I will call this side B), and using the method above, create a staggered selvage panel:

Side B of the pattern to create the left side of the selvage feathers.

Finished selvage panel, ready to cut out the pattern pieces!

Again, be sure to rotate the pattern piece top to bottom to get 4 pieces from the panel:

Second feather cut upside down.

I originally cut my selvages to only 11", so I needed to do surgery on this side as well to get the fourth feather out of the panel (cutting them to 12" should prevent this!):

I replaced the center selvages so they would be long enough to cut one more Side B from this selvage panel.

Here are the left sides of my feathers:

Left sides of my selvage feathers!

I'm now ready to sew together some feathers!

Left and right sides of my selvage feathers.

For the stem of the feather, trim a selvage to 18" x 1"--only the center 1/2" will show for this one!  You now use the Patchwork Instructions from the AMH Bed Feather pattern to put your feathers together.

Selvage feather pieces.

Selvage feather sewn together.

The only place I do something different than AMH's instructions is to press the stem seam allowances in towards the stem.  There are so many seams on the feather sides, the allowance for the stem naturally wants to go towards the stem.  I'd rather the bulk be in the stem, it makes the quilting easier later.

Press stem seam allowances towards the stem.

Here is my finished Selvage Feather block!

Selvage Feather block.

This tutorial is part of the Selvage Along, I will be sharing my finished mini quilt for the last link up.  Next Monday you can link up the projects you've been working on!

QuiltsofaFeather.com

Selvage Along Schedule
July 20 - Intro post
July 24 - Selvage storage/collection linkup 
July 27 - Selvage Strip Pillow Tutorial by Jess @ Quilty Habit 

August 3 - AMH Selvage Feathers Tutorial by Renee @ Quilts of a Feather
<<<You are here!
August 10 -  Selvage Zippy Pouch Tutorial by Chris @ Made by ChrissieD + mid-way/check-in linky on both blogs
August 17 - Selvage Binding Tutorial by Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl
August 24 - Project by Vera @ Negligent Style
August 31 - Project by Jess @ Elven Garden Quilts
Sept. 7 - Selvage Churn Dash Project Share by Helga @ Cluckin' Pineapple 
Sept. 14 - Tutorial round up on both blogs
Sept. 21 - Last linky party- link up all your selvage projects!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Aeroplane Bag (I)

Aeroplane bag

This week I finished my first Aeroplane Bag (I already have plans for a second!).

Aeroplane bag: I added a slip pocket to this side, partially to cover the upside down words--the only way I could get the pattern pieces to fit on 1/2 a yard.

I made the regular size and it fits my new Hello Kitty Janome (a 3/4) machine perfectly!

Aeroplane bag for a small sewing machine.  Actually it's roomier than I intended, but still works!

I quilted the outside panels, which I think added two days of work to the project!  But it added great texture!

Quilted exterior, Love to Sew by Michael Miller

A friend on IG suggested zipper tabs to aid the zipper insertion, so I added 1.5" zipper taps to the end of my 24" zipper (so it would still be 24" long).  I still angled the seam to the edge so it would turn the zipper tab into a wedge shape:

Zipper tab on the Aeroplane bag.

The zipper tabs help keep the zipper centered at the ends and reduce bulk in the side seam.  Definitely worth the extra step!

Zipper tab on the other end of the Aeroplane bag.

I only used stash fabrics for this, though I did need to get more interfacing, so the inside is kind of boring:

10" zipper pocket.

Slip pocket for the instruction manual, because I'm one of those people that keeps it handy and references it frequently.

I liked the pattern and the construction on this bag, and would say it's only slightly more difficult than Noodlehead's Super Tote due to the peltex in the bottom pieces (they are just stiff to work with) and the zipper.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Selvage Along: Tutorial at Quilty Habit


Today for the Selvage Along Jess has a selvage-strip pillow tutorial!  Go check it out!

Jess's selvage strip pillow

Next week I will be sharing a tutorial!  

Selvage Along Schedule
July 20 - Intro post
July 24 - Selvage storage/collection linkup 
July 27 - Selvage Strip Pillow Tutorial by Jess @ Quilty Habit 
<<<You are here!
August 3 - Anna Maria Horner Selvage Feathers Tutorial by Renee @ Quilts of a Feather
August 10 -  Selvage Zippy Pouch Tutorial by Chris @ Made by ChrissieD + mid-way/check-in linky on both blogs
August 17 - Selvage Binding Tutorial by Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl
August 24 - Project by Vera @ Negligent Style
August 31 - Project by Jess @ Elven Garden Quilts
Sept. 7 - Selvage Churn Dash Project Share by Helga @ Cluckin' Pineapple 
Sept. 14 - Tutorial round up on both blogs
July 24 - Linky - selvage projects on both blogs
Sept. 21 - Last linky party- link up all your selvage projects!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Selvage Along: Link Up Selvages!


It's link up your selvages day!  We are wondering, how do you store your selvages?  I keep mine in a large fabric-wrapped basket:

Selvage storage!

The basket it fairly deep, and I've been collecting them for about 3 years.  I'm excited to finally be using some!

Selvage Along Schedule
July 20 - Intro post
July 24 - Selvage storage/collection linkup <<<You are here!
July 27 - Selvage Strip Pillow Tutorial by Jess @ Quilty Habit 

August 3 - Anna Maria Horner Selvage Feathers Tutorial by Renee @ Quilts of a Feather
August 10 -  Selvage Zippy Pouch Tutorial by Chris @ Made by ChrissieD + mid-way/check-in linky on both blogs
August 17 - Selvage Binding Tutorial by Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl
August 24 - Project by Vera @ Negligent Style
August 31 - Project by Jess @ Elven Garden Quilts
Sept. 7 - Selvage Churn Dash Project Share by Helga @ Cluckin' Pineapple 
Sept. 14 - Tutorial round up on both blogs
July 24 - Linky - selvage projects on both blogs
Sept. 21 - Last linky party- link up all your selvage projects!



Selvages!

This is my first time hosting a linky party, so bear with me if there are issues!  Please don't hesitate to let me know if there are any problems--I will try to get them fixed ASAP.

Let's see your selvages!


Monday, July 20, 2015

Selvage Along!


Today is the kick off for the Selvage Along, co-hosted by Me and Jess @ Quilty Habit!  Here is the Selvage Along schedule to give you an idea of what we have planned for the next couple of months:

July 20th - Today!  Introduction to the Selvage Along
July 24th -  Link up your selvages (both blogs)!
July 27th - Selvage Strip Pillow Tutorial by Jess  @ Quilty Habit

August 3rd - Anna Maria Horner Selvage Feathers tutorial by Renee @ Quilts of a Feather

August 10 -  Selvage Zippy Pouch Tutorial by Chris @ Made by ChrissieD + mid-way/check-in linky (both blog)
August 17t - Selvage Binding Tutorial by Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl
August 24 - Project by Vera @ Negligent Style 
August 31 - Project by Jess @ Elven Garden Quilts
Sept 7th - Selvage Churn Dash Project Share by Helga @ Cluckin' Pineapple 

Sept 14th - Tutorial round up on both blogs
Sept 21th - Last linky party- link up all your selvage projects (both blogs)!

First thing I will be doing is pressing the wrinkles out of all of the selvages I plan to use.  I will be back in a couple of weeks to show you what I'm making with them (spoiler alert: feathers) and a little tutorial on how I'm doing it.
We want to see your selvages and how you store them!  Write a blog post and link up with us on Friday, or if you're on IG you can share using #selvagealong!