Today wraps up the Holiday Hostess series, and I hope you’ve enjoyed these fabulous, festive tutorials! I’m super impressed with the practical creativity from my lovely guest bloggers. I have lots of fun new projects on my to-do list!
Today’s tutorial comes to you from Ale of Golden Willow Quilts, and it’s as fab as the scrumptious looking pie featured below!
Read on for all the details plus some really great English Paper Piecing tips!
Hi! I’m Ale, otherwise known around the internets as Goldwillow. I blog over at Golden Willow Quilts. I started quilting in my off time from my other great passion, working as a chef and pastry artist in my delightfully quirky city of Portland, Oregon. Fast forward a few years and a baby later, and while I’m no longer feeding the masses, though I still spend way too much time in quest of perfect dishes. So when I get to combine quilting and cooking??!!!! BEST EVER!
Hot Pad Tutorial
I’m an avid english paper piecer (EPP), and I’d like to share how some of my techniques vary from more traditional methods. I believe in finding the method that works best for you. I’m very particular about my finished work looking neat and these are the methods that have given me the neatest, flattest and (most importantly) hardwearing results.
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*Glue baste: Forget the pins! Get a generic glue stick. Don’t go crazy, you just need a small swipe to keep the paper steady.
*Basting stitches: DON’T BASTE THROUGH YOUR PAPERS. Its hard on your hands, it reduces the # of times you can reuse your papers and it’s a huge pain to remove all those threads. This might take some getting used to, but I think it makes a huge difference.
* Iron the thimble after basting, with the paper inside. DON’T SKIP THIS STEP!
*After joining the shapes, gently remove the papers and PRESS AGAIN with a hot iron. Do not remove basting stitches. I never remove them and I have NEVER had an issue with my work looking or feeling bulky. If anything it’s a much neater finished result.
Thimble Dresden Hot Pads
1-16 different prints for your thimbles
Front and Backing fabric
1 yard Bias Binding, 1.5″-2″ thick
Thimble papers ( 16 per small, 12 per large)
0.5-1 yard Insul-brite
0.5-1 yard Batting
Hand sewing supplies
4” piece of ribbon, ric-rac, or twill tape ( optional)
Making the thimbles.
Starch and steam iron all the fabric you intend to use for paper piecing.
Very lightly, add a swipe of glue to the papers and press them to the wrong side of the fabric. Trim a generous 1/4” around each thimble, following the curve of the paper. For the large thimbles, along the curved bottom edge only, add small shallow “v” shaped nicks so fabric will hug the paper neatly.
Small Thimbles: Starting in the bottom left hand side, fold the seam allowance over the paper, and baste at each corner. Remember not to go through the paper basting only on the backside of the thimble. Baste to the top of the right hand side of the curve. Add a basting stitch to anchor, then use a fairly tight gathering/running stitch around the top side of the curve. Pull the fabric taut, smoothing and guiding the fabric around the curve as you gather. Anchor with another basting stitch and continue, finishing with a final anchor stitch in the bottom left corner.
Large Thimbles: Are made just as the small with one difference, use a loose gathering stitch on the bottom curve, and basting stitches as normal on the corners.
Arrange your thimbles into the desired order. You will need 16 per small ring and 12 per large. Use a running or a whip stitch to sew the thimbles together until you have pieced the ring.
Prepare your quilt sandwich, for Large 23”x23”, Small 15”x15”and pin layers together in this order backing fabric, batting, insulbrite ( with shiny side up) and your top fabric.You may use another layer of insul brite under the batting with shiny side facing down, to make it extra heat resistant. Quilt your sandwich as desired, and remember denser patterns make adding the rings easier.
Once you have quilted your sandwich, trim it to the desired shape (for a circle, simply find something that frames the ring nicely and trace, very technical stuff haha!) or square up to the desired size ( my large square is 20”x22”). Fold the ribbon into a loop and pin onto the backside of the hotpad. Zigzag in place, backstitching to secure.
Carefully remove the papers from your Dresden, using an awl or point turner if they don’t want to come out easily. Gently iron the ring on the right side, taking care not to distort the ring shape. Pin the ring in place and sew it to the quilted backing, first sewing the inside of the ring, then the outer curves.
Pictured is a thick decorative blanket stitch from my machine, but topstitching, appliqué or zigzaging the dresden’s in place work nicely as well.
Pin or clip bias binding in place and sew using a very scant 1/4″. Flip the binding over and iron the binding to help it lay flat and finish by hand or machine in your preferred binding method.
Enjoy your pretty new hotpad!!! I’d love to see what you make over in the Golden Willow Flickr Group!!
I’m totally smitten with these. Thanks Ale for sharing your tips and tricks with us as well as your fabulous Hot Pad project. It’s adorable!
Wouldn’t these be beautiful placemats too?
Now, off you go to enter to win the Holiday Hostess giveaway (see below.) Lots of fabulous prizes to be won!
But first, Ale is giving away 2 of these beautiful potholders via Instagram!
To enter to win, go to @goldwillow, repost her tutorial pic and tag it with #goldenwillowgiveaway. She’s giving away both a red and a green one!
Now, see below to enter to win more prizes.
Swing back by tomorrow for a round up of all the posts in one place!