Quilts Update June 2017

Marco
May 16, 2017
Bow Tie Block

Folded Bow Tie Block
A while back I showed the girls in my Bee how to make the Folded Bow Tie block.  A simple block that can be made any size to use in wall hangings, baby quilts, or large quilts.  I have to warn you, they are addicting, you can’t make just one.

The Bow Tie can be made any size, but for this tutorial we will be making a 4″ Bow Tie.

Cut:

  3   2 1/2″ squares of print (Bow Tie)

       2   2 1/2″ squares of  background fabric

Fold the center  2 1/2″ square in half, raw edges even, pin if necessary.

On top of a background square, place the folded 2 1/2″ square, raw edges even. Pin.

On top of the folded piece and background square place a Bow Tie square, keeping all edges even  and the folded square is enclosed between the two squares..

Stitch with a 1/4″ seam

Open out the sewn pieces.

Lay a background square under the folded rectangle, matching raw edges.  Pin.

 

Lay a Bow Tie square on top, matching raw edges.  This is the opposite placement that you did on the first side. Pin.

   Sew with 1/4″ seam.

        Open out the sewn pieces,

finger press

.  It should look like this.

The folded square becomes the knot.

NOW THE MAGIC HAPPENS

Place the squares together, matching the center seam, notice that the folded piece is in the center.  Carefully work the raw edges of the folded piece to match the raw edges of the squares. Pin with center seams going in opposite directions.

You may have to work a little bit the first time you do this, but it will go together.

Stitch with a 1/4″ seam.

Open and finger press or press

lightly

with the iron

.  Do not press the center knot of the Bow Tie, you want the knot to be puffy
This block can be made any size as long as all squares are the same size. If it was a little difficult working with the 2 1/2″ squares, try using a larger square. Just remember to cut all squares the same size.

Hope you have fun making the Folded Bow Tie.  For a different look, you might try using old neckties for Bow Tie Fabric.

Enjoy all the pieces of your life

 

Custom Quilts Designed and Made in Our Shop

Marco
May 8, 2017

How to create commercial-value quilts

If you would like Blue Moon Quilts to make a custom, one of a kind and completely finished quilt, we charge by the square inch – .09¢ and up on average. For example, a 72” × 90” twin sized quilt would be approximately $582.00 and up. Quilts can be custom designed to your specifications or you can choose from one of many beautiful designs we have on hand.

Your one of a kind quilt will be patiently and carefully planned.  It has been American made with hand selected quality fabrics.  Created to last, an heirloom to be treasured and passed down. Far superior to mass produced “department store” types of quilts made with inferior workmanship and materials. We look forward to creating a one of a kind quilt for you!

Your quilt may be machine washed and dried (this means the gentle cycle), with it being promptly removed from the washer.  Use cold water for the first washing and medium to low heat to dry the quilt.  Quilts with 100% cotton batting have a more “puckered” antique look.  Those with polyester batting will be more fluffy, thicker looking, and lighter weight.  You can always dry clean.  Some people cringe when they hear this.  For quilts with lush rick colors, like our Crimson and Evergreen© or Watercolor Florals, I recommend this.  They are all about color.  No one wants a quilt handed down that’s all faded out!  However, it’s a personal choice.

Both ways wear down the fibers.  Do you care if it fades?  Are you planning on using it daily?  Everyday with the family and pets piled on?  Or for show?  I have both kinds in my home.  Never store quilts in plastic and always keep out of direct sunlight.  Refold different ways to slow fabric weakening and creasing.

Please Note:  To obtain some of our lovely machine quilted designs, your quilt may be marked with special water soluble markers or chalks.  For the first wash, the quilt must be washed using cold water.

May Sewing & Quilting Classes

Marco
May 1, 2017


MAY CLASSES

BEGINNER’S BLOCK
OF THE MONTH –
Sat. April 5-

This is a hands on class taught by Judy Steward.
Some of the techniques taught are paper piecing, mitering
corners, appliqué, and yo-yos.  Bring your machine and have
a good old time!  $12 a month 11a.m.

$5.00 QUILT –
Sat. April 5-
This is
demonstration of a different block each month.
Pay your $5.00 and watch Judy put it together then take your block
home and return the next month with a completed block and
get your next kit free.  Every 2nd Saturday of the month.  2p.m.

CLUB
– Mon. April 7-
Come and learn a
new technique with
Judy Steward.  Bring show & tell.  Every first Monday
of the month.  $5 or $40/year 10a.m.

MACHINE I
– Mon. April 7 –
Stephen teaches
the basics on how to use
your machine.  Every first Monday of the month.  $15  2p.m.

BASIC SEWING

– Tues. or Fri. – Donna teaches
the basics in this class.
This is a customized class for each individual to learn
about which techniques that they want.  $15 a week
or $60 for six weeks.  3- 5p.m. or Fridays 12 – 2p.m.

SOFTWARE
– Tues. April 15 –
Willa & Sue
teach you how to use
your Bernina Software.  10/1:30  Free if purchased software from us.

MACHINE IV
– Mon. April 21 –
This is for all
those 1630 owners
this class is for you  to learn about drawing on your screen.
11 a.m.  $30

ARTISTIC STITCHES
– Tues. April 22 –
Is there an
embroidered project that
you would like to get done and are having problems with?
Or would you like to work on project with teachers help?
If so then this class is for you, Willa & Sue are here to help.
$20   10- 2

MACHINE APPLIQUE

– Sat. April 26 – Cherish teaches
simple machine appliqué.
This is a one-part class.  $20   2-4

SERGER II
– Mon. April 28-
Stephen teaches
decorative stitches
on your serger. $30  11 a.m.  Bring your serger and
basic threading supplies.


REDWORK ROMANCE


Willa will teach this beautiful quilt done in
Alex Anderson’s Redwork Romance fabric and design.
If interested let us know and we will schedule a
class once we have enough people.
Come see sample in store. Fabric kit $47.99  class $30

Interested in a
beginner’s quilt class?
In store now a sample of Alex Anderson’s Rail Fence
quilt with fabric kit.  All fabric picked out by
Alex Anderson herself.  $40 for a four part class and $47 for kit.

 

Photography Composition Rules

Marco
March 24, 2017

Over the years, I’ve worked with hundreds of photographers and with all aspects of photography, and one of the most frequent questions I hear often revolves around composition.
Composition is a tricky thing. There’s no right and no wrong. Often a photographer’s uniqueness, his or her style, is attributed largely to their approach and vision to composition.

Here I will talk about my creative project that’s consist in create a space whole with sewing machines and sewing tables in composition with fabrics, colors, lights and shadows.

Photography composition rules are a tool to understand the basic principles of design in visual arts. These composition rules are very helpful to make an image more dynamic and pleasing. However there are also times you need to break these composition rules to create a better story with your pictures. The main reason is to invite your viewers to see the whole image. By looking at the main subject positioned off center our eyes will scan the entire image. This scanning makes the photo more interesting because people will view the full scene, not just part of it.

For photographers who want to take their craft to the next level, here are a few basic composition rules to know:

Leading Lines

When there is no focal point in a shot, viewers will be unsure of where to look. The photographer, however, can use lines in order to control how a person’s eyes move around an image. Fortunately, lines exist everywhere especially in outdoor settings. Take advantage of this by finding natural lines. Horizontal and vertical lines tend to create a feel to images that is stable, calm, and static. Diagonal lines tend to produce feelings of uncertainty and movement.

The Rule of Thirds

The Rule of Thirds has been deemed the king of composition for good reason: the human eye is naturally drawn to images that are divided into thirds with the subject falling at or along those divisions. To follow this rule, simply divide the frame into nine equal-sized parts and place the subject along one of the intersections of the lines. Try not to place the subject in the center of the frame.

Sense of Movement

To convey a sense of movement, it helps to leave a little more space in front of the subject than behind it. For example, a car moving down the road needs more space in front of it then behind it in the frame.

Patterns and Symmetry

Mother nature and human creativity often provide elements that can be leveraged for amazing compositions. Maybe it is in the desert sand, where the wind has carved random patterns in the dunes that create textures, color and leading elements in your foreground. Or maybe it is a brick or tiled floor with its uniform squares and rectangles that produce interesting ways to compose a scene that lend to scale or distance. These types of compositional elements are all around you, you just need to look for them and when you do, pause to see them from different angles – and you will be surprised at what you’ll be able to capture.

 

Sewing Techniques

Marco
March 20, 2017