• Inspiration Projects,  Westalee Design Ruler Work

    Spin A Web With Westalee Design’s Spin An Echo Template

    On Monday, we shared a video from Leonie West of Westalee Design that demonstrated the versatility of their Spin An Echo Templates. Today we’re sharing a fun quilted project for Halloween from Pam Varner, a Westalee Accredited teacher, that uses the Westalee Design Spin An Echo Template #1.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Pam has created two videos that shows you how to complete the project:

    In addition to the Spin An Echo Template, Pam also used several other Westalee Design tools for this project:

    We hope this inspires you to get out there and start spinning!

    Pam Varner is a Westalee Accredited Teacher and has a wonderful blog, My Sassy Notions.
    Be sure to check it out!
  • Make It Monday,  Westalee Design Ruler Work

    Make It Monday – Spin An Echo

    It’s Make It Monday, which means it’s time for another inspiring and instructional video from Leonie West of Westalee Design.  This week’s topic is the Westalee Design Spin An Echo Template family.

    The Westalee Design Spin An Echo Templates can create a variety of spider web designs, flower petals and beautiful circular shapes with extended lines and perfect echos.

    The Spin An Echo Templates will stitch up to 12″ with different start points. Depending on the design you are looking for, templates can start stitching at 2″. Spin An Echo Templates have been designed to be used with marked reference lines, using the Stitch and Rotate Quilting Method.The Spin An Echo Templates can be used with any of the Westalee Design Quilting Templates to create your own unique quilting designs.

    Enjoy the video!

  • Inspiration Projects,  Westalee Design Ruler Work

    Turning Over A New “Leaf”

    Our Inspiration team never ceases to amaze us with their wonderful projects, and this stunning Feathered Leaf Centerpiece by Westalee Accredited Teacher Donna McCauley is no exception.

    Donna quilted this piece using two of Westalee Design’s newest templates – the Feathered Leaf Template and the Circle Wreath Feathered Leaf Template.  We love the bows – Donna added them to give her project a festive touch.  We hope these new templates and Donna’s project have gotten your creative juices flowing.  Stay tuned to our  – we may be having a giveaway this week!

  • Inspiration Projects,  Sew Steady,  Westalee Design Ruler Work

    We {Heart} Felt!

    We have another fun felt project for you from Geraldine Wilkins, one of our Westalee Accredited Teachers and a Quilting Industry Partner. Geraldine used red wool felt from National Nonwovens for the red hearts, and quilted them with the Westalee Design Hearts-A-Plenty Quilting Template.  She also used templates from the exclusive Janome Ruler Work Kit to quilt the background.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Want to learn more?  Look for a Quilting Made Easy Party being taught near you – a list of upcoming classes can be found here on our website – Class Schedule.  If you don’t see one listed for your local store, ask them to contact us about hosting one!  We can be reached at info@sewsteady.com

  • Sew Steady,  Westalee Design Ruler Work

    More Fun With Felt and Westalee Templates

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    Since we’ve been talking about serger tables this weekend, we thought it would be the perfect time to share this wonderful project from Linda Hall.  Linda created this gorgeously stitched tablet cover for our Fall Felt Challenge.  She used several Westalee Design templates to create all of that lovely quilting, and used her serger to finish the edges with a ruffle stitch.  Linda will be doing a blog post about her project soon, and we’ll be sure to include a link here when it’s done.

  • Inspiration Projects,  Westalee Design Ruler Work

    Falling For Felt – Pam Varner

    We’re so excited to bring you our first Inspiration Team feature!  This week’s project is by Pam Varner, an amazing quilter.  Be sure to check out our Facebook page for a fun giveaway courtesy of Pam!

    Pam Varner

    Another month, another Sew Steady challenge. I was sent a collection of Woolfelt by National Nonwovens with the direction: “Fall Themed.” I love that my only limitation is my creativity. For me, Felt always brings to mind applique done by hand. Personally I’m not a fan of doing handwork although I admire projects that use this technique. Autumn is my favorite season and Thanksgiving is on the top of my list of best holidays; so I thought that this challenge would be fun. The problem with felt is that it is thicker than quilting cotton so applique by machine would require some manipulation. Then one day I was looking for something in my kitchen and came across cookie cutters – what if I were to do applique using a cookie cutter method? Flat applique here I come! (Full disclosure: if this technique has been done before, I have never seen it. If you have, please let me know as I’d love to explore more)

    First up, come up with a project. I love table toppers, but often the design gets lost when you start decorating your table. I have a lot of autumn decorations (see above about my love for autumn) and I wanted to create something that could accommodate a centerpiece. Hexagons and equilateral triangles would give me consistent shapes to work with and end up in a somewhat circular finish.

    Next up, cut shapes out of felt. I chose 3 colors to use. I cut my shapes using Accuquilt dies, but any fabric cutting system would work. The key is that the shapes must be identical. Decorative stitching gets the best results when using stabilizers and luckily I had some black cutaway. I tried a couple of quilting/decorative stitches on my machine, testing width and length and eventually settled on a variation of the blanket stitch. It is important to choose a stitch that goes both left and right of center.

    Now for the piecing. I considered using the same flat applique method (yep, it’s officially a thing now) for piecing and want to explore this in the future but didn’t have a stash of felt to pull from. A finished piece using all solid colors seemed lifeless. I found some orange and cream fabric to bring it all together.

    The double edge sword of thinking outside the box is that you don’t know what the challenges are going to be so you don’t know not to try something. Due to the difference in thickness, I choose to press the seams open. When doing this again, I would probably fuse the quilting cotton to something as thick as the felt.

    Time for the quilting (aka the fun part.) I intentionally chose the darker brown for the center and quilting that would make it flat; the perfect place for a vase or other centerpieces. This design was done by using the curved side of the Westalee Design 12” Arc. The method of parabolic curves made with straight lines is as old as art itself; a while back I started experimenting doing this using a curve for class exercises. I like the way the first curve complements the hexagon shape.

    The cream triangles were marked using the Westalee Design 6 Point Crosshair Square. This gave me the intersection of the three points.

    The pumpkins and leaves are my favorite. The pumpkins were done with the Westalee Design 4” arc. The echo side of the Westalee Design Hearts-a-Plenty (from the Quilt Class in a Bag Kit) made perfect leaf veins. Both were done by starting in a centralized location, stitching out and then back to the starting point. Originally, I was going to add quilting to the outside of the fall shapes, but when I saw what I already had, the decision to stop was made for me. This is one of the few pieces I have done where “The quilting made the quilt.”

     

  • Inspiration Projects,  Westalee Design Ruler Work

    Westalee Design Decorative Thread Ruler Foot Project – Linda Hall

    At Sew Steady, we appreciate the great work and passion our promoted Instructors and Accredited Teachers put into every project! Shown here is a BEAUTIFUL Continuum Table Runner Project that Linda Hall created using the Westalee Design Decorative Thread Ruler Foot and the Quilt Class in a Bag!

    Linda originally planned this project to be a bed runner using the Westalee Design Quilt Class In A Bag Continuum set.  She photocopied the layout plan from the booklet, cut it apart and assembled it back together to make a smaller version of the original Continuum Quilt Design by Leonie West for a bed runner rather than a large quilt.  She auditioned, then chose several fabrics that go with the print to include in my project.  She then decided to try her hand at the new Westalee Design Decorative Thread Ruler Foot in some of the blocks to make them stand out.

    This project is reversible and in order for that to work Linda had to make sure both sides were presentable.  She used heavy gold Glamour thread on the purple ombre side to make the stars.  On the flip side, She used the same thread on the solid green side areas to make the gold designs.  Linda used invisible thread in the bobbin so that no quilting pattern would interrupt the pretty prints.  The prints were quilted at the same time as the solids – you just can’t see the thread design because of using invisible thread in the bobbin.

    Linda used Leonie West’s Sashlee Quilt technique and her Westalee Design Bound To Fit Binding tool.  Great work, Linda!