2020/02/22: Catch of the Day Workshop
Something fishy is going on …!
These eye-catching designs make a great wall-hanging, or you can use them to create unique table-mats. Your fish motifs are fused onto the background, then you have a choice of two stitching techniques to quilt and embellish the patches. You can simply scribble round and round each piece several times with free machine quilting; it’s as easy as doodling, and adds a subtle ‘stained-glass’ outline to the designs. Or, if you prefer, you can edge the patches with machine blanket-stitch for a folk-art look. I’ve used the scribbling/doodling technique for the wall-hangings, and the blanket-stitch edging for my table-mats, but either technique works fine on either project.
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As well as the things below, you’ll need your usual sewing kit of small and large scissors, pins etc. For the quilting, and adding any borders, you will need your sewing machine; if you’re new to your machine, or not quite sure of all the things it can do, bring the manual too. And don’t forget to bring everything that goes with your machine – foot pedal, leads, knee lift if you have one, and all the feet and other bits that go with it – then we can choose the best foot etc to use on the day! If you want to scribble/doodle, you do need a free machining foot (sometimes called an open embroidery foot, or a darning foot) to do the quilting; if you’re not sure whether you’ve got one, talk to your local sewing machine shop, or go online and check out your make and model of machine. Also, if you have your own travel iron and ironing pad you will find it useful to bring it along, but don’t buy one specially.
wall-hanging; 25in (64cm) wide with borders, 19in (48cm) without. The length will depend on the number of fish you want to include (you can do any number from one upwards!), and whether you’re adding borders
table-mats; 18 x 13in (46 x 33cm)
For the wall-hanging, you will need:
• cotton fabrics as follows:
background, 19in (48cm) wide; if you cut this piece 32in (80cm) long, that will give you sufficient length for five fish, but you can use fewer if you prefer. If you’re using a directional print, check that the design on the fabric is going the way you want it to.
border fabric, two strips 32 x 3½in (81 x 9cm), two strips 25 x 3½in (64 x 9cm). If the fabric has a directional print, make sure that the design on all the strips is going the way you want it to.
backing fabric; the size of this will depend on how many fish you include, and whether or not you add a border. For the largest design (five fish plus borders) you will need a piece 27 x 39in (70cm x 1m)
large scraps of cotton fabrics in a mixture of tones and colours that work well with your background and border fabrics. Batiks work wonderfully; their variations of colour and texture make the motifs look more realistic, and they’re tightly-woven, which helps maintain really sharp edges on the patches. Bring plenty of choice, so that you can choose the best fabrics on the day.
binding strip; the width and length of this will depend on the size of your quilt, and whether you like to do a single or double binding. I used a single binding cut 2¼in (6cm) wide
• flat wadding; again, for the largest design you will need a piece 27 x 39in (70cm x 1m)
• 1yd (1m) Bondaweb or Steam-a-Seam (don’t use Heat ‘n’ Bond or Fuse-a-Web); make sure that this is the full width of a roll (18in wide), not one of the small packs.
• sewing thread for stitching on any borders and the binding, plus a dark machine-quilting thread to contrast with the motifs.
For each table mat, you will need:
• cotton fabrics as follows:
background 18 x 13in (46 x 33cm)
backing fabric 18 x 13in (46 x 33cm)
binding strip 2yd x 2½in (2m x 6.5cm)
large scraps of cotton fabrics in a mixture of tones and colours that work well with your background and binding fabrics. Batiks work wonderfully; their variations of colour and texture make the motifs look more realistic, and they’re tightly-woven, which helps maintain really sharp edges on the patches. Bring plenty of choice, so that you can choose the best fabrics on the day.
• piece of double-sided heavyweight or medium-weight fusible interfacing, 18 x 13in (46 x 33cm). There are various kinds of this interfacing, which all work fine (Fast2Fuse, Flexi-Firm, or Peltex II 72F made by Pellon), but do make sure that you have one of these three – not, for instance, any of the other many Pellon products that look similar.
• Bondaweb or Steam-a-Seam (don’t use Heat ‘n’ Bond or Fuse-a-Web); ½m will be plenty for one mat
• sewing thread for attaching the binding, plus a dark machine-quilting thread to contrast with the motifs.
For both designs you will also need:
• non-stick ironing sheet or greaseproof paper/baking parchment; use this to protect the iron and ironing board whenever you’re working with the bonding web
• small, sharp-pointed scissors
If you have any queries on the requirements list, or on any aspect of the workshop, feel free to contact me via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org), via my website (www.gaillawther.co.uk), or drop me a line at 100 Wiston Avenue, Worthing, West Sussex BN14 7PS.
I’ll look forward to seeing you on the day!
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