It is today!! The first of October. The day that we are starting our WIP movement together. There were soo many positive comments after mentioning that I wanted to start something to finish our WIPs together. Awesome! I’m super excited that you are with me.

#TackleThatWIP

Since so many of us have multiple WIPs, and since it feels so good to finish a WIP every now and then I wanted to start something so motivate each other. So, every month I’m going to host #TackleThatWIP here on Sugaridoo. (Thanks Liesbeth for this awesome hashtag suggestion!) This will hopefully give us some accountability and support for the projects that we really want to finish.

It doesn’t matter if you only need to finish the binding of a quilt, if you need to sew together an amigurumi or if you want to set a milestone for your own project such a finishing a quilt top or adding 10 rows to your crochet blanket. It all helps tackling your WIP right?

What’s the plan?

Here’s the plan.

  • I will put a blog post online on the 1st of the month (that’s this post).
  • You can pick a WIP goal that you want to finish this month
  • Enter a picture of your WIP with your goal during the first 4 days of the this month.
  • In the last week of the month I’ll post a new blog post where you can enter a picture of your WIP when it’s finished.
  • You have until the last day of the month to enter your results of the month when you reached your goal.
  • Every finished WIP goal (that was announced in the beginning of the month) will give you one entry into that months give away.

Are you excited? I know am!

Did you say something about a giveaway?

Yess, there will be a price each month. A finished WIP makes room for a new one, right? This month I’ll be the sponsor of the give away. For the following months different shops will sponsor the price for #TackleThatWIP.

This month’s winner can choose between a rainbow fabric bundle with Kona Solids by Robert Kaufman or a rainbow yarn collection with Musthave 100% cotton yarn by Yarn&Colors.

Enter your WIP


How to link a project

You can link to a picture of a project. You can do so from your blog, your instagram or flickr. If you have questions about posting, let me know in the comments below so I can help you out.

Some things to keep in mind when participating:

  • Post a picture of the WIP you want to finish this month. Enter again at the end of the month to have a change to win this months price.
  • Upload your own pictures only, don’t enter with a WIP that’s not yours
  • Please do check out some of the other WIPs and let’s encourage each other!
  • By entering a picture you give Sugaridoo permission to feature your project on the Sugaridoo social media channels
  • Please don’t link to Etsy stores, giveaways or other linky parties.

My project for this month

This month I would love to work on the Sugaridoo Samper. I still need to add details to the figures in the quilt, eyes on the animals, air bubbles for the fishes, a needle for the sewing machine, etc. I’d be so happy if I could finish that this month!

And the winner is…

Next month, on the 1st of November, I’ll announce the winner of the give away. (Which will be picked randomly with help ot random.org) And also I will put some of your beautiful projects in the spotlights.

 

Good luck with picking your project for this month. Can’t wait to see what you will be working on!

Love,
Irene

Want to give foundation paper piecing a try? But you’re not sure what you’ll need to get started? Then this one is for you. Today I’m sharing my favorite tools for paper piecing, some budget options and share my all time favorite tool: birthday cards.

 

Quite a few items on this list would be considered standard quilting tools. So I’ll concentrate on the ones I specifically use for paper piecing. Are you new to paper piecing? Check out my video tutorial on how to do foundation paper piecing (it comes with a cute heart paper piecing block).

Paper templates

The first thing I do before I start cutting my fabrics is cutting paper templates. I know sometimes when foundation paper piecing is thaught you learn to cut a square of fabric that is large enough for the piece you need to sew. No templates needed, easy to cut, quick for sure, but it also means you’re using a lot more fabric than necessary.

So I cut paper templates. It’s a bit more work, but it allows me to fuzzy cut when I want to and to be very efficient with my fabric.

Just print an extra copy of the pattern to cut in pieces. When you’re working with directional fabrics you can even mark your paper templates with lines. Those lines let you know the direction they need to be cut from your fabrics.

Store the paper templates in a zip bag or an envelope so you can reuse them when you want to make a second block or want to remake your projects in the future.

Let’s talk paper

I love to use tea bag paper for paper piecing. It’s thin, it’s strong, it’s see through. I LOVE it. You can even tape it to a piece of printing paper to print a pattern directly on the teabag paper. But are you on a budget? Then there is no need for special paper at all. You can just as well start out with normal printing paper to give paper piecing a try.

Learn more about paper piecing paper in <this video> where I compare five different types of paper.

A second life for postcards

When you’ve cut your paper templates and your fabrics, and you’ve transferred your pattern on to paper piecing paper you’re ready to go. And that’s where my all time favorite tool comes in to play: a postcard or a business card.

“Save your happy birthday cards for paper piecing.”

We all have a few of those lying around right? I use them to fold my paper before cutting my fabric on a 1/4inch seam allowance.

I use a card here because you can lay it on the fold line before you fold the paper. When you fold the paper, you can’t see the fold line anymore, so using a card will help you to place the fold more precise.

Rulers that rule

When you’ve folded back the paper it’s time to cut away excess fabric so there’s a quarter inch seam allowance left. One way to do that is by using an add-a-quarter ruler. It can be placed very easily against the bump that you’ve created by folding the paper over a card. This little yellow ruler is the only tool I really wouldn’t want to miss for paper piecing. I guess that is mostly because I’m doing paper piecing so often. You can definitely use your normal ruler to cut that 1/4″ seam allowance. So it’s not an absolute ‘must have’, but hey neither are wonder clips and magnetic pincushions right? ;)

 

What are your favorite quilting tools? Did you miss anything in my list of favorite things? Would love to read about it in the comments below.

Love,
Irene

 

Yes! You just finished a beautiful quilt top. All you have to do now is baste it and quilt it, so you can turn your UFO (UnFinished Object) into an AFO (Awesome Finished Object). ‘Just’ pick a quilt design and get started.

“Turn your UFO into an AFO”

Does this stage make you a little bit uncomfortable? Do you want to put your quilt top on your pile of nearly finished projects and just think about it for a little longer? You’re not alone! I’ve heard so many people hesitate to finish their quilts because they can’t decide on a quilt design.

So, I decided to make a video on it. Not that I am the expert. Not even close. Did you see the video where I show my 364 WIP’s? BUT, I do think I’m getting better on quilting my quilts. Best thing: I’m spending less and less pondering over which quilt design to choose for years before I finish my quilts.

Wanna become a master in finishing those quilts? Grab your copy of my free ebook and check out the video below for my five step master plan.

Just in case you want the sort version:

STEP 1: Take a good look at your quilt top. Are there any clues in there? Maybe it is a big design which would work well with a smaller overall quilt pattern. Maybe there are shapes in your design around which you can echo with straight lines? Maybe your quilt top is made from squares so you can stitch in the ditch or stitch just beside the ditch.

STEP 2: Go through the 101 ideas for quilting ebook with your quilt top in mind and see if there are designs that resonate with you. That call your name.

Step 3: The most important step. Make a choice. Just pick a design. The moment you decide, you can finally start quilting your quilt.

STEP 4: Go quilt your quilt. Hop behind your sewing machine, grab some thread and start quilting.

STEP 5: Might sound like a weird step, but I love this one. When your half way through quilting your quilt. Don’t hesitate and finish it! Don’t have second thoughts on your choice. The only way to get better at quilting, at picking quilt designs, is by doing. So go and practice. Finish a quilt so you can start a new project. Done is so much batter than perfect!

Well okay, maybe that was the not so very short version. But that’s it. No rocket science right? There is no better feeling than to get your machine running and finish some quilts if you ask me.

Love,
Irene

Ok. Well. I thought it would be nice to get a bit organized and finally get an overview of everything that was laying around in my studio as Work In Progress (WIPs). Wow. I suspected that there would be quite a few, but I didn’t know that I was working on SO many project.

I’ll talk you through everything that is going in on in the Sugaridoo Studio:

And for my own record.. Here’s the list:

My WIP’s

Quilts

  • Orange triangle quilt
  • Penguin quilt for baby Jules
  • Round robin for our quilt bee
  • Bunny mini Quilt
  • Finish binding on music quilt
  • And, believe it or not, the Sugaridoo Sampler
  • Tree Tree House
  • Music Potholders
  • Improv quilt

Crochet projects

  • Huge Polly the chicken
  • Bunny Bo
  • Crochet blanket
  • Charlie the Cat

New Patterns

  • Release Polly the Chicken pattern
  • Release Owly mini quilt pattern

Events

  • Crochet party 22nd of Sept
  • Brei en Haakdagen in Zwolle
  • Kreadoe
  • Crochet party 24th of Nov

 

Messy creative process

Quilting is a creative process. And creative processes can get messy, am I right? We quilters tent to always have more than one project going on. And well, sometimes fabrics pulls will be waiting in their basket because we also want to start that project, oh and also that one.

So, to keep track of all your quilty projects, I put together a printable planner just for you!

You could of course keep a list of projects on your phone, but than you can’t use your favorite markers and washi tapes ;)

So go ahead, grab your quilty planner over here:

I’d love to see what quilts you’re planning (and making!). Pop a link to some pictures in the comments below so I can check them out!

Love,
Irene

Last month we started making Round Robins with our quilt bee! We also finally named our bee the Kingfisher quilt bee instead of just calling it ‘bee without name’. This is the block I made as a starter block. Want to know how it was made? You’ll find a video and written instructions below.

What is a Round Robin?

Just in case you have never heard of a Round Robin, let me explain. (Before I joined our bee I never heard of it eigther.)

A Round Robin is a quilt that you can make with a group of quilters. Everyone starts with making one quilt block. We decided we’d start with a block between 9 and 12”. During your next bee, you pass that block on to someone else. So you go home with someone else’ block. You can also send your block to someone else by mail of course, we just exchange the projects during our bi-monthly bees

The idea now is to add something to the block that you took home. You can use the block itself as inspiration for style and colors. You could add a border around the block, or add triangles to put the block on point, or whatever you think would be nice to add to the block.

When everyone is done adding something to the starting blocks, you pass the blocks on to someone else to start the next round. You can continue this as long as you like. We agreed that you can take you quilt (with your starting block) back at anytime to finish it by quilting and binding it.

You could set some rules when organizing a Round Robin. You could for example state the width of the borders, if you’re allowed to turn the block on point, if you should make the borders identical on all sides etc. But we decided not to set any rules, so we’re completely free to do with the blocks what we want. Well, we’ll be keeping the starter and owner of the quilt in mind of course ;)

My starter block

I just got my hands on an improv quilt book (By Lucie Summers) I will share more about that next week, but it got me all inspired for making my Round Robin starter block. I decided to make little plusses. Bright colors combined with grey, but all the bright fabrics also include withe. So there would be a lot of room for the next quilter to work with this block. This was my fabric pick:

Here is how you can make a block like this yourself

Hop over to the video tutorial, or just continue reading to find the written instructions below.

Materials
We’re going to make nine plus blocks and join them together in a nine patch. I used different shades of gray as background fabrics, but using one background fabric would also be perfectly fine. So you will need nine 4″ squares of background fabric and some scrap strips in nine different colors for the pluses.

Let’s start
– Cut nine 4” squares. No need to be too precise, it’s improv quilting after all. Just make sure that your blocks are at least 4″ big, they don’t need to be perfectly squared at this point.

– Cut 18 strips, two from each color fabric. You will use two strips for each plus. The strips should be approximately 5” long and 0.75-1.5” wide. Just cut them without measuring too much ;)

– Take the 4” squares and slice them somewhere in the middle.

– Sew one strip in the middle of each sliced square

Yay! There is your first strip. No need to pin everything in place, just go go go, cut and sew and you’ll be fine!

– Now press the squares and slice them again, perpendicular to the first slice you made. Not precisely  perpendicular of course, remember, we’re improv quilting. You get the point by now I guess.

– Again sew one strip in the middle of each slices square

Whoop whoop! There we have a plus. Pretty Pretty. And soo very easy to make!

– Press the squares and square them up to 3.5 x 3.5”. This I did measure and square up precisely. That way you can sew the nine patch together matching up the points of the little squares. You could keep it wonky in this step as well, but I liked the effect of squaring up the random blocks.

– Sew the squares together to get a 9 x 9” block. Make sure to snuggle up the seams so the squares line up (almost) perfectly. Check out the video to see how I did this.

– Give it a nice press aaaaand you’re done!

Now go and take a picture and let me know how your block turned out! I would love to see. If you hace any questions, just leve them in the comments below.

Love,
Irene

Foundation paper piecing (FPP) and English paper piecing (EPP) are two well know techniques in the quilting world.

They both use paper, their names sound alike, so what is the difference between these two techniques?

The video below explains the two techniques:

I have never tried EPP myself, but luckily Ange and Lou allowed me to show you their work to illustrate what you can make with the English version of paper piecing.

You can find their Instagram accounts over here:

Isn’t that pretty? I loove those colors and the tiny polka dots used by Alittlepatchwork. And these racoons by ImstudioLou! Fussy cutting heaven.

So those are two examples of blocks you can make with EPP.

Foundation paper piecing is something I do almost every week. I love that technique! FPP allows me to draw something and turn it into a pattern to quilt.

I even wrote a book about it, collecting all the patterns I designed: the Sugaridoo Sampler.

If you would like to learn all the basics of Foundadtion paper piecing, go take a look over here: FPP tutorial.

Hope this explains the different about these two techniques!

Love,
Irene

Thank you so much for participating in the Once Upon a Pixel blog tour! A little later than planned, here is the final stop of the tour. (And your last chance to win a digital version of the Once Upon a Pixel book!)

We visited Paisley Roots who made an adorable frog mini quilt.

After that we had Made by Melli who decorated her Christmas tree with a super cute princess ornament.

Over at the Pattern Revolution Crystal made an awesome owl quilt and several cute cross stitch fairy tales.

And Sara at Made by Sara made a very sweet rose mini quilt.

So great to see all the projects made from our book! And today is your final change to win yourself an Once Upon a Pixel ebook!

Just pop in a comment below to have a chance to win! You can share this give away on social media and let me know in extra comment where you shared it to increase your chance to win.

I’ll pick a winner on Sunday 18h Dutch time ;)
(The winner will be notified by email.)

Good luck!

Love,
Irene