Archive | March 2017

The last of the winter Lucy Boston Blocks, and it shouts, “Hello Spring!”  Next week, I start on the Lucy Boston Butterfly Garden quilt…but for now, I am enjoying this wrap up to a VERY colorful winter series.  Thought you might enjoy some photos of the process we go through deciding color and placement before we do the final stitching!  I use ALL my papers, and create the framework for the blocks by fussy cutting colors and designs from each fat quarter: then, it’s puzzle time!  We spent an hour or so, ‘stealing’ from each other’s blocks and laying out designs – I still have quite a few honeycombs to stitch before I’m ready to lay them all out and make my final decisions.  For now, I hope you enjoy this sneak peek at block 14!

As I add stitched and lined honeycombs to the pile, matching and creating the blocks is irresistible!

 

Try creating a Lucy Boston block, I think  you’ll love it!  Use the link on each photo and visit the shop for papers and templates: all you need to begin your Lucy Boston adventure.  Of course, we’d love it if you purchased our kits, but you can get started on your own if you like with the fabrics you already have…and what a way to use up scraps in your stash.  :)   I’m adding some patterns for household things we use every day: potholders, tea cosys, pillow covers and more.  Stay tuned for creative ideas to use up your Lucy Boston creations!  (or you could make a fabulous, scrappy quilt – that’s where the bulk of my blocks are going).

Creating The Lucy Boston Project Tote!

I started out with the thought that 2″ Lucy Boston honeycombs would be SO EASY to create! I have been educated.  It was a blast to create this tote, and I learned so much on the way!  I’ll show you:

Creating the bag to hold my growing Lucy Boston project was truly smile inducing. Not lying here.

Start by creating a pile of honeycombs to play with.

Finally! Found the pattern I loved best.

 

 

 

 

Cutting out the 2″ Lucy honeycombs using a template with a 3/8″ hem allowance is preferred. PERFECT Lucys!

                                                                                    While the 2″ honeycombs open the door to some fabulous large prints, it’s a good idea to start with 1″ Lucy Boston blocks to know and understand construction techniques FIRST.
That being said, I put my Lucy craze to the test and came up with this great project tote: and discovered a technique you should hear about that will help you with all your Lucy Boston adventures!
Using applique to secure the blocks to a background is nothing new, but have you tried that technique using steam a seam TAPE? Wonders!
The first thing to do is PRESS YOUR BLOCK WITH THE FOUNDATION HONEYCOMB PAPERS IN PLACE. Remove all honeycomb papers. Now you are ready to go!

Applying Seam Tape to the outside edges

Apply the seam tape to the outside edges, pressing at each corner. Tear the strip and work the next edge.

After the entire design is taped on the edge, press, using NO STEAM.

Peel off the paper all the way around.

Line a 19″ X 23″ or larger (for 2″ honeycombs) piece of cotton with batting.
Lay the Lucy Boston block on the background, centering the sides and leaving 1″ at the top.
PRESS. Do not iron! Ironing is movement that causes trouble.
Pressing is holding your iron in one spot, lifting it, holding it in another. Ask me how I know.

Press! Don’t iron. Lift the iron every time you wish to change position.

Stitch the Lucy Boston block to the background fabric, using a blanket stitch if your machine has one…if not, a zig zag is lovely!
I used a walking foot to accomplish this, as there is bulk in the layer of batting, and I did not want the top of my design to shift.

Stitch down the edges, and quilt as desired.

Now for pockets!  These are easy.  PRESS the honeycombs while they are still folded on the foundation paper.  remove the paper.  Add the tape all around the honeycomb.  PRESS.  Peel off tape.   Place another honeycomb (with paper removed) wrong sides together and PRESS!    Stitch all the way around.  Voila!  a perfect project pocket for scissors, needles, threads, pens…all things Lucy!  I added my pockets to the OUTSIDE of my project bag, for ease of use when I’m out and about.

Taping the pocket front.

A pressed pocket, ready to stitch!

Pressing pockets.

 

And here is a photo of the finished bag:

Loving my new Lucy Project tote! Ready for adventure…