Quilter’s Tool Box #112 with Kaye Wood and Ami Simms


WELCOME TO
QUILTERS TOOLBOX, A PROGRAM DEDICATED TO
BRINGING YOU THE LATEST TOOLS, SOME GREAT
TIPS, AND INNOVATIVE
TECHNIQUES. OUR GUEST HOSTS WILL
SHARE THEIR INSIGHTS AND TAKE US TO NEW LEVELS
OF SEWING AND QUILTING. HERE IS WHAT YOU’LL
FIND ON TODAY’S SHOW. TODAY WE’LL
MEET AMI SIMMS FROM MALLORY
PRESS. AMI SHOWS US HOW TO
MAKE THIS JACKET. IT’S AN UNLINED
JACKET WITH GOBS OF OVERLAPPING FRINGE MADE FROM
QUILTING-WEIGHT FABRIC. THE FRINGE IS MACHINE
SEWN TO THE JACKET BASE IN
STRIPS. THE STRIPS FORM A V-SHAPE
ACROSS THE FRONT AND BACK OF THE BODY SO THE WEARER
LOOKS ELEGANT AND SLIM, INSTEAD OF LIKE
A GIANT PINATA. LET’S TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE
ON QUILTERS TOOLBOX WITH OUR
QUILTERS QUIZ. WARM AND NATURAL
IS A KIND OF: A:
BATTING, B:
FIBERFILL, C:
PILLOW FORM, OR D:
FLEECE. FIND OUT IF
YOU’RE RIGHT LATER IN
THE SHOW. FINDING TIME TO ACTUALLY
QUILT IS A HARD THING. UMM, I THINK I MADE MORE
QUILTS BEFORE I WENT PROFESSIONAL THAN SINCE I
HAVE BECOME PROFESSIONAL IN THAT THERE ARE
OTHER OBLIGATIONS. THERE IS THE WRITING AND
THE PATTERNING AND THE TEACHING AND THE
TRAVELING AND, AND COUNTLESS E-MAILS,
WHICH I LOVE TO READ CAUSE I LIKE TO HEAR FROM
OTHER QUILTERS AND SEE WHAT’S GOING ON IN
THEIR HEADS TOO. SO FINDING ACTUALLY
SEWING TIME, ACTUAL SEWING TIME,
THAT’S THE TRICK. ACTUALLY I WAS
DOING A SENIOR INDIVIDUALIZED PROJECT FOR
AN UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE IN ANTHROPOLOGY AT
KALAMAZOO COLLEGE, WHICH SOUNDS REALLY, LIKE
HOW DID I GET THERE? BUT I WAS DOING
PARTICIPANT OBSERVATION WITH AN OLD ORDER AMISH
FAMILY IN NORTHERN INDIANA AND I WANTED TO
BE VERY AGREEABLE AND WHEN THEY SUGGESTED WELL
WOULD YOU LIKE TO LEARN HOW TO
QUILT? I SAID, MMM SURE, SOUNDS
GOOD, SO I WOUND UP AT A QUILTING BEE AND THERE
I SAW ABOUT A DOZEN OLD ORDER AMISH WOMEN SITTING
AROUND THIS LARGE TRAMPOLINE AND THEY WERE STITCHING
ON THE TRAMPOLINE AND I NOTICED IT WAS
A QUILT SPREAD OUT IN THIS BIG, HUGE
FLOOR FRAME. AND THEY WERE QUILTING UP
A STORM AND THEY ASKED IF I WOULD LIKE TO DO THAT
TOO AND WANTING TO BE AGREEABLE, I SAID, “OH
SURE” CAUSE THE IDEA WAS, IF I WAS AGREEABLE ENOUGH
AND PLEASANT ENOUGH, MAYBE THEY WOULD INVITE
ME TO LIVE WITH THEM FOR SIX MONTHS SO I COULD
LEARN WHAT IT MEANT TO BE AMISH BY STUDYING THEIR
CULTURE FIRST HAND. WELL THAT VERY FIRST
DAY, I MADE STITCHES THAT I NOW REFER TO
AS FOOT HOOKERS. YOU’VE HEARD OF
A TOE HOOKER? THAT’S A STITCH
THAT IS SO LARGE, IF YOU EVER PUT THAT
QUILT ON A BED, CONCEIVABLY YOU COULD GET
YOUR TOE HOOKED THROUGH IT – THIS IS A
FOOT HOOKER! WE’RE TALKING BIG
STITCHES AND AFTER I LEFT, MY AMISH FRIEND,
IDA, PUT HER ARM AROUND MY SHOULDER
AND SHE SAID, “AMI, YOU KNOW THAT DAY
YOU QUILTED WITH US? AFTER YOU LEFT, WE PULLED
OUT ALL YOUR STITCHES. I DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY
DID ABOUT THE BLOOD CAUSE I WASN’T WEARING
A THIMBLE BUT I, BLED ON BOTH TOP AND
BOTTOM OF THE QUILT AND MADE HUGE,
ENORMOUS STITCHES. OH, I STILL
LOVE TO QUILT. THE BLUR BETWEEN
MY REAL LIFE AND MY PROFESSIONAL
LIFE AS A QUILTER IS, IS TOTALLY
THAT – A BLUR. IT’S VERY HARD
TO STOP ONE AND, AND BEGIN
THE OTHER. SO I’M CONSTANTLY LOOKING
FOR QUILT PATTERNS. I’M ALWAYS
PETTING FABRIC. I CAN’T GET MY
MIND OFF OF QUILTS SO THAT’S MY OCCUPATION,
MY AVOCATION, MY HALLUCINATION –
IT’S EVERYTHING. AHH, MY POOR
FAMILY! I LIVE WITH, MY HUSBAND
AND MY DAUGHTER AND MY MOM AND A
DOG NAMED MADISON, WHO IF I DON’T
SAY ANYTHING, I’M SURE HE’LL
GET ANGRY. IT’S A BOY DOG
WITH A GIRLY NAME. IT’S NOT MY
FAULT, I’M SORRY. AHH, I LIVE IN A
PADDED HOUSE – I HAVE QUILTS HUNG
ON THE WALLS, DRAPED OVER BANISTERS,
FOLDED UP IN PLACES. THOSE ARE THE
DECORATED ONES THAT ARE SUPPOSED
TO BE THERE. THEN I HAVE MY LUGGAGE
THAT’S USUALLY NEVER UNPACKED
UNTIL THE NEXT TRIP AND THERE ARE QUILTS
LAYERED EVERYWHERE. SO THEY, THEY PUT
UP WITH QUITE A BIT. I WANT TO MAKE
QUILTS, ABSOLUTELY, ONE RIGHT AFTER
THE OTHER! AND YOU DON’T HAVE TO
FINISH THE FIRST ONE BEFORE YOU START THE
SECOND OR THIRD OR FOURTH. I GIVE YOU PERMISSION TO
HAVE UNFINISHED OBJECTS ORBITING HOWEVER
CLOSE YOU WANT TO HAVE
THEM ORBIT. OR WHEN YOU’RE FINISHED
LEARNING FROM THEM, CHUCK
EM. HI, I’M
AMI SIMMS. AMI, IN CASE YOU’VE NEVER
HEARD OF THIS NAME, RHYMES WITH
SALAMI, BUT I’LL ANSWER
TO ANY LUNCHMEAT. I’M GOING TO SHOW
YOU HOW TO MAKE THE RAG FUR JACKET PATTERN TODAY
AND IT’S THE ONE I’M WEARING. AND I’M SURROUNDED
BY RAG FUR PEOPLE ALL OVER
THE PLACE! THIS IS A GREAT, FUN
PROJECT TO MAKE BECAUSE YOU’RE GONNA GET
TONS OF COMPLIMENTS WHENEVER YOU WEAR
THIS GARMENT. IT’S A GREAT GARMENT
TO TRAVEL IN BECAUSE YOU CAN TAKE IT
LITERALLY, WAD IT ALL UP, PUT IT IN YOUR
SUITCASE, UNDO IT AND YOU DON’T
HAVE TO IRON IT. IN FACT, YOU
CAN’T IRON IT. THERE IS NO HUMAN WAY
POSSIBLE TO IRON IT. IT’S VERY LIGHTWEIGHT;
IT’S BASICALLY A JACKET BASE WITH BIAS
FRINGE SEWN ALL OVER IT. AND, I’VE ALSO CALLED
THIS PATTERN MICHIGAN MINK AND SEWING HOURS AND
HOURS ON THE FRINGE, I’VE ALSO CALLED IT SEWING
ON THE LUNATIC FRINGE. I WAS WEARING THIS
GREEN JACKET OVER HERE AND A GENTLEMAN CAME
UP TO ME AND SAID AHH, DO YOU CHANGE
COLORS IN THE FALL? WELL, THAT’S ONE
THING YOU MIGHT WANT TO CONSIDER IS THE
FABRIC CHOICE. THAT’S A VERY
GREEN JACKET; IT SORT OF LOOKS
LIKE A BUSH JACKET. AHH, I COULD SORT OF
CROUCH DOWN AND BE A BUSH FOR A WHILE IF I
WANTED TO DO THAT. WHEN YOU SELECT YOUR
FABRIC, KEEP THAT IN MIND. WHAT COLORS LOOK
GOOD ON YOU? WHAT COLORS DO YOU
WANT TO SHOWCASE AND WHAT COLORS
ARE AVAILABLE? THE KIND OF FABRIC YOU
WANT TO SELECT FOR THE RAG FUR JACKET
IS A FABRIC THAT HAS COLOR
ON BOTH SIDES. HERE ARE SOME FABRICS
THAT I USED FOR THE JACKET THAT
I’M WEARING. AND I HAVE THE BAG, THE
BASE FABRIC HERE ON THE INSIDE AND THIS IS A
BEAUTIFUL, HOFFMAN OF CALIFORNIA FABRICS,
HAND PAINT VALLEY FABRIC AND I ALSO HAVE MORE
HOFFMAN FABRICS HERE THAT I USED TO
CREATE THE FRINGE. AND I TRY TO
BASICALLY PULL COLORS FROM THE
BASE FABRIC. ANYTHING THAT
APPEARED HERE WAS GOOD ENOUGH TO GO
IN THIS PILE OF FABRICS THAT WOULD LATER BE
TURNED INTO THE FRINGE. NOW AS I GO THROUGH THESE
FABRICS, YOU’LL NOTICE THAT THERE’S COLOR
ON BOTH SIDES AND IT’S EQUALLY
INTENSE. ALSO, THIS FABRIC
IS LUSCIOUS! IT’S A VERY TIGHTLY
WOVEN CLOTH; IT’S GOT A VERY
HIGH THREAD COUNT. NOT ONLY DOES
IT LOOK GOOD, BUT IT’S GONNA
LAST FOREVER. SO IT’S A GOOD IDEA
TO GET FABRICS THAT WILL LAST FOREVER
CAUSE YOU’RE GONNA PUT A LOT OF TIME
INTO THIS JACKET. THE FABRICS
ARE FRINGED AND IT’S A
INTERESTING PROCESS. THEY HAVE TO BE CUT ON
THE BIAS SO THAT THEY LAST AND THE BEST WAY
TO DO THAT IS TO TAKE A YARD OF FABRIC, OR MAYBE A
LITTLE BIT MORE THAN A YARD, AND FOLD IT
DIAGONALLY UNTIL YOU HAVE
ABOUT EIGHT LAYERS. THIS IS WHAT
I’VE DONE HERE AND I’M OPENING IT
UP TO SHOW YOU. THIS IS A FAIRLY
LARGE CHUNK OF FABRIC FOLDED EIGHT TIMES AND
YOU WANT TO FOLD IT AS CAREFULLY
AS YOU CAN. THE RESULTING STRIPS
WILL BE BIAS CUTS. I’M GONNA MOVE SOME
OF THE FABRIC SAMPLES OFF TO THE SIDE AND
I WANT TO SHOW YOU HOW YOU’LL BEGIN
YOUR CUTS. THE FIRST THING YOU’LL
NEED IS A NICE LONG RULER AND THESE OMNIGRIPS
ARE WONDERFUL FOR THIS BECAUSE THEY’RE NOT
GOING TO SLIDE VERY MUCH. AND I’M GOING TO
TAKE AND FIRST TRIM OFF OF THIS SIDE
AND YOU’LL NOTICE THAT I’M USING
MY LEFT HAND. I’M GONNA SUGGEST THAT
YOU MAKE THIS FIRST CUT WITH YOUR LEFT HAND,
WHICH MIGHT BE REFERRED TO AS YOUR STUPID HAND
IF YOU’RE RIGHT HANDED. IF YOU’RE
LEFT HANDED, JUST FLIP THIS
WHOLE THING AROUND. BUT THE FIRST TRIM
TAKES OFF SOME EXCESS, WHICH WE
DON’T NEED. AND THEN THE NEXT
THING WE’RE GONNA DO IS CUT STRIPS AND THE
STRIPS ARE GONNA BE CUT WITH OUR SMART HAND
AND THE SAME RULER. ALL RIGHTY,
HERE WE GO. NOW YOU HAVE TO MOVE
YOUR RULER JUST UP A LITTLE BIT TO GET THE
REST OF THE CUT HERE. CLOSE YOUR BLADE
FOR SAFETY AND WE’VE GOT OUR
STRIP READY TO FRINGE. THE FRINGING IS GONNA
TAKE A LITTLE BIT MORE TIME THAN YOU THINK,
BUT IT’S LOTS OF FUN. RESEARCH SHOWS THAT
JEAN AND DENIM WERE TWO VERY DIFFERENT FABRICS IN
19TH CENTURY AMERICA. THEY ALSO DIFFERED IN
HOW THEY WERE USED. IN 1849, A NEW YORK
CLOTHING MANUFACTURER ADVERTISED TOPCOATS
AND SHORT JACKETS IN CHESTNUT, OLIVE, BLACK,
WHITE AND BLUE JEAN. WORKERS LIKE MECHANICS
AND PAINTERS WORE OVERALLS AND TROUSERS
MADE OF BLUE DENIM. DENIM SEEMED TO BE IN
RESERVE FOR WORK CLOTHES WHEN BOTH DURABILITY
AND COMFORT WERE NEEDED. ALL RIGHT, WE’VE
GOT OUR BIAS STRIPS. THE NEXT THING TO
DO IS TO FRINGE IT AND THIS IS
WAY FUN. YOU’LL BE SPENDING
HOURS DOING THIS. FIRST THING YOU’LL WANT
TO DO IS WHACK OFF THE LITTLE POINTS
WHERE YOU HAVE ALL THE UNEVEN
FABRIC. JUST TAKE IT RIGHT
OFF OF THERE. AND I’M USING AHH, SOME
REALLY KEEN SCISSORS BECAUSE THEY
ARE SPRINGY. AND AS SOON AS
I MAKE MY CUT, THEY SPRING
BACK FOR MORE. THIS MAKES LIFE
A LOT EASIER. I’VE TRIED IT WITH
CONVENTIONAL SCISSORS AND YOU DON’T
WANNA GO THERE. IT TAKES
FOREVER. THIS IS CUTTING THROUGH
EIGHT LAYERS OF VERY TIGHTLY WOVEN FABRIC
AND THESE SCISSORS ARE DOING A
DREAM JOB. NOW YOU’LL NOTICE THAT
THE STRIP I’M CUTTING IS A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT
THAN THE STRIPS I’M
WEARING. THAT’S BECAUSE I AM
JUST PREPARING A STRIP, JUST
CAUSE. IF YOU WANNA SEE WHAT
YOUR JACKET IS GOING TO LOOK LIKE, WHAT YOU
CAN DO IS TAKE ALL THIS FRINGE THAT YOU’VE CUT
UP, MIX IT LIKE A LITTLE BIT OF SPAGHETTI AND YOU
CAN SEE, IT’S GOING TO LOOK JUST LIKE THIS
IN JACKET FORM. NOW, WHAT I ALSO WANT
TO SHOW YOU IS IT’S AN IMPORTANT THING TO KEEP
THESE LAYERS STACKED. AFTER YOU CUT THIS ENTIRE
LAYER, IT’S A GREAT IDEA TO KEEP IT STACKED
BECAUSE IF YOU DON’T, IT WILL BE
A MESS. AND I WOULD FRINGE
THE ENTIRE THING. WHEN I GET TO THIS
END, I’LL WHACK OFF THIS PART TOO, WHICH
IS REALLY NOT NEEDED. NOW, AFTER YOU’VE GOT THE
FRINGE AND YOU’VE STACKED IT IN A PLACE CAREFULLY
SO THAT YOU WILL KEEP IT ALL INTACT, IT’S TIME
TO TAKE AND SEW IT ONTO THE
JACKET BASE. NOW THE JACKET BASE
I’VE GOT IN FRONT OF ME HAS BEEN PREPARED WITH
LINES THAT ARE MARKED ABOUT AN
INCH APART. AND I DO THAT WITH A
MARKING INSTRUMENT SUCH AS THIS AQUA RUB PENCIL
THAT I KNOW WILL COME OUT WHEN I’M
DONE. THAT’S
IMPORTANT. ALSO, KEEP THIS
BABY SHARP. THE SHARPER YOU
GET THE PENCIL, THE THINNER
THE LINE, THE LESS LINE YOU
HAVE TO WASH OUT WHEN YOU’RE
ALL DONE. AND I’M LINING THINGS
UP WITH A STRAIGHT EDGE. I USE MY RULER AND ONCE
THE INITIAL MARK HAS BEEN TAKEN OFF THE PATTERN,
IT’S JUST A MATTER OF MAKING ONE-INCH
INCREMENTS. YOU’LL SEE AT THE SEAM
RIGHT HERE ON THE SLEEVE THAT THERE IS A
LITTLE ANGLE CHANGE RIGHT AT
THE SEAM. AND THAT’S
IMPORTANT. WHEN YOU START
LAYERING YOUR FRINGE, YOU WILL SEW UP UNTIL THAT
SEAM, CUT THE FRINGE, LAYER AT A
SLIGHT ANGLE. THAT WAY, YOU HAVE A
LITTLE BIT OF SOMETHING HERE UNDERNEATH WHEN
THIS SPREADS APART. AND THAT
WILL HAPPEN. THE MORE YOU WASH IT,
THE MORE POOFIER IT GETS. SO THAT’S ONE OF THE
THINGS THAT YOU’RE BANKING ON IS TO HAVE
THIS THING SORT OF EXPLODE WITH
COLOR. NOW THIS FABRIC
IS THIS JACKET. RIGHT OVER
HERE THIS IS WHAT IT’S
GOING TO LOOK LIKE WHEN IT’S
FINISHED AND HERE I AM
WITH THE STRIPS. YOU’LL SEE EXACTLY
WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE ONCE YOU HAVE
YOUR STRIPS CUT. MAKE EM A LITTLE BIT OF
A SPAGHETTI PATTERN THERE AND YOU CAN SEE WHAT YOUR
JACKET WILL LOOK LIKE. WHEN YOU’RE WORKING
WITH AN OVERALL FABRIC SUCH AS THIS HAND
PAINT BY HOFFMAN, IT’S NOT NECESSARY TO
AUDITION EACH PIECE. TRUST ME, TAKE IT AS
IT COMES OUT OF THE PILE; SEW IT
DOWN. YOU COULDN’T LINE UP
TWO PIECES OF FABRIC EXACTLY THE SAME WAY, ANYWAY
EVEN IF YOU WANTED TO. WHAT YOU WILL DO IS LINE
EM UP ON THE LINE AND YOU’LL SEW WITH ABOUT AN
EIGHTH OF AN INCH SEAM RIGHT ALONG
HERE. AND YOU’RE GOING
TO BE GUIDING THE SEWING MACHINE AS CLOSE TO
THAT RAW EDGE AS YOU CAN GET AND STILL
HANG ONTO IT, ABOUT AN EIGHTH
OF AN INCH. THESE ARE STAGGERED
SO THAT THE NEXT SEAM WILL BE SEWN A
HALF-INCH AWAY. SO EVERY OTHER TIME,
YOU’VE GOT A LINE TO LINE UP WITH,
ONCE ON THE LINE, ONCE IN THE SPACE
BETWEEN THE LINES, THEN ON THE LINE,
THEN IN THE SPACE BETWEEN THE LINES
AND THEN EVERYTHING SHOULD LINE UP
ALL RIGHT. NOW IF YOU WANT TO
SEW FAST, THAT’S FINE. IF YOU WANT TO GO
90, THAT’S OKAY. IF YOU WANT TO TAKE ONE
EYE AND LOOK OUT THE WINDOW WHILE YOU’RE SEWING, EH!
MAYBE NOT A GOOD IDEA BUT YOU CAN DO
VERY FAST SEWING BECAUSE IT’S NOT
NECESSARY THAT YOU GET LINED UP EXACTLY
ON THE LINES. ANYWHERE CLOSE
IS GOOD ENOUGH. NO ONE IS EVER GOING
NOTICE IF YOUR SEWING WAS A LITTLE
BIT LIKE THIS. TRUST ME, THEY
WON’T CARE. NOW WHEN YOU PLACE
THE BIAS ON HERE, THESE BIAS STRIPS,
BECAUSE THEY ARE BIAS, THE NATURE OF THE BEAST IS
THAT THEY’RE VERY STRETCHY. WHAT YOU WANT TO AVOID
IS OVERSTRETCHING IT AND YOU CAN SEE HOW THIS
IS GOING TO STRETCH AS I PULL IT JUST
A LITTLE BIT. THE BEST THING TO DO IS
TO JUST LAY IT ON THERE AS CAREFULLY
AS YOU CAN WITHOUT STRESSING
THAT EDGE. AND AS YOU SEW, YOU’LL
FIND THAT THIS WILL CURVE AND SNAKE AND
MOVE AROUND ON YOU. THAT’S ALL
RIGHT. AS LONG AS YOU’RE ALWAYS
GOING TO BE SEWING ABOUT AN EIGHTH OF AN
INCH FROM THAT RAW EDGE AND YOU’RE NOT PULLING
THIS AS YOU SEW, IT WILL WORK
OUT JUST FINE. SO IF I WAS GOING TO SEW
THIS PIECE, I WOULD STOP, TAKE MY LITTLE SCISSORS
HERE, CUT THAT AND THEN I WOULD LAY THE NEXT
STRIP RIGHT ON TOP. OVERLAPPING
PROBABLY BY ABOUT A QUARTER
OF AN INCH. HERE WE ARE SEWING
ALONG THIS AFTER WE’VE OVERLAPPED IT AND AS
YOU COME TO THE EDGE, YOU MAY THINK, OH, WE GOT
SOME STUFF HANGING OFF. THAT’S ALL
RIGHT. THIS CAN BE TRIMMED AWAY
AND THIS IS ALSO USABLE, THIS VERY
LITTLE PIECE. IN FACT, WHEN YOU THINK
ABOUT IT, YOU WILL HAVE CUT STRIPS OFF A GIANT
TRIANGLE AND THE VERY POINT OF THE TRIANGLE
WILL GIVE YOU VERY SHORT STRIPS, ALMOST TWO
OR THREE INCHES. THAT’S OKAY, IN FACT,
THAT’S SORT OF BUILT INTO IT BECAUSE AS YOU WORK
YOUR WAY AROUND THE JACKET, HERE I AM WORKING
AT THE BOTTOM; I’VE SEWN
MY STRIPS. LOOK HOW TINY
THAT ONE IS. SO THESE SMALL STRIPS
ARE EQUALLY VALUABLE. USE THOSE
UP FIRST. THOSE ARE AT THE TOP OF
THE PILE ANYWAY AND YOU CAN BUILD YOUR JACKET,
FILLING IN ALL THE SPACES. THAT’S IMPORTANT SO THAT
NONE OF THE BASE FABRIC WILL BE
SHOWING. THEN YOUR NEXT AND
FINAL STEP IS TO TAKE YOUR GARMENT,
FINISH IT UP, SEW THE UNDERARM SEAMS, POP
IT IN THE WASHING MACHINE, THROW IN THE DRYER
AND LET IT EXPLODE. IT’S WAY
FUN. HAVE A GOOD
TIME WITH IT. NOW LET’S GO BACK IN
TIME WITH QTB’S REWIND. TODAY WE GO
BACK TO 1994. THE PROJECT TODAY, WE’RE
GOING TO TAKE THESE STRIPS AND THEY WERE
ALL CUT TWO-INCHES WIDE BEFORE THEY WERE
SEWN TOGETHER. AND THEY’RE SEWN
TOGETHER AS I SAID, FROM DARK
TO LIGHT. AHH, THE WAY WE’RE GOING
TO CUT THEM FOR THE PROGRAM TODAY IS FIRST OF
ALL, OF COURSE WE NEED TO STRAIGHTEN OUR STRIPS AND
WE’LL DO THAT BY PUTTING A LINE ON THE RULER,
RIGHT ON A SEAM LINE AND TRIM THE ENDS
OF THE STRIP. NOW IF YOU’RE RIGHT
HANDED, YOU MIGHT WANT TO TURN YOUR STRIP OVER AND
THE PIECES WE’RE GOING TO CUT ARE TWO
INCHES WIDE. REMEMBER THE STRIPS WERE
TWO INCHES WIDE AND NOW THE CUT PIECES ARE TWO
INCHES WIDE SO THAT WE, IT LOOKS LIKE, WHEN
WE’RE FINISHED THAT WE HAVE A
ROW OF SQUARES. NOW IN ORDER TO CUT
IT SQUARE OR TO CUT IT STRAIGHT, AGAIN, I NEED
ONE OF THE CROSS LINES ON THE RULER RIGHT
ON THE SEAM LINE. AND THE TWO-INCH LINE ON
THE RULER IS ON THE CUT EDGE AND THESE ARE THE
PIECES THAT WE NEED. NOW WE’RE GOING TO START
OUR DESIGN WITH OUR VERY CENTER STRIP AND
LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT
WE HAVE. YOU KNOW THE PIECES
WE ALREADY CUT, LET ME JUST BRING
TWO OF THEM OVER. THESE ARE THE PIECES THAT
WE CUT FROM OUR STRIPS AND THEY ARE GOING TO
FORM MOST OF OUR DESIGN. LET’S TAKE A LOOK HERE
AT OUR VERY CENTER. IT STARTS WITH THE PINK,
IT GOES TO THE GREEN, THEN IT COMES BACK TO THE
PINK AND FROM, AND THEN IN THE VERY CENTER, WE
HAVE A SPECIAL KIND OF A STRIP THAT WE’RE GOING
TO BE WORKING ON. AND THEN DOWN AT THE
BOTTOM, IT REPEATS, THE PINK, THE GREEN,
AND THE PINK. AND I HAVE CHOSEN TO HAVE
MY DARKEST COLOR AT THE TOP AND AT THE BOTTOM
SO THAT THAT’S THE ONE THAT FORMS THE DESIGN
AGAINST THE BACKGROUND. ALL RIGHT, LET ME
GET MY CENTER STRIP. AS I TOLD YOU, HERE AT
THE TOP, WE HAVE THESE THREE PIECES
SEWN TOGETHER. THIS IS THE ONE
COMBINATION FOR THE PINK, FROM THE GREEN
AND FROM THE PINK. THEN IF WE TAKE
A LOOK AT HERE, THIS IS A LITTLE
BIT DIFFERENT. WE NEED TO CUT A PIECE
FOR THAT AND FOR THE GREEN THAT GOES DOWN
FROM IT BECAUSE IT’S NOT MADE FROM
THESE PIECES. SO LET’S GO AND TAKE A
LOOK HOW WE’RE GOING TO CUT THOSE
PARTICULAR PIECES. LET’S START WITH
THE GREEN FIRST. FOR THE VERY CENTER
STRIP, WE NEED TO CUT AND SEW TOGETHER
THESE FABRICS. AND WHAT WE HAVE HERE ARE
OUR FIRST FIVE AND THEN WE REPEAT IT
FROM THE CENTER. SO WE CAN’T USE THESE
PIECES THAT WE’VE ALREADY CUT BECAUSE WE HAVE THIS
PIECE TO ADD ONTO IT. AND I HAVE FOUND THAT
IT’S JUST EASIER TO SEW THESE NINE
PIECES TOGETHER. SO ONCE AGAIN, WE WENT
FROM THE DARKEST TO THE VERY LIGHTEST AND THEN
BACK OUT TO THE DARKEST AND THESE WERE ALL CUT
TWO INCHES AND WHEN OUR STRIPS ARE CUT, THIS
IS THE PIECE WE GET. AND THAT’S THE PIECE
WE NEED FOR OUR CENTER. OKAY, SO LET’S GO UP AND
PUT THAT IN PLACE AND THAT WOULD GO RIGHT HERE
AND THEN THE BOTTOM IS JUST, REVERSE
OF THE TOP. SO WE’LL JUST WORK
DOWN UNTIL WE GET OUR CENTERPIECE
DONE. IN OTHER WORDS,
THIS PIECE IS JUST TURNED AROUND DOWN
AT THE BOTTOM. HOW DID YOU DO ON
THE QUILTERS QUIZ? IF YOU SAID THAT
WARM AND NATURAL IS A KIND
OF BATTING, YOU’RE
RIGHT. HI, I’M CHERYL
WEIDERSPAHN FROM HOMESTEAD SPECIALTIES
PATTERN COMPANY. I HAVE A QUICK TIP FOR
YOU TODAY USING A COMMON ORDINARY CLOSURE
THAT YOU MAY NOT APPRECIATE THE
FULL VALUE OF. IT’S HOOK AND
EYE TAPE. HOOK AND EYE TAPE, THERE
ARE HOOKS AND EYES PRE-SEWN
TO A BAND. THE AHH, THE WHITE HOOK
AND EYE TAPE IS ACTUALLY DYEABLE AND WE’RE GONNA
QUICKLY DUNK THAT IN A CUP OF STRONG TEA AND
PULL IT OUT AT THE END SO THAT YOU CAN SEE AN
EASY WAY TO COLOR AND CUSTOMIZE YOUR OWN
HOOK AND EYE TAPE. BEFORE ZIPPERS,
HOOKS AND EYES WERE THE MOST POPULAR
CLOSURE IN AMERICA FOR BOTH MEN AND
WOMEN’S GARMENTS. AND OUR GRANDMOTHERS
USED HOOKS AND EYES AND THEN THE ZIPPER WAS
INTRODUCED IN 1916 TO 1920 AND IT WAS ACTUALLY A
ROW OF HOOKS AND EYES OPERATED BY A
SLIDER AND THAT WAS THE FORERUNNER
OF THE ZIPPER. BUT NOW, THIS IS A TRIM
THAT HAS COME BACK INTO VOGUE AND COME OF AGE
AND IS POPULAR AGAIN. YOU MAY FIND IT IN
A VELVET RIBBON. YOU MAY FIND IT IN
DIFFERENT COLORS OR A SATIN
RIBBON. YOU MAY FINE LARGE HOOKS
AND EYES ON A SATIN RIBBON AND YOU MAY WANT
TO EXPERIMENT WITH A COUSIN OF HOOK AND
EYE TAPE, SNAP TAPE. AHH, THIS, THESE ARE
TWO READY MADE GARMENTS, INEXPENSIVE, READY MADE
GARMENTS THAT I TRIMMED WITH HOOK AND EYE TAPE TO
SHOW YOU SOME AHH, TIPS THAT YOU MIGHT DO AND
SOME DECORATING IDEAS. THIS IS JUST THE EYE
TAPE, NOT THE HOOK TAPE, JUST THE EYE HALF OF THE
HOOK AND EYE TAPE AND I SEWED IT TO A READY MADE
GARMENT AND THEN LACED THE RIBBONS
THROUGH THE EYES TO GIVE IT A
LACED UP EFFECT, SORT OF A CORSET
INSPIRED SORT OF LOOK. THE OTHER SHIRT THAT I
HAVE USES BOTH THE HOOKS AND THE EYES AND THEY
STARTED OUT WHITE BUT I DYED THEM TO MATCH
THE SHIRT AND EDGED IT WITH A LITTLE
NARROW RIBBON. GIVES A NICE VERTICAL
LINE DOWN THE SHIRT, WHICH YOU KNOW IS A
FLATTERING PLACEMENT AND GIVES JUST A LITTLE
BIT OF INTEREST AND, PIZZAZZ TO AN OTHERWISE
VERY PLAIN TOP. LET’S SEE HOW OUR AHH
HOOK AND EYE TAPE IS
DOING. LOOK, WE HAVE A WONDERFUL
TAN COLOR AND THAT’S HOW EASY IT IS WITH DYE
OR TEA OR COFFEE TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR OWN
HOOK AND EYE TAPE. BUT MY VERY FAVORITE WAY
TO USE HOOK AND EYE TAPE IS TO MAKE TOTALLY
DETACHABLE GARMENT UNITS LIKE THE
SLEEVES I HAVE ON. THESE SLEEVES ARE
ATTACHED WITH HOOK AND
EYE TAPE. THIS IS THE EYE TAPE ON
THE SLEEVE EXTENSION AND THE HOOKS ARE
UNDER MY SLEEVE. MY SHIRTTAILS ARE ALSO
TOTALLY DETACHABLE BECAUSE OF THE SAME
HOOK AND EYE TAPE. AND THIS HOOK
AND EYE TAPE HAS BEEN DYED TO
MATCH AS WELL. SO MY SHIRTTAILS
CAN COME OFF. I CAN WEAR THE
SHIRT SHORT OR LONG. THIS IS CHERYL
WEIDERSPAHN. I HOPE YOU’VE
ENJOYED TODAY’S TIP AND ENJOY GARMENTS WITH
MULTIPLE WEARING OPTIONS. OKAY, LET’S TAKE A CLOSER
LOOK AT SOME OF THESE JACKETS. REMEMBER THE ONE THAT
I’M WEARING HAS LOTS OF DIFFERENT FABRICS ALL
MATCHING THE INSIDE, WHICH IS MY
PULL FABRIC. THIS IS THE ONE
THAT I WENT FOR WHEN I WAS
SELECTING FABRICS. SOME OF THESE OTHER
JACKETS, THOUGH, ARE MADE WITH JUST A
SINGLE KIND OF FABRIC. THIS JACKET, IN
PARTICULAR, CAME FROM THIS BALI HANDPRINT BY
HOFFMAN CALIFORNIA FABRIC. AND YOU’LL SEE THAT IT
CHANGES A LITTLE BIT ONCE IT’S
FRINGED. WHAT I FIND SO
INTERESTING IS THE ORIGINAL AND THE INSIDE
OF THE JACKET IS A LITTLE BIT LIGHTER THAN WHEN
THE FRINGES APPEAR. AND I LIKE
THAT CONTRAST. IT LOOKS A LITTLE
BIT DIFFERENT. HERE’S
ANOTHER ONE. THIS ONE WAS ALSO MADE
WITH THE BALI HANDPRINTS AND THIS ONE REMINDS
ME OF EASTER LOOKS LIKE PAINTED
EASTER EGGS. THIS WAS MADE BY MY
FRIEND, SHARON THOMAS, FOR US AND THIS ONE ALSO
HAS A LITTLE BIT SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT VIEW, A LITTLE BIT
MORE SHADING WHERE THERE’S A LITTLE SHADOW BEHIND
THESE LITTLE FRINGES THAT POP
OUT. AND, IT REALLY DOESN’T
MATTER WHAT FABRIC YOU SELECT AS LONG AS YOU
GET A VERY TIGHTLY WOVEN FABRIC IN A COLOR THAT
PLEASES YOU WHERE THE COLOR GOES ALL THE
WAY THROUGH FROM THE RIGHT SIDE TO THE
WRONG SIDE OF THE FABRIC. THE TIGHTER THE WEAVE,
THE BETTER AND YOU’LL HAVE LOADS OF FUN PUTTING
THIS JACKET TOGETHER AND ENJOYING ALL THE
COMPLIMENTS YOU’LL GET WHEN YOU
WEAR IT. THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST
PACKABLE GARMENTS, IT’S A FUN
THING TO WEAR AND I THINK PEOPLE
WILL ENJOY IT. IF YOU WOULD LIKE
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