Hissyfitz Designs

A Light-hearted Look at Appliqué Quilts by Sandy Fitzpatrick

Stitch

Welcome to My Little Corner of the World!

UncategorizedSandy Fitzpatrick9 Comments
Teapot stitching

Teapot stitching

If you are new here, I'm glad you found your way to my little corner of the world. I'm participating in a Blog Tour called BERNINA Ambassadors - Telling Our Stories, and today is the day that I get to tell mine. If you are a regular reader of my blog, you may already know a few of these little tidbits but sit back and relax as we get to know each other.

My name is Sandy Fitzpatrick and I am a pattern designer, teacher and lecturer of machine appliqué and free-motion quilting. Sewing has always been a passion of mine and I get no greater joy than teaching and sharing my techniques with others.

free-motion

free-motion

I became an official BERNINA Ambassador about two years ago, but I've actually been a BERNINA advocate for almost 40 years! I had previously owned another brand of machine which "gagged" whenever I tried sewing over elastic. Since I was making clothes for myself and my children at that time, it was really frustrating trying to find a "work around" to my stitching problems. When I had the opportunity to sew on and purchase my first BERNINA I thought I could hear angels singing, as all of my stitching issues seemed to vanish. I couldn't believe that a machine could make that much difference in my sewing capability. As Ambassadors we also create great tutorials on the We All Sew blog. Here are a few links to some posts which I have previously written.

Stitch Tape Measure Style

Mantel Cover

Make It Merry Holiday Coasters

Decorative Stitching with the BERNINA Tailor Tack Foot

For years, I made my own clothes and, as my children came along, I made hand smocked outfits for each of my three kiddos. This worked well for a number of years. With two girls and a boy, I would make coordinating smocked outfits for Easter and Christmas along with the normal "church" clothes for the rest of the year. When our son was about four years old, I made coordinating sailor outfits for Easter. On Sunday morning when it was time to get ready for church, my son refused to put on the knickers and smocked shirt that I had so lovingly made. Frustrated, I stomped downstairs and told my husband, "You go talk to him!" About five minutes later, my son came strutting down the stairs, proudly wearing said smocked outfit. "How did you do that?!" I asked my husband. He said, "I told him I'd give him a dollar if he would wear it to church." Let's just suffice it to say that I never made him another smocked outfit.

When my kiddos outgrew these smocked clothes, I had to find another direction in which to focus my sewing. I decided to try quilting, and found my new passion. I began by making traditional quilts, but soon realized that appliqué was more forgiving and I didn't need as many math skills.

It didn't take long for me to realize that I enjoyed creating my own appliqué patterns. When friends started asking me to create patterns of my designs, I realized that perhaps I could turn my fun little hobby into a business, and Hissyfitz Designs became a reality.

Merry Mouse Mischief

Merry Mouse Mischief

I currently have a line of patterns that are a little outside of the box. I once had a customer tell me that I didn't even know where the box was. Hmmm... I guess I'll take that. Anyway, you may find me vending and teaching at quilt shows throughout the U.S. As we speak, er, I mean type, I am teaching and vending at A Mountain Quiltfest in Pigeon Forge, TN and next week you will be able to find me at AQS Quiltweek in Lancaster, PA.

Cruisin'

Cruisin'

I am currently working on new patterns for Quilt Market in St. Louis in May so keep a lookout to find them at a shop near you.

I hope you enjoy learning about the other participating BERNINA Ambassadors on this little blog tour. Simply click on the names below to get a peek at who we are and what we are all about. Remember that if you are looking for teachers for your guild or local shop we have lots of knowledge and enthusiasm to share!

Monday March 20 Lynn Carson HarrisKelly AshtonDiane DoranMelody Crust

Tuesday March 21 Kathy DelaneyChrista WatsonMandy Leins

Wednesday March 22 Sandy FitzpatrickBeth FerrierCheryl Sleboda

Thursday March 23 Annie SmithLori KennedyKari KarrCatherine Redford

Friday March 24 Joann SharpeCherry GuidryJenelle Montilone

Everyone loves a little free gift! If you have stuck around long enough to get to the bottom of this post, I have a free pattern for you, just sign up for my email newsletter in the pop-up block on my Homepage and this free Stitch It Up pattern will be emailed to you.

Stitch it Up!

Stitch it Up!

Enjoy!

Signature for Blog

Signature for Blog

How to Add a Flange to Your Quilt Block and Mount it on a Canvas Frame

UncategorizedSandy Fitzpatrick1 Comment

16Finished-block Many of my patterns have an additional little design element that's called a "flange". This is actually just an additional strip of fabric in a contrasting color to add a little zing to the design. However, it not only adds that little pop of color but also has a very useful purpose! It allows you to lift up the flange on your finished project to begin free-motion quilting in an area so that no one call tell where you began. After you have done all of your wonderful quilting, you can then end your quilting by lifting up the flange again and secure your stitches underneath. Again, no one will be able to tell where you ended your quilting! AMAZING, I know!

I decided to add a little tutorial on my blog so that you, too, would have the knowledge to add a flange to your projects and give them a little extra personality. The design I'm using is called "Stitch" and can be purchased on my webpage.

The first thing you need to do is complete the stitching on your particular appliqué block.

1Stitch-block

For this block I decided to stretch it over an artist's canvas. I purchased a 12" blank canvas from my local art supply/craft store.

Canvas-back

Since I started with a 12 ½" finished block, I needed to determine how much to trim off the block in order to add the flange and have the block wrap around to the back of the canvas. I wanted my flange to be 1" inside the edge of the canvas so I trimmed my block to 10 ½".2Trim-Block

Next, I cut one strip of fabric 1" x wof (width of fabric).

3Cut-flange

I then placed this on my ironing board in a little pile and added spray starch to it.

4Spray-starch

Next, iron this little strip of fabric, wrong sides together, to create a long strip of fabric that is ½" wide.

5Press-flange

Now, cut four of these flange strips 10 ½" in length.

Trim-flange

Line the raw edge of the first strip up with the raw edge of the top of the block and sew it on with a ¼" seam allowance. Then continue to sew the flange strips onto your block. I usually sew the top and bottom on first and then the two sides.

Stitch-flange

When the flange has been added, you need to determine how wide to cut the border strips to add to your block so that it will wrap to the back of the canvas. Center your block on the front of the canvas and measure from the edge of the block to the back side of the canvas and add ¼". My measurement was 3" so I cut two strips of background fabric 3" x wof (width of fabric).

Measure-to-back

I then cut two strips 10 ½" in length because that is the size of my block, and I sewed one border to each side of the block, again using a ¼" seam allowance, encasing the flange between the block and the border fabric.

Stitch-border

Remember to press your borders away from your block each time you sew one on. The folded edge of your flange strip will be towards the center of your block.

Press-border

Now that your side borders have been added you need to cut two lengths from your border fabric to measure 3" x 15" and add these two borders to the top and bottom of your block. When all the borders have been added, it's time to layer your block with backing and batting and do some fun quilting. If you aren't sure about free-motion quilting, you can always do some straight line quilting or cross-hatch quilting.

13Free-Motion

After quilting is finished, trim your block to 15" square and staple it to your canvas.

15Staple-to-canvasCenter your block on your canvas and pull the fabric to the back a little at a time and staple with a heavy duty stapler. Start in the center of each side so that you can determine that the block is centered and square and pull the fabric tight. The corners can be a little tricky, so fold the corner up at a diagonal and then fold the sides over it. Then continue to add staples around the block every couple of inches.

What a quick and easy way to give a block more personality. You can also add a flange to an area on your quilt that needs a little extra pop of color!

Screening "Stitch"

UncategorizedSandy Fitzpatrick15 Comments

Recently, while working on some new applique designs, I came up with a sewing/quilting design called, “Stitch”.  As I was working through the process I thought it would make a great design for the front of a t-shirt.  It is a simple, clean, and modern design, something I would wear, so I thought I’d see if anyone else might like it too.

It just so happens that my son, Joe, has started designing and screen printing t-shirts so I asked him for a little help and he agreed.  Let me tell you, this is no easy process. First I made the design then turned it over to Joe who printed it on transparency film and then “burned” the design into a silk screen by placing it in a dark room for several hours.  Once that was done, it had to be hosed off with water and then dried with a hairdryer.

Next, we set up a screen printing station in my kitchen and printed each shirt manually, one at a time.  After drying overnight, they had to be heat pressed and are now ready to go.

Since they are white shirts printed with black ink, they will basically go with anything. However, they can certainly be jazzed up with a little fabric paint or markers.

I will be vending at the Splash of Color quilt show in Cabarrus, NC this coming weekend so I will be able to see how they sell then.  If you are in the area, come on by!