Sunday, March 22, 2015

Crayons and Fabric

I belong to the Central Oregon chapter of The Modern Quilt Guild (it's a fabulous quild....the Modern Quilt Guild has chapters all over, check them out on their website) and our quild has decided that we should have name tags that have our logo on them. That way, when we are at events together everyone will know that we all belong to the same quild.

We were given a white piece of fabric with our logo printed on it and told to decorate it anyway we wanted.  My immediate thought was colorful and sparkly.  So I dug out my crayons. Yes crayons.
Modern Quilt Guild Name Tag
 Using the technique in Terrie Linn Kygar's book I colored in my name tag (my Mom and I saw watched Terrie demo this technique at a quilt show last year and I'd been itching to try it out).

Then I fused it to tim tex, fused on some backing, and sewed a sparkly ribbon around the edges.
Modern Quilt Guild Name Tag

Next I wrote my name out in hot fix crystals.

Hot Fix Crystals
Then I applied the crystals (and glued a pin onto the back)

Modern Quilt Guild Name Tag
Perfect. I'm sew excited with how it turned out and I can't wait to show the girls at our next meeting.

Happy Sewing everyone!

- Kat  :)

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Applique Embroidery Designs Tutorial

Watch this tutorial to learn just how fun and easy it is to stitch out applique embroidery designs.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Hawaiian Quilt Blocks - done!

I finally finished two wall hanging's that I had in my unfinished project pile for a while. A long while.....6 years to be exact.

Back in 2009, my Mom and I attended the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo in IL. (It's still one of my favorite shows)...and we took a class by Kathy Kansier on how to make Hawaiian Quilt Blocks.

Quilt Block
Kathy Kansier and myself with the block that I made in class.
One of the tips Kathy gave was that if you carefully cut out your shape, you can use the outer fabric to make a 2nd block which would be the 'negative' of your original block. I loved this idea and was super careful when cutting out my shape.

Quilt Block
My two blocks.

My original intent had been to add borders to both blocks and make two wall hangings. I had thought about doing embroidery in the borders, but I changed my mind and unsure what to do, the unfinished wall hangings sat on the shelf. And then they got packed up and moved to Oregon. And then unpacked and put on another shelf.
Quilt Block
My amazing Mom working on her block. It was so much fun taking this class with her.

Quilt Block
Me and my Mommy.

Quilt Block
Working on my block in class.

Quilt Block
Me sewing during class. I love sit & sew classes, I always learn so much.

And then last month I was looking for something else and I came across them. Suddenly inspiration hit, and I knew just what to do with them. I put them on my longarm, and had a blast quilting them.
Longarm Quilting
I love this quilt pattern in the border.
Longarm Quilting
Quilting away!

Now they are  hanging in my studio. Their original destiny finally fufilled. It may have taken me 6 years, but they look fabulous! After all, done = beautiful!
Hanging in my studio!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Paper Piecing Tutorial

Paper Piecing Tutorial
 I created this tutorial because one of the quilt groups that I belong to is making a charity quilt and it's going to be all paper pieced. Some of the woman haven't paper pieced before, so I promised to teach them. This video goes along with the hand out from the class, however you do not need the hand out in order to follow along. Enjoy!  - Kat  :)

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Welcome to Calico Cali Designs! I’m Kat, digitizer and sewing enthusiast. I learned how to digitize in 2010 from master digitizer Walter Floriani…it was an amazing experience. Soon instead of spending my time sewing, quilting and stitching out other people’s embroidery designs, I was sewing, quilting and stitching out my own embroidery designs. I created this blog, not only as a place to share my embroidery designs, but also as a place to share all the things I make, sew, paint, embroider, and create. You’ll see posts about my life, my studio, patterns I’ve sewn and products I’ve tested. I hope you enjoy reading these posts as much as I’ve enjoyed creating them. Follow me on twitter . Hugs!! – Kat