Sunday, November 24, 2019

enchanted sal - hailey

Good morning everyone! It's Sunday morning for me and just getting to writing our weekly post. While my family is spoiling me with our traditional (American) Sunday breakfast, I get to take a few minutes to write our post. I have exactly fifteen minutes, because my goal was to post before 9am GMT.


Today marks the eighth week of our Enchanted Sew Along. Every week a new figure from the Enchanted Mix and Match Series will be highlighted. This week we are celebrating Hailey.


Before we get into the blog post, I would like to share with you again one of our sponsors. G├╝termann, the German thread and fabric company, kindly offered two sets of quilting thread and premium cotton fabrics for our giveaway. Two lucky participants will each receive one set. It looks like three 1/2 meter cuts in those bundles too. I hope to show the rest of the loot next Sunday. : )


And here she is, our Hailey! I created her with the lightest skin tone I found in my Sediments Solids fabric pack from Robert Kaufman's Kona solids. I used a saffron color for her hair. She is very light skinned and pale, but I wanted to make all of the girls using different skin tones and hair colors. #Diversity is beautiful! We all should celebrate our own beauty and not compare ourselves to other.


If you already have the pattern, you will know there is a secret to Hailey. If you were wondering how to create her hair as shown in the pattern with her bangs to the side, it is actually a flip face/hair of Lilly yet to come.


Hailey is really a straight forward sew. Once again, there are just a couple of critical points that need to match up like the wrists and feet. Other than that, she is seems to be easier than the other figures.

Here is Hailey from the original quilt featured in the pattern. Don't you just love the dark hair and skin tones? I do! As you can see, her hands have been flipped over. You can mix and match everything in this pattern. If you would like to purchase the individual PDF or paper book with all 12 figures, you can find all of them in my Etsy shop or at your local quilt store such as einfach bunt quilts or Niemanns-Land.


Thank you for joinging us today. Happy sewing.

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Take a look at previous posts and see the other figures. 

Sunday, November 17, 2019

enchanted sal - gigi

Hi there! Thanks for joining us. Today marks the seventh week of the Enchanted Sew Along. A great big thank you to all who are sewing along. It truly warms my heart seeing what you make with the patterns!


We will be looking at the beautiful, Gigi in this post. She hasn't been shown yet. She remained a bit of a secret as well as four other figures. 


Before we get into the blog post, I would like to share with you one of our sponsors. G├╝termann, a German thread and fabric company, kindly offered two sets of quilting thread and premium cotton fabrics for our giveawy. Two lucky participants will each receive one set. It looks like three 1/2 meter cuts in those bundles too. There are a couple more suprises lined up, so stay tuned.


Back to Gigi. She is a beautiful garden fairy with a cute little bob hairstyle and a
jewelled crown. She flies bare-footed, because she loves to feel the grass touching her toes. Gigi has large (Fairy Godmother) wings that extend to her shoulders. There are only a few critical points that need to match up when sewing her together such as the wrist, wings intersections and hair around the face.



Gigi would look exceptionally beautiful with a bun. I used the crown segment (bun) from Jael featured on the front cover of the pattern book.


Or you could add the precious halo from Babette? You can add or remove segements on the templates. Instructions are given in the pattern on how to do this.


Or you could omit the tiara altogether and add the crown segment from Agatha.


And with all of the figures from the Enchanted Paper Dolls, you can mix and match the bodices and dresses to create your own styles.

There are so many possibilties with these figures. I would really love to see what you create with the patterns. Have fun.

I decided not to link up via InLinkz. Please email your figure to me or post on Instagram Thanks for joining.

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Take a look at previous posts and see the other figures. 

Sunday, November 10, 2019

enchanted sal - fiona

Hi everyone! Thanks for dropping by. I truly am tickled that a few are actually following the sew along posts! Thank you for your interest and support. This week we are taking a look at Fiona. This is our sixth week of figures. We are not halfway through our sew along. I have been gathering prizes for two winners and will be showing them in the next weeks.


Each week a new figure will be highlighted from the Enchanted Paper Dolls pattern book. I may even give some tips and tricks about sewing the figure as well. ; ) If you would like to purchase the entire book or just an individual PDF of one figure, you can purchase them here on Etsy or at your local quilt shop. If you shop doesn't carry it, ask them to get in touch with me. We sell wholesale to individual quilt shops as well.


I didn't shoot any in-progress photos of this one. I just worked right through the figure. Fiona comes with a bonus collar and bodice to change it up. The one I sewed, however is the original figure with a slight adjustment. I was fussy cutting most all of the pieces an realized the bodice was clashing with the skirt, so I added the purple belt to break it up. I feel it works much better. It is really simple too, to add a belt. Just add a line anywhere parallel to the bottom of the template to make the belt. Add an additional piece of fabric and sew on the line.

Fiona's collar can be a challenge, but I wanted to give her that 1960's look like Samantha from Bewitched. I also gave her a lighter skin tone than the other figures. I planned on giving two figures in this series a lighter skin tone. It can be a little problematic using such a light skin color with a white background; I prefer to give the entire block more contrast. I actually enhanced the color a bit to increase the contrast.


As you can see, Fiona is not wearing any shoes. You can use the provided template or simply skip the sewing lines on any of the other templates. It is described how in the front section of the pattern book.



I will skip adding a link up. If you want to share your figure, just send me a photo of <1MB to my email address or share on Instagram. Please tell me if I may share on social media or not. You will be included in the drawing for prizes automatically after receiving your photo. Thanks for dropping by. Enjoy your day!

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Take a look at previous posts and see the other figures. 

Sunday, November 3, 2019

enchanted sal - eva

For those of you who are following our sew along, thank you for joining us and reading this post. It tickles my heart. Today we are taking a look at Eva, a beautiful garden fairy with short wings and a knee-length dress.

Each week a new figure will be highlighted from the Enchanted Paper Dolls pattern book. I may even give some tips and tricks about sewing the figure as well. ; ) If you would like to purchase the entire book or just an individual PDF of one figure, you can purchase them here on Etsy or at your local quilt shop. If you shop doesn't carry it, ask them to get in touch with me. We sell wholesale as well.




In appreciation to all who are sewing along, we are offering two prizes:
  1. Cutest Figure
  2. Best Use of Mix and Match Templates
We are starting to gather up the prizes for these two special winners. I don't really want you to sew along just for the prizes, so I don't like to tell about them in the beginning. They will be very interesting though and worth the effort. We will pick the two winners in December after all figures have been introduced.

You can link up your figure for the week here at the bottom of the post. The link will be open for two weeks from the start date of the post. You can also post on Instagram. Make sure to tag me and use the hashtags: #enchantedsal #enchantedpaperdolls #eppaperdolls and/or #enchanted(figure name).

Eva is the figure of the week. She goes together rather quickly, so I chose to do a little more fussy cutting on her. I made sure the wings were going in the same direction by pinning the wing templates to the fabric then cutting them out.Since most of the figures are symmetrical, you can fussy cut one side and usually use the rest of the cut fabric for the other side of the figure and foundation paper template.


When it came to her legs, I slightly pre-cut my fabric for the angle of the sewing line to ensure my background fabric would keep its direction. It doesn't really matter with the background of my fabric, but the edges of the fabric keep their stability and I don't have  bias edges around the outside of the patches. This gives the overall block more stability. If you want to understand the cutting of this patch, please refer to the previous post for more details.


And here is Eva all layed out. The other two figures are also layed out underneath her. I made a little video of how you can mix and match the figures easily. I just have to cut the film into a real movie. The will come soon.



 Another view of the mix and match foundation papers/templates.


On this figure, I chose to use the bonus crown and hair for Eva. I love the original bodice and chose to use that instead of the bonus bodice included. If you want to make her without the crown, she will look like the figure below. I added the crown so you could mix and match with the other figures.


And here she is in all of her magnificent and glorious charm...Eva.


You can choose to omit the side panels and make a 6" x 12" block. You can do this with all of the enchanted figures with their hands down to the sides of their bodies.

Thank you for joining us today. We look forward to seeing your enchanted paper doll. Please link up here or on Instagram. Enjoy your week.

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Take a look at previous posts and see the other figures.