Faced Print Extension


Project Overview

"I have enjoyed using this technique more than any other in past years. It seems to be a great design freature, and a wonderful way to create an unusual design concept. Quilted, topstitched or embellished with Sulky Thread simply tops it off." 
--- Ruth

About the Artist

Ruth Schwarzman - Co-Owner of Ruth's Stitchery in Colorado Springs, CO

Ruth was born and raised in Idaho Falls, ID and is married to Louis. They have one daughter and two sons. She had worked at Stretch & Sew for ten years prior to opening the shop in 1984 which she co-owns with Ruth Warren. Thanks to their wonderful customers and friends, they have been going strong ever since.

Ruth attended a Speed Stitch Instructor's Training in Lubbock, TX in 1982 and since that time has been teaching and experimenting with machine arts. She has been teaching one-of-a-kind Jackets using the "Sally Jacket Pattern" for several years. One of her designs included a specially designed "Jacket" which traveled with the Hoffman Quilt Challenge during 1991-1992.


  • Your favorite Jacket Pattern or use Sally's Jacket Pattern by Sally Lampi
  • I used an Alexander Henry Print but any Tropical Print could be used that featured an animal or bird which is about the size of the parrot I used. Extra yardage might be required in order to manipulate print to appropriate place for cutting
  • Fleece - same yardage needed
  • Lining Fabric - as listed on pattern
  • Pieced Jacket Fabric - as listed on pattern - compatible with your chosen tropical print
  • Sulky Black Rayon Thread #1005
  • Sulky Metallic Threads #7022 & 7021
  • Sewing Machine on which feed dogs can be lowered or covered for free-motion "Thread Sketching" or Quilting
  • Size 14/90 machine needles
  • General sewing supplies

Other Surface Techiques Used on this Jacket

  • Prairie Points
  • Decorative Top Stitching with Sulky Thread
  • Channel Quilting with Sulky Metallic Thread
  • Couched Metallic Braid
  • Use of dangling fabric ties

Creative Quilting Extension

  1. Select fabrics and decide how much of an overlap you wish to have. Lay pattern pieces for right front of jacket, right side to right side of fabric, and cut to correct size. Make sure you leave excess fabric around overlap shape (extension) for trimming around shape. Cut this same shape from outside jacket fabric, fleece and lining fabric. Layer fleece to wrong side of front fabric including extension. Using a Sulky Thread that will be visible on the fleece, *"Thread Sketch," free-motion, around your extension shape from the right side, following the parrot design on the fabric as a pattern. This layering enables you to embellish and quilt the pieces of the garment. 
*Thread Sketching/Quilting
  • Set up machine for Free-motion
    (See darning in your instruction book)
  • Move fabric in an even, slow manner letting needle follow the line design on the fabric print while running the machine at a moderate to fast speed so that small, even stitches are made. You determine the stitch length by how fast you move the fabric.
  1. After completing piecing as suggested in Sally's Pattern and embellishing each of the jacket pattern pieces, follow pattern directions to sew the "jacket shell" which is the fabric and fleece quilted together to create one layer. 
  2. To sew together with lining, place right sides of shell and lining together. Starting at left edge of collar, sew around the collar, down right front of jacket, around the thread tracing of the shape of the overlap (extension) and across the entire bottom edge, stopping at left front.

    Trim seam just sewn as needed. Turn jacket right side out through open left front edge. Press all edges and top stitch with Sulky Thread to finish jacket.

    Wear with pride your one-of-a-kind Jacket!

Try Ruth's Stylish Puffs

  1. Cut two squares of fabric - one each of 4" and 5", or your selected sizes. Having a 1" difference between the sizes of the two squares seems to make a good puff. Or try piecing the larger square out of two triangles or multiple pieces for a unique color effect.
  2. Lay the larger square of fabric over the smaller one, both right sides up, and pin to match corners making larger size fit over the smaller size. Then take a tuck in each side of the larger square near the center of each side to create the puff. Sew 1/4" seam around edges of square. This puff can be left free form or pressed into a shape. Use alone or create a strip of puffs.
    Enjoy this 3-D fabric effect in other projects!