Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Helpful Hints for Love Notes Mystery

Find a great embroidery tutorial for the STEM STITCH HERE and BACK STITCH HERE.

Find a tutorial for doing RAW EDGE APPLIQUE HERE.

Follow the directions in the first step to cut the fabric pieces for your quilt.  There are 4 rows, one for each week, so put the correct pieces in a pile for each row.  You can further organize by putting the pieces for each section of each row into smaller piles as shown on page one of the directions.  

Tutorial for each week from Shabby Fabrics:

Week 1 click HERE

Week 2  click HERE

Week 3 click HERE

Week 4 click HERE

Week 5. click HERE

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Blueberry Buckle Table Runner

This easy and quick table runner is made with Jenny Beyer's Blueberry Buckle fabric.  I love the soft blue's and browns in this collection.  And of course every Alaskan loves a good blueberry buckle.  You can make this fun little table topper with only 3 fat quarters and a yard and a half of fabric for backing and binding.  You can make this table runner as long and as wide as you want or turn it into a quilt by making more blocks.  The table runner with 3 fat quarters is 3 blocks wide by 7 blocks long.  The one I made for this post is 3 X 6 because that was the size I needed for the table it will go on.  This block is traditionally called the Rail Fence.  It is perfect for beginners.

Step 1.  Cut your fat quarter into 7 strips that measure 2.5" X 22".  

Step 2.  Sew two of the strips together as pictured. 

Step 3.  Sew the third strip to all of the pairs.  You will have (7) strips that measure 6.5" by 22"

Step 4. Press to the dark side.

Step 5.  Cut each of the strips into (3) 6.5" X 6.5" blocks.  You will have 21 blocks.

Step 6.  Arrange your blocks so that you sew three together that look like one of these rows and 4 that look like the other row.    Press toward the vertical row so your seams nest nicely when you sew the rows together like they are laid out in the image below. When your rows are sewn together you will have 7 rows with three blocks in each row.

Step 7.  Make a little sandwich out of your top, batting and backing.  Do a little stipple-or whatever you want, to hold your sandwich together. 

Step 8.  Add a binding and your topper is ready to use.

Linking to: Em's Scrap Bag,  Monday Making , Design Wall Monday, Midweek Makers, NTT

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Reversible Tote Bag Pattern

                               Two Tote Bags in One
                                                  Reversible tote bag Pattern
a kid friendly pattern-may need adult help

Two fat quarters
Sewing Machine
Rotary Cutter, mat and ruler or scissors
If you use scissors you will need to mark the cutting lines with a pencil or pen.  You will also need a measuring tape.

This works best with a rotary cutter, mat and ruler if possible.

Preparing the Fabric

Step 1

-Fold your fat quarter in half so the selvage edge is on the side of the fabric.  Repeat with second fat quarter.  Trim off the selvage edge.

-Square up both of your fat quarters as shown.  Make sure the fold is lined up with a straight mark on the ruler.

Making the Straps

-Cut (2) 2 inch strips from the top or bottom of each fabric.  

-You will have 4 strips.

Step 3

-Pin and sew strips right sides together with one fabric on one side and the other on the other side.  Only sew the long sides together, leave the ends un-sewn as shown.  Use a 1/4 inch seam.  Remember to backstitch at each end of each seam.

-Turn the straps right side out and press.  

Making the bag.

-Step 1

Fold and trim your two fat quarters so they are the exact same size.  They will be around 13 inches by 9 inches folded or 18 inches unfolded.

Step 2
-With right sides together pin each of your fat quarters together around the bottom and open side as shown. 

Using a 3/8 inch seam, sew the pinned side and bottom remember to backstitch on both ends.

-Turn the bags right side out. I use a pin to pull the corners out on the bottom of the bags.  Press the bags.

Step 2

-Pick one of the bag sections.  Measure from the edge to the center and mark 1 inch using a pin. Turn the bag over and measure one inch from the edge, just like you did for the other side.

-Place your finished strap, with right sides together, matching raw edges pin the straps to the bag as shown.  Repeat with the other side of the bag. 

Stitch the straps in place.  You will have one bag with straps and one bag without straps.

Sew Bag Together.

Step 1

-Turn the bag with the straps inside out.  Do not turn the other bag inside out! Put the other bag (with no straps) inside the bag with the straps with right sides together.  

-Using 2 pins, mark your starting and stopping places.  Give yourself a 3 inch opening. This will be the hole for you to turn the bag right side out.

-Match the right edges together and pin and then sew  around the top. Be sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of this seam.

-Pull the bag right side out through the hole in the top.  Push one bag into the other bag.

-Press the entire top so you have an even edge.  Sew around the top.  This will close the opening.  Be sure to top stitch close to the edge.

-You will have an adorable bag that looks just like this,

and this.  

Happy Sewing!

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Wednesday, Quilt Day

Every Wednesday a group of quilters meet at our local Lutheran Church from 10-2 to work on projects.  Each week, I look forward to stories, laughter, words of wisdom, goodies and inspiration.  Here are a few projects from last weeks get together.

Sally's finished quilt top.  She's been working on this for a couple of sessions.  She found this kit for a great price and couldn't resist. Check out the mitered corners.  

Sally's project for the day was to arrange these half square triangle blocks.  She brought her own design wall and her goal was to get half of the blocks placed by the end of the day.  The geometric triangles were made from the True Colors Pom Poms and Stripes 10 inch Charm Pack by Tula Pink.  Don't you love the gray she found for the background.

Hurray for Sheryl, another Quilts of Valor project.  This is also a kit.  Look at all of those precise points!

Marcy says she's sworn off purchasing new fabrics and plans to use what she has.  She is making a scrappy quilt with these random blue strips.  Don't you just love it.  She did get a gift certificate to my shop for have the prize winning quilt at our last quilt show, so she'll have to do a little shopping.

Linking to:

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Easter Bunny

      I was digging through my quilts to find something to hang up for Easter.  Look what I found!  I made this quilt back in the ots.  I would guess this quilt is about 15 years old but it doesn't look a day over 5.  I worked on this quilt at a retreat and I was happily sewing on paper and cutting away when one of my fellow retreaters told me she just couldn't stand it anymore and she showed me how to paper piece the right way.  All of these little baskets are paper pieced.  The flowers, birds and bunny are all done with raw edge quilting.  This is on my wall for the holiday.  Happy Easter!!

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Friday, April 5, 2019

Humpback Whale Finish

Whew.... I'm finally finished.  I started this wall hanging a long time ago.  Last year I put it on my list of UFO's to finish and well, didn't finish it.  I left it out so I wouldn't forget about it and it made me feel guilty every time I walked by, so I buckled down and just put a border on it and quilted it.  This pattern is from Dana Michelle at Wildfire Designs. You can find it here. I didn't follow the color card she provides, I used what I had on hand.  It's a great raw edge pattern for your leftover batiks.

I posted about the quilting here.  I had a little fun trying a couple of quilting patterns on my Q20, that daunting machine in the corner of my sewing room.  

Linking to: Finished or Not Friday, Can I Get A Whoop, Whoop

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

OMG March Finish-Citrus Cooler

I've finally finished Citrus Cooler.  It is my OMG finish for March.  

This is another of the patterns I've developed to use 10 inch squares.  It is actually just half square triangle blocks arranged in this pattern.  There are a million ways to arrange your half square triangle blocks to get a stunning result.  

I have posted the pattern for you to try too.  I used Robert Kaufman's  Kona Cotton Citrus Fruit Palette half stack and Kona Cotton yardage in white for the background.  You can use a 10 inch square pack of white Kona Cotton to make the blocks too.  The pattern lists what you need for the background fabric if you use just yardage and if you use the 10 inch squares and yardage.

You can see the pattern if you enlarge your screen