Monday, November 1, 2021

OMG November

 I know Easter isn't for Months, but it's good to get quilting projects finished before you want to hang them.  I found this great book Just One Charm Pack Quilts by Cheryl Brickey at Meadow Mist Designs. I love the little 5 inch squares so this is the book for me.  The quilts in this book use only 1 charm square and some yardage.  The quilts are all different sizes but all in the range of the quilt I am making which is 42.5" by 55.5"  so great for wall hangings, table toppers and babies.  

   I used Lady Bird by Chelsea Manning for Moda Fabrics for this quilt.  

Don't you love the sweet, spring florals!

The pieces sew together quickly because they are big.  I love big.

The pieces go together quickly because they're big too.

This is the flimsy.  My goal is to have this lovely quilted by the end of November.  I have a Q20 and I'm not a confident quilter so we will see.

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Sunday, October 24, 2021

The Little Red Schoolhouse

 At the end of last summer my husband and I purchased a little red schoolhouse cabin at Point Agassiz.   I have looked across the waters to Point Agassiz on the mainland for most of my life, but had rarely visited and had only gone to the beach.  This is a photo from my back deck.  The arrow points to Point Agassiz.

On one visit to the beach, my husband and I found a trail that lead to a one lane road, which we walked and found the famed Schoolhouse of Point Agassiz.  I posted about this little adventure in 2014 Here

The schoolhouse was built in 1923 to serve the children of the homesteaders in the community.  The people farmed vegetables, raised chickens and herded cattle, and they sold the products to the grocery store in Petersburg.  When transportation to Petersburg from the lower '48 became more reliable in the late '40's, there was no market for the goods produced at Agassiz. Many of the families moved to Petersburg and the little schoolhouse closed.  A logging company purchased the building and moved it around the region to logging sites, using it as a cook house.  When the industry died in Southeast Alaska, the company owners moved the little schoolhouse to a site near where it was originally built.  It remained in family hands for many decades. It is one of two buildings still standing from the original homestead days.  My granddaughter's Helmi and Heidi, have history here.   Their great-great grandmother attended school in this little house.  Their great grandparents own the other house that is still standing close to the original site of the schoolhouse.  Their home was the US Post Office for the Pt. Agassiz homesteaders.  

We purchased our schoolhouse cabin in early August 2020 and spent several days 'camping' in it until the weather got too bad for comfortable boat travel in late November.   We were back again in March with all kinds of ideas and energy.  I took this photo on a sunny October day in 2021.  New siding, a coat of paint and regular weed eating changed the look of the 98 year old cabin.

I spent the summer of '21 painting and sewing for my little schoolhouse.  I spray painted an old daybed blue and covered the pillows with fabrics from the Shine On collection by Bonnie and Camille.  You can see the Fast Track quilt hanging over the arm of the daybed.  This daybed and trundle sleep two. This is a family cabin and all 6 granddaughters need a place to sleep.  The wall hanging has Alaska wildflowers.  I posted about this quilt HERE.  I used a lovely green check from the Meadow collection by Rifle Paper for the table cloth.  

Our schoolhouse has a kitchen with cold running water and a very useful propane stove.  The cupboards were stocked with everything for cooking and dishes.  Don't you love the cupboard pulls and the orange counters. We don't have electricity but we do have a nice generator so I can sew and charge my cell phone.  

This is the view from the kitchen window.

This is the view from the windows in the front.

I really enjoyed my time here this summer.  I spent about 3 days each week at the school house and I made a lot of progress with cabin projects and sewing projects.  My husband was even able to make it over for a visit a few times and I put him to work.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Run 'n Stitch Shop

The pandemic threw us all for a loop didn't it?  After years of selling on Etsy, I decided to open a brick and mortar store in my little town.  My luck has never been very good and for this decision, it was particularly bad.  The day I opened the store, everything in town closed.  I stepped up and offered delivery and picked orders for local people, which they picked up at the door.  In effect, I still had an on-line business, even though it was in a new location.  After a year, I decided to simply sell out.  I wasn't going to keep throwing good money after bad.  So, I sold out, closed my Etsy site and took a year off.  

I truly love fabric.  I love the colors and patterns, the silky feel, the ideas, sewing it, cutting it, ironing it, organizing it-everthing.  For this reason, I am back.  Run 'n Stitch is alive again.  I am slowly building my inventory, with a focus on precuts.  I plan to stay small so I can give my undivided attention to each customer who orders from my shop.  You can find me here...

I just received a lovely bundle of this floral beauty.  Lady Bird is a fabric collection designed by Crystal Manning for Moda Fabric.  As the winter sets in, this luscious fabric reminds me that spring will come again.  Click on the image below to see the pieces I have in this collection

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Fast Track Quilt

 I planned to participate in the Fast Track quilt along with Andy from A Bright Corner last year.  Unfortunately I had a little bout with Covid and everything in my life stopped for a little while. When I started feeling better, the first thing I did was make a quilt from this pattern.  

You can purchase the pattern HERE

I used a jelly roll from Bonnie and Camille's Shine On collection. I love the bright aqua and red prints and the contrasting navy strips in this collection.  I used some of the fabrics in the collection to decorate my cabin for the summer season.  Curling up with this quilt, and lots of pillows with a good book is a cabin activity.

You can use your own fabrics or choose a layer cake or jelly roll bundle.  I have chosen a layer cake from the Shine On collection by Bonnie and Camille.  Don't you love their combination of aqua, green, red and navy!  You can find fabrics from this collection Here.

Linking to: Off The Wall Quilt Fridays, Scrap Happy Saturday, Monday Making

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!