Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Christmas Pillowcases

This sweet Christmas fabric by Alexander Henry has been calling my name. It's Santa's Village and Santa's Slippers.

This time of year many of us are making pillow cases to give as gifts and decorate our beds so what better (and seriously fast) project for this fabric.

I used Twiddletail's free Magic Burrito tutorial.

The stripe accent piece is from Moda's Winter Wonderland and the teeny aqua accent piece is a Moda Bella Solid (9900 132).

I made a few kits for the shop and the Etsy store.
You can find the fabrics here

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Vintage Quilt Thursday: 6 Pointed Star

 Happy Thursday! Today I am sharing a vintage quilt from Heather's collection. It is an english paper pieced 6 pointed star made with the most amazing variety of vintage feedsack fabrics.

Heather basted the quilt on her long arm machine and it hand quilting it.

Next week I am going to share a tutorial on making this block. You don't have to make a whole quilt like this one but a block or two would be fun to make into baby quilt, a pillow, or a pouch.

I think this pink block with the blue flowers is my favorite.
Be sure to come back next Thursday and check out our tutorial!! Happy Sewing.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Happy Birthday Quilty Fun!

Happy, Happy Birthday Quilty Fun!

We are so excited to join Lori Holt and Fat Quarter Shop to celebrate the 1 year birthday of Quilty Fun and share with you this adorable FREE Quilty Fun Birthday Block! 

Quilty Fun features Lori's incredibly popular Bee In My Bonnet Row-A-Long with 10 amazing projects to use around your home.  You can purchase your own copy HERE at the Fat Quarter Shop!
As I pulled fabrics for my Birthday Cake Mini Quilt, my 10 year old daughter wanted to join in the fun and make a block of her own.  We each made a stack and I decided I would sew them both at the same time - just for fun!  So often, we only show the best of our finished projects - so here's to keeping it real...

My Block:

Her Block:

I have been out color schemed by my 10 year old this time.  Her block wins - hands down!  So I'm offering a FREE Kit to make this adorable mini with every $50 order in our WebStore or ETSY store today only!  Thanks for blog hopping today - have a Quilty Fun Day!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Vintage Quilt Thursday: Baby Bow Tie Tutorial

Welcome to another Vintage Quilt Thursday!! Today I am sharing a tutorial for a bow tie block.
You can check out the vintage inspiration here.

The picture above shows 4 of the blocks put together. Since I am not making a full quilt with the blocks I put 4 together to make one bigger block. This 4 unit block is 7.5" unfinished.

First, CLICK HERE to print out our template. It has 2 pieces, A and B, that you will use to cut our your pieces. You can use the cut paper to trace (that's what I did) or you can trace it on to heavier card stock.

You will need (per block):
1 B piece of bow tie fabric
2 A pieces of bow tie fabric
2 A pieces of background fabric

Trace and cut out these pieces using the printed and cut templates.

This block uses Y seams, or partial seams, so I marked a few of the pieces to help me know when to stop my seam.

One the middle square draw a line on each side 1/4" from the edge. Do the same for the background A pieces. I used a Frixon pen. The drawn line disappears with the heat of an iron.

First we are going to sew the middle bow tie. With right sides together sew the middle B square to the A piece.

Sew your seam just on the drawn line.

Do the same for the other middle square and A piece. Can you see my seam, how it doesn't go all the way from one edge to the other?
Iron your seams

Now for the background pieces. With right sides together lay your background piece on the middle square. Sew a line following the drawn line, starting and stopping before each end.

This step is hard to photograph and will make more sense when you get to this step and can see it in person.
Fold the bow tie unit to the side and line up the background outside edge with the bow tie edge.
Sew your seam from the point (at the edge of my thumb) to the outside edge.
I had to unpick a few seams at this step to get a feel for how far the seam should go to the middle. It doesn't have to be perfect, ironing will help it lay flat.

Sew your seam the same way on the other side of the same piece.
Repeat for your opposite A background block.

Iron and trim. This block is 4" unfinished.

Here is the back.

If you are putting blocks together, like I did, without sashing, there are a few ways to orient the blocks.
This way I create a colorful 4 patch in the middle.

And if I sew them this way I get a different look and all the bow ties go in the same direction.

The 4 patch method will also give you a 4 patch of background fabrics. This would make a fun ring effect with the bow ties.

So, clear as mud? This was a bit more challenging block if you haven't tackled Y seams before.

Check out this new fabric I listed in our Etsy shop. I love the low volume effect with pops of teal. And it has a doily so you know I love it. It is also in our webstore.

See you next time for another Vintage Quilt Thursday inspiration quilt. You can check out our past Vintage Quilt inspirations and tutorials by clicking on the link at the top of the blog.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Modern Building Blocks: Part 4

Morning all. Here are my latest Moda Modern Building Blocks. I slowed down a bit last week.

I am starting on a few of the bigger blocks (I think this one is 18"). 

I am getting to use some of my favorite prints. This is another 18" block. The biggest is 36. I am going to have to put a bit more thought in to the fabric choices for that one since it will really stand out.

This is the smallest for the week, 12".

We are still waiting for our back order of these patterns from Moda. Hurry up Moda!
How is everyone else doing with their blocks?

Come back Thursday for our latest Vintage Quilt Thursday. This week is the tutorial for the Baby Bow Tie quilt

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Vintage Quilt Thursday: Baby Bowties

I found this little gem for Vintage Quilt Thursday stuffed in a box I was sorting through for our next Vintage Yard Sale (October 11 at 8am. Its a Part 2 since we are gathering more stuff that didn't make it last time).

I am guessing I bought it at a thrift store years and years ago. Its a baby size quilt, very soft from washing and wear, and is just as sweet as it can be.

Oh, hello big jugs of Best Press and Miss Kate flannel charm squares. I really need to get one of those jugs.


I love the variety of fabrics. Did they come from clothes? Scraps swapped with neighbors?

I think this block is my favorite block, those sweet yellow flowers. And can you see the "make do" piecing? The pink sashing above the square is pieced to fit. I know I have done that before (my reason was cutting errors)

Recreating this block and writing up a tutorial should be my most challenging block. Its has Y seams. Y seams, or partials seams, aren't difficult, its just a different way of  piecing. This tutorial with Y seams will be good practice for a pattern and sew a long (its a quilt!) that Heather and I are plotting.

 And one more early morning picture. This shows how loved this quilt was and now how thin it has become. I hope the quilts I have made and gifted are used and loved too.

I  added a few new newsprint low volume fabrics to the shop. They are kind of awesome.

See you next Thursday when I will post a Baby Bowtie tutorial for you. I am thinking it will include a pdf printout. Is anyone out there trying out some of these blocks? Happy Sewing

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Nail Polish Mini Quilt and Kit

When I saw the free Nail Polish mini pattern I had to make it, stat. That happens now and then, I have to drop everything to start a new project.

I used our very fun and shiny mirror ball for the polish.
I drew the quilting lines with a Frixon Pen and it was a quilt project to sew up start to finish

Soon after seeing the free pattern I saw Lori Holt's free pattern to make this mini even mini-ier! She makes her mini with 6 little bottles but I made just the one block.

I am going to give these to my teenager and hang them by her vanity.

I made kits and there is enough to make both minis. This is an easy pattern and would be a great beginner sewing project for your young sewist. The tiny block would make a fun zippy pouch front too.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Vintage Quilt Thursday: Hourglass Tutorial

Welcome to the Hourglass Block tutorial. You can see the vintage quilt inspiration here.
This is a smallish block (each of the half square triangles is 2").

Here is how to make this fun little block.

 Start with 4- 2 7/8" squares, 2 of each 2 colors.

Draw a line diagonally on the lighter square.

Place the squares right sides together and sew down each side of your drawn line 1/4".
Cut on your drawn line.

Open and press each square. Pressing (placing the iron on the fabric and picking it up to move) rather than sweeping across the block will help to keep the square from getting pressed out of shape.
You have now created 4 half square triangles (hst's).
Trim the dog ears (the corner flaps).

Lay the squares out like so.

Sew the squares on the top and bottom

And then join the top and bottom units.
Voila, you are done. Cute, right?

Since I am not making a full quilt out of these blocks (like in the inspiration) I made a few more blocks to see what a bigger block would look like.

This layout features the lower volume prints in the middle. It creates another block in the middle.

Turned this way I get another hourglass block in the middle.

 This placement gives a punch of color in the middle.

You can make this block any size you want. Have a bunch of left over 5" squares? Sew up half square triangles and you get the same block.

Here is a handy chart to help you figure out the finished size for any hst

Check out our past Vintage Quilt Tutorials here on our Tutorials page

Lastly, check out our Jelly Roll sale, while supplies last. See you next week for another Vintage Quilt Thursday!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Modern Building Blocks: Part 3

I have a few more Modern Building Blocks to show you today. I found this handy wire hanger at a thrift shop and it works pretty good.
6 more 6.5" unfinished. I think I am around 28 blocks done (out of 48).

 One of the bigger blocks. Its nice, after sewing together the teeny blocks, to sew a bigger one like this. This one is still half of the biggest block (38").

I saw Heather's big blocks up on a design wall (she is starting with the big blocks) and I am even more excited to finish. I will photograph her blocks and share those with you next.

Where to buy the patterns
Low volume bundle like my backgrounds

Part 1
Part 2
Flying Geese Tutorial

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Vintage Quilt Thursday: Hourglass

Hello Thursday! Today's quilt has seen some love and is faded and soft.

As I was photographing it and trying to come up with the best way to piece each block (I initially though of doing an hourglass block) I realized how much simplier it actually was. Awesome!
Sometimes an easy quilt it just what I need. And its scrappy, so I am on board!

I wonder what this quilt looked like when the fabrics were brighter? Were they clothing?
Next week I will share how to make this fun little block.

I wanted to show the back too. You can see that the orange piece to the left is a different color. Did it fade different or was different to start with?

I like the rounded corners too. I want to try this some day. I've seen an old cd used to trace the rounded corners. I wonder if I could get away with not using a bias binding (because of the curved corners)? I almost never use bias binding and much prefer to cut regular strips. Most of my bindings are machine applied to the front (time saver) and I think machine binding a bias binding might turn out a bit wonky.

Before I go and fill orders look what we got in!!! Miss Kate flannels, by Bonnie and Camille. This includes layer cakes and charm packs. They would make the best rag quilts! And, with fall and winter around the corner I think my girls need pj pants and pillow cases to keep them warm