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Epic HST Technique01.30.14

As part of my goal to finish up some WIP’s, I broke out these blocks this week:

Blocks

These are quilt blocks from several years ago that I had made for me in a quilting bee.  All the fabrics used are scraps from my stash-and I love these blocks.  By, the way, this is not a block I would recommend for a quilting bee!–All those HST’s–the dear ladies in my bee are so appreciated! =)

This block is an easy block to make though–if you don’t mind making lots of HST’s.  The block is 16″(if you use 2 1/2″ HST’s/patches–the HST’s will finish at 2″) and is constructed using 8 Block A’s:

Block #2

And 8 Block B’s:

Block #1

Arrange and sew together to make the 16″ block:

Star Block

I need to make a couple more blocks and I plan to add sashing that includes HST’s as well.  So, I was feeling a bit daunted by trimming up all those HST’s–it always takes so long.  I had a bunch of already made HST’s that just needed trimmed that I had received back from the ladies in my bee.

HST's

And, I thought, there has got to be a better way.  As luck would have it, I had just purchased a handy little 2 1/2″ square ruler on Saturday.

Square Ruler

And it hit me that, since I was making 2 1/2″ unfinished HST’s, I could use this ruler to trim up my HST’s much faster.  By cutting them *before* pressing them open I could cut the trimming time in half.

Cutting

Just place, the diagonal line of the ruler onto the seam line of the HST and trim the 2 sides–so fast!

You can do this with any square ruler that has a diagonal line.  Now, I am sure you are thinking:  ”well, that’s handy if you happen to have the right sized square ruler ~with~ a marked diagonal line”.  But here’s where it gets even handier.

Dry Erase

I remembered seeing on Pinterest where someone had used a dry erase marker to write on their washing machine(so they’d remember to line dry or check for stains on a certain garment) & I thought “Ha!–I can totally use that idea to make any size HST ruler”.  The ruler in the picture above is my 6 1/2″ x 18″ ruler.

Make your HST’s however you normally do but when you get to the trimming part, do not press them open.  Whatever size you want your HST’s to be before sewn into the project that is where you would draw your diagonal line on your ruler(use a fine point dry erase marker for accuracy).  For my example, you will notice I drew my line from 3 1/2″ to 3 1/2″–the HST will be 3 1/2″ *before* sewn into the quilt or 3″ once it’s sewn in.

Place the dry erase line onto the seam line(not the edge of the HST) and trim the two sides.

Trim

Press open and you will have a perfect HST in half the time!  And when you are finished, just wipe the dry erase line right off.  I think this is such a great way to trim HST’s and I am always all about saving time.  Hope this technique helps some of you out in your HST endeavors! =)

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Bits & Bobs01.02.14

Scrappy Fabrics

I hope you guys all had a wonderful holiday season!  Today, the girls are both back to school and the lazy days of vacation have come to an end.  I always enjoy having everyone home–Ryan was home most of the time as well.  We celebrated too much, ate too much, slept too much, played way too many games(have any of you played Forbidden Island?–so much fun!), had too much stomach flu–all in all a very successful holiday–minus the stomach flu part smack dab on Christmas day. =)

Instagram love

I’ll be sharing this project with you next week!

I also discovered instagram again.  I had tried it out a couple years ago and never got into it.  But now, it seems like everyone has moved over from flickr and it’s like a lovely reunion of familiar faces over there!  I have thoroughly enjoyed browsing quilty photos and seeing what everyone has been working on over the holidays.  If you are an IG’er I would love to follow you and see what you are up to!

I had hoped to be back tomorrow to share a fun little tutorial with you.  But, this is the view from my front porch this morning:

Snowy Day

 

Which is not very conducive to good picture taking so I’ll have to wait and see if it brightens up a bit!

I hope your 2014 is off to a great start!–If you have any quilty/sewing goals I would love to hear them.  For me, working on the wip’s is always a goal however–I am a much better starter than I am a finisher!

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Gift Card Boxes12.19.13

Boxes

Just a quick little post today.  I wanted to share these fun little gift card boxes I whipped up this morning.  I know some of you may be looking for fun packaging alternatives to cards for your gift card giving.

Inside

These cute little boxes can literally be made in minutes–maybe 10-15 minutes tops.  It actually took my girls and I longer picking out the papers to use than it did to make the boxes.

Gift Card Boxes

And look how cute!–And you could even bling them up a bit with some cute twine or ribbon and a great little tag(there are some really cute free chalkboard gift tags available this year!)  Heather Bailey has the free gift card box tutorial available here.

Enjoy!

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Norman, the Sock Monkey12.18.13

Sock Monkey

Yesterday, I spent working on this little fellow who I’ve been calling Norman.  I found a great Sock Monkey Tutorial  awhile back and I’ve been wanting to make one and yesterday was the day.  I had thought I might make one for each of the girls for Christmas but instead decided to make him for another little someone.  Now, of course, each of the girls are asking me to make one for them!

Monkey

I thought the tutorial was very easy to follow and it took just a few hours to make Norman.  I picked the socks up at Walmart and had the rest of the supplies I needed on hand–very inexpensive Christmas gift!

I am asked very often, and I think a lot of people assume that I make a lot of gifts for people–showers, Christmas, Birthdays etc.  But, interestingly enough I really don’t.  I’m not sure why this is?  I know a lot of quilt makers do make cute gifts–I just saw the cutest pot holders/oven mitts over on Rita’s blog today.  What about you?–are you a handmade gift giver?

Sitting Monkey

Ryan told me my little sock monkey looked like “Bender”.  Have you guys heard of him?–At first at thought he meant Beaker:

beaker

And, I thought, really?!–maybe..but, I didn’t quite see the resemblance.  But then, he was “kind enough” to whip out a picture(he’s thoughtful like that) of this “Bender”:

bender-for-website

Do your husband’s have a running commentary on your projects as well? =)  Mine sure had a lot to say about my sock monkey project! =p

I’d love to hear what you are working on for Christmas!

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Friday WIP12.06.13

Fabric

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving week last week!  I was lucky to have my girls home with me from last Wednesday(they had a snow day–perfectly timed weather!) all the way though Monday.  Ryan had off for most of these days also–we took the girls out for supper and to see Frozen on Wednesday evening.   It was Elonie’s first trip to a movie theater and Chloe’s 2nd and the movie was pretty cute so we all had a great time.  Thursday was spent with Ryan’s family for lunch and my family for supper, Sunday was at my cousin’s house and the rest of the time was spent relaxing at home.

I totally drank way too much coffee on Sunday and a coke–so got only a couple hours of sleep Sunday evening–I knew all that caffeine was a bad idea–it does me in every time!  Monday I woke up with some weird, extreme head cold–but it mostly moved out by Tuesday–must have been some strange sleep deprived, caffeine induced illness…is that possible? =p

So, with all that said, it has taken me a bit to get back into the swing of things!

Fabrics

I did have a chance to work on the chalkboard pillows that I shared with you.  I cut up the fabrics into 2 1/2″ squares and got to sewing.

This turned out to be one of my favorite bits once I started piecing the top.  The little “beautiful” right under the manger scene couldn’t have been more perfect if I had planned it.

Closeup

And here’s what the pillow top looks like completely pieced.

Pillow Top

I love the way it is turning out.  I’ll probably go pretty easy on the quilting to not detract from the pillow center.  Hopefully I’ll have this finished up soon and get a chance to work on the other two pillows.

I had a lot of you express an interest in buying these little pillow centers.  If you were one of those folks, be sure to stop back on Monday–I’m participating in Sew Mama Sew’s giveaway day and you just might find one(or more) of these little panels included in my giveaway. =)

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Framework Pattern11.15.13

Framework Quilt

I know some of you have been waiting on my Framework pattern to be available–and here it is! =)  You will find the free pattern available for download on the RJR website here.

The line of fabric the pattern showcases is called Little Friend by Yuko Hasegawa.

Fox & Rabbit

I actually designed two quilts for this collection, Framework and an upcoming quilt for McCall’s Quilting.  The little foxes, rabbits, and mushrooms were so cute and fun to work with.  I don’t very often work with “novelty” type fabrics so this was a fun change of pace.

Mushrooms

I also really liked the blenders available in this line–in particular these little ovals which are available in 7 different colors.

Blenders

Little Friend fabrics will be available in February but you can snag the Framework pattern today.   It’s a pattern that works very well with many collections–you’ll remember that I tested the pattern in Winter’s Lane:

Quilt

And, I did a quick mock-up of it in Mirabelle by Fig Tree Quilts–this is probably one of the lines introduced at quilt market this fall that I am most excited for.  It’ll be available this spring.

Mirabelle Framework

Speaking of Fig Tree(I shared this with my facebook followers), did you know that Soak introduced a new line of nail polishes curated by favorite fabric designers?–and Fig Tree is one of those!–So, you can now have figgy nails!

Fig Tree Nail Polish

There are actually sets from a few fave designers:  Denyse Schmidt, Lizzy House, Sandi Henderson, & Fig Tree.

Fabric Designer Nail Polish

The only spot I’ve found so far to purchase them retail is The Workroom in Canada–but they do ship elsewhere.  Wouldn’t they make great stocking stuffers for your quilty friends!  Who doesn’t want nail polish to match their fave fabrics?! =p

Hope you all have a great Friday!

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Christmas Pillows11.13.13

For Unto You

Whew!–I am so glad to be able to sit down and take a minute to relax!–Remember that quilt I referenced last week that I thought I was going to complete over the weekend and then have time to work on Elonie’s binding?–Well, I just finished it about an hour ago.    I seriously underestimated the amount of time it was going to take!–I think it was a combo of the size, it’s a queen, and the amount of applique.  At any rate, it is finished and I can now move on to a project that I’ve been itching to work on!  Well, after I get my house/laundry back in shape–they are both out. of. control.

Pillow Centers

A few weeks back, I had the idea to design and print out some fabrics that could be used for some cool Christmas pillows.  I ended up with 3 different designs and uploaded my designs to Spoonflower and had them printed.

Pillow Center

Aside, from printing out some quilt labels with Spoonflower previously, this was my first try at fabric and overall I am happy with the result.  I didn’t realize that often Spoonflower is unable to print a “black” fabric–so, the fabrics I received are more of a dark grey instead of the darker designs I uploaded–my designs were more “chalkboardy”.  However, I am still happy with the result and I might try re-printing them on a different base fabric to see what happens.

Fabrics

I plan to surround the pillow centers with some sort of pieced border(s) and I was looking at some fabrics this morning to use for them.

Fabric

I ended up pulling a selection of mostly Moda fabrics–there are just a couple Denyse Schmidt fabrics in their and the Laurie Wisbrun stripe at the top will make a perfect binding fabric.

I can’t wait to start working on these pillows!

Today I’m linking up with Lee’s WIP Wednesday. =)

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Deck the Halls Placemats Embroidery Patterns Freebie10.17.13

Hey all!–I’m glad to sneak in some blogging time in between several patterns I am writing up and some quilts I am working on for quilt market.  I love this time of year with all the new fabrics coming out and exciting new patterns!

You all may remember my Wedding Wishes Quilt and Love Pillows from the Moda Sweet Celebrations Book.

But, what you didn’t know was that I had another project accepted into the book–a set of Embroidered Christmas Placemats.  Unfortunately, due to the size of the book, they ended up being dropped from the book.

I had planned to share them with you last year, along with the free pattern, but that sneaky big project I’ve mentioned here and there over the last year was hogging up all of my time last fall and I never got around to sharing them with you.

I know many of you are gearing up and diving into Christmas projects and thought now would be a great time to share these with you.

The set of 4 placemats feature cute, simple embroidery and a bit of applique.  The piecing is also super simple.  I love an easy quick decorating project or gift idea that comes together quickly!

Unfortunately, I couldn’t locate the font info. for the applique(it has been two years!).  But, they were fonts that I had in Microsoft Word that I sized appropriately.  It’d be no problem for you to choose your own fonts and size them—or leave off the applique altogether.

I’m giving away the placemat instructions and the embroidery patterns for you all!  So you can whip up some cute placemats of your own. =)

This little guy is my favorite!

Deck the Table Placemats Instructions

Snowman Embroidery Pattern 

Reindeer Embroidery Pattern 

Santa Claus Embroidery Pattern 

Christmas Tree Embroidery Pattern

I machine stippled all of the placemats being careful not to quilt over the applique or embroidery.  After machine quilting, I added a bit of hand quilting using 8wt. perle cotton.  The edges of my applique were completed using a blanket stitch on my machine.  The fabrics I used were from Sweetwater’s Countdown to Christmas line.  These fabrics are hard to find as they are out of print but, Christmas Countdown by Deb Strain has a very similar feel to my original fabric and is currently available.

If you use my embroidery patterns to make placemats or use them for another cute project I’d love if you’d share them!

Enjoy!!

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Scrappy Trip Finish09.20.13

I finished up the Scrappy Trip quilt top that I’ve been working on.  The blocks for the quilt were made by the ladies of the Bee Purposeful Quilting bee.  The quilt will be auctioned off in October with the funds raised to benefit a mission team headed to an Ecuador orphanage this winter.

The fabrics used were a mix of Scrappy Brights from our stashes.  It was fun to see how all of the fabrics worked together.

I had planned to straight line quilt this quilt but in the end opted to send it off to Abby  for her to machine quilt.  I can’t wait to see the finished quilt!

If you are interested in making a Scrappy Trip quilt of your own you can find the tutorial for the blocks here.

SuperSized Sampler Flickr Group

For those of you following along with this Block Along, I’d love if you’d join our flickr group to share photos of your completed blocks!  I’ve seen some great ones already!  You can find our flickr group here.

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Rainbow Row Along {Row #10}09.16.13

Whew!–What a busy week and weekend I just had.  Fortunately I was still able to keep on track with my next row of Elonie’s quilt.  I’ve been excited about this block since designing the quilt–and it turned out just as cute as I had hoped.

For this row you will need:  1/2 yard of Tile Blue Pure Elements by Art Gallery Fabrics & 7/8 yd. Moda Bella PFD White.

From the Blue Fabric cut: (2) 8 1/2″ x wof strips; cut into (8) 8 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ rectangles

From the White Fabric: cut (4) 2 1/2″ x wof strips; cut (16) 2 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ rectangles, cut (3) 2 1/2″ x wof strips; cut into (8) 2 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ rectangles, cut (2) 4 1/2″ x wof strips; cut into (16) 4 1/2″ squares, cut (1) 2 1/4″ x wof strip; cut into (16) 2 1/4″ squares

Place a 4 1/2″ white square right sides together in the corner of the blue rectangle.  Sew a diagonal line.

 Trim a 1/4″ seam allowance and press.   Sew a 4 1/2″ white square on the other top corner(on the 8 1/2″ side).  Sew a diagonal, trim a 1/4″ seam and press.

 In the same manner, complete the bottom two corners using the 2 1/4″ squares.

Sew a 2 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ white rectangle to the sides of the Raindrop block.  Press away from the center.  Sew a 2 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ rectangle to the bottom of the block.  Press away from the center.  Make a total of (8) 12 1/2″ Raindrop Blocks.

 Sew the Raindrops together to complete Row #10.

Sew the row onto the Rainbow Rows quilt top.

Next week we are onto the purples!

On a side note: For those of you following along on the SuperSized Block Along, I updated the the “Cutting Instructions for the Whole Sampler”.  If you saved or printed out the cutting instructions before Saturday morning double check to make sure that you have the current version on my blog.  I changed up the piecing on one of the blocks to make it a little bit easier.  If you have already cut the pieces for the entire sampler you will have just a few more pieces to cut.  It doesn’t change the yardage requirements at all.  

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