Friday, September 30, 2016

Fun with ABCs :: Fastest Quilt Ever!

My shop recently received some cute kid prints.

Included with the line is the adorable panel.

The panel is 36" by width of fabric. So I took a panel home along with a backing fabric and binding. This was one of the easiest and fastest kid quilts I've ever made. I quilted it simply by outlining the blocks and going around the "tape measure" border.

It took me a little over an hour to baste and quilt it! Seriously, I brought it home Saturday afternoon after the shop closed at 3 pm. I had the thing done before dinner. I sewed the binding on after dinner. 

It finished at 36" by 42" which I think is a great size for a kid or baby quilt.

For the back I choose the squares print from the line and I used the letters on black for the binding. These are the first and second prints on the left in the first photo of this post.

 It's ready to hang at the shop!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Coloring Fabrc

I recently received a couple of the "coloring" fabrics I ordered for my shop. One is letters in triangles.

I cut up two of them and gave each of my employees and myself the letters of our names and challenged them to "make something with it." Over the weekend I worked on mine.

I have my name colored but I may add more. I quilted up the background to test out a new-to-me design which I am considering using on my Fancy Forest quilt. I decided that I really like it and will indeed quilt my Fancy Forest quilt using this design. More that another day.

Anyway, I plan to fuse the letters to the background and topstitch them on with black thread. I have a black ribbon that I will add along the tops and I may add a little hand stitching around the letters.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Grocery Sack

Last week Svetlana posted about some reusable grocery bags she made. I was intrigued and purchased myself a copy of the pattern she used. 

Over the weekend I had a chance to make one.

This is the large size from the pattern. I'd like to make a medium one too to see which will work best for me. The pattern was pretty easy and it didn't take long to make. It is not your typical bag pattern as it is designed to be a fabric version of the plastic ones you get from the grocery store. 

Friday, September 23, 2016

Fancy Forest Top Done

I finally have the top completed!

It measures 35" by 47". I opted to make the smaller version which is just a quarter of the larger version of the pattern. 

I'd like to get it quilted before hanging it at the shop but I'm not sure when that will happen. I may have to just hang it as is and then pull it down when I get time to quilt it. We'll see how my weekend goes though.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Goose on the Loose :: Block 8

This month is a fairly easy one. You will need one 7.5" square of a dark scrap fabric, one 7.5" square of a light scrap fabric, four 4" squares of light and four 4" squares of dark and your Wing Clipper ruler.

Use your Wing Clipper ruler to make eight flying geese units, four with the dark 7.5" square as your geese and the light 4" squares as the sky and four with the light 7.5" square as your geese and the dark 4" squares as the sky. These should be trimmed to 3.5" by 6.5".

Arrange these similar to the layout below.

Sew them together in pairs.

Then sew them together into the block.

And you are done!

If you don't have a Wing Clipper ruler you can still make the block using the Flip, Flip, Finish technique. You would need four 3.5" by 6.5" dark rectangles and eight 3.5" light squares then four 3.5" by 6.5" light rectangles and eight 3.5" light squares.

If you are looking for other information about this quilt along, click here.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

New Pillowcases for Hubby

My husband saw my new pillowcases and decided to take me up on my offer to make some for him. I think he might have been hesitant because he didn't want the same fabric I used for mine. When I told him I'd make his using any fabric from the store, he decided to come in and pick fabric. 

He likes flannel pillowcases.

These flannels are from Moda's newest Wool & Needle collection. The whole line is blues, grays and beiges. The prints are simple - checks, plaids, stripes, herringbone. It seems to appeal to men.

Monday, September 19, 2016

New Pillowcases for Me!

I finally took the time to make myself some pillowcases.

I used two of the prints from the On the Road Again fabric line I made the Camper Quilt out of. Feels really good to have new pillowcases.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

New Canvas Totes

A few weeks ago we received some printed canvas in the shop. I have been meaning to make some tote bags with it and finally got around to it.

The first one is an adorable bird print.

For the inside I used one of our new Elizabeth Hartman fabrics.

The second one is a deer print.

This is a very simple lined tote. Recently I did a full tutorial for a basic lined tote. Click here to go to that post.

This one is the same procedure with different measurements. The lining and exterior fabrics were cut 18" by 18". The corners are boxed by measuring 2.5" in from the corners. The handles are webbing cut at 24" each but you could make fabric handles. I used my favorite interfacing on the lining, ShapeFlex, but this is optional.

Monday, September 12, 2016

On The Road Again Quilt :: A Finish

We received this adorable camper fabric in the shop recently.

In addition to the above fabrics there is also a panel.

The pattern for the panel is sooo cute! I like the pattern because (1) the panel is off-set and (2) it incorporates these adorable pieced camper blocks.

Here is the completed quilt.

It measures 42" by 66" and was easy to make. The kits are going fast even without the completed sample!

Friday, September 9, 2016

Fairfield Quilt

I hope you don't mind seeing shop samples. Just about the only sewing I get to do these days is shop samples.

We received this Fairfield fabric line recently.

This really isn't my style, but when you own a fabric store you can't only buy one style of fabric. Many of my customers are have more traditional tastes so I need to have a little something for everyone. The quilt is pretty though.

I actually bought the fabric because I liked the quilt. This is the sofa size quilt. The pattern also makes a full size quilt.