Monday, February 1, 2016

Bloom Sew Along Mini Valentine's Day Quilt

Monday, February 1, 2016
I have been loving the sewing going on over at the Riley Blake Design's blog and Lori Holt's blog as they host a sew along using Lori's new fabric Calico Days and her Sew Simple Shapes.  I was invited to participate in sewing a block and I decided on week three's darling flowers.
I used fabrics from Doodlebug's Lovebugs collection and I just love them.  I didn't want to make just a block, so I decided to turn it into a mini quilt for Valentine's Day.
I followed the directions for the center of the block, but instead of doing a 2 1/2" border, I widened it to 3 1/2" to allow for adding the hearts to the corners.  I used the heart template found in the Sew Simple Shapes. 
It was fun to break out my applique skills, they are pretty rusty. :)  If you don't have time to make a whole quilt, or if you want to try some new skills- pull out some scrappy fabrics and have a go at one of the blocks in this fun quilt, I think you'll be glad you did.
xoxo,
Amy

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Fabric Tree Tutorial

Wednesday, December 16, 2015
This project was first posted on Tatertots and Jello as part of Jen's Happy Holidays series.  These little trees are addicting- as you can see- I didn't stop at just a few. (actually- I made a bunch for a boutique I was selling at and these are the ones that were left over.)

Supplies
Fabric- scraps are great for this, but if you're purchasing- fat quarters or even fat eights will give you plenty of fabric to work with.
Fiber fill
Sewing supplies
wood scraps
skewers
paint (optional)
drill

Instructions:
  1. Cut two rectangles of fabric and line them up right sides together.  
2. Mark the center of the top of the rectangle, connect this center mark to the two bottom corners of your rectangles.
3. Cut along the lines to make a set of triangles.
4. Sew around the sides of the triangle using a 1/4" seam allowance.  Leave about 1- 1 1/2" opening on the bottom.  Back stitch at the beginning and end of your stitching.  Trim the fabric down on the corners, cutting near, but not through the stitch lines.  The steeper the angle of the corner- the more important it is to get as much of the fabric trimmed as you can.
5.  Turn the triangle right side out, use a blunt narrow tool (like a chopstick or the flat end of your skewer) to push the corners out- but go easy as you do so, you don't want to poke a hole in the fabric.
 Fill the tree with fiber fill. If you have an old cushion you don't want anymore- you might have all the stuffing you need already. :)  
Use a needle and thread to stitch the opening shut. Leave about 1/2" opening on the bottom to insert your skewer.
 Take your scraps of wood and drill a hole just large enough for your skewer to fit in.  My skewers ended up being 3/8" in diameter.  I painted my skewer and wood together, but if you want to be able to pull it out to store it, paint them separately.  Now all you have to do is slide your tree onto the stand.  Using a skewer instead of a dowel makes it much easier to slide it on through the stuffing because of the pointy end.  You can adjust the height of the tree by sliding it higher or lower on the skewer- if you want them even shorter you can cut your skewers.

They look great in small bunches or as a whole forest!  I hope you'll enjoy your new trees.
xoxo,
Amy

Friday, December 11, 2015

Antique Ribbon Table Runner Pattern Review

Friday, December 11, 2015
I have had a few "pinch-me" moments since I've started blogging, and one came recently when I was invited to review a pattern for The Fat Quarter Shop.  I was given a credit to the shop and a copy of the pattern in exchange for my review, the opinions however are my own.  The pattern is called Antique Ribbon Table Runner.  It's a really fun pattern and it's made really simply by using a paper foundation.
I decided to make a Christmas version and used Merry Matryoshka fabric from Riley Blake.
This was my first time using a paper foundation for my piecing and I was a little nervous, but I shouldn't have been.  It is really quite fun and makes your piecing look really good.  The product that the pattern calls to use is Triangles on a Roll flying geese and 6" braided paper.  As I got going I noticed that the fabric hung over one side of the paper further on one side than the other and I started panicking but I did a bit of research and discovered it's normal and how it should look. That was a relief.  I wish I could have watched this video on how to assemble the runner- it would have helped.  I strongly recommend watching it before you start your table runner.
The runner is nice and large and with small children running around my house I decided to shorten it so it wouldn't hang over the ends of my table.
You can purchase the pdf pattern right here and if you'd like to make the Runner in the video- you can purchase the quilt kit all ready for you to put together right here.

I have another project coming up next week using the paper foundation that I can't wait to show you.  But for now, have a great weekend!

xoxo,
Amy
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