Posted in FALL!, Quilting, Quilts, Sewing, Stashbuster, WIPS

WIP Wednesday – Maple Leaf Quilt

Yesterday, I shared the Maple Leaf Quilt Block. This is the Maple Leaf quilt top I’ve been working on for quite awhile now. It’s one of those projects I started that got pushed aside for whatever reason. Probably something “New and Fresh” came along and I quickly abandoned this for the new project. If you’ve followed along with the blog, you know it happens! 😉

The funny (or maybe tragic would better describe it) thing is, I really only need to sew a few more blocks together (maybe 7?) and this quilt top would be DONE!

I feel like this quilt top should be finished BEFORE fall is over (I think technically that gives me until December 21st, right?!?)!!!! I’m determined now….I WILL complete this quilt top! Anyone believe me?

Happy Quilting!

Lori

 

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Posted in Blocks, Quilting, Sewing, Stashbuster, Tutorials, WIPS

Tutorial Tuesday – Maple Leaf Block

Fall is almost here! YAY! So…..I decided to share one of my favorite Nine Patch Blocks (if you’ve missed the tutorial, find it here ). It’s called the Maple Leaf Quilt Block. AND. It’s perfect for all your lovely fall colored fabrics! If you’re ready, let’s get started!

Maple Leaf Quilt Block (9″finished block):

Cutting (per block):

  • background fabric – 2 3-1/2″ squares and 2 3-7/8″ squares (3-7/8″ squares will be for your half square triangles)
  • leaf fabric – 3 3-1/2″ squares and 2 3-7/8″ squares (3-7/8″ squares will be for your half square triangles).
  • stem fabric – 1/2″x5″ (If you prefer to hand applique your stem, you’ll need a 3/4″x5″ piece instead )

Directions:

Start by sewing your Half-Square Triangles (HST’s) placing one background fabric square (3-7/8″)  and one leaf fabric square (3-7/8″) right sides together following the directions for half square triangles here ( I can’t stress enough how a Walking Foot helps with quilting. It has made a HUGE difference in my quilt making!!!). Press seams toward the dark fabric.

On one of your background (3-1/2″) fabric squares, machine applique your stem fabric (1/2″x5″) diagonally across the center of the square ( or if you prefer, hand applique the stem instead ).

Time to layout your block….

With right sides together and a 1/4″ seam begin sewing squares to create strips.

After the strips are sewn, sew the strips (right sides together and 1/4″ seams) together, matching intersections (Note: I press seams on the strips  in opposite directions at the intersections to reduce the bulk….).

That’s it! One block down! Whoohoo!

Happy Quilting!

Lori

 

Posted in Blankets, Fleece, FOs, Sewing, Tutorials

Tutorial Tuesday – Quick & Easy Fleece Blanket

It’s Fall Football season and we needed a new fleece blanket to snuggle under during the chilly evening games. I didn’t want to spend a lot of time to make this, so, I opted for fleece. This took me a little over an hour to complete. Sure, it involves a little sewing, but, it’s GOT to be quicker than those “no-sew cut all that fringe and tie it together” blankets! All that cutting must take FOREVER! 😉 If you’d like to make one for yourself, here’s how I went about it…..

I started by purchasing 1-1/2 yards of 2 pieces of fleece. This will make my blanket approx. 60″ wide by 54″ long.

I started by trimming off the selvage edge. Also, since I was working with a stripe and a plaid, I cut across the 60″ width using the edge of a stripe. If you’re not working with a stripe or plaid, you’ll want to use a ruler to get a straight line.

With WRONG sides together pin the two pieces of fleece together all the way around. Trim off any fabric to make your pieces equal.

It’s a good idea to test your stitching on a couple of scrap pieces of fleece to make sure our tension and stitch size are right (you can see I had some issues with my stitching at first….glad I did a little test! 😉 ).

Start stitching around your blanket (I find a Walking Foot VERY helpful, but you could also use any utility foot your machine has). I used a blanket stitch and kept my edges at 1/4″to keep my stitching on the fabric. This may vary for your machine and why testing on scraps is so helpful! (If your machine doesn’t do a blanket stitch, you could also do a number of other stitches, including a straight stitch. It’s fleece, it’s not going to ravel. YAY!)

Continue stitching around until you reach the point you started at. Trim all your threads and you’re DONE! WHOOHOO!

Now you’ve got a new blanket to snuggle under during the chilly fall/winter evenings! These would also make GREAT gifts too….because, that time of year is creeping up on us FAST!

Happy Sewing!

Lori

Posted in Blocks, Quilting, Scrappy, Sewing, Stashbuster, WIPS

WIP Wednesday – #BeMyNeighbor

Recently my friend and I visited a local quilt store (read about it here). While we were there I was admiring a scrappy (does it seem like I have an obsession with scrappy lately?) quilt made of different house blocks (you can see that quilt here). The lady who worked in the shop informed my friend and I that the blocks for the quilt were on their website. The blocks are called “Be My Neighbor”. It’s not like I NEEDED another project. I’ve got plenty going on. BUT. I’ve always wanted to do a quilt of house blocks and I LOVED the scrappy look of this quilt!

So, let me introduce you to Block #1 of my scrappy #BeMyNeighbor quilt. It’s a BIG 18″ block. It was also a very fun block to make! The block patterns are here, In case you were thinking you ALSO might like to make a scrappy house block quilt. Because, who doesn’t need a house block quilt?

Happy Quilting!

Lori

 

 

 

Posted in FABRIC!, Quilting, Scrappy, Sewing, Stashbuster, Tutorials, WIPS

Tutorial Tuesday – Nine Patch Quilt Block Basics

Since my last trip to the quilt store, I’ve been feeling inspired to do a little quilting. When I say little, I’m thinking potholders. Because, they’re basically just small quilts, right?!?! 😉

If you’ve never done any block piecing (or maybe you have, but a refresher is in order?), I’m going to walk you through a basic Nine Patch Block. Let’s get started…..

7-1/2″ Nine Patch Quilt Block (this block is the size needed for the potholder construction ):

Materials:

  • 1/4 yard each light and dark 100% cotton fabric
  • thread

Cutting list:

  • 9  2-7/8″ squares/5 dark & 4 light (OR 5 light & 4 dark)

Instructions:

Wash fabrics in hot, soapy water (separately). To set the colors, soak in a white vinegar and salt solution for 20-30 minutes. Rinse until colors run clear. Dry and press. You’re now ready to cut your blocks.

I prefer to use a rotary cutter, ruler and cutting mat……but you can cut with scissors if you like. Measure a 2-7/8″ strip across your light & dark fabrics.

Cut 2-7/8″ squares from these strips.

With right sides together, sew a dark square to a light square using a 1/4″ stitch (a walking foot works great for this, as it feeds the fabrics in the same direction).  Press seam allowance toward the dark fabric. Continue sewing squares together until you have 3 strips with 3 squares each….

Now, sew the 3 strips (right sides together using a 1/4″ seam) together. Make sure to match the pressed seam allowance together. It will look like this….

You’re now already to construct a potholder if you like. OR. Maybe you want to construct MORE blocks and save them up to create a quilt top? Decisions, decisions….

BUT. There’s MORE! I’m going to show you the EASIEST way I know to make Half-Square Triangles (also known as HST). These HSTs will finish out to the 2-7/8″ square size (so you can combine them with your squares for even MORE Nine Patch options!

Here’s how easy it is….

Prepare your fabrics the same as you did for your squares. Cut a light and dark fabric strip at 3-1/4″. Then cut 3-1/4″ squares from the strips. Draw a line diagonally from corner to corner with a pencil or disappearing ink pen (this will be your cutting line). Draw a 1/4″ line (stitching line) on each side of the diagonal line (if your machine has a 1/4″ guide bar you could use that if you prefer)

Stitch on your stitching lines.

Cut the (center) diagonal line.

Once again, press the seam allowance toward the dark fabric.

Trim the little “ears” from the seam allowance and true up the square.

If you search “Nine Patch Blocks” You will find lots of layouts and color combos. Here’s a couple I found….

 

Well….that’s the Nine Patch Block basics! Are you ready to “catch the quilt bug”?

Happy Quilting!

Loti

Posted in FABRIC!, Potholders, Quilting, Sewing

Supporting My Local Quilt Shop! ;)

Yesterday, a friend and I took a trip to a local quilt shop ( Tater Patch Quilts ). It was an AMAZING quilt shop! I should have gotten some photos for you all to see, but, I was a little busy Oogling fabrics! Even though they had the most BEAUTIFUL fabrics, by looking at the selection above, I see I stuck with fabrics within my comfort zone (small scale fabrics in reds, browns and golds). Sometimes it’s hard to break habits!

This recipe print fabric is really the only fabric that is out of the ordinary for me. I thought it was cute, but what in the world would you do with it? My friend convinced me that it would make cute potholders. Well, you can’t argue with that! It WOULD make cute potholders! See how easily I can be persuaded when it comes to fabric?!?! 😉

Now that I have this fabric home, I ‘ve also thought of some other ideas to use this fabric . I wonder if I should have bought more than what I did? 😉 I think a return trip might be in the works soon!

How does your stash look? Maybe a trip to a local fabric store is needed?

Happy Sewing/Quilting!

Lori

Posted in FOs, Potholders, Quilting, Scrappy, Sewing, Stashbuster, Tutorials

Tutorial Tuesday – EZ Potholder Construction

 

As promised, the Potholder Construction I used to make my Denim Potholders. It’s very simple construction. It has what looks like a narrow binding….without the fuss of binding! I’ll also give you a method that requires no hand stitching (if hand stitching is not your thing)! I hope you find it as EZ as I do! Let’s get started!

EZ Potholders – Finished Size – 8×8 inches

Materials:

  • Main Fabric, Contrast Fabric and Batting (I used a heat-resistant batting) – 1/4 yard of each
  • Thread

Cutting List:

Main Fabric-

  • 7-1/2″x7 -1/2″ square (1) Front fabric

 

Contrast Fabric-

  • 8-1/2″x8-1/2″ square (1) Backing Fabric
  • 1″x9-1/2″ strip (4) “Binding” Fabric
  • 1-1/2″x4″ strip (1) Loop Fabric

Batting-

8-1/2″x8-1/2″ square

Directions:

Using a 1/4″ seam, sew one of your “binding” strips to one side of your (Main fabric) front square . I prefer using the walking foot on my machine, but any multi-purpose foot will work.

Sew another strip to the opposite side of your (Main fabric) front square. Press the seam allowances toward the strips and trim the ends to square up.

 

Sew the other two strips to the remaining edges of your (Main fabric) front square (including the edges of your “binding” strips just sewn). Trim edges to square up.

With right sides together fold your hanging loop in half long edges (4″) together. Sew the long edges using a scant 1/4″ seam allowance. Turn loop right side out. Press flat with seam to one side. Edgestitch this side (if you want to try my no-hand sew method, edgestitch the other long edge also). Fold raw edges together to form your loop. Pin loop in the left corner (as you look it) of your front square. This will become critical if you have a one-way print! Baste in place using an 1/8″ seam allowance.

Time to layer up your potholder…..Place your batting on your work surface. Place the WRONG side of your (Contrast fabric) Backing square onto the batting. Then, place your assembled front square on top of the backing square, RIGHT sides together. Pin around leaving a 5-6″ opening in the center of one of the sides.

Place the batting side down on your sewing machine and using a 1/4″ seam allowance sew around your potholder. Make sure you leave that 5-6″ opening for turning. I only mention that because I may or may not have forgotten that on one of my potholders…. 😉

Trim the corners and turn your potholder right side out.

I use one of my DPNs to poke the corners out. It’s the only good use I’ve found for DPNs since I learned to knit Magic Loop 😉

Fold the seam allowances of your opening in and pin to hold. Now, you can either sew this edge shut by hand OR edgestitch around the edge of the entire potholder (I prefer this method).

The last step (YAY!) is to edgestitch the opposite edge of the “binding” (the edges seamed to your main fabric square).

That’s it! You’re done! Now sit back and admire your new potholder! AND. Start planning your next potholder!

Happy Sewing!

Lori