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Folding Chair Makeover – DIY

Folding Chair Makeover – DIY

on Jan 4, 2017 in Blog, tutorial | 0 comments

These folding chairs may have been some of my first furniture in my college apartment. That was, shall we say, a few years ago. They are looking pretty rough! After checking them out to see if I could easily remove the padded section, the “makeover” wheels started turning. This is how I upgraded my crummy, handy, trustworthy folding chairs with spray paint and recovered the chairs with about a 1/2 yard of fabric. Supplies Here’s what you’ll need: Screwdriver Sharp Scissors (fabric scissors, if you have them) Hot Glue About 1/2 yard of fabric Spray Paint Old Crummy Folding Chairs (or new ones, if you fancy) I picked my fabric to match my wild paint color. It is Maui Blue. My chair only has a padded seat. The back of the chair is solid metal. Step 1 Take out the six screws that are holding the pad onto the metal chair. Step 2 Remove the plastic feet. Turns out, I couldn’t get the little feet off, so I ended up masking them off with painter’s tape. Step 3 Shake the spray paint and follow the directions to apply paint to the chair. If your paint requires spray primer first, prime it. If the chair needs to be sanded first, sand it. Paint the chair from one direction. Remember- you won’t have to paint the seat of the chair. It will be covered with the fabric pad. (Hey, don’t spray too much! You don’t want to have paint drips like in the below picture. I ended up wiping those with a paper towel and fixing it on the second coat.) Once the paint is dry, flip the chair upside down and paint it from another angle. This will help you cover all the areas. Step 4 This is the step where we cover the pad while waiting for the paint to dry outside. So you’ll notice when the pad is removed, the cheap vinyl is held on by staples. I’m thinking “Awesome, I have a staple gun.” Then I started thinking more…. My staples are quite long and don’t really look like these staples. If I staple this fabric to my chair pad, I bet I get poked in the...

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Project Quilting – Eight is Great Challenge

Project Quilting – Eight is Great Challenge

on Jan 2, 2017 in Blog, tutorial | 8 comments

Project Quilting has kicked off its eighth season! This is my first year to play along with the weekly challenges. The first challenge was to make something with the number 8. Then, it is wide open after that. I knew I wanted to make 8 Flying Geese blocks, and I knew I wanted them 3-D. The rest is made up along the way. I did take pictures and make notes, though. Here’s how I made my Flying Geese Mini Quilt. Cut 16 squares 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ for the background Cut 8 rectangles 1-1/2 x 2-1/2″ for the geese Each geese block uses two background squares and one rectangle. Fold the rectangle in half, matching wrong sides. Lay it on a the background square with the folded edge 1/4″ from the top. (see below) Can you see the fold along the top edge? Next, lay the remaining background square on top, matching right sides. Pin. Sew along the pinned edge from the top to the bottom, using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Open the background square. Press. Press it just like it is pictured above, with the white geese fabric still folded on the left. See the “folded flap” of white? Use the pressed fold line to align the new triangle shape with the center seam. You can pin the right and left edges of the triangle, super press/starch them, baste along the lower edge, or simply press them & set them aside. (Y’all know I went with the last option!) Chain piece the remaining 7 geese. This cool chain piece cutter was an exchange gift this past Christmas. Holy smokes, I love this thing. Forget the scissors! I was using the thread cutter on my sewing machine to snip through the chains. Not anymore. Once the pieces are cut apart, press each one, and create the triangle shapes. This is going to sound crazy, but I thought the regular 2 x 4 layout looked to plain. I wanted to mix it up with two odd numbers, 5 and 3. Next, using the background fabric, I added a blank end piece so my two rows would be equal sizes. The end piece is cut 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″. Then I added a...

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HUGE Cross and Plus Quilt

HUGE Cross and Plus Quilt

on Oct 27, 2016 in Blog, charity, quilting, tutorial | 1 comment

I have seen the Cross?and Plus?Quilt everywhere thanks to the great tutorial on Amy’s Badskirt Blog.She credits the block design to Nancy Cabot. I loved the block, but would like to make it HUGE. Thanks to EQ7 and a bit of math, it totally worked out. Each of these quilt blocks finishes at 15″ square. That is a BIG block. With only 30 blocks, the quilt measures 75″ x 90″. Since this quilt uses fat quarters, it will definitely still look scrappy, even though it is mega-giant. Here’s how I made it: Supplies 30 Fat Quarters* (I used Red and Blue. Choose 15 Fat Quarters from one color family and 15 from the other.) —OR 3-1/4 yards color 1 (red) and 3-1/4 yards color (blue) 3 yards?white fabric *A fat quarter is a precut fabric piece measuring 18″ x 22″. Cutting For this quilt- one fat quarter will be one block’s worth of pieces. If you’d like a 4 block x 6 block quilt, use 24 fat quarters instead of 30. From each colored fat quarter cut the following: Four 6-1/2″ squares Two 3-1/2″ squares One rectangle 3-1/2″ x 9-1/2″ Two rectangles 2-1/4″ x width (for binding) NOTE: Only cut binding from nine fat quarters. The rest will be extra/scrap fabric. Once the 6-1/2″ squares are cut, remove two triangle corners using this template and rotary cutting tools. (Grab the template pdf here.) You will need a grand total of: 120 squares 6-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ (then cut to fit the template) 30 rectangles 3-1/2″ x 9-1/2″ 60 squares 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ 9 pieces cut 2-1/4″ x width of fabric (for binding) From the white yardage cut: 120 squares measuring 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ 120 squares measuring 3-7/8″ x 3-7/8″ !!! Cut these squares in half on the diagonal to yield 240 triangles. Block Units Each block is made up of three basic units: Two double square blocks which measure 3-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ One long center unit measuring 3-1/2″ x 15-1/2″ Four 6-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ squares Assemble the Units Use a 1/4″ seam allowance on all seams for this project. I worked in a?sewing?assembly line style and jammed this big double/queen size quilt out in a weekend. First, I sorted my...

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Clamshell Pillow Tutorial on Sew Mama Sew Blog

Clamshell Pillow Tutorial on Sew Mama Sew Blog

on Oct 14, 2016 in Blog, tutorial | 2 comments

The Quilted Clamshell pillow is easy to make a is a “no pressure” way to practice quilting clamshell designs. This complete tutorial with step-by-step instructions is over on the Sew Mama Sew Blog. Stitch the designs by hand, on your home sewing machine, or on a longarm machine. We’ll transform these simple supplies into a decorative home accent. With design tips and styles from the quilting resource guide, The Quilted Clamshell, you cannot go wrong. Make the arrangement as shown or make any clamshell design you prefer. It is a very customize-able project. The pillow in the tutorial only has 11 total clamshell shapes to let you dip your toe into the free motion quilting arena. Grab your PDF download templates at Sew Mama Sew Blog. Post your projects to Instagram using the hashtag #thequiltedclamshell. If you love the process and tutorial and want more design ideas for your next clamshell quilt, don’t forget to get your copy of The Quilted Clamshell. Tell a...

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Longarm Quilting Skill Builder – With Circles

Longarm Quilting Skill Builder – With Circles

on May 22, 2016 in Blog, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilting, tutorial | 11 comments

Whole Cloth Quilting Skill Builder Now with CIRCLES I recently created a little tutorial for a whole cloth quilting skill builder design. You can find that post here. It was a really fun project where you take a template, which?you can download, trace out all the lines onto your fabric, then quilt different fill designs within spaces. Sounds pretty straight-forward, right? Well, I decided to develop a second template. (I can see me going down a rabbit hole…. ) With both skill builder designs I wanted to have a small quilt to practice: Filling in shapes with different designs Consistency in the filling motifs Ruler work Speed & Confidence The Template The template is designed in Adobe Illustrator and fits on a 40″ square of fabric. The design itself is 38-1/2″ x 38-1/2″. The plan was to make a quilt that is big enough to practice on and small enough to not have a large financial commitment. Does that make sense? It is 1-1/8 yard of fabric. I used pieced batting scraps inside the design and pieced some scraps for the quilt back. I also chose this size for my whole cloth because it would be easy enough to trace out four designs to create a much larger bed-size quilt. That is pretty neat, right? However, there’s no way I wanted to print a bunch of pages, tape them together and have a 38-1/2″ piece of paper. Designing just a quadrant solved the problem. Hooray! It prints on only 6 pages. Click here to download the quadrant pdf for yourself. Using the whole cloth skill builder design: Print the quadrant and choose to “tile pages” to print 6 pieces of paper on a pc or do this for a mac. Fold your fabric in half lengthwise and width-wise to find the center and mark the exact vertical and horizontal guide lines. Press. Tape or pin the printed design quadrant to a wall (or use window to act as a light board). Align the pressed vertical and horizontal lines with the edges of the quadrant. My fabric is light, so I can still see the lines though the weave. Trace all the design lines onto the fabric using a?water soluble...

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Longarm Quilting Skill Builder

Longarm Quilting Skill Builder

on Mar 22, 2016 in Blog, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilting, tutorial | 11 comments

Small Whole Cloth Quilting Skill Builder I love to look at whole cloth quilts, but I’d need some serious skills to be able to make one! I decided I should make a skill builder design for myself to practice my longarm quilting. Specifically, I wanted to practice: Filling in shapes with different designs Consistency in the filling motifs Ruler work Speed & Confidence First steps in Adobe Illustrator. The design I’m sharing with you today will finish at?38″ square. I figured this way it would be a small enough piece to not agonize over, but larger enough to apply to quadrants of a quilt if I wanted to make a bed size quilt. (Well, it’d have to have borders to really be bed-size, but that is neither here nor there.) Ok- page set up 38″ square. In a nutshell- draw a line this way, pull a curve that way, rotate around a center mark…. Ta’dah! Well, it wasn’t THAT easy, I made a rough draft, tested it, tweaked it and then TA’DAH – the image below. That is pretty neat, right? Then I realized that there’s no way I wanted to print a bunch of pages, tape them together and have a 38″ piece of paper. Designing just a quadrant solved the problem. Hooray! It prints on only 6 pages. Click here to download the quadrant pdf for yourself. Updated to add: Grab a second longarm skill builder design here, on this blog post. Let me show you how I used my whole cloth skill builder design: ((I was working from the rough draft illustrator design so the design lines vary slightly. )) Print the quadrant and choose to “tile pages” to print 6 pieces of paper on a pc or do this for a mac. First, I found a piece of fabric roughly 1-1/4″ x 42″ (width of fabric). Fold it in half lengthwise and width-wise to find the center and mark the exact vertical and horizontal guide lines. Press. Tape or pin the printed design quadrant to a wall (or use window to act as a light board). Align the pressed vertical and horizontal lines with the edges of the quadrant. My fabric is light yellow, so...

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Huge No-Waste Flying Geese with Fat Quarters

Huge No-Waste Flying Geese with Fat Quarters

on Mar 1, 2016 in Blog, charity, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilt, quilting, tutorial | 5 comments

My huge no-waste flying geese quest continues! Oh my goodness. I made them recently from layer cakes (precut 10″ fabric squares). I then thought, “What if I don’t have a layer cake and I only have fat quarters?” Oh… this could work, too. So here we go! The size shown in this quilting tutorial is a finished Baby Size quilt- 48″ x 40″ made with 8 fat quarters (precut 18″ x 22″ fabric pieces). Here are some size options: Baby Size – 40″ x 48″ 8 Assorted Fat Quarters Quilt is arranged in a 3 x 5 grid with one extra flying geese block left over. Queen Size – 80″ x 88″ 28 Assorted Fat Quarters Quilt is arranged in a 5 x 11 grid with one extra flying geese block left over. ———————————————————- Divide your fat quarters in half. One half will be used as the large triangle (geese) and the other half will be used as the smaller corner triangles (sky). From the large triangle (geese) pile, cut a single large square measuring 17-1/4″ x 17-1/4″. (For this step, I layered a few fat quarters and cut the squares all at once. From the smaller corner triangle (sky) pile, cut four squares -from each fat quarter!- measuring 8-7/8″ x 8-7/8″. ———————————————————- No-Waste Flying Geese Method For each no-waste construction block, you’ll need: 1 large square 4 smaller squares Each construction block will yield FOUR flying geese units. Baby Size = 16 geese units. Queen Size = 56 geese units. Mark a diagonal line on the wrong side of each smaller square using a non-permanent fabric pen. (The red line is digitally added for better visibility. The pen really does mark blue and wash out easily.) Lay two smaller squares in opposite corners of the larger square. Make sure to match right sides and make the marked diagonal lines appear to connect across the entire large block. Pin. Notice the cut edges meet at the outer corners. Use a 1/4″ presser foot to stitch 1/4″ away from the marked line. Flip the entire large square and stitch 1/4″ away from the marked line on the other side. Cut the two halves apart with a rotary cutter. Open and...

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Ticker Tape Giraffe Quilt Block

Ticker Tape Giraffe Quilt Block

on Feb 23, 2016 in Blog, fabric stash, tutorial | 1 comment

Ticker Tape Giraffe Quilt I recently posted a tutorial for this guy’s friend, Ticker Tape Owl. It was so fun to make using my fabric scraps, that I decided I needed a giraffe. Of course, he can be any color but if you have yellow, brown and orange fabrics, you’ll want to jump right in! Scroll to the bottom to see how insanely fast you can create borders with an applied trim?used in the border of this project by simply using a Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide. Finished size: 18? x 18? project sizes can vary depending on how you finish the block. Supplies Elmer?s School Glue Sulky Monofilament Thread Water Soluble Marker Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide Fusible Interfacing 1/2 yard linen (I used a recycled garment from the thrift store.) Assorted fabric scraps 1 fat quarter (18″ x 22″) solid yellow fabric 1 package brown single fold bias tape PDF Giraffe Template Prep The first thing you’ll need to do for this project is print the downloadable PDF Giraffe Template. Tape him together, matching his nose and neck lines. I used a shirt back from a thrift store garment. After measuring, a?14-1/2″ square will be as big as I can?cut. Apply the fusible woven interfacing to the wrong side of the linen. If you are using the 1/2 yard linen for your background, you?can cut to any size you prefer. For my project, the background fabric is 14-1/2″ x 14-1/2″ and is cut after the interfacing is applied. Mark the center of the linen square. Use a window pane as a light box by taping the owl to the glass. Tape the linen background over the template, matching the marked centers. Use the water soluble marker?to trace the image onto the right side of the linen background square. Ok. He looks good and I can see all his marked lines. Fabric Scraps Any scraps will work. All scraps will take a moment or two to sort and organize. I’m going with traditional-ish colors on this first giraffe. My ticker tape giraffe?uses pieces ranging from 1/4″ to 2″ in size. Work on a surface that will allow for ironing. By that I mean, a towel, portable ironing pad, or ironing...

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Giant No-Waste Flying Geese with Layer Cakes

Giant No-Waste Flying Geese with Layer Cakes

on Feb 9, 2016 in Blog, tutorial | 18 comments

Huge Giant Mega Flying Geese Quilt Block Tutorial What if a person werta make the mega flying geese block using the No-Waste Flying Geese?method (which is found all over the internet) and precut 10″ squares? Well… that just might work!! I tested my idea and I’m happy to report the easy-peasey, HOLY-HUGE-BLOCK, Batman!, flying geese quilt block tutorial. How big are we talkin? Ok, each traditional flying geese block (flying goose???) will measure 9-1/2″ x 18-1/2″ before is it joined into the quilt. Decide on the Size Lap Size: (This is the size I used for my rough-draft, bohemian, test quilt. I also used the bigger pieces from my fabric stash and scrap bin.) Finished Quilt Size:?54″ x 54″ 5 LARGE squares 19-1/4″ (purchase in three, 2/3 yard increments) 20 squares 9-7/8″ (cut from layer cake squares OR 5 fabric pieces cut 1/3 yard each) You will make 20 geese units. You only need 18. Use the extra two on the back. Queen Size: (This is the size I used for my?Kaffe Fassett fabric version, shown at the end of this blog post.) Finished Quilt Size: 72″ x 90″ 10 LARGE squares 19-1/4″ (OR 3-1/3 yard. If you are making a “scrappier” quilt, purchase in five pieces, 2/3 yard increments) 40 squares 9-7/8″? (cut from layer cake squares OR 10 fabric pieces cut 1/3 yard each*) *If you are using cut yardage for your 40 squares: From each 1/3 yard piece of fabric, cut 4 squares 9-7/8″ x 9-7/8″ No-Waste Flying Geese Method For each no-waste construction block, you’ll need: 1 large square 4 smaller squares- For best results, trim 1/8″ off two sides of each 10″ square to create the 9-7/8″ squares. If you skip this step, and I know you want to, you may need to do more work in the squaring-up process once the geese unit is completed. Mark a diagonal line on the wrong side of each smaller square using a non-permanent fabric pen. Lay two smaller squares in opposite corners of the larger square. Make sure to match right sides and make the marked diagonal lines appear to connect across the entire large block. Pin. Notice the cut edges meet at the outer corners....

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Ticker Tape Owl Quilt

Ticker Tape Owl Quilt

on Jan 7, 2016 in Blog, quilt, sewing, tutorial | 5 comments

Ticker Tape Owl Quilt If you have fabric scraps laying around, chances are you are all set to make this Ticker Tape style Owl project. What do I mean by ticker tape? Heck, I’m not sure. I think it stems from those “Ticker Tape Parades” where all the small pieces of confetti paper fly through the air. Let’s say that’s what it is… and those little pieces landed on a quilt and are arranged by color and machine stitched in place. Sure. Yes. This is sounding good. Are you with me? Ticker Tape Quilts are?perfect projects for folks who save all sizes of fabric scraps. You know who you are… you’ll save those tiny tiny tiny pieces. This is your our project! Scroll to the bottom to see how insanely fast you can create half-square triangles used in the border of this project by simply using a Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide. Finished size: 18″ x 18″ – project sizes can vary depending on how you use your sweet owlie block. Supplies Elmer’s School Glue Sulky Monofilament Thread Water Soluble Marker Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide Fusible Woven Interfacing 1/2 yard linen (I used a recycled garment from the thrift store.) Assorted fabric scraps Owl Template PDF? Prep I used a shirt back from a thrift store garment. After measuring, a?14-1/2″ square will be as big as I can?cut. Apply the fusible woven interfacing to the wrong side of the linen. If you are using the 1/2 yard linen for your background, you?can cut to any size you prefer. For my project, the background fabric is 14-1/2″ x 14-1/2″ and is cut after the interfacing is applied. Mark the center of the linen square. Print the 3-page owl template. Overlap the images and tape the pages together to create one chubby little owl. Fold the large page to find the center of the owl. Use a window pane as a light box by taping the owl to the glass. Tape the linen background over the template, matching the marked centers. Use the water soluble marker?to trace the image onto the right side of the linen background square. Fabric Scraps I lucked into a bag of Cotton and Steel Fabrics selvage scraps...

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Patriotic Wonky Star Quilt Tutorial

Patriotic Wonky Star Quilt Tutorial

on Dec 8, 2015 in Blog, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilt, quilting, Seamingly Accurate, tutorial | 0 comments

Patriotic Wonky Star Quilt Tutorial Welcome to my Patriotic Wonky Star Quilt tutorial! I recently created this quilt at the request of my best friend. It may or may not be used in an upcoming fundraiser. If it is, I’ll be sure to let you know. It whipped up rather quickly and I thought you might like to see how I did it. The key to fast sewing is the assembly line methods. And there’s even a couple bloopers. Who doesn’t love bloopers? (Ok, I didn’t love them when they were happening, but they are a bit funny now.) There are plenty of ways to create a wonky star, as google will show you, but this is the way I approached it. Supplies 10 Red Fat Quarters 10 Blue Fat Quarters 12 White Fat Quarters 2/3 yard star print binding Finished Size – 70″ x 84″ Cut For this quilt, cut 5″ squares from each fat quarter. A single fat quarter will yield 12 squares 5″ x 5″ This tutorial will work with charm squares. I opted not to use them since the red, white and blue nature of the quilt was my main focus. You’ll need to cut a total of: 120 Red Squares 5″ x 5″ 120 Blue Squares 5″ x 5″ 150 White Squares 5″ x 5″ Make I’m aiming for these blocks pictured above.30 total blocks that will finish up around 14″. Half the blocks are red and half are blue with tidy white stars in the middle. The fabric measurements and cutting requirements will create a quilt 5 blocks x 6 blocks in this color scheme. Use a 1/4″ seam allowance when stitching this project. Start by sorting out 30 white squares. These will be your block middles and you won’t want to cut them. Next, cut the remaining white squares in half at random angles. I placed the white piece over the corner of a red or blue square, making sure this is what it would look like once I stitched it in place. Tilting the white piece and slanting it in various directions will give the wonk to your wonky star block. Then, just “eye balling it” I flipped that white rectangle...

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