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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 | 7 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 | 20 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 | 6 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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Strip Pieced Diagonal Beginner Quilt

Strip Pieced Diagonal Beginner Quilt

on Jul 21, 2015 in Blog, charity, quilt, tutorial | 3 comments

Welcome to the Strip-Pieced Diagonal Quilt Tutorial! If you follow the blog, you’ll know my 13 year old son has recently approached me about “summer volunteer hours.” We decided to work on quilts for charity. Needing a simple quilt pattern, this quilt was born. The tutorial was tested by this kiddo who has never stitched before. The design is created by sewing sets of strips, then chopping up the sets. It is quick and super easy. Finished Size: 36″ x 48″ The quilt is created from one block: The quilt finishes at 36″ x 48″, a baby size quilt. If you want to make this bigger, 72″ x 96″ (large enough for a bed) simply make this tutorial size 4 times and stitch the quadrants together. Fabric Requirements: 2/3 yard medium color fabric 2/3 yard medium color fabric 5/8 yard dark fabric (diagonal squares and binding) Construction: Use a rotary cutter, cutting mat, and ruler?to cut the following strips: From EACH medium fabric: One strip 3-1/2″ x width of fabric One strip 6-1/2″ x width of fabric One strip 9-1/2″ x width of fabric From the dark fabric: Four strips 3-1/2″ x width of fabric Four strips 2-1/2″ x width of fabric (binding) Join the following rows using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Use the Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide to ensure the 1/4″ is accurate before the fabric hits the presser foot. The seam guide is great for “training” beginning sewist’s eyes. Make a total of FOUR strip sets for one baby quilt. Press seam allowances towards the dark fabric. With each strip set, first “even up” the ends trimming a small amount of fabric. Once the end is square, cut 12 columns from each set, 3-1/2″ wide. To really make this quilt FAST, we layered all four sets, staggering them 1″ so the seams wouldn’t lay on each other, and rotary cut all twelve columns at once. Arrange the 3-1/2″ cut columns so one column from each strip set is represented in the block, as described below: Join the four columns using a 1/4″ seam allowance and the Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide. Arrange the 12 identical blocks into a 3 x 4 grid. We created a diagonal grid with...

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Ohio Star Barn Quilt

Ohio Star Barn Quilt

on Jun 30, 2015 in Blog, tutorial | 2 comments

It is warm enough to finally put together a small barn quilt project. I have been wanting to make a barn quilt for about 5 years now. Unfortunately, I have no barn. In fact, I live in HOA-suburban-America-land. (Ok, but it would be awesome if I could just hang a barn quilt over my garage!) Thankfully, my parents live in a?rural?area where a barn quilt would look awesome. My quilty-mom doesn’t seem to object to the idea of getting a barn quilt as a gift. How To Make a Barn Quilt Unlike traditional barn quilts, designed to be seen from the highway on fabulous barn quilt trail drives, this project will be 4′ x 4′ and hang in a large backyard. Please keep in mind:?This is not the exact science of all things woodworking and painting. This is how I made my little barn quilt. First up, I priced the plywood. Turns out it is much more cost effective to buy a large sheet of plyboard and have the folks at the home improvement store cut it in half. Hooray – I have a spare piece for when I mess up the first piece! Side note– If you really do screw up the first try, you can always flip the wood over to the back before you have to bust out the second piece. Supplies: This is a “here’s what I bought” list. Interior/Exterior Spray Paint Painter’s Tape Paint Brush Kilz 2 Primer Ruler?(not pictured) Pencil (not pictured) Poster board (not pictured) I might still go back and buy a sealer used for exteriors, even though the paint and primer is rated for outdoor use. I just didn’t grab it on the first day. The hardest part of this project was determining which block to use. For the first, traditional barn quilt, I decided to go with the uber-traditional Ohio Star quilt block in patriotic colors. Maroon, Navy, and Cream. I thought the darker colors would wear better over time. – I’ll let you know in a few years if that holds true. – Step 1– Prime the whole 4′ x 4′ square with Kilz2. Make sure to add the primer to the edges to give them a bit...

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Mini Plus Quilt Pattern

Mini Plus Quilt Pattern

on Mar 10, 2015 in Blog, tutorial | 1 comment

I have a Plus Quilt Pattern Worksheet – FOR A MINI QUILT – just for you! It seems the Plus Quilt Baby Size quilt pattern is a popular free download. It occurred to me I could go smaller and use a portion of a 5″ square charm pack to create a cute mini quilt.   Get the Mini Plus Quilt Pattern worksheet HERE. Since this is a mini quilt, finishing approx 15″ x 18″, it is less critical to use the worksheet to plan your design. You probably have table space or a TV tray big enough to lay out the plus design, using the worksheet as a guide. Like the larger Plus Baby Quilt, the design is stitched in 7 rows, then the rows are joined.Stitch using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Grab a Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide to make sure your 1/4″ seam is always accurate. The pattern includes two borders. Those are optional, of course. I went with black and a pale blue for this first Plus Mini Quilt. Unfortunately, the blue is super washed out in the picture below.   The Plus Mini Quilt is small enough that one single fat quarter (18″ x 22″) is used as the backing for the quilt. This is a fun fast pattern for those mini quilt swaps you’ve been wanting to join. =) If you are curious about the lovely charm pack (precut 5″ squares) I used, I’ll tell ya – it is Hello Gorgeous by Melissa Ybarra for Iza Pearl Designs for Windham Fabrics.     Tell a...

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Insulated Grocery Tote Sewing Tutorial

Insulated Grocery Tote Sewing Tutorial

on Mar 3, 2015 in Blog, sewing, tutorial | 22 comments

  Insulated Grocery Tote Sewing Tutorial Sometimes I need an insulated bag. Not a full-on cooler with hard sides and wheels, but just an insulated bag. I decided to whip one up and share my how-to with you on the blog today. The bag is pretty big and measures 19″ x 16″ x 7″. Supplies 1?yard decorator weight fabric, 54″ wide (fabric used in sample is from Ikea) 1 reflective car shade 1-1/2 yard cording, 1″ wide 2 pieces grosgrain ribbon 3/8″ wide x 10″ long 22″ long plastic, non-separating zipper 2 large safety pins Turning Tool Construction Prepare the Insulated Grocery Tote Bag Body Cut the fabric to 42″ x 20″ The car shade has two sides: a reflective side and a plain side. Place the reflective side down on your work surface and lay the home dec fabric rectangle on top. Pin Carefully cut out the car shade, using the home dec fabric as your pattern. Baste around the entire perimeter, 1/4″ from the cut edge, so that the two layers will act as one while we stitch the bag. This is called underlining the fabric. Make the Fabric-Covered Handles Cut two pieces of decorator fabric 3″ x 32″ Fold the long rectangles in half, lengthwise, to create a casing/strap. Stitch using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Grab a Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide to make sure your 1/4″ seam is always accurate. Use a turning tool to turn each casing/strap right-side out. Cut the 1″ wide cording to 26″ long. !! Make sure to wrap tape generously around the area to cut. This will ensure the cording doesn’t fray apart. !! Place a large safety pin at each end of the cording, through the tape.   Use the safety pins to carefully push the end of the cording through the casing. Once the cording is completely inside, trim the casing evenly 2″ longer than the cording on each side. The pins in the picture show you where the cording stops. It was tricky to get a good photo of that one. Build the Insulated Grocery Tote NOTE: If you wanted to add a drop-pocket or patch-pocket to the front of the bag, add it now. This tutorial doesn’t...

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Seamingly Accurate Pajama Pants Waistband

Seamingly Accurate Pajama Pants Waistband

on Sep 25, 2014 in Blog, sewing, tutorial | 0 comments

Ever need to make the elastic waist band on a pair of pajama pants or shorts? Need the top of a drawstring bag? Check out this accurate way to make the hemmed fabric casing (for the elastic) using the Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide: ps- Sorry the video gets funky at the very end, but it is still a neat trick. Tell a...

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