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07-24-2014

Organizing your Fabric Scraps!

Organizing Your Scraps

Don’t you hate how every time you finish a project or cut even just cut into a fat quarter you are then left with all these odd shaped pieces of fabric that you just can’t bear to throw away! You are piling them up somewhere….I know you are! Haha, mostly because I had that same stack:) Now you know good and well you are most likely not making a project with them, but they are so beautiful(…and costly) and there is bound to be some project somewhere that we can somehow use these scraps in…..maybe:)

What you need is some focused organization and then you might just find that project!

I have got a fabulous Sassy Tip for you today that will get you on the road to organizing your fabric scraps and actually using some of these little left over yummies and feel like you have a plan!

Organizing Your Scraps

What you are going to do at the end of each project is go ahead and cut up your scraps into some pre-determined sizes. This will really organize what you are doing with your scraps and make them feel ready to go when you come up with that fabulous scrappy project!

Decide what pre cut sizes you want to store your scraps in for Squares and for Strips. For my strips, I have picked 1.5″, 2″, 2.5″ and 3″. You can go as crazy as you like, but I suggest just a few and stick to what you pick. I don’t recommend going any smaller that 1.5″…these are going to finish at 1″, that’s pretty tiny!

Organizing Scraps

For my squares I do 5″, 4″, 3″ 2.5″ and 2″. You can just do 5″ and 2.5″ if you want…just decide what you think you can keep up with!

I try to vary the different sizes for each scrap I am cutting up. For instance, if I have a 10″ square left over I would cut two 5″ squares, one 2.5″ strip and four 2.5″ squares. This keeps my scraps a good mix so I have a little of each fabric in all of my bins.

Organizing Scraps

I used these simple little bins from the dollar store. They are not too bulky and I can stack them up to save space. I keep them near my cutting table so they are easy to drop my scraps in there. When they get full I will just empty the bin and store them away until I have enough to make a quilt. I like that these bins keep the pieces pretty flat….that means I won’t have to iron again when I’m ready to piece these together.

Organizing Scraps

Now in order for this to work you have to actually do it:) and you need to be willing to toss what doesn’t fit into your specific size bins!!!! We are just saving useable pieces here and trying to make room for some more fabric! So take a deep breath and give it a try and you will see it feels good. Kind of freeing actually, and exciting because it is going to make you an awesome scrap quilt one day.

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07-19-2014

Craftsy Flash Sale

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Craftsy’s Creative Escape Flash Sale: Save Up to 50%!

Don’t miss out on Craftsy’s Creative Escape Flash Sale! Save up to 50%  for this weekend only, sale is only today and tomorrow and expires July 20th at 11:59pm MT.

They have 26 quilting classes on sale and over 100 others to choose from like photography, cake decorating, knitting, and just about anything you can think of!

Here are some I have taken….

Design It, Quilt It! This one really helped me decide how I want to quilt my quilts and improved my free motion quilting skills.

Design It, Quilt It

Design It, Quilt It- Online Quilting Class

Machine Quilting with Wendy Butler Burns was another great class. I learned a new basting technique in this one!

Machine Quilting

Machine Quilting Techniques

I think we all want to learn how to free motion quilt….. but, we are kind of scared to get started. Right?

I learned by taking several classes like these until I was ready to just jump in. Something about  watching the videos was more helpful that just reading about it.

I recommend watching as many different approaches to FMQ as you can get. I learn some thing new from each and every one! Then you finally have to just jump in and give it a go…and give yourself a break while learning and remember it’s okay to make mistakes:)

Hope you guys enjoy some of these classes!

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07-17-2014

Christmas in July

Fort Worth Fabric Studio

Today I am guest posting over at Fort Worth Fabric Studio for their Christmas in July Series!

I have a quick and easy tutorial for a holiday table topper that you don’t want to miss…..So head on over and check it out!

(Even if you are not in the mood yet it is not too early to start collecting ideas!)

Winterberry Table Topper

Be sure and tell them Sassy sent ya:)

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07-15-2014

Wee Stash Building

I have been doing a little stash building lately….wanna see?

Like how I refer to it like its an actual exercise:)

Wee Wander Fabrics

I finally had to get me some of this beautiful line! Wee Wander by Sarah Jane for Michael Miller Fabrics. I ordered these at Fat Quarter Shop.

Folklore Fabrics

I got these when I ventured out to Kelly Ann’s Quilting in Warrenton, Va to hear Alex Veronelli give a lecture on Aurifil thread, so fun!!!….don’t ask me why I didn’t take any pics of this actual event, why?!? These are Folktale by Cinderberry Stitches for Lecien. In the background are some basics for my stash by Swirly Girls Designs.

Penelope by Camelot Fabrics

I don’t think I ever shared here that I won this AMAZING fat quarter bundle and a 12 spool set of Aurifil thread from Camelot Fabrics!!! Love this line, Penelope by Camelot Fabrics. I just love this color palette and these geometric prints.

Fat Quarter Shop Tee

Sew What? I will never live long enough to use all these fabrics.

Sew What? I don’t actually need it.

Sew What? I LOVE it and I’m enjoying it all over again just writing about it:)

I also snagged this super cute t-shirt from Fat Quarter Shop!  You can get one HERE.

Wanna get your stash building exercises in for this week?

Fat Quarter Shop

Fat Quarter Shop is having a sale with 25% off all MODA fabrics! Use coupon code: MODA.

Ends July 18th.

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07-11-2014

Memory Quilts

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Memory Quilts

I am working on another memory quilt for a special someone at my church. Her daughter approached me and asked if I could do this project AND keep it a secret.  She handed over a grocery bag full of clothes and to be honest I was a little nervous to peek inside. You never know what you are gonna get!

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I was pleasantly surprised! Lots of cotton shirts and after inspecting a little closer I realized they were all handmade. Lots of really unique prints and well made at that(umm, look at these cute hot air balloons!). Wonder how she decided what pattern she would sew? or did she just make up her own?

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The details like these handmade button holes give you a look back at the history of sewing and clothes making and a glance into this persons life.

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This one has been mended a few times and buttons replaced. It made me think back to a different time when we made due what we had and actually fixed things when they were broken. Things were handmade and appreciated more because of that.  This is one reason I love quilts so much! We take pieces of ourselves and put them into our quilts and give them to others….so personal, our way of showing others that they matter! We might not admit it out loud, but we secretly want our quilts to be loved and appreciated so we too can feel like we matter.  I hope to put all of the memories of the woman who made these shirts into this quilt and show how much she mattered. You can buy a quilt for just $20-$30, but you only are given one if someone loves you!

Quilts matter:)

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07-08-2014

Aviatrix Medallion- Center Complete

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Aviatrix Medallion

I was so excited this weekend to have some vacation time so I could finish the cutting for my Aviatrix Medallion Quilt! It is a pretty busy pattern so there is plenty of cutting to do and I usually like to do all the cutting first. Then I feel like I’m ready to roll!

Do you do all your cutting first or cut as you go?

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I love using these Sterlite containers for keeping my active projects together and they are easy to grab and go if I want to work on it at a friends house or at my guild. You can find these at Dollar General Stores.

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They have nice locking handles and stack well….no sliding around. Yeah, I have probably have too many of these!

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Look at the back of this thing…..so many seams! The pattern recommended pressing open and it definitely helped to keep everything laying flat. I have never sewn diamonds together before. Let me say pinning was a MUST! The diamonds are small and stretchy from bias edges. Pinning and some starching really made the difference.

My Aviatrix Medallion is part of a quilt along and pattern by Elizabeth Hartman. Here is her beautiful quilt.

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Aviatrix Medallion Quilt by Elizabeth Hartman

See, I told you it was lots of cutting:) I tried to mix it up a bit by switching up my background fabrics. Hope this comes out how I imagined it:) If you want to see lots of different versions coming together, check out #aviatrixmedallion on Instagram.

Now on to Border 1!

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07-03-2014

Crackerjack Winner and Sassy Deals!

           Fort Worth Fabric Studio    

The winner of the Crackerjack Bundle and pattern is…..

Dana Cargill

Thank You Fort Worth Fabric Studio and Swirly Girls Design for the goodies to share!

 

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You can still purchase this bundle HERE !

You can also get the pattern HERE over at FWFS.

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Sassy Deals

Some sassy deals are going on right now peeps! It is a holiday weekend and lots of fabric goodies for good prices are popping up.

Here are a few….

CottonBlisss

Cotton Bliss is doing a Designer Daily Deal every weekday for the month of July! ….and they are good ones. Cotton Bliss has discount prices all the time so these deals are extra sassy. They are new every day so be sure you get there newsletter HERE and you won’t miss out.

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Bear Creek Quilting Company

Bear Creek Quilting just launched their BIG KAHUNA GIVEAWAY this week. They are giving away several bundles of these new batiks, patterns and thread!

Giveaway is open until 7/6/14 midnight(Pacific) and is open internationally!

Click HERE to enter.

The BIG Kahuna Give-Away

Throughout the giveaway they are also offering 15% of your Kahuna batiks purchase and this FREE quilt pattern, “The Lady”, comes with each purchase.

OFFER CODE: Kahuna15

The BIG Kahuna Give-Away

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Fort Worth Fabric Studio

Fort Worth Fabric Studio has a new deal on a hand picked FQ bundle each Friday, so be sure to check that out tomorrow!

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Gotcha Covered Quilting

Gotcha Covered Quilting has 20% off your purchase using COUPON CODE: SASSY

I’m currently obsessed with these Dottie prints!!! The coupon code is good ALL the time….so keep this one handy.

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Fat Quarter Shop is offering a new Flash Sale every day! Up to 70-80% off, but they sell out pretty quick so you have to be an early bird to catch this one.

24 Hour Flash Sales at the Fat Quarter Shop!

Enjoy all the Sassy Deals and Happy 4th of July to all of you here in the US!

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07-02-2014

Sassy Update…BOM’s, Scrappy Trips and QuiltCon!

Sassy Update

Well I have been super busy lately…I guess summer is just that way! So what have I been up to???

My Sassy Quilters Guild is doing the Craftsy 2012 BOM. It is a free class you can find HERE if you are interested. I am love, love loving these blocks!!! Probably my most favorite BOM yet. The blocks are not super hard and are fun and modern interpretations of traditional blocks.

Craftsy 2012 BOM May

May was the wonky Log Cabin variations. The fabrics I am using for the entire quilt are Carnaby Street by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery. Love these!

Craftsy 2012 BOM June

 

June was the Octagon and Greek Cross blocks……I would love to do an entire quilt of these greek crosses!

Scrappy Trip QAL

I signed up to do Julie@627handworks, Scrappy Trip Quilt Along. These are such fun blocks and I am loving the ones I have received so far….seriously, gorgeous! They are from all over the world…and that is just too cool! They are on Round 5 and this is my first round, but I hope to keep collecting enough of these to do an entire quilt. Make sure you head over and follow Julie so you don’t miss the next round if you are interested. It will be in the Fall.

Scrappy Trip QAL

So here are some of my strip sets I have laid out…. The people in my hive have told me some colors they like so I’m picking fabrics with some general guidelines.

I hope they like them! Anybody else feel the pressure when they are sewing for other quilters?

Scrappy Trip QAL

This block is all teal and orange, yummy!

Scrappy Trip QAL

Better get to it! These have to be shipped by July 15th!

Last, but not least….QuiltCon. Oh yes, I am all signed up and so excited I can barely stand it:) I am going to be taking a class on Ombre fabrics with Vanessa Christenson. The rest will be lectures and the quilt show……..and of course SHOPPING! Looking forward to meeting some bloggy friends and checking out Austin, Texas.

  Quilt Con Schedule

Tomorrow is the last day for my Crackerjack GIVEAWAY! So click HERE to enter a 10 FQ bundle and a Crackerjack pattern. I am giving a second one away on Instagram so hop over there for a chance at another.

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06-25-2014

Crackerjack Quilt and Giveaway!

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Crackerjack

Pattern by Swirly Girls Design

This Crackerjack quilt was such a fun and quick quilt to make! It is one of the Swirly Girls Design-Dashing Bobbin Series patterns.

These are made to be quick piece patterns and they don’t break the bank! Best part…..it only takes 10 Fat Quarters and some background fabric….love that.

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I am so in love with this black pin dot I used for the background! I could use an entire bolt of this…..the only place I could find it was at a big box store**gasp**, so I am not sure what the name of it was.

The blocks are made from Daydream in Jewel by Swirly Girls Design for Michael Miller Fabrics.

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I quilted this in an all over meander or stipple design using a 50wt. Aurifil 100%cotton in white. This actually blended a little too well! I could barely see where I had quilted ….BONUS>>> you can’t see if I made any mistakes, Lol:)

Here is the back…

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I decided to use a different color within the blocks. I went with a teal 50wt. Aurifil 100% cotton. I thought the white was just too stark inside the block.

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You can see the teal did not have too much contrast on the back so I was happy with it. It can get tricky finding threads that blend on both sides. I’m just now noticing the random thread on the loose…we all have those:)

Wondered how it would look if I did the whole quilt in this color???

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I used my handy personal quilt labels that you can have made HERE. These are awesome and cheap!

Don’t ask me why I decided to use the teal thread on the binding, you always want to draw attention to your binding……right! Not.

I used THIS machine binding tutorial.

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Because you guys are so awesome….I have an awesome GIVEAWAY for you today!

Fort Worth Fabric Studio    

Fort Worth Fabric Studio has created a lovely bundle for this quilt…

and Swirly Girls Design is throwing in a FREE pattern!

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You can purchase this bundle HERE if you just can’t wait!

You can also get the pattern HERE over at FWFS.

If you buy this pattern now and win the giveaway, I can swap out a different one!

To enter the GIVEAWAY:

Leave a comment below telling me how you follow The Sassy Quilter, so that’s up to six chances! Do as many or as few as you like.

(giveaway open thru July 2nd and open internationally)

Thanks you guys for all your support and good luck!

 

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06-19-2014

Sewing Machine Mat Winner!

Congratulations to our Sewing Machine Mat Winners from my stop on the Riley Blake Designs Quilted Cotton Blog Tour!

2609o has won the oh so cute Chevron and Polka Dot Mat!

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Tonia Conner has won the fun and funky Skull and Bow Mat! You can visit her at her blog AllThingzSewn.

Sewing Machine Mat Tutorial

If you missed it HERE is the tutorial to make your own using Riley Blake Designs Quilted Cotton Fabric….super easy!

Sewing Machine Mat Tutorial

Don’t forget to check out the other fun stops on this blog tour! There are some real cute projects to see.

Riley Blake Designs

6/5 – Jedi Craft Girl

6/10 – Nancy Zieman

6/12 – The Sassy Quilter

6/17 – Just Let Me Quilt

6/19 – Simple Simon & Co.

6/24 – Haberdashery Fun

6/26 – Sew We Quilt

7/1 – Jina Barney Designz

7/3 – Leigh Laurel Studios

7/8 – Riley Blake Designs

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