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09-23-2014

Flannel Dog Bed Tutorial

Flannel Blog Tour

Dog Bed

Today is my stop on Riley Blake Designs Flannel Blog Tour and I have a super quick and easy Dog Bed Tutorial to share with you!

If you are like me and you have little pups around your sewing room, you know they love to lay on any quilty thing they can find! So when Riley Blake asked what I wanted to make for the Flannel Blog Tour I knew right away my pups would love to snuggle up on something flannel. So some cuddly doggy beds of their very own were in the works!

I used Riley Blake Designs “Oh Boy” by Lori Whitlock, 100% cotton flannel in Boy Swirls.

What you will need:

1/4 yd. Boy Swirls Aqua Flannel

1/4 yd. Boy Swirls Orange Flannel

1 yd. Boy Swirls Gray Flannel

1 standard size bed pillow( you can get the really cheap ones at Target, 2 for $7.)

 

Dog Bed

Cut 5 – 5.5″  Orange Flannel squares.

Cut 5 – 5.5″ Aqua Flannel squares.

Cut 10 – 5.5″ Gray Flannel squares.

Use the layout above to begin assembling your dog bed top.

Dog Bed

Piece your rows together, pressing each row in the alternating directions.

Dog Bed

Then join your rows together. Your seams should nest together helping you to keep things lined up!

Dog Bed

Cut 1 – 20.5″ x 25.5″ rectangle for the backing of your dog bed in the Gray Flannel.

Lay the backing and top right sides together an pin along all four sides. Sew a 1/4″ seam around the sides, leaving one side mostly open to insert the pillow later.

Dog Bed

On the side you leave open…..stitch just an inch or two past the corner and backstitch. This will keep the corner from trying to tear open while squeezing the pillow in.

Dog Bed

Insert your pillow. These inexpensive pillows are not so great for us people, but perfect for the dog bed. That way when they get a little funky you don’t feel bad tossing them!

Dog Bed

Fold the edges in and pin in place so you can stitch the opening closed. You can hand stitch this closed or use your machine. It is a bit of a squeeze getting this under the needle, but is pretty quick. Since it IS just a dog bed I wasn’t too worried if it got a little wonky, so I did it on my machine!

Dog Bed

Presto! Done……Hey, I’m thinking this makes pretty cool people pillows too:)

Dog Bed

Gus-Gus approved! …..I actually had to force my little pups to get on this thing, lol! Turns out yelling at them for even coming near most of my projects has made them a little fearful. Such a mean mommy I am:) Sorry pups. FYI… I have 2 pups, Gus-Gus and Little O, they are part dachshund and part jack russell terrier.

Don’t forget to enter this weeks Sassy Saturday Giveaway HERE!

(giveawayends Thurs. 9/25 midnight/EST)

If you want to know what other fun things you can do with flannel…

Make sure you check out all the other stops on the Flannel Tour!

September 5th through October 23rd
9/5 Julia @ Riley Blake Designs
9/9 Deonn @ Quiltscapes
9/12 Bonnie @ Fishsticks Designs
9/23 Paula @ The Sassy Quilter
9/26 Liz @ Simple Simon & Co.
9/30 Heidi @ Fabric Mutt
10/3 Carol @ Just Let Me Quilt
10/7 Amanda @ Jedi Craft Girl
10/10 Rose @ Rose and Odin
10/14 Samm @ Sew We Quilt
10/17 Marni @ Haberdashery Fun
10/21 Karin @ Leigh Laurel Studios
10/24 Lindsay @ The Cottage Mama
10/28 Sara @ Flannel Queen
10/31 Lucy @ Lucy Blaire

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09-19-2014

Sassy Saturday Giveaway!

Sassy Saturday

This weeks Sassy Saturday is being sponsored by Gotcha Covered Quilting!

Gotcha Covered Quilting

Carrie at Gotcha Covered Quilting has lots of fabulous fabric choices!

Look at these beauties…

Dottie by Moda, Orange Small Dot Fabric Miss Kate by Bonnie & Camille 55092 15 - Sundae Scallop Coral - Yardage (1/4 Yard Minimum) Miss Kate by Bonnie & Camille 55091 17 - Spring Navy - Yardage (1/4 Yard Minimum) Bloomin' Fresh by Deb Strain for Moda -  Blooming Dots in Blue - Yardage (1/4 Yard Minimum) Bloomin' Fresh by Deb Strain for Moda -  Tossed Blooms in Spring Green- Yardage (1/4 Yard Minimum) Squared Elements by Leah Duncan for Art Gallery Fabrics, Citrine SE-609 Yardage (1/4 Yard Minimum)

Daydreams by Kate Spain for Moda - Wonder in Yellow - Yardage (1/4 Yard Minimum) Daydreams by Kate Spain for Moda - Cadence in Ink - Yardage (1/4 Yard Minimum) Daydreams by Kate Spain for Moda - Reflection in Ink - Yardage (1/4 Yard Minimum) Daydreams by Kate Spain for Moda - Hills Valley in Jade - Yardage (1/4 Yard Minimum) Daydreams by Kate Spain for Moda - Full Circle in Rose - Yardage (1/4 Yard Minimum) Daydreams by Kate Spain for Moda - Arcadia in Ink - Yardage (1/4 Yard Minimum)

She also has all the new Kona solids and bundles available for the Modern Quilt Guild Charity Challenge.

Kona Solids by Robert Kaufman Fabrics, 32 New Colors Bundle

So what’s the GIVEAWAY…..

 

Indelible by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics, Bundle (10 pieces)

This amazing Indelible by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics, FQ bundle(10 pieces)!!!

Purchase this bundle HERE.

(see bottom of post for a special coupon!)

I love, love, love these colors, the text prints, and the geometric feel of this line:) I am adding this to my NEED list!

How to ENTER >>>>

Visit Gotcha Covered Quilting’s Etsy shop and give them a Like, Favorite or Follow, then comeback and let me know you did by leaving a comment on this post!

Contest ends Thursday, Sept. 25th, midnight/EST. Open internationally. Winner announced the following Friday.

You can find and follow Gotcha Covered Quilting on their Etsy Shop, Blog, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter or Pinterest.

***BONUS COUPON***

Gotcha Covered Quilting is offering a 20% off coupon code thru next week,

Coupon code:  SASSYSATURDAY.

Offer good Sat 9/20- Sat 9/25, so jump on it quick!

Congratulations to last weeks Sassy Saturday winner…..
Cynthia Knapp

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09-16-2014

I Love Quilting Because…

 

 

 

National Quilting Month

Today is my stop on Fat Quarter Shops National Sewing & Quilting Month Blog Tour!

Fat Quarter Shop asked me to share why I LOVE Quilting, answer a few questions about my quilting experience and tackle a project I have never done before.

So here  goes…

National Sewing and Quilting Month

How did you start quilting/sewing?
I grew up knowing how to use a sewing machine, but when I was 16 I asked my grandmother, “Sassy”, to teach me how to quilt. I started my first quilt, a Virginia Reel or Monkey Wrench pattern, but never got past finishing the quilt top.

When was the first time you knew that you were a quilter/sewer?
When I was 29 I made a list of a few things I would do or finish before I turned 30! Finishing my first quilt was one of them:) So, I dug out my first quilt and went back to Grandma Sassy and we got it done! That was it for me, I knew I was officially a quilter. I loved how it used every part of me♥

Do you have any sewing/quilting horror stories or faux pas?
Hmmm… does sewing or cutting every block of an entire quilt wrong count! But, hey…this is how new patterns are made:)

What advice would you give to someone who’s just starting out in sewing/quilting?
Don’t take everything so seriously! Let yourself learn and give yourself time to perfect your skills. My favorite quilts from my Grandma Sassy are the wonkiest:) She always said that’s how you know it isn’t store bought!

Now what did I tackle that was completely new for me???

I am ashamed to admit I have never sewn a zipper into a project, EVER! If I can find a way to get around it…I do:) So this was just the shove I needed to get out of my box and just do it.

Way back when, I started creating these cute little sewing bags and did the applique and quilting for all the parts……and then……nothing!

So here it is! I actually finished one of the zipper pouches and guess what?

Zipper Pouch

You can enter this weeks Sassy Saturday GIVEAWAY>>>>> HERE!!!!!

Zipper Pouch

Phew! Not as scary as I thought:) Lindsey of Inspiring Creations compiled a list of 12 different zipper pouch tutorials I used to help me out, check it out HERE.

What are you going to try new this month? Come on, don’t leave me here outside of the box by myself! There is a lot of room out here and like me you might just like it:)

I would love you to leave a comment telling me what you are dying to try, but just haven’t yet!!!

Don’t forget!!! Fat Quarter Shop has created this FREE Color My Heart Quilt Pattern for you!

It makes a HUGE block – 27″ finished! The Color My Heart Pattern is a perfect place for beginnings to start! (Don’t forget to use #colormyheart on social media when you create and share this quilt!)

Here is the list of all the bloggers participating, go see what new adventures they got into!

Sherri of A Quilting Life
Charise of Charise Creates
Anne Marie of Generation X Quilters
Melissa of Happy Quilting
Elizabeth of In the Boon Docks
Jana of Jana Machado
Maureen of Made by Marzipan
Barb and Mary of Me and My Sister Designs
Kaye of Miss Print
Natalia of Piece N’ Quilt
Denise of Pieced Brain
Stephanie of Quarter Incher
Jane of Quilt Jane
Heather and Megan of Quilt Story
Cheryl of Quilter Chic
Michele of Quilting Gallery
Allison of Quilting Mumma
Liz of Sew4Home
Leanne of She Can Quilt

Erin of Why Not Sew?

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Sassy Saturday

You can enter this weeks Sassy Saturday GIVEAWAY>>>>> HERE!!!!!

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09-14-2014

Something Spooky…

Moonlight Manor

Today I am guest posting over at Bear Creek Quilting Company! So come on over and see what spooky goodness I am getting into:)

***Bonus***

Bear Creek Quilting Company is having a GIVEAWAY too!

Click HERE to come on over.

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09-12-2014

Shabby Fabrics and a Giveaway!

Sassy Saturday

Sassy Saturday is brought to you this week by  Shabby Fabrics,  a new sponsor here at The Sassy Quilter!

Shabby Fabrics

Shabby Fabrics is an online quilting shop that started selling mainly shabby chic fabric lines, but now offers lots of different styles to suit anyone’s fancy. They are celebrating 9 years this month, so be sure to join their Birthday club and get a 20% off coupon for your own b-day! Yes, please:)

Here are a few that really suit my fancy!

Remix Glitz

Miss Kate Up Parasol

Shabby Fabrics offers lots of fun Block of the Month programs, Quilt Books, Quilt Kits and specializes in Laser Cut/Pre-fused Applique Kits.

Sunshine & Silver Quilt Kit

Sunshine and Silver Quilt Kit

You can find their YouTube channel HERE with lots of videos on things like color sense, piecing techniques, applique, and hand embroidery.

 Shipping

They offer affordable shipping at $6.00 for US orders under $75 and free shipping for US orders over $75, plus International customers get 20% off published shipping rates.  As part of their Loyalty Program you also earn 5% back for every dollar you spend for your future purchases!

What do they have for you today???

Best. Day. Ever!  By April Rosenthal For Moda Fabrics - Charm Pack Best. Day. Ever!  7 FQ Set - White & Multi by April Rosenthal for Moda Fabrics

A charm pack AND 7 Fat Quarter bundle of April Rosenthal’s new line, Best. Day. Ever!

……winning this really will be the Best. Day. Ever!

How to ENTER >>>>

Visit Shabby Fabrics and sign up for their newsletter HERE, them comeback and let me know you did by leaving a comment on this post!

(Winners will be notified by the same email address.)

Contest ends Thursday, Sept. 18th, midnight/EST. Open internationally. Winner announced the following Friday.

You can find and follow Shabby Fabrics on their Blog, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

***BONUS COUPON***

Shabby Fabrics is offering a 10% off coupon code, SASSYQUILTER10. Good for one use and expires 10/21/14.

Shabby Fabrics

Congratulations to last weeks Sassy Saturday winner…..
Jessica P.

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09-10-2014

Color My Heart – free pattern!

 

National Sewing and Quilting Month

In case you didn’t know September is Naitonal Sewing & Quilting Month!

Yep, a whole month just for us:)

To show you how much they appreciate you, Fat Quarter Shop created this FREE Color My Heart Quilt Pattern for you!

It makes a HUGE block – 27″ finished! The Color My Heart Pattern is a perfect place for beginnings to start! (Don’t forget to use #colormyheart on social media when you create this quilt!)

Here is my WIP(work in progress):

Color My Heart

I decided to go scrappy with mine….wouldn’t four of these giant blocks made a great quilt!!!

 

Fat Quarter Shop is also challenging some of your favorite bloggers to try a new sewing and quilting project that they’ve never done before all month long! I am excited to be one of the stops along the way. So be sure to visit me back here on Sept. 16th and see why I love quilting and what crazy new thing I have decided to tackle:)

Here are the blogs they will be featuring all month long:

Sherri of A Quilting Life
Charise of Charise Creates
Anne Marie of Generation X Quilters
Melissa of Happy Quilting
Elizabeth of In the Boon Docks
Jana of Jana Machado
Maureen of Made by Marzipan
Barb and Mary of Me and My Sister Designs
Kaye of Miss Print
Natalia of Piece N’ Quilt
Denise of Pieced Brain
Stephanie of Quarter Incher
Jane of Quilt Jane
Heather and Megan of Quilt Story
Cheryl of Quilter Chic
Michele of Quilting Gallery
Allison of Quilting Mumma
Liz of Sew4Home
Leanne of She Can Quilt
Erin of Why Not Sew?
It doesn’t end there….FQS challenges YOU to try a new project ! Share your projects with FQS on their Facebook, Google +, and Instagram using #fqschallenge
Sassy Saturday
P.S>…..
You still have time to enter this weeks Sassy Saturday giveaway HERE.

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09-06-2014

Sassy Saturdays and a Giveaway!

I have something fun to announce today…..

Sassy Saturdays!

Sassy Saturday

Starting today I will be hosting a giveaway every Saturday for all my fellow Sassy’s! My wonderful sponsors have some really fun stuff they are going to share with you, so be sure to check in each week!

Bonus…..

I am making the entry super easy, no 10 things to do to enter!

Today’s GIVEAWAY is from Fort Worth Fabric Studio!

Fort Worth Fabric Studio

Metropolitian Melody from Fort Worth Fabric Studio

Metropolitian Melody

YOU CAN PURCHASE THIS BUNDLE HERE!

(if you can’t wait!)

METROPOLITAN MEDLEY is a FWFS Exclusive FAT QUARTER bundle! This bundles include 10 fat quarters and features Art Gallery prints from the Urban Mod collection.


Fabrics are from:

  • Art Gallery
  • Michael Miller
  • Dear Stella
  • Timeless Treasures

TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY >>>>

Hop on over to Fort Worth Fabric Studio and take a look around…..

then come back here and leave a comment telling me something you just have to have:)

Fort Worth Fabric Studio

I am not going to force you guys to follow 10 things for each giveaway(phew!)…..BUT, my lovely sponsors do generously share these goodies and would love for you to check them out or give them a follow by newsletter or any social media outlet you like. Thanks Sassy’s!!!

You can keep up with Fort Worth Fabric Studio by signing up for their newsletter HERE(upper right corner)  or follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Bloglovin‘, Pinterest and their Blog!

Giveaway is open thru Thursday 9/11, midnight/EST. Winner announced the following Friday. Open internationally.

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09-04-2014

X-Plus and a bonus tip!

X-Plus quilt block

I have been working on my X-Plus blocks for my next border in my Aviatrix Medallion quilt…..don’t you just love these blocks! This is one reason I really wanted to make this quilt. I just love these blocks and wanted to get a feel for making them. Quite a few pieces, but not so hard. I can’t wait to show you all of these finished up…all these solids really look great together.

I am pretty much following Elizabeth Hartman’s pattern for all the different solids(bought a kit), she coordinated these so well! I am switching up my white background for this sketchy print and the gray for a gray polka dot…to spice it up a bit and make it my own. Here is Elizabeth’s original quilt:

Flat Shot

It’s a biggie, too 80 x 80. Check out the #aviatrixmedallion to see all the cool different ways people have put this one together.

You can purchase the pattern HERE or join in the quilt along if you are interested.

Bonus tip…

You may have heard of this one before, but here goes:)

For the corner units of this block you have you sew squares on the diagonal, then trim the corner off and press it open.

If while you are doing this you go ahead and stitch another line about 1/2″ away…(toward the outer corner!!!) and then cut between the two lines of stitches….

bonus hst

You will get these lovely little bonus half square triangles! and Yes….they are tiny:) About 1″ or so.  I love saving these and plan to make some little fun projects like fridge magnets or christmas ornments with them.

I always stitch these up and then toss them in a jar until I am ready to use them. To cut triangles this small and try to feed them through your machine is a little tough, but this is a simple quick way to  just pop ‘em out.

bonus hst

This will work for any type of block where you are stitching the square on the diagonal and then trimming it off….other examples would be in Flying Geese and Snowball techniques.

I just love all these solid and can’t stand to just toss these little cuties!

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08-30-2014

Labor Day Weekend Sales!

Happy Labor Day!

Here is a quick post to let you know some good sales for the holiday weekend!

Fort Worth Fabric Studio

Fort Worth Fabric Studios

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The Littles 40% off with code LITTLES40

and

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Toybox IV 30% off with code TOYBOX30

CottonBlisss

Cotton Bliss

Spend $50 or more on regular priced* merchandise at Cotton Bliss and your entire order ships FREE anywhere in the United States (Including APO addresses).

Bear Creek Quilting Company

Bear Creek Quilting Company

Bear Creek Quilting Company

Lots of new inventory has been moved to clearance!

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Machine Quilting: Small Changes, Big Variety     The Twisted Irish Chain

Craftsy has 20 great classes on sale too!

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08-29-2014

Memory Quilt

Memory Quilt

Memory Quilt

Well, I finally have made some progress on my latest commissioned Memory Quilt!

I decided to attack this project with simplicity. I think most people that want a quilt made are thinking of a handmade patchwork feel and not a quilt masterpiece….especially if they don’t give you any direction at all in regard to the design…..or at least that’s what I am hoping:) It took me quite a while to decide on this and finally just started cutting! I feel like I have been just holding on to this bag of clothes for months….I don’t know about you guys, but this whole timeline thing is probably the one thing I actually do not love about making quilts for others. I always feel like I keep them waiting SO long! Oh well….that is my process I guess:) I have to really think about it and wait until it speaks to me.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

Memory Quilt

In my previous post I talked to you guys about how I just spent some time looking over the clothes, analyzing the fabric and how much useable material I had to work with. These clothes really struck me as so personal and I could feel all the love inside them…..I think that made them harder to cut up!

My next step was to pull a few fabrics that I thought coordinated with the general feel of all the clothes. The person who I am making it for told me her favorite was a country blue. I picked a couple different shades and added a similar style yellow for some extra pop!

Memory Quilt

I pressed all the shirts, cut out all the large flat areas, and then subcut them into 4.5″ x 8″ rectangles. I laid them out on my design wall with staggered rows so that the seams would alternate. After sewing everything together I trimmed the edges so they were square.

memoryquilt_layout

I hope they are going to like this quilt!

Memory Quilt

Ahhh……a little summer breeze:) Not great for picture taking, but beautiful none the less!

Now…..should I add a border??? Hmmmm…..what do you think? I have plenty of the blues and yellow left over.

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