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01-10-2019

Sassy Tip- 107

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Sassy tip #107:

Bias or Curved Binding

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Use binding cut on the bias when your quilt borders are curved, this has a stretch to it. Otherwise, use straight of grain.

Binding can be a little tricky sometimes. I know you have probably seen some pics of people cutting their binding on the diagonal….why go through all that trouble if you can just cut it straight???

Welllllll………

Fabric has a grain to it. When you cut binding for the straight edges of a quilt, you cut from the fold to the selvedge, you are then cutting on the straight grain. This type of binding is perfect for your general binding on your quilts. It is sturdy and if you pull on it you can feel that it has no stretch.

Butttt……

When you are working with a curved border you need a little stretch or bend to get it to fit around your quilts edges. This is called bias binding because the strips are cut on the bias and give it lots of stretch and movement.

Here are a few examples of what I mean…

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A beautiful scalloped edge adds a unique touch to a quilts edges.

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The wedding ring quilt is full of curves!

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Bias or curved binding is also used as the main design in some quilts and needs lots of stretch to do what the designer wants it to do.

Gorgeous don’t you think!

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CLICK HERE for a tutorial by Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter to show you how to whip some of both types of binding whenever you need it.

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01-06-2019

Churn Dash

Churn Dash Quilt Block

These Churndash blocks are one of my latest projects that I have started. I love this traditional pattern and it has been on my to do list for a long time!

The Churn Dash block is also known by several other names:

  • Monkey Wrench
  • Hens and Chickens
  • Lincoln’s Platform
  • Shoo Fly
  • Hole in the Barn Door
  • Fisherman’s Reel
  • Broken Plate
  • Love Knot
  • Ludlow’s Favorite
  • Quail’s Nest

 

My original plan was to make all the blocks the same, that seemed a little boring so I decided to do a reverse block and still keep it a two color quilt.

This is actually a very easy pattern, just some half square triangles and some strips.

I loved this fabric design! It is Add it Up by Cotton and Steel.

I pressed most of the seams to the side, but the two larger seams when finishing the block I pressed open just to reduce some of the bulk. This will help when you get to quilting this quilt. The needle doesn’t love super bulky seams.

CLICK HERE is a link to a FREE Churn Dash pattern.

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01-03-2019

Layer Cake Quilts-A Piece of Cake

Wanna make a quick quilt?

Grab a layer cake and some background fabric…. and here you go!

Quilt Pattern: A Piece of Cake

A quilt top finish!

This pattern was super easy and so fun to make. I was hesitant about the background fabric I picked… but I think it came out great! The colors really pop.

This is another quilt is from a book dedicated to all things layer cake! I’m slightly obsessed, lol.

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A Piece of Cake

Sweet and Simple Quilts from Layer Cake Squares

by Peta Peace

While trying to get a good pic of this top I took this one and thought it was so pretty because it looked like Stained glass.

Hope you guys are up to something crafty!

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12-25-2018

Christmas Lights!

Christmas lights

Merry Christmas everyone!

Here is a Christmas project I have been working on…. sort of last minute and will be finished for next Christmas!

I just fell in love with these Christmas light bulbs!

The pattern is by Burlap and Blossom Patterns. She specializes in pieced patterns… no paper piecing!!!

She has lots of cute Christmas blocks!!!

I used my trimmings to make these Sawtooth Stars. I will make those the center.

Then I will add a border… maybe Christmas trees or candy canes…. and then have a large border of these cute Christmas lights. I am sort of making it up as I go. The original pattern in just for the block.

So even though you don’t have time to finish… let Christmas inspire you for next year!

Have a wonderful Christmas Day you guys!

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12-10-2018

10 FREE and EASY Handmade Christmas Ornament Tutorials

Don’t you just love Christmas!

I love decorating the tree and all the handmade Christmas ornaments are extra special to me. Giving handmade Christmas ornaments is always fun too….. but why do I wait to the last minute to make those handmade Christmas ornaments!!!! I know I’m not the only one so here are a few suggestions so you can get some super cute handmade Christmas ornaments knocked out ASAP!

Here are 10 FREE and EASY Handmade Christmas Ornament Tutorials!

The first few on my list(1-5) are by Mr. Domestic. I like his approach to these ornaments. There are many versions of some of these ornaments.

1. Woven Hexie

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2. Quilted Balls

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3. Scandanavian Folded Fabric Star

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4. Fabric Swedish Star

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5. Fabric Pinecone

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6. Folded Christmas Tree

Christmas in July- Christmas Tree Ornament Tutorial from LifeAferLaundry.com

7. Fabric Styrafoam Ball

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8. Primitive Scrap Fabric Tree

Green and Brown Scrap Ribbon Christmas Tree Ornament

9. Scrappy Quilt As You Go Ornaments

scrappy ornaments | quilt as you go | patchwork posse | easy sewing projects and free quilt tutorials

10. Button Wreath

Happy Ornamenting!

Would love to see some pics if you make some of these:)

 

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12-03-2018

I wanna be where the Quilts are…

Mermaid Quilts

I want to be where the Quilts are…

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Well that’s not quite how the line goes… but we all know that is definitely what she was thinking:)

I have a couple of mermaid finishes for you guys today!

Mermaid Quilts!!!

I so enjoyed making this set of twin mermaid quilts…. well they are not exactly twins, but close.

They are for two sisters that I love dearly and have yet to make them a quilt.

Their names are Zoe and Khloe and they also go by the “Think So Twins”…check out their you tube channel!

One reason I picked this fabric for these little girls is that they are African American and I wanted them to see a beautiful mermaid that looks just like them.

I absolutely loved this fabric line…. The castle blueprints!!!

Mermaids, Unicorns, Norwals, Castles…. the cutest!

This fabric line in Magic by Sarah Jane for Michael Miller Fabrics.

I uses one layer cake to make both of these quilts. I just divided the pinks and blues and addes some of my own for borders.

My piecing was simple because I really wanted the fabrics to show.

I just loved the sayings tossed in there.

So grab those Layer Cakes and just start cutting them up!

You might just make something extra special:

Quilt on my friends!

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11-23-2018

Layer Cake Pop- Layer Cake Quilts

Layer Cake Quilt Pattern

This beautiful quilt has finally been quilted!

This was a wonderful layer cake quilt pattern from Fat Quarter Shop that I did way back(omg it was Jan 2017) using their famous series they do called Short Cut Quilts...

And guess what?

It only takes a half a layer cake and a jelly roll for the background…

and it is a FREE PATTERN!

Boom! So easy.

 

I used a layer cake from Cotton and Steel, Mesa by Alexia Abegg, to make this quilt.

The cream fabric was a nice match up.

I just love how this quilt turned out. The fabrics really pop!

I quilted it using a loop de loop pattern around all the center squares. I think this also helped the fabrics take center stage.

Here is the Fat Quarter Shop’s Short Cut Quilt video you need to make this quilt:

Be sure to watch and give them a like on YouTube.

Here is a link to my previous post…HERE.

I seriously hope you guys give this quilt a try and add it to your list of layer cake quilts!

Happy Quilting Sassites:)

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11-10-2018

Layer Cake Quilts- Origami Squares

I have a fabulous finish for you guys today!

This quilt is from a book dedicated to all things layer cake!

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A Piece of Cake

Sweet and Simple Quilts from Layer Cake Squares

by Peta Peace

We all know we have at least 10 layer cakes piled up waiting for some inspiration….

pattern: “Origami Squares”

I just loved this pattern because it only required one layer cake.

Now… I made this layer cake myself because I wanted these specific colors.

I’m dying to try it again!

 

I used an all over stipple pattern for quilting and a zig zag stitch to finish off my binding.

And it wouldn’t be finished unless it has a label!

So I added my pre-made labels from ikaprint.com. Love these!

So if you have some layer cakes you wanna dive into… check out this book:

A Piece of Cake

Sweet and Simple Quilts from Layer Cake Squares

by Peta Peace

Leave a comment telling me how many layer cakes you have stored up in your sewing room:)

(I have 20 something! Yikes)

 

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07-25-2018

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!… in July!
I am currently working on a Christmas quilt just for me!
I have never actually made a Christmas quilt believe it or not… but have always wanted one. This year in my local guild we decided we would all try to make ourselves a Christmas quilt this year. We started planning it out in January.
First I picked out my pattern….
Just loved this one by Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter. I love the wonky-ness and whimsical look. I also love the simplicity! Lol.
Then I came across this fabric…
Swell Christmas by Urban Chic. I loved the vintage feel of it. And I liked that it had some pink in it… different feel for a Christmas quilt.
Here is a great FQ bundle you can find at Fat Quarter Shop HERE
Here are a few of my blocks…
I think I should have thought more about contrast in some of these…. I mean I did but I could have used a few solids in here! A little busy feeling for me to just sew all these together. Hey… you learn something from every quilt. I’m thinking of adding some sashing to break it up a little… what do you think? Or should I just see them together and get a beautiful crazy quilt:)
Now is the time to get going on your Christmas quilt! Lots of Beautiful Christmas fabric lines are out and Christmas in July Sales.
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So tell me what you’re u think? Are you working on a Christmas project?
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07-17-2018

Thread Deal!

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