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12-10-2018

Sassy Tip-106

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Sassy tip #106:

Trimming Half Square Triangles!

I recently was at a quilt retreat and shared these tips that I use to make speedy work of trimming half square triangles…

This ruler right here is a life saver!

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•With this ruler you are trimming two sides of the triangle at one time!

You just line up your stitched line with the size HST you are looking for and zip zip.

•Now the next step is how to get those dog ears off of there!

I use a cut diamond as my mental reference…

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You want to cut the corners of your HST in like the top of a diamond looks. Once again… trimming half square triangles before opening and pressing is doing two sides at once!

 

You can free hand this with your rotary cutter…. just don’t cut your stitches!

Happy Quilting my fellow Sassies!

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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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11-21-2018

Ask Sassy! Asking Sassy Quilting Questions…

Ask Sassy!

Hey guys! Do you have lots of quilting questions you are dying to know the answers to? But…. are afraid to ask? or don’t know who to ask!

Well I am starting a new series of posts called “Ask Sassy!”

You can feel free to ask in the comments or email me if you prefer to be anonymous:)

Remember…There are no dumb questions!!!

I will start this series with a question I was asked just recently by a beginning quilter.

What does WOF mean?

width of fabric

WOF stands for Width Of Fabric. It is often used in measuring and cutting instructions. The width of fabric is measured by exactly how it comes off of the fabric bolt, folded in half with a fold end and a end with the two selvedges. If you cut strips just as it comes off the bolt, from selvedges to the fold, you have cut a strip that is WOF!

HERE is a link to my Sassy Dictionary which explains lots of abbreviations used in quilting.

So there you go! I hope these quilting questions will help beginners and the pros alike. So ask away!

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11-17-2018

Sassy Tip of the Week-105

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Sassy tip #105:

To get nice flat quilt blocks…

Place a heavy book or two on your block after pressing. The weight of the book will keep the seams extra flat as it cools. I even set them on a whole stack that I have pressed!

Please don’t judge my nasty ironing board! A whole lot of pressing happened there:)

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07-09-2018

Stash Statement Blog Tour

 

Welcome all you Sassy quilters! Today is the final stop on the Stash Statement Blog Tour.

I was so excited when Kelly@My Quilt Infatuation asked me to participate! This is Kelly Young’s new book called Stash Statement. It is all about improv… and to be honest improv is not something I have done a lot of, but I have a ton of scraps and was ready to try her technique.

I created a quilt from Kelly’s Bonus Pattern called Take Flight.

I decided to make a mini version of this quilt and reversed the improv areas with the solid wings.

Mine finishes at 26 x 28.

I just loved how bright and colorful the improv turned out. It was very easy and free spirited. Playing with all your old scraps reminds you of the quilts you’ve made…and that makes me smile!

 

I quilted it with an all over stipple… used a light gray on the background areas and a darker gray on the wings. I really wanted you to focus on the piecing and color more that the quilting.

And…. never forget your label!

 

This is the original version by  Kelly@My Quilt Infatuation.

The original pattern finishes at 55 x 60.

So if you have been dying to give improv a try…this is the book for you. She has an easy approach to making some fun and beautiful quilts!

You can find her book HERE!

If you missed any of the previous stops on the blog tour you can find them in the list below:

Stash Statement Blog Tour Schedule

4/16- Grand Bazaar    Shelley @ Cora’s Quilts

                                      Connie @ Freemotion by the River

4/23- Louvered  Lindsey @ Primrose Cottage Quilts

                            Diann @ Little Penguin Quilts

4/30- Precarious  Jess @ Quilty Habit

                              Myra @ Busy Hands Quilts

5/7- Beach Retreat  Sarah @ Sarah Goer Quilts

                                  Liz @ Savor Every Stitch

5/14- Fire Pit   Alison @ Little Bunny Quilts

                         Preeti @ Sew Preeti Quilts

5/21- Detour    Laura @ Slice of Pi Quilts 

                         Shelley @ The Carpenter’s Daughter Who Quilts

5/28- Murrina    Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl

                            Leanne @ Devoted Quilter

6/4- Scattered    Jayne @ Twiggy and Opal

                           Christine @ Triangles and Squares

6/11- Bloom Chicka Boom   Chris @ made by ChrissieD

                                               Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty

6/18- Regatta   Susan @ Quilt Fabrication

                          Debbie @ A Quilter’s Table

                          Christa @ Christa Quilt

6/25- Catch a Falling Star  Cynthia @ Quilting is More Fun Than Housework

                                              Anja @ Anja Quilts

7/2- College Prep   Hilary @ by Hilary Jordan

                                Lori @ Crossquilt

7/9- Take Flight (free bonus pattern)  Kelli @ Seriously, I Think It Needs Stitches

                                                             Paula @ The Sassy Quilter(You are Here!)

 

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02-09-2017

Bella Skill Builder…Block2

Today is Block 2  in the Bella Skill Builder quilt along hosted by Fat Quarter Shop!

Bella Skill Builder

Don’t forget its not too late to get your supplies to join in! Below are the links to get you there.

Fat Quarter Shop has a Quilt Kit, Backing Set, and a Thread Set for this quilt.

Bella Skill Builder Quilt Kit Exclusive Fat Quarter Shop Kit designed by Sherri McConnell

Backing Set for Bella Skill Builder Quilt Kit 5.5 yards of SKU# 9900-89
Bella Skill Builder Thread PackFat Quarter Shop Exclusive

Block 2

Orange Peel

I did a simple top stitch to secure these. A zig zag is also a good option. 

These were fun and super easy! 

Give it a try. 

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01-04-2017

Quilt Backing… 

Quilt Backing…

Raise your hand if you hate basting a quilt? ✋🏼✋🏼✋🏼✋🏼✋🏼

The work of basting is hard enough, but getting the backing pieced and measured properly can be a pain too. My favorite thing to use is wide quilt backing fabric made just for this purpose…… soooooo much simpler! But here lies a problem….UGLY BACKING! 

Now I’m not saying all quilt backing is ugly… obviously, but most that I come across are pretty old school.

For example…..

108" Wide Quilt Backing Prairie Vine Tan Essentials 108" Wide Back Flannel Filigree Dark Blue

Climbing Vine 108" Wide Back Red  110" Wide Flannel Quilt Back Willow Royal

Vines, flowers…vines, flowers and blobs….

(no offense meant to the vine, flower and blob lovers)

 If your like me then you’re kinda tired of that and looking for something new, funky, fresh…SASSY!

So I set out on a search…

I went a little crazy on my shopping spree after my last basting/backing attempt… and I want to share with my quilty friends in case you are looking for something similar.

Here is some up close pics of goodies I found at Fabric.com

Kaufman Fractals 108″ Wide Geo Trellis Grey
$14.98

Item # 0455271

Kaufman Fractals 108″ Wide Geo Grey
$14.98

Item # 0455276

Michael Miller Whisper 108 In. Wide Miriam Mud
$13.48

Item # 0397233

 
 

Kaufman Rhoda Ruth 108″ Wide Celestial Valentine
$15.98

Item # 0455260

Kaufman Rhoda Ruth 108″ Wide Celestial Smoke
$15.98

Item # 0455258

Michael Miller Luxe 108″ Wide Back Vine Maze Luna
$14.98

Item # 0449197

Tula Pink Free Fall 108″ Wide Quilt Back Battle
$15.28

Item # 0422988

My only surprise with my order was the scale of the Tula Pink Free Fall…. wayyyyy bigger, but still gorgous! You can see by the size of my hand compared to the dots. They are big folks.  

 I was thouroghly surprised by what I could find!

So folks….there is some cute wide backing fabric out there to be found!

You just have to look for it:)

No more excuses for me and all these unfinished top I have. The number is scary…

2017, Here I come.

 

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01-01-2015

Modern Medley Mini-Quilt Challenge

Mini-Quilt Challenge

Modern Medley

If a quilt is alone in the forest….does it make a sound???

I can’t tell ya, but I’m thinking its possible because I know they have a story to tell for sure!

Happy New Year Quilt peeps!

I hope 2014 was a great year for you and 2015 holds lots of new and exciting things for your future….and of course lots of quilts.

Modern Medley

My local quilt guild recently had Mini-Quilt challenge where the only rules were to use our signature color and keep it 12″ square.

Have you ever tried to decide what your signature color is??? Not as easy as I thought…I love lots of bright and fun colors. I finally decided that the blue family was it for me, but wanted a little splash of pink….because that is very me too! I gathered all my random blue scraps and decided to let loose and just start sewing, pressing and cutting.

You may have noticed I haven’t shared a lot lately…..feeling a little uninspired and overwhelmed by life. I thought this project might be a way to let loose and see what happens. I really wanted to just let this project express what would naturally just come out of me. And that’s just what happened….kind of cool right! I feel a little crazy and blue, lost in the sea of what is happening right now, but I know that in the middle is still me….and it is a bright and happy me!

Modern Medley

I did the same thing with the quilting….just let it out till it told me I was done.

Now before you go thinking I have lost it, don’t worry…I am just fine. I just thought it was an interesting approach to see how a quilt can be more than just a planned project and this is not usually how I approach my quilting for sure!

Modern Medley

These quilts will also be in a quilt show here in February and I think they will make a fun exhibit.  We had to add a 4″ hanging sleeve on the back for the exhibit.

HERE is a tutorial if you ever need to know how to do that.

So tell me what is your signature color for 2015???

Think about it….

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