Sew Scrappy Sampler ~ Block 6

I can’t believe we are half done!  Block #6 of the Sampler is…

‘Loop de Loop’

sampler quilt pattern Block #6

This block involves strip piecing and single fold bias tape.  You can purchase bias tape but it’s much more fun and economical to make it yourself.  I used this bias tape maker to make mine…

bias tape maker

If you’ve never used a bias tape maker before here is what you do… Cut strips at a 45 degree angle.  I made single fold bias tape (to keep the bulk to a minimum) and I wanted it to be narrow @ 1/4″,  so I cut 1/2″ strips on the bias (45 degree angle)

single fold bias tapeJoin strips with right sides together ~ sew along angle.

making single fold bias tape

 Feed it through the bias tape maker ~ The green one I’m using is specific for 1/4″ size. 

single fold bias tapePin the little tail end sticking out of the tape maker to your ironing board and as you pull the little loop handle with your left hand, follow it with the tip of your iron with your right hand.  Hold the tip of the iron right up against where the fabric is coming out, moving together so you get it pressed neatly. 

single fold bias tape

That’s all there is to it.  Your single fold bias tape is ready!

I basted mine in place before I stitched it down with same Roxanne basting glue I’ve been using for some of my other projects.  You can also pin, or use a basting glue stick ~ whatever works for you!block of the month sampler When you get back around to the beginning and everything is secure, just tuck the end under the intersection and stitch in place.

block of the month using bias tape


quilt block of the month sampler in kaffe fassett

Here are the links for the


in My Shop


on Craftsy!

block of the month quilt in kaffe fassett fabric




Block 4 ~ Power of Nine BOM

Quilt Block of the Month 2015…

Yay! Block #4 is DONE!

4-quilt-bom-power-of-nine-0582If you’re catching up I’ve just completed the tula scrappy version of block 4 for this quilt…

modern quilt block of the month in kona cottonIf you want to quilt-a-long you can find the pattern here…

Modern Power of Nine Quilt Pattern

and the posts here…

All the Quilt-as-You-Go Posts.


Another look at the comparison between the solid version and scrappy version…

modern quilt block of the month in tula pink fabricI used the block 4 color diagram to plan my scrappy block piecing and my quilting just like in previous posts.

I quilted this block on my domestic machine similar to the orange version.  I started by layering (see quilt as you go part 1) and basting my block.  After I stitched in the ditch, I marked some guide lines to follow on my center block…

quilt block of the month tula pink fabric

And I marked some curved lines on the four ‘D’ blocks with this clover white marking pen – and quilted them with my walking foot.  After I finished working with my walking foot I switched feet and did some free motion circles and swirls.

quilt as you go tutorial

Don’t be afraid to use these water erasable markers for marking some guide lines… just test them first but I’ve never had a problem… When my block is done ~ I just spray the marks with water, and blot any excess water with a paper towel as I go and let dry.

quilt as you go I actually like this step because it looks all messy and marked up before you spray it and then the lines disappear and you get to really see your stitches… the big reveal ~ so fun!

quilt as you go

Another close up…

quilt block of the month quilt a long

The back side…

quilt block of the month quilt a long


quilt block of the month in tula pink fabric

Want to follow along?

Here is the full Power of Nine Quilt Pattern in my shop.

Want to make a single block?  Find the Block 4 Pattern here on Craftsy.

Related Posts:



Sew Scrappy Sampler ~ Block 4

 Quilt Block of the month #4 involves curved piecing…

Color Circusmodern-quilt-block-of-the-month-kaffe-fassett-fabric

You can find this block pattern

in My Shop


on Craftsy.

Here are some pics / tricks on my assembly…

You can complete this pattern in two ways…

You can use the template to cut and piece individual wedges…

quilt block wedges

Or you can use the complete arc foundation…


I completed two of each and accomplished the same results but cutting and piecing the small wedges is tedious and you have to be very precise in cutting and seam allowance.

I’m going to show you how I~

  1. added the center and corner blocks to each arc

  2. appliqued the “eye”

  3. and some pictures of sewing the curved pieces.

After I got my arc’s complete I left the paper on while I connected the corner square to the arc so I could keep the seam accurate~

modern-quilt-block-month-kaffeBefore attaching the second arc to that same corner block I removed the paper from the end wedge and seam so it wouldn’t get in my way~

modern-quilt-block-month-kaffe-fabricNow I’m ready to attach the second arc~


 Notice the second arc still has the paper on the end ~


After it’s sewn on, I can remove the paper from the end wedge and press the corner.  Nice and flat~


I repeat the process or the second corner block.  In the next photo I’ve already attached one arc and removed the paper at the end~


Now pinch the ends together ~

modern-quilt-block-month-kaffeIt will require a little fussing (and looks awkward) but if you keep the edges together and get it pinned right you’ll be good to go~

modern-quilt-block-month-kaffeThe pins I’m using are from clover.  I took a piecing class years ago and the teacher provided each student with a box of these pins…  If you have a chance to get some they are worth it.  They are thin and glide into the fabric without any drag…  perfect for piecing!  I’m sure there are others out there (look for fine or extra-fine) but these are the ones I use and love!  I see them at most quilt shops and you can find them (extra-fine like mine) here on amazon.

So now my arcs are attached and the ends are pressed.  I’m still leaving the rest of my paper on so any bias curves don’t get distorted.


You can applique the ‘eye’ any way you like (raw edge, needle turn etc)

Here’s an example of using freezer paper to applique.

Trace the applique shape onto freezer paper and cut out on traced line (no seam allowance).  Put a small spot of glue on the paper side of the freezer paper template with a glue stick and press the template on to the wrong side of your fabric (this is optional) so it doesn’t slip around . Cut fabric aprox 1/8″ – 1/4″ outside template.  Now with the tip of a hot iron, carefully press the seam allowance over to the shiny side of the freezer paper, working around and pressing toward the center.


The edges temporarily stick to the shiny side and you have a crisp applique to work with.

I left the paper in place and glue-basted the applique using this basting glue


I added just a few dots of glue away from the edge to hold it in place.


 Press down to secure…


Hand applique with the freezer paper in place. And when you are ready you can turn your work to the back and pull out the freezer paper. moder-quilt-pickle-dish-variation

Last is the curved piecing.  Finger press the corner piece in half to find the center and align with the center wedge on the arc.  Pin in place.

moder-quilt-pickle-dish-variationNow pin ends which should extend about a 1/4″ into corner blocks~

moder-quilt-pickle-dish-variationStitch and repeat on other side… press and trim!  When trimming notice I’ve got my lower right corner block and upper left corner block on the 6 1/2″ lines… this is important when squaring.




Here are the links for the


in My Shop


on Craftsy!




Sew Scrappy Sampler ~ Block 2

Block of the Month #2 of the ‘Sew Scrappy Sampler’ is a wedge & applique block…

 ~Tequila Sunrise~

wedge quilt block of the month pattern

 You can find the complete block Pattern in My Shop or on Craftsy.

~Here are some Tips and Pics on assembly~

Start by cutting out all your wedges… accuracy and consistency are key.   I’ve got half mine shown here…

quilt block of the month

Chain stitch them all according to the pattern…

chain stitching wedge quilt block

Chain stitching is a way to ‘speed piece’ on your sewing machine that saves you time (and thread).  Sew one piece and then pause, position next piece and feed through.  When done cut the ‘chain’ between each piece. chain stitching I set my machine to a shorter stitch and backstitched once or twice at each fold to secure (the fold will be your point). wedge quilt block

Before you turn your points you can clip the seam allowance slightly at the fold to reduce bulk.  When I turn my points I use these handy tweezers and hold right at the point…

wedge quilt block of month

Then with my left hand I take the tail of the wedge and pull it down and under the tweezers…  wedge quilt block

It gives me perfect points without poking into the corner and stressing out the seam…

wedge quilt block

When you are joining your wedges, sew a scant quarter inch as directed and only sew the length of the shortest wedge.

wedge quilt block

I chose to hand applique my wedges, but you can use your machine to straight stitch, zig zag or blanket stitch…

dresden wedge quilt blockI hope you have fun with this block!  Don’t feel you need to follow my colors, you can switch it up any way you like.

Maybe you want to keep the entire inner and outer circle similar colors…

wedge quilt block pattern

or just the inner circle…

wedge quilt block
You get the idea!

block 2 tequila sunrise 107 logo

You can find the Pattern in my Shop or on Craftsy.




Quilt As You Go Tutorial ~ Part 1

If you’re following the Power of Nine quilt~a~long that’s fantastic!  I hope that you’ve done well with block one.

quilt as you go tutorial

If you are going to complete this quilt using the Quilt~as~you~Go method, then I have some additional information and things to think about.  This post is a bit long but please read through it entirely if you want to follow this QAUG method.

In this post I will cover:

1 Important notes and additional requirements for qaug method
2 Thoughts about the back of your qaug quilt
3 Instructions on completing a block with the qaug method

 Quilt as You Go ~ Important Notes & Requirements:

  • Blocks will be quilted (with backing/batting) individually.  This includes all solid pieces between pieced blocks.
  • A walking foot for your machine is highly recommended.
  • This method will require additional fabric for attaching the blocks (aprox 3/4 yard for top AND back ~ see ‘sashing’ below).
  • This method will also require additional backing fabric.
In the quilt diagram below notice the dark grey ‘sashing’ between all the blocks/sections of the quilt top.  This narrow sashing (for joining) is where additional fabric will be necessary.quilt top graphic with qaug sashsing 3
You can select one fabric for this sashing or several colors to coordinate it with each pieced row (ex yellow, orange, blue, green) or solid row (ex white).
If you choose 1 fabric, you will need aprox 3/4 yard for the top AND another 3/4 yard for the back.  (we will discuss the back later in this post) Please note that these fabric amounts don’t account for pre-washing your fabric, so if you pre-wash, you will need a bit more to allow for shrinking.
My quilt is (Tula Pink) scrappy and I will be making my sashing scrappy with what I have in my Tula Pink stash.

Thoughts about the Back of your QAUG quilt:

Since the blocks will all be quilted individually, your quilt back will look similar to your quilt top.  You can use one backing fabric for the entire back (so it looks solid) OR you can plan the look of your back.back diagram ~ quilt as you go
Please note ~ If you are following the backing fabric requirements on the pattern you will need to add more to account for the additional cutting and trimming using this qaug method.
My quilt back will be scrappy.  With that said, I looked through my stash and chose fabrics for the back of my blocks based on what I had that would be large enough etc.  I printed out the back diagram and colored it so I could remember what I was doing with my block placement as I went along…quilt as you go tutorial
I precut all twelve 13 1/2″ backing pieces from these fabrics:quilt as you go tutorial and twelve 13″ square pieces of batting ~ I’m using Warm and Natural cotton batting:quilt as you go tutorial
 Now that my backing and batting pieces are cut I’m ready to quilt my first block!

Instructions on Completing a Block with the QAUG Method:

1  Prepare your quilt sandwich~
(top) 12 1/2″ unfinished pieced block, right side up
(middle) 13″ square of batting
(bottom) 13 1/2″ square backing fabric, right side down
quilt as you go tutorialBaste layers together with method of choice (pins /basting stitch/ spray) ~ I spray basted mine… (using this spray found on amazon)quilt as you go tutorial

2  Make a Plan for your Quilting:

Remember when we colored this block diagram when we were making block 1?  I used that same printed diagram to draw out a plan for quilting my block…quilt as you go tutorial
Having the quilting plan helps keep me on track (I need all the help I can get!).
The center of this nine patch block will be quilted the same in all 12 blocks to keep some consistency.  As a side note, here is my ‘rough’ quilting plan from my power of nine quilt top without using the quilt as you go method.quilt as you go tutorial

3  Quilt your Block:

I used a walking foot (very highly recommended!) so my layers wouldn’t shift or get distorted and I began by stitching in the ditch of all the seams.quilt block of the monthI always began and ended stitching on the outside edge of my backing fabric, even if I had to double stitch a seam.quilt as you go tutorial
I traveled in the ditch to get to where I needed to add quilting… and I used my disappearing ink pen to mark a guide to follow when stitching across a block, so my lines didn’t get all wonky. quilt as you go tutorial

4  Square your Block:

When your happy with your quilting, square your block to 12 1/2″.  I used a 12 1/2″ square ruler, but you can use your mat and quilters ruler to square your block properly as well.
Trim off excess batting and backing…
quilt as you go tutorial
Check out the back…quilt as you go tutorialAll quilted! quilt as you go tutorial
Easy! :)
quilt as you go tutorialquilt as you go tutorialIn future posts I’ll go over how to join the blocks…




Giveaway Day!

I’m participating in the giveaway day over at Sew Mama Sew today ~ I’ve got a bundle of fat quarters from Kate Spain’s ‘in from the cold’ collection to give away today!


Remember I used it for my Holiday Hostess set?  I made a mug rug and a wine bottle gift bag (find the tutorial here).



Now I’m offering one of my followers a four fat quarter bundle for your stash!  (US shipping only)  If the winner is an international follower I’ll send you two free patterns from my etsy shop of your choosing!

Everyone can be a winner! 

The giveaway closes on the 13th, I will announce the winner (random generated) on the 15th and I’ll ship out the ‘stash’ on or before the 20th!

in from the cold kate spain

If you like me on facebook or if you

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please comment below for a chance to win… * 

and tell me what you’d like to make with this fabric bundle!

12/15 Update: We have 2 winners!

US Fabric Winner is Jenniffier from

and the International Pattern winner from Canada is Laura from

I will be in touch!! Congrats!!


 * comments appear after moderation, thanks!sherri


Coupon Holder – in Cloud Nine

The Extreme Coupon Holder ~ Organizer sewing Pattern!

I still had some Cloud 9 fabric from the Geocentric Bag Challenge so I made this Coupon Holder!  Want to make one? Here is the Coupon Bag Pattern.

Coupon organizer sewing pattern

This Coupon Bag has all the bells and whistles…

2″ of space for coupons!
a front pocket for grocery list, store cards and TODAY’s coupons!
a back pocket for checkbook and calculator!
a pen holder!
a clasp for keys and store cards!
it even hangs on the seat of your shopping cart!

Coupon Holder Organizer Sewing Pattern

Organize your coupons with space for up to 25 dividers… and a handy pen holder to cross things off your shopping list!  Use the front pocket for TODAYs Coupons, your phone and shopping list!
coupon organizer bag / holderThe other end of your coupon bag has a handy clasp for all those store cards… you’re ready for checkout!  And a second pocket on the back is a great spot for a calculator!

Check out the Geocentric Bag Challenge post


make your own coupon holder with the

Coupon Bag Pattern.

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Work In Progress Wednesday

Is it really January 9th already?  New England ended the year with… you guessed it…  Snow!  Thankfully that WIP (the driveway) is complete!

log home snow

This year I have a couple WIP’s that are on going!  First off I am doing a ‘ROW ROBIN’ with my quilt guild.  I ordered some gorgeous
Moda Simply Color fabric – can you stand it?  It’s from V & C0 – love it!

v & co simply color fabric
v & co simply color fabric

I completed a quilt ‘ROW’ and passed if off to the next quilter in my group!  When I passed mine, I received a completed quilt row from someone else.  I will add a row to theirs and pass it on!  We have six quilters in this robin and pass every two months.  At the end of the year I will receive my quilt top back ~ COMPLETE!  I’m so excited to see what the other members do!

Here is what I sent off ~ it’s a row done 1/2 pieced and 1/2 appliqued.  I did a mini applique version of the  Just Dandy Quilt Pattern By V and Co.


row robin quilt - row 1
row robin quilt – row 1

I also kicked off my Scrap Happy Block of the month for 2013!  Every month I’ll post a new block tutorial on my site ~ 12 blocks total.  This is the January Lone Star block…

Scrap Happy Sampler block of month

Scrap Happy Sampler block of month

Find the tutorial on this post here… Scrap Happy Block

Linking up with Freshly Pieced and Sew Much Ado
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

 And a quick News Flash!  Check out this Free Craftsy Class!  If you sign up by January 31, 2013, using this link, you’ll automatically be entered to win a course kit with 11.5 yards of Robert Kaufman fabric, a $100 value – AWESOME!
Online Quilting Class


Easy Sew in Labels Tutorial

Need to make some quick and easy sew in labels?  Here is one way to get it done…

You will need an inkjet printer. 

First pick up some inkjet colorfast printable fabric (sew on).  It comes in 8.5″ x 11″ sheets that you can feed right into your printer.  Set up your design and do a test print on copy paper first to be sure you have the size etc that you want.   Then simply print onto the printable fabric sheets…

do some slicing…

labels cut

and some dicing… 

labels slice

and some sewing…


mitten with label

label in mitten

label on garland

label on garland


Don’t forget you can use this for making quick labels for your quilts too!




Fresh Sewing Day

I’m linking up with Lily’s Quilts for Fresh Sewing Day.  I’ve been working on a little sewing and cooking this past month…

I finished this Amish inspired Quilt

Sunshine and Shadow

Sunshine and Shadow

kona quilt

kona quilt

I made this cute needle case as part of the Craft Buds Craft Book Month.

needle case

needle wallet

needle wallet

And, I made some Apple Butter (click on the picture for the recipe)

Apple Butter

Apple Butter

Also made some delicious Salsa with the last of the tomatoes from the garden (recipe coming :o)

veggie garden

veggie garden

Thanks to Lily’s Quilts / Fresh Sewing Day for the link up!

Lily's Quilts