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Making Memories ~ Memory Quilt Pattern

Memory Quilt Pattern

I’ve been spending a little time on Memory Quilt project…

We lost a family member last year and I made this quilt in his memory, for his wife.  There are some of his ties and some shirts, some pj’s and even some boxers! (gasp!)

I imagine it will bring much comfort, warmth, and memories… a little hug to snuggle in.

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Memory Quilt

You can find the free quilt pattern here if you’d like to make this memory quilt for someone special too!  You can also just make the crazy quilt block… find that tutorial here.

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Finishing ~ How to Bind a Quilt

If you are ready to attach your binding then you should have your quilt sandwich all quilted.  If you need to make binding, check out the tutorial on making bias binding.

For this demo I’ll be binding my quilt block from the quilt sandwich tutorial so it’s easier to photograph.

Optional ~ before trimming the batting / backing and squaring up the quilt top I like to topstitch using a 1/8″ seam around the perimeter of the quilt top.  This extra step holds everything together for the binding.  Use a walking foot to evenly move the three layers through the machine.

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Trim away the excess batting and backing layers. (don’t sweat it if you trim into your top stitched edge a bit)

Lay prepared binding along edge of quilt top (raw edges together).

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Note ~ A 1/4″ seam allowance is most common but I will be using a 1/2″ seam allowance in this tutorial.  Read making binding for more info on seam allowances.

Leave a 10″ tail when you begin to allow for joining when you finish sewing around perimeter. 

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Begin sewing (backstitch to secure) and stop 1/4″ from edge of quilt top. Backstitch at stop.

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Fold binding to the right, finger press fold and place a pin to secure.  It is important that your edges align.  If your binding rests higher, you didn’t sew far enough, and if it rests lower, you stitched too far.  Adjust now to avoid wonky corners later. 

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Fold binding to left and align with raw edge of quilt top.  Make sure fold on right edge is aligned with side of quilt top.

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Turn your quilt and begin sewing at the edge.  Remember to backstitch to secure.  Repeat this process for each corner.

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When you come to the end leave yourself some room to work the two ends together ~ I usually shoot for an aprox 12″ gap.  You should have two tail ends now.

In the next picture I’m back to the start.  You will notice my starting tail is on the left and ending tail is on the right. 

My binding strip is 3.25″ wide when unfolded.  I’m measuring that same measurement ( 3.25″) from the edge of my starting tail and I’ve placed a pin there to mark it. (note: if you have a 2.5″ binding, measure in 2.5″ and so forth)

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Overlap the starting tail with the end tail from the right and mark a cutting/trim line from where the pin is.

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Trim end tail on line. (do NOT cut through starting tail!!!)

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Gather your quilt top and clip or pin in place to give yourself some freedom to work the two ends together without tugging.

Note ~ I’m using these  wonder clips that are fantastic!  Get yourself some, they are well worth the money!

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Without twisting,  place your two ends right sides together in an “L” shape.  Mark outside corner to outside corner and stitch together.
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Trim excess leaving 1/4″ below stitch line.

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Remove clip holding quilt top and press binding seam open.

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Binding should lay flat and fit perfect.  Notice diagonal seam distributes bulk nicely.  Finish stitching down binding. 

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Fold binding to back of quilt and notice the corners miter without fussing. 

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The binding should extend to back of quilt and cover stitches nicely.  I’m using those fabulous wonder clips again…

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When I adjust the mitered corners on the backside of my quilt I face the little slit ‘opening’ in the opposite direction, which distributes any bulk more evenly.  In this next picture the ‘opening’ on the top side faces me.

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And here in the next picture the ‘opening’ on the back faces away.  Make sense?  ok :)

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Rather than clip the binding in place around the entire perimeter I usually just use a few clips to hold my binding in place to get going and then I move them ahead of my stitching as I go. 

I’m going to hand stitch the binding to the back. 

Choose a thread that matches your binding.  (mine is dark so you can see my stitches)

I’m using the knotless start method… 

Cut a length of thread.  Fold it in half and feed the loop through your needle.

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Slide needle to other end.

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Begin sewing your binding to the back along any side you choose.  Insert your needle right next to the binding and into the backing and batting only (not through quilt top) and then on your way up pick up the edge of the binding.

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Pull thread through until loop is close.  Feed needle (and thread) through loop.

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Pull tight to secure.

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Insert needle (into quilt back and batting only) right next to where thread comes out of binding.  Bring needle out aprox 1/4″ away, just catching the edge of the binding.

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Continue this same stitch all the way around the perimeter until your finished!  Admire your hand work!
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Admire your binding from the front too!

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And THAT is how you bind your quilt! :)

If you are binding around curved edges you start and end with the same method but you will simply curve your bias binding around the corners, pin in place, and stitch away.   DSC_0155 600x400

Piece of cake!

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Finishing ~ Scrappy Quilt Border

If you have your quilt top layout finished and your looking for ideas for the border here is how I pieced mine… I made the border for my sampler quilt using a wedge ruler.  I absolutely love how this border came out, but I want to caution you that there will be some ‘left over’ wedges when you use this tutorial so please read through this post before deciding if this method is right for you.

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STEP 1 ~ I used an 8″  ez Dresden ruler to cut wedges from various fabric scraps that are 8″ in height x random width.

place ruler along bottom edge and cut first wedge

place ruler along bottom edge and cut first wedge

rotate wedge ruler 90 degrees to make second cut

rotate wedge ruler 180 degrees to make second cut

continue to rotate wedge ruler until you have the desired number of wedges.

continue to rotate wedge ruler 180 degrees after each cut until you have the desired number of wedges

STEP 2 ~ Piece together a background fabric piece (5.25″ height) to a colored fabric scrap (3.25″ height).

sew together ~ 1/4" seam allowance

sew together ~ 1/4″ seam allowance

Cut wedges in same manner as step 1 using pieced unit.

pieced unit will be 8" in height x random width

pieced unit will be 8″ in height x random width

cut pieced wedges in a variety of colors

STEP 3 ~ Piece together wedges.

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arrange wedges (alternating one solid and one pieced)  in pleasing order.

Step 4 ~ For each of the 4 border units, press under the short end 1/4″.

Step 5 ~ Pin 2 border units on long sides of quilt and sew in place using 1/4″ seam allowance. Pin border units on short sides of quilt and sew in place using 1/4″ seam allowance.

Step 6 ~ For each corner sew together 4 wedges (with white points) and slide units behind quilt top corners. 

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Step 7

Center and slipstitch corner unit to borders.

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Borders Done!

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Find the Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt Pattern

with finishing scrappy border instructions

 in My Shop AND on Craftsy.

Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt Pattern

Playing Catch Up? ~

Complete the block patterns

Assemble/Sew using block layout

Add a quilt border

Make a quilt sandwich

Next steps are hand quilting

Making bias binding

Attaching the binding

And finishing with a label

If you like this tutorial

please share it…

Tutorial ~ how to make a scrappy quilt border with wedges

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ps ~ those extra wedges are going into the next scrappy project!

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Handmade Holidays!

Don’t miss out on Handmade Holidays!  Every November Kristin and Beth over at SewMamaSew host this fantastic series of tutorials, recipes, and printables to get you ready for the holidays!  Not only is this is a fun tradition over at Sew Mama Sew ~ they have prizes GALORE!

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Every day this month there is a guest curator offering links to free tutorials… and PRIZES!  Here is a peek at the topics this past week…

November 1 ~ Handmade Gifts for Tweens

November 2 ~ Handmade Gifts for Gadget Lovers

November 3 ~ Handmade Gifts for Cooks

November 4 ~ Handmade Holiday Clothing and Accessories

November 5 ~ Handmade Gifts for Babies & Toddlers

November 6 ~ Handmade Gifts for Geeks

November 7 ~ Handmade Gifts for Travelers (ME!)

November 8 ~ Handmade Gifts for Make Believe

HAVE FUN!

 And Don’t Forget ~

Have you signed up for these New FREE Classes over at Craftsy yet?

Learn How To Piece, Patch, Quilt with Craftsy for FREE! – This class is perfect for the ultimate beginner to learn the basics of quilting. Who knows, maybe they could catch on quick and have a quilt in time for Christmas!

Learn How To Take Professional Family Portraits with Craftsy for FREE! – How perfect a class is this for the holiday season? Everyone is getting ready to take their family portraits for Christmas cards or just to have in their picture frames at home! Now they can wow everyone with professional quality pictures.

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Countdown to Christmas ~ Hostess Gift

Ok the Countdown to Christmas has begun!   First off the checklist is a Hostess gift!  Today I have a Wine Bottle Gift Bag and a Mug Rug tutorial to share with you! Image If you steppin’ out for the holidays you can’t just show up empty handed!   How about a bottle of your favorite holiday ‘spirits’ in a cute gift bag and a mug rug!  I’m imagining a bottle of Baileys Irish Cream or maybe some espresso vodka?  YUM!  Couple it with your favorite creamy drink recipe and some sweets?  Wouldn’t that be a super sweet gift?

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This quilted Bottle Gift Bag Tutorial is easy enough to whip up… and it’s so cute in this ‘in from the cold’ fabric by Kate Spain… remember I used this fabric in my Merry KrisMoose Pillow?  I told you I was hooked (confessions of a fabric hoarder!)  I ordered a fat quarter bundle of it (merry Christmas to me) and it came with some stocking panels… who knew? happy surprise bonus!

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The mug rug is made from a 9″ eight pointed star and measures 11.5″ square when finished with border and binding.

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I printed the cutting directions in EQ7 – you can also print most block cutting instructions with the FREE ‘Block Fab’ App right on your phone/ipad/tablet.  First cut your star pieces using the mug rug star cutting instructions.  You should have the following pieces cut:

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Now piece your blocks.

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Make your rows.

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Piece rows together and add a 1.5″ border.  Make a batting sandwich with fabric right sides out.

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Add binding to finish.

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Easy as Pie!  sherri

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Dear (Alphabet) Abby… WIP Wednesday

After posting about the ‘bubbles’ block, I had circles on  my mind and a gift in the works for little baby Abby – a sweet pillow!

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I used the same ‘bubble’  applique method for the circles on this (soon to be) pillow and machine appliqued the letters on after fusing with heat n bond lite. (note – if you are new to applique I used the same basic method for the letters as seen in the ladybug love post & pdf )

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I layered the pillow top over a piece of warm and natural batting and practiced my (wip) free motion flowers…

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If you’d like to make your own pillow – find the applique letter templates here…

Applique Letters

or add it to your

Craftsy Library!

And if your name is Abby or ‘Abby’s Mama’ this is your spoiler alert!

Linking up with Freshly Pieced Work in Progress Wednesday!
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

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First Aid Tutorial @ Sew Mama Sew

My oldest daughter is off to college this year so I’ve had ‘back to school’ on my mind all summer…  the panic excitement all started back in May when she graduated high school… and it’s been quite a blur of campus visits, paperwork, lists, revised lists, more paperwork and let’s not forget packing!

One item on the packing list was ‘First Aid Stuff’…  So I answered the ‘911’ with an Emergency kit suitable for College, Car, Bride or Baby with this tutorial!

To top it off, Sew Mama Sew wanted to share my tutorial in their back to school series!

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I designed this with easy construction and style in mind, so you can make them up quick!  I’m thinking that this is not only great for the college student – but it’s also great for  makeup,  travel, or fill it with emergency essentials for a bride or a new mom!   F. U. N.

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It’s got a few slip pockets on one side and then one large zip pocket on the other!  Perfect!

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Fold it up and your on the GO!

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Get The Tutorial at SewMamaSew!

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Cloud 9 Geocentric II Bag Challenge @ Sew Mama Sew

Challenge, Giveaway AND Tutorial!

It was a little bit hard to contain my excitement when the gals over at SewMamaSew  chose me to participate in the GeoCentric II Bag Challenge!

Cloud 9 Fabric is launching their amazing line of organic cotton canvas (YUM!),  GeoCentric II!  The new line has 3 new fabulous colors and 3 new prints to choose from and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on some!  Patiently I waited, stalking  the mailman checking the mail each day… until… it… arrived! (alright, it waaaas in an envelope…)

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I planned on resisting the Cloud 9 references… I wasn’t going to say anything silly like ‘I was on cloud 9’ but I WAS thinking it!  The quality of this fabric is SO NICE!  Seriously, Cloud 9 Organic Cotton Canvas just sounds Fabulous!   No one else in my house was allowed to touch it (mine all mine) but I couldn’t stop!  It’s very soft and not at all like the canvas I’ve worked with before… I only put it up to my cheek once… don’t be a hater!

I decided to make a Victoria Tote and although the pattern doesn’t call for leather I had some that matched PERFECT!  So I swapped out the canvas bottom in the original pattern and top stitched the leather on instead.  And added leather straps… Could it get any better?  I’m super pleased with how it came out…

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I’m in love with the daffodil and metal colors together…

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This fabric is really a dream to work with, it presses so nicely and is just crisp and soft and not as heavy and stiff as regular canvas / duck cloth.  And I really think it looks great with the leather accents… check out the bag bottom…

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love it!

cloud 9 geocentric tote bag

The pattern has an exterior and interior d-ring and an interior pocket –

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All you need is some GeoCentric Fabric! How will you choose what color with so many to choose from?  Really… I don’t know!  I love the interlock/sprout color in this next photo but I also love the diamonds/sky and the interlock/coral…

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I had so much fun working with this organic canvas,  I couldn’t stop, so I made a little zipper pouch!

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check out the daffodil lining…

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GIVEAWAY – Like me on Facebook and and I’ll randomly choose someone August 10th to win a free Vicotoria Tote Pattern!  Please be sure to comment below that you liked me on Facebook so you’ll be officially entered.

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Make your own Zipper Pouch using this TUTORIAL.

You can find the pattern for the Victoria Tote here!

Go check out Cloud 9 and SewMamaSew!

UPDATE!  THE PATTERN WINNER CHOSEN BY And the Winner Is:

Robin August 5, 2013 at 8:53 am

I am following you on Facebook.  Love the bag, love the fabric.  thank you!

sherrips – I haven’t forgotten about the gorgeous Blueberry Cotton!  I made a Coupon Bag!  Find the pattern here… Coupon Organizer Pattern

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Scrap Happy Sampler #6 June Block of the Month

Take it easy this month with an applique block – Fabulous Feathers!

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Summer is so busy so I hope you enjoy putting together this easy applique block.

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If you’re following along with the block of the month then you’ll want to make up two rectangular ‘blocks’ to work into your rows when all 12 blocks are done.  If you’re not following then you can easily make this into a square block.

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Find the Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt pattern

 in My Shop AND on Craftsy.

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Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt Pattern

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Free Class Day @ Craftsy!

Saturday May 18th, Craftsy is hosting Free Class Day to benefit DonorsChoose. For one day only, new members can choose one FREE COURSE from a selection of favorite Craftsy classes, up to a $39.99 value! If you haven’t taken a Craftsy class yet, Saturday is your chance to sign up for your first by choosing from classes in quilting, sewing, knitting, cake decorating, and more.

If they meet their goal of giving away 10,000 classes, Craftsy will donate $5,000 to DonorsChoose to fund arts education in public schools across the US. Existing members are not eligible for the free course offer, but will still receive a special treat! 25% off a class! ;o)

Click THIS LINK to get your FREE CLASS!!!
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Online Quilting Class

 

Here is one of MY FAVORITE CLASSES..

I LOVED this class!  And my review is here: Quilting from Small Scraps Review.

Design your own Handbag is another class I have taken and would highly recommend.  Brett Bara walks you through all the steps to design your own handbag!  If you want to make (and design!) your own bag – Take this course!!! YOU WILL NOT BE DISSAPOINTED!!

 

OF COURSE… CRAFTSY offers many classes that are ALWAYS FREE!!!

FREE Online Sewing Class

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free short rows knitting class at craftsy.com

free modern buttercream cake decorating class at craftsy.com

 

Even if you don’t have time to  WATCH the course today… no worries!  Just sign up TODAY and you can watch it ANYTIME you want and AS MANY TIMES as you want!  This is your chance to try it FOR FREE!  What’s better than that???

ENJOY!

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Scrap Happy Sampler #5 Block of Month

May’s block of the month is a favorite of mine.  The New York Beauty block uses paper piecing and curved piecing.

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If you’ve been following along I hope you’ve learned some new things along the way.  What’s great about doing a sampler is trying many techniques and sometimes working out of your comfort zone.   If you never make this block again, you will at least understand the technique behind how to assemble this ‘Beauty’-ful block.  Plan out your colors or just make it scrappy.  I decided to make mine resemble a color wheel – I love how it came out!

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One of the items on the supply list for this block is an ‘Add-A-Quarter Ruler’.  This ruler is optional but it’s inexpensive and you should be able to find it at your quilt shop or on Amazon here  CM Designs Add-A-Quarter Ruler-6″ Yellow.

Please remember to post pictures to the flickr group I love seeing them!  Thanks again to those of you that have posted your finished blocks or projects already!!! I love seeing all the different colors everyone is using!

If you missed the previous months you can find the links below.

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SCRAP HAPPY SAMPLER QUILT PATTERN

Find the Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt pattern

 in My Shop AND on Craftsy.

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Scrap Happy Sampler #4 April Block of the Month

It’s April and I’m thankful that spring is here…  although it’s a little difficult to believe after all the late winter storms.  I’m more than ready for the sun for sure and I’ve seen evidence in the garden that spring weather is coming.

I’ve put together a tutorial for a Burgoyne Surrounded Quilt Block this month that I think is pretty awesome.  I’m really quite hooked on the pattern and just might have to make a full quilt if the free time ever comes!  I hope you enjoy it!

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burgoyne quilt block tutorial

I hope you enjoy this months tutorial.  Please post pictures to the flickr group I love seeing them!  Thanks again to those of you that have posted your finished blocks or projects already!!!

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Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt Pattern

Find the Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt pattern

 in My Shop AND on Craftsy.

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Scrap Happy Sampler #3 Block of the Month

The March Block of the Month is a ‘Joseph’s Coat’ variation.

joseph's coat quilt blockThis block is appliqued using fusible web.  It’s really a fun block…  It goes together easy and is really stunning with the negative space between the inner design and the outer ‘circle’.  I’m loving this block!

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If you’re not following along with the block of the month this block would make some gorgeous pillows, or an entire quilt.   You can even play with the placement of the shapes to create your own block design.  It opens the mind to other applique possibilities and it’s great for beginners or a refresher if you’ve used this applique technique before.   If you prefer to assemble this block using needle turn applique (rather than the fusible) that is definitely an option.  I machine appliqued using cream color thread that matched the background fabric but not the shapes so the stitches are more obvious.   You may choose to use thread colors that match your shape colors if you would like your stitches to blend better.

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I hope you enjoy this months tutorial.  Please post pictures to the flickr group  I love seeing them!  Thanks so much to those of you that have posted your finished blocks or projects!!! So fun!  Here’s a look at Block 1 & 2…

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The  current Joseph’s Coat block is available free for the entire month of March.  When March ends, you can find the complete pattern in My Shop OR on Craftsy.

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More blocks to come…

Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt Pattern

SCRAP HAPPY SAMPLER QUILT PATTERN

Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt pattern is in My Shop AND on Craftsy.

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Simple Checkbook Cover Tutorial

My daughter asked me to make her a checkbook cover so she didn’t have to use the ugly plastic one (gasp!) from the bank!  It seemed a shame that someone like myself who can sew,  had been using a plastic one too!   (the horror)

They are quick and easy to put together and great little gifts.  I thought you might enjoy a tutorial.  So here you go…

CUT:

BODY – Fabric A cut 2 – 7 1/4” x 7”

POCKETS – Fabric B cut 2 – 6 1/2” x 7”

Fusible Interfacing cut 1 – 6 3/4″ x 6 1/2”

CHECKBOOK COVER TUTORIAL1) Fold pocket fabric in half matching long ends.

2) Sew 1/8” along fold edge (for decorative purposes only).

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3) Center and fuse interfacing to the wrong side of one fabric A piece.

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 4)  Place pockets on ends of second fabric A piece (right side up) with folded edges in middle.

5)  Pin pockets in place.

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6) Place interfacing/fabric A unit from step 3 on top of pocket unit.

7) Pin layers in place.

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8) With all layers together sew accurate 1/4” seam around edges, leaving generous opening to turn.

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9) Turn right side out.

10)  Sew 1/8” seam along outer edge, enclosing opening.

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11) Enjoy your new checkbook cover!

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Get the PDF Version of the Simple CHECKBOOK COVER 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!

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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!

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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.

 

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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

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How to make a kissing ball

A couple days ago I saw a Christmas Kissing Ball at my friend Suzanne’s house.  It kept catching my eye.  It looked…. traditional, fun, bright, and dare I say, romantic!  It just made me plain old happy!  I like feeling happy!  So I asked her about it, and to my delight she told me she made it!  And that’s not all, she would tell me how I could make one too!  Yippee!!!  I couldn’t help but wonder how many Christmas’ her kissing ball had lit up?  How many people have kissed under it? How many family members had gazed upon it while dreaming about their new years resolutions? (nostalgia!)

Kissing Ball

Kissing Ball

Bottom line was, I had to make one.  I love traditions and I was ready to start a new one…  The Christmas Kissing Ball.

Good news is – You can start one too…  Here’s what you need:

32 – 4.5 oz cone cups

1 set of mini Christmas lights (35-50 light strand) clear or colored

1.5 yard 1″ wide ribbon

32 Christmas ball ornaments 2.5″ – 3″

stapler

glue gun and extra glue sticks

15 feet garland (nothing too poofy)

Start by counting out 9 cups and staple them together.  Staple them 1″ down inside cup (mine shown were only .5″ which wasn’t really enough)

 Next place six cups on top of your set of 9 and staple in place.

 You have now completed 1/2 the ball.  Make another half identical to this half.  Fold ribbon in half and lay across the bottom side of one of the halves and staple on securely.

kissing ball tutorial

Next connect your two halves with staples and it’s time to start stringing your lights.  Take the end of your light string without the plug and start weaving the light string between the cones beginning at the bottom of your ball where the two ribbon tails are.  Depending on the number of lights in your string you may need to have two lights poking out in the same spot – just work them in as evenly as possible.  Use your stapler to close cup gaps up as needed  and to keep cords from poking out.  Finish at the top of your ball where the ribbon loop is.

kissing ball tutorial

Next get your glue gun ready and start gluing your ornament balls into the cups.  Put a thin ‘bead’ of glue around top edge of each cup and place your ornament inside.  Depending on the size of your cup and ornaments – they will sit up higher or deeper into the cup. 

kissing ball

 When you get to the end, you might have to really snuggle the last couple ornaments in.  I had ornaments of varying sizes so I got to cheat a little here.  If your ornaments are smaller, you may have more wiggle room between them – no worries – it will all fill in nicely when you add your garland.  You can also embellish and fill in with miniature ornaments.  There are no rules here!

kissing ball tutorial

When you are done with your ornaments it’s time for the last step!  Start at the top or bottom and weave your way around with the garland – applying glue from your glue gun here and there to keep it secure.

kissing ball tutorial

Now… Light it Up!  And test it with a KISS of course!  Magic. 

kissing ball tutorial

Here are a couple variations that my kids made for Christmas gifts…

This first one is for a girls room – pink and silver, very cute…

kissing ball tutorial

And another one with traditional Christmas colors…

kissing ball tutorial

SO SO SO FUN! 

I think these would be great in silver to make for weddings!  The sky is the limit… 

Thanks so much to Suzanne for sharing with me!

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Another Giveaway!

I couldn’t resist! Because as you know…

I have lots of wool… and this giveaway is for a SWEET wool mini wreath!  It’s all of about 7″ wide – just the sweetest!  All made from remnants of my ‘mitten factory’.  Sweet!

 

 TO WIN

subscribe to RebeccaMaeDesigns at the bottom of this blog post and comment that you did

Simple! 

Additional entries for following on facebook, twitter or pinterest.

Thanks so much for looking and Good Luck!  I know I’ll be checking out all the other fabulous prizes!

Winner will be chosen with the plug-in ‘And the Winner Is’ and notified via email.

Sorry but this giveaway is shipped to US addresses only…

You can also win a pattern from my store!  Enter Here…

When you’re done click here to link back to the giveaways @ Sew Mama Sew

Thanks for stopping by!

sherri

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNER ELLEN  M. WHO WROTE:
I already subscribe!  Such an adorable wreath – thanks for the chance to win it!
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Giveaway Day is Here!

Yippee!!  December 3rd is the start of Giveaway Day!  Thanks to Sew Mama Sew for hosting this giveaway!  I can’t believe it’s been a year since the last one already???  Giveaway Day is so much fun with so much to see that it now lasts a WEEK!   All giveaways start today at 6 a.m. PST and close December 7 at 5 p.m. PST, and winners will be announced by email no later than Sunday, December 9

This year I’m giving away any pattern of your choice from my shop!  I just love giveaways!  I can’t wait to see all the fun giveaways myself!

Here are just some of the patterns the winner can pick from:

Cool coupon bag…

coupon organizer bag / holder

 

or a nice cover for your ipad…

or maybe a fun quilted hot water bottle cover… I love this!

maybe a pattern for a cosmetic case?

or a mug rug…

or some fun mittens..

TO WIN

 subscribe to rebeccamaedesigns at the bottom of this post 

comment that you did and tell me what pattern shown here is your favorite?

Simple! 

Additional entries for following on facebook,twitter or pinterest.

Thanks so much for looking and Good Luck!  I know I’ll be checking out all the other fabulous prizes!

Winner will be chosen with the plug-in ‘And the Winner Is’ and notified via email.

You can also  enter to win a wool wreath from me ~ Enter Here

When you’re done, click here to link back to the giveaways @ Sew Mama Sew…

Thanks for stopping by!

sherri

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNER MARY WHO WROTE:
I like the mug rug!

 

 

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