Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along · Quilting

Blog Remix- Pretty Pincushion

Do you need a quick project?  Or a fast gift for a quilty friend?  These pretty pincushions are the answer!  They are fast and super cute!  And who doesn’t need more pincushions in their lives?

This pincushion is part of the Fat Quarter Shop blog remix.  You can check out this YouTube video with Sherri McConnell and Kimberly from the Fat Quarter
Shop.  They walk you through the pincushion tutorial with lots of tricks and tips along the way.

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The first step is to create a little patchwork.  I dug through my scrap bin and used up some of my favorite (and most hoarded) Bonnie and Camille fabric.  Some of these pieces I have been holding onto forever, like that original Ruby!

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Most quilters stuff their pincushions with crushed walnuts shells.  But I am allergic to walnuts.  So I needed to find something else that was nut free.  I used poly pellets which worked great!  They added a weight to the pincushion so it won’t move on my work table.

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Now I have a pretty pincushion to use while I work!  It really is cute as a button!  The Fat Quarter shop sells the cutest twill ribbon with fun sayings to use on your pincushion.  I also used my matching Bonnie and Camille Aurifil Thread to stitch this up!

So what are you waiting for?!?  Grab your favorite scraps or a mini charm pack and you can make one of these too!

Thanks for stopping by!

Chirp Out!

Jen

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EPP · Sizzix

My First EPP

Do you have a bucket list quilt?  You know, a quilt that you have been wanting to make forever.  A quilt that when someone posts about, you think, I just have to make that!  That quilt for me is a Grandmother’s Flower Garden.  I love little hexies.  I love watching quilters put them together into flowers.  My hangup–I have never tried EPP (English Paper Piecing).

After I saw that Sizzix has hexagon dies, I knew this was my chance to try it out.  Do you want to EPP too?  Then grab your Sizzix machine and let’s get started!

Supplies you will need:

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Sizzix Bigz Die Hexagons, 1″ Sides #2

Sizzix Bigz Die Hexagons, 1 1/4″ Sides

Glue

Cardstock

Your favorite mini charm pack (I chose The Good Life by Bonnie and Camille-no surprise there)

First, prep you card stock.  Using the 1″ sided hexagon die, cut out the card stock in as many hexagons as you like.  This die cuts four at a time, so you can really cut out a lot quick!

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Second, prep the fabric.  Every tutorial I read, said that I needed to cut the fabric into hexagon shapes with a 1/4″ seam allowance.  What a pain!  I think that is what has prevented me from wanting to try this out.  Sizzix to the rescue!  A mini charm square (2 1/2″) fits perfectly on the 1 1/4″ hexagon die.  This die will cut the hexagons to fit with the 1″ cardstock pieces and still have the 1/4″ seam allowance.  There are four die shapes, so layer your mini charm pieces on the die.  You can cut out EIGHT layers of fabric at a time.  So I can cut out 32 hexies at once!  That is almost the entire charm pack.

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Now with my card stock and fabric ready, its time to EPP!  There are two methods of EPP.  One is glue basting.  The other is thread basting.  There are a number of tutorials for both methods on YouTube.  I decided to try glue basting.  It was so easy!  And fast!

I am now addicted to making these little hexies.  I love how portable they are.  I was able to glue baste a bunch of hexies while watching a football game with my family.

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Here are some of my hexies all glue basted.  Aren’t they so cute?  I am ready now to make that Grandmother’s Flower Quilt.  And maybe I won’t be a Grandma when I finally get it done!

Chirp Out!

Jen

Back to School · Sewing · Sizzix

Back to School T-Shirts

Its that time of year when we all head back to school.  There is a lot of back to school shopping between shopping for supplies and new clothes.  I have a fun new project to share today!  I made some cute t-shirts for my little boy to wear to his first day of kindergarten!

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Supplies you need:

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Start by preparing the fabric.  Cut the fabric slightly larger than the die.  Don’t forget you will need two wheels and two rims.  Then press the Heat n Bond to the wrong side of the fabric.

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Next make your Sizzix Sandwich- mat, die, fabric and mat.  I folded the black and white fabrics in half to get two wheels and two rims.  Then run it through your machine.

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Press your t-shirt in half to find the center.  Finger press the main car or truck piece in half to find the center.  Line up the half-way lines.  Place the wheels and rims where you want.  Then press into place.

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After you iron the car into place, put a piece of Stitch n Sew on the wrong side of the shirt.  Then stitch around the car, matching threads with your fabric.  The back will look like this when you are done.  After you are done, you can tear away the Stitch n Sew.

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And you are done!  Enjoy your new shirt for the first day of school!  Next up is a car and truck in every color according to my little guy!

Chirp Out!

Jen

 

 

 

Frienship Quilt Along · Quilting · Riley Blake

The Friendship Quilt Along- Enduring

Today I get to share my Enduring block for the Friendship Quilt Along by Amanda Herring.  To make this quilt, you will need the templates and this quilt kit.  Or you can use different fabric.  But this quilt kit is so cute!

The key to this block is the buttons! But I can’t sew on the buttons until the quilt is quilted. So I have the block cut out, marked and waiting for the quilt construction.  I decided to make a needle book to showcase this cute block.

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I have had a needle book on my make list for awhile.  I was excited for the excuse to finally make it.

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The best part of making this block was picking out the buttons.  My grandma gave me a bunch of vintage buttons.  She bought them for $1 a box!  I can’t believe it!  I’m pretty sure I will never have to buy buttons again.

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To make this needle book, I followed Amy Sinibaldi’s tutorial.  I made the book a bit bigger to accommodate the size of the block.  I had some leftover half-square triangles from my Hello Brooklyn quilt that I turned into a pinwheel block for the back.  I then added a book binding between the blocks.  I did a simple cross-hatch quilting design on the book.  After it was quilted, I used the template to mark the block.

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I used my button foot to sew the buttons on.  I have a Bernina Record 830.  I had to search Ebay for a button foot (#152).  I am so glad I found one.  It is so helpful.  The button foot holds the button in place while you sew.

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The best part of making a needle book is embellishing the pages.  I made these letter pins a few years ago and needed a place for them.  This needle book was perfect!  And I love the gingham ribbon!

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I also used some pom poms!

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And I used some rick-rack and a tag!

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And last of all, the back!  I love pinwheel blocks!  I had sew much fun making this needle book!  Now I need to make more!

Chirp Out!

Jen

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18 Inch Doll · Sewing · Sizzix

Seeing Double!

Today is our last day of summer vacation.  I’m sad to see summer go.  We have had so much fun!  But I think we are ready for a schedule.

The last summer project I did was for the girls’ 18″ dolls.  I used my Sizzix Big Shot Plus Machine and the 18″ Doll Tank Top die.  Cutting the fabric is always the worst part of a project for me.  So this die is AMAZING!  All the pieces are cut out so quick!

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Kerry Goulder (Kid Giddy), who designed this Sizzix die, has an awesome YouTube step by step tutorial for these tanks.  I suggest watching them for the perfect little tank tops!

Tip 1:  I used 1/4″ pre-packaged bias binding.  You can find this at most Big Box craft stores.  This saved a lot of time and added a fun contrast to the tank top.  You can make your own bias binding if you want to.  Kerry walks you through it on her YouTube tutorial.  I also wanted something fast!  So pre-made binding for the win!

Tip 2:  Glue!  Glue!  Glue!  I usually don’t sew with glue.  But this was a game-changer!  These small bias binding pieces stayed on while I was sewing them so much better than when I use pins.  So if you are on the fence, try it!  I use Sue Dayley’s slimline glue sticks.  They are amazing.

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I also chose to go with snaps instead of hook and loop tape.  Isn’t that yellow snap the cutest?  I am having sew much fun using snaps!  You can see the baby beach romper that I used snaps on here.

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So why are we seeing double?  Well with so many girls in my house, I can’t just make one doll outfit.  I have to make two!  I have joked for years that I feel like I have twins because I have to do everything twice!  We are seeing double with two 18″ doll pineapple tank tops.  I also wanted to match the pineapple sandals I made for the Sizzix blog.

Kerry (Kid Giddy) also has a number of other Sizzix dies for 18″ dolls.  She has shoes/sandals, pants/shorts, backpack and shirt/jacket dies.  I can’t wait to use them all!

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I used my pineapple quilt for the perfect backdrop!  Don’t these tanks make the best match!  I’m not ready for summer to end!  But at least we have these cute summer tanks to enjoy all year!

Chirp Out!

Jen

Girls Clothes · Riley Blake · Sewing

Baby Beach Romper

Today is my turn to share my 4 fat quarter project with Amanda Herring’s design team.  We were given the challenge to create something with four fat quarters from the Hello Lovely fabric line for Riley Blake.

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I have been thinking about this project since the day I saw Hello Lovely in person!  Baby rompers are my favorite thing!  And I love the beach!  So a baby beach romper was the perfect match!

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I came across this pattern by Simplicity.  I love the Retro style patterns.  As you will notice I only have 2 prints of fabric in this pic.  I kind of cheated and used only two prints for this project.  But I was able to make this project with four fat quarters and had a bit left over.  Two half yards would also work since that is the same amount of fabric.

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My favorite thing about this pattern is the ruffles!  I love ruffles!  I thought they would work perfect with Hello Lovely.  I picked pink because I have four girls and pink is the most popular color in our house!  (Did I mention that I can do a full load of laundry of pinks!?!)  And I think ruffles on a baby bum is one of my favorite things ever!

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Once I was done sewing, we headed to the beach for a little photo shoot!  Here’s what the front of the romper looks like.  The pattern called for hook and loop tape to finish the outfit.  I opted for snaps instead.  I have never installed snaps before and it was a breeze!

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This is the back!  I can’t get enough of these ruffles!

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I made the straps a little longer than the pattern said so that this will fit the baby next year.  Fingers crossed she stays little and doesn’t grow too much!

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And one more pic of these ruffles!  Oh summer don’t end!  We have had too much fun!

Chirp Out!

Jen

 

Quilt Swap · Quilting

Pineapple Quilt

Do you participate in quilt block swaps?  I have participated in a few over the years.  I signed up for a pineapple block swap hosted by the lovely Jackie Padesky.  She also wrote this cute pattern.

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I made these 18 blocks, kept 2, and sent 16 to her!  My blocks are made up of V and Co’s Simply Colorful fabric line for Moda.

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I wanted a super scrappy quilt.  But I have NO yellow!  I don’t really care for the color so I don’t buy it or sew with it.  That’s one of the benefits of a swap.  I got lots of cute pineapples in return.  And they were scrappy!

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I quilted straight(ish) lines in a cross-hatch pattern on this quilt.  I love the cross-hatch pattern and want to quilt it on every quilt! And don’t you just love a quilt swish?

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I was so excited when I found this backing fabric!  Most pineapple fabric is a bit girly looking with lots of pink.  I wanted to give this quilt to my pineapple loving husband for his bday.  So navy pineapples=WIN!  (And that is another close up of my block!)

One more benefit of swaps is getting to meet so many amazing quilters from around the world!  I love getting to know people who love quilting as much as I do!  Have you done a swap?  If not, you should try it out!

Chirp Out!

Jen