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July 24, 2016
Joining Binding Strips & Matching Patterns [Tutorial] from madebychrissied


Binding a quilt recently I was using a super cute penguin fabric and I wanted the penguins lined up perfectly around the bound edge, I didn't want them disappearing off at wonky angles.  That's easy enough to achieve, simply cut the binding strips along the print design rather than with the grain...  

...then I realised I'd also want the penguins to continue in sequence, even across my binding strip joins - I didn't want a sudden large penguin gap or a non-existent gap with two penguins accidentally holding flippers.


As I started to prep the binding I ...

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Chair cushions tutorial an intro to patchwork from Craft Gossip

Garden Chair CushionNadra Ridgeway of Ellis and Higgs shares on her blog how to make these pretty patio chair cushions. She was one of several talented sewers who participated in the Summer Blog Party 2015. I know it’s 2016, but this bears repeating, especially if you want to learn to quilt. If you have a little sewing experience, this project is the perfect segue to patchwork.

Take a look at one of the finished cushion tops, and count from the top left corner. One-two-three makes Row One, four-five-six makes Row Two and seven-eight-nine makes Row Three. The fabric ground is essentially ...

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How To Join Open Pressed Seams Accurately from madebychrissied

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Piecing seams joins can be tricky, it's not always easy to line up those seams to create perfect cross-junctions.  There are two methods you can use to achieve accurate results and the right one for you depends on how you press your seams, either open or to the side.  

You can read more about the pros and cons of pressing seams open or to the side in this blog post.

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If you press your seams to the side then you'll want to nest your seams to give you accuracy in your seam joins - I've written about nesting ...

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Pressing Seams Open Or To The Side - Pros & Cons Revealed from madebychrissied

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In class my students frequently ask me what method I use when pressing my seams - open or to the side.  My answer is always the same - I use both methods.  I decide which method to use depending on the following list of pros and cons and the outcome that best suits the project I'm working on.

PROS & CONS OF PRESSING SEAMS OPEN OR TO THE SIDE
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I believe it's great to have rules and traditions and once we understand why these exist or existed we can also be open to adapting them and using new methods alongside or ...

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Hands and Pot Holders from Amy Made That

Hello, friends!
How's your summer?


Mine has been rather too eventful for my taste.
We've had some scary health issues in my family,
and yesterday I joined in the drama by breaking my left hand.

{Sad face}


Still, I'm counting my blessings:

1. There was no blood involved.

2. It isn't my dominant hand.

3. We had just returned from a fun vacation...
which is how I tripped over the suitcase and broke my hand,
while carrying a large basket of...

4. CLEAN laundry.

{Happy face}

Now let's get back to some sewing news ...

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July 23, 2016
Christmas in July from Butterfly Threads

Today, on the Craftsy blog, I have a post about wrapping gifts in fabric. It was inspired by the Japanese Furoshiki method. 


I shared three options but I hope it will inspire you to get creative! Let me know what you think.  



And to make things a little easier, Craftsy is giving you up to 60% off kits and supplies to try out this technique or just have fun. Get everything you need to make something that's for the holidays and from the heart. Go HERE to check it out!

Enjoy!
Diane


The fine print: this post contains affiliate ...

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July 22, 2016
5 Step Guide To A Perfect Minky Quilt Back [Tutorial] from madebychrissied

Notoriously difficult many quilters and sewists fear to work with minky.
Fear no more, here's my super easy, step by step guide to a perfect minky quilt back.

5 Step Guide To A Perfect Minky Quilt Back [Tutorial]

Disclaimer: 
This post is for informational purposes only, no payment or commission is received on click-throughs to links shared.


Now let's slow things down and do the same again in pictures:

5 step guide to a perfect minky quilt back

NEVER IRON MINKY, IT WILL MELT!!!

step one
Lay your minky out on a flat surface.
You might want to tape your minky to the surface - I didn't and ...

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sewing with handwovens from Ellyn's Place

I've shared before that I am enjoying incorporating my handwoven fabrics into my sewing projects. I really like combining them with purchased quilting cottons. Here's my latest, a Lola Pouch (pattern by Sotak Handmade)
Having found no real tips or examples that suit me online, I've been experimenting and have come up with a method that works for me. I thought I'd share my tips here. Maybe they will help someone else? At the very least, I will have them documented for my future projects.

First off, I learned early on from my awesome weaving friend ...

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Double Gauze Baby Blanket Tutorial with pom poms from Patchwork Posse

Double Gauze fabric is kind of new out there.  It’s light, airy and perfect for swaddling babies in the summer.

This baby blanket tutorial with a video will show you how to do a double folded hem or binding….and there are pom poms on the edge!

Don’t be afraid of the pom poms.  Use a zipper foot to help stitch them on, but I’m telling you they are worth the extra fuss.

So cute and a great way to dress up a simple baby blanket or even quilt.

double gauze baby blanket tutorial with video - simple double hem binding!

Materials Needed:

Double Gauze – 45″

pom pom minis ...

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New Friday Tutorial: Flying Geese Diamond Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

The Flying Geese Diamond Quilt is as Quick as it is Beautiful! Free Video Tutorial with Jenny Doan!

Yes, it’s July. Yes, we’re featuring Christmas fabric in our new tutorial! Anything to take our  minds off of the sweltering Missouri summer heat!

What would happen if the One Seam Flying Geese Quilt and the Easy Cathedral Window Quilt had a baby? It would look a lot like the Flying Geese Diamond Quilt… and it would be the cutest baby ever.

This gorgeous quilt combines fast-as-lightning flying geese construction with deceptively simple curves for a look that is as stunning as it is easy! Click on the button to watch the tutorial and get all the supplies ...

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July 21, 2016
Make This: Quarter-Square Triangle Block Tutorial from The Cloth Parcel

We have another basic quilt block tutorial for you today: the quarter-square triangle.  This block takes the regular half-square triangle block one step further, to give you four triangles instead of two.  This method also gives you two blocks at once, so it’s great for saving precious quilting time!  To begin, you will need two […]

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July 20, 2016
How to Square up Half Square Triangles – Video from Patchwork Posse

Today we will go over how to square up half square triangles.

This is not my favorite task to do for quilting.  Squaring up half square triangles.  blah. Really that’s how I feel.

For many years and many projects I ignored this step of squaring up.

I thought it didn’t matter and wouldn’t be a big deal to skip it.

Well- I was wrong.

After being told by many including my mother…. I have changed my ways and have found that squaring up your half square triangles is pretty important.

Like, really important.

Materials needed:

half square ...

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July 18, 2016
Denim sea creature projects + tute from Craft Gossip

Raw Edge Applique Sea Creatures Wall HangingCathy Perlmutter of Gefilte Quilt goes under the sea with three of her latest sewing projects. All employ raw edge applique on a denim ground. Notice she used buttons for octopus tentacles. Clever. All you need to get started is a thrift-from-your-own-closet denim piece of clothing, then choose the creatures you want to feature. There is a small fee for her applique book. From the product description,

This 12 page booklet, for only $3.00, offers 35+ simple sea life designs, suitable for cutting and appliqué. It includes octopuses. fish, whales, sharks, rays, and even seaweed.

Click the link below ...

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Improv: Beyond The Bee - Audrey's Floating Squares Block (June 2016) from NYC Metro MOD Quilters

I've completed Audrey's scores for the June Improv: Beyond The Bee blocks and, again, I've written this blog post sharing my process and thoughts.  


On my own blog for reference, I also have  this page detailing instructions for all 2012-2015 original Guild Bee blocks alongside Challenge blocks and Block Lotto, etc. 


Hope you're all enjoying your summer and finding some cool air away from this heat and humidity - Chris :D




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July 17, 2016
Adding a Sleeve from Jan's Quilts


I decided to enter this small Modern Patchwork Quilt in the Los Angeles Quilt Show. That meant it needed a hanging sleeve on the back. Since the quilt is two sided, I wanted the hanging sleeve to blend with the design.  I pieced the sleeve, using felled seams, so the hanging pole wouldn't catch on a seam.


This is the original shot of the B-side, sans hanging sleeve


And the A-side.

Here are some links for you:  


I did my felled ...

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Adding a Sleeve from Jan's Quilts


I decided to enter this small Modern Patchwork Quilt in the Los Angeles Quilt Show. That meant it needed a hanging sleeve on the back. Since the quilt is two sided, I wanted the hanging sleeve to blend with the design.  I pieced the sleeve, using felled seams, so the hanging pole wouldn't catch on a seam.


This is the original shot of the B-side, sans hanging sleeve


And the A-side.

Here are some links for you:  


I did my felled ...

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July 16, 2016
Book Signing and Demos in Gulfport FL from Carol Lyles Shaw

Madly Modern QuiltsBook Signing and Demos

I will be holding my first official book signing and modern quilting technique demos at FabricSmart –a wonderful local quilt shop located at 5401 Gulfport Blvd S, Gulfport FL 33707.  Phone: 727-914-8850.

The book signing will take place on Sunday, July 24th from 1 to 5 p.m.  At 2:30 p.m., I’ll conduct two demos related to projects in my book– improvisational curved blocks and improvisational piecing.

Karen, the owner, will be providing refreshments and some special discounts on notions and fabrics.  FabricSmart has many new modern fabrics in stock so please come ...

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July 15, 2016
New Friday Tutorial and Fabric Feature: Diamonds Squared Quilt featuring Uppercase Fabric! from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

SCROLL DOWN FOR A SUPER FUN FABRIC/MAGAZINE GIVEAWAY!!

50 light years from earth sits a white dwarf star with a core of pure diamond. Think of it! 10 billion trillion trillion carats, just floating around in outer space! (I’m suddenly feeling an inclination for space travel!) So beautiful, and yet, so out of reach! This new tutorial, however, features many diamonds that are easily accessible to even the least experienced quilter! This is one block that is as quick to make as it is pretty! It’s called Diamonds Squared and we know you’re just going to ...

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Double Fold Hem or Binding – Video from Patchwork Posse

The double fold hem is super simple.  It’s great for finishing up baby blankets, double gauze blankets, napkins, bags…whatever!

The idea is to fold the hem twice to hide the raw edge.  No raveling with wear.  Gives a nice finished edge.

Double Fold Hem Video

Steps for the hem:

1- Fold the edge over 1/4″

2- Fold the edge over again another 1/4″

3- Stitch along the edge of the hem to secure

4- Corners— fold the corner point up, diagonally.  Then fold the new edge 1/4″ and again 1/4″.  The last fold should ...

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How To Make Selvedge & Fabric Christmas Cards from madebychrissied

Handmade Fabric and Selvedge Cards

Making your own cards can be economical and fun and is a great way to use up fabric scraps and selvedges.  Today I'm making Christmas cards but you can easily adapt the technique to make cards for any occasion.

How To Make Selvedge and Fabric Christmas Cards

Disclaimer:
This post is for informational purposes only, no payment or commission is received on click-throughs to links shared.
All materials are mbCD's own.

Materials
scrap fabric - I'm using 5" squares so Christmas charm packs are ideal, and if your scraps are smaller than this you can sew them together ...

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