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April 23, 2014
Tutorial for a Quick and Easy Chevron Zig Zag Quilt from Quilting Stories


Chevron top
Baby quilt top

Baby girl quilt top : size 47 inches / 34 inches.

Fabric selection
Fabric selection

For this project I selected 7 different fabrics.

Cutting bands

Fold your fabrics in two and cut bands of 7 inches width.

Cutting squares

Put 4 bands over each other and cut squares of 7/7 inches.

Pairs

Arrange pairs.

Sewing along

With each pair, put both fabrics right side against right side, and sew all along the 4 sides.

Assembled squares
Pair of squares sewn all around.

Diagonal cuts

Cut the 2 diagonals.

Pressing

Open and press hot, WITHOUT moving the iron, in order not to stretch 
the fabric, as you will now assemble your blocks along ...

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Around the Block | Round Robin Quilt Block 12 from Patchwork Posse

I haven’t met Susan in the ‘real’ world, but I have always admired her from afar.  She is super talented and spunky.  I think that’s my favorite part.  She isn’t afraid of speaking her mind, sharing her talent and adding a little bit of color punch- just because.

I knew asking her to participate would pay off — and it did, in color!  I love the simplicity of the quilt block that she has chosen and the bold colors that she inspires us to use.

Her tag line for her blog– where sophistication and mischief collide is right ...

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Tuesday Technique: Crazy Curves from Patchwork Sampler Blog

As I mentioned yesterday, I love using the curve templates from Elisa’s Back Porch.  When I discovered that the 8” Rainbow Template fit perfectly on a layer cake it became one of my go-to quilts.  It takes less than an hour to cut all the pieces and only a few hours more to piece the top.  If you have never used these templates, I really encourage you to try them.  Both the cutting and piecing go quickly and the quilts always turn out great!  I have all four sets of the “Crazy Curves” series:  7”, 3-1/2” , 8” and ...

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April 22, 2014
tiny nine patch {a tutorial} from Sotak Handmade

Hello, happy Tuesday to you all.

Last time when I talked about sewing with 1" finished squares quite a few of you said you love these little squares but find them too fiddly and tricky to work with. I agree. The smaller the blocks, the trickier things get.  But, when I made my tiny nine patches I used strips of fabric instead of individual tiny squares and it made for incredibly fast and precise blocks. Really.
 
 
Would you like to see? Here's how I make my blocks - I work on two blocks at a time which not only speeds ...

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I'm hosting a Free Fast Churn Dash Quilt Along! from Diary of a Quilter

This week I am so excited to share a new free quick quilt pattern starting this week at BERNINA's We All Sew site. This pattern uses a "fabulously fast" technique for making a traditional Churn Dash Quilt.
You may remember some sneak peaks of the work on this quilt over the past months. It's so fun to finally be able to share the full pattern and tutorial.
This is the quilt we'll be making. A Churn Dash block is as traditional as it gets, but by playing with colors, prints and solid fabrics, you can create a ...

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Stars and Scrappy Stripes Finished Top from Alamosa Quilter

Shew! Finally got this one to the finished top stage.


I love how it turned out!! It will finish at 45" by 54". I've put it in the stack of "things to be quilted."

I wrote a tutorial for this quilt. If you would like to make one you can find the tutorial by clicking the following link, Stars and Scrappy Stripes Tutorial. You can also find other tutorials I've written and a few written by others that I have bookmarked for myself by clicking on the tutorials tab at the top of this page.


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Let's have a party! from Southern Fabric

So, It's no surprise that I'm in love with April Showers by Bonnie & Camille.
I mean I could rattle off a list of reasons why, but they are obvious.
 So when Lisa from In the Boon Docks sent us this Party Dress:
{photos from Julia}
I just added another reason to love April Showers.  How stinkin' cute is this dress??!? {Helos that the model is darling, herself!}

And, this post just keeps getting better!
Do YOU wanna make this dress?
Well you can, with a free pattern.
The Party Dress Pattern from The Cottage Mama
All you have ...

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April Mini of the Month from Butterfly Threads


This month's mini pattern is based on the Christmas Candy pattern. I changed the 9 patches to 4 patches and reduced all the blocks by half. I also eliminated quite a few rows. I was in the mood to make more of a table runner than a small quilt so here it is...


Freedom Four Patch (13" x 30")

Fabrics needed:
2" strips of white scraps
2" strips of red scraps
fat eight of gold fabric
fat quarter of blue fabric
 

Make 21 FOUR PATCHES by sewing the red and white strips together lengthwise. Press toward the red, cross ...

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April 21, 2014
A Tutorial: Stars and Scrappy Stripes from Alamosa Quilter

This tutorial makes a 45" by 54" finished quilt. It uses 30 blocks in a 5 blocks across by 6 blocks down layout. The finished block size is 9" by 9" square.

You will need:


  • 1 yard of star fabric (this is the black in my quilt) 
  • (720) 1.5" by 3.5" scrap rectangles. 


I cut my scraps 1.5" by 3.75" because I often have difficulty with strips lining up once sewn. This adds an extra step to the process and wastes a little bit of fabric, but increases my accuracy. You cut your pieces however you ...

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how to crochet a rag rug with fabric yarn from Crazy Mom Quilts

If you've been reading this blog for awhile, you probably already know that I LOVE to make rugs for my home. I have KNIT several of them over the past several years and they are some of my favorite things that I make! I always get questions about crocheting rag rugs and I am happy to say I have worked out the kinks and figured out a way to do so. Here's a tutorial on how to make one of your own!

MAKE THE YARN:
First, you need to make fabric yarn. This is a good way to ...

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Easy Skirt for Little Girls- DIY Video Tutorial from Crafty Gemini


This week I'm bringing you a DIY tutorial for a little girl's skirt.

Now that the weather is warming up it's the perfect time to whip up a few (or a dozen!) of these.

This project is great for beginners who want to try their hand at some simple garment sewing.  Kid sewing projects are the best to practice your skills on because they whip up quickly and don't require much fabric. 

easy skirt for little girls tutorial

The skirt has an elastic waistband and only requires two measurements, about 1/2 yard of fabric (for up to a 3T size) and ...

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HST X Block Tute: My March 2014 NYC MQG Bee Block from madebychrissied


March's NYC Mod Guild Queen Bee is Hayden and she sent this gorgeous pack of fabrics for us to make her large HST X Block.


If you'd like to have a go at making the block yourself here's my tutorial

Cut 9 - 5" x 5" squares in background fabric (shown white)


Cut 9 more 5" x 5" squares from 4 colours and in the combinations shown here (1/2/3/3) shown in the picture below.

Place one white square right side together with each of the coloured squares.

Chain stitch a scant 1/4" seam along ...

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An Amy Butler Bed - It's A Dog's Life from madebychrissied

Last August I was asked to guest post a tutorial over at Sew Can She, eight months on it's time to share that tutorial with you here just in case you missed it first time round.  Enjoy :D


Hi everyone, I'm Chrissie of made by ChrissieD, having studied Art & Design and Textile Art back home in England I now find myself quilting, sewing and blogging alongside working at The City Quilter in Manhattan and I'm a member of the NYC Metro Mod Quilt Guild.

If you've ever read my blog you'll know that much of ...

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April 19, 2014
Pat Sloan: UFO Busting Challenge #6 from Pat Sloan's Blog

Let's Talk Un-Finished Objects... UFOs

Be honest.. do they cause you guilt? Like when you start a new project.. do the others give you a dirty look... make snide comments about how you like the NEW one better? 

Pat Sloan UFO Guilt

Guilt

It's not pretty.

Pat sloan 2014 UFO busting challenges

Let's be honest.. sometimes the reason we don't work on an older project (UFO) is that we are just not feeling it anymore.. Maybe you no longer love that fabric from the early 90s with the gold in it.. or maybe you've done 4 blocks and got it out of your system.

So ...

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Pat Sloan: Sew Along Time Line - Never Enough Chocolate! from Pat Sloan's Blog

I'm making a Never Enough Chocolate with my new fabric line showing in May at the trade show (SNEAK PEEK HERE).. and I am going to make one with some scraps too! And since I don't like to sew alone... 

Pat Sloan Never Enough chocolate Sew Along multi

The Sew Along Time line!  (remember you can buy the pattern AND NOT sew along... but isn't it more fun to sew with friends?)

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April 18, 2014
Diamond Star Playtime Sew-Along - Step 5 from Through Rose-Colored Trifocals

Welcome back!!  My collection of stars is growing -- how about yours?  While I intended to just make these stars for step photographing purposes, I seem to be building a new quilt.  The PDF for this step is here.  And if you are just discovering the Sew-Along, Step 1 is here, Step 2 is here, Step 3 is here and Step 4 is here.  It's not too late to join the adventure! 
Today, I'm going to share two star variations that bring hexagons into the mix.  This first one is very simple to piece -- no set-in seams again! 
If ...

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Fruity O's finish it up Friday! from Sew Fresh Quilts

in·spi·ra·tion 

noun \ˌin(t)-spə-ˈrā-shən, -(ˌ)spi-\
 
: something that makes someone want to do something or that gives someone an idea about what to do or create

: a force or influence that inspires someone

: a person, place, experience, etc., that makes someone want to do or create something

: a good idea

Definition found here.



This post is dedicated to inspiration.


Back during the first week of April....
I was inspired by the finished Kansas Dugout quilt made by Rita of Red Pepper Quilts.
And I jumped on the Kansas Dugout block band wagon.
You ...

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Diamond Star Playtime Sew-Along -- Step 4 -- Splitting Diamonds from Through Rose-Colored Trifocals

I hope you are enjoying the results of participating in this Sew-Along!  Some of you are being shy about posting pics to Flickr -- come on, it will be a good exercise to learn how to use that site!  And if you want to make a comment about any of the photos posted in the group, hover your cursor along the bottom edge of each picture and a little "bubble" symbol appears near the lower right corner.  Click on it and you can tell one another how cool their stars are!!
 

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April 17, 2014
How I bury SHORT threads... A 'How I do it Tutorial' from Red Letter Quilts

One of the blogs I enjoy following, Quilter in the Closet, has begun a new linkup for quilter's to share tips and tutorials. I love the concept and thought I would share her link and add a tip of my own!

The blog is written by Newbie Jen, and today her host-post is a tutorial titled 'How to bury threads' (when Free Motion Quilting). Her procedure is the same as my own. Reading it really made me smile though, recalling how much more time I used to spend doing this in the past, before I discovered self-threading needles! When ...

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Easter Egg pillow for Therm O Web from Modern Handcraft

Hi friends!

Just wanted to share with you a new tutorial I have available over at the Therm O Web blog for a Sew as you go – Easter Egg Pillow. This is a great scrap buster project and a fun non candy Easter treat that the Easter bunny can bring your kiddos!

Modern Handcraft - Sew as you go Easter Egg Pillow

This pillow was created with my favorite – Therm O Web Fusible Fleece and some beautiful Timeless Treasures fabrics: Ziggy Candy, Sketch Dot Candy, Mini Dot Candy & coordinating bright Soho Solids.

Click here for the full tutorial & enjoy some finished pics below!

Modern Handcraft - Sew as you go Easter Egg Pillow Modern Handcraft - Sew as you go Easter Egg Pillow Modern Handcraft - Sew as you go Easter Egg Pillow

Thanks for stopping by friends and I ...

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