Sunday, August 30, 2015

Thimble Blossoms Sampler Round Two Layout Reveal

We are pretty excited over here about the next round of the Thimble Blossoms Sampler Quilt Along! We announced the QAL last week and by popular request, are sharing the layout up front this time ... we hope you like it!  :-) 


I managed to cut almost the entire quilt this weekend and sew a few of my blocks (above) so you could get a feel for where we're heading.  Our quilt kits use Hello Darling and this is going to be so fun and cheerful, I think!

The image below shows the general layout of the quilt.  We will also add a border all around the quilt (if you are ordering a kit, be sure to choose your favorite border option!) to make this a nice size quilt at approximately 72" x 82".


You can download the Layout here for reference.

What do you think?!  We hope you like it ... the more blocks I've sewn, the more I can't wait to finish!  If you have any questions, please feel free to comment or send us an email at sewlux at gmail dot com.

Happy Sewing! :-)

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Thimble Blossoms Sampler Quilt Along - Round Two

We had so much fun with the Thimble Blossoms Scrappy Sampler, that we've decided to do another one!  If you remember, the first one looked like this ...


I was fortunate that Nicole (aka @kwilter100) made some time to custom quilt this one for me.  I'm still hand sewing my binding down, but she did an amazing job on this! 

For our next round, we'll use Camille's four newest patterns - Nantucket, Clambake, Summerville, and Flower Patch.  You can order the patterns here at Camille's shop


We have a limited supply of kits of fabric for the top & binding available. You can learn more here about kits and order them here.  Kits will begin shipping 9/5/15.

Our Quilt Along will run for eight weeks with posts mainly on Fridays with the following schedule:

  • August 31 - Quilt Layout Reveal (We asked on IG and you all spoke!  We'll share the layout early this time!)
  • September 11 - Fabric Cutting Tips
  • September 18 - Week 1 - Summerville Part 1 (Border Blocks)
  • September 25 - Week 2 - Summerville Part 2 (Stars)
  • October 2 - Week 3 - Summerville Part 3 (9 Patch)
  • October 9 - Week 4 -  Summerville Part 4 (Houses)
  • October 16 - Week 5 - Flower Patch
  • October 23 - Week 6 - Clambake
  • October 30 - Week 7 - Nantucket
  • November 6 - Week 8 - Final Assembly & Borders

We hope you'll join us and sew along!  If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment on this post or email us at sewlux (at) gmail. 

Happy Sewing! :-) 

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Smitten Quilt Along : Small Block Six

Hey everyone!  How are your Smitten quilts coming along?  We are coming to a close on the quilt along ... I know I have a few blocks to catch up on!  But this month's little block is certainly pretty quick and easy even though it looks like it might not be.  No Y-Seams!  :-)




For more details on the Smitten Quilt Along, visit this post here for dates and supplies, etc.  If you haven't purchased templates, go ahead and make your's using the pattern and template plastic or other material of your choice.  (Be sure to add the seam allowance if making your own templates.)


This month is our last tutorial and its Small Block Six ... 



Cut out your fabrics and then mark your pieces.  (I actually chose not to mark this time for two reasons: (1) there are no y-seams and the clipped corners help me line things up and (2) I am pretty comfortable sewing these now!)  Then lay out your block in a pleasing arrangement.  Here, I am just using two main prints and alternating them with a "background."



First, we need to make the pieced triangles.  We'll sew edge-to-edge to join them... one triangle to the diamond at a time.  I also backstitched at the beginning and ends as I chain pieced them.



Then the second triangle to the diamond. I pressed toward the triangles in both steps.



Next, sew two sets of triangles together.  You can sew edge-to-edge since there are no Y-seams in this one! (yay!)




Press and then get ready to add the third triangle to each pair. 



Again, we'll sew edge-to-edge since we won't have to join the two halves with y-seams. 
You'll have two halves like this.  If you are using two alternating prints, they'll be opposite of each other like shown. 



Pin the two halves together and sew your last seam. (I put a pin through the intersections to help line things up nicely. See block four here ... its just like last month!) 

Viola!  Really easy block!  :-)  You need seven of these cuties.




I am still working on completing all my blocks and will need join my small hexagons into bigger ones as well as make the half blocks necessary.  I'll share more of those soon!

I hope these photos were helpful to you...  I can't wait to make a few more myself and to see your's too! Don't forget to use #smittenquilt and #smittenquiltqal on Instagram. :-)

If you have questions, leave a comment, email me or tag me on IG!

Happy Sewing!  :)

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Hello Darling, Meadowbloom, and Free Fall

So much newness in the shop! Here's a quick update ... 

Hello Darling yardage is arriving early next week, so we've made it available!  These prints and colors are sure to become quick favorites in your B&C stash!


April Rosenthal's newest line, Meadowbloom, is bold and bright!  We love the versatile stash builders, text prints, and fun low volumes in this one. 


Tula's newest collection, Free Fall, is 108" cotton sateen - perfect for backing a special quilt with no fuss!

Happy Sewing! :-) 

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Smitten Quilt Along : Small Blocks Four and Five

Hey everyone!  How are your Smitten quilts coming along?  I am sorry I was running late this month getting this posted.  I got distracted with my Thimble Blossoms Scrappy sampler.  In all honestly, these two little blocks took no time at all and were really easy once I finally sat down to make them!


For more details on the Smitten Quilt Along, visit this post here for dates and supplies, etc.  If you haven't purchased templates, go ahead and make your's using the pattern and template plastic or other material of your choice.  (Be sure to add the seam allowance if making your own templates.)

We will start with Small Block Four ... 


Cut out your fabrics and then mark your pieces.  Mark the wrong side of your fabric pieces with dots where the 1/4" seams would meet.  (The acrylic templates have holes, making this super easy!) Alternatively, you could use your ruler and pen to draw lines along the seam allowances to mark your start and stop points.


Lay out your block in a pleasing arrangement.  Here, I am just using two prints and alternating them. 


Next, sew two sets of triangles together.  You can sew edge-to-edge since there are no Y-seams in this one! (yay!)


Press and then get ready to add the third triangle to each pair. 


Again, we'll sew edge-to-edge since we won't have to join the two halves with y-seams. 


You'll have two halves like this.  If you are using two alternating prints, they'll be opposite of each other like shown. 


Pin the two halves together.  I put a pin through the intersections to help line things up nicely. 


Viola!  Really easy block!  :-)  You need four of these cuties.



Next up ... Small Block Five. 


Cut out your fabrics and then mark your pieces.  Mark the wrong side of your fabric pieces with dots where the 1/4" seams would meet.  (The acrylic templates have holes, making this super easy!) Alternatively, you could use your ruler and pen to draw lines along the seam allowances to mark your start and stop points.

I elected to fussy cut all three diamonds from the same fabric for this particular block.  But you could do three prints in the same colorway or whatever you like!


Next, sew two diamonds together.  You'll sew from the outer edge (left) to the dots in the center of the block (right). Be sure to backstitch at the dots. 


Your diamonds should look like the photo below. Next, you'll attach the third diamond by sewing from the center dots all the way to the outside edges. 


When sewing on the second side, be sure you you move the opposing diamond out of the way so it doesn't get caught in your stitching. 


All done!  Quick and easy!  I pressed all the seams in one direction going around the block (clockwise). 


You'll need eight of these pretties!  

I am hoping to get caught up in the next few weeks with all my blocks so far.  Don't forget to use #smittenquilt and #smittenquiltqal on Instagram. :-)

If you have questions, leave a comment, email me or tag me on IG!

Happy Sewing!  :)

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Smitten Quilt Along Update


Just a quick update... I am running a little behind on my July tutorial, but will be posting it later this week, so stay tuned!  I apologize for the delay.

See you soon!

Simply Colorful by V and Co is here!

So excited to share that Simply Colorful by V and Co is here!

This collection includes 30 beautiful stashbuilders in red, orange, and yellow.  (The green, blue & purple prints will arrive in September.)

These prints are so fun and will work great together and mixed in your stash.


We have a few kits left for our Moda Bake Shop Quilt featuring this collection.


And yardage, select precuts, and our Simply Colorful club reservations are all available here.  (Only a few spots left in our Simply Colorful Club - reserve your spot today!  Bundles will begin shipping this week.)

Happy sewing!