Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Smitten Quilt Along : Month One Blocks

Have you conquered the Y-seam yet? :)

I don't know about those of you who have been sewing along, but I thoroughly enjoyed making the Large Hexagon One blocks last month!  The opportunity to fussy cut in these was so fun that I got carried away and made an extra block!


One of my goals was to mix and match from my stash and all of my favorite designers and make every block one that I love. I was pretty pleased that I was able to get Tula Pink, Bonnie & Camille, Kate Spain, and Katy Jones to all play together so nicely in this one bold block with the orange outer border.


I incorporated a few favorite sewing-related text prints as well.  The top block is all my favorites ... dots, green, hot pink zebra, aqua, and low volume all mixed together.  Definitely one of my favorite color combos for sure!


Another sewing themed print and more dots along with fussy cut Tula Pink Vintage Stars.

The black and white dot print is an old favorite from Sweetwater and I'm glad I worked it in!  I cut the Daysail stripe prints (red and also teal) the same and love how the effects are different depending on how you use them in the block. 


I couldn't resist making these Cotton + Steel cats march around the exterior of the block.  No block is complete without some polka dots and I am glad I added the pop of black in there.  That green stripe is from Chicopee and it was the perfect width for these templates.


Here they all are together!  I am loving this project so far and can't wait to see how it evolves over the next few months.  See you all on the 6th with tips for machine piecing the next block!

Happy Sewing! :-)

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Maker by Art Gallery Now Available


Just a quick post to share that Maker by Art Gallery Fabrics is now available!  We love the sewing-themed prints and all the low volumes in this one!

Happy Sewing! :-)

Monday, February 23, 2015

Fresh Cut : Piece of Cake 3 Quilt

Fresh Cut by Basic Grey for Moda is here!  I have been waiting for this collection since the moment I saw it when our rep emailed us links of upcoming collections.  The pinks, the aquas, the greens, the florals ... pretty much all of it!  I love it!  


One of the great things about this collection is that there are some great low volumes and stashbuilders in this one in addition to all the beautiful floral prints.  We ordered our favorites for the shop.

There is a little sew along kicking off this week on Instagram with Camille's Piece of Cake 3 pattern. This is a quick and easy pattern that lets the fabric shine ... so I couldn't resist despite having several projects going on already...



I've got it all cut out and some of it glue basted and am ready to sew if I can find some time in the evenings after work this week!  :-)


Happy Sewing!  :-)

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Diamonds in the Rough Quilt : In Progress

The Mixologie collection from Studio M for Moda hit our doorstep last week and I had to play with the blues from this collection ... perfect navy and light blues mixed with gray.


I started a variation of the Delectable Mountain quilt with this bundle.  I think the geometric prints are so fun and could handle something a little more angular ...


You can find a great tutorial for this block here at Quiltville.  My version has slightly different cutting and layout which you can see below.


For my blocks, I started with 9" squares and cut them in half on the diagonal and sewed them to white background to make HST blocks.  I trimmed the HSTs to 8.25" square and then cut three 2.75" wide strips from each block.  Then mixed them up and sewed them all back together.  (Make sure you cut your blocks in different directions - refer to the tutorial linked above.  Half of them need to be a "downhill" and half of them need to be an "uphill" block.)

I'll share more about my layout next week. :-)

Happy Sewing!  :-)

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Flash Sale - Ends Sunday 2/15

With so many new bolts arriving this past week and next, we're out of space!  So, we're having a quick weekend sale to make a little room for all the new lovelies!


Save 15% on everything in the Sale Section with coupon code FLASH15 now through Sunday, 2/15/15.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Daysail by Bonnie & Camille

Hey all you B&C fans out there!  I am ridiculously excited to announce that our Daysail yardage has shipped and will arrive on our doorstep on Friday! 


Since they are en route, we've added yardage, bundles, and single FQs to the shop.  We'll cut orders with Daysail over the weekend to ship out the beginning of next week.  If you preordered a bundle, these will be cut and shipped first. :)

This collection has some great prints in it ... including stripes, dots, sail boats, florals, and not to be missed text prints!



I loved making my Nova Tote for the Sewvivor contest with a layer cake that I was lucky enough to get a little early!

Happy Sewing!  :-)

Friday, February 6, 2015

Smitten Quilt Along : Large Block One

Hey everyone!  I hope you are ready to sew some hexagons together!

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, we're tackling the Large Block One.  This is probably where you will want to fussy cut your favorites!  I consider this the showpiece block for this quilt. There are a lot of pieces in this one, so it may be worth it to cut and piece several at a time after you get the first one under your belt!  :-)

Grab your pattern, templates and marking pen and select your favorite prints!  Following the pattern, cut out all the correct pieces needed for the block.  Update:  Pattern Error -  Someone commented that there is an error in the cutting directions for this block.  You need to cut piece "D" instead of "B" based on the printed templates in the pattern.  Since I used acrylic templates, I just followed the pattern diagrams and did not notice the misprint initially. 

(Cutting TIP:  If you are using the Marti Michell templates and don't need to fussy cut, follow the directions included with the templates for cutting from strips to make quick work of your cutting.)

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.

We'll use these dots as our start and stop points for sewing. Sew a 1/4" seam and always backstitch to secure, but don't sew past the dots, unless we are sewing to the edge.  (You'd sew to the edge when the seam is not part of a Y-seam intersection... this will hopefully make more sense in pictures below.)


Here's how I machine-pieced mine together...


I worked in segments to build the border around the main center hexagon.  To try and sew more efficiently, I prepped and then sewed all the same seams for each of the six segments at the same time.

I'll refer to the blue diamond as the center and the yellow and pink pieces as the sides.  Pin or glue baste and then join the top and bottom side pieces by sewing from the inner dot all the way to the outer edge.  Complete this on both sides, remembering to start sewing at your dot (1/4") from the edge where the side pieces will join the center diamond.


Next join the side piece to the center diamond.  Pin or glue baste to keep things in place.
To glue baste, draw a thin line of glue about 1/8" from the edge.  This should be inside your seam allowance. Be careful not to glue all way into where the Y-seam will be.  Lay the fabrics right sides together and carefully press to heat set the glue.  Then go ahead and glue or pin down the next seam.


You'll need to shift the fabrics a little as you line up the pieces. It should look like this ...


Head over to your machine and sew the pieces together.  Start at the joint in the Y-seam and begin at your start dot, being sure to move the other pieces out of the way.  Sew all the way to the edge.


Complete each seam to join the center and outside pieces.


Next, join the left side diamonds in the same manner to get a completed segment.  Make six segments.


Next, we'll join the segments of the border to the center hexagon. I chose to join two sets of three segments. You'll start at the dot on the inside of the segment border and sew to the outer edge.


Then join the segments to the center hexagon. Pin or glue base in place.  If glue basting, be careful not to glue all the way into the Y-seam, as we will need to shift the fabric around to sew the seam. Sew all seams from dot-to-dot (not all the way to the edge!).



Sew both sides on and then join the border by sewing the final two seams. You'll sew from the dot (inside of the border) all the way to the edge of the border.


Carefully press your block and admire your work!  :-)


Now plan and sew four more ... you need 5 completed Large Block Ones.

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!  :)

P.S. Learn more about glue basting from my friend Cristy here.