Friday, October 2, 2015

Thimble Blossoms Sampler Week 3 - Houses

Welcome back!  I hope you are having fun sewing along on this QAL ... How did you did with your star blocks last week?

This week, we are still making our way through all the great blocks in the Summerville pattern by Camille at Thimble Blossoms.

If you are using our kit and making these from layer cake squares, please be sure to refer to the instructions included in the kit for cutting the main body of the house from one layer cake square.

These house blocks come together pretty easily, especially if you chain piece to make several at once.

I tried to use most of the colors from the layer cake throughout my houses and I also tried to think about patterns that would be ok with seams in them for the roof parts especially.  (For example, the orange peel could look a little wonkly with a seam in the middle, but the florals hide the seams a little better.)

Is it bad that now I want to make a whole quilt of these house blocks?!

They are just too cute?! :-)

I hope you are having fun sewing along.  Share a link or tag me on Instagram (@sewlux) and use #TBScrappySamplerQAL so I can see your little neighborhood!

Have a great weekend and I will see you next Friday with the next set of blocks!

Happy Sewing! :-)

Friday, September 25, 2015

Thimble Blossoms Sampler Week 2 - Stars

Happy Friday!

Who's ready to sew up some easy star blocks this weekend?

This week, we're still working with the Summerville pattern (available here) for our Thimble Blossoms Sampler QAL.

These star blocks are very easy (and quick!) to sew.  I chose to make them a little scrappy, but you can certainly make them all one color if you want depending on the fabrics you are using.

I put the pinks & reds opposite of each other on my star, as well as the cool colors (aqua and green) across from each other.

To get nice points with half square triangles (HST), I always sew a little big and them trim to size. This helps with accuracy when you join them together into a larger block.  You can use a ruler, but I also love a Bloc Loc for this!

Here are all my pretty blocks awaiting their quilt top neighbors!

Are you sewing with me?  Share a link or tag me on Instagram (@sewlux) and use #TBScrappySamplerQAL

Have a great weekend and I will see you next Friday with the next set of blocks!

Happy Sewing! :-)

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Cotton + Steel Sale

Just a quick sale update for you!  Save 20% on all Cotton + Steel yardage now through Sunday, 9/27/15!  No coupon coded needed - prices have been adjusted.  And... there is free shipping on all orders of $100 or more in the US!

Happy Sewing!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Thimble Blossoms Sampler Week 1 - Clover Blocks

Hey everyone!  I am really excited that it is Friday because we are kicking off the first week of sewing in the Thimble Blossoms Sampler Round 2!  

I want to start this week by sharing that you should plan ahead with your cutting if you are using our kit or a layer cake for the bulk of your blocks. 

(sorry for a couple of crappy phone pics here!) 

I used the cutting guide (available here) that we included with our kits to plan out where I would use each fabric.  There is some flexibility, even with using a layer cake, but you do have to plan ahead a little to get all the cuts and distribute the colors throughout the quilt.  You can see below how I mapped things out a little before starting.  Be sure to read all of it and feel free to let me know if you have questions. :-)

Ok .. now that we have that out of the way, let's talk about this week's sewing!  We'll be using the Summerville pattern for the next four weeks.  You can download the pattern from Camille here.

We're making what I will call "clovers" this week, which are made up of four of the border blocks, just arranging them a little differently to make a four leaf clover or chunky X block.  These are quick and simple to sew together - perfect for our first week! :)

One of the reasons we are making these first is that we need to cut these squares out early from the layer cake (refer to cutting guide) so we'll have pieces big enough.  You'll see as we sew along that the leftovers of these layer cake squares will appear all of the place in my quilt top as well.

I did choose to make each of these in a different color, but you can do them however you want!  It's totally up to you!

I found it helpful to pin those intersections where the white background corner pieces met to try and make sure things lined up nice as I sewed the four units together.

Hello Darling is such a fun and pretty collection!  I am really excited for how this quilt will turn out!

Are you sewing with me?  Share a link or tag me on Instagram (@sewlux) and use #TBScrappySamplerQAL

Have a great weekend and I will see you next Friday with the next set of blocks!

Happy Sewing! :-)

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 18 - Fabric Cutting Tips & Week 1 - Summerville Part 1 (Border Blocks)
  • September 25 - Week 2 - Summerville Part 2 (Stars)
  • October 2 - Week 3 - Summerville Part 3 (Houses)
  • October 9 - Week 4 -  Summerville Part 4 (9 Patch)
  • 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!  :)