Friday, August 29, 2014

Hadley and Fat Quarter Style

I recently ordered these  Hadley fabrics by Dense Schmidt after seeing them in a magazine ad. I just love them.  
When this great book arrived this week, I knew I had a project for them.
 Would you make this one? 
Or this one!  I haven't made up my mind yet.  

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

French General Scraps

I love French General fabrics, especially these little bird prints.  My friend Brooke generously gave me her scrap leftovers, and I decided I had to use them along with some linen fabrics I had.  

I quilted the bird fabrics on the vines and outlined the birds.  I used some traditional quilt patterns on the linens.  


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Friday, August 22, 2014


If you had a chance to go to craftytammie this morning you will see that she posted this tutorial for me.  
I have these two cute Laminated Pencil Cases that do not have a home.  
I am giving these away.
Make a comment here on what Back to School projects you like to sew.
I will be drawing two winners on Tuesday the 26th of August.  

Laminated Pencil Cases (In two sizes)
Finished Size 11 1/2 by 4 1/2 inches and 7 1/2 by 4/1/2 inches
This project takes about one hour each to complete.  Just before starting to sew I changed zipper colors on the small case.  I decided I liked the yellow zipper better than the navy, and then decided I wanted to try a longer pencil case as well with the white zipper.   
Materials needed:
One piece of laminate fabric for each case
One zipper 14 inches at least for each case
One laminate measure tape (you will cut approximately 6 inches of the tape for the pencil case handle)  I received this one free.  You can use ribbon instead if you prefer not to cut up you measure tape.
Time needed:
Approximately one hour sewing time for each
Cut your laminate fabric 8 inches by 8 1/2 inches, for the small case and 12 by 9 1/2 for the longer case.  Other than size differences the directions are the same.
On the right side of the laminate lay you zipper down with right sides together on the longer length measurement.  Leave excess zipper on both side, which will eventually be cut off.  Sew with a zipper foot fairly close to the zipper's plastic teeth. 
Fold back laminate and stitch down through laminate and zipper, be sure to sew through the zipper's tape.  Then repeat prior step above and this step for the other side of the zipper.  I used a Teflon sewing machine foot, and as my machine has a built in walking foot sewing over the laminate was very easy. 
 Pull zipper down half way, center bottom of case with zipper teeth the center line, stitch 1/4 inch across bottom of case.  Be sure to double up on stitching over the zipper.  Trim off zipper even with seam edge.
Trim off 6 inches of the laminate measure tape for the case handle.  Fold tape in half ready to insert into top of pencil case.  
Center top of zipper and case and insert tape measure handle with folded edge inside the case, and raw ends that will be sewn into the seam.  Sew 1/4 inch seam and be sure to sew top of zipper  and ends of handle again about 1/8 inch from edge to secure.  Trim off excess zipper top even with seam allowance. 
Now all you have to do is turn your case right side out make sure corners are completely turned out.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Don't Miss Out on Craftytammie's Blog Hop

Be sure to use the craftytammie button to enter the Blog Hop taking place beginning August 18th through the 22nd.  

Monday, August 11, 2014

Join Us For a Back to School Blog Hop

Put a note on your calendar to join us for a BACK TO SCHOOL BLOG HOP.  We will have some fun back to school projects and drawings for prizes.  

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Scraps to Use Up

I saw a photo of Jeni Bakers article in Love Patchwork & Quilting, Issue Nine. It looked like the perfect project for some of my scraps left over from other projects.  The center fabric is Moroccan Mirage for Anthology Fabrics.  The borders are a Mustard Yellow Essex Linen.  
I used a very close quilting lines and 12 wt. thread.  I didn't try to make straight lines, instead just making them slightly wavy.   

Monday, August 4, 2014

Field Day by Alison Glass

I decided to take a bit of a break and try out something different with Alison Glass Field Day fabrics. I did get it quilted and bound, but the hand work is not done yet on the binding.  Sure brightens ones day!