Friday, October 23, 2020

The Owls Are Coming to Visit! *Tutorial*

I love pulling out my fall/Halloween decorations every year. This year, a couple of our plastic light-up ghosts took a beating during installation (thanks, boys), and our spooky skeleton fence no longer lights up. 😥
And that's why I love fabric/quilty decorations. They don't break, and they don't stop lighting up. If you've been saving fabric with cute little creatures to fussy cut, this door banner is perfect for you! A couple easy-piecing patchwork rows, a little fusible web, and your owls/ghosts/hedgehogs have a place to shine.


Fussy-cutting the owls for this project is so much fun! The hardest part? Deciding which ones to use!


Finished project size: 27-1/2" x 28-1/2"

Materials:
1/3 yard white eyeballs print
1/4 yard green swirl
1/4 yard orange owls
1/4 yard black solid
1/3 yard black trees
1/3 yard gray swirl
1/2 yard purple owl print
1 yard backing fabric
32" square piece of batting (optional)
Fusible web

Note:  I finished this door banner pillow-case style and left the batting out, but you can just as easily finish it using a quilt sandwich. If you do so, you'll need 1/2 yard of binding fabric (cut four 2-1/4" x 42" strips).

Cutting:
From the white eyeballs print:
Three 6" squares
One 3-1/2" x 42" strip

From the green swirl:
Three 6" squares

From the orange owls:
One 3-1/2" x 42" strip

From the black solid:

Two 2" x 27-1/2" strips

From the black trees:

One 8" x 27-1/2" piece

From the gray swirl:
Two 4" x 27-1/2" strips

How adorable are these fussy-cut owls?! Have fun choosing which ones to use!


Step 1: Draw a diagonal side on the wrong side of all 6" white eyeballs squares. Layer each marked square right sides together with a 6" green swirl square. 

Step 2: Stitch 1/4" on either side of the marked line. Cut unit on marked line and press both halves open. Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of three half-square triangle units. Position a marked unit right sides together with an unmarked unit, positioning fabrics opposite as shown, matching the seam line. 


Step 3: Sew 1/4" on either side of the marked line. Cut apart on the drawn  line.

Step 4: Press units open to create an hourglass unit. Trim to measure 5" square. (Tip: To ensure you center your hourglass block, line up the 2-1/2" ruler mark where the triangle tips meet in the center of the unit. Make 6. 

Step 5: Sew the hourglass units together as shown.

Step 6: Cut the orange owl and white eyeball 3-1/2" x 42" strips in half. Noting orientation, sew half an orange owl strip to the top of half a white eyeball strip, making sure owls are oriented correctly. In the same way, sew the remaining half orange owl strip to the bottom of the remaining white eyeball strip. Press open, and press toward the same fabric in each strip set. Cut five 3-1/2" wide segments from one strip set and four 3-1/2" wide segments from the second. Note: Making two separate strip sets like this ensures that all your owls will be facing up in the checkerboard row!

Step 7: Noting owl orientation, sew the segments together to make a checkerboard strip. 

Step 8: Roughly cut out your favorite 6-8 owls from the purple own print. Adhere fusible web to the back of each rough-cut owl, and then cut out on owl outline. Arrange owls as desired on 8" x 27-1/2" black trees piece and fuse in place. Use a straight or decorative stitch to applique if desired.


Step 9: Sew together the two pieced strips, the appliqued center strip, two 2" x 27-1/2" black solid strips, and two 4" x 27-1/2" gray swirl strips to complete the quilt top. 

Step 10: Finish the door banner as desired. We used a pillowcase finish (can be done with or without batting) and then stitched along the length of the solid black sashing strips to secure. You can also layer the quilt top with backing and batting and quilt, and then finish with a binding strip. 


Add a hanging sleeve to the back of the door banner and hang to enjoy!


*Tutorial originally featured on Fabri-Quilt's blog featuring Nite Owls fabrics.


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Thursday, October 15, 2020

Sew an Easy Trick or Treat Bag!

Depending on where you live, Halloween might look different this year. At least around my house, one thing that won't change is the candy. I'll still be buying it. :) 

Milky Way, Reese's Peanut Butter pumpkins, Mounds bars...wait, what was I talking about?!

Anyway, we're still deep in costume negotiation here, but I've already pulled out our trusty trick-or-treat bags. I sewed these for the older two boys back in 2013 and added Ben's a couple years later. I love them--they're easy to make and durable, and 1000x better than a plastic grocery bag. 



All ready for candy!


I sew these bags using two child-size t-shirts, so a fair amount of the cutting and sewing work is done for you just from the shape of the t-shirt. You can design your own jack o' lantern face for the front. 

Look at that sweet face!


Find the tutorial here



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Friday, September 4, 2020

NEW Star Stacks pattern

 I'm excited to announce the launch of my latest pattern, Star Stacks!

I'm a sucker for a great star quilt, and when you add in red, white and blue USA-themed fabric, you can't go wrong. (And when you photograph the quilt on a 1946 Ford truck, it's even better!)



I love these USA-themed Across the USA prints from Windham.


The pattern offers two sizes: large lap (61" x 73")


and small lap (49" x 61")


To celebrate the launch, the pattern is currently 10% off in my Etsy shop



Block of the Month - Month 4

Hello, September! (How it is September already?) It's Month 4 of the Wonk Around the Block BOM quilt. 



Wonk Around the Block is my new Block of the Month quilt pattern combining traditional and wonky piecing. You can purchase the pattern on my Etsy shop and receive one section per month for 6 months. I hope you'll come sew with me! 

Month 4 is all about borders--some pieced, and some plain. The fun part about this month is choosing the colors for your borders--pops of color can make such a difference in the design!


If you'd like some support as you sew this quilt, I'm also offering video demos for each month - I'm super excited about this! In the videos, I'll walk you through each step of the process--almost like a class! I also include additional tips and tricks for putting the quilt together. If you're new to wonky piecing, these video demos will augment the detailed diagrams in the pattern to help you master this technique. 

The group of six videos (I'll be adding one each month) can be purchased in my Etsy shop for $10. You'll receive a link with access to the current videos, and that same link will work for future videos. Click here to purchase.

 When you purchase the pattern, you'll receive the Introduction pages, which include yardage for the entire quilt, a page of tips, and a black-and-white line drawing so you can choose your own color placement. You'll also receive Month 1, which is the center wonky star and a few borders. Each month afterwards will include the specific yardage, cutting, and piecing instructions for the sections being added. We'll assemble as we go, so by the end of Month 6, your quilt will be complete!

Purchase the pattern here


Here's a quick look at the fabric requirements. These are generous to ensure that you have plenty of options for switching up colors as you piece. 


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Monday, August 3, 2020

Wonk Around the Block Month 3

 It's August and time for Month 3 of the Wonk Around the Block quilt! 



If you're new here, welcome! And here's what I'm talking about: Wonk Around the Block is my new Block of the Month quilt pattern combining traditional and wonky piecing. You can purchase the pattern on my Etsy shop and receive one section per month for 6 months. I hope you'll come sew with me! 

This month features my favorite block--the improv log cabin. We're making three of these blocks and adding them to the bottom of the quilt center. 


I'm also offering video demos for each month - I'm super excited about this! Months 1-3 are now available. In the videos, I'll walk you through each step of the process--almost like a class! I also include additional tips and tricks for putting the quilt together. If you're new to wonky piecing, these video demos will augment the detailed diagrams in the pattern to help you master this technique. 

The group of six videos (I'll be adding one each month) can be purchased in my Etsy shop for $10. You'll receive a link with access to the current videos, and that same link will work for future videos. Click here to purchase.

 When you purchase the pattern, you'll receive the Introduction pages, which include yardage for the entire quilt, a page of tips, and a black-and-white line drawing so you can choose your own color placement. You'll also receive Month 1, which is the center wonky star and a few borders. Each month afterwards will include the specific yardage, cutting, and piecing instructions for the sections being added. We'll assemble as we go, so by the end of Month 6, your quilt will be complete!

Purchase the pattern here


Here's a quick look at the fabric requirements. These are generous to ensure that you have plenty of options for switching up colors as you piece. 


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Friday, July 31, 2020

Sew a Softie!

A while back, I heard about the Sew a Softie Kid Ambassador program (thank you, Trixi!) and signed up my middle son, Jojo. While all three of my boys like to sew, he's the one with the most interest (and the most patience). Basically, the program encourages kids to teach another kid (or kids) how to sew during the month of July, starting with something easy, like a small stuffed object. You can find out more here (including tons of tutorials!).



Well, July flew by, and suddenly it was July 30th and time to get rolling before August started. After much debate on what types of softies to make with our neighborhood friends, we I narrowed it down to a simple monster shape, with pre-sewed arms and legs. The kids had a great time! 

We started with trapezoid body pieces, little arms and legs that I sewed and my boys turned right side out, and white and black fabric with fusible web for eyeballs. 

Our sewing group (minus TJ, my 11-year-old, who had zoomed ahead and was already sewing!). Two seven year olds and two five year olds. Translated: lots of mom help! :) 
We decided to hold our sewing camp outside because - coronavirus.

Jojo walked them through the process of assembling a monster.

Pinning on the arms and legs.


Stuffing the monsters!

Adding eyeballs. As the morning went on, the kids got more creative: Smiles, teeth, yarn hair, swords (of course!), and berets for their monsters.

The moms helped a bit the newbies a bit with the actual sewing.

Jojo sharing some sewing tips.

And the finished monsters!






All the kids with their creatures. Don't mind the crazy amount of weeds in my garden.

Monsters in the hosta! A sure sign of success? Every kid asked to make a second monster after we took these photos. Round 2 was just as fun.