Friday, May 1, 2015

Happy Mother's Day Week


Happy Mother's Day 

to all of you!


Our sweet Mom, Margaret Campbell, taught us to sew at a very young age.  We will always be grateful for her kindness, her example, and her love of creating.   She was pretty amazing. We miss her very much.  We hope you are all able to spend some time with your Mom's or your family for this coming Mother's Day.  Love you Mom!

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There are some beautiful new bundles at Sisters & Quilters...


Mixologie in Yellow and Gray by Studio M for Moda



Mixologie in Teal and Navy by Studio M for Moda




Singin' the Blues in Blues by Camelot Design Studio




Color Theory Collection in Navy & Teal by V and Co for Moda




Cove Fat Quarter Bundle of 8 in Teal & Taupe Grey by Camelot Design Studio





Clementine Collection in Pink & Green Or in Orange and Teal by Heather Bailey for Free Spirit




Flora by Joel Dewberry for Free Spirit




Daisy by ADORNit




Wanderer Half Yard Bundle of 9 by April Rhodes for Art Gallery




More Hearty Good Wishes by Janet Clare for Moda



Scandi 1 & Scandi 2  by Makower UK for Andover

And we have a few of the Pink Raspberry Sherbet Fat Quarter Bundles left.

And this months Bakers Dozen - Grape Juice!  Yes you asked for some purples.



Just click on our Fat Quarter Bundle links at either shop.  There are many more!



Have a wonderful Mother's Day Week!
Kristin & Sandra

Friday, February 20, 2015

Layer Cake Square Pencil Bag Tutorial




Layer Cake leftovers?  These cute little pencil bags were sewn with 10" layer cake squares - And Mochi Linen by Moda.   We love this strong linen in little bags and totes.    I used a variety of left over layer cake squares or 10" squares.  The ones shown in the tutorial are from Heather Ross's Briar Rose Collection for Windham fabrics.

Have you seen the TOMS pencil bag made from the TOMS flags.  We wanted to make those for our Young Women's 14 year-old Church group this week, but not all of the girls had TOMS flags. So I pulled out the Linen and some left over 10" squares.  Walaaaa.  Cute bags.  They loved them! And they all finished their bags in our hour long meeting.  A perfect way to introduce zippers  to beginning seamstresses.

Actually I love this little bag for much more than pencils.  This will carry all those loose trinkets in my purse.  And you can make it any size you want!


 First cut a 10" square of Mochi Linen.  Here is the link if you are needing to purchase some from our shop.  Match it to a 10" Layer Cake square - with wrong sides together zig zag stitch or serge the outside edges to hold the pieces together and finish off the edges.  I placed a little washable fabric glue (from a glue stick) inside to hold them in place while I stitched around the edges.  This will finish off the edges since this bag will not have a separate lining.

Lay the fabric square down with the outside fabric facing up.  Pin the zipper to the top of the square, matching zipper and fabric edge.  Make sure the zipper is face down - the zipper pull on the underside.  And the zipper pull should be on the left side.  I used a 14" zipper.  You could use a smaller one, but not smaller than 10".
 Note - you can also have the print on the outside-just flip your square.

 Can you see the zipper pull is on the underside?  Very important.  Using your zipper foot, stitch down the zipper.  This is about 1/4" or a titch more from the edge.


 Next, flip the sewn zipper back.  Fold the seam under towards the fabric square.  Top-stitch down the fabric sewing down the seam.  This will keep your fabric from getting caught in the zipper.  I switched the presser foot as you can see.  I did this so that  I have a guide to follow for a straighter top-stitch.  See the finished top-stitching below.  NOTE : For those teaching a youth group, I set up two machines - one with each presser foot.  That way they rotated machines with pinning so there was little wait time.  We finished 8 bags in just a little over an hour.



Click on the picture if you need a close up.  Now we need to do the same stitching on the opposite side of the zipper.



Fold the bottom up to the top of the zipper edge.  Notice the zipper pull is face up and the wrong side of the bag is face up.  Sew along the edge.  This will form a tube when you are finished.



Open up the zipper all the way.  You will need this open to top-stitch this side of the zipper.  Top-stitch the seam down the same distance as your fist top-stitching so they will match when the zipper is closed.

Now you can finish your bag 2 different ways.  For the youth group (and with the TOMS flags) we just needed to sew the seams.  The edges are visible in the inside.  Just follow the next picture.

 If you want to French Seam your bag (raw edges will not show) skip to the French Seam instructions below.

 IMPORTANT Close the Zipper half way.  Next you need to decide if you want a center opening or an opening near to the top.   Center you zipper if you want a center opening.  Pin down edges.  OR...
 if you want a top access opening, position the zipper near the top.  Measure the top and/or bottom of each side to make sure your zipper is straight.
 Pin the zipper edges close together where they are separated.  Did you remember to close your zipper half way?  Stitch about 3/8" from the edge down each side.  Back-stitch at the beginning, the ending, and over the zipper.  I back-stitched over the zipper to strengthen this seam when you turn the bag to the right side.  Trim off excess zipper.

Just turn your bag to the right side.  Push those little corners to a point.  You are Finished!

French Seam Finish Instructions

After closing the zipper part way, turn your bag to the right side.  Position the bag opening where you want it to be.  Stitch a quarter inch seam down each side.  Cut off the excess zipper to be flush with the edges.  Make sure your zipper is close together on the separated side.  As you can see I cut out the zipper coils inside the seam to reduce bulk.  I also clipped the corners so they would be less bulky.

 Turn the bag to the wrong side.  Push out the corners and sides as best you can.  Press the seams flat. Pin where needed.  You are going to stitch a seam down each side.  I recommend 1/2" seam. (3/8" seams are too bulky).

  Just as before, back-stitch the beginning, ending, and over the zipper.  Turn the bag to the right side.


And you are finished.  Can you see the finished seam on the inside?  No raw edges or fraying to deal with.  These little bags should last a long time.

I hope you enjoyed this simple project.   Once you make one, you won't need all the pictures. I love projects that use up scraps of fabric.  If you teach sewing to a youth group, they will love this fun and  easy pencil bag.   Even one of the girls that declared she "didn't sew" loved these bags.

Happy Sewing!  Stay warm!
Kristin and Sandra

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Words to Live By Block 11




                                             Courage




Another wonderful design!  I love the Laurel wreath pattern with the berries.   I know I am behind schedule...I apologize.  Hopefully I will be caught up tomorrow with Block 12.   My daughter became engaged over the holidays and we have been wedding planning.  We are all so excited.

If you are just joining us, we are making Lisa Bongean's Words to Live By Quilt  - a block each month.  Lisa is the designer of Primitive Gatherings and has hand selected all of the wool and cottons for this BOM kit.  It is not too late to join.  We still have 4 complete kits left!   We are almost finished, but we will leave the hints and pictures up for you.



Lots of small berries and leaves to trace.  I traced the small wool squares with a pencil on my fusible web.  That way I could fit all of the berries inside the small squares.   As you can see I also made good use of the center of the green circular vine.



So I was so careful with my leaves and circular vine when pressing.   Make sure to  "press in place".   Do not "iron" or your leaves and berries will move.  Even a shot of steam can blow off the berries.
The other hint I have for you (which I didn't do) is to take a quick picture with your phone before pressing.  I see now that a few of the leaves are lying closer to the vine than the others.  Had I noticed that before pressing, I would have moved them out just a little. 
I used a pencil to trace some pattern lines on the fabric - just a side of each leaf and the berries.   Also, trace the stems you will need to embroider.  I did this right after inking in the Courage letters, keeping the pattern and fabric in place.  

Happy Sewing

Thursday, November 27, 2014





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Friday, November 21, 2014

Words to Live By Block 10

Passion



Passion: a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something or about doing something...
  
 I think this may also be another word for work.  Except it is work you LOVE.  I think that is how many of us feel about quilting.
  I had an art teacher in college that used to say great art is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.   He instructed us to get to know our medium until we really understood it.   
  I have learned so much with this project.  
If you are just joining us, we are making Lisa Bongean's Words to Live By Quilt  - a block each month.  Lisa is the designer of Primitive Gatherings and has hand selected all of the wool and cottons for this BOM kit.  It is not too late to join.  We still have 6 kits left!   


I take pictures of these appliques with the fusible web to help you with the placement.  I hope this is helpful since the camera doesn't always capture the difference in color and pattern.  Watch that oval - the fusible web may come apart as you are cutting the pencil pattern out.  Just re-position it when you press it to the wool.



This block has diamond leaves.  I traced the diamonds in two different patterns so that you could see how much space was left on the wool.  Either way is great.  I did like the nice little squares of wool left over on the right and left  pieces.  I thought the center diagram would be best but that just left me with a long scrap of wool.


I traced the vine lines for the embroidered vines with a sharp pencil.  
This is another block I am looking forward to embroidering - I like the larger pieces.  

Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving next week! 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Flying Geese Quilt Tutorial with Layer Cake





Ever since I spotted the Spring House Layer Cake Free Quilt Pattern by Moda Fabrics I have wanted to make this quilt. I loved that all I needed was a Layer Cake and some background yardage.   The design team at Moda Fabrics has some wonderful free patterns. You may download this pattern and use their instructions or follow the ones below.  I made my flying geese blocks a larger size and I used a different method. Here is the link to the Spring House Free Pattern

My son-in-law's sister and her husband climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro.  For a wedding gift I decided to make them a quilt with something to resemble a mountain.  I thought this pattern would be perfect.


I prefer to make my flying geese blocks with the no-waste four-at-a-time method.  The blocks sew up so much faster and more accurate. All seams are 1/4".

First grab your favorite Layer Cake.  I chose Persimmon by BasicGrey for this quilt.
Next - Decide on your finished quilt size.




I always make one block first to make sure the calculations are correct.  Please make one set of flying geese before cutting the remaining squares to make sure the calculations are correct. 

Using the chart above decide on the size you need your print square to be.   I finally decided on a finished flying geese block of 3.5"x 7".   I trimmed my print squares to 8 1/4".
(At first I wanted a larger flying geese block and first trimmed it to 9 1/4".  THEN I calculated how big the quilt would be and decided I needed a smaller finished quilt.  And yes I saved the strips for another project.) 


Also using the guide above, find out what your background squares size needs to be.  With a pencil and ruler draw a diagonal line on each of the 160 squares, from corner to corner.  Yes put on your favorite movie.

Then place 2 of background/white squares on each printed Layer Cake square.  Notice how the pencil lines match up forming one diagonal line across the Layer Cake square.  The background squares will overlap.  Repeat this for all 40 squares.  Set aside the remaining 80 background squares.


I pulled 2 squares to show you the next few steps.  Stitch a 1/4" seam alongside each drawn pencil line.  Stitch a seam line on both sides of the drawn pencil line.

Here is a close up of one of the squares.  Sew all 40 layer cake print squares in this manner.

 Using a rotary cutter, cut each square directly on the pencil line.  Press each triangle open with the seam towards the background triangles.  You will have 2 heart shaped units from each square.


On each of the two heart sections, place a background square with the pencil line running up the center of the triangle.  Stitch 1/4" seams alongside each pencil line.
Rotary cut along the pencil line.  Separate the sections.  You now have 4 flying geese blocks.  Press seams towards the top and trim of those dog ears.  Repeat this process with all 40 Layer Cake squares.  You will have a total of 160 flying geese blocks.
Remember - Your flying geese blocks will be 1/2" wider and taller than your finished block listed in the guide above.  This is for the seam allowance.  Correct any flying geese that may have been a little "wonky".  I always "true up" my blocks before sewing them in rows. 



Now the fun!  Arrange your blocks into the pattern you choose. 8 rows of 20 blocks.  I really liked alternating the direction of the flying geese.  And I liked the idea of having all four of the same prints together creating a stripe effect.  My husband preferred the random arrangement of the blocks - I liked that too.  But since I am making the quilt I get to choose.  :)


  Stitch the flying geese blocks into rows.  I pressed the seams towards the top of each block.  Since I am alternating the direction of each, the seams will nestle up nicely.  Then stitch the rows together, matching up block seams.


I added 5" borders to the sides of this quilt top. Border strip measurements are 5" x 70.5".
 Since the top was already 70" long, I just wanted to make the quilt a little wider.   You may choose to have borders on the top and bottom of the quilt.  Or you may choose arrange the blocks in a different pattern creating a different size for your quilt.

Now off to my favorite quilter Leisha.

 Be creative and have fun.  You can arrange your flying geese blocks in a square pattern.  Remember this Yankee Puzzle block from our Apple Pie Quilt Along:
This would work perfectly with the blocks you have just sewn because each square makes 4 flying geese blocks - exactly what you would need for this Yankee Puzzle Block.   You need 2 prints per block.  You could arrange them 4 rows x 5 blocks and have the same finished quilt measurement.

If you make a flying geese quilt, remember to send us pictures.  We love sharing them on our blog sharing days.

Happy sewing and have a great weekend!
Kristin