Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Simple Star Table Topper


Hi there! I have a quick and easy project to share with you today! I am so ready for Spring!!  We have been having the best weather here and I decided I needed a "springy" kitchen topper for my counter to get my home ready for Spring! 

 I decided to make a simple star block and add some borders! Super easy, right?!

Let's get started!

Supplies:

1/4 yard of green
1/2 yard of background
1/4 yard of yellow (this yellow is from my stash) Here are some great substitutes: Bloom and Bliss or Apple Farm
1/2 yard backing or a fat quarter

Cutting:

From background:
4 - 3" x 5.5" rectangles (B)
4 - 3" x 3" squares (D)
2 - 1.5" x 10" strips (border 1)
2 - 1.5" x 12" strips (border 1)

From green:
1 - 5.5" x 5.5" Square (A)
8 - 3" x 3" squares (C)

From yellow:
2 - 2.5" x 12" strips (border 2)
2 - 2.5" x 16" strips (border 2)








Now you are ready to baste, quilt and bind! I was in a bit of a hurry and wanted to make this pretty quick - so I decided the no binding method! Here are the directions for this method if you'd like to make your topper like mine.  

Layer your batting first, then your backing right side up and your top right side down. 


Once you have all the layers and lined up - you will pin ALL the way around.  This is very important - you don't want your fabrics shifting when you sew them together! If you have a walking foot - this is a great foot to use when sewing your layers together.  Once you have pinned, you will sew all the way around using 3/8" seam allowance - leave about a 3-5" opening.  I like to use a larger seam allowance just incase my fabrics do shift a little - I am sure to catch all three layers when sewing them together.  

Once you have sewn around your topper, you will use the opening to turn it right side out.  Once you do that press the opening shut and sew around the entire topper using about 1/8" seam allowance.  Once you do that, you can quilt it as well - you can simply stitch in the ditch if you don't want any noticeable quilting - or you could do some free motion quilting if you want some denser quilting! 


That's it! Super easy and quick! I love projects like that! ;)

Talk to you soon,


Friday, February 17, 2017

Fabric Frenzy Friday

Happy Friday!! I hope you all had a good week! We have a fun bundle of fabric to share with you today.  I had a lot of fun sewing with this cute bundle! Scroll down to see what I made!

Smitten With Kittens
Smitten With Kittens


This week we have a modern black + gray bundle - full of text prints.   The Fancy Cat Heads by Robert Kaufman provides a pop of color!
You'll receive 1 Fat Quarter of each:

  1. Whiskers & Tails Fancy Cat Heads Black - Robert Kaufman
  2. Story Newsprint - Windham
  3. Marble Swirls Jet - Moda
  4. Modern Background Paper Handwriting Grey - Moda
  5. Grunge Basics Onyx - Moda
  6. Sevenberry Classiques Mini Hearts Black - Robert Kaufman
  7. Pixies Square Dot Blender Black - Ink & Arrow
  8. Modern Background Paper Newsprint Grey - Moda

This was a fun bundle to work with! I thought I would make some zipper pouches using these cute fabrics!  I haven't made any in a while, and decided to make three different pouches in different sizes so that you could nest them together when you aren't using them! 

I used my previous tutorial HERE to make the pouches.  I will include a chart below for the sizes to cut your fabrics for the pouches I have pictured below! 



To make all three of these pouches you will need:

1 Fat Quarter Bundle of Smitten With Kittens
1/2 yard of lining fabric (for largest pouch - for the medium and small pouch I used fat quarters included in the bundle)



Tutorial HERE



I also included the chart in the post with the tutorial - so it's all in one location! I love making zipper pouches! They make great gifts and once you get the technique down you can whip these up so fast!




Now that we shared our fabric for the week, we want to see yours!
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Monday, February 13, 2017

Raspberry and Cream BOM {Block 3}


Hi there! Today I am ready to share my third block for the Raspberry and Cream Block of the Month!!

Birds in the Air:




For this block you will need to use fabrics A, E, and C from your Blocks Kit:

If you purchased the Precision Trimmer 3 Ruler - this is where you will use it.  It took me a minute to figure this out ;) but once I did - it was easy peasy!  Line up the bold line on the long side of your triangle and the dotted center line to the bottom of the triangle and trim off the little corner.

You will do this to both sides of eight of the A triangles.  The other 4 triangles are used for your half square triangle units and will not be trimmed!

Once you sew up your half square triangle units - I trimmed mine down so they were nice and square! Lay our your A Triangles with your half square triangle like this:

Sew both triangles on and then you will add your large C triangle.  I also trimmed the C triangle with the Precision Trimmer ruler.  

 Make four units and layout in a pinwheel pattern and then sew together! 



That's it! I enjoyed making this block.  I also enjoyed learning how to use the ruler and it did help line up this triangle pieces!  I also didn't lose any points in those small pink triangles - and I think using the ruler helped with that.  I am looking forward to using it again! 




Your blocks should measure 9.5" x 9.5" unfinished.  The best way to ensure you get that is to use a 1/4" presser foot!




We still have a few kits left  - here is a list of all the supplies needed with the links for purchasing:


To complete this quilt you will need:
  1. Blocks Kit (for 12 center blocks)
  2. Setting & Finishing Kit (includes border blocks, borders, binding)
Suggested tools (I will be using these)
  1. Bias Square Plus Ruler
  2. Precision Trimmer 3

You'll need to purchase separately, 5.625 yards (44" wide) or 2.5 yards (108" wide) backing. You can find all the Raspberry and Cream fabrics HERE

Here is the schedule for the block of the month:


Block 1: Air Castles January 17
Block 2: Bear's Paw January 31
Block 3: Bird's in the Air February 14
Block 4: Cat's Cradle February 28
Block 5: Double X March 14
Block 6: Eliza's Nine Patch March 28
Block 7: Gentleman's Fancy April 11
Block 8: Goose Tracks April 25
Block 9: Grandmother's Pride May 9
Block 10: Grape Basket May 23
Block 11: Kansas Trouble June 6
Block 12: Missouri Star June 20

Double Four Patch and Stepping Stone Blocks: July 11
Setting Blocks: August 15
Quilt Assembly: September 12
Final Borders: October 10

If you are following along, post your pictures to Instagram and use the hashtag: sewingwithfwfabricstudio

Talk to you soon! 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Fabric Frenzy Friday

Happy Friday!! I hope you all had a good week! We have a fun bundle of fabric to share with you today.  Melanie from Mostly Crafty has made a lovely project featuring this week's bundle. Be sure to scroll down for all the details! 

True Blue



True Blue

This week's bundle highlights the Something Blue collection by Emily Hayes for Penny Rose!   We combined these prints with our favorite matches in blues + grays!
You'll receive 1 Cut of each:
  1. Something Blue Main Print Gray - Penny Rose
  2. Botanical Beauty Navy Script - Robert Kaufman
  3. Something Blue Dots on Blue - Penny Rose
  4. On the Road Again Dots Gray - Wilmington
  5. Painter's Canvas Indigo - Michael Miller
  6. Sweet Orchard Stripe Gray - Riley Blake
  7. Sadie's Dance Card Tonal Roses Blue - Free Spirit
  8. Something Blue Dots on Navy - Penny Rose

Melanie is sharing this lovely table runner featuring this week's bundle! I love the hexies! What a perfect way to use this bundle.  Be sure to stop by her blog to see all the details on this charming table runner!





Now that we shared our fabric for the week, we want to see yours!
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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Simple Valentine's Day Bunting

Hi there! I just wanted to share with you this cute and easy Valentine's Day Bunting I made using my Lovebugs bundle!  


I had plenty of left over fabric from making the pillows I shared last week - and I thought it would be fun to dress up my window with a cute and easy bunting! These are so easy to make - and take very little fabric.  So they are great for your leftovers! 


I did this bunting double sided, and I layered the middle with batting.  I did this to give the bunting some stability.  I sewed the little flags together with some ric rac! You can find all our ric rac HERE.

You can use this Template here - or make your own template the size that you want! I think I need to make another one - but for St. Patrick's Day! :) 


Talk to you soon!



Friday, February 3, 2017

Fabric Frenzy Friday

Happy Friday!! I hope you all had a good week! We have a lovely bundle of fabric to share with you today.  I had so much fun sewing with this bundle - scroll down to see what I made! 

Lovebugs

Lovebugs

This week's bundle includes cute little prints perfect for Valentine's Day - it is a great group of basic Valentine prints and features several prints from the Studio E Dear Heart Collection!
You'll receive 1 FQ of each:
  1. Dear Heart Ladybugs - Studio E
  2. Fresh Market Mini Flowers Red - Riley Blake
  3. Swiss Dots Red - Riley Blake
  4. Wonderland Labyrinth Pink - Riley Blake
  5. Dear Heart Arrows White - Studio E
  6. Lovebugs Red Script - Riley Blake
  7. Swiss Dots Hot Pink - Riley Blake
  8. Dear Heart Arrows Red - Riley Blake



This bundle just makes me happy! I love red and pink - and don't get me started on that cute ladybug print!  The whole bundle has me in love! :) 

Last year I shared this Heart Pillow Tutorial.  It is such an easy pillow to make - so I thought these fabrics would be perfect for this cute pillow! 

I decided to make two different pillows.  I did one with a white background - and the other with a red background.  I love how they turned out.  I also did some sketchy stitching on the white hearts with black thread to make them stand out even more.  I love to stitch my raw edge appliqué using this technique.  It is so fun and gives the project more character!  Also, you don't have to worry about being perfect! It's meant to be a little wonky!


To make these pillows you will need:

1/2 yard of Lovebugs script  (for background and pillow backing)






Now that we shared our fabric for the week, we want to see yours!
Here is your chance to link up anything to do with fabric! You can link up finished quilts, a work in progress, a new fabric you just bought, a project made with fabric, or maybe you just want to show off some of your stash.  Anything goes--as long as it has to do with fabric! 
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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Kid Pillowcases

Hi there! I have some fun pillowcases to share with you today!  My kids love getting new pillowcases! I try and make them new ones a couple of times a year.  It had been a while since I made them some and so I decided a couple of weeks ago I need to fix that asap! ;)


For Charlie, my 6 year old - I decided on dinosaurs!  He is absolutely obsessed with them right now and I knew he would just love this dinosaur print!






For Hannah, my oldest daughter - I decided on these lovely Garden Girl prints! She is out of the princess stage and has vetoed all "character" and princess things! So we went with his fun floral!






For Avie, my 4 year old - I did this princess theme pillowcase! She is all about anything princess and pink right now!






They all loved their new pillowcases, and Charlie has requested another dinosaur pillowcase for one of his other pillows.  :)  So I better get on that!

Talk to you soon,



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