Log Cabin Quilt Blocks

These are my log cabin quilt blocks that I received from the ladies in the Sew Sweet Bee and I am ready to finish and sew them into a quilt. That will make one less w.i.p. and another great quilt to have in my home.Sewsweetbee-1The photos are not that wonderful but the blocks really are special. I love that each and every block has fabric that is not in my collection, but came from someone who made them for me. I have decided that I think this quilt needs to be larger so I will be adding several more blocks to make it the size that I would like it to be. I have started 7 but now that I have thought about it more, I have decided to go even larger. I will show updated pictures as soon as I have made  more blocks.

Sewsweebee-2I am playing with the layout to decide which one I like better. It is a little hard to tell but I have laid them out in two different patterns.

Sewsweetbee-3I really do think this is the pattern that I like the best, the top photo is the same layout and you can see it a little better in it. I just need to do some rearranging after I make the additional blocks, that is the fun part.

Aqua-stashI always enjoy searching through my fabric stash to see what I have that I can use. No trip to the quilt shop this time!!

What are you sewing on these Winter days? It sure does seem to be perfect weather for sewing! Although, I will say I am so looking forward to Spring!!

 

Last Bee Blocks {Union Jack}

Good Morning! It’s Friday and the start of a nice long weekend. I did not accomplish very much sewing this week, not really feeling very well. But, I am so glad to be back to normal now.

A couple of things that I made are these two “Union Jack” blocks. They are for the lovely Rhonda of quilter in the gap for the Modern Stitching Bee. By the way they are very late!

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This is the first one and was very much a trial for me. I really dreaded making it. But once I decided I had to make it or tell Rhonda I had chickened out and couldn’t, I decided to really just give it the best shot I could. I also got a lot of encouragement from my daughter, Jennie, Rhonda and lot of lovelies on instagram. And just like many others said, it really wasn’t that hard. Hehe, so easy to say now that they are finished.

After I made this one I did think it could have used a different color in it and maybe it would have been a little more interesting. But saying that, I really do love these two blue fabrics. Rhonda also gave me her approval, so that is really all that matters, since it is for her.

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Next was to make a second one. I really like Pam Kitty Morning fabrics and thought this would be a good combo. I am super pleased with it. Kind of like Valentine colors, I do love them. It did get easier after the first one, it’s because I used a great tutorial that Molli Sparkles has on his blog. It is really a super tutorial and that is why I added the link. I am sure I could not have done it without it. If you have ever considered making one just use his tutorial, it’s the best. I am now dreaming of a quilt with these blocks, it would be so lovely!!

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Here are the two blocks side by side, totally different but the same.

The Modern Stitching Bee is no longer running. I only belonged to it for one year and really enjoyed it. A little sad it is over though.

I hope you have a great Friday and a super weekend.

Bee Block Sewing & It’s A New Year

Here we are in another New Year.   I  thoroughly enjoyed  my holiday,  I hope the same for you. I  had a very relaxing time visiting with family and spending time with my husband, who was home most of the days.

To get back into sewing, I had a Sew Sweet Bee Block that is very overdue to make and send off to Pam of Pam Kitty Morning .  (Everyone else’s blocks are in the mail already.) She chose a super cute block with lots of different pieces in it.

There were 32 – 2″ squares to start with. My plan was to use 4 different colors so that it would make it easier to decide which fabrics to use. I was able to get out my scrap boxes and cut up squares from them. Yay for scrappy blocks!!

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I loved how the 2″ squares looked in rows in each color.

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In this picture you can see the print out that was included in her block request. It was very helpful, I used it as a reference while making the block several times.

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I really love this block and I think Pam’s cute fabric paired with the dots for the HST’s is really cute too!! This will be the last block for the Sew Sweet Bee I will make, I have decided to opt out of Bee’s this year and maybe do a few different things!! Still lots of sewing though!! I have really enjoyed this past year belonging to the Sew Sweet Bee and it  was great getting to know these ladies a little bit better. Thank you so much Donna of Donna’s Lavender Nest for hosting this fun bee block swap!

I hope you have a great day, it has been a little hard getting back to the usual things after Christmas and the New Year, but we must!!

 

 

 

 

Last-Minute Gift Tutorial: Patchwork Tote

Today I am sharing a small tote that can be made quickly, easily and last-minute.

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It measures 8 3/4″ tall by 8 1/4″ wide,   has two handles with binding and is fully lined.  I made my little tote with Riley Blake Christmas Basics. I love the colors of it and the cute little snowmen too!! The lining is also a Riley Blake dot, one of my favorites, they are included in a lot of low volume bundles!! Cute!!

Now for the supply list:

I used 8 different fat quarters for a variety of prints. From the fat quarters you will need:

16- 2.5″ x 5″ squares (body)

8- 2.5″ x 2.5″ squares (body)

2- 11″ x 2 1/2″ pieces (handles)

1- 24″ x 2 1/4″ piece (binding)

For the lining:

1- 21 1/4″ x 10″ (You may also lay your patchwork piece on your fabric and cut your lining exactly the same size, because with seam allowances it will be the same.)

Interfacing:

1- 20 3/4″ x 10″ (body)

2- 11″ x 2 1/2″ (handles)

Flannel:

1- 21 1/4″ x 10″

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Cut your squares from the fat quarters, sew them in this pattern using a 1/4″ seam allowance. (Begin by sewing them in horizontal rows and then into one piece). You will make two of these, a front and a back. I ironed the seam allowances to the darker fabric in each row and then pressed the seam allowances open after the rows were joined together.

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Fuse interfacing to the wong side of the front and back piece.

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Sew the two panels together. Press seam open.

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Layer the long panel with the flannel  and quilt 1/4″ from each horizontal seam line. Trim anything that is uneven on the sides but leave approximately 1/4″ of flannel above both the top and bottom.

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Fold patchwork piece in half and sew along both sides using 1/4″ seam allowance.

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Press seams open and sew along each side at the bottom, to create corners. I sewed right below the last stitching line that I quilted from the front.

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Trim the corners 1/4″ below the sewn line.

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The outside will look like this when you turn it.

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Sew the lining piece the same way as you sewed the outside patchwork piece, make the corners the same and this time do not trim away excess at corners, tuck them under the lining at the bottom. Place the lining inside the outer patchwork body.

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Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the two handle pieces. Fold the binding strip in half lengthwise and press.

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Fold the pieces right sides together and sew 1/4″ along the long edge. Press seams’ open.

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Turn the handles right side out, I use a safety-pin for turning. Press the handles flat with the seam allowance in the middle of the back. Top stitch 1/4″ along each long edge.

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Place the handles seam side out 1 1/2″ from the center seam on the front. Do this on both sides, stitch them in place.

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Place folded binding on outside along the top edge with the raw edge facing the top of the bag leaving two tails at the beginning and the end that are not sewn for joining later. Sew with a 1/4″ seam.  Join the binding in the same way you would for a quilt. You may trim off excess flannel at the top to about 1/8″ inch. Turn the binding to the inside and either stitch by hand or machine. I usually do this by hand because I like that process!! On the outside of the bag sew a seam just above the binding for each handle to secure the handles, this will also keep them from flopping over! You will be able to see that in the photo below.

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Now you are all finished with your patchwork tote and are ready for filling it up with goodies. I found that a pattern and a small stack of fabric fits nicely inside. I also think it would be fun to fill with some fun treats for a child in a long car ride. Snacks and toys would fit perfectly. Or under the tree with a special gift would be nice. What ever you decide, I hope you enjoy your little tote.

Have a great weekend. I am sure it is going to be a busy one for most of us. I have lots of things to finish up before Christmas!!

Last Minute Gift Tutorial: Patchwork Tea Mat with Inside Pocket

Good Morning!

This is a gift idea we had and wanted to share it here with you. We thought it would make a fun and cute (last-minute) gift for someone or for yourself. It would slip easily into your purse or pocket. So if you are a tea drinker or know one that you would like to make a quick and cute gift for, try making one or maybe several of these. They are also a fun way for using up some of those scraps we all have!!

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There are a few options for making one.  We have used either a patchwork outside using simple 2 1/2″ squares or just a whole piece of fabric.

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We have added a binding for finishing and ties to keep it closed so the contents will stay safely inside. (The tea packet and sugar will slip right in.)

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These are the pieces you will need to create your tea mat:

The two top sections are the outside and consist of 8- 2 1/2″ squares sewn into one section.

The bottom left are the two sections that make up the inside with the 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ piece sewn onto the end for the underneath of the pocket.

The far right section is the top pocket piece that is sewn on the top.

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Here is the inside with the  2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ piece sewn on the end, for the underneath of the pocket. This is the time to layer the outside with the inside and quilt as you like. We chose batting but you could also use just interfacing or flannel.

If you want to use a whole piece of fabric cut 2 -8 1/2″ by 4 1/2″ pieces of fabric. Layer the outside piece with batting and then the inside piece for an easier finish, then quilt any way you like.

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This shows the folded pocket piece sewn on the top on the right end.  Stitch around the whole patchwork piece to hold everything in place. (This is a picture that does not show quilting but yours would be quilted before sewing the pocket piece on top.)

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Cut two strips of fabric for ties that are 1 1/4″  x 8″ , fold in half and then folded again to enclose edges and do the same along one short edge. Stitch along the long edge to finish.

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Center the ties on both short sides, they will be sewn under the binding. Cut one 2 1/2″ strip for binding and fold in half, give it a good press. Stitch around the whole mat using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Sew the corners just as you would for adding binding to a quilt. Connect the binding in the way you like.

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Turn the binding to the inside and stitch by hand or machine. (I used lots of clips to hold it where I wanted it!!)

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Outside with binding and ties!! Stitch a couple rows of stitching down the middle back so it will be easier to fold.

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Now you are finished, enjoy or give as a gift.

Sorry if my tutorial skills are lacking, it’s been so long since I have written one, surely they are rusty! :)

Have fun!!