Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Midweek Makers #147

Welcome to Midweek Makers and Happy Halloween!!

Today, it's about pumpkins and all things spooky!

I'm finishing up a table runner for the Pick-a-Pumpkin Blog Hop

hosted by Carla at Creatin' In the Sticks. That's all I can share, as the big reveal comes Monday, Nov 5!

And check out these bits of Halloween fun from last week:

from Made by Marney,


and this from Songbird Designs.


And today is the last day of the half-price sale on the Halloween Fright Night quilt. Available at both Craftsy and Etsy, no coupon necessary - go get your spook on!

Halloween Fright Night by QuiltFabrication

Now on to this week - who's got a project to share? We'd all love to see what you're working on!
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Monday, October 29, 2018

3 Favorite Binding Tutorials

Today it's all about binding, with a showcase of 3 of my favorite binding tutorials. 

The first one, joining binding in 3 easy steps

was an absolute game changer! Years ago, I struggled with the angles, the right sides of the fabric, where to cut, etc, and spending waaaay too much time joining binding. 

But then, an ah-ha moment, and my binding woes were over! A simple fold of 2.5" was all I needed - pop over to the joining binding tutorial to see the whole process.

The next bit game changer was perfecting a machine stitched binding

Now, I know that there are those of you out there who are purists and want to stitch the binding by hand. And, yes, I used to do that. But it took forever, eating up time that I needed to spend elsewhere.

Then glue came into my life. At first I resisted, trying to stay with the purist group, worrying about fabric degradation. But I wash my quilts, and I don't intend for my quilts to stay around for 100 years, so why not try using glue? 

I'm very happy to say I've been using glue and a machine stitched binding for several years now, with the whole process taking me under an hour. Want more free time too? Then check out the machine binding tutorial.

And the last tutorial is for a piped binding, adding that little bit of extra to the quilt's edge.

Though the binding may take a bit longer to prepare because of the two strips sewn together, it's well worth the effort. Pop on over to the Piped Binding tutorial to see how it's done.

Those are my favorite binding tutorials - do you have any to share? Let me know in the comments, as I'd love to check them out!

Happy Quilting!

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Becharmed Quilt

On Wednesday's Midweek Makers, I teased everyone with gorgeous feathers on a little pink scrap quilt. Today, I'm revealing all of Becharmed!

Becharmed baby quilt by QuiltFabrication

Such a pretty little scrap quilt, if I do say so myself!

This quilt is a sister quilt to the Scrap Happy baby quilt from last year,

Scrap Happy baby quilt from the Charm School book

which was a pattern in the Charm School book by Vanessa Goertzen.

Since I had so many pink/purple charm squares left over from Scrap Happy, I designed Becharmed.

Making the 4-patch blocks for the center plus the borders was a snap using The Charming 4-Patch - Fast, Fun, and Fabulous tutorial. For a quick refresher, charm squares are sewn together, cut, sewn, and cut again, creating 4-patch blocks quickly and easily - without ever sewing a 2.5" square.

Fast Fun Fabulous 4-Patch blocks at QuiltFabrication

Along with the written tutorial, there's also a video to explain the process.

And to make a lot of 4-patch blocks at once, check out both The Charming 4-Patch on Overdrive, and it's companion video.

Now back to Becharmed. Once all the 4-patch blocks were done, some became the center block, while the others were saved for the border. 

Becharmed scrap quilt by QuiltFabrication

Cream charms create both the inner and outer borders. Here's a little secret:  it's the backside of those cream charms that make up the borders. The front side was either too dark or had too much print, but the backs were perfect, so don't be afraid to use the backside of a fabric.

And with the open space of those cream borders, feathers just seemed a natural choice - they show up beautifully!

Becharmed feather closeup

Balancing that is the simple crosshatch quilting on the 4-patches - super easy!

Since this little quilt turned out so well, I'm in the process of writing a pattern, and may make another. I'll keep you posted on the progress of both!

Happy Quilting!

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Midweek Makers #146

Welcome to Midweek Makers! My next pumpkin project is almost done, and until I can share that, I'm spending some time clearing out a small stack of un-quilted quilts. One of those is this pink scrap quilt from last year, now full of gorgeous feathers.

Pink-a-licious feathers

It's almost done, with the full story will come on Friday - it's a long one!

Being that my little scrap quilt is full of color (at least in the pink range), I'm choosing to showcase quilts with lots of bright color from last week:

from Skalabara Quilts,

                                 cross tile quilt variation - skalabara quilts

from 2 Dogs Studio,


from Chopin - A Passionate Quilter,


and this from Sew Yummy.


Who's sharing this week? Come link up!
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Monday, October 22, 2018

FREE Halloween Decorating Ideas

Halloween is just around the corner - only 9 days left! How about some FREE Halloween decor ideas? 

I've put together a sampling of small quilts to make, fun decorations to create, and pumpkin decorating ideas - take a look! Just click on the pink links - they're all FREE!

By the Light of the Moon by Elizabeth Cecchettini

By the Light of the Moon quilt

Boo Wall Hanging from the Fabric Mill

Boo Wall Hanging

Spider Web Quilted Pillows and

Spider Web quilted pillows

Reversible Spider Web Halloween Quilt, both from Polly Carlson

Reversible Spider Web quilt

All Hallows Eve from Jedi Craft Girl

All Hallows Eve quilt

That Cat from Pamela Lincoln

That Cat quilt

Eat Drink and Be Scary Wall Hanging from Heidi Pridemore

Eat Drink and Be Scary

There's also these pretty clever non-quilted decorations too - check these out for fun!

Pool Noodle Witch Legs from East Coast Mommy

Pool Noodle Witch Legs

Jack O'Lantern Jar Candles from The Creative Place

Jack O'Lantern Jar Candles

And for those of you with an electronic cutting machine, (Cricut or Silhouette), and like me, don't feel like carving a pumpkin, check out these great pumpkin decorating ideas from The Simply Crafted Life.

no carve pumpkin decorations

Looking for more pumpkins, of the quilted kind? Then take a look at the
8 FREE Pumpkin Quilt projects.

And don't forget the candy for those little trick-or-treaters. While you're at it, pick up some extra - quilting and chocolate just seem to go together!
Happy Quilting!

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Friday, October 19, 2018

String Blocks for Hurricane Michael

Yesterday, I made some early morning visits to a few Midweek Makers #145 link ups, reading and commenting on the works in progress. But a link up from Elana at That Fabric Feeling hit me more than any of the others:  
hers was a call for string blocks to make quilts for those affected by Hurricane Michael in Florida

This just seemed like the right project at the right time. I knew I had some orphan strips, and I always have scraps (who doesn't!), plus I wanted a sewing diversion.

Looking through the orphan strips gave me a chance to sort them by color, with green being the most dominate. Add in my scraps, plus some cotton broadcloth for a foundation (the big green chunk in the upper right corner), and off I went to sew.

green scrap pile of strips

In Elana's post, she provides a link to a Craftsy string block tutorial, which suggested a lightweight foundation fabric versus paper. Personally, I find ripping out paper a big pain in the you-know-what! So, given that I have more colored cotton broadcloth than plain muslin stashed away, this was a perfect opportunity to use it. 

By the way, it's easy to tell if your fabric has polyester in it, as most inexpensive broadcloth's do. Hit that fabric with a hot iron, and then smell it. Polyester has a particular, distinct chemical smell - once you smell it, you'll know it. (For some funny reason, it's a smell one can find in your local Goodwill - lot's of polyester stuff dumped there.)

Anyway, cotton will not smell. Of course, you could do the burn test: take a few strings of the fabric in question, and in a safe, fireproof area, set a match to it. If the strings turn to ash, it's cotton. If they melt into a glob, it's polyester. Oh you've learned so much today!

So let's get back to those string blocks. After tacking down the first strip with acid-free glue, the next strip was sewn on, then pressed open.

sewing first two strips on a string quilt block

first two strips on a string quilt block

More strips got added to fill the whole 11" square.

string quilt block ready for trimming

Then, from the backside, the block got trimmed to 10 1/2".

string quilt block

Notice how the corners are rather small pieces? They tended to want to fly up, but I stitched them into peaceful submission with an 1/8" from the edge line of stitching, just on one side, to keep things square when the blocks are joined together.

tacking down quilt block corners

And because I still had plenty of strips left, I made 5 more blocks for a total of 6 to send off.

six string quilt blocks

These are already in the mail, on their way to the UMW Quilting Group, to be assembled into a quilt. You, too, can support this group's project by making 10 1/2" string blocks and mailing them to:

UMW Quilting Group - Hurricane Quilt Drive
Aldersgate United Methodist Church
6610 Vaughn Road  
Montgomery, Alabama 36116

Be sure to read Elana's Hurricane Michael post to find out more!

And that pile of scraps? Again, the before:

scrap pile before

The after.

remaining pile of scraps and strips

Still doesn't look like there's a dent in it, does it? It just always amazes me at how much a pile of scraps can produce!

Happy Quilting!

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