Tuesday, November 10, 2015

draw string goodie bags

These bags are fun and easy to make.  

We are hosting a "Return to Bethlehem" for our family this Christmas Eve (pinterest to find ideas).  I will be mailing each family that is coming one of these draw string bags filled with coins (plastic from the dollar store).  They will need them to pay the tax collector (papa, dressed up . . . he doesn't know that yet) to enter the market (driveway decorated like the Bethlehem market) and pay for their food (sausage, pita bread, fruit, water etc #easychristmasevedinner) in the market.  

Inspiration for this tutorial comes from Empty Bobbin.   She uses them for party treat bags for kids and grandkids.  I can think of a million ways to use them.  It's a great tutorial, I just needed to record a few extra steps for myself for when I make these bags again.  You're welcome to join along.

Supplies you will need:

-  2 fat quarters (coordinating, using the light one for the inside of the bag, making it easier to see inside)

-  1 yard of 3/16" cording (can be found at big box store)

- compass

- disappearing ink marker

** all seams are 1/4 inch


Cut one 19" x 8.5" rectangle from each of the two fat quarters. 

Turn rectangles to the wrong side.  On one end of the short side of the rectangle, make marks 1" and 2" down from the top.  You will need these to keep a 1" opening for the cording.  

On the LINING only, make an additional set of marks at 4" and 7".  (This will be used to turn the bag right side out after assembly.)

Set your compass so that it will result in a 6" diameter circle. 

Draw the circle on the lighter fabric, then cut them both out together.

This is where I added an extra step. 

To add support to the bottom of the bag, cut a circle of batting (or interfacing) the same size as the circle.

Fold each rectangle right sides together and sew along the short sides.  Be sure to leave the 1" opening on the darker (outer) fabric, and the 1" and 3" openings on the lining fabric.

Iron open the seams, making a good crease (you will be sewing that 3 inch hole closed and a crisp crease will be nice).  You should have 2 tubes of fabric.

Pin the circles to the bottom of the tube, away from the 1" opening, double check that last step for both tubes.  (I'm not a pinner, but I'd highly recommend pinning for this part, you won't have puckers if you use pins)  

Sew the circle to the tube.  Repeat for the lining, including the batting which will face the wrong side of the fabric.

Stitch each piece.  Clip all the way around to relieve tension.  Careful not to clip your stitches!

Place darker tube inside lighter tube, right sides together.  Match up seams, making sure that the 1 inch holes line up.  Sew all the way around the top.

Pull dark side out through 3 inch hole.  

Sew the 3 inch hole closed in the lining, barely catching both edges.  

Stuff lining into bag

Press the top flat, gently rolling the inner fabric in just a little.  This will give a more finished look from the outside of the bag. 

With a disappearing pen, mark 3/4" and 1 3/4: away from the top, around the inside of the lining.

Sew along both lines, reinforcing starts and stops, to create casing for cord.

Using a safety pin, thread the cording through the casing.  Tie a not at the end with both cords.

I used some "fray check" to keep my cording from unraveling.

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Friday, November 6, 2015

varsity checkerboard quilt - give away

I drooled, dreamed, schemed over this online picture of varsity with the rest of you for WHAT SEEMED LIKE AN ETERNITY!  

This mini charm pack was my first virtual sighting.  I couldn't resist.  Before too long and several trips back to an etsy basement store (couldn't even wait for the mail man), I had 6 or 8 of them.

and was furiously sewing away.  This method of checker boarding is so intriguing, but not recommended, it's only for impulse quilters with lots of mini charm packs.

 this method is much faster.

why you ask?  


  are you still using your archaic square rotating board?  or have you discovered the matilda's cutting mat?  YES, more than just the earth is round.  learn about it here

to the design wall

"stack and sew method" shown here

 off to the hq sweet 16 for a fast spiral quilting job.

quilt stats:
40 x 50 (washed)
batting - 80/20% comfort blend by winline
fabric  - varsity by sweetwater for Moda
binding  - hometown in gray by sweetwater
quilting - one big circle, organic
pattern - checker board

leftover's GIVEAWAY:   Closed.  Congratulations, Patti.  Your package is on it's way.

I have 100 left-over mini's from this project.  It contains the yellows and blacks from the mini charm pack, as well as others.  If you're interested in them, leave me a comment telling me how many years you've been sewing, and how many years you've been quilting.

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finish it up friday

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

quilt retreat prep

quilt retreat prep - defined as designing, planning, purchasing, pressing, cutting and organizing as many projects as you can

 so that during your quilt retreat, you can sew without disruption of children, husbands, showering, eating and believe it or not, sleeping.

The world stands still while you furiously sew away in a little bubble with your other crazy quilting friends (until you get home and realize that the world hasn't stopped and you have a bunch of messes to clean up) 

The prep depends on the project.  Projects like "plus quilts" are laid out on the design wall and carefully stacked and made ready for sewing.

Other projects, I make up 1 block (taking lots of notes) and cut the pieces to make the rest of the blocks.

 I'm so excited to use my new flying geese ruler.

 What should I do with this lush grouping?

Happy Wednesday!

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freshly pieced

Saturday, October 31, 2015

my small world - Blog Festival -Nov 2015

my small world is my original design with inspiration coming from Jen Kingwell.  It's made with left-overs of all my favorite quilts, as well as a lot of my favorite fabrics.

It was such a fun process.  I just kept moving pieces around until I liked what I saw.

I'm not very good at following patterns (or rules for that matter, ha ha).  I often change things around and end up with extra pieces which land in a bucket called "left-overs".

these blocks are from african safari

these star blocks in sweetwater's reunion are left over from this quilt

log cabin squares from monaluna ellie

these awesome arrows, come from this quilt

more stars from here

these stair step mini blocks are made from this quilt

these pinwheels are left over from this quilt.

this piece came from a bunting 

 Heather Ross sightings  . . .

It will be fun to make another "my small world" a few years from now with more blocks I've collected.  Thanks to JenKingwell for the inspiration.  A pattern is now available if you want to make Jen's "my small world".  It's beautiful.

linked up to the festival . . . actually, I missed the deadline so, go vote for your favorites here.