Want To Match Up Prints?


Working with checks or large patterns can be  tricky when sewing large pieces together.  Many people like to use checks on the back of quilts, but if you don’t plan ahead, you will end up with something that looks like this:


With a little bit of planning, you will never have this happen to you!  It’s easy!  Here is how:

  • Press the edge of one of your fabric pieces along the edge you want to sew. 

  • Grab your trusty School Glue and place a small line of glue along the edge of the other piece of fabric 

  • Match your folded fabric pattern to the glued fabric.  Don’t worry about matching bottom or side edges.  Just match the pattern.  Press and repeat across the length of your fabric.

  • Take your glued fabric to your sewing machine and sew on the folded line.

Done!  How easy is that?  SWEET❤️!


I hope you will give this technique a try the next time you need to match up a print on your sewing adventures.

Until next time!

Once There Was a Snowman


I have been singing “Once There Was a Snowman” and “Frosty the Snowman” all day as I have been sewing my snowman block for the I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along.   This block was designed by Sherry at Power by Quilting.  

I really enjoyed piecing my snowman.  He went together so easily. Yea!


But once he was altogether, I was left with a blank snowman.   I decided it was time to look through my embroidery patterns.  I didn’t have any but I found a cute little snowman face and hands on Etsy.  


It was so fun watching as my snowman came to life:). First his cute face and then his mittened stick arms.  

Talk about cute!!  I just love this little guy❤️❤️

I’m so glad you dropped by today.   you make my day SWEET!

Scrap Happy Needle Case

Hello and Happy Tuesday!   Today is a fun day because it is Kate’s Scrap Happy round up day:).  For my Scrappy project I would like to share with you my beautiful  Scrap Happy needle case. 

I  am part of a shoebox swap Christmas gift exchange. I have been getting ready all year.   My swap friend said she needed a needle case.   Sew…I made her one!  Isn’t it cute?

For my inspiration I used a pattern from Nana Company that can be found here. I didn’t really follow her instructions as much as I just kind of looked at them for inspiration. It measures 7″x4″.

I sewed my tiny 1 1/2″  scraps to make the front.  I  drew a free hand Needles on it and stitched it using an easy back stitch with double the thread.

The back is just a single piece of fabric with quilting and a button closure:). But the really fun part is the inside.

I made a little pocket to hold scissors and needle threaders:).  The pages are made from a soft, yummy wool.

Each page has a bit of lace for embellishment.  Isn’t it pretty?  

I found this lace as I was rummaging through my ribbon and lace scrap drawer for embellishments.  I knew it would be perfect!

I cut around the flowers and then sprayed them on the back with Scotch permanent fabric adhesive.  I did this on top of a paper towel to keep my table clean.  Then I glued them to the wool page.  Easy!!

I just loved making this SWEET little needle case!  I think I might have to make another for me:)

I hope you have a Happy Scrappy Day!

Scrap Happy Bag

Hello!  It is that Scrap-Happy time of the month again:)!  I always love linking up with Kate over at Tall Tales from Chiconia and seeing what fun creations everyone is making from their scraps:)

I helped my daughter in law make a beautiful quilt for her new baby boy.  She cut, sewed, and then cut and sewed again.  It turned out wonderfully!After it was all sewn together, there were quite a few beautiful fabric strips leftover.

I can’t throw lovely fabric away, so I decided to gather them up and make a matching bag for her.


I have had this bag pattern in my file for years.  Now seemed like the perfect time to use it:)


I sewed the scraps into strips and then quilted them to a backing.


Looking good so far!   I followed the pattern to construct the bag and then came to the grommet section.  I used Dritz curtain grommets that I bought at Walmart but you can get them on Amazon as well. 

  • There was a template to mark the fabric.  
  • I traced the circle
  • Pinned my fabric together to keep it from shifting as I cut
  • I took a DEEP breath and cut this large hole into my bag.  Eeeeek!!  That was scary!!
  • I snapped the grommet in place. 

Woo hoo!  They look GREAT!!  Some of the grommets were easier to snap together than others.  There is a lot of fabric in there!  But they all came together:)The bag turned out so cute!!  I really love the large grommets.  


I even used scraps to make an inside pocket to hold bottles or a phone.


Here is the matching set.  SWEET!!  They look so good together:). I probably need to make another one for me!

I hope you have a Scrap Happy Day!

Learn to Quilt -Lesson #6 – Borders

It has been so fun watching this quilt come together.  I am absolutely LOVING it!  I hope you are too:)

Last time we ended with all of our blocks all sewn together. Those pinwheels are just the cutest things!

Today we are going to add a border all around.  Gather your leftover blue or color #2 fabric.  We are going to cut 3.5″ strips out of it.  At first I used the lighter blue as in the above picture, but took it out because it detracted from the pins.  So word of advice, keep your border dark or all the same color:)

You can cut your 3.5″ strips all from one color, or make your border scrappy by using what you have.  That’s what I did.  Cut 8 – 3.5″ strips if you are cutting the full width of the fabric, or about 300″ if you are using scraps .  Take them to your sewing area.

We are going to sew them all together into one long strip.  Sew them together by butting the ends together for a straight join.

Just sew the short end of two pieces right sides together, and press

Now we need to measure our quilt. — Please don’t ever skip the measuring part of adding a border.  If you just start sewing your long border strip around your quilt, you will end up with a wavy border and a wavy edged quilt.

Ok. The pictures I took of the folding of the fabric didn’t look like anything but a piece of fabric. So I will try to be clear with directions

  1. Fold your quilt in half.
  2. With a tape measure or your ruler measure the folded part of your quilt.  In other words, measure the length of the fold, this is the middle of the short side or the long side of your quilt.
  3. Cut two pieces of your long fabric strip to this size
  4. Fold one strip in half and place a pin to mark the center. Fold it in half again and place pins to mark those centers as well.  So… we are dividing our strip into quarters.  Do the same with the other strip.
  5. Now divide the edges of your quilt into quarters the same way.   Make sure you are working with the sides that you measured your strips for — long sides or short sides. Fold the edge your quilt in half and then in half again.  Mark  the quarters with a pin.
  6. Place your border strip on your quilt with the right sides together.
  7.  Pin them together where you marked the quarters.  This is VERY important!  If you don’t match these points, your edges will not match in the end.  Believe me, I know from experience, and then you have to become well acquainted with your seam ripper!
  8. Sew the pieces together using your 1/4″ foot.  Hold the pins and remove them just before they get to the foot.  You may need to pull slightly on the pin as you sew if your fabric is a little longer in the bottom than the top.   The feed dogs will do the work of taking up the extra ease.
  9. Press the border strip open and repeat for the other side.  Yea! Now we have two of our borders sewn on!
  10. Repeat steps 1-9 for the other sides of the quilt.


Woo hoo!!!  Our quilt top is finished!!!  Aren’t you proud of yourself?  You should be:)

I am excited for our quilting, binding, and grand finish next time along with a SWEET photo shoot!

Until then:)

If any of you are just joining us, you can find the previous lessons here:

Don’t forget to post pictures of your fabric and progress on Instagram #pinsandstripesqal I will be giving away a jelly roll to someone who posts a picture from all seven lessons and a picture of themselves with their new quilt by the end of July 2017!!

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Learn to Quilt – Lesson #5 -Lay Out

Hello again!  Today is going to be a fun day. We are going to be laying out all of our blocks and sewing them together to make our quilt! Fun!!!:)

We have a lot to do so let’s get started.

Take all of your finished blocks to a place in your house that has a large enough floor space to lay out about 70″x80″.  Start laying each block down with one block having the stripes go vertically and the next block having the stripes go horizontally.


Look at how the pin wheels magically appear!  Lay your blocks into 12 rows of 10 blocks each.  Lay them out and arrange the blocks so the colors are the way you like them.

Woo hoo!  We are ready to sew:)!!   It is a little tricky to make sure all of these blocks are sewn exactly in the place we have put them.  But don’t worry, if you are patient with walking back and forth from your machine to your laid out blocks, you will have no problems at all.


The first thing we have to do is mark the left side of the first block of each row.  I like to use clover clips, but you could use stickers, safety pins, or bobby pins.  Whatever you have to mark that side of that square is fine.  In fact, if you use stickers, you could even write the number of the row.   That would be the BEST way:)


Starting on the top #1 row,  place the left square on top of the square to the right.  Place those squares on top of the next square, and those on top of the next. Keep placing your squares on top of each other until the whole row is in a pile.  Take this pile to your sewing area.

  • Move the top square to the left of the pile
  • Flip the next square over on top of that square like turning the page of a book
  • Sew the right edge of these blocks together.
  • Open the blocks up and add the next block to the right side of the last block
  • As you are sewing, check to make sure the flipped cream pieces are snug together tightly or as I like to say, “kissing” each other. You can feel this with your fingers as you go, or you can pin them if you need to.
  • The half  pinwheel should have the point 1/4″ up from the edge and look like this:
  • Repeat this process until all 10 blocks are sewn together.
  • Take your row to the ironing board and press the seams flat and smooth.

Yea!  Our first row is done!


Take it back to our layed quilt and lay it in its place and repeat the process for all of the rest  rows.  Whew!  That is a lot of walking back and forth.  But believe me, you won’t get lost in your quilt this way.

Now let’s take row #1 and #2 to our sewing machine.  Be sure to mark #1 row with an extra clip or sticker to be able to keep them in the right order.  Here is why the stickers with the row # written on it would be the best method of marking that left edge.


Sew the bottom of row #1 to the top of  row #2.  Make sure that the blocks are kissing each other at the seams as you go.


Sew the whole row together and press it open.

Just look at this beautiful, magical pinwheel! SWEET!!


Sew and press all of the rows together in this same manner.

Woo hoo!!!!  Your quilt is all sewn together and it looks FANTASTIC!!

We are almost done with our quilt.  In our next lesson we will add the border.  See you then:)

Don’t forget to post pictures of your fabric and progress on Instagram #pinsandstripesqal I will be giving away a jelly roll to someone who posts a picture from all seven lessons and a picture of themselves with their new quilt by the end of July 2017!!

If any of you are just joining us, you can find the previous lessons here:

Patio Chair Make-Over Scrap Happy Style!

It a Scrap Happy day around my house today:). Each month Kate @ Tall Tales from Chiconia hosts a use your scraps party called Scrap Happy.  It has been a great motivator for me to use what I have.   Waste not, want not is always a good idea:)

I have been working on my backyard lately.  Every now and then I do get out of the sewing room believe it or not!:).  Our patio table was in extreme need of replacement.

The cushions were destroyed by the sun, the webbing felt a bit weak, and the color was dated.  Yep, time to go!

I wanted an all metal table and chairs with large pillows. I started looking online, around stores and on Craigslist for new or almost new sets in the burnt orange-red and greens that are a bit more trendy.  But wow, they were pricey!  Some were as high as $4,000.00!

Nope, that’s not my way.   I will not spend full price on something I can make almost as nice myself.   I bought 8 wrought iron chairs on Craig’s List with two extra tables for $500.00.  

These chairs are never going to weaken in the Arizona sun and heat:)!  They gently rock and are comfortable to sit in even without the cushions.  Yea!  


I scrubbed and cleaned them up, and bought 10 cans of Rust-Oleum. $60.00  I spray painted everything, including my old table with this lovely hammered bronze.  I love it!

Now, on to the pillows.  Thick chair covers were anywhere from $35-50  each.  Ouch!  Nope.  Not gunna do it!  I found these large Solarium pillows at Costco.

They were two for $15.00.  Now we’re talking!  I stuck eight of them in my cart and smiled all the way home:).  $60.00 for eight!  The only thing they needed to make them into chair cushions was ties in two corners to keep them from blowing away in the wind.  I can do that!

Scrap Happy to the rescue!!   I have a bunch of old orange fabric that I have used to make pioneer skirts and quilts out of.  It is the fabric that never reduces no matter how often I use it.  Here it is in the quilt I made for my niece.  Remember?

I cut a bunch, well really ripped a bunch of 3″ strips.

I cut them in half.  Then I  folded them in half lengthwise and sewed them into a tube


Next I took out my handy Turn-it All.   

This is a wonderful little tool.  

You place the plastic tube into your fabric tube and sew the fabric tube end closed.

Next, you use the dowel to push the sewn end into the tube and pushed it through.  The fabric magically turns!  You can use the dowel to push out the edges.  How easy is that?!


I made 16 of these.  I then pushed in the open edges, and edge stitched all the way around.

 

Pretty!

Now I just had to sew them to my pillow cushions.

I folded the ties in half and sewed them to corners of the pillow.  They were easy and turned out PERFECT!


I promptly ran outside and tied them to my chairs.  They look great!

Woo hoo!!  So for a total of $620.00 I now have an all metal table with 8 rocking chairs and large squishy cushions.  I saved up to $3500.00!   That’s what I’m talking about!!:)

From this–

To this–

It was definitely worth the elbow grease:). I know we will be enjoying this new set for many many years to come.   

I think I may have to eat my pizza from the Fantastic Bake Along pizza party out here on the patio!  SWEET!!

Delilah Blocks 2 & 3

I have really been enjoying this monthly QAL by Jen Kingwell.   I was lucky enough to find a quilt shop with a few open spaces  back in February.  I’m so glad I did.  This quilt is going to be awesome!!

Each month I receive the templates and fabric to make an advanced piecing block.  The templates really help to make the cutting and the piecing easier.  

In fact, this month”s Star Blocks are so precise that they look paper pieced even without the paper!

I like this one so much, I might make a bunch of them someday and make a one block quilt.  Is it possible for me to make a quilt with only one block?  Lol:)

Here is a close up of those pretty points.

Last month’s Bells blocks introduced some fun curve techniques and a few mitered corner challenges.  Bring it on!

I carefully cut my fabric using the templates, placed them all on one of my preview boards, and took them to my machine


Curves really aren’t as hard you may think. If you gently guide the fabric making sure the centers match, the block magically curves all by itself.  

At first it looks like a mess, but a quick press of the iron brings all of the fabric back down revealing a beautifully curved block:)

The mitered corners are a little more tricky.  First you fold the whole block in half diagonally and then start to sew on the pre cut diagonal border.

The most important part is stopping exactly at the previous stitching in the bottom.  I like to stop just a stitch above that corner to make sure I don’t create a pucker.  

Really, it is not difficult at all once you get the hang of it.  And look at how pretty those mitered corners turn out!

These blocks are simply beautiful.  Thank you Jen Kingwell for designing them!


I’m so happy you took the time to stop by and read my blog.  I hope you have a super SWEET day!!

Baby Blessing Set Done

I am expecting two grandsons in just a few weeks. One will be here at the end of this month and one will be here in June.  I have been busily crocheting and sewing away trying to get everything ready.  I can happily say that I am now done:).  Yea!!

I am very pleased with how the afghan turned out. (One family already has a blessing afghan) The cute little holes are just perfect for little fingers to poke through. 

I didn’t have a pattern.  I just alternated rows of  1 row dc and and 1 row 3dc in same st, skip 2 sc,repeat. It was very fast.  After the Tunisian blankets, I was happy for fast:)

I also tackled two boy blessing outfits.  Oh my, oh my, they turned out cute!    I searched online for a ready made outfit that I liked , but I couldn’t find one.  So I searched for patterns.  It took hours, but I finally found a vintage pattern that looked just right.  

It arrived in a tattered envelope, but the pattern was all intact, Butterick 5758.  I redesigned it a little by sewing the shorts and shirt together to eliminate gaps and bulk at the waist.   Isn’t it ADORABLE?!


I was going to make a matching bow tie, but it seemed to detract from the outfit.  I guess I’ll wait and ask the mother’s what they want.  

Sewing from a vintage pattern was a little tricky because the instructions were not as clear as modern patterns, but it was still a fun adventure:). I’m glad I did it..


I am so ready to meet these two SWEET little boys.  They have already stolen my heart, before I have even met them!  

Totally Tipster- How to Organize a Button Box

Hello!  It’s a Totally Tipster day around my house today.  I have been making blessing outfits for my grand babies, and came to the button part of the pattern.   Oh no, ugh! —  this is always such a chore because my button box looks like this:

Come on, I know that most of yours look very similar to this as well:).  Now, I like the look of a button jar or the feel of running buttons through my fingers, but this is not a decorative button box.  It is supposed to be a working button box.

I dug around looking for matching small white buttons for about 30 minutes, and finally said, “Enough already!! It’s time to fix this!”I took out a package of large safety pins that I had in a drawer and got to work.

I divided the buttons by color and then started pinning button sets on pins.   It really didn’t take that long, and they look so pretty!

Not every button had a matching set, so I left those  alone in the box for single button projects.   

I just love LOVE LOVE how easy it is to find buttons now!  Pick a colored pin and off I go:)!  SWEET!!

I hope this Totally Tipster Tip helps some of you get your button collection under control too.  Please feel free to leave  me a comment if you do:)!

Until tomorrow–