Archives for July 2015

Fun With Sizzix Dresses

Today we are playing with the Sizzix Fabi and having lots of summer fun!  I used this dress die to create a nautical inspired quilt block.

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To create this block, I used the pennant die to cut the banner.

Screen Shot 2015-07-27 at 10.41.15 AMI trimmed it down slightly to make them smaller.  The dress is cut from navy dots and the sash from red and white stripe.  I used Heat n Bond Lite on the back of the dress and the pennants to adhere to the white 8.5″ square.  I drew an anchor on the Heat n Bond Lite and appliquéd it to the dress, adding small ric rac accents.  I stitched around all the pieces. Seriously, can I get this dress in my size!!!!!

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I am sending the dress block to Sizzix and they are sewing an entire quilt with dress blocks that designers create!  I can’t wait to see everyone’s block!!sizzix dress nautical anchor

Sizzix also makes a little girl dress die.  I let Sally, my 7 year old, have at it with a box of paper, this Dress Die, and the Fabi.  She had hours and hours of fun designing her own fashions.  sizzix dress 2

 

sizzix dress 6We used miniature clothespins to display all of her creations!
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I love that the Sizzix machines are simple to use.  My children and I love creating together 🙂

Scripture Cover Tutorial Featuring Vintage Market from Riley Blake Designs

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My daughter and I recently received new scriptures and with new scriptures comes a need for new covers!  I love these little quilted covers, I think of them as blankets for your bibles….heehee 🙂  The Riley Blake Designs fabric I am using is called Vintage Market Fabric by Tasha Noel.  Absolutly everything Tasha designs is too cute for words.  I can’t decide which little scene is my favorite!  I love jam, bicycles, quilts, sewing machines, and all vintage goods.  I guess I love it all!!!

This pattern will walk you through the steps of determining the measurements for your bible or book and how to create a quilted cover.  The two examples shown are a set of regular “quad” scriptures and then the larger “quad” scriptures.  scripture cover  vintage market 5

The first step is to take the measurements of the book.  Hold the tape measure from cover to cover with the book closed as pictured below.  Write down that length measurement.  Then do the same thing width wise and record that number.

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MEASUREMENTS

To determine the measurements for the width (top to bottom), add 1″ to the width measurement and then subtract 1/8″.

To determine the measurements for the length (side to side), measure the length and add 6″.

For the regular quad, the book measures:  7 3/8″ x 13″ so the number we are after is 8 1/4″ x 19″

For the large quad, the book measures: 9 3/8″ x 15″ so the number we are after is 10 1/4″ x 21″

Overview

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Here is a photo of what the finished cover looks like.  The inside consists of 2 flaps to insert the book cover.  The cover also extends beyond the book so it wraps around and buttons to close.IMG_8802

Construct the Quilted Cover

Following the instructions for the “quilt” will give you a quilt that is slightly larger than the measurements required.  Not to worry, I have put a little “extra” in as the quilt tends to shrink after being quilted.  Once it is pieced and quilted you will square it up to the measurements you determined at the beginning.

The quilt consists of 3.5″ cut blocks that finish 3″ square.  The Vintage Market motifs are fussy cut.  They are alternated with hourglass blocks.

How to Fussy Cut

There are many ways to fussy cut an image, this is my method.  Cut a 3.5″ square out of a piece of card stock.  Use this as a little window to center the motif.  Draw a pencil line around the 3.5″ square.  Keep in mind you will have 1/4″ seam allowances.
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Using scissors  do a rough cut around the pencil line.  Then place the image on a cutting mat and use the pencil lines as a guide to line up the ruler.  Make sure to match the ruler to the grid as the pencil marks might be off slightly.  Any pencil marks shown will be caught in the seam allowance.

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Next, wrangle your cat away from the fabric so you can continue with this project 🙂

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Hour Glass Block

To make the hourglass block, cut a light 5″ charm square and a dark 5″ charm square.  Draw a diagonal line on the back of the light square.
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Place the light and dark squares right sides together.  Sew 1/4″ seam along both sides of the pencil line.  Cut apart and press toward the dark.  
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Take the two half square triangle (HST) units and draw a diagonal line on one of the wrong sides.  Place the HST units together so the lights and darks are opposite, match the center seam.  Sew 1/4″ along both sides of the drawn line.  Cut apart along the pencil line and press the seams open.
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This will give you 2 hour glass blocks.  Next, place the hourglass block on the cutting mat and “square up” to measure 3.5″.  Make sure to align each diagonal seam with the 45 degree lines on the cutting grid.

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It will look nice and perfect when you are done!

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For the regular quad, you need (5) fussy cut squares and (5) hourglass blocks

For the large quad, you need (9) fussy cut squares and (9) hourglass blocks

If you are creating your own book cover with different measurements, you need enough squares to get closest to your measurement, but not to exceed the measurement.  There will be accent strips to make up the difference.

Piece the quilt together using 1/4″ seams, block by block, pressing toward the fussy cut blocks.  Then join the rows together, pressing seams open.  The regular size of scriptures has 2 rows and the large size of scriptures has 3 rows.

For both sizes of scriptures, sew a 2″ strip along the top and bottom of the “quilt”.  No need to measure, it can hang off, it will all get squared up soon.  Press seams toward the strips.

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Square up the sides and sew a 2.5″ strip to the right side and a 2.5″ strip to the left side.  Press seams toward the strips.  It is best if these are different colors as they will be overlapping once the cover is finished.

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Again, do this no matter what size scriptures you are using.

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Baste the quilt to the batting.  I love to use Spray n Bond because I can baste this little quilt in about 30 seconds!!!  Quilt as desired.

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Once it is quilted it is time to square up the finished quilt cover.  Here are the measurements again:

For the regular quad: 8 1/4″ x 19″

For the large quad: 10 1/4″ x 21″

It is best to determine the center and than count each side out so the top and bottom strips look even.scripture cover tutorial riley blake designs vintage market 20

Next cut an angle off the LEFT side of the quilt.  NOT THE RIGHT SIDE LIKE I DID.
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Cut the angle on the LEFT side.  For the 2-row quilt, measure in 2″ and angle down 2.5″.  Do this on both corners.  For the 3-row quilt, change the measurements to 2″ in and 3″ down.

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You can add lace or other decorative trim at this point.

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Our quilt is finished!  WhoooHoooo!!!

Flaps

Prepare the flaps by cutting (2) squares the size of the width measurement.  For the regular quad it is 8 1/4″ square and for the large quad it is 10 1/4″ square.scripture cover tutorial riley blake designs vintage market 22

Press both flaps in half.  Set aside one flap.  On the second flap, press the edges opposite the half crease under 1/4″ inches like this:

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Cut the lining piece (pink) the measurements of the quilt:

For the regular quad: 8 1/4″ x 19″

For the large quad: 10 1/4″ x 21″

Position the flap without the pressed seams on the left, aligning the raw edges and the folded part toward the center. flap placement

Place the flap with the pressed under edges at the 14″ mark for the regular quad scriptures  and the 16″ mark for the large quad scriptures.  If you are determining your own measurements you would subtract the length of the quilt by 5″.  Pin the right flap in place and top stitch along the folded edges.  The left flap will be caught in the final seam.

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Place the quilted cover on the lining/flap piece, right sides together.  Match all edges and pin in place.  Don’t worry about the angles, we will cut them later.

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Leave an opening for turning where the colored pins are:

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Sew all the way around the cover using 1/4″ seams.  If your seams are larger the cover won’t fit.  Trim off the excess lining where the angles are.  Clip the corner and turn right side out.  Press all edges and press opening edges under.  Top stitch the opening closed.

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The inside should look like this (below).  You can add a little top stitching around the angle flap.  Don’t top stitch around the entire cover or the book won’t fit inside.

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Insert the scriptures and mark where you want the button holes.  If your measurements only call for 2 rows of quilt blocks, you only need 1 button.  For the larger version with 3 rows of quilt blocks, it is helpful to have 2 buttons.  Sew the button holes and then hand sew the buttons, making sure not to catch the thread in the flap.

You’re done!!!!

You can use regular buttons or make covered buttons like these ones:

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True fact:  If you have cute scriptures you are more likely to read them 🙂

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I hope you enjoy this tutorial!  Let me know how yours comes out 🙂scripture cover vintage market 3

Riley Blake Designs Lobster Pillows

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Home-Dec-Love-AD-01-731x1024I am so happy to be a part of the Riley Blake Designs Home Dec Love Blog Tour!  If you are new to my blog WELCOME!!!!  I love all things nautical and when I saw this RBD Lobster fabric it was love at first sight!  These lobster pillows are the perfect addition to your indoor or outdoor summer decorating.  I like to pretend I have a sailboat and these are the perfect pillows for a relaxing cruise around the bay 🙂  You can find the Lobster fabrics on RBD website.  Let’s get started!

Supplies:

3/4 yard each blue, cream, and red lobster print

1/2 yard natural canvas or denim

2.5 yards trim per pillow

20″ pillow form

22″ zipper

Craft paint

stencil patterns, Click HERE and HERE for Lobster.  Click HERE and HERE for BEACH letters

Begin by creating a stencil.  There are 2 methods I like to use.  The first is to upload the graphic to my cutting program for my vinyl cutter and cut the image in vinyl and peel out the inside leaving a single-use stencil.  The second way is to trace the image on plastic binder dividers and cut it out with and craft knife.  This way you can use the stencil over and over.  For this project I cut the images on my cutting machine.

Cut the fabrics according to the cutting guide below:

pillow cutting instructionsProceed to stencil the letters and the lobster on the corresponding cuts of fabric.

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riley blake lobster pillow 15Once the paint has dried, heat set the image with a hot iron.  Piece the strips together as shown in the picture.  Press seams and top stitch along seams.

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riley blake lobster pillow 12Now prepare the back.  Make sure to have your cat inspect and sit on all fabrics!!

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Cut the back pieces 20″ x 20″riley blake lobster pillow 8

Make a cut at the 4″ mark.  This is where the zipper will go.riley blake lobster pillow 9

Sew the zipper in and press the zipper open.  Trim off excess zipper.riley blake lobster pillow 10   Baste the trim all the way around the pillow, beginning and ending at the bottom center of the pillow.  I rounded the corners as I basted the trim in place.  Place the pillow front to the pillow back right sides together.  MAKE SURE ZIPPER IS OPEN PARTIALLY.  Pin, matching edges all the way around the pillow.  Sew using a generous 1/4″ seam allowance.  Clip excess corners and turn right side out.  Insert pillow formriley blake lobster pillow 13

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Birthday Cat-Cake Towel Tutorial

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It’s my birthday today!  To celebrate I made this fun appliqué towel with cat cupcakes – or Cat Cakes as I call them!  I bought this toweling by the yard.  It comes in lots of colors and styles.

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To make this towel you need:

1 towel or 1 yard toweling

6 charm squares for cats and cakes, I used Day Sail by Moda

3 scraps for candles

Heat n Bond Lite cut into 5″ squares

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Peel off the backing paper and position the Cat Cakes on the bottom of the towel.  Press to set in place.  Sew around each shape 2 times with navy thread.birthday cat cupcake applique day sail 11

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Make sure your cat approves 🙂birthday cat cupcake applique day sail 21

 

If you don’t have a July birthday, make this to celebrate our Nation’s Birthday!!!birthday cat cupcake applique day sail 14

 

Or make one for your cat’s birthday 🙂birthday cat cupcake applique day sail 2
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Mufasa loves the Sizzix Fabi.  He hears me getting it out and comes running!!!birthday cat cupcake applique day sail 24

Sizzix Crazy Cat Lady Coasters

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I am sharing this fun tutorial for “Cat Coasters” over on the Sizzix blog today.  This is a fun project to use up charm squares or other scraps of fabric you have laying around.  Of course you can always change the appliqué to something that reflects you if you are not a crazy cat lady like I am 🙂 cat coasters sizzix. 3

I used the cat head from the “cat die”.  I also used some of my Heat n Bond Lite scraps I had laying around.  I love scrap buster projects!cat coasters sizzix. 5

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