Sizzix Captain America Graduation Cap

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I can’t believe Ella is graduating from High School!!  Where did the time go?  She and her BFF got together to decorate their graduation caps.  Of course they came over to our house and ransacked my Sizzix closet and felt drawer!

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They wanted to represent the Winter Solider in their “CAP”-decorating (since they are both fighting over who will be marrying Bucky Barnes!)

We used the Sizzix Fresh Blossoms Alphabet to die cut the letters in white craft felt

The circles are from the 3 1/2″, 5″, and 7″ circle dies.  We had to hand cut the white circle to nest in the shield.

The all of the stars are die cut using the Stacked Stars die.

We used the Sizzix Big Shot Plus for all the die cutting.

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We laid them all out and then used tacky glue to adhere the felt.

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Bunny Hop Quilt Pattern {Free}

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Today I’m sharing my latest pattern for this fun spring wallhanging.  There is just something about hanging a new quilt that makes your house feel all happy!!

bunny quilt 3This quilt measures 40″ square and is perfect for hanging, placing on a table or couch.  I used my Sizzix dies for all the triangles and the bunny appliqué!  You can download the pattern by clicking HERE.

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Here’s what you need to get started: (All fabrics from The Rose Collection by Anna Griffin).

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Fabric Requirements

½ yard solid white

½ yard white floral

1 yard black floral for blocks and rabbits

¼ yard green floral

¼ yard pink print

½ yard floral stripe (border)

½ yard pink print (binding)

1 yard backing

45” square batting

Heat n Bond Lite fusible applique

Sizzix Bunny Die

Sizzix 6 ½” Hourglass die

Sizzix 3 ½” Half Square Triangle Die

 

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I die cut all the triangles with the Sizzix dies.  It saves on fabric and makes for fast and easy piecing!!

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I love how it brightens up my living room!  I’m all ready for spring now!

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Spring Burlap Table Runner with Appliqué Bunnies

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I love spring and I love bunnies and I love this Sizzix Rabbit Die! It is my most favorite Sizzix die of ALL TIME!! It is totally feels like spring here in Southern California! I love it! I’m ready to get all my spring home decor out and I needed a new table runner in my dining room so I came up with this “shabby” inspired bunny runner. I used a ready-made burlap runner that I purchased at the craft store, Heat n Bond Ultra, lace trim, and some yardage. The fabrics are from the line Flora & Fauna by Blend Fabrics.

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Let’s get started!

Begin by cutting the Heat n Bond Ultra into rectangles the size of the Rabbit Die. I choose to use Heat n Bond Ultra because I didn’t want to sew around each rabbit. Burlap is a little stretchy and wiggly and I thought the sewing would cause some funky puckering. The Ultra doesn’t require any sewing!

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Run the fabrics through the Sizzix Fabi. Make sure to cut half the rabbits going one way and half the rabbits going the other way. I cut 12 rabbits. The number will vary depending on the length of the runner.

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Aren’t they the cutest! I could have a million of these bunnies!!!!

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Measure the length of your table runner, mine is 116″. You will need the lace to be double the length of the table runner.

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Sew the lace to each long edge of the table runner.

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Choose three fabrics for the ruffles. Cut (2) 5″ x WOF of each of the ruffle fabrics.

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Sew a rolled hem on the two short sides of each of the 6 ruffle pieces.

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Then sew a rolled hem on one long edge of the ruffle pieces. Press.

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Sew a gathering stitch along the length of the ruffle strip, 1/4″ along the raw edge. Gather each ruffle.

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The first ruffle we sew till be the end ruffle. Align the ruffle and the end of the runner right sides together. Adjust the ruffle to fit the width of the runner. Pin into place. Sew along the gathering stitches. Do this to both ends of the runner.

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Press the ruffle back and top stitch along the top of the ruffle to keep it laying flat.

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For the second ruffle pin it wrong side to the runner (above).

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Align the ruffle so it overlaps about 1″ (pictured above).

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Sew along the gathering stitch. Then zig zag along the raw edge.

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For the third ruffle, aligh right sides together (like we did with the first ruffle). Pin it about 2.5″ apart. Make sure when the ruffle is folded back it covers the raw edge. Sew along the gathering seam.

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Fold ruffle back, press, and top stitch.

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Peel off the backing paper of the rabbits and press with hot dry iron. Table Runner: A Cute Rabbit Burlap MIY

Having your cat press is not the same thing 🙂

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Ta Da! It’s done! And I totally LOVE it!!!!

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It’s the perfect addition to my reclaimed farm table that my husband built me!!!

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Mufasa loves it too!

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Thanks for joining me today!

Preppy Plaid Tote Bag & Quilt Tutorial

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I am so totally excited to be a part of the Enchanted Blog Tour sponsored by Riley Blake Designs!  You can see the entire collection designed by Dodi Poulsen of Two Sisters at Squirrel Hollow by clicking here 🙂
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When I saw this new fabric line from Riley Blake Designs called Enchanted, my heart stopped.  I took one look at this pink, navy and white plaid and immediately I was transported to a Cape Cod dream!  Sailboats, lobsters, quaint homes and preppy boys on vacation from Harvard 🙂

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Ok Ok, so I’ve never been to the Cape but a girl can dream right?  I knew I wanted to design something that let this preppy plaid be the focus and something that would be perfect for my sailboat (hahaha).

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I came up with a simple quilt pattern that uses plaid, navy and white.  When only two prints arrived in the mail I began to panic wondering if I had made a terrible decision to make a quilt using only two prints!  I decided to go with my instincts and make the quilt……and I am totally in LOVE!!!!

This quilt really lets the plaid shine in and it’s a great pattern to use if you fall in love with a single fabric print.  The accent blocks are made of 4 half square triangle blocks.

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…..and the quilt fits nicely inside this preppy plaid whale tote bag – made with denim, plaid, and Heat n Bond Fusible fleece.  So, are you ready to set sail for the Cape?  Grab your fabrics and lets get sewing!

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Preppy Plaid Quilt

1/4″ seams 

Supplies

2 yards plaid print

1 yard navy print

1 yard white

Begin by cutting the plaid into (40) 6.5″ squares.

Using the navy blue print and white print sew (160) half square triangles (HST) that measure 3.5″.  You can use any method you like.  I use my Sizzix half square triangle dies!  It is super fast, super easy and no squaring up – just perfection!!

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Die cut 160 navy HSTs and 160 white HSTs.

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Sew the navy and white HSTs right sides together using 1/4″ seam.

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Press seams open.  Continue until you have 160 HSTs.  It’s probably a good idea to put on a movie while doing this!

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Lay out 4 HSTs to make the pattern above.  Sew together as you would a 4-patch.  Press seams open.  Finished block will measure 6.5″.  Make 40 of these blocks.

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Cut 40 squares measuring 6.5″ out of the plaid.

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Sew the blocks together (1/4″ seams) as you would a checkerboard, alternating each block.  Make sure the pieced blocks are going the same direction.  Press the seams toward the plaid.  There are 8 blocks across and 10 rows down.

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Baste (I always use Spray n Bond basting spray)

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Quilt.

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Bind.

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Mufasa and I love sewing on rainy days!!

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Tote Bag Instructions

I used my pattern, Quilted Tote Bag, for the measurements.  I followed the pattern pretty closely with the following exceptions:

  • I added an appliqué to the main bag.
  • I used denim.
  • I did not quilt the bag; I stabilized it with fusible fleece.
  • I came up with a new way to sew the handles (continue reading)
  • I omitted the inside pocket
  • I simplified how to make the bag bottom

Supplies

Denim (2) 20″ x 10.5″

Plaid (2) 20″ x 9.5″

Lining (2) 20″ x 19.5″

Plaid for handles (2) 5″ x 28″

Heat n bond medium stabilizer (2) 5″ x 28″

Heat n Bond Fusible Fleece (2) 20″ x 19.5″

Piece of plaid for the whale

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Appliqué the whale  Click HERE for the whale pattern.

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You can print the whale directly on Heat n Bond Lite EZ print sheets, or trace the whale onto Heat n Bond Lite.

Heat set the whale to the wrong side of the plaid fabric.

Cut out the whale.  Peel off the backing paper.

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Press it onto one of the denim pieces, centering.  Using 1/4″ seams, sew the denim piece to the plaid piece to make the bag front and back.  Press seams.

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Fuse the Heat n Bond Fusible fleece to the wrong side of the bag front and the bag back.  Add some accent stitching along the seam.

Bag Handles

Fuse the stabilizer to the wrong side of each of the handle strips.

Press in half lengthwise.  Open up and press the long ends in to meet the center.  Press.  Then press in half again.  This makes a super sturdy handle!

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Topstitch along both of the long edges of each handle.

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Continue following the bag instructions from this tutorial to complete the bag.  To make the bag bottom, cut a 3″ notch out of the bottom corners of the bag and the lining.

IMG_9100I am so in love with this tote bag!  It is such a great size, and if feels sturdy and it is super preppy plaid cute!!
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Together they make the Perfect Preppy Plaid Pair!!!!!
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Be sure to check out these amazing designers to see what they’ve created using Riley Blake’s Enchanted Fabric!!!

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, Jan 23rd – Little Londyn

Tuesday, Jan 24th – Jedi Craft Girl

Wednesday, Jan 25th – Loose Threads

Thursday, Jan 26th – Meags and Me

Friday, Jan 27th – Pretty by Hand

Monday, Jan 30th – Tie Dye Diva

Tuesday, Jan 31st – Two Sisters as Squirrel Hallow

Wednesday, Feb 1st – Striped Swallow Designs

Thursday, Feb 2nd – Izzy and Ivy

Friday, Feb 3rd – Ellis and Higgs

Monday, Feb 6th – Aurifil

Tuesday, Feb 7th – The Crafy Quilter

Wednesday, Feb 8th – Two Sisters at Squirrel Hallow

Thursday, Feb 9th – Jina Barney Designz

Friday, Feb 10th – Riley Blake

You could win a bundle of Enchanted fabric by visiting Dodi’s blog, Loose Threads (www.sashgals.com) and leaving a comment.

One entry per blog post, per day of the Blog Tour, there on Loose Threads.

Enter every day to increase your chance of winning!!!

Very Merry Wall Quilt {Free Pattern}

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Today I’m sharing the pattern for this festive little Very Merry Wall Quilt!  This is such a fun project to whip up!  You can use fat quarters or better yet – just get out the Christmas scrap box!  I appliqued a tree die cut with my Sizzix Fabi machine in the center of the quilt.  You can add your favorite motif to the center!  The quilt is made up of 4 blocks.  I created a PDF pattern that you can download HERE.  These would make great little gifts as well!

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This is the state of affairs in my sewing room – projects everywhere and not enough time to get it all done by Christmas!!!

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I love this fabric Little Joys designed by my friend Elea Lutz for Penny Rose Fabrics!!  Such a classic!!

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Mufasa loves this project too and was super sad when I hung it on the wall where he couldn’t nap on it!img_7326

I collect little vintage Christmas decorations – and I love how this quilt fits in nicely!

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Heartland Fabric Blog Tour and Quilt Tutorial

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heartland-tumbler-quiltI’m thrilled to be a part of Pat Bravo’s Art Gallery Fabrics Heårtland Blog Tour!!!  And a special thanks to Amy from During Quiet Time for putting it all together!!  These amazing fabrics were so much fun to play with.  When they arrived in the mail I may have squealed!!!screen-shot-2016-11-09-at-4-25-04-pm

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I love how these fabrics look all together and I knew I wanted each fabric to have an equal part in my quilt and not single any one out.  I love the over all look of them blended together.  I decided to use my Sizzix tumbler die.  This quilt is just as easy as sewing squares together, but has an entirely different look with the tumbler shape.  I also did not place each fabric individually in the quilt.  I wanted a truly random look – and that’s just what I got!  Also, using the tumbler die makes each seam match up perfectly!!!

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To make this quilt you need a stack of fat quarters or yardage of Heartland fabric and the Sizzix Bigz L Tumbler die.  I used 19 different fabrics.

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Cut your fabric into 5 1/4″ strips.

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Lay the fabric strips on the Sizzix Tumbler die.  I layered up to 6 at a time!

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Die cut each strip and then move the strip down, rotating it, and continue die cutting.  This way you have hardly any waste.

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Such a fun little stack!  You need a total of 256 tumblers.

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Once you have all the tumblers die cut, mix them up in a bag and grab and go!  They will be sewn together in an alternating manner.

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Place the tumblers right side together, there should be 1/4″ overhang at the top and the bottom.  Sew along the edge using a 1/4″ seam.

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This is how it looks with the seam.

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Continue sewing tumblers together in rows of 16 (you can totally change up the dimensions).  You will need 15 rows.  Press each of the seams of the rows alternating so the seams look like this:

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Sew the rows together and press. Mufasa loves the quilt!!!!!

img_6454 I like to quilt the quilt without squaring up the edges.  After quilting, square up the edges with a rotary cutter and bind.heartland-quilt-2       heartland-quilt  Here’s the rest of the schedule so you don’t miss a thing:

Wednesday, November 9  ~  Jade/Stitch mischief
Thursday, November 10  ~  Amanda/Jedi Craft Girl
Friday, November 11  ~  Kari/Craft happy
Monday, November 14  ~  Stephanie/Spontaneous Threads
Tuesday, November 15  ~  Christopher/The Tattooed Quilter
Wednesday, November 16  ~  Kerry/kid giddy
Thursday, November 17  ~  Nichole/Wildboho
Friday, November 18  ~  Krista/poppyprint

Find Pat @PatBravoDesign on Instagram, and see the hashtags #PatBravoDesign, 
#HeartlandFabrics, and #ArtGalleryFabrics. heartland-tour

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Ghost Windows Wallhanging Quilt

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I love sewing with traditional orange and black fabrics – don’t you!  This little quilt measures 24″ square and is perfect to hang on a wall or put on a table.  All you need is a little yardage and the Sizzix Ghost Die and you’re set!  I love that each of the ghosts have their own personality!!  All seams 1/4″.img_4255

First press the Heat n Bond Ultra onto the wrong side of the off-white solid fabric.  I choose Ultra because it requires no-sewing.  I didn’t want to spend time sewing around each ghost!img_4258

Die cut 9 sets of ghosts.  Make sure to die cut ghosts going both ways to give more variety to the quilt.  Cut (9) 4 1/2″ solid black squares for the ghost windows.img_4260

Peel off the backing of the ghosts and position them as desired.

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For the 9 blocks, cut 5 orange fabrics and 4 low volume fabrics according to the above dimensions.  Sew the side portions on, press, then add the top and bottom pieces.img_4265

Make sure to rotate the ghost windows are in a different loceation, it makes the quilt look a little more random.  Sew the blocks together in rows, press, and sew the rows together.  Press.img_4268

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Supplies:

1/4 yard off-white  fabric

1/4 yard solid black fabric

5 fat quarters or quarter yard cuts orange print

4 fat quarters or quarter yard cuts low volume black print

1/4 yard binding

1 yard backing

Heat n Bond Ulatra

Sizzix Fabi

Sizzix Ghost die

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Apple Picking Quilt Tutorial

 

apple coverToday is my turn on the Apple Farm blog hop with Elea Lutz and Penny Rose Fabrics!!!!!  I have always been a fan of Elea Lutz’s designs and I was thrilled to meet her in person at Quilt Market!  She is the cutest ever!  IMG_8213

I love Elea’s newest line called Apple Farm.  It has such a fun vintage feel!

Screen Shot 2016-08-18 at 10.02.05 PMI choose to work with the reds from this collection.  I have a vintage red and white quilt from my Great Grandmother and it was sort of the inspiration for my design.

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The quilt measures 37″ square and it’s perfect to throw over a couch, place on a table, or hang on a wall.

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Let’s get started!!

Supplies:

Fat quarters or quarter yard cuts of 2 red prints

3/4  yard solid white fabric

1/2 yard red swiss dot fabric

fat quarter red gingham

scraps of green and brown

1/2 yard plaid border print

1/3 yard binding

1 1/2 yard backing

Heat n Bond Lite

Sizzix HST die and apple die

The quilt block is made of of 3 parts:  The center block, the “economy block” and the half square triangle (HST)  block.  All seams are 1/4″

For the HST block…

You will need 48 HST consisting of solid white and the darker red print.  I used my 2 1/2″ HST Sizzix Die.  You can literally cut all the HST you need in 30 seconds!  If you don’t have access to this die, just make 48 HST that finish 2 1/2″ square.

I love the Sizzix die because the squares finish perfectly even and no trimming or squaring up!

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Cut (16) 2 1/2″ squares out of solid white.

Lay the block out like this:

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Sew together as you would a 4-Patch.  It is helpful to press the seams open to reduce bulk.  You need 16 total of these blocks.

For the Economy Block….

Cut (16) 4 1/2″ squares from the lighter red print.

Cut (64) 2 1/2″ squares from the solid white.  Draw a diagonal line on the back of each white square.IMG_2877

Position a 2 1/2″ square in the corner of the 4 1/2″ red square.  Sew along the diagonal line.  Repeat this process for each of the 4 corners.  Trim 1/4″ along the seam, and press.   IMG_2884

For the centers…

Cut (4) 4 1/2″ squares of solid white.  Don’t applique the apple until the block is sewn because it will overlap slightly.

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Sew together in rows.  Press seams open.  Make four of these blocks.

For the apple applique…

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Fuse Heat n Bond Lite to the wrong side of the red gingham.  Position the gingham on the apple die diagonally.  Trim off the stem and the leaf.  Make four of these.  Repeat this process and die cut the leaf and the stem with the appropriate colors of fabric.

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Peel off the backing paper and position in the center of the block.  Heat set in place.  Sew around each piece twice with desired thread color.

For the sashing and borders…

Cut (2) 12 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ pieces for center sashing.

Cut (5) 2 1/2″ x WOF strips for sashing and borders.  I didn’t measure the borders, just sew and cut off the excess.  Press toward the sashing.

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Cut (4) 4 1/2″ x WOF strips of the plaid.  Sew the sides, press, then the top and bottom, trimming off the extra each time.  Quilt as desired.IMG_2890

I love how this quilt turned out and I love the red & white feel of it without it being totally red and white!  I think the plaid border is my favorite!!

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OK – I totally love this pattern!  I’m going to make it again for sure!

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Here’s a list of all the other bloggers taking part in the blog hop, pop over to their blogs for more Apple Farm inspiration.

8/8/16 Jemima @tiedwitharibbon www.tiedwitharibbon.com
8/8/16 Anorina @sameliasmum www.sameliasmum.com
8/9/16 Kimberly @fatquartershop www.fatquartershop.blogspot.com/
8/9/16 Bridgette @thefamilyhearth www.thefamilyhearth.com
8/10/16 Taunja @taunjalynn www.carriedawayquilting.com
8/10/16 Nadra @ellisandhiggs www.ellisandhiggs.com
8/11/16 Shari @doohikeydesigns www.doohikeydesigns.com/blog/
8/11/16 Heidi @fabricmutt www.fabricmutt.blogspot.com

8/12/16 Lindsey @fortworthfabricstudio www.fortworthfabricstudio.blogspot.com
8/15/16 Ange @alittlepatchwork www.alittlepatchwork.wordpress.com
8/15/16 Lauren @transientart www.transientart.com
8/16/16 Jessica @euphoria_jessica www.euphoriajessica.blogspot.com
8/16/16 Kristyne @prettybyhand www.prettybyhand.com
8/17/16 Melissa @ohhowsweetco www.ohhowsweet.com
8/17/16 Sedef @downgrapevinelane www.downgrapevinelane.com
8/18/16 Faith @faithessenburg www.saranaave.wordpress.com
8/18/16 Veronica @vividfelicity www.vividFelicity.wordpress.com
8/19/16 Megan @dollyhenryau www.dollyhenry.blogspot.com
8/19/16 Amanda @jedicraftgirl www.jedicraftgirl.com
8/19/16 Elea @elealutz www.elealutzdesign.com

Mini Mini Quilt {Sizzix Jar Applique}

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Sometimes something small is better than something big 🙂  I designed this mini mini quilt for a sweet friend.  It can be hung from a clothespin, tacked to a wall or bulletin board, or placed in a hutch; where ever you need a little happy!  I love this jar die by Lori Whitlock.

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I was thrilled to meet up with Lori at Quilt Market!  She is a super talented designer of fabric, paper, Sizzix dies, and crafts.IMG_8221

Let’s get started!!

Supplies:

Sizzix Jar #2 Die

(8) 2 1/2″ squares of white dot

(8) 2 1/2″ squares pink print

Fabric for jar, lid, and hearts

Heat n Bond Lite

2 1/2″ x WOF binding

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Bakers Twine

Heart Charm

 

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All seams 1/4″.  Begin by sewing the 2 1/2″ squares together in an alternating pattern with 4 rows of 4.  Press.

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Fuse the Heat n Bond Lite to the wrong side of the jar fabric, lid fabric, and heart fabric. IMG_0444

As you can see this is a great scrap buster!!!IMG_0445

Die cut the jar, the lid and the hearts.  I die cut 11 hearts.  Peel off the backing paper.

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Position the hearts on the jar and the jar on the quilt block.  Mufasa and I are working very late tonight!!IMG_0449

Press the applique pieces in place.

Baste the backing fabric, batting, and quilt block.  Quilt.  I quilted loop de loos around the jar, then quilted with dark gray thread outlining the jar and lid.  I also quilted inside each heart.  Square up the quilt block and add the binding.

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Tie a bow out of bakers twine and tack it to the side of the jar.  I added a little silver heart charm – yes I’m cute 🙂

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I hope you love making this project!  I can’t wait to make more and give for gifts.  You might want to tuck this little idea away for Valentines Day!!

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Clownfish iPad Case Tutorial

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My family LOVES the Finding Dorey movie!!  When Sizzix released this new fish die at Quilt Market I knew it was for me!

Screen Shot 2016-05-27 at 10.12.26 AMUsing this new die and the circle die you can create this fun pouch.  I wanted a case that would fit my iPad.  Then my daughter decided she wanted it 🙂

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It also fits a few composition books or the medium size coloring or sketch book.  If you would rather a different size, simply change up the measurements to fit your needs!  Lets get started!

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Being by choosing a variety of blue fabrics from dark to light.  Fuse Heat n Bond lite to the back of each fabric (I cut mine in 5″ squares for easy die cutting).  Die cut the circles.  I used the circle die that has 1.5″, 2″, and 2.5″ circles.IMG_8412

Make sure your Sizzix obsessed cat is nearby to assist 🙂

Cut (2) 10″ x 12″ pieces of denimn weight fabric.  I used Crossroads Denim.  Here is where you can change the measurements if you want.  This is a generous size for the iPad. I wanted it to fit with my sweet leopard print case 🙂IMG_8415

Peel off all the backing papers and begin arranging the circles, overlapping so no background fabric is showing.  I started at the bottom with the dark blues.  IMG_8417

Once it is how you like, press with a hot dry iron.IMG_8424

Spray baste this to the cotton batting and quilt as desired.  I quilted random wavy lines throughout.  I am so in love with this!!!IMG_8426

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Die cut 2 fish going opposite directions, again, using Heat n Bond Lite.

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Position the fish and heat set into place.  Stitch around each fish 2 times.IMG_8436

Cut 2 pieces of the backing fabric the same size as the outer bag fabric.  I always remeasure the outer bag pieces after quilting because it will shrink a little.   IMG_8447

Sew a zipper in the top.  You can use this tutorial for inserting a zipper into a zipper pouch and finishing the bag.IMG_8454

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