Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Pressing Matters


Hi Quilty friends...today I'm going to talk about a "pressing matter" ;). I'm often asked how I make my seams and points match... my secret....PRESSING and PINS. 

Let's chat how I use my favorite pressing tools! Recently Riley Blake Designs sent me the Riley Blake Designs Misting Bottle and Quilter's Clapper...they are AMAZING! I'm not sure why I wasn't using them before?!?!



Riley Blake Designs Misting Spray Bottle:  
(available here)
This Riley Blake Notions Misting Spray Bottle is perfect for liquid starch or water and for pressing beautiful seams. Airless and non-pressurized, it will spray continuously without leaking or dripping....seriously amazing! 10-ounce capacity. 

I don't like using water in my iron so the RBD Misting Spray Bottle is perfect for me. I simply spray my fabric with my misting bottle filled with water and then PRESS. 

You can also use liquid starch in your RBD Misting Spray Bottle if you like a stiffer fabric. Having (2) RBD Misting Bottles would be ideal - (1) for Water and (1) for Starch. Just use the cute RBD Washi Tape to mark the bottles. Actually, I might need a third one as my kids love to spray themselves with the water mist and it's almost summer ;).



Riley Blake Designs Quilter's Clapper: 

This Riley Blake Notions 7" Quilters Clapper is made of hardwood and is a classic tool used with a steam iron to set a seam. Made in the USA. RBD also makes a 12" version called the Tailor's Clapper.

Who knew this little piece of wood make my seams sooooo flat?!?!? After I spray my fabric with the RBD misting bottle, PRESS with iron, then I place the RBD Quilter's Clapper over my seam while it's hot. After the block is cool, remove the RBD Quilter's Clapper and your seam will be so flat!!! Perfect for bulky seams, half square triangles, or any seam you want flat! 


I used the RBD Misting Bottle and RBD Quilter's Clapper when I made my Starlight Double Pillow and my seams and points were perfect!



Starlight Double Abbie's Garden Pillow 16" x 16"
Supplies: (click on links below)


I also use a Wool Pressing Mat that I purchased from Amazon (here) or Gypsy Quilter (here) and the Oliso Pro Quilter's Iron (here). I totally love how my RBD Misting Spray Bottle matches my iron!



Taking the time to press your quilt blocks will make a huge difference in your final project! Plus sewing/quilting will be much more relaxing with flat seams!


Here's a peek of all the Abbie's Garden Mini Quilts/Pillows ....go ahead and zoom in on my points ;). Read more about my Abbie's Garden Projects in THIS blog post HERE.


Have you tried the RBD Misting Spray Bottle or RBD Quilter's Clapper? Do you love them too????



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Have a great day and happy quilting! 

Melanie

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Friday, May 22, 2020

Abbie's Garden Quilt and Pillows


Hello! I've been busy quilting - yay! Quilting is my way of relaxing ... I love to create! What could be more relaxing than quilting with Abbie's Garden a new collection designed by Sue Daley and Gabrielle Neil for Riley Blake Designs. The illustrations are just too sweet! Plus so many fussy cutting opportunities. Be sure to read the full post as I included a mini tutorial for the quilt top PLUS I share photos of the pieced quilt back (it's reversible) and 3 pillows! I just couldn't stop sewing with this sweet collection!


For my Abbie's Garden Quilt, I used the Abbie's Garden Quilt Panel ....so my quilt looks like I fussy cut the little girl and paper pieced all the blocks. Instead- all I needed to sew was the borders - yay!!!  

Peek of the panel:
 





I really love using Riley Blake Panels as the fabric and print quality is fantastic! Quilt panels are a perfect way to create a quick weekend quilt! Abbie's Garden would be the sweetest quilt for baby shower or a little girl's birthday! Keep on reading to see the backside as it's a reversible quilt!


Abbie's Garden Quilt 48" x 54.5" 

Supplies:


Mini Tutorial - Quilt Top

1. Cut Abbie's Garden Quilt Panel to 36.5" x 43"

2. Inner border: *Measure your quilt top before cutting borders as your length may differ slightly
  • Cut (4) 2" x WOF strips 
  • Attach side borders with 1/4" seam
  • Attach top and bottom borders with 1/4" seam


3. Outer border: *Measure your quilt top before cutting borders as your length may differ slightly
  • Cut (5) 4.5" x WOF strips from outer border fabric
  • Cut (4) 4.5" x 4.5" squares from Abbie's Garden Block Panel
  • Measure quilt width. Sub-cut (2) 4.5" x width of quilt. This will be the top and bottom border.
  • Sew (1) 4.5" x 4.5" square to each end of top and bottom border. Set aside.
  • Sew remaining (3) 4.5" x WOF together and cut (2) pieces to quilt length. Attach side borders with 1/4" seam.
  • Attach top and bottom borders (with 4.5" x 4.5" squares on each end) with 1/4" seam



Now that the quilt top is done...it's time to see the backside - yay! Which I totally loooooove!


To create the pieced backing, I cut out some of my favorite prints from the Abbie's Garden Block Panel. Then I sewed the squares back together - ha! My squares were cut at (1) 18.5" x 18.5", (2) 12.5 " x 12.5", and (4) 6.5" x 6.5".


I just love making my quilts reversible!!!


There were a few prints left on the Abbie's Garden Block Panel...so I made (3) coordinating pillows!!!


Total cuteness!!! I just couldn't let any of this adorable fabric not be sewed!





Have Courage and Be Kind Pillow - 16"


I absolutely loved quilting with Abbie's Garden so much that I just kept creating until I ran out of fabric ;).

Abbie's Garden is shipping to your favorite quilt shop right now - yay!

What was your favorite Abbie's Garden Project?


Be sure to follow me on Instagram @ABitofScrapStuff  and here on my A Bit of Scrap Stuff Blog for more fabric fun!

Have a great day and happy quilting! 

Melanie

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Monday, May 18, 2020

National Parks Quilt with Mini Tutorial


Today I'm excited share my new National Parks Quilt. PS -it's reversible!!! I used the brand new Riley Blake National Parks Wilderness Wonders Panel plus additional prints from the National Parks collection! I love this fabric ... the retro posters prints are awesome! Keep on reading for a mini-tutorial!


The new Riley Blake National Parks Wilderness Panel is 54" x 72". Since it is a large panel and I wanted to use the coordinating prints, I chose to add a border to the right and left sides only. 


I love sewing with Riley Blake Designs Panels as the quality is fantastic! The fabric feels so nice and the printing is excellent! Plus the National Parks Wilderness Wonders Panel could be a quilt by itself! Just add a backing and binding - done!

Let's chat about how I made my National Parks Quilt so you can make one too!


National Parks Quilt 66" x 72"
Supplies:

Mini Tutorial:
  1. Cut National Parks Wilderness Panel to 54.5" x 72.5"
  2. Piece (2) columns of (12) 6.5" x 6.5" squares.
  3. Sew (1) column to right and left side of the National Parks Wilderness Panel.
  4. Apply fusible adhesive to back side of fabrics scraps for appliqué shapes.
  5. Using your AccuQuilt GO! Cutting Machine with GO! Northwoods Medley die, cut (2) bears, (2) moose, and (4) trees.
  6. Fuse (1) bear, (1) moose, and (2) trees to 3 different squares on each right and left side of border.




Remember how I said it was reversible....well....I just had to use the coordinating National Parks Poster Panel USA Map. 



The National Parks Poster Panel USA Map - is so helpful for us geography challenged people ;). I know now how states have National Parks and where each one is located!


To make the pieced backing, I simply used the National Parks Patches fabric as borders around the panel. I love it!


I LOVE making double sided/reversible quilts! The trickiest part is making sure the front and back line up straight when I baste them together. 


I loved making this quilt and finding all the National Parks I have visited! It would be super fun to use a fabric marker to add the year when you visit each park - what an awesome memory!

The National Park Fabric Collection and Panels by Riley Blake Designs will be shipping to your favorite quilt shop soon!


Be sure to follow me on Instagram @ABitofScrapStuff  and here on my A Bit of Scrap Stuff Blog for more fabric fun!

Have a great day and happy quilting! 

Melanie

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Charming Baby Quilts Sew Along - Week 6

Hello! Today is Week 6 and FINAL week of the Charming Baby Sew Along with Fat Quarter Shop. This week we are sewing together our quilt top and backing - yay!!! I just love sewing together sampler quilts! It's so fun to create a quilt with lots of block sizes!

The Charming Baby Quilts Sampler Quilt is HUGE at 66.5" x 88.5" (a very generous twin size)...perfect for snuggling! Luckily I was able to take a photo on stairs so you could see the full quilt!


Of course a close up picture is needed so you can see the cuteness of the Farm Charm fabric-- the farm animals!


Fat Quarter Shop Quilting Fabrics and Supplies

Farm Charm Collection: 

For my Charming Baby Sew Along Quilt, I used the Farm Charm Collection by Gingiber for Moda Fabrics. I love her illustrations and these farm animals are just too cute! Seriously look at the horses, sheep, and chickens!!!! Total cuteness overload :)


Quilt Front: 
I just love all the different blocks and sizes! The quilt has so much interest and is fun to look at! Plus you can search for the cute farm animals!


Quilt Backing:
I used a layer cake of Farm Fresh by Gingiber (an older collection, but coordinates so well with Farm Charm) to create a pieced backing! It's a double sided quilt now PLUS I used my stash so BONUS!



Charming Baby Sew Along Suplies:
Click on links below

Sewing Tips for the Charming Baby Quilts blocks: 

Just look at all the crinkly goodness!!! Time for snuggling with my Charming Baby Quilts Sampler Quilt. I will be making more of the quilts in the Charming Baby Quilts book - they are so fabulous! 

Below is a peek of one of my favorite quilts in the book! Of course, I love a good star quilt!


From Fat Quarter Shop and It's Sew Emma, "Charming Baby Quilts brings 10 original baby quilts to life, featuring the classic 5” square Charm Pack precut. Each design uses one, two or three Charm Packs, making this an essential book to have on hand for gifts and celebrations." Charming Baby Quilts book available HERE.


PS - I loved sewing with Farm Charm that I purchased more fabric to make the black and white version of the Lucky Charm Quilt...it will be the perfect matching quilt for my Charming Baby Quilts Sampler! 


Be sure to follow me on Instagram @ABitofScrapStuff  and here on my A Bit of Scrap Stuff Blog for more fabric fun!

Have a great day and happy quilting! 

Melanie


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