Friday, June 22, 2018

Beach Mix Quilt with Fort Worth Fabric Studio


Happy Friday! I'm so excited to share my Beach Mix Quilt today!!! I created the Beach Mix Pattern after Fort Worth Fabric showed me the summery RJR Beach Bash fabrics!!! The bright colors and tropical patterns of this fabric collection just shout summertime! I kept the Beach Mix quilt pattern simple so the gorgeous fabrics can shine. Have I mentioned the Beach Mix Pattern is FREE....yay! Just download the pattern at Fort Worth Fabric Studio- here.


Fort Worth Fabric is offering the RJR Beach Bash fabrics in a Beach Mix Quilt Kit!!!! Available here. The kit purchase price is $39.95- which includes all the fabric to make the full quilt top AND binding....yay!!! 


Supplies to make your own Beach Mix Quilt. Finished size 48.5" x 60.5"

1. Beach Mix Quilt Kit - Contains all RJR Beach Bash fabric for quilt top AND binding
2. RJR Darling Dots Peridot - 3.25 yards for backing *This backing looks perfect and I LOVE it with the binding!
3. Beach Mix Quilt Pattern 


A bit more about the Beach Mix Quilt Pattern

This is a great beginner level pattern that is quick and fun to sew! The large blocks make cutting and piecing a breeze. This quilt can easily be finished in a weekend....so it will ready for the beach or picnic in no time! I love a simple quilt pattern that allows the fabrics to stand out! If you have any questions when sewing the pattern - please ask!


I really wish I was able to bring this quilt to Hawaii for photos....that would've been perfect! So you will just have to imagine tropical flowers and palm trees in the background :)


Luckily with my Beach Mix Quilt- I can pretend I'm on the sandy beaches and smelling the tropical flowers.


Looks at the gorgeous fabric swirl the quilt top makes....


Be sure to purchase your Beach Mix Quilt Kit at Fort Worth Fabric Studio - here - before they sell out! It is the perfect summer time sewing project!!! The vivid colors are so happy!

If you sew the Beach Mix Quilt- be sure to share on Instagram and tag me (@mellierc) and Fort Worth Fabric Studio (@fwfabricstudio) plus #BeachMixQuilt #sewingwithfwfabricstudio

I shared this video on my Instagram Stories when I first received the RJR Beach Bash Fabric...check it out if you want a closer look.



Have a great day and happy sewing!

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

Melanie



Thursday, June 21, 2018

Hello Lovely Blog Tour with Amanda Herring and Riley Blake Designs


I am so excited to be part of the Hello Lovely Fabric Blog Tour with Amanda Herring and Riley Blake Designs. When Amanda first shared sneaks of her newest fabric collection,  Hello Lovely- I knew I had to have it! I love the colors and floral prints....this collection just makes me so happy!


I have been wanting to sew Quilty Love's Triangle Hexies Quilt and the Hello Lovely fabric is just perfect for it! I am loving all those triangles...plus no Y-seams!!!


Supplies:

Look at all these lovely triangles...


Sewn together!!! Hint- make sure you have a true 1/4" seam- if you use a scant seam then you might loose your points.


All quilted....my go to.... stippling!!! 


I am seriously loving this quilt sooooo much!!! Thank you Amanda to having me be part of the Hello Lovely Blog Tour! I am absolutely loving your Hello Lovely Fabric collection! Thank you Riley Blake for sending me the beautiful fabrics to sew with!



Have a great day and happy sewing!

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

Melanie

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Friendship Quilt Along - Gracious Block



Happy Friday! We are already on Week 3 of the Friendship Quilt Along with Amanda Herring and Riley Blake Designs! Today the Gracious block pattern is being released! I love the appliquéd scalloped flower!!!

I needed a cute Gracious Flower clutch to match to my Fun Flower Tote I made a few weeks ago...a girl needs to match :).  Plus my Best Buds pin looks perfect on my new clutch!



Supplies:

1. Friendship Quilt Along Templates
2. Hello Lovely Fabric- Amanda Herring
3. Heat N Bond Lite fusible adhesive (optional)
4. Friendship Quilt Along Kit
5. GRACIOUS block pattern

6. Best Buds pin




I used Heat N Bond Lite to fuse my shapes to the fabric then stitched along the edge with matching Aurifil thread. Plus the little flower button was a perfect fit!

I added a leaf to my scallop flower...this was a last minute design decision when I fused my flower off center on my pouch background. It turned out to be a happy oops :)

I also added a little handle so my clutch can be a wristlet....it makes it so much easier to hold when I'm running errands.



It's not too late to join in the Friendship Quilt Along...let's sew together! It is the perfect summer project!

The Friendship Quilt Along will release a new pattern/block (free) each week through August 31st. Each block contains a new technique and/or fun way to embellish it.  You can choose to sew the entire quilt or just a few blocks to make it your own!

The finished Friendship Quilt. 
If you want to join in and sew the full quilt- I highly recommend the kit! Available here.


I am loving Amanda's newest fabric collection - Hello Lovely!!! Here is a peek of my fat quarter bundle along with my Best Buds pin!


Little flashback of my FUN block tote.... click here for my blog post.




I hope you decide to join the Friendship Quilt Along and with sew us! Sewing with friends is the best! I love the flexibility of the Friendship Quilt as you can choose to make the entire quilt or just a few of the blocks.  Plus the Hello Lovely fabric is absolutely gorgeous!!! I have quite a few upcoming projects planned with Hello Lovely!

Have a great day and happy sewing!

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

Melanie

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Maxie Mail Subscription Box- May Cool Tools


Maxie did something fun with the May Maxie Mail Box....it is full of Cool Tools that you will use over and over when sewing/quilting!!! She did a wonderful job carefully selecting tools that you WILL actually use! 

When I open my Maxie Mail box, I look for the video password first and watch the Member video- here. I love to watch her video first as she clearly explains the monthly box/project. Plus I always learn something new! This month she gave a hint that the included Leather Needle (above) will be helpful for next month's project...yay! Did you know...I have never sewn with faux leather??? I'm so excited for next month's box!

I decided to try the Thread Magic and Hiroshima needles first. English Paper Piecing is all the sewing rage...but I HATE thread tangles with hand sewing so I haven't really tried it yet. Well....Thread Magic to the rescue! It works sooooo well! Be sure to read the package directions to push the thread fully into the thread conditioner- place lid back- then pull thread through. This makes sure the thread is well conditioned so NO tangles! Here's a peek of my first English Paper Piecing project using my new Cool Tools.



I'm excited to try the twin needles to sew pin tucks. I love the texture that pin tucks give! I'm thinking a pillow with pin tucks would be a fun project! The twin needle is also awesome for matching stitched lines that are equal distances apart...think of hemming clothing or decorative stitching. 

Maxie Mail Subscription Box- May - Cool Tools  (from Maxie Makes website)
  • Klassé Needle Assortment with 10 packages of premium sewing machine needles. Visit their website for lots of downloadable helpful tips and charts for proper needle sizes to threads, etc.
  • Water Erasable Marker by Clover, my favorite marker of all because of its ease and safety of removal from fabrics. (Always remove before pressing with heat.)
  • Aqua Eraser Pen by Sew Line was introduced to me by my longarmer friend and cohort, Andrea Walker of Walker Quilt Company. We've both seen sad stories regarding marked quilt tops. Your Clover marker & Aqua Eraser Pen get our votes for safest and most reliable! Good news: it's refillable with water!
  • Tulip Hiroshima Sharp Sewing Needles are more expensive than regular needles, but well worth it! They are the best sewing needle made because of the Japanese engineering designed into the needle. It is polished lengthwise with tiny, invisible grooves, resulting in less needle contact with your fabric, but that's just one of it's many features. Visit their websiteto read more,  and to view a fun tour of the factory, click here!
  • Thread Magic Thread Conditioner reduces thread drag, tangling and hand fatigue! Pair it with your Hiroshima needle and you'll be sewing at supersonic speed!
  • Gypsy “Rip It Away” Seam Ripper, another time saver has become my favorite seam ripper for removing straight seams. 
Melanie's Unboxing Video




I LOVED my May Cool Tools Maxie Mail Box!!! I loved receiving new sewing tools plus learning how to use them!!!! I can't for the June Maxie Mail Box! Subscribe here.


Have a great day and happy sewing! 

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

Melanie

Previous Maxie Mail Subscription Blog Posts
April 2018 - Peppermint Rose Pillowcases
March 2018 - Strippy Aunt Josie Mini Quilt/Pillow

Friday, June 1, 2018

Friendship Quilt Along - Fun Block


It's the first day of the Friendship Quilt Along and I'm so excited!!! My friend, Amanda Herring, has designed the gorgeous Hello Lovely fabric plus the Friendship Quilt Pattern! 

The Friendship Quilt Along will release a new pattern/block (free) each week through August 31st. Each block contains a new technique and/or fun way to embellish it.  You can choose to sew the entire quilt or just a few blocks to make it your own! I chose to sew a tote with this week's FUN block! 



Supplies:
1. Friendship Quilt Along Templates
2. Hello Lovely Fabric
3. Heat N Bond Lite fusible adhesive (optional)
4. Friendship Quilt Along Kit
5. FUN block pattern

To make the tote- I used the recommended fabric amounts in the pattern PLUS
Tote Exterior- 1/2 yard
Tote Interior- 1/2 yard
Tote Handles - 1/2 yard 
Green Fabric approx 6.5" x 6.5"
Pellon Shapeflex SF101
Pellon Fusible Fleece

Extras:
1" Flower button - Riley Blake
Rick Rack

The finished Friendship Quilt. 
If you want to join in and sew the full quilt- I highly recommend the kit! Available here.
The first block is the Fun Block:



It was fun to add the Rick Rack for the flower steam and Flower Button as the flower center - I love adding the little extras! I used Heat N Bond Lite to fuse my shapes to the fabric then stitched along the edge with matching Aurifil thread.


 It's tote time- 



I didn't write a full tutorial for the bag, but can share the measurements I used for cutting my fabrics.

1. Bag Exterior 18" x 20" (2 pieces)
2. Green (grass) 6.5" x height to attach to FUN block to make height 18"
3. Handles 5.5" x 30" (2 pieces) I would've used 6.5" for the width, but didn't have enough fabric.

Add sashing to side of FUN block the same size as your handles plus optional rick rack.

To create tote front- I cut (1 piece) in half and inserted the FUN block.  Then trimmed bag front to 18"x 20".

Exterior pieces fuse to Pellon Fusible Fleece
Lining pieces fuse to Pellon Shape Flex SF101

To create boxed corners I cut a 2.5" square out of each lower corner of exterior and lining.

Sew together with favorite tote technique.  I added a zippered pocket as I always like to keep my phone safe.



Amanda has created this cute Best Buds pin that match the Friendship Quilt Along...love!




I hope you decide to join the Friendship Quilt Along and with sew us! Sewing with friends is the best! I love the flexibility of the Friendship Quilt as you can choose to make the entire quilt or just a few of the blocks.  Plus the Hello Lovely fabric is absolutely gorgeous!!! I have quite a few upcoming projects planned with Hello Lovely!


Have a great day and happy sewing!

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

Melanie

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