Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Boo Crew Mystery Quilt

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I'm joining in the Spooky Fun - Boo Crew Mystery Quilt with Fat Quarter Shop! The Boo Crew Mystery Pattern is FREE and each Tuesday in July, Fat Quarter Shop will be releasing a part of the mystery pattern!

Week 1 release: Witch Hat & Broom Blocks - free pattern (here)

I'm sewing my Boo Crew Quilt with Spooky Darlings designed by Ruby Star Society. I love the all the fabrics prints and they are perfect for fussy cutting! 

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Boo Crew Mystery Quilt 33.5" x 35.5" 
Supplies:
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OR use the fabulous Boo Crew Mystery Quilt  Kit available at Fat Quarter Shop with the adorable Too Cute to Spook fabric collection (here)


Week 1 release: Witch Hat & Broom Blocks - free pattern (here)

  • Witch Hat Block measures 11.5" x 13.5"
  • Broom Block measures 5.5" x 29.5" 
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I loved fussy cutting the cute Gum Stick fabric for the broom handle - so perfect! Plus I think every witch needs a pumpkin broom! 

I will be back next Tuesday to share the next mystery release!

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Week 1 release: Witch Hat & Broom Blocks - free pattern (here)

Boo Crew Mystery Quilt Along & Stitch Along

Have a great day and happy quilting! 

Melanie 
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Friday, July 1, 2022

Heartfelt Quilt & Stitch Along - Release Six : Precious Block


I'll chat about quilting first ...so if you are only a cross stitcher - just scroll a bit for the stitching information. 

It is time for the sixth release for the Heartfelt Quilt and Stitch Along with Fat Quarter Shop !!! We are making five of the Precious Blocks. 

 OVER $80,000 has already been raised for Make-A-Wish, which is amazing!  Fat Quarter Shop has released a bonus Heartfelt Table Runner AND Quilt pattern to celebrate (here) !!!!


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Heartfelt Quilt Along Details:

It is time for the 9th Annual Charity Quilt with Fat Quarter Shop! The way the fundraiser works is that Fat Quarter Shop offers the Heartfelt patterns as FREE downloads during the event for a suggested donation of $5 each to our Make-A-Wish Central & South Texas campaign. Or feel free to make a larger, one-time donation of $50. No amount is too small and every bit counts. From February to September, we will publish a new pattern here on the blog on the 1st Friday of each month.



Heartfelt Quilt Supplies:
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Don't worry if the Heartfelt Quilt Kit has sold out - you can choose any fabric to make your Heartfelt Quilt ! I'm choosing the bright and happy - One Fine Day collection designed by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabric for my Heartfelt Quilt!
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Fabrics that I will be quilting with ..... (available at Fat Quarter Shop)
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Fat Quarter Shop Cross Stitch

Heartfelt Stitch Along Details


                                         

It is time for the sixth release for the Heartfelt Stitch Along!!! I'm so exited to finish stitching this beautiful piece this month! I'm stitching my Heartfelt Stitch Along with my own color conversion to the Classic Colorworks Floss: Ribbon Red, Pink Posey, Plymouth Rock, Old Blue Jeans, Lady Bug, Tabby, Carrie Berry, Four Leaf Clover, Really Teally


Heartfelt Stitch Along Details
The way the fundraiser works is that Fat Quarter Shops offers the Heartfelt patterns as FREE downloads during the event for a suggested donation of $20 for the whole cross stitch pattern to our Make-A-Wish Central & South Texas campaign. No amount is too small and every bit counts. From February to August, Fat Quarter Shop will publish a new pattern here on the blog on the first Friday of each month.



Heartfelt Cross Stitch Supplies:
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Of course you can choose your own fabric and floss to make your Heartfelt Cross Stitch yours! I want mine to coordinate with my quilt so I'm using a different fabric and floss.

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Fabric and floss that I will be stitching with ....

 

I hope you join in for the Heartfelt Quilt Along OR Stitch Along OR Both! They are beautiful projects and your donations will bless the children and their families with Make-A-Wish.






I will be back on August 5th with the seventh Heartfelt Quilt release and hopefully a fully finished Heartfelt Stitch!

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Have a great day and happy quilting and stitching! 

Melanie 

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Echo Quilt - Pixie Noel 2

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Hi Quilty Friends!  I’m super excited to share my new Echo Quilt featuring the fabulous Pixie Noel 2 Fabric Collection designed by Tasha Noel for Riley Blake Designs. Plus this quilt has a bonus backing surprise ;) ... so keep on reading!

I was sooooo excited to learn that Pixie Noel 2 was being released as I loved Pixie Noel (the original) and still have a few favorite pieces in my stash! Just look at this adorable collection - pixies, stockings, woodland critters, snow, florals, and stripes.

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I absolutely love the colors of Pixie Noel 2. Adding aqua and pink into a Christmas Collection makes the project more fresh and modern - which I love! Plus Tasha's illustrations are fabulous so I had to fussy cut the center square for each Echo Quilt Block using the Pixie Noel 2 Main Print in all 4 color ways!

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My favorite tools for perfectly fussy cut blocks.

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Echo Quilt Supplies 60.5" x 60.5" - Pixie Noel 2 

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The Echo Quilt Pattern is written for traditional rotary cutting PLUS I include the AccuQuilt GO! dies needed if your prefer. I personally LOVE to use my AccuQuilt dies because then my blocks are perfect and no trimming needed! Just look at the perfectly cut fabric!

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Here is a close up of a few of the blocks before I quilted them! It was so fun selecting the fabrics for each block!

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Did you see the AMAZING Panel that is in the Pixie Noel 2 Collection??? This adorable quilt panel was perfect to make my quilt reversible! I simply added borders to the sides of the panel until it was the size I needed. This is a great way to use up all of your fabric scraps if you order a half-yard bundle instead of a fat-quarter bundle.

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This Pixie Noel 2 Stripes Multi print might be the best binding fabric ever!!! It is so many of my favorite colors with a bias stripe!

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I know quilt swirl photos might be so 2020, but I still love them so I have to share it. It is a peppermint swirl of happiness!

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It might only be June and I'm not ready for snow, but I am ready to use my Pixie Noel 2Echo Quilt right away! Sometimes creating a winter quilt in the summer is the perfect way to cool down :).

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Echo Quilt Pattern - available at Payhip or Etsy

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Have a great day and happy quilting! 

Melanie 
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Monday, June 27, 2022

JANOME TUTORIAL: Machine Binding with Janome M7

Hello Quilting Friends! Today I'm sharing today my favorite technique for machine binding! 

I absolutely love machine binding my quilts, pillows, and projects because it is durable, quick, and looks fabulous! This is how I bind 99.999999% of all of my projects. It is the way ;). 

Ready to Learn: Machine Binding

*I'm sewing on a Janome M7 - so your Janome sewing machine screen/controls may look a bit different.

Supplies:


Step 1: Make Binding
  • If multiple strips of fabric are needed - sew 2.5"binding strips together on the bias to make 1 long binding strip. Sewing strips together on the diagonal (bias) creates less bulky seams.
  • Janome M7 settings . A foot, straight stitch, 1.8 stitch length *May also use Dual Feed Holder with UD Foot (walking foot) if preferred
  • Place left binding strip right side up. Then place next binding strip perpendicular right sides together Draw a diagonal line on wrong side of top fabric as shown below.
  • Stitch along drawn diagonal line. Trim 1/4" away from sewn line. Hint- make sure you have sewn your binding strips correctly together before trimming.



  • Press binding strip in half (wrong sides together). Binding strip will measure 1.25" in width when folded wrong sides together


Step 2: Attach Binding to BACK of quilt/pillow/project
  • Attach Dual Feed Foot Holder (walking foot) with 1/4" OD foot attached (top foot in photo). Needle position 1/4", Stitch Length 2.0, and activate Dual Feed button on screen (highlighted in yellow in photo below). I prefer to use my Dual Feed Foot for attaching binding as the machine is sewing through multiple layers (quilt top, batting, quilt backing, plus double fold binding).


  • Starting about 6" from end of binding tail, place binding on BACK of project. Line up raw edges of binding and raw edges of project. Attach/Sew with 1/4" seam allowance until you are about 3" from corner.

  • Mitering Corner of Binding. Draw a line 1/4" from edge of project. Continue sewing until you reach the drawn line. Back Stitch. Stitch off project at a 45 degree angle (see yellow arrow below) - this helps with next step. Cut thread and remove quilt from machine.
































Fold binding upwards so edge of binding aligns with edge of project and stitched line from previous step when you stitched off the project at a diagonal to the corner.

  • Fold binding down so folded edge of binding aligns with raw edge of project. Attach a wonder clip to hold binding in position. Begin stitching 1/4" from edge of project. Backstitch. Repeat at all corners to miter.


  • Stop stitching about 10" from beginning. 

  • Overlap binding tails by 2 3/8". Draw line and cut on drawn line. I find a 2 3/8" overlap makes my binding fit best. Traditionally the overlap would be 2 1/2" since that is the original width of the binding.

  • Sew 2.5"binding tails together on the bias. Unfold binding tails. Place fabric on the left right side up. Then place other binding tail perpendicular right sides together. Draw a diagonal line on wrong side of top fabric  as shown below. Sewing binding tails on the diagonal (bias) reduces seam bulk.

  • Stitch along drawn diagonal line. Refold binding and check that your binding is the correct size THEN trim 1/4" away from sewn line. Finish attaching binding with 1/4" seam. Backstitch over beginning stitches to secure start/stop.



Step 3: Stitch Binding to FRONT of Project

  • Change to Dual Feed Open Toe UD Foot, Dual Feed Key selected, Needle Position Center, and Stitch Length 2.0


  • Wrap binding to front of project and secure with wonder clips. Bring up bobbin thread before stitching to prevent thread knot on back of project. Stitch 1/8" away from folded edge of binding.


  • Continue stitching until about 3" away from corner. Fold binding on unstitched side up and hold down. Then fold binding from stitched side over project to create a mitered corner. 


  • Stitch to corner. Raise pressor foot (leave needle in DOWN position). Rotate project. Lower presser foot and continue stitching down binding. Repeat for all mitered corners. Backstitch over beginning stitches to secure. 



Congratulations your project is now bound and ready to be loved!








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Have a great day and happy quilting and stitching! 

Melanie 

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