Friday, September 14, 2018

Jelly Roll Race to the Finish Line Quilt


Happy National Jelly Roll Day!!! I'm so excited to share another Jelly Roll Race to the Finish Line Quilt with Fort Worth Fabric Studio today!!! I love sewing this great quick and easy quilt pattern plus it looks scrappy by using the entire jelly roll- yay for no wasted fabric! 

Fort Worth Fabric Studio and I really want you to join in and sew with us today...so we created a "how to" video for you! I'm sewing the Jelly Race to the Finish Line Quilt and will show you each step! So grab your jelly roll, download your FREE Jelly Roll Race to the Finish Line Quilt Pattern here, and watch our video here -- then start sewing!


Jelly Roll Race to Finish Line Supplies:



  • FREE
  • Takes 5 minutes to cut out the full quilt top.
  • Uses ALL 40 strips. Only a 9" x 2.5" strip will be left over.
  • Lap size 51" x 64.5"
  • Great for beginners!
  • Quick to sew!
  • It's FUN!


How to sew along for National Jelly Roll Day with Fort Worth Fabric Studio

1. Download your FREE Jelly Roll Race to the Finish Line Quilt Pattern
2. Purchase your Jelly Roll Race to the Finish Line Quilt Kit with Badda Bing Fabric 
OR
Choose your own Jelly Roll- Smitten Fabric is example above.
3. Be sure to watch us on Instagram (FWFS and Me) and FWFS YouTube for a fun sew-along video on September 15th!
4. Share your quilt on Instagram using hashtag #JellyRollRaceFinishLine for a chance to win a jelly roll!!!


Have you seen Bonnie & Camille's latest collection -- Smitten?!?!? I loooove it! The navy florals just make me so happy....I just had to use the Navy Floral Bouquet for my backing. Gorgeous!


Usually I pick a striped fabric for binding....but I had to choose the Smitten Bias Plaid Fabric for the binding...love!



What Jelly Roll will you be sewing with for your own Jelly Roll Race to the Finish Quilt??? I can't wait to see everyone's quilts!!! Tag us on IG with #JellyRollRaceFinishLine so we can see your projects! We hope you love the video!!!




Just in case you need a bit more fabric enabling- there are still a few kits left of the Scrappy Spool Kit (includes EVERYTHING- quilt top, binding, backing, grid interfacing, and pattern)! It is sooooo cute! PS- This Scappy Spool Quilt is the quilt on my wall in the video :).



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

Happy Sewing!!! 
Melanie

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Tony Danza Mini Quilt - Maxie Mail Subscription Box


Foundation Paper Piecing....do you LOVE it??? I love the precise points and angles that foundation paper piecing provides, but would often get frustrated as I would sew my fabric incorrectly and unpicking those tiny stitches is no fun. So I was so excited see that my August Maxie Mail Box contained Tony Danza Mini Quilt by My Crowded Nest along with Maxie's awesome instructional video. This pattern and video has made me fall in love with foundation paper piecing! I can't wait for my next foundation paper piecing project!!! 

Let's chat more about the August Maxie Mail Box...

What Maxie included in the August Maxie Mail Subscription Box 



  • Gathered fabrics for your quilt top and binding, by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics. Sooooo gorgeous!!!!I love it!!!
  • Tony Danza Paper Piecing Templates - Soooo helpful!
  • Tony Danza Block Papers, printed on Carol Doak's foundation paper
  • 6" x 8" Olfa Cutting Mat
  • Add-a-Quarter Ruler for Paper Piecing
  • Thread
  • Tea
What you will learn:
  • Paper Piecing with templates, producing no-waste and easy fabric placement
  • Easy method for cutting multiple fabric layers with the supplied templates
  • Using the Add-a-Quarter Ruler
  • Precise Paper Piecing techniques

Plus an AWESOME "how to" videoI highly recommend watching the video completely before starting your project. Maxie and Sarah (My Crowded Nest) show you each step and makes it easy to understand!

After I was watched Maxie's video- I was so excited to try this paper pieced pattern. I made the first light section completely. The first block took a bit of time as I would start and stop the video for each step as I sewed along, but once I "got it". I was able to sew them so much faster by sewing all the blocks piece 1 then 2 then 3 then 4.


I love the sharp points...plus it was sooooo easy to sew...thanks to the templates! I have not used templates when paper piecing before and now I will only choose patterns that include them- why- it makes it sooooo easy to line up your fabric and no fabric waste (seriously tiny bit of trimming). I highly recommend Sarah's (My Crowded Nest) Tony Danza Mini Quilt Pattern.

The pattern has you sew 20 total blocks (20 light and 20 dark) to make a 16" x 20" Mini Quilt. Just look at the gorgeous Gathered Fabric by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics!!!


I like to make my mini quilts square---so they can also be a table topper or pillow. I used 16 blocks so my Mini Tony Danza finishes at 16" x16". 



I had to use the extra 4 blocks because I LOVE them! I debated on coasters or a pot holder, but then I knew I needed a matching mini. I used Art Gallery Denim and my 4 extra blocks to make a matching Mini that also measures 16" x 16".


For my Mini backing- I used zippers so my Mini Quilts can also be pillows. I love sewing multi-use projects :)


Using the Gutterman thread that Maxie provided in the box- I chose 3/4" straight-line quilting for both minis! I love the modern look of straight-line quilting!


I'm so glad I finally understand foundation paper piecing! Plus I have two projects that I just loooooove! 


I enjoy receiving my Maxie Mail Subscription Box each month! I love how she always teaches us a new technique and includes the supplies to make the project! It is truly a "class in a box". They are great for anyone who loves sewing and quilting! I love how I can take a class right in my home!

Subscribe here. Be sure to add -- Melanie -- as the referral code to save 10% off your first box

My August Unboxing Video

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

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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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Jelly Roll Race to the Finish Line Quilt Pattern with Fort Worth Fabric Studio


Are you ready for National Jelly Roll day on September 15th???  No worries as Fort Fabric Studio has everything you need to be ready to sew your jelly roll quilt!

We wanted a fun to sew pattern that uses a jelly roll....so we made a few changes to the original Jelly Roll Race Pattern by cutting the jelly roll strips in half and sewing the strips together with straight seams! Now we have Jelly Roll Race to the Finish Line Quilt Pattern...plus it is a free quilt pattern at Fort Worth Fabric Studio!!!



We couldn't resist making another quilt with Badda Bing fabric...it is so happy and gorgeous! I just love the cherries, floral, and gingham!!! 





You will need to purchase backing separately:  3.5 yards (44" wide) or 1.875 yards (108" wide).
Suggested backing:  Badda Bing Dots of Cherries White 


The Cheerful Check (gingham) binding looks perfect with the Cherries backing fabric...so happy!




How to sew along for National Jelly Roll Day with Fort Worth Fabric Studio

1. Download your FREE Jelly Roll Race to the Finish Line Quilt Pattern
2. Purchase your Jelly Roll Race to the Finish Line Quilt Kit with Badda Bing Fabric 
OR
Choose your own Jelly Roll- ideas below.
3. Be sure to watch us on Instagram (FWFS and Me) and FWFS YouTube for a fun sew-along video on September 15th!
4. Share your quilt on Instagram using hashtag #JellyRollRaceFinishLine for a chance to win a jelly roll!!!

I will be sewing another Jelly Roll Race to the Finish Line Quilt Pattern with Bonnie & Camille's newest collection -Smitten (love love love) for National Jelly Roll Day on September 15th!!!

If you can't decide- which Jelly Roll to use...here are a few options available at Fort Worth Fabric Studio.


Smitten Jelly Roll
Confetti Ombre Jelly Roll

Grunge Seeing Stars Jelly Roll








What Jelly Roll will you be sewing with for your own Jelly Roll Race to the Finish Quilt??? I can't wait to see everyone's quilts!!! Tag us on IG with #JellyRollRaceFinishLine so we can see your projects!

Just in case you need a bit more fabric enabling- there are still a few kits left of the Scrappy Spool Kit (includes EVERYTHING- quilt top, binding, backing, grid interfacing, and pattern)! It is sooooo cute!





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

Happy Sewing!!! 
Melanie