Friday, May 19, 2017

Garden Party Star Quilt with Fort Worth Fabric Studio

This week is the lovely Garden Party Friday Bundle Batch with Fort Worth Fabric Studio! I just love all those pink fabrics together! This Star Quilt Tutorial is my favorite as it uses the entire 8 fat quarters plus one yard of background fabric to make the quilt top and scrappy binding for a lap size quilt!!!! Keep reading for the Star Quilt Tutorial.

Garden Party Fat Quarter Bundle in Pink

  1. Dainty Darling Pink Squares - Riley Blake
  2. Finger Painted Flowers Pink Dots - Windham
  3. Sew & Sew Floral Garden Strawberry/Whipped Cream - Moda
  4. Marble Swirls Raspberry - Moda
  5. Sevenberry Classiques Mini Baby Pink Hearts - Robert kaufman
  6. Wonderland Two Floral Pink - Riley Blake
  7. Sevenberry Petite Dots Hot Pink - Robert Kaufman
  8. Carousel Tonal Pink Flowers - P&B Textiles

Star Points - 4 Fat Quarters  (cut from each fat quarter):
(1) 12" Square - cut on diagonal to make 2 triangles
(2) 4.5" x 11.5" Rectangles
(2) 2.5 x 18" Binding 

*Hint for cutting for fat quarters. Cut (1) 12" x 21" rectangle. Then subcut the (1) 12" square. This will leave you with (1) 9" x 12" rectangle- subcut into (2) 4.5" x 11.5"rectangles. 

Star Center - 4 Fat Quarters (cut from each fat quarter):
(1) 11.5" square
(2) 4.5" x 11.5" Rectangles
(2) 2.5 x 18" Binding 

Background - Riley Blake Swiss Dots in Pink
(4) 12" Squares- cut on diagonal to make 2 triangles from each square (total of 8)
(4) 11.5" Squares

Corner 4-patches
(16) 2.5" squares (I cut these from my binding strips above)

1. Sew (1) Star Point Triangle to (1) Background triangle to create a 11.5" half-square triangle. Make 8 total.

2. Sew (4) four-patch blocks to create corner blocks

3. Layout squares as shown below and sew together.

4. Quilt. I chose to stipple-meander my quilt. I "might" be addicted to stippling....I just can't stop! :)

5.  Bind. I just love a scrappy binding! Plus the backing matches perfectly!!!

A bit more about the backing fabric: Flutter & Float Flower Crown Pink by Blend Fabrics

This fabric is a perfect match for your quilt. I even tried something new...matching up the pattern for the backing seam! This fabric is perfect for seam matching as the pattern repeat is small so not much fabric waste!!! I will definitely do this again!

The color is a off in this picture, but the seam almost hidden :) 

I just love this Garden Party Star Quilt!!! I'm so excited to give this quilt to a very special teacher!!!

Thank you again to Fort Worth Fabric Studio for having me sew this quilt with this fabulous Garden Party Fat Quarter Bundle!!! Be sure to grab your bundle here before it sells out. Tag your projects on social media with #sewingwithfwfabricstudio and @fwfabricstudio and me @mellierc

Happy Friday!!!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Lemon Drop Table Runner with Fort Worth Fabric Studio

I just LOVE this week's Friday Bundle Batch: Lemon Drop at Fort Worth Fabric Studio! When this lovely spring bundle arrived, I decided a hexagon table runner would be perfect! I used my Hex N More Ruler to create the hexagons with NO y-seams for this fun project!

This week's bundle has some of my favorite colors together: yellow and gray! Fabrics included are:
  1. Mojito Gray Flowers - Windham
  2. Marble Mate Dots Lemon - Moda
  3. Mojito Gray Rain - Windham
  4. Mojito Mango Leave - Windham
  5. Garden Splendor Sunshine Polka Dots - Robert Kaufman
  6. Finger Painted Flowers Gray Dots - Windham
  7. Marble Swirls Lemon - Moda
  8. Soleil White Small Floral - Windham

Ready to make your own Lemon Drop Table Runner 18.5" x 45" (hexagons finish at 6")

1. Friday Bundle Batch: Lemon Drop Quarter Bundle- You will use the entire bundle for the table runner top, backing, and binding.
3. True Grips - I LOVE these grips on my Hex N More ruler! They make it so much easier to cut out the hexagon slipping and no cut fingers! I consider them a must have.
4. Alphabitties - These will help in keeping your fabrics in order when sewing the half hexagons together.

1. Cut (2) 3.5"x 21" strips from 7 fat quarters and (4) 3.5" x 21" strips from 1 fat quarter. We will be making the 6.5" half hexagon (6" finished hexagon)
2. Cut a total of 27 half hexagon pairs. (3 hexagon pairs per two strips)
3. Cut (8) 2.5" x 21" strips for scrappy binding
-Remaining fabric will be pieced together to make the backing.
-The Hex N More ruler comes with cutting directions or here is a video by Jaybird Quilts.

Piecing the table runner
1. Layout the hexagons in desired configuration. Example below. 

2. Use Alphabitties to number rows. This will make it so much easier to sew the rows together- especially if you want to chain piece. Just keep the row number clipped to the far left half hexagon.

3. The half hexagons are very easy to sew together. Just use a quarter inch seam and line up the edges.

4. Piece backing with remaining pieces of fat quarters.

I quilted my table runner with diagonal lines along the seams. I used Aurifil Natural White 2021 thread.

I had so much fun sewing this Lemon Drop Table Runner. I'm sure I will be making more projects with the Hex N More Ruler! 

Thank you again to Fort Worth Fabric Studio for having me create a project with this fabulous Lemon Drop Fat Quarter Bundle!!! Be sure to get your bundle here -grab it soon as they have been selling out! Tag your projects on social media with #sewingwithfwfabricstudio and @fwfabricstudio and me @mellierc


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Sale at Fort Worth Fabric Studio

Happy Tuesday! I just wanted to share this awesome sale today and tomorrow at Fort Worth Fabric Studio. Start shopping :)


Monday, May 8, 2017

Peppermint Bark Quilt with Dixie Fabric and Fat Quarter Shop

I'm so excited to share my Peppermint Bark Quilt using Cluck Cluck Sew's Dixie Fabrics from Fat Quarter Shop! I thought it would be fun to use my Dixie fabrics while I anxiously await her new Hello Jane collection (it has purple!!!). I love the Peppermint Bark Pattern from It's So Emma at Fat Quarter Shop! The blocks  are fun to sew and show off the fabrics so well! 

I always enjoying sewing It's So Emma patterns as they are clearly written plus the included pressing instructions will give perfect points! Each block finishes at 14"- which is such a nice size block for quilts, table runners, or pillows! 

For my lap size quilt, I made 9 blocks and enlarged the borders and sashing to 5.5" cut strips.  This made a 62" square size quilt! I stippled the quilt on my home sewing machine...I just love to stipple!

Ready to make your own Peppermint Bark Quilt

Peppermint Bark Pattern - here

Or do you want to make the exact version by Fat Quarter Shop? The kit is available here.

Fat Quarter Shop has an upcoming sale on their emailed gift certificates starting on May is the inside scoop :)

TERMS: One promo code per customer, limit one gift certificate per order. Discount not available when paying with another gift certificate. Not combinable with other offers. We reserve the right to void gift certificates purchased or used fraudulently. Expires May 14 at midnight CST.

Thank you to Fat Quarter Shop for having me be part of the Peppermint Bark Sew Along. I just love my Peppermint Bark Quilt!!! It is just so happy! Be sure to follow me on Instagram @mellierc for more sewing fun!

A few more pictures below :)

Happy Monday!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Bella Skill Builder- Flying Geese

Happy May 1st and Month 4 of the Fat Quarter Shop Bella Skill Builder. This month is Flying Geese and I LOVE them!!! I used to get frustrated sewing flying geese until I discovered the Quilt in a Day Flying Geese makes perfect flying geese every time!!!

This month's block came together rather quickly and easily plus with perfect points!!

Let's make your (12) 3"x 6" finished flying geese


1. Bella Solids of your choice. Available here or grab the kit that Fat Quarter shop created here.
2. Bella Skill Builder Block 4 Pattern. Available here
3. Quilt in a Day: Flying Geese Ruler. I LOVE this ruler. It made my blocks perfect!
4. Jolly Jabber Blog for helpful tips. 
5. Fat Quarter Shop Video
6. Alphabitties 

-Oringinal Bella Skill Builder Blog post with links to all 10 patterns and videos.

Flying Geese Block tips

  • Buy the Quilt in a Day: Flying Geese Ruler. I don't always buy the speciality ruler, but this ruler will give you perfect blocks! Plus you will want to make I bought both sizes :)
  • Iron after each step before trimming.
  • Follow the FQS pattern. It give ironing and trimming instructions so your blocks will be perfect!

Here is the video that Kimberly made a few years ago about this fabulous ruler!

I'm having sew much fun with the monthly Bella Skill Builder! I love that I am making some blocks for the first time plus learning helpful tips to improve my sewing! Thank you Fat Quarter Shop!
I can't wait for June 1st!

Have a great Monday!!! Be sure to follow me on Instagram @mellierc for more sewing fun!