Friday, February 19, 2021

Park Quilt - Riptide Edition

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Today is all about Sharks, Surfers, and the Sea!!! I loved making my Park Quilt with the new Riptide Collection by Citrus and Mint for Riley Blake Designs. The prints are just too fun!!! I think describing fabric is the only time I would use the word FUN and SHARK in the same sentence!

I chose to make the Park Quilt Pattern as I was able to fussy cut the prints plus the quilt blocks show the fabric prints so nicely!

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For my Park Quilt - Riptide, I wanted the quilt a bit smaller so I made 12 blocks instead of the original 16 blocks in the pattern. That is the great thing about block based quilt patterns - it's easy to make more or less blocks! Plus I had to add a border because those sharks and stingrays were FUN!

Ready to gather up your supplies so you can make your own Park Quilt.

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Park Quilt - Riptide  54.5" x 65.5"

Supplies:

*Fabric requirements will make all 16 blocks for a 65.5" x 65.5" quilt - if you choose

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I tried a new free motion loopy design for this quilt .... it reminds me of ocean swirls.

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I really like the texture the free motion quilting gives the quilt! Sooooo cuddly- unlike a real shark ;). 

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It's so rare for me to make a quilt without pink... so it was fun to only use blues/greens/gray. I really LOVE the Shabby Navy fabric for the quilt background - it has a great textured print, but is 100% quilting cotton.

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I'll end this post with a SURFERS and SHARKS being happy together on a quilt ;)

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Park Quilt PDF Pattern available on Etsy HERE or PayHip HERE


Riptide Fabric Collection is available now

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Have a great day and happy quilting! 

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Thursday, February 18, 2021

Sew Sampler Box - January 2021

           

Hello! I'm sew excited to share the January Sew Sampler Box from Fat Quarter Shop! January's theme is "Sweater Weather"! The featured fabric collection is Cider designed by Basic Grey for Moda Fabrics. The colors are soooooo gorgeous!!!!

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Let's chat more about my favorite aqua box of quilty goodies that I receive each month!

January Sew Sampler Box
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Cider Honeybun and Fast & Flurrious Pattern


I love the new Cider collection designed by Basic Grey for Moda Fabrics. Cider Collection available HERE. The colors are amazing...seriously gorgeous!!! I don't have many quilts with these colors so I am so excited to make the included Fast & Flurrious Quilt pattern!

Fun NEW Notions

Each month, Sew Sampler Box contains fun and new sewing/quilting notions! 
I love trying new products! 
  • Magic Touch Cutting Mat Cleaner - I'm excited to try this product. My favorite cutting mat is definitely well loved and needs some cleaning!
  • Cool Pins by Gypsy Quilter - I use pins for almost of my projects so I'm excited to try this brand too. I'm always searching for the perfect pin - thin, but strong!
  • SewTites magnetic sewing pins - This product has been on wish list. I'm excited to try them for bag making when pinning the fabrics could ruin it.


Supplies for Greatest Hits Album Kit
OR 
Each month, Sew Sampler Members receive a block pattern for the current Sew Sampler Mystery Quilt. This year- Greatest Hits Album features Moda Bella Solids and will be a large 70.5" x 90.5" sampler quilt! You can find Track #10 (pattern), Quilt Kit, and Thread Set available at Fat Quarter Shop! Purchase the Quilt Kit and you will be ready each month to sew your Greatest Hits block.








Don't forget to sign up for the Sew Sampler Box wait list (here)* - each box is a wonderful surprise plus an awesome value! 

*The Sew Sampler Box Membership is full, but don't worry - you can sign up for the waitlist AND most of the items in this month's box are available at Fat Quarter Shop - links above.

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 sewing! 

Melanie

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Monday, February 15, 2021

Oh Happy Day Pillows PLUS Tutorial

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Mondays are a great day to start a new project! Today I'm sharing my Oh Happy Day Pillows PLUS tutorial so you can make pillows to brighten up your home! The pillows are quick to make as the center square is from the cute Oh Happy Day panel from the Oh Happy Day Collection designed by Sandy Gervais for Riley Blake Designs.  Just look at this happy collection of fabric!!!!


I love making new pillows for my home as it is an affordable way to add new decor! Plus I super love that they are handmade by me! Pillows are also a project that you are able to finish in a day. The fact that pillows are affordable, quick to make, and easy to match your decor...make them one of my favorite sewing projects!!! 

It's time for a tutorial to make the Oh Happy Day Pillow Top. Hint - I will be sharing upcoming tutorials soon for making a exposed zippered pillow backing and machine binding.

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Oh Happy Day Pillow 18.5" x 18.5"

Supplies:
  • (1) Oh Happy Day Panel - Oh Happy Day Fabric designed by Sandy Gervais for Riley Blake Designs
  • 1/4 yard inner border - Oh Happy Day Fabric designed by Sandy Gervais for Riley Blake Designs
  • (4) 3" x WOF strips (at least 18.5" in length) - Oh Happy Day Fabric designed by Sandy Gervais for Riley Blake Designs
  • 1/4 yard binding - Oh Happy Day Fabric designed by Sandy Gervais for Riley Blake Designs
  • 3/4 yard backing fabric - Oh Happy Day Fabric designed by Sandy Gervais for Riley Blake Designs
  • 22" x 22" square of batting
  • 22" x 22" square of scrap or solid fabric (this fabric will the hidden inside the pillow)
  • 18" Pillow Form - I like Hobbs Brand Pillow Inserts
  • Optional 20" or longer nylon zipper - for zippered pillow backing
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Tutorial for Oh Happy Day Pillow 

A. Cutting Instructions

Oh Happy Day Panel
  • Cut (1) 10.5" x 10.5" square. Label A
Inner Border Fabric
  • Cut (2) 2" x 10.5" strips. Label B
  • Cut (2) 2" x 13.5" strips. Label C
Outer Border Fabric(s)
  • Cut (2) 3" x 13.5" strips. Label D
  • Cut (2) 3" x 18.5" strips. Label E

B. Pillow Top [Block] Assembly

1. Sew (1) 2" x 10.5" strip B to left and right side of 10.5" x 10.5" square. Press towards strip B.
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2. Sew (1) 2" x 13.5" strip C to top and bottom. Press towards strip C.
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3. Sew (1) 3" x 13.5" strip D to right and left of inner border. Press towards strip D.
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4. Sew (1) 3" x 18.5" strip E to top and bottom of inner border. Press towards strip E. Oh Happy Day Block/Pillow top measures 18.5" x 18.5"
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C. Make Quilt Sandwich:
  • Pillow Top (right side up), batting (middle), 22" x 22" backing fabric (right side down) *Backing fabric will be hidden inside pillow.
D. Quilt as desired:
I chose to free motion stipple my pillow.
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E. Make Pillow backing with your favorite technique. 
Sneak Peek. I will be sharing a tutorial soon on how to make an exposed zippered pillow backing.
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F. Sew Together
Place quilted pillow top (right side up) on top of pillow backing (right side down). Sew together with a 1/8" seam allowance

G. Attach Binding with preferred method. 
Sneak Peek: I will be sharing a tutorial on machine binding.
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Your Oh Happy Day Pillow is now finished! I made a second pillow as I love having a pair of matching pillows!

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If you prefer mini quilts or table toppers - this project will work too! Just omit adding the pillow backing step E. 

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I absolutely love these sweet pillows and the happiness they bring my home! 

Be sure to check back soon for tutorials on Making an Exposed Zipper Pillow Backing and Machine Binding.

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Oh Happy Day will be shipping to your favorite quilt shop soon! 


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Have a great day and happy quilting! 

Melanie

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Friday, February 12, 2021

Lucky Charm Mini Quilt - Free Project with Sulky

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I'm so excited to share the FREE Lucky Charm Mini Quilt Pattern I wrote for Sulky (here). I was asked to create a mini quilt for St.Patrick's Day using the gorgeous Sulky PolyStar Thread. I LOVE this Luck of The Irish Poly Star 6 pack of thread - it is metallic flecked thread that is SO EASY to machine embroider or sew with and it SHIMMERS!

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 The Lucky Charm Mini Quilt finishes at 16.5" x 16.5" .... perfect for wall decor or table topper or add a zippered or envelope backing for a pillow!  Time to gather up supplies and keep reading for project tips!

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Supplies:

Sulky Thread / Stabilizer / Needles -clickable links below

Machine Embroidery Design:

Fabric Requirements:


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Project Making Tips:

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  • Check the speed on your embroidery machine. I did not have any thread breakage when stitching out the design with the default speed of 600spm on my Janome 550E.
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  • Refer to pattern if you want to use my exact thread choices for each machine embroidery step.
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  • I chose to free motion quilt with Sulky Blendables 30wt #4085 and Organ Titanium 100/16 needle. Since I free motion quilt on full speed – I do find a drop of Sewers Aid on my needle reduces thread breakage. I do not need Sewers Aid when straight-line quilting with my walking foot.

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  • If you prefer a pillow – just add a zippered or envelope backing!
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I can't wait to see your Lucky Charm Mini Quilts!!! This pattern will work for any holiday / occasion - just change the colors of the fabrics and/or center embroidery design. 

Don't forget to download the

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Have a great day and happy quilting! 

Melanie



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