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Modern Christmas Tree Quilt

I have always wanted to make a Christmas themed quilt!  Since I am a member of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild, I really wanted to make it MODERN!  I am fortunate to belong to a very active and exciting guild.  We have some really fun programs that encourage group activity.  One of these activities is called Block Lotto.  Last Christmas, the group made Holiday Patchwork Forest Blocks.  Even though I didn’t win the Block Lotto, I was still excited to make my own Modern Christmas Tree Quilt.  Let me show you my quilt and explain how the Block Lotto works.

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The Block Lotto idea came from the Calgary Modern Quilt Guild, where they decided upon a pattern and a color theme.  Our guild is very fortunate to have Kelly Lautenbach, who is our very own Guild Cruise Director!  Kelly keeps a close eye on fun things to do in the guild and she began this activity for the guild.  Kelly helped us decide on the pattern and the color layout.  It was important to name the color grouping so that the blocks would look good together.  For this Block Lotto, we used the tutorial by Amy Smart from Diary of a Quilter.

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To have a Block Lotto, we have participants make a block (or a group of blocks) and bring them to the meeting.  We gave a raffle ticket for each block that was turned in.  We brought several design walls to the meeting and arranged as many quilt with the blocks that were turned in.  Since the color theme was the same for everyone, the quilts looked fantastic! Our members made 374 blocks which we separated into FIVE sets of blocks to make quilts and 13 sets of 4 blocks each for pillows. What fun we had. And our winners were thrilled!

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Finishing my Modern Christmas Tree Quilt

As you can see, I was not a block lotto winner.  Whomp Whomp.  That didn’t stop me from making my very own Modern Christmas Tree Quilt!  I have to admit that I didn’t finish this until the next Christmas, but I did manage to trade a few block with some quilty friends along the way.  To be honest, I probably wouldn’t have finished this quilt unless my Local Quilt Shop (The Fabric Chic) hadn’t hosted a workshop.  It’s like they just knew what was on my UFO list!!!

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During the workshop, I was able to finish all my blocks and sew all the rows together.  I could have made my quilt top bigger, but I decided to add a larger border.  I used Moda Grundge Seeing Stars in Key Lime.  That really brought out all the green in this quilt.  The stars in the fabric were just perfect too!


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I quilted this all up on my new Juki Miyabi J350QVP.  If you haven’t seen all the things my new machine can do – you should go check out my blog post and learn all about that!

Modern Christmas Tree Quilt binding and backing

Finishing this quilt top, before Christmas, was a special treat!  I love to add seasonal decor to my home and this quilt is perfect for evening snuggles!  I hope you found inspiration in this post and perhaps share the Block Lotto idea with your sewing group as well!  Be sure to follow The Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild’s Facebook Page to keep up to date on all the exciting activities!

Happy Quilting!

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I love my Juki Miyabi J-350 QVP

I have wanted my own Long Arm Quilting Machine for a very long time.  For the past few years, I have been renting time on my friend’s Long Arm and have dreamt about the day that I could get a Long Arm of my own.  As you may know, my sewing studio is rather tiny.  In my studio, I already have my Industrial Juki DU1181n and my domestic machine as well.  After my cutting table and ironing board, I barely have enough room for my cabinets and fabric storage!  I thought I would have to wait until my kids moved out before I could have enough room for a Long Arm Quilting Machine.  Well, that changed when I stopped by Quilter’s HQ to check out the latest Juki Long Arm model.  Let me tell you about some of the features with my Juki Miyabi J-350 QVP!

Compact Size and Adjustability

My Juki Miyabi 350 QVP measures 35.4″ x 33.7″ (that’s the main table).  I also have the optional table extensions which provide and additional 15.7″ on each side.  This brings my total table top measurement to 66.8″ x 33.7″.  This fits perfectly against the west side of my studio!  The table is also adjustable.  I can either sit or stand to use my Long Arm Quilting Machine.  I am currently loving to stand when I quilt.  While the table is compact, the quilting area is more than enough space!  This machine has an 18″ depth and a 10″ height!  That’s a ton of space!

Regulated Stitch option

The feature that immediately caught my attention was the regulated stitch capability of the Juki Miyabi.  I have used both constant and regulated Long Arm Quilting Machines and really love the results of a regulated stitch.  A regulated stitch basically means the stitch length stays the same (or is regulated) no matter how fast you move the fabric under the needle.  If you notice the little white boxes in the base plate (pictured above) – these are basically sensors that watch the fabric as it moves under the needle and adjust the stitch speed accordingly.  Brilliant!  The Juki Miyabi also has 3 other stitching modes, which are Basting, Constant and Manual.

Programmable LCD Touch Screen

 

I have the basic (out of the box) display and functions, which include the Automatic Needle Positioned, Foot Control, bobbin capacity indicator, and stitch length (just to name a few).  I can control the settings with a simple touch and the interface is easy to understand.  There is plenty of room to upgrade the controls of this machine.  I have big plans for the future!

Foot Control

 

Threads are automatically trimmed by push button with the exclusive Juki knife system saving time and increasing efficiency. Upper and lower thread cutter with auto set thread lock. Choose the preferred threads locks prior to auto cut or choose and auto thread pull to bring your threads to the top of your quilt.  This machine also has the electronic foot control with quick control thread cutting.  The foot pedal can also be programmed to work one of two ways:  1.  Used like a regular domestic machine (the harder you push the pedal – the faster the needle runs).  2.  Push the pedal to start the programmed stitch and then push the pedal again to stop the stitching. I like to use the second option the most!

Great Visibility

This machine has Dual directional LED lighting for bright, true white lighting of your quilting area.  Having this bright light, directed onto the immediate work area is great for my eyes!  I often like to Quilt at night and this additional lighting is such a relief to my eye sight!

Warranty and service

The Juki Brand offers an excellent factory warranty.  One of my favorite things about having this machine is the service I can expect from the Shop Owners at Quilters HQ.  Robert and Joan personally installed my machine and helped me get started on this new quilting journey.  Robert came back to install my extender sides while Joan gave me all sorts of tips and tricks to get me started.  They are super helpful so check out their website to see what they have in store for you!

There are so many more features to share about my new Long Arm Quilting Machine, that I have decided to start a series about it!  Be sure you are subscribed to my email newsletter so you won’t miss anything.  I have loved learning all about my new Juki Miyabi J-350QVP and can’t wait to share more about it with you!  Stay tuned for videos!

ps – I need a name for my new machine!  I’m not sure if I want to give it a girl or a boy name, but I’m pretty sure that I want the name to start with the letter “J”.  Comment below on the name you would suggest for my new Juki!

Happy Quilting,

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Sarah’s Choice Quilt Block

Sarah’s Choice Quilt Block is a wonderful star quilt block. Sarah’s Choice incorporates a lovely pinwheel in the center and can be made in a number of combinations.  Using squares and half square triangles, this fun and easy block comes together in a breeze!  In this picture tutorial, I will show you how to put together this fun and easy quilt block.  Grab your pattern and let’s get started with Sarah’s Choice Quilt Block Tutorial!

Sarah's Choice Quilt Block

To get your cutting measurements, you have a couple choices:

Option 1: Download for free.

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Option 2: Purchase this PDF pattern

Use this link to purchase the fabric cutting instructions. You’ll be emailed a download link for a file that references the instructions in this tutorial and provides the cutting measurements for this pattern.  You’ll also be able to download this file in my shop.

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Sarah’s choice Quilt Block Supply List

  • Quilt Block Pattern
  • Qty (2) Fat Eighths of Contrasting Fabrics (I used Add It Up and Robert Kauffman Kona)
  • Qty (1) Fat Eighth of Background Fabric (I used Add It Up)

Basic Sewing Supplies Needed

Sarah’s Choice quilt block tutorial

Iron your fabrics nice and flat to remove any and all wrinkles.  Sometimes, I like to spray my fabrics with my favorite spray starch to make it easier to manage.  Use your cutting measurements to get your pieces all cut and in order.
Using the cutting measurements in your pattern, cut out your background and contrasting fabrics.  Set your (4) smaller background fabric squares (corners) aside.

With a water soluble marking pen, draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of each larger square piece.  With right sides together, place the following fabric pieces together:

  • (2) Background Fabric with (2) Contrasting Fabric 1
  • (2) Background Fabric with (2) Contrasting Fabric 2
  • (2) Contrasting Fabric 1 with (2) Contrasting Fabric 2

Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, sew 1/4″ on each side of the marked line of each square set.

Sarah's Choice Quilt Block - Step 2 Sarah's Choice Quilt Block - Step 3

Cut each sewn set along the marked lines.  Press each set open and square these blocks to the measurements indicated on your pattern.

Sarah's Choice Quilt Block - Step 4 Sarah's Choice Quilt Block - Step 5

Gather your Background squares (corners) and your sewn half square triangle sets.  Line up your pieces, as indicated in the image below.  Sew these pieces together, row by row, using a 1/4″ seam allowance.  Press each row seams opposite of the last row.  This will help you match your points.

Sarah's Choice Quilt Block - Step 6

Simple and Beautiful!  Once you have your block assembled, you can square this up to 12.5″.

Sarah's Choice Quilt Block

The fabric combination possibilities are truly amazing!  Check out these fun Sarah’s choice quilt blocks that I have pinned on my Pinterest Board:

Sarahs Choice example 1 Sarah's Choice example 2
Sarah's Choice Example 3 Sarah's Choice Example 4

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We would love to see your work!

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ps – If you can tell me the origin of this quilt block – I would soooooo appreciate it!  I could not find this in my research and love to know the history of quilt blocks!  Comment below!

Until next time, Happy Quilting!

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How to Sell your Handmade Goods

Have you ever tried to sell something you made?  Whether you try to sell at a craft fair, in a shop or online – Selling handmade goods can be a big step for anyone.  When I first started selling my handmade goods, I was nervous about the process. Where do you start and how do you begin?  In this article, I will explain the some of the steps I took on how to sell your handmade goods and also share some tricks and tips!  

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What To Sell

Some of the best selling items I make are simple and practical.  Zippered Pencil Pouches, Travel Shaving & Makeup Bags, and the ever popular Kristine ID Wallet are some of my best selling items.  I began making these items as gifts and found a huge following with them.  While I still make and sell complex items, the most popular are these following three items:

Zippered Pencil PouchDesign your own pencil pouch image for Etsy link - How to Sell your Handmade Goods

This zippered pouch is one of the quickest and easiest items to make.  While I don’t use a pattern for this item, it is very simple to do and you can find all sorts of free tutorials on Pinterest.  I like to make these in all types of fabrics, but the most popular selling items are made with Designer Fabrics and specific team and character fabrics.  This item is most popular for Back-To-School season.

Travel Shaving & Makeup BagsDesign your own boxy pouch etsy listing image link - How to Sell your Handmade Goods

While these bags take a bit more time to make, they are incredibly popular for both men and women alike.  I learned how to make these while attending a quilting retreat.  Since then, I have been making these for sale for many years and figured out how to make these quickly and efficiently.  These bags sell very well for Mother’s and Father’s day.  They also make an excellent birthday and Christmas present.  I have had many Customers request these for their high school and college students as well.  If you want to learn to make these – click HERE to learn more and watch my video tutorial!

The Kristine ID Wallet

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I fell in love with this pattern the moment I found it.  I was in the market for something that would be similar to the Vera Bradley ID case.  The Kristine ID Wallet  is wildly popular for Back-To-School, Birthdays and Christmas.  I have especially found that girls and young women LOVE these to easily hold their school and work ID’s.  I work part-time in a Middle School and most of the girls wear this type of ID Wallet around their neck.  It is a perfect place to hold their student ID and a few other items as well.  I get many request from college students and young business women also.  I have been able to make different ID wallets and they sell fairly easily.  The best way I sell these items is when I allow the customers to choose their own fabric.  They feel very involved in the process and love to customize things themselves.  While I make mine with a modification (omitting the card slot and flap), I can easily say this is one of my most popular items.  Click HERE if you want to sew one for yourself!  I even have a video tutorial for you!

Where To Sell

Once you figure out what you are going to sell, you will need to decide how you want to showcase your products.  There are so many choices to take your product to market.  I have tried many different ways to sell my handmade product and have found the following 3 ways to work the best for me.  Let me share this with you!

Selling In Person

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Craft Shows and Bazzars are a great way to showcase your handmade items.  Try your best to  book these well in advance to ensure you have enough time to stock your booth with products.  Do a little homework before the show to see what types of folks historically attend.  You will want to ensure that you are stocking products that will sell to the folks that have historically attended.  For example; if I am vending at a Comic-Con, I will make items with fabrics that showcase popular  characters.  If I am vending a Fall Bazzar, I will be sure to stock lots of Fall, Halloween and Christmas related items.  I would also recommend visiting some of the more popular venues and see what is being sold.  Another fun option is to bring samples of your favorite fabrics and allow customers to select their own fabric.  This helps them feel like they were involved in the making of their unique item!  Be sure to collect the amount due (plus shipping) before you agree to make the item.  Have order forms and lead times available.

Selling Online

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Selling online is quickly becoming one of the most popular ways to showcase your handmade products.  Whether you utilize an existing platform, your own website or Social Media, selling online has many benefits.  Let me give a few tips for each one!

Etsy

  • Etsy is a great platform to sell handmade goods.  In fact, it is one of the most popular sites to use!  They have a very easy process and you can get selling in minutes!  I would highly recommend that you take quality photographs and take lots of them!  The better your pictures and the more descriptive with your listing – the more successful you are likely to be!  I have been using Etsy since 2014 and have found great success!  I am continually improving my pictures and item descriptions.  You can check out my Etsy shop HERE.

Social Media

  • Facebook is an excellent way to display and sell your products.  I would recommend opening a separate Business Facebook page so you can utilize the reporting features and run advertisements.  You can also schedule your posts in advance to keep your followers interested in your products and your page.  Visit my Business Facebook page HERE.
  • Instagram is becoming a great avenue for selling online.  Once you get a good following, you can provide direct URL’s to your products.  Create Insta-stories to generate interest for items you are making.  Have fun and be sure to take excellent pictures for your feed.  Imagery is everything with Instagram!  Use hashtags!  Visit my Instagram HERE.
  • Pinterest and Twitter also provide unique ways to sell online.  While twitter is mostly hashtags and any URL you can imagine, Pinterest requires you to either sell thru their platform or have a self hosted site to send traffic.  Follow all my Pinterest Boards and be sure to follow me on Twitter!

Self Hosted Website

  • If you really want to  step up your game, you can get get your own website!  It’s actually easier than you might think.  I recently switched to Siteground for my URL provider.  They are really not the cheapest option, but because my traffic has grown, I needed a host that could handle both my size and volume.  I would recommend you splurge on the few additional cents and made sure you make your personal info private.  Whew!  That was a lesson learned!  If you are just starting out, I can recommend Bluehost for the first year.  Once you have more traffic – you will want to upgrade.
  • I use WordPress.org for my content management system (CMS).  I had some help with a Virtual Assistant and had some special customizations on my website.  With that help,  I even have a shop with WooCommerce.  You can take online courses to learn more about how to use WordPress.  I used Blogging on WordPress and LOVED it!
  • You can also become an affiliate with different products and even make some money on advertisements!  I took Tasha’s online course called Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers and have been successfully earning affiliate dollars from my website and many other  online channels as well.

Selling in a Storefront Shop

BethAnn Boutique display image - How to Sell your Handmade Goods

If you have local boutiques or small business in your city, I would recommend approaching them  with the idea of selling your items in their shops.  You will want to browse their current selection to see if they carry local handmade goods.  This is a good sign that they may be open to new vendors.  I have had products in a couple shops and both shops do things a little differently.

  • Selling in a shop – a few things to consider
    • One of my host shops requires monthly space rent as well as a small commission, while another does not charge rent, but charges a higher commission.
    • I usually got paid monthly from each shop and keep track of my own inventory for restock purposes.  I would highly recommend getting a contract from the shop owner that spells out any fees and commissions as well as payment schedules.  Double check how they plan to handle price tags, shopping bags, taxes and sales/promotions.  It is best to make sure any storewide discounts are absorbed by the shop and not the vendor (unless other arrangements have been made).  I always price my own items and each shop takes care of the shopping bags and taxes.

What To Charge

Handmade Tags with Price sign - How to Sell your Handmade Goods

Trying to figure out what to charge for your handmade goods is always a topic for discussion.  When I first started selling my handmade goods, I priced my items too low.  I guess I didn’t have the confidence that my items were worth more or perhaps I thought that since I wouldn’t pay more for something, then neither would anyone else!  The thing you need to remember is that MANY people do not know how to sew and that they LOVE what you make!  I have broken down a few thoughts on these subjects.

  • Consider your cost
    • Fabric, zippers, hardware, interfacing and anything else that it takes to make your product.
      • To lower your cost, you may consider purchasing your materials at wholesale.  You will need to obtain a resale certificate in order to do this.
    • Credit card and online fees, packing and shipping costs
      • Some fees are higher than others.  Do your homework.
    • if you are selling in person – try to take into account your booth fees
      • Most venues charge for tables and electricity.
  • Consider the market
    • See what other vendors are selling for similar products
    • Is your item highly sought after?  Is it difficult to obtain?

I took the above into consideration when I priced my goods in all the markets I sell.  For the past 6 months, I have had a lot of change happening.  Last year, I opened my Amazon shop.  Wow!  That was an adjustment.  I have been doing that since November of 2017.  In the past few months, I started selling PRIME.  Wow – another adjustment!  Check out my online shops to see what I am charging.  Being the cheapest CERTAINLY does not make you more successful.  If you find an item selling fast, try raising the price.  Even if it is only $1.00.

My Etsy Shop

My Amazon Handmade Shop

My Website Shop

I would love to hear your feedback on what and where you sell your handmade items!  What is your best seller?  Have you opened your own website yet?  Tell me in your comments below!

Until next time – Happy Sewing!

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15 Fabulous Patterns for Fall!

Sewing and Quilting for the Fall Season is a perfect time to make something special for yourself or for others.  While we watch the leaves drop and the sky turn to grey, now is the perfect opportunity to use up some scraps or cut into that special fabric you have been saving!  Let me share some really great patterns and inspiration with you so you can start creating!  Check out these 15 fabulous patterns for fall!

Let me share some really great patterns and inspiration with you so you can start creating! Check out these 15 fabulous patterns for fall! #simple #TableRunners #AutumnLeaves #JellyRolls #WallHangings #FallQuiltBlocks #Quilting #ColorCombos #Fabric #PaperPiecing #Fun #Easy #Quick #pattern

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let nature inspire you

Most of these patterns are fun and simple.  Some patterns require a little more “know how”.  If you’ve ever tried foundation paper piecing, you will know how great these projects can be!  Not only do they turn out PERFECT, but they can also be added to other blocks to make a larger project!  I just loved these different patterns:

Mushroom Quilt Block

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This pattern is very easy to sew even if you have never tried paper piecing before. This mushroom would be an excellent project for you with just a few steps to complete the design. Look at the added stitches (those green shoots) to make the Mousy a bit more comfy. Grab your pretty fabric scraps and get sewing! Pattern by Larissa with Stitching Notes

Paper Pieced Squirrel FTW!!!

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This cute squirrel has lots of character and is a challenging but fun make. Use the finished block as a mini quilt or as part of a larger creation. Think of all the scraps you can use up!!  The PDF also includes instructions to scale-up the pattern to make a quilt of any size.    Pattern by Diane Lawrence with Etive & Co.

Wood Duck FPP Pattern

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This 12″ finished FPP Quilt Block is perfect for the Hunter or Nature lover in your life! You can even enlarge the pattern to make a focal block in a lap quilt! Stunning! Pattern by Janeen van Niekerk

Paper Pieced Feathers

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The pattern makes a 5″ x 10″ block. The beauty of this pattern is its versatility. This is a fabulous Pattern by Quiet Play.  The arrow is also a Quiet Play pattern.  Both are excellent!

Small projects make quick finishes!

There is no need to make a huge fuss about these fun and seasonal projects!  Just pick one or two of them and get started!  They are fun and addicting!

Scrappy Patchwork Acorn

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This 6” Scrappy Acorn block is a great Fall and Autumn project for beginners and experienced stitchers alike. Use up some of the left-over scraps or pull out all your favorite brown, orange and red fabrics. This pattern is by The Patchsmith’s Pattern Shop

Scrappy Pumpkin Block

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This scrappy block of the month is a strippy little pumpkin that’s made up entirely of 1 1/2″ wide strips and will finish at 8″ square. This adorable block comes together in a snap, so it’s perfect for weekend warriors who are looking for a project to usher in the Fall Season!

Hazel the Hedgehog

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Elizabeth Hartman’s Hazel Hedgehog Pattern – While they might not be as soft and cuddly like a kitten they certainly are cute whether in real life or interpreted in fabric on a quilt

Applique Turkey Quilt Block

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This 10.5″ square turkey block is appliqued and simply adorable! Learn more about how to make your own Turkey Quilt Block! – Pattern by Lori Holt with Bee in my Bonnet

The Maple Leaf Quilt Block

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This nine-patch quilt block is super easy and looks really great! There are many ways to make a Maple Leaf Quilt Block.  Check out this fun tutorial by Nicole Moore (that’s me) for The Seasoned Homemaker

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scrap busting projects ftw!

If you keep your fabric scraps (like many of us do) – these simple projects are perfect for you!  Grab your Oranges, Browns, Greens and Reds to create something Fabulous for Fall!

Pumpkin Mug Rug

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Make this fun little orange 8″ x 10″ mini quilt! This is also the perfect size for an adorable season Mug Rug! Pattern by Sassafrass-Lane.

Mod Owls by Sew Kind of Wonderful

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Sew Kind Of Wonderful QCR Mod Owls Pattern- This pattern uses both the Quick Curve Ruler and the Quick Curve Mini Ruler (both sold separately). These adorable owls have a very modern look with their clean lines and simplistic design. All curves are pieced

ps – you will need the Large Quick Curve Ruler and also the Mini Quick Curve Ruler for this pattern.  You can check these out in my SHOP.

Sunflower Quilt Block (this one is made by Pat Sloan)

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The block was designed by Vanessa Goertzen from Lella Boutique for Aurifil’s 2017 September Designer of the Month feature. It’s constructed of squares and half-square triangles surrounding a snowball center and finishes at 12″ square.

Two Sizes in this Acorn Quilt Block!

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Gather up your fabrics to make lots of these adorable Acorn Quilt Blocks! There are two sizes included in this pattern! This pattern is by Ellisa and Higgs

Fancy Fox Tote Bag

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I incorporated a Fancy Fox Quilt Block into a panel for a Tote and I couldn’t be happier! Click the picture to see my finished project!

I don’t know about you, but I am excited about all the Fall sewing and quilting possibilities!  I’ve already made the Fancy Fox Tote and the Maple Leaf Quilt Block…..  I think my scraps are beckoning to be made into something Fabulous!!

Tell us in the comments if you have tried any of these fun projects!

Happy Stitches!

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Alison Glass Trunk Show

I have always been a fan of Alison Glass.  Since I started following her, Alison has continued to create beautiful designs for fabric, wonderful Quilt patterns and even makes embroidery designs! In case you didn’t know…. Alison Glass is a surface designer living in Virginia with her husband, daughter, and son. She currently designs fabric for Andover Fabrics and has several collections available. I feel like I spent an entire year with Alison, since she was the Featured Designer of my 2018 Quilters Planner! I was recently invited to the 2018 Fall Festival at Missouri Star Quilt Company. The Alison Glass Trunk Show was on the schedule and I could not wait! Most of you know that I live a little over an hour from MSQC, so I was thrilled to attend!

Alison Glass Trunk Show - Nicole and Alison

Alison and I pose for a picture at her Meet & Greet. Alison is such a sweet person! I can’t wait to see what she designs next!

Since it isn’t everyday that Alison comes to the Midwest – we (a group of Modern Quilt Guild Members) decided to either carpool or meet in Hamilton Missouri. There was a full day of activities planned (let’s not even talk about the amount of shopping that happened) and the Alison Glass Trunk Show was scheduled for 10am.  Alison gave a great talk to the audience and showed us many quilts that were made with her various lines of fabric.  Let me show you one of my favorite quilts!

The Trunk Show

Alison Glass Trunk Show - Feathers Quilt 1

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The Feathers Quilt pattern was based on Alison’s Feathers fabric design from Sun Print 2014, this large scale version of the design uses foundation paper piecing for a precise finish. Fourteen block templates can be arranged as shown or in any other distinctive combination. Simple shapes, detailed instructions and color illustrations make this pattern a great introduction to foundation paper piecing.

There were many questions after Alison’s Trunk Show and one of them was, “Why do you use grey or darker colors as a background?”  Alison explained how the saturated colors are able to shine through with the darker background (as opposed to white or cream).  Although, Alison did also say that a white background does look really nice with this the Feathers Quilt as well!

The Quilt Show

There was a Quilt Show just next door to the Alison Glass Trunk Show.  Not only did Alison bring a bunch of quilts for her Trunk Show, but she also brought many others to display in the Quilt Show.  It was really great to be able to get up close to her quilts.  The colors are truly amazing.  I love the depth and saturation!

Alison Glass Trunk Show 1 Alison Glass Trunk Show 2 Alison Glass Trunk Show 3
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Alison Glass Trunk Show Feathers quilt

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I’m not sure which background that I like the best!  There is definitely something wonderful about both quilts.  It’s amazing how the background fabric can truly change the look of the quilt!

Alison Glass Trunk Show - Quilt Kit

If you are thinking of making this exact quilt for yourself, there is a Quilt Kit available.  As with all designer fabrics, the quantities are very limited!  Get your Quilt Kit HERE.  Your Quilt kit also include the pattern.  Yay!

If you just want to play with Alison’s lovely Sun Print Fabric Collection, you can check your local fabric shop!  If they don’t carry it – ask them to!  You can also purchase yardage and pre-cuts online.

Alison Glass Trunk Show - Precut Fabric

The day was full of friends, fun and fabric!  I was able to briefly visit with Alison and found her to be a very sweet person.  You can learn more about Alison and her products by visiting her website:  www.alisonglass.com  I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us next!

Have you ever purchased Alison Glass fabric?  What did you make?  Let us know in the comments!

XOXO

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Making a Handmade Christmas

It’s never too early to start sewing and quilting for Christmas!  As makers, we are always thinking of ways to share our Handmade gifts with those we love.  Making a Handmade Christmas is the perfect way to show someone you care!  You can make a small, cherished mug rug, or even an entire quilt!  The choice is yours!  And talk about choices!  There are so many!  I recently went on an online scavenger hunt for some tried and true Handmade Christmas ideas and patterns.  I am super excited to share this collection of gems with you!  This collection of patterns is super affordable and most are absolutely FREE!

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Handmade Christmas – Foundation Paper Piecing

These patterns are fun and simple.  If you’ve ever tried foundation paper piecing, you will know how great these projects can be!  Not only do they turn out PERFECT, but they can also be added to other blocks to make a larger project!  I just loved these different patterns:

Christmas Gnome Paper Pieced Pattern

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The Christmas Gnome pattern is an intermediate to advanced FPP pattern that assumes a basic knowledge of paper piecing. The pattern is clearly labeled, has colored graphics, and full size pattern pieces with a 1/4″ seam allowance included.

Geometric Christmas Tree FPP Pattern

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Geometric Christmas Tree Foundation Paper Pieced (FPP) PDF Pattern Block finishes at 6″ x 6″ Basic knowledge of FPP is expected for this pattern, however the Geometric Christmas Tree is a very simple pattern and perfect for beginners! The pattern is labeled clearly and includes a 1/4″ seam allowance plus a few tips to get you going.

Christmas Bell FPP Pattern

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This block is 9.5″ x 7.5″. However you can add an additional 1.5″ border around the bottom and sides to make separate mini-quilts. With the borders the block is 10.5″ x 9.5″.

 

 

Handmade Christmas – Gifts for Everyone!

If you are like me, you have a list of loved ones that you would like to make gifts for Christmas!  It’s so hard to pick and choose who gets handmade, so maybe we should try some smaller projects?  Mug Rugs, Table Runners, Hot Pads and Child’s Aprons are PERFECT quick projects!  Give these to your friends, neighbors, teachers, stylist (the list goes on and on)…  Here are a few ideas that should get your creative juices flowing!

Deer w/ Antlers Mug Rug

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Who needs a Christmas tree when there are such wonderful antlers to be had? Imagine a whole herd of reindeer dressed in their best stockings and baubles. But don’t just imagine it -create this wonderful scene with this quick and easy Christmas mug rug pattern from the Patchsmith.

Patchwork Table Runner with Hot Pads

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Use just one charm pack and background, backing and binding to make an adorable Christmas gift set of two potholders and a coordinating runner. This pattern also works well in other holiday prints and in your favorite non-seasonal fabrics. Make this fast and fun ensemble for the perfect hostess gift.

Child’s Christmas Apron

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Who can resist this adorable Child’s Christmas Apron? Make one for your special someone!

 

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Handmade Christmas – Who is “Quilt Worthy”?

Let’s face it – not everyone is “Quilt Worthy”!  We all know how much work goes into making a quilt!  Quilts take lots and lots of time and and whole lot of supplies!  I mean, fabric isn’t cheap!!  So, if you have a loved one that you want to make a Christmas quilt for, I have some fun recommendations for you!  Some are smaller Mini Quilts (which make really pretty table or wall decor) and some are full blown Quilts!  I found a fun patchwork project and a few improv patterns as well.  Let me show you my favorites!

Christmas Pine Tree Quilt

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If you want to make just one quilt for the holidays, I heartily recommend the Christmas Pine Tree quilt. So Cute… So Easy! Just Squares and a few Triangles. Make it smaller with smaller pieces and larger using larger pieces (It’s amazing how that works!) Make A Great Christmas Quilt!

Modern Christmas Tree

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Fun modern Christmas wallhanging . Very easy to make. Make your own tree…play with the settings on the branches…or make it even on both sides…change colour on the tree and on the baubles… It will be sewn up in no time…it’s a quick project… Just have lots of fun!!

Improv Christmas Tree Quilt

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Improv-piecing makes this modern Christmas Tree quilt not only come together really quickly, but makes each quilt totally unique. Easy to follow steps for making 2 blocks at once quickly, with minimal fabric waste.

Well, I’m pretty excited about this year’s Handmade Christmas possibilities!  I already have the Improv Christmas Tree Quilt in progress and hope to finish this UFO before Santa comes!  I hope you find this collection of ideas inspiring as well!  Now, let’s get to work and start making a fabulous handmade Christmas!  What else is on your Christmas Sewing list?

Tell us in the comments!

Happy Stitches!

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Learn to Make a Lanyard

Lanyards are such a useful item to have and to make!  You can attach them to small wallets and hang around your neck (like the Kristine ID Wallet), or you can make a smaller version to use as a wristlet!  I have even seen many people use lanyards as a key chain!  Lanyards can make a fun and simple gift!  Teachers LOVE them!  One year, I gave all my kid’s teachers a lanyard and they were pleased as punch!

In this post, you will learn to make a lanyard, without having to use a Bias Tape Maker.  Let’s get started and don’t forget to watch the video too!

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Learn to make a Lanyard – Supplies List

  • Lanyard Fabric (I recommend 100% quilting cotton)
  • SF101 – Pellon Shapeflex (you can get this from Amazon or your local Quilt shop)
  • Thread (I recommend using a 40 wt thread)
  • 1/2″ Swivel Lobster Clasp (I buy a large pack because these make EXCELLENT gifts)

Learn to make a Lanyard – Tools Needed

Learn to make a Lanyard – instructions

  1. Cut Lanyard Fabric and Shapeflex to length  (2″ x  38″)
  2. Fuse the glue side (the bumpy side) of the Shapeflex to the wrong side of the Lanyard Fabric
    1. Be sure to leave a few inches at each end without any Shapeflex.  This will make it easier to sew together at the end.
  3. Fold and press the entire length of the fused Lanyard fabric in half (lengthwise) with wrong sides together.
  4. Open this fold and fold the long raw edged sides toward the middle crease and press.
  5. Straight stitch along the both edges (starting with the open side first).
  6. Insert lanyard tape through the Swivel Lobster Clasp Dring and sew both ends in place (enfolding all raw edges)

Sewing Tip!

  • Use a longer stitch length when sewing your lanyard tape together.  I use a 3.0 stitch length and it gives it a nice Top Stitch effect!
  • Use a thicker thread – I use Aurifil 40wt.

I created a YouTube tutorial to help you learn to make your own lanyard.  Enjoy!

I hope you learned a lot from this tutorial.  Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube Channel!

I would love to know how you are going to use this technique in your next project.  Are you going to make these for yourself or maybe as gifts?  Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Sewing!

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Learn to make Zipper Tabs

Sometimes, it is hard to find the exact zipper needed in your for a project.  There are so many different types, colors and sizes of zippers.  In this tutorial, you will learn to make zipper tabs with a nylon zipper.

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But first, let’s explore the anatomy of a nylon zipper.

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I like to use colorful zippers!  They make projects fun and exciting!  Let’s dive right in and Learn to Make a Zipper Tab!

Supplies:

  • Nylon Zipper (I get all my zippers right HERE)
  • 3″x 4″rectangle of quilting cotton fabric
  • Thread (I recommend using a 40 wt thread – perfect for zippered projects)

Tools:

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Basic Instructions:

  1. Fold and press fabric rectangle in half lengthwise , wrong sides together
  2. Open it back up and fold each side to the center; press.
  3. Trim the ends of the zipper tail to just beyond the “stopper”.
  4. Slip the zipper end in between the folded fabric to create a sandwich.  Fuse in place.
  5. Straight stitch along the edge.  Trim off ends of fabric from zipper tab.
  6. Open zipper and repeat steps 3 & 4.  Be sure to line up the zipper straight across the top opening before attaching the zipper tab.


Important Tips:

  • Go SLOW when stitching over the coil part of zipper.  If the needle hits the zipper coil too fast it could snap and break.
  • Consider stitching the fabric a couple times, just for security sake.

I created a YouTube tutorial to help you learn to make zipper tabs.  Enjoy!

Zipper tabs are the perfect little detail for small pouches.  Sometimes, even if the zipper is the right size, I will make it smaller just to add the tabs.  I just love the added punch of color!  Like I mentioned before, I get all my zippers from my favorite zipper source.  There are so many colors available and so many different zipper types and sizes too!  This shop even has some excellent zipper pulls available as well!

Zippers from Zipit are really the best source of zippers online. They have all sizes, colors and types! #zippers #sewing

I hope you learned a lot from this tutorial.  I would love to know how you are going to use this technique in your next project.  Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Sewing!

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The Kristine ID Wallet

I was looking for ideas and inspirations when I landed on the Kristine ID Wallet pattern which is designed by Michelle Burke of Uniquely Michelle.  While I typically don’t use Michelle’s entire pattern to make these little wallets, this has really turned out to be a practical and popular wallet for several genres!  I was first introduced to this wallet style by following the very popular Vera Bradley designs.  I also noticed that a vast majority of the Middle School and High School students were wearing the Vera Bradley ZipID Case.  I have been a big fan of the Vera Bradley patterns and knew that I could probably make something very similar to this design.  I was browsing through Craftsy and fell upon Michelle’s pattern.  Let me tell you all about it!

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Kristine id wallet Material list


Kristine id wallet SUPPLY LIST


I used Michelle’s pattern and created a slightly different version of that wallet – my own Design Your Own ID Wallet.  It’s completely handmade.  I used designer cotton fabric for making these wallets and most are made to order.

Design your own ID Wallet

Perfect for anyone!!!

Why am I so mesmerized by the design? Because of its usability and small size.

It lets you carry your essentials wherever you go – from your credit cards and ID to your cash. The clear window can act like a student ID holder.  You can add a wrist strap and go hands-free. The long strap of the wallet goes around your neck to keep the wallet exactly where you need it.

This wallet is perfect for an office going woman or even a teenager. Big on practicality and fashion, it will be just the perfect companion for the modern day woman.

I made one for my neighbor and she was happy with it. Her Student Badge went in the clear ID pocket. The little coin purse stored her coins (and her earbuds). It’s very durable and resilient. She prefers to wear it around her neck and not with a wrist strap. It’s a personal choice – which is great!

Kristine ID Wallet image

Kristine ID Wallet image

You will need a couple pieces of hardware (not including the zipper) to make this wallet.  I buy mine in bulk and have ordered them from Amazon (which is super duper convenient and economical too).  Check the supply list above for the links.  If you are like me, you can make dozens at a time!  These sell fast, so make lots and lots!

Kristine ID Wallet assembly line

Watch my tutorial right here:

Part One:  Making the ID Window


Part Two: Finishing the Wallet

Part Three:  Make your own Lanyard (coming soon)

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I would love to see the ID wallets that you make!  If you are not a maker, let me know if you would like me to make you one!  I love to help with custom orders!!!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Sewing!

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