Pinetree Forest Quilt Block

Have you ever needed a quilt block that wasn’t quite Holiday specific, but still works throughout the entire winter season?  This is what I love about the Pinetree Forest Quilt Block!  Let me tell you about this versatile foundation paper pieced pattern so you can make one (or several)  for yourself and others!

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MATERIALS LIST

SUPPLY LIST

Making the Quilt Block

The construction of this quilt block is pretty straight forward and can be easily accomplished by the confident beginner.  If you have never tried foundation paper piecing before, I recommend watching my YouTube video to help you understand the basics of this technique.  You can also try your hand at this simple pattern to get your feet wet.

The Pinetree Forest Quilt Block pattern includes a Coloring Page, which is useful to help you determine what colors you like and also to help you keep track of which fabric to use for which piece.  I like to attach my tree fabrics to each tree to help me remember which color I am using for each Pinetree.

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The pattern is sectioned into 5 “strips” for easy assembly.  I highly recommend printing your pattern on special paper and also using the Add-A-Quarter Acrylic Ruler.  These two products will make quick and accurate work of any foundation paper pieced project!

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Once you have your sections trimmed, you simply sew each section together.  I have found that leaving the paper on for the section assembly will help to keep your pieces properly aligned.

Finishing the Pinetree Forest Quilt Block

Once you’ve completed the assembly of your Pinetree Forest Quilt Block – the sky is the limit on how you want to use it!  You can make several to create a table runner or make several more to make your own quilt top!  I will probably make a few more of these and use them as the focal points of some throw pillows on my living room couch!  I can leave them out until it’s time to decorate for Valentine’s Day!

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Happy Quilting!

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2019 Quilters Gift Guide

As Quilter’s and Sewists, we love to have all the latest tools and techniques to keep us evolving and creating!  I’ve been a quilter and sewist for some time now and have worked in and around the industry long enough to see many of the newest and latest trends & notions on the market.  I have divided this Quilters Gift Guide into several categories.  Whether you are looking for Quilt Pattern, Notions, Equipment or simply some inspiration – There is a little bit of everything for every Creative Person.  Let’s dive right in!

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My Favorite cutting supplies

I have a few rulers that I use every day!  They are my go-to rulers and I love them.  These rulers are the perfect size for my everyday tasks and I find the markings on them to be very helpful.  Let me show my top three rulers!

Omnigrid Small Marking Ruler

This ruler is my everyday sidekick.  I use it for lots of different things.  I like it because it is small and compact enough to fit into my Sew Together Bag.  I take it with me on retreats and use it every day.  I love that it even has the 1/8″ markings, which are perfect for some of the precision measurements I need.  I use it for joining fabric strips when making binding or sashing and I use this to help make the ID window for my ID Wallets.  I would not be content without my Omnigrid Small Marking Ruler!

Omnigrid Value Pack 

This Omnigrid ruler set contains one each of 3 Omnigrid quilting rulers (1×6″ and 6×12″, 4×8″ with grid) to execute a variety of measurements. The markings on the ruler are what you can expect from this brand.  Not only does it have markings for 1/8″, but it also has your common angle markings.  There are 30, 45 & 60 degree angles marked which are helpful for making certain quilt blocks or bias binding.  I love the larger rulers when making Quilt Blocks because the size is convenient and the markings are easy to understand.  I add True Grip stickers to the back of my rulers.  These help the rulers stay in place and they don’t obscure the markings.

Omnigrid 6″ x 24″

This ruler is a must if you are cutting fabric yardage.  I love the length of this 6″ x 24″ Omnigrid ruler.  I find that this ruler is perfect because it is less likely to slide around the fabric.  I also attach True Grip stickers to the back of this ruler to ensure the ruler does not slide while cutting.

Olfa Rotary Cutters

There are many different brands of rotary cutters on the market and the Olfa brand is definitely my favorite!  There are many colors and sizes available.  I use the Olfa Rotary Cutter 45mm size for cutting most of my fabric to size and then use my Olfa Rotary Cutter size 28mm for all my precision cutting.

Rotary Cutter Case

This Omnigrid Rotary Cutter Hard Shell Zip Around Case is perfect to carry your rotary cutters and spare blades! Check it out right HERE!

This Omnigrid Rotary Cutter Hard Shell Zip Around Case is perfect to carry your rotary cutters and spare blades! Check it out right HERE!

Rotating Cutting Mat

I’ve had my 17″ Rotating Cutting Mat for 4 years now.  I use it ALL the time!  This 2-piece mat has a non-slip bottom layer with interlocking green top cutting mat, yellow grid lines and markings, that rotates 360 degrees smoothly.  I love the Self-healing finish, which reseals surface cuts and provides a continually smooth surface for all my cutting projects.  I am sure to store my mat flat and out of direct sunlight.  You can also get 12″ Rotating Cutting Mat as well!  I even have a smaller 6″ rotating cutting mat – super handy for the work at your machine!

Cricut Maker

I used to own a Cricut machine, when I was really into scrapbooking.  I loved it and used it all the time!  Since I transitioned to sewing and quilting, my tools and supplies were just sitting in storage.  My inks and markers were drying out and it was just a shame to have it sit there and not being used.  So, I decided to donate my machine (and most of my supplies) to someone who could use it.  My friend came over and took most of it, including my circuit machine, all my cartridges.

Fast forward 7 years and now there is a Circuit for fabric lovers (The Cricut Maker) and I am really excited about it!  I’ve told Santa that I would like the Circuit Maker for my gift this year.  While I’m not sure I will get it (even though I’ve been a very good girl this year) – a girl can dream!!!

Black Friday deals will be available from Cricut! Save up to 40% off Machines with Cricut’s Holiday Sale! Starting 11/29, Spend $50 and get a $10 coupon or Spend $100 and get a $25 coupon. Cricut.com is also offering Free Economy Shipping on orders $100+.

Cricut Maker Essential Bundle
Must-Have Notions!

Recently, I’ve been searching for and using unique tools and notions that can make my sewing life easier.  I found a few you might love too! I’m a strong believer in making sewing and quilting as efficient as possible by using useful tools. This is why I’ve gathered a list of notions that can speed up your sewing and help you give your project that professional final touch.

Spray Bottle Mister

These are perfect to keep your water and liquid starch!  I use this set for just that!  One for water and the other for Best Press.

Spray Bottle Mister

Mini Project Oliso Iron

This iron is one of the newest travel irons on the market and I’m so excited about the Holiday price!  Head over to the website and pick from either Yellow or Pink!

“Sashers”- Bias Tape Acrylic Templates

These little acrylic templates are just what you need to make a variety of sizes of bias tape.  Check out the video on how these work and get a set for yourself!  Talk about a time saver!

“Sashers” – Acrylic template set for making your own bindings! Check these out right HERE!

Wool Pressing Mats

My friend, Jan, has really corned the market with her Wool Pressing Mat offerings.  Not only does she offer some standard sizes – but she can also cut these to your specific needs.  I am still using my wool mat that I bought from her almost 2 years ago!!!  Check her out right HERE!

Wool Pressing Mats - In a variety of sizes!

Wool Pressing Mats – In a variety of sizes! Check them out right HERE!

Clover Wonder Clips

We all know that these are not a new item, but boy oh boy are they a MUST HAVE!  I don’t know about your wonder clips, but mine eventually grow legs and walk out of my sewing studio!  I keep these on my favorites list to restock whenever my clip supply gets too low.

Bobbin Storage

Having a bobbin storage bin is a great way to keep your bobbins organized.  I love these little clear cases for bobbin storage!  They fit my bobbins perfectly and I can still see what colors I have already wound.  I have 3 of these and may need to order a fourth.  I even use one of these to hold my size M bobbins for my Industrial Sewing Machine bobbins.  These make great stocking stuffers too!

Comic Book Boards

You may wonder what Comic Book Boards have to do with Sewing and Quilting Notions, and I don’t blame you!  It wasn’t until I started using these to organize my fabric that I realized how wonderful these simple things can be!  Head over to my blog post to learn more about using these handy boards to help you organize your stash!

Show me the Fabric!

We all have our favorite Fabric Designers and Fabric lines.  I love the quilting and sewing industry because you can always be sure to find new and exciting fabrics each season!  2019 was full of some amazing Designers and Collections.  I love to keep up-to-date with these new products by following my favorite brands.  Here are a few of my favorites from 2019!

Cotton & Steel – Noel

Merriment by Gingiber

Little Tree by Lella Boutique

Just for fun!

I attend lots of Sew Days and Quilting Retreats.  I love to “Dress the Part” by wearing fun Quilty shirts and accessories!  These are some of my Favorites!

Enamel Pins

Check out the variety of Enamel Pins – RIGHT HERE

Time Flies when your Sewing!

There are only a few of these remaining! The scissors are a pendulum. Check this out RIGHT HERE!

Over the door Ironing Board

This over the door ironing station is perfect if you want to maximize your sewing space! Check it out RIGHT HERE!

Wonderful PatternsLet’s face it – there are a TON of patterns out there!  It can be a little intimidating and overwhelming to choose a pattern that you will want to start AND finish!  Here are a few patterns that I have tried (and loved) which made my list of favorites for 2019:

Posh Santa

This quilt is on my “Need to Make” list for 2019!   This pattern is from one of my favorite pattern designers – Sew Kind of Wonderful!  You will use the Quick Curve Ruler Mini to make this quilt.

Say hello to Posh Santa!  Such a great wall hanging pattern!  Just the right size for an easy weekend holiday project. He would make a great door quilt to greet all the holiday guests.

Starburst Quilt

I completed the Starburst Quilt for a local Modern Quilt Show and I just loved the pattern that Jenifer Dick wrote!  This pattern is included in her book called The Nine Patch Revolution.  My version used a couple of fewer blocks than the original pattern.  I just love it!  You need to check out this book!  So many awesome projects!  Popular pattern designer Jenifer Dick and expert quilter Angela Walters have teamed up to provide 20 modern, diverse projects reinterpreting the Nine-Patch block. Nine-patches are easy to piece, aesthetically pleasing, and versatile, making it an ideal beginner’s block, but also a favorite of more experienced quilters. Projects use a wide variety of techniques, from basic piecing and improv to paper piecing and wonky piecing. Each project includes detailed, step-by-step instructions for piecing plus quilting!  I finished this quilt for a Quilt Challenge and Quilt Show that our local Modern Quilt Guild held.  Be sure to use the Add-A-Quarter Ruler and also some Carol Doak’s Foundation Paper for Foundation Paper piecing!  These little tools really help with this or any foundation paper pieced project!

Hashtag QuiltHashtag Graduation Quilt

The Hashtag Quilt was a fun and surprisingly simple quilt to make!  This quilt definitely makes a statement!  I  found the Stripology ruler to be a MAJOR time saver for this quilt!  So many cuts of the same size!  I also highly recommend that you use a 1/4″ quilting foot (be sure you get the right one – tons of choices for different machine shafts).  There is tons and tons of chain piecing, so be sure to wind lots of bobbins too – or you can cheat and get the pre-loaded bobbins.  I won’t tell – hehe!  To learn how to make your own Hashtag Quilt – click HERE.

Whew!  I wish I could have included more Favorites!  It’s really difficult to only list a few!  What do you love that I left out?  Comment below and let everyone know!

Happy Sewing and Quilting and I hope you all get what you want for the Holidays!  (even if we have to buy it for ourselves)

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Christmas Table Runners!

At a recent group sewing event, we learned how to make a wonderful Christmas Table Runner with a Half Hexagon template. One of us saw the online tutorial that Jenny, with MSQC, put together and we were hooked!  These came together so simply and I find myself looking forward to making more.  These are such a fun and simple project!  I just loved making one, so I had to make several more!

These came together so simply! These are such a fun and easy project! I just loved making one, so I had to make several more! Let's get started! #Easy #Patterns #Tutorial #Christmas #project #Fabric #TableRunner #DIY #Ideas #Basic #Quilt #HomeDecor #Quilting #Quilter #SewMuchMoore #SewMuchMooreInStore

I used to sell these table runners in my Etsy shop, and they were very popular!  These also make a really great gift!  Let me tell you all the things you will need to make your own Christmas Table Runner (and the list is very short – Yay)

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Christmas Table Runner – SUPPLIES LIST

Christmas Table Runner – TOOLS NEEDED


Choosing and cutting your fabric, from your layer cake, is really fun!  You can usually find duplicates in each layer cake.  One 10″ square will yield (2) half hexagons.

Check out Jenny’s tutorial to see how easy this Christmas Table Runner is to make!

Jenny’s Half Hexagon Template works really well for the Layer Cakes, but if you wanted to use your existing Christmas yardage, you can use any type of half hexagon template.  Amazon has a pretty decent selection of Half Hexagon Templates as well.

I hope you have lots of fun making these Christmas Table Runners!

Happy Stitches!

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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 amazing and sure to get you into the Holiday Spirit!

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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

Gnome FPP Pattern - Check out this collection of fun and exciting patterns! Get started on your own Handmade Christmas! #Pattern #Printables #Quilts #Pillows #Easy #Templates #ForBeginners #Beginner #Art #Design #ArtDesign #Block #ChristmasQuilt #ForBeginners #quilt #Quilts #Quilting #ideas #modern #ToMake #Simple #Blocks #Tutorial #quilting #sewing #handmade #Project #Patchwork #Contemporary #WalkingFoot #DIY #Fabric #Bedding #OfTheMonth #12” #Vintage #Modern #Star #Scrappy #Free #Quick #project #DIY #Sampler #Ideas #Basic #HST #12Inch #StepByStep #QuiltBlock #BOM #SewMuchMoore #SewMuchMooreInStore

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

Geometric Christmas Tree - Check out this collection of fun and exciting patterns! Get started on your own Handmade Christmas! #Pattern #Printables #Quilts #Pillows #Easy #Templates #ForBeginners #Beginner #Art #Design #ArtDesign #Block #ChristmasQuilt #ForBeginners #quilt #Quilts #Quilting #ideas #modern #ToMake #Simple #Blocks #Tutorial #quilting #sewing #handmade #Project #Patchwork #Contemporary #WalkingFoot #DIY #Fabric #Bedding #OfTheMonth #12” #Vintage #Modern #Star #Scrappy #Free #Quick #project #DIY #Sampler #Ideas #Basic #HST #12Inch #StepByStep #QuiltBlock #BOM #SewMuchMoore #SewMuchMooreInStore

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 Tree Quilt Block Pattern

Christmas Tree Quilt Block Pattern by Joe June and Mae. Check out all their patterns! They are so cute!

 

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

Deer with Antlers Mug Rug - Check out this collection of fun and exciting patterns! Get started on your own Handmade Christmas! #Pattern #Printables #Quilts #Pillows #Easy #Templates #ForBeginners #Beginner #Art #Design #ArtDesign #Block #ChristmasQuilt #ForBeginners #quilt #Quilts #Quilting #ideas #modern #ToMake #Simple #Blocks #Tutorial #quilting #sewing #handmade #Project #Patchwork #Contemporary #WalkingFoot #DIY #Fabric #Bedding #OfTheMonth #12” #Vintage #Modern #Star #Scrappy #Free #Quick #project #DIY #Sampler #Ideas #Basic #HST #12Inch #StepByStep #QuiltBlock #BOM #SewMuchMoore #SewMuchMooreInStore

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.

Snowman Table Runner PDF Pattern

Digital Snowman Table Runner Pattern by Patterns by Vicki.

Child’s Christmas Apron

Children’s Christmas Apron Sewing Pattern. There is also a BONUS Snowman Apron Pattern as well! Super Cute!

Oliso Smart Iron

 

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 a whole lot of supplies!  I mean, the 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 a 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!

Geese in the Forest Quilt Pattern

Pattern by Twiddle Tails. This quilt consists of 6 different foundation pieced blocks.
The pattern includes the numbered foundation piecing diagrams for all blocks in the quilt, as well as a layout diagram.

Snowflake Quilt Pattern

Snowflake Quilt is the designer’s take on a modern and minimal winter quilt. There are two ways to assemble this quilt. You can follow along with the larger block assembly style on the 1-color or 4-color version or stay simple with the square and HST scrappy version.

Modern Christmas Tree Quilt

Modern Christmas Tree Quilt

Check out my finished Modern Christmas Tree Quilt. I grabbed some coordinating fabric prints and also traded with fellow quilters. Isn’t it fun? Super easy too!

Well, I’m pretty excited about this year’s Handmade Christmas possibilities!  I already have my fabric purchased for my Swell Christmas Quilt.  I even bought extra coordinating solids and now sell this in my online fabric shop!

And to get us into the Holiday Spirit – I am hosting a giveaway for this fantastic Fat Quarter Bundle of Painter’s Pallet Solids!  Just leave a comment below on what you are sewing or quilting for Christmas to enter!  For an additional entry, be sure to head over to my Instagram post for more details!

I hope you find this collection of ideas inspiring as well!  Now, let’s get to work and start making a fabulous handmade Christmas!

Happy Stitches!

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Christmas Table Runners!

DIY Fabric Napkins

 

 

Make a Bella Strega Wall Quilt

In case you didn’t know….Bella Strega means “Good Witch” in Italian.  After taking a local class on the Bella Strega Quilt Pattern, I knew I had to share this project with you all.  I first saw this done at a local Show & Tell for the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild.  The project was done by a new member, Angel, and I was complete captivated!  I kept saying, “that is amazing!  I need to make one of those!”  A year went by and our Schoolhouse Chair organized a workshop.  I was the FIRST to signup for the sold out class.  The project took one day (I cheated and sewed together my background before class).  I quilted it up the next weekend and had it ready in time for Halloween!  Let me show some of the details and also some inspiration so you might want to make a Bella Strega Wall Quilt of your own!

This is made from FABRIC!! Let me show some of the details and also some inspiration so you might want to make a Bella Strega Wall Quilt too! #Easy #Patterns #Tutorial #Modern #project #Fabric #Patchwork #DIY #Sampler #Ideas #Basic #Quilt #WallHanging #Quilting #Quilter #SewMuchMoore #SewMuchMooreInStore

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Bella Strega – Materials List

Supply List


Tracing the pattern

This tracing pattern is based upon original line drawings, by Laurie Ceesay Landree.  These drawings are meant to be traced, fused to fabric, and then cut.  If you already have a light box, then go ahead and use that for tracing your pattern.  You can also use a sunny window.  I had the opportunity to try out a CutterPillar LightPad and can’t tell you enough good things about this product!  This lightpad has 3 settings for brightness and never gets hot to the touch.  Each size option comes with a see-through cutting surface, which also makes this product ideal for fussy cutting and foundation paper piecing.

Below is a picture of our workshop instructor, Angel, as she is tracing a student’s project.  Since I used Parchment Paper and Misty Fuse, I traced the drawing onto the paper first.  I was careful to include the name of each piece so that I wouldn’t get confused.  Then, I sandwiched the Misty Fuse between the paper and the fabric and used my hot iron to adhere the fusible webbing to my fabric. This was the perfect time to use my Teflon sheet and ensure that I don’t get the fusible web on anything (like my hot iron or pressing mat).

Tracing a pattern on a CutterPillar Light Pad!! Let me show some of the details and also some inspiration so you might want to make a Bella Strega Wall Quilt too! #Easy #Patterns #Tutorial #Modern #project #Fabric #Patchwork #DIY #Sampler #Ideas #Basic #Quilt #WallHanging #Quilting #Quilter #SewMuchMoore #SewMuchMooreInStore

Using Misty Fuse

A good friend of mine introduced me to Misty Fuse.  I met the owner of Misty Fuse, Iris, at a Regional Quilt Festival and was anxious to see what all the buzz was about.  In the past, I had used stiffer fusible products and my needle always gummed up when I sewed my project together.  Check out this video introduction on Misty Fuse and try some on your next project!

Line Drawing assembly

The Bella Strega pattern includes an assembly diagram, so it goes together nicely.  Once all the pieces are situated, then they just get pressed onto the background with a hot iron.  The image below shows my outline fabric on my background patchwork.  This is how far I got in the workshop.  I carefully rolled up my project and took it home for quilting.

This is made from FABRIC!! Let me show some of the details and also some inspiration so you might want to make a Bella Strega Wall Quilt too! #Easy #Patterns #Tutorial #Modern #project #Fabric #Patchwork #DIY #Sampler #Ideas #Basic #Quilt #WallHanging #Quilting #Quilter #SewMuchMoore #SewMuchMooreInStore

finishing touches

Now that the top was finished, I just needed to decide on my quilting design and how I wanted to finish the project.  I used my Juki Miyabi 350 QVP to quilt the outline and the background.  Since my Longarm allows me to freely move my project under the needle, I was able to easily stitch the outline fabric in place.  Once I had the outline secured, I decided on a few different quilting techniques to finish the quilt.  I used Free Motion Quilting in the hair and the hat.  For the rest of the background, and the face/neck, I used a Non-Slip ruler to make lines and cross-hatching.  I finished the quilt with some flange binding.  What do you think?

This is made from FABRIC!! Let me show some of the details and also some inspiration so you might want to make a Bella Strega Wall Quilt too! #Easy #Patterns #Tutorial #Modern #project #Fabric #Patchwork #DIY #Sampler #Ideas #Basic #Quilt #WallHanging #Quilting #Quilter #SewMuchMoore #SewMuchMooreInStore

This is made from FABRIC!! Let me show some of the details and also some inspiration so you might want to make a Bella Strega Wall Quilt too! #Easy #Patterns #Tutorial #Modern #project #Fabric #Patchwork #DIY #Sampler #Ideas #Basic #Quilt #WallHanging #Quilting #Quilter #SewMuchMoore #SewMuchMooreInStore

The Bella Strega Schoolhouse was definitely a success!  The pattern designed mentioned that she had never seen a Bella Strega done in solid fabrics before (everyone has made them with a variety of prints).  I think they all look marvelous!  Look at all these beautiful witches!

The entire class enjoyed the workshop! These are made from FABRIC!! Let me show some of the details and also some inspiration so you might want to make a Bella Strega Wall Quilt too! #Easy #Patterns #Tutorial #Modern #project #Fabric #Patchwork #DIY #Sampler #Ideas #Basic #Quilt #WallHanging #Quilting #Quilter #SewMuchMoore #SewMuchMooreInStore

I hope you decide to try one of Laurie Ceesay Landree’s patterns.  She has many great patterns to choose from!  I bought the Winter Bella pattern and will be trying that one next!  Be sure to share your progress or completed project in my Facebook Group and don’t forget to check out my fabric shop for some excellent fabric options!

Happy Quilting!

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DIY Fabric Pennant Banners

I love to decorate my home!  Whether the decorations are store-bought or handmade, there is a great amount of satisfaction in making my home beautiful.  Since being blessed with the love of sewing, I prefer to make my own home decor, if possible.  Making some DIY fabric pennant banners took my home decor to a whole new level!  I was able to create seasonal decor with ease, decorate for a birthday party and even have some swanky ambiance for our NYE celebration!  Once you try these DIY fabric pennant banners – you will want to make more and more!  Let me show you how it’s done!

DIY Fabric Pennant Banner Pinterest Pin 1

First – you need to get your FREE Pennant Template.  Click HERE and I will email this to you!

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DIY Fabric Pennant Banner Supply List

Basic Sewing Supplies Needed

DIY fabric pennant banner tutorial

Iron your fabrics nice and flat.  Print out your Pennant Template and lay this over a few pieces of fabric and cut these out.  Cut out as many pennants as you will need.  I love using Fat Quarter Bundles for this project because the fabrics are already coordinated!

Cut the fabric

Because these pennants are double-sided, you will decide which fabric will be on the front and on the back.  Place your cut fabric RST (right sides together) and sew along the 2 long sides of the triangle (leaving the short side open for turning).  Repeat this step for each pennant in your banner.

sew along dotted line

Next, you will turn each pennant right side out and get the tip of your pennant to a point.  I have found using a Purple Thang is the perfect tool to get these pesky points out!  Do this for each pennant and then press any wrinkles out.

turn pennant RSO

Once you have your pennants pressed out, you will take your Double Sided Bias Tape and situate this along the open raw edge of each pennant.  Enclose the raw edges with the bias tape.  Use pins or Wonder Clips to situate each pennant placement before you sew these in place.

clip bias tape to pennant

That’s it!  Easy Peasy!  

Even our cat, Sox, loved it!

NYE wall decor

This project is an easy sew and the perfect project to help take your home or party decor to the next level.  Most noteworthy is how you can make these banners for seasonal decorations and then pack them away for the next year.  Consider making these for a great Baby Shower gift!  Because these are so simple to make, you can even make these for graduation parties!  The possibilities are amazing!  Get your free Pennant Template and make DIY Fabric Pennant Banners today!

Happy Sewing!

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How to Install Metal Bag Labels

Installing metal bag labels into your handmade totes, purses, wallets or bags is one of the easiest additions you can bring to your custom items.  This additional bit of hardware can really set your handmade items apart and help people take notice of all your hard work!  These metal bag labels come in a variety of finishes to compliment your fabric and even the rest of your hardware.  Let me show you all the options for this wonderful hardware and don’t forget to watch the video tutorial so you can see how easy it is to install your own metal tags!

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Metal bag label Supply List

Installing your Metal Bag Label

Deciding which hardware finish to use on your handmade bag is really fun!  I like to try to match all my hardware.  If I am using a metal zipper, then I try to match the teeth on the zipper.  If I am using Swivel Snap Hooks or Adjustable Sliders, then I will try to match those as well.  I think a nice bag or purse will have all matching hardware finish.  If you don’t have any other hardware on your bag or wallet, you can always determine which hardware finish would most complement your handmade item.

For this tutorial, I am using a piece of Cork Fabric that is interfaced with foam and SF101 (Shape-flex).  Your Metal Bag Label comes in a variety of finishes.  This hardware comes with 2 screws and a stabilizing bracket.  Have a marking utensil handy as well as a small Phillips head screwdriver.

I recommend using a Leather Punch.



This Leather Punch has an adjustable head so you can ensure the hole you make is the right size for your project.  Take a moment to compare the size of the hole, on the back of the Metal Bag Label, to the size of the hole on the Leather Punch.  The holes on the back of the Metal Bag Label are not horizontally aligned.  One side is higher than the other side.  This means we need to pay close attention to where we punch holes to install our Metal Bag Label.  

Take your Metal Bag Label and press down to make an indent in your project.  Use your marking utensil to denote where the holes need to be punched.  Use your Leather Punch to make your holes in the front of your project and also on the back.  Remove any access materials that might be in the way of the screw.

Align the Metal Bag Label with the holes that you just made and attach the stabilizing bracket.  PRO TIP!  If your project is either Cotton or Canvas, I recommend using Frey Check!  Install the screws with a tiny Phillips head screwdriver.

Pictured below is the front of my Ethel Bag.  This is a free sewing pattern by Swoon and super easy to make.

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Once you have chosen your hardware finish, you just need to install your hardware!  It is important to do this before you assemble your bag.  I usually install the Metal Bag Label when I am done adding the interfacing to a panel.

 

Watch the video Tutorial

For this video tutorial, I have used a scrap piece of Cork Fabric.  You can use just about any type of fabric.  I have used cotton, knit, vinyl, cork, and leather (just to name a few). Check out this step-by-step video to see how easy it is to install your own hardware to your handmade bag, tote or purse.

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Maple Leaf Quilt Block

The Maple Leaf Quilt Block is the perfect block for the Fall Season!  This quilt block is a traditional design and likely originated in the late 1800s. Typically, this block is made in two strongly contrasting colors.  This nine-patch quilt block is super easy and looks really great! There are many ways to make a Maple Leaf Quilt Block.  Let me show you how I made this version.

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Maple leaf quilt block – Materials List

maple leaf quilt block – Supply List

Four HST from one square

This method creates HST (half square triangles) on the bias, so you will want to generously starch your fabric and be sure to press your project and not iron. I love to make these quilt blocks, quickly!  The quickest way to make four HST is using the method below:

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  • Step One:  Sew together the large square pieces:  Place (1) Background and (1) Leaf Fabric with RST (right sides together). Sew 1/4″ seam all around the perimeter of the square.
  • Step Two:  Mark two diagonal lines and cut the square apart.
  • Step Three:   Press each HST open.
  • Step Four:  Trim off excess fabric to your desired measurement.

making the stem block

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  • Step Five:  Cut one of the background blocks in half, diagonally.  Place the Leaf Fabric Stem piece against the raw edge (as shown in the picture above).  Sew a quarter-inch away from the raw edge and press open to the dark side.
  • Step Six:  Repeat step five with the remaining HST and press to the dark side.
  • Step Seven:  Center the ‘stem’ along your 45* angle on your acrylic ruler or cutting mat and trim this block to the appropriate square measurement.

maple leaf quilt block – assembly

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  • Step Eight:  Arrange your blocks in the correct layout (pictured above)
  • Step Nine:  Using a quarter inch seam allowance, sew each row and then sew the rows together.  Press your seams in the opposite directions. Be sure to nest your seams!
  • Step Ten:  Join all rows, using a quarter inch seam allowance.  Take time to nest your seams.  Press your completed block and trim down to the correct size (if necessary)

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I have calculated and published a PDF Pattern for (3) different sizes of the Maple Leaf Quilt Block.  You have the option to make either a 6″, 9″ or 12″ Maple Leaf Quilt Block!  All three sizes are included in this PDF Quilt Block Pattern.  If you would like to download this pattern, you have a couple of options:

Option 1: Download for free.

To download the cutting measurements for free, you can subscribe to the Sew Much Moore Newsletter.  AFTER you sign up, you’ll get a confirmation email – and you have to confirm or my email service can’t send you the free pattern access email. But once you do confirm, you’ll get access to not just this but several other free instructions too. Woot!

(PS – if you have trouble finding the pattern as a subscriber, please contact me)

Option 2: Purchase the PDF Pattern

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

Don’t you just love this block?  It makes me crave a cup of Pumpkin Spice Latte, put on a hoodie or sweater and snuggle up in a Maple Leaf Quilt with a good book (or maybe even binge on a new Netflix series)!

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The options for this simple quilt block is fun to imagine!  You could make just a couple more for a seasonal Table Runner or several more for an entire Quilt.  The Maple Leaf Quilt Block is a really fun and simple quilt block.  I hope you make lots and lots of them!

Watch my Video Tutorial

Be sure to share your quilt block in my Facebook Group and don’t forget to check out my fabric shop for some excellent fabric options!

Happy Quilting!

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How to Install Purse Feet

Purse Feet are some of the easiest additions to install into your Handmade Bag, Tote or Purse!  These little gems can take your handmade bags and purses to the next level while keeping the bottom of your item off surfaces.  I love how this hardware comes in different sizes and finishes too!  Let me show you how to install purse feet and you can start adding these to your handmade goodies too!

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Purse Feet Supply List

  • Bucket Purse Feet
    • (Check out all the different finishes right HERE)
  • Stabilizing swatch
    • (I used Pellon Peltex)
  • Sharp blade
    • (You can get something like THIS on Amazon)
  • Marking tool
    • (I just used a pencil)
  • Fray Check
    • (you should only need this if using cotton or knit fabric)

Installing your purse feet

Deciding which hardware finish to use on your handmade bag is really fun!  I like to try to match all my hardware.  If I am using a metal zipper, then I try to match the teeth on the zipper.  If I am using Swivel Snaps or Adjustable Sliders, then I will try to match those as well.  I think a nice bag or purse will have all matching hardware finish.

Pictured below is the bottom side of my Ansel Camera Bag.  To learn more about how I made this fun bag (and about using cork fabric) – Head over to my post about Sewing with Cork Fabric.

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Once you have chosen your hardware finish, you just need to install your hardware!  It is important to do this before you assemble your bag.  I usually install purse feet when I am done adding the interfacing to a bottom panel.

In the bag pictured below, the designer wanted to add buttons instead of purse feet.  While buttons would have added a cute touch – I really like how the purse feet look instead.  This bag is called the Ultimate Travel Bag and there is LOTS of hardware in this bag.

 

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Watch the video Tutorial

For this video tutorial, I have used a scrap piece of soft vinyl.  You can use just about any type of fabric.  I have used cotton, knit, vinyl, cork, and leather (just to name a few). Check out this step-by-step video to see how easy it is to install your own hardware to your handmade bag, tote or purse.

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I hope you found this video tutorial helpful.  Be sure to head over to my online shop to get your own purse feet (in your favorite finish).  I cant wait to see your finished projects!  Be sure to share these on my Facebook Group.

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Comment below and tell me what your favorite finish is!  Currently, I love the Gun Metal finish!

Happy Sewing!

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Churn Dash Quilt Block

The Churn Dash Quilt Block is a classic quilt block that has stood the test of time. The Churn Dash is a very old 9-Patch quilt block pattern, originating between 1800 and 1849. Its name is a result of the resemblance of the triangle and rectangle perimeter of the block to a butter churn and the center square to the stick (or “dash”) of the butter churn.  In this picture tutorial, I will show you how to put together this fun and easy quilt block.  Grab your cutting measurements and let’s get started with this Churn Dash Quilt Block Tutorial!

Churn Dash Quilt Block - Pinterest Pin 2

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

Option 1: Download for free.

To download the cutting measurements for free, you can subscribe to the Sew Much Moore Newsletter.  AFTER you sign up, you’ll get a confirmation email – and you have to confirm or my email service can’t send you the free pattern access email. But once you do confirm, you’ll get access to not just this but several other free instructions too. Woot!

(PS – if you have trouble finding the pattern as a subscriber, please contact me)

Option 2: Purchase the Cutting Measurments

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

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Churn Dash Quilt Block Supply List

Basic Sewing Supplies Needed

Churn Dash 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.
Churn Dash Quilt Block - Step 1

Sew your (2) long strips of fabric together like in the image below (right sides together).  Next, cut your sewn strip of fabrics into (4) equal parts.  For exact cutting measurements, please reference your pattern.  Press open.

Churn Dash Quilt Block - Step 2 

Take your large square fabrics and line up, right sides together.  Sew a 1/4″ seam allowance all around the perimeter of the square.  Next, make (2) diagonal cuts and press each piece open.

Churn Dash Quilt Block - Step 4 Churn Dash Quilt Block - Step 5

Now it is time to assemble your blocks.  I recommend sewing each row together first and then assembling the three rows.  I have shown below the recommended pressing direction for optimal assembly.

Churn Dash Quilt Block - Step 6 Churn Dash Quilt Block - Step 7

Such a fun and easy quilt block!

Churn Dash Quilt Block - Step 8

Have fun with this block and try all kinds of fabrics!

Be sure to show your completed Churn Dash Quilt Block in my FaceBook Group!

We would love to see your work!

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Until next time, Happy Quilting!

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