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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

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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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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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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!

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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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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:

Learn how to make zipper tabs! This step by step tutorial will give you all the instruction you need to make zipper tabs! #zipper #sewing #sewmuchmooreinstore #sewmuchmoore Learn how to make zipper tabs! This step by step tutorial will give you all the instruction you need to make zipper tabs! #zipper #sewing #sewmuchmooreinstore #sewmuchmoore

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!

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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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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!

Kristine ID Wallet Pinterest Pin Elea Lutz

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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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The Airshow Mini Quilt

I just love my Airshow Mini Quilt! I took a Quilting Workshop, which was hosted by the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild.  The KCMQG was hosting Latifah Saafir, with Latifah Saafir Studios. This workshop featured the Airshow Quilt pattern.  Because the workshop was a half day, all the class participants learned how to make a mini quilt (or a pillow top).  In this class we learned about Latifah’s pattern and some great tips and trick for working with bias tape.  Let me share more about how I made my Airshow Mini Quilt.

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THE airshow mini quilt – MATERIALS LIST

(just a side note about the fabric that I used.  I hope you are able to find some, with the links I have provided.  This fabric is out of production and will someday be gone forever)

In case you wanted to make a different (larger size) of this amazing pattern, here is an image of what fabric amounts are required for each size.

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THE airshow mini QUILT – SUPPLY LIST

  • Sewing Machine (if you don’t have one yet, here are some that I recommend)
  • Cotton Thread (I recommend Aurifil 50 wt)
  • Rotary Cutter with sharp blade (no kidding about a sharp blade)
  • Acrylic Ruler
  • Cutting Mat
  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • Sewing Pins or Wonder Clips
  • 1/2″ (12mm) Bias Tape Maker
  • Erasable Fabric Marker
  • Washable School Glue (like Elmer’s)

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THE airshow mini QUILT – ASSEMBLY

Using Latifah’s pattern, you will cut out your focus fabric and glue this to your background fabric.  Be sure to use Latifah’s diagram to help you layout the pieces in the proper place.  Then, using your Erasable Fabric Marker, you will trace and draw your loop lines.  Make your bias tape and sew this over the lines.  Super fun and easy!  In case you haven’t made bias tape before, here is a helpful video tutorial!


The entire class had a wonderful time making our Airshow Quilt Blocks!  Check out some of these fun snapshots of the KCMQG Class!  So many great varieties of fabric.  Isn’t it amazing how different these can look, just by selecting different fabrics?  Say hello to some of my favorite people!  I just love the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild!

     

If you ever get a chance to take a class with Latifah Saafir, I highly recommend it!  She is an excellent instructor and her style is amazing!  You can learn more about Latifah on her website.  If you belong to a guild, I would also recommend you make arrangements to have Latifah come for a visit!  So much fun and inspiration!

I hope you try this fun project!  This Airshow Mini Quilt has found it’s place on my wall of mini quilts!  Yay!

Happy Quilting!

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The Ooo Quilt

The Ooo Quilt is a modern and fun project!  This is another custom quilt I made for a very lucky High School Graduate!  The Ooo Quilt was chosen from one of my Missouri Star Quilt Company Block books.  This was from Volume 1, issue 4.  In the book, this quilt was called “Jump Rings”.   We decided to use the school colors (orange and black), so the quilt could also pose as a Halloween Quilt.  The school mascot is a Pirate, so the skull and crossbones fabric worked out perfectly!  Let me show you all about this quilt so you can make one too!

The Ooo Quilt is a fun and modern quilt! This quilt is a super easy pattern! There is even a great video tutorial! #quilt #modernquilting

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THE ooo QUILT – MATERIALS LIST

  • Missouri Star Quilt Company Block Magazine (Volume 1, Issue 4)
  • Qty (1) Jelly Roll
    • I cheated and cut up my own fabric and some specific Kona Solids that my client chose.
  • Qty (2.5) yards of background fabric (Kona Coal)
  • Qty (1.25) yards of border fabric (Kona Tangerine)
  • Qty (.5) yards of binding fabric (again, Kona Coal)
  • Qty (2.5) yards of backing fabric (yep – you guessed it – Kona Coal)
  • Cotton batting (this is the exact batting I used)

THE ooo QUILT – SUPPLY LIST

  • Sewing Machine with a quarter inch presser foot
  • Cotton Thread (I recommend Aurifil 50 wt)
  • Rotary Cutter with sharp blade (no kidding about a sharp blade)
  • Acrylic Ruler
  • Cutting Mat
  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • Sewing Pins or Wonder Clips

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THE ooo QUILT – ASSEMBLY

Be sure to get yourself a copy of the Block Magazine.  In the pattern, you will find all the details for assembly.  The process is really simple.  Deciding upon the layout was fun.  It took me several times to finally settle upon a layout!

The Ooo Quilt is a fun and modern quilt! This quilt is a super easy pattern! This is the layout I tried before I sewed it all together! There is even a great video tutorial! #quilt #modernquilting

I numbered my rows, after I decided on the layout.  That really helps me to keep things straight when I get the blocks back to the machine for sewing.

TIP:  I used the following video tutorial as a general guide for assembly:

THE 000 QUILT – ALMOST FINISHED!

The Ooo Quilt is a fun and modern quilt! This quilt is a super easy and F-R-E-E pattern! There is even a great video tutorial! #quilt #modernquilting

Once I had my quilt top assembled, I drove to my friend’s house to rent some time on her wonderful long arm quilting machine.  Once you use a long arm quilting machine – it’s difficult to go back to quilting on your domestic (just sayin’).  I know everyone doesn’t have a long arm option, so you can always use free motion quilting on your domestic.  It’s simple!  Be sure you have a Darning Foot!  There are different kinds, based upon the shaft of your specific machine.  I always love my time with my friend’s long arm machine!  I would love to have one of my own, but I have NO ROOM!  Maybe someday!  Until then, I hope to keep Tia Curtis as a close quilty friend!  She is so helpful and wonderfully talented!  She even took this fun picture of me (with the pile of quilts I accomplished in one day)!

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Once I sewed on the binding, I could not wait to take some pictures of this amazing quilt!  I convinced my husband to help me take some pictures of the finished quilt.  We took a drive to the Powell Gardens for some scenic pictures.  It is such a great location!  I liked this picture the best!  What do you think?

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Making The Ooo Quilt was fun and easy!  I just loved making it and my customer loved the result!  Yay!

If I were ever to make this quilt again, I think I might simply use a Jelly Roll.  That would certainly make the process much quicker.  I hope you try to make one of these quilts.

Happy Quilting!

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The Hashtag Quilt

Sometimes, I make commissioned quilts.  It is not very often that I do this – simply because it is very expensive for the customer.  I had a customer request that I make a quilt for their son, who would be graduating from High School.  We looked through quilting magazines and she decided upon The Hashtag Quilt.  Let me tell you all about it!

Hashtag Graduation Quilt - Make this fun and modern quilt! Watch the video and use the tutorial and make your own! #DIY #Quilt #ModernQuilting #HashtagQuiltBlock #HastagQuilt #StripologyRuler #ContemporaryQuilt

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The Hashtag Quilt – MATERIALS LIST

  • Qty (1) Layer Cake Package of qty 42 10″ fabric squares
    • I cheated and used black yardage (I cut these into a million strips!)
  • Qty (3.5) yards of White Fabric (this is for the background and the border
  • Qty (.5) yards of Fabric for the binding (I just used my black yardage and cut the strips a little wider)
  • Fabric for backing
  • Cotton batting (this is the exact batting I used)

The Hashtag Quilt – SUPPLY LIST

  • Sewing Machine with a quarter inch presser foot
  • Cotton Thread (I recommend Aurifil 50 wt)
  • Rotary Cutter with sharp blade (no kidding about a sharp blade)
  • Acrylic Ruler – I recommend the Stripology Ruler.
  • Cutting Mat
  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • Sewing Pins or Wonder Clips

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The Hashtag Quilt – assembly

I definitely 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!

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I created 2 kinds of strip units.  The first strip set was white/black/white and the second set was black/white.  I sewed these together and then cut them to size.  I sewed black strips perpendicular to create the hashtag.  I followed the instructions in the following video to create the remainder of my quilt top.  Check it out!

The Hashtag Quilt – almost finished!

Once I had my quilt top assembled, I drove to my friend’s house to rent some time on her wonderful long arm quilting machine.  Once you use a long arm quilting machine – it’s difficult to go back to quilting on your domestic (just sayin’).  I know everyone doesn’t have a long arm option, so you can always use free motion quilting on your domestic.  It’s simple!  Be sure you have a Darning Foot!  There are different kinds, based upon the shaft of your specific machine.

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I always love my time with my friend’s long arm machine!  I would love to have one of my own, but I have NO ROOM!  Maybe someday!  Until then, I hope to keep Tia Curtis as a close quilty friend!  She is so helpful and wonderfully talented!

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Once I sewed on the binding, I could not wait to take some pictures of this amazing quilt!  I convinced my husband to help me take some pictures of the finished quilt.  I liked this picture the best!  What do you think?

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Making this Hashtag Quilt was fun!  There were times when I had to give my eyes a rest (all that black and white can make you dizzy).  But in the end, I just loved it and so did my customer!  Yay!

If I were ever to make this quilt again, I think I might use more color(s).  What color(s) would you choose?  Comment below and inspire me!

Happy Quilting!

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Hashtag Graduation Quilt - Make this fun and modern quilt! Watch the video and use the tutorial and make your own! #DIY #Quilt #ModernQuilting #HashtagQuiltBlock #HastagQuilt #StripologyRuler #ContemporaryQuilt
Hashtag Graduation Quilt - Make this fun and modern quilt! Watch the video and use the tutorial and make your own! #DIY #Quilt #ModernQuilting #HashtagQuiltBlock #HastagQuilt #StripologyRuler #ContemporaryQuilt
Hashtag Graduation Quilt - Make this fun and modern quilt! Watch the video and use the tutorial and make your own! #DIY #Quilt #ModernQuilting #HashtagQuiltBlock #HastagQuilt #StripologyRuler #ContemporaryQuilt

 

 

Make a Memory Pillow from a Men’s Shirt

Have you ever wanted to take a piece of clothing and repurpose it into a pillow cover?  When my Father passed away, we were not sure what to do with all his clothes.  So many of what he wore reminded us of different days or events that we shared in his life.  I wanted to take some items and find a way to keep a hold of his memory while utilizing his clothing in the process.  In this tutorial, I will show you how I took my Father’s button down shirt and repurposed it into a Memory Pillow to cherish for years to come!    Let me show you how to make a Memory Pillow from a Men’s Shirt!

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Memory Pillow – MATERIALS LIST

  • a Button down shirt
    • Preferably made from cotton (but it is not required)
    • My Dad’s shirt was a size XL, so that gave me a bigger pillow form option.
  • Custom Embroidered Patch (Handmade in America by CR Creations Shop)
  • Pillow Form
  • Shape flex or SF101
    • This is not required, but it definitely gives the pillow cover a sturdier hand

Memory Pillow – SUPPLY LIST

  • Sewing Machine
  • Serger (not required, but recommended)  I use the Brother 1034D.
  • Cotton Thread (I recommend Aurifil 50 wt)
  • Rotary Cutter with sharp blade
  • Acrylic Ruler
  • Sharp Fabric Scissors (this is my favorite brand)
  • Large Cutting Mat
    • I have a VERY large mat, but you really just need something that is a little bigger than the front of your pillow cover.  (try one of these)
  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • Sewing Pins or Wonder Clips

Memory pillow – CUTTING & prepping

The size of your pillow cover is going to be limited to the size of your shirt.  Measure the length and width of your shirt to determine the size of pillow form you can use.  My shirt measured 30″ in length  and 26″ in width.  I had a 20″ x 20″ pillow form on hand – so that worked out great for this project!

Before I cut the shirt apart, I buttoned the front of the shirt closed.  Using my favorite fabric scissors, I cut the front of the shirt away from the collar and the back.  I also omitted the sleeves.

Memory Pillow - Cutting the shirt

I cut the back away from the collar and sleeves as well.  Then I used the following measurements when I cut apart my Dad’s shirt.  Again, my pillow form was 20 x 20, so I used the measurements listed on the below chart.

Pillow Form Chart

Memory pillow – sewing and finishing

Next, I followed these steps in assembling the pillow cover.

Memory Pillow Instructions

  • Step 1 – Sew the front of the shirt closed
  • Step 2 – Fuse the Shapeflex to the wrong side of the front and trim to size
  • Step 3 – Fuse the Shapeflex to the wrong side of both back pieces.  Fold a 1 inch hem on each side.  Trip to size.
  • Step 4 – Place one back piece on top of the other so that both hemmed edges will overlap.  This is the envelope opening.  Secure with stitches along the bottom and top edge using a 1/4″ seam allowance.

Memory Pillow Instructions 2

  • Step 5 – Follow the instructions to iron the patch onto the front of the shirt
  • Step 6 – Sew the patch to the front of the shirt.  This is optional (since the patch is technically iron-on).
  • Step 7 – place the back assembled pieces on top of the front (right sides together).  Pin along the edges.
  • Step 8 – Sew the perimeter of the pillow cover, using a 1/2″ seam allowance.  You can choose to serge this at the end.  I think it adds a nice touch and finished the cover nicely!

Now all you need to do is turn the cover right side out and install the pillow insert!  Yay!  This repurposed shirt is being gifted to my big brother.  You guessed it, his name is Shad!

Memory Pillow Cover - Finished Collage

You should make a Memory Pillow cover too!  I have a fun giveaway to get you ready!  All you have to do is comment below and tell us what you plan to repurpose and you will automatically be entered into this random drawing.  One lucky winner will receive one Custom created memory Patch from CR Creations Shop!  

Memory Pillow Giveaway

I will notify the lucky winner next week and get the custom embroidery details plus shipping info.  You can comment multiple times to enter.  Each new comment is an additional entry.  You can even enter on my Instagram and Facebook comments!  See my patch for all the contest rules.

I can’t wait to hear what you have planned!  Comment below!

Until next time – Happy Sewing!

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The Eight Point Star Quilt Block

The Eight Point Star Quilt Block has many names!  Some may call it the Evening Star Block, while others call it The Sawtooth Star Block.  Whatever you decide to name your block it is certainly one that has stood the test of time.  In this tutorial, I will show you how to construct this block by making Flying Geese units.  Flying Geese can be considered a staple in the quilting world.  There are many ways to make Flying Geese.  Let me show you one of my favorite Flying Geese techniques while making the Eight Point Star Quilt Block!

Eight Point Star Quilt Block - Styled 1

 

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the eight point star – Materials List

the eight point star – Supply List

the eight point Star – Cutting & mARKING

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 patterns. Woot!

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

Option 2: Purchase your cutting measurements

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

Once you have your fabric pieces cut, follow the directions below.

For really accurate piecing, I would recommend marking your sewing lines on your cut fabric pieces.  Marking your sewing lines can help you maintain your quarter inch seam allowance, which leads to excellent quilt blocks!  One of my favorite marking tools are Frixon markers and pens.  The ink in these pens and markers will disappear when pressed with a hot iron – They are super duper handy!  Mark pieces (C) with a diagonal line.  Then mark your quarter inch seam allowance sewing lines on your remaining fabric pieces (A, B, & D).

 

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the eight point Star – FLYING GEESE UNITS

  • Step One:  Begin by laying piece (C) on the top and right side of a piece (B).  Sew along the diagonal marked line.  Cut off the excess fabric and set your seam with an iron.  Open the seam and press.
  • Step Two:  Next, take another piece (C) and lay it on the top left side of the same piece (B).  Sew along the diagonal marked line.
  • Step Three:  Cut off the excess fabric and set your seam with an iron.  Open the seam and press.
  • Step Four:  Make the other (3) Flying Geese units.

Eight Point Star Quilt Block - Flying Geese collage

the eight point star – assembling the block 

Now that the Flying Geese units are all assembled, we just need to complete the rows.  Using your marked quarter inch seam, sew the pieces (A) to both ends of 2 of the flying geese units.  Sew the remaining two flying geese units to the center square.   Be sure to press your seams in the opposite direction so you can easily nest your rows.

Eight Point Star Quilt Block - Exploded View

Don’t you just love this block?  I especially love this color combination!  You could also use just one main fabric print for pieces C & D for a more traditional block.  Either way – the Eight Point Star is a really fun and simple Quilt Block.  I hope you make lots and lots of them!

Eight Point Star Quilt Block - Styled 3

Happy Quilting and share this tutorial with your quilting friends!

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Scrappy Colored Pencils Mug Rug

One of my good friends asked me to make her some mug rugs.  She was looking for a “Back to School” theme and I came across the perfect pattern!  The Colored Pencils pattern by Kristy Lea of Quiet Play is a fun and easy foundation paper piecing pattern that is just perfect for using up your precious scraps!  I am a HUGE fan of Kristy’s patterns.  She totally gets the need for fun and contemporary patterns.  She even has quite a few modern patterns as well!  At the time I made this project, her Colored Pencils pattern was free.  I may still be!  Let me show you all about the Colored Pencils Mug Rug that I made for my friend Janelle!

Colored Pencils Mug Rug - 1

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Colored Pencil Mug Rug – Materials List

  • Pattern
  • Rainbow assortment of fabric scraps
  • Background fabric
  • Fabric for “pencil lead”

Colored Pencil Mug Rug – supply List

Colored Pencil Mug Rug – choosing the scraps

Colored Pencils Mug Rug Collage

If you have been quilting for a little while, it does not take much time to start accumulating scraps of fabric.  I love the fabrics that I buy and tend to keep many of the scraps that are generated with my various projects.  This project was fun to make because the scraps reminded me of all the past project I originally made!  Using some selvage edges, I added to the pattern along the bottom of the mug rug.  I think that really “MADE” the mug rug!

Colored Pencils Mug Rug - Finished 1

I highly recommend you try this pattern.  It is super fun and easy.  If you need some help with foundation paper piecing, I recommend you take this online course by Carol Doak.  She is an excellent virtual instructor!  I finished this project off with some leftover binding from a previous project.  I didn’t cut into any new fabric to make this fun Mug Rug!  My friend Janelle loved her new Mug Rug!

Janelle and her Mug Rugs

I had a hard time remembering all the names of the fabric that I used in this mug rug.  If you recognize one and know the name of it – please leave me a comment below!

Happy Stitching!

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