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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.

Here are the material requirements for the AirShow Quilt. Pattern is by Latifah Saafir Studios. #ForBeginners #easy #quilt #Quilts #Quilting #ideas #modern#ToMake #Designs #Simple #Blocks #Tutorial#quilting #sewing #handmade #Project #Patchwork #Contemporary #WalkingFoot #DIY #Fabric #Bedding #Hip #Trendy #SewMuchMoore #SewMuchMooreInStore

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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Kelly is using bias tape in her Airshow Quilt Block. Learn some tips and tricks to make your own! #ForBeginners #easy #quilt #Quilts #Quilting #ideas #modern#ToMake #Designs #Simple #Blocks #Tutorial#quilting #sewing #handmade #Project #Patchwork #Contemporary #WalkingFoot #DIY #Fabric #Bedding #Hip #Trendy #SewMuchMoore #SewMuchMooreInStore

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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Learn tips and tricks for working with Bias Tape and make this adorable mini quilt in the process! You can even make this into a Pillow top! #ForBeginners #easy #quilt #Quilts #Quilting #ideas #modern#ToMake #Designs #Simple #Blocks #Tutorial#quilting #sewing #handmade #Project #Patchwork #Contemporary #WalkingFoot #DIY #Fabric #Bedding #Hip #Trendy #SewMuchMoore #SewMuchMooreInStore
Learn tips and tricks for working with Bias Tape and make this adorable mini quilt in the process! You can even make this into a Pillow top! #ForBeginners #easy #quilt #Quilts #Quilting #ideas #modern#ToMake #Designs #Simple #Blocks #Tutorial#quilting #sewing #handmade #Project #Patchwork #Contemporary #WalkingFoot #DIY #Fabric #Bedding #Hip #Trendy #SewMuchMoore #SewMuchMooreInStore
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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

Be sure to check out my Amazon Shop to get all your Quilty supplies!

The Ooo Quilt is a fun and modern quilt! This Quilt block is just one of many to make the entire quilt. Just make this quilt one block at a time and you will be thrilled with the results! This Modern Quilt is a super easy pattern! There is even a great video tutorial! #quilt #modernquilting

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)!

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 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?

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

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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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

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!

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

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.

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 #FreeMotionQuilting #LongArmQuilting #Gammill

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!

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 #Binding

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?

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 #QuiltPhotography

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.

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(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).

 

Eight Point Star Quilt Block 2

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.  The digital pattern is currently MIA from the internet (I have sent Kristy an inquiry – so please check back soon)!  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

  • Colored Pencil Pattern (not available at this time – sorry)
  • 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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Valentines Day Mug Rug

Valentines Day Mug Rug

I love Valentines Day!  Not just because it is a day dedicated just to LOVE, but also because this special day is a great reason to make something for someone you love!  Making a Valentines Day Mug Rug is a great way to show someone you care.  These fun and simple sewing projects are just the thing to make for your special Valentine!  Let me show you how!

Valentines Day Mug Rug Main Picture

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Valentines Day Mug Rug materials LIst

Qty (1) Charm Pack (check your Local Quilt Shop)
Qty (1) Acrylic Template (I used this template)
Qty (1) The Purple Thang
Qty (1) Fat Quarter background fabric
Qty (1) piece of 18″ x 24″ batting  (this is my all time favorite brand)

Valentines Day mug rug Basic Supply List

Sewing Machine (here are some machines I recommend)
Cotton Thread (I have a recurring order for this thread – I love it!)
Rotary Cutter with sharp blade (I use this brand – 45mm)
Rotary Cutting Mat (I recommend this rotating mat – it’s amazing!)
Iron & Ironing Board (I’m currently using this brand of iron)

Valentines Day mug rug Making the dresden PLATE

One of the cutest things about these mug rugs are the Dresden plates!  These are super easy to make.  Just use your acrylic template and cut out as many as you would like.  For each Valentines Day Mug Rug, you will need approximately 7-8 Dresden Blades.  If you plan to make a bunch of mug rugs you can cut out lots more!  You can get 1-2 blades out of each Charm Square.  Be sure to cut a variety to make your project even more interesting!

Valentines Day Mug Rug Step 1

Once you cut out the Dresden blades, you will fold the right sides together and sew a straight line across the top.  I like to chain piece these together.  The sewing goes quickly and before you know it, you will have a garland string of dresden blades!

Valentines Day Mug Rug Step 2

Clip the threads between each blade and turn the top of each blade right side out.  Use your Purple Thang to achieve a nice crisp point at the top.  Press each blade and then sew them together as shown below.

Valentines Day Mug Rug Step 3

Valentines Day mug rug – machine APPLIQUÉ 

Once you have about 7-8 of these blades sewn together, you can machine appliqué them onto your background fabric.  The amount of blades you use in each mug is relative to the size of your background fabric.  I typically cut my background fabric to 10″ x 8″.  It’s okay if the blades extend past the background fabric.  We will trim that down later.

Valentines Day Mug Rug Applique 1

You can cut a circle from one of your charm squares to add your center.  I like to zig-zag appliqué those in place.  Use whatever fancy stitches that your machine can do.  You will want to make sure you cover the exposed dresden tips at the bottom.

Valentines Day Mug Rug Applique 5

Valentines Day mug rug – the finishing touches

Trim around the background fabric to your desired mug rug size.  Sandwich your batting between your Mug Rug top and backing.  Add your binding and before you know it – you have a really cute Valentines Gift!

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Valentines Day Mug Rug

You really don’t need to have a Valentine to make these fun Mug Rugs!  These make great gifts for everyday as well!  Use up your scraps and make one for everyday use!  Check out these fun and scrappy Dresden Blade Mug Rugs!

Scrappy Dresden Blade Mug Rug

Cant you tell that I have a thing for Cotton + Steel fabric and Starbucks YAH Mugs?  I keep most of my fabric scraps and have well over 20 different YAH (You Are Here) mugs!  I love the black background on this one!  What about that striped binding!  Hello Tula Pink!!!

Scrappy Dresden Blade Mug Rug with fun prints

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If your scrap pile is anything like mine – I bet you will have plenty of materials for these little projects!  Grab your acrylic template and start making some today!  Let me know how it went for you in the comments below!

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Notebook Keeper Tutorial

Are you a note-taker and a list maker?  Do you constantly find yourself jotting things down?  I most certainly do!  Who doesn’t love a daily to-do list?   I even make a list for my kids and husband!  As I strive to stay more organized, I wanted a place to keep my lists!  Check out this tutorial for my Step by Step instructions to make your own Notebook Keeper!

Notebook Keeper - Pinterest Pin 1

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 this PDF pattern

Use this link to purchase a pattern 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 pattern.  You’ll also be able to download this file in my shop.

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notebook keeper Supply List

Basic Sewing Supplies Needed

Notebook keeper tutorial

Iron your cotton lining fabric 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.  Not pictured below are the cotton batting and Peltex materials.  Go ahead and cut those as well.

 

Notebook Keeper - Step 1a

Notebook Keeper – Making the tab closure

First, we will make the tab closure.  Take the tab closure vinyl fabric and place it right side down.  Fold the long sides towards the center so that both long ends meet in the middle, evenly.  Next, measure 4″ down from one of the short sides of the tab piece and install the magnetic male closure.  With the long sides still folded in, fold the tab piece in half so that both short ends are flush.  Sew along both long sides to enclose all raw edges on this tab piece.

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Notebook Keeper – assembling the exterior pieces

Next, we will install the tab & female magnetic closure onto the exterior of the Notebook Keeper. Place the exterior vinyl fabric, right side up.  Place the tab, magnet side up, on top of the exterior vinyl fabric piece.  Measure about 3 3/4″ from the bottom left of the vinyl fabric to the bottom edge of the tab.  The raw edge of the tab can be adjusted to either be flush against the raw edge of the exterior vinyl fabric, or further out.  Secure in place with Clover Wonder Clips.  On the right side of the exterior vinyl fabric you will attach the female magnetic closure directly across from the tab piece and 3″ – 4″ away from the right raw edge of the exterior vinyl fabric.

Notebook Keeper - Step 5

Fuse the Peltex piece to the batting piece.  You can either sew this together by basting around the perimeter or you can fuse in place with Spray Adhesive.  Turn over the vinyl fabric (ensuring the tab piece is still in place), and secure the batting/Peltex piece to the wrong side of the exterior vinyl fabric.  The batting side should be laid against the wrong side of the vinyl fabric.

Notebook Keeper - Step 6

Notebook Keeper – adding all the layers

Now, we will layer the Notebook Keeper.  Fold the cotton lining fabric in half (wrong sides together).  Place the right side of the notebook lining on the right side of the exterior vinyl fabric.  Next, place the top piece of the vinyl lining flush against the top of the exterior vinyl fabric, right sides together.  Now, place the bottom piece of the vinyl lining flush against the bottom of the exterior vinyl fabric, right sides together.  Secure all layers with Clover Wonder Clips.  Turn over the layered project so you are looking at the side with the Peltex.  Sew around the entire perimeter of the project.

Tip:  Make sure your stitch length is less than 2 and that your thread weight is lower than 50.  You should make your stitches right next to the Peltex, without sewing through the Peltex.  I would also recommend backstitching over the tab area as well as the sections where the top and bottom vinyl linings meet.  Trim away excess fabrics, at least 1/4″ from seam.

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Using the opening, turn the Notebook Keeper right side out.

Notebook Keeper - Step 10

Notebook Keeper – the Final Touches

Use your The Purple Thang and push the corners out.  Using 40-30 weight thread, top stitch along the outside perimeter of the Notebook Keeper.  Using your Omnigrid Acrylic Ruler, find the center of the Notebook Keeper and mark a line from the bottom to just past the top of the cotton lining.  Sew along marked line.

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Place your small Legal pads and even a pen or pencil in your lining pockets and you are all set!

I just love how fun and easy these are to make!  Using faux leather (or vinyl) makes these notebooks very durable!

You can still use Quilting Cottons if your sewing machine cannot handle the thickness of all those vinyl layers.  I would just recommend reinforcing it with some Shapeflex by Pellon.

Thanks for checking out this tutorial!  Don’t forget to get your FREE Pattern and let me know if you have any questions.  I would love to hear from you!

Also – Remember………..Note-Takers are History Makers!

Until next time, Happy Sewing!

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Churn Dash Quilt Block

The Churn Dash Quilt Block is a very basic block which 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 pattern 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 patterns. Woot!

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

Option 2: Purchase this PDF pattern

Use this link to purchase a pattern 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 pattern.  You’ll also be able to download this file in my shop.

This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. 🙂 Read my full disclosure policy here.

Churn Dash Quilt Block Supply List

  • Quilt Block Pattern
  • Qty (2) Fat Quarter of Contrasting Fabrics (I used Add It Up and Yours Truly by Cotton + Steel)

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.

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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.

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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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Betty Bowler Bag by Swoon Patterns

I love making bags and I love a great bag pattern!  When I bought my digital copy of the Betty Bowler Bag by Swoon Patterns, I couldn’t wait to get started!  I will admit that this project might intimidate even the most skilled bag maker.  Whether it is the fear of all that piping or the curved shape – I knew I had to just jump right in and give it a try!

Betty Bowler Bag by Swoon Pattern - Pinterest Pin

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Betty Bowler Bag Supply List

Basic Sewing Supplies Needed

Making the Betty Bowler Bag

One of the things I love about Swoon Patterns is how straight forward the patterns are written.  I recommend that you read through the entire pattern before you get started.  This will give you an idea of how the pieces go together.  The first thing you will do is cut and prepare your fabric, foam and interfacing.  If this is your first time making this bag, I would recommend you cut and prep your bag at least a day before you start assembling.

Betty Bowler Bag by Swoon Patterns

If you have a directional fabric, I encourage you to take your time and cut with intention.

Betty Bowler Swoon Pattern - Cutting it out

As shown above, I cut my fabric pieces at the same time.  I separately cut my interfacing and foam.  As you can imagine, the thickness can become too much for a precise cut.

I would recommend that you make your own piping.  Making your own piping is easier than you think!  When you make your own piping you can be sure to get the precise color or pattern to match the rest of your bag.  Take a look at the great tutorial that the Swoon Pattern company has given. (linked above in the supply list)

Betty Bowler Bag - making Piping 1

Betty Bowler Bag - Making Piping 2

Now you get to put your bag together!  I would recommend you watch the step by step tutorial that BirdCage and Thread made in 2016.  I have linked her video below.

I plan to make several more of these bags.  I’m even contemplating some faux leather accents!  Wouldn’t that be grand!

Comment below with any questions or tell us your experience with making your own Betty Bowler Bag.  I would love to hear from you!

Happy Sewing!

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