Love All Around TUTORIAL

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Lately I’ve been feeling as though there’s a lot of negativity going around, from the election to world affairs to right here in our own quilting community. I decided to create a block called Love All Around. It’s all about coming from a place of love and kindness. Quilting brings me joy and I love sharing that with all of you! Let’s all try to take a second to send a note of support, offer a word of kindness, cheer for the underdog or offer a helping hand. If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Or maybe keep thinking and find something nice to say!

This year, I’m going to make this block whenever I see kindness in my community! I want 2017 to be a year with Love All Around! I’m expecting to end the year with a sea of hearts…and an epic quilt. I’ve started spreading the love by asking a few of my stitchy friends to join in the fun!! I was more than a little overwhelmed when almost everyone said YES! The quilting world does love to spread love. The best part of sharing a tutorial is that everyone makes a unique block (and a few fun extra ideas!). Everyone will be posting today and through the weekend. Check out all the blocks:

Alex Duenkel
Amy Ellis of Amy’s Creative Side
Amy Friend of During Quiet Time
Amy Shively of Village Fabric Shop
Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter
Amy Southerland
Angela Gubler of The Green Apricot
Angela Milliman of Bunny’s Designs
Angela Pingel of Cut to Pieces
AnneMarie Chany of GenX Quilters
Asha Patel
Becky Jorgensen of Patchwork Posse
Chrissy Lux of Sew Lux
Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts
Debra Jalbert of Made of Honor Quilts
Gina Allen of Ginabean Quilts & Trailer Stash
Ginny Robinson
Heather Grant of Modern Day Quilts
Jen Kingwell of Jen Kingwell Designs
Karen Lewis of Karen Lewis Textiles
Kristen Ballou

Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced
Leslie Meltzer of 50 Sq Ft Studios
Nicole Carroll of Fist Full of Fabric
Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness
Sarah Huechteman
Sarah Lowry of Stitching & Bacon
Shea Henderson of Empty Bobbin Studio
Stephanie Palmer of Late Night Quilter
Stephanie Soebbing Quilt Addicts Anonymous
Tara Kordich of Sew Amelias
Tessa Walker of The Sewing Chick
Xandi Hamilton

Let’s get started! Grab some scraps (or a dreamy stack of half yard cuts as I did!) and let’s get started spreading some love!

Love All Around Block Tutorial
Finished size: 8″ (Remember, this means it will be 8 1/2″ when you’re done making it and 8″ once sewn into your quilt.)

Use a 1/4″ seam throughout.

Supplies: Fabric A & Fabric B (hearts): One 6″ square and four 2 3/4″ squares of each. Fabric C (corners): Two 3 1/4″ squares. Fabric D (background): Four 4 3/4 x 2 3/4″ rectangles and two 3 1/4″ squares. *All the pieces are oversized for trimming, so if you’re a smidge short on fabric, it’s okay!

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Making the Hourglass Unit: Place the two 6″ squares on top of one another. Cut in half diagonally. Make sure to align the 45° line along the bottom edge for a perfect cut.

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Cut in half diagonally in the opposite direction as well.

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You will only need two of each fabric opposite one another. Save the extra pieces for another block!

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Stitch the triangles together in pairs as shown. Press to the darker fabric.

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Align the seams and lock them together to stitch along the diagonal. Because you’re stitching along bias edges, they can be stretchier. I pin each end and the two seam allowances in the middle.

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Trim the hourglass unit to 4 1/2″. I used my Bloc Loc ruler. Make certain that the center of the block where all four points meet is at 2 1/4″ on your ruler. Also make certain that the 4 1/2″ trim line will land where the two fabrics meet as shown by the pins in the picture.

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If you don’t have a bloc loc, your trimming will look like this. Use the 45° line (marked with washi tape) and make certain that the center points meet at the 2 1/4″ mark (shown by the pin).

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This is what you should have!

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Making the Flying Geese Units: Put a piece of tape on your sewing machine showing the center needle line. Place a 2 3/4″ square on a 4 3/4 x 2 3/4″ rectangle. Align the top corner with the needle and the bottom of the corner with the tape edge. Stitch through the middle of the square diagonally keeping the bottom corner along the edge of the tape.

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Repeat so that you have two with Fabric A and two with Fabric B.

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Trim a 1/4″ from the seam line. It just needs to be neat, not perfect! I use scissors, but you can also use a rotary. Press towards the dark.

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Place a matching square on the other corner of each piece. Stitch through the center of the square as you did in the previous step.

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Repeat for all four flying geese units. Press towards the dark.

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You will have this.

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Trim to 4 1/2 x 2 1/2″. I used a Bloc Loc ruler.

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If you don’t have the Bloc Loc available, make sure to center the point and have the point be 1/4″ from the edge as shown by the center pin. Use the 45° line on the ruler (marked with washi) to align the seam. Trim to 4 1/2 x 2 1/2″ as shown by the outside pins.

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Making the Half Square Triangles: Place a piece of tape along the 1/4″ mark of your machine to extend the mark. Place a 3 1/4″ square of Fabric C and Fabric D right side together. Align the top corner of the square with the edge of your 1/4″ foot. Align the bottom corner of the squares with the edge of the tape. Stitch two lines each 1/4″ from the center line.

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Cut apart the triangles. Press towards Fabric D/Background.

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Trim to 2 1/2″.

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Assemble the Block: Place all the units as shown.

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Sew together as three rows of three units. As you stitch the flying geese unit, make certain that your 1/4″ seam crosses right at the point of the flying geese unit.

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The corner unit seam will lock with the flying geese unit seam as shown.

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A pin is your friend.

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Press the top and bottom rows towards the corners. Press the center row towards the hourglass unit. Stitch the rows together and press the seams towards the hourglass unit.

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Spread the love!!

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I’ll be filling my year with lots of mementos of kindness. These blocks would also make a fun gift when you see a kind act or need to send a little love. Make them your own!!

xx LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Lonestar Points

There’s been a little bit of lonestar making in my studio. I guess cabin fever got the best of me…so much snow! Thought I’d share how I worked on my points. First I stuck a pin 1/4″ from the edge along the seam of the first piece and into the second piece. This one is also 1/4″ from the edge. You can draw the 1/4″ seam; I eyeballed it. As you can see, you need the points to align 1/4″ in, not at the edge. 

Next, I gave the pin a good wiggle. This is a very technical sewing term, “a good wiggle.” This way, you can see where the pin was. Remove the pin. Place a second pin in as you normally would. As you stitch, stitch though the pin hole.

This trick works any time you’re attaching pieces along an angle and want perfect points. You can check out my lonestar over on Instagram
xx LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Label It

Do you have more then one sewing machine? There’s nothing worse than arriving to class with the wrong foot pedal! Or even worse without your foot pedal! Linda, my tablemate from Sew Virginia Beach, suggested labels. Her machines have different pedals, so she labeled them prominently.

My machines have the same pedal, but I bought an extra to take to class. I keep it in my sewing machine’s case, so I don’t need to remember to pack it. I do the same with the power cord. If you have a spare already packed, you don’t need to remember it!

xx LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Traveling with Rulers

It’s Tip time! Today’s tip comes from my friend Emily Herrick. When you’re packing for a retreat or a class, rulers can get very unruly (pun intended), try looping them together with a binder ring!

You’re also much less likely to lose one!

xx LC

Cooking with Craftsy & the Black Friday SALE

It’s already Black Friday in certain parts of the Interwebs! Craftsy’s SALE has started with most classes at $17.99 through this Monday. This is the lowest price I’ve ever seen! My class is included! You can check that out here.

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I’ve also been taking this awesome cooking class with Ellie Krieger. I am loving it. I’m not usually super into cooking, but she’s an awesome instructor. Full disclosure, of the five or so cookbooks I regularly use, two are hers. Here is a meal cooked by me from the class.

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Craftsy did a little post about instructors crossing disciplines which was fun!

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I’m definitely a neater cook than quilter!

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This recipe is from the first lesson which are one pan meals. I’m moving on to soups because it’s getting cooler!

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xx LC

ps: This post includes affiliate links. Full disclosure, I get paid when you buy my class!

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Batting Sampler

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Yesterday was my stop on the Pat Sloan Mega Fun Book Tour! When Pat initially asked me to join in her fun, I asked if I could also find a tip to share today! There were so many to choose from. But I love this!

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I love this idea of going in with a group of quilty friends to buy a batch of different batting. If you wanted to kick it up a notch, you could do larger swatches so that you could all quilt the samples. I pretty much use the same batting 99% of the time (you are my true love, Quilters Dream Select), but if I had samples, I might venture out more. I do love wool batting so when I venture, that’s where I tend to find myself. So gather your quilty troop and start sampling!

xx LC

Mega Fun Book Tour with Pat Sloan

Today is my stop on Pat Sloan’s book tour! This is Pat’s 33rd book. If my blog used emojis, I would totally use the little face with the giant eyes! This one is part of her Teach Me series and focuses on machine quilting. It’s called Teach Me to Machine Quilt!

Pat asked us to read the book and highlight a few of our favorite parts. Well, I took 37 pictures of things to highlight! I’ve narrowed it down just a bit:) There are so many wonderful things in here. If you’re new to machine quilting, this is an excellent place to start. And if you’re already experienced, there are tons of great reminders and tips to add to your skill set!

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Pat takes you through every single detail you need for success with machine quilting. I don’t think there’s a single question or topic not covered. It is a great resource! With machine quilting, you just have to start! Pat has a really great section about making five baby quilts to get started!

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One of my favorite things is that this book has video tutorials that you can link to! It’s such a great feature.

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Each topic is covered with a wide range of options. Plus throughout the book, you’ll enjoy Pat’s can-do attitude and fun little quotes!

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Are you ready for the most excellent part, Martingale is giving away FIVE copies of this awesomeness! You can go here for details. Plus, we did promise a MEGA blog tour, so make sure you check out all the stops!

November 18
Bonnie Hunter 
Pam Vieira-McGinnis
Alyce Blyth 
Kimberly Einmo 

November 19
American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine 
Mathew Boudreaux  
Moda – Carrie Nelson 

November 20
Amy Smart
Katja Marek 

November 21
Lee Monroe 
Jacquelynne Steves  
Stephanie Palmer 
Mary Abreu 

November 22
Sarah Maxwell
Debby Brown
Jane Davidson
Linda Thielfoldt
Janet Clare
Baby Lock 

November 23
Cheryl Brickey
Helen Stubbings 
Kimberly Jolly 

November 25
Sherri McConnell
Julie Karasek 
Ebony Love 
Martingale  

November 26: Pat’s Birthday!!!
Scott Hansen 
Victoria Findlay Wolfe 

November 28
Amy Friend  
Heather Valentine  
Melissa Corry  
Amy Ellis  

November 29
Aurifil – Erin Sampson 
Christa Watson 
Nancy Zieman
Amanda Niederhauser 

November 30
Kim Niedzwiecki 
Karen Miller
Wendy Sheppard  
Brenda M. Ratliff  

xx LC

Stitching With Lorelai GIVEAWAY

I hope that everyone has enjoyed all of the Stitching with Lorelai projects. I am pretty sure that I need to stitch up all of them! My house needs its own Gilmore corner.

Here are all the projects for easy access:
Monday, November 14: Lee Chappell Monroe of May Chappell
Tuesday, November 15: Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts
Wednesday, November 16: Tessa Walker of The Sewing Chick
Thursday, November 17: Sarah Lowry of Stitching & Bacon
Friday, November 18: Elizabeth Dackson of Don’t Call Me Betsy

I was a bit torn about which design to use for my post, so I’m sharing my other designs here as a bonus! I pulled some of the best gilmorisms! First up is “I Smell Snow!” and you can download the design here. As all true Gilmore lovers know, all good things happen in the snow!

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Next up is a pretty common word. But to none other than the fabulous matriach, Emily, it is a come hither pick up line! In fact, it’s a line she “learns” from Lorelai! Hello. Don’t go saying it to too many men now:) You can download this design here.

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And one more! I’m pretty sure that this is my life motto as well! I can hear The Guru snickering as she reads that;) You can grab this design here.

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I’ve loved checking out all the goodness on Instagram under #stitchingwithlorelai. Remember, you have until December 1 to post to that hashtag and be entered for a $50 gift certificate to Sew Lux Fabric! Enter often:) And peruse all the cuteness that’s popping up already. Y’all are some speedy stitchers!

Who’s ready for a surprise GIVEAWAY?! Claudia who is the dealer of all things embroidery and beyond over at Snuggly Monkey has generously offered a $25 gift certificate. And it’s pretty easy to enter! All you have to do is comment on ANY of the Stitching with Lorelai blog posts. So, there are up to six entries per person! You can comment on anything you want, but if you’re looking for a topic, how about #teamdean, #teamjess or #teamlogan? Enter before Wednesday, November 23 at noon est.

Here are links to all of the awesome projects of Stitching with Lorelai one more time:
Monday, November 14: Lee Chappell Monroe of May Chappell
Tuesday, November 15: Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts
Wednesday, November 16: Tessa Walker of The Sewing Chick
Thursday, November 17: Sarah Lowry of Stitching & Bacon
Friday, November 18: Elizabeth Dackson of Don’t Call Me Betsy

I think all dedicated fans will want to check out this pledge. Don’t be a spoiler!

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The really important thing is that we are now WITHIN a week of A Year in the Life!! Can you stand it?!

xx LC

 

Craftsy T-Shirt Shoe Bag TUTORIAL

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A few weeks ago Craftsy put out a challenge to their instructors…make something awesome with some extra Craftsy t-shirts. I can’t really explain my train of thought, but I thought shoe bags! I’ve been wanting some shoe bags for when I travel. And the knit of the t-shirts meant that the shoe bags would be both stuffable and stretchable- both selling points when traveling! We were sent two Craftsy shirts. They are super soft knit.

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I chose four fabrics that went well with the soft khaki of the shirt. I wanted bright, fun and cheerful. I mixed and matched the fabrics and the ties.

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Here’s a quick little tutorial so you can make your own! These would also be a great way to repurpose old t-shirts (especially the ones that you can’t let go of!).

Supplies: One t-shirt per bag, 1/8 yard of fabric for bag, 1/8 yard of fabric for ties (or substitute 2 1/4 yards of twill tape or ribbon)

Cutting: Cut two 10 1/2 x 13″ pieces of knit from each t-shirt.* Cut four 4 1/2 x 10 1/2″ pieces from the bag fabric. Cut two 1 1/2 x 38″ pieces for the ties. * You might want to adjust the length based on your shoe size. I added 3″ to the length of my shoe.

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Step 1Mark the center inch on the back of two of the bag fabric pieces. It is 1 3/4″ from either edge. Two pieces remain unmarked.

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Attach a marked bag fabric piece to a knit t-shirt piece along the 10 1/2″ edge using a 1/4″ seam. Repeat with the other two pieces (one marked bag fabric piece and one knit t-shirt piece). Note that you will want to use a needle designed for stitching knits- ballpoint/jersey/stretch. You will also want to pin heavily as the knit can be unruly.

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Attach the unmarked bag fabric pieces along the 10 1/2″ edge of each marked bag fabric piece. You should now have two identical pieces with a knit t-shirt piece, then a marked fabric bag piece and another unmarked fabric bag piece. It will measure 10 1/2 x 20″. Press all seams away from the knit.

Step 2Place the two pieces right sides together. Stitch a 1/4″ seam down each 20″ side. DO NOT stitch the 1″ marked area and backstitch at the beginning and end of this gap.

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Make certain the seam is pressed away from the knit t-shirt.

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Then stitch a 1/4″ seam along the bottom. The corners should cross as shown creating a strong seam.

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Step 3: Turn the bag right side out. Fold under a 1/4″ seam along the top raw edge. Pin each of the side seams and stretch out on your ironing board. Use pins to keep the 1/4″ even along the edges. Press.

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Fold the top of the bag in along the seam. Pin in place and topstitch along the edge securing the inside edge.

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Topstitch along the top edge as well. Topstitch along the outer edges of the inch openings creating a channel for the tie.

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Step 4: Press the ties in half, then press in each side to create double fold binding.

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Press in half again concealing all raw edges. Top stitch. Put a safety pin on the end and feed through the channel. Feed the other tie through the channel from the opposite side. Tie the ends in place.

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Step 5: Plan an awesome trip and use your bags!

xx LC

 

Stitching with Lorelai TUTORIAL

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If you read the title of this post and thought to yourself, “Lorelai Gilmore is my spirit animal!”, then welcome to the Stitching with Lorelai stitch along. (If you thought, “Who is Lorelai?” Get thee to Netflix and start watching Gilmore Girls. You will not regret it.) For those of you already firmly on Team Luke, I’m glad you’re here! In honor of the Gilmore Girls Revival coming next week, I’ve pulled together a few of my stitchy friends who are also longing for Stars Hollow. This is a pretty simple stitch along. Each day, one of us will post a simple stitching project. Here is the line up!

Monday, November 14: Lee Chappell Monroe of May Chappell
Tuesday, November 15: Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts
Wednesday, November 16: Tessa Walker of The Sewing Chick
Thursday, November 17: Sarah Lowry of Stitching & Bacon
Friday, November 18: Elizabeth Dackson of Don’t Call Me Betsy
Saturday, November 19: Lee Chappell Monroe of May Chappell

This is a SUPER casual stitchalong! Basically, all the designs are free. We’d love for you to stitch them up while binge watching your favorite episodes or even during the second viewing of the revival. The first viewing will require focus. We are having a little giveaway on Instagram. Every time you use the hashtag #stitchingwithlorelai, you get an entry. You can post anything from choosing your floss to your finished product. Unlimited entries. On December 1, we will randomly choose a winner who will receive a SewLux gift card for $50! Special thanks to Chrissy & Linda for donating this awesome prize!

I decided to start where the series started. The perfect song for the perfect show. “Where you Lead, I will Follow.” Thank you Carole King. You can download my design here.

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Here are the colors I used:
Purple Lettering: Anchor 89, 3 strands, stem stitch
Yellow Daisies: Anchor 303, 3 strands, lazy daisy stitch
Light Purple Daisies: Cosmo 483, 3 strands, lazy daisy stitch
Teal Daisies: Anchor 187, 3 strands, lazy daisy stitch
Aqua Daisies: Cosmo 413, 3 strands, lazy daisy stitch
Bright Pink Daisies: Cosmo 3115, 3 strands, lazy daisy stitch

There are so many other fun things that are Gilmore related that are cropping up everywhere! I’m dying to make some of these coffee cups. Amy Friend of During Quiet Time made these for each of the major characters. It’s a fun game to guess the character she’s depicting. The swan for Jess made me laugh out loud! You can get her pattern here (US & International) or Etsy (US only) or Craftsy (US only).

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I hope you’ll enjoy Stitching with Lorelai! Let the games begin!

xx LC