Merry Merry Bunting TUTORIAL

It’s almost December, can you believe it?? And we’re on week 10 of the TWELVE WEEKS OF CHRISTMAS!

Welcome to everyone from Bluprint Textiles. This week, we’re making some merry bunting!

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1. Fabric: You’ll need a Fat Quarter (or a 1/4 yard) of red and green. I chose chartreuse and a deep coral:) You will also need a 1/4 yard of flannel, 1/6 yard of Wonder Under (or similar fusible) and 3 yards of cording (I used 1/8″ cotton cording).
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2. Cutting the Circles: Cut five 4″ circles from each color. I used the Olfa Circle Cutter; it’s pretty awesome! You can also trace a roll of masking tape and cut with scissors, old school style.
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Cut ten 4″ circles from the flannel.
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3. Making the Merry: Print the template. It is ALREADY REVERSED. Trace onto the Wonder Under fusible. You will need two of each letter.
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Press the fusible to the back of the fabric. You will need one merry in each color.
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Cut out MERRY MERRY.
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Press the green letters onto the red circles. And the red letters onto the green. If your background is directional, make sure to align all the circles properly.
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4. Assembling the Bunting: Align each circle with a flannel circle.
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Pin the circles to the cording as shown. The cording is in between the fabric circle and the flannel circle. Make sure to put a pin through the cording. I left about 18″ on either end for hanging. I put 2″ in between each circle and 4″ between the two merries.
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Topstitch around each circle about 1/8″ from the edge. You will have to take care as you go over the cording.
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And you’re done! Since the holidays are upon us, you may now hang your creation!!

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Let me know if you have any questions! Merry! Merry!!
xo LC

Pretty Little… Sunday Workshops

Christmas is just around the corner, do you have all you presents ready??? If not, I’ve got great news for you! I’m going to do some Sunday workshops at The Little General in Winston! I start next week with the Pretty Little Pouches!! Then there will be potholders and a cute little pinnie! Here are the details:
Pretty Little Sunday Workshop Series
Pretty Little Pouch
Sunday, December 2, 1-4
Need a quick holiday present? This little pouch is perfect for anyone! It holds pencils, makeup or anything you’d like! Don’t fear the zipper, this is a very easy pouch to make!

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Pretty Little Potholder
Sunday, December 9, 1-4
Want to show off your favorite fabric? This potholder showcases it for you! We will use special heat resistent batting that make these both adorable and functional!

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Pretty Little Pinnie
Sunday, December 16, 1-4
Need the perfect stocking stuffer? This cute little pinnie is made from wool and done almost entirely on the sewing machine. It’s very simple to make!

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They’re all $25 plus $5 for supplies except fabric. And no previous sewing experience is required. If you’re interested in signing up, just let Gina know! The shop number is 336-779-6155.
And if you’re not local, you can check back here for another Twelve Weeks of Christmas tutorial on Tuesday; we are making holiday bunting!!
xo LC

A Day of Thanks & Giving

Happy Thanksgiving! I’ve always loved this holiday. Who doesn’t love a holiday where it’s appropriate to eat multiple kinds of potatoes? When I was growing up, it meant a day with my best friend’s family. In college, I went home with my roommate to celebrate with her family–have you ever been to an Italian family Thanksgiving?! I still dream about it:)
One year while I was going to school in Atlanta, I invited lots of friends over and my parents came. My Dad takes his Thanksgiving food very seriously, so he arrived with his own potatoes, his own stuffing and his own rolls! I’ll never forget the look on his face when my friend Paul said that he’d “just popped in the turkey” and we were supposed to eat in an hour. Ha! So we ate about five hours later…
I also love to travel for Thanksgiving. I’ve given thanks in London with my good friend Amanda and her international group of friends. So many people wanted to play the wishbone that we tried other bones! I’ve spent the day in a treehouse in Ecuador thankful that my home has screens on the windows and a door. But sad that I cannot zipline, raft and hike through cloud forests all the time. And another soaking up the sun in the Dominican Republic. We ate something called “chocolate bread”; I’m still not sure what it was, but it was sinfully delicious! Last year, my family headed to the Outer Banks. We lucked out and it was beautiful beach weather all week!

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My birthday falls just after Thanksgiving; it’s December 7 for those of you marking your calendar! So my parents brought my present to the OB:) It was a little sewing table! Who knew a sewing table could transform your life?! I’d always kept my machine in the closet, so I didn’t sew too often. It was a hassle to get everything out and set it up. With my new table, I started sewing all the time, nearly every day. It changed my life:) It’s the smallest Horn table. I love it because it does fold up (I take it on vacation!), but it’s still SUPER sturdy.

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Then I discovered the online modern quilting movement thanks to my friend Sarah. And then May Chappell came to be:) I’m so thankful it all happened!
This has been a week of giving (and receiving!) in Flickr swap land!
For the famed Pillow Talk Swap, my partner asked for modern holiday. This is what I made.

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Here’s a close up of the quilting.

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I was pleased with it and she loved it:)
And then my package arrived! I was excited when I saw the return address–Synnoeve is amazing!! I LOVE my pillow! I love every fabric! I love the text prints! I love the quilting!! I LOVE IT!

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Even the back is amazing!! She used really cool orange buttons! Orange is my signature color:)

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This pillow is so well made; you wouldn’t believe it. It is perfect!! I’m amazed! I’m studying her techniques. Of course, I immediately messaged her with how much I loved it! She posted this which makes it even better!!

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I love that she learned from her grandmother! Just like I learned from the guru:) Thanks again Synn!! You could not have made a more perfect pillow for me!
I’m also in the Modern She Made swap. My partner lives somewhere in the UK and she didn’t have a lot of specific requests. I’d seen a cool appliqué pillow-called the Quilted States of America. So I decided I could machine appliqué the UK! I’m not exactly a geography genius, so I had to print about twelve maps to find areas large enough to appliqué, but smaller than the countries. I wanted to use lots of fabrics and I wanted to fussy cut.

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I used the zigzag stitch along the seams. It worked out well!

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Here’s the finished pillow! It’s currently flying home. I hope she loves it:) I cannot wait for her reaction!! I’m also hoping she’ll take some great pictures of it; I was rushing to the post office.

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I put on a nifty label!

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A few people have asked me for the “pattern”. Here it is! I scanned in what I worked from. THIS IS REVERSED. I traced onto wonder under and then pressed to the back of the fabric. If you are using a different method, you might need to reverse it back. I also numbered the pieces (make sure you put the numbers as you trace!), as all the pieces start to look alike. I have Ireland/Northern Ireland on the pattern, but I left them off my pillow. Please let me know if you have any questions! If you make it, please add it to the Made with May Chappell Flickr group!
Hope everyone is having a festive Thanksgiving!
xo LC

Rudolph Wall Hanging TUTORIAL

It’s week 8 of the TWELVE WEEKS OF CHRISTMAS!

Welcome to everyone from Bluprint Textiles. This week, we’re making a Rudolph Wall Hanging! He could very easily become a pillow if your heart desires:) He’s a fun, mod little guy…

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1. Fabric: You’ll need a 12 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ white piece for the background, a 9″ x 9″ brown piece for Rudolph, three 1 1/2″ x wof (width of fabric) strips one each in pink, lime and aqua for the border, two 2 1/2″ x wof red strips for red binding, five 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ red squares for the nose and corners (you can cut these squares from one of the strips for binding), and an 18″ x 18″ piece for backing. You will also need an 18″ x 18″ piece of batting, 1/4 yard of steam-a-seam (or similar), and black top-stitching thread. I used Sulky 12 wt.

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2. Rudolph: First print Rudolph. You will need to trace Rudolph onto the steam-a-seam.

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Stick the steam-a-seam to the back of the fabric. Note: steam-a-seam does not require ironing for this stage, but some interfacing does.

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Cut out Rudolph and his nose. Be careful to have smooth edges.

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Place Rudolph and press. Follow the pressing instructions on the interfacing.

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3. Making the Border: Take the 1 1/2″ strips and cut them all in half. And then cut them in half again. They should all be at least 10 1/4″ long. Arrange them like so.

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Sew together with 1/4″ seams and press to one side.

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Trim into four 2 1/2″ strips.

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Attach the top and bottom strips.

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Press away from the white.

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Sew two red squares on each remaining border strip.

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Sew on the remaining side borders.

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4. Blanket Stitch: You can do this by hand or on your machine. One guess for which one I did! Machine. First pin or baste your top, batting and backing.

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On Bert, the blanket stitch is #25. It looks like this.

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Sew with the blanket stitch around Rudolph and his nose.

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For the border, I widened the stitch to five.

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Stitch around the edge of the white by the border.

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It will look like this.

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Put on the binding (and a hanging sleeve if you like!) and you’re done!

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Let me know if you have any questions!! Happy Rudolph making:)

xo LC

A Whole Lotta Swapping Going On

There are lots of swaps that are wrapping up before the holiday rush…so I have been a sewing fool!
For the Modernista Swap on Flickr, my partner was I’m Fellin’ Crafty. Her work is really amazing, so I was a bit intimidated. I made her some potholders as she requested:) This was my first adventure with the insulated batting; it is very cool! I have not actually picked up a pot with it, but it seems legit. I’ll keep you posted on that.
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And I was all set to make her some wonky star placemats (because potholders didn’t seem like enough:) But when I posted my O’ Christmas Tree Table Runner, she seemed to really like it!

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She didn’t ask for seasonal, but I took a chance! I’m so happy that she is happy:) I love making people things and it is even better when you know they love and appreciate it! Her blogpost was very sweet!!
And while we are on the appreciation train, check out my loot!! My dining room table is really small. Actually right now it’s nonexistent; it’s in storage! But that’s beside the point. Krista made me two really awesome mini table mats. The first is Halloween on one side and Christmas on the other. Very clever! The other is a gorgeous star made of red and aqua with my favorite grey text background. And lots of bonus presents:) Thanks Krista!

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I’m also in two pincushion swaps! The first was with the Triad Modern Quilt Guild. I made this little button jar pincushion. My partner, Colleen, loves mug rugs, so I made her pincushion a mug rug. She likes Melody Miller fabric, so I cut into the good stuff.

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And I got this cutie from Roxanne!

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I’m also in The Fab Little Pincushion Swap! This little guy is en route overseas to his new home!

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I got the gorgeous wool from The Little General! Gina has 69 colors; I had trouble deciding!! It was really nice to work with. I hope my partner is happy! She loves nature, so I think she’ll like Mr. Birdie. I can’t wait for my little pinnie to arrive!
Have y’all seen all the granny squares cropping up everywhere?! They’re so pretty and have a great vintage/scrappy/modern feel. So naturally a Flickr group started to swap these babies. And naturally, I had to join:) They FINALLY arrived and I’ve layed out my quilt. I’m in love!
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Lastly, I wanted to let everyone know, I’ve started a Flickr group for things made with May Chappell patterns and tutorials! Tell your friends, family, dogs, anyone that’ll listen:) There might be random prizes involved!
Happy Sewing!!
xo LC

Retreat to Montreat

This past weekend, the guru and I went on a quilting retreat to Montreat! Fresh mountain air and sewing- the perfect combo:)

You could see snow from Black Mountain which is crazy! We started out the weekend by eating at Veranda with Debbie. We LOVE Veranda! And then we did some shopping around Black Mountain.

Then we got to sewing!! I caught up on bee blocks which makes me feel good. Here are a few of my favorites. This rainbow block is for Katy. She had to drop out of the bee, but I wanted her to have my blocks anyway;) I’m loving how the black and white polka dot makes the pezzy prints pop! I secretly want to keep this.

And Melissa asked for aquas and grey. It’s very serene. Her quilt is going to be beautiful!!

Then I worked on my log cabin. This puppy has been nearly a year in the making. Log cabins are not fast in the best of times. And this one is just for me! It’s not a shop sample, it’s not a gift, it’s not for a pattern…and this all means that it never gets worked on! But I made progress!! I love it so much that it’s the header for the blog…one day it will be finished. And still be the header for my blog!

This is where it is. I want to add an extra block all the way around.

And I pieced a lot. I’m about halfway through the extra 28 blocks I need.

The guru worked on her hand appliqué house quilt. She’s getting closer! I CANNOT WAIT to show ya’ll the finished product, but it will be in 2013. Stay tuned.

Debbie made some adorable bags- no pics:(. And then she worked on her voile quilt. She took my voile quilt class last month. She is working on her last set of blocks!!

In addition to all the sewing, there was lots of socializing! A good time was had by all. Debbie & Lisa!

Everyone working away!

Justiann was a finishing fool! She completed this amazing vintage inspired wall hanging.

And this awesome chevron neutral quilt top! She got all these fabrics from a charm swap.

She also finished a Nightshade quilt top, but I didn’t get a pic:(

Cyndi is making an amazing red/cream quilt from the Sunday Morning Quilts book. It’s going to be gorgeous!!

I fell in love with this squirrel fabric and she hooked me up with a piece. If anyone knows what this is, let me know!

She also had these airplanes in her quilt. I want it too! Does anyone know what it is?? It looks like a reproduction print.

It was a great weekend with new and old friends and tons of sewing! We had a blast:) I should have taken more pics. We went on a shopping adventure to all the quilt shops in the Asheville area. And so many people were making amazing things that I didn’t get pictures of:( But a good time was had by all…and that’s what’s important!

xo LC

Infinity Scarf TUTORIAL

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Time for another tutorial for the Twelve Weeks of Christmas! This week, Sarah of Bluprint Textiles has made an infinity scarf!! It’s makes a great Christmas present and is FAST! 10 MINUTES!! Click here for the tutorial.

And I’ll see you next week for Week 8!! Christmas is getting closer; I hope you’re ready;) The Twelve Weeks have already inspired my guild friend to get sewing! Check out what she’s made!!
xo LC

Happy Halloween from Baby O

Yesterday was Halloween (for those of you that weren’t paying attention:)! My good friends Olivia & Jim have an adorable baby named Owen. Owen is almost a year old and just too cute for words. While Olivia was pregnant, I took to calling him Baby O (for Olivia) and then he was named Owen which worked out!
About a month ago, Olivia told me that Baby O needed help for his Halloween costume. Of course, I was thrilled and happy to help!! Baby O was a going to be a cowboy:) Olivia made him a vest, but she needed boots. Hmmm… I can make boots!
Here they are! I used felt and appliquéd on his initials.

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Here is Baby O rocking his boots!! Have you ever seen a more adorable cowboy?!?!

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Hope everyone had a great Halloween! Love you Baby O!!
xo LC