Terrific Tip Tuesday: Covered Cording

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Today’s Tuesday! You have no idea how often this is news to me! Our tip is from Shirley Bailey of Sew Original. She’s full of useful knowledge and I learn something every time I sew with her. A few weeks ago, I learned this. And now I share… So, imagine that you want to make covered cording with no seam, for a strap or tie or something like that. You cut your cording twice as long as you need it with a few extra inches. (Calm down, cording is about thirty cents!) Sew your bias fabric around the cording as shown. Bias is key to success and it should be the finished length with an extra inch or two. Sew across the fabric and cording in the middle as shown.

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Now, you skunch (technical term) the fabric. It’s hard to get over the hump, but once you do, smooth sailing.

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Here’s the finished product. You’ll trim the excess cording and you’re in business!

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xo LC

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

Yesterday was Christmas Eve aka the day I start my brother’s present! It’s become a tradition!! You can read about past adventures here and here. I chose these fabrics.

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I decided on a table runner with my Blue Ridge pattern. He just redid his house and has a new dining room table. I’m not going to lie, when he opened it, he did say, “What’s a table runner?!”

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I couldn’t have done it without the Bloc Loc. Total life saver.

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I finished just before bedtime. I just had some hand binding left to do. The quilting was fun and fast, a perfect combo. I wrapped it up!

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Here it is in all its glory!

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I kind of want to keep it!

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I remembered to label it!! Success!

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What will I make next year?!
xo LC

Sewoff! Week 2

It’s time for another post on the Sewoff! Here’s the deal, the pattern we were working with is really more cutting directions than pattern. Amy and I chatted over the weekend and we’re struggling with inviting other people to join us on a pattern that could prove difficult for some. So we are changing it up! We are going to make my All Squared Up pattern!

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We’d love for you to join us! You can buy the pattern in my shop. I’ve discounted it to $6, no coupon code needed. We will be sticking with a similar schedule, our next post will be January 14, with final quilts on February 4. You can make one block or a big bed quilt!
xo LC

Around the World Blog Hop

Have y’all seen all the Around the World blog hop posts popping up? It’s a cool idea because you can trace back and see who tagged who and discover a million new blogs and a million new things that you want to make! (Or at least that’s what I did!) I was invited to join the extravaganza by Jen Kingwell! If you’re not already following Jen’s blog, then you should! She’s an amazingly talented quilter, pattern writer and now fabric designer! And I must add, one of my favorite people in the quilting world! The point of the blog hop is a glimpse into my world and then I send you on your merry way to a few new blogs that you’ll love discovering. So, here goes…I’m a pattern writer and teacher. My style definitely skirts the line between traditional with a modern touch. I love color and scrappy!

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My background is in graphic design and that comes in handy with pattern development. I love color and some of my most popular classes are my color workshops. I love teaching and count many of my students among my closest friends. I have a huge passion for quilting and enjoy passing that along. At heart, I am a perfectionist, but I balance that with the reality that life is too short! One of the most popular series on my blog is Terrific Tip Tuesday where I share little tricks and tips for making sewing and quilting easier. Check them out here.

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Here are some things that I’m working on right now. I bought a pack of Denyse Schmidt charms from Marci on Instagram and I’m making a simple quilt. I love it!

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I’m hosting a swap called To the Outhouse & Don’t Forget Your Shirt where we are swapping Carolyn Friedlander Shirts and Outhouses. All the details are here. This shirt was made by Cynthia Lees and outhouse by Carolyn Friedlander.

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Now I’m going to introduce you to three awesome sewists! First up is Dana Bolyard of Old Red Barn Co. She’s a fantastic quilter and an even more fantastic person. She’s loads of fun and makes beautiful things, including her very own book! I met her at Sew South and feel lucky to call her a friend. Check her out here.

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Next up is Elizabeth Dackson of Don’t Call Me Betsy! She’s uber talented with lots of books, patterns and teaching gigs. Her Craftsy classes are quite popular; she has a new one about paper piecing that I’m hearing good things about. On a personal note, she’s helped me more than words can say on the Leadership Conference for the MQG. She’s the bomb! Check out her blog here.

4857_Stills_005_SQ-WEB2_zps9a8b596bLast, but certainly not least, is Miss Ginny Fisher of Fishcreek Studio! She makes all kinds of pretties and is a great person to follow on Instagram. Her blog chronicles her projects and you’ll find lots of inspiration. She’s also a really fun gal to hang out with and her lake house is the perfect sewing destination when I find myself in the Midwest! Love her!! Check out her blog here.

Ginny updated pic 32013I hope y’all are all lost in the quilty inspiration of the Around the World Blog Hop as I was.

xo LC

Merry Mug Rug TUTORIAL

Today I’m joining Jennifer from Ellison Lane on the Merry Mug Rugs blog hop! She’s got a great line up of talented sewists full of fun holiday ideas. I’m generally not a huge mug rug person, but I’ve found A. People love them! B. Most mug rug tutorials can easily become potholder tutorials. C. They make fast, easy & fun gifts! If you need more holiday gift decoration and gift ideas, check out all my other tutorials!

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We are going to make this fun little mug rug with buttons!

 

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Let’s get started!
1. Supplies: You need two pieces that are about 10×10″. I used leftover pieces from a layer cake. You’ll also need a 12×12″ piece of batting. And 30″ of binding; I used a scrap!

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2. Prep the Sandwich: Make the quilt sandwich. I pressed the pieces to the batting in lieu of pinning.

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3. Quilting: Quilt the background. I did pebbles that looked like snowballs. You could also straightline quilt. Anything goes!

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4. Trimming: Trim the piece to 8×8″.

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5. Binding: Bind the mug rug. This is a great opportunity to use a piece of scrap binding.

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6. Marking the Tree: Mark 1 1/4″ in from the sides and 1 1/2″ from the bottom on each side.

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Mark a dotted center line of the tree as well. Make sure you just do small marks that you can cover with buttons. Remember, these are just a guide.

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It should look something like this. I placed a button on the point so you can see them.

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7. Place the Buttons: Start placing the buttons. I glued them in place with plans to go back and sew them!

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I used as many greens as I had mixed with bright colors.

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Enjoy!

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xo LC

Sewoff! Week 1

You might have noticed that I’m a bit behind in this post. Things got busy! Amy organized Sewtopia, life happened. Don’t judge, we are pushing everything back. You can read all about the Sewoff here.

Here’s the new schedule:
December 10: Blocks 1-8
December 17: Blocks 9-16
December 31: Blocks 17-24
January 14: Blocks 25-32
January 21: Blocks 33-40
January 28: Blocks 41-48
February 4: Finished Quilt

Here are my blocks! These puppies are HUGE!

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My one issue with this pattern is that it is really just cutting directions. It was intended to be a block of the month. I assume that most shops are working along with their customers with more detailed directions. However, I like to oversize my pieces and trim. This was difficult with how the pattern was written. I tried on the first block. You can see how unsuccessful I was here. I had to oversize the yellow pieces to compensate for shoddy quilty math on my part!

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If I was making this again, I would redo the pattern for oversized pieces. There are a lot of triangles to make sure you keep your points! Here is a blocked #2!

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I’m using Carolyn Friedlander ledger for all the background and bright oranges and corals with teal, lime and pink accents. I had to order more teal for this block!

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And block #4! It’s 30″ square!!

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Check out Amy’s post here. We’d love for you to join us by sewing along!!
xo LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Marking Fabric

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In order to sew accurate half square triangles and flying geese, it’s important to start with a well marked square. I place my pen in the corner and align the ruler next to it. This puts the ruler in the right spot, so that the line goes to the corner and not next to it.

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I draw the line starting in the middle and going out. This keeps the fabric from bunching. Draw slowly and carefully.

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Perfect! But if it’s not, don’t be afraid to erase and try again.

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xo LC