GO! Pillow Talk: May Pole Pillow

Today is FREE pattern day for my GO! Pillow Talk series with AccuQuilt! You can head over to their site to download the free pattern here and check out my tips for topstitching it on their blog here.

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I love this pillow! It was inspired by a May Pole. It is a really fast project!! (Which also makes it a favorite.) My pattern cover was made with various fabrics from my stash and then I whipped up this version with Cotton + Steel Basics. I LOVE their basics line because the colors are interesting. They’re not your usual rainbow! I just chose neutrals and a few greens for the pillow.

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I played around with some zigzag stitching on this one.

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Now I am back to my regularly scheduled market sewing! I cannot wait to show you all the new patterns. Soon! Very soon!!

xo LC

 

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Marking Darks

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Today’s terrific tip is to mark dark fabric. It’s difficult to find something that both shows up on dark fabric AND is easily removed. Then I found this Sewline Chalk Pencil at Knit One Smock Too. It’s magical! And it was about $4!!

  

It easily marks darker fabric or busy prints. Or in this case, dark busy fabric! I found it easy to rub away once I was done with the markings. 

 

Go forth and mark!

xo LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Selvage Color

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Today I taught a color theory workshop at A Stitch in Time in Franklin, NC. We talked about tons of tips for choosing fabric. Here’s one of my favorites! If you look at the selvage on fabric, you can see the base color. If it’s cream, then that fabric will work well with other cream-based fabrics. If the base color is pure white, it will work well with other pure white fabric. 

 

Happy fabric shopping!

xo LC

Round & Round Ribbon Mug Rug TUTORIAL

I’m not usually one for mug rugs, but I saw a really cute little mini posted on the Renaissance Ribbon’s Instagram page. And I  immediately thought, how cute would that be as a log cabin?!

  

So here we go! If you’re local, Amy made some kits at Village Fabric Shop (formerly Little General). She’s also got tons of ribbon, so you can pick your own!

Finished Size: Approximately 8″ square.

1. Supplies: You’ll need one 12 x 12″ piece for the back and a 12 x 12″ piece of batting. Plus one 2″ x width of fabric strip for binding (or a binding scrap at least 40″ long.) Plus some Renaissance Ribbons!
Here is what I used:
— 2 1/2″ piece of 38 mm wide
— 2″ piece of 16 mm wide
— 3″ piece of 38 mm wide
— 3″ piece of 38 mm wide
— 4 3/4″ piece of 38 mm wide
— 5″ piece of 25 mm wide
— 6″ piece of 48 mm wide
— 7″ piece of 38 mm wide
— 7″ piece of 16 mm wide
— 7″ piece of 38 mm wide
— 8″ piece of 38 mm wide

2. Prep the Back & Batting: This project is quilt as you go, so first iron the backing and put the batting on top of it like the beginning of a quilt sandwich.

3. Quilting the Ribbons: Place your first two ribbons in the center. Stitch along the length between the two ribbons.

Stitch along the right edge of the first ribbon.

Bury your threads on the back.

When you add the next piece, you will cover the raw edges. Just keep adding!

Work your way around and around adding a ribbon like a traditional log cabin.

4. Finishing: Trim to about 1/8″ beyond the edge of the ribbon.

It should look like this.

Add the binding! You’re done!

xo LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Tag Your Pattern

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Today’s terrific tip is for organizing your pattern and fabric! While I’m choosing the fabric, whether at the shop or at home, I cut a sliver from the printed selvage side.

Then tape the sliver on the pattern. You’ll never question your fabric choices again! Or wonder what “blue flower dot” means!!

xo LC