It’s National Sewing month and Heather over at The Sewing Loft has put together an awesome series of posts about scrap sewing. Today is my stop on her hop and I decided to focus on my favorite scraps…Liberty! In case you’re not familiar, Liberty of London makes the most delicious lawn weight fabric. It’s been a staple in sewing rooms for years and the prints are both vintage and modern. The fabric is notoriously pricey, so I am careful to save every last scrap.
I wrote a tutorial about making scrappy Liberty over on Ellison Lane which you can see here. I used that method to make 3/4″ finished squares on this panel. Because the prints are busy and small, I don’t worry too much about perfect intersections.
A scrappy panel is a great use for my Clutched pattern! The Clutched PDF is on sale for only $8 through Friday in honor of National Sewing Month!
I used Essex Linen for the back and added my adorable new labels (courtesy of a contest from CustomLabels4U).
I think that making just the front or an accent panel scrappy actually makes it stand out more than when it’s allover scrappy! Having something to set off the scrappy area makes it look great!
Today’s Terrific Tool is something that I never even knew I desperately needed. I got a box of cool notions from Dritz and this thing called the Twist & Select was in there. Basically, it looks like a lipstick tube and you twist down the magnet bottom and fill it up with needles.
Then when you need needles, you twist up and they all pop out like this. You can easily see all the needles and choose the one you want. Then twist them back down and put the cap on.
Today’s Terrific Tip is from Elizabeth Dackson of Don’t Call Me Betsy. She visited NC recently and was kind enough to share a tip! She’s a master of foundation piecing. When lining up two pieces, it works well to just stitch a small area.
Then you can check it before you sew the full piece. This is a trick I often use in patchwork, but I’ve never applied it to paper piecing. There’s much less seam ripping if it doesn’t work out!
Today is my stop on the Good Neighbors Pincushion Party! Amanda Jean Nyberg of Crazy Mom Quilts designed a new line of fabric with Connecting Threads. It’s full of fun bright prints! The prints work wonderfully together but also are great stash builders for patchwork. They’re exactly what you’d expect from Amanda Jean’s scrappy style. She has a fabulous blog that you should check out if you haven’t already! Amanda Jean is also one of the most genuinely nice people I’ve ever met:)
Connecting Threads was kind enough to send out a charm pack to make the pinnie. I decided to use my Cube Pinnie Tutorial and make a scrappy patchwork version. I cut a bunch of 1 1/2″ squares and divided them by value.
I added SF101 to the back to make it a bit more sturdy. It was a bit more challenging to sew the cube together, but I think it was worth it.
Here’s my little pincushion! I think it turned out pretty cute. And how fun are those fabrics?!
The fabrics are perfect for scrappy!
I used Faux Burlap in Charcoal from Connecting Threads for behind the pocket.
Now it’s time for the GIVEAWAY! Connecting Threads will send a charm pack to one lucky winner. All you have to do is comment below with your favorite color! This giveaway is open to US and Canadian addresses only. (Sorry to the International folk!) Mack the Chihuahua will choose a winner on Wednesday, September 16 at 10 pm est. And make sure to check out all the other pincushions! There are so many great ones:)
Guess who is coming to Winston Salem?! Shea Henderson! Shea is the uber talented gal behind Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio patterns and the author of School of Sewing. Shea is one of my favorite people in the quilty world! You will love her creative energy and positive outlook!
She’ll be doing a book signing on Tuesday, September 22 at Village Fabric Shop from 3-5. Then she’s speaking at the Triad MQG at 6:30. We meet at the South Fork Community Center on Country Club. Visitors are welcome! There is a $5 fee. Then Shea is teaching two classes on Wednesday, September 23 at Village Fabric. One class is about quilt finishing and one is all about zippers. There are a few spots left so call the shop or email Amy at villagefabricshop dot com to reserve your spot! Don’t miss out!