Terrific Tip Tuesday: Bobbin Leftovers

Sometimes, once I am finished quilting with a bright color, I have just a bit left on the bobbin. I go ahead and use this in the bobbin while piecing bright fabrics.


This is less wasteful and gets the bobbin empty and ready for its next color. I use Aurifil 50 weight for all my quilt piecing and a lot of my quilting, so I am not mixing weights, only mixing colors!

xx LC

No Scrap Left Behind GIVEAWAY 

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Today is my stop on the No Scrap Left Behind blog hop! No Scrap Left Behind is the latest book from the uber talented Amanda Jean Nyberg of Crazy Mom Quilts fame. Her first book Sunday Morning Quilts, written with Cheryl Arkison, is a must have for any quilter’s library. And No Scrap Left Behind is sure to become a go-to book as well! It was tough to choose which project to make, but I immediately loved Mini Nines! I decided to make placemat versions of the pattern. Make sure you don’t miss the GIVEAWAY at the end of the post:)

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This is some tiny town piecing. T-I-N-Y T-O-W-N. For reals. You have to cut very carefully and piece just as carefully. Amanda Jean has some great ideas for getting started on this project! I wanted mine to be super scrappy so I didn’t strip piece as she suggests, but I did take her suggestion by cutting longer than was needed and trimming. 

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I used a mixture of bright blues, aquas, greens and limes mixed with low volume background pieces in greys. I ended up editing out some of these because the scale of the print was too large for the finished sizes of the pieces.

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It was fun to play around with the block arrangement! I made twelve blocks per placemat, six light border and six color border.

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Voila! Two placemats! I’m going to put them in my breakfast nook, but the lighting is not too great on rainy days (it’s been raining for days…), so here they are on the living room floor. 

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They are all things scrapalicious! I used quite a few favorite fabrics which makes me happy on scrappy projects.

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I went with simple quilting 1/4″ from the seams on both sides. I used Aurifil 50 wt in 2010 because I wanted to quilting to be subtle.

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For the binding and backing, I used Robert Kaufman Essex Linen in Lime. I love the backs too! I decided not to put on a label so the mats are two-sided.

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The linen binding felt bulky while hand stitching it, but looks great from the back and front! I think it was more awkward because it was different.

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Obviously, Amanda Jean is all about the scraps! The book is full of ideas and tips for sorting and storing your scraps and most importantly USING them! She asked us to share a bit about our scrap storage. I sort into large glass jars. I have a pure color jar, a little bit of grey jar and a muddy color jar. Scraps look best when you are using similar color types, so this works best for me. Plus, if I am seeking a specific color, it’s easy to look through the glass and find the color I need. I save anything from 2×2″ to just under a fat quarter in the jars.

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My pure color jar is always the one that is overflowing! As soon as the jar is full, it’s time to whip up something scrappy and fun. These jars are the only scraps I keep. If I make a quilt with a full line of fabric, I pull out the scraps I love to put in my jars. I bundle the rest and gift them at guild. If I have a whole quilt in a fabric line, I’m usually “done” with that fabric in my mind. 

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It’s GIVEAWAY time! I’m giving away a copy of No Scrap Left Behind! If you are a winner and you live with in the US, you will receive a hard copy of the book. If you live outside the US, you will receive a digital copy of the book. To enter, leave a comment on this post telling me about your favorite scrap using tip! One entry per person pleasae. Entries open through May 6! <UPDATE> Entries closed. Mack the Chihuahua will choose a winner using the random number generator!!

Spoiler alert, there’s a chance to win at each stop of the blog tour. Make sure you check it out and enter for many chances to win!
Monday, April 24: Mary Kolb
Tuesday, April 25: Lee Monroe <— That’s me! You’re here!!
Wednesday, April 26: Sandi Hazlewood
Thursday, April 27: Bernie Kringel
Friday, April 28: Erin Cox
Monday, May 1: Katherine Greaves
Tuesday, May 2: Tracy Mooney
Wednesday, May 3: Cheryl Arkison
Thursday, May 4: Debbie Jeske
Friday, May 5: Amy Smart

Go use those scraps! Or at least pet them and dream up a fun project!!

xx LC

Carolina Carousel

Yesterday I introduced the two quilts that I designed for Quilt Carolina. But I wanted to show some more pictures- who doesn’t love quilty eye candy?!

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This quilt was made with Jen Kingwell fabric, made by Moda. I combined two lines, Moving On and Behind the Scenes. Moving On is printed on lawn and feels amazing. It’s a bit thicker than voile and has a great drape if you use it for garments. For clothes, it makes the quilt perfect for the South, lightweight and luscious. Behind the Scenes is a great collection of background prints. It is quilting cotton weight. I love how all the slightly different values add a new dimension to the quilt.

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I quilted this by machine but also added in some big stitch quilting, a la Jen Kingwell.

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I used Aurifloss, the floss made by Aurifil. They have a HUGE selection of colors. I’ve almost gone through a whole spool of this marine blue, it’s obviously a go-to color for me.

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I used Lollies, also by Jen Kingwell, for the binding. This might be my new favorite binding. The look of scrappy binding without all that piecing. I pieced the strips end to end, instead of mitre, to keep the look consistent.

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This quilt features lots of different style blocks. There’s traditional piecing, a bit of foundation piecing and some appliqué. I did freezer paper and hand appliqué, but machine appliqué would also be lovely!

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Here’s a full shot! If you’re interested in taking a workshop for this quilt, you can read about that here.

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xx LC

Modern Patchwork Sketchbook Cover

Modern Patchwork is one of my favorite publications! It’s always full of fun, fresh, well-made ideas. And I’m excited to be in the new issue! 

  

My project is this sketchbook cover! It’s made with Carolyn Friedlander mini charms. 

  

This is a fun one to dig through your scrap bin for. I’m contemplating making another one with my coveted Liberty scraps.

  

The cover is hand stitched with oversized cross stitches. I used Aurifil Aurifloss which is my fave floss. I’m pretty sure that citrine color is my favorite.

  

Inside the covers is more scrappy goodness with binding.

 

Modern Patchwork is available at your local new stands or you can pick it up digitally here. Check it out!

xo LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Embroidery Snap

 
I love embroidery, but I’m not always the best with detailed notes about what I’m doing. I’ve started snapping a picture of the project and the threads (with color numbers showing) to help jog my memory.

 
Now if I could just find the thread!

xo LC

PS: This design is by Patty Sloniger and part of her Into the Deep collection.

Charger Bag TUTORIAL

It’s time for another quick tutorial! Whenever I travel, I feel like I have chargers out the wazoo. Here’s a SUPER quick tutorial to make a little bag to hold all those cords. Today is also Make & Take night at Village Fabric Shop from 5-7. Amy will have everything you need to make this bag for $6. You’ll get to pick your fabrics!

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Finished Size: 7 1/2 x 8 1/2″

1. Supplies: You need two fat eighths and 44″ of ribbon that is 1/4-1/2″ wide. I constructed the bag with 40 wt Aurifil. I chose these two fabrics from the Ex Libris line from Alison Glass for Andover Fabric.

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2. Cutting: Cut the exterior fabric to measure 8 1/2 x 16″ Cut the lining to be 8 1/2 x 20″. The grey floral I chose for the exterior is directional, but I decided I liked how it looked sideways. If you are concerned about directional fabric, you need the 16″ to be the vertical measurement of your bag.

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3. Forming the Bag: Place the pieces right sides together and stitch a 1/4″ seam along both 8 1/2″ ends. Note: The lining piece will not lay flat as it is 4″ longer.

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Lay the piece on your pressing board with the seams lining up as shown. The lining fabric will be right sides together and the exterior fabric will also be right sides together. Pin the seams in place.

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Measure 2″ from the seam towards the lining and place a pin on both edges.

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It should look like this.

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Sew a 1/2″ seam from the second pin (not at the seam) down the open edge of the lining. Backstitch at the beginning. Repeat for the other edge.

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Stitch a 1/2″ seam along the edge of the exterior fabric starting at the seam. Backstitch at the beginning.

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Turn the piece right side out through one of the 2″ openings.

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4. Finishing the Bag: Lay the bag out as shown and press the exterior side as well as the 2″ openings. Don’t press the remaining lining.

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Stuff the lining into the exterior. Pin the sides so that the end of the openings align as shown. The seam allowance should be neatly tucked inside and laying flat. Take care that the lining is folded straight along the top. Press.

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Topstitch along the edge of the exterior all the way around the top of the bag right near the seam. I used my #10 foot and moved my needle three spots to the left.

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Pull the threads to the lining and knot.

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5. Adding the Ribbon: Cut the ribbon into two pieces that are approximately 22″. Attach a safety pin to end of one ribbon and feed it through both channels creating a U so that the ends are back together. Make sure there are no twists in your ribbon.

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Thread the second piece through both channels so that the ends meet on the other side of your bag. Make sure the ribbons do not cross one another. It should look like this.

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Knot the ends and add Fray Check to prevent raveling.

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You’ve got a charger bag!

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This could easily be sized to fit whatever you need!

xo LC

Scissor Case TUTORIAL

It’s time for another fast and fun tutorial! If you’re local, head over to Village Fabric Shop for Make & Take day from 1-7 today (July 9). Amy will let you choose your fabric and she has all the supplies on hand.

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1. Supplies: You need two 10″ squares* of fabric, one for the outside and one for the lining. You’ll also need a 10″ square of batting”, a pinking blade for your rotary cutter and a 5″ piece of double fold elastic.

* Measure your scissors and add 4″ for different size scissors. My scissors measure 6″ in length so I used 10″ squares.

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2. Cutting the Pieces: Press the squares so they sort of stick together with right sides facing out and the batting in the middle.

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Cut through the middle diagonally with the pinking rotary blade. You’ll have an extra triangle to make a second case if you like.

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Fold over in half and pin along the long edge with outside fabric to the outside.

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3. Marking & Elastic: Using a removable marking pen, mark a line 1 1/2″ from the point on the pinked edge and 3/8″ down from the other point on the long edge. If your scissors are extremely narrow or wide, you can adjust the 1 1/2″ measurement. 1 1/2″ worked well for most of my scissors.

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Fold the elastic in half and add it between the pieces of the point. Place the elastic about 1/8-1/4″ from the line you marked. If you’re using decorative elastic, place right sides together.

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Pin in place.

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4. Stitching: I used 40wt Aurifil with a walking foot and a Jeans needle.

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Leave a long tail and stitch along the marked line.

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Knot off the long tails on the two ends and trim.

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5. Trimming & Finishing; Pull the elastic out of the way and pin parallel to the stitching.

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Trim 1/4″ from the marked edge with the pinking rotary.

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Open up.

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Finger press open the seam and press so the seam is running up the middle of the back.

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Press.

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Place in your scissors!

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Pull over the elastic and freely toss your scissors in a bag without fear of damage!

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xo LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Decorative Stitching

 

Today’s Terrific Tip came from my Bernina mastery classes. I said it to The Guru the other day and she said she’d never heard that. It’s rare for me to know something sewing machine related that she doesn’t. (Cue the silent cheering.) I would expect this would apply well to other machine brands, but check your manuals and ask hour dealers for your specific brand. When sewing a decorative stitch, set your speed to 50% and put your foot pedal 100% down. This way, you’re sewing at a consistent slower speed.

It will give you the best results on your decorative stitching. Plus, I use this tip for overcasting and such. Great stitches every time!

xo LC

Blogoversary Week GIVEAWAY

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I hope you’ve enjoyed all the fun announcements on the blog this week! We had the Blog Tour, the announcement of the new series on the blog and the new Back of the Month club. I’ve had a great time planning them and I can’t wait to show you the actual projects!! Now it’s GIVEAWAY time! There are THREE prizes since my blog turned three! First up is all this loot!

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Prize includes: Twenty Fat Quarters/Half Yards, Robert Kaufman Kona Color Card, Two Mini Charm Packs, Quilt with Scraps, MSQC Mod Block, Love Patchwork & Quilting, Uppercase, Quilt Labels, Sewing Kit, MQG Sketchbook Ruler & Colored Pencils, Sew Sweetness Pattern, Quilters Dream Batting, Aurifil & More

I’m also giving away a few patterns! Two lucky winners will get to choose three of my PDF patterns!
It’s easy to enter! Enter once or enter a bunch of times with all these ways:
1. Leave a comment with what project you’re currently working on.
2. Follow my blog with Bloglovin or RSS feed.
3. Like me on Facebook.
4. Follow me on twitter.
5. Follow me on Instagram.
6. Follow me on Pinterest.
7. Subscribe to my blog via email. It’s on the right sidebar (or down at the bottom if you’re on a phone or IPad).
8. Post, tweet or blog about the giveaway for extra entries. (One for each time you do it!)

Please post a separate comment for each entry! This giveaway is open to everyone, international welcome. Entries open until next Tuesday, June 23! Mack the Chihuahua will select a winner using his magical powers (and/or the random number generator).

Good luck!

xo LC

GO! Pillow Talk: Wedged Together Pillow

Today is FREE pattern day in the GO! Pillow Talk series! This month we are using the wedge die and learning about piecing before you send your fabric through the AccuQuilt! Head over to the AccuQuilt blog here to read all my tips on this. The pattern is here.

 

The pattern version is made with a mix of Carolyn Friedlander’s Archtextures and Doe lines. It makes for a lovely subtle and light pillow. For my second version, I used Cotton + Steel‘s first lines. 

 

I used a lot more fabrics than the pattern calls for. (That’s right, I don’t even follow my own patterns!) I used two strips per fabric, with eighteen fabrics. These were some leftovers from a layer cake. I quilted with vertical stitches 1/4″ from the seams using the always faithful Aurifil 2021 in 50 wt.

 

I used the same leftovers for a scrappy back!

 

The pattern calls for six pieces on the back. It’s also scrapalicious!!

 

These pillows actually look pretty good together! I’m pretty sure they’re going to live together. 

 

The wedge die is one of my favorites! I use it A LOT! I have a quilt tutorial made with it here, plus loads of other projects! It’s really versatile.

Go forth and make pillows! They’re faster than quilts;)

xo LC