Kit it Up

I’ve noticed some really great kits popping up using May Chappell patterns. Plus, I’ve gotten to select a few myself! There are some Hattie’s Dresden kits at Sewlux! One kit is a fun mix of bright limes, oranges and blues.

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The second option looks like the pattern cover with Tula Pink True Colors. Both have multiple background colors to choose from and are for the throw size.

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They’re available through Sewlux here and there is a coupon code good until July 4: HATTIE15. It’s good for 15% off the kits. I’m working away on making myself one! One dresden down, eleven to go! Pictures soon:)

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This kit uses my Georgia’s Dresden pattern and is available locally at The Village Fabric Shop! The backgrounds are a really great mix. It’s for the throw size.

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Are you doing the Row by Row experience? I designed the row for The Village Fabric Shop and she has kits available. You have to come to the shop for a FREE pattern and the kit is an optional buy. It’s a fun thing to do while you travel; you can read more about it here.

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Red Thread Studio has kitted the All Squared Up throw in Gardenvale. I’m a bit obsessed with the grey background they chose for the background. Plus, let’s be real, everything looks great in Gardenvale.

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They brought it to quilt market and Jennifer and I took a photo! I tried to steal it, but I guess I’ll have to make my own! I love the colors.

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Last but certainly not least is this awesome version of All Squared Up at Park Bench Quilt Shop! They used Valori Wells’ new line In the Bloom for Robert Kaufman. They’ve used the scraps for a stunning quilt back. 

 

Happy Kit Sewing!

xo LC

Winter Wonderland Ornament TUTORIAL

Today we are kicking off the Christmas in July series with Sewlux Fabric! I’m so excited to share my tutorial for these fun ornaments!!

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Here’s the schedule of events!
July 14: Solstice Wreath Mini Tutorial on Sewlux
July 21: Here today!
July 22: Be Jolly, Chrissy of Sew Lux
July 23: Folk Art Holiday, Sarah of Stitching & Bacon AND Megan of Quilt Story
July 24: 25th & Pine, Tessa of The Sewing Chick AND Tracey of traceyjay quilts
July 25: Solstice, Christen of Love by Hand AND Stephanie of Quarter Incher
July 21-August 4: Linky open to link up your projects!
August 5: Winners Announced

1. Supplies: You need six fat eighths (three red and three white) to make three ornaments. I used this adorable Winter Wonderland bundle. You’ll also need 1 yard of Wonder Under or a similar lightweight double sided fusible and three feet of ribbon or small ric rac for the hanger.
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2. Fusing: Fuse the Wonder Under to the wrong side of the three red pieces of fabric.

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Remove the protective paper from the Wonder Under. (Helpful Hint: If you let it cool for about twenty minutes, it comes off much easier.) Fuse a piece of white fabric to the back of each piece of red fabric.

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3. Cutting: Cut eight 3″ circles from each piece. I used my AccuQuilt.

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You could also use an Olfa circle cutter or trace a can and cut with scissors.

4. Ordering & Marking: Place the circles in order alternating between the two designs being face up.

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Using a Frixion Pen or similar erasable marking tool, draw a line through the center of the top circle.

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Attach all eight circles together with Clover Wonderclips. Mark the back circle as you marked the front being careful to align the marks. I used my clips to tell me where the line was on the other side.

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Clip the hanger to the ornament along the line on each side. It should come down the ornament approximately 1″.

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5. Stitching: Stitch along the line. Back stitch at the beginning and end.

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NOTE: If you’re having difficulty with sewing through so many layers, you can skip the back stitching and tie off the ends. If you’re still having trouble, you can reduce the number of circles to six. (It must be an even number.)

Erase the marking pen.

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Use pins to mark approximately 1/3 down on each piece. You’re pinning together at the top and alternating by pinning at the bottom. You’re also pinning a new piece each time, using one of the pieces you previously pinned. Make sure that the pieces with the hanger attached are hidden underneath by pinning at the top of those pieces.

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Stitch near the edge, back stitching at the beginning and end. I used my Bernina #10 foot with the needle moved over three spots.

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It should look like this. Trim the threads short.

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Voila!

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Be sure to check out Chrissy’s project tomorrow and join the link up by August 4 for a chance to win!
xo LC

Christmas in July

I’m pretty sure it’s time to start sewing up some Christmas pretties! My first indication was the release of countless adorable holiday fabrics. My next clue was my invitation to join Sewlux Fabric‘s Christmas in July series! Check out the adorable bundles that they’ve put together!! You can buy them here and use the coupon code NICELIST for 10% off.

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Here’s the schedule of events!
July 7: Bundle Sale
July 14: Solstice Wreath Mini Tutorial on Sewlux
July 21: Winter Wonderland, Lee of May Chappell July 22: Be Jolly, Chrissy of Sew Lux
July 23: Folk Art Holiday, Sarah of Stitching & Bacon AND Megan of Quilt Story
July 24: 25th & Pine, Tessa of The Sewing Chick AND Tracey of traceyjay quilts
July 25: Solstice, Christen of Love by Hand AND Stephanie of Quarter Incher
July 21-August 4: Linky open to link up your projects!
August 5: Winners Announced

This is the Winter Wonderland bundle that I’m sewing with! I love me some snow folk!! How cute are those little guys?!

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There are some great prizes too! The winner will be chosen at random from the images uploaded to the link party. More details on that later!
Grand Prize: $50 gift certificate to Sew Lux Fabric, a set of 6 You’re Sew Nice cards, and an assortment of three patterns by May Chappell
1st Prize: $25 gift certificate to Sew Lux Fabric, a set of 6 You’re Sew Nice cards, and a pattern by May Chappell

I hope you’re excited to sew with us! Let the merriment commence!!
xo LC

Quilts of Valor & Patchwork Threads GIVEAWAY

Have y’all seen the AWESOME new patchwork inspired shirts creeping up on social media?! They’re adorable!! They’re made by a great company called Patchwork Threads! And they’ve used my Designer Star block for their new Quilts of Valor shirt! 20% of the proceeds go to Quilts of Valor! An amazing shirt AND a good cause:) You know you want one, so click here and use the coupon code MAYCHAPPELL10 and get your patriotism on!

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I’m so excited!! You can bet I’ll be sporting one for my Memorial Day/Independence Day festivities! And I have to GIVEAWAY a couple shirts too!! There will be TWO WINNERS! Each will receive the QOV Designer Star shirt and the Designer Star pattern!! Only open to US mailing addresses.
As always, there are lots of ways to enter!
1. Leave a comment about your favorite Independence Day activity! Mine is watching the fireworks waterfront at my Aunt’s in Charleston!!
2. Follow my blog with Bloglovin or RSS feed.
3. Follow 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.
8. Post, tweet or blog about the giveaway for extra entries. (One for each time you do it!)
There are lots of ways to get an entry; you can do just one or all of them. Please post a separate comment for each entry! Entries open through 5 pm on Sunday!! Mack the Chihuahua will select a winner; he tends to use the random number generator in between naps.

Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of going to work with Operation Sew Thankful, a Raleigh area Quilts of Valor group. My friend Kari had asked me to donate my Designer Star pattern to the group and to come over and teach a mini class.

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Everyone was so nice! That’s probably to be expected since they’re all volunteering for such a great group!! My talented friend Chrissy, who owns Sew Lux Fabric with her Mom, put together kits for the group. She’s keeping them available in case you’re interested in making a Quilt of Valor! She made this beauty in the class!!

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Lisa, who runs Operation Sew Thankful, made this gorgeous version!! She’s actually sporting a Patchwork Threads shirt in this picture!

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Sandy made another one from the Sew Lux kit! Love it!!

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And sweet Nella made this! She’s working with the group to make a quilt for every veteran in her high school class.

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This one turned out great too! Love the yellow!!

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Kari made hers scrappy!! She used some really cool fabrics, including a plane print since this one is earmarked for an Air Force veteran!

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Thanks for inviting me to your group Kari!! I loved meeting all of you!
xo LC

Dotty Pouches TUTORIAL

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My sweet friend Chrissy of Sew Lux Fabric sent me these new Mochi Dots. They’re made by Moda and are a linen/cotton blend. They’re delicious!

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She told me to make something awesome, so here’s a (hopefully awesome) tutorial for you!

Supplies: You’ll need three colors for the outside of each pouch and two each for the lining. These are fat quarters and I mixed and matched. I used nine different colors for my set. Sew Lux is selling the Mochi dots as individual fat quarters, so pick your palette! You’ll also need a nylon zipper for each one. I really like Atkinson zippers. These are 14″ zippers that we will cut to size.

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You will also need 1 yard of fusible fleece and 1 yard of 1/4″ cording.

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Note: If you’re working from scraps, refer to the cutting directions in the next step for precise measurements.

Cutting: Cut one 2 x 12″ piece of each of the accent fabrics for each pouch.

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Cut two 6 x 9″ pieces of Color A for each pouch.

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And two 8 1/2 x 9″ pieces of Color B for each pouch.

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Cut two 14 x 8 1/2″ pieces for the lining for each pouch. I used the leftover half of my fat quarter after cutting Color A & Color B. (Only four pictured, but cut six.)

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Cut six 14 x 9 1/2″ pieces of fusible fleece and three 12″ pieces of cording.

TO MAKE ALL THREE POUCHES, you will have to repeat all the steps for each pouch. I recommend making all three at the same time.

1. Making the Piping: Fold a 2″ accent fabric around a piece of cording. Sew a seam approximately 1/8″ from the cording using your zipper foot. The cording will be loosely contained in the accent fabric.

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Trim the piping to 5/8″.

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2. Making the Color Blocks: Sew together Color A & Color B using a 1/4″ seam along the 9″ edge. Press the seam open.

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Place the color block piece on a piece of fusible fleece. Fuse the middle. Do not fuse the edges. Because of the thickness of fusible fleece, you need to press from the fabric side. The fusible fleece pieces are slightly oversized.

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Trim the fusible fleece to be flush with the fabric.

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Press the edges of the fusible fleece to fuse. These few extra steps are to ensure a clean edge with your fabric and fusible fleece.

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3. Adding the Accent Piping: Cut a 3″ band off the top of ONE Color Block piece. (Pardon the color change! I took pictures of different pouches.)

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Lay the piping along the edge of the larger piece. Using your zipper foot, sew just inside the previous seam.

NOTE: The piping is only 12″, so center it along the larger piece. You’ll trim later and it will work out.

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Lay the smaller piece RIGHT SIDES together with the larger piece and with the piping in the middle. Make sure to align the color blocks. Pin.

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Sew approximately 1″, with 1/2″ on either side of the color block seam.

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Make sure the color blocks align.

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Sew as close to the cording as you can using your zipper foot. Your seam should be just inside your previous seam.

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Press your seam allowance towards the small piece.

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Topstitch along the top of the piping. Make sure the seam allowance is pointed up and you are sewing through it as you topstitch.

NOTE: I used a #10 foot on my Bernina and moved the needle over two spots.

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Trim 1/2″ off the OTHER color block piece (the one without the piping). This should make them both measure 14 x 8 1/2″.

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4. Cutting Angles: Lay two pieces of lining and two color block pieces right sides together on top of each other.

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Lay the pieces on your cutting mat. Cut from 1 1/2″ in at the top to the bottom corner.

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This is what you should have.

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If you want to add zipper covers, check out this tutorial!

5. Attaching the Zipper: Lay the zipper facedown along the top edge of a Color Block piece. Sew a scant 1/4″ seam attaching the zipper.

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Lay the lining along the edge of the zipper. The lining and the Color Block piece are right sides together with the zipper in the middle. Sew a liberal 1/4″ seam.

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Fold back both pieces. Press. Topstitch along the edge of the fabric.

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Now you will repeat these steps with the other Color Block piece and lining. Place your Color Block pieces right sides together. Make sure to align the seams.

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Pin. Sew a scant 1/4″ seam just 1″ long, 1/2″ on either side of the pins.

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Make sure the color blocks align.

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Once you’re happy with the alignment, sew scant 1/4″ seam all the way across attaching the zipper. Lay the longing piece along the edge of the zipper; it will be right sides together with the other lining piece.

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Press. Top stitch along the edge of the fabric.

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This is what you should have.

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6. Forming the Pouch: UNZIP THE ZIPPER HALFWAY! Fold the two outside Color Block pieces right sides together. Align the seam between the two colors.

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SIDENOTE: I would normally sew up the sides of a pouch first. I just did this one differently because of the color blocks.

Sew a 1/2″ seam along the bottom edge. (You can also do the trick of sewing just 1″ around where the seams align and making sure you like the line up.)

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DID YOU UNZIP THE ZIPPER HALFWAY?! Don’t forget! Sew from just above the zipper to the bottom on each side of the pouch with a 1/2″ seam. Sew back and forth across the zipper a few times.

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Sew 1/2″ seams down the both sides of the lining. Along the bottom, sew in approximately 2 1/2″ from each corner leaving an open section. It should look like this.

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Fold in the corners. Align the seams. You should be able to feel them align. Make sure to press the bottom seam allowance in the same direction. Draw a line 1 1/2″ from the corner.

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Stitch along the line. Repeat for all four corners, two on the outside and two in the lining. This is what you should have.

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Trim the zipper. Cut a bit of a dip. Do NOT cut the seam. Cut both sides.

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Turn the bag right side out. Use a chopstick or similar blunt point to push out corners. Don’t use scissors or a seam ripper. Tempting, I know. This is what you should have.

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Fold in the opening on the lining and top stitch it closed.

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You’re done!! Three magical pouches!

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Happy pouch making!

xo LC

 

It’s Ladies Night

It’s time for the link up party for the Ladies Night Challenge! Click here to link up!! I told y’all about the challenge here.

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You don’t need a blog to enter. You can link from a Flickr image. Please let me know if you have any questions about entering! And remember, one entry per colorway per person. Ready to hear about the prizes?! We will draw three winners randomly. The prizes are a $30 Sewlux Fabric gift certificate, three May Chappell patterns (Lazy Sunday, Designer Star & Fantastically Fussy) and a pouch made by Sarah (you choose the color and name).

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Want to see my progress?! This is my bundle plus a few solids I added.

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I decided to use my Accuquilt equilateral triangle die. I love that the die cuts little tags to line up; it makes for perfect seams every time!

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I think this text print from Collage might be my favorite text print ever!

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I haven’t really decided how to quilt this. Any suggestions?

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This was pretty quick to piece! Those solid strips made it go so fast.

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Here’s a full shot!

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You have until December 23 to link up! UPDATE: We have extended to December 31!! I can’t wait to see what you’ve made!!
xo LC

Meadow Flowers Quilt TUTORIAL

I love Fall! The pretty leaves and the crisp weather are the best. Not to mention the apple cider! But then Winter sets in. It’s cold and the trees are bare. And I start dreaming of Spring!

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Sometimes my quest for the fresh colors of Spring invades my sewing studio. So when Chrissy over at Sew Lux Fabric asked me to choose another Curated Collection, I knew I wanted happy colors! So…I bring you Waiting for Spring! It’s eight half yards of Spring colors!! You can see it here!

CC-WaitingforSpringLogoNaturally I had to make a new pattern with this yumminess! AccuQuilt had sent me their new Fall collection and I’ve been playing with clams and hexies. But there’s also a great wedge die in the line up. It will make a 38″ circle with a 19″ center and forty pieces. So I’ve decided to offer this as a FREE online tutorial!

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Let’s get started!

Supplies: You’ll need seven half yard prints for the flower petals and one more for the printed flower centers. (The bundle is just the right amount:) You’ll have enough left from these for the binding. You’ll also need 2 1/2 yards of white (I used this tone on tone.) and 1 yard of green. (I used Bella Green Tea.) The quilt finishes 61 1/2″ square, so you need 4 yards for backing. You’ll also need appliqué glue, freezer paper, tape, a mechanical pencil and basic sewing supplies.

Cutting the Squares: Cut the white into eight 21″ squares. Cut one green 21″ square.

Cutting the Wedges: I used the AccuQuilt with the new 9″ wedge die. You’ll need ten white wedges and eighty print wedges. (I cut twelve of each color and had four extras.) I cut a 10″ x width of fabric of each of the seven prints, as well as the white. This was enough to cut all the wedges.

NOTE: If you don’t have this die, you can use a dresden ruler. You might need to adjust the  amount of wedges to form 1/4 of a ring. But you should just get an AccuQuilt because I cut all these wedges in about twenty minutes!

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Sewing the Wedges: You’ll fold the top (wider) edge of each wedge in half right sides together and sew across with a 1/4″ seam.

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Turn the wedge right side out and push out the point. I used a chop stick.

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You should have this. (Plus ten white wedges that I left out of the picture.)

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Pressing the Wedges: Press each point flat. Take care to center the seam so that your point is even. (The two folded edges should have the same measurement.)

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Now you should have this. (Again, plus ten white wedges that I left out of the picture.)

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Piecing the Wedge Sets: You will now piece them together into eight sets of ten. You will make one all white set; the rest will be made of a mix of prints. Align the top folded edge and do not worry if the raw edge at the bottom does not align perfectly.

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Press in one direction.

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Appliqué the Petals Down: Lay one petal set on the corner of a white square. If the edge of your piece does not align exactly, you need to align the shorter piece with the edge and let the longer piece hang over as shown. Don’t put all the excess on one edge; you’ll want to split the excess so that a small amount hangs over both edges of the background square.

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Use appliqué glue to hold the petals in place.

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Appliqué along the folded edge.

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Making the Flower Centers: I use the freezer paper technique for appliqué. Using a piece of freezer paper, mark a center point (under the tape in this picture) and measure out 11″ from this point. Using a string taped to a mechanical pencil and measuring 11″, connect these dots.

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It is more important that you have a nice clean arch than that it is exactly the right measurement.

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Cut out the arch. Don’t cut the bottom corner, but do draw lines showing the 90° corner. Gently press the wax side of the freezer paper to the right side of your center flower print.

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Trim a 1/4″ seam.

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Peel the freezer paper off the front.

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Lay the freezer paper on the wrong side of the fabric with the wax paper side up.

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Press the 1/4″ seam of fabric down.

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Make sure you have a clean smooth edge.

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Appliqué the Flower Centers: Lay the center on your background square (with the petals already appliquéd down). Lift the fabric and use the drawn corner to align with the white background square.

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Glue baste and appliqué down this edge. Lift up your fabric; you do not want to appliqué it to the background square.

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This is what you should have.

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Trimming: Trim the seam of the petals to be 1/4″ matching the flower center circle.

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Using the background square as a guide, trim off the excess of the flower centers and the petals. It should measure 21″ square.

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You should have this.

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Trim the background square 1/4″ from the appliqué seam of the petals. This will reduce bulk.

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You can use the same freezer paper template for all nine flower centers. You’ll make three with the print and six in green. Repeat the steps to make nine blocks. Use the finished quilt image for placement.

Finishing the Quilt Top: Piece the nine squares as you would a nine patch. Press the top and bottom rows out and the center row in towards the center square.

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The quilt finishes 61 1/2″ square. Happy Spring!!

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I quilted this one on the Bernina quilting frame. More on that tomorrow!!

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Let me know if you have any questions! And remember to add pictures of your Meadow Flowers to the Made with May Chappell Flickr group.
xo LC

Challenge Accepted

It’s Ladies Night here at May Chappell! Two of my favorite ladies, Chrissy of Sew Lux Fabric and Sarah of Stitching and Bacon, and I decided that we needed to add one more CHALLENGE before the holidays! And obviously, we want you to join in the fun!

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Each of us have chosen a bundle from Chrissy’s shop based on the theme Ladies Night! This is mine! You can buy it here!

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And this is Sarah’s! Love those colors! You can buy it here!

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And Chrissy’s! I want them all!! You can buy it here!

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And here is the challenge part. You get to make anything!! I’m pretty sure that mine is going to become a holiday gift;) You’ll just need a completed project in time for the link up party. If you choose to make a quilt, you need a finished top. All projects welcome…bags, decor, quilt tops…endless possibilities! The link up will be December 10 through December 23! Details about that will follow. You can enter up to three times (one per palette). You’ll be able to link from Flickr or a blog. (Let us know if you need another way:) But basically, you just need to make something inspired by ladies night and you could win prizes!! The prizes are pretty sweet: gift certificates, patterns and maybe even a little something handmade! Sarah’s in charge of the handmade and word on the street is that she makes rockin’ pouches. You can sew with any of our bundles or from your stash. If you sew from your stash, you can choose any of the three palette options!

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So start sewing!! I did;) Well, cutting at least…accuquilt style.

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xo LC

Medallion Along with Me?

Who’s looking for a new project??? If you’re like me, you’re never looking, but they find you;) My friend Chrissy just told me she’s doing a medallion along at her shop. Obviously I asked for a sneak peek and it’s awesome!! Medallion quilts do seem to be all the rage! It’s going to be a six month series kicking off in October. The first month, you’ll make a center star, then each month you make a border. It finishes 64″ square. Perfect throw size!

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Chrissy has put together two kits or you can just get the pattern and join in the fun with your own stash. This is designed for intermediate quilters, but a confident beginner can do it. I love the hipster colors!

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And the prepster colors are great too!

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I’ll be joining in with my stash, but those kits are tempting:) You can go here for more details or to reserve a kit. And for all the international folks, Chrissy has worked out the shipping so that you can join in the fun without it costing a fortune. I can’t wait to get started!!
xo LC