Sunday, July 27, 2014

Christmas in July - Returning to Moda Flurry Quilt by Kate Spain

I was thinking that my next project would be a Halloween item, but, then I kept reading about all the Christmas in July projects out there.  So, I jumped on the bandwagon and decided to work on my Christmas quilt started last year.  Last year I started the Moda Flurry Quilt.

I was all excited that I got the center part all pieced together.  I hung it up for photos and thought, something doesn't look right?

It finally dawned on me that I'm missing a white row above each of the separator rows.  Now I know why I precut long white strips that I didn't use.  Now, time to decide if I"m going to rip apart the top and add the white rows. 

Beyond that, I need the pieced borders yet to do.  The previous link I provided for the free pattern no longer works but I found another one for the Moda Flurry free pattern by Kate Spain.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

AccuQuilt Tumbler Flag Binding Completed

Well I finished it!!  5 days later than the intended holiday but completed just the same.  Now it will be available for future celebrations.  I opted to piece my binding to match the changing colors on the tumbler American Flag.  I am very happy with how it turned out.  There are a lot of seams on the binding since I used leftover tumbler blocks for the red/white stripe ends. 

Here's the finished flag

Also, here's a close up for some of the changing colors.

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Post 4th of July Flag Finish

I displayed my non-binded flag for the 4th of July and now I'm determined to finish binding the flag for future use.  There were several options I could have gone with.  A solid color, cutting the top and bottom straight, etc.  I decided to piece the binding from some leftover tumbler blocks I had to match the colors of the flag edges.

It was a slow process with a lot of measuring.  It seems to be lined up but now comes the turn to the back and hand sewing the binding to the back.  Here's the match ups so far.

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Flag is Finished - Almost - Happy 4th of July!

I finished up picking out the backing to the flag wall hanging and quilted it using a quarter inch seam on each side on a change in color.  It turned out great but, I have not placed the binding on yet.  I'm still pondering that one.   I did however received a great suggestion from a reader that maybe I should have added a white border on top and bottom and then cut it straight.  Now, why didn't I think of that!  Thanks Leslie!

Now, I'm hanging the flag without adding the binding to contemplate adding the white strip on top and bottom using the Quilt as you Go format.  Here's the quilted front and back as they stand today!

Happy July 4th!!

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Red White Blue Tumbler Flag Quilt

I was determined over the last 2 weekends to dust off my sewing machine and see if it still worked.  I'm happy to say that it does.  So, I have seen this quilt wall hanging created with the full size AccuQuilt go tumbler dies.  I recently purchased the small tumbler die and wanted to try my hand at a tumbler Red White and Blue wall hanging.

I cut out the tumbler dies using my AccuQuilt go machine.  I cut 16 blue tumbler dies and host of random red and white tumbler dies.  I laid out the draft sewing order.

Then I got moving on sewing the vertical strips in careful order.

From there, I sewed the strips together to create my flag flimsy.  Next step to pick out a backing and get it quilted.

Be sure and come back and see the final wall hanging.  I'm not sure if I'm going to leave the edges wavy or not.. decisions, decisions.

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Quick Kitchen Towels

I had purchased these towels over about a year ago.  As soon as I received them, I did not like them at all.  I purchased them thinking I could embroider something on the white band.  But, the contrast was too stark for me.  So, into storage they went.  Lately I've been trying to use what I have.  Then, I came across some fabrics that matched the towels. So, here's how I am able to disguise the part I did not like and now use them as kitchen towels.

I wanted to cover both sides so I cut out rectangles of fabric at least 1 in wider and 2" longer than the block I wanted to cover.  Then I used the Clover fabric folding pen to place a 1/2" fold on all the sides.  I placed one piece on the first side and wrapped the ends around the towel to the other side. 

There was probably a 1/2" wrap on each side.  I secured with pins and/or tape.  Then I flipped over the towel and repeated the process.  This time, I folded the ends under without wrapping on the sides at the towels edge.  It made a clean end for the towel.

From here, I just simply ran sewing lines every 1/4 inch.  It made it a little stiff, but I'm hoping that it will soften up in the wash.  My intention was to complete one towel as an everyday towel and one as a Christmas towel.  I was not paying attention and ended up putting one of each on the first towel.  One side is Christmas themed and the other is everyday.  I decided to leave it that way since now I can use it everyday!  I completed a second one in no time. 

Now I just have to search for some more stash fabric to use on the rest. 

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Monday, December 30, 2013

Happy New Year 2014

I can't believe that the New Year is rapidly approaching again.   Why is it that we think a new year deserves many changes?  I'm guilty of it as well.  I think that everything will change and I'll get my act together the minute the clock strikes midnight :-).

This year, I have many repeat goals I'd like to see take place.  These are nice to haves.  Like publish at least one posting a week on the blog.  Finish up some of these UFO's I have sitting around.  Streamline some of these craft supplies that I have and of course, lose some weight. But, these are the standar yearly standard goals.  However, I do have one resolution this year.  Help others more. Step in where unexpected.  Lift Up those who may be down.  Whether it may be family, friends or strangers, many people can benefit from the kindness of others. 

Wishing you and your family a safe and prosperous New 2014 Year!

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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Moda Flurry Presents wrapped

Well, looks like I'm going to have to finish up my Moda Flurry quilt for next Christmas.  That's OK, I'll have more time to enjoy it next year.  Things have been hectic traveling to visit with family and trying to finish the shopping rush.  Still not completed yet :-)

So, I'll probably iron out the present blocks I finished and pack away the precut fabric that's ready to finish the quilt.  I thought I would share the presents completed. 

Here's hoping you and your family have a great Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

Thanks for stopping by! ~*~Trish~*~

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Moda Flurry Christmas Present Quilt by Kate Spain

Nothing like waiting until the last minute to want to complete a Christmas Quilt.  As I was surfing the Internet, I came across different versions of the Flurry Christmas present quilt and just fell in love with it.  I also found the free pattern online here.  Below is what the quilt looks on their site.

One difference is that I will be completing it using some older fabric I had in my stash.  So, I'll be making my quilt top in basic grey fruitcake fabric layer cake I previously purchased from Moda.  I'm busy cutting out all the pieces.  It's the border I think that will take the most time!

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Friday, October 18, 2013

Encore post - Halloween Quilting times two

Below is my favorite quilt completed last year.  It was a simple Halloween quilt with spiderweb quilting.  Since I had some extra trimmings from the border and some extra squares, a table runner was created.  Enjoy the encore posting


I was able to finish up the quilting on the Spooktacular Halloween quilt.  I can't say enough how much I love these fabrics.  They are so bright and cheery!!  I just can't get a good photo of them.  I was able to finish both the quilt and the table runner / bed runner.

Here are some photos of the finished quilting on both.  All that is left is to bind the two quilts.  I am going to try and save some time by using the sewing machine to add the binding.  I'm determined to finish it that way.  I can use all the extra time I can get!

Here's the back of the quilt.  I wish you could see the spider webs better...

While I was trying to photograph the quilt, I had a guest come in and photobomb my photo.  I didn't know it until I was reviewing the photos.  Of course I had to catch her in the act!

I was also able to finish quilting the Halloween runner.  I did need to remove the backing and piece it a little longer to fit the width and then repin it to the rollers.

Now, It's time to create the binding and add it to the quilts.  I am so exciting I'll be able to enjoy them for maybe 2+ weeks.  My goal is to have this done this weekend!

Part II

Yeah!!  A finish!!  I added the binding to both the Halloween quilt and runner completely by machine.  It did not turn out bad at all.  I used 2.5" double folded fabric and used a little bigger that 1/4" seam.  By doing this, it seemed to line up better when sewing down the binding machine on the back.  That and the fact that the stitches are black thread on black fabric :-)

Thanks for stopping by!  ~*~Trish~*~

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Favorite Season


I'm still around.  Here's a recent craft we completed for our favorite season!  We'll decorate it for Halloween and keep it up for the Thanksgiving season as well.

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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4TH of July!!

Make your own Flat Sunbonnet Sue and Sam at this previous All Things Crafty post.  

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

IHAN Machine Embroidery Blog Hop - Embroidered Labels

I'm so excited to be part of the IHAN Machine Embroidery Blog Hop.  I'm a hobbyist and not a professional and I love creating items to give away or sell for charity. The quicker and easier things are, the better.  That's why I love working with complete embroidery designs in the hoop when available.

When I saw Anita Goodesign Machine Embroidery files, it was difficult to choose which design to stitch out.   There are so many great options to choose from.  When I was asked to participate in this blog hop and choose a design to participate with, I was drawn to the beautiful labels available to embroider.  I am so guilty of not always placing a label on my quilts.  We all know this is such a no no.  So, I figured if I could churn out a few pre-made labels, I might be more inclined to place a label on a finished quilt.

For today's blog hop, I've chosen the Folded-Fabric-Quilt-Labels to complete.  When you purchase the set, you receive 15 different quick designs to stitch out.  Below is my favorite one.

  • Don't be afraid to stop your embroidery machine and change colors mid stream.  Even though a piece may be designed as one color, you can stop and switch colors and then let it continue on.
  • Unless you are doing contest pieces, just enjoy the process and go with the flow.  If the thread breaks, OK, back up a few stitches and restart. If it keeps breaking... cuss a little and keep going. 
  • If the stabilizer is not sticky back, I'll use the 505 Temporary adhesive spray to help keep the fabric pieces in place.  
  • If you have questions on anything, please feel free to email me!


A.  Place your scrap piece of fabric (duh, I had paper incorrectly typed earlier) for your label background
B.  Trim your fabric close to the outline of the label stitched
C.  Stitch the label outline chosen.  You can even stop here and not stitch the inside sentiments
D.  Finished stitching the label as designed.


For each side placed, the embroidery stitching will stitch the outline of the side, then you place your fabric piece right sides together towards the center.  The embroidery file will stitch down your fabric side with a single line stitch.  Then you fold back for right side up.  Give it a little press and move on to the next side.

A.  Left side size stiched out.
B.  Left side stitched down with single stitch line.
C.  Left side ironed back for right side to face up.
D.  All four sides completed.
E.  All stitched out and cut from the backing.


For my labels, I like to use both fusible webbing and stitch down the sides.  In order to do both, it's easier for me to put a backing on the label so the sides have something to stitch down.

A.  I add a backing to the label.  To start, I place the backing right sides together to the front side of the label and add a 1/4" seam all around the sides.  When completed, I snip off the corners for easier turning.
B.  Next, carefully lift the backing from the front of the label and snip a slit in it to turn the label right side out.
C.  turn your label right side out and then press flat.  Now you can add your fusible webbing to the back of the label plus stitch down the sides.  If you would like, you can just stitch down the sides.

From here, grab your favorite permanent fabric pen and customize your label!


From the label set, there's 14 different additional options to stitch out.  Take a look at some of the others included!


Mon., March 18th 

Tues, March 19th

Cindy - Sew Cindy
Trish - AllThingsCrafty

Wed., March 20th

Thurs., March 21st

Rebecca Grace - Cheeky Cognoscenti

Fri., March 22nd

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Machine Embroidery Blog Hop this Next Week

 "I Have A Notion" will be hosting a Machine Embroidery Blog Hop which is being sponsored by Anita Goodesign who has some wonderful giveaways during the Blog Hop. Below you will find a list of the bloggers and the dates they will be hosting on the hop.

Come back here on Tuesday  March 19th for my project. 
Mon., March 18th 
Tues, March 19th
Cindy - Sew Cindy
Trish - AllThingsCrafty
Wed., March 20th
Thurs., March 21st
Rebecca Grace - Cheeky Cognoscenti
Fri., March 22nd

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Spring/Summer 2013 Joann Coupons

In keeping with tradition, I'm a month late buying my Joann's Spring/Summer coupons. I think it's the first warm day from winter drives me outside.  Haven't been to Joann's for months.  I found my favorite Spring/Summer 2013 Fashion Fusion magazine. My shop places it on top of the pattern cabinets. I buy it just for the coupons on the back. You get two 50% off and 4 40% off coupons. Recently, the price of the magazines had been raised to $3.99.  I look forward to finding things not on sale at Joann's to use my coupons.  However, I also use them at Michael's so every bit helps.  These coupons are good only for a short period of time.  They are valid 2/24/13-6/22/13  Happy shopping!

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