Monday, December 12, 2011

Comfort and Joy Guests is Thearica with Christmas Pillowcase Tutorial

Thank you Madame Samm for allowing me to write a guest post here on Sew We Quilt today! This is my first ever guest post so you can imagine how excited I am! It is fantastic people like you that help give us small-time bloggers a voice and help us reach far larger audiences than if we were left to fend for ourselves! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

This is what I am going to teach you how to do today!

But first....

When I am not blogging over at PigTalesandQuilts, you can find me down in the quilting studio working on client quilts or upstairs sewing on one of my many UFO's... or making new UFO's! :)
I run my own website: Cover Your Little Piggies,  but am actually in process of moving it to Etsy.  But for now you can still find me there and I will leave a link on the site once I move so you can still find me.  The products that I carry cater largely to the crazy quilters but there is something for everyone!  Even the cake lovers!
Today, I am going to share with you all a pillowcase made in the Hot Dog style! I am 51 years old and these have been around since the 70's!  I remember making my first pillowcase like this in 7th grade Home Economics!  Isn't it funny how - if we leave some things long enough - they will always come back around full circle!
Just like the aluminum Christmas trees of the 50's and 60's!  They are all the rave once AGAIN!  And this year I talked my husband in to buying me one!  My mother had one for our family in the early 60's and it is really the only Christmas tree I remember. I always enjoyed poking the stems down in the holes and building the tree.  My husband and I decorated ours in Caroline Blue! Go Heels!
Now back to why I am here today .

For the pillowcase tutorial, I have put the tutorial on the photos so if anyone should print the photos off, they will have the instructions right there and handy and not have to keep up with so many pieces of paper! 
You will need 3 different fabrics for the pillowcase. One each for:
Body piece at 27" x width of fabric
Cuff piece at 9" x width of fabric
Trim at 3" x width of fabric

Fold trim in half matching raw edges across the width of fabric and press well.  Use steam to get a nice sharp edge.

To layer the fabrics together to make the "hot dog roll", you will lay the cuff down on your surface first, right side up.

Next, you will lay your trim down matching the raw edges all across the top across the width of fabric.

Last, you will lay your body fabric down on top of both the cuff and trim, with right side down (wrong side to you)

Now you will fold, in small increments, your body until you have the cuff showing out the bottom by at least 3 inches.  You will want to have a head space of about 2 inches from the top edge so you do not sew the body into the seam when you sew all 3 pieces together.

Fold the cuff up and over the body and match all raw edges across the top along the width of fabric.

 Pin all raw edges together, keeping the top edges together as best as you can.
Check the backside as you go for any slipping. Correct any slipping.

Use MANY pins to keep from slipping when you sew the seam.
 Sew with a 3/8" seam allowance.  I sew up to my pins and walk the machine over them, not removing them to help have minimal slipping.  be careful!

Even though I pinned several times, there will still be slight slipping.
What would have happened if you had not used but a few pins???

Now it is time to pull the body out of the hot dog roll!  Take hold of the body fabric and start pulling it out!

This is about halfway out.. It looks wierd but it is right.

Take this to the machine and press it well.  Use steam to get sharp flat edges!

AHHHH - Nice and flat!

To sew the side seam, put wrong sides together first.  Trust me, this is not an error!

Sew the side seam and along the bottom edge with a 14" seam allowance.  There is no need to sew back up the opposite side because it is on the fold and will have no raw edge.

Remember.. down the one side and across the bottom!  Then turn wrong sides out!

Take your fingers and roll the fabrics back and forth to bring the stitched "well" to the outer edge down the side and across the bottom edge.  Press well with steam!

Ready for the french seam!

Stitch down the side and across the bottom with a 3/8" seam allowance.  Using this large seam allowance will assure you that you have not caught any of the preceeding seam in the seam allowance.

Sew off of the bottom edge at the end of the side seam.

Sew across the bottom edge with the same 3/8" seam allowance.

Cut a square out of the corner where the side seam and bottom edge meet.  This will reduce the bulk  in the corner when you turn the pillowcase.  Do not clip any threads.

Cut a small angled piece out of the corner of the bottom on the far side to remove that bulk.

Pat yourself on the back for a job well done on that french seam!

Turn the pillowcase right side out! You have no raw edges inside your pillowcase!

Now, find someone who would love your pillowcase and gift it to them!

I just might be talked in to giving this one away to one of Madame Samm's visitors who comments on this post!! How about say on Wednesday, the 14th, at noon! :)

I hope you have enjoyed my post! 

I also want to take this time to let you all know about a quilt show that I will be hosting on my blog, PigTalesandQuilts, starting on Feb 1, 2012.  Please come to my blog for more details
for  this special event.

Thank you again Madame Samm for this fabulous opportunity!

Merry Christmas to all!!

Editors note:There are at least half a dozen
people who have claimed they are the original designers
of these pillow cases....To all of them, we thank them..

 Winner is LAINE!! 
 Laine said...Thanks so much for sharing this great tutorial. I love the fabric you used for the pillowcase.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

It is that time again.....

Whatever your wishes are
these are my wishes for you.

Blessings from our hearts to yours

Friday, December 9, 2011

Comfort and Joy. with Cinzia and her: Card Cases from Deux Petites Souris

I am so pleased today to be a guest blogger on Madame Samm's Blog! I am a WAHM, running my own crafty business selling my wares through my Etsy shop. Aside from designing and making quilts, I like to design and make smaller projects that can be offered as gifts for friends and family. You can find me writing about my projects on my blog: Deux Petites Souris.( 2 little mice)
When Madam Samm asked me to come up with a holiday tutorial, I knew right away what I wanted to share! I first made this card case as a way to carry my business cards in my purse. It is also a nice way to present a gift card to someone and is small enough to tuck into a Christmas stocking.

This is also a great project for using up all your little scraps of fabric and, once you get the hang of it, you can whip up a bunch in no time!


Make two pattern pieces from cardboard in the following measurements:

A) 1 piece @ 4 ½ in. X 5 in.
B) 1 piece @ 4 ½ in. X 3 in.

Using pattern piece A) cut:

2 from main fabric
1 from batting
1 from heavy interfacing

Using pattern piece B) cut:

1 from coordinating fabric (fold this piece in half so that you now have a 1 ½ X 4 ½ in. rectangle). Press. This will be the pocket for the case.

You will also need to cut a 2 X 33in. strip of fabric for the binding and the tie.


Lay your pieces on the table as follows:

Fabric piece(A) wrong side up
Fabric piece(A) wrong side down

(you are essentially making a quilt sandwich with an added layer of interfacing)

Place the pocket along the bottom edge of the quilt sandwich, matching raw edges.
Pin all layers together.


Sew down the bottom edge of the pocket using 1/8 in. seam allowance.

Mark a line down the center of the quilt sandwich. Stitch along this line through all the layers.

From the binding strip, cut off a 10in. piece to use for the tie.
Fold over one short end about ½ in. Press.
Fold each of the long edges in at ¼ in. Press.
Fold the whole strip in half lengthwise. Press.
Topstitch along the open edge of the strip.

Place the tie on the quilt sandwich on the opposite side of the pocket and the opposite end. Center it and pin in place. Sew in place using a 1/8" seam allowance.

Bind the quilt using your favourite method, making sure to sew in the tie.
Your card case is now complete!

This clever little case can be used in many different ways:

Also makes a great hostess gift, a gift for teachers with a little note from the kids tucked in.
Use it as a stocking stuffer or nestle it in the branches of your Christmas tree! You can even tuck a little secret note from Santa for the kids! The possibilities are endless...

Happy Holidays to all!

Comfort and Joy. With Dorian. A Christmas Tree Runner

Hello everybody, so glad to be back! Thank you Samm. For those of you who don't know me, I'm Dorian, and blog over at RidgeTopQuilts. Would love for you to come over and take a look around :)

When I asked Samm if I could be part of the tutorial month, I told her I was thinking of a table runner. I couldn't decide if I should do a rectangular one, or some other shape. Samm suggested a Christmas tree shape. Perfect I told her! So here we go...

We are going to make 5 different type blocks, 10 blocks in all. These are all made from scraps. So get out a bunch of green scraps and some pretty Christmas ones, or even some FQs if you have them about. Of course, you can use all the same greens and Christmas colors, if you like to work with yardage instead.

                                                                         BLOCK ONE

You will need 8 HST (half-square triangle) blocks. * You will be making HST blocks for 4 of the 5 blocks we are making. This is the way I do all of mine, and have put only one set of pictures showing the process.

One 3 1/8" x 18 1/2" green strip and one 3 1/8" x 18 1/2" white strip.
Lay them face down together. Mark squares every 3 1/8" down the strip.
Then mark diagonal lines.
Sew 1/4" on both sides of diagonal lines.

Cut apart on all solid lines. Press and trim to  2.5" squares.

You need 12 green 2 1/2" squares, and 3 white 2 1/2" squares.

This will make three blocks. Stack the pieces for the three blocks as follows.

Chain sew your columns together, then your rows, using 1/4". Press and trim to 6 1/2".

                                                                       BLOCK TWO

You'll need 8 flying geese blocks, 2"x 3 1/2".
Two- 3 1/2" white squares.
Eight- 2" green squares.

Here's how I do my flying geese.

Using two- 4 1/4" green squares and eight- 2 3/8" white squares.

1. Right side up, lay your green square on the table. Right side down, place 2 white squares in                  opposite corners, they will slightly overlap in the middle.
    Draw a line from corner to corner, and sew 1/4" on both sides.
2. Cut apart on solid drawn line. Open small triangles, and press.
3. Put another white square right side down, draw a line from corner to corner, and sew 1/4" on either       side.
4. Cut apart on drawn solid line. Open up triangles and press.
5. Trim to 2" x3 1/2". You will get four flying geese from this method.

This will make 2 blocks. Using your geese and your 3 1/3" white squares and 2" green squares. Lay them out as follows.

Sew columns together, then rows. As you can see, you can also make your center squares green, or one of each. It makes each block look a little different.

                                                                    BLOCK THREE

You are going to need eight- 3" HST blocks.
And ten- 2 1/2" green squares.

Make your HST's  the same way as for Block One. Using a 3 1/2"x 14" strip of green and a 3 1/2" x 14" strip of white. Lay them right sides together. Mark your square lines at 3 1/2". Draw your diagonal lines. Sew 1/4" on either side. Cut apart. Press and trim to 3".

Now lay one HST block right side up, and place another one right side down, making sure your colors are opposite, top and bottom (your seam lines will be matching).

Draw a line from corner to corner, the corners that are not seams. And sew 1/4" on either side.

Cut apart, press and trim to 2 1/2". These are called quarter square triangle blocks, or QST.             This will make 2 blocks. Lay your QST blocks and your 2 1/2" green blocks out, as follows.               

Sew your columns together, then your rows. Press and trim to 6 1/2".                                                      


You will need eight HST blocks. Made from one- 2 5/8" x 10 1/2" green strip. And one 2 5/8" x 101/2" white strip (I used a blue strip instead).   Plus another 2 5/8"x 10 1/2" green strip and one 2 5/8" x 10 1/2" red strip.

Mark your square lines at 2 5/8", draw diagonal lines, sew a 1/4" on either side. Cut, press and trim your blocks to 2". 
Lay your HST blocks and sixteen 2" green squares out as follows. Watch your colors, so they come out right. This makes two blocks. Sew your columns, then your rows. Press and trim to 6 1/2".     


You will need eight green and white HSTs, using strips that are 2 5/8" x 10 1/2".
Four green and white HSTs, using strips that are 2 5/8"x 5 1/4" and four red and white HSTs, using strips that are 2 5/8" x 5 1/4".

Mark your square lines at 2 5/8". Draw diagonal lines, sew 1/4" on either side. Cut, press and trim to 2".

Lay out your HST blocks as follows. Watch your colors! This makes one block. Sew your columns, then your rows. Press and trim to 6 1/2".

Sew your blocks together in rows, as follows. Mix and match your blocks, which ever way you want. Just so you have 1, 2, 3, 4 blocks in the rows.

 Setting triangles.

Cut ten- 6 3/4" x 4 3/4" rectangles. 
Cut five of the rectangles from right top corner to left bottom.  Make sure your rectangles are all right side up when cutting


Cut the other five rectangles from left top corner to right bottom corner.

Sew two of these together for the top.
Add one triangle to either side of each row.


You will need 27 -  4 1/2" squares, what ever color you want, or a mix of them.
Fold your square from one corner to an opposite corner.  Making a triangle. Then fold again from corner to corner, making a smaller triangle with folds on two sides and raw edges along the bottom.

Place one prairie point (PP) on your sewing machine with the opening towards you. Place another PP inside the first one, 3/4" of an inch in. Sew a 1/4" seam thru both triangles, stopping about halfway thru the second one, so you can add the third one. (I have a full tutorial on PPs here, if you need more pictures.)

You will need to sew them in rows of 4, 7, 11, and 15.

Lay your 4 PP strip on top of row one, place the top green triangle on top, right side down. Pin and sew a 1/4" seam. Sew your 7 PP strip between row one and row two, your 11 PP strip between row two and three, and your 15 PP strip between row three and four.

Lay your ruler along the edges, and trim off  the little points of the green setting triangles.

Quilt and bind as desired.

Hope you've all enjoyed my runner. Thanks again for having me Samm!