Tuesday, February 14, 2012

It's all about HEART with Linda and her kissing towel ...when Red is Green! We have 2 guest today and giveaways too!

(A Valentine quilt I made in 2006)
                            Happy Valentine's Day!
Hi! I'm Linda from Buzzing and Bumbling. As I kissed my husband goodbye this morning and wiped the lipstick off his cheek, I thought of Valentine's Day and all the kissing that would be going on today.That took me back to a time when, as a young bride, my husband's late Aunt Rubye told me about a little "lipstick towel" that she had used. She lived through  a time when people used cloth handkerchiefs when they blew their noses and used Sear's catalogs for .... well, for ordering things, of course! (That is when the new one came and the old one was relegated to the outhouse!)

In a time of increasing awareness of "going green", we can take a lesson from our ancestors who were experts at it!

During World War II, people were very aware of wastefulness and saving resources. Many items were rationed and others were scarce. People grew as much of their own food as they could, they curtailed use of automobiles (often putting their cars up on blocks so the tires wouldn't rot) and saved in as many ways as they could.

The lipstick towel sat on the makeup table and was used to blot lipstick. It could be used for an entire week before washing and being put out again. So....that little red towel was very "green" in today's terminology. I suggest this as a way to "Go Green with RED!"

Or orange, or pink, or purple, or whatever color lipstick you wear! Your lipstick towel can match your lipstick color, so just about any color can be "green" now! Use your scraps to decorate along the bottom if you don't want to embroider it. You can make it any size. Even small enough to fit in your purse for quick touch-ups.
I will be giving away the little lipstick towels you see above on Buzzing and Bumbling today. I even have a simple tutorial for those of you who might need one. This is a super simple project - even easier than pillowcases. 
If you're not into history and you don't care about saving the environment, you can continue to blot your lips on pieces of tissue.
But, I think the older generation had a great solution and if you think about it, which is the more elegant blotter?
                               p.s ...
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I will be choosing 1 winner from Linda's comments for 1 set of these pillowcases 
and another winner + Adornit fabric from Barbs.....
Let's spread the love lol

Congrats to MARSHA, she too has
been contacted for a kit set of pillowcases
To everyone else who joined in...
psst there are more giveaways this week...

It's all about HEART and these ladies have plenty of it ...here is BARB from Quilted Works...and some giveaways!

We love having pillowcases to match our quilts! Here is a fun and easy tutorial that teaches you how to easily make a pretty pillowcase with an encased seam and french seams for the finished edges.
Select 3 coordinating fabrics.
  • 3/4 yard Main fabric
  • 1/8 yard narrow Trim fabric
  • 1/3 yard Hem fabric
Cut Main Fabric 25" x 40 ½"
Cut Trim Fabric 2 ½” x 40 ½”
Iron Trim piece in half with right sides out and raw edges together.
Cut Hem Fabric 12” x 40 ½”
Lay the Hem fabric with right side up, lay Trim fabric piece on top of Hem fabric.
Lay right side of Main fabric DOWN on top of Trim fabric.
Roll bottom of main fabric up until the bottom of the Hem fabric can be seen.
Fold the Hem fabric OVER the top of all layers. Pin everything in place.
Sew them all together with 1/4” seam.
Pull the pillowcase out from inside of the Hem fabric.
Press the fabrics flat.
Trim fabrics to make sure all edges are lined up and that they measure 40 ½” wide.
With right sides out, pin the seam to make sure the trim piece will be lined up.
Sew a seam slightly less than 1/4" seam along the sides and bottom.
Turn the pillow case wrong sides out.
Sew a 1/4" seam along the sides and bottom, making sure to back stitch at the beginning and end.
Now you have just created a very nice “French Seam.” The seam on the outside of your pillowcase looks just like a normal, finished seam, but its raw edges (underneath) have been encased in fabric for a finished look and to help protect them from fraying.
Turn pillow case right side out and ENJOY!
Look how darling it looks with a matching quilt!

Friday, February 10, 2012

It's all about Heart with a special addition with Lesley and her Piece of My Heart

Hi again from Lesley at SewHappy.Me. When Madame Samm invited me over again to guest blog for her Hearts and Hands theme for February I was happy to accept because Hearts are a particular favourite of mine. As it will soon be Valentine's Day, I designed this quick little project for you and it is so-o-o-o simple (measures 15″ x 12″ approximately) that you can easily have it made in time for the big day.

Of course if you feel that it wouldn't be appreciated by your other half then there is no reason why you shouldn't make it for one of the grandchildren. After all, they too have a piece of our hearts, don't they!
So, let's go sew!

To begin with download your Pattern Sheet.

1. Choose your fabrics and decide your colour placements using the quilt photo as a guide.

2. Cut a piece of background fabric 12″ x 9″. You will find it much easier to trace the design if you use a light colour fabric for your background.

3. Trace each heart shape from your Pattern Sheet on to fusible web (Bondaweb) using the templates that have already been reversed for you ready for tracing. Remember to trace dotted extension lines where one piece goes beneath another. Number these pieces for ease.

4. Iron bondaweb shapes on to each of your chosen fabrics and cut out these shapes from your fabric.

5. Place these bonded shapes into their correct position on the background fabric using the pattern sheet as a guide and remembering to centre your design on the background fabric. When you centre the design don't forget to allow for the fact that the embroidered words are lower than the heart. If you have used a light background fabric you can place your pattern sheet underneath your background fabric and you will be able to see the design through your fabric for ease of placement (as shown).

6. Iron these bonded fabrics in place in number order on the background fabric remembering that one shape will go beneath another where you have traced dotted lines.

7. Appliqué each shape in place using your chosen method of appliqué. I have used a small machine zig-zag stitch. I have also chosen to use a white thread to highlight the shapes which emphasises that these are individual pieces. You might prefer to hand stitch these pieces with some lovely embroidery stitches and coloured threads.

8. Trim appliquéd fabric down to 11.5″ x 8.5″.

9.For my inner border I have used the same fabric colours that are in the appliquéd  heart and cut small pieces of 1″ wide strips to join together. My pieces have varied from 1″ to 2.5″ in length. All seams are ¼″
10. Join these pieces together to make 4 strips long enough to add to top and bottom and either side of your background fabric.

11. Cut 4 strips of background fabric 2″ wide and long enough to add to either side and top and bottom.
12. Sew these final border strips in place.

13. Centre the design on your pattern sheet once more and trace the stitchery words and designs. I use a very fine pencil or you may choose to use a wash away tracing pen.

14. Place a piece of cotton batting 16″ x 13″behind the design. I use 505 basting spray to hold this in place or you may prefer to tack it. I use cotton wadding because it is lovely and fine to sew through. I also place it behind before I sew my stitchery because it is easier to carry threads along the back of the work and they won't show through.

15. Stitch the words, hearts and kisses using back stitch. Use french knots to dot your i's and for dots between the kisses. I have used two strands of embroidery thread.

16. Place a piece of backing fabric behind the completed design. Once again I have used 505 spray or you may tack in place. Quilt in the ditch on either side of inner border to hold your backing in place.

17. Trim down completed quilt and add binding. I have used 2.5″ strips and ironed them in half lengthways to make a double binding.

18. To complete your quilt you might like to sew on a small heart button as shown.

19. I have then made and sewn two hanging tags to top of my mini quilt and hung it from a wire hanger.

20. Your Heart Mini Quilt is now complete. Gift it to someone you love.

If you have enjoyed my tutorial you might like to visit my Quilting Blog where you will find more of my tutorials and patterns. You might particularly enjoy my Valentine Heart Cushion pattern which is another project in the same vein. I have enjoyed being with you today. Hope you have a lovely Valentine's Day!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

It's all about Heart with Barb and her LOVE IS IN THE AIR - Heart Attack Runner

Nothing spells love better than red and white. Today I am heart attacking you!!!

Why not play with some Samoan Fabrics????

Who doesn't like to play especially with such fun fabrics?

I am Barb of Bejeweled QuiltsLink working now to my blog ( thanks Samm)and wanna share the LOVE with Madame Samm....I heart her....I heart you!!
Need one Trusty Go Cutter.....you can always cut your hearts by hand...no biggie!
I just started cutting hearts...I didn't know where it would take me (maybe it would take me back to the island of Samoa)....one could only hope!

Normally I would use "Steam A Seam" but since I didn't know what I was going to do and not wanting to waste my "Steam A Seam".....so the fabric is bare...

Took my large hearts and cut the middle out of them, in order to do this I cut a small mat that only covers the middle mat. These dies will only cut with a mat, so in order to get the middle cut I had to cut a small mat so as not to have cuts where I don't want them.
Here is the results.... So....I continue to play, continue to cut.

I get me a piece of white fabric, the end results is 18" x 24", I always like to have the fabric larger than what I need so I can cut it down but I didn't know what direction I was going on so I just cut a nice piece of white.

I started arranging the hearts as you can see below. I arranged it how I wanted and then started gluing the hearts down.

As you can see length wise there are four large hearts with the middle out of them on each side and then 3 smaller solid hearts in between the larger one. On the side width wise you just have two large and one smaller one.

In the corner I placed a small solid heart.

As a young girl I remember writing the word "LOVE" over in different forms and so I just drew out the words as you see in the end results. I am sure there are those of you that can do a much better job in the wording but I am happy with mine.

Quilt as desired and bind ....now you have your own heart attack runner.

Well as I mentioned above, I just cut and cut and so with the left over I made this candle mat.

This candle mat is 14 1/2" x 14 1/2", as you can see, there are four hearts pointing towards each other in the middle, the larger hearts in between the middle hearts and then the solid hearts in the middle of the hearts below them. EASY...just quilt as desired and bind.

I just love this mat....I love my runner. If you click on over to my blog, I will be giving the runner away to one of you

I hope that if you made the runner or mat that you come by and let me know.

Happy Valentines DAY!!!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

It's all about Heart, reds, blacks and whites and Duff is embracing with Heart....daisies!

Good Day! Madame Samm has asked me to share a project today so I've made this tutorial for you! My name is Duff and you can meet me over at . link working now at my blog Bacon Then Eggs try to mix humor with quilting along with a dash of crazy. Well, maybe more than a dash...

The best part of this tutorial is the zipper--lots of photos and once you understand it, you can put a zipper in any size bag. Yes, really. If you try it and get stuck, you can email me, and I'll guide you through it.
Quart-Size Travel Bag with Window (this also makes a great pencil/pen bag)
Finished size is 6 X 8

Materials List:
1 fat quarter main print fabric (about 10 X 11 piece)
1 fat quarter lining fabric (about 12 X 13  piece includes tabs)
¾ yd. fusible interfacing
8-inch zipper (minimum, any size over is fine)
(1) key fob
(1) 8½ X 4½ piece of clear vinyl

Main print fabric  Lining print fabric Zipper & key fob tabs (choose fabric)
(1) 8½ X 6½        (1) 8½  X 6½          (1) 12 X 2
(2) 8½ X 1½ (1) 8½  X 1½ -subcut into
(1) 8½  X 1¾ (3) 4 X 2

1. Fuse interfacing to main and lining prints. Cut fabric to required sizes. All measurements in inches and seams ¼ inch.

Bag Front:
1. Stitch 8½ X 1½ main print to one end of 8½ X 4½ vinyl piece. Use a Teflon or walking foot if you have it. Press toward main print, making bag front top.
2. Sandwich bottom of 8½  X 4½ vinyl between one 8½ X 1½ main print and lining print,ensuring that main print will be sewn onto bag front. Stitch. Press away from vinyl--make sure iron does not touch vinyl.

1. Press both ends of 4 X 2 strips under ¼ , then fold strip in half so ¼ ends are together.

2. Open zipper and then hold together, marking a stitch line. stitch. Cut the overhang if necessary, enough to wrap zipper tab around the end.

3. Stitch line should be laying on the ¼ piece of the zipper tab.
4. Stitch the zipper tab closed, about ⅛ from the edge. Cut open zipper tab to expose the teeth of the zipper.

5. Cut the zipper end down to about ¼.

6. Lay the zipper on a mat and measure 6¼ from the edge of the sewn zipper tab.
7. Draw a stitch line on the zipper. Stitch.

8. Attach the tab to this end in the same fashion as the first. There should be (approximately) a 6⅛ length between tabs.

[On that note, now that you know how to make this zipper, you can put it in any size pouch--just subtract 2⅜ from the total length of the pre-sewn fabric pieces and you’ve got the distance you need between tabs. awesome, huh?]

Bag Front Sandwich:
1. Place 8½ X 1¾ lining piece right side up.
2. Center zipper on top, right side up, using zipper edge as a guide (tabs will be over-sized).
3. Place bag front on top of zipper, right side down. Stitch sandwich. Cut off edges of zipper along stitch line. Press.

4. Turn under lining so it matches the edge of the vinyl and finger press. Fold back piece and press in earnest. Return to prior position and re-press the zipper edge until the lining pieces lays flat.

Bag Back Sandwich:
1. Place 8½ X 1½ lining piece right side up.
2. Center zipper on top, right side up, using zipper edge as guide.
3. Place 8½ X 6½ main print on top of zipper, right side down. Stitch sandwich. Press.

1. Iron remaining 4 X 2 strip in half long-wise. Open, press long raw edges to center fold. Fold in half so that raw edges are now encased. Press. Stitch ⅛ from edge and set aside.

1. Topstitch ¼ on all seams, making sure to catch bag front top lining piece that was ironed under to match vinyl edge.
2. Square up bag a little, being careful to keep width on both sides of zipper even.
3. **Open Zipper**
4. Pin key fob to top side edge so it is laying against the main print.
5. Fold bag in half, front and back right sides together. Make sure top zipper edges are as flat as possible and that the top inside seams match up.
6. Stitch sides and bottom using zigzag, straight stitch, or serger. Trim any exposed edges with pinking shears.
7. Turn bag right side out. Use instrument (e.g., crochet hook, knitting needle) to push out zipper ends. If vinyl is really stiff, place a piece of fabric over the vinyl and then iron until warm--that will make it easier to turn right-side out.

For a downloadable version in Google docs, click HERE

If you'd like to WIN this bag, comment below and over on my blog Bacon Then Eggs!