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Tutorial Trial Thursday

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My Grandmom’s Quilt!  You can read more about this quilt here

Hey Guys!

Today’s tutorial trial is from Stephanie who blogs at Sew With Sass-SKBurton Design.  She created the wonderful St. Louis 16 Patch, which I am currently in love with!  I thought I would put this tutorial on trial so you could be even more encouraged to attempt this block!    I would suggest you read the full tutorial, join the flicker group and follow along on Instagram so you can see what other people are doing.  This quilt comes together incredibly fast and with blow you mind!   Well that is enough of that….let’s get down to business ;0)

Let’s see the results:

  • How long did it take?  To create two blocks, it took exactly 21 min and 16 seconds.  I timed it to further convince you LOL
  • Was it easy to follow? The tutorial has a lot of pictures and clear instructions.  It is really easy to follow and after you do it once, you could really do it with your eyes close …it’s that easy!
  • Do you have any tips? I do have some suggestions for this block and will point them out in the pictures below.
  • Would you make it again?  Well …yes.  I have made three quilts like this already and am heading to a fourth…should I be ashamed?  I really love this block!

Here is what you have been waiting for the eye candy:

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You need two fat quarters for two blocks so for this tutorial trial I thought I would time how long that would take.  I am a believer in starch and no steam when I iron.  I starch my fabric before I cut it and then press with just a hot iron as I am sewing it together. This really helped me with this block because the squares are so big you want all points to match.  Before cutting my strips I also square up one edge.  I didn’t do this one time and ended up with a wonky block ;0(

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I like to layout what I am doing because I get easily sidetracked.  I finished all my ironing, cutting and sorting in five mins.  I think you will get it done faster because you won’t be taking pictures.

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I chained pieced all my strips to speed up the process.

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Once I cut my strips I laid them out again.  I have sewed the strips by just grabbing two and ended up with a different pattern.  It seems unlikely but it is possible.  I always pin my seams so I get matching points.  Also, the starch also helps the fabric from slipping keeping your fabric in place.  I finished the first block around 17 minutes.

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Finished!  This block is too easy.  I will be back tomorrow with a finished quilt.  If you are following me on Instagram you have already seen some pictures of the pieced back.  I can’t wait to show yall these two quilts tomorrow for two special birthday boys.

Until then, Sew Pretty!

~Kare


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Tutorial Trial Thursday

This Post Has been Updated.

The tutorial I used for this project is no longer available. ;0(  BUT there is a pattern for this bag ;0)   Here is the link:

http://www.michellepatterns.com/product/leather-accent-fold-over-pouch-pdf-sewing-pattern

It’s five dollars and totally worth it!

XOXOXOXOXOXO

Today’s tutorial comes from WeAllSew.com.  This is a site ran by Bernina and often has free pdf downloads or sew-alongs.  You should check it out!  Well I am in the process of learning how to make a weekender so I though I would keep working at my zipper skills!

Let’s see the results:

  • How long did it take? It took me about an hour and a half.  It came together really quick!  It was amazing!
  • Was it easy to follow? The pdf was easy to read and was written by Mimi Goodwin.  The pdf has lots of picture and clear directions.
  • Do you have any tips? I only had a little felt.  I was able to make two of these fold over clutches in three hours and one of them I just fabric instead of felt.  It was much easier to sew that one.
  • Would you make it again?  Of course I would!  I can see myself making this clutch often!  I love it.

Okay, here is what you have been waiting for the PICTURES!!  Can you tell I am proud ;0)  …and modest!

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Okay guys, so what do you think?  I am in love!

Until next time, Sew Pretty!

~Kare


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Tutorial Trial

Hey Guys!

I know today is not Thursday but …. I have been working on something for you and I would have had it done by Thursday but I got my hair colored…AND… I had an extra Praise & Worship practice on Thursday night.  It was a long day!

Today’s tutorial trail comes from Aesthetic Nest.  Anneliese has created a wonderful tutorial for a Reversible Fat Quarter Apron.  I found this tutorial on Pinterest and promptly went over to Aesthetic Nest and was smitten by this tutorial.  I had to do it right away, plus my niece’s birthday is on the first.  I really had not choice but to attempt this super cute apron.

Let’s see the results:

  • How long did it take?  I was done in about two hours.  This is the quickest tutorial I have done.  I was really surprised how fast it went together.
  • Was it easy to follow? This tutorial was simple to follow!  There are lots of pictures and detailed instructions.  I did alot of first here…First time I made a buttonhole,  first time I sewed on a button and first time I used Ric Rac Trim.  Let me just say, all three were so much easier than I thought!  I am seriously thinking about taking some pattern classes soon because of this tutorial.
  • Do you have any tips?  I suggest you go through your fat quarter stash and make something fun and colorful for that sweet girl in your life!  She deserves this apron! ;0)  For the record, I could not find ribbon at my LQS that was suitable for the apron so I made some bias tape.  I made three, 3 inch by 18 inch strips folding them into double folded bias tape.  I also could not find any pom pom trim, so I just added some ric rac in it’s place.
  • Would you make it again?  I would totally make this again!  I am teaching a series of summer classes at Fabricate Studios and I think I will need some aprons on hand for those messy moments.   if you live in the Atlanta area, I hope you will let your baby get crafty with us!

Alright now let’s get to the best part!  The pictures:

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Here are the beginning stages.

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This fabric is from the collection called Madrona Road by Violet Craft.                                                                                                   I purchased this fat quarter bundle from the Fat Quarter Shop.

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Meet Princess Grace.  She is my travel machine!  She is an amazing BabyLock machine and perfect for those on the go projects!  Her bigger sister Princess Bea gets car sick and is obviously my favorite! :0) 

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Here I am in the final steps…sewing the apron together. 

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Until today I had never made a buttonhole.  Thank God for YouTube!  This video was a great help, if you don’t know how this video would be a great start. 

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Almost there, all I have left to do is sew on that button! 

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The finished product!  I am in love with it ;0) 

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I love every thing about this pattern.  The ric rac makes it soooo sweet, I only wish I had some pom pom trim.  

I have one more thing to show you!  My hair!  I absolutely love the color…something fresh for spring:

I love it!

I love it!

I will be linking up toCrazy Mom Quilts for Finish it Up Friday and Thank Goodness It’s Finished Friday.  If you are visiting from there, Welcome!  Leave a message, i would love to go check out your blog!

Until, next time friends, Sew Pretty!

~Kare


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Tutorial Trial Thursday

Hey Guys!

As promised, here is my trial on the Herringbone block by Bijou Lovely.  This block comes together really fast after you complete all the cutting.  I was very adventures because I stacked all my fat quarters and then cut the stack into 2 1/2 in strips.  I was done cutting very quickly!  Then I sorted my stacks, then sowed each strip stack into two sets of three and 1 strip.  After that, I began making one block at a time.  I am really have fun with the block and hope you decide to give it a try and if you get a chance go check out Bijou Lovely.  She has a wonderful blog and more tutorials to try over there also.

Let’s see the results:

  • How long did it take?  After cutting all the strips, piecing the block took about 10 minutes to complete one half of the herringbone.
  • Was it easy to follow? It was not hard to follow but I really had to pay attention to the directions when making my 1 1/2 inch marks and the direction I needed the strips to go.
  • Do you have any tips?  I suggest you use a marking tool like I did.  I used the Sewline Marking Pencil.
  • Would you make it again?  I will be making more of  these blocks …I am going to make a quilt for my husband using Artitextures that is totally his size.;0)

Here is your dose of eye candy for the Herringbone block:

First set of three strips sewed together

First set of three strips sewed together

Second Set of three strips sewed together.

Second Set of three strips sewed together.

Measure twice sew once!

Measure twice sew once!

I absolutely love the Sewline Marking Pencil.

I absolutely love the Sewline Marking Pencil.

I am pressing to the dark for this block.

I am pressing to the dark for this block.

Preparing to sew on the next strips.

Preparing to sew on the next strips.

Now I am ready to cut!  I am using a 6 1/2 ruler as a template.

Now I am ready to cut! I am using a 6 1/2 ruler as a template.

after cutting down my block using my ruler (template), I then squared it up right at 12 1/2 inches long giving me a 6 1/2 by 12 1//2 inch block.

after cutting down my block using my ruler (template), I then squared it up right at 12 1/2 inches long giving me a 6 1/2 by 12 1//2 inch block.

Now I am half way done to a finished block!

Now I am half way done to a finished block!

One Finished Herringbone block!

One Finished Herringbone block!

I will be back tomorrow posting the finshed quilt, hopefully!  LOL…so, until next time, sew pretty!

~Kare


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Tutorial Trial Thursday

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Hey Guys!

Is it STILL Thursday? Technically it is…anyway!  Today’s trial comes from Chasing Cotton’s Pop Flower Coaster.  If you get a chance go check out her blog ….very cute!  Let me say…I wanted to practice some appliqué only because I am in the process of planning my entry for Project Quilting. Let’s see the results:

  • How long did it take?  It took me about an hour to complete.
  • Was it easy to follow? It was easy to follow but my “coaster” came out more like a mug rug, which I don’t mind.
  • Do you have any tips?  I really had a hard time following the circle.  This will be an area I will have to work at but it you can do …go on with Ya Bad Self!
  • Would you make it again?  Yes, I will!  I have to, only because this trial did not produce the best results.  Practice makes perfect, on the other hand….I think I would even put these pretty flowers on a quilt!  Wouldn’t that be cute?

Heres some pictures for you!

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Here is a closer look at my …circle?
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This is the back….this whole project was made of scraps and charm squares I got from a charm swap in December.  Fabric well used!

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Okay guys!  That is all for now.  Until next time, Sew Pretty!

~Kare

 

**Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish Up Friday


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Tutorial Trial Thursday & A Thank You Giveaway

The Finished Product!

My Cathedral WIndow Pin Cushion

Updated on 02/04/13 

Winner of Giveaway is One English Teacher! Congratulation!

 

Hey Guys!

Well, I am back with a new tutorial!  Today I put on trial the Cathedral Window Pin Cushion by Kim from My Go-Go Life.  You should really check out her blog!  Full of color and projects, I absolutely love it!

Let me first tell you about my tutorial experience.

  • How long did it take?  It took me about an hour to complete.
  • Was it easy to follow? The tutorial was easy to follow because it had a bunch of pictures to follow along with.
  • Do you have any tips?  I would suggest you take make sure you pin down the scraps before your turn down.  I was not careful and left my corner uncovered, so I had to find my seam ripper. ;0/
  • Would you make it again?  Of course, and guess what?  I will make one for one of my lucky readers. Just comment for one entry! Follow me for another entry! (put “I Follow” as a comment for it to count) Send a friend over too! 

I decided to give away one of these wonderful pin cushions as a thank you for everyone that keeps encouraging me!  Plus, it’s fun putting things in the mail!  Good Luck!  You need to comment by Sunday at 7pm.  Then I will do a drawing!

Here are the pictures of the “Process.”  Enjoy the eye candy.

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I used Pins to base mine.  It worked much better that way for me.

I used Pins to base mine. It worked much better that way for me.

Here is what I was talking about.  It was better when I pinned down my scrap.

Here is what I was talking about. It was better when I pinned down my scrap.

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Is used my scraps to piece together the back.  I really like it!

Is used my scraps to piece together the back. I really like it!

Finished!  The button makes it extra special!

Finished! The button makes it extra special!


Okay, now don’t forget to comment!  Once again thanks for all the support.  Blogging has really been great for me so far on this tiny, tiny blog.  It is really great having fun with you!

If you are visiting from Crazy Mom Quilts, welcome!  Leave a comment you could win too! ;0)  Until next time, Sew Pretty!

~Kare

* * Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish Up Friday**

 


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A Finish for a Bloggy Friend

Good Early Morning Guys!

In the mornings when I call my Mother I always proclaim, “The SON is shining!”  He is, the SON is shining even here at 3 in the morning.  I woke up with my Bloggy Friend Caroline, from lalinsocal, Hexi Kit on my mind.  I decided to get up and go ahead in finish this very special Hexi Kit.  The house was so still and it seemed like the hum of my sewing machine was a perfect companion to The Biggest Loser.

I made this Hexi Kit for Caroline because she is also doing the Tula Pink’s Hex on the Beach Kit.  I have complete the first row already which was my goal for the week.  Here are some pictures.

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Well, I am now finished here is what has been created in the wee hours of the morning.  I really love the orange dots!

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My Mother is also doing the Hex on the Beach Kit, so I will be making one more kit.  I think I kinda want to make a different one for myself.  We’ll see. ;0) Let me know what you guys think!  Oh, and make sure you go check out lalinsocal!  She is doing big things this year!  Until next time, Sew Pretty!

~Kare