Quilter’s Tote Bag – Tutorial

Ask and you shall receive.  Many of you feel in love with our “Quilter’s Think” tote bag.  Here is the tutorial so you can make one for yourself.

Supplies:

Steps:

  1. Iron panel flat and cut out according to the lines.  You will end up with (12) 3.5″ squares.totebag1
  2. Cut (12) 3/5″ squares of each of the polka dot fabrics. totebag2
  3. Iron onto piece of grid in the pattern shown in the picture.  (I ironed both sides of the bag at the same time and will trim it after sewing.)totebag3
  4. Flip and sew each row, leaving the middle seam unsewn for trimming.  (Check out our video HERE to see how to use the Quilter’s Grid).
  5. Cut down the middle, unsewn seam to separate into 2 equal pieces. totebag4
  6. Measure across the middle of each piece to determine the size of top and bottom borders.totebag5 totebag6
  7. Cut (4) 4″ wide strips by the width of the main piece.  If you are going to add the accent strip, you will want to cut (4) 1.5″ strips the width of the main piece as well.totebag7
  8. Fold accent piece in half and iron.totebag8
  9. You will now sandwich the accent piece, the 4″ border strip, and the main piece together, with right sides together and raw edges towards the seam.  The Wonder Clips are great for this step – NO PINS NEEDED 🙂totebag9
  10. Sew and iron with the accent piece facing the desired direction.totebag10
  11. Repeat for 3 other seams.
  12. Measure you main body pieces and cut (2) squares of Soft & Stable to match.  I used Basting Spray to attach the stabilizer to the main body piece.  You can now quilt these pieces or just leave the way they are.  I just ran a straight stitch across the seam of the border pieces.totebag12
  13. Cut out (2) 4″ x the height of the main body piece & stabilizer.  Spray bast these pieces.totebag13
  14. Cut out (1) 4″ x the width of the main body piece & stabilizer for the bottom of the bag.  Spray bast this piece.
  15. Sew the 2 side pieces to the main body pieces to create the body of the bag.  Then carefully sew the bottom piece, making sure you get the corners attached.totebag14 totebag16
  16. Cut out (2) pieces of the Pink Polka Dot fabric to the same size of the main body pieces.
  17. Cut out (2) 4″ x the height of the main body piece.
  18. Cut out (1) 4″ x the width of the main body piece.
  19. Cut out  (1) 10″ x 12″ piece.  Fold, right sides together, to create a 6″ x 10″ rectangle – press flat.  Sew 3 open sides, leaving a small gap for turning.
  20. Turn right side out and press.
  21. Line up the pocket about 4″ from the top of the bag liner piece and centered, making sure the gap for turning is at the bottom.totebag17
  22. Sew on the pocket on 3 sides, leaving the top open.  You can also add an additional seam in the middle of the pocket from top to bottom to create a double pocket.totebag18
  23. Sew all liner pieces together to create the bag lining.
  24. Insert liner into main body, matching seams.  Sew a small hem to keep the liner in place.totebag19
  25. Create a “binding” for the top of the bag by cutting a 2″ strip and ironing it to create a double folded strip.
  26. Using the Wonder Clips, attach. the binding to the top of the bag.  Machine stitch this on, covering all raw edges.totebag20
  27. Once done, you will hand stitch the leather handles on.finished bag
  28. The last step is to show off your beautiful new bag to your friends 🙂finished bag2

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  I’m still new to writing directions, so please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions for future tutorials.

~Happy Sewing!

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Our Beatitudes Panel and a Great Friend

We recently got a chance to visit with one of our amazing customers at a quilt show.  She mentioned that she had bought one of our panels to make a quilt for a friend.  Here is the story:

When I saw it, I immediately thought of my friend Deb.  We’ve know each other since 9th grade – I say that’s since God invented dirt, but Deb claims it’s since the beginning of all time.  We are both blessed with brothers, so we also recognize one another as the sisters we should have had.  Yes, it’s that kind of friendship/kinship/sisterhood.  

A few years ago, Deb went with me to the Dallas Quilt Show, which is when I bought fat quarters that weren’t in my normal favorites range for colors or prints.  Don’t know why I bought them, but I figured there was reason, so I put them aside until the reason presented itself… scrap-logic all quilters understand.  And, lo and behold, the reason presented itself when I saw the Beatitudes panel last summer at the Plano Quilt Show.  

The fat quarters, the Beatitudes, the randomness/precision design… it all came together in a single weekend to make a Blessing cover for Deb.   And the name of the Quilt?  “Friendship is a Blessing”.  

Here’s hoping my story brightens your day, Sarah.

Take a look at this beautiful quilt – and may it inspire you to make something lovely for a friend or loved one this weekend.
Happy Sewing ~Jill

Quilting is as Easy as… 1, 2, 3!

Are you an admirer of quilts?  Do you long to wrap yourself up in a beautiful, warm creation that we made by you?  Can you sew a straight line?  Than with our 1, 2, 3 method, ANYONE (even you) can be a quilter!

Supplies need:
Steps:
  • Cut each of your 1 yard pieces of fabric into 6″ strips.  Each 1 yard piece will give you (6) 6″ strips
  • Then cut all the 6″ strips into 6″ x 6″ squares.  You will get (7) 6″x6″ squares per strip for a total of (42) squares per 1 yard piece of fabric.  You will end up with (126) squares when all your 3 yards have been cut.
     
  • You will need to cut off 6-8″ of the bottom of your piece of grid.  Lay vertically on end to add to the overall width.  You will then lay out your squares on the Quilter’s Grid using the 1, 2, 3 pattern.  Your quilt will be 9 squares across by 14 squares down.
  • Continue laying out all the rows and iron into place.
  • Once all your squares are ironed into place, you will fold over each row and sew a 1/4″ seam (or just use the edge of your foot).  Either is fine as long as you are consistent.
  • Sew one direction, iron all seams one direction, and then sew the seams going the other direction until all seams are sewn.  The press to lay all seams flat.
  • Now you are ready to baste, quilt, and bind in your favorite way.  Finished quilt top measures approximately 48″ x 74″, depending on your seam size.
Check out our YouTube video to see how to use the Quilter’s Grid.  And visit our website for all your quilting (and vintage-inspired home) goods.
~Happy Sewing!

A Snuggly Quilt for my Dad

My dad, like a lot of dads out there, is really hard to shop for.  So this year for Christmas, I wanted to do something for him besides just buying another gift card.

When we got our “Generation Gap” panel in featuring the Pickles comic by Brian Crane, I just knew it would be perfect for my dad.  So, I got out some of my Moda Jelly Roll strips and other coordinating fabrics and got to creating.

The smaller comic strip blocks weren’t completely square so I decided to do a reverse applique technique.  Hope this inspires you to make something for that special dad/grandpa in your life!

~Happy Sewing!

What Cancer CANNOT Do – Quilt Tutorial

Hello Friends!  I have come up with a quick, easy, and fun quilt tutorial for all those wonderful quilters out there!  Even if you aren’t an expert, this is a quilt that anyone who can sew a straight line can make 🙂

Supplies:

Steps:

  1. Iron “What Cancer Cannot Do” fabric panel flat and cut out sayings to the same size (approx 3.5″ x 6.5″)
  2. Cut (6) 2.5″ wide strips of both the Dinky Dots – Pink and the Dinky Dots – Lime Green fabric.
  3. Line up the strips together and cut the same height of the sayings (approx 3.5″).  You will need 2 of 3.5″ pieces for each saying – there are 12.  You will do 12 pieces of the pink and 12 pieces of the green fabric.
  4. Sew 1 piece onto each side of the saying.  Press open.

  5. Measure across the middle of the finished piece.  Cut 12 2.5″ wide pieces of the pink and 12 pieces of the green fabric.
  6. Sew 1 piece onto each side of the saying.  Press open.
  7. Measure your finished blocks and cut 12 blocks of the Sew Many Ladies – White to the same dimensions.
  8. Layout quilt blocks per the pattern and iron onto the Quilter’s Grid.  If you would like to see how to use the grid, watch our YouTube video.
  9. Flip and sew each row to complete the quilt top.
  10. Press top nice and flat.
  11. Bast your quilt top to the Luna Loft 80/20 Blend Batting and backing fabric using Basting Spray.  If you have never used this AH-MAZING product – order yours today!!!!  It will save you SOOO much time, energy, and knees (if you are one to climb around the floor pins your quilt for hours).
  12. Quilt and bind as you desire.

And you are done!  This quilt makes a fabulous gift for those in the middle of their treatment and those amazing survivors among us!

~Happy Sewing!

Karen has been sewing!!!


Karen has been busy making quilts for 3 of her friends that have been in the hospital the past few months!  She went crazy designing new patterned quilts as she went.  Her first one she made was for Sue… her neighbor and friend.  Sue is fighting esophagus cancer.  Karen made her a quilt with lots of chenille and airplanes (since they live on a runway for airplanes) their husbands are both pilots… AND of course she added the “Survivors” panel from our Say it with Words

Next quilt she made for her bestest friend’s (next to her husband, that is…)husband, Mark.  We all just this past month found out that Mark has lung cancer… It is a hard and long road to recovery… but he needed to have a quilt and a pillow that was for him!!! So… Karen made him a “Survivors” panel from our Say it with Words… but used the layer cake precuts from Timber Trail Flannel by Holly Taylor … of course by Moda.  Mark and Dianne live in a woodsy area out in the country and this line was PERFECT FOR THEM.

She combined a few older flannels to complete his quilt and then made Dianne a “Hers” quilt to compliment his… she used similar fabrics with the extras from that layer cake… added a few others and used “Friends Indeed” panel from our Say it with Words… It turned out great!  Still need to make her a pillow to complete the set… but this is how they look…  It’s a card in a quilt!!!  F-O-R-E-V-E-R! 

Check out our flannels and precuts!  Lots of new ones!!!

Christmas Manger Wall Hanging

Are you looking for a fun and easy Christmas project or gift?  Look no further!  We have created a beautiful wall hanging using our “Christmas Manger” panel and the Winterlude fabric line by Moda.  We have this kit for purchase on our website for $49.99 – it includes everything but the batting!

Kit Includes:

  •  (1) Christmas Manger Panel (approx 17”x20”)
  •  (1) 1-1/2” x 108” strip of Red Fabric
  •  (3) 4-1/2” x 44” Strips of Green Fabric
  •  (1) 4-1/2” x 22” Strip of Tan Fabric (for squares)
  •  (1) 36” x 54” Piece of Red Fabric for Back/Binding

STEPS:

  1.  Iron panel flat and cut per lines.
  2.  Measure the width of the panel down the CENTER section.
  3.  Cut (2) strips of 1-1/2” wide Red fabric the width of the panel.
  4.  Pin in place and sew to the top and bottom of panel with 1/4” seams.
  5.  Press towards darker fabric
  6.  Measure the length of the finished piece down the CENTER section.
  7.  Cut (2) strips of the remaining 1-1/2” strip of red fabric the length of the finished piece.
  8.  Pin in place and sew to both sides of finished piece with 1/4” seam.
  9.  Press towards darker fabric.
  10.  Measure the width of finished piece down the CENTER section.
  11.  Cut (2) strips of the green fabric the width of the finished piece.
  12.  Measure the length of finished piece down the CENTER section.
  13.  Cut (2) strips of the green fabric to the length of finished piece.
  14.  Pin in place and sew the strips to the top and bottom of the finished piece with 1/4” seam.
  15.  Press towards darker fabric.
  16.  Cut (4) 4-1/2” squares of tan fabric.
  17.  Sew the squares to the top and bottom of the strips for the length with a 1/4” seam.
  18.  Press towards darker fabric.
  19.  Pin in place and sew strips to the sides of the finished piece.
  20. Quilt and bind to your preference.

If you would like to purchase the quilt kit, click HERE

~Happy Sewing!