Thursday, February 15, 2018

New Free Quilter's Planner Stickers for March


I made new free stickers. You can get them here. The free sampler looks like this :)

 Then I have three other sets that you can buy and download to print. They look like this:





If you want the full set to download and print you can buy them here for $3. 

 I made my sampler block for the Quilter's Planner QAL too...



I couldn't decide which I liked best so I made two :) Hope you enjoy the new stickers :)

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The Beginnings Quilt Along Block 2- Pinwheel

The Beginnings QAL

 

Block 2 the Pinwheel (Printable PDF)

 (8" Finished)

Cut:

As promised I made a cut file for The Maker. You can find it here. I made this so it would cut all of the pieces you need of the focus fabric for this quilt. Use 2  - 5" squares of the focus fabric and the background fabric. Put the rest in the zip lock bag with your other pieces from last month and save them for later months.




For One Block
Cut:
2 – 5” squares of Focus Fabric

2 – 5” squares of background fabric

Here is a video of me sewing this block to help you understand the instructions. I hope you like it :)





 

Instructions: 
 1.       Mark the back of each of your background squares with a diagonal line from corner to corner.
















2.       Place one focus fabric square right side together with one background square matching all the edges.

 












3.       Pin on either side of the diagonal line far enough away to allow the presser foot to pass down either side of the line. This is just to keep the fabrics from shifting. 






4.       Using your ¼” foot sew ¼” away from the diagonal line on the left. If you have a foot with an edge for the ¼” you might want to adjust your presser foot pressure so that it is lighter. This will keep your foot from making your fabric shift.






5.  Go ahead and chain piece the second set of squares by repeating step 3 and 4






6.       Turn the blocks around and sew a ¼” seam on the opposite side of each of the diagonal lines. 









7.       Cut apart each square at the diagonal line. And press to the dark side

8 .      Square up each block to 4 ½”.



9.       Lay out the blocks so that they form a pinwheel.


10.   Turn the top right block so that it is right side together with the left top. Nestle the seams and pin close to the end. Sew a ¼” seam. Repeat with the bottom row. Press toward the dark side. This will make one row pressed to the left and one pressed to the right allowing you to nestle your last seam.




11.   Put the two rows right sides together and nestle the center seam. Look at each side and find the one where you can see the three seams come together in a point. Put a pin through the point from the wrong side.






12.   Put the point of the pin through the point on the right side of the other row.











13.   With the pin straight through both rows nestle the seams and pin on each side of the center seam. Make sure that the pin stays standing up straight to keep those points together. 



14.   Remove the pin in the center after you have a pin on each side of the seam.










15.   Put a pin in the end of where your seam will be as always to keep things from shifting. Start your seam. When you get to about an inch from the center of the block where your points are going to match up slow down. You want your seam to go right where those three seams make a point where you had your center pin. Be very slow and careful there. I used grey thread so you can see better.














16.   Open and have a look… if the points aren’t perfect pick out the seam and try again. You only need to pick out a few stitches right in the middle to fix it.










17.   This is optional but I personally like to do it to make my block nice and flat. Before you press the final time. Pick out the 3 or so stitches in the center that hold the two seams together. Right there where my fingernail is pointing. 





18.   Press the seams toward the dark sides which will make them go opposite each other. It will make your block flatter (no big lump in the center) and it makes a cute little pinwheel in the center 😊 The block should be 8 ½” unfinished.













  All done...

Here is my little apology for not getting this done sooner. I was surprised with the new Tilda collection coming 2 weeks early. So I have been frantically cutting 900 yards of fabric (seriously 900!!) anyway... it is here now.

Stop back by tomorrow for a peek at my Quilter's Planner block and the new Quilter's Planner Stickers for March.

See Ya Then!

Love,
Julie

Monday, February 5, 2018

Stickers in use...

Hey Everyone.

I finally got back on the planner wagon and thought I would show you my February Quilter's Planner stickers in use.

 I made them diverse and I left a few for you to color yourself so you can give them your hair color and skintone if you want.
 I have to admit I loved making the Valentine-ish pink and reds... so fun.

Lemontree fabric is arriving on Wednesday( but the accessories are not arriving until the 15th) so I am going to be super busy for the next couple weeks but I will get the tutorial for the next Block for the Beginnings QAL up this week. I hadn't  said how often I am posting but I am thinking 2 blocks a month. It won't be less than that :)

Hugs,
Julie

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Harlequin Hearts Bunting Free Tutorial Using the Cricut Maker




 Links in this post may be affiliate links. All opinions are my own.

Hey Everyone,

I hope you have been having an amazing January. It is almost time for Galentines day so I thought I would make this for you my favorite Gals and Guys... I am still loving my Cricut Maker, as a matter of fact I no longer want to cut fabric any other way. It is so nice to just let it cut while I do something else I never take the machine off my table anymore. If I need to cut yardage for the shop I just scoot it to the side. I made this video to show how easy it is to cut squares and rectangles and mark half square triangles in the Design Space software hope you enjoy... then you can get on to making the project. All of the cutting is set up for you if you have the Maker but I put in the regular cutting instructions too. This post is part of a blog hop to showcase the Maker please see the end of the post for a list of other bloggers to visit.



(Printable PDF)
Fabric:

2 – Fat Quarters light fabrics (represented by the text fabrics in my example)
2 – Pink or Red Fabrics one Fat Quarter each (Heart fabrics)
2 – Pink or Red Fabrics 7” square each (Harlequin)
3 – Aqua Teal Fabrics 7” square each (Backgrounds)
1/3 yd of backing fabric
1/3 yd for tie

Or
Scraps of your favorite colors (there are coloring sheets at the end of the tutorial PDF)

Here is the link to the cutting files on Cricut Design Space to utilize these you will need the Cricut Maker (click the image to a link for the product)
Cricut Maker Machine 
with a Rotary Blade and the washable fabric pen.

When cutting the light colored fabrics make sure to place on mat with wrong side facing up so the pen can mark the back of the fabric.
Here is a picture of my maker cutting the fabric with my cell phone... I love that there is a ledge to hold your tech device.


Cutting (for those without the Maker)

From the Light Fabrics:
10 – 2 ¾” by 4” rectangles
            Subcut 5 diagonally from right to left, and 5 diagonally from left to right
8 – 1 ½” squares
8 – 1” squares

From Each Heart Fabric
2 – 2 ¾” by 4” Rectangles
            Subcut Diagonally from one color left to right, from the second color from   
            right to left
4 – 2 ½” by 3 ½” rectangles

From each Pink and Red Fabric 7”
2 – 2 ¾ by 4” Rectangles
            Subcut from bottom left to top right diagonally

From each Aqua Teal Fabric 7”
2 – 2 3/4” by 4” rectangles
            Subcut all but one from bottom right to top left, the last one cut diagonally
           from bottom left to top right

From Backing Fabric
8 – 4 ½” by 6 ½” rectangles

From Tie fabric
2 – 2 ½” by Width of Fabric strips

Mark:

Mark a diagonal line on the back of each of the 1 ½” and 1” light colored squares

**All seams are ¼” unless otherwise noted



Instructions:
1.     Layout each of your heart blocks in stacks so that you can chain piece them as pictured. With the 2 ½” by 3 ½” rectangles on top and diagonal pieces on bottom.


2.      On each top piece of the heart place your light colored 1 ½” and 1” squares with right sides together as shown.


3.      Sew on the lines.


4.      Trim the corners and press toward the darker fabric.

5.      Sew the diagonal pieces together by placing them right sides together and offsetting the corners by ¼”. Press toward the darker fabric. Trim to 2 ½” by 3 ½”.


6.      Piece the 4 rectangles together to form the heart blocks (4 ½” by 6 ½”).


7.      Layout your harlequin blocks in stacks so that you can chain piece them. Piece them the same way you did in step 5.



8.      Trim to 2 ½” by 3 ½”



9.      Piece the four rectangles together to form your blocks.



10.  Place each block right sides together with a backing rectangle.


11.  Sew from top left down the left side across the bottom and up the right side pivoting at corners and back stitching at each end, as indicated by the red lines in this photo.


12.  Trim bottom corners diagonally to reduce bulk.


13.  Turn out with a turning tool of some kind… I used the scoring tool from my Cricut. Press well.



Phew! It’s all downhill from here!! I do not know why I get such a kick out of watching this but I do... the Maker cutting the tie fabric for the bunting...



14.  Piece the ends of your ties together. Offsetting the diagonals as you did with the blocks. Fold the strips in half long way and press. Then fold in each side to meet at the pressed line.



15.  Fold once again at the center and press.



16.  Fold the ends at a 45 degree angle to make a neat edge. Press Well.


17.  Find the center of the tie and pin a harlequin block there between the two folded edges of the tie.


18.  Measure to each side approximately 2” and place a heart block.


19.  Repeat alternating the harlequins and the hearts. I used 7 of my 8 blocks so that there would be a center.



20.  Top Stitch close to the edge of the tie catching in the blocks and making sure to catch the back edge of the tie. Back stitch at each end.  Just go slow 😊


Ta Da! You are done.



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