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Wish You Were Here - Free Quilt Tutorial with Cricut Maker

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
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Hey Everyone,

I am back with a new Cricut Sewing Project. You all know I love my Cricut Maker and it's handy dandy rotary blade. I have always wanted to make a Hawaiian applique quilt but the thought of cutting out that applique gave me the chills. My Cricut Maker made it so easy I was able to finish this quilt top in just a few hours.


The designs scallops reminded me of postage stamps so I called it Wish You Were Here, like a postcard from Hawaii :)

I picked a Quilt Kit From Cricut's Designer Fabric to make the quilt. Here it is with my handy dandy maker.
Here is the maker cutting out one of the applique pieces.

I never get tired of watching the magic happen.

Wish You Were Here Quilt

42" Square


Find the cutting file on Cricut's Design Space here.

Cutting
9 - 10 ½” squares background for blocks (yellow and grey)
9 - 10 ½” squares for applique cutting (yellow and grey)
16 – 3 ½” squares sashing cornerstones (grey)
24 – 3 ½” by 10 ½” rectangles sashing (white)
Binding and Backing

Instructions
1. Apply your applique squares to your cutting mat for your Cricut with the right side of the fabric down.  Use the design located here to cut your applique pieces.


2. Remove the waste pieces from your mat leaving the applique piece still attached to your mat. Apply Elmer’s Washable school glue to the back side of your applique. Here is a live video I did on Facebook of this part of the process if you want to watch.


3. Carefully remove your applique from the mat to keep the fraying to a minimum. And apply the applique to a background square. Do each block one at a time so that the glue doesn’t have time to dry completely before you apply the applique to the background.


4. You can help to set it by using an iron and pressing for a few seconds. The glue will not hold the applique on permanently, but it will make it easier for you to move the applique blocks to your machine and temporarily hold it while you machine applique the pieces down. I use my Easypress2 to press it I like the even coverage of the totally flat pressing plate.



5. Machine applique with a matching thread and either a blanket stitch (mine is shown, number 7) or a zig zag stitch. Here is a video about raw edge applique:




6. Sew 4 rows of cornerstones and sashing together in the order shown. Press toward the cornerstones.


7. Sew 3 rows of blocks and sashing together in the order shown. Press toward the blocks.



8. Sew the sashing rows and the block rows together to form the quilt.

Winner Winner!

Saturday, December 29, 2018
Hey Everyone,

I am sorry I didn't pop on on Thursday with the thread winner. My husband is out of town so I always get behind the eight ball when that happens. Let's give this box away. Signature Cotton Quilting Thread.


I used Random number generator to pick the winner.

Number 50 is:

I like to use grey, it's neutral & so nice a color too! Thank you, Susan

You will be hearing from me in a moment, Susan! 

And everyone else... you will be hearing from me this week sometime too :)

Love,

A little something extra for Christmas

Sunday, December 23, 2018
Hey Everyone,

I made one more set of stickers for you. I am on a mission to use up what I have. So in that spirit I decided to re-purpose the unused weeks in my 2018 planner, because I was a sporadic planner and I have a million planners that I like to switch back and forth in.

I made this page of stickers to cover the one or two things that I put on my dailies and cover the month on the top left of the page. Then I use the day covers to change the days (you can find those in the December Download) and dates. I made two sets of numbers so you can change your monthly page too if you want to. I wasn't planning on sharing this so I didn't care that the numbers were out of order so I hope it doesn't bother you either :)

Here is what it looks like all mixed with the rest of January's stickers to make last May into this January... May had the same days and dates so it worked out nicely. I am not showing every page but this gives you an idea...


Hope you enjoy!

Love.

Who needs a little thread in their stocking?

Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Hi Everyone,

G├╝termann thread makes Signiture Cotton Quilting Thread and they asked me to tell you about this pretty little box of thread that is available for a special price, 20% off, for the holidays at Joann stores.

It is twelve 700 yard spools. Signature cotton thread is 40 weight, 100% extra long staple, 3-ply mercerized Egyptian cotton. This gives it strength and softness with low lint.

I am not getting paid to post about it but they did give me a sweet little 6 pack box of the same thread in all the best neutral colors to give away to you.

So if you would like to win this box of thread. Please leave a comment below telling me what your favorite color of thread is and why. I will draw a winner next Thursday from the comments.

I will start... my favorite color is dove grey because it matches everything :)

Hope you are having a lovely Holiday Season.

Love,

New Quilter's Planner Stickers for January '19

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Hey Everyone!

[Quilter's Planner link is an affiliate link. No extra cost to you just helps me pay for sticker paper :)] 

Can't believe I started this a year ago. Have you gotten your new Quilter's Planner yet? It is about time to start planning for next year. I missed a couple months of making stickers while I was dealing with health stuff but it  was never far from my mind. I hope you like blue and aqua and stark contrasts ... and I apologize to the southern hemisphere but January is all about the Winter. I do have sunny summer /spring stickers available on the sticker page though so at least you can sub those in right about now.

Free Stickers to Use in your Quilter's Planner to beautify and help you get the most out this useful tool. Click through to grab it.


Here are pre-view pics of the sheets in this months kit...

Free Stickers to Use in your Quilter's Planner to beautify and help you get the most out this useful tool. Click through to grab it.

Free Stickers to Use in your Quilter's Planner to beautify and help you get the most out this useful tool. Click through to grab it.

Free Stickers to Use in your Quilter's Planner to beautify and help you get the most out this useful tool. Click through to grab it.
Free Stickers to Use in your Quilter's Planner to beautify and help you get the most out this useful tool. Click through to grab it.

This month I added a bonus page I did sweet little ladies with pet foxes in lots of diverse colors as well as some fun playful stickers for decorating. I hope you find one that you love.
Free Stickers to Use in your Quilter's Planner to beautify and help you get the most out this useful tool. Click through to grab it.

I have a giveaway for you tomorrow so stay tuned.

Love,

12 Days of Cricut

Monday, December 3, 2018
Hey Everyone,

Public Service Announcement. Cricut is having 12 Days of Sales including up to 80% off all of their new materials. It is pretty awesome. I used the Bejeweled Sampler Iron on Foil for my ornaments I shared a few weeks ago. You can find the sale here(affiliate link)


New Quilter's Planner Stickers for December

Saturday, November 24, 2018
Hi Everyone,

I made new fun stickers for December. If you prefer non Christmas stickers you can use the Winter Stickers from January of this year. This time I made day changer stickers too, for those of use that prefer Monday starts on the week (my personal favorite) as well. These stickers will cover the day labels in the planner. I made every color of the rainbow and you can reprint your favorites :) Here is the link to download the zip file with all of the files in it. I have made two versions of two of the pages so you can pick your favorite girls...









Hope you love them!


Love,

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