Monday, September 23, 2013

Jack-O-Lantern Fun

It all started with this magazine.  
American Patchwork & Quilting Oct 2013.
I love pumpkins and Jack-o-Lanterns to begin with, so this was the perfect project for me.
I decided to make a table runner instead of a quilt.  
I went through my stash and pulled out a bunch of oranges
Cut them into a variety of widths and started sewing my log cabin blocks
 Each block was a different size and shape
 To make them all the same size, I added black borders.
Using my 16 1/2 square I wonky cut them to all be 14 1/2" square
Sewed them all together and fused the faces on to make a fun Halloween table runner
Now to decorate for of my favorite holidays!!!!
Happy Sewing

Friday, September 20, 2013

No Sew Table Runner

Have you noticed how popular Burlap is getting??  I have, so I thought I would play with some. 
Here's a quick and simple "No Sew Table Runner"
First you need some burlap, I bought 2 yards
3 yards of cream lace
1 spool of Steam-A-Seam 2 double stick fusible web 1/4" x 40 yards
  This table runner is going to be 12" x 50".  Burlap comes 50" wide so it's perfect
 To straighten the edge of your burlap, grab hold of a thread about 1" from the edge and start to pull.
This will gather up the burlap and you will need to work the thread and pull it all the way out,
 from selvage to selvage.  
 This is what it looks like.  Now you have a clear "line" to cut on.
 Cut all the way across
You now have a nice straight edge on one side of your table runner.
From our straighten edge that we just cut, measure over 12".  
Pull that thread out from selvage to selvage.
 Now cut on that "line".
Your table runner is now ready to be embellished.
 Carefully hand press the Steam-A-Seam 1/4" double sided fusible web
 to the wrong side if the lace edge.
Hand press the lace/fusible web to the long edge of your table runner.  
With a warm iron, press in place.
  Repeat on both long edges of your runner.
 There you are!!  No Sew Table Runner
Now for some tips.
1.  Make sure you "PRESS" not iron.  Lots of straight down, press, and then straight up.
If you move your iron around, 
you will curl up the edges of your lace.
 2.  If your iron is too hot, you will melt your lace.  Yeah, not fun :(
(good thing I bought extra lace.)
3.  Clean your iron when you are done.  The fusible web will leave a residue.
You don't want to find that out after you are working on a quilt.
What do you think?  Quick and easy right?!!  Make it with lace or without.
Let's see what I come up with next.  Until then, 
Happy Sewing!!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Everything Blue

Welcome Blog Hoppers to Everything Blue!!!!  Thanks for joining in the fun.  
Wow!!! There have been some great blocks so far!!
Wonderful inspiration to see and it's making my want-to-do list that much longer.
I love the quilting world!! Lots of amazing quilters out there.
  So without further ado.....  Here are the blocks that I made.  Simple and easy 
 I decided to stick with a traditional block and 
use only two fabrics here.
But, I  had enough fabric to make a second block and 
couldn't resist doing a little fusible applique. :)  Plus I love flowers!
The fun thing about this block hop is all the talented quilters involved and the variety of blocks that we get to see!  All the blocks from Everything Blue block hop will be made into quilts by the Clothworks staff and donated to a local charity.   Do you want to play too???  See the details here and submit your blocks. 
There's still a few days left so don't miss out on the fun!
Happy sewing!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Springtime in the Rockies Winner

The winner for this fun book is
Thanks to those who took the time to comment.
Sorry, I'm a couple days late with is just flying by.
I hope everyone had a great long weekend!
Coming up next is what I did over the weekend so stop by and see

Mischelle - email me your shipping address so I can mail your book out.
Happy Sewing!