Category Archives: Projects

Winterville


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Have you seen “Winterville“? It is a lovely winter village quilt designed by Camille Rosekelley of Thimbleblossoms. The quilt finishes at 78 inches square which is a nice large wall hanging, beautiful table topper or decent size sofa quilt. The quilt features the fabric collection “Vintage Holiday” by Bonnie & Camille for Moda and has been a pretty popular item all over social media. Take a look.Winterville 5427QK_2_z

If you want to use your stash and just need the pattern we have that too. Click on the image below to find it on the website.Winterville_cover_small

Sew and Tell….Minecraft Pillow


Minecraft Pillow

Anyone know a Minecraft fan out there? Here is a great project to whip up as a gift or even better introduce patchwork sewing to child. This Minecraft Creeper pillow is simple, fairly quick and useful.

This pillow was created by my 10 year old son David, with the exception of cutting the squares. I will give simple instructions on how you can make one too!

You will need
4 to 6 – 2″ strips of green fabric
1 – 2″ strip black fabric
.50 approximately of 2″ Quilter’s Grid (8 -10 square grid)Minecraft Pillow 1 cut squares

To start select four to six green solid fabrics and a solid black.  I mixed up Kona Cottons and Bella Solids.  You won’t need much, only ten or fifteen centimetre strips of each of the green and one strip of black.  Begin by cutting one or two 2″ strips of each green colour, only one 2″ strip of black is necessary. Cut an 8 by 8 inch square on the printed line from your Quilter’s Grid (you could also make in 9×9 or more depending what size pillow you want.

Lay the quilter’s grid out glue/textured side up on a large pressing surface (bigger than your piece of quilter’s grid) or a cutting board where you will have the freedom to transfer your laid out design to your ironing board.

Begin laying your squares out (right side up if you have a printed fabric) onto the rough or textured glue side of the quilter’s grid in the Creeper face pattern. You will later press your squares adhering them to the quilter’s grid foundation.Minecraft Pillow 2 Minecraft Pillow 3a Minecraft Pillow 3

Once you are happy with the arrangement straighten out the squares within the lines as best as you can and give them a quick press. **If you used your cutting mat as the base under your project be sure to slide the grid off onto your ironing board BEFORE you press.** Your squares will now be held lightly in place and keep them from shifting or floating off your grid. You may also make any changes or adjustments at this time. When you are satisfied with how everything looks press all the squares down following the manufacture’s instructions.Minecraft Pillow 5 Minecraft Pillow 7 Minecraft Pillow 8

Next, fold your grid right sides together on the first line of one side (David chose to stitch across the face first) and stitch using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Continue to sew each line until you are finished all the lines in the same direction.Minecraft Pillow 8a Minecraft Pillow 10 Minecraft Pillow 11 Minecraft Pillow 11a

Snip to but not through the grid line between each square so that you are able to fold the seams on the lines in opposite directions.Minecraft Pillow 12

Give the seams a press. Each rows seam should lay in the opposite directions to the one next to it as pictured below.Minecraft Pillow 13

Now fold the first row on the fold line (up and down for this pillow) and stitch. The seam allowances are thicker because of the quilter’s grid so be sure to make sure the intersections are not folding the wrong way while stitching. I showed my son how to use the small screwdriver that came with my sewing machine to hold the seam in place while approaching the seam. Make sure to watch that those sneaky seams on the underside don’t flip the wrong way as well.Minecraft Pillow 13a Minecraft Pillow 14

Once you ‘ve sewn all the seams give your Creeper face a good press.

Now use your favourite method to add a back pocket for your pillow or use it as a block for a wallhanging or quilt! Minecraft Pillow 16 FinishedPS- Davis has asked to sew more pillows of his favourite Minecraft characters :)

 

A Season of Mini’s – Autumn


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Isn’t this one of the cutest Halloween quilts you’ve ever seen? Heather stitched it up using the This & That pattern ‘A Season of Mini’s – Autumn’. This pattern is one of four in a darling series.  You may remember the Summer version Heather made not so long ago, which you can view here.

It is made using traditional piecing with a smidge of fusible applique for the colourful bunting. Because it is only twelve inches square you can dip right into your scrap bin.

I think I would keep this one on display all Autumn long, Halloween just isn’t long enough.

Sew and Tell…Heather’s Mini Quill


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Quill by 3 Sisters for Moda has arrived in the shop. This sums up the collection as described by Moda;

In a world where everything is defined or categorized, 3 Sisters is an exception. Mixing a contemporary color palette with pages taken from old books and vintage floral prints, Quill reflects the sisters’ unique style. Taking the name from the pen used to render the drawings and lines of text, shades of pink and green accent grays, aqua and mauve to create a collection that is as sophisticated and eclectic as the sisters themselves.

A few months ago Heather brought in this little quilt she made when the early precuts arrived in the store. It only took two Moda Mini Charm packs and a bit of Bella Cream fabric (approx. .30m) to make this cutie. It’s a good size to set on a table or fill a smaller space on a wall.Quill Schnibbles 2 Quill Schnibbles detail

Sadly we can longer get the pattern which is Little Bits – Grain by Schnibbles but if you are clever you could probably whip up this little 4 patch or something similar.

We have a select few precuts still available or find the yardage here.
Quill precuts

Dancing With Bats


Dancing with Bats

Linda May showed up to work yesterday with her latest project complete in time for Halloween. Dancing With Bats is the name of the pattern by Dandelion Seed Design.  Linda May was intrigued with the idea of a batik Halloween wall hanging when the pattern came into the shop.

We were all thrilled with the results as it’s different to her typical fun, cute style projects like Home is Where the Haunt Is which she previously made.

This project is fusible applique so it came together fairly quickly. She had fun with the quilting as well replicating bats into the design.  Have a look.Dancing with Bats quilting Dancing with Bats 2