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Pop-ups: The Blog Hop

February 9th 2016

Have you made a Pop-up yet? They are so fun! During this blog hop you’ll get to visit various blogs to see all the neat ways you can adapt a Pop-up and get a chance to win some by just leaving a comment.

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First off, let me say how totally practical these things are. They come in three sizes and are great to use in the car for trash, to hold hair clips, craft items, keys, snacks, baby items, the uses are endless. But the best part is that you can make them as pretty as you want. Jo did an introduction of this blog hop yesterday on her blog, check it out here.

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Today I am featuring my Duck Duck Goose pattern,

Duck, Duck, Goose!

and how nicely this large matching Pop-up (using XL spring) goes with it.

Ducky Pop Up

This makes a great Baby Shower gift, you can put the quilt and other baby goodies right in the Pop-up. It can be re-used as a waste basket in a bathroom or a baby’s room or fill it with toys, blankets or toiletries for baby. This Ducky Pop-up features two ducks and the pattern was easy to adapt. The Duck Duck Goose (PDF or paper) pattern is included in one of the giveaways. You can even customize the colors if you want. And who doesn’t love a rubber ducky, right?

For instruction sheet on how to adapt the pattern go here or click below.

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Below is the  Just Keep On Swimming quilt (available in (PDF or paper), it has a great “boy” or “summer” look to it that would complement any boy’s room and any age can be accommodated since this pattern comes with 3 size options. It’s perfect for a nautical or fishing theme.

Just Keep on Swimming, fish quilt
just keep on swimming

This Large sized Pop-up features 3 fish easily adapted from the pattern (PDF or paper) and it was a cinch! This design is great for mixing and matching favorite fabrics. For the inside, I used a fabric covered in little fishes, great for I Spy games too. This would be so cute for a beach home decor for a boy’s room.

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For instruction sheet to adapt the pattern go here. This Pop-up goes with a large sized spring not featured in today’s giveaway but available here.

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To make this Extra large Pop-up, I  adapted my Peppermints pattern and I love how it looks.  It’s a great holiday gift idea, you can fill it with a Pop-corn tin and other festive snacks and just hand it over to your party host or family.

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Of course you can also put a Christmas quilt in it too if you want to, for that special family member or friend.

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For pattern adaptation sheet, go here or click below.

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Other featured Pop-up Partners are:

February 8th: The Patchwork Pearl

February 9th: Me, Summercrafter YOU ARE HERE!

February 10th: Triangle Frenzy

February 11th: Seams like a Dream

February 12th:Custom Quilt Kits

February 13th: Cabin in the Woods

February 14, 15th: Surprise!!

February 16th: On Point Quilter

February 17th: Happy Memories Quilts

February 18th: Poorhouse Quilt Design 

February 19th: Swirly Girl Design

For Blog Hop Headquarters head on over to the Fat Quarter Gypsy’s blog

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There you’ll see who is next on the hop and have a chance at the Grand Prize. All grand Prize entry emails will be shared with 11 designers in the blog hop.

I will be having two giveaways, items shown above, as a bonus I have included my Watercolor Sea Horse pattern (which is NOT Pop-up friendly). All you have to do it leave a comment telling me how you would made and use your Pop-up!

Thanks you all for visiting and commenting and for the drawing….

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Scrappy Christmas Trees

October 10th 2015

Some scraps are just to pretty to toss, some might argue, “what can you do with such a small scrap?” Well today, I am going to show you how to make a scrappy Christmas tree.

Scrappy Christmas tree sachet

You can make it into a sachet, a pillow to hang on a door knob or an ornament. So gather your scraps, here we go!

As I sew, I like to tuck my tiniest scraps, greater than an inch, into labeled baggies so I know what line it is. The larger scraps are cut into certain sizes, but that’s for another day.

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Here I have my designer scraps and some left over neutral strips.
Arrange your scraps smallest to largest like a wedding cake. 🙂

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Center the smaller piece with the larger piece, eyeball it.

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Sew the pieces together using 1/4 inch seam.

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Cut your “cakes” into triangles, no special rulers needed! Center your cake on the cutting mat so there is a line down the center of the block.

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Cut from the center line diagonally to the corner of the last piece.

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Align your trees along a neutral strip, leaving at least 1 inch above and below ends of the triangle.

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Press, repeat on the other side. Scrappy Christmas tree 9a (2)

To trim your blocks, cut down the widest point where top and bottom strips align. A minimum of 1/4 inch is ideal but not necessary.

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See below how this “fat” tree has no extra 1/4 inch. (It will be okay!)

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Once sides are trimmed, trim the bottom of the tree.

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Aren’t they festive?

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Make trunk units. Trunk unit is a 1 1/2 inch square. Add neutral scrap to either side guess-timating the size of your block.

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I did it slightly bigger and trimmed.

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After trimming, add stabilizer, either Shape Flex, interfacing or whatever else may be at hand. Sometimes it’s just a neutral piece of fabric (I like an extra layer between when I am using the Balsam Fir)

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Follow instructions suggested by package instructions for whatever stabilizer you are using. Trim as desired. When trimming I leave about 1/2 inch from the top of the tree so when it’s stuffed, the shape is not lost.

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Cut a pretty backing piece and a neutral piece (or more stabilizer) about 1/4 inch larger than the front. In case you are worried about the tree on the right being imperfect, don’t. 🙂

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If you want to add any embellishments, do it before stitching the layers together. I added beads in the same color as the fabric for a little subtle bling-y effect.

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To assemble your tree, pin a ribbon in the center of the tree for hanging later.

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With right sides together, pin everything in place, aligning the bottom.

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Leaving a 2 inch opening, start sewing (back stitch to secure) with 1/4 inch seam (from front fabric not backing) all the way to the other side, DON”T STOP AT CORNER AND TURN YOUR SQUARE. I used the method for making corners suggested by Sew Mama Sew in this video. Sew all the way to the the end of fabric.

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Remove from machine and trim off the excess. Fold the sewn seam at stitching and start your next stitch there, back stitching a little to secure.

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When all sides are done and you back stitched at the opening, turn and press. Push out corners with something with a point. I used a wooden skewer.

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You can fill with Balsam Fir, available here (or other scenty substance) or poly-fil.

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When using the Balsam Fir, I finish off the last bit of filling with some poly-fil for a clean finish.

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Hand stitch the bottom closed.

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If you rather not stuff, use batting instead of stabilizer between front and  back. Quilt the top decoratively if you are turning it out or quilt as a sandwich if you will or finish it off with binding like a quilt.

Sew Together Bag

August 10th 2015

One of the best parts of making any project is the fabric selecting.This project was no exception, with all its pocket options, it was days before I had made up my mind and coordinated the zippers.

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Did I mention this bag has 4 zippers? Well, needless to say, I needed a good assortment to choose from. Picked these out from Zipit on Etsy.com, she even has a “Sew Together Bag” option so you can get the zippers you need for this bag, cool huh?

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I decided to go with one of my favorite Bonnie and Camille hoards fabric treasures, Marmalade, and some other assorted B&C scraps.

STB pockets

I had an extra zipper floating around right up until sewing time. (Can you tell which one got cut?)

sew together bag pockets

For the outside of the bag, I used some aqua Vintage Modern and Scrumptious strips which were the perfect complement to the red Bliss I used for the binding.

sew together bag exterior

The pattern includes instructions for needle landing and pin cushion for your bag but they can be easily omitted if you want to use the bag for make-up or another non-sewing purpose.

Sew together bag side panels

I know it may look intimidating.  Some of you may be zippophobes: have fear of zippers, as I used to be. With a little persistence, it really does turn out just fine. And when you are done, looking at it alone is satisfying enough, it’s so pretty. I am not sure I want to cover up the fabric putting things in it!

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And look how much prettier it gets when you open up the zippers!

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The vertical scrappy stripes for the exterior were perfect because when I trimmed, nothing looked skewed or uneven and it was way bigger than I had anticipated.

sew together bag finished

This Sew Together Bag by Sew Demented  is such a fun bag to make. (Don’t be fooled by impostors.) Once I saw them all over Instagram, I had to give it a try. You can buy the pattern here, and please do. 🙂 For more Sew Together Fun, Occasional Piece Quilt, has conjured up a way to make a mini version (but you need the original pattern to do it.) Come on give it a try, it’s not as hard as it looks!

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I am already planning my next one!

What I have been up to…

July 31st 2015

I know that I haven’t been blogging much lately and what I have posted has been mostly fleeting thoughts just to say “hey!”  If you have been by at all then you know that I have finally published pattern designs which has kept me quite busy sewing.

Aloha girl

Using Aloha Girl fabric by Fig Tree and Co by Joanna Figueroa for a new pattern.

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Photographing, which is WAAAY harder than it looks.

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Folding and stacking

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and stuffing patterns.

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The good news is Checker Distributors has picked up my patterns, they have been found all the way in Iowa!

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And there has been a lot of Instagramming. It seems there is a huge quilting community there which I love! Most of my online sales have been from Insta-peeps and I appreciate that so much. The encouragement, stories, de-stash sales and general support is wonderful! So I have been more active posting over there, you can follow me here. (elaine.summercrafter)

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I have also joined several swaps (crazy I know) there is the Home Sweet Home Mini Swap (#homesweethomemini) where we make something “housy.”

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The Beach Bound MQS (#beachboundmqs) which was a no brainer, right?

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I made my first Dresden as the sun. (More on that in a future post.)

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And another “no brainer” of course, was the Christmas Swap and there are two. The Most Wonderful time of the Year 2015 (#themostwonderfultimeoftheyear2015) and a Christmas Craft Swap 2015 (#christmascraftswap2015).

Swaps are great because  they are good “down” projects to get your mind off of “work” related items. and sewing for fun. Swaps are also a good opportunity for making “quilty and crafty” friends since I don’t have any in person. On Instagram, I am not a “follower” collector, I prefer meeting and greeting authentic, genuine  people who love to quilt and craft and share their creations via IG. This commonality is important to me for general camaraderie and friendly support and encouragement. It really helps me connect with people who understand me and my love for quilting and vise versa.

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Another recent surprise I had was an invitation from Pat Sloan to be on her American Patchwork and Quilting podcast (click on link to hear some interviews).  Yep, I’m still pinching myself on that one. My interview will be sometime in September so I’ll keep you posted.

With Pat Sloan at Fall Quilt Market 2014

With Pat Sloan at Fall Quilt Market 2014

 I had reached out to her on one of her blogs regarding the quilting business some time last year (?)  and she was so gracious to answer all my questions via email and she gave me some great tips. I also had the pleasure of meeting her at Quilt Market 2014. She is generous and sweet, I have found that to be a common thread among quilters I meet.

Hoping to get back to some tutorials as I finish up some of those swaps and share them right here on the blog. Thanks for stopping by.

Vacation 2015 Part 1

July 2nd 2015

I look forward to this vacation every year

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and it seems that just like that it was over.   Sigh….

 But it was a productive trip, that’s for sure! Once I arrived, the first thing I did was to set up my sewing corner.

vacation sewing spot

This year I decided to start the Swoon quilt (for me) in three colors (Swoon Sixteen) with my Scrumptious fabric by Bonnie and Camille. It took me the first two days just to select and cut the fabric. I love this part!

scrumptious fabric selection

I got a new hat, I love the beach but the sun is potent, so hats, umbrellas and sunscreen are a must! Not my best picture but you can see how I feel in my HAPPY place!

the red hat

Although I did do a little jig whenever I finished one of these, I didn’t just go to sew.

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I also read and enjoyed the sound of the waves. (Instagram has it’s advantages)

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Of course one of my favorite parts is just walking along the beach

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and see the sun set.

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I was glad that my printed patterns arrived just before we left for this trip.

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I made sure to bring some along to visit some local quilt shops.

Rainbow’s End Quilt Shoppe in Dunedin Florida was a new stop for me. It’s the biggest quilt shop in Florida I hear. It had three cutting tables and a back room filled with Christmas fabric. Go ahead gasp!!!  I grabbed some, of course, as extras for my Instagram Christmas Swaps. They had full lines, lines you can’t find online and tons of Riley Blake and the floor sorted by color. I’ll definitely be back.

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I also visited my usual stop at Country Quilts and Bears which is always buzzing with classes and I came home with a stack of FQs. I also stopped by Happy Apple Quilts and Crafty Threads where I picked up a little something for my #BeachBound Swap.

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Visiting those shops provided a great opportunity to get some on my designs and it was very encouraging.

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On the next post: Quilt National, souvenirs and two more Swoons.