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Mother’s Day Project

May 13th 2014

I have finally been able to join Amanda, Susie and Amy on this Across the Pond Sew Along adventure! It’s about time!

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Check out all the projects they’ve covered on their flickr group, . Their themes range from totes, zipper pouches, apple projects, cooking cozies, anything and everything you can think of. Come on join us, you know you want to…

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This month their selected project is a glass case (reading or sunglasses) I thought this was just the perfect little thing to whip up for the SIster-Mothers I was hosting this past Mother’s Day.

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 The Patchsmith made hers this way with the shape of glasses, so fun!

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The tutorial for the case can be found here  at the Polka Dot Chair Blog. The cool shades applique pattern can be found  here,  That Amanda is always giving something away! She is so generous and artistic check out her patterns here!

Here are mine, they were a great “quickie” project for my Marmalade scraps!

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I love making quilty gifts!

Skinny Pinny Swap!

February 24th 2014

Oh no! It’s in the mail!!! I was so excited to be a part of this Skinny Pinny Swap. Oh, what is a Skinny Pinny Swap you ask?  Well, thankfully it has nothing to do with a diet!  Amy from Amy Made That!  is hosting this pin cushion swap. She talked all about it over here,  They are supposed to be in the mail by Feb. 28. So I hurried up and mailed mine without taking a picture!

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Here is the first draft I made just to practice. I hate pillow seams, I mean closing seams because it’s hard to make them invisible or unnoticeable. Then my squares started coming undone because I snipped the thread to close. See why I need a “practice” one? Not to mention that I got all fancy like trying to use leftover squares and scraps to give it more personality.

I did follow the pattern for the one I swapped (using similar fabrics) and I added a little bonus in the package for the recipient. (Hope you like it Catherine!)

Take a look at the adorable skinny pinny Amy has created, and look here to see the innovations this skinny pinny has.

These are just so cute, you’ll have to run out and make a few of your own with those pretty scraps you been wanting to “clean” up.

And just for fun, because you never have enough pin cushions, she made these Itty bitty witty log cabins.

Get the play by play of those here and see where the inspiration comes from!  Great job Amy. I can’t wait to get my Skinny Pinny!

Scrappy Kisses

February 4th 2014

Welcome to day four of the Valentine tutorials here at Summercrafter.

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Who doesn’t love chocolate on Valentine’s Day?

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This is really the only day we can eat it “guilt free” since it was a gift, right?  Well, chocolate was the inspiration for this little project. Chocolate Kisses that is!  I started with this little template I drew out and let my thoughts simmer for a few days.

I was thinking about something along these lines, even though it’s a curvy sort of candy, but I really did not want to bother with applique, More thought simmering…

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The subconscious always sorts it out for me.  I came up with some cute units that make this kiss a scrappy work of art!  You just need some half square triangles (HSTs)  some corner units and the rest is just patchwork!

This runner has three 12 inch blocks. I did 3 different colors so for each color or “kiss” you will need the following pieces: READ don’t just go by the picture : )

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26- 2 1/2 inch (color) squares

Five- 2 1/2 inch neutral/white squares

Two-3 inch squares (each color/newutral)  for HSTs

1 each (color/neutral) 2 inch squares for smaller HSTs

One-1 1/2 x 2 1/2 rectangle

One- 1/1/2 x 1 1/2  inch color square

Three- 1 1/2  x 1 1/2 inch neutral squares

One- 2 1/2 by WOF strip for top sashing

Three- 2 1/2 by WOF strips for binding

Backing and batting fabric 20″  by 42″

Six- 6-8 inch pieces of light blue ribbon

First make your HSTs using the 3 inch squares. With right sides together, draw a diagonal line on the lighter fabric.

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Sew 1/4 each on either side of the line, trim on the line and press to darker side.

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Trim your HST to 2 1/2 inches, line up the seam with your mat.

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Now make your corner units by adding a small white square to a 2 1/2″ colored square (3 per block), any corner will do and add the small colored square (1 per block) to a white 2 1/2″ square.

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Sew the smaller HSTs together and then to the rectangle as pictured above.

Lay out your pieces, oops there’s a row missing!

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That’s better! Sew row by row pressing the rows alternately.

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Adding the “tags” is optional since it’s bit tedious. You’ll have to open the seams as indicated by the arrows and insert the ribbon and sew it closed very carefully.

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Once the seam is closed straight stitch or zig-zag right over the ribbon until you get to the end. You can quilt over it later.

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Once your top is done, assemble your quilt sandwich with top, batting and backing. With light blue thread, “quilt” a word or phrase between the ribbons.

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Then quilt the rest as desired and bind.  If you need a paper pattern you can click on Scrappy Kisses Runner. It’s FREE until Feb. 14th, then it will go into for sale at my Craftsy shop called Summercrafter.

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I think a cross hatch quilting pattern would have been perfect but it proved cumbersome for me with the tags in the way, so I stipple quilted instead.

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I used a “Littlest Pet Shop” with hearts fabric on the back, which my daughter enjoys.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES Please remember to post your projects over on the FlickR page. Thanks for stopping by I have another tutorial tomorrow, see you then!