Tuesday, October 17, 2017

BU Quilt Along Week 6

We're getting closer to being able to put our blocks together. This week we are adding triangles to the Half-Square triangles we made last week.

We are using the last black 2 7/8" squares. If you haven't already, cut them once on the diagonal.

Watch placement of the half-square triangle and the black triangle. Sew carefully without stretching. 

Note that I stitched with the half-square triangle on the bottom, this is because the seam allowance on the half square triangle is pressed that way. Now I don't have to worry about my seam allowance getting bunched up or folded over while I stitch.

Press carefully towards the black, again making sure not to stretch.

Line up the second black triangle, note position, and repeat.

This time I stitched with the half-square triangle on top, again making sure my seam allowance won't get folded or bunched up.

Make 120 of these units. 

Next, we are using the white and teal 4 7/8" squares. If you haven't already, cut once on the diagonal.

Lining up your pieces as shown, sew with the pieced triangle on top, so you can keep your point. I pin both corners and the middle to keep the fabric from stretching and moving.

Sew carefully, this part of the unit has biased edges, which means they will stretch. Just go slow, don't pull, and it will work. Press carefully towards the white/teal triangle. You should have 120 units, 60 with white triangles and 60 with teal.

Next week we will be ready to assemble our blocks! Do you have your batting and backing for your Here A Square, There a Square quilt? We will be sandwiching and quilting November 14th!

Share your progress with us in the Quilt and Learn with Pattern By Jen group on Facebook.

Happy Stitching!

Beginners Unite Quilt Along

October 3 - Flying Geese week 2 
October 10 - Half Square Triangles
October 17 - Corner Units ~ You are here
October 24 - Block Assembly
October 31 - Top Assembly
November 7 - Add borders
November 14 - Quilting and Binding

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Sew Much Fun Halloween Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop on the Sew Much Fun Halloween Blog Hop hosted by Jen of Faith and Fabric Designs.

I'm going to share a tutorial for Ghostly Oven Mitts, but with a trick, or maybe a treat, thrown in, because we're going to make them reversible.

Supplies needed for TWO oven mitts:

This template (1/2" inch seam allowance included)
Top of Glove
Bottom of Glove
3/8 yard black fabric
3/8 yard white fabric
1 yard lining fabric
Scraps of pink and yellow fabrics
Threads: White, black, pink and yellow
Scraps of fusible web, like Wonder Under®
1 yard Insul-bright

**I recommend washing your fabrics before making these because, if you are like me, they WILL need to be laundered.**


Print out 1 copy of the template, making sure the "Actual Size" button is checked.

Check the 1" square to make sure it's printed correctly.

Line up the edge of the paper along the dotted line and tape.


Trace the template twice on the black and white fabric, making sure to get mirror images of each. To do this you can trace once and flip the template and repeat, or simply keep your fabric wrong sides together, and cut.

You can also use weights and cut around the template with your rotary cutter. Here I have my black fabric folded wrong sides together, so I will get two cuts, mirrored images.

Repeat to have four Insul-Bright and four lining pieces.

Trace and cut out eyes for the ghost and the kitty, as well as a little pink for the kitty's nose and ears. I used a scrap of Wonder Under and squeezed in all my pieces on that. Apply the Wonder Under® to your color choices and cut out.

Cut two strips of white 2" x 10" and two strips of black 2" x 10" for binding.
Cut two strips of either color 2" x 5" for a hanging piece.


First layer your pieces lining right side down, Insul-bright, white right side up. Note, your second white mitt will face the opposite direction.

Do the same with the black. Note, your second black mitt will face the opposite direction.

I didn't want to have to measure or draw lines, so I purposely quilted them at different widths.

Prepare your binding:

Fold in half lengthwise and press.

Open up, fold outside edge to the middle fold and press. Repeat with other side.

Now fold once more and press again.
Repeat for all four binding pieces and your hanging pieces.

Line up the bottom of the glove inside the pressed binding. You should have extra on either end, so just make sure it's in nice and snug.

If you are like me, pin!

Top stitch, making sure you are catching the backside as well.

Trim the excess off each side. Repeat for the 2nd white glove piece and both black glove pieces.

I hadn't trimmed the excess on this one yet, just ignore that.

Add the hanging tag to the white glove. Note position, the fold is facing in towards the right side of the glove and it's opposite of the thumb.

After quilting I added the faces. Remove the paper and add the eyes, nose and ears to the kitty and the eyes to the ghost.

Stitch down. I just stitch around the pieces, just inside the edge. Use your favorite applique stitch.

I used dark grey to stitch an outline of the kitty's ears, mouth and whiskers, but you can skip this if you like.

As shown above you will match one ghost with one kitty, the thumbs should be opposite.

Turn the kitty over and match it up with the ghost. Stitch all the away around, leaving the bottom (binding) open.

 Trim seam to 1/4" all the way around, clip the inside of the thumb. Flip right side out.

Now go bake some scarily good cookies! 
Happy Stitching!

If you are new to my blog you may like to check out the Muggamo series where you get a free mug rug pattern on the first of each month.

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Sew Much Fun Blog Hop

Jen of Faith and Fabric
Bernie of Needle and Foot
Audrey of The Cloth Parcel
Anita of Daydreams of Quilts
Laura of Slice of Pi
Miranda of I Have Purple Hair
Tisha of Quilt Therapy
Suzy of Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Eleri of Sew and Tell Project

Friday, October 13, 2017

September 2017 finishes

September was a busy month, but with not a lot to show for finishes.

As always we started off the month with a Muggamo pattern. In all honesty, September's is not my favorite, but I keep hoping to make it up in another colorway, and I think that will really help.

Sticking with that yellow pencil colorway, I made a pencil. 

This was for the In My Neighborhood Row a Month, head over and check out all of the rows so far.

That's it for finishes! Yikes! There was a lot of behind the scenes kind of work using Christa Watson's new line Modern Marks, available in November, I will hopefully be showing you that in the next few weeks. 

I have also received The Border Quilt back from the quilter, and that pattern will be released in the next few weeks as well. Yay!!

If you are looking for something to do you can still join in the Beginners Unite Quilt Along. Join the fun and then share your progress in the Quilt and Learn with Patterns By Jen Facebook page. Here's to more finishes in October!

Happy Stitching!

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

BU Quilt Along Week 5

Who is ready to make Half-Square Triangles with me?!

I love a good HST (half-square triangle) and while some don't particularly like to make them, I have found I enjoy them more when they are squared up perfectly. I go over making perfect half-square triangles HERE.

For the Here A Square, There A Square pattern we are going to use our white and grey 3" squares. For me this is the Shimmer 2 and Shimmer Lawn from Monaluna.

On the wrong side of the white squares mark the diagonal.

Matching a white and grey right sides together, stitch 1/4" from the marked line.

Rotate and stitch 1/4" on the other side of the marked line.

This is a great time to use the chain piecing technique.

Cut on the line.

Press towards the grey.

Square your HST.

I love my Tucker Trimmer® from Deb Tucker's Studio 180 Design. You can now find it in my shop!!

Repeat until you have 120 HST. This is the first part of our corner units. Next week we will be adding the triangles to either side of our HST units.

Happy Stitching!

Beginners Unite Quilt Along

October 3 - Flying Geese week 2 
October 10 - Half Square Triangles ~ You are here
October 17 - Corner Units
October 24 - Block Assembly
October 31 - Top Assembly
November 7 - Add borders
November 14 - Quilting and Binding

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Deb Tucker's Rulers added to the shop!

I'm so excited to add a few rulers from Deb Tucker's Studio 180 Design to my Etsy shop. 

You know I love a good HST unit, and I love how easy the Tucker Trimmer® is to read.

Got wings? Then you need the Wing Clipper® to trim them up!

Softly Circled uses the Corner Beam® ruler. I love making my pieces over sized and then trimming to the perfect size.

Gradient Stars uses the Corner Beam® AND the VBlock Trimmer® to make it's beautiful stars. 

I'm so excited to be able to offer these rulers to you and make it easier to pick up the patterns, and the rulers needed, all at the same time.

Happy Stitching!