Monthly Archives: September 2011

i heart mail!!!

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I got the new issue of Quilting Arts in the mail today & my little tornado quilt is featured in the “Tag, You’re It! Challenge” pages! I had to peel myself up off the floor so I could peep the details! There’s an inset pic on both pages of the intro spread & one page all for myself. All of the quilts in the challenge seem to play well together, too. So pretty! I am so very proud to be included in one of my favorite magazines!!!! Pokey Bolton just made my day 100% better…

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i’ll get it right eventually, just not today…

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I finished prototype two of my teepee sewing box this weekend & learned a few things. One, the pattern won’t fit on standard letter paper unless you want a tiny tiny TINY teepee. Two, I have no idea where my red pleather went & had to poorly improvise my door. Three, my new hinge system using a mini-spool of thread works wonders. Four, hot glue is- & always will be- my good friend. Sigh. Oh well, I’ll just put this pattern back into my brain & let it stew some more! -rebecca

tutorial time! my ruby silly bands quilt

Yay! I made a new quilt top yesterday and it was so easy that I thought I’d share how to make one of your own! It measures about 43″wide x 52″long, so it could make a nice gift for a toddler. But let’s step back…

Last week, I bought a Ruby Fat Eighth Bundle from the Fat Quarter Shop. When it got here, I carried it around with me all over the house while waiting for inspiration to strike. I thought about making a miniature-sized version of Swoon by Camille Roskelley, since all the cuteness came from her and her mom, but it seems like everyone has made that pattern & I’m not one to march to the beat of everyone else’s drum. Ahem. So, I set out to make something ridiculously simple and without one triangle to cut. Pesky bias! Here we go:

Pick out your five favorite prints from each of Ruby’s colorways- green, white, gray, red, blue, and pink. Starch and press each piece and try not to distort the edges.

Remembering that the gridlines are your friend, line up all five pieces in one colorway on top of your cutting mat and keep all your selvedge edges on the same side. True up the end of fabric & then cut out a 9″ square. Next, you’ll make two sets of 4.75″ squares by first cutting a 9.5″ x 9″ rectangle and then cutting off the top 4.25″ as scrap. Cut the remaining rectangle in half to get the two sets of smaller squares. Save the selvedge as scrap, too!

Place your 9″ squares onto the design wall by staggering the colorways along two rows. They should make an “M” shape across the quilt! The green row is a little weird because half of it is on the top and half is on the bottom…

Next you’ll place the smaller squares into place and this can get a bit tricky. In column 1, 3, & 5- the two smaller squares get sewn onto the block directly ABOVE the corresponding big square. In columns 2 & 4, they get sewn onto the block directly BELOW the corresponding big square. Yeah, that was even tricky to type, but hopefully the photos can help out!

When everything was situated correctly, I grabbed the bottom left corner block and got to work. Instead of drawing a line from corner to corner, I just pressed the smaller square in half. It also served another purpose as it let me preview exactly how the pattern was going to line up. You can’t goof up with the microdot patterns, but the scalloped lines got turned every which way on me! & that was no bueno…

Line up the little square in the corner and sew on the creased line.

Use a rotary cutter and ruler to create a quarter inch seam allowance. Save the triangles for scrap!

Woot… One seam down, one more to go…

This is what it looks like after the second square is sewn on.

And that, my friends, is a finished block. Allow yourself a pat on the back and possibly an ice cream sandwich.

Of course, you could continue in this fashion and sew each block together one at a time. However, if we want to get this sewn to-to-today junior, we’ll need to implement some chain piecing! Take a whole row off the wall and press all the little squares in half before going to the machine. Then chain sew one little square onto each big block in the entire row. Remove from the machine, clip each unit apart, trim the seam allowances, & run them all back through the machine with the little squares on the other side. Repeat until you are done or you are sick the monotony or sewed the wrong little square onto the wrong block and have to locate your seam ripper post haste. Not that I know anything about that…

This what they look like when they are all sewn up. So happy…

Working in rows, join each block to the one next to it. Pin well if you want accurate intersections and press afterwards.

Now sew the units in row one to row two. Repeat and sew row three to four. I forgot to take a pic at this point because I was sewing like the wind and forgot. oops.

Now sew into three complete rows and join them all together into a finished top!

And there you go! I made a cute little quilt and I have lots of ruby scraps to play with on another weekend. Have a happy monday! rebecca

sewing samples part two

I finished sewing the strawberry plant and added it to my pattern. I didn’t have access to the good camera, though, so this crappy pic will have to do. I must say, those are some cute berries! Sometimes cuteness can overcome a terrible camera… 🙂

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sewing up samples


I’ve been chillaxing during my long Labor Day weekend with college football playing on the TV and my sewing machine Rory running full speed. I haven’t been able to sit down and sew to my hearts content in a LONG time, so it’s been wonderful! In preparation for the Labor Day Sale @ Patternspot.com, I created a little pattern pack with a ladybug and a strawberry plant. HOWEVER! Photos are a necessary ingredient for patterns & obviously I needed to take some pics of a sewn sample. I stood in my studio and begged the sewing fairies to get down to bidness so I can get some photos online & they pretty much ignored me. So, I sat down and started printing, ironing, cutting, sewing, seam ripping, sewing, DANG IT! seam ripping again, quilting, and finally taking photos. Then I had to add them to my pattern pack in a fanciful way & post everything onto the Patternspot.com I didn’t quite finish, though. The strawberry plant has quite a few pieces and it’s twelve inches tall, so I’m still in the cutting out phase. Oh well, it’ll get done sometime this weekend and I’ll post it on here for you to see. Wow! It’s late! I should probably go to bed… Happy quilting! rebs

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Labor Day Sale @ Patternspot.com

Just a quick note to tell y’all that C&T Publishing’s website Patternspot.com is having a Labor Day sale from Sept 3rd-6th! Everything is 20% off, so if you’ve been thinking about jumping into the world of e-patterns, now is the time! Click over there & browse a bit! The code to use is LD2011. 🙂

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