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Monday, September 5, 2016

Sweet Stars Sewalong + Tips and Tricks




Hey everyone! Thanks for stopping by my blog! Today it's my turn on the Sweet Stars Sewalong blog tour. I am going to share with you the easiest and most proven trick to help you with accuracy when you're sewing. It's something really quite simple, but it seriously works wonders. -Drum roll please- It's pinning!
Let's talk first about the actual pins. I will totally admit it, I'm a pin snob. When I first started sewing I just used regular sewing pins that I bought at my local store. I had no idea there were different options out there. I would pin my projects and then pull out each needle when I came to it so I didn't end up with flying broken needles everywhere. While it did help, it still wasn't perfect, my fabrics would still shift a little once that pin was taken out. A few years ago I was introduced to Little House needles. It took a little persuading to actually buy them because I just didn't see how different these pins could be from what I already had. Well, I was completely wrong! The first time I tried them I was hooked!




These pins are not only sharper, which make it easier to insert through layers of fabric, but they are so skinny that you can sew right over them with out taking them out. Being able to keep the pin in while I sew has helped with accuracy SO much. 





I'm sure most of you already do this, but when I sew I make sure I iron my seams so that when I pin the pieces together the seams will nest with one another. I find that this helps not only protect my seams from falling apart, but it also helps with accuracy. 




Once my seams are lined up and my pieces are pinned I just sew away. It makes it so much faster to be able to just sew right over the pins. Because I want my blocks to be as accurate as possible I always pin my pieces when I'm lining up seams. I know some don't do this and may find it time consuming, but for me it works and I like that I don't have to worry about everything lining up in the end because Ive pinned. 




Peta and Fat Quarter Shop have generously sent me Little House pins to giveaway! To enter please leave a comment below. For an extra entry you can visit my Instagram @stitchingrevival and leave a comment there as well. 


If you're interested in joining the Sweet Stars Sewalong and you'd like to make the darling quilt Peta has designed here are all the links and info

Quilt Kit featuring Sweet Orchard Fabrics by Sedef Imer for Riley Blake Designs: http://www.fatquartershop.com/sweet-stars-kit

PDF & Paper Patterns are available from my either
She Quilts A Lot online shop: http://www.shequiltsalot.bigcartel.com
Fat Quarter Shop: http://www.fatquartershop.com



Don't forget to check out these other bloggers throughout the rest of the month that are part of the blog tour.


8 Sept 
Kirsty from Bonjour Quilts 
Mastering the humble half square triangle

12 Sept 
Kimberly from the Fat Quarter Shop 
Sweet & simple: the Sawtooth Star block

15 Sept 
Sedef from Down Grapevine Lane 
Everything you need to know about easy corner triangles

19 Sept 
Nadra from Ellis and Higgs 
Pretty & Practical: Quarter square triangles & the Ohio Star block

22 Sept 
Cindy from Hyacinth Quilt Designs 
Perfect, wobble free, borders every time

26 Sept 
Jemima from Tied with a Ribbon 
Machine & free motion quilting tips

29 Sept 
Debbie from Happy Little Cottage 
Fast and accurate machine binding to get your project finished

30 Sept
Peta from She Quilts A Lot
Wrap Up & Giveaway

Friday, August 12, 2016

Posy Garden Blog Hop



I'm the last stop on the Posy Garden Blog Hop and it's a little sad it's coming to an end! I've enjoyed seeing all the beautiful projects made by so many talented people using Posy Garden. Incase you missed it, Posy Garden is Carina Gardner's new fabric line for Riley Blake Designs and it couldn't be any cuter.

I've been lucky enough to be sewing with this beautiful line for a few months now and the more I sew with it, the more I love it. -If that's even possible. I created a mini quilt for Carina's Glamper she used to display her new line at Quilt Market.  I used a traditional block for the center and then wanted to incorporate prairie points to showcase more of the fabrics.


I knew for the blog hop I wanted to use a similar design. I used the same traditional block and was able to incorporate more of the fabrics since there were more blocks, I also used scrappy posts. For the background fabric I used Riley Blake Cream Swiss Dots, it fits so well with Posy Garden.



I have a thing for prairie points so there was no question about whether or not I'd use those again. I love how they give a quilt dimension and allow you to incorporate more of a variety of fabrics. All of my quilting was done by Stephanie Romney (@stuphfromsteph). She did such a fabulous job choosing patterns that would show off the fabric and pattern.



Thanks for stopping by to see the projects that I made using Posy Garden!  Just incase you missed the other blogs part of the blog hop, below is a list of all the blogs.

My Sewing Haven with Carla Peicheff
Happy Little Cottage with Debbie Homick
The Family Hearth with Bridgette McNay
Fort Worth Fabric Studio with Lindsey Weight
Happy Quilting Melissa with Melissa Corry
Pretty By Hand with Kristyne Czepuryk
Out of the Blue with Sondra Davison
Samelia’s Mom with Anorina Morris
Free Time Frolics with Adrienne Woods
Flamingo Toes with Bev McCullough 
Silly Mama Quilts with Brooke Sellmann
Snickerdoodle Stew with Jessica Stewart
A Little Patchwork with Ange Hamilton
Ameroonie Designs with Amy Chappell
Jedi Craft Girl with Amanda Neiderhauser


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Three Tools I Can't Live With Out

Long before I was really into sewing I was HUGE into scrapbooking. My go to scissors were the Micro Tip Easy Action Shears. They were so amazing I refused to use anything else. They made cutting out small shapes so easy and after lots of cutting my hands were never tired. 
My love for Fiskars didn't change with the change of my hobby. I continue to use Fiskars because I know the quality is always there and it's a product I can rely on. It's no wonder why they're the world's number one scissor brand. 



For the last few weeks I've been able to try some Fiskar's products that I've never used before. The minute I used each of them I was hooked and they immediately became products I can no longer live with out.




I had to try the Fingertip Rotary Cutter first because I was so curious about it. I had never seen anything else like it and I wondered if it was something I would love.  I first used it to trim some HST and it was love at first use. It was so smooth and made trimming at different angles so much easier than your regular rotary cutter.  I've also used it to cut out fabric making stockings. I started out tracing the stocking pattern onto the fabric and then cutting it out with scissors. I then realized with how easy it is to maneuver the Finger Tip Rotary Cutter I could place the pattern right on top of the fabric and cut around the pattern using the rotary cutter. It saved me so much time! This would also be a great tool to use to make Farmer's Wife Blocks.



I use regular Fiskar's scissors to cut out fabric and they work great. I then tried these Razor Edge Fabric Shears and I'll never use anything else. I couldn't believe how much sharper they are and how smooth they are cutting through fabric. Think hot knife cutting through butter smooth!





I remember the first time I started using a rotary cutter. It was just your normal, typical rotary cutter and something about it just felt so awkward to me. It took me lots of practice and miscuts to finally get the hang of it. This Adjustable Rotary Cutter is awesome! I wish I would have had it when I first started quilting! It's definitely now my go to rotary cutter because of the control it gives me when cutting. I also love the versatility it offers with the three different angles.



Another favorite is my Fiskars Cutting Mat. It holds up through lots and lots of cutting, and I especially love the color. It just fits right in with the rest of my sewing room, because that's totally important-right!?! Right. 

I have loved having the opportunity to try these AMAZING products so much I want you to be able to try them too! Leave a comment below for a chance to win your own Fingertip Rotary Cutter. I will choose a winner this Friday morning. 
Good Luck! 
And thanks for stopping by!
Christine

Friday, July 29, 2016

Pixie Noel Blog Hop




There's something so enchanting about Tasha Noel's Pixie Noel fabric line. It takes me back to Christmas' long ago when Christmas was magical and everything seemed so real. I have loved sewing cute little Christmas projects with it, and have lots more planned. 





A few years ago I was at a quilt store in Utah and a nice lady named Kim gave me a pattern for a stocking. It's been on my list to make ever since that time but just never got around to it. When I saw Pixie Noel I knew that this was the fabric I wanted to make out of it. 




I wanted two different stocking sizes so I used the pattern that she gave me and then made a larger stocking pattern. The first stocking I cut out, I traced and then cut it out with scissors. It was a little time consuming so I then started laying the pattern on the fabric (right sides together) and cutting it right out with my Fiskars Fingertip Rotary Cutter. This tool is so handy and is officially one of my favorite new tools. 





I hung them up on baker's twine using small clothespins, alternating the big and small stockings. I plan on using my stockings as a bunting with a Christmas activity for us to do inside. If you were really ambitious you could make 24 of them as an advent calendar for Christmas. 







I also made these little ornaments doing English Paper Piecing. I glued the fabric right onto the papers and then glued the pieces onto the white fabric. Easiest project ever! These would also be darling to tie onto neighbor gifts or presents. 




Above is the quilt that I made using Tasha's new pattern called Joyful. It was such a fun one to make, and I can't wait to snuggle with my family under it drinking hot cocoa. Tasha has this pattern in her Etsy shop here
Thanks for visiting my blog to see the fun projects that I made. Tasha is also posting today on her blog so be sure to stop by her's as well. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Flag Day Quilt


Flag Day Quilt


 


Making a red, white and blue quilt has been on my to make list even before I really got into quilting. I envisioned our family sitting on it eating a Fourth of July picnic at the park. (This was before we moved to Arizona) I came up with this pattern a few months ago and was so excited to see it come together. 




It ended up way more scrappy than I envisioned it, but I fell in love with the scrappiness of it all and stuck with it. I can't wait to see your version and hope you'll love making it as much as I did! 




Supplies Needed
7 Blue Fat Quarters for Stars
6 Red Fat Quarters for Stripes
6 White or low volume Fat Quarters for Stripes
1 1/4 yards for fabric inside of stars. (I used Riley Blake red Swiss Dots)

-I made mine really scrappy and used more of a variety of fabric than what's listed. I just pulled from my larger scrap bin and stash. If you want it less scrappy you could use more of the same fabric through out. 


Cutting Instructions
Cut 45 red strips 2.5"x12.5" 
Cut 45 white strips 2.5"x 12.5"
(You should be able to get 8 strips out of each fat quarter)

Cut 2 blue strips 2 7/8"cut out (9) 2 7/8"  squares
Cut 4 strips 2.5" and cut (32) 2.5" squares
Trim down the left over 2 7/8" to 2.5" and cut out (4) 2.5" squares

Cut (4) 2.5" strips of inside star fabric Sub cut into 2.5" squares. You need 60 squares
Cut (10) 2 7/8" strips of inside star fabric. Sub cut into 2 7/8" squares. You need 120

To make each star block you need (2) blue 2 7/8"squares,   (4) blue 2.5" squares (2) 2 7/8" inside star fabric, and (1) 2.5" inside star fabric. 



Sewing Instructions

All Seam Allowances are 1/4"

For the red and white strip block you will need three red strips and three white strips. I placed the red on top and then white and then alternated the colors. The top row the blocks are horizontal and then the next row is vertical. Alternate each row.

For the star blocks take the inside star fabric 2 7/8" squares and draw a diagonal line on the back of each one. You will then sew 1/4' away from the line on both sides. -So there should be a seam 1/4" away from the line on both sides.-Make sense? I hope so. Think it's time for a new cutting mat? Oh, and don't mind the way I hold my pencil,  I know, it's weird.


 A little tip and trick. When doing HST and you have fabric that's directional you will place one line going one way and the other going the other way on top of the print fabric. This makes it so that when you go to lay out your fabric it's all going the same direction. Just the OCD part of me coming out. 


Once you have made your HST and trimmed them to 2 1/2" you can now lay out your square block. You will sew this together in rows. You need four of these star blocks to make one complete square block. 



This quilt has 15 red and white stripe blocks and 15 -four patch star blocks. Each block should measure 12.5" unfinished.  Lay them out alternating the Star blocks and the stripe blocks. Make sure that the direction of the stripes is alternated with each row. 




If you have any questions or if I'm missing something please feel free to email me at stitchingrevival@gmail.com 



Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Completely and Totally Spoiled


I received this package a few months ago from Briawna (@purplepoppyquilts) for the #iheartbandcsamplerbee and to say I love it would be an understatement! I was in complete awe when I opened it up and saw what she sent me. I adore EVERY SINGLE thing she sent!

                   


Let's start by talking about the Sew Together Bag that she made. I've been wanting to make one of these, but every time I thing about it I start to hyperventilate. (I'm kidding, kind of.) Not only did she make the bag for me, but she made it out of hexies that she hand sewed! The colors she chose are absolutely my favorite, and she filled it with some fun goodies. The icing on the cake is the strawberry bell that hangs on the outside zipper of the bag. 


                 



I saw this mini swoon on her Instagram feed but didn't realize what it was for. I was so impressed with it when I saw the picture of it, but let me just say it's 100 times more amazing in real life. -If that's even possible. It's hard to tell just from the picture, but this swoon is made up of 1/2" squares. You read that right, 1/2" squares! She asked for opinions on binding color on her Instagram and I voted grey because I loved that it let the focus be the mini and not on the binding. 



                 


This Bee Buddy package left me feeling so completely spoiled and I still love to look and admire the goodies she sent. Thanks Briawna for totally spoiling me!

Friday, December 4, 2015

Lori Holt's Seam So Easy Seam Guide

Unfortunately for most of us we don't have countless hours to spend doing the thing that we love most-sewing. Because of that, I love any gadget or tool that makes my life simpler and saves me time. I was so excited when Lori announced her Seams Sew Easy seam guide for the first time because I knew it would be one of those gadgets that did just that. There are other seam guides out there, but I really couldn't resist how cute this one was and all of the color options. (It comes in red, green, aqua, and pink)

                  

Lori gives easy step by step instructions on how to get it all set up for your machine, and how to line it up properly. You can find her tutorial to do that here. The guide is secured by using the round double sided sticky dots, it comes with four of them. To be honest I only started out with two of them because I was a little worried about them ruining my machine and my extension table. I have been so impressed with how secure just the two sticky dots make it and I haven't had any problems with them ruining my machine or extension table. Ive taken the guide of several times for different reasons and it continues to stay just as secure and strong when I put it back on. 




The seam guide makes it so slick sewing flying geese, snowballs, and half square triangles. No need to spend all that time making pencil lines ahead of time. You just line the bottom of the corner up with the center line and guide it through your sewing machine making sure it stays lined up with that center line.




I've had several people ask me how thick it is. It's a sturdy plastic so if it were to hang off your machine it wouldn't just flop down. At the same time it is a little flexible, so if you need it to it will flex. It's not super thick with I love because it doesn't seem like there's any extra bulk and doesn't make sewing awkward in anyway. 




In addition to having that center line showing right where the needle will be going, it has 1/4" lines on either side of the center sewing line making it so easy to sew a 1/4" seam. 



 


There's only two minor down sides that I can see to this little cutie. The first one is if your bobbin case is a top loading one I can see that being a tad annoying to have to take it off every time to load your bobbin. The good thing is the sticky's are so great at reattaching you won't have an issue repositioning it and having it stay. 
The second one is that it's just not quite big enough for this 5" charm that I was going to sew into a half square triangle. Some people may be able to fudge it and make it work, but for me it would stress me out too much and I'd have to draw lines. 




The Seams So Easy seam guide is SO handy and such a time savor it's definitely a must have. And maybe even a must have in every color ha ha.