Prairie Flower Tutorial Reboot – Featuring Guest Blogger Natalie Barnes

Prairie Flower Tutorial Reboot – Featuring Guest Blogger Natalie Barnes

Make a Prairie Flower Table Runner with Natalie Barnes!

Hi there, everyone!  It’s Natalie Barnes, here.  Proprietor of beyond the reef pattern company, licensed designer for Windham Fabrics, and author of A Modern Twist (Martingale/TPP).   

Table Runner Tutorial -- Prairie Flower Pattern

I’m just so excited to be here at Missouri Star Quilt Co.’s blog!  This year, I had the great opportunity to participate in the Missouri Star Quilt Co. Birthday Bash with Windham Fabrics. I just fell in love with the work that MSQCo. has done with Hamilton, Missouri!  Every detail you could possibly want or imagine is available for your visit. They have beautifully organized each and every one of the different shops, provided great dining and food options, and even created a retreat center!  For me, with a background in interior design/architecture, I loved seeing the buildings being restored to their original grandeur, and it was fascinating to hear about the local history that MSQCo. is keeping alive!  Thank you, Jenny, for making all of this a reality.

Natalie Barnes visiting Missouri Star Quilt Company!

There’s no getting around it.  As quilters, we are precise.  And we are organized.  Each and every one of us, organized.  Well.  In our own way.

Personally, I fall into the “controlled chaos” method of organization.  If you look at Amy Ellis’ charts and graphs manner of calculating yardage, you’ll see another way.  Or Angela Walters’ ribbon candy quilting.  Precise.  Organized.

We know exactly where a 1/4″ seam lies on any sewing machine we come across.  We always know where our sewing scissors are and where we keep (read: hide) the rotary cutters.  We know how much yardage we need for binding, and like Mama Jenny, we know that there are twelve (12) 5″ squares in a fat quarter, and fifty six (56) 2-1/2″ square “snowballs” or “dog ears” in a fat quarter, as well.  

Precise and Organized.

That’s what I’m going with.

Until someone calls and says, “You’re hosting Tuesday’s luncheon”, and we go into a sort of….well….you know the drill.  How many 10″ square napkins can I get out of two yards of fabric?  What is the standard size of a placemat?  Can I just turn them right sides out and quilt?  Will anyone notice they’re not bound?  I need something to go with the runner I have on the dining room table!!!  Oh.  Wait.  Food.  She said luncheon, didn’t she

That drill.

Jill Marie Landis, writer, best girlfriend, and inspiration for my pattern company, beyond the reef, would say, “If I walked in to Natalie’s house before a party, and didn’t find her just stepping out of the shower, I’d think I was in the wrong home.”   

“But the placemats are done”, I would reply, “and they match the runner”!  

One day it hit me.  Make the table runners in pairs, run them along the short side of the table, and voila!  The table is coordinated.   Table runner as placemat.  Two for one!

Table Runner Tutorial -- Prairie Flower Pattern

 

And with the amount of resources that Missouri Star Quilt Co. gives us, a quick review of the youTube channel is all we need to select a fool proof block large enough to use for our runners doubling as placemats.

This project is made using the pattern “Prairie Flower“, and Hand Maker Fabrics – my very first line of fabric, I’m proud to say – by Windham Fabrics.

Table Runner Tutorial -- Prairie Flower Pattern
Once the fabrics are chosen, create a “color recipe” for the project.

Table Runner Tutorial -- Prairie Flower Pattern

The Blossoms will be made using the three medium value prints.

The Leaves will be the bright/dark prints, and they are scrappy – the more the merrier.

The Center of the Blossom will be the grey print, and the snowballs will be a mottled solid.  (Palette by Marcia Derse for Windham Fabrics)

Select a favorite print from Hand Maker for the backing – and use a contrasting binding.  This will give you two runner “looks”  from one set of runners!

For the two 13-1/2″ x 67-1/2″ runners, 1 x 5 blocks each, cut a total of:

Blossoms:   (40) 5″ squares

Leaves: (40) 5″ squares

Centers: (10) 5″ squares

Snowballs: (160) 2-1/2″ squares

Remember, your piecing accuracy is only as good as your cutting accuracy.  Here’s my first hint – – take time with this step, and enjoy the process.  Using the 2-1/2″ ruler and the 5″ ruler from the MSQCo. shop is really time efficient.  There’s no stopping to confirm the dimension is 5″ not 6″  (admit it, you know you’ve done it.  I’ve also cut tons of 3″ squares, thinking they were 2-1/2″, too.  Precise 3″ squares.  I’ll admit it….)

Table Runner Tutorial -- Prairie Flower Pattern

Snowballs: 1 yard mottled solid

Binding: 2-1/4″ straight binding / 2/3 yard

(10) 40″ x 2-1/4″ strips

Backing: 2-1/8 yards

(leaving 4″ top and bottom for machine quilting / placing two runners

side by side when machine quilting)

Use Mama Jenny’s proven method of ironing the snow balls from corner to corner, and settle in with a good wholesome “lots of dialog” movie and start stitching until all of the snow ball corners complete.  

Here is Jenny’s full tutorial:

Table Runner Tutorial -- Prairie Flower Pattern

Here’s another little hint – press open your snow balls and be sure they align with the corners of the 5″ square BEFORE trimming the fabric from the back.  This will help keep your 5″ squares “square”.

Table Runner Tutorial -- Prairie Flower Pattern

Once all of your pieces are completed, head to your design wall, or other flat surface, and lay out the pieces, until you are satisfied with the look of your runners, and the colors are dispersed evenly throughout your project.

Finally, it’s time to pop in the second movie, and begin sewing your 5″ squares together to form your runners.   

Table Runner Tutorial -- Prairie Flower Pattern

Now that the tops are complete, it’s time to let Angela Walters do her magic.  Angela is an author, instructor, lecturer, Robert Kaufman Fabrics licensed designer and Owner of Quilting is My Therapy in Liberty Missouri.    If you’re looking for a private long arm quilting lesson, or even want to purchase your own Handi – Quilter long arm machine, head to Quilting is My Therapy. Having a machine quilter is the closest I can come to having four hands!  It gives me time to cut, sew, and prepare the binding for the quilt as it’s being quilted. Thank you Angela, for taking time to quilt this project!  

Once the quilts have returned, I like to reconnect with my project.  So, I use “natalie’s quilted binding” – by sewing the binding on to the wrong side, and turning it to the front.  Then I use a pearle 8 cotton and a running or quilting stitch close to the folded edge of the binding to attach or “quilt it’ on to the front of the quilt.  Finally, I look for a consistent area in each block to add in some big stitch pearle cotton quilting.  It adds a different texture, and, well, it’s just my “finishing touch”.

Table Runner Tutorial -- Prairie Flower Pattern

Precise and Organized, I say.  That’s how Hand Makers get things done.

So, give me a call.  Schedule a luncheon.  The table will be set, and I’ll be ready!

And if you’re looking for a new recipe, here’s my mother’s version of Waldorf Salad….just in case it’s your turn to host next month’s luncheon…

Waldorf Salad Recipe from Natalie Barnes

Many many thanks again to Missouri Star Quilt Co. for letting me stop by today and visit with all of you!

HappiestDays.

Natalie Barnes

be.do.create

Table Runner Tutorial -- Prairie Flower Pattern

Here’s where you can find out more information about Natalie Barnes / beyond the reef

www.beyondthereefpatterns.com

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twitter@beyondthereefca

 

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we’d love to see what YOU make!!

New Friday Tutorial: The Self Binding Baby Blanket with Shannon Cuddle

New Friday Tutorial: The Self Binding Baby Blanket with Shannon Cuddle

Quiz: What’s the softest thing in the universe? Teeny baby kittens? Not even close. Downy ducklings? Spring lambs? Puffy white clouds? Nope, nope, nope!

I can't wait to make this super quick, cuddly blanket with Jenny's Self Binding Baby Blanket using Shannon Cuddle fabric!

Truth be told, you just don’t know how soft “soft” can be until you wrap a chubby-cheeked baby in Jenny’s new Self Binding Baby Blanket made out of super-fluffy Shannon Cuddle fabric! This blanket is as cute as it is soft, and it can be whipped together in mere minutes! This self binding technique is even easier than in our original Self Binding Baby Blanket tutorial! With Cuddle, they edges don’t fray, so you don’t even have to fold over the edges. It really comes together so quickly!!

I can't wait to make this super quick, cuddly blanket with Jenny's Self Binding Baby Blanket using Shannon Cuddle fabric!

Mary Gay Leahy, who is a teacher for Shannon Fabrics and a Cuddle Expert, likes to travel with the first quilt she ever made with Cuddle, which also has flannel on it. The flannel parts are all pilling and faded now, but the Cuddle all still looks as good as new, even after over 150 washes! So, not only is this a quick, easy project, but it will last forever!

Jenny creates this blanket with two layers of Cuddle, but you can also use two layers of Embrace Double Gauze or one layer of Embrace with a layer of Cuddle!

If you’re new to using Cuddle, here are some tips to make life easier: Use a walking foot, a longer stitch length (about 8 stitches per inch), and if you have a stretch needle handy, that will make things go a little smoother. And when you first cut it, it will shed, but if you throw it in the dryer with a clean lint trap, so it can finish shedding, then it will never pill or shed again!

Click on the button to watch the tutorial and get all the supplies you need to make your own Self Binding Baby Blankets!

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Motivational Monday Free Printable: Part 2

Motivational Monday Free Printable: Part 2

 

As a quilter, I often find myself looking to other quilts for inspiration. There are so many amazing quilts being made every single day (check out our #msqcshowandtell on Instagram for some excellent examples), so between that and weekly MSQC Tutorials, it’s pretty easy to come up with a long quilting bucket list, meticulously prioritized by how excited I am to try out a pattern.

The part that kind of sneaks up on you is that it’s also easy to go to those same sources of inspiration and then compare your quilt to theirs. Maybe your points aren’t as pointy or your squares don’t line up as perfectly as theirs. I’m here to tell you that it’s okay! Don’t compare your work to that of a professional quilter. You are on your own quilting journey! Your latest quilt is probably a little bit better than the last one or maybe you’re more confident to try slightly more difficult patterns. Wherever you are on your quilting journey today, decide to BE HAPPY with the progress you’ve made since your first quilt!

So, enjoy your quilting journey and take the time to celebrate successes. While you’re at it, click on the image above to download your own copy of this adorable word art, so you can print and display it in your sewing room! We hope you can display this printable somewhere that will help you remember how good life is when you  make time for quilting! Happy Motivational Monday and Happy National Quilting Week! #makesomethingtoday

D.I.Y. Simple Sewing Easter Projects!

D.I.Y. Simple Sewing Easter Projects!

DIY Simple Sewing Easter Projects

Easter is right around the corner and that means it’s time for egg dying, a big family dinner and don’t forget the Easter egg hunt! The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming and it’s a happy time of year. We’ve compiled a few D.I.Y. projects for you to make in preparation for Easter! Jump in and give them a try, and this Easter will be one for the books! 🙂

 Scrap Buster Easter Carrots! 

Decorate your house with these cute Fabric Carrots! Wouldn’t they make an adorable center piece for Easter dinner??

Carrot Zipper Pouch!

Add a cute Carrot Zipper pouch to your child’s Easter Basket! The Easter Bunny encourages cute storage solutions! 😉

Easter Basket!

Make a special homemade Easter basket from the heart for the kiddos. This can be used year after year and it will be such a great Easter memory for them.

Super Hero Cape!

Spice up your Easter egg hunt with some super hero capes! Just image how fun it will be to have super heroes running around the yard hunting for eggs! 🙂

Don’t forget to check out our selection of Easter fabric HERE, along with our awesome Daily Deals and Specials!

10 Quick and Easy Handmade Gift Ideas!

10 Quick and Easy Handmade Gift Ideas!

Have you bitten off a little more than you can chew this year with your holiday projects? We all love giving homemade gifts, but sometimes we forget how much work goes into making them! Well, jump right into the festive MSQC spirit, watch a few fabulous tutorials, and in no time you’ll be full of holiday cheer and ready to tackle that gift list you’ve been avoiding!

10 handmade gifts pinnable

Here is a list of ten simple projects that are truly quick and easy. You’ll be able to finish any of these gifts just in time to sneak them under the tree! And here’s the bonus: Each one has a FREE VIDEO TUTORIAL to teach you how to make it step by step!!

1. Classic Zipper Pouch #dontfearthezipper

If you’ve never used zippers in your projects before, you’ll be amazed at how easy it truly is! Watch the tutorial once and you’ll find yourself making little pouches of all shapes and sizes for the whole family! It takes so little time you could practically make them on Christmas Eve!

2. Drawstring Gift Bag

gift bags straight on

This tutorial is so much fun and you won’t believe how awesome the results are! It takes about half an hour to make one of these cuties. Fill them up with something special (or yummy!) and give them out to a dozen of your friends!

3. Fabric Catch-All Box

holiday boxes 1

These little fabric boxes are so simple to make! Make them big or little! Fill them with anything you’d like! They are great for gifting and for organizing clutter around the house.

4. Burrito Pillowcase

Sewing a beautiful, personalized pillowcase is such a thoughtful, fun project and it doesn’t take much time at all! Make the holidays even more special with pillowcases for the whole family and you won’t have trouble pleasing everyone on your gift list.

5. Tech Case

ipad cover tutorial

Everyone seems to be getting new technology for Christmas, but what will they put their tablets in? That’s where you come to the rescue! It’s a practical and thoughtful gift for the techies in your life!

6. Fabric Scrap Dog Bed

Don’t forget man’s best friend! This simple pet bed is like a pillowcase stuffed with all your fabric scraps! It’s the perfect way to use up all the excess fabric and batting you have around the house. It will keep your pet comfy and cozy all winter long!

7. Improv Tote Bag

tote5 copy

This great tutorial teaches you how to make a stunning tote bag from a jelly roll! Once you get going, you might not be able to stop! You’ll be finding any excuse to make another! They are a lot of fun to put together and take less than a couple hours to finish!

8. No Sew Blanket

Don’t have time to sew a quilt this Christmas? Jenny Doan’s got the perfect solution for you! Quick, personalized, no sew-blankets will help you survive the holiday rush! Everyone loves cuddling up with their favorite blanket. This is a project even the kids can help with!

9. Action Figure Holder

action figure holder

Do you know a child with loads of action figures? Control the clutter by making a special place to keep them! This handy action figure holder has clear pockets on the front and holds 24 figurines. That’s 24 fewer to step on! It hangs on the wall or folds up for easy storage. 

10. Crocheted Headband

crochet headband for blog

Make cute headbands for all the ladies in your family, and a few for yourself too! They are super easy to make and customize!

Find more quick and easy projects here: