Tote Bags…

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Easy peasy charm pack tote bags.  We custom made these for a customer and she is using them as Christmas gifts.  Didn’t they turn out so cute?

I am working on getting a pattern written up for you all,  (i pinkie swear) so we can upload it and let you make your own.  They are so easy and fun.  We used one charm pack for the two bags on either end, and leftover pieces from an April Cornell jelly roll.  Then we covered a button with coordinating fabric, and BOOM….cutest thing ever!

You can never have too many bags, can you?

Have a great day!

Easy one Charm Pack Quilt

Here at MSQC we are all about the easy, quick quilts.  You know, something to get you either through a slump, or an idea for a quick gift.  And this is a perfect example of just that.

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Cute little Baby quilt!

For this specific quilt we used one Panache  charm pack and some matching fabric for the borders. Sew the squares into strips and  attach them in rows.  (best part:  NO CUTTING!!)   Then we used the amazing scallops, waves and vines ruler (another favorite) and did a little wavy border.  I think this turned out to be a perfect gift for a baby shower and it won’t take you  a year to make!  (well, unless you put it away after an hour or so and lose the whole project….in that vast dark  hole we lovingly call ‘the sewing’ room)  You know what I mean.  🙂

Just thought I’d share an easy and quick little project.

Enjoy.

*ps.  Don’t forget to answer my question in the forums for your chance to win a charm pack!!  Free fabric every week! Yay!

Mini Quilts!

I have recently joined a few of the mini quilt swaps that are going on around the internet. It has been really fun to make mini quilts. Its totally new to me as I have always made larger quilts, or table runners. But, mini quilts are so small that you can really be creative and try out all kinds of new things. You can do things that seemed hard or too time consuming. I have experimented with embroidery, new blocks (Dresden plate!), free motion quilting, and using scraps in a creative way.  It is something I highly recommend! So, enjoy these pics of a few of my mini quilts!

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My first Mini Quilt. I adapted a pattern for a pillow from a magazine! Its made with Anna Maria Horner’s Good Folks Fabric and measures 13 X 20. I did some free motion quilting on the squares then finished off the bottom of the quilt with an all over pattern called “just roses”. I love this one!
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This was my first attempt at a Dresden plate! Of course, I used the nifty Dresden plate ruler! It is made using a Tranquility Charm pack and some solid yardage from my stash. It is quilted in an allover pattern we have here at the shop called “flower”. It measures approx. 25 X 20
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This is my most recent mini quilt! It was made for Doll Quilt Swap 7. (Such a great swap group!) I used Riley Blake Fabric and after sewing a large four patch for my background, I appliqued the rings in a large circle using a blanket stitch. It is machine quilted using an allover pattern called “jills bubbles” It is adorable! It measures 24 X 25.

Making mini quilts is so  much fun…and you can try all kinds of quilting challenges out on a small scale! So, get brave and try something new! Then show us a pic in our forums!

Happy Quilting!

My thoughts on “Bloom”

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So here is the final picture of my quilt!

It’s so cute! It’s not big enough for a twin size bed but it’s going to be a fabulous playtime, picnic, & cuddle blanket!

It takes 1 honeybun, a partial charm pack and some background fabric (I think it’s around 1 3/4 yds… don’t quote me on that though 🙂 ) It calls for it to be mostly fat quarters on the pattern, and the strips are instructed to be cut to 2 1/2″ x 17″ but I had access to a honeybun in Soiree whose strips are precut at – 1 1/2″ so I decided that I would just double the amount of 17″ strips and it would be perfect!  So off I went arranging strips… Soiree strips…and skipping most of the cutting section of the pattern.  Woohoo!  I love being able to skip a step!  It did require most of the honey bun, with only a small section leftover.

Camille of Thimble Blossoms singled out one section as tricky, the part of cutting and applying the wavy edge.  After reading it over I thought “shoot, no problem”  and started off.  I ended up not cutting my applique seam ‘n’ sew material right, though not tragically.  I cut on the lines I drew, instead of in-between them, so I had to draw an extra section of the wavy line.  Then after applying it and securely stitching the edge down your supposed to trim the excess strip pieced material on the underside of the quilt.  Here’s the picture I took while thinking I might tutorial this…

Oops cutting… If you’ll notice I had the fabric spread apart, lined up my scissors, and took the picture without a second thought.  Until I was checking the picture and realized my scissors were in place to cut off the top of the quilt… oops!

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I had to laugh at myself!

So, I reset my fabric and scissors, took the right picture and thanked my lucky stars that I had been trying to tutorial this because other wise I might have royally screwed up this quilt top!

It was a good reminder to go slow and pay attention!  While this part is not incredibly tricky you do still want to pay attention 😉  The only real problem I had was that it calls for one strip to be pieced together to a length of around 60″ because it needs to go across the entire bottom of the quilt.
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Since I was using a honeybun you know that they traditionally only have one strip of each fabric… hmm… so, I had to find two strips that were similar enough that when pieced together it wasn’t that noticeable that the two fabrics were different… Thankfully the multi colored stripes were perfect and I just had to line up the seam under one of the applique petals (which was not hard because really you can put the flower wherever you want!)  and voila!  I had an approximately 88″ long strip which I then trimmed 17″ off of.  Then I added the 17″ piece to the tall section of 17″ strips for the side of the quilt and was left with a piece approximately 70″ long.  Still, plenty long enough to stretch across the bottom of the quilt to give it that fun pieced look!

Everything else was pretty simple.

The pattern was well explained and the applique was mostly simple large shapes that were easy to work with (This was my first applique project on my own so I appreciated the large shapes 🙂 ).

I did a straight stitch, free motion, faux applique technique on the polka dots and flowers.  It worked out pretty well, though needle turned would also be beautiful!

I think the biggest thing to remember when making this pattern is that it is not a bed size quilt.  It could easily be made into one with a little measuring and planning ahead.  As it stands, it will make a fun, happy quilt that any little girl would love to cuddle up and play in!

I would definitely recommend this pattern!

I would place the level of this pattern at beginner to intermediate.

It’s the perfect pattern for the beginner looking to explore the world of applique, without too much stress!

Enjoy, and happy quilting!

A super duper cute table runner!

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While cruising around the wonderful Internet a while ago, I saw this cute runner that Camille did. (I know, I know….we aren’t on a first name basis…YET.  But like Heather Bailey  we are gonna be best friends.  I am sure of it!!) 🙂   Anyway, I just knew I had to make one!!  It looked simple enough for a Girl like me and so I …..well.  Mom made it.  She just can’t help herself.  Having a broken leg and all, she is bored out of her mind.  So, I let her make it for me!!  🙂 hahah.  Seriously, Ladies…..this went to together SO fast and It is adorable!!  I love it.  It is perfect for a summer table!

It was also featured on the Moda Bakeshop, and I know you all love that place as much as I do….. (go there for the pattern and tutorial)

The Charm pack we used was ” Berry Delicious” by Moda, and some red ric rac.  Fast,easy and inexpensive!!  Plus you can get EVERYTHING you need to make it in our shop!  Whoop, whoop!!

Have a great day!

Sarah