Saturday, March 29, 2014

Nutcracker Fabric Bundle and Gingerbread House Fabric Bundle

It's never too early to start those Christmas projects.

I just added these two fabric bundles to my Etsy Shop.  You can pick a fat quarter bundle or a half yard bundle.  The colors are bright and the prints are just adorable.

Nutcracker and Peppermint from Michael Miller
Red and White Stripe from Timeless Treasures
Red and White Small Chevron from Riley Blake

Gingerbread House and Peppermint from Michael Miller
Pink and White Small Chevron from Riley Blake
Red and White Stripe from Timeless Treasures

Linking To:  Anything Goes Linky #152

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Crimson Flower Holiday Quilt

Happy Spring!!! It's never too early to start those Christmas projects.  It's fun to make quilts for Christmas, for your own decor and as gifts.  Quilts take a long time to make so it's good to start early. If you start early enough, you can make more than one...Yippee.  This blog post has a tutorial for this  lovely holiday quilt!  This quilt would be a beautiful addition to your Christmas, and even your Thanksgiving decor.

This quilt is made with two different 12" finished blocks.  Cutting and piecing are not difficult and the large block size makes it come together very quickly.  This is not a beginner quilt, but it is easy.  As with all quilts, you can change the look with different fabrics.  You can find the fabrics for this quilt at my Etsy shop, Christmas Jul.  I also sell the fabric kit for making this quilt.  The kit includes all of the fabrics shown in this picture.  The fabric is called Contessa and it is from Timeless Treasures.  There is a total of 6 yards in the kit.  CLICK HERE if you would like to purchase the fabric kit. The total amounts listed for each fabric are generous, just in case;)

This quilt measures 84" X 60"

For the quilt, you will need: 
1-2/3 yards light fabric (I used gold)
1 yard medium(I used green)
1-1/4 yards dark ( I used a red, black small flower)
1/2 yard dark(I used red and black BIG flower)

You can use the same color for both darks.  If you do, you will need 1-3/4 yards of dark.

For the border you will need:
1/3 yard for 1" finished inner border
1-1/3 yards for 5" finished border

If you are using an Accuquilt Go, you will need these cutting dies:
6-1/2" square
3-1/2" square
3-1/2" X 6-1/2" rectangle

The following cutting instructions are for a rotary cutter and ruler.  The number in red, is the number of  squares or rectangles you will be cutting.  If you are using the Accuquilt Go, cut the number in red.

From the 1-1/2 yards of light fabric (gold): 
-Cut (4) 6-1/2" strips.  Cross cut into (24) 6-1/2" squares.  
-Cut (8) 3-1/2" strips.  Cross cut into (96) 3-1/2" squares.

From the 1 yard of medium (green) 
-Cut (8) 3-1/2" strips.  Cross cut into (48) 3-1/2 X 6-1/2 rectangles.

From the dark (the red and black small flower) 
-Cut (4) 6-1/2" strips.  Cross cut into (24) 6-1/2" squares.  
-Cut (4) 3-1/2" strips.  Cross cut into (48) 3-1/2" squares.

From the dark(the red and black large flower) 
-Cut (2) 6-1/2" strips.  Cross cut into (12) 6-1/2" squares.

For the Border: 
-Cut (7) 1-1/2" strips from the inner border fabric
-Cut (8) 5-1/2" strips from the border fabric

 You will have pieces that look like this.

Draw a line from one corner of the light squares.  Place a light square on a medium rectangle as shown and sew a seam along the drawn line.

You will have 48 pieces that look like this.  Place the 1/4" line on the seam and cut the excess fabric from the piece, as shown.  Press toward the light triangle.

With right sides together, repeat the process of sewing a light colored square to the other side of the medium rectangle, cut excess fabric and press toward the light triangle.  

Divide your rectangle blocks into two piles with 24 rectangles in each pile.

Sew your rectangles to two sides of each of the (12) 6-1/2" squares.
Sew 3-1/2" squares to each rectangle

You will have pieces that look like this,

To make 12 blocks that look just like this.

Sew the (24) 6-1/2" light squares to the remaining (24) 6-1/2"  dark squares.  Press toward the dark square.

Sew the 6-1/2" X 12-1/2" rectangles together to make a 12-1/2" X 12-1/2" square

Lay your quilt out so you are sure to sew it together in the right order.  I used a directional print on this quilt so I had to lay it out because I wanted all of the print going the same direction.

Sew the 12-1/2" blocks together as shown.  First a strip of 2

 Then sew the strips of two together to make a strip of 4.

To put the quilt together, you will sew the 6 strips of 4 together.  I like to pin the seam lines in place.

When your strips are sewn together, you will have a quilt top that looks like this.

The next step is putting on the border.  Cut the ends of the inner border strips at the 45 degree angle by lining your ruler's diagonal line up with the edge of the length of the strips.  Sew all of your inner border strips together.  Cut 4 strips from this really long strip.  You will need two strips that are 72-1/2" and two strips that are 50-1/2"  You will sew the 72-1/2" strips to the sides of the quilt top and the 50-1/2" strips to the top and bottom of your quilt top.

Each outer border will take (2) 5-1/2" strips.  Lay one on top of the other with right sides up.

So they look like this.  Place your ruler on on the strip so the diagonal line is lined up with the edge of the strip.  Cut along the cutting edge.  You will have 45 degree angles cut into both strips.

Match the edges of strips right sides together.  Make sure you have a 1/4" triangle point poking out at each end.  You will sew a 1/4" seam and the seam should start and stop at the point where the two fabrics come together, as shown.

The border strips will need to be cut to fit the width and length of the quilt.  The inner border can be cut on my 36" mat but sides of the outer border will be 74-1/2" so I will need a measurement of 37-1/2".  I extended the length of my mat by placing a cutting ruler at the end.

 For the longer border strip (the strip that goes on the sides of the quilt top), fold the border fabric in half.  Place the border fabric on your mat, placing the fold on the 37-1/4" mark.  Cut the non-folded end of the fabric at the 0 mark on your mat.  Repeat the process for the border strip for the top and bottom.  These strips will need to be 60-1/2, so if you fold the strips in half you will cut them 30-1/4 on the non-folded edge.

You will sew the 74-1/2" strips to your quilt top first, then sew the 50-1/2" strips to the top and bottom of the quilt top.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Christmas Embroidery

Embroidery is one of the oldest methods for embellishing cloth.  It was used by the Chinese in the 5-3rd Century BC.  My grandmother taught me to embroider when I was very young.  Back in the '70's this skill came in handy when the style was to embellish jeans with cute little embroidered things. It is also a necessary skill for creating the beautiful Norwegian Bunads worn on Norwegian Independence Day in our little town. Embroidery is a nice skill to have in my repertoire of needle craft skills.

If you are planning a Christmas Embroidery project, it's time to start.  

I am happy to carry Christmas embroidery patterns from Bird Brain Designs.  I met the two sisters behind Bird Brain Designs at the Road To California Quilt Show a few years ago.  I started carrying their embroidery patterns in Christmas Jul shortly after that.  The other thing I learned about from Robin and Tina was that Sulky Fabri-Solvi is the wonder material.  So I tried it and it is amazing.  I carry this item too.  You can print your pattern on the sheet, or draw it on, and then stick the sheet to your fabric, embroider, then pull it off when you are done.  The think I love about it is that your fabric stays clean.  You know how all the dirt and oil comes off your hands onto your work when you are embroidering...When you use Fabric-Solvy, all that stuff can't get to the fabric.

Here are some things I have right now in Christmas Jul.

Friday, March 14, 2014

New Fabric

I just received a box of fabric from Michael Miller.  I carried these fabrics last year and they sold out very quickly.  They were sold out at Michael Miller too.  To my surprise, they were listed as available again this season.  I snapped up another bolt of each of these wonderful holiday craft fabrics.  You will find these fabrics in my shop Christmas Jul.  

Peppermint Dot


Gingerbread Houses

Yule Critters

Christmas Ornaments

Nordic Holiday

Retro Hostess

Yule Trees