Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Christmas Poinsettia Quilt

Hi there! Today is our last post for Christmas in July!  We had so many great projects! I want to thank everyone who joined in and shared a project with our readers! :)

This next project was a team effort!  I designed the quilt, my mom pieced it and our friends from The Stitching Room quilted it for us.  We couldn't be happier with how it turned out!   We hope you like it too! 
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Designed by: Lindsey Weight
Pieced by: Nettie Moore
Quilted by: The Stitching Room

I have a love for Dresdens! They are so lovely, and make such a bold statement!  When designing this quilt, I wanted the Dresden's to take on a Poinsettia appearance.  I had the vision in my mind, and my mom helped me make that come alive when she pieced this beauty!  I love the traditional look of this quilt, and the bold red against the white background! It really makes those Dresden's pop! :)

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We LOVE how the quilting turned out on this quilt.  I didn't want the quilting to over power the quilt, so I picked an invisible thread, and couldn't be happier with the beautiful work that The Stitching Room did on this quilt. It was exactly what I had in mind.  I wanted the poinsettia's to just pop off the quilt, and the quilting to be more in the background.  They really exceeded my expectations with this quilt! :)

I had so much fun seeing this quilt come together! I hope you enjoy making this quilt! I would love to see pictures if you make one! :) lindsey@fortworthfabricstudio.com

Talk to you soon,

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Christmas in July {Quilted Patchwork Pillows}

My name is Erica and my blog is 5 Little Monsters. On my blog you will find lots of free crochet patterns, sewing tutorials, embroidery ideas and more. I was really excited to participate in the Christmas in July Series here at Fort Worth Fabric Studio. Every year I want to make myself some kind of Christmas decor, a quilt, or a pillow, or something, for my home but by the time I get around to thinking about it it is almost Christmas and I am busy working on gifts for other people. So, every year it seems like Christmas comes and goes without ever having time to make that something for my house. Christmas in July seemed like the perfect opportunity to finally tackle that project. I am so excited to share the pillows that I made with you today, I absolutely loved the way they turned out.

I decided quite a while ago that I wanted to make a pillow. I knew I wanted to make it kind of scrappy and that I wanted to include some embroidery. As I looked through the Christmas fabric, trying to decide which fabric to use, I came across the Evergreen line and I loved the colors and the prints. The colors were pretty traditional reds and greens and that was really what inspired me to choose the design I did. I wanted to make something that had kind of a classic, traditional feel to it. I decided that rather than make one pillow I would make a set and that I would embroider a phrase across the two pillows. The phrase I chose is "Peace on Earth, Goodwill toward Men" so one pillow says Peace on Earth and the other says Goodwill toward Men.

The pillow is made by alternating patchwork sections with embroidered strips. The patchwork sections are quilted with some simple straight line quilting. The finished pillows are 16 inches square.

Patchwork Peace on Earth Pillows

Instructions/fabric amounts are to make 2 pillows

You Will Need:

Cutting Instructions:

From each 1/8 yard print:

10- 2 1/2 inch squares

From Grunge Basics Marshmallow

4- 2 1/2 x 16 1/2 inch strips

From Goodwill Marshmallow

4- 16 1/2 x 11 inch pieces

From muslin

2- 18 inch squares


Step 1: Pieced Sections

Layout your small squares into sections of 8 squares by 2 squares. Using 1/4 inch seam allowance sew together strips of 8 squares, then sew 2 strips together to make your pieced section. You will need 6 of these sections. Press all of your seams.

Step 2: Prepare your strips

I traced the embroidery pattern onto my strips before sewing to the pieced sections but I did not embroider then until later. To get the the strips ready to be sewn you will first need to print the pattern for the embroidery. Each strip will have 2 sections of the pattern that will need to be traced on, a word section and a holly section (the holly section that matches up with each word is below the word on the paper). Cut out each of the pattern sections so that you can lay the matching pieces side by side. place them so that you have about 3 inches of the strip on either side of the pattern and so that they will centered in the strip leaving plenty of room above and below for seam allowances. Trace using a washable pen or pencil. The layout should be:
Strip 1: Peace (holly/swirl/holly)
Strip 2: (hollly with leaves in same direction/swirl) on Earth
Strip 3: (holly with leaf on both sides of berries/swirl) Goodwill
Strip 4: to Men (holly with 3 leaves)

Step 3: Sew together

Sew your pieced sections and strip together so that you have a pieced section on top, the first strip (peace/goodwill), another pieced section, second strip (on earth/to men), and then the last pieced section. Press seams.

Step 4: Layer and Quilt

Layer your square of muslin, batting, and pillow top right side up. Because I used a fusible batting I pressed all of my layers together so that everything stayed together nicely for the quilting. Quilt the pieced sections, I just made 4 big x's through the squares.

Step 5: Embroider 

Embroider the design using 3 strands of embroidery floss. I used backstitch for the entire design (except for one french knot to dot the i). Use red for the words and berried, dark green for the holly leaves, light green for the swirls. 

Step 6: Assemble the Pillows

Now that your top is complete, trim the excess batting and lining , Your top should measure about 16 1/2 inches square. Prepare your pillow back by hemming one long side of each piece with a narrow hem. Place pillow top face up, lay one back piece face down with raw edges lined up with top and sides and hemmed edge in the middle, lay the next back piece face down with the hemmed edge toward the middle and the raw edges lined up with bottom and sides. Pin and sew around the outside edge of the pillow. Turn right side out, I like to press it at this point just to make it nice and flat. Insert your pillow forms into your pillows. 

I hope you enjoy these pillows, I loved the way mine turned out. Now I can't wait for Christmas so that I can have them out on my couch. Thanks Fort Worth Fabric Studio for having me here today and for providing me with such great fabric to make these pillows.

I want to thank Erica for stopping by for Christmas in July! Be sure to stop by her blog for lots of great ideas and tutorials.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Fabric Frenzy Friday #73

Happy Friday! My goodness this week has just flown by! Christmas in July is still going strong! Be sure to check out the latest posts and stay tuned for some more next week! :)

Let's get to this week's bundle:


A LITTLE FRUITY is today's 8 piece Bundle Batch!  Lemons, limes, oranges, and cherries - a fruity little piece highlighted with citrus blenders!Included in each bundle are one cut of each  (in order from top to bottom):
  1. Happy Hour Small Fruit on White - Benartex/Kanvas
  2. Pinhead Mint - Michael Miller
  3. Pocket Full of Posies Mini Red Flowers - Windham
  4. Painter's Canvas Lemon - Michael Miller
  5. Happy Hour Small Fruit on White - Benartex/Kanvas
  6. Sketch Lime - Timeless Treasures 
  7. Cotton Shades Fire Engine - Riley Blake
  8. Squared Elements Citrine - Art Gallery

Need more than a fat quarter? You can purchase this bundle in 1/2 yard cuts rather than fat quarters.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Christmas in July {Tie Tutorial}

Hi there! Today we have Polly sharing these fantastic Christmas Tie's! How great are these?! Be sure to check out Polly's blog for more great ideas and tutorials! :)

I'm Polly and I blog at Pieces by Polly.  I'm happy to be here with Fort Worth Fabric Studio to share these fun Christmas ties.  I realized a while ago that things get really crazy close to Christmas, so I need to get all my Christmas sewing done early.

Over 15 years ago, I made my husband a Christmas poinsettia tie, and it's been one of his most commented on and complimented ties over the years.  That old tie is pretty worn out and needed an update and of course the boys love to match their dad.

I fell in love with the Christmas Splendor Poinsettias by Color Principle for Henry Glass.  The fabric is perfect for ties because it's super festive without being cheesy or irreverent, and gold metallic highlights are gorgeous.  Cotton ties are especially good for little boys because they're completely washable.

I used a an old store bought pattern for my husband's tie, but drafted my own pattern for the boys' ties because theirs use button-hole elastic, instead of actually tying around their necks...much for comfy for the little ones.

In addition to your fabric, you'll also want to get some fusible interfacing to help give the ties some extra structure and keep their shape.  I used Structure 1-Sided Interfacing from Fairfield.  (Disclaimer: I work for Fairfield on an ongoing basis and am compensated and supplied with product, but I use their products in so many of my projects because they are really wonderful.  All opinions on their products are my own.)


Print and assemble your Pattern Pieces.  The pieces will likely be longer than you need, so once you've taped the main tie pieces together, hold them up to your child.  Fold down the extra.  You want it go from their neck to about 1 inch below their waist (ignoring that extra pointy part at the bottom of the pattern.)  It also doesn't hurt to add an extra inch or two if you really want it to fit him a long time.

Arrange your pattern pieces to cut them out on the bias.  This means that they will be cut out diagonal to the sides of your fabric.  In a pinch when you're short of fabric to cut it on the bias, you can cut it out straight, but it will look more polished on the bias.

Fold the bottom tip up and sew with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  This will give us the bottom tip of our tie.  Clip the corner, so it will lay flat.  Turn it right side out.

Fold your tie exactly in half.  If it is at all uneven, trim.

 Fold in half with RIGHT SIDES together.  Pin.

Sew with 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Turn right side out.

Cut out your interfacing piece.

Insert into your tie with the fusible side toward the FRONT of the tie.

Tuck the last bit inside the tip of the tie.

 Being sure that both sides of the tie are equal, ironing well to use the interfacing to your tie.

Now we'll work on the "knot" part of the tie.  Take your rectangle and fold it in half "hotdog" style with RIGHT sides together.  Pin and stitch with 1/4 inch seam allowance.  Turn so the same is in the middle and iron open.

Turn right side out.

Use the dotted lines on the pattern piece as a guide to trim the sides of your knot.

Fold your knot so the ends overlap.

Add your tie to the back, with the front of the tie facing you.

Stitch with 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Bring the tie around the back and down through the "knot."  Pull secure, but not too tight.

Add button hole elastic just under the main tie part before it goes through the "knot."

Sew a button to one end of your elastic and trim any access elastic, leaving a couple extra button holes for room to grow.

And you're done!

I want to thank Polly for stopping by and sharing this awesome tutorial! You can find Polly:
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