Sunday, June 24, 2018


The basket instructions are below, but put the heart on first, not just using the "iron on" method, but also sewing it on to make sure it stays in place.  Then do the rest of it.  How you do the corners is important to keeping it standing up.  The corners is basically the same way that you make corners for a purse!  Use thick, stiff interfacing.  

Saturday, June 23, 2018


Break from the Blocks.

Directions for a quilt apron.  Basically line up blocks and quilt them together for the width and length that you want.  Sew one line at a time to make it easier.  Then the lines together.  Do a hem stitch at the top, bottom and sides, then sew the strips for the tie in the back.  You can sew a pocket on too.

6th Block - Diamond Flying Geese

Half way done for the block a month!  This flying geese pattern is done a completely different way than before.  I didn't take any pictures, but I sure should have, because there are some tricky parts.

First, notice and be careful with the measurements of each material.

The first page is simple.  You draw the diagonal line on the white background.  You line it up as it is shown.  Then you sew ON THE LINE.  Then you use a measuring block and leave a 1/4 from the line that was sewn and then cut off the rest.  Next you IRON.  Then flip it around and do the other two corners to get the finished product on the right of the first page.  Put this aside.

You will draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of Fabric B4.  *** THEN use the measuring block and draw TWO MORE LINES 1/4 away from the middle on either side.  Trust me - do this!!

You should have three lines on the wrong side of Fabric B4.

Line up the Fabric B4 as shown.  Make sure that the lines from each of the B4 matches up, because when you go to sew, your sewing NOT ON THE MIDDLE - repeat, do NOT SEW ON THE MIDDLE!!  You are leaving the middle line ALONE.  Sew ONLY on the two extra lines on the right and the left of the middle line!!  Sew straight down both blocks on the right and left lines.  READ BELOW PICTURE.

After sewing the two lines on either side, you will CUT on the middle line.  Then iron them out.

Take the remaining Fabric B4 squares and put the three lines on them as you did already.  Line it up as shown above.  Sew on the LEFT AND RIGHT.  Cut on the middle.  Iron it out and there, you have you flying geese.   You will notice that there are probably three edges that have excess material - use the scissors to trim this.

Before you sew the geese and edge block together - LINE IT UP.  Be careful when you pin it to make sure it's going in the way it's supposed to.  Remember, one line of geese face one way and the other faces the opposite.

Then you just have the middle, top and bottom to sew!  Sew the middle to one piece.  Make sure it's lined up correctly.  Sew the large top piece to the middle.  Then do the upper and lower pieces to finish it off.

5th Block - Spin Art

Spin Art is a strange one.  But once you get the hang of the steps, it's kinda fun.  However, to get the instructions on a blog, I almost wanted to skip this one.  I have a LOT of pictures, because I really didn't go with the instructions.  At least, I don't know if I went with the instructions or if they were too hard for me to follow, so I wrote my own, which is handwritten on one of the sheets.

First of all, you need the below paper.  Print the pattern on this paper (I recommend going to Office Max, etc, to get it printed, otherwise the thin paper will jam in a regular home printer.)

You will need to copy the pattern four times - four sheets of paper.  

Here's the first odd thing about this patter.  You SEW ON THE PAPER!!

Take a piece of card stock and use it to fold the paper between the white and next color triangle on the pattern.

Let the fun begin!  Take the background white and put it on the first strip of material that is going to match the pattern that was printed.  

Look at the patter below.  Position it in the same way.  Use a piece of card stock - following the line.  Fold the pattern over the card stock.

Take the card stock out.

Look below - you have the words facing up, but the pattern is on the side.  You should see "white"on the paper pattern on top of the what material.  

Take your pattern and lower it to give the quarter inch!!

Below is what it looks like when you turn the pattern over at the fold.  You can see the quarter inch.

Turn the pattern back over and put it into the sewing machine.  Sew on the line!

 You need to repeat this on all four sheets.

 Time for the iron for each one.  Iron between each step.  

And the card stock, again.  Put the card stock on the next line.  Fold it over.

Take the card stock out.

Here's a new step - you need to measure 1/4 inch above the fold - and CUT the excess of the material.

When you take the measuring board away, you see the 1/4 inch.

Get your next material.  For me, it was the white background with the red and blue stars.  The next material is facing up and is under the one you just cut.

This gets a little tricky - you need to fold the pattern down to see the 1/4 inch - line the materials together, hold it down and open the pattern back up to put the pins in.

Pins are in.  Pattern is back open

Back to the sewing machine - sew, again, on the line 

This is what it looks like now, after ironing.

Use the card stock and fold down the sewing line.

Take out the card stock.  Fold the pattern.  Use the measuring blocks to get a 1/4 inch seam above the pattern and cut.

Put the new material face up and under the piece you just cut. Fold the pattern down to make sure the materials are lined up with the 1/4 inch.  Hold the material down with one hand and open the pattern, then pin it.  Below - the new material is red and being sewed to the white/stars

Sew it on the line.  Iron it.

Take the measuring block - get a 1/4 inch ABOVE the dotted line on all sides and cut.

See how you can see the 1/4 inch beyond the dotted lines.

Line your four pieces up to look like this.

Now it's time to take the paper pattern off of your material.

Crease the paper where the stitches are.  Use your finger nail to make a good sharp crease.  Then start to tear it off.  One triangle at a time.

Until it's all removed.

Take the top right and put it over the bottom right to sew together.

Take the top left and put it over the bottom left to sew together.

Iron the seams open.  Iron them as FLAT as possible, especially where the points will meet.  This will be the hardest part to sew over, because it's so thick.

Now, make sure your pattern is in the correct position and fold it over to sew the two pieces together.

Iron it down again, if you can.

Whew, and it's done!