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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

FabricsNQuilts.com is now your source for hand embroidery

There is a renewed love for hand embroidery, and we are proud to say we have what you need.  We have added nearly 600 items to  www.fabricsnquilts.com in the past week!

Check out our full line -

We still have much more to add, but wanted to let you see all the goodies so far.

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We will begin to add more machine embroidery items in the coming weeks as well, so stay tuned!

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

More X-Blocks patterns now in stock

Last week we told you we had at least a dozen more inspiring patterns for your new X-Blocks rulers…and here they are!

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Click HERE to see all the patterns & rulers.

Click HERE to see our creations.

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Scrap Baby Quilts via Orca Bay Mystery pieces

Last Friday, I finally felt caught up from the mania of the prior weekend’s {awesome} quilt show in Sparta.  The first show of the year is always a little extra stressful, as I have new demos each year and am rusty in my packing & slack in my QSM’s (quilt show muscles).

Anywho… back to Friday.  I had some free time, so I decided it was quilt-for-the-heck-of-it time.  I pulled out my basket of remaining pieces from last fall’s Quiltville Orca Bay mystery.  As I’ve mentioned before, I decided to make my Orca Bay Mystery into several different projects.   The first project was a nice full size quilt.

{The Orca Bay mystery is no longer available on the Quiltville website, so I hope you saved your steps as they came out!}

I still had lots of those triangles from Step # 5.  These units use 1.5” (finished size) triangles and the unit finishes to 3 7/8”  I put 2 of these units together to form a bigger 4 7/8” triangle.  I used blue in place of Bonnie’s black

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I paired 48 of those blue units with 48 string triangle blocks (trimmed to same 4 7/8”) from Step #4.  I used pink instead of red.

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These units finish to 4.5” squares

I added 1” (finished size) muslin strips between to yield a 9.5” block.  Yield 12 blocks.

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I took another 48 Step #4 triangles & stitched them with muslin cut the same size (5.5” square cut on the diagonal).  These squares were squared up to 5”.  I set them together to make 12 ~ 9.5” pinwheel blocks.

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then, I just alternated the blocks to make my baby quilt top {actually 2 tops just the same}.

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I added a bright atoll blue marble border (finished size 1/2”) and a cute ABC block outer border (finished 3”).  I quilted one free motion with stipples & hearts and the other with stipples & dragonflies.

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I still have the string blocks from Step #2  to play with, but I am cooking up an idea for them already!

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

X-Blocks Rulers If you can make and square up a nine patch-this is nirvana-tutorial

The X-Blocks rulers are not a new ruler, but they are awesome nonetheless.

From simple strip sets or 9 patches you can make dozens of different projects and designs.  Here are 4 projects I made last week  (If you follow along on our Facebook page, you know there was some insomnia that helped me out).  I still need to quilt the lap quilt, but all things in time.

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Plus 1 finished this week, thanks to the hand embroidery.  I bound all 4 with the faux piping tutorial I shared with you a while back.

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I am not a big fan of uni-taskers (as Alton Brown would say of his kitchen accessories).  This ruler definitely meets that criteria; just look at that variety!  There are 2 other big pluses-train yourself to sew an accurate 1/4” seam, and it’s easy-peasy!

Here’s how they work:

{Inside your ruler are instructions on how to use them, so you can use me as your “plain English” tour guide.}  There are 2 sets of rulers.  6.5” & 7.5”  I carry the 7.5” only, as I think it would be confusing to carry both.  You can individually purchase the 3 sizes available for each set. 

Combining the sizes makes some awesome designs.  For example, my flag table runner above uses the large ruler for the waving red & white bars and the medium (mini) ruler for the blue & white stars.  The 3rd size is called a belly button.  It’s small & I have not ventured down that path (or pattern) just yet.  If you love Miniature Quilts, the Belly Button is perfect for you!

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Note that the ruler has 3 lines marked: solid, dashed, & dotted.  The pattern you use will tell you which line (angle) you will be using & the leaflet in the ruler will tell you how wide to cut your strips, based on the line style.

For the 7.5” large ruler, solid line, we cut 3.75”. 

We cut strips & stitched selvage to selvage, then:

Make a 9 patch block…no wait, make 2!  If we put like colors in the center (+ part) of the 9 patch, we can create a dual ric rac pattern, as in the batik quilt above.  (light colors across center vertically & gold/tan in center horizontally)

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With the X-Blocks ruler right side up (you can read the writing), line up the seam lines of your 9 patch with the solid lines of the ruler.  Cut around the ruler, i.e., square up your block.

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(note to self…ruler reflects light above  Winking smile)

With the X-Blocks ruler wrong side up (you CAN’T read the writing), line up the seam lines of your 9 patch with the solid lines of the ruler. Cut around the ruler, i.e., square up your block.

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Now put the blocks together & you get the ric-rac style of pattern.  (below is 4 blocks)

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For the pinwheel quilt, all blocks are cut with the X Blocks ruler right side up.

So you are thinking, wow, that’s a bunch of waste…all those trimmed corners.  Now, you know me better than that!  I am a “waste not want not” kinda girl….and we ALL want more fabric!

Use your trimmings to make awesome borders (like in the batik quilt) or new things.  Remember the red & white table runner above?  It’s the trimmings from the flag table runner (yup, 2 for 1, you can swoon now).  Almost all the quilt patterns available show you how to use the trimmings in either the border or in a 2nd project.

Leaving the best for last, you don’t even have to make 9 patches!  The trees were made using just 2 strips!  Ruler right side up to make one side of the tree & upside down to make the other side.  I used the large ruler for the big trees & the medium ruler for the smaller trees.

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The border also uses just strips (green, red, green) and the medium ruler.

It’s so versatile and so easy to make complicated-looking designs, you can whip up quilts in no time flat & it will look like you labored for weeks.

A dozen more patterns are on the way, as well as the belly button template.

You will love this ruler and more importantly, you will love the results!

We used:

X Blocks 7.5” Ruler

X Blocks 7.5” Mini Ruler

Venetian Tiles pattern (batik quilt)-uses 7.5” ruler

Growing Green (Christmas Table Runner)-uses 7.5” & 7.5” mini rulers

Once Upon a Time in X-Blocks Land (Pinwheel quilt)-uses 7.5” ruler

Sweet Liberty (flag & red/white table runner)s-uses 7.5” & 7.5” mini rulers

Assorted Batiks

Candy Cane Stripe & Holiday Fabrics

Assorted Patriotic Fabrics

Assorted Children’s Fabrics & Mini Dots

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

May Snap Sack Kit is Blooming with style PLUS a giveaway

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!  CONGRATULATIONS TO CONNIE, LUCKY # 25!

Thoughts are turning to summer and these sunflowers jump right off the quilt & scream WOOHOO!

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Remember, our Snap Sacks are complete quilt kits.  Wall hangings or table runners, all sacked up with everything but you!Snap Sack Sunflowers

Everything you need for the top, the batting, backing, binding, and of course the pattern is included.  Perfect for gift giving or treating yourself!  This kit is available in the shop or online HERE!

This is a great project to practice your applique’ AND free motion quilting!

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A new kit comes out each month. Check out all of the kits right HERE.

 

Just as we did last month, we will give away a free kit of this month’s Snap Sack to one of you!  Leave a comment telling me which Snap Sack you like best, so far.  I will draw a random winner on Sunday, May 6th.  Go ahead & share the love…use the share button below to tell those in your online quilting circle about this giveaway!

 

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