Archive for ‘Sewing & Fabric’

December 23rd, 2014

Christmas Stockings

by Julie Hirt

After seeing Sarah’s gorgeous stockings on Instagram, I knew I had to make my own.

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You have to see her versions – they are amazing.  I love her style and how she works black or navy into projects.

I had a vague idea of how she put them together, but the binding was puzzling me.  Luckily she put together a tutorial and it’s super helpful. I think the binding gives an old fashioned feel to new fabrics.

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I used a Moda charm pack and some Kaufman linen in natural to make these for Tori and Liz.  Before this fabric is hard to find I’m going to pick up another charm pack and make a pair for Paul and myself.

Did you get all of your holiday sewing projects finished?

 

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December 18th, 2014

Christmas Mini Quilt

by Julie Hirt

Isn’t it cute?!

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As soon as I saw the free pattern from Bunny Hill Designs I knew I had to make it.   I used the same line of Moda fabrics Bunny Hill used, which is 25th & Pine by Moda.

This is a great base pattern – I’d like to try it with a different center motif and other fabrics so I can look at it all year.

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I did change up the deer shape a little but used the same style of quilting for the center.  In hindsight, I would add the deer AFTER quilting.  That was a lot of starting, stopping and tying off.

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Going outside my comfort zone I tried something new with quilting around the charms.  I’m really proud of myself! Since it’s on the small side I used my regular machine for the quilting.

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This was really fun to put together and it’s surprisingly quick. I think it took me 11-12 hours from beginning to end, including the binding.   If you’re out of time to make one this year, save it for next!

 

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October 10th, 2014

How To: Braided Rag Rug Coaster

by Julie Hirt

 

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I’ve been wanting to make these for a while so I thought I’d put together a little tutorial.  It’s Jelly Roll friendly if you have any leftover strips lying around.   The final result is a 5″ wide, thick, absorbent coaster.

Fabric Options – 4 Coaster Set

  • 1 yard of fabric (cut into [12] 2.5″ strips)
  • or  1/3 yard each of 3 different fabrics (cut each into [4] 2.5″ strips)
  • or  12 Jelly Roll Strips

 

VIDEO BELOW!

Grab 3 Strips

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Start braiding with medium pressure, you don’t want it too tight or too loose.  To hold mine in place I pinned one end to the design wall.

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Take one end and push the end pieces up against the sides to start your coil.

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Set your machine to a wide zig zag stitch and tack a few stitches to start.

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Keep stitching around and keep your braid laid flat.  Try to have the coil on the left and the braid on the right meet in the middle. This way the zig zag stitch will catch both sides.

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When you near the end, trim two of your pieces so they are a little shorter than the 3rd.

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Wrap the longer piece around the other two.

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Fold the fabric end up and push it between the coil and remaining braid.

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No raw edges on the end.

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Here’s a quick little video:

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Here are a few examples of other fabric choices:

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The plaid shirting is the same on both sides, so I didn’t have to worry about too much ‘wrong side’ showing on the braids.

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I really like these because they are thick, super absorbent, and fast to make.

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I have a few sets available for sale in my Etsy shop here, here and here!

 

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October 3rd, 2014

Free Split Hatchet Paper Piecing Pattern

by Julie Hirt

Last month I was featured in Online Quilting Magazine with a new paper piecing tutorial.  I call it Split Hatchet.

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I was asked to provide detailed instructions for people that are new to paper piecing, so I wanted a simple block that still holds some interest.

At the time I was working on my Gypsy Wife quilt and had just finished a hatchet block. So there’s where the idea came from.

 

12c_indianhatchet_med image source – susan dague quilts

 

Here is a hatchet quilt that I’m totally in love with. Vintage perfection. It shows how changing the direction of the blocks creates an entirely different look.

You could do O’s (like I did), XO alternating, all one direction like above, every group of 4 a different direction, or even play with a zig zag look.

 

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The templates come in sizes 3″, 4″, 5″ and 6″.  Mine is using the 5″ version.  The smaller template sizes really help eat up some of those tiny fabric scraps.

Download the Paper Piecing instructions, there are a lot of photos for guidance.

Download the templates here or here.

 

If you aren’t familiar with Online Quilt Magazine, you should sign up! It’s a free publication that is emailed to you each month.

Have a wonderful weekend –

 

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September 29th, 2014

Crochet Edged Pillowcases

by Julie Hirt

I’ve been wanting to make some crochet trimmed pillowcases for a long time and I must say, it is totally satisfying.

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The vintage crochet trimmed pillowcases are nice but they tend to have the finer crochet thread and most are just too frilly for me.  What I consider to be modern spin offs (here, here and here are some great examples) are so bright and colorful; I had to make some.

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The fabric I chose is MY FAVORITE FABRIC IN ALL THE LAND.   Seriously.  The print was one of the first fat quarters of fabric I purchased back in 2010.  I was on a mission to find more and posted about it here.  Miracle of miracles, Leslie in Wisconsin (I love you, Leslie) had 2 yards of this glorious fabric and was willing to do a fabric and chocolate exchange for it.  Umm… yes!  I feel like I got the better end of this deal.   When the sweetness arrived I was very much:

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I’ve been sitting on the fabric for a few months trying to decide the *perfect* use for it. I didn’t want to use it as backing and I wanted to be able to see, touch and pet it at whim.   When I remembered the crochet pillowcases it was a ding! ding!  moment.   I have king size pillows so I squeezed the most out of the 2 yards and was able to make 2 pillowcases.  Not even a trim of fabric was left.

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There are several tutorials out there but I did use some white Kona to create my pillowcase flap.  It holds the pillow in place and just cleans up the look.  I love the look of the contrast fabric but didn’t want to take away from the exterior.

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The one thing I did change from the tutorials I’ve seen is the exterior blanket stitch.  I’ll try using it on some other pillowcases – yes, I’m definitely making more.

To get away from using the blanket stitch I marked every half  inch and used a basic back stitch within the seam:

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Well, there you have it.  I know this is a very lengthy post for some pillowcases but I can’t help it. I love this fabric.

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I’m lucky my husband could care less about our bedding.  I’m tempted to crochet trim the top sheet!  Or is that too much?

 

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September 23rd, 2014

Swap Stuff

by Julie Hirt

I can share another Sew Together Bag now that the birthday girl has received it.

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I know she likes purple… I just hope she likes *this much* purple.

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Added a few flying geese to each side and quilted the exterior.

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Used a lighter fabric in the pockets, which may help Renee find things a little easier.

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I really do love this pattern and it will be a go-to for myself and gifts for a long time.

She also received a pincushion, that she almost didn’t receive it because it’s not perfect.

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The pattern is from the Seams to Me book by Anna Marie Horner.  This is my 3rd attempt at this pattern. No matter how hard I try, I cannot get the seams lined up to lay flat.  Since the pincushion is large and useful I’m willing to overlook those things and use it anyway.

I keep my Wonder Clips in the middle and then I have clips and pins handy.

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Here are my fussy cut blocks for last month’s swap with Amanda.

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The theme was ‘travel’ so I used the double decker bus from the Londing Calling line by Jack & Lulu for Dear Stella.

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I think it’s cute and it reminds me of the Weeble Wobble bus I had as a kid.

Hope you’re having a great week!

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