August 13, 2018

8/13/2018 Gifts

We're in for a lot of fun sewing in the next few weeks. We will be sewing Christmas Cheer by Cotton Way.  The pattern can be purchased here. The fabric we will be using is Vintage Holiday by Bonnie and Camille. The kit can be purchased here. I will not be posting measurements of the pieces. You will have to purchase the pattern to find this information.





We've been having fun the last few weeks sewing Christmas Cheer by Cotton Way. If you haven't joined us yet, it's not too late.  The pattern can be purchased here. The fabric we will be using is Vintage Holiday by Bonnie and Camille. The kit can be purchased here. I will not be posting measurements of the pieces. You will have to purchase the pattern to find this information.

Who doesn't love a gift, especially at Christmas time. We're going to be working on Row #6 Gift, the next two weeks. There are 7 different pieces with the Gift block. It's an easy row to sew together.

I chose six different fabrics for the packages and 6 different fabrics for the bows.



First off I decided what would look good together.

Here is an easier way I grouped my cuts...
I wrote down all of the white cuts first, then my bow cuts, and last my package cuts.

White... A-12 squares
             C-6 squares (I cut mine a little larger, so I could trim.)
             E-12 rectangles
             F-6 rectangles

Bows- B-1 each fabric Need 6 fabrics (I cut mine a little larger, so I could trim.)
           D-2 each fabric Need 6 fabrics
           G-1 each fabric Need 6 fabrics

Package-H-2 rectangles each. Need 6 fabrics



Here they are all lined up ready to sew...



You'll need to keep in mind that some of the fabrics are directional, such as the Christmas ornaments. (Don't want those hanging upside down on the packages.)

Step 1 Mark line diagonally on all of your D pieces. Place 1 D bow point square on white F rectangle. Sew and trim.




Add 2nd square and sew, then trim. You are making flying geese.  Set aside.



Step 2. Mark your C white squares diagonally and sew on both sides of the line, cut apart, and press to the dark side. I then trimmed mine up to 1-3/8"x 1-3/8".


****Do not panic because your half square triangles are not the same size as your flying geese.****Ask me how I know!



You will then sew the white E rectangle to the top of your half square triangle. Paying attention to the dark part of the triangle for the bow. (I sorted my triangles into left and right sides. 



Press towards E (white rectangles.) Sew these pieces together to form your bow. I pressed these seams open for less bulk.



Add A rectangles to both sides of bow. 




I pressed these seams towards the large white rectangles.

You are now finished with half of your blocks. Now to your package.



I sorted my H rectangles into left and right sides and placed my G rectangles in the center and sewed together, pressing to the center (G).
***Be aware of directional fabrics.***



Take your bow (Top portion of block) and sew to the package portion.

I pressed towards the package. (The directions say to press towards bow.) Less bulky seams.



Here is my pressing for the back.



Arrange the packages for your row and sew together. I pushed one of my seams going the other directions, so I created less bulky seams. I then just clipped about an inch away from the seam and repressed. Don't cut into your previous seam. I stayed two or three threads away.



Your gifts should measure 72-1/2". If not, trim to size and add your sashing.



Sew to your other five rows.

We'll see you in a couple weeks. We'll be working on friendship stars. Remember to post your pics on our Facebook page.



July 30, 2018

7/30/2018 Peppermints

We're in for a lot of fun sewing in the next few weeks. We will be sewing Christmas Cheer by Cotton Way.  The pattern can be purchased here. The fabric we will be using is Vintage Holiday by Bonnie and Camille. The kit can be purchased here. I will not be posting measurements of the pieces. You will have to purchase the pattern to find this information.




We've been having fun the last few weeks sewing Christmas Cheer by Cotton Way. If you haven't joined us yet, it's not too late.  The pattern can be purchased here. The fabric we will be using is Vintage Holiday by Bonnie and Camille. The kit can be purchased here. I will not be posting measurements of the pieces. You will have to purchase the pattern to find this information.

We're on Row 5 Peppermints. These are simple half square triangles with a twist and who doesn't love a little peppermint at Christmas time.

I chose 5 greens, 4 reds and 9 whites. I did not use the background fabric for any of my peppermints. I wanted my peppermints to stand out from the background fabric.



I chose 6 whites and used 3 of them a second time.



You will need to cut each fabric according to directions. I cut my squares 1/8" larger, so I could trim my blocks. You will also need 36 C squares and your filler strips.



Follow step 1 by marking the white squares from corner to corner.



 Sew on both sides of the squares, cut apart, press, and I pressed to the dark fabrics. Trim to 3-1/2". I found that it was easier to trim the individual squares now, instead of waiting until the block was completely sewn.



Arrange your block according to the pattern and above. Sew together.



Here is the back of how I pressed to get good points.



Here is the back of my block. I have swirled by seam. Unpick the outermost stitches (two or three) of the perpendicular seams. From here you'll be able to fan the seams creating a cute square. Fan the seams to all run the same direction all around the block.

Next, mark all of your white background squares from corner to corner. You will sew on the line of your white block from corner to corner. I sewed a square onto each block, rotated, then sewed squares onto the next side. Once I made it around all of my blocks, I trimmed to 1/4" and pressed to the background fabric.



The next step is deciding how you want your blocks arranged. 

After deciding, I sewed my end strip to my farthest left block and sewed my filler strips on the left hand side of all of my blocks. 

Then sewed them in pairs.

Pretty soon, I had this row completed. Trim. You'll measure the same as before. Find the center and measure out 36-1/4" for the left side, then measure for the right side. Add another sashing strip and you are finished. 

Sorry, about the pic. These are a few of my other projects I'm working on at the same time. I'll get another pic and post on Facebook. Have a fun time sewing this block.

July 16, 2018

July 16, 2018 Hearts

We're in for a lot of fun sewing in the next few weeks. We will be sewing Christmas Cheer by Cotton Way.  The pattern can be purchased here. The fabric we will be using is Vintage Holiday by Bonnie and Camille. The kit can be purchased here. I will not be posting measurements of the pieces. You will have to purchase the pattern to find this information.



How is everyone doing on their rows? If you're behind don't worry...the blocks are easy and you can get caught up easily. We're onto row 4, hearts. This is a simple block to make and I'll give you a few hints to make it even easier. Let's get started.

First things first...decide on your fabrics for your hearts. I decided on these.


You will need to cut 2 each of all 14 fabrics. These are your A blocks.

Cut out background fabrics. You will need 56 B pieces and 28 C pieces.  You will also need to cut your filler strips and your end strips. Check your pattern for sizes and directions from the designer.

Here are my fabrics all grouped together.


I then sorted each of these into a left heart and a right heart.


Attaching B to heart...I marked a line from corner to opposite corner of the small B square, sew on the line marked on B for the inner corner of the left side of the heart. I pressed the left side of the heart to the colored fabrics. It will make it easier to nest your fabrics together when you're sewing the hearts together.

Tip! Sit directly in front of your machine, so you are looking directly at where your needle sews into  the fabric. You will get a more accurate seam, by sitting directly in front, so your view isn't off a little.

Do the same thing with the right side of the heart by adding the B square. Trim to 1/4" and press. I pressed this seam to the white.


Add the B squares after you mark the lines and sew on the line to the outer sides of the heart for the left and right side. Trim to 1/4" and press. I pressed this seam to the white.



Next I marked all of my C squares from corner to corner. I attached all of my C squares to my hearts, then attached the C squares to the right side of my hearts. Trim to 1/4" and press the left side seams to the colored fabrics and the right side seams to the white fabrics.


Sew both sides of heart together for each fabric. I pressed this seam open because of bulk.


Here is a pic of my pressing.


I then decided how I wanted my layout.


I stacked them up in the order from I wanted them from left to right, with the farthest left being on top and sewed an end strip to the first heart and then started sewing my sashing strips to the left side of all the hearts. (I added the right end strip later.) I pressed each row to the sashing strip. (I used a leader/ender to be able to press everything at one time and keep everything in order.)


I then stacked them up again (in order) and sewed heart 1 and 2 together, 3 and 4 together and so on, once again using a leader/ender to press together and keep in order.


And voila, everything went together perfectly. Measure once again from the center out for 36-1/4", trim and measure the opposite side.


Here is my completed row.  I then sewed my sashing strip to the bottom of this row and added this row to the completed rows 1-3. Check out Facebook for the my completed rows.

I'll be back in two weeks and we'll be working on the Peppermints.