Saturday, August 9, 2014

#ParkBenchQuilt Block 2 - Ball Game

Saturday, August 9, 2014
Early this year, my latest Block of the Month (BOM) design, Park Bench, hit stores, and I've started a series of posts showing off the blocks you're making of each design. Each of the blocks is named for favorite memories and moments in parks. Block 2 is Ball Game. The 4-part diamonds remind of the bases on a baseball diamond.

I've been collecting pictures of blocks as quilters have been sharing them on Instagram. It's so much fun to see your blocks come together and the fabrics you pick to make your quilt unique.

Why do you love being a part of a BOM group or shop program? Or, why do you prefer working on a Park Bench quilt on your own?
Post pictures of your blocks, top and finished quilt using #ParkBenchQuilt and you might find your work featured in a future blog post.

Do you have a favorite ball game in a park moment?
Tell us about why you love BOM designs or share a favorite ball game in the park moment in the comments!

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Happy Hex-iversary! The Hex N More ruler is 2 years old today!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Happy Anniversary
Hex N More!
She's 2 years old today!
Here's some fun info about the Hex N More, in case you haven't been acquainted with each other yet.
What makes this ruler so special is that you can use it to cut 4 different shapes in 4 sizes each!!

The ruler comes with FULL COLOR instructions.
All of the pieces can be cut from strips.

When the Hex N More was first launched, she had 2 full-sized quilt pattern and 3 little pattern companions.

Now she has 2 Block of the Month books (Toes in the Sand & Park Bench), 7 more full-sized quilt patterns, a companion ruler, the Sidekick, and a Mini Ruler little sister, Mini Hex N More! And other pattern designers are also using the Hex N More in their designs, too.

Hex N More makes some fun shapes. You can cut jewels, triangle, hexagons & half hexagons, all in four different sizes each!

Hex N More is a fabric strip friendly ruler. Here are some action shots of how she cuts some of her shapes from a strip.


And to celebrate today's Hex-iversary, I'm giving away a pattern prize pack!
You can win your choice of any 3 patterns pictured here:

The Rules

1. Leave ONE comment to enter. Make sure your contact info is in your profile or that you leave it in the comment.

2. In your comment, tell us why you love the Hex N More ruler or why you are eager to try it out!

3. Comment entries must be left on this blog,, to be valid. Comments sent via E-mail, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other social media will not be counted.

4. Simple as that!!

You have till 9PM PST on Wednesday, August 13th to enter. 

Winner will be selected by 

Thank you for celebrating with us & good luck!

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Single Fold Binding Tutorial

Thursday, July 31, 2014
Binding Tutorial Posts
Basics Post #2 - Bias Binding
Basics Post #3 - Scrappy Bias Binding

Single Fold Binding Tutorial
Above you'll find all the links to previous binding posts.

This tutorial is all about the steps to bind a mini quilt, like one of my Mini Jaybird Quilts.

Single fold binding is great for Mini Quilts and small projects. 
*Please note it is less durable and not recommended for quilts that will be used and washed often.
1. Cut binding strips 1 1/4" wide.
2. Piece strips together at a 45° angle to create one continuous strip long enough to go around the entire quilt.  

3. Trim the seam allowance to a 1/4" and press seams open. 
4. Align the binding with the quilted mini quilt, right sides together as shown.
5. Leave a 5" - 7" tail of binding loose at the start, & sew binding onto quilt with a 1/4" seam allowance. 
6. Stop 1/4" from the corner and backstitch. Take your time & be precise with this step. Mark the 1/4" on the binding if needed.
7. Fold the binding away from the quilt top as shown. It should be 90° from where it was.
8. Fold it back onto the quilt as shown and put a pin in place to hold it.
9. Continue sewing the binding in place with a 1/4" seam allowance stopping and repeating the steps above at each corner. Stop 9" to 10" from where you started to sew the binding on the quilt.
10. Trim the starting edge of the binding to a 45° angle as shown below if it is not already cut at a 45° angle.
11. Lay the long end of the binding on the quilt as shown.

12. Lay the starting tail of the binding on top of the long end as shown and use a ruler to mark the location on the longer piece.

13. Slide a small cutting mat underneath the long tail of binding as shown.
14. Draw a line 1/2" further past the first line. (This will account for the 1/4" seam allowance needed on each of the pieces.

15. Cut along the new line to trim off the excess binding.
16. Place the ends right sides together as shown. It helps to fold the quilt so you don't have to pull on the ends as much.
17. Sew with a 1/4" seam allowance and press the seam open.

18. Finish sewing the binding in place with a 1/4" seam. It should lay flat & you shouldn't be able to tell which seam was the last seam sewn together in the binding.
19. Use an iron on medium heat to press the binding away from the front of the quilt. (Don't press much in the corners.)
20. Flip the quilt over to the back.
21. Carefully press the binding around to the back.

22. Turn the raw edge under and pin in place with glass head pins. Repeat around the entire quilt top. Miter each corner as you go.
23. Gently press the binding in place on top of the glass head pins.
24. Once the binding is ironed in place, remove the glass head pins and replace them with wonder clips. Hand sew the binding in place to finish your project.


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