Friday, April 7, 2017

Cookie Cutter

Friday, April 7, 2017
I'm so excited to share my latest pattern with you. Meet Cookie Cutter!

Quilt Details 
Fabric is Kona by Robert Kaufman
Pattern - Cookie Cutter, JBQ 170
Designed by me 
Quilted by Angela Walters
Started on 1/26/17
Finished on 3/10/17
Quilt measures - 56" x 72"

Here are the Kona cotton colors I used.

You'll be able to get a FQ bundle soon. Robert Kaufman will be shipping them to shops this July.

Cookie Cutter can be made in 5 sizes: Baby, Lap, Twin, Queen or King.
The fabric requirements on the back of the pattern are listed in precuts for Baby, Lap & Twin, yardage for Queen or King. Here is a quick cheat sheet for how many bundles you can use to make the quilt size you want:

You can see some great detail here of Angela's quilting. The background fabric is Kona White.

I tried baking sugar cookies this past holiday season & I'm hooked. My new collection of cookie cutters in the kitchen inspired this design.

Cookie Cutter is made using the Super Sidekick ruler & I've got a video tutorial to help you learn how to use the ruler. Full size templates are included in the pattern.

I used Bahama Blue to back the quilt & my perfect binding tutorial will help you to finish it.

I've got a few outtakes for you from the cover photo shoot. Here I am testing out our location.

My dad came along with me & then we switched spots because he thought it was best for me to be behind the camera.

You can still see dad's hand on the left. He didn't trust me that the quilt wouldn't fall in to the water feature below. Eventually he trusted me and we got the photo you see on the cover.

The Cookie Cutter pattern is printed in full color, will be shipping to shops in mid-April & there's no Y seams!! Be sure to share your Cookie Cutter quilts with us on social media using #CookieCutterQuilt. I can't wait to see what you come up with!

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Tula Pink Tabby Road Projects

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Tula Pink's Tabby Road collection is in stores now so I wanted to share some of projects & quilts that I've made with it.

The Cosmo bag by Amy Butler from her book Style Stitches is one of my trusty go-to bags that holds a bunch & looks great doing it.

I used this contrasting print for the bottom that is from Tula's Slow & Steady collection.

It is the dark blue hexagon with pink accents.

I used the same contrasting fabric inside + I added a zipper pouch into the lining.

I also made a coordinating Atkinson Designs Cash & Carry.

I worked hard to fussy cut the can placement on the outside pocket.

On the inside I used a floral and made sure you could see the tiny mouse when the pouch is open.

I'm really happy with the set and use them regularly.

I've got two Comet quilts in Tabby Road that I made using the Hex N More ruler, quilted by Teresa Silva.

Comet is a fast & fun pattern for featuring large scale prints that you don't want to cut up. I enjoyed fussy cutting the cats & a few other Tabby Road prints.

One of the best parts of Comet is that there are no Y seams in the construction!! 

Comet is available in shops now!

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Friday, January 27, 2017

My Secrets to Piecing 60-Degree Triangles

Friday, January 27, 2017

For this tutorial I am going to show you how to sew 60-degree triangles together into pairs, then rows & then put the rows together. 

3 1/2" triangles are shown here. The concepts are the same for other size triangles cut from the Hex N More, Sidekick and Super Sidekick rulers. 

The triangles are all arranged with the blunt point up or down. 

Take the 2nd triangle and place it on top of the first, right sides together. 

Alignment is key. Make sure they are exactly on top of each other before sewing them together with a 1/4" seam. Press seams open.

Here is the sewn pair back together with the other triangles. 

After sewing the 1/4" seam, check to measure that it is accurate. 

I know this can feel tedious, but accuracy matters. Any mistake in seam allowances at this point will just compound as you continue with your project. 

If the seam is off, make adjustments with your machine or where you place the fabric to get it accurate. It is best to stop and correct any seam allowance issues now.

Repeat the steps with other pairs as shown. If your row has an odd number of triangles, just leave the last one as a single.

Next we will sew two sets together.

Flip the right set up and over on top of the left set as shown. Align the point of the 3rd triangle with the dog ear created from sewing the first set together.

Align the top right corner point of the 2nd triangle with the dog ear created from sewing the second set together.

Sew a 1/4" seam. Press the seams open.

Again check to measure that it is accurate.

Here are the sewn 4 triangles back together with the other triangles & sets.

Finish sewing together all of the sets and single triangles in each row.

Confirm that the points of each triangle are 1/4" in from the edge of the seam. This way they will be exactly where you want them to be once you start sewing rows together.

Place the two rows right sides together. Put a pin in at the exact point where the triangles meet.

Carefully push the pin through to the second piece where the triangles meet.

Your piece should look like this. Now put two pins in the piece as you would normally pin, one on either side of this straight pin. Be careful to make sure that you keep this pin perpendicular to the seam when adding the other two pins. Once those pins have been added you can remove this pin. 

Repeat at the other intersection of triangle points. Sew the two rows together with a quarter inch seam. Press open.

Now you have 6 triangles points that meet up perfectly!

Here's the back of my completed piece so that you can see where all of the seams are etc.

My finished piece measures 6 1/2" tall x 11" wide at the middle. 

Practice and accuracy are my secrets to making points match when sewing triangles and other 60-degree shapes. 

To learn more about how to add blunt points to 60-degree diamonds, check out my Sidekick Diamonds Tutorial.

To practice sewing with 60-degree triangles, check out my Picnic Placemat Tutorial.


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