Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Skopelos & New Cotton and Steel

We've been pretty busy in the shop making room for a lot of new bolts in the past few weeks and they've started to roll in!

Cotton + Steel has a great new collection of Black & White prints and its been flying out the door!


Katarina Roccella has a way with floral prints and we couldn't pass up our favorites from the Skopelos collection!  We have two different bundles available and I am not sure how I'll choose one ... both are so pretty!

And Gardenvale by Jen Kingwell is arriving next week!  Stay tuned!

Happy Sewing!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Smitten Quilt Along : Large Block Three and Small Block Three

Hey everyone!  I hope you are ready for more y-seams!  :-)  This month we are working on Large Block Three AND Small Block Three - they are exactly the same except for the size.  There are even less pieces than last month for each block, so its pretty fast to make... especially since you've got the y-seam down now, right?! ;-) 



For more details on the Smitten Quilt Along, visit this post here for dates and supplies, etc.  If you haven't purchased templates, go ahead and make your's using the pattern and template plastic or other material of your choice.  (Be sure to add the seam allowance if making your own templates.)

Note:  I glue baste my pieces.  I didn't take pictures of this for this month, as I shared them in the first month's post



Don't forget to mark your pieces!  It's all about connecting the dots!  Mark the wrong side of your fabric pieces with dots where the 1/4" seams would meet.  (The acrylic templates have holes, making this super easy!) Alternatively, you could use your ruler and pen to draw lines along the seam allowances to mark your start and stop points.



Layout your block and arrange your the prints as you like them.  You can choose to go scrappy like this block or be a little more matchy-matchy.  It's totally up to you ... I will have a little of both. 



For me, I prefer to piece hexagons and then add in the exterior diamonds.  Alternatively, you could piece all the star diamonds together (low volume prints here) and then add all the exterior diamonds (shown in green) last. It's totally up to you. 



When you are piecing three diamonds into a hexagon, you will sew from the hexagon center all the way to the outer edge.  The center will be the Y seam.  The edges will not be part of a Y seam, you so can sew all the way to the edge through the seam allowance.  Start by joining two diamonds (shown as low volume) and then add in the third (shown in green).



You will have three hexagons and three remaining diamonds for the exterior. Press all the hexagon seams in the same direction. 



Join the hexagons in rows as shown above.  You will sew dot-to-dot, unless you are sewing to an outer edge.  Refer to image below for seams. 



Next, sew the rows together.  Again, sewing dot-to-dot, unless sewing to the outer edge. 



Here is how the back will look when you are finished.



And the front.  Carefully press well.  To make the large block, it works the same... just with bigger diamonds. 



And that's it!  You're done!  Yippee!

Now plan and sew some more ... you need 2 completed Large Block Threes and 7 Small Block Threes.

I hope these photos were helpful to you...  I can't wait to make a few more myself and to see your's too! Don't forget to use #smittenquilt and #smittenquiltqal on Instagram. :-)

If you have questions, leave a comment, email me or tag me on IG!

Happy Sewing!  :)

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Spring Clearance


With so many new arrivals and many more to come, we're making some room in the shop!  Find over 250 prints from your favorite designers at $6.00/yard or less while supplies last!

Happy Sewing! :)

Friday, March 20, 2015

Tutorial : Easter Basket

Hi there!

Just popping in to share my Easter Basket tutorial from a few years ago ...


Find the step-by-step directions for the project here.

Happy Sewing!  :-)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Feed Co, Paradiso & More

It's been pretty fast and furious with the arrival of new bolts in the shop this past week or so ... here's what's new ..

Feed Company by Sweetwater is here.  We loved the black & whites, reds and navys in this one and picked our favorites for the shop ... including these in this fun bundle!


Nomad has a retro vibe and we picked up an awesome feather print and a few low volumes.  I built this special curated collection - Feather Your Nest - around the feather print and I love how it turned out!


Kate Spain has done it again with beautiful prints and a stunning color palette in her newest line, Paradiso.  I am a sucker for pink and when combined with the aquas and navys, its a winner in my book!  We have a few bundles, including this one ...

As well as this Coral & Grey bundle ... which I feel like I must sew with sooner than later!  Find bundles, yardage, and select precuts here.


Carrie at Moda has been doing some fab Mix Ups on Mondays and a few weeks ago, I was inspired by one in particular.  This is my version, which I'm calling Spring Break in the City.  A NYC map print paired with playful aqua, navy and grass green prints.


And we got to the end of our bolts from last month's Low Volume club, so I made a few special edition Low Volume bundles - available while supplies last as some of these prints are not coming back to Sew Lux.


There are also a few new short stacks, lots of new bolt ends, and more to explore in the shop!

Happy Sewing!  :-)

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Smitten Quilt Along : Large Block Two

Hey everyone!  I hope you are ready for more y-seams!  :-)  The Large Block Two comes together similar to last month's.  But with a few less pieces, its pretty fast ... especially since you've got the y-seam down now, right?! ;-) 

For more details on the Smitten Quilt Along, visit this post here for dates and supplies, etc.  If you haven't purchased templates, go ahead and make your's using the pattern and template plastic or other material of your choice.  (Be sure to add the seam allowance if making your own templates.)

Note:  I glue baste my pieces.  I didn't take pictures of this for this month, as I shared them in the post about last month's blocks

Don't forget to mark your pieces!  It's all about connecting the dots!  Mark the wrong side of your fabric pieces with dots where the 1/4" seams would meet.  (The acrylic templates have holes, making this super easy!) Alternatively, you could use your ruler and pen to draw lines along the seam allowances to mark your start and stop points.



We'll use these dots as our start and stop points for sewing. Sew a 1/4" seam and always backstitch to secure, but don't sew past the dots, unless we are sewing to the edge.  (You'd sew to the edge when the seam is not part of a Y-seam intersection... this will hopefully make more sense in pictures below.)


Start by sewing the triangles to six hexagons.  Go ahead and chain piece these - these seams are not part of a Y-seam, so they can be sewn from edge to edge. 



Press toward the triangles once sewn. 

Next, we'll join together the hexagon-triangle units into two sets of three units.  You'll sew dot-to-dot to join these units. 



Then its time to add a diamond in each exterior opening, which complete the overall hexagon shape of the finished block. You'll be sewing from the inside dot (at the Y-seam) all the way to the exterior edge.  



Add in a diamond on the opposite side to finish the half unit.  Repeat with the other trio of hexagon-triangle units.


Join each half to the center hexagon just like we did with Large Block One.  We're sewing dot to dot to join to the center hexagon.



You'll join the sides of the two halves (again - just like last month with Large Block One), sewing dot to dot. Then sew in the remaining two side diamonds just as you did before - sewing from the inner dot to the exterior edge. 

I pressed all my seams in the same direction - refer to the photo below. 



And that's it!  You're done!  Yippee!

Now plan and sew four more ... you need 5 completed Large Block Twos.

I hope these photos were helpful to you...  I can't wait to make a few more myself and to see your's too! Don't forget to use #smittenquilt and #smittenquiltqal on Instagram. :-)

If you have questions, leave a comment, email me or tag me on IG!

Happy Sewing!  :)

Friday, March 6, 2015

Tula Pink's Elizabeth Collection

So exited to share that our Tula Pink Elizabeth bolts are arriving on Monday!


Like every Tula collection, the colors are vibrant and the prints are detailed with fun surprises.  In case you weren't sure you needed it, check out the photo I snapped of her booth from Market last Fall.


The 16th Century Selfie print is perfect for any seamstress's throne and any fussy-cut friendly project!

Full collection bundles, yardage and color way bundles now available.

Happy Sewing!  :-)

P.S. I will be back tomorrow with Smitten Month 2 Sewing :)