Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tutorial : Snowy Stars Table Runner

This tutorial is part of our Christmas in July series of tutorials.

I'm working with this fun bundle from Be Jolly by Deb Strain for Moda.  I actually have two different projects from this bundle to share.  In this tutorial, I am sharing a quick and easy table runner using the Bloc Loc HRT ruler and the blues from our Be Jolly bundle.  (Check out my other tutorial with the red and greens.)

Project Requirements: 

Finished runner measures approximately 11.5 x 31.5.

Cut the Blocks:

From each of three blue fat quarters, cut one 2.5 x 20" strip, cut two 2.25 x 20" strips, and one 3.5" square.  From the 2.5" strip, subcut into four 2.5 x 5" rectangles.  Reserve the two 2.25" strips for binding later.

Cut two of each rectangle in opposite directions as shown. You will need 4 triangles in each direction for each of the three prints.

From the background (red & white dot), two 2.5" x WOF strips.  Subcut into twelve 2.5 x 5" rectangles. 
Then cut two 4.5" x WOF strips.  From these, subcut to get FOUR 4.5" squares, FOUR 4.5" x 7.5" rectangles and TEN 1.5 x 4.5" rectangles.

Make the Star Points: 

Sew each blue triangle to a background triangle right sides together.  Off set the triangles a little bit. Carefully press toward the blue print.  (See more photos of this step in this tutorial here.) 

Trim each HRT using your Bloc Loc.  Be sure to use the correct ruler for each of the two types of triangles.

Place your ruler on top of the pieced unit and slide it toward the seam until it locks on. Be sure that your completed size (2" x 3.5") is included in the trim lines.  Trim the top and side.

Then slide the ruler up along the seam until the trimmed edges are lined up with the lines for the correct size (2" x 3.5").  Trim the left and bottom sides. Repeat to trim all 24 units.

Next, join an "A" HRT unit and a "B" HRT unit together.  Press seams open.  Sew four pairs of each print.

Assemble the Top:

Start by sewing a 1.5 x 4.5" rectangle to two star point units from each of the three fabrics.  Press toward the background sashing strip. These units will be used in Rows 1 and 3 below.

(click to enlarge photo)

Using the diagram above, sew the pieced star points, center squares and background pieces into three rows as shown.  Press toward the background when possible.

Once you've pieced the rows, join them together to complete the top.

Finish the Runner:

Prepare a backing using the 4th fat quarter and strips from the remaining fabric from the 3 prints used in the stars.  Baste and quilt as desired.

 I did some meandering and loops as well as some free hand swirls and snowflakes.  These smaller peieces are a great time to practice your free motion quilting!

Join the 2.25" strips from the 3 fat quarters to make a scrappy binding.  Attach to the front and finish by hand or machine.  (See more on binding here.)

Enjoy! :-)  If you make one, please share the link!  I'd love to see it!

Happy Sewing! :-)

Tutorial : Twisted Ribbons Pillow

This tutorial is part of our Christmas in July series of tutorials.

I'm working with this fun bundle from Be Jolly by Deb Strain for Moda.  I actually have two different projects from this bundle to share.  First, I have a fun pillow for you today using the Bloc Loc HRT ruler and the reds and greens from our Be Jolly bundle.  (Check out my other tutorial with the blues here.)

Project Requirements: 

  • You'll need four fat quarters and a half yard of background.  I'm using prints from Be Jolly and a half yard of the Tiny Dottie White Red.  
  • You'll also need the "B" ruler from the Bloc Loc Half Rectangle Triangle (HRT) ruler.
  • 20" square of batting and pillow front backing fabric
  • Sewing machine and basic supplies

From two fat quarters (red and green), cut four strips 2.5" wide x 20" long.  Subcut each strip into four 2.5" x 5" rectangles.  You need 13 rectangles of each color.

From the background fabric, cut four strips 2.5" x WOF.  Subcut each into eight 2.5" x 5" rectangles.  You need 25 rectangles.

Cut each of the 2.5" x 5" rectangles in half along the diagonal. Cut them all the same and be sure its the same direction as your ruler!

You need 25 triangles of each color and 50 triangles of background.

Place two triangles right sides together and off set the points a little as shown in the photo.  Sew a 1/4" seam. Chain stitch and get all those triangles sewn together!

Press each triangle carefully to the main print (away from the background). Since we got some bias going on, I like to finger press then use the iron.

Place your ruler on top of the pieced unit and slide it toward the seam until it locks on. Be sure that your completed size (2" x 3.5") is included in the trim lines.  Trim the top and right sides.

Then slide the ruler up along the seam until the trimmed edges are lined up with the lines for the correct size (2" x 3.5").  Trim the left and bottom sides. Repeat to trim all 50 units.

Piece 10 columns of five blocks sewn end-to-end.  Five with green on the ends and five with red on the ends.  Press columns toward the bottom of the red & green triangles.

Piece the rows together. I ended up pressing seams open between the columns to reduce some of the bulk at the seams.

Cut two strips 3" x WOF from the background and use to add borders to the top. Baste and quilt as desired.  Then trim to 18.5" square.

Use the remaining two fat quarters to piece the backing.  (See more on how I piece backings for pillows in this tutorial here.)

Enjoy your new pillow!  :-)

If you make Twisted Ribbons pillow, I'd love to see it!  Tag me on Istagram (@sewlux) or link in the comments below!

Happy Sewing! :-)

Monday, July 21, 2014

Christmas in July - Winter Wonderland

Welcome to our first day of our Christmas in July tutorial series!  I am so excited for you to see all the projects this week ... I've seen some sneak peeks and you're going to love them.  I hope you'll stop by and say hello to all of our Christmas in July friends throughout the week!

Each day this week, we'll feature projects from one of five different Christmas lines.  And ... we have all of our Christmas yardage, bundles and precuts 10% off this week with coupon XMAS10.

Are you ready for our first collection?

Winter Wonderland is a sweet little collection.  We picked our favorite red and whites for the shop ... including the sweetest little snowmen!  I love that the low volume prints in this collection can be used for any project, not just your holiday projects!

I'm thrilled to say that our first Christmas in July tutorial comes from a good friend of our's, Lee of May Chappell.  She is one talented quilter and knows all things Bernina!  She does a great Tuesday Tips series, teaches so many classes around central NC and is so fun to be around.

Go check out her ornament tutorial here.

Happy Sewing! :-)

Christmas in July Project Link Up

Our Christmas in July Series is in full swing!

We're all about getting a head start on all that holiday sewing!  My goal is to not be sewing a binding on Christmas morning this year!  :-)

We'd love for you to link up your completed projects for a chance to win some fun prizes, including a gift certificate to Sew Lux and some May Chappell patterns! Learn more about the prizes here.

Here are the rules for entering the linky contest:

  • Your completed project should be from one of the tutorials from our series this week.  We'll have 9 different projects over the course of the week, so there's sure to be something for everyone!  (You can use one of our fun bundles or your own stash.)
  • One entry per person (Make more than one thing?  Write them up in one post for the linky entry.)
  • Have fun sewing!
Link Up Closes 8/4/14.

Happy Sewing! :-)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sewvivor - Sew Lux

Have you seen the buzz about the Sewvivor competition hosted by Rachel at Family Ever After?  I've been back and forth about entering and finally decided to go for it!  And regardless of whether I make it into the competition, I will definitely be following (and sewing) along!

So, what's "Sewvivor?"  Well, its kind of like the reality show, only the challenges aren't standing on a pole over a mud hole for whoever can last the longest ... its all quilting related!  Truth be told, I used to watch the show religiously in college and even helped my roommate make her contestant entry video!

This year, its all about the quilting and there are four different challenges with some twists and turns here and there and it sounds like so much fun.  I've even been sketching up some ideas for what I might make to stay alive!

But first, here's my entry ...

I had two different options for what I feel like are my favorite quilting projects.  But in the end, my first Amy Butler Weekender Bag won out.

The pattern sat in my sewing room for several years ... all that interfacing and the horror stories were a little scary!  But seeing some friends make them at retreats, I figured "hey, I can do this."  I knew that I wanted to quilt the panels, but QAYG seemed like it would take forever and I really wanted to piece them.  And then Camille started introducing the mini quilt patterns.

If you know me, you know I love pink, aqua and a good black & white low volume (especially dots), so the fabric choices were easy.  I pieced a mini Swoon and then a mini Spool ...

And then a little economy block (since that was also all the rage on IG at the time)...

And did a little subway tile pattern for the back pocket.

All the panels and pockets were quilted and I have to admit that I carried this around the house from room to room after finishing it just so I could keep looking at it!

Making a bag like this was challenging and I learned a lot.  The piping, the zipper, the importance of the jeans needle.  Lots of new techniques to practice in this one.  And I loved it ... except for sewing on that second side!  I've even made a second one since!

Fortunately, I was able to take some glamour shots in Hawaii a few weeks after finishing.  (Tough, right?!)

So there you have it ... my entry for Sewvivor!

Thanks for stopping by and good luck to everyone!

Happy Sewing!  :-)

Shop News - Cotton + Steel and New Precuts!

Hey there!  Hope you've all had a great weekend!  I've been sewing up a storm for our Christmas in July series and am looking forward to sharing some great projects with you this week!

A few quick updates if you haven't heard yet ... 

Cotton + Steel Basics are here - yardage and bundles!

And a fresh bunch of new precuts just showed up, including some great collections we saw (and loved!) at Market! 

And save 10% on all Christmas yardage, bundles and kits this week! 

See you tomorrow for the start of the Christmas in July tutorials! 

Happy Sewing! :-) 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

New Bloc Loc Favorites

Hey y'all!

You know I love the Bloc Loc rulers and when we went to market we saw a few new rulers that we had to have - the Half Rectangle Triangle and the Cogwheel Ruler.

Basically, I totally fell in love with this quilt that was hanging in the booth ...

I am trying to get my hands on the pattern for it.  BUT, I did get to play around with the Cogwheel ruler last weekend and came up with this ...

Super fun and fast to make using strips.  I watched the YouTube video and the directions are also included in this 2-ruler set.

I am planning a few block tutorials for after our Christmas in July series next week. :-) The possibilities are endless!!!

Happy Sewing! :-)