Friday, February 21, 2020

Color It Red Blog Hop - My Day Too

Once again it's sad to see the last day of a blog hop arrive, but it's been an incredible
week of Color It Red. I'm glad I don't have to pick a favorite red project because that
would be impossible. Everything has been so amazing!


It's my day to share something red and it was fun to go through my stash looking for anything red.
 I realized I have a lot of red fabric and I was busy using some of it this month.

I'm so lucky to get to design for Crafter's Edge and play with their fabric dies!
I needed a red project for Color It Red and a Crafter's Edge elephant project, so I'm
combining the two to lessen my load while I'm packing to move.

The Mama and Baby Elephant fabric dies were perfect for this easy quilt-as-you-go red project.

Elephant Stroll
42" x 46"


Supplies:

Batting at least 45” x 49”
Crafter’s Edge  Mama and Baby Elephant Fabric Die

 Fabric needed:

White – 1/4 yard
Blue polka dot – 1/2 yard
Orange polka dot – 1/2 yard
Red polka dot -1/2 yard
Green striped binding – 1/2 yard
Quilt back – 1 2/3 yard

Cutting instructions: *WOF – fabric cut from one selvedge edge to the other

Cut 1 – 8 ½” x WOF strips (elephant white background fabric)
Cut 19 – 2 ½” x WOF strips (in seven orange, six red, six blue)
Cut 1 – 45” x 51” (quilt back)
Cut 7 – 2 ½” x 42” (binding)

Sewing/Applique Instructions: Seams are sewn 1/4” wide. A walking foot is recommended.

Step 1: Applique Elephants- Iron adhesive to wrong side of fabrics following package directions. 


Cut out elephants with adhesive paper right side up. *They have an adapter so Crafter's Edge dies can be used with other cutting machines.


The edges aren't sharp, but can cut up to six layers.



Peel off paper liner from the backs of elephants. Place applique, adhesive side down, on right side of fabric. Press according to package directions until entire piece is bonded. Let cool. Sew around edges of applique using a straight, zig-zag, or blanket stitch.


Step 2: Quilt backing with batting and basting spray - Protect the area where you will be working by placing an old sheet or paper under and around the area you’ll be spraying. Place the batting on work area, smoothing to remove wrinkles (iron if needed.) Place the quilt backing, wrong side down, on top of batting. Smooth to remove wrinkles. Having the batting a bit larger than the backing is suggested.

Roll back about six inches of the quilt back to expose some of the batting. Using the basting spray, spray batting from one edge to the other. Carefully lay the wrong side of quilt backing over the sprayed surface of batting. Smooth fabric to ensure it adheres to the sprayed fabric and remove any wrinkles. Roll back the rest of the quilt back to continue spraying and smoothing about six inches at a time until you reach the bottom of the quilt back. Check for creases or folds you might have missed.


Step 3: With a washable pen, mark batting 42” across and 46” down as shown in illustration. These lines will help keep your rows straight.


Step 4: Quilt-as-you-go front – Turn backing and batting over to have batting facing up. Using Spray N Bond Adhesive, spray wrong side of top 2½” strip. Place strip right side up across top of batting on top line (it will overlap the side lines…that’s okay.) Smooth to make sure it is straight and goes from one side to the other on the top line.



Step 5: Applique elephants 8 ½” x WOF strip - Place 8½” x WOF appliqued elephant strip right side down on right side of top strip. Make sure it will be going the right direction once it is flipped back down. Sew 1/4” seam across bottom of strips. Open and press seam flat.


Step 6: Continue sewing strips across quilt batting by placing right sides of strips together, sewing with a 1/4” seam, flipping open, and pressing.


NOTE: Don’t sew all the rows the same direction or they may start curving. Sew from right side and then switch to left side with each of the rows. Be sure to measure after adding a few rows to make sure you are keeping the strips straight. It’s easier to make a slight adjustment as you go along rather than finding you are way off when you reach the bottom.

Step 7: After all strips have been added, trim away any excess fabric and batting from top, bottom, and sides of quilt along lines. Sometimes there is a little less or extra at the bottom of the quilt depending on seam sizes.

Step 8: Add binding using your favorite method.



I also made this using Crafter's Edge Nested Hearts which you can find instructions HERE.


I made this table runner with red fabric for a Valentine project at Therm O Web.


This was my original Color It Red project, but...

This quilt is child size, but it didn't start out that way. It originally had two more borders on it 
so it would have been good for a bigger child. BUT, for whatever reason, those two borders 
would not cooperate and seemed to enjoy being ripped out TWICE rather than fit properly. 

When I explained the problem to my husband, he asked me what I did with it. I told
him I wadded  folded it up and threw it  placed it aside for later. Not wanting to totally
throw in the towel on this, I trimmed away the two borders and added binding. 

I have no idea what the problem was as I measured once, twice, and three times
yet it still was off somehow. It wasn't my fault, of course. LOL


I hope you got a chance to visit all these blogs that showed their red:

February 17th

February 18th

February 19th

February 20th
Seams To Be Sew

February 21st

There's a Pinterest page for all the Color It Red projects HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Day Four Of The Color It Red Blog Hop

It's been four days of red in quilts, bags, mug rugs, and more...I'm loving it!
Only one more day of red inspiration after today!


The rules of the blog hop were simple:
The color red had to be somewhere in their project...that's it!

Look who's using their red this week:


I hope you enjoy all the redness that's happening this week.
We all love to hear from you, so it would be very sweet if you'd leave a comment.

You can find the Pinterest page for Color It Red HERE.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Day Three Of The Color It Red Blog Hop

It's day three of the "Color It Red" blog hop and I'm so impressed by all the inspiration
that's happening. Be sure to visit all the blogs...it's an amazing adventure in red!


The rules of the blog hop were simple:
The color red had to be somewhere in their project...that's it!

Look who's using their red this week:


I hope you enjoy all the redness that's happening this week.
We all love to hear from you, so it would be very sweet if you'd leave a comment.

You can find the Pinterest page for Color It Red HERE.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Day Two Of The Color It Red Blog Hop

It's day two of more red projects in the "Color It Red" blog hop.
Yesterday was full of incredible and amazing inspiration!


The rules of the blog hop were simple:
The color red had to be somewhere in their project...that's it!

Look who's using their red this week:


I hope you enjoy all the redness that's happening this week.
We all love to hear from you, so it would be very sweet if you'd leave a comment.

You can find the Pinterest page for Color It Red HERE.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Color It Red Blog Hop

Even though Valentine's Day is over, it still means the month of love and that
means the color red is everywhere in hearts and kisses!
It's a perfect month for the "Call It Red" Blog Hop.


The rules of the blog hop were simple:
The color red had to be somewhere in their project...that's it!

Look who's using their red this week:

February 17th

February 18th

February 19th

February 20th
February 21st

I hope you enjoy all the redness that's happening this week.
We all love to hear from you, so it would be very sweet if you'd leave a comment.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Valentine Sew Along With ThermOWeb, Carla, And Me

I love doing blog hops and sew alongs with my friend, Carla at Creatin' in the Sticks.
She's so amazingly talented!

Today we're sharing our Valentine Sew Along projects on the ThermOWeb blog.
The block and projects are free!
You can check them out HERE.

This is my table runner made from our blocks.



This is Carla's cute quilt...love it!


Of course, we used our favorite ThermOWeb products to make them.


Happy Valentine's Day!

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Riley Blake Design Modern Farmhouse Blog Tour

Riley Blake Designs new fabric, Modern Farmhouse, is full of beautiful designs and colors.
There's a bit of sparkle in some of the fabrics and the buffalo checks add just the right touch.
The fabrics are 100 per cent cotton and feel as wonderful as they look.



Modern Farmhouse by Simple Simon & Company for Riley Blake Designs is great for
 quilting, apparel and home decor. The text print features positive messages.


55" x 55"


The rooster and tractor are ready for their day on the farm!



It was hard to catch the gold sparkle in this fabric, but trust me, it's gorgeous!


Wake up!


Ready to roll! 
The quilting was by Quilted Works and as usual, they did a wonderful job.


I love the green, pink, and black combo of fabrics.


I used my favorite scalloped border in black sparkle flowers on "Rise and Shine".


The wind was really whipping around, but my trusted crew handled it well.


You can find the pattern for "Rise and Shine" HERE



For more fun with "Modern Farmhouse" check out these blogs:


Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Lumbar Valentine Pillow With Crafter's Edge LOVE Die

February is the month of showing the ones we love how much we care.
A Valentine lumbar pillow would make an excellent gift for someone with a bad back,
 especially with the word "LOVE" on the front to remind them that you care.


It's so easy to make using the Crafter's Edge "LOVE" fabric die!


The cutting edges are not sharp!


Pillow size: 12" x 20"


Supplies used:

Oliso Mini Project Iron - This iron is great for projects like this!
Aurifil Thread
Four fat quarters - one white, one pink check, one solid pink
12" x 20" lumbar pillow form



Cutting instructions:

Cut 1 - 7" x 15" white, center block
Cut 1 - 7" x 15" interfacing
Cut 2 - 4" x 7" check fabric, border
Cut 2 - 4" x 21" check fabric, border
Cut 2 - 13" x 13", pink, back



Sewing/applique instructions: seams are sewn at 1/2"

*Tip: Use a heat resistant applique sheet to arrange your applique before applying it to your fabric. This helps avoid mistakes in placement. Just lightly press the pieces in place on the applique sheet and let cool before removing. Iron on right side of fabric following manufacturer’s directions.

*Tip: Ironing Heat n Bond Fusible Interfacing to the back of an applique block can help keep the threads from showing through fabric and make stitching small pieces easier.



Step 1: Center Block applique - Prepare the applique patterns using iron-on adhesive; follow package directions. Iron adhesive pieces to wrong side of fabrics following package directions. 


Step 2: Cut out applique pieces with the iron-on adhesive's protective paper facing up. That way the design will be facing the right direction when you iron it on your fabric.


Step 3: Peel off paper liner from the backs of applique pieces. Place applique, adhesive side down, on right side of fabric. Press according to package directions until entire piece is bonded. Let cool.Sew around edges of applique using a straight, zig-zag, or blanket stitch.


Step 4: Border - With right sides together, sew a 4" x 7" check fabric strip to each side of center block. Press seams towards border. With right sides together, sew 4" x 21" check fabric strip to top and bottom of center block.

Step 5: Pillow Back - Fold under 1/4" on one side of each 13" x 13" pink square and press. Fold again and press.


Step 6: Sew along edge.


Step 7: Place right side of front pillow facing up. Place right sides of hemmed pillow backing face down on front pillow. 


Step 8: Line up outside edges with hemmed edges overlapping. Pin to hold in place. Sew around all outside edges with a 1/2" seam.  


Step 9: Double stitch at folds. Clip corners. Turn inside out; press edges.


Step 10: Place a pillow form inside and you're ready to gift it to someone you love!


Happy Valentine month!