Sunday, July 5, 2020

Tumbler Quilt Using Crafters Edge Cutting Dies

I've made tumbler quilts before, but never with the ease of this one. Using Crafter's Edge Tumbler cutting die really sped up the process. Because they cut so precise and without stretching the fabric, they sew together perfectly.

Elephant Walk Baby Quilt
42" x 42"

Crafter's Edge Crossover II and Tumbler dies

There are five sizes of tumblers...I love that!

Here's what you need to make the "Elephant Walk Baby Quilt":


Heat n Bond Lite Iron-on Adhesive or your favorite iron-on adhesive

Fabric needed:

1 ¼ yard white
Tumblers - 2 charm packs or 8-12 fat quarters
2 fat quarters for elephants (scraps for eyes and ears)
1/8 yard for blue strip
1/2 yard for dark blue Border A
3/8 yard binding
1 ¼ yard backing (allows extra for quilting)

Cutting instructions:

Cut 1 – 9 ½” x 36” white strip
Cut 1 – 2 ½” x 36” blue strip
Cut 53 – white 4” tumbler blocks
Cut 53 – print 4” tumbler blocks
Cut 2 – 4” x 36” dark blue strips, left and right Border A
Cut 2 – 4” x 43” dark blue strips, top and bottom Border A
Cut 5 – 2 ½” x 43” binding strips
Cut backing to fit quilt front

Charm packs were perfect for the 4" x 4" tumbler die that I used along with some other fabrics from my stash. The dies cut best if you angle them a bit before running them through your machine.

Sewing the tumblers together is really easy. With right sides together, place one narrow end and one wide end together. Don't line them up exactly...leave a tiny bit of the end showing when you put them together. Sew with a 1/4" seam.

With that little bit of fabric showing, the tumblers line up perfectly when you open them. Press the seam to the side.

With right sides together, sew the tumblers into seven rows of 15 tumblers each, alternating the white and print pieces. With right sides together, sew the rows together making sure to alternate the colors and whites. Pressing the seams of each row in opposite directions helps to nest them nicely when the rows get sewn together. After the rows are sewn together, press seams down.

Once the tumblers are sewn together, the ends that aren't even need to be trimmed. Trim them right in the middle of both sides which should give the tumbler section a measurement of 36" across and 25" down. Check your measurements before you trim those end tumblers!

Now it's time to add those cute elephants! Crafter’s Edge Mama and Baby Elephant Fabric Die has two sizes of elephants. Did you know you can get a conversion platform set that's compatible with the Accuquilt GO!® You can and it works great!

Step 1: Applique – Iron adhesive to wrong side of fabric following package directions.

Step 2: Cut out applique die using your cutting machine.

Step 3: Peel off paper liner from the backs of applique pieces. Place applique, adhesive side down, on right side of 9 ½” x 36” white strip. 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.

Time to sew all the tumbers and applique together. With right sides together, sew the 2 ½” x 36” blue strip to the bottom of the elephant applique strip. Press seam down. 

With right sides together, sew tumbler rows to the bottom of the blue strip. Press seams down.

With right sides together, sew 4” x 36” dark blue strips to left and right of tumblers and applique section. Press seams towards borders. With right sides together, sew 4” x 43” dark blue strips to top and bottom of tumblers and applique sections. Press seams down.

Finish your quilt using your favorite method of quilting and binding. 

One of my favorite methods for preparing my quilts is to use Spray n Bond Basting Adhesive to hold the layers together for quilting.

*Quilt assembly 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. 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.

Turn backing and batting over to have batting facing up. Lay quilt front, wrong side down, on batting. Make sure quilt front is lined up correctly; smooth out wrinkles. Use the same spray and smooth method as the backing. Trim edges and square-up quilt. Quilt as desired and add binding.

You can see more projects and ideas by visiting Crafter's Edge Inspiration page HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Take A Ride To Santa Claus Lane In Riley Blake Designs Blog Tour

It's always a toss up which I love the most, Christmas or Halloween, and it usually comes down to loving them both about the same. Riley Blake Designs never disappoints with fabric designs from both holidays, including the new "Santa Claus Lane" by Melissa Mortenson of Polka Dot Chair. It's 100 percent cotton and great for quilting, apparel and home decor.

It even has the cutest Christmas stocking panel with applique Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus!

Santa is such a good guy for taking his sweet wife on a date!

Rudolph is a wonderful escort for date night with Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

Candy canes, flowers, and strings of fun!

Riley Blake Designs Confetti Cottons blend perfectly with "Santa Claus Lane" fabric.

There's the mint color!

The wind was totally out of control during picture taking, but it did show off the back where it was pieced with leftover "Santa Claus Lane" fabric.

How sweet is that striped fabric! It is just the cutest and is perfect next to those candy canes.

"Santa Claus Lane" is a great combo of fabric for any Christmas project!

Fly me to the moon, Santa!

"Midnight Ride With Mrs. Claus" is a free pattern this can find it HERE

You can find this sweet line of fabric at Fat Quarter Shop HERE. *Affiliate link

Check out more creations with Riley Blake Designs "Santa Claus Lane."

It's always a pleasure to have you visit...thanks for stopping by!

P.S. Creepy Bunny was so happy to be unboxed after the move!

Monday, June 29, 2020

Words To Grow By Block Of The Month - LEAD

It's been a tough six months for everyone, including the four of designers of the "Words To Grow By" block of the month (BOM.) The block designers, Amy from Sew Incredibly CrazyCarla from Creatin' in the SticksJoan from Moosestash Quilting, and me, Carol from Just Let Me Quilt do everything we can to keep up with the BOM in spite of chaos and life events for each of us. 

We finally decided we needed to take a break so we could regroup and catch up with our lives. We posted this on the Facebook page for Sew Incredibly Crazy Block of the Month:

"Due to unforeseen events, we have decided to take a break from the block of the months until next year. Just to be clear, we ARE NOT leaving you hanging with an unfinished project! We love our followers too much to do that.

Beginning Monday and through the end of August, each designer will release the remaining blocks, including the stars, and measurements for the border. They will be free through September for downloading, so be sure to grab them as they post on this page.

We have loved our time with you and will leave this Facebook page open so you can ask questions and show us your finished blocks and quilts. Thank you for your understanding!"

To start the early block releasing, I shared a block today, "LEAD", and think that is a pretty awesome word right now. 

I love this quote: 

“You don’t lead by hitting people over the head – that’s assault, not leadership.” 
~ President Dwight Eisenhower

You can find "LEAD" for free HERE.

We all love using EZ Print Lite Sheets by tracing!
Just print in your inkjet printer and your designs are ready.

Here's a list of all the blocks so far:

You can find REACH HERE

You can find WANDER HERE

You can find BLOOM HERE

You can find SHARE HERE

You can find PEACE HERE

You can find FAITH HERE

You can find JOY HERE

We aren't giving up on the BOM...just taking a break. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, June 21, 2020

First Day Of Stitching Sunshine Blog Hop

The "Stitching Sunshine" blog hop is a perfect way to start the summer and chase away some of the chaos that's been happening. Are you ready for some fun...I am!

I love being on the first day of a blog hop, especially one that's hosted by the amazing Carla from Creatin' in the Sticks. She rocks my world with all her talent and creations, plus she brings "Sunshine" to my life!

"A good laugh is sunshine in the house." ~William Makepeace Thackeray

With all the packing, moving, unpacking, packing, moving...etc., etc., I realized I have a lot of fabric. Even with all the thinning out I've tried to do over the years, there's still plenty to keep me busy.

So with one of those "in my head" ideas, I grabbed this and that from my stash with the sole purpose of not buying new fabric and using what I had. What came out of my head and stash was a 30" x 30" wall hanging for my sewing room. 

The wall unit has a bar that's there to hook a ladder on, but I don't have the ladder yet...someday, hopefully. It adds some brightness to the room and makes me smile. 

It even looks cheery in my backyard by the lemon tree!

Of course, I used my favorite iron-on adhesive. I love Heat n Bond Lite Iron-on Adhesive! I also used 28wt Aurifil thread for more definition around each piece.

There will be a whole week full of "Stitching Sunshine" happening and I know you'll be inspired as much as I will by what you see. Check out who's hopping with us!