Wednesday, October 18, 2017

My hexie projects

Aren't these pretty?

These are Christmas themed hexies from a mini charm pack.

Hexies are new to me this fall and I am finding that they are surprisingly addictive.  I got started after seeing the #100hexies100days2017 challenge on IG.  While I'm not sharing my progress daily on Instagram, I have been making at least one (thread basted) hexie each day.

Not sure what I will make with my solid ones but I do know I want it to be awesome.

Before I create too many more, I decided to do something with the 30ish fall themed ones I made to test out the overall technique of assembling these together.  Here is what I have so far.

My thought is to machine stitched down the other edge and indeed to make this into a small mini and do some FMQ in the background area.  I've not yet decided how to quilt the actually hexies but may just outline them.

Have you caught the hexie bug?

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Monday, October 16, 2017

Bag It - Project Basket Tutorial

The Project Basket is fun and quick to assemble and gives you the chance to showcase some favorite fabric and get yourself organized at the same time!

You can make your Project Basket any size you want - just adjust the tutorial to fit your needs.


# pieces
(height x width)
  Primary fabric
16 x 12’’
Lining fabric
16 x 12’’
Fusible fleece or Soft and Stable
16 x 12 ‘’

Fabric Preparation

Following manufacturer's directions, iron 2 layers of fusible fleece to the wrong side of primary fabric which will be the outside of your basket.

Mark a line 3 ¼ '' from each side on both the primary fabric and the lining fabric.  (This is the height you want your basket to be.)

On both the lining piece and the main piece, sew on the marked lines.

Trim away a square at each corner by cutting roughly ¼ '' from each cut line.


On the main piece, fold up each corner, aligning the sewn line.  Sew all four side seams, right side together.  Turn basket so that it is right side out.

Repeat for the lining piece.  

Turn lining piece so that it is wrong side out.

Nest main piece inside lining piece, right sides together.   Clip together along the top edge using binding clips.

Sew around top, leaving about a gap of 3'' for turning.   

Turn bag inside out through the gap.  Take your time with this step to make sure you don't tear any stitches.  Once turned, the open edge can be closed by hand or closed in the final top stitching step.

Use binding clips to secure and top stitch all the way around.   


If using directional fabric, cut two pieces, each at 16 x 6 ½ '', and seam them together.  Press seam open.

Easily change the dimensions of your basket.  Find a basket or box that best matches the size you want to recreate in fabric and measure the length, width and height.

  • The width of your new fabric piece will be:  height + width + height + ½''.   
  • The length of your new fabric piece will be: height + length + height  + ½''.
  • Your lines will be marked at height + ¼''

What will you store inside your FQ basket?

I'll be linking up my tutorial with  Freemotion by the River,   WIP Wednesday's,  Let's Bee SocialMidweek Makers.  Needle and Thread Thursdays, Finish it Up Friday and Finished or Not Friday.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Friday, October 13, 2017

Bag It - Go Team!

The holiday gift giving season is fast approaching.  Got a college student on your list?  Make them a bag in fabric themed for their school or in their school colors.

I just finished up this zip pouch (tutorial) yesterday.   It goes well with the Purse Pack I made earlier this year.

Go Tar Heels!

Have you been making bags?  Over 80 bags  have been shared so far in the link-up (below) or on the Elm Street Quilts Group Facebook page.

Next new Bag It tutorial will be available on Monday - Dress up your sewing space with a FQ Basket.

When you are ready to share on Instagram or from your blog, link-up a photo to claim your Bag It Entry
  • Photos linked from Instagram must contain the tag #elmstreetquiltsBagIt
  • Photos linked from a blog post must contain a link back to Elm Street Quilts.
Want to share and enter from Facebook?  Join the Elm Street Quilts Facebook QAL group and then record your entry via the Bag It Facebook Entry Form  
  • (Why the form?  Winners are notified via email and the form collects your email address plus it makes things WAY easier for me to randomly select winners.)
You can share the photo of your bag multiple times but ONLY enter it once either in the link-up OR in the Bag It Facebook Entry Form.   

You will know when your entry is 'official' because I will come visit and leave a comment thanking you for entering.  (I batch up my bag visits so it may be several days until I stop by!)

New to the event and want to join?  Read more here and check out the participant guidelines for everything you need to know!

Ready to link-up?  And not to worry, the event runs through December 15 so there is plenty of time to make bags!

Have a wonderful day! Patty