Monday, October 31, 2016

Bag It - Pencil Roll tutorial


Elm Street Quilts Pencil Roll Tutorial

What a great excuse to pull out fun fabric from your stash and put it to good use.  Make a pencil roll for each of the kids and the adults on your holiday list.


Supplies you will need - (supply source information)



    # pieces
Dimensions
 (height x width)
  Primary fabric
One (1)
10 x 12 ½ ‘’
Lining fabric
One (1)
10 x 12 ½ ‘’
Pocket fabric
One (1)
10 x 12 ½ ‘’
Fusible Fleece
One (1)
9 ½ x 12 ‘’
Ribbon
One (1)
Roughly 30 ‘’


Elm Street Quilts Pencil Roll Tutorial
Note - for directional prints the measurements are listed as height by width.  So you'll need a piece 10'' high by 12 1/2 '' wide.








Prepare and Attach Pocket 

Fold pocket fabric in half, press and sew a line of tops-stitching close to the folded edge.

Elm Street Quilts Pencil Roll Tutorial


Mark a line 1/4 '' from the edge and the mark the fabric at 1 inch intervals.  Use a frixon pen, a water soluble pen or a Clover Hera Marker,   (I use the Clover Hera Marker, whenever possible because there are no lines to deal erase afterwards.  See my tutorial for marking lines.)

Elm Street Quilts Pencil Roll Tutorial

Pin the pocket to the lining fabric, aligning the bottom edges.

Sew on each of the marked lines.  Start at the top of the pocket and back-stitch to secure stitching. As necessary, remove any of your pen marked stitching lines.

Elm Street Quilts Pencil Roll Tutorial


Prepare Primary Fabric

Iron fusible fleece onto wrong side of primary fabric. Notice how the fusible is framed by the fabric in order to keep it out of the seams to reduce bulk.

Elm Street Quilts Pencil Roll Tutorial

 Do some light quilting - this sample had some minimal straight line quilting.

Elm Street Quilts Pencil Roll Tutorial


Assemble Pencil Roll


Fold ribbon in half and sew to left edge of pocket - lining unit.

Elm Street Quilts Pencil Roll Tutorial

Pin lining plus pocket unit and the primary unit right sides together.

Sew around all four sides and leave an opening about 3 - 4'' for turning on the side of the unit without the ribbon.  Make sure the ribbon is tucked inside - maybe in one of the pockets you made - so it doesn't get caught in the stitching.


Elm Street Quilts Pencil Roll Tutorial

Turn inside out.  You can tug on the ribbon to help things get started.      Fix corners and press if needed.

Pin gap opening closed.  Sew a scant line of top-stitching all the way around.  (That should be sufficient to close the opening but you could always stitch it closed by hand before top-stitching.)

Elm Street Quilts Pencil Roll Tutorial

Fill up with your pencils and enjoy!

Elm Street Quilts Pencil Roll Tutorial

This pencil roll was designed for 12 pencils.  Need a bigger one?  Essentially you want the width to be 1 '' for each pencil plus 1/2'' for the seam allowances.

Elm Street Quilts Pencil Roll Tutorial

Pull out all the novelty fabric from your stash and make one for everyone who likes to color, regardless of their age!




See overall schedule and links to all tutorials on the Bag It event page  
Make sure you visit the sponsor posts and earn entries into the giveaway.















I'll be linking my Bag It tutorial with Sew Cute Tuesdays, , Freemotion by the River,   WIP Wednesday's,  Let's Bee SocialMidweek Makers.  Fabric Frenzy FridayFinish it Up Friday and Finished or Not Friday.   

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Friday, October 28, 2016

Drawstring Bags

Drawstring bags are so fun and easy to put together with my Game Piece Bag tutorial.

This first one will keep all our Scrabble tiles all nice and secret during play!


The bags are lined and clearly can be used for more than just game pieces,  This second one uses some mini charm packs (2 1/2 '') framed by a solid gray.


Love the lining fabric!


Now time to link up your finished bags for a chance to win some fabulous prizes.  This link is available all the time off of our Bag It Entry page.

Overall information on Elm Street Quilts Bag It is available here.



Please review Bag It Participant Guidelines before linking.






Love my new bags!  I'll be entering them in the Minis and More parade at with Sheri and Michelle





Have a wonderful day! Patty

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Bear in the Woods Quilt Top is complete

I just love this bear and his cute raccoon buddies.  And now they are living in a forest of their very own!


My quilt top currently measures about 38'' square.  I am torn whether I should call it done and quilt it up as a baby quilt.  At this size, I can have great fun doing some FMQing on the trees and the animals.

But I am tempted to make it a larger sized quilt perfect for the couch and keep it for myself!


Until I decide, I'm going to leave the bear hanging up in my sewing studio (my fancy term for a corner of our bonus room.)

Get the trees done and the two borders was my OMG goal (post here) for October and you can read more about the pattern source and the inspiration for the tree border on that post.

I'll be linking over at Red Letter Quilts.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Monday, October 24, 2016

Bag It - Yoga Mat bag

Elm Street Quilts Yoga Mat tutorial

About a year and a half ago, I discovered yoga.  My neighbor was studying to become an instructor and I wanted to attend one of her classes.  However, I didn't want to embarrass myself at my very first class so I started with an online yoga class that I really enjoy.

My new yoga bag keeps my mat ready to go when I need it.


Supplies you will need - (supply source information)



# pieces
Dimensions (height x width)
Primary fabric
One (1)
30 x 17 ‘’
Primary fabric (for bottom)
One (1)
7 x 7 ‘’
Primary fabric (for strap)
One (1)
37 x 6 ‘’
Lining fabric
One (1)
30 x 17 ‘’
Lining fabric (for bottom)
One (1)
7 x 7 ‘’
Interfacing medium weight
One (1)
30 x 17 ‘’
Fusible fleece
One (1)
7 x 7 ‘’ (bottom) and 1 ¾ x 37 ‘’
Cording
One (1)
24 ‘’
Toggle
One (1)
Sized for cording



Assemble strap

Iron fusible fleece in middle of strap fabric.  Fold one edge of fabric to middle of fleece.  Fold other edge a ¼ ''  and fold again, covering the edge of first fold.  Top stitch across length of strap.

Elm Street Quilts Yoga Mat tutorial


Prepare bottom

Iron fusible to primary fabric 7'' square.  Sew some straight lines with walking foot to add texture and secure the fusible.  Cut a circle with a  6 ½ '' diameter.


Elm Street Quilts Yoga Mat tutorial


Assemble outer bag

Iron on fusible medium weight interfacing.  Consider (optional) sewing a few line to keep it from shifting in use.

On wrong side, mark at 1 '' from top, 2 '' from top, 7 '' from top and ½ '' from bottom. (figure 1)

On right side of fabric, baste one end of strap 7'' from top and the other end of the strap ½ '' from bottom, being careful not to twist.. (figure 2)

 Fold over bag, right sides together and sew side seam.  Leave the 1'' gap for casing. (figure 3)



Fold circle in half and mark each edge at fold with a pin.  Fold bag in half and mark pin at seam and at fold line.  Align pins and then carefully pin bottom circle to bag.  Sew.

Elm Street Quilts Yoga Mat tutorial


Turn right side out.   Finger press the seam flat at top of bag and sew a line of top-stitching around bag at the gap left for casing.

Elm Street Quilts Yoga Mat tutorial


Assemble lining

Sew side seam leaving a 4'' gap for turning.  As with outer bag, attach bottom of lining to lining.  (Note, I used identical fabric for lining and outer bag.)


Elm Street Quilts Yoga Mat tutorial

Assemble bag


With outer bag right side out and lining wrong side out, nest outer bag inside lining.  (Right sides will now be together.)  Align side seams and sew completely around bag.

Reach through hole in lining and turn bag right side out.  sew a line of top stitching ¼ '' from top of bag.  Put line of stitches about ¾ '' from top and then about an inch below that line to form casing.

Elm Street Quilts Yoga Mat tutorial


Finish bag

Sew gap opening in lining.  Feed cording through hole left in side seam and around through casing.  (See tutorial as part of Game Piece Bag.)  Insert cording through toggle, knot ends and enjoy the bag!
Even if you don't go off to a yoga class, it is nice to keep your bag stored away when not in use.

Elm Street Quilts Yoga Mat tutorial


Namaste.




See overall schedule and links to all tutorials on the Bag It event page  
Make sure you visit the sponsor posts and earn entries into the giveaway.















Have a wonderful day! Patty

Friday, October 21, 2016

Elm Street Quilts Bag It Recap

How goes the bag making?

We are roughly 1/3 of the way through the Elm Street Quilts Bag It event - 56 days to go!  You've still plenty of time to enter any bag that you've made for a chance to earn a prize from one of our sponsors.

Over 40 bags have been entered so far, including this great Sew Travel bag by Mara Mara Creates  made from this Bag It tutorials!

Credit - @ Mara Creates


5 new bag tutorials have been shared so far - Game Piece BagPurse Pack , Credit Card CarrierSew Travel Bag and Lunch Sack.  
There are 6 more tutorials to come - one each Monday through the end of November.



Our 10 terrific sponsors are offering a total of 18 prizes.  You can read more about the sponsors and the prizes by reading through the each of these posts.  

And make sure you check out these posts listed below because there are participant entries to be earned just by showing sponsor love!












Finally, you can earn unlimited entries into the participant giveaway and get some of your handmade holiday gifts done by making bags.  

Bags for everyone on your list!  

There is much to inspire.  Check out the the great triangle bag made from this ESQ tutorial that Michelle @ Michelle's Romantic Tangle made! 



Credit : @Michelle's Romantic Tangle 






Make a bag, share a photo and then claim your Bag It entry here


You can find all the information you need on the main Bag It event page


Have a wonderful day! Patty

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Adventure

I've been excited to share my latest quilt finish but I had to wait until it had been gifted first.

Ta da - Adventure!


I used some lovely fat quarters of Blueberry Park for this quilt.


The quilting was done by Cathy Kirk and is the Double Bubble pantograph.

(Edited to add)  I saw the block on a Missouri Quilt Company video - it is called Tangled Geese.  (I constructed the block differently than the video.)

This quilt was a gift for my nephew and new niece-in-law for the wedding.  The wedding was a wonderful and fun event, despite the fact that it poured all day.  (And I mean all day!)   The newly married couple love to hike so taking the quilt photos in a nearby woods make the perfect photo shoot location.

I put two of the blocks on the back of the quilt along with the quilt label which was sewn into the backing before quilting.


Now the bride is a maker and received a cutting mat and rotary cutter as a shower gift from a friend. To further inspire her to become a quilter, I gifted her with some extra fat quarters of Blueberry Park.

Congratulations to Aaron & Kathryn!


(My hubbie was my quilt holder.  You can see his sneakers peaking out in this photo!  Too funny!)

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Crossroads Quilt Complete!


Each year, Fat Quarter Shop has a QAL in support of a charity group.  This year's quilt was Crossroads.   I'm so excited to have it finished and I've been enjoying it every since!

This photo shows the fabric colors more washed out that they are in true life.  This photo below pre-quilting is more true to life.


I quilted with organic wavy lines.



 I used scraps of flannel for the backing and it makes for a really nice warm and cozy quilt!




I'll be linking my finish with Sew Cute Tuesdays, , Freemotion by the River,   WIP Wednesday's,  Let's Bee SocialMidweek Makers.  Fabric Frenzy FridayFinish it Up Friday and Finished or Not Friday.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Monday, October 17, 2016

Bag It - Credit Card Carrier


Elm Street Quilts Credit Card Carrier

Sometimes all you need to carry is a few credit cards - this credit card carrier sews together quickly.  It would also be fun to make one and gift it with a gift card to someone's favorite shop!  I used fabric from Island Batik for the credit card carrier shown on top.



Supplies you will need -  (supply source information)



# pieces
Dimensions
(height x width)
  Primary fabric (front)
One (1)
4 x 4 ½ ‘’
Lining fabric (back)
One (1)
4 x 4 ½ ‘’
Pocket #2 fabric
One (1)
4 x 4 ½ ‘’
Pocket #1 fabric
One (1)
5 x 4 ½ ‘’
Tab fabric
One (1)
4 x 3 ‘’
Fusible interfacing
(medium weight)
One (1) each
4 x 2 ½ ‘’ for tab
1 ¾ x 4’’ for pocket #2
Fusible Fleece
One (1) each
2 x 4 ‘’ for pocket #1
3 ½ x 4 ‘’ for fabric front
Pair of Hidden Magnetic Snaps
Two (2)
12 mm



Prepare Primary Fabric and Pocket #2

Pocket #2 is the pocket that is only partially visible as it is hidden by pocket #1.

Iron fusible fleece on wrong side of primary fabric, centered, leaving a ¼ ‘’ border around edge to reduce bulk in seams.

Fold Pocket #2 in half (measures 2 ‘’ high by 4 ½ ‘’ wide) and press fold.  Open and fuse interfacing for pocket #2 below the fold.  

Elm Street Quilts Credit Card Carrier

Sew a line of top-stitching across top of pocket #2.

Place Pocket #2 on primary fabric 1 ¼ ‘’ from top.   Secure with line of stitches across bottom.    

Elm Street Quilts Credit Card Carrier
  

Prepare Pocket #1

Fold Pocket #1 in half (measures 2 ½ ‘’ high by 4 ½ ‘’ wide) and press fold.  Open and fuse fusible fleece for pocket #1, aligning below the fold.  Fusible fleece should leave a ¼’’ border across bottom and sides. 

Elm Street Quilts Credit Card Carrier

Mark center on bottom edge.

Sew hidden magnetic snap to fusible / pocket #1 unit ½ '' from bottom.  Review magnetic snap tutorial for tips on installation.

Elm Street Quilts Credit Card Carrier


Refold pocket #1 at fold line and sew a line of top-stitching across top of Pocket #1.  

Your pocket #1 now has one side with fusible plus the hidden magnetic snap and one side that is just fabric.   Place pocket #1 fusible side down onto primary fabric and on top of pocket #2, aligning bottom edges.  As you can see in photo (below  left) your stitching from the magnetic snap is not visible.  

Elm Street Quilts Credit Card Carrier

Sew a line of stitching very close to edge of sides and bottom to baste both pockets to primary fabric.


Prepare tab


Center fusible interfacing to wrong side of tab fabric and secure with iron.  Fold fabric in half, right sides together, and sew around bottom edge and one side.         

Elm Street Quilts Credit Card Carrier

Turn inside out to get a tab that measures 4 ‘’ high and 1 ¼ ‘’ wide.  Press to flatten if necessary.

Using tweezers, insert hidden magnetic snap into tab, pushing it all the way to the bottom edge.

Elm Street Quilts Credit Card Carrier

 Run a line of stitching to secure as well as a line of stitching around the two sides and the bottom.

Elm Street Quilts Credit Card Carrier

Place tab over pocket #1 and determine which side should face up.  One side of the magnet will adhere, one side will repeal.  (See magnetic snap tutorial.)

Elm Street Quilts Credit Card Carrier

Baste top of tab to top of primary fabric, making sure it is centered.  Trim off excess tab.

  
Final assembly

Place lining fabric over primary fabric unit, right sides together and pin. 

Elm Street Quilts Credit Card Carrier


Sew around all sides, leaving gap for turning.

Turn right side out.  Pin gap closed and top stitch all the way around edge.


Fill with credit cards and go off fabric shopping!




Elm Street Quilts Credit Card Carrier










   See overall schedule and links to all tutorials on the Bag It event page  
Make sure you visit the sponsor posts and earn entries into the giveaway.



















I'll be linking my Bag It tutorial with Sew Cute Tuesdays, , Freemotion by the River,   WIP Wednesday's,  Let's Bee SocialMidweek Makers.  Fabric Frenzy FridayFinish it Up Friday and Finished or Not Friday



Have a wonderful day! Patty