A Little Seaworthy Strip Quilt

Posted on September 18, 2014 by Greg Skov

 

No real instructions needed.  Simply sew your strips together in this adorable pattern, quilt and bind.

It's the easiest quilt on the planet!  Enjoy.

Bonus!!!!  The backing is the width of most quilting cottons so you'll only need the length of 1 3/4 yards for a backing.

 

The Panel Quilt - Featuring Norwegian Woods

Posted on September 17, 2014 by Carinn Michele

If you're looking for a quick fall project with bold images and colors, here is the quilt for you. With just a few panels and some coordinating fabrics from the Norwegian Woods line, this quilt practically puts itself together. The retro animals brighten up even the greyest days and the time it takes to make will give you plenty of reasons to eye that next project. ;-) What does the fox say? Easy, fun, and fabulous!
Supplies Needed:
1 panel, 4 images
1/2 yard each of coordinating fabric in turquoise, magenta, and pumpkin
1/4 yd. acorn fabric for inner border
3/4 yd. multi chevron fabric for outer border
Step 1:
Cut panel into 4 sections. Choose 3 of the images and trim each panel to 20 1/2" x 11 1/4".
Step 2:
Lay out coordinating fabrics. Decide which panel you want to pair with which coordinating fabric.
Step 3:
Cut each coordinating fabric into 3 strips:
    2 strips - 3" x width of fabric
    1 strip - 6 1/2" x width of fabric; then cut this strip in half
Step 4:
Add the 6 1/2" x 22" strip to the sides of each panel
Step 5:
Sew all 3 panels with borders together. Press.
Step 6:
Square up quilt.
Step 7:
- Cut 5 strips 1 1/4" x width of fabric.
- Cut 1 strip in half. Add each half to the 2 other strips.
   You will have: 2 strips 1 1/4" x WOF 
                              2 strips 1 1/4" x 56"
- Attach the two 56" strips to either side. Press.
- Attach the WOF strips to the top and bottom. Press.
Step 8:
- Cut 3 strips 5 1/2" x WOF
- Cut 2 strips 4" x WOF
- Cut one 5 1/2" strip in half. Add each half to the 2 other strips.
   You will have: 2 strips 4" x WOF
                              2 strips 5 1/2" x 56"
Step 9:
Sew 5 1/2" strips to each side. Press. Sew 4" strips to top and bottom. Press. Your top's complete!
Supplies to Finish:
Backing: 1 2/3 yard
Batting: 1 piece 45" x 60"
Binding: 1/2 yard

The Super Simple Pillowcase!

Posted on August 20, 2014 by Monica Skov

The intention of the Super Simple Pillowcase is to allow student from our Pillowcase class to remember and re-create this project over and over again.  For that reason, we have developed simple - step by step - instructions based off of our class.  For those who haven't taken the class, no problem, follow along and you can also make this adorable pillowcase in NO TIME FLAT!
1.  Supplies needed ~ 3/4 yard for the body of the pillow and 1/4 yard for the cuff.
2.  Prep the accent band by folding it the long way and iron it so the cuff will measure 4 1/2" x 44"
3.  Pin the raw folded edge of the band to the 'pretty' side of the pillow's body that measures 44" in length.
4.  Sew your 44" accent band in place with the 44" width of the pillow case body using 3/8" seam allowance.
5.  Now, clean up your raw edge using your overlocking foot - or a simple zig zag stitch if you don't have the overlocking capabilities on your home machine.
6.  Press the seam to the side of the body of the pillowcase.
7.  Turn over your fabrics and iron the right side so that you have a beautifully pressed seam.
8.  Top stitch the Accent band on the body side of the fabric, using a 1/4" allowance from the edge of the accent band.
9.  Looking Good!!!!!!
10.  Line up your fabrics for cutting.  fold the 'pretty' sides together so they roughly measure 22"x34" after being folded in half.
11.  Take your rotary cutter and straighten up both raw edges of the length and the width to be 21"x33"
12.  Now you're ready to sew!
13.  Again, set your needle to a 3/8" seam allowance and starting at the raw edge corner, where the accent band meets - reinforce and sew the perimeter of the raw open edges.  (No need to sew at the fold line)
14.  Lastly, remember to sew an overlocking stitch or a zig zag around those raw edges so the fabric doesn't fray.
Voila - You are done!!!!!  Great Job!

I-Spy Placemat

Posted on July 03, 2014 by Carinn Michele

Chalk Cloth Placemats!

Posted on June 17, 2014 by Carinn Michele

Write a message to your sweetie or give the kids a place to doodle with this clever placemat. You’ll use simple piecing, quilting, and binding techniques, but in a size that’s totally manageable. It’s the perfect excuse to use up your fat quarters and try your hand at sewing with chalk cloth. Emily Post might not approve but these placemats will definitely spice up your dinner table!

 

 

Supplies:
2 coordinating fat quarters
1/2 yd. chalk cloth
2 yds. bias binding or 1/4 yd. fabric for binding
1/2 yd. batting

Step 1:
Cut one fat quarter 14" x 16", one fat quarter into two 6" x 14" strips, and the chalk cloth into one 14" x 16" piece.

Step 2:
Sew one 6" strip to the chalk cloth. Sew the other 6" strip to the 14" x 16" piece of fabric.

Step 3:
Attach Batting to the side of placemat that DOES NOT have the chalk Cloth.  Quilt fabric and batting together on that side of the placemat, the side of the placemat that includes the chalk cloth will be quilted with sandwiching the front & back together.

  

Step 4:
Trim excess batting.

Step 5: Layer quilted piece to chalk cloth placemat piece, lining up the borders, with wrong sides together.

Step 6: Quilt the 6" side strip area through all three layers, combining the placemat together.  Don't worry the that chalk cloth isn't quilted - you've already quilted the back side so it will be secure after binding.

 

 

Step 7:
Retrim placemat edges.

Step 8:
Bind and enjoy!

 

Final thoughts on our tutorials! We’re not perfect, and we’re not professional pattern creators! We’re just a group of gals who want to create some FUN & FREE projects for our sewing community both in West Seattle and afar. Once in a while you might not understand the instructions, or we may even make a mistake or two. Just drop us a line and we can give a better explanation or re-write our tutorials. We appreciate you coming to the site for some inspiration and we hope you find something you love here.

 

 

 

 

Stylish Laptop Cover

Posted on June 17, 2014 by Carinn Michele

You’ll be the envy of all your co-workers when you pull out this chic and modern laptop cover. With just three fat quarters and a few notions, this easy sewing project will give you a taste of construction, quilting, and binding - all in the space of an afternoon. This tutorial was designed with a MacBook Air in mind, but can easily be adjusted for larger laptops. So whether you want to impress your boss or wow the regulars at your coffee shop, this is the project for you!

Supplies Needed:
3 fat quarters
1/2 yard iron-on pellon fleece
2 1/2" binding
Velcro
Buttons 

Step 1:
Choose which fat quarters will be your main fabric, inside fabric, and outside flap/pocket pieces. Cut the main body piece  (15" x 22"), the inside (15" x 21"), and two pieces for the flap (7 1/2" x 7 1/2").

 
Step 1

Step 2:
With the leftover fabric, cut two 7" x 7" pocket pieces and with the right sides together, stitch three sides with a 1/4" seam. Turn right side out and topstitch all four sides.  

Step 3:
Place the pocket on the middle of the inside piece and top stitch on all sides except the top.

 
Step 3 

Step 4:
With the right sides together, stitch the back seam of the lining with a 1/2" seam allowance. Iron open the seams and stitch a 1/2" bottom seam.

  
Step 4 

Step 5:
Cut the fusible fleece to size and iron to the wrong side of your main fabric. Quilt using any design desired.


Step 5

Step 6:
Iron the fusible fleece to the wrong side of one of the flap pieces. With right sides together of both flap pieces, sew a 1/4" seam along 3 sides. Trim corners and turn right side out. Quilt. (Tip: Instead of back stitching, set the stitch length to the shortest option available)

Step 7:
Center and stitch the velcro 1/4" from the bottom of the flap piece. Measure 5" from the top edge of the main fabric and stitch matching velcro piece into place.


Step 7

Step 8:
Sew the back seam of the main fabric using a 1/2" seam. Sew the bottom seam and trim corners and bottom seam, if necessary. Turn right side out.

Step 9:
Slip the inside piece into the main piece with the pocket towards the back. Pin the raw edge of the flap to the middle of the back seam and sew into place with a 1/4" seam.

Step 10:
Bind with a coordinating fabric and finish with a button.


Step 10

Space Age Bed Runner

Posted on June 17, 2014 by Carinn Michele

If you’re looking for an easy quilt idea that is also eye-catching, this is the tutorial to try. It teaches basic piecing skills to beginners but is still an interesting pattern for the savvy quilter. All you will need is a jelly roll, some colorful solids, and a hankering for another sewing adventure. Hang on tight, this project is out of this world!

 

 


Supplies Needed:
20 strips (2 1/2" x 44") of coordinating fabrics (i.e. half of a jelly roll or one design roll)
8 strips (2 1/2" x 44") of coordinating solids
1/2 yd. border fabric
2 yds. backing
2 yds. 45" wide batting 
1/2 yd. binding fabric

Step 1:
Arrange the strips in desired order and sew together, alternating the direction of your stitching.  This is important - Sew your rows in a switch back style.  Start your first strip going from Left to Right, then sew the next strip going from Right to left.  This trick eliminates the look of the strips having bowing or a subtle curving downward effect.

  
Step 1

Step 2:
Press seams in one direction.

Step 3:
Cut 20 strip piece into seven 6" segments.

   
Step 3

Step 4:
Turn every other segment around so segments are arranged top/bottom/top/bottom.

  
Step 4

Step 5:
Sew coordinating solid strips between each segment and on either end.

     

Step 5

Step 6:
Cut two 9" strips from the border fabric and sew to the sides of the bed runner.

Step 7:
Layer backing, batting, and top. Secure and quilt.

Step 8:
Bind and enjoy!

Final thoughts on our tutorials! We’re not perfect, and we’re not professional pattern creators! We’re just a group of gals who want to create some FUN & FREE projects for our sewing community both in West Seattle and afar. Once in a while you might not understand the instructions, or we may even make a mistake or two. Just drop us a line and we can give a better explanation or re-write our tutorials. We appreciate you coming to the site for some inspiration and we hope you find something you love here.