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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Harry Potter Sew Along Kick Off


Hi, everyone! 👋




The day is here! This is the kick off post of the tandem Harry Potter Sew Along that Sew Fresh Quilts and I are doing this year. (#hpqal2019) We both had planned a Harry Potter quilt, and thought we would just do them at the same time and crosslink to each other's blocks, so you have twice the options in case you want to mix and match! The more the merrier! Below is the quilt I'm doing. It finishes at 77 x 96" so a generous twin size. I've had a few questions about upsizing to queen. Let me know if you need to upsize, with extra blocks, or enlarging the sashing, we'll figure it out! It can be enlarged to queen size pretty easy, by adding a column and the five planned extra blocks, or enlarging the sashing. Of course you could make a lap quilt by just doing nine blocks instead of 20. One block would be a great size for a pillow if you have a son/daughter/grand who wants to learn to sew. 

All of t
he blocks are 18". I will post a new block each Saturday at 12:01 a.m. Pacific time. This coming Saturday, the 19th, will be Sew-Along-Saturday #1. 😊



Some newsy things:

1. There are links to the fabric I'm using over there in the sidebar if you'd like to use them, too. There is also a downloadable PDF of the yardage reqs. in case you'd like to use different fabrics or sew your stash. It's located on the sew along page, which you can reach by clicking here, or by clicking the sewalongs tab at the top of the page up there and clicking on the Harry Potter sew along

2. The HP sew along page is also where you'll find the link to each block's tutorial post. I'll be leaving them there, so don't worry about falling behind, or joining late, etc. They will always be there! Also, at the end of each post will be a link where you can download a PDF and print out that post, if you'd like. The PDF links will go live a few hours after the blocks are posted.
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*Look for giveaways along the way! Including one that is starting today over on Instagram where RobotMomSews (Unicorn Thread Gloss) has donated three tins of her Harry Potter Scented Thread Gloss. If you have an Instagram account, click here to check it out.(after 9 a.m.) I'll pick a winner on Saturday! Scents like Butterbeer, Hogwarts Library, etc.❤
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3. This sew along is the first where I've used multiple clip and flip units. Minecraft & Pokemon were pretty much all squares and rectangles. So I thought I would post the units that are used most frequently here for a quick preview. Simple corner to corner stitching.

*Helpful tip: If you trace a stitching line, with a pencil or fabric marker, from corner to corner, stitch not exactly on the line, but right beside it, hugged up next to it, but on the side that will be clipped off. That will give you a little room to flip your corner piece over and still have your unit be true to size.

Left Upper Clip & Flip

1. Place square at upper end or left upper corner of rectangle or larger square, right sides together.
2. Stitch from right upper to left lower  corner.
3. Clip, flip & press.




Right Upper Clip & Flip

1. Place square at upper end or right upper  corner of rectangle or larger square, right sides together.
2. Stitch from left upper to right lower corner.
3. Clip, flip & press.





Left Lower Clip & Flip

1. Place square at lower end or left lower corner of rectangle or larger square, right sides together.
2. Stitch from left upper to right lower corner.
3. Clip, flip & press.




Right Lower Clip & Flip

1. Place square at lower end or right lower corner of rectangle or larger square, right sides together.
2. Stitch from right upper to left lower corner.
3. Clip, flip & press.




Left Lower/Right Upper Double


1. Place a square at the left end or lower left corner of a rectangle or larger square, right sides together.
2. Stitch from left upper corner to right lower corner.
3. Clip, flip & press.
4. Place a square at the right end or upper right corner of a rectangle or larger square, right sides together.
5. Stitch from left upper corner to right lower corner.
6. Clip, flip & press.






Left Upper/Right Lower Double

1. Place a square at the left end or upper left corner of a rectangle or larger square, right sides together.
2. Stitch from right upper corner to left lower corner.
3. Clip, flip & press.
4. Place a square at the right end or lower right corner of a rectangle or larger square, right sides together.
5. Stitch from right upper corner to left lower corner.
6. Clip, flip & press.







Double Upper Corners

1. Place a square at the left end or left upper corner of a rectangle or larger square, right sides together.
2. Stitch from right upper to left lower corner.
3. Clip, flip & press.
4. Place a square at the right end or right upper corner of a rectangle or larger square, right sides together.
5. Stitch from left upper corner to right lower corner.
6. Clip, flip & press.





Double Upper Rectangle

1. Place a square at the upper end of a rectangle, right sides together.
2. Stitch from corner to corner.
3. Clip, flip & press.
4. Place a square at the same end of the rectangle, right sides together. Stitch from opposite corner to corner,making sure your two seams cross each other.
5. Clip, flip & press.




If I find any more units that aren't included above, I'll plug them in here, but it's all pretty straightforward. All straight seams, no paper piecing! And don't worry, I'll include them in the posts as well, if they're used. This is just a preview. It's all just plain old patchwork and straight seams. 🙌 My favorite!

4. These blocks have quite a few pieces, so make sure you use a scant quarter inch seam. ↞ click if you're unfamiliar with it. I got a lot of questions about it during the Minecraft Sew Along, so I did a tutorial post. It will make a huge difference! 

I think that covers it for the newsy and prep type things! If you can sew a straight seam, you can make these blocks! 😍

See you Saturday, when I'll share the instructions for Harry!



If you're up on your Potter trivia, you will notice that his eyes should be GREEN! Off I go to look for a couple of small green scraps! 😁 Woops! 📚📙 Thanks to a keen eye on Instagram for pointing that out to me! (You know who you are!) 💗

All of the info to make this guy is coming your way Saturday! Don't forget to check out Lorna's intro post at Sew Fresh Quilts, and stay tuned!

If you made it to the end of this newsy post, huge thanks! Don't forget to go enter to win some HARRY POTTER THREAD GLOSS! Off I go to stitch up my Harry block so I can share him with the tutorial on Saturday!

See you there!

xoxoxo
Sunday, January 13, 2019

Bottle Rockets Quilt


Hi guys~🎆🎉

Last year, at about this time or maybe even before, I was working on a fireworks quilt design for an upcoming Riley Blake fabric line  called Patriotic Picnic, and my design I called Bottle Rockets. I don't think I ever blogged about it!



It ended up being on the cover of their storyboard.. 




..and I got to work making blocks. Right after I took this picture with the 2x4 firecrackers that my friend made for me the year before! They go perfectly with this fabric! haha 🙌


Anyway, these blocks are simple and super quick! And I used the ric-rac that my late MIL gave to me, that had belonged to HER mother, my hub's Nonna. Who lived in San Francisco in the 30's. I'm not sure if this ric-rac is from the 30's, but it's definitely from the era when ric-rac was 15 cents a pkg. 15 cents! Whoa.


I love incorporating vintage notions into new quilts. Gives them some history and character.💘


All of that ric-rac is vintage, even the tiniest blue!

Lots of things happened, and my quilt got turfed to the back burner, but Riley Blake made one, and so did Huckleberry Quilting Co.! Here's Huckleberry Quilting Co.'s quilt that was shared on Instagram. 

@huckleberryquiltingco

I just love it! Here are some other photos of it!




..and my favorite!↡


And here are a couple of other photos of blocks from Instagram, from @fijimamaquilts, and @ticketzamboni. I love the different fabrics!



These blocks are simple and quick, and precut friendly, and scrap friendly! Hopefully I can get a few more made for my picnic quilt by July of this year!

I ended up using some of the strip scraps for this simple charity block. I love the fun prints.


If you love this fabric, I just checked and they still have it at fabric.com, if you go to the site and search "patriotic picnic". I wasn't sure if it would still be around, but it looks like they still have a little left!

You always hear "Christmas in July", so I thought I'd put a little "July in January" 😎, and share another quilt/pattern that I had never blogged about. This one can be found in my Etsy shop


I hope you're all staying warm this winter! 

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Sunday!

xoxoxo
Friday, January 11, 2019

Fun Fabric Friday!

WooHoo!

The best kind of Friday is a fun fabric Friday! I finally have my hands on the Moda Bella solids that I picked for my Harry Potter quilt! Many thanks to the Fat Quarter Shop, who kitted them up for the sew along.💗 (button in the right sidebar)



No filters were used for the photo, the colors are really that happy! 

Fun fact: they are laying on my favorite really fun and colorful rug that is big enough to fill my entryway, that I found at a discount store for $11! It was so cheap, I went back and got the other one just like it, so that when this one gets gross and worn out, I'll have a new one to replace it. Sometimes you hit the lottery at Home Goods. Or Ross. I can't remember which one it was!

I digress. 

Back to fabric! When this much anticipated box of textile cheer arrived, I decided to make a little unboxing video, and proceeded to make the lamest unboxing video in the history of Lameville to post in  my Instastories. haha! But it was fun playing with a couple of apps on my phone for a few minutes.. I was just so excited to see them in person, and see the colors up close since I had only seen digital swatches. 




I can't wait to cut into these and start on some blocks! I've been super busy dicing up the blocks into sections and diagrams for the posts. I am ready for this sew along to start already! And turn that stack of color up there into a great big this:



Another fun fact.. the background color is actually called "Mauve". Yes, mauve. In any other area of my life, on any other day, just the word mauve would make me break out in hives. Mauve. Ew. Remember the 80's? I was a kid, but I can still remember all of the mauve/pink stuff. But THIS Moda Bella Mauve. Be still my 💓. It's more of a yummy dusky purple. 

Dusky purple. Now if someone were describing your skin tone.. no. No good. But fabric? YES PLEASE. I'm in love with this color for the background! 

You can find links to the kit and background fabric over there in the right sidebar, or on the sew along page. There's a link to yardage reqs. on the sew along page, too, if you want to sew your stash, or find other colors! 

I'm so looking forward to getting started! The intro post is in just FOUR DAYS! And the first block is a week from tomorrow! 

Harry will be up first, on the 19th. (If you want to make him accurate to the books, you might want to change his eyes to green!)



Aidan from @thegeekyquilter has been testing the first two block posts for me,(*note the green eyes!) and I can't wait to stitch some up this weekend and get this sew along started next week! 



Hope you have a great weekend, and thanks for popping by! Be back soon!

xoxo
 
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