Announcing: Just in Time Gifts!

Our talented Chefs have whipped up a batch of recipes to inspire your holiday gift-making. Through the months of November and December, look for fun recipes for a variety of sewing levels and for all types of recipients. The gift recipes are classified by difficulty level: the “Easy” recipes take about 30 minutes to make, the “Moderate” recipes will take you about an hour, and the “Ambitious” recipes will take a couple of hours. All bets are off when it comes to quilts, though, so if you are inspired by one of the quilting recipes this month, maybe think about giving it to your loved one next Christmas. ūüėČ

Happy sewing and gifting,

Halloween Boo Pops



This is a simple and quick project that kids can help with and be excited to share with their friends. No sewing required!


1 Layer Cake in Bella White
Contrasting Ribbon or Tulle
Tootsie Pops or Blow Pops

Easy as 1, 2, 3…

1. Wrap 1 piece of layer cake square around a lollipop.

2. Tie a piece a ribbon just below the bottom of the candy party of the lollipop.

3. Give to your friends and family. These are great treats for kids to give to their classmates.

1 Layer Cake will make 42 Boo Pops

Happy Halloween!

Angela Yosten
http://blog.angelayosten.com

Come See Us! | International Quilt Festival 2012

 {fabric shown is Apple Jack by Tim and  Beck, available in stores in November}

Are you going to International Quilt Festival in Houston this weekend? Come visit the Moda Bake Shop booth! Preview night is tomorrow, October 31 and the show opens to the public on Thursday, November 1.

You can find the Moda Bake Shop in booth #344.

International Quilt Festival | Houston 2012
November 1-4, 2012
George R. Brown Convention Center
Houston, Texas


For more information about International Quilt Festival, click {here}. 

H-A-LL-O-W-EE-N Spells Halloween! Wall Hanging

Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone! Hi, I am Jennifer Overstreet from gh quilting¬†and I whipped up this fun loving banner just in time for the¬†frightening Halloween season. Where did I get the inspiration for this banner? In elementary school ¬†of course! My music teacher had this simple little¬†diddy¬†to teach us how to spell Halloween. You’ll have to forgive me because I do not remember the whole song. However, I still to this day have the¬†choirs stuck in my head and it simply goes like this: H-A-(double) L-O…W-(double) E-N spells Halloween!¬†And¬†of course¬†repeats¬†itself.¬†Along with ghost and¬†goblins, and pumpkins, and spooky eyes, and scary sites…Oh my!


(1) H “owl”een layer cake designed by Deb Strain for Moda
(1/2) yard of Bella Solids Black 9900-00 or optional Bella Solids Black Layer Cake 9900LC-99
(2 1/2) yards of Purple Spiderwebs 19553-16
(1/2) yard of Black White 19557-17
(1) yard of a light fusible interfacing

Print out the six pages for the applique and template to go along with the pattern. {You can find the templates in the Printer Friendly Version at the bottom of this post.}


Please read all instructions prior to making this project!
*All seams are 1/4″ unless noted other wise!

Auditioning: is where you match up prints that will work well together ex: what you have in mind of what you think will work together just may not. I ran into this a lot on this project. Best to put them all together on a design wall/floor on how well they will play nicely before cutting and stitching!

Part One: Making the background block

  • From the H”owl”een layer cake choose six different 10″ squares.
  • Cut each square into 5 1/2″ x 9 1/2″ rectangle. Set aside the left over fabric and save for the applique or the strips for the spiderwebs.
  • Next cut six 4 1/2″ x 9 1/2″ rectangles from the 1/2 yardage or you can pull three 10″ squares from the¬†Bella¬†solids black. From the 10″ square you will get two cut rectangles measuring 4 1/2″ x 9 1/2″
  • Once all of your¬†rectangles¬†are cut take one¬†print¬†and one black¬†rectangle, stitch right sides together along the 9 1/2″ seam, then press to open.
  • Set the six 9 1/2″ x 9 1/2″ blocks aside.¬†
Part Two: The applique process
  • Take the¬†fusible interfacing and any left over material from the printed 10″ squares or any random five to six 10 ” squares from the H”owl”een layer cake. Fuse the auditioned material by pressing with you hot iron to the interfacing with the material right side up.
  • Once all choice fabric is fused to the interfacing, cut out the templates that printed out in the PFD version of this pattern.
  • When all the templates are cut out, trace each of the Halloween letter templates with choice of writing¬†utensil¬†to the interfacing side of each¬†variable 10″ square.¬†Be sure to have each letter facing backwards for instance if you want the letter “b” to be read as a letter “b” turn the template over to trace it so it looks like a letter “d” to you. *There is no letter “b” in any of the applique for this project, its just an example!¬†
  • After tracing out all the letters for the word Halloween choose which of the 9 1/2″ x 9 1/2″ block the letters will go with. Keep in mind that each of the printed side of the 9 1/2″ blocks will be¬†opposite¬†from each other, while the black side stays in the middle.
  • Once you have chosen the arrangement of letter(s) to each 9 1/2″ x 9 1/2″ block start¬†appliqueing¬†them to the black proportion of each block. *My applique process on this was to rough edge applique via blanket stitch by machine. Be sure to follow the¬†rhythm¬†of the song for each block as in HA for block one. LL for block two. O for block three. W for block four. EE for block five and N for block six. Each letter can be¬†wonky, straight, or¬†however¬†you see fit to place it! Also when placing any applique pieces to the blocks, be sure that there is a 1/4″ on each side so that the applique piece is not accidentally sewn into the seam!
  • After appliqueing on the Halloween letters as directed to each block. Start cutting out the facial¬†templates¬†and audition them to any of the left over scrap 10″ squares or introduce them to new 10″ squares from the H”owl”een layer cake.
  • Repete the same process for the Facial templates as stated above for the Halloween letter templates.
  • Place each facial applique piece to your liking ( it does not have to be like mine, feel free to¬†place¬†them where you see them to be fit).
  • After all the blocks are appliqued, place them aside to start on the¬†spiderwebs.
Part Three: Spiderwebs
  • From the H”owl”een layer cake you can use any left over pieces from the applique process so as long as they are still 10″ or pull few more new 10″ squares to start the strip¬†cutting¬†for the spiderwebs.
  • From various prints cut (24) strips of 2″ x 10″ and (36) strips of 1 5/8″ x 10″.

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  • Step one:¬†Randomly take (2) 2″ x 10″ strips and (3) 1 5/8″ x 10″ strips and sew them together by having the 2″ x 10″ strips on the out side and the 1 5/8″ x 10″ on the inside. (12) strip blocks are needed for this process.
  • Step two: Cut out the template and place it on top of the strips about 1/4″ away from the edge.
  • Step three: Place your ruler over the template for rotary cutting. Be sure that the ruler covers over the template so that you do not cut the template size down and make your first cut.
  • Step four:¬†Repeat¬†the same process for the other side of the template and save the excess scrap pieces. They will be need for later in the spiderweb process.

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  • Step five: Turn the template so that the wider side is on top of the strip block¬†
  • Step six: Repeat the process as¬†before¬†to make the next cut with the rotary cutter.¬†
  • Step seven: Turn the template back to the same position as the first cut and repeat the process of making the final cut in the block. Remember to save the scrap pieces for later.¬†
  • Step eight:¬†Randomly¬†select (6) different triangles for the half spiderweb block to achieve a scrappy look. Sew each triangle right sides together until it starts to look like a spiderweb bunting and then press flat to open.
  • Repeat the same process for the remaining (5) spiderweb blocks.
Squaring the Spiderweb Block

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  • As indicated in the picture above: Align the center of the web on a cutting mat for an even vertical cut.
  • Then align your ruler on the 7″ line of your cutting mat.
  • Finally make the cut straight across to even out the web.
  • Repeat the same process for the remain (5) spiderweb blocks.¬†

Adding the scrap pieces to the Spiderweb Blocks
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  • Step one: Bring back the scrap pieces from the strip blocks. Place them on theend of the¬†second¬†triangle¬†with the wider end towards the center of the spiderweb
  • Step two: With about a 1/2″ over hang on each side stitch the scrap piece to the¬†spiderweb block right sides together.
  • Step three: Press open to lay flat. *It does not matter if you do this process before or after adding the applique block to the spiderweb block.

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  • Bring back the appliqued 9 1/2″ x 9 1/2″ appliques blocks.
  • Center the spiderweb blocks to the black side of the 9 1/2″ x 9 1/2″ appliqued blocks.
  • With right sides together stitch and then press open¬†towards¬†the the black center.

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  • Once the spiderweb block and the applique block are sewn together align the block on a cutting mat to square off the excess fabric from the top and bottom sides.
  • Then measure 5 1/2″ away from the connecting seam of the black center and the spiderweb, cut off the excess fabric at 5 1/2″. This will be a 9 1/2″ x 15 1/2″ block in all.
  • Repeat the same process for the¬†remaining¬†(5) blocks.
Part Four: Putting it all together!
  • Starting piecing the inner banner together with the “HA” block until the banner spells out Halloween. Make sure right sides are together when sewing blocks together.¬†
  • Finished inner banner will be 15 1/2″ x 57″
Adding the boarder
  • From the purple spiderweb fabric cut the top and bottom borders 3″ x 20 1/2″ and set aside
  • Also from the purple spiderweb fabric cut the side borders 3″ x LOF or 3″ x 54 1/2″.
  • Add each 3″ x 54 1/2″ border strip to each of the long sides of the inner banner, square off if needed.
  • Then add the 3″ x 20 1/2″ borders to the top and bottom of the inner¬†banner.¬†
The finally!!!!
  • Take the finished banner to your local long arm quilter or quilt it on your own.
  • Attach¬†hanging¬†pieces via way of your method of choice to the back of the banner.
  • Finish¬†off with the binding¬†¬†

One fun loving spooky kooky 20″x 60″
 H-A-(double) L-O-W-(double) E-N Spells Halloween Banner 

Halloween!
Thank you for stopping by and checking out my project today!
Jennifer Overstreet | {jennifer@ghquilting.com}

Simply Woven Quilt

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Hello again! ¬†It’s Jess Kelly from SewCraftyJess. ¬†I’m back with a super yummy quilt tutorial to share. ¬†Now that summer has past and we’re into fall, I couldn’t help but be inspired with all the madras plaid I’ve seen this summer. ¬†Since I love it so much for bags (I may or may not have at least 3…) and clothing, I thought why not turn it into a quilt also! ¬†I’m digging all the bright fun colors in V & Co.’s Simply Color, but this would look great in any color palate, especially holiday colors! ¬†If you make a quilt using this Simply Woven quilt tutorial, I’d love to see it in my flickr group¬†and the Moda Bake Shop flickr group¬†as well!


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2 Jelly Rolls containing at least 40 strips each-V & Co Simply Color
2 3/8″ yard Bella Solid- white
3/4 yard of any print for binding
5 3/4 yards total fabric for backing
78″ x 102″ batting

1. ¬†Begin by unrolling your jelly roll strips, but leaving them folded in half, wrong sides together. ¬†Cut according to the directions below (it doesn’t matter which colors you cut which size)

  • From (24) strips cut: ¬†(2) 8″ strips and (2) 12.5″ strips to yield 48 of each size
  • From (24) strips cut: ¬†(4) 9.5″ strips to yield a total of 96¬†
  • From (32) strips cut: ¬†(3) 11″ strips to yield a total of 96
From the white Bella solid cut:
  • (10) 8″ x WOF
  • Subcut each 8″ strip into (10) 4″ x 8″ ¬†Will yield a total of (100) 4″ x 8″ rectangles, you will need 96 of these
* ¬†When sewing each block, be especially careful to sew with an accurate and consistent 1/4″ seam, as the block will not come together properly without it!
**Edited to add:  Press all seams open 

2. ¬†Choose (1) 8″ jelly roll strip and sew (2) 4″ x 8″ pieces of the Bella white along each long edge of the jelly roll strip

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3. ¬†Rotate so the jelly roll strip runs horizontally, and cut in half vertically. ¬†You should now have (2) sections measuring 4″ x 9.5″

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4. ¬†Piece each long edge from step 3 along each long edge of one 9.5″ jelly roll strip (of a different color preferably)

 
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5. ¬†Again rotate so the jelly roll strip pieced in step 4 is arranged horizontally. ¬†Measure 2.25″ from one edge of the vertical center (purple strip in my example). ¬†Cut so you now have the main section measuring 8″ x 9.5″ and one small section measuring 1.5″ x 9.5″

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6. ¬†Choose a 9.5″ jelly roll strip and piece between your two cut sections, like described in step 4.

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7. ¬†Rotate so that the jelly roll strip pieced in step 6 is now arranged horizontally. ¬†Now measure 2.25″ from one edge of the vertical center strip (pink strip in my example). ¬†Cut so you now have one main panel measuring 8″ x 11″

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8. ¬†Choose an 11″ jelly roll strip and piece between your two cut sections like described in step 4.

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9. ¬†Rotate so that the jelly roll strip pieced in step 8 is now arranged horizontally. ¬†Now measure 2.25″ from the edge of the vertical center strip (purple strip in my example) that you have not pieced a jelly roll strip into. ¬†Cut so you now have one main panel measuring 9.5″ x 11″ and one strip measuring 1.5″ x 11″

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10. ¬†Choose an 11″ jelly roll strip and piece between your two cut sections like described in step 4.

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11. ¬†Rotate so the jelly roll strip pieced in step 10 is arranged horizontally. ¬†Measure 2.25″ from the edge of your vertical center strip (pink strip in my example). ¬†Cut so you now have one main piece measuring 9.5″ x 12.5″ and one piece measuring 1.5″ x 12.5″

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12. ¬†Choose a 12.5″ jelly roll strip and piece between your two cut sections like described in step 4. ¬†You should now have a block measuring 12.5″ square with three intersecting jelly roll strips running both horizontally and vertically.

13. ¬†Repeat this process until you have (48) 12.5″ blocks.

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14. ¬†Arrange as you please in (8) rows of (6) blocks each. ¬†(*Edited to add: I did rotate my blocks at random to get that “interwoven” look. ¬†The best way to get a similar look is to lay out your blocks on a design wall or the floor, and rotate blocks at random until you have a design that is pleasing to you!) ¬†Sew each of the (8) rows together. ¬†Stand back and admire your generous twin sized quilt!

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17.  Baste, Quilt and Bind as desired.

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One generous twin sized quilt measuring 72″ x 96″

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Jessica Kelly
{sewcraftyjess.blogspot.com}

Tips & Tricks: HSTs

Today’s tip is from Chef Pamela Lincoln from the blog Mama Spark’s World.


Pam shared her trick for perfectly lining up the points on your half square triangles (HSTs). Her method prevents those “clipped” corners that can so ofter happen with HSTs.

Pam says….”A little bit of time spent pinning helps with not cutting off your points!¬† If you have pressed your seams correctly as indicated in your pattern/recipe the seams should “nest” as shown below.”

Line up your pieces and insert your pin…check to make sure that the pin is just at the point on each side of the intersection.¬† Sew right up to the pin and then take it out.


Happy pinning!