And Pat Sloan (http://www.patsloan.com/) has given 2 prizes to ‘Jewel’s Arm Candy’
and another prize to ‘TheaM1′
You can view them over at the Flickr group (http://www.flickr.com/groups/1209315@N24/pool/ )
You can view them over at the Flickr group (http://www.flickr.com/groups/1209315@N24/pool/ )
Gobble Gobble Layer Cake
Borders – Brown – 1/4 yard of coordinating fabric
Cream – 1 yard of coordinating fabric
Bias Binding – I purchased 3/4 yards of coordinating fabric for this but I’m sure you could get away with less. I know there are tricks to getting away with way less, but I just cut them into strips on the bias and stitched them together, even then there was a lot left over.
Back – 1 1/2 yards of coordinating fabric
Batting – 1 1/2 yards (I used a 45″ batting similar to warm and natural.)
Step 1 – Pick 14 of your favorite pieces from the layer cake and cut them each into three, 3 1/4 inch strips. If I had to do it over again I probably would have used more of the layer cake squares and not worried so much about wasting them. I would definitely consider cutting up 2 or 3 more squares.
Step 2 – Once you have cut each of your 14 squares into 3 1/4 inch strips place them in piles of three, with each pile having three different pieces.
Step 3 – Sew each pile of three strips together.
Step 4 – Cut into three 3 1/4 inch strips like shown.
Step 5 – Arrange your strips on your floor or a big table how you want them too look. I didn’t want any pattern at all. I tried to make sure that no two fabrics that had the same design were by each other. For the table runner you will need to arrange twelve squares by 3 squares for a total of 36 squares.
For the Table Topper you want to arrange 9 squares by 9 squares for a total of 81 squares.
Sew together a row at a time and then sew your rows together, always pinning at each seam.
Step 6 – BORDERS – First sew on two brown 1 1/4 inch borders on the opposite ends. Cut off even with the square blocks, then add the two long borders to the top and bottom and cut off any excess.
Step 7 – For the cream borders, cut into 5″ strips, and sew on the same way as the brown. Repeat steps 6 and 7 on your table topper also.
This is how the Table Runner and Table Topper should look with the borders sewn on.
Step 8 – Note: If you decided to have your topper and runner quilted draw on your scallops before hand so the quilter knows where to quilt.
I think everyone has a different way of doing this because everyone gave me completely different advice. Sooooo here is what worked for me.
First off draw a straight line in about one inch from the edges of your cream border all around the topper and runner. This is so the tops of your scallops are even. It would also be smart to draw a line where the down point of each scallop will be.
I used a plastic lid as my template. I tried many different sizes and the one that worked the best for me was a 5 1/2″ round lid. I first did my corners and then the four scallops in the middle and then tried to space out the rest from there. Overlapping your scallops will help a ton when it comes to getting them all even. And believe me I didn’t used a black sharpie at first. I only drew over my disappearing marker with a sharpie when I new that my scallops were exactly where I wanted them to be.
Step 9 – Sew around the scallops and then cut out close to your seam. Sewing around it first will make it much easier to bind.
Step 10 – Make your bias binding. If you have never done this before you will need to cut 1 1/2 inch wide strips of fabric on the bias line on your cutting mat. Sew strips together end to end. You will need approx 7 – 8 yards of bias binding. Make your bias binding by first ironing strip in half. Unfold and iron one side half way into the the crease you made previously.
Step 11 – Now the fun part, sewing it on. Sew the raw edge of your bias tape with right sides of fabric together onto the topper or runner. Start in the middle of one of your scallops and line up the edges. I used 1/4 inch seam allowance and lined up the edges as I sewed.
When you get to the corner, keep your needle down but put your presser foot up. Turn topper or runner so the fabric is parallel with your presser foot.
Stretch the two scallops away from each other making it as straight as you can. Put your presser foot down (still stretching the two scallops apart) and continue sewing.
Step 12 – For me this is the fun part. After your border is sewn onto the top, turn your piece around and stitch the back of binding on by hand. When you get to one of the inside points of the scallop just pull the binding up into the scallop and stitch.
A fun new Table Topper and Table Runner to make your Fall Holidays a little more cozy!
If you’d like some ideas of what to do with some of your left over pieces of Gobble Gobble fabric visit my blog by clicking here.
I sewed all the orange fabrics strips to make the pumpkin. You could mix in the tan from this line and get 2 pumpkins … cut up your cakes and get more! Take the ‘left overs’ … sew them together and get more pumpkins!
See this link for the ‘donut’ method of appliqué, or get my book on it! http://patsloan.typepad.com/pat_sloans_corner/fusing-tutorial.html
Now I made some hour glass blocks. Here is what you do sort your turnover triangles into light and dark.
Match two fabric for a pair, light and dark. You need 4 to get an hour glass Sew the 2 triangles together and press Trim to 5″ square lining up the diagonal on the ruler on the seam of the block
Now cut this square in half following the photo. Pair 2 sets up and sew those!
Make more… lots more.. they are fun to do!
Crank up your music and let the creativity begin! Start putting pumpkins, strips and hourglass blocks Once something starts to look great, sew it together. Sew your top in hunks and chunks. Sew it in rows… how ever you do it, sew it so there are no inset seams… those make ya crazy! Once the center of your quilt is ‘looking good in the neighborhood’, see what fabric you have left. Sew an inner border all around to contain all the ‘fun’! Then do an outer border with your leftover bits.. OR.. buy yardage, you deserve it! Post a photo of your project to the flickr group… http://www.flickr.com/groups/1209315@N24/ your done! oh… quilt it to … and add that label.. NOW your done! 5 winners choosen. Prizes assortment of moda charm packs, jelly rolls and or layer cakes!
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Some friends and I have had the idea to make a Thanksgiving Advent Calendar for a few years. When I saw the Gobble Gobble charm pack I knew that it would be perfect for this! Here is a fun project for a countdown calendar for Thanksgiving. Instead of the 12 days of Christmas, why not the 12 days of Thanksgiving?
In each pocket you could put a treat, a quote, or a small activity for your family to do to prepare for the holiday. Hop on over to my blog, the polkadot chair, to visit me, Melissa Mortenson, for a list of activity ideas for your pockets!
2 Gobble Gobble Charm Packs
1 20×30 piece of wool felt
fabric for backing
Fusible fleece or Warm & Natural Batting
Heat and Bond Light (or your favorite fusible)
To begin, pick out your favorite 12 prints from your charm pack. Using your favorite applique method and font, cut out and adhere the numbers 1-12 to these charm pieces. If you have questions about doing this, check out my method on a previous tutorial here.
Cut out 12 pieces of fusible fleece to 5×5 (the same size as your charm pieces).
Adhere these pieces of fleece to the backs of the squares.
Sew around the number though all layers of fabric and fleece. I like to use a straight stitch, but use your favorite one for applique.
Pick out 12 more charm pieces. These will become the backs of your pockets. Sew around the 4 sides of the pocket leaving a 2″ hole in the bottom of the pocket to turn the pocket right side out.
Clip the corners of the pocket.
Turn pocket right side out.
Tuck unsewn portion of pocket in and press, if it won’t stay, use a bit of iron on seam tape to keep it closed.
Pick out 12 more charm pieces. I chose to keep them in the green/brown/red/orange family.
Alternating colors and patterns, sew these 12 pieces together, using 1/4″ seams into one long piece. Press seams all to one side.
Cut the strip of charm pieces in half lengthwise so that you have 2 strips, each 2 1/2″ wide.
Attach one strip to each long side of your piece of felt, cut off extra and save.
Attach saved strips to top and bottom (short sides) of felt.
I chose to embroider “give Thanks” to the top of my Advent Calendar. Don’t worry if you don’t have an embroidery machine. If you want “give Thanks” on your calendar, use your extra charm pieces and the same applique technique used on the pockets.
Cut a piece of fusible fleece smaller than the calendar piece. You will want to leave a 1 1/2″ – 2″ border around the fusible fleece piece. Put the “sticky” side of the fusible fleece down towards the calendar front.
Cut a piece of backing the same size.
Turn over and using saftey pins, secure all layers together.
Press to adhere the fusible fleece to the felt piece.
Using your walking foot, stitch around the entire border (in the seam between the felt and the charm border). I used a blanket stitch but you could also just use a straight stitch or any decorative stitch you like.
Next you are going to lay out your pocket pieces.
I found it helpful to first lay out all of my pocket pieces to “eyeball” where I wanted them to go and get a good idea of spacing. After this, I pulled off all but one row.
Working from the left side one row at a time, pin the pocket pieces to the calendar front. Use a ruler to make sure the pieces are lined up properly. My pieces ended up being 1 1/2″ from the side and 1 1/2″ apart from each other. Incase your pockets have “curved” in at the centers, measure from the corners to assure proper placement. Pin WELL.
Making sure to backstitch at the top of each pocket sew, using your walking foot, around each pocket, doing your best to keep your layers flat. Sew around the 3 sides of your pocket, leaving the top open.
When you finish the 1st row, pin on the 2nd row and sew it. When you finish the 2nd row, sew the 3rd row.
Using 6 charm pieces make 3 leaves using the technique outlined here: (it is the same method I used to make the bird). I just traced 3 leaves from my yard, but if you’d like the pattern I used for my leaves you can get it here.
Sew “veins” into your leaves, crinkle the leaves up in your hands to give them some dimension.
Pin the leaves onto your calendar, sewing though all layers, sew the leaves to the calendar.
Press and turn towards back.
Pin in place.
Hand sew ribbon through along the top AND the bottom.
To finish sides and bottom of calendar:
Turn calendar over. Turn border under 1/4″, turn under again and pin in place. Turn your calendar over and double check that the border is even all the way around, if not adjust on the back of the calendar. Hand sew in place.
1 calendar per 2 charm packs.