Scrappy Apple Bag

Scrappy Apple Bag
by Vickie Eapen

SpunSugarQuilt Designs
{1} charm pack, jelly roll, layer cake or scraps of Little Apples and Sherbet Pips by Aneela Hoey
… for this project you need {24} 2.5″ x 3/4″-1″ strips
1 Fat quarter background linen or linen colored bella solid
… sub-cut to {1} 9″ X 13″  rectangle and {2} 6 3/4″x 9″ rectangles for the lining
{1} 9″ coordinating zipper
pins or spray basting
thin batting at least 10″ x 15″
Cut the solid linen fat quarter to 9″x 13″.
Layer this on top of a 10″ X 15″ thin batting.
Next arrange your strips of fabric apples or pips.
I arranged them 4 rows of 6 strips.
I pin basted my pieces.
*note* this is NOT a quilt sandwich, but rather a top and batting.
Starting in the center and working to the outer edges, stitch 1/8″ around the edge of each strip.
Here’s a close up of the ‘quilted top’ stitching.
Trim the ‘quilt top’ to 9″ x 13″.
Next Add the Zipper and Lining
 take a 6 3/4″ x 9″ lining rectangle
and layer it with the ‘quilted top’ and zipper.
This is the most complicated step of making the bag.
Layer the 9″ side of  “quilted top” right side up, the zipper edge right side down
and the 9″ side of the lining right side down.
 Stitch all 3 layers together.
Be careful to stop before the zipper tab, close the zipper about 2 inches and then continue stitching.
This is the result: one side of the zipper will be enveloped between the ‘quilted top’ and the lining.
Fold the ‘quilted top’ and lining right side out and then
Top stitch this ‘sandwich’ as close to the edge as possible.
For the opposite side, layer the opposite 9″ long side of the ‘quilted top’ right side up, with the opposite side of the zipper right side down along the edge as shown, and finally the lining on top of the zipper right side down.
*note* I pinned the zipper on the end to help hold it while I layered and pinned the lining.
This is how the project will look at this point.
Due to the zipper teeth, I pinned the lining lengthwise and removed the pins carefully as I sewed.
This step also requires that you start to sew to the zipper tab, stop, move the tab and continue to sew to the end.
You have encased the ‘quilt top’ with the linings and zipper.
Again turn this right side out and top stitch as close to the zipper as possible.
Turn your project so that the lining is wrong side out.
**note**
Your zipper MUST remain at least 1/2 open for the rest of construction.
Next pull the lining fabrics to the left as shown, zipper in the middle and the ‘quilted top’ to the right.
Pin around the outside edge.
This is how the bag should look at this point.
Be careful sewing over the zipper ends as this area is very thick.
Leave  about a 2″ opening at the bottom edge of the lining for turning.
Sew the perimeter of the project.
Here is the opening in the lining for turning.
Before turning right side out, take the lining and slightly pinch the corner to separate the layers as shown.

Flatten the fabric to a point and mark 11/2″ from the point (this yields a 3″ base)
(if you would like a “thinner” bag only measure 1″ from the point)
Sew on the line.
Trim to 1/4″ seam allowance.
Repeat for all four corners of the bag.
It will look like this before trimming the ‘ears’ off.
This shows the trimming of the points/ears.
Next, using the lining opening, turn your bag right side out.
See that the zipper is left open.
Before stuffing the lining into the bag, slip stitch the opening closed and reposition inside the bag.
Scrap Apple Bag
8 1/2″ X 5″ X 3″
This bag could easily be made larger or smaller and with ANY fabric that you choose.
I am curious to see what combinations you come up with!
Visit my blog for more tutorials and fabric ideas,
Vickie Eapen

Star Drops Table Topper

Hi! I’m back again with a new project for our Moda “bakers”. While I was as the Spring 2010 quilt market. I met Darlene Zimmerman. She is an amazing quilter and has been designing for more than 20 years. Dalrene mainly focuses on 1930’s reproductions. That’s where I first came to know of her since I have collected 1930’s repros for over 12 years!
As I said, I met Darlene at market and we had some serious quilting chat about what other designs she has and her rulers. United Notions carries all of Darlene’s rulers, so it was fitting that I introduce a couple of them to you here on the Bake Shop.
Without further ado…….
Star Drops Table Topper
1/2 yard background sku # 32376-18 Marshmallow Dots
Bamboo batting at least 20″ X 20″
Begin by cutting strips of background  3.5″ X width of fabric.
In addition: cut a background strip 5″ X Width of Fabric for setting squares.
Sub cut the 3.5″ background strip into {40} triangles.
Line the 3.5″ line of the ruler on the cut edge of the fabric as shown.
Take several fat quarters and cut 4.5″ X 22″ strips.
I used 10 different prints.
Sub cut the 4.5″ strip into 20 triangles {2 each of 10 prints}.
Line up the 4.5″ line of the 30 degree triangle ruler and cut.
Each block requires 8 background triangles and 4 center triangles {2 of 2 colors} as shown.
To piece the component star points, begin by sewing on background triangle to a center triangle.
Press.
Then sew the other triangle to the opposite side of the center triangle.
This is one complete star point.
Using the Simpli-EZ square, line up the ruler and the background fabric as shown, to trim the piece.
Here is a close up and notice that the colored center point is 1/4″ from the ruler corner.
This is important for the final piecing of the blocks.
Rotate the star component and trim the other side.
The component should measure 3″ square as shown.
Here is the block just after trimming.
Select 4 components to make a block.
Sew these together similar to a 4-patch.
This is one block complete.
It should measure 5″ square.
Make 5 blocks.
Here are examples of blocks that I made.
Set the blocks in rows of 3.
A= 5″ background
B= 5″ pieced block
Setting:
    ABA
    BBB
    ABA
Sew them into rows of 3.
Then sew each row to the next.
The top should measure 15.5″ X 15.5″.
Lay the top with batting and backing fabric.
I used a fat quarter from the bundle for the backing.
Quilt as you like.
I chose to use 1/4 outline quiting for my topper.
Here is the back of the topper.
*Note*
At this point, I have quilted the top before I trimmed the corners.
To trim the topper corners, I used a 4″ X 14″ ruler as shown. 
Lined it up with 1/4″ mark on the ruler with the points of the star blocks.
Trim the top, batting and backing away.
Do this for all four corners.
A view from the back.
A closer view of the quilting.
You may bind with any method you choose.
I decided to bind by machine.
To do this, I made 2 1/4″ double fold binding with left over strips from a fat quarter.
I sewed the binding to the BACK first.
Fold binding to the FRONT and machine stitch 1/16″ from the edge.
I recommend using coordinating threads on the top and bottom for a more polished finish.
A 15″ x 15″ Star Drops Table Topper
Darlene has a created a book with her design option for a larger quilt with setting strips and corner stones.
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to be entered in a giveaway for a bundle of 12 Moda fat quarters and more. 2 Chances to win!!
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Weekend Spirit: Kitchen Ensemble

One layer cake of Spirit by Lila Tueller plus a few embellishments and you can change the whole look of your kitchen in one weekend.
I am particularly inspired by Spirit.
I love the line!
I feel like it is some of the best fabric for a project in the month of August.
 The summer transition time, school’s starting, gardens are readying for harvest, and picnics are winding down.
It isn’t quite fall yet and it’s not the 4th of July.
I know that with all the Zucchinis and tomatoes ripening that I will be spending loads of time in the kitchen. What better way to spend it then surrounded by the colors I love….
 I used one layer cake, some yardage and embellishments to make this ensemble.
3/4 yard Spirit sku #11436-15 chocolate dots
1 yard Spirit sku #11434-18 green
1 yard warm n natural batting
coordinating thread
grommet and setting tool (optional)
2 hand towels for embellishing PRE-WASHED 
various buttons for embellishing
1 yard 1/2″ dark brown rick rack or coordinating color rick rack
Flip -N-Cut Magic Template Set 3 and Set 4
Flip-N-Cut Magic Templates are definitely magic. I am amazed at the shear number of combinations you can make with these sets. There are 4 sets total and I have used 2 of them in this tutorial. This project requires a bit of preparation and planning. Plan ahead as to which fabrics will be your table runner and potholder backgrounds. The rest of the layer cake can be used for appliques.
Here’s how you use them. First, start by tracing the first half of the template. Mark the center so that you can align the template when you flip it.
Now it’s flipped and the cross is aligned with the center and I continue to trace the flower shape.
Here’s the flower.
Easy as that.
Now you need to trace your desired pieces for each project.
Fuse them the fabric and cut them out.
Applique templates used here:
Dishtowel:
{4} #3A squared flowers
{1} #6A larger squared flower
Potholder:
{1} #6A larger squared flower
{2} 1″ circle
{1} #7A spike flower
Table runner:
{2} #6B flowers
{1} #7B flower
{1} #3B
{2} 1″ circles
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Dish Towel
Take the plain pre-washed dish towel and lay your applique pieces out in a pleasing manner.
Audition some rick rack and a flower.
Or multiple small flowers
Cut the rick rack about 9″.
Sew to the front and center of the towel with a coordinating thread. Make sure that you wrap the rick rack to the back and catch the edge while sewing to secure it.
Fuse your flowers and buttonhole stitch them in place with threads that coordinate.
Add buttons to the flower centers.
Here are the finished towels.
Potholders
Ingredients for 1 potholder:
2 layer cake squares
10″ square of insulbrite
flower appliques ready for fusing
50″ binding
Audition your flower appliques.
Iron appliques to the top fabric.
Layer the backing right side down, insulbrite, and then the top fabric right side up.
Buttonhole stitch through ALL layers of the potholder.
Stitch 1/4″ echo quilting or quilt as desired.
Square up potholder to 9″.
Sew on binding using your favorite technique.
Grommets should be added when entire potholder is finished.
Here’s a view of the back. Where the quilting is very prominent.
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Table Runner
Choose 3 layer cake squares,set side by side and audition flower appliques.
Buttonhole stitch the flowers to the layer cake square before you sew the squares together.
Cut 2 pieces coordinating rick rack to 11″.
Sew the layer cake squares together and press seams open.
Sew the rick rack to the top, covering the seam of the layer cake squares as shown.
Your runner should measure about 10″ X 29″
Layer with batting and backing at least 14″ X 32″.
Quilt as desired…echo quilting or meander.
Using the 3A template, align the template with the corner of the runner.
Trace the semi circle to serve as a guide for rounding the corners.
Cut to the line.
Repeat for other 3 corners.
Here is the runner before binding.
Make 90″ bias binding.
Attach binding and it’s done!
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Here’s a recap of all the awesome kitchen items you can make with your layer cake. Potholders, hand towels and a table runner. Be creative, make a plastic bag holder or toaster cover. The possibilities are endless.

Visit my blog for the bonus tutorial for the Weekend Oven Mitt.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. You will find more of my tutorials and tips on my blog, http://www.spunsugarquilt.com/.

Auntie Tablecloth

Auntie Tablecloth

39″ X 39″
Designed by Vickie Eapen of Spun Sugar Quilts
My inspiration for this tablecloth came from memories of my aunts. Recently two of my aunts have been severely ill and suffered through strokes and lung disease. I prayed much during the piecing of this quilt. I prayed for them and their recovery. I share this Moda Bake Shop project with you to inspire you to “piece” your way through a troubling time. Sewing, quilting, knitting, and creating help me find clarity and peace. I hope it will for you as well.
p.s. I have to shout out to my new friend Daniela….and her cozy quilters!
1 Layer Cake (sku#13540LC Lumiere de Noel)
1 yard inner setting strips, outer corner squares and binding (sku#13529 44 Lumiere de Noel)
1/4 yard inner corner squares (sku #13524 41 Lumiere de Noel)
1/3 yard outer setting strips (sku #13524 44 Lumiere de Noel)
2 yards setting triangles and backing (sku #13541 12 Lumiere de Noel)
Batting, measuring at least 45″ X 45″
Choose at least 12 prints from the layer cake:
3 dark red prints for the centers and 9 light prints for rest of pieced blocks
Subcut each of the 9 light prints into a 4″ x 10″ and 2.5″ x 10″ strip. “Scrap” the rest.
Subcut the 2.5″ x 10″ strip into {4} 2.5″ squares A.
Subcut the 4″strip into {4} 2.5″ x 4″ rectangles B.
Next cut {9} 4″ squares from your darker red prints for the centers. View C, not shown.
Notice I used 2 lighter center prints to give a scrappier look. 
 
Using a design wall, arrange your blocks. The block layout is as follows:
ABA
BCB
ABA
Sort the blocks in order and stack them for sewing.
Flip the left sidepieces onto the center as shown. Sew it now or flip the right side to the center as well. Then sew both sides for speedier piecing. Choose which method you are comfortable with.
I prefer to chain piece my blocks.
Complete the piecing and rearrange blocks on the design wall. Sew blocks together like a giant 9 patch. This becomes your center.
The first border includes {4} 1.75″ white squares and {4} 1.75″ x 23″ red strips.
Sew the side red strips to two sides of the center.
Sew the 1.75″ squares to the ends of the other 2 red border strips. Then sew strips to the top and bottom of the center. The square should measure about 25.5″.
Cut 2 squares 18.5″ x 18.5″. Cut in half on the diagonal as shown.
Sew half square triangles to the opposite sides of the center.
Repeat with remaining sides as shown. This square should measure approximately 36.5″.
Cut {4} 2″ x Width of Fabric strips. Subcut that into 2″ x 36.5″ strips.
Cut {4} 2nd border squares measuring 2″.
Add the second border strips to the sides.
Add the 2″ squares to the 2nd border and sew to the top and bottom. Your quilt top should measure approximately 39″ square.
Quilt and bind as desired.
The Auntie Tablecloth
39″ x 39″
***Please do not hesitate to email me or leave a comment if you have any questions on this project.***
Happy Quilting,
Vickie

Chocolate Stars

The inspiration for this quilt was not only the beautiful Moda fabric but my strong urge to take the piecing to the edge, stretch my abilities in piecing and inspire you to do the same.
The quilt is shown in Queen size 85″ X 85″ 
The quilt can be easily adjusted to 12 blocks, a Twin size 65.5″ X 85″.
Alternate yardage provided below in parentheses.
Chocolate Stars
85″ X 85″
Featuring Marti Michell Template Set R
Queen Size (twin size)
29 Fat Quarters of FreeBird by MoMo (22 FQ’s)
3 yards sashing Freebird Ovals Nest sku #32245-19
6 yards backing Freebird Leaves Melon sku #32243-13 (4 yards)
1 yard binding Freebird Oval Melon sku #32245-13 (3/4 yard)
Queen Kyoto Bamboo Batting
Organize your fat quarters and chose 16 (12) for the large blocks
{I suggest the largest prints–refer to picture below}
Press fabrics and cut {16}(12) 15.5″ blocks.
Set aside.
Next choose 13 (10) fat quarters for the sashing stars and press {I chose mostly dots and lighter prints}
In order to maximize your dark brown sashing fabric cut 15.5″ X Width of Fabric (WOF) strips.
Do this for a total of 6 strips.
Turn your yardage and sub cut into (7 or 8) 5.5″ X 15.5″ strips.
Make atleast 40 sashing strips 5.5″ X 15.5″.
Using the #96 template in set R, place the template on the fabric edge as shown and cut.
Repeat for opposite side.
Disgard the corners.
The result is a sashing that looks like this.
Now take the “sashing star print” fat quarters and sub cut them as shown.
5.5″ – 5 5/8″ – 5 5/8″
Do this for all 13 ‘sashing star prints’ (10 for twin size)
Using template 97 and 97R  (97 flipped) sub cut the 5 5/8″ strips as shown.
Cut atleast {8} 97 and {8} 97R from each fat quarter.
Now take the 5.5″ strip and sub cut into {2} 5.5″ squares.
A design wall or area is essential for this quilt.
I started by cutting all my pieces and laying out the rows.
I did this for the entire quilt BEFORE I started sewing.
Next start assembling the sashing.
Take a brown strip and sew the 97 and 97R template pieces to the sides as shown.
**Note** to construct the block properly there are {2} 97 and 97R pieces needed for each sashing strip. 
***12 of the sashing fat quarter prints are used twice in this quilt.
The 13th fat quarter print is used only once.***
This shows how to match your template seams.
Look how closely they match.
Next, pin pin pin!
Sew and press.
Piecing the sashings as rows was the most organized construction for this quilt.
Continue to sew the 97 template pieces to the dark brown sashing.
And continue to piece the rows.
Here I added the 5 inch print square.
pin, pin, pin!
Again, look at how nicely the seams match.
now once the pieced sashings are complete, start assembling rows with the large print 15.5″ squares.
And assemble the rows that are just pieced star sashings. 
Take care in organizing your rows as you sew them to keep pieced sashings in the correct direction to form the stars.
Here the quilt top is starting to come together.
At 85″ X 85″ it doesn’t quite fit on my design wall.
Once the rows are assembled then the rows can be sewn to each other.
The top is done!
Quilt, bind with lovely orange Freebird fabric and you’re done.
Chocolate Stars Quilt
Queen size
85″ X 85″
I hope this tutorial inpsired you to try a new template, stretch your quilting skills and use some fun fabric too!
Thanks Vickie E

Ziggy

Honey Bun Make Life By Sweetwater sku #5420 HB
1 yard Light Multi background sku #5421 21
4 yards Ivory Floral Backing sku#5420-16
2 yards Grass Dots Border and Binding sku# 5423-12
You will need atleast:
16 jelly roll strips (2.5 inch strips) -JR
16 honeybun strips (1.5 inch strips) -HB
Cut (16) 1.5 inch strips of background fabric -B
create groups of 1JR strip, 1 HB strip and one B strip as shown.
I divided mine by color, however, it could be done scrappy.
Here is the lay-out
HB strip, B strip and then JR strip.
Sew the HB strip to the 1.5 inch B strip
press open.
Next add the Jelly roll strip, sew and press.
Repeat this 15 more times.
Take the pieced strips and subcut them to 4.5 inch segments.
Arrange the 4.5 inch squares into a nine patch.
Carefully place the squares so that you are consistent as to which strip is “up” or turned to the right, always a HB strip up? or JR?
sew your blocks together, being mindful of your strip placement.
the result is 16 ziggy blocks.
sew them together in a 4 block X 4 block arrangement.
the top center should measure 49.5″ X 49.5″
Cut (2)  green border strips 8.5 inches  X 49.5 inches (or your top measurement)  and add borders to top and bottom of quilt only.
Quilt as desired….overall meader, a flower or even a double bubble design.
Bind and fini!
Lap size quilt 49″ X 65″
I hope this has inspired you to create today!
If you’d like to see more inspirational projects and daily life of a quilter, stop by my website spunsugarquilts.com

Skinny Verna

Skinny Verna 9″ X 30.5″
By: Vickie E
• Moda Charm pack Verna sku#27000PP
• or  Jelly Roll Verna sku#27000JR
• or Honey Bun strips/scraps Verna sku#27000HB
• 1/3 yard Moda Bella Solid White border  and binding sku#9900-11
• cotton batting  11″ X 32″
• 1/3 yard backing sku#2708 14 budding green

Cut 40 pieces 5 inches X 1.25 inches. It is not critical for all the strips to be the same width and variations of width will make your runner much more interesting! I used scraps of Verna leftover from a jelly roll.
Arrange the strips in the order that you would like them to appear.
Sew them side to side as shown.
Continue sewing a strip of the 40 pieces approximately  5 inches X  31 inches.
This becomes your center.
Again the length of your center strip will vary depending on the width of your scrap strips.
Measure your center strip to determine the length of your border.
Cut 2 border fabrics 2.5 inches X approxiamately 31 inches /or your measurement.
Sew borders to the long sides.

Your runner will measure about 9.5″ X  31″.
Layer, quilt and bind.
I quilted my runner with a 1/4 inch width of plain straight stitch.
I was trying a technique to create a more modern look. I also machine stitched my entire binding. Having done the entire piece by machine allowed me to create this in about 3 hours. The quilting took THE most time. I had no idea that straight stitching could take so long. The effect was worth it to me.
TIPS:
Change your center strips to a different fabric line or use your Moda scrap bags/boxes and mix lines! Here are some ideas: Fresh Cotton, Frolic, Make Life, and Botany.
Use a grey,green or black solid to create a totally different look.
Roll it up and place it in a basket as part of a housewarming gift!
A Skinny Verna Table Runner
9″ X 30.5″
I hope this has inspired you to create today!!
Vickie E