Tuesday Tips


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When I was a beginning quilter, I was constantly looking for tips and tricks that would make sewing easier.  So I have decided to share some of those tips with you.  Today, I will show you one of my favorite tips for making seams line up, almost effortlessly.  In order to do this, iron your seams in opposite directions (see photo below).

I ironed the gray fabric to the right and the polka dot fabric to the left.  When I sewed them together, they lined up perfectly, as you can see in the pictures below of the back and front.

I hope this is helpful!  I thought it was a really great trick when I first learned it.  Also, consider using different prints for background fabric.  I really liked the way this small polka dot turned out as my background fabric in this quilt.  This fabric was Bonnie and Camille’s Ruby line from a little over a year ago.  We have polka dots and chevron available in the shop!





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We have the Riley Blake Delighted fabric line on sale!!!  It is such cute fabric, but it’s time for it to find a new home.

Cotton Fabric Blue /Riley Blake - Blue Delighted FloralCotton Fabric Red /Riley Blake - Red Delighted MainCotton Fabric Cream / Riley Blake - Cream Delighted StripeCotton Fabric Pink / Riley Blake - Pink Delighted FloralCotton Fabric Blue / Riley Blake - Blue Delighted StripeCotton Fabric Blue / Riley Blake - Blue Delighted Mosaic

I just made a really cute tote bag with laminated chevron, and there are several delighted fabrics that would be adorable as the lining.  Here is a picture of the finished bag.

I made it using the Easy Peasy Grommet Bag pattern, by Robin Gallagher.  You can purchase it several places….I got mine at my local quilt shop, but I found it online at http://robinquiltsetc.com/shopbags1.html.  It was really easy and I love how it turned out!

Check back later in the week on the Etsy shop.  We have more chevrons and new polka dots coming!!!

Happy Sewing!

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I don’t think you can ever have enough chevron, but just in case you were running out of ideas for all that adorable chevron fabric, riley blake just posted an adorable free pattern using….you guessed it, CHEVRON!!!

Basic Chevron Free Project Sheet

You can find the pattern at the following link: http://www.rileyblakedesigns.com/quilting_projects/, along with several other really cute, free patterns.  And if you need some chevron fabric to make this adorable quilt, you know where to find that, too!  Lollipops and Notions, of course.  There are a lot of cute new colors available!  Happy sewing!

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Lou Ann made the cutest pillow and I wanted to show everyone how great it turned out!

This is the Wonky Little Houses pillow pattern available on our Etsy shop.  The fabric is also available on our etsy site.  You can get a fat quarter bundle and use it to make the pillow or order yardage of any of our fabrics.  Lou Ann used the banner/pennant panel for the roof on each of the houses, but you can use any fabric.  I am excited to make one of my own…I’m thinking I might make one that looks like gingerbread houses at Christmas time!

Also, we got a lot of new fabric in today and it is all available on Etsy.  I am finishing up a really cute and easy chevron skirt.  I will post a link to the tutorial for it as soon as I finish it and take some pictures.

Have fun creating!

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My name is Riann and I’m Vicki’s daughter. I have been making a lot of baby blankets lately, some of which you can see on my blog, birdiestitches.blogspot.com. Today, I just wanted a fun, simple project to give to a friend at her baby shower. I created this blanket with pom pom trim that can be found on the Lollipops and Notions Etsy site.

I started by cutting two 36″ x 36″ squares of fabric.  I chose a pink flannel with flowers and a blue polka dot fabric.  I folded both fabrics in half twice, so that I only had to cut an 18″ x 18″ square (I started folding it in half once, then in half the other direction.  Then I trimmed the two raw sides down to the 18″ x 18″ size.)

 Next, I placed a dinner plate on the corner of the two raw sides and traced a curved line around the corner.  Then I trimmed the fabric, creating a rounded edge blanket, instead of a square.  I also only had to trace and cut one corner because it is folded to be an 18″ x 18″ square.  All the corners line up, so you only have to do one corner (This sounds confusing, but it works, I promise!)



Now for the fun part!  I put the fabric right sides together, and then pinned the pompom trim in the middle.  Make sure that the pompoms face the middle of the blanket and is in between the two fabrics.  I pinned everything together because I didn’t want the trim to slide when I was sewing.  I sewed everything together using a 1/2″ seam.  Make sure to leave an opening, 3″-4″ wide, so that you can turn the blanket right side out.  When you do, it will look like this!

 I sewed a line of stitching 1/8″ from the edge and 5/8″ from the edge, just to anchor everything down better and give it a more finished edge.  This also sews up the opening that you used to turn the blanket right side out.  I ironed and pinned this opening before sewing, to make sure it laid flat.  And this is what the finished edge looks like.

 I just love the fun pompom trim.  I think it really adds to the standard baby blanket that I usually give friends and family.  It is available in a few colors in the Lollipops and Notions Etsy site.  And just in case you need more inspiration, I have included a picture of this adorable kids poncho with pompom trim.  This pattern is also available from Lollipops and Notions!