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Large Lined Drawstring Pouch made with Quilt Fabric

Have you ever seen a cartoon where all the contents of a closet come piling out in an avalanche when the door is opened?  Well, I had a cartoon event in my linen closet recently when I opened it to retrieve my hot glue gun and glue sticks for a project!  It was comical!

It was time for me to do some serious organizing.  I started with making this cute drawstring pouch to keep my hot glue gun and glue sticks in.  I started with this because I have the perfect fabric that will take the guess work out of what’s inside that pouch, Art Class by Benartex Fabrics.

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I love the size of this pouch, which can also be used as a gift bag.

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LARGE LINED DRAWSTRING POUCH BY LOVEQUILTING.COM

Finished size 9” L x 9” W

Cut:

2 Pieces 8” x 12” from Arts & Crafts White fabric from the Art Class collection by Benartex

2 Pieces 5” x 12” from Paint Wells Black fabric from the Art Class collection by Benartex

2 pieces 12-1/2” x 12” from lining fabric, Bali Basic Solids by Benartex, Cerulean

2 Pieces 1-1/2” x 35” from either fabric for draw strings

ALL SEAMS ARE 1/4”.

Sew 8” x 12” main fabric to 5” x 12” coordinating fabric.  Press toward darker fabric and set aside.

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If using fabric for drawstrings, using iron, fold each one in half lengthwise and press.  Open up, then press each raw edge to the pressed line and press again.

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Fold in half lengthwise and press, clip and sew.

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On the wrong side of one main fabric piece, measure and make a mark 1-1/2” from top, then 1” down from that mark.  Repeat on the other side of that same main fabric piece.

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With right sides together, sew both main fabric pieces from top to mark, backstitch, skip to next mark and sew to bottom of each side, backstitching at the mark.  Press side seams open and stitch around opening.

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Sew bottom of main fabric pieces.

On the wrong side of one lining piece, measure from center 1” in each direction and make a mark.  With right sides together with both lining pieces, sew down the side and across the bottom up to one mark.  Backstitch at the mark.  Repeat at other side stopping at other mark.  Backstitch at the mark.  This will leave a 2” gap for turning later.

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Mark a 1” x 1” square on the bottom corner, both sides of the main fabric bag and the bag lining.

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Open the corner so the side seam and bottom seam line up and the line you just drew front and back line up.  Sew on that line.  This should be done on all corners – two on the main fabric bag and two on the bag lining.

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Turn lining right side out and place inside main fabric bag so right sides are together.  Match up side seams and sew along top edge.  Pull lining out and reaching through the gap at the bottom of lining, pull bag through so both main bag and lining are facing right sides out.  Press gap in lining and zig zag closed.

Push lining back into bag making sure to have nice square corners.  Top stitch at top edge.

Stitch a row of stitching at the top of the drawstring opening and at the bottom of the drawstring opening.  Use a mark on your machine’s throat plate or place a piece of painter’s tape to use as a guide so your stitching will be parallel to the top edge.

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Using a safety pin, feed one end of one drawstring through one opening in the main bag.  Feed that drawstring all the way through so it comes out the same opening it started in.  Feed one end of the other drawstring through the opposite opening and feed it all the way through so that it comes out the opening it started in.

Tie a knot at the end of each drawstring end.

Fill your bag with your goodies, then pull on the drawstrings to close.

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Here’s another I made as a “man” gift bag using Under the Sea by Elizabeth’s Studios and Just Color Burgundy by Studio E fabric.

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Placentia, CA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Memorial Day Quilt Fabric Sale

Memorial Day, a day to remember those who have died during active military service, is this weekend.   This weekend also acts as the gateway to summer, as the temperatures get warmer, barbeques get fired up and white sandals come out of our closets.

Where I grew up, Memorial Day weekend was the first weekend  that life guards were stationed at the beaches.  This was a clear sign that summer was here and we just needed to get through the last month of school.  To help kick start your summer this year, we have our entire selection of Beach/Nautical fabrics on sale!

This is a great time to make a new summer tote or purse or a light summer quilt to use at the beach or for the cooler summer evenings.

Hidden Cove Collage

Hidden Cove by Windham Fabrics – this vintage collection features a panel and coordinates in both red and blue.

Botany Bay Cover

Click here for this FREE downloadable pattern using the Hidden Cove collection.

Maine Attraction

Maine Attraction by Benartex Fabrics remind us of the good ole summertime New England Clam Bakes.

We love this FREE apron project that would be perfect with our Maine Attraction collection.

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Fat Quarter - Panel Set - Weekend Retreat

Weekend Retreat by Henry Glass Fabrics includes a panel filled with summer activities and coordinates featuring kites, beach balls and swirls.

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Click here for the FREE downloadable pattern using the Weekend Retreat collection.

Be sure to check out all our Beach/Nautical Fabrics here.

Seashore Tote

Who can resist the Seashore Tote?!  This 16″ x 20″ tote is perfect for your day at the shore.  Pattern includes full size templates for all design options as shown.  Consider our collection of Watercolor Batiks by Hoffman Fabrics for your Seashore Tote.

BACK IN STOCK

Lite Steam A Seam II, our favorite double sided fusible, is back in stock!  We love this product for our applique projects with the re-positionable adhesive that allows us to get it just right!

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CITY SKYLINES

City Skylines, a digital print collection by Hoffman Fabrics, has been our most popular fabric ever!  Our latest order is just about sold out already.  For those of you still looking, we have three separate 3/4 length pieces of the main print available.  We’re hoping to have more in stock in a few weeks, but if you can’t wait, get these while they last!

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See the collection here.

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HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!

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Placentia, CA

 

 

Quilt Fabric Tray

When I constantly kept misplacing my keys, I came up with the novel idea that perhaps if I created a dedicated space to keep them, eventually it would become habit and I would always know where they were.  Well, that was a great idea and it really worked.  But then, the unthinkable happened – one day the keys weren’t there.  Panic set in and I started looking frantically for the keys.

Of course, they were in the last place I looked because once I found them, I stopped looking!  It turns out they had jumped off the little table and were hidden behind some cords.  That panic stricken experience was the inspiration to create a small fabric tray to keep the keys in safely.  With sides on the tray, it would be more difficult for the keys to jump to the floor and hide!

Once I made the tray, I decided that it could actually be quite useful in various other ways as well.  A couple of those uses are one in my sewing room to keep bobbins in, one near the sink to keep my rings in when I wash my hands or apply lotion.  I’m sure you could come up with some great uses as well and this makes such a quick fun gift.

QUILT FABRIC TRAY

This fabric tray is made from 2 coordinating batiks.  Finished size is 6” x 6” and is 1” deep.  You could modify the sizes to create larger and/or deeper trays.

FABRIC REQUIREMENTS

Two 8” squares of coordinating batiks or desired quilt fabric

Cut two 8” squares of medium fusible stabilizer (we used Decor Bond Fusible Stabilizer)

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Fuse stabilizer to the wrong side of each fabric square.

With RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER, sew 1/4” seam all the way around the edge, except leave a 2” opening on one side.

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Clip the corners, then turn to right side facing out.  Using a blunt pointer, poke the corners to as crisp a point as possible.  Press, making sure the opening is pressed to the inside.  Top stitch around the edge with 1/8” seam, making sure to capture the opening.

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Add quilting stitches if desired at this point.  We used our heat removable pen to add a diagonal grid pattern.

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Fold the square on the diagonal and measure 1” from the tip and draw a line.

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Sew on the drawn line.  Repeat for all 4 corners.

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Fill your tray and enjoy!

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Placentia, CA

 

 

 

New Quilt Fabrics in the Shop

New fabrics are in the shop!  We have been receiving deliveries each week with new fabrics.  All fabrics are on the website and the shelves have been straightened and organized for easy access and quick order filling.

Here are some of the newest collections in.

OUR WORLD BY RILEY BLAKE DESIGNS

This awesome collection, inspired by the upcoming summer olympics, is a reminder that we all live in one world, our world.  The main print, available in bright colors on a white background or tonal blue on blue background, is perfect for quilt centers, totes and decor.  To coordinate with the main print, Hello, in every language in bright colors on a white background or tonal red on red.  World Flags features the flags of countries of the world and World Rings showcases small scale neatly aligned olympic rings.

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Need a project idea, click here to read our blog for a french seam pillow case made with Our World collection.

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BASICS BY WINDHAM FABRICS, STARS

These small scale stars, by Windham Fabrics, are so traditional, yet patriotic.  With the upcoming Memorial Day holiday and soon thereafter, our nation’s birthday on July 4th, these star fabrics in reds, whites and blues is perfect to show off your patriotism!

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Check out our LoveQuilting.com exclusive Wavy Stars Table Runner.

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HOFFMAN FABRICS HAND DYED INDAH SOLIDS

Modern quilters can now join batik lovers with these Hoffman Fabrics hand dyed solids.  These high quality cotton hand dyes are saturated with color, yet soft enough for any pieced or appliqued project.  These Indah Hand Dyed Solids are available in an endless palette of colors and shades.

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HOLIDAY CHEER BY BENARTEX FABRICS

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Christmas fabrics have started to arrive and we couldn’t be more excited than we are about Holiday Cheer by Benartex Fabrics.  These bright whimsical designs will definitely get you in the mood to start thinking about your holiday projects!

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HOW MUCH ARE THOSE DOGGIES IN THE WINDOW?

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With Dear Doggie Delight by Loralie Designs, you take all the doggies in the window home!  These adorable doggies and their amazing coordinates are irresistible!

WATER WATER EVERYWHERE!

As the temps heat up, we find ourselves thinking about jumping into cool water.  These new water landscape fabrics is sure to cool down your sewing room!

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WHAT’S ON SALE THIS WEEK?

If you love metallic blenders you will love our Brilliant Blenders from Hoffman Fabrics.  These rich fabrics feature tiny dots of gold or silver metallic sprinkled all over.  Give your project some sparkle with Brilliant Blenders!

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Music lovers will love our That’s Jazz collection by Benartex and Concerto by Benartex.

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STAR WARS fabrics are on sale and going fast!

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How about some tonal white on white prints?  You can’t go wrong with our Ebony and Ivory collection by Windham Fabrics, on sale for $6.99 per yard.

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Check out all our sale items this week in the What’s on Sale?! Category.

Do what you Love – Love what you do – LoveQuilting.com

Placentia, CA

Clown Fish Love Fabric Quilt

We love this Clowning Around fabric from Benartex, filled with bright fish swimming playfully on a black background.  The contrast it provides is exceptionally pleasing.  We decided to use this fabric in an eclectic quilt design.  A little bit modern with large areas of negative space created with solid fabric.  A little bit traditional with a mostly symmetrical layout.  A little bit art quilt with our clownfish swimming off their own fabric onto the background.

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To sum it up, we love this quilt and want to share it with you today!

CLOWN FISH LOVE

Finished Quilt Size: 48” x 48”

Finished Block Size:  12”                    Number of Blocks:  16

Layout:  4 Blocks Across, 4 Blocks Down

WOF = Width of Fabric

All seams are 1/4″ unless noted otherwise.

FABRIC REQUIREMENTS:

Clowning Around – 1/2  yd

Ebony and Ivory White Swirls – 1/2  yd

Quilter’s Basic Shadow Deep Fuschia – 2-1/4 yd (includes binding)

CUT AS FOLLOWS:

Clowning Around:  1 Strip 4-1/2” x WOF; 1 Strip 5-1/2” x WOF; 1 Strip 6-1/2” x WOF

Subcut:  6-1/2” x 6-1/2” – 4 Each; 5-1/2” x 5-1/2” – 4 Each; 4-1/2” x 4-1/2” – 4 Each;

3-1/2” x 3-1/2” – 4 Each

Ebony and Ivory White Swirls:  12 Strips 1-1/2” x WOF

Subcut:            1-1/2” x 3-1/2” – 8 Each

1-1/2” x 4-1/2” – 8 Each

1-1/2” x 5-1/2” – 16 Each

1-1/2” x 6-1/2” – 16 Each

1-1/2” x 7-1/2” – 8 Each

1-1/2” x 8-1/2” – 8 Each

Quilter’s Basic Shadow Deep Fuschia:  5 Strips 4″ x WOF; 5 Strips 3-1/2″ x WOF; 5 Strips 3″ x WOF; 11 Strips 2-1/2″ x WOF;

2-1/2” x 8-1/2” – 8 Each

2-1/2” x 12-1/2” – 8 Each

Use remaining 2-1/2″ strips for binding

3” x 7-1/2” – 8 Each

3” x 12-1/2” – 8 Each

3-1/2” x 6-1/2” – 8 Each

3-1/2” x 12-1/2” – 8 Each

4” x 5-1/2” – 8 Each

4” x 12-1/2” – 8 Each

It’s a lot of cutting, but the quilt goes together very easily and if you chain piece, it goes very quickly.

The object is to make all the clown fish blocks into 12-1/2” blocks which will then be sewn into rows.  The white strips are used to frame the clown fish block.  The fuschia strips are used to then make the framed clown fish block into a 12-1/2” block.

Let’s start with the 3-1/2” clown fish square.  Add a 1-1/2” x 3-1/2” white strip to 2 opposite sides of this square.  Press.

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Next add a 1-1/2” x 5-1/2” white strip to the remaining sides and press.

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At this point, your block should measure 5-1/2” x 5-1/2” and it’s time to add the fuschia strips.  Add a 4” x 5-1/2” fuschia strip to 2 opposite sides and press.

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Add a 4” x 12-1/2” fuschia strip to the remaining sides and press.  Your block should measure 12-1/2” x 12-1/2”.

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Make 4 blocks with these sizes and set aside.

Reference the photos above as you read on.

With the 4-1/2” clown fish square, add a 1-1/2” x 4-1/2” white strip to 2 opposite sides and press (Step 1).  Next, add a 1-1/2” x 6-1/2” strip to the remaining sides and press (Step 2).  Add a 3-1/2” x 6-1/2” fuschia strip to 2 opposite sides, press (Step 3), then add a 3-1/2” x 12-1/2” strip to remaining sides and press (Step 4).  This block should measure 12-1/2” x 12-1/2”.  Make 4 blocks with these sizes and set aside.

Take the 5-1/2” clown fish square and add a 1-1/2” x 5-1/2” white strip to 2 opposite sides and press (Step 1).  Add a 1-1/2” x 7-1/2” white strip to 2 remaining sides and press (Step 2).  Add a 3” x 7-1/2” fuschia strip to 2 opposite sides, press (Step 3).  Add a 3” x 12-1/2” fuschia strip to remaining sides and press (Step 4).  This block should measure 12-1/2” x 12-1/2”.  Make 4 blocks with these sizes and set aside.

With the 6-1/2” clown fish square, add a 1-1/2” x 6-1/2” white strip to 2 opposite sides and press (Step 1).  Next, add a 1-1/2” x 8-1/2” strip to the remaining sides and press (Step 2).  Add a 2-1/2” x 8-1/2” fuschia strip to 2 opposite sides, press (Step 3), then add a 2-1/2” x 12-1/2” strip to remaining sides and press (Step 4).  This block should measure 12-1/2” x 12-1/2”.  Make 4 blocks with these sizes and set aside.

Now you can arrange your blocks in any way you desire since they are all 12-1/2” square.  We chose to put our blocks in rows working with the smallest clown fish square at the top of the quilt and working toward the bottom with each row increasing the size of the clown fish square.

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Once we were done sewing our blocks into rows and our rows together, we took some scraps of the clown fish fabric and added Lite Steam A Seam II to some of the clown fish.  We cut them out, fused them to the quilt and stitched around the edge of the fish.

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Quilt as desired, bind and enjoy!

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Placentia, CA

 

 

2 DAYS LEFT FOR HUGE SAVINGS ON YOUR FAVORITE QUILT FABRICS!

FINAL 2 DAYS OF THE HUGE BLOW OUT SALE!  Come check out the deals as we clear the shelves to make room for new fabrics.  The Fab Shop May Blow Out sale ends on Friday, May 13th.  There’s still time to get huge savings on your favorite quilt fabrics.

With over 600 bolts of fabric on sale, it’s hard to pick favorites, but here are some that we love and we’d like to share with you in the spotlight.

Bali Chops Spirals Batiks by Hoffman Fabrics

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These fabulous hand dyed batiks feature floral spirals and dotted swirls.  Be sure to check our vast selection of patterned and watercolor batiks, ALL ON SALE!

Brand new from Henry Glass Fabrics, Bicycles and Blooms.  Starting with a main or border stripe print and adding some of the wonderful coordinates, and you have a happy quilt or tote for spring and summer.

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Children of the Sea by Elizabeth’s Studios – life like fish, turtles, coral and seashells are perfect for an underwater scene, home decor or apparel.

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Floral Elements by Art Gallery Fabrics.  These gorgeous modern blenders feature tone on tone spindled spider mums.  100% cotton fabrics with the amazing texture and sheen that we love from Art Gallery Fabrics!  Check out all our Art Gallery Fabrics here.

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A must have for every stash, Pareau from Hoffman Fabrics.  These tropical basics are just $6.99 per yard!  Check out all our Beach/Nautical fabrics here.

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Brand new in the shop and already on sale are Bali hand dyed solids, Indah solids in a rainbow of colors.  Offered at just $6.65 per yard, this week only, this is a great time to release your inner modern quilter AND stock up on backings.  Do you love blenders/solids?  Check out our huge assortment in endless colors and shades.

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There’s so many fabrics on sale, we can’t possibly mention them all.  You’ll have to check it out for yourself to believe it!  FREE shipping on orders over $75.  The more you buy, the more you save, so START SAVING RIGHT AWAY!

Don’t miss out – shop the savings until Friday, May 13th.

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Placentia, CA

 

 

 

French Seam Pillowcase made from Quilt Fabric

When the Our World quilt fabric collection by Riley Blake Designs arrived in the shop, my daughter fell in LOVE with it immediately.  She couldn’t get enough of it as I unpacked it.

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I knew I had to offer to make her something with it right away.  A quick and useful project is a pillowcase.  I offered to make that and she said yes!

The instructions below are for a standard size pillowcase with french seams so that the seams won’t unravel after use or repeated washings.

WOF = Width of Fabric

Cut:

Main Fabric-Our World Main Blue by Riley Blake Designs – 27” x WOF  (For a king size pillowcase, increase the main fabric to 36″ x WOF)

Accent Piece-Indah Hand Dyed Solid Cobalt – 3” x WOF

Cuff-Our World Hello White by Riley Blake Designs – 12” x WOF

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Don’t worry that all fabrics are not the same width, we’ll square up later.

ALL SEAMS ARE 1/4” unless noted otherwise.

WST = Wrong Sides Together

RST = Right Sides Together

Fold accent piece in half lengthwise with WST and press.

Line up the main fabric, accent piece and 1 edge of cuff with raw edges matched up and pin in place.  Your sandwich should be as follows:  main fabric Right side facing up, accent piece, then single layer of cuff Right side facing down.   Baste all layers together with ¼” seam.

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Extend pillow case and place face down.  Begin rolling from the bottom up to the seam you just basted.  Then flip the cuff under the tube and match the remaining raw edge of the cuff with the raw edges of the basted layers.  The cuff will be a tube with right sides together with the remaining fabric rolled up inside that tube.  Sew ¼” seam.

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From one end of the tube, start pulling the fabric out of the tube.  Work it gently and it will all come through.

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Press, then square up to 40” wide.  Recommendation:  Fold in half in both directions and press so that folded edges are lined up, then lay down on your cutting mat keeping folded edges square on the mat.  With the folded edge on zero, cut the raw edges at 20” so you will have a 40” wide piece when opened.

Fold in half WST, (Wrong Sides Together), pin side and bottom and stitch ¼”.

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Turn inside out so right sides are together, press so the seam you just sewed lies flat.  Stitch over the seam you just sewed at the side and bottom using a ½” seam.  This will encapsulate all the raw edges.

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Turn right side out, press and insert your favorite pillow

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These make fun quick gifts that are sure to be used and loved!

Do what you Love – Love what you do – LoveQuilting.com

Placentia CA

 

 

May Quilt Fabric Blow Out Sale!

Next week we are participating in the Fab Shop May 2016 Blow Out Sale, but for you, our loyal newsletter fans, here is a sneak peek.  Now through Friday, May 13, 2016, we have over 600 fabrics ON SALE!  These current, top quality quilt cotton fabrics have been marked down from our already every day lower prices.  No coupon codes necessary – products on sale have been reduced and are ready to be put in your cart.

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WE ARE SURE TO HAVE A FABRIC YOU LOVE ON SALE!

WANT TO TRY DIGITAL FABRICS, BUT YOU’RE WAITING FOR A SALE?

Now is the time to take advantage of these great prices and check them out.

The brand new Orchids collection by Elizabeth’s Studios is so life like, these gorgeous blooms pop right off the fabric!

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DO YOU LOVE BATIKS?

Hand dyed patterned or mottled watercolors – these are the lowest prices around!

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STOCK UP ON BACKINGS with these hand dyed Bali Solids by Benartex Fabrics, only $4.99 per yard!

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Our collection of Stof Fabrics Quilter’s Basics solids and lightly texture blenders are available throughout the sale dates for as low as $5.99 per yard.

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Get a jump start on your summer projects with our vast selection of Beach/Nautical fabrics at great sale prices!

One of our NEWEST collections, including surfboards and sailboats,  Offshore by Riley Blake Designs.

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Enjoy a New England style clambake with Maine Attraction by Benartex.

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Elegant seashells in black, white and gray with Neptunes Dream by Benartex.

Nautical Fabrics Neptune 

Vintage nautical symbols and sea creatures in a panel and wonderful coordinates, Hidden Cove by Windham Fabrics.

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DO YOU LOVE LORALIE PANELS AND COORDINATES?

We love her ladies and her pets.  Check them all out here.

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RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE

We love this jungle inspired collection, Rumble by Windham Fabrics.

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There is so much more, we could go on and on!  The more you buy, the more you save!  Get huge savings now by shopping our What’s on sale?! category.  Orders over $75 are shipped FREE!

Need project inspiration for all these wonderful sale fabrics?  Of course, we have many FREE downloadable patterns to help get you on your way, including many that are beginner friendly.  Click here to see all.

Do what you Love – Love what you do – LoveQuilting.com

Placentia, CA

Wavy Stars Quilt Fabric Table Runner

 

With summer right around the corner, that means a couple of patriotic holidays.  We also have the summer olympics this year.

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So at LoveQuilting.com, we needed something patriotic to display on our table.  We came up with this table runner made from Windham Basics Stars fabric with appliqued wavy stripes.

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Follow our instructions below and make your own Wavy Stars Table Runner

Finished Size:  18” x 48”

Fabric Cutting Requirements:

Blue with White Stars – 9-1/2” x 9-1/2” – 2 EA

White with Red and Blue Stars – 9-1/2” x WOF – 2 EA

Red with White Stars – 3” x WOF – 4 EA; 3” x 48-1/2” – 1 EA

Lite Steam A Seam II – 3” x 40” – 5 EA

All seams are 1/4″

See template below for the wave.  Trace this template onto the Lite Steam A Seam II, with enough repeats to measure the full width of fabric.  Repeat this for a total of 4 waves.  Then make one wave that measures 48-1/2”.  Trim the Lite Steam A Seam II and fuse to the WRONG side of the Red with White Stars, following the product directions for fusing.

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We made our waves slightly longer than necessary so we could place the waves to be parallel and trim as needed.

Work with the White with Red and Blue Stars strip, make a mark 1-3/4” from the top, then a second mark 4-3/4” from the top.  These marks represent the center line for your wave.

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Place the center of one wave at the first line.  When satisfied with placement, fuse into place, following fusing instructions.  Repeat this for the second wave on this strip and repeat with the 2 waves on the other White with Red and Blue stars strip.

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If desired, stitch around the edge of the waves using your favorite stitch.  This can be straight stitch, zig zag stitch (this is what we used), blanket stitch or any other decorative stitch your prefer.

Sew one Blue with White Stars square to one White with Red and Blue Stars rectangle.  Press towards the darker square.  Repeat for the other Blue with White Stars square and White with Red and Blue Stars rectangle.  Trim these pieces to 48-1/2”.

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Position the 2 strips so the blue square is at opposite sides and stitch these pieces together.

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Using the seam line as your center guide, place the final wave across the entire length of the table runner.  Fuse into place and stitch around the edges.

Quilt, bind and enjoy!

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Placentia, CA

 

Landscape Quilt Fabric

This week, we would like to focus on landscape quilting, including fabrics and techniques.   Landscape quilting is the art of creating a representation of a scene with quilt fabric.  Inspiration can come from a picture or a favorite place.

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Your particular landscape can be water themed or land themed.  Most importantly, there is no set of rules that you must follow and many different techniques can be used.

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When you think outside the box, you can see landscape segments in many fabrics.  A sky, for example, does not always need to be light blue fabric with puffy clouds.  Consider using a Hoffman Watercolor batik as a sky.

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We can also use the design in a fabric to enhance our landscape quilts.  For example in an underwater scene, we can use colorful fish from one or more fabrics to create our own ocean of sea life.  Other design elements for an underwater scene, such as sea plants can be randomly cut pieces of solids or tonal fabrics.

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The background for a landscape quilt can be pieced with scraps of squares or strips, then appliques added.  Or the background can be part of the process.

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In the example below, we used a package of pre-cut strips and arranged them to our liking to create our ocean scene.  We then added fish cut out from other fabrics and we made our own sea plants with solids.  We attached these with the fusible applique method.

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In this next example, we pieced the background specifically to create the uneven ocean bottom, after free hand cutting with slight curves.  In addition to appliqued fish, we also used hand dyed fibers and embroideries as design elements.

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In this golf themed quilt, we used our landscape technique to create the mountains and the sun in the background.  We added hand dyed fibers in the mountains to represent the forest trees.

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Our Tulip Love Table Runner (click here for FREE instructions), does not include any curved piecing, but still creates slight curves of uneven ground where tulips may grow.

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Our newest landscape fabrics, Digital Garden and Orchids, both from Elizabeth’s Studios, are the perfect choice for creating your very own field of blooms.

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If you have ever wanted to try a landscape quilt, this is a great time.  Use our examples to help you get started and be sure to check out our What’s on Sale?! Category for some great landscape inspired fabrics on sale.

Want to try a beginner’s landscape kit?  Click here for our landscape pillow kit.

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