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Plastic Bag Dispenser made from Quilt Fabric

Depending on where you live in the country, your area stores may or may not allow plastic shopping bags to be handed out when shopping.  The trend is going away from plastic shopping bags and instead having the consumer bring re-useable bags to hold purchases.

We embrace this practice for the positive effect elimination of plastic bags has on our environment.  However, in our area, plastic bags are still provided by the retailer.  This blog post is to inspire recycling the plastic shopping bags rather than just throwing them in the trash.  But what do you do with them until you are able to re-use them?  They can get quite messy if they are stored loose, so this project is for a plastic bag dispenser to keep all your plastic shopping bags neatly stowed until they are needed.  Stay tuned for a future blog post to make a re-useable fabric grocery shopping bag.

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One of the great re-uses for a plastic shopping bag is for bagging pet waste.  We used Puppy Paws Black from the Dear Doggie Delight collection by Loralie Designs for our plastic bag dispenser.

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Fabric Requirements

Puppy Paws Black 14″ x 20″

1/2″ elastic 8″ – 2 Each

Optional hanging loop 1-1/2″ x 12″ (trim length later to suit your needs)

On the two short ends, fold over 1/4″ and press.  To create the casing for the elastic, fold over one short end 1″ and press.  Stitch close to the first folded edge which leaves a small casing for the elastic.  Repeat for the other short side.

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Using a safety pin on one end of one piece of elastic, feed the elastic through one casing.  Once the elastic is all the way through, clip both elastic ends together.  Repeat with the other piece of elastic through the casing on the opposite end.

Fold the fabric lengthwise right sides together, pin and make sure to keep elastic at ends even with end of fabric.  Stitch along this edge using a 1/4″ seam making sure to capture the elastic.  It’s a good idea to back stitch at both ends.

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If you wish to add an optional hanging loop, take your 1-1/2″ x 12″ fabric to your iron, fold in half lengthwise and press.  Open the fabric and fold so one raw edge lines up with the pressed line in the center and press.  Do the same for the other raw edge.  With both raw edges in the center, fold this in half lengthwise and press.  Stitch along the length with 1/2″ seam.

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If you prefer not to have the optional hanging loop, zig zag the seam allowance to reduce the amount of pesky unravelling threads from use.  If you want the optional hanging loop – skip to the next section.

OPTIONAL HANGING LOOP

Fold this piece in half, decide if that length works for you or trim as desired and clip in place on the seam allowance of one edge of your plastic bag dispenser, with the loop sticking up out of the bag dispenser.  Zig zag into place going back and forth a couple times, then continue zig zagging along the seam allowance.  This will help reduce the amount of pesky unraveling threads from use.

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Fill with your bags and hang for easy dispensing.  Fill from the top and pull them out from the bottom.

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Have you Seen Us in AQS Magazine?!

Have you seen us in the September issue of AQS Magazine?  We were so excited to be featured in an article about ovarian cancer awareness!  The timing is perfect as September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

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The official color of ovarian cancer awareness is teal and we have some gorgeous teal fabrics on sale.  At LoveQuilting.com, we are a strong supporter of this great cause and encourage each of our readers to have yearly checkups and to encourage your friends and loved ones to do the same.  Help us promote awareness by creating a project with teal.

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Celebrate your love of sewing in September, which is National Sewing Month.  Click the link for lots of sewing related tips and free patterns.

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This is a great month to sew with a friend or make a gift for a fellow sewer with sewing themed fabric.

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September 22nd is the Fall Equinox.  Once the weather cools down a bit, we can start wearing our fall clothes.  Make sure your wardrobe and fabric stash is up to date with the Pantone Fall Color Report.

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This year’s fall colors are LUSCIOUS!  Here are our fabric picks to go along with some of this year’s fall color palette.

In the blue tone, we love these Brilliant Blenders by Hoffman Fabrics.

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In the neutral gray tone, our choices are this hand dyed Indah Solid by Hoffman Fabrics and Oval Elements by Art Gallery.

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In the spicy mustard palette, we love the tonal spindly spider mums from the Floral Elements collection by Art Gallery Fabrics.

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Our Hoffman Watercolors Batik in Cayenne, is unmistakably suited for this fall’s Potter’s Clay color scheme.

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READING AND WRITING AND RITHMETIC . . .

Even though many schools started in August, September is also known as back to school month.

Do you know an elementary school student that would love a glow in the dark Star Wars pencil case?  FREE tutorial available here and check out all our Star Wars fabric here.

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Do you have a college student that needs a new quilt for their dorm or apartment?  Deep Sea Maze, Don’t Fence Me In and Jewel of the Nile are a few of the FREE downloadable beginner friendly super easy patterns that would be perfect for your college student.  Click here to see all our FREE patterns.

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See all the sale fabrics in our What’s on Sale?! Category, by clicking here.

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Pencil Case made from Quilt Fabric

Hard to believe it’s just about back to school time.  This week, we made a quick project to go in the backpack and help keep it organized, a pencil case!

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For this project we used our Glow in the Dark Star Wars fabric, how cool is that?  We used a solid coordinating colored fabric for the lining.

Finished size 4” W x 7” L

Cut:

Main Fabric – 5” x 9-1/2” – 2 EA

Lining – 5” x 9-1/2” – 2 EA

One Side Fusible Interfacing – 5” x 9-1/2” – 2 EA

Zipper – 9”

Zipper Tab – 4” x 3” – 1 EA

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ALL SEAMS ARE 1/4”, unless noted otherwise.

Fuse interfacing to both sides of outer main fabric, then set aside.

For the zipper tab, fold the 3” x 3” piece in half and press.  Open it up and press each raw edge to the center at the pressed mark you just made and press.  Fold in half one more time and give it a good press, then cut this in half lengthwise so you have 2 zipper tabs.

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Place one end of your zipper into one tab and stitch it in place with a 1/8” seam.  Trim your tab to be flush with the zipper tape.

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On the wrong side of your main out fabric, mark 1/2″ from either end.  Line up the zipper tab you just installed at one mark and mark your zipper at the other mark.  This is where you are going to trim your zipper.

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Attach the remaining zipper tab to this cut zipper end the same way you did above.

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Place one front piece FACE UP, place zipper FACE DOWN with zipper pull on the left, (centered on front piece).  Line up the top edge of the zipper with the top edge of the front piece.  Place a lining piece FACE DOWN lining up the top edge of the lining piece with the top edge of the zipper and front piece.  Sew with a ¼” seam.

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Fold the lining piece so that it is WRONG SIDES TOGETHER with the front piece that you just sewed the zipper to.  Press and top stitch ¼” from edge.  This will keep the lining fabric from getting caught in the zipper.

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Take the other front piece and place FACE UP, place the piece you just sewed and place it FACE DOWN, lining up the unsewn part of the zipper with the top of the front piece.  The zipper pull will be to the right at this point.  Place the last lining piece and place it FACE DOWN.  Sew with a ¼” seam.

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Fold the lining piece so that it is WRONG SIDES TOGETHER with the front piece that you just sewed the zipper to.  Press and stitch ¼” from edge.

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** IMPORTANT ** Unzip the zipper half way.

Keeping the zipper unzipped half way, lay the bag out flat so the 2 front pieces are RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER and the 2 lining pieces are RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER.  Sew a ¼” seam around all 4 sides leaving a 3” opening in the bottom of the lining pieces.

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To give the case a little more depth, let’s box the corners slightly.  Make a mark at the bottom corner of the 2 outer pieces, 1” x 1”.  Cut this square away and open it so the side seam lines up with the bottom seam.  Sew 1/4” across this diagonal.  Repeat for the other side of the outer piece and the 2 corners of the lining as well.

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Reach through the 3” opening and unzip the zipper all the way.  Gently pull the bag through the 3” opening.  It will be a bit bulky at this point, but work it gently and it will turn right side out.  Press the ends of the opening and either top stitch, zig zag or whip stitch opening closed.  Push the lining back inside the bag.

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Christmas in August Quilt Fabric Sale!

We’ve all heard about the mid-year Christmas in July sales, but we wanted to wait a month and have our early Christmas sale in August.  We have some fun new winter and holiday fabrics in stock and have put them all on sale.

Take advantage of this opportunity to get a head start on your holiday decor or gift making.

Holiday Cheer by Benartex Fabrics is sure to put some cheer into your holiday projects.  We absolutely love this fabric and have had many customers buy some, just because they couldn’t resist!

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Woodsy Winter by Hoffman Fabrics is back by popular demand!  Small random white dots with silver metallic highlights against a mottled gray, scarlett, parchment or black background appears as snow with sparkle.  No wonder it’s so popular!

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Winter Wonderland by Camelot Fabrics features ice princesses, polar bears, foxes, penguins and more.

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Click here to read about our LoveQuilting.com exclusive FREE tutorial for Winter Wonderland Love.

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Need more winter blenders?  These subtle snowflakes with slight silver metallic highlighting, float randomly against aqua or silver backgrounds, from the Mistletoe collection by Benartex Fabrics.

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Here are some of our favorite holiday novelty prints, now at the lowest prices of the year!

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Nancy’s Holiday Favorites by Benartex Fabrics, features a panel and fun modern coordinates.

Wheres Rudolph Panel     Reindeer Stripe Red Green

Where’s Rudolph by Benartex Fabrics, panel and edge stripe with the endearing reindeer is doing his holiday shopping as well as enjoying other holiday past times such as drinking hot cocoa!

Need some fresh new ideas?  Be sure to check out FREE holiday patterns.  Also, check back on the blog often, as we post FREE tutorials weekly.  You may find some great quick small projects that are perfect for gift giving.

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Holiday Frost is a beginner friendly pattern by Henry Glass Fabrics, featuring 2 colors, red and silver that uses half square triangles and squares.  Make it in your 2 favorite colors!

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Let it Snow Table Set by Blank Quilting, is a FREE download featuring whimsical table decor and include full size applique templates.

FREE shipping on orders over $75.

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Longarm Quilting your Quilt – Part 3

Welcome to our 3rd and final part in our series of longarm quilting your quilt, as we finally complete the quilting on our Clownfish Love quilt.  In Part 1, we introduced preparation of the quilt top, backing, batting and the machine.  In Part 2, we discussed choosing a quilt design, choosing our thread, preparing bobbins and loading the backing onto the frame.  Click here if you missed Part 1 or just want to review and click here for Part 2.

STEP 9:  CREATING THE QUILT SANDWICH

We are ready to create the quilt sandwich and we start by placing the batting from Step 3 above and lay it on top of the batting.  We find the center of the batting and line that up with the center line on the zipper leader which is also the center of the backing fabric.  At this point, we baste the batting in place by using a channel lock on our longarm.  We baste horizontally across the top and down each side as far as the longarm head will reach.

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Next we place the quilt top.  We fold the quilt top in half to find the center and line the center up with the center mark on our zipper leaders to ensure the quilt sandwich is centered on the backing.  Using the horizontal line of stitching at the top created by basting the batting, we try to keep the quilt top as straight and square as possible.  Next we start basting the entire quilt top.  We start with basting at the top then down each side.  Before rolling to the next section we place another line of horizontal basting furthest from the top that the longarm can currently reach.  Once that’s complete, we roll the quilt onto the “Pick Up” roller, straighten the quilt top and batting and baste each side and the bottom once again.  We continue this until the entire quilt top has been basted into place.

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Once the entire quilt has been basted into place, we roll the quilt back to the beginning or top which is where we start our stitching.  We use clamps on either side to hold the quilt sandwich steady while stitching.  These clamps are the reason for the extra backing fabric required on either side.  If the longarm head hits one of the clamps, it could lead to disaster.

STEP 10:  NOW WE ARE READY TO QUILT THE QUILT

For most quilts with edge to edge quilting, the quilt stitching starts at the top and works towards the bottom.  Each row is lined up with the previous row to avoid stitching over existing stitching.  The technique for this process depends on the individual long arm and long arm quilter preference.  With our longarm system, we perform all our quilting from the front of the machine.  We have the option of disconnecting the computer assistance and guiding the machine in free motion mode.  We do however, love our computer assistance and the wonderful software that provides so many options for personal creativity.

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Once the actual quilt stitching is complete, the quilt is ready for binding and enjoyment!

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Longarm Quilting your Quilt – Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of understanding longarm quilting, as we continue to explain our longarm quilt process using our Clowfish Love quilt Click here for Part 1 which included preparing the top, backing and batting and routine startup maintenance on the machine.

STEP 5:  CHOOSE A QUILT DESIGN

Quilting designs can be performed “Edge to Edge”, which is basically an all-over design, sometimes referred to as a pantogram.  Custom quilting addresses each block separately.  The custom design is usually specific to the type of block.  For example, there are quilt patterns designed to fit within flying geese blocks, or log cabin blocks, or many, many others.  With custom quilting the sashes and borders would also be addressed separately from the blocks.  You can also outline blocks with “stitch in the ditch”.

The quilt stitching on our Carpenter’s Star is an example of custom quilting where each wedge and square was stitched with a unique design.

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The quilting on Clownfish Love will be “Edge to Edge”.  We chose edge to edge because this will be a utility type of quilt that will be donated to a children’s hospital.  We anticipate it will get washed repeatedly.  There are thousands and thousands of quilt designs to choose from and personal preference definitely plays a major role in this decision.  Other factors such as density of design and and design of the quilt top also play a role in choosing a quilt design.

If the quilt top is very linear with lots of straight lines, we typically like to use a quilt design with curves.  Using straight line quilt designs with straight line piecing can show even the slightest piecing inaccuracies.

If the fabric is very “busy”, we tend to choose a simpler quilt design as it will get hidden within the fabric pattern.

We used “Circle Play”, designed by Vickie Malaski, for use on Clownfish Love.  Here is a screen shot of what this design looks like on our computer prior to stitching it out.

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STEP 6:  THREAD CHOICE

The next decision is to choose the color of thread to be used.  We audition several thread colors by taking several feet of thread off the bobbin and loosely placing it on the quilt top in good lighting.  You should always audition your thread because you would be amazed that sometimes the most unlikely thread choice ends up being perfect.

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STEP 7:  PREPARE YOUR BOBBINS

We like to prepare all the bobbins that we will need for our project before starting so that we don’t have to stop, unthread the machine to wind more bobbins and then re-thread.

Once we choose our thread, we wind our bobbins on a stand alone bobbin winder.  Knowing how many bobbins we will need comes from years of quilting and is also dependent on how large the quilt is, the density of the quilt pattern and even the stitches per inch that we use.  Over time, you just sort of get a feel for how many bobbins you will need.  That doesn’t mean that sometimes we don’t wind too many or too few!

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STEP 8:  LOAD THE BACKING

The top edge of the backing fabric is attached to the “Pick Up” roller.  The “Pick Up” roller has a canvas leader with zippers semi-permanently attached to it.  We have a set of zippered leaders that we attach the backing fabric to, which then gets zipped onto the leaders attached to the rollers.

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It is important that the backing gets installed square so that we don’t have a wonky backing.  Our leaders attached to the rollers as well as our separate zippered leaders have a mark indicating the center.  We make sure the center of our backing is at the center mark of the leaders.  We use pins to attach the top edge of the backing fabric to the zippered leaders.

We do the same for the bottom edge of the backing fabric, which then gets zippered to the leader on the “Backing” roller.

To insure that the backing is straight and flat when zipped to the rollers, we roll the entire backing in one direction, then roll it back to the other direction, performing any straightening as required.

Our 3rd and final part of this Longarm quilt series will include creating the quilt sandwich and quilting the quilt.

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August Quilt Fabric Blow Out Sale!

Next week, August 8th through 12th, we are participating in the Fab Shop August 2016 Blow Out Sale, but for you, our loyal newsletter fans, here is a sneak peek.  Starting today, August 5th, through Friday, August 12th, 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.

Skylines by Hoffman Fabrics has been re-printed and re-stocked several times and we just got MORE!  This popular digital print has been one of the most sought after fabrics this year.  Get some today, ON SALE!

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The 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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MODERN QUILTERS AND BATIK LOVERS UNITE!  We have wonderful hand dyed solids that are sure to be a new favorite.

THIS IS A GREAT TIME TO STOCK UP ON BACKINGS with these hand dyed Bali Solids by Benartex Fabrics, only $4.99 per yard!

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Try our collection of Indah Hand Dyed Solids by Hoffman Fabrics, only ___ per yard!

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DO YOU LOVE PANELS?

Check out Follow the Light by Fabriquilt.  This large scale print can be used as a panel or can be fussy cut into smaller blocks.

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RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE

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

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ARE YOU A TREKKIE?!

Star Trek The Next Generation will boldly arrive in your sewing room for your next project.

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All the luscious goodness of Art Gallery Fabrics are on sale!  If you haven’t experienced one of these fabulous blenders yet, now is your perfect opportunity.

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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.

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Longarm Quilting your Quilt – Part 1

Have you ever wondered about the steps involved to longarm quilt your quilt or quilted project?  Whether you are considering a longarm for your own projects or to assist you in preparing your projects for quilting by a longarm quilter and to understand what the quilter does once they receive your quilt, then this 3 part blog series is for you.

We use a Gammill with a Statler Stitcher computer guided system to longarm quilt our projects, but there are other options available.  Below is a detailed description of how we complete the process.  Just like everything else in quilting, there is always more than one way to achieve the same result.  Our description below is just one of the ways available.

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STEP 1:  PREPARE THE TOP

We have used our Clownfish Love project to showcase our longarm process.  Click here for FREE tutorial for Clownfish Love.  Our quilt top preparation includes making sure our seams and intersections are pressed.  We also check the top for “squareness” by folding it in half in one direction, then folding it in half in the other direction.  If your quilt top is wonky, you will be able to tell at this point.  It would be best to make any adjustments that may be necessary.  Consistent seams during the piecing process helps to keep things square.

STEP 2:  PREPARE THE BACKING

We prepare our backing which should always allow for an extra 4″ on all 4 sides of the quilt top.  That would mean the backing is 8″ wider than the quilt top and 8″ longer than the quilt top.  If the backing is pieced, we suggest using a seam allowance of 1/2″ instead of the piecing standard 1/4″.  We use this dimension so that if there is any raveling that occurs during washing, the 1/2″ allowance is less likely to have the seam disintegrate.  We also press the seams open on our pieced backs, which helps the backing to lie flatter.

STEP 3:  BATTING

We use batting off a bolt, so we cut our batting to the same size as our backing.  Since our batting is 108″ wide, we cut off the excess and save it for use in a later project by stitching or fusing the pieces together.  Our favorite batting is Tuscany Wool by Hobbs.  What we love about it is that while it is warm and snuggly in the winter, it is breathable and not too sweltering in the summer.  We also love that it doesn’t leave permanent creases from folding that other battings do.  There are so many batting choices, but for most projects this is our preference.

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STEP 4:  PREPARE THE LONGARM

As with any fine tuned machinery, there is ongoing maintenance that needs to take place regularly.  We always use fresh sharp needles to ensure good stitch quality and of course, we oil the machine to keep the parts and pieces running smoothly.

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Part 2 will include thread and design selection.

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Summer Fabric Sale

WHAT IS SUMMER FABRIC?

The second half of July and the month of August, define summer.  Long hours of day light, warm temperatures and school break, provide an opportunity for many families to enjoy a vacation.  Whether your vacation is an extended holiday, a weekend get away, or a one day activity, it’s a great idea to capture these memorable moments.  Summer fabric is cotton print fabric that portrays images of summer activities, from beaching to beautiful blooms.

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Photos are a wonderful way to capture memories.  Organized in a scrap book to be looked at and passed on to future generations is one way to re-live the memorable experiences.

Photos can also be printed onto printer fabric and incorporated into a quilt project  This is another wonderful way to enjoy your memories for years to come.  Printed photos can be incorporated into blocks surrounded by fabrics that enhance the memory.  Perhaps the blue of the water color, flowers that grew alongside the road traveled or surfboards to capture a new experience.

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A big block quilt is perfect for creating a vacation memory quilt such as Stargazing.  This FREE pattern is perfect as a collage of vacation memories.  Use a light colored background and add captions with a fabric pen.

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Modern Living, another FREE pattern from Benartex is beginner friendly and offers the perfect layout for several photos highlighted with your favorite fabrics!

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Nature’s Windows is a customer favorite that looks complex with the illusion of looking through windows.  Download this FREE pattern by Benartex and learn the simple secret of creating depth by placement of light and dark fabrics and use your fabric photos as the images in the windows.

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Document your travels with this FREE download by Benartex, Carry On.

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SUMMER FABRIC is our selection of fabrics that can be used to help enhance your captured memories.

Sailing or surfing, Off Shore by Riley Blake is a collection of vintage beach inspired graphics.

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Traveling to a far away destination?  Use the world map of the Our World collection by Riley Blake to identify your stops and learn to say “hello” in every language.

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Did you take a trip to the mountains?  How many trees can you identify?  These birch trees in batik or screen print, both from Hoffman Fabrics are perfect additions to mountain landscape quilts.

Birch Trees Redwood     Birch Trees Aspen

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Flowers thrive in the warm summer sunshine as so do our floral fabrics.  Digital and screen print florals are abundant in our What’s on Sale?! category.

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Click here to view all our sale fabrics.

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Quilt Fabric Poke Ball Love

Are you or someone you know playing Pokemon Go?  Personally, I’m not much of a video game participator, but I did want to understand what all the excitement was about when images of game players were appearing on the news every day.  Luckily I have 2 teenagers in the house who helped explain some things to me.  So, I downloaded the game and gave it a try.  I quickly learned that I ran out of the all important poke balls very quickly.  That required me to go to poke stops and pick up whatever limited supply of poke balls that stop was willing to give up.

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This blog post is for one 12-1/2″ x 12-1/2″ poke ball block so that you or your favorite Pokemon Go players won’t ever run out of poke balls.  One would make a perfect pillow, but feel free to increase the fabric requirements accordingly for additional poke ball blocks.

Fabric Requirements:

Indah Hand Dye Solid Deep Red Fabric 9” square – 1 EA

Stof Basic Solid Natural White Fabric 9” square – 1 EA; 3” square – 1 EA

Indah Hand Dye Solid Jet Black Fabric 5” square – 1 EA, 3” square – 1 EA

Indah Hand Dye Solid Aruba Blue Fabric 12-1/2” square – 1 EA

Lite Steam A Seam II – 1/3 yard x 24” wide – Subcut 9” squares – 2 EA, 5” square – 1 EA and 3” square – 2 EA

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For our poke ball, we used several items to trace circles.  Household items such as plates and glasses can be very effective, as well as an Olfa circle cutter.  The sizes we used were 8”, 4” and 2”.

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Fuse the Lite Steam A Seam II 9” squares to the red fabric square and the white fabric square.  Fuse the 5” square to the black 5” square fabric and the 3” to the white 3” square of fabric.  Fuse the remaining 3” fusible to the 3” black square.

Trace an 8” circle on the paper of the fusible of the red fabric.  Cut on your drawn line.  Repeat for the white fabric.

Trace a 2” circle on the smaller piece of white fabric and cut on drawn line.

On the 5” black fabric, trace a 4” circle, then trace a 2” circle centered within the 4” circle.  Cut on the outer line, then cut on the inner circle line creating a black ring.

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Find the center of the blue square by folding in half in both directions and pressing.

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Fold the 8” red circle in half and make a crease, then cut this circle in half on the crease line.  Do the same with the 8” white circle.

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At the straight edge of the red half circle, find the center and mark it.  Line the straight edge on the horizontal center line of the blue square, matching up the vertical center lines.

Do the same for the white half circle, placing the straight edge of the white circle opposite the red half circle on the horizontal center line.

Place the black ring on the center of your red and white circle.  Place the small white circle in the center of the black ring.

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Place your black strips centered where the red and white half circles meet, on either side of the black ring.

Once everything is in place to your liking, fuse following the fusing instructions.

Using your preferred stitch, stitch around the exposed raw edges.  We used a blanket stitch in a matching color thread to the fabric we were stitching.

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Make an unlimited supply of poke balls by making as many blocks as you desire!

Here’s one we’ll definitely be sending to our favorite charity, Bayonne Medical Center, for the sick kids.

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