Friday, July 14, 2017

Symphony Quilt with Art Gallery Fabrics and Fat Quarter Shop


I'm so excited to share my Symphony Quilt today! I just LOVE it when Fat Quarter Shop and Art Gallery Fabrics collaborate together as the results are fabulous! My Symphony quilt finishes at a large lap size at 72.5" x 72.5" size, which is perfect for family movie time or a picnic.


For my fabric choices I did a mix of Amy Sinibaldi's Charleston and Les Petites Collections. I love all of Amy's collection...she always has sweet prints in lovely colors and the basics match so nicely! Plus Art Gallery prints their fabrics on the softest feeling quilting cotton ever!



I always appreciate how clearly written Fat Quarter Shop patterns are and the full color diagrams in the Symphony pattern makes it even better! This quilt is perfect for an adventurous beginner (no tricky piecing, just lots of pieces) and beyond. I love how the large blocks show the fabric so well plus they create a secondary pattern! My 3 year old calls this her Hopscotch quilt ;) Have I mentioned this pattern absolutely FREE?!?!?


I just loved the Les Petites Check fabric for the binding! I'm quite sure I need a bolt of this fabric!



Ready to sew your own Symphony Quilt


Thank you again to Fat Quarter Shop and Art Gallery Fabrics for having me be part of the Symphony Quilt Sew Along! Be sure to follow me on Instagram @ smellierc for more sewing fun!

Have a great day!
Melanie











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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Bernina Sewing Machine Giveaway with Fat Quarter Shop


Fat Quarter Shop is giving away a brand new Bernina Sewing Machine!!! This is one of the most amazing giveaways ever! If you want a chance to win a Hello Lovely” Cotton + Steel B350SE sewing machine MSRP $1,899.....you will need to go to the Fat Quarter Shop Blog and enter on the rafflecopter linked to this blog post. Click here



Of course there is a fabulous video about the giveaway....

Video

Here are the birdseed terms for this giveaway: No purchase necessary to enter.  Commenting on this blog post does not count as an entry.  Fat Quarter Shop employees, Bernina employees and bloggers paid or compensated by Fat Quarter Shop are not eligible to enter this giveaway.

Good luck to all who enter! One sewer will be sew happy!

Be sure to check back tomorrow as I have new quilt to share with Fat Quarter Shop!

Have a great day!
Melanie

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Matching Meadow Pillow - a bonus project!


I finally finished my matching Dovetail Meadow Pillow and I LOVE it!!! I had 30  4" half square triangles (3.5" finished) left over after trimming the blocks from my Dovetail Quilt. Do you remember my Dovetail Quilt??? Well here it is again below (it is one of my favorites!). Link to Dovetail Quilt blog post here.




I just love the Meadow Fabric by Camelot Fabrics and I couldn't throw away such darling fabric. Plus they were above my 2.5" minimum size for scrap saving and I had 30 of them! To make my pillow I just randomly placed 25 of the squares in a 5x5 grid layout. I flipped the triangles around in different directions....I LOVE that. I was stumped on quilting, but then with the help of Instagram friends...straightline quilting won! It was perfect and simple for this pillow! 



Now I still had 5 squares left over...no fear...I used them to piece the backing of my pillow! Yay for no waste! Plus I'm all heart eyes for the turquoise exposed zipper :)!



Thanks for reading along! Have a great day! 

Melanie

Friday, July 7, 2017

Wild Goose Chase Quilt with Fat Quarter Shop


Happy Friday!!! I just love this Classic and Vintage Wild Goose Chase Quilt with Fat Quarter Shop!!! I started out making one 17" block to make a pillow, but I LOVED it...so I thought I would make 9 blocks for a lap quilt instead.....since I had enough fabric to make 12 blocks...I upgraded my quilt to a twin size! I'm so glad I made the larger size as I have a feeling this will be a family favorite!

Don't worry about making 192 flying geese as Fat Quarter Shop shares an easy way to do this with perfect points using Flying Geese on a Roll (2x4" size).


Wild Goose Chase Quilt Pattern

Fat Quarter Shop is offering 2 version of the pattern - a free version with directions on making one block or a paid full quilt version with multiple sizes and fabric requirements.  I chose to make the Twin Size Version, which finishes at 63.5 x 80.5"

Tips on sewing this pattern (that worked for me)
  • Watch the video on how to use Triangles on a Roll - this is a must!
  • Cut the smaller squares at 3" (instead of 2&7/8" as pattern states)
  • I used a Sewline glue stick to attach first triangle instead of a pin. (I lived on the edge and didn't use any pins)
  • Sew with a scant 1/4" seam
  • Place fabric on the lines of the paper...don't match up the fabric edges (opposite of regular sewing)
  • Sew with a short stitch length to make it easier to rip paper off. I used 1.4 stitch length on my Brother Machine
  • Tear off paper BEFORE trimming the finished 4 flying geese unit. If you trim first then you may be more likely to have popped stitches on the edges.
My Fabric Choices

 I used my May Sew Sampler F8 bundle of Karen Lewis Blueberry Park by Robert Kaufman. With creative cutting you can get 1 block per F8.  I cut (1) 4.5" square, (3) 5.25" squares, and then (4) triangles (same size as you get when you cut the 5.25" square into 4 triangles). I just loved how this bright fabric shines against the Alison Glass low volume prints (from my stash) I used as my background fabric.


Ready to Make Your Own



Thank you again to Fat Quarter Shop for having me sew along with the Wild Goose Quilt Pattern!!!




If you want more to see more sewing fun - be sure to follow me on Instagram @mellierc

Have a great day!
Melanie


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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Bella Skill Builder with Fat Quarter Shop -Month 6



Happy July 1st and welcome to Month 6 of the Bella Skill Builder with Fat Quarter Shop! I can't believe we are more than halfway done!!!

This month is Courthouse Steps and another one of my favorite blocks! I created an ombre effect by using 4 different shades of greens or pinks for my eight 6" blocks.  I really love the ombre blocks I have created!

Featured Tool
The Creative Grids 6" Log Cabin Trim Tool ruler has you trim each round so you have perfect blocks! 


Supplies: 
1. Bella Solids of your choice. Available here or grab the kit that Fat Quarter shop created here.
3. Creative Grids 6" Log Cabin Trim Tool. Available here

Bella Skill Builder Quilt Kit - here


I'm having sew much fun with the monthly Bella Skill Builder! I love that I am making some blocks for the first time plus learning helpful tips to improve my sewing! Thank you Fat Quarter Shop!
I can't wait for August 1st!



Have a great weekend! Be sure to follow me on Instagram @mellierc for more sewing fun!

Melanie

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Favorite Little Things Friday Bundle Batch with Fort Worth Fabric Studio


Happy Friday! I'm so excited to share one of my favorite Friday Bundle Batch with Fort Worth Fabric Studio....which is so perfectly named Favorite Little Things

When I saw all the cute Calico Days Fabric by Lori Holt, I just couldn't wait to start sewing.  I chose a project from the super great book: Lucky Charm Quilts, which is available at Fort Worth Fabric Studio (plus it is on sale). I couldn't decide between a pillow or table topper....so I made both by just adding a zippered backing :)




More about Favorite Little Things Friday Bundle Batch

  1. Calico Days Red Chicks - Riley Blake
  2. Wistful Winds Pink Dots - RIley Blake
  3. Calico Days Aqua Daisies - Riley Blake
  4. Sealed With A Kiss Script Lipstick - Robert Kaufman
  5. Toscana Surf's Up - Northcott
  6. Calico Days Pink Cherries - Riley Blake
  7. Swiss Dots Aqua - Riley Blake
  8. Hello Blossom Red Raindrops - Ella Blue


Did you know from one fat quarter...you can cut (12) 5" charm squares??? That means with each Friday Bundle Batch...you get 96 charm squares plus (8) 2.5" strip for scrappy binding per bundle. It also means you can make most of the projects in this Lucky Charm Quilts book by just adding a some background fabric!!! I just love using my bundle to the fullest!

This week I chose to make Two-Pack Buzz Quilt Pattern on page 30 of Lucky Charm Quilts.


You can actually make the entire quilt top with this Friday Bundle Batch if you add some background fabric! 

I decided to make 4 blocks and use the Swiss Dot Fat Quarter for my background and border plus 2 fat quarters for the zippered backing to create a Table Topper/Mini Quilt/Pillow!



Helpful Tips if you want to make the 19.5" project above by making four blocks

Cutting for blocks - you will need the Lucky Charm Quilts book for the actual measurements plus a super easy and clever way to piece these blocks!
From Pattern Fabric "Charm fabric"
(16) rectangles
(8) charm squares
From Background Fabric
(8) charm squares
(4) 2" x WOF or 1.75" x 21" for borders

Sew four blocks together as shown and add borders - then quilt.


Backing - I chose to add a zippered backing so it could be a table topper or mini quilt or pillow! I chose these 2 adorable prints for my backing.




Be sure to tag your projects on social media with #sewingwithfwfabricstudio and @fwfabricstudio and me @mellierc so I can see them!

Happy Friday!!!
Melanie








Friday, June 23, 2017

Snail Trail Quilt with Fat Quarter Shop


Happy Friday! I'm excited to share my Snail Trail project! I love the "Classic and Vintage Series" that Fat Quarter Shop is sharing with us today. The pattern includes 4 different sizes for your quilt - crib, lap, twin, and queen! I love a pattern that gives so many options! I chose to make the crib size without the borders and it makes a perfect table topper or extra large pillow at 24 x 24". 


This is such a fun pattern to sew! I love the design it creates! My kids call it a ninja star fidget spinner :) I think it is going to be a fave in our family room!

For quilting I did straight-line quilting 5/8" lines apart from each other with Aurifil Dove 50wt.



Fabric I used:

Sewing Tips
1. Trim - Trim - Trim! Trimming after each round will ensure your seams match up and block finishes at the correct size.

 


2. I did use Creative Grids Stripology Squared Ruler and it was perfect for this project!


3. When sewing your blocks make sure are able to see where the seams match - this will ensure a perfect point/match.



Fat Quarter Shop is offering a Snail Trail Quilt kit featuring Snowman Gathering III. 


Be sure to check out Fat Quarter Shop's Blog: Jolly Jabber and You-Tube Channel for the pattern and video!

Thank you to Fat Quarter Shop for having me be part of the Snail Trail Sew Along!!!



If you want more to see more sewing fun - be sure to follow me on Instagram @mellierc

Have a great day!
Melanie

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Dovetail Quilt with Meadow Fabrics and Fat Quarter Shop


I just love love love the new Meadow Collection from Camelot fabrics!!! It is even more beautiful in person!!! I wanted a quilt pattern that would allow the fabrics to standout as the prints are just gorgeous! When I saw the free Dovetail pattern with Fat Quarter Shop- I knew it would be perfect!



The Dovetail pattern creates a generous lap size quilt of 57.5" x 70.5" quilt. The fabric is cut into 5"x10" squares or 5.5"x 10.5" squares...so it is perfect for those fabrics that you want to show off. Plus the larger sizes of fabric means it sews together quickly. Don't let the y-seam in the pattern make you shy away....there are only 15 of them....and the directions are super helpful if you are new with Y-seams. Plus Fat Quarter Shop made a video!

A bit more about my fabric choices:





I was so excited to find the perfect backing fabric in my stash. I have been saving this Brambleberry Ridge fabric for the perfect project and this was it!



Ready to make one...here is what you need!




2. Jolly Jabber Blog
3. Fat Quarter Shop Video

Thank you for reading along! I'm quite sure this is my favorite quilt! I just love these fabrics and the pattern was perfect match! 

Thank you to Fat Quarter Shop for having me part of the Dovetail Quilt Along!!! Be sure to follow me on Instagram @mellierc for more sewing fun!

Have a great day!
Melanie

Garden Party Star Quilt in Blue with Fort Worth Fabric Studio


This week is the lovely Garden Party in Blue Friday Bundle Batch with Fort Worth Fabric Studio! I just love all those blue fabrics together! Does this quilt look familiar???? It's the matching one to the Garden Party in Pink Bundle!

This Star Quilt Tutorial is my favorite as it uses the entire 8 fat quarters plus one yard of background fabric to make the quilt top and scrappy binding for a lap size quilt!!!! Keep reading for the Star Quilt Tutorial. 

Garden Party Fat Quarter Bundle in Blue


  1. La Dee Da Navy Bloom - Michael Miller
  2. Maze Spa - Robert Kaufman
  3. Dainty Darling Squares Aqua - Riley Blake
  4. Maze Navy - Robert Kaufman
  5. Sewing School Text Blue - Ella Blue
  6. Dainty Darling Diamond Aqua - Riley Blake
  7. Swiss Dots Navy with White Dots - Riley Blake
  8. Marble Swirls Turquoise - Moda

Tutorial for Garden Party Star Quilt (53" x 53")

Supplies


Cutting -Be careful cutting as you will use almost the entire fat quarter. 

Star Points - 4 Fat Quarters  (cut from each fat quarter):
(1) 12" Square - cut on diagonal to make 2 triangles
(2) 4.5" x 11.5" Rectangles
(2) 2.5 x 18" Binding 

*Hint for cutting for fat quarters. Cut (1) 12" x 21" rectangle. Then subcut the (1) 12" square. This will leave you with (1) 9" x 12" rectangle- subcut into (2) 4.5" x 11.5"rectangles. 


Star Center - 4 Fat Quarters (cut from each fat quarter):
(1) 11.5" square
(2) 4.5" x 11.5" Rectangles
(2) 2.5 x 18" Binding 



Background - Riley Blake Swiss Dots in Navy
(4) 12" Squares- cut on diagonal to make 2 triangles from each square (total of 8)
(4) 11.5" Squares


Corner 4-patches
(16) 2.5" squares (I cut these from my binding strips above)


Sewing
1. Sew (1) Star Point Triangle to (1) Background triangle to create a 11.5" half-square triangle. Make 8 total.



2. Sew (4) four-patch blocks to create corner blocks

3. Layout squares as shown below and sew together.



4. Quilt. I chose to stipple-meander my quilt. I "might" be addicted to stippling....I just can't stop! :)


5.  Bind. I just love a scrappy binding! Plus the backing matches perfectly!!!





This fabric is a perfect match for your quilt. This fabric is perfect for seam matching as the pattern repeat is small so minimal fabric waste!!! I will definitely do this again!


Thank you again to Fort Worth Fabric Studio for having me sew this quilt with this fabulous Garden Party Fat Quarter Bundle!!! Be sure to grab your bundle here before it sells outThis quilt is also for another fabulous teacher! My boys have had wonderful teachers this year!

Tag your projects on social media with #sewingwithfwfabricstudio and @fwfabricstudio and me @mellierc

Happy Friday!!!
Melanie

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