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Demo: Spinning Star HST Paper
Warning: Addictive

I came across Spinning Star HST papers in a cute quilt shop while on vaca in Oklahoma called Threads of Tradition. They had made a chevron baby quilt using them them and I thought, what the heck, I’ll try that. The added bonus was the papers were designed by a local quilter in Edmond, OK and I do like to support my local small business!

I contacted Liz of Spinning Star Designs and she generously donated papers for a demo and a door prize for the guild.

Triangle paper was always something I knew of but never tried. I always thought, “Why would I need that? I can make half square triangles…for free lol!”

But, oh how wrong I was. The paper made me squeal…and in just one afternoon, I had made over 200 PERFECT HST’s. So today I want to share this product that you may have overlooked in your local quilt store. I’m convinced, once you try it, you’ll never want to go back to your other method. I promise!

We’re going to be working with 3″ HST papers. One paper will produce (8) 3-1/2″ unfinished blocks. For this demo, I’m using the Riley Blake line by Lori Whitlock called “Oh Boy”. You can find the papers and the fabric line in the SewModDesigns Etsy shop.

Let’s begin!  Cut two 8″ squares of fabric. Place the pieces right sides together.

Spinning star HST demo SewMod

Place your HST paper on top and pin.

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Shorten the stitch length on your machine to 1.6.

Sew on the dotted line starting where the arrows point in the #1 direction on the paper. Pivot and turn when you arrive at the solid dots and continue all the way around the paper until you’ve finished stitching on the line #8.

Spinning star HST demo SewMod

Using your rotary cutter and ruler, cut along all the solid lines.

Spinning star HST demo SewMod

Tear your paper away. If you bend the paper towards the seam, the paper will tear away easily.

Spinning star HST demo SewMod

Press the seam towards the darker fabric.

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We all know that a great quilt starts with the cutting, and a damn near perfect seam allowance. This paper has that part covered!

I made several different blocks for the demo. This one is a 12.5″ unfinished block using (2) HST’s units with one each of a  3.5″ square of white and the matching HST fabric.

Spinning star HST demo SewMod

The block on the right is the same as the one above just turned a different way. I also made a chevron and a HST nine patch block.

Spinning star HST demo SewMod

spinning star HST demo sewmod

Tell me your thoughts on HST papers. Do you use them? Do you want to try them? What have you made?

Riley Blake’s “In The Ocean” is back in stock and I spent the good part of a day making more kits. This is another fun part of my job at SewMod. I think I could make kits all day!

In The Ocean baby quilt

So are you looking for an adorable quilt that is quick and easy to put together? Click on the cute quilt above to begin your project. Kits are currently available!

“In The Ocean” is Riley Blake’s underwater adventure featuring all things Beachy!..schools of fishes, octopus, starfish, seahorses, bubbles and more!

The center fabric is a panel, which takes all the time out of the piecework required for a fast, adorable handmade baby quilt.

In the ocean SewMod baby kits

The border fabric features all the little sea friends and the backing is your choice of fun multi color bubbles, blue ocean waves or orange fish. When you visit the Etsy shop, you get to choose to make it your own.

In the ocean SewMod baby quilt

This quilt is perfect for a new baby, the nursery, as a wall hanging or a blankie for the carrier.

Quilt is a perfect for the beginner & measures 40″ x 40″ .
Everything is included with your quilt including, backing, binding, quilt front and a free pattern!
The only thing needed is the batting.

“In The Ocean” has complete step by step instructions to ensure you have a great time creating a one of a kind baby heirloom that’s handmade by you.

Please convo me if you have any questions.

And don’t forget to pick your favorite backing during checkout!

If you love this fabric but want to make your own designs with it, we also have it available in yardage and half yards. Visit the SewModDesigns Etsy shop and I’ll be happy to help you!

In the ocean SewMod

SewMod retro fabrics Geekly chic

Retro, vintage, or fashionably nostalgic, Riley Blake has brought the Chic to Geek with old school records, cassettes, and TV’s.

SewMod retro fabrics Geekly chic

I thought we’d revisit these shop favorites at SewMod and add a few of their newest novelties to the mix. Cat eye sunglasses and 50’s style dresses have me swooning.

SewMod retro fabrics Geekly chic

I have this romanticized vision of what it would be like to buy Pyrex for my robin’s egg blue kitchen, do all my household chores in a dress and heels, and bake cakes all day.
I’m almost certain I was born in the wrong decade. I’m over 40 years late for a 50’s date! But that’s ok, a girl can still dream. I can collect my vintage Pyrex, bake cakes, and vacuum, although, it’s not as fun while I’m in my yoga pants:)

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If you’re having a tough time visualizing what modern projects can be made with the retro prints, let’s see if I can help.

How about picking two and making some Gum Drop Pillows for someone heading to college? They’d be cute in a dorm room!

SewMod gum drop pillows Amy butler

Maybe a few fabric baskets? Here is a free tutorial from Birch Fabrics.

Fabric baskets

Or a cute apron, like the one from the Etsy shop Boojiboo will have you baking sweet treats for your love in no time!

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Visit SewModDesigns for more patterns, project ideas and all of the retro Riley Blake fabrics!

New patterns have arrived and are in the SewModDesigns Etsy shop.

SewMod new patterns

1.Lunch Boxes by LakeHouse Dry Goods 2.Icicle Days by Bunny Hill Designs 3.Deep Blue Sea by Sarah Jane 4.Effie & Ollie by Heather Bailey 5.Crimson and Clover by Sara Lawson 6. Scrap Happy Purse by Crazy Mom Quilts 7.Social Tote by Carolyn Friedlander

SewMod art gallery oval elements

And…I’m restocking Art Gallery’s Oval Elements. Check the shop often for updates and new listings. Art Gallery released 4 new colors coming this June!

SewMod oval elements

Be sure to Like us on FaceBook. I’ve been posting some pics of potential fabric choices. I like to hear your opinions on the fabric I stock in the shop. Or if you have suggestions, I’d love to hear that too.

But until all those newbies arrive, there’s plenty of patterns and fabrics in the shop…so let’s get sewing!!

I know you love the the round Tuffet but did you know there’s also a square one! Yes, it’s true. It’s hip to be square!

Square tuffet SewMod sewmoddesigns

Reqiring basically the same supplies and techniques. Except, of course, it needs a square board! Pattern comes with 5 pages of detailed instructions and full size templates.

To order your Square Tuffet, click the picture above and you’ll be whisked away to PayPal so that you can start your Tuffet!

If you’re looking for the Round Tuffet or helpful tips and tricks on foundation piecing your Tuffets, click HERE

SewMod spring break

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SewMod is on Spring Break. I’m headed to sunny weather, blue skies and looking forward to wearing flip flops for a bit:) Hopefully I’ll have a tan and a few quilt shop visits to share with you after I return. If you’ve made a purchase from the blog or the Etsy shop, I will be shipping your packages ASAP on Monday morning, March 30th, 2015.

Here’s  to some relaxin’ & chillaxin’! Now, I’m off to find the best margarita in town y’all…cheers!
Thanks so much for stopping by & for your patience. Have a Happy Spring!
Lorrie:)

At the March guild meeting we announced a new swap . A swap like no other swap. It’s all or nothing ya’ll. It’s risky, I know…and typically, I’m not lucky.

I’m participating in the CLMQG block lottery.

  • The block lottery has rules and rules must be followed!
  • The block must be a 12-1/2″ unfinished.
  • It needs to be a star. Not just any star.
  • A polka dot star with a low volume background.

Any polka dot. Any low volume.

If I make 2 star blocks, I get two chances to win. If I make three blocks, I get three chances. And I bet, even if I made 10, I still probably wouldn’t win…like I said…not lucky. But I’m doing it anyway, because it’s fun!

CLMQG star block lottery SewMod

My first block pattern was a freebie from Craftsy and I had enough different Kaffe dots to make it scrappy. Scrappy dots. One low volume print.

CLMQG star block lottery SewMod

My second block was a really good tutorial from LaineyBugDesigns. This time I used a variety of orange dots for the star and mixed up all of my fun, low volume prints. I fussy cut the little “good works” birdie. Cute, huh? Orange dots. Scrappy low volume.

CLMQG star block lottery SewMod

If you’re a member and need some quilty star inspiration to join in on the fun, check out my Pinterest board! I’ve collected a few for the girlies in the group.

I’m going to take my chances…are you?

The March guild meeting was all a Buzz with excitement! Our first UFO prize was this awesome fat quarter stack of chevrons sponsored by Riley Blake. I would’ve died to win this and it looked so cute on my fabric shelf but sadly I had to part with it. It went to a good home and not to worry…there’s plenty more goodies to be had at our next UFO drawing this June. If you’re putting off finishing up one of those forgotten projects, you have three months to get your rear in gear…get it done!

Clmqg sponsor donation

Are you ready to Bee wowed by the cuteness factor of our March door prize? I used an orphaned dresden block, Ring a Ring a Roses Candlemat dresden, from one of my demos and whipped up this little bit-o-honey.

SewMod sewmoddesigns Bee Creative

I’m kinda obsessed with small projects lately.

SewMod sewmoddesigns Bee Creative

Just a few matching fabric scraps, trim and some embroidery.

SewMod sewmoddesigns Bee Creative

TBT..I didn’t wanna part with this either:) But that’s what it’s all about right? Whether I’m making projects, participating in swaps or giveaways, I always strive for my best work. After all, it’s a reflection of myself in each project. My goal is to make something I don’t want to give away. Because if I love it, so will someone else!

Bee your best. Bee-lieve in yourself. Bee Creative!

SewMod sewmoddesigns Bee Creative

Disclaimer: feelin’ sassy
Project: CLMQG March swap using decorative sewing stitches.

I struggle with this name..mug rug. Why does my mug need a rug and why for heavens sake would I spend all day making something this adorable to potentially spill coffee on it!?!

It’s not something your beverage should have the pleasure of resting its little ass on top of.

The idea of your buttery bits of morning toast falling all over this cuteness makes me shudder.

I even thought about adding washing instructions to the back, with just a simple “don’t”…because why would it ever get dirty!

Let’s call it “My Sweet Ride”.

Lorrie's

Lorrie’s

Let’s call it quilt art.

Mug rug swap

Lorrie’s backing

Let’s call it a personality project because I see us in each one of them.

Mug rug swap

Paige’s

Let’s call it a mini reflection of our style…all in a teeny size of approximately 7″x 9″.

Wendy's Mug Rug

Wendy’s

But don’t call it a mug rug!

I have to say I’m pretty excited for our upcoming March Guild meeting! March will be our first quarterly drawing for our UFO prizes. Now while I cannot, and will not, tell you what the prize will be until after our meeting, I am certain our members will be pleased! Our sponsors for the guild this year have been extremely generous and we are so thankful for their gracious donations.

Not only is the Guild hosting a UFO Challenge, we have lots of other ideas, projects & guest speakers planned this year!

Keeping the Guild running smoothly is a team effort. Not just by the executive board, but also the members. So one of the fun things we do monthly is thank our members for all the wonderful things they do by passing out tickets.

Get Lucky

For example, volunteering for a demo, bringing a friend or a treat, helping to clean up, and wearing a name tag will earn you tickets! Each ticket increases one Lucky member the chance to win a door prize.

The door prizes are typically handmade items from either myself or Shelley. January’s prize was a Henrietta Turtle kit with a handmade crochet flower.

Guild door prizes

February was the coffee cozy..

Coffee cozy tutorial

And March?… It’ll have to bee a secret for now! But I’ll be showing all the fun door prizes for the year so stay tuned each month.

Sewing Bee

We have a guest speaker in March. Lynn from A Different Box Of Crayons is coming! Lynn continues to inspire us with her use of mixed media into her designs. She incorporates alternative fabrics into her work such as silk, wool, embroidery, and decors. Her newest BOM is Cathedral Doves. Is that a beauty, or what?

A different box of crayons

She recently moved her studio to 121 West Wesley in Wheaton, IL . If you happen to be down there, check it out. I’m going to make a special trip to Wheaton just to see it. How can you resist!? The studio has regular, but not typical hours. Thursday & Friday 10 – 4, & ODD NUMBERED Saturdays are 10 – 2 during the winter. Head over to her FB page, give her a ‘like’ to check for studio updates and see what she’s up too.

A different box of crayons

March is also our first swap for the year…the Mug Rug Swap. We’ve posted a couple of sneak peaks on the guild FB page. If you’re already a guild member, I hope you’re planning on participating. The ones I’ve seen so far that are finished, are swaptastic! Lol, yes, I said that.

mug rug

Remember, that if you’re in the ChicagoLand area and would like to join us for a meeting and give it a test run, we’d love to meet you! We are a welcoming, friendly group and we encourage you to come have some fun too. The CLMQG typically meets the 2nd Sunday of every month at the Crystal Lake Mortgage Center on Rt. 14 but check the CLMQG blog before attending for any updates. Guests fees are $5. I hope we see you there!

Who knows? Maybe you’ll get Lucky!

Guild door prizes

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