It’s funny how creativity strikes when you least expect it! Remember this post for the CLMQG demo I did on the Spinning Star HST’s, Making Perfect Half Square Triangles? Well, several of those quilt blocks became the the inspiration for two new baby quilts. One is the adorable new addition to SewMod , called Seeing Stars. The other is going to be for sale shortly in the SewModMakes Etsy Shop As a finished baby quilt. (Post on that quilt coming soon)

I had made so many HST’s that they were running outta my ears. I kinda got carried away and seeing how fabric is not something to be wasted these days, I was determined to use them.

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Seeing Stars
At first this quilt was just going to be a simple star to star block. No bells and no whistles. But how much fun would that be? I love appliqué. I love embroidery. I replicated the plane from the Oh Boy main fabric, positioned the planes horizontally and diagonally to give it the soaring effect through the quilt.

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Appliquéing the planes with different colors of thread and hand embroidering the smoke trails gave it the extra whimsy touch.

sewmod oh boy baby quilt kit

I used a Kona Ash to frame everything and before you knew it, I had a finished quilt. Paige quilted it for me in a loopy soar and I finished it off with the stripe binding and a polka dot backing…so sweet!

oh boy baby quilt kit sewmod

The quilt is always the fast part of the process. It’s been finished for about 3 weeks now. It’s the pattern writing that tends to send the creative process to a slow. turtle. crawl. It needs to be written, tested, and left for a bit do do it all over again…not something to be rushed. And it always helps to have a pattern tester.

So now that I’ve completed the pattern step, I get to blog about it and cut the kits! I love cutting the kits. Kit includes the free pattern, enough fabric for the front & binding…and enough HST paper to make your own perfect stars! The great thing about this baby kit is that there’s hardly any waste. I love that too.

If you’d like to purchase a Seeing Stars Kit, you can visit the SewModDesigns Etsy shop. Kit is $45.00 plus $5.05 shipping for US customers. International shipping rates vary.

They could be landing in your sewing room shortly!

oh boy baby quilt kit sewmod

Timeless Treasures new fabric line is here. Stroll through Paris and see the sights without even leaving your sewing room.

Timeless Treasures bonjour SewMod

This line has just a bit of a sparkle to make it extra girly…the landmarks, the bicycles and even the bras! And btw, these bras look just like some of my Victoria Secret bras. Fancy!

Timeless Treasures bonjour SewMod

I added to the collection with Quatrefoil, tiny black hearts, and some pink hearts too, just for the heck of it. You can’t have too many hearts!

Timeless Treasures bonjour SewMod

Timeless Treasures bonjour SewMod

My idea is to make the Train Cases in this line. How cute would that be?

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If you’d like your own bit of Paris this summer, head over to the SewModDesigns Etsy Shop. We have it bundled in fat quarters and by the yard.
Timeless treasures bonjour SewMod

Bonjour!

Coffee Cozy Tutorial SewMod

Supplies needed for tutorial:
2 pieces of Scraps approx. 11″ x 5″
Batting
Button
Thread/embroidery floss
Elastic tie…these can be found in the hair accessory section at your local Target. They are the tiny ones. They come in all black or a multi colored selection.
Disposable coffee cup

The CLMQG is going to be vending at the Spring Fiber Fling May 16th-17th in Woodstock, IL to promote the guild, raise funds and entice new members to join our fabulous group. In doing so, the members are making small handmade items to sell, such as bookmarks, pincushions, zipper bags, and…coffee cozys!

Now, I know that I’ve already shown you a tutorial on these but I think it’s time to revisit the project. The previous one was a scrappy cozy with embroidered stitches. This one is your ‘not so plain Jane’ one…modern, whimsy and with just a touch of detail.

These are so easy ya’ll! I made 4o of them in 2.5 days plus I wrote this little tute for you. So let’s get started, shall we?

First, you’re going to print the pattern. We’ll use the previous pattern because it works just fine. You can find it here. Cut the pattern out on the solid line.

Dig through all of those scraps. Find something fantabulous! After all, you want everyone at Starbucks to be jealous that your coffee wears a ‘designer’ cozy.

Coffee Cozy Tutorial SewMod

Press and layer your fabrics. Outer fabric face up, inner fabric face down and your batting on top. Pin your pattern on top and cut the fabrics out. See. I told you to never throw those scraps out!!

Coffee Cozy Tutorial SewMod

Cut the elastic tie where it was fused together. Snip that part off. Some of them have a little metal piece in them and we wouldn’t want to stitch that. Cutting it also helps release the tension so that it stays in place without wiggling around.

Coffee Cozy Tutorial SewMod

Take the cozy sandwich to your machine. Fold your batting and inner fabric back a bit and place your elastic tie on the outer fabric with the loop facing inward. Take a few stitches to secure into place.

Coffee Cozy Tutorial SewMod

Re-layer your fabrics. Stitch the sandwich with a scant 1/4″ all the way around the cozy, leaving about 3″ for turning right side out. Make sure to back stitch at the beginning, over the elastic tie for stability, and again at the end. Clip your corners.

Coffee Cozy Tutorial SewMod

Turn right side out through the opening. Push your corners out with a thingamajig and press the cozy. Turn the unfinished seam allowance in and top stitch close to the edge around the entire cozy. I like to top stitch using a coordinating Sulky thread. I like it. It’s shiny. If you have a label you’d like to attach, do so now.

Coffee Cozy Tutorial SewMod

Wrap your cozy around your disposable cup to measure the placement of your button. I marked mine with a pin for the demo. Use a pencil to mark your button spot. Make it snug. Your cozy will be used over and over again. You don’t want your coffee to lose its cozy at Starbucks…A naked coffee cup? How embarrassing!

Coffee Cozy Tutorial SewMod

Use coordinating embroidery floss to attach your button.

Coffee Cozy Tutorial SewMod

You’re all finished! So easy and what a great gift for your friends, secret pals, or teachers.

If you’re in the area, come visit our booth at the Spring Fiber Fling. We’d love to see you!

Spring Fiber Fling
May 16, 2015 – May 17, 2015
Saturday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
McHenry County Fairgrounds
11900 Country Club Rd.
Woodstock, IL 60098

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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.

spinning star HST demo sewmod

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?

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