Good natured quilt kit

Equilateral?! Yuck. Geometry. Pretty much the only class I actually cheated in during high school. If I’d only known I’d be doing it as a business and hobby! The truth is, we use geometry & math every time we quilt…hexagons, triangles, squares & fractions. But sometimes we tend to get hung up on the ‘words’ until we’ve tried it. An equilateral triangle simply means that all 3 sides are equal. I’m going to be showing you a 60 degree equilateral quilt today with 2 methods to cut out the triangles.

good natured quilt tutorial

I wrote this ‘little‘ tutorial for a new baby quilt KIT for the shop using equilateral triangles and Riley Blake’s fabric line called ‘Good Natured”. It really is a sweet quilt with the orange & mint…adorable nature friends… squirrels, baby deer, sweet little bluebirds and playful foxes among birch trees!

good natured quilt tutorial

I was both excited and nervous to make something with so many bias edges but it went together beautifully! Now that I know just how awesome it was, think of all the scrappy triangle quilts I could make. Oh, if I only had more time!

Since I learned a few tips along the way to make this quilt, I figured I’d pass it along to you guys.

Fabric supplies needed for a 35″x42-1/2″:
3/8 yard of 7 different fabrics
3/8 yard Binding- Cut (5) 2-1/2”
1-3/8 yard Backing
60 degree Creative Grids triangle ruler (method 1) or…
The Template. Grab some colored paper or craft foam & double sided tape (method 2)

Cut each of your 7 different fabrics into 3 strips of 4-1/4” wide. This is the same height as your triangle template or ruler.

A ¼” seam allowance is used for sewing and ALL seams are pressed open. Do not iron your triangles or rows. This will cause stretching. Press.

There are two methods I like to use to cut 60 degree triangles. To make the cutting as precise as possible, choose only one method per project to cut all of your equilaterals.

Method 1: Creative Grids 60 Degree Ruler
This ruler is found in the SewModDesigns Etsy shop.SewMod Equilateral Quilt tutorialPlace the ruler on the strip of fabric. The 4-1/4” mark should line up with the bottom of the strip and the squared off tip of the triangle should line up with the top of the strip.
The first thing we need to do is cut a 60 degree angle. Discard the extra fabric with the selvage on it.

SewMod Equilateral Quilt tutorial

Rotate your ruler so that the top of the fabric strip lines up with the 4-1/4” marking and the squared off tip lines up with the bottom of the strip. Use the edge of the ruler to cut your triangle out.

SewMod Equilateral Quilt tutorial
Flip your ruler, line up the markings, and cut again. Repeat this flipping method until you have made 6 cuts with the ruler, giving you 12 triangles per strip.

SewMod Equilateral Quilt tutorial

And for all of you hittin’ it old school…
Method 2: Using the template, found here, & a ruler
Cut the provided template out onto colored paper. We want it to be colored so that we can see it easily through the ruler. It makes it difficult to see if we use clear template plastic. I used a piece of craft foam for mine. I like the foam because it ‘sticks’ to the fabric while I’m cutting. These sheets can be found at your local craft & hobby store.

Place three pieces of double-sided tape to the back of your template. Turn your ruler over to the backside and adhere the template to it, lining up the bottom edge of the template along the side of the ruler. Don’t worry. It won’t leave your ruler sticky after you remove it.

SewMod Equilateral Quilt tutorial

The first thing we need to do is cut a 60 degree angle. Line the 60 degree mark on your ruler with the bottom of your 4-1/4” strip and trim off the selvage angle. Discard the extra fabric with the selvage on it.

SewMod Equilateral Quilt tutorial

Using the colored foam as the guide, line the foam triangle up with two sides of the strip…the top and the left side as shown in the photo. Cut.

SewMod Equilateral Quilt tutorial
Turn the ruler and line up the foam triangle with two sides of the strip…the bottom and the left side. Cut.

SewMod Equilateral Quilt tutorial

Repeat this turning method until you have made 6 cuts with the ruler, giving you 12 triangles per strip.

SewMod Equilateral Quilt tutorial

**All of your triangles have the top squared off. It determines the top & bottom of the triangle and keeps the straight of grain going in one direction for minimal stretching.

Using your preferred method, cut at least 216 triangles from the fabrics. The fabric requirements provide enough fabric for you to cut as many as 252 triangles so that you can mix it up to your liking and play with the placement or make baby a matching pillow with the extras!

Lay your quilt out in a setting of 18 triangles across by 12 rows down.

Referring to the photo…
1. Place triangle 1 & 2 of the first row right sides together, matching up the top and all the edges.
2. Sew these together down the side using a 1/4” seam allowance.
3. Press the seam open.
4. Layer triangle 3, right sides together, on top of triangle 2. Sew. Press open. Repeat this process until you have 18 triangles pieced together and 12 rows total.
Join your rows together.

SewMod equilateral quilt tutorial

Trim off all of the ‘rabbit ears’ and threads.

Here are a few tips I use to line up the points on the equilateral triangles.

1. Place row 1 & 2 on your ironing surface right sides together.
Match up the triangle points. Insert a pin directly into the back of the triangle point on the top row. This is your ‘push pin’.
2. Now insert that same ‘push pin’ into the bottom row directly into its matching triangle point.
3. Push that pin onto the ironing surface to secure the row at that spot.
4. Place one pin on each side of the ‘push pin’. Remove the ‘push pin’.
Do this for all of the triangle points in each row.
5. Sew a ¼” seam right through the intersecting point. Press your seams open.

SewMod Equilateral Quilt tutorial

That looks like a pretty good matching point, don’t ya think? Yes! It really is that easy!

SewMod equilateral quilt tutorial

Trim the side edges of the quilt top. Make sure to leave a 1/4 “seam allowance from the triangle points on the sides to attach the binding.

Quilt & Bind. I want to give a shout out to my friend Isis, who did the fabulous quilting on the sample!

good natured quilt tutorial

If you’d like the complete kit featured in the post and a free copy of the pattern, it can be found in the Etsy shop. Each kit comes complete with quilt fabrics, binding and backing.

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“Strawberry Vintage Market” COMPLETE Baby Quilt Kit is here. I spent some time this week kitting this cutie up.

Vintage market quilt kits

Looking for a sweet & adorable baby girl quilt that is quick and easy to put together?

Vintage Market is Riley Blake’s newest fabric line and we’ve taken all the sweetness of this much awaited line from Tasha Noel and designed it just for baby in our most popular quilt kit.

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Take baby on a stroller ride to the local market, where vintage quilts are hung for sale, sweet strawberries and homemade jam are sold at the farmstand and fresh flowers are in bloom.

Vintage market

The center fabric is framed with the red strawberry scalloped vines and carried over to the binding.

Vintage market riley blake

The border fabric is a navy tossed bouquet of flowers and the backing is your choice of a fun bike ride or pink strawberries. You get to choose to make it your own!

Vintage market quilt kits

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

Quilt KIT 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.

Vintage market quilt kits

Vintage Market 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.

If you’re looking for Vintage Market fabric, we have FQ stacks and some yardage left. Visit the SewModDesigns Etsy shop.

vintage market fabric

I’ve been swapping for about 4 years now through various social media sites and within our local sewing group and guild.

Different types of swaps may include specific blocks, sizes & color combos. Handmade items such as pincushions and zippy bags. Some have strict rules that must be adhered to and some only have a theme to follow, such as butterflies, in which anything can be swapped as long as it has a butterfly.

Overall, I find this quilting activity rewarding and enjoyable and I’ve made many online friends doing it. I have had a few swaps that have proven to be challenging. For example,  the color scheme is ‘off’ or the blocks I receive may be shy of the dimension requirements, but this never stops me from saying…”yes” to the next one!

Today I’m going to share with you a few tips, mainly focusing on block swaps, to help make your next swap successful for you and your partners.

Use quilt store quality fabrics for your swaps.

Tips for block lottery

Use precise cutting. This is where it all starts. Accurate cutting will help ensure the desired block size. Here’s a quick refresher on Craftsy for tips on using your rotary cutter and mat.

Tips for block lotteries

Double check your seam allowance. A 1/4″ seam allowance is typically required for quilting. If your 1/4″ is off, your block will not finish the correct size. Invest in a 1/4″ foot for your machine. The 1/4” foot has a guide designed to help you achieve perfect 1/4” seams when piecing. The distance between the needle and the right guide is a true 1/4”. Or, stack painters tape as a reference along the plate to guide you.

Tips for quilt guild block lotteries

Don’t sacrifice quality for quantity. Slow down your pace, it’s not a race! Take your time with each block.

Measure your block before swapping. A good Sewista is most likely to be able to work with about 1/8″ of your block being off . After all, we are not perfect.
1/8 + 1/8 = 1/4″ total.

But, if your block is 1/4″ off on each side…
1/4 + 1/4 = 1/2″ *this is not workable. No amount of “stretching” can resolve this problem y’all!

Tips for guild block lotteries

As you can see, my block is slightly off. Mostly, because I can’t seem to sew a straight line to save my life even while using my fancy pants 1/4″ foot but it is still well within an accepted allowance…within the 1/8″ allowance.

Press your work well after each addition. Press your seams flat, whether it be open seams or pressed to one side. Do not “iron”. This will cause stretching. Use Best Press or other solutions to “starch” your finished project. Nothing makes me smile more than a well pressed block. It’s my finishing touch. If your block is pressed, you will be able to make an accurate determination of whether it is the correct size.

Tips for guild block lotteries

One of our guild members, Trish, was kind enough to share her recipie for a homemade pressing spray if you’d like to make your own.
Mix a ratio of 4 parts water with 1 part POTATO vodka.
Add to a spray bottle. It’s important that it be POTATO vodka. Ask your local wine & liqueur store if they carry it.

Quilting meme

Follow the design elements required for the block swap. For example, if your swapping for Halloween, and your swap partner or leader asks for a certain block size or color palette, try to accommodate those requests as closely as possible. This will ensure a cohesive final quilt for whoever is making it.

Tips for guild block lotteries

Don’t hesitate to ask for guidance. Like I mentioned, we are all here to learn from each other. I literally need Paige to explain paper piecing every. single. time. I do it! It’s ok to ask for help. Everyone has their own level of experience and what they are skilled in.

Use good judgement. Ask yourself…”Is this something I would want to receive“? Make something you don’t want to give away. Because if you love it, so will someone else.

Mail your project on time. If you have joined an online swap through sites such as Flickr or Instagram, make sure to mail your project or block out in time. Your swap partner will anxiously be awaiting it’s arrival. You wouldn’t want to dissapoint her!

Have fun! Use quilt swaps to make new friends, expand your sewing skills and be creative. But remember, the most important part, is to have fun!

Our June guild swap was ‘fabric baskets’. I used that super cute Paris Bonjour fabric that arrived from Timeless Treasures and a tutorial found at St. Louis Folk Victorian. The instructions were easy and clear, which made this basket a breeze but made it difficult for me to bid it adieu because it turned out so darned cute! Not to fret. It went to a good home:)

Bonjour timeless treasures

What I received in return was one of these fab one hour baskets made by Shelley over at Elsie’s Girl. Don’t you just love that stripe & polka dot!

One hour basket

I also managed to finish up yet another MineCraft quilt. But I’ll spare you yet another pic of that. But expect a new MineCraft character to be gracing a quilt top soon, with a tutorial…psst..it’s the bad guy in MineCraft, if your wondering. BOOM!

I partially watched The Sound Of Music while cutting 27 new kits.

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Paige quilted an HST baby elephant quilt for me.

Oh boy quilt

This was just made using my leftover squares from the Spinning Star demo I did here. And ‘Oh Boy’, did it turn out cute or what?!

Oh boy quilt

This is bound and you can find this SewMod cutie for sale in the SewModMakes Etsy shop.

Oh boy quilt

And lastly, I spent some time making a block for our next guild lottery entry. We’re doing a Halloween theme with a specific color palette this time using paint chips that Shelley picked…A Modern Halloween.

Tips for guild block lotteries

It will be interesting to see what everyone comes up with. I think I’ll make two more to increase my chances of winning!

Tips for guild block lotteries

But for now, I’ll say…

🎶🎶So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, adieu
Adieu, adieu, to you and you and you🎶🎶

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.

oh boy baby quilt kit sewmod

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.

oh boy baby kits sewmod

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?

SewMod patterns

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

spinning star HST demo sewmod

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.

spinning star HST demo sewmod

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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