Friday, September 23, 2016

Merry Gifts Pillows and Placemats with Fort Worth Fabric Studio



Happy Friday! I'm excited to share more Christmas projects with this week's Fort Worth Friday Bundle: Merry & Bright! I love all the glitter in this fabric....it is absolutely beautiful!!! I couldn't quite decide on pillows or placemats so I made both :).  I used the Merry Gifts pattern in Sherri Falls Holiday Wishes book (which is on sale too).  Fun idea: this pattern also works great for birthday placemats too!



Supplies:




Placemats - 14.5" x 18.5":


  • Select fat quarters- one fat quarter is enough for background of one gift OR two bows and two ribbons
  • Make 1 Merry Gifts Block on page 3 for each placemat
  • Layer: - Top: Merry Gifts Block (right side up) - Middle: Batting - Bottom: Backing (right side down)
  • Quilt- if desired. I chose straight-line diagonal quilting
  • Attach 2.5" binding



Pillows - 12" x 14"

  • Select fat quarters- one fat quarter is enough for background of one gift OR two bow and two ribbons
  • Make 1 Merry Gifts Block on page 3 for each pillow
  • Layer: - Top: Merry Gifts Block (right side up) - Middle: Batting - Bottom: Scrap fabric (optional)
  • Quilt- if desired. I chose straight-line diagonal quilting
  • Trim to 12.5"x 14.5"
  • Attach pillow back (favorite technique- envelope tutorial by Lindsey or zipper)
  • Attach 2.5" binding - optional



Thank you Fort Worth Fabric Studio for having me create Christmas projects with the Merry & Bright Fat Quarter Bundle... I LOVE it!

Be sure to share your projects on Instagram @fwfabricstudio #sewingwithfwfabricstudio or link up with Fabric Frenzy Friday on Fort Worth Fabric Studio blog.

Have a great day!

Melanie





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Friday, September 9, 2016

Christmas Past Table Runner with Fort Worth Fabrics Studio



I LOVE this Friday bundle: Christmas Past at Fort Worth Fabric Studio! The fabrics are perfect for a fun vintage style table runner! I chose my project based on the Christmas Kitsch trees and Christmas Kitsch wrapping paper fabrics :) I have a mini tutorial below so you can make one too using the Christmas Past fat quarter bundle plus a bit extra of the Sevenberry Dots Cherry Red/White and the Holiday Wishes book


Supplies:
2. Sevenberry Dots Cherry Red/White 1/2 yard (for borders, binding, and back-up for background of blocks in case of a cutting oops )
3. Holiday Wishes book (plus it is on sale!) Hint...I'm using this book again in a few weeks with another bundle!
4. 1 yard of backing...or purchase the half yard bundle of Christmas Past and piece your backing together. 
Optional: Alphabitties are super helpful and make sewing this pattern a breeze.


Table Runner  size approximately 15.5" x 74"



Cutting and Sewing

1. Make 3 blocks of Midnight Clear Block of the Month- Block 4 on pages 70-71.  I chose this block as you can fussy cut the Christmas trees perfectly :).  
Alphabitties are super helpful
Pattern book


One block
Two blocks

2. For each block- cut borders from chosen background fabric (Sevenberry Dots Cherry Red/White)
(2) 2"x 12.5"
(2) 2" x15.5"

3. Sew borders on blocks. Each block should now measure 15.5" square

4. Cut fabric for rectangles between blocks
A. Christmas Kitsch Wrapping Paper (4) 4.5" x 15.5" 
B. Marble Swirls Real Green (4) 1.5" x 15.5"
C. Green Snowflakes (4) 1.5" x 15.5"

5. Sew as shown below



6. Quilt and bind (I used the Ho Ho Ho fabric and Sevenberry dots for my binding)

7. Place Christmas Past Table Runner on table with cookies and enjoy! 
Taking photos of my table runner was a challenge as my kids kept eating the cookies :)




8. All rolled up and waiting for December!

I hope you have fun making this table runner for yourself or it would be a great gift too (both my Mom and Grandma want one).

Thank you again to Fort Worth Fabric Studio for having me create a project with this fabulous Christmas Past bundle!!! Be sure to grab your bundle here and book here. Tag your projects on social media with #sewingwithfwfabricstudio and @fwfabricstudio and me @mellierc

Only 106 days until Christmas :)

Thank you for reading!
Melanie










Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Mini Quilt/Pillow Fun


So I have joined the "mini quilt" craze! I do love how they are a quick finish and a great way to try new techniques! I've decided this is the year I'm going to learn how to free motion quilt! This is the first project I have stippled...and I LOVE it! Plus I only broke thread and no needles :) Any hints for stippling would be great!


I've decided to add a zippered back to my mini quilt so it can also be a large pillow! I'm sure I will do this for most of my minis that are square size and can fit in pillow inserts! This one finishes at 22".



One final picture of this mini quilt. I do love these Strawberry Biscuit fabrics by Riley Blake...they are super cute! Pattern is from Westwood Acres Mini Quilt club. 


Be sure to stop by this Friday as I have a new project with the Friday bundle from Fort Worth Fabric Studio. It's one of my most favorite bundles!!!

Melanie