Monday, February 20, 2017

Filigree Quilt with Fat Quarter Shop and Art Gallery Fabrics


Happy Monday! I'm so excited be part of the Filigree Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop and Art Gallery Fabrics! I just love Art Gallery Fabrics...they feel sooooo lovely! I decided to use Maureen Cracknell's new Garden Dreamer collection along with Art Gallery Denim. Just look at the lovely fabrics below.....


Of course the Filigree Pattern is easy to follow as it is a Fat Quarter Shop Pattern plus it is FREE and has a matching video full of helpful hints! I only made a slight change to the pattern .... I squared my blocks at 8.5" (instead of 7.5") so now my quilt is a bit larger at 64.5" x 64.5".


I really liked the selvage edge of this collection so I sewed a strip to the back of my quilt....plus it is a great reminder of which fabric I used! I really love this backing fabric too!!!


Are you ready to make your own Filigree Quilt???? 
Here is what you need! Just click on the links below.

Thank you again to Fat Quarter Shop and Art Gallery Fabrics for having me be a part of the Filigree Quilt Along! I just love this quilt!!!

I can't wait to see your Filigree Quilts! 

Have a great day!!!

Melanie

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Scrappy Project Planner - Shortcut Star Pattern with Fat Quarter Shop



Have you seen the Scrappy Project Planner yet???? It is amazing! Lori Holt and Fat Quarter Shop did a fabulous job developing this planner! 

This week it is all about the Shortcut Star Quilt Pattern. I always love a good star quilt pattern and this is a favorite! I really like how Lori gives measurements for an entire quilt or just one block (she did this for each Scrappy Pattern included)


I decided to make 4 blocks and add a border to make a giant 24" pillow.  My family LOVES giant, squishy pillows. To keep with the scrappy theme...I used Lori Holt's Calico Days collection that I have been saving for the right project.


Plus I made a scrappy backing. I always make pillows with a zippered closure so I can wash the cover or remove the insert and it can be a table topper or mini quilt.


The Scrappy Project Planner has 5 Sections: My Project Planner, Weekly Planner, Tips & Organizing, Scrappy Patterns,and Notes.  For more pictures of each section click here or I have linked the FQS Srappy Project Planner video below.



My little one wanted to help with my photos. She realized it was much heavier than she thought :)


Thank you to Fat Quarter Shop for sending me the Scrappy Project Planner and for having me be part of the Scrappy Project Planner Quilt Along. 

Be sure to follow me on Instagram  @mellierc for more quilty fun!

Have a great day!

Melanie

True Blue Table Runner with Fort Worth Fabric Studio


I just LOVE this week's Friday Bundle Batch: True Blue at Fort Worth Fabric Studio! When this lovely bundle arrived, I decided a hexagon table runner would be perfect! I used my Hex N More Ruler to create the hexagons with NO y-seams for this fun project!


This week's bundle highlights the Something Blue collection by Emily Hayes for Penny Rose. My favorite fabric is the gray and blue large floral -Something Blue Main Print Gray by Penny Rose. I just love the blues and gray fabrics in this bundle!  


I have a little tutorial below so you can make a True Blue Table Runner too! Let's get sewing!

Supplies


1. Friday Bundle Batch: True Blue Fat Quarter Bundle- You will use the entire bundle for the table runner top, backing, and binding.
3. True Grips - I LOVE these grips on my Hex N More ruler! They make it so much easier to cut out the hexagon shapes....no slipping and no cut fingers! I consider them a must have.
4. Alphabitties - These will help in keeping your fabrics in order when sewing the half hexagons together.
5. Aurifil Dove 2600 - it is the perfect gray 

Cutting
1. Cut (2) 3.5"x 21" strips from 7 fat quarters and (4) 3.5" x 21" strips from 1 fat quarter. We will be making the 6.5" half hexagon (6" finished hexagon)
2. Cut a total of 27 half hexagon pairs. (3 hexagon pairs per two strips)
3. Cut (8) 2.5" x 21" strips for scrappy binding
-Remaining fabric will be pieced together to make the backing.
-The Hex N More ruler comes with cutting directions or here is a video by Jaybird Quilts.



Piecing the table runner
1. Layout the hexagons in desired configuration. Example below.  


2. Use Alphabitties to number rows. This will make it so much easier to sew the rows together- especially if you want to chain piece. Just keep the row number clipped to the far left half hexagon.

3. The half hexagons are very easy to sew together. Just use a quarter inch seam and line up the edges.



4. Piece backing with remaining pieces of fat quarters.

Quilting
I quilted my table runner with diagonal lines along the seams. I used Aurifil Dove 2600 thread.


I had so much fun sewing this True Blue Table Runner. I'm sure I will be making more projects with the Hex N More Ruler! 

Thank you again to Fort Worth Fabric Studio for having me create a project with this fabulous True Blue Fat Quarter Bundle!!! Be sure to get your bundle here -grab it soon as they have been selling out! Tag your projects on social media with #sewingwithfwfabricstudio and @fwfabricstudio and me @mellierc



Have a great day!

Melanie