Scrap Attack! Cut & Organize Fabric Scraps

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todays mission… to attack my scraps! i let them get out of control, and honestly didn’t want to look at them, i just kept squishing my scrap pile down, and down some more to make more room for more scraps..

today was going to be the day i sorted through all my scraps… ughh

my plan of attack, to cut my scraps into my most used sizes. so, i gathered my supplies:

  • omnigrid 6″ x 24″, 2.5″ x 18″, 2.5″ and my 5″ square rulers
  • rotary cutting mat
  • olfa splash rotary cutter
  • 3 container store clear containers
  • avery 2″ x 3″ clear labels

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Quilt Efficiently by Chain Piecing

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chain piecing is a technique to piece your quilt together efficiently. half square triangles, squares, no matter what the shape or size of your piecework, chain piecing will save you time, effort and thread!

tutorial.

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chain piecing is simple,  place your fabric pieces right sides together, line up the raw edges and begin feeding each square, triangle, etc through your machine, making sure to keep your 1/4″ seam allowance [how to sew a scant 1/4″ seam], continue until you have chain pieced all your pieces together, snip threads and you’re done!

using this technique is quick, because you no longer have to start, stop, cut thread, lift the presser foot, re-align your next piece, drop your presser foot, and begin stitching again, repeat, repeat, etc..

you will start once, and stop at the end of the line of pieces.. it’s like a choo choo train of fabric pieces.. easy peasy!

Juliana Horner + Denyse Schmidt Fabric

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who says, when you’re on a mission to purchase the fabric for the backing of a quilt, you can’t purchase even more fabric!

i swear my shopping cart just veers towards all the quilting fabric it’s ‘almost’ unstoppable, [ok not really]..

i’m backing my ‘game night’ quilt and loved the Juliana Horner fabric i worked with and need to create a quilt for my daughter who also had a birthday..[but she lives out of town, so i have extra time to get hers finished..].. so i scoured the shelves for more Juliana Horner fabric. i ended up with four more Juliana Horner fabrics alternated with four Denyse Schmitz fabrics.

stayed tuned, as i already have the pattern and just need to start cutting!

Modbox Meets Game Night

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‘man’ quilts.. am i the only one who has a hard time picking fabrics and patterns for a masculine quilt…? i need to whip together a quilt for my son-in-laws birthday this week. he likes old worn in t-shirts, pandas and the color black and grey.. honestly, that doesn’t give me much to work with..

i narrowed down my patterns to two quilts from issue 9 of Quilt It Today , and ended up choosing “Game Night”, a fun quilt with big bold arrows, and chose six prints from Juliana Horner’s Modbox Collection..

watch this video to discover Juliana’s inspiration for her most recent collection, p.s. she’s absolutely adorable, and has her mother’s beauty..

well, who said, you can’t start a quilt at 10pm… haha

progress report. 3-25-14

i’m loving these prints..

note to self, don’t start cutting at 10pm, when i’m tired, i wasn’t paying attention, my ruler slid and i cut a whole strip wrong.. and of course i had the minimum amount of fabric, so i’ll be making a trip back to the fabric store..

progress..

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[keep reading to see the finished quilt...]

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Comma, by Zen Chic for Moda

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who buys fabric and has no idea what they’ll create with it… I DO, I DO! when i saw this fabric by Zen Chic, i had to have it! the other fabric is from the little black dress 2 collection by Basic Grey for Moda..

they’re fun and contemporary, i was thinking about making a zippered pouch, i also thought about a tote, hmmm.. what to do….only time will tell!

hope you’re having an amazing monday!

Re-Purposed Truck Tire Inner Tubes

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hubby and i took a little drive to healdsburg town square today, one so i could visit the fabric shop, Fabrications, two, so i could take him inside this wonderful shop that i love.

the One World Fair Trade, where you’ll find wonderful handmade creations from artisans all around the world, so many beautiful “one of a kind” items, i always walk away wishing i could take half the store home with me.

i’m all for re-purposing items into something new, exciting and useful, so when i stumbled upon these handbags re-purposed using truck tire inner tubes, i just had to share!

so many creative people in this great big world we live in, maybe this will inspire you, maybe you will think it’s silly, i think it’s great!

DIY Natural Antibacterial All Purpose Cleaner

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many of todays cleaners not only remove dirt, they leave behind toxic chemicals, are not safe for use around children or pets, and shouldn’t be inhaled.

all one has to do is read the ingredients on the label to understand, modern day cleaners are not a healthy option for you or your family.

a few years ago, i decided to do away with all my toxic cleansers, and search for more eco friendly, natural choices for my household and the environment.

this formula is not only cost effective to make, it cleans, disinfects, fights soap scum, mineral deposits and smells great too, and no it doesn’t smell like vinegar!

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DIY Natural Antibacterial Foaming Handsoap

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about four years ago i decided to do away with all my toxic cleansers and look for more eco friendly, natural choices for my household and the environment.

i’ll be sharing all my natural cleansers, laundry soap, stain fighters and more in a series of blog posts, beginning with this all important one…..handwashing!

i do love bath & body works sea island cotton foaming hand soap, but i don’t love the cost, even on sale. i’ll show you how to create your own natural antibacterial foaming hand soap using just two ingredients mixed with water!

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How to sew a [scant] quarter inch seam

How to sew a scant quarter inch seam

one of the very first things to learn when quilting is the scant quarter inch seam. what is a scant quarter inch seam..? in laymen’s terms, it’s a seam that is just shy of a true 1/4″ seam. in the above photo, you will notice that the white stitching is not a perfect 1/4″, if it we’re we would see the stitching directly under the yellow 1/4″ ruler marking, as it is, the stitching is slightly to the right of the marking, this is a scant quarter inch.

i’ll show you just how to set-up your machine to sew a scant quarter inch seam.

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