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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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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Tips + Tools to Begin Quilting

have you ever been out shopping, and a quilt catches your eye, and upon closer inspection, you think to yourself, i can do that..yes you can!

do you have a basic sewing machine..? can you sew a straight line..? then you can quilt!

…but you’re not sure where to begin, what tools you’ll need or how much it will cost. today we’ll talk about what you’ll need to get started, you just may be pleasantly surprised at just how affordable quilting can be.. and your quilting journey will begin, but beware, it’s addictive!

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Red + Aqua Springtime Spools

Red and Aqua Springtime Spools

one of my current ‘works in progress’.. i’d been collecting these red and aqua prints for a quilt, but what pattern..? half square triangles..? triangles..? nine patch..? i had no idea, until the other day when i was searching for inspiration and stumbled upon camille roskelley’s ‘Spools #154′ at Thimble Blossoms. a new adventure for me, since i’m fairly new to quilting and i’ve never pieced a spool quilt..

so i downloaded the pattern and went to town cutting. i’m not going to lie, i’m not a fan of those 64 pesky little 1 1/4″ squares that i had to sew onto the ends of the spools, but i got through it and now i’m moving onto piecing the spool together.

…and in case you didn’t notice, this is the same fabric in the 5 minute DIY jelly roll..

Portable Fabric Storage

Fabric Storage Idea - Kreations by Julz

since i have to ‘creatively’ store my fabric and sewing goodies in a corner in our great room, these ever so handy dandy canvas bins i found at tjmaxx [one of my weekly destinations!] are the perfect size for my mini fabric bolts.  the bins measure 17 1/2″ x 13 1/2″.. and when we entertain, they are easily tucked away in my craft closet upstairs.

there’s a total of approximately 120 yards of yummy fabrics in those two bins.. yet i can’t stop shopping for more…fabric addiction!! i bring home these fabrics and they’re just to pretty to cut, okay, i’ll eventually cut them, but i like shopping for more, more, more fabric!

Organized Thread + Bobbins

Organized Thread and Bobbins
like many of you quilters, crafters and sewaholics i don’t have a dedicated room for sewing.. for me its because i enjoy  sewing in our great room where my hubby is, we can still be hanging out, laughing, talking, and i’m not all alone upstairs in a room..

..and the other reason, i’m a nap time sewing/quilter, i get quite a bit accomplished when the little ones in our house are sleeping upstairs!

it does make it challenging to organize my fabric and other goodies, i just make it work. i have a buffet in the dining area that has two drawers dedicated to my sewing needs.

yesterday i talked about my presser feet and machine needles storage here.. today it’s all about my thread and bobbins..

i found these cute wooden storage boxes at tjmaxx a couple months ago, knowing they’d be perfect for my sewing supplies and in fact they are perfect! i just slip them into the drawer and i have instant storage that no one even knows is there [until now]..

..as for my bobbins, i really like these dritz bobbin containers. i pre-wind plenty of bobbins in my most used colors so they’re ready on a whim, because those of us who sew and quilt often start another project before the last one is finished, so it’s nice to have those bobbins ready to go!

Organized Thread and Bobbins Drawer

..as you can see this is where i store my presser feet, needles and accessory box too!

Organized Machine Accessories

Organized Sewing Machine Accessories with Labels

i love to organize! i feel like i can’t function if i can’t find things and it drives me crazy when i can’t..! okay, call it OCD, my kids do…

i thought i’d share a quick little post about how i organize my sewing machine accessories and machine needles! they go together like bread and butter, so i store them in a simple 17 compartment plastic organizer, one compartment is larger and fits my walking foot perfect!

Organized Sewing Machine Accessories

keeping everything together makes it easy to tuck your container into your sewing tote and go off to class, a retreat or a sewing party with friends!

i label my container, so i can grab my presser foot quickly, and when you purchase a new presser foot, just add a new label! if you don’t have a label maker just use a thin sharpie and you’re all set!

happy sewing!