Saturday, September 17, 2011


I don't seem to be able to get much done lately. I am working on another project for work. I am trying to keep it a secret. I am terrible at keeping secrets. This project will be a sort of a club/demo. With the help of the two summer helpers at the store we cut up all the end of the bolt left overs into 2 1/2 inch strips. I have been wanting to use that fabric for something for a long time. (That is Bonnie Hunter's influence...use up those scraps).  Here is a sneak peak. More to come I promise.

I fell behind on my Sweet 16  BOM. This month I worked to get caught up. Some of the blocks will have beads, but I want to square all the blocks up first then I will add the beads. Without further ado here are the blocks.

I did finish the August block of my other BOM, but I haven't had a chance to get a picture yet. I will show it on the next post. I might even get to the September block. That would get me caught up on the BOMs at least.

Happy Stitching

Friday, September 16, 2011


Yep. Pineapples. The second demo that I did at the shop was pineapples. The book is Sew Simple Pineapples by Karin Hellaby.  It is an easy way to make those great pineapple blocks. No  special rulers. No paper piecing tiny pieces. Just squares.

The book has measurements for more than one size of the pineapple blocks so you do not even have to do the math!!! I totally love that since I am a bit math challenged.  Anyway.... you start with two squares the same size. Put them right sides together with the fabric you want in the center on the bottom and sew 1/4 inch seam on all four sides. (You can chain piece these).

Once you have all four sides stitched, make a line from corner to corner on each diagonal  on the top fabric.

Take a small, sharp pair of scissors and make a little slit. Then cut down the lines carefully. Go right up to the stitches but not through them.

Once you have both lines cut, press the flaps back. The book recommends using a bit of spray starch. If you stop at this point you have a block called a pineapple chunk. You can sew the 'chunks' together using a 1/2 inch seam. 

OR you can continue to add a square on top and repeat the process. I did not do as many rounds as the book had, I just needed to demo the process. Anyway this is how my little pineapple quilt came out.

Cute no? Happy Stitching everyone.

Friday, September 2, 2011

An over-due post.

I told you a while back that I was working on some secret projects for out free demo days at the shop. The demos have been done, but now the projects will be taught in a hands on class rather than a demo.
The first one many of you have probably seen. It is the Lil' Twister. I did one of those and it was so much fun. Then I made a quilt with the large template/ruler and layer cakes:

The left over bits were just to cute, I had  to trim them and make this:

Of course now that I had done big, lil', and mini, what else could I do?  Tiny. Yes, tiny.

The two smallest templates are made by Primitive Gatherings with the permission of the creator of the Lil' twister. The larger one uses 3" squares and the tiny one uses 2" squares. We have had a bunch of customers come in with finished projects since the demo. Later this month I will teach the technique for those who would like a more hands on class.

I will write a post on the other demo in the next few days.
Happy Stitching