Don't forget to enter this week's giveaway: Holly Wishes Half Yard Bundle! Enter HERE!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Patchwork Pocket Placemat Tutorial

Today we have guest blogger, Melissa from My Fabric Relish! She is sharing this darling placemat tutorial for Christmas in July.  This is such a fun idea, and perfect to add a little holiday flare to your Christmas table!  Be sure to stop by Melissa's blog to see all her lovely work! :) 


Howdy y'all! This is Melissa over from my fabric relish and so excited to share something that has been on my Christmas sewing to-do list forever! Right now is the best time to start your Christmas projects, because usually July is when all the yummy Christmas fabric starts hitting the shelves and we all know that once we get into October, time starts going warp speed!



I've had Christmas placemats on my to-do list for several years now and when Lindsey from Fort Worth Fabric Studio asked if I wanted to participate in their Christmas in July series, it was a no brainer!
Christmas Placemats
I designed these placemats for my 47" round kitchen table and made them a bit smaller than normal placemats that you get at the store. I find that the store bought placemats are too large for my table and I hated the way the corners would touch. These are just the perfect size for a plate, silverware, and a cup. If you want to test out what size you should make your placemats, I recommend getting copy paper (tape together) or the large sheet construction paper (that's what I used) to decide on a size and go from there.
Christmas Placemats
I just love these little pockets...it keeps those little hands from reaching up and stealing the silverware and use them as pirate swords (not naming any names....little relish).
You will need:

Now the fun part!

  1. Cut the linen fabric into rectangles approximately 14 x 18". These will be trimmed down to 12.5 x 16.5" once they have been quilted.
  2. Choose around 6-9 charms to use as trees. Fuse your interfacing to these charms and cut your triangles. I just made my trees into various sizes using the rotary and ruler. You will also need to fuse the interfacing to the brown scraps you will use for the tree trunks. These were also cut freehanded.
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  4. For the patchwork back, cut (192) 2.5 inch squares. Since I used my charm pack, I picked out 48 and cut each into 4's.
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  1. Layout the trees and the trunks how you like on the linen side of your placemat. Remember that the linen piece was cut a bit larger than needed so dont get too close to the edge. I used a glue stick to keep my trees/trunks in place while I appliqued them. I decided to use a raw edge applique and used my triple stitch setting on my machine. I like the look of the thicker stitches.
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  3. To make the pockets, you will cut (8) 4.5"x7.5" rectangles. Place two rectangles right sides together and sew around three of the sides leaving one side open. Trim your corners, turn and press with the open side folded in. Make sure the folded side is on the bottom when you sew the pockets on later. Repeat 3 more times and set aside.
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  5. Make the quilt sandwich using the tree/linen side as your back since it's larger. Quilt as desired!
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  7. You will need 6 WOF(44 inch) strips for the binding. I cut mine at 2.5 inches but you can make yours thinner or wider if you like...totally your preference. Trim up the sides and add your binding using whatever binding technique that works for you
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If you want to mix it up a bit, you can do ornaments instead or some other Christmassy silhouette. That's it! Enjoy!
Christmas Placemats
Thanks so much for checking out my placemats and to see more of what I am up to, visit my blog, my fabric relish, or you can follow me on bloglovin!
Melissa
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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Holly Wishes Half Yard Bundle Giveaway

Hi there! I hope you had a good weekend! I got a lot done in the sewing department ; I can't wait to share my latest project with you guys! Check back tomorrow night to see it! :) 


Today we have our final giveaway for Christmas in July!  We are giving away this half yard bundle:








To enter to win answer the following question:

What would you make with this bundle if you won?

Answer the question in the comment section below.  If you are a no-reply blogger or anonymous commenter please leave your email address. 

Giveaway will close: August 3, 2014

Good luck!


Friday, July 25, 2014

Fabric Frenzy Friday #24

Happy Friday!! We had a busy week on the blog--full of all things Christmas! :)

  • We shared our newest FREE pattern called Simple Sixteen! Click here for the details!
  • Enter to win the Home for the Holiday's half yard bundle HERE
  • Need some quiltspiration?  We shared 10 Christmas quilt ideas HERE


To start the weekend off, we are offering a sale on shipping for our international friends:

Now let's get to this week's bundle! 


Click HERE to purchase

BITS OF RED is today's 8 piece Bundle Batch!  Little prints in red & white!

Included in each bundle are one cut of each  (in order from top to bottom):
  1. Lazy Day Cherries - Riley Blake
  2. Sketch Cherry - Timeless Treasures
  3. Small Chevron Red - Riley Blake
  4. Basics Pindot Red - Windham
  5. Small Dots Red/White - Riley Blake
  6. 30s Playtime Picnic Red - Moda
  7. Basics Hearts Red/White - Windham
  8. Blueprint Basics Mini Stamped Circles Salsa - Robert Kaufman

Need more than a fat quarter? You can purchase this bundle in 1/2 yard cuts rather than fat quarters.



Now that we shared our fabric for the week, we want to see yours! 

Here is your chance to link up anything to do with fabric! You can link up finished quilts, a work in progress, a new fabric you just bought, a project made with fabric, or maybe you just want to show off some of your stash.  Anything goes--as long as it has to do with fabric! 

*Please link up a specific post, not your main page
*Please link back or use a button on your post, or blog. 
*Please visit some other links and leave a comment! :) 


200 x 200
Fort Worth Fabric Studio Blog

If you need a different sized button--click here for different sizes.

It is going to be a frenzy of fabric around here and we can't wait to see what you have been creating with your fabric! So please, grab a button or share a link and let's party!!!



Wednesday, July 23, 2014

10 Christmas Quilts

Christmas in July is still going strong! Today, we thought it would be fun to do a roundup of Christmas Quilts! 

Now is the time to start on that Christmas quilt, so you know it will be done in time for Christmas! 

Here are 10 quilts for your inspiration!
Cabin Christmas


Brights Christmas Quilt

(I know this is not technically a quilt, but this pillow is just so darn cute I had to include it!)
Christmas Patchwork Pillow

Simple Sixteen 
Double Pinsheels


Starry Eyed


Flurry -- Free Pattern


Elf Hats


In From the Cold
All of these Christmas quilts definitely have me inspired to make a new Christmas quilt this year! :) 

Talk to you soon,


Monday, July 21, 2014

Simple Sixteen Free Quilt Pattern

Hi there! I am really excited to share this quilt with you guys today for Christmas in July! 

This quilt has been in the works for a little while now, and I couldn't be happier with how it turned out!   This quilt was made from the Back Porch Prints from Wilmington Prints.  These prints are 1930's inspired Christmas prints, and are really spectacular.   To stick to the vintage theme, we thought it would be great to use a linen fabric for the background fabric.  The two different fabrics really play well with each other and give it an awesome vintage vibe and great texture. 


Simple Sixteen Quilt Kit -- Purchase HERE


Simple Sixteen is made from 16" blocks that are made using basic piecing techniques.  This quilt comes together quickly and you can easily adjust the size of the quilt by adding or taking away blocks. 

Simple Sixteen Quilt Kit -- Purchase HERE

Simple Sixteen was pieced by Nettie Moore and quilted by Kathy Lefler.  They both did such a wonderful job with the quilt! It turned out better than I imagined it would!

The quilt was quilted using a simple straight line design.  The backing on the quilt is the Peppermint Swirl Red print.   

Simple Sixteen Quilt Kit -- Purchase HERE

The binding was done by hand by Nettie Moore, and she used all the leftover scraps to make a scrappy binding for the quilt.  

Simple Sixteen Quilt Kit -- Purchase HERE




 **PRE-ORDER, expected August 2014. Pre-order to reserve your kit. We will ship as soon as the fabric arrives & we have cut the kits. There will be no charge until we ship to you. Quantity in stock is the number of kits available for pre-order.**

Talk to you soon,


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Home for the Holidays Half Yard Bundle Giveaway!

Hi there! I can't believe the weekend is already over! I hope you all enjoyed your weekend.  I decided to pick up a new hobby--my mom is teaching me how to embroider.  I have really wanted to learn for some time now, and this weekend I was able to sit down for a bit and learn.  So far I'm hooked, I can't wait to learn more! 

Let's get to this week's giveaway! Keeping the theme of Christmas in July, we are giving away another half yard bundle of Christmas prints!


Click HERE to purchase!
To enter to win, answer the following question:

What sewing/quilting related item do you want for Christmas this year?

Leave your answer in the comment section below.  If you are an anonymous commenter or a no-reply blogger, please leave your email address in your comment! 

Giveaway will close: July 27, 2014

Good luck!


PS: This is a toughie, if I could  have anything it would be a long-arm quilting machine.  However, let's be realistic here--I think I would like gift cards to buy fabric! :) You can't have enough fabric in my opinion! 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Fabric Frenzy Friday #23

Happy Friday!! It's hard to believe that we are more than halfway through July already! Summer is just not long enough! :) 

To start the weekend off, we are offering a sale on shipping:

All postage adjustments will be made manually, once orders are received.  We are unable to adjust previous orders.    Non-sale fabric must be in-stock yardage (does not apply to pre-orders, coming soon fabrics, kits or bundles).INTERNATIONAL Friends:  Stay tuned, we will have a special offer for you next week!

Now let's get to this week's Friday Bundle Batch!




MOD MEADOW is today's 8 piece Bundle Batch!  Featuring the Meadow Meet Up print from Michael Miller along with some fabulous orange and turquoise blenders!

Included in each bundle are one cut of each  (in order from top to bottom):
  1. Meadow Meet Up - Michael Miller
  2. Sketch Nectarine - Timeless Treasures
  3. Floral Elements Capri Blue - Art Gallery
  4. Ta Dot Bubblegum - Michael Miller
  5. Meadow Meet Up - Michael Miller
  6. Mini Confetti Dot Turquoise - Dear Stella
  7. Kona Cotton Orange - Robert Kaufman
  8. High Street Daisy - Moda

Need more than a fat quarter? You can purchase this bundle in 1/2 yard cuts rather than fat quarters.
Now that we shared our fabric for the week, we want to see yours! 

Here is your chance to link up anything to do with fabric! You can link up finished quilts, a work in progress, a new fabric you just bought, a project made with fabric, or maybe you just want to show off some of your stash.  Anything goes--as long as it has to do with fabric! 

*Please link up a specific post, not your main page
*Please link back or use a button on your post, or blog. 
*Please visit some other links and leave a comment! :) 


200 x 200
Fort Worth Fabric Studio Blog

If you need a different sized button--click here for different sizes.

It is going to be a frenzy of fabric around here and we can't wait to see what you have been creating with your fabric! So please, grab a button or share a link and let's party!!!