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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Crazy Acres Quilt Along {Quilting}



Hi there! Welcome back to the Crazy Acres Quilt Along!

April 24: Quilting
May 1: Binding
May 15: Show and Tell

We are nearing the finish line! Wahoo! 

Today, I am mostly talking about my experience with quilting this quilt on a long arm machine, if you want a more in depth tutorial on quilting and tips go here!

I have a love/hate relationship with the actual quilting part of the whole quilt making process.  I love it when everything is going well and my design is looking fantastic.  I hate it when, I am breaking threads, my stitches are less than stellar, and my back and shoulders are hurting! 

I have found that, no matter how much you practice and prepare, you are going to encounter some issues and difficulties when quilting your quilt.   But that doesn't mean you can't enjoy the process, and make the best out of it!  After all, this is supposed to be fun! :)


I was lucky enough to be able to quilt this myself on a long arm machine.  I have done this once before, and it was an eye-opening experience.  I really thought that quilting on a long-arm would come more natural to me and would be a lot easier than quilting on a domestic machine.  
I had these grand plans of doing intricate designs in the diamonds, and then other designs in the pinwheels and it was going to be a masterful work of quilting! 



Well, my hopes and dreams were shattered, when I realized I could barely sew a straight line! And that is no exaggeration!!  I was way out of my element with long arm quilting, and figured out really quickly that I wasn't going to be the next Angela Walters overnight! :) 



I seriously have a new found appreciation for the long arm quilters out there!  I decided to do what I know how to do best when it comes to free motion quilting and that is:  loopy loops! They are one of my favorite designs to do on my domestic machine, and have found the design comes really natural to me.  So I stuck with what I knew, and went with it.  



I am happy with the overall appearance of the quilting, but I'm telling you--if I had about 20 hours alone with that long arm machine I would have went for the masterpiece I had in my head!  :) 

I would love to practice more on a long-arm machine, because it was so nice to be able to quilt this baby in less than an hour! Plus, there were no thread issues, or back and shoulder pain! Which was a big plus!  So overall, I am happy with how my quilting turned out, and I am definitely going to try quilting on a long-arm again!

Talk to you soon,


Monday, April 21, 2014

Daffodil Days Throw Pillow Tutorial

Hi there! We have a treat for you today! Sarah, from Berry Barn Designs is guest posting today and has come up with this darling throw pillow to show you guys.  If you have wanted to learn to sew curves, but have been hesitant to try, I think this tutorial is a great opportunity to get you started!

Daffodil Days {Throw Pillow Tutorial} designed by Sarah Nunes for Fort Worth Fabric Studio



Sarah Nunes {Berry Barn Designs}Welcome! My name is Sarah, and I'm a milspouse and work-at-home mom who loves sewing and quilting, sharing whatever craftiness I’ve been up to on my blog, Berry Barn Designs. I enjoy carving out time for large quilts, but with two preschoolers underfoot, gravitate toward quick projects, ranging from doll quilts to home decor to clothes - you can see a variety of my projects here. Today I’m excited to share my very first ever guest post with all of FWFS's readers – an easy tutorial for making my “Daffodil Days” throw pillow. If you’re new to curved piecing, this is a great starter project. The blocks are quite forgiving and you’ll have this cute pillow whipped up in no time!

As I’m sure you’ve heard (I feel like all of us northerners have been a little more vocal than usual the past few months on the topic), this winter was a looong one. I live in Portland ME, and while I expect snow and cold, this past season seemed snowier and colder than any I can remember – it hasn’t even been a full week since I last woke up to a winter wonderland outside my window! I’ve been yearning for daffodils and the true arrival of Spring, but in the meantime decided to go ahead and quilt up a daffodil of my own. With today being Earth Day, a pillow celebrating such a cheery flower seems especially fitting.

This project is perfect for any larger scraps you may have kicking around, but as I’m always in search of bright new yellows for my stash, I hopped over to the FWFS shop and picked out some fat quarters to work with. It just so happens that their “pocket packs” are perfect for this project – I used fabrics from the Lemon Meringue and Peach Pie collections, and they’re just scrumptious! If you love pie, too, check out their monthly Pocket Packs Pie Club – eight months of yummy fabrics delivered fresh to your mailbox : )

Daffodil Days {Throw Pillow Tutorial} designed by Sarah Nunes for Fort Worth Fabric Studio

Okay, let’s get started…

Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Selection of yellow and orange fabrics for the flower petals (I used Fashion Plate Chevron Yellow by Henry Glass, Sunny Ta Dot by Michael Miller, Special Delivery Trellis Yellow by Quilting Treasures, Impressions Moire Yellow by Clothworks, Floral Elements Tangerine by Art Gallery, and Small Dots White/Orange by Riley Blake. Not feeling these colors? How about making a “rose” or a “violet” instead!)
  • White fabric for the flower background and pillow back (I used Kona White, but a print would be fun, too. If you’re using four or more FQs for the front, you’ll have enough left over to piece a colorful back if you'd prefer : )
  • Coordinating thread (I used Aurifil 2021 – Natural White)
  • Downloadable Daffodil Days template (a Drunkard’s Path block that finishes at 4¼”)
  • Template plastic (card stock or cardboard will work in a pinch)
  • Batting and backing for quilting (I used Warm & Natural cotton batting and muslin)
  • Basting pins or spray
  • Spray starch (optional, but very, very helpful with so many curves)
  • 20” pillow form
  • Rotary cutter, quilt ruler, scissors, pins, pencil, fabric marking pen, and chocolate (hey, the Easter Bunny brought it for a reason – enjoy!)

Daffodil Days {Throw Pillow Tutorial} designed by Sarah Nunes for Fort Worth Fabric Studio

Before you get started, download the template for the block, then trace and cut from template plastic, and I strongly suggest starching your fabrics because it will stabilize them, making them hold their shape better as you cut and work with the curves and bias. (As a little side note, you’ll see Mary Ellen’s Best Press in the pics, and while it’s a great starch, it’s not what’s actually in my bottle. Since my husband goes through it by the gallon pressing his shirts, I use a homemade vodka starch mix that’s very economical and works just as well. Using any size spray bottle with a nice fine misting nozzle, fill 1/4 to 1/3 full with the cheapest vodka you can find, then to the top with water. Voila! Easy and inexpensive.)

Step 1

Daffodil Days {Throw Pillow Tutorial} designed by Sarah Nunes for Fort Worth Fabric Studio

Using Template A, trace and cut 4 pieces from your orange fabrics (which will be the flower center), then trace and cut 8 pieces from your white background fabric (which will be the background around your outer petals). You can avoid fabric waste by lining the tracing up back-to-back with the previous one. I'm always tempted to use my rotary cutter directly around the template, but if you do, you must be very careful to avoid cutting into the thin plastic - tracing and cutting with scissors is a tad more time consuming but prevents you from damaging the template.

Using Template B, trace and cut 4 pieces from your darker yellow fabrics (which will be the center petals), then trace and cut 8 pieces from your lighter yellows (which will be the outer petals).

Cut 4 squares from your white background fabric measuring 4¾” square (which will be the background corners of the flower).

Step 2

I like to lay all my pieces out on my design wall to make sure I’m happy with the colors and that I’ve remembered to cut everything I need, so take a moment to look at your design if you’d like, then begin to align each of the four orange flower centers (Template A) to each of the four yellow flower center petals (Template B) to prepare for piecing.  

Daffodil Days {Throw Pillow Tutorial} designed by Sarah Nunes for Fort Worth Fabric Studio

There are different schools of thought about piecing curves, but I adhere to the pin-like-crazy method, so that’s what you’ll see here. Finger press each A and B to find the center, then align at the creases and pin right sides together. Take tiny “bites” with the pins, starting with the center point and working out to the corners. (But don’t forget to pull the pins as you sew! You definitely don’t want to risk running your needle over them.) Your Template A pieces will be just shy of the corners of the Template B pieces – that’s ok, it’s supposed to be like that.

Daffodil Days {Throw Pillow Tutorial} designed by Sarah Nunes for Fort Worth Fabric Studio

Begin sewing using a ¼” seam allowance and using your fingers to guide and ease where necessary to keep the seam smooth. (See that little purple strip? That's my favorite sewing notion ever! It's a handy seam guide for assuring a scant quarter inch when you're piecing.)

Step 3

Daffodil Days {Throw Pillow Tutorial} designed by Sarah Nunes for Fort Worth Fabric StudioContinue to sew the outer petals (B) to outer background pieces (A). When you have all twelve A/B pieces sewn together, spray with starch and iron so the seam fans out above the arch. If your blocks look a teensy bit wonky at this point, don’t panic. I’ve made a few projects now with these templates and it’s amazing how forgiving the blocks are despite the tendency to stretch a little because of the curved seam and bias of the fabric. Take your time piecing and press carefully to avoid stretching them, but don’t rip it all out if the block is a tiny bit uneven because you can accommodate for it as you go.

Step 4

Daffodil Days {Throw Pillow Tutorial} designed by Sarah Nunes for Fort Worth Fabric Studio

Now you’re ready to sew the four center blocks together, being careful to align and pin the seams so you end up with nice matching points. (You might notice I have a walking foot on my machine during piecing. I don’t do this regularly, but I find it helpful with all the thick seams that result at the corners of these blocks. If you don’t own a walking foot, I definitely recommend getting one for quilting, but you don’t absolutely need it to piece this pillow – just be sure to take your time over the places with four layers so you get nicely matched points.)

Daffodil Days {Throw Pillow Tutorial} designed by Sarah Nunes for Fort Worth Fabric Studio


Next sew each set of adjoining outer petals together, and then head to the ironing board. Iron all seams from Step 4 open. You will have four layers at each corner where A and B meet and are pieced to the adjoining block, so ironing these seamopen will make it easier to continue piecing the rest of the flower, and will make it easier to quilt once you’re done. I did not use open seams elsewhere in the pillow top, but you can iron the rest of your seams however you’d prefer after ironing all four-layer seams open.

Daffodil Days {Throw Pillow Tutorial} designed by Sarah Nunes for Fort Worth Fabric Studio

Step 5

Piece the top and bottom outer petals to the 4 white squares you cut in Step 3, pinning your points carefully.

Daffodil Days {Throw Pillow Tutorial} designed by Sarah Nunes for Fort Worth Fabric Studio

Then join the right and left outer petals to the center of the flower. Finally join the three rows together to form the entire flower. Make sure all the thick petal seams are pressed open.

Daffodil Days {Throw Pillow Tutorial} designed by Sarah Nunes for Fort Worth Fabric Studio

Step 6

Chocolate break! And then if you’d like to square up your flower block, this is the time to do so. It should measure 17½” square. Just be sure not to cut into the tips of the flower petals – you should have a ¼" seam allowance visible at the tip of each flower petal around the perimeter of the block.

Step 7

Daffodil Days {Throw Pillow Tutorial} designed by Sarah Nunes for Fort Worth Fabric Studio

Cut 4 squares from your orange fabric measuring 2¼” square (which will be the border cornerstones).
  
Cut 4 strips from your white background fabric measuring 2¼” x 17½” (which will be your borders)Be sure to double check the final measurement of your completed flower. If your block is slightly shorter or slightly longer than 17½”, adjust the length of your white border strips accordingly so the finished top lays smooth.

Step 8

Daffodil Days {Throw Pillow Tutorial} designed by Sarah Nunes for Fort Worth Fabric Studio

Sew two border strips to the right and left side of your flower block. Iron seams.

Sew a cornerstone square to each end of the two remaining border strips. Iron seams.

Sew the top and bottom cornerstone borders to the top and bottom of the bordered flower block. Press seams.

Daffodil Days {Throw Pillow Tutorial} designed by Sarah Nunes for Fort Worth Fabric Studio

Ta da! Your pillow top is pieced. It should measure 21” square, which includes a ½“ seam allowance for sewing the pillow front and pillow back together, but you can wait to square off the edges until Step 10. Time to move on to quilting… or a quick break for more chocolate ; )

Step 9

Daffodil Days {Throw Pillow Tutorial} designed by Sarah Nunes for Fort Worth Fabric Studio

Make a quilt sandwich: lay your backing fabric right side down (remember this will be inside the pillow, so it’s perfect for muslin or that weird print you’ve had hanging around that you have no intention of using in a quilt top) and tape tightly to work surface, then add the batting, then the pillow front right side up. Spray or pin baste. I pin basted, but if you’d like to see how to spray baste, Lindsey has a great tutorial here.

Step 10

Daffodil Days {Throw Pillow Tutorial} designed by Sarah Nunes for Fort Worth Fabric Studio

The fun part – quilt your pillow top! I chose to straight line quilt about 3/16” off to the right and left of each seam within each part of the flower’s petals, following the curves, and then used the same method along the border seam and inside the cornerstones. The possibilities are endless, though, so have fun! (If you’re new to quilting, Fort Worth Fabric Studio has a great series on "How to Make a Quilt," including tips for quilting the basted top.)

Daffodil Days {Throw Pillow Tutorial} designed by Sarah Nunes for Fort Worth Fabric Studio

After you finish quilting, take a moment to square off your pillow front. It's helpful to use a square quilting ruler if you have it, but any straight ruler long enough will work. The pillow front should measure 10½“ from the center, or 21" across, including the ½“ seam allowance for sewing to the pillow back.

Daffodil Days {Throw Pillow Tutorial} designed by Sarah Nunes for Fort Worth Fabric Studio

Step 11

We’re almost done – just need to make the envelope closure for the pillow back and then join it to the pillow front…

Cut a piece of the white backing fabric measuring 12” x 21”.

Cut a piece of the white backing fabric measuring 17” x 21”.
 
Step 12

For each backing piece, fold just the top edge over one inch, press seam, then fold it over a second inch, and press seam.

Daffodil Days {Throw Pillow Tutorial} designed by Sarah Nunes for Fort Worth Fabric Studio

Top stitch along the folded seam of each backing piece. I like to sew about 1/8" from each folded edge to ensure a nice flat finish. You should now have two backing pieces measuring 10” x 21” and 15” by 21”, each with one double folded and stitched edge running the length of the fabric.

Step 13

Daffodil Days {Throw Pillow Tutorial} designed by Sarah Nunes for Fort Worth Fabric Studio

Time to assemble the pillow cover! Lay the pillow front on your work surface face up. Taking the narrower backing piece, lay it face down (the folded edge should facing you, smooth edge down) on the pillow front, aligning the unfinished edge with the top edge of the pillow front. Then take the wider backing piece, lay it face down on the pillow front (it should be overlapping the narrower piece by four inches) and align the unfinished edge with the bottom edge of the pillow front. (The reason I offset my back overlap by using two different width pieces was to minimize gaping - the seam falls slightly above center where the pillow form is a bit narrower and lays straighter. I know all the top/bottom/front/back directions get tricky – hopefully the picture helps if you’re new to sewing envelope closure pillow covers, but if you're stumped, you can find a detailed step-by-step tutorial - and adorable heart pillow design - from Lindsey here.)

Pin around all edges.

Step 14

Daffodil Days {Throw Pillow Tutorial} designed by Sarah Nunes for Fort Worth Fabric Studio

Using a straight stitch, sew the pillow front and back pieces together using a ½” seam allowance. Now, finishing the raw edge that is left on the inside of the pillow is another instance where there are differing solutions. I’m not very picky about how my seam looks when I’m sewing for myself, so I usually sew a zigzag or blind hem stitch just to the outside of the straight seam all the way around, then trim off the excess fabric and clip the corners simply because for me it's easier than sewing zigzags along a cut edge. Feel free to trim then zigzag or use whatever other method you prefer to minimize fraying and reduce the bulk of the seam before turning.

Turn your pillowcase right side out, working the corners to nice points. If you don’t own a tool specifically for this, a very blunt pencil or a chopstick tip work just as well!

Tuck the pillow insert inside your pillow cover and smooth the envelope closure in back.

Step 15

Enjoy your new “daffodil!”
Springtime sunshine and warm weather not required ; )


Daffodil Days {Throw Pillow Tutorial} designed by Sarah Nunes for Fort Worth Fabric Studio


I appreciate you taking time to follow along with my "Daffodil Days" throw pillow tutorial. If you’d like another idea for using this quilt block, I invite you to visit Berry Barn Designs tomorrow for more “daffodils” to add a burst of color to your decor!

And thanks so much to Jodie and Lindsey of Fort Worth Fabric Studio for having me stop by today - I always enjoy the chance to share with others who love the great fabrics and tutorials available through FWFS as much as I do : )

-Sarah



I want to thank Sarah for stopping by today and showing us to make this pillow! I now have the confidence I need to maybe try my hand at curves! So, thank you for that Sarah.  If you want to see more of Sarah's work please stop by her blog and check out all the wonderful things she is working on!

Talk to you soon,


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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Giveaway with Sassy Kid Blanks!

Hi there! I am really excited about today's giveaway!  We are changing things up a bit and are teaming up with Melissa from Sassy Kid Blanks to do a dual giveaway!



Have you heard of a "blank" before?  Well, it turns out I was one of those people who didn't know what a blank was! When I came across Sassy Kid Blanks, I was super impressed with the quality of their garments and the different options they have in their store! I was one of those mom's who has tried to find decent blank shirts to appliqué fun designs on for my little girls! ( I just had no idea, that's what they were called)  Well, I don't have to search anymore! Sassy Kid Blanks, has an excellent variety of designs of products for a great price!

I am excited to introduce you to Melissa, the owner of Sassy Kid Blanks!  I was able to do a small interview with her so you could get to know her a little better!


1. Tell us a little bit about yourself

I am a mother of two sweet little girls, and wife of a wonderful supportive husband. We currently live in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. I was born and raised in South Carolina. I love where I am from, and I have stayed close to my roots. It is a great life, and I feel blessed every day for it. 
I grew up exposed to sewing and crafting from my mom. She almost always had a project going. I started cross-stitching when I was a young girl. Then of course, I took Home Economics back when I was in middle school. That was back when they still offered it in schools. I made my first skirt then. I remember when Martha Stewart came on the scene and opened up the world of crafting and home-making. I was obsessed with Martha back in the day and my mom and I tried out many of her projects. Crafting and sewing was how my mom and I spent time together usually. It was always relaxing and fun! 


2.  For those of us who don't know,  can you explain to us what a "blank" is?

Essentially, a blank is a non-embellished garment upon which a design can be added. In addition to shirts, blank garments include dresses, onesies, rompers, etc. A company who sells blanks will have a ready supply of the same styles for their customers to rely upon for their embroidering or crafting needs on a regular basis. Here is a before & after photo of our Sassy Shirt! 

3.   Tell us about your business, and how it got started?

As years passed, I continued to craft and sew. I purchased my very own sewing machine shortly after I was married. I made most of the curtains and pillows seen in our home. But I always longed for an embroidery machine - even more so after I started having children. I always thought I can do that stuff I see in the stores. And let's face it, there is more satisfaction when you make something yourself. 

So after years of dreaming, I finally took the plunge and bought an embroidery/sewing machine combo. As I started embroidering for my girls and for my friends as well. I opened an Etsy shop and was keeping really busy. However, I just could never find plain kids clothes that were exactly what I wanted to embellish. I had these cute appliques, but the shirts just didn't have that pizazz - or the sass I wanted. That is when it dawned on me I should design a line of clothing for embroiders, like me, who want something special upon which to put their appliques and designs. Sassy Kid was born! 

I started sketching and figuring out what I wanted the blanks to look. To make a long story short, finding a manufacturer and getting to the end product our customers see now took over a year. Here is a picture of one of my early sketches of the short sleeve Sassy Shirt. It is obvious I am not an artist. Ha ha! But there is a lot of love and effort put into my designs. 



4.  What advice would you give to someone who wants to start doing embroidery and appliqué on shirts?

My first piece of advice is to invest in a good machine if you don't have one already. Find a licensed dealer in your area who sells embroidery machines. They are experts and will know how to take care of you and your machine. If you have a problem with the machine, they can fix it. The store where I bought my machine has great customer service and support. They taught me how to use my machine properly. I could not have been successful without them. 

Girls Long Sleeve Empire Waist Dress -- Purchase Here


5.  Do you have any coming soon or new products you'd like to tell us about?

Our Sassy Empire Dress that has been so popular this spring has a long sleeve twin for the fall and winter! We have long sleeve Sassy Shirts for the fall in two beautiful colors - plum and brown! They will be perfect for applique pumpkins and turkeys. 

Girls Long Sleeve Shirt -- Purchase Here


Now, that you know how awesome Melissa is and can see how cute and sassy her blanks are, we thought it would be fun to do a little package giveaway!

TWO WINNERS will each receive: a $10 gift certificate to Sassy Kid Blanks & a $10 gift certificate to Fort Worth Fabric Studio!


To enter to win, answer the following question:

What would you make if you won?! 

Please leave your answer in the comment section below.  If you are an anonymous or no-reply blogger, please include your email address so we can contact you if you win!

You can also get two more entries:
1. Like Sassy Kid Blanks on Facebook -- HERE
2. Like Fort Worth Fabric Studio on Facebook HERE

Just leave separate comments for extra entries!

Giveaway will close on Sunday, April 27

Good Luck and I'll talk to you soon,

PS: I would make matching appliqué dresses for my two little girls--in a 4th of July theme, using this dress in white!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Fabric Frenzy Friday {Features}

Hi there! I hope you all are enjoying your Easter weekend! We spent the day working in the yard and getting ready to plant our garden and some flowers! Things are getting green around here, and the trees have started blooming! The kids are pretty excited for Easter, and we have a fun day planned tomorrow!

Now let's get to this week's features! There is always so much inspiration shared, so be sure to check  them out HERE!

First of all I am completely blown away by Carole's quilting! I mean, this is seriously amazing! I have tried my hand at long arm quilting, and it's not as easy it it may look! So this is pretty fantastic, if you ask me! Check out Carole's blog: Fresh Off the Frame for a lot more inspiration!
Fresh Off The Frame: Nearing the Finish Line


 Next we have this lovely quilt top from Twiggy and Opal! I love the Briar Rose collection, and I am pretty smitten with this diamond quilt! The blocks are paper pieced, and look relatively easy to put together! I may have to try this out! 
Twiggy and Opal: A Diamond in the Rough

This next lovely quilt is from That's Sew Julie! I have seen these I Spy quilts before and I am always so taken with them! Julie did a lovely job on this one, and I am sure this quilt will get lots of love from her children!

That's Sew Julie- I Spy Quilt Quilt Finish


These are just a few links from all the great inspiration shared! You can check out all the links here!

If you were featured, you can grab our "featured button" here:


Fort Worth Fabric Studio Blog



Talk to you soon,


Friday, April 18, 2014

Fabric Frenzy Friday #12


I can't tell you how happy I am because it's Friday! :)  Not only is it the weekend, but it's Easter weekend!  I always love to celebrate the holiday's, especially since my kids are all young and get so excited about celebrating each holiday.  We have some fun things planned, so it will be a great weekend!

I wanted to give a big thank you to all the sweet comments left about my tea towel tutorial! I had such great feedback and such a great response! So thank you! :)


We are giving away a kit for the tea towels--so be sure to enter HERE!


Now onto our newest Friday Bundle Batch:

Turquoise Jackpot






Turquoise Jackpot is an 8 piece bundle filled with turquoise and black and hints of white! I pretty much love anything paired with black! It's just something about how the black makes other colors really pop and stand out!  The turquoise in this bundle just stands out against that black and makes it that much more vibrant!  

Included in each bundle are one cut of each  (in order from top to bottom):

Ink Blossom Main Print - RJR
Ink Blossom Dots - RJR
Stitched Circles Aqua - Michael Miller
Basics Paisley Black/White - Windham
Ink Blossom Flowers - RJR
Elegant Scroll Black - Loralie Designs
Aqua Pindot - Michael Miller
Twirl Vines Black – Henry Glass

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



Now that I 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, April 16, 2014

Crazy Acres Quilt Along {Spray Basting}


Hi there! Welcome back to the Crazy Acres Quilt Along!

April 17: Basting
April 24: Quilting
May 1: Binding
May 15: Show and Tell


Now that we have our quilt tops ready to go, we are ready to baste!

There are a few different methods that you can use when basting.  Please use whichever method you prefer! I am going to show you the spray basting method today!




Monday, April 14, 2014

3 Projects Featuring Moda Toweling!

I have recently discovered Moda Toweling, and I seriously can't get enough of it!  If you aren't sure what toweling is or have never heard of it, then you've come to the right place! I am going to show you what it is, and also show you three different ideas using this toweling!




Moda Toweling, is an affordable cotton fabric that is purchased by the yard.  It is 16" wide, and is hemmed on both sides.  It comes on a roll, kind of like a paper towel roll and it is cut by the yard.  So all you have to do is hem the top and bottom of your towel.  It also comes in a variety of types.  

               1. Natural                    2. White                   3. Red/Blue Border



I have used both the white and the natural in these projects, and couldn't be happier with them! 

For these tea towels, I used the natural toweling.  The towels measure 16" x 25" finished.  I also made a free pattern for download, so you can make these yourself!  You can download here!

Jodie has made these sweet towels into affordable kits so that you can make your very own! Each kit contains enough fabric to make two towels! You can buy the kits here!



You can enter to win a kit for these towels here! And you can download the PDF pattern for FREE! 


For the apron, I used the same method I used to make the towel, except I did 6 prairie points, and I sewed the prairie points on the long edge rather than the shorter edge.  I also added a grosgrain ribbon for the ties, rather than fabric! This was such a fun project and took less than an hour to make! 



For the apron I used:
5. 7/8" red grosgrain ribbon (2.5-3 yards)


I wanted to also show you a project with the white toweling! 

I decided that my little girl needed a fun little apron! I thought ruffles would be the perfect addition to the apron!



4. 7/8" red grosgrain ribbon 

If you know how to sew a ruffle, then you can make this apron! All I did was make 4 ruffles by using the width of fabric strips and sewed them onto the toweling.  I then sewed a strip of red ribbon above the ruffles to cover my seam.  I used another red ribbon on the for the ties.  

The sky is the limit here with this little apron, you could add a fun little pocket or even add some appliqué!



I have had so much fun creating these projects with the toweling! I have stocked up on both the natural and the white toweling for future projects! If you decide to make an apron or some towels, I would love to see them! Shoot me an email: lindsey@fortworthfabricstudio.com

Talk to you soon,


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