Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Starburst {Mini Quilt Mania}

 Hi there! Welcome to Mini Quilt Mania! We are kicking off our month long series today! We have a full schedule of mini quilt tutorials from some of our favorite bloggers! I can't wait to see what they've made!

Today, it's my turn to share a mini quilt!  I had a lot of fun designing this quilt.  I love star quilts.  I am pretty much drawn to any quilt that has stars!  I wanted to share my love of star quilts with you by sharing this fun Starburst Mini Quilt:

I used the most lovely fabric for this mini! It's Milk,Sugar, and Flower by Elea Lutz.  I adore this line of fabric and the vintage vibe it has.  I love the tiny prints and the gorgeous florals in these fabrics. It just reminds me of my grandmother and what she might have sewn with!  

Alright let's get started!

Fabric requirements:

3/8 yard of background fabric
1/8 yard of Milk Drops Yellow
1/8 yard of Magpie Mint
1/4 yard of Main Print Cream 
1/4 yard of Magpie Pink (for binding)


From background fabric:

4 - 3" squares (A)
8 - 3 3/8" squares cut in half diagonally (B)
2 - 2" x width of fabric strips for border
          sub cut into 2 - 15.5" x 2" strips
          sub cut into 2 - 18.5" x 2" strips

From Yellow:

4 - 3" squares (A)
4 - 3 3/8" squares cut in half diagonally (B)

From Blue:

8 - 3 3/8" squares cut in half diagonally (B)

From white floral:

4 - 3 3/8" squares cut in half diagonally (B)
1 - 5.5" square (C)

From Magpie Pink
 3 - 2.5" x width of fabric strips - (For binding)

Here is a diagram of the block:

All seams are scant 1/4" 

This block is primarily made out of half square triangles, to make the half square triangles, you will take two B triangles and sew the long sides together. This will make one half square triangle.

You will need the following half square triangles for this block:

Now it's time to lay out all of your pieces:

Instead of sewing them into rows, you will sew them into sections first: 

Now you will sew them into rows:

Now you will sew the rows together:

Now sew the left and right border on (2" x 15.5" strips) :

Now the top and bottom border (2" x 18.5" strips):

Now you are ready to baste, quilt and bind with your preferred method! 

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to check back all month long for more Mini Quilts!

Talk to you soon,

Monday, March 30, 2015

Spring In Ambleside Quilt

Hi there! I am really excited to share this new quilt with you guys today!! 

Last Quilt Market, we were introduced to this lovely new line of fabric called Ambleside by Brenda Riddle for Moda .  I fell in love immediately! It was so lovely, delicate, and soft.  I knew I had to design a quilt for this fabric! 

Here it is! 

Quilt is 64" x 64" - Click HERE to pre-order KIT

I am pretty darn smitten with how this turned out! My awesome mom pieced and quilted this quilt.  She did such a great job!  It is so beautiful in person, and the design translated so well into the quilt! I am so happy with how it turned out. 

She quilted this on her domestic machine, and kept the quilting very simple with straight line quilting.  I love the simpleness of it, because it makes the fabric stand out and all the lovely prints just pop! 

Of course, we decided a scrappy binding would be the best for this quilt.  It just ties in all the lovely scrappiness of the entire quilt! 

We have kits available for pre-order in the shop! 

Talk to you soon,

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Mystery Project 3 {Orange Peel Mug Rug}

Hi there! I hope you are enjoying your weekend! Today I am back to share my final March Mystery Project! :)  Oh and guess what?  We have April's Mystery Project Bundle listed in the shop! Go here for details!  

For the last project, I decided to make a fun Orange Peel Mug Rug! I have always loved orange peel quilts.  They are so beautiful, and it is one quilt that is on my quilt bucket list! Right now, I don't have the time to dive into an Orange Peel quilt (one day I will, I hope!), so I thought I would make a small mug rug instead for some instant Orange Peel gratification! ;)

mug rug tutorial

I love how it turned out! It's so delicate, and simple.  I quilted it rather simply, by just going around the petals, and then doing a small border a 1/4" from the blue border. I don't really use my mug rugs for their real purpose (mostly), but rather I place them here and there in my house, where I need a little color and fun! 

This mug rug's home will be in a windowpane above my entry table, along with my Fresh Cut Flowers runner, and a simple Fresh Cut banner.  

The great thing about this simple project is that it was done in less than an hour.  I love projects like that. So simple and so gratifying. 

Alright, grab the rest of your bundle and let's get started! 


Template - download HERE (I used the large petal)

1  - 7.5" x 8" piece of background fabric (print 1)
1 - 9.5" x 10" piece of background fabric (print 1) (for the backing)
1 - 9.5" x 10" piece of batting
1 - 5" x 10" of print 2 (pink floral)
2 - 1.5" x 8" strips of print 6 (blue floral)
2 - 1.5" x 9.5" strips of print 6 (blue floral
Fusible Web - 5" x 10" piece

Step 1: Iron some fusible web to a 8" x 5" strip of your pink floral print. Then trace your petal template four times, and then cut out the petals.

Step 2: Place petals in the center of the 7.5" x 8" piece of background fabric, and then iron on.

Step 3: Add your blue floral border.  Take your 1.5" x 8" strips and sew one onto the top and the bottom.  Press.

Step 4: Now take your 1.5" x 9.5" strips and sew one onto the left and right side.

Step 5: Now take your batting and lay it down first, then take your backing and lay it right side up, right on top of the batting.  Then lay your front layer right sides down on your batting.

Step 6: Pin all the way around and then sew a 1/4" all the way around, leaving about a 2" opening on one side. 

Step 7: Clip your corners, then flip right side out.

Step 8: Iron, and then carefully tuck your opening in, and iron and then you will sew around the mug rug a little less than 1/4" from the edge.

And that's it! You have a lovely little mug rug! 

I really love to make my mug rug's this way, (without sewing on the binding) because it can be difficult to sew binding on such a small piece.  It's also a lot quicker.  If you haven't tried this method before, I would encourage you to try it! You may like it! ;)

That's it for March's Mystery Projects! I hope you'll join me for April! I have some fun things in store! Hint: it includes a zipper and hexies!!

Talk to you soon,

Friday, March 27, 2015

Fabric Frenzy Friday #56

Happy Friday Friends! I am so happy it's the weekend! I have a lot of sewing to work on this weekend, and some of it will include the new Mystery Project's for April!! 

Click HERE to purchase!

These Petal and Plume fabrics from Art Gallery are absolutely gorgeous in person! They are so vibrant, you guys will love them! 

You are kind of getting a little hint at the mystery projects for April, because included in the bundle is a zipper and some hexie papers.  

Don't freak out, if you are scared of zippers! I have a fun project planned and I will take you through each step! 

Also, if you have been scared to try your hand at making hexies, then this is the perfect opportunity to dig in and learn how to make them! I will show you every step, and we will be making a beautiful hexie project that you will love! 

Here is the schedule: 

April 16
April 23
April 30


Now let's get to this week's bundle! 

Click HERE to purchase!

HEMLINES & HIGH HEELS is today's 8 piece Bundle Batch!  Vintage Parisian dress-making prints and textured coordinates in classic pink, black, and gray!
Included in each bundle are one cut of each  (in order from top to bottom):
  1. April in Paris Vintage Dressmaking - Timeless Treasures
  2. Garden Pindot Black - Michael Miller
  3. Sausalito Cottage Pink Toile - Lakehouse
  4. Sketch Charcoal - Timeless Treasures
  5. April in Paris Vintage Shoes - Timeless Treasures
  6. Mini Confetti Dots Blush - Dear Stella
  7. Painter's Canvas Black - Michael Miller
  8. Paris Panache Text Pink - 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! 

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Spring Throw Pillows

Do you ever have those days where you really want to sew, but you only have a few minutes to spare?  Well, that's pretty much how my life is! :) I have three small kiddos running around, so my sewing time during the week is pretty much non-existent.  So on days that I really need my sewing fix, I love to make pillow covers. 

They are are quick, easy, and they always add a fun accent to any room in the house! I have quite the collection of pillow covers, and I just take them off and switch them out to the new season or holiday for that month.  

So yesterday, my husband surprised me and got off work about an hour early, and so I had exactly a 1/2 hour to sew, before my oldest had to go to dance.  I ran to my sewing room, got out this fabric I've been hoarding for a while now, and decided that I needed some Spring pillows! I whipped these up in  less than 30 minutes, and ran upstairs and photographed them before I ran out of light and then took my daughter to dance! How's that for some speedy sewing! 

I adore this fabric from AdornIt! It's so cute, and it just has a spring vibe going on that I love!  I will tuck these into my special pillow spot where I can sit and stare at them! :)

Talk to you soon,

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Quilted Footstool Tutorial

Hello, I'm Heather from Quilts Actually and I blog at QA Creations.  Today I am showing you how to make a quilted footstool to brighten up any room, and provide a valuable place to sit when playing with a 2 year old!

quilted footstool tutorial by Heather Seminelli of Quilts Actually for Fort Worth Fabric Studio

1 yard Petal and Plume Peacock Waltz Gala
1 yard Petal and Plume Panache Profundo
1/2 yard Oval Elements Passionate Fuchsia 
2 1/4 yards Kona Storm
Batting: 2 1/4 yards by 42 inches
5 yards 1/2" Piping cording
60" Zipper
Wonder Tape (optional)
Foam (my foam is 27"x15"x10", but I explain how to resize this to fit your foam)

Clover Clips
Zipper Foot for your sewing machine


The first step is to determine what size you want to make the footstool.  In most cases, what foam you can find to buy will determine what size you make this.  In my case, we had bought new foam inserts for our couch, so I am using the old couch cushion insert.

Measure your foam: In this example, my foam is 27" wide by 15" deep by 10" tall.  I will be using 1" seam allowance to determine the size I need.

Side sizes: This means that I will have two sides that are 27" by 10" and two sides that are 15" by 10".  To determine how much fabric I need, I add the seam allowance and then determine a layout to cut this from the fabric.  The two large sides need to be 29" by 12" and the two small sides need to be 17" by 12".  This barely squeezes out of 1 yard of fabric as shown below.

  • Note: This cutting diagram will use the quilted fabric, so if you need 36" of quilted length, you should actually buy a little over a yard (about 1 1/4 yard) to account for some shrinkage during quilting.

Top and Bottom sizes: The top and bottom are the same size, 27" by 15" so I need two pieces of quilted fabric 29" by 17".  This easily fits in 1 yard of fabric.

Once I determined how much fabric I needed, I proceeded to quilt the fabric.  I used 2 1/4 yards of backing fabric and 1 yard of each top fabric.  I quilted the peacock fabric with peacock feathers, and the the feather fabric with a feather edge to edge design.

To see more of the quilting from this project, check out my blog where I go into more detail about what designs I used and how I decided to quilt it.

To do a project like this yourself, it is a lot of work to quilt 2 yards of fabric before you can even get started.  This is a great project to send to a long armer like me because I will quilt the fabric for you and send it back to you ready for your project.  Set aside some yardage that you love, and send it along with your next quilt.  You can use the quilted yardage in your home decor as you would like.

The next prep step is to make the bias tape for the piping.  Using my foam sizes above, I need two identical lengths of piping that will go around the top and bottom.  In my case that is (27"+27"+15"+15"=84").  Add several inches extra to account for going around corners and to make sure you have enough to overlap the ends.  I made about 90" of piping for the top and bottom.

Mark the 45 degree angle on your fabric.  I did it by folding and pressing.  Make sure to get as close to 45 degrees from the grain as you can.

The width of the bias tape will depend on the width of the piping cord you are using.  For 1/2" cording that I plan to sew with 1/2" seam allowance, I used 2" bias tape.

One nice bonus to cutting the tape on the bias is that the edges are ready for you to sew together.  Make sure the as you pin them, the two pieces of bias tape intersect 1/4" from the cut edge as shown below.

There are a couple different ways that you can prepare the bias tape.  One way is to use your zipper foot and sew the bias tape around the piping as shown below.

You want to sew close enough to the cording to hold it in place, but not too tight because you don't want this initial seam to show in the final finished product.  Leave enough space for a second seam to go closer to the cording.

Another option is to use double sided fusible tape.  I used Wonder Tape which is a narrow tape that is flexible, advertises not to gum up your needle, and will wash away when this cover gets washed.  I found this method a little bit easier to control, but it's preference and experience as to which is easier.

As you make the piping, try to minimize rotation of the bias tape as much as you can.  It should lay straight and flat after you are done.

Then, you will have a pile of piping ready to go.

After all that prep work, we are ready to get started!

Cut your pieces out of the quilted fabric using the cutting diagrams shown above.  Once they are cut out, finish the edges using your preferred method.  If you have a serger, that is a really fast way to do it, but a zig zag stitch would work well.  At a bare minimum run a straight stay stitch along the outside edges just to keep the quilting in place now that you have cut it.

Now is also a good time to do a dry run for the fit.  I used my clover clips to hold the sides together where the seam allowance is planned to be.

During this dry run, I discovered that height wise, I didn't include in my initial measurement the batting that was glued to the foam (from its former life as a couch cushion), so I will need to use a smaller seam allowance when I sew the sides to the top and bottom.  The side seams fit well though.  Better to find these things out now than after it is completely assembled!

  • Note: The batting that is shown attached to the foam in the picture above is a high loft polyester batting.  It is used in furniture cushions to give the stuffed look.  It will accomplish the same thing in this footstool, so I left it in place instead of removing it.  When my cover is finished, if the cover needs to be filled out a little, I will use more high loft batting to fill it in.

Sew your side seams together using a 1/2" seam or whatever you determined your seam needs to be based on your dry run.

Next, you will sew your piping to your top piece.  Measure where you need the piping to be located to get the seam allowance you want.  For example, in theory the edge of my piping should hit the edge of quilted piece, but it ended up a little short so I need to have about 1/8" of the quilted part showing to get a 1/2" seam.  The best and most detailed information I have found on how to apply piping is part of a pillow tutorial at Sew4Home if you need more detail on how to do it.

I sewed the piping onto the top piece.

With right sides together, sew the top to the sides.  The binding will be in-between, and it will be thick to the left of the needle.  Try to get as close as you can to the piping.

Add each side individually instead of sewing in one big loop around the entire item.  Start and stop in the corners.  You will end up with a corner that looks like the picture below in order to get as tight of an outside corner as possible.

When you reach the piping end, one way to end it is like I show below.  Cut the end of the piping cord so that they butt right up against other tightly.

Fold one end of the fabric over, and place the non-folded end inside the folded end.  Pin in place and sew the piping down.  One round of piping is complete!

You now have the top attached to the four sides.

Next, I added the zipper to the bottom piece of the footstool.  You will apply the zipper using a similar technique as the piping.  At the corner, cut slightly into the zipper tape so that it can ease around that corner.

I started with the top of the zipper in one corner of the covering.  Check the length of your zipper to decide the best placement for it.

Continue to use a zipper foot to get as close to the zipper teeth as you can (without being so tight that you can't open and close it).

I continued to sew the zipper around the covering until the bottom of zipper ended at the opposite corner that it started in.

For the bottom of the side, I applied the piping to the sides so that it would be visible with the zipper hidden below it.

I started in the corner I just finished - the bottom of the zipper - and sewed all the way around the cover back to the top where I had started.

Double check to ensure that the zipper didn't get flipped and that it will open and close once you are finished.

As you can see below, my 60" zipper was the perfect size to go all the way around three sides of my cover.  It made putting the cover on the foam very easy.  All of the cut edges on this cover are finished, so this cover is machine washable, and the zipper will make it very easy to take on and off for cleaning.  

The photo below show the bottom side of the footstool.  You can see the zipper peaking out a little, but it's only visible if you have the bottom side up.  From the top you can't even tell the zipper is there.

If you don't want to use a zipper, you could also hand sew the bottom side shut, but then the cover is no longer removable.

From the top, this is what your finished footstool will look like!  This isn't a quick project, but it really makes an impact when you use beautiful fabrics like these.  It is also a very durable project because you used quilted fabric.

My little helper couldn't even wait for the photoshoot to end before she tested it out, and she definitely approves!

If you make a footstool like this, please share a photo with Lindsey at or on Instagram using the hashtag #sewingwithfwfabricstudio.

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