Don't forget to enter this week's giveaway: A Tea Towel Kit! Enter HERE!

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:

Talk to you soon,

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Giveaway: Tea Towel Kit and Free Pattern

Hi there! I hope you all enjoyed your weekend!! I got some sewing time in this weekend and can't wait to show you what I have been working on.  :)

This week's giveaway is special to me! I have been waiting to show you guys these darling tea towels I've made for a while now!  I used the Moda Toweling, which I absolutely love and really can't get enough of! These little lovelies are a fast and easy project, that would make a perfect gift!

I came up with the pattern, and Jodie made these fabulous kits! The pattern is completely free! You can find the free PDF pattern HERE

I had a blast making these towels, and the best part is that they are easy and quick! I literally whipped one of these up in a half an hour!  You really can't beat that! :)

So to share the love, we are going to give away one of these kits!

To enter, answer the following question:

Would you actually use these tea towels or would they be for "show" only?

Leave your answer in the comment section below.  Please leave your email address if you are an anonymous commenter or are a no-reply blogger. :) 

If you would like to have another entry, sign up for our weekly newsletter!

To do so, go HERE and in the upper right corner enter your email address! Just leave another comment letting me know you are a subscriber.  If you already are a subscriber, please just leave another comment letting me know! :)

 This giveaway is open to international readers. Winner will be chosen at random.  
Giveaway will close--April 20,  2014

The winner of the Moda Project Books are Vicki H.  She has been notified by email. 

Good luck and I'll talk to you soon,

Linking up to:

PS: I am going to use these towels for sure! I actually really like the texture of the toweling itself and really don't see why I couldn't use these! 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Fabric Frenzy Friday {Features}

Hi there! I hope you all are having a good weekend so far! :) We are going to start doing weekly features from our Fabric Frenzy Friday link parties!  There is always a lot of fantastic inspiration each week, and I can't wait to highlight some of your links each week! 

Here are this week's features:

I Patch and Quilt linked up these darling paper pieced blocks! I will not lie, paper piecing intimidates me a bit.  I have tried very simple blocks, but nothing like these! These really inspire me to try out some more advanced designs!
I Patch and Quilt

Friday, April 11, 2014

Fabric Frenzy Friday #11

Wahoo!! It's Friday! We have had such a lovely week of weather and it finally feels like spring in my neck of the woods! I am hoping it carries into the weekend, so we can get some much needed yard work done!

I had such a great time visiting all your links from last Friday, I can't wait to see what you are working on this week!  We are going to start doing weekly features from the links that you share! So be sure to check back tomorrow to see if you were featured, and grab our "Featured" button!

 Don't forget to enter this week's giveaway! We are giving away two Moda Project Books PLUS a Mini Charm Pack-- Go here to enter!!

Now onto our newest Friday Bundle Batch:

Watermelon Roses

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Crazy Acres Quilt Along {Top Assembly}

Welcome back!

April 10: Top Assembly
April 17: Basting
April 24: Quilting
May 1: Binding
May 15: Show and Tell

Give yourself a big pat on the back for completing all of those blocks! 
By the time my mom and I were done piecing all of those blocks, we had a party! :)

It felt so great to get them all done!! 

Top assembly is really quite easy, so before we start I wanted to talk about design walls and how important they are!  I wrote this on my other blog a few months back, and thought I would share it here in case you aren't familiar with a design wall. 

Design Wall 1            Design Wall 2           Design Wall 3

Why is it important to put your blocks / quilt design up on a wall?

1.  It helps you see the layout of your fabric/blocks in a different perspective.  When you layout your quilt on the floor you really don't get the same perspective.

2.  It is easier to arrange and rearrange blocks on a design wall rather than on the floor.

3. It also helps to see how fabrics and patterns look in relation to one another.  

I have also found it helpful to put up a block or design I'm working on and just leave it up there for a couple of days.  This helps me really decide if I like the design or layout or not and if the fabrics are working well with each other. 

Putting things up on the wall to see how it looks is not a new thing.  In fact, this was one of the first lessons I learned in my interior design class in college.  We always put our fabrics on the wall next to one another to see how they would work with each other.  This helps you see what colors and patterns work well with each other and what doesn't look so great. 

Another thing that I strongly suggest is take a picture each time you rearrange your blocks.   I can't tell you how much it helps to see the picture of the blocks on my computer screen.  It gives you another perspective as well.  You can put two of your photos next to each other on your computer screen and see which orientation you like best.  I would really recommend trying this if you haven't already. 

I recently moved and I no longer have a design wall! EEK! It is killing me.  I didn't even realize how important it was when I had it.  I am going to get one put up in my new house shortly, and I can't wait to use it.  If you haven't used a design wall before, I strongly suggest that you do! Here is a great tutorial from Paula of the Sassy Quilter on how to create a design wall! You can check it out here!

Okay, so let's get to the top assembly!

First, layout your blocks on your design wall.  You want to arrange them in a way that is pleasing to your eye.  Play around with this, and arrange them, step back and look at them.  If you see that you have too much dark in one area, or too much of the same print by each other, then here is your chance to fix it! This is the time that you really want to be picky about how your blocks are arranged.  You don't want to have them all sewn together, and then look at your quilt top and decide that you should have arranged them differently.  

If you are really having a hard time deciding how to arrange them, take a picture of the layout and then look at it from the perspective on your phone or computer.  This helps tremendously!! Also, you don't have to sew them all together right away.  Leave them on your design wall for a day or two and just look at them periodically and see if you want to change anything.  

If you have your blocks arranged the way you want, you will start by sewing them into rows.  I did rows of three on mine, but if you made more blocks you could do longer rows! 

The trick to getting these blocks and more specifically the diamonds to line up is to PIN, PIN, PIN!!! 

You will place your blocks right sides together and sew a 1/4" seam.  

I literally pinned at each seam on my blocks, yes it took a lot of extra time, but it was worth it! Most of my blocks matched up really well.  So please spend the extra time and pin your blocks together before sewing! 

Now that you have your rows sewn, you will now sew them together!

Same idea here, with the pinning! You will take rows 1 and 2 place them right sides together and pin, pin, pin! Sew a 1/4" seam and then add your other rows one at at a time! 

Well, that's it! Your top is done! Wahoooo!

If you have any questions feel free to ask in the comments or shoot me an email! I would love to hear from you!

Talk to you soon,