Thursday, January 26, 2017

On Trend Valentines Mini Quilt- Free tutorial and pattern

Thursday, January 26, 2017

I have a spot on my gallery wall that has just been begging for a mini quilt.  I thought I would change them out seasonally so I started with this one.  Turns out it looks WAY better in my living room, and not the family room like I thought, so there aren't any pictures of it in the gallery wall, but you still get a free tutorial out of the deal, so I think we're good. ;) Plus, now I need to make a bunch of decorations that room and my budget is zero dollars, so we'll see what I can come up with- hopefully it will make for some good blogging. Lol.
The fabric I used is called On Trend and it's designed by Jen Allyson (My Mind's Eye) and produced by Riley Blake designs.  They provided the material for this blog post, but On Trend is available in fabric stores and online. I love the prints and my favorite part is the sparkle of the gold. I designed this quilt based on the note card print and I just love how it turned out.
Valentine Mini Quilt

  • Fabrics- This would be a great quilt to use 5" squares with, or fat eights. You will need a bit of yardage for the borders and the binding (and of course the backing).
    • I used 8 prints in this quilt along with some solid white to back the applique hearts. I will share the cutting dimensions and hopefully that will help you decide how you want to purchase your fabrics.
    • Probably the most economical way to make this quilt is to get a 5" stacker, then you will also need 2/3 yard white triangles (if you want the triangles to all face the same direction) fat eighth of note card print (or 1/4 yard if fat eight is not available); and 1/4 yard raspberry polka dot for binding.
  • Lightweight interfacing for applique (unless you want to use a different method to applique)
  • cardstock for heart template
3- 6 1/2" X 4 1/2" rectangles from Note Card print- I fussy cut these so the phrase I wanted to highlight was centered
4- 4 1/2" X 4 1/2" squares from solid white (in the picture my white squares are a little bigger because I thought it might be nice to have some wiggle room to square them up after applique, but it was unnecessary so I changed the pattern)
4- 4" squares- 2 raspberry and 2 mint polka dot
4- 3 1/2" X 4 1/2" rectangles (I cut 2- white triangle; 1 raspberry triangle; 1 raspberry stripe)
6- 4 1/2" X 4 1/2" squares (2 mint floral; 2 raspberry main; 1 raspberry stripe; 1 raspberry triangle)
2- 2" X 21" strips from white triangle for side borders
2- 2" X 18" strips from white triangle for top and bottom borders

First take a 4" square piece of cardstock and cut out a heart shape.  I will work on getting my heart template online, but you can make your own if you don't want to wait. ;) *update: I have uploaded the heart template that I used here. Make sure when you print "Actual Size" is selected in the print option window and check the size against the 1" square on the template page. If you have any problems with this, please let me know! :)
1. Trace your heart on a 4" square of the lightweight interfacing.
2. place your interfacing on top of the RIGHT side of the 4" square of the polka dot print.

  • Stitch along the pencil line around the heart.
  • Cut around the heart, leaving a 1/4" of fabric in the seam.
  • Trim around the point of the heart and cut out wedges from the curves so they will lay a bit flatter. 
  • Cut a slit in the center of the interfacing and use that hole to turn the heart inside out. The edges will be contained inside the interfacing and you can use a dull edged tool to push the seams out. Press the seams well. (you can see what the finished heart looks like in the first picture)
 1. Take the white square of background fabric and fold in half. Lightly finger press to create a faint crease.
2. Unfold the white background square and line up the point and the dip in the heart with the center fold crease. Center the heart from top to bottom.
3. Pin the heart in place.
4. Top stitch around the applique heart.

Use the picture to help with your layout- I did switch the placement of some of the prints since I decided to use the white triangle print on the borders, I didn't want those pieces on the edges. (and imagine the hearts are sewn down ;) ) You will end up with five rows. Press the seams on each row in opposite directions. There aren't many places where seams end up in the same place, but it's helpful when they do. Sew the rows together.  Sew on the side borders and then add the top and bottom border. You are now ready to quilt and bind.
I'm showing a close up of the quilting so you can see that it doesn't have to be perfect. :) I really made some wonky hearts in my quilting, but it's a lot better than the last time I tried free motion quilting, so I'm going to take it and run with it.  You can also see in this picture how I quilted around the centers of the notecard print to accentuate the sentiments I wanted to highlight. (and if you can look closely- you will see how I totally missed the corner- oops)
I love the non-traditional look of the colors in these prints. Now to make accessories that match! ;)
As always, if you  make this quilt- I'd love you to tag me! @AmeroonieDesigns on facebook or Instagram.
Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Fabric Planner Accessories from When Skies are Gray Fabric

Thursday, January 19, 2017
 I am really starting to love using my planners.  I bought one for the first time in a long time last year and I really enjoyed making lists, checking things off and generally seeing what was coming ahead of time. One thing I have not loved, though was not having a way to easily transport all my stuff from the kitchen counter (where it normally lives) to the kitchen table (where the magic happens).  I had to gather the pens, planner, and anything else I wanted to use.  This often took more than one trip, because I would forget something. ;)
So, when the blog hop came up for this beautiful When Skies are Gray Fabric from Simple Simon and Company, I knew exactly what I wanted to make with it.  A tote for all my planner stuff, and some pretty accessories to go along with it.

I ended up making a tote, a portfolio to hold my pens and a little zipper pouch that perfectly holds washi tape and opens wide so you can see all the different kinds you have in there. Because we all know you have more than one, right?
I'm not sure if I will publish the tote or portfolio patterns. They still need some tweaking and I'm not sure there is a demand for them.  But, I do have the washi tape zipper pouch tutorial ready to go!
Originally I was going to go mostly black and white and gold with this project, but the pink prints in this line stole my heart and ended up being the focus of my projects.  Isn't that little gold umbrella just awesome?
I'm so excited for this line to be available in stores, and if you head over the Simple Simon and Co's website, they have a giveaway going on for a fat quarter bundle!! Plus, they have links to all the other blogs participating in the Fabric tour and you don't want to miss all the amazing projects people have made.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

zipper pouch for washi tape

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Once I got started sewing things for my planner, I knew a must have would be a pouch for my washi tape. Now, I realize that you can throw washi tape into any zipper pouch and it would be just fine.  I just didn't want to have to dig through the pouch, or pull out all the washi to see what I have.  I also realize that for most planner addicts out there, eight rolls of washi is a ridiculous amount of washi- it doesn't even scratch the surface- but humor me here and pretend you are on a washi diet. ;) Or traveling with it, perhaps and don't want to carry the entire mother load.
What I came up with is a perfectly petite pouch that is just wide enough to hold your washi upright and just tall enough to keep it snug without being so deep you can't see inside. Plus, it opens nice and big thanks to the method I learned from Noodlehead so you can see what's in it all at once.
It uses very little fabric, so scraps will do nicely for this project, which is always a plus!

Washi Tape Zipper Pouch

Cutting Instructions:
1. 2 pieces 4"X8" of exterior fabric
2. 2 pieces 4" X 8" of interior fabric
3. 2 pieces 3 1/2" X 7 1/2" fusible fleece
4. 1 piece 1/2" X 6" (optional) for zipper pull
5. 1 piece 1 3/4" X 3" for zipper tab
You will also need a 10" zipper and sewing supplies.

  1. To prep the fabric, follow manufacturers instructions and fuse the fleece to the wrong side of the exterior fabric pieces.
  2. Take your 1 3/4" X 3" piece and fold in half along the 3" side, press. Open up the piece and bring the two edges into the center pressed line, press.
  3. Fold the piece back together and press one final time. Set aside.
 To begin, take one of your exterior fabric pieces and lay it down right side up. Place your zipper right side down and line it up along the top edge of the fabric. *Tip: I find it helpful to unzip the zipper while I install it. Slide the zipper over so that there is just over 1/4" from the edge of the fabric to the metal stop on the zipper. Be a bit generous here, you don't want to hit that metal bit with your needle! Fold the end of the zipper after the metal stop up and away from the fabric, pin in place. Line up the rest of the zipper with the top of the fabric piece and put a pin in the opposite end 1" away from the edge of the fabric. Lay the interior fabric on top and line up the top edge. Pin in place. Start at the end where the zipper is folded up and sew down the zipper using a 1/4" seam allowance.  I do not use a zipper foot, but if you like yours, feel free to do it! STOP sewing when you reach the pin that is 1" from the end.  Put your needle in the down position, lift up your presser foot and pull the zipper out of the seam allowance and down between the two fabric layers. Hold the zipper out of the way and lower the presser foot, then continue sewing the rest of the way down the fabric.
  1. Press the interior fabric away from the zipper, then press the exterior fabric away from the zipper also.
  2. Place the second piece of exterior fabric face up on your table.  Line up the metal stops of the zipper and line the edge of the zipper up with top of the fabric, pin in place. Fold up the zipper past the stop and pin out of the way.  Repeat the rest of the steps from the first side, making sure to mark a point 1" away from the end of the front fabric piece, stop sewing at that pin and pull the zipper out of the way when sewing.  It makes much more sense once you do it.
  3. Once you've pressed both sides of fabric away from the zipper, close the zipper part way.
  4. Move the interior fabric out of the way and pin the extra zipper to the front piece of the bag to keep it from getting sewn into the seams.
  •  Line up the exterior pieces of the bag right sides together and pin into place, then line up the lining.  Fold the seam allowances at the zipper toward the lining side of the bag.  Mark an opening 4"-5" in the bottom of the lining to allow for turning the pouch.
  • Sew around all four sides of the bag, except for your opening in the lining using a 1/4" seam allowance. Mark 1" squares out of each corner and cut them out.
  • Pull open each corner and line up the seams to create a straight line. Pin.
  • You will end up with a wonky looking creature. :) Sew each corner with a 1/4" seam allowance.
 Pull the bag right side out through the opening in the lining.  **Watch out for the pin holding the zipper!! You know I have stabbed myself more than once doing this step, right? Push out all of the corners and then sew the opening in the lining shut.  You can hand stitch this, but I like to just fold in the seam allowance and stitch close to the edge to close it.  Push the lining into the bag and press the fabrics away from the zipper again.  Top stitch around the entire bag.  We are almost there friends!
Remember our little 1 3/4" X 3" friend we pressed and then forgot about?  It's time to let him get to work.  Unfold the center fold and then refold it the opposite direction. Now your raw edges aren't tucked into the center- they are on the outsides of the piece. Sew down both short sides using a 1/4" seam allowance. Back stitch at the beginning and ending of both sides. Trim away the corners of the raw edges, not the folded edges. Turn the piece right side out with the seam allowances on the inside. You now have a little pocket to slide your zipper into.  Before I do that, however, I like to trim up my zipper so it's not too long. I use the tab as a measuring stick and line it up with the edge of the pouch and then snip on the far side of it. I'd rather my zipper be on the long side so the pouch opens up better. Once you've trimmed your zipper, slide the tab on and sew around all four sides of it to hold the zipper firmly.
Take your 1/2" wide strip and tie it to the zipper pull.  You're finished!
Now get out there and plan your life!
And you'll look fabulous doing it!!

Let me know if there are any questions!  And please share pictures if you make one- I'd love to see! Tag me on Instagram at AmeroonieDesigns if you do end up using my patterns. It's so thrilling to see when they're used.
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