Saturday, March 22, 2014

Microwaveable Fabric Bowl

We know that this isn't a new pattern, but some of what is out there isn't as easy as we have done it here at the shop. And some of them are too big, although you could make it in almost any size.

The key to this project is 100% Cotton everything!!
When you use cotton batting, cotton fabrics and cotton thread, you do not have to worry about using them in the microwave.

Perfect for the office or at home for that single bowl of soup or the cheese dip bowl!

We like this 10" size, but you could adapt the size use on larger or deeper bowls.

We are already thinking of how many folks we know that need these as gifts.

Stop in the shop sometime and we'll set up a class time if you need it or help you pick out the right materials for you to make one at home. 

You will need:
2 - 10" Squares of 100% cotton fabric
2 - 10" Squares of 100% cotton batting
100% cotton thread

Two 10" Cotton Squares of fabric and Two 10" squares of 100% Cotton Batting.

Sew one cotton batting square to the wrong side one piece of fabric from corner to corner.
Repeat with the other two pieces.

Fold in half with right sides together. Mark for a 1" dart, 3" long.

Sew in darts.

Trim Darts at fold.

Press Darts open to reduce bulk

Using 1/4" seams, sew right sides together leaving open a 3-4" space for turning.

Sewn right sides together showing space left for turning.
Trim corners to help in turning and reduce bulk.

Turned right sides out. Then press.

Sew along all edges (appx 1/8th inch) to close the opening and tack seams down.

Press again, and you have the perfect microwaveable fabric bowl.

Ready to GO!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Start Light Quilt Completed!!

9 Blocks... done!!
 It's done... complete!!

Well the quilting still needs to be done, but the top is together!!

This is the part of the process that is so rewarding for me. Everything starts to come together and you see how it's really going to look at the end.

the layout
I love getting creative with background fabrics. I keep thinking that at some point my opinion of that is going to change. Yet when I complete a project where I have used a 'non-traditional' background... I love it! It just makes it different in a very nice way.

But even more importantly , Emma still loves it!

That's all that really matters anyway right?
One happy girl!!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Corner blocks for Star Light Star Bright

Chain stitching... love.
I got myself in gear again this week to stay up to date on my Star Light Star Bright Quilt A Long.

I was emotional about losing a wonderful childhood friend this week so it was easy for me to lose myself in my sewing and stay at my machine.

Seeing the blocks come together this week made me really happy and Emma is ready for it to be done and on her bed. How am I going to convince her that it needs to be on display at the shop for awhile first?

Let there be corner blocks.
We (Rachel's Quilt Patch) will be have a display of all our local 'Star Light Star Bright' quilts on Bridge Day Staunton 2014... well that's the plan.

We are part of a group of businesses planning what will be a great 2nd Annual Bridge Day Staunton - (RE)connect to our local culture.

Till then I better make sure I stay up on my progress and get this quilt done in time!!

Emma asked "When will it be on my bed Mommy?

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Catching up on my Quilt A Long

YES!! I have caught up on the Star Light Star Bright Quilt A Long!!
It's been a rough week, so I am just happy to have caught up.
Start Centers finally done. There are 3 of each arrangement.
Lined up!!

Machine ready...


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Half Square Triangles

You use what you have sometimes...
I started on my half square triangles for the Star Light Star Bright Along... then life took over.

When you work for you Mom, in an industry you love, you get a lot of: 'You must sew all the time! And have such a great time in what you do every day.' I am coming to realize I don't start many large projects like this one because many time life and business gets in the way of what I start. I have to be more intentional about not putting it away and losing sight of what I started out to do. Thankfully with this project, I have the rally call of friends to make sure I complete it.

But for now, here's a few pictures of my progress and a few of the job that is taking up my time this week.  I really do love being able to provide a service for another downtown business that makes their exclusive t-shirts all the more special. They'll be ready and on the sales floor at Made; on Friday.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

A Good Tool.

Cut & sewn correctly.
How do you figure out the value a good quilting tool?

Mess up your cutting so bad you can't use it!

This is step 2 of the Star Light Star Bright Quilt A Long.
My flying geese took shape part Wing Clipper method, part traditional method, but not by choice. 

And look how pretty.
I have to begin by telling you, I am not known for sewing slowly or methodically. I like to race through things and this time I really paid for it.  I zoomed through my first set of flying geese and they turned out wonderfully. I love the Wing Clipper by Deb Tucker that we carry at the shop. It helps you make 4 perfect flying geese out of 5 squares of fabric.

The assuption is that you have cut the fabrics correctly. And that's where I goofed. I cut all my background squares 1" too small for the second round of flying geese. I noticed that they looked different, but I didn't stop to measure and I kept sewing. I knew it wasn't right when I trimmed them all, then started to press.
When it doesn't look right, it probably isn't.

Emma has been itching to take a walk up on the bridge and up onto the hill above the shop. It was a good time for a break, some fresh air, and refocus on the day.

When we got back, out came the seam ripper and with a little help from Mom, they were all 'unsewn'.

Sewing was slow and steady from that point on since I was now dealing with all bias edges where I needed to sew, I didn't need to be streatching the fabric too.

It took longer than I wanted it to, but they're all done now and ready for the next step. 

A bridge break with Emma can solve almost any problem.
Ready for the next step... finally!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

New Energy = Renewed Energy

Briar Rose by Windham... and a couple blenders.
I have been in a funk.
For awhile.

I am grateful that I work in an industry that I love, with my mother and my daughter in a great town with a wonderfully supportive 'family' of small businesses.

I have to confess that some days it is challenging. And sometimes I let those challenges get to me and they bring me down and I lose focus of everything from the customer/friend walking through the door to the beautiful fabrics and new notions that usually bring me such joy.

I use tags to help me keep track of what I need to cut next.
Given all the things that bring me down and distract me,  I decided to (like some of my friends) to pick a word for the year to focus on each day.

I chose energy. Namely I want to focus on my own energy. What I bring to my own day and how that affects me, those around me, and the space around me. It didn't take long for me to sense a difference in my attitude.

My new focus on energy made me be open to a friend who encouraged me to participate in a Quilt A Long.

Cutting... DONE!!
What is a Quilt-A-Long you may ask? The best explanation I can give is that is it's like a mystery quilt, but you get to see what the end product may/will look like. There is a schedule so that you know when you need to have each step done and be ready for the next instruction. Not only does this give me a goal for when I need to complete my next step, it also gives me a community of quilters to keep me on track.

I selected the picnic blanket size and I picked fabrics I have always wanted to use, but needed a project that suited using bright and fun fabrics.

I will be posting my steps along the way and there is still to join in if you'd like. It's already been a lot of fun for me. 

Here's to new & renewed energy in 2014.