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...