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Welcome blog hoppers! I’m glad you came to visit. I am hosting a little give-away with the Quilting Gallery’s Blog Hop Party to thank all of my followers (past, present and future.) I hope to make lots of new friends with this blog hop! For a quick tour, you can find more about me by clicking here or on the “About Me” tab at the top of this page. You can also find some tutorials here or on the “Tutorials” tab, also at the top of this page. I post my quilting projects and share some of my daily life with you here on my main page. I enjoy making tutorials and have many more planned and in progress over the next few months. I hope you enjoy my blog and keep in touch!

Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways

Click here to visit the QG blog hop page and see the other participants!

My give away!

Up for grabs from Ginger Quilts is a super cute little FQ bundle of pinks and grays from Quilter’s Showcase and a matching spool of beautiful turquoise/coral/silver thread from Sulky.

They pair together perfectly!

How to enter:

All you need to do to enter is Like Ginger Quilts on Facebook! (<— just click the link and hit “like!”) If you don’t have Facebook, leave a comment on this post and tell me about your favorite quilt block or your favorite quilting style! Everyone is welcome to enter, I will ship internationally.

Last day to enter will be September 6th. (only one entry per person please) I will choose the winner at random from all of the entries on September 7th. Please check back on or after the 8th to see who won.

Please subscribe to my blog if you enjoyed your visit! There is a subscribe button on the right side of this page near the top. I cant wait to meet all of you, and until next time, here is a little hint of one of my next tutorials! Happy sewing everyone!

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Hello everyone! I am so excited! I am starting my fall semester at school next week and the Houston Quilt Market is getting closer! I really hope I will get to go and see all of the exhibits. I am back full swing into my sewing. I wanted to share with you a cover that I made for my journal. It is “quilt-as-you-go” and was super fast to make. It was very similar to the sewing machine cover that I made in my last post! Let me know if you would like to see a tutorial about this or anything else!

 

Happy sewing and I’ll see you all next time!

 

Here is a quick and easy idea for a custom cover for your sewing machine! This can be adapted for almost anything, but this example is for my sisters Brother sewing machine. How cute is that?

You will need:

  • either a jelly roll, a fat quarter bundle, or assorted scraps, (as long as they can be cut into 2 1/2″ strips. Your strips need to be as wide as your width measurement for you machine.)
  • yardage for the backing
  • yardage of thin batting, same size as your backing
  • thread
  • either extra scraps or a coordinating fabric for the binding.
  • 24″ of ribbon in a coordinating color. (I used the ribbon that was tied around my FQ bundle)
  • temporary basting spray (you can use pins if you do not have any )

Measuring your machine:

Measure all the way around the widest part of your machine, usually the base. Add 5″ to this measurement. This is your WIDTH.
Now measure from the bottom of your machine over the top at the highest point and down the back to the base again.  This is your LENGTH.

Assembly:

1. Take your yardage and batting and cut a piece of each in the size of your LENGTH x WIDTH. Spray the batting with your basting spray and lightly lay your backing fabric wrong side to the batting. Using the basting spray really helps hold your “sandwich” together as you quilt!

2. If your fabric is not already cut into 2 1/2″ strips (like a jelly roll) cut your fabric. It is easiest to cut strips using a long ruler with a rotary blade. Trim the strips to the measurement of your WIDTH.

3. Lay your strips out on top of your “sandwich” in a pattern you like. Some options are light to dark, random or maybe a repeating pattern. For this one, we used 5 different patterns from a fat quarter bundle and used a repeating pattern. Place your strips aside except for the strip on the farthest right.

4. Lay your first strip down about a 1/4 away from the edge of your “sandwich”. Pin your strip down along the right side. Sew 1/4″ seam down the strip.

Sew your seam on the edge, 1/4″

5. Lay your next strip directly on top of the first, right sides together and pin. Sew a 1/4″ seam starting from the opposite side you sewed from on the first strip. **Alternating the direction you sew from on each strip will minimize the pulling on your backing fabric.

Right sides together, pin and sew!

6. Repeat adding strips until you have reached the end of your “sandwich.” Sew a 1/4″ seam on the last strip’s edge to fasten the last side to the back.

7. Lay your cover over your machine and trim it to your liking. This one touches the table surface on both sides. You may make yours shorter if you like!

Finishing your cover:

1. Cut your ribbon into 6″ pieces. Sew your binding to the back of the quilt, placing your ribbon pieces under the binding about  5″ up from the bottom and top on the LENGTH sides. Use a 1/4″ seam.

Sew your ribbons into the binding on the backing side.

2. Once you have finished sewing your binding onto the back, turn the binding to the front and stitch it down with a zig-zag (or any decorative stitch you like!) When you come to where your ribbons are, pull them so they stick out to the sides. This helps the ribbons always stay out where they can be easily reached.

Finished binding with zig-zag from the back.

You’re all finished! Lay your cover over you machine and tie the ribbons. How easy was that?

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Let me know in the comments if you have any questions, and please let me know if you make this! I would love to see pictures.  Happy sewing everyone!

Sure has been a while since I have shared anything here, I apologize! Life has been hectic with school and well, just life! I have kept up with my sewing activities and have lots of things to share. Today is a quilt that I made for my sister Ryan, who’s favorite color is orange and she just loves dragonflies.

 

 

 

The dragonflies are appliqued on by hand and I used a stipple pattern on the bulk of the quilt. There is a small scroll quilting around the outside on the border and I finished it off with a brown and black binding to really frame the finished product. I hope she enjoys her orange quilt!

Next time I will share a quick and easy sewing machine cover tutorial with you all. Until then, happy sewing everyone!

My twin sister and I participated in a quilt swap recently! These are the quilts we made. I (we) hope that they are loved in their new homes! (warning – I’m about to go picture crazy! Open the images individually for full size. )

Me and Miranda

We had such a great time making them. Can’t wait to do some more swaps in the future! My sister already received her quilt from her swap partner Angie Martens, and it is just beautiful. Here is Miranda with her new quilt!

I have not received my swap quilt yet, but will share as soon as it arrives! I hope everyone is having a great spring! ^_^

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