Sunday, July 20, 2014

Mini Quilt Tutorial - Sizzix

Hello my fabric loving friends!! 

Remember when I told you that I am a Design Team member for Sizzix and I would be doing tutorials a few times a month?  

Well today is Tutorial Numero Uno (#1)! 

I just want to say that I am sooooo excited to be working with Sizzix.  What an amazing group of people and the company is amazing!! 

Also, they gave me a coupon code for you to use on their site!! It is good for 15% off of your regular priced purchase on  They can not be used in combination with other discounts. Just plug in the coupon code SZ9B and the discount will show!! This code is good until the end of the 2014 year so purchase away! 

Fabric is Emma's Garden by Patty Sloniger for Michael Miller Fabrics

My first tutorial is a simple and quick one! I did it as a mini quilt to use as a table topper but you could easily make this into a pillow too! Or a doll quilt or add more blocks to make a baby quilt.. the possibilities are endless!!! 

Lets begin by what you will need for supplies.  

4.  Two fat quarters of fabric for the background
5.  16 Scraps at least 4.5" square for the circles
6.  Backing that is at least 20" x 20"
7.  Binding strips

Project finishes at approximately 18" x 18". 

Step 1: Take the fat quarters and cut out 16 squares that are 5" using the die in #3. I used two different yellows. You could use any combination you want. :)

To do so, lay a standard cutting pad, then the die (face up), then the fabric, and then another standard cutting pad

REMEMBER:  You can cut up to 8 layers of fabric using this die.  Fold your fat quarter in such a way to get 8 layers, and you will only need to make 2 cuts/passes in the Big Shot! Awesome time saver!!!

Step 2:  Lay them out in a 4 x 4 grid and sew them into rows using a 1/4" seam.  Press each row seams in opposite directions.  (Example: Row 1 press seams to the right.  Row 2, press seams to the left.  This will allow the seams to next when sewing together.) Sew the rows together.  Press well. 

Step 3:  Cut out 16 circles using the die listed as #2 in the supply list.  Use the larger 4" circle and your scraps or you can do as I did and use fabrics from the same line. 

Step 4:  Lay a circle in each square so it is pleasing to your eye.  

Step 5:  In this step, I used Elmer's Washable School Glue to glue baste my circles on my background.  I also used an ultra fine tip to produce a very thin line of glue.  

Lay down a fine line of glue about a quarter inch in from the edge of the circle.  Lay the circle back in its place ensuring it is centered.  Then heat set with a DRY iron.  You only need to keep the iron on for a few seconds.  

Note:  You can also use pins in place of glue or any basting method you prefer. 

Step 6:  Once all the circles are tacked down, sew 1/4" around the inside edge of each circle.  Make sure you back stitch at the beginning and end of your stitching!  This is raw edge appliqué so after some time, the edges will be come frayed giving it a "worn" look.  Don't worry, the stitching will keep your circle in place though! 

Step 7:  Layer your top, batting and backing and baste using your favorite method.  

Step 8:  Quilt as desired.  

Step 9:  Add your binding and display to your liking! 

I thought it might even be fun as a display mat for my Big Shot!! After all, it matches quite nicely and I think she deserves her own mat! ;)

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial!  If you make one of your own, please do share with me! I love to see projects that you make using my tutorials!! 

Much love!!!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

New Kids on the Block

Good day my friends!! 

I am so excited to share my two new patterns with you today!!! I have so enjoyed the process of designing and making each of these quilts!!! I've actually made Cosmic Delight twice and I could make Harmony a hundred times over!! 

Let me show you both, then I will tell you a bit about each. 

Cosmic Delight....

Cosmic Delight is a pattern I made that offers SIX different sized quilts in baby to king sized.  The pattern is in full color no matter if you purchase the PDF or the paper booklet (coming soon).  I made mine in Ansonia by Denyse Schmidt for Freespirit Fabrics with Kona Snow as the background fabric. This does require the ruler, Wrights®/EZ Tri Recs Quilting Ruler, which can be purchased at a lot of local quilt shops and tons of places on line! It is a very versatile ruler so you won't only use it for this quilt. :)

and Harmony ... 

Harmony is another quilt I designed with multiple sizes included.  This one has SEVEN sizes ranging from baby to king!! This pattern is also in full color no matter if you purchase the PDF or the booklet (coming soon).  This quilt I wanted to be fun and cheery so I chose to use Vintage Happy by Lori Holt for Riley Blake and I love this quilt so much!! 

This quilt also uses a ruler, Easy Circle Ruler by EZ Quilting, OR I have included a template in the pattern that can also be used if you don't want to use the ruler.  Normally this would be pieced using templates for each piece and then curved piecing.  I've chosen to alter it by using raw edge appliqué for the half circles so it will have a bit of a scruffy look once washed! So cute! 

I hope you love these quilts as much as I do!!! They were so fun to make!! 

As always, Darla Padilla quilted them for me!! She is such a gem! Love her!

Here are the covers so you can also see requirements for fabric and available sizes in each. 

PDF Patterns available in my shop HERE
PRE ORDER the paper copies in my shop HERE
Order PDF on Craftsy Here
Or if you like Etsy, you can get it HERE

Much Love!!!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Baby's Breath - New Pattern

Good Monday Morning Friends!!! 

I have a little sumthin' sumthin' to share with you this beautiful morning!! 

I teamed up with Connecting Threads to make a project for their Gifty Galore 2014 and designed a quilt for it.  My quilt is the first project in the series!! I am soooo excited to see this posted today!! 

Let me tell you about her.  Her name is Baby's Breath.  I originally designed this quilt to only be a baby/youth sized quilt, hence the name, but as I was making this quilt I enjoyed it so much, I expanded the pattern to include FIVE sizes!!!! 

You can read a little bit more about her over on the Connecting Threads Notions blog and if you want to purchase the pattern, you can also find that HERE for download. 

I hope you like her as much as I do!!! 

Much Love!!!! 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Guess What?

Happy Sunday!! 

Have you recovered from the Holiday? I sure hope everyone had a happy and safe Holiday! 

Fireworks have always made me nervous, much to my son's dismay.  I've never had a personal experience that was bad, but even as a kid I never really liked them.  I think they are pretty to look at.  That part I don't mind at all.  Its the big booms and the possibility of getting limbs injured that makes me a nervous Nellie.  

Anywho, back to my "guess what?"

If you have noticed my sidebar you may already have guessed it.....

Plug your ears while I squeal with delight!!! 

Yeep! As of July 2014 I am a member of the Design Team for Sizzix! This makes me so giddy and I can't wait to share so many things with all of you! I will be doing at least TWO sewing tutorials a month.  One here on my blog and one on the Sizzix blog so make sure you check back often and also over at Sizzix

There are SO many other great designers on this team and I am honored to be working with them all!!   If you get a chance, go check out the TEAM and be ready to be inspired! :)

Much Love!!!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Generosity and Family

Hello everyone!!

I come to you today to tell you about something very special!  

My good friend Sarah is doing a giveaway on her blog.  It's not just an ordinary giveaway either.  

Let me tell you a bit about it.  

Sarah's daughter and her family are in the process of adopting a little boy from China. His name is Nathaneal. We all know that having children are not inexpensive but with adoption, the cost comes all up front plus the 18 years (and then some) afterwards.  

So, you see, Sarah is trying to help her family in this wonderful and joyful process by doing a giveaway/fundraiser in the form of a quilt raffle!! This will help raise the money to bring him home. 

I've seen the generosity of the quilting community and I'd really like to help Sarah and her family bring their child home to them.  Please join in with me?  

Head on over to Sarah's Blog, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, and you can read more about it there like how to donate, and how to enter the giveaway.  

Let's see if we can top Sarah's goal!! I know we can do it!! 

Much Love!!!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Tidbit Tuesday #45 - Starching

Good Tuesday to you my friends! 

I have another tidbit for you today! Two weeks in a row even! 

This is a tip that I have grown to love and use all the time.  At first I groaned because I thought it took too long but after giving it a fair chance, I can't imagine not doing it.  

Starching.  Is. Amazing. 

I don't know about you, but I use a lot of Fat Quarters and Fat Eights.  Upon opening these, they always have folds that are not always so easy to get out. If you are anything like me, you want to give those pretties a quick iron and get to cutting so you can delve right into your project, right? That was me.  Inpatient and quick to cut.  This almost always resulted in inaccurate cutting which doesn't bode well when it comes to putting the quilt together.

Fabric is Ansonia by Denyse Schmidt for Freespirit!

Here is what I do with all my fabric before I cut it. 

First open up the fabric and lay it wrong side up. Using your favorite starch spray the wrong side of the fabric.  I like to use Faultless Heavy Starch as I can just starch one side and be good.  If you use a lighter starch, you may have to repeat the process on both sides, and perhaps more than once.  You will have to test to see what works for you. 

Note:  When I am pressing my blocks (using the same method) I use a lighter starch like Flatter! Love that stuff!! It smells sooooooo good! 

Love my Oliso Iron and Flatter by Soak!!

After you lightly sprayed the starch, let it sit for a minute or two.  I usually work in pairs.  I will starch two fat quarters, or whatever, wait two minutes, press one and before I start the second one, have a third sprayed.  This way one is always ready to go after I am done pressing. 

BEFORE you press, flip your fabric so the right side is now up.  Now press your fabric.  Go kind of slow.  You want the starch to raise up through the fabric as you press and you don't want the fabric to be wet so give it a good pressing. If you still have stubborn wrinkles in your fabric, after pressing the right side of the fabric, now spray the right side of the fabric with the starch, let sit, and then flip it to the wrong side and press.  Just remember you always want to draw the starch up through the fabric to your iron.  Never iron directly on the starch you just sprayed.  

Once you do this, your fabric will be wrinkle free and crisper.  Starching also stabilizes the fabric which is extra good when you are working with the bias edges!! It also helps  your fabric from fraying.  Who doesn't love that when you have to trim all those frayed edges from the back of a pieced top before getting it quilted??!! 

Another thing I have noticed with starching is that my cutting has been much easier and more accurate.  Nice crisp clean cuts! 

Oh and don't worry.  Your quilts won't be super stiff from starching (unless you go reallllyy  and all of it will wash out!!! 

The morale of this story is that if you take your time in prepping the fabric, your quilts will go together easier and will come our more accurate.  Who doesn't want that? :)

These are all my personal thoughts on this subject matter.  What are your thoughts on starching?? 

Much Love!!!!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Tidbit Tuesday #44 - Seam Allowance

Hello Friends!! 

So if you have been a follower of mine for a while, you know I used to do a Tidbit Tuesday every Tuesday, or close to every one anyway. :)  After taking a blogging hiatus and then coming back, I haven't done one for a while.  

On that note, I thought I would bring back my tidbits! Yay!  Granted, these probably will not be every Tuesday but you will see them every now and again.  

Just like before, if you have your own tidbit you'd like to share, please send me an email at karrielyne at gmail dot com and I will try and post your tip on my blog.  Be sure that if you have your own blog, link to it in the email so I can link the tip back to you! 

Today my tip is about accurate seam allowances.  If you are a veteran sewist, you already know how important this seam accuracy is and you still may find this tip helpful so don't turn the page just yet. *wink*  If you are new to sewing then if you haven't perfected this 1/4" seam allowance, this may be just what you need!! 

I've tried a lot of methods but this is my favorite by far.  It does utilize a tool that you have to purchase but after the results I've had, I'd buy it 20 times over again.  Oh, this entire post is my personal opinion.  I was not asked to do this post, nor was I paid to do it.  I purchased the tool with my very own money! Yah! 

By chance I saw a post in Instagram by someone I follow.   Her name is Nydia and she blogs  at The ADD Crafter. She was using a tool called Ideal Seam Gauge.  It immediately caught my attention and that day I ordered it.   You can find them at Sew Very Smooth

Let me tell you a bit about it... 

This tool is made of a hard plastic so it is durable.  It's not a flimsy piece of plastic or paper that can be ruined over time. Huge plus for me.  Also you will notice that it has multiple sizes so it's great for other sewing needs besides quilting! How cool is that? 

The best part, it not only has a 1/4" seam guide, but it has the SCANT 1/4" seam guide! This is the one I use with my machine.  I most always use cotton quilting fabric and I use Aurifil thread so when I sew my seams, my seams come out "ideal".

Once you choose the allowance you want, or want to test out, lift your presser foot and slide the tool underneath.  Using the hand crank on  your machine, slowly lower your needed so that the needle drops into the hole for the seam width you are aiming for.  Once you have the needled dropped in the hole, lower your presser foot so it stabilizes the tool. Use lines on your machine or on your presser foot to ensure the tool is squared up (use a ruler if necessary) and then add your seam guide. 

Here is a close up of how I lined up my presser foot with the purple markings on the tool to ensure it was square. 

Once you are all square up, add your seam guide.  I used a magnetic one from Dritz.  

WARNING:: Do NOT use a magnetic seam guide if you have computerized mechanisms below the needle plate!! This will ruin the computer.  For most machines this is safe to use because the computerized parts are not under the needle plate, but if you are not sure, contact your machines customer service to see if it is safe to use.  

I have a Juki 2010Q, so if you have one of those, you are safe! 

Don't wan't to use a magnetic seam guide?  No problem!! You can use other marking tools like washi tape (pretty tape that resembles masking tape, only prettier) or post it notes.  Some machines also have seam guides you can screw into your machine.  

Now you are ready to sew a test piece.  I will usually take 2 pieces that are 2.5" square and sew the seam and press it open.  Measure the piece.  Does it measure 4.5"? Yes? Bingo! 

Once you have your seam all set, sew to your hearts content!! 

As you can see below, one of the biggest reasons I prefer the magnetic seam guide, or the kind you can screw in, is because it is a surface I can run my fabric against with out worry of it sliding past it too much.  However, use what works for you. 

I hope you enjoyed this tidbit Tuesday!! Don't forget to send me your tips!

Much Love!!!
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