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And the Winner is….

June 30, 2009

“A free copy would be wonderful…I am interested as I read all the wonderful things that are inside the magazine. Dianntha”

Dianntha is the winner of a free issue of Ruby – the premiere issue of Ruby! Congrats Dianntha!!! I’ll be emailing that to you as soon as it’s ready!

And I ‘m working like a madwomen to get it done and available by tomorrow… could somebody come over and cook dinner for my poor family? 🙂

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Winners!

August 5, 2008

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Emails on the way!!! 🙂

The end of The Summer Workshop!

August 5, 2008

Wasn’t that just fabulous? It exceeded my expectations, and they were pretty high! I sincerely hope you found one or two things that just yelled your name. I hope in the coming weeks as you all make these projects, that you’ll share them with us so we can ooh and ahh.

So, now we get to the prizes! This afternoon, Riley and I will fill a basket with names and draw out 5 of them for prizes. I’ll email you  and let you know, but I’ll also be announcing your name here – so all your friends will know 🙂  Now…to find 5 prizes…. 🙂 I have them, right over there!!!

Next project will be sometime in November when we host The Last Minute Gift Countdown. Last years November project was a huge sucess, and we expect this coming one to be nothing less. You’ll be hearing about end of October/beginning of November (ish) when I nail down the dates.

It was lovely having you all over for crafts. Come again!

Project #14 – Barbara Douglas from Stone Cottage Quilts

August 3, 2008

Welcome Barbara! Visit her blog here and her site here

Go Green Grocery Bag

This is a great way to use up those “what was I thinking? fabric pieces under a yard.

Supplies

5/8 yard-3/4 yard fabric

Thread

Sewing machine

General sewing tools

 

1.      Cut one 22? x 36? Bag Panel ( Width may vary from 18?-22?)

   Cut two 3? x 20? Handle Straps.

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2.      Using the two 3? x 20? handle straps, fold in half lengthwise. Pin, and stitch along all raw edges, leaving an opening in the long edge. Turn handles right side out using the opening. Press handles flat. Top stitch around all edges.

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3.      Using the bag panel, fold the end toward the back ½?, press. Fold the folded ends again ½?, press.  Pin and stitch along the inside folded edge. These two ends create the top edge of the bag. 

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4.      On these finished ends mark for handle placement. Along each 22? edge measure in 6? from both raw edges, pin-mark.

 

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5.      Pin handle ends to the front side of bag at pin-marks.  Match the handle ends to the top edge of the folded edge. Be careful not to twist handle.  Repeat with second handle.

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6.      Stitch across the handle ends along the top stitch line of the bag panel.

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7.      Fold up the handle strips. Pin in place. Secure the handles with a crisscross stitching.

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8.      When handles are in place. Fold the bag panel in half with wrong sides together matching the side edges and the finished top folded edges Pin sides in place. Stitch the side seams using a scan 1/8? seam.  Turn the bag wrong side out. Press seams.

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9.       With right sides together, using a 3/8? seam, sew over the pressed seams creating a French seam for added safety.  The French seam makes a nice finished seam.  (All seams may be stitched on the wrong side using a ¼? seam and a safety zig-zag stitch or serger.)  Repeat with the second side seam.  Press the bottom fold of the bag to use as a guide in step 10.

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10.  At the bottom corners, match the finished side seams to the “pressed? bottom-fold, creating a triangle of the corner. Measure in 4? from the point of the triangle.  Using the ruler draw a line across the point as a stitching line.  Pin in place.  

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11.   Stitch along this drawn line.  Sew a second stitching line ¼? from the first, in toward the point.  Cut off the point just beyond the second stitching line. Reinforce this cut edge with a zig zag stitch along the raw edge over the second line of stitching.

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12.  Turn the bag inside out and press.  Your bag is ready to fill with groceries.

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 Thank you Barbara! What a great idea! This is the last project for the Summer Workshop. I hope you all had a great time and found some fun and useful things to work on. You’ll be able to access all the projects for as long as my blog is here 🙂 Go visit anyone you may have missed, leave comments! Names will be drawn TOMORROW for prizes 🙂 Our next big project will be in November – The Last Minute Gift Countdown! See you there!

Project #13, Tracy from Plumcute Designs

August 2, 2008

Welcome Tracy! You can visit her blog here and her website here

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Pretty Paperweight

By Plumcute Designs ™

©2008 Plumcute designs™

 

Using a fine point brown pigma pen trace design onto your background fabric

You will stitch with two strands of floss

Stitch as follows:

French Knots

dusty rose

All other stitches are backstitch

                   dark green outer hearts

                   light green hearts inside dark green

                   dark blue second ring of hearts

                   light blue hearts inside dark blue

                   dark rose for all swirl flowers

 

Cut stitchery to fit inside pre-purchased picture paperweight (I got mine at Aaron Brothers art store)

Place stitchery inside paperweight & enjoy!

 



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Stitchery pattern measures approx.

2-inches square

 

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Tomorrow, Barbara Douglas wraps up our Summer Workshop. I hope you’ve had fun… don’t forget there are still prizes to come! Leave your comments. Visit our designers blogs and sites and tell them where you came from. One more day….

Project #12 – Helen Stubbing from Hugs ‘N Kisses!

August 1, 2008

Welcome Helen! Visit Helen’s blog here and her website here

. Quick and simple and a bit of fun you could stitch it in any colour or thread, appliqué or Colourque parts or all of the design. Have fun, happy summer for Northerners, and happy winter stitching for my Southern friends.

hugs, Helen

 

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Woops a Daisy    approx 6″ x 6″ design

Requirements

·       6 1/2″ square background stitchery fabric

·       6 1/2″ square fusible pellon (very lightweight fusible batting) or whisperweft

·       small scraps for applique

·       matching cotton thread for applique – applique needle

·       Presencia Finca#16 Perle cottons – I have listed what I used but match yours to the fabrics you choose to use. 5229 Medium Khaki green, 1984 Medium Antique Rose, 3312 Medium baby blue

·       #7/8 Crewel needle/ 6-8″ embroidery hoop

·       Coloured pencil/Textile medium/small round paint brush (optional)

Download and print your design sheet.

Download woopsadaisy.pdf

 

Instructions
Using a light box and soft mechanical lead pencil trace your design onto background fabric.

If desired colour stems and butterfly wings using coloured pencil. If you think your project may be laundered seal the colour with a textile medium and small paint brush

Fuse fabric to pellon (very lightweight fusible batting) or whisperweft to stabalise whilst stitching.

Insert into 6-8? embroidery hoop.

Using a single strand of Presencia  Finca#16 Perle thread or two strands of a stranded cotton stitch all
drawn lines except the flower centres which are appliqued. (of course you could choose to stitch these also).

Use a running stitch for the flower petals and a backstitch for all others. Satin stitch is used on the
butterfly mouth.

Cut out applique templates and mark onto right side of applique fabric using a removable marker. Cut out leaving a small seam allowance.

Position and turn under seam allowances, stitch using a blind applique stitch and matching thread. (of course you may have a preferred alternative method of applique – feel free to use it:)

Complete the blue running stitch over the top of your applique.

Border or finish your design into any project you wish.

 

Happy Stitching!
hugs, Helen

 

Thank you Helen! I really like this, I know everyone else will too! Tomorrow…Tracy from Plumcute Design!

 

 

Project #11 – Donnely’s Shakeable Post Card

July 31, 2008

Welcome Donnelly! You can visit her blog here

 

How To Make Shakable Postcards

To make a shake post card I do the following most postcards are4″ x 6″ by 3/8″
thick, you may make them larger, just remember it will cost more at the post
office. Be sure to have your postcard hand stamped.
To make a shake post card I do the following for most postcards are 4″ x 6″ by
3/8″ thick

  • Things to have for all postcards

Non-acid glue stick: toothpick or skewers. It helps to use a vinyl sewing foot for
your sewing machine, but not necessary. Parchment paper or Teflon pressing
sheet. The usual sewing supplies, timtex or heavy interfacing, index cards,
batting, fabric, paper.

  • Things to use:

Fabric catalogs, gesso, modeling clay, beads, trinkets, clip art, buttons, charms,
fusible interfacing, photographs, just about anything that you can work with.
A fine tip is to use those copper dish scrubby you can by at the dollar store, cut
up in small bits, sprinkle on your postcard: use a heat guy or lay parchment
paper over and use your iron. You will have awesome looking metal in your
creation.

I make a see though template of vinyl with my cross lines drawn both at the 3″
line and the 2″ all the
way across. This helps you position your fabric or design also helps keep the card
somewhat true.
I always cut my timtex or heavy interfacing at 4″ x 6″
my top fabric at 5″ x 7″ this gives you room to work on it,
fold it under. If using fabric for the back, cut at least 5? x 7?.
My vinyl is also cut at 5″ x 7″
I lay my vinyl see through template with cross marks on it over my top fabric to
find my desired placement, a pen, pencil, marking pen to make a light mark at
the corners, fold the fabric to the back side to get a small crease on any side, flip
over, place timtex or whatever stabilizer you are using on it, make sure it is line
up. Spread glue on one side lightly glue down.

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I lay my vinyl see through template with cross marks on it over my top fabric to
find my desired placement, a pen, pencil, marking pen to make a light mark at
the corners, fold the fabric to the back side to get a small crease on any side, flip
over, place timtex or whatever stabilizer you are using on it, make sure it is line
up. Spread glue on one side lightly glue down.

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I work on my timtex. (Such as sewing)

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If you are going to make shakable card glue beads or jewels on the front, making
sure you is at least 1/4″ from the edge. Let dry.

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Now you are ready to start sewing it. Turn card over so the wrong side is facing
you, glue the corners first, and then glue end-to-end, side-to-side. Let dry
somewhat.
Place vinyl over the front, flip over, again glue corners firsts, glue one end, and
both sides, let dry. Before sewing you are going to add your beads,
confetti, what ever, once added, glue remaining end.
I use both index and cardstock for my backs, I also use fabric, and if using fabric
I glue it around an index card. Glue index card down, glue cardstock or fabric
down to this. Flip over make sure all fabric and vinyl is tucked in. Using a long
stitch or zigzag stitch around your card.
REMEMBER DO NOT USE TINY STITCHES!!!

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If you have any questions please feel free to email me at:
Donnely@downhummingbirdlane.com
Many thanks and enjoy!

Project #9, Patti Oakley from Batiks by Design

July 29, 2008

Welcome Patti! Visit Patti’s blog here

 

Roxanne’s Star

Designed by Roxanne Ferguson for Batiks by Design

 

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Block size: 6? finished
Fabric and Cutting Requirements:
• Colored Scrappy Fabrics:
o Cut 8 – 6 ½? x 2? pieces from various scraps
o Cut 4 – 3 ½? x 3 ½? squares from scraps, mark diagonal line
• Neutral Colored Fabrics:
o Cut 8 – 6 ½? x 2? pieces from various scraps
o Cut 4 – 3 ½? x 3 ½? squares from scraps, mark diagonal line
Please read all directions before starting.
1. Take 2 colored scraps (6.5? x 2.0? pieces) and sew together with a ¼? seam.
Repeat 3 more times with remaining scraps.
2. Repeat above with neutral scraps.
3. Take a 3 ½? neutral square and place it on top of the colored strips. Place so
that the diagonal line goes from the upper left to lower right. See diagram
below.

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4. Sew on diagonal line. Trim to ¼?. Press.
5. Repeat 3 times.
6. Take a 3 ½? color square and place it on top of the neutral strips. Place so
that the diagonal line goes from the upper left to lower right.
7. Sew on diagonal line. Trim to ¼?. Press.
8. Repeat 3 times.
9. Press.
6.5 inches
10. Sew a dark and light rectangle together with triangles at opposite ends as
shown.
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11. Sew 4 blocks together, turning them to make either a neutral star or colored
star (as shown).

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Sample of quilt –

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Project #8, Susan Mark Purney

July 28, 2008

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Please welcome Susan Mark Purney, you can visit her blog here  and her website here

 

My Little Box of Secrets

 

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 Fabric Collage Made Fun!

 

Stiff interfacing is a great product for making a variety of three-dimensional vessels and boxes. It keeps its shape, and can be stitched through. Use paper or photos instead of fabrics, add all sorts of embellishments such as buttons and beads and be creative!

 

Supplies Needed:

 

  • 12? x 18? fusible stiff interfacing (Fast2Fuse is a good brand)
  • fabric scraps to equal a fat quarter
  • fat quarter for backing
  • variety of decorative threads-rayon, polyester, variegated, metallic
  • bobbin thread to match
  • appliqué pressing sheet or parchment paper
  • large button and wool bead for handle

 
1. Cut the scraps into small (2?-3?) pieces and layer on top of the fusible interfacing.    Overlap pieces of fabric so the entire surface is covered.
2. Cover your ironing surface with the appliqué pressing sheet or parchment   paper to keep the fusible web from adhering to the ironing board.
3. Place layered fusible on top of the sheet and cover with another sheet to keep any fusible from creeping to the top and sticking to your iron.

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4. Iron well using a dry iron to fuse all layers together. Stitch randomly across the surface of the fabric collage. Use a variety of   threads. This is a good time try out all the different stitches on your sewing machine, try different widths and lengths. Stitches should be no more than ¾? apart.

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5. Fuse the backing fabric on the reverse side of your stitched collage.
Cut the collage into the following pieces: four 4? x 6? rectangles for the sides, one 4? x 4? square for the base, one 4 1/4? square and four 4 1/4? x 1 1/4? rectangles for the lid.
6. Set your sewing machine to a medium width zigzag stitch and use the same colour thread in the top and bobbin I use cotton thread in the bobbin for strength.
Stitch all around each piece of collage twice.
7. Layout the top and bottom pieces and using a wider zigzag stitch join the pieces for the lid and for the box separately.

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8. Using doubled thread to match and a sharp needle, whipstitch the edges of the box and lid together. This is must be done by hand.

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9. Centre the button and bead on the top of the lid and stitch through all layers to secure.
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Tuck some special little secrets or surprises into the box.

 

Note: You can vary the sizes of the boxes and lid to what ever interests you. Make certain that the lid is always ¼? larger than the box so it fits on securely.

Please send me pictures of your “little boxes? and I’ll post them on my blog!

 

Are those cute or what? I’ll be making some of those, I know that for sure! Tomorrow…. Patti Oakley from Batiks by Design!

Project #7, Karen West from Thimble Pleasures

July 27, 2008

Welcome Karen 🙂 You can visit Karen’s blog here and her website here


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Bean Mags

 

Bean Mags are refrigerator magnets made from fabric and stuffed with poly pellets and a tiny strong magnet, so they look and feel like miniature beanbags.

 

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As quilters and sewers, we all have little scraps of fabric that we cannot bear to throw away. But what to make with them?  Here is a mini-craft project that helps you create something useful out of your very small scraps. In addition to loving fabric, I am also fascinated with miniatures and magnets. I make very small quilts and embed tiny magnets into the batting in the corners so they will stick to a file cabinet or refrigerator. My grandfather was a high school shop teacher, and gave me magnets to play with as a child and taught me about their amazing properties. I don’t think this type of magnet had been discovered when he was alive, but he would have loved them. My co-workers thought I had flipped my lid when I showed up in the quilt shop with these!  I stuck them on a metal cabinet near the cash register and the customers loved to play with them. (Please keep these out of the reach of small children.)

 

Supplies:

Cotton fabric cut into 1-1/4? x 2-1/2? pieces

Thread

Craft glue or glue stick (I use regular paper glue stick)

Super magnets

Poly-pellets

 

Poly-pellets are made by Fairfield and are sold at Michael’s stores. They are in the batting and stuffing section. They are similar to the little beads found in the bottom of Beanie Babies. If you don’t have a Michael’s nearby, you can order them online here. They come in a 2 lb. bag for just a few dollars. That’s enough to make a zillion Beanmags!

 

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Super magnets are also called Rare Earth Neodymium magnets and are sold at some hardware stores. (they are used in woodworking). I order them online from AmazingMagnets.com. They carry hundreds of sizes and shapes, so the ones I like to use are these:

They are 1/4? diameter and 1/16? thick. You purchase 50 magnets for $6.50. 

 

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Instructions:

1-Cut fabric to 1-1/4? x 2-1/2?

2-Fold fabric piece in half so the short ends meet, with right sides together. The piece will now measure 1-1/4? square.

3- Carefully sew around the sides and top of the square using a 1/4? seam and a short stitch length. (2.0) Leave a 3/4? turn hole in one side edge. See diagram. It’s tiny so watch the fingers! Back stitch at the beginning and end of your stitching to secure. Use a neutral thread color. I used red so you can see it.

4- Trim a bit off all four corners.

 

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5-Using a small, pointed but blunt-ended object like a chopstick or a “Purple Thang?, turn the tiny pouch right side out.

 

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6-Drop in 2 magnets (I like to use two for extra holding power) and about 1/4 tsp of poly pellets. I work over a small bowl in case I happen to spill.

 

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6-Tuck the raw edges  of your opening down inside.

7–Using a toothpick or end of a straight pin, dab a little glue (scrape a little off the end of your glue stick) and put along the inside edge of the pouch

 

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8- Pinch the fabric edges closed and let it sit for a little while to dry.

 

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I don’t recommend trying to sew up the end, by machine or hand. The magnet will keep sticking to your needle, or your stitch plate (how do I know this?!)  Glue works just fine and mine have been in use on my fridge for several years without coming un-glued. Isn’t it cute?  Make another one while it dries. Then go throw them at the fridge and watch them stick!

 

Hint: To give a set of them as a gift, stick them onto something metal, like a metal spice can, otherwise they all want to clump together and they look pretty funny.  

 

Karen has many patterns available for purchase here. Many are fast, fun, crafty projects like this one.

 

Another Fabulous Project!!! Tomorrow…. Susan Mark Purney! :)