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Inside: How to make a Needle Case

Who else hates threading needles? It’s probably the task I hate most in my embroidery practice.

Recently, I’ve started pre-threading my embroidery sharps before I start a project and that one, small, change has made my embroidery practice joy increase tenfold!

Keeping Embroidery Needles and Floss Organized with Needle Cases

Before I begin my stitching project, I decide on the floss colors I will be using then I preload needles with each of the colors. When I began this practice, I would keep my preloaded needles in a pincushion, but found that the floss was getting tangled.

Inspired by a project by Rebecca Ringquist, I created a needle case that lies flat instead. That way I can slide all my loaded needles in, side by side, which keeps the tangles to a minimum.

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Inside: Magic 8 Half Square Triangles

Have you ever needed to make a lot of identical Half Square Triangles (HSTs) for a quilt or other quilting project?

It can be daunting, but not if you use Magic! Here is a way to magically make eight at a time.

How to Make Magic 8 Half Square Triangles

This tutorial will show you how to easily make 8 HSTs using the Magic Eight Method. So, gather your supplies, follow along, and let’s make HSTs using the Magic 8 Method!

Basic Sewing Supplies Needed

  • Sewing Machine
    • It’s nice to use a 1/4″ sewing foot to help maintain a perfect seam allowance
  • Cotton Thread
    • I prefer Aurifil 50 wt. thread
  • Sewing Pins
  • Rotary Cutter with sharp blade
  • Acrylic Ruler for cutting fabric
  • Acrylic Ruler for Squaring HSTs
  • Rotary Cutting Mat
  • Iron & Ironing Board

Materials:

  • (1) 10″ x 10″ Background Square (White)
  • (1) 10″ x 10″ Square (Dark Blue)

Note: You’ll definitely want to stick to these colors because this tutorial is part of the soon-to-be-revealed  Midnight Star Table Topper project.

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Inside: How to Sew a Drawstring Mesh Bag

With summer in full swing, our family can’t wait to head out on summer adventures.  Most adventures in our home consist of a body of water such as an ocean, lake, or nearby muddy ditch.

Where there is water there is rock collecting, shells, and of course….SAND.

Let me just say, I am not a huge fan of sand. I’d go so far as to say I hate sand. Truth.

I don’t mind playing in it but cleaning out of my car and sweeping it up for the next month is not my idea of fun. That is why I’m so excited to share with you how to sew a mesh drawstring bag.

This mesh bag might just change your life.

Okay, maybe not, but it will make preventing that sandy mess a little easier.

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Beginner Foundation Paper Piecing

I love foundation paper piecing!  I think it is the easiest way to get perfect quilt blocks every time.  Unfortunately, the technique is not as straight forward as patchwork and requires us to think a little backward!

Let’s take the mystery out of the foundation paper piecing technique by showing what you need to get started.  Soon enough you will be wanting to make everything using this technique!

Note: This looks scary, but I promise it’s easier than it appears. If you can make this block, you’ll graduate to being a Foundation Paper Piecer Extraordinare!

FPP vs. EPP?

Before going any further, I believe people get confused by the difference between Foundation Paper Piecing (FPP) and English Paper Piecing (EPP).

Both use some sort of paper to stabilize the designs but there is one huge difference.

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Inside: The Row by Row Quilting Experience

Have you heard about the Row by Row Experience®?

If you haven’t, here’s what you need to know. Janet Lutz created the Row by Row Experience® a few years back. Every summer there is a new “experience” with events involving travel, collecting, and shopping – all for quilters!

It’s centered around people traveling during the summer. But with a twist – you’re invited to stop at quilt shops along the way and pick up a fun pattern.

Here is a quick outline on how this summer quilting event works.

1) The Quilt Shops Set Up Row by Row

Quilt shops register to join Row by Row Experience (RxR) and create a fun pattern for a “row” in a quilt.

Each shop creates a unique in-store experience to go with the theme and that’s part of the fun!

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Inside: How to Make a Triangle in a Square Block

Do angled blocks scare you? Me, too. I like the design of the Triangle in a Square block, but sewing those angles always seems to be a challenge.

But, that doesn’t have to the case. Today I’m showing you how to simplify this block by using the V Block Ruler. This ruler is a quilting game-changer. Read more and you’ll learn why!

This block is the first in a series of three posts that will be used to make the soon to be revealed Midnight Star Table Topper.

For now, follow these directions to make eight Triangle in a Square blocks.

Gather Your Materials
Basic Sewing Supplies Needed

  • Sewing Machine
    • It’s nice to use a 1/4″ sewing foot to help maintain a perfect seam allowance
  • Cotton Thread
    • I prefer Aurifil 50 wt.
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Inside: Make a Cute Library Tote From Placemats

Summer is upon us and that means lots of free time for the kiddos. Lots of free time subsequently means lots of library time.

We’re big readers and usually walk out of the library with armloads of books. Sometimes, I grab a reusable shopping bag; but those get scattered and forgotten in the car.

And they’re huge and floppy, the book corners bang around inside the bag, and they end up hitting us in the legs when we try to walk.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a designated library tote just for books? Something that would be just the right size and unique enough to remember to use? With a little bit of padding!

How To Make a Cute Library Tote From Placemats

Pre-quilted placemats are the base for this quick and easy project.

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Inside: How to Make a Hawaiian Quilt

Welcome Shannon Brinkley to the site today. Today she is sharing a little about Hawaiian Quilts and how you can be a part of this amazing tradition!

This page contains affiliate links. Please see my disclosure here.

Each month in my online quilt guild, Meander, we explore a different quilt-making style. In month one, we kicked things off by traveling to Hawaii and learning all about Hawaiian applique!

We had fun making our Hawaiian Quilt projects — we explored how to make them traditionally by hand, by machine, raw-edge, and even a few with some couching!

We learned how to design our own templates, and it was amazing seeing so many members stepping outside of their comfort zone and designing their own applique piece!

I wanted to share with you a bit about what we discovered and explored!

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Inside: How to Make a Modern Mosaic Quilt Block

When looking at quilt blocks for this series I always search for something unique or special about a block.

This quilt block is one with lots of names, and none of them are consistent. In my EQ8 software this block is called Mosaic #5.

If you look up mosaic quilt blocks, you’ll see them named Mosaic #1, Mosaic #2, etc. And none of these number-names are consistent.

I consulted my Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns and found that mosaic blocks, indeed, go by numbers. But, it’s inconsistent on which one is actually Mosaic #5.

So, I’m calling this one the Modern Mosaic Quilt Block. Bottom line, I know you’re going to love how easy this quilt block is to make.

And be sure to grab the FREE PDF assembly diagram below.

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Inside: How to Make a Triangle Quilt

Today, I’m sharing a sweet baby quilt that goes together quickly. The secret to this quilt is the Creative Grids 60-Degree Diamond Ruler because that’s where the cutting magic happens.

For my particular quilt I used a Rolie Polie with 2 1/2″ strips, but you can skip the strip piecing and use any fabric you have which would make this quilt even easier!

How to Make a Triangle Quilt

Supplies

This quilt is so economical because you can use every scrap in your stash. For me, I wanted to use a particular fabric which came in a Rolie Polie of 2 1/2″ strips.

  • Rolie Polie in 2 1/2″ Strips (I used Sweet Baby Boy from Riley Blake) affiliate
  • White Fabric (Kona White #1387)
  • 2 yards Coordinating Fabric for quilt back (assumes using the remaining strips from rolie polie)
  • 1/2 yard Coordinating Fabric for quilt binding
  • 53″ x 55″  piece of batting

Basic Sewing Supplies Needed

  • Creative Grids 60-degree Diamond Ruler
  • Sewing Machine
    • Its nice to use a 1/4″ sewing foot to help maintain a perfect seam allowance
  • Cotton Thread
    • I prefer Aurifil 50 wt.
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