This year, to celebrate Fall 2018 Quilt Market, we hosted our biggest giveaway to date, the 2018 Mega Quilt Market Sweepstakes!
Thanks to some of our very generous quilty friends, designers and manufacturers, we were able to award 15 buckets valued at $500 each! Here is a glimpse of the beautiful fabric, thread and fun notions that were awarded!
And the winners are…
The lucky winners were chosen at random using a random number generator. We alerted them by email, and the prizes have been received.
Kerri L Anna M Michelle W Terri R Ann C Jill H Betty C Laci H Kathryn D Barbara M Connie K Mary H Linda M Sara S Sandra C
Thank you to all the participants in our Mega Quilt Market Giveaway! We had so much fun gifting these prizes, and we had a blast at Fall 2018 Quilt Market, too.
We are so excited to share this recap with you for Weeks 2 – 4 of Lori Holt’sVintage Christmas Sewalong! Each block is so special and really putting us into a joyous and cheerful mood. Well, the holidays are quickly approaching so let’s get started on our summary!
We fa la la la love seeing everyone’s blocks! What’s been your favorite block so far? Be sure to let us know in the comments, and let us know how your blocks are coming along! Our next summary will cover weeks 5-9 and will be on on Friday, December 21, but be sure to check out social media every Friday where we share each week’s blocks with the sew along hashtag #aVeryVintageChristmas over on our Instagram and on Facebook!
We are dedicating 2018 to our favorite little pre-cut, the fat quarter! This is to celebrate our 15th anniversary as a company and because a fat quarter has 18″ x 20″ of usable fabric (too perfect!). Every month, we’ve been featuring one of our wonderful quilters and the project they make with their Year of the Fat Quarter Bundle!
For Doug’s Year of the Fat Quarter project, he used Antler Quilt Design’s Heading South Pattern to create the perfect table runner for Thanksgiving dinner! The hues of earth-colored fabrics featured in our November 2018 Year of the Fat Quarter Bundle stand out against the cream-colored background. With Quilt Market and everything that was going on this month, Doug worked in a short amount of time to make this seasonal home decor project, and for that we give thanks!
We are sew happy to have 9 wonderful bloggers making projects out of each of the Year of the Fat Quarter Bundles with us! Be sure to check out their blogs to see the details of their projects and keep up with the Year of the Fat Quarter fun on with #fqsyotfq on Instagram!
Hello quilters! These Mini Scrap Patch Bags make excellent gifts – they’re fun to give as a bag, or to gift small items to add an extra special touch. They’re also an excellent way to use scraps from your stash! With the holidays in mind, we’re sharing a step-by-step tutorial and video with you on this fun and easy gift idea.
1) Using the Quiltsmart Original Fusbile 2.5″ Grid Panel, cut out a 5 x 5 square piece and then cut the 4 corners out (it will look like a plus sign when you’re done). You’ll end up with a row of 3, then three rows of 5, and then another row of 3. You’ll be making two of these total for the project, one for each side.
2) Place your Mini Charm Pack precuts on the bumpy side of the Grid Panel so your fabrics will adhere to the panel when you fuse with an iron. You’ll end up with something like this:
3) Using your iron, press the Mini Charm Pack pieces so that they adhere to the Grid Panel. You might use a pressing cloth under your iron to prevent any glue from transferring.
4) Press the seams to create creases on the columns on the sides where you see the dotted lines. Then stitch quarter inch seams along all of the creases.
5) Repeat step 4 in the other direction, for the five rows. Once done sewing, press all seams in one direction.
6) Now that you’ve completed one side of the bag, repeat steps 1-5 to make the other panel.
8) Trim off off along the sides until you end up with a 6 1/2″ by 8″ rectangle. Repeat trimming to the other panel.
9) Cut lining fabric into two 6 1/2″ x 8″ pieces. You’ll end up with four pieces like this:
10) To add rounded corners to the bottom of the bag, use the Creative Grids Corner Cutter Ruler to make rounded corners on the bottom corners of all four pieces (you’ll be cutting a total of 8 times). Tip: when you cut on the corners, lean the rotary cutter at a slight angle to get a better finish. Your four pieces will now look like this:
11) Use the leftover mini charm pack to make tabs for the zipper. Cut the piece to 1 1/2” wide. Fold it wrong sides together and press. Then tuck in each side a quarter inch and press. Make 2.
12) Using the ByAnnie Zipper, cut off then end and place one tab over the end and sew.
13) Cut the zipper 7 1/2” in length (be sure to open the zipper pull to inside the cutting area). Sew on the edge to close the zipper. Then attach the second tab to the other end. Your zipper will now look like this:
14) To add the zipper to one side of the bag, place the front of the bag right side up, zipper right side down, and then lining right side down. Sew both pieces to one side of the zipper. Tip: When you’re sewing you’ll have to stop mid-way and adjust the location of your zipper to allow your presser foot to clear it.
15) Repeat for the other side of the bag. To add a nice touch, top stitch the fabric along both sides of the zipper, as shown here:
16) Open zipper halfway and place outsides together and lining together. Stitch all the way a round with a quarter inch seam and leave a 3-inch opening at the bottom of the lining side to leave room to turn the bag right sides out.
17) Turn the bag out and use a pin to push out corners. Stitch the 3-inch opening closed (either by hand or on your machine), place the lining inside the bag and you’re done!
That’s it! You now have a super adorable Mini Scrap Patch Bag. Follow along with our video tutorial by Kimberly that will take you through how to make the bag step by step! Let us know what you think about this project in the comments! Scroll down for a look into a Quilt Along we did!
We even had some awesome quilty friends make their version of the Mini Scrap Patch Bag!
Jen Van Orman of Heritage Threads used scraps from her 2.5″ scrap bin (love it!). She said “if you don’t have the interfacing the video requires, batting scraps work great! I had no issues using them and it added a bit more stability than I would’ve otherwise had.” She quilted it by stitching in the ditch and result looks great!
Elise of Elise and Emelie used Someday by Minki Kim for Riley Blake Designs. Elise says “I made it scrappy on one side and fussy cut one of the big designs for the back for a different look. Super cute bag that’s easy to customize with small and big fussy cuts and mixing patchwork. I hand-pieced my patchwork panel and added a leather “handmade” tag on the front as a decoration.”
Tracie Henkel used Farmhouse II by Fig Tree Quilts and says “I love this pouch so much that I finished four and have more in process. I plan to use them as Christmas gifts, holding a few sweet treats and a gift card.”
Here’s a few more lovely bags made by our quilty staffers!
We hope you give the Mini Scrap Patch Bag a try and if you do, share your work on social media using the hashtag #MiniScrapPatchBag on Instagram and Facebook so we can see and share your work! Happy Quilting!
There is nothing better than finding a cute, new sewing project! It’s even better when it’s fun and easy! The Gadget Cushion by Quiltsmart fits the bill. With the holiday gift giving season coming up, the Gadget Cushion would be a great handmade gift for anyone on your list.
Welcome back to week 6 of our Perfect 10 Sampler Quilt Along! We’re quilting our way through the Perfect 10 Sampler Quilt! This sampler quilt is a taste of all the quilts, as blocks from all 16 quilts are included, so you’ll get to try them all. We have the full Fabric Requirements HERE for you to use. Pick out your fabrics and quilt along with us. You’ll need both the Perfect 10 Book and Ruler to make this sampler so grab yours and let’s get started!
We also have 14 quilty staffers and bloggers quilting along with us! Throughout the Quilt Along, they’ve been making two blocks each until all 16 blocks are made! Here are their versions of the Lemon Sorbet and Mint Chocolate Chip Blocks:
Zakka Home features fun and useful projects with a modern take that are sure to brighten your home and beyond. The greatest part? All of these projects would make fantastic gifts! We were definitely all smiles while reading through this new book and planning our next projects.
Neutrals usually play a supporting role in our quilts, but not today!
Cream & Sugar Book
It’s Sew Emma is hard at work on a new book, Cream & Sugar, that puts this delicate range of hues, commonly known as “low volume”, front and center. The Cream & Sugar Book and Block of the Month club will help you create a luscious quilt that speaks volumes with its subtlety and quiet contrast. The book walks you through 18 sampler blocks of different sizes, set into a delightful array of breathtaking stars that evokes the feel of a cherished vintage quilt.
Edyta Sitar’s upcoming Sonoma collection for Andover Fabrics was the perfect choice for our Cream & Sugar BOM quilt. The rich milk-and-toast tones create beautifully blended harmony with just enough distinction and variety. Filled with subtle florals, ditzy prints, dots and medallions, this low-volume quilt will be the star of your sewing room.
The 12-month club starts in April 2019 and goes through March 2020. Members will receive over 16 yards of the Sonoma collection for the 80.5″ square quilt top and binding and the Cream & Sugar Book. We also have a backing set available to complete the quilt.