September is National Sewing Month! To help celebrate, we’re here to announce the winner of the Accuquilt GO! Tumbler 3-1/2″ die and a Riley Blake Medium Dot on Cream Fat Quarter Bundle valued at $60 offered on Jennifer Davey’s blog post on September 6th. For more details about Riley Blake, Accuquilt, and the wonderful pillbox pincushion Jennifer created, read her post here!
The winner of the Riley Blake and Accuquilt giveaway prize, as selected by Random.org, is Diana, who said she’s hoping to teach her granddaughters how to sew. Congratulations, Diana! We’re sure these fun fabrics will help. We will contact you for your mailing address.
Dawn @ Crafts ‘n things (www.craftsnthings.com)
Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day
A thoughtful or kind wish to another goes a long way – and this piece certainly extends wonderful sentiments to a friend.
- Fabrics: linen, 1⁄4 yard; cotton homespun, 20 different scraps; green silk, scrap
- The Warm Co. Warm & Natural Firm Needled Cotton Batting, 9”x11” rectangles, two
- Embroidery floss: black, off-white, yellow
- Frame, 9-1⁄2”x11-1⁄2”
- Off-white button, 9⁄16”
- Embroidery needle
- Cardboard rectangle, 9”x11”
- Adhesives: Therm O Web HeatnBond Ultrahold Iron-on Adhesive, Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive
Print and cut patterns. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print patterns.)
Cut a 5-1⁄2”x7-1⁄2” rectangle from linen. Cut three 1-1⁄2”x2-1⁄2” rectangles (A), six 2”x2-1⁄2” rectangles (B), five 2-1⁄2” squares (C), and four 2-1⁄2” squares (D) from cotton fabrics. (Note: Remaining two fabrics are for star and heart.)
Using Fig. 1 as guide, arrange rectangles and squares around linen rectangle. Sew side rectangles and squares together, and then sew to sides of linen rectangle. Repeat for top and bottom pieces.
Cut two pieces from iron-on adhesive, slightly larger than star and heart. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse adhesive to star and heart. Fuse star and heart to border.
Transfer words to linen rectangle. Use one strand black floss to stem stitch words and to blanket stitch star and heart borders, and two strands black floss to blanket stitch border of linen rectangle.
Secure button to bottom border with black floss. Use two strands yellow floss to blanket stitch border around button.
For yo-yo, cut 2” circle from green silk. Turn edge under 1⁄8”; sew gathering stitch around edge. Pull up gathers tightly; knot and clip thread. Use invisible stitch to hand sew yo-yo to top border. Use two strands off-white floss to blanket stitch around yo-yo.
Layer fabric piece and cotton batting on cardboard; pull fabric edges over cardboard and glue edges at back. Place mounted design inside frame.
by Mary Ayres
Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day
If you’ve never quilted before, here’s the perfect way to start. Using the frayed edge method, imperfections in your cutting and sewing magically disappear! Give it a whirl! It’s as easy as 1-2-3!
- Flannel: 6 coordinating colors/prints, 1 yd. each; cream, 3 yds.
- Sewing machine and matching thread
- Washing machine and dryer
scissors, ruler, straight pins
(Note: Do not prewash fabric.)
1. Cut 60 coordinating 10″ squares and 30 cream 10″ squares. Sandwich cream squares between pairs of colored squares (right sides of fabric facing out).
2. Arrange sandwiched squares into six rows of five. Pin pieces together with back layers facing so seams show on quilt front. Use 1″ seam allowance to sew squares together, forming rows. Sew rows together, forming quilt. Sew around quilt 1″ from raw edge.
3. Clip raw edges perpendicular to seam, spacing 1⁄2″-3⁄4″ apart. Wash and dry quilt; repeat until desired fray is achieved.
by Rebekah Meier