May 21, 2016

Tulip Crush goes Prim

Here's my Super Sized Tulip Crushes!  I really love the darker primitive i just had to design this one to welcome Spring into my home!

Don't look too close...i still have to hand stitch the binding down!   Some quilters love that part...not me.  Lol

When i started this quilt, i picked a background lighter in color. After making 2 tulips, i knew i was not going to be happy with instead of tossing them aside, i tea stained them!

The only problem with tea staining...those tulips shrunk just a bit. But i made them work regardless!!  Press, stretch a bit and press again.  

I'll be adding the new Tulip Crush Quilt pattern to my existing Tulip Crush pillow pattern.  If you have purchased the pillow pattern already on Craftsy, you will be notified of the updated version and can download it for free!  

Currently the pillow pattern sells for $5...once i include the quilt pattern, the price will become $8.50.   If you purchase Tulip Crush pillow pattern before May 25th, you'll get it for the lessor price and can download the new version when it becomes available.  :)  

Spring = May flowers!

April 22, 2016

Tulip Crush Pillow With Binding

A simple single Tulip can brighten even a tiny corner of a room.
My previous blog post has a step by step pictorial for making a pillow with binding.  

I made the pillow form too.  This finished Tulip Crush pillow measures 3" x 6" and no way will find a pillow form that size! 

For the pillow form, I placed (2) 3-1/2" x 6-1/2" fabrics right sides together, stitched around using a 1/4" seam allowance.  I left an opening about 3" long to allow for stuffing the form with a packaged polyfil.  Once it was stuffed, i whip stitched the opening closed.  

Placed the pillow form inside the envelope pillow (envelope pillow tutorial on my previous post)


Check out this great example of Tulip Crush made by friend Cindy!!!  

Would make the perfect 16"table topper!!!
I've now listed Tulip Crush Pillow pattern on CraftsyEtsy and also available on my blog  

I'm designing a larger version of this pattern too!  Using two different seen in Cindy's quilt.  Her right tulip is a bit chunkier than the other two.  
Stay tuned for Monster tulips that measure 6" x 18"!!! 

April 20, 2016

Tulip Crush Pillow Pattern Available Now

Add this cute 16" pillow to your spring decor!
Pattern sells for $5 on Craftsy.  It will be available for purchase on Etsy and here on my blog tomorrow. 

The pattern includes illustrations for making an envelope pillow backing, but i thought it would be helpful to add a pictorial here too.

Once the Tulip Crush pillow top is completed, I offer 2 options for stabilizing the top.
    Machine quilt or add an light weight interfacing.  Either choice works well.

I quilted mine.

Once the top is either quilted or the interfacing has been applied, trim the Tulip Crush pillow top to the recommended size according to the pattern.

The backing is made with two pieces.  Both the same width as the pillow top, but one is longer than the other piece.  I like them to overlap at least 4".

Take a double fold and iron one end of each backing piece.  Add a top stitch to secure the fold.

With right sides together, place both backing pieces on the pillow top.  

Pin around the entire pillow

Once the backing has been sewn to the pillow top, turn the pillow right sides out and place the pillow form inside.

I also thought it would be fun to make a small tulip pillow with a binding.  These instructions are not included in the pattern, but easy to follow here if you would like to add a binding to your Tulip Crush pillow.

Prepare your binding the same as if you were adding a binding to a quilt.

Cut two backing pieces the same width as the pillow top but one backing piece is longer than the other.  Add a double fold to one end of each backing piece and top stitch both.
Place the wrong side of both backing fabrics together with the wrong side of the pillow top.  There is no need to turn this pillow right sides out...the right side of the tulip top and the backing fabrics are already facing outwards.  The binding will finish the raw edge.

Pin in place.  

Stitch around the entire pillow approximately 1/8" in from the outer edge.

Turn the pillow over and add the binding just like you would if you were adding it to a quilt top.

Once the binding is sewn to the pillow top, bring the binding to the back side, covering the raw edges and the 1/8" basting stitch. Hand stitch the binding to the pillow back.

I'll be finishing up this little pillow in the next couple days.   

April 15, 2016

Tulip Crush

Introducing a new pillow pattern called Tulip Crush.

Pattern available next week!

April 9, 2016

It's so fun when....

...i discover a tool that makes my life just a little bit easier.
  Okay...A LOT!!

Many of you are familiar with Linda Hrcka aka: The Quilted Pineapple.  

photo belongs to Linda Hrcka

Linda developed and sells great acrylic rulers...extremely useful rulers,
for longarmers... 

AND domestic machine quilters too, like Karen Miller of the
photo belongs to Karen Miller

I recently received Linda's new QP Edge Straight Ruler set and could not WAIT to try them out!  
photo belongs to Linda Hrcka

I've been doing lots of edge to edge quilting lately with no chance to play with my new rulers.  I was getting ready to sew a binding onto a client's quilt and had a huge ah ha moment! :)
I sew bindings on, using my longarm.
If you've not done this before, i'm going to take you through a quick tut showing you how!

Back in 2012, i wrote a blog post called 'The Trip Around My Longarm...' demonstrating how to attach a binding using a longarm quilting machine.  It's easy to do, but i always struggled with one important element; maintaining the quarter inch.  Until Now! YIPPEEE!!!

Here's How....
Finish machine quilting the quilt and while the quilt is still loaded on the longarm, place the beginning of the binding strip about 2/3rds of the way down the right side of the quilt.  Leave an unstitched beginning tail at least 12" long, and start to sew.  (see second picture for ruler placement)

Each line (even the dashed lines) on Linda's QP Edge Straight rulers represent 1/4".   Place the appropriate line on top of the binding fold.  The ruler provides a nice steady straight edge to follow and maintains the quarter inch seam.  
*(The binding below is cut 2-1/2", therefore the 'prepared folded binding' measures 1-1/4".  My hopping foot measures 1/2".  I have placed the 3/4" line of the ruler on top of the binding fold.)    Make sense?

Before Linda's rulers, i would try to manually keep the edge of my hopping foot even with the raw edge of the binding with no support from a ruler.  I never had one that offered these great markings.     

The Next 3 pictures show how to handle the corners....

Stop a 1/4" from the end of the quilt, take a small back stitch, then move the needle away from the corner.  I have my needle set to the down position when i stop.  Just leave the needle down and follow the next couple pictures.

 Fold the binding away from the quilt, creating a right angle.

Fold the binding back over, keeping the 'right angle fold' in place underneath.  

Move the needle back into place.  Using a line from the ruler as the guide, take a couple back stitches and continue to attach the binding.  

This picture shows the binding sewn to the bottom of the quilt.

The next 3 pictures show the binding up the left side of the quilt and mitering the top left hand corner.

The left hand corner has been mitered and stitched into place.  The lines on the ruler are creating a nice right angle with the binding. The binding is being sewn to the top of the quilt.

Zipping right along the top!  The ruler line is following the binding fold and hopping foot is on the raw edge of the binding!  LOVE!!

Final top right hand corner!

Back on the right side of the quilt...heading towards the beginning tail

Leave an approximate 12" unstitched ending tail.  
I take a back stitch in both beginning and ending tails.  

Take the quilt off the longarm and trim the entire quilt using....
what else?  Linda's QP Edge Straight Ruler!  SWEET!!

But Wait!  There's More!  LOL
Notice in the picture above, the rulers also have 45 degree angle markings?   Use one to draw the diagonal line necessary when attaching the binding tails!  

Sew the beginning and ending tails together, and the remaining unstitched binding on a domestic sewing machine.  

Important note:  When using acrylic rulers, i always have a longarm ruler base attached.  

Get your own QP Rulers   You'll love them!!!


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