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A Light-hearted Look at Appliqué Quilts by Sandy Fitzpatrick

Sewing Project

Measuring Tape Border? No Problem...

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If you've been wondering how to use the blanket stitch on your sewing machine to create the look of a measuring tape I've created a post on just how to accomplish it on your BERNINA.

We all love to sew, right? That’s why we’re here! I especially love to create things that depict my passion for sewing. Did you know that you can use the stitches on your BERNINA machine to replicate the look of a tape measure? Not only can it be done, it’s also very easy to accomplish.

Quilt Stitchin' Addiction by Sandy Fitzpatrick

I used this technique to create a “tape measure” border around my Stitchin’ Addiction quilt and I can’t tell you how many people have fallen in love with this idea. It is basically just three regular blanket stitches and one a little wider.

For the full "how-to" article, check it out on BERNINA'S We All Sew blog here....



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You Finally Made It!

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I hope you have been having a great time on the 100 Blocks Magazine Blog Tour! I'm glad that you found me here in my corner of the world. I have a little post-it note stuck to my computer screen that says, "I live in my own little world but it's okay, they know me here!" So welcome, sit back and relax and enjoy a few minutes with me. Image

I am excited to have a block in this wonderful magazine once again and hope that you will find it is just what you need to make up something quick for the holidays. My block is called "Shine a Little Light" and it actually has a little bit of special meaning to me as we place candles, just like this, in all of our windows for the month of December.

This block would be lovely if you combined three of the blocks together to make a table runner or even use it to make a mantle cover over your fireplace.


Since I like to do things a little differently, I'm also showing how you can make a simple wallhanging of a window and add the candles to the windowsill. For a little special touch, I added the moon and a silhouette of Santa and his reindeer flying off into the night.


If you would like to make a similar wallhanging, I'm offering a free download of the Santa and reindeer silhouette called "Santa's Flight" as a free pdf that you can print out on your own computer. In order to get the free download, you just need to sign up for my newsletter. Don't worry, I only send one out when I have a new design coming out or if I have some quilt related news to share, so your inbox won't be overrun with emails from me. I'll be sending out a newsletter next week with a link for the free download.

Sign up for the newsletter here. newsletter-button I also have a couple of giveaways for you here. You can win one of three of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Magazines, I'll be sending out two magazines and Quiltmaker will mail out the third. I'll also be giving away three of my patterns. To win one of these six prizes, simply go to my website, decide which pattern you would like to win, and then come back here and tell me which one you would like, by leaving a comment below. Six lucky winners will be selected Monday morning and I will contact the winners to get a mailing address.

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Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

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Gotta Love Machine Applique

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What a great class and a great group of ladies I was able to spend time with in February!  The ladies of the Meherrin Quilt Guild in Emporia, Virginia were such fun and so easy to work with. It's always wonderful to be able to share my machine applique tips and techniques with ladies so willing to learn. We were able to accomplish so much because they were so well prepared and knew how to use their machines! I know this sounds funny but I often have students who come to class with a machine they recently purchased and don't really know how to thread their machine or wind a bobbin. Using my Gorgeous Gourds pattern, these ladies came up with some beautiful fabric combinations.

We also had a great lunch provided by one of the guild members. Delicious chicken, twice baked potatoes, carrot salad, bean salad, and delicious dessert of cherry cobbler all made in their on-site kitchen! It smelled so yummy as it was cooking and was so, so good!

Thanks ladies for such a wonderful day!

Coasting Along

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Have you ever used a coaster to keep condensation off of your table and found that the water just accumulated on the top of the coaster and when you  picked it up all the water just drained off onto the floor? Come on, what good was the coaster when you end up having to grab something to wipe it up after all?! I decided to take matters into my own hands and make a few of my own to eliminate the hassle of cleaning up after myself.

I try to keep a glass of water handy during the day because I realize I don't really drink enough. It's sort of a vicious cycle, if I drink enough I have to stop what I'm doing and go to the bathroom and I think going to the bathroom is a HUGE waste of my time...guess I better get over that though and keep drinking more water.

Anyway, there's no reason to spend money on coasters when you can make your own.  Here's how...

Start with a small group of scraps


Using your rotary cutter and mat, cut the scraps into random strips, I used 1", 1 1/2", and 2" strips.

Sew them together with 1/4" seam allowances in your choice of patterns. I made a couple of log cabin blocks, a triangular log cabin, and simply sewed a few strips together in rows. 

 I was a little concerned about pressing the seam allowances to one side as you usually do when piecing blocks because I didn't want glasses to be unstable when they are sitting on the coasters, so I tried pressing the seam allowances open for one of the blocks. In the long run it really didn't make any difference, the glass doesn't wobble on either one.



For the backing fabric I pressed Decor Bond to the wrong side of the fabric. Decor Bond is a heavy weight fusible interfacing by Pellon that is great when you want to add a little extra body to something.


Since I wanted to make a couple of different shapes, I needed something circular just a little larger than the base of a glass. This roll of tape seemed to be the perfect choice. For the square coasters I just used a pencil to make a square the size I needed and then rounded the corners using the base of a spool of thread.

 Once I had the circle traced on the Decor Bond, I cut it out and used it as a pattern to make a circle of Timtex the same size. You can also use Fast 2 Fuse instead of Timtex, this just happens to be what I had on hand. If you don't have either of these, you can make your own rigid base by pressing several layers of Decor Bond on top of each other. I tried to make a coaster without this additional piece of stiffener and it was more difficult to sew a nice finished edge. It was also a little floppy when it was finished.

 This photo shows the order to layer your fabrics and batting. I placed the backing fabric on top, then the Timtex, next a layer of Warm 'n White cotton batting, and finally the finished quilt block.


After all of these were layered together and BEFORE I trimmed anything away, I stitched very close to the edge of the backing fabric and Timtex. If you have an edge-stitch foot use it now because it will make this step so much easier! 


 Here is a photo of the square coaster with the edge stitching done and  all the extra fabric and batting trimmed away.


Now, using your edge-stitch foot again, line the edge of your coaster up with the guide of the foot and sew a satin stitch around the edge. Even with a very good sewing machine you may not be able to get the stitching as close as you would like so just stitch around the coaster once again. It will give you a very nice finished edge with this double amount of stitching. If you don't have an edge-stitch foot use your regular zig-zag foot or open toed zig-zag foot.



After stitching around twice.

 Ta daaa! Four finished coasters, quick, easy, and cheap since everything was made with leftover scraps!  Make some for yourself. I think these would be great made up in holiday fabrics and would make great gifts.

No more sweaty glasses, dripping all over my sewing cabinet!