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His and Hers microMod Sew Along and Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on Green Bee Design’s His and Hers microMod Sew Along! MicroMod is the premier fabric line from Cloud9 Fabrics designer Rob Bancroft. Also husband of designer and author Alexia Abegg – that’s one talented couple!

Linen Napkins ~ microMod applique ~ by Fresh Lemons Quilts, Faith

Today I’m going to share some cloth, appliqué napkins. These are a fun project that would be great not only for your home, but also as a housewarming or host/hostess gift for a friend.

In the spirit of setting a pretty table at meal time, I asked Rob and Alexia what sort of food they would cook the other for a special occasion.

Alexia: I love to cook and try new things, and thankfully so does Rob. But for a sweet surprise meal I think I would go with his favorites; I would make caesar salad, homemade gnocchi with a brown butter sauce, and then his favorite dessert, cheesecake.

Rob: Though this meal doesn’t necessarily promote amorous affection (high levels of garlic), I love to make and surprise Alexia with chicken piccata, sauteed spinach and garlic mashed potatoes, neatly plated and served on a restaurant inspired table setting, white table cloth and cloth napkins included.

I really love chicken piccata, so that made me hungry!

Linen Napkins ~ microMod applique ~ by Fresh Lemons Quilts, Faith

To make these napkins, all you need is a set of store bought cloth napkins (I bought a 4 pack of linen/cotton blend ones at Target for about $8.00), Heat n Bond Lite, and your favorite fabrics.

Linen Napkins ~ microMod applique ~ by Fresh Lemons Quilts, Faith

I decided to appliqué different designs onto the corner of each napkin. I simply applied the Heat n Bond Lite to the back of the fabric scraps (per the manufactures instructions), cut out my shapes, and then ironed them onto the napkins.

Linen Napkins ~ microMod applique ~ by Fresh Lemons Quilts, Faith

I wanted to keep my edges pretty raw, as I think a little fraying as they wash will give these a great look. So I sewed with a straight stitch a couple of times around each fabric shape. If you don’t like the frayed look, you could use a tighter zigzag stitch to finish your appliqué.

Linen Napkins ~ microMod applique ~ by Fresh Lemons Quilts, Faith

Don’t forget when sewing along with microMod, be sure to tag your photos with #microMod on Instagram. You can also post your pictures on the Green Bee Patterns Facebook page or add them to the microMod Flickr group.

Linen Napkins ~ microMod applique ~ by Fresh Lemons Quilts, Faith

And now for the giveaway! How would you like to win a full Fat Quarter bundle of microMod? Simply leave a comment and I will pick a winner on Friday, April 19th.

There are also prizes at the other Sew Along stops. And, for a grand finale, a huge prize package back at Alexia’s blog at the end of the hop: A fat quarter stack of microMod by Rob Bancroft from Cloud9 fabrics, the entire Green Bee Patterns collection, a microMod sewing bag, and a Singer Heavy Duty Sewing Machine! (Open to contiguous US residents only.) So be sure to follow and sew along. :)

April 2 – Alexia & Rob at Green Bee
April 3 – Kelly at Kelbysews
April 5 – Amanda at the Craft Junky
April 6 – Rachael at Imagine Gnats
April 8 – Heather at alamode
April 10 – Holly at Bijou lovely
April 13 – Alexia, Michelle & Rob Green Bee
April 17 – Me!
April 18 – Katie at Swim Bike Quilt
April 19 – Deborah at Whipstitch
April 20 – Jacey at Jaceycraft
April 24 – Jenny at the Southern Institute
April 25 – Amy from sukie don’t ya know
April 26 – Jen from Betty Crocker Ass
April 27 – Sara from Sew Sweetness
April 28 – Krista at Krista Withers Quilting
April 29 – Katy from I’m a Ginger Monkey
April 30 – Amber from One Shabby Chick
May 1 – Alexia & Rob Green Bee GRAND PRIZE

Happy sewing everyone!

++ Closing Comments to Pick a Winner! ++

The lucky winner is #113, Brynn! Congratulations and I will be contacting you for your address. Thank you everyone for entering and remember to continue keeping up with the microMod Sew Along. :)

April 17, 2013   324 Comments

Timber & Leaf for the House

Timber & Leaf String Pillow

New pillows for the couch have been on my to-do list since the beginning of Winter. I love my Autumn pillows, but I was ready to put them away until next year. When I saw Sarah Watt‘s Timber & Leaf collection for Blend Fabrics, I knew the natural designs and soft colors were perfect for my house. I mixed in Free Spirit Designer Solids in Pearl and Dogwood.

Timber & Leaf by Sarah Watts

These two are my favorites!

Timber & Leaf by Sarah Watts

I was inspired by Amy’s Indie Vibrations quilt. I really liked how her string blocks were paper pieced so they would line up, but still be different widths of fabric strips. I made two paper piecing templates, each are 6-1/2″ x 9-1/2″ unfinished. I used 3 of each template to form the 18″ square pillow.

Timber & Leaf String Pillow

You can buy the pattern for Amy’s Indie Vibrations quilt in her pattern shop.

Timber & Leaf by Sarah Watts

I quilted the pillow with straight lines, about 1/2″ apart. The back is a simple envelope enclosure.

Timber & Leaf String Pillow

You can find Timber & Leaf at Moona Fabrics. Now to make another one for the other side of the couch!

January 16, 2013   31 Comments

A Friend For My Pillow

A Friend for my Autumn Star Pillow

I decided my couch looked kind of funny with one fall pillow (my Autumn Star Pillow) and one regular pillow. So I made a friend for Autumn Star.

A Friend for my Autumn Star Pillow

I wanted to use the same general fabrics but not the same design, so I made a couple columns of flying geese. I chose to paper piece them because I’m just so much more exact when I use that technique. I didn’t make a tutorial but I did make a PDF of the templates I whipped up to use. You can download it here.

Fall Pillows

I was able to fit 10 on one sheet of paper but you’ll need to print 2 sheets if you want to make a pillow like mine. You’ll have a few leftover. If you’ve never paper pieced before – these are easy! I have a tutorial on the technique here.

I think they look happy together!

November 6, 2012   24 Comments

Glorious Autumn: Autumn Star

Welcome to my stop of Quilting Gallery’s Glorious Autumn Block Hop!

Today I’m very excited to be sharing a new quilt block tutorial with you, the Autumn Star. The Autumn Star is a 12.5″ x 12.5″ (unfinished) quilt square. The background consists of a variety of neutrals, starting from light at the top of the block and working their way darker as you go to the bottom of the block. (Scroll to the bottom of the post to see what I made with my star.) Let’s get started!


Autumn Star Quilt Block Tutorial

Please note, all seams are 1/4″; Final block size 12.5″ unfinished

Step 1: Cut your fabric. I decided to make my quilt block scrappy which meant cutting extra print fabrics so none of my HST (half square triangles) per size were the same. You don’t have to do this, I just liked the look. The below chart shows the minimum requirements for cut fabric. If you’d like your star to be extra scrappy like mine, you will need to cut extra prints per size.

Pattern Piece Color/Print Size Number to Cut
Background Tan/Neutral 1 4.5″ x 4.5″ 1
3.5″ x 3.5″ 2
Background Tan/Neutral 2 4.5″ x 4.5″ 1
Background Tan/Neutral 3 4.5″ x 4.5″ 1
Background Tan/Neutral 4 4.5″ x 4.5″ 1
3.5″ x 3.5″ 2
Background Cream/Text Print 2.5″ x 2.5″ 4
4.25″ x 4.25″ 4
Center Brown/Crosshatch 2.5″ x 2.5″ 1
Outer Star Points Various Prints 4.5″ x 4.5″ 4
Inner Star Points Various Prints 4.25″ x 4.25″ 4

Step 2: We will first assemble the inner star. Take your (4) 4.25″ x 4.25″ inner star point fabric and your (4) 4.25″ x 4.25″ cream/text print background fabric and cut them diagonally into HSTs. Pair up 1 of each print HST to 1 of the cream/text HSTs.

Step 3: Sew, right sides together, down the long end of the HSTs.

You should now have 8 squares.

Step 4: Trim your (8) squares to 3.5″ x 3.5″.

Step 5: Using your quilting ruler, cut your squares diagonally in the opposite direction as your sewn seam, as shown below. You will now have (16) HSTs. Set aside 8 of these to use, and 8 for the scrap bin.

Step 6: Because I wanted a scrappy look, I decided to lay out my inner star points until I was pleased with the colors.

Once you are happy with the look, sew each of your HSTs together to form hourglasses as shown below.

Step 7: Trim your blocks to 2.5″ x 2.5″.

Step 8: Take your (4) 2.5″ x 2.5″ Cream/Text Print squares, your 2.5″ x 2.5″ Center Square and your (4) Hourglass squares and lay them out like a 9 patch, as shown below.

Step 9: Sew the squares together into rows.

Step 10: Sew the rows together to form a 6.5″ x 6.5″ square.

Step 11: Now we will make the star points for the outer star. Take your (4) 4.5″ x 4.5″ outer star point fabrics and cut them diagonally into HSTs.

Take each of your 4.5″ x 4.5″ tan background fabrics (you should have 1 of each of your shades of tan) and cut them diagonally into HSTs too.

Again, I wanted my block to be scrappy so I laid out my fabrics until they were just right.

If you are doing the varied shades of tan like me, keep in mind that your top row is your lightest fabric and work your way down to the bottom row, your darkest fabric.

Step 12: Sew each of your print HSTs to your tan HSTs, resulting in 8 squares.

Step 13: Trim your squares to 3.5″ x 3.5″.

Step 14: Layout your block using your sewn components and the remaining 3.5″ x 3.5″ tan background squares.

Step 15: Sew the top 4 squares together into a row. Sew the bottom 4 square together into a row. Sew the side 2 squares together into columns.

Step 16: Sew the left and right columns to the inner star you made in the first half of the tutorial.

Step 17: Sew your top and bottom rows to the middle rows.

You’re done! Enjoy your beautiful star!

I decided to add a bit of sashing to my block and turn it into a Fall pillow for my couch.

I free motion quilted the star portion (not the dark sashing) it in a nice meandering design. The backing is a great text print from Sweetwater’s Mama Said Sew line.

I hope you enjoy making your very own Autumn Star. Be sure to check out Quilting Gallery’s Glorious Autumn page for more tutorials, coupons and giveaways!

November 1, 2012   48 Comments