Two Tip Tuesday – Mug Rug

Last week I finished my Mini Teal Swap mug rug!  It went to a very active quilter in Kansas.  I was so excited to get the mini she made for me.  Thank you Katie!

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The mug rug I made for her is below.  It was a swap and challenge all in one.  We had to use the fabric I used for the mug/ cup and saucer.  TEAL!  The ovarian cancer ribbon color.

Cuppa Teal by D.W.

Cuppa Teal by D.W.

I had fun hand sewing the foundation houses and making the mini!  The swap raised over $4,000 for Ovarian Cancer Research Fund!!  Quilter’s are wonderful!

#1 – a great way to raise monies for support…make a QUILT!

 

 

I love pieced backs.  The mini is only 10″ square but I still pieced it.

Mini back by D.W.

Mini back by D.W.

By piecing, I could highlight the fabric used for this year’s swap.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…and look, a label!

Label by D.W.

Label by D.W.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#2- use a Micron Pigma pen to write your label.

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Debbie

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Two Tip Tuesday – on Wednesday

I was traveling back from the Chattanooga show yesterday.  I got to spend a couple extra days with my parents!  Always a bonus!  A day late, but not two tips short!!!

I’m working on a little project and needed a mug handle.  Instead of paper piecing with loads of seams, I decided to use an old trick of using a bias strip of fabric and appliqué it on.   (Technique is similar to sewing a bias stem!!).  The curve of the handle was tricky to machine sew.  So, I ended up hand sewing it on.  The steps are listed below with photos.  Bare in mind the section I am sewing it onto is only 1″ x 1 3/4″.  That is TINY!

I cut a bias strip 1″ wide.  Pressed it in half lengthwise.  A funny camera angle makes it look like it is not in half.

1" bias strip folded in half...funny camera angle makes it look like it is not in half

1″ bias strip folded in half…

I drew the handle curve onto the background fabric.

#2- I used a “Frixion” pin by Pilot.  It irons out of most fabrics.  Always test marking tools!  I find the Frixion can leave a shadow where you marked.

Handle placement line

Handle placement line

The cut edges of the bias strip goes on the drawn line.  Sew with 1/4″ seam.  It was so small I couldn’t get to the curve to smooth it out.  SO,  I hand sewed and adjusted the curve.

Too tiny of a curve for A smooth machine Sewn line

Too tiny of a curve for
A smooth machine
Sewn line

 

Hand sewn seam!

Hand sewn seam!

Push the bias strip over the line of stitching and folded edge encases seam allowance.

Folded over into place

Folded over into place

Hand stitch (appliqué) in place.

Appliqué into place

Appliqué into place

Ta Da!  A tiny handle!

Mug handle

Mug handle

#2 – Don’t be afraid to mix techniques!  The appliqué handle was much easier than paper piecing the curve.

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Debbie

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Two Tip Tuesday – simple blocks

I’m pooped!  I’m hitting my pillow as soon as this gets posted!  Set up my booth today for AQS Quilt Week in Chattanooga, TN this week!  Show opens tomorrow.  Come on by Booth #1619 to say hi and check out my patterns and tools for sale!  I’ll be bright eyed and ready to give binding demos and talk quilting!!!

Going to give some focus to two simple blocks…

The Nine Patch and Snowball…

They are so effective in a quilt, especially when combined.  I love how a change of color placement can make these quilts look so very different.  Thanks to Edna and Cheryl for making my patterns come to life!  WELL DONE ladies!

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What is your go to block?

#1- simple color changes can completely change a blocks focus.

#2- simple blocks make stunning quilts!

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Debbie

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Two Tip Tuesday – Playing with prints

I just love a fabric that I can see many different “designs” in.  I’ve been working on some Tiny houses for samples for my mini class at Pinwheels and Friends in November.   I’ve been choosing brights!  I love Kaffe Fassett’s colors and large prints!  They provide so many options when looking for designs that can have “double meaning” ( for lack of better words).  When looking at the fabric below, sure you see flowers, but what else?  How about roof tiles?!?

Kaffe Fassett's fabric

Kaffe Fassett’s fabric

and here is the roof!

Tiny house! D.W.

Tiny house! D.W.

Tiny House 2 D.W.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And…a lamp or plant in the window!  You decide.😉

Check out the door on the second house.  One of the dots is a door knob.

 

 

 

 

 

Many years ago, I enjoyed working on appliqué because you could take shapes in fabric and use them for something completely different.  For example, a swirl could be a flower petal, or a bird’s wing or a camel’s mouth.  How fun!

#1- Find hidden designs in ordinary and/or extraordinary fabrics!

#2- Who ever said a house couldn’t be polka dots?!?  Pick fabrics YOU LOVE!

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Debbie

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Two Tip Tuesday

Well, how many spelling errors and miss wordings did I have last week?  NOoooo, you don’t have to answer that!  I apologize for it!  But on a positive note, I finished something!  Did you?  The photo below is the sample for the Brilliant Bindings by Machine journal cover that will be made in the mini class at Pinwheels and Friends!  I love the fun fabric and how quick this journal cover goes together.  Especially when sewing on the binding by machine!

Journal Cover

Journal Cover

#1- For machine sewn binding, stitch to the front and turn to back for a hand finished “look”.

#2- Use fun fabrics for bindings!

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Debbie

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Two Tip Tiesday – events

I’ve been busy getting things settled for another show and event in Florida in January.  First the new show.  I’ll be vending and teaching mini classes at a new show in Sturbridge, MA in November!  All the information can be found on Pinwheels and Friends website.

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A little plug for my classes…one by machine…Brilliant Bindings by Machine in which you will walk away from class with a bound Journal cover (complete with journal included)!!  All for only $10!!!!  Doesn’t get any better than that for instruction and kit!  Next a hands-on hand piecing class of piecing on a muslin foundation.  In this class you will work on a Tiny World.  All instruction, house and tree foundation, fabrics are also included in the kit also for only $10!!  You just can’t beat that!  Other vendors will also be instructors, so check out the options and sign up early.  They will sell out early.

 

For my Florida trip…I am the featured teacher for a retreat put on by Sew Central of Merritt Island, FL!!!!!  Check out the website for all the information!  (Sewcentral.net). Babes on the Beach is going to be a blast!  Who doesn’t want to be in sunny central Florida on the coast in January?!?  And with me and a room full of quilters making one of my patterns?!

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I did something for myself a couple weeks ago…I joined Beth Helfter’s (Eva Paige Designs) Teal Mini Swap 2016.  I will be making a teal mini for my new quilting friend, Katie, in Kansas!  The swap raises funds for Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.  There is only a few days left to join (Aug.29) and it will be capped at 425 swappers.  She is currently at 377!!!  So hurry and register if you are interested, or look for it next year.

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#1- What have hat have you done for yourself lately?  Join the fun of a show, retreat, getaway or swap.

I love planning, but I’m not so good at finishing.  So I’m saying this out loud…”I will finish at least one UFO by the time I write to you next week!”  There I said it, now to get my buns in gear!

#2- make a commitment to finish something!  Even if it is to put a label on a quilt!

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Debbie

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Two Tip Tuesday – Design wall

First, THANK YOU Grand Rapids and all those who attended the show!!  I had a great time with lots of laughs!  My new friends…the sisters (coffee does help!), my shortarm friend (as apposed to longarm!), students (send those photos!) and all the kids who visited my booth… Thanks for making it memorable!

I’m still moving my studio/workshop/catch-all room around.   And my design wall was removed from its previous location.  So, I thought it would be a good time to show you how I make mine before it gets put back on another wall.  My two tips will be the process of making a design wall and hanging it!!

I use construction insulation board for the base.  I’ve seen it blue or pink.  Blue is thinner than pink and my preference.  It comes in 4′ x 8′ sheets.  Cut it to whatever size you like or put several together for an entire wall!  I have used one board/sheet (cut to 5 1/2′ long) and covered with flannel.  This is an old cream flannel sheet wrapped around the front and stapled to the back.

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Mark the placement for hanging.  For the greatest stability, measure wall stud distances and mark accordingly.  We drilled a hole through the board, BUT made a slit in the flannel so the drill did not chew up the flannel.  (Or drill the holes first and then cut slit after board is covered.). A flat 1″ washer goes between the board and the long screw.  Make sure the screw is long enough to go through the board and into the wall/stud.  We used a 1 1/2″ flat head wood screw.

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Screw design board into the wall.  Hand sew slit closed.  TaDa!  A design board without a lot of work or cost!

 

 

In quilting,

Debbie

 

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