Sunday, November 9, 2014

Christmas Reversible Patchwork Pocket Placemats Tutorial

I cannot believe that I made these Christmas placemats back in June when we were still living in the townhome waiting for our new house to be finished! I made them for the super sweet and talented gals over at Fort Worth Fabric Studio for their Christmas in July series. I had wanted to make Christmas placemats ever since I started quilting and it would just get pushed to the side and then Christmas would come and go and then I would think, next year, for sure! HAHA!

I decided to wait until when Christmas was more on everyone's radar to repost again on my blog, so here it is! Enjoy!

Christmas Placemats

I designed these placemats for my 47" round kitchen table (which I since refinished because I was so embarrassed of it's condition after taking these pictures!) and made them a bit smaller than normal placemats that you get at the store. I find that the store bought placemats are too large for my table and I hated the way the corners would touch. These are just the perfect size for a plate, silverware, and a cup. If you want to test out what size you should make your placemats, I recommend getting copy paper (tape together) or the large sheet construction paper (that's what I used) to decide on a size and go from there.

Christmas Placemats
I just love these little keeps those little hands from reaching up and stealing the silverware and use them as pirate swords (not naming any names....little relish).

You will need:
  • (2) charm packs
  • (1) yard of Moda linen
  • (1) yard print for pocket and binding
  • Brown scrap fabrics for tree trunks
  • Scrap batting measuring approximately 14 x 18"
  • Woven interfacing for appliqué (example: Shape-flex 101)
Now the fun part!
  • Cut the linen fabric into rectangles approximately 14 x 18". These will be trimmed down to 12.5 x 16.5" once they have been quilted. 
  • Choose around 6-9 charms to use as trees. Fuse your interfacing to these charms and cut your triangles. I just made my trees into various sizes using the rotary and ruler. You will also need to fuse the interfacing to the brown scraps you will use for the tree trunks. These were also cut freehanded. 
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  • For the patchwork back, cut (192) 2.5 inch squares. Since I used my charm pack, I picked out 48 and cut each into 4's. 
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  • Layout the trees and the trunks how you like on the linen side of your placemat. Remember that the linen piece was cut a bit larger than needed so dont get too close to the edge. I used a glue stick to keep my trees/trunks in place while I appliqued them. I decided to use a raw edge applique and used my triple stitch setting on my machine. I like the look of the thicker stitches. 
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  • To make the pockets, you will cut (8) 4.5 x 7.5 rectangles. Place two rectangles right sides together and sew around three of the sides leaving one short side open. Trim your corners, turn and press with the open side folded in. Make sure the folded side is on the bottom when you sew the pockets on later. Repeat 3 more times and set aside.
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  • Make the quilt sandwich using the tree/linen side as your back since it's larger. Quilt as desired!
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  • You will need  (6)  WOF (44 inch) strips for the binding. I cut mine at 2.5 inches but you can make yours thinner or wider if you like...totally your preference. Trim up the sides and add your binding using whatever binding technique that works for you :)
  • Last step is to attach the pockets! You will place these on the right side about 2" from the bottom and 2" from the right side. Make sure the open side is on the bottom, so it will be stitched closed when you sew the entire pocket down. Edge-stitch the pocket onto the mat along the two long (right and left) sides and bottom leaving the top open. Tip: Use the same color thread on the bottom that you quilted with so it blends in with the quilting.  
    Christmas Placemats
If you want to mix it up a bit, you can do ornaments instead or some other Christmassy silhouette. That's it! Enjoy!

Christmas Placemats

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Free Christmas Tree Skirt Pattern on Craftsy

I am so excited to put my first pattern on Craftsy (download here)! I have decided to make this a free pattern (for now) just so I can get a feel for the process, so be sure to go and download it now! It's a cute, one-page pattern with the instructions in the middle of the template, SO no wasted paper or ink! I do recommend printing on heavy cardstock.
I designed this pattern using the Creative Grids 15 Degree Ruler and you can buy one from your local quilt shop or on Amazon (click here or on picture below). It took me forever to decide on fabrics to use, but ultimately decided on fabrics that I knew would look good under my Christmas tree and in my house. I am not huge on bright reds and greens as Christmas decoration and thought this would add just enough flare for my taste. That's the beauty of this pattern, you can make it look subtle or as bold as you like. You can even do alternating reds and whites to have a peppermint look or cut your wedges from strip-pieced sections.

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Please let me know if you download the free pattern and if you make one! I would love to see it!! Have a great week!


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

my, oh my, a big giant butterfly...

Hey y'all! Who else was glued to IG this past weekend? I sure was! Some pictures I could have stared at for hours just soaking it all in. Hopefully, one day, I will get a chance to see all of this in person!

Also, I so excited that it's that time again over at Amy's Creative Side....Yup! Blogger's Quilt Festival! I am also super excited to share what I plan on entering into the Applique Quilt Category! I am also sharing a little bit of big relish's new room, so if you love Cotton + Steel, please keep reading!

Butterfly Quilt

Since we moved in the new house, back in July, I knew I wanted to make big relish a special wall hanging for her bedroom. If you ask her what her favorite animal is, she will tell you horse and then go on to tell you that her favorite bug is a butterfly. It was so easy picking out fabrics this past spring and summer for her room because horses and butterflies were everywhere!

Butterfly Quilt

After hours of Pinterest-ing and Google-ing "butterfly" I just couldn't get any ideas to settle and then I finally thought of giving a mosaic raw edge applique a try. I figured if it looked like crap, all that was wasted was a little bit of background fabric, scraps, and some of my time.

Butterfly Quilt

Thank goodness it didn't! Whew! I am in love with it and so is big relish!! I asked her if I could put it in my room and she said "no" and that "maybe I could make another one" ---Hah! I just might!!

Here are a few details on how I made this super simple and fast quilt: First, I took 1 1/2 yards of background fabric and folded it in half. I then drew half of the butterfly free hand using a disappearing fabric marker. I then place the folded backing on a big window so that I could duplicate the other half of the butterfly on the other side. Next, glue basted (using the purple washable glue stick) 1-1 1/2" scraps within the shape of the butterfly. After basing, I quilted a narrow (1/4") vertical straight stitch in order to catch as much of the scraps under the stitching, that way it doesn't fray too much.

Another great use for scraps is an easy fabric ribbon banner. I used leftover fabrics from the girl's summer dresses and was able to make each of the girls their own banner for above their beds.
This ribbon banner was also super fun and fast to make and really can fill up a wall! Her bed is so tall so I knew whatever I put up there needed to be long and narrow.

Butterfly Quilt

And finally here is the other corner of her room where the butterflies continue over. I used Cotton + Steel's Moonlit butterfly print for the curtains and the butterflies on the walls came from Hobby Lobby throughout the last several years. As you can see, the quilted pillows are also C+S and yes, I might be addicted! The other half of her room (book shelf and dresser) is still a work in progress and I hope to incorporate more her other favorite, horses, so stay tuned! My goal this year is to incorporate as much fabric and handmades into our new home and giving everyone's space a very personal touch that they might not have physically created but definitely had a part in the inspiration.


So, if you haven't already, please go check out the Blogger's Quilt Festival and when you are there, please nominate and/or vote for me if you like (here)! Also, please let me know if you did, so I can thank you personally and return the favor if you are participating as well!

Thanks so much for visiting and hope you have a great Halloween!


Friday, October 17, 2014

Kraft-Tex Wallet(s)

Happy Friday, Y'all! Earlier this week I showed you this new paper/fabric product from CT Publishing called Kraft-Tex and wanted to share more with you because I finally got to really play and sew with it this week!

I first read about his product over at Pretty by Hand, where Kristyne (also author of S is for Stitch) was sharing her latest publication as a contributor in Kraft-Tex Style. She made these adorable lined basket/boxes with this material that is paper but behaves like paper, fabric, and leather all at once.

I was skeptical at first but in my late night amazon browsing haze, I somehow talked myself into a BOLT of this stuff and added the book for good measure. When the bolt arrived I was again skeptical and started having buyers remorse. It was literally a bolt of super thick kraft paper. I have a really bad habit of shopping right before I fall asleep in bed and it's pretty much like online shopping while drunk -- everything seems like a super awesome idea. I'm special.

So, I sat down with the book and started checking out all the things you can make with this "paper" so I can justify my purchas just in case Mr. Relished noticed and thought, "hey, this stuff might actually be cool!" So I chopped off about two yards and threw it in the washer with hot water and no soap and waited. When I opened the washer it was still all together and was no longer stiff and felt like wet leather. No, I am serious! I wanted to see if washing it twice would make it even more softer and so I did. It actually came out about the same so I learned one quick wash in hot water was enough, I threw it in the dryer and it dried right up. The only thing I didn't like when it came out of the drier was how wrinkly it was. I decided to throw it in the wash one more time and then let it lay flat to dry. Once dry, it was back to being a little stiff but it looked totally different had had a leathery look to it. Hmmm...

Wednesday night, I had an itch to sew something quick and I was needing a new wallet to replace my busted one and thought I would give the wallet pattern in the book a try. It looked fast and easy and only took a little bit of fabric. I made one with a little bit of cotton + steel and fell in love with my new wallet. I then made two more because it was so easy and fast! I figured these would make great gifts!


I even tried out the cute key-fob idea also found in the book. :) Kraft-tex also comes in white and black ( I don't know why they don't have the black in the smaller roll). I bet black would look pretty awesome as a wallet, too!
I have a few tips for working with Kraft-Tex:
  • Wash a couple of yards to have on hand. Wash with HOT water and lay flat to dry. Dont be afraid to iron with lots of steam. I was short one small piece that needed to look worn, and just steamed the heck out of it and then man-handled it a bit.
  • Don't wash before if you plan to write or print on it. It gets quite bumpy once washed.
  • Once you sew with it, the holes are permanent. If you need to seam rip and sew again in the same spot, just take it slow and make sure the needle goes down in the original hole. Also, make note of your stitch length so it's easier to replicate.

I can officially say I am ADDICTED to this stuff! I showed you where I used it as a quilt label and recently ran it through my printer to make small label tags. I also doodled on a piece and threw it in the wash to see if it would run or come off. I'll let you know how well this material actually holds up but I'm excited about all the possibilities!

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Hope you have a great weekend!




Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Bright Sky QAL

Yay, it's my turn to share my Bright Sky quilt with you guys! Let me just say this quilt goes together fast!! I probably spent more time picking out the fabrics and choosing placement then the actual piecing. Ha!

Bright Sky QAL


This week of the QAL, Alyce of Blossom Heart Quilts (BHQ), is talking about tips on making the outer star. I will have to agree that anytime you sew on the bias you deal with a lot of stretch. I decided to do Option B cutting with having the bias on the seams. It worked out just fine and basting went very smoothly. I would recommend trimming up your blocks before piecing the quilt. I had a one or two points get a little lost. Pinning and starch also helps with any excessive stretch.

I decided to use the lovely Rustique collection by Emily Herrick for Michael Miller. I fell in love with the deers in this print and the beautiful, bight colors that give it a modern fall feel. The background is Olive Essex Linen which is really hard to find but is this weird (in a good way) silvery/grey with a little subtle olive green. I wish I had more! It's a nice change from the Essex black or linen and plays well with the other vibrant colors.

So, last week, Alyce challenged everyone to add something extra for the center square. Luckily, I was one step ahead and was thinking the same thing! I almost went with a paper pieced star but really loved the deers in the fabric and took inspiration from Emily's awesome pattern, Big Game, so I decided to add a raw appliqued deer head. It's pretty subtle, I hope. ;) I just found an image on the internet that I liked and enlarged it. I did adjust the antlers a bit as well to my taste and raw edge appliqued it on with pink thread. I did 4 overlapping stitches so I know that bad boy won't come off! I washed it right after the photoshoot and it fluffed and frayed up nicely.

I'm pretty sure all the mom's at the park thought I was weird taking pictures of a quilt but at least I brought the kids and Mr. Relish with I can make sure we look crazy as a family! They are my quilty beard, after all. Hehe!!
For the quilting I just did a some stippling with flowers/butterflies thrown in. This was fun to quilt up!
I am so glad Alyce invited me to participate in this fun QAL! Thanks Alyce!!! Be sure to check out all the other bloggers sharing their version of the Bright Sky QAL during the Wednesday blog hop posts! Last week it was Molli Sparkles and then Ms Midge next week! That's a pretty awesome sandwich I'm in between. ;)

  • Monday 29th September – Choosing Fabrics Tips at BHQ
  • Wednesday 8th October – Molli Sparkles
  • Wednesday 15th October – My Fabric Relish
  • Wednesday 22nd October – Ms Midge
  • Monday 27th October – Pretty Bobbins free motion quilting guest post here at BHQ
  • Wednesday 29th October – A Stitch In Between (Bright Sky mini)
  • Monday 3rd November – Elven Garden Quilts free motion quilting guest post here at BHQ
  • Monday 10th November – Final link-up opens at BHQ for a week

Oh, and of course there's lots of prizes! Be sure to see all the goodies you have the chance to win at Blossom Heart Quilts! And, if you are on Instagram (I'm myfabricrelish) be sure to tag your progress with #brightskyquilt!

Lastly, I want to share more details about my quilt label that I shared on IG the other day....
Ok, guys, this stuff is cool. You know those labels on the back of Levi jeans? Well you can actually buy it. It's called KraftTex and it magically washes up and behaves a little like leather! There is also a fun new book out to give you some inspiration for uses, KraftTex Style. Here is my Pinterest board for other ideas.

Thanks again for the visit! If you are new here, I would love to have you back! Have a great week!!

- Melissa



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