Merry & Bright Sew Along - Wreaths 7 - 13

By Christine Lux
on July 26, 2019
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Happy Friday!

After making the wreaths last week, I zipped through the last seven pretty easily this weekend and the idea of making an extra and turning it into a pillow is feeling more and more like a "yes, I neeeeeed that!" ha!

I did want to show you a picture about how I sew just next to the drawn line instead of on them when I am doing these geese and flipped corners for this. It is a very subtle difference, but I think it really helps with accuracy. 

I worked on all the blocks at once - piecing each section at one time. Once all the sections were made, it was quick to pin the long sides on and zip them through the machine. 

 

Here are my new seven... 

 

And aren't they all lovely together?!

 

Hope you have a great weekend! I will be back next week with the first post on the bows blocks. :)

Happy Sewing!

Merry & Bright Sew Along : Wreaths 1 - 6

By Christine Lux
on July 20, 2019
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Hello there! 

We're getting sewing this week on our Merry & Bright Quilt designed by Kate Spain. This week, we are making the first six wreath blocks and I wanted to share a few tips and photos in case you find them helpful to you. 

Last week, I got all my fabric cut out and sorted the prints for the wreaths and bows. I made a test wreath block as well and will admit to doing this pretty quickly. There are two places I took a little more time when making the other five for this week's six wreath blocks that I wanted to share about here in hopes it helps you be successful. 

Now, you might be thinking... "six blocks in a week?! Is she crazy?" Well, maybe, BUT I prefer to chain piece several blocks at once to make my sewing time more efficient. This is less time referencing a pattern and less times up and down from my machine to my iron. LOL

I selected blocks with the same bow fabrics to work on this week - thinking this might be less confusing, but actually, it was pretty easy to keep them all straight. 

I started with the wreath centers, pinning all the small squares in place for all the blocks, sewing them all and then pressing them all, etc. 

I will say that I HIGHLY recommend that you take the time to draw the lines on the back of these smaller squares (and later when making the geese for the bows). They are small pieces and you may think, "eh... I can eyeball it." And if you do eyeball it, and the corners come out a little wonky, you will need to be extra careful lining up the rectangles on the top and bottom of the wreath center so that your middle unit of the block is tall enough. 

When I am sewing smaller squares and making geese, I will also sew just NEXT to my line instead of on it. This way when I fold the fabric back to the corner it accounts for the fold and tends to line up a little better with the original square or rectangle on the bottom. 

I followed the pressing guides in the pattern with one exception. I pressed the seam in the center of the bow open. I felt this helped this section lay a little bit flatter and also helped the center section of my block end up at the right height to match the side units. 

Once you have the center unit and the side units made, it is a total breeze to assemble these! I made five of my six in under two hours. 

And now that they are all laid out, I can't wait to make the next set! 

See you next week!

 

Merry & Bright Sew Along : Cutting the Quilt

By Christine Lux
on July 12, 2019
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Welcome to the first post in the Merry & Bright Sew Along Series! 

This week, we are cutting out the fabrics for the quilt and overall it's pretty easy! I will show you some photos of each type of cut so you can see a little about how I used my fat eighths from our kit. Of course, you'll need to refer to the pattern for the specific measurements. 

The first thing I did was to separate out the prints from the F8 bundle into wreaths (aqua & green), wreath bows (reds), bows (silver) and checkerboard (navy). I did notice pretty quickly that you'll need an extra aqua or green if you want all the wreaths in one of these colors as there are only 12 FQs in these two colors. (If you're getting a kit from us, we will include an extra F8 of one of the prints to accommodate this!) 

Once I got to cutting, I worked on each kind of cut (ex. wreaths, then bows, etc). I cut one print to get my bearings and then subsequently cut multiples layered to speed up my process. 

For the wreaths, you'll cut two long strips and then subcut the rectangles and squares you need. 

For the red wreath bows, you're cutting 12 squares from 3 reds and then 8 from another 2 red prints. Cut two long strips the width of the squares and then subcut them. 

For the navy, it's simple! Two long strips and that's it! :)

Finally, for the silver bows, cut two strips - one in each width of square needed - then subcut from there. 

Cut the background as instructed. (Note: a lot of the cuts are strips of the same width and you may find you are able to get some pieces out of leftovers on some strips and not have to cut quite as many strips.) 

Once I got everything cut, I put the background pieces for the wreaths in one stack and then the background pieces for the navy and grey with each of their counterparts. 

I also went ahead and decided with red bow print will go with each wreath and presorted these into stacks. 

I think next week when I start making the first set of wreath blocks, I will work on all the ones that have the same red print bows at once to streamline the process without mixing anything up. But more on that next week... 

For now, here is my test block! 

See you next week!

Summer Moon BOM - Bear Tracks

By Christine Lux
on July 10, 2019
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Hey there!  Welcome to Month 3 of the Summer Moon BOM! Month 3 Block 1 is the Bear Tracks block. And I have to say ... I love the look of this block, but it was definitely tedious to cut and sew! :) 

As with all of my other blocks, I cut all three sizes at once and then worked on them at the same time. 

This time we are cutting pieces that have 1/8th increments versus 1/4" inch increments - so be sure to pay attention! I thought about cutting this one evening, but decided to wait until I wasn't so tired - LOL!

I made my HSTs a little bigger and trimmed them down (as I usually do). 

Be sure to take the time to draw the line on the back of the background squares. With pieces so small, it is extra important to be accurate.

When I went to assemble the units, I worked in a pattern. So, while they are scrappy looking, they are very controlled as well. It was easier for me to streamline this than agonize over where each fabric ended up. But that's just me - feel free to be more organic about it. 

My goodness that small block is teeny tiny!

But they sure are cute, right? I really want to make a cute pinnie with a small one at some point. 

See yall next week! 

Happy Sewing!

 

Aurora Merry & Bright Sew Along

By Christine Lux
on July 06, 2019
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Hello there!  

We have a fun holiday quilt along to share with you featuring Kate Spain's Aurora collection and her pattern called "Merry & right." 

I love the wreaths with bows in this quilt and thought it would be a fun quilt for an easy-going sew along. 

We do have some kits available in the shop here if you need one. Our kits include all fabric for the top & binding as well as the printed quilt pattern. 

Otherwise, you can get a PDF pattern directly from Kate's shop and sew with your own stash of holiday prints. You will need: 

  • Blocks: 1 Fat Eighth Bundle or 28– 9” x 22” cuts
  • Background: 3 1/2 yards 
  • Binding: 2/3 yard 
  • Backing: 3 yards

Here's our Sew Along Schedule: 

  • July 12 - Cutting 
  • July 19 - Wreaths #1-6
  • July 26 - Wreaths #7-13
  • August 2 - Bows 1-6
  • August 9 - Bows 7-12
  • August 16 - Assembling Quilt Top
  • August 23 - Finishing 

Follow along here on the blog and on Instagram (@sewlux) for the sew along fun!

Summer Moon BOM - Pinwheel Geese

By Christine Lux
on June 26, 2019
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Summer Moon - Month 2, Block 3 - Pinwheel Geese

We're wrapping up month 2 of this BOM already! It seems like the summer is just flying by. And speaking of flying ... this week's block is full of flying geese! 

As I have with all of my other blocks so far, I've cut all three sizes and then chain piece them all at the same time. This is the most efficient method for me as opposed to working on each size block individually. 

SO many geese in this one! :) 

I did want to share that when I joined the geese units together, I pinned them so that the bottom of the "triangle" was the side I followed with my presser foot. It's the edge that is the most straight and I found it worked a little better for me. (You may prefer to sew with this the other way so you can see that you are sewing the intersection of the seams a little better. (Hopefully that makes sense!) 

Once you get all those little geese made, it is pretty quick to add the rectangles and put the four patches together to complete the block. 

I do love the movement in this block! This would be a fun one to play with color placement on. Maybe an ombre effect and a dark background? So many ideas! This is one of the great things about working on a sampler quilt - so many different types of blocks to try out without having to make twenty or thirty of the same ones. Which one has been your favorite so far?

I will be taking off the Week of July 4th, so I will see you on the 10th with the start of month 3. :) 

Happy Sewing!

Summer Moon BOM - Capital T

By Christine Lux
on June 12, 2019
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Summer Moon - Month 2 Block 1 - Capital T

Welcome to Month 2! We're using a different background for these three - cute little silver dots! :) 

The Capital T block is on page 16. I continue to like cutting all the pieces for all three sizes and then working on the blocks simultaneously. If you prefer to make them one at a time, do whatever works best for you!

Note: I did cut my squares for the HST portions of the block at the nearest inch (or half inch) - basically 1/8" larger than suggested. I prefer this method, which allows me to trim them with my Bloc-Loc and feel this helps me with accuracy. 

Make the HST and the geese units per the book - being sure to press as instructed. (Normally, I press toward the darker print on an HST, but your seams will nest nicely if you follow the book directions and press to the background.)

You can see in this photo that I've got all the units ready for all three sizes to head back over to my machine. :)

One tip I wanted to share is that sometimes when making geese this tiny, it can be hard to make them absolutely perfect. When I went to join them with a plain square or a HST block, I used the plain or HST square as a quide for accurate size and sewed with these blocks on top to be sure my seam allowance was nice and straight. (Hope that makes sense!)

These blocks came together pretty easily. Be sure to pin the intersections when joining rows so nothing shifts too much while sewing.

Hope you're having fun so far! See you next Wednesday...

Happy Sewing!

Summer Moon BOM - Album Block

By Christine Lux
on May 15, 2019
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Summer Moon - Month 1 Block 1 - Album Block 

Hello there! The first block we are sewing is the Album block. This is a traditional block that is easy to sew despite having quite a few pieces. 

Use the instructions in the book to cut the block in each of the three sizes. (Note that you will have some leftover pieces (mentioned on page 9), so don't panic as you lay out your block that you are missing something! :) 

I worked on one block at a time and pieced my diagonal strips/rows. 

And then sewed the rows together. The book directions call for pressing away from the center strip. I used a bit of Flatter spray once I finished piecing it. 

You'll trim each block to a different size (small, medium and large) so be sure to reference the book for that. I used a line on my ruler to help me keep the design centered while trimming.

Once you have trimmed your block, be sure to handle it carefully, as there are now lots of bias edges on the sides. :) 

See you next week with our next block! 

Dessert Sampler All Quilted Up!

By Christine Lux
on August 13, 2018
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Hey there!

I hope you've been having fun getting your Dessert Sampler blocks made and sewn together. I was so excited when I got my top finished - what a sense of accomplishment to see all those HSTs all together! :)

I sent my quilt off to Julie at Creekside Quilting. Julie has quilted several of my quilts for me and she always does a great job with a great turnaround time, too. And ... she's willing to trim my quilts up to if I want her to, which is something I love. 

I sent Julie a few different pantograph options, but ultimately settled on this Moulin Rouge one by Urban Elementz. With so many types of blocks and angles, I thought something a little swirly might be fun. (The original sample shown at Quilt Market was done in loops similar to this one.)  

I used this wide back for the backing and the quilting shows up so well on the back, too!

All I have left to do is to attach my binding and stitch it down. :)

Thank you so much for sewing along with me!

Dessert Sampler Assembly Blocks 5 & 6

By Christine Lux
on August 10, 2018
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We made it! 

Today we are getting sections 5 and 6 assembled and then the quilt top is just two seams away from being done! 

Section 5

This is the bottom left corner of the quilt top. Start by sewing the three 9" blocks together and then the two blocks on the right. You'll add the HST strip to the grey/pink/yellow star and then add the pink and green gingham star to that unit.

Section 6

This section is the bottom right corner of the quilt top. The two smaller blocks are joined and then added to the larger blue block. From there, you'll add the rectangular unit of blocks. 

Finally, before adding the bottom unit you will need to sew on this little filler strip. 

Once you have sections 5 and 6 made and joined together, all that is left is to sew the three longer sections together. 

I carefully pinned these sections, matching seams when I could to help me be sure things lined up nicely. 

Monday I will share pictures of my quilt as I've worked ahead a bit and had my quilter work her magic on it! 

See ya then!

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