Monday, June 26, 2017

Put your little head on this ~

Sweet dreams on your very own personalized pillow case....made by you just for you. 

While last I was visiting with Torch, she had herself a little sewing project -   pillow cases.   I came home invigorated because I knew just the Christmas gift I was going to make for all the nieces and nephews.  I'll probably pin some dollar greens on each pillow with a "Sweet Dreams" note card personalized for each child. 

I found my printed pattern  and immediately had questions.  The yardage wasn't specific enough for me.    It was anywhere from 24" -26" for the main fabric....larger if for larger pillows.  The cuff could be 12" plus or minus and the flange 2"-3", depending on how much your pillow case and cuff was.   I wanted SPECIFIC.

I did find a You-Tube which was very helpful until we got to the part about the French seam.  Jenny (Doan) doesn't do French seams since she has a serger sewing machine.   BUT JENNY, I SCREAMED......I don't have a serger!!!

Not to be outdone, I combined the two:  the printed pattern and the video and now can show you how I make a pillow case to fit a standard size pillow.  If you want king size, then you are on your own! 

You'll need three fabrics folded selvedge to selvedge and cut to these specifics:
  • 3/4" yard main 
  • 9" for the cuff
  • 2" for the flange 

 Place the 3 fabrics one on top of the other with center folds of each lined up and trim off the selvedges.  Now all three fabrics are the same width. 

Press the flange in half lengthwise.

Layer order:  The cuff is face up.  Next place the main fabric face up on top and the pressed/folded flap on top of the main with raw edges together.  I stabilize with a few pins then start rolling the main fabric from the bottom until I can see the cuff.  Now, pin the  top of the cuff to the already pinned layers. 

Stitch through all layers with 1/4" seam allowance. 

Pull inside out and press from both side. 

To make inside French seams, fold the fabric over on itself with WRONG SIDES TOGETHER.  Pin sides and bottom and stitch with scant 1/4" seam allowance.
Turn the pillow case wrong side out and press.  With a 3/8" seam allowance, stitch the side and bottom to completely encase and hide the raw edges inside your pillow case. 

Turn, shake it out, stuff that pillow.  Sweet Dreams.

pillow cases made by Marty Mason

Inquiring Minds? 
Selvedge: British English 
Selvage:  Plain English

Friday, June 23, 2017

Don't you just love the Moda Bake Shop

Free Pattern from Janice Ryan.....Sunnyside Diamond Zig Zag Quilt.   Janice uses a Kate Spain jelly roll but this would be the perfect quilt made from your scraps all stripped up and cut as Janice demonstrates.   Of course, the construction would be a tad more intense, but it would be fantastic to use up those scraps we hoard. 

Moda Bake Shop free pattern by Janice Ryan

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Testing, Testing One, Two, Three....Testing

I found this PDF - a free Double T pattern on the Art Gallery Fabric site and wanted to see if I could copy and paste it directly here.  I'm loving the Pat Bravo Indie Boheme fabric used in this demonstration.
Ok....that seemed to work so now let's see if I can embed the AGF video tutorial and watch how easily the Double T block is constructed. 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Row by Row ~ On The Go

Today's the day, June 21,  2017 ~ Ready, Set, Go until September 5. 

Here's your Row By Row map of shops participating in the United States, Canada and Europe. 

Janet Lutz' Row By Row Experience  started in 2011 with 20 shops in New York State and has grown to world-wide proportions and is still growing. 

I love the 9th row project this year.  Participating quilt shops have an exclusive pattern that when purchased will make a donation to The Make A Wish Foundation. 

Also new is the  Row by Row, Jr. to spark the love of quilting in young quilters.  How fun is that? 
Get those engines revved, get On The Go and have a happy summer.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Sponsored by Sassi Strippers Quilt Guild - an annual quilt show

Look what Amy Aderman found for us ~   Save these dates ~ for sure if you are in or near Baton Rouge and need a respite from the Louisiana heat, then drop in for a Kaleidoscope of Quilts

posted by Marty Mason