The new Manatee Migration Quilt Pattern is available and is also adorable. Do you love manatees or know someone that does? This quilt is the perfect way to encourage anyone’s love for Manatee’s. Either make a large throw size quilt with three manatee’s, perfect for snuggling. Or make a single manatee wall hanging. Need a little something extra? Add a bowtie, top hat, or party hat to your manatee. These are all options that come in the Manatee Migration Quilt pattern.
The great thing about this quilt, aside from the adorable manatees, is that it is very versatile. You could increase or decrease the size of the quilt by making less or more manatees as well as changing the border sizing. Of course these changes will change the fabric quantities. The pattern having the fabric requirements for the full throw size quilt which is a whopping 60″ x 72″ quilt as well as having separate fabric requirements for the single manatee wall hanging helps a lot with any alterations you would like to do.
I personally am not the best at following patterns as I like to make things my own. Hence becoming a pattern writer. So I know the desire for making changes and adding fun details. This is one of the reasons I often add so many options to my patterns. For the Manatee Migration Quilt I not only have the two size options, I also have the option to add a bowtie, a top hat, and a party hat. The instructions help you add any of these to any of the manatees and give instructions on what pieces to cut/not cut depending on which you are making.
I have all my patterns tested. The Manatee Migration Quilt is no exception. My goal is to have no issues once my patterns are up for sale. So you can purchase and make the quilts I design without any complications. I could not do this without the help of the amazing testers that volunteer to make my designs. If you are an Instagram user, check out the hashtag #manateemigrationquilt to see the fun quilts and wall hangings that my testers made from the Manatee Migration Quilt pattern.
Head over to my Etsy shop to get started on your Manatee Migration Quilt. Don’t forget to post a picture on social media or in a review on my etsy shop so I can see your awesome quilt.
The Moth Eclipse Pattern Released today May 1st 2021. The Moth Eclipse Pattern is a Foundation Paper Pieced Pattern including 3 different moths. In order below, Moth 1, Moth 2, and Moth 3.
For those who aren’t familiar, Foundation Paper Piece (FPP) is the technique of using a pattern printed on paper and sewing the fabric together directly on the paper. It is easier than it sounds and creates crisp intricate designs relatively quickly. I highly recommend doing some research online and watching some videos if you are wanting to try it out.
The Moth Eclipse Pattern is an intermediate to advance skill level pattern. I did have a new to FPP tester knock them out of the park, so beginners can definitely do it. There are some tricky spots though. For those confident in their FPP skills, these sew up very quickly. Each moth has a very similar construction ranging from 8-10 sections to sew and then assemble. They all have their own unique features. Moth 1 and Moth 2 have the same general body shape and construction Moth 1 has larger sections to highlight the fabric and the wings are fully constructed in 2 sections, 1 per side. Moth 2 has spots and the wings are constructed out of the 4 sections total, 2 per side. Moth 3 has stripes on the wings, and also has spots on the lower wings as well as a different overall shape.
Each Moth has some sort of spot or stripe you could easily omit by just using one fabric to span the spot or stripe as well as the surrounding area so you can have a larger section of printed fabric take the spotlight. There are just so many options with this pattern. Changing up the fabric location, i.e. what fabric matches another fabric, how many fabrics you use, etc.. So many options. I can not get over it. I highly recommend hopping over to Instagram and checking out the hashtag #motheclipse for all the moths being made. My testers blew me away with their fun fabric combos.
The pattern is great to use prints and solids. I had one tester who strictly used solids on hers and they are so fun. You can get as crazy as you like with the amount of fabrics used or keep it very simple with just a few mix fabrics. The pattern has several color and fabric visuals per moth so you can see it in various forms. The Moth Eclipse Pattern also provided visuals with dark backgrounds as well as light backgrounds. Just that simple swap of a light or dark background changes the whole look of the Moths.
Once of my favorite things to do while researching for this pattern is to search for images of real moths online. It’s amazing how many gorgeous brightly colored real moths there are. I found so many and modeled a few of my first test moths with the same colors and variations as the ones I saw online. The only moths I have ever seen in real life are those normal brown or white ones that rush into the house at night when the door is opened. So seeing all the beautiful moths online was so inspiring and really brought this pattern to life for me.
The pattern is available in my etsy shop HERE. It comes with 4 downloads. The main pattern is one file and is all the fabric requirements, sewing instructions, loads of diagrams and coloring sheets. The other 3 files are the pattern templates for each Moth. The pattern is a PDF download and is available after purchase so you can start sewing right away.
I hope you will join in the fun and make some moths. Just a warning it’s addicting. Don’t forget to check out all the examples on Instagram and join the community and post yours too.
The See Through Project Bag Tutorial is now available. Download the PDF at the bottom of this post.
This tutorial comes in the form of a 10 page downloadable PDF tutorial and is full of step by step directions with multiple color pictures for each step. It has supply lists with yardage amounts as well as a list of other items you will need to make the See Through Project Bag. The downloadable PDF format allows you to view on your computer or print it out. If you don’t want to download it you can still click the link to the PDF and view on your computer online without downloading it.
The See Through Project Bag is a little something I have been working on for a few years. I have tweaked and made it better here and there and now I think it is ready to go. My goal was to use adorable vinyl, use multiple bright fun fabrics, have it be a super fast to make bag, make the bag big enough to hold decent sized projects. Check check check check check. LOL. Plus you can easily customize the size smaller or larger to fit your needs.
I love to mix multiple fabrics together and not all from the same fabric line. wink wink. I’m a rebel I tell you. This pattern allows you to mix and match fabrics to get the perfect bag for you. The Inside Back fabric that you see through the vinyl, the binding fabric which acts as the border, the Back fabric, and the handle I recommend using one of the first three fabric leftovers for. This project bag takes minimal fabric amounts. You may be able to start right away if you happen to have vinyl and the right zippers.
I am recommending the cut to length wide tape zippers for this bag. I love Sew Quirky black and white striped zippers for that added bit of fun. The Sallie Tomato Zippers of the same format work awesome too. I have yet to try a standard zipper from a fabric store, but it’s on my list to test out. Standard zippers are just typically not as wide and will need minor adjustment to the length of the pouch.
For the vinyl. You would be fine going to your local fabric store that sells it and picking up a nice 12 guage vinyl for this project. I have ordered mine from Natalie’s Shop, @sewhungryhippie . I love the quality of her vinyls, and that they are more unique, and she ships super quick.
I will be trying out a few things and sharing on Instagram this week after the release of this tutorial. I will be testing out a smaller width zipper or standard sized zipper from my local fabric shop. I will be testing out some smaller sizes, and I will be testing out some pieced sections for the Back and Inside Back fabrics. I will be sharing throughout the week on Instagram and compiling a blog post I’ll link below once finished of any tips, tricks, and variations I come up with.
I hope you enjoy making this fun See Through Project Bag. Please please share when you’ve made one either here on the blog, on Instagram, or via email.
Also just a reminder, read through the whole tutorial before starting so you know where your headed and can avoid any surprises.
Go download the See Through Project Bag Tutorial at the link below and get started. For links to all the zipper and vinyl resources check back in the blog post if you didn’t read through. ;) Please please comment or shoot me an email if you find any parts of the tutorial difficult. I didn’t have anybody test the pattern, just a few copy editors. So I would like to be able to fix any issues that can be fixed.
Today I am sharing with you the Tall Snowman Tutorial. Well, tall, skinny, short, fat, however you choose to make them. I will walk you through the process of making these fun and quirky snowmen for yourself. If you don’t have time or interest in making one I have a few in my shop during the holiday season every year.
Okay here we go…
First you will need to collect your materials.
1/4yd – 1/2 of Fabric for Snowman Body: I have used felt, fleece, and some low pile plush faux fur. I suggest something thick and not stretchy. Fleece is borderline and works if it is nice and thick. Your snowman might just need a bit more rice and stuffing to keep him upright if the fabric isn’t thick enough to provide stability. I found a thick felt like fabric with a really low pile fuzzy feel to it at Joann fabrics. I unfortunately can’t find it on there site.
Glitter Felt: what I used for some of my stars. I buy mine at Benzie Design. They sell pre-made glitter felt and also the glitter sheets to iron onto your own fabric. I have used both and they are both awesome and don’t shed glitter.
Long + Skinny piece of fabric for a scarf: roughly 2 pieces 2″ x 20″
You can cut a felt scarf, have a raw edge fabric scarf, knit a scarf, or use a few yarns or ribbon or yarn. The above materials are for a raw edge fabric scarf.
Eyes: What I used is a jeweled sticker. I have had to hot glue them. But anything about 1/8″ -1/4″ half rounded would work. I have use round black beads before but it’s best to then push them into the head so they don’t fully protrude. I have also used black paint and painted a black circle for eyes. You can also sewn on buttons. You may just want to sew a button on prior to tightening the fabric on the Styrofoam so it’s easier to get the needle through.
Orange Oven Hardening Clay: for the nose. Fimo or Sculpey brands are great.
DMC or Embroidery Floss: Coordinating colors for decorative stitches and sewing on stars. As well as white or cream to match the body fabric.
A sewing machine is ideal. It can be stitched by hand if a sewing machine is not available.
A glue gun + glue sticks.
Scissors : needles : pins : thread to match your fabric
First make the nose. Mold the nose and then bake it according to the manufacturers instructions. With most molding clay it should take less than an hour to bake, some clay takes as little as 15 minutes.
First make a ball that is roughly 5/8″-3/4″: (those grids are an inch square in the picture). Next roll the ball into more of a cylinder shape: Then roll one end of the cylinder till it is a smaller cone shape. Think carrots. Then using a knife or just your finger nail make tiny little dashes all around in a random pattern. Now bake per manufacturing instructions to harden. Make enough noses for all your snowmen and maybe a couple extra so you can get carried away if needed.
If you desire, before you bake, you can stick about half a tooth pick into the blunt end of the carrot, inserting a good 1/2″ so it sticks out 1/2″-1″. Then when you are attaching the nose to the snowman, stick the protruding toothpick into the foam head for extra stability.
I don’t typically do this toothpick trick, but I have had the occasional nose pop off in storage or when knocked over.
Now to cut the fabric snowman body and head shapes.
Cut a rectangle for the body.
For a roughly 15″ tall skinny snowman cut a rectangle roughly 8″ wide x 15″ tall.
For a roughly 9″ short snowman cut a rectangle roughly 8″ wide x 9″ tall.
You can play round with how tall or fat you want your snowman to be by changing the width and height of the snowman body. But I wouldn’t go much skinnier than 8″ wide as they can get to wobbly. I think the tallest I have done is 21″ and he is a touch wobbly. Also the fatter the snowman the smaller his head will appear so a larger size Styrofoam ball may look better.
The height of the rectangle you cut is roughly the height your snowman will be. You will lose some height from the base sewing and neck sewing, but will gain that height back in the head.
Cut a circle for covering the Styrofoam ball for the head.
I started with a 9″ square but ended up using a 7″ square to not have a ton of excess fabric at the neck.
Cut a 9″ square, fold it in half, fold it in half again, and then cut a 1/4 circle. Once open it will be a rounded shape. Don’t worry it doesn’t have to be a perfect circle. OR use the circle template provided with the stars HERE.
Sew the body rectangle in half the skinny way so you get a tall (or short) tube. Remember if your fabric has a right and wrong side to sew with the right sides together.
Now take matching (mine is black so you can see it) DMC floss or embroidery thread and do a large running stitch around the bottom of your tube, and around the outer edge of your circle. Stay at least 1/2″ in from the edges.
On the body tube, pull the floss to gather the bottom of the body nice and tight. Then wrap the floss around the body a couple times to hold it and then knot it in place and trim the floss.
Next do the same thing for the head fabric. First set the Styrofoam ball in the center and pull the floss to gather the fabric tight around the head. Smooth and hold fabric in place with your hand as you tighten. thick fabric tends to have more folds, but you can usually smooth those down toward the “neck” area so the top of the head appears smooth.
The same as body tube: wrap the floss around the base of the head a couple times pulling it as tight as you can get it, being careful not to break the thread. Knot and trim the floss.
This next step is not necessary but I like to do it for extra assurance.
Hot glue all over the bottom of the body tube where it’s all gathered. Only on the very bottom, it doesn’t not reach to even the stitches. This step is to seal that hole so that none of the rice can wiggle through once it’s stuff. Let the glue fully dry.
Now turn the body right sides out by stuffing the glued bottom portion into the tube and pull it all right sides out.
This is what it should look like at this point.
Now you are going to kind of set up your tube with the glued bottom sitting flat on the table surface (but it’s inside the body tube) and you are going to fill the bottom 2″-3″ with rice.
Your main concern when filling with rice should be that it is pretty straight. Keeping the rice level and making sure the rest of the body is even and goes straight up. What I have found is, the more rice the sturdier and easier it is to stand up. But if you are mailing them keep in mind rice adds weight.
Stuff the rest of the body full of poly fiber fill.. or whatever fill you desire. Just keep in mind since they are white snowmen, depending on fabric thickness, other colors of fill can show through. Stuff to about 1/2″-1” from the top. Leave enough room to insert the gathered neck on the head piece.
Do a running stitch using floss around the top of the stuffed body tube, roughly 1/4″- 1/2″ down from the top edge. Once you have the running stitch going all the way around. Take the head and insert it down in the body so the stitches on the neck align with the stitches just made on the body. Pull the floss to tighten and gather the body around the neck gathers. Pull as tight as possible and knot. After the floss in knotted, DO NOT CUT, take your needle and stitch through the body gathers through the head/neck gathers. Going around the head catching both the body layer and head/neck layers all around. Or crisscross through the whole neck section. Basically you are sewing the body to the neck. You just want to make sure it is secured tightly. You should be able to pick up your snowman by the head and have him stay intact.
Okay now on to the personality and embellishments.
For a fabric scarf cut two 2″ x 20″ pieces and sew down just the long sides leaving the tiny ends open. Turn and press flat. If desired, wrap a little piece of felt and stitch it on the ends to “finish” the ends.
OR make or use any type of scarf. Remember the scarf covers the neck where the head is stitched to the body so you need a bit of thickness to the scarf to cover that part.
For the eyes, I like to place them a little more towards the top so they are looking up. But this is more personal preference. Just remember you do have a seam down the back of the body so try and place the eyes facing the side without a seam. I like to tie the scarf on first to get an idea for eye placement.
These are the jeweled stickers in the picture above that I have been using. I can’t say 100% but I am pretty sure I found them at Joann Fabrics.
In years past I have used a fat sharpie. LOL. To make a 1/8″-1/4″ dot. Or Black paint, using the end of paint brush to dab a perfect circle. I recommend practicing first for these options since they are permanent. I have also use round black beads, gluing as well as sewing them on.
If you want to make felt or sparkle stars you can use the Star PDF Download or wing it cutting your own.
Position your stars or other button embellishments along the body after the eyes are placed. You need the eyes first to know where the front is. I start my first star/button about 1.5″ down from the neck.
To sew the stars on, using DMC Floss, run the thread through both the star and the body with a needle and then knot it in place.
Lastly glue on the nose. If you have used the toothpick trick you would still use glue as well, just gluing around the toothpick on the base. Dab hot glue all over the blunt end and place it on the head pushing into the foam a little and holding in place until it’s dried. I like to have my nose pointing upward so it’s looks like the snowman is looking up at the snow falling. But that’s just personal preference.
You can add fun little embellishments now, an extra layer to the scarf, dap a little modge podge glue here and there and sprinkle with clear or white glitter to look like snow when it dries. Sew or glue little jewels on and even a hat can add a little something special.
I also highly recommend a whole bunch of snowmen. :)
I am really excited to share this tutorial with you to make your own snowman. Please, please, please share with me via this blog, email, or Instragram. Tag me on Instragram and hashtag your snowmen #woollypetalssnowman so we can see all the fun creations.
I am fine if you sell things in a small handmade capacity made with this tutorial. I learned this method years ago from my mom, and I wanted to share the way I make them now. I know nothing is new under the sun and try to hold that mentality, giving credit where credit is due. So let’s all just be kind and spread the love and community by building each other up, being creative, sharing, and encouraging each other while we craft and make together.
Please email me woollypetals @ gmail.com no spaces. If you are interested in featuring this tutorial.
Penguins, and Reindeer, and Doll Quilts oh my! Oh and printables too.
November brought with it a need to step back from a “making schedule” and just sew for fun for a bit. Quilt A Longs can be exhausting y’all.
Sewing with an agenda can be taxing and while I love doing a quilt along and having fun giveaways and sewing the same quilt with you all. I needed a bit of a break from my scheduled sewing to make some of the just for fun ideas I have swirling around in my head.
So I made cute Doll Quilt + pillow sets which included a tiny penguin pillow in the Christmas sets. I designed and made this fun Reindeer ornament, as well as this cutie penguin softie. I made some non Christmas Doll Quilt sets as well. My children and I also designed a made some printable art. Some doll art and some 8″x10″ prints. It kind of all just started out for fun and then it was so fun with so many cute fabrics that I just decided to keep sewing. And there comes a point in time when I make to much stuff, there I said it, so I made some to sell so I can keep sewing. ;)
It has been rejuvenating to sew these cute things and I kinda wish I could just make cute things like this only. Don’t get me wrong I love to make quilts, and I love making things for others. I have add some custom orders sprinkled in here and there and some gifts too. There is just something about being inspired and making just for fun, it kind of snowballs and spirals quickly out of control. But in a good way.
You can see all the available sets, reindeer ornaments, and penguin softies in my Etsy Shop.
I am just going to share a bunch of cuteness here now so hold onto your hats.
The reindeer ornaments are squishy little fun guys made from quilting cotton with accents of felt and sparkle. All the details are hand cut which give each reindeer it own personality and makes them all one of a kind. They are the perfect addition to your tree hanging from yarn holders.
The Penguin softies are soft and squishy to hug and cuddle. They are perfect on a shelf or for cuddling. They are made with soft cottons and smooth felt with sparkle details. Each Penguin is all cut out by hand and sewn individually for one of a kind perfection. They are ready to waddle into your homes.
The Reindeer ornaments would make the perfect accent to your doll room as well as they are the perfect size for a decorative pillow. As it is, every Christmas Doll Quilt set comes with a Christmas Patchwork Quilt as well as a large pillow, a lumber pillow and a cute accent pillow. The accent pillows are penguins for the Christmas quilts, and a variety of bears and hearts for the other quilts themed in the perfect fabrics to finish off the set. All quilts are quilted and hand bound just like all my full size quilts. They can be laundered just the same as well.
I am the kiddos designed these fun printables as well. They are all pdf downloads, the 8″ x 10″ come in both a 8.5″ x 11″ pdf for printing and trimming at home, or a 8″ x 10″ .jpg to print at an printshop.
The doll printables are a 8.5″ x 11″ pdf’s. They make perfect sized art for 18″ dolls like American Girl Dolls. We have two different styles. Each has 4 prints to cut out. The larger of the prints is a 4″ x 6″ and can be framed in that size frame. I have a video on how we attach the signs to balsa wood to make “canvas” on YouTube. One Printable has little gift tags as well. The other printable, one of the prints is a little hot cocoa banner I share how to make in the video as well.
My daughter Norah and I have an American Girl Doll Instagram called @juneandjuly_ag if you want to check that out for fun tutorials and rooms we make. The printables have that logo and name on them.
So there you have it! Penguins, and Reindeer, and Doll Quilts oh my! What a fun couple of months it’s been. Here’s to lots more just for fun sewing to get those creative wheels rolling. I hope you enjoyed all the cuties and if you want to take one home stop by my ETSY SHOP.
All the info for the Something Wicked QAL – Week 5 Fall 2020. I thought I would post a bit about Week 5 of the Something Wicked QAL before we move on to other things.
2021 goal is to keep this space a higher priority. wink wink. I am not the best writer. Which is why I make and don’t write as much.
All the quilts that where worked on and finished during the quilt along are just all so fun!
I was able to fully finish this fun witch hat. The original Something Wicked Quilt pattern. I did make the hat from one fabric. Yes I did still cut it up into rectangles. Lol. But that is the quickest way for me since I chain piece the whole top. I did add a little flare at the bottom as well by using metallic felt from Benzie Designs. I cut out stars and used DMC floss to basically hand tie them across the bottom of the hat.
For the background I used the Art Gallery Line Spooky ‘N’ Sweet and added in a few coordinates to round the number of prints up to 26. I think there is actually 24ish. The hat is Rifle Paper Company for Cotton and Steel. The back is the amazing panel from the Art Gallery Spooky ‘N’ Sweet line. It was just perfection for the back.
It was a fun one in all the stages but I loved loading it on my longarm and seeing the sparkle of the hat. I quilted it with giant loops. Are you surprised? I love good loopy quilting.
During Week 5 we talk about finishing your quilt. I shared this video of my free motion quilting on my domestic machine in the weekly newsletter. Here is the link. It’s a private video only viewable with the link so you won’t find it just going to my YouTube. I quilt a smaller doll quilt in the video which is a great choice to start on since it’s small and manageable. But I also quilt a row or two on an Echinacea Flower Quilt at the end so you can see the wrestle with a bit larger throw size quilt.
Speaking of doll quilts.. If you didn’t know my daughter and I share a passion for American Girl Dolls, I have mine from my childhood and we both have collected more. I LOVE to make doll rooms and my daughter has inherited that as well. lol. So I made two small doll quilts from the Mini Candy Corn free pattern from the Something Wicked QAL newsletters. I will be sharing these mini quilt FPP patterns next year.
We also chat a bit about binding in Week 5 to finish your quilt and since I hand bind I shared how I do that in my stories on Instagram and saved it to the Something Wicked Highlight on my IG page. You can check that out if you are, or aren’t, a hand binder.
It was hard to get a picture of the two doll beds together but here they are in separate pictures.
Lastly I stopped by Bernina of Naperville to see my quilt hanging up and that was so fun!! I have since been back a few times to buy fabric. LOL. What can I do? For all your locals she has Heather Ross Malibu in Stock, as well as Tula Pink Line Work, and Ruby Star Society Flurry and Candlelight among many others that are sooo tempting. I’m pretty Thankful Gayle and her team are my local quilt shop.
I do have my Ruby Star Society Flurry Santa Hat top done as well. It is in a long line of tops waiting to be quilted. But I do need to get the Christmas ones done asap, huh?
I’m pretty happy with how great the Something Wicked QAL went and am so thankful to all our sponsors and participants.
Check out our Sponsors if you have a minute and peruse all the beautiful fabrics.
I hope you have enjoyed this recap of the Something Wicked QAL Week 5 – Fall 2020. Whew. I’ll be honest it took me awhile to get this post up because I was wiped out from the quilt along and have just been sewing fun cute little things since then. Check out my Instagram and Etsy shop for all the fun stuff I have been working on since the.
Since your quilt is all laid out from Week 3 you should be able to get this done quick. Yay! I am going to be showing you how I web piece this week. I love to web piece. Have you heard of that method? I have a video on Youtube all about it.
Basically web piecing is chain piecing. Sewing together your pieces without cutting threads in between in each row. I stack my columns from top to bottom. Then I sew column 1 to column 2, starting at the top, not stopping between each row. I then grab column 3 and sew that to column 2 doing the same method. By the end the whole quilt top will be connected. The rows will be seamed together but each row is only connected by the threads. It’s super hard to explain which is why the video up there is crucial to watch.
But you should know this method saves time and thread, and keeps everything together and in order very well.
That’s a picture of what I was attempting to explain. I sewed the rows all together from the columns I had stacked. The rows are all seamed and then connect to the other seamed rows by the threads I didn’t clip.
From here I just seam the rows together starting at one end and continuing down the whole quilt. I nest my seams as I go and do NOT iron prior to this last step. LOL. But that’s more personal preference and also being in a rush. ;)
Now some people say to cut apart your rows before seaming them together and that really isn’t necessary. Maybe it could be if you press your seams open… but I think you could possibly still make it work. ;)
Wow, that’s it! You have a finished quilt top! Yay! Week 4 may have been the easiest yet right!??!!
See you next week!
Our sponsor for Week 4 is Windham Fabrics.
Check out all the other Something Wicked QAL posts linked down below.
Playing catch up here posting week 3 when it’s almost time for week 5. whoops.
Week 3 is all about piecing those angled sections using the cutting templates or the FPP templates as well as laying out your quilt and arranging all those rectangles to flow nicely.
The nice thing about the pattern using 26 background prints is that you can use one print per angled section and it makes it super easy to not have the same print next to each other. The only thing I pay attention to during this process is making sure my colors are scattered throughout the angled rectangles. Then when I go to add the rest of my background I can scatter the prints based on the angled sections.
For the cutting templates you will have cut all your pieces out last week. So now you just line them up and sew them together. It is good to trim them down to 4.5″ x 6.5″ if you have any that get a little big. I think the only ones that can have issues are the pieces that have the tiny sections. You can check out my Instagram Something Wicked QAL story highlight for a picture of the actual templates I recommend trimming.
For the FPP templates I made a little Youtube video for you with all my tips and tricks if you’ve never done EPP before. Go to the link below to watch me work some magic. ;)
Now that you have your angled rectangles sewn you can get your whole quilt laid out and make sure your prints are scattered nicely throughout the very scrappy background. I recommend taking a picture of your laid out quilt and changing the contrast to B+W in your photo editing app to see if there’s any groupings that don’t work.
Changing that contrast can pop out some things that you don’t notice in color. I did end up moving some of those light ones just to the right of the hat bottom. It was a rooky move that had me leaving them till I was sewing it up. lol. But I was able to swap some okay. I highly recommend you do your DUE Diligence of making sure it all works and not try to swap things around mid sewing like I did.
That’s a wrap on Week 3 homework.
Our amazing Sponsors for Week 3 are Ruby Star Society.
If you interested in seeing the other weeks check out the links below.
We are coming to a close on Week 2 of the Quilt Along!
I want to give a shout out to our awesome sponsors.
Bernina of Naperville is one of our sponsors. They are a local to me quilt shop a short drive away in Naperville, IL. They have a lovely selection of modern fabrics, notions, threads. They hold classes and can teach you to use their longarm to rent time. You can make an order online and use your coupon from the Quilt Along newsletter. Also check out my Something Wicked Halloween quilts on display in the shop the month of October.
Ruby Star Society is an icon fabric division of Moda. We probably all know the Ruby Star Ladies and love their amazing fabrics and expanding line of fun sewing related gifts and extras. We will be having a giveaway sponsored by Ruby Star in Week 3. One of my all time favorite fabrics from them is the starry print from their re-released darlings prints. Pretty much any color in that print and I hope they keep making it and more. hint hint. Pretty much all of their fabrics are just a dream to add to any project.
Windham fabrics is a company full of amazing designers. I have worked with several of their designers for fabric releases and it is always a pleasure. My direct contact at Windham is just the sweetest and always willing to help out with a giveaway. I really love the designers Annabel Wrigley, Dylan M, Heather Ross, Heather Givans, and Amy Gibson. But they have so many others as well. Windham has sent a handful of bundles so they will be coming up in giveaways soon.
Lol, clearly I am a sponsor since I am hosting this shindig. But I did purchase some of the prizes to share with you all as a thank you for all your support and for following along on my little quilting journey. It is one way I can give back to you and I hope to be doing more giveaways during non quilt along times too.
Okay onto Week 2 of the QAL. This week is all about cutting out your pieces. I shared a private video with some cutting tips in the Newsletter and I will link that here. You can only access it with a link, you won’t be able to find it by searching on Youtube.
I share some tips I use to get the most out of my fabric and cut quickly. By the end of Week 2 you should have your whole quilt cut out and be ready to sew up those angled rectangles and finalize your layout in Week 3.
I also wanted to share the weekly schedule in case you need to jump ahead and get it done but still want to participate. Don’t forget to take pictures so you can share along the way.
Okay I hope you have enjoyed week 2 of the QAL. Don’t forget to comment and like on the hastag to build this little community of ours.
As the Something Wicked QAL Week 1 comes to a close I wanted to share a bit here for future Something Wicked makers.
I don’t know if you can tell from this quilt but I LOVE fabric. I love collecting fabric, and using fabric, and I really really love selecting fabrics for different color stories, projects, and just sometimes to relax. Which may be why this fabric is so scrappy and fun.
Week 1 was all about picking fabric. The Something Wicked Quilt and all the expansion pack versions call for 26 background fabrics, and 7-9 fabrics for the main feature weather it be a witch hat, santa hat, candy corn, or a tree version.
While yes this is a lot of fabrics it allows for the super scrappy look of the quilt above. The beauty of this pattern though is you can really make the look your own by using as few or as many fabrics as you choose. We have some fun fabric pulls popping up on the quilt a long hashtag on Instagram. Some good inspiration for sure.
For the Halloween pull above I started with The Spooky and Sweet Line from Art gallery Fabrics and pulled some coordinating blenders and a couple Halloween fabrics from my stash. I also decided to use the Rifle Paper Co. Black and gold stars for the witch hat. Yes, that’s right, one fabric. I will still cut it up into the pieces the pattern calls for and piece it as normal. While having larger sections in the hat may be nice this way will work just fine.
I am also making a Santa Hat version. I am using the above fabrics. The full line of Flurry from Ruby Star Society, all the striped blenders from Rashida Coleman Hale’s line POP, and blenders from my stash. I pulled a bunch of other reds and blenders from my stash and decent amount of those are Alison Glass.
If your interested in more of the detailed process of how I pulled these extra fabrics to coordinate with the Flurry line you can hop over to Instagram. I took you all along for the ride in my stories and saved it to the Something Wicked highlight so you can reference it at anytime in the future.
Just something to keep in mind, while I am using specific holiday lines of fabric for these respective quilts many of the blenders are not holiday fabrics. The very scrappy nature of this quilt allows you to not use any Holiday fabrics at all. You can simply use fabrics of a specific color palette which is helpful if your on a spending break or a fabric diet. Of course using the cute holiday fabrics is so much fun as well. The scrappy version above is made from very minimal Halloween fabrics because would you believe me when I tell you I did not used to have many Halloween fabrics. But my goodness it is hard to resist them now. ;)
Okay I hope that gives you a little something fun to think about and maybe go and watch to help you with fabric selection. I hope you are inspired to make your Something Wicked Quilt version completely unique.
If you missed the Something Wicked QAL Week 1, and are jumping in on a later week or a later time altogether don’t forget to hop over to the etsy shop to purchase your pattern. Don’t forget the expansion pack as well if you making one of those versions.
You can also stop by the links below for more info