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Refashion: Silky Blouse Makeover

Suzannah Hamlin Stanley Stash Books ePub

Refashion

Silky Blouse Makeover

Many variations on the classic silky blouse have become popular in recent years, including colorblocking, contrasting collars or button carriers, high-low hems, and embellished pockets. All of these make great DIY ideas for giving that slightly boring or unflattering blouse in your closet a fun facelift. Here’s one technique that turns any blouse with sleeves into a versatile sleeveless top, perfect for layering and using year-round.

You can also try trimming this blouse with a wider bias tape for a bold contrast look. Use double-fold bias tape like the one used in Contrast-Trim Blazer, or make your own trim out of any light- or medium-weight fabric cut on the bias (see Fabric Terms), or make it out of the extra fabric from the sleeve of the shirt, as we’ll do in the next project!

You Will Need:

•Blouse with sleeves

•Single-fold bias tape, ½˝ (13mm) wide, in coordinating color (or contrasting, if you like)

•Standard sewing supplies

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Medium 9781607059790

Chevron Table Set

Heidi Staples Stash Books ePub

Chevron
Table Set

TABLE RUNNER SIZE: 9˝ × 37˝

PLACE MAT SIZE: 12˝ × 17˝

Chevrons are not only a great modern accent on these table items, but they also give you the chance to showcase some of your favorite prints. I chose to use a brown sketch print that has the appearance of linen without the stretchy texture that could make these Flying Geese a little more challenging to sew. One of the place mats is intended for a child, while the other three use the same prints found in the runner.

TABLE RUNNER FABRIC REQUIREMENTS AND CUTTING INSTRUCTIONS

Though the materials list gives you a little leeway for cutting mistakes, you can actually make these chevrons using only a stack of charm squares if you make each cut perfectly!

Chevron Table Runner

9˝ × 37˝, featuring Sketch by Timeless Treasures Fabrics

Making the Table Runner

Seam allowances are ¼˝ unless otherwise noted.

FLYING GEESE BLOCKS

1Arrange the chevron prints (2 squares and 1 rectangle each) in order.

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Remake: Infinity Scarf Makeover

Suzannah Hamlin Stanley Stash Books ePub

Remake

Infinity Scarf Makeover

This is one of my favorite sewing projects. It’s perfect for both the beginning DIYer and the advanced sewist. While fringed scarves are a great basic by themselves, I am a fan of the more recent trend of infinity scarves that loop around without ends. This project turns an old, tired fringed scarf into a chic infinity scarf and teaches you how to make French seams, a classic sewing technique. French seams are beautiful, quality seams that hide raw edges without the need for a lining or edge stitch.

You Will Need:

•Basic woven scarf

•Standard sewing supplies

Get It Done

1. Fold the scarf in half crosswise, bringing together the fringed sections. If the scarf has a pattern or print that gives it a right and wrong side, make sure you fold together the wrong sides for this seam, which should face inside at this stage. Pin and sew a straight seam ¼˝ (6mm) from the finished edge of the scarf (ignoring the fringe).

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Medium 9781611690477

Pfeffernusse

Bonnie K. Hunter Kansas City Star Quilts ePub

Pfeffernüsse

QUILT SIZE: 84 H” SQUARE

BLOCK SIZE: 12˝

A trip to Germany in February of 2011 sparked a love of my family heritage on my mother’s side of the family. As we drove through the winter countryside, I was filled with a longing for family members long past, that I had never gotten to know. Did they travel these same areas? Did they cook Pfeffernusse (pepper-nut) cookies at holiday time? I’ll never know, but I like to dream they did! The warm browns and reds in this quilt bring to mind the delicious smells of spice cookies baking in my oven. See the end of the pattern for the recipe!

Fabric Requirements

3 yards of brown scraps and strings in a wide variety of spicy brown hues from light to dark for string blocks

4 yards of neutral/light scraps and strings in a wide variety of shades of white to cream to beige for hour glass and string blocks.

Note: All of these fabrics can have other colors playing on them. There may be red hearts on a white background, but it will still read as neutral/light. There may be green leaves and pink flowers on a cream background, but it will still read as light. Don’t think that these have to be tone-on-tone! Look at the background color of the fabric and let it play!

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Medium 9781607059899

Little Itty Bitties

Amy Garro Stash Books ePub

LITTLE ITTY BITTIES

FINISHED QUILT: 42˝ × 42˝

Do small scraps of fabric seem to accumulate at your feet? Here’s a great pattern to use up even the littlest of your itty-bitty pieces. The largest triangles are 6˝ × 3˝ and the smallest are a mere ½˝ × ¼˝. Paper piecing makes it easy to achieve precision every time, even with such tiny scraps.

Materials

I used a variety of Echino prints mixed in with other cream-and-black prints from my stash. I thought that pairing them with a light pink solid brought a rather retro vibe to the quilt.

Pink: 3⅓ yards (for background)

Black-and-white prints: 6 fat eighths (for triangles); or use scraps, ranging in size from 1¼˝ × 1˝ to 6¾˝ × 3¾˝ (See fat eighth cutting directions for exact sizes—instead of 2 of each piece size, cut a total of 12 of each size.)

Backing: 46˝ × 46˝

Batting: 46˝ × 46˝

Binding: ½ yard (for 2½˝ binding strips)

Fabric labels or your favorite fabric-marking pen

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Medium 9781607054863

Choppy Waters.

Alissa Haight Carlton Stash Books ePub

65” × 87”

This twin-size quilt is made from six shades of blue fabrics. A random mix of strips in different colors and sizes, the simple design has a surprising amount of movement because of the different color tones.

The quilt comes together very easily. Feel free to mix up the order in which you piece the strips. This pattern is straightforward, so put your own spin on it!

Based on 42” fabric width.

Fabric A: 1 yards

Blue print: 3½″ × 11″ (optional)

Fabric B: 1 yards

Fabric C: 1¾ yards

Fabric D: yard

Fabric E: 1¼ yards

Fabric F: 1¼ yards

Backing: 5¼ yards

Binding: yard

Choose 6 shades of blue-any that you think are pretty together. As long as there is variety in their tones, they will work.

Please be sure to read Notes on Making the Quilts in This Book (page 6). Label the pieces as you cut.

If you find it easier, don’t trim the strips to 65”. Instead, piece the entire quilt top using the extra- long strips, and then trim it to 65”.

Fabric A

1. Cut 2 strips 4½″ × WOF (selvage to selvage) and sew end to end; trim A1.

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Medium 9781607059608

Spark 18. The Pleasure Principle

Carrie Bloomston Stash Books ePub

I LEARNED TO KNIT IN FOURTH GRADE FROM MY GRANDMOTHER’S NEIGHBOR, MARION EPSTEIN (MANNY) AND FROM MRS. BROUGHTON, WHO WOULD TEACH US AFTER SCHOOL. EVER SINCE, KNITTING HAS SOOTHED MY SOUL. EVEN IN ART SCHOOL, I WOULD COME HOME FROM THE INTELLECTUAL RIGORS OF THE STUDIO AND CLIMB IN MY BED WITH SKEINS OF COLORFUL CHENILLE. I’D KNIT SCARVES AND READ MARTHA STEWART LIVING MAGAZINE LIKE IT WAS SOME FORBIDDEN PLEASURE. CRAFTING SEEMED LIKE A DIRTY SECRET TO ME THEN, BUT IT KEPT ME SANE IN THE IVORY TOWER.

“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.”

RUMI

What makes you feel good? Why would you need to be reminded about seeking pleasure? We are all so good at that, right? No, not really. But you once were. And certainly you knew what made you happy as a child.

When was the last time you watched a seven-year-old, or a four-year-old, at play? I do every day. Here is what it looks like: they flit, they fly, they wander passionately from one creative enterprise to the next. Now playing with tiny plastic Littlest Pet Shop critters, now drawing, now LEGO, now back to Pet Shops, and on it goes. Constant desire. Constant movement. Constant momentum, even when they take breaks: Look! Here’s a roll of duct tape! Look! I can write my own comic book! Look! Ice cream! Pleasure, pleasure, pleasure the whole way through. Children seek pleasure at every turn. They don’t need reminders about how to play, how to have fun, or how to make room for themselves. They know what feels good.

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Medium 9781571205384

Triangles All Around

Alex Anderson C&T Publishing PDF

Wall/Crib: 40½˝ × 52½˝

Twin: 60½˝ × 80½˝

Queen: 80½˝ × 100½˝

materials

Yardages are based on 42˝-wide fabric.

Fabric

Wall/Crib

Twin

Queen

Fabric #1

⅞ yard

2 yards

2⅝ yards

Fabric #2

¾ yard

2 yards

2 yards

Fabric #3

1⅛ yards

2 yards

2⅝ yards

Fabric #4

1 yard

1¾ yards

2½ yards

Fabric #5

1 yard

1½ yards

2⅛ yards

Backing

46˝ × 58˝ (Use leftovers and supplement as necessary.)

66˝ × 86˝ (Use leftovers and supplement as necessary.)

86˝ × 106˝ (Use leftovers and supplement as necessary.)

Binding

Leftovers* or ½ yard

Leftovers* or ¾ yard

Leftovers* or ⅞ yard

Batting

46˝ × 58˝

66˝ × 86˝

86˝ × 106˝

* There will be enough left over to create a multifabric binding.

cutting

Write the fabric name on masking tape and attach it to each strip.

Wall/Crib

Fabric

Number of Strips*

Twin

Size of Pieces

Number of

Pieces

Number of Strips*

Queen

Size of Pieces

Number of

Pieces

Size of Pieces

Number of

Pieces

#1

2

10½˝ × 20½˝

4

4

15½˝ × 30½˝

4

4

20½˝ × 40½˝

4

#2

2

6½˝ × 40½˝

2

3**

10½˝ × 60½˝

2

4**

10½˝ × 80½˝

2

#3

3

10½˝ × 10½˝

8

4

15½˝ × 15½˝

8

4

20½˝ × 20½˝

8

#4

1

10⅞˝ × 10⅞˝

2 squares; cut in half diagonally to make 4 triangles

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Medium 9781571206220

Color Splash

Kim Schaefer C&T Publishing ePub

Quilted by Diane Minkley

FINISHED BLOCK SIZES: 10″ × 10″, 5″ × 5″ FINISHED TABLE RUNNER: 20½″ × 60½″

Going green is easy when you whip up this table runner from a smorgasbord of greens. This scrappy runner is sure to brighten any tabletop.

2 yards total assorted greens for pieced blocks and pieced border

2¼ yards for backing and binding

24″ × 64″ batting

Cut from the assorted greens for the pieced blocks:

5 squares 6½″ × 6½″

10 rectangles 1½″ × 6½″

20 rectangles 1½″ × 8½″

10 rectangles 1½″ × 10½″

Cut from the assorted greens for the pieced border blocks:

84 squares 1½″ × 1½″

112 rectangles 1½″ × 3½″

56 rectangles 1½″ × 5½″

1. Piece the block as shown. Press. Make 5 blocks.

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Step 4

2. Piece the border block as shown. Press. Make 28 blocks.

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Step 4

1. Arrange and sew together 5 blocks to form the center of the table runner. Press.

2. Arrange and sew together 2 rows of 10 border blocks to make the side borders. Press.

3. Sew the 2 side borders to the runner top. Press toward the borders.

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Medium 9781571205797

Alternating Squares

Terrie Sandelin C&T Publishing PDF

ALTERNATING SQUARES

◆ FINISHED FOUNDATION:

7½˝ × 7½˝

◆ TIME:

3 HOURS

Fabric Requirements

Gold print: 1⁄8 yard

Green polka dot: 1⁄8 yard

Burgundy: 1⁄8 yard

Rust leaf print for inner border and foundation: 1⁄8 yard

Yellow outer border: 1⁄4 yard

Backing: 1 fat quarter

Binding: 1⁄4 yard

Cutting Instructions

There is no quilt layout diagram for this miniature because only four fabrics are used in two alternating blocks.

The strip width for the center squares is 19⁄16˝. Most rulers do not have 1⁄16˝ divisions.

Instead, line up the fabric halfway between the 1⁄2˝ and

5

⁄8˝ marks.

Center squares

You may want to add an extra 1 ⁄2˝–1˝ to each strip length for minor cutting adjustments.

Trim the tips off the corner squares using the Square-in-a-Square patch template on the pullout.

Rust leaf print: Cut a strip

19⁄16˝ × 205⁄16˝. Crosscut into

13 squares 19⁄16˝ × 19⁄16˝.

Gold print: Cut a strip 19⁄16˝ × 183⁄4˝.

Crosscut into 12 squares

19⁄16˝ × 19⁄16˝.

72

Miniatures in Minutes

Leaf Dance, 121⁄4˝ × 121⁄4˝, Terrie Sandelin, quilted by Vickie Bajtelsmit, 2007

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Medium 9781571208330

August—Bee Skep Quilt

Kim Schaefer C&T Publishing ePub

Bee Skep Quilt, 20½˝ × 28½˝, made by Kim Schaefer, quilted by Diane Minkley of Patched Works, Inc.

    yard total assorted lights for pieced background and appliqué pieces

    yard total assorted blues for pieced border and appliqué pieces

    yard total assorted yellows and golds for appliqué pieces

    yard each of 2 greens for stems and leaves

   Scraps of 2 purples for flower and flower center

   Scraps of 2 oranges for flower and flower center

    yard black for bees and door

   1 yard for backing and binding

   24˝ × 32˝ batting

   1½ yards paper-backed fusible web

Appliqué patterns are on pattern page P8. Refer to page 3 for preparing the appliqué.

Cut 15 squares 4½˝ × 4½˝ from the assorted tans for the pieced background.

Cut 20 squares 4½˝ × 4½˝ from the assorted blues for the pieced border.

Cut 1 each of appliqué pieces 1–18.

Cut 5 each of appliqué pieces 19–25.

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Spark 2. Create the Space

Carrie Bloomston Stash Books ePub

ARIZONA ARTIST CYNDI COON STORES MOUNTAINS OF MATERIALS FOR ART JOURNALING, PAINTING, AND CRAFTING ON FLOOR-TO-CEILING SHELVES. EACH BIN IS CLEARLY MARKED SO SHE KNOWS WHAT’S INSIDE.

You need a space, big or small, in which to be creative. Having a good work space cements you to your dreams. The creative space is a launchpad, refuge, retreat, temple, labyrinth, and safety net. It gives you a sense of purpose. Your space is a flagpole on the moon. If you believe in your dream enough to make a spot for it in your life and mark it with a flag, then you’re more likely to pursue your passion and hear the Spark when it calls.

Even if you’re still figuring out your creative direction, there’s an obstacle in the way if you’re always having to move everyone else’s stuff out of the way before you start. The Spark might not stick around for two hours of housekeeping. It helps to have space ready. For some, a sewing room might be a cleared-off dining table, with other materials hiding in a nearby cabinet or closet, or it might be an armchair for knitting. For others, a separate messy space might be necessary. It isn’t always possible to have a separate room, but creating a space with boundaries is important, regardless.

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September—Apple Quilt

Kim Schaefer C&T Publishing ePub

Apple Quilt, 20½˝ × 28½˝, made by Kim Schaefer, quilted by Diane Minkley of Patched Works, Inc.

    yard total assorted tans for pieced background and appliqué pieces

   ½ yard total assorted colors for pieced border

   ½ yard red for apple

    yard black for seeds and stem

   ¼ yard green for leaf

    yard green for swirl

   1 yard for backing and binding

   24˝ × 32˝ batting

   1 yard paper-backed fusible web

Appliqué patterns are on pattern page P9. Refer to page 3 for preparing the appliqué.

Cut 15 squares 4½˝ × 4½˝ from the assorted tans for the pieced background.

Cut 20 squares 4½˝ × 4½˝ from the assorted colors for the pieced border.

Cut 1 each of appliqué pieces 1–9.

Cut 6 of appliqué piece 10.

Refer to page 3 for general piecing and appliqué instructions.

1. Make the pieced background.

2. Make the pieced borders, and sew them to the quilt top.

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Faceted Jewels I

Amy Garro Stash Books ePub

FACETED JEWELS I

FINISHED QUILT: 65˝ × 84˝

Modern traditionalism, anyone? This quilt breaks into the modern quilting realm with plenty of negative space and asymmetry, but also has traditional roots. You need only four prints for this project; the jewels sparkle from the placement of the different values.

Materials

I used Kona White, Parson Gray Curious Nature, and Tula Pink Salt Water prints for this version of Faceted Jewels. Including the white background, you will need 4 values. I chose white, a black print, and 2 blues for the middle-value prints. The center squares of the jewels can be made with a fabric of any value; I opted for another middle-value print.

White: 5½ yards (for background)

Black: ⅞ yard

Dark blue: 1¾ yards

Light blue: 1⅜ yards

Medium blue: ¼ yard (for center squares)

Backing: 73˝ × 92˝

Batting: 73˝ × 92˝

Binding: ¾ yard (for 2½˝-wide binding strips)

Fabric labels or your favorite fabric-marking pen

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Medium 9781607058649

Box of Rain

Becky Goldsmith C&T Publishing ePub

box of rain

FINISHED QUILT: 40˝ × 48˝

Made by Becky Goldsmith.

This quilt is all about the interplay of clear colors and gray colors. Clear colors come forward, and grays tend to recede; that is very evident in this quilt. Refer to Clarity. I don’t own many grayed fabrics, but I did have a selection of gray-blues in my stash, which is why my quilt is blue.

Your quilt can be any color. And even though I was excited by the combination of clear and gray colors, you don’t have to be. Your quilt can be made from lights and darks in one or more colors.

MATERIALS

Yardage amounts may vary, depending on the number of different fabrics you choose.

I substituted 3 yellow squares for darker blue ones to add a bit of light to the composition. That yardage is not included below.

Light gray background fabrics: 1 or more fabrics to total 1¼ yards

Darker clear blue fabrics: 1 or more fabrics to total 1¼ yards

Binding: ¾ yard

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