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Sail Away Tote

Kirstyn Cogan Stash Books ePub

Sail Away Tote

Finished Size: 13˝ × 15½˝

If you’re like me, you can never have enough totes to tote things around in. This bag features two simple outer pockets inspired by the many sailboats out on the water this time of year.


Coordinating cotton fabrics:

Fabric 1 (main front and back panels): ½ yard

Fabric 2 (sail pocket 1 and straps): ⅝ yard

Fabric 3 (sail pocket 2 lining): ⅞ yard

Coordinating all-purpose sewing thread

Rotary cutter, ruler, and self-healing cutting mat

Sew-on hook-and-loop dots: 2 pairs

Fabric-marking pen (Always test on a scrap of fabric before using. I recommend FriXion pens.)

Shell buttons: 1 large (25mm) and 1 small (20mm)


Fabric 1 (main front and back panels): Cut 2 rectangles 14˝ × 17˝.

Fabric 2 (sail pocket 1 and straps): Cut 1 rectangle 14˝ × 17˝ and 2 strips 2˝ × 28˝. (Feel free to cut the straps longer or shorter based on your preferences.)

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Design and Audition

Becky Goldsmith C&T Publishing ePub

design and audition

The best way to know if the colors you have chosen are going to work is to audition them on your design wall before you begin sewing. If you have ever made a quilt that should have been amazing but wasn’t, you probably skipped this step.

Each fabric is auditioning for its role in the quilt. Some fabrics will not make the cut. Others will be perfect. You really don’t know until you see them in place on the wall. You can’t fake the audition. Sticking some fat quarters on the wall and hoping for the best doesn’t work.

If I could make you audition your quilts, I would. I know that it does take discipline to spend time on the audition process, but trust me, your quilts will be better for it.


As you audition your fabric, remember that every color is affected by the color (or colors) next to it. Notice the gray in the plaid fabric in the photo below.

The soft gray in the plaid is a perfect match to the gray solid.

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Felt Gift Card Holder

Annabel Wrigley FunStitch Studio ePub

a teeny bit more challenging

Felt Gift Card Holder

What Do I Need?

12˝ × 12˝ piece of felt

Little fabric scraps

Bright, fun-colored thread

Fabric glue

Pinking shears

Perle cotton or embroidery floss

Basic sewing supplies

special skills

•Refer to The Rules of Sewing

• Using an iron

• Making and using templates

• Sewing a running stitch

Prepare the Pieces

1.Use the patterns (Felt Gift Card Envelope, Felt Gift Card Stamp, Felt Gift Card Address, Felt Gift Card Heart) to make templates.

2.Trace the templates onto the appropriate fabrics.

3.Carefully cut out the shapes.

Let’s Make It

Thread the sewing machine with fun-colored thread and stitch around the entire envelope shape, sewing nice and close to the edge.

I just love giving gift cards … Sometimes they are the perfect gift for that person who has everything!

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Baby Jacks

Amy Garro Stash Books ePub




This version of the jumping jacks block has fewer seams to match than in Jumping Jacks, making it easier to construct. This pattern lends itself well to scrappy piecing, while still looking cohesive by having one color group for the jumping jacks and another for the “bow ties.”


I used a variety of low-volume prints with grays and blues to create a fun baby boy quilt. Since you only need a little bit of each fabric, I was able to use up a lot of smaller scraps from my stash on this project.

Whites: 9 assorted prints, ¼ yard each

Blues: 9 assorted prints, 1 fat eighth of each

Grays: 6 assorted prints, 1 fat eighth of each

Backing: 44˝ × 44˝

Batting: 44˝ × 44˝

Binding: ½ yard (for 2½˝-wide binding strips)

Fabric labels or your favorite fabric-marking pen

Patterns: Make 18 copies each of Baby Jacks patterns A and B on your favorite 8½˝ × 11˝ paper-piecing paper.

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Medium 9781571205797

Island Joins: A Demonstration with Square-in-a-Square

Terrie Sandelin C&T Publishing PDF

Island Joins


Full-size Square-in-a-Square foundation pattern is on the pullout.

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

Some traditional blocks, such as Courthouse Steps and Square-in-a-Square, build from the inside out. Using the Island Joins method allows you to sew these separate blocks together so you can press seams open or pivot their direction for flatter seams.

square-in-a-square quilts


3. If you are making either the

Center Star or the Four Stars mini, mark the patch placement letters on the foundation. Be sure to place the letters for the triangle patches outside the seam allowance of the center square.

1. As with the basic Fold and Sew patterns, pages 19–21, align adjoining seamlines that are separated by a seam allowance. Fold and crease. Note: You will need to fold the foundation both vertically and horizontally.

2. Mark the 1 ⁄4˝ seam allowance lines that surround the on-point squares.

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