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Double Tutorial Tue: Foundation Heart Mug Rug & Sew. Happy. Quilt. Block #9

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Woohoo! I’ve got 2 tutorials to share with you today! One is the next block in my Sew. Happy. Quilt. Quilt AlongChurn Dash Redux, which can be found here, and the other is one I posted last week on my good friend Melissa’s blog, SewBitterSweet Designs. She has an AMAZING array of Valentine’s Day themed tutorials in her Valentine’s Day Showcase celebration - so go check the others out!

My daughter Savi is pretty enamoured with this mug rug, and she’s always so good and cheerful that this Valentine’s Day I’m giving her this special handmade gift. I’m really lucky to have such a great and supportive family, and it’s so nice to have a full time cheerleader in my corner. Life hasn’t always been easy for the two of us, but I think our closeness has given us both strength when we needed it most – and there really were times when my 10 year old daughter held me together. I’ve always treated her like an adult and it seems to have helped her become a clever and brave tween. Thanks, Savi. Mummy loves you!

Ingredients:

  • one printed heart pdf pattern from Carol Doak’s free patterns page (just scroll down till you see Crazy Patch Heart)
  • OPTIONAL: an 8″ x 8″ scrap of calico or thin white cotton fabric to make a foundation
  • assorted scraps for the heart foundation/paper piecing block
  • 4 strips of fabric 1.5″ x 6.5″
  • 2 strips of fabric 1.5″ x 10.5″
  • 2 strips of fabric 2″ x 10.5″
  • 2 strips of fabric 2″ x 11.5″
  • Wadding 12″ x 14″
  • Backing for 12″ x 14″
  • 55″ worth of binding (need a binding tute? No problem!)

Finished size: about 10″ x 12″ depending on how big the foundation pattern prints. Don’t freak out if it’s not exactly 6.5″ square. Mine wasn’t and I think it looks ok anyway. :)

Ok, right off the bat when you look at the next picture you’ll be wondering if I’ve gone crazy. Of course I have, but it has nearly nothing to do with the sewing. Nearly.

I take a class with a lovely lady named Jackie Sparks. She doesn’t have a blog but she’s the chair of my local quilt group, Romsey Quilters. (BTW I do their website too – that’s why it’s so crap). Anyway, she showed me a way to eliminate all the faff of paper piecing by turning it into foundation piecing. All you need is some masking tape, a ruler and a pencil and some calico.

As you can see, I’ve taped my printout down to my mat, then over it I’ve taped a big square of calico, which is so thin you can see right through it. (So it doesn’t add bulk!) Then you simply trace ALL the lines using a pencil and ruler. Make sure you do the outside 1/4″ lines so you have a seam allowance. And I promise you the extra effort is worth it – it makes life SO much easier!

So I’ve drawn all my lines and numbered the spaces in pencil too. That’s important. Do that now.

Clearly, if it’s numbered, we’ll start with #1. ***#s 1, 9, 10, 11 Cut a piece of fabric that’s larger than the space – it’s a tiny space so a square of whatever will do. Place it RIGHT SIDE UP on the BACK of the numbered side and pin in place. See how I’m holding it up to the light to make sure there is plenty of seam allowance on all sides? You should do that too.

Now I’ve cut a big piece for #2. I’ve place it RIGHT SIDE DOWN (Facing down) on top of the #1 piece. See how the only thing actually IN the #2 space is a tiny little seam allowance? That’s because we’ll be flipping it Right Side UP after sewing that line. Also you need to make sure that when you do flip and iron the square of fabric will cover all of the #2 space plus at least 1/4″.

Do what the picture says. Start stitching about 2 stitch lengths before, and stop about 2 stitch lengths after the line.

This is important. You MUST iron after every seam you sew. That keeps it crisp and sharp, which is why you’re doing a foundation in the first place.

Now fold back the calico and trim the seam allowance to 1/4″. MAKE SURE you don’t cut the calico!!!

Now we’re getting to larger pieces. Here’s how to deal with them: 1) Make sure you cut a piece large enough to cover #3 plus AT LEAST 1/4″ on all sides. Personally I cut much larger then trim down. 2) Place it face down on the front, positioning it so the seam allowance is roughly 1/4″ past the line between #’2 and #3. 3) Then pin the line to test your seam before you sew it. 4) Turn it so you’re looking at the numbered side and hold it up to the light as shown above to make sure that once you stitch the line, there is plenty of fabric to cover #3. In this case there’s more than enough.

5) Now reposition your pin so you’re not sewing it and you can sew that line between #1/#2 and #3. PRESS!!!

Here’s how it looks after you’ve added #4. I know it looks messy and awful, but you’ll trim so don’t worry about it. Just worry about the seams and making sure you have enough fabric. Just follow steps 1 through 5 as outlined above and you won’t go wrong.

Here it is after I sewed all the pieces. Doesn’t that look awful?

Here’s the back of that foundation piece. Now that looks all nice and neat, doesn’t it? AND NO TEARING (or tears!)!

Now you’re ready to trim the foundation along those outside lines and add your 2 6.5″ long strips to the sides. (Again, if yours printed out smaller, don’t fret. Just trim the edges of the strips and decide if you want to add more.)

Here she is all pieced, basted and quilted. I tried a fancy meandering heart FMQ. Some of it looks good, some of it looks like thread vomit as I showed you before. Now all you need to do is put the binding on and you’re good to go!


© Copyright J C Excell, 2011. You are welcome to use any SewHappyGeek tutorial for personal use. You are even welcome to make a couple to sell, but you are not given permission to use my pictures or my words without giving me credit and linking back to the original. You are NEVER allowed to copy an entire tutorial or post.
Sometimes my pictures have my family in them and they are never intended for public use. Also, I work very hard to provide free tutorials for my lovely readers, and anyone copying or selling my tutorials is guilty of copyright infringement.

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Tutorial Tuesday: Cheating Zig Zag Mug Rug

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My friend and bee mate Cindy of Fluffy Sheep Quilting organised a Goodie Swap and I’ve been busy making my mug rugs, and I thought maybe you might like a tutorial for this:

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It’s 10.5″ by 8.5″ finished. I got the idea for this from Crazy Mom’s zig zag quilt tutorial. For this mug rug’s front you’ll need:

  • A- 1} 2.5″ x 1.5″
  • B- 1} 2.5″ x 1.5″ and 1} 5″ x 1.5″
  • C- 1} 5″ x 1.5″ and 1} 7.5″ x 1.5″
  • D- 1} 7.5″ x 1.5″ and 1} 10″ x 1.5″
  • E- 1} 10″ x 1.5″ and 1} 7.5″ x 1.5″
  • F 1} 7.5″ x 1.5″ and 1} 7.5″ x 1.5″ and 1} 2.5″ x 1.5″
  • G- 1} 7.5″ x 1.5″ and 5″ x 1.5″
  • H- 1} 5″ x 1.5″ and 2.5″ x 1.5″
  • I- 1} 2.5″ x 1.5″
  • J- 1} 2.5″ x 1.5″

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Now, you need to sew those longer strips together. They get arranged in the logical way -
  • The two small A and B get sewn together on the long sides
  • B and C’s 5″ strips get sewn together
  • C and D’s 7.5″ strips get sewn together
  • D and E’s 10″ strips get sewn together
  • E and F’s 7.5″ strips get sewn together
  • F and G’s 7.5″ strips get sewn together
  • F’s 2.5″ strip gets sewn to J’s 2.5″ strip
  • G and H’s 5″ strips get sewn together
  • H and I’s 2.5″ strips get sewn together
Now you need to cut your long strips into 2.5″ long blocks:

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Then it’s just a matter of lining them all up and sewing them together. I sew 4 little blocks together, then start sewing them into bigger pieces. But you can do whatever you’re comfortable with.

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And here it is, all finished with pretty yellow binding:

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And here’s the back, complete with my new small quilt labels from Spoonflower. You can make your own too.

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© Copyright J C Excell, 2011. You are welcome to use any SewHappyGeek tutorial for personal use. You are even welcome to make a couple to sell, but you are not given permission to use my pictures or my words without giving me credit and linking back to the original. You are NEVER allowed to copy an entire tutorial or post.
Sometimes my pictures have my family in them and they are never intended for public use. Also, I work very hard to provide free tutorials for my lovely readers, and anyone copying or selling my tutorials is guilty of copyright infringement.
This website is protected by Copyscape and is checked regularly, which means I WILL find you.

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Tutorial Tuesday: Mini Quilt/Pillow

Wow! It seems like aaaaages since I could be bothered to write a tutorial I had a good idea for a tutorial. Before we dive in I’d like to remind you that Manic Monday’s Linky Party is still going on, so go link up!

Also, my Bee friend Kris has a Summer Mug Rug Challenge going on and would be delighted if you could go over there and vote for your favourite mug rug. All you have to do is click the photo you like and enter VOTE in the comments. I’m sure the gals who made the mug rugs would really appreciate this recognition of their hard work :) Plus my mate Kelly entered some really cute ones, and they’re worth a look for sure!

Ok, on to the tutorial. Here’s what we’ll be making:

It’s 18″ x 18″ and super easy to whip up. It was originally intended to be a pillow cover but once I made it I liked it so much I decided to hand quilt it and make it a wall hanging. So you can do whatever you want with it. If you want to make a smaller one (about 14″ square), I’ll give you the recipe for that, too. And if you want to print it, I’ve made a printer friendly version via Google Documents.

Like a knitting pattern I’ll be putting the numbers for the smaller one first, and the larger size will be shown in parentheses, like so: 14 (17) squares. Get it?

You’ll need:

  • 27 (54) 3″ x 3″ squares of different prints/colours/whatever
  • 1 (1) 7.5″ x 7.5″ fussy cut panel (mine has two birds on it)
  • 15″ x 15″ (19″ x 19″) square of wadding
  • backing a bit bigger than the wadding and front
  • binding: 62″ (78″) of whatever width you want. If you’re making a pillow front you won’t need binding.
  • sewing machine, rotary cutter, mat, ruler, etc. I SERIOUSLY recommend spray starching the squares to keep everything precise and lined up perfectly.
Right. Take your squares and start sewing them up in groups of 9:
When that’s done, cut them in half, then in half again, as shown below:
You will have some left over. That’s ok, you can use them on the back if you want.
Now arrange them like so (or until you’re happy):
If you are making the smaller version, you’ll only have this:
Now baste, quilt and bind! I’m still quilting mine – I bought some lovely perle cottons at the Festival of Quilts so I’m doing it by hand.
If you wanted to make a larger version here are the numbers:
  • 4″ squares yield 5″ finished blocks.
  • 5″ squares yield 6.5″ finished blocks.
  • 6″ squares yield 8″ finished blocks.
By the way, does anyone want to see the pics from Festival of Quilts? I took a poop ton, although the lighting was AWFUL for shooting photos. I’m hoping I’ll get a few gems out of the 400+ that I took.
And we’ll end with my new, stricter copyright notice. I’m sorry it sounds so pugnacious, but I found a French blog that had stolen my tutorial (including the copyright notice? WTF?) and had to complain to Google to get it taken down. Of course there was no comment facility, no email address so I couldn’t bitch the person out. And of course all the other posts are stolen tutorials as well. You’re welcome to track down the original authors and send them over to the Google copyright infringement site.  So I’ve had to expand the notice. Sorry. You know how it is.


© Copyright J C Excell, 2011. You are welcome to use any SewHappyGeek tutorial for personal use. You are even welcome to make a couple to sell, but you are not given permission to use my pictures or my words without giving me credit and linking back to the original. You are NEVER allowed to copy an entire tutorial or post.
Sometimes my pictures have my family in them and they are never intended for public use. Also, I work very hard to provide free tutorials for my lovely readers, and anyone copying or selling my tutorials is guilty of copyright infringement.
This website is protected by Copyscape and is checked regularly, which means I WILL find you.

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