Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Towel Topper-Christmas in July with Accuquilt

 Accuquilt sent me a new die to try out, it's the Towel Topper die. How fun and quick is this...really quick and fun! This die debuted on the Accuquilt live video yesterday and is for Pre-Order now on their website.

They also sent me the June Tailor Towel Topper kit which includes the towel, batting and instructions. I will be using my gingerbread cookie die for the applique along with my scallop die for the towel trim. I am all set for a little tutorial for you to see how easy this is! 

In addition to the dies/mats you will need your fabrics (I used three different ones). Cut two main fabrics 12” x 8” and two 7” x 3” of accent fabric. 

Let's take a look at the Towel Topper die... it's a little different than other Accuquilt dies as this one has a fold line on it.

 Fold the 12”x 8” fabrics in half to 12”x 4”, press. If you are using the June Tailor kit the batting is preprinted, I folded it in half lining up the preprinted lines. Lay the fold of your fabrics on the fold line of the die, add the 6"x10" mat and run through your cutter.

 Fold the 7”x 3” accent fabrics in half to 7”x 1 ½ ”, press. Lay the 7”x 1 ½ ” accent fabrics on top of the towel topper right sides together with raw edges together and stitch ¼" seam. Press one to the accent fabric and one to the towel topper fabric.

Lay the above pieces right side together and batting on top. Use pins or clips to hold it together while you sew. Sew around with ¼" seam leaving the accent fabric open. Clip the corners and turn right side out, press. Set aside.

Preparing the towel: After washing, it’s time to add a trim to the bottom. You can use ric-rac, ribbon or such in place of fabric. I chose to use my scallop Accuquilt die and appliqued it on the bottom of the towel. Trim and hem towel to desired length, I trimmed to 20”x 14”. 

Applique the gingerbread cookie onto the towel. Did you know that Accuquilt has free embroidery designs to go with the applique dies? Or you can just applique with your sewing machine like I did.

It’s time to pleat your towel to 7” wide and insert into the topper at the accent fabric opening. Topstitch in place.

Add a button closure. And you are ready to hang your towel. What about making several for gifts or selling at a craft show! Think of all the different fabrics and appliques you could use for it!

And here is my finished towel! Wasn't that easy?

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you make one please tag me @vickiscraftsandquilting and @AccuQuilt on Instagram. And use #AccuQuiltBuilt so we get to see your creation!

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Thank you Accuquilt for this die!

Friday, July 12, 2024

2024 Donation Quilts

If you have been following me this year you know that I have been working on several UFO quilts for donation. Some I pieced over the last few years, some were in multiple stages which made them UFO's. I managed to get seven of them to flimsy stage and have been quilting them up in the last couple weeks. I had to order batting in order to finish them all. 
Here is my parade of 2024 donation quilts...

These elongated string blocks were started many years ago, ahem 2018! When my grandsons were over we worked on them off and on and then I finished a bunch myself. These strings are sewn onto phonebook pages, I taped two together to get a long strip. This first one was pieced to flimsy stage a couple years ago.

As you can see we had a rainbow of string blocks and enough for two quilts. The blocks were pieced a couple years ago and I brought it to flimsy stage, quilted and bound it this year.  An elephant print flannel was perfect for the back of this one.

Another type of string quilt was pieced and into flimsy stage when I left off with it many years ago. I couldn't decide back then if I wanted to make it bigger.  This year I found the answer. Nope I did not, LOL. I wanted it quilted and out the door into the hands of someone that needed a quilty hug. 

This one is a free pattern from A Bright Corner called Preppy and was pieced in 2021 and quilted recently. This one has a fleece backing and no batting for a soft cuddly quilt.

I talked more about this nine patch one HERE.

More info on this one HERE

I found a panel in the stash that someone had given me a while back and it worked perfectly for the backing!

This was never a UFO as I pieced it in June and quilted in July. The pattern is White Cloud from Villa Rosa Designs. You might remember I made a Yellow and Gray one with the same pattern. They really look different don't they!  That's all seven quilts that I have ready to send back with my daughter-in-law this weekend, she takes them with her church group to Minneapolis to hand out to the needy.  I still have more I would like to finish up, three of which only need quilting but I ran out of time and energy for it right now.  

In the evenings I have been hand knitting kid slippers to send with her also. I have a dozen ready.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Working ahead for fall

Looking ahead at what I need to get done for fall is always fun. I love working with fall colors. First I chose to work with a panel I bought last fall and didn't get time then to use it. I fell in love with it at first site and had to order it right away.  

And if you know me you might have guessed I would be cutting it apart and making several wall hangings with it. I used my 8" Accuquilt cube companion angles to make the triangle in a square. That yielded me 4" blocks to add after I brought the pumpkin panel up to size with orange coping strips. Then adding a dark gray border before adding the triangles. 

Triangles in a square were also added to the bottom of the panel for a little more dramatic look;) The plaid outer border was from a purchase the year before and never used and it went p.e.r.f.e.c.t.l.y. with it!

Stitching in the ditch around the orange and gray small borders was needed. From there the pumpkin panel needed the hook swirl freehand design while the triangles received wishbones. When it came to the plaid border I simply followed the plaid for a piano key type design.

And there you have it with the first design for the fall season. I'll show you another next week. Stay tuned Friday for UFO finishes! Next up for me is to work on a tutorial for Accuquilt which goes live next Tuesday. 

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Monday, July 1, 2024

Happy July

Last year our local longarm group decided on a challenge. We were to all use the same pattern to make a wall hanging size quilt. Any color could be added to a neutral fabric. Our group bought three types of batting, bamboo, silk and wool. We each got to pick which we would like to work with. I choose bamboo. The idea was to see how it quilted up. We used a tutorial from Missouri Star to piece this, but for the life of me I cannot recall the name of it. 

We could quilt it however we wanted. For the large neutral corner squares I used a template for the center star and then used a ruler to stitch 1/2" away from that for the next round and then another 1/2" away from that for the third round. 

The four patch units called for two rows of continuous curve stitching with a template. The blue star points were three straight lines made with a ruler and echoing the triangles. The red has two curved lines to coordinate with the four patches.

Linking up with Joy's Table Scraps June challenge to make something with blue scraps and a watermelon theme.  It's obvious I used blue scraps, but how to fit in the watermelon theme... You could use this on your picnic table for the 4th of July while eating watermelon!! 

Happy 4th of July!  What will you be doing on the 4th?  Do you enjoy going to see the fireworks display in your area?  We love the fireworks and plan to go. 

Friday, June 28, 2024

Nine Patches

Once upon a time a friend gave me a bag of squares to do something with. The squares were not all perfectly cut so I recut them into 2.25 inch squares and added a neutral fabric to make nine patches. I even started making a few blocks and then back into the baggies to wait their turn to come out to play again. 

In the interest of getting some UFO's to flimsy stage, I took these blocks/scraps out of storage and made more blocks with more of the scraps. In the end I sashed them with a lighter blue solid fabric and ended up with this child size quilt. This will become another donation quilt. The coloring is really off in the photo below, I had to take it during a rainy day so I could get it off my design wall. 

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Have a great weekend! Will you be sewing/quilting or something else? 

Sunday, June 23, 2024

A string tip

I am guessing we all are having the same problem-strings all over the place!  On the ironing board and on the design wall especially. One can't avoid the strings getting left behind when we press our fabrics, blocks, or flimsies as we put them together. 

I should have taken a before and after of my design wall, but I didn't think about it until after I cleaned it and put the next set of blocks up on it. My ironing board will have to do:)  This pink silicone dish scrubber works great for swiping across those strings.  It's easy to grab the strings from the silicone and toss the little bundle into the trash and the sponge is washable. 

I found it on Amazon (I am not an affiliate). This is my tip to link with Kathleen's Tips and Tutorials on the 22nd. Also linking with Monday Musings, Design Wall Monday and Sew and Tell Monday.

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Starry UFO

It all began so innocently with 5 inch darks, 5 inch neutrals and 2.75" neutrals all from the scrap bins. 

Which quickly became these. And I bet you can guess what came next. Did you guess they went into another bin and there they sat for a few years? If so you would be correct. 

Out they came after finishing the last UFO to flimsy stage. The next thing I knew I had the beginnings of another flimsy taking place. 

The light neutral sashing helps set the stars apart from the outer border.  The next photo is a precut bin of strings approximately 5 inches or a bit more. They are all different widths. Can you see where I am going with this?

Another pieced piano key border. The strips were sewn together in long rows and then trimmed to 4.5".  I added neutral squares in the corners. I love how this came out. This will head into the 'to be quilted' donation pile. My flimsy pile is definitely growing even if the scrap bins are not showing any change.

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Monday, June 17, 2024

Swirling Stars

So much fun to make these patriotic swirling stars again.  I have had this patriotic word half yard piece for a while and didn't know how I wanted to use it. This worked perfectly!

Always fun to try different fabric combinations. Some on the white/modern side and some on the cream/country side.

When the first two sold I got busy right away and made more with even more different prints. This is a free pattern from Krista Moser.

Yes I have a large bin of patriotic prints :) I love this striped for a binding. I made these in between working on another UFO, I hope to share that in a few days.

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Friday, June 14, 2024

Neutral strings

Once upon a time, long, long ago in a sewing room quite near, a second neutral string quilt was started.  The blocks were all sewn to phone book pages and then stacked neatly and left to rest on a shelf. The plan was to make it like the first one that was started in 2014 and finished in 2016.

Fast forward to earlier this week and I have neutral blocks go from UFO stage to flimsy stage.  The design for this string quilt came from Cynthia at Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework. Neutral strings will no go back into the closet until I decide to quilt it. Right now I am more in the mood for piecing so I shall continue. The brown sashing was cut at 2". 

So many of you loved seeing our gorgeous pink peony a week ago, more blooms have opened. Here is how it looked two days ago right before the rain knocked them over. 

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Sunday, June 9, 2024

Blue and Green scrappy squares

These blue and green scrappy squares were started in 2019  and little by little more were added. 

And sashings were attached. And then they sat for a long time.

After finishing the piecing on Two Bits I decided to see how many blue and green blocks were made and where I left off with the progress of them. I was happy to find there were three rows waiting to be sewn together. More blocks had their sashings already attached too. With only needing to make 6 blocks it quickly became a flimsy!

The tan and brown were yardage while all the blue and green 2.5" squares are all from the scrappy string bin. By looking at it one would think it used a lot of scraps. Not really, just a small stack of squares is all it took!

Our dark purple iris are opening, in person they are super dark. I caught this one with the sun shining on it so it shows more color. We counted over 20 buds on it. 

Well what do you think I should do next-more scrappy UFO's or a table runner for the shop?

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Friday, June 7, 2024

To the Flimsy stage

Two Bits is to the flimsy stage! Pattern by Cynthia who blogs at Quiltingismorefunthanhousework. Oh I am love with how it came together. After sewing the blocks and rows together I framed it with a solid black. I had extra scraps(imagine that!) so the colorful borders are all strings pieced together for the right length. 

The scraps for the borders were all cut at roughly 5" in length, meaning I laid the strings out on the cutting mat and just rough cut at 5" intervals. Pieced them and then trimmed to 4.5" in width. This quilt was so fun! I will be a donation when finished.

And onto the next UFO.  A long time ago I started making these blue blocks along with green ones and tried a new to me technique to add the sashings in tan and brown. This method worked out great and hopefully I will have another flimsy ready soon:)


Our Peonies are doing great. We counted at least 100 buds on them. Hubbies hand to show you the size of the bloom. 

Just a small part of the group of peonies.