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Mandolin BOM Club

March 5, 2018

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I’ve had the honor of joining Jodi from Tales Of Cloth and Martina from Ava and Neve for this years Mandolin Block of the Month Club. When they first asked me if I would like to play along I was a bit hesitant. For one, I had never done a year long project (at least not one that I finished!) and two, we are moving this Spring/Summer and life has been very busy to say the least. I had some encouragement from dear friends and I am so glad to be making these blocks! It’s the perfect hand sewing project to take with while our house is being shown and most nights it’s really all I have energy left to create at the end of a long day. The blocks are BIG (I think about 12 inches across) and all the pieces were a little overwhelming at first, but they do come together quicker than I thought and it really is so fun working with these GORGEOUS fabrics!

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Since we are trying to keep our house spotless, I’ve been keeping all my EPP pieces rather organized and I thought you might like to see what I use and how I keep them (since I myself love seeing this type of thing from others!). I tried using Elmer’s glue stick to glue baste my shapes but found it much too sticky, especially working with such fine Liberty Lawn fabrics. Clover has been just the right amount of stick for my liking, however my biggest papers have been coming out from all the folding and handling, so I added a bit of Elmer’s on those pieces only after they were sewn in. The Richard Hemming and Son milliners needles are from Sunny Day Supply and have been great! Just the right ballance of thin and sharp. A trusty Needle Minder from my friend Cheri, AKA Tinkerellen. Aurifil 80 weight which I double up for extra strength. I tried a 50 weight but it wasn’t a good fit with the Liberty fabrics. And of course a scissors all packed in one of my favorite zipper bags from Lisa Ann.

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When my first three months of Liberty fabrics came I sorted them into groups of five, cut them up into their shapes and put them in zip lock bags for safe keeping. Now whenever I’m ready to start a new block, I just grab a bag and start. I suppose I could also glue baste them all, but I prefer a little change of pace as I work on projects.

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Jodi makes these really great templates which made cutting fabrics SO easy. Such a great tool to have on hand for future projects as well.

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Each months papers come with shapes for two Mandolin blocks and one joining block. This Cotton & Steel fabric was such a good choice to pair with the classic Liberty fabrics that are bright and bold, thank you Jodi! I’m still debating whether or not to make the center of the joining blocks a Liberty print as I’ve seen some others do. Also make sure to check out the #mandolinquilt hashtag for loads of inspiration!

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Well I think that’s all for now, it’s been a while since I had the time and brain power to blog (not to mention take proper pictures!). I do manage to post on Instagram though so make sure to follow along over there. It’s also not to late to join in and start your own Mandolin quilt! I’ve included links that are highlighted to make it easy for you to find any products or further information (I do this because I personally don’t like hunting for something I find on a blog, it’s just helpful).

Now back to my Mandolin block which is coming along nicely =)

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Infinity Scarf Quick Pic Tutorial

December 18, 2017

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Last week I shared this little Infinity Scarf Picture Tutorial in my stories on Instagram and I wanted to save them here for going back to later. I hope you find these step by step pictures helpful. Just start with one yard of rayon fabric! I have used a beautiful print from Art Gallery Fabrics for this one and it is SO soft.

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I hope you find this helpful, for more details find my original tutorial HERE. These Infinity Scarves are SO quick and easy to make, perfect for gifts… That is, if you can part with them 😉

 

Infinity Scarf Sew Along

December 1, 2017

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Hi friends! Today we are starting a super fun and easy Sew Along with my Winterberry Infinity Scarf Tutorial! It’s such a quick and easy make and turns out beautifully that I thought it would be the perfect thing to sew along and make for ourselves and as gifts for others! Each week I will post a tip or idea and show you a scarf using the hashtag on Instagram #infinityscarfalong (if you’ve already made some feel free to add the hashtag;-)

All you need is ONE yard of fabric and a half hour (less if you’ve made one before!). I have chosen to use rayon because of the added width and also it just feels so good! Art Gallery Fabrics rayon is especially dreamy, not only in the way it feels and sits but I also discovered that it washed and ironed up really well too! And who doesn’t love their prints?!

So this week to get you started, Fat Quarter Shop is offering  15% off the purchase of fabric by Art Gallery (excludes sale items and cannot be combined with other offers.  One use per customer.  Expires Dec 15th, 2017.) using the code FAITH15. I was so excited to get started that I ordered already! And while you are at it, why not stock up on some of your favorite Art Gallery Fabrics? You can see them all HERE.

So, it’s December 1st and if you are like me, feeling a bit panicked about the lists of things to do, places to go and gifts to buy, take a deep breath and let this little sew along be a break from all that. Grab a cup of something sweet and warm and pick out some fun fabrics to make a scarf for yourself and some for friends and just like that, you will be on your way to a handmade Holiday season. The coupon code FAITH15 is good until the 15th, but get a head start so we can start sewing next week together.

If you’ve already got rayon laying around just waiting to be used, go ahead and start sewing along with my simple tutorial, you don’t even need to pre-wash! And don’t forget to share your pictures in #infinityscarfalong!

Happy December and happy sewing along!