Monday, June 14, 2021

The Bonnie and Camille Quilt Bee: Month 5

 Welcome to another month of the Bonnie and Camille Quilt Bee! Thank you everyone for sharing your blocks with me so far. They all look great. 

This month we have to make 3 different blocks. Double Star on Page 98, Dream on page 100 and Eight Point Star on page 102. 

Double Star Block. For this block I used my Diagonal Seam Tape to sew rather than drawing lines on the Fabric B and D squares. The pattern also suggests pressing everything open, but I decided to press the pieces on the Left Point one direction and the pieces on the Right Point I pressed in the alternate direction. This way all the seams nested nicely and I got nice points on both stars. 

When sewing the rows together I pressed the seams to Fabric A. 

Dream Block. This one was fun to make. I didn't do anything different from the pattern for this block. Because this block was made with so many different prints, I decided to use up some of the strips that I had cut off my Fat Quarters for previous blocks. I chain pieced my blocks to make it go a little quicker, so rather than make one at a time I did all four. I just stacked up all the same size pieces and laid them out as they should be in the block. 

You want to be sure that you don't pull the end of your seams one way or another on this block, but keep it at a nice 1/4" all the way through, and than give it a nice press. Don't move your iron around too much as you don't want those strips to stretch. 

Eight Point Star Block. This one is fairly quick to make, and we actually need to make 3 of them in total. I chose to use my Ultimate Flying Geese Ruler to make the points, so I followed the cutting instructions on the Ruler rather than the pattern. Once the geese were made I followed the pattern for the rest of the block. 

Have fun making your blocks, and please send me photos of them!


Monday, June 7, 2021

Teacher Gifts

 The end of this school year is so close, only two weeks away in our house! Year end Teacher Gifts also must be ready to go soon too than. I thought tonight I would share some of my favorite items to make as Teacher and Bus Driver gifts.  

I love making the Wax and Wool Tote Bag as a gift. It is a pattern by Noodlehead and sews up really nicely! It also does not take very much fabric, and there is no hardware on it, though I do like to add a little "Handmade for Me" Label for a special touch. 

This year I made Pencil Pouches for my boys Teachers. This is a free tutorial by Noodlehead, and I have done a Video Tutorial of it is as well. You can find the video by scrolling back on our Facebook Page or by clicking here. I will likely fill the pencil pouches with a few little goodies for an added touch. You can find the Pattern here

Another favorite to make is lanyards and key fobs. These are fantastic for keeping keys together and easy to find. They are also super easy to make and take only little bits of fabric and a key fob hardware piece or a swivel hook. 

Is there anything that you like to make as gifts for Teachers?


Thursday, June 3, 2021

Garden Sampler BOM: Month 6

 We are already in June! Crazy to think how fast this year is going by. 

It being June means it is time to pull out those Block of the Month projects again. We are here again with the Garden Sampler block of the month to make the Dill block. 

In comparison to the previous couple blocks, this one seemed simple. All that is needed to be done in this block is a few flip and stitch corners. I didn't even have to adjust any of the cutting which is strange for me.  

The cut pieces labeled with my Alphabitties

To make my flip and stitch corners I used my Diagonal Seam Tape from Cluck Cluck Sew.

My components

The pieced petal unit.
For the petal unit, the only thing to watch out for, is to make sure you have all those flipped corners facing the right way, in order to get the proper look. I did double check the diagram as I did mine, to make sure I had the background and center triangles in the right corners.

My Block 6! 

I really do love the look of this block, even though I am really not a green person, I think it turned out well. IT was also refreshing to have a simple, straight forward block, as I sat down to make it last night quickly before I went to bed. 

Have you been keeping up? Do you like BOMs or would you prefer to just sit don and do a project start to finish? 

I hope everyone has a great weekend. I am hoping that the heat stays a bit longer, and that the wind stays away so that I can get some time in on the water and enjoy the new dock my fiance built.