Sunday 31 January 2016

Sunday Stash

My stash grew and the best part it didn't cost me anything. I was recently gifted 9 metres of fabric, six of the nine metres is Northcott's Toscana line.

nine metres of new stash

The confetti blue is a Kaufman print. The eskimo snow is also a Northcott print. My stash was lacking in blues, these definitely gave it a boost. 

tablet cover number 5

I have already used some of the blue to make another  tablet cover. This one was for my granddaughter that likes everything Eiffel tower. And yes I know my towers are upside down, I noticed after I had the front all done and wasn't going to rip out the zipper at that point. She doesn't have a problem with them being upside down so all is good. That makes five and every grandchild that has a tablet now has a case made by grandma.

Linking up to Molli Sparkles.

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Sunday 24 January 2016

Grandkids Tablet Covers

A few of my grandchildren got tablets for Christmas and I offered to make carrying cases for them. I called upon Mr. Google, and we spent some time together finding a pattern. I settled on this one from Fresh Lemons. Printed out the instructions and started to gather the supplies to work on them. The pattern didn't have a handle and I figured it would be easier for the younger ones to carry with a handle. During the Christmas break grandpa and I took them to one of my local quilt shops. I let them pick out the fabrics they wanted. I did avoid buying fabric for me, of course that's not to say the temptation wasn't there, that's for another trip later on. You all know how that works.
Fabric choices
The deer fabric is what my 8 year old grandson wanted. My 2 and 1/2 year old is into dinosaurs, I think that pattern is adorable. My 5 year old granddaughter is into pink, but she really liked the party fabric which surprised me, so we paired hers with pink. 
I decided to try Bosal In-R-Form instead of batting. I had never worked with this product before, it is not as giving as batting but gave the covers a nice shape and I think more protection for the tablets.

Bosal stabilizer

I made my handles for the covers the same as I do when making bags. I started with a 4 inch by 16 inch strip of fabric and a 2 inch strip of fusible interfacing.

handle strips

Press the fabric strip in half wrong sides together. Center the fusible strip in the middle of the fabric strip and fuse in place.

fused strip

Press each long side of the strip to the center. Then press in half encasing the raw edges.
pressing sides to center of strip

Top stitch the edge of the handle and down the middle. I placed the handle 3/4 of an inch in from the side of the cover back. Baste in place. Hard to see the handle as it blends right in with the fabric for the back.

3/4 of an inch from the side edge of the cover back

Continue making the cover as per the directions. 

Finished cover

When I made the cover for my youngest grandson. I sewed the opening across the widest side, as his is a leap pad and I thought it would be easier for him to get it in and out. 

three covers ready to go.

All three covers fit their tablets perfectly. The zipper front pocket holds the chargers. I am making one more for another granddaughter. 

I love making things for my grandchildren. Do you have someone special to sew for?

Sunday 17 January 2016

Charity Quilt Top

Another charity top finished up for my guild to give to our chosen charity this year. You can read about my first top here. I had these leftovers from the first top and wasn't at all sure how I was going to use them.


The strips were different lengths and widths. I threw around the idea of some sort of log cabin version. But wasn't really happy with how that was going to look. In the end I decided to just start sewing three or four strips together, aiming for at least a 6 inch wide strip set. I didn't think to take any pictures of the process sorry. I then cut them into 6 inch blocks, I also cut a 6 inch square of background fabric square to make HST's.

6 inch block strip set


My daughter played with a layout, we decided ( after much debate) to leave it offset. A two and a half inch border of yellow followed by a three and a half inch piano key border using up the rest of leftovers. 
I think the yellow borders helped pull everything together. 

finished top
It finished up at 50 inches x 59 inches.

It has been a bit since I last posted, and a lot can happen in a short time. Please give your loved ones a hug as we don't know what the next day can bring.

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Sunday 3 January 2016

Double Cross Block Pattern

 I say good riddance to 2015 and hello 2016. 2015 was a difficult year, both my DIL's and myself had or are continuing to deal with health issues. My oldest son's wife lost her baby in July, the same month I started dealing with my own health problems, and my youngest son's wife has Transverse Myletis, she found out days before Christmas.

I'm not going to look back but ahead. So to say hello to a New Year, I have a new free block pattern for you. I designed the block way back in June. I was going to use the block in my guilds BOM but used a different block instead. Double Cross was tested by Joanne of Canuck Quilter. If you make the pattern I would love to see your results.

Double Cross Block

Double Cross Block Pattern

This is a 12 1/2'' unfinished or 12'' finished block.

All seams are 1/4''.


Dark fabric:     C cut (1) 9 1/2'' x 1 1/2''
                      G cut (2) 5'' x 1 1/2''

Medium Fabric:   A cut (1) 7 1/4'' x 7 1/4''
                         B cut (1) 1 1/2'' x 1 1/2''

Background Fabric:   D cut (4) 3 7/8'' x 3 7/8''
                               E cut (4) 3 1/2'' x 3 1/2''
                               F cut (1) 6 1/2'' x 6 1/2'' square cut in half diagonally to make 2 triangles F

Step 1:

1. On the back of all D pieces draw a diagonal line from corner to corner.
2. Place two squares on top of piece A matching opposite corners and right sides together. Sew a 1/4'' seam on both sides of the line. As per diagram 1a.
3. Cut diagonally on the drawn line as per diagram 1b.

diagram 1

4. Place a piece D on one of the units from 3 above as per diagram 2a.
5. This will yield two flying geese. Sew a 1/4" seam on both sides of the line and cut along the drawn line as per diagram 2b.
6. Repeat for other unit.
7. This makes four flying geese.

diagram 2

Step 2:

1. Stitch B to the long end of G. Repeat with the other G piece. As per diagram  3 To make a GBG strip.

diagram 3

Step 3:

1. Fold each triangle F in half, matching points, finger pressing to mark the center of its long side.
2. Fold C in half, finger pressing to mark the center of its long side..
4. With right sides together and matching centers, stitch triangle F to each long side of C. As per diagram 4a and 4b.
5. Stitch other the half of F to the above unit.6. Cut this unit in half diagonally. As per diagam 4c.
7. Stitch one half of the this unit to the GBG strip. As per diagram 4d.
8. Repeat with other diagonal half.
9. Trim to 6 1/2'' x 6 1/2'' by cutting 3 1/4" from the center of B on each side to make sure the cross is centered.

diagram 4

Step 4:

1. Join rows together as per diagram 5.
2. Press in the direction of arrows. Pressing towards E in rows 1 and 3 will allow for the nesting of seams. Which will result in your block laying flatter.

diagram 5

A sample layout of the block shows the secondary pattern. How fun is that?


A PDF version is available at Craftsy.