Sewing & Craft Show March 2016

Thank-you for attending my lectures “Scrap Happy” & Quick Gifts to Make”

(If you attended my “Needle & Eye” lecture, you will find the notes in a previous blog post)

Here are the links and instructions you will need to make lots of gifts and scrap busting quilts while using great techniques and short cuts:

Converging Corners Quilt Tutorial


Mod Mosaic Quilt Blocks


Paper Piecing with Adding Machine Tape

Faux Pleated Table Runner


Crazy Quilted Hexagons

To printout your own graph-paper to create “Hexagon Papers”:


Click on Triangle and Hexagonal

Next Click on Equilateral Triangle

Scroll down (careful don’t click on the ads)

In the bottom of the measurement box: click “Download PDF”



Carola’s “Pleated” Cushion

Fits a 16” pillow form

This is a Fat Quarter & Jelly Roll friendly project

You will need: 

19 – 2 ½” x 20” long strips

1 – 18” x 18” square fabric for the stitching foundation

1 – 16″ square pillow form

Fabric for the pillow back

Temporary wash-away or fade-away marking pen

Let’s get started:

Press 18 – 2 ½” x 20” strips in half lengthwise, wrong sides together

Layout the strips in the order they are to be stitched. Strip #1 is not pressed in half.

Place strip #1 at the bottom of the 18” x 18” foundation fabric, you a=will be working from the bottom up.

Place strip #2 on top of strip #1, raw edges even, 1 ¼” up from the bottom. Pin through all layers.

Stitch in place, with a ¼” seam allowance, by sewing along the raw edges of strip #1 & #2

Strip #3 is placed 7/8” above the folded edge of strip #2. Pin in place and stitch along the raw edge.

Continue in the same manner adding the remaining strips.

Trim to 17” square. Use a ½” seam allowance to attach the pillow back.



Carola’s Quilt Shop

Rock Soup

If you want specific colours in your quilt, such as brights, autumn colours, pastels etc., sort fabrics into colour groups. A totally scrappy will look great too.

You will need Strips and Squares:

Cut some of the fabric into squares 3” to 5” in size, the bigger the square the faster you will complete your quilt.

Cut most of the fabrics into strips, any length in a variety of widths 1 ½” to 4” wide.

The wider the strips the faster you will complete the quilt.

An assortment of different strip widths looks nice, so cut an assortment of widths.

The squares (rectangles even!) and strips do not need to have accurate measurements, but straight edges are nice to work with though.

Let’s get started:

Thread your machine with a neutral colour piecing thread such as Aurifil 50/2 ply. Insert a new Universal 80/12 or Microtex 80/12 Schmetz needle.

Attach a ¼” piecing foot if you have one. Otherwise use the regular presser foot.

¼” to 3/8” seam allowance is allowed.

With right sides together, raw edges even stitch a square to a strip.

Press seams toward the strip. Trim excess fabric strips using a small ruler. Add strips to the next side moving in a clockwise manner as shown in diagrams.

Continue until you have at least a 15” or bigger square. Set aside.

Make a few more 15” squares. That’s easy, they are so much fun to make any time you only have a few minutes to sew

Use the 6½” x 24” ruler and make a diagonal cut through the 15” square. Cut as many 6 ½” strips as possible from one 15” block. Sub cut the 6½” strips into 6½” squares.

Join the leftovers to make additional 6½” squares.

Make as many 6½” blocks for desired quilt size.

Now is the time to audition fabrics for sashing, border and binding.

We cut our sashing 2” wide and the border 3 ½” wide.

Add sashing as shown in the diagram.

Our quilt measures 71” x 57” finished, 7 blocks across & 9 blocks down

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