TUTORIAL: The Maple Leaf Block

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Adding to my stash of quilt block tutorials is this one:

The Maple Leaf Block!

I thought it would be fit to dedicate this particular block to all of my friends (that’s you!) who live in the Northern Hemisphere who are welcoming the coming months of fall/autumn!

I hope you enjoy the cooler months!

#totesjealous

So this block, just like others I’ve demonstrated in the past, is super simple and is ideal for the beginner quilter who would like to stretch their legs a bit and give HSTs (that is, half square triangles) a go!

Learning how to make HSTs is an essential skill to learn if you’re serious about patchwork. It will become one of those knowing-how-to-write-without-thinking-about-it type skills that you’ll forever be falling back on again and again.

So if you feel unsure about making HSTs or just have no clue what a HST is, watch the tutorial and you’ll know!!

(PS. You can find all of the measurement and cutting instructions for this block at the end of this post!)

If I’ve inspired you to make this block, then here are just a few creative ways this block can be used to make a beautiful quilt!

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Here are the links of where you can find the makers of these darling quilts!

The Quilt by Amy at Diary of a Quilter

The Quilt by Messy Jessy

The Quilt by Annabella at Kech Quilts

The Quilt by Sarah at sew&tellhandmade

#sharethelove

Happy Sewing Friends!!

xx

Measurement & Cutting Instructions

From the x5 ORANGE fabrics cut:

- x1: 3&1/2″ square for the centre

- x1: 3&7/8″ square from each of the others for the HSTs

From the BROWN fabric cut:

- x1: 3&1/2″ square for the stalk

From the WHITE fabric cut:

- x1: 3&1/2″ square for the upper corner

- x2: 3&7/8″ squares for the HSTs

- x2: 2&1/2″ squares for the stalk

Don’t forget to send me a photo of your finished block!

I would love to see it!

4 Fun & Easy Halloween Crafts!

With Halloween just around the corner, I was inspired this week to make some fun little Halloween crafts to share with you!

First are these adorable little bats made using toilet paper rolls.

HalloweenBat

These little guys are super quick to make and are perfect for little hands to get involved in!

To make you will need…

- Toilet Roll – A4 Black Paper – Craft Glue – Two Google Eyes – Silver Metallic Pen – Lead Pencil – Paper Scissors

Next, is a really simple and very easy paper craft: Paper Pumpkins!

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They remind me a lot of those paper lantern decorations you’d make in primary school for Christmas, but this time your using the more traditional colour of Halloween – orange!

To make you will need…

- One Large Sheet of Orange Card – A4 Green Paper – Craft Glue – Two Bulldog Clips – Twine/String – Paper Scissors – Stapler

This next one is my favourite. I think it’s a whole lot of fun and is simplistically effective!

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The photo used in this Google Eye Photo Frame is of me as a little girl which I altered using PicMonkey, making me look like a scary Vampire girly thing.

To make you will need…

- Plain Photo Frame – Spooky Photo – Black Paint – Glitter Paint (Optional) – Paint Brush – Assorted Sizes of Google Eyes – Hot Glue Gun & Glue

And lastly, I made a Witch Hat Headband! Using simple materials such as felt, cardboard and a party hat, I’m really happy with how this turned out. The idea was in my head and the result is perfect! (Well, near enough!)

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To make you will need…

- Party Hat (minus the elastic) – Two A4 Pieces of Black Felt – Pre-made Headband in Black – Black Cardboard – Ribbon and Decorations – Hot Glue Gun and Glue – Craft Glue – Craft and Fabric Scissors – Lead Pencil – A Plate (18cm or 7″ in circumference)

For instructions on how to make all of these crafts, check out the video at the beginning of this post!

Enjoy making…

&

Happy Halloween Friends!

PS: This is where I found my inspiration for these projects…

http://goo.gl/zQ1N9V

A New Note.

About this title: I had a plan today to sit down and dedicate some time to my blog (I know, it’s been a while…). But at the same time, my TV decided to air a Friends marathon… even though I’ve seen all of the episodes like a gazillion times! 

Source | Pinterest

Source | Pinterest

So due to a not-to-be-missed marathon and the need to get some blog posts written, I’m currently sitting on my couch binge watching Friends and typing this post in the ‘notes’  app on my iPad. The title of my note reads ‘New Note’ and I liked it.

Hence the title: A New Note….

Yes.

Well, anyway…

As much as this blog has been neglected over the past couple weeks, my sewing and patchwork adventures haven’t!

There’s just so much to catch you up on it’s hard to know where to start…

Hmmm…. How about here…

My last post was all about my latest Quilt Block Video Tutorial – the Churn Dash Block!

Simple, quick and effective! Perfect for beginners!

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I really think you should check it out! (But only if you want to, of course! No pressure!)

Next!

One afternoon, about a week ago, I was bitten by the ‘Cutting Bug’.

Da-Da-Daaaa!! *imagine sinister movie music*

You know the one I’m talking about; where you’re suddenly taken over with an urge to start cutting up some fabric and begin piecing together a quilt just for the heck of it.

I’ve always had a craving to do one of those simple Cross Quilts where they sort of all joined up together…

Cross Quilts

Find links to each of these quilts at the end of this post!

So in about an hour, I had cut 100 5inch squares from random fabrics that I thought looked good together and hey-presto, a new quilt top is currently (albeit slowly) being pieced together!

My Cross Quilt

Once finished, I think it’ll become a really sweet lap quilt – suited for watching Friends marathons and writing blog posts on the couch! Te-He!

Another sewing adventure happened this past weekend when I helped host a Quilting Expo Day at my local Spotlight store. It was a fun day, as usual, where I got to teach, demonstrate, chat, sew, laugh, eat and be inspired by others.

I made simple blocks and projects that featured basic patchwork elements like cutting and piecing, making HSTs, pressing and chatting about all the different tools that can make the experience a whole lot easier (and fun!). I also had the opportunity to make and swoon over this Piccadilly DS Quilts Fabric range! Oh my!!

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And lastly, over the past few days I’ve been dabbling in a spot of dressmaking!

#quilterturneddressmaker

I’ve been searching for a while for some basic t-shirt patterns and was able to find some perfect ones while I was at Spotlight on the weekend! Whoo!

So I bought some fun printed cotton knit fabrics and got going the next day!

I’m so happy with how they’ve turned out!

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So happy that I’ve actually cut out my third pattern, but instead I’m using a lovely cotton weave spotty fabric that will make (I think) a really beautiful blouse.

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So there we go! You’re all caught up!

What have you been making lately?

Can you relate to my ‘Cutting Bug’ itch?

Let’s digress together in the comments below!

Happy Sewing Friends!

xx

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The Quilt By BlueElephantStitches

The Quilt By Kelly from Jeli Quilts

Tutorial: Churn Dash Block

In recent Pinterest binges, I’ve happily come across some beautifully designed and pieced quilts featuring the Churn Dash block.

Churn Dash Quilts

Links to these quilts are at the end of this post.

Then by crazy chance I came across a simple pattern on how to make it within all of my lose-leaf patterns that I’ve collected over the years.

So duh! I just had to share it with you in tutorial form!

It really is ridiculous just how easy this block is construct! Before you know it, it’s done!

The other thing I love about this block is how easy it is change up….

My Churn Dash Blocks

Simply replace the centre square with the opposite fabric and then turn all of the blocks’ units 180degrees and you have a totally different looking block! Love it!!

I’m also kinda in love with the floral fabrics I’ve used. The patterns remind me a lot of the old tablecloths, dresses and skirts my mum inherited from her aunties! Again, love it! So adorably kitsch and retro!

Let me know if you’re planning on giving this block a go! I would absolutely love to see how you interpret this block and see the types of fabrics you use.

Send me an email (3and3quarters@gmail.com) or tag me on through Instagram @3and3quarters.

Happy Sewing Friends!

xx

LOVE word count: 5! (Note: must buy a Thesaurus!)

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Pepper Churn Dash Quilt by mybricole

Churn Dash Quilt by Amy Smart at WeAllSew

Quilt Labels 101

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Quilt Labels. They’re one of those things you usually forget all about during the glorious triumphant moment of finishing a quilt!

By the time you’ve conquered sewing down that last part of the binding, you’re thinking, ‘Yes! That’s it! It’s finally finished!!’ No more hand sewing! No more schlepping this heavy quilt all over the house.

But no.

There’s still one last little bit of sewing that needs to be done. And it’s one of the most important elements you’ll add to the quilt.

The Label.

Quilt Labels are like the heart and soul of a quilt. They list when the quilt was made or finished, who it was made by, who it was made for, it may list the name of the quilt and/or display a special message or saying about the quilt or be directed to the person who will be receiving the quilt.

The creative possibilities of making quilt labels are literally endless. There are no boundaries or rules to what they should look like and there are no wrongs or rights to how they should be attached to a quilt.

Caleb's Quilt Label

The way that you want to make and attach a quilt label is entirely up to you!

But in any case, here are just a few ideas that may help…

#one: Quilt Label Panels

These panels are a great idea for those of you lack time or confidence in making a label from scratch.

Labels like these tend to be personal and direct with themes like ‘Made by Grandma’ or ‘First Baby Quilt’ or ‘Congratulations’ etc.

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Most quilting, fabric or haberdashery stores should sell similar type label panels that you can buy and stash away for a rainy day.

When it comes to writing on these fabric labels, I usually like to use Sharpie pens.

Hello Sharpies

The two that I tend to use the most are the Sharpie Rub-a-Dub Laundry Marker (with a thicker type nib) and a Sharpie Fine Point Pen – both in black.

#two: Hand Written Labels

Sometimes, often than not, I make my own labels.

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For the base of the label I’ll cut out an adequate size of 100% Cotton Homespun (in a practical colour) and write, using one of my Sharpie pens, all of the information that I feel is needed to accompany the quilt.

Personally, I feel that this particular technique is a little boring and uncreative. Recently, most of my labels have been created using the next idea…

#three: Hand Embroidered Labels

I love handmade embroidered labels. There’s something magically personal and sweet about attaching a little label that has been meticulously stitched together. An embroidered label just takes the quilt to a whole other level of being specially made for a particular reason or a very special person!

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Just like the hand written labels, I use a foundation of Cotton Homespun (usually in white or cream) and gently sketch in the details of what I want to embroider in lead pencil. Then using DMC threads/floss in matching or contrasting colours to the quilts’ theme and then carefully stitch the label into life.

#four: Fancy Handmade Labels

If you have any left over blocks or elements that didn’t quite make the front of the quilt, you can very easily turn them into the centrepiece of the quilt label!

An example I can give you is the story behind my A Summer Bloom Quilt Label.

Summer Bloom Label

I made a Dresden Plate that was to be attached to the front of the wall-hanging (I sort of had a blooming flower effect idea rolling through my head at the time…). The idea was a complete flop but I didn’t want to waste the time I had put into making the Plate. So instead had a spark of creative genius and made it into the label of the quilt!

#five: Print Your Own on the Computer

This particular type of label I’ve never made, so can’t quite comment on it in too much detail.

But if I were to make a quilt label on the computer I’d possibly use a Photoshop/Illustrator type of software (or an online editing site like PicMonkey) to design the type of label I wanted. I would save it as a particular size with the right ppi (pixels per inch) and then print it onto special A4 printable fabrics that I’ve seen at office supplies stores and fabric/quilting stores. They usually cost a pretty penny which is why I’ve never really given it a go.

Now, there might be one question you’re all asking me right now and that is, ‘How do I attach the label to the quilt?!

Ahh yes, good question!

Well, the method I like to use is appliqué.

HeatnBond

I use a product called HeatnBond Lite that is a lightweight iron-on adhesive that can be sewn through either by hand or using a sewing machine – perfect for any quilter’s appliqueing needs!

I cut the same size amount of that of the label then iron (using a hot dry heat) the shinny side of the paper to the back of the label, wait for it too cool, peel the paper backing away from the label and then iron the label front side up to one of the bottom corners of quilt (usually the left).

To secure the edges, I then carefully stitch a blanket stitch (or buttonhole stitch) around the edges ensuring that I don’t bring the stitch through the top of the quilt.

And ta-dah!! A Quilt Label is completed!

Hopefully I’ve answered a few questions that people have sent through to me in recent weeks and have given some inspiration to those of you have mental-blanks when it comes to these types of things! (Don’t worry, we’ve all been there!)

If you want to see me chat a bit more about Quilt Labels, check out this video I posted on YouTube!

Happy Sewing Friends!

xx

TUTORIAL: The Bear Paw Block

REFERENCE GUIDE: Bear Paw Block Layout PDF

I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for this block…

Perhaps it’s because it was one of the first ‘traditional’ blocks I ever constructed. (And come to think of it, I’m pretty sure it was one of the first times I ever made half square triangles!)

So, in a bid to mix the traditional with the modern (one of the things I love best to do in my quilting practice), I hovered over to my quilt book library and dug out this book. Full of simple and oh-so-delightful patchwork blocks, I found the one that I wanted and adapted it for this little tutorial.

Next came finding the right fabrics that would help make the unique design of the block stand out. In the end, I chose to construct the block using two solids – pink and grey – both so scrumptiously modern! LOVE IT!!

(Looking for the measurement & cutting instructions? Click of the PDF link at the start of the post and there they’ll be!)

Trailing off on a side note: some of you might not know that this December, a brand new little baby girl will be arriving in our family! No, it’s not me – I’m not pregnant… But my brother and sister in-law are expecting their fifth child after having four glorious boys! So this means, I can finally get into my pink cutesy fabrics and make something so girly that you’ll become so clucky you’ll want to have your own little baby girl!!

:D

But anyway, I’ve casually been on the lookout for a quilt design to make for my new niece and I’m quite sure I’ve found it in this little tutorial!

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I am so simply in love with these two colours together that I almost feel a little uncomfortable by it… They don’t seem to over dominate each other; they quietly sit side-by-side, emitting a beautiful message of unity and history so much so that it almost makes me feel a bit teary! (Or it could just be my ever-loving monthly hormones wrecking havoc all over the place!)

So what I’m trying to say, after all of that weird emotion, I’ve decided to make a baby quilt for my pending niece using the Bear Paw block. YAY!

Have you made this block before? If so, let me know! And if you have a photo of the quilt, I would love to see it!

Also, if you have questions or feedback about this block/tutorial or have any other suggestions for tutorials or crafty things you would like me to demonstrate, comment down below or send me an email at 3and3quarters@gmail.com

In next weeks tutorial, I’ll be delving into the open possibilities of Quilt Labels! Should be a hoot!

Come join me!

Happy Sewing Friends!

xx

A Weekly Vlog | Musicals & Parties!

The Week That Was...

The Week That Was…

Yeah, it’s been a while since I’ve made a weekly vlog. The simple reason for this is the shear lack of interesting tales and highlights that happen in my day-to-day life. Shame.

My usual day comprises of the following…

I wake up.

I eat breakfast.

Shower.

Check emails/messages & have some basic Internet time.

Then, I either proceed with uni study or spend time getting my next YouTube video ready for Sunday.

Break for lunch.

Continue on with my pre-lunch activity.

(Or I procrastinate with some sewing! Te-he!)

Cook/eat dinner.

Telly time!

Bed.

So as last week rolled into life, I knew that some exciting times were ahead, threatening to break my daily monotony.

So of course I had to make a weekly vlog about it!

Yes!

The week started with a lovely sewing sesh, where I filmed the making of The Sailboat Block Tutorial. I like showing behind the scenes footage of how I make my YouTube videos as it adds another dimension to how these videos come together and what it takes to edit these content-heavy videos.

Wednesday, my folks and I ventured off into the city to see the The Lion King: The Musical at the Captiol Theatre in Sydney. We jumped on a train, got off at Central Station and had lunch at this little petite French café on Eddy Ave. It’s was a pretty cool little restaurant. The walls adorned famous French artworks (Renoir and Seurat) along with an array of past and present film, screen and music artists like Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison etc. The meals were quite basic: burgers, sandwiches and rolls – but still delicious!

We then ventured into the wintery artic winds blowing along the streets in a short walk to the theatre.

The show was brilliant! If you ever get the chance to see this production, DO IT! You won’t be disappointed!

(On a side note: I think this would be the perfect show to introduce the whole ‘musical theatre’ experience to kids. Possibly those aged 5 and up will appreciate and enjoy it!)

This week in particular, it’s hit me just how fast time really does fly! It’s crazy to think that my little newborn nephew I introduced you to here, just turned the big O.N.E! That’s just CRAZY!

This little guy was the highlight for the rest of the week.

Xavier

Xavier

We saw him on his actual birthday, which was Friday, and then enjoyed a more ‘official’ type of birthday party on Sunday with extended family and friends.

I’m so happy with the footage I was able to get of him at his party – these images will be cherished for a long time come!

So that’s the week that was!

I loved every minute of it!

Happy Sewing Friends!

xx