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A Quick Gift

clock December 20, 2016 05:21 by author Ruth

Today, I want to share a quick gift idea.  This cute little wreath can be made in about 90 minutes and makes a beautiful gift... 

 

Supplies:

1 yard cotton fabric

6", 7", or 8" wooden embroidery hoop (one hoop makes two wreaths)

4" piece of chenille pipe cleaner

hot glue gun

Directions:

1.  Cut (3) 9" x WOF  strips (you need 2-1/2 strips to make the wreath)

2.  Cut (1) 4" x 31" strip for the bow.

3.  Sew the 9" sections together, placing the shorter strip between the two longer strips.  I use a flat fell seam, but a seam pressed open will work fine.

4.  Narrow hem around all four sides.

5.  Press the long strip wrong sides together, aligning the hemmed edges. 

6.  To make the casing, stitch 3/4" from fold and again 1" from the first row of stitching.

7.  Using one part of the wooden embroidery hoop (either open the outer section by removing the screw or cut the inner section), slide the casing onto the hoop.  Replace the screw or securely tape the cut hoop.  Distribute the wreath fabric evenly around the hoop, making sure the small ruffle is toward the center of the hoop. 

8.  To make the bow, fold fabric right sides together and stitch the short ends and long end, leaving a small opening toward the center for turning.  You can stitch the short ends on an angle to give the diagonal look to the bow.  Trim the corners, turn, and press.  Tie into a bow.

9.  Hot glue the bow to the wreath at the center bottom.  I like gluing the bow to the wreath where the edges meet.

10.  Make a loop from the pipe cleaner and twist to secure.  Hot glue the loop to the back of the wreath at the center top.  Add another small amount of hot glue over the twisted point to keep the wire from scratching your wall.

For a written copy of the pattern with additional pictures and to see the finished wreath, stop in to Quilt N Go on Friday.  Happy sewing!

 

 

 

 

 

 



Don't feel the burn!

clock December 15, 2016 04:19 by author Ruth

How many of you have had to blow on hot fingers or wave your hands madly to cool the burn when ironing?  Maybe it's just me, but when I'm pressing narrow hems or many quilt pieces at a time, my ironing board gets so hot it's hard to keep going.  Well!  I have found the perfect solution to keep the production going... 

 

These finger guards are heat resistant to 400 degrees and protect any size finger.  You may want to stop in to Quilt N Go soon to pick up your very own.   On Monday, I will be sharing a quick gift idea and these little goodies are going to come in handy!

What's under your needle today?  Happy stitching!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



A Little Bit of Heaven

clock December 12, 2016 03:51 by author Ruth

Last week, I had three quilts to bind.  The total length was about a million miles.  Okay, that might be a slight exaggeration, but it felt like it!  My hands were getting tired after the first side of the first quilt, but I remembered a little box of Thread Heaven I had purchased in October. 

The packaging claimed to make the thread glide easier, reduce hand fatigue and fraying/tangling of the thread.  What a better time to try this little box of magic. 

Thread Heaven is thread conditioner and protectant which makes the thread smooth and slick, reducing thread drag.  After binding 1,012 inches, this little box of pure heaven made my job much easier! 

Stop in to Quilt N Go and pick up this awesome product!  What products have you tried that make the binding process easier? 

 



 

 

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