Accurate Stitch-and-Flip Corners!

It’s Day 9 of the Back to School Blog Hop with Sam Hunter of Hunter’s Design Studio! I know you’ve already learned a lot in the past 8 days, so let’s keep rolling!

Do you ever wonder why your stitch-and-flip corners don’t “fill out” the corner of the block like they should?

In this tutorial, I’ll show you two key tips to get those flipped corners bang on (we’re lookin’ at you, snowballs and flying geese!).

1 – Account for the width of your marking tool.

The mark you make with your marking tool takes up space on the fabric. When you’re marking, adjust the position of your ruler to allow for the width of your marking tool, such as the lead in your pencil.

Hold or lay yours against the edge of your ruler to test how much space to give it.

Draw the line corner to corner. Your marked line should land on the tips of the corners.

Tools I love for this task:

  • #7 lead pencil on most fabrics
  • white chalk mechanical pencil on darker fabrics (such the Bohin pencil [not an affiliate])

2 – Account for the width of your thread line.

Your thread also takes up space. Not a lot, but enough to warrant a slight adjustment to account for it. You’ll read and hear a lot of people tell you to sew ON the line you drew. DON’T. You need to sew just to the outside of the line–the outside of the line is the side toward the corner you’ll flip toward. Your stitches should barely touch the line you drew.

Note: I’m showing my sewn lines in this tutorial against a line marked using a red fine line Sharpie. I would not typically use that in my actual project.

This allows room for the width of your thread to take up space in that fold.

Test flip the corner over and press before trimming the seam allowance! Once you’re happy with the result, and your corner “fills out” the unit, flip it back again and trim 1/4″ away from the sewn line.

BONUS Half Square Triangles!

Before you cut the seam allowance, draw a second line 1/2″ away to the outside of the first line, and sew along the inside of that one before trimming! Then, when you trim, you’ll cut down between the two lines and voila!

 

Enjoy the rest of the 2019 Back to School Blog Hop below! (Note from Sam Hunter: “… these industry peeps are all over the country and world, so be patient if you don’t see their post first thing in *your* morning!”)

Day 1 – September 1 – Sam Hunter: Sewing Long Seams Without Stretching – huntersdesignstudio.com

Day 2 – September 2 – Susan Arnold – Joining Binding the Easy Way – quiltfabrication.com

Day 3 – September 3 – Angie Wilson – Fussy cutting tips and techniques – www.gnomeangel.com

Day 4 – September 4 – Andi Stanfield – No-Mark HST: Let your machine be your guide – truebluequilts.com/blog/

Day 5 – September 5 – Bobbie Gentili – Say YES to Y-seams – geekybobbin.com

Day 6 – September 6 – Mel Beach – 5 Reasons to Say Woo Hoo! to School Glue – pieceloveandhappiness.blogspot.com

Day 7 – September 7 – Laura Piland – 7 Ways to Use a Laser on Your Sewing Machine – www.sliceofpiquilts.com

Day 8 – September 8 – Suzy Webster – How to solve loops in free motion quilting – www.websterquilt.com

Day 9 – September 9 – Tara Miller – Accurate Stitch-and-Flip Corners – quiltdistrict.com

Day 10 – September 10 – Latifah Saafir – Accurate Seams Using Masking Tape! – latifahsaafirstudios.com

Day 11 – September 11 – Sarah Ruiz – The Magic of Glue Basting – saroy.net

Day 12 – September 12 – Jen Shaffer – Ways to stop your ruler from slipping while cutting – patternsbyjen.blogspot.com

Day 13 – September 13 – Cheryl Sleboda – Basics of ruching (a vintage fabric manipulation technique) – muppin.com

Day 14 – September 14 – Raylee Bielenberg – Choosing quilting designs for your quilt – www.sunflowerstitcheries.com

Day 15 – September 15 – Jen Strauser – Accurate and Attractive Machine binding – dizzyquilter.com

Day 16 – September 16 – Jane Davidson – Matching points for all types of intersections – quiltjane.com

Day 17 – September 17 – Teresa Coates – Starch and starch alternatives – teresacoates.com

Day 18 – September 18 – Jen Frost – Benefits of spray basting – faithandfabricdesign.com

Day 19 – September 19 – Sandra Starley – Getting started with Hand Quilting – utahquiltappraiser.blogspot.com

Day 20 – September 20 – Karen Platt – Drunkard’s Path Made Easy – karenplatt.co.uk/blog/

Day 21 – September 21 – Kris Driessen – All Kinds of Square (in a Square) – scrapdash.com

Day 22 – September 22 – Sarah Goer – Planned Improv Piecing – sarahgoerquilts.com

Day 23 – September 23 – Kathy Bruckman – Organizing kits for on-the-go sewing – kathyskwiltsandmore.blogspot.com

Day 24 – September 24 – Cheryl Daines Brown – The Secret to Flat Quilt Tops: Borders – quilterchic.com

Day 25 – September 25 – Cherry Guidry – Pre-assembling fusible applique – cherryblossomsquilting.com

Day 26 – September 26 – Laura Chaney – Getting started with English Paper Piecing – prairiesewnstudios.com

Day 27 – September 27 – Ebony Love – Cutting Bias Strips from a Rectangle – lovebugstudios.com

Day 28 – September 28 – Tammy Silvers – Working with heavier weight threads in your machine – tamarinis.typepad.com

Day 29 – September 29 – Kathy Nutley – Create a perfect facing or frame with 90 degree angles – quiltingsbykathy.com

Day 30 – September 3 – Joanne Harris – Using Leaders and Enders – quiltsbyjoanne.blogspot.com

Only 2 -1/2 weeks before Atlanta Quilt Study Symposium! I’m so excited for three days of antique and vintage quilts!

Have a FABULOUS week!
Tara

Abstract Garden Grows Wild (and a Giveaway!)

I am tickled pink to be part of the Abstract Garden frenzy with Benartex! Because Holy Yummy Colorful Goodness! Also? How cool is it that this is happening Valentine’s week and the Benartex blog is called Sew in Love with Fabric?

When Christa told me her inspiration for designing Abstract Garden was so that she could get something to grow, I knew I had to create a flower explosion to show off just how much it could! And with her retro vibe it had to be a garden of yo-yos!

Meet Mod Garden! Christa’s unique sense of clean graphics and rich, bright, saturated colors just makes me happy. Super cheerful, every time.

#mymodgarden featuring Abstract Garden by Christa Watson for Benartex

This fun little pillow went all the way to Houston and hung out with Christa in the Benartex booth for Fall Quilt Market 2018. I wasn’t there, but some friends swung by to get a glamour shot.

If you’ve never made yo-yos before, get ready to fall in love with one of the easiest, most portable sewing projects possible. Wanna make your own Mod Garden? Check out the photo-illustrated tutorial!

But I couldn’t stop there. I had to make a mini version of my Churned Up pattern with Abstract Garden… (would that be a “tilled up garden”? Oh, stop, Tara.)

And because this post drops on Valentine’s Day, and I had a little more fabric leftover… I had to make something with hearts out of Abstract Garden, too, didn’t I?!?

Meet the Heart Happy pillow!

#hearthappypillow featuring Abstract Garden by Christa Watson for Benartex

Here’s a photo-illustrated tutorial for making your own Heart Happy!

The Abstract Garden Round Up

Here are the links for the rest of the week (including Tuesday and Wednesday in case you missed those):

Tuesday

Sherry Shish from Powered by Quilting
Lee Monroe from May Chappell

Wednesday
Annie Unrein from Patterns by Annie
Pam and Lynn from The Stitch TV Show

Thursday

Friday

The Giveaway

I love picking winners! Benartex is generously offering a bundle of 8-10 fat quarters of Abstract Garden! This giveaway is open to US residents only.

To enter, please leave a comment below answering this simple question no later than noon (EST) Sunday, Feb 17th.

What is your favorite flower?

I’ll pick a winner using a random number generator and announce the winner Sunday night.

xoxo,
Tara

Blog Hop and Fabric Giveaway for Abstract Garden!

Yippee! The blog hop and FQ bundle giveaway for Christa Watson’s Abstract Garden fabric starts tomorrow! You are going to LOVE the lineup for this hop. The list of hoppers is at the end of this post.

To get us ready for all the delicious projects coming this week, visit the Benartex Blog for an introduction to Christa’s latest designs!!

Be ready to pop back here for my post on Thursday when I’ll be sharing TWO project tutorials!

In the meantime, here’s a quick video tip (a “QVT”) for you on how to get your stitch and flip corners bang on every time. Enjoy!

 

Tuesday

Sherry Shish from Powered by Quilting
Lee Monroe from May Chappell

Wednesday
Annie Unrein from Patterns by Annie
Pam and Lynn from The Stitch TV Show

Thursday

Friday

 

Love & Light,
Tara

Napkins to Wipe Your Mouth With

We like to use mostly cloth napkins around our house. Not because we’re posh (Duchess Meghan hasn’t returned my call), but because we like the reduce and reuse economical and ecological factors.

You could probably have a set of these ready for your dinner party tonight.

Here’s how…

  1. Cut some fabric into squares. I used my 12-1/2″ square ruler. Go bigger if you want! 15-20″ square would be nice, too!
  2. For pressing your seam allowances, mark a 3/8″ line on one side and a 1/2″ line on the other side of a piece of cardstock (or a file folder–just something thin, non-flammable, and non-melty). If you don’t need this to fold and press your seams, by all means skip it. I won’t tell.
  3. Now, on two opposing sides of each napkin, press once up to the 3/8″ mark, then fold over and press up to the 1/2″ mark. The raw edge should be inside the fold. Don’t do all four sides yet. Only do these two opposing sides.
  4. Topstitch these two sides of each napkin. Get close to the lip of the fold with your stitches (you don’t want a sloppy, flappy flange sort of thing happening). Don’t worry about backstitching at the end or beginning.
  5. Once those two sides are sewn down, repeat the folding and pressing (3/8″ then 1/2″) on the other two sides of each napkin. DO backstitch at the beginning and end of these.

If you pre-washed your fabric, you can use these straight away! If you didn’t, be sure to wash them before you use them to get the chemicals out.

I guess I need to get on and make the ones for my Mom that I promised her about two years ago….

And, yes, I know I ended that title with a preposition. Sometimes rules need to be broken. 😉

xoxo
~Tara