Hello sewing friends. This is a free sewing tutorial that I offer to my newsletter subscribers and Facebook group members. With this tutorial you can sew a wool felt California roll sushi and a needle book.
I have created a two part video quilt along series for my YouTube channel using this tutorial.
It was suggested to me on Instagram by the lovely @mtwevans that these would also be great for carrying hand sanitizer. Depending on the size of your bottle you could print the pattern out at 200% or 300% and make a hand sanitizer key fob!
I hope you are staying safe and well. Our provincial government here in Alberta announced the closure of schools yesterday for an indefinite period of time so I have my three kids home. We are going to work to keep learning here at home. Perhaps some sewing, cross stitch and cooking classes!
My Etsy shop has absolutely no sales which is quite understandable as people have other spending priorities at this time. I am using this downtime to focus on building my YouTube Channel. I am asking for your support in subscribing to my channel. (Free of course!)
I have challenged myself to post a video a day – so there will be something new each day to watch. We’ll see if I can do it for a year!
I have created a poll in the Facebook Group asking which of the free patterns I should make my next video series on so you can reply to that pole in the group or send me a reply to this email.
I have one custom quilt to finish for a friend who’s husband is retiring from the military and then I’ll be back to working on quilt patterns.
I’m also planning future video sew along series for some of the other free patterns that I offer to newsletter subscribers and Facebook group memebers. There are quite a few free PDF files now so what are you waiting for? Sign up and join the Facebook group!
If you’re not already on my Maker’s list – sign up here – and/or join my Maker’s Facebook group and then you can download the PDF that I call “Frog Pond Quilt Tutorial” and you’ll be ready to sew along when my video series starts on YouTube. If you’re choosing the Facebook Group option check the files section of the group for free patterns.
I’ve been making videos today while I have a quiet house and will be editing and publishing to my channel as quick as I can. Happy quilting!
I did a major four-day clean of my sewing room at the end of December and in doing so I found several bundles of fabrics that I had tucked away for various project. As often happens, the original passion for the idea had faded but these fabrics needed their time to shine. Originally I had planned a quilt of all eight point stars so I had two star blocks. One of those blocks is shining front and centre on this recently finished pixel heart quilt.
The front of this heart quilt is made entirely out of the fabrics from the first Uppercase fabric line by Janine Vangool for Windham Fabrics.
To make this quilt I used my Canadian Flag Pixelated Heart pattern and put the star block where the maple leaf block was. Then I changed the red bars on either side of the maple leaf back to regular pixel squares. I added two inch borders of black fabrics from the fabric line.
The centre star block is made up of 16 three inch squares. Four regular squares in the corners and half square triangles make up the star.
This bright beautiful throw quilt is available here in our Etsy shop.
This pattern uses two layer cakes! And you don’t have to buy additional background fabric. That’s my kinda pattern! The Angular Rectangular pattern is the newest PDF quilt pattern from Daydreams of Quilts and it’s currently 20% off!
I used a layer cake of “Honeymoon” and a layer cake of “Paper Bandana” from the original group of Cotton + Steel designers for my quilt. This shows that your layer cakes don’t have to be the same but can be coordinating.
I have written a free quilt pattern for this sailboat quilt! It’s fun to make and finishes up at a good size at 64″ x 76″. Scroll down to the bottom of this post and sign up for my maker’s email list to get this free pattern.
I used a charm pack for the sails and a few fat eighths for the boats. This is a nice quilt for any gender and of course it’s perfect for sailing enthusiasts.
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I have been busy making these lovely wristlets for our Etsy shop! For their first time ever being in our Etsy shop we are having a flash sale for two days only! These bags are 20% off but newsletter subscribers to our handmade buyer’s list can get a “double dip” on the discount so make sure to get on that list!
I made these bags in a variety of styles and with various materials such as cork and fractured vinyls.
These were made using the “Clematis Wristlet” pattern from Blue Calla Patterns. They are a bit more challenging than a regular wristlet or zipper pouch because they have curves but they’re fun to make!
The fires in Australia have been absolutely devastating to the people and the many wonderful animals who live there. It has been so heart breaking to watch the news and see the pain and suffering of the animals and people and feeling powerless to help. Thankfully the internet connects all of us and I have been able to find a way to put my skills to use to help.
There are two Facebook groups that I have joined this week. Animal Rescue Craft Guild and Canadian Animal Rescue Craft Group. In the “files” section of these groups they have the patterns for making bat wraps and joey pouches. They are in need of these items. Their “stoplight” graphic says they are not in need of koala mittens at this time. They also have knitting and crochet patterns too!
I made four bat wraps yesterday and posted in the Animal Rescue Craft Guild (the Australian group) to say that we are sending all our love from Canada and are working to help in any way that we can. The outpouring of thanks was overwhelming! I just wanted the people of Australia to know that we love them, their country and their animals and we want to help. I wasn’t expecting such a heart warming response but I should have known because Aussies are wonderful people.
When I was in high school we had several Australian exchange students and I hung out with them all that year. They were great friends!
I had quite a bit of Harry Potter flannels left over from sewing pyjama pants for my kids for Christmas and I had two flannel baby blankets (Bonnie and Camille fabrics) from when my last child was a baby. So this has been a great use for those fabrics.
The bat wraps are very easy (and fun!) to make and are beginner friendly. The joey pouches are also easy and I would say a beginner could make those as well. There are also tutorial PDFs in the Facebook group files.
Luckily for me my friend is the hub coordinator for Alberta and she lives about 200 feet from my house. She knows a man who is flying to Australia on Friday and she can get my animal gifts to him in Edmonton before he goes so they can be on the ground very quickly. I’m just going to sew some Sugar Glider pouches and then I will hand everything over to her. 🙂
Hopefully this post inspired you to help if you can.