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how to piece the perfect intersection

by Hannah

 I always think about how quilting began from using what you have. I’ve been wanting to make a few pillow covers for our living room so I entered my fabric abyss the other evening and collected as many linen pieces as I could find and started cutting.

I decided to cut 2.5” squares so I could just do a simple patchwork pillow top. 


I chose three colors to work with and arranged them just how they’d be sewn together.

Often I find myself explaining to customers how to make the perfect intersection. I remember the first time I pieced together squares and I thought it was going to be so simple, only to find that none of them intersected the way I thought they would. Two of them on the whole quilt looked right and only by chance. Here’s so you don’t make the same mistake. 

Lay out four square pieces. 

Stitch two together and now stitch the other two togther. 

Press one seam allowance up and press one seam allowance down. This will create an interlocking that you can see in the next photo.

Place right sides together and make sure the seam allowances are going in opposite directions.

Bring the right sides of the seam allowances toward one another as tight as they’ll go, locking them in place to sew. You can use a pin if it’s easier. 

I like to start sewing from the seam allowance intersection, this way the pieces don’t slip while you’re sewing and the intersection is locked (stitched) first thing. Now flip it and sew from the intersection to the raw edge on the other side.

Press the seam that you just sewed to one side and experience satisfaction.

I inserted an invisible zipper, quilted and here’s my pillow! The blue is from a linen skirt that was way too long, the white from my linen skirt smarts skirt, and the natural is from some old linen Ikea curtains that I hemmed. Use what you have!

 

 

Just in: Liberty of London, Kaffe Fassett Classics,oilcloth and grainline studios

The latest arrivals of Liberty Cotton Lawn. 

 

 Millefiore and paperweight in several color ways from the Kaffe Fassett collection.

 Oil cloth for summer time. There are a few new prints in the bunch.

We made a great bunting with oilcloth that is hanging outside the shop!

We also have started to carry the latest pattern from Grainline Studios The Alder Shirt Dress.

Happy Summer! See you soon.

 

Charming Candy

By April

These little charm packs are called Candy, by Moda. Cute and versatile at only two and a half inches square. We have about six different pack groups, with more to come. They are a nice way to preview an entire line of fabric. One to two of each print and color way are included in each pack.

 

The pinked edges make for a ready to use fabric bundle. Kids would have a great time making little doll clothes or blankets. Think tiny patchwork with sweet squares.


I made two bunting strands with one pack of Candy.  The square format makes them look more like flags. They can really liven up a beige corner of the house. I gifted one half of my flags as a house warming gift. They were hung on the front porch for summer time flare. 


I used this strand of flags to add some movement and fun to my dining area.  Oh yeah….. I didn’t sew a lick. Just used some iron on bonding web with yards of twill tape.  Quick and easy!