31 Day Blog Writing Challenge

Hey all! its been way too long! Ive decided to try out the 31 day blog writing challenge. I’m hoping i can keep with it and post everyday. I enjoy blogging about my crafts but I never seem to make the time to sit down and write about them. If you would like to join in here’s the link to see who else is participating as well!

I’m currently working on quite a few gifts and crafts for a county fair (march!) so Ill keep y’all up to date on what i’m making :).

I’m currently working on some crown royal quilts, Ive never used those bags before and I have to admit its quite a pain! None of the bags are even. I’m hoping its because the manufacturer does that on purpose and its not my cutting and sewing skills ;P *cough*its probably my skills*cough* Any helpful suggestions leave a comment below Id love any feedback!!

Thanks for stopping by and tomorrow ill have a longer post i promise 🙂

Happy Quilting (or sewing, or crocheting..you get the gist)

Catherine 🙂

What have I been up to?

Sorry guys and gals Ive been out of the blogging game for a bit! We had a few family deaths and to be honest it really made me sad to get in my sewing room and sew. I’m back at it and have been quilting up a storm! I’ll post pictures of what ive been up too 😀 I also bought a NEW sewing machine!! My Singer HD just decided to quit working and I wasnt able to sew anything 😦 Luckily the bank aka my husband loaned me some mula to buy an awesome new machine! I bought the Brother PQ1500s from Wawak yes, yes i know i could of bought from Amazon for a hundred cheaper but I don’t have Prime and in the end it was cheaper to go this route. Wawak ships that day (if you order before 5pm) and you get it in only a few days! They had excellent customer service and personally called me when they needed my street address( I made a mistake while ordering OOPS!) I love this machine soooo very much. I’m thinking of doing a video tutorial because I did have trouble with threading it and bobbin troubles. The only Youtube video i could find on it was not in english so it was a bit hard to figure out. If y’all would like a video leave me a comment and ill be happy to share what I had to learn the hard way LOL.

Ok back to what ive been working on, I had a tumbler quilt i made for myself last year just begging me to put the binding on it lol so i finished it up and boom 2 of my 3 red heads wanted it for themselves(the 2yr old could care less)

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I also made this cool Easter Cross wall hanging, I’ve got a tutorial all written up for it so if you would like me to show y’all how i did it just let me know 🙂
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Ive really gotten into modern quilts and quilting and decided to try my hand at it. I made this pillow from a dream I had one night lol sounds silly but I do believe it came out quite awesome.

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Now this is a custom that isnt done yet but dont y’all just love those colors?! batiks were never really cool to me until i started using them and now I just love them! Ill link y’all to this fat quarter bundle because I think everyone should buy this purple. Also here’s the pattern i’m using 🙂

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Ok I can’t take credit for this quilt but I did help with it! I’m in Facebook group that put’s together Quilts of Valor, everyone sends in 12in blocks, then we have someone put the top together and then someone who has a longarm machine quilts it! I got to put the binding on 🙂 I was so excited to be apart of something so cool even though it was a small part but hey every quilt needs a binding right?! if you’ve never heard of Quilts of Valor i suggest looking into it or maybe joining a group so you can be apart of the process. One thing I always enjoy supporting is the military especially our wounded/vets so please take the time and check it out.

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Ok last but definitely not least I am working on a vintage quilt that my husbands grandmother made. She made the top 30 years ago and gave it to her granddaughter. It’s been sitting in a bag and finally Sabrina asked me if i would quilt it for her, of course i said YES! How cool is it to be apart of something someone started years before. I am almost done with it but here’s part of what i did earlier this week 🙂

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I didn’t want to take away from Amaw’s appliqueing so i decided that echo quilting would look so cool and just bring your eyes to the center of the quilt. Thanks to my snazzy new machine i was able to finish the middle super fast. I am currently on the final border and doing just a simple stipple. Ill be sure and post pictures of it when its done either here or on my Instagram account Threelittlecowirls.

I hope y’all enjoyed all my projects from the past few months, I have more but I just haven’t taken pictures of them yet lol.
Oh one more thing their is a website called Patchwork threads, they sell quilting/sewing themed shirts and they are Adorable! Super soft and comfy, Ive bought two so far but i see myself buying more in the near future LOL.
I own this one which is HILARIOUS because it’s sort of true!
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And i ordered another one that when you buy it 20% of the proceeds go towards Quilt of Valor so its a win/win for me 😀 Anyway check out that store and buy a cool shirt.
Hope y’all have a lovely quilting day and ill be getting back into the groove of things so ill be blogging more, thanks for reading!

Happy Quilting,
Catherine

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hi all! Valentine’s day is in a few days and for some reason I’m feeling like actually decorating my house….maybe because I have children who would think it was cool or I’m just feeling the love this year 😉
I also decided to join a Valentine’s homemade swap this year and I’m stoked! I’ve only been in one other swap and to be honest it wasn’t that fun. I decided to make Valentine mugrugs for my recipients and I’m excited to show y’all a tutorial on how I made them!

I decided to do a simple heart block,I was going to do five different hearts but I just couldn’t find any I really liked so I just stuck with the one I knew how to make.

I guess I should explain what a mugrug is because I’ve noticed in a few quilt groups I’m in that some people are confused as to what a mugrug is. It’s actually a coaster but it’s classier then a regular ol coaster because we quilt it up and use pretty blocks or applique. Some people use heat resistant batting and some use jeans but me I use plain ol scraps of batting I’ve got lying around. Now if I were to make say a big one for my tea pot I would probably use heat resistant batting but I feel like if you’re making one for your tea cup,coffee cup or even just a glass of water you really don’t need the heat resistant. Ok lets get to the actual tutorial, i know yall are dying to see it! 😉

Things you will need (this is for ONE MugRug)

1/2 yard dark colored fabric
1/2 yard light colored fabric
either a dark or light backing fabric
batting
Binding-I used the dark color for the binding but you can use whatever you want or have on hand 😉
Thread- I used Aurifil 50WT Cotton in the color 2310 Lt.Beige(fyi in the pictures I used a dark blue sew yall could see the stitches but the others I used the light beige)
Rotary Cutter
Rulers-I used my big 24in acrylic ruler and my 6x6in square ruler
Sewing machine or hey you could even sew/quilt it by hand!

First things first if you haven’t squared up your fabric by now I suggest doing that first.
Then cut out 2-4 1/2in squares from each fat quarter. Take one dark color and one light color and put them pretty sides together
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Sew them together with a 1/4in seam all around.
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Now cut it corner to corner making an X, I don’t like moving my pieces because i find that messes up my cutting but if you happen to be a lucky soul who has a small rotating mate then by golly bust it out! Ill just sit over here jealous of your coolness.

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Next up lets set those seams and iron them to the darkside and if you’re a geek like me then lets imagine Darth Vader sitting at an ironing board ironing his seams to the darkside…

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Time to use that 6in square ruler to square up our little squares! You could just cut the little dog ears off but im still not perfect in my sewing so I often have different sized squares even though I did it how it was supposed to be done. I squared mine up to 2 7/8in squares, that just barely shaved some off the sides and enough to take the dog ears off.

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See how my little square isn’t exactly square? That happens to me a bit lol
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You only need 2 of those HST (half square triangles) So go ahead and save those other two for another heart!
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Now go ahead and cut 2-2 7/8in squares from the dark fabric(maybe cut two more and then you can make yourself another heart)
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Sorry I don’t have a picture of me cutting out the squares I kind of forgot to take one. Now as you can see when you put them up top its not a heart yet but just wait!
Now what I did was I had cut out a bunch of 2 1/2in squares from the light fabric because I wanted to have them ready for another project, anyway i grabbed two of them and cut out 4-1 1/2in squares.

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I then drew a line from corner to corner or you can even iron them so you can have a crease, that’s especially helpful if you have a dark fabric and you don’t have a pen or chalk that will show up on the fabric.

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Now sew on that line.

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Now this is important so lean in close..ok IRON that first seam, set it then iron it back. If you don’t and leave it just like that and sew the other block over it you will end up with a funky looking heart. Trust me I forgot that step on one block and it came out so wonky I wanted to cry(not really but maybe).

See how that left block lays lovely over that right block? That’s because when I sewed it on the other one was already right side up. Now go ahead and sew on the other two blocks on your other square.
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Boom here it is! Oh and don’t for get to cut that extra fabric off on those top squares. Just fold them back and cut a little ways from the seam, you don’t want any extra bulk going on back there when you start quilting.
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Ok the way its set out I want you to sew sides together and then top and bottom together and you will end up with this
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Make sure you trim off any dog ears or thread that may be sticking out. It should end up to be a 5in square when its all said and done 🙂
Next you will want to cut out 2in borders in the light color. I like to sew on my top and bottom borders first but you can do the sides first its your block do what you want!

I like to cut mine a little bigger then the block in case I mess up I can just easily square it up. I made these a little longer then 5in so probably about 6 1/2 inches. I then took my ruler and made it square.
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The sides obviously have to be bigger and I cut mine out to be 2inx10in to some that may be over kill but to me it gives me piece of mind.

sew them on!
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Here you go a lovely Heart.
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Now I used a bright pink for the back because it just felt right but you could always use the darker fabric for the back to give it a nice contrast or even the light fabric. I know I didn’t show the steps to this but I cut out my backing to about 9×9 because the finished square ended up being 7 1/2in. If you don’t feel comfortable with that cut it a little bigger! I then cut out my batting to almost the same size and threw my block on there..well not really threw it but you get the gist ;). Then I pinned it down so that I could start quilting it YAY!

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I decided to outline the heart because I love what echoing does to a quilt especially if you really want to draw attention to a certain block. Of course this is only my 3rd time echoing so its a little off but whatever in the end it’ll look nifty I swear!
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Here it is a quilted! This probably took me about 20ish minutes because I have three kids and they kept wanting me to help them build a fort.
I cut off the edges and squared it up so that I could add the binding.
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Cut out 2in strips for the binding, I used the pink because I just thought it would look cool lol I then attached the binding with my sewing machine and hand sewed it down to the other side using the light beige thread.

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Here’s the back and of course I added my label because you should ALWAYS label anything you make especially quilts!

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Here’s a close ups of the quilting which I think came out super cool. Look how puffy that heart looks, it just really brings it out and makes it look lovely.

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Now since I needed to make five of these I decided to make some different colors and I even mixed up the fabric a bit. For the other four I just did some free motion quilting(FMQ) and even that looked cool. This picture shows them all but I hadn’t put the binding on the others yet and I forgot to take a picture for y’all before I sent them off.

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I hope y’all enjoyed my first in depth tutorial, I enjoy making these hearts and I plan to make more for some special ladies in my life 🙂 Now go out and make some mugrugs and give one to a special someone in your life!

Happy Quilting and Happy Valentines Day!
Catherine