Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Let's Go Fly a Kite

New Pattern!
meags and me Lets Go Fly a Kite Quilt Pattern



We adore this fabric.  It's so soft and beautiful, and reminds us of cool, breezy summer days- kite flying days.

These kites are really simple appliqué.  If you're just starting to catch the appliqué bug, it's perfect for the beginner- with large pieces and straight lines.  And the rest is simple piecing! And bonus, it works up pretty quickly
meags and me Lets Go Fly a Kite Quilt Pattern
The fabric is Glimma by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics.  And the pattern can be purchased here.


Monday, May 13, 2013

A Pocket Full of Posies

meags and me Pocket Full of Posies Pattern with Happy Go Lucky Fabric

This is one of those patterns we had in our "idea" folder for quite a long time.  It progressed from one idea to another but was constantly pushed back by other projects.  And this center picture has been drawn for years.

And suddenly, we came across this darling line of fabric, and magic hit! Sometimes, it just happens that way.

Though, I really adore this line.  And I adore the designers (Thimbleblossoms and Cottonway) and have been blog stalking them since 2006 or something like that.

meags

The piecing here, is quite easy.  And is a small stack of fat quarters, which is the most fun thing to buy, really.

And these girls! I'm so glad they found their way over to this quilt.  We love it.

meags and me Pocket Full of Posies Pattern with Happy Go Lucky Fabric

Pattern is quite adorable and found here

Friday, May 10, 2013

Canvas Tote Bag Makeover/Tutorial

These are easy, I promise.  All you need is a canvas tote (found at your local craft store), a favorite design, 1/2 yard of fabric, embroidery floss and/or scraps for applique and heat 'n bond (appliqué only).

meags and me Canvas Tote Bag Makeover Tutorial

First, you want to pick a design to go on the outside.  These birds are found in Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Issue 7.  For this tutorial, I'm going to use one of the 12 Dancing Princesses from on of my favorite patterns (ever).  And it was hard to choose just one, but I went with the jumping princess.

Since you can't see through these bags to trace the images, we like to use Sonja Callaghan's tip. Basically, it's just tracing your image on Glad Press 'n Seal, and embroidering over the top of it, then removing the paper at the end.  We don't usually embroider this way, but it is definitely worth it when you can't see through your fabric!
meags and me Canvas Tote Bag Makeover Tutorial
Before removing the Press 'n Seal

Since we're not taking apart our tote bags, embroidering or appliquéing is all done by hand.  It can get a little tricky, especially when you're working towards the bottom, but totally do-able. For the appliqué, we found using a fusible-method (with Soft Fuse or Heat 'n Bond) and hand stitching a button-hole stitch around each shape was the easiest.  Really, any hand appliqué method would work.

Next: Cut your lining fabric: 14" x 35".  For the lining, we simply measured our bag (taking note of seam allowances) and doubled the length + 4".
meags and me Canvas Tote Bag Makeover Tutorial

Iron wrong sides together (making a 14" x 17.5" shape), creasing the fold. Then fold one side over leaving 1.5" overlapping the other side (or the width of the bottom of the bag) and crease again.  Flip bag over and line up edges and crease on the other side.

meags and me Canvas Tote Bag Makeover Tutorial

These photos illustrate what it should look like after creasing.

meags and me Canvas Tote Bag Makeover Tutorial

meags and me Canvas Tote Bag Makeover Tutorial

Sew 1/4" on both the left and right sides.  The inside should look just like this.  And just like your tote bag. 

meags and me Canvas Tote Bag Makeover Tutorial

Next, fold down the unfinished edge 2" and crease.

meags and me Canvas Tote Bag Makeover Tutorial

Place the lining inside your tote bag.  Line up the creased edge right at (or even a little under) the lip of the tote bag.  Line up seams, and pin like crazy.  
meags and me Canvas Tote Bag Makeover Tutorial

Sew as close to the (previous) hem as possible without sewing *on* it.  The dotted line shows the tote bag hem/lip.  I'm not sure what seam allowance this is.  1/8"? Just make sure it's straight :)  The other option here is hand stitch an invisible/blind stitch to sew the lining to the bag.

meags and me Canvas Tote Bag Makeover Tutorial

And that's it! Pretty easy.  I'm thinking this will make a perfect dance bag when my daughter starts ballet this fall.

meags and me Canvas Tote Bag Makeover Tutorial


meags and me Canvas Tote Bag Makeover Tutorial



Monday, May 6, 2013

Winners!

First of all- thank you all so much for your comments.  We absolutely loved reading them, and hope you'll stay around!

A few people asked about a tutorial for the tote bag- I'm working on it as we speak! Check back here later this week and we'll show you all our tote bag tricks :)

Winner of the Quiltmaker Magazine is Comment #71 Cindi W.! Thanks Cindi! This is a great issue!

And winners of the PDF copies are:
#19- The Stylish Home
#270- Dee
#159- Anonymous (Thanks for leaving your email)

Thanks again.  We had so much fun and hope you did too!