#MODALOVEQUILT and the Moda LOVE Sew-Along

We LOVE a good sew-along.  And we LOVE a good pattern – especially one that is versatile enough to work with Layer Cakes, Charm Packs or Mini Charms.  More importantly, we’d LOVE for you to join us! -Carrie Nelson @ModaFabrics


Photo courtesy of Moda Fabrics and Supplies

Photo courtesy of Moda Fabrics and Supplies

#sawitloveditmadeit

 

What is the Moda Love Sew Along?  A social media sew-along using the Moda Love Pattern.

When is it?  January 24 is Moda’s official starting date for the sewing and sew-along. There will be introductory posts on Instagram, Facebook and Moda’s Cutting Table Blog on January 17th.

Where can you join in the sew along? .  At your local participating shop (come see us at Rocking Chair Quilts if you can get here). Don’t have a #modaloveshop near you? Join in online: search the hashtag #modalovequilt. on your social media.  And on Moda’s social media.

Why a Sew Along?  Because sew-alongs are one of the best ways to make sewing-creating fun. Whether you like to create solo or with others.

Sew-alongs also provide terrific opportunities for a visit to your local quilt shop for a bit of in-shop-sewcializing

or….

make your own sew along by meeting up with like minded quilters to create quilts and build the bonds of friendship.


Why the Moda Love Quilt Sew Along?  Because you can start with precuts, the Moda love quilt is fun and you will be done pretty quickly . Easy to sew together too - this pattern can be a great teaching quilt for those starting their journey through the quilting nation.

Have a peek at the pattern:

Moda Love Pattern Download.

We would LOVE to see what you will stitch together with the Love Quilt pattern! Whereever you share your love quilt projects, be sure and use the hashtag – #modalovequilt

To get your inspiration rolling here’s a gallery of grabs from the #modalovequilt hashtag.

Quilts by #modamakers from around the world.


What’s NEXT?

Coming soon to RCQ!

Coming soon to RCQ!

January 26, 2019–

Local Quilt Shop Day is a worldwide event designed to raise awareness of the importance of independent quilt shops to the local economy. It is a day for consumers and retailers to celebrate the creative pursuits of quilters, sewists, fabric enthusiasts, and crafters everywhere and to support the local quilt shops that make it all possible.

This event, held annually on the fourth Saturday in January, will be held in 2019 on Saturday, January 26.


Thanks for reading! Until we blog again, be sure to take time out and Enjoy the Sew!® - Carol and staff @RCQ

 

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#projectjellyroll : National Sew a Jelly Roll Day IS Saturday September 15th, 2018

THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED

ARE YOU READY?

LET'S GET IT STARTED.

The fun is about to unroll. Here's your invitation to join in with RockingChairQuilts.com and celebrate the mighty Jelly Roll. Many thanks to the folks at Moda Fabrics and Supplies for hosting this awesome event.

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THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED

NAtional Jelly Roll Day Saturday, September 15th, 2018,

We are going to get started with the fun TODAY. 

Let's be real, a Moda Jelly Roll® is already fun.

The fun is built in:

  • It's beautiful.

  • It's sew-able.

  • It's quilt-able.

  • It's fun to buy.

  • It's fun to win.

  • It's fun to touch.

  • It's fun to bust open and sew like the wind (since it's already pre-cut for you.)

  • It's Moda!

Wait.... we already know that those are all intrinsic qualities of a Jelly Roll, but what about that 5th one, "It's fun to win" ?

Rocking Chair Quilts has got you covered on that. Prizes are always fun and why not a Jelly Roll prize?  Why not TWENTY Jelly Roll prizes? That's right we are going to give away 20 Moda Jelly rolls to celebrate National Jelly Roll Day on  9-15-2018. To enter for your chance to win a Moda Jelly Roll read on. 

Holiday flavored Jelly Rolls. This one is  SWELL CHRISTMAS  by Urban Chiks for Moda

Holiday flavored Jelly Rolls. This one is SWELL CHRISTMAS by Urban Chiks for Moda


THIS GIVEAWAY ENDED ON 9/15/2018

 HOW CAN I ENTER TO WIN A JELLY ROLL?

Leave your comment on this blog post (below) to enter. 

What should you comment about?

  • Add add a another word to our jelly-roll glossary.

  • Tell us about your favorite snack to eat and share when you are quilting or with sewing friends.

  • Or just say hello........

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Comment by inventing another 'Jelly' term to add to our Jelly Roll glossary,Here's  our short list:

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.THIS GIVEAWAY ENDED ON 9/15/2018

TWENTY WINNERS IN ALL

Here are the 10 winners selected from all the entries collected in the brick and mortar shop , Thanks for joining in the fun:

Barbara N.

Sandie S.

Rick C.

Kay O.

Chris R.

Donna G.

Gloria F.

Kathy C.

Donna M.

Norma S.


Here are the 10 winners selected from all the online entries, Congratulations to all!

 Entries will be accepted through midnight (CDT) on Saturday September 15th, 2018. To read more about this contest, rules and all the yada yada CLICK HERE

 

 

I'm going to make some pinwheel cookies for the big day. What will you make?   CLICK HERE  to get the yummy recipe for these cookies from  BetterRecipes.com

I'm going to make some pinwheel cookies for the big day. What will you make?

CLICK HERE to get the yummy recipe for these cookies from BetterRecipes.com

THANK YOU FOR READING MY BLOG. THIS GIVEAWAY ENDED ON 9/15/2018. GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN! - CAROL


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#modablockheads2 Quilt Along

Summer:  we're just hours away from the first day of Summer 2018 , Why not spend summertime days enjoying a quilt a long?

That's my plan.

It's summer 2018  & I'm a blockhead, er.....I've chosen to be a Moda Blockhead.

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MODA Fabric + Supplies has launched Moda Blockheads Round 2. Every Wednesday (started on June 6th,2018) a new FREE block pattern is released.  All the blocks are from Moda Designer's  and the patterns will be avaialble on their blogs.  Visit the Moda Blog HERE for all the info, links to the patterns and they even have a Blockheads Facebook group.

It's  been alot of fun for me so far.  You can make you blocks your own way , use your stash or get something new.  I have been looking for the right project to sew with the new Christopher Wilson-Tate REGENCY BLUES fabrics from Moda and BLockheads round 2 is it!

I'm using Christopher's  FAT QUARTER BUNDLE   and  my background is 5 yards of  BELLA SOLID INDIGO 9900 218   But you could also use one  REGENCY BLUES FAT EIGHTHS BUNDLE  and one  REGENCY BLUES CHARM PACK  and 5 yards of background for the BLockheads2 quilt.

I'm using Christopher's FAT QUARTER BUNDLE

and  my background is 5 yards of BELLA SOLID INDIGO 9900 218

But you could also use one REGENCY BLUES FAT EIGHTHS BUNDLE and one REGENCY BLUES CHARM PACK and 5 yards of background for the BLockheads2 quilt.

Bella Solid Indigo 9900-218   .  Still not sure how much fabric to gather up?  CLICK HERE  to go to Moda's fabric requirement guidelines and FAQ page about Blockheads Round2

Bella Solid Indigo 9900-218  .

Still not sure how much fabric to gather up? CLICK HERE to go to Moda's fabric requirement guidelines and FAQ page about Blockheads Round2

 

Block 1 is Stellar Star from Lynne Hagmeier/Kansas Troubles

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 Visit her blog for your pattern- http://kansastroublesquilters-lynne.blogspot.com/


Block 2 is Buckeye Beauty and it's from Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson of Me & My Sister Designs.

Visit their blog for your pattern - http://www.meandmysisterdesigns.com/blog/

BLOCK 2 Buckeye Beauty

BLOCK 2 Buckeye Beauty


BLOCK 3 Pennysylvania

BLOCK 3 Pennysylvania

Block 3 is Pennsylvania by Carrie Nelson.  Link to the Pattern HERE and stop in on the Moda Blog HERE for all the info. I like this one! It was so quick to make, and I think I  will make about 30 of them (scrappy blues) into a pleasing throw quilt

I'm a quite a happy camper (summer sew along camper) now that I have broken open my bundle of beautiful Regency Blues.  I even made a shirt out of it to wear on my next trip. I will see if I can get a picture of that.  It's in my suitcase right now and I dare not open that thing back up since I finally got it zipped ☺


Are you sewing along this summer ? Online, at your local shop, with a group or club? If you have a tale to tell, please share it in the comments below.  There are SEW many to choose from.  Whether you are sewing on your own or in a group....until we blog again, be sure to take time out to Enjoy the Sew!®

-Carol


Post Script  STILL TIME TO ENTER GIVEAWAY: If you didn't already enter our fabric bundle giveaway from my last blog post, CLICK HERE to get to that post and enter for a chance to win this bundle (ends on June 25th , 2018)

PRIZE BUNDLE : CONTEST ENDS  6 • 25 • 2018

PRIZE BUNDLE : CONTEST ENDS  6 • 25 • 2018

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Swell Sunday Sewing

Swell Christmas fabric collection by Urban Chiks for #modafabrics features  cotton &  PVC coated prints! Today I'm sharing the projects I made and a few tips for sewing with these coated fabrics.

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Sunday afternoons I like to visit my sewing machine and enjoy some fabrics.  This week I wanted to try and sew a few things with Swell Christmas by Urban Chiks for Moda Fabrics.  Most especially, the 3 PVC coated Swell Christmas prints .

 

These coated prints are perfect for snack bags, place mats, aprons, bibs , table cloths, zippered pouches, notebook covers and more. There are so many ideas and patterns on line, it didn't take long to find free patterns for these 2  quick to make projects

Thanks to Petit Bout de Chou for the 10 minute Zipper Pouch  & Tara at TInkerfrog for her Ba Dunk Ba Dunk scrap and trash bag

The scrap bag has self ties that you can use to hang it around the headrest in your car, but it also looks cute with the top folded down so that the coated inside fabric peeks out.  I can put one in my car , but I think I will use these for scrap catchers at my sewing table

The zipper pouch really only took 10 minutes to make once I had printed Petit Chou's free pattern and cut out the simple shapes needed for the pouch

I have sewn with the iron on vinyl before, but not with a fabric that was already coated.  These 3 PVC coated prints that are part of the Swell Christmas collection were fun and easy to work with.

Sewing with coated fabrics requires a few precautions: avoid pins, the holes they leave won't go away.  Instead use wonder clips or binding clips to hold pieces together while stitching.

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Be careful if you decide you want to iron your work, test a scrap  of your coated fabric on a cooler temperature setting, or risk melting it.  For these small projects that I decided to make, I was able to hold things in place with my fingers, so I didn't pin or use clips. Although I didn't use my iron. I did press my seams flat with a wooden press as I worked. 

You may have a teflon presser foot that is designed for sewing vinyl and plastic.  I found these PVC coated prints from Moda to be SO soft, easy to handle and almost silky to the touch, so I just left my all purpose foot. and had no issues.  I only switched to my zipper foot when I wanted to stitch closely to the zipper on the zippered pouch.  If you find that the PVC coated fabrics are grabbing or sticking instead of feeding nicely through your machine, by all means use the special presser foot that you may have.

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That sweet retro Santa towel is part of a set of  Swell Christmas Towels  from Moda.  I think we should put one set in the kitchen and maybe I will use a second set to make a pillow.  what would you make with these holiday towels?

That sweet retro Santa towel is part of a set of Swell Christmas Towels from Moda.  I think we should put one set in the kitchen and maybe I will use a second set to make a pillow.  what would you make with these holiday towels?

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CLICK HERE for Anabelle Short’s list of projects you can make with plastic coated fabrics.  Anabelle's list is where I found these 2 projects and so much more.  Please share what you made with the Swell Christmas collection  #swellchristamsfabrics on Instagram , or post photos on my FACEBOOK page and I will share it forward.

thanks for reading ☺ until we blog again be sure and take some time to Enjoy the Sew!®

-Carol Detloff

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#PROJECTJELLYROLL GOODY BAG GIVEAWAY

THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED. CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNERS
 

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9/16/17 • Save the Date

Enter for a chance to win a Jelly Roll

Celebrate National Sew A Jelly Roll Day with RockingChairquilts.com 


You can enter to win one of 20 #projectjellyroll goody bags. Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter online.

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Each goody bag contains 1  Moda Jelly Roll

Each goody bag contains 1  Moda Jelly Roll

And a handy-dandy Jelly Roll Tip card & precut yardage chart, compliments of RockingChairQuilts.com.

And a handy-dandy Jelly Roll Tip card & precut yardage chart, compliments of RockingChairQuilts.com.

Each goody bag contains 1  Moda Jelly Roll

Each goody bag contains 1  Moda Jelly Roll


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#projectjellyroll sale prices


You can enter online  AND  enter in person in our quilt shop (one entry per visit to the shop). 10 goody bags will be awarded from the pool of online entries and 10 will be awarded from the entries we receive in our quilt shop. Only one goody bag prize can be awarded per winner . Giveaway ends on 9•16•2017. READ COMPLETE RULES HERE

THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED. CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNERS

Our 10 online winners :

Maxine Euto
Debbie Chenoweth
Sandra Dzurny
Jennifer Kralik
Tessa Hutchinson
Justine Wills
Lisa Soderland Fitzgerald
Allison Church Bird
Lynette Kleinau
Janie McCombs

Our 10 in store winners:
Kay Opilka
Paula Fortino
Rene' Gorbold
Cheryl Paarlberg
Kathy Chynoweth
Connie Overlay
Sandie Swartz
James Adams
Kathryn Frederick
Penny Stromberg

The winners shown in the Raffle copter box made their entries online:

 

Here's a sneak peek of the free patterns from Moda and Zen Chic that will be available on Jelly Roll Day. Yay!

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Good luck to everyone in the giveaway. Thank you for reading. Until we blog again be sure and make some time to Enjoy the Sew!®

-Carol

 


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National Sew a Jelly Roll Day• SAVE THE DATE • September 16, 2017


Save the date: SEPTEMBER 16. 2017

F3


#projectjellyroll
Plan to visit Rocking Chair Qullts, in store & online to be a part of National Sew a Jelly Roll Day and to experience F3
Wait, what?
What is F3 ?
Wait a minute - that looks like math.
F3= fabric + fun + food

(OK, that still looks like math , but I think I like this kind of math) ☺ read on.........

Moda Fabrics / United Notions has designated the 3rd Saturday in September of every year as National Sew A Jelly Roll Day to encourage collectors to tear open a Moda Jelly Roll and make something for themselves, as a gift or for charity!  It can be a quilt or a tote bag, a pillowcase or something to wear, it doesn’t matter so long as we seize the day and celebrate the joy of being a maker. Share your day on social media with  #projectjellyroll . You might even win a prize!

Moda Fabrics / United Notions has designated the 3rd Saturday in September of every year as National Sew A Jelly Roll Day to encourage collectors to tear open a Moda Jelly Roll and make something for themselves, as a gift or for charity!  It can be a quilt or a tote bag, a pillowcase or something to wear, it doesn’t matter so long as we seize the day and celebrate the joy of being a maker. Share your day on social media with #projectjellyroll. You might even win a prize!

HERE'S WHAT'S HAPPENING AT ROCKINGCHAIRQUILTS.COM TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL SEW A JELLY ROLL DAY:

 

September 16th, come and party with us @  the Rocking Chair Quilts storefront in Grant Park, Illinois.

  • Door Prizes
  • Free Jelly Roll Patterns -  courtesy of Moda Fabrics
  • $ave on Jelly Rolls  
  • Snacks

If you are not nearby we'll offer the same enjoyment for our online friends:

  • Jelly Roll Giveaways (your online version of door prizes ☺)
  • Free downloadable Jelly Roll patterns- courtesy of Moda Fabrics
  • $ave on Jelly Rolls  in our online store
  • Snacks. So....maybe we can't send a snack through the interwebs, but we will share our jelly roll day recipes with you .
  • Plan your own event! If you can't visit a local shop that has an event, make plans, shake it down , roll it up, play and sew with friends.
    • -start planning with Moda's free checklist (download it below)

FABRIC+ FUN + FOOD = HOO-RAY!


At this writing, National Jelly Roll Day is still about a month away - but thanks to the folks at Moda, you can start planning for your Jelly Roll Day with this handy checklist: 


Stay Tuned: We will be hosting these events and have Jelly Roll "Specials" in store and online. To find out when things get started in September:

Like us on Facebook, subscribe to this blog below or sign up for our newsletter to stay updated on when these fun activities begin.

Moda has a website dedicated to #projectjellyroll.  CLICK HERE to visit.  It is SO pretty!

 

Thanks for reading - I hope you make some plans to join us , or plan your own jolly jelly event .

*Share photos of all your jelly doings with #projectjellyroll ON SOCIAL MEDIA

(and you may even win a prize - PROVIDED by Moda Fabrics United Notions)

Not on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter? You can email your pictures to me and I will share them for you. EMAIL me here: Carol@RockingChairQuilts.com

Until we blog again, Enjoy the Sew!®

-Carol


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#MODAFABRICS #AURIFILTHREAD Christmas in July Prize Bundle Giveaway

This giveaway has ended. Congratulations to our winner Kathy C!

Thanks so much to everyone who participated.

HERE'S THE PRIZE BUNDLE: FAT QUARTER BUNDLE  OF SNOWFALL FABRICS BY MINICK & SIMPSON FOR MODA & AURIFIL THREADS


 “Don’t forget your mittens!”

Ooh what could be better on a hot summer afternoon than breaking open this festive bundle of holiday fabrics?  Get your summertime stitch on and get started on some holiday quilting projects. The Snowfall collection has a great holiday color palette - cool crisp blues,  fresh wintergreens, Christmas reds and creams captured  on fabric in snowflakes , candy canes, holly leaves and  happy dots.

And....... 3 BIg Beautiful spools of Aurifil thread to stitch it all together!  3210 Light Beige, 2250 Red, 2805 Light Turqoise

 

Like us on Facebook to be entered to win this prize. More ways to enter below. Subscribe to this blog- so you will know when a new giveaway begins.



This giveaway has ended. Congratulations to our winner Kathy C!

Thanks so much to everyone who participated.

On Instagram?  You can enter there too:

This giveaway ended on Sunday, July 30th, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. CST.

To read All the usual rules that apply to our regular giveaways and  sew on and sew forth CLICK HERE


 Thank you so much for reading this and being a part of our giveaway.

Until we blog again take time out to Enjoy the Sew!®- Carol

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#Moda Super Heroes on the Go

SUPER HEROES ON THE GO

Tote & Simple Wallet: A free pattern from RockingChairQuilts.com

Do you know Moda Man? The saga of how he saves a damsel in distress is captured forever on a fine cotton canvas. We have been enjoying this 'Super Heroes In Disguise' fabric from Moda United Notions here at RockingChairQuilts.com.  We first met Moda Man in Moda City at 2016 Fall Quilt Market in Houston. When this amusing fabric arrived here at the shop, we got busy and made this roomy Super Heroes on the Go Tote Bag and a simple wallet. This is a big, roomy tote because of its flat bottom .  It makes a great re-usable grocery tote - or maybe  it could be used to carry  a lot of quilty items out of your local quilt shop ;) Thanks so much to the kind folks at Moda Fabrics for keeping our quilting life full of wonderful choices!


TOTE MATERIALS:

 2/3 yard MODA ® Super Heroes canvas weight fabric for tote

1/3 yard Moda Bella Super Black Solid for handles

1/8 yard 44” wide Décor Bond (optional handle reinforcement)

Matching Aurifil thread

Optional: 12"x 8 1⁄2" cardboard for bottom

 

SIMPLE WALLET MATERIALS

 1/3 yard Super Heroes canvas fabric 

1/4 yard*  Moda Bella Super Black Solid for binding  *more  is needed if you want to make bias binding.

8” square Décor Bond (optional - gives your wallet some stiffness, leave it out if you want a flopsy wallet☺

Matching Aurifil thread


TOTE CUTTING:

Tote Fabric (Super Heroes canvas) • CUT two pieces 16"x12 ½” for front and back • CUT two piece 9" x 22" rectangles for sides and bottom

Handle fabric (black) •  Cut two pieces 5" x 44" for handles. • optional -  If you want your handles stronger- reinforce with Décor Bond – cut 2 pieces 1- 1/4” x 44” 

The 'Super Heroes In Disguise' fabric is directional so we have some tips for you on cutting out the bag panels.  Then, when you stitch them together your Super Heroes are all headed in the right direction on your finished tote.

Start with 2/3 of a yard of Moda Super Heroes canvas fabric.  Trim off the selvedge edges and the fold edge with a rotary cutter.  Keep the edges square and straight.

Start with 2/3 of a yard of Moda Super Heroes canvas fabric.  Trim off the selvedge edges and the fold edge with a rotary cutter.  Keep the edges square and straight.

Double thickness of canvas fabric is shown here.

Double thickness of canvas fabric is shown here.

cut out bag front and back, then cut 2 pieces 9" x 22" to make sides/bottom panel of your tote, as shown.

cut out bag front and back, then cut 2 pieces 9" x 22" to make sides/bottom panel of your tote, as shown.

Photo #8  Put the two 9" x 22" side/bottom pieces right sides together  making sure the images will be facing upright  on both sides of your bag, then sew (or serge)  them together with 1/4" seam along the bottom 9" edge. (bottom center seam)  After stitching the bottom center seam the two 9" x 22" panels will face in opposite directions. Your side/ bottom panel piece should now measure 9” x 43 ½”. (see photo #8)

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Put the two 9" x 22" side/bottom pieces right sides together  making sure the images will be facing upright  on both sides of your bag, then sew (or serge)  them together with 1/4" seam along the bottom 9" edge. (bottom center seam)

After stitching the bottom center seam the two 9" x 22" panels will face in opposite directions. Your side/ bottom panel piece should now measure 9” x 43 ½”. (see photo #8)


ASSEMBLY:

1. Fold  black handle pieces in half lengthwise and press. Open and fold edges in to middle. Refold and press.  Open handle fabric back out and Place cut strip of Décor Bond with one edge along center pressed line in fabric.  Press Décor Bond in place,

1. Fold  black handle pieces in half lengthwise and press. Open and fold edges in to middle. Refold and press.  Open handle fabric back out and Place cut strip of Décor Bond with one edge along center pressed line in fabric.  Press Décor Bond in place,

 
 
 
3. Reinforce bottom corners of tote front and back with stay stitching ¼” from tote edge and clip corners to stay stitching. This will help ease the bag corner seam as you stitch the front and back pieces to the long  sides/bottom panel.    Place inside edge of handle 3" in from each edge of front. Top stitch both sides of handle  to bag, but STOP stitching about 5" from the top (see picture #4). Repeat with back piece.   

3. Reinforce bottom corners of tote front and back with stay stitching ¼” from tote edge and clip corners to stay stitching. This will help ease the bag corner seam as you stitch the front and back pieces to the long  sides/bottom panel. 

Place inside edge of handle 3" in from each edge of front. Top stitch both sides of handle  to bag, but STOP stitching about 5" from the top (see picture #4). Repeat with back piece.

 

2. After pressing Décor Bond in place, refold edges of handle fabric back to middle enclosing the strip of Décor bond inside the handle fabric. Baste with matching Aurifil thread along open edges of handle .

2. After pressing Décor Bond in place, refold edges of handle fabric back to middle enclosing the strip of Décor bond inside the handle fabric. Baste with matching Aurifil thread along open edges of handle .

4. STOP stitching about 5" from the top of the bag. Repeat with back piece. (you will finish stitching the handles down after you hem the top of your bag).

4. STOP stitching about 5" from the top of the bag. Repeat with back piece. (you will finish stitching the handles down after you hem the top of your bag).

5. Pin front piece RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER to the long seamed side/bottom panel 9" x 43 1/2" (clipping seam allowance to stay stitching where needed and pivoting at corners). Stitch. Repeat with back piece.

Press seams toward sides. Optional: seams can then be finished with zigzag stitching or serging. Be careful to keep handles free.

 

6.  Fold down 1 ½” all along top edge of tote and press. Now turn raw edge under 1⁄4" and press. Pin in place if needed.  Then stitch top hem in place keeping handles free. 

6.  Fold down 1 ½” all along top edge of tote and press. Now turn raw edge under 1⁄4" and press. Pin in place if needed.  Then stitch top hem in place keeping handles free. 

 
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7. Now ....where you had left the top 5” of the handles free from the bag- it is time to stitch those down. SO Continue top stitching handles to outside of tote and all along handle edges, over basting. To secure, reinforcing by stitching an X or a box  at top edge of tote.

8. Optional: Cover 12" x 8 1/2" cardboard rectangle with fabric and place in bottom of tote. Sometimes instead of cardboard I cut my tote rectangles out of old rotary cutting mats that have gotten too cut up to use for anything else. They don't bend or get soggy like cardboard sometimes does ☺.


SIMPLE WALLET

CUTTING:  

  • Cut 2 rectangles 8” x 4 ¼” canvas (outside wallet piece) *NOTE: because your outside wallet fabric is directional you will cut 2 rectangles 8” x 4 ¼”  then pivot  one of the rectangles  180 degrees . (See photo #9)  Now stitch the two 8 x 4 ¼” rectangles (right sides together) along the 8” edge. This stitched piece should now measure 8” x 8”. This is done so that the directional print of your SUPER HEROES fabric will be going in the right direction when you look at the outside of your wallet. If you don’t mind where your superheroes are headed you can just cut one 8” x 8” square for the outside piece of your wallet.
  • Cut one 8" square* canvas (inside)
  • Cut one 8" square  Decor Bond (optional)

POCKETS from SUPERHEROES CANVAS (photo #10):

  • Cut two 8"x 7" (large pockets)
  • Cut two 8"x 4" (smallest pockets)

from Moda Bella Solid cut two 8"x 51⁄2" (middle pockets)

BINDING FABRIC: from Moda Bella Solid Cut one 1 1⁄2"x 34" (binding).  If you want to cut your binding fabric on the bias you will need more fabric than the 1/8 yard shown in materials list.

Photo # 10 : Cut  2 each of the 3 pocket pieces: small (canvas), middle (black) and large (canvas).

Photo # 10 : Cut  2 each of the 3 pocket pieces: small (canvas), middle (black) and large (canvas).

Photo #9

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Photo #11: Press all pockets in half lengthwise, Right sides together

Photo #11: Press all pockets in half lengthwise, Right sides together

Photo #12: stack pressed pocket pieces, keeping raw edges even.

Photo #12: stack pressed pocket pieces, keeping raw edges even.

ASSEMBLY: Fold all pieces for pockets in half lengthwise and press (photo #11).   Place optional square of Décor Bond on the wrong side of the inside 8" wallet canvas fabric square, press to secure the Decor Bond to the wallet square. Put the inside and outside  8" wallet squares wrong sides together, with inside wallet fabric facing up. Beginning with largest pocket, place on inside aligning edges and bottom on top and bottom of wallet. Continue with each pocket. Baste around all edges. Catching in all layers.

FINISHING: Fold 1-1⁄2"x 34" BINDING piece in half lengthwise and press. Open and fold edges to middle. Refold and press.  Stitch binding to  of basted edge of simple wallet, pivoting/mitering at corners so they lay nicely. (or cut and apply binding with your favorite method). 


Thanks for reading -  I hope you will enjoy making a tote , This is a big, roomy tote because of its flat bottom .  It makes a great re-usable grocery tote - or maybe  it could be used to carry  a lot of quilty items out of your local quilt shop. It would be fun to make using other pretty fabrics as well. If you decide to make one,  please share a picture of your finished tote:

WAYS TO SHARE A PHOTO OF YOUR tote WITH US:

  • Post your photo on Instagram and tag us  # rockingchairquilts 
  • post your photo on our Facebook page- CLICK HERE to get to the Facebook page.
  • Tweet a photo @makeaquilt  or tag us in your tweet @MakeAQuilt
  • send your photo in an email to me : Carol@RockingChairQuilts.com
  • If you live nearby you can pop in during SHOP HOURS each week we'll take photo of your quilt for you.

 

  • Please use the comments area below for comments and questions

 

Until we blog again - Enjoy the Sew!® - Carol

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Got Cake?

Introducing Cake Mix Recipe Papers from Miss Rosie's Quilt Company

What's all the hub-bub about cake?  Well it's cake after all (my favorite is chocolate with chocolate frosting ☺) .  but  because it's January I am trying to make some lower calorie/better calorie choices for my daily indulgence........when  -  HELLO ! - along comes quilting genius Carrie Nelson with a calorie free solution for me.  

Deeply satisfying, certainly an indulgence, I can partake as often as I wish and never have to log a single calorie in my smartphone's fitness app.

Carrie's brand new CAKE MIX RECIPES have just arrived here at Rocking Chair Quilts!

So what is a Cake Mix?  It’s a 10″ x 10″ pad of triangle paper sized for using with Layer Cakes. There are 45 sheets in each pad – one for each piece of fabric in a Layer Cake plus a few extras for “testing”.  (click on the Cake Mix images below to see more details for each)

*Recipes?  There are four different grids so there are 4 different recipes.  Two of the recipes make two different sizes of half-triangle squares from the same paper, and the remaining two recipes make a single size half-triangle square on each sheet.

Each recipe pad includes at least four block options for the HTSs made with that recipe grid.  There is also information on simple settings and layouts, and how big the quilts would be.

The specifics about each Cake Mix are:

  • Recipe 1 – 4″ and 8″ finished
  • Recipe 2– 2 1/4″ and 4 1/2″ finished.
  • Recipe 3 – 2″ finished
  • Recipe 4 – 4″ and/or 3 3/4″ finished

The number of recipe cards required to make a block varies – it depends on the block and the recipe.…  it’s kind of like how many slices of cake you can get from a 9″ square cake.  It all depends on how you cut it – squares or rectangles – and how big the pieces are.

Each Cake Mix pad includes a quote from Julia Child.  My favorite is – "A party without cake is just a meeting."   Layer Cakes and Cake Mixes.*

*this text  has been excerpted from Carrie Nelson's BLOG post on the Moda Cutting Table Blog.
 

Here is Carrie's Video Demo of her Cake Mix 2 Recipe:

 
 

Just to get your thinker thinking, here is a collage of the quilts the crew over at Moda have been making..  We are working on some cake mix quilts here at the shop and hope to add our photos here too.   (A click on each picture will enlarge it)

Thanks Carrie! Miss Rosie's Quilt Company's designs and patterns are always on the top of our list. 

Thanks to all of you who are reading this  post - if you are dreaming of making a cake mix quilt, and your dream becomes a REAL quilt we would love to see your photos too.

WAYS TO SHARE a photo of your cake mix quilt with us:

  • Post your photo on Instagram and tag us  # rockingchairquilts 
  • post your photo on our Facebook page- CLICK HERE to get to the Facebook page.
  • Tweet a photo @makeaquilt  or tag us in your tweet @MakeAQuilt
  • send your photo in an email to me : Carol@RockingChairQuilts.com
  • If you live nearby you can pop in during SHOP HOURS each week we'll take photo of your quilt for you.

 

  • Please use the comments area below for comments and questions
 

Until we blog again - Enjoy the Sew!® - Carol

 
 

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