Monday, August 8, 2016

Notes from the Fairfield, Texas Quilt Guild presentation on August 8, 2016. It is a pleasure to attend a guild meeting, share my love of quilting and meet fellow enthusiasts. Here are slides with highlights of my presentation.

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To get a free book when you purchase 3 kits, just write:
Guild Special and the book title in the comments section or order notes.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

3-Yard Quilt Binding 101 (economy binding)

When I came up with the concept of 3-yard economy quilts, I wanted to make the largest quilt possible with just 3 yards of fabric. I knew that I couldn't get the traditional double fold binding from 3 yards and still achieve my goal of making a big quilt with a little fabric. You see, a traditional double fold binding uses 1/2 yard for a quilt the size that I can make with 3 yards and I preferred to put that fabric in the quilt top. That's how the single fold, economy binding became the standard for the 3-yard quilt designs. (If you prefer a double fold, you will need to add 1/2 yard fabric to make it).'

Watch this clip on how to cut and press the binding.
Once you cut the 1 1/4" strips of fabric, sew these strips together end to end and press as shown in the video clip above. Place the right side of the strip to the right side of the quilt top, leaving a tail of fabric of about 4 or 5 inches loose. When you begin stitching, use a scant 1/4" seam allowance.  (a scant quarter inch is about one stitch less than a regular 1/4")You can see where I began stitching the strip to the quilt top in the next photo.
Sew to the first corner. Lock stitch or take a couple of stitches back. Remove piece from the machine.
Now fold the strip at a 90 degree angle and secure with a straight pin.

Next, fold the strip back over itself.
Return to the machine and begin stitching a scant quarter inch from the edge.
Repeat this for all 4 corners. Once you get close to the place you began, stop stitching about four inches from the starting point. Lock stitch. You will have a long tail at the beginning and end of the binding.

Bring the two ends together and place a pin where they meet.
Check to make sure the binding matches securely with the quilt. Now fold the excess quilt away from the binding and place a pin to hold it out of the way.
Stitch the two ends of the binding together where it is marked with the pin. Remove pins from quilt and binding.  Check to see if the binding fits securely next to the quilt.

 Once you are confident the binding and quilt match up, trim the long tails 1/4" from stitching.
Press 1/4" seam open. 
 Stitch binding and quilt together closing the opening.
Turn the binding to back of quilt and blind stitch in place. The corners will fold nicely into a miter. Here's the back.
Here's the front. 
If this tutorial was helpful, let me know. If you have questions, I would like to know those as well.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

On the Road–Hershey Quilt Show–Day #1

All set up and ready to greet quilters. Lots of 3-yard fabric bundles waiting for a new home!
HersheyQuiltShow-Sample Quilts-1
We love showing off some of our quilt patterns made with new fabric bundles (L to R): Byzantine Doors, Simply Strips and Stepping Up (**New Pattern**)
More Quilt Pattern samples displayed (L to R): Checkmate, Awareness Ribbons, Perfect Pets (Both Puppy & Kitten **New Pattern)
Some last minute shopping.  It was a busy day and we got to meet lots of new and returning friends. Quilt Pattern Samples: Back Wall (L to R): Porch Rails (**New Pattern**), Friendship Star, Checkmate.  On the end of the Center Table (back to front): Sew Quick, Tumbling Triangles and Pretty Simple.
HersheyQuiltShow2015-End of Day1
End of Day #1 – Closing up the booth for the night.  Will be bringing in more boxes of 3-yard fabric bundles and restocking the kits.
Hope to see you 10 AM – 6 PM tomorrow & Saturday or 10 AM to 4 PM on Sunday!
Mary Ellen

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Let the Show Begin–Quilt Odyssey, Hershey, PA July 23-26

We’re on the road again, and have the booth all ready at the Hershey Lodge & Convention Center.  Weather forecast is for a beautiful weekend.

Quilt Odyssey, Hershey, PA – Fabric Café Booth 408, July 23-26, 2015

The past several months we’ve been making quilt samples to hang in the booth so you can see how our patterns look made with some of our current fabric bundles.

Here are some of the quilts that have been made and are hanging in our booth in Hershey.

Checkmate Quilt Pattern - Baseball

Quilt Pattern: Checkmate made in Blue/Cream/Baseball Novelty Fabric

Stepping Up Quilt Pattern - Red-Black-White

**New** Quilt Pattern: Stepping Up made in White & Black with Red Fabric


**New** Quilt Pattern: Big Picture made with a large center of Cat Novelty Fabric and accented with Pink & White/Black Dots.. 

Byzantine Door-Quilt Pattern - Blues-Greens

Quilt Pattern: Byzantine Doors made with Batik-look marbled fabric accented with Black.


**New** Quilt Pattern: Perfect Pets made with Novelty Cartoon Dogs on aqua fabric with White Dots on Black and White Fabric.

SquareDanceQuiltPattern-Going Dottie

Quilt Pattern: Square Dance made with large colorful dots, with Yellow & Green Fabrics.


Quilt Pattern: Nine Plus One made with Cupcake Novelty Fabric and Pink & White accent fabrics.


Quilt Pattern: Topsy Turvey made with Novelty Flower Fabric with Pink & Yellow accent fabrics.

Boxes n Bows Quilt Pattern-Black-White

**New** Quilt Pattern: Boxes and Bows made with Black/Stripes/Boxes

We would love to show you these quilts and more --  New Patterns/Books, Fun Fabric Bundles.  Come & visit with Robert, Donna & ME – we’d love to hear that you follow the Fabric Café Blog!!  Find a 3-yard Bundle you like & pick a Free Pattern to go with it.  Hundreds of 3-yard Bundles and over 30 patterns to choose from!

See you there!

Mary Ellen