Some Quilt Inspiration — And — Question Time!

First off, I want to ask all my viewers,

“Is there any specific quilt or sewing tutorial you would like to learn how to do?”

I would love any suggestions or ideas you have! Just leave me your suggestion in the comment section below.

It will be greatly appreciated!

Also,

Remember this Review and Giveaway?

Would anyone like me to do that again?

With a different prize this time? 

If so, any suggestions or ideas on what the prize should be?

All right, that’s all the questions I have for you today! Now let’s get to that quilt inspiration stuff.

Here are some pictures that will hopefully get you inspired! You can find some of them HERE

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Well, there you have it!

Are you inspired?

Have an awesome day everyone and remember,

“Only sew on days ending in Y”

 

How to Clean a Sewing Machine

In this tutorial I will be cleaning a Brother LS-2125.

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Cleaning a sewing machine is very easy!

It takes about 10 minutes, and afterwards, your sewing machine will sound “sew” much better.

What you need:

  • Screwdriver
  • can of air
  • sewing machine oil or 3 in 1 oil

 

Here is how:

1. Turn off the machine and unplug it.

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2. Remove the screw on the back of your sewing machine and remove the face plate.

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4. Take your air can and blow all the dust away. Mine usually gathers in the bobbin chamber.

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3. Put a few drops of oil on each of the points above. {Basically you put oil on whatever moves.} I use a paintbrush so I am sure not to get to much oil. {Too much oil will soil your thread and fabric}

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4. Now run your machine for about two minutes. No need for thread {unless you have some old stuff you want to get rid of} I usually just put a scrap piece of fabric on and sew away! This gets all of the oil moving around.

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5. You are done! Sew away! You are supposed to clean your sewing machine every week, but…*cough* I don’t do that. *cough* =)

Quilt Tutorial “Trip Around the World Quilt”

So a couple of you have asked me to do a tutorial on how I make the Around the World Quilt. Today I am fulfilling your wish!

{Let me just say, this is a tutorial on how I make this quilt. I am not saying this is the right way, but I am not saying this is the wrong way, I am just saying this is how I make this quilt!}

Quilt pin itBuckle down! This quilt is super fun but super time consuming.

{ If you have any questions at all, or a part of the tutorial does not make sense, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below and I will try my best to help you! =) }

Without further ado…. {Drum-roll please}

 

The Tutorial:

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  • First thing is first, you are going to need to choose your fabric!
  • You will need 6 coordinating colors.

  • For the twin size Quilt shown here, I used roughly one and a half yards of each color. I say roughly, because sometimes I have a couple inches of one color left over, and sometimes I have none left over, {It all depends on how the fabric lady cut it.}
  • Choosing the fabric is always the most fun, but can also be the most frustrating! Me and my mom were in the fabric section of Hobby Lobby for literally 45 minutes, picking up bolts of fabric, comparing prints, putting some back, rearranging, and finally settling on these 6 colors.
  • We got 1 1/2 yds. of each print. {These measurements do not include the border back or binding. 1 1/2 yds. of fabric is just for the top, but you will have some left over.}

 

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Please, do me a favor and don’t skip this part:

  • Wash
  • Dry
  • And Iron your fabric.

This step prevents your fabric from shrinking after it is all put together.

I personally wash my fabric in hot water, twice. Because here is the ironic thing… I am allergic to fabric! Crazy, I know! A big time quilter allergic to her #1 hobby! I am pretty sure it is the chemicals and starches they put on the fabric that makes my hands break out. Because of this, I always wash my fabric twice, and just recently started wearing gloves.

 

Cutting time!

Now it is time to start cutting strips. {No matter what quilt size I am doing, I always do this step the exact same for every quilt.}

1. Fold all of your fabric in half the same way. {This can be long ways or short ways, the point is to have all strips that are the same length} I tend to cut all my strips longways, so they come out longer.

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2. Starting from one end of your fabric, mark your strips, and cut. Each strip should be 6’’ wide. Do this to each color. {I usually cut a handful of strips (5-6) and then skip to the next part. If you need more strips later, you can cut some, but if you don’t, then you have a bit of uncut fabric you can use as binding later or for another project.}

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3. Decide what order you want your strips in. This is the order it will appear in your quilt. As you can see in the picture above, I choose the zebra fabric to be fabric #1. This meant it was my cross, or middle. Next I chose the pink swirl. My third fabric was roses, and so on.

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4. Sew these strips lengthwise, right sides together, as you have them laid out. {Zebra to pink swirl…pink swirl to roses…etc.}

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5. Now you should have basically a “fabric of fabrics” if you will. Sew them into a tube {right sides together!} You do this by taking both ends {in my case it was the zebra and the black, pink, gray checkered fabric} Place them right sides together, and sew lengthwise like you have been doing. It should come off your sewing machine as a big tube of fabric. 

{Why I have brown thread in this picture, I have no idea, because the thread I was using was black. =D }

Do this to as many strips as you have.

6. This next part depends mainly on your quilt size. For a twin {shown above} I tend to cut these next strips about 3’’ wide. For smaller quilts I tend to cut the strips thinner.

HOW TO CUT THE STRIPS:

1. Lay out one of your tubes. {it needs to be flat.}

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2. Start from one end of the tube {you might need to trim the end to make it straight}

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3. Measure out your desired strip length. {I am cutting mine 3’’ wide}

4. Mark the strip and make your cut. {I used my handy dandy OLFA safety rotary cutter}

You should end up with a bunch of little 3” tubes.

5. Now here comes the fun/confusing part. This part will make the quilt look really intricate but in reality, it will be really easy.

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6. Take your first little tube. Hopefully you already know what is going to be your middle (zebra) color. You also should know what your end color is {pink, gray, and black checkered.} You are going to cut these two colors away from each other! Some people like to take the seams out with a seam ripper, but I prefer to cut the seam off with a rotary cutter. {it is faster}

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Now you should have a strip with all 6 of your colors in it, in the order you want.

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7. The next time you make a cut, instead of cutting the seam, you will be cutting the strip. Take your middle fabric {zebra} and fold it in half. Cut that piece directly in half!

8. Do the same exact thing one more time.

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9. Lay out your strips.

10. They should look like the picture above

11. You can sew these strips together now, or at the end. I think it goes faster if you cut everything first, then sew everything together. Your pick. 

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12.Now that you have cut the {zebra} middle fabric in half, that color is done. So the next step is cutting the middle {zebra} away from fabric #2 {pink swirl.} You can use a rotary cutter or seam ripper. Do it just like you did step 6!

As you can see in the picture above, the zebra fabric is now at the top, while the pink swirl is at the bottom.

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13. Now, you have to cut the pink swirl in half, just like the zebra!

14. You continue to do this over and over… until you reach your desired length.

15. Make a mirrored image of this end.

16. It’s pin time! Take that giant pincushion of colorful pins and match up the two pieces. All the seams should match! Use LOTS of pins!
When you sew it together, you should have a {zebra} cross in the middle. The rest of the colors should surround the cross in a diamond shape.

Now all you have to add is the 3 B’s,

  • Border
  • Back and
  • Binding!

Have FUN!

What do you think?

Was this tutorial helpful?

Have any questions?

I would love any feedback you have!

You can ask me those questions by simply leaving a comment below! =D

 Hope you had “Sew” much fun!

PS: That last line was free of charge.

PPS: I will be entering this quilt in the 4H fair in my city!

PPPS: Read this article. I stumbled upon it today and thought it was the craziest coincidence I have ever seen! She made a twin zebra around the world quilt {just like me} entered it in her first 4H fair, {just like me} and won first prize…{hopefully like me} = ) What a coincidence, huh?

DIY Easy Pillowcase Tutorial

If you want a pillowcase just like this, or want this exact fabric, visit my shop here: SHOP

To make this pillowcase, all you need is:

3/4 of a yard of main fabric

1/3 of a yard of secondary fabric

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Start by cutting your fabric. You will need pieces cut to the sizes below:

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Cut your main fabric to be a 41’’ x 26’’ rectangle.

 

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Cut your secondary fabric into a 41’’ x 11’’ rectangle. 

 

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 Now fold your secondary piece of cloth in half, so it measures 41’’ x 5.5’’

Iron.

With right sides together, pin your secondary fabric to the longest edge {41’’} of your main fabric. You want to make sure all rough edges are facing one way.

 

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 Sew with a ¼ inch seam allowance down the length of the pillowcase.

You should be sewing three layers.

Iron the seams.

Now you should have a piece of cloth that measures roughly: 41” x 31”

 

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All that’s left, is to fold, pin, sew, and iron!

FOLD: You now need to fold your pillowcase cloth in half, shortest edge to shortest edge. Fold with right sides together. It should measure about: 20.5’’ x 31.5’’

PIN: Pin everything in place. Make sure all the seams match up. If you are using a striped fabric, you need to be extra careful.

SEW: You are going to sew with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. {right sides together} You will start sewing from the bottom of your main fabric {short side}. then you will sew the length of the entire open long side. DO NOT sew the border {secondary fabric} closed! You are only sewing 2 sides, NOT three. After all, the pillow needs to get in somehow! = )

After you sew, turn it right side out and give it a test fitting. If the pillow seems way to short for the pillowcase, you may want to decrease the length of the pillowcase a little bit. Simply turn it wrong sides out and sew the bottom of the pillowcase, until it reaches your desired length.

IRON: I always like to iron my projects when they are done. It makes me feel accomplished! However, this is totally optional.

CELEBRATE: Woo Hoo! You did it! How does it look? Post a picture of it on my Facebook page. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see it!

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How to hold a ruler in place when cutting fabric

All you are going to need for this project, is a piece of non-slip outdoor rug & mat pad. You can find these at Lowes.com.  You only need a small square of it, so find the smallest roll you can.

My square was about 6’’ x 6’’

I simply folded it in half a free-cut out a heart shape.

You can cut out any shape you like, I choose a heart simply because it was easy to cut out. = )

 

How to keep your ruler in place while cutting fabric. Go look at the rest of the blog! You will leave inspired!

 

How to keep your ruler in place while cutting fabric. Go look at the rest of the blog! You will leave inspired!

And there you have it! All that is left, is to test it out! Put it under your ruler to hold it in place like the pictures below.

 

Easy, right?

 

 

How to keep your ruler in place while cutting fabric. Go look at the rest of the blog! You will leave inspired!

 

How to keep your ruler in place while cutting fabric. Go look at the rest of the blog! You will leave inspired!

 

~Bright Eyes

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