Ludlow // Classic Quilted Handbag

We have a project for you today that’s perfect for Date Night!

These purses were made using our lovely Ludlow collection and the Classic Quilted Handbag pattern from Liberty Love by Alexia Marcelle Abegg. We are over the moon for these!

Take a look at the gorgeous quilting on these bags. We especially love the detail of threading the matching strap through the purse chain. We’d like one for every day of the week, please!

Ludlow is in stores now! Grab some at your local quilt shop or find it online.

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Emerson // Free Sunburst Quilt Pattern

Do you remember our lovely Oh Happy Day! Sunburst Quilt from May? Well, we thought that our brand new Emerson collection would look just as stunning – we had to make it up! Plus, it’s a free patten… so we really couldn’t go wrong.

We had a fun rooftop photoshoot with this quilt. Check out photos of our Emerson version of the Sunburst Quilt below, and download the FREE pattern here! This quilt pattern was designed by Lynne Goldsworthy of Lily’s Quilts.

And did we mention that Emerson is now starting to ship to stores?! Ask for it at your local quilt shop, or find it online.

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Fourth of July Wiksten Tank

We shared a tutorial for the Stars & Stripes Table Runner on Friday, and we have another fun Fourth of July project idea for you today!

Why not whip up a quick tank in red, white, and blue?! We used the Pinstripe in Red from Seaworthy for this tank, and accented it with the Stars in Navy on the pocket. We also used the Stars for the bias binding along the neckline and armholes, and even the hem! Sometimes it can be a little tricky to sew a curved hem, so we usually like to use bias binding there instead.

The pattern is one of our go-tos – the Wiksten Tank.

So excited to wear this on the 4th. These prints are in stores now, so be sure to snag some soon – there’s still time to make one of these easy tanks for yourself!

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Fourth of July “Stars & Stripes” Tutorial

Erin Schlosser is visiting the Dear Stella blog today, and she’s sharing a tutorial that’s perfect for the Fourth of July! Erin used our Ludlow collection to make a patriotic table runner and coordinating place mats, and we love how they turned out.

Ludlow is in stores now – ask for it at your local quilt shop or find it online!


STARS AND STRIPES TABLE RUNNER & PLACEMATS

designed by Erin Schlosser – Schlosser Designs

To make the table runner and 4 coordinating placemats you’ll need the following materials and notions:

• 1/4 yard (or Fat Quarter) of EACH Ludlow print
• 1 1/2 yards of Confetti Dot  – White
• 2 yards of Ludlow Floral – Navy for backing
• 2/3 yard of Calico – Scarlet for binding
• Paper backed fusible fabric adhesive
• Quilt batting
• Coordinating thread
• Fabric marking pen/pencil
• Small and Medium Star Templates (click here to download)

CUT THE FOLLOWING FOR TABLE RUNNER:

From each of the 7 blue prints:

(1) 6 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ rectangle
(2) 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ rectangles

From the background fabric:

Cut (3) 2 1/2″ x WOF strips and sub cut into:

(4) 2 1/2″ x 5″ rectangles
(2) 2 1/2″ x 8″ strips
(4) 2 1/2″ x 14 1/2″ strips

Cut (3) 2 1/2″ x WOF strips. Piece together along the 2 1/2″ edges and cut to make (2) 2 1/2″ x 49″ strips.

Cut (3) 3″ x WOF strips. Piece together along the 3″ edges and cut to make (2) 49″ strips.

Cut (1) 1 1/2″ x WOF strip.
Sub cut (28) 1 1/2″ squares

TABLE RUNNER DIRECTIONS:

To make the stripe points start by marking a diagonal line on each of the (28) 1 1/2″ squares. This will be on the wrong side of the fabric. Pin 1 square to a side of each 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ rectangle cut from the blue fabric.

Carefully stitch directly on the inside of this line.

Trim the excess fabric off the corner leaving a 1/4″ seam.

Fold up the background triangle and press well.

Then place another 1 1/2″ square on the opposite corner of the blue rectangle.

Pin and stitch as before. Trim the excess fabric leaving a 1/4″ seam, fold the background triangle up, and press.

Match up each one of these blocks with their coordinating 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ blue print rectangle. Stitch each small rectangle to the ends of the larger one to make each stripe block.

To make the runner we’ll use the following diagram to piece the completed stripe blocks with the background pieces we’ve previously cut:

When the piecing is completed, go ahead and make a quilt sandwich with your backing fabric, quilt batting, and pieced top. Quilt as desired, then trim excess batting and backing fabric.

To add the stars trace 10 Medium star shapes onto the PAPER side of the fusible fabric adhesive. If you haven’t yet downloaded the star templates, click here.

Iron this to the back of the red fabric, carefully cut around each star shape, then peel off the paper backing.

Align these stars up with the stripe blocks as shown below:


Iron into place, then use an appliqué or zig-zag stitch to secure the star shapes.

Using the marking pen, make a mark at the center of each short side. Measure down 7 1/2″ from each corner and make a mark at both points as shown in the Diagram. Cut a diagonal line connecting the center mark to each side mark as shown to make diamond points on the ends of the table runner.

Bind the table runner and enjoy!

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COORDINATING PLACEMATS

CUT THE FOLLOWING FOR 4 PLACEMATS:

From 4 blue prints:

(1) 6 1/4″ x 2 1/2″ rectangle
(1) 2 1/4″ x 2 1/2″ rectangle
(2) 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ rectangles

From the background fabric:

(4) 13″ x 13″ squares
(4) 2 1/2″ x 13″ strips
(4) 3 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ rectangles
(16) 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ squares

To make the stripe points start by marking a diagonal line on each of the (28) 1 1/2″ squares. This will be on the wrong side of the fabric. Pin 1 square to a side of each 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ rectangle cut from the blue fabric.

Carefully stitch directly on the inside of this line. Trim the excess fabric off the corner leaving a 1/4″ seam, fold up the background triangle and press well.

Then place another 1 1/2″ square on the opposite corner of the blue rectangle. Pin and stitch as before. Trim the excess fabric leaving a 1/4″ seam, fold the background triangle up, and press.

Make each stripe strip as shown below:

Attach the 13″ background fabric square to the left side of the stripe strip and the 2 1/2″ background fabric rectangle to the right side of the strip to complete the place mat top.

Quilt as desired then trim excess batting and backing fabric.

To add the stars, trace 4 small star shapes (download template here) to the PAPER side of the fusible fabric adhesive. Iron this to the back of the red fabric, carefully cut around each star shape, then peel off the paper backing.

Align these stars up, centered within the stripe points as shown below:


Iron into place, then use an appliqué or zig-zag stitch to secure the star shapes down.

To add some visual interest use a colored thread to stitch a few vertical lines on each placemat. (I used a 12 wt. thread and size 16 needle in the machine to stitch mine.)

Bind and enjoy!

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Summer 2014 Bucket List!

This Saturday marks the first day of summertime! We are definitely aware that summer is starting… 90° days have been the norm for us in NYC this week. Even though sometimes it can be too hot to handle, we really do love those lazy summer days. Here’s a fun list of things to do to get you pumped for the most carefree season!

1. Head to the beach (duh!). Need a beach quilt to lay out on? Look no further than our awesome Pinwheel Beach Quilt tutorial by Modern Handcraft.

2. Escape the heat and hit up a museum.

3. No matter where you are, you can’t escape the World Cup. Might as well embrace it!

4. Get festive for the Fourth! We’ll be sharing a couple projects, including a tutorial tomorrow, that will be perfect to whip up for Independence Day.

5. Check out your local park and see if they offer outdoor summer movies. Here’s a roundup of all the free outdoor movies around NYC this summer!

6. Go on a bike ride. Here’s our fun bike print from Nutmeg:

7. No matter the day, BBQing is always a good idea.

8. Road trip! Make a mix of your favorite music and roll the windows down.

9. Sew for your summer wardrobe. Why don’t you try the Riding Peplum pattern from April Rhodes? We used our Spring Street collection for this one:

10. Go sailing!

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