Posted on June 08, 2013 by Jenn Thurston | 0 comments
Ever wonder what to do with your selvages? I was in desperate need of some coasters, so I thought why not make them a little interesting!
Here's a quick and informal tutorial on how to use your selvages to make coasters. I began by taking some scrap fabric or muslin and cut them into 5" squares.
Take a ruler, line up the 45 degree line with the corner of the 5" square. Mark with a pen (I used a Frixon pen, but you could use something permanent since the selvage will be covering up the line).
Grab a handful of those selvages you've been hoarding (come on, no point in denying it....). I only used 7 or 8 different strips, they stretch surprisingly far!
Place the first selvage aligning the top with the line you just marked.
Place the next selvage above the first selvage (both selvages facing up), overlapping slightly so that when the top stitch line is sewn both selvages are sewn down. Stitch close to the edge of the lower portion of the second selvage.
Continue to layer the next selvage in line slightly above the selvage just sewn, stitch close to the edge making sure both selvages are sewn down with that stitch line.
Continue until the whole square is completely covered with selvages. Here is a picture of the front and back. That's it, now all you have to do is cut them into the desired size (I used a final size of 4.5" x 4.5"), make a quilt sandwich with backing and batting, quilt as desired and bind!
Who couldn't use some new coasters?? I know I did!
Posted on June 03, 2013 by Jenn Thurston | 0 comments
Check out Bonnie and Camille's newest line Happy Go Lucky. Every line they come out with I think "this is my favorite one", then they out do themselves on the next line! This one is exceptionally nice because they added a navy to make a pop of color. I made a sample quilt for our store using two charm packs and some white fabric. The quilt pattern can be found in the book Fresh Fabric Treats, very easy and fun to make.
So fun in fact, that I used the few charm squares I had remaining from the quilt to make a pillow. For the pillow cover I cut the charms into 2.5" squares and used the same wonky star technique. Like I said really fun to make, I'm sure this is not the last wonky start object you'll see from me!
The colors in this line are so stunning, yellow, navy and of course red and aqua.
You really must check it out soon, with a line this delicious it will certainly be gone soon!