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Butterfly Block | Dandy Drive Sew Along

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Happy Friday! Wow, that was a ton of HST's in last weeks block! The good news is that our last unit is the butterfly block and it's simple. This block is an easy sew and a great way to use up a few scraps. You will need to complete 6 blocks to complete the Dandy Drive Quilt. Each block will measure 15 1/2" square unfinished and 15" finished. I'm only going to give you a sneak peak of … [Read more...]

Quilt Wrangler in Training | Meet Tucker

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Theres a new quilt wrangler in town. Meet Tucker, a little french bulldog that has completely taken over our world. Last week we welcomed 13 pounds of pure chaos into our lives and it is quickly becoming clear that he loves everything fabric. From small scraps on the floor, to snuggling up under my quilts, he clearly was meant for us. Tucker the Quilt Wrangler   We all know that … [Read more...]

Flower Stem Block Dandy Drive Sew Along

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Today is about the halfway point in the Dandy Drive Sew Along and things are really starting to come together. Now that I have my flower stem block finished I can really see the big picture and am excited to get to the finish line. HST's are the base of the flower stem block. This easy design is very common in quilting and can be stitched several different ways. Since my Baby Lock Destiny … [Read more...]

How to use an Applique Detail | Sewing Term

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Appliqué - noun a cutout decoration fastened to a larger piece of material The word applique is French, the past participle form of the verb appliquer (to put on). An applique is a decorative element added to a sewn item, such as: quilts skirts shirt pockets banners and signs home decor items Tips for Adding an Applique Detail-   The most common way to … [Read more...]

Dandy Drive Flower Block | Sew Along

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You know I love to sew with friends so when Pat Sloan & Sarah Maxwell asked me to a ride on the Dandy Drive, I was all in! Last week I shared my 9 patch blocks which I used as the center of my flowers. Here is a quick look back but you can see more here. Today is all about turning those blocks into flowers! These blocks are a great way to practice your points. I kept my … [Read more...]

Lock Stitch | Sewing Term

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Lock Stitch - noun a sewing-machine stitch in which two threads are locked together at small intervals A lock stitch is actually a very fundamental stitch on any sewing machine - when the machine makes single stitches, the top and bottom threads “lock” together, keeping them secure in the fabric. If you can sew a straight stitch on your sewing machine then you are probably already … [Read more...]

Hexagons | Quilting Shape

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Hexagons are shapes with six sides - they can be used on their own or combined to make flowers and other shapes for quilt blocks. This traditional block shape has been around for generations, but never manages to go out of style. How to make Hexagon Quilt Shapes:   Wrap fabric around pre made paper templates (or make your own with freezer paper) and English Paper Piecing techniques to … [Read more...]

Dandy Drive Sew Along | 9 Patch

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It's always fun to sew with friends so when Pat Sloan & Sarah Maxwell asked me to join the fun of the Dandy Drive, I was all in! Each week, I'll be sharing a few pictures of my blocks for the Dandy Drive quilt. I'll be keeping my version scrappy in hopes to clear out my stash becuase let's face it, I want an excuse to buy more fabric!! It will be fun to stitch together and watch this … [Read more...]

Bias Grainline Basics | Sewing Term

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  Bias Grainline- noun   a line diagonal to the grain of a fabric; especially :  a line at a 45 degree angle to the selvage often utilized in the cutting of garments for smoother fit Fabric cut on the bias has a stretchier and has more of a flowy functionality than fabric cut on the straight grain. Bias-cut fabrics can be useful in garments, though sewing with them is … [Read more...]