Oct 18, 2011

Free Pattern "Pumpkin Treat"

Here's a simple, quick, wall hanging in time for the holidays. Finished size: 9-1/2" wide x 10-1/2" long.
Material Needed
One 3" x 6-1/2" piece for pumpkin center.
Two 2" x 6-1/2" pieces for pumpkin sides.
One 1" x 2" green piece for stem.
One green 4" square for leaf.
Binding-Two strips 2-1/2" by width of fabric.
Backing- One 13" x 14" piece.
Thin cotton batting- One 12-1/2" x 13-1/2" piece.
Background fabric- One strip 2-3/4" by width of fabric. Cut this strip into (1) 2-3/4" x 9-1/2" piece for top border, (2) 2-1/4" x 6-1/2" pieces for side borders, and (1) 2-1/4" x 9-1/2" for bottom border, and four 2" squares. NOTE: The top border is wider than the remaining three borders. This is not a typographical error.
Sewing Instructions: Use 1/4" seam allowance for all piecing unless otherwise instructed. Sew the long sides of the pumpkin center and sides together as shown in picture. Press seams to one side.
Draw a diagonal line on the back of the four 2" background squares. Using the picture below as a guide place a marked square on each corner of the pieced pumpkin. Stitch on the drawn line of each square. Fold each square back over the stitched line and press creating corner triangles as shown in the picture.

Border and finishing: Sew the side borders to the pumpkin. Press seams to the border. Sew the top and bottom border on remembering the 2-3/4" wide border goes on top. Press seams to the border. On the 1" x 2" stem cut a 60 degree angle on one short end. This doesn't have to be exact. Place the stem as shown on the top of the pumpkin with the bottom end below the top border seam by 1/4". Using the raw edge applique method sew 1/16" to 1/8" around the inside edge of the stem.

Click on the leaf diagram below to highlight it. Right click on picture for options and click on  print picture. The image will have to be enlarged to the specified measurements. Trace the leaf image onto a piece of template plastic. Cut out on the traced line. Place the template on the wrong side of the 4" green square. Trace around the template. Cut out on the traced line. Using the finished picture above as a guide pin the leaf in place. Sew 1/16" to 1/8" around the inside edge of the leaf. 
Layer the batting between the pieced top and backing. Pin or baste layers together. Quilt as desired. The sample was machine quilted in the ditch in the center pumpkin seams, around the pumpkin, and around the stem and leaf. Using your favorite method add a hanging sleeve and the binding.
If you have any questions or find an error in this pattern feel free to contact me at jaybeehive@yahoo.com 
I promise I wont keep your email address or contact you unless you ask me to.  
Enjoy the holidays!

Sep 28, 2011

Sharing a New Pattern.

I would like to introduce my new pattern to you. Stepping Stones measures 16-1/2" x 48-1/2". A table runner to spark any holiday.

All of my patterns can be viewed at http://www.quiltersfun.com/
Hope everyone is keeping busy. As for me, too busy but loving it.
Happy sewing,

Sep 7, 2011

Signature Quilt Idea

I was invited to a 70th birthday party for a special friend some time ago. I decided to make a signature quilt as a gift. Actually it was a table topper. At the party the adult guests signed the front of the quilt. There were many little ones at the party that couldn't write yet. That's when I came up with the idea to have the adults trace around their little hands on the back of the quilt and print their names in the tracing. It was a big success. I'm glad I used a muslin backing. Unfortunately I didn't think to take a picture and my friend has since passed away.
This is a short post as I'm still trying to get my new patterns from the drawing board to a finished sample.
Till next time. Happy quilting.

Aug 17, 2011

New Pattern

Introducing my newest pattern "Sonoran Symphony". It measures 41-1/2" x 57-1/2". Look for it on my web site at http://www.quiltersfun.com/ under the southwestern category.

Thanks for visiting.

Aug 11, 2011

Sharing a Tip and News

I keep a scissor on my ironing board at all times to cut loose threads or trim dog ears, etc. I'm having to move them often when ironing large pieces. The solution? Tie one end of a ribbon around one finger hole of the scissor and pin the opposite end to the edge of the ironing board cover. It's hanging there and ready to use.
Well off to the drawing board. I have to put my creative juices to work.
Enjoy the day. Life is good.
~ Joan ~

Jul 13, 2011

What Have I Been Up To?

I use the summer to design new patterns. One of my new patterns is "Cross Tracks", shown below. This is a 36-1/2" x 36-1/2" table topper or wall quilt. After the covers are printed I'll add it to my web site.

All for now.
Thanks for visiting.

Jun 24, 2011

Free Pattern "Scrappy Framed Stars"

Another idea on how to use up your stash of scraps. A simple Ohio Star framed in different colors.

Block measures 8" x 8" finished.
For each block cut:
Corner squares "A" (4) 2-1/2" squares of different colors.
Flying Geese unit "B" (4) 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" rectangles of different colors.
From white fabric cut:
Star points "C" (8) 2-1/2" squares.
Center of star "D" (1) 4-1/2" square.

Flying Geese units. Draw a diagonal line on the back of the (8) "C" squares. Place a marked "C" square on one end of a "B" rectangle, right sides together. Sew on the line.
Fold the bottom left corner of the "C" square back over the seam toward the top right corner and press. Cut the center layer of fabric in the corner off leaving a 1/4" seam allowance.

With right sides facing place a marked "C" square on the opposite side of the rectangle. Sew on the line. Fold back over the seam, press and cut center layer away as previously instructed.
The finished unit should look like the diagram below.

Using the remaining "B" and "C" pieces make three more Flying Geese units.
Rows 1 and 2: Sew an "A" square on opposite sides of a Flying Geese unit. Press seams toward the "A" squares. Repeat one more time.

Center row: Sew a Flying Geese unit to opposite sides of the "D" square. Press seams toward the "D" square.
Using the diagram below as a guide sew the rows together. Press seams to one side.

Below are finished projects using the Scrappy Framed Star blocks.

For the table runner I recommend using 12" square blocks and maybe adding a border.
For a finished 12" square block cut:
Corner squares "A" (4) 3-1/2" squares of different colors.
Flying Geese unit "B" (4) 3-1/2" x 6-1/2" rectangles of different colors.
From white fabric cut:
Star points "C" (8) 3-1/2" squares.
Center of star "D" (1) 6-1/2" square.

I wonder what these blocks would look like on the diagonal?
Happy stitching and once again thanks for visiting.

Apr 9, 2011

" Placemat Purse " Fun and Easy

Here's a quick project. I purchased this quilted placemat at a Walmart department store for $ 4.00. To make the purse set the placemat on a table with your choice of the right side facing down and the rectangle vertical. Fold the bottom up to one third from the top as shown in the photo below. The arrows are to show where the bottom edge of the placemat is after the fold.
NOTE: The fold dimensions are approximate. Depending on your placemat design you may want the fold shorter or longer. Sew the side edges together. Add Velcro as shown. Another option is to use snaps for closures.
Fold the top down. The photo below shows the finished project. Try experimenting with handles from a craft store, or add fabric straps. To keep it simple leave it as is. A clutch purse.

This makes a great gift. Something to think about. Why not make one and fill it with goodies for a special some one as a thank you.

Feb 23, 2011

Free Quilt Pattern "Flower Garden"

Block measures 6" x 10" finished
Here's a great way to use up your stash.

Label your pieces as you cut them.
For each block cut:
Flower color-Red "A" (1) 2-1/2" x 3-1/2"
Flower color-Red "C" (2) 2-1/2" x 4-1/2"
Green "D" (3) 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" squares
Green "E" (2) 3-1/4" x 3-1/4" squares
Yellow "B" (1) 1-1/2" x 2-1/2"
White "F" (2) 3-1/4" x 3-1/4" squares
White "G" (6) 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" squares

Step 1- Sew the "A" and "B" pieces together for the flower center. Press to the darker color.

Step 2- Flying Geese units. Draw a diagonal line on the back of (2) "D" and (2) "G" squares. Place a marked "G" square on one end of a "C" rectangle, right sides together. Sew on the line.
Fold the "G" square back over the seam and press. Cut the center layer of fabric in the corner off leaving a 1/4" seam allowance.

With right sides facing sew a marked "D" square on the opposite side of the unit. Fold back, press and cut center layer away as previously instructed.

Repeat instructions but reverse placement of squares as shown in the picture.

Step 3- Half-Square Triangles (Make 4)
Draw a diagonal line on the back of (2) "F" squares. Place a marked square on top of an "E" square, right sides facing. Sew 1/4" from each side of the drawn line, then cut apart on the line. Press seam to the dark fabric. Cut off the dog ears.

Trim the half-square triangles to measure 2-1/2" square. Note: The 45 degree line on the ruler is on the diagonal seam.

Step 4- Sew a flying geese to each side of the flower center. Press seams to the center.

Step 5- Sew a "G" square to a half-square triangle. Repeat one more time turning the half-square triangle to match the picture. Press seams to the "G" squares.

Sew these sections to each side of the flower. Notice placement in picture. Press seams to the side sections.

Step 6- Bottom row. Sew the remaining pieces together as shown in picture. Press seams to one side.

Join the bottom row to the piced flower. Press seam to the bottom row. This completes one block.

I designed a quilt in EQ5 to show one option on how these blocks can be used. Adding a sashing and narrow border brought it all together.

2010 Jay Bee Designs copyrighted material. All rights reserved.
If you have any questions or find an error feel free to contact me at jaybeehive@yahoo.com
Enjoy and happy stitching,

Feb 14, 2011

Simple Scrappy Quilting Ideas

Whenever I have any spare time I like to go through my fabric scraps and cut them into 2-1/2" squares and 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" pieces.  The following are three of my versions on how to use these pieces. One unit is made for all three. To make the unit sew two 2-1/2" squares together. Press seam to one side. Sew a 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" neutral color to the pieced squares. See photo below. I did keep the neutral colors the same but it's not necessary.
The following pictures show the three ways to use this unit in a quilt.
Option #1-Sew units in horizontal rows.

Option #2-Flip every other unit to create a zig-zag effect.

Option #3-Referring to the picture place the units to create what I call positive and negative scrappy squares.
I had more fun with this. I think I'll go cut more scraps.
Another idea! Why not get together with friends and have a cutting party. Everybody cuts the same size and swaps fabrics they don't have.
Happy stitching,

Jan 10, 2011

Sharing Tips

I've done one wool applique and found that I could really get hooked on it. I just read somewhere that to keep the wool applique pieces in place you can put a small piece of fusible webbing on the back and fuse them in place. I'll call it fusible basting. I love that I don't have to worry about frayed edges or having to turn the edges under. It goes quicker than fabric applique.
The pictures below show a way to use a lipstick case as a  holder for bobbins of different colored threads. Add this to your applique travel kit. The lipstick case was bought at a Dollar Store.


When I have more time I might play with using wool in place of fabric on a fabric applique pattern. It's a thought. Has anyone tried this?
Thanks for visiting. I will now move on to getting my tax records in order for our CPA. Yuck! I'd rather be quilting.