Category Archives: Quick and Easy

Cupcakes and Cake Mixes (of the non-food variety)

This is a new product designed to be used with any 5 inch charm square pack and your ten inch layer cake pack. Who doesn’t have a few of these on your shelf!. Again, all the work has been done for you, you just follow the arrows and before you know it, a fabulous looking project appears.  They have been quite popular, we have done a sample up using a charm pack so you get the idea of what the finished project looks like.

 

Adorable Moose Christmas Panel

This project will be very simple. No need to cut anything or add any borders, just layer the panel on top of your batting and backing and start quilting. The panel is a bit whimsy and showcases a festive Moose.

FRIDAY ! FREEBIES A Selection of Free Valentine’s Day Ideas

What inspired this particular FRIDAY ! FREEBIE was this video from Art Gallery Fabrics. It just looks so fun…and easy. What do you think? It made me want to rush to my sewing machine. I always have a box of Strathmore Creative Cards ready to go. If you don’t have any, use some special paper and cut or fold it to card size.

How to make 3 cute Valentine's Day cards quick! Sew Crafty by …

Since valentines day is around the corner we want to inspire you to make cute and fun things! Check out this DIY tutorial where you will learn how to make cute valentines cardsFeaturing: Wonderful Things fabrics by going home to roost (Bonnie Christine)

Posted by Art Gallery Fabrics on Thursday, February 9, 2017

 

Here are some ideas from the Missouri Start Quilt Company. They use Pellon for the backing. If you’re going to stitch over top the hearts, I’d just use glue. However, if you want to put the pieces on without glue, try using Steam-A-Seam Lite 2. It will work well and allow you to move your pieces around on the card stock until you like what you have. Another tip is to save your left over bits of fabrics that already have Pellon or Steam-A-Seam or Heat n Bond. These projects use small pieces that won’t be useful elsewhere. This way, nothing goes to waste. I particularly like the hearts-tree card which you’ll see about the half-way point in the video.

 

If you want to make a heart-shaped bag, I recommend this video by Debbie Shore. You could make this bag in an hour or so for the little person in your life. Make a small one and fill it with chocolate for Valentine’s Day.

We have all your quilting needs at Sweet Pea Quilting. We look forward to seeing you in the store soon.

Happy Quilting!

 

FRIDAY ! FREEBIES Valentine Themed Projects

Don’t be confused. There are two Friday freebies – one here online EVERY Friday called FRIDAY ! FREEBIES and one monthly in-store. The next in-store pattern give away is Friday, February 17th.

 Now, to today’s online version… I thought I’d have trouble finding Valentine’s projects. Not sure why I thought that but I was very wrong. It seems that free Valentine’s patterns are everywhere. I’ve listed a few you might enjoy. Some will take more time than others but you still have time to do some of the simpler ones before the big day.

Take a look and see which you’d like to try for yourself.

Valentine’s Block
You can download the pattern and the block image at the following links.

http://www.quilterscache.com/V/ValentinesBlock.html
http://www.quilterscache.com/images24/valentinestemp.gif

Emily’s heart block.

 

Emily’s Heart Quilt Block
http://lifestyle.howstuffworks.com/crafts/quilting/blocks/emilys-heart-quilt-block.htm

Log Cabin Heart Quilt
http://www.equilters.com/library/holiday/logcabinheart.html

Valentine’s Day Mug Rug by Jacquelynne Steves
https://www.craftsy.com/quilting/patterns/valentine-s-day-mug-rug/228731

One of nine free patterns from craftsy.com

Nine free Valentine’s patterns from Craftsy.com
https://www.craftsy.com/blog/2016/02/handmade-valentine-gifts/

Nice use of applique

Valentine Clothesline Pillow by Amy Smart
http://www.diaryofaquilter.com/2012/01/valentine-throw-pillow-tutorial.html

Photo courtesy of with-heart-and-hands.com

Michele Bilyeu – a whole range of heart shaped patterns
http://www.with-heart-and-hands.com/2013/02/free-heart-quilt-patterns-and-other.html

Photo courtesy of allpeoplequilt.com


Twisted Hearts by designer Avis Shirer
http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/quilt-patterns/wall-quilts/twisted-hearts

You’ll always find a warm welcome at Sweet Pea Quilting. We have all the supplies you need for the projects listed above. Drop in and see what’s new and pick up your creative needs.

FRIDAY ! FREEBIES Elegant Evening Bag from Scraps of Fabric

What can you do with tiny scraps? Today I’ll demonstrate with a free tutorial using scraps, Steam-A-Seam and decorative stitching. You may recognize some of these fabrics from last Friday’s bag.

The end result of all those scraps - an elegant evening bag.

The end result of all those scraps – an elegant evening bag.

Let’s get started.

You’ll need:

  • scraps of fabric that ‘go’ together
  • 12″ X 12″ Steam-A-Seam (you can use iron-on interfacing but you have to create it on the ironing board as pieces will fly as soon as you move them).
  • 12″ X 12″ lining fabric
  • 8″ X 8″ flap fabric, 8″ X 8″ batting, 8″ X 8″ sandwich backing fabric and 8″ X 8″ lining fabric.
  • Coordinating threads
  • Button or pin to embellish, if you want.
Step One: Organize and cut up your scraps.

Step One: Organize and cut up your scraps.

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Be careful cutting the scraps. Without a ruler, it’s easy to cut yourself – as I did.

Step 2: Cut out a piece of Steam-A-Seam in 12″ X 12″. Fortunately, it comes in 12″ widths.

Step 3: Cut a backing fabric of 12″ X 12″

Step 4: Lay Steam-A-Seam on top of the backing fabric with the grid side up. Press lightly (important!). If you press too long you will destroy the second sticking effect of the Steam-A-Seam.

Press Steam-A-Seam Lite 2 on the wrong side of the backing fabric.

Press Steam-A-Seam Lite 2 on the wrong side of the backing fabric.

Step 5: Peel off the grid layer and you’ll feel that the top of your backing fabric is now sticky. Begin placing your scraps at random onto the backing fabric. One of the advantages of Steam-A-Seam is that you can reposition the pieces as you wish since it will stick again.

s10234Step Five: Once you’re satisfied with your layout, iron the fabric scraps on the backing fabric with a more thorough ironing.

5Step Six: Head to the sewing machine. Here’s your chance to practice your free-motion skills. You’ll see that mine aren’t yet that good but with all the fabrics, the lines won’t show too much….fortunately!

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I used shiny gold thread to create a spiral on top of the free motion squiggles (the only word that can describe my messy free motion.)

I used shiny gold thread (on the front) to create a spiral on top of the free motion squiggles (the only word that can describe my messy free motion.)

Step 7: Prepare your flap. The flap measures approximately 8″ X 8″. Cut also batting and a backing fabric in the same size. Also, cut a lining fabric in the same size. To start, quilt the top of the flap. I used some straight lines in green and then did some decorative stitching in gold.

Under side of decorative stitching.

Under side of decorative stitching.

Continue step seven by placing the flap and lining, right sides together and sewing around three sides leave open the side that will attach to the back of the bag.

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Turn and press the flap and do an overcast stitch on the raw edge. I placed the flap about 3" down the back and in the center from right to left. Stitch, press and turn over. Then top stitch.

Turn and press the flap and do an overcast stitch on the raw edge. I placed the flap about 3″ down the back and in the center from right to left.

Stitch, press and turn over. Then top stitch. Don't top stitch all the way up or you'll not be able to apply the lining.

Stitch, press and turn over. Then top stitch. Don’t top stitch all the way up or you’ll not be able to apply the lining.

Step 8: Prepare the lining and, if you want, a pocket. Cut the lining the same size as the bag fabric, 12″ X 12″. If you want a pocket, create one now and sew it to the right side of the lining. Be sure to put it far enough down so it doesn’t conflict with the seam sewing the bag to the lining.

13Step 9: Create a strap for the bag. I couldn’t find a nice metal one so made one from a braid using two strands of necklace leather and one strand of white and gold ribbon. Mine is about 30″ long.

Tip for braiding without help - stick one end under your sewing machine needle and braid from there.

Tip for braiding without help – stick one end under your sewing machine needle and braid from there.

Step 10: Assemble the bag. Sew the side seams on the main fabric and on the lining. I left about 3″ open on one side of the lining so I could turn it inside out later. Attach the straps to the outside of the main fabric at the seams. Now, put the right side of the bag in the pocket made by the lining. The lining will be right side inside and wrong side (seams showing) outside. Be sure the strap, flap and everything is stuffed inside. Now, match the seams of the lining and main fabric all the way around. Sew.

Step 11: Finishing. Turn the bag right side out. Press and then top stitch all the way around the top of the bag. I broke at least one needle sewing over my straps so be careful.

Step 12: Embellish. I started out using a pretty button from my favourite button supplier, Mission Clay Works, but then wasn’t sure if I liked it. Here are some options using various sparkly pins. See which you like best…nothing is also an option since the flap is nicely decorated already.

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Another view of the finished back of the bag.

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Sweet Pea Quilting carries everything you’ll need for this project. I used Steam-A-Seam Lite 2 which provides the stickiness without the bulk. You’ll always receive a warm welcome at Sweet Pea Quilting.

Don’t Forget this Friday’s Free Pattern at Sweet Pea

Friday launch of Friday Freebies is almost here….

The launch of our new pfreepatternquestionrogram is just two days away and we have to say we are excited about it. No purchase required, free patterns given out for one day only, this Friday January 27th.

Buy a kit if you like ours or rummage through your stash. This project sews up quickly, is not complicated and would be suitable for man, woman or child depending on your fabric choice.  

Our fabric choice starts off with an ode to Canada’s upcoming 150th birthday, so this would also make a great gift or a keepsake to commemorate the occasion.

Gail made the store sample and it looks great! This program are meant to inspire you and keep us all quilting, I am confident we will succeed. See you Friday.

You’ll always receive a warm welcome at Sweet Pea Quilting. We’re open Friday from 9:30 to 4:30.

What to do with Steam-A-Seam

I recently took an online course in Landscape Quilting by Gloria Loughman – see review of her book here. She is Australian so when she mentioned Steam-A-Seam, I thought perhaps it was an Australian product. Imagine my delight to find that Alvina had it in stock and knew exactly what it was. I asked her about using Steam-A-Seam and below you’ll find her answer.

Sweet Pea Quilting sells Steam-A-Seam by the meter.

Sweet Pea Quilting sells Steam-A-Seam by the meter.

There are numerous types of this product available. Some work better than others.

I prefer Steam-A-Seam Lite 2 for two specific reasons.

  1. You can temporarily affix it to your project, put your project up on a display wall and the pieces will not fall off. That is not the case for a few other varieties on the market, they do not temporarily stick to your project.
  2. Steam A Seam Lite 2  is also very thin. So if your project has numerous layers of fusible webbing in one section, it does not become too stiff. So for example if you were appliqueing a bird, you would have numerous colours or shades of colours and some would overlap the other. Other products are thicker so your project gets bulkier and then does not lay flat. Too bulky making quilting it a bit difficult too as the threads will break if you are going through too many layers.
By Gloria Loughman - The layers and contours are made possible by the use of Steam-A-Seam.

By Gloria Loughman – The layers and contours are made possible by the use of Steam-A-Seam.

A tip from Alvina:
Since all Fusible Webbing does not apply the same , have the same shelf life or are the same thickness, keep a label that identifies which brand and type you are using. That way, when you go to use it, your entire project will finish the same. If you mix and match with scraps you have at home you never know what the end result will be.

I decided to try this product last weekend. A friend had received a new-to-her Pfaff sewing machine for Christmas and needed a refresher course in using it. It was several steps up from her last machine. After introducing her to various functions of the machine, we decided to make some tote bags.  You can imagine the fun – us sitting side by side with our machines, cutting, ironing and sewing these bags.

Never content to do something simple when something decorative is possible and because the fabric was just a bit short, I decided to do a special appliqued pocket. I cut a section of the paisley form from the fabric, using Steam-A-Seam to apply it to the pocket, ironed it in place and then sewed around it. To make it further complicated, I did two rows of couching with coordinated fabric around the outside, a decorative metallic stitch pattern in between and then added a bit of metallic thread to the paisley form.

Close-up of applique using Steam-A-Seam

Close-up of applique using Steam-A-Seam

We lined our bags in whatever was available in my stash – orange for me and beige for my friend and added buttons. I’ve mentioned these buttons before – they are hand-made ceramic buttons from ceramic artist, Molly Magid (www.missionclayworks.com). Each year when she sells at the Christmas market, I stock up.

Somewhat the worse for wear after a long day of sewing and tea drinking, I hold bags for both of us.

Somewhat the worse for wear after a long day of sewing and tea drinking, I hold bags for both of us.

You’ll always receive a warm welcome at Sweet Pea Quilting. Come in and ask Alvina about your project and how you can incorporate Steam-A-Seam.

 

 

 

 

New Wide Quilt Backing – Fireside

Today we want to tell you about a fairly new-to-the-market product, called Fireside. It is a 100% polyester product, 60 inches wide so suitable for quilt backings. It is similar to Minky, but better.

A selection of Fireside Colours

A selection of Fireside Colours

New technology makes it soft and cuddly
It feels like cotton even though it is not. What makes it different? In the normal manufacturing process of polyester plush fabrics like fleece or Minky, all of the threads are straight,  similar to what your front lawn looks like. Lots and lots of blades of grass standing straight. With Fireside, the threads curl, that curl gives Fireside  a more rounded finish. Your finished project is soft and cuddly.

Easier to Use
For those of you who quilt your projects yourself,  I am told this product is easier to quilt with than Minky. From a Long Arm Quilting stand point, we have quilted numerous quilts using Fireside and they turn out beautiful. Both products weigh about the same so not worry that your quilt will be heavy.

In Stock Now
We stock this product in the store and have it in a variety of colours from soft pink to charcoal. There are 40 colours in total so lots of variety with this product. Try some out on your next quilt project, we are pretty sure you will like it.

Come in to the store and check out this product. You’ll always receive a warm welcome.

 

 

 

 

Two New Quilting Inspiring Things in Store

Who doesn’t love something free? Our first new store event/s is our monthly free pattern. You have to come in to the store to get it but we all know that a trip to Sweet Pea Quilting is a delight.

Welcome to Sweet Pea Quilting in Parksville, BC

Welcome to Sweet Pea Quilting in Parksville, BC

FREE PATTERNS
Join us at the store Friday January 27th 2017 for the launch of our new free pattern program. Each month on a selected date, which we will announce in advance, we will be giving a free pattern. No purchase required; we are just giving it away.

Come on in, pick up your free pattern. While you are there, see what fabrics we chose as we will always have a finished store sample on display.

If you like our sample, kits will be available. Wanting to use up your stash, no problem we are just trying to inspire you to continue to quilt. Something new each month might just do that. The project will never too big or complicated. Stay tuned each month as we will post on Facebook as well as send out an email to store customer’s giving you plenty of notice when our Free Pattern Friday will be.

WITH GLOWING HEARTS – Celebrating a 150 years of Canada

Trend-Tex-Fabrics introduces an exciting quilting challenge featuring their exclusive fabric collection designed by Canadian Grace Noël and produced by Moda. Winning quilts will be displayed at International Fall Quilt Market 2017.

With Glowing Hearts Fabrics

With Glowing Hearts Fabrics

The good news is that we have these fabrics in stock right now. Alvina and Gail have made a quilt from a selection of these.

Glowing Hearts Quilt

Glowing Hearts Quilt

Happy Quilting! We look forward to seeing you soon and serving your creative needs in 2017.

 

 

 

 

FRIDAY ! FREEBIES – Perfect Mitered Corners

Happy New Year Quilters! Just think of all the wonderful projects you can do this year. When I first came to quilting I noticed that a lot of quilts were finished with side bindings and then bottom and top bindings. I was more used to using mitered corners on projects. If you’re struggling with perfect mitered corners, then I have some videos to share with you. All of these are free and offer excellent and clear instructions.

The first video, one I used recently, is by Kimberly of the Fat Quarter Shop. I like this one because it’s very clear and also tells you how to do multiple borders all at once.

While I think the first video is the clearest, you may find something additional in this one from Fons and Porter. Again, they mainly talk about adding mitered borders.

The next video tells you how to add a mitered binding. It’s by Sara Gallegos of Baby Lock. Again, the instructions are very clear and I like the way she ends the binding – easier than some other methods I’ve seen. I wish I’d seen it before I did some placemats recently. This method is easy and will give you a very professional looking finish.

Hope these videos encourage you to try some mitered corners. Enjoy and happy quilting!