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TARDIS Treat Bag Tutorial
I love October and everything the Halloween season has to offer and thought it would be fun to dust off some old favorite crafts and feature them during the course of this month.
Through Time and Space, or at least from October 2010, it’s the TARDIS Treat Bag Tutorial!
I made this fun bag for my daughter back in her freshman year of high school. This year? She’s a freshman in college and the proud owner of the Doctor Who Stitch Along quilt I completed in August of this year.
To make reliving the Crafts of Halloween Past even more fun for you, I’m offering a challenge with a prize!
At the end of the month, I’ll draw a winner to receive a free copy of Quiltmaker’s Quilts from 100 Blocks, which includes my pattern Corn Maze! Heck, I’ll even sign it, if you like! ;)
Two weeks ago, I told you about Lily, the kitten my sister and her husband adopted after finding her abandoned near my parents’ home out in the country.
This is her story, and our thank you.
We now have all the money we need to pay for Lily’s medical expenses. We might even have a little left over to donate to our local Humane Society.
We quite literally can’t thank you enough.
Click here to learn more about Lily’s story.
Here’s a little something I made for Lily. I was lucky enough to act as her post-surgery kitten sitter this week while my sister and brother-in-law were at work. She was a joy to be with every day and I will miss my mid-day kitten break!
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Marie was my helper for the day!
Have you ever had one of those days where you just really, really needed to get things done? Not a “I have to get this done” day, but a “oh, no, I’m running out of time, I HAVE to get this done!” day?
I had one of those yesterday.
You see, The Linus Connection meets on Saturday, and until yesterday, I did not have one quilt completely finished.
Enter the next five quilts.
I free-motion quilted the two Stars For Linus quilts as well as the blendy floral quilt that I’ve dubbed “Oh no, not *that* quilt.”
I bound those three quilts as well as the other two shown below.
Today? I can barely raise my arms after all that free-motion quilting. Who says quilting isn’t exercise?
Stars For Linus Quilt #1
Stars For Linus Quilt #2
A close-up of my free-motion. I fought with my machine all day yesterday, changing needles, thread and changing my bobbin to get this done. I’m still not great at free-motion, but if I can find the right mix to make my sewing machine (and by default, me!) enjoy it, I think I could get better.
The label I put on each of the Stars For Linus quilts. After all, it was a group effort!
a free 12″ pattern
for best results when printing, set scaling to “none”
Remember, I’m also accepting Wonky Stars…if you’d rather! Please makes sure they are also 12″.
Oh no, not that quilt! I still can’t decide if I like this one or not… Experimentation with fabric samples and the 10 Minute Block.
Zeppelin Threads orphan block quilt. The two house blocks were donated by Cat and Pren. I pieced the rest and did the straight line quilting a couple of weeks ago.
I love how the quilting worked out on this, though you can’t quite see all of it. There’s a lot of stitching in the ditch. I tend to do a lot more straight line quilting because my sewing machine behaves better when I do.
Quilt top donated by JoAnn M. Quilted by my friend Marge, bound by me…yesterday. This was the last quilt I worked on last night before giving up for the day.
Today, I am giving myself the morning off to spend with my bee. I’ve worked extra hard every day this week and am in need of a respite!
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My favorite quilt store, Honey Bee, is participating in American Patchwork & Quilting’s 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge. The first batch of gorgeous handmade pillowcases that Honey Bee has collected is going to the Texas Baptist Children’s Home, located in Round Rock, Texas.
I knew as soon as I heard about it that I wanted to participate.
Early on in the pillowcase drive, Honey Bee had a demo for the “Hot Dog” pillowcase method, which rumor has it is super-duper easy.
Only, I missed the demo. Oops. You see, it was on a Friday at lunch time. Every Friday, I have a date lunch with my awesome hubby, so obviously going to a free pillowcase how-to demo was not going to win out over date lunch!
Well, I’ve made pillowcases before, so I wasn’t too fussed about it. Then, a couple of weeks later, my sewing friends and I had a sewing day at our friend Linda’s house. Osie, who happens to be one of the Goddesses of Honey Bee, was working on pillowcases for the drive and took a few minutes to show us how the mystical “Hot Dog” works.
Hot dog! Seriously, hot dog! This is the easiest, fastest and cleanest-looking pillowcase method I’ve seen. Including the pillowcase used in this tutorial, I’ve now made 11 of these bad boys. So easy, so fun…and excellent for stash busting!
This was not my invention and there are a couple of tutorials floating around out there, but this is too good not to post again. This is my take on the instructions. I hope you enjoy, make lots of pillowcases and donate them to charity! (Oh, okay, you can keep one or two for yourself!)
Pillowcases donated through Honey Bee! The last I heard there were over 200!
Read more on the Honey Bee Blog.
free how-to sheets for the Hot Dog method!
Three lengths of fabric in three coordinating colors. Makes one standard size pillowcase.
You can vary the bun/hot dog size up or down, just make sure that the total yardage between those two is 36″ – 38″. 9 – 12″ for the bun is ideal.
If you use two yards of coordinating fabric, plus 6″ of a third, you can make two coordinating pillowcases with opposite colors!
Trim corners (raw edges only, please!).
Look at that, you made French Seams…no raw edges!
Now, let me know if you’re as addicted to these as I am! This beauty is number 11 and I know I’ll make more. In addition to donating to the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge, they also make great gift bags for quilts!
Need a hardcopy? Printable PDF Tutorial!
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Drum roll please! I have chosen the FIRST EVER sewhooked Sew Awesome Craft!
I’ve made a lot of online craft friends over the years, and I’m always excited when they share their talents with me. One of these wonderful people, hermione_jean on Livejournal, shared a bag with me that has become one of my absolute favorites to carry around.
She then wrote a tutorial so you can make one for yourself!
This bag has particular significance for me because she has incorporated my Hogwarts House patterns into the design.
What do I love about this bag? Well, to start, it’s huge, with a square bottom and awesome long straps for throwing over your shoulder. It’s got a fantastic harlequin design, created with different colored blocks of fabric, with a Hogwarts House crest pieced front and center. The tutorial itself is just COOL and the bag looks like a pinwheel before it’s actually finished.
I hope you enjoy hermione_jean’s awesome bags as much as I do!