Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Accuquilt Go Big Blog Hop...Double Wedding Ring Block

Hi everyone! I am SEW excited to share this blog post with you today. I have been asked by the Accuquilt Go company to be part of the Go Big! Blog Hop. There are 10 other bloggers in this hop, so I hope you can "hop" over to their blogs too and see the wonderful projects that they've shared. Links to their blogs are at the end of this tutorial.


I know some of you are familiar with the AccuQuilt Go and all the fabulous dies they have to go with it, but AccuQuilt has rocked the quilting world with 2 new features...a larger size unit that cuts up to a 12 inch die and...wait for it...IT'S ELECTRIC!!!!! The machine does all the work, so it's easy on your arm!!

Accuquilt Go Big Electric!!!

AccuQuilt Go Big

The unit packs a punch, but it's still streamline and small enough to store away if you don't leave it out full time in your sewing room.

AccuQuilt Go Big

It folds up to just 5 1/2 inches wide and has a handle to carry it to a friend's house, retreat or quilting class.

AccuQuilt Go Big

When you're ready to use it, it lays down on the table...

AccuQuilt Go Big

and with one hinged section...

AccuQuilt Go Big

lays flat and you are ready to GO!!!

AccuQuilt Go Big

Easy access on the front for the on/off switch and has a safety light too. When it thinks fingers are in the way, it won't run.

AccuQuilt Go Big

The opening for the die to roll through is very large.

AccuQuilt Go Big

It's over 14 inches across. Perfect for all the new 12 inch dies and for other size dies you may already own.

AccuQuilt Go Big

Here is the new large 12 inch double wedding ring die that I've chose to demonstrate for you.

AccuQuilt Go Big

but all other dies work great too...like this 10 inch clam shell.

AccuQuilt Go Big

or even 2 different 6 inch dies at once.

Talk about a time saver, cutting 2 different quilts at the same time!

AccuQuilt Go Big

Now that I've shown you the actual unit, let's get started with the die that I've chosen and some tips and tricks with using it. NOTE: I was given the unit and the die from AccuQuilt and the fabric from Andover, but the opinions about everything in this post are my own, honest words.

AccuQuilt Go Big

Here is the Double Wedding Ring die that I selected. I've never sewn a Double Wedding ring block before, because I was always intimidated with cutting all the parts and pieces with a template.

This die cuts all those curves and different sized pieces in seconds.

AccuQuilt Go Big

Here is the beautiful fabric sent from Andover from their Downton Abbey line. I just love it!! The fabric that is...I love the show too, but I'm so far behind watching it, I have to catch up!!

AccuQuilt Go Big

I only added the white for the contrast fabric.

AccuQuilt Go Big

I measured all the pieces on the die to see how wide I needed to cut the fabric.

AccuQuilt Go Big

Lay fabric over the die shapes that are clearly marked in a light gray color.

The unit can take up to SIX layers of fabric!!

AccuQuilt Go Big

Cover with cutting mat...

AccuQuilt Go Big

and just send it through the opening on the unit.

AccuQuilt Go Big

It automatically goes through the rollers itself, pressing the blades through the fabric up against the cutting mat.

AccuQuilt Go Big

Just catch it on the other side.

AccuQuilt Go Big

Cuts in just seconds!!

AccuQuilt Go Big

Here are the shapes you need for the block...

AccuQuilt Go Big

but here are the scraps that you can use to cut more shapes.

AccuQuilt Go Big

One of those elongated football shapes can fit in the extra side pieces.

AccuQuilt Go Big

Just cut up the scraps and lay them over the shape you need.

AccuQuilt Go Big

When I'm just cutting one of the smaller shapes on a bigger die (not every shape on the die), I place one of my smaller cutting mats over the area to be cut.  I'll explain why in a different photo in the post.

AccuQuilt Go Big

Now I have more shapes cut from just scraps.

AccuQuilt Go Big

Now for the other shapes on the die that make up the ring. I cut my fabric strips at 3 1/2 inches wide to cover all the shapes.

AccuQuilt Go Big

I'm using a scrappy look to my block, so I layered different fabrics at the same time.

Here's another fabric saving tip.

Keep the selvedge edges at the top and...

AccuQuilt Go Big

and the folded edges at the bottom where the fold will NOT be cut by another shape.

AccuQuilt Go Big

Layered on, ready to be cut.

AccuQuilt Go Big

Here's why I use a smaller cutting mat for smaller areas on a big die.

I am just cutting those few shapes and I'm thinking it might save the blades on the other shapes when I'm not using them. I know there wouldn't be any fabric in there with the large cutting mat, but it's just a thought!

Accuquilt Go Big

Here are all the cut shapes for the rings of the block.

AccuQuilt Go Big

This is the excess folded fabric.

AccuQuilt Go Big

Cut the folded edge away...

AccuQuilt Go Big

Open it up, iron flat and lay it on your desired shape to be cut. You'll get 6 more pieces from scraps!

AccuQuilt Go Big

Here is the wedding ring block laid out, waiting to be sewn...

double wedding ring block

This is the finished block!! My first one. I know it's not perfect and the iron was my best friend, but I LOVE IT!!  I will share a separate post on how to assemble a block in a day or two. There were lots of pictures and would have made this post too long.

I was going to just quilt this one block, bind it and use it as a place mat or a decorative mat under a candle, tray or on a side table. However, I love the fabric from Andover and the Downton Abbey line,  so I'm thinking I might make more rings and see how big I can get this!!

If you click HERE, you can sew your own Double Wedding Ring Table Runner with AccuQuilts free pattern!!

double wedding ring block


This is the list for the other Blog Hoppers. Please stop by and visit all the different blocks and projects they are sharing!! So many wonderful women sharing their talents.

Monday Feb. 23rd: Bea Lee - http://www.beaquilter.com/ - GO! Big Snails Trail – 12” Finished
Tuesday Feb. 24th – Haley Pierson Cox – The Zen of Making - http://www.thezenofmaking.com/ - GO! Big Circle – 4”, 6”, 7”, 8”
Wednesday Feb. 25th – Lee Monroe - http://www.maychappell.com/ - GO! Big Double Wedding Ring – 12 ½” Finished
Thursday Feb. 26th – Angela Pingel – Cut To Pieces - http://cuttopieces.blogspot.com/ - GO! Big Churn Dash – 12” Finished
Friday Feb. 27th – Jodi Nelson – Pleasant Home - http://www.pleasant-home.com/ - GO! Big Square – 10” (9 ½” Finished)
Saturday Feb. 28th – Connie Campbell – Free Motion by the River - http://www.conniekresin.com/ - GO! Big Snails Trail – 12” Finished
Sunday March 1st – Sherri McConnell – A Quilting Life - http://www.aquiltinglife.com/ - GO! Big Churn Dash – 12” Finished
Monday March 2nd – Belinda Karls-Nace – Blue Ribbon Designs - http://blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com/ - GO! Big Square – 10” (9 ½” Finished)
Tuesday March 3rd - Karen Way – Sew Many Ways - http://sewmanyways.blogspot.com/ - GO! Big Double Wedding Ring – 12 ½” Finished
Wednesday March 4th – Elizabeth Evans – Simple Simon and Co. - http://www.simplesimonandco.com/ - GO! Big Churn Dash – 12” Finished


Thank you to Kate from Accuquilt for letting me be part of this wonderful project and a big thanks to all of you for stopping by my blog and all the other blogs for a visit!!

Have a great day and happy sewing,
~Karen~

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Ribbon and Bow Organizing with Magazine Holders...

Hi everyone! Here's an idea to use cardboard magazine holders to organize bows and ribbon that you would use for gift wrapping.

I use a china hutch, that I moved from another room, for a gift wrapping center in my sewing room. I'll post more about the whole unit later, but wanted to share this one idea to use a cardboard magazine holder to organize curly ribbons and bows.


gift wrap and ribbon organizer

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Sew Darn Crafty Linky Party...

It's Sunday and the start to another wonderful week of the Sew Darn Crafty Linky Party. I just love all the projects that you link up every week...each new party is better than the last. Thanks so much for always sharing, for joining in and for visiting all the blogs that link up each week. I can't thank you enough!!

If you're new here, either to linking up or to visiting the links, all the instructions are explained below. Have fun!!

Linking your blog to the party…


Sew Darn Crafty is a "sharing"party. I subscribe to a linking service, which provides the ability to link thumbnail pictures of posts from your blog to my blog. The pictures below are links to other blogs and the projects the blog owner wants to share with us. Each week, I start a new party where bloggers can add their own posts below for ALL to see!! Not only are you sharing your ideas and project, but the links will bring lots of traffic to your blog. You can add any project you'd like…cooking, crafting, scrapbooking, quilting, sewing, gardening, vacation ideas etc. It so much fun to see what everyone is up to each week. This party would be nothing without all of you, so a great big THANKS to all of you who contribute. Follow directions below.

Visiting blogs at the party…


If you are new to visiting linky parties…just come on in and click on any picture box below and it will bring you to that post that someone has shared!! There are always so many wonderful ideas…don't miss out.

So let's get started this week!!




Come on in and join the fun!!!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

How to Turn a Potholder into a Sewing Kit...

Hi everyone! I came across a set of cute little potholders and, "thinking outside the box", I immediately thought of a sewing kit. Depending on the potholder you find, there will be little to no sewing to make a kit for yourself.

Here is the before potholders...

potholder sewing kit

They are called Claw Mitts.

potholder sewing kit

The smaller type of potholder that your thumb goes in one side and your four fingers in the other side.

potholder sewing kit

So let me show you how easy it is to make a sewing kit for yourself!!

This particular potholder already came with the left hand pocket sewn into individual slots. You can add that to yours with 2 lines of sewing if it doesn't come with it.

potholder sewing kit

This is the finished folded kit.

potholder sewing kit

and all opened up, filled and ready to go!!!

potholder sewing kit

The individual pockets hold a seam ripper (my best friend lately), small scissors and a leather thimble.

potholder sewing kit

You can always add your favorite tools and thread.

potholder sewing kit


The right pocket holds my English Paper Piecing projects (hand sewn hexagons). The fabric of the pocket is for pins, needles and safety pins.

potholder sewing kit

 The potholder comes with a loop so you can hang it up. I'm using the loop for a thread dispenser.

potholder sewing kit

I used a hinged key ring and looped a bobbin of thread on it. I also use a tiny hair elastic to cover the bobbin when I'm traveling with it, so the thread doesn't unwind.

potholder sewing kit

I came up with a super easy closure. I used a jewelry jump ring, piece of tape measure and some velcro.

potholder sewing kit

Sew the jump ring to the right side of the potholder.

potholder sewing kit

Cut your tape measure or piece of ribbon.

potholder sewing kit

You can sew the ribbon to the left side. I hot glued the plastic tape measure on.

potholder sewing kit

This is where you'll attach it.

potholder sewing kit

I cut little adhesive dots of velcro to fit the width of the tape measure.

potholder sewing kit

Then just stuck it on each end.

potholder sewing kit

Loop it through the ring and fold it over to the front.

potholder sewing kit

All closed up and a little snippet of a ruler for you to use too!!

potholder sewing kit

Potholder for a Sewing Kit vs Potholder for Cooking...hmmm. Sewing, but if there is a sheet of hot cookies coming out of the oven? Oh, wait these potholders came in a set of 2.

Sewing hexies and eating hot chocolate chip cookies right out of the oven. Perfection!

potholder sewing kit

If you've ever wanted to sew hexagons with the English Paper Piecing method, I did a post 6 years ago if you'd like to take a look. There are other post on my side bar too!! Click HERE for the original post.

Thanks for stopping by,
~Karen~

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