The Aqua Umbrella QAL Week 4

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Welcome back everyone! I’m so excited to continue this quilt along with you. This week I am sharing with you the patterns for blocks 10-12! Remember if you ever need a refresher on the basics you can find them here.
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Don’t forget to share them on Flickr and Instagram (using #theaquaumbrellaqal) if you have accounts. Thanks again for quilting along and I’ll be back next Saturday with Blocks 13-15.

Happy Quilting!

Valerie

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The Aqua Umbrella QAL Week 3

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Welcome back everyone! I’m so excited to continue this quilt along with you. This week I am sharing with you the patterns for blocks 7-9! Remember if you ever need a refresher on the basics you can find them here.

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Don’t forget to share them on Flickr and Instagram (using #theaquaumbrellaqal) if you have accounts. Thanks again for quilting along and I’ll be back next Saturday with Blocks 10-12.

Happy Quilting!

Valerie

 

The little extras

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Hi everyone! I have some exciting news. Nicole Friend of Sew Sassy Stitchery is joining in for The Aqua Umbrella QAL and will be offering 10% off on long arm services for your QAL quilts!! You can read more about her services here or at her instagram page, @sewsassystitchery.

And don’t forget that blocks 7-9 will be up on Saturday 😉

Happy Quilting!

Valerie

The Aqua Umbrella QAL Week 2

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Welcome back everyone! I’m so excited to continue this quilt along with you. This week I am sharing with you the patterns for blocks 4-6! Remember if you ever need a refresher on the basics you can find them here.

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Block 6

 

Now I can’t wait to see what you all do with your blocks!!  Don’t forget to share them on Flickr and Instagram (using #theaquaumbrellaqal) if you have accounts. Thanks again for quilting along and I’ll be back next Saturday with Blocks 7-9.

Happy Quilting!

Valerie

The Aqua Umbrella QAL Week 1 : Basic piecing info and Blocks 1-3

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It’s time! It’s week 1 of The Aqua Umbrella QAL. I’m so excited by the response I’ve gotten over this little quilt along and I hope you all enjoy making it as much as I have.

I know some of the info in this post will come as second nature to a good portion or you, but I want to make this project as excess-able as possible to those just starting their journey into quilting. Below I’ve included a “cheat sheet” for you if you aren’t used to some of the piecing styles we will be using. For the majority of this quilt we will be using HST (half square triangles), QST (quarter square triangles) and Flying Geese. For the blocks that use different techniques, I will include diagrams and instructions with those block piecing informations.
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Now let’s get to the fun stuff!

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Have fun, and remember if you have any questions or if I’ve made something hard to understand, please feel free to ask me! I promise there are no bad questions, and who knows your question might help someone else too 😉

Happy Quilting!

Valerie

The Aqua Umbrella QAL

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I am so excited to announce my very first quilt along at The Aqua Umbrella! I hope you will join me as we pick our favorite fabrics to create this fun sampler quilt.

For this quilt we will be using a variety of scraps from our stash. It’s a great chance for those of you who are like me to lighten those overflowing scrap bins 😉  or if you’d prefer, I have also included the fabric requirements for yardage. This project will be made of twenty-six blocks ranging from 6″ to 24″.

Finished Size: 58″x 60″

Fabric Requirements:

  • 2/3 yd Aqua
  • 2/3 yd Red
  • 3/4 yd Green
  • 1 yd Pink
  • 1-1/4 yd Navy
  • 2-1/3 yd Background
  • 1/2 yd binding
  • 4 yds backing

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Sew Happy

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Over the past few months I’ve been working on some designs for fabric labels and little tags for small sewing projects. Well, I decided to go a little bigger and make some hand lettering designs for embroidery hoop art too. This is my first one. I have a few more I am working on but there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get them all done.

Homemade Bath Bombs

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Earlier today I made some bath bombs for my kids and thought I’d share my version. There are tons of ways to make bath bombs, but I don’t live in a large city and resources for DIY projects are kinda limited to what you can find at Meijer or Walmart. Needless to say finding a ornament mold in the middle of June is nothing short of impossible, so I improvised. For those who would like to make some super easy bath bombs here’s how I made mine.

What you need:

1 tbsp epsome salt mixed with 1 drop of food coloring (for decorating)

1 cup sodium bicarbonate (aka baking soda)
1/2 cup citric acid (used in canning so check by the ball jars)
1/2 cup Epsom salt
1/2 cup corn starch (none US might try potato starch instead, I’ve been told it works just as well)
3/4 tsp water or witch hazel
2 tsp essential oil (this is optional if you are sensitive to scent you can omit this and just add more olive oil)
2-1/2 tsp olive oil or other light oil
food coloring

*Mix all dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl with a whisk until well blended and free of clumps.
*Mix all the wet ingredients together in a small bowl.
*Slowly add the wet mixture to the dry while whisking it together. Once it is all blended the mixture should feel like the consistency of wet sand.
*Now using whatever you are choosing for a mold (I used my metal 1/4 cup measuring cup for mine) place the colored epsom salt into the bottom middle and then firmly pack the sandlike mixture on top making sure it is tightly packed.
*Carefully turn the mold upside down on top of a cookie sheet and tap the top gently to help release the bath bomb.
*Allow to dry for at least 12 hours before using or wrapping up for a gift.

Each batch makes (8) 1/4 cup bath bombs or (4) 1/2 cup bath bombs. Depending on how big you want them.

A Cathedral Window Pincushion

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Ok, @sariditty on instagram requested a quick tutorial on how I make my cathedral window pincushions. I hope it’s helpful. ☺️

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First up are the materials. You’ll need (1) 10″ square of white, (2) 4-1/2″ squares. These will be the bottom and inside fabrics,(4) 2-1/2″ squares for the “windows”, a button, and of course fiberfill to stuff it.

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Using a ruler and pencil (don’t worry, you won’t see it) draw a line 1/2″ in on each side of the white 10″ square.

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Now is the point where a good steam iron makes all the difference. Press the edges of the square up to the line. Do this for all four sides.

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Now fold the square in half with the raw edges in and press. Fold in half one more time and press. When you open it should have four smaller squares visible. This is important for the next step 😉

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Now you’ll be folding all your outside points to the middle. This part always makes me feel like I’m back in Japanese class doing origami.The lines you ironed in the previous step help you not accidentally overlap the folds. Once you have all the corners folded in you do it all over again. You should now have a (roughly) 4-1/2″-5″ block.

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Open the first set of folds and insert one of the 4-1/2″ squares. Close the folds and secure them in place. I stitch a cross in the middle about 1/4″-1/2″ into each folded section. Just enough to make sure it doesn’t move.

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Ok this is where it starts getting fun. Arrange your 2-1/2″ squares how you want them to appear on the pincushion. Please note that only half of the square will remain (the half that hangs over will be cut away) so if you have directional prints or want to get a specific part of a print in the pincushion make sure it’s inside the white area 😉. Now, I know some people pin the windows, but me an pins are not good friends so I hold mine and fold it back by hand. For this step you take 1/4″ of the white fabric and fold it over the 2-1/2″ square making sure to cover the edges. Then stitch it in place. I use a 1/8″ seam allowance.

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Your pincushion should now look something like this. Next flip it over and trim the square down to 4-1/2″. NOTE: you can save the other half of the 2-1/2″ squares for another pincushion 😜 waste not!

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With right sides together stitch around the pincushion with a 1/4″ seam allowance leaving a 2″ opening on one side of the pincushion for turning and stuffing. Make sure to back stitch at the beginning and send or you might rip out your stitches when turning! Clip the corners and then turn the pincushion right side out.

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Now stuff stuff stuff!

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For closing I like to use a ladder stitch since it blends in nester, but if you’re more comfortable with a whip stitch then by all means do that! Once you’ve closed up your pincushion just add a button and you’re finished! I hope this tutorial has been helpful.