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Block 1 – Modified Log Cabin (Happy Cloud Quilted Pot Holder Quilt Along)

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Welcome to the first Block of our Pot Holder Quilt-a-long!

Block 1 is a modified Log Cabin block. I love the simplicity of this block. It makes your pretty fabric shine.

You start your block with the small square and build onto it by adding strips. In a traditional Log Cabin block you would add strips to all four sides of your square. In this block we are only adding strips onto two of the sides. I love how quick and easily this block goes together. The design looks great when adding a loop to the corner.

If you have not downloaded the Quilt-A-Long pattern yet, you can find in the first blog post for this quilt along. CLICK HERE

I will be filming a LIVE video in the Facebook group tomorrow at 10:15am PST. To share tips and answer any questions. You can also share your progress in our Facebook Group!

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I can’t wait to see all of your beautiful blocks. If you are posting on social media use the hashtag #HCQPotholderQA

Happy Quilting!

Andrea

Quilt Along Schedule
Oct. 27, 2017 – Week 1 – Fabric requirements and Pot Holder construction directions
Nov 7, 2017 – Week 2 –  Block 1 – Modified Log Cabin
Nov. 14, 2017  – Week 3 – Block 2 – Flying Geese
Nov. 21, 2017 –  Week 4 – Block 3 – Sawtooth Star
Nov. 28, 2017 – Week 5 – Block 4 – Crazy Flying Geese
Dec. 5, 2017 – Week 6 – Block 5 – Diamond in Diamond
Dec. 12, 2017 – Week 7 – Block 6 – Stepping Stone


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Arrows Away Quilt – Free Pattern!!

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(Pattern Download is at the bottom of this blog post)

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Are you looking for a quick an easy quilt? Maybe you have a baby shower coming up. Or you have a son or daughter going to college soon and you want to give them a special gift. Well, this Arrows Away Quilt is perfect for making a super quick, easy and modern quilt!
The first time I made this quilt, was about a year ago. I love using big blocks! It makes the quilt go together super quick. Also, you can show of gorgeous big prints.

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The first throws size version was slightly smaller than the pattern. After research, I found out more people prefer larger size throw than my original version. My research also showed people prefer a rectangle shaped quilt over a square size quilt. So I added a strip of sashing to the top and bottom of the original design to make it more of a rectangle.

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You can download your FREE Copy here: Arrows Away Quilt Pattern

I’d love to see your Arrows Away quilt! On social media use the hashtag #happycloudcreations

Happy Quilting!
Andrea

 

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Lets Make Some Pot Holders…Free Tutorial

 

IMG_4807 (2)If you love to sew and quilt like I do,  you end up with a bunch of scraps! Well, I know what you can do with all those scraps, make some pot holders! Pot holders are a great way to use up fabric scraps and cotton batting scraps. It’s a great weekend project. They make great house warming gifts or hostess gifts too.

I like to make my pot holders with a layer of Insula-bright (insulated batting that makes them heat resistant) and a layer of cotton batting (for extra protection and to absorb any moisture). When you make pot holders you want to make sure all of your supplies (thread, fabric, and batting) are 100% Cotton. If you use polyester fabric, and they catch fire, the fabric would melt. If cotton fabric catches fire it will just smolder.

Supplies needed:

1 – 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch quilt block made of Cotton Fabric

(Strip Block shown below: 4 – 2 1/2 x 9 inch strips)

1 – 10 x 10 inch  piece of Cotton batting

1 – 10 x 10 inch piece of  Insula-bright (Insulated Batting)

1 – 10 x 10 inch piece of  Cotton Fabric

1 – 3 inch x width of fabric (typically 42 inches)

(if you prefer a thinner binding, use a 2 1/2 inch strip)

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First you will need to make your 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch quilt block (unfinished size). So you can pick your favorite 8 inch finished quilt block or you can use this super easy Strip block.

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Take your 4 – 2 1/2 x 9 inch strips. With right sides of fabric facing each other, sew your strips together to for a block. Press your seams to one side. Then trim your block to measure 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches.

Now it’s time to make our Pot Holder!

We will now make our mini quilt sandwich. First lay down your 10 x 10 inch backing fabric down wrong side face up.

Then place your 10 x 10 inch piece of Insula-bright down

Then place your 10 x 10 inch piece of Cotton Batting down

Then place your 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch quilt block on top. Pin in place.

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Quilt all four layers together. I like to quilt 1/4 inch from the seams

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Trim down to 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches. Sometimes it will end up slightly smaller about 8 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches due to quilting the puffy layers.

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Now you will take your 3 inch x width of fabric strip (about 42 inches). I prefer a large binding on my pot holder. If you want a thinner binding, you can use a 2 1/2 inch wide strip.  On one end fold in about 1 inch. Press wrong sides facing each other. Then fold fabric in half lengthwise,  wrong sides together and press flat.

Match up raw sides of the binding to the raw sides of the front of the pot holder. Take the binding end with the folded over edge, place it on the center of one of the sides. Start sewing your binding on to the front of the pot holder about 1 inch in, use a 3/8 inch seam allowance. Stop when you are 3/8 inch from the corner, backstitch. If your block has points, you may want to use a 1/4 inch seam allowance, so you don’t cut off your points.

Fold your binding up, lining up with the side of your pot holder, then fold it down to line up with the side of your quilt.

Start sewing 3/8 inch from the edge.  When you have reached the beginning point, trim to correct length,  tuck the end of the binding under the beginning of the binding, sew down.

Fold over binding and hand sew to the back or machine sew to the back. I prefer hand sewing my binding, just because I haven’t mastered machine sewing it. Also, it’s nice to have some hand sewing when I’m watching shows.

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Yay you have a pretty new pot holder for yourself or a nice gift for a friend! I’d love to see the pot holder you make! Use this hashtag on Instagram: #hccpotholder

Happy Sewing!!
Andrea

 

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The Beauty of Solids

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Let me tell you a secret. I used to think Solid colored fabric was SO boring!!! I never purchased solids for my quilts or projects. I’d use a dot fabric or a fabric with a white on white pattern.

And then I joined Instagram. I saw all these gorgeous quilts that had solids in them! They looked so balanced, not too busy and so so pretty!

So I decided I’d go out of my comfort zone and make an all solids quilt! Yes ALL solids!! Crazy huh! I found the perfect pattern, a Tetris quilt for my husband. I loved how it turned out so much! The Kona Cotton fabric by Robert Kaufman is so vibrant!

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Solids can help balance out your quilt and showcase the block designs. If you have too many busy prints the design can get lost.

So I had some left over solids from my Tetris quilt and I decided to test out my Stepping Stone Quilt pattern with the solids too. I love how it turned out too!

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I bound it with a Black with White dash fabric called Thicket by Gingiber for Moda and the backing fabric is made by Riley Blake. This quilt is listed for sale in my Etsy shop here.

 

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Then I saw this awesome fabric from Arrow Flight by  Michael Miller fabric and got inspired to make the front of my quilt mimic the backing fabric.

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So I came up with my super easy Colorful tiles quilt pattern.

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This Colorful tiles quilt is also listed for sale in my Etsy shop here.

I used the Kona Cotton by Robert Kaufman Color chart to help pick some of the solids for the front of this quilt.

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This color charts is super awesome! It’s great for picking out backing fabric and coordinating solids. You can buy one online from a variety of quilt fabric shops. What’s also cool, is this color chart matches up with all of the Kona Cotton fabric sold a Joann Fabric Stores online and in store

If an all solids quilt isn’t for you. You can try to mix more solids in with your quilt to help the pattern pop. Like in my X Marks the spot quilt. The white fabric makes the design pop. You can find the pattern here.

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So if you haven’t made an ALL solids go try it!! Or at least try adding some solids to your next quilt, I’m sure you will love it!!

Happy Quilting!
Andrea

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Hand Knit Dish Cloth Pattern

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These are my all time favorite dish cloths! My sister had made me a pair and I absolutely love them. They are great for scrubbing counters and dishes. It’s an easy knitting project you can do when relaxing and watching TV. My favorite type of yarn to use is Sugar n’ Cream 100% Cotton. They have a great variety of colors.

This is a very common pattern. I love how easy these are to make!

*You will need Sugar’n Cream 100% Cotton yarn (1 ball will make 2-3 dishcloths, depending on how tight you knit and what size needle you use)

*Knitting Needles size 6-9 US (4 – 5 1/2 mm), I like using size 8 US (5 mm)
K – knit
YO – Yarn Over (to increase)
k2Tog – Knit 2 Together (to decrease)

Cast on 4 stitches
k 1 row
Next row, k2, yo, k2
Next row, k2, yo, k to end of row
Continue to repeat the (k2, yo, k until end of row) until you have a total of 43 stitches on the needle (If you want a smaller dish cloth do Less)
Next row, k1, k2Tog, yo, k2Tog, k to end of row
Continue to do the (k1, k2Tog, yo, k2Tog, k to end of row), decreasing each row until you have 5 stitches are left on the needle
Next row, k2, k2Tog, k1.
Bind off the 4 stitches
Weave your end in.

Yay you have a beautiful finished dishcloth!

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These Clover knitting needles are my new favorites!!

Have fun knitting!!