New Heirloom Pattern in the 2018 Quilter’s Planner

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We are so excited to share our newest pattern, Heirloom, with you! It’s only available in the 2018 Quilter’s Planner along with 13 other sewing and quilting patterns from some amazing designers! Preorders are now open for the 2018 planner and they always sell out, so if you’re thinking about picking one up for yourself or for a gift, now is the time to do it! They begin shipping the first month of November, with plenty of time for gift giving.

You can preorder the full size 2018 planner here or you can preorder the full size planner and mini planner bundle here.

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If you’re not familiar with the Quilter’s Planner, here is a little bit about what it includes:

  • 8″ x 10″ planner, 240 pages
  • Weekly and monthly calendar pages
  • Project planning pages and project at-a-glance pages
  • 12 monthly blocks featured in a new Quilter’s Planner Sampler Quilt pattern by Cheryl Brickey NEW!
  • A companion full-color glossy magazine with 13 quilting and sewing patterns by top designers NEW!
  • 4 pages of planner stickers by 2018 Featured Artist Alison Glass  NEW!
  • Laminated cover and colorful tabs designed by Alison Glass  NEW!
  • 15 coloring pages designed by Alison Glass  NEW!
  • To-do lists galore
  • Deadline planning pages
  • Bee block & swap projects planner
  • Yearly goals planning page
  • In-depth reference section with cutting measurements and yardage planner
  • Fabric chart from Andover Fabrics featuring Alison Glass fabrics  NEW!
  • Measurement chart for personal garment sewing  NEW!
  • Lots of graph paper and blank drawing paper
  • Pocket on the inside back cover

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Our mutual love for the southwest, particularly New Mexico, brought forth our Heirloom Quilt Pattern. The rich Navajo culture and influence in the area is beautiful beyond words and full of inspiration. Our Heirloom Quilt is a modern interpretation of an ancient weaving design. We chose to create our sample using our favorite southwest palette of turquoise, coral and tan, but we can’t wait to see how everyone else interprets this pattern for themselves.

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It is beginner friendly and sews up super quick with simple strip piecing. The pattern also translates really well to other projects such as pillows and table runners.

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For our Heirloom quilt, we used our some of our favorite Art Gallery Fabrics Pure Elements solids mixed with The Denim Studio. We used:
Pure Elements Cozumel Blue, Fresh Water, Coral Reef, and Grapefruit
Solid Smooth Denim Adobe Clay and Indigo Shadow
Outland Yarn Dyes Vanilla Mist

We hope you love this pattern as much as we do! We’ll be cooking up some different color schemes, variations and pattern hacks over the next few months, so keep an eye out here!

You can see the other awesome patterns included in the 2018 Quilter’s Planner here!

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Say Hello to Cleo, Ginger & Peggy!

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Say hello to the newest additions in the family of Butterfly Charm Blocks — Cleo, Ginger and Peggy! These appliqué versions of Nikki’s original paper piecing patterns were designed with Sari’s doodles and are created with a foundation paper pieced body/background and appliqué wings.

They measure 5.5” after piecing and can be used as a 5” finished block or trimmed to 5” for a 4.5” finished square, making them perfect for mixing with 5” charms.

Click here to download the free PDF pattern!

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We created our butterflies using Tula Pink True Colors and our SARIELLA Aurifil thread collection. Though we used a zig zag satin stitch, you can create these blocks with a raw edge appliqué method or any other method you prefer.

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And while we’re on the topic of our Aurifil Thread Collectionwould you like a chance to win a box set for yourself? Aurifil is giving one away to one lucky winner! All you have to do is create a butterfly charm block and share it on Instagtam or through Linky Post for a chance to win!

You can find all the nitty gritty on how to enter on the Auribuzz Blog post here!

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And here’s an example of the ladies in action! This is a Sewing Date Traveler (free pattern from Robert Kaufman) that Nikki stitched up. She used the new appliqué butterflies on one pocket and her original patterns on the other side. Isn’t it the cutest?!

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We hope you love this fun little, free pattern and we can’t wait to see what you make! Please be sure to use the hashtag #butterflycharmblocks on social media and tag us @sariellastudios so we can see all your creations!

happy stitching!
~ nikki & sari

 

Fabric.com Summer Block Party!

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Summer is in full swing and we’re rounding out the Fabric.com Summer Block Party today with our contribution, Half Square Gingham (ya, we’re all about the half squares lately)!

You can download the free pattern from the Fabric.com blog by clicking here.

Have you been sewing along with the other blocks on the tour? If you’re just learning about it, you can download all the blocks shown above for free on the fabric.com blog and through the participants’ websites, which are linked at the end of this post.

There are a few things that really scream summer to us. Amongst them are watermelon, flamingos, and… gingham!

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We love all the possibilities for this easy-to-sew block. It finishes at 12″ (along with all the other blocks on the tour), so you can sew up a mini, pillow, or quilt in no time.

Sure, you can buy some gingham fabric, but making it yourself with little patchwork squares means not only can you use any color combinations you want, but you can also use prints, which makes it that much better!

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We couldn’t resist the adorable Flamingos from the line, Flamingos, by Melissa Ybarra for our block. The Flamingo Floral Multi was just what we were looking for for the focal half of the block, while the Mini Flamingos were just perfect for the medium value in our gingham. We used Kona cotton solids in Punch and Snow for the dark and light blocks in the gingham.

Make a single block into an adorable potholder, or combine four for a pillow, mini quilt, table runner or table topper. We have plans for a full quilt using the upcoming line Charley Harper Western Birds for Birch Fabrics and think it will be totally adorable! We also think this block would be darling for Christmas projects.

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The pattern includes some multiple block layout ideas along with notes about altering the gingham placement to achieve different looks.

We also have some fun variations we’re working on that we’ll be sharing here soon, so stay tuned!

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Please share your project pics with the hashtags #halfsquaregingham, #fabricdotcomblockparty and #sariella on social media so we can see what you make!

We hope you enjoy this block and all the others on the Fabric.com Summer Block Party Tour!

June 5 – “Candied Pineapple”
Eye Candy Quilts

June 8 – “Nautical Stripes”
Initial K Studio

June 12 – “Camp Out”
Love You Sew

June 19 – “Argyle”
Sassafras Lane Designs

June 22 – “Popsicle Party”
Elise & Emelie

June 26 – “Sunshine Days”
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June 29 – “Fishy Fish”
the tattooed quilter

July 5 – “Half Square Gingham”
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Patriotic Banner Project

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Happy Independence Day! We wanted to share a fun holiday weekend sewing project with you using our Half Square America pattern (available here). This banner is quick and easy to make and perfect for hanging on a door, wall or gate, outside or in. It finishes at about 16″ x 24″ as shown.

To create this banner, first make the HST star portion of the block as written in the pattern and trim it on the left and right sides to the quarter inch dashed line. Next, cut a solid blue HST triangle using the dimensions in the pattern and cut it in half. Piece these smaller triangles to the sides of your star and trim along the bottom, if needed. If you’d like a little extra wiggle room for trimming, you can cut your solid triangle with 13″ edges, instead of the dimension in the pattern. This will give you a little extra to trim off for squaring up (that is what we did below).

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Next, piece the stripes as written in the pattern, but make them at least 17.5″ long, rather than the various lengths specified in the pattern. Note: you will trim these at an angle as shown in the diagram below, so can make the outer strips shorter if you prefer a little less waste, or are using smaller scraps. However, if you prefer to keep your banner with a straight bottom edge, versus the point, make all your stripes the same length. Piece your strips to the top star portion.

You can now trim your piece to shape or you can quilt it first. We decided not to bind our finished piece, so at this point we layered the top with batting and did a little quilting. We then cut the top to shape.

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You can adjust the length of your stripes to fit your preference, but the diagram above shows the dimensions we used. Mark a line in the center of the stripes 16.5″ down from the top of the stripes. Mark lines 9.75″ down on the the left and right sides. Connect these points and trim along this line (this includes a 1/4″ seam allowance for finishing).

Since we were not binding our piece, we then laid the top RST on a backing fabric cut oversized. We sewed using a 1/4″ seam allowance around all the edges leaving a 3″ gap on a bottom angle for turning. We trimmed the backing to the edges, turned the piece right side out, pressed, and stitched the gap closed.

We chose to make tabs and use a dowel to hang our banner, but you can hang it like a mini quilt, or make a solid pocket at the top or on the back to use a rod for hanging also. To make each tab, use two pieces of fabric cut to the stripe width specified in the pattern x 6″. Sew them RST along the 6″ edges using a 1/4″ seam, turn right side out. We made five tabs for our banner.

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To sew the tabs into the seam, fold them in half matching up the raw ends so they measure 3″ tall and place them along the top edge of the banner aligning the raw edges with the top of the banner, having the folded edge at the bottom. Starting 1/4″ inch from the left and right edges to account for seam allowance, space the tabs evenly across and glue baste in place right along the top edge. You can then layer your backing fabric and sew together as instructed above.

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We used a dowel rod and laundry line to hang our banner, but think that an old yardstick or even a tree branch would be adorable! You can find dowel rods in a variety of sizes at most home improvement and craft stores.

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We aged ours a bit using this technique with black tea, steel wool and vinegar. You can also use some wood stain or paint.

We hope you enjoy this little project! Please share your projects with the tags #halfsquareamerica and #sariella. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below or contact us here. Have a safe and happy Independence Day!

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All the RW&B and Half Square America Quilt Kits

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Good Morning, friends! Thank you for all the love on our new Half Square America pattern, we’re excited for you to sew along with us! We wanted to mention that your blocks do not have to be red, white and blue themed to join in the sew along. You can see another version that Nikki created here. Be creative! Perhaps even a rainbow flag for pride month?

If you are working on some RW&B flag blocks, we wanted to share some resources for all our favorite red, white, and blue fabrics.

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First, Pink Door Fabrics has created some quilt kits, look how cute! They include the fabrics needed to make the Fireworks or Chevron layouts, or any other layout of your choice with 6×6 blocks plus a border. There is a limited quantity and you can find them here.

They have such an amazing variety of fun kits (and yardage!) aside from this one, so poke around a bit while you are there! Plus, Chelsea is so sweet!

If you’re wanting a smaller bundle or just some yardage, we have some resources for that, too. Stash Fabrics has the cutest cotton + steel patriotic remix bundle (shown above), and they also have some excellent Kona solid bundles. These would be perfect for a mini, pillow or runner project.

We picked up some of that amazing Mammoth Flannel plaid shown above to back our quilt – isn’t it perfect!

If you would like to make your own mic of fabrics, Stash offers 1/4 yard cuts (and up) which I LOVE, and are perfect for cutting strips for this project. Below is a shot of our Design Wall from their website showing some of the fabrics we used, plus oodles more. You can click here or on the image below to link to our design wall. From there you can click on any of the images for a direct link to that fabric. Isn’t that a fun feature?

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We hope this post has been helpful and we cannot wait to see all your blocks! Stay tuned for info about all the fun prizes we’ll have for the sew a long and remember to tag your photos with #halfsquareamerica and #halfsquareamericaSAL.

Bye for now!
~ nikki & sari

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New Half Square America Pattern, Sew A Long, and Charity Quilt

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We’re so excited to share our new pattern, Half Square America, with you! With both of us being military wives, this is an idea we’ve been wanting to get out for quite some time. The pattern is now available for download on Craftsy or Payhip and we will be donating 50% of every pattern sale to Service Dogs for Heroes.

We’ll be hosting a casual sew along for the next month and will also be collecting blocks to make a quilt (or hopefully quilts!) to donate to The Wounded Warrior Project.

Pink Door Fabrics and Stash Fabrics will be offering quilt kits and we will share all the details of those here and on Instagram on Monday.

Read on for more information about the pattern and how to participate in the sew a long or charity quilt project!

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This modern patriotic take on a half square triangle block can be made without the star using traditional piecing only or with the star by using a combination of traditional piecing and foundation paper piecing. It is designed for the advanced beginner with basic knowledge of quilt block piecing and some paper piecing experience.

Make a single block into a hotpad or mug rug, make four blocks into a mini quilt, pillow or table runner, or make a full quilt perfect for summer picnics and firework watching!

The pattern includes directions for making the 11.5″ finished block, along with multiple quilt layouts with fabric requirements and cutting & piecing directions for each.

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Half Square America Sew A Long & Charity Quilt

We hope you’ll sew a long with us as we continue making blocks for our own projects, as well as for the donation quilt. There are no specific rules or guidelines for the sew a long, simply make some blocks, post some photos and inspire and motivate each other! Make your own quilt, a small decor project, a gift for a veteran, or simply some blocks to donate. Please share your photos with the hashtags #halfsquareamerica, #HSASAL, and #sariella.

There will be some fun prizes to win along the way simply for participating. Anyone who posts a photo with the hashtags will be eligible, and we will share more about those here and on social media as we go.

The SAL will run through July 31 and we will continue to accept donation blocks through this date as well. If you are interested in donating a block or blocks, please send us a message through our Contact page and we will send you all the specifics! Please be sure to contact us BEFORE making your donation blocks to ensure you are making the correct version that we need. Thank you!

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Keep in mind the stars and stripes do not have to be red, white & blue! Check out this fun version we made using Alison Glass Seventy Six fabric. So many fun possibilities. Here are just a few quick mockups we did using this single block.

We’re so excited to see what you do with this pattern and will be sharing some additional project ideas and pattern variations here over the next few weeks, so stay tuned!

xoxo, nikki & sari

(Update: check out this post for half square america quilts kits and other links to our favorite red, white and blue fabrics!)

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