Friday, July 29, 2011

Quilt Ladies Quilt Show Saturday - Red and Green Quilt Star

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Welcome to Quilt Show Saturday


Red and Green Quilt Star Quilt


Patchwork with Applique over the top !


Red and Green Quilt Star Quilt

And a paisley background.


Red and Green Quilt Star Quilt

Not much better for a wall hanging !


Red and Green Quilt Star Quilt 
Machine piece, Hand Applique and Hand Quilted.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Quilt Ladies Quilt Pattern Blocks 52 Weeks - Week 40

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52 Weeks of Quilt Block Patterns
Week #40
Wow, how fast the weeks have past, we are on Week 40.
This weeks pattern is "Philadelphia Pavement"

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Free Quilt Pattern Block


Free Quilt Pattern Block, Philadelphia Pavement
Finished Quilt Block Size 14” x 14”

Cut 2 White    2 7/8” x 2 7/8”
Cut 2 Coral      2 7/8” x 2 7/8”
Make Triangles

Cut 1 Coral      2 ½” x 2 ½”
Cut 4 Coral      4 ½” x 4 ½”

Cut 4 Pink        3 ½” x 6 ½”
Cut 4 White    1 ½” x 6 ½”
Philadelphia Pavement Quilt Pattern Tutorial

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

How to make a Simple Book Corner Bookmark

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 Happy Christmas in July with The Quilt Ladies

Corner Book Mark
I love giving books and this bookmark makes it personal. Years ago the pre-school I worked at made these out of paper, mine are the same idea, just with fabric.
How to make a Simple Book Corner Bookmark


1 Heavy piece of paper, index card works well
2 Pieces of fabric 4 ½” x 4 ½”
With white glue, glue each piece of fabric to each side of the heavy card.  Let dry.

How to make a Simple Book Corner Bookmark

On the light color fabric, draw out a 4 Patch block, each block measuring 2” x 2”
Simple Book Corner Bookmark
On opposite corner draw a line corner to corner
How to make a Simple Book Corner Bookmark

With scissors or exacto knife, cut as shown
Simple Book Corner Bookmark


Simple Book Corner Bookmark

Score lightly the square lines,

How to make a Simple Book Corner Bookmark
 fold over and glue.
How to make a Simple Book Corner Bookmark

Use paper clip to hold glue, until dry.

How to make a Simple Book Corner Bookmark

I’m always picking up things like this, you can use bottoms, beads, anything that is not too thick. Cut apart and glued.

How to make a Simple Book Corner Bookmark

Paper clip to hold until dry.

How to make a Simple Book Corner Bookmark

How to make a Simple Book Corner Bookmark


How to make a Simple Book Corner Bookmark

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Quilt Ladies 52 Weeks of Quilt Pattern Blocks - Week 39

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The past few months getting The Quilt Ladies Books on Kindle has been crazy. I've learned so much and after this I now know that there is NOTHING I can't do. It's funny the harder things are, makes you enjoy the finished product that much more. I celebrated with a trip to a local flea market and I'm doing a wonderful desk for my office. I'll share soon.

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 52 Weeks of Quilt Block Patterns
Week #39

A Traditional pattern "Pennsylvania" is one to always have around, fun and easy to piece. Color combinations are endless.
Free Quilt Pattern Block

Free Quilt Pattern Block

Finished Quilt Block Size 12” x 12”

Cut 1 Blue        4 ½” x 4 ½”

Cut 8 Blue       2 ½” x 2 ½”

Cut 4 White    2 ½” x 4 ½”
Cut 4 White    2 ½” x 8 ½”

Free Quilt Pattern Block Pennsylvania Quilt Block tutorial
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Thursday, July 14, 2011

How to make a Tote Bag Tutorial

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Happy Christmas in July

I've been wanting to do a bag for sometime and here we go. Years ago I worked at the public library in Sioux City, Iowa. They had wonderful canvas bags for the home delivery patrons and I based my pattern on what I remember about them.


How to make a Tote Bag Tutorial

The Quilt Ladies Bag

How to make a Tote Bag Tutorial

Cut 18 squares  assortment of colors – 2 ½” x 2 ½”
Lay fabric and sew into 2, 9-patch squares

How to make a Tote Bag Tutorial

Cut 2 lining fabrics for pockets – 6 ½” x 6 ½”


How to make a Tote Bag Tutorial

Put patchwork and lining good side to good side and sew with a 1/4” seam allowance across the top of the patch work.
Fold lining back press, and

How to make a Tote Bag Tutorial

Top stitch along the edge just sewn.

How to make a Tote Bag Tutorial

Cut 1 piece of fabric -  35” x 14”
Cut 1 piece of fabric – 35” x 3”
Sew together to form the bag.


How to make a Tote Bag Tutorial

Cut 1 Batting 35” x 17”
Layer, batting and bag. Lay flat and press if needed. This is the time to quilt your bag, by hand or by machine.
How to make a Tote Bag Tutorial

I machine straight stitched mine.


How to make a Tote Bag Tutorial

Trim bag to = 34” x 16”


How to make a Tote Bag Tutorial

Cut 2 strips for the handles – 3” x 54”
Cut 2 strips of batting for handles – 1” x 54”
Press one edge of the handle in ¼” and the other edge press down 1” .


How to make a Tote Bag Tutorial

Insert batting and fold fabric over, add top stitching.
How to make a Tote Bag Tutorial

How to make a Tote Bag Tutorial

Lay the bag out and place pockets, measure as shown above,
Measure pockets in place, fold the pocket down and pin, sew with ¼” seam allowance.

How to make a Tote Bag Tutorial


How to make a Tote Bag Tutorial

Fold back up and press.


How to make a Tote Bag Tutorial

Add handles, making sure they do not cross, pin and top stitch. Stop stitch about 2 inches from the top. Do both pockets.


How to make a Tote Bag Tutorial




Free Tote Bag Tutorial

Extend handles out of the bag and fold the bag in half. Sew along the bottom and side seam.


How to make a Tote Bag Tutorial

Fold the bottom edge over to form a triangle, Sew side to side, trim. Do both sides.

How to make a Tote Bag Tutorial


How to make a Tote Bag Tutorial

Cut lining, 34” x 16” and fold lining in half and sew along the bottom and side, leaving 2-3 inches open to turn bag right side out.


Free Tote Bag Tutorial

Fold the bottom edge over to form a triangle, Sew side to side, trim. Do both sides.


How to make a Tote Bag Tutorial

Turn bag with the batting on the outside, insert lining good side to good side. Sew to the top edge using ¼” seam allowance.


How to make a Tote Bag Tutorial

Pull bag right side out,
How to make a Tote Bag Tutorial

Press top edge and top stitch.  Hand sew the lining opening closed.



How to make a Tote Bag Tutorial

Add top stitching across the handles to hold them secure.


How to make a Tote Bag Tutorial

The Quilt Ladies Finished Tote bag.


How to make a Tote Bag Tutorial

Christmas in July 


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