Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Bountiful Gift runner featuring Go! Fall Harvest Die

Bountiful Gift 
featuring Assorted Basics from P&B Textiles

57” x 23”
Designed by Heidi Pridemore

Hard to believe Fall is just around the corner! This month’s FREE pattern is a beautiful table runner, perfect for the upcoming holidays. I designed this runner using the AccuQuilt Go! Big Electric Fabric Cutter and Assorted Basics fabric from P&B Textiles.

This month’s featured die is the Go! Fall Medley (55041). The applique die makes this project so quick and easy, perfect if you are a last minute sewer like me. I used this die to create the harvest wreath block for the center of the runner. I paired the center block with an elegant and easy to piece block that adds interest to each side of the wreath. Then I used the applique leaves and acorns on the outer border corners to frame the runner. The fabrics I used for this project are a wonderful combination of basics from P&B Textiles which truly showed off the appliqued designs and the large selection of colors and patterns they offer, made it so easy to select a gorgeous palette of fall colors, perfect for this design. 

The pattern for Bountiful Gift is now available at our website for download here.  The pattern will have all instructions to make this lovely quilt. If you enjoy making this runner for fall, you can replace the pumpkins with flowers and change the colors to make another runner for Spring. 

This month’s tip is about prepping the applique shapes and how to position them on the project.

First, following the manufacturer’s instructions, press fusible web to the wrong side of each fabric for the applique shapes. Then cut the fabric into the squares or rectangles as listed in the cutting instructions. This makes is easier to die cut the shapes.  

Now on to the die cutter.  Use the Fall Medley Die and Go! Big Electric Fabric Cutter to cut the shapes as listed on the pattern. Now you are ready to start assembling the center wreath!

First find the horizontal and vertical centerline by folding the center rectangle in half each way and pressing it to mark the centerlines. 

Refer to the photo on the pattern cover to position one pumpkin on each centerline. Do not press down the shapes until you have them all in place.

Next position the gold leaves in place tucking them under the pumpkins. Repeat to add the brown and green leaves. 

Adjust the leaves and pumpkins as desired and once you are happy with the layout, press the shapes in place with a hot dry iron.

Finish the raw edges with a decorative stitch such as a satin or blanket stitch to finish the center block. Now that the center block is finished you are ready to finish piecing the runner top.

After you finish assembling the runner top, you are ready to add the corner applique shapes to the runner. First position the orange leaf so that is a running 45º in each corner with the stem facing towards the runner center. Then position two acorns and tops on top of each leaf. Press the shapes in place and finish the edges just like the center wreath.

By using the Go! Fall Harvest Die to make this runner, I saved time and the shapes came out perfectly. Oh how I loved not having to cut each shape for the project and it allowed me to move on to the fun part of sewing quickly. 

I hope you have fun making our runner for the upcoming holidays. This "Bountiful Gift" is sure to add a personal touch to your Thanksgiving table this year! As always I would love to see photos of your finished projects.

Make sure to visit my blog each month where I will share with you some tips and tricks on cutting and assembling of the project of the month along with posting the free pattern on our website www.TheWhimsicalWorkshop.com  You can also see our pattern and post at www.pbtex.com and www.accuquilt.com

Until next time…..

Please visit us at www.TheWhimsicalWorkshop.com to see all of our patterns and fabrics.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Blueberry Pie featuring Soft Dreams from P&B Textiles
60" x 64"
Designed by Heidi Pridemore

This month’s FREE pattern is a yummy quilt that reminded me of dessert so I named it Blueberry Pie. I designed this quilt using the AccuQuilt Go!Big Electric Fabric Cutter and Soft Dreams fabric from P&B Textiles.

This month’s featured die is the Go! Strip Cutter-2 ½” strips withangled Guide Line (55017). This die is so easy to work with to create accurate 2 ½” strips and diamonds you want to keep making diamond projects. The die is also perfect for creating your own 2 ½” strips. There are so many projects available from the different fabric companies that use 2 ½” precut strip packages. Now you can make you own 2 ½” strip sets quickly and easily to use your stash.  Then you can take it one step further to create accurate diamonds by following the diagonal lines that are printed on the die. This just what I did to create the fun chevron borders on our Blueberry Pie quilt.

For this pattern I used the Go! Strip Cutter-2 ½” strips with angled Guide Line die and the Go Half-Square Triangle-2” finished SquareMultiples die (55063) to create the Diamond units. We have made a video showing how to cut the diamonds and I will also show you the step-by-step process in this posting.

The pattern for Blueberry Pie is now available at our website for download. 
The pattern will have all instructions to make this lovely quilt. You can make one quilt for each of your favorite pie flavors, Blueberry, Raspberry, Banana or whatever your favorite flavor may be.

On to the cutting the strips…….

First I cut my fabric into 8 ½” x WOF (width of fabric) strips. I layered up three cuts (6 layers) onto the die, aligning the bottom edge of the fabric with the horizontal line on the die and then sent it through the Go! Big Electric Fabric Cutter to get three 2 ½” x WOF strips.


Next it on to cutting the Diamonds…..

First find the diagonal line marked 45 degrees on the die. Then align the long side of the stacked strips with this line. Make sure that the excess fabric with the folded edge is hanging off the left edge of the die and the bottom of the strip (selvedge edge) is just past the right vertical line. Cut off the excess edge with the fold just past the left vertical line. Cut off the excess fabric with the fold. Unfold the excess strip to make another strip to cut diamonds from. Align the strips with the 45 degree line and then sent it through the Go! Big Electric Fabric Cutter to get 45 degree diamonds. I got nine diamonds from each strip using this method.


Then I used the Go Half-Square Triangle-2” finished Square Multiples die (55063) to cut the top and bottom units for the Diamond blocks as described in the pattern.

To sew the units together…..

For the Chevron Border you will need to sew the light diamond units in one direction and the dark diamond units in the opposite direction. The beauty of the 45 degree diamond is that is rotates for either direction so we do not need to fussy cut them for each side of the chevron. You just need to rotate them as shown in Figure 1.

Align on 2 ½” triangle on the dark diamond as shown in Figure 2 and sew in place. Repeat to sew a triangle to the bottom of the dark diamond to make the dark half of the chevron unit. Repeat to make the light diamond. Sew one light diamond unit to one dark diamond unit to make the Chevron Blocks. Easy as Pie!!!

I hope you enjoy this project as much as I did. I found this quilt so much easier to make with die cut shapes. They are much more accurate than hand cut shapes and that helped when sewing them together, it seemed like the pieces just popped together. I found my points came out every time.

With the die cut shapes this project is much easier to make and that makes it a nice project perfect for advanced beginners and intermediate sewers!

I would love to see what you come up with using this technique. Please feel free to email me your creations.

Make sure to visit my blog each month where I will share with you some tips and tricks on cutting and assembling of the project of the month along with posting the free pattern on our website www.TheWhimsicalWorkshop.com  You can also see our pattern and post at www.pbtex.com and www.accuquilt.com

Happy Quilting

Please visit us at www.TheWhimsicalWorkshop.com to see all of our patterns and fabrics.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Quiltwoman.com's Summer Waters Blog Hop

I am excited to be a part of the Quiltwoman.com Blog Hop. The theme for this blog hop is water. So our free pattern for this event is our All Around Tote. The pattern has instructions for two sizes!
The larger size is a perfect Beach bag, large enough to hold two towels plus other goodies. The smaller size can be used for a matching beach bag for your little one or as a great craft bag. You can download the FREE Pattern Here !

We are also giving away an autographed copy of the Quick Change Book, that features our Peek a Boo Daisies Bed Runner, shown here, along with many other wonderful bed runner designs. Just leave a comment below with your email and I will draw a name on 8/11/15.  

Now for some highlights on our beach bag. First this bag is made from large pieces of fabric, so it is a great showcase for larger prints or stripe fabric like ours! This would be a great project to break out your favorite Summertime fabrics for.

Next I love to include buttons on my projects, but not a real fan of making buttonholes for them. So I usually use velcro on the flap, positioning it opposite side of the flap to avoid making those pesky buttonholes. I also add a longer piece of loop velcro to the flap side so I can close my bag even if my beach bag is really full or empty. This will make the closure adjustable.

I also added these super large pockets to the sides of the beach bag. They are on the outside of the bag to keep the items dry and away from any wet towels.

Another great tip when making any beach bag, Use fusible vinyl on the lining fabric to make the bag water resistant on the inside.

Have fun making our Beach Bag and be ready for your next trip to the beach or pool.

I hope you enjoy following our Blog Hop. See below for the information on the other designers joining us on this hop, each designer will have a fun project for you to check out as well as a great giveaway. Happy Hopping.

Until Next Time.....

PS.   Please make sure to check out all our products at www.TheWhimsicalWorkshop.com and
at www.QuiltWoman.com

Hello Quilters!

The Blog Hop has begun!  For the next week we will be hopping around seven QuiltWoman.com designer blogs. Each day...starting today...there will be a new blog post by one of our designers featuring a new technique, project, or tutorial. There will also be a free giveaway!  

Here's a list of all our participants:

8/4/2015 Tammy Silvers http://www.tamarinis.typepad.com/
8/5/2015 Carol Steely funthreads.blogspot.com
8/6/2015 Heidi Pridemore www.TheWhimsicalWorkshop.com
8/8/2015 Toby Lischko gatewayquiltsnstuff.blogspot.com
8/10/2015 Diane McGregor http://www.castillejacotton.net/blog

Have Fun and Happy Hopping!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Fairy Lights

Hello There,
We are very excited to have another quilt in Mccall's Quilting in the upcoming issue. It is called Fairy Lights designed using batiks fabrics from the Tonga Pashmina Collection by Timeless Treasures The colors of the quilt create a luminous look to the quilt.

I created the quilt using one block that has all the prints in the one block. By using all the fabrics in one block that is repeated over and over throughout the quilt, it creates a consistent spread of color and helps balance the design.

To add some more interest to the quilt I rotated the block in a random manner to create a unique path that travels through the quilt.

I hope you enjoy making our newest quilt as much as we did making it.

If you want to make it just like ours, McCalls has a fabric kit available. See below for details.

Kit Offer
A kit of fabrics for quilt top and binding is available while supplies last for $139.99 (MQK15106). Call 877-269-8024, or shop online at ShopMcCallsQuilting.com Backing fabric is $54.99 (MQK15106B).

Until Next Time.......

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Our Newest FREE Pattern Winter Forest with AccuQuilt and P&B Textiles

I am so excited to share with you our first FREE pattern, I designed using the AccuQuilt Go! Big Electric Fabric Cutter and Dash fabric from P&B Textiles.

When the ladies at P&B Textiles and AccuQuilt first brought the idea of our three companies working together to create a free pattern each month for all of our customers, I thought what a wonderful way to share our different talents and products with you.
I hope you will follow along with me as I explore the GO! Big Electric Fabric Cutter & Dies while using P&B Textiles fabrics to create a fun and free pattern each month. Together we can discover why this is such a wonderful product to add to our studios to make creating more fun.

Make sure to visit my blog each month where I will share with you some tips and tricks on cutting and assembling of the project of the month along with posting the free pattern on our website www.TheWhimsicalWorkshop.com  You can also see our pattern and post at www.pbtex.com and www.accuquilt.com
Winter Forest
30" x 36"
Designed by Heidi Pridemore
 So without further ado, here is our first Free Pattern in our AccuQuilt & P&B Textiles series.  This month I focused on using the Go! Flying Geese 3 ½” x 6 ½” die that came with the GO! Big Electric Fabric Cutter and the theme I used for this month’s project was Christmas in July. 

The pattern for this month is called Winter Forest. For the project I used the Go! Flying Geese 3 ½” x 6 ½” die to make the trees and the outer border for the quilt. After creating the pieced quilt, I felt it needed a little bit of appliqué so I used the Go! Crazy Petals die to make snowflakes.

I wanted to make a quilt that would work well for our theme of Christmas in July, and something you could make for any season just by changing the colors and removing the snowflakes. You could add flowers to make it a spring or summer quilt or use fall colors for a Autumn quilt. My idea behind this pattern was to create a starting point, so you could be as creative as you wish to make it your own. I would love to see what you come up with so feel free to send me a photo of your finished quilts and I will share with everyone!

The instructions that you will download will have all the directions on what to cut and how to assemble the quilt. So I wanted to use this post to share some tips and tricks I used to assemble the quilt.

First Tip- I always cut all the pieces for the project first and then I label everything. For a project that requires traditional cutting and die cutting, I cut the pieces that require a ruler and rotary cutter first. For the pieces that will need to be die-cut, I have already measured the dies to decide how large the pieces of fabric need to be before die cutting and they are listed in the cutting directions on the downloadable pattern.  
Once I have all the traditional cutting done, it is time to break out the GO! Big Electric Fabric Cutter to die-cut the rest of the pieces. Completing one task before starting another makes the project go smoothly and helps you stay organized throughout the project.

Second Tip- I wanted to go over how to make the flying geese units even thought these instructions are also included in the pattern. First, place one small triangle on top of the large triangle, aligning the diagonal edges. Using a ¼” seam allowance, sew the two pieces together.  Press open the smaller triangle. (I usually press towards the smaller triangle.)  Next, place a second small triangle on the other side of the large triangle. Sew in place and press to complete one Flying Goose unit.

I recommend sewing all the small triangles on one side of all the larger triangles, matching the colors as directed in the pattern, press and then repeating with the other side and the second small triangles. 

Third Tip- Because I like to do all of one task before starting the next one, I like to stage all my pieces for each unit before sewing. To do this, I match up the pieces as directed and layer them next to the sewing machine before I start sewing. This lets me check to make sure all the pieces are going in the right direction and I can also double check that I have enough pieces cut for the project before starting. I find that when I do this step, the project seems to go together faster and I tend to make fewer mistakes.

Forth Tip- To make the snowflakes for this pattern, I cut the background pieces from the silver fabric as directed in the pattern and then following the manufacturer’s instructions, press the fusible web onto the wrong side of the remaining silver fabric. Once the fabric is prepared with fusible web, cut rectangle and square pieces as listed in the cutting directions for the snowflakes. You can then layer four pieces of fabric with fusible at a time onto each shape on the Go! Crazy Petal Die and run them through the machine. For my quilt, I made all my snowflakes look the same as the placement drawing included in our pattern but with the different sizes on the Go! Crazy Petals die, you could design all kinds of different snowflakes for your quilt.

Fifth Tip- To assemble the snowflakes, Use the placement drawing in the pattern along with an Applique Pressing Sheet. An Applique Pressing Sheet is a heat resistant plastic sheet that is treated with Teflon so nothing will stick to it. Place the Applique Pressing Sheet over the placement drawing and assemble snowflake pieces following the drawing for placement. Press the pieces together. Once the pieces have cooled, peel up the completed snowflake which is now ready to position and press onto the quilt top. This technique takes the guesswork out of positioning the small pieces to make a larger shape. If you need an Applique Pressing Sheet, we have them available on our website

I hope you have enjoyed our first free project from The WhimsicalWorkshop using the GO! Big Electric Fabric Cutter and the Dash Fabric Collection from P&B Textiles. Check back next month for our next free project!

Happy Quilting

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