Quilt Studio Pegboard

One of the things I wanted, when my husband was finishing out my quilt studio, was pegboard.  We purchased one 4′ x 8′ sheet and then cut it into three pieces (with some leftovers).  I had my husband place one piece above my sewing station, one piece above the longarm and one piece in my foster mother’s nook.

That was one of the best decisions I made!  I’m using the one over my sewing station for all sorts of things – and I’ve almost filled up the space already!  I’m using the one in my foster mother’s nook to hold my thread holders.  The one over the longarm isn’t really used much but I’m sure, as I fill one of the others up, I’ll have to spread out and use that last one for more hanging tools of my quilt trade.

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How do YOU organize your quilt-related tools?

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    Quilt Studio Etiquette

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    I have noticed, since I made the big move from my sewing room in our house out to my quilt studio behind our house, that I am pretty retentive about cleaning up after myself.  First, however, is that my studio is no longer the collection plate for all things that have no home in our house.  When I had a sewing room, anyone and everyone piled so many things in there because they didn’t know where they went or they didn’t want to put them in their correct places.  Now?  Not an option!

    Second, before I leave my studio, I go around to all of my stations (ironing, sewing, embroidery, etc.) and put away the tools of my trade, making sure there are no impediments to foot traffic and even putting my printed patterns into their proper plastic folder.  It is SO refreshing to walk into my studio and have a relatively clean slate just waiting for me to explore my creativity for that evening.  Some days, I have a plan as to what to do.  Some days I wait until I get to my studio, taking a deep breath just inside the door and waiting for whatever inspiration comes to me.  I am able to focus so much better when I start each session in my clean studio.

    How sweet it is!  Quilt Therapy at its finest!

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      Tutorial Tuesday: Star Light, Star Bright Table Topper

      This tutorial is sponsored by Warm & Natural Batting® From The Warm Company™

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      This is a photographic tutorial.  A link to download this pattern in PDF is available at the end of this tutorial.  You need to download it so that you have the fabric requirements and cutting requirements for this quilted project.

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      Lay out complimentary fabric scraps and choose the appropriate number needed for this table topper.

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      When you cut out your Star Points, be sure to draw a diagonal line, corner-to-corner, on the BACK of your fabric.

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      Once you have your fabric choices, this photo above shows you the fabric cuts needed for this table topper (sans the 1″ Scrappy Bright Fabric as is noted in the PDF pattern).

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      Begin by making flying geese to create your Star Points.  Sew ONE (1) Star Point to ONE (1) of the 4 1/4” x 7 3/8” strips ON the line you drew.

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      Next, trim off the corner of the White and Star Point fabrics 1/4″ beyond the sewn line.

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      Press the Star Points toward the Star Point fabric.

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      Repeat the same process as shown above, with another Star Point fabric sewn diagonally on the White fabric strip.

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      Again, cut the Star Point corner 1/4″ beyond the sewn line and press the Star Points toward the Star Point Fabric.

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      Now, sew TWO (2) of the Star Point strips to the left and right side of your center fabric.

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      Sew the 4 1/4″ White Cornerstones to the remaining TWO (2) Star Points and then pin them and sew them to the top and bottom of your Star.

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      This is a photo of the finished center of this table topper.

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      Next, time to add the White left and right borders to your center star.

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      Then sew the top and bottom White borders to the center star.

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      Create your scrappy final Border using the images above and the cutting requirements in the PDF pattern.

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      Sew the left and right scrappy borders to the center star and White border.  Then pin and sew the top and bottom scrappy borders onto the center.

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      This is a photo of the finished table topper top!

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      Follow up with quilting the table topper as desired.

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      Finally, sew the binding onto your table topper and whip-stitch or machine stitch the binding to the back (or front, depending on your binding process) of your quilt project.

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      To download a PDF of this pattern, please visit this link:
      http://www.bomquilts.com/2015/StarLightStarBright.pdf

      TK Harrison is a member of The Warm Company’s Designer Endorsement Program.

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        Tutorial Tuesday: Machine Embroidered & Quilted Mug Rug

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        I am having a blast with my new embroidery/sewing machine!  It’s been sitting in its box since I received it because I didn’t have room to set it up until I moved to my quilt studio.  For my first project, I made an embroidered and quilted mug rug…then thought of all sorts of people I wanted to make one for.  I might even make them for imaginary people, it’s that much fun!

        Ahem.  On with the show….errr, tutorial!

        Supplies

        • Fabric for embroidery
        • Stabilizer for embroidery
        • Scrap fabric for borders, backing & binding
        • Batting

        Tutorial

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        Cut the fabric and stabilizer for the embroidery about 2″ wider than your embroidery hoop.

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        Insert your fabric and stabilizer into your embroidery hoop, pulling the fabric so that it does not have any puckers or wrinkles on it.  Secure it in the hoop and tighten the hoop so the fabric does not move around.

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        Set your hoop up in your embroidery machine and choose an embroidery pattern.  Then, let the embroidery machine do all the embroidery work for you!

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        Once your embroidery machine is finished, remove your fabric and stabilizer from the hoop and press flat.

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        Square up your embroidery and trim the excess fabric away.

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        Using fabric scraps, cut the left and right borders to your embroidery to whatever size you’d like to make your mug rug (adding in your seam allowances).

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        Sew the left and right borders to your embroidered center.

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        Press your left and right borders toward the scrap fabric.

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        Repeat the same process with the top and bottom borders.

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        Press and lightly starch the finished mug rug top.

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        Create your quilt sandwich with your embroidered top, batting and backing.

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        Securely pin your quilt sandwich.

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        Machine quilt your mug rug in whatever pattern you prefer.

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        Trim your mug rug so that the top, batting and backing are all the same size.

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        Prepare your binding and bind your mug rug.

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        Congratulations!  Now you have a lovely mug rug to use or gift to someone!

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          Quilt Shop Love: Quilt Studio Warming Gifts

          I have said it often and I will continue to say it – AbbyMays.com is my all-time favorite quilt shop.  Whether I am making a quilt project exclusively for her or a personal one for me, Linda is always willing to send me fabric for whatever my needs are.  Her prices are unbeatable and if you wait just a few months, most of her current fabrics go on sale on top of already being 10% off the retail prices.  If you don’t have a regular online quilt shop you order from, take a look at AbbyMays.com and take advantage of all Linda has to offer.  I promise, you will not be sorry!

          Last week, I announced that my quilt studio was finally ready for me to enjoy all of my sewing, embroidery and longarm creativity.  I have gone out there and stood just inside the door and marveled at how special that space is to me, how blessed I am to have had it gifted to me and my eyes took in the wonder of everything around me.  Just like I like to lay out my new fabrics, just for their eye candy – that’s what I’ve been doing in my studio.  Is almost a shame to start cutting up fabric and making a mess!

          And then I asked Linda at AbbyMays.com if I could pick out a few fabrics as a quilt studio warming gift to myself.  Of course, she said yes!  And of course, I have to share my special gifts with you!

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          And now for the fun of designing quilts around these fabrics and enjoying the results from the fruits of my quilted labor!

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