Friday Funday: Free Wall Hanging Quilt Patterns

“Strip-Pieced Lone Star” Free Wall Hanging Quilt Pattern designed by Cindy Lammon from McCall’s Quilting

“Batik Illusion” Free Wall Hanging Quilt Pattern designed by Debra Lunn & Michael Mrowka from McCall’s Quilting

“Buttons and Bow Ties” Free Wall Hanging Quilt Pattern designed by Lynn Dash from McCall’s Quilting

“Hearts Abloom” Free Wall Hanging Quilt Pattern designed by Heidi Pridemore from McCall’s Quilting

“Nite Lites” Free Wall Hanging Quilt Pattern adapted from a quilt designed by Terry Albers from McCall’s Quilting

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    Sewing Handmade Gifts


    People nowadays believe that handmade gifts are the best presents they could give to people that truly matter in their lives. This is because these are more personalized and exude more sincerity because of the effort that the gift-giver has put into it—either by making these or in finding these items.

    If you are one of those who are planning to give someone a gift for any upcoming special occasion, it is best to consider handmade gifts—especially those that you are able to sew yourself. This is because hand-sewn gifts would mean that you took extra time to find out more about the interest of that person and you took extra effort in learning to sew.

    Why sew?

    One of the most wonderful activities and pastimes in history is sewing. Aside from being beneficial because it enables a person to wear his or her own clothes and use his or her creations, sewing also encourages creativity and resourcefulness through the different patterns, materials and techniques that can be used.

    Before, sewing—especially sewing by hand—is only associated with women. But today, with all the advances and conveniences modern technology has brought, this activity has evolved not only as a pastime but also as a source of income for both men and women.

    If you just get started on sewing, one of the most important things that you should pay attention to is the various sewing techniques needed for successful outcomes. These sewing techniques are very important to ensure that you will not waste time, effort, and materials in the current and future sewing projects you have in mind. Aside from learning the different sewing techniques out there, you must also take notes of the useful tips that you have discovered and encountered so you will use them the next time you will be facing another needlework.

    Sewing tips and techniques

    Sewing techniques are very crucial in a successful needlework because these define the overall appearance and endurance of the item. The most basic sewing technique that a neophyte sewer must learn is marking. This is very important because this will serve as your guide before you cut the fabric. Marking is done on the fabric using a tailor’s chalk once all the measurements are listed. When marking, always remember that the edges are marked properly so it won’t be erased once the fabric is flipped or tossed.

    Next important sewing technique is cutting. This should be done using a sharp pair of scissors to ensure that there will be no frills hanging once the fabric has been cut. In cutting, always make sure that the fabric is not stretched and is not pinned to avoid miscalculations in the measurement. It is best to put weights on the fabric when cutting it to ensure that you get the measurements marked correctly.

    After marking and cutting, the sewing proper comes next. Whether you will be sewing by hand or by machine, always make sure that you use new and sharp needles. This is very important because it ensures that you will have hassle free sewing.

    The most common handmade gifts that you can sew may include something that this person could wear like a piece of clothing or something that would really remind him or her of you such as a quilt, a blanket or even a hankie. Others may include things that can be used at home or in his or her workplace.

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      Quilted Kitchen: Cookie Jar Quilt Block & Chocolate Waffle Cookies Recipe


      Cookie Jar Quilt Block

      Cutting Requirements for 12″ finished block (precise 1/4″ seam allowance):

      • Pewter:  Cut ONE (1) 2 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ strip.
      • Blue:  Cut ONE (1) 9″ x 10″ strip.
      • White:  Cut TWO (2) 1 3/4″ x 12 1/2″ strips.
      • White:  Cut TWO (2) 2 1/4″ x 2 3/4″ strips.
      • White:  Cut TWO (2) 2″ strips (bottom corner triangles). On the back side of each square, draw a diagonal line, corner-to-corner, ONE (1) time.
      • White:  Cut TWO (2) 3 1/4″ strips (top corner triangles). On the back side of each square, draw a diagonal line, corner-to-corner, ONE (1) time.

      Quilt Block Construction Diagram:


      Chocolate Waffle Cookies from Taste of Home

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