Is machine embroidery for you?

If you love to create with sewing patterns, then chances are you’ll love machine embroidery.  With an embroidery machine and few machine embroidery designs, you can embellish all of your projects to make them unique.  The best part is the embroidery machine does all the work for you!  It is so fun to show friends how an embroidery machine works for the first time.  As soon as that machine starts stitching out the design, their jaw just drops and then the excitement starts!  It really is fascinating to watch.

Many YCMT fans enjoy adding appliques to their projects.  Did you know embroidery machines can do appliques too?  You simply download an applique embroidery design and let the machine to do all the work for you!

To learn more about getting started with machine embroidery, visit SWAKembroidery.com!  SWAKembroidery.com is a sister site to YouCanMakeThis.com and owned by the same people.  So, you can be assured your experience there will be as great as it is at YCMT!

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We have a NEW blog — Please come on over!

We have a new blog and I’d love for you to come and visit! Be sure to bookmark the new url and visit often. If it is something that can be MADE, we’ll probably be blogging about it! :) 

If you are sewing along with the “Make-It-Up-As-You-Go-Along” Quilt, I’ll be posting new steps to finish the quilt over on our new blog. We’ll keep this blog up so that everyone can catch up on these earlier steps.

Can’t wait to “see” you over there!

-Kim

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Post here if you’re sewing along…

I’m so excited to see what you all are doing! If you have a blog, or just want to let us know that you’re still sewing this quilt, make a comment. We’re almost done so this is where it gets really fun!!

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Part 9: Adding those corner triangles!

Ready for part 9? If you are just checking into the blog today, don’t forget to see my Super SEW Sunday post where I described part 8.   These were 2 simple steps so I decided to post them on the same day.

Step 1:  Cut your fabric into two, 5.5 x 5.5″ squares.  If you’d like to have all four corners from a different fabric, simply cut these from four different fabrics.  Again, there are math formulas for exact cuts, but I just look at what my main block is and decrease the size by 1/2 inch.  Since I had 6″ blocks, I cut these new blocks for the corners as a 5.5 x 5.5″ square.

Step 2:  Lay your ruler from one corner to the next and make a diagonal cut. Photobucket

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Step 3:  Take one of your triangles over to the ironing board.

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 Step 4:  Fold triangle in half and press. You want to see a visible crease down the center. This helps with your placement in step 5.

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Step 5:  Right sides together, place triangle on top of one of the corners of your quilt.  Pin.  The crease you made in step 4 will help you to match the center with the center seam in the pinwheel.  **Note: Your triangle will be larger than the quilt block. This is ok! You’ll trim it later. ;)

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Step 6: Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, sew corner triangle to quilt. Repeat steps for the other 3 corners. Press all seams on all 4 corners.

Step 7: Square up and trim all excess fabric.

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You are done with the center portion of the quilt top! WOW! What do you think? Do you love what you are doing? I hope you’ve had fun!

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We still have 2 borders to put on the quilt and then the quilt top will be finished. I made this a small lap quilt since it will just go over the corner of my bench.  It is also a good size for a baby quilt or  a wall hanging. But these techniques are perfect for making any size quilt!

Have fun!!
-Kim

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Super Sew Sunday & Part 8…

I hope you all had a nice weekend! I’m guessing many of you got out the chips, dip, and grill for a Super SEW Sunday! Am I right? :) What?!? You think I mean, “Super BOWL Sunday?” Nahhh….I mean, I *think* I heard “something” about tackles, interceptions, a neat story about a guy by the name of Kurt Warner, maybe some “Steelers” talk and all…

LOL! Just kidding, of course!  So while Super Bowl Sunday was happening around here, I did sneak off for a little super-sewing, too. ;)

Part 8 & 9 will go by really fast. So let’s start with part 8: sewing those rows together! 

Step 1: Arrange your diagonal rows as I have done in the photo below. The numbers just help with step 2.

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Step 2: Right sides together, line up the bottom of row 1, to the top of row 2.

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Step 3: Pin rows together. Carefully match up seams and use a lot of pins. :)

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Step 4: Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, sew row 1 to row 2.  Continue sewing rows together by sewing row 2 to row 3, and so on. Repeat until all 5 rows are sewn together. Press seams.

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In keeping with the idea of making this quilt in “baby steps,” I’ll wait a few hours until posting the instructions for the corners. Resist the temptation to trim your quilt just yet. :) It’s ok if you have, but we’ll take care of it all in one big step when we put on those corners.

I’ll post again later on today! Have fun!!

-Kim

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Part 7 — I Think You’ll Like This One!

I wanted to wait a few extra days before posting this in order to give everyone time to catch up. I’ve been visiting your blogs and your quilts are looking GREAT!! 

The last step wasn’t the most fun, but this one sure is! 

As you know, I’m making this up as I go. So my initial idea was to have the center of the quilt, created in this way: 4 pinwheels across, and 4 pinwheels down.  So you’d have a 16-pinwheel quilt center. Something like this:

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Do I like that? Sure! It works. It’s cute. It’s “Option 1.”  And if you’d like to go ahead and sew those rows together, then you’re ready to go there and do that step.  And it will be adorable. 

But before you do….let me show you “Option 2.”  (heehee) This option was one that I fell in love with once I turned my squares “on point.”  See the difference this makes?

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Now you may notice something right away — Option 2 only has 13 pinwheels. I had you make 16 pinwheels since I was first going to go with option 1.  So if you are going with Option 2, choose your favorite 13 blocks and keep the extra 3 for pillows, other quilts, etc. ;)

This tutorial is going to be a little longer, but I’m telling ya…IT WILL BE FUN!! :)  (Plus, you just may learn something new, too!)  Again, the following steps are for OPTION 2 ONLY.

Notice how there are missing triangles? No worries! I’ll show you how to put those in there.  There’s a little trick to it,  so you’ll want to follow closely so that your quilt top lays nicely.  PART 7 will only show you how to do those SIDE TRIANGLES.  The corner triangles will come in Part 8. ;)

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Step 1:  Cut 2, 9×9 inch squares.  I based the 9×9 inch measurement on the fact that my pinwheels finished as a 6 inch square. So if your finished square is 5 inches, cut 8×8 inch squares.  There are many fancy math formulas out there for getting an exact size for cutting your side  triangles, but I’m going to follow the advice of Rochelle from Cottage Quilts and simply add 3 inches to my finished block.

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Step 2: You’ll be cutting 4 triangles out of this 9×9 inch square. Confused? Don’t be. Here’s what you do: With your ruler and rotary cutter, cut across at a diagonal.
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Step 3: Cut across along the other diagonal.

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Since your bias cuts are on the inside of the square, making your cuts like this prevents the border of your quilt from becoming “wavy.” Now you have 4 triangles that you can place on the sides of your quilt.  Cutting your 2nd, 9×9″ square will give you 4 more triangles.

Step 4:  Place your triangles along each side.  The long side of the triangle will be on the outside border.  *Note: If you want a more “scrappy” looking quilt, simply cut more 9×9 inch squares. You’ll have a few extra triangles that you won’t need, but you’ll get the amount of different fabric triangles you want. 

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Remember, don’t worry about those corner triangles right now. Those are cut differently and we’ll do that on another day. :)

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Step 5:   Now you’re going to sew these “diagonal” rows. Starting in the top left-hand corner, sew triangle 1 to block 2. Then sew block 2 to triangle 3.  Use a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  The photos below will help you “see” what is happening.

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Step 6:  Press your seams towards each triangle.

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Step 7:  Repeat steps 5 & 6 for the rest of the diagonal rows.  Example:

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OK, that’s all for today! Part 8 will include how to sew the rows together and adding on your corner triangles! Have fun! I’ll be watching for your updates!

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