Thursday, April 25, 2013

a folded star tutorial!

I'm so excited to finally be able to share this amazing technique on how I made the folded stars.  Please know right off this is not my pattern, and the tutorial is to show you how easy it is to use the template to make them.   I received permission by Plum Easy to give instructions on my blog.  For the full pattern and template with cutting instructions just visit my shop.

Here is what you need~

Plum Easy Folded Star Pattern and Template  (the pattern comes with 1 template, and you can also get packs of 3 templates)
1 small square
4 small dark colored squares turned into prairie points
8 large light colored squares turned into prairie points
8 large dark colored squares turned into prairie points
8 large light colored squares turned into prairie points
glue stick
rotary cutter and ruler
steam iron (for making the prairie points)

To make the prairie points fold it in half once, wrong sides together and press.  Then fold the two corners to the middle and press with steam so it stays in place.

 Add a little glue to the wrong side of small square and place in the middle square section of he pattern.

Add a little glue to the back side corner of the small prairie point.

 Set in place in between the 45% angle lines (you can move and adjust if you need).

Continue with the 3 other small prairie points by adding glue to the back side corners and then setting in place.

 Now for layer number 2.    Add some glue on the back side of one of your light large prairie points.

 Place the first one on the layer 2 line on the 45 degree angle line.

 Add some glue to the second prairie point and place it on the layer 2 line and the 90 degree angle line.

Continue adding glue to the corners of your prairie points and place around the circle as pictured above.

For Layer number 3, start in the same place as you did with layer number 2 and continue going around the circle adding all the prairie points.

 Add layer number 4 the same way you added layer number 2 and 3.

After you have all your layers in place take it over to the machine and top stitch by stitching in the ditch.

 Top stitch each section of your 8 points.

Use 4 scrap triangles larger than the corners and stitch right sides together.  Then iron seams to one side as it is really thick.

Trim up your block with your rotary cutter and ruler and then you are all done!!  You can now make that into a potholder or keep going and make a pillow.  :)

 My 4 folded stars.  

 All done with my pretty pillow!!  Yeah!!

I added Annie's Farm Stand, Seed Catalogue for a border, some yellow crochet trim, and Annie's Farm Stand Mini Rosie for the binding.

The back, Atusko Matsuyama's Spring Bouquets in pink & Tasha's,  Little Red Riding Hoods Stripe in Red.

I quilted the pillow by top stitching around each star.  This is one thick and comfy pillow!  :)

I hope everyone is having a lovely Spring week!!  We've had the most lovely weather and have really been enjoying it!!  :)

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

one more folded star

I really have to apologize for my absence from my blog lately.  It has been crazy busy in my house.  Lots of new fabrics (really pretty ones, I'll show you below), which means my time has been pretty much taken up with the shop and family, and not much time for sewing.   I did squeeze in laying out one folded star this last week-end.  I want to do one more and then stitch up a pillow before I do a tutorial.  That has been why I haven't gotten the tutorial posted (hanging my head in shame)!  I'm so sorry, my friends!!   Hopefully soon!!  :)

I just joined Instagram last week!!  Halleluiah!!  It has been fun being able to see what everyone is up to while even cutting fabric.  :)  I feel so much more apart of the crafting world again!!    On Instagram I'm sewdeerlyloved and you are welcome to follow along to stay up to date on all my day to day happenings.  

Here are a few of the things I've posted this last week~

Watching Emma while I cut orders!  One of my favorite things to do, watch my favorite period dramas while working.  :)  Some of my favorites are, Pride & Prejudice, Emma, Sense & Sensibility, Little Dorrit and North & South.  What are your favorites?  Would love to watch some new ones!!

 A lonely little sewing area waiting to be used!  :)

 A couple vintage pyrex bowls I found at goodwill!!

 My polka dots potted tulips!!  I simply love tulips!!
A ferry ride with my hubby to have a dinner date in Seattle!

I've received lot of yummy fabrics the last couple weeks that I have to show you.  They are such eye candy!  I could sit and stare at them all day.    

 Leciens Old New 30's Spring 2013 collection!

 Pam Kitty Morning's Pam Kitty Love by Lakehouse!

And, Tasha's sweet Little Red Riding Hood by Riley Blake!  I also have the pink, greys and green bundled.  :)

I'm off to take my kiddos to the doctor and then I'll be back to work on orders!  See you soon, my friends!!