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The Eleventh

The Eleventh
The Eleventh

(The above photos show one of my very first sewn projects. A little flag trivet. It’s completely hand stitched. And those apples are called Jonamacs. Quite tasty.)

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New Shop!

Vintage Pink Floral Weekender
Well, it’s official. I’ve opened up my new shop at BigCartel. I’m pretty excited. Without Etsy’s help, I have a lot of work ahead of me in the promotional department. I’m currently waiting for the domain forwarding to go through, so that when you type in lieslmade.com you’ll show up at my new shop instead of my Etsy one. (In the meantime, you’re welcome to visit at lieslmade.bigcartel.com.)
Vintage Khaki Floral Gathered Skirt
There is a little nagging voice in my head that says this was a bad move, to leave Etsy. But it’s something I’ve wanted to try for quite a while. Besides, if it doesn’t work out, I can always return to Etsy.

Anyway, I’m slowly but surely going to get things listed in the shop. I don’t have as much stock as I’d like, but I’ve been busy working on other things (like the Series.)

Stripey Lonestar Quilt Block Tutorial


Good morning. Here is the latest block for the Series. I’m quite smitten with this one. Click the above photo to be taken to the tutorial document. I think it fits in with the quilt really well–I’m still on the fence about the Dresden Plate Block. I wonder if I should redo it more like this one, to make it mesh better with the “scrappy” feel of the quilt?
Sampler Quilt.
Here is the progress so far. What do you think?

Bunting.

Scrappy Bunting.
I’ve spent a lot of time rooting around my scrap boxes for this Mini Patchwork Sampler Quilt I’m working on. Before I go and use them all up (ha! Yeah right!), I figured I should grab a few to complete the bunting I’ve been wanting to make for ages.
Scrappy Bunting.
There isn’t a single stitch in this project. I cheated and used glue instead. The fabric scrap edges are raw. I figure it hangs on the wall and doesn’t get wear and tear so nothing fancy needed.
I’m a bit of a minimalist when it comes to design. A photo wire and a small calendar are the only other things on my wall. Someday I might like to put a ledge shelf above my bed but in the meantime, this’ll do nicely.

Sneak Peek.

Ruffled Tote
Gathered Skirt.
Patchwork Tote

Hello.
Thought I’d share with you some sneak peeks of things I’ve been making for the January re-launch!
I’ll be back tomorrow with a wee giveaway for you crafty folks.

Mini Patchwork Spider Web Block Tutorial.


The next block in the Mini Patchwork Sampler Quilt Series is the Spider Web Block. It’s a fun block and uses some itty bitty scraps. Instead of making a long post here on my blog I’ve decided to whip up a Google document. And you can easily print it if you need to. Just click the photo above to access it!

Mini Patchwork Fence Rail Block Tutorial


The first block we are going to make for the Mini Patchwork Sampler Quilt Tutorial Series is the Fence Rail block. (I originally was wrong in calling it the Rail Fence—though, but before that I was calling it “Kinda Like Our Sidewalk Block” because that is kind of how we laid out our bricks.) Anyways, let’s start this simple, fun block, shall we?

You could make the left/top strip in each three strip square a solid color, like white, then you’d be able to have a zig zag pattern. I didn’t think of that when I pieced this block though. (What can I say? I was so excited to use up my print scraps!) Here is a photo to show you what I mean.

You can also do the strip method, where you sew three 1 1/2″ strips together, then cut them down to 3 1/2″. I did it one at a time because, like I said, I’m trying to use up all those small scraps.

This tutorial creates a traditional 12” block.


Cut a scrap of paper that is 1 1/2” by 3 1/2″ for your template. I like doing it this way because I can hold the template up to the various scraps to see if they are big enough. Pin it to a scrap of fabric and cut out.


Repeat 11 more times and lay out as seen.


Stitch two of them together, along the long side, with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press seam allowance open.


Stitch the third piece to the previous pieces.


Repeat for the other three squares as seen.


Stitch the top two together then the bottom two together.


Now, stitch the top and bottom together.


Repeat these steps three more times so you have four squares total, as seen.


Now stitch the top pieces together, then the bottom pieces.


Finally stitch the top and bottom pieces together. And voila, you have your very first block and managed to use up 48 itty bitty scraps.

Any questions? Let me know!


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