Month: July 2018

Riley Blake Throw Quilt with Cricut Maker -Part 2

Riley Blake Throw Quilt with Cricut Maker -Part 2

The Riley Blake Spinning Wheels Throw Quilt is well on its way, here are my tips for cutting quilt squares with the Cricut Maker.

 

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Cutting quilt squares is easy with the Cricut Maker.

Cutting out all the pieces of a quilt is often the most laborious part of the quilting process. Using the Cricut Maker, the cutting goes so much faster! It saves hours of bending over a low table, grasping that old rotary cutting blade! This post is sponsored by Cricut and Riley Blake Designs. I was compensated in some way for writing this post. Any opinions given are completely my own.

Riley Blake Quilting Kit|Chambray Blues Blog|www.chambrayblues.com

If you missed the first installment of this short series, be sure to check out part one here. 

Cutting Process:

Prepare the fabric by pressing all of the pieces in the Dailey Days Throw Quilt Kit. I used my Easy Press, but you can iron them instead. Set aside the yellow floral, pink polka dot and blue daisy prints for the boarder (We will cut those later). Cut the remaining fabrics into 12” pieces WOF (the width of the fabric), as directed by the Cricut pdf directions for this project.

Using a 12 x 24” cutting mat, press the white fabric right side down to the mat. Let any extra fabric hang off the edge of the mat. This is important to get the best utilization from the fabric. Do not cut off the extra fabric! Be sure you have installed the Rotary Cutting Blade in your Cricut for cutting fabric before you begin.

Place the mat into the Cricut and cut. While the machine is cutting, prepare the next mat. It is helpful to use two mats at once. While one mat is being cut, you can prepare the second mat. Remove the pieces as they are cut from the mat and sort them into piles of like fabrics. You will need to scrape off excess threads that stick to the mat in between cuts for the best adhesion. After 5-6 cuts, I clean the mat with a bit of dish soap and water. Rub off the damp threads, then pat the mat dry with a lint free towel. The mat should be as sticky as ever and ready to use again.

Riley Blake Throw Quilt with Cricut Maker|Chambray Blues Blog|www.chambrayblues.com

It is good to count how many triangles you need of each fabric for your design. I found that the Cricut is so efficient at cutting I had some extra pieces that I won’t need for the quilt. The final counts for this Spinning Wheels pattern are:

144 white triangles

20 grey

28 pink

20 dark blue

24 bright green multi color floral

24 bright green floral

15 light blue stripe

15 light blue floral

We will be making 35 blocks total for this quilt.

Here are the supplies needed for this project:

Get your pieces cut then we are ready to sew! I hope you enjoyed this post and hopefully learned a few handy tips! Be on the lookout for part 3 of this series where I will cover Quilt Assembly and wrap up this fun project.

If you like this post, try these other ideas:

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Riley Blake Throw Quilt with Cricut- Part 3

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Riley Blake Throw Quilt with Cricut-Part 1

Riley Blake Throw Quilt with Cricut-Part 1

Quilting is a wonderful hobby, it’s made so much easier by using a Cricut Maker to cut the pieces! This adorable kit comes with everything you need to cut and make a beautiful throw quilt!

 

Riley Blake Quilt Kit|Chambray Blues Blog|www.chambrayblues.com

Quilting is one of my favorite hobbies. I often make quilts for gifts, to match my decor or just because it’s a challenge. Cricut has these adorable quilting kits and I was thrilled to be able to try one. This post is sponsored by Cricut and Riley Blake. Any opinions given are completely my own. For a complete list of disclosure rules, see the disclosures page.

Riley Blake Quilting Kit|Chambray Blues Blog|www.chambrayblues.com

The Riley Blake Daisey Days Throw size quilt was perfect for cuddling on cool summer evenings on the porch. I adore the Riley Blake fabrics, and was thrilled to get a kit with all the planning and thinking already done for me! This kit comes with the coordinating fabrics that you can use to make several different designs. My choice was the Spinning Wheels design, one that I have admired for a long time but never attempted. Each design is labeled with the quilting level of expertise required so it’s easy to make an educated choice and get the one that best suits your abilities. This Spinning Wheels design is for an Intermediate or Advance quilter, mostly because of the amount of seams that need to be matched to complete the pattern.

Cricut also makes cutting mats, rulers, rotary cutters and other sewing tools. Mine were in bad shape, and I was so excited to see them arrive in the mail!

Riley Blake Fabric for Spinning Wheels Quilt|Chambray Blues Blog|chambrayblues.com

The first step in the process is choosing a quilt kit in Cricut Design Space. I decided this would be best explained in a video tutorial, so here you go:

 

 

Here are the supplies needed for this project:

Riley Blake Daisey Days Throw Size Quilt Kit (affiliate link included for your convience)

•Rotary Cutter

•Cutting Mat

•PDF Sewing Directions, printed

•PDF Cutting Directions, printed

•Iron or Easy Press(affiliate link)

•Pressing mat or ironing board

Cricut Maker with Rotary Fabric Cutting Blade(affiliatelink)

•Large Fabric Grip cutting mat (pink) in 12″ x 24″ size

• Quilt backing (not included in the kit)

•Throw size polyester fiberfill quilt batting (not included in the kit)

•Sewing machine and thread

Directions for Preparing fabric to be cut:

1. Print the Spinning Wheels PDF cutting directions from the Cricut Design Space. Read through the directions.

2. Remove fabrics from the Riley Blake Quilting Kit, place them in the order to be cut according to directions.

3. Press fabrics with Easy Press (set on 196 degrees) or steam iron until smooth.

Riley Blake Quilt with Cricut|Chambrayblues blog|chambrayblues.com

 

My next tutorial will be on cutting the quilt pieces with your Cricut, so be sure to stop back for part 2 of this tutorial!

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Sew a Pocket Square in 3 Easy Steps

Riley Blake Throw Quilt with Cricut – Part 3

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Men’s Thrifted Shirt Upcycle Hack in 7 Steps

Men’s Thrifted Shirt Upcycle Hack in 7 Steps

I adore the patchwork look of upscale designer clothing. This sewing hack uses a couple of thrift-ed men’s dress shirts and some fabric scraps to bring new feminine style!

Men’s Dress Shirt Up-cycle

Up-cycle hacks are all over the internet, and some of my favorites use men’s dress shirts. They are inexpensive, plentiful, and come in lots of great fabrics. I have been keeping this one on hand for a project for some time, I loved the orange and blue plaid colors but it was just too unfeminine for me to wear without feeling awkward. It also didn’t fit very well around the middle, which is no surprise as this is my biggest fit problem!

Men's Thrifted Shirt Restyle|Chambray Blues|www.chambrayblues.com
Photo from Soft Surroundings website

My inspiration came from this shirt from Soft Surroundings. My former workplace, I always loved seeing how their designers put fabrics together in new ways. The feminine look of the back of this shirt was what I loved about it.

Upcycled Men's Dress Shirt|chambraybluesblog|chambrayblues.com

You can easily make a men’s shirt into a feminine statement piece with these 7 steps. Here’s what you will need:

Supplies:

• 2 men’s cotton dress shirts with similar colors, works best of they are the same size (1 plaid, 1 stripe)

•1/2 yard of contrasting floral fabric

•Scissors

•ruler and fabric marker

•Sewing machine and matching thread

Restyled Mens shirt back|Chambraybluesblog|www.chambrayblues.com

 

Upcycled Men's Dress Shirt|chambraybluesblog|chambrayblues.com

 

Upcycled Men's Dress Shirt|chambraybluesblog|chambrayblues.com

 

Directions:

  1. Remove the shirt back by cutting 1/2″ away from the armhole, yoke and side seams. Leave seams intact.

 

2. Use the piece you just removed as a pattern for cutting the contrasting floral fabric, adding 1/2″ to the top and side seams. Cut floral hem slightly shorter than the original piece, at your natural waist.

3. Cut the second shirt, under the armholes, across the front button placket and remove the back.

4. Pin top edges of floral fabric to the seam allowance just under the yoke. Stitch in place making a 1/2″ seam.

5. Sew sides of floral fabric to the back armhole, underarm and side of shirt. Break stitches at top corner as you sew, clip fabric as needed to get a square seam at shoulder.

6. Sew top of stripe fabric to the floral fabric, putting the button down placket at center back as pictured above. Sew side seams and press.

7. Finish side seams of shirt tails with 1/4″ rolled hem.

Mens Shirt Restyle|Chambray Blues Blog|chambrayblues.com
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