Sunday, May 7, 2017

Update

Hey Guys!! I'm so sorry about not getting the sew along quilt tutorials done! They are in the drafting process & after completing a couple, I hit save & thought it worked but of course as my luck would have it, they did NOT save. I am in the process of redoing those & getting them posted. Also I will be trying to finish up the blocks I am behind on as well. I am stretched to my limits lately with studying, house work & gardening with all of my pain & I don't feel like I am getting anywhere! I'm sure I'm not alone! :)
I also am going back to WORK!! After 13 years!! I am gonna be hurting so bad but I've gotta do it!! Bills are piling up & they cant pay themselves, right? That's what I wanted to let you guys know & I will be posting from time to time so please hang around!! Thanks Guys!! Happy Creating!! Debbie

If you haven't already done so, please, click the link on the Snowy Quilt Block, so you can follow along & finish up your own quilts. I didn't mean to leave all of you hanging with many UFO's. I haven't had the time to even walk into my studio. Miss it so much & will get in there soon. It's all calling my name!
                                                        Continue Creating Beautiful Creations, Debbie

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Snowy Day Quilt Sampler Block #4


                         
                                          WELCOME to Rustic Needle Creations!!
This is the fourth block of the Snowy Day Quilt Sew Along. Follow along as I walk, hopefully, you through each step so you can do this too.
If you have seen the Snowy Day Quilt Block #1 tutorial then you should have all of your materials ready.  If not, here is what you will need:
And you will be able to find the previous PDF files & others in the "Files" tab at the top of the groups page.
 NQC Quilt Block Challenge (National Quilters Circle)

Special Thanks goes to Andrea Smith @HappyCloudCreations for sharing her quilt blocks with us!
I also added the direct link for the pattern below, so you can print the PDF.)
PDF~Block #4

Material List
Sewing machine or hand needles
thread
scissors
rotary mat & cutter
a couple yards of fabric x 4 from your own stash :)
pins
Pretty much your basic sewing supplies!

"Sew", lets begin.......

After printing off your PDF pattern/instructions, gather the four fabric choices & follow along with how to cut.
All seam allowances are a 1/4" unless noted!

                          Snowy Day Quilt Sampler Block #4 
   
You will need to gather up your four fabric choices that you would like to use in your quilt blocks.
If you want the colors to be the same for all 9 blocks throughout, be sure to grab a couple yards each. This will ensure you don't run into any problems further in & make sure it's 100% cotton or a cotton blend.
You will need to cut your fabric as follows:
Fabric A: 2~5.25"x5.25"squares
Fabric B: 4~5.25"x5.25" squares
Fabric C: 2~5.25"x5.25" squares
Fabric D: 8~5.25"x5.25" squares

After cutting out all of your pieces, you will then need to match up the 5.25" squares combinations with right sides together(RST), as follows:
2~ Fabric D to Fabric A
4~ Fabric D to Fabric B
2~ Fabric D to Fabric C
Draw a diagonal line from one corner down to the other, pin in place. Then sew a 1/4" seam allowance on each side of the line.
Then cut apart with scissors or a rotary cutter. Open up your newly made squares & press your seams toward the darker fabric, being sure NOT to push or pull the fabric
with your iron! Pressing means exactly that! Lift the iron & set down the iron, working your way to the end!
 













Repeat for all 4 rows, keeping them in the order needed. After you have done from left to right, joining your blocks, then press your seams. You will then lay them back out & start sewing the full rows together. Again be sure to mark their placement. Fold Row #2 up to meet Row #1 & Row #4 up to meet Row #3. Matching up right sides together, pinning & then sewing with a 1/4" seam allowance. Then of course you need to attach the two sections at Row #2 & Row #3 together in the same way. Then press in this way,  1st row up, 2nd row down, 3rd row up & 4th row down, this produces less bulk. Lay out your block, take a look at the fantastic work of art you have just completed!! Awesome job!!!





Now, I have 4 of 9 blocks complete!
Happy Creating!! 
Debbie


Monday, April 10, 2017

Snowy Day Quilt Block Sampler #3


WELCOME to Rustic Needle Creations!!
This is the second block of the Snowy Day Quilt Sew Along. Follow along as I walk, hopefully, you through each step so you can do this too.
If you have seen the Snowy Day Quilt Block #1 tutorial then you should have all of your materials ready.  If not, here is what you will need:
And you will be able to find the previous PDF files & others in the "Files" tab at the top of the groups page.
 NQC Quilt Block Challenge (National Quilters Circle)

Special Thanks goes to Andrea Smith @HappyCloudCreations for sharing her quilt blocks with us!
I also added the direct link for the pattern below, so you can print the PDF.)
PDF~Block #3

Material List
Sewing machine or hand needles
thread
scissors
rotary mat & cutter
a couple yards of fabric x 4 from your own stash :)
pins
Pretty much your basic sewing supplies!

"Sew", lets begin.......
Snowy Day Quilt Block #3
Unfinished size: 16.5"x16.5"
After printing off your PDF pattern/instructions, gather the four fabric choices & follow along with how to cut.
All seam allowances are a 1/4" unless noted!
Overlook my little helpers!
Okay, now that I have Panda out of the way, let's begin.
First grab your fabric choices, whether you want different color/designs for each block or all the
same. Grab your PDF that you printed from the link above. 
Fabric A: 2~5.25"x5.25" squares
Fabric B: 4~4.25"x4.25" squares
Fabric C: 1~5.25"x5.25" squares
Fabric D: 3~5.25"x5.25" squares
           6~4.5"x4.5" squares
Take your 5.25"x5.25" squares & match up these combinations, right sides together.
                                                                           Fabric D to Fabric A~2x

                Fabric D to Fabric C~1x
Making a mark from one corner to the next diagonally. Then pin in place. Sew a 1/4" seam allowance on each side of your drawn line. Repeat for all combos, then cut on the drawn line. Press seams to darker fabric.
                                                 
The squares will be larger than needed. Trim them down to 4.5"x4.5"

Layout all squares, following the diagram on your PDF pattern. With right sides together, sew your squares together in each row, making sure you keep them organized.



Press seams to left, right, left, right sequence after sewing together each of your rows.
Press seams down flat when block is completed.





                                         My little helper Mattie likes to sit on my blocks.

                                                                                Happy Creating,
                                                                                         Debbie


Sunday, April 9, 2017

Sew Sweetness Bag Making Contest~#1 & #2

Here is the bag that I have submitted to the Sew Sweetness Bag Sewing Contest! This is her pattern of The Kennedy Bag. Hope you all like it!
I changed the hardware on the side straps as well as changed the way the top of the sides were cut. Oh yeah, the pattern only had one line to divide the inside pocket, I added two to give it three sections.
I fought a little with it but in the end I feel like I accomplished what I set out to do, lol! Make the bag for the contest! I want to wish everyone Good Luck! You all can join too over on @SewSweetness blog. Of course I will add the link for you all to join, don't want to keep it all to myself! :)
I ended up breaking a nail & my Black Beauty broke one too(a needle).
This contest ends on April 30th, 2017.... Here is my version of The Kennedy Bag!!
#NBM  #sewsweetnesscontest #sewsweetnesspattern
Fabric~ Exterior: Waverly Inspirations (Wal-Mart) 100% cotton duck
          ~Interior: Waverly Inspirations
         ~Pellon 911FF-Fusible Interfacing & a 1/2yd of thin automotive head liner(on hand)
       








 

Off to work on another or some quilt blocks, hmmm, sew many choices of fabric, sew little time....


The Brookfield Bag
Okay guys! I decided to sew up another bag for the contest above! What do ya think? Please comment & let me know your thoughts. Please be nice! I am a new bag maker & comments are appreciated!
Used the previous fabric as my Kennedy Bag, just LOVE it!
I left off the corner markers & the piping on my version, added some free motion design to the top bands.





#sewsweetness #NBM #sewsweetnesspattern


Friday, April 7, 2017

How To~Helpful Sewing Videos on YouTube

Here is a great video tutorial on ways to add elastic to your garments/projects. Lots of very useful information! She shows 7 different ways on how to install elastic. Whether your a newbie or advanced, there is always something new to learn about sewing!
How To~Elastic

Another great video tutorial on ways to add bias tape to your projects. Lots of very useful information! Kathy shows us how to miter those corners & sew much more! Go check it out in the link below!
How To~Bias Binding
                                                     Happy Creating,
                                                           Debbie

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Snowy Day Quilt Block Sampler #2

WELCOME to Rustic Needle Creations!!
This is the second block of the Snowy Day Quilt Sew Along. Follow along as I walk, hopefully, you through each step so you can do this too.
If you have seen the Snowy Day Quilt Block #1 tutorial then you should have all of your materials ready.  If not, here is what you will need:
And you will be able to find the previous PDF files & others in the "Files" tab at the top of the groups page.
 NQC Quilt Block Challenge (National Quilters Circle)

Special Thanks goes to Andrea Smith @HappyCloudCreations for sharing her quilt blocks with us!
I also added the direct link for the pattern below, so you can print the PDF.)
PDF~Block #2

Material List
Sewing machine or hand needles
thread
scissors
rotary mat & cutter
a couple yards of fabric x 4 from your own stash :)
pins
Pretty much your basic sewing supplies!

"Sew", lets begin.......

After printing off your PDF pattern/instructions, gather the four fabric choices & follow along with how to cut.
All seam allowances are a 1/4" unless noted!


You will need: 4~5.25" x 5.25"squares of Color A
                              2~2.5" x 4.5" strips of Color B
                              2~2.5" x 8.5" strips of Color B
                        2~5.25" x 5.25" squares of Color C 
                          1~ 4.5" x 4.5" squares of Color D
                       6~5.25" x 5.25" squares of Color D
Then take your 5.25" x 5.25" squares & match up your color combinations:
~4 Fabric D/ Fabric A combos
~2 Fabric D/ Fabric C combos
Place them right sides together, & draw your line diagonally from top corner to bottom corner. Then pin in place. Take to your machine & line your presser foot edge to the line & sew a 1/4" seam down both sides. Repeat for other squares until all have been sewn.
Next, take your Color D 4.5" square, with right sides together, pin, then sew the Color B 2.5" x 4.5" strips to the top & bottom of your square. Press your seams toward the sewn strips.
Then, you will sew Color B 2.5" x 8.5" strips on the right & left sides of your square, with right sides together. Again, press your seams toward the sewn strips.










Be sure to follow along with the PDF that you printed, on how to lay out your squares to make this beautiful block.  Of course the square from the strips sewn together is center & then all of your squared combos are going around it.
After you have it in the design needed, you will then go row by row of sewing them together. Make sure that you keep it all organized!! As I said in Block #1 tutorial, you can use post it notes, index cards cut up or what I did was to take a sharpie & wrote 1-4 & A-D on my flat head flower pins. Anyway you can keep it right, please do so!
The PDF instructions will also show how to press your seams in the direction needed to reduce bulk
                 Finished Block #1 & #2



                                                                                     Happy Creating,
                                                                                               Debbie





Sunday, April 2, 2017

"Redecorate In A Snap"

 I received for review/trial from Home Tester Club for free, the gorgeous Eclipse Olivia Thermaweave® Room-Darkening Window Curtain Panel in a aqua colored design pattern. I received 4 panels in my package. I have hung them & they block out at most 99.5% light. These panels are an excellent choice for blocking out the sun's harmful rays, they are made of 100% polyester & feel silky to the touch & come in some gorgeous designs & colors. I have mine hanging in my studio where I have sewing machines, fabric, etc & none of these can be subjected to the sun. These panels have made a huge difference in keeping the sun out! When I need additional light, I just wrap my tie backs that I made around them & tada, bright light! I highly recommend these beautiful panel selections!
You can order a set of beautiful curtains, bedding, etc over at Ellery Homestyles, where fashion meets function. The distribution center is located in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
The best part besides these gorgeous curtains, I just recently signed up to be a member to test products. Become a member today!!

Pictures don't do them justice!

I do not receive any form of payment for my reviews, these were sent to me free of charge for testing/reviewing purposes.