The votes are in and we have a winner. Make that TWO winners! We had so many entries to our Five Easy Pieces Contest that we couldn’t pick just one.
Congrats to Maren Ou Yang and Sandy Fisher for their excellent choices. We love the color palettes they created, and their ability to weave a great variety of fabrics together. They pulled from a range of collections and designers. Great job!
Maren and Sandy each received the twelve fat quarters they submitted to our wishlist contest, as well as our popular Five Easy Pieces pattern. Like what you see? We will be making kits from their choices in the near future.
— Posted by Stacy
I’ve been making a ton of purse pockets for gifts this month and they’re a quick and easy way to give a cute little something to nearly anybody you know. All it takes is one or two layer cake squares and there’s a million ways to customize them and make ‘em all a little different. If you’re like me, sometimes you don’t want a big bulky wallet – you just need the bare essentials–debit card, drivers license, insurance card, and of course my coffee punch card. (Who can survive without their morning espresso?) The purse pocket looks just like a pocket, fits the essentials and I can quickly throw it in my purse or pocket. If it’s brightly colored, it’s even easier to find! If I’m really traveling light, these little wallets can even squeeze a few other items in there like chapstick or your car key.
– Two 5” x 10” pieces of fabric in different colors/patterns (In my opinion, they look better if you choose a larger-scale print for the outer fabric and a complimenting fabric for the inner. Small- scale on the outside is less dynamic.)
– One 5” x 10” piece of fusible web (the heavier the fusible, the stiffer it will be.)
Here’s how you do it:
– Iron on the fusible web to the wrong side of one of your pieces.
– Place your two pieces together, right sides together, and pin in a few places.
– Sew with a ¼” seam allowance all the way around, leaving a 2” hole. Beginner’s tip: make sure you sew all the way around the corners. It’s impossible to slip stitch a corner at the end. It’s best if you make your hole in the middle of the long edge.
– Turn inside out and press. Slip stitch your hole.
– Top stitch across one end of your pocket (the part that isn’t going to be the flap) about ⅛” from the edge.
– Fold your pocket in thirds. You can play around with size here — You can decide how long you want the pocket, how far down you want the flap to go, etc. I made mine come almost all the way down to the crease so it looks very similar to a wallet. Once you’ve figured out your proportions, press your creases.
– It may be easier to attach a closure of your choosing before you do the final top stitching. It can also be added on at the end.
– Top stitch around the edge of the rest of the pocket. This is what holds the pocket in place. Annnd you’re finished!
I used the heavy-weight fabric from the Oz line.
It fits all my "cards"
– Use batting to make the pocket a little fatter and squishier. You could even quilt it-but then you’ll need to bind the edges.
– Instead of making the flap of the pocket square, round it out or make it a triangle for something different. A rounded flap really makes it look like a pocket.
– There are a million ways to make the closure. My first “mock up” pocket I made a button hole and used a button. It’s a little slower to get it open, but looks cute. You can sew on some velcro and still sew a button on the top flap for decoration. I prefer a snap. Fastest way to fling it open and whip out the cash! Just be careful not to use magnetic snaps — they will destroy your credit cards.
– Use home dec or mid-weight fabric to make the exterior a little tougher.
– Make the body of the pocket a little bigger and attach a strap. Now you’ve got a wristlet!
Here's my mock up with a button hole.
GIVEAWAY!! We will be giving away a total of SIX fat quarters to one lucky individual. Each pair of fat quarters are perfect complimentary colors and patterns so you can make three pockets of your own. How can you win? Make a comment to this blog entry with your first name and email address and you will be entered to win. Our winner will be chosen on December 13th so don’t delay. Invite your friends to enter, too. Maybe they’ll win and make you a purse pocket for you out of the prize fabrics!
Three different colorways to please all your friends!
— Posted by Stacy
Okay, crafty ladies. The season of giving is upon us and it’s our time to shine. Whether you’re new to the sewing world or a seasoned veteran, you can impress your family, friends, neighbors and coworkers with your unique, thoughtful, one-of-a-kind presents. And we’re here to help for any of you with a little gifter’s-block. Stuck on what to give your husband, uncle or long-lost cousin? Are your friends’ closets already bursting with your fabulous quilts and looking for something different this year? Starting next week the Quilt Expressions Blog is getting creative and bringing you the 20 Days of Christmas Gift Ideas. We’ll throw out one project idea every weekday so you’ll have your gift making done in no time.
But first, we have to ask. What are you making this holiday season? What are your gift ideas? And here’s the fun part — a contest. So, our blogger friends, comment here with your holiday gift idea and our panel of Quilt Expressions experts will pick our favorite project to win a Fruitcake layer cake by Basic Grey for Moda Fabrics. We’ll pick our winner on the morning of December 15th, so don’t delay!
Best gift idea wins the prize!
— Posted by Stacy
So, here we are. We’ve landed. The girls at Quilt Expressions have gone digital and there’s no turning back now.
Our fun little group of bloggers are ready to jump into action and will be bringing you new entries every week covering all-things quilting. Look forward to the best sewing secrets, giveaways for our dedicated followers, the latest projects from our fabulous team and an insiders’ peak to our latest fabric collections. You can also spy on what’s going on in the shop, including ideas from our “cookie cocktail” events and the brilliant quilts our friends and customers are working on.
Have you heard the news? Quilt Expressions has MOVED its location! After a few years in “cozy” quarters, we’ve reached our quilt shop heaven in a spacious 6,600 foot building with mile-high ceilings and skylights that makes the whole shop glow. We’ve barely missed a step in the transition and have all the long-arm machines buzzing along, customers scooping up armloads of newly discovered bolts while we’ve even managed to get several brand-new collections on the floor. Check out our online store to see the latest.
Wonder what it looks like to move 5,000+ bolts of fabric? We took lots of photos of our able-bodied moving crew as they carried piles upon piles of bolts back and forth between the shop and our 26-foot truck. Finishing the move in just under six hours, it was almost as easy as a wiggle of the nose a la Bewitched (although unpacking was another story…)
Laying sheets and quilts on the floor, we started unloading our mountain of fabric in good spirits.
And the pile got bigger...
... and BIGGER ...
Karen lays more quilts down to make room on the floor as the moving nears an end.
The winner! JF carries the most bolts from the truck.
Annnd we’re finished. Can you believe this is only HALF of the new store?
And now, for the fun part! What’s better than shop talk and witty online banter? Free stuff! Make a comment to this blog entry with your first name and email address and you will be entered to win six fat quarters from the new collection everyone is talking about — Miniatures by Windham Fabrics! Our winner will be chosen on November 1st, so don’t delay. Invite your friends to check us out and maybe they’ll share the winnings if our random number generator favors them over you.
The complete Miniatures line.
— Posted by Stacy
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