Monthly Archives: February 2012

Part 1 Quilting Sawtooth Stars


     I apologize about the absence of the blog last week.  Last two weeks have been eventful. Kenzie and  Jason were sick.  He is getting better with rest. I have good days and bad. I have rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. All I can say is you don’t want it, either one. It hurts. I totallly understand your pain, for those that have either of these. I have pain meds and other meds, and meds for meds. LOL Even though I am joking around about it. It sucks. It can get in the way of sewing. My shoulder hurts from cutting. If I push myself to hard, I make mistakes. So, I have to slow down and be patient. Patience is a virtue that skipped me. I am trying to learn it.

   ***  Back to the point. ***

I have made quilts for others.  So, I am ready to focus on a quilt for our bed. I absolutely fell in love with the teal print of the star. I am also very fond of the  star too. I was trying to work with hexagons, but I chickened out. Haha. I will get to them, eventually. So, the first part of this quilt will be shown today. There is more, I may stick some other projects in  between as filler weeks.

The total project size will be for a queen bed.

The first part is

36 10” blocks of Sawtooth  Stars

What you will need for these:

3 yards of star material

3 1/4 of beige material

Cutting mat, ruler, rotary cutter. They will be your friends.

For teal 10” sawtooth star  dark fabric cuts:

1 (5 1/2”) square for the middle

8 (3”) squares.

I am also going to do smaller stars and alternate these with sashing. this is for 8  (10” ) stars across and 9 down on the quilt. This is just half of the total blocks. I am going to sew all 36 together.  Then, start on the small ones. The other blocks will come at you next week, fingers crossed.


I already started on these. So, I took my 44” wide fabric that comes folded in half. I folded it again. Then measured 5 1/2” and cut. I divided 44/5.5= 8. I need 5 strips cut. You can layer the fabric and try to cut bulk. I did just two layers at a time, and as I became comfortable with my friends, (referenced above) cut more layers at a time. So, 1 yard was pretty much devoted for these 5 1/2” block.


Here’s my stacks of 3” inch blocks and 5 1/2” squares. That took me several days. I am proud of those stacks. I put lots of ice on the shoulder for them too. That tall stack is 100 3” blocks. My camera just bites, and I am really looking forward to getting a new camera.

Now, for the second part.

I took the beige fabric. I needed 4  (3”x5 1/2”) rectangles and 4 (3”) squares per block. I started cutting,again. At least, after this, I can start sewing blocks together.


I am taking that fabric that was already folded in half (this is how it comes off the bolt) and folded it in half again. Then, I measure 3” strip length and cut. I took strip set of 4×36 blocks= 144. Then divide 42 width of fabric/5.5”=7 blocks per 3” strip. 144/7=20 3 inch strips. 2 yards will get that, and then some for any error.


This is squaring up the fabric.


This is cutting to get the straight edge.


This is a 3”x5 1/2” strip.


The end is to short for the rectangle. So, I unfolded them, and cut 3” squares. I made those cuts until I had enough for 36 blocks.


I started on my 3” squares.

Time for the next part. I laid the pieces out for sewing.


After laying out the pieces. I want to lay a 3” block right sides down on the 3”x5 1/2” block I am going to sew a line from the outer right corner to the left side of the bottom corner.


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here. Now, sew that seam. Take it to the iron, and set the stitching. Just place the iron down. This helps to make the seam secure.


Now take the bottom part of the fabric and trim it 1/4” from the bottom seam.



Then, press down the point.


Now, take another 3” square face down. Sew this from the outside top left to bottom inner corner. Press the seam to set. Cut the bottom piece off leaving a 1/4 inch from seam.  Press the triangle down.

Now, repeat on all 4 sides.


Now, we are going to connect by sewing in rows.Snapshot_20120211_57

Pin, the bottom corners face down on each side, and then sew them 1/4” seam.

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Then, connect sides to the middle.


Then, the top. Setting and pressing between.


Now, sew each of the rows together. Start with the bottom, turn this up  onto the middle. Then, the middle to the top. Make sure that you do your best to line up the seams.


This is your 10” block. I am happy with it. Now, I have to do 35 more of these. Oh joy. I am looking forward to getting those complete. Next time will be a different block. You could use this block throughout the whole quilt. It would be pretty that way. All you have to do is a little math for dimensions to your quilt.  This sawtooth star pattern was found on with Mary Fons. She gives dimensions for 6”,8” and 10” inch blocks on her sight.

After all the blocks are done, I am going to show you how to sew as you go. This will make it easy to quilt all your pieces together. Instead of trying to sew the whole queen on a regular machine. The fabric can get very heavy. It can slip, pull, and pucker. I truly want to avoid all that. Blog at you later.


Pretty Pincushion Ring



I am really excited about this pincushion. They are really pretty and simple. I will also be showing a turning technique in here as well.  I need  better camera.  It would be nice to set the camera on timer. So that I can demonstrate better. One more thing that I need. However, I go to the store, and I am not at all thinking about the camera. I’ll get around to it.

This is a small tupperware lid (about 5 inches across). You could do this from a scrap piece of fabric. I just drew around it, and cut.




You will need:

* 5 inch strip x 1 1/2 inches wide

*marking pencil.   (any will do)


* 3 to 4 inch 1/4 elastic

* needle and thread


*bottle cap

*safety pin

* hot glue gun and at least half stick of glue (You could use another kind of glue, but I like hot glue.)


Set the stitch length to the longest setting. Stitch all the way around. Once that is done. You hold one side of the thread and push back the fabric. Try not to push fabric to hard, or you will break the thread. You can also hand stitch along the edge. It’s small enough that it actually is easier for me to hand stitch. You will just double the thread and knot the end.


Now, we can start filling with polyfill. As you fill it up, you can begin to draw the circle closed with the thread. Once that is done, you will take the needle and go through several times to get the middle secure. It doesn’t have to look good, noone is going to see this part.


Next, take the 5 inch strip. Fold it in half with right sides together and sew 1/4 inch seam.


This is the turning technique. Take the safety pin and put it through one side of the fabric (like above) Now, bring the top of the pin down into the opening and push the pin down through the fabric.


Take about 3 to 4 inch elastic and put the safety pin on one end. You will feed this into fabric. (shown below)


I am holding the fabric and pin with my fingers. You don’t want to cover the left end of the elastic.


When it is poking out, put this under the machine and sew. You will need to go forward and back a couple time to make sure the stitch holds elastic in place.


To make sure the pin keeps the elastic out on this side. I simply take it straight to the sewing machine and sew down. Then, I removed the safety pin.


Take the bottle cap, a piece of fabric a little larger than the cap, and hot glue the fabric down.



It comes out looking like this on the top of the cap. Don’t worry about the underside. We are going to cover that in a minute.


Hot glue the one side down. Then, wrap the elastic band under and come back up on the other side and hot glue the other end.


Now, Take the ball that goes on top. I applied hot glue to the whole inside of cap. I put the sewn side of lime ball down and push it together for a few minutes to set the glue.




Mackenzie (daughter 6) thinks this is pretty. She wants one too. Maybe, I will just make a small one for her. I had fun doing this pincushion. I do have another one to post as well. I am going to make some changes to it first. I am looking forward to trying this out with some of my upcoming sewing projects. I believe, I am going to make a wrist band too. The tomato is just not cutting it.

I hope that you don’t find the turning technique daunting. I sure did, and this is a real cheap and easy way to do it. There are turning tools out there, but I like this technique best. Plus, I have plenty of safety pins hanging around here. I hope you enjoyed this post. I will blog at you later.