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A is for A+

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A quickie little post for you today to indulge those of you avoiding the housework or the in tray in the name of indulging your inner thirst for inspiration of the fabric eye candy sort of thing.

All these little beauties were found in my Flickr group, I am simply humbled by the amazing talent out there creating awesomeness with fabric ingrediants.  First up is the charming little tea set (above) by Lydia, how irrestible is this quirky combo?

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This pretty little 'dumpling' (how appropriate!) bag by Amy had me shaking with excitement (note to self - must sew faster...)

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Now this is what I call sewing.....won't you just look at that and drink in the heavenly taste of this bathmat brilliance by Patti?

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Don't even get me started on trying to explain how I feel when I look at this patchwork beauty by Lorena.  I especially heart this colour combo - perfect for Fall.

There's lots more inspo. in the group on Flickr, go take a look for all the inspiration you may ever need...

Or check out this cute idea by Carrie.

Or how about this one?  Pure creativity.

So.......................... how are you feeling???  Inspired???


moda country fair

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Welcome to my day of the Moda Country Fair blog hop!  For this stop on the hop, you find yourself in good old England, so won't you come in and join me for a cup of tea? (trust me you'll need it to get through this post).  My name is Aneela Hoey and I've been designing fabric for Moda for around a year now.  

My hop tute - A Quilted Tissue Box Cover

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Make one of these and approach your next winter cold in style!

You will need -

A 15" x 10" piece of double face/ready quilted fabric (alternatively use two 15" x 10" pieces of regular fabric and a piece of batting the same size, sandwich together, quilt and you're ready to go).

A 55" strip of 2 1/2" wide double fold binding.

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Cutting

From the double face fabric, cut -

Two - 9 1/2" x 5" pieces

Two - 4 3/4" x 3 1/4" pieces

 

From the binding strip, cut -

Four - 9 1/2" long pieces

Two - 4 3/4" long pieces


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Instructions

Use 1/4" seam allowance throughout

 

1. Take one of the long quilted fabric pieces and two of the long strips.  Align the strips to the top and bottom edges of the fabric (matching the raw edges of the binding to the raw edge of the quilted fabric).  Sew binding to fabric.

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2. Fold binding over to the wrong side of the quilted fabric and slip stitch in place at the back.

3. Repeat with second long quilted piece and remaining two long binding strips.

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3. Place the two pieces one above the other.  Join the bottom edge of the top piece to the top edge of the bottom piece by slip stitching the first 2 3/4" on the left and right sides together (see detail pic below).

This will leave an unstitched central 'mouth' or opening.

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4. Machine stitch a short binding piece to the bottom of each of the two small quilted fabric pieces.  Slip stitch the folded over binding to the back of each piece.
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5. Fold one of the small quilted pieces in half widthways.  Position pieces as above, aligning the newly made 'crease' on the small fabric piece with the central opening on the large joined piece.

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6. Flip the small piece over onto the large piece and pin the pieces with right sides together.  Stitch along the bottom (raw) edge of the small piece, starting and stopping 1/4" from each of the side edges (see pic above).

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7. Repeat on the opposite side of the large piece with the second small quilted piece.

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Your cover should now look like this from the wrong side.
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8. Bring together each of the two raw edges at right angles to each other and stitch together to make each corner.

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This is what your cover should look like wrong side out.....

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And this is what it should look like when you turn it out!

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peek...

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Just a little.  Teeny bitty peek, at the newest fabric I have been very busy working on.

This line will be called 'a walk in the woods' and is due for launch next spring.  I know that is a fair bit of time away but I couldn't resist a quick little spilling of the new beans...

I just hope you all like foxes????