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  • In Bloom Tea Cup

    In Bloom Teacup Pincushion

    The Flower Shapes die included in the GO! Qube Specialty Set – Serendipity by Edyta Sitar are perfect for wool felt appliqué projects, like this In Bloom Teacup Pincushion. Create a lovely gift for your sewing friends with this quick and easy tutorial

    Materials:

    1. AccuQuilt GO! Big, GO! Cutter or GO! Baby
    2. GO! Qube Specialty Set – Serendipity by Edyta Sitar
    3. 10” circle of cotton fabric
    4. 10” circle of fusible woven interfacing
    5. (4) contrasting colours of wool felt scraps
    6. Fusible web
    7. 30cm mini pompom trim
    8. Fabric glue
    9. Stuffing
    10. Elastic band
    11. Embroidery threads or embroidery floss

    Cutting Instructions:

    Please note:Before cutting out shapes, iron fusible web onto one side of the felt.

    In Bloom Pincushion Table

    Sewing Instructions

    1. Begin by fusing the woven interfacing to the wrong side of the 10” fabric circle.
    2. Layer the felt pieces (fusible side down) onto the right side of the fabric circle, as per diagrams 1 & 2.

    In Bloom Pincushion Diagrams 1 and 2

    1. Appliqué around the felt shapes either by hand or using a sewing machine. I used a 2mm x 2mm blanket stitch on my machine to stitch around the large flower and large circle.
    2. Then, using embroidery floss stitch a cross in the centre of the small circle. Stitch French knots on each petal of the small flower and around the small circle, as per diagram 3.

    In Bloom Pincushion Table Diagram 3

    1. Place the circle unit, right side facing down into the teacup and fill tightly with stuffing.
    2. Grab the excess fabric of the circle and pull together to create a ball. Secure tightly with the elastic band. Ensure you smooth out as many lumps and pleats as you can.
    3. Test to see it fits nice and snug into the teacup (the right way up).
    4. Once you’re happy with the fit, secure around the elastic band with some hand sewn stitches. You can now remove the elastic band (if desired).
    5. Place fabric glue approximately 1cm from the rim of the teacup and then insert the pincushion.
    6. Place some glue along the flat edge of the trim and push it down between the pincushion and the teacup.

    In Bloom Pincushion Table Diagram 4

    Congratulations on finishing your In Bloom Teacup Pincushion!

    Downloadable Pattern

  • Introducing our new AccuQuilt Associate

    We are so very excited to announce our first AccuQuilt Associate – Alyce Blyth!

    When her husband first bought her a $100 sewing machine five years ago, he really had no idea what it would lead to. But then again, neither did Alyce. Five years, an international move to and from Japan, yards of fabric, hours of computer time logged, and thousands of seams, Alyce isn't looking back. She has built a successful blog focused on teaching and community at Blossom Heart Quilts, written a book, DIY Block Design, started teaching quilting classes at local quilt stores, and most importantly, made quilts for her kids and their cousins. Because not only are they packed with love and sentiment, but those quilts are the best size to make! In summary? Her passion is quilt design and teaching, and coffee. That's about all you need to remember.

  • Moroccan Mosaics Quilt

    Moroccan Mosaics by Debbie Lomas

    Beautiful in its simplicity, this Moroccan Mosaic Quilt is a breeze to make, adding modern elegance to any room.

    Fabric provided by Macscraft Pty Ltd

    1. AccuQuilt GO! Big or GO! Cutter Fabric Starter Set
    2. AQ55058 GO! Square – 8 /2” (8” Finished)
    3. AQ55338 GO! Drunkards Path – 4” Finished
    4. AQ55017 GO! Strip Cutter 2 ½” – 2 “ Finished
    5. AQ55111 GO! Cutting Mat – 10 x 10
    6. AQ55113 GO! Cutting Mat – 10 x 24

    Moroccan Mosaics Fabric tiles

    1. Fabric 1 – 75cm
    2. Fabric 2 – 75cm
    3. Fabric 3 – 75cm
    4. Fabric 4 – 75cm
    5. Fabric 5 – 75cm
    6. Fabric 6 – 75cm
    7. Fabric 7 – 25cm
    8. Fabric 8 – 25cm
    9. Backing fabric – 1.6m x 2.3m wide
    10. Binding fabric - 40cm
    11. Wadding – 1.70m
    12. General sewing equipment

    Cutting Instructions:

    1. From Fabric 1, cut 3, 9” x Width of fabric (WOF).
      • Using AQ55058 GO! Square. Cut 4 squares
      • Using AQ55338 GO! Drunkards Path. Cut 14 arcs and 16 circles
    2. From Fabric 2, cut 3, 9” x WOF.
      • Using AQ55058 GO! Square. Cut 3 squares
      • Using AQ55338 GO! Drunkards Path. Cut 12 arcs and 12 circles
    3. From Fabric 3, cut 3, 9” x WOF.
      • Using AQ55058 GO! Square. Cut 3 squares
      • Using AQ55338 GO! Drunkards Path. Cut 12 arcs and 12 circles
    4. From Fabric 4, cut 3, 9” x WOF.
      • Using AQ55058 GO! Square. Cut 3 squares
      • Using AQ55338 GO! Drunkards Path. Cut 12 arcs and 12 circles
    5. From Fabric 5, cut 3, 9” x WOF.
      • Using AQ55058 GO! Square. Cut 3 squares
      • Using AQ55338 GO! Drunkards Path. Cut 12 arcs and 8 circles
    6. From Fabric 6, cut 3, 9” x WOF.
      • Using AQ55058 GO! Square. Cut 3 squares
      • Using AQ55338 GO! Drunkards Path. Cut 14 arcs and 10 circles
    7. From Fabric 7, cut 1, 9” x WOF.
      • Using AQ55058 GO! Square. Cut 1 squares
      • Using AQ55338 GO! Drunkards Path. Cut 4 arcs and 8 circles
    8. From Fabric 8, cut 1, 9” x WOF.
      • Using AQ55058 GO! Square. Cut 1 squares
      • Using AQ55338 GO! Drunkards Path. Cut 4 arcs and 6 circles
    9. From Binding fabric, using AQ55017 GO! Strip cutter. Cut 6 strips along WOF.

    Sewing Instructions

    1. In an area where you have enough room and will not be disturbed whilst sewing, lay out your quilt pieces as shown. It will consist of 4 x arcs and 4 x circles to create a ‘block’ and an 8” square, alternate blocks, squares and colours as you go.

    Moroccan Mosaics picture 1 & 2

    1. Using ¼” seam allowance, and starting at the top left hand corner of the quilt, select 1 x arc and 1 x circle. Match notches, pin if required, and sew edges together to form a square.
      NOTE: I personally like to use 2 pins, one in the centre and one at the end. Please feel free to use as many as you like, although sometimes the more you use the more of a hindrance they can be, as they do not let the material manipulate as needed.

    Moroccan Mosaics Picture 3

    1. Repeat with the remaining three arc and circles. Press.

      TECHNIQUE TIP: Although most pattern makers will encourage you to press seam away from circle, when matching circles, I prefer to press one seam away from the circle and one seam towards the circle as shown below. This way you can nest seams to give you a crisp and accurate circle line as shown below.

    Moroccan Mosaics picture 4

    1. Take the squares with matching fabrics and sew together, checking the orientation as you go. Repeat for second set of squares of block.

    Moroccan Mosaics picture 5

    1. Press the centre seams in opposite directions.
    2. Sew lengthwise, matching centre seams, which should be nesting in opposite directions.

    Moroccan Mosaics Picture 6

    • TECHNIQUE TIP: With the four matching seam in the centre of the block, prior to pressing, take an unpicker and remove the few stitches from the first seam, between the main seam and the outer edge as shown below. Repeat on second side. Take your fingers and separate the seams, pushing seams in opposite directions. Press. You will now see the seams have been distributed around the centre, and there is no bulk in the centre of your block.

    Moroccan Mosaics picture 7

    1. Repeat this process for all Drunkards Path blocks. Return each block to its place in the quilt when completed.
    2. Starting from the first row, sew blocks together as arranged, with a Drunkards Path block, and then a square. Press seams towards the squares.

    Moroccan Mosaics picture 9

    1. Sew row 1 to row 2, matching blocks. Again, seams should interlock together to give nice clean lines. Repeat process until all rows are sewn together. Your quilt top will now be complete!

    Moroccan Mosaics Picture 9

    Quilting and Finishing

      1. Layer wadding between quilt top and backing.
      2. Pin or baste layers together.
      3. Machine quilt as desired.
      4. Add binding, mitring corners.

    Congratulations on finishing your Moroccan Mosaics Quilt

    Downloadable Pattern

  • Garden Bunny Tea Towel

    Garden Bunny Tea Towel

    Bring some Easter fun into the kitchen with this sweet Garden Bunny Tea Towel.

    1. AccuQuilt GO! Big, GO! Cutter or GO! Baby
    2. AQ55155 GO! Circle – 1 ½”, 1 ¾”, 2 ¼”, 2 ½”
    3. AQ55045 GO! Rose of Sharon by Sharon Pederson
    4. AQ55137 GO! Cutting Mat – 6” x 6”
    5. Waffle Tea Towel
    6. Taupe wool felt square
    7. Fusible web
    8. Floral scrap fabric
    9. Large 1” pompom
    10. Permanent fabric glue
    11. Green, yellow and taupe embroidery threads

    Cutting Instructions

    Please note: Before cutting out shapes, iron fusible web onto the wrong side of the felt and floral scraps.

    Table Construction

    Sewing Instructions

    1. Begin by cutting the 1 ½” circle in half to create (2) feet. Remove the paper backing from all of the shapes.
    2. Lay the tea towel right side facing up on an ironing board and start arranging the bunny in the bottom right corner. Refer to the number order in diagram 1.

    Garden Bunny Tea Towel Diagram 1

    1. Using an iron, gently press to fuse the bunny onto the tea towel.
    2. Scatter the small flowers around the bunny and fuse in place.
    3. Using the taupe thread and a blanket stitch on your machine or by hand, stitch around the outside of the bunny shapes.
    4. Change to yellow thread and stitch each of the flowers using a straight stitch as per diagram 2.

    Garden Bunny Tea Towel Diagram 2

    1. Using a triple stitch and the green thread, sew vertically down from each flower to create a stem for your flowers.
    2. Place a dab of fabric glue on the pompom and stick to the bunny for a fluffy tail!

    Downloadable Pattern

  • Marvellous Avengers Quilt

    Marvellous Avengers

    This Marvellous Avengers Quilt will be popular in any household, because who doesn’t want a Superhero Quilt to cuddle under?

    Materials:

        1. GO! Big Fabric Cutter Starter Set
        2. AQ55462 GO! Big Circle – 4”, 6”, 7”, 8”
        3. AQ55012 GO! Circles – 2”, 3”, 5”
        4. AQ55028 GO! Stars -2”, 3”, 4”
        5. AQ55777 GO! Qube Mix And Match 12”
          • Shape 2 Square - 3 ½”
          • Shape 4 Quarter Square Triangle – 6” Finished
          • Shape 5 Half Square Triangle - 3” Finished
            (Alternatively you can use AQ55456 GO! Flying Geese 3 ½” x 6 ½” and AQ55006 GO! Square 3 ½”)
        6. AQ55017 GO! Strip Cutter 2 ½”
        7. GO! Cutting mats
          • AQ55111 10” x10”
          • AQ55113 10” x 24”
        8. 16 x 9 ½” squares of Marvel™ comic fabric. It can be the same print or different
        9. 2m of black fabric
        10. 70cm of red fabric
        11. 40cm of blue fabric
        12. 25cm of white fabric
        13. 90cm of fusible webbing
        14. 60cm of tearaway stabiliser
        15. 2m x 1.5m of backing fabric
        16. 2m x 1.5m of wadding
        17. Embroidery threads to match fabric and bobbinfil
        18. General quilting and sewing tools and equipment

    Cutting Instructions:

        1. From black fabric:
          • Cut 2, 10” x width of fabric (WOF). Crosscut into 7 x 10” squares for shield appliques.
          • Using Shape 2 GO! Square 3 ½”. Cut 4, 4” x WOF strips. Fanfold into 4” widths and cut into 36 squares.
          • Using Shape 5 GO! Half Square – 3” Finished Triangle. Cut 4, 5” x WOF strip. Fanfold into 4” widths and cut 72 half square triangles, (HST).
          • Using AQ55017, cut 1, 14 x WOF. Crosscut into 5 x 2 ½” strips.
        2. From red fabric:
          • Using Shape 4 GO! Quarter Square Triangle – 6” Finished. Cut 1, 8” x WOF strip. Fanfold into 8” widths and cut 18 quarter square triangles (QST).
          • Using AQ55462 GO! Big Circles – 8”, 7”, 6”, 4”. Cut 2, 6 ½” WOF. Iron fusible web onto the back of the fabric and cut 7 x 6” circles.
          • Using AQ55456 GO! Big Circles – 8”, 7”, 6”, 4. Cut 1, 4 ½” WOF. Iron fusible web onto the back of the fabric and cut 7 x 4” circles.
        3. From blue fabric:
          • Using Shape 4 GO! Quarter Square Triangle – 6” Finished. Cut 1, 8” WOF strip. Fanfold into 8” widths and cut 18 QST.
          • Using AQ55012 Circles – 2”, 3”, 5”. Cut 1, 3 ½” WOF. Iron fusible web onto the back of the fabric and cut 7 x 3” circles.
        4. From white fabric:
          • Using AQ55456 GO! Big Circles – 8”, 7”, 6”, 4”. Cut 1, 5 ½” WOF. Iron fusible web onto the back of the fabric and cut 7 x 5” circles.
          • Using AQ55028 GO! Stars – 2”, 3”, 5” . Cut 1, 3” x WOF. Iron fusible web onto the back of the fabric and cut 7 x 2” stars.

    Sewing Instructions:

    Flying Geese Blocks

          1. Using ¼” seam allowance, sew 1 x black HST to 1 x red QST as shown right.

    Flying Geese Block Diagram 1

          1. Take a second black HST and sew to the second side as shown.
          2. Make a total of 18 red flying geese.
          3. Using the 3 ½” squares, sew 9 onto the right side of the block, and 9 onto the left side of the block as shown below.

    Flying Geese Block Diagram 2

          1. Take three of these segments and join together to make the 2 different blocks as illustrated below.

    Flying Geese Block Diagram 3

          1. Repeat steps 1 – 5, using the blue fabric. Make 6 x blue flying geese blocks.

    Flying Geese Block Diagram 4
    Sheild Blocks

          1. Fold the black 10” block in quarters and iron to find centre point.
          2. Finger press the 6” circle into quarters to find the centre point. Match to centre point of black square and press lightly in place. (Pressing to hard will remove your pressing marks).
          3. Repeat process with the 5” white circle and press lightly in place.
          4. Repeat process with the 4” red circle and press lightly in place.
          5. Repeat process with the 3” blue circle and press lightly in place.
          6. Centre the white star in middle of blue circle create to the below block.

    Sheild block diagram 1

          1. Thread your machine with embroidery thread on the top bobbinfil in bobbin. Select an applique stitch – satin, blanket or decorative stitch for appliques. Place tearaway underneath and stitch the outside edges in corresponding colours.

    Sheild block diagram 2

          1. When all colours are stitched, press and trim blocks to 9 ½”, making sure the shields are centred.

    Quilt Assembly

          1. Layout blocks as illustrated in the picture below.

    quilt assembly

          1. Using ¼” seam, sew the block together in rows. Press seams in opposite directions for each row.
          2. Sew the rows together, matching seams. Press.

    Quilting and Finishing

          1. Layer wadding between quilt top and backing.
          2. Pin or baste layers together.
          3. Machine quilt as desired.
          4. Add binding, mitring corners.

    Congratulations on finishing your Marvellous Avengers Quilt!

    Downloadable Project File

  • Geometric Pencil Case

    Geometric Pencil Case

    Go back to school in style with this fun Geometric Pencil Case!

    Materials:

    • AccuQuilt GO! Big, GO! Cutter or GO! Baby
    • AQ55027 GO! Triangles in Square – 3” Finished
    • AQ55005 GO! Rectangle - 3 ½”W x 6 ½”H
    • AQ55158 GO! Rectangle - 2” x 3 ½” (1 ½” x 3” Finished)
    • Q55110 GO! Cutting mat - 5” X 10”
    • (3) solid fat quarters (pencil colours)
    • (1) wood printed fat quarter
    • (1) solid dark cream fat quarter
    • 30cm | 12” script printed fabric
    • 30cm | 12” lining fabric
    • 30cm | 12” Pellon
    • 30cm | 12” fusible interfacing
    • (1) 35cm or larger, contrasting zipper
    • Tassel or decorative zipper pull

    Cutting Instructions:

      • (3) solid fat quarters (pencil colours) cut one each of the following shapes:
        • AQ55027 centre triangle
        • AQ55005 rectangle
      • Wood printed and dark cream fat quarter cut (3):
        • AQ55158 rectangle
      • Script background fabric
        • (3) pairs of AQ55027 side triangles

    Sewing Instructions

        1. To construct the triangle in a square unit, place a centre triangle piece (right side facing up) and align a side triangle piece (right side facing down) so that the notched points align as per diagram 1.
        2. Pin and sew with a ¼” seam allowance. Press with an iron (seam towards side triangle).
        3. Pin second side triangle, aligning notched points of side triangle with notches points of centre triangle as per diagram 2.
        4. Press with an iron (seam towards the side triangle).
        5. Repeat for the other (2) colours to create a total of three triangle in a square units.
        6. Construct the pencil unit by sewing each piece in the following order with a ¼” seam allowance, refer to diagram 4. Repeat to create three pencil units.
        7. Sew each pencil unit together, as per diagram 5 to create the front panel of the pencil case.
        8. Measure your front panel and use this measurement to cut the rectangle for the back of your pencil case (script fabric). Repeat to cut (2) rectangles from the lining fabric, Pellon and fusible interfacing.
        9. Iron the interfacing to the wrong side of the pencil panel and the script fabric rectangle. Then fuse the Pellon over the top of the interfacing.
        10. Pin the zipper, facing down, to the right side of the pencil panel, matching the top edge. Pin one of the lining rectangles, right side facing the other side of the zipper. The zipper will be sandwiched in between. Refer to diagram 6.
        11. With a zipper foot, sew a ¼” seam allowance along the matched edge.
        12. Press both rectangles away from the zipper and top stitch along the edge to hold in position, as per diagram 7.
        13. Repeat steps 9 – 11 for the other side.
        14. Ensure the zipper is opened! Match the lining rectangles together and then match up the outer panels of the pencil case. Pin in place and sew around the outside with a ¼” seam allowance, however leave a gap approximately 3” in the lining. Refer to diagram 8. Note: ensure the seam of the zipper is facing towards the lining.
        15. Turn the right way out through the gap and sew it closed. Attach decorative zipper pull.

    Congratulations on your Geometric Pencil Case!

  • Poinsettia Table Runner

     

    Poinsettia Table Runner

    Brighten your table this Festive season with this quaint Poinsettia Table Runner.  A perfect addition to any house.

    Materials:

    1. AccuQuilt GO! Big, GO! or GO! Baby Fabric Cutter
    2. AQ55008 GO! Feathers
    3. AQ55043 GO! Holiday Medley
    4. AQ55331 GO! Stems & Leaves
    5. AQ55137 GO! Cutting Mat 6” x 6”
    6. AQ55112 GO! Cutting Mat 6” x 12”
    7. 40cm x 115cm of white cotton fabric for top (you can make longer if desired)
    8. 50cm x 150cm of cotton fabric for backing
    9. 20cm of red cotton fabric for binding
    10. 50cm x 150cm of wadding
    11. An assortment of red fabrics for Poinsettia and Holly Berries
    12. An assortment of green fabrics for Stems and Holly Leaves
    13. 10cm x 10 cm of yellow fabric for Poinsettia Centres.
    14. 30cm x 100cm of fusible web
    15. Red, green and yellow embroidery threads to match fabrics.
    16. 25cm x 100cm of tearaway
    17. Jeans sewing machine needle
    18. Soluble stabiliser (optional)
    19. General sewing tools

    Cutting Instructions

      1. Red Fabric:
        • Iron fusible webbing onto the back of the red fabrics. Cut 21 straight Feathers, AQ55008, in varying colours .
        • Cut 12 circles for berries in varying reds from Holiday Medley, AQ55043.
        • Iron two red fabrics together, back to back, to make them double sided. Cut 21 straight Feathers, AQ55008 in varying colours.
        • From binding fabric cut 3 x 2 ½” strips.
      2. Green Fabric:
        • Iron fusible webbing onto the back of the green fabric. Cut 5 Stems using the stem located in centre of Stems & Leaves die, AQ55331.
        • Cut 12 Holly leaves from the Holiday Medley die, AQ55043.
      3. Yellow Fabric:
        • Iron fusible webbing onto the back of the yellow fabric. Cut 9 circles from the Holiday Medley die, AQ55043.

    NOTE: If you wish to increase the length, you may need to increase the quantities of applique shapes cut to suit accordingly.

    Sewing Instructions:

        1. Using the white piece of fabric, fold in half lengthwise and crosswise. Iron to find centre lines. Fold short ends into centre line, to find quarter marks, and iron, as illustrated below.

    Poinsettia Table Runner Diagram 1

        1. Using the green stems, lay them along the long ironed line, matching ends of stems, and finishing approximately 10 cm from short edges of fabric. You may need to trim some off the stems to get them to fit nicely. Iron in place.

    Poinsettia Table Runner Picture 1

        1. Using the 21 single sided red feathers, divide into 3 groups of 7 for the three flowers. Using 7 feathers, arrange these in a circle at centre point as shown to create the flower. Iron in place.

    Poinsettia Table Runner Picture2

        1. Repeat this process at the intersection of the two other fold lines to give you three flowers in total. Iron in place.
        2. Using the front photo as a guide, arrange the holly and berries along the stem, spacing evenly. Iron in place.

    Poinsettia Table Runner Picture 3

        1. Lay tearaway on wrong side of the white fabric, centring underneath the applique shapes. Starting with green embroidery thread, applique around all green fabric.
          NOTE: I chose to use a blanket stitch for applique, although other alternative stitches to use could be a satin stitch or a decorative stitch.
        2. Once completed, change to red thread and applique around poinsettias and holly berries.
        3. Using the 21 double sided petals, you can choose to leave these raw edge or for the more advanced sewer, applique around. I used the blanket stitch, no stabiliser, to stitch around, having the right hand of the stitch form on the edge of the petal, as shown right. A soluble stabiliser may also be used underneath petals if this is too difficult.

    Poinsettia Table Runner Picture 4

        1. Arrange 7 petals around each flower, so they are spaced evenly in between appliqued petals. Pin petals in place and straight stitch around the base of the petals to attach.

    Poinsettia Table Runner Picture 5

        1. Place three yellow circles in the centre of the poinsettia, making sure to cover any of the attachment stitches.
        2. Change to a Jeans needle and yellow thread and applique the centres - very slowly. This area is very thick and it is very easy to break a needle.
        3. Secure the tips of the freestanding petals by sewing a small straight stitch at the tips of the petals, pushing the petals back slightly. This will give dimension to the flower.
        4. Carefully remove the tearaway at the back of project.

    Quilting and Finishing

        1. Layer wadding between quilt top and backing.
        2. Pin or baste layers together.
        3. Machine quilt with an all - over design.
        4. Trim top, measuring from centre, to 30cm (12”) x 110cm (43”)
        5. Attach Binding, mitring corners.

    Congratulations on finishing your Poinsettia Table Runner

    From everyone at AccuQuilt Australia, we wish you a Merry Christmas and we look forward to our journey together in the new year!

     

    History of the Poinsettia at Christmas

    This enchanting story of the history of the poinsettia flower at Christmas changes names with each story told, although the legend is still the same.

    On Christmas eve, a very poor, young, Mexican girl, named Pepita, had no present to give baby Jesus. She was deeply saddened, and her cousin Pedro tried to cheer her up.

    ‘Pepita’, he said, ‘I’m sure that even the smallest gift, given by someone who loves him will make Jesus happy”

    Amid mocking from other children, Pepita picked a small handful of weeds from the roadside, to make into a bouquet. Remembering Pedro’s words, she walked through the chapel and laid the bouquet at the bottom of the nativity scene. Suddenly, the bouquet of weeds burst into bright red flowers, and everyone who saw them were sure they had seen a miracle. From that day on, the bright red flowers were known as the 'Flores de Noche Buena', or 'Flowers of the Holy Night'.

    The legend of poinsettias is a charming and simple one, with a very basic moral; any gift which is full of love and given straight from the heart is better appreciated than any expensive gift that one can think of. These lovely plants make for beautiful decorations around the house and they certainly brighten any room!

    Downloadable PDF pattern

  • Snowflake Pot Holders

    Snow Flake Pot Holders

    Add some Christmas spirit to your kitchen this festive season or create the perfect gift for school teachers and loved ones!

    Materials (Makes 2)

    1. AccuQuilt GO! Cutter or GO! Big
    2. AQ55438 GO! Hexagon – 4 1/2” Sides (4 1/4” Finished)
    3. AQ55450 GO! Snowflakes – 7”
    4. AQ55111 GO! Cutting Mat – 10” x 10”
    5. (1) fat quarter chambray spot
    6. (2) fat quarters silver patterned fabric
    7. (1) fat quarter insul-bright
    8. (2) 5” pieces mini white pompom trim
    9. (2) 8” squares of fusible web
    10. (2) 10” squares of tear away
    11. Metallic silver thread

    Snowflake Pot Holders Diagram 1

    Cutting Instructions

    • Chambray spot
      - Cut (2) AQ55438 GO! Hexagon
    • Silver patterned fabric #1
      - Cut (1) AQ55438 GO! Hexagon (backing)
    • Silver pattern fabric #2
      - Cut (1) AQ55438 GO! Hexagon (backing)
    • Insul-bright
      - Cut (2) AQ55438 GO! Hexagon

    Sewing Instructions

      1. Iron an 8” square of fusible web onto the wrong sides of each silver patterned fabric.
      2. Select your favourite snowflakes from AQ55450 and cut a total of two. Remove the paper backing.
      3. Lay the chambray spot hexagons right side facing up on your ironing board and position the snowflakes (right side facing up) in the centre of each. Iron in place.

    diagram2

        1. Place a piece of tear away behind each fused hexagon. Using a blanket, satin or decorative stitch on your sewing, appliqué around the edge of the snowflakes using a metallic silver thread.

    Snowflake Pot Holders

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        1. Carefully remove the tear away from the back.
        2. Create a sandwich by layering the hexagons in the following order:
          - Insul-bright
          - Silver back (right side facing up)
          - Chambray (wrong side facing up)
        3. Insert the pompom trim between the silver backing and chambray lay, matching raw edges, pin together.
        4. Using a ¼” seam allowance, sew around the hexagon, however leave a gap on one side. Clip corners and turn the right way out. Press and hand sew the gap closed. Top stitch around the edge.

    Congratulations on finishing your Snowflake Pot Holders!

    Downloadable pattern

    Snowflake Pot Holders Finished

  • Deconstructed Dresdan Plate

    Deconstructed Dresdan Plate
    ‘Let’s put a modern twist on a traditional block. We spend so much time constructing, let’s have some fun deconstructing!’

    1. AccuQuilt GO! Big or GO! Fabric Cutter.
    2. AQ55071 GO! Dresdan Plates.
    3. AQ55111 GO! Cutting Mat 10 x 10.
    4. 55cm (22”) of white homespun.
    5. 8cm x 15cm (3” x 6”) of 20 assorted fabric for petals.
    6. 60cm x 60cm (24” x 24”) wadding.
    7. 40cm (16”) zip.
    8. 45cm (18”) cushion insert.
    9. Fabric glue stick.
    10. General sewing tools.

     

    Cutting Instructions

    deconstructed-dresdan-plate-image-12

    1. From the white homespun, cut a 22” (55cm) square. Reserve rest for back of cushion.
    2. From Dresdan Plates die, cut 20 x square petals. These are the centre shape.

     

    Sewing Instructions

    1. From the 20 petals shapes create the pointed petals with the following directions.
    2. Fold one pointed petal in half, lengthwise, right sides together. Stitch ¼” (6mm) across folded end and reinforce both ends of seam. Trim corner at fold, being careful not to cut too close to stitching.
    3. Turn point right side out with point turner or blunt tool, pressing seam so
      it is in the centre of the petal as illustrated right.
    4. Select a group of 13 petals to be sewn together for main section of the Dresdan Plate.
    5. Select a smaller group of 3 to be sewn together as the segment part of the Dresdan Plate.

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    1. With the first group of 13, sew pointed petals groups together with a ¼” (6mm) seam allowance, matching notches.
    2. Tip: start sewing 3/8” (1cm) down from folded tip end of seam. Sew toward tip end in reverse, then sew forward to complete seam. This keeps the thread ends hidden on the back of the pieced work.
    3. Press seams open to reduce bulk.
    4. Repeat for second group of 3 petals.
    5. On each end of the segments and the remaining individual petals, trim the ‘notches’ on the side as illustrated right . (We don’t want these notches visible on the end of the project.)
    6. Take to 22” (55cm) square of homespun and iron in half, horizontally and diagonally to find centre.
    7. Take the Dresden petals and arrange on the homespun until you have the desired effect you are after. Use the fold marks as reference points for layout.
    8. Flip the segments over and apply fabric glue to the back of the segment and press in place.

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    1. Sew 1/8” (3mm) around the outside edge with a straight stitch for a raw edge effect.
    2. Tip: Using an Edge Stitching Guide foot, similar to what is illustrated right helps to keep stitching accurate.
    3. Once all petals are attached, layer quilt top, with wadding, and quilt as desired. I chose straight lines ¾” (20mm) apart to keep with modern theme.
    4. Trim cushion top to18 ½” (47cm).
    5. Using remaining white homespun, cut in half vertically and insert zipper. Trim to 18 ½” (47cm) to match quilt top. Place right sides together.
    6. Using a 3/8” (1cm) seam allowance , and opening zipper slightly prior to sewing, sew around the square to complete the cushion.
    7. Trim corners and turn inside out, ironing seam allowance flat and add cushion insert.

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    A Brief History of the Dresdan Plate Quilt

    The Dresdan Plate quilt became very popular pattern in the 1920’s and 1930’s, during the romantic Victorian era. Named after the town of Dresdan, Germany, where elaborately decorated porcelain plates were made featuring flowers, fruits and foliage. These plates became the inspiration behind the Dresdan Plate quilt block.
    During this time, the block was often made using recycled grain and feed sacks. Women often traded the fabric and when husbands went to town, they were sent with swatches of fabric, to make sure they returned with suitable fabric of colour and design.
    Traditionally, the petal shaped segments were all pieced together and then the complete plate was appliqued to the backing fabric.
    The quilts were commonly known as feedsack quilt, although there were many other names, including Grandmother’s Sunburst, Friendship Ring, Dahlia and Sunburst.
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    It is one of my favourite traditional quilt blocks and I am excited that we can cut it so quickly with the GO! cutters!

    Happy Sewing

    Downloadable project pattern

  • Geometric Kite Wall Art

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    This Geometric Kite Wall Art will send imaginations soaring through the clouds! A perfect modern style kids bedroom decoration for fun adventures inside!

    Materials:

    1. AccuQuilt GO! Baby, GO! Cutter or GO! Big
    2. AQ55341 GO! Bow-2 1/2", 3 1/2", 4 1/2"
    3. AQ55339 GO! Churn Dash - 9" finished
    4. one of the following strip cutter:

    Fabrics

    1. Cutting mats to suit your dies above
    2. Fabric 1 - fat eighth
    3. Fabric 2 - fat eighth
    4. Fabric 3 - fat eighth
    5. Fabric 4 - fat eighth
    6. Fabric 5 - fat eighth
    7. Fabric 6 - fat eighth
    8. Fabric 7 - fat eighth
    9. Fabric 8 - fat eighth
    10. Fabric 9 - 65cm (backing and binding)
    11. Heat & Bond Ultra
    12. 1/2 metre Pellon
    13. Mixture of ribbons/trims at varying lengths
    14. (1) Button

    Cutting Instructions:

      • Fabric 1: Cut (4) 3" finished half square triangles
      • Fabric 2: Cut (4) 3” finished half square triangles
      • Fabric 3: Cut (4) 3” finished half square triangles
      • Fabric 4: Cut (4) 3” finished half square triangles
      • Fabric 5: Cut (4) 3 ½” squares
      • Fabric 6: Cut (16) 2” x 3 ½” rectangles
      • Fabric 7: Cut (16) 2” x 3 ½” rectangles
      • Fabric 8: Cut (16) 3” finished half square triangles
      • Fabric 9:
        • Cut (2) 2" strips
        • Cut (1) 20" square
          Diagram-1 Diagram 1

    Sewing Instructions

    Note: All seams are 1/4". Press seams toward the darker fabric.

    1. Join (1) Fabric #6, 2” x 3 ½” rectangle to the long edge of each Fabric #8, 2” x 3 ½” rectangle (refer to diagram 1). Make 16 rectangular units.
    2. Join (1) Fabric #1, 3” finished half square triangle and (1) Fabric #7, 3” finished half square triangle along their long edges to make a half square triangle unit (refer to diagram 2). Make (4) half square triangle units. Repeat step 2 for Fabrics #2, #3 & #4 (refer to diagram 3).
    Geometric Kite Wall Art Diagram 2 Diagram 2
    1. Lay out (4) rectangular units, (4) matching half square triangle
      units, and (1) Fabric #5, 3 ½”square in three rows (refer to diagram 4). Pin and sew the pieces into rows and then Join the rows to make one Churn Dash unit. The unit should measure 9 ½” x 9 ½”. Make (4) units with each colour (refer to diagram 5).

      Geometric Kite Wall Art Diagram 3 Diagram 3
    Geometric Kite Wall Art Diagram 4 Diagram 4

     

     

    Geometric Kite Wall Art Diagram 5 Diagram 5

    Mini Quilt Assembly:

     

    Geometric Kite Wall Art Diagram 6 Diagram 6
    1. Lay out the (4) Churn Dash quilt blocks (refer to diagram 6). Pin and sew together.
    2. Cut Pellon to the same size as the mini quilt and iron onto the wrong side.
    3. Place the backing fabric behind the Pellon and quilt each block as desired.
    4. Trim excess backing fabric and add Fabric #9 binding strips using your favourite binding technique!
    5. Cut a 2” x 4” rectangle from Fabric #9 and fold in half to create a 2” square, press. Cut lengths of various ribbons and layer one end of each ribbon inside the square of fabric. Sew using a zigzag stitch around the square to hold the ribbons in place (refer to diagram 7). Attach to the wrong side of the mini quilt, in the bottom corner to create the kite tail. Hand sew or glue into position.
      Geometric Kite Wall Art Diagram 7 Diagram 7
    6. Fuse pieces of your fabric scraps together by ironing Heat & Bond to the wrong side, removing the paper backing and then ironing a second piece of fabric on top (right side facing up). Using AQ55341 GO! Bow-2 1/2", 3 1/2", 4 1/2" cut out the desired bows from the fused fabric. Layer the bows and position a bottom on top, then sew onto the bottom corner of the mini quilt (refer to diagram 8).
      Geometric Kite Wall Art Diagram 8 Diagram 8
    7. Hand sew a looped piece of ribbon onto the top corner of the wall kite (wrong side) and your kit is ready to hang!

    Congratulations on finishing your Geometric Kite Wall Art!

    Downloadable Pattern 

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