Tuesday, July 22, 2014

NEW!! Polka Dots & Baskets Feedsack Quilt Kit and Tutorial Now Available!

Welcome!  I just finished this sweet little 31" x 31" quilt and it is now available as a kit using AUTHENTIC VINTAGE FEEDSACKS.  It's fun and quick to make!  A tutorial is included here which will take the place of printed instructions.  You may print the picture below as your reference.  Easy, huh?  The kit is $36.95 which includes US Shipping.  International customers may email me at hollyhockquilts@gmail.com for costs.  More info below the pic.

PLEASE NOTE:  Each kit will be different.  If you trust me to pick out your pretty baskets, please feel free to order here.  The Baskets will be chosen especially for the project, but the Dots and Scrappy Strips will be from what's available.  If you want to see the specific baskets included in a kit, please go to my eBay Store.  I'll be listing kits there that contain the baskets as shown.  If they are sold out, just keep checking back. 

 

The kit includes:
    
1.  (4) Pre-fused Feedsack Baskets using the BEST fusible product on the market, Soft Fuse.  It is so light and soft that you can barely tell it's there.  I like to use a fused applique to keep the raw edges from raveling.
2.  (75) Pre-fused Feedsack Dots.  A few more than you need.
3.  More than enough Scrappy Feedsack Strips to make the Border.

You'll need to furnish:

1.  About 3/4 yard Background Fabric.
2.  Rickrack is optional.  If you want to use it, allow about 1 yard medium size per basket.
3.  (1) yard Backing Fabric.
4.  About 1/3 yard Binding Fabric.
5.  Your favorite batting.

From the Background Fabric (shown below), cut the following:

1.  (4) 9 1/2" Squares
2.  (2) 2" x 9 1/2" Strips
3.  (3) 2" x 20" Strips
4.  (2) 2" x 23" Strips


The Rickrack is optional.  If you want to use it, apply the Rickrack to the Baskets by sewing it as close as possible to the edge of the Basket.  You will have to cut and start with a new piece at each turn.  It's a little bit tedious, but I loved the end result!


Next, you'll fuse the Basket to a Background Block by lightly pressing the block diagonally.  Make sure you don't pull or stretch the fabric.  Then, finger press the basket in the center and align it with the background as shown here.  Make sure you leave adequate room for 1/4" seam allowances all around and press.


Secure the Basket by sewing along the Rickrack Edge with a matching thread.  If you aren't using Rickrack, just sew along the raw edge by hand or machine to secure.  A straight stitch or a blanket stitch will work just fine.

 

Arrange the 4 baskets as you like them.  Sew the Left 2 Baskets together with a 2" x 9 1/2" Strip between them.  Do the same with the Right 2 Baskets.  Then sew those 2 units together with a 2" x 20" Strip between them.  Add a 2" x 20" Strip to each side.  Lastly, sew a 2" x 23" Strip to the top and bottom.  Refer to the full picture at the top for reference.

NOTE:  I got excited to see the Dots at this point, but I suggest waiting until the top is complete with the borders before you add them.  It's easier to center them in the Strip if you wait!

To make the Borders, sew enough Feedsack Strips together to make a length of 23".  Make sure that each feedsack strip is at least 5" long and try to keep one edge fairly even.  Also, make sure that the strips on each end are not too skinny or it will look kind of weird.  When you have enough, press well.  It will look like this:


Trim the straighter edge first, then cut the Strip to measure 4 1/2" x 23".  Make FOUR of these and attach TWO to the sides as shown.  Remember that you won't have any dots yet!


I love this next step!  It's such a great way to get the look of Mitered Borders without having to go to the trouble!!  OK--

Sew enough Feedsack Strips at least 5" long together to measure just over 5" square.  Do this 4 times.  One edge will be uneven as with the long strips.


Square each of these Blocks to measure 5" Square.


IMPORTANT!  Turn the 2 squares on the Right to run Horizontal while the 2 squares on the Left will remain Vertical.  Then cut each square on the diagonal as shown below.


Now, rearrange the blocks so that you have half vertical strips and half horizontal strips.  This is the magic part!


Sew these blocks together and press well.  I like to press the seam open on these.  Arrange them as the reference picture shows and sew one to each end of the 2 remaining 4 1/2" x 23" Border Strips.  Voila'!  It looks like you spent hours trying to do mitered corners!!  Sew the 2 Border Strips to the top and bottom.

NOW is the right time to add the dots.  Space them out as shown and work in small sections so they won't move around on you.  When you've placed them as you like, press them to secure.  You can stitch around them now by hand or machine or wait until you do the quilting.  Your top is done!

 
Quilt as desired and apply the binding as you normally do.  Enjoy!

See you soon~

Monday, July 14, 2014

Back in the Studio!

I took a couple of weeks off and Bill and I headed to New Mexico for a bit.  We stayed in a lovely casita at the Hilton Downtown and loved every minute of it!  Here's what we enjoyed.  Made me want to come home and redecorate.  :o)




 
So now it's time for me to get back to work.  I started on a new quilt to offer as a feedsack kit soon.  Here's a sneak peek.  See you soon~
 
 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The AMB Blog Tour Winners!


 
 
Thanks to all of you who entered the giveaway for the AMB Blog Tour!  The Oklahoma winners were #116 DebraKay Neiman (who just happens to be from OK!) and #86 Missy Shay.  Congratulations to both!
 
Again, thanks for being a part of this.  It has been a lot of fun!
 


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Welcome to OKLAHOMA on the AMB Blog Tour!



OOOOk-lahoma, where the wind comes sweepin' down the plain!  OK--  So I KNOW that the first thing that came into your mind was TORNADO!  I ne-ver meet anyone that it isn't the first word they say after finding out where you're from.  But fortunately, there is MUCH more to Oklahoma than tornadoes!

Maybe you would be surprised to know that there are lots of places in OK that are not just flat, red dirt!  In fact, there are 10 distinct eco-regions in OK that include everything from Rocky Mountain foothills to cypress swamps, tallgrass prairies, and hardwood forests to pine-covered mountains.  A few interesting things...

Being so landlocked and all, Oklahoma has more man made lakes than any other state with over one million surface acres of water and more shoreline than the Atlantic and Gulf coasts together.  Needless to say, water recreation is very important here.  Lots of fishing, boating, water skiing and about anything else you can think of to do on the water!


Oklahoma is bordered by six states, more states than any other.  Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Arkansas, and Missouri make up the list.  UPDATE:  Someone just pointed out that Kentucky is bordered by 7 states.  And she is absolutely right!  Just goes to show you shouldn't believe everything you read! 

The Shopping Cart, Parking Meter, Aerosol Can and Twist Ties were invented here!

And of course, the famous people...  Will Rogers and Wiley Post (both of whom have airports named after them).  Mickey Mantle and Johnny Bench.  The list of Country Music Stars is LONG!  Garth, Blake, Toby, Reba and Carrie just to mention a few.  And some that might surprise you, such as Brad Pitt, Ron Howard, and Chuck Norris.  And one of the most famous Oklahomans of today, of course, is Ree Drummond of Pioneer Woman fame.

There is lots more to say about OK, but above all, it's the people who make the state special.  It is called the Heartland for a reason.  I'm not a native Oklahoman and I've lived in lots of other places, but the people here make a difference.  Friendly, caring, down to earth and what you see is what you get.  Truly the salt of the earth.  It's the reason why many CHOOSE to live here, not because they HAVE to.  It's why, after tornadoes, floods and other catastrophes that they stayed and rebuilt.  It's why, after the devastating bombing in 1995 that took so many lives, those who came to help fell in love with the people they met.   

Which brings me to my License Plate Block.  Starting with the Turquoise Skies and giving homage to the Red Dirt in the shape of the state, the black rickrack shows the major thoroughfares (I-35, I-40 and I-44) that crisscross across the state.  I-44 out of MO and I-40 from OKC to the Texas State Line follow the old Route 66, more miles than any other state, and there are many wonderful things to see along the way.  The Red Heart, of course, signifies the Heartland designation.  The State Wild Flower is the Indian Blanket which honors the large Native American presence, also more than any other State in the Union.  

  
If you're interested in making your own Block, please email me at hollyhockquilts@gmail.com and I'll send you the PDFs.  Free, of course!

THE GIVEAWAYS!  There are two.  The first is the generous group of Fat 1/4s offered by Clothworks and the 2nd is ALL the leftovers (49 pcs and yes, I have included those I cut) from what they sent to make the block.  These are REALLY nice fabrics, folks, and I know you'll enjoy using them. 

To enter, just follow me either here or on Facebook and leave a comment telling me where you are following (be sure I have an email address for you).  If you want to follow in both places, then leave TWO comments for TWO entries!  Pretty simple, huh?  Here are the prizes:



Entries for the Giveaway end on Sunday at midnight, June 22nd and will be announced on Monday.  International entries are welcome if you have a US address for shipping. 

Thanks for visiting and please keep in touch!

Monday, May 19, 2014

The American Made Brand Fabric Blog Tour Begins!


Today is the day!  Clothworks is announcing it's new American Made Brand Fabric with a Blog Tour of all 50 States. 

50 States = 50 Giveaways!!
 
 
You'll visit two states per day according to the dates they became part of the US.  You'll see a License Plate Quilt Block designed by each blogger AND each day you'll be able to enter for a giveaway for free fabric from Clothworks.  I hear that some of the bloggers will also be doing their own giveaways, too.  So 25 days of fun is in store!

Follow the schedule by visiting the following link:  http://americanmadebrand.com/blogtour/

I'll see you back here on June 18th to show you my block while you visit OK!  See you then--

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Clothworks' American Made Brand Blog Tour!

Watch for the upcoming American Made Brand Blog Tour starting May 19th!  Clothworks has produced an ALL American fabric starting with cotton grown here in the US to the final production.  Bloggers from all 50 states have designed a license plate block using the new fabric and I will be representing OK.  There will be giveaways and lots of fun stuff to learn about each state.  Learn more about it here and we'll see you soon!



Friday, May 2, 2014

More Fun Stuff!

I recently received an advance copy of the newest issue of Sew-It Today.  They were doing an article on sewing with feedsacks and wanted to feature my book.  So of course I said yes!!  While I was thumbing through it, I saw that my sweet friend Nanette of Freda's Hive had a fun quilt in there using fabric from at least a couple of my collections.  Always a nice surprise to see!

 



And here are some fun novelty feedsack pieces just listed in the eBay store to finish the week!






See you soon!

Friday, April 25, 2014

STILL Playing with Scraps!

Well, I'm not through pulling scrap bundles together, I guess.  I knew I had a BUNCH, but they just seem endless!  Here are a few that I put in the eBay store this week.  Enjoy!












Have a great weekend!