Summertime…Moda Candy & Bella Solids

Oh what do you do in the summertime?  Summer is the perfect time to have some fun with Moda candy!
Mix and match collections, or use a couple of packs from the same collection to create a project. Using these pre-cut 2 1/2″ squares makes starting and finishing a quick project all the easier!

Moda candy packs are perfect for making potholders, pincushions, table runners and table toppers, small pillows and even table runners! You can use them for English paper piecing, and you can make 9-patch or 16-patch blocks for a scrappy Modalicious quilt!

They are also perfect for making granny square blocks. Mix them with a neutral background fabric (just pick your favorite Bella solid)…

Or sew them all together!

There are also lots of fun patterns designed especially for your favorite Moda candy…the possibilities are…well…sweet! What are you thinking about making with your Moda candy?

Summer is also the perfect time for a solids quilt with your favorite Moda Bella solids! I’ve been making some of the Moda Signature Quilt Along blocks using quite a few of my favorite Bella solids!  I’m sharing the two above on my blog today! Summertime…perfect for Moda candy and Bella solids! Oh what do you do in the summertime?

In From The Cold Tablerunner

Saving the best for last, today project made with In from the Cold fabric is a fun tablerunner. 
Use any combination of 5 blocks from the block instructions.
Click here for the tablerunner construction and yardage info.
Let me say that I am in love with minatures and some may say that obsession is a better word.

Working with the In from the Cold project sheet quilt was so fun, but when I did the mini’s my heart was racing.  The table runner features the little mugs with a simple single square checkered border.

The 1-1/2″ squares were pilling up as I made the other projects and were begging me to use them.  When working on any project, I always cut up my scraps into sizes that will be easy to use later.  Good sizes to keep are 4-1/2″,  21/2″ and 1-1/2″.   I should own stock in ziploc, these bags are great to keep colors together or theme fabric such as this.

 It is great for scrappy quilts when some of the precuting is done, and some times you just want to sew with no project in mind.  Grap a 2-1/2″ container and start sewing.  Some of my best ideas come form just sewing with no project in mind.  Let you creativity go.

Back to the project, if you are not into making mini cups again as mentioned in the placemat project yesterday, use any of the cute fabric as the 5 blocks.  Or simplify the mugs by fussy cutting the cute prints.  Now just sew a simple 1-1/2″ cut border around each one and finish up with the single square checkered border as shown in the pattern. 

 Thanks again for joining me and Moda today. 
Keep Stitching,
Tammy V

How to use Honeycombs for English Paper Piecing

Hello All~
I’m Jessica and this is my first post to The Cutting Table.

I’ve got a new book out this month on English paper piecing (EPP) called Quilting on the Go and today I’m going to share a little tutorial for how to use the Honeycomb pre-cuts for this ultra-portable hand sewing technique.

English paper piecing is a technique where the fabric patches are first basted to paper templates and then stitched together by hand (I use a whip stitch).  Once all sides of a patch are sewn, the template can be removed and reused.  It’s simple and addictive, and can be done almost anywhere.  In my book I explain how to build a travel sewing kit so you can take your quilting with you wherever you go– doctor’s appointments, plane trips, picnics, you get the idea.  With Honeycombs, most of the cutting is done for you, making it even easier to get out the door and start quilting on the go!

A Honeycomb can be cut into the following EPP shapes and sizes:
2″ equilateral triangles
2″ 60-degree diamonds
1″ (short side) kites
2″ half hexagons

Depending on the seam allowance you prefer, you can change them up a bit to suit your comfort level.
I happen to be a huge fan of 60 degree diamonds, and if you cut up a Honeycomb, your diamonds come out to exactly 2 5/8″ high– perfect to baste around a 2″ template.

So let’s cut  some.
First, layer two print Honeycombs.

 Next, place the plastic hexie template (the one that comes with the fabric) so that 1/3 of the hexagon is covered.  Carefully align the corners.

 Here you’ve got two options– either draw a line around the template and cut with scissors, or go at it with a rotary cutter (carefully though, a fresh blade can slice through the template plastic)

 Your cut may go a bit further than necessary, but that’s not really a big deal.  Slide the cut diamonds out of the way, reposition the template, and cut again.

Now you have 6 cute diamonds, ready to baste to your EPP templates.

 The next step is to secure fabric to your templates with paper clips.

Fold in and baste around the edges with 5 backstitches, taking additional bites of fabric along each side.  Do not stitch through the template paper!

Whipstitch your diamonds into a star!

I’m going to turn these into a pillow.  What can you make with Honeycombs and EPP?

Check out my book and my blog for more pattern ideas, and get ready to stitch outside this summer!

In From The Cold Placemat

Today In from the Cold placemat will be featured. 

Moving from cold winters in Indiana to warmer Texas winters has been wonderful. 
I am truely ” In from the Cold” and do not miss those below zero bone chilling days.
These place mats are easy and so cute with the mini mugs centered in the design.

To start the project choose your favorite block for the center of each place mat.
If you want to use any of the cute prints instead of creating the mini cup block that would be fine.
Click here for directions to make the place mat.   The strips are cut 1-1/2″ and just randomly placed around the center block in a log cabin style.  I tried to not put the same color or same print together.  When the piece gets wide enough just sew strip long enough to cover the size of the mat 14″ wide by 17″ long.  Trim up the sides, layer and quilt.  Make a set for you and for Christmas gifts, it’s not to early to start sewing for Christmas.
After this place mat was made, I thought why didn’t I  use the stitch and flip method that pieces and quilts all at one time.  So if you want to try that way, go for it.  You would just layer the backing, batting, and center piece in the middle and then add each 1-1/2″ strip by sewing the strip on and at the same time stitching all the layers together.
Thanks for joining me and hope to share my love of quilting with Moda fabric again real soon.  Keep stitching, Tammy V