Sizzix Half Square Triangles

Hi friends!

Did you guys notice the new image over on the right side bar? I am officially a Sizzix team member! I tried out a machine this last month and totally fell in love – you will see that project here soon…(hint – super easy way to make hexies). Today I wanted to share a little work in progress and just how easy it is to make HST – Half Square Triangles!

Modern Handcraft - Sizzix Half Square Triangles

The fabric I am using was a gift from a dear friend of mine - Andover Chambray’s, aren’t they fun?

Modern Handcraft - Sizzix Half Square Triangles / Andover Chambray

Modern Handcraft - Sizzix Half Square Triangles / Andover Chambray

 

This was the first time I have used a machine to cut out quilt pieces, I am a die hard ruler and rotary cutter gal so I wasn’t really sure that I would use it more than for cutting out papers for my hexagon english paper piecing…I was so wrong. This is fast! I was able to cut out 8 layers of fabric all at once and the machine was fun to use to. You take the two clear plastic cutting pads, your layers of fabric and your die – roll it through the machine and you are ready!

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These seem to be easy quilt blocks to make….but are a pain in the you know what to trim up after sewing. Sizzix’s die blocks take that extra step away – by adding these great little corner notches.

Modern Handcraft - Sizzix Half Square Triangles

Once I had my pieces cut out, I set my needle to align perfectly with the notch created (on my Janome that was a 4.6) and started sewing. Once you iron open your seams you have a perfect HST – no trimming needed!

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I am excited to finish up this pillow soon, but for now here are some images of the finished pillow front. It was nice to be able to create something quick and accurate. Eliminating the trimming really made me fall in love with HST again.

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Thanks for stopping by friends!

-Nicole

 

 

 

Paint Mini Quilt

Hi friends!

I finally finished another mini quilt / table runner this week and I am so excited to share it with you all!

Modern Handcraft - Paint Mini Quilt

This features a beautiful new line called Paint! by Carrie Bloomston at SUCH Designs for Windham Fabrics. I convinced my roomie at Quilt Market to let me have this charm pack sample of Paint and I am so happy I did. My favorite swatches are the paint swatch print, and I love the grays and newsprint fabrics.

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I thought it would be fun to do a mini quilt fading from light to dark and in color order. This was a quick one to quilt since I did not have to deal with any negative space. I backed and binded this in Britten number fabric from IKEA.

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This makes for a fun wall hanging or fits perfectly on my bar shelf under some of my son’s paintings.

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Thanks for stopping by today friends! I am also linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it up Fridays!

-Nicole

Back to School Projects – Quilted File Folder

Hi friends!

Today I am sharing a project I made for The Sewing Rabbit this month that is perfect for your kids back to school supply list!

Modern Handcraft - Quilted File Folder: A Tutorial

This quilted file folder can be used to hold files to keep homework assignments separated and also hold a couple of spiral notebooks. It’s fun to pick out three different fabrics to create something that your child will love, their favorite cartoon character or sporting team can stand out!

Modern Handcraft - Quilted File Folder: A Tutorial

I also think this would make for an awesome teacher gift. They always have to lug paperwork home to grade and this would help keep them organized in a fun way. Use a fabric that fits their style and fill it with cute file folders and a fun notebook and pens for a really useful gift!

Modern Handcraft - Quilted File Folder: A Tutorial

Modern Handcraft - Quilted File Folder: A Tutorial

Hope you can stop by The Sewing Rabbit for the full tutorial! If you do make this project or any other Modern Handcraft tutorial I would love to see your work – just add your photos to the Modern Handcraft flickr pool here. 

Fabrics for this project: Robert Kaufman Dr. Seuss & Ann Kelle

Thanks for stopping by friends!

-Nicole

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