Monday, February 13, 2012

GO! Ahead and Show Some Love Blog Hop ***Giveaway CLOSED****

The Blog hop starts today, and Marjorie and I are the first ones up.
Don't forget to visit all the others blogs this week too!

Here is the line up!!!

February 13th
Ariane (Ariane's Crafts)
February 14th
Connie (Quilting by the River)
Linda (Living 4 Quilting)
February 15th
Lisa Marie (Scraps of Life)
Marilyn (North Hills Quilters)
February 16th
Alicia (Heirloom Quilting)
Marjorie (Marjorie's Busy Corner)
February 17th
Sharon (Crazee Corners)
Jacque (Lilypad Quilting)



February 18th
Stacey (Driving Miss Stacey)
Tracey (The Peony Teacup)
Paulette (Sweet P Quilting and Creations)

I've prepared this for a few weeks now.
I wanted to use Accuquilt GO! dies that a lot of you might already have.
You will need the circle die,
and the 5 inch square die.

I'm going to show you a very simple block that can be made with any of the circles on the circle die.
It's the half-circle pinwheel appliqued block.

This block can be used to make many different items.

Let's start!!!


Take your red and white/cream scraps out.

Instruction for the 5 inch unfinished block.

1) You will need to cut 2, 2.5 inch squares of the same red fabric.
You can also use the value die to cut the 2.5 inch red blocks.
 Iron fusible web on the back of the two red squares.
You can see in the image that I have 2 pairs of red squares.

2) Once you have ironed the fusible web to the red squares,
align your red squares over the smallest 2 inch circle on the circle die.
Cover the die with your cutting mat and crank the die through the machine.

3) You will have some nice perfectly cut circles.

4) Now take these circles to your cutting board and cut them in half.

Next Step......


1) Cut your 5 inch background squares using the 5 inch square die.
2) Bring a cut square to your ironing board.
You will iron you square in half with wrong sides together.

3) Then, fold in half again and iron without going over your first ironed crease.

4) When you open up your square, you should have the creases showing like in image #4.

Next.....

You will then take your half circles, remove the paper backing from them and lay them out on you block using the creases as guides.
Your blocks should look like the ones above.
Iron the half circles to your background fabric.
Then take these blocks to your sewing machine and zig-zag stitch all around the edges.
You can also use a button hole stitch or some other decorative stitch.

Now....what to make with these blocks.
A simple needle case would be so handy.





1) Sew your pinwheel block to another plain 5 inch background square.
Iron the seam open

2) You should now have a piece 9.5 X 5 inches.

3) For the inside of your needle case you need to cut a main piece 9.5 X 5 inches in background fabric,
Then a red piece of fabric for the pockets 9.5 X 6.5 inches.
You will iron the red fabric in half to form the pocket.

4) Lay the red pocket fabric over the background fabric and stitch a pocket line in the centre, then one 2 inches from the centre. Then baste stitch 1/8 th inch around the outer edge of the pocket.



5) Lay your inside piece over a piece of batting. 
The batting should be just a bit bigger then you inner piece.
Cut a 3 inch piece of ribbon and baste stitch it to the centre of the left side.

6) Lay the outer piece right sides together over the inside piece.
Pin in place.

7) Sew a 1/4 inch seam all around the edge of your fabric.
Leave about a 2 inch opening to allow for turning.
Make sure you back stitch at the beginning and ending stitches.

8)Trim your batting off and clip the corners.



9) Turn you needle case through the opening.

10) Iron your needle case and the opening to prepare for top stitching.

11) Top stitch using a scant 1/8 inch seam.

12) Cut an 4 X 8 inch piece of felt.
 Center the felt on the inside of the needle case.
Pin in place.
Flip over the needle case,
 and using the seam between the outer blocks stitch down the centre seam to secure the felt.

13) Add a matching button to the back.


You are now done!!!!!


I hope you like this tutorial.
If you have any questions, please let me know.

I'll have more ideas for this block in the next few days.
So please keep coming back.

Now, if you have made it this far down, you are in luck.
I'm giving away the above needle case to one lucky person.


Just leave a comment for a chance to win!!!


The giveaway winner will be announced on Friday!!


Winner is....


Jan said...
How cute is that, and you make it so simple! Thanks much!


Hugs




89 comments:

Gene Black said...

It is my first time to visit. I love the needle case, but I am terrible about making things for myself. I rarely do.
I would love to win this.

gill said...

This is lovely! and your tutorial is very clear - thank you!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Hi Ariane..love the block. You did a wonderful job with your tutorial. I only hope mine will be so clear. thank you.

Robin (RsIslandCrafts) said...

Wonderful block. Great tutorial.


*please don't include me in the give away*

Alicia said...

cool project! Love your signature, too!

Ariane said...

Thank you!!! Come visit me often and Good Luck with the giveaway!!!

Ariane said...

Thanks Gill!! It always makes me nervous when I write a tutorial. I'm glad you liked it!!!

Ariane said...
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Ariane said...

I'm glad you like my tutorial Robin!!! Thanks you for visiting!!!

Ariane said...

Thanks Alicia!!!

Clare said...

A really good tutorial. Congrats. Love the needlecase. I make quilts for children with Leukaemia. The quilts are red and white and your needlecase would be great for keeping my needles, floss and perle cotton in.

Tracey Rampling (The Peony Teacup) said...

That's so cute Ariane! I love that curved pinwheel block, what a great idea :)

Marjorie said...

Love this needle case - it looks like one I would really enjoy making. And love the circle pinwheel - hmmmmmm - maybe I could do that part on my embroidery machine.

MaryBeth said...

I'd love to win this, and if I don't win I'm sure I'll make one or maybe several - they'd make a really nice gift for my quilting friends.

Barb said...

That is just adorable...so clever!

Rachel said...

Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial and for the opportunity!! It is beautiful!!

marilyn said...

Cute needle case. If I won, maybe I wouldn't keep losing my needles in the couch! Ouch! Or, maybe I should make several and stop leaving needles where someone could sit on them :) Thanks for the great tutorial.

Kathy H said...

So happy to see more red and white ideas for projects. My favorite color combination. Thanks so much.

paulette said...

Thanks SEW much for this great tutorial!! AND I own the circle die (happy dance)!! I also want to make a book cover so now I know how and won't have to re-invent the wheel!! Thanks again...and lovely give away!
Paulette

Ariane said...

Thanks Marjorie!! Your tutorial will be amazing!!! Thanks for being here today!!!

Ariane said...

Good Luck with the giveaway!!! Thanks for the wonderful comment!!!

Ariane said...

Thanks Tracey!!! It was fun to make!!

Ariane said...

Thanks Marjorie! I'm sure this can be done on your embroidery machine. I don't have on of those, but I think it would look great!!!

Ariane said...

Thanks Mary Beth!! If you make some of these, send me pics. Good Luck in the giveaway!!!

Ariane said...

Thanks Barb!!! I'm glad you like it!!!

Ariane said...

Thanks Rachel!! That's so sweet!!!

Ariane said...

Ha! Ha!!! I do that all the time!!! My kids get very frustrated with me. Good Luck!!!

Ariane said...

Thanks Kathy!! Red and white is my favourite too.

Ariane said...

Thanks Paulette!! I'm glad I was able to join in the fun!!! Thank you for helping get us all organized!!!

Potpourri said...

This is great I just got the GO so all the wonderful ideas and uses for the dies, I have yet to buy, are wonderful.
Thank You!

Kath Garvey said...

Fabulous tutorials for the block and needle case. I can see me using this lots.

Heather said...

What a sweet needlecase. Thanks for the chance to win.

Teri said...

I agree with Gene......I never make anything for myself.....and if I do......I always find I give it away in the end.....I like your blog very interesting. And the needle case tutorial was really good.

Richard Healey said...

Totally cool Love it.

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Needled Mom said...

I think your needlecase is just darling. I may have to give one of those a try. Thanks for the nice tutorial.

Quilting "b" said...

I really enjoyed your tutorial. This would make great gifts for my sewing friends. I will be trying this very soon. Thank you for a great giveaway.

Jan said...

How cute is that, and you make it so simple! Thanks much!

Sandra said...

Thank you for the chance to win. It is so cute.

sewmeow said...

Such a cute idea.....thanks for sharing it with your tutorial.

Marsha said...

Very cute idea! Thanks for the tutorial and a chance to win!

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

Very cute block and project. Thanks for the great tutorial!

teachpany said...

That's such a cute idea! I can see so many possibilities with it. Thanks!

Deb said...

Cute idea! Thankas for giving it away!

Sallie said...

Thanks for the tutorial and giveaway! Happy Valentine's Day!

Kathryn said...

I love red and white projects, and yours is one I'd love to win. Thanks for the instructions. Kathie L in Allentown

Annette said...

what a cute idea thanks for sharing. I'll have to give it a try...... unless I win of course. I'll make some either way as they would be nice little gifts for s few sewing/quilting buddies
in stitches

Sally King said...

Great tutorial. Thanks. Like the block. The case is very practical.

SallyKingemail@gmail.com

Lee said...

How lovely! thanks for the tutorial - I love the look of this block!

ritainalaska said...

a sweet needle case! love the half-circle pinwheel block ... it would make a nice baby blankie!

Mrs.Pickles said...

wow that is so pretty

Ariane said...

Have fun with your GO! Thanks for visiting!!!

Ariane said...

Thanks Kathy!!! It is a fun block to make!!!

Ariane said...

Thanks Heather! I'm glad you like it!!!

Sheila said...

What a sweet needlecase , such a neat idea , thanks for the tutorial.

Laura said...

Cute, cute needle case. Love the half-circle pinwheels.

Michele Pacey said...

Very cute Ariane! I love the half-circle block, and the needle case is such a nice way to feature it, too!

B Larson said...

Love the needlecase.

Jacqueline said...

Great tut... thanks for a chance at your great give-away..

sue niven said...

a very cool tutorial, Thanks for the chance of winning this lovely needle case. I love this Blog Hop, Very exciting stuff!

Lee Ann L. said...

This is way too cute! Thanks for the tut!

Janet said...

So clever and cute!

LJ said...

I like your take on pinwheels. Very nice. Thanks for the giveaway.

Maxine said...

Great idea! I never thought of using the circle die to make pinwheels. Cute!

Cecilia said...

I like your version of a pinwheel block. Thanks for the clear instructions. Cute needle case too!

VickiT said...

Great tutorial and super cute needle case too. Thank you so much.

Margaret said...

I love the needle case and would be willing to give it a new home if you choose me. Thanks

Susan said...

That's such a cute block idea, and the needlecase is great. I hope I win! Thank you for the chance.

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Kristy said...

What a cute block! I love the circles and I actually have both of the dies! I will have to try it. Thanks again. K-

QuiltSue said...

The block is wonderful, and what a clever idea to use it for a needlecase.

Lisa Cox said...

Very cute! I don't have an Accuquilt, but maybe someday in the future,
I can get one. Just love the needlecase.

Nancy said...

Very very cute - thanks for the idea! Now I'm hoping to get an AccuQuilt! LOL!

Kathy MacKie said...

You did a great job on your tutorial and I would be sew happy to win this needle case. Thanks for the personal giveaway.

Hilachas said...

Thanks for the detailed and easy-t0-follow tutorial. And then at the end, I find I could possibly win the one you made. Yay! Thanks for the opportunity.

Connie said...

Thanks for wonderful tutorial, it is beautiful!

MoeWest said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I love the block and the needle case.

Kearstie Grenier said...

Great tutorial, easy to follow...

I would love to win the needle case for taking to bees. Thanks for the chance to win.

Dresden Quilter said...

Gorgeous, Gorgeous, Gorgeous!

Deb said...

Just lovely! Please count me in!

Jo said...

I've been wondering how you sew semi circles! Thanks!

Marcia W. said...

This is the cutest needlecase. The circle technique is really innovative. Thanks for the tutorial, and the giveaway.

Colleen said...

i love those pinwheels. a great idea on using circle dies.

Phyllis said...

The needlecase is great! I love the pinwheels!
Thanks for the tutorial...great idea!

Jacquelin said...

Muy bonito y resultón. Gracias por el tutorial.

Kathleen said...

I love those pinwheels...great idea ...thank you for the great giveaway....

Nanbon44 said...

so cute,

James-Linda said...

Love this project+tutorial;Thanks for preparing it for us to view! Really love these pinwheels too! Thank you for the sweet giveaway!

AlessandraLace said...

I love this tutorial. thank you. I would like to win. hugs

KOcanQuilt said...

how cute! I love pinwheels so this was a great idea for something different. Thank you for sharing.

arlette said...

Oh please enter me in the drawing, if I'm still on time, love the breathtaking needle case!!!!