Moda Block Heads 3 -Block 20

Moda Block Heads -Block 20

Moda Block Heads 3/ Lisa Bongean Top US Quilt BloggerJoin us each Wednesday for our Moda Block Heads! Here is block 20!

Moda Block Heads 2 -Block 20
Lisa Bongean / Moda Block Heaeds 3 Block 20-Contribution

Read on if you want to hang out here for a little bit…if not…here is your printable pattern:

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STARCH first off!  Most Important…If you need to learn about starching go HERE for STARCH VIDEO

https://lisabongean.com/christmas-carol-mystery-sew-along/

I like to cut my pieces to size unless they are HSTs or Square in a Square units…for this Moda Block Heads-Block 20 pattern the directions are written for flying geese with the sew and flip corner method…Not my favorite, so here are my cutting measurements for my 4″ block.  I also am using Triangle Paper to make perfect 1″ HSTs

Here is a video/post on how the Triangle Papers work.

https://lisabongean.com/christmas-carol-mystery-sew-along/
Cutting for 4″ block- with no sew & flip corners

https://lisabongean.com/christmas-carol-mystery-sew-along/And sometimes when you get to this point you need to adjust a little….https://lisabongean.com/christmas-carol-mystery-sew-along/This looks better with a more contrasting center….

Here is an idea of what I’m working on for a layout…Just playing so far…but liking how it is turning out…the setting directions will be offered later this summer…

https://lisabongean.com/christmas-carol-mystery-sew-along/I am “in love” with my stack of 20 blocks…Moda Block Heads are so much FUN!https://lisabongean.com/christmas-carol-mystery-sew-along/

If you are looking for some more things to be involved in I have a couple of options here…

Pieced Summer Blocks of the Week  will be rolling out the week of June 8th.

STITCH with Lisa Bongean is our Facebook group that has started up during our #StayatHome time…lots of videos and Live Chats each week…join the fun!

Build some Houses with us…join the House SEW-along with a free download from our CA store!

Christmas Carol Mystery Quilt Along- Wool Applique     A new block will post today!

Here is the list of ALL the Moda designers partitcipating in Moda Block Heads 3 make sure to visit them this week to see their Block 20, if you have not already done so.

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How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt!

How to make and stitch a Quilt sleeve & Binding       Part 1- machine work

I thought since we are all finishing up our quilts that this might be a great time to post this tutorial…

I put sleeves on 98% of my quilts.  You never know if someone will want to hang your quilt, quilts can be art too!  They can be hung behind beds…in large open areas on walls and I especially need them to hang on the poles at quilt shows in our booths…

Today I will share my quick and easy method.

How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

I use the remaining backing fabric…yes..I make sure my backing is plenty big.  I cut a piece of backing off the quilted quilt. Cut it about 4-5″ (I usually rip it ) wide and as long as the top of the quilt is long.  I lay the quilt right side up on my table…determine the top, then fold the top over to expose the back.  So the quilt is laying right sides together on top if you are wondering in this photo.  If you lay the quilt upside down you are working on the sleeve up side down as well…This allows you to work on the sleeve more efficiently.How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Iron the sleeve nice and flat….  I press up the bottom of the sleeve about 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch..Then using Stitch Witchery cut 2 pieces as long as the sleeve is wide and place it about 3/4″ of an inch away from the edge.  Press over the edge onto the adhesive on both sides.

How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa BongeanHow to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

This hold the edges nicely, without having to stitch them…How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Center the sleeve onto the quilt and pin in place.  Flip up the sleeve bottom and place small dots of Roxanne’s Glue Baste on the folded edge…I love this size..it easy to hold on to and it doesn’t gum up with glue.

How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa BongeanHow to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa BongeanRoll the sleeve back down and press with your hands…Let it stand for about 10 min.  Notice how I pin…The pins are holding the sleeve in place but will not be in my way when I am stitching the binding on.  Also note, that the top of the sleeve will get stitched into the quilt when the binding is stitched on by machine…After the binding is hand stitched to finish it, you will then hand stitch the folded edge of the sleeve with thread that matches the backing…in this case, cream.

How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

preparing your binding:

Meanwhile, prepare your binding (while the glue dries) if you have not already done so…I use 2″ wide binding on most of my quilts.  My binding is the same on the front as it is on the back, I stitch it on 1/4″.  Not any bigger…I do not want to cut off any points if I have piecing on the edge.. If you cut your bindings larger than 2″ where does that extra go?  My bindings are nice and full and the fold comes just over the stitching line on the back.

to figure out how much binding you need:

Take both lengths, and both widths of your quilt.  Add them together.  Divide this number by 40″.  This is how many strips to cut…If it is 6.5.  Cut 7 strips for example.

 

Lay your strips rights sides together and stitch across them diagonally…as shown.  Use the same color thread and shorten your stitch length.  I used lighter thread here so you could see…How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Trim off the excess 1/4″ away.  Press seams open.How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa BongeanHow to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

I also turn up the straight edge to form a point as shown below here at the beginning of the binding.  This 45 degree crease will be the stitching line when attatching the end to the start of the binding.

I roll up my binding and place it on my sewing table by my machine.

How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

These are the threads I will use for stitching this binding, Red Auriful for sewing it to the quilt by machine.  Then Hand Quilting thread to finish hand stitching it to the quilt. You need a stronger thread on quilts that are going to be used.  Binding needles are the best…they are long, super sharp, nice eye for threading and do NOT bend.  Try them you will love them!  Most people just use whatever needle is in the pincushion to hand stitch their binding…if you have the right needle hand binding is most enjoyable!

How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Stitching binding on by machine

Start by leaving a tail about 10″ long with the folded 45 degree point as the start…I like to start near a corner about 5 ” away, leaving that 10″ un-stitched at the beginning.How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Place a pin in the quilt at 1/4″ away from the edge…Stitch to the corner stopping at the pin 1/4″ away from the edge.  Pivot and stitch off the edge.How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Fold up the corner forming a 45 degree angle and finger press this down flat.How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa BongeanHow to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Start at the edge of the quilt and stitch…keep stitching repeating at each corner.  How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

When you are coming close to the 10″ strip that is not stitched at the beginning, stop about 8″ away from this point.  How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Place a pin in the quilt where the beginning has been smoothed out along the edge where it will eventually be stitched. I place the pin a smidge before the point to stretch it a bit.  I would rather have too tight a binding then too loose.How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Now lay the end of the binding strip along the edge of the quilt over the beginning of the binding.  Take the pin you placed previous and put it in the the top strip exactly where it is but only on the top layer of the binding…so you still can open it up..How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Now think Point to Pin…That point of the beginning is going to be place directly on the at pin.  Lay that beginning binding right sides together point to pin as you turn it, open it and lay it right sides together…as shown below…How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Move the pin over on the right side of the pressed diagonal line.  Stitch the diagonal line.How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa BongeanIMG_0112 How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa BongeanHow to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Remove the pin and test if the binding is correct…then cut the binding 1/4″ away from the seam.  Finger press it open.

Lay it out on the quilt edge…How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa BongeanHow to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Stitch the remaining part of the binding down.How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Now you are ready for hand stitching the binding!

Look for the Hand Stitching Part 2 of this picture tutorial soon!

I will place this post up in the tutorial part of my blog for future reference…Have a great week Everyone!

STITCH Everyday!

Lisa

Triumph Tulips Wool Applique Mats featured by top US quilting and sewing blogger, Lisa Bongean

Triumph Tulips Wool Applique Mats

Triumph Tulip Wool Applique Mats

Spring is coming! (I think it is anyways.)

I love tulips. I am part Dutch 1/4 to be exact and come from a little town that has a huge actual size windmill gracing it’s downtown.  This was not there when I was running the streets of Little Chute WI as a kid…but every other yard had a kissing Dutch Boy and Girl.  Some of you who have been following me know I planted a Moon Garden when we built our home.  Moon garden, meaning all my blooms are white or shades of white…I will be home the whole time this Spring to see my tulips in all their glory!  Social Isolation has some perks!

Triumph Tulips Wool Applique Mats featured by top US quilting and sewing blogger, Lisa Bongean
Tulips- Bongean Garden 2017

Triumph Tulips Wool Applique Mats featured by top US quilting and sewing blogger, Lisa Bongean
Spring 2017

Our “moon” garden was the inspiration for our Triumph Tulips Table Mat.  I designed this project for our North Carolina Retreat.  But that isn’t happening and we have over 100 kits of each version so I am putting them out here for everyone.  This will be the last new item we have for awhile as our Gov. had shut down our state of WI.  We will get our Bunny kits, tumblers and Tulip kits out and then shut it down until we can open.  Hopefully after Easter…like Pres. Trump wants..

I also have included a little video on how to stitch the Triple Alternating Blanket Stitch!

 

Here are the two options for the Tulip mats.

Dark Triumph Tulip Mat is 22″ x 22″…This color option is perfect for those new home owners where everything is a shades of grey.  This looks amazing in my home and hopefully someday it can live there after it has run it’s coarse at the shop, fingers crossed.  The embellishing stitch just adds a little extra zing and a few more hours of stitching but it is worth it!

This mat is a stunner for sure…

Triumph Tulips Wool Applique Mats featured by top US quilting and sewing blogger, Lisa BongeanTriumph Tulips Wool Applique Mats featured by top US quilting and sewing blogger, Lisa BongeanTriumph Tulips Wool Applique Mats featured by top US quilting and sewing blogger, Lisa Bongean

The traditional color way.

Growing up I only remember red and yellow tulips in our town.  This more traditional color way is still a stunner and the new red wool we used it super cool.

I am still working on stitching this version…because I wanted it to show in our workshop all the stitching options for this mat…so that is why it is not finished yet.  It is still  beautiful and fun and I will have plenty of time to get it done now…Triumph Tulips Wool Applique Mats featured by top US quilting and sewing blogger, Lisa BongeanTriumph Tulips Wool Applique Mats featured by top US quilting and sewing blogger, Lisa Bongean

If you wish to purchase our Tulip wool applique mats, click the button below.  We have all the optional notions you will need as well listed in related products.  Make sure you have everything you need to get started on this.  You need a piece of 24″ wide fusible web…just a reminder.

Triumph Tulip Table Mats

I hope you all can put a dent in your collection of sewing supplies!  This is why we have what we have…as long as I can stitch…I am HAPPY!  You agree?

NOTE: Please know we are working with a minimal crew…If you are calling to check on your order the girls cannot be shipping.  So please wait a reasonable time before calling to check on your order.  We promise to have the bunny pillows out before the end of this week for all orders placed by 3/25.

I have some fun new STICKERS. We will be putting one in every order for Bunnies, drink ware and Tulips and every order or until we run out!  Stickers are about 4″ and are very nice vinyl can be used outdoor and you will LOVE them!  If you wish to order more stickers they are $3 each. They are easy to apply, durable,  weather proof  & dishwasher safe. Click HERE for Stickers.

 

Things to do to keep yourself busy…during social Iso

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Join our STITCH with Lisa Bongean Facebook group.

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Stitch masks for your family or people who need them.

Organize your sewing room, studio or bins.

This is very satisfying. You find lots of good things you forgot you had or at least this happens to me…

Cook and try new recipes.

I love Ashley…she is so inspirational.  Everything that she makes looks amazing!

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Learn something new!  I am going to practice lettering…

All for now my Stitchers!

Lisa

 

 

 

 

 

Half Square Triangle Paper Videos

Here are a couple of quick videos on how to use Primitive Gatherings Triangle Papers…Half Square Triangle Paper Videos featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Sewing the starched two fabrics right sides together…paper on top of the light…shorten stitch length to half of what you normally stitch at..I go to 1 on my Juki….Stitch all the dashed lines…

Trim on all the solid lines….make sure you have a nice small ruler…

Flip them to all the dark triangles are facing up…press them using lots of steam….

I cannot get the last video to load…will try again or make another post…

but the last post is removing the paper…hold it near the stitching with your non dominant hand…push the paper triangle back with your dominant hand and pull it away from down near the stitching in the center of the paper triangle…

sorry but I really tried to get this all in one spot…I will keep trying tomorrow! Lisa

 

 

 

covered zipper pillow tutorial

Hey Everyone!!!  I am not going to have a pillow and quilt combo for May, but instead I did a great tutorial for making an easy covered zipper for all the pillows you are going to make in the future…(Quilt Market is next week (no…it is going on right now!)…and it aint pretty here…at the moment at least.)

I decided to do a blog tutorial for a covered zipper instead of a video…because I think it is hard to go back and forth on a video…and I think you could print this tutorial…If you have a phone or iPad you can have it next to your sewing machine and scroll… other than starting and stopping and rewinding a video…but if you think a video is easier we can do one as well…

img_1472Supplies Needed:

Finished Pillow front (example-18″x 18″)

Pillow backing…4″ longer than (example 18″x 22″) Cut in half in the center. 2-11″x 18″ pieces.

Zipper foot- not necessary but it makes it easier.

Matching thread

Zipper- longer than pillow width- we used 24″ for this pillow

We have a bunch of colored long zippers on our site for VERY reasonable prices. See below for more info on long zippers.

Purple thang- or something to poke out corners of pillows

Pillow form…Use a bigger form than the pillow when you can…example…put a 20″ pillow form in an 18″ pillow

I suggest reading the whole tutorial first before you start…then go for it!

Finished pillow top, backing pieces and coordinating zipper.

On wrong side of backing fold under 1/2″ and press on one piece

On the remaining piece fold and press 1″ and then fold again another 1″

Now we are ready to stitch to the zipper.

Attach your zipper foot to your machine…and line up the hole on the right side of the foot…The zipper will hang over as shown….place the backing piece with the 1/2″ on top of the zipper with the fold next to the zipper teeth.

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Here it is shown all stitched…

Now unfold the other backing piece to only 1- 1inch

Place it right sides together on the other edge of the zipper and it will cover the first sewn side, lining up the widths exactly, like shown.

Move the zipper foot to the other side and stitch right up against the teeth of the zipper.  as shown in photo.

Now flip back the sewn side.

 

Push the fold forward so it covers the zipper. This is too far…if you see the zipper.

Sorry I had to insert a new photo here as we missed this shot…

IMG_2727IMG_2728Open the zipper a couple of inches and then push the zipper together as if it were closed.

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Like this and stitch over the edges of each side to lock the fold as it covers the zipper in place.

Then the other side…

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Move your zipper foot so the needle is on the right edge of the foot.

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Top Stitch the fold down on the outside, running the foot as close as you can next to the zipper.26-1

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Close the zipper and press the newly stitched fold.

Now Trim off excess zipper. I used plastic zippers so I can cut them with my rotary cutter.

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Back is done…Time to stitch the pillow together…Make sure you keep the zipper open.

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Now lay the right side of the front of the pillow to the right side of the pillow back…I like to match of any kind of stripes or plaids if I can…but I do not stress out if they do not line up…sometimes one side of the zipper does and then the other doesn’t…

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Trim the back the same size as the front.

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Place pins in the corners and in the middles…I admit I use pins very sparingly.

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Now stitch pillow edges using a 1/2″ seam allowance…do opposing sides first…sew edge to edge.

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Then stitch the remaining opposing sides. I find this eliminates getting tucks, or unevenness that happens sometimes.

Clip all four corners.

Now open up your zipper a little farther and turn the pillow right side out.

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Push the corners out with some kind of tool.

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Now stuff your pillow insert in…I use a bigger pillow form than my pillow…example…if my pillow is 18″ I will put a 20″ pillow form in it.

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Close your zipper and fluff your pillow…Don’t you just love the finished edge this makes…and I love that I do not have to store a bunch of pillows…I can just store the pillow covering and if it would ever need to be washed it is much easier to do so.

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I hope you love making these covered zippered pillows as much as I do…we have lots of designs for you to customize for your home…instead of just buying what the stores have available for us to purchase…

I have a new book coming out soon featuring a bunch of pillows including the one here….Click HERE to order the book .

I used flannel instead of wool on these pillows…they turned out beautiful!IMG_2440

I stitched words on the pillows using a #5 Valdani Thread…


If you need anything you see listed in this tutorial, we would very much appreciate you buying/supporting us for offering this great tutorial.  

We have long zippers-click HERE,  

in lots of colors for $2.50 each.  The following set goes with Farmhouse Gatherings  Flannels.

Then look at all the other colors they come in!!! …and pillow forms in bunches of sizes, beautiful flannels, wools, fusibles and kits for lots of pillow projects…on our WEBSITE.  I will let you know when the pillow kits will be ready to order…Fabric comes in July!

Leave a comment on here and I will pick a winner for a pillow kit with zipper and an advance pattern for the pillow!

…keep stitching everyday!     Lisa