Thursday, December 18, 2014


Have a safe and happy Holiday season!
We'll see you in the new year!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Stuff Your Stocking - While you are Shopping

We are so excited for Stuff your Stocking to begin Monday, December 1!

For those of you who signed up - here are a few things to remember while you are shopping!
  • Check the email account you provided us with everyday between December 1 - 7 to get the deal of the day. Emails are sent out at 7 AM Eastern Time. 
  • Please submit your order before midnight every night – that is when the deal expires. Deals are only available on that particular day. 
  • If you paid your registration by credit card please check out using the regular Visa or MasterCard option and we will bill you once at the end.
  • If you want to avoid entering your credit card details again you may check out using Pay by Check as an option and we will bill your card on file. 
  • If you paid by PayPal please checkout using PayPal and pay invoices daily.
  • You may add any other items to your order between December 1st and December 7th and we will pay the shipping for you. The cart will show regular shipping charges for additional items but we will not charge any additional shipping when we bill your order at the end. So go ahead and fill your cart!
  • If at the end of week you have not bought any of the deals we will refund your Registration Fee.
Thank you for signing up and enjoy your week! 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Sign up for Stuff Your Stocking!




Stuff your Stocking is back! 

Register for only $10.00 and receive exclusive deals everyday for a whole week!
Check your email everyday between December 1 - 7 for the exclusive deal of the day. If you like it. Buy it online and we'll add it to your package.  Do this from December 1 - 7 and Santa will make his delivery after December 9th. Be sure to provide your current email address.

Go ahead! Treat yourself this Christmas.

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED! SEE YOU BRIGHT & EARLY MONDAY MORNING! :)

Quick Facts:


  • Registration is $10 only. 
  • You will receive an email every day with the special deal of the day. These deals are exclusive for those registered for Stuff your Stocking. 
  • If you like what you see you can make your purchase online. 
  • If you don't like the deal for the day simply don't make a purchase. Check out the deal the next day and you can make your purchase then if you like the deal for that day. 
  • If at the end of the week you did not make any purchases we will refund your registration fee -- so there is no risk. 
  • This is a Sew Sisters event so you can count on the deals being out of this world! 
  • Your package will be mailed out after the 9th of December.


Postage is included in the registration fee for orders within Canada.
US Customers will pay $14.99 flat rate shipping.


Blogathon Canada 2014 - Winners!

We had a fabulous week on Blogathon Canada! Thank you all for participating and for your lovely comments. They made our week!

Thank you to our Amazing co-sponsors AurifilCamelot FabricsNorthcottRobert Kaufman Fabrics, & Timeless Treasures for their generous giveaways!

Now on to the winners!


Day 1: Giveaway from Aurifil



The winner of Angela Yosten's Flats Thread Collection is: 

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177. Elizabeth Cross said...
I am not familiar with Aurifil thread as I have limited resources to fabric/quilt stores, so would really love to win a set to sew my quilts with. Thanks for the great Blogd

Day 2: Giveaway from Camelot Fabrics



The winner of a fat quarter bundle of Kate designed by Camelot Design Studio is 

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41. theruthlesscrafter.com said...
Thanks for hosting this giveaway - fantastic opportunity!!
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Day 3: Giveaway from Northcott



The winner of a bundle of Artisan Spirit - Sandscapes is: 

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40. Lise said...
WOW, what a beautiful Bundle of fabric, and what an awesome fun blogathon, thank you for doing this
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Day 4: Giveaway from Robert Kaufman Fabrics



The winner of the Metro Living - Platinum bundle is: 

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159. MoeWest said...
I like the Platinum bundle best.

The winner of the bundle Metro Living - Prep School bundle is: 

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61. Anita said...
I would be thrilled to win either prize (love Robert Kaufman!) but I will say Platinum is my favourite.
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Day 5: Giveaway from Timeless Treasures



The winners of Tonga Mini Treats - Punch are: 

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46. Carrie P. said...
thanks for the giveaway. off to visit the blogs.
Thanks for a chance at the giveaway :) So excited for the Stuff Your Stocking event!
1. I love batiks - LOVE them!
2. Love precuts
3. Wonder how long it would be before I actually opened this wonderful array of batiks, seeing I cannot bring myself to cut them!! ��

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19. dortha said...
What pretty fabric. Such a nice blogathon.
Thank you for a chance to win.

Day 6: Giveaway from Sew Sisters Quilt Shop




The winner of the Stonehenge Oh Canada bundle is: 

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183. lifeinthedoghouse.ca said...
Thanks for hosting. I think these fat quarter would make great quilt for Quilts of Valour.
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Congratulations to all the winners! 


Please look out for an email from us or write to us at connect@sew-sisters.com with your mailing address so we can get your prizes out to you! 

Thanks again for an amazing week! 
Follow our blog for more fun, tutorials, and giveaways through the year!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

And we're Home!

Blogathon Canada has been AWESOME! Thank You to everyone who took part - all our hosts, our co-sponsors - Aurifil, Camelot Fabrics, Northcott, Robert Kaufman Fabrics, & Timeless Treasures, and everyone who hopped across the country with us! We were so happy to see so many of you back from last year and meet so many participating for the first time. We appreciate all your wonderful comments. Thank You for making this week so much fun!

We end Blogathon Canada in our home province - Ontario. We have two wonderful quilters and bloggers hosting today. And a long list of quilt blogs for you to visit!

We hope you will bookmark and follow the blogs you visited during the Blogathon.

The Hosts

Lorna is a quilter, pattern designer, farmer, and full-time mom living and working on her beautiful farm in Ontario. Lorna makes the most colourful and happy quilts that will brighten up anyone's day! Follow Lorna's blog for loads of inspiration and fun.
Click here to visit: Sew Fresh Quilts

Sandy has always liked to sew, knit, crochet and craft but when she started quilting in 2012 she was hooked! She quilts, longarms, has a studio full of fabric and you can tell how serious she is about her quilting by the rolls of batting you see propped against the wall! Sandy is sharing a special tutorial on Blogathon Canada today so check her out! 
Click here to visit: Upstairs Hobby Room

Giveaway!


Leave a comment on this post for a change to win 10 Fat Quarters from Northcott's Stonehenge - Oh Canada! This giveaway is brought to you by Sew Sisters Quilt Shop.

The giveaway is open till November 23. Winners will be announced on November 24 and contacted by email. 

All giveaways on Blogathon Canada are open from the date of posting to November 23! So if you missed any go back and enter! International participants are welcome! 

This giveaway is CLOSED. See our blog for the winner. 

If you are a no-reply comment blogger or a Word Press blogger please leave your email address in your comment so we can contact you if you win. 

Head on over to Sew Fresh Quilts & Upstairs Hobby Room for the party!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Blogathon Canada is in Québec and the Territories!

Blogathon Canada has been such fun! We are now off to visit our hosts and bloggers from Québec and the Territories.

The Hosts

Josée at The Charming Needle
Josée is the mother of two little boys and loves to express her creativity through quilting and sewing. Josée
 loves modern fabrics and enjoys exploring fabric related methods and techniques such as appliqué, embroidery, and screen printing.
Click here to visit The Charming Needle

Janet at Caribou Crossing Chronicles
Janet has lived in the Yukon for over 35 years. Janet was the host for the Territories the very first year we hosted Blogathon Canada and we're so happy to have her host again. Janet even visited the store when she was down in Toronto! You'll find lots of great quilting projects on Caribou Crossing Chronicles and some awesome pictures of her hometown!
Click here to visit: Caribou Crossing Chronicles.

Giveaway!

Our featured sponsor on Blogathon Canada today is Timeless Treasures!


Sew Sisters has always had a great selection of beautiful fabric from Timeless Treasures. We love their fun and funky novelty prints, Tonga Batiks, and gorgeous designer collections. We are very happy to have Timeless Treasures partner with us this year on Blogathon Canada.

Follow their blog - Sew Timeless - for insider access to all things Timeless Treasures.

Timeless Treasures is offering a pack of Tonga Mini Treats - Punch to FIVE lucky winners today!
Tonga Mini Treats contain 40 pieces of 5" squares from their gorgeous Tonga Batiks and comes with a Free Pattern!





For a chance to win a pack of Tonga Mini Treats - Punch leave a comment on this post. The giveaway is open till November 23. Winners will be announced on November 24 and contacted by email. 

All giveaways on Blogathon Canada are open from the date of posting to November 23! So if you missed any go back and enter! International participants are welcome! 

This giveaway is now CLOSED. See our blog for the winners.

If you are a no-reply comment blogger or a Word Press blogger please leave your email address in your comment so we can contact you if you win. 

Many thanks to Timeless Treasures and Hayden Lees for this great giveaway! 

Head on over to The Charming Needle & Caribou Crossing Chronicles for the party!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Blogathon Canada in Saskatchewan & Manitoba!

Isn't it great to be able to travel across our awesome country from the comfort of your living room? We know you've been having a wonderful time visiting BC, the Maritimes, and Alberta. Today we're going to make two stops - Saskatchewan & Manitoba!

The Hosts

Heather loves to make quilts for the people she loves. She says, "I need to leave a legacy. Time's a wasting. Must make quilts." She blogs about her life, her kitchen experiments and her return to quilting as therapy. We love Heather's work and her zest for life.
Click here to visit: Heather at Peace.Love.Quilt

Lori at Night Owl Quilting & Dye Works
Lori has been quilting for over 18 years now and is a fantastic Longarm Quilter. She shares her work and projects on her blog. Lori, along with her close friend Kathy, recently launched their pattern company - Highway 10 Designs - and have released beautiful quilt patterns that we are proud to carry at Sew Sisters!

Giveaway!

Our featured sponsor on Blogathon Canada today is Robert Kaufman Fabrics



Did you know that our Robert Kaufman rep calls Sew Sisters the Kona Queens of Canada?  :) We love that! We stock a broad range of Kona Cotton Solids and run a monthly program called Kona Club that is perfect for quilters who love solids. When we need inspiration and amazing fabric - especially fun, funky and modern prints - we always turn to Robert Kaufman!
- Judy


Follow The Swatch & Stitch for all the latest news from Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Robert Kaufman is offering TWO fat quarter bundles from their soon to be released Metro Living collection! We will pick TWO lucky winners. Let us know which colourstory you like best! 

Metro Living - Platinum

Metro Living - Prep School



For a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of Metro Living  leave a comment on this post. The giveaway is open till November 23. Winners will be announced on November 24 and contacted by email. 

All giveaways on Blogathon Canada are open from the date of posting to November 23! So if you missed any go back and enter! International participants are welcome! 

This giveaway is now CLOSED. See our blog for the winner.

If you are a no-reply comment blogger or a Word Press blogger please leave your email address in your comment so we can contact you if you win. 

Many thanks to  Robert Kaufman Fabrics  and Yael Kaufman for this great giveaway! 

Head on over to Peace.Love.Quilt & Night Owl Quilting & Dye Works for the party!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Blogathon Canada in Alberta!

We've had a lot of fun visiting BC and the Maritimes over the last two days and now we're visiting Alberta! There are so many amazing quilting bloggers in this province that we're sure you'll enjoy visiting! Meet our fantastic hosts and lovely quilting bloggers from Alberta.

The Hosts:

Kelsey learned to sew from her grandmother and made crafty things growing up. Bit by the quilting bug a few years ago, Kelsey has been sewing up a storm ever since. Kelsey and her cousin Amanda share their quilting projects and tutorials on their beautiful blog - Everyday Fray.
Click here to visit: Everyday Fray

Leanne has been sewing, knitting and embroidering for much of her life and began quilting in 2010.  Leanne is a talented and innovative quilter, a pattern designer and an involved blogger. She Can Quilt is a treasure trove of inspiration, knowledge, and information. 
Click here to visit: Leanne from She Can Quilt

Giveaway!


Our featured sponsor today is Northcott.

Northcott has long been a favourite supplier of Sew Sisters.  They are a Canadian based manufacturer of Quilt Fabric and we are proud to carry their products. Northcott's immensely popular Stonehenge and Stonehenge - Oh Canada fabric lines are still our best sellers! 
- Judy

Northcott is offering a bundle of ¼-yd cuts from their new collection Artisan Spirit - Sandscapes available in stores in January 2015!

Artisan Spirit Sandscapes includes a wide range of exquisite marbleized textures in vibrant hues with metallic accents. Twelve palettes ranging in progression of value can be used alone or in combination with other palettes for both traditional and modern quilting. A portion of the sales from Sandscapes will be donated to Prokritee, a certified fair trade company based in Dhaka, employing the artisan women who inspired this collection.


For a chance to win a bundle of Artisan Spirit - Sandscapes leave a comment on this post. The giveaway is open till November 23. Winners will be announced on November 24 and contacted by email. 

All giveaways on Blogathon Canada are open from the date of posting to November 23! So if you missed any go back and enter! International participants are welcome! 

This giveaway is CLOSED. Please see our blog for the winner. 

If you are a no-reply comment blogger or a Word Press blogger please leave your email address in your comment so we can contact you if you win. 

Many thanks to  Northcott and Patti Carey for this great giveaway! 

Head on over to  Everyday Fray & She Can Quilt for the party!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Blogathon Canada is off to the Maritimes!

We're off to the gorgeous Maritimes on Day 2 of Blogathon Canada! Representing the Maritimes are two wonderful quilting bloggers and they have a great list of blogs for you to visit.

The Hosts:

Linda says that she is "totally devoted to quilting" and you can see this when you visit her blog! Linda is a maker of gorgeous quilts and quilted things, a quilting teacher, and most recently a published pattern designer! 
Click here to visit: Linda at Scrapmaster

Linda "loves to quilt, stitch, garden, read, cook and dabble in photography". A talented quilter and teacher, Linda's blog is a great mix of her quilts, the quilt shows she visits, her love of reading and snippets from her life. 
Click here to visit: Linda at Stitch Lines


Giveaway!


Our featured sponsor today is Camelot Fabrics

Camelot Fabrics proudly offers a fresh and exclusive selection of eclectic fabric designs and products, by artists both homegrown and international. Camelot Fabrics is the official licensees to many of your favorite brands such as Archie Comics, Marvel/DC Comics, Star Wars, and Star Trek.

Follow the Camelot Design Studio blog to for great tutorials, giveaways and the latest news on their collections!

Camelot is offering a fat quarter bundle of Kate designed by Camelot Design Studio to one lucky winner!


For a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of Kate leave a comment on this post. The giveaway is open till November 23. Winners will be announced on November 24 and contacted by email. 

All giveaways on Blogathon Canada are open from the date of posting to November 23! So if you missed any go back and enter! International participants are welcome! 

This giveaway is now CLOSED. See our blog for the winner. 

If you are a no-reply comment blogger or a Word Press blogger please leave your email address in your comment so we can contact you if you win. 

Many thanks to  Camelot Fabrics and Vanessa Yee for this great giveaway! 

Head on over to Scrapmaster & Stitch Lines for the party!


Monday, November 17, 2014

Blogathon Canada is On!

Welcome to the third Blogathon Canada -  a week long blog hop of Canadian quilting blogs!
Join us as we turn the spotlight on the amazing talent and artistry of the Canadian quilting & blogging community. This week you can travel across the country and meet 100s of quilting bloggers.  Find new blogs. Make new friends and enter giveaways to win fantastic prizes!

Blogathon Canada kicks off in Beautiful BC!

Our first stop on Blogathon Canada is British Columbia! 
We have two amazing hosts from BC with many fantastic blogs that you can visit. If you want to be inspired and see amazing work - BC is where you should go! 

The Hosts:

Stacey is a quilter, pattern writer and designer. Stacey has a beautiful and informative blog with great tutorials and patterns. We especially like The Quilted Clock
Click here to visit: Stacey at Stacey in Stitches

Jessica is a quilter, crafter, and general fabriholic who likes to "spend as much time as possible in her sewing studio  with an overflowing collection of cottons, silks, and other textiles." We love the work Jessica does with Indigo and Shibori dying. 
Click here to visit: Jessica at Momiji Studio

Stacey and Jessica  have chosen delicious goodies from our store to giveaway on their blogs and have a great list of blogs from BC for you to visit. Check them out and enter the giveaways on their blogs to win amazing prizes! 


Giveaway! 


Our featured sponsor today is  Aurifil

 Aurifil is a high quality thread that has a long staple so is unlikely to tangle or break and has very low lint .  The 50 wt is our go to thread for piecing whether by hand or machine. It would be amazing just based on its quality but the price is very reasonable too!  Thanks Aurifil!
- Judy 
Follow AURIbuzz - the  Aurifil Blog for all the latest news!

Aurifil is offering Angela Yosten's Flats Thread Collection to one lucky winner. You can use these threads for hand appliqué, machine appliqué, machine quilting and more! The box has 12, 12 wt spools of yummy colors. Each spool is 356 yards of pure delight! Learn more about the 12wt 100% Aurifil Cotton Mako here: Cotton 12wt

Angela Yosten's Flats 12 wt collection
For a chance to win Angela Yosten's Flats 12 wt collection leave a comment on this post. The giveaway is open till November 23. Winners will be announced on November 24 and contacted by email. 

This giveaway is now CLOSED. Please see our blog for the winner. 

All giveaways on Blogathon Canada are open to everyone! International participants are welcome! 

If you are a no-reply comment blogger or a Word Press blogger please leave your email address in your comment so we can contact you if you win. 

Many thanks to  Aurifil and Alex Veronelli for this great giveaway! 

Head on over to Stacey in Stitches & Momiji Studio for the party!



Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Get ready for Blogathon Canada!


Let's Celebrate Canadian Quilting Bloggers!

Find new blogs, make new friends and win amazing prizes!

Here's how it works:
Each day host bloggers will introduce themselves and their work on their blogs. They will include links to more blogs from their province so you can visit those blogs as well. The host bloggers will also host a giveaway of some of their favorite goodies from our store so you have a chance to win every day of the week!

Not only can you win prizes from our store on the host bloggers blogs, you can also enter giveaways on our blog during Blogathon week!

These prizes are sponsored by our fabulous co-sponsors:


The Hosts:

Monday, November 17BCStaceyStacey in Stitches
Monday, November 17BCJessicaMomiji Studio
Tuesday, November 18MaritimesLindaScrapmaster
Tuesday, November 18MaritimesLindaStitch Lines
Wednesday, November 19ABKelseyEveryday Fray
Wednesday, November 19ABLeanneShe Can Quilt
Thursday, November 20SKHeatherPeace.Love.Quilt
Thursday, November 20MBLoriNight Owl Quilting
Friday, November 21QCJoséeThe Charming Needle
Friday, November 21TerritoriesJanetCaribou Crossing Chronicles
Saturday, November 22ONLorna Sew Fresh Quilts
Saturday, November 22ONSandyUpstairs Hobby Room

Join the Party:
If you would like for the host blogger from your province or territory to link your blog in her post please write to us at:  connect@sew-sisters.com and we will add your blog to the list. Please note that you need to be a blogger living in Canada and your blog should have posts about quilting or crafting to be eligible.

Grab the Blogathon Canada Button for your blog so you can have a quick link to all the fun!

Link ups are closed.
See you on the 17th!

Kona Club Challenge - Giveaway Winner!

The Winner of the Kona Club Challenge - Giveaway is:

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21. Anja said...

Great placement. Thanks for sharing.
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Friday, October 31, 2014

Kona Club Challenge - Twigs Placemat by Katherine Greaves

We're so happy to have Katherine from Sew Me Something Good take the Kona Club Challenge this month. We met Katherine on Blogathon Canada last year. Katherine does beautiful work and is a ninja at coming up with patterns and tutorials!
Katherine used the colors we sent out in September 2014 for Kona Club and made this gorgeous placemat! We hope you enjoy this tutorial and make one of your own. We are giving away the fat quarters that Katherine used in this tutorial so be sure to leave a comment on this post to win!

Don't forget to follow Sew Me Something Good  for more inspiration and great projects!

Twigs - Placemat




Hello and welcome!  My name is Katherine and Sew Me Something Good, is the name of the blog where I share my love of fabric and my sewing and creative adventures.  I'm delighted to be sharing a simple design for a placemat using some gorgeous Kona cottons from Sew Sisters.  Thanks, Judy and Carol for inviting me!

For my Kona Challenge design, I found inspiration in Nature (our trees are bare, waiting for winter), and knew this would be a chance to step outside my usual choice of bright colours, to work with a more neutral palette. I chose the Kona Club bundle from Sept. 2014 and couldn't resist adding another Kona colour... Coffee to the mix to make my "Twigs" placemat.



Please read through all directions in the tutorial before beginning.
All seams are a scant 1/4" - unless otherwise instructed.
The placemat will finish at 12.75" x 18.25" approximately.

Materials:


  • 4 Fat quarters (18" x 21") for the placemat front - from the remainders, I cut binding
  • 1 Fat quarter  (18" x 21")  for the placemat back
  • 17" x 20" quilt batting
  • Thread for piecing and quilting
  • Double fold binding tool
  • Rotary cutter and mat
  • Ruler
  • Iron
  • Marking tool

Cut List:


  • From each of the 4 Fat Quarters (Cappuccino, Raffia, Mushroom & Straw) for the front:
    • Cut 2 squares 5" x 5"
    • Cut 1 strip 2" x 12.5"
  • From the Cappuccino FQ: 
    • Cut 1 rectangle 6.5" x 12.5"
  • From the Mushroom FQ:
    • Cut 4 strips 2" x 21" for making double fold binding

Leave the backing FQ (Coffee) uncut.  The full size will be used for quilting and then cut down afterwards.

Instructions:

1. Pair up the 5" x 5" squares as follows (shown in photo below)... then, stack the lighter fabric on top of the darker, keeping all of their edges aligned.
  • Cappuccino + Raffia
  • Cappuccino + Straw
  • Mushroom + Raffia
  • Mushroom + Straw


Each pair of squares will be completely aligned on top of each other before stitching.

How to make 8 half square triangle units (HST), from 2 squares of fabric:


2. Using your marking tool and ruler, mark diagonal lines across the lighter fabric in each of the 5" x 5" pairs.  These lines will be your cutting lines (not to be cut until AFTER all the stitch lines have been sewn).
Next, mark stitch lines 1/4"  away from the cutting lines you just made.  Be sure to make stitch lines parallel to both lines and on both sides of each cut line (see photo below).


3. Keeping the pair of squares perfectly aligned with one another, sew just to the inside of the two stitch lines in each direction on the diagonal, made in step #2  (this will give you a scant 1/4" seam for each of your HST units and allow for blocks to be trimmed). 

Sew all the pairs of squares this way  (chain piecing makes it more efficient).  After all the squares have been stitched, you are ready to cut!  Cut along the initial cut lines you marked in step # 2 and then you will sub-cut the pieces further (one horizontal cut and one vertical - as shown below), making 8 HST units.


4.  Press all the HST units with the seam towards the darkest fabric in the unit.  Then you trim each of the HST units to a finished size of 2" x 2".


Sewing the placemat front together:


5.  Arrange from left to right (paying attention to colour placement and angle of the HST units):
 6.5" x 12.5" rectangle (Cappuccino); 8 HST units (Cappuccino + Raffia); 2" strip (Raffia);  8 HST units (Raffia + Mushroom); 2" strip (Mushroom);  8 HST units (Mushroom + Straw); 2" strip (Straw);  8 HST units (Straw + Cappuccino); 2" strip (Cappuccino).



6. Sew the HST units together to form a vertical strip - before continuing to sew the un-pieced strips next to them.


Basting:

7. Lay the remaining fat quarter, (for the backing - Coffee), down on a flat surface and secure it in place (I use painter's tape); lay the batting next and finally the placemat front (right side up) on top - for basting.  Baste using your preferred method.  I used basting spray to secure the layers for quilting.

Quilt as desired.


8. After quilting is complete, baste a scant 1/8" in from the edge of the placemat's front around the perimeter (to secure all layers).



9.  Using a quilting ruler, rotary mat and cutter, trim 1/4" away from the edge all the way around the placemat (placemat is right side up). The batting and backing fabric will extend 1/4" larger than the placemat front - shown below.


Binding:

I personally prefer binding placemats and items that will be laundered regularly with double fold binding.  To eliminate bulk, I join all my binding strips using a 45 degree angle cut.  Here's how the strips for binding will look before they are sewn together using a 1/4" seam.


10. Sew the four binding strips together to make a continuous length.  Press each seam open and trim the points.


To make double fold binding from these strips, I use a binding tool (shown below), but you could also make the binding without one.  Using the tool, the strips will be pressed with raw edges to the middle and then pressed again along the middle line (making the 2" strip into 1/2" double fold binding).


Attaching Binding to Placemat:

11.  Open up the binding and place right side of binding onto right side of the back of the placemat.  Leave a tail of binding about 4" in length from where you start to sew (about the middle of the bottom edge of the perimeter of the placemat).  The raw edge of the binding and raw edge of the placemat will be lined up.  Stitch to the right of the first fold in the binding (so your seam will be a scant 1/2" seam).


As you approach a corner of the placemat, mark the binding with a pin, to show where you will stop stitching;  1/2" from the corner. Back stitch to secure.




To make a mitred corner, fold the binding away from the corner of the placemat, at a 45 degree angle. 


Then, fold the binding back, even with the raw edge on the placemat.


Sew a scant 1/2" seam, starting at the folded edge and back stitch to secure before continuing up the raw edge.  Repeat this process for the next 3 corners.


After the fourth corner, place the rest of the binding along the bottom raw edges, overlapping it with the beginning of the binding.  Mark the placement of where the binding overlaps - this will become your seam line for joining the beginning and ending of the binding strips.  Measure and mark 1/4" from the first line, to give you a cutting line.


Cut on the cut line and then join the beginning edge of the binding with the end, using a 1/4" seam (which is also a 45 degree angle).  Press seam open and trim the points off.

Return to stitching the binding to the placemat until you reach the start of this seam.


12. Flip the placemat over, so that the front is now right side up.  Wrap the binding to the front, over the raw edges of the placemat  (it will cover the previous seam line along the edges).  Pin or use wonder clips to hold the binding in place for stitching.  Corners are folded to make mitres in the binding.


Stitch the binding down, close to the edge (pivot at the corners) around all four sides of the placemat and back stitch to secure when you return to your starting point.

Finished!


I hope you enjoy your new, modern looking placemat! 
 You will have leftover fabric from making one placemat, so why not grab some extra fat quarters for backing and make a set? They would make a great gift. ;o)

Thanks so much Sew Sisters! I loved having a chance to design and sew something for the
 Kona Club Challenge.



Giveaway!

You could win 4 fat quarters of the Kona Cotton Solids Katherine used to make her Twigs Placemat!
Just leave a comment on this post for a chance to win.



If you are no-reply/Wordpress blogger please leave your email id in the post.
We will leave the giveaway open till Monday, November 3.
Winner will be announced Tuesday, November 4.

Good luck everybody and enjoy making your very own Twigs Placemat!
Many thanks to Katherine from Sew Me Something Good for this awesome tutorial.

Click here for more details on Kona Club.