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Creative Grids Ruler Review

Happy Thursday friends! I always get so many questions on my favorite quilting rulers, that today I wanted to do a review for my all time favorite quilting rulers, the Creative Grids Rulers.

I’ve gone through several different brands and these have quickly become my favorites due to their ease of use, and crisp clear lines.

Check out my full video review on the Creative Grids Acrylic Rulers here:

Here are my top picks for quilting rulers:

Of course I’ve also collected creative grids square rulers in 2.5″, 3.5″, 4.5″, 5.5″, 7.5″, 8.5″ and 15.5″. I love all of the square rulers because they make squaring up your quilt blocks a breeze!

What are your favorite quilting rulers? Leave a comment below letting me know which rulers you prefer and why!

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Weekend Retro Train Case // Sewing Tutorial!

Happy Tutorial Thursday friends! Today I’m showing you how to make this adorable Retro Train Case, which just so happens to match my Weekend Zipper Tote bag perfectly!

Do you prefer written patterns? 

Get the Quilty Weekend Retro Train Case PDF Pattern here!

The PDF pattern includes step-by-step written instructions along with graphic illustrations to help make this cute pattern a breeze!

This project finishes at 8″ h x 9″ x 4.5″ deep, so it’s the perfect size for a weekend away or even a fun craft case! I added a cute little top handle to make carrying your tote around super easy too.  Of course, it matches my Quilty Weekend Zipper Tote perfectly, and together they make the cutest little travel set, don’t you think?

But really this fun little case would be perfect for makeup, travel, and even crafts! I plan to use mine for my English Paper Piecing. That way I can bring my sewing projects with me when I’m driving kids around.

Ready to get started? Watch Erica’s Easy Retro Train Case tutorial here:

Fabric

I’ve been working on sewing through my stash this year, so I chose some fun fabric that I’ve had around for a while for this project. The top floral print is one from Lakehouse Dry Goods and is one of my all-time favorite prints! I also accented it with a few Pam Kitty Morning fabrics for the inside and top strap, and a fun aqua gingham print from Lori Holt basics line.

I made my own top strap using a fun Pam Kitty Morning print, but you could easily use some white cotton webbing for the straps as well!

For stability, I used a Bosal Double-Sided Fusible Foam which worked perfectly! It really gave my bag a nice structure. I also added some fun quilting to the pieces which I think add to the cuteness, but also help to stabilize the bag even further.

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Jelly Roll Jamboree Pillow Pattern / TUTORIAL

Happy Tutorial Thursday! Last week we made an adorable and VERY EASY Jelly Roll Jamboree Quilt Pattern. And I hope you hung on to all of your scraps, because this week we’re going to use them to make a super cute coordinating Jelly Roll Pillow project! 

As is in the name, this quilt is perfect for a jelly roll, but you can always use your 2.5″ strip scraps as well!

The Jelly Roll Jamboree Pillow finishes at 20″ x 20″ but as always, you can add/subtract blocks to make it any size you like! And all you need is four left over Jelly Roll Jamboree Quilt blocks, or four jelly roll strips (2-1/2″ x 42″), some white fabric for the sashing, backing, batting, and binding and you’re all set!

Ready to get started? Watch the Jelly Roll Jamboree Bonus Pillow Pattern Video here:

Do you prefer written patterns? Get the Jelly Roll Jamboree PDF Quilt + Bonus Pillow pattern here!

The PDF pattern includes easy to follow step-by-step written instructions along with detailed graphic illustrations to make sewing this project a breeze!

Here are some of my favorite sewing supplies:

This pattern is super easy, beginner friendly, and turns out so cute! It’s perfect for snuggling on the couch or even decorating your bedroom!

I used my hoarded Scrumptious Jelly Roll by Bonnie and Camille for Moda for this project, along with some of the yardage I had saved as well.

If you missed last week’s tutorial, check out the Jelly Roll Jamboree Quilt tutorial here!

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Jelly Roll Jamboree Quilt Pattern

Happy Tutorial Thursday! Today I’m showing you how to make this adorable and VERY EASY Jelly Roll Jamboree Quilt Pattern! And hang on to all of your scraps because next week we’re going to use them to make a coordinating pillow project!

As is in the name, this quilt is perfect for a jelly roll, but you can always use your 2.5″ strip scraps as well!

The Jelly Roll Jamboree Quilt finishes at 76″ x 76″ but as always, you can add/subtract blocks to make it any size you like! And all you need is 1 Jelly Roll, white fabric for the sashing, two different border fabrics, backing, batting, and binding and you’re all set!

Ready to get started? Watch the Jelly Roll Jamboree Quilt Pattern Video here:

Do you prefer written patterns? Get the Jelly Roll Jamboree PDF quilt pattern here!

The PDF pattern includes easy to follow step-by-step written instructions along with detailed graphic illustrations to make sewing this project a breeze! Plus it includes the BONUS Jelly Roll Pillow pattern too! Yay!

Here are some of my favorite sewing supplies:

This pattern is super easy, beginner friendly, and turns out so cute! It’s perfect for snuggling on the couch or even decorating your bedroom!

I used my hoarded Scrumptious Jelly Roll by Bonnie and Camille for Moda for this project, along with some of the yardage I had saved as well.

For the binding I used my pink paisley print from the Scrumptious line, and I used my Sewing Machine to bind the quilt, but of course you can hand bind your quilt if you prefer to do that. I’m usually excited to finish so I always machine bind!

Check out more videos on how to finish your quilt below!

Stay tuned next week, and I’ll show you how to take those left over Jelly Roll Jamboree blocks and make a cute pillow!

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How to Sew a Fabric Trinket Tray

Happy Tutorial Thursday Friends! Today I’m showing you how to make this insanely easy and fun fabric bowl. Honestly this couldn’t be much easier, and they only take about 10 minutes to make! They are perfect for gifts, and of course organizing smaller notions!

And keep in mind you can make this project any size you like. Just make sure your outside and lining fabric are the same size, then make your fusible fleece 1/2″ smaller. So for example in the video both my outside and lining fabric are 7″ square. That means my fusible fleece needs to be 6-1/2″ square. Stick with that formula and you can customize the size of these to fit your unique storage needs.

That cute baby bowl in the photo above was made using 5″ square outside/lining fabric and 4-1/2″ fusible fleece.

Supplies for this project are simple:

Watch the Easy Fabric Notions Bowl 2 Video tutorial here:

And that’s it friends! This cute bowl couldn’t be any easier! They’re perfect for using up some of your fabric scraps and would make a fun gift idea too! I hope you’ve enjoyed this project, make sure to share your makes on social media and tag me @ericaarndt #ericaarndt #ericaseasyfabricbowl

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How to Make a Quilted Weekend Tote Bag / Sewing Tutorial

Happy Tutorial Thursday! I’ve had so many requests for a oversized tote bag and of course I thought it would be fun to make a Quilty one! So that’s what we’ll be doing today.

This bag isn’t super difficult, but it does have some rounded edges, so if this is your very first bag project, you might want to try my Easy Drawstring Bag tutorial, my super popular Drawstring Squishy Bag, or my Patchwork Tote bag first! But really it’s not too difficult, so if you’re up for something new I hope you’ll join in the fun!

This bag finishes at 8″ x 12″ x 18″ and is the perfect overnight bag!

It also features a cute ribbon closure, and an inside pocket to store some extra goodies. And of course we added some fun decorative ribbon, cross-hatch quilting, and colorful binding to give it a little extra pop of color.

So, if you’re looking for a great weekend tote, this one is perfect! Grab some fun fabric, the PDF Pattern, and let’s get started sewing shall we?

Get the PDF Pattern for Erica’s Quilty Weekend Tote Bag here!

Watch Erica’s Quilty Weekend Tote Bag tutorial here:

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Supplies for this project:

In the video I’m showing you how to make the blue bag with a plain side pocket. But the PDF Pattern also includes a template for this cute Dresden plate side pocket as shown on the red bag! But really you can have fun with the side pocket and put whatever you want on it!

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Juki TL2000Qi Sewing Machine Review

Hi friends and happy Tutorial Thursday! Today I’m reviewing the Juki TL2000 Qi Sewing Machine. I’m also showing you how to thread, clean, and maintain the machine and a few little features I’ve discovered along the way!

I’ve gotten so many questions about my Juki TL2000 Qi Sewing Machine, and what I think about it. So today I’m taking an in-depth look at this machine! I’ll show you all of it’s features, and show you how to thread it, wind the bobbin, clean it, and discuss whether or not it’s been worth the money!

Watch the Juki TL2000 Qi Sewing Machine Review here:

Supplies mentioned in this video:

So those are my thoughts on the Juki TL2000 Qi Sewing Machine. Overall I’ve been very happy with this machine! It’s been a great workhorse for me and has required very little maintenance.

Actually I have been cleaning and oiling it regularly since I purchased it, and…gasp…haven’t ever taken it in to be professionally serviced! That’s not to say that you shouldn’t get your machine serviced, but they always say it will be out for a few weeks and I just haven’t been able to let it go for that long. So I’ve been bad and just been cleaning it myself. But I also haven’t had any issues with it so…?

If you have any additional questions I didn’t cover in the video, please make sure to leave them in the comments below!

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Easy Scissor Case / How to Attach Snap Fasteners

Happy Tutorial Thursday! Today I’m showing you how to make three adorable scissor cases from one template. Along with that I will show you how easy it is to attach a snap fastener and really step up your sewing game!

These are super easy to make and fun to customize too. And of course you can add any fun decor like buttons, binding, elastic etc.

The first case features a snap closure which I will show you how to install. The second has a fun elastic/button closure perfect for larger scissors, and the third case features two pockets which I like to use for a scissor and a pen or seam ripper.

Watch my Easy Scissor Case video tutorial here:

Download the Easy Scissor Case Template here.

Supplies:

Make one or all three and have fun customizing the colors and styles! I hope you enjoy this project, if you make one of my easy scissor cases make sure to share it on social media, tag @ericaarndt on Instagram and use #easyscissorcase so I can see what you make!

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How to Prevent and Fix Fabric Bleed

Hello friends! Today we’re discussing the sad topic of fabric bleed. It’s happened to the best of us and I’m sharing my tips on how to prevent it and how to fix it if it happens to you!

Watch my video on how I fixed my Winterberry quilt and restored it back to white!

Let’s start off by talking about how we can prevent this travesty from happening.

Prevention Tips:

Tip #1: Pre-wash your fabrics. If you have a questionable fabric on hand (reds, browns, navy’s I’m talking to you) you may want to pre-wash it. This will release any residual dye that might otherwise be absorbed into your finished quilt, and possibly save you a lot of heartache in the end. Keep in mind that pre-washing will also cause your fabric to shrink a bit, so you’ll also want to pre-wash the other fabrics you’re planning to use in your project, I just wouldn’t pre-wash them together if you get my drift.

Now I have to confess that I NEVER pre-wash my fabric for quilting because I prefer how it feels straight off of the bolt. It’s nice and smooth and I just feel like it’s easier to get crisp accurate cuts. I guess I just like living on the edge. So I mean, you do you.

Tip #2: Purchase quality materials. While I normally purchase quilting fabric, I decided to save a few bucks on my Winterberry quilt. I needed some solid fabric and so I purchased a fairly inexpensive solid red from a big box store, which shall remain unnamed. I saved about $10-$15. I do NOT recommend this, I would gladly have paid a few more dollars so that my quilt remained beautiful and white. Instead I ended up crying over my bathtub one night as I watched the hot pink water swirl all around my beloved quilt.

So take it from me, buy decent quality fabrics. I’ve never had a quilt bleed like this before, and I always do high contrast quilts typically with a white background. So, learn from my mistakes and save yourself and your quilt.

Tip #3: Wash your quilts in cool water and always include a color catcher if they are high contrast like mine. This method has worked for me for years and I’ve literally never had a quilt bleed before! But then again, I always purchase better quality quilting fabric, except this time….sigh…, and obviously the bleed that came out of this lower quality fabric was just too much for my poor little color catcher to handle.

Now let’s talk about how to fix fabric that has bled.

I’m in the “no quilt left behind” camp. So when I pulled my red and white Winterberry quilt out of the wash and saw all of the horrific hot pink splotches all over my white fabric, I did what any normal person would do and I cried. After that I got mad. And after that I got determined. And let’s just say I wasn’t about to give up on her! I immediately did some research and found a method that I think worked quite well.

I recommend doing this process in your bath tub. You’re going to need a LOT of water, and your washing machine just can’t handle that. So forgo your spa time and give up your tub, your quilt needs it more than you do!

  • Step 1: Fill a bathtub with HOT water. Normally I avoid hot water on my quilts, however in this case we actually WANT the fabric dye to release from the quilt.
  • Step 2: Dissolve about 1 cup of Dawn Dish Soap. I prefer ultra pure, but I was out, so I just used the regular kind.
  • Step 3: Completely submerge your quilt and swish it around. A LOT.
  • Step 4: Let your quilt soak for 10-12 hours, or overnight.
  • Step 5: Rinse and repeat steps 1-4 until the water runs clear. Mine took about 5 soak cycles.
  • Step 6: Use Synthrapol if the dawn isn’t doing the trick!
  • Step 7: Wash in cool water on gentle cycle and tumble dry low.

Unfortunately I was so distraught that I didn’t take a picture of my quilt at the start of this process. But just imagine a bunch of horrible hot pink splotches all over my lovely white. Here’s a picture of my quilt after the first soak, as you can see the white fabric is very pink, but the first soak did get rid of the hot pink splotches, so that gave me hope.

I mean just look at all of the dye that came out in during the first soak. I can’t even believe it!

I mean seriously.

That water is so pink, I just can’t even.

But with each soak it got lighter and lighter and so did my white background fabric. Interestingly enough, the white faux fur I used on the backing didn’t take the dye at all. It stayed super white throughout this process.

Just keep at it, remember all of that hard work you put into your quilt. Don’t let all of that go to waste, get in there and do your part to save her! After all she deserves to shine!

And here is my quilt after about five soaking cycles. I kept at it until my water ran clear and then did a couple more for good measure. I also did two rinses that were just plain water to help get some of the soap out before putting it back into my machine.

Here’s an up close picture, you can see the pink splotches are mostly gone, and the background fabric is back to a nice creamy white.

And that’s it friends! Just a little bit of time, about three days, and some hard work swishing and swirling my quilt in the bathtub, and thankfully that pesky pink was gone! I was so happy to see that the dawn really did the trick. My quilt does have a very slight pink tint to the white if you look very close, but it is 1000 times better than when I started!

And I’m so happy that all of that hard work I put into my quilt wasn’t wasted on cheap fabric. Now, I know I’ve really harped on the “cheap” fabric bit, but I do want to say that I have heard of higher quality fabrics bleeding as well. I’ve never had that happen with my fabrics, but I still think that a little prevention will go a long way to keeping your quilts happy and the right color. And by right color, I mean white. Because that’s pretty much what I use for all of my backgrounds, and I want my whites to stay that way.

So those are my tips for preventing and fixing fabric bleed. I hope they’ve helped you out, and remember, don’t give up on your quilt! Just a little bit of love can salvage even the pinkest of bleeds!

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Erica’s Fabric Notions Bowl / Tutorial

Happy Tutorial Thursday! Today I’m showing you how to make these adorable fabric notions bowls to brighten up your sewing space! All of the information is included in the video tutorial, and as always, I do have a PDF pattern for  Erica’s Fabric Notions Bowl here for those of you who prefer written instructions!

Ready to get started?

Check out Erica’s Fabric Notions Bowl tutorial here:

You will need:

Get Erica’s Fabric Notions Bowl PDF pattern here!

For this project I used some of my Poppie Cotton fabric stash, these beautiful prints are from their Cherished Moments collection. Check with your local quilt shop or online for this fun fabric. I love shopping small businesses on Etsy for my fabric too!

This adorable little fabric notions bowl finishes at approximately 4-1/2″ in diameter and 2-1/4″ tall.

They’re perfect for storing your smaller notions like wonder clips, thread, labels, buttons and more!

By the way! We have a fun NEW Merch Shop! We do get some proceeds from your purchases there, we hope you like the items, and thank you so much for helping support my blog in this way!