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2021 Sew With Me – Rolling Stone – Block #3

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2021 Sew With Me – Rolling Stone – Block #3 is a post from Confessions of a Homeschooler. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow Erica on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest! Also be sure to stop by her Community to join the discussion or her Store to see her latest items!

Happy Thursday friends! It’s time for another block in my 2021 Sew With Me Sew-a-long series! Join me as I teach you how to make some of the most fun and classic quilt blocks!

Throughout this series, I hope to teach you some new skills, tips, and tricks, and at the end of the series, we will have a fun selection of blocks to sew together into a sampler quilt! 

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Block #3 is a super easy and cute quilt block. It is called the Rolling Stone block. This is classic quilt block originated somewhere around 1880’s. It is part of the equal 9-patch family of blocks, however, this block can also be adjusted to involve an uneven nine-patch grid. Depending on fabric placement, and grid size this pattern can result in more than 20 different names!  

As with our other blocks, the Rolling Stone also has had a variety of names over the years, some being the Letter O, Wedding Ring, Johnnie-Round-The-Corner, and Squirrel in a Cage to name just a few. As you will see in the video, this block can transform into so many different configurations just depending on your fabric selection!

But let’s get back to this our Rolling Stone block! This classic quilt block is so much fun to make, and it is a great block for beginners. Today I will be showing you a new technique called the “snowball” technique. We will also strip-piece the side blocks making this block so fast and easy to put together! 

Ready to get started? 

Dive into your scrap bins and come sew with me!

->>Download the Rolling Stone Block PDF Pattern here!

Watch the 2021 Sew With Me – Rolling Stone – Block 3 video tutorial here! 

Supplies Used in this video:

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2021 Sewing Room Tour!

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2021 Sewing Room Tour! is a post from Confessions of a Homeschooler. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow Erica on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest! Also be sure to stop by her Community to join the discussion or her Store to see her latest items!

Happy Thursday friends! I’ve had a ton of requests for an updated sewing/quilting room tour, so that’s what we’re doing today! Everything in my room is linked below!

Watch my 2021 Sewing Room Tour Video here!

Links to my furniture!

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Links to products mentioned in the video, along with some of my favorite sewing notions:

I hope you enjoyed my sewing room tour!

If you just started quilting or sewing, check out my How to Quilt Series!

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Vintage Truck of the Month: September Quilt Pattern

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Vintage Truck of the Month: September Quilt Pattern is a post from Confessions of a Homeschooler. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow Erica on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest! Also be sure to stop by her Community to join the discussion or her Store to see her latest items!

My Vintage Truck of the Month series is going to be so fun, and the blocks are adorable! 

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If you are new to the Quilty Truck of the Month series, on the first of each month, I will be releasing a new Vintage Truck of the Month. Each month’s truck will be carrying a fun new surprise in the back, along with the month abbreviation on the bottom. The blocks are all traditionally pieced and finish at 20″ x 24″. While some blocks may have several smaller pieces, they aren’t too difficult at all! And they are a perfect way to use up your scraps because each block can be totally different!

If you didn’t already see it, you can get the AUGUST truck pattern here!

I plan to use them to decorate my sewing room, so I will change them out monthly just like you do a calendar. Because of this, I am basting, quilting, and binding them as individual blocks. But you can always save them up and sew them into a quilt when you are done as well! I can’t wait to get started, so without further ado, here is the block for September!

Get the Vintage Truck Block of the Month: SEPTEMBER block pattern here!

I used scraps from my FigTree FarmHouse stash for this block. It has my popular Vintage Truck carrying a cute little sunflower in the back! And of course our S-E-P letters at the bottom for September. 

I did my standard meandering quilt pattern on this block and I think it just turned out so cute! I chose this fun green binding from my stash and a cute blue floral from FigTree’s FarmHouse II line as well. I’m not sure about you, but I agonize over my backing fabric sometimes more than the front! I like it to be matchy-matchy.

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Did I mention these blocks are so fast to put together too? It just took me one afternoon to complete this block, and now I can hang in my sewing room all month long! 

Stay tuned for October 1, when the next block will release!

I hope you will join me in my  Vintage Truck of the Month Series and I can’t wait to see what you all make! Oh, did I mention that I’m also doing a Vintage Truck of the Month Cross Stitch series!? I hope you enjoy both series, they are both beginner-friendly and a great way to get into quilting and stitching!

Get the Vintage Truck Block of the Month: SEPTEMBER block pattern here!

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2021 Sew With Me – Churn Dash – Block 2

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Happy Thursday friends! Today is so exciting because I am launching my 2021 Sew With Me Sew-a-long! Join me as I teach you how to make some of the most fun and classic quilt blocks!

Throughout this series, I hope to teach you some new skills, tips, and tricks, and at the end of the series, we will have a fun selection of blocks to sew together into a sampler quilt! 

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Block #1 is a super easy and cute quilt block. It is called the Churn Dash block. This is classic quilt block originated somewhere around 1800 to 1849. It is part of the equal 9-patch family of blocks. Its name is a result of the resemblance of the block to a butter churn, with the middle block resembling the “dash” (the stick that churns the butter).

This block also had a variety of names over the years, some being the Monkey Wrench, Shoo Fly, Hole in the Barn Door, Lincoln’s Platform, and the Quail’s Nest to name just a few. Folklore has it that the Churn Dash or Monkey Wrench block was used as a clue to gather all tools required for a fleeing slave’s journey to the Underground Railroad. Other quilt blocks such as the Flying Geese, Bear Paw, Bow Tie, Log Cabin, North Star, and more all had different meanings for those traveling by Underground Railroad as well. If you are curious about these legends, do an internet search for “Quilt Codes Underground Railroad” and you’ll find a fun rabbit hole to journey through!

But let’s get back to this our Churn Dash block! This classic quilt block is so much fun to make, and it is a great block for beginners. Today I will be showing you a new technique called the “four at a time” half-square-triangle technique. Of course, you can make the half-square-triangles in a variety of ways, but the four-at-a-time method will make this block so easy! We will also strip-piece the side blocks making this block so fast and easy to put together!

Ready to get started? 

Dive into your scrap bins and come sew with me!

->>Download the Churn Dash Block PDF Pattern here!

Watch my 2021 Sew With Me – Churn Dash Block – Block 2 video tutorial here! 

Supplies Used in this video:

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Pre-Cuts, Yardage, and Where to Buy Fabric Online

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Hi friends! Today I’m sharing all about fabric pre-cuts, yardage, how much fabric I purchase for a project, and where I buy fabric online!

So if you’re up for some fun eye-candy and information then stick around and let’s talk fabric!

Watch Pre-Cuts, Yardage, & Where To Buy Fabric Online here!

What is a pre-cut?

Pre-cuts are exactly what they say. They are pre-cut pieces of fabric that not only look adorable but make our quilty projects super easy too! Here are some common pre-cuts, keep in mind different vendors may have different quantities in their packs. Moda typically has 42 prints in their collections, while Riley Blake and other vendors tend to stick with 21 prints.

So just make sure to read the description if purchasing online. It should tell you the size of the pre-cut as well as how many prints you get in the bundle.

  • Mini-Charm = 2.5″ x 2.5″ squares
  • Charm Pack = 5″ x 5″
  • Candy Pack = 3.5″ x 3.5″
  • Layercake = 10″ x 10″
  • Jelly Roll = 2.5″ x WOF (Moda Jelly Rolls usually have 42 strips, WOF = approx 42″)
  • F8 Bundle = 9″ x 18″
  • FQ Bundle = 18″ x 21″

How Much Fabric To Buy:

Fabric purchases are totally personal! But I thought it might be helpful to share how much fabric I purchase when planning for a project. Especially if I don’t know what that project will be! So when purchasing projects for a quilt pattern, I simply follow the fabric requirements on the pattern. Most patterns over estimate just in case, but if you are worried you can always get a little extra.

If I don’t have a pattern in mind, I like to go with either a F8 or FQ bundle depending on how much I like the line. You can get a great quilt out of both sizes, and there are several options for them as well. You can check out the Moda Bake Shop, they have quilt designs based on the pre-cut, so you can search for your pre-cut and see what’s out there! Of course a simple internet search will do the same! For smaller projects like bags, I will use mini-charms and charm packs.

For quilt backings, I usually purchase between 4 and 5 yards of fabric. And for my bindings, I will typically get 3/4 to 1 yard of fabric. For bag outside and linings, I usually like to get about 1/2 yard.

I store my yardage on Comic Book Boards. They are very inexpensive and work great for keeping my yardage standing up, they are like little mini-bolts! I’ve also seen people use the foam core board for this, but in my opinion the foam board is too thick and takes up precious space I need for more fabric 😉

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Vintage Truck of the Month Quilt Pattern: AUGUST

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Happy August friends! I am super excited to be sharing a new Block of the Month series with you! My Vintage Truck of the Month series is going to be so fun, and the blocks are adorable!

On the first of each month, I will be releasing a new Vintage Truck of the Month. Each month’s truck will be carrying a fun new surprise in the back, along with the month abbreviation on the bottom. The blocks are all traditionally pieced and finish at 20″ x 24″. While some blocks may have several smaller pieces, they aren’t too difficult at all! And they are a perfect way to use up your scraps because each block can be totally different!

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I plan to use them to decorate my sewing room, so I will change them out monthly just like you do a calendar. Because of this, I am basting, quilting, and binding them as individual blocks. But you can always save them up and sew them into a quilt when you are done as well! I can’t wait to get started, so without further ado, here is the block for August!

Get the Vintage Truck Block of the Month: AUGUST block pattern here!

I used scraps from my LellaBoutique stash for this block. It has my popular Vintage Truck carrying a cute little strawberry in the back! And of course our A-U-G letters at the bottom for August.

I did my standard meandering quilt pattern on this block and I think it just turned out so cute! I also can’t resist a gingham binding so…I chose this apple green binding and a fun blue floral from the Nest line by Lella Boutique.

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Did I mention these blocks are so fast to put together too? It just took me one afternoon to complete this block, and now I can hang in my sewing room all month long!

Stay tuned for September 1, when the next block will release!

I hope you will join me on my Vintage Truck Block of the Month and I can’t wait to see what you all make!

Get the Vintage Truck Block of the Month: AUGUST block pattern here!

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How to Organize Your Fabric Scraps

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We all have them. The more we sew, the more scraps we accumulate! We can either toss them, give them away, or figure out how to organize and use them. And today I’m going to show you how I’m making my fabric scraps work for me!

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Watch How to Organize Your Fabric Scraps video here!

I’ve decided to cut my fabric into usable sizes. Anything larger than this will end up in my main fabric bins which I will show next time when I share how I organize my quilting fabric. Of course, you can cut your scraps into whatever sizes work best for you, but having them organized like this really helps you see what you have, and make sure that your scrap bins are easy to use.

  • 1-1/2″ strips
  • 2-1/2″ strips
  • 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ squares
  • 3-1/2″ strips
  • 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ squares
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2021 Sew With Me – Sawtooth Star – Block 1

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Happy Thursday friends! Today is so exciting because I am launching my 2021 Sew With Me Sew-a-long! Join me as I teach you how to make some of the most fun and classic quilt blocks!

Throughout this series, I hope to teach you some new skills, tips, and tricks, and at the end of the series, we will have a fun selection of blocks to sew together into a sampler quilt!

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We will be starting off with a super easy quilt block, the Sawtooth Star block. This is a fun and classic quilt block that has had many different names throughout the years. It was originally called the Sawtooth Star block back in 1884 when it was published in the Farm & Fireside magazine. Since then it has also been referred to as the Variable Star, North Star, and Evening Star.

Regardless of what it is called, this classic quilt block is so much fun to make! And today I will be showing you a new technique called the “four at a time” flying geese technique. Of course, you can make the star points in a variety of ways, but the four-at-a-time method will make this block so easy!

Ready to get started?

Dive into your scrap bins and come sew with me!

->>Download the Sawtooth Start PDF Pattern here!

Watch my 2021 Sew With Me – Sawtooth Star – Block 1 video tutorial here!

Supplies Used in this video:

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2021 Sew With Me – Sawtooth Star – Block 1

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Happy Thursday friends! Today is so exciting because I am launching my 2021 Sew With Me Sew-a-long! Join me as I teach you how to make some of the most fun and classic quilt blocks!

Throughout this series, I hope to teach you some new skills, tips, and tricks, and at the end of the series, we will have a fun selection of blocks to sew together into a sampler quilt!

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We will be starting off with a super easy quilt block, the Sawtooth Star block. This is a fun and classic quilt block that has had many different names throughout the years. It was originally called the Sawtooth Star block back in 1884 when it was published in the Farm & Fireside magazine. Since then it has also been referred to as the Variable Star, North Star, and Evening Star.

Regardless of what it is called, this classic quilt block is so much fun to make! And today I will be showing you a new technique called the “four at a time” flying geese technique. Of course, you can make the star points in a variety of ways, but the four-at-a-time method will make this block so easy!

Ready to get started?

Dive into your scrap bins and come sew with me!

->>Download the Sawtooth Start PDF Pattern here!

Watch my 2021 Sew With Me – Sawtooth Star – Block 1 video tutorial here!

Supplies Used in this video:

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Vintage Quilt Pattern Bundle!

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Hello friends! Per popular request, I’ve just bundled all of your favorite Vintage Quilts into one easy bundle! The bundles are available in both PDF and PRINT versions, so choose whichever version you like, and make them all.

All of the Vintage Quilts are traditionally pieced, and a lot of fun to make! Fabric requirements are included on the back of each pattern, so grab your bundle and get sewing today!

Get the Vintage Quilt Bundle here!

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