A Little Lanyard Tutorial

Monday, December 5, 2011

I'm trying my hand at tutorials, and I thought I'd put one together for lanyards~quick and easy, also a great gift!
Let's jump right in. . .gather your supplies. Fabric and supplies given are enough to make 2 lanyards.

•8 charm squares (5" x 5" squares)
•Thread to match fabrics (bobbin thread needs to match your top thread)
•1/3 yard lightweight fusible stabilizer (I like Pellon 950F)
•Fabric marking tool (be sure it's water or air soluble)~nothing permanent
•2 large metal lobster swivel clasps (E50H~42mm x 25mm); I bought mine here.
•General sewy/quilty stuff (mat, ruler, rotary cutter, iron, sewing machine)

Stack the 8 charm squares one atop the next~nice and even. With your rotary cutter slice at the 2 1/2" mark.
Now you have 2 stacks of rectangles 2 1/2" x 5". Set one group aside.
With the remaining stack sew short ends together to form a 2 1/2" x 36 1/2" strip.

Press seams open~this will evenly displace the bulk of the seams.

Cut 2 strips of the fusible stabilizer 2 1/2" by the width (it comes on a 22" bolt). Ensure the "fusible" side of the stabilizer is laying against the wrong side of your fabrics. Place the stabilizer 1/4" to the inside of the strip and fuse to fabric.

When you near the opposite end of the strip cut the stabilizer 1/4" shy of the end of the strip.
Turn strip over with the right side facing you and press well, again.
Next, with wrong sides facing, press the strip in half along it's length.
Open your strip up and find the center line.
Along one length press outside edge in to meet the center line. Press well.
Repeat for other side.
Fold in half along original press line to bring the two folded edges together. Press well.
Slip the swivel clasp over one end of the strip.
Open up both ends of the strip, just enough for those raw edges to lay flat. Pin right sides together.
Stitch the two ends together~don't run over your pins.
Press your seam open. Fold and press along the center and bring the two folded edges together again.
To this point, your lanyard should look like this. Let's topstitch!
For top stitching, increase your stitch length to 3.0. We'll stitch the open ends first. Stitch 1/8" from the edge. Move your swivel clasp along the length of the lanyard as you stitch.
Backstitch to secure stitches.
Turn the lanyard over, and topstitch along the opposite length.
Press to set the stitches. Next, decide where you'd like the clasp to lay on your lanyard. Finger press in place.

Measure 3/4" from the point at which your clasp lies and using your fabric pen mark the measurement.
If your machine has a needle down function, set it now. Sew through all layers as indicated. From the mark sew 6 or 7 stitches away from the clasp along your previous topstitching. Pivot. Take 5 or 6 stitches across. Pivot. Come down toward the clasp 6 or 7 stitches. Pivot and across once again to the starting point. Pivot your needle to come across the diagonal of the box you've just formed. Pivot. Follow your topstitching one last time to the opposing corner, pivot your needle and come across the diagonal to form an "X" in the box. Done! Trim your threads and press to set your stitches.
Attach keys, identification badges or. . .

Have fun! Any questions, just shoot me an email! Happy stitching!

Uummm, Chenille. . .

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Chenille is making its way back into home decor. HRQ has several colors to choose from including the cream and a luscious bolt of cranberry. I paired it with a cotton/linen cheater print from Lecien to make this super-fast quilt. The fabric is 54/55" wide so two yards was enough to make the quilt and the pillows!
The pillows finish at 24". We picked up a daybed frame on Craigslist for $100 and once we've bought a mattress the quilt and pillows will be perfect. A little pre-winter spruce up!

Sherbet Pips~The Romance Continues

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Do you ever just fall completely in love with a line of fabric? Sherbet Pips is my love. I love the color connection of red and aqua; couple that with gray and white~L.O.V.E. It's an amazing palette of color and design. I took these pics just as the sun rose yesterday, adding to its wintery appeal.My friend Patty of Uniquely Quilted, quilted it for me. She and my daughter Cassidy coerced me into the sweet pea pink thread; and I'm so glad they did, I really like it! I knew I wanted a swirled pattern, I love the way it appears the little girl is swinging in the wind.
The back of the quilt is almost as fun as the front. The pink swirl against all of that Free Spirit solid, (the color is Manatee) and the Lecien pink stripe made for the perfect binding; definitely smile worthy.
I used wool batting to give it a nice lofty hand and appearance. It's off to Honey Run Quilters for a bit, then travel to Santa Clara in October to adorn HRQ's booth for PIQF. After that, home for a good washing to then be all wrapped up~it's a Christmas gift for my niece.

Whispers of Autumn

Sunday, September 11, 2011

It seems I'm in an awful habit of falling in and out of Blogland. Have I been sewing. . .yes, but being energized to photograph my projects and progress is yet another story and a blog post without pictures is, at the very least, boring. What I have been completely taken with these past few months has been our home, more specifically our property. Northern California received one of the wettest winter and spring we've had in nearly a decade. We've also had a fairly mild summer, with temperatures just this week reaching over the century mark. It's been the most beautiful transformation, and our property is lush and green. I take my camera and walk the property, I want to remember always, how it is to me right now. The hibiscus have multiple blooms in rich, vibrant colors. I love to watch them close in the evenings just as the sun peeks over the mountains into the Pacific.My husband loves the tropical feel of Florida; he brought home several tiki's from there on a recent trip. We've set them poolside. They add such character.Even the roses have embraced the cooler summer days with blooms the size of dishes. And the evergreens we planted grew nearly 2 feet this past year~amazing!
The lilies also have enjoyed the cooler weather. The bloom clusters are more full than I've ever seen.
As we close in on summer and the days are counted until the hammock comes down, I can't help but hope for yet another mild autumn and rain-filled winter to fill our lakes and snow to cover the twin peaks of Mt. Lassen. It's what greets me as I look out my kitchen window.

Enjoy your last few weeks of summer my friends.

Sew2Speak~Our Modern Block Party

Sunday, July 31, 2011

For 2010-2011 I participated in an online quilting bee. Our group~Sew2Speak. I had asked for 2 blocks from each of my 11 co-block partiers.
These are the fabrics they each received. I asked for blocks representing their individual interpretation of a modern log cabin variation.
Blocks were received and stitched together. I received 23, and I made 2 to make an even 25.
A friend did the longarm quilting for me. And ta-daa! There is so much talent represented here. Thanks girls~it's the most beautiful gift. It will be treasured.

Summer Stitching

Monday, July 25, 2011

Summer is all about skirts~more comfortable than shorts and definitely more girl-y! Love this pattern A Versatile Skirt from Make It Fit Designs. Simple. simple. simple. And such a cute little bow. . .
Used some of my favorite prints by AMH. I love the Innocent Crush fabrics.
Summer. Fresh. Pretty.

Farmer's Wife Quilt Along

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

This summer I'm participating in the Farmer's Wife Quilt Along. The goal is to complete two blocks each week for a total of 111 blocks. I'm armed with some of my favorite tools. And I've also decided to join the 21st century, and have downloaded the book to my Ipad (my very first!). The book itself is based on a contest held in the 1920's whereas wives of farmers submitted short essays as to why or why not they'd want their daughters to also become a farmer's wife. I can't decide which I like better, these anecdotal stories of 1920's farm wives or the blocks themselves. I know the frustrations I feel somedays being a modern day farmer's wife~the cattle get loose, a leak in the watering system, the neighbors horses eating your fruit trees etc., I can only imagine what it must have been like without a tractor, or running water and electricity in the barn~eek! But, I do enjoy the fresh eggs, knowing where our meat comes from and canning and preserving fruits and vegetables to enjoy throughout the winter. This project seems to be the perfect parallel for me at the moment.
I've sorted through my scraps and stash and picked out a few of my VERY favorite fabrics to use. I've been dying to use the newspaper print in blue forever, and it seems like a good choice for a background fabric.
Week 3 is currently underway, here are my blocks from weeks one and two.

Here are the fabrics I've picked for block #5. I love the Kaffe print with the aqua linen and dots; the miniscule gray dot seems to compliment the grouping. So, what do you think? Could you be a farmer's wife~or simply quilt along with us. . .

It's Been A While

Monday, June 13, 2011

With Summer here, and hopefully, a bit more time on my hands, I can breathe some much needed life into my blog with updated, and hopefully interesting banter. Or maybe just entice you with the blackberries growing in our orchard~there are so many this year, this is one bush.
I have been sewing a bit, participating in some online swaps, finishing up some UFO's and of course adding to my stack of hexagons. These little hexies are so relaxing to make. I'm not sure what they'll end up being, a pillow, a quilt. . .
We planted our garden over a month ago, but as I'm sure you're all aware California had an unusually wet winter and spring~can you say "Welcome to Seattle!" The lakes are full and there is still visible snow on the peaks of Mt. Lassen~virtually unheard of. This left the plants tall and green, now to wait for the fruit!
Had two child-related milestones. The twins graduated from 6th grade, buckets of tears, but what a year! 12 years I was a Shasta Mom, I can't believe it's over.
Son #1 graduated from high school~tears here too, but he was definitely ready, a serious case of Senioritis. His next step begins July 11th, when he deps out to Camp Pendleton for Basic Training. I'm not sure I'm ready for that, but a Marine is what he wants to be. I've already begun writing letters to him while he's in boot camp.

All for now. Happy Monday!

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