Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Kimono Slipper Winner!

I Hope you all had fun guessing! 
Thanks to all who entered and I hope a lot people get this pattern and enjoy it!! 

The winner of a pair of kimono slippers 


            Marci Girl said...

               Oh goodness, I have no idea, so here are my guesses:

                                    Yours 7.5
                                    Hubs 11.5
                                    Son 9

Send me an email to
aubrey[a] to claim your slippers! :)

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Something warm

and wonderful that I enjoy.

My warm frothed milk with fresh brewed Rooibos tea.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Joplin Giveaway Winners

Thank you to all who have donated, volunteered and done what they can for Joplin!  
It has been so wonderful to see all the people doing things to help.
There are people making and sending quilts.
And I know there are people going out every week to help with what they can!

So here are the winners from left to right.

First Prize: A $50 gift certificate from the amazing Angela know Tula Pink's Quilter! 
2: Jeanne said...

We donated 50 cases of canned food and dry goods to Joplin and Sedalia both.

Second Prize: The latest and absolutely fabulous 4 patterns from Bari of BariJ designs!
12: CreationsForEleanor said...

I donated at Church, such a devastating tragedy!

A super great and fun re-usable lunch tote Brookiellen Designs
10: Vicki said...

We donated items that were taken to Joplin, and I texted a donation to the Red Cross, too. :)

A beautiful shoulder bag from Brookiellen Designs as well!
4: Angie said...

We gave at church yesterday. Our children's minister is from there and his family still lives there. Heartbreaking to see the pics and videos he sent back.

Thanks for the chance to win!

A surprise pack of 3 patterns and some super fun notions 
8: Melody said...

Aubrey, way to go!! This is a wonderful thing you're doing. I usually have a bag of stuff I take to the women's shelter close to my work and home at least once a month (after being encouraged to give again by another blog). I though this month I'd give it to the Joplin need instead but decided instead to do a bit extra and give to both. And a bit of cash to Red Cross. Thanks so much for this. I used to live close and even when you live in "Tornado Alley" you never think it's going to be that bad

Gorgeous pin cushion by Heather at Olive & Ollie Designs.
3: Lindsay said...

I just donated to Convoy of Hope. I think this giveaway is a great idea and I hope a lot of people particpate!

A Sherbert Pips Jelly Roll from Melanie at Above All Fabrics
7:Sharon Pernes said...

We donated to the American Red Cross for Joplin. I meant to post this earlier. Also my kids have donated too, every little bit counts.

One of Patty Young's great Stella handbag patterns
11: manybooks said...

My heart breaks for the town. We donated directly through the Red Cross, and I donated through a friend doing an Avon fundraiser for the Red Cross also. Thanks so much for doing this!

One made up Stella handbag in the Pure line by Sweetwater.
9: Alli said...

I just donated to the Ozarks Red Cross. I hope you get lots of entries!

Please email me your address to claim your prize!  aubrey [@]

(if winners do not get in touch with me within 2 weeks from today, July 12th, then I will re-pick a winner for that prize) 

Congratulations and thanks to those who donated prizes and those who participated in raising money!

Thank You All! :) 


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Raising Funds for Joplin

You can win some great prizes just for sending some aid!

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Mauby's Binding Series. Part Five: Machine Stitching Binding

Tailoring Thursdays™, Tips, Tricks and Techniques for Sewers

Machine Stitching Binding

Another way to finish attaching your binding to your quilt is to stitch it with your machine.
There are several methods of doing this and here is the one I have developed for when I machine stitch it.  

Nine times out of ten I hand bind my quilts, I really like to hand stitch my binding.  Still, it's good to know how to attach your binding my machine! ;) 

1.  After attaching your binding of choice (Bias or Non-Bias)
I attached this strip with green thread on the back (bobbin thread) so you can easily see it in the photos.  
2.  Fold binding around back, laying edge of binding just over the bobbin thread and press.  
3.  I use wash away wonder tape, placing it on the edge of the binding.  
I read where someone (sorry I can't remember who!) else uses elmer's glue and then when you iron it it sticks the binding on nicely. 
4. Then I remove the paper backing on the tape and lay the edge of the binding just over the stitch line. 
5.  On the top of the quilt, stitch in the "ditch" between the binding and the quilt. 
6.  If you stuck the binding on correctly then your stitching should lay right on the edge of the binding on the back of quilt.  
Click on Picture to enlarge and see stitching. 
Better shot of the "stitch in the ditch"
Better shot of one of the backs after "stitching in the ditch"
Another method, used by Heather at Olive & Ollie is to stitch the binding onto the quilt along the back side of the quilt on the edge of the binding.  I tried this on another quilt of mine.  I really liked the way the stitching on the back of the binding looked.  
Shot of the back where I stitched the binding.
Front of the quilt where I stitched on the binding on the back.
The stitches on the front show like additional quilting.
Pat Sloan also has a tutorial on machine stitching your binding with a blanket stitch.  I might try this sometime as well. 

No matter the method, I always come back to really liking to hand stitch the back of my binding!
However, I definitely think you should try ALL of the methods before deciding which one to stick with.
When you get right down to it, it does not matter how you choose to finish your binding, as long as you finish it! :) 

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Learn to Sew Curved Seams

Tailoring Thursdays™ Tips, Tricks and Techniques for Sewers:

Sewing Curved Seams

I think one of the easiest curved seams to learn is the drunkard's path square.  
It has one curved seam and gives you a lot of ease, making it easier to sew.
Here's a quick tutorial on how to sew a drunkard's path curved seam and then make it into a mug rug.  I promise, no more mug rugs for at least a month!  They are just so much fun to make!! Little mini quilts for coffee, how is that not awesome? 

  • 2 Charm Squares or 5" squares in one color
  • 2 Charm Squares or 5" squares in another color
  • Template  (click to print)
  • 1/4 Yard Fabric for Binding
  • 1 Fat Quarter or a 14" x 21" Rectangle for Backing
  • 14" x 21" Piece of Batting
1.  Cut out Template.
 2.  Trace one part of template ("arch" piece in photo) on to the corner of a square. 
  3.  Cut it out.  
4.  Take remaining part of square and trace other template piece ("pizza slice" in photo) on to it.  
5.  Cut out.
6.  Repeat with other square.  
7.  Match up an Arch piece of one color with a Pizza Slice of the other color.  Repeat with remaining Arch and Pizza Slice piece.
8.  Taking one set of Arch and Pizza Slice pieces and fold in half at corners (see below picture). Press. 
9.  With curved sides together, line up the center fold lines, and lay pieces on top of one another, right sides together. 
10.  Pin fold lines together. 
11.  Curve the Arch piece curved edge slightly to line up with the curved edge of the Pizza Slice piece until you get the edge of the Pizza Slice to line up with the edge of the Arch piece. 
12.   Pin edges together.
13.  Line up the curved edges in between these to pins.  
14.  Place pin between those pins.  
15.  Repeat steps 11-15 with other half of the pieces, so that the Arch piece is completely pinned to the Pizza Slice piece.  
  16.  Carefully stitch with a 1/4 seam allowance around the curved edge, keeping fabric gently pulled away from the seam while sewing (just to keep it from puckering).
 17.  Press.  Open seam.  Press.  Voila!  Not too hard, right?  Please let me know if it was too hard and I will try to advise you on how to make it easier.  You can do what you like with your pretty curved squares now! Or, move on to the next steps for the pictured mug rug how to!
18.  Repeat with other set of pieces. 
19.  For mug rug pictured, turn one square upside down and one right side up.  
 20.  Sew with a 1/4" seam allowance.
 21.  Take remaining two squares and cut into 3, 1 1/2" x 5" strips.
22. Take one of the strips just cut in one color and place on the side of the pieced rectangle.  Then one on the other side. 
 23.   Sew with a 1/4" seam allowance. 
24. Take the remaining strips cut in step 21 and sew each color set into a longer strip to measure 1 1/2" x 9 1/2".
 25.  Sew strips to top and bottom of mug rug with a 1/4" seam allowance.  
26.  Trim down rectangle and square any wavy or uneven edges.  
 27.  Quit as desired. 
28.  And bind!  If you need help with binding, view and choose one of the following tutorials:
  I've decided to call this my, Sunny Side Up mug rug!
 And I am going to keep this one for myself! :) 
Oh and don't you just love my mug?  I LOVE those mugs! 
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