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Hello and welcome to my stop for TGIFF! I look forward to seeing what you’ve finished this week. Be sure to link up your finish below.

I opted for a super fast finish to share with you. Keep reading for all the tips on my process for making this pillowcase style gift bag.

I was recently given four Hanukkah fabrics (thank you Erin!) which I’m excited to have for making reusable gift bags. For years we’ve been using and reusing three Hanukkah gift bags. This works great since we give three gifts each night in our household. (Two kids, and my husband and I alternate gifts each night.) However, my kids have expressed a preference for having all eight of their gifts wrapped by the first night so that they can choose from the pile each night.  So… I’ll be working toward having at least 17 reusable bags (which won’t happen this year).

The beauty of this technique is that you can do it with almost any size piece of fabric. Today’s bag was made from a half yard of fabric. I began by folding the fabric in half, wrong sides together with selvages touching. I pressed to crease the fold. Then I trimmed both cut edges to square up the fabric and trimmed off the selvage edges. This left me with a folded rectangle that measured approximately 20” x 17”.

After trimming I sewed a hem on each edge where I trimmed off selvage.  (An alternative, and even faster option, would be to leave the selvage on and skip hemming.) My hem was made by folding 1/4”, pressing, then folding a second time and pressing again. My second fold was about 5/8” from the first fold, but as long as it’s a little bigger than 1/4” it’ll work. Once pressed, I stitched with a 3.5 stitch length approximately 1/8” from each fold. I do this with the wrong side of the fabric facing up so I’m sure to not miss the edge of the hem. I used Aurifil 50wt Medium Blue (#2735).


With wrong sides together, I stitched each side seam using a ¼” seam allowance, backstitching at the beginning and end. Then I trimmed that seam allowance down to 1/8”.


Next, I turned it inside out. I worked the corners out using a chopstick and pressed the seam to help avoid the fabric slipping while I sew. Then I sewed the two seams again, this time with right sides together. This step envelops the raw edges in the seam. Tada! French seam! If you find that you aren’t catching the raw edges in your seam, try stitching 3/8” from the edge in this step.


Flip right side out. Press the seams. Add a closure (hook and loop tape or a ribbon) if desired. (We usually just fold over the edge, but I’ve been known to tie closed with a strip of selvage, as shown. A chip clip works, too!)


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Today is my stop on the Island Batik A Piece Of... Blog Hop. I'm sharing my Mermaid Cove lap quilt.


I took this opportunity to make an All About Angles quilt with wider starting units. I enjoy teaching this class and every time I teach it I have more ideas for variations. A giant thank you to my students for inspiring me!

The quilt is approximately 65" x 75" and it was quilting by Tami Levin of The Quilted Lemon with Hobbs 80/20 batting. I chose the Modern Pebbles pantograph because I liked the wavy pattern and the pebbles reminded me of bubbles.

My backing features the remnant of the peach spotted fabric with some Batter from the Batik Foundation Neutrals.

The binding is a combination of a 12-foot binding remnant from this quilt and the dark multi-color mermaid fabric. You can read all the details of my machine binding technique in Machine Mind Your Quilts Like a Pro.



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This weekend was full of blue!

On my way home from seeing Blue Man Group (and enjoying a tasty blue cocktail) I realized that I needed to start and finish this mini quilt to share with you today for the Fat Quarter Shop Sew Solid Remix. Thankfully I already had a plan and had pulled the fabric above to choose from.


A Brilliant Cut is a mini quilt pattern available from Fat Quarter Shop as part of their Sew Solids series. I opted for a sapphire on a silver band since my engagement ring has a sapphire. The free pattern from Fat Quarter Shop was easy to follow and this is a quick little project to sew up.  It took me less than two hours to cut and piece the quilt top. The facets on the bottom half of the gem are easily achieved with the Creative Grids Perfect Rectangle Ruler.


In the interest of a fast finish I chose walking foot quilting in a 2" crosshatch pattern. I marked the diagonal lines in one direction with masking tape and stitched with the edge of my presser foot along the edge of each piece of tape. Then I repeated in the other direction. You can see the first line of stitching in the photo below. I used Aurifil 50wt Silver Fox Variegated (#4670) for the quilting.


I take any chance I have to bind something in stripes. This dark blue, white, and grey stripe was the perfect choice for this project. I used Aurifil 50wt Medium Delft Blue (#2783) to hand stitch my binding on the back.


Visit The Jolly Jabber to see what others have created for this Sew Solid Remix.