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Here at A Scarlet Thread, we LOVE all things AccuQuilt! The AccuQuilt cutting systems are some of our best selling products, and we just love how accurate and fun it makes quilting! If you have never heard of the AccuQuilt, it is a die cutting system for fabrics, basically just like the die cutters you may have seen used in schools to cut letters out of paper. If you're asking yourself, "Why would I need one of these?," here is your answer!



For today's post I have rounded up 12 of the most stunning AccuQuilt patterns I could find that can be made using JUST ONE DIE! Many of you who have an AccuQuilt cutting system may already have many of these dies at home, because most of them are very popular. If you don't have an AccuQuilt cutting system already, stop by the shop to see a quick demo anytime and you could even take one home with you! The best thing about all these patterns is they are completely FREE, and all of them can be made using your stash of scraps at home!


(Note: To download the patterns, you have to add them to your shopping cart on the AccuQuilt website and go through the checkout process. However, you won't have to enter any payment information since they are free downloads!)


1. Twirling Star Quilt - Uses Half Hexagon Die (#55437)


2. Churn Dash Baby Quilt - Uses GO! Big Churn Dash Die (#55459)


3. Braided Beauty Quilt - Uses 45° Parallelogram Die (#55148)


4. Value Die Sampler Quilt - Uses Value Die (#55018)


5. Log Cabin Love Wall Hanging - Uses Log Cabin Die (#55349)


6. One Hour Scallop Pillow - Uses Scallop Border Die (#55417)


7. Crazy Cores Quilt - Uses Apple Core Die (#55036)


8. Woolly Bits Scarf - Uses Hexagon Die (#55011)


9. Triangle Sherbert Quilt - Uses Equilateral Triangle Die (#55079)


10. Flying Rainbow Geese Quilt - Uses Flying Geese Die (#55456)


11. Christmas Wishes Quilt - Uses LeMoyne Star Die (#55453) (Technically this pattern uses two dies, but the second is just for the border so I am still including it because it's gorgeous!)


12. Stepping Stones Quilt - Uses 3 1/2" Square (#55006) & 6 1/2" Half Square Triangle Square (#55001) (This also uses two dies, but they are both small dies that are basics you may already have.)


I hope you enjoy these patterns! Let us know what you think in the comments or if you have any others to share!


May your bobbin always be full,

Kaitlin

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School's out for summer! That means if you have young children, grandchildren, or siblings they probably looking for something to do. You may have already heard the dreaded phrase, "I'm bored!" This blog post is packed full of simple sewing tutorials to help you teach your favorite kids how to sew this summer.


First up, the basics are always an important place to start. This video from MADE Everyday is an excellent informational tool! Dana will walk you through all the basics you need to know, from how to use your machine, to various sewing techniques. It is a bit long, so start at 2:35 for machine basics, 8:00 for sewing basics, or 13:57 for stitch basics.



Next up, its great to start sewing by practicing straight lines until your child gets the hang of it. When first beginning you can even use paper to practice straight lines; either use plain copy paper and draw your own or use lined notebook paper to save extra prep time.



Once your child has mastered straight lines, you can move on to some simple projects. This is where your child really starts to feel like they are learning something fun because they get to see a finished product. Below are some simple projects that mostly use straight lines. Click the link above each photo to be taken to the tutorial site.


I tried to organize these with the most simple projects first and then progressively getting more challenging.


1. Simple Pillowcase Tutorial from MADE Everyday


2. DIY 5-Minute Cloth Napkin Tutorial from Viva Veltoro


3. 30 Minute Baby Blanket Tutorial from Patchwork Posse


4. DIY Microwavable Heating Pad from The Happy Housewife


5. Easy to Sew Skirt from Dabbles & Babbles


6. Cozy Pillow Bed from Dabbles & Babbles


7. iPad Stand Tutorial from Sewn Up


8. 30-Minute Drawstring Fabric Backpack from Hello Wonderful


9. Beach Towel Tote Bag from Dandee Designs


10. iPad Cover from Pat Bravo Design


Have you made other projects with kids that are simple and easy? Share them in the comments below!


May your bobbin always be full,

Kaitlin

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Cool Tool Tuesday - #1

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 4:54 PM

I don’t know about you, but I can look at something all the time, hear other people talk about, and still not have any interest until I actually use it for myself. That’s exactly what happened with the Hera Marker for me! We have carried this product in store for as long as I can remember, and we obviously sell them because I remember restocking them more than once. However, every time I saw it on the notions wall, or restocked it from the overstock drawer, I always thought “what in the heck does this thing do and why do people buy it?”



Well I am here to tell you today, that it is INCREDIBLE! The Hera Marker is a great alternative to chalk and other marking tools. It makes a very visible line that doesn’t smudge or accidentally rub off. You never have to “refill” it because it is simply a piece of white plastic.

Keep reading to see how I used the Hera Marker to mark quilting lines or click here to buy a Hera Marker now!

First, I began with a quilt sandwich (top layer, batting, bottom layer) that was trimmed to an even rectangle shape.

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Next, I used the 45 degree line on my ruler to line up with the side edge of the fabric. Then I began marking my lines leaving 1 ¾” in between each line. All you have to do is use medium-firm pressure while gliding the Hera Marker across your fabric. Easy as pie!

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Once all of my lines were marked in one direction, I simply turned the rectangle around, lined up the 45 degree line of my ruler with the other edge of the fabric and began marking intersecting lines. I made these lines the same width (1 ¾”) apart as the first set. So when I was done, the quilt sandwich had a very easy to see cross hatch pattern.


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I also used the Hera Marker to draw some other free-hand lines, including a wavy line, a zig-zag line, and a cross hatch line. The possibilities are truly endless with this tool! You could draw all kinds of free motion quilting designs, use with a paper pattern to transfer on your fabric, and so much more!

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May your bobbin always be full,
Kaitlin
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Let's Move!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 3:44 PM

There are many health benefits to quilting. It reduces stress and brings about a state of well-being, and most of us find it to be a relaxing hobby. While you may not think so, quilting is also a very physically demanding hobby. As quilters, we often put excessive demands on our bodies without being conscious of doing so; how many times have you continued working even though your hands are aching and your eyes can barely focus? It's not unusual to continue working through discomfort when your focus is on finishing an important project. Sooner or later, though, you will find yourself feeling the effects of pushing your body to the limit - maybe you can't quilt as much as you would like because your body is sore, or you begin to limit the size of your projects and their complexity because you physically can't do more. Think about the last marathon quilting session you had - did your back hurt, or your hands feel tight, or maybe you developed a splitting headache. What's the answer? Get up and move!

I'm not advocating a strenuous exercise program (although if you don't exercise regularly I do encourage you to start!), but it's important to learn to listen to your body.

Any time you hold or repeat a position for an extended period of time you are going to feel it. Varying your position will help prevent aches and pains. I know many quilters who set up their sewing area with everything within easy reach so they never have to get up - they just swivel one way to press and the other way to cut and trim. I deliberately have my ironing board set up in another room, which forces me to stand up and move often. If I'm dug in for a marathon sewing session, I will set a kitchen timer for 20 minutes and I'll get up and walk downstairs to the opposite end of the house and back. I've even been known to do 15 or 20 jumping jacks if I'm really feeling stiff! The point is to take frequent breaks and throw in some sort of activity to get the blood flowing.

Stretching enables our muscles to work effectively and decreases the risk of injuries. If you are doing a lot of cutting or handwork, hand and wrist exercises are crucial.  As little as two minutes every couple of hours using these simple exercises will help reduce the pain and stiffness caused by overuse of hands and wrists.

Good posture is important while you're sewing, and I'm sure I don't have to tell you what a difference the right chair and table height can make. Even so, often we feel tension in our neck and shoulders first. Here's a simple stretching exercise you can do right at your machine. Slowly turn your head to the left and then to the right several times. Lower your head slowly to your chest and then return to normal position several times; finish by shrugging your shoulders several times. Don't strain, just stretch s-l-o-w-l-y.

If stretching exercises are new to you, just do a Google search for basic stretches to find what works for you. I love yoga for staying limber, and some of my favorite stretches can be found at this link Yoga Stretches at Your Desk, and they can all be done from the comfort of your chair.

It's easy to fall into bad habits when we have a chance to indulge our love of quilting. Being mindful of how important good habits are for our body, and moving and stretching will just make the experience more enjoyable in the long run. So next time you're quilting remember to get up and move!

-Melisa

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Spring Blooms

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 10:43 AM

Don't you just love this time of year? Blue skies, bright green budding trees, birds chirping and flowers popping up all over. To paraphrase Eliza Doolittle, isn't it loverly?
 
I am always looking for a little craft whips up quick but looks like it took forever. Pinterest is often my go to place for inspiration. How many hours have I been lost down that rabbit hole? Anyway, I happened upon a Russian (I think it's Russian) video tutorial showing how to make tulips from fabric. Score!
 

Here is the video so you can see just how easy they are to make:


This is what you will need:
1/2 yard green fabric for stems and leaves (makes a dozen)
Plastic or paper straws
Assorted  medium scraps for tulips, in tulip colors
Double stick tape
Needle and thread
Cardstock for leaf template
Polyester stuffing

And here are the fabric measurements in inches:

Leaf- 3 1/2 x 6 inches
Stem- 1 1/2 x 8 inches
Tulip- 3 x 5 inches

Follow the steps outlined in the video. Here's a few photos to help:

Lay the tape on the fabric, attach the straw and roll it up. Hand stitch seam closed.
So easy even Em can do it! 
No hot glue here. I kind of like my fingers.


The leaves are just a simple shape. Trace your pattern and stitch with a 1/4 inch seam.
Fold the leaf around the stem and stitch together.



Gather the bottom of the tulip and stitch to the stem in the back. Stuff and close the top.
Place your finished tulips in something cute, like your mom's antique syrup pitcher,  and enjoy your handiwork! 



You can make masses of them in just a few hours! If you do make your own bouquet of tulips, be sure to share them with us on the Facebook page. We love seeing what you make!


-Mins (aka Karin Smith)

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