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Fabric Glue Sticks

I have used glue sticks before for my sewing projects. But I never really used it correctly. It never stuck right away, I had to wait until it dried and I’m a pretty impatient person. I was watching a show on The Quilt Show.com with Dale Flemming on Circles, Curves and Chocolate (show number 704 season 7). Boy does this lady know how to use a glue stick!

Here are a few different ones on the market. I have a few others around that I use.. I don’t think it matters much. Just find one that works for you.

So the key? The iron is your friend!

First apply the glue to your fabric. I’m doing a rework of my Fancy Picnic Fan Quilt for a quilt class I’m teaching. The fans on the outside edges kept flapping around.¬† (I got tired of getting stuck with the pins). So out comes the glue stick.

Apply Glue to Back of Fabric

After that, stick it down firmly and iron it. The iron helps the glue dry and work into both fabrics.

Iron with a hot iron

I learned something here… cameras are for right handed people. I had to do this left handed. Pretty spiffy camera handling if I do say so myself.

So, get out those glue sticks and rock on!


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Ok, I hope you enjoyed the last project. This week is a larger quilt project. I'm realizing I cannot finish a quilt in a week. So, today you get to see the basic block idea and then come back tomorrow and I'll show you how to put it all together..Yeah I know it is a sneeky way to get you back here again… But I promise next week will be a smaller project and I'll show all of it.

OK, here we go for this week. This is a quilt that is the perfect size for picnics or the beach. I use mine similar to this for going to outdoor concerts.

The dies I used are: Crescent Border Spacer die #2 and the layered Ovals. I used the largest one for this quilt.


The Crescent Border Spacer die set comes with two dies:

You can layer the plain one over the scalloped one.. I just used one for this quilt.

So here it is:

Here it is with a different fabric pattern:


I have been looking at the crescent border die for so long wondering if this would work… I hope you like it. Come back tomorrow and I'll show you how to sew it into a quilt the easy way!   

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Ok, I'm back. I have a confession. I have already made all 4 blocks. I had to make sure they looked good together. I even used a program called Picasa by Google and made a really cool collage of the blocks with the fabric in the back ground. Nothing like a little teasing huh. Well on week 4 you will get to see them all together. Not sure if a quilt will actually be made.. but you will have a really good idea how they look. I'm kind of excited. But you only get to see them one at a time. So there!

Ok, here are the dies used this week.


See, some you remember these from last week? I told you so. Anyway, from left to right: On top, Flowers and Leaves #3, Petal Play-Sunflowers, botton left is Funky Flower #3 which is also a GO die, and the bunny is Rabbit #4 Sm. I don't know if it is on the Accuquilt site but he measures a little tiny bit past 3 inches wide. So check. Otherwise you can find him on the Accucut site.

Ok, here is the block for this week……

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Yes, I know, my Iphone still sucks as a camera. But it is only a matter of money. As you can see, I used the flower, leaves and stem from Flowers and Leaves and some leaves from Petal Play-sunflower. The flower centers are the small flower on Funky Flowers #3 and well, the little bunny. I put "her" in because of my name. Yes, it actually is Bunny.

Until next week…


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Hi All. I'm so jazzed about all the positive comments I have been getting. My mind has been going over time with design ideas. This week I decided to start a block of the week pattern. There will be 4 blocks total. I'll let you know which dies I used and show the block.. you should be able to figure it out from there. While putting these blocks together and looking to see if they are Studio dies and or GO dies, I noticed something very cool for all of you with studio dies. When I first purchased my studio diecutter and my numerous dies, Accuquilt was just Accucut. They sold mainly to schools and scrapbooking. Somewhere along the line some one ran some fabric through and the angels began to sing. So all of my dies were "Accucut" dies. There are two different catalogs for dies and let me tell you, the Accucut catalog has even more dies that can also be used with fabric. So warning…. in the coming weeks, I may show you a die that is on the Accucut site and not necessarily on the Accuquilt site. The die name is the same but the item numbers are different depending on the catalog you order from. So I'll leave them out.  It just means lots more fun and ideas for all of us. So if for some reason you can't find it on Accuquilt, go to Accucut. Most of the time it will just be a different size offered. But sometimes it will be a die not shown on the Accuquilt site.

Ok here we go for week 3's design.

I started with some of my favorite batik fabrics. I'll use them for all 4 blocks with a little bit of a dark brown I use in two of the blocks. Sorry I don't have it pictured here. The greyish pink batik in the background is for my background blocks. Now, you are cutting out some tiny shapes and have to decide how to get them to stay on the back ground fabric. You have some choices here. You can use a product like WonderUnder or Seam a Seam and iron it on the back BEFORE running it through your Accuquilt cutter. Or you can use a glue product like a stick glue or liquid glue product like Roxannes. Whatever works the best for you. For this project, I'm going to use a stick glue and see how it does. I'll let you know later when I go to sew everything down. But you need to decide this now before cutting out your shapes.

Accucut 112 

I used 5 different dies for my first block. Now don't get all stressed… I know it's a lot of dies but I do repeat some of these as I go along.  It just goes to show, you can't have too many of these things. Here is a picture of my die stash. I could easily triple this if money allowed.


The dies used are from left to right: Petal Play-Sunflower,Layering Die-Oval, Flowers and Leaves #3 and bottom is Heart #9 Sm. I'm showing the back of the dies so you can see them better.

The Petal Play-sunflower die is one of my favorites for leaves. So far I have not made a sunflower with it. I used the holes and stem from the Flowers and Leaves #3 die and the smallest oval from the layering-oval die.


I used a 9" square of background fabric for all the blocks in the series. I actually had it designed for me as they didn't have that size 8+ years ago.

Accucut 109
Ok…. drum roll please………

Week 1 block 

 I'm down to my iphone for a camera. Hang in there with me will ya. 

So, that's block number 1. Hope you like it. Everyone that comes in the shop and sees it has asked me to make kits. So hopefully by the last block I'll have some done and put on Etsy.

Note: We are going to finish these in a quilt as you go wall hanging. I'll show you later how I do it. But important! You need to make sure you have at least 1/2" available around your design for the seam allowance. Yes, we will be doing 1/2" seams.

I'll see you next week! It will look great when it all comes together!



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You're back! I'm so glad. I have been very busy with a new project using the Accuquilt strip cutter. You know you don't always have to make a quilt with the Accuquilt dies. I found this wonderful pattern for a tote called "Bali Bags" By Aunties Two. I used cotton cording and my Accuquilt 2 1/2" strip cutter to cut 40 strips from 10 different fabrics. You can also use Bali Pops or Jelly Rolls if you want. But if you are like me, you have a houseful of stash. These bags are fun to make and everyone, I mean everyone that sees one, wants one.

Ok, here is what the Bali Bag lookes like.

Sorry but my camera does not do the colors in these bag justice. Just add bright by about 75%. 

Ok, I started out with this:


  Notice no lines at the top? That is so you can cut continuous lines of fabric. When there is no sheet metal, there is no cut. So you can lay your fabric out like an accordian if you want and have a long long line of fabric.

Ok, here is what I got next:

Bali bag custom batiks 
Color overload I say! I have made 3 of the Bali Bags with these fabrics and can't keep them in the store. Darn! NOT!

If you don't want to spend the time to make a bag, you can just make a bowl the same way.

As I'm posting this, A customer just came in and bought this… I'm going to miss you Bali Bowl!

So, have fun using the Accuquilt Strip Cutter! Lots and Lots of uses. 

See you next week!!  

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While stumbling around on the net the other day, I came across a wonderful website called furoshiki.com. Furoshiki is a Japanese gift wrap technique with cloth. Being a quilt shop, I thought it would be a great gift wrap for quilters. furoshiki.com  sells very pretty silks to do your furoshiki wraps in. But also on the site is a techniques area. You can see all kinds of ways to wrap gifts. Another place is Japan's Minister of the Environment's site . It is a quick page you can print out and add to your gift wrap for the next person. You can wrap anything from wine bottles to watermelon. Search the word furoshiki and all kinds of cool sites come up. There is even a youtube video on how to fold gift wrap in a few different ways. Check it out! 

When you go shopping, you can use this instead of another plastic bag.


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I looked and looked for a good tutorial on this and couldn't find one so I'm attempting this myself. Let me know what you think. First shore up the edge of the fabric so you have a nice clean edge.


I put the folded edge of the fabric at the top and the salvages at the bottom. Using your ruler, and rotary cutter, cut through only the top folded edge. Start at the bottom but not at the edge. Cut up from the bottom a little.


Move your ruler over every inch or however wide you are cutting your strips and cut up from the bottom and through the folded edge at the top all the way across your fabric. 

Ok, so I didn't do a great job of perfect measuring, but you get the point.


This is what your fabric should look like when you are done. Now open up your fabric so each end looks like this. You will then want to cut through every other joint.




Now do it again at the other end. But pull the first strip down so you can see where to cut. It will be the second cut over.

The first strip on the right is from the other side. I moved over two slits and cut… then skipped a slit and cut the last one.


You should now have one continuous strip of fabric. The joints will look like this.


I cut a little closer to the edge. Don't cut too close or you might rip the fabric and then have to join it together either by sewing or tying. 


So ends my first tutorial! Hope it helps someone out there in internet land!

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