Little Miss Sawtooth Quilt Along – #2 – Millie, Josephine and Sadie

This post is a part of the Little Miss Sawtooth quilt along that starts September 6, 2019 and ends January 10, 2020.

If this is the first time you are learning about this quilt along then please read this post to find out the intentions behind the quilt along and more details.

To view all the posts concerning this quilt along on my own blog, click here.

To view all of the posts that includes the patterns here at Havel’s Sewing, click here.

If you prefer a paper pattern, you’ll find it here.


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Time to make our stars!!  So as you know this quilt is all about the Sawtooth star, a star that most quilters for the past 100 years and maybe more have known.  It’s pretty common.  We are renewing that baby and adding sampler blocks to it’s center.  So the centers change, but the star is still there.  Every star is different and has a different name.

With every pattern release you’ll have an easier star and a more difficult star, but all are pretty beginner friendly.  Don’t forget to show off those fussy cutting skills!  There is plenty of places to shine and make it your own!

 


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This Week’s Task

We are making three of our stars this round.  This is the only time we will do three stars in one round.  We are making:  Millie, Josephine and Sadie.  Don’t forget that we’ve already made our flying geese units that fit into these three blocks as star points.

 

Millie

She’s just your traditional sawtooth star.  No fanciness, but she’s your biggest opportunity for fussy cutting, so don’t waste your chance with her.  I chose to go with this lovely doe print.

Tips + Thoughts

  • There’s no fuss with Millie, so no tips for her either.
  • Millie’s video is the only video that shows you how to make the whole star beginning to end.  All other video tutorials only feature step by step for the inner units.
Click here for the Millie pattern.

 

 


 

Josephine

Josephine is a bit of a sawtooth star in a sawtooth star.  Kinda.  Instead of flying geese, it’s a bit of snowballing for points.  She’s one of my favorite blocks in this quilt.  She features a tiny center for tiny fussy cutting, but there’s other places too if you so dare.  For my center, I used a small snippet of Simple Living.

Tips + Thoughts

  • Starch is your friend.  I starch before I ever make the first cut, I think it helps whenever I have to snowball, which unless I move carefully, I always have trouble with them coming out wonky.  I use this recipe for my starch.
  • You could also use two different fabrics for Josephine’s star points and alternate them.
  • Her tiny corners could also have been fussy cut.
Click here for the Josephine pattern.

 

 

If you prefer to foundation paper piece Josephine instead of the way I’ve written the pattern, Nicole Buckley has generously provided us with a paper piecing pattern (you will need to already know how to paper piece).  Find the paper piecing pattern for Josephine here.

 


 

Sadie

Sadie is simple.  She’s just a 4-patch.  The pattern shows four different fabrics, but you can do anything here.  I chose to use two fabrics and alternate them.  I found these moths in my scraps and had to use them.

Tips + Thoughts

  • No real tips here.  Just basic quilting stuff.
  • I am using my fussy cut ruler set to get the moth placement just so.
Click here for the Sadie pattern.

 

 

If you prefer to foundation paper piece Sadie instead of the way I’ve written the pattern, Nicole Buckley has generously provided us with a paper piecing pattern (you will need to already know how to paper piece).  Find the paper piecing pattern for Sadie here.


Tools In Videos


 

 

Giveaway Details

Just a reminder, you can enter the giveaway by posting your progress on Instagram using the #littlemisssawtoothQAL.  Havel’s will be giving away random prizes to one winner each week.  Winners will be chosen and announced on Instagram @Havels_Sewing every Thursday after a pattern releases.  You don’t have to be completed with each pattern release to win, you only have to post progress.

 


Get a personalized Little Miss Sawtooth quilt along label for your quilt.

Get the label here.

 

 

I cannot wait to see what you do with these blocks!  This is fun, right?  As always, I am available to help you if you need it.  Email me or contact me through Instagram.  If you don’t want to do that, ask your question to a participant on Instagram.  Quilters are great helpers!  You can find most who are participating by browsing the #littlemisssawtoothqal.  Be sure that you are liking and commenting on other participants post, make the most of the social side of quilt alongs.  It only increases the fun!

I’ll see you in two weeks and we’ll get to the next two stars.  Hugs!

 


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Ombre Popsicle Quilt Tutorial

Ombré Popsicle Quilt Tutorial
Finished size: 50” x 62”
by Jessica Schunke of A Blue Sky Kind of Life

I don’t know about you, but I’m not quite ready for summer to end. While the stores are already starting to roll out pumpkin spice everything, I’m still dreaming of popsicles on the front porch. And since there’s a quilt for everything, a popsicle quilt seemed like the perfect way to commemorate these fading days of summer. I made the original Ombré Popsicle quilt several years ago, but now there’s finally a tutorial so you can make one of your own because the world can always use more popsicles. This easy quilt goes together in no time, so your family can be snuggling under popsicles long before the fall chill hits.

Note: While I chose to use solids to create an ombré effect, if you wanted a scrappier look, the popsicle part of this quilt is very jelly-roll friendly. Just add background fabric and a tan solid, and you’re set!

Supplies:
Popsicles
• (6) pink fabrics in a range of shades: ¼ yd. each
o Subcut each fabric as follows:
o (1) 2.5” x WOF strip of each fabric
o (1) 13.5” x 2.5” strip of each fabric
• (6) blue fabrics in a range of shades: 1/8 yd. each
o From each fabric, subcut (1) 2.5” x WOF strip of each fabric
• (1) tan fabric: ¼ yd.
o Subcut
o (3) 2.5” x WOF strips
o From WOF strips, subcut (14) 6.5” x 2.5” pieces
Background: 2 yd.
• Subcut as follows:
o (6) 6.5” x WOF strips
o From (2) WOF strips, subcut (6) 6.5” x 12.5” pieces
o From (1) WOF strip, subcut (1) 6.5” x 12.5” piece and (4) 6.5” squares
o From (1) WOF strip, subcut (3) 6.5” squares and (8) 6.5” x 2.5” pieces
o From (2) WOF strips, subcut (20) 6.5” x 2.5” pieces
o (6) 4.5” x WOF strips
o Sew strips together lengthwise using vertical seams. From pieced strips, subcut
• (2) 4.5” x 50.5” top and bottom border strips
• (2) 4.5” x 62.5” side border strips
• (8) 2” squares
o (1) 2” x WOF strip: sub-cut (20) 2” squares

Binding: ½ yd.
• Subcut (6) 2.25” x WOF strips
Backing: 3.25 yd.

**A ¼” seam allowance is assumed throughout.

Instructions:
(1) Arrange the WOF pink strips in your preferred color order. Sew together. Press seams.

(2) Repeat with the 13.5” pink strips, following the same color order.

(3) Repeat with the WOF blue strips.

(4) Subcut each of the WOF units into (6) 6.5” rectangles. Subcut the 13.5” pink unit into (2) 6.5” rectangles. The pink rectangles are Unit A; the blue rectangles are Unit B.

(5) Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of each 2” background square. Place one 2” square right sides together in the top left corner of each pieced Unit A and B with the marked line oriented in the direction shown below. Sew along the line, then trim ¼” away from the line as shown. Press triangle open.

(6) Repeat Step 5, placing one of the remaining 2” background squares in the top right corner of each pieced Unit A and B. Make sure the marked line is oriented as shown below.

(7) Sew (1) 6.5” x 2.5” background piece on each side of the tan 6.5” x 2.5” pieces. Press seams. This is Unit C.

(8) Sew a 6.5” background square (Unit E) to the bottom of (7) of the C units. Press seams.

(9) Sew a 6.5” x 12.5” background piece (Unit D) to the bottom of (4) of the C units. Press seams. (Note: Three C units won’t have anything added to them.)

(10) Sew the (3) remaining C units to the bottom of (3) of the B units (pieced blue popsicles). Press seams.

(11) Arrange units in rows as shown below. Sew units into rows and then sew rows together. Press seams.

(12) Attach 4.5” x 50.5” border strips to the top and bottom of the quilt top. Press seams. Attach one 4.5” x 62.5” border strip to each side of the quilt top. Press seams.

(13) Baste, quilt, and bind as desired.

(14) Enjoy your beautiful new quilt! Be sure to post on Instagram using #ombrepopsiclequilt and #havelssewing so we can see what you made! Happy sewing!


[Bio: Hi! I’m Jessica, a sewing, baking, editing, mommying Texan transplanted to the Midwest. I’m a proud Havel’s brand ambassador and the president of the St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild. I’m most active on Instagram, where you can find me as @blueskycrafter.]

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Little Miss Sawtooth Quilt Along – #1 – 4-AT-A-Time Flying Geese

This post is a part of the Little Miss Sawtooth quilt along that starts September 6, 2019 and ends January 10, 2020.

If this is the first time you are learning about this quilt along then please read this post to find out the intentions behind the quilt along and more details.

To view all the posts concerning this quilt along on my own blog, click here.

To view all of the posts that includes the patterns here at Havel’s Sewing, click here.

If you prefer a paper pattern, you’ll find it here.

If you are looking for the fabrics I’m using, you’ll find those here.


 

 

I am so excited to be quilting along with you!  It feels forever ago since we announced and my hands have been itching to make this quilt again.

Quilt alongs are so great for connecting with other quilters and making friends.  I owe all of my quilty friendships around the world to adventures just like this one.  Be sure to like and comment other quilters progress on Instagram to get the most from this experience.  We are using the #littlemisssawtoothqal.  So be sure to tag all your progress photos with it.  This will be your entry into the giveaways as well.

 


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This Week’s Task

We are knocking out all of the flying geese units this next two weeks.  There are 60 of them!  I know, I know, but we are making them 4-at-a-time, so it goes quickly (kinda :)).  We are using the very popular no-waste method to make them.  I used to dislike this method citing that it made it harder to get a proper geese unit, but I’ve worked at it and now I’m wondering what was wrong with me before.  It’s clever and accurate.  I wonder what amazing quilter discovered it?!

There’s a video tutorial below to help you on your way!  But first, let’s cover some tips!

Tips + Thoughts

  • The flying geese units are our star points for all of our stars.  You may want some variety with them or you may want them all to be the same color/fabric.  The fabric B squares are the actual star points.
  • There’s no excess when making our flying geese.  The only trimming down you will need to do is the little dog ears.  Flying geese end up measuring 3.5×6.5″.
  • Fabric A is your background fabric.  You may have all the same background or you might mix it up.
Click here for the Flying Geese 4-at-a-time pattern.

{German participants:  For some reason my blog address has been blocked to you (not my doing), you will not be able to access my pattern through the link above.  Please email me (melanie@southerncharmquilts.com) and I’ll personally email you each PDF.  Sorry for the hassle.}

 

 

If you prefer to foundation paper piece to the way I’ve written the pattern, Nicole Buckley has generously provided us with paper piecing patterns (you will need to already know how to paper piece).  Find the paper piecing pattern for flying geese hereRemember that you need 4 per star.


Tools In Video


 

 

Giveaway Details

Just a reminder, you can enter the giveaway by posting your progress on Instagram using the #littlemisssawtoothQAL.  Havel’s will be giving away random prizes to one winner each week.  Winners will be chosen and announced on Instagram @Havels_Sewing every Thursday after a pattern releases.  You don’t have to be completed with each pattern release to win, you only have to post progress.

 


Get a personalized Little Miss Sawtooth quilt along label for your quilt.

Get the label here.

 

 

A new pattern releases every two weeks on Fridays.  You don’t have to rush or hurry or stress yourself out in any way, but you can use the quilt along’s schedule to keep yourself on track if you’d like.  If you have a different way of doing things than the pattern or are mixing things up to do your own thing, FEEL FREE!  I always tell participants to do YOU.  You don’t have to do anything exactly the way I’m doing it.

I’ll be back in two weeks to tackle our first three star blocks.  In the meantime, let’s get chatty on IG.  You can follow me here.  Hugs and happy sewing!

 


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Easy Knit Cover Up

Easy Knit Cover Up
Alison J. O’Grady
Sew Bee It Clothier

This is a quick and easy project to keep your shoulders cozy in those overly air
conditioned stores in the summertime. This may have you making a couple for yourself
but be prepared for friends asking for you to create them one as well!

Materials List:
1. Havel’s Serrated Shears
2. 1 ⅝ yards of a lightweight knit. {I used a metallic tricot knit.}
3. Thread to match
4. Sewing machine
5. Large size paper plate
6. A sheet of tissue paper
7. Pins

Often sewists shy away from slippery fabrics like knits and tricot because they can be
difficult when cutting. I have found that the best results come with using the right tools
for the job.

Serrated shears have tiny, miniscule teeth that grab the fabric with each cut, rather than
pushing the fabric away as you bring both blades together. You will have better control
with your cutting, so these shears will be perfect for this project. Let’s get going!

● Fold fabric wrong sides together with the fold at the top of your cutting area, and
the selvedges together but closest to you, at the bottom. Trim each raw end with
your rotary cutter for a nice clean finish.

● Use pins or clips at the selvedge to keep fabric from shifting.


● At the folded edge, measure from your neatened edge to what will be our center,
about 28 inches. Place a pin or clip here to mark. This will be the center of our
neck opening.

● Now measure out 5 inches in each direction from that center mark placing a pin
at the 5 inch measurement. Cut on the fold from one end of the pin to the other
pin in a slight bow, using serrated shears for best results.

● Turn this raw edge to the wrong side and edge stitch with a small stitch on your
machine. You could easily use a fabric bias strip to finish also as this knit/tricot
won’t fray!

● Take a paper plate and lay it on your tissue paper or the paper you have chosen.


● {I use this method when I need a good rounded edge and this fits our project!}
You’ll trace the edge of the plate onto the paper using about a quarter of the
plate and that will give us a pattern. Cut on the traced line.

● Fold your cover-up, fold with the neck opening at the top, selvedges at the
bottom. Fold one nicely cut edge over to the other so it creates a crosswise fold.


● Place your rounded corner pattern on the lower cut edge side flush with that
edge, but 1 inch above the selvedges.

● Pin your pattern and start cutting at the top of the rounded edge pattern and
continue around the rounded edge and continue cutting 1 inch off the selvedge
till you reach the fold. You may have to neaten edges but those serrated shears
will do the trick nicely. Congrats and admire your creation!


You can either slip this over your head or tie it around your shoulders. Either way, you
will have clean, neat edges with a great appearance.

 


About Alison J. O’Grady of Sew Bee It Clothier

As a frustrated clothing shopper, I realized that by creating and sewing my garments, there are not any others like them in the world! I loved that. The sleeves are long enough, the colors are what looks best on me, and this garment can be just what I am so proud to wear.
THAT is why I decided to open my business, to offer my skills to others that recognized the quality and workmanship I can provide.

 

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Little Miss Sawtooth Fabric Selections

This post is a part of the Little Miss Sawtooth Quilt Along. Below is a list of all the posts and articles on this series.


 

 

 

Oh! Sweet lovelies! It’s time to start choosing fabrics. I’m releasing two PDFs today for the Little Miss Sawtooth Star Quilt Along. If you aren’t signed up for this quilt along yet, you can do so in this post.

 


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Quick Notes

Let’s get all on the same page real quick, shall we? This is a free quilt along. It will release slowly. Today I’m releasing the Introduction PDF and the Coloring Sheet (page 1 and 2). The quilt along doesn’t actually begin until September 6. Starting on that soon to come day I’ll be releasing two patterns every other week for us to work on.

I know there are some of you who just really feel the need to have a paper copy of a pattern in your hand, I’ve taken care of you. You can get a paper pattern here (available as a pre-order for now). It’s not free. Naturally, if you purchase the paper pattern, you do end up with the whole pattern in your hands all at once and can work on it at will while the rest of us work at the bi-weekly pace.

 

 


Get a personalized Little Miss Sawtooth Star quilt along label for your quilt.

 

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Fabric Requirements

So here you go. Download the PDFs by clicking the links below. The “Introduction” is just a bit about the quilt along, and includes your fabric requirements and supplies (a ruler or two you’ll see me use).

I will be using the Quilt in a Day Half Square Triangle Ruler many times in my video tutorials. There is one block that it is essential for (block 4 Gabrielle). If you don’t have it, I’m including a template, but let’s be real, it’s easier with the ruler. You’ll also see me using Havel’s new 6.5″ square ruler and my fussy cut rulers too.

Remember that Havel’s is sponsoring this quilt along and because of them, it’s free for you. Let’s show them some love if we can. You can use my coupon code “SouthernCharm7” at Havel’s Sewing and receive $7 off any purchase of $25 or more.

 


Product Spotlight

Mystery Low Volume Fabric Bundle

  • 10 pieces
  • Fat quarters
  • Extra yummy
Get your bundle here.

 

Let’s Talk Fabric

I don’t know about you, but after I’ve decided on the pattern of quilt I’m going to make, it’s ALL ABOUT THE FABRIC. You just have to be as obsessed as me, aren’t you?

This Wednesday, we will be digging in deep talking about fabrics for this quilt. I’m talking what fabrics look best, backgrounds vs. prints, what’s going where and how I’ve got the fabric requirements divided up. We will be discussing all of this on Wednesday. Plus, I’ll be showing you all the blocks that we will be making in this quilt!

Today, however, I’m showing you the fabrics I’ve chosen to sale over at Meander + Make curated especially for this quilt along. I’ve made two bundles for you to choose from (if you want them). Let’s gush!

 

 

Our first bundle is called Autumn Joy. These are the fabrics I will be using in my own quilt that I make with you. I may add in a fussy cut or two if the mood strikes. Fabrics in this bundle are listed below, but if you are interested in the whole bundle, you’ll find it here. There is lots of peach and blush, brown, gold and a toasty camel color too that I’m absolutely in love with.

 

 

The second bundle I’ve curated is called Spellbound. This bundle is extra luscious. These are what I always call moody colors. There’s rich maroon or wine, purples, a bit of gold, violets and bluesy shades including aqua and teal.

 

 

You can find the whole fat quarter bundle here.

 

Please keep in mind that the bundles above are for the prints or colored part of the quilt (the star inside and the star points). It does NOT include the background for your quilt. I have however created special listings for scrappy low volume background bundles as well that will include enough background fabric for the whole quilt, just in case you want.

If you want more details on this scrappy low volume background I’m going on about, you can read about it here.

 


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If you are signed up for the Little Miss Sawtooth Star quilt along newsletter, you’ll receive an email this Wednesday that will direct you to that post with the deep talk about the quilt. Look for that if you are curious or want further details.

Please don’t feel any pressure to purchase one of the fabric bundles from me. This is a great quilt for scraps (except the background), so you may want to shop your own stash. If you do end up purchasing a bundle of fabric, I just want to give you a big hug and say thank you. I really appreciate your support with the fabric shop. It’s so scary to buy that much fabric at once when I’m leaning towards growing slowly, but with the last quilt along we did you made me sell out of bundles on the first day. I was so unbelievably grateful. Fingers crossed you love these bundles as much as you did those.

Thanks again, sweet friends! It’s so nice to have a community of such loving makers.

 


The Next Quilt Along starts this September!

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