Needle and Thread Case

Hello everyone! It’s Happy National Sewing Month! Yayyy! That means I will dedicate at least 30 minutes a day to sewing and practicing my skills all month long.

Let’s start off with a super cute needle and thread case. I love sewing on the go, so having a cute case to carry all of my supplies in is perfect for me.

Let’s take a look at my new needle and thread case:

Needle and Thread Case: finish product

Cute shape, right?! I love the shape of these thread and needle cases.

Let’s take a look inside:

Needle and Thread Case: finish product

You can add your favorite threads and needles and keep them safe. The best part is the pattern is a free pattern from Sharon Holland!

Let’s take about this fabric:

This fabric collection is called Community from Rachel Erickson of Citrus & Mint Designs for Riley Blake Designs.

Rachel created this collection to react to the widespread hurt and divisiveness felt during the Covid-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement. Both events left her wanting more unity, love, and diversity in the world and her desire to go outside, travel, and be surrounded by people again.

This collection comprises 24 different prints in colors like green, honey, orchid, coral, blush, blue, mint, and cream.

Here’s what you need to create your own thread and needle case:

Materials:

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Community Fabric
Needle Case Pattern by Sharon Holland
HeatNBond
Felt
Elastic
bernette 77
Cutting Mat
Rotary Cutter
Matching Thread Color
Pearl Snap
Snap Tool

Follow the pattern’s direction on how to make these. The pattern is easy to follow, and you can make a bunch of these in no time.

The finished size is 5 inches by 4inches, so you can make a couple of these out of two different fat quarters.

I love how these smaller thread sizes fit in this case.

Needle and Thread Case: finish product

Perfect for sashiko and embroidery thread as well.

Needle and Thread Case: finish product

Adding a pearl snap adds a finishing touch.

Needle and Thread Case: finish product

I love how the case holds its shape when it’s open.

Needle and Thread Case: finish product

I’m totally in love with these thread and needle cases. Very different from the traditional needle books.

So, tell me what you think?

Will you try and make your own thread and needle cases? I would love to see them.

Supplies used:

Note: Some of the links below contain affiliate links.

Community    

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Easy Modern Throw Quilt with Painter’s Watercolor Swirl

Hello everyone! Today, I’m with an easy modern throw quilt with Painter’s Watercolor Swirl fabric by J. Wecker Frisch.

Let’s take a look at my modern quilt:

modern quilt: painter's watercolor swirl

I love how easy and fun this quilt was to make. I used Riane Elise’s Companion pattern from her book Inheritance to make this quilt.

The simplicity and contrast of this throw quilt are amazing to see.

Fabric Collection:

Painter’s Watercolor Swirl by J. Wecker Frisch for Riley Blake Design contains 37 beautiful colors from dark to light hues.

Here’s how I created this throw quilt:

Materials:

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Painter’s Watercolor Swirl Fabric
Companion Pattern by Riane Elise
bernette 77
Cutting Mat
Rotary Cutter
Matching Thread Color

Follow the patterns directions for cutting and piecing. I

What I love about this throw quilt is that there is no binding. Yes, you can make a quilt without binding, and it still looks great. I got the idea from The Willow Market.

To achieve this, you just sandwich the pieces right sides together and sew them together, leaving a six-inch hole for turning.

modern quilt: painter's watercolor swirl

Once you turn the quilt inside out, it’s time to quilt it. Draw lines on the top of the quilt, 4 inches apart. Then follow them while stitching.

modern quilt: painter's watercolor swirl

Once you stitch all of the lines, your quilt is done.

modern quilt: painter's watercolor swirl

I love the look of the two warm colors together.

What do you think?

Will you try to make your own modern throw quilt? I would love to see them.

Supplies used:

   

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I Made Leggings and a Shirt using Jersey Knit Fabric

Hello everyone, I made leggings and a shirt using jersey knit fabric by EttaVee!!

Yes, I sewed a pair of cute leggings and a shirt for myself, and I’m so excited. Ever since I started sewing bags 4 years ago, I knew I wanted to start making my own clothes. I made one or two things in a class but nothing by myself until now.

These leggings are the first item that I’ve made without the help of a video or a class. I read the pattern and prayed, LOL!

Let’s take a look at my jersey knit leggings and shirt:

Jersey Knit Leggings: Finished Product

Yes!! I love them!

Jersey Knit Shirt: Finish product

Fabric Collection:

When I saw Riley Blake Designs new jersey knit collection included designs by EttaVee, I knew I had to make something. I follow Jessi (@ettavee) on Instagram and love her painting. They are bright, full of color, and very distinct. You can spot her work anywhere.

This collection includes marble, swirls, flowers, and brush strokes in browns, blues, pinks, black, white, and teals.

Jersey Knit EttaVee

Jersey Knit EttaVee

Jersey Knit EttaVee

This collection has 10 different prints. Perfect for making leggings, shirts, dresses, and more.

Here’s how I create these jersey knit leggings and shirt:

Materials:

Note: Some of the links below contain affiliate links.

Jersy Knit by EttaVee
Jalie Stella 4023 Pattern
Jalie BOBBIE V-Neck Top
bernette 77
Cutting Mat
Rotary Cutter
Polyester Thread
Jersey Needles

All you have to do is follow the instructions that came with the pattern. It was so easy to follow. The instructions include how to stitch on a sewing machine and serger.

I used my sewing machine since many people do not have a serger.

Gather your supplies and get ready to start sewing.

Starting with the leggings.

Jersey Knit Leggings

Trace your pattern piece and lay it down on the fabric.

Jersey Knit Leggings: Cutting the pattern

Cut out the pattern.

Jersey Knit Leggings: Cutting the pattern

Jersey Knit Leggings

If you’re not using a serger, this is how the stitching should look.

Jersey Knit Leggings: Stitch the fabric together

Check out these leggings!

Jersey Knit Leggings: Finished Product

Perfect fit!

Jersey Knit Leggings: Finished Product

I can’t get enough of these leggings!

Jersey Knit Leggings: Finished Product

Now for the shirt!

Cut out all of your pattern pieces.

Jersey Knit Shirt: Pattern pieces

Jersey Knit Shirt: Pattern pieces

Pin each piece according to the pattern and stitch.

Jersey Knit Shirt: Stitch the pieces together

Jersey Knit Shirt: Stitch the pieces together

Jersey Knit Shirt: Stitch the pieces together

Here’s my finished shirt!

Jersey Knit Shirt: Finish product

Jersey Knit Shirt: Finish product

Now I have two new garments in my closet that I made myself! The fabric is so soft and fits perfectly.

What do you think? Will you try to make your own jersey knit leggings and shirt? I would love to see them. If not, what would you make with this pretty fabric?

Supplies used:

Jersey Knit EttaVee Jalie Bobbie pattern    

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Dream Glasses Cases

Hello everyone!! Do you wear glasses or sunglasses? Well, you are going to love these  Dream Glasses Cases I created.

I have a million and one pair of glasses for different outfits and my different moods. I’m not sure why -wait, I do know why I love the way they look. Glasses have become such a fashion statement piece that you can’t help but have 2 or more! LOL!

The fabric I used is perfect for this project because it’s colorful and fun.

Let’s take a look at my Dream Glasses Cases:

Glasses Cases: Finish product

You can’t tell me these aren’t cute.

Glasses Cases: Finish product

Fabric Collection:

Dream is a color-packed fabric collection designed by Krisy Lea for Riley Blake Designs. This collection is filled with a full spectrum of colors and features soft, rounded dreamy shapes – rainbow, clouds, hearts, and raindrops!

It is fun and brights any room.

Dream

This collection has 24 colorful prints that you can use to make glasses cases, pillows, pajamas, bags, and more.

Here’s how to create the Dream Glasses Cases:

Materials:

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Dream Fabric Collection
Free Glasses Case Pattern/Template
Quilting Ruler
Sewing Machine
Thread
Cutting Mat
Rotary Cutter
Snaps and Setter

Since I used a pattern/template that isn’t mine, I will show you via photo how I created these glasses cases!

Cut your fabric.

Dream Glasses Cases: Cut fabric

Add Interfacing and stitch the bottom.

Glasses Cases: Add Interfacing

Place the two pieces inside of each other.

Glasses Cases: Stitch and Put together

Stitch the top

Glasses Cases: Stitch and Put together

Turn inside out.

Glasses Cases: Turn inside out

Add snaps.

Glasses Cases: Add snaps

Nice and easy. You can make these in no time.

One snap glasses case!

Glasses Cases: Finish product

Flat glasses case!

Glasses Cases: Finish product

Two snap glasses case!

Glasses Cases: Finish product

Glasses Cases: Finish product

Glasses Cases: Finish product

Enjoyable glasses cases!

 

So what do you think? Fun glasses deserve to have fun glasses cases!!

Are you going to make your own? I would love to see them.

Supplies used:

Dream Bernina 570QE

 

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Hexi Pillow Cushion Tutorial

Hello everyone!! Today I have a cute Hexi Pillow Cushion tutorial to share with all of you. The fun part is the fabric! It has Santa Claus on it {smile}!

Yes, Christmas in June! It’s time to get ready for all things Christmas.

Let’s take a look at my Hexi Pillow Cushion:

Hexi Pillow Cushion: Finish product

Are you tickled pink like me?  Look at that button. It’s made of fabric too. I had fun making this pillow, but the button is my favorite.

Hexi Pillow Cushion: Finish product

Wait, I have another goody for you. One of these pillows is waterproof and stain-resistant. I created these pillows for my niece when she goes outside. She loves sitting on the front step, and my mother always tells her not to sit on the cold concrete, so I made her a pillow for that purpose.

Hexi Pillow Cushion: finished product

Before I share how I made the pillow waterproof and stain-resistant, let’s learn about this fabric collection.

Fabric Collection:

This fabric collection is called Warm Wishes by Simple Simon and Company for Riley Blake Designs. There are 21 prints full of snowmen, wrapped presents, candy canes, and more. It’s full of love and warmth that you get from family around the holiday.

Warm Wishes Fabric Collection

Here’s how to create the Hexi Pillow Cushion:

Materials

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Warm Wishes Fabric
Creative Grid 60 Degree Triangle 8-1/2 in Quilt Ruler
Hobbs Poly-Down Batting
Sewing Machine
Thread
Cutting Mat
Rotary Cutter
HeatnBond Liquid Vinyl
Foam Brush
Dritz Cover Button Kit
Scissors
Poly-Fill Beads
HeatnBond Pressing Paper

Step One: Cutting fabric

Cut 2 triangles from 3 different fabric prints.

Hexi Pillow Cushion: Cutting the triangles

Step Two: Sew the triangles

Sew the first three triangles together, pressing the seam allowance to the dark fabric.

Repeat with the next three triangles.

Sew the two pieces together.

Step Three: Cut the batting

Place the hexi piece on top of a piece of batting and cut 2inch past the hexi piece on all four sides.

Step Four: Stitching the two pieces together

Stitch in the ditch for every triangle.

Stitch 1/4 inch from the center stitch on both sides.

Hexi Pillow Cushion: stitching the two pieces together

Hexi Pillow Cushion: stitching the two pieces together

Step Five: Trim the excess batting

Trim the excess batting from the entire piece.

Hexi Pillow Cushion: trimming the excess batting

Serge or zig-zag the edge for easy turning.

Hexi Pillow Cushion: trimming the excess batting

Step Six: Cut the back piece

Cut the back piece by laying the front panel on top.

Step 7: Sew the front and back together

With right sides together, sew using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Leave a 4-inch hole so you can add the poly-fill beads.

Hexi Pillow Cushion: Stitch the front and back together

Step 8: Turn and Fill with Poly-Fill Beads

Turn the fabric inside out and use a point turner to push out the corners.

Hexi Pillow Cushion: HeatNBond Liquid Vinyl

Fill the fabric with the poly-fill beads. Do not fill it up completely because you need to sew the edges and add the button.

Hexi Pillow Cushion: Turn and fill with Poly-Fill Beads

Use your judgment on how much to add.

Step 9: Close the pillow

Stitch the pillow closed by hand or machine depending on the amount of filling you have inside the pillow.

Step 10: Adding the button

Use Dritz Cover Button Kit to make a fabric button.

Hexi Pillow Cushion: Fabric Button Hexi Pillow Cushion: Fabric Button

Thread a long needle, push it in the center of the pillow from the back, and bring it out of the front.

Push the needle through the button notch and then back down the center of the pillow, pulling it from the back.

Hexi Pillow Cushion: Adding a button

Pull the thread tight, tie a knot, and cut the threads, leaving an inch of thread.

Yay, you did it!

Hexi Pillow Cushion: finished product

Do you want to make your pillow waterproof and stain-resistant?

Here are the extra steps:

After step 6, protect your workstation with pressing paper.

Use a foam brush and apply a thin coat of HeatnBond Liquid Vinyl on the front and back pieces.

Hexi Pillow Cushion: Waterproof and Stain Resistant

Let it dry for 30-45 minutes.

Once the pieces dry, cover them with pressing paper and press on medium heat and no steam.

Hexi Pillow Cushion: HeatNBond Liquid Vinyl

Apply a second coat and repeat the steps above.

Once the second coat dries, start back at step 7 till the end.

Now you can sit outside on the concrete or grass with your new pillow.

Supplies used:

 

Warm Wishes Fabric Collection Bernina 570QE HeatnBond VinylPressing Paper

Holly Holiday Crazy Pouch

Hello everyone!! I’m here today to show you my new holly holiday crazy pouch I created using some new fabric from Riley Blake Design!

I love making pouches, they are easy to make, and they make fabulous gifts. I know for many people working with the zipper is challenging, but it shouldn’t be. You have to get over that fear and just do it. Zippers are fun to work with, and they make any project that much more FABULOUS!

Let’s take a look at my holly holiday crazy pouch:

Holly Holiday Crazy Pouch: Finished Product

Cute right! Check out that patchwork. Isn’t it fantastic?! Guess what I didn’t use a pattern or ruler to accomplish this. I used a piece of fusible paper.

Holly Holiday Crazy Pouch: Finished Product

Yes, it’s a fusible paper called Crazy Quilt Paper by Lori Holt for Riley Blake Design. It is so EASY to use. I love it. As a matter of fact, the designer of this fabric collection, Christopher Thompson, introduced me to this fun way to patchwork.

Let’s talk about this fabric collection:

This collection is called Holly Holiday. It is full of a bright, bold palette of red, green, pink, and charcoal. Tons of festive florals, Santa faces, snowflakes, holly, geometric trees, and text prints that will warm your holiday heart.

Holly Holiday Fabric Collection

This collection has 24 prints. I love all of the pretty pinks, reds, and whites.

Here’s how to create the holly holiday crazy pouch patchwork:

Materials:

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Holly Holiday Fabric
Crazy Quilt Paper 10″ x 10″
Lori Holt Trim It Ruler 8.5″ x 8.5″ 
Creative Grid Perfect 10 Ruler
Sewing Machine
Thread
Cutting Mat
Rotary Cutter
Clips

Step One: Cutting fabric

Cut (5) different 10-inch squares out of the fabrics you selected for the patchwork.

Cut 3 pieces of fabric using the 8.5-inch ruler for the back of the pouch.

Step Two: Prepare the fabric

Note: the instructions are on the packaging on how to use the crazy paper

Take one crazy quilt paper and press each paper shiny side down on the right side of the 10-inch fabric square.

Cut the line marked “cut first,” then cut the line marked “cut second.”

Then make the rest of your cuts according.

Step Three: Sewing the front panel

Now that each piece is cut mix up the numbers and pull 5 different pieces.

Start with numbers 2 and 3, pull the paper off, and sew them together using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Then sew number 1 to that piece.

Then sew 4 and 5 together.

Finish it off by sewing the two bigger pieces together.

Step Four: Trim the square

Use the 8.5-inch ruler and trim the square.

 

 

Step Five: Sew the pouch together

Using your favorite pouch pattern, sew the pouch using the patchwork panel and the back panel.

Completed pouch!

Now it’s your turn!

 

Supplies used:

 

Holly Holiday Fabric Collection      Bernina 570QE
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Easy to Make Toddler Dress and Top

Hello everyone!! I’m here today to show you an easy-to-make toddler dress and top!

For May, I decided that I wanted to try my hand at garment sewing. I’ve made a shirt and jeans in the past and love it. This month I wanted to make clothes for my three-year-old niece.

Take a look at the toddler dress and top that I made:

 

I am truly blown away by these cute garments. I used Dana from Made Everyday First Day Dress and Top. 

The fun part about them is the ease I had in making them and the cute button closure on the back.

Let’s talk about this fabric collection:

It’s called Rainbowfruit, a perfect name for this colorful collection designed by Amber Kemp-Gerstel of Damask Love.

It’s made up of 20 different pattern fabrics in pink, yellow, white, and blue. All so cheerful and fresh.

I can’t wait for my niece to try these on. She is going to love them. She is such a girly girl.

 

So what do you think? What will you make with this pretty vibrant fabric?

Supplies used:

     

 

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Flannel Receiving Blanket

Hello everyone! I’m here to show you how to make a quick and easy flannel receiving blanket.

This project is sure to please since it takes on time to create, and it’s for a baby, and we all love babies.

Take a look at this Flannel Receiving Blanket:

I love baby gifts! Giving them brings me much joy.

The two-tone color is perfect for the holiday season. Plus, it’s so warm since it flannel. The little bundle of joy will not be cold.

Let’s talk about this fabric collection:

It’s Christmas time! LOL, no, not yet, but before you know it, it will be here. Say hello to the Gnome for Christmas Flannel collection by Tara Reed. It’s a soft, warm, and cozy collection for those cold winter months.

This collection comes with 12 flannel prints in white, green, red, and black. Classic Christmas colors.

Here’s how to create this baby blanket:

Materials:

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Gnomes for Christmas
Sewing Machine
Thread
Cutting Mat
Pins
Rotary Cutter

Step One: Cutting fabric

Cut two different pieces of the collection to 35 inches by 35 inches.

Step Two: Sew the panels

With a quarter-inch seam allowance, stitch all four sides leaving a three-inch hole for turning.

Step Three: Clean up and turn

Cut any edge that isn’t even, clip the corners and turn.

Step Four: Quilt the blanket

Free motion quilt or ruler quilt the blanket to your liking. I used a longarm and a heart ruler for quilting the edges of the blanket.

The blanket is finished!

Now it’s your turn!

Supplies used:

     Bernina 570QE

 

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How to Create Flannel Floor Pillows with an Invisible Zipper

Hello everyone!! I’m here today to show you how to create flannel floor pillows with an invisible zipper.  Floor pillows, you say? Yes, I recently refinished my hardwood floor and wanted to provide my nieces and daughter with a place to sit comfortably when hanging out.

Floor pillows are easy to sew, and with a zipper, you can even wash it when it gets dirty. Now, that is a great reason to make some.

Let’s take a look at my floor pillows:

What do you think? Aren’t they cute? My nieces and daughter will enjoy these.

Let’s take a look at this fabric collection:

This cozy and soft flannel collection was created by Ben Byrd for Riley Blake Design. It comes in a palette of earth tones – green, orange, brown, navy, and parchment. Some prints have forest animals and trees.

It’s full of fun and playfulness.

Here’s how to create these pillows:

Materials:

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Woodland Flannel Fabric
Aurifil White Thread
Pins
Cutting Mat
Ruler
Rotary Cutter 
Quilting Ruler
Matching Invisible Zipper
Pillow Form

Instructions

1/2 inch seam allowance unless otherwise noted.

Step 1: Measure Pillow Form

Measure the pillow form to determine how big you want to make your pillow cover. If you’re going to make your own pillow form, determine what size you want the pillow.

Step 2: Cut the fabric

Cut 2 pieces of the woodland fabric to the size of your pillow form.

For the orange pillow, I made the pillow form 30 inches by 30 inches. The blue pillow, the pillow form is 27 inches by 27 inches. I cut the fabric according to these measurements. 

Step 3: Mark the fabric for zipper placement

Place your zipper teeth up (remember this is an invisible zipper) at the raw edge of the fabric in the center.

With a pen, mark the fabric where the zipper teeth begin and behind the zipper stopper.

Remove the zipper.

Step 4: Prepare the zipper casing

With right sides together, sew a straight stitch to the first marked line and backstitch. Without cutting the thread, increase your stitch length to 5.0, stitch a basting stitch to the second line, and backstitch again. Without cutting the thread again, decrease your stitch length back to the original length and continue stitching to the end.

Finger press the seams open.

Find the line you drew and place the zipper back in place with the zipper teeth up. Make sure the zipper teeth are in the center.

Step 5: Sew the zipper in place

If your machine comes with an invisible zipper foot, attach that to your machine. If you only have a zipper foot, use that.

Start sewing at the beginning of the zipper tape. You want to stitch as close to the zipper teeth as possible.

Repeat on the other side of the zipper.

Note for the invisible zipper foot: when you sew the other half of the zipper, open the basting stitch so that the foot does not butt up against the zipper foot.

Once your zipper is sewn in place, open and close the zipper to ensure the fabric does not get in the way.

Step 6: Sew the pillow cover closed

Open the zipper halfway, and with right sides together, sew the three remaining sides.

Step 7: Turn and insert the pillow form

Trim the edges of the fabric if it shifted and round the corners to reduce bulk.

Turn inside out and insert the pillow form.

Enjoy your floor pillow!

How many pillows will you make? I would love to see your pillows.

 Supplies used:

There are some compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you.

 Bernina 570QE       

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The Garment District is in my Hometown

Hello everyone!! Did you know the garment district is in my hometown? Yes, I live in NY and love that there are a million and one fabric shops right at my fingertips. This brings me to why I’m here today. I wanted to show you an awesome garment district project that I had so much fun making.

Have you ever tried foundation paper piecing (FPP)? Well, let’s say it was a mind-blowing experience. This was my first time trying, and I’m totally sold. It’s an easy way to complete any project.

Let’s take a look at my mini quilt:

Garment District: Finished Product

Let’s take a look at this fabric kit:

The garment district quilt is one in a series of New York Mini Quilt Series named after some of Christopher Thompson, the designer of these series, favorite neighborhoods where culture, art, and the latest food collide. He did an amazing job on this design.

It’s full of four bright colors with an ombre look.

Here’s how to create this quilt:

Materials:

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Garment District Mini Quilt Kit
Aurifil White Thread
Pins
Cutting Mat
Ruler
Rotary Cutter 
Quilting Ruler
Foundation Piece Paper

Garment District: Materials

Step 1: Print the pattern pieces

Print out each of the four foundation paper pieces on separate pieces of paper.

Step 2: Cut the fabric according to the pattern

Cut out each piece of fabric according to the pattern.

Garment District: Cut the fabric

Garment District: Cut the fabric

Step 3: Start the foundation paper piecing

Use a light source to place each piece of fabric on their coordinating number. Place one and two first and sew on the line that connects the two.

Garment District: Start foundation paper piecing

With the fabric in place sew on the line.

Garment District: Start the foundation paper piecing

Cut the excess fabric piece at 1/4 inch.

Garment District: Start foundation paper piecing

Repeat for each of the four pieces.

Step 4: Sew the pieces together

Follow the pattern directions on how to sew each piece together.

Garment District: Start the foundation paper piecing

Step 5: Quilt the top

Sandwich the top, batting and back to be quilted.

You can use gloves to help with the quilting,

Garment District: Quilt the top

or gripper rings. Which over is most convenient.

Garment District: Quilt the top

Step 6: Add Binding

Now it’s time to add the binding to the quilt.

Garment District: Add Binding

Now the Garment District Mini Quilt is done.

Garment District: Finished Product

Garment District: Finished Product

Garment District: Finished Product

Garment District: Finished Product

Garment District: Finished Product

Garment District: Finished Product

Foundation Paper Piecing is so much fun and easy to do. I love the look of the sharp corners. Would you give this a try? I would love to see your mini quilt.

Supplies used:

There are some compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. 

Bernina 570QE       
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