Sunday, December 7, 2014

#74 Tic Tac Toe Game Board Tutorial

Merry Christmas early!! My last tutorial post and this post are my gift to all of you. I want to say thanks for taking time to come over and see "What I've Been Up To". I hope that you will enjoy the patterns and maybe even make a few. I would sure like to see pictures if you do!!

So last Christmas I was part of a blog hop and designed a Travel Blackboard Mat which features a straight blackboard area and side chalk holder. I have tweaked this pattern to incorporate the Tic Tac Toe board and voila, another pattern is born!!

Title is the link to the PDF file with the written instructions and measurements. The pictures are just for clarity sake. I didn't take time to re-write the whole tutorial again. Hope you enjoy it!!

Assembling the Tic Tac Toe Board:


Quilting the backing:
Adding the pockets to side pieces:

 Left side is chalk pocket in sewing position, and right is after it is pressed up:

 Measure for the next chalk holder:
 Second set of Chalk pockets in sewing position:

 Sewing lines to divide pockets for chalk:
 Measure for last pocket:
 Adding the top flap with an 1/8" seam:

Attach the left and right sides to the game board middle section. (Totally forgot to get a picture of this.)
Make your quilt sandwich (backing right side down, batting up, game board section right side up) and stitch the top and backing together with an 1/8" seam.
I also stitched in the ditch around the game area.

 add your label and your 2 elastic loops :

finish sewing the binding down:

 (a little disclaimer if you will....these are patterns I have come up with and am sharing for free with all of you, please do not copy and redistribute. Link people to my blog, if you want to share. If you do make any of the patterns, and share via social media, I would love it if you give me credit for the pattern and again link to my blog . I am sure this one goes without saying, please don't take these patterns and  try to sell them, even if you tweak them a bit....that's just not right) Thanks everyone

Friday, December 5, 2014

Winner of November PDF Prize Package


a Rafflecopter giveaway

I haven't forgot about the Tic Tac Toe Game Tutorial, it will be posted this weekend!

Friday, November 28, 2014

#73 Coaster Tray Formula

I know I'm way behind on the tutorials I have promised! Here's the Coaster Holder I promised last week, and I haven't forgotten about the Tic Tac Toe board either, it's coming. Hopefully by next week.

I 'm sure if you Google you will find lots of patterns for coaster holders or trays out there, this is just how I have done mine. Hopefully once you see the formula, you can customize it to what works for you!

Step 1: Measure the coasters width and the coaster stacks height. (this formula is for square coasters)

Step 2: Take those measurements and make the formula.

            width of coaster + height of coaster stack x 2 + 1" = the size you cut the outer fabric and  lining                                                                                                
            So for this example my coasters are approximately  6.5" and 1.5" high
                6.5"+ (1.5")2 + 1 = 10.5"

Step 3: Cut (1) 10.5" sq from lining fabric
                   (1) 10.5" sq from backing fabric
                   (1) 10" square of batting or the full 10.5" if you aren't worried about the extra bulk (you could add whatever batting or interfacing you wish for the desired firmness of the tray. )

Step 4: I used Pellon fusible fleece, and fused it to the backing fabric.

Place the lining fabric and the backing fabric right sides together and the batting if not already fused in place on the wrong side of the backing fabric. Sew all around the square leaving an opening for turning. (backstitch at the beginning and ending for stitch strength when turning)

Step 5: Trim corners and turn right side out, carefully pushing out the corners.

Press the opening edges under 1/4" as you press the block flat. Pin to hold if desired.
Step 6: Top Stitch close to the edge all the way around, making sure to secure the open area. Adding quilting would probably be a good idea for this size of tray. I didn't but will next time.


Step 7: For each corner fold your block in half on the diagonal, and mark the 1.5" in and down spot with a line for sewing. Stitch on that line, again backstitching for strength.

And that's it, your holder is done, that simple!! Enjoy!! 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Sew Sweet Simplicity Block#2 and another GiveAway

I am so sorry for the delay in posting today. I had a very busy blogging weekend and on top of that I have a touch of the flu I think. Just dragging myself around, lol, and totally forgot I was to put up my post of block 2 today!!
This will be a short and to the point post, and
Better late than never as they say.....

Let's  get right to the good stuff, the give away....

and again the prize package is open to International visitors/followers too!!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I will always answer any questions that are asked, and usually reply to all comments, but during giveaways it is sometimes impossible to reply do to sheer volume. Please know I read every comment and appreciate so much how encouraging and supportive everyone is!! Thanks so much, and good luck everyone!!

And I continue to build the table runner for Christmas, here is my version of block 2:

and a sneak peak of the finished block!!