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Mermaid Quilt Quilt-along! Week 2

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WEEK 2: Mermaid applique block #1!
In week 1 we covered the gathering and cutting your fabrics. This week we begin appliqueing all the blocks! Since there is so much to applique for this quilt, I’ve broken down exactly how I do it for this first week. Then you can just rinse and repeat for the following weeks 😀



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1. Print & trim the pattern. Print off the pattern for this week’s block by clicking off the icon below. Be sure to print at 100% scale so it’s true to the actual size of the project.
Once it’s printed, trim off any of the margins that didn’t get printed on. This will make the next step much easier.
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2. Tape the pages. Each block in this project is made up of two pages, so this part’s simple. Just align the two pages together so the A1-A2 segments align. The paper should overlap just a bit. You can double-check your work by making sure the gray corners at the bottom and top of the page line up as well. When everything’s aligned, tape the pages together.



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3. Trace the design. Layer your fusible web over the paper pattern with the adhesive (bumpy) side down. The smooth, paper side of the fusible web should now be facing up. With a pencil, trace the lines from the design onto the fusible web. If you have trouble seeing the lines, you can consider moving to a light box, over a window, or even just working off of a lighter-colored table can help.



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4. Trim around the outlines. Generally cut out the shapes from the paper. If your mermaid and cameo are to be different colors, be sure to cut them out separately.



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5. Iron the fusible web. Place your fusible web with the tracing onto the back of your chosen fabric, the adhesive side facing the wrong side of the fabric. Fuse it in place with your iron using a medium heat and moving the iron around every few seconds until you have a complete bond. Repeat with the cameo piece as well if you’re using a different fabric.



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6. Cut the shapes. Allow the piece to cool for about 5-10 minutes, then cut out the shape. This is the part that can take some time. The pieces are detailed, so take it slowly and carefully.



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7. Prepare your background block. Take one of your 15½” x 15½” (A) blocks from Week 1 and fold it in half lengthwise and widthwise, creasing the folds with your fingers or the light touch of an iron. This will make creases as shown that point out the center of the block.



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8. Place & fuse the applique. Lay your cameo frame first onto the background block, using the creases to center it up horizontally and vertically. You’ll see most of the cameo frames have details on the bottom and top that mark the center, such as the little flower shape in the photo here. Once you have the frame all centered, place the mermaid inside. Smooth everything out, then press it lightly with your iron – heat for a few seconds at a time, then lift and move to another area to avoid shifting the applique.



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9. Stitch the edges. Of course there are loads of ways to finish off an applique, but the way I’ve chosen for this quilt is to do a basic zigzag stitch around the edge. After washing, the edges will get a little fuzzy, but aside from that I feel this method creates a very unnoticeable finish.
I set my machine to a stitch length of about 2 and a stitch width of 2-2.5. If you have an applique foot, now would be a good time to break it out as you’ll see here. Sew the zigzag around the edge of the applique so the outside of the zigzag lands in the background fabric and the inside edge lands in the applique fabric. If you get to a tight corner, don’t hesitate to stop and pivot your work so you can manage the curves more carefully. Keep going like this until you’ve sewn entirely around both the mermaid and her cameo frame.



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10. Finish the block. This is what your finished block should look like 🙂 It helps to give it one final press, as all of that zigzagging can sometimes warp the fabric a little. When you finish the block should still be 15½” x 15½”, but you can trim it if you need to.

That completes the first week of actual sewing! Pat yourself on the back ^-^ Next week we’ll be tackling a much easier block, so that’ll make a nice break from all the details of this one.


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Mermaid Quilt Quilt-along! It Begins!

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I made a new quilt this year! Specifically it was a birthday gift for my boyfriend’s co-worker’s daughter, a sweet little girl who is currently in love with mermaids! Since I just had a few weeks until her birthday, I thought I could make something simple out of some Disney Little Mermaid fabric. But sadly I couldn’t find any at my local Joann’s. So immediately I got an artistic itch and said that I would just draw my own mermaids! So here we have the result 😀 a simple and modern quilt made of 9 blocks: 5 of mermaids in their own unique cameo frames and 4 of different sea life.

Now that the quilt-along is over, you can download the whole pattern via .pdf here:

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New Crafting Challenge Plush Pattern for July!

Hello all!

June is over and done with, and although it went quickly for me it’s still been fun 😀 I’ve been preparing a load of new products to reveal in the coming weeks and we’ll likely be having another giveaway! I’m nearly at 150,000 pageviews on deviantArt and I can’t wait to celebrate with some free stuff!

And speaking of free stuff, I have a new plush pattern you can earn this month!
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It’s a Dragon Fruit!

I was so excited to get to this month because of this little cutie 😀 It’s probably one of my favorites out of the collection. The pun of course is based on the Asian fruit that’s beautifully colored pink and green with a white speckled flesh. So together we have a tiny dragon with green wings, spikes, and white horns.

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Sewing this guy up is a little more complicated, since there are a lot of details. Between all the spikes, horns, and wings that need to be placed correctly, there’s also the head, which can get misaligned. Not to mention all the French knots that make up the speckles on the horns, but those can be replaced with fabric paint if you like. All in all, basting is your friend here ^-^

★ So how do you get this pattern? ★
If you’re NEW to this site, start off by signing up for email updates between now and July 31st (found in the submission box on the right sidebar above “My Books”). This will earn you the pattern for THIS MONTH ONLY.
If you have trouble signing up, you can check out more info at the main Monthly Crafting Challenge page, the FAQ, or by emailing me.
★ What if you’re not new to this site? ★
If you’re already signed up for email updates, that’s where the CHALLENGE comes in. You can also earn this pattern if you make one of the projects from this blog, my books, or my Etsy then email me or message the finished project to my Facebook.
★ Also, bonus! ★
For today only I’m offering both this pattern and the one from June when you sign up or send in project photos. After today though, the prize is just this guy 🙂 You’ll have to purchase the older pattern through my Etsy if you’re too late.

So don’t forget to check back next month for a new punny food animal plush pattern, and keep sending me photos of your amazing creations!


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New Freebie for August!

Hi everyone out there in internet land!

It’s August already, so it’s time for a little update on how things have been ^-^ Looking back, I can’t believe so much of the year has passed already. Needless to say, I’ve been away on this semi-hiatus of sorts, only posting about once or twice a month, and that’s been due to all the books I’ve been writing! I’ve let you know about Bling it Up! already, but I should have more books releasing in the coming months, so I’ll be sure to post about that. Now with Metrocon over I’m taking a little break to work on the kind of things that started this whole blog – namely trying out new project ideas to bring down my fabric collection and sharing the tutorials with you! Stay tuned in the next few weeks and you should be seeing a bit of a comeback from me 😀

I’m also getting pretty close to my next giveaway goal, which will be when I hit a kiriban for my DeviantArt pageviews ^-^ Can’t say I’m surprised; my DeviantArt fans are some my best fans! You guys are awesome!
DeviantArt pageviews: 115,638/123,456 = 94%
DeviantArt watchers: 4,286/5,000 = 86%
Facebook likes: 1,405/2,000 = 70%
Tumblr followers: 752/1,000 = 75%
Wordpress followers: 1,288/2,000 = 64%

But now the real reason why we’re here; a new plush pattern for my Monthly Crafting Challenge! This month for August is a little plush square watermelon with matching basket!

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Even though this pattern is quite basic, I just love the finished look x3 Many of you might know about the square watermelons that are grown in Japan – they cost a lot more money to buy, but they’re popular due to the novelty of them and that they fit perfectly in tiny Japanese refrigerators. I knew the moment I had the idea that I wanted the plush to show the adorable pink flesh with seeds, but there wasn’t really a way to make it work while still showing the full plush cube. Hence the basket option! It kind of resembles the carved watermelons seen at fancy catered brunches, but nevertheless it has a bright pink interior and you can use it to store your other plush creations or something :3

You can get the pattern for this plush by signing up for email updates (found in the submission box on the right side of the page below the search bar). If you have trouble signing up, you can check out more info at the main Monthly Crafting Challenge page, the FAQ, or by emailing me. Also, bonus! for today only I’m offering both this pattern and the one from July when you sign up. After today though, the prize is just this guy 🙂 Though you can also purchase the older pattern through my Etsy if you’re too late.
If you’ve already signed up for emails, that’s where the challenge comes in. You can get this pattern if you make one of the projects from this blog, my books, or my Etsy then email me or message the finished project to my Facebook where I have a really awesome collection going of your creations! Keep it up every month and you’ll get a new free pattern, so don’t forget to check back during September to see the newest creation!


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New Freebie for May!

Hi everyone!
As usual I’ve been pretty nonexistent on the internet, but I still make time to provide updates for the Monthly Crafting Challenge! With any luck you should also be hearing from me again about a new giveaway and getting to see some of the projects I’ve been working on all this time I’ve been on semi-hiatus!

Here’s how my stats look – I’m extremely close to my next giveaway goal! Once I reach my 100k pageview kiriban (milestone) on DeviantArt, I’ll start up the next giveaway ^0^
DeviantArt pageviews: 97,778/100,000 = 98% (almost there!)
DeviantArt watchers: 3,619/4,000 = 90%
Facebook likes: 1,257/2,000 = 63%
Tumblr followers: 762/1,000 = 76%
Wordpress followers: 1,227/2,000 = 61%
I’m thinking at this rate I should be able to do another giveaway around June-ish, so be sure to check back into hear news about that 😀 However, you can always speed up the process by visiting my DeviantArt page if you haven’t already ^-^

On to the good stuff, though! The new Monthly Crafting Challenge prize for May is this chubby little Usagi Manju plush!

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I don’t know as much about these sweet buns as other Japanese foods, but I couldn’t resist making them because they’re so adorable! I haven’t seen them personally in any Japanese confection shops I’ve been to, but from what I can gather, they’re a steamed bun that’s typically filled with sweet red bean paste. The rabbit features are usually painted with natural food dyes or sculpted from other garnishes. The rabbit theme makes it popular for both moon viewing festivals and festivals during the Year of the Rabbit (which won’t be until 2023 :<). You’ll find this adorable shape not only in this particular kind of filled sweet, but in bread buns and other confections as well!

You can get the pattern for this plush by signing up for email updates (found in the submission box on the right side of the page below the search bar). If you have trouble signing up, you can check out more info at the main Monthly Crafting Challenge page, the FAQ, or by emailing me. Also, bonus! for today only I’m offering both this pattern and the one from April when you sign up. After today though, the prize is just this guy 🙂 Though you can also purchase the older pattern through my Etsy if you’re too late.

If you’ve already signed up for emails, that’s where the challenge comes in. You can get this pattern if you make one of the projects from this blog, my books, or my Etsy then email me or message the finished project to my Facebook where I have a really awesome collection going of your creations! Keep it up every month and you’ll get a new free pattern, so don’t forget to check back during June to see the newest creation!


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New Freebie and Updates for December!

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving! 😀 The first of the month snuck up on me before I knew it, but December is here!
November’s been great, considering I got to hold another giveaway, and my Etsy store got a huge update (along with lots of coupons to share) x3

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It’s only too bad that I had to cut back on posting freebies every week in order to balance my work load. That’s still going to continue for a little while, but expect to get another update from me this Friday ^-^ Hopefully soon you’ll get to see the fruits of my labor yet again just like with the Etsy update :B

Even though I just reached my milestone for followers to my main website, my next milestone might be just around the corner! Go check out my comprehensive work portfolio at DeviantArt and help bump my pageviews up if you want to get the next party started faster! 😀
DeviantArt pageviews: 88,246/100,000 = 88%
DeviantArt watchers: 3,405/4,000 = 85%
Facebook likes: 1,135/2,500 = 45%
Tumblr followers: 767/1,000 = 77%
Wordpress followers: 1,101/2,500 = 44%

Of course, the most important of the updates is the last leg of the Monthly Crafting Challenge for 2013!
I saved the best for last in the sushi plush collection, and if you’ve been collecting since the beginning of this little blog, this month you can complete your collection of 12! No set of sushi would be complete without a ginger rose and dollop of wasabi!

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I must admit I’m very bittersweet about this collection ending xB I’m sad that it has to be over, but extremely excited to start the new set of plushies for 2014! I do have a theme planned, though they don’t make as much of a neat and easy little package like the sushi collection (that’s pretty hard to outdo :B). But I hope you all like it nonetheless! If you want to take guesses in the comments, I’ll be more than happy to tell you if you’re warm or cold ^-~

If you haven’t signed up for emails yet, you can get this little guy along with the freebie for November today only, and after today the prize is just this guy 🙂 Though you can also purchase the pattern through my Etsy if you’re too late. Just sign up with the entry box on the side of the screen and I’ll send you the latest sushi!

If you’ve already signed up for emails, that’s where the challenge comes in. You can get this pattern if you make one of the projects from this blog or my books then email me or message the finished project to my Facebook where I have a really awesome collection going of your creations! Keep it up every month and you’ll get a new free pattern, so don’t forget to check back during January to catch the reveal of the brand new Monthly Crafting Challenge 2014!


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Freebie Friday! The Zombie Headband

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Prj049BIt’s the last of the Halloween projects today :w< I saved the easiest project for last 😀 It’s a simple headpiece that looks just like exposed brains ^w^ with a carefully placed slot in back, you can loop a headband through the piece and it looks like some zombie has just taken a bite out of your head! I can see whipping out one of these headbands in less than an hour if you have to get a costume together really quick. And I had a lot of fun with all the different color variations, from bright fresh pink brains, to green infected brains, to gray decayed brains xD I hope you’ll enjoy making it as much as I did – and maybe it’ll solve a last-minute Halloween dilemma for you!

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Freebie Friday: The Pretty in Plaid Purse

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Here’s a really flirty, feminine bag for you pink lovers out there 😀
These aren’t the usual sorts of bags I design, but I thought I’d try something that looked a little fancier and less utilitarian than what I usually make.
The fabric was some leftover plaid from a pair of pants I made a long long time ago. It has a delightfully preppy look to it which is what inspired the style of the bag. The pocket is bound with some leftover lace I had while the inside has a set-in zipper.

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