Sunday, December 18, 2011

Merry Christmas!

I have a Christmas present for everyone.  I decided to give you the instructions for the Fit to be Ruler Case.  Several people have asked me for the pattern so here it is:

1/2 yard for main body of bag
3/8 yard for lining
1/8 yard for accent
1/2 yard fusible fleese


From the fabric for the main body, cut:
2 - 12" x 12 1/2" pieces
1 - 3" strip
From the lining fabric, cut:
2 - 13" x 16" pieces
From the accent fabric, cut:
2 - 3" x 12" pieces
From the fusible fleese, cut:
2 - 13" x 16" pieces
1 - 3/4" strip


Press the 3" strip of main fabric, in half, wrong sides together.

Open up and place the fusible fleese at the fold with the fuse side downs. 

Bring up the raw edge to meet in the middle repeat for the other side, fold and press.  Fold again and press.  Sew an 1/8" from both edges to make the handle.  Cut the handle in half so that you have 2 - 20" handles.

Place the lining with wrong sides up on an ironing board.  Place the fusible fleese with fusing side to the wrong side of the lining.  Fuse in place.  Repeat for both lining pieces.  Lay the accent piece near the top approximately 1/2" away with right sides up.  Lay a handle piece 3" in from both ends of the accent piece with the raw edge of the accent piece even with the raw edge of the handle. 

 Place the 12" x 12 1/2" piece of main body, right sides together on the accent piece, sandwiching the handle.  Pin in place.  Sew 1/4" seam, catching all layers.  Press down towards the main piece.

Sew an "X" on the handle where it meets the bag.  Sew 3 quilting lines from the accent piece down to the bottom.  Repeat for both sides of the bag.

Sew around both pieces using an 1/8" seam to anchor it in place.  Trim the excess batting and backing off even.

Sew on the zipper as desired.  I used Terry Atkinson from Atkinson Designs method for sewing on zippers.  Her instructions make it very easy.

Turn the pieces right sides together and sew down the two sides.  Make sure that the zipper is open!  Then sew across the bottom.  Zig-zag the edges so that they don't fray.

Create a squared corner, sewing in 3/4" from the corner.  Repeat for both bottom corners.  Trim to a 1/4" and zig-zag the edges.

Put in your Fit to be Rulers and go!

I'd love to see pictures of your Fit to be Case, so please send me some pictures. 

My helper - Tillie
Hope you have a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a wonderful New Year! 

Monday, December 5, 2011

Lots of News!

Fall has been a busy time for me.  I have been traveling to teach classes and lecture.  My most recent trip was to New Hampton, IA to visit my friend Denise and teach through her shop, Quilter's Window.  She had a retreat planned at the local hotel and started Friday afternoon and lasted until Sunday morning.  Everyone seemed to have so much fun and I even sewed a little.  I taught Gin Rummy and Speed from my book Fat Quarter Winners
 Gin Rummy


I have also been in Princeton, IL to teach at a retreat for the Covered Bridge Quilt Guild.  The  retreat was held at a Church camp and was perfect.  There was plenty of room for everyone to sew.  I taught Pinochle and here are some of the quilts that were made that weekend.  Awesome!

The latest news is that I have designed a 2012 Mystery Quilt for American Patchwork & Quilting!  The first month block is in the February, 2012 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting and can be seen in the form of a table runner. 

This is from Elizabeth Beese, the Senior Editor of American Patchwork & Quilting:

Who doesn’t love a good mystery? Here’s the scoop on the 2012 Mystery Quilt created exclusively for you by designer Monique Dillard of Open Gate Quilts. Throughout the year, you’ll get instructions for eight blocks (one in each 2012 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine and two additional blocks online). Make one of each block in the fabrics of your choice and set it aside for the end of the year. In the December issue, we’ll give you a mystery quilt setting joining all the single blocks together.

Doesn't this sound like fun?  Make sure that you check out Elizabeth's blog to find out how to start and how to participate.  She also includes different color variations. 

I'm excited to see how everyone else's turns out!

Another exciting piece of news is that my friend, Thelma, from Cupcakes 'n Daisies has a quilt featured in the same magazine!  Wait until you see it!  It's absolutely gorgeous and perfect just like Thelma!  If you haven't read her blog, I encourage you to hop on over.  You will love her quilts, her writing and especially her - I know I do!

Hope everyone has a good week!