Hanging Out with Paul and Sheldon!

We recently got these amazing fabrics from Susybee in the shop staring Paul the Frog and Sheldon the Turtle!  Our entire collection came except the panel (back ordered) so what is a girl to do but come up with a pattern using the many coordinating fabrics in the collection?

You can see those fabrics here: Paul the Frog and Sheldon the Turtle Fabrics

We put them into our Etsy shop, however feel free to contact us with any requests you might have if you don’t use Etsy!

This pattern looks difficult but I assure it is not.  This is my ‘tester’ so I used both paper piecing and traditional piecing to see which method would work the best…

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I have to say that the paper method worked out the best.  Look for this pattern soon in our shop(s)!

Here is a detail of one of the blocks…

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I most likely will be working on the quilting of this over the Holidays!

~Cathy

It’s a Birthday Celebration!

Today is our Birthday!

One year ago today we filed our paperwork to become a business!  Wow has time flied!  To celebrate our special day we are having a very special 1 day only 50% off anything in the shop!!!

Coupon code is only good at www.stashtraders.com so please pop into the store and take advantage of this celebration!

Coupon code: WeR1Today!

A Straight Grain Arrowhead Block

Hi Everyone!

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Sometimes when I’m working on sewing down my scrap pile I come across an idea.  Today I wanted to see if I could make Anita Grossman’s Arrowhead block using some of my scrap strips.  If you have never tried her version of the Arrowhead block I highly recommend it.  It is fun to do and will open your eyes to a whole new way of piecing.

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The block is featured in her book Rotary Cutting REVOLUTION, seen below…

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It is also featured on Anita’s blog here and here!

I made this block a couple of years ago at quilt retreat and the one thing I remember was the outside edges of the block are all on the bias.  For some people this isn’t an issue but for me, as I’m known for OVER pressing, I know I’d run into trouble.

So off I am at the drawing table to re-engineer this block to get those edges on the straight of grain!  And use up some scrap strips too!

I did make one block with 2″ strips and then  guessed cut some triangles.  Yes, that’s a new term “Guess-Cut”!  I really am triangle challenged!

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But after a trim the block came out perfect! DSCF0763 DSCF0765 DSCF0768

So then I tried using ONLY scrap strips and I ran into some serious issues!!!

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I now know what my mistake was (I should have used a 3″ strip and not a 2-1/2″) so OH WELL!  Let’s do this again!

What I’m after is that long edge of the quarter square triangle be ON Grain, not on the bias.  Back to the drawing board!

I drafted up a new pattern piece that can be used both for the paper piecing and the cutting, very similar to my Churn Dash block from last year.

I printed several of them out and sewed up two, tweaking the computer layout as I went…

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At last!  A straight grain Arrowhead Block!

Here’s the pattern in case you’d like to have a go at it!

Straight Grain Arrowhead Block

Enjoy!

~Cathy

 

Refresh an Old Ironing Board with a New Cover!

Hi Friends,

Today I finally got around to sewing a new cover for my ironing board.  We’ve been getting so many cute, cute fabrics into the shop that I had to use one of these (or two!) to make this new cover!

First off, let’s take a look at the fabrics I chose!  That’s always the most fun right?  These two fabrics are both Amy Butler.  The blue is called Chyrsanthemum and the green is called Delhi Blossoms!DSCF0353

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Uggh…now let’s take a look at the really horrible condition of my current cover!  Yikes!  This thing has seen A LOT of use over the years!

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I’ve put a towel over it just to cover it up!  Then it got this hole…DSCF0244

…which has to be dealt with.  So first things first, let’s get this cover OFF.  I peel off the cover…

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…and reveal two sets of padding…

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…before I finally get down to the actual frame of the ironing board.

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Both of these pads had a wadding layer and a foam layer.  The rounded edges had sleeves to slip over the edges of the board to help keep it in place…

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But both you and I know that foam deteriorates over time and holy cow!  Look at all this foam debris!

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Uggh!  I decided to toss one of the pads and the other one would get the full restoration treatment.  I wasn’t up for making a new pad and this one had three layers, a fiberglass, a cotton batt and a foam layer.  There was probably no way I was going to find that fiberglass layer so this one is getting restored!

Now.  I know what you are thinking.  Why would I even Want to restore an old, tired, ugly ironing board foam pad and make a new cover for it?  Right?  Isn’t that what you were thinking?  I can hear it right now.  Just go to the store and buy a new one, right?

Ah.  Well.  I’ve done that.  Going to the store and looking for a new cover I mean.  I found one at Walmart and one at Target but both were made from fairly cheep and crappy, not to mention seriously ugly, material, cost $18-$20 and I’d still have to find the padding.

For that much why not get what you want and make it yourself?  So that’s my story, my reasoning and I’m sticking to it.  And you know what?  Now that I’ve made one and have a pattern I can make many more in the future!

Okay…so let’s get back to the restoration.

I peeled back all that foam.  Carefully keeping it together and putting it into the trash…

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To get ALL of the foam I was going to have to remove this binding.  Fortunately this was put on using a  chain stitch machine and it came off easily…

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…the threads pulled right out…

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…the binding…OFF!

The sleeves.  I kept these to make a pattern.

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Oh look!  This was from SEARS!  Where “America Shops for Value”!

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Carefully, I vacuumed all the remaining foam crumbs.

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Next.  I ironed those sleeve pieces and created new ones using some scrap fabric.

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I sewed the new sleeves to the batting…

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Then made some bias tape, also using some old scrap fabric…

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Pressed it up real good!  Ha!

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And attached it to the old pad.  Nice huh?

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Next up is getting the pattern for the cover.  For this step, I removed the cinch cording from the old cover.  Just worked it out…

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Then I made a pattern from the original cover and cut out my chosen fabric!  I used the Chrysanthemum for the cover and Delhi Blooms for the binding.  The bias binding is a 2 inch wide bias cut piece of fabric, pieced where needed and run through my bias maker.  Both fabrics are currently in the Shop!

Then it was just a matter of sewing the bias binding to the cover.  I used a zig zag stitch (cleaner that way!)…

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At the beginning and ending I folded the edges under and just butted these edges together.  I need to have a place to insert the cord.  This is a great alternative to button holes and yet leaves a clean finish!

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The cord gets re-inserted.  I used a safety-pin but a bodkin would work too.  Then I re-used the cord-lock from my old cover to keep everything taught!

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A photo of the underside…someday when the weather turns warmer I’d like to paint this board a wonderful Chartreuse!

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And here are the after photos!

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Ahh!  Much better don’t you think?

Happy Sewing everyone!

~Cathy

Light Bright Quilt-A-Long Fabric Requirements!

Hi All!

Here are the fabric requirements for Light Bright!

Choose from any of these sizes: King, Queen, Twin, Lap and Crib!

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The fabric I’ll be using is called Textured Weave and it comes in 17 different colors which are available under the SHOP tab at the top of the screen.

If you want to make one using your own stash feel free to do so!  I love it when we are able to use our stashes for projects!  If you do and want to work in a similar colorway be sure to choose blacks that read as black and colors that are nice and bright against your blacks!

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Two great blacks we have in the shop right now are Feathered Swirl and Season’s Best Summer, be sure to check those out if you need them!  Both are retailing right now at $9.48 per yard.

Crib: 42” x 42”

Light Bright Crib

  • Dark Fabrics (Black, Dark Gray, Dark Blues, Dark Purples etc.) we used Textured Weave Black 1-1/4 yards
  • Bright Fabrics (choose high contrast fabrics against your dark) we used: ¼ yard each of:
    Textured Weave Bubble Gum, Mint, Royal Blue, Wine, Fuschia, Orange, Light Blue, Kelly, Purple, Bright Yellow, Beige
  • ½ Yard each of: Textured Weave Hunter, Red
  • Backing yardage: 2-1/2 yards* (*assumes piecing two lengths of fabric)
  • Binding: 1/2 yard

Lap: 66″ x 66″

Light Bright Lap

 

  • Dark Fabrics (Black, Dark Gray, Dark Blues, Dark Purples etc.) we used Textured Weave Black 2-1/2 yards
  • Bright Fabrics (choose high contrast fabrics against your dark) we used: ¼ yard each of:
    Textured Weave Fuschia, Light Blue, Kelly, Beige
  • ½ Yard each of: Textured Weave Bubble Gum, Mint, Royal Blue, Wine, Hunter, Orange, Purple, Bright Yellow
  • 1 Yard of Red
  • Backing yardage: 4-1/2 yards* (*assumes piecing two lengths of fabric)
  • Binding: 3/4 yard

Twin: 66” x 90”

Light Bright Twin

  • Dark Fabrics (Black, Dark Gray, Dark Blues, Dark Purples etc.) we used Textured Weave Black 3-1/4 yards
  • Bright Fabrics (choose high contrast fabrics against your dark) we used:¼ yard each of:Textured Weave Mint, Wine, Light Blue, Kelly, Beige
  • ½ Yard each of:Textured Weave Bubble Gum, Royal Blue, Orange, Fuschia, Purple, Bright Yellow
  • ¾ yard each of:Textured Weave Hunter
  • 1-1/4 yard Textured Weave Red
  • Backing yardage: 5-1/2 Yards* (*assumes piecing two lengths of fabric)
  • Binding: 3/4 yard

Queen: 90” x 90”

Light Bright Queen

  • Dark Fabrics (Black, Dark Gray, Dark Blues, Dark Purples etc.)we used Textured Weave Black 4-1/2 yards
  • Bright Fabrics (choose high contrast fabrics against your dark) we used ¼ yard each of:Textured Weave Fuschia, Kelly, Beige
  • ½ Yard each of:Textured Weave Bubble Gum, Royal Blue, Wine, Orange, Lt. Blue, Bright Yellow, Mint
  • ¾ yard each of:Textured Weave Hunter, Purple
  • 1-1/2 yard Textured Weave Red
  • Backing yardage: 8-1/4 yards* (*assumes piecing 3 lengths of fabric)
  • Binding: 1 yard

King: 102″ x 90″

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  • Dark Fabrics (Black, Dark Gray, Dark Blues, Dark Purples etc.)we used Textured Weave Black 4-3/4 yards
  • Bright Fabrics (choose high contrast fabrics against your dark) we used ¼ yard each of:Textured Weave Fuschia, Beige
  • ½ Yard each of:Textured Weave Mint, Royal Blue, Wine, Orange, Lt. Blue, Kelly, Bright Yellow
  • ¾ yard each of:Textured Weave Bubble Gum, Hunter
  • 1 yard each of: Textured Weave Purple
  • 1-1/2 yard Textured Weave Red
  • Backing yardage: 8-1/4 yards* (*assumes piecing 3 lengths of fabric)
  • Binding: 1 yard

 

Please note: All calculations are based on fabric that is 44-45″ wide and a variety of colors being used.  If one color suits you over another feel free to substitute!

I’ll certainly give you all some time to gather your fabrics and if you’d like to order the Textured Weave from the shop please hurry in sooner rather than later!

The Light Bright step one will start on December 10th!

As always, please comment or email me if you have questions!

Happy Quilting!

~Cathy

 

Join us for our shop opening Quilt-A-Long! Introducing Light Bright!

The leaves are falling, and the days are getting shorter and shorter here in Northern Illinois.  This is the inspiration for our first Quilt-A-Long here at Stash Traders!

Getting out of the winter blues calls for bright, happy colors that are set against this dark winter background.  Introducing Light Bright!

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We’ve designed this quilt using our Textured Weave blender fabric collection available in our shop under the SHOP tab at the top of the screen.  The Textured Weave collection retails at a regular price of $9.48 per yard, an already great price, but for a limited time (the duration of this Quilt-A-Long) we are offering Textured Weave HALF OFF!

No coupon code required, just pop into the shop and select your colors.

Quick tip: In the SEARCH box window type Textured Weave and the fabrics will appear in your browser!

For our quilt, we’ve used 13 of the 17 colors but feel free to customize your colors any way you’d like!

We are offering this pattern in 5 sizes (Crib, Lap, Twin, Queen and King)!  The pattern will be revealed during the Quilt-A-Long and available for free right here.  We hope you’ll join us for this fun project!

I’ll be posting fabric requirements in my next post!

Happy Quilting!

~Cathy

Lucky to Get Lucky!

MDG140929001-1 We are lucky to have Lucky Medallion fall into our shop this week!  Only available here, we have fat quarters and half yard cut bundles ready!

Lucky Medallion is a fun modern print that comes in 17 different colorways!

Fat Quarter Bundles of all 17 colors are only $27.99!!!!  Wow!

Half Yard Bundles of all 17 colors are just $55.99!!!!  Serious Wow!!!

But just in case you don’t want to commit to the whole gang we’ve separated out some color families for you.

 

 

We have the Warm Group…

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…and the Cool Group…

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…and the Earth Tones Group!

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You can find these in the shop now!

Happy Quilting everyone!

~Cathy

 

More Items Added to the Store! We Have Flamingos!

Just arrived in the shop today are 2 Paintbrush Studio prints…Flamingos!

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How fun are these lovely birds?

The other print is a collection of mixed birds!

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This print will work great as a Once Block Wonder, Stack and Whack or Kaleidoscope quilt!

Both prints retail in the shop for $10.49/yd.

Get them while their hot!

Click HERE to go to the shop or click on SHOP at the top of the screen.  The prints are listed under Paintbrush Studio!

Have a great day and Happy Quilting!

~Cathy

Our First Collections Are Coming! Can you tell we are excited?

Starting a business from scratch is daunting.  There has been so much going on behind the scenes here at Stash Traders just to get us going that I hardly ever thought the day would arrive where I’d be placing my first order for fabric!

But it’s true!  An opportunity came today to order Andover Fabrics and out of the many prints available I chose the collection of Flo’s Garden!  We have 8 prints coming, all in a pink and blue colorway.  These prints are super sweet, just perfect for that little girls room.

Here is a Twin size design using the fabrics that will be coming soon!

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Isn’t that sweet?  Look for these fabrics in the shop in the next few days!

Happy Quilting Everyone!

~Cathy