Friday, August 24, 2012

hexagon coaster tutorial.

Festival of Hexies

hey there -- i'm megan and welcome to my stop on the Festival of Hexagons blog hop hosted by Ali of a squared w! if you are new to Canoe Ridge Creations, i hope you take a second to look around and find some inspiration to create something wonderful yourself. sharing my creations + inspiring others to create is what it's all about!
 
hexagon coaster tutorial.

today i've got a fun + fast tutorial to share with you all -- the hexagon coaster tutorial. this diy project is beginner friendly and a great scrap buster too. let's get started!

fabric requirements:
  • scraps! 
  • 6" x 6" batting
  • 6" x 6" backing fabric
hexagon coaster tutorial.

cutting:
  • one 1 3/4" hexagon (remember -- hexagon size refers to the measurement along 1 side, not the measurement through the center of the hexagon)
  • six 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangles

sewing:
hexagon coaster tutorial.

1. place one 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangle on top of the 1 3/4" hexagon, right sides together (RST). pin as pictured above, leaving 1/2" (on the left side) unpinned.

hexagon coaster tutorial.

2. using a 1/4" seam allowance stitch between the pins. make sure to backstitch at the beginning and at the end. 

hexagon coaster tutorial.

3. press the seam to the outside. using the hexagon as a guide, trim the excess  strip end -- see picture. 


hexagon coaster tutorial.

4. working clockwise, place the next 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangle on top of the hexagon unit, RST. stitch using a 1/4" seam allowance and press seam toward the outside. trim the excess strip ends off. 


hexagon coaster tutorial.

5. continue your way around the hexagon unit until you have one edge remaining. 


hexagon coaster tutorial.

6. place the last 1 1/2" x 3 1/3" rectangle on the remaining side, RST. making sure to fold the starting rectangle out of the way. stitch using a 1/4" seam allowance.


hexagon coaster tutorial.

7. press seam outward and trim excess ends.

hexagon coaster tutorial.

8. lay the un-sewn portion rectangle on top of the hexagon unit, RST. stitch using a 1/4", sewing the remainder of the strip. 


hexagon coaster tutorial.

9. press seam outward and trim the excess strip end. 

hexagon coaster tutorial.

10. layer the 6" x 6" square of batting on top of the 6" x 6" backing fabric, on top of the hexagon unit, RST.

hexagon coaster tutorial.

11. using a 1/4" seam allowance, stitch around 5 sides of the hexagon unit. be sure to backstitch at the beginning and at the end of the seam. leaving the 6th side of the hexagon unit un-sewn (open).

hexagon coaster tutorial.

12. trim excess batting and backing fabric. 


hexagon coaster tutorial.

13. turn right side out, press, and pin the open edge. 


hexagon coaster tutorial.

14. top stitch 1/8" around the entire coaster. 

and done! if you use this tutorial, i'd love to see your coasters -- please share them in the CRC flickr group. be sure to also check out the other great projects + tutorials shared during the Festival of Hexagons blog hop!


Monday, Aug. 13
Ali from a²(w)
Tuesday, Aug. 14
Amanda from A Crafty Fox
Wednesday, Aug. 15
Kelly from Kelbysews
Thursday, Aug. 16
Terri from Sew Fantastic
Friday, Aug. 17
Jeni from In Color Order
Monday, Aug. 20
Lindsey from LRStitched
Tuesday, Aug. 21
Wednesday, Aug. 22
Michelle from Super Orange Sewing (formerly I Like Orange, Too)
Thursday, Aug. 23
Sara from Sew Sweetness
Friday, Aug. 24
Megan from Canoe Ridge Creations <--- you are here! :)

Saturday, Aug. 25
Recap
Aug. 27 - Sept. 2
Link Party
Sept. 3 - Sept. 5
Voting
Friday, Sept. 7
Winners announced


have a wonderful weekend!
xo, megan.  

Friday, August 17, 2012

this week.


hello! first things first today, we have two winners to announce from last week's giveaways! the design roll of Amy Butler's Lark sponsored by Southern Fabric goes to #49 -- Diane {from blank pages...}, congrats!

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and the lucky winner of the Denyse Schmidt Chicopee design roll sponsored by Free Spirit is #64 -- JoyceLM. congrats! 

{sew} beautiful -- august.

august is my month to host the virtual sewing bee i'm a part of called the {sew} beautiful bee and this month i've decided to go scrappy! i've asked each of by fellow bee-mates to make a 12" finished Lone Starburst block using this tutorial. here's my sample block to share with them all -- i'm kind of excited about this quilt!

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check back next week for a fun and fast tutorial right here on my stop of the festival of hexagons. you can find the entire blog hop schedule right here.

hope you are all having a great week!
xo, megan. 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

christmas in july block-a-thon: my block!

freespiritfabrics.blogspot.com

hello there! have you started thinking about Christmas yet?! ok, ok. it is only August but today i'm excited to share my Christmas in July Block-a-thon block: Sweet Tooth over on the Free Spirit blog
 
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i was asked to design a 6" x 6" block using a traditional combination of red, green, and white fabric. after some thought i decided to go with simple patchwork to compliment the traditional set of fabrics i was given. simple patchwork + "piece of candy" shaped block = sweet tooth. :) head on over to the Free Spirit blog for the entire block tutorial

the final block tutorial will be posted on Friday and the entire quilt (plus a great giveaway!) will be revealed Monday! you can find all of the block tutorials on the Free Spirit blog as well as an e-book that will be released soon. 

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anyone up for a giveaway? woohoo! i'm super excited to get to giveaway one design roll of Denyse Schmidt's new line, Chicopee! just leave a comment below to enter -- winner will be announced next Wednesday!

good luck!
xo, megan. 

Christmas in July Block-a-thon Schedule
July 2nd -- Pat Sloan
July 4th -- Heather at Fiberosity
July 6th -- Melanie at Melanie Dramatic
July 9th -- Pam at Pam Kitty Morning 
July 11th -- Kelsey at Kelsey Creates
July 13th - Katie at Swim Bike Quilt
July 16th - Kim at Persimon Dreams
July 18th - Amanda at Sasikirana
July 20th - Jane at Quilt Jane
July 23th - Kristy at St Louis Folk Victorian 
July 25th – Kimberly at Fat Quarter Shop
July 27rd - Lee at Freshly Pieced
July 30th - Jennifer at MJandCo 
August 1st – Michele at Quilting Gallery 
August 3rd - Tiffiny at Free Patchwork Quilt Info
August 6th - Tacha at Fat Quarter Shop 
August 8th – Megan at Canoe Ridge Creations <-- you are here! :) 
August 10th - Kimberly at It's Sew Emma 
August 13th – Final Quilt Reveal!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

DS picnic + fairgrounds quilt.

hello, friends! i hope you are all having a fantastic weekend! it's hard to believe we are almost a full week into August, phew! remember when i mentioned last week that i was able to sneak a bit of sewing in at the lake? well here's the first finished project -- my DS picnic + fairgrounds quilt. 

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i started this quilt over a year ago, right after Denyse Schmidt released her first two fabric lines with Joann Fabrics. these fabrics make my heart sing, especially paired with Robert Kaufman Kona White! something about them reminds me of my grandma + life on the farm. which is why i gifted a mini quilt version to her for Christmas last year -- and i'm happy to report she uses the mini quilt everyday!

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the quilt pattern comes from the Spring 2011 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting: Top Ten Quilt Stores. i especially love how the traditional feel of the fabrics + colors compliments the overall quilt design. finishing up at 54" x 54", it's the perfect picnic quilt size and i'm really looking forward to using it this summer!

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this quilt was entirely pieced + quilted using my favorite Aurifil thread, 50wt in white. seriously.love.this.thread. using my walking foot, i quilted a big "X" in the center of the quilt and echoed the lines out every 1/4" making for some fabulous quilted texture. that's the same quilting technique i used on my grandma's mini quilt

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quilt stats.
name: DS picnic + fairgrounds quilt.
size: 54" x 54"
fabrics: Denyse Schmidt Picnic & Fairgrounds, Robert Kaufman Kona White
quilted: by me, straight-line with 50wt white Aurifil

talk soon!
xo, megan. 

Friday, August 3, 2012

welcome, southern fabric + giveaway!


i'm very excited to announce our newest sponsor, Aubrey Marshal from Southernfabric.com.  Aubrey has been in business for over 7 years and has sold over 75 thousand items to happy customers worldwide (that's a lot of fabric!). Feel free to check out her shop -- you are sure to find a few favorites! and to all of you lucky readers, Aubrey is offering 10% off storewide through August 9th! just use code: tenpercent  i've got to get my hands on some of this Oh Deer by Momo. especially that little deer print -- so cute! 


Southernfabric.com is constantly adding new Moda, Free Spirit, Westminster, and Riley Blake fabric so be sure to add them to your favorites. Check them out on Facebook and Twitter too!

thanks again to Aubrey and Southern Fabric for sponsoring Canoe Ridge Creations! to celebrate, she's giving away one jelly roll of Lark by Amy Butler.


to enter: like Southern Fabric on Facebook and leave a comment below. giveaway will be open until 10:00 PM CST Friday, August 10th at which time a winner will be chosen by Random.org and announced. 

good luck!
xo, megan.