New Glam Clam Pattern & A Big Sale!

Finally, the all new Glam Clam Quilt pattern has been released digitally and for the next seven days it will be on sale for $5! Woot! That’s more than 50% off of the regular $12 price. I’m pretty excited about this one. And, it’s not just updated it has been completely rewritten and newly illustrated. The digital version is available immediately on Craftsy and in my webstore and the print pattern has been sent to the printer!

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SALE

Did you already buy The Clammy™ (thank you!) and are you wondering how to cut all the peripheral shapes and how it goes together? Don’t tell everyone else but, this sale is specifically for you! Glam Clam pattern for $5! But, since everyone can take advantage of it why don’t we just go ahead and put everything else on sale in my webstore for 20% off for this week only!  Use coupon GLAMCLAM when you check out. This includes The Clammy™ templates, Aurifil thread boxes, books, Grafic fabric, all of my patterns and any other products on the site! Sale ends Thursday, October 6th, 2016!

A little about the all new Glam Clam Quilt pattern
The 16 pp (11 pp digital) pattern has layouts for six quilt sizes (Baby, Throw, Twin, Full, Queen, and King) for each of the three Clammy™ rulers. It includes cutting directions for all the side, top and bottom shapes. It describes in detail my pinless piecing technique. It also, includes info on how to mark and use registration marks in your sewing. This pattern does not include paper templates – it is designed to work directly with The Clammy™ templates.

Coming Soon: The New Clammy’s
I’ll share more about it soon but, the new batch of The Clammy™ templates is on it’s way soon! I learned a ton from the first batch and there are a few small changes. The main change that affect you is we’ve put the registration marks directly on the templates! Don’t despair that the existing Clammy’s don’t have the registration marks on them because I’ve created a marking template so you can easily add them with a permanent marker!

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It was Free but, now it’s a Paid Pattern?!
So, I’ll address the elephant in the room before you even ask questions. First of all, thank you so much for downloading the original Glam Clam patterns almost 20,000 times! Blows my mind! That was my first pattern – as you could tell by the fact that it was almost a million pages long. And since it was my first, I posted it for free. Rewriting it I put into it what I put into writing all my new patterns – time (you can’t imagine the time it takes to write, format, illustrate, edit, layout, make samples, photograph, etc. etc.), money (sample creation, technical editing, etc.) and just sheer heart – this pattern has a piece of me in it. So now, it’s time that we retire the outdated free pattern and introduce this pattern as part of our printed paid pattern line up.  It was a tough decision to make but, making it a paid pattern allowed me justify investing the right amount of time into the pattern to make it great. And, as a paid product it allows me to do so much more including offer it in stores for them to provide to their customers along with their Clammy templates. There is a LOT more I could say on this. A LOT. And, I welcome the conversation too. As a matter of fact, there are some interesting discussions going on in the craft world right now about undervaluing the work of craft entrepreneurs and free versus paid content and the subsequent expectations of the consumer. Check out Crafty Planner’s most recent podcast for an interesting insiders view of this conversation.

Anyhow, enough of that. There’s a sale – go check it out!

Hugs!
Latifah

Sew Home / Custom Sheets & A Giveaway

My dear friend Erin Scholosser of Schlosser Designs wrote a book! Yay! And, it’s awesome. It figures out all of those home decor projects that you may think are cool but, can’t quite figure out how to do. Roman shades? Check. Bed Skirt? Check. Shower Curtain? Check. Light Shade? Check. The book includes over 30 different projects and many project have several variations so there’s a project for everyone!

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Custom Sheets? Yes, please! Erin mentioned that she had a project with customized sheets and I knew that was the project for me for this blog tour.

Of course I wanted to use my fabric line Grafic with it. I did change a few things. But, the instructions are so clear and well written that small changes were easy to make. One, I didn’t want my band being quite as wide so I made it a bit smaller. Second, since Grafic is ALL directional fabric and I wanted it to be in the proper orientation I did piece my band. Erin smartly suggest that you make it from one piece of fabric so that you don’t have seams. But, I sacrificed a seam to use my fabric. 🙂 And, I’m in love! Now, I need to make pillow cases and shams too!

Custom Sheets (with Spiderweb Pillow Made by Julie Goldin)

Custom Sheets (with Spiderweb Pillow Made by Julie Goldin)

The best thing is that you can customize sheets in JUST three seams (Well, four if you are a rebel like me). The construction is brilliant. And, in just an hour or so you can have something custom and personalized for your home.

And, Erin and C&T is giving away a free book to one lucky blog reader. To enter write a comment with what home dec project you would tackle first if you received this book! You have until Friday, September 30th at midnight PST to enter! Winner will be chosen via the Random Number Generator.

Be sure to check out the rest of the blog tour to see some other fun projects and get additional chances to win!

Tuesday, September 20 – C&T Publishing & Joanna at Kustom Kwilts and Designs

Wednesday, September 21 – Sew 4 Home & Jen Carlton Bailly

Thursday, September 22 – Brenda at Just A Bit Frayed/Pink Castle Fabrics & Nicole at Modern Handcraft

Friday, September 23 – Janome Sewing Machines & Cristy at Purple Daisies Quilting

Monday, September 26 – Windham Fabrics & Rebecca at Bryan House Quilts

Tuesday, September 27 – Generation Q MagazineKaren Lewis Textiles & Latifah Saafir Studios

Wednesday, September 28 – Dear Stella Fabrics & Mandy at Mandalei Quilts

Thursday, September 29 – Erin at Schlosser Designs

Introducing: Grafic Fabric

I designed a fabric line. Yep, I can still barely believe it. It’s called Grafic. It’s in celebration of graffiti and street art and the streets of Los Angeles. It’s bold. It’s graphic. It’s gritty. It will hit stores this month! I love it. I hope you do too.

A bunch of amazing designers agreed to make projects with Grafic. So, I took them all out into the streets of Los Angeles to be photographed against graffiti walls, murals, and street art

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And, then I put them all into a Look Book. Check it out. I hope that it inspires you.

If you love it, request it from your local or online fabric stores.

Happy quilting!

The Magic Pillow Facing Tutorial

You may hear me jokingly say I’m a lazy quilter but, I don’t ever believe in compromising quality and workmanship and I LOVE a professional finish when I sew. This means even on the insides of projects or in places that wont be seen often – like the inside of a pillow. I’ve serged seams, sewn full linings, put bias tape over the seam allowance – all kinds of things to achieve a professional look. But, after I figured out how to do the “magic pillow facing”, I think I will only make pillows this way now! It looks so professional. Essentially, you line the pillow front with a facing that encloses all the raw edges! And, it just takes one extra 4″ seam and one extra turn.

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I had a heck of a time figuring out a title for this that would make sense. But, it really does feel magical when you do it. And, it’s more of a facing than a lining. So, there you go.

You can use this technique to make a pillow that has an envelope back or a pillow with either an invisible or lapped zipper put in. Whichever you choose, sew your pillow back as you normally would first. This tutorial will use an envelope back for ease of demonstration.

You can also use this technique with any size or shape pillow! This tutorial assumes a 1/4″ seam width. Adjust to fit your desired seam width for assembling your pillow.

Here we go:

  1. First, your pillow front, back, and facing should all be the same size. If they are not trim down to size.
  2. Place pillow front RIGHT SIDE UP. This can be a solid piece of fabric, a patchwork piece, or even a quilted pillow front. If you’re going to quilt your pillow front just quilt the pillow front onto batting since you’re effectively adding a facing to the pillow front with this technique.Magic Pillow Facing Artwork1
  3. Place pillow back WRONG SIDE UP on top of pillow front. They will be RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER.Magic Pillow Facing Artwork2
  4. Align outside edges, pinning as desired. At the bottom (and away from any join) , sew about a 5 inch long seam 1/4″ from the edge of your pillow. Note: If you have a zipper on your pillow back then unzip it here!Magic Pillow Facing Artwork 3
  5. Place pillow facing WRONG SIDE UP on top of pillow back.Magic Pillow Facing Artwork 4
  6. Align outside edges pinning as desired. On the facing, mark the beginning and end of the 4 inch seam that was sewn. Mark with chalk or use a few straight pins. This will be your beginning and ending marks for your next seam.Magic Pillow Facing Artwork 5
  7. Starting at the end mark of the 4 inch seam, sew with a 1/4″ seam all the way around your pillow stopping at the other mark for the 4 inch seam.
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  8. Reach in through the 4″ opening at the bottom and turn your pillow right sides out. You will see the RIGHT SIDE of the facing on one side and the WRONG SIDE of the pillow back.
  9. Then reaching through the opening of your pillow back, turn your pillow right sides out again. You will now see the RIGHT SIDE of the pillow front and the RIGHT SIDE of the pillow back.
  10. Poke your corners out.
  11. Whip stich the 4 inch opening closed in the bottom.
  12. Look at that magical pillow facing! Don’t you feel fancy?

Here’s one pillow I made using that technique:

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It’s hard to photograph the inside of a pillow but, here’s a peek at how the inside looks. The pillow back is to the right and the facing is to the left. See, magical huh?!

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Let me know if the last steps aren’t clear. I’ll try to take some pics to help. And, if you try it – let me know how it turns out!

Happy sewing!

Blog Hop – The Appliqué Book: Traditional Techniques, Modern Style

My friend Casey York asked me to be a part of her second book aptly named The Appliqué Book. She invited 21 designers to contribute to the collective knowledge of this book. I love that it embraces “Traditional Techniques, Modern Style”. Because, isn’t that what it’s all about?

I honestly don’t do appliqué much but, when I do there is one style of appliqué which I’ve sort of embraced as my own. Back in 2011 or 2012  while looking at all of my leftover bias tape I started to think about what I could use them for and thought that it would be fun to use it for bias tape appliqué. As far as I knew at the time, bias tape appliqué was primarily used for stems and vines in traditional appliqué (I hadn’t yet been introduced to the work of Joe Cunningham). I thought what if we used bias tape to draw on quilts in bold and modern ways. My technique is fully machine stitched and after the design is drawn on to the background fabric then it is sewn down using the design as a guide. Several people have developed different methods of bias tape appliqué but, this method is easy and consistent and can be used for bias tape strips up to 2″ wide. I do love that so many people are playing with bias tape appliqué now!

I wanted to create a simple bold quilt for Casey’s book and Sweet Pickles was the result. It is fairly easy to stitch together but, creates a fun and modern statement.

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I went with my go to all over quilting and that’s the random or organic crosshatch – this time on a diagonal.

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And, Sweet Pickles made it to the back cover too. Fun, huh?

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Stash Books is kindly offering a book to a lucky winner! Just comment below on what your favorite kind of appliqué is. Comment by midnight on Friday, March 25, and I’ll announce a random winner on Saturday, March 26.

And the winner is

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as selected by the True Random Number Generator. Thanks Anna! Expect an email from me soon.

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And, be sure to check out the rest of the blog hop. You’ll be able to see a lot of the wonderful quilts from The Appliqué Book and you’ll have even more chances to enter to win.

Mon. March 14:
Casey York | https://studioloblog.wordpress.com
C&T Publishing |http://www.ctpub.com/blog/

Tues. March 15:
Jenna Brand | http://jennabrand.com/
Adrianne Ove/Pink Chalk | http://www.pinkchalkstudio.com/blog/

Wed. March 16:
Jenifer Dick | http://42quilts.com/
Pati Fried | https://seehowwesew.wordpress.com/

Thurs. March 17:
Shannon Brinkley | http://www.thebottletree.net/blog/
Bari J. | http://barijdesigns.com/blogs/blog

Fri. March 18:
Debbie Grifka | http://eschhousequilts.com/blog
Beth Vassalo | http://plumandjune.blogspot.com

Mon. March 21:
Latifah Saafir | http://www.latifahsaafirstudios.com/blog/

Tues. March 22:
Lynn Harris | http://thelittleredhen.typepad.com
Kevin Kosbab | http://feeddog.blogspot.com
Modern Quilts Unlimited | https://modernquilts.mqumag.com/category/blog

Web. March 23:
Allison Rosen | http://withinaquarterinch.com/
Cindy Lammon | http://hyacinthquiltdesigns.blogspot.com/

Thurs. March 24:
Rossie Hutchinson | http://www.rossiecrafts.com/blog
Generation Q | http://generationqmagazine.com/

Fri. March 25:
Betz White | http://betzwhite.com/blog
Casey York | https://studioloblog.wordpress.com

Blog Hop: Wanderlust Quilts

I love when friends of mine create something wonderful and meaningful. That’s just what my friend Amanda (Mandy) Leins did with her book Wanderlust Quilts. She all at once weaved together her lifelong love of archaeology and the beautiful timeless motifs found therein with her love of quilts and created something beautiful. Reading this book you will be wrapped up in so much of what is meaningful to Amanda. And, in a world where we are often inundated by books that make quilting quick and easy, you will be challenged to step outside of your quilting box to try possibly new to you techniques that are sometimes a bit more complex.

Wanderlust Quilts by Amanda Leins (Courtesy of Stash Books. Photo by Nissa Brehmer.)

Wanderlust Quilts by Amanda Leins (Courtesy of Stash Books. Photo by Nissa Brehmer.)

My favorite quilt is of course Going Places which was essentially inspired by the same European Fan motif as my Molehills quilt. Of course Amanda’s was inspired by the actual cobblestone on the streets of ancient Europe and my version was inspired by the same design replicated on the Las Vegas Blvd. I know, classy. 🙂 But, great design is timeless and universal. And I love that Going Places really embraces Improv down to having a very interesting line on the perimeter of the quilt.

Going Places by Amanda Leins (Courtesy of Stash Books. Photo by Nissa Brehmer.)

Going Places by Amanda Leins (Courtesy of Stash Books. Photo by Nissa Brehmer.)

Isn’t she a beauty?

Going Places by Amanda Leins (Courtesy of Stash Books. Photo by Nissa Brehmer.)

Going Places by Amanda Leins (Courtesy of Stash Books. Photo by Nissa Brehmer.)

I hope you find a copy of Wanderlust Quilts and enjoy it as much as I did. Hop on over to Amanda’s page to buy a copy directly from the her.

Or if you’re feeling lucky, leave one reply to this blog post telling me what about what inspires you in quilting. I will close the drawing and randomly select a winner on Sunday, November 15th at 6pm PST. C&T/Stash Books will send the lucky winner their very own copy of Wanderlust Quilts.

And, by Random Number Generator

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the lucky winner is Barbara who said:

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So proud of you Mandy! XO

Kickstarter – Just 5 Days Left!

I’ve posted this everywhere but, on the old neglected blog. But, this month of Kickstarter has been amazing. Get all of the details here. In a nutshell I am raising funds to finally bring to market a whole series of patterns and products. And, I was blessed enough to reach goal in 36 hours. Yep, I was flabbergasted too. And now, with just five days to go I am just $1,383 away from the SECOND stretch goal. Yes, I said second. I’ve been so humbled by this whole experience and look forward to bringing all of these products and more to market!

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If you still want to support me and be the first to get patterns and The Clammy rulers then hop on over to Kickstarter today. There are just five days left!

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Thanks so much to everyone who has supported so far. Thank you!
Latifah

 

 

Molehills Quilt Along, Part 3: Curved Piecing the Fans

Piecing the Molehills Quilt is a lot easier than you think. Watch my YouTube video on Piecing Your Glam Clam Quilt to see a technique for sewing curves without pins (or with minimum pinning). We’re going to use the same basic technique for sewing your Molehills. But, if you remember from the cutting post the Molehills templates do not have tabs which makes for MUCH easier cutting. Yay! But, it also adds another step in the process since we still want to be able to sew the curves in smaller sections. That step is pressing.

STEP 1: Pressing
So, the first step is to press your registration marks. You can start pressing when you have one Molehills fan cut out or wait until you have your whole quilt cut out.  Either way, I press one fan at a time. Press and stack that fan and place a pin through it to keep them together until you’re ready to sew.

The center marks of each arc will be pressed first by simply folding in half by matching the ends and pressing a crease in the middle.

Since the curve on the top and the bottom are different sizes the remaining registration marks on the top and bottom are pressed separately. This is done by first matching the end of the top curve with the middle crease and press. Just press about an inch from the top edge.

And, then match the end of the bottom curve with the middle crease and press. Once again, just press about an inch from the bottom edge.

Repeat with remaining arcs.

STEP 2: Sew

First, I find that I get the best results using a quarter inch foot with a flange on it. Then I can concentrate on matching the two edges and not have to worry about getting a perfect quarter inch seam. This is how the one I have looks and most machine brands and models will have a version similar.

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You will piece your Molehills fan from the top to the bottom. Start with the top two arcs first.

Place right sides together with the larger arc on top.

Don’t match the very tips of the ends, match at the quarter inch seam. I can eyeball that 1/4″ seam but, if you’re in doubt measure.

I also put my needle in the down position and place that V right up against that needle before I put my presser foot down. This insures perfect placement.

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Sew a few stitches to hold that end in place. Match up the first set of registration marks and hold with your right hand. Stretch slightly to adjust the two edges together and sew to that registration mark.

Repeat with the next two registration marks. After you’ve sewn to the last registration mark, match up the ends at that 1/4″ seam. This is the one place that I might use a pin. I pin parallel to the seam with the head of the pin at the end so that I can pull it out as it is fed under the needle.

Your first seam is in!

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Perfect alignment. Or – perfect enough! 🙂

Repeat for the remaining three arcs to sew your Molehill.

STEP 2: Press

Once your Molehill fan is sewn, press the seams down towards the bottom of the fan. Then trim the dog ears.

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Repeat!

Remember, if you’re sewing along tag your Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram posts #molehillsquilt!

Blog Hop and GIVEAWAY: The Modern Medallion Workbook

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Medallion quilts have been all the rage over the last few years. A medallion quilt generally starts with a center motif and then multiple borders are added until you have your quilt.

I loved that Janice Ryan (betteroffthread.com) and Beth Vassalo (http://plumandjune.blogspot.com/) wanted to write a book where we could explore medallions even further and so they put their heads together and invited 11 amazing contributors and produced  The Modern Medallion Workbook (Stash Books).  And I was of course honored to be asked to be a part of this book. The best thing about this book is that it IS a workbook! So, if you want to you can make one of the quilts exactly like they are made from the book – and they are amazing as is. But, the book is made to inspire creativity and to encourage the quilter to step outside of just making a pattern and create their own. You know I love that!

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My contribution to the book is a quilt called Zen Medallion. I really wanted to include my version of bias tape applique in my quilt so I built the design around this technique. It is top-stitched bias tape applique. I also included a bit of lightweight paper piecing as well. I quilted it in my go to when I really want the quilt design to sing – an all over organic crosshatch.

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(Picture courtesy of C&T Publishing)

Now this quilt looks like a medallion but, it isn’t built like most medallion quilts. It is built in wedges. And, I know I always promise this but, it is much easier than you think!

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There are even coloring pages for each of the quilts so  you can explore color and pattern even before you pull out your fabric. Ya’ll know I have a crazy color sense but, I love that I would be able to try out my colors and fabrics before I commit to them.

Coloring Page

Since I don’t have the actual quilt back yet I’ll show you these. I had a bit of a disaster when making this quilt the first time (Hint: coffee and quilt tops don’t really mix) and had to remake the top. But, I cut up the old top and will eventually make pillows out of the salvageable portions. I’m pretty excited about them!

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If you love a book that will explore a ton of different techniques and encourage you to step out of your box to make amazing quilts then you’ll love this book.

Now, for the giveaway. C&T Publishing is providing one lucky winner a copy of this book. To enter to win, just leave a comment on this post telling us about  your worst sewing or quilting disaster (so I wont feel alone about my quilt top turned pillows)! A US winner will receive a hard copy and International winner will receive an electronic copy. Drawing ends on Thursday, May 28th.

Drawing ended! Thanks everyone for playing along. Congrats Pat (number 91 of 101 selected by Random Number Generator). Check your email for an email from me so that we can send your book to you! Capture

Be sure to check out the rest of the blog hop for more chances to win and to see all the other quilts:

May 11th:  Janice and Beth at C&T/Stash
May 12thMelissa Richie- weshallsew.blogspot.com
May 13thAmy Sinibaldi- nanaCompany.typepad.com
May 14thChristina Lane- sometimescrafter.com/blog
May 18th: Erica Jackman- kitchentablequilting.com
May 19thBecca Bryan- www.bryanhousequilts.com
May 20thKaren Anderson-Abraham- bloomingpoppies.net/
May 21stLatifah Saafir- www.latifahsaafirstudios.com
May 22ndKerry Green- verykerryberry.blogspot.co.uk
May 25thBeth- www.plumandjune.blogspot.com   and
 Janice- www.betteroffthread.com

Molehills Quilt Along, Part 2: Cutting, Cutting, Cutting

So, your Molehills quilt should be all planned out now. Is it? If you are having a hard time planning it out, remember scrappy is perfect too. You don’t have to over think it and it will still look great.

Part II will be all about cutting – cutting your templates and cutting your fabric.

CUT TEMPLATES

Version 1:

If you’re making Version 1 then cut one set of the five templates out and tape A, B, and/or C pieces together. You’ll want to match the edges carefully when taping so that your template isn’t askew. How will you know if you’re taping the right templates together? The shapes will match!

Tape templates together carefully along solid line matching shapes.

Tape templates together carefully along solid line matching shapes.

Also, I find that if you leave a little overlap one one end of your templates to be taped together that it provides a little more stability.

Create overlap for a more secure join.

Create overlap for a more secure join.

Version 2:

If you’re making Version 2 or including Version 2  or part of Version 2 in your quilt, then you’ll need a set of templates for EACH fan. Since you will be cutting this out more carefully after it is sewn, then you don’t have to cut these templates out carefully. I actually use my “paper” rotary cutter to cut it out roughly, only cutting it out carefully along the tape line. (HINT: If you do a lot of paper piecing then having a dedicated rotary cutter just for piecing paper is nice!)

If you’re paper piecing your arcs you can make a rough cut around the perimeter.

 

Full Fan Version:

You’ll only need one of these. Once again, cut out along solid lines and tape together carefully, matching shapes.

Match shapes and tape together to make full fan template.

 

CUT FABRIC

I’ve included a great quick video with a few tips on how to cut these out!