Saturday, June 01, 2013

Notre Dame quilt top tutorial

A special welcome to anyone who is here from Craftsy! This quilt was a gift for my son-in-law and since I posted it, there have been a few requests for a tutorial. Because I didn’t take any notes during the construction, this will be a simple summary.  Take your best guess on fabric requirements! Before we get started and to honor copyright, I won’t be sharing or selling a pattern for this quilt or the logo. I will share my process, which can be used for just about any quilt of this type.  Okay, here we go!

notre dame

In addition to the fabric and general sewing supplies you will also need a paper backed fusible for the logo appliqué.  My preference is Wonder Under because it’s lightweight and doesn’t add any bulk.

You will also need a stabilizer for the back of your appliqué piece.

Let’s start with the center logo:

Find an image online or from another source to enlarge.  I searched Google for “Notre Dame logo” and then chose “images”. 




Save the image to your computer and enlarge it in your preferred photo editor. In Microsoft Paint I was able to use a fill tool to whiten everything but the outline for a little printer ink savings. Something like this:NotreDame

At this point, I’ll direct you to this tutorial for printing from Paint to multiple pages. Play around with it to get the appropriate size or use whatever method works for you.  I think mine was 24 inches across. Print, tape the pages together and cut out the pattern.

Cut a piece of fabric big enough for the logo and apply the fusible to the back of it according to the manufacturer’s instructions.  REVERSE the pattern you made, trace around it onto the paper side of the fusible. You can also lay your pattern face up and put the fused fabric piece on top of it face up. Then flip the whole thing over to trace. Just make sure it’s going to be right when you cut it out!

Remove the paper packing and carefully position the logo on the background fabric. When you’re happy with the placement, fuse it down. Place the stabilizer under the piece and use your favorite method of stitching to cover the edges of your logo. I used a fairly tight machine blanket stitch. When you’ve finished stitching, cut or tear away the excess stabilizer.

Add a border to this center piece referring to my photo. I believe mine was cut 2.5 inches wide.

For the letters I drew a diagram like this for each one:


I used strips of fabric 2 inches wide for the letter color (if I remember correctly) and the background pieces are whatever size needed to fill it in.

The sewing order is alphabetical…sew A to B, add C, D and E. Trim this block to the appropriate size. Add piece F and trim again. Piece G is the space between letters and you’ll need to determine the width for your layout.

Here’s the rough layout that shows the basic shapes of the pieces. Make them smaller or larger to customize. This includes a border of about 3 inches. 


Notre Dame layoutnotre dame

That’s about it! If I left some vital part out or if anything is unclear, feel free to leave a comment or send an email and I’ll try to help.

Thanks for stopping by!



Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Last year…

this was the view in our front yard in Tennessee. Beautiful, isn’t it?

bradford pear tree

Currently, in South Dakota, we have this. Equally beautiful in my opinion!

April 10 201313 See our house on wheels down there?

April 10 2013b The moisture is wonderful and none of us are complaining. Not much, anyway:)

In the midst of all that white stuff, I got my color fix in the form of new pincushion.

pincushion pincushion2 Other things I’ve been sewing are pillow covers to put in one of my Etsy shops, soon to be listed.


I bought some cotton yarn to see how it would dye, so a crocheted market bag was born from this pattern. My color taste usually run toward the brights when dyeing, but I think this one will get a more subtle treatment. marketbag

I’ve done a little dyeing for my new Etsy shop. purpleombre

Ombre hand dyed blue infinity scarf

The scarf market is not exactly hopping at the moment, so I’m considering some different items to put it that shop. It’s been a long time since I’ve sewn with knits, but my Brother has a great stretch stitch and makes it very easy. The serger’s been dusted off and warmed up, too.

Amber’s been playing with her iMovie app, so I’ll leave you with this little nugget. Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

20,390,400 seconds..

…since I last blogged. Let me give you the highlights of the last few months.

Our house went on the market in mid November.  We have accepted an offer and the sale is pending!

The first week of December was our permanent relocation from Tennessee to South Dakota. It was, thankfully, an uneventful drive. We are happily tucked into our fifth wheel camper at Mr. DJ’s parents. The week after we arrived the temperatures bottomed out in the single digits for highs, but the little furnace kept us toasty.  McGas Propane (yes, you read it right) delivered a 250 gallon propane tank to make life easier. We have full use of the facilities in the house, so it’s not like we’re really roughing it.


We were able to spend Christmas with family!!! Had a great New Year with dear friends, too.

I haven’t seen my complete fabric stash for months. I do know where it is and how to get to it quickly in an emergency.

There’s a space to sew in the basement of my in-laws home. It’s fine for small projects, but probably not large quilts and that’s okay.

I started a new Etsy shop and had a brief sewing frenzy when it was featured on the Front Page.

My knitting skills have improved and I thoroughly enjoy it.

knitted scarves

That’s about it. It was a long road to get back home, but we’re here and life will continue to be an adventure as we make decisions about our next housing move.

I have two tutorials in the works for projects I’ve posted on Craftsy, so I will be back in something less than 20, 390, 400 seconds.

So, because…image

this is where I’ll be today.