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Musical Wall Hanging

Amongst my passions in life I hold music very near and dear to my heart.  I am thrilled to share that passion with my daughter.  Recently she had the honor of taking an after-school singer-songwriter club. Throughout the five months thee group collaborated and wrote songs. They presented their songs on a few Friday's ago as a group in a coffeehouse type setting in the lobby of their school. Their teacher, Ryan Peters, who is an accomplished singer/songwriter himself lead the group to an impressive level!  To thank this wonderful teacher for his hard work in creating the club and being a true inspiration and role model for the students, I designed a music themed wall hanging and had all the kids sign it. 

I used Basic Grey's Sweet Serenade collection for Moda. I appliqued a guitar and used the fun label prints by Sweetwater with the definition of "original." I also framed a piece of Bella solids fig tree cream with black borders to allow for a place for the kids to sign. 

Here is the song my daughter wrote and sung about the importance of friends! It's amazing what touching lyrics this group of fourth and fifth graders wrote!

If you'd like to read more about the event please check out this article in the East Penn Press. They have recorded CD's to sell over the next few weeks with all the proceeds going to charity.  What a wonderful way to see the music of these children benefit so many people. 

Birthday present for the boy next door

I always think homemade gifts are the most fun to give.  When our neighbor invited us for her sons birthday I new just the right present to make. He loved cars and most importantly he loved matbox cars and racing them around them anywhere he could.

I used some Thomas the Train fabric from Quilting Treasures and made him a car holder that when unrolled became a race track.  It has 6 wide 2.5 inch slots for the cars and a ribbon to tie it all together.  I even personalized it with his initial.

It was perfect for this little guy who was turning two.  His mom said it was great to bring along for long car rides and playdates too.  I couldn't agree more!

Matchbox Car Roll-Up

Layer Cake Giveaway and Sale

1 Choice 4 Quilting has partnered with Quilt Story for a layer cake giveaway!

Jump over to Quilt Story's Blog below for three ways to enter.

The winner will be able to choose the layer cake of their choice courtesy of 1 Choice 4 Quilting!

  In addition through next Friday there is a 10% discount off anything in our store!

Use coupon code "quiltstory10" at checkout!

Have a happy and safe labor day weekend!

Glamping Quilt for a Glamping Nana

By: Sofia

Glamping was a fun collection by Mary Jane for Moda. It is filled with pinks, blues, yellows, greens and reds. My mom (Nicole) and I are making Nana a quilt that matches her personality perfectly. We used a Glamping charm pack (5x5 quilting squares). This fun fabric has prints as in... gingham, flowers, Glamping ladies, campers and gingham in the background of a few fun flowers with polka dots.

We thank Me and My Sisters Designs for giving us a book called 3 times the charm that had a picture of a quilt that I just new would make the perfect Glamping quilt for my Nana.

Here is the final product.  I love sewing with my mom and hope you enjoyed our super fun lap quilt that we made together for my Nana.  We hope she loves it!

Sweetwater Charm Pack Giveaway Winner!

I have the winners of our Sweetwater Giveaway!  Here are the results:

Our first winner is Andy from A Bright Corner!

Andy has an awesome blog and I had the pleasure of meeting her at Quilt Market this year!  Andy said about growing up on her street:

Andy you've won a Road 15 Charm Pack

Moda Road 15 by Sweetwater

Our second winner is B Greene! 

Becky said about her street:  

You've won a charm pack from the Boo Crew Collection.

Congratulations to our winners.  Please send me an email with your address and I will get your charm packs out to you right away!  Thanks to everyone for participating.  I enjoyed reading your memories!

Sweetwater Fabric Giveaway!!

I absolutely love the warm feeling I get when I see the newest Sweetwater Collection.    They always
feature simplistic, hometown feels and are a symbol of primitive living!

Sweetwater, who brought us the designs of Pure, Hometown and Noteworthy, are back again with their newest collection named Road 15.  

Road 15 was titled for the address of the childhood home where sisters Lisa and Susan grew up.  Together with Mom, Karla, they are a family run design company located in Colorado.

Road 15 combines the childhood addresses of sweetwater fans as well as adorable road, little houses and tree-lined street prints.  Read more about what inspired them on the Sweetwater Blog.

Their other latest fabric release is a sweet Halloween inspired collection called the Boo Crew.  It reminds me of old fashioned, apple bobbing, costume parties!! 

And now onto the giveaway!  To celebrate Sweetwater and the fabulous work that they do, not only is everything on sale through Saturday July 13th, 1 Choice 4 Quilting will give away two charm packs from the two latest Sweetwater Collections.

The First item is a Road 15 Charm Pack

The Second item is a charm pack from the Boo Crew Collection.

You can enter up so many different ways.  Enter once or all the ways to increase your chances! 

1. Please leave your first comment by sharing with us....What is the name of the street you grew up on and what is your favorite childhood memory?  Mine is Walnut Street and playing hide and seek until dark =)  I can't wait to read your comments!

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I hope you'll join in the fun!!

This giveaway will end Saturday 7/13/13 at midnight and I will announce the Winner by noon EST on 7/15/2013.  Next week the winners as well as another summer sew along will be announced!!

Good Luck to everyone!!

Reversible Bag Tutorial featuring Ticklish by Me & My Sister Designs

Over the last several tutorials we have done some really fun quilts.  We used many different designers and some fabulous bloggers lent their talents and made some beautiful one of a kind patterns.

Our last jelly roll tutorial was amazing and I want to congratulate Debbie Smith who posted her finished quilt top to our Flickr page to win a red, white and blue fat quarter bundle!!

For the next several tutorials, we are going to take a break from quilting and complete some other simple fun projects.  These projects should be kept in the back of your mind for easy reference and will be able to be made quickly for gifts or even for a new look for yourself or home.

We will start with a Reversible Bag Tutorial.  Still need a kit?  Purchase your reversible bag kit here for just $14.99.  I found that this bag went together very easily and after making a few, could go extremely quick when you need the perfect match for an outfit. Not only did I make one but Sofia also made one for her teacher for an end of the school year teacher gift.    I am super proud of how well she is sewing!!  Here are the bags we made:

Here is Mom's Bag
Here is Sofia's bag

 As I researched online looking for a great pattern I came across a blog by Novita at verypurpleperson.com.  With her permission I am sharing her free pattern and instructions.

There are two fabric choices you can go with here.  You can chose a heavier fabric or go with cotton with some interfacing as we are doing here.

Your first plan of action is to download and print the Reversible Bag Pattern.  Get it cut and taped together.  You can also download the Reversible Bag Instructions courtesy of verypurpleperson.com as well as follow along here.  I have added some modifications that worked really well for me.

In your kit you received two 1/2 yard cuts.  Fold them lengthwise and pin the pattern to 1/2 and cut your fabric.  You will repeat this 4 times and again twice for the interfacing if you choose to use it.

Now that little piece that you cut off just before you cut the second piece is the perfect size for the front/inside pocket.  Save that to the side. 

You should now have 4 pieces of equal proportion.

Grab that little piece you saved to make a pocket.  All I did was fold it in half, print sides together and sewed completely closed, locking my stitch at the beginning and end.  Cut the excess off to round the bottom.  I then made a straight cut across the top and turned right sides out.  Iron flat with 1/4 inch seams folded in at the top.  Sew straight across to seal top.  Pin the pocket to the front of on half of your purse.  Sew around the outside and wa la....you've got yourself a pocket.  Trust me it's better to decide you want the pocket now.  This pocket is just the perfect side for a cellphone.  I like mine to be easily accessible.

I used the reverse prints as the pockets and I love how it came out. 

Your next step is to apply the interfacing on the back side of one the set of prints.  If you purchased the kit your interfacing came with instructions.  Feel free to use them.  I need a new iron so I found it took me a little longer than it should so depending on your iron type be patient.  I needed steam and alot of it!!

Now pin your two pieces print sides together.   Sew together only the bottom edges as stated in step 2 of the pdf.  Repeat for non-interfaced set as well.

Put the two sets into each other still working with the wrong sides.  And sew the top and the straps together but be sure to leave them open by about 4-5 inches as in step 3 of the printed pdf. 

Turn your bag right side out through one of the straps.  If you used interfacing, this will be a little tougher but take your time because the extra support will be well worth the extra effort. 

You're almost there!  Now to complete the straps! Double check that all of your straps are the same length.  This is important for making sure you have a flawless finish =)  If you need to cut off any excess as shown below.

Now you can sew each strap together making sure you are sewing the right straps together!! 

Iron all the sets down and pin the straps together.  Fabric Glue or fusible tape works well too but pinning is usually my method of choice.

 Having received several aurafil thread spools at the Quilt Market last month, I decided to grab a beautiful turquoise blue that matched perfectly. 

I stitched the remaining tops of the straps together taking my stitching all the way around the fronts, sides and straps of the bag to give it a finished look.  

I absolutely love the way my bag turned out.  I plan to make several more with varying collections.  Why not?  A girl can never have too many bags, right?

Please comment below with any questions you run into.  Post your finished back on the Flickr page or on Instagram @1choice4quilting.  Thanks for Quilting Along!  Hope everyone has fun!!

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