November 2012 : flickr Friends Reveal

It’s the last day of the month which means we have another round of flickr Friends to reveal!

Each month, we provide a theme for you to use on your projects and then upload to our flickr pool. At the end of each month, we select a few of our favorites to post here on our blog and send them some BasjcGrey goodies as our way of saying thanks.

The theme for this month was “stripes”.  Nearly each – if not all! – BasicGrey collection includes a striped pattern.

Without further ado, here is our favorite from our flickr pool using this month’s theme :

Thank you

Not finding a striped paper you like for a project or simply want to make it your own?  We love the stripes that drip from the large flower embellishment on this card.


Striped banners paired with floral embellishments as well as a dotted patterned paper combine for a lovely Thanksgiving themed card.

Aspen Frost

The strip of striped paper not only highlights the circular cutout but also grounds the card as well.  Gorgeous!

A BIG thank you to all of you who uploaded your projects – we love being able to feature your work here on the BG blog.  Winners, be sure to keep an eye on your flickr mail as we’ll be in touch shortly to arrange your prize!

Beginning to End : Be You

Hello everyone! This is Robyn Werlich and I am thrilled and honored to be the Guest Designer for Basic Grey this month! When I received the Lucille papers, I fell in love with the beautiful colors and patterns that ran throughout this line. I wanted to create a layout that would allow me to use as many papers as possible – in a fun way. I found this Scallop Die-cut Design and thought it would be perfect. I was able to use a lot of different patterned papers from this line, add a large title block and still have some fun embellishments on the page, which all supported my photos and mood I wanted to portray. Here are some simple steps on how I created this layout.

Die-cut scallop design from Silhouette machine onto the Lucille Mini Skirt red paper.

Group the insides of the scallop shapes (in your Silhouette software program), to 4 scallops in every 4″ square block. Cut 4″ squares from different papers and place them on your cutting mat. Cut the design and you will have a bunch of different scallops to fill the design with.

Glue the die-cut red scallop paper to the bottom half of a white piece of paper. Start adhering the middles of the scallops to the page in a random order. Leave some empty.

Die-cut the title in three different pieces of paper and off-set them a bit so there is a shadow of the other papers beneath the top one. This adds great depth to your title. Glue on white cardstock. Cut a piece of kraft cardstock a bit larger than your title and glue entire title piece to kraft base.

Using butterfly punches or whatever shape you have on hand (hearts, stars, etc.), gather some butterflies from different pieces of patterned paper. I also used a butterfly sticker from the Lucille sticker sheet. Layer them, add brads to middle and scatter on the top left corner of page.


Sew What : Kissing Booth Quilt

Hi there! I’m Heather and I blog at quilt.cook.keep. I’m excited to share my first tutorial with my friends at BasicGrey! As soon as I saw the new Kissing Booth collection, I knew this would be a perfect pattern. Ready to get started? This is what you’ll need:

1 layer cake of Kissing Booth
¾ yard border fabric
½ yard binding fabric
4 yards backing fabric

First, separate your layer cake into a light pile and a dark pile. (If you look at the layer cake from the side, you can see that the fabrics are already gradated for you!) This is not an exact science, and you may have the same fabric in your light pile as your dark pile. We’re just looking for a little contrast.

Next, alternate your layers light, dark, light, dark and stack them up neatly.

Time to cut! Follow the cutting diagram to cut your strips. You’ll cut each strip 1.5” wide. With a sharp (meaning New!) rotary blade, I can cut 6-7 layers at a time. Again, stack your layers up neatly for best results. Make your first cuts of strips H and I. Then, following the diagram, make your second cut, D and E, then G and F, and finally C and B. (Tip: put layers on a smaller cutting mat and rotate the mat to make the cuts.) As you finish cutting through a stack of layers, set them aside. Continue until your entire layer cake is cut, keeping your stacks in light/dark order.

Now, we’re going to shuffle the layers a bit. Take the top strips from stacks B, C, F and G and move them to the bottom of their stacks. Then, take the top two layers from stack A and move them to the bottom of the A stack.

Time to sew! Use a ¼ inch seam allowance throughout. You can approach this in one of two ways. You can sew one complete block at a time, or you can chain sew (my preferred method.) To sew one block at a time, sew pieces C and B to the sides of piece A. Press. Add pieces F and G to the top and bottom. Press and trim. (You can square to 6” at this time if you’d like.) Next add sides D and E. Press and trim. Finally add top and bottom pieces H and I. Press and trim. Square to 8”. You’ve completed a block. Make 41 more!

To chain piece, I like to put a little note on my top piece A and my bottom piece B, just so I don’t get confused. Start as above, but sew all of the strip B pieces to the side of all of the square A pieces, feeding them through your machine one after the other, without breaking the thread. After sewing, I stack them all up, keeping them connected with the thread. For the side C pieces, I start with the bottom piece A on top (this will make sense one you begin to sew.) Be sure to flip you stack of C pieces upside down, so you’re sewing the proper C piece to piece A. Sew all of the blocks. Keeping the blocks in order, snip apart and press. Now you’re ready to add pieces F and G to the top and bottom in the same manor. Sew all of the F pieces to the top. Sew all of the G pieces to the bottom.. If you have all of the same fabric surrounding piece A, you know you’re doing it right! Press and trim unit to 6” square. Continue with the next round of fabrics as above. When you’re done, you’re done! 42 8” blocks completed.

Lay out your blocks on the floor or on a design wall, 6 blocks across, 7 blocks down. Try to alternate light and dark outer ring fabrics for some nice contrast. Play around until you’re pleased with your layout. Sew your blocks together in rows, then sew your rows together.

From you border fabric, cut 6 strips 4” wide x width of fabric. Measure the width of your quilt and cut border pieces to fit. (You’ll need to piece the border fabrics first.) Sew on the top and bottom borders. Press. Measure from top to bottom now and cut border pieces to fit. Sew and press.

Piece your backing fabric to make a piece at least 62” x 70”. I chose to have a center fabric, the brown with hearts, flanked by the pink heart hounds tooth. Baste and quilt as desired.

Cut 6 binding strips 2 ½” wide x width of fabric and join. Bind quilt.

You’re finished! Enjoy your new quilt!

Final dimensions : approximately 52″ x 60″.


Sew What : Art Tote To Go

Have you seen BasicGrey’s newest fabric line? It’s called PB&J. Between the primary color scheme and alphabet prints, I was inclined to make a child’s project.

I wanted to think of a new take on the typical crayon apron or crayon roll and designed a tote bag that fits one drawing tablet and a couple of coloring books and has exterior pockets for 7 markers on each side. My set of Crayola markers had 10 markers so I left the outermost slots empty. It’s perfect for art projects on the go, killing time in waiting rooms, long car rides, etc.

To begin, you can use leftover jelly roll strips to cut 14 pieces of fabric 2″ wide by 13″ long. You can use one strip and cut it into two pieces so that the front and back of your bag will match. Or, you can go scrappy as I did and make them all different. Using a 1/4″ seam, sew 7 strips together for the bag front and 7 for the bag back. Cut two pieces of fusible fleece measuring 11″ x 13″ and adhere to the wrong side of the exterior bag sections.

Next, cut two pockets from one of the alphabet prints measuring 4 1/2″ high and 11″ wide. Make a 1/4″ hem along the upper edge and pin to the lower edge of the bag front and back.

I used red contrasting thread to coordinate with the stitches around each alphabet letter on the fabric print. To make the slots for each marker, score your pocket fabric following the seam lines to provide a guideline for your stitching and stitch.

Cut two lining pieces 11″ x 13″ and stitch with right sides together using a 1/4″ seam, leaving an opening in the bottom for turning. Likewise, stitch around the exterior of the bag, this time there is no need to leave an opening.

To create the handle straps, cut one piece of fabric 4″ wide by 18″ long. Cut a piece of iron on interfacing to the same length, but only 2″ wide and iron onto the wrong side of the fabric, centered. Then press the handle wrong sides together. Open out and fold edges into the crease and press. This will form a 1″ wide handle. Edge stitch on both sides of the handle. Cut the handle in half to create two 9″ lengths.

Baste handles to the right side of the bag, lining them up with the second seam line on both sides. Then, with right sides together, sew lining and exterior bag together around the top and turn. Press. Handstitch opening in lining closed. Topstitch around upper edge of bag.

I chose to embellish the bag with a little matching fabric flower but that is, of course, optional.

Now it is time to fill the slots with markers – my favorite part!