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I’ve moved….find me at AvaLanden.com

June 5, 2011

I’m pleased to announce the official blog move to AvaLanden.com. (A round of applause)

I finally got off my tush and created a brand new blog with my very own domain name. I’ve started adding some posts here and there so that it wouldn’t look so empty. Also, I haven’t completely copied all posts over, yet so please pardon the dust as it is still very much a work in progress.

Click on the big logo above to be redirected to the new avalanden.com blog. See you over there!

Stay Calm & Quilt On

December 1, 2010

‘Tis the season for quilting, gift giving and a whole-lotta stress.

So, take a moment and remember:
Stay Calm
&
Quilt On :)

 

Stay Calm & Quilt On

Stay Calm and Quilt On Free Printable

Stay Calm and Quilt On

 

Click on the image once and it will take you to another screen where the image is by itself. Click on it again to get it at full resolution. Right-click and save it to your computer. It is an 8 x 10 document that you can print at home or through your favorite photo-printing website, such as Costco.com, walgreens.com, etc. :)

Holiday Fabric Sale!

November 26, 2010

 

Ava Landen's Fabric Sale
All designer prints are on sale for $5.50 a yard. Use the coupon code BLOG2010 for an extra 10% off of your order.

My sale has started! We have nice selection of Joel Dewberry’s Deer Valley and Jennifer Paganell’s Pretty Please on sale for $5.50/yard. Our Kona is listed for the every day low price of $4.50. Be sure to use our discount code BLOG2010 for an extra 10% off your order.

Simply Mitered Corners

November 21, 2010

Double Sided Napkin Tutorial
I absolutely love the look of miter corners. They just a bit of professionalism to my work. I’ve used them on just about everything — aprons, curtains and, of course, napkins.

So, today I’m going to add to the never ending blog tutorials on mitering corners. Though, to be honest, I do mine a little differently than other bloggers because I don’t use pins for marking the mitered corners. Thus, I’m going to show you how to make 4 double sided napkins in less than 1 hour with mitered corners using the 45 degree line on your ruler. Seriously, you can do it in this amount of time or less.

Let’s get started!

The supplies:
1.25 Yards of exterior fabric (I used Joel Dewerry’s Antler in Peony)
1.25 yards of interior fabric (I used Kona in Expresso)
Iron and Ironing Board
1 sheet of Card Stock (8.5 x 11 inches) and Pen
1 fabric marking tool (disappearing ink pen, pencil, or chalk)
Rotary Cutter and Mat

Step 1: Making the template

Using your ruler and pen, mark a line 1/4 inches from the edge of the card stock. Put aside.
Double Sided Napkin Tutorial

Step 2: Cutting fabric

  • Cut the exterior fabric into  2 strips of 22 x WOF.
  • Take one strip, align the selvages. Trim selvages. ( You can trim the selvages at the beginning, but I find it easier to trim the at this point.)
  • With the fabric still folded in half, snip at the fold and rip. You should have 2 rectangles at least 22x 22/21. Repeat steps for the other strip. You will have 4 rectangles (or squares) in total.
  • From the interior fabric, cut (2) 18.5 inch strips. Sub-cut each strip into (2) 18.5 inch squares. You will have four in total.

Step 3: Pressing Seam allowance

  • Take one of the exterior rectangles created above and the template created in step 1 to your ironing board.
  • Pull the raw edge over the template until it meets the .25 inch line. Press. Continue around the entire rectangle (or square) until all raw edges are folded over .25 inches. Repeat for the other exterior 3 rectangles/squares.

Double Sided Napkin Tutorial

Step 4: Making the mitered corners

Fold the rectangle in half on the diagonal, with right sides together. The two bottom angles should be closest to you.
Double Sided Napkin Tutorial

Now this is the important part. Please pay attention because this how you create the perfect mitered corner.

Start on the right hand side and align the 45 degree marking on the folded edge.  Slide the ruler over until your are 1.5 inches from the point.

Double Sided Napkin Tutorial

Using your fabric marker, draw a line along the ruler. Pin the fabric in place ensuring that the two folded edges are aligned. Repeat for the other side.

Double Sided Napkin Tutorial

Open up the napkin and fold again across the cross-diagonal.

Double Sided Napkin Tutorial

Repeat previous steps for marking.Once complete, repeat for the following 3 rectangles/squares.

 

Step 5: Sewing

Sew along the marked lines created in step 4. Trim fabric to create a .25 seam allowance. Using a point turner, push the corners right side out.

Step 6: Finishing

Take the rectangles to the ironing board and press the folded edge as straight as possible. Press all sides.
Double Sided Napkin Tutorial

Insert the inner fabric in the center.
Double Sided Napkin Tutorial
Pin around the edges to secure it.
Double Sided Napkin Tutorial

Sew .25 inch seam allowance from the inner folded edge. Double Sided Napkin TutorialPress the final napkin and marvel at your mitered edge!

Weekend Fun & Amazing New Sale

November 15, 2010

Wow! What a weekend! I can’t believe what I accomplished in 48hrs — 2 quilt tops, prep work on our CRAZY Holiday Sale and even attended a book signing. Whew, I can’t believe it’s Monday already.

The Book Signing
Starlet Reid's Book SigningFirst, the book signing. This week mark a monumental event for a good friend, Starlet Reid. We’ve know each other for almost 6 years now. When I first met she had dreams of starting a book and 6 years later her dreams became a reality. She is truly an inspiration to me and for everyone out there dreaming of something big and desiring to leave a legacy. Her book, “I’m Changing: Friendships, Drama and Oh…The Comma!,” is about a young middle school lady trying to understand her changing body amidst a new school, cliques and lip gloss. I’m in the middle of reading it now, it and brings back so many good, bad and hilarious memories.Especially, the main character, Tina, has to purchase her first bra. If you’re interested in learning more about the book, it’s available on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Im-Changing-Friendships-Drama-Oh/dp/1432740261/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1290444845&sr=8-2).  And did I mention, one of the character’s is named after me? Check out page four ;)

The Quilt Tops:
fandango jelly roll After the book signing, I went home and sewed…..and sewed. The end result was two fabulous quilt tops — one in Fandago and another made entirely with Kona Solids.

I love them both but I have to tell you, Daisy Chain is quickly becoming my favorite pattern. The particular quilt top was cut and sewn in two weeks. Yes! Two weeks flat. That’s pretty impressive for a women that works a full time job, operates an online store and sews whenever possible. I’m actually pretty dang proud if me, if I do say so myself :) Daisy Chain #2

The second quilt, from Kona Solids, has been months in the making and it’s only 45in square. I’m not sure why but these colors just didn’t inspire me to sew as much as I’d hoped they would. Though to be honest, this really isn’t my usual style. I generally lean more on the “fresh” quilting side, rather than the “Modern Quilting.” Fabric patterns and cheerful colors just Kona Solid Quilt in Cerise, Navy and Limemotivate me to sew and keep going until the project is finished. Perhaps, it’s because I love the watching different colors zoom through my machine. Yeah, I’m a little fabric obsessed like that. Hopefully, this quilt will find a good home. I’m going to post in my store for sell within the next two weeks after it is quilted. It will be my first quilt officially for sale.

The Crazy Holiday Sale:
While I was redecorating the craft room, I notice something. I have entirely too much fabric left in stock. So, starting Black Friday, FreeSpirit Fabric, books and patterns are on sale to make room for 2010 fabric. I’m pretty sure there will be something to catch your eye. Be sure to check the store early November 26th.

Morning sewing — Fandango Quilt

November 14, 2010

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It’s a good morning when you can wake up and sew for a couple of hours in complete silence. I believe I found heaven…at least for 2 hours.

The quilt block to the left is from a pattern called, “Daisy Chain,” from Pam & Nicky Lintott’s book, “Jelly Roll Quilts.” If you recall, it’s the second time I’m making this quilt pattern this year. So far it’s been one of my favorite patterns to make because it looks more complicated than it actually is and sews up in no time. Seriously, I promise.

I started this quilt last weekend after Atlanta Modern Quilt Guild Meeting last Sunday. After our meeting, I cut all of the background fabric and jelly roll strips per pattern. Then I started sew the strip units which carried into Monday and Tuesday evening. Wednesday and Thursday evening (after work) I sub-cut all of the pieces. Then Friday, Saturday and most of Sunday, I built the final blocks. Yeah, I know all that in one week. I hope to finish this quilt top by next weekend as the only thing I have left to do is make the rows and sew them together. I know, a quilt top in two weeks. I {heart} Jelly Rolls.

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What can you do with a Moda candy bar?

November 6, 2010

Make quilt 10 quilt blocks!

Hmmmm…. now I have I to find something to do with them…. Any ideas?

City Weekend Candy BarCity Weekend Quilt Blocks

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