Diagonal Seam Tape™

How to use Diagonal Seam Tape while sewing

Back in stock in my shop here!  

I shared a peek at this last week, but I thought it probably deserves it’s own post since it took me forever to develop!  

I’ve been using painters tape as a guide on my machine for years…I even wrote a post about it 9 years ago here.   I usually use it for sewing diagonal seams instead of marking lines, but I also use it for making HST’s.  There are lasers, or plastic seam guides you can buy and attach to your machine with adhesives, but I found them bulky and a pain to use.   

How to use Diagonal Seam Tape while sewing

So I decided to make my own tape that is pretty, functional, and easy to use.  

Diagonal Seam Tape™ is washi tape that is tough but thin, and easily removable.   I made a long web page devoted to it here: 

How to Use Diagonal Seam Tape

 

How to use Diagonal Seam Tape while sewing

It’s placed in front of the feed dogs of the machine, and the red line is the stitching line, placed in front of the needle.  The black lines are just a perk, they represent a 1/4″ seam allowance and are helpful when making HST’s, keeping strips straight while strip piecing, or even helping a beginner learn to piece.  

Mostly you’ll use the red line for making diagonal seams without marking a pencil line on your square, like when making a snowball block: 

How to use Diagonal Seam Tape while sewing

Or you can using it when making flying geese units: 

Using Diagonal Seam Tape to make a Flying Geese block

You can use it anywhere in a pattern that tells you to “mark a diagonal line”, or anywhere you need to sew a diagonal seam.   In patterns with multiple diagonal seams like Chickens, Bats, Trellis, or Shimmer…using tape is what saves me the most time!

I could go on and on…but ALL the info and more is in the web page for the tape you can read through here. 

How to Use Diagonal Seam Tape to Save Time While Sewing

You can find Diagonal Seam Tape in my shop here.  

I’m thrilled with how it turned out after months of thinking about it and working out the details of printing (long story short… it’s a big fat pain and costly to have something so precise printed on tape!).   After using it on my own machines for a couple of months I can’t imagine not having it.   I don’t know if I’ll re-print it again, so I hoarded enough to last me at least until I’m 90… or until I get a sewing machine with a fancy laser guide built in (all machines should have them!). 

 

 

 

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Bats Quilt Pattern

Bats Quilt Pattern, Cluck Cluck Sew

A couple of months ago I posted on Instagram that my 9 year old son loves bats, and asked me to make him a bat quilt after seeing the blocks for my table runners

At the time I didn’t want to make the bat quilt…but 200+ people told me to suck it up and make the bat quilt, and one person said that it was weird to make a bat quilt in June. 

So I made the bat quilt…   

Bats Quilt Pattern, Cluck Cluck Sew

…and I loved making the bat quilt…

Bats Quilt Pattern, Cluck Cluck Sew

…and more importantly, he really loves the bat quilt. 

Bats Quilt Pattern, Cluck Cluck Sew

Really though, this was the most fun I’ve had making a quilt in awhile because I knew he was excited about it. 

Also it was easy to cut out, the blocks are big (15″ finished), and there are only 12 blocks so it’s a breeze to sew together.  It’s a nice throw size at 54″ x 69″. 

Bats Quilt Pattern, Cluck Cluck Sew

Kaitlyn quilted this for me, I wanted the quilting to look like windy skies, and this design worked perfect. 

Bats Quilt Pattern

Fabrics used: 

Blacks:  Juniper Black Dot, Circle Dot in Black, Large Hashtag, Blossom in Black (sold out but this, or this would be good), Costume Maker’s Ball Webs, Moon Harvest Black Hearts

Background:  Blossom black on White

Binding:  Black 1/4″ Stripes

It would also be awesome with some Halloween-ish Kona cottons: 

Bats Quilt Pattern, Cluck Cluck Sew

Bats is in my shop here as a PDF, or here as a paper pattern.  It’s on sale through the week. 

Bats Quilt Pattern, Cluck Cluck Sew

I also put my other “fall-ish” patterns on sale too, Pumpkins, Mini Pumpkins, and the pdf version of Modern Holiday Runners (I’m out of stock of the paper version). 

Fall Quilt Patterns, Cluck Cluck Sew

Also here’s a sneak peek of a new product I have in the shop now…it makes sewing these bats together 1000x faster (slight exaggeration)! 

I’ll post more about it next week.  Also there’s a sneak peek of how linty my machine is….ick.  

Diagonal Seam Tape, Cluck Cluck Sew

Can you believe fall is right around the corner?!  I need at least another 2 months of summer! 

It went by too fast this time!!

 

 

 

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Lola Dutch One Way Quilt

One Way Quilt Pattern, Fat Quarter Friendly in Multiple Sizes

You know what 12 year old boys loooove to do?  Hold up a quilt for their Mom in front of the High School after a visit to the Orthodontist at 8 am.  ;)   

He’s a great quilt holder!

One Way Quilt Pattern, Fat Quarter Friendly in Multiple Sizes

I came home from Quilt Market in May with the cutest bundle of Lola Dutch fabrics by Sarah Jane for Michael Miller fabrics.   I wanted to use just the fat quarters for the quilt, so I decided on a One Way quilt in all prints

One Way Quilt Pattern, Fat Quarter Friendly in Multiple Sizes

I love her illustrations, and this collection is as cute as ever.   It’s well curated on it’s own, but I added the green and pink polka dots. 

I added in some scrappy blocks here and there to use up every bit of fabric I had and make this one a little bigger (I added one more block to each row, and one more row than the crib size in the pattern).  

One Way Quilt Pattern, Fat Quarter Friendly in Multiple Sizes

I quilted it with good ol’ loopty loops (here is a tutorial for how I free motion quilt). 

I made these loopty loops a little larger than normal since I had my 3 year old “helping” me.  3 year old’s are super helpful in the sewing room!

One Way Quilt Pattern, Fat Quarter Friendly in Multiple Sizes

One Way Quilt Pattern, Fat Quarter Friendly in Multiple Sizes

I love the way this one turned out.  Can you spot the few scrappy blocks I added and the scrap of blue binding I had to add?  ;) 

Pattern is One Way

Fabric is Lola Dutch by Michael Miller fabrics.  It just started shipping to stores, but I found it here, and here.

 

 

 

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