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RBDNotSoBasic...Shabby Basic

As MC Hammer famously said, “yo, sound the bell, school’s in.”

That’s right, it’s back-to-school for almost everyone across the country.

My latest #RBDNotSoBasic project is perfect for celebrating a new year of learning!

I was immediately inspired when I ran across Happy Sew Lucky’s pencil pattern. This foundation-paper-piece pattern is perfect for a pencil pouch, but if you know me, you know I like to take it one step further. And if you’re new to foundation-paper-piecing or FPP, don’t worry, this is a great pattern for you.

Shabby, a new basic from Lori Holt of Bee in the Bonnet features thin crosshatched lines with specks of paint on a shaded background. It comes in 34 amazing colors including some low volume colors which Lori calls Cloud.

So…

Pencil Pattern + Shabby Basic = AWESOMENESS

I chose the following Shabby colors for the pencils: Tea Rose, Coral, Red, Cherry, Honey, Beehive, Holly, Green, Seaglass, Jade, Denim, and Navy. By choosing two colors, one light and one dark, you give the pencil dimension.

I selected various scraps of Shabby and Shades for the eraser, metal connector, wood and lead. You need a 3’’ x 3’’ square for each section.

For the background I went with my go-to-basic, Confetti Cottons in Riley White and for the backing. I used Blossom in Rainbow for the backing—I couldn’t think of a better choice for coordinating with the pencils. For the binding, I used Shades in Black. It pulls the entire project together. Doesn’t it remind you of the vintage composition notebooks?

You can find Berene’s patten, here. You’ll need to print 6 copies. I usually print more than I need. What? Mistakes happen. Lol.

If you’re new to FPP, I learned FPP from Vanessa of the Crafty Gemini. Her video, which you can find here, walks you step-by-step through the process. There are lots of amazing tutorials out there, so find one that works best for you.

Okay, you’ve made your pencil blocks, now you need to sew blocks 1/2 and 2/3 together with (1) 1 1/2’’ sashing. Sew blocks 3/4 and 4/5 together with (1) 1 1/2’’ sashing. Press the seams towards the sashing. Sew the top and bottom rows together with (1) 1 1/2’’ sashing. Press the seams towards the sashing. Sew (1) 2 1/2’’ border to the left and (1) 2 1/2’’ border to the right. Sew (1) 3 1/2’’ border to the top and (1) 3 1/2’’ border to the bottom. Press seams towards the borders.

I quilted my project with Aurifil monofilament thread and used the serpentine stitch on my BabyLock Journey sewing machine to give it, shall we say, a doodle effect. Monofilament thread was the perfect choice to let those amazing Shabby colors shine through.

If you want to give this project rounded corners, use June Tailor’s Round the Corner Ruler, which you can find here. They have an awesome video tutorial for using the ruler, which you can find here.

And there you have it, a back-to-school project that’s a grade above the rest!

The Shabby collection is just one of many basic collections Riley Blake Designs has to offer. Don’t forget to check out the new colors in Blossom which are available in October. Yay!

Follow the #rbdnotsobasic hashtag to see more awesome projects.

cut, sew, repeat…

the tattooed quilter