Saturday, May 28, 2016

Rings 'n Rosies

A few months ago, I was sitting on the couch doodling.  I was bored with the movie the kids picked out, but still wanted to spend some time with them.  Hence, the doodling.  Nine times out of ten my doodling turns into possible quilt patterns.  Every notebook I own has pages of quilt designs, most of which never get made.  I liked the look of this particular and had picked up a few fat quarters while shopping that had no designated quilt, so why not?

It's a simple pattern, but has a fun secondary pattern of rings to add some interest.  Once I finished the top, I got thinking about a cute a mini version would look....

Each of these cute little blocks are 8 inches across and the gray squares are one inch squares!  I need a little extra practice on sewing mini pieces together, but overall it turned out super cute.

You can see how tiny it is in comparison to the full size quilt that has 16 inch blocks.  

With the help of my girls, I've named the pattern 'Rings 'n Rosies.  The large quilt was made using fat quarters from 'Hazel' fabric by Cluck Cluck Sew and the mini quilt used four charm squares from 'Marmalade' by Bonnie & Camille.


Monday, May 16, 2016

Jelly Roll Quilting

I do love a good jelly roll quilt!  I seem to be choosing to buy jelly rolls and charm packs over any other precut. There are just so many options!  My most recent quilt is a pattern called 'Blue Lagoon' from the book 'Jelly Roll Quilts' by Pam and Nicky Lintott.  It has so many great patterns.

Fig Tree Avalon quilt

My sister, mom and I each made our own version of this quilt.  (I'll post pictures later after we get together in July to play show and tell.)  I used a jelly roll of 'Avalon' fabric by Fig Tree and co.  Many of my quilts are made with Fig Tree fabric.  I love 'em.  

It's a little hard to tell, but I used wavy line quilting for this quilt.  I really like how it looks and how easy it was to quilt!  I'll definitely be quilting this way again.

Until next time....

Friday, April 8, 2016

Back again!

My hubbie was kind enough to remind me that it's been 6 months or so since I have made a blog entry.  Honestly, it's so much easier to use Instagram, I haven't much wanted to do a lot of blogging.  But, I have made a few cute quilts I'm exited to show off, so I'll do my best at getting back into the blog swing!

I just finished this 'Swell' quilt today and it's a fun one!  The pattern is from Thimbleblossom's book 'Simply Retro' and is called "Swell".  The fabric is Bread 'n Butter by American Jane.  It's a fun pattern because it uses just one jelly roll and sews together quickly.  

I chose a simple green leaf outline on cream print and a polka dot binding.  I didn't really want the binding to stand out because the colors in the quilt are so bright, the binding didn't need to 'fight' with the rest of the quilt. 
The quilting pattern I used was a simple leaf pattern.  I used green thread for the top (I'm still deciding if I like it) and cream for the back.
This is a fun one and good for a beginning quilter.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Spring Blossoms Quilt

This quilt came together by accident.  As I was cutting out the fabric, I accidently cut two different sizes of ‘plates’. When put together, they make a cute ‘blossom’.  Wasn’t that a lucky accident?

Marmalde Fabric Quilt

It was great fun to make and I’ve already started to write up the instructions for this cutie.

Bonnie and Camille Fabric

My kitty cat enjoyed getting in the way of the photo shoot.  I think he wanted a little attention.

Dresden Plate Quilt

It’s made from the Bonnie and Camille line “Marmalade” and  may have a few pieces of “Scrumptious” thrown in. It measures 62 1/2 inches square. 

It’s a fun little quilt to make!


Saturday, August 15, 2015

Finishing the Pinwheel Quilt

Pinwheel Block of the Month

*Originally, I had not planned to put a border on this quilt.  But when it was all pieced together, it seemed to be floating and needed an anchor.  This is why, in my original instructions, the border fabric was not included.  Luckily, I had enough backing fabric to use for the border. *

Finishing Instructions

Trim all the blocks to 12 1/2 inches. 

Using the picture above as a layout guide, sew your blocks together row by row.  Press the seams for each row in opposite directions so they lock when sewing together. Pin well and sew the rows together.  Press.

Fabric Requirements


For borders you will need 3/4 yard of fabric. 

Cut fabric into 7 strips 3 1/2 in.  x WOF.  Piece these strips into:

2 – 61 in. x 3 1/2 in. strips for the sides and

2 – 66 1/2 in. x 3 1/2 in. strips for the top and bottom.


For binding you will need 1/2 to 2/3 yard of fabric.  (1/2 yard will only give you 1/2 inch to spare, so if you are worried about making a mistake, get 2/3 yard.)

Cut 7 strips 2 1/2 in. x WOF. 

Step 1

Take one 61 in. border strip and pin to quilt right sides together.  (I recommend finding the middle point of both the quilt and border and pin first.  Then, pin the two ends.  That way when pinning the rest of the border, you can ease the fabric, if needed, for a proper fit.)

Sew border onto quilt.  (*hint – When sewing on borders, always sew with the quilt back facing up.  That way, you can check to make sure you are not cutting of any points of your quilt blocks.)

Sew the next 61 in. border strip onto the opposite side.  Press both strips towards the border.

Step 2

With the  66 1/2 in. strips.  Sew the top and bottom border pieces on using the same method.  Press towards the borders.

Your are finished!! Hooray!

Quilt as desired and be sure to send me a picture of your quilt.  I would really love to see what you have done!

Finished Pinwheel Sampler Quilt


Thursday, August 13, 2015

Block of the Month–Month 7–Spinning 9 patch

This is the last block that finishes up our quilt! I don’t know if it has a name, so I’m calling it the Spinning 9 patch.  You will be making 13 of these blocks. 

Spinning 9 patch 2

Fabric Requirements

Fabric Requirements

(Requirements for 13 blocks)

Background solid – Cut 52 – 4 1/2 in. squares

Pinwheel - Misc. Dark Fabrics- Cut 13 – 4 1/2 in. squares

Pinwheel - Misc. Light Fabrics– Cut 13 – 4 1/2 in. squares

Four Patch - Misc. Dark Fabrics– Cut 26 – 5 in. squares

Four Patch - Misc. Light Fabrics – Cut 26 – 5 in. squares

Step 1

Step 1

Using one light 4 1/2 in. pinwheel square and one dark 4 1/2 in. pinwheel square, layer rights sides together.   Sew 1/4 in. around the four sides.

Step 2

Step 2

Cut sewn squares diagonally both directions to form 4 half square triangles.

Step 3

Step 3

Press open and lay out pinwheel block.

Step 4

Step 4

Sew together into rows making sure to lock in seams, before pinning. Sew top row and bottom row together. Press.

Step 5

Step 5

Trim pinwheel to 4 1/2 inches.  Make 13 pinwheel blocks.

Step 6

Step 6

Using one light 5 in. square and one dark 5 in. square layer right sides together.  Sew 1/4 in. along two sides opposite of each other.

Step 7

Step 7

Cut square in half forming two rectangles.

Step 8

Step 8

Cut rectangles in half forming four, 2 1/2 in. square units.

Step 9

Step 9

Press open. Sew together top row and bottom row to make a 4 patch square.

Step 10

Step 10

Press and trim square to 4 1/2 in.  Make 52 four patch blocks.

Step 11

Step 11

Lay out blocks into 9 patch unit using blocks from different fabrics, making sure to keep the dark corner squares of the 4 patch blocks  in the corners by the pinwheel.  This creates the chain throughout the quilt.

Step 12

Step 12

Sew 9 patch together into rows.  Then sew rows together.  Again, be sure to nest seams together before pinning.  (Be careful not to turn one of the rows upside down like I did to the bottom row in this picture!)

Make 13 of these blocks.

You have now finished making all the quilt blocks! I will post the finishing details on putting the blocks together and adding a border in another day or so. 

Bloc of the Month Pinwheel Quilt


Monday, August 3, 2015

Moda Love Baby Quilt

My newest niece was born in July, so I had to make her a quilt. Baby quilts are the most fun to make because they are quick to finish and its fun to think about who will be using them.

I used the free “Moda Love Quilt Pattern” again to make this quilt, but added a 5 inch border to enlarge the size.  Finished it measures 42x42.

Baby Moda Love Quilt

It’s made with one charm pack, so it’s super easy to piece.  I’ve been saving this fabric for years waiting for just the right project.  The fabric line is “Sunwashed” by “Sweetwater”. 

Baby Moda Love Binding

The combination of dots stripes and daises are my favorite!  Pink and grey have always been a favorite color combo of mine.

Baby Moda Love 2

Too bad the quilt gets to cuddle with the baby before I do…