Baby Girl Quilt - Perfect Ten Pattern

6.21.2017

I don't know if there are any cuter fabric lines for baby girl quilts, than Pam Kitty Morning fabrics by Holly Holderman of Lake House Dry Goods

So seriously cute!!


My husband's co worker and wife are expecting a baby girl in August, so it was a good excuse to dig through my fabrics and make a baby quilt for them. I rarely have baby quilts ready to give away. I like to make them special for a family. The Dolly Dresses panels have been in my stash for at least six years. You can see another quilt I made using it here.


The pattern I used is the Swirly Girls Perfect Ten pattern. I love how versatile this pattern is and it's a quick fun one, too. I changed it up to make the frames scrappy instead of one consistent fabric because I didn't have enough of one fabric that would work and the goal (game I play) is to use only stash. That's what makes this pattern so fun! A simple change like that makes the quilt look completely different. 


I have another panel of the dolly dresses in my stash, so I am going to remake this one again. It's so cute!! 



Have a happy Wednesday!! 


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Red, White and the Blues

6.15.2017

I am calling this one Red, White and the Blues because I didn't have enough navy prints to make it scrappy.  In other words, each navy print would have to be used several times and I didn't want to do that. Instead I added in the aqua blue instead. 


I am slowly, but surely making barely any dents in my Bonnie and Camille fabrics. 


I had an ever growing pile of white tone on tone fat quarters in my stash. I never knew what to do with them. My Friendship Love quilt used many shades of white and I liked how it turned out, so  decided to do the same thing with this quilt using as many white tone on tone fabrics as I could. I mixed them up and used them in the blocks and as well as the sashing. My pile of white tone on tone  fabrics are much smaller now and I think it makes the quilt look interesting. 



Until I get around to making the back and getting it quilted, it will rest on my upstairs railing, along with a few more quilts that need attention....SOON! 


 Have a happy Thursday!!



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Ikaprint Labels and Zippered Bags

6.12.2017

At the recommendation of Lorna and Cheryl, I chose to give Ikaprint a try and have tag labels printed. They ship from France, so they take a while to get here, but they really are worth the wait! I am anxious to use them! For those who would be interested, I ordered the 1 ½" x ⅝" size. Be sure to check out Lorna and Cheryl's blogs to see their labels. 



One way I will use them is when I make bags like these. I am attempting to be brave and teach a zippered bag class at Cotton Creek Mill this fall. To prepare, I have been testing some patterns to see which one I want to teach. This pattern is called Easy Cosmetic Bag by So Sew Easy. It was very easy, but where I struggle is how to get the tabs at the end of the zipper just right so when you flip it right side out you don't have those dented corners. I detest dented corner zippered bags. This one I did pretty well to avoid it, but I am not consistent at getting them to look this good. *frustrating*



Cute lining, yes?


 The perfect pattern to use so you never have to worry about dented corners by the zipper ends is the Open Wide bag by Noodlehead (the gray bag) and another very similar version, Full Access Zipper Bag by Jedi Craft Girl (the sheep bag). I had never made this type of zipper bag before and I can say that they were very easy! The difference in the two patterns is how you sew the beginning of the zipper. In the Noodlehead Open Wide bag, the end of the zipper is folded back before the metal stop. The  Jedi Craft Girl Full Accesss Zipper bag, the zipper is curved down into the seam after the metal stop. Of the two patterns, I preferred the curved zipper technique. It was easier for me. Either way, there are no dented corners and that's what matters to me! This will be the type of bag I will teach at the class and probably the one ones I will make from now on. =)



Do you have a favorite zippered bag tutorial/pattern that you love? Please share! 


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Road Trip and Red, White and Blue

6.08.2017

Happy June, everyone! I love, love, love summer! I love the heat and I love the sun, so I am a happy camper these days! I can't be outside enough during these sweet summer days. =) 

Last weekend we hopped on the motorcycle and took a trip south to what has become an annual trip for us to Missouri Star Quilt Company. This was our 4th visit to this famous quilt city and it never disappoints. I went with a plan this time and chose my purchases carefully.


My stash is severely lacking in two colors. Yellow and orange. I found a nice amount of yellow to add, but the orange is still an issue. I am sure I will find more options when I visit other shops on our travels this summer. 


I also picked up a couple of templates. I have plans for them, but you will have to wait to see. =) 


This year I am determined to make a red, white and blue quilt. One block done, 19 more to go! This one finishes at 12".  


I am normally not this organized, so I impressed myself by getting all the blocks cut out and in stacks. I just need to start sewing. It would be nice to have it done by the 4th of July, but lets be real. ;-D


Do you have any summer travel plans? 

Have a happy Thursday!!


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Blue and White ~ Finish

5.19.2017

I got on a roll and basted several quilts the other day. When the weather is warm and the winds are calm, I set up my craft tables outside to spray baste them. It's so much easier than setting up my living room and covering every thing to protect it from the over spray. Basting is the worst part of the quilting process, but it must be done and that's that. 

In early March I made this blue and white Jacob's Ladder quilt top using Pam Kitty fabrics. The quilting is a simple cross hatch. 


The back is also a Pam Kitty fabric I was hoarding. It feels good to get it out of the stash pile and into a quilt, which is why I bought it in the first place, right? 


Have a happy weekend!! 


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Dashing

5.17.2017

Background: Essex linen in natural



This is a pattern I will use again. It went together fairly quickly and it was easy. The hardest part was doing the layout. You need to know what fabric is going where before you make the blocks. I am so thankful for digital photography for things like that. I laid out the fabric and took a picture so I would remember how it would go after the blocks were made. 

I love the look and feel of the linen, however, the seams are a bit bulky. It took some strenuous pressing to get them to lay as flat as I could get them. I chose to quilt it by stitching in the ditch. Simple and effective. =)


This is the one black I am disappointed with. The contrast is way to low, but I didn't notice how bad it was until the top was put together. By then I didn't want to take it apart and make a new block. Overall, I think the quilt is still pretty. =) 


And the back...I wish the pictures were better with showing how pretty this fabric line is. The first two pictures showing just the blocks are a better representation of the colors. I loved it so much, I ended up buying 5 charm packs to use with the left over scraps from the fat eighth bundle I used for this quilt. I'm still looking for the perfect pattern to use. =)


 Thanks for stopping by!! Have a very happy Wednesday! 


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A Wedding Swoon

5.15.2017

The couple said their vows, so I can share the quilt I made for them. The wedding colors were plum, gray and green. =) I'll let the pictures do the talking. 




Have a happy Monday!!


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Cotton Creek Mill Commercial

5.05.2017

 Now you can see who I work for and where I work! Come visit us sometime! There are two commercials, so there is a pause in the video between the two.

Don't blink! You might miss me! =D And yes, I planned that well. ;-) 


*hint* I am wearing black. 

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Scrap Vortex

5.04.2017

I am a huge fan girl of Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts. I have been following her since I first started quilting in 2008. She is such an inspiration. One of my very favorite scrap techniques she shared was the Scrap Vortex. I am not as confident with my scrap quilts, so I tend to use this technique with the left over scraps by fabric line or, in this case, with fabric designers. Controlled scrappy, in other words. 

I apologize for the terrible photography. When I was making this one, the weather had turned very wet and cold. Perfect days for staying in and sewing, but terrible for photography!!

This was the pile I started with, an orphan block and piles of 2 ½", 4 ½" and 6 ½" squares I make with the scraps from left over projects. I make them on days when I need mindless work to do to keep me busy so I don't have to clean the house and it helps keep my scraps under control. In the picture, there are some 4 ½" squares with a 2 ½" x 4 ½" rectangle sewn on one end. My original thought was to mix up the 6 ½" blocks, with the 4 ½" x 6 ½" blocks. I quickly abandoned that idea as the layout was complicated and awkward. I was looking for fun and easy, so I made everything into 6 ½" blocks and began the lay out. 


I ended up having to add 2 ½" squares that were not pieced to make enough 6 ½" squares. In the end they helped to keep the quilt from having bulky seams when the blocks were sewn together. 


I love the orphan block, which is called Scrap Jar Star  by Amber @ Gigi's Thimble and you can find the tutorial for that here. I need to make a whole quilt with that block. 


I love quilts without borders, but I wanted this one a bit bigger. At this stage it measures 54" x 60". I added a small white border to give the eyes a place to rest.


I couldn't decide which fabric to add as the next border, so I added both. It finishes at 69" x 75". 

I know this style of quilt isn't every one's cup of tea, but I really love it and it feels like a free quilt since even the smallest pieces of fabric were used to make it. I do tend to save every little scrap of Bonnie and Camille's fabrics because I love them so.


Have you made a scrap vortex quilt? What fabrics do you find it hard to part with? 

Have a happy Thursday!! 


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Patchwork Swoon and...

4.15.2017

The Swoon block is such a favorite of mine and this large Patchwork Swoon is darling! 


I have to say, I love the back and it shines all on its own. =)


I announced on Instagram last week that I got a new sewing machine. A Bernina 765 SE signed by Tula Pink herself. I chose to quilt the Patchwork Swoon using the walking foot and the #4 stitch, a wavy serpentine stitch. I love how it turned out! Eventually I will practice free motion quilting with the BSR (Bernina stitch regulator). I have to do some practice with it before I quilt a real quilt with it. Soon, I hope! 


Have a very happy Easter!!

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Darling Little Dickens

4.06.2017

Making baby quilts for the new babies at my church is a blessing for me. I get to play with sweet baby fabric on a regular basis and I love that!!

When my friend Amanda announced she was expecting again, I knew exactly what fabric I wanted to use... Darling Little Dickens by Moda. Such sweet fabric, don't you agree? Bunnies and bears and sheep, oh my! 


Amanda and Nate chose to reveal the gender after baby is born. I was thrilled when the announcement finally came and it was a BOY! 

I chose to let the fabric shine by using a simple pattern which you can find for free on Fat Quarter Shop


Check out the peas in a pod!! 


And the carrots! 


And the back...I can't wait to deliver this one. =) 


Happy spring, everyone!!


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