Friday, July 3, 2015

Flag pillow and block tutorial

Happy 4th of July to all of you in America (and not in America)!  

As you can see I turned my flag block into a's very festive.  

I had lots of requests for instructions so they are below.  On the real flag there is a white strip under the blue...but I liked this layout so there ya go. There are lots of possibilities!

To make a 11" x 16" (finished) block you'll need: 

Blue:  (2) 2 1/2" squares
           (6) 2 1/2" x 3" strips

Red:  (3) 1 1/2" x 9 1/2" strips
          (3) 1 1/2" x 16 1/2" strips

White: (3) 1 1/2" x 9 1/2" strips
            (2) 1 1/2" x 16 1/2" strips
            (8) 1 1/2" squares
            (1) 2 1/2" square

Layout the blue pieces with the 2 1/2" squares in the top center and bottom center, and the 2 1/2" sides all facing the center.  Make a star is a step by step on making the star units.  Layout and sew your strips into sets as shown. 

Sew the star together, then sew it to the 9 1/2" strip set.  Press, then sew the top to the bottom strip set.  Done!  

Megan already whipped up a super cute flag block here and made it into a mini quilt!   She's so speedy.

Have a happy and safe 4th of July!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Summer Lucky

Are you melting where you are?  We are melting, but I sure love this hot weather in Seattle.  It's funny how we complain when we don't have the sun, and we complain when we have too much sun...or maybe that's just me?   Yep, definitely me.

When it cooled off in my sewing room I finished up this top, a crib size made from my Lucky pattern.

The original pattern has an all white background, but with this one I used various neutral prints and it makes a great secondary zig zag pattern.  Wouldn't it be cool to make the background bright and the blocks neutral?  Adding it to my mental to-sew list that I'll never actually make.

Last night I stayed up late making a flag block for no reason.  For a split second I thought about attempting a flag quilt, but now I'm thinking a pillow for my porch sounds much better (and easier).  Stay cool!  

Thursday, June 25, 2015


Summer is in full swing over here at our house:

Lol....keepin' it real.  We've been at beaches and parks every single day since school got out...but some days you just need to veg in your pajamas till 1 pm and let the kids have some screen time.  

I've been working on a quilt for a my soon-to-arrive niece.  I added some neutral prints to the bright blocks at the top of this's going to be bright!

Speaking of bright...I'm going to cut into this lovely fabric today.  This was hands down one of my favorite lines at Quilt Market this year...Tucker Prairie by One Canoe Two for Moda.  These colors! I don't think yardage comes out until October?  Sigh...I guess I can be patient.