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 pillow...it'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 block...here 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

Downtime


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 post...it'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.    

Friday, June 5, 2015

Scrappy Strips Quilt Tutorial



I love figuring out and making tricky quilts but sometimes I just want to not use my brain and sew!  This is a super quick and easy quilt, a great scrap buster…and you can make it with very little brain power.  If you’ve never made a quilt before this pattern is a great place to start.




I made the crib size, but I included the info below to make 6 sizes (so much for not using my brain huh?).  I’ll answer questions in the comments, so read through the whole post before you start cutting up your fabric!

Scrappy Strips Quilt Tutorial:

1.  The blocks are made with 1 1/2” strips, 2” strips, and 2 1/2” strips.  The strips should be the width of the fabric or about 42”. Use the chart below to figure out how many strips you need to cut for the size you are making:

Measurements:
1 1/2" strips to cut:
2" strips to cut:
2 1/2” strips to cut:
Baby size:
35” x 42”
12
12
6
Crib size:
42” x 56”
20
20
10
Throw size:
56” x 70”
32
32
16
Twin size:
70” x 84”
48
48
24
Queen size:
91” x 91”
68
68
34
King size:
105” x 91”
78
78
39
*Yardage info is at the bottom of this post if buying fabric specifically for this quilt.

2.  Choose 2 of the 1 1/2” strips, 2 of the 2” strips, and 1 of the 2 1/2” strips.  Lay them out how you want them sewn, it doesn’t matter which order.  Varying the order for each strip set gives the quilt more dimension.  They are laid out in order for the photo below, but I sewed them together with the sizes mixed.

3.  Sew the strips right sides together to form a strip set, and press the seams of the strip set open (this is personal preference), or to either side.  The strip set should measure 7 1/2” x the width of the fabric.



4.  Repeat to make the following number of strip sets for the size you are making:

Strip sets to make:
Blocks to cut from the strip sets:
Baby size:
6
30
Crib size:
10
48
Throw size:
16
80
Twin size:
24
120
Queen size:
34
169
King size:
39
195

5.  Lay each of the strip sets on the cutting mat, and from each strip set cut 5 blocks, 7 1/2” x 7 1/2”.  When finished cutting, you should have the number of blocks in the chart above.


6.  Arrange the blocks as desired, use the table below for how many blocks and rows you will need to layout:

Blocks in each row:
Number of rows:
Baby size:
5
6
Crib size:
6
8
Throw size:
8
10
Twin size:
10
12
Queen size:
13
13
King size:
15
13


7.  Sew the blocks into rows, and press seams towards the vertical blocks of each row.  Sew the rows together to finish the quilt top! 



If you need help finishing your quilt you can find info here.  A tutorial for machine binding can be found here.

Here are yardage guidelines if you want to buy fabric specifically for this quilt:

Yardage to buy for the quilt top*:
Baby size:
6 assorted 1/3 yards
Crib size:
10 assorted 1/3 yards
Throw size:
16 assorted 1/3 yards
Twin size:
24 assorted 1/3 yards
Queen size:
34 assorted 1/3 yards
King size:
39 assorted 1/3 yards
* You’ll want more than 6 fabrics for the baby size, so add in other strips here and there to add interest.  These are rough estimates, you may have extra fabric leftover.

From each 1/3 yard you can cut 2 – 1 1/2” strips, 2 – 2” strips, and 1 (or 2) - 2 1/2” strips, enough to make one strip set (5 blocks). 


Now save those scrap strips and put them to good use!  I’ll answer any questions about this tutorial in the comments below.  Happy quilting! 

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Hoopla Quilt in Hazel



Today I took the kids to the beach and I am exhausted from being in the sun all day.    The beach has a way of wiping me out and energizing me all at the same time.  



I made this quilt 2 days before quilt market.  I started to panic that I needed one more quilt to take.  I probably didn’t need another quilt to take, but I was glad I had it.

This pattern is Hoopla and the fabric is Hazel.  I quilted it myself in a swirly design.  You can always tell when I started to lose patience with quilting because the stitches get really big as I go faster and faster.  It’s a good thing I’m not a longarm quilter.  ;)



My kids have 11 more days of school and I could not be more ready for them to be done. 
If you’re worried about what to do with your kids over the summer this is a really great post to read, and it’s not about crafts or ways to fill the days.  Bring on summer!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Tahoe Quilt



I promise I didn’t forget to blog about my Tahoe quilt!  I’ve been getting back into the swing of things.  Today I even made cookies for the first time in tooooooo long.


Sophie promptly said in total surprise and confusion, “You know how to make cookies??!!!”. 
Big problem.  Time to make more cookies. 

And no I didn’t roll them in cumin this time.  ;)


This quilt is made with fat quarters or 1/4 yards.  I won’t tell you it’s a whip-it-up-in-a-day kind of quilt because it’s not…which I’m sure you guessed from the look of all those points.  It’s not hard though, just a lot of diagonals. 


I backed it with the apples and oranges print from my Oh Clementine collection (still available here).  The quilting was done by Melissa at Sew Shabby Quilting.  I chose the bubbles pattern in medium to offset all the sharp points…I love how it turned out.


I was going to make this up in Hazel, but went for the bright bold fabrics instead.  I love it in the blues and reds of Hazel though as well.


Since I’ve been home from market my middle child stopped taking afternoon naps.  It’s made taking pictures five billion times harder…no exaggeration.  ;) 


I’m sure going to miss him though when he’s gone all day this fall (insert Mom balling eyes out emoticon). 

You can find more info on the Tahoe pattern here in my shop.  Have a great weekend! 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Spring Quilt Market 2015

Last week I told you I’d take tons of pictures and have lots to share about Quilt Market in Minneapolis….and then I forgot my camera and barely took any pictures *face palm*.  Oh well.  If you haven’t already seen a ton of quilt market pictures, check out the #quiltmarket hashtag on Instagram…more market coverage than you could ever wish for!


I did 2 booths this year…it’s a long story but it ended up being better for me and it was so nice to be able to focus on fabric in one booth and patterns in the other.  I was in the Windham Fabrics section promoting my Hazel fabric and new Hazel patterns:





And my husband held down the fort in the other booth across the aisle:



Can you tell which of the two booths I spent more time preparing for?  LOL.
My booth neighbor was Heather…she’s amazing and gorgeous and I tried not to creepy stare at her.  Her new line Tiger Lily is my favorite yet.



My favorite display was this lovely woven wall by Anna Marie Horner.  So simple and yet a total show stopper.


My favorite “coming soon” line at Market was the paint by number horses by Erin Michael for Moda.  It’s so beautiful. 


See the horse with the laser eyes?  Love it.
So there’s my semi-lame attempt at covering another amazing Quilt Market.  I enjoyed this one more than previous markets…I went with no expectations and low(er) stress and loved it all! 

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Hideaway






Sick of quilt pictures yet?  Is that even possible?  I love the way this one turned out and it was fun to photograph (at the park…again!). Hideaway is made from fat quarters or yardage, and comes in five sizes.






This was quilted by Kathy with tight circle swirls.  I’m never sure what the real pattern names are for the quilting so I totally just make them up and they are probably super wrong.  ;) 




You know I’m not usually a one fabric line kind of girl but I used all but one of the prints in this quilt from Hazel, and they mesh nicely together while still being different enough to make the quilt interesting.  Does that make sense?  Anyways…I’ll be back next week with more quilt photos and market photos and talk to you soon!



Friday, May 15, 2015

Hello March






This quilt just looks like the month of March…all springy and March-y (?).  Anyways…this one is my favorite out of the new bunch of quilts.



I’ve made this 3 times already from layer cakes, and it’s easy to make and quick to layout…just the way I like ‘em.  Anyone with small children knows you can’t have quilt blocks laid out on the floor for more than an hour or it begs to be destroyed and scattered.




This version was made with a layer cake (a pack of 42 – 10” squares) of Hazel, and quilted by Kathy in lovely loops.




I have to hand it to my three awesome kids.  By now they know that “let’s go to the park” is Mom code for “let’s go take a thousand pictures of quilts at the park”.  They don’t even blink when I pack 5 quilts and my camera onto the stroller.



This pattern comes in 5 sizes and is layer cake or fat quarter friendly.  I made a bright summery version of this I’ll show you soon…it’s very bright but perfect for kids.