Thursday, October 30, 2008

Disappearing Nine Patch

Here's a quick quilt block you can make with 5"squares. 

1. Sew 9 of your 5"squares together. First sew together three rows of three blocks, iron flat, and then sew the three rows together to get your nine patch. Press flat.

2. Cut your nine patch in half vertically and horizontally. You really should measure where the exact middle is, but if your baby is going to wake up any minute and you have 11 more of these to cut.......your allowed to eyeball it.

3. Now you have four 7" blocks.   Re-arrange them however you like. The possibilities are endless with these blocks, I made my blossoms baby quilt by sewing these together to make the quilt center. Or you can put white sashing (borders) around each block, or a set of blocks, like I'm doing with this quilt.

A nice pile of blocks waiting to be arranged.

To make a 38" x 46" crib quilt, you’ll need to start with 99 – 5" squares. Sew the 5" squares into 11 – 9 patches. Then after cutting the 9 patches in half each way you’ll use 42 blocks, laid out in 7 rows of 6 blocks each.

Monday, October 27, 2008


One more project done to cross off the list.......
The pattern to this Heather Bailey pincushion is here.

Its finished!

Its finished and ready for snuggeling! I put warm flannel on the back so it will be nice and cozy all winter.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Next project?

A Sneak Peek at my next project.......a Christmas quilt. And then I can start my Christmas sewing, can you believe Christmas is only 61 days away? This year I am going to get my Christmas shopping done EARLY, but I say that every year and I'm still frantically running around stores on Christmas Eve. Figures.

I'll be busy tonight.......

My binding fabric came in the mail today. And since I'm going to bind this one by hand I'm going to be busy for AWHILE, luckily its a good thing to do while I catch up on some TV and movie watching. I finished the quilting in like three hours, I expected it to take me like TEN, but it didn't. I did get a workout smooshing this quilt around to quilt it, but it was worth it and it turned out better than expected.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Orange and White

This is what I've been doing this week. And actually its gone together much faster than I thought it would, I've only worked on it four or five times. And since Jay's been at school from 7am-10pm every single day for the last ten days (except Sunday) its been nice to have something to do while Ben's asleep. I've been saving these orange fabrics for a lap quilt, and I just LOVE a one color quilt with white. I bought the blue flannel backing yesterday so hopefully I'll start the quilting tonight, which is bound to take a LONG time. This will be a lap quilt for my living room, with really soft warm flannel on the back just in time for COLD weather!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Blossoms Baby Quilt

I love this quilt. I was trying to figure out what to do with a charm pack I bought of this blossom fabric, which is like my absolute favorite. (I made a full size huge quilt out of this that's being quilted in Poulsbo) Charm packs are pre cut 5"squares, a piece from each fabric in the designers line, which I also love being able to see ALL the fabrics! I wasn't quite sure what to do with them, but I got his great idea here, and it turned out quite cute!

Quilted Scarf

Jay jokes that I'm so quilt obsessed I'm going to start quilting my clothes.....but now its actually coming true. Well kind of, I made a scarf. Its super cute, I'm making one for myself now with a different backing, but it did turn out fun and super cozy with fleece on the back. Plus its nice and long so I can wrap it around my neck once or twice. Winter is knocking on our door here in Cleveland!

Camera Strap Covers

So here's a good alternative if you don't want to go to the trouble of making a camera strap, a camera strap cover. It fits perfectly over your old one, so you slide it off to wash it or take it off when your manly husband wants to use the camera but doesn't want to look to non-manly with his quilted camera strap. :) These were easy to make, they ended up being about 2 1/2 " x 22", and lined with a really soft interfacing so they are comfy. Oh I love a fancy camera strap.