Wednesday, October 27, 2010


This is the view from my computer right now.   I really love the way this top turned out, its really bright and fresh, and its going to be a wonderful quilt to get out in the middle of January when I’m sick of winter. 
You can find the fabric here, here, or here.  The pattern is this one (which will have this very bright quilt on the cover as soon as I get it done!)

Monday, October 25, 2010

Triangle Corner Trick

I was piecing these blocks with triangle corners (like the corners in this block) yesterday and thought I would share a quick trick. Usually a pattern (including my own) will recommend drawing a pencil line from corner to corner on the wrong side, and sewing along the line. Like this one:

But since I’m a hurried sewer and drawing little lines on 160 squares doesn’t sound like super fun, this is what I do instead:
Place a piece of tape so that edge is in line with the needle of your machine.

When you are sewing on your squares, start in one corner, and keep the opposite corner on that tape edge to keep the seam line straight.

When your done you’ll have a nice straight line from corner to corner, without having to draw gagillions of little pencil lines. Keep in mind though that the smaller the square the easier it is, it might be a little harder to keep a perfectly straight line with bigger squares.
After trimming and pressing the corner should look like this:

Tricky huh? I learned this from my Mom. I always wondered why she had painters tape stuck to the front of her machine….now we know.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Elephant March

  I have these blocks sewn up and stuck to my design wall (a.k.a.  a piece of flannel…classy).  After I was finished sewing up all the blocks and feeling all great about my quick quilt…I realized I had sewn 19 extra hourglass blocks, and cut 10 too few elephant blocks.  How in the heck I did that I have no idea…and to top it off I had just used up the rest of the elephant fabric making bean bags that my son will throw at me.

Luckily after some re-arranging and re-sizing it all got worked out.   I had two circles leftover from using the accuquilt cutter to stick in it….and I actually like the way it looks even more.   I’m taking this little "miscalculation" as I sign that I need more sleep.  A lot more.  :)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Basket Case…the details

This quilt is made from one jelly roll, plus cream yardage and borders.  I wanted a woven look for each block without cutting the strips all into little squares with lots of little seams….so it took  a full night of staring at my silly drawings to figure out how to properly do it and make it simple.

The fabric line is Bliss by Bonnie and Camille for Moda. 

The back is the lovely aqua medallions.

and the binding is scrappy using the leftover jelly roll strips.

The quilt measures 61" x 71" .  The pattern is suitable for a beginning quilter with some piecing and seam matching skills.  And it's so fun to make!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Juicy Fruit

Its been such a long time since I’ve made a baby quilt for no reason at all!   Its so relaxing after doing lots of large quilts since they go together so quickly.  Especially when using an easy pattern that I’ve made before (this pattern).  Love that. 

The colors in this quilt are picked out of that Riley Blake Bloom and Grow fabric (the vines)…I bought mine here a while back, but you can also find it in other colors here.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Monday, October 4, 2010

Tutorial: Fabric Watch Bands

You’ll need:

I bought my watch face at a local craft store (Porters) but you can find them at craft stores in the beads section…or here, here, or here online. Mine was about $10.

For a CHUNKY watch band, see the updated version of this tutorial here.

If you want to make these for gifts but don’t know how big the recipients wrist is, make them a tad bigger and either use a larger strip of velcro, or a couple of D rings so it can be adjustable. I would make the strip larger and add 2 or 3 sets of snaps so that they can make it tighter or looser. I’m pretty sure every one of my friends/family is getting one of these for Christmas.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Peppermint Twist

Lots of couch time meant lots of binding/editing time last week!  This is such a fun quilt.  I already have my spot mapped out where I’m going to hang it for the holidays.  I like that its bright and cheerful without any “Christmas” fabrics, but is still very festive and whimsical with those pinwheels that look like candy. 

The quilting was done by Christina and is perfect as always, those tight swirls in each pinwheel totally make this quilt.  I quilted the table runner and hot pads…which means don’t look to close.

The quilt measures 45” x 45”, and the table runner measures 16” x 45”.  The patterns includes instructions for both and two hot pads.  This would be fun in non Christmas colors too…maybe like green and blues?  Or brown and oranges?  Hmmmm….like I need another project.

The pattern is available in the pattern shop in PDF or hard copy form.