Monday, November 21, 2011

Tutorial: Quick and Easy Bowtie Blocks

With the green light from Jolene (inspired from this quilt she made) I’m sharing a quickie tutorial for these fun little bow-tie blocks. 

For each block start with:

4 background squares 3 1/2" x 3 1/2"
2 print squares 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"

Sew the print squares diagonally from corner to corner on two of the background squares, right sides together.  I eyeball mine using my machine guides…but I suggest drawing a pencil line from corner to corner on the back of the print squares or using the tape trick

Trim the corner leaving a 1/4" seam allowance and press out.

Lay them out, sew right and left sides together, press towards the print triangles…then sew the top and bottom together.

The unfinished block should measure 6 1/2" x 6 1/2". For a baby size quilt like mine above…I made 42 blocks and laid them out in 7 rows of 6 blocks each. This is a fun way to use scraps and extra pieces of those solids you don’t know what to do with! 

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Bright on white

Fresh from the dryer quilts are hard to resist for monkeys jumping on the bed.  This quilt turned out better than I’d hoped and was a birthday gift for my Mom.  The backing fabric I bought from Lori is fabulous…usually I stick with small print fabrics for the backing, but not anymore.

Now that the snow has come my boys are going bonkers being inside all day.  We’ve kept busy doing lots of crafts….salt dough is always a favorite.

I’m really sick of kids crafts.  :)
I got the memo that you want to know what that cute grey bunting fabric is from my last post!  It’s Sweetwater’s newest line called Reunion.  Yardage comes out in January and pre-cuts hopefully will start popping up soon?  Not sure about that one.  But that’s what it is!

Friday, November 11, 2011


I forgot to tell you I’m 100%  (4 ultrasounds later) baby #3 is a GIRL …and I’m a little bit excited to add some pink into my life.  I’m not sewing anything for this baby until after Christmas…because I know once I see the spring fabric lines I’m going to want all those too.  It’s just fun to buy pink and have a reason to buy it. :)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Fresh and Clean

My old pillow covers were gross.  They live on the floor 90% of the time because for some reason pillows are meant to be thrown on the floor by little boys + it was time for new ones. 

It’s a fun quick project and I forget how much I enjoy looking at new pillows on my couch, plus that patchwork pillow was all scraps…gotta love that.   I used this tutorial to install an invisible zipper in them so they can go into the wash often.