Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Guest tutorial from Kersten

My friend Kersten from Frozen Knickers is posting here today sharing this super cute baby quilt she made with her scraps. She’s a clever one that Kersten…. happy quilting! –Allison

Hello...I am so excited to be here sharing this quilt front tutorial!
One night,as I was lying in bed trying to decide what to do with all these delectable Bubblegum
Basics fabric scraps, I had this tasty little vision. Surprisingly, it looked something like this...

Oh yum! I wanted to share this simple tutorial for how to make this in a baby size (approx. 36" x 42").

You will need: 42- 2 1/2" printed squares, 13- 3/4" x width of fabric (approx. 42'') white strips (approx. 10"), and 24- 3" x width of fabric grey strips (2 yards),

Basic sewing/quilting supplies: a 6 1/2" square template (I chose the fancy route and used a piece of paper), and a walking foot (optional).

To finish it: Back and Batting (approx. 40" x 46"), and 4- 2 1/2" x width of fabric strips for binding.

*Note* Use a 1/4" seam allowance All fabrics are sewn right-sides-together.

How to make it: Use this piecing method (throughout the entire pattern for piecing)...

Stitch the white strips to both sides of the 42 printed squares. Cut and press to get this...

Square up your edges. Stitch the remaining white strips to the tops and bottoms of each square. Cut, press, and square edges. Stitch the 3" grey strips to the sides of the squares. Cut and press to get this...

Square up your edges. Stitch the remaining grey strips to the tops and bottoms of each square. Press. Don't worry about squaring up the edges. It should look like this...

Pull out your handy-dandy 6 1/2" template and place it on top of your block like this...

Angle it to get the wonky look. Note that whichever direction your template is turned toward, your wonk will be in the opposite direction. Place your cutting ruler over the template...

and cut on all four sides...

to get this.

Okay, that took a while, but you are so close to being done!!! Lay out your blocks how you want. Six blocks in a row. Seven rows. Since the sides of your blocks are cut at an angle they will stretch and fray more easily. I would suggest not letting little people play with them just yet. :) They can love on it soon enough. Switch to the walking foot if you have one. Stitch the blocks, side-to-side, in each row.

Press seams. To reduce bulk I pressed the seams in rows 1,3,5, and 7 to the right. And seams in rows 2, 4, and 6 to the left. My preference. Do as you like. Stitch rows together. Be sure to pin seams! Press seams open. Ooo La're done with the top!!! Layer your back, batting, and top. Quilt it. Bind it. And you're done!!! Now run, don't walk, to your washing machine! It's time to let the little one snuggle and enjoy it!

And the back...

I had such a great time putting this together! So much so, that I am in the middle of quilting its twin! As a thank you to Allison and all her fabulous readers I am offering 15% OFF your entire order in my shop through Monday, 30 Jan. Enter SEWMAMA15 at checkout. Head over to my blog for a chance to win a mini version of this quilt as part of my 100th post.

Friday, January 20, 2012


My garbage can is full of lovely bits from a night of sewing…

My work in progress quilts are hanging in the closet waiting for my next burst of energy…

and my husband and I are arguing over who’s turn it is to give this monkey a haircut:

It’s my turn…but don’t remind him.  Have a great weekend!

Saturday, January 14, 2012


Today I’m tackling my extra batting pile (this is maybe 1/4 of it).

I’ve been lazy at using up my large pieces as I go…instead I throw them in my closet and hope they’ll magically piece themselves together.  No surprise they didn’t….so I’m biting the bullet and getting it done.

I’m piecing mine into crib size pieces and larger by butting the straight ends together and doing a large zig-zag stitch.  It’s actually very fulfilling (but boring) to use up all those scraps….even if it does make for some slightly wonky battings.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Kaleidoscope 2

I got this quilt back from a shop last week and fell in love with it all over.  The quilting is a-maz-ing.  I made this out of 2 (ish) layer cakes of Summer House by Moda with the Kaleidoscope pattern.  I made the quilt top last spring…then told my local quilter she could do whatever she wanted on it…which I always do…because she’s amazing and I can’t ever decide. 

The back is a pop of color.  I really love it…just what I need when its brown and pretty darn ugly outside.

Just for fun if I showed you the un-edited version of that picture you’d see:

the roller coaster set up in my living room.  The best $94 Santa ever spent…even if it is loud and I have to step over it everyday…best...toy…ever.