Saturday, March 23, 2013

Free Quilt Tutorial: Sweet n’ Sassy Baby Quilt

This little quilt is so fun to make…not to mention a great scrap-buster.  I figured I better come up with a better name than Coral + Triangles (naming is not my forte remember?)…but a little bit pink with some bright scrappy edges?  Sweet n’ Sassy it is. 

Here is a quickie pattern if you want to make one.   It finishes at 38" x 44".

Keep in mind that I don’t leave room for squaring up these half square triangles…so if you like to square up your blocks (there’s a good tutorial here), start with 4" squares instead.

Start with:

Print fabrics:
40 squares 3-7/8" each.  In my quilt I used 7 colors, and 6 squares of each color…repeating some of the same prints.
Background fabric
(I used white + aqua):
40 squares 3-7/8" each.  Or use a 1/2 yard, and cut the 1/2 yard into 4 strips 3 -7/8", then sub-cut the strips each into 10 squares 3- 7/8" x 3 -7/8". 
Inner border fabric: 1/4 yard.  Cut into 4 strips 2" x width of fabric.
Outer border fabric: 3/4 yard.  Cut 2 strips 4- 1/2", and 2 strips 7- 1/2".
Backing: 1 -1/2 yard, non-directional print.
Binding: 3/8 yard.  Cut into 5 strips  2- 1/2" x width of fabric.

1.  Draw a pencil line on the wrong side of each print square.  Place a background and print square right side together, and sew a scant 1/4" from the line on each side.  Trim along the pencil line. Press seams gently towards the print or open.  I starch the heck out of mine while I press…you’ll be glad later!

2.  Trim off the seam corners with scissors or a rotary cutter.  If your squares are un-even or not all of the same size, square them up to the same size (approx. 3- 1/2", but it’s OK if you need to square them up smaller).  Repeat until you’ve made 80 half square triangles.

3.  Arrange the half square triangles in 10 rows of 8 blocks each, matching colors together as desired.     Sew the blocks together into rows, press seams of row 1 to the right, row 2 to the left, row 3 to the right, and so on.

4. Sew the rows together, press seams in either direction or open.

5.  Measure each side of the quilt center, take the average if the two numbers differ, and trim an inner border strip to that length.  Pin and sew the inner border strip on each side, press out.  Repeat with the top and bottom inner border.

6.  Measure each side of the quilt and cut an outer border 4 -1/2" strip and a 7 -1/2" strip to that length.  Sew the 4 -1/2" strip to the left and the 7 -1/2" strip to the right.  Press out.  Repeat with the top and bottom border, using the 4- 1/2" strip at the top.

7.  Press out and done!  If you need help finishing your quilt there is a PDF you can download here.

This quickie-pattern was a late night, too much soda, Netflix watching and writing at the same time kind of afterthought… so proceed with caution and happy quilting!  ;)

Thursday, March 14, 2013


After hanging on the wall for a week I decided to make my colorful mini-quilt into a quilt for Sophie.   My husband thought the 4 quilts she has are already enough. 
Psshhh….there is no such thing as enough quilts as long as we use all of them right?

I did an off center design so the borders are smaller on the top and right side.  I’ll put a bigger photo up with a quickie pattern in the next few days. 

I quilted it with flowers (so fun to do!) and it took a few tries to make my flowers look like flowers….and it turned out way better than expected.  

The backing and binding are from the Les Amis line for Michael Miller.

Friday, March 8, 2013


It’s amazing how fast a year goes

She is just so much fun
Now that she’s mobile she keeps me hoppin’.  She unloads every cupboard and drawer in site, whereas my boys never got into anything.

For her birthday I got myself a present:

I told you…I’ve gone off the deep end. 

Monday, March 4, 2013


It took me a couple of months… but I got another version of the Christmas Lane quilt made up with a pattern.  

I decided on this soft, spring like color palette after seeing this picture, then I pulled all of the fabrics from my stash and scrap bin.

I laid it over a bed and now I’m obsessed with making a version for my own bed. 

I sent this one to Kathy to be quilted.  She always does an amazing job and the texture her quilting adds is beautiful.  I  love this swirl design she does…I think this is the 3rd (or 4th!) time in a row I’ve asked for it!

A green stripe binding finished it off and the sun came out just in time to snap pictures.

This is a beginner friendly pattern and comes in 3 sizes.  It uses Layer Cakes, Fat Quarters, or 1/4 yards (a photo of the back with material requirements can be found here, in the 2nd photo).

You can find this pattern here as  PDF or paper pattern.   Happy Quilting!