Monday, June 30, 2014

Vintage 9 Patch

I usually don’t look twice at quilt tops in thrift stores (I have enough of my own to be finished!) but this was so bright and beautiful.  Plus the price was….wait for it….$3.99!!!!  I almost feel bad someone went to all this work and it was under 4 bucks!

It’s a generous Queen size.  Once it’s finished I can see it draped over the end of an all white bed with a couple of colorful throw pillows…I’ve obviously been thinking about this way too much.  ;)

Whoever made this was a quilter after my own heart adding in a hefty amount of solids.  Further proof that solids never go out of style.  Have a great week!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Free Quilt Tutorial: Summer Slice


You’d never know it at first glance but this is SUCH an easy quilt to make…my favorite kind.  This is a beginner friendly quilt, but I would recommend having some experience with simple piecing and matching seams.

This quilt is 57 inches by 71 inches.

You’ll be working with some bias edges (fabric cut on the diagonal against the grain) so I highly recommend starching your fabric before you cut.

You’ll need to cut:  80 rectangles 6” x 8”, and 80 strips 2 1/2” x 8”.

I cut all of my strips from various prints and yardages, but I estimate you’d need about 16 FQ if you were buying fabric just for this.

Sew a strip onto the side of each rectangle with a 1/4” seam allowance.  Press seams open.

Count out 40 of the 8” squares from above.

Lay them on the cutting mat like so with the strip at the bottom, and make a diagonal cut from bottom right to top left.  You can stack and cut 3 or so at a time to speed this up.

Cut all 40 squares like this, keeping the top and bottom triangles in separate piles.

Cut the remaining 40 squares, but this time cut each from the bottom left to the top right.

Gather all of the triangles with the large strip portions.  Place 2 triangles together matching the seams of the strips. Pin and gently sew the triangles together.

Press seam to either side.  Repeat to make 40 of these blocks.

Repeat with the small strip triangles to make 40 of these blocks.

Your blocks should measure 7 5/8”.  Mine were all fairly square so I left them as is and trimmed off the corner bits.  If your blocks are a bit wonky, you can trim them up to 7 1/2”.

Layout 4 of the large strip blocks as shown.  Pin and sew the right and left blocks together to form two rows, and press seams in opposite directions.  Pin and sew the top and bottom together to create the block.  Press seam in either direction or open.

Repeat to make 10 blocks.  Unfinished they should measure 14 3/4”.

Repeat with the other blocks to make 10 small square blocks.

Lay your blocks out into 5 rows of 4 blocks each, alternating in between blocks.  Pin and sew your blocks together to make the rows, press, and sew the rows together to finish the quilt top.

You can make this quilt in no time by chain piecing all of your strips and triangles together.  Everyone will think you’re a quilting master and nobody will suspect it was so super easy to make. ;)
If you have any questions leave them in the comments and I’ll answer them in the comments. 
 Happy quilting!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Summer Slice

I showed you a bit of this quilt a couple of weeks ago while I was still playing with the layout. This quilt came about with a little trial and error (mostly error)…but the seam ripper and I had some quality time and we worked it out.  In the end it was really fun (and easy!) to make.

I quilted it on my machine with a swirly free motion pattern…my favorite quilting pattern lately and I’m slowly getting better at it.

Finished and washed just in time for 4th of July and summer weather.
I have a tutorial for this one I’ll finish up and post in the next couple of days…one that hopefully won’t require your seam ripper!  ;)

Monday, June 16, 2014

Chippewa Scrap Quilt

I made a dent in my scrap bin!  Yeah right.  But I did put some of my scraps to use and made this quilt…aptly named after our street.  You know you’re out of clever quilt names when you start naming them after streets.

This one is about 44” square.  A perk of having my 7 year old home all summer is he can hold up quilts for pictures…and he’s easily bribed with gum.

I drew this one out in my old school graph paper notebook.  It’s still the best way to play with  ideas and figure out patterns. :)  If there’s interest I’ll post my measurements when I finish the quilt…I think it makes such a unique/modern baby quilt!

Plus using up scraps is always a great…so I can buy more fabric…and make more scraps.  ;)

Saturday, June 7, 2014


Look, the sun is out!  We’ve been soaking it up.  In between laying out slip n’ slides and trips to the beach I’ve managed a teensy tiny bit of sewing.
Last year I made a few little quilts tops to be donated…and then they’ve sat waiting to be finished.  I looked at them this week and realized I better get them done so someone can love them.  They are finished super simple…but better done than fancy right?

The pattern is Suburbs…modified to be a large crib size. I did super simple quilting around the seams, then bound it using the quilt back with this method (so fast!). 

I won’t even tell you how many pots of hot water I had to add to the pool before they’d get in…my kids are cold water wimps!  ;)