Posted on October 22, 2016

Quilting from ‘Square’ One – Sewing the Final Squares

Charm Pack Quilts/ Quilting from 'square' one

Hey Everyone!

I’m so sorry I am late with this post. The truth is, even I get overwhelmed at times.  This overwhelmed feeling got me thinking that maybe some of you are trying to keep up with the speed of this sew along and, quite frankly, it’s too fast.  Because of this revelation I’ve decided to slow it down a bit.  Now, if you are on a deadline and needing to get this project finished next week please send me a note and we’ll work something out on the side.  For everyone else, use this week to catch up!

Here’s the only video for this post. It shows you how to put the final squares together.

If you get ambitious you can put the entire front together as well. Just follow how we read when assembling; left to right, top to bottom.

Happy Quilting!


Posted on October 14, 2016

Quilting from ‘Square’ One – Nesting, Sewing and Cutting!

Bed Sized Quilts/ Charm Pack Quilts/ Quilting from 'square' one


Hey Everyone!

Welcome to week two of Quilting from ‘Square’ One – Disappearing 9-Patch! How did week one go?  Hopefully smoothly and y’all are pumped to put these sets of three together.  What do ya say; let’s jump right in!

This week we are going to go over the art of nesting seams, sewing the 9-patches together, cutting the 9-patches apart for your surprise block and then finally the final layout of your quilt.

Step 1 – Nesting Seams.  I’ve been talking about this and talking about this, now we get to put it into action! Below you will see our three lovely rows that we have sewn together in anticipation of this ‘nesting’ moment.  Hopefully you’ve sewn all of your groupings of three together and are excited for this next step. Did you happen to catch my bonus video on YouTube? It’s all about chain piecing so if you are a little behind it is definitely a good watch and will speed up your process immensely. Okay back to business…let’s combine these three patches into nine shall we?


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Posted on October 7, 2016

Quilting from ‘Square’ one – Disappearing 9-Patch – Week 1 – 1/4″, the dark side and straight lines…

Bed Sized Quilts/ Charm Pack Quilts/ Layer Cake Quilts/ Quilting from 'square' one

Hi Everyone & welcome to WEEK 1 of Quilting from ‘Square’ One-

Are you more nervous or excited or an eclectic combination of both!?!  Well, don’t be nervous….this is fun stuff!  Here’s how we’re going to break down this crazy hobby called quilting.  This week we will be going to go over basic items like machine basics, the right and wrong side of fabric, why an accurate 1/4″ is important and how you’ll be sewing together your first block set.  You can watch the video snip-its for information as well as follow along with the written instructions.

Please reach out if you are lost or would like to as a question.  I’m here to help!

Machine Basics: Make sure you have 2 wound bobbins of a ‘mostly’ matching thread color. Most people use white or black. Since most of our kits have white center blocks you’ll want to use white thread.  Coats & Clark is a basic beginner brand that is affordable and an all around easy every day thread.

If you are new to your machine or haven’t used it in awhile I highly suggest running a few test stitches through your machine before getting started.  This will help you feel more comfortable when you start on your real blocks and will allow you to adjust any tension issues you may run into.  Since everyone probably has a different machine I will direct you to you individual machine manual should you have mechanical issues. Read more..

Posted on September 27, 2016

Quilting from ‘Square’ one – Kit Description

Quilting from 'square' one



This sew-a-long is going to be informative and fun!

This kit includes enough fabric for the front of your quilt.  Backing and binding fabric will need to be purchased separately.

Included in your kit –

  • 100 – 5” ‘Outer Squares’
  • 100 – 5” ‘Inner Squares’
  • 25 – 5” ‘Center Squares’

Information about the sew-a-long –

  • All tutorials will be posted on Friday evenings so you can have the entire weekend to sew if you so desire.
  • I am ALWAYS available for help should you need it. Feel free to reach out via email, phone, Instagram, Facebook or carrier pigeon.  If you get stuck, we can FaceTime or Skype and I will do my bet to get you ‘unstuck’. The last thing I want is for you to feel frustrated. This is a FUN process; let’s enjoy it!
  • is your landing page and where you will find all things Quilting from ‘Square’ one.
  • There are some notions that are required to complete this project and are not included in the kit. There are also some helpful notions that I’ve listed as optional. If you find you like quilting, you will most likely want to purchase these in the future.  All of the notions are listed below.
  • This letter is also posted on the blog so you can reference it at any time and all of the notions will have affiliate links so you can one stop shop on if you would like. (Yes, my blog contains affiliate links, but only to items I find useful and do not carry in the shop.)

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Posted on September 11, 2016

Modified ‘Doe a Deer’

Baby Quilts/ Fat Quarter Quilts/ Uncategorized

Happy first Sunday of the 2016 NFL Season!  While many of us enjoy watching football with our friends, hubs, etc. sometimes it is nice to retreat to the studio on Sunday for some ‘me’ time.  Today I am working on finishing up my next blog post, but in the meantime here is one I’ve been meaning to share with y’all for some time.

A colleague’s wife commissioned a baby quilt for one of her best friends.  The timing wasn’t great as I was still in the middle of that nasty hail storm remodel and my studio was in complete shambles.  So, naturally I said “Yes of course I’ll make you a quilt.”  (It’s what we all do, right?)

The nursery colors are teal and coral which is a pretty tough combination I discovered, but luckily Woodland Springs by Designs by Dani for Riley Blake came through and worked perfectly.

Woodland Springs Quilting Fabric

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Posted on September 4, 2016

Quick and Easy DIY Ironing Station for Under $120

On the Side... - Station 7

Hey Everyone!

I know that I am completely overdue in posting, but I assure you that I have a couple great tutorials in the works and a long list of super fun quilts to come. Today I just wanted to pop in and show a quick weekend project that you can do in about 2 hours.

Space in my studio is limited and as you know a regular ironing board tends to take up a lot of space.  I have seen a few ironing station ideas on Pinterest so I thought I’d put my own together.  IKEA here I come! I wanted a cart with some overhang for a ‘ironing board cover’. It also needed to be counter height or slightly higher since I’m standing 90% of the time I’m ironing.  It also had to have storage space since that was the point of the entire thing and, of course, look good.

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Posted on June 2, 2016

Introducing our FIRST ever BLOCK OF THE MONTH!

Jelly Roll Quilts/ On the Side...

Please join us for our first ever Block of the Month! 

Follow along each month with The Clever Quilt Studio as we create

‘Manor House’ by Pam and Nicky Lintott.

We will be using Carina Gardner’s newest fabric line

Posy Garden for Riley Blake Designs!

Finished Quilt Size: 53”x70” (134.62cm x 177.8cm)

Block Size: 12” (30.48cm)

Blocks per Quilt: 12 sampler blocks plus 6 connector blocks

Begins July 15th 2016, sign up ends July 1st 2016 at midnight CDT

Cost: $20.00/Month plus shipping and applicable tax

  • Auto charged on the 10th of every month for 5 months after your initial payment of $20.
  • Your initial payment includes the month one kit to be shipped on July 15th. All subsequent block packets will be shipped on the 15th of each month. Since the Posy Garden fabric line won’t be released until July, the initial kit will not be shipped until July 15th and then every subsequent month thereafter.

Each Month you receive:

  • Fabric and instructions to make 2 of the 12 sampler blocks and one connector block.

The first month you will receive:

  • Fabric for the first two blocks
  • Fabric for two connector blocks
  • The Creative Grids Multi-Size 450 / 900 ruler
  • ‘Manor House’ instruction booklet

Aren’t you excited to get started on these blocks right away?

Your month three kit will include the binding fabric along with a free BONUS pattern.

If you would like us to include backing fabric please select the option and add to cart as well. This will ship this with your 1st kit. ($40 for 4 1/8 yards of backing fabric)

START DATE: This Block of the Month Club starts on July 15, 2016 and runs for 6 months

SHIPPING: The standard shipping rate of $5 will be applied at mailing. If you are an international customer the standard international rates apply.

NOTE: By signing up for this Block of the Month Club you agree for your credit card to be charged on the 1st of each month. This includes the cost of the program plus shipping.

Cancellations will only be accepted in special circumstances and a cancellation fee equal to one month’s charge will be debited to your credit card. As always we will work with you if something should arise. Please contact us at the shop.

Follow along on our sister site, The Clever Quilt Shoppe! Create with us; we’d love to see tagged posts of your progress. Use #CleverManorHouse on Instagram and Facebook. We’ll even share some of your great work on our blog as time goes on.

Click here to purchase  Please give us a call or email with any questions you may have.

We can’t wait to get started with Y’all!

(p) 972.442.6498

Posted on April 9, 2016

Charmed Triangles

Baby Quilts/ Charm Pack Quilts
Charmed Triangle - Cover -

Today is a dreaded, yet, necessary evil here in north Texas. It is the day I have to replace my air conditioning system. Sad day for the unit that came with the house, but this girl is super excited for a more efficient system and lowered utility bills! Oh, and not dying this summer!  So Cooper, Baxter and I are ‘chillin’ (pun intended) in my office writing this post for you.  I’m also excited to show y’all this quilt.  I made it for my friends the Hitchings’ baby girl, Caroline. She is beyond adorable and this one was so easy but turned out like a million bucks (in my opinion).

Oh! Before I forget, I’m so excited to introduce ‘printable patterns’.  These are simplified instructions that you can take to your fabric store so you won’t forget any dimensions, etc. You can even scan the QR code at the bottom of the page and it will take you right to the blog with photos, etc.  I will try to back fill as many posts as possible, but know that they will be there for any new ones going forward. You can find today’s here: Charmed Triangles – Free Printable

What do ya say; let’s get started!

Materials Needed:Charmed Triangles - - 4

Finished Size: ~45″x45″



I decided to use a left over layer cake and some charms from a blue, lavender, pink and gray charm pack (Jubilee by Bunny Hill Designs for Moda). As you can probably gather I was making this quilt for a baby girl so I left the blue squares out to be used for another project at a later date and I already used the lavender squares for Charli’s Layer Cake Quilt. I also used white on white yardage and cut it down to the needed 5″ squares and some fun gray on gray fabric for backing.  Since I was using a remnant layer cake I also cut those down to 5″x5″ squares.  Here are all of the squares once cut:

Charmed Triangles - - 1

If that picture doesn’t get you excited I don’t know what will (but clean cut fabric is one of my favorite things, so who knows?)


Step 1:  The first thing we need to do to will be to create iron seam lines.  Fold wrong sides together on the colored charm pack and press the diagonal.  Likewise, fold right sides together on your white charms and press the fold as well.

Charmed Triangles - - 3 Charmed Triangles - - 8 Charmed Triangles - - 16

Step 2: Match a colored charm to a white charm. Stitch ¼” on each side of your pressed seam diagonally.  See the illustration; stitch along the dotted lines.

Charmed Triangles - - 18
Charmed Triangles - - 15

Charmed Triangles - - 13

Charmed Triangles - - 12


Step 3: Cut along the press seam using your rotary cutter and ruler.  Make sure to line up tip to tip or corner to corner.
Charmed Triangles - - 10

Step 4: Set seams and press open and trim your dog ears. Voila! That’s the block.
Charmed Triangles - - 11
Charmed Triangles - - 9

Step 5: Layout the squares into the diamond pattern pictured below. Make sure you don’t have too many of the same color ways right next to each other.
Charmed Triangles - - 5

Step 6:  Sew the blocks together row by row horizontally. Your front is ready for batting, backing, pinning and quilting! (Didn’t I tell you this one would go fast?! Youza!)
Charmed Triangles - - 6

Charmed Triangle - Cover -

I can’t wait to show you what’s next!

Until then, Happy Quilting


Posted on March 18, 2016

Quillow Wool Stadium Blanket

Layer Cake Quilts - Title Final

Wool Blog Tour-02

Quillow Wool Stadium Blanket –

Hi Everyone! I don’t know about you, but it’s definitely baseball season here in North Texas.  With Spring sports comes unpredictable weather and the need for layers and even a stadium blanket.  What’s great about wool is that it will keep you warm in the cool and cool in the warm making this quillow wool stadium blanket perfect for any Spring outing.  Lucky for us Penny Rose Fabrics now carries 10″ precut wool squares perfect for this blanket.  This is a fast one so what do you say, let’s get started!

Materials Needed – - Wool 24

  • 3 – 10” Wool Stackers from Penny Rose Fabrics or 16 – 10” Wool Squares
  • 1 Yard Backing Fabric – I chose menswear check gray
  • 1/3 Yard Binding Fabric
  • ~ ½ Yard Fabric for back pillow (I used the same fabric as the backing)
  • 1 Yard Batting (I like Warm & Natural)
  • Quilting Pantry Items
    • Sewing Machine
    • Heavy duty thread (makes going through the wool easier and makes the stitches more secure)
    • Tailor Ham or Seam Roll (Optional)
    • Rotary Cutter
    • Rotary Mat
    • Rotary Ruler
    • Iron (w/ Steam)
    • Ironing Board
    • Fabric Scissors

Step 1: We won’t be able to use my favorite method for half square triangles for this (pressing in half and stitching on each side) because not all of the ½ squares have perfect matches. Instead, for this quilt we will be cutting all of the squares in half diagonally. Make sure you line your ruler up corner to corner. Also, make sure your squares are a true 10”x 10” before starting. The square can be off just a bit due to the organic stretching quality of the wool. - Wool 23 - Wool 15 - Wool 14

Step 2: Arrange your half triangles to create the large star pattern. If you are using your own wool the sky is the limit regarding your color choices. I’m using the 10” stacker, which gave me a variety of different wool colors to work with. As you know if you’ve followed me for awhile I like to sketch out my quilts first.  Here is my final layout: - Wool 18

Step 3: Stitch your blocks together. Pair your right triangles and stitch along the hypotenuse (Alert! Yes, we do use geometry as adults! You should tell your children immediately!) using a ¼” seam. - Wool 11 - Wool 10 - Wool 9

Step 4: Press your seams to the dark side. - Wool 3 - Wool 2

With wool it is important to remember a few things. You will want to use a tailor ham or seam roll so that the backside of the seam doesn’t show through to the front. - Wool 25

I found in this application I really didn’t need the ham as my wool was thick enough not to show through but it is something to remember if you ever decide to make a coat. (quick pause for me to reminisce about my Make it Yourself with Wool days, ahh)    Also, make sure you press with HIGH steam or using a damp washcloth over the wool. This will help set your seams and give you the crisp look you are used to when using cotton.

Step 5: Trim the dog ears of the squares. - Wool 7


Then, once your half square triangles are all completed sew your rows together.

Step 6: It’s time to make the quillow portion of the stadium blanket. Measure and cut two 18” squares out of the fabric you would like to use for the pillow portion.   I cut mine on the fold to avoid a seam, but that is entirely up to you.

Step 7: Placing right sides together sew using a ¼” seam ¾ of the way around the pillow. Or in my case, the two seams adjacent to the fold. Yes, I decided to double stitch…my mom still has my serger in Montana (hint hint..Mom…) - Wool 29

Step 8: Set seams and turnout. Press.

Step 9: Top stitch as close to the edge of the top of the pillow. This will be the side directly OPPOSITE of the opening. - Wool 17

Step 10: Layout your backing fabric with your quilt creating a straight edge at the bottom of your quilt. Pin your ‘pillow’ portion to the bottom middle of the backing. - Wool 27

Step 11: Top stitch the two sides to the backing fabric. Don’t worry we’ll catch the bottom during binding. - Wool 26

Step 12: Spray baste and pin your quilt.

Step 13: Quilt away my friends, just make sure to avoid quilting over the pocket on the back.

Step 14: Time for binding! I wanted this quilt to be earthy and a little rustic so I opted to use the plaid backing which gives the front a little dimension.

Step 15: You’re done, but let’s fold it into the pillow! If you are a child or a parent with a child from the 80’s you may remember Popples? It is a similar concept to that.  Start by tri-folding your blanket so the pillow pocket is on the outside bottom. Then, fold the tri-fold down to the pocket. The final step is to turn the pocket inside out over your blanket. Voila! Now you have a pillow/blanket combo allowing you to easily store the blanket in your car. - Wool 16 - Wool 30 - Title Final

Thank you all so much for visiting and checking out my blog on the Penny Rose Wool Love Blog Tour; I really appreciate it. If you like what you’ve seen don’t forget to subscribe at the top of this page. I have more great tutorials coming! Also, don’t forget to check out all of the other fantastic posts on this tour!

March 14 – Mdm Samm of Sew We Stitch

March 15 – Cori Blunt of Creativity Amongst Chaos

March 16 – Deonn Stott of Quiltscapes

March 17 – Darci Schipnewski of Pastthyme Blog

March 18 – Crystal Delaney of The Clever Quilt Studio

March 21 – Carol Swift of Just Let Me Quilt

March 22 – Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter

March 23 – Penny Rose Blog

March 24 – Riley Blake Designs Blog

March 25 – liZ Evans of Simple Simon and Company

March 28 – Remona Gopaul of The Stitching Scientist

March 29 – Sachiko Aldous of Tea Rose Home

Until next time, Happy Quilting!


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