Well hello there! It’s been awhile, my apologies, I’ve been moving across the country….but…I’m excited to be back and have a ton of new ideas and a new creative space to break in! (maybe I’ll do a new studio tour when everything is put away and pretty…because we know that won’t last long!) Today I’m happy to announce a new super quick quilt pattern using Christmas Delivery by Carta Bella for Riley Blake Designs.
I get the pleasure of speaking with the Johnson County Quilt Guild on the 27th. I am working on a fun precut demonstration for them, but just had to share with everyone! Here’s a new and fun take on a disappearing 9-patch using 3.5″ squares.
The line is an older one by Riley Blake Designs called A Beautiful Thing by Zoe Pearn. I don’t think you can get it anymore, but I think we can all agree it’s simply adorable!
Anywho, I hope you enjoy!
Until next time, Happy Quilting!
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.
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!
- 32 – 5” Squares or 1 (42 square) Colored Charm Pack
32 – 5” Squares or 1 (42 square) White on White Charm Pack
- 3 ¼ Yards Backing Fabric
- 3/8 Yards Binding Fabric (2 ¼” Strips)
- 3 ¼ Yards Cotton Batting
- Quilting Standard Notions:
Scissors, Rotary Cutter, Mat, Ruler, Seam Ripper, Machine, Thread, Iron & Board
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:
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.
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.
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.
Step 4: Set seams and press open and trim your dog ears. Voila! That’s the block.
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.
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!)
I can’t wait to show you what’s next!
Until then, Happy Quilting
Happy day my friends! As many of you know I like to make baby quilts for all of my friends to welcome their new little one. This quilt is for my dear friend Jenny’s third baby, Christian. Since this is the 3rd quilt I’ve made for her family I thought I’d mix it up a bit. I wanted to go a little non-traditional so I picked boy colors and simple shapes, but not juvenile in nature. This one goes up fast and the best part is you can actually get two quilts out of one jelly roll. That also means that you can use one Rolie Polie for this size of a quilt. What do ya say; let’s get started!
Thank you so much for giving my blog a look! I know I’m very inconsistent in posting, but I have some really great things planned so you should start to see more things in the coming weeks. It has been raining cats & dogs here this weekend thanks in part to Hurricane Patricia so it has given me more of an excuse to be inside working on projects.
Are y’all excited for this one? I know the recipient (baby Wyatt) loves it…or so his mom says ;). I do know, however, that his mom liked it and that’s really what matters. What do ya say? Let’s get started! (PS sorry for the parking lot photo…I spaced taking a photo before mailing!)
Hey everyone! I hope you are enjoying the weekend. It is H.O.T. Hot in Texas, but they keep telling me it will only get hotter. With that said, it looks like I’ll just have to stay inside my air conditioned quilt room.
Today’s quilt is a super fast one that could quite possibly be made in a day. I did it in small batches over a couple of weeks because life was just busy and I kind of put off getting the backing and binding. I’ve decided that I’m going to pick out the backing and binding before choosing the precut and/or only ordering matching color-ways. Running to JoAnn’s and finding matching or close to matching colors is getting harder and harder. I’m sure you don’t want me rambling on about frustrating shopping experiences so let’s get started.
My friend Marina is having her first baby girl. The nursery is lavender, gray & white. Lavender, gray and white pre-cuts are really hard to find and if you know of a secret spot please let me know! Luckily I had a layer cake called Jubilee by Bunny Hill Designs for Moda.
I hope y’all (yes I’m embracing the y’all here in TX) are having a great weekend with your friends and family. Speaking of friends & family, today’s quilt was for a new little addition to one of my oldest and dearest friend’s family. Hopefully little Emma likes this disappearing 9-patch as much as I do! I know y’all will love it as this could not be any easier to whip up on a Sunday. Let’s get started!
Hello my fellow quilters!
Greetings from North Texas! The move is done; well phase 1, I still need to move into the house I’m under contract with, but guess what? I have a new tutorial for you; I hope you like it. I’m calling it the ‘No-Stress Window Pane Quilt’. You may have also heard it called the Garden Gate or Garden Fence as well. What do you say, ready to get started? Let’s go!
Hello Fellow Quilters!
Now that the My Sunshine quilt is completed are you ready to move on to our next project? Pay attention this one goes fast!
There is a fun trend out there called Jelly Roll Racing. What is it? Well, it is a way to create a quilt front in less than an hour. The basic idea is that you will open a jelly roll and then just sew all the strips together. This is what Roxy’s first quilt will be, but more on that in a bit.
While this quilt is fairly simple it can get confusing if you skip a step. Have your jelly roll handy? Let’s get started!
Step 1: Sew the Jelly Roll Together –
Simply sew one strip to the next. Don’t worry about the order of the strips it will make sense as we go. Just take the top one and work your way to the bottom. The method for stitching these together is exactly the same way we connect binding strips. Place the right sides together and stitch at a 45 degree angle. Make sure the small ends are facing to the right as we will be trimming these next. Alright time to stitch!
The idea is to chain stitch the bottom of one strip to the top of the next one.
Yes, you will have a lot of strips! Please excuse all the fuzzies. I would recommend a lint roller as well. I know we made good use out of it.
Step 2: Trim and Press –
Now that all of your strips are sewn together we need to trim them apart and cut the very large ‘dog ears’. Once you do this you should have one long ‘binding’ strip of fabric.
I know Baxter enjoyed the ‘dog ear’ confetti party.
Here is how the strip should look once they are pressed.
Step 4: Race Away, Connecting the Strip Together –
Pick one end and trim 18” or so. If you don’t do this all the angled seams will start to line up and it will not give you the variegated look desired. With right sides together you are going to sew the two ends of the strips together. Careful not to get any twists. Once you reach the end, (don’t panic, this is going to take a while) you will need to trim the loop part to create two flat ends. (See Roxy’s photos below for an example. Now, don’t get all up in arms the photo was purely for show. We laid it out and used a rotary cutter to make sure the edges were straight. )
Then, guess what? Yes, put the right sides together from the trimmed end and the other end you started and start sewing again! Note: YOU ARE MATCHING SHORT END TO SHORT END AND STITCHING LENGTHWISE. Don’t make a long tube, one side should always be open.
With each round you will repeat the trim and the ends together until you have your desired width of quilt. Each time gets half as long so the strips get shorter and shorter. Here is a rough video to show you:
You may want to wind a few bobbins ahead of time and watch every so often to make sure that you haven’t ran out of thread. It will happen my friends, just you wait.
After you have hit the desired width (the one below is ~48×60)you want you can proceed to spraying, pinning, quilting and binding or you can add a border, etc. It is completely up to you. But, let’s just take a moment shall we?! I mean how easy is this?! You don’t even have to decide how to arrange the fabric.
Now, I am making mine into a baby quilt for my dear friend Audra who got to say hello to her super healthy baby 3 weeks early! As you can see time is of the essence, but this quilt is too big for an everyday baby quilt.
After much deliberation with Roxy we decided that I could make three out of this one quilt, but how?! That, my friends, is next week’s post, but until then I will leave you with Roxy’s first ever quilting experience in slide show form! Seriously, how awesome is she! High-five first timer!
We almost did this entire quilt in a day too! (with only 1 or 2 sweat shop references…)
Until next week my friends! Have fun quilting!
Step 2: Originally Posted on 3/10/2014:
When we last spoke I had just finished the Jelly Roll Race Quilt front. I mentioned that I was making this quilt for my friend Audra’s new baby boy, Reece. Well the quilt front we finished was quite large. My intention was not for a twin sized quilt, but rather for a play date throw-down in the grass rough and tumble quilt.
With that said I decided to break up the Jelly Roll Race quilt into three sections. Deciding on the first two was easy, but how to make the third took a little deliberation. That’s when after much discussion with Roxy I decided to continue the race one more time through the machine. Let me just tell you, that was one long quilt front!
At this point all I needed to do was to decide where to ‘rip’ out the seams to create three quilt fronts. This came down to some pretty easy math; add up the strips and divide by three!
Now that I have the three fronts it became apparent that I would need sashing and a border to set off the ‘race’ as well as make it the final desired size. I knew that it would need something going in since the width was only 2ft and I needed more than that for a baby quilt. Before adding the sashing and borders it was necessary to ‘square’ up the quilt fronts to make them true and even.
I chose a white on white and a white on green polka dot fabric. Using the same concepts as the My Sunshine Quilt I cut the white on white into 2 ½” strips and the green into 4 ½” strips. In the end they will be 2” and 4” after the 2- ¼” seam allowances. In the same manner as the My Sunshine Quilt you will stitch the sides and trim the strips down and then stitch the top and trim the strips down. Remember to trim your edges and salvages so you are working with straight edges.
In the photo below you can see where I stitch off the edge of the bottom of the quilt. After you complete the stitching you will want to trim the edges down. This takes the guess work out of measuring your sashing and give you a perfect finish every time!
Here is the quilt front with the completed sashing. Starting to take shape!
Ta da! The final quilt front with the green dot border! Don’t you think it frames the ‘race’ nicely?
In this process I discovered Sulky thread for quilting. Man do I love it! You have to be careful with threading and tension, but it makes quilting go so much more smoothly than before. I chose to quilt the borders and then every third Jelly Strip row.
On a side note, it took a bit for me to get the tension correct on the Sulky thread. Translation…I had to rip out quite a bit. Well, look who was more than eager to help. Needless to say he is yet again in the hinder category.
Time to bind and these quilts are done! Look for them on my Etsy shop soon!
Next Up…disappearing 4-patch with Dori! Here’s a sneak peak!
Happy Quilting! Let’s chat again soon!