Trick or Treat | Carta Bella | Penny Rose Fabrics | Blog Tour – Wall Hanging

Hey Everyone! It’s time for another blog tour and this one is super fun! I get to show you some of Trick or Treat by Carta Bella for Penny Rose Fabrics.

If you’ve followed me for awhile you know I usually, well actually pretty exclusively, only make quilts for blog tours, but I thought I’d switch it up this time.  Who doesn’t like a good Halloween wallhanging?  For this project you’ll need the following –

  • Dresden ruler
  • Rotary Ruler
  • Rotary Mat
  • Cotton Batting
  • Fusible Batting or Fleece
  • Googly Eyes
  • Black Pipe Cleaners
  • Letters ‘E,K,!” Printed on 8 1/2″ x 11″ Paper
  • Fabric – See below for requirements…note: you will have extra fabric..probably enough to make two.
    • Also note – the Orange fabric used in this project is Riley Blake Cotton Shade Basics in Tangerine and the black is Riley Blake Confetti Cottons Basics in Black.

What do you say? Ready to get started?

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DIY Quilt Label

Hi Everyone!  All of us put a lot of hard work into our craft and we should be signing it similar to how a painter signs their canvas. That’s where a quilt label comes in handy and is essential in finishing off your quilt.  Here is a quick DIY label tutorial for you!

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Introducing our new Block of the Month – Tea for Two!

Happy Saturday Everyone! I’m busily filming and quilting for our Sew-A-Long and a new post will be out later today or early tomorrow.  First, however, I wanted to let everyone know about our next Block of the Month which will start on December 1st, 2016. I’m super excited about this one.  It’s using another Pam and Nicky Lintott pattern called Tea for Two and Captivate by Alisse Courter for Camelot Fabrics.  This is a hexi made easy quilt too! Have a look and click here or on any of the photos to learn more or to sign up.  This one is going to be so much fun!

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Quick and Easy DIY Ironing Station for Under $120

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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Introducing our FIRST ever BLOCK OF THE MONTH!

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!

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Kindergarten Quilts!

Hello Friends!

Can I just tell you that this disappearing 4-patch is taking longer than expected.  Who knew that 4 charm packs would turn into such a project.  I am hoping to have that tutorial up tomorrow, but in all honesty it may be next week.  In the meantime I thought I would show you a side project I undertook this past week.  One of the guys that I play pool with every Thursday night is a Kindergarten Aide.  He gave up a life of financial trading to give back. I think it is just fabulous that he broke free from his cubicle, but I digress.  In his class they make ‘Friendship Quilts’ and I offered to assemble some of them for him.

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1/4” is not a 1/4” is not a 1/4”

This Wednesday I would like to discuss a very important lesson I learned this week.  As the title eluded a 1/4” is not necessarily a 1/4”.  I assumed that my sewing machine was an accurate 1/4” seam from the needle to the outside of the presser foot.  I found out that, in fact, was dead wrong.  You see it was off ever so slightly.  How did I figure this out.  Well when I went to cut the strips of fabric for the Supernova quilt into blocks I noticed that mine were only 9-3/4” wide. 

Where did the other 3/4” go?! So I measured and re-measured and found out that I was just a teeny bit off, but that teeny bit compounded and added up quickly.  Needless to say my blocks are now 9-3/4” by 9-3/4” which means that my quilt will be ultimately smaller and I will have to adjust the triangle blocks as well. (they need to be trimmed down 1/4”)

Notice how it is a 1/4” to the inside of the stitching. That is where the problem lies.

The finished blocks should be 2” wide.  Notice how mine (because of the discrepancy on both sides) are now 1-7/8” wide.  Two eights equals a 1/4” and with three of these type of seams in the five strip block we have found our missing 3/4”
How do we avoid this? Great question! You MUST measure from the outside (left side) of your needle to 1/4”. If it isn’t the end of your presser foot then you will want to mark it with masking or painters tape to make sure you get the perfect seam allowance every time.  I recommend taking the presser foot off for this exercise.  Also make sure that your tape is straight from the starting point so you are heading down the runway straight so to speak. (I’ve used ribbon here because I am out of painters tape at the moment)


Below is with the presser foot on.  Can you see the discrepancy?! There is normally a silver edge on that ruler.

Once you have marked the sewing machine you will want to sew a test strip on a scrap of fabric to make sure it is accurate. If it isn’t keep measuring and testing until it is. It will, as I have recently learned save you a lot of math and frustration on future projects.

Hopefully this will save you from the puzzlement that I endured.  So as I said, a 1/4” is not a 1/4” is not a 1/4”.

Have a fantastic evening! See you Sunday!










Puzzle Piece Quilt – For Gabe

Almost 2 years ago my dear friend Jenny announced that she was going to have her first-born; an adorable baby boy named Gabriel. Well, I decided that he needed an everyday quilt so I began working. I found this pattern on pinterest and thought it would be a great baby quilt with so many possibilities. You can get it from

Jenny, like me, grew up in rural Montana. She, however, grew up on a ranch and her and her husband now run one of their own. She told me Gabe’s nursery would be a cowboy theme, but I could not find any cowboy prints to my liking. Plus, like I said I wanted this to be an every day, park sitting, drag along quilt so when I found this John Deere fabric I knew it would be perfect.

Picture of Gabes Quilt

Since this quilt was created there isn’t a tutorial, but this quilt could not be easier. The key is making sure all the blocks are laid out correctly before starting. That is where our photo finish method comes in handy. Smile

I may complete another one of these for my Etsy Shop, but there are already 2 more quilts on the tutorial docket first…one of which is Jenny’s 2nd baby’s quilt. She’s due in March with a baby girl! So excited! There will definitely be a tutorial for that one.

I will leave you with a few more photos of this quilt. Should you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask! Leave a comment or send a private note.

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