Archives for May 2014

The Ava Quilt

Ava baby Quilt

I love to  personalize baby quilts when I give them as gifts.  I came up with this quilt for a friend who is expecting a baby girl named Ava.  I choose the colors based on the nursery colors of Red and Pink.  This is a fun, fast quilt to make! and you can create your own pattern based on 3 types of blocks!

All seams are 1/4″


An assortment of coordinating fabrics.  I used about 12 different fabrics.  I think the more the better for this project.  Go ahead, get scrappy!

HeatnBond® Lite
SpraynBond® Basting
Cotton batting


Cutting Instructions:  There are 3 componants to this quilt: 4 1/2″ square, 4 patch, and a strip set of 3

STRIP SET measures 4 1/2″ x 8 1/2″

Cut 2 strips 1″3/4″

Cut 1 strip 2″ (this will be the center of the strip)

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Piece the strips together WOF so the 2″ strip is in the center.  Press seems and cut in 8 1/2″ segments.  You will need 10 of these.  I made 2 different versions.  Depending on the width of your fabric, you can get 4 or 5 strip sets out of a WOF.



Cut 2 coordinating strips WOF x 2 1/2″.  Sew  the two strips together length wise, then cut in 2 1/2″ segments.  Press seams to one side.  Sew two segments together to form a 4-patch.  Make about (23) 4-Patch blocks from different fabrics.




4 1/2″ BLOCKS

You need about (54 to 60)  4 1/2″ blocks depending on how you lay out your quilt.


This is how I arranged my quilt.  You can mix it up how ever you like; that is what’s fun about this pattern.  I did put (1) 3-strip set in each row.  There are 12 rows:   9 blocks across and 12 blocks down.

Ava Quilt layout


If you are appliqueing a name or word in your quilt, cut a piece of fabric 12 1/2″ x 8 1/2″.  If your name is larger, you may need to make adjustments.  Remove 6 blocks to make room for the applique piece.

Ava Name Block

Follow these instructions to use Heat N Bond lite to applique the name:

Heat N Bond Instructions


I used a straight stitch to applique around the name – I went around each letter twice.


Once you have appliqued the name, piece the block into the rows:



Now you are ready to assemble the quilt.  Sew the blocks together row by row.   Then sew the rows together.  Make sure to alternate how you press each row so the seams match up perfectly.  I use pins at all the intersections.


Quilt as desired!  Finished quilt is 36″ x 43″

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Men’s Shirt Re-Fashion



I found this pattern for making a girls skirt out of a men’s button front shirt in this book, Never Been Stitched.  The book is full of fun new sew or low sew projects.  Great for involving kids!



Essentially you get a men’s shirt and cut it up, creating a skirt.  I bought a size XL shirt and it made a size 8 girls skirt.IMG_8390

Sally wasn’t too thrilled about the idea until I made this cute whale shirt to go along with it.  I used some of the left over fabric and used Heat n Bond EZ sheets that you run through the printer.  Click HERE for the whale pattern.
I even used the existing front pocket from the shirt to be a high side pocket on the skirt.

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Harper Girl: Blogger’s Quilt Festival Entry

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Thanks for stopping by!! This is my second entry in the Spring Blogger’s Quilt Festival at Amy’s Creative Side. Here is my “Harper Girl” quilt. I created it for a dear friend’s new baby, Harper.

I was inspired by this Union Jack Panel from Riley Blake Designs as Harper’s mommy loves all thing British.

The quilt measures 30″x39″. The letters are machine appliquéd and the quilting is by machine as well. To read more about the quilt or instructions on how to make your own, click here.

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Thanks for stopping by!!


Bunny Bricks: Bloggers Quilt Festival Entry

Thanks for stopping by! I am entering this quilt in the Spring Bloggers Quilt Festival over at Amy’s Creative Side. I recently created this quilt called “Bunny Bricks” and it’s one of my favorite. I just can’t get enough of those appliqué bunnies!
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The quilt measures 38″ x 54″. The fabric I adore – It’s called Grace from Anna Griffin. I machine appliquéd the bunnies and machine quilted the quilt.


I have it hanging in my family room. I made it for Easter, but I can’t part with it just yet!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!!


Sunglasses Zipper Pouch Tutorial

Today I am sharing my tutorial for a zippered sunglasses case over on the Therm O Web Blog.  What is great about this zipper pouch is the lining is made of flannel so it is soft on the lenses.  I love this fabric – it’s the “blue” version of the Clementine fabric by Blend.  It screams summer to me.


Here you can see the gray flannel inside the pouch:

For the zipper pull, I took apart some owl earrings and used a split ring to attach the owl to the zipper pull.  I always am on the look-out for cheap dangly earrings!


It’s not too late to sew up one of these in time for Mother’s Day.  It should only take about 30 minutes!
For a slightly different version……
 cut a 1″ square notch out of each corner of the bag when it’s in this stage:
Open the notches, and match the seams, sewing a 1/4″ seam.  This gives the bag a “bottom” and allows the pouch to stand up.  I can’t decide which one I like the best!   


Bread Blankets: Flour Sack Towel Tutorial

I have had it in my mind to make these “Bread Blankets” for sometime.  I bake a lot of bread, rolls, and especially our secret family recipe Orange Rolls.  I like to cover my rising dough with a light weight flour sack towel.  The white towels are so plain and boring, so I decided to embellish the towels.  The Clementine fabric from Blend lends itself so well to my orange roll making – so I knew I wanted an orange on the towel.  Since the recipe is my mother-in-law’s, I decided to send her one of these Bread Blankets for Mother’s Day.
2 1/2″ x WOF strip of fabric for the ruffle
Small pieces of fabric for the appliqué
22″ lace
Heat n Bond Lite Fusible appliqué
Flour Sack Towel
Orange pattern, download HERE
When you open your flour sack towels, toss them in the wash and dry them, then press them.  They will be very wonky.
The towels are much larger than the cookie sheet trays or a bowl of rising dough.  Cut the towel as desired, I cut mine 26″ x 20″.  Sew a rolled hem on both sides, then sew a rolled hem on the top and bottom.
Cut your ruffle fabric 2 1/2″ x WOF

Sew a rolled hem in the bottom:

Gather the fabric using a ruffling foot – or you can gather by hand.

This will make extra ruffle.  Cut the ruffle 1/2″ longer than the towel on each side.  Fold the ends of the ruffle in 1/4″ and 1/4″ again and sew a little seam.

Pin into place.  You can position your ruffle where ever you like it, of course you can add more ruffles or change up the design.  Stitch along the gathering stitch.

Pin the lace into place and sew using matching thread.

Print the pattern and trace it onto the Heat n Bond Lite.  The pattern is already printed in reverse.  Iron the Heat n Bond to the wrong side of the orange, leaf, and stem fabric.  Cut out along the pattern line, peel off the backing and press into place.  Outline stitch in black thread 2 times around the shapes.

Perfect for covering a delicious tray of orange rolls!


Citrus Churn Dash Table Quilt

Today’s Mother’s Day Tutorial is this cute Citrus inspired Churn Dash Table Quilt.  I made this little quilt for my mom (I hope she doesn’t read my blog between now and Mother’s Day!)  My mom is always asking me if I have a little quilt she can put on her table to decorate with and in my parent’s backyard are lemon, orange, and lime trees – sooooo when I saw this Clementine fabric from Blend I freaked out!!
I am so in love with this fabric – I want to rip out all my kitchen decor and replace with these fabrics.  Here is a little close up of some of the prints I used in this quilt.
Let’s get started – you can make this project in a few hours.
fat quarters of spoon print, stripe print, and small fruit print
1/4 yard large citrus print
1/4 yard for binding
3/4 yard for back
Finished Quilt: 25″
Cut (2) 7 1/4″ squares of the gray
Cut (2) 7 1/4″ squares of the stripe
Cut (4) 3 1/2″ squares of the gray
Cut (4) 3 1/2″ squares of the stripe
Cut (1) 3 1/2″ square of the center square, fussy cut if desired
Draw a diagonal line on the back of the 2 stripe 7 1/4″ squares
Layer them right sided together and sew 1/4″ along both sides of the diagonal line.  Cut on pencil line.
Press toward the dark.  These half square triangle blocks finish slightly larger than the desired 6 1/2″.  This is so you can square the block up and it is nice and even.  Lay it on a rotary mat and align the diagonal with the diagonal line on the mat and cut so it measures 6 1/2″ square.  Do this to each of the 4 blocks.

Sew the 3 1/2″ squares in (4) sets like this:  Press toward the dark.

Lay out the churn dash block and sew together in rows.  Press seams.
Now all that’s left is to sew the boarders on.  Cut the small fruit into 2″ strips.  Sew sides, then press, then sew top and bottom.  You don’t need to measure on this part.  Use the block as your guide.
The large citrus print is cut in 4″ strips.  Sew those on in the same manner as the small fruit strips.
Quilt as desired and bind.

I love it!!!!!


Mother’s Day Gifts: Zipper Pouch Set

These cute zipper pouches are a darling gift to give someone special this Mother’s Day.  This tutorial is written by my good friend Jennifer.  Jennifer is the one who takes me on crazy adventures to find fabric all over Southern California.   She is an amazing sewist and writes a blog called Jennifer Sews Again.
Her tutorial for these zipper pouches is great – I followed each step and my pouches turned out perfect!  These amazing fabrics are from Blend’s Modern Eclectic line.  I love the prints!!!

I love the lining!  What’s great about these zipper pouches is they unzip all the way so you can have full access to your items.  I always take mine when I travel.

I love that they nest too!

And they make a nice set when paired with a fabric keychain!


Fabric Key Chain Tutorial

Everyday this week I will be featuring a Mother’s Day Gift sewing tutorial!!
I like to give my “Mom Friends” a little give on Mother’s Day.  I have seen these fabric keychains, or “Key Fobs”  all over blogland and I finally decided it was my turn to have a go at them.  They are a perfect little gift!  These yummy fabrics are Modern Eclectic by Khristian Howell for Blend Fabrics.

Cotton belting or webbing – I purchased mine from the Etsy Shop, Everything Ribbons
Key Fob hardware – purchased from the same Etsy Shop
2″ strips of fabric
Therm o Web Heat n Bond Hem Tape
Fray Check
Cut the fabric into 2″ x 10″ strips
Cut the cotton webbing 10″

Cut a piece of card stock 1″ wide.  This will be the pressing guide.  Center the card stock strip in the center of the wrong side of the fabric.  Press the sides in using the card stock to keep the folds nice and straight.

Using the hem tape, place a 10″ piece in the center of the webbing.
Place the pressed fabric piece on top of the fusible hem tape like this:
Press in place
Top stitch the fabric along both sides.  I like to use this Bernina foot #5 and move my needle over 3 or 4 spaces.  It works like a charm!

I took one of those sticky discs that you put on the bottom of chairs and cut it in half and adhered it to my pliers – this will prevent scratching on the hardware.  Fold the Keychain in half matching raw ends. Center the hardware and use the pliers to press in place.

Use the fray check on the sides to prevent fraying.

I think they are so cute!!  And also handy!!