Archives for August 2014

Apple Appliqué Pillow Tutorial

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We are getting ready to start school next week.  I thought this pillow would be a fun back to school decoration or even a thoughtful gift for a teacher.  My tutorial is over on the Therm O Web Blog!  I used Heat n Bond Lite which made the appliqué a snap!  apple_pillow_tutorial


I think I could add pom poms to ever project I make 🙂apple_pillow_tutorial_1

Summer Nautical Pillows

summer throw pillow tutorialI know most of the stores have their fall and even Christmas decorations out on the shelves,  but we still have one more week of summer vacation left and I am embracing every minute of it!  Summer is my favorite!  I love being with my children all day and just being FREE!!!!!  I had to get in one more summer sewing project.  I decorated my family room with a few nautical pops here and there and my couch was begging for some nautical pillows!  These sew up in a snap!


Sea Critters Pillow (20″):

Don’t you just love this fabric from Dear Stella?  We love sea critters at our house!

Cut the sea critters fabric 13.5″ x 20″

Seersucker Twist Red from Blend fabric 7″ x 20″

cotton batting 21″ or larger

20″ navy blue lace trim

2 yards navy fringe trim

20″ square Denim for the back

20″ or longer Zipper

accent fabric 4.5″ x 20″

20″ pillow form

Spray n Bond for basting
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Sew them together using 1/4″ seams.  Using Spray n Bond basting spray, baste the pillow top to the batting.nautical_pillow_tutorial_1

With the two pieces basted you can quilt as desired.  Straight lines would be cute, I was impatient and free motion is faster for me 🙂nautical_pillow_tutorial_2


Trim off the excess batting


Add the navy blue lace trimnautical_pillow_tutorial_4

Sew the navy blue fringe to the right side of the pillow.  I found it easier to use my walking foot.  Curve the corners.

Prepare the back of the pillow.  I have found this is the fastest way to finish a pillow.  For the tutorial on how to do this, click HERE.  I cut the back 20″ and then cut 3″ from the top for the zipper placement.  The chevron piece is cut 4.5″ and then folded in half.


Now that the back is ready, place the right sided together, with the zipper open, and sew all the way round the pillow using 1/4″ seams.  Turn and insert the pillow form.

I Heart Whales Pillow (20″)

This is very similar to my pink I Heart Whales pillow found HERE.  Follow those directions for the Heat n Bond Applique.


Cut the solid white 10.5″ x 20″

Cut (2) Seersucker Twist Blue from Blend fabric 5.25″ x 20″

“I Heart” pattern click HERE

Whales from Blend’s True Blue fabric line

Prepare the appliqué pieces (directions HERE).  Iron the pieces to the solid white fabric.  Sew the blue fabrics to the white fabric using 1/4″ seams.

Using Spray n Bond, baste the pillow top to the cotton batting and quilt.  Instead of appliquéing the images on before quilting, I sewed around each image in navy thread during the quilting process to give the pieces a little pop.



I finished this pillow the same way as the Sea Critters pillow with the same navy trim.

I love the backs of the pillows!nautical_pillow_tutorial_12



Stair Steps Quilt Pattern featuring Briar Rose

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I am so excited to share my newest quilt pattern with you!  Last year I went to Sewing Summit in Salt Lake City, Utah and I went on a “Bus Tour” of several quilt shops in the area.  It was a blast.  I picked up all these fabrics in the Briar Rose line from Heather Ross.  Who wouldn’t love these adorable frogs, bees,  & grasshoppers!


briar_rose_quilt_pattern_10When my daughter saw them she instantly declared they were hers!  It’s almost been a year and she and I decided that this summer we would put a quilt together.  We worked on the pattern design together and she sewed the entire quilt!  I am so proud of her!

briar_rose_quilt_pattern_5 I wanted a pattern that she could handle but that was more than just squares.  This pattern has lots of elements that are great for beginners to learn.  We also wanted a pattern that didn’t cut the fabric up too much – after all, the frogs are just too cute!  So we added a few solid blocks of frogs here and there in the pattern.  Here is how you can make one:

Finished quilt: 50″ x 65″

1/4″ seams throughout



Assorted fat quarters or quarter yard cuts of 6 or more prints

(20) 5″ squares or charm squares

1 yard green print

1 yard white solid

1/2 yard binding

2.5 yards minky for the back


Begin by constructing (20) framed square blocks:

Pink frame (2) 2.5″ x 4.75″ and (2) 2.5″ x 2.75″

clover frame (2) 2.5″ x 4.75″ and (2) 2.5″ x 2.75″

center square 5″


Ella laid all her blocks out to make sure the fabric patterns were evenly distributed.  She is the best at laying out quilt pieces! IMG_9930

Sew the top two rectangles together, the side rectangles together and bottom rectangles together like this:

briar_rose_quilt_pattern_6Press seams toward the dark.

Sew the side rectangle units to the center square.  Press.  Sew the top and bottom units to the square and press seams. (I forgot to take a picture of the finished block, but you can see it in the quilt below)


Construct (24) half square triangle blocks

Cut (12) solid white and (12) green print 10″ squares

briar_rose_quilt_pattern_7Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of each white square.  Put the green square and the white square together right sides facing.  Sew 1/4″ along both sides of the pencil line.  Cut along the pencil line and press toward the dark.  Each square sew yields (2) half square triangle blocks.


Now you will need to square up the blocks.  The blocks finish slightly larger which allows for some room in squaring up the blocks.  Line up the diagonal seam with the diagonal line on your cutting mat and cut each square to be 9″.


Cut (4) 9″ squares from the frog print to mix into the layout.  This is how we laid ours out:


Sew the blocks together in rows and press the seams in each row in alternating directions, I always press toward the first block in each odd number row and away from the first block in each even row.  Sew the rows together matching intersecting seams and being mindful of the triangle points.


For the quilting…..

We got to go play with some fun long arm quilt machines.  Our friends at Quilt EZ let us try out “The Butler” quilting robot which is a computer that attaches to any long arm quilt machine and it has hundreds of programmable quilting patterns.  We selected a pattern, told it the size and hit “start” and it did this wonderful all over flower design.  You do have to roll the quilt and start the machine up, but it remembers where it left off each time – genius!




Here you can see the quilt design up close – I could not do this free hand!


We got home from the quilter and added the binding – Two days from start to finish!!  Not bad for a 14 year old 🙂




Of course Ella wanted minky on the back of the quilt – she is such a snugly person!  Love the fun green color.


Just the Ticket Quilt


I bought this magazine over a year ago and I have had it sitting near my sewing table waiting to make this quilt.  I even bought all the fabric last year.  I decided  this summer I would catch up on some of the quilts I’ve been wanting to make!  And here is the first finished quilt!


This is the original pattern – It is by fabric designer Julie Comstock who designed this fabric line for Moda.  I love that by cutting a layer cake in half and appliqueing half circles to the ends of the rectangles it creates the outline of a ticket!  IMG_0252

I used a layer cake called Simply Style from Moda designed by V and Co.  I LOVE the colors and the patterns!!


I had my quilter do the machine quilting.  Here is a close up of the detail:


There is navy blue minky on the back.  I wanted it to be a cuddly throw and my kids love minky.  It’s fun sewing quilts when it’s 103 outside!!!


IMG_0238It’s my new favorite quilt!!



Whaley Whale Quilt Tutorial

whale quilt tutorial

Did I happen to mention I love whales and I love this True Blue fabric line from Blend?  (haha)  The fabrics needed to come together in a quilt and I LOVE how it turned out.  Here it the pattern if you would like to make one – it is a quick quilt for sure!!

Finished Quilt Size: 40.5″ x 51″

Whale fabric 1 yard

Blue Wave fabric 0 .5 yards

White fabric – 1 yard

Coordinating prints (5) – fat quarters or quarter yard cuts

Spray n Bond Basting Adhesive


Begin with the whale strips….

Cut (3) 10″ x WOF Whale strips

Cut the blue wave fabric into (3) 4″ x WOF strips.

whale quilt true blue blendFree hand cut a wavy edge to each blue strip.  You can do it!!  Just let the scissors cut where they may.  Mine are not perfect, but neither are real waves.  Mine are all different heights and depths.  Using the Spray n Bond, spray the wrong side of the blue waves and align with the bottom edge of the whale strips.  Do this to each of the 3 whale and wave strips.IMG_9733

whale quilt true blue blend_3Top stitch close to the top of the waves in matching thread.  I love how the whales look like they are swimming in the waves!



Prepare the block strips:

For each strip set……

Cut (7) white rectangles 2″ x 3.5″

Cut (5) patterned rectangles 5.5″ x 3.5″

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Using 1/4″ seams, sew a white rectangle to the sides of each of the 5 patterned rectangles:

Press seams toward the dark.

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Cut (2) 2″ x WOF strips of white and sew them to the top and bottom of the rectangle strip set.  It should look like this:

Make (4) of these.

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Measure the finished length of the rectangle strip and cut the whale strips to be the same length.

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Lay the rows out like this and sew the rows together:



I quilted mine with random wavy lines similar to the blue wave strip.  This was my first time ever using a Long Arm Quilt Machine!  My friends over at Quilt EZ let me have a spin on one of their machines!  The stitch regulator is a dream 🙂

whale quilt quilting

whale quilt Blend True Blue 15Did I mention I love whales?

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Sew News Composition Book

The August/September 2014 edition of Sew News is out – check out page 70 🙂



My zippered composition notebook cover pattern is inside!  I came up with a way to combine my 2 favorite sewing projects: zipper pouch + composition book cover!!  I love being able to tuck my pens and small items inside my book cover so nothing gets lost!!IMG_0118


These would make great back-to-school gifts as well……I better whip up a few more 🙂
completed projects

zipper book