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Spooktacular Eve Big Block Quilt Pattern

spooktacular eve halloween quiltI LOVE Halloween fabric!!!  When I met Spooktacular Eve by Blend Fabrics it was Love at first sight!  These patterns have a fun vintage feel which makes them timeless!  I didn’t want to cut into the fabrics too much so I created this Big Block quilt pattern just for you!!!  It’s a fast and easy way to show off those bold prints!

spooktacular eve quilt 6I can’t decide which print is my favorite!  If you would like to make this quilt click HERE for the PDF download version.

spooktacular eve quilt 7I have this quilt hanging in my entry way.  The finished quilt measures 55″ x 70″ which also is a perfect throw quilt size!

spooktacular eve quilt 2Even better – it’s Mufasa approved!!!

spooktacular eve quilt 2 5I hope you love making this quilt!!!

Apple Applique Composition Book Cover Tutorial

apple applique coverBack to School, Apples, Reading & Writing, School Supplies, the smell of pink erasers, lunchboxes, and alarm clocks….

Today I am sharing my tutorial for this applique apple composition book cover.  I have written several composition book cover tutorials, they are my favorite and I can always be found carrying one around.  This one would make the perfect gift to give to a teacher on the first day of school 🙂

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I used the apple die from Sizzix and the fabric is from one of my favorite Riley Blake Designs fabric lines called Apple of my Eye by the quilted fish.  I used Therm o Web Heat n Bond Featherweight and a medium weight stabilizer.  Hop on over to the Therm o Web blog for the full instructions!!

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My Favorite Beach Quilt {Blend Sun-sational}

my favorite beach quilt        It’s still August and I am going to enjoy every last minute of summer!  I love the Sun-sational fabric line from Blend Fabrics.  Just looking at them makes me feel like I’m enjoying summer at the beach.  I am a California girl who was raised loving the beach.  Through the years my family has come to love many beaches.  I thought it would be great to include the names of these beaches in the quilt.

my favorite beach quilt blend fabrics 108 It makes it so personal!  I used SoSoft Fabric Paint by DecoArt.  I purchased at my local Beverly’s Fabric and Craft store.  I’ve painted on T-shirts and fabric before with acrylic paint.  It kind of leaves a rough texture after it dries.  I wanted something soft that would blend nice with the fabric.  This totally did the trick!  After it dried I could hardly feel it was paint – it just felt like the fabric!

decoart sosoft paintHere is how you can make this quilt:

51″ x 64″ Finished quilt

Supplies:

Fat quarters of assorted beach prints

1.5 yards white cotton fabric

1/2 yard for binding

3 yards backing

So Soft fabric paint

Vinyl stencils

This quilt is made of up 4 “blocks”.  Two are rectangles and two are squares.  Below is the cutting instructions for each block.  You can make this quilt larger or smaller, or mix up the blocks to create a totally different pattern!

You will need:

(11) Beach Name Blocks

(15) Squared Blocks

(9) 8″ square theme print blocks

(8) 8″ x 15.5″ theme print rectangles

cutting instructions beach quilt

Once everything is cut prepare the stencil for the beach names.  I cut vinyl on my Cricut and peeled out the inside of the letters to leave a vinyl stencil.  Each beach name is a different font.  I put the vinyl on the 3″ x 15.5″ white strip and stenciled using the SoSoft paint.  I let dry completely then removed the vinyl.  I made sure to heat set the paint while I was pressing the block.

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Once the paint is dry, sew the beach name block together. 1/4″ seams throughout.

sunsational beach quilt blend fabrics 6I love how they turned out!  Do you have any of the same favorite beaches as we do?

sunsational beach quilt blend fabrics 4Sew the squared blocks together by sewing a white square to both sides of the center blue square.  Press.  Add the top and bottom rectangles, press.

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sunsational beach quilt blend fabrics 3Cut the remaining theme print blocks, you can use as many theme prints as you want!

sunsational beach quilt blend fabrics 7  Next comes the fun part – laying it out.  I played with several different patterns until I decided on this one.  There is not really a pattern to it, kind of random 🙂

sunsational beach quilt blend fabrics 9  It’s always a good idea to photograph your quilt layout, especially if you have a #kittyquilter in your home!  Mufasa!!!!!sunsational beach quilt blend fabrics 10Sew the blocks together in rows and the rows together, matching seams that intersect.  Make sure #kittyquilter inspects all finished work!!  Quilt as desired.sunsational beach quilt blend fabrics 11I put minky on the back and had my friend use her long arm quilting machine to quilt it.  I love the pattern she did!!

my favorite beach quilt blend fabrics 106The binding is cut on the bias, my favorite way to make binding!!

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my favorite beach quilt blend fabrics 104I’m so ready for a beach vacation now!!!

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my favorite beach quilt blend fabrics 107Thanks for stopping by!!!  Surfs up!!!

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Sizzix Natural Wonder Bunny Mini Quilt


natural wonder bunny mini quilt sizzixI love to give handmade gifts, especially quilts.  My friend recently lost her bunny to a hawk.  I know how much it hurts to loose a beloved pet.  I wanted to make her something to show her I really cared so I created this bunny mini quilt.  She totally LOVED it!!

IMG_8870_2This little quilt features sawtooth blocks and appliqué.  The fabrics are from Blend Fabrics Natural Wonder fabric line.  I love that there are bunnies in the theme fabric.  The colors are soft and natural.  The bunny and hearts are cut with Sizzix dies.  Do you want to make one?  Here’s how!!

sizzix bunny blend natural wonder mini quilt 21/4″ seams used throughout 

Begin by making (6) Sawtooth Star blocks.  

For each block cut the following measurements:
sawtooth instructionsDraw a diagonal line on the back of each of the 2″ x 2″ star points squares.  Position the 2″ x 2″ square a 2″ x 3.5″ background rectangle right sides together.  Sew along the diagonal line as pictured below:

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Trim leaving 1/4″ seam allowance and press toward the dark.  Repeat the process on the other side of the background rectangle including trimming and pressing.
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Lay the star block out like this:

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Sew the pieces together in rows, and then the rows together.  Press seams open.  The finished sawtooth block is 6.5″

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Sew the sashing strips creating (2) Star Sets.  Press the seams toward the sashing.

Cut the strips for the quilt following the cutting guide:

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Bunny Applique

Iron Heat n Bond Lite to the back of the floral print fabric (Deco Park Gray).  Using the Sizzix Fabi and the Bunny Die, cut out two bunnies that face each other.  Using the hearts die, cut the larger heart out of coordinating fabric.


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Peel off the backing paper and press the bunnies and heart onto the white fabric, centering.  Outline stitch two times in dark gray or taupe thread.  Sew the strips together as shown in the picture.  Press seams and quilt as desired.

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I quilted loop de loos and 4-petal clover flowers in an all-over design.

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Make sure your #kittyquilter #kittyhelper approves of the finished quilt before you wrap it up!sizzix bunny blend natural wonder mini quilt 11
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Supplies:

Sizzix Fabi

Sizzix Bunny Die

Sizzix Heart Die

Heat n Bond Lite or Featherweight fusible applique

1/4 yard each of the patterned fabrics from Blend Natural Wonder line

1/3 yard white solid fabric

1 yard backing

1/3 yard binding

cotton batting