Archives for November 2015

Winterberry Quilt

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I visited my friend Tina in New Jersey this summer!  We sewed for 5 straight days and this is one of the quilts we put together.

winterberry quilt 9 I just got it back from the quilter; just in time for December!  The fabrics are called Winterberry by Moda.  winterberry quilt 3We choose this pattern called Modern Greek Cross.  It is such a FUN pattern!winterberry quilt 4

I’m used to sewing with Mufasa so I was so happy to have Roo’s company while we sewed.  winterberry quilt 5

The blocks are so much fun to put together!winterberry quilt 6

All good kitty quilters must approve the quilt layout before sewing it together!winterberry quilt 7

We sewed this together in August and December seemed so far away.  How time files!  winterberry quilt 8  The quilting turned out darling – she used an allover holly design.  I love it! winterberry quilt 12

Mufasa totally approves!  I think it’s so cute that Roo helped make the quilt that Mufasa is sitting on!  They are best friends and don’t even know it!winterberry quilt

Little Joys Quilt Tutorial Featuring Sizzix

little joys quiltI am in love with this bell die from Sizzix.  It is so perfect with the Penny Rose “Little Joys” Christmas fabric.  These sweet vintage prints make me think of a simpler time.  I love collecting vintage Christmas ornaments and decorations; this quilt is sure to fit into the mix!

little joys quilt pattern christmas 35This quilt measures 42″ square and is a perfect size to hang on a wall, put at the end of a bed, or center on a table.  The quilt is made up of 6″ solid blocks with bell applique and  6″ nine-patch blocks that form a chain.  The full tutorial is over on the Penny Rose Blog!

Screen Shot 2015-11-30 at 8.08.25 AMI used this Bell from Sizzix.  It is such a versatile die!  You could die cut felt and make a garland, or let the kids decorate with sequins and trim!  Use it on cardstock for fast gift tags!

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Mufasa was all over this project because it involved the Sizzix Fabi – his FAVORITE toy!little joys quilt pattern christmas 20

I used Therm O Web’s Heat n Bond Lite for the applique.

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little joys quilt pattern christmas 12For the Little Joys word block I cut the letters by hand.  Download the Little Joys pattern HERE.  I printed the letters on Heat n Bond EZ print sheets.

little joys quilt pattern christmas 17You can also trace onto iron-on transfer paper.  The letters are in reverse.  Iron the heat n bond to the wrong side of the letter fabric.  Cut out by hand around each letter.  Peel off the backing and position on the white rectangle.  Heat set in place.  Sew around each letter.

IMG_2019Mufasa also loves the sewing machine!  No animals were harmed in the quilting of this project!

little joys quilt pattern christmas 19Finishing it up….

Lay the quilt out according to the above placement guide.  Sew each block together creating rows, pressing toward the applique blocks.  Then sew the rows together, pinning at intersections so seams match up.

little joys quilt pattern christmas 9Make sure your cat approves 🙂

little joys quilt pattern christmas 2I free motion quilted this with loop de loos and retro style stars.  I love how it turned out!  Add the binding and you’re finished!

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Sizzix Applique Anchor Ornaments


sizzix anchor ornamentsMy Sizzix Applique Anchor Ornaments project is over at the Sizzix blog today!  Sizzix has introduced an ANCHOR DIE!!!!  My mind has been blown!  Think of all the amazing projects we can make now!  Pillows, quilts, skirts, shirts, bags, table runners, and the list goes on and on!  I love the idea of nautical and Christmas intertwined.  I cam up with this fun little ornament – you can hang on a tree or on a hook.  It would make the perfect gift for your ocean loving friends!!

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Mufasa’s favorite sewing projects involve the Sizzix machine!


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Hop on over for the instructions.  Wouldn’t these be cute tied on packages!!!

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Patchwork Acorns

patchwork acorn potholdersI’m sharing my Patchwork Acorn Potholder tutorial over on the Therm O Web Blog.  You can download the pattern and read the instructions!!patchwork acorn potholder

These are cute to use as potholders or as decorations in the kitchen!  I used a kitchen towel for the backing and the inside is fusible fleece.

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I also used the same pattern for the acorn and appliqued it onto burlap for a quick fall pillow!IMG_1846

To make the pillow, use spray an bond basting spray to hold the acorn in place.  Top stitch a few times around the acorn.  Then sew a 1″ seam all the way around the pillow leaving an opening for stuffing.  Stuff, then sew closed.  Fray the edges of the burlap as desired.IMG_1836