Archives for March 2016

“Flower Patchy” a Half Square Triangle Mini Quilt Pattern

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Sometimes you just need some cute fabrics and a fun little project to brighten your day!  I received my Cotton Crate shipment in the mail and it was filled with Riley Blake Designs’ Calico Days!  I was super excited to make a little quilt using just what came in the box!  calico days quilt

Every month Cotton Crates will deliver a box of 12 high quality fat quarters right to your door!  I loved having everything coordinated so I could jump right into sewing, instead of auditioning fabrics all afternoon!  This is the perfect little quilt to put on a table, fold over a chair, or add to your mini quilt wall!  It could also change with the seasons, I’m thinking Halloween with pumpkins or Christmas with trees, or nautical with anchors!  This is also the perfect go-to pattern when you need a hand made gift.  I did not lay out my fabrics ahead of time, I wanted it to look scrappy.

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Let’s get started on this fun little project!

12 fat quarters, these cuties are from Calico Days by Riley Blake Designs

Sizzix 4 1/2″ half square triangle die

Sizzix Flower & Leaves Bigz die

Heat n Bond Lite

1/2 yard binding

1 yard backing

All seams 1/4″, Finished Quilt 28″ square

I am so in love with the Sizzix Half Square Triangle (HST) dies!  I can’t believe it took me this long to finally try it.  I always thought I didn’t need this die because there are so many fast ways to make HSTs!  WRONG!  This die is amazing!  It is notched right at the 1/4″ so there are no little dog ears to cut off.  Which means the triangles line up and match up PERFECTLY!  NO SQUARING UP AFTER!  This is such a fast way to cut these.  And you can cut 6 layers at one time!  Follow the diagram below for step by step instructions:

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I have heard  people say that die cutting triangles wastes fabric.  Not here!  Cut the fabric in strips 5″ wide.  Once cut there is only a tiny amount of fabric left.

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The HST  is 4 1/2″ square which means it finishes at 4″ once in a quilt.

Once all your HSTs are put together, cut 9 low volume squares 4 1/2″.  This is the background for the applique.

Using the left over pieces of the fat quarters, cut small pieces and fuse Heat n Bond Lite to the back.

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You can use any flower shape, I choose to use this one:

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Make sure you have your cat do all your die cutting so it will be purrrrrrrfect 🙂

calico days quilt. 13         Once you have cut the flowers, peel off the baking paper and fuse them to the 4 1/2″ squares.  Top stitch around each piece. calico days quilt. 12

Mufasa really can’t get enough of the Sizzix machine!  I am super careful so we don’t get our paws pinched.  calico days quilt. 14

Lay the quilt out in 7 rows of 7, placing the flower applique blocks as shown below.calico days quilt. 15

Sew each block together and press in rows.  Press the seams of the rows in alternate directions.  You can press seams open, I lost patience in doing this 🙂


Match each intersection and pin.  Make sure to watch the points when you are sewing.  I scant my seams on this part.calico days quilt. 16

Baste, quilt, and bind!calico days quilt. 19  I love how charming this little quilt turned out.  And I sewed it in a few hours!!

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Kimberly’s Sac Pattern from Fat Quarter Shop

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Today I am participating in a blog hop with the Fat Quarter Shop!  We are showing off this super cute, super easy cross-body bag called Kimberly’s Sac.  This bag is so much fun to make that I had to make two of them!  One is for me and one is for my daughter.  There is even a video you can watch to help you as you sew along!                    Screen Shot 2016-03-22 at 6.38.40 PM

This bag is great because it’s comfy and slouchy!  I used quilt batting inside so it feels like a soft quilt.

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I made 2 versions: one is with Cat Lady Fabric by Cotton and Steel and the other, for my daughter, is sewn with the latest Star Wars fabric.

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For Star Wars bag, I used only squares for the outer bag.  This was easier for Ella to cut out and design by herself.


She LOVES it!  This would make the perfect gift for the Star Wars Nerd in your life 🙂

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And this Cat Lady version would be the perfect gift for that Crazy Cat Lady in your life (or yourself)…..hahahaha!

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I used parts of the selvage in the Cat Lady bag – I love Cotton and Steel’s creative use of fabric selvage!

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Since this bag is soft and cuddly just like a quilt, of course Mufasa sought it out as the perfect place for an afternoon nap 🙂

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I suppose it’s fitting that my Cat Lady bag has cat fur on it!!

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This is such a fun bag to use!  I can’t wait to make another one!

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Vintage Kitchen Blog Hop and Quilt Tutorial


I am so thrilled to be part of the Vintage Kitchen Blog Tour!  Andrea from Jolijou has designed this amazing vintage inspired kitchen theme fabric!!  You can see all the wonderful prints here on the Riley Blake Designs Website.vintage kitchen quilt 5

It is the perfect colors of vintage Pyrex dishes.

vintage kitchen quilt 2 I created this quilt called “Cat in the Kitchen”.  It is made up of hourglass blocks and 9-patch blocks.  What could be more fun!! IMG_5395Each of the 9-patch blocks has a kitty in the center – just like in my kitchen….with Mufasa constantly in the center of it all.

vintage kitchen quilt I have created a few little instruction guides to help you put this quilt together.

Assortment of Vintage Kitchen fabrics 1/3 yard each (4 blues, 2 pinks, 3 low volume, 2 yellow, cats, and others to mix in)
Solid White 1 1/3 yard
3 yards backing
1/2 yard binding
Begin by creating the hourglass blocks and 9-patch blocks.  All seams are 1/4″.

hourglass instructions

9 Patch Block – pinks & yellows with cats in the center.


The edges of the quilt are finished with flying geese blocks and rectangles.  flying geeseLay out the quilt as suggested below:

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Assemble the quilt together in rows, pinning at each intersection and pressing.  Make sure your cat walks all over it for inspection before you quilt it!!!


I am so happy with how this quilt came together!  The fabrics were so much fun to sew with!  My mind is just racing with more ideas of fun things to sew with this fabric!!!


Check out all the other amazing projects that my friends are making as part of this blog hop!!vintage kitchen quilt 6

blog tour


Julia – Riley Blake Designs


Andrea – Jolijou


Nina – Hedi


Anja – Nähkitz


Swafing Fabrics


Carrie Beri Bee Designs




Andrea – anlukaa


Emma – Frühstück bei Emma


einchen – doppelnaht


Anorina – Samelias Mum


Bev – Flamingo Toes


Amy – Diary of a Quilter


Julia – lillesol & pelle


Andy – A Bright Corner


Sabine – farbenmix


Simone – KaeptnStupsnase


Sarah – Mädchenkram


Melissa Corry


Jessica Stewart


Bine Guellich


Lindsay Wilkes


Sandra – Flaupa


Amanda Niederhauser


Ina – pattydoo


Ruth Sodl-Warter


Marissa – Rae Gun Ramblings

Bunny Mini Quilt and Pillow Featuring EZ Print Sheets

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I am so in love with bunnies and springtime!  My whole house is starting to look like a rabbit hutch!  (hahaha!!) I am sharing this pattern over on the Therm O Web blog today!  You can choose to make a mini quilt or a pillow!  The fabrics are from Penny Rose Fabrics designed by Elea Lutz called Milk, Sugar, Flower.bunny applique pillow and quilt 4

The pillow is made just like you would a quilt, only you add a zippered pillow back before you sew the binding!bunny applique pillow and quilt 8

See the zipper?  It’s hiding under an accent strip of cute fabric!

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I’m keeping the pillow for myself and giving this mini quilt to a sweet friend!


Both the quilt and the pillow are 20″ square.bunny applique pillow and quilt 16

Hop over to the Therm o Web blog and you can download the applique pieces and print them directly onto Heat n Bond Lite EZ Print sheets!

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Wonderland {by Riley Blake Designs } Easter Dress

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Thanks for hopping over here as part of the Riley Blake Designs Wonderland Blog Hop….or should I say Bunny Hop Hoppity Hop!  I am so in love with this fabric line “Wonderland” by my friend, Melissa Mortenson.


Melissa is the cutest ever!  She writes amazing patterns and books, designs fabric, and writes a sewing & craft blog called The Polka Dot Chair.  I am grateful to be a part of this blog hop!Screen Shot 2016-03-11 at 9.08.47 AM

When I saw this fabric I knew I wanted to sew Sally an Easter dress.  I am so happy that Sally is still thrilled at clothes I make for her.  Please don’t grow up!!!  This is my favorite girl dress style: little puffy sleeve, collar, sash, pleats and a long skirt.  I was actually surprised at this Simplicity Pattern #1211 .  It followed traditional dress construction and was fairly simple to put together.  I am hoping to make 5 more!!!  Look at all the fun variations you can make!



It’s always a little scary cutting into yards of fabric!!


But with a little help from my friend Jennifer and her cute bunnies, it was a snap!


I think this is the definition of sweet 🙂

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Sally was thrilled to hear she would get to model the dress with real bunnies!

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The bunnies look all soft and cuddly, but you can’t see all the scratch marks on Sally’s arms!!

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I love the pleats in the skirt portion of the dress rather than gathers, it gives it such a classic, clean look.  And of course who doesn’t love a but accent strip on the bottom of the skirt!

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Did I mention I love bunnies?wonderland dress 1

This fabric is so amazing and soft.  I would totally wear a skirt out of the bunny print.  Too bad I don’t have any left over 🙁

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I think this poor bunny is saying “I’ve had enough, put me down!”  wonderland dress 6               Thanks for stopping by!  I can’t wait to see all the other fabulous projects on this blog hop!!

14 Day Walk With Christ 2016

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Every Easter my family participates in a “14 Day Walk With Christ”.  This takes place the 2 weeks leading up to Easter.  I feel life is so busy and rushed and Easter can come and go before we know it.  It has been extremely meaningful to focus extra attention on the Savior during these two weeks.  In the past we have had a lesson, activity, game, etc. about Jesus Christ.  Last year we did a service edition where we performed random acts of service every day.

I notice that the Walk With Christ changes a little bit every year according to how our family is changing. In the beginning my children were younger and were home more. We enjoyed spending time on a nightly lesson, activity, and treat. Now, with teenage children, it is different. Since we all are connected on our devices I decided to make this year’s Walk With Christ an Social Media version.

How it works:

Each day  I will post a quote or a scripture with a little assignment to be completed. I am hoping this might be a way we can shine our lights in our virtual lives and help bring others to Christ. I am also hoping that taking this extra time will bless us as we devote our thoughts to Jesus Christ.

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:16.

I hope you join with me in making this Easter Season a time to come unto Christ.

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Put a picture of Jesus somewhere you will see often.  Even if you already have a picture displayed, add another one to remind you of the journey you are on for the next 2 weeks.  This might be a digital image you use as your phone lock screen or wallpaper.  I taped one in my car because that’s where I always am.  #walkwithchrist2016 #sharegoodness #helives




Sizzix Bunny Kitchen Towel

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Today, on the Sizzix blog, I am sharing one of my favorite little projects to sew: Kitchen Towels!  Hop on over there for the full tutorial!

sizzix bunny towel 5 Kitchens usually don’t have a lot of wall space or places to hang quilts or cute crafty projects.  I love hanging home made towels on my oven, it gives the kitchen that cozy feeling!  Theses sweet towels also make the perfect gift!  Who wouldn’t want one of these!  I choose some of my favorite Riley Blake Fabric Prints from some of my favorite designers.  sizzix bunny towel 10

I am also using my most favorite Sizzix Bunny Die (I’m sure I’ve said that many times!!)  I love using my Sizzix Fabi to cut these bunnies!  It’s so fast and easy!


And you can die cut several at one time!


I could cut these bunnies out all day long!  They are so much fun and oh so cute when they are leaping all over!


I used my ruffling foot to sew the ruffle – this is also a time saver!


I used Heat n Bond Lite to fuse the bunny.  I also used my new Oliso Pro iron.  It’s a dream!!!


I love how sweet they are with the soft colors!



I want to keep them all for myself!!     I love that these colors are perfect Pyrex colors!  I might just have a slight Pyrex obsession!!sizzix bunny towel 3

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Wonderland Bunny Pillow

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I’m pretty sure every spring I make a new bunny pillow!  Throw pillows are such a fun way to get your fabric fix!  I can’t get enough of these adorable bunny faces!  This new fabric line designed by Melissa Mortensen of the Polka Dot Chair is called Wonderland from Riley Blake Designs.


I kept the pillow design simple so the bunnies would be the focal point!  If you have about 30 minutes, you can make one too!


1/2 yard Bunny Main Print

1/8 yard accent strip

1/4 yard second accent strip

20″ x 20″ piece of fabric for the back

20″ pillow form

accent trim, optional

cotton batting

22″ zipper


First get out your fabrics and have your cat roll all over them 🙂

bunny pillow measurements

Next, cut the fabrics according to the above measurements.  Using 1/4″ seams, sew the pieces together and press seams in one direction.


Baste the pillow top to a piece of batting and quilt straight lines every 3/4″.  After it is quilted, trim the pillow front so it measures 20″x20″.  The reason we made it 21″ to begin with is because it can shrink a little when quilting.  This way we get an exact 20″ square.  From this point you can finish the pillow how ever you want.  I basted some neutral color trim onto the pillow front.


I always finish my pillows by inserting a zipper in the back of the pillow.  You can choose the invisible zipper method (here)  or the exposed yet covered up zipper method (here).  I added a piece of lace to cover the zipper.  I love the pink hounds-tooth on the back.


Guess who also loves this pillow?

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The back of the pillow is almost cute enough to stand on its own!     IMG_5011

I love the texture the straight line quilting gives the pillow!wonderland bunny pillow 6

I love bunnies and I love spring!!!   IMG_5003

Bunny Bricks Quilt Update

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My friend Tina from One Little Pooh has just finished the cutest version of my Bunny Bricks Quilt!  You can read all about it and the cute fabrics she used here.


Look how cute the Sizzix Bunny looks in these fabrics!  This is my favorite Sizzix die ever!  And now I’m thinking I need to make some more projects with these cut rabbits since it’s finally March!

Here is the link to the Quilt Pattern.  It sews up really fast and it’s a fun way to show off your favorite spring fabrics.

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