Archives for May 2016

Little Ruby Quilt Along {Fat Quarter Shop}



You’re invited to join in the Little Ruby Quilt Along by the Fat Quarter Shop!   Mufasa and I are excited to put together this fun quilt with you!LittleRuby-Quilt

This week we are choosing our fabrics, gathering supplies and getting familiar with the pattern.  Watch this video to learn more 🙂

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Mufasa and I have chosen to use Vintage Picnic by Moda.

Here is the schedule:

Part 1: today! Choose your fabric, gather supplies, and read the pattern

Part 2: Monday, June 13th– star blocks:

Part 3: Monday, June 27th – quilt assembly:

Part 4: Monday, July 11th – Your finished quilt:

moda kitty vingate picnic    You can check out the amazing bloggers who are participating in this Sew Along!

Melissa from Happy Quilting

Angie from Gnome Angel

Erin Cox from Why Not Sew

Andy from A Bright Corner

Heidi from Buttons & Butterflies

Pat from Pat Sloan

Peta from She Quilts a Lot

Heather from Quilt Story

Megan from Quilt Story

Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl

Gerri from Planted Seed Designs

Sherri from A Quilting Life

Rebecca from Bryan House Quilts

Sherri from This & That Patterns

Jemima from Tied with a Ribbon

Alyce from Blossom Heart Quilts

Stephanie from Modern Sewciety

Brooke from Silly Mama Quilts

Carrie from Moda’s United Notions

Market Tote Pattern

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I created this fun and versitile tote bag for Blend Fabrics.  It’s such a great tote because it folds up super flat but then you can fill it with tons of stuff!  It’s perfect for beach towels and swimming stuff, goodies from the farmers market, or a fun day in the fabric district in LA!  You can download the pattern by clicking HERE.

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No really, it’s huge!  Sally was thrilled to finally have a photo shoot that involved food!!!  This fabric is called Lolly by Blend Fabrics.

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You can make this optional Doughnut Money Pouch.  Download the instructions HEREdoughnut moneydoughnut bag3

I also made a True Blue version of this bag.  doughnut bag

Noel Mini Quilt

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I am so in love with Tasha Noel’s newest fabric, Pixie Noel!

Screen Shot 2016-05-23 at 9.51.51 PM I created this little mini quilt for her to hang in her Quilt Market booth.  You can purchase this quilt pattern as a PDF download in my Etsy shop.IMG_8371 Her booth was the cutest!


The mini quilt features iron-on applique ornaments and letters and a scrappy pieced border.IMG_7484

I quilted it in swirls to look like swirling snow.  This is the perfect size to sew up for yourself or for gifts!  You can get a jump on your Christmas list!!IMG_7501


Spring Quilt Market Re-Cap

IMG_8371This was my first time EVER going to Quilt Market!  For years and years I have watched and stalked peoples posts to catch a glimpse of what it might be like.  The best way to describe it is Disneyland for Quilters!  I have never had so much fun!  That’s my little Noel Mini Quilt in Tasha’s booth!!


The best part of Market is being able to connect with people in real life!  It is so great to be with people who love quilting!  I spend much of my time sewing with only Mufasa to talk to about fabric, patterns, designers, and ideas.  It’s a lonely little world with most people giggling when you tell them you are a quilter.  At Quilt Market I am with my people!!!!


I loved meeting Melody from Fat Quarter Shop in real life!  We’ve worked together on projects for years!


I loved meeting Tasha Noel for the first time!  I have been a fan of hers forever!


Meeting Jenny from Missouri Star was amazing!  She is the nicest person ever!!!


I was totally star-struck meeting Camille!  I totally didn’t play it cool and went up to her and said how much I loved her.  She’s a doll 🙂


I got to meet my cute friends from Ella Blue all the way from Australia.  We follow each other on Instagram and it was fun to be together in real life!IMG_8303

I’m always star struck meeting Heather Bailey.  She is super talented and very sweet!  IMG_8297

A fun little selfie that Camille took of Holly, Rachel, me, Amber, and Camille.


How cute is Vanessa from Lele Boutique!  Her new fabric line is even more beautiful in person!


I was thrilled to meet Kimberly from Fat Quarter Shop!  And how cute is the new Finding Dorey fabric coming out soon!  I can’t wait to get my hands on some!!!


Liz & Liz from Simple Simon are the cutest ever!  Their booth was amazing and so is their book!  I love those girls!!


Melissa is such a sweetheart and I’m so excited that Riley Blake is coming out with a Wonderland 2!!


My sweet friend Andy from A Bright Corner and Deena Rutter!


I loved getting to see Carina’s Glamper in real life!  It is so perfectly adorable!!


That’s my little mini quilt on the door 🙂


I loved meeting Elea Lutz from Riley Blake!  She is so sweet.  We even got to go dancing one night!


Lori’s booth was like stepping inside one of her beautiful quilt books!  I didn’t want to leave 🙂


My cute friend Shannon was there with her first line of fabric from Moda!  It’s called Acreage and it’s amazing!!IMG_8296

This awesome quilt was in the Moda booth and I can’t wait to make a giant quilt with Mufasa on it – maybe not with a cone though 🙂        IMG_8241

Everything at Market is so perfect and beautiful!IMG_8238

I can’t even choose what I liked the best!IMG_8228


Wait, maybe I can – it’s this huge cat quilt in the Moda booth!     IMG_8192

I got to meet all my friends from Sizzix!  They are so awesome!      IMG_8092

Tasha’s booth made me wish it was Christmas already – and that’s hard to do!             IMG_7895

I had fun hanging out with Andy (A bright Corner), Jodi (Pleasant Home) and Amber (Gigi’s thimble) and Brittney, Amber’s sister.  We spent an hour in line waiting for sample spree to start – after that it was everyone for herself!IMG_8087

Amanda Herring’s booth was super awesome and I loved getting to see her again.IMG_8253I cried when I had to go home.  Back to life, back to reality, but at least I have lots of fun memories and at least there’s Instagram to stay connected 🙂


Pretty Playtime Quilt Along


Have you seen the latest book from Fat Quarter Shop and Elea Lutz?  It’s called Pretty Playtime Quilts and it’s the cutest book ever!  First, who doesn’t love that it’s spiral bound – genius!  The book is filled with adorable quilt blocks that can be made into 6 quilts……or you can make the blocks and create your own quilt!IMG_7733

Fat Quarter Shop is hosting a Quilt-Along and here’s the schedule if you’d like to join in!  Each week a different designer will be featuring a quilt block from this book!

Week 2 – Erin from Why Not Sew?
Week 3 – Wynn from Zakka Art
Week 4 – Anorian from Samelia’s Mum
Week 5 – Amy from Diary of a Quilter
Week 6 – Renee from Sewn with Grace
Week 7 – Jemima from Tied with a Ribbon
Week 8 – Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl
Week 9 – Debbie from Happy Little Cottage
Week 10 – Tina from Emily Ann’s Kloset
Week 11 – Erica from Kitchen Table Quilting
Week 12 – Kristyne from Pretty by Hand
Week 13 – Heidi from Fabric Mutt
Week 14 – Brigitte from The Family Hearth
Week 15 – Lorrie from Sew Mod Designs
Week 16 – Kristin from They Grow Up Too Fast


Mufasa is helping me choose my fabrics and we can’t wait to show you what we’re making!IMG_7735

And I also have to say the Elea Lutz might just be the cutest person in the whole world 🙂IMG_7737

Spooky Delights Table Runner Finish


Today is the final day of the Spooky Delights Table Runner from Fat Quarter Shop!  I love how mine turned out!  It was such a fun little quilt to put together.  My favorite part of the whole quilt is the patchy border.  I just love it!  You can download the final instructions from Fat Quarter Shop HERE. spooky delights table runner 2

I am so happy to have this finished!  I can tuck it away for a few months and when I get it out in October I will be like opening a present just for me!


I quilted it with swirls – I wanted it to look spooky 🙂

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Mufasa the quilt model is thrilled with it 🙂IMG_7252 Now it’s your turn – get sewing!!!

Captain America Inspired Quilt {a patriotic quilt}

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I couldn’t resist putting this quilt together.  My family is totally obsessed with the Avengers, especially  Captain America and Iron Man.  We were so excited for the movie to come out!!!  We went to the first showing at 9:30 pm last night!  I was so much fun.  I love going to movies when the theater is packed with fans who cheer and clap together!

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To celebrate this milestone in Marvel history, I created this quilt inspired by Captain America.  My 8 year old daughter is totally in love with him.  I guess we will be fighting over the quilt!

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I curated this selection of Fat Quarters from Fat Quarter Shop just for this project.  You can view it here.  I wanted a fun mix of red, white, and blue fabrics.  This quilt totally works for a summer patriotic quilt if you’re not into #teamCap.

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Lets Get Started

Finished block 9″, Finished Quilt 54″x72″

All Seams 1/4″


18 Fat Quarters (I used each one pictured above)

1.5 yards solid white

3 yards Heat n Bond Feather Lite Fusible Applique

Pattern, click HERE

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Make the Stripe Block

Cut the red prints and white prints into 3.5″ strips.  (Since we are using Fat Quarters, they will be half the WOF long)

Sew in strip sets of red, white red.  Press toward the dark.

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Cut each strip set in increments of 9.5″.  Each block should measure 9.5″ square.

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For the applique block…

Cut 24 blue squares 9.5″

Draw the pattern onto the Heat n Bond Feather Lite.  You will need 24.  I like to used the Feather Lite because it doesn’t add any weight or stiffness to your quilt.  It holds it in place just long enough to cut and sew it.

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Press the heat n bond to the wrong side of the white solid fabric.

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Put on Captain America I and II and cut out all the circles and stars following the pattern line.

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Position the circle and star in the center of each blue block and heat set in place.

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Top stitch around each piece with white thread.

***Optional **  “Winter Solider” Block.  My teenage daughter is in love with Bucky the Winter Solider so she insisted we represent him in the quilt.  We switched out one of the blue blocks for a gray block with red star applique.

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Now it’s time to have some fun with all the blocks!  I hand them all to my daughter and she lays out the quilt for me.

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Sew the quilt together in rows, pressing after each and matching each seam intersection.

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This quilt is totally Mufassa approved!

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And approved by The Captain himself!  (Yes we have a giant cardboard cut out of Captain Rodgers!!!)

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OK, I am seriously in love with it!  It screams summer picnic!!!!

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May the 4th Be With You {Star Wars Quilt Pattern}

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We go a little crazy on May the 4th in our family!  I really think it should be a national holiday!  I am so totally in love with this latest Star Wars themed quilt.  It is the perfect for a young child, a teenager, or an adult!  In fact everyone in the family is fighting over who gets it!!

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I curated this fun fabric bundle from Fat Quarter Shop.  You can find it by clicking HERE.

Screen Shot 2016-05-03 at 12.02.38 PMI choose fabrics that were inspired by the colors of BB8 and Rae – 2 of our favorite characters!  I used all the fabrics in this collection and only added a yard of solid black fabric.


Mufasa was very helpful in making this quilt.  I think the quilt will end up being his 🙂

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The quilt is made up of 9 of these blocks with sashing and a border.  It measures 50″ square.  For the full instructions and FREE pattern, click HERE to download.

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I hope you love making this quilt – I sure did!  may the 4th quilt 2

And remember, May the 4th be with you!!may the 4th quilt 4

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AT-AT Star Wars Mini Quilt

AT-AT Walker quiltI recently participated in a May The 4th Mini Quilt Swap on Instagram.  This is the quilt I made for my swap partner.  I really wanted to bring out the feel of this scene in The Empire Strikes back.  I am totally in love with it!

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To make this quilt you need to gather every shade of gray fabric you own, beginning with white and ending with black.  This quilt is made up of 4 rows, 3 are pieced and one is machine appliqued.  Each row from the bottom moving up gets darker.

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Since there were so many half square triangles (HST) in this quilt I pulled out my HST Sizzix Die.  This extra long die has 14 HST on the die AND you can cut up to 6 layers – that’s 84 at once!  And they all are totally perfect and it makes 2 1/2″ square when constructed.

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This die is a little bit trickier when using it around cats.  I had to have one hand on the wheel and the other hand blocking his paw so it wouldn’t get hurt 🙂

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It’s best to cut out more triangles than you need for this project so you have plenty to choose from.  For each row you need 16 light and 16 dark HST.

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See how each triangle is perfect!  No measuring!  For each row, match up 16 pairs of light and dark triangles.  Sew using 1/4″ seam.  Press toward the dark side…..heehee!

Tip:  To get a nice ombre effect, begin with white and light gray.  For the next row, use the light gray from the first row as the background and add in a darker gray.  For the next row use that same darker gray for the background and add in black.

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If you want to make this quilt but don’t have a Sizzix machine, you will just need to sew HSTs that measure 2.5″.

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Cut out 16 background squares 2.5″ each.  Cut a(4) center 2.5″ squares the same color as the points on the star.  Lay out the block as pictured above.  Sew together like you would a 9-patch.  Make 4 for each row.   I pressed the seams open.

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Continue this process so you have (4) star blocks for each of the 3 rows.

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They are coming together!  I love how it looks – very subtle.  Just like the Hoth System!

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For the applique strip, cut a light colored fabric 6 1/2″ x 24 1/2″.  Download the images by clicking HERE.  You can print them directly on to Heat n Bond Lite EZ Print sheets, or trace them onto Heat n Bond Lite.  Press the Heat n Bond to the wrong side of the black fabric.  Let cool.  Cut out along the pattern line.  Peel off the backing paper and position it on the applique strip.  Heat set into place.  Top stitch with matching wars at-at quilt 5

Sew the strips together, pinning at each intersection and watching out for each of the points.  Press seams open.  Baste, Quilt, wars at-at quilt

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Spooky Delights Quilt Along Part 2


It’s week 2 of the Spooky Delights Quilt Along by Fat Quarter Shop!  This week it’s time to construct the center portion of the table runner!  You can find the pattern by clicking HERE.


As soon as I got all my pieces cut out, Mufasa decided it was the purrrrrfect napping spot!

I love how these little pumpkins have a pinwheel and a door!


And then it was time for another nap!!!


Instead of appliquéing the center portion, I added 2.5″ strips that are off-set, keeping the center measurements the same so the borders will fit.


This is so much fun and I love getting holiday items sewn early!!!