Archives for August 2016

Black and Orange Cat Quilt {Halloween Cats}

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I am so excited to share the finish of this quilt that has been in the works for the last year!

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I started it last summer, finished piecing the top this last spring, had it quilted in May and just finished the binding!  It is one of my all time FAVORITE quilts!!!!!

IMG_3444Each cat head is either black or orange print with the exception of the bottom right corner – it’s Mufasa!!!!

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I used Elizabeth Hartman’s cat head block pattern (here).  They are so much fun to sew!!

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Here you can see the fun geometric quilting that Nicole from Kwilt It quilted.  I LOVE it!  I also adore the gingham backing!!!

IMG_3434  Oh my gosh – it’s too cute!!!!!  100 cat heads!!!

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Lovely Little Patchwork Tote Bag

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I’m super excited to be a part of Kerri Horsley’s Lovely Little Patchwork Blog Tour!  Her book is so adorable with creative projects ranging from quilts to pillows to aprons!

IMG_3224What I love about this book is that not only are the projects inspiring but the book is also fun to read and so pretty to thumb through! I choose to make her Patchwork Market Tote.

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For my fabrics I selected Milk, Sugar, Flour by Elea Lutz for Penny Rose Fabrics – one of my all time favorite fabric lines!  The pattern calls for an embroidered pocket.  I found this vintage pillow case with cats and flowers and knew it would be purrrrfect for this project.

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I gathered all my supplies and began cutting and Mufasa decided this would be the perfect place for a catnap 🙂

I followed the cutting instructions exactly.  I am a lover of totebags and so I stabilized my bag a little differently.   My favorite method is cotton batting + HeatnBond medium weight fusible stabilizer!

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Once I had the outer portions of the tote bag completed  I fused the Heat n Bond® medium weight stabilizer to the wrong side of the outer bag pieces.

Next, I used  Spray n Bond to baste the fused outer bag pieces to cotton quilt batting and then quilted. The addition of the stabilizer gives the bag more strength and substance while the batting keeps it feeling soft!

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I cut my pillowcase to the measurements indicated in the pattern.

IMG_7763  I used this same method to create the pocket, first ironing on stabilizer to the wrong side of the embroidery piece, followed by quilt batting.

IMG_7812I quilted the entire bag with straight line stitching along each of the seams.

I didn’t have webbing for the straps so I created my own using the same length measurements as in the pattern.

To create a 1″ wide handle, cut a 4″ x desired length piece of fabric.   Press the entire length in half.

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I love it so much!

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I took this bag to quilt market in May and I was thrilled to show it to Elea who absolutely loved it!!  IMG_8083

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For more inspiration stop by each of these designers’ blogs to see what fun projects they have made from Kerri’s book!!

28.08.2016 Sarah Edgar @sarahedgarprettyfabrics alittlehappyplace.blogspot.co.uk
29.08.2016 Heidi Staples @fabricmutt fabricmutt.blogspot.com
30.08.2016 Megan Jimenez @QuiltStoryMeg quiltstory.blogspot.com
02.09.2016 Cheri Lehnow @tinkerellen tinkerwiththis.blogspot.com
03.09.2016 Ange Hamilton @alittlepatchwork alittlepatchwork.wordpress.com
04.09.2016 Sedef Imer @downgrapevinelane downgrapevinelane.com
05.09.2016 Kimberly Jolly @fatquartershop fatquartershop.blogspot.com
06.09.2016 Samantha Dorn @aqua_paisley aquapaisleystudio.com
07.09.2016 Ayda Algın @cafenohut cafenohut.blogspot.com
08.09.2016 LeAnne Ballard @everydaycelebrations everydaycelebrate.blogspot.com
09.09.2016 Sharon Burgess @lilabellelane lilabellelane.blogspot.com
10.09.2016 Lauren Wright @mollyandmama mollyandmama.com.au
11.09.2016 Kate May @thehomemakery thehomemakery.co.uk/blog/
12.09.2016 Debbie Homick @happylittlecottage1 happylittlecottage.blogspot.com
13.09.2016 Wynn Tan @zakkaart zakkaart.blogspot.com
14.09.2016 Kim Kruzich @retro_mama retro-mama.blogspot.com
15.09.2016 Jennie Pickett @cloverandviolet cloverandviolet.com
16.09.2016 Veronica AM @VividFelicity vividfelicity.wordpress.com
17.09.2016 Nadra Ridgeway @ellisandhiggs ellisandhiggs.com
18.09.2016 Amanda Woodruff @acraftyfox_amanda acraftyfox.net
19.09.2016 Minki Kim @zeriano minkikim.com
20.09.2016 Sharon Yeager @daisycottagequilting Instagram
21.09.2016 Peta Peace @shequiltsalot shequiltsalot.com
22.09.2016 Sarah Scott @piccolostudio_sarah piccolostudio.com.au
23.09.2016 Kristin Cobb @goobadesigns Instagram
24.09.2016 Erin Cox @whynotsewquilts whynotsew.blogspot.com
25.09.2016 Kerri Horsley @sewdeerlyloved lovelylittlehandmades.blogspot.com

Snow Globe Jars Quilt Pattern

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Today I am releasing my latest quilt pattern called Snow Globe Jars! You can find it in my Etsy shop!  Have you ever made homemade snow globes out of mason jars?  That’s what inspired this little quilt!  I love fussy cutting and these jars are perfect for that.  I used Pixie Noel Fabric from Riley Blake Designs.  It was so fun to choose what little scene to put in each snow globe!

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Mufasa also loves snow globes 🙂

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This quilt measures approximately 39″ square which is the perfect size to hang on the wall, place on a table or flop over a couch!IMG_7373

Each of the snow globe blocks is sashed and set with red stars.IMG_7372

I hope you like this quilt as much as I do!  How fun would it be to give this as an early Christmas present to someone you really love!!

DSC_0969And one more picture of Mufasa just because he is so handsome and takes such great pictures!

I’m on American Patchwork & Quilting Podcast!!

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I am super excited (and scared to death) to be on American Patchwork & Quilting Podcast hosted by Pat Sloan TODAY at 1:00 Pacific time (4:00 Eastern).  We will be chatting about quilting, life experiences and Mufasa 🙂  For more information on how to listen, click HERE.American Patchwork Quilting Pocast episode 313 Amanda Niederhauser

Apple Picking Quilt Tutorial

 

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I love Elea’s newest line called Apple Farm.  It has such a fun vintage feel!

Screen Shot 2016-08-18 at 10.02.05 PMI choose to work with the reds from this collection.  I have a vintage red and white quilt from my Great Grandmother and it was sort of the inspiration for my design.

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The quilt measures 37″ square and it’s perfect to throw over a couch, place on a table, or hang on a wall.

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Let’s get started!!

Supplies:

Fat quarters or quarter yard cuts of 2 red prints

3/4  yard solid white fabric

1/2 yard red swiss dot fabric

fat quarter red gingham

scraps of green and brown

1/2 yard plaid border print

1/3 yard binding

1 1/2 yard backing

Heat n Bond Lite

Sizzix HST die and apple die

The quilt block is made of of 3 parts:  The center block, the “economy block” and the half square triangle (HST)  block.  All seams are 1/4″

For the HST block…

You will need 48 HST consisting of solid white and the darker red print.  I used my 2 1/2″ HST Sizzix Die.  You can literally cut all the HST you need in 30 seconds!  If you don’t have access to this die, just make 48 HST that finish 2 1/2″ square.

I love the Sizzix die because the squares finish perfectly even and no trimming or squaring up!

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Mufasa was very helpful in the chain piecing!IMG_2866

Cut (16) 2 1/2″ squares out of solid white.

Lay the block out like this:

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Sew together as you would a 4-Patch.  It is helpful to press the seams open to reduce bulk.  You need 16 total of these blocks.

For the Economy Block….

Cut (16) 4 1/2″ squares from the lighter red print.

Cut (64) 2 1/2″ squares from the solid white.  Draw a diagonal line on the back of each white square.IMG_2877

Position a 2 1/2″ square in the corner of the 4 1/2″ red square.  Sew along the diagonal line.  Repeat this process for each of the 4 corners.  Trim 1/4″ along the seam, and press.   IMG_2884

For the centers…

Cut (4) 4 1/2″ squares of solid white.  Don’t applique the apple until the block is sewn because it will overlap slightly.

Lay out the block like this:IMG_2885

Sew together in rows.  Press seams open.  Make four of these blocks.

For the apple applique…

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Fuse Heat n Bond Lite to the wrong side of the red gingham.  Position the gingham on the apple die diagonally.  Trim off the stem and the leaf.  Make four of these.  Repeat this process and die cut the leaf and the stem with the appropriate colors of fabric.

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Peel off the backing paper and position in the center of the block.  Heat set in place.  Sew around each piece twice with desired thread color.

For the sashing and borders…

Cut (2) 12 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ pieces for center sashing.

Cut (5) 2 1/2″ x WOF strips for sashing and borders.  I didn’t measure the borders, just sew and cut off the excess.  Press toward the sashing.

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Cut (4) 4 1/2″ x WOF strips of the plaid.  Sew the sides, press, then the top and bottom, trimming off the extra each time.  Quilt as desired.IMG_2890

I love how this quilt turned out and I love the red & white feel of it without it being totally red and white!  I think the plaid border is my favorite!!

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OK – I totally love this pattern!  I’m going to make it again for sure!

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Here’s a list of all the other bloggers taking part in the blog hop, pop over to their blogs for more Apple Farm inspiration.

8/8/16 Jemima @tiedwitharibbon www.tiedwitharibbon.com
8/8/16 Anorina @sameliasmum www.sameliasmum.com
8/9/16 Kimberly @fatquartershop www.fatquartershop.blogspot.com/
8/9/16 Bridgette @thefamilyhearth www.thefamilyhearth.com
8/10/16 Taunja @taunjalynn www.carriedawayquilting.com
8/10/16 Nadra @ellisandhiggs www.ellisandhiggs.com
8/11/16 Shari @doohikeydesigns www.doohikeydesigns.com/blog/
8/11/16 Heidi @fabricmutt www.fabricmutt.blogspot.com

8/12/16 Lindsey @fortworthfabricstudio www.fortworthfabricstudio.blogspot.com
8/15/16 Ange @alittlepatchwork www.alittlepatchwork.wordpress.com
8/15/16 Lauren @transientart www.transientart.com
8/16/16 Jessica @euphoria_jessica www.euphoriajessica.blogspot.com
8/16/16 Kristyne @prettybyhand www.prettybyhand.com
8/17/16 Melissa @ohhowsweetco www.ohhowsweet.com
8/17/16 Sedef @downgrapevinelane www.downgrapevinelane.com
8/18/16 Faith @faithessenburg www.saranaave.wordpress.com
8/18/16 Veronica @vividfelicity www.vividFelicity.wordpress.com
8/19/16 Megan @dollyhenryau www.dollyhenry.blogspot.com
8/19/16 Amanda @jedicraftgirl www.jedicraftgirl.com
8/19/16 Elea @elealutz www.elealutzdesign.com

Posy Garden Blog Tour

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I’m so excited to be a part of Carina’s Posy Garden Blog Tour!!  Before I share this quilt tutorial with you I thought it would be fun to show a little peek at all the fun we had at Quilt Market with Carina and her Posy Garden Glamper!!

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The Glamer catches your eye right away with the adorable aqua and white polkadot paint and the chalkboard door with mini quilt attached!

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Inside there were mini quilts having on all of the doors, quilts and pillows on the benches, and even a quilt hanging in the bathroom!

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Andy and I had fun giggling and chatting with Carina and raiding her secret chocolate stash!

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Yes – the Glamper really is that much fun!  And now onto the Blog Tour Quilt Pattern!!

Of course when I saw this fabric I knew I wanted a quilt out of it. The colors are so amazing in person!!!

I used a fat quarter bundle of Posy Garden and 2 .5 yards of quilters muslin. Let’s get started!!

Begin by cutting a 2  1/2″ strip from each of the fat quarters (I used 14 fat quarters)

Next cut a 4  7/8″ strip from each fat quarter.

Cut 7 WOF x 2. 1/2″ strips from the muslin.

Cut 7 WOF x 4. 7/8″ strips.

Make the 4 patch strip sets by pairing a 2 1/2” Posy strip and a Muslim strip right sides together.  Sew lengthwise using a 1/4” seam.  Press toward the dark.

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Do this with each of the 2 1/2” strips.  Once they are all sewn and pressed, cut them at 2  1/2” increments.

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Mix them up and pair them up in a checkerboard style.  Match the center seams and sew right sides together using 1/4” seams.  Press open.  Set aside.

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Cut the 4  7/8” strips into 4  7/8” squares.

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Cut on the diagonal line yielding 2 half square triangles (HST).  Press to the dark side.  They should measure 4 1/2” square.

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Keep those HSTs coming!!!

Now comes the fun part!  Don’t lay out the pattern, just grab and go!  Each block should look like this:

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Sew together just like you would a 4-patch using 1/4” seams.  Press all seams open.
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Next take each of the blocks and group them into a larger 4-patch unit.  Sew together in the same manner with 1/4” seams and press the seams open.  This creates the Posy Garden Path Block!

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Finish putting the quilt together by sewing 3 rows of 3 blocks – 9 blocks total.  Of course if you want it bigger you can add more blocks.  Make sure to match all seams as you go.  Press the seams open.  See if you can make this quilt without laying any of the blocks out.  I love how it turns out totally random and scrappy!

I love how it turned out!  The perfect quilt for a summer garden picnic! Finished quilt 48” square.

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Tina  and I sewed our Posy projects together when I was at her house in New Jersey.   We had such a good time chatting and sewing, laughing and playing with the cats!  Her home is the perfect backdrop for photographing quilts!

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OK, just one more picture!!!

 

Layer Cake Checkmate Quilt

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It’s Christmas in July!  Why not sew a Christmas quilt when its 105 degrees outside!  I love quilt patterns that sew together FAST…..because I’m totally impatient and I have a roomful of fabric that I am dying to sew with.  I need to be able to make a quilt top in a day – better yet an afternoon!  This quilt pattern is perfect for speedy sewing!  Because it sews together so fast it would make a great birthday gift, baby gift, or Christmas gift – which is what mine is going to be 🙂

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You can hop over to Fat Quarter Shop to  download the pattern, click HERE!!!  And you can watch this fun video tutorial!!

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I choose the Juniper Berry Layer Cake by Basic Grey for Moda Fabrics.  It’s the cutest!  I love all the wintry colors!  I used a different color placement with my quilt than the pattern suggests.  My layer cake didn’t just have lights and darks.  Rather, it had lights, mediums, and darks.  The addition of black fabric turned the red, green, and aqua into mediums.  I didn’t want just random black squares throughout the quilt that would draw your eye.  So I turned the 4-patch block into a checker board block using the blacks and lights.  I used the medium tones for the large squares.  I love the result!

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It makes a diagonal of black squares one way and a diagonal of light squares the other way.

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I also turned my quilt into a square so the the diagonal lines would be even.  I’m also not a fan of quilt borders – not sure why 🙂

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Check out these amazing designers to see their version of Layer Cake Checkmate!!

Peta from She Quilts a Lot
Melanie from Mostly Crafty
Connie from Freemotion by the River
Melissa from Happy Quilting
Heidi from Buttons & Butterflies
Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl
Tina from Emily Ann’s Kloset
Sherri M. from A Quilting Life
Andy from A Bright Corner
Anorina from Samelia’s Mum
Sherri F. from This & That Patterns
Brooke from Silly Mama Quilts