Archives for May 2017

Garden Box Quilt

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I’m super excited to share this fun quilt with you!  I’m always looking for ways to sew quilts with large prints – because I fall for large prints every time!27735815-A523-44B4-B8AC-7A47820C0210

These adorable fabrics are from Garden Roost by Blend Fabrics.  I love the vintage feel they have and the colors are so amazing!!!  DSC_0625

Each block measures 12″ when finished.  This quilt is also fat quarter friendly!  It uses 10 fat quarters and 2 1/4 yards of background fabric.  You get 2 blocks per fat quarter!

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It measures 64 1/2″ x  78″ when finished so it’s a great size for a large throw or even for a twin bed!!
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You can purchase this pattern in my Etsy shop by clicking HERE.
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I hope you love it as much as I do!!!DSC_0699 2

70’s Inspired Zipper Pouch

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gingham girls zipper pouch 4I am loving Amy Smart’s latest fabric line Gingham Girls by Penny Rose Fabrics!  This 1970’s inspired fabric has my name written all over it and so does this project!  And my name is a total 70’s name so it totally works!!  Here’s how you can make one!

70’s inspired Zipper Pouch with HeatnBond® Fusible Fleece

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Why I use HeatnBond® Fusible Fleece for my Zipper Pouch projects

It doesn’t shrink and holds it’s shape

It fuses to the fabric so quilting is not required

It is soft, yet sturdy

It holds up great in the wash

Zipper Pouch Supplies:

Scraps of fabric yielding (30) 2.5″ squares
Dark chambray 4.5″ x 10.5″
(2) rectangles 8.5″ x 10.5″ lining fabric
(2) rectangles 8.5″ x 10.5″ fusible fleece
HeatnBond® Lite Fusible Adhesive
Scraps for applique
14″ or longer zipper
Scrap for zipper end
All seams 1/4″

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Zipper Pouch Instructions:

Begin by sewing (20) 2.5″ squares in 4 rows of 5 squares (above) press seams alternately.

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Sew the back unit by sewing (2) rows of 5 squares together.  Before sewing the chambray piece on, appliqué the name first.  Fuse HeatnBond Lite to the wrong side of the name fabric and the daisy fabric.

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Die cut the letters (or cut by hand). Peel off the backing paper and position letters on chambray.

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Heat set in place.

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Outline stitch around each letter and the flower in navy thread.  Sew the appliqué piece to the 2-row patchwork unit.  Press toward chambray.

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Cut the HeatnBond Fusible Fleece.

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Fuse the fleece to the wrong side of both the patchwork units.  Add some decorative stitching if desired.

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I added a seam along the chambray to give it an accent and I quilted diagonal lines in the patchwork.

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Now that the zipper pouch front and back are ready, you can finish the pouch by following this tutorial for inserting the full access zipper and finishing the bag.

I am so in love and so happy to have a new zipper pouch just for me!!!
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Perfect to brighten up the inside of my purse and to hold all my cosmetic items.

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The back is so scrappy and cute!gingham girls zipper pouch 7I dug out a few of my dresses from when I was little (in the 70’s) – doesn’t this fabric just blend right in!!  So fun!!!

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Sizzix Captain America Graduation Cap

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I can’t believe Ella is graduating from High School!!  Where did the time go?  She and her BFF got together to decorate their graduation caps.  Of course they came over to our house and ransacked my Sizzix closet and felt drawer!

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They wanted to represent the Winter Solider in their “CAP”-decorating (since they are both fighting over who will be marrying Bucky Barnes!)

We used the Sizzix Fresh Blossoms Alphabet to die cut the letters in white craft felt

The circles are from the 3 1/2″, 5″, and 7″ circle dies.  We had to hand cut the white circle to nest in the shield.

The all of the stars are die cut using the Stacked Stars die.

We used the Sizzix Big Shot Plus for all the die cutting.

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We laid them all out and then used tacky glue to adhere the felt.

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Tutti-Fruitti Market Tote Bag

This tote bag is by far my most used tote bag I own!!  What I love about it is that it is super big but folds up small so you can keep it in our purse or in your car.  My goal is to sew a bunch of these and use them when I go grocery shopping.  When they get dirty, just toss in the wash!!

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This fabric is called Tutti-Fruitti from Blend Fabrics – it just screams summer!  You can click on this link to see all the fabrics in the collection!
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My friend, Rachel from Little Fish, and I made them together and she loves taking hers to the pool!  (She also makes these adorable euro style swim trunks for little boys). You can fit a ton of beach towels in this bag!!

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The bag is also reversible – I love the pineapples!!!  So click HERE and download the free pattern and get ready for summer!!!IMG_1379

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Circa 1974 Quilt Pattern – Featuring Gingham Girls

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It’s a 1970’s sunshiny day over here!!!  As soon as I saw Diary of a Quilter’s Gingham Girls new fabric line I knew it was for me!!  She did an amazing job of packaging up my childhood into a fabric line!  (And yes, all of you now know how old I am!!!)

DSC_0269 2You can read all about Amy’s inspiration for the fabric line by hopping over to her blog.  I created this quilt to be your new favorite that you would take to the beach, the park, a game,  or snuggle with on the couch.  It’s 60″ x 76″ so a perfect throw size. You can customize the date to fit any occasion: birthday, anniversary, graduation, etc.

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This quilt is just for me!  And it’s my new favorite pattern – you’re gonna love it!

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DSC_0286The blocks are 8″ with a little appliqué insert.  You can purchase the PDF pattern in my Etsy shop and get sewing today!!

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Aren’t these fabrics just amazing!!!!!  There are so many more things I want to sew!!!

Gingham Girls fabric by Amy Smart, inspired by vintage 1970's prints and colors.

Here are a two little dresses my mom sewed for me when I was 2 & 3 years old.  I got them out to inspire me when making this quilt!

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Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have a groovy day!!

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Lemonade Stand Quilt

Living in California it’s all about the citrus and we love our lemons!  One of the fabrics in Happy Day has little jars of lemonade and that is where I got my inspiration for this wall quilt!

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The finished quilt is 33″ square, has pieced pinwheels and appliqué.
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DSC_0979There is nothing better!  I thought this would be a fun little quilt to add to your summer decor 🙂
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The inspiration for this project came from Lori Whitlock’s latest fabric line Happy Day.  It’s so summery and fun!!

Here’s how you can make one!!

(All seams 1/4″,   finished quilt 33″ square, finished block 4″)

Supplies:

1 yard solid white
1 red fat quarter – Letters & hearts
12 fat quarters – pinwheels
1 red fat quarter – strip block
Scraps for jars and straws
1/3 yard red floral – outer border
1/3 yard stripe – binding
1 yard backing
Therm o Web HeatnBond® Lite
SpraynBond® Basting Spray

Pattern download, click HERE


For center applique portion:

Cut a 20.5″ x 20.5″ square from the solid white fabric.

Trace or print the letters and images (in reverse) on to HeatnBond® Lite Fusible Adhesive Sheets.

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Heat set them according to manufacturers instructions to the wrong side of the desired appliqué fabrics.

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Cut out each letter and image.

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Peel off the backing paper and position according to the completed project photo.  Outline stitch each piece two times (ugh) in black tread.  The two times really makes it stand out.

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Pinwheel Blocks:

There are 12 total pinwheel blocks in this quilt. Choose a different fabric for each pinwheel.  I used my Sizzix Fabi to cut the triangles.  Use your favorite method of constructing half square triangles (HSTs).  They need to measure 2.5″ when completed.  Make 4 HSTs of each fabric.IMG_1260

Press seams open. IMG_1263Lay out 4 HSTs like this and sew together as a 4-Patch.  Press all seams open.
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For the Strip Blocks:

Cut 3 strips from red fat quarter 1.5″ x the length of the fat quarter.

Cut 3 strips from white fabric 2″ x WOF.  Cut the strips in half so they equal the length of the red strips.

Sew together in strip sets as pictured below.  Press toward dark.
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Row Diagram

Once the top, bottom, and side rows are complete, sew the side rows to the sides of the “Lemonade” appliqué portion.  Press toward the appliqué piece.  Then sew the top and bottom rows, pressing ward the appliqué piece.

Border:

Cut (4) 3″ x WOF strips of the red floral.  Sew one to each side, pressing toward the red floral border.  Square up the edges and cut off excess.  No need to measure the length first.

Then sew a strip to the top and bottom, pressing toward the border and squaring up when finished.lemonade quilt layout

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Once the top is complete, use SpraynBond® Basting Spray to baste the quilt for quick pin-free basting.  

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I quilted meanders over the entire quilt.

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Now gather some lemons and have yourself a lemonicious afternoon!!  We made strawberry and blueberry lemonade too!!

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Sally and I had fun making strawberry lemonade and blueberry lemonade!!  Bring on summer!!!

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Isn’t fresh lemonade just the best!!!

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Thanks for stopping by!!

Five Fat Quarter Fun “May Flowers”

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IMG_7900aHappy MAY!!!!  Amber and I are super excited to bring you the next quilt in our 5 Fat Quarter Fun Series!!  It’s called May Flowers and its the perfect spring quilt to add to your home.  And better yet it uses only 5 fat quarters and 2 1/4 yards of background fabric.
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Amber and I got to met up a few weeks ago at Pine Needles Quilt Shop in Utah.  We had so much fun shopping for fabric!  We choose the next few months of patterns worth!  Whooo Hooo!
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We both fell in love with these fabrics from Charleston and Les Petites by Amy Sinibaldi for Art Gallery Fabrics, so this month both of our quilts are the same.

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The blocks are so fun to sew and come together pretty fast.  Mufasa loves to be a Happy Helper 🙂IMG_1453

It was fun playing with different color combinations.  The quilt is set on point so the blocks look like flowers.  You can download the free pattern over on Amber’s blog so hop over to read all about it!  – we hope you love it!!!
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