Archives for September 2017

Cats & Scraps {a free quilt pattern}

Scraps and Cats

I’m getting my “crazy cat lady” on today!!!I am so totally smitten with the Woof Woof Meow fabric line from Moda! I knew I wanted a fun throw quilt using all the cat fabrics from this fabric line.  Grab your cat and let’s get sewing!!

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You will love how easy this quilt comes together and I love the scrappy feel it has!  It’s the purrrrrfect size for you and your fur baby to cuddle with!!

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I choose to use HeatnBond Featherlite for the applique because the cat head appliqué pieces are larger and I didn’t want to add bulk to the quilt.  I love this weight because you can hardly tell it’s there.

You can download the cat head pattern, 2 per sheet by clicking HERE.  Put the HeatnBond EZ Print Featherlite sheets in your printer and no tracing needed!!

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Scraps and Cats Quilt by Amanda Niederhauser

Finished Quilt 60″ x 70″

Block Size 10″

All seams 1/4″

Scraps and Cat Quilt Supplies:

HeatnBond EZ Print Featherlite Adhesive Sheets

3  yard solid white/cream

assortment of 10 or more fat quarters, lights and darks – Woof Woof Meow line

For the cat head block cut (21) 10 1/2″ squares from the solid white fabric.

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Scraps and Cats Quilt Instructions:

Once you’ve got the pattern, heat set it to the wrong side of the cat head.  Cut around it and fuse to the 10 1/2″ solid blocks.  Then sew around each cat head 2 times with dark thread, I used navy.

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For the chain blocks, cut a variety of fabrics (for a scrappy look) into 2 1/2″ squares.   You need:

(84) white low volume print 2 1/2″ squares (I used the low volume prints that were in the fat quarter bundle) for the 9-patch

(189) dark print 2 1/2″ squares

(84) solid white 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ rectangles

I used navy just to show color, mix up all the different fabrics for a scrappy look!!!

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Sew the 9-patch unit together.

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Then add the borders by sewing a rectangle to each side and pressing.  Sew the corner squares to the ends of the remaining 2 rectangles.  Press.  Sew on to the top and bottom of the 9-patch unit.  Press.  Make 21 blocks.

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You might have to wrangle the blocks away from your cat late at night 🙂

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Lay out blocks in 6 blocks across by 7 blocks down.  Sew each block together in rows, press toward the cat heads.  Sew the rows together, matching seam intersections.  Press.
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Now you’re ready to quilt!  I’m sending mine to the quilter and I’m sure she’ll come up with something purrrrrfect!

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Delightful Tablerunner

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I am participating in Fat Quarters Shop’s Tablerunner Bliss Quilt Along!  The Tablerunner Bliss book by Sherri Falls is soooo AMAZIZNG!!  I bet you can’t pick just 3 table runners to make – you will want to make them all!!!  Today is my turn to share!!  I chose the “Delightful” tablerunner and I chose Christmas fabrics, because it is never too early to get a jump on holiday sewing!

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The fabrics in my tablerunner are from Comfort & Joy by Riley Blake Designs.

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The tablerunner is made up of 4 blocks and a small border.  The blocks are super fun to make and the instructions in the book are very easy to follow.  I would love to make a quilt out of these blocks!  I quilted the tablerunner with an all over swirly pattern and used plaid binding cut on the bias to give it that finishing touch!

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Mufasa likes tablerunners better because he can spread out lengthwise…..heehee

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Thanks for stopping by!  Scroll down for a complete list of all the designers participating in this blog tour!
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Country Flowers Quilt Pattern

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I’m so excited to announce my newest quilt pattern Country Flowers!!  This charming little quilt is inspired by fields of flowers in the country.  I live in the city but dream of country life and love to fill my home with country inspired quilts, art, and vintage finds.
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You can find the pattern in my Easy shop by clicking HERE.  The little quilt measures 26″ and is perfect for hanging on a wall or placing on a table.  And it makes and adorable gift.

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I am so in love with this fabric collection from Moda called Farmers Daughter.  It so makes me want to move to the country.

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The pattern is a PDF download with full color instructions and diagrams.  The quilt is made of 4 blocks measuring 10″ and some fun sashing.

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I think you’re going to love this!!  I do!

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So let’s take a quilting journey to the country together!  Be sure to post your photos and sew along by using the hashtag #countryflowersquilt on Instagram.
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Almost a Log Cabin Quilt Tutorial

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I’m super excited to share this fun country-inspired quilt with you called “Almost a Log Cabin”. I was able to spend a week on a bus tour with 45 amazing ladies touring from Texas to Missouri.  We spent 3 days at the Missouri Star Quilt Company where we shopped and sewed ourselves crazy.  I wanted to sew a quilt to remember my trip by so I created this scrappy, easy, breezy quilt out of The Sleeping Porch by Heather Ross.
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It was amazing to spend time with Jenny who is so funny and inspiring!!!IMG_3191

You can’t help but get inspired by spending time in this adorable little town!

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Here’s how to make the quilt:

Finished quilt 61.5″ x 61.5″

Finished block: 10.5″

All seams 1/4″

This is jelly roll, charm pack and fat quarter friendly.

You will need 12+ fat quarters (or charm pack + jelly roll)

1 yard of border fabric

1/2 yard binding

4 yards backing fabric

**Note – this is a totally random quilt – color placement is just a suggestion.  I didn’t plan out the colors, just grabbed and sewed!
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Begin by cutting (or selecting) 25 – 5″ center squares.  Cut the remaining fat quarters into 2.5″ strips,  or crack open your jelly roll.

You can subcut the strips into the below measurements, or you can sew the cheater way and sew the block onto the 2.5″ strips and square up after.

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5″ center square
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Sew a 2.5″ x 5″ strip to the left side.  Press toward the strip.IMG_2776

Sew a 7″ x 2.5″ strip to the bottom.  Press toward the strip.IMG_2777

Sew a 7″ x 2.5″ strip to the right side.  Press toward the strip. IMG_2778

Sew a 9″ x 2.5″ strip to the top.  Press toward the strip. IMG_2779

Sew a 9″ x 2.5″ strip to the left side.  Press toward the strip.IMG_2780Sew an 11″ x 2.5″ strip to the bottom.  Press toward the strip.

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Repeat until you have 25 blocks sewn.

Lay them out into 5 rows of 5 and sew together.

Here is a suggestion for lay out.  Notice, I rotated the blocks so the center squares were not all even.  Have fun and play around with positioning the blocks.log cabin

For the border,

Cut (6) 5″ x width of fabric strips and sew end to end. Press.

Measure the length of the quilt in the center and use that measurement to cut the side borders.  Sew, and press toward the border.

Measure the width of the quilt (including side borders) and use that measurement to cut the top and bottom borders.  Sew, and press toward the border.

Baste, quilt and bind.
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You can see how scrappy the quilt looks which is exactly the look I was going for.

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These cows were watching the whole time we were photographing!!  I want to move here!!
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This is the perfect size for a throw quilt, I’m going to put it on my couch and it’s just for me!!!
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Bouncing Off The Walls Quilt Pattern

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I am super excited be part of the MEOW blog tour by Riley Blake Designs!!!  You know me and cats – so when I saw this fabrics I fell in love!!!  I created this quilt pattern to showcase all the amazing and whimsical prints in this fabric line.  I hope you like it :). Mufasa does….hahahahcategory6580

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What I love about this quilt is that you don’t have to cut up this adorable fabric into tiny bits and it still has a nice “quilty” feel.

I call this pattern Bouncing Off The Walls because that’s how Mufasa likes to play!  I throw bouncy balls and they bounce every where and he chases them like a maniac!

The pattern is a PDF download available in my Etsy shop.
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This is the purrrrrfect size quilt for a throw or to put on the end of the bed.  Sally and Mufasa are fighting over who will get the quilt – its totally MINE!!DSC_0422

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Aren’t the colors in the fabrics wonderful?  I love the fun coral with the yellow and the black totally makes it all pop!
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And now get ready for the Mufasa photo shoot……
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He’s just so handsome 🙂
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Happy quilting with your cat!!!
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Little Spooks Quilt {a Five Fat Quarter Fun Quilt}

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It’s September 1st and that means a 5 Fat Quarter Fun Quilt!!!  Yay!!!!

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Amber and I have been doing some spooky sewing and we are ready to share this fun little quilt with you!  It is a great size for a wall hanging or to put on a table!  Finished it measures 34″ square.  I also love that you can use theme prints in the centers – I’m always looking for ways to use my theme prints….especially HALLOWEEN CAT prints!!  Don’t you love these spooky felines!  The fabric is from Blend Fabric’s Boo Crew line.

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It is highly recommended to sew with your cat…..like you ever have a choice…hehehehe!!!  Mufasa is loving this little quilt – the purrrrrfect size for him!

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The quilt is made of 4 large blocks.  Wouldn’t these blocks be great in a larger quilt!!

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A little sashing and you’re all set!

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You can download the PDF quilt pattern by clicking HERE.  Make sure to tag @gigis_thimbel and @jedicraftgirl and use the hashtag #fivefatquarterfun and #littlespooksquilt so we can see your creations!!

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By the way…..it is so NOT fall here in Southern California….the last 3 days have been 114 degrees!!!!!

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