The Good in the Good Life Quilt Pattern

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In our family we have a little saying….well actually it’s song lyrics….. “You put the GOOD in the GOOD LIFE.”  I knew I had to use the Good Life fabric from Moda and I knew the quilt had to have words.  So meet my newest quilt pattern!the good life quilt 2

This whimsical quilt measures 37″ square and is perfect to hang on a wall, place on a table, or give as a gift to someone who puts “good” in your life :). The border is made entirely from charm squares, which is super fun because I collect charm packs!  It’s available in my Etsy shop as a PDF download for only $5.00!!the good life quilt pattern 2

The letters are machine appliquéd.  Yes, you have to cut them all by hand, but it’s kind of fun!  I put on a movie, sat down with my scissors, and it went by fast!the good life quilt pattern 4

I thought I would be a nerd and pose with my quilt while my 9 year old took my picture….hahah!the good life quilt pattern 7

The blocks are super fun to make and I love that you can use all the fabrics in a charm pack.the good life quilt pattern 5

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Sweetie Pie Sew Along {Strawberry Pie}


It’s my turn on Lori Holt’s Sweetie Pie Sew Along!  It’s been so much fun to see everyone’s take on these adorable blocks.


Of course I choose to make the strawberry block because I live in Southern California where we have strawberries all year round!


Lori’s templates are super easy to use and I love her appliqué method of using sew-in light weight stabilizer.

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I normally machine appliqué everything, but for Lori, I did the whole thing by hand….which is saying a lot for me.  I loved every minute of it!

IMG_9969For my fabrics I grabbed a selection of Riley Blake Designs fabrics from all my favorite designers – I tried to get them all in there 🙂

IMG_9917If you haven’t joined in it’s not too late.  The free pattern is on  Lori’s blog and you can hop on over to read more!!


I made my block into a little wallhanging.  I made 20 hourglass blocks with my Sizzix 4 1/2″ hourglass die (they finish 4″).  You can always make them the traditional way.

Cut the inside pie block 16 1/2″ square.

The hourglass blocks, unfinished are 4 1/2″, finished they are 4″.

The outer border is cut 2 1/2″.  I quilted it and added some red binding.  I LOVE it!!!!!

And since I was making a Quilty Pie, I also needed a real pie to eat!!!!  You can find the recipe of my favorite Fresh Strawberry Pie over at my food blog, The Rounded Teaspoon.


There is a graham cracker crust with a cream cheese/whip cream filling…..yummmmm!


DSC_0245 And of course, Mufasa helped 🙂


Thanks for stopping by!!!!

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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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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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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Sizzix Heart Quilt

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I think I love Valentine’s Day so much because it pulls me out of the “After Christmas Blues”.  It’s bright, and happy!  I love the simplicity of this quilt – a simple heart applique.  What makes it feel special is that no two hearts are the same and the backgrounds are a variety of low volume prints.  When ever I go to a quilt shop and I’m not sure what to buy, I end up purchasing charm packs.  I had this “Scrumptious” charm pack by Moda tucked away and it was perfect for this project.  You can hop over to the Sizzix Blog for the full tutorial!!sizzix heart quilt 3

I love using the Sizzix Bigz Heart Die #3 because it fits charm squares perfectly and there is not much waste.

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I used Therm o Web Heat n Bond Lite to fuse the hearts onto the quilt.

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I can’t get enough of these colors!


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Mufasa was very helpful on this project.  His favorite toy is the Sizzix machine!!!

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I quilted a scallop boarder around each heart to give it a “Valentine” feel.

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I am so in love with this quilt!  It was so fun to make I’m thinking about making another one!!!

Patchwork Acorns

patchwork acorn potholdersI’m sharing my Patchwork Acorn Potholder tutorial over on the Therm O Web Blog.  You can download the pattern and read the instructions!!patchwork acorn potholder

These are cute to use as potholders or as decorations in the kitchen!  I used a kitchen towel for the backing and the inside is fusible fleece.

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I also used the same pattern for the acorn and appliqued it onto burlap for a quick fall pillow!IMG_1846

To make the pillow, use spray an bond basting spray to hold the acorn in place.  Top stitch a few times around the acorn.  Then sew a 1″ seam all the way around the pillow leaving an opening for stuffing.  Stuff, then sew closed.  Fray the edges of the burlap as desired.IMG_1836

Caturday Sew Along October

caturday octoberWelcome to the Caturday Sew Along!  I love cats and sewing!!!  I know a lot of you love sewing with your fur babies too!    Each month I will post a cat themed quilting project that we can sew together.  Post your progress on Instagram and tag it with #caturdaysewalong.  For October choose any variation of these three projects that use a cat silhouette and SPOOKY applique.  Click the links for the patterns.

spooky mini quilt tutorialThis Spooky mini quilt measures 20″ square and uses 2.5″ squares to complete.  It’s such a fun way to use up those Halloween scraps you’ve been saving!!  Click HERE for the tutorial.

spooky_quilt_tutorialThis larger version measures 44″ x 60″ and it uses 5″ charm squares for the center.  It’s my favorite Halloween quilt.  Click HERE for the tutorial.


spooky Halloween pillow_10If you find yourself pressed for time but still want to sew something SPOOKY, try this quick pillow tutorial!  Click HERE

Spooky Mini Quilt

spooky mini quilt tutorialI love Spooky Sewing!  Halloween is such a fun time of year and the fabrics are so amazing!  This mini quilt pattern is inspired from a larger pattern I created.   You can find the pattern for the large version on the Riley Blake Designs website.  The fabrics are from last years and this years Riley Blake Designs Halloween fabrics.  They are purrrrfect for Halloween!Screen Shot 2015-09-30 at 2.46.16 PMSupplies:

scraps of Halloween prints

fat quarter or equivalent for applique

2/3 yard for backing

1/4 yard for binding


Heat n Bond Lite EZ print sheets

This small version measures about 20″ square.  It would make a great pillow too!  Begin by rummaging through all your scraps and cut 2.5″ squares.  You need 100 total.  There are 10 rows of 10.  I did mine totally random.  I just grabbed 2 fabrics and sewed them together.

spooky mini quilt I paired all the fabrics then sewed those pairs with other pairs, leaving 10 pairs out.  Once you sew the 2 sets of 2, you have strips with 4 squares.  Pair those up to give you 10 sets of 8 squares.  Then add the reserved pairs to the ends.  This was the fastest way I found.  I lined up the rows the best I could.  I tried to avoid having 2 like fabrics touching.  Press all seams.spooky mini quilt 3

To add the cat applique, click HERE for the cat and HERE for the Spooky.  Print them in reverse.  I like to use Heat n Bond EZ print sheets – no tracing!!!  Once you’ve got your applique ready, iron it into place and stitch around it with black thread.

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IMG_0813Add the binding and its done!  This might take a while if your cat decides to have a nap on it!!!  spooky mini quilt 4I love it so much!!!!

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Kids Can Sew! Sizzix Doll Quilt

sizzix doll quilt kids can sewI love getting my girls involved in sewing!  In fact among the requirements for leaving home to go to college are: 1.  you must be able to bake a pie from scratch  2.  you must be able to successfully make the family roll recipe  3.  you must be able to construct a quilt start to finish by yourself!  I’m proud of my teenage daughter as she has mastered all of these skills.  Sally is 7 and we are beginning to sew on the machine.  She LOVES it!  I like projects that she can do most of the work; this one is perfect!

I love using the Sizzix for cutting because she is too young to use the rotary cutter.  This way, she gets to “cut” out her quilt.  She choose all the fabrics and the Sizzix die.  The triangle worked great because it was easy for her to follow.

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Once she had chosen all the fabrics, I ironed Heat n Bond Lite to the wrong side of the triangle fabric.  Then I let Sally loose with the Sizzix Fabi.

sizzix doll quilt 5I cut a piece of white fabric the size she wanted.  She positioned the triangles and I pressed them in place.

sizzix doll quilt 3She sat at the machine and I had her practice sewing 1/4″ seams along the triangles.  If she messed up, not to worry, the triangles would be fine.  This was such good experience.  She got to where she could start and stop and lift the presser foot and cut the thread all by herself!

sizzix doll quilt 2Once all the triangles were stitched around, I used Spary n Bond to baste the quilt together.  This allowed for easy quilting and no messing with pins!  sizzix doll quilt 7I wanted her to do all the quilting.  I put the walking foot on and showed her how the machine can “sew by itself” and all she needed to do was steer the fabric, not push or pull it.  Once she saw how fun this was she was off!  I encouraged her to do random lines all over.  I love how it turned out!

sizzix doll quilt 8Mufasa was quite a helper, he slept the entire time behind the sewing machine!sizzix doll quilt 9I let her sew the binding on, and I helped with the corners.  I then let her use the binding clips and clip the binding all the way around.  Finally we got out the needle and thread and did some hand sewing.  She did pretty good.  I helped with the hand binding so we could finish sometime this year!IMG_0838

It’s the perfect size for her American Girl dolls and she is thrilled that she made it herself!  Do you sew with your kids?  Sally is excited to begin a new project!

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