Hanging Around – a free quilt pattern

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I’m super excited to share this fun pattern with you!  I’m always looking for ways to use my favorite theme prints!  This one is my new “go-to” – perfect for a throw quilt, or remove a few blocks and it’s a baby quilt size!  The fabrics in this quilt are from Blend Fabrics Rainforest Slumber.

IMG_3342Who knew sloths could be so adorable!!  The finished quilt measures 62″ x 62″ and the finished block size is 10″

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You can click here to download the PDF pattern.

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This pattern is so versatile – picture a sports quilt or even a Christmas quilt!!DSC_0921

Mufasa looks thrilled 🙂

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I hope you enjoy this pattern – be sure to post pictures on Instagram and tag me in your photos so I can see your creations!!

Flower Market {Free Quilt Pattern}

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I love floral prints – the bigger the better!  Chelsea Market by Blend Fabrics has all the perfect floral prints in one fabric line!!  I created this quilt to show off the beautiful flowers – sometimes you just don’t want to cut your fabric up into small bits.  This quilt pattern would work well for any of your favorite large prints!DSC_0963

The block size is 14″ and the overall quilt measures 56″ x 70″.

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It’s the perfect size for a throw or for the end of a bed.  You can download the PDF by clicking here.  I hope you love it!!DSC_0960

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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BWINDI FOREST {Free Quilt Pattern}

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This is one of my all time favorite quilt patterns!  I have made it at least 5 times!  I love it because:

  • It uses theme prints which I am a sucker for
  • It has cheater method piecing
  • You can make it in a day
  • It works with any fabric
  • You can easily make it into a baby quilt size or keep adding blocks for a twin size or largerIMG_1330

You can download the free pattern HERE

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The fabrics in this quilt are Kona black and Kona white and the Bwindi Forest Collection from Blend Fabricsbwindi fabrics

I never thought I would want a monkey quilt – but this quilt has totally stolen my heart!  I am so in love with it!
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For other versions of this quilt, check out these posts:

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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

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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All Stacked Up {5 Fat Quarter Fun Quilt}

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Welcome to the 4th edition of the Five Fat Quarter Fun Sewing Series!!  Amber and I have teamed up to bring you a super fun quilt that you can make with only 5 fat quarters and some additional background yardage!  This month we are focusing on theme prints.  This quilt pattern is great to use with large prints and puts them as the focus of the quilt.

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We each choose a collection of 5 fat quarters from one of Blend Fabrics’ current lines.  Amber used Flutter & Float FullSizeRender-2

and I used Born Wild.

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The finished quilt is approximately 62″ x 70″.  I put flannel on the back of mine and it’s the perfect lap quilt!!!

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I love how the quilt pattern will change a bit if you switch the dark and light background prints!!  The same pattern but two totally different looks!!
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You are going to love making this quilt!  Hop over to Amber’s blog to download the free pattern.  And remember….make sure to tag us on Instagram (@jedicraftgirl and @gigi’s_thimble)!  We want to see your fabrics and your process as well as the finished quilt!  Use the hashtag #fivefatquarterfun and #allstackedupquilt 🙂

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I quilted double loop-de-loos all over the quilt, don’t look too close – it’s so not perfect!!!

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Thanks for stopping by and we hope you love making this quilt!!!

Bunny Hop Quilt Pattern {Free}

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Today I’m sharing my latest pattern for this fun spring wallhanging.  There is just something about hanging a new quilt that makes your house feel all happy!!

bunny quilt 3This quilt measures 40″ square and is perfect for hanging, placing on a table or couch.  I used my Sizzix dies for all the triangles and the bunny appliqué!  You can download the pattern by clicking HERE.

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Here’s what you need to get started: (All fabrics from The Rose Collection by Anna Griffin).

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Fabric Requirements

½ yard solid white

½ yard white floral

1 yard black floral for blocks and rabbits

¼ yard green floral

¼ yard pink print

½ yard floral stripe (border)

½ yard pink print (binding)

1 yard backing

45” square batting

Heat n Bond Lite fusible applique

Sizzix Bunny Die

Sizzix 6 ½” Hourglass die

Sizzix 3 ½” Half Square Triangle Die

 

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I die cut all the triangles with the Sizzix dies.  It saves on fabric and makes for fast and easy piecing!!

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I love how it brightens up my living room!  I’m all ready for spring now!

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Spring Burlap Table Runner with Appliqué Bunnies

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I love spring and I love bunnies and I love this Sizzix Rabbit Die! It is my most favorite Sizzix die of ALL TIME!! It is totally feels like spring here in Southern California! I love it! I’m ready to get all my spring home decor out and I needed a new table runner in my dining room so I came up with this “shabby” inspired bunny runner. I used a ready-made burlap runner that I purchased at the craft store, Heat n Bond Ultra, lace trim, and some yardage. The fabrics are from the line Flora & Fauna by Blend Fabrics.

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Let’s get started!

Begin by cutting the Heat n Bond Ultra into rectangles the size of the Rabbit Die. I choose to use Heat n Bond Ultra because I didn’t want to sew around each rabbit. Burlap is a little stretchy and wiggly and I thought the sewing would cause some funky puckering. The Ultra doesn’t require any sewing!

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Iron it to the wrong size of the fabrics to be die cut.Table Runner: A Cute Rabbit Burlap MIY

Run the fabrics through the Sizzix Fabi. Make sure to cut half the rabbits going one way and half the rabbits going the other way. I cut 12 rabbits. The number will vary depending on the length of the runner.

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Aren’t they the cutest! I could have a million of these bunnies!!!!

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Measure the length of your table runner, mine is 116″. You will need the lace to be double the length of the table runner.

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Sew the lace to each long edge of the table runner.

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Choose three fabrics for the ruffles. Cut (2) 5″ x WOF of each of the ruffle fabrics.

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Sew a rolled hem on the two short sides of each of the 6 ruffle pieces.

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Then sew a rolled hem on one long edge of the ruffle pieces. Press.

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Sew a gathering stitch along the length of the ruffle strip, 1/4″ along the raw edge. Gather each ruffle.

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The first ruffle we sew till be the end ruffle. Align the ruffle and the end of the runner right sides together. Adjust the ruffle to fit the width of the runner. Pin into place. Sew along the gathering stitches. Do this to both ends of the runner.

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Press the ruffle back and top stitch along the top of the ruffle to keep it laying flat.

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For the second ruffle pin it wrong side to the runner (above).

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Align the ruffle so it overlaps about 1″ (pictured above).

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Sew along the gathering stitch. Then zig zag along the raw edge.

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For the third ruffle, aligh right sides together (like we did with the first ruffle). Pin it about 2.5″ apart. Make sure when the ruffle is folded back it covers the raw edge. Sew along the gathering seam.

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Fold ruffle back, press, and top stitch.

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Peel off the backing paper of the rabbits and press with hot dry iron. Table Runner: A Cute Rabbit Burlap MIY

Having your cat press is not the same thing 🙂

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Ta Da! It’s done! And I totally LOVE it!!!!

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It’s the perfect addition to my reclaimed farm table that my husband built me!!!

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Mufasa loves it too!

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Thanks for joining me today!

My Favorite Baby Quilt Pattern

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I love to give quilts for baby gifts!  Sometime there isn’t enough time for an elaborate pattern.  This is my Go-To pattern for a baby quilt.  I put this Panda themed quilt top together in 1.5 hours this morning – which included choosing fabrics and cutting!  I love this pattern with theme prints and these panda bears have stolen my heart!  All the fabrics are from Panda-Rama by Blend Fabrics.

The panda quilt is an adaptation from my Windy Girls Quilt Tutorial.

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I made 2 changes: First, I didn’t piece the centers, I omitted the first step and I cut the pandas 8 1/2″ square.  This saves a step, saves time, and lets you use super large prints in the center.

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Here you can see the difference in the blocks.

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The Windy Girls pattern has 20 blocks – I made this Panda quilt with 16 blocks.  This is plenty big for a baby quilt and it saves on fabric and time!

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The second change I made was not to rotate the blocks, but keep them going all the same way.  I didn’t want sideways pandas.  It creates a fun little pattern.  If you look close you can see a few gray strips I had to subside in because I ran out of the white.  You could totally make this scrappy or keep it simple.  I would love to hear how fast you can piece the top in!  Can you beat me?  🙂

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