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 {Free Pattern}

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I’m super excited to share this fun quilt pattern 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 download the free pattern in PDF form by clicking HERE.

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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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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!!

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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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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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Jewelry Travel Set {Zipper Pouch}

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What do you give someone who has everything?  It can be challenging!  I thought my mom would love this fun travel jewelry bag!  It has little individual pouches to put bracelets and necklaces.  They all fit into this quilted zipper pouch.  I used the Wildwood collection from Blend Fabrics.

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Instead of rewriting this tutorial, here are the links so you can make your own!!

For the little jewelry button pouches I followed THIS tutorial.

For the zipper pouch, I used THESE measurements.  I used quilt batting for the stabilizer and quilted the fabric before sewing the zipper pouch.

To insert the “Open Wide” zipper, follow THESE instructions.  img_8138

This is such a fun little project and I use my set every time I travel!img_8141

Spooky Town Wall Quilt

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I love the adorable artwork panels by Cori Dantini for Blend Fabrics!  This line is called Spooky Town.  It seems each season Cori comes out with beautiful new designs!  I came up with this fun way to add borders and create a wall hanging!  This tutorial can also be adjusted to fit other panels of fabric .

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Let’s get started:

Fabric Requirements:

1 panel

1/3 yard white fabric

1/4 yard black print

fat quarters or scraps for each of the 6 pinwheels

1/4 yard binding

1 yard back

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Cut the panel so it measures 13.5″ x 23.5″  img_5919

Make 6 pinwheels.  Each pinwheel is made up of (4) 3″ half square triangles (HST).  You can choose any method you like – I always use my Sizzix to cut the HST – they come out so perfect!  You will need 24 triangles of orange and 24 triangles of white.img_5920

Sew the orange and white triangles together.  Press seams open.  You don’t have to square up with the Sizzix either!img_5921

Lay out four HST and sew together as a 4-patch, pressing seams open each time.  You will have 6 pinwheels measuring 5.5″ square.img_5922

To make the strip sets, cut (4) 1.75″ x WOF of the white.  Cut (2) 3″xWOF of the black.  Sew the white strips on both sides of the black strip.  Make 2 strip sets.  Press toward the dark.  Cut the strip sets in (4) units of 9″ and (2) units of 13.5″.img_5926

Sew the 9″ units onto both sides of a pinwheel.  Make 2 of these side units.img_5929

Sew a pinwheel onto the ends of both 13.5″ strip set unit.  Press.  Below is a diagram with the measurements.

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Sew the side units on first.  Press open.  Sew the top and bottom units on next.  Press open.img_5935

Now it’s ready to quilt and bind!  You will love having this to hang in your house!  I made one for me and one for my sister 🙂  img_5945

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Card Shark Pillow Tutorial

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And now a project for the guys!  I have a hard time finding projects to sew for my 13 year old son that are…… well….. not floral, cutsey, vintage, or girly which is pretty much most of my sewing!  When I saw this fun “card print” from Blend Fabrics I knew it was for my son the “Card Shark”!!!!

It’s the perfect gift for the card lover in your life!

Supplies:

1/2 yard card print fabric

1/3 yard solid gray

Heat n Bond Ultra

2 yards trim

Zipper

Fiberfill

Vinyl letters

Fabric Paint

Shark Pattern download

Begin by tracing the shark pattern (in reverse) on the Heat n Bond Ultra hold – you can also use Lite.

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Press to the wrong side of the card fabric.

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Cut out along the pattern line.

Cut the gray background fabric 12″ x 19″.  Peel off the backing paper and heat set the shark in place.  Sew around the shark in black thread.IMG_3459

Cut the backing fabric the same size as the front 12″ x 19″.IMG_3461

You can use the hand sew method for closing the pillow or you can do the zipper method which is my favorite.  Simply cut the backing fabric at 2″ and insert a regular zipper.IMG_3462

You can add the “Card Shark” words with stitching or you can create your own stencil.  I cut the letters on my Cricut machine in vinyl.  I peeled off the letters to leave the stencil.  I used fabric paint to stencil and removed the vinyl when it was dry.  IMG_3463

Once the letters are on you can assemble the pillow.  Baste the trim to the pillow front.  Then with right sides together place the pillow front and back and sew all the way around using a generous 1/4″ seam.  Make sure to leave the zipper open before you sew.  Turn right side out and stuff with fiberfill.

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