EPIC Star Wars Throw Quilt

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I have been collecting Star Wars fabric for quite a while!  I just purchased some Rogue One fabrics from Fat Quarter Shop to complete my collection!  My daughter and I thought it would be fun to make a super nerdy Star Wars Quilt for her BFF and fellow Star Wars nerd!!  We found this gray fabric with silver hearts and we knew it would be the perfect touch for this girls Star Wars Quilt!  Each of the Star Wars movies is represented in this quilt – yes it’s EPIC!!!

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I modified the block from my Windy Girls Quilt Tutorial.  The center square is cut 8 1/2″ square.  I followed the instructions as to how to make the border strips.  Since this quilt is larger than the Windy Girls pattern, I added additional yardage and sewed more strip units.  It sews together super fast!!  There are 5 blocks across and 6 rows down.  Each block finishes 12″ so that makes the quilt 60″ x 72″.star wars quilt 3

This is such a great quilt to make for a graduation gift or a birthday gift and you can use your favorite theme prints and really customize it to the recipent.  I think I need to make another one!  We sent it off to the quilter today and we are putting magenta minky on the back – to complete the total nerdy-ness – the quilting will be rainbows and hearts – quilted by my friend Nicole of Kwiltit.com!  I can’t wait!!!!star wars quilt 4

Fat Quarter Shop Sew Along #2

Patchwork-LOGO-2It’s February 15th and that means Fat Quarter Shop Sew Along Time!  I had so much fun making the second block of their sewing series.  You can download the block by clicking HERE.

There is even a video!

I am thrilled with my red and white idea and I hope I can keep it going with out burning out.  I even bought me some new Keds to match my quilt blocks!! I love red & white!!!

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I am always looking for shortcuts when sewing and so I got out my Sizzix Fabi to make the half square triangles in a snap!IMG_9838

This is so much fun and I hope you join us in sewing along!!!

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*Psst! The designers of the quilt’s fabrics – Bonnie & Camille – are sewing along, too! How fun!
Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl (@jedicraftgirl)
Amy of Diary of a Quilter (@diaryofaquilter)
Andy of A Bright Corner (@abrightcorner)

*Bonnie of Cotton Way (@bonniecottonway)
*Camille of Thimble Blossoms (@thimbleblossoms)
Debbie of Happy Little Cottage (@happylittlecottage1)
Greg of Grey Dogwood Studio (@greydogwoodstudio)
Heidi of Buttons and Butterflies (@buttonsandbutterflies)
Melissa of Happy Quilting (@happyquiltingmc)
Melissa of Oh How Sweet (@ohhowsweet)
Pat Sloan of PatSloan.com (@quilterpatsloan)
Renee of Sewn with Grace (@sewnwithgrace)
Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane (@downgrapevinelane)
Sherri of A Quilting Life (@aquiltinglife)
Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts (@sondradavison)
Taunja of Carried Away Quilting (@taunjalynn)
Tina of Emily Ann’s Kloset (@emilyannskloset)
Carrie Nelson/Miss Rosie of Moda Cutting Table

Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along 2017 Block #1

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I’m so excited to be sewing along with Fat Quarter Shop’s 2017 Charity Quilt Along!!!  Today they are kicking off things with Block #1,  Souvenir of FriendshipDownload your free pattern today, and be sure to donate to Make-A-Wish!Make_A_Wish_e5732_450x450 Block-1-divider
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Well actually Mufasa and I are both sewing along!!!  I decided to go with a traditional red and white quilt theme.  So all my blocks will be different prints of red and white.  I hope I don’t get sick of this color palette half way through!!!  But I totally love it so far!

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Since all my blocks are the same, I choose to do a “cheater” method on the blocks to speed things up 🙂

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I can’t wait for next month’s block!!!!  I hope you join us and sew along!  It’s super fun!!!IMG_8872

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The designers of the original quilt’s fabrics – Bonnie & Camille – are sewing along, too! Fun!
And look who else is sewing along!!!!!
Amy of Diary of a Quilter (@diaryofaquilter)
Andy of A Bright Corner (@abrightcorner)

Bonnie of Cotton Way (@bonniecottonway)
Camille of Thimble Blossoms (@thimbleblossoms)
Debbie of Happy Little Cottage (@happylittlecottage1)
Greg of Grey Dogwood Studio (@greydogwoodstudio)
Heidi of Buttons and Butterflies (@buttonsandbutterflies)
Melissa of Happy Quilting (@happyquiltingmc)
Melissa of Oh How Sweet (@ohhowsweet)
Pat Sloan of PatSloan.com (@quilterpatsloan)
Renee of Sewn with Grace (@sewnwithgrace)
Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane (@downgrapevinelane)
Sherri of A Quilting Life (@aquiltinglife)
Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts (@sondradavison)
Taunja of Carried Away Quilting (@taunjalynn)
Tina of Emily Ann’s Kloset (@emilyannskloset)
Carrie Nelson/Miss Rosie of Moda Cutting Table

Captain America Child’s Apron

Do you have a little kitchen helper at your house?  Sally bakes everything with me!!  At 8 years old she has a few recipes she can make all by herself!  For Christmas I thought she needed her own measuring cups and spoons and Captain America Apron!!!  This is a basic pattern that can be made in 30 minutes.  You can get creative and add a pocket, ruffle, or fabric accent.  I kept it simple because its all about “Cap” for Sally.  This is a big kids size – would fit from a 6X up to a kids 12.

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Place the pattern on the fold – I made sure to center the Cap 🙂  Cut one front and one lining.fullsizerender2Once you make the straps, baste them according to the pattern.  Then pin them to keep them from getting in the way of the apron seam.

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Pin right sides together and make sure to leave a 3″-4″ opening on the side for turning.

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I love how it turned out – and it’s reversible!!!

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Vinyl Covered Fabric Pencil Pouch Tutorial

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I love sewing zipper pouches!  This one is the perfect size to keep pens, pencils, and art supplies in.  What’s even more fun is I used Heat n Bond Vinyl to make the outside of the zipper pouch waterproof – it kind of has the look of oil cloth!  The kids were so excited!  They each choose a Marvel fabric for their pouch.  They literally stood by the sewing machine waiting for me to finish them!  These are such great gifts and are so useful!!

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They go great with my Marvel composition book and Marvel key fob!!  Here’s how you can make one:

Supplies

1/4 yard outer bag

1/4 yard lining

zipper, at least 12″ long

Heat n Bond Vinyl

Instructions:

Cut the following:

(2) 5″ x 10.5″ for outer bag Marvel fabric

(2) 5″ x 10.5″ for lining

(2) 2.5″ x 2″ for zipper tabs

(2) 5″ x 10.5″ Heat n Bond Vinyl

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Cut the outer bag and lining pieces.

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Peel off the vinyl and place the sticky side to the right side of the outer bag pieces.  Cover the vinyl with the paper that was just removed and heat set (on medium heat) according to manufacturers instructions, about 8 seconds then flip over and press for 4 seconds.

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The outer pieces are now covered in vinyl and have a whole new look!!!  It’s so much fun!!!!

Now it’s time to sew in the zipper.

Press the zipper tabs 1/4″ in on the top and bottom and then press in half:

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Trim the metal end off the zipper and insert the end into one of the tabs.  Sew 2 seams along the edge:

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Cut open the zipper tab and cut out the zipper.  Trim the zipper tab to be the same width as the zipper.img_7972

Now measure the zipper to the zipper pouch.  You need to have 1″ of zipper tab on each side.  Measure the zipper and cut the other end off to where it needs to be.  Sew the second zipper tab on.  Make sure not to cut the zipper pull off 🙂    Cut open the zipper tab and cut out the excess zipper.img_7974

Lay the zipper right side on top of the Marvel piece.  Lay the Lining piece on top of that right side down.  Match all the raw edges.  See photo below:

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Using a zipper foot, sew the zipper in.  Finger press.img_7976

Now position the second Marvel piece right side down and the lining piece on the bottom, right side facing up, like this:img_7977

Basically you are making sure each piece is right sides together with it’s matching piece.  Line up all the raw edges and sew using the zipper foot.  Finger press.img_7978

Sew 1/8″ along both sides of the zipper.img_7979

With the zipper partially open, match the Marvel pieces right sides together and the lining pieces right sides together.  Pin all the way around.  Sew using 1/4″ seam all the way around leaving a 3 inch opening in the bottom of the lining.  Clip corners and turn right side out.  Top stitch the opening closed.  The vinyl gets a little scrunched while turning, so place the pressing paper on top of the vinyl and lightly press out the wrinkles.

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Ta Da!!  Now go sew up a bunch of these!!!!

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Marvel Padded Sketchbook Case Tutorial

sketch-book-case-tutorialI love sewing for my kids!!!!  They are totally into Marvel right now so I’m so excited for this new line from Camelot Fabrics available at Fat Quarter Shop!!  This fun project is for a padded sketch book case with button closure (Sketch book measuring 9″x12″).  This case is also great for coloring books, journals, music books, and magazines.  The Heat n Bond Fusible Fleece gives it soft stability.  You can whip one up in about 30 minutes!  So it’s a great gift.img_7893

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I made four Sketch Book Cases for my daughter’s artsy friends.  The four of them sketch all day and nerd out at lunch with their sketchbooks.  They were thrilled to receive them!!img_8001

Let’s get started!

Supplies
1/2 yard lining fabric

fat quarter backing

fat quarter flap fabric

fat quarter front sides

fat quarter front center

1 yard Heat n Bond Fusible Fleece

Button

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First have your cat sleep on all the fabric so it needs ironing when you are ready 🙂

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Cut the front side pieces (2) 5″ x 12″ and center 6″ x 12″.

Sew together as pictured above with 1/4″ seams and press.

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Cut the back 15″ x 12″

Cut the flap (2) 15″ x 6″

Cut the lining (2) 15″ x 12″

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Cut the Fusible Fleece (2) 15″ x 12″ and (1) 15″ x 6″

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Match up the Marvel pieces with the fleece pieces and fuse to the wrong side of the fabric, according to manufacturers instructions. (only fuse one of the flap pieces)

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Sew accent stitching 1/8″ along both sides of the seams.

Prepare the flap:

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Take the fused flap piece and round the corners of the bottom two corners by tracing a small plate.  Cut with scissors.

Lay the rounded flap piece on top of the second 6″ x 15″ piece and pin, right sides together.  Sew 1/2″ seam around the side, bottom, and side.  Leaving the top open.

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Trim down the seam allowance and clip the curves.

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Turn right side out, press and top stitch along seam 1/8″.

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Find the center of the flap and mark.  Sew a button hole that matches the size of your button.  Sew the button hole 2″ above the seam.

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Place the front pouch piece on top of the back pouch piece right sides together.  Pin the sides and the bottom.  Sew the sides and bottom using a 1/2″ seam.  Clip corners and turn right side out.

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Pin the sides and bottom of the lining pieces in the same manner.  Sew 1/2″ seam along the sides and bottom.

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Pin the flap to the back of the pouch, matching raw edges.  Make sure to center on the back piece.  Baste 1/8″ along flap .

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Place the outer pouch inside the lining, right sides together.  Match at side seams and pin all the way around.  Sew using a 1/4″ seam all the way around.

Unstitch a 3″ section on one of the sides of the lining.  Turn right side out.  Top stitch the lining closed.  Press lining down inside the pouch.  Top stitch using a 1/8″ seam around the “mouth” of the case.  Hand sew the button on.sketch-book-case-2

They were so much fun to make and the fabrics were fun to mix and match!  I can’t decide which is my favorite!

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Moonlight Path Quilt Tutorial

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I am super excited to share this pattern with you!  The inspiration for this quilt came when I saw this cat fabric called The Highlands from Michael Miller on the Fat Quarter Shop website! Yes those are cats with antlers!!!!

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Aren’t these colors fabulous together!  To make this throw-size quilt top you only need this fat quarter bundle and nothing else!!  (There is enough fabric left over if you want to make a scrappy binding too!)

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The fat quarter bundle has a perfect blend of darks, lights, and mids.  You don’t have to add any additional yardage!!

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Let’s get started!!

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We will only be using 2 1/2″ strips for the blocks.

Each dark print 2 1/2″ strip will be enough for one block.  You need 50 dark strips for the 50 blocks.

Each light print 2 1/2″ strip will be enough for (2) blocks.  You need 25 light print strips.

Each medium print 2 1/2″ strip will be enough for (2) blocks.  You need 25 medium print strips.

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Once the strips are cut, sew the light and medium strips together lengthwise.  Press toward the dark.  Sub-cut into 2 1/2″ increments.  Cut the dark strips in 4 1/2″ increments.  The above picture shows everything you need for one block.

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Sew the strip set to the dark rectangle as pictured above.  You will have (4) of these units per block.

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Continue sewing in this manner until all the strips are sewn into these units.

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The pieced units will be sewn as pictured above, like a 4-patch.  I pressed the seams alternately as much as I could for easy matching.

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Now you have a finished block!  Continue sewing all the units together to form 50 blocks.

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I love how they each turned out!!!

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Cat Blocks

You will need to make 6 additional fussy-cut cat blocks to mix in.

Fussy cut the cat fabric in 4 1/2″ squares.  Cut 6.

Cut (24) light 2 1/2″ squares.

Cut (24) medium 2 1/2″ squares.

Cut (24) dark 2 1/2″ squares.

Lay them out according to the photo below:

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Sew the top and bottom rows together.  Sew the sides together, press, then sew to the sides of the cat square.  Finally sew the top and bottom rows to the center cat unit, matching seams.  Press.  img_6469

I love the cat block!  It wouldn’t be a quilt unless there was a little theme print in it!!!  Of course you could omit the cat blocks and just make 56 of the original blocks.

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Lay the quilt out 7 blocks across and 8 rows down.  I had to play around with my blocks so they didn’t create an unwanted pattern.  It’s tricky to look random 🙂  Sew the blocks together pressing seams alternately with each row.  Sew the rows together pinning at every seam intersection.  Quilt, bind, love!

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Timber Quilt Pattern from Fat Quarter Shop

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I’m so excited to be a part of the Fat Quarter Shop Timber Quilt Blog Tour!  This amazing pattern is available for free download (click HERE ) From Fat Quarter Shop!  You will love how easy it is to follow and how amazing it looks when it’s all put together!
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I choose Tapestry by Art Gallery Fabrics.  There is a cat in one of the prints!!screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-1-15-15-pm
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Mufasa and I go all settle in and began cutting.  Oh what fun!
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The blocks are super fun to put gether!  img_5204
I love that this pattern goes quickly because you can chain piece!  Here is what chain piecing looks like at my house!img_5210
And before you know it the blocks are finished!  These colors and prints just sing!!img_5218
There are 20 total blocks that make up the quilt.
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I can’t decide which color set I like best!  img_5220
Before we could finish the quilt – someone pooped out 🙂img_5227
These colors look amazing together!!
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I absolutely love how this pattern came together!  I would totally make it again!!  I love the one bright orange row and that it is slightly off center – as if I tried to do that!!!
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Now it’s time for you to make one!!  You will LOVE it!!!
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These fabulous ladies also made a Timber Quilt!  Check out their blogs to see their versions!!!

Melissa from Happy Quilting
Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl
Melanie from Mostly Crafty
Natalia from Piece N’ Quilt
Megan from Quilt Story
Heather from Quilt Story
Afton from Quilting Mod
Erin from Why Not Sew

 

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Spooky Pillow Covers

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I love changing out my pillow covers for each season.  My living room is blacks and neutrals for Halloween so I wanted some pillows that didn’t scream cheesy Halloween (I put those in the family room!).  I found the plaid flannels at Joann Fabrics and the spooky tree print is from Cotton + Steel that I ordered from Fat Quarter Shop.  To learn more about sewing an invisible zipper in a pillow, read this.  It’s super easy and you can make a pillow cover in a matter of minutes!

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I love love love them!  They look great with my Hallow’s Eve quilt!!img_3614

The Jolly Bar Book

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I’m thrilled to share with you my project from Fat Quarter Shop’s The Jolly Bar Book today!  This is such a fun book!  First of all it is the exact size of a Jolly Bar which is 5″ x 10″!  Jolly Bars come in your favorite fabric collections from Fat Quarter Shop and they are super fun to use!

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I choose Farmhouse by Fig Tree & Co for Moda.  The fabrics are to die for!  IMG_3130

I added a chicken wire print for my background yardage.  I love how it works with the Farmhouse fabrics!!  And how easy and fun is this pattern!!!!!  You can sew it in about an hour.IMG_3244

Sometimes sewing time is a little longer if Mufasa decides to nap on the cutting board!IMG_3139

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I had fun quilting this quilt!  I quilted 5-petal daisies and loops.IMG_3210

For the backing I used a random newsprint style fabric and chose a red fabric from the Farmhouse line for the binding.

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It’s got such a fun vintage feel to it.  I would totally make this pattern again and again and again!!DSC_0526

It’s amazing how big the quilt is with just one Jolly Bar and some yardage!  I love patterns like this!IMG_3220

IMG_3196  Check out these wonderful designers to see what patterns they sewed up from the Jolly Bar Book!!!

Melissa from Happy Quilting
Tina from Emily Ann’s Kloset
Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl
Connie from Free Motion by the River
Afton from Quilting Mod
Pam from Pam Kitty Morning
Heidi from Buttons and Butterflies
Renee from Sewn with Grace
Remona from The Stitching Scientist
Andy from A Bright Corner
Angie from Gnome Angel