Moonlight Path Quilt Tutorial


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!!!!

screen-shot-2016-11-10-at-7-24-55-pm I’m so in love with it!!!!!  I selected 22 prints to coordinate with this sweet little fabric to create the Moonlight Path Fat Quarter Bundle that is available from Fat Quarter Shop!


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!)


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

img_6504  I love all the shades of blue with a few gray prints – I am a blue girl – can you tell!  If you look closely there are a few fussy cut cat blocks hidden in the quilt.  After all, they were the inspiration 🙂

Let’s get started!!

all seams 1/4″


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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


I love how they each turned out!!!


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:


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.


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!




Timber Quilt Pattern from Fat Quarter Shop

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!
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
Mufasa and I go all settle in and began cutting.  Oh what fun!
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.
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!!
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!!!
Now it’s time for you to make one!!  You will LOVE it!!!

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




Spooky Pillow Covers


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!


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

The Jolly Bar Book


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!


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


And Mufasa loves as well! IMG_3204

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.


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

Layer Cake Checkmate Quilt



It’s Christmas in July!  Why not sew a Christmas quilt when its 105 degrees outside!  I love quilt patterns that sew together FAST…..because I’m totally impatient and I have a roomful of fabric that I am dying to sew with.  I need to be able to make a quilt top in a day – better yet an afternoon!  This quilt pattern is perfect for speedy sewing!  Because it sews together so fast it would make a great birthday gift, baby gift, or Christmas gift – which is what mine is going to be 🙂


You can hop over to Fat Quarter Shop to  download the pattern, click HERE!!!  And you can watch this fun video tutorial!!


I choose the Juniper Berry Layer Cake by Basic Grey for Moda Fabrics.  It’s the cutest!  I love all the wintry colors!  I used a different color placement with my quilt than the pattern suggests.  My layer cake didn’t just have lights and darks.  Rather, it had lights, mediums, and darks.  The addition of black fabric turned the red, green, and aqua into mediums.  I didn’t want just random black squares throughout the quilt that would draw your eye.  So I turned the 4-patch block into a checker board block using the blacks and lights.  I used the medium tones for the large squares.  I love the result!


It makes a diagonal of black squares one way and a diagonal of light squares the other way.



I also turned my quilt into a square so the the diagonal lines would be even.  I’m also not a fan of quilt borders – not sure why 🙂


Check out these amazing designers to see their version of Layer Cake Checkmate!!

Peta from She Quilts a Lot
Melanie from Mostly Crafty
Connie from Freemotion by the River
Melissa from Happy Quilting
Heidi from Buttons & Butterflies
Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl
Tina from Emily Ann’s Kloset
Sherri M. from A Quilting Life
Andy from A Bright Corner
Anorina from Samelia’s Mum
Sherri F. from This & That Patterns
Brooke from Silly Mama Quilts

Pandalicious Quilt {Art Gallery + Fat Quarter Shop}


Isn’t this the cutest fabric from Art Gallery!!  It’s called Pandalicious and it makes me want to go to the zoo and see some pandas!  Cherry blossoms, bamboo teepees and cuddly pandas!

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I had so much fun putting this quilt together.  It looks complicated but its really rather simple.  It consists of lots of these blocks:IMG_9695

and a center block:


Once all the blocks are sewn together the assembly of the quilt is as easy as sewing squares together!


Just make sure to follow the placement carefully as shown in the pattern.  It is so cool when it comes together!  I will totally make this again.  I’m even thinking just the center portion of this quilt would make a fun table quilt or wall hanging!


The colors are amazing in person and the pandas are just the cutest!  I hope you get a chance to make this quilt!!


Check out the other designers who have put together a Palisades Quilt!!!

Tina from Emily Ann’s Kloset

Amy from Diary of a Quilter

Maureen from Maureen Cracknell Handmade

Erica from Kitchen Table Quilting

Melissa from Happy Quilting

Karin from Leigh Laurel Studios

Rachael from The Floral Suitcase

Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl

Megan from Quilt Story

Heather from Quilt Story

Melanie from Mostly Crafty

Brooke from Silly Mama Quilts

Afton from Quilting Mod

Holiday Wishes Blog Tour



I am totally loving this new book by Sherri Falls called Holiday Wishes!  The patterns are so inspiring and they make you want to sew!  I choose the gingham star block from her book and made some much needed throw pillows for my family room.

Holiday Wishes Book


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I always write about only using 20″ pillows in my home.  However, my family loves Euro pillows in the family room.  The old ones were headed to the trash and I was so thrilled to make some new ones!


I bought these 24″ square Euro pillows.  They were a little too full so I made a small opening in the pillow and took out some stuffing.


I had purchased this Fruta y Flor fabric by Free Spirit and have been waiting to use it in my family room!!  I am so in love with it!


I followed the pattern exactly and then added a border so the pillow top would be 24″ square.  I can’t wait to make an entire quilt with these blocks!!  I’m so in love!!!!!


I used Spray n Bond to baste my pillow fronts – it makes quilting so easy!IMG_9621

I quilted all-over swirls on both of the pillow tops.    If you want more info on how to finish the pillow read this tutorial and this tutorial.IMG_9650

I love how they turned out – and yes they are pretty big!!IMG_9651

gingham star pillow 2

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Little Ruby Quilt Along – Finished Quilt


This has been such a fun quilt along from Fat Quarter Shop!  You’re not too late if you want to make this quilt!  I’ve attached each of the videos below if you would like to make one.  If I’m being honest, this kind of quilt (one that requires special rulers and templates) is so NOT my style.  BUT I have to say I have TOTALLY LOVED making this quilt!

IMG_9641 It’s so good to jump out of your comfort zone and try something totally new!  You will love how fun this quilt is – the templates make everything fit together perfectly.

little ruby quilt vintage picnic moda fabric

Click for Fabric requirements 🙂

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Here’s a little overview of the pattern.IMG_8848

The pattern calls for 2 1/2″ strips.  You sew them together and use this cook ruler to cut the exact size triangle.  vintage picnic little ruby quilt 6

The triangles spin around to form a pinwheel type pattern – cool huh 🙂vintage picnic little ruby quilt 7

I read all the instructions and watched the videos and still managed to sew my first 2 triangles together the wrong way – 3 times – YIKES!  Once I got that out of my system it was smooth sailing!vintage picnic little ruby quilt 8

I love having Ella around because I hand her a stack of blocks and she puts them together for me.  We did a little experimenting with the pattern for fun.

The blocks sewed together like a dream.  I just love this fabric!vintage picnic little ruby quilt 10

I used my Spray n Bond basting spray to baste the quilt and then machine quilted myself using a loopy floral design.

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I love bias gingham binding!  The great thing about Vintage Picnic is that the gingham is printed on the bias so it saves fabric and is easy to cut!

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I am thrilled with my Vintage Picnic fabric choice.  I will be keeping this quilt out all summer long!  I did modify my quilt slightly in that I made it a touch smaller.

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vintage picnic little ruby quilt 5 Mufasa seems pretty comfy on the new quilt!

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Be sure to check out the completed quilts from these amazing bloggers!

Melissa from Happy Quilting
Angie from Gnome Angel
Erin Cox from Why Not Sew
Andy from A Bright Corner
Heidi from Buttons & Butterflies
Pat from Pat Sloan
Peta from She Quilts a Lot
Heather from Quilt Story
Megan from Quilt Story
Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl
Gerri from Planted Seed Designs
Sherri from A Quilting Life
Rebecca from Bryan House Quilts
Sherri from This & That Patterns
Jemima from Tied with a Ribbon
Alyce from Blossom Heart Quilts
Stephanie from Modern Sewciety
Brooke from Silly Mama Quilts
Carrie from Moda’s United Notions

Pretty Playtime Quilts Teapot Block Pillow


Today is my turn on the Pretty Playtime Quilt Blog Tour!  I love this sweet pattern book by Elea Lutz!  (Juicy tidbit…..Elea and I once spent a wild night together at an 80’s dance club!!!)  The patterns for this entire quilt are in the spiral bound book available from Fat Quarter Shop.  You can make the sampler quilt or you can get creative with the blocks!Screen Shot 2016-07-03 at 10.00.13 PMThe fabrics used in the pattern book are from Elea’s fabric line Strawberry Biscuit.Screen Shot 2016-07-03 at 9.59.54 PM

I choose to make a throw pillow out of the teapot block.IMG_9424

I sewed the block exactly like the pattern instructed.  I love how the instructions are super easy to read and the diagrams make sewing the block a snap.  I added a 1.5″ border around the teapot followed by a 3.5″ floral border.  IMG_9416

I quilted the entire block like you would a mini quilt.  I trimmed it down to measure 20″ square.  Before adding the binding I sewed a 20″ x 20″ back with a zipper.  IMG_9412

I basted the quilted front to the pillow back wrong sides together with a 1/8″ seam all the way around.  Then I added the binding just like you would a quilt.IMG_9409

I inserted a 20″ down pillow form.  It’s super soft and perfect for propping your head while reading or watching a movie 🙂IMG_9414

Be sure to check out a new block from a new designer each week!  You will love all the inspiration!

Week 2 – Erin from Why Not Sew?
Week 3 – Wynn from Zakka Art
Week 4 – Anorian from Samelia’s Mum
Week 5 – Amy from Diary of a Quilter
Week 6 – Renee from Sewn with Grace
Week 7 – Jemima from Tied with a Ribbon
Week 8 – Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl
Week 9 – Debbie from Happy Little Cottage
Week 10 – Tina from Emily Ann’s Kloset
Week 11 – Erica from Kitchen Table Quilting
Week 12 – Kristyne from Pretty by Hand
Week 13 – Heidi from Fabric Mutt
Week 14 – Brigitte from The Family Hearth
Week 15 – Lorrie from Sew Mod Designs
Week 16 – Kristin from They Grow Up Too Fast

Beginner Charm Pack Placemat


I love placemats, table cloths, dishes, and table settings.  I won’t even confess to how many sets of dishes I own.  I love coordinating my table linens with my dishes for the seasons and holidays.  I was thrilled to find this wonderful tutorial from Fat Quarter Shop.  It’s a video showing how to make a set of placemats using a charm pack and some additional yardage.


Click below to watch the video:

I choose Vintage Picnic fabric because it’s perfect for summer!


The pattern is has (4) 4-patch units and 5 solid squares with added strips on the sides.  Then just quilt and bind!


Mufasa loved helping with this project!  He thinks they are little table quilts for napping 🙂IMG_8871   They are so fast and easy you can sew up an entire set for your family in a few hours!