Orange Peel Applique Quilt

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I am super excited to be sharing this mini quilt today!  I needed a little something for my new kitchen and I didn’t have much time…..summers are so crazy, right!!  I love the look of orange peel appliqué but wanted this project to be done in a few hours – Heat n Bond Lite to the rescue!

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I dove into my stash of Moda Vintage Picnic scraps – which are just the perfect colors to patch my Pyrex collection!

Vintage Orange Peel Mini Quilt with HeatnBond® Lite

Finished quilt 24″ square

Here’s what you need to get started:

Lots of scraps!!!  I used all my Vintage Picnic scraps for this quilt
Heat n Bond® Lite for the appliqué – yes those orange peels are machine appliquéd – who has time for hand stitching in the summer!
1/3 yard of white/off white background fabric
1/8 yard navy inner border fabric
Spray n Bond® Basting Spray
1/4 yard binding fabric
1-yard backing fabric
cotton batting


Vintage Orange Peel Mini Quilt with HeatnBond Lite Instructions:

Get started by cutting all those scraps into (64) 2 1/2″ squares.  No pattern here – just scrappy!

Lay them out in 8 rows of 8.

Piece together in rows, pressing each row opposite so the seams come together nicely.  Sew the rows together and press.

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I love patchy quilts!!!!

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For the inner navy border cut:

(2) 2″ x 16 1/2″ strips

(2) 2″ x 19 1/2″ strips

Sew the border to the sides of the scrappy unit, press.  Then to the top and bottom, press.
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For the orange peel, print off the orange peel pattern.  Make sure it measures 3″ from end to end.

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Trace the orange peel onto the HeatnBond Lite 48 times.

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Cut out around each orange peel and press to the wrong side of the desired fabric – scrap buster style!!!

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Cut out each orange peel and peel off the backing paper.

Cut the white fabric:

(4) 5 1/2″ x 19 1/2″

Position the orange peels as shown in the photo.  Heat set in place.  Sew around each orange peel using a straight stitch.

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Make the corner blocks:

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Using the above measurements, construct 4 blocks for each of the 4 corners.

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Sew an orange peel unit to each side, press.

Sew a block unit to the ends of the remaining orange peel unit, press.

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Sew the remaining orange peel units to the top and bottom of the quilt.  Press.

Baste the quilt with SpraynBond Basting Spray for speedy results.  I quilted the quilt with an all over double loop de loop pattern.  Bind and enjoy!DSC_0144

I am super in love with this scrappy little quilt and love how it looks in my new kitchen!!!DSC_0134

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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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Preppy Quilt {a Five Fat Quarter Fun Quilt}

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It’s August 1st!!  (which I am totally not excited about!  I want to live in a forever JULY!!!!) I am so in love with this month’s 5 Fat Quarter Fun Quilt!!  Amber and I invited our friend, Andy from A Bright Corner, to design this mont’s quilt.  Andy came up with this super AMAZING and super fun quilt called “Preppy”.  I love all things preppy!  I dream of living in New England and owning a sail boat!!  So this is so totally me!!!  You can download the full PDF pattern over a A Bright Corner – and be sure to follow @abrightcorner on Instagram!!Preppy quilt pattern 1a

I love Amber’s version of this pattern!  She made it a little bit smaller so it would be perfect for a baby quilt!

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For my nautical inspired version my heart ran straight to Cotton + Steel S.S. Bluebird line from Fat Quarter Shop.  Not only do I love all things nautical, I am a whale lover and bird lover!!  So this fabric was totally designed just for me!  I added in the navy Swiss dot (favorite) from Riley Blake Designs.
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I love how it turned out!  I’m going to put it on the end of the guest bed in the Nautical room!!  I can dream, right!!

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Mufasa did such a good job posing!  I didn’t even have to twist his paw….hahahah!!

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This pattern is super fun to make and it is FAST!  It will be on my list of “go-to” quilt patterns for sure!!  You’re gonna LOVE it!

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Star Spangled Pillow

Create a Star-Spangled Pillow

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Here is a fun and fast pillow to make for your 4th of July/Americana decor!  You’ll love how fast this canvas & denim pillow come together!!

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I’m thinking when it’s not summertime this pillow might live in the super hero kids room!!!

Star Spangled Pillow by Amanda Niederhauser aka Jedi Craft Girl

star pillow 6Star Spangled Pillow Supplies:

(2) 20″ squares of canvas/duck cloth

1/4 yard denim (mine is by Indigo Junction Crossroads Denim)

HeatnBond® Lite Fusible Adhesive

20″ pillow form

22″ or longer zipper

Star Pattern

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[line]Star Spangled Pillow Instructions:

Begin by tracing 10 stars onto the HeatnBond® Lite.

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Fuse to the wrong side of the denim.  Cut out each star and peel off the backing paper.IMG_2120

Arrange stars as desired.  Make sure that a few hang off the edges to create a continuous pattern look.  Heat set in place.  Trim off the excess star.
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Top stitch around each star.  I used a shiny taupe/gray color.IMG_2123

Once complete use this tutorial to sew an invisible zipper in the bottom and finish the pillow.IMG_2124

I am ao in love and ready for summer!!!!!

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Rustic Pines {A 5 Fat Quarter Fun Quilt}

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It’s Christmas in July!  I love making a Christmas quilt in the summer – I never have time when it gets closer to Christmas!!  You are going to love this Rustic Pines Quilt!  Choose your 5 favorite Christmas Fat Quarters and let’s get sewing!!

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I choose the Comfort and Joy line from Riley Blake.  It has such a wonderful cabin-like Christmas feel!
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The trees are strip pieced and cut at 60 degree angles and then appliquéd on!!  Super fast – who has time for hand work in the summer!!
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A little tip for appliquéing:  Use Spray n Bond and put the trees wrong side up on old wrapping paper.  Spray the backs and set them in place.  Just unroll more paper for a clean basting surface!!
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I love that the pattern calls for a scrappy low volume background – it gives it such character!!  I added an accent border instead of a low volume border – you can choose!

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Hop over to Amber’s blog to read all about her version and to download the free pattern!
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Amber’s version is even more cozy with all kinds of homespun plaids from Moda!!!

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Be sure to tag us on Instagram so we can see your creations! @jedicraftgirl and @gigis_thimble
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Sharktown Scripture Cover

 

DSC_0944Since my daughter’s favorite animal is a shark, I knew I had to make her a new scripture for her Seminary graduation out of Sharktown by Riley Blake Designs.  She was so surprised!!!  You can follow this tutorial for the full instructions.  Please note that the below diagram shows the measurements for this style.  All other measurements are the same as the tutorial.scripture cover layout

This is the size for the standard quad, the tutorial also includes instructions for determining the measurements for a different size book 🙂

I used Heat n Bond Fusible Fleece for the stabilizer.  I love that is is soft yet sturdy and won’t shrink when washed.  You also don’t have to quilt the project.  I added some accent stitching along the center strip.

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It’s so totally Sharkalicious!!!!!

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Sharkey Quilt {Free Pattern}

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When I saw this new fabric from Riley Blake Designs called Sharktown I completely FREAKED OUT!!!  And then I showed my daughter (whose favorite animals are sharks) and she TOTALLY FREAKED OUT!  So I promised her a Sharkey Quilt for one of her many graduation presents.  I Love Love Love theme prints, especially animal theme prints.  However, they sometimes pose a design challenge: showing off the fabric + quilt design.  I put on my thinking cap…..I wanted something that looked sharkey……and the Sharkey Block was born!  I love the idea of using half square triangles to resemble shark fins (or shark teeth!). The center block lets you show off the super amazing fabric designs!
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I designed this fun pattern using the Sharkey Blocks which measure 10″ and some blue water sashing!  I choose the all the blue fabrics from the Sharktown fabric line and added in the solid gray accent.  You can download the PDF pattern by clicking HERE.

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Star Spangled Pineapple Quilt

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Amber and I have had so much fun sewing along with you these past few months!  We love your versions of our Five Fat Quarter Fun patterns and have enjoyed making new friends through this sewing series!!  Thank You!!!  We are so happy it’s June 1st and we get to share this fun Star Spangled Pineapple Quilt with you!!!  IMG_7929a

This quilt uses 5 fat quarters: 3 red and 2 blue.  Add in 2 1/2 yards of light to medium chambray and you’re ready to get going!!  I love Amber’s light chambray background!!  Be sure to check out her blog post also!!

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I know pineapples are super trendy right now, but I do have a little family history that involves pineapples….want to hear it?  My Dad’s ancestors left Portugal and Brazil and immigrated to what is now Hawaii to work the pineapple plantations.  I often imagine how bad life must have been to want to live in a shack and pick pineapples everyday.  My Grandma was raised in Hawaii as a result and as a child I remember her always wearing a muumuu…… and so pineapples are close to my heart.IMG_7953a

The finished quilt measures 40″ x 48″ and the finished block measures 8″ x 14″.

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You can download the free PDF pattern by clicking HERE.  pineapple quilt 4

Make sure to tag us on Instagram (@jedicraftgirl and @gigis_thimble) when sewing along!  and use #starspangledpineapplequilt

pineapple quilt 7We choose the diagonal squares quilting because it looks so pineappley!!

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We hope you love making this quilt and enjoy having it out all summer long!
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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

70’s Inspired Zipper Pouch

Retor HeatnBond Zipper Pouch

gingham girls zipper pouch 4I am loving Amy Smart’s latest fabric line Gingham Girls by Penny Rose Fabrics!  This 1970’s inspired fabric has my name written all over it and so does this project!  And my name is a total 70’s name so it totally works!!  Here’s how you can make one!

70’s inspired Zipper Pouch with HeatnBond® Fusible Fleece

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Why I use HeatnBond® Fusible Fleece for my Zipper Pouch projects

It doesn’t shrink and holds it’s shape

It fuses to the fabric so quilting is not required

It is soft, yet sturdy

It holds up great in the wash

Zipper Pouch Supplies:

Scraps of fabric yielding (30) 2.5″ squares
Dark chambray 4.5″ x 10.5″
(2) rectangles 8.5″ x 10.5″ lining fabric
(2) rectangles 8.5″ x 10.5″ fusible fleece
HeatnBond® Lite Fusible Adhesive
Scraps for applique
14″ or longer zipper
Scrap for zipper end
All seams 1/4″

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Zipper Pouch Instructions:

Begin by sewing (20) 2.5″ squares in 4 rows of 5 squares (above) press seams alternately.

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Sew the back unit by sewing (2) rows of 5 squares together.  Before sewing the chambray piece on, appliqué the name first.  Fuse HeatnBond Lite to the wrong side of the name fabric and the daisy fabric.

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Die cut the letters (or cut by hand). Peel off the backing paper and position letters on chambray.

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Heat set in place.

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Outline stitch around each letter and the flower in navy thread.  Sew the appliqué piece to the 2-row patchwork unit.  Press toward chambray.

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Cut the HeatnBond Fusible Fleece.

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Fuse the fleece to the wrong side of both the patchwork units.  Add some decorative stitching if desired.

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I added a seam along the chambray to give it an accent and I quilted diagonal lines in the patchwork.

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Now that the zipper pouch front and back are ready, you can finish the pouch by following this tutorial for inserting the full access zipper and finishing the bag.

I am so in love and so happy to have a new zipper pouch just for me!!!
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Perfect to brighten up the inside of my purse and to hold all my cosmetic items.

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The back is so scrappy and cute!gingham girls zipper pouch 7I dug out a few of my dresses from when I was little (in the 70’s) – doesn’t this fabric just blend right in!!  So fun!!!

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