Very Merry Wall Quilt {Free Pattern}

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Today I’m sharing the pattern for this festive little Very Merry Wall Quilt!  This is such a fun project to whip up!  You can use fat quarters or better yet – just get out the Christmas scrap box!  I appliqued a tree die cut with my Sizzix Fabi machine in the center of the quilt.  You can add your favorite motif to the center!  The quilt is made up of 4 blocks.  I created a PDF pattern that you can download HERE.  These would make great little gifts as well!

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This is the state of affairs in my sewing room – projects everywhere and not enough time to get it all done by Christmas!!!

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I love this fabric Little Joys designed by my friend Elea Lutz for Penny Rose Fabrics!!  Such a classic!!

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Mufasa loves this project too and was super sad when I hung it on the wall where he couldn’t nap on it!img_7326

I collect little vintage Christmas decorations – and I love how this quilt fits in nicely!

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Quilt Petite Blog Hop

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I’m so excited to be the next stop on the ‘Quilt Petite’ Blog Hop!!!  Sedef Imer of Down Grapevine has just released this adorable little quilt book! It is filled with the cutest projects and ideas – it’s just fun to look through again and again!

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It was difficult to choose just one project to feature here.  Since I am in full Christmas decorating mode, I thought a holiday twist would be fun!  I chose the Petal Burst Table Topper pattern, used traditional red and green colors, and turned it into a quilted pillow!  The fabrics I chose are from a variety of Bonnie & Camille fabric lines.

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To speed up the pillow making process, I choose to applique the petals with Heat n Bond Lite.

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Once the petals were fused, I sewed around each petal with matching thread.

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I quilted around the flower and then cut the pillow top down to 20″ square.

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To finish the pillow, I cut the pillow back 20″ and inserted a zipper toward the bottom.  I placed the pillow top and back wrong sides together and basted 1/8″ all the way around the pillow.  I then added binding – just like a normal quilt.  Once it was done I popped a 20″ pillow inside.  I LOVE it!!

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The blog hop goes until December 11th.   Check out this amazing list of quilt bloggers participating in the blog tour!  Be sure to visit Down Grapevine Lane for a chance to win a lovely package full of all kinds of goodies, including a copy of Quilt Petite! 
November 6: Sedef at Down Grapevine Lane
November 7: Wynn at Zakka Art
November 8: Sarah at A Little Happy Place
November 9: Bridgette at The Family Hearth
November 10: Heidi at Fabric Mutt
November 11: Minki at Minki’s Work Table
November 12: Ange at A Little Patchwork
November 13: Lauren at Molly and Mama
November 14: Michelle at Cole & Taffy
November 15: Nadra at Ellis & Higgs
November 16: Amy at Nana Company
November 17: Faith at Sarana Ave
November 18: Debbie at Happy Little Cottage
November 19: Erin at Why Not Sew
November 20: Amanda at Jedi Craft Girl
November 21: Melissa at Oh How Sweet
November 22: Stacy at Stacy Olson Design
November 23: Ayda at Cafe Nohut
November 24: Peta at She Quilts A Lot
November 25: Amanda at A Crafty Fox
November 26: Keera at Live Love Sew
November 27: Sharon at Lilabelle Lane
November 28: Kate at The Homemakery
November 29: Jemima at Tied With A Ribbon
November 30: Jodie at Ric Rac
December 1: Anorina at Samelia’s Mum
December 2: Alisha at Ministry of Fabric
December 3: Xanthe at Wife-made
December 4: Cheri at Tinker With This
December 5: Kristyne at Pretty By Hand
December 6: Kimberly at Fat Quarter Shop
December 7: Veronica at Vivid Felicity
December 8: Shari at Doohikey Designs
December 9: Jina at Jina Barney Designz
December 10: Emma at Emma Jean Jansen
December 11: Sedef at Down Grapevine Lane

Trick or Treat Table Runner

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Just when I thought Halloween sewing was over, these cute fabrics jumped into my cart at Michael Levine!  I got out all my scraps of Halloween fabric and started cutting!  Before I knew it I had made this super fun table runner!  I added a variety of black lace and ric rac trim to give it more interest!

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Project Supplies:

Scraps of orange prints and black prints – at least 20″ long

Black fabric for applique

Heat n Bond® EZ print sheets

SpraynBond® Basting Spray

Trick Treat PDF pattern

Scraps of black trim, ric rac, and lace

1 1/2 yards backing

1/2 yard black fabric for binding

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Begin by cutting your strips into random widths: 2″, 2.5″, 3″, 4″, 5″, etc.  No need to plan – they are all going to get sewn together.  Once you have a nice assortment of fabrics, cut them all to be 20″ long.  (If you prefer a narrower runner, you can adjust this measurement.)

Begin sewing the strips together – I didn’t plan it out – I just did the grab and go method – which makes this project super fast.  Keep sewing strips until you are happy with the length.  I have a super long farm table so mine measures 92″ long!

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For the applique section…..

Cut (2) 6.5″ x 20″ white or off-white rectangles.

Sew an orange or black 20″ strip to each white rectangle.

Print out the letters onto the HeatnBond® EZ print sheets.

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Iron the letters to the wrong side of the black fabric.  (The letters will be reverse)

Cut out each letter, peel off the backing paper.  Position the letters like this and heat set in place:

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Sew around each letter in black thread. Confession: I didn’t sew around each letter – I quilted over the letters pretty good and caught most of the edges.

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Sew the “trick” section and the “treat” section to opposite ends of the table runner.  Press all seams in one direction.

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Once the runner top is complete, use Spray n Bond® Basting Spray to baste the top, batting, and back, just like you would a quilt.

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Next measure your desired trims 20″ and cut.  Position them throughout the table runner.  Some I placed over the seams and others I placed on the fabric.  I used different widths of lace and large ric rac.

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Once you have the trim how you like it, use the Spray n Bond® and spray the back of each piece of trim and re-position it.  This will hold it in place while you sew.

Tip: I like to use old wrapping paper to spray my lace on.  You need something behind the lace or the spray will go through onto your work surface.  The wrapping paper works great because it it large and then easy to throw away!

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Once the trim is in place, use a walking foot and sew with black thread along the edges of the trim to secure.

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I switched to cream thread and quilted random wavy lines throughout the quilt, even over the letters.  Square up the runner after you’ve quilted it to get it nice and even.

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Once the quilting is finished you can bind the runner as you would a quilt.

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I am so in love with this little project!  And it was a quick too!

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Black Cat Pillow Tutorial

black-cat-pillow-tutorialI need another pillow like I need a hole in the head!!  hahahaha!!   Who doesn’t need this silly cat pillow on their couch during the month of October!  I love looking into the family room and this kitty face is always smiling at me 🙂  Want to whip one up?  You only need about 1 hour!!

Supplies:

Heat n Bond® Lite (may use EZ print sheets)

(2) 20″ squares orange ticking for pillow body

Fat quarter solid black

scraps of white fabric, green fabric, and orange fabric

2.5 yards pom pom trim

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20″ pillow form

Cat Pattern, click HERE

Project Instructions:

Begin by printing or tracing each of the pattern pieces to the Heat n Bond® Lite fusible applique. Cut around each piece about 1/4″ away from pattern.   Press the pieces to the wrong side of the desired fabrics with hot, dry iron.

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Peel off backing paper and position the cat head and face pieces on the right side of one of the 20″ orange ticking squares.  Center the cat.  Heat set in place.

With black thread, straight stitch around each of the applique pieces 3 times.  I only stitched around the cat head once because you can’t see the stitching.  Following the picture, add detail stitching for his teeth.

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Sew black buttons for the center of his eyes.

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He needs whiskers!!!!  I used a shiny light gray thread to stitch the whiskers.  You can draw them with a pencil first so you don’t mess up 🙂

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I only stitched the whiskers once and used a stay stitch to start and stop.

To finish the pillow, baste the pom pom trim around the pillow front, starting and stopping at the bottom center.

To finish the pillow, cut a 3″ strip off of the remaining 20″ square.

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This is where the zipper will go.  (If zippers make you run for the hills, you can finish this pillow using your favorite method. This just happens to be my favorite way to finish a pillow!)

Simply sew the zipper in and press.  This is now the pillow back!  With the zipper part way open, pin the pillow front to the pillow back, right sides together.  Using a 1/2″ seam, sew around the entire pillow.

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Turn right side out.

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I love silly black cats!!!

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My Favorite Halloween Sewing Projects

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I Love looking back at the fun Halloween projects I’ve made – I think it’s my favorite holiday to sew for!  I’ve collected my most popular and put them in this post for quick viewing.  Click a picture to be taken to the pattern.

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Halloween Towels and Pillow

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Ghost Windows Wallhanging Quilt

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I love sewing with traditional orange and black fabrics – don’t you!  This little quilt measures 24″ square and is perfect to hang on a wall or put on a table.  All you need is a little yardage and the Sizzix Ghost Die and you’re set!  I love that each of the ghosts have their own personality!!  All seams 1/4″.img_4255

First press the Heat n Bond Ultra onto the wrong side of the off-white solid fabric.  I choose Ultra because it requires no-sewing.  I didn’t want to spend time sewing around each ghost!img_4258

Die cut 9 sets of ghosts.  Make sure to die cut ghosts going both ways to give more variety to the quilt.  Cut (9) 4 1/2″ solid black squares for the ghost windows.img_4260

Peel off the backing of the ghosts and position them as desired.

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For the 9 blocks, cut 5 orange fabrics and 4 low volume fabrics according to the above dimensions.  Sew the side portions on, press, then add the top and bottom pieces.img_4265

Make sure to rotate the ghost windows are in a different loceation, it makes the quilt look a little more random.  Sew the blocks together in rows, press, and sew the rows together.  Press.img_4268

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Supplies:

1/4 yard off-white  fabric

1/4 yard solid black fabric

5 fat quarters or quarter yard cuts orange print

4 fat quarters or quarter yard cuts low volume black print

1/4 yard binding

1 yard backing

Heat n Bond Ulatra

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Sizzix Ghost die

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My Favorite Zipper Pouch

zipper-pouchIt’s been a while since I made zipper pouches!  I needed 3 gifts to give for the September birthdays on Sally’s soccer team.  Instead of going to the store and spending money on the gifts,  I stayed home and sewed these darling zipper pouches!  I used My Favorite Zipper Pouch Tutorial.

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The fabrics are from my Riley Blake Stash: Backyard Roses and Strawberry Biscuit are a few I used.

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The inside of the zipper pouch is Fusible Fleece from Therm O Web.

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Since I had a yard of the pink chevron, I used in inside each of the pouches.

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I think the girls loved them!

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Mini Kitty Halloween Quilt Pattern

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It’s a little SPOOKY around here!  Mini Kitty is getting a Halloween makeover!  I love this little pattern so much and wanted to give it a little pop for the fall.  Mini Kitty is now leaping over a pumpkin with bats and stars in the background.  If you’ve already purchased the pattern you can download the Halloween applique shapes for free HERE.  The Halloween PDF is also included with each Mini Kitty pattern purchase in my Etsy shop.

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The original Mini Kitty pattern was created as a gift for a friend after the loss of a sweet kitten.  You can read more about it HEREimg_3688

Instead of using only 2 colors for the checkerboard border, I used 8 different oranges and 8 different blacks.  I really love the polka dot pumpkin!

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Mufasa was very helpful on this project and choose the colors all by himself 🙂

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I love how it turned out and I have the purrrrfect place to hang it!  img_3714

All Hallow’s Eve Quilt

 halloweenIt’s feeling a little like fall and that means time to break out the fall decor!  I made this quilt last year and it’s one of my favorites!  I decorate my dining/living room with a more neutral pallet and I love using black and gray to decorate for Halloween.  The family room and kitchen are bright orange, black, and turquoise 🙂  I used a variety of neutrals and gray/blacks from Penny Rose Fabrics. You can download the details of the pattern HERE.

Quilt measures 42″ square.

spooky halloween quilt 30Most of the black/gray fabrics are from the Civil War Times fabric line. I love the variety! The rest of the fabrics are from Penny Rose Classics.Screen Shot 2015-10-21 at 9.03.17 PMIMG_3614I love black and metallic pumpkins on vintage candlesticks!

spooky halloween quilt 22I first made the background by sewing 5″ squares together in 7 rows of 7. Then the applique comes next. You could totally add ghosts and bats, I wanted to keep it simple.

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spooky halloween quilt 28Here is a little close up of the quilting, with Mufasa’s permission 🙂 spooky halloween quilt 6I love striped binding cut on the bias – it’s my absolute FAVORITE!!!! The backing is from Penny Rose’s mensware line – I love houndstooth!!!Ok, so this is totally my new favorite Halloween Quilt!

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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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