I Love Cats {Christmas Version}

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I couldn’t resist turning my I Love Cats pattern into a Christmas quilt!  Who doesn’t love red & green cats with ornaments!

You can download the ornament pattern by clicking HERE.

Simply switch out the heart block from the original pattern with the ornament block!

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You can find the pattern for the mini quilt by clicking HERE.cat block 3

I feel like these two cats need names…..cat block 2 They are so fun to make!

 

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

Vintage Kitchen Blog Hop and Quilt Tutorial

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I am so thrilled to be part of the Vintage Kitchen Blog Tour!  Andrea from Jolijou has designed this amazing vintage inspired kitchen theme fabric!!  You can see all the wonderful prints here on the Riley Blake Designs Website.vintage kitchen quilt 5

It is the perfect colors of vintage Pyrex dishes.

vintage kitchen quilt 2 I created this quilt called “Cat in the Kitchen”.  It is made up of hourglass blocks and 9-patch blocks.  What could be more fun!! IMG_5395Each of the 9-patch blocks has a kitty in the center – just like in my kitchen….with Mufasa constantly in the center of it all.

vintage kitchen quilt I have created a few little instruction guides to help you put this quilt together.

 Supplies:
Assortment of Vintage Kitchen fabrics 1/3 yard each (4 blues, 2 pinks, 3 low volume, 2 yellow, cats, and others to mix in)
Solid White 1 1/3 yard
3 yards backing
1/2 yard binding
Begin by creating the hourglass blocks and 9-patch blocks.  All seams are 1/4″.

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9 Patch Block – pinks & yellows with cats in the center.

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The edges of the quilt are finished with flying geese blocks and rectangles.  flying geeseLay out the quilt as suggested below:

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Assemble the quilt together in rows, pinning at each intersection and pressing.  Make sure your cat walks all over it for inspection before you quilt it!!!

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I am so happy with how this quilt came together!  The fabrics were so much fun to sew with!  My mind is just racing with more ideas of fun things to sew with this fabric!!!

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Check out all the other amazing projects that my friends are making as part of this blog hop!!vintage kitchen quilt 6

blog tour

3/7/2016

Julia – Riley Blake Designs

www.rileyblakedesigns.com/blog

3/7/2016

Andrea – Jolijou

www.jolijou.com

3/8/2016

Nina – Hedi

www.hedinaeht.blogspot.de

3/8/2016

Anja – Nähkitz

www.naehkitz.de

3/9/2016

Swafing Fabrics

www.blog.swafing.de

3/9/2016

Carrie Beri Bee Designs

www.beribeedesigns.com

3/10/2016

Herzenssachen

www.linababedierste.blogspot.de

3/10/2016

Andrea – anlukaa

www.anlukaa.blogspot.com

3/11/2016

Emma – Frühstück bei Emma

www.fruehstueckbeiemma.blogspot.com

3/11/2016

einchen – doppelnaht

doppelnaht.blogspot.com

3/14/2016

Anorina – Samelias Mum

www.sameliasmum.com

3/14/2016

Bev – Flamingo Toes

www.flamingotoes.com

3/15/2016

Amy – Diary of a Quilter

www.diaryofaquilter.com

3/15/2016

Julia – lillesol & pelle

www.lillesolundpelle.com

3/16/2016

Andy – A Bright Corner

www.abrightcorner.com

3/16/2016

Sabine – farbenmix

www.farbenmix.de/inspiration

3/17/2016

Simone – KaeptnStupsnase

www.kaeptnstupsnase.com

3/17/2016

Sarah – Mädchenkram

www.mein-maedchenkram.de

3/18/2016

Melissa Corry

www.happyquiltingmelissa.com

3/21/2016

Jessica Stewart

www.snickerdoodlestew.com

3/21/2016

Bine Guellich

www.waseigenes.com

3/22/2016

Lindsay Wilkes

www.thecottagemama.com

3/22/2016

Sandra – Flaupa

www.flaupa.blogspot.com

3/23/2016

Amanda Niederhauser

www.jedicraftgirl.com

3/23/2016

Ina – pattydoo

www.pattydoo.de

3/24/2016

Ruth Sodl-Warter

www.rogeruethsgarden.com

3/24/2016

Marissa – Rae Gun Ramblings

www.raegunramblings.com

My Favorite Beach Quilt {Blend Sun-sational}

my favorite beach quilt        It’s still August and I am going to enjoy every last minute of summer!  I love the Sun-sational fabric line from Blend Fabrics.  Just looking at them makes me feel like I’m enjoying summer at the beach.  I am a California girl who was raised loving the beach.  Through the years my family has come to love many beaches.  I thought it would be great to include the names of these beaches in the quilt.

my favorite beach quilt blend fabrics 108 It makes it so personal!  I used SoSoft Fabric Paint by DecoArt.  I purchased at my local Beverly’s Fabric and Craft store.  I’ve painted on T-shirts and fabric before with acrylic paint.  It kind of leaves a rough texture after it dries.  I wanted something soft that would blend nice with the fabric.  This totally did the trick!  After it dried I could hardly feel it was paint – it just felt like the fabric!

decoart sosoft paintHere is how you can make this quilt:

51″ x 64″ Finished quilt

Supplies:

Fat quarters of assorted beach prints

1.5 yards white cotton fabric

1/2 yard for binding

3 yards backing

So Soft fabric paint

Vinyl stencils

This quilt is made of up 4 “blocks”.  Two are rectangles and two are squares.  Below is the cutting instructions for each block.  You can make this quilt larger or smaller, or mix up the blocks to create a totally different pattern!

You will need:

(11) Beach Name Blocks

(15) Squared Blocks

(9) 8″ square theme print blocks

(8) 8″ x 15.5″ theme print rectangles

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Once everything is cut prepare the stencil for the beach names.  I cut vinyl on my Cricut and peeled out the inside of the letters to leave a vinyl stencil.  Each beach name is a different font.  I put the vinyl on the 3″ x 15.5″ white strip and stenciled using the SoSoft paint.  I let dry completely then removed the vinyl.  I made sure to heat set the paint while I was pressing the block.

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Once the paint is dry, sew the beach name block together. 1/4″ seams throughout.

sunsational beach quilt blend fabrics 6I love how they turned out!  Do you have any of the same favorite beaches as we do?

sunsational beach quilt blend fabrics 4Sew the squared blocks together by sewing a white square to both sides of the center blue square.  Press.  Add the top and bottom rectangles, press.

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sunsational beach quilt blend fabrics 3Cut the remaining theme print blocks, you can use as many theme prints as you want!

sunsational beach quilt blend fabrics 7  Next comes the fun part – laying it out.  I played with several different patterns until I decided on this one.  There is not really a pattern to it, kind of random 🙂

sunsational beach quilt blend fabrics 9  It’s always a good idea to photograph your quilt layout, especially if you have a #kittyquilter in your home!  Mufasa!!!!!sunsational beach quilt blend fabrics 10Sew the blocks together in rows and the rows together, matching seams that intersect.  Make sure #kittyquilter inspects all finished work!!  Quilt as desired.sunsational beach quilt blend fabrics 11I put minky on the back and had my friend use her long arm quilting machine to quilt it.  I love the pattern she did!!

my favorite beach quilt blend fabrics 106The binding is cut on the bias, my favorite way to make binding!!

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my favorite beach quilt blend fabrics 104I’m so ready for a beach vacation now!!!

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my favorite beach quilt blend fabrics 107Thanks for stopping by!!!  Surfs up!!!

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#kittyquilter Mini Quilt Tutorial


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Hey there all you crazy cat quilter friends!  I have a fun mini quilt for you!!  I love using the hashtag #kittyquilter on Instagram.  There is something about felines and quilting that just go so well together!  Baby Mufasa is involved in every step of the quilting process: choosing fabric, cutting, basting, and binding – he’s right there!

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This fun little quilt sews up fast.  The fabrics are from Blend Fabrics’ Best in Show fabric line.  I am sew in love with the kitty faces fabric – I ordered more yardage to make a skirt!!!   You could easily make this with your favorite cat theme print fabric.

This quilt has 2 different traditional quilt blocks: Kitty in the Corner and King’s Crown.  I choose kitty in the corner for obvious reasons and I choose King’s Crown because Mufasa means King!  Isn’t that the cutest!!  Let’s get started!  (1/4″ seams throughout)

Supplies:

1/4 yard of a variety of coordinating fabrics including cat theme print

Heat n Bond Lite EZ print Sheets

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1/2 yard backing

1/4 yard binding

Fussy Cut (4) Cats

Choose the cats you want in the center of the blocks and cut them 3.5″ square.

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Kitty in the Corner Block 6.5″ finished

Make (2) of these

Cut the fabric according to the diagram pictured below.  I don’t know about you, but I love when measurements are shown in pictures and not in a long list of cutting instructions.

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Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the (4) white squares.  Match a white square and a patterned square right sides together and sew on the pencil line.  Cut 1/4″ away from the seam.  Press to the dark.  Do this with each of the (4) white blocks and (4) patterned blocks.  This makes (4) half square triangle (HST) units.  Arrange them as pictured below and sew as you would a traditional 9-patch.

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Kings Crown Block 6.5″ finished

Cut the fabrics according to the picture below.  Make sure to cut (8) white 2″x2″ squares, I only have 4 in the picture.
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Draw a diagonal line on the back of the (8) white squares.  Next make (4) flying geese units by laying the white square right sides together with a patterned rectangle, matching up the 3 edges.  Sew on the line as pictured below:

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Trim 1/4″ next to the seam and press toward the dark.  Place another white square on top of that unit and sew on the line, as pictured below:

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Cut 1/4″ away from the seam and press again.  The block should look like this:
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If you turn the flying geese blocks around it makes a Sawtooth Star pattern.  I love that each of these blocks has the same center measurement and only a variation on the 2″ sides!

Sew the block together and press seams open.

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Prepare the applique

Print the letters on the EZ print sheets and iron them to the back of the desired fabric.  Cut around each letter and peel off the backing paper.

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Cut the remaining strips according to this cutting diagram:

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Position the letters on the white strip and press in place.  Top stitch around each letter.
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Sew the (4) blocks together and press seams open.  Sew each of the rows together according to the layout diagram.  Quilt, bind, and let the cat have a nap on it:)

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Mufasa loves it!  and I hope you do too!!!

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Choose Happy {quilt pattern}

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Meet my newest quilt pattern “Choose Happy”!!!!!  Its a free pattern available on the Therm O Web Blog.  The fabrics are from Pat Sloan’s newest Moda line called “The Sweet Life”.  They are so bright and cheerful and HAPPY!!!

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Of course my #kittyquilter Mufasa had to get his paws on the project 🙂  The letters and flower are appliquéd using Heat n Bond Lite EZ print sheets.  You can print the patterns from the Therm O Web Blog.  I love pinwheels and I thought they were perfect to use with this fabric!  The center quilting is “pebbles” and the main part of the quilt is loop-de-loos.choose happy quilt 24

This would quilt would be darling on your sewing room wall or as a sweet gift for a friend.  I’m going to sew up another one soon!!!
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Mini Kitty Quilt Pattern Now Available!

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Meet Mini Kitty – my very first published quilt pattern!  This little mini quilt has brought me so much joy in my life!  I was inspired to make it as a gift for a friend.  Since then, it has been recreated over and over as gifts, and has even been the inspiration for our #kittyquilter group on Instagram!  I love connecting with friends who love quilting and their fur-babies!!!  My pattern is available to purchase on Etsy at Emily Ann’s Kloset and on Craftsy.  I hope you like it!!!kitty love mini quilt 18

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I love all the combinations and variations you can make with this one pattern!!20150404_183528-1024x576
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I really should make one for Baby Mufasa instead of always giving them away 🙂

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Join in #KittyQuilter

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Do you and your fur-baby love to quilt together?  We want to hear about it!  We are promoting the #KittyQuilter on Instagram as a way to connect to all the wonderful friends and fury friends out there we might no know yet.  Tina from @emilyannskloset who blogs over at One Little Pooh and I have become friends through our quilty-kitty photos on Instagram.  Even though we live on opposite coasts we know our felines would be best friends.  We want to get to know you and your kitties!  So, post post your quilty-kitty photos and tag them #kittyquilter.  You just might win a prize!!!

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Meet Tina’s kitty, Roo!roo kitty