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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Lemonade Stand Quilt

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I am so happy to be the next stop on Lori Whitlock’s Happy Day Blog Tour!  Lori’s latest fabric collection from Riley Blake Designs has just been released!  It’s bright, cheery, and just makes you smile!

IMG_1258 Living in California it’s all about the citrus and we love our lemons!  One of the fabrics in Happy Day has little jars of lemonade and that is where I got my inspiration for this wall quilt!

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The finished quilt is 33″ square, has pieced pinwheels and appliqué.

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The full pattern is available over on the Therm O Web blog!

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Sally and I had fun making strawberry lemonade and blueberry lemonade!!  Bring on summer!!!

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Isn’t fresh lemonade just the best!!!

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Thanks for stopping by!!

Snuggle Bunny Quilt {Wonderland 2 Blog Tour}

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I’m super excited to be participating in the Riley Blake Designs Wonderland Two Blog Tour today.  Melissa Mortenson from the Polka Dot Chair is as sweet as her adorable bunny fabric!!  I can’t even begin to say how much I love this fabric line!!
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I wanted to make a little something that used most of the fabrics and showed off the bunnies!!

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My sister unintentionally raises bunnies and this sweet little baby bunny volunteered to be the quilt model 🙂

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I came up with this fun little wall/table quilt that is perfect to add to your spring decor.  Now I wish I had a big giant quilt of this!!!DSC_0472

The quilt measures 32″ square and the blocks are 9″ finished.IMG_0528

Let’s get started!

All seams 1/4″

Press Seams Open on all seams

Fabric Requirements:

1 yard white background fabric

9 fat quarters or quarter yards of assorted Wonderland 2 prints for blocks

1 fat quarter white bunny fabric

1 fat quarter or quarter yard corner squares

1/3 yard gingham for binding

1 yard backing

Fussy Cutting

Cut a 3 1/2″ window out of a piece of ugly gold card stock…….heeeeheee.

I label my windows with the size and save them so I don’t have to repeat this process.

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Lay the window over the rabbit and center.  With a pencil, draw a line following the window edge.  Cut roughly around it with scissors.

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Lay the rough cut square on the rotary mat and align the pencil lines with the grid lines.  Use the ruler and cutter to cut a nice even 3 1/2″ square.  Cut 9 of these.

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They are so cute!

Half Square Triangles

I use my Sizzix machine for making half square triangles (HSTs).  You can also use your preferred method to make the HSTs.  They need to measure 3 1/2″ .

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Press seams open.

For each block make (8) HSTs and one center rabbit.  You will need to make 9 blocks.IMG_0400

Sew together in rows and press seams open.  Pin rows together matching intersections.  Sew and press open.

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For easier open seam pressing, press seams to one side and then press open.  It saves you from burning your fingers.  Quilt block should measure 9 1/2″ at this point.IMG_0401

Ta Da!  Continue until you have made 9 blocks.  I made 4 pink and 5 teal.

Quilt Sashing

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Each of the 9 blocks are sashed.

Cut (24) 2″ x 9 1/2″ background rectangles

Cut (16) 2″ x 2″ floral setting squares

Lay the quilt out as pictured above.  Sew the sashing strips and setting squares together and press toward the sashing.

Sew the blocks with the white sashing strips and press toward the sashing.

Pin the rows together, matching seams and sew.
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Time to quilt!  I quilted loops and small 5 petal flowers in an all-over pattern. Mufasa supervised.IMG_0418

Once it’s quilted, add the gingham binding.  I love that the gingham is printed on the bias because it makes for easy cutting!IMG_0429

I love how this little quilt turned out!  It is so precious!  I can’t wait to sew something else with this fabric!!
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And now for all the baby bunny photos!!!!

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Sweetie Pie Sew Along {Strawberry Pie}

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It’s my turn on Lori Holt’s Sweetie Pie Sew Along!  It’s been so much fun to see everyone’s take on these adorable blocks.

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Of course I choose to make the strawberry block because I live in Southern California where we have strawberries all year round!

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Lori’s templates are super easy to use and I love her appliqué method of using sew-in light weight stabilizer.

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I normally machine appliqué everything, but for Lori, I did the whole thing by hand….which is saying a lot for me.  I loved every minute of it!

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IMG_9917If you haven’t joined in it’s not too late.  The free pattern is on  Lori’s blog and you can hop on over to read more!!

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I made my block into a little wallhanging.  I made 20 hourglass blocks with my Sizzix 4 1/2″ hourglass die (they finish 4″).  You can always make them the traditional way.

Cut the inside pie block 16 1/2″ square.

The hourglass blocks, unfinished are 4 1/2″, finished they are 4″.

The outer border is cut 2 1/2″.  I quilted it and added some red binding.  I LOVE it!!!!!

And since I was making a Quilty Pie, I also needed a real pie to eat!!!!  You can find the recipe of my favorite Fresh Strawberry Pie over at my food blog, The Rounded Teaspoon.

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There is a graham cracker crust with a cream cheese/whip cream filling…..yummmmm!

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Thanks for stopping by!!!!

Chains of Love {5 Fat Quarter Fun Quilt}

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Amber and I are SUPER EXCITED to bring you our 3rd 5 Fat Quarter Fun Quilt – and this one is our Valentine’s edition!!!!  We can’t get enough of red and pink and hearts so we pushed the limits on our 5 fat quarters and came up with this!!!!  It’s a 50″ square quilt with an Irish Chain style and pieced hearts in the center.  And of course we were listening to Erasure the whole time we were sewing!!! hahahah 🙂

Here is Amber’s version, you can read all about it on her blog.  I love her Moda fabric choice!!!

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I am so thrilled to have a new quilt to hang in the family room!  And it fits perfectly!!!

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Fabric Requirements

2 red fat quarters (non directional)

3 pink fat quarters (non directional)

2 yards background fabric

3 ½ yards backing fabric

½ yard binding fabric

(4) Additional red 2 ½” squares for sashing – can cut from your binding fabric if it matches

NOTE:  Make sure your fat quarter measure 21″ in length.  You need every inch possible out of the fat quarters and they have to be cut a certain way.  

So be sure to read all instructions first.  Don’t square up the fat quarters and only cut one at a time.  

You can download the pattern HERE.

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We hope you join in the fun!  We would love to connect with you on Instagram!  Post photos of your fabric selections, progress, and finished quilt!  Don’t forget to tag @jedicraftgirl and @gigis_thimble and #fivefatquarterfun #chainsoflovequilt

IMG_9144The fabrics I used are a selection of fat quarters from Riley Blake Designs and background fabric ‘Lil Red by Moda.
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Preppy Plaid Tote Bag & Quilt Tutorial

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I am so totally excited to be a part of the Enchanted Blog Tour sponsored by Riley Blake Designs!  You can see the entire collection designed by Dodi Poulsen of Two Sisters at Squirrel Hollow by clicking here 🙂
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When I saw this new fabric line from Riley Blake Designs called Enchanted, my heart stopped.  I took one look at this pink, navy and white plaid and immediately I was transported to a Cape Cod dream!  Sailboats, lobsters, quaint homes and preppy boys on vacation from Harvard 🙂

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Ok Ok, so I’ve never been to the Cape but a girl can dream right?  I knew I wanted to design something that let this preppy plaid be the focus and something that would be perfect for my sailboat (hahaha).

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I came up with a simple quilt pattern that uses plaid, navy and white.  When only two prints arrived in the mail I began to panic wondering if I had made a terrible decision to make a quilt using only two prints!  I decided to go with my instincts and make the quilt……and I am totally in LOVE!!!!

This quilt really lets the plaid shine in and it’s a great pattern to use if you fall in love with a single fabric print.  The accent blocks are made of 4 half square triangle blocks.

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…..and the quilt fits nicely inside this preppy plaid whale tote bag – made with denim, plaid, and Heat n Bond Fusible fleece.  So, are you ready to set sail for the Cape?  Grab your fabrics and lets get sewing!

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Preppy Plaid Quilt

1/4″ seams 

Supplies

2 yards plaid print

1 yard navy print

1 yard white

Begin by cutting the plaid into (40) 6.5″ squares.

Using the navy blue print and white print sew (160) half square triangles (HST) that measure 3.5″.  You can use any method you like.  I use my Sizzix half square triangle dies!  It is super fast, super easy and no squaring up – just perfection!!

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Die cut 160 navy HSTs and 160 white HSTs.

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Sew the navy and white HSTs right sides together using 1/4″ seam.

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Press seams open.  Continue until you have 160 HSTs.  It’s probably a good idea to put on a movie while doing this!

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Lay out 4 HSTs to make the pattern above.  Sew together as you would a 4-patch.  Press seams open.  Finished block will measure 6.5″.  Make 40 of these blocks.

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Cut 40 squares measuring 6.5″ out of the plaid.

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Sew the blocks together (1/4″ seams) as you would a checkerboard, alternating each block.  Make sure the pieced blocks are going the same direction.  Press the seams toward the plaid.  There are 8 blocks across and 10 rows down.

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Baste (I always use Spray n Bond basting spray)

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Quilt.

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Bind.

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Mufasa and I love sewing on rainy days!!

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Tote Bag Instructions

I used my pattern, Quilted Tote Bag, for the measurements.  I followed the pattern pretty closely with the following exceptions:

  • I added an appliqué to the main bag.
  • I used denim.
  • I did not quilt the bag; I stabilized it with fusible fleece.
  • I came up with a new way to sew the handles (continue reading)
  • I omitted the inside pocket
  • I simplified how to make the bag bottom

Supplies

Denim (2) 20″ x 10.5″

Plaid (2) 20″ x 9.5″

Lining (2) 20″ x 19.5″

Plaid for handles (2) 5″ x 28″

Heat n bond medium stabilizer (2) 5″ x 28″

Heat n Bond Fusible Fleece (2) 20″ x 19.5″

Piece of plaid for the whale

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Appliqué the whale  Click HERE for the whale pattern.

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You can print the whale directly on Heat n Bond Lite EZ print sheets, or trace the whale onto Heat n Bond Lite.

Heat set the whale to the wrong side of the plaid fabric.

Cut out the whale.  Peel off the backing paper.

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Press it onto one of the denim pieces, centering.  Using 1/4″ seams, sew the denim piece to the plaid piece to make the bag front and back.  Press seams.

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Fuse the Heat n Bond Fusible fleece to the wrong side of the bag front and the bag back.  Add some accent stitching along the seam.

Bag Handles

Fuse the stabilizer to the wrong side of each of the handle strips.

Press in half lengthwise.  Open up and press the long ends in to meet the center.  Press.  Then press in half again.  This makes a super sturdy handle!

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Topstitch along both of the long edges of each handle.

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Continue following the bag instructions from this tutorial to complete the bag.  To make the bag bottom, cut a 3″ notch out of the bottom corners of the bag and the lining.

IMG_9100I am so in love with this tote bag!  It is such a great size, and if feels sturdy and it is super preppy plaid cute!!
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Together they make the Perfect Preppy Plaid Pair!!!!!
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Be sure to check out these amazing designers to see what they’ve created using Riley Blake’s Enchanted Fabric!!!

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, Jan 23rd – Little Londyn

Tuesday, Jan 24th – Jedi Craft Girl

Wednesday, Jan 25th – Loose Threads

Thursday, Jan 26th – Meags and Me

Friday, Jan 27th – Pretty by Hand

Monday, Jan 30th – Tie Dye Diva

Tuesday, Jan 31st – Two Sisters as Squirrel Hallow

Wednesday, Feb 1st – Striped Swallow Designs

Thursday, Feb 2nd – Izzy and Ivy

Friday, Feb 3rd – Ellis and Higgs

Monday, Feb 6th – Aurifil

Tuesday, Feb 7th – The Crafy Quilter

Wednesday, Feb 8th – Two Sisters at Squirrel Hallow

Thursday, Feb 9th – Jina Barney Designz

Friday, Feb 10th – Riley Blake

You could win a bundle of Enchanted fabric by visiting Dodi’s blog, Loose Threads (www.sashgals.com) and leaving a comment.

One entry per blog post, per day of the Blog Tour, there on Loose Threads.

Enter every day to increase your chance of winning!!!

Riley Blake Speedster Quilt Tutorial

speedster-quilt-tutorialA little update on one of my favorite quilts…..

I am so in love with this fabric called Speedster by Riley Blake Designs!!!  I created this quilt for my son, Ryan, for his 11th birthday. riley_blake_speedster_quilt_tutorial_6You can personalize the quilt by adding a favorite number, team number, or in this case, a special birthday age.riley_blake_speedster_quilt_tutorial_7 This is a great pattern to use with large print fabrics.
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This quilt pattern is great because it shows off the wonderful prints in this fabric line.

Finished quilt: 45″ x 67″

Block size: 16″

Let’s get started!  Here’s how you can make one:

Supplies:

Assorted prints of Speedster 1/3 yard cuts or fat quarters

Heat n Bond Lite

Instructions

Cut the center theme blocks (12) 10″ square

Top and bottom strips (2) 3.5″ x 10″

Side strips (2) of each print 3.5″ x 8.25″

Lay the block out like this:

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Sew the top and bottom strips to the theme block. (1/4″ seams throughout) Press seams.  Sew the 2 side rectangles together to make the left and right strips.  Press the seams toward the dark.  Sew to the sides of the block, press.  This completes a block.

Continue until you have 12 blocks.  I used 3 different theme prints.

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For the arrow blocks:

Cut a 5″ square of white

Cut a 5″ square of Navy

Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the white square.

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Layer the white and navy squares right sides together.  Sew 1/4″ along both sides of the diagonal line.  Cut on the drawn line to make 2 half square triangles (HST).  Press toward the dark.  Square up to 4.5″ finished block.

Cut a navy rectangle 6.5″ x 5″

Cut (2) white rectangles 2.25″ x 6.5″

Sew in this order and press toward the dark:

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Sew the two block sections together and press.  Make 4 arrow blocks and sew them together all going the same direction.  You will need to add a 2.5″ x 8.5″ strip of white fabric to the pointy end of the arrow row.

Prepare the applique block:

Trace a 8″ circle on the Heat n Bond Lite.  Iron to the wrong side of the white fabric.  Cut the circle and fuse in the center of a block.  Top stitch around the circle two times in black thread,

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Print out the number in reverse.  I tried to find a font that matched the numbers in the fabric.  Trace the number on the Heat n Bond Lite.  Iron to the wrong side of the black fabric.  Cut out numbers, press in place and top stitch in black thread.

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Assemble the quilt:

Sew blocks together in rows.  Press each row alternating directions.  Pin the seam intersections.

(notice the white rectangle next to the red arrow.  This needs to be squared up.)

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Quilt as desired.  I put minky on the back of mine so it is super cuddly!!!

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I love how the quilt turned out and I can’t wait to give it to my son!  If you are making this quilt for a smaller boy, you could use 9 blocks instead of the 12 blocks.

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Windy Girls Quilt Tutorial- Wistful Winds Blog Tour

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I’m super excited to be apart of Shari Butler of Doohicky Designs’ Whistful Winds Blog Tour!  I met Shari at Quilt Market in May and I was introduced to her Wistful Winds fabric line.  Shari is the nicest person ever and her designs are so sweet!  As soon as I saw this fabric I new I had to make something for Sally.

img_4984   So I set out plans to sew her a dress.  I had 4 different prints of yardage which was what the dress required.  Then, Sally told me she did not want a dress and that she had too many dresses as it was.  She asked if I would make her a quilt and I did a little happy dance in my head 🙂  Sewing clothes stresses me out and quilting makes me happy!

And so I set out to design a quilt that only uses 4 different fabrics – because that’s all I had!  I love how it turned out and Sally is thrilled!

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Mufasa got to test it out for a few minutes before Sally got a hold of it.

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Here’s how you can make this quilt:

Finished Quilt 48″ x 60″ – perfect for a little girl

Block Size 12″

All seams 1/4″

Press toward the dark side when possible

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Fabric Requirements:

2/3 yard orange girl fabric

3/4 yard small dot fabric

1 yard blue floral

1 yard white floral

1/2 yard binding

3 yards backing

Cut (4)  4 1/2″ x WOF strips orange girl fabric

Cut (8) 2 1/2″ x WOF strips white dots

Cut (3) 4 1/2″ x WOF Blue on blue floral

Cut (3) 6 1/2″ x WOF Blue on Blue floral

Cut (3) 4 1/2″ x WOF White floral

Cut (3) 6 1/2″ x WOF white floral

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Sew the white dot strips to the orange girl strips lengthwise.  Press seams.  Make 4 of these strip sets.

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Subcut stripsets into 8 1/2″ increments yielding 8 1/2″ squares.  You should have 20.

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Sew a white floral 4 1/2″ strip to a blue floral 4 1/2″ strip.  Make 3 of these strip sets.  Press.

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Cut at 2 1/2″ increments.  Cut 40

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Sew a 6 1/2″ blue floral strip to a 6 1/2″ white floral strip.  Press.  Make 3 of these strip sets.

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Cut at 2 1/2″ increments.  Cut 40.

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Lay out 10 blocks this way.

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Lay out 10 blocks this way – notice the center block rotates.

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Sew the top and bottom units, press.  Sew the side units, press.  You will have 20 total blocks.

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Lay out the quilt as pictured above.  Notice each row alternates center square direction.  Sew blocks together in rows, matching seams.  Sew rows together.

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Baste, quilt, bind.

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This is such a great pattern to whip up for a gift.  You could omit 3 blocks and it would be a perfect baby quilt size.

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I love the fun pattern this quilt creates by using only 4 fabrics.  A scrappy version with lots of different fabrics would also be fun!

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I’m thinking this is my new favorite throw quilt pattern!  It might even be doable for Christmas gifts!
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wisful-winds-18              Check out these amazing designers and the awesome projects they’ve created using Wistful Winds by Riley Blake Designs!

October 3rd:
Amy Sinibaldi – www.nanaCompany.typepad.com
Kristyne Czepuryk – www.prettybyhand.com

October 4th:
Amanda Niederhauser – www.jedicraftgirl.com
Amy Smart – www.diaryofaquilter.com

October 5th:
Meagan Taylor/Kristi Jones – www.meagsandme.com
Christine Cook – www.stitchingrevival.com

October 6th:
Elea Lutz – www.elealutzdesign.com
Jodie Carleton – www.vintagericrac.blogspot.com

October 7th:
Sedef Imer – www.downgrapevinelane.com
Jina Barney – jinabarneydesignz.com

October 10th:
Elizabeth Evans – www.simplesimonandco.com
Kimberly Bourne – www.mainstreetmarketdesigns.com

October 11th:
Jemima Flendt – www.tiedwitharibbon.com
Nadra Ridgeway – www.ellisandhiggs.com
Amy Chappel – www.amerooniedesigns.blogspot.com

October 12th:
Katie Skoog – www.thesimplelifecompany.com
Amber Johnson – www.alittlebitbiased.blogspot.com
Gwen Sager – www.tillalili.blogspot.com

October 13th:
Angie Wilson – www.gnomeangel.com
Clare Horsman – www.claresplaceblog.blogspot.com
Deanna Wall – www.stitchesquilting.com

October 14th:
Melissa Mortenson – polkadotchair.com
Jessica Stewart – www.izzyandivydesigns.com
Shari Butler – www.doohikeydesigns.com/blog/

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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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