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!
wisful-winds-16  Someone is pretty happy!!  It’s not everyday your mom sews a quilt just for YOU!!!!

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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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Mid Century Modern Remix Quilt featuring Knock on Wood

img_4117   knock-on-wood-logoI am so excited about Deena Rutter’s latest line of fabric called Knock on Wood!  It is the perfect collection of fabric for the boys in your life!!!!!  I have always been a fan of Deena’s designs and I was happy to meet her at Quilt Market in May! img_8059Andy from A Bright Corner, myself, and Deena 🙂

I think you’re going to like this quilt pattern!  It’s very liberating in that you don’t have to lay out blocks or arrange fabrics.

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You grab and go!  Knock on Wood is perfectly balanced with light, medium, and dark fabrics and they are the most scrumptious prints!!

You can download a the PDF pattern here 🙂img_3992

The pattern uses 2 1/2″ strips.

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Mufasa was very helpful in handing me the strips to sew.img_4064

The quilt is made up of 9 large blocks that are 20″.  These large blocks are really a 4-patch of  smaller blocks.  You rotate each block so the center section forms a patchy center.  It’s super random – and I love it!!img_4067

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It’s a little crazy and a little funky and a little retro!!!

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The fabrics are so amazing that anything you sew with them is going to turn out awesome!!

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At 60″ square it makes a great throw size.  You could add 3 more large blocks on the bottom if you wanted it to fit a twin bed. I have loved seeing what all these talented ladies have made with this amazing fabric!  I have some scraps leftover and can’t wait to make something else!!!

Monday, 9/12     Deena Rutter

Tuesday, 9/13     Amy Smart, Diary of a Quilter

Wednesday, 9/14     Dara Tomasson, Stitched Quilting Co.

Thursday, 9/15     Jina Barney, Jina Barney Designz

Friday, 9/16     Amanda Niederhauser, Jedi Craft Girl

Saturday, 9/17     Deena Rutter

 

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Snow Globe Jars Quilt Pattern

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Today I am releasing my latest quilt pattern called Snow Globe Jars! You can find it in my Etsy shop!  Have you ever made homemade snow globes out of mason jars?  That’s what inspired this little quilt!  I love fussy cutting and these jars are perfect for that.  I used Pixie Noel Fabric from Riley Blake Designs.  It was so fun to choose what little scene to put in each snow globe!

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Mufasa also loves snow globes 🙂

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This quilt measures approximately 39″ square which is the perfect size to hang on the wall, place on a table or flop over a couch!IMG_7373

Each of the snow globe blocks is sashed and set with red stars.IMG_7372

I hope you like this quilt as much as I do!  How fun would it be to give this as an early Christmas present to someone you really love!!

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Posy Garden Blog Tour

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I’m so excited to be a part of Carina’s Posy Garden Blog Tour!!  Before I share this quilt tutorial with you I thought it would be fun to show a little peek at all the fun we had at Quilt Market with Carina and her Posy Garden Glamper!!

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The Glamer catches your eye right away with the adorable aqua and white polkadot paint and the chalkboard door with mini quilt attached!

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Inside there were mini quilts having on all of the doors, quilts and pillows on the benches, and even a quilt hanging in the bathroom!

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Andy and I had fun giggling and chatting with Carina and raiding her secret chocolate stash!

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Yes – the Glamper really is that much fun!  And now onto the Blog Tour Quilt Pattern!!

Of course when I saw this fabric I knew I wanted a quilt out of it. The colors are so amazing in person!!!

I used a fat quarter bundle of Posy Garden and 2 .5 yards of quilters muslin. Let’s get started!!

Begin by cutting a 2  1/2″ strip from each of the fat quarters (I used 14 fat quarters)

Next cut a 4  7/8″ strip from each fat quarter.

Cut 7 WOF x 2. 1/2″ strips from the muslin.

Cut 7 WOF x 4. 7/8″ strips.

Make the 4 patch strip sets by pairing a 2 1/2” Posy strip and a Muslim strip right sides together.  Sew lengthwise using a 1/4” seam.  Press toward the dark.

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Do this with each of the 2 1/2” strips.  Once they are all sewn and pressed, cut them at 2  1/2” increments.

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Mix them up and pair them up in a checkerboard style.  Match the center seams and sew right sides together using 1/4” seams.  Press open.  Set aside.

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Cut the 4  7/8” strips into 4  7/8” squares.

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Cut on the diagonal line yielding 2 half square triangles (HST).  Press to the dark side.  They should measure 4 1/2” square.

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Keep those HSTs coming!!!

Now comes the fun part!  Don’t lay out the pattern, just grab and go!  Each block should look like this:

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Sew together just like you would a 4-patch using 1/4” seams.  Press all seams open.
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Next take each of the blocks and group them into a larger 4-patch unit.  Sew together in the same manner with 1/4” seams and press the seams open.  This creates the Posy Garden Path Block!

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Finish putting the quilt together by sewing 3 rows of 3 blocks – 9 blocks total.  Of course if you want it bigger you can add more blocks.  Make sure to match all seams as you go.  Press the seams open.  See if you can make this quilt without laying any of the blocks out.  I love how it turns out totally random and scrappy!

I love how it turned out!  The perfect quilt for a summer garden picnic! Finished quilt 48” square.

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Tina  and I sewed our Posy projects together when I was at her house in New Jersey.   We had such a good time chatting and sewing, laughing and playing with the cats!  Her home is the perfect backdrop for photographing quilts!

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Mini Mini Quilt {Sizzix Jar Applique}

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Sometimes something small is better than something big 🙂  I designed this mini mini quilt for a sweet friend.  It can be hung from a clothespin, tacked to a wall or bulletin board, or placed in a hutch; where ever you need a little happy!  I love this jar die by Lori Whitlock.

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I was thrilled to meet up with Lori at Quilt Market!  She is a super talented designer of fabric, paper, Sizzix dies, and crafts.IMG_8221

Let’s get started!!

Supplies:

Sizzix Jar #2 Die

(8) 2 1/2″ squares of white dot

(8) 2 1/2″ squares pink print

Fabric for jar, lid, and hearts

Heat n Bond Lite

2 1/2″ x WOF binding

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Bakers Twine

Heart Charm

 

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All seams 1/4″.  Begin by sewing the 2 1/2″ squares together in an alternating pattern with 4 rows of 4.  Press.

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Fuse the Heat n Bond Lite to the wrong side of the jar fabric, lid fabric, and heart fabric. IMG_0444

As you can see this is a great scrap buster!!!IMG_0445

Die cut the jar, the lid and the hearts.  I die cut 11 hearts.  Peel off the backing paper.

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Position the hearts on the jar and the jar on the quilt block.  Mufasa and I are working very late tonight!!IMG_0449

Press the applique pieces in place.

Baste the backing fabric, batting, and quilt block.  Quilt.  I quilted loop de loos around the jar, then quilted with dark gray thread outlining the jar and lid.  I also quilted inside each heart.  Square up the quilt block and add the binding.

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Tie a bow out of bakers twine and tack it to the side of the jar.  I added a little silver heart charm – yes I’m cute 🙂

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I hope you love making this project!  I can’t wait to make more and give for gifts.  You might want to tuck this little idea away for Valentines Day!!

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Composition Book Zipper Pouch

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I had this great idea for my kids to keep a summer vacation journal.  I got each of them a composition book and covered it with patterned paper.  I thought it would be fun for them to have a zipper pouch to keep the journal in along with glue sticks, pens, pencils, scissors, washi tape, etc.  That way when we are traveling they can write down their experiences and also include post cards, maps, brochures, ticket stubs, and other memorabilia of our trip.  They were super excited to pick their own fabrics!  Here’s how you can make one!!

Supplies:

Front: (6) 2.5″ x 10″ strips

Back: 12″x 10″ piece of denim

Lining: (2) 12″ x 10″ coordinating fabric

12″ or longer zipper

All seams 1/4″

Begin by cutting the 2.5″ x 10″ strips for the front.  You will need 6.

Sew together and press.

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Ryan choose Off Shore by Riley Blake Designs.

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Sally choose these fun prints from Dear Stella.

Once the strips are sewn it’s time to quilt.

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Baste the pieced front to the batting.  For a little extra stability I add an additional piece of fabric to the back of the batting – one that will not be seen.  So I use fabric I don’t like.  Quilt.  Square up.  Depending on how much you quilted, your measurements might have changed a touch.  The piece before quilting should measure 12″ x 10″.  If it has changed, make a note and use this measurement to cut the denim back and the lining pieces.IMG_0418

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Now it’s time to install the zipper.  If you need more assistance on the zipper, I have a whole section of zipper pouch tutorials that will have more detail.    IMG_0421

Lay the front piece face up.  Align the zipper face down.  Add one of the lining pieces also face down.  Make sure all the top edges match.  Pin.  I buy my zippers extra long so there is zipper hanging off on both sides – not to worry 🙂IMG_0422

Using a zipper foot, sew 1/4″ along the raw edges.IMG_0423

Now repeat with the other side.  Lay the denim face up.  Position the bag front and zipper face down.  Lay the second piece of lining face down as well.  Align all top edges, pin, sew.IMG_0425

Press the fabric along the zipper.  I usually top stitch 1/8″ away from both sides of the zipper.  In my haste to get these done super fast I forgot this step.  Position the zipper in the center of the bag and trim off the excess zipper.IMG_0426

Match the lining pieces right sides together.  Match up the denim and front pieces right sides together.  Pin all the way around.  Here is what it looks like where the zipper ends meet.  IMG_0427

Sew 1/4″ all the way around the bag leaving a 3″ opening on one of the lining sides.  Turn right side out and top stitch the lining closed.  Press.

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Pixie Noel Blog Tour – Snowflake Quilt Tutorial

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It’s my turn on the Pixie Noel Blog Tour!  Yay!  I have been in love with this fabric as soon as I saw Tasha Noel post a few sneak peeks months and months ago!  I love how whimsical her art is and I love her choice of colors!

Screen Shot 2016-07-24 at 1.33.33 PM It was a little bit challenging to sew with winter fabric when the temperatures here in Southern California have been in the 110’s and our town is literally ablaze!   I decided to beat the heat by creating this whimsical snowflake quilt.

I don’t know about you, but cutting snowflakes and sewing snowflakes is not on my top 10 list of favorite things to do.  Super time consuming!  This quilt has 2 amazing shortcuts that will have you whipping one up in an afternoon.

First, all the snowflakes were die cut on my Sizzix Fabi – 3 at a time!

Second, the snowflakes are appliqued using Heat n Bond Ultra which means no tedious applique top stitching necessary!  Heat n Bond Ultra is heavier than Heat n Bond Lite which I normally use for applique.  The Ultra requires no sewing.   Just cut, press, and go!  The snowflakes get sewn over during the quilting process – which helps incorporate them into the quilt and makes it even more durable.

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Here’s how you can make one:

Supplies:

55″ Heat n Bond Ultra

Sizzix snowflake die

1 yard white fabric

1 yard aqua main fabric (or additional if you want to fussy cut)

fat quarters for applique, red, navy, green

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Instructions:

Cut (32) 6.5″ squares of white fabric

Cut (32) 6.5″ squares of the aqua Pixie Noel theme print

Cut the Heat n Bond Ultra into 5″ strips.  Fuse to the wrong side of the snowflake fat quarters.

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Make sure your cat helps you die cut the snowflakes.

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We cut 3 at a time.

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Center the snowflakes on the white squares and heat set with hot dry iron.

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Die cut 6 green snowflakes, 12 navy snowflakes, and 12 red snowflakes.

Lay out the quilt according to the diagram below:

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Sew the squares together in rows using 1/4″ seams.  Press each row alternately.  Sew rows together pinning at each intersection.

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I always use Spray n Bond to baste my quilts – its fast, secure, and no pinning!  Seriously this quilt can be made in a matter of hours!!

I quilted loops and stars.  I sewed right over the snowflakes.  It helps to make them feel like part of the quilt and not puff out.

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I love that there are 3 stripe colors to choose from in Pixie Noel.  Even better, they are printed on the bias which makes cutting bias striped binding a snap!!!

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Mufasa loves the quilt!  Don’t tell him it’s not for him 🙂

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Thanks for stopping by!!!!  Happy Christmas in July 🙂  pixie noel quilt

Pretty Pincushion Sew Along {and catnip toy}

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Pin Cushions are so much fun to sew because they are fast and a perfect stash buster!  I was so excited to try this new little pattern from Fat Quarter Shop.  You can watch this little video and whip one up in a snap!  I added dried lavender to the inside of mine 🙂

 

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For the pin cushion I used Backyard Roses by Riley Blake Designs.  I followed the instructions for the piecing and used a piece of lace instead of twill tape.  I used Heat n Bond Fusible Fleece and I used Crossroads denim on the back.  I purchased the walnut shells at my local pet store – boy I will be making more of these to try an use up that big bag!  I thought it might be nice to add some dried lavender into the mix.  That way you put the pins in, it smells nice 🙂

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Wouldn’t these be super cute for little hostess gifts, birthday gifts or swap extras?

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For Mufasa’s catnip pillow I filled it with poly fill and dried catnip.  I also used cotton on the back so it would be light – I knew he would want to carry it around in his mouth!

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If you choose to make the catnip pillow, make sure you don’t use it as a pincushion.  You don’t want those pins anywhere near your kitty!cat lady catnip pillow 5

I love Cotton+Steel selvage – especially when it involves cats!  It’s the purrrrrrfect accent to this little pillow!  cat lady catnip pillow 6

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You can read more about this little project on the Fat Quarter Shop Blog!  Be sure to check out these talented designers to see their renditions of “The Pretty Pincushion”.  Thanks for stopping by!

Kitty from Night Quilter

Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl

Nicole from Modern Handcraft

Jessica from Quilty Habit

Jessee from Art School Dropout

Tina from Emily Ann’s Kloset

Michele from Island Life Quilts

Angie from Gnome Angel

Sinta from Pink Pin Cushion

Melissa from Happy Quilting