#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)


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.

kitty in the corner quilt block diagram

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.


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:

#kittyquilter design

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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Come Sail Away With Me {pattern}

IMG_7534I am sooooo excited to announce the release of my new pattern!  I had so much fun creating it.  I was inspired by all the wonderful prints in the Day Sail fabric line by Moda.  The fabrics are AMAZING!  I didn’t want to cut it up into tiny pieces, I wanted the fabrics to shine!  I feel like they do in this quilt.  I love all things nautical and I NEEDED a nautical quilt!  So meet Come Sail Away With Me!!

This pattern also includes a bonus wall quilt pattern.  The pattern is available to purchase HERE.

day sail nautical quiltThe large quilt measures 59″ square.  The perfect size for a picnic, day at the beach, or to take on your sail boat…..heehee I wish I had a sail boat!  day sail nautical quilt

The Wall Quilt measures 41″ x 48″ – perfect to hang, fold over a couch or lay on a table.

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Baby Mufasa was very helpful in creating this quilt!!  #kittyquilter


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I hope you love these quilts as much as I do!  Thanks for stopping by!
Day Sail Moda Quilt Nautical

Day Sail Nautical Quilt patern


Anchored In Christ Wood Sign {DIY}

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I wanted to share with you how I made this fun wood nautical sign – for under $20!  I am our Stake Young Women Camp Director (for girls age 12-18).  This year our theme is Anchored in Christ. I wanted a large wood sign that I could use to promote our theme at all our planning meetings.  This sign can easily be changed to say was ever you want 🙂

I started by purchasing this cedar fencing at the home improvement store.  You only need 3 boards.wood anchor sign 7


Its cheap and rustic – just what I wanted!!wood anchor sign 8


We  (my husband cut and I watched) cut them into 3 foot pieces, 6 total.  We cut the little angled pieces off the end so they were all flush.IMG_7361

Then we cut (2) 1″x 2″ pieces of wood slightly shorter than the sign.  I put wood glue along the boards and then screwed the 1″ x 2″ boards in as pictured.  Let dry.


I bought a dark gray stain and stained the front.  Because I can’t draw or write pretty, I cut the words on my vinyl cutter and made a stencil.  I stenciled the words in white paint. wood anchor sign

I found an anchor outline on the internet and blew it up really big.  I printed it off in sections and then taped it together.  Yes, pathetic – why can’t I just draw!

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Once all the pieces were taped together, I cut out the anchor.wood anchor sign 3

Then I drew around it with white pencil.  All that was left was to paint in the lines (I can kind of do that) with white paint.

wood anchor sign 4I added some rope along the sides.  This was my display for our first leader meeting where we kicked off the theme.  I love all things Nautical, in case you were wondering 🙂

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Fish Bubbles Apron and Runner Tutorial

sizzix fish apronI had so much fun sewing my Fish Bubbles Pillow that I wanted to make more Fish Bubbles projects!  Have you seen the toweling by the yard?  It is amazing!  It is hemmed on both edges and it comes in a variety of colors and patterns.  I thought it would be fun to make an apron with it and a table runner.  Here’s how you can make one.


1.5 yards of toweling

Sizzix Fish Die

Sizzix Circles 1 1/2″ Die

Heat n Bond Lite if you want to sew the appliqué or Heat n Bond Ultra if you want “no-sew”

1/2 yard for waist band

Cut the toweling to 1.5 yards.
fish apron 3Hem the cut sides of the toweling by turing under 1/2″ and again 1/2″ and sewing close to the fold.

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Choose some fun fabrics and iron the Heat n Bond to the wrong side of the fabric.  Heat n Bond Lite is a great light weight fusible appliqué but is best if you sew around it to secure.  Heat n Bond
Ultra requires no sewing.  I used Heat n Bond Ultra for this.  Once you have fused the appliqué medium to the wrong side of the fabric, run it through the Sizzix Fabi.

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I appliquéd 4 fish and 5 bubbles.

Now all you have to do is make the apron waist band.  Cut (3) 5″ x WOF strips from the waist band fabric.  From one of those pieces cut it down to 24″ x 5″  The two long pieces will be the ties and the 24″ piece will be the waist band.

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Fold the ties in half lengthwise and sew, leaving one end open, and angling the other end to form a point like this:  Turn right side out, press, and top stitch along both sides 1/8″ from the edge.
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Cut the top hem of the toweling off to reduce bulk while gathering (I tried it with the hem and it was way too thick.)  Run a zig zag stitch along the top edge to cut down on the fraying.fish apron 9

We a gathering stitch along this top edge about 1/4″ from the top.  Pull up the threads to gather.  Pin the gathers to a WRONG edge of the 24″ waist band strip, pinning 1″ from the edge of the strip on both sides.  Sew along the gathering stitch.fish apron 12

Press the other edge of the waist band under a generous 1/4″, then fold it over to the front to cover the gathering stitch.  Top stitch to secure, leaving the edges open.  Take those ends and fold them in 1/2″.  Tuck the ends of the ties in the side openings and sew where the pin is in the photo below:
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Apron is finished!  I love, it’s the cutest ever!!!fish apron 14

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To make the table runner, you need about 5 minutes!  Cut the toweling to the desired length of your table.  Hem the edges by rolling under 1/2″ then another 1/2″.  Sew to secure.

fish apron 2Cut the fish and circles using the Sizzix Fabi with Ultra Hold.  Then Iron the fish and bubbles in place!  This project is great because it adds a nice pop of color and doesn’t take much time at all!!fish apron 19


Mother’s Day Pom Pom Pen Bouquet

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I can’t believe how fast May is flying by!  And Mother’s Day is this weekend!  I thought this project would be great for moms or for Teacher Appreciation Week which is also going on here in our schools!  It’s pretty simple to make and the kids can get in on the fun!

Have you ever heard of Flower Power Vases?  I hadn’t until the cute little company sent me 2 vases to try out.  They wanted to see my thoughts  – so this is NOT a paid tutorial, just my thoughts and ideas 🙂flower power pom pom  8

First of all, the little vases come in many colors.  They all have this special grippy thing in the bottom to hold cut flowers.


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Of course they are perfect for cut flowers (and they fit in the cup holder of a car)….I wanted to turn it into a little crafty gift.  Here’s what you need:

Pens, yarn, hot glue, small pom pom maker, and the Flower Power Vase.  I added a chalkboard label so you can change the word on the vase.

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Begin by adding a dot of hot glue to the end of the pen to secure the yarn.  Wrap and wrap and wrap until you get to the other end of the pen and add another dot of hot glue.

flower power pom pom  3Take the yarn and make a small pom pom.  I love the pom pom makers you can buy at craft stores.  My daughter made all of them for me….easy peasy!  Hot glue a pom pom to the end of the pen.  Continue this process until you have 7 or so pens.

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I first wrote the word “Love”, then changed it to “Mom”.
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I think they are super fun!  And when your mom looses all the pens, she has a cute little vase to keep fresh cut flowers in!!!  They would also be super cute sitting on a teacher’s desk!  Or in my sewing room!  I need one!!!

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These also make GREAT cat toys!!!!!

Sizzix Whale Bookmark Tutorial

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In celebration of Earth Day, today, I thought I would share this fast and fun tutorial for a whale bookmark using the Sizzix Whale Die.  I have loved whales my whole life.  I remember as a little girl saving up my money to buy a $5 gold colored whale necklace; I was so excited because a portion of the money would go to the “Save the Whales” fund.

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Here’s what you need to make the bookmark:

scrap of aqua, gray dots, and red fabrics

Heat n Bond Fusible Fleece

Sizzix Whale Die

Heat n Bond Lite fusible applique

Grommet or large eyelet

scraps of ribbon/trim


Begin by cutting the aqua fabric (2) 4″ x 10″

Cut the Fusible Fleece the same size, 4″ x 10″

(sorry for the photo quality, I do my best work late at night!!!!)
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Draw an angle in the upper corners to form the shape of a tag.  Notice where I positioned my lines in comparison to the grid:

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Iron the fusible fleece to one of the aqua pieces on the wrong side.  Plaace right sides of the bookmark pieces together. Sew around the bookmark,using a generous 1/4″ seam.  Leave an opening along the side for turning.  Trim the edges close to the seam and clip corners.  Turn right side out, press.  Top stitch.

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For the whale and heart appliqué pieces, iron the Heat n Bond Lite to the wrong side of the gray fabric.  Cut out a rectangle roughly the size of the Sizzix Whale Die.  Run it through the Big Shot or Fabi Machine.  For the heart, I cut it freehand.  Peel the backing paper off.sizzix whale bookmark 3
Position the appliqué pieces as desired.  Iron in place.  Top stitch around the whale and the hart.
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When you are finished, add a grommet or eyelet and tie ribbons through it.

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It also doubles as a cat toy!!!sizzix whale bookmark 7

I think it’s the cutest and I totally needed an new bookmark!!!
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5 Minute Kitchen Towel Tutorial

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I love to give handmade gifts!!!!!  Sometimes you just need a cult little somthin’ to give a friend.  This is the perfect project!!  Literally, 5 minutes!


Kitchen/Tea towel yardage, or purchased tea/kitchen towel

Scrap of fabric for the bunny, mine is from Riley Blake Designs

Piece of ric rac & lace slightly longer than the width of the towel

Piece of Heat n Bond Lite

Sizzix Big Shot (or you can hand cut any shape you want)

I love this towel yardage – it’s hemmed along the sides.  All you have to do is cut the desired length and add hems to the ends.  It comes in many colors and patterns.  You could totally use a white tea towel, or other kitchen towel!  I cut mine at about 3/4 yard long,

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Iron the Heat n Bond Lite to the back of the fabric.  Run it through the Big Shot – or hand cut the shape.  Peel off the backing paper.  Using spray n bond (or pins) position the lace and the ric rac.  I run the edges of my ric rac through a flame to seal the edges.  Tuck the ends in or around the back of the towel.  Stitch in place.  Iron the bunny into place and top stitch 2 times around it.sizzix bunny towel
And it’s done!  I want to make a stack of them!  Wouldn’t they make cute Easter gifts!  I better get sewing!!


Nautical Purse Scarf Tutorial

purse scarf tutorial

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I think Nautical Week turned into Nautical Life!  I guess there are many more Nautical-inspired projects to come!  I love wearing scarves on my purses, I should first say I love buying purses!!  Sometimes the scarves you buy are too bulky for a purse handle.  I wanted to add a little “home sewn” feel to my handbag so I came up with these scarves.  They can easily be sewn in under 30 minutes which means you can make as many as you want to coordinate with your look or the season, or in my case, obsession 🙂  I love these basics from Riley Blake Designs.

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(13) 5″ squares for patchwork scarf

5″ x 60″ light weight fabric such as gauze, raised swiss dot, etc

(2) 5″ x WOF for solid scarf

4 yards trim, I used small pom pom and ric rac

Begin by cutting (13) 5″ squares

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Sew them end to end with 1/4″ seams and press seams to one side.  Consider placement.  If you are making the solid scarf, sew the (2) 5″ strips together and cut to make 60″ in length.  Center the seam in the center so it does not show up on the bow.  Bast the trim around the edge.  Place right sides together and sew along the basting stitch.  Leave an opening in the center of the scarf about 3″ for turning.  I curved the corners slightly.  Turn right side out and press.

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Top stitch all the way around.  This will close the opening.
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Tie on your favorite bag!!!purse scarf 3

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purse scarf tutorial

Nautical Zipper Pouch

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You knew it was coming!  Of course I need a Nautical Zipper pouch to go along with my Sailboat skirt!!  I love these fabrics and I am down to only scraps in my stash.  It’s called True Blue by Blend Fabrics.

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This is a modified version of my original My Favorite Zipper Pouch Pattern version 1.0 and version 2.0.  If you would like to make your own zipper pouches here are the instructions:


Outer bag anchor print (2) 4″ x 9″

Outer bag red accent (2) 3″ x 9″

Lining (2) 6.5″ x 9″

Heat n Bond Fusible Fleece (2) 6.5″ x 9″

(2) pieces of lace 9″ each

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Sew the red fabric to the anchor fabric using 1/4″ seams.  Press toward the red.  Press these two units to the Heat n Bond Fusible Fleece.  Then sew the lace on.

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To insert the zipper, follow THIS tutorial.  It is from my friend Jennifer.  I keep thinking I should write my own, but hers is so perfect.  I go to it every time I sew an “open wide” zipper pouch because I can never remember the measurements!  Insert the zipper just like she instructs.  Once you’re done, it should look like this:

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Open the zipper, and place right sides of the outer bag together, and right sides of the lining together, make sure to tuck the end of the zipper in.  Match the side seams.  Pin all the way around.  Sew all the way around using 1/4″ seams, leaving a 3″ opening at the bottom of the lining.  Notch all the corners with a 1.5″ square:

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Fold out the corners and match the seams.  Sew using a scant 1/4″ seam.  For more details, visit my post here.  Then turn right side out, and top stitch the opening closed.  Top stitch all the way around the zipper pouch 1/8″ away from the zipper.  To finish the zipper end, cut it at the desired length.  Cut a piece of accent fabric 2.5″ x 3″.  Fold it like this and press:

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You kind of fold it around the zipper and press.  Then insert the zipper in and sew around the seams.  Careful on the metal zipper!!  Here you can see what it looks like.  I added a little compass zipper pull.  My anchor charms haven’t arrived in the mail yet 🙁

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I just love them!!!
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Here are a few other of my True Blue Projects:

whale zipper pouch true blue blend fabrics covered composition book tutorial whales true blue blend fabric whale skirt whale skirt whale shirt true blue_9

i love whales pillow tutorialsummer throw pillow tutorial

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Nautical Key Fob Tutorial

nautical key fobsI like to make a statement with my key chains.  For Christmas I enjoyed jingling everywhere I went with this keychain.  Now that it’s spring, I definitely need to be saying “I love everything Nautcial” with my keychain.  These make great gifts and you can sew one in about 20 minutes.  I used Riley Blake’s Anchor print for the fabric on the key fob.  The gray cotton twill tape I ordered from Everything Ribbons on Etsy.  The twill tape and hardware are 1.25″ wide and are available at that shop in a wide variety of colors.

Follow my tutorial here to complete the key fob portion.

To make the anchor tag, you need a few scraps of fabric, cotton batting, and some Therm O Web Heat n Bond Lite EZ print sheets.  I used an antique metal grommet to attach it to the key ring.
Cut a piece of navy dot fabric 2.5″ x 3″.  Fold in half and cut off an angle like this:

anchor keychainDownload the anchor pattern here and print it on the EZ print sheets.  Cut out around the anchor, iron it to the wrong side of the anchor fabric.  Cut out the anchor and peel off the backing paper.

Cut another piece of navy dot fabric 2.5″ x 3″ but don’t cut the angles.  Layer them together like a quilt and sew all the way around the tag shape.  Then sew around the anchor.

anchor keychain 2Cut the excess off around the tag.anchor keychain 3Attach the grommet and put a split ring on.anchor keychain 4Attach it to the key fob.
anchor keychain 6Let me know if you like this project!  I love to give handmade gifts and this is a great one to whip up in a short amount of time.