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A Friend For My Pillow

A Friend for my Autumn Star Pillow

I decided my couch looked kind of funny with one fall pillow (my Autumn Star Pillow) and one regular pillow. So I made a friend for Autumn Star.

A Friend for my Autumn Star Pillow

I wanted to use the same general fabrics but not the same design, so I made a couple columns of flying geese. I chose to paper piece them because I’m just so much more exact when I use that technique. I didn’t make a tutorial but I did make a PDF of the templates I whipped up to use. You can download it here.

Fall Pillows

I was able to fit 10 on one sheet of paper but you’ll need to print 2 sheets if you want to make a pillow like mine. You’ll have a few leftover. If you’ve never paper pieced before – these are easy! I have a tutorial on the technique here.

I think they look happy together!

November 6, 2012   24 Comments

Bella and Simply Color ~ An I Don’t Do Dishes Sponsored Giveaway

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I enjoyed a lot of sewing and family time, it was really perfect.

We are going to start this week off with a giveaway from sponsor I Don’t Do Dishes. Caitlin has generously offered 2 prizes! The first winner will receive a Fat Quarter Bundle of Lotta Jansdotter’s latest line, Bella. So pretty!!

The second winner will receive a charm pack of Vanessa Christenson’s upcoming line, Simply Color. I think everyone is super excited about this fabric!

All you need to do to enter is leave a comment. I will pick 2 lucky winners this Wednesday evening, October 24th. Good luck everyone!

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Closing comments to pick the winners!

Random.org totally blew my mind tonight. I picked 2 winners in a row…and these were the numbers! So it goes to show…you are never too late to enter. And 2 winners can be right next to each other.

So – winner of the Bella Fat Quarter back is #495 Cheryl! Cheryl said “Thank you so much for the chance! Love these fabrics!”

The winner of the Simply Color Charm Pack is #494, Brynn. Brynn said “These are both on my short list of current favorite lines – thanks!”

Congratulations! I’ll contact you both for your addresses. Thanks for entering everyone!

For those that weren’t lucky enough to win, I Don’t Do Dishes is offering Bella yardage at $7.00/yd as a “Going To Market Special”. Happy shopping!

October 22, 2012   498 Comments

Birds, Bees and Butterfly Strands ~ A Quilt Block Tutorial

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I received some beautiful fabric in the mail this week – The Birds and the Bees by designer Tula Pink. This fabric was sent to me generously by one of my sponsors, Westwood Acres (you can see all their The Birds and the Bees bundles here). Amanda asked if I wanted to play around with some of this new line and I didn’t really have to think very long before saying yes!

Birds and the Bees

From the first time I saw this fabric online, I thought it would be perfect for a string quilt. I decided for a bit of a less traditional string quilt however. Yesterday I started making blocks that had random amounts of strings on them and I thought I would share a little tutorial for how I made these blocks. They look like butterfly wings to me so….here is my Butterfly Strands Quilt Block tutorial!

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Butterfly Strands Quilt Block

Cutting Directions
Background – Cut squares from your background fabric. These can be any size, as long as you are consistent for all your blocks. We will be trimming the blocks down a bit to square them up, so cut a bit larger than you’d like your final block. I cut mine to 8.5″ x 8.5″ and squared to 8.25″ x 8.25″.

Strings/Strips – Cut random size strips from your fabric, measuring from 1.5″ to 2.25″.

Block Assembly

1. Take your background square and cut a 45 degree angle (diagonal) from the square, using either the 45 degree line on your cutting mat or your quilting ruler. Each block should have the diagonal cut in a slightly different location, cutting more off some blocks and less off other blocks.

This is what your block should now look like:

2. Layout your stripes for your block. Don’t trim these yet, just get an idea of what colors you want to use for your block.

3. Right sides together, sew your first strip to the 45 degree diagonal of your background fabric.

Press your seams.

4. Using your quilting ruler, trim the ends of your strip.

5. Repeat with your remaining strips.

6. Square your block. As I said in the cutting directions, I squared my blocks to 8.25″ x 8.25″.

You’re done! Layout your blocks as below by alternating the direction of the string sections.

Butterfly Strands

July 19, 2012   30 Comments

Boys at Play

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When pulling fabrics for a child’s quilt, I seem to have a much easier time selecting prints, patterns and colors for a girl’s quilt. Part of my problem is that I tend to have a hard time finding “boy” fabrics that I like. But last summer Sarah Jane really hit it out of the ballpark with her Children at Play line. I just love her artwork, something about the innocence of the designs – paper airplanes and sailboats, hopscotch and dress up dolls, pinwheels and wagons.

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I decided to take some of the little boy line and pair it with some of my favorite blenders in green, blue, yellow, orange and red.

It’s really fun to play with prints like stripes, sometimes aligning them horizontally based on the center of the block…

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And sometimes vertically.

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I quilted this quilt in a diagonal grid. It was the first time I used the metal guide that came with my walking foot. It was actually quite helpful! The lines are about 1.5″ apart. I marked the starting line and then just used my guide to work off from there.

Boys at Play - Quilting

The back is a lime green and the binding is a turquoise. The blocks are 12″ squares and the final quilt measures 36″ x 36″. I decided to list this little quilt in my shop – it is so lacking in boy items!

June 6, 2012   21 Comments