Modern Quilts, Home Decor, and Handcrafted Clothing

Add it Up

Add it Up Quilt Front

It’s no secret that I am a big fan of Anna Maria Horner’s fabric. I have made several project from her Little Folks line and I just do not tire of it. The voile is so soft and silky making it a perfectly lightweight fabric for summer.

Add it Up Quilt

This is my first plus quilt and I love how it turned out. I feel obligated to point out the two mistakes I made before someone points them out for me. Ha! The top right and lower left, where there are 2 fabrics of the same color, those should have been different colors. I didn’t notice I did it until after the top was assembled and I didn’t have it in me to redo them. Live and learn!

Add it Up Quilt Back

The back is my latest favorite – giant blocks of fabric. I just love the scrappy look. The binding is Kona Snow, it frames the bright colors nicely. I quilted this one free motion and it really doesn’t effect the drape much, the fabric is just so lightweight and airy. It was a bit tricky quilting with voile totally covering the front and back. It’s a little slippery. But I managed and am happy with the results.

Add it up Quilt Draped

My husband was such a trooper on this photo shoot. He had woken up at 3am for a day trip to Atlanta. I should also mention he has horrible allergies. So when he walked in the door and I asked him to go to the Arboretum to take pictures by flowers and trees, I really didn’t expect him to say yes. But he did. I’m pretty lucky.

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I used 5″ squares for this quilt and the final quilt measurements are 58″ x 62″.

I also wanted to share this photo (after the Easter photo failures). It was even my daughter’s idea to take their photo here in the flowers. Early Mother’s Day gift?

If you haven’t had a chance to sew with Little Folks, you can still find it on Etsy.

May 5, 2011   36 Comments

Kaleidoscopic Kites Free Quilt Pattern

Kaleidoscopic Kites Free Quilt Pattern

I am very excited to share my latest pattern with you, Kaleidoscopic Kites! This pattern is great for everyone, but especially for beginners. Each block has only 4 pieces and if you are familiar with chain piecing, you will make quick work of assembling these blocks.

The final quilt will measure around 63″ x 72″. Let’s get started!

1. Cut fabric. Below are fabric requirements, piece sizes and number of cuts.

Small Color Squares Fabric Requirements Size Cut
Light Yellow Fat Quarter or 1/4 yard 3.5″ x 3.5″ 6
Light Brown Fat Quarter or 1/4 yard 3.5″ x 3.5″ 8
Light Pink Fat Quarter or 1/4 yard 3.5″ x 3.5″ 12
Light Orange Fat Quarter or 1/4 yard 3.5″ x 3.5″ 14
Light Blue Fat Quarter or 1/4 yard 3.5″ x 3.5″ 10
Light Green Fat Quarter or 1/4 yard 3.5″ x 3.5″ 6
Large Color Squares Fabric Requirements Size Cut
Dark Yellow Fat Quarter or 1/4 yard 6.5″ x 6.5″ 6
Dark Brown 1/2 yard 6.5″ x 6.5″ 8
Dark Pink 1/2 yard 6.5″ x 6.5″ 12
Dark Orange 2/3 yard 6.5″ x 6.5″ 13
Dark Blue 1/2 yard 6.5″ x 6.5″ 10
Dark Green 1/2 yard 6.5″ x 6.5″ 7
Background Fabric Requirements Size Cut
White 2 yards 3.5″ x 6.5″ 112
Finishing Up Fabric Requirements
Binding 1 yard    
Backing 4 yards    

2. There are 18 different block layouts. Follow the below diagrams and sew squares together using a 1/4″ seam allowance. This should leave you with a 9.5″ square.

Tip: I find it helpful to make piles for all 18 block types, and then sew them together in sets. Be sure to keep track of your block letters (A thru S) as you will need to know that for the quilt top assembly in Step 3.

Block A
Dark Green/Light Yellow
Assemble 2
Block B
Dark Yellow/Light Yellow
Assemble 3
Block C
Dark Yellow/Light Brown
Assemble 2
Block D
Dark Brown/Light Yellow
Assemble 1
Block E
Dark Brown/Light Brown
Assemble 4
Block F
Dark Brown/Light Pink
Assemble 3
Block G
Dark Pink/Light Brown
Assemble 2
Block H
Dark Pink/Light Pink
Assemble 6
Block I
Dark Pink/Light Orange
Assemble 4
Block J
Dark Orange/Light Pink
Assemble 3
Block K
Dark Orange/Light Orange
Assemble 7
Block L
Dark Blue/Light Orange
Assemble 3
Block M
Dark Orange/Light Blue
Assemble 3
Block N
Dark Blue/Light Blue
Assemble 5
Block O
Dark Green/Light Blue
Assemble 2
Block P
Dark Blue/Light Green
Assemble 2
Block Q
Dark Green/Light Green
Assemble 3
Block R
Dark Yellow/Light Green
Assemble 1

3. Once your blocks are assembled, use the following diagram to lay out your quilt top. Assemble the top.

4. Create your backing, baste, quilt and bind! Enjoy your Kaleidoscopic Kites Quilt!

Pattern is for personal use only. Please do not copy the pattern, resell pattern or post copied text and/or sizes on your blog. Feel free to link as much as you want though! Thanks for understanding!

Kaleidoscopic Kites Free Quilt Pattern

April 22, 2011   67 Comments

Lots and Lots of Baby Loveys

Guppies Lovey

I was in desperate need to replenish my shop inventory after the holidays. I spent the last couple weeks putting together these baby loveys. Of course the most fun part for me was pulling the fabrics. I think you can take just about any Heather Ross print and make a cute baby blanket out of it, don’t you? These are all around 12″ squares. I added a little ribbon on them for little baby fingers.

My little guy is almost 2 {tomorrow is his birthday!} and has practically worn the tag off his favorite cheapo Target blanket. I actually should probably get it to the sewing machine and reinforce it a bit. Things will not be pretty around here if that tag falls off! I’ve tried getting him attached to other cute *handmade* blankets, but I guess I should have attempted to form that bond earlier because he is now pretty set in his ways.

Baby Loveys

These blankets were fairly straightforward to make. The fabric is just random widths that added up to 12.5″. The backs are all different colors of minky which I stocked up on awhile back from Fabric.com. So soft. I will give you one big tip when working with minky, which is slippery and stretchy and can be frustrating when working with larger pieces. *Always* use your walking foot. It makes a world of difference.

I’ll be back in a couple days with some photos of my Spoonflower swatches that arrived this week! If you have ever been interested in just how Spoonflower works from a “designer’s” perspective, I’ll be sharing my experience. I know I was curious before walking through it all.

Happy sewing everyone!

March 10, 2011   9 Comments

Central Park Squares

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I think after doing a more complicated pattern, I was ready for some simple piecing. Is anyone else like that? I love these charm pack quilts. They are great when you really like an entire fabric line, but just don’t want to commit to a bunch of yardage (or even a FQ set). Three charm packs will get you 10 squares by 12 squares and a whole bunch of variety.

Central Park Quilt

This quilt was made using Kate Spain’s latest line Central Park. I really love those little trees…so much that I did buy a bit extra once I saw them in person. The colors in this line are making me think Spring, even if it did just snow again 2 days ago. Sigh…

quilt-back

For the back, I once again did some random blocked sections. I am really getting addicted to these backs. I added a couple prints from the line, as well as Kona Snow and Kona Cactus. The binding is Kona Cerise – one of my all time favorites!

quilt-draped

I quilted this one 1/4″ down both sides of the seams, in both directions. You can see the quilting lines on the back. Although it seems like straight line quilting takes me longer than free motion, I like the drape of quilts that are quilted this way, and I love the look.

The final washed and dried quilt measures 42″ x 50″. A nice little lap quilt or crib quilt. I have it listed in my shop.

And just an update on my Good Folks Scrappy quilt, I donated it to the Katy Kidney Beans who are raising money for research to help children with kidney problems. They are doing a month long of auctions on their Facebook page, and the Good Folks Scrappy quilt will be auctioned March 16-18. To participate in the auction, simply “Like” their Facebook page and place your bids on their wall when they post an item. I hope you guys check them out!

March 8, 2011   15 Comments