Patchwork Pips

Patchwork Pips Front

I am probably the last person in blogland to use Aneela Hoey’s Sherbet Pips fabric. I just adore these little girls on swings. They remind me of my daughter on our tree swing in the backyard and that makes me smile.

Patchwork Pips

I decided to showcase that print and pair it with some coordinates from my stash. They include designs by Patty Young, Dena Designs, Liz Scott and Urban Chiks. The turquoise solid is a Moda crossweave and so pretty. I really love the combination of yellow, turquoise, white and pink!

Patchwork Pips

I went for a simple design, just 5 1/2″ patchwork squares. I quilted it 1/4″ on each side of the horizontal and vertical seams. It came out of the dryer nice and poofy, a good quality for a child’s quilt I think!

Patchwork Pips

The main print on the back is a floral from Sandi Henderson’s Farmer’s Market line. I was really hoping to use up some of my stash and I think it worked out well with this project.

Patchwork Pips Back

The final quilt size measures 39″ x 47″. I think this quilt would make a lovely addition to a little girls room. It is listed in the shop!

Patchwork Pips

Let’s Get This Party Started

First Blocks - couldn't resist cutting!

Just call me Faith, collector of quilt tops. Seriously though, I have the fronts and backs finished for my last two quilts I’ve shown you, so I let myself cut into my new Denyse Schmidt fabric Just.This.Once. I had the itch, I’ve scratched it, and now I will go back to finishing my other two before continuing this one. 🙂

{Modern} Relief – Japan

Updated: Please see the Modern Relief Blog for an update on the fundraiser.

No doubt you have seen the devastation in Japan caused by last month’s earthquake and tsunami. The modern sewing community is once again coming together to raise money to help those in need. Modern Relief – Japan is a modern quilt raffle. Tickets are only $10 and you have the chance to win one (or more) beautiful donated quilts.

Simply go over to the Modern Relief blog, purchase a $10 raffle ticket, and you will be entered in the drawing to win a donated quilt. Each Monday, (April 4th -May 16th, 2011) a new group of quilts will be featured. No matter when you buy your raffle ticket(s), you will have the chance to win any of the quilts featured during the entire reveal month and a half. Also, you can win more than one quilt, so buy many tickets!

All money raised will be donated to Mercy Corps. Mercy Corps is delivering emergency supplies — including large shelters, tents, kerosene space heaters, blankets, instant rice and fresh produce — to families evacuated from homes in four tsunami-stricken cities in northeastern Japan.

Modern Relief Japan donation

I am donating my Off-Centered Innocence quilt to the raffle. It is a large quilt, measuring 60″ x 72″ and features fabric from Anna Maria Horner’s Innocent Crush line.

I hope you will buy a ticket (or more!), donate to a great cause, and have a chance to win. Our goal is to raise $5,000, please help us get there!

Scrapbuster ~ Potholder Tutorial


My box of fabric scraps is getting to be a bit out of control. Today I decided to actually put those little pieces of leftover fabric to use and make some potholders. And if you have never made potholders before, now is your chance! Below are the directions, and just because I like ya, a template of the pattern I used to make mine.

These potholders measure 7″ x 7″ which is a good size for my hands. But if you prefer yours larger, simply enlarge the templates that you will print in Step 1.

Potholders Step 1

1) 11 strips of fabric
2) Insul~Bright Insulating Material. Mine was found in the interfacing section at JoAnns, sold by the yard. You will need two 8″ squares.
3) 8.5″ square fabric for backing
4) Bias tape for binding and optional hanging tag. If you want to make your own bias tape, cut out two 2″ x 32″ pieces. If you make your own hanging tags, cut out two additional 2″ x 4″ pieces.
5) Scissors
6) Printer and tape for pattern

Optional Supplies:
1) 505 Spray Adhesive or safety pins for making quilt sandwich
2) Quilting ruler
3) Rotary cutter
4) Self healing mat
5) Water soluble marker for marking quilting lines

Step 1:
Print the following PDF templates. There are 2 pages for each potholder. Tape together. Then cut out the pieces.

Block Patterns

Potholder 1, Page 1 Potholder 2, Page 1
Potholder 1, Page 2 Potholder 2, Page 2

Step 2:
Select a piece of fabric for each pattern piece. Cut out fabric. I used a rotary cutter and my quilting ruler, but you can also just trace the pattern pieces with a pencil or water soluable marker and cut out with scissors.

Potholders Step 2

Potholders Step 3

Step 3:
Sew the pieces together using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Don’t worry that the sides of your final square don’t all line up. We will be trimming these down when we square the blocks next step.

Step 4:
Square your finished blocks to 7″ squares.

Potholders Step 4

Step 5:
Make your quilt sandwich with the backing fabric and the Insul~Bright. For smaller projects like this, I use 505 Spray Adhesive. You can also use the pinning method. If you have never made a quilt sandwich before, there are lots of tutorials online. Check out Oh, Fransson, she has great quilting basics directions.

Potholders Step 5

Step 6:
Quilt your potholders. Be creative! I did random straight lines with a stitch length of 3 for a modern look. I quilted these on the fly, but optionally you could mark your lines using a water soluble marker. Simply use a water bottle to spray the fabric afterwards and the lines will disappear.

Trim of the excess Insul~Bright and backing.

Potholders Step 6

Step 7:
Create your bias tape and add the binding. Again, I won’t go over basics here but Oh, Fransson has great directions.

Potholders Step 7

If you decided to add a hanger, sew it to the edge under the binding. I used some of my quilt tags made from twill tape but you can use coordinating fabric, designer fabric selvage, ribbon…

Potholders Back

Step 8:
Stand back and admire your new kitchen accessories! Or, if you are my 3 year old daughter, your new “baby doll beds”. 🙂

Finished Product