Hello friends! As part of the #minicharmpackchallenge over on Instagram, I designed a baby bib pattern.
So simple, you’re going to want to make about a billion of them,
and give a few to each new baby you meet.
and a great excuse to buy those ridiculously adorable mini charm packs.
(Not that we need an reason though, amIright?)
Basically, it goes down like this:
Stitch rows together. Press seams to one side.Lay patchwork on top of a microfiber or terry washcloth. (I got a pack of 8 at my local grocery store for under $5) Only, center it on the washcloth…I just put mine like this so you could see both parts.
Place bias tape along neck edge. you can pin in place, or use a glue stick. Stitch down, making sure you catch the edge on the backside. For this reason, I chose to use a decorative stitch, it’s a little wider. Trim bias tape at the edge of the bib.
Place (pin or glue stick) bias tape along the remaining raw edge of the bib, leaving an equal amount of “tie” on each side. You can either fold the end edge under, or tie a knot in each side, an inch or so from the end. :)
Literally, you could make 3 or 4 of these in an hour, and only use 2 mini charm packs and a few washcloths!
Perfect last minute baby gift.
PS Want more Mini Charm projects? Check out the other ladies on this fun challenge!
Sept. 14 – Jennie (cloverandviolet.com/blog)
Sept. 15 – Lisa (L1sapeterson.blogspot.com)
Sept. 16 – Sarah (goer.org/sarah)
Sept. 17 – April (aprilrosenthal.com)
Sept. 18 – Nina (ninawithfreckles.wordpress.
Sept. 19 – Konda (moosequilts.com)
Sept. 20 – Mary (seemaryquilt.com)
Sept. 21 – Kylie (sewkylie.com)
I had the awesome opportunity to make a quilt from Barb and Mary’s new book, Precut Primer. I was excited to take a look at their new book and sew from it, for two reasons.
One, it’s always fun for me to sew from someone else’s pattern. I like to see how they explain things, how they draw their diagrams, and how they plan their layouts. Call me a pattern geek. :)
The second reason I wanted to sew from their new book is because last spring, as a new Moda designer, Barb and Mary were one of the first people to say hi, and welcome to the Moda family.
They were gracious, and funny, and I can’t say how much I appreciated that. It was intimidating coming to set up, and wondering if the other designers really dislike new designers, or if there’s a competitive thing going on, you know.
But there wasn’t. Especially from them. So I wanted this to be a bit of a thank you as well.
Thanks ladies. You’re pretty darn great.
For that matter, so is this book. It has 12 projects, one for each school year.
It was a perfect ploy actually because I was trying to talk myself into choosing one of the simpler quilts, and was feeling bad for “copping out”.
Iknew if I left it up to Lily she’d choose 2nd grade (for obvious reasons), which happens to be the 2nd easiest quilt in the book…which was just perfect for the amount of sewing time I had.
The other good thing? The guilt over not choosing a harder quilt was gone because it made Lily so happy to be choosing which one I’d do!
Normally I don’t have much of a problem choosing the project to do in a book. Normally there are only one or two I like in the first place. Not so in this book. I could easily see myself making 5 or 6 of the quilts here.
This is the first “quilt” I’ve made since Hazel was born, and it was the perfect project for jumping back in. It took less than a day to make, even with lots of “baby needs mama” breaks, and even sewing with a tiny one on my lap.
It was fast, and painless, and turned out oh so darling.
Perfect quick satisfaction.
I nearly forgot! If you’d like to win some Meadowbloom, (and who doesn’t?) leave a comment telling me which grade was your favorite, and why. I’ll choose a winner on Tuesday the 8th of September–so get your comment in before 11:59pm on the 7th. And be sure to follow me on Instagram and Facebook for more chances to win.
Finished Size: 21.5″ x 24.5″
PS Check out the other quilts from Precut Primer by following along this week:
September 3, 2015
Corey Yoder of Little Miss Shabby
September 4, 2015
Amy Ellis of Amy’s Creative Side
September 8, 2015
Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life
I made this adorable pouch in a few hours one night two weeks ago. Literally, it came together super fast, the instructions are nice and clear, and hey, it turned out adorable, so that’s a plus. I used Meadowbloom to make it, and I love that I got to use a big enough piece of the text print, that I can actually read the text!Miss Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique fame designed this little pattern, and lucky for all of us, it’s a FREE tutorial on her blog. She did a little collaboration with the Fat Quarter Shop, and filmed a video or two of some techniques in case you’re, for example, afraid of zippers. :) Also, check out #goodygoodybindingkit and #goodygoodysewalong on Instagram to see along or see other people’s kits. There are some darling ones out there!
Let me be clear: this was SUPER EASY. As in, I’ll be making these for basically everyone for Christmas. If you’re my mom, mother-in-law, sisters, craft night ladies, or other sew-y type friends….pretend you didn’t read that.
You should make this, because it’s fun, it’s cute, and gosh darn it, you need to sew for yourself sometimes.
Plus, it has a pocket for treats.Another thing: how nice is it to have all the supplies for binding in one place, that ISN’T a ziploc bag? (<—Guilty.)
Tutorial is here. Head on over. :)
Since Meadowbloom is shipping soon, I thought I should introduce you to my new patterns! I have 4 new patterns this time, and I honestly can’t decide which I love most! I can’t wait to show them to you, and hear which YOU love best! (Warning: Picture OVERLOAD ahead! ;)
First up, Johnny Jump Up!
I adore this quilt, it was the first one I designed for this group. Jacob said I was crazy when I showed him, that it was beautiful but “a lot of work!” But everything that’s worth something takes a bit of work, right, and I happen to know you quilters have mad skills. So I’m not worried. You’ve got this. :) Regular piecing or paper piecing options are both included in the pattern. Depending on if you choose Low Volume or Scrappy, it can be made with Layer Cake Squares or Fat Eighths. I love how different the two versions look, just by changing up the alternating squares. The scrappy quilt, I quilted with a cool angled x pattern, the texture is awesome. I quilted the low volume quilt with a fun spirals and circles pattern. It’s such a contrast to the angles and straight lines of the quilt itself. I can’t wait to see your versions!
Next is Building Blocks!
This one is about as quick and easy as they come!Made with 5″ charm squares and some fun background fabrics, this is a fantastic baby quilt that you can make up in an evening.
Literally.And it turns out so fun every time! Another awesome thing about this quilt? You don’t have to piece the backing! If you’re quilting this quilt on your home machine, you can get away with a single piece of backing fabric.If you’re working with a long arm quilter, you can check with them to see if they need more room to play…but either way, you’re going to get a kick out of this quilt. SO, start collecting charm packs my friends, because this is one quilt you’re going to make over and over and over.
Of course, because I’ve been thinking about baby for the last year, my next pattern is a great car seat cover and swaddler. Introducing Cuddly Car Seat! I adore this pattern because it’s so DARN useful! Of course, the car seat cover is useful for keeping little tiny ones out of the sun, away from prying eyes, and giving a little quiet place for a nap. And, who can resist a Jelly Roll project? The swaddler is awesome because it has holes in it so it can be a permanent blanket in the car seat. This is SO nice for windy of chilly weather! Simply buckle in that little sweetheart, and then wrap the blanket around them. They’re safely buckled, and also nice and warm. Gotta love that.
Finally, there’s Solstice!
It is a stunning beauty of a quilt that makes me just so darn happy.
Big blocks and seams that nest make this go together quickly and precisely.
This quilt reminds me of fireworks in July, sprinklers in August, bonfires in June. I literally can’t stop looking at it. It’s a square throw sized quilt, with just 16 blocks to make. I’m going to need a two color version in solids just as soon as possible. Made with fat quarters friends, so break out those bundles and get sewing! I always think I can’t possibly love another quilt more than my last one, and every time, I’m wrong. I love this quilt. Love.
I’m so happy to share these with you, and I can’t wait to see all the beautiful quilts you will make! Thank you so much for sharing this amazing hobby with me, and making it so fun to do what I do every day. You truly are the best.
New patterns are in the shop. Mwa!