Here’s the pattern for the Simply Snuggly quilt. I’m so glad you guys like it! I wrote the pattern up quick after the quilt was already at its’ new home, so if you’ve got questions on anything let me know and I’ll double check it. I made it in downloadable printable form, I figure that’s easier than having to go back to the computer every 10 seconds to check the next instruction.
Quilt measures 52″ x 61″
Also, I now have just a few kits available in my shop with the EXACT fabric I used in my original. Backing isn’t included. Snag the kits fast if you want one, I don’t expect they will last long.
Thanks for all your sweet words, I just *heart* you guys!
Introducing the Twelve Words Sampler! I’m so excited to share this Block of the Month with you…and even more excited to see the blocks you make! I’m calling it the Twelve Words sampler because, as you’ll notice, each block will have a word on it. I chose these words to be uplifting and encouraging, they inspire me and I hope they will inspire you, too.
So here’s how it works: each month I will post a block with basic instructions. Then, for the next couple days I will post tutorials on how to complete each step of the block-making process. That way, those of you who are ready to just jump right in can just go for it as soon as I post the block, and those of you who are learning some new skills as you go will get to finish the blocks too.
Each month the blocks will incorporate a basic quilting “building block” as I like to call them, the elements that make up a large majority of quilting projects out there, in some combination or other. This will help build and refine skills, as well as help me build an arsenal of tutorials here on the little old blog.
By the end of the year, you will be old hat at machine applique, basic embroidery, flying geese, pinwheels, and lots of other things! Don’t worry, if you need a little hand-holding, I’ll walk you through it. Promise.
Please, join along! We’re going to have so much fun, and the end result will not only be beautiful, but positive and uplifting–and I don’t know about you, but I can use all the bright cheeriness I can get in this weather.
Like I said earlier, basic instructions today, more thorough explanations over the next 2-3 days. Please ask questions if you have them, and I will be sure to answer you.
Before we get too into this project, a few words on fabric selection so you can plan. I chose 8 solids and 2 linen blends to work with for this quilt. For each block I am choosing two or three solids to form my color palette, and then pulling print scraps from my stash in the same color values. You can see the black and white linen on the bottom of the pile, that will be my sashing. I wanted something that would set off every color nicely, but I didn’t want to use white. Finally, I am using a natural colored linen for my background of my embroidery and applique, and plan to use that natural color in each block as well.
Here’s the details on making this month’s block!
Piece 2″ squares in (4) strips of (8) squares, and (2) strips of (4) squares, as shown.
Press seams in alternating directions to avoid bulk.
Align intersections, pin, and sew top two rows together. Repeat for bottom two rows. Press.
With disappearing ink, mark a line 1″ from each side of your 7″ x 10″ rectangle. Trace center snowflake for embroidery. Using templates provided, and following manufacturer’s instructions, use fuseable web to adhere applique pieces INSIDE the lines you just marked.
Using a small zig zag or other decorative stitch, sew around each applique piece.
Using navy thread, embroider the main lines of the snowflake. Switch to aqua thread, use large stitches to embroider the small middle star. Press the block.
Trim to 6½” x 9½”.
Sew remaining (4) piece strips to the sides. Press.
Download templates here. January Sparkle Templates
I’m starting a flickr group where you can add pictures of your block, please add yours! (I just might have a giveaway planned, and your entry is your block picture in the group…) Join the flickr group here.
Hello friends! Thanks for stopping by for my turn at the Bar Hop!I’m supposed to tell you something about bars, but the only kind of bar I have experience with is a Pumpkin Bar with Cream Cheese Frosting–and let me tell you–it beats any other bar I can think of. :) Anyone want the recipe?
I’m sure by now you know the drill, but just in case you’re not, I’ll explain a little. Scott of Blue Nickel Studios asked us to make a block using Kinkame’s European Taupe VIII collection by Clothworks. We were allowed to use up to two of our own fabrics, I chose a solid and a print.(The light aqua and the brown print.)
My block is quick and easy to put together, and would be a great way to use of all those scraps you have laying around. Seriously.
Here’s the pdf if you’d like to print it. Click here.
PS Be sure to hop around and get the other fun blocks in this series! You don’t want to miss out.
PPS I got up at 6:25 am to go exercise this morning. It’s really dark that early. (But I DID it!)
Hey everyone! A fun treat for you today! I have a free block pattern up over at Gen Q Magazine, you don’t want to miss! Go check it out, download the free pattern, and while you’re there, explore the other cool tutorials and articles they have at their site. There’s some fun stuff there!
PS: Thanks for the love on the new quilt patterns! I’m looking forward to spotlighting them in the next few days and telling you a bit more about each! Also, I may just be posting a giveaway in the next few days…just as soon as I get some last minute Market sewing done…Mwa!
I know, I know, it’s spring, and this is a Christmas table runner that I machine quilted back before Christmas.
But hey, the weather thinks it should snow today, even though it was 70 degrees yesterday, so I’m just following Mother Nature’s lead.
Plus, I’m trying to catch up and show you all the quilts I have machine quilted that I have pictures of. (Next up a stunning black, white and red quilt made by my awesome friend, Kathy).
Sue made 3 of these fun table runners for her daughters for Christmas, and lucky me, I got to do some quick machine quilting on them!
Fabric is Countdown to Christmas by Sweetwater for Moda
Pattern is my free All Boxed Up table runner pattern.
I quilted this version of Grammy’s Scrap Basket for my awesome neighbor and friend, Stephanie. I LOVE the colors she chose. I asked her what she wanted me to do, and she said I could do whatever I wanted. She knew I was just getting started with this machine and said I could practice.
I love that.
So, I decided to take each section of the quilt and do something different on it.
Some things worked out better than others, but all of it was fun.
I also love that she just used scraps from her stash to make this.
I mean, that was the idea behind Grammy’s Scrap Basket in the first place.
I made the original with a Honey Bun, but those aren’t being made anymore. And obviously, that’s okay since all this quilt takes are 1½” strips. A great way to use up leftovers from other projects.
I am so glad Stephanie let me play with her quilt, and have fun trying out some different patterns. It turned out so pretty! Plus, it’s always fun for me to see quilts people have made from one of my patterns. Thanks again, Steph!
PS Did you see the free quilt pattern I designed for the Moda Bake Shop this month? I’m working on a really great version of it with a twist. Check back later today to see a sneak peek! Anyone want to join me?
If you can believe it, I have never made a quilt for myself.
I called it the Positively Perfect Nap Quilt, in the hopes that my dreams of napping would materialize.
It may have just worked once or twice.
You can find the pattern and step-by-step details over at the Moda Bake Shop today. Be sure to stop over and tell me what you think! And if you’re here from the Moda Bake Shop, welcome! Look around and stay a while, I’m so glad you’re here.
Since I was dreaming of all the lovely naps I would take with this quilt, I figured a pillow was in order. (Plus, there were a few scraps of my Hometown Jelly Roll left.)
It turned out so cute, I thought I would share!
Quick, easy, and oh so darling. (Click the link above to download a printable PDF.)
Do you need a nap today?
PS There are a limited number of kits to make the quilt over in my shop. And by limited, I mean LIM-I-TED. So grab one quick, before they’re gone! (The kit will give you almost everything you need to make the pillow, too. Just snag a little extra cream fabric and some pillow batting, and you’re golden.)
Welcome to day #8 of Quilt Uber-fest! I’m excited to show you my block, and tell you a little about it. First though, I need to thank Scott of Blue Nickel Studios for all his hard work, and his unfailing dedication to making this little blog hop all work out. He’s been great at coordinating and putting up with all our questions. Thanks Scott!
Now on with the show!
When we were given the requirements for our block, we were asked to design something using only log cabin construction and/or half-square triangles. My mind immediately jumped to the oh-so-trendy and oh-so-fashionable chevron pattern that is all the rage right now. (Don’t believe me? Check this out over at Pinterest.) I’m not sure why, but there’s just something so unfailingly classic about a chevron pattern, and that’s how log cabin blocks and half-square triangles feel to me, too. I mean really, where would quilting be without either of those two elements?
Then, I received my fabric. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure if my little old block design was going to be able to hold its’ own with such vibrant, busy prints. But hey, I’m always up for a challenge, and hey again, I have a seam ripper, so I got to work. And let me just say: it speaks volumes about the talented Nel Whatmore that these several showstopping fabrics can coincide so excellently within the same block.
I explained the chevron part to you already, and as for the dreams? Well, the fabric line we’re working with is called Sleeping Beauty. So, here’s how I like to imagine it: A princess, asleep for a hundred years. A prince, instantly enamored the moment he sets eyes on her–she’s beautiful, of course, but also has killer taste–her outfit? Chevrons, perhaps. Or maybe that’s her curtains. He kisses her, she wakes up, they get married, have their happily ever after. She excels at being a trendy, fashionable princess even though she’s missed hundreds of thousands (millions?) of pins on Pinterest. Silly? Yes. But hey (again), she had a heck of a lot of time to dream up any number of classic styles and trends, so it makes perfect sense to me.
(And some girls sleep in yoga pants and a t-shirt. Just saying.)Click here to download the PDF (sans my silly ramblings).
Only 2 more days to enter the contest…