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Twelve Words Block of the Month: #2: February Adore

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When I put my little ones to sleep at night, one of my favorite things to tell them is

“I absolutely adore you!”

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I remember the first time they asked me what “adore” means, and I told them (because they were still so little), that adore means to not only love someone so so much, but to really really like them too. To think they are more wonderful than the moon, or the stars, or anything else.

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To this day, when I tell them I absolutely adore them, they can’t help but smile, and neither can I.

So this block is to remind you to find, and surround yourself with people, and places, and memories that you like, love, even worship. That you adore.

Instructions:

Materials:

Coordinating scraps

solid strips for borders

Background linen

Fuseable web

embroidery thread

Cut:

(2) 12½” x 2” border strips (Dark Plum)
(2) 9½“ x 2” border strips (Magenta)
(1) 10” square (linen)

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Using scraps, make an improv patchwork piece large enough to cut out the heart template.

Block2B

Trace the heart on to fuseable web, adhere to the back of the crazy patchwork piece according to manufacturer’s instructions. Cut out on the line.

Block2C

Fuse heart to the center of the 10” background according to manufacturer’s instructions. Using a small zig zag, or other decorative stitch, sew the heart to the background.

Trace the embroidery outline around the heart with an erasable marker.

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Using a backstitch and two strands of embroidery floss, embroider around the heart.

Trim the square to 9½” square.

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Sew the 9½” x 2″ borders to the left and right sides of the square. Press toward the border strips.

Block2F

Sew the 12½” x 2″ borders to the top and bottom. Press toward the strips.

Click below to print the template and embroidery pattern.

February Adore Template

xoxo

April

 

 



Simply Snuggly Quilt Tutorial
{free pattern} and quilt kit

SimplySnuggly Hello friends!

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!

xoxo

April

PS Click the picture above or HERE for the downloadable pattern.



Twelve Words Block of the Month: #1: January Sparkle

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Press seams in alternating directions to avoid bulk.

Align intersections, pin, and sew top two rows together. Repeat for bottom two rows. Press.

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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.

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Using a small zig zag or other decorative stitch, sew around each applique piece.

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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”.

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Sew remaining (4) piece strips to the sides. Press.

january6Finish block by putting all three units together and pressing well.

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.

More tomorrow!

xoxo

April



Garden’s Edge: a free quilt block! Blogger’s Bar Hop Quiltalong

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.

I love how this block turned out, and think it would make a really fun quilt. Your thoughts?

Here’s the pdf if you’d like to print it. Click here.

xoxo

April

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!)



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