Free Patterns

Monkeying around (or How to Make a Sock Monkey)

Get a pair of knee socks with contrasting toes and heels.

Follow this tutorial. (But use a zig sag stitch when machine sewing. Trust me on this.)

Make a couple more.

Bask in the praise of rejoicing children. Then, brace yourself for the meltdown when you tell them you’re giving them away. (Ask me how I know.)

No, seriously, I made a few of these…BIG hit. And of course, why wouldn’t they be? They’re adorable, if I do say so myself, and a GREAT idea for birthday party gifts. I threw these together in under 2 hours a piece, and that was with major three-year-old distractions. Just grab up some knee socks when you see them and have them on hand.

What is your go-to birthday gift? I need ideas, because as cute as these are, I’m not sure I can give them for every birthday from here on out. Enlighten me!

Coming soon and a giveaway!

Hello friends! It’s been too long since we’ve chatted, and it’s completely my fault. Thing is, production is in full swing over here for my Spring 2011 patterns so things are busy, busy, busy! I’m officially signed up to exhibit at International Quilt Market this spring (and I couldn’t be more nervous, or excited!) so I’ve got a deadline looming.

All this excitement of course doesn’t keep me entirely focused on work. See that picture above? That wall was just screaming for some Valentine’s Day love, and I had to oblige. So, I took a little page out of Quilt Dad’s book, and made myself a little wonky block wall hanging out of some fabulous scraps. Of course, he uses a square to start off with, but since I was working with a heart, and it was more rectangular, I opted to try out the wonkiness (is that a word?) with a triangle instead. I am happy to say it worked out just lovely. A little Bleached White Moda Bella Solid, and some raw edge applique, and voila! I just threw it in a frame I had laying around, and things are just a little more festive around here.

Now, on to the giveaway! My cute little mom over at Gracious Rain is trying out her hand at quilting for the first time (with a little bit of threatening encouragement from her quilty daughter) and I’ve decided to celebrate by sponsoring a giveaway on her blog! So head on over, because 2 kits for my All Boxed Up table runner are up for grabs–perfect for spring in Kate Spain’s first line, Verna.

I’ll be back soon with some other fun stuff, promise!

All Boxed Up: A Free Beginner Table Runner Pattern

Wanna make this?

Thought so.

Quick and easy, this table runner would be a perfect first project for a new quilter, and makes a sweet and charming (if I do say so myself) gift for someone on your list. I made mine in a little over 4 hours, and that includes some pretty dense machine quilting. Yours can be done even faster, I bet.

Let’s get going!

You’ll need:

1 pack (36+) 5″ squares (charm pack)

3/4 yard white solid

1-1/6 yard backing fabric OR

1-5/8 yard backing fabric**

**Here’s the deal. It’s more economical to make two of these at a time, because it works out perfectly to cut the right length yardage right down the middle to make 2 runners. If you absolutely only want to make one, you’ll have quite a bit of leftover backing fabric. SO. Buy the 1-1/6 backing if you only want one runner and know you’ll have extra. Buy 1-5/8  yards if you’d like to make 2, and you won’t have any leftovers. Keep in mind, all other measurements are for a single table runner, so if you do decide to buy two, of course get two of everything else.

24 x 58 batting

Here we go!

Step 1:

Start by cutting (7) 2½ strips from your white solid. Cut the strips from the width of your fabric (WoF). (3) of the strips will be used for your “quilt top”. The remaining strips will be used to bind your table runner. Set those four aside. (Sorry about the pictures, it was dark.)

Step 2:

Lay out 36 of your charm squares in 3 rows of 12.  Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, sew the squares together in lengthwise strips by putting the right sides together and sewing down one side. Press your seams all the same direction, either all to the right or all to the left.

Step 3:

Sew together your 3 white strips lengthwise, and then cut (2) 54½” pieces. Press seams one direction.

Step 4:

Put the “quilt top” together by pinning 2 adjacent rows together at a time, right sides together. Be sure to pin thoroughly so that you don’t have uneven edges. Press seams toward the white strips.

Step 5:

Cut your backing fabric to size. Depending on which amount of yardage you chose, you will do this one of two ways. If you chose to make only one runner, just lay out your backing fabric with your “quilt top” on top of it, and cut the backing so you have an extra inch or so all around the quilt top. If you chose to make two runners, fold your fabric in half lengthwise and cut down the fold. This will make 2 backing pieces the appropriate size.

Step 6:

Make your quilt sandwich by laying out your backing fabric right side down on a smooth flat surface. To help avoid puckers, I suggest taping the fabric to the floor or table so it is taut. Then, layer the batting on top of the backing fabric. Finally, lay your quilt top on top, smoothing out any wrinkles. Pin all layers together, remove tape.

Step 7:

Using your sewing machine, sew all layers together. This is called “quilting” the quilt. You can do all sorts of patterns, but that can get complicated. To keep it simple, you can do what’s called “stitch in the ditch”. This means to just sew along all the seams.

Step 8:

Once you’re done quilting, trim the edges and square up the corners.

Step 9:

Use your remaining white strips to bind the quilt. Voila!

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