October 13, 2017

Santa's in a Handbasket - Dear Santa

I got to make another fun little project with Ft. Worth Fabric Studio!  I'm so happy to share it with you today.  This is Santa's in a Handbasket using the Dear Santa Friday Bundle from Ft. Worth Fabric Studio!!

 Dear Santa - Full Quilt - Full Playground

Isn't this a fun little table topper?!?

 Dear Santa - Full Quilt - Close Playground

The entire top and the binding come from Ft. Worth Fabric Studio's Friday Bundle today, Dear Santa:


You can easily make this cutie over the weekend and have it ready in plenty of time for Christmas.
My daughter has claimed this for the island in her kitchen.  It'll make a great Christmas present too!  You're going to love how easy it is and I can see it in so many different colorways!  I can't wait to see your version!

 Dear Santa - Block Closeup

Are you ready to get started?  Go grab your Friday Bundle and let's go!

Cutting:

(8) 4-1/2" squares from each:

  • Holly Jollies Green Toss - Quilting Treasures
  • Christmas Cheer Jolly Old Elf Green - Patrick Lose Fabrics
(12) 1-1/2" x 12-1/2" from the Sorbet Essentials Gingham Red - Quilting Treasures

(9) 1-1/2" squares from the Basically Patrick Bubbly in Grasshopper - Patrick Lose Fabrics

(4) 2" strips and (4) 2" x 4-1/2" from each:
  • Holly Jollies Multi Dot - Quilting Treasures
  • Elf on the Shelf Snowflakes - Quilting Treasures
(4) 1-1/2" strips from the Sorbet Essentials Rick Rac Red - Quilting Treasures

(7) 2" strips from the Just Color Green - Studio E

 Dear Santa - Cutting

Assembly:

We are going to start with some strip sets.  Using the rick rac strips and the polka dot/snowflake strips create two of each of the following strip sets:

 Dear Santa - Strip Set 1

 Dear Santa - Strip Set 2

Next, we are going to subcut these strip sets into (8) 4-1/2" and (2) 1-1/2" sections for the snowflake and polka dot colorways.

 Dear Santa - Subcut Strips

Using the 1-1/2" pieces from your strip sets and the 2" x 4-1/2" rectangles, create (2) of the following from both the snowflake and polka dot colorways:

 Dear Santa - Center Block Assembly

We have all of our block parts complete so let's start assembling the blocks.  We are making (2) blocks from both the snowflake and polka dot colorways.  Layout the blocks as shown and assemble:

Dear Santa - Block Assembly

Using the gingham strips and the bubbly green squares, sew (8) sashing strips as shown:

 Dear Santa - Sashing Assembly

Attach a gingham strip to the side of each of your completed blocks as shown:

 Dear Santa - First Sashing

Attach a sashing strip with cornerstone to the bottom of each block as shown:

 Dear Santa - Second Sashing

Layout the blocks as shown, watching the placement of the snowflake/polka dot colorways and assemble the quilt center:

 Dear Santa - Quilt Center Assembly

Join (2) sashing strips together, end to end.  Make (2).

 Dear Santa - Long Sashing

Attach one of these long sashing strips to the top of your quilt center.  Add a cornerstone to the end of the other sashing strip:

 Dear Santa - Cornerstone

Add this sashing strip to the last side of your quilt center.  Sew all of the 2" Just Color Green - Studio E strips together along the short side to create one long strip.  Measure the diameter of your quilt through the center and cut (2) pieces this length and attach to the sides of your quilt top.  Measure the new width of your quilt center and cut (2) pieces this length and attach to the top and bottom of your quilt top.

And your top is complete!!  Mine finished right around 31" square.

I used the leftover snowflake and polka dot fabrics to create my binding using 2" strips since it's such a small project.

 Dear Santa - Full Quilt - Grass

I truly hope you enjoy making this one as much as I did!  Please share your versions as I'd love to see them!!

 Dear Santa - Full Quilt - Full Wall

Until next time!!

October 6, 2017

Fleur de L'Amour - Fly Away

I'm so excited to share my newest project with you!  I've begun a new working relationship with Ft. Worth Fabric Studio and my new pattern, Fleur de L'Amour paired perfectly with their Friday Bundle, Fly Away.

 Fleur de L'Amour - Full Quilt - Close Bridge

(Just love this bridge)  Big thanks to my sister for helping me with my pictures!!

 Fleur de L'Amour Full Quilt - Full Bridge


Isn't it pretty?!?  The fabrics are so pretty and such fun to work with.  As I said, the fabric is Ft. Worth Fabric Studio's Friday Bundle, Fly Away.

 Friday Bundle - Fly Away

I had so much fun making this table topper.  It finishes out around 32" square.

 Fleur de L'Amour - Full Quilt on Grass

Today I'll teach you how to make my Fleur de L'Amour blocks and this gorgeous table topper.

 Fleur de L'Amour Brown Square

I just love these!

 Fleur de L'Amour - Blue Square

So are you ready??  Let's get started!

Cutting

From the Essential Dots White/Tangerine, cut:
(8) 5-1/4" squares
(4) 4-1/2" squares

 Fleur de L'Amour Cutting

 From each of the Sorbet Essentials Gingham Orange and Wing & Leaf Dotty Screen Periwinkle, cut:

(4) 2" x 8-1/2"
(4) 2" x 5-1/2"

 Fleur de L'Amour Cutting

From each of your four main fabrics (Wing & Leaf Main Print Robins Egg, Wing & Leaf Ring Toss Chestnut, Wing & Leaf Butterfly Flutter Robins Egg, and Wing & Leaf Feathers Chestnut), cut:

(8) 2-1/2" x 4-1/2"
(12) 2-7/8" squares (draw line on back along the diagonal)
(1) 5-1/2" square
(1) 4-1/2" square
(4) 2-1/2" squares

 Fleur de L'Amour Cutting

From the Grunge Basics Pumpkin, cut:

(4) 5-1/4" squares

 Fleur de L'Amour Cutting

Block Assembly

Using all of your 5-1/2" squares, and your 2" x 5-1/2" and 2" x 8-1/2" rectangles, create your block centers by bordering the 5-1/2" squares, using the picture below as a guide.  I used the orange to wrap around the aqua and the blue with dots to wrap around the brown.

 Fleur de L'Amour Steps

Now we are going to make our half square triangles.  Take each of your 4-1/2" squares, matching up your background squares with a main fabric square, and pin, right sides together on all sides as shown.


 Fleur de L'Amour Steps

Stich squares together on all four sides.  Using the 45-degree angle lines on your mat, cut each set of 4-1/2" squares in half on both diagonals as shown below.  Press open and trim, squaring up to 2-1/2".


 Fleur de L'Amour Steps

Place (2) 2-7/8” main color squares on top of (1) 5-1/4” pumpkin square and (2) 5-1/4" background square, right sides together, as shown.  The center corners will overlap.  Pin as shown.  Sew a 1/4” seam on each side of the diagonal line.


 Fleur de L'Amour Steps


Cut on your drawn diagonal line and press open.

 Fleur de L'Amour Steps

Pin a 2-7/8” square to the corner of your partial flying geese.  Pin as shown.  Repeat for all of the partial flying geese pieces.  Sew a quarter inch seam on both sides of your drawn line.  Cut on your drawn line and press open.  You will now have 4 flying geese units.  Square each unit to 2-1/2" x 4-1/2".  

 Fleur de L'Amour Steps

Using your pumpkin flying geese units and your 2-1/2" squares, make two of the below units for each main fabric set.

 Fleur de L'Amour Steps

Using your pumpkin flying geese units and your 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" rectangles, make two of the below units for each main fabric set.

 Fleur de L'Amour Steps

Using the picture below as a guide, use these two side units and your center units to create the middle section of your blocks as shown below.  I matched my feathers with my birds and the circles with the butterflies.  "Birds of a feather, stick together." :)

 Fleur de L'Amour Steps

Using your half square triangles, your background flying geese units and a 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" rectangle, make two of the below units for each main fabric set.

 Fleur de L'Amour Steps

Using your background flying geese units and a 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" rectangle, make two of the below units for each main fabric set.

 Fleur de L'Amour Steps

Using the picture below as a guide, use these two side units and your new center units to create your blocks as shown below.  

 Fleur de L'Amour Steps

And that's it!!!  Arrange your blocks in a pleasing manner and join them together to make your table topper, quilt, and bind!  

 Fleur de L'Amour Block

I used the scraps from the pumpkin grunge and gingham to make a scrappy binding  Just in case you want to do the same, I used 2" strips to make a narrow binding since it's a smaller quilt.  It took 7 strips from the fat quarters (cut the long way on the fat quarter).

 Fleur de L'Amour - Closeup Wall

Don't you just love it?!?  This is destined to go to my daughter.  Her new apartment has a very large center island and this will look lovely in the middle!!

 Fleur de L'Amour - Full Wall

Go grab the Friday Bundle at Ft. Worth Fabric Studio and make one for yourself!!!  I'd love to see it, so please share!!!  Hope you enjoy your weekend!!

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Busy Hands Quilts, and My Quilt Infatuation.

September 26, 2017

Halloween Mystery Quilt

Hi yall!  Hope you had a great weekend!  Mine was super productive with a lot of stuff I can't share yet, but I did finish up my Halloween Mystery Quilt!


Isn't it great!!!  This was a quilt along mystery hosted by Fort Worth Fabric Studio and designed by Lindsey Weight.  I can't wait to get it quilted.  Here's a closer look at the center.

 Halloween Mystery Quilt

It was a nice relaxing quilt along with nothing too time consuming each week and the results are just so much fun!!

 Halloween Mystery Quilt

That border fabric!!!  Straight from stash.  I really love it!  I picked out the perfect backing over the weekend and cannot wait to finish it up!!

 Halloween Mystery Quilt

I have so many great things coming up to share with you!  Be sure to check back in!

This week I'm linking up with Moving it Forward at Em's Scrapbag, Show and Tell Monday with Bambi, BOM's Away with What a Hoot, Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt, Fiber Tuesday at Quilting Room with Mel and Freemotion by the River for Linky Tuesday.  With Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts, Midweek Makers at Quilt Fabrication, WOW on Esther's Blog, and UFO Progress on Jo's Country Junction.  And with Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation.

September 18, 2017

Modern X's and O's - Tutorial

Good morning!  Have you missed me?  This year has been extremely difficult, and I'll share about it a bit over the next few weeks, but life is getting back to normal and I thought we'd celebrate that with a fun new tutorial!!!  I shared this on Saturday on Instagram in celebration of Sew with a Jelly Roll Day. :)  

Today, I'm sharing my Modern X's and O's pattern.  It's really very easy and doesn't look like your typical jelly roll pattern (I think).  I hope you enjoy.  Let's get started!

First, you need to matching jelly rolls.  Sort your jelly rolls by color.  I used Sweet Baby Jane by Me and My Sisters.  They are older jelly rolls I've had on a shelf for a long time but they are perfect for this one.  In my case, most of my strips are pink and purple.  The yellow and green were pretty evenly matched in a smaller quantity and I had enough white strips, with different color prints, to make up the last set.  

 Modern Xs and Os Step 1

Next, we are making strip sets.  In my case, two matching purples, yellows/greens, and pinks with a white in the middle.  Sew together along the long edges and press.  Take each strip set and sub cut into 14-1/2" squares.  You'll be able to get 2 out of each strip set.

 Modern Xs and Os Step 2

Using the 45-degree angles on your cutting mat as a guide, cut each square in half on both diagonals.

 Modern Xs and Os Step 3

Rearrange your quarters as shown below and sew!  Each 14-1/2" square will make 2 blocks.

 Modern Xs and Os Step 4

It's so easy and they come out just beautifully!  Here are 4 blocks together.

 Modern Xs and Os blocks

I haven't had time to finish up the quilt (since the idea came to me as I was trying to fall asleep last Wednesday, naturally), but here's a mockup I did in EQ7 to give you an idea of the finish.

 Modern Xs and Os Mockup

I really hope you like it and if you make it I'd love to see your version!!!  I'll share more of my recent projects over the next few days.  So glad to be back!!!

Sharing with Em's Scrapbag for Moving it Forward, Show and Tell Monday with Bambi, Cooking Up Quilts for Main Crush Monday, and Love, Laugh Quilt for Monday Making.  With Quilting Room with Mel for Fiber Tuesday, Sew Fresh Quilts for Let's Bee Social, Quilt Fabrication for Midweek Makers, Esther's Quilting Blog for WOW, and UFO Progress on Jo's Country Junction.