Quilt Swap · Quilting

Pineapple Quilt

Do you participate in quilt block swaps?  I have participated in a few over the years.  I signed up for a pineapple block swap hosted by the lovely Jackie Padesky.  She also wrote this cute pattern.

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I made these 18 blocks, kept 2, and sent 16 to her!  My blocks are made up of V and Co’s Simply Colorful fabric line for Moda.

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I wanted a super scrappy quilt.  But I have NO yellow!  I don’t really care for the color so I don’t buy it or sew with it.  That’s one of the benefits of a swap.  I got lots of cute pineapples in return.  And they were scrappy!

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I quilted straight(ish) lines in a cross-hatch pattern on this quilt.  I love the cross-hatch pattern and want to quilt it on every quilt! And don’t you just love a quilt swish?

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I was so excited when I found this backing fabric!  Most pineapple fabric is a bit girly looking with lots of pink.  I wanted to give this quilt to my pineapple loving husband for his bday.  So navy pineapples=WIN!  (And that is another close up of my block!)

One more benefit of swaps is getting to meet so many amazing quilters from around the world!  I love getting to know people who love quilting as much as I do!  Have you done a swap?  If not, you should try it out!

Chirp Out!

Jen

 

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Pillow · Sizzix

Minnie Mouse!

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Today I want to share how to make this cute Minnie pillow!  If you missed my Mickey pillow post check here.  I will be following the same step by step process as the Mickey pillow.  I will just share the differences on this post.

Don’t forget your supplies!  I used my Sizzix Big Shot Plus and the circle die that comes with the starter kit.  If you don’t have the circle die that come with this machine then these two dies will work found here and here.  And don’t forget the Heat n Bond!

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Place the Minnie silhouette as you would like it.  I tucked the smaller circles behind the large circle to make the silhouette.  Then press into place.

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Do you remember the Sizzix blog post 5 Minute Hair bows that I did?  I saved all of the bow pieces that I didn’t use for future projects!  The bow die can be found here.  I knew this bow would be perfect for Minnie!  I cut off the edges of the bow because I didn’t want it 3-D.  It was a great fit!

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Place the bow where you would like and stitch around it.  I used felt for the bow so it won’t fray at all!

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I put the zipper in the back of the pillow instead of at the bottom like the Mickey pillow.  I followed a great zipper tutorial for pillows by Allison Jensen (@woodberry_way).  You can find it in her instagram account.

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The other difference from the Mickey pillow is that I bound the pillow.  Sew the pillow front and back together just like on the Mickey pillow.  Then I cut two binding strips at 2.25″ and bound the pillow.  Use your favorite binding method.  I sew my binding to the front and then flip the binding around to the back.  I stitch in the ditch from the front of the pillow to sew the back binding down.

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And you are done!  Enjoy your Minnie pillow!

Chirp Out!

Jen

 

Pillow · Sizzix

Mickey Mouse!

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We are big Disney fans over here!  When my Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Fabric Kit arrived, it came with a circle die.  My husband immediately commented and said, “It’s Mickey Mouse!”  I knew then that I had to make this project!

Do you want to make one too?  Follow along and I will show you how!

You will need a Sizzix machine to make this.  My favorite is the Sizzix Big Shot Plus.  You can find it here.

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I found these cute prints at Joanns.  The Steamboat Mickey is a flannel and the Minnie print is a cotton.  I bought 2/3 yards of each of the prints and 1/3 yard of the solids.

Don’t forget the Heat n Bond for this project!  You can find it here.

IMG_7222The first step is to iron the Heat n Bond to the wrong side of the solid fabric.  This will adhere to the flannel as well as the cotton.

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Then make your Sizzix sandwich: cutting pad, circle die, fabric with Heat n Bond adhered and cutting pad.  If you didn’t get the circle die that came with the Big Shot Plus, you can use these circles found here and here.  You will have circles that look like this!  Remember to cut two of the ear circles!

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Cut your print fabric 19 inches square.  This will make an 18″ pillow.  If you want a bigger or smaller pillow adjust accordingly.  Place your circles where you would like them on the pillow front.  I tucked the smaller circles behind the large circle to get the Mickey silhouette.  Then iron them into place.

Tip:  Place a towel over the Mickey, then place the iron on top.  Don’t move the iron back and forth as the pieces may shift.  The towel also helps to not scorch the fabric.  (ask me how I know that!)

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Next you will stitch all around the Mickey shape.  I used a zig-zag stitch to help prevent it from fraying when washed.  I use an embroidery stabilizer when sewing on the Mickey shape.  You can find it here.  The stabilizer helps to keep my stitches even and avoids puckering.

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I attached the zipper on the bottom by following Allison Jensen’s (@woodberry_way) tutorial on her instagram account.

Mickey is done!

Now we just have to decide who gets the pillow!  There may be a little fighting involved.  Guess I better make some more!

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Here’s a little sneak peek!  Stay tuned and I will show you how to construct the Minnie pillow!

Chirp Out!

Jen

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Frienship Quilt Along

The Friendship Quilt Along- Humorous

Hi and welcome to another week with the Friendship Quilt Along.  Today I am sharing my Humorous block.

hello lovelyThis quilt along has been so much fun!  Each of the names of the blocks reflects a quality in a friend.  I value my friends who can make me laugh!  If I didn’t laugh so much, I would probably cry.  Haha

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You will need a few tools to complete this block.

First of all you, need a copy of the FREE pattern.  You can find it here.

Templates!  You can find the templates here.

Aurifil Thread.  You can find Amanda’s matching thread set here.

Heat n Bond!  I seriously can’t live without this stuff!  You can find it here.

Stabilizer.  You can find it here.

You can add buttons to this block.  I am waiting to add buttons until I quilt my quilt.  So the buttons won’t be pictured on my blog.  You can find the cute button pack here.

Now you have your supplies!  Are you ready?

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First, trace your template on the back of your Heat n Bond.  Iron the Heat n Bond to the wrong side of your fabric.  Cut out the scallops on your traced line.

Then place your scallops on the piece of fabric.  Make sure you measure 1/4″ from the edges so the cute scallops don’t get cut off in your seam!

IMG_6952Then I blanket stitch around the scallops.  I also did a straight stitch on the edge of the applique about 1/8″ away from the edge.  This helps to secure the applique but it will be hidden in my seam allowance.

I use a piece of stabilizer behind each of my blocks.  This helps my stitches to stay even and not pull on the fabric.  Don’t forget to tear away the stabilizer when you are ready to assemble the quilt!

I had so much fun making these blocks!  Are you quilting along with us?

Chirp Out!

Jen

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Frienship Quilt Along · Quilting

Friendship Quilt Along- warm

I’m happy to share my Warm block for the Friendship Quilt Along today. This awesome quilt along is being hosted by Amanda Herring for Riley Blake. To make this block you need these cute templates. You can find them at the fat quarter shop here.This block is an appliqué block. My preferred method is to use Heat n Bond. I trace all of templates right onto the Heat n Bond. I then iron it to the wrong side of the fabric. Your pieces should look like the pic above. After I’ve ironed everything to the fabric, I cut them out. Then arrange the pieces according to the pattern. You can find the Friendship Quilt pattern here. Then I press them to the background fabric. Before pressing, make sure you measure 1/4″ from each of the points to the edge of the fabric so you don’t cut them off as you sew the quilt together. I then use a blanket stitch on my sewing machine to stitch around each piece. I used Aurifil thread to stitch each of the pieces. I am new to Aurifil thread and it sews like a dream! You can find the matching box set of Aurifil thread here. I love this block! It is so cute! I love what this quilt pattern stands for- friendship. Each block is representative of what a true friend is. Do you have that friend who is always warm and inviting? I’m grateful to have some warm friends in my life. I’ve also met some warm and inviting friends through the quilting world and I’m grateful for them. So are you quilting along with us?I hope you do! Chirp out!JenThis post contains affiliate links.

New Pattern release · Pattern · Quilting · Riley Blake

Hello Brooklyn

 

image2I’m excited to share my new pattern today as part of the Hello Lovely Riley Blake blog tour!  Hello Brooklyn!  Hello Lovely was designed by the lovely Amanda Herring.  She really outdid herself with this line!  I love it!  This quilt was so much fun to make.  And so much fun to take pics of!  You can find the pattern here.

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I am really loving monochromatic quilts right now.  The pinks in Hello Lovely are, well, lovely!  I can’t decide which print is my favorite.  Maybe the main floral, or the polka dots.  Yeah, I can’t decide.  But run and go get some!  This line is so lovely!

image4I had Chelsea custom quilt this.  Each block is quilted to emphasize the block design.  She did swirls in the sashing (say that 10 times fast!) and beautiful flowers in the borders.  I could stare at this ALL day!  She really did an amazing job!

image7I love living outside of NYC.  The Brooklyn Bridge is one of my favorite places.  I knew I had to take this quilt there for a photo shoot.  I was able to get some fun shots of the architecture of the bridge and this quilt.  And we got some funny looks!

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This quilt is a fun sampler quilt.  Which is perfect for a Brooklyn quilt since there are so many thing to do and so much diversity.  There are five different blocks.  You make each block six times and then you have a twin size quilt!  I love the variety a sampler quilt offers.  I don’t get bored making the same block over and over again.  Haha

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I hope you love this quilt as much as I do!  Go check it out in my etsy shop here or my craftsy shop here.  Say Hello Brooklyn!

Chirp Out!

Jen

Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along · Quilting

Fat Quarter Shop Snowballs Quilt

Today is our official first day of summer (no more school- yay)!  This quilt has all the summer vibes!  Bright yellows and a soft pink are just the right combo.  This fabric pull reminded me of pink lemonade!  Which is what we all nicknamed this quilt!

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I pulled every yellow I had from my stash and came up with this.  I think those popsicles are my favorite!  I don’t sew with yellow much, so I had to get a couple more fat quarters.  This quilt has motivated me to sew with yellow more.  I love the finished product!  Is there a color that you don’t typically sew with?  Maybe you should try it out!

IMG_5265As I was working on this quilt, I fell in love with it even more.  So I decided to change the pattern and make it bigger!  Go big or go home!  This quilt pattern finished at 50″x 55 1/2″.  I decided to make this twin size!  To make it a twin size quilt, I made 77 yellow blocks and 77 white blocks.  I sewed 11 blocks in a row and made 14 rows. Daughter number three has already claimed it, so I think we have a winner!

IMG_5320I love to see those pretty yellows all swished together!  I used a variety of prints from Riley Blake, Moda and Art Gallery.  Don’t they all play together nicely?  I still think those popsicles are my favorite!

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This is my favorite pic of the quilt.  I found these adorable lemons at Target!  Daughter number two was helping me take pics of this quilt.  She asked me if she could take a few pics and this is one she took!  I love it!  I should add that she is 10.  Her use of the close-up is spot on.  I also love the sun spots coming through the trees onto this quilt.  I should have her take all of my pics!  I think we have a budding photographer.

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Have I convinced you to make this quilt yet?  It comes together quickly and is so fun to make!  The pattern is FREE from the Fat Quarter shop and can be found here.  Or you can watch the YouTube video here.  Grab a glass of pink lemonade and have a great summer making this quilt!

Chirp Out!

Jen

New Pattern release · Pattern · Quilting

Home Mini

I am excited to release my new pattern Home Mini today!  You can find it in my shop here.  If you have been following along for awhile, you know I’m a big Bonnie and Camille fan!  I love their fabric designs!

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It all started with this sweet little heart!  After making my large twin size Home quilt (which you can find here) I just knew I needed to make a mini quilt.

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I picked out some of my favorite Bonnie and Camille prints from my scrap bin!  Can you name all of the fabric lines I used?  If you don’t have a bursting scrap bin like mine (oops!), this pattern is also charm pack friendly!

IMG_5804I loved taking pics of this quilt!  The Alphabitties from Fat Quarter Shop were a fun addition!

I picked some of my favorite colors for this quilt.  I wanted to keep the hearts pink or red. I also couldn’t make a quilt without aqua!  The navy print from Vintage Picnic is probably one of my favorites of all time!

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I hope you enjoy making this pattern as much as I did!

Chirp Out!

Jen