Today I get to share my Enduring block for the Friendship Quilt Along by Amanda Herring. To make this quilt, you will need the templates and this quilt kit. Or you can use different fabric. But this quilt kit is so cute!
The key to this block is the buttons! But I can’t sew on the buttons until the quilt is quilted. So I have the block cut out, marked and waiting for the quilt construction. I decided to make a needle book to showcase this cute block.
I have had a needle book on my make list for awhile. I was excited for the excuse to finally make it.
The best part of making this block was picking out the buttons. My grandma gave me a bunch of vintage buttons. She bought them for $1 a box! I can’t believe it! I’m pretty sure I will never have to buy buttons again.
To make this needle book, I followed Amy Sinibaldi’s tutorial. I made the book a bit bigger to accommodate the size of the block. I had some leftover half-square triangles from my Hello Brooklyn quilt that I turned into a pinwheel block for the back. I then added a book binding between the blocks. I did a simple cross-hatch quilting design on the book. After it was quilted, I used the template to mark the block.
I used my button foot to sew the buttons on. I have a Bernina Record 830. I had to search Ebay for a button foot (#152). I am so glad I found one. It is so helpful. The button foot holds the button in place while you sew.
The best part of making a needle book is embellishing the pages. I made these letter pins a few years ago and needed a place for them. This needle book was perfect! And I love the gingham ribbon!
I also used some pom poms!
And I used some rick-rack and a tag!
And last of all, the back! I love pinwheel blocks! I had sew much fun making this needle book! Now I need to make more!
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Today is our last day of summer vacation. I’m sad to see summer go. We have had so much fun! But I think we are ready for a schedule.
The last summer project I did was for the girls’ 18″ dolls. I used my Sizzix Big Shot Plus Machine and the 18″ Doll Tank Top die. Cutting the fabric is always the worst part of a project for me. So this die is AMAZING! All the pieces are cut out so quick!
Kerry Goulder (Kid Giddy), who designed this Sizzix die, has an awesome YouTube step by step tutorial for these tanks. I suggest watching them for the perfect little tank tops!
Tip 1: I used 1/4″ pre-packaged bias binding. You can find this at most Big Box craft stores. This saved a lot of time and added a fun contrast to the tank top. You can make your own bias binding if you want to. Kerry walks you through it on her YouTube tutorial. I also wanted something fast! So pre-made binding for the win!
Tip 2: Glue! Glue! Glue! I usually don’t sew with glue. But this was a game-changer! These small bias binding pieces stayed on while I was sewing them so much better than when I use pins. So if you are on the fence, try it! I use Sue Dayley’s slimline glue sticks. They are amazing.
I also chose to go with snaps instead of hook and loop tape. Isn’t that yellow snap the cutest? I am having sew much fun using snaps! You can see the baby beach romper that I used snaps on here.
So why are we seeing double? Well with so many girls in my house, I can’t just make one doll outfit. I have to make two! I have joked for years that I feel like I have twins because I have to do everything twice! We are seeing double with two 18″ doll pineapple tank tops. I also wanted to match the pineapple sandals I made for the Sizzix blog.
Kerry (Kid Giddy) also has a number of other Sizzix dies for 18″ dolls. She has shoes/sandals, pants/shorts, backpack and shirt/jacket dies. I can’t wait to use them all!
I used my pineapple quilt for the perfect backdrop! Don’t these tanks make the best match! I’m not ready for summer to end! But at least we have these cute summer tanks to enjoy all year!
Today is my turn to share my 4 fat quarter project with Amanda Herring’s design team. We were given the challenge to create something with four fat quarters from the Hello Lovely fabric line for Riley Blake.
I have been thinking about this project since the day I saw Hello Lovely in person! Baby rompers are my favorite thing! And I love the beach! So a baby beach romper was the perfect match!
I came across this pattern by Simplicity. I love the Retro style patterns. As you will notice I only have 2 prints of fabric in this pic. I kind of cheated and used only two prints for this project. But I was able to make this project with four fat quarters and had a bit left over. Two half yards would also work since that is the same amount of fabric.
My favorite thing about this pattern is the ruffles! I love ruffles! I thought they would work perfect with Hello Lovely. I picked pink because I have four girls and pink is the most popular color in our house! (Did I mention that I can do a full load of laundry of pinks!?!) And I think ruffles on a baby bum is one of my favorite things ever!
Once I was done sewing, we headed to the beach for a little photo shoot! Here’s what the front of the romper looks like. The pattern called for hook and loop tape to finish the outfit. I opted for snaps instead. I have never installed snaps before and it was a breeze!
This is the back! I can’t get enough of these ruffles!
I made the straps a little longer than the pattern said so that this will fit the baby next year. Fingers crossed she stays little and doesn’t grow too much!
And one more pic of these ruffles! Oh summer don’t end! We have had too much fun!
Did you see my blog post on the Sizzix blog? You can check it out here.
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.
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.
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!
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?
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!
Do you want to make this hair bow? Go check out my tutorial on the Sizzix blog!