Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along · Threadology Quilt Along

Block 3: Shooting Squares- Threadology Quilt Along

Yay it’s March! And that means it is time for another block in the Threadology Quilt along with the Fat Quarter Shop. I am making my blocks with the Quilt Kit, but it is sold out! No worries, all of the fabric requirements are listed here for this quilt. Then you can get the Little Snippets fabric that you need to make this cute quilt.

All of my fabric is cut out!

The Shooting Squares block pattern can be found here. Or you can watch the YouTube tutorial here. I used my favorite Aurifil thread to piece these blocks.

Four-patch blocks for the center

The Shooting Squares block start as sweet four-patch blocks. To get my squares to line up I use my favorite fork pins! I use these all the time and they are my favorite!

Tip: These blocks are actually on point. I laid out all of my fabrics before I sewed them together. I guess I’m a little OCD and I like to keep my fabric all directional!

Block 3- Shooting Squares

These blocks need trimmed to size when you are done sewing. Make sure to keep a 1/4″ seam on each side. This will help when you go to assemble the quilt top.

And you are done! I love these blocks! Fat Quarter Shop is raising money for Make a Wish Foundation Central and South Texas with this quilt along. You can donate here. We are so close to having one more bonus setting for this quilt!

Thanks for following along! Are you sewing too?

Chirp Out!

Jen

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Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along · Quilting

Jolly Bar Bon Bons Quilt

Have you used a Jolly Bar on a project before? Jolly Bars are a Fat Quarter Shop exclusive precut. They are 5″x 10″ rectangle precuts. Today I get to share a new pattern from the Fat Quarter Shop using a Jolly Bar. Its called the Jolly Bar Bon Bons Quilt. Yum! You can find the free pattern here. Or the YouTube tutorial here.

Making Half Square Triangles

I typically will use a white background when making quilts. I decided to try the opposite! I used one of my favorite floral prints from the fabric collection Smitten by Bonnie and Camille for Moda for the background. I used a Bella Solid White 97 for the Jolly Bar. (P.S. Its on sale this month!) This is my ‘go-to’ white. It matches all Bonnie and Camille prints perfectly!

Directional Fabric

I might have a little bit of OCD and I like my fabrics to all be facing the same direction. These kind of prints are called directional. So when you have a directional print like my background fabric, it can prove to be challenging. Here are a few things that I do to help me keep my fabric going all the same direction. First, you need to find the ‘correct’ direction. Sometimes I just decide on my own if I like the fabric one way verses the other direction. Other times I will look at a photo from the manufactures like the above pic.

Next I pick the flower (or other design element) I’m going to follow. I have circled the above flower that I picked. Now every time I cut out or sew together blocks, I check first to see where this flower is and make sure the navy portion is facing down.

Cutting can be a bit tricky when you are trying to keep your fabrics directional. I had to cut my background fabric two different ways. For example, one of the background pieces is 3 1/2″ x 7 1/2″. I cut a number of strips 3 1/2″ and then subcut them into 7 1/2″ pieces. The other half, I cut 7 1/2″ strips and subcut 3 1/2″ pieces. Does that make sense? Keep the piles separate and always look for ‘your flower’ before you sew them together. And guess what? My entire background is going the same direction! Whew!

Fork Pins!

If you have stopped by here before, you have seen me post about Fork Pins! They are amazing! If I am trying to match seams, I always use these. I have had to use my seam ripper less because these are so accurate. They hold both side of the seam so there is no sliding as I sew. If you don’t have some, you seriously NEED these!!!

Jolly Bar Bon Bons Quilt

I just love the way this turned out! You can really see the cute Bon Bons pop against the floral background. And if you look close, ALL of my background is the same direction!

Quilt Swish

A quilt swish is one of my favorite ways to show off a new quilt. And look at that cool pattern!

Thanks for following along today! If you haven’t given directional fabric a try, you should! I love the way a quilt looks when all the fabrics are going the same direction. Do you keep your prints directional when you sew? I’d love to hear!

Chirp Out!

Jen

Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along · Threadology Quilt Along

Block 2: Nine- Patch- Threadology Quilt Along

Today is Block number two for the Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along! Are you sewing along? The cute kit is sold out, but Fat Quarter Shop has lots of Smitten fabric in stock if you would like to make one!

All of my pieces are cut out!

I love a classic nine-patch block. It is just squares! And I used my favorite Aurifil thread for my blocks.

FORK PINS!!!

Pay close attention to the pressing directions on the pattern. This will help your seams to nest. My biggest tip is: FORK PINS!!! These are an absolute game changer! I place one pin on one side of the seam, and the other part of the pin on the other seam. And my seams don’t move! Perfectly nested every single time! I would constantly unpick to get my seams just right. And now, I hardly have to unpick. Seriously get some!!!

Block two: Nine-patch

Aren’t these so cute! I love this block! You can find the pattern here or the YouTube video tutorial here. These blocks are a free download but Fat Quarter Shop is asking for a donation to Make a Wish! We have almost raised enough to unlock a new setting for this pattern! Yay!

I hope you are sewing along too! Thanks for stopping by!

Chirp Out!

Jen

Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along · Threadology Quilt Along

Block 1: Ohio Star- Threadology Quilt Along

Welcome to the first week of the Threadology Quilt Along! I am excited to be sewing along with the Fat Quarter Shop for this quilt along.

Threadology Happy Mail!

I got this super cute kit from the Fat Quarter Shop. It has all the supplies you need to make the top, binding and even the pieced blocks for the back! I hear they are sold out, but I linked the Snippets collection by Bonnie and Camille to make your quilt too!

And the inside!

Aren’t these fabrics so cute? This kit came with a little box of aurifil thread to use on the quilt too! I just love it!


All my pieces are cut and ready to go!

The first block is the Ohio Star Block. You can download the pattern or view the YouTube video on how to assemble these blocks. Here are all of my blocks cut out and ready to go! Do you see that super cute box of Aurifil thread? I love it!

Hourglass units all made!

The first part of assembly is the hourglass units. Tip: If you sew one half square triangle one direction and the other half square triangle the opposite direction, you can keep you prints directional when you make them into hourglass units. I wanted to keep that cute tape measure fabric going the right direction!

Ohio Star Blocks

Here are my blocks all done! I had so much fun putting these together. I can’t wait to see this whole quilt!

Thanks for following along with me today. Are you participating in the Threadology Quilt Along? The pattern is free but Fat Quarter Shop is asking for a donation to the Make a Wish Foundation. Its for a good cause and you get a cute quilt in the process. Win, win!

Chirp Out

Jen

Banner · Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along

Heart’s Delight Blog Remix

If you have stopped by my blog before, you probably realize I have an obsession with banners! I love to decorate with them for the holidays. I have a super fun and quick tutorial to share with you today! And its all Valentines Day! This is part of the Fat Quarter Shop Blog Remix! Do you want to make one too?

Valentine’s Banner

Supplies you will need:

Heart’s Delight Makin It Cute Templates

Layer Cake, Charm Pack or Scraps from your stash

Spray n Bond Fusible Adhesive

HeatnBond Adhesive Spray

One Button

Embroidery Floss

Batting

Banner

To make the Valentine heart, check out the YouTube Video by Fat Quarter Shop and Me and My Sister Designs.

Supplies you will need!

I chose to dig through my Bonnie and Camille scraps to find my favorite pinks and reds!

I found the cutest aqua canvas banner at Micheals. I quickly changed my mind (which happens a lot! haha) I decided to make a banner. So I had to include my favorite aqua print ever and a cute aqua polka dot button!

The start of my banner!

I sewed the heart onto the banner while I was sewing the button into the center of the heart. Because of the size of my banner, I decided to leave off the last layer of the heart. I still think it is so cute! And if you look really close, you can see at the bottom of the heart the word create! What a happy accident! Creating is one of my loves, so it seemed fitting to be on my heart!

Making letters for the banner!

To make the letters, I cut them out on my Silhouette. You can cut them out by using this SVG file for FREE! I adhered HeatnBond to the back of my white fabric. Then I cut it out with my Silhouette. Then press the letters to the banner. And you are done!

Valentine’s Banner all done!

Enjoy your new Valentine banner! Thanks for following along with me!

Chirp Out!

Jen

Family life · Holiday · Sewing · Sizzix

Christmas PJs

I am still cleaning up the holidays over here. So I thought I would share my last Christmas project.

I decided a couple of days before Christmas to make matching pj pants for my kids. I can make 5 pairs of pants in a day right?

I came across this meme on Instagram from Jen Van Orman (@heritagethreads). I was dying laughing. This was so me!

Picking out patterns!

The hardest part was picking out patterns. I have 5 kids in 5 different sizes. Plus I was trying to have as little waste as possible. I hate wasting fabric! I also had to get everything cut out while they were at school. I wanted to surprise them with new Christmas pjs on Christmas Eve. So I had to cut quick! And while no one was watching. Haha I cut them out on their last day of school! No rush right?

Adding a little Sizzix surprise to our Christmas pjs.

I quickly realized that I needed to label the kids pants since all of them were the same fabric. I debated using tags, but then I thought I could cut out cute patches with my Sizzix. I first cut out a square of felt. I pressed HeatnBond Ultrahold to the back of the felt. I used my Sizzix Big Shot Plus to cut out hearts and stars from the Sizzix Bigz L Die- Holiday Greetings.

After removing the paper backing, I pressed either a star or a heart to the right pant leg. I then tried some free motion quilting to draw their initial on each shape. I am a newbie at free motion quilting, so don’t look too close!

Shape labels for each of the kids’ pants.

I loved creating these pants. And I made it by Christmas Eve! My kids really loved seeing their initials. And they were totally surprised! Mom win!

Now I’m off to clean up the rest of the holidays! I love the holiday season, but wow, does it make a mess! Wish me luck!

Chirp Out!

Jen

Holiday · Sizzix

Cuter than Elf on the Shelf

Did you guess what the little hat was that I shared yesterday?  Its an elf hat!  This darling panel is by Stacy lest Hsu for Moda fabrics.  I have a secret tool that helps make this elf in a snap.  It is a Stuffing Tool by Sizzix.  This tool is 10 inches long and can reach into all of the little arms and legs for stuffing.  Follow along as I show you a quick tutorial for making this cute little elf.

First you need this cute panel.  Cut along the dotted lines for the elf boy front and back and the ears.  The top of this panel has great step by step instructions on how to construct the elf.  I will just be sharing some of my favorite tips.

Stitch the ears and boy elf as instructed on the panel.  Leave a space open on the side to turn him inside out.  Don’t forget to clip the rounded edges (like around the feet)!  This helps to reduce the bulk.

Turn him inside out and give him a good press!  Then its my favorite part…stuffing!  Grab your handy Stuffing Tool and some stuffing.  Stuff the legs and arms first.  The stuffing tool is so handy to get all the way down into the legs and arms.  After they are stuffed, sew them shut.  This makes it so your elf can sit!  Stuff the head and the rest of the body.  Then hand stitch the opening closed.

And you are done!  Isn’t he so cute?!?  There is also a girl elf in the panel!  My girls are anxious for me to finish her up!  Thanks for following along.

Chirp Out!

Jen

Holiday · Sizzix

Pom-poms!

Today I am sharing a super fun project with Sizzix!  They have a new product on the market, a pom-pom maker.  This pom-pom maker is so easy to use.

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And it comes in 4 sizes!  You can make as small as 1 3/8″ or as big as 3 1/2″!  And did I mention its only $7?!?  Seriously!  Go grab one!

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I am embellishing a Christmas project with a pom-pom.  So I thought I would do a quick tutorial.  Open up both pieces of the pom-pom maker and match them up.  Then start wrapping!  I like my pom-poms nice and thick, so I wrap until I can’t anymore.

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Once you are done wrapping the yarn around the pom-pom maker, close the ends.  Then trim around the edges.  Tie a piece of yarn around the center.  Open the pom-pom maker and you are done.  I like to give my pom-pom a little trim.  There is usually some longer stands of yarn.

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Then embellish away!  I sewed the pom-pom to the end of this super cute hat.  I used the smallest 1 3/8″ maker for this pom-pom.

This is also a sneak peek of another project that goes with this one!  Any guesses?  I’ll share it later this week!

Thanks for following along!  I’m off to make more pom-poms!

Chirp Out!

Jen

Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along · Quilting · Uncategorized

Layer Cake Custard Quilt

What kind of pre-cut do you collect?  Honestly, I would love a fat quarter bundle, but usually that is not in the budget.  So I collect layer cakes.  They are a good amount of fabric with lots of possibilities.  I then have a hard time deciding which pattern to make.  I was excited to participate in the Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along and make this super cute Layer Cake Custard Quilt.

You can find the YouTube tutorial here.

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I chose to use Frost by Cotton and Steel.  I absolutely fell in love with this line when I saw it.  Those cardinals are my favorite!  But I was having a hard time cutting up this fabric.  That is the number one reason why I chose this layer cake for this pattern.  The Layer Cake Custard quilt shows off your favorite prints!

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This quilt has so many fun prints!  Skiers, penguins, mice, snowflakes and my favorite cardinals.  I also like that this fabric line isn’t just Christmas-y prints.  I am planning on leaving this quilt out all through the blah January month.  Once I get it quilted that is.  Any tips on how to quilt this?  I really can only do straight line quilting.  Any ideas?

snapseed-16I love a good quilt swish!  I chose to use a white background.  I kept imagining snow while I was stitching this up.  This quilt was definitely getting me into the holiday spirit!

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Here is the whole quilt!  I love all of the different prints!  And I am happy that I didn’t have to chop them up!  I also love the addition of pink to a winter quilt.  I have four girls so I love using pink in my quilts.

Thanks for following along!  Do you have a layer cake that is hard to cut up?  You should try out this pattern!  It is super fast and fun and keeps those precious prints front and center.

Chirp Out!

Jen

Quilting · Sizzix

Churn Dash Block

Today I am sharing another Sizzix back to the basics block with you.  If you missed my flying geese post, you can find it here.  The back to basic block I’m sharing today is the churn dash block.  This is one of my favorite traditional blocks.  I have plans to make a whole quilt using this block.

A churn dash block is made up of four half-square triangles.  Most methods of creating half-square triangles require trimming.  But with Sizzix, there is NO trimming!  Would you like to make a churn dash block with me?

Supplies you will need:

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Sizzix Bigz Die- Half-Square Triangles, 4 1/2″ assembled square

Sizzix Bigz Die- Rectangle, 2″ x 4″ finished (2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ unfinished)

Fabric (1 print for the half-square triangles, 1 print for the rectangles and background fabric)

Sewing machine

Thread

Let’s get started!

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Start by cutting out your half-square triangles.  You will need four print and four background pieces cut.  Using a 1/4″ seam, sew a background to the print.  Press towards the dark side.  And you are done!  NO TRIMMING!!!  Isn’t that amazing?!?

I am using Moda’s Fig Tree Coney Island for this block.  It is one of my favorites!

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Next you need to cut out your rectangles.  You will need four print and four of the background fabric.  Tip:  Place the die on a bit of an angle as it goes through the machine.  The die will cut better when its not hitting on the straight lines.  After the pieces are cut out, stitch one print and one background piece together using a 1/4″ seam.  Press toward the dark side.

You will also need a 5″ square of background for the center of this block.

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Now to assemble the block.  You will need two half-square triangles for the top and two for the bottom.  Sew them to either side of one of the rectangle blocks.  Press the seams to the right.  Then sew the remaining rectangle blocks to either side of the 5″ background square.  Press the seams to the left.

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Assemble the block.  The seams should ‘nest’ as you stitch them together.  Stitch the rows together.  Press the block.  And you are done!

Now I’m off to work on more church dash blocks!

Chirp Out!

Jen