February 20, 2018

Muted rainbow stripe quilt tutorial

Hello quilty friends. Today I'm sharing a rainbow quilt that I made for a loved one. In the end I decided to gift another quilt to that person for several reasons, so this is just a "for fun" quilt at our house now! I'm not complaining :) The colors make me so happy. At 68" x 86", it's a very good size for a twin sized bed, so maybe that will be its purpose one day, who knows.

The pattern is as simple as they come, I really wanted the colors and quilting to shine! Plus this is the first quilt top I sewed as I was coming out of a very sick first trimester and the world felt overwhelming. I needed something really easy!

I honestly think it took me longer to decide on colors than it did to make the quilt top. I kept reordering 1/4 yard cuts from Fabric Bubb and after about 4 tries I felt very happy with this muted rainbow of Kona solids:

Pale Flesh (now Shell I think?)
Dusty Peach
Deep Rose

Fabric Requirements:
(14) quarter yard cuts of colors. They will need to be cut very straight, so if you are buying from a store that isn't known for it's accurate and generous cutting, maybe get 1/3 yds. instead. Fabric Bubb won't do you wrong!
1 3/4 yds white fabric (more if you're using it for binding too)
5/8 yd binding fabric 
5 yds backing


Cut the colored quarter yards into (2) 4.5" x WOF strips each. Trim off and square up the selvege ends, sew end to end for length, press the seam, and cut each strip to 4.5" x 68". I cut them in stacks of 4 or so. You will have some nice sized scraps for another project. I made a pillow and still had some left.

Cut the white fabric into (24) 2.5" strips. Sew all of them end to end and press seams. It will be very long! Try to let it fall back and forth into a somewhat neatly folded pile as you make it, that way you won't have a tangled mess and it will come up easily as you sew it. 

With your colored strips, and your loooong white strip, you're ready to go! Here's how I did it.

Sew a white strip along every colored strip, chain piecing as you go. In other words, I didn't cut any white until the end, just kept adding a new color strip as I went. Then trim them all up and press towards the colors. Using this method, you must be very careful not to tug on the white or let it pull down as you sew, or your white stripes will be wavy and bunched.

If that way stresses you out, you can also just cut (15) 2.5" x 68" white strips and sew them in between every color.

Sew the white strips and colors strips together alternately in your desired rainbow order (mine is listed in order above). Press toward the colors and your top is ready! Baste, quilt, and bind as desired. I had mine quilted with rainbow hearts by CrinkleLove. I had a mostly green backing picked out for this one, but when I saw the text print Sarah had available, I knew that was the right choice! I love it on the back of the colors.

For binding I used the same white as the stripes. I've never used white binding before, but I really love it! Now to see how dirty it gets, ha.

I planned the quilt dimensions so that they'd fit a twin bed, but we' don't have that size of bed at our house right now. I did discover that when using it on a toddler bed, you can get "boy" quilt or "girl" quilt colors by folding down alternate sides :)

I hope you find this tutorial easy to understand. I didn't plan on making one originally, hence no progress pictures, but then I got a lot of questions about it. It's a great place for beginners to start, or a fast project for experienced quilters.

As always, thank you for stopping by! This is my 100th post on this blog since I started in March 2016. I can hardly believe that, it doesn't seem like nearly that many. Thank you to those of you who follow along in this space. I'm happy to share it with you!

February 14, 2018

Rainbow Baby Quilts

Happy Valentine's Day friends! I've recently posted about my heart quilt, so today I wanted to share about an auction going on at my Instagram account to raise money for IVF. Head over there if you'd like to bid! I would appreciate it so much.

I finished these 2 rainbow baby quilts and wanted to auction them off to help someone. I've been thinking a lot about a family I know of who recently had a failed IVF, and the feelings of devastation they are experiencing. While I don't think the financial burden is as much of an issue for them, I know it is for many couples struggling with infertility. The costs are high in so many ways. I knew these 2 quilts would be perfect!

I reached out on Instagram (always a great resource!) and asked if anyone knew of a family or organization who could benefit. Through helpful comments I found a couple in my town who, after losing their first child shortly after birth, found they were experiencing secondary infertility. They are currently raising funds to go through IVF, and I am so excited to help them in a small way.

You can check out the listings on my Instagram for more pictures and specific details about each quilt. There, you can bid by leaving your offer and tagging the person before you. If you have any questions about it, please ask.

The auction will close Friday at midnight PST. Thank you so much to those who have already bid! I love you for that!

Happy Valentine's Day!!!!

January 23, 2018

Pink/Aqua/Gray Fabric Pull

I got a lot of questions about the last fabric pull I posted on Instagram so I thought I'd name them all here to the best of my ability.

Starting at the top of the photo:

1.Bumble Berries by The Jungs for Moda
2. Sweet Orchard by Sedef Imer for Riley Blake
3. Playground by Amy Sinibaldi for Art Gallery
4. Olive's Flower Market by Lella Boutique for Moda
5. Baby Jane for American Jane by Moda
6. Sweet Orchard by Sedef Imer for Riley Blake
7. Architextures for Robert Kaufman
8. Sugar Pie by Lella Boutique for Moda
9. Chestnut Street by Fig Tree for Moda
10. Sweet Marion by April Rosenthal for Moda
11. Dottie Tiny Dots for Moda
12. Baby Jane by American Jane for Moda
13. Farmer's Daughter by Lella Boutique for Moda
14. Mini Pearl Bracelets by Lizzy House for Andover Fabrics
15. Sweet Orchard by Sedef Imer for Riley Blake
16. Dear Stella Wild Tiny Hearts
17. Squared Elements by Art Gallery

I've also updated my Fabric Shopping post with an accurate list of where I've been shopping. None of these are sponsored, this is truly where I love to shop. Not that those things are mutually exclusive, just saying :) 

January 15, 2018

Bambino Quilt Pattern

I'm playing catch up with patterns I never announced here on the blog. This here is "Bambino", one of my favorites!!

You can purchase the pattern here.

The pattern calls for a 3.5" Treat pack for the scrappy border, and a bit of yardage for the rest. That's for the baby size. It also has instructions for a throw size quilt, using a 5" charm pack for the scrappy border. I have a custom charm pack cut out from this pretty stack, ready for a Christmas throw size! Hopefully this year.

This one is special because my 4 year old helped me quilt it. He "pressed the gas" for every single one of those straight lines! I'm sure I gained some gray hairs that day :)


A couple of people have followed the colorway on the cover and made baby boy quilts. I love that version! You can see others here.  Not all of them are visible because some people are private, but you can see screen shots in my Instagram stories today!

The blog reader coupon code for this one is BAMBINO. Real original :) 15% off your entire order, expires Thursday at midnight PST. Thanks for stopping by!

January 4, 2018

Heart Quilt Pattern- Where Love Is

I made this quilt and released the pattern last summer, but realized today that I hadn't posted it here on the blog.  It's called "Where Love Is"- you can purchase the pattern here

It's quite a simple pattern. It calls for 4 half yards of pink and 4 fat quarters of red, but I made mine even a little scrappier than that! You can see the clever variations my testers made here.

I used a mix of mostly Bonnie and Camille pinks and reds for the hearts. The background is Moda Crossweave in grey, and the backing is from Jungly by Andrea Turk for Cinnamon Joe Studio. It's a bit redundant but I couldn't help myself, especially since it was a momento from a trip to Florida with my husband. He was kind enough to accompany me to Sunshine Sewing Studio on our getaway where I snagged 5 yds of this. Unfortunately I can't find it anywhere now except for as a fat quarter bundle here.

Look how tiny my pup was when I made this! She was just a wee little brand new thing.

The gorgeous loopy quilting was done by trusty Starlit Quilts.  I keep meaning to write a separate post about her, and still intend to, but let me just say- I met my match with her. I've used many longarm quilters and haven't had trouble with one. They all did a lovely job! But Star has everything I need- a wonderful array of backings on hand (she has an entire Etsy stop that's just my style), the kinds of batting I like, the price is right, and she is meticulous. I've never had a quilter ask me about my preferred scale until her. And I love her options! She's got great edge to edge designs available, but also does a top notch job with custom. The only thing that could possibly make her more perfect would be if she and I were neighbors! Bless that Star. That's her name :)

If you don't have a Valentines quilt at your house yet, you definitely still have time to make this one!  I named this one after one of my favorite songs. It's a children's song in my church, and I love hearing the little ones sing it, but you can listen to the choir singing it here

Thanks so much for stopping by. As usual, enjoy a blog reader discount of 15% off- this time with code HEARTS. This applies to any patterns! Expires a week from now. Happy heart day preparations!

December 20, 2017

Quilted Braid Tutorial

For a while I've been itching to quilt the "braided" look, so I gave it a go a few weeks ago using a Blushing Bouquet bundle from KiwiFabric. I made a pillow cover and it turned out so soft and pretty! Here's how I did it.

I feel like I need to give a disclaimer every time- I don't know if this is the "right" way, or the best way, but it's how I figured it out so that's what I'm sharing! :) This one was a bit tricky to explain but I did my best!

You will need (116) 1.5" x 4.75" pieces. I cut mine from 7 quarter yards by folding them in half lengthwise and then cutting (6) 1.5" strips, and cutting those in half. There are some extras this way but it's quick. The exact length of the pieces doesn't really matter because they are going to be trimmed off, anything from 4.5" to 5" will  work. Use as many colors as you want!

This could be done beautifully by using (39) 5" charm squares from a pack and cutting them into (3) 1.25" x 5" pieces each. I'll have to try that next!

Start by arranging two pieces perpendicularly in this manner and sewing the top end of one piece to the top corner of another. Open it up and finger press. No need to iron until the end of the row.

Holding that seam down, sew your next piece parallel to the very first one with the top corner lining up with the second piece. Fold it out. 

From this point on, the seams on both sides will naturally lay upwards.

Turn the piece over and sew the next one, starting in the top corner. Will each addition, you will be looking at the opposite side of the patchwork. It will make sense once you start!

Keep going in this fashion until you've used 29 pieces for one row. Since you have to pull the patchwork away from the machine to reposition each time, it's not the most thread-conserving project. The best I can advise is to chain piece all 4 panels at once.

Press all the seams up (except for the very bottom one). Flip it over.

Line up the patchwork on a cutting mat and trim to 5" wide.

Then trim the width of the piece to 18".

Make (4) of these panels and sew them together, all pointing the same direction. Press seams open. 

Trim to 18" by 18" (only the top and bottom will require trimming). Quilt the panel as desired and make it into a pillow cover. I have 2 different method tutorials for that process here and here

 For the back I used a peach stripe from Prairie by Corey Yoder that I bought at StarlitQuilts.

I also figured out the math for a 42" x 48" baby quilt using the same method.

You will need (115) 9" x 3.5" strips, which can be cut from 10 quarter yard cuts. 

Follow the very same method, using 23 strips for each row, trimming to 10" x 42", and making a total of 5 rows. I will definitely need to try this myself sometime! 

Thanks for stopping by and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! May your preparations end soon :)

December 6, 2017

New Pattern Release- Christmas Candy

Today I'm happy to have a new pattern ready for you. It's called Christmas Candy and I do believe it's my favorite quilt ever thanks to the colors, the holiday it features, and the gorgeous quilting!

This pattern actually started over a year ago as a donut quilt! I wanted a pattern with donuts and lots of "donut box pink". However, by the time I finalized it, there were several other donut patterns being released, and I didn't want to step on any toes. So I changed some of the shapes and made it a CANDY quilt. You can see close ups of this one at the beginning of the the #christmascandy hashtag. 

I love this quilt, and it deserves its own blog post eventually. I love the soft colors and especially the gorgeous custom quilting by Marion, but I felt the pattern just needed something more. I decided to add a Christmas variation by changing the solid candies to gifts, and the other two would look like wreaths and peppermints. I still planned on including both versions of the pattern, but considering feedback from IG and my testers, I ultimately decided just to stick with the Christmas version only! (On a side note, I'm trying to choose a quilt to give to my mom for Christmas, and this pink one might be it.) 

So there's the history for you- back to the matter at hand! I did not include this little bow in the pattern as I'm no applique expert, but I'm sure you all will come up with some cute ways to embellish those wreaths! I might even add a few little red "berry" buttons to a couple of mine.

The pattern is designed for use of a Layer Cake, but I cut from my long-hoarded Christmas stash for mine. I used Bonnie and Camille teal bias stripe for the binding, and backed it in Carolina 1" gingham in red.  The light blue background is Moda Bella Ruby Ice.

The real star of today's show is the jaw-dropping custom quilting by Starlit Quilts. Star really outdid herself with varying colors of thread and adorable little details like holly leaves in the background. I could stare at it all day! When I opened the package I gasped, and it's been making me smile ever since. Star doesn't know this, but the package actually arrived the day before my birthday! It was a happy birthday indeed.

As usual I like to share a release day coupon code for blog readers. If you use the code MERRY you can get 20% off any pattern including this one until Saturday night at midnight PST.

Thanks for stopping by and for your patience with the release of this pattern! Merry December to all :)