1.30.2012

A day full of sewing (or sleeping...)

So, today is my first official day of maternity leave! I feel like a ticking time bomb. I'm due on February 13th, but my doctor said the baby can come as soon as tomorrow. I had grand plans to spend the entire day sewing and even made a handy little list of doable projects I could complete in a day. However, I only managed to get one project checked off my list...
I love the simplicity of this pillow and how quickly it came together. I got the whale fabric from a shop in Portland, Oregon earlier this month when my husband and I took a road trip there for a last minute baby-moon. :)

My planned day full of sewing was more of a day full of sleeping. I can't believe how tired I was! I don't know how I was working 8-10 hrs at my day job leading up to my maternity leave. I don't regret the time I spent sleeping today as it's good for me and the baby (and i know I'll be needing it!), but boy am I feeling like I have so much to do before the baby arrives!

Anyway, here's the back of the pillow. You can find it at my shop sold in a bundle, here. It's adorable; The print are instructions on how to fold a paper hat. :)

Anyway, that's it for now...time to get more rest... :) Happy quilting all!

1.24.2012

Burpcloths! An easy tutorial

So I've heard from a handful of people that cloth diapers make excellent burpcloths...I guess it makes sense. If they can soak up the poo, why not the throw up? Ah, the joys I have to look forward to! ;)
I bought a bundle of cloth diapers but the plain white wasn't doing it for me. So why not put some cute cowboys on it?!

Hopefully the cute prints will distract the naked eye from soon-to-be stainy burpcloths. :)

Anyway, these were super easy. I just had to share the tutorial - only 4 steps below!

If you like the fabrics, you can find them at my shop by clicking here. I used the 'Wanna Be a Cowboy' custom made bundle. It's a mix of Riley Blake and Michael Miller fabrics.

Enjoy!

Materials for 4 Burpcloths:
  • 4 fat quarters
  • 4 cloth diapers (14x20 inch)
  • 5 yards of piping
  • Coordinating thread
Step 1 - Cut a fat quarter so that it measures a 6.5" x 19.5" rectangle.
Note: For aesthetic purposes, depending on what way you want the print to run (vertically or horizontally), you may need to cut the fabric and then sew it so that it measures a 6.5"x19.5" rectangle. A fat quarter will leave you enough fabric to do this.

Step 2 - Using an iron, press a 1/4" seam inward along the perimeter of the rectangle. It should look like this:

Step 3 - Center the rectangle on the middle of the cloth diaper; pin to keep in place. Then, pin the piping along the length of the rectangle (do this for each side) as shown below.
Secure the end of the piping by simply tucking it under the fabric seam...
...and then pinning it down:
Step 4 - Lastly, sew along the perimeter of the entire rectangle to fasten the piping and the fabric onto the cloth diaper.
How easy is that?!

Choose a fat quarter bundle and make a stack! They make for excellent baby shower gifts. :)

Happy Quilting!

1.21.2012

Snowmageddon

[Above: Bodie and Paige watching Snowmageddon]

I'm happy to say that Seattle got some decent snow this year! Or as Seattleites have been calling it, Snowmageddon. (If you're from the East coast, I'm sure you're rolling your eyes.) ;-) We got a whopping 6 inches with a layer of ice in the middle. The snow was enough that my husband and I got to work-from-home last week, so the dogs were happy about that. We were all hunkered down in our cozy house.

Aside from the sudden snowmageddon that hit Seattle, it's been an interesting week for me. First of all, I'm already 37 weeks preggo and I go on maternity leave next Friday already, so it's been crazy busy at work! I'm finding it harder to get a good night's rest. The other night I woke up at 2am and couldn't fall asleep. I stayed up until 5:30am thinking up new crafting ideas.

My latest project, which I should have up soon, consists of the following supplies: cloth diapers, piping and fat quarters.
I'm lovin' the cowboys. Sooo cute! Fabric never ceases to inspire me.
I also had the urge to make something using a Layer Cake. I probably shouldn't line up too many projects at once, but it's hard when I'm surrounded by beautiful textiles. Anyway, you may recall this quilt I made last year? (You can find the original post here.)
I plan on making this but using a Layer Cake from the Hello Luscious collection. You can plan on me posting a tutorial too.
I've been making a bunch of boy-themed crafts lately because of my little guy on the way :) I just had to make something girly-girl (for me :). I love the colors in this line!

I hope you're all having a safe and warm winter. Get some crafting in...you know that I'll be quilting in the snow! ;)

1.08.2012

Simply Charming Baby Quilt Tutorial

I love baby quilts! They come together so quickly and there's so many soft and cute fabrics to choose from. I made this quilt over a weekend; it came together very quickly!


This quilt uses charm squares - it only required 1 pack, plus some yardage for the solid strips, backing and binding. I went with minky fabric for the solid strips - it's that soft and fuzzy fabric that's perfect for baby quilts. It adds texture to a quilt making it super cuddly; however, be warned that it's not that easy to work with as the material is very stretchy.


The collection of charm squares I used is called Ten Little Things (thanks to your help!) by Jenn Ski for Moda, which is available at our shop.

I got creative with the backing fabric and pieced it together using quarter yard cuts. If you use a single fabric for the backing, you will only need 1 1/4 yards, and no need to piece it together.


I went ahead and put together a super quick tutorial for you all. :) Choose a charm pack and make one yourself! It's a simple and fun weekend project.


This tutorial assumes a 1/4" seam allowance.

Materials for a 36.5" x 41" quilt:


  • 1 charm pack (at least forty pre-cut 5" squares)

  • 5/8 yard solid fabric

  • 3/8 yard binding fabric

  • 1 1/4 yard backing fabric
Prepare A and B, and then arrange as shown in the image below.


A = Piece together five rows that have eight charm squares per row.
B = From your solid fabric, cut four 5" x 36.5" rectangles


[click image to enlarge]
Then, sew all 9 rows together to create the quilt top. (With right sides facing together, pin along the length to keep the fabric in place and then sew a 1/4" seam allowance. Press open with an iron).

Baste, quilt using an even-feed walking foot (i quilted horizontal lines), and then bind. And you're done!

That's all there is to it - I told you it was simply charming. :)

1.03.2012

Heirloom Quilt Tutorial - and kits!


Recall this quilt I was working on? I finally finished it! This one went to my Grandma in the Philippines as a gift for her 50th wedding anniversary. :)

It's a simple quilt that doesn't require that many materials. If you use the right prints, it'll turn out looking more intricate than it really is! I used the Heirloom collection by Joel Dewberry.

If you like it, we have Heirloom quilt kits available at our shop. The kits come with all the fabric you need to make this quilt (even backing and binding fabric). Enjoy the tutorial below! Only five simple steps.

Materials for one 35" x 46.5" quilt:
  • 8 fat quarters (or 8 quarter yard cuts)
  • 1.5 yards backing fabric
  • 1/2 yard binding

OR

Step 1 - From each fat quarter, cut three 7 inch squares (save the remaining scraps for step 4). This will give you a total of twenty-four 7 inch squares. For quicker cuts, stack your fabrics 2-3 at a time, press with an iron to help keep in place, and then cut.

Then, pair your fabric prints:
Step 2 - Choose a fabric pair to start with, and place one square directly on top of the another, with right sides facing together.
With a rotary cutter and ruler, make a diagonal cut as shown below. This will give you two half square triangles. Then, sew a 1/4" seam allowance along each edge where you made the cut.
Press open with an iron, yielding two half triangle squares:
Then, make a diagonal cut on both half triangle squares as shown below. This will yield four triangles:
Switch the triangles around so that opposite prints are adjacent to one another. With right sides facing together, sew the half square triangles together using a 1/4" seam allowance. Press open with an iron:
Step 3 - Repeat step 2 for all remaining pairs that you sorted from step 1. This will yield a total of 24 of these 'x' blocks (six stacks of each pair).
Step 4 - From your remaining eight fat quarter scraps, cut three 6 1/4 inch squares from each. This will yield a total of twenty-four 6 1/4 inch squares.

Step 5 - At this point, you should have a total of twenty-four 'x' blocks from steps 2-3, and twenty-four plain blocks from step 4, for a total of forty-eight blocks. Rearrange all forty-eight blocks in alternating order with 6 blocks per row and a total of 8 rows, as shown below. (click image to enlarge)
Then, piece your quilt top together: with right sides facing together, sew all six blocks in each row together, press open with an iron. And then all eight rows together.

Lastly, baste, quilt and then bind. And there you have it...one simple yet gorgeous, keepsake quilt!

Let me know if you have any questions. Happy Quilting!

-jera
 

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