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Oct 28, 2011

Blogger's Quilt Festival: Hopscotch Kona Challenge Quilt (Fall 2011)

Oct 28, 2011
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Welcome to any visitors from Blogger's Quilt Festival!  Can you believe it's time for the Festival already?  This year is cruising right along.  This quilt I completed in May for the Modern Quilt Guild Robert Kaufman Kona Charm Pack Challenge.  It's huge!  And is one of my kids' favorites.  For anyone who remembers this quilt from it's first post, I decided to keep it for my kids instead of giving it to 3 newborns.  My boys loved playing on it all summer in the cool A/C.

Hope you like it!  And thanks so much to Amy Ellis for all the work you've done for this online quilting community.  I had the pleasure of meeting her at the Sewing Summit - she is such a sweetheart.  Thank you Amy!

Well, I've done it.  I've gone and quilted the largest playmat ever.  Well, maybe not ever..... but this thing is HUGE!

Our Modern Quilt Guild was given a Kona Charm Pack in the bright color palette.  We were to make a quilt using "Summer Fun" as a theme.  One day in the shower it came to me that I should make my Kona quilt a hopscotch game.  After all, the Twister quilt went over really well.... this would be just as fun.

We were allowed to add one solid for background and one additional print or solid.  At first I chose, a green print from Tweet Tweet by Keiki for Moda.  But after sewing the print into the cornerstones for ALL TEN blocks AND adding the number appliques, I decided I hated the look!!

There was a ton of green in the charm pack and the green print added sensory confusion in my opinion.  I debated just to leave it and finish the darn thing.  (Enter "Angry sewing")  So after a little break from working on it, I decided I couldn't let it alone.

CRAZY = I took all the frames off the center squares, removed the cornerstones, replaced them with Kona Bahama Blue, cut new center squares, repieced the blocks, recut all the numbers, fused 1-10, and zigzaged all the applique.

Yes, I feel really crazy writing it too.


Now I like it.

Here's the back (Amy Butler and Metro Rings, leftover Kona Bahama Blue)

Quilt Stats:
Name: Charmed Hopscotch
Size: 28" x 90"
Design: pieced framed blocks with number applique
Piecing: Me
Quilting: Me -  Stipple on my home machine

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Oct 26, 2011

Join in the Charmed Prints Quilt-Along!

Oct 26, 2011
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WHAT:  Would you like to make a fun and simple quilt AND get it done in time for the holidays?  Child's quilt or Lap quilt..... no problem!

I've got just the project for you.  I am hosting my first quilt along, the Charmed Prints Quilt Along!

WHEN:  The new quilt along kicks off next week with fabric requirements on Tuesday, 11/01/11.  We'll be making an I-Spy sort of quilt using charm packs (5" squares) and a few "feature" quilt blocks to showcase some fussy cut charms.

All you need is a cute charm pack (child) or two (lap) to get you started!

PREVIEW:  Here's a small preview of the quilt layout (including what the feature blocks look like):

WHO:  This quilt-along is perfect for quilters of all levels.   If you've never done a quilt-along before, now's a great time to try it!  It's a lot of fun to work on the same pattern with many other quilters and to see how each quilter interprets it.  And since this quilt is designed to be customized, it will be fun to see the unique results.

CUSTOMIZE:  We will keep most of the charms full 5" squares.  There are 4 feature blocks that I will be giving instructions for.  You may add as many feature blocks to your quilt as you desire!  Love this block, but not that one?  Customize this quilt-along pattern to make a quilt that is you.

INCENTIVE:  On Your Wish List perhaps?  Those that enter a picture of your completed quilt by the end of the Quilt Along will be entered into a drawing to receive this fat quarter bundle of Lizzy House's Outfoxed from Fresh Squeezed Fabrics!

              Outfoxed fat-quarter bundle (outsmarted colorway)--9      pieces (2-1/4 yards total), Lizzy House, Andover Fabrics

HOW TO JOIN:  Hop over to Flickr and join the Charmed Prints Quilt Along group.  You can post photos there of your fabric selections as well as your progress throughout the quilt along.  Grab a button for your blog and get excited!

SCHEDULE:  Each segment of the Quilt Along will be posted on Tuesdays, for 7 weeks, starting 11/1 and ending 12/13.  Just in time for gifts!

UP NEXT:  I'll be announcing the fabric requirements and the quilt-along schedule on Tuesday, 11/1 and telling you more about this quilt, to help you with your fabric selections. 

In the meantime, if you'd like to join in, start thinking about some charm packs you might like to use.  Any charms with a few cute little novelty squares that can be fussy cut would be adorable for this quilt!

Just some Ideas from GXQ sponsors:
Japanese/Spoonflower charms from GXQ swaps
Anything Aneela

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Oct 24, 2011

Baby Changing Mat Tutorial using the Accuquilt GO! Baby

Oct 24, 2011
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Like many other quilty bloggers, I have been fortunate enough to get a chance to play with an Accuquilt GO! Baby Fabric Cutter.  It is certainly a time saver when it comes to cutting out those odd shapes.  I received the hexagon, diamond and ric rac dies.
I have to admit, when it came, I went straight to the ric rac.  If you've been reading here a while, you know that unlike a lot of other modern quilt bloggers, I actually enjoy applique when used in a more contemporary way.  The ric rac die screams baby items to me.  Of course, there are plenty of other uses too, but it's probably just on the brain!
Before running the fabric through the GO! Baby, I applied fusible web to the fabric.  Then it comes out of the cutter absolutely ready to be applied to your foundation.  This will come in very handy when using those applique shapes covered in the dies offered by Accuquilt.
I was surprised at how small and compact the cutter was.  And until I saw it demonstrated, I had no idea it was manually operated.  That's even better for portability to guild meetings, retreats, etc.  I only noticed that sometimes there are small threads that need to be clipped before removing the shapes from the die, but this is a very minor issue considering how much time you are saving.

I've made a little tutorial for a Baby Changing Pad using the GO! Baby Ric Rac die.  Hope you like it!

Accuquilt GO! Baby Tutorial – Baby Changing Pad using Ric Rac die
Here is a simple, yet sophisticated changing pad I made.  After all, moms want to look stylish even in the middle of messy diapers!  Remember you can always add cute embellishments, like monogramming or birthdates, on the solid to make this an extra special gift.


Yardage Requirements
Print for front
1 fat quarter (18” x 22”)
Print for backing
1 fat quarter (18” x 22”)
Coordinating solid (appliqué and binding)
1 fat quarter (18” x 22”)
Fusible web
6” x 18”
1 fat quarter (18” x 22”)
Coordinating Thread
1 spool
Elastic hair band
Cover Button Kit (1.5”)
Fabric scrap to cover button
3” diameter circle
GO! Baby dye
Ric Rac

Dimensions (w x L)
17” x 21”
18” x 22”
6” x 17”
Solid (binding)
2 ¼” x 18”
Fusible web
6” x 17”

1.    1. Place the 6” x 17” fusible web rectangle, bumpy side down, on top of the wrong side of the solid 6” x 17” fabric.  Fuse the fusible web to the fabric.  Make sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions prior to beginning for appropriate heat settings and length of time to press.

2.     2.  Leaving the paper on the fused fabrics, run the 6” x 17” piece through the ric rac dye.  The piece will fit perfectly on top of the die.  This will yield one wide ric rac strip and one thin ric rac strip.  Remove the paper backing from the strips.

1.     Fuse the ric rac strips (sticky or wrong side down) to the right side of the front fabric.  Place the wide ric rac strip approximately 3” up from the bottom edge of the front.  The thin ric rac strip is placed 2” above the wide strip.

2.     2. Zigzag or blanket stitch around the shapes to secure the appliqué. If you would like to add any embroidered embellishments to the front (such as a name, initials or date), do so now.

1.     Baste all 3 layers together.  First lay the backing wrong side up.  Next layer the batting.  Then place the quilt top in the center of the batting and backing.  The backing fabric and batting should be slightly larger than the quilt top.  I used pin basting, but for such small projects like this, spray basting may work as well.

2.     2.  Quilt as desired.  I used a simple all-over stipple in coordinating plum thread.
3. Trim the excess backing and batting from the quilt.

1.  1.    Use the 5 binding 2 ¼” strips to make continuous double-fold binding.  

2.   2.  I recommend using machine binding with mitered corners for this project to make it quick and easy.  Sew the binding to the back of the quilt first. 

3.     3. Turn the quilt over and sew the binding to the front.

1.   1.  Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the covered button kit to press the button layers together.  Push the elastic band through the loop in the back of the button.  Make a knot with the elastic band around the button loop to secure the band to the button.

There you have it…  Fold the mat in half and roll it up for travel.  Secure the roll by stretching the elastic button band around it.  All done!  Hope you like it!

Be on the lookout for Gen X Quilters' GO! Baby GiveAway coming soon!
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Oct 20, 2011

Stockings for Kids Charity Sewing - Now thru Dec. 1

Oct 20, 2011
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Stockings for Kids

Can you help?

Lyanna of Purple Panda Quilts is hosting a stocking drive for foster children in central Virginia.

She works for a foster care agency that typically makes construction paper stockings for the children.  This year they are dreaming big and Lyanna is organizing the sewn/quilted stocking drive through her blog to give the children something they can keep for years to come.

To get you inspired, Lyanna is posting a stocking tutorial every Tuesday to help get your ideas flowing.

There are also giveaways and prize drawings for those who complete a stocking by December 1st.

Head to over the Purple Panda Quilts for all the details!

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Oct 16, 2011

Tooth Fairy Pillow and Deploy That Fabric Winner

Oct 16, 2011
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Our very first lost tooth....and visit from the tooth fairy!

I made this little pillow almost a year ago when the dentist first found a loose tooth.  He doesn't like to wiggle them much needless to say.

He's shown his special pillow to everyone who comes over after they notice the big gap in his smile.

If you'd like to make one, I wrote a Tooth Fairy Pillow Tutorial here.

The winner of the Deploy That Fabric book is Janelle!  There were lots of wonderful ideas about repurposing fabrics in the comments.  If you're looking for inspiration, head over and look what others have done.

Janelle, please email me (, I don't see a way to contact you on your profile!

Janelle said...68

I have some old Navy uniforms that I have set aside for projects. A seaman's white will be summer pants for my oldest daughter, and the shirt turned into a vintage "sailor" (for sure) dress. The old blue wool dress coat - a new coat with some embellishments for my middle son. I'd love some more ideas!

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Oct 5, 2011

Spooky Inspiration: Say Boo! Wall Hanging Tutorial

Oct 5, 2011
Pin It Are you getting in the mood for the spooky season?  I've brought out all my Halloween decorations and just love this little wall hanging I whipped up using scraps last year.

 In case you missed it, you can find the tutorial, including printable templates, HERE.


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