Saturday, June 19, 2021

Echo in Plum Pudding Fabrics!

Have you been following the Plum Pudding Blog Tour? 

Plum Pudding is the new signature line for Island Batik and I was eager to join the blog tour with Sherry from Powered by Quilting. I'm excited that it's my day to show off what I've made with this gorgeous fabric! I'm a big fan of batiks, and the palette for this collection is fantastic--low volume, deep blues, wintry prints...what could be better? 


When I saw the Plum Pudding fabrics, I thought immediately of my Echo quilt pattern, which uses low volume prints. But then I decided to switch things up and use the darker blues in the "background" and the low volume and lighter prints for the main design of the quilt. I think it looks almost like an eight-pointed snowflake!

The Echo quilt is made up of four jumbo log cabin blocks. Which means once the blocks are complete, the quilt is practically done--only four blocks to join!

I love the texture from the machine quilting. I started out quilting straight lines centered horizontally, vertically and diagonally. Then I quilted every other eighth with straight lines.  And then I just.couldn't.sew.any.more.straight.lines. So I did the alternating eighths with wavy lines using the free motion foot. I really like the contrast the two types of lines created! 



Since there's no snow on the ground in June, I had my quilt holders stand in front of a group of pine trees (which you can barely see in this picture!). Pine trees seemed a little wintry to go with my snowflake quilt.

The Echo quilt is available in my Etsy shop and is 20% off through June 26th using code ECHO20.
Find it here.

Make sure to visit all the other designers on this Plum Pudding blog hop!
June 19 - Lisa at Love to Color My World (that's me!)

And one more quilt shot...into the sunset!

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Summer Coasters Tute with Liquid Vinyl

It's finally summer! I don't know about you, but my family has started eating outside on the deck whenever we can. When Thermoweb sent me a jar of Liquid Vinyl, I knew I wanted to make some weather-resistant placemats for our outdoor meals (bonus with kids--they can be wiped down after they're spilled on!) I used the BBQ Block Party prints from PBS Fabrics, paired with matching solids, to make these placemats. I love the fun prints in this collection--so summery, and perfect for outdoor dining!
Head over to the Thermoweb blog to find my tutorial for these placemats. 


I used the leftover fabric from my placemat project to make these hourglass coasters.


Use the tutorial below to make your own!

You'll Need: (for 2 matching coasters)
(1) 6" print square
(1) 6" solid square
(2) 5" backing squares
(2) 4-1/2" squares HeatnBond Fusible Fleece
HeatnBond Liquid Vinyl
Thermoweb Pressing Paper

Here are my two 6" squares for my coaster:


Making the Coaster:
Step 1
Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the 6" print square.


Step 2 Layer the marked square and solid square right sides together and stitch 1/4" on both sides of the drawn line. 


Step 3 Cut on the drawn line. Press both HST units open, pressing the seam allowance toward the solid fabric.


Step 4 Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of one HST, perpendicular to the seam line. Layer the HSTs right sides together, with the print fabrics opposite each other. Nest the seams and pin in place.


Step 5 Sew 1/4" on both sides of the drawn line. Cut on the line and press both units open. 


Step 6 Trim hourglass unit to measure 5" square. Make sure to align the diagonal line on your ruler with the seam to ensure that your hourglass is centered and the seams intersect each corner. 


Step 7 Position the fusible fleece square to the wrong side of the hourglass unit, centering it so the hourglass unit extends 1/4" on all sides. Fuse in place.


Step 8 Layer the hourglass unit right side up with the backing square on top, right side down. Stitch around all sides using a 1/4" seam allowance and leaving an opening along one side for turning. Tip: Backstitch at the beginning and end of your stitch lines so stitches don't pull out while you're turning the coaster right side out. 


Step 9 Trim corners and turn the coaster right side out (see tip below). Poke the corners out as much as you can. Press the coaster, making sure raw edges are tucked in. Machine quilt the coaster, starting 1/8" from coaster edges to close the opening from turning. 


Turning tip: Before turning the coaster right side out, press the raw edges around the opening as shown. This will make it easier to create a straight folded edge along the opening that you can topstitch shut. 

Step 10 Repeat steps 6-9 with second hourglass unit, backing, and fusible fleece to make a second coaster. 

Step 11 Following manufacturer's directions, applying 1-3 coats of Liquid Vinyl to both sides of the coasters to make them water resistant. Use Pressing Paper to iron coasters between coats as instructed on the directions. 


Enjoy your coasters! And make sure to stop by the Thermoweb blog to find the placemat tutorial!



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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Shining Star Quilt Block

It's May already and the end of school is right around the corner--and for many, that means graduation. 

My May Quilt Block Mania block is called Shining Star - because that's why graduates are. What's fun is that this block isn't only about graduation--it's fun all on its own! 




The magic really happens when you start putting blocks together. 

Here's what four blocks look like:

And 16 blocks:


So fun, right?! 
The shading is key! 

The tutorial for making this block is on my subscribers only page - if you receive my newsletter, you'll find the link in the latest email. If you don't yet, you can subscribe to the newsletter in the right hand sidebar and you'll receive an introduction email with the link. I hope you enjoy making it!


See all of this month's Graduation themed Quilt Block Mania blocks using these links:

Award Ribbon by Carolina Moore
Graduation Day by Sarah Marcina
Super Grad by Heidi Pridemore
Class of 2021
Wise Owl by Blue Bear Quilts
Dear Mr. Vernon . . .
Graduation scroll by Duck Creek mountain Quilting
Grad Cap by QuiltFabrication
Graduating Steps by Patti's Patchwork
Butterflies are Free by PhoebeMoon Designs
Lucky graduates from Puppy Academy
Party Banner by Slice of Pi Quilts
Success by Inquiring Quilter
Hooray for Me!
Graduation Cap at Oh Kaye Quilting
Up, Up, & Away by Pretty Piney Quilts
I DID IT by Cotton Street Commons
Owl Graduate by Appliques Quilts and More
Shining Star by Color My World


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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Rain on the Window Block!

Happy April! It's the month of showers, right? I decided to design a block inspired by bargello techniques for Quilt Block Mania. 

My vision - keep in mind this is abstract - was streams of water dripping down a window, creating a blurry view of the world outside. So I've got the strips of blue, shading from dark to light, as the "rain" and the strips of green, also shading from dark to light, as the grass/bushes/foliage outside. Like I said, abstract. :) 


 I think it would be fun to sew this in solids as well, but I'd love to make this block into a throw pillow and quilt it with wavy vertical lines to mimic the rain feel. 



I played around to see how this block would look in a quilt. I really like how this looks--what do you think?



The tutorial for making this block is on my subscribers only page - if you receive my newsletter, you'll find the link in the latest email. If you don't yet, you can subscribe to the newsletter in the right hand sidebar and you'll receive an introduction email with the link. I hope you enjoy making it!

See all of the other rain-themed April Quilt Block Mania blocks using these links: 

Rainbow of raindrops by Carolina Moore
Raindrops by Perkins Dry Goods
Rainy Day Walk Home by The Quilted Diary
Raindrop by Blockofthemodotcom
I Love Rainy Days by Heidi Pridemore
Petrichor by Althea Gyde
Gray Skies are Gonna Clear Up by Blue Bear Quilts
Rain from Heaven by Faith and Fabric
Umbrella and Gumboots by Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
April Showers by QuiltFabrication
Pouring Rain by Patti's Patchwork
Spring Crocus by PhoebeMoon Designs
Playing in the Rain by Puppy Girl Designs
Rainy Day by Studio R Quilts
Rain Showers by Slice of Pi Quilts
Rain by Oh Kaye Quilting
Doves in the rain by Sara Flynn
April Showers by Inquiring Quilter
Rain Will Make the Flowers Grow by Devoted Quilter
I've Got Sunshine on a Rainy Day
Let it Rain
Splish-Splash by Pretty Piney Quilts
April Showers by Cotton Street Commons


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Monday, March 29, 2021

Easter Bin Tutorial

I recently shared a tutorial for making fabric applique eggs on the Thermoweb blog (find it here!). When I was finished, I wanted to make something else with these adorable Hippity Hoppity prints from Benartex. So I decided to make small fabric bins (I'd call them baskets, but they don't have handles). They're quick and easy and fun to make. Ready?


You'll Need:
Small Bin
  • Two 9" squares fabric
  • One 2-1/4" x 21" strip for binding
  • One 9" square Heat n Bond Fusible Fleece
Large Bin
  • Two 12" squares fabric*
  • One 2-1/4" x WOF strip for binding
  • One 12" square Heat n Bond Fusible Fleece
*If you're using directional fabric for the outer bin and want it to be oriented correctly, you'll need two 6-1/4" x 12" pieces instead of one 12" square. See photo below the Small Bin steps.

Make the Small Bin
1. Fuse the Fusible Fleece square to the wrong side of the outer fabric square. 
2. Fold the square in half, fleece side out. Cut 2-1/4" squares out of each folded corner.


3. Stitch along the sides using a 1/4' seam allowance.


4. Match the seam on one side with the folded bottom edge to create a boxed corner. Pin the raw edges to secure, and then stitch across using a 1/4" seam allowance. Repeat on the opposite corner.


5. Repeat steps 2-4 with the 9" lining square. 


6. Turn the outer bin right side out and tuck the lining inside, matching seams. Pin the raw edges along the top edge.


7. Fold the 2-1/4" x 21" strip in half lengthwise wrong sides together to create a binding strip. Position the binding along the pinned edge of the lining, raw edges matching, and pin to secure. 


8. Stitch the binding to the lining side of the bin, starting 2" from the end of the binding. As you approach the starting point of the binding, trim the strip so it overlaps approximately 1". Fold the end of the binding in 1/2" and press to create a finished edge. Tuck the end of the binding into the folded end and pin to secure. Continue stitching to secure the binding to the bin.



9. Press the binding up and then over the top edge of the bin. Pin the folded edge in place. Machine stitch in place to secure the binding. 


Make the Large Bin
Make the large bin in the same manner, using 12" squares and cutting 3" squares from the corners.

Tip: For directional fabric, cut two pieces (6-1/4" x 12" for the large bin and 4-3/4" x 9" for the small bin). Stitch the pieces together so the directional print is headed in opposite directions.


These bins are perfect for holding plastic eggs or fabric eggs! (Or jelly beans and chocolate eggs. Just sayin'...)

Here are the applique eggs I made. Check out the tutorial here.


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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Quilt Block Mania - Improv Bloom

It's time for March Quilt Block Mania! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

How many different blocks will you make? Explore the list at the bottom of the post to see all of the March designers' blocks. Our theme for the month is flowers. 

I decided to create some improv flower blocks. The color palette for the month flows from light to dark shades of coral, with a pop of green, and I liked what that would do in a flower design. 


My inspiration for this block comes from Georgia O'Keefe's enormous shaded flowers. I've been a huge O'Keefe admirer since I was a little girl, and which these are much more geometric than her flowers, I feel like the shading and the explosion of color is a nod to her work. 


I decided to play around with a few smaller blocks too. I'd like to ultimately make five smaller blocks to wrap around two sides of the main 12" square block. 

Here's my original palette, which I added to. There's only one way to make an enormous stash seem small--try to find light through dark values of one very specific color! I had to dig through all my fabric bins to find this combo.


Take a walk through a virtual flower garden by checking out all of these designers' blocks!

Orchid Quilt Block by Carolina Moore
Rose Garden by Slice of Pi Quilts
Happy Flowers by Carolyn Burgess
Double Flower by Devoted Quilter
Faux Flowers by Blockofthemodotcom
Mod Tulip
Enchanting Echinacea
Rosebud Wreath at Patti's Patchwork
Flower Power - Cotton Street Commons
Dottie's Garden by Heidi Pridemore
Poppies by Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Pretty Posies at Perkins Dry Goods
Mittens Smells the Roses at Puppy Girl Designs
Wildflowers by Studio R Quilts
Sweetheart Rose by QuiltFabrication
Flower Patch at Orange Blossom Quilt Design Studio
Scattered Petals by Snowy Days Quilting
Scrappy Tulip by Katie Mae Quilts
Happy Bloom Block by Oh Kaye Quilting
Buzz along
Everything's Coming Up Roses by Inquiring Quilter
Spring Posies by Blue Bear Quilts
Four Roses
Pieceful Crocus Focus
Improv Bloom by Love to Color My World
Sue's Field of Flowers by The Quilted Diary


Do you want to make an Improv Bloom block too?
I'll show you how!I've created a free tutorial showing you how to make this block. This is a slightly angled version of strip piecing. It's easy, I promise! 
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Monday, March 1, 2021

2021 Monthly Color Challenge - March!



I'm participating in the Monthly Color Challenge this year, created by Patterns by Jen
Jen has designed a block (in two sizes) and chosen a color/vegetable combo for each month. 
I'm pairing her color choices with a scrappy low-volume background.
Sign up to get block instructions at Patterns by Jen.

The color/vegetable combo for March is red/orange and Yam. Here's my block.

I don't have any yam recipes, but I'm going with sweet potato, which is close enough (I think, right?!). I'm a huge fan of sweet potato fries. I like to make them at home, and I like to bake them rather than fry them (less messy and healthier-ish). These are delicious. Are you a regular potato or sweet potato fry fan? 

Make sure to check out all the other March bloggers and their blocks:


Here's a look back at my previous two blocks:
January - Eggplant

February - Lemon

Remember to link your blocks each month to Jen’s post so that you qualify for the quarterly prizes! 

Many thanks to the first quarter sponsors:

monthly color challenge prize sponsors


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