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


If you're new here, welcome! I hope you'll stay and look around a bit. 
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(You'll receive a free pattern for my Diamond Drama quilt (below) as a thank you!)


Monday, February 22, 2021

Stan the Snowman Tutorial

 Do you want to build a snowman?!?!

During the month of February, I've been part of the Snowball Block Challenge. You could say that I took the snowball block literally, because I did build a snowman. 


Introducing Stan the Snowman!

This fun wall hanging is easy to make, and it's a combination of piecing and applique. It measures 30" x 40", so it's a quick sew, and a perfect winter wall hanging. 

Want to make one yourself? 

I've put together a video tutorial and a pdf tutorial for Stan the Snowman. 

Download the pdf here (available through March 15th). 

Watch the video tutorial here



Sew a Stan to live at your house!


Want to see more snowball block projects? Visit the designers below to see what they made! 


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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Snow Day Projects + Sale

I think it has snowed almost every day in February so far, and that's okay with me! In fact, today is a snow day here in Kalamazoo--no school! To celebrate, I made snow day pancakes!


But since I can't share those with all of you, I'm having a snow day flash pattern sale instead--today and tomorrow--Feb. 16 and 17--all patterns in my Etsy shop are 25% off (code: SNOWDAY25). Enjoy! I'm also going to share a mini trunk show in the snow live on IG at 4 pm EST today, so I hope you'll join me! 

Probably inspired by all the fluffy white stuff, I've been working on snowman-themed projects. 

First, I've joined up with a group of quilt designers to create projects using that classic block, the (you guessed it!) snowball. Each Monday during February, we've been sharing a bit of what we're working on. Next Monday is the final reveal, and I'll be sharing a tutorial for my project here on the blog! Head over to my IG feed to find links to all the other designers.


I sewed these cute snowman pillows for my mom as a Christmas gift, and ever since I've been wanting to make some for my house. I've got the tops pieced; now I just need to quilt them and add zippers. Sounds like a good activity for a snowy afternoon! Find the tute by Lindsey of Pen and Paper Patterns on the Janome site.



One more piece of eye candy: This winter, I've been working on the All the Good QAL with Mitzie at Jittery Wings. I'm currently playing around with layout. Here's where I am so far; what do you think? 


Remember: 25% off all patterns in my Etsy shop and live mini trunk show on IG at 4 pm EST. 


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