Topsy Turvy in Easy Quilts magazine

July 19th, 2014

I have some quilt photos to share with you taken from the fall 2014 issue of Fons & Porter Easy Quilts!

The quilt is Topsy Turvy, sized 54″ x 61″, and made with Clothworks collection, Alsace. The photos have been taken from the magazine’s issue.

Topsy Turvy photo

And this photo of the full length.

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The pattern uses 12″ blocks. You can order the kit from Fons & Porter for $74.99  from the issue or shop at ShopFonsandPorter.com.

The issue also has cutting instructions for twin, full and queen size options on their web extra on FonsandPorter.com/topsyturvysizes to download.

This is a fun, and quick quilt to make-excellent choice for the beginner!

Dressing Dolls

July 2nd, 2014

I took a break from quilting this past weekend, Monday and yesterday doing something else I love to do-making clothes for dolls!

My daughter’s mother-in-law has two china head dolls in need of new dresses.  She said she wanted a green dress for the black haired doll and red for the brown haired doll to display at Christmas. I went shopping and found the perfect cotton prints!

china head doll dresses

I have my own collection of china head dolls which I dressed in clothes using colors, fabrics, and styles appropriate for their time period. So it was a joy to do it again for her. She loves the dresses! These dolls are reproduction 1890 dolls and she wanted full skirted dresses showing their china shoulder plates.

She loaned me her dolls to get a custom fit and the dresses turned out very nice.

Now back to quilting!

Pine Tree Block

May 30th, 2014

I have the first block done in Jinny Beyer’s Pine Tree quilt.

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It  took precise pinning at the corners to get the points to line up where they are supposed to.

Using plastic templates are a must with this quilt.

One done and 11 more blocks to go! I’ll show the completed quilt top when its done. It will be stunning if all goes well!

Pine Trees Quilt

May 15th, 2014

This week I’m working on a quilt designed by Jinny Beyer named Pine Trees Quilt. The design uses a block published in the 1901 issue of Ladies Art Company. A client of mine has asked me to make it for her. It has lots of small template pieces.

Pine tree block

This is the pine tree block shown in her instructions. Twelve tree blocks make up the quilt center with Jinny’s famous mitered border of the fabric she designs.

Here’s the units for the top of the block I have on my cutting mat. With them are the two plastic templates. It’s important to mark the intersection dots at each corner on the black and print units before sewing them together and then pin them together.

Pine Tree units

I’ll show you my progress in finishing the block and then the quilt top before its quilted.

You can find Jinny Beyer’s site at www.jinnybeyer.com.

Making Quilted Tablemats

April 12th, 2014

I will be showing you how to make a one quilt block tablemat using your stash. I used spring colored fabrics to use with spring/Easter table décor. But you can do this with any block you like in the color palette you want to showcase.

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The block I am making is 10 1/2″ unfinished. I am making strip pieced panels of (4) strips 2 1/4″ x 22″. As you can see with the yellow rabbit fabric, I didn’t have a full length 22″ strip, so I used two shorter lengths. To make this block I made (4) panels, making each one different. I pressed the seam allowances all in the same direction.

I then cut 2 1/4″ wide segments from the panels. To make one tablemat, you will need one segment from each panel. I planned on making several tablemats, so I cut many more segments.

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Here are four segments laid out, ready to be sewn into a block unit. Sew them together, matching corners and pushing the seam allowances up or down, so that the corners match easily as you add each row. Press the unit and you are ready for the next step.

Cut (2) squares, 5 7/8″ each from a tan print fabric. Cut the squares once on diagonal to make (4) triangles from the (2) squares. Lay a triangle around the sewn unit on all four sides.

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Fold one triangle in half, finger press a crease on the long side facing the sewn unit. Match this crease to the middle of the pieced unit, right sides together. Sew the triangle to the unit. Repeat with the opposite side of the pieced unit. Press open the triangles and repeat to add the remaining triangles to the pieced unit.

Now you are ready to machine or hand quilt the tablemat! Layer the pieced top with batting and backing which are larger in size than the block. I chose to machine quilt as I planned on making (16) for our church café tables. So I pin basted and machine quilted a stipple stitch on each one.

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After quilting the tablemat, trim around the block leaving a 1/4″ beyond each sewing intersection on the middle of each side. Make your binding (each mat used  1 1/4 length of strips to go around the tablemat), sew it to the tablemat and hand sew the folded edge to the back. See the free tutorials on my home page for instructions to add binding if you haven’t done that yet.

jelly bean mat

Here is the finished tablemat with a floral idea I saw on Pinterest. Jelly beans fill the glass around the bottom of the floral stems. Cute idea!

Happy quilting and Happy Palm Sunday and Easter!

Secret Jungle

March 17th, 2014

Last week I received some inquiries about the free pattern created for Clothworks’ collection, Secret Jungle, from 2009.

Candice Hoffman, director of Clothworks Textiles, kindly supplied the link to download the free pattern again and I put it in the January 2009 post.

I asked to see the creations the quilters made with the pattern. Janice Williams emailed with her quilt that she has just finished for her grandson who will be 12 years old, living in the UK

secret jungle

I love it! Boys love black and white prints and the bright frames really show off the fabrics! Great job!

Looking forward to seeing more of your quilts!

Hop into Spring

March 15th, 2014

Our newest pattern has just been added to the catalog-Hop into Spring.

Hop into Spring

I love the watercolor affect of the pastel light batiks!

Its super easy to make with the ninepatch background blocks and the flying geese border.

My daughter requested this spring tablerunner for her home and I have already made 3 of them-hers, one for our local quilt store in Bay City, MI and the other for her mother-in-law.  You can omit the Easter eggs for a tablerunner to use all spring.

The catalog page link is:

http://www.cottagequiltdesigns.info/catalog.php?item=176&catid=4&ret=catalog.php%3Fcategory%3D4

Happy Quilting!

Safari Chums

March 14th, 2014

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This is our new pattern, Safari Chums.

Its baby quilt size, 36″ x 38″. I was asked to create it by my daughter for her friend from high school who is expecting a baby girl. This is the girl’s version but changing the pink stripes in the zebra to black and switching the lavender for blue prints would easily make it a boy’s quilt.

You can find it in our catalog using this link:

http://www.cottagequiltdesigns.info/catalog.php?item=175&catid=2&ret=catalog.php%3Fcategory%3D2

An easy easy quilt to make!

 

Mosiaics

March 5th, 2014

We have a new pattern to show you-Mosaics.

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Do you love piecing with batiks and tonals? The fabrics came from Clothworks Textiles’s collection, Minerals-beautiful, rich tonals. Throw, queen and king sizes are in the pattern and you make the 18″ pillow with the leftovers.

Annie’s Catalog took the photo and you can order the pattern and kit of these fabrics from their catalog page:

http://www.anniescatalog.com/detail.html?prod_id=107920

Just two easy strip-pieced blocks are used to make this gorgeous quilt. A great pattern for beginners!

Irish Chain

February 25th, 2014

Irish Chain

I just finished adding the binding to this Irish Chain from Jinny Beyer for a client.  Its made with the fabrics she has designed. The kit is not available any longer but I want to show it anyway!

Her kits usually have mitered borders using the beautiful border fabric she designs. This time I followed her instructions on how to measure and sew the mitered border to the quilt. It turned out very well with the corner fabric design matching. Her instructions were easier than I expected and worth the time investment.

On her site she has free instructions that I used. The web page address is:

http://www.jinnybeyer.com/quilting-with-jinny/tips-lessons/detail.cfm?instanceId=877163D7-C7EF-0650-E30CD2409422BB84