Hello all! Hope you had a wonderful holiday and are ready to get back to sewing! I am releasing PDF patterns for the 16-Patch Checkerboard Quilt, Blankie and Reading Pillow. I have had a lot of requests for a pattern for the Reading Pillow and hope you like the pattern. These pillows have a front pocket for a couple of little books or toys and are so fun to make. Please note that the Reading Pillow pattern contains instructions for a checkerboard front, but you can do any kind of design you want for that front panel.
For the Quilt and Cuddle Blankie pattern click here. The pattern contains sizes for a Cuddle Blankie (16″ x 16″), a Baby Quilt (32″ x 48″), and Throw Quilt (48″ x 62″).
For the Reading Pillow, click here. This pattern makes an 18″ x 18″ pillow.
What fun I’ve been having sewing with these cute 1930’s reproductions fabrics from Windham called “Sugar Sack II”. I love these old fashioned fabrics so much and I think they make cute children’s items. I sewed up a 16-patch checkerboard quilt with them and loved it so much I sewed a matching Cuddle Blankie and a Reading Pillow. (Patterns for all these items are going to be released after the holidays!)
What’s a Cuddle Blankie? It’s a much smaller version of the quilt that a baby/toddler can clutch and cuddle with – which is what they love to do. This one is 16″ x 16″. And it’s so easy to whip one up to match the baby blanket.
The Reading Pillow is a fun thing to give as a gift for a child – it can hold a couple of books or small toys and is nice for children to curl up with, along with their quilt. I have gotten so many requests for a pattern for this item, that I am excited about putting it in the shop after Christmas!
I actually doubled the batting on this quilt. I used Warm and White 100% cotton batting. The double thickness makes the quilt especially warm and snuggly. I love the weight of it. Because the background fabric I used for the checkerboard design is white, it is important to use a white batting so it doesn’t dull the white fabric.
I machine quilted using a 4 inch stitch length – kind of long, but I love how distinctive it looks. I used 50mm thread for both the piecing and the quilting. I switched to a #14 quilting needle to the actual quilting.
I’ve just finished a custom order baby quilt and pillow and wanted to share them with you. I used V & Co’s Ombre Confetti Metallic fabric and it is just so darn cute in a baby quilt. They came out with quite a few new colors recently and they are so fun to use in sewing.
I did 16-patch blocks in a checkerboard pattern. The background fabric is Robert Kaufman Indigo Chambray. Chambrays are nice fabrics for backgrounds because they have a little more interest to them than solids.
I used Warm and Natural cotton batting and quilted it on the diagonal, right over all the background squares. Then I made a bias binding in a Hawthorne Thread fabric called “Artisan Stripe in Gold“. They have this great stripe in 93 COLORS – do you believe that? I cut 2.5” strips on the diagonal and made binding from that. I love the look and the gold binding matches the metallic gold in the confetti fabric so well. I used my usual machine binding technique.
The backing was a fabric from Art Gallery called “Dream Big” in baby blue. It has large words that say, “love dream believe repeat” and it makes a great backing fabric. The finished quilt was 32″x48″.
The customer also wanted a reading pocket pillow, so I made one. I plan on a pattern soon in the shop for this. Stay tuned!
I have always loved the whole line of Windham’s Storybook Vacation fabrics – they are just the sweetest vintage looking fabrics. I got to use them recently on a custom order baby quilt along with some cute fabrics from Hawthorne Supply Co.
The fabrics I used from Storybook Vacation were“Sailing Dogs in Blue”and “Blue Bubbles”. The swiss dot fabric that was the “anchor” fabric on the checkerboard is “Essential Dots in Baby Blue” from Moda. I used a cute multicolor dot fabric from Hawthorne Supply Co. called “Multi Dot in Fair Isle Glacier”. Did you know that Hawthorne has a whole line of fabrics they design in house that are printed digitally? That means they can print them in a huge array of colors. It’s pretty awesome. So the Multi Dot fabric comes in many colors.
I also got the binding fabric from Hawthorne – it is “Dress Stripe in Nectar”. Again – this fabric is printed digitally and comes in tons of colors and makes a great binding fabric. I love diagonal stripes for a baby binding, so I cut 2.5″ bias strips and sewed them together. It takes a little more fabric to do this, but the effect is so cute. Here is a tutorial on how to cut your own bias binding that is helpful if you like the diagonal stripes.
For the backing fabric I again selected a fabric from Hawthorne that I thought was so cute – “Tossed Numbers in Robin’s Egg”. It is from their “Back to School” line. It’s a cute tumble of numbers and makes a great backing for a child’s quilt.
The quilt squares are 3″ finished. I quilted a double set of lines on the quilt using 50# wt Aurifil thread in Natural White. The batting is White Warm and Natural, which is great when you have white fabrics and you don’t want the batting to dull them down.
When quilting, I switched to a #14 quilting needle and used my walking foot. I talk about the importance of this in this post – it really makes a difference in preventing skipped stitches and puckers.
My customer also wanted a Reading Pillow, so here is a photo that.
Hello everyone! I’ve been MIA around here this winter but I took a much needed break. I’m finally finished with the Split Rail Block Quilt PDF pattern and I’m happy to tell youit is now listed in the shop. This is a great pattern for beginners – there are no complicated blocks to assemble and it is a fast quilt.
The pattern comes with instructions for four sizes – Blankie, Baby, Crib and Throw. The Blankie size (left) is fun – it is 27″ x 27″ and is meant to be something that a toddler can cuddle. If you’re making a Crib blanket, it would easy and fast to make a matching Blankie, also.
The pattern also contains lots of tips for the way I like to make my quilts, including basting and quilting.
I started making these flatware holders to use outside on the patio table, where I didn’t want the silverware to be lying right on the table. I just made a version to use during the holidays and I thought they were so cute that I’ve written up a pattern. It took quite a long time to write because I’ve drawn lots of diagrams and also included an extensive step by step photo tutorial of how to do the machine binding with mitered corners. I’m hoping it makes it very easy to follow and you’ll have fun making these.
I’ve designed four winter embroidery motifs and these are included in the pattern. The embroidery is very fun to do and I enjoy that kind of thing while I’m watching TV. The motifs I designed take about an hour and a half each to stitch, depending on your embroidery skills. If you don’t want to do the embroidery, you can also just fussy cut a motif out of some fun fabric and use that on the front.
There are so many possibilities for creativity here – you can make all kinds of themes like Easter, Thanksgiving or Fourth of July. You can also just make plain ones and embroider your family’s names on them.
These flatware holders have a little pocket on the front where you can stick a little treat or some kind of table accent, like a sprig of rosemary. Or you can not put anything in them and let them just lie flat.
Sewing up the flatware holders is very fast, so this is a pretty quick project, after the embroidery is finished. I give you lots of tips in the pattern that I find helpful.
I hope you all have fun with it and share your versions on Instagram using the hashtag #BTLflatwareholders.
The pattern can be found HERE in my shop. Happy sewing!
It’s fun to make a quick quilt and this one certainly was. It uses Split Rail blocks, which are made just by sewing width of fabric strips together and then subcutting them into sections that you sew together to form the blocks. It just flies off your sewing machine.
I made this quilt to match the color of an upholstered rocking chair at a cottage – I used four different minty green fabrics and used a batik backing that reminded me of water. The background fabric is Kona Snow.
This is a throw size quilt and I used my much favored batting for this – Quilter’s Dream 100% cotton batting in its heaviest version – Supreme. It has a lot of heft to it, making it a great quilt to curl up with, but is still great for machine quilting.
I quilted this using Aurifil #40 weight thread on top at a 4.0 stitch length. I love this thread for the top thread – it is a little heavier and shows well. I used a green Aurifil #50 weight thread in the bobbin and it worked just fine. I know everyone says to match the weight of the top thread with the bottom thread, but my Janome handled it perfectly.
I’m working on a pattern for this quilt and I’m excited about it because it will be a great quilt for beginners or just someone who wants to crank something out quickly!
Are you looking for a new project for Fall? I’ve been working on a pattern for one of my favorite quilts and it’s ready! The Arrow Block Quilt is a fun quilt which beginners, with a basic knowledge of rotary cutting, can tackle. I give detailed instructions on block assembly and I include a tutorial for making half square triangles using a fast eight-at-a-time method. Plus there are a lot of tips about how I like to quilt, baste and bind. This pattern is for a throw size quilt, 48″ x 60″, which is my favorite size – nice to snuggle up with or use as a decorative accent. You can find the pattern HERE.
Fall is coming and we are all going to be sewing a lot more! I look forward to sharing with you the projects I will be working on soon.
I’m pleased to announce that I have a pattern up in the shop now for the Ombré Herringbone Quilt! I hope you enjoy this pattern and the quick and easy way to make Half Square Triangles that it includes.
This pattern includes two sizes – a baby/crib size and a throw size.