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Sugar Sack Quilt, Cuddle Blankie & Pillow

16-Patch Sugar Sack Pillow, Quilt, Blankie

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!)

Sugar Sack Blankie With Toy

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.

Sugar Sack PIllow with quilt and Hippo

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.

sugar Sack Quilt Front Detail

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.

Sugar Sack FOlds

The backing fabric is a cute dot fabric from Riley Blake called “Blush Puffs Pink”.

Sugar Sack Quilt Binding Detail

For the binding, I used one of the Sugar Sack fabrics, Pretty Petals in Red.  I thought it gave it a great pop!  I cut 2.5″ strips to make the binding and used this method to machine stitch it.

The quilt measures 31″ x 48″.  The Cuddle Blankie is 16″ x 16″ and the pillow is 18″ x 18″.

Sugar Sack Quilt FoldsSugar Sack Pillow with BOok

This quilt, cuddle blankie and matching pillow are listed in the Shop and are for sale.  Stay tuned for the patterns in January!

Happy Holidays and thanks for stopping by!
Elaine

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ombre Confetti Metallic Baby Quilt and Pillow

 

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!

This quilt and pillow are SOLD. 

Thanks for dropping by!
Elaine

Storybook Vacation Baby Quilt

Storybook Vacation Quilt Folds

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.

Storybook Vacation Quilt

Storybook Vacation Quilt stacked

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.

Storybook Vacation Quilt Binding

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.

Storybook Vacation Quilt front and back

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.

Storybook Vacation Quilt Folds II

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.

Storybook Vacation Quilt Detail

My customer also wanted a Reading Pillow, so here is a photo that.

Storybook Vacation Pillow

This quilt is sold.

Hope you’re making something – have a great week!

Elaine

Split Rail Block Quilt Pattern Release

Split Rail Quilt Pattern Cover Page

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 you it 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.

 

Happy Quilting!

Elaine

New Pattern: Fun Flatware Holders!

Flatware Holiday Holders

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.

Cheer Flatware Holder

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.

The holiday ones I made use Robert Kaufman Essex Linen in Flax and a 100% cotton mattress ticking fabric that I love from JoAnn’s.  The combination of these two fabrics together make me very happy – I think it gives projects an old fashioned sort of look.

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.

Merry Flatware Holder

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.

Flatware Place Setting

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!

Elaine

Split Rail Quilt

Split Rail Top Folded

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.

Split Rail top and bottom

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.

Split Rail FoldsThis 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.

Split Rail Quilt Stacked

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.

Split Rail TopSplit Rail Quilt Ladder

 

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!

Hope you’re making something!

Elaine

 

Arrow Block Quilt PDF Pattern Release

Arrow Quilt Cover Page copy.jpg

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.

Arrow Quilt back and front

arrow quilt layers stacked

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.

Happy Quilting,
Elaine

 

Ombré Herringbone Quilt PDF Pattern Now Available


Herringbone Quilt Pattern Cover Page

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.

You can find the PDF pattern here.

Happy quilting!

Elaine

Classic Checkerboard PDF Quilt Pattern

Checkerboard Quilt Pattern PDF Cover Page

 

Good news!  My Classic Checkerboard Quilt is now available in a PDF pattern.  Hop on over to the shop to check it out!  Learn how to make a classic checkerboard quilt with an easy strip sewing method.

Thank you for all your requests for patterns to my quilts.  Your support is appreciated!

Elaine

Ombré Confetti Herringbone Child’s Quilt

Ombre Confetti Herringbone Quilt Front

(Note:  This quilt is now available in a PDF pattern!  It includes instructions for two sizes:  baby/crib 36″ x 48″ and throw 48″ x 60″.   The pattern is available in my shop. )

I am a big fan of Moda’s V&Co Ombré gradient fabric.  So when they came out with Ombré Confetti Metallic this year, I was very excited to use it.  It’s Ombré with confetti sprinkled on it! The design possibilities are endless with these fabrics and so much fun.  I know I’m going to be sewing with them for a while.  The colors are amazing – there are twenty different ones in all! For this quilt, I kept it to just 5 colors, with the grey being the predominant color.

Herringbone Quilt Folded

I had so many ideas for different quilts using this fun fabric.  I wanted a block where I could pair the solid Ombré with the Confetti Ombré,  so I designed a little herringbone child’s quilt.

Herringbone Quilt back and front

I made 192 Half Square Triangles for this quilt.  The quilt finished size is 36″ x 48″.  I made all the HSTs by using my eight-at-a-time method, which is just so fast.  The HSTs were 3.5″ trimmed and 3″ after being sewn in.

Herringbone Quilt Folded II

I used five colors and Kona White for the background.  The graphite grey color was sort of my anchor color and I used twice as many HSTs in that color than the other four.

Herringbone Quilt front

For the backing fabric, I knew I wanted something that was not as busy as the front of the quilt and I was hoping to find something in a grey that I liked.  I found this fabric, by Moda, called “Shooting Stars” from the “Stellar Baby” line that I really liked and had some sweet words:

Herringbone Quilt Backing Detail

 

Herringbone Quilt folds

I used two layers of Warm and Natural cotton batting for this quilt.  Do you feel sometimes that one layer of Warm and Natural is just too light? Sometimes I want a warmer quilt and so I tried it on this one.  The basting process went great and it quilted up like a champ, with no puckers or problems.  And it has double the warmth.

Herringone Quilt Stacked

I debated how to quilt this herringbone pattern.  I decided to go ahead and follow the zigzag pattern of the quilt, although this was going to require a lot of shifting of the quilt in the machine.  However, I broke out my knee lifter and that helped a ton – I didn’t have to take my hands off the quilt to lift up the presser foot to shift the quilt.  I don’t need this gadget often, but when I do, I’m so glad I have it.

Herringbone Quilt Front Scrunched

For the binding, there was no question I was going to carry the grey dominant color to the binding – and that confetti fabric is perfect for a fun binding.  I cut 2.5″ strips to make the binding.  Here is a tutorial on how I did that.

 

Herringbone quilt detail

I can’t wait to sew with some more Ombré Confetti!  It’s so fun.

I’m listing the quilt in the Shop.

Thanks for stopping in!
Elaine