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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″.

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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

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

 

 

Little Lamb Checkerboard Quilt

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I’ve made several checkerboard baby quilts in the past and have so many people ask me for patterns, that I finally made another quilt and spent some time making up a pattern.  In the past, I have made these checkerboard quilts using a traditional 16-patch block but I’ve thought about it and feel that sewing width of fabric strips together and then subcutting them is faster.  So this pattern utilizes a super easy and quick strip piecing method.

This little quilt is my “less is more” philosophy that using just a handful of prints can have more impact than many prints.  In this instance, I’m using just four fabrics – my main fabric, which is a little lamb print, a dot, a solid and a subtle checked print.  This is similar to the Little Owl Quilt that I did and which got such a great response and so many requests for a pattern. *

* The pattern to make this quilt is now available in my Shop.

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The little lamb fabric is called Clover from Cotton + Steel. It’s so sweet!  I selected my favorite dot fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics called Firefly in Whisper from the Hello Bear collection.  I added a Moda Solid and a little bit of a check fabric from Camelot called Mixology Woven in Rainwater.

For the backing, I found a fabric I thought went so well with the top – it’s called Scattered Hashtags from  Moda Mixology.

For the batting, I used a low loft Warm and Natural 100% cotton.  I quilted it with Aurifil thread, using a 4.0 stitch length and a walking foot.  I just used the seams on each square as my guide.

For the binding, I used Squared Elements in Turquoise.  I machine stitched the binding using my usual method.

 

I have this pattern out to testers right now  and when I have it available very soon, I will announce it here on the blog and it will be available for purchase.  If you follow me on Instagram, you will see it there also.  I will be very happy to finally be able to provide you with a pattern for this simple, fun quilt.

This quilt itself is now listed in the Shop.

** A pattern to make this kind of quilt is now available in my Shop.

Thanks for coming by!
Elaine

 

Children at Play Baby Quilt

Children at Play Back & Front

This is a custom order baby quilt and pillow that I just finished and wanted to share with you.  I was excited to use this “Children at Play” balloon fabric and had quite a nice time deciding which colors to pull out from it for the quilt.

Many of you contact me with questions about specifics on making quilts, so although this isn’t a pattern, I’m going to try to give you some better cutting details for this quilt.

 

Children at Play Closeup

The finished quilt measures 36″ x 48″.  It is made up of twelve 16-patch blocks. Each patch is 3″ finished.  I have prewashed all fabrics.

Here are the fabrics I used:

Seven different fabrics for the top:
(See cutting instructions below)
Robert Kaufman Kona Solid Pansy  –  3 strips
Robert Kaufman Kona Solid White  –   2 strips
Robert Kaufman Kona Solid Carnation  –  3 strips
Moda Essental Dots  –  3 strips
Michael Miller Children at Play Balloon   –  5 strips
Brother/Sister Design Studio Pink & White Dots  –  3 strips
Pink and White Dots (unidentified)  –  3 strips

Binding:  Michael Miller “Little Stripe” in purple (no longer available)
BackingMichael Miller Children at Play Balloon
 

Children at Play Fabric Pull

Children at Play Detail

To make the 16-patch blocks, I cut (22) 3.5″ strips of fabric from the WOF.    (I cut more strips from the balloon fabric than the solids or dots because I wanted the balloon fabric to repeat more  in the quilt.)  Then I cut these strips down into 16″ lengths. I sewed together four 16″ lengths to get a strip set.   I varied the position of the fabrics as much as I could to get different combinations of fabrics within each strip set for a total of 11 strip sets.  Then I subcut these strip sets into 3.5″ strips.  Four of these subcuts were sewn together randomly to make (11) 16-patch blocks.  I used the leftover fabric from the initial cutting of strips to make the 12th block that I needed.  I didn’t keep strict track, but I believe I used about 2.25 yards of fabric for the top.  I had scraps left over with which to make a pillow top also.

Children at Play Stacked II

 

Children at Play Strip Set I

 

Children At Play Strips

 

Children at Play Block

 

After you have all your blocks sewn, lay the blocks out to see what kind of order you want them in.  Sew them into rows, making sure to press the seams of the blocks all the same way in each row.   Alternate the direction of this for each row so that when you sew the rows together, the seams will nest.

Children At Play Quilt Binding

 

I used Warm and White for the batting.

The binding is a cute stripe from Michael Miller called “It’s a Girl Thing – Little Stripes” in purple.  Sadly, it’s no longer available. I considered a bright pink bias stripe first, but decided the purple was the perfect color for the binding.  I’m really glad I went with it. I cut 2.5″ strips and used this machine binding technique.  To cut 2.5″ strips quickly, I used my trusty Stripology ruler. I do love that thing.  Makes cutting lots of strips so fast.

Children at Play Stacked Binding

For the backing, I used the Michael Miller balloon fabric and was so happy with it.  It’s such a cute backing.  The little whimsical girls and rabbits are so fun.

Children at Play Fabric

I machine stitched the quilt with Aurifil Natural White in 40 wt.  It’s a little heavier than the 50 wt. and I like the way it stands out more for machine quilting.  (I do use the 50 wt. for piecing.)   I quilted this at a 4.0 stitch length with a walking foot.

Children at Play Label

Children at Play Quilt Front

There was also a Reading Pillow made to order to go along with the quilt.

Children at Play Pillow

This quilt is sold.

I do hope these instructions are helpful.  Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Hope you’re making something!

Elaine

 

Safari Baby Quilt

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Michael Miller came out with this cute Safari Friends fabric line and I couldn’t resist it for a quilt for a baby boy.  I love blue and white together, and the grey in the fabric was the perfect third color.  The line also had a really cute dotted fabric and then I pulled some great Kona solids to match the colors in the fabric.

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I really wanted to highlight the safari fabric on the front of the quilt, but the characters on the fabric were so large that it would not have made sense to cut those into 2″ or 3″ squares – the animals would have been lost.  So I ended up cutting 6.5″ squares of that fabric and then did 6.5″ nine-patch blocks out of the other fabrics.

Safari Quilt Front

I made the nine-patch blocks by cutting 2.5″ strips of fabric, sewing them into 3-strip sets and then subcutting those into 2.5″ segments.  I then mixed them up and sewed three segments together to get the nine-patch blocks.

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The quilt ended up being 36″ x 48″, with 48 blocks total.

I used a different batting with this quilt and I think maybe I have found the perfect batting.  It was Quilter’s Dream Cotton batting and I really liked everything about it.  I use Warm and Natural most of the time, but this batting can be a bit stiff (it does soften up the more you wash your quilt) and can cause creases in a quilt when the quilt is folded for a long time.  I have used Hobbs 80/20, but that batting did not have enough weight for me – it was too light.  The Quilter’s Dream was softer than the Warm and Natural but had more heft to it than the Hobbs.  I can’t wait to try this batting on a larger quilt, where I will use two layers of it (which I’ve been doing lately with my larger quilts).  I’ll keep you posted.

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I used the Safari Friends animal fabric for the backing and I just think it’s so cute. I quilted the whole thing with Aurifil thread – Light Delft Blue – at 4.0 stitches per inch.  I usually do a lot more quilting, but because the front of the quilt was a little busy, I felt I didn’t want to quilt every single line, so I outlined the larger blocks and left it at that.

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The binding is a striped fabric from Hawthorne Threads.  Have you ever ordered fabric from this online shop?  Not only do they have a great selection of designer fabrics, but they digitally print their own line of fabrics and this stripe is one of those.  If you like stripes, they have a great selection and so many colors.

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I used my regular machine binding technique to do the mitered binding.

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And because I think they are so cute, I went ahead and make a reading pillow to go with the quilt!  The front has a pocket where you can slip a couple of books inside.

safari quilt pillow

Thanks for dropping by – I hope you’re making something!

Elaine

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Hip Hooray Baby Quilt

Hip Hooray Quilt Front

Pink alert!  Here is a quilt to wrap a baby girl in that is as cute as can be.  I used fabrics from the “Hip Hooray” line from Lizzie Mackay for Blend Fabrics.  This fabric is hard to find now and I’ve had it in my stash for a while, waiting to use it.

This line features a double border fabric with whimsical little animals on both of the borders.  I cut the borders off and used them on either end of the quilt.

I also took some of the border and fussy cut some of the animals out and used them for the patchwork center.  Each square ended up being 3.5″ after being sewn in.

I added a couple of more fabrics for the patchwork center, including a favorite Swiss Dot from Moda’s Essential Dot collection and a Robert Kaufman Carolina Gingham in Pink.

Hip Hooray Quilt Top

I used Warm and White for the batting and did the quilting with Aurifil thread in Pale Pink.

Hip Hooray Pink Thread

I almost never have to mark lines on my quilts. If I do, I usually use a Hera marker, which only makes creases.  But for this quilt, I really did have to mark lines so I used a Clover water soluble felt pen, which required washing the quilt afterwards to remove all the markings. I have used a Clover Chaco marker in the past, but have found that these markers don’t work hardly at all after a while.  Very disappointing!  So I would recommend the felt pen instead.  The lines washed right out nicely.

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For the binding, I LOVE bias binding and a lot of fabric lines now are offering stripes on the bias, so you don’t have to actually make bias binding.   This binding fabric is from Moda’s “Dot Dot Dash” line.  I just love the look of this binding.  I cut 2.5″ crossgrain strips and used my machine binding technique.

Hip Hooray Quilt Stacked Binding

Hip Hooray Quilt Hanging

 Hip Hooray Quilt Folded

The finished quilt is 37″ x 46″.   It’s a nice size to cuddle up with, use as a play mat, or just a decorative accent in a child’s room.   I’m listing it in the Shop.     (This quilt has sold)

Thanks for dropping by!
Elaine

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Ombre Sunshine Quilt

Ombre Sunshine Quilt Front

Lately I’ve been writing about how  much I love Moda’s new fabric line called “Ombre”, designed by V and Co.  These fabrics are gradient solids which, when cut up, look like you’ve used multiple solids.  I really like using these fabrics and designed this quilt around two colors from this line – Honey and Graphite Grey – and I’m so pleased with the results.

Ombre Sunshine Quilt detail

I had this design in mind for a while – to do staggered Missouri star blocks.  I worked the design all out on graph paper and, because of all the varying negative space on this quilt, had to really do a lot of figuring and calculating – something I really like.  No two rows were alike.  There were some  miscuts and ripping out, though.  But that happens when you are not using a pattern!

One of the things I love best about this quilt is the grey gingham binding.  I have a nice stash of small size ginghams and  I think they make the sweetest bindings.

Ombre Sunshine Quilt Corners

Ombre Quilt Stacked

The background fabric is Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Solid in White.  Because of all the white in the background,  I used Warm and White batting, a pure white batting from the Warm and Natural company which doesn’t create a dull background behind bright white fabrics.  And it has the same feeling and low loft of regular Warm and Natural batting.

Ombre Sunshine Quilt with toy

Ombre Sunshine Quilt Hanging

For the background fabric, I used this adorable flannel backing in Organic Cotton from Cloud 9 fabrics.   The yellow and grey elephants were so cute and just matched the Ombre colors so well. The flannel is soft and makes such a nice backing for a child’s quilt.

Ombre Sunshine Quilt back

Ombre Sunshine Quilt layers

The stars were made up entirely of Half Square Triangles, which finished at 2″ after being sewn in.  This is what I used as my quilting guide, so the overall quilting grid is 2″.   I used 50 wt. White Aurifil thread and quilted at a stitch length of 3.5.  The quilting makes such a nice texture and drape.

The finished size of this quilt is 36″ x 52″ .  I love how it turned out and have listed it in the shop.

Thanks for popping in!
Elaine

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Peachy Keen Baby Quilt

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Between Amy Sinbaldi and Alisse Courter, I was in some kind of incredible Fabric Heaven in the making of this quilt.  I had fallen in love a while ago with Alisse Courter’s Magnolia line of fabrics for Camelot Fabrics and couldn’t wait to make a cute little girl’s quilt with the peachy pink fabrics from that line.  Then Amy Sinbaldi came out with her Paperie collection for Art Gallery Fabrics and when I saw her “Happily Ever After” fabric I knew it would go beautifully with those peachy pink fabrics.

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I didn’t want to cut these fabrics too much because I wanted the prints to really shine, so I decided on a 16-patch quilt.  I cut 3.5″ strips to make the checkerboard pattern for finished 3″ squares.  I think often this is the cutest pattern for baby quilts.

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Moda came out with a line called “Ombre” which is a gradient solid and I have found this fabric to be a real workhorse in quilts – it looks as if you’ve used two or three or even four different solids, but you haven’t.  And instead of trying to match a bunch of different solids, the Ombre fabric gives you a few different solids from the same piece of fabric. I love this fabric!  So I used a fat quarter of Ombre Popsicle Pink and got several really pretty solids from it.

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The other fabrics I used were Robert Kaufman Kona Solid in Baby Pink and Snapshot Hearts in Pink  from Riley Blake.  For the binding, when I held Squared Elements in Watermelon up to the quilt, it was the clear winner.

For the backing, I used Floral Lattice in White from the Magnolia Line (sadly, very hard to find now).  Such a sweet design.   I love this particular fabric so much and it was so fun to see it as a full backing on a quilt.

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I used Warm and White 100% cotton batting for this quilt.  This quilt finished at 36″x47″, a nice little baby quilt that you could use on the floor,  snuggle up with or just as a pretty accent piece in a room.

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Can you tell I love this quilt?  I have put this quilt in my shop, but it’s hard to part with it!

This item has SOLD.

Hope you’re making something!
Elaine

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