• Quilting,  Sewing,  Tutorials

    Mirrored Heart Valentine’s Day Table Runner

    This table runner is a great gift for a loved one for Valentine’s Day – or even yourself – for some festive February decor.  I participated in a Valentine’s Day swap on an online quilt group and designed this pattern from scratch. This tutorial combines two basic techniques: the half square triangle and quick corners. Let’s get started! About the Table Runner Tutorial You’ll need five fabrics for the design.  One red background fabric and four pink focal fabrics. The finished table runner will be 11″ x 317/8″. Materials: Backing Fabric: bare minimum 33″ x 12″ Batting: bare minimum 33″ x 12″ Red Background: Cut 4 squares @ 45/8″ each Cut 1 rectangle @ 7″…

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    Half Square Triangle Mini Quilt Made with Spoonflower Swatches

    This mini quilt was designed with my cats in mind.  I have a water fountain style drinking bowl that tends to get little splashes of water on the floor, so having a mat around it would protect the floor. And why have a regular mat when you can have a quilted one, am I right? In addition to serving my cats, I also wanted to use up some of my Spoonflower swatches.  I sell fabric designs on Spoonflower (shameless plug, feel free to check out my designs), and when you proof your designs, you end up with an 8×8″ swatch of each design.  This mini quilt is the combination of several collections worth…

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    Free Motion Quilted Reindeer Pinwheel Quilt

    I recently shared my first full motion quilting project, a mini table top quilt that I made to test out my limited FMQ skills.  I jumped into a larger project, this pinwheel reindeer quilt for Christmas 2015. This project took a little longer than expected, so instead of finishing it for Christmas 2015, I finished it for January 5, 2016.  Oops.  Better late than never! The quilt itself is very simple.  I used two fabrics, a tan reindeer print with a green solid background paired with the same reindeer print in reverse.   Since both fabrics are busy prints and the prints do not contrast each other, the pinwheels are not instantly…

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    Quilted Coasters for Christmas

    I absolutely love making fabric coasters with quilting cotton and quilt batting.  They make great gifts, and it’s fun to use little bits of your favourite prints in a small satisfying project.  I’m sharing a few sets of coasters I sewed for coworkers for Christmas last year.  I didn’t share them at the time I made them because I didn’t want them to be seen before the recipients received them. You can learn how to make your own quilted coasters (so easy!) from my Quilted Coaster Tutorial – Read Now!  Because they are so small, you don’t necessarily need to quilt them, but you should at least top stitch around the outside to help them…

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    Monkey Wrench Quilt Reveal

    It feels great to finally have this quilt out of my work in progress pile. I’ve been working on this project on and off for the past year and a half.  This is my largest quilt I’ve made so far, measuring in at 80″x80″. I rarely make quilts from traditional block patterns, preferring to stick with a more modern feel with rectangles and simpler designs. However, I really had a desire to get out of my comfort zone and move forward with a more traditional block. I used really fun, happy prints to keep the block lighthearted. I followed the block pattern from Patchwork Square for Monkey Wrench. I combined 52 monkey wrench blocks…

  • Sewing,  Tutorials

    How to Make a Quilted Pumpkin Wallhanging

    Two days before Halloween, I was scrambling to finish up a festive Halloween wall hanging. I’m thankful to have finished it in time to hang up for Halloween.t Now it’s one day before Halloween, and I’m scrambling to finish up this tutorial. You might not have time to whip this up before Halloween 2015, but please pin or bookmark this tutorial for next year It all started with a sketch.  I originally wanted to make a larger quilt as pictured to the right in my sketch.  It had a centre medallion with bats on each corner with an ombre style border.  I cut out all the fabrics but I wasn’t loving…

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    Fidget Quilt Week 5 – The Finale

    This is the fifth and final week of my Fidget Quilt Challenge.  Over the past four weeks, I created four quilt blocks that have interactive elements, meant to be therapeutic to people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. If you want to view the past challenges, you can view each block in the fidget category. Week 5’s task was to bind the quilt and add a quilt label.  I’ll admit that binding and labeling quilts is my least favourite part of quilting.  My favourite part of the process is designing and assembling the quilt top, which is why I have a box of assembled quilt tops waiting to one day be sandwiched, quilted, and…

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    Fidget Quilt Block Week 4

    This is the final block in my fidget quilt challenge. This week’s task involved two components.  The Quilt Cave fidget challenge had 30 participants, and one of the tasks was to emulate one of the fidget elements by another entrant.  In addition to this, we had to make a miniature quilt, maximum size 6″ x 6″, that would be attached to our quilt block. Here is my final result: I decided to follow in Sondra’s footsteps to create the windmill cathedral window block.  Unfortunately mine didn’t turn out as nice and smooth as Sondra’s, but it was still fun to try out a new technique. I followed the Windmill Cathedral Window tutorial from Sewn…

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    How to Make a 3D Pinwheel Quilt Block

    This 3D pinwheel looks really complicated, but it’s actually easier and faster to make than a traditional flat pinwheel.  I made this pinwheel for a fabric manipulation element of a fidget quilt block. All you need is four squares of your background fabric and four squares of your pinwheel fabric. What size should my squares be? For a 10″ block (10.5″ unfinished), your starting squares should be 5.5″. For an 8″ block (8.5″ unfinished), your starting squares should be 4.5″. For different size blocks, you’ll need a different size of starting squares.  If you have Excel or another spreadsheet program, you can use download this calculator tool I made to help you…

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    Fidget Quilt Week 2 Block

    It’s week 2 of my Fidget Quilt project for Alzheimer’s patients.  As I mentioned last week, I’m participating in a weekly challenge event on Facebook with a group of talented quilters.  Unfortunately my team has been eliminated from the weekly ranking, but I’m still going to be making my blocks as an individual so that I can donate my final product. This week’s challenge required two elements.  First, it needs to contain an element that requires two hands to maneuver. Second, it needs to contain an element featuring fabric manipulation.  The second element did not need to be functional. I decided to create a block with fabric doors, closed with a series of buttons:…

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    Fidget Quilt Week 1 Block

    I’m participating in a fidget quilt contest on a Facebook group, and I had a blast making my first block.  Fidget quilts, in case you’re not aware, are quilts that are used to help calm patients with diseases such as Autism or Alzheimer’s.  These quilts are tactile and interactive.  I typically only sew with fabrics, not with embellishments, so this was a move outside of my sewing comfort zone. For this quilt, I’m making the blocks 11″ finished, so 11.5″ raw.  Our assignment was to create a block that included a zippered component with something connected to play with inside, plus one additional interactive element. This is my first block. There are two main…

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    Pink and Green Heart Panel Brick Quilt

    When I first started quilting, I was addicted to the brick layout.  It’s a very forgiving layout for beginners since there are no seams to match perfectly. At some point in my online fabric shopping adventures, I picked up a heart and lace Valentine’s Day themed fabric.  I had used part of the panel for another project, but I was left with a piece the size of this central square.  Although it was mostly pink and white, it did have splashes of bright green which I carried through the quilt in the floral print. I cut out the rectangles at 6″ by 10″ each, unfinished.  I added top and bottom sashing to the centre…

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    Diamond Echo Lap Quilt

    This quilt features brown and pink fabrics made with half square triangles.  I designed the pattern myself while doodling on my tablet – I call it the Diamond Echo. This quilt was a stash buster.  Years ago I picked up this pretty brown and pink floral while travelling south of the border with a friend.  While in Buffalo, we snagged a bunch of quilting cottons.  I loved the print so much that I didn’t want to cut into it.  I decided to keep the bulk of the fabric for the backing of a quilt and use whatever was left within the design.  I combined the brown floral with a cute pink on white polka dot…

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    Free Quilt Pattern – Diamond Lattice Eight Point Star Quilt

    Instead of using set-in diamonds, this crib-sized quilt pattern uses half-square triangles to make piecing quick and easy.  This size is great for baby quilt. Finished Size: 38″ x 48.5″. Fabric Requirements: Dark Print: 1/2 yard Medium Print: 1/2 yard Light Print: 1/2 yard White Solid: 1 1/8 yard Binding Fabric:  1/3 yard Batting: 39” x 50” Backing: 1 1/2 yard Download now! This is the first full quilt pattern I’ve shared in a printable PDF format on Craftcore.  I would really love your feedback on this to know if this is something you’d like to see more of, or if you prefer the web-based tutorial format I’ve used in the past.  Feel free to leave a comment…

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    How to Make a Quilt Label Tag

    Have you ever wanted to create a quilt label?  This tutorial describes a technique to create a DIY tag label for your quilt.  I recently participated in a mug rug swap online on a Facebook quilt group.  It was a lot of fun!  Mug rugs are bigger than a coaster but smaller than a placemat.  I made mine in a square shape, measuring in at approximately 11″ square finished.  Most of the prints that I used are modern with a vintage vibe, but the dark brown print came from an elderly woman’s yard sale for some authentic vintage style. I’ve been holding off on sharing this mug rug on Craftcore until my swap partner received…

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    Purple Floral Diamond Eight Point Star Quilt

    This blog post is a sneak preview of an upcoming tutorial.  I’m working on a printable pattern for this medium difficulty half-square triangle quilt to share here on Craftcore.  I wanted to create the Diamond Eight Point Star block without having to cut and piece diamond units, and you can do it too!  The pattern is not yet ready to share, but I can’t resist sharing the end results of this project because it just makes me so happy to look at it. This purple quilt uses dainty floral prints against a crisp white background.  This quilt is a gift for my sister-in-law and my not-yet-born niece who is due to be born in…

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    Pink and Brown Polka Dot Quilt

    This quilt was my first ever that I made when I was around 18 years old. Actually, it may not be exactly accurate to call this “my” first quilt because I needed so much hand holding for this project.  I remember crying to my mom because it wasn’t coming together nicely for me. I was overwhelmed with the twin size project as a relatively new sewer. She ended up quilting the bulk of it and doing the entire hand binding (thanks mom!). I didn’t try to quilt again for many years, remembering the frustration!  It makes me laugh to think of this now because I’m so passionate about quilting compared to other crafts now.…