• Projects,  Sewing

    Jumbo Half Square Triangle Baby Boy Quilt

    This quilt was a baby shower present for my nephew Samuel. I chose pale green and denim shades of blue for the baby boy.  Half of the fabrics feature a car motif with traffic signals, stop signs, automobiles, and directional arrows.  My favourite fabric from this quilt is the dark blue star fabric which I used as the backing and the binding. I created the quilt using jumbo half square triangle blocks cut out from 10″ squares.  I added a 3″ border around the edge of the entire quilt.  For the stitching. I quilted 1/4″ from all seams in navy to blend into the star backing but stand out and pop on the bulk…

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    McCall’s Patterns Sewing Themed Quilt

    The quilt featured on this page utilizes pink fabrics from a variety of collections, but the focal fabrics are pulled from the McCall’s themed fabric collection. These fabric is no longer being produced, but you can check out the archive on the Windham Fabrics page to track them down.  The main fabrics feature vintage illustrations as used on old sewing patterns. Back in 2012, I created a tutorial so that you can create your own version of this quilt. I fell in love with the vintage-style illustrations on this fabric line and just had to have it.  I fussy cut the fabrics so that I could feature as many of the various girls as possible on the…

  • Quilts,  Reviews,  Sewing

    Make a Mini Quilt with Fusible Grid

    The quilt I’m sharing is an oldie but I still look at it fondly despite its flaws. I have this folded on top of my fabric shelves beneath my craft room window for my cats to snuggle with while they watch the neighbour cat across the street. This mini quilt uses bright pink and green fabric prints combined with sharp white squares. I call this a “cheater quilt” because instead of piecing my rows and carefully lining up my corners, I used the fusible web to layout the design. This is a great way for beginners to start to quilt. This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click…

  • Printables,  Sewing,  Tutorials

    Christmas Star Table Runner (with printable pattern)

    It’s almost Christmas in July!  Today I’m sharing this quick table runner I made last Christmas.  You’ll have plenty of time to whip one up as a gift before the season hits. This project was inspired by this sweet mitten, ice skate, and Christmas wreathe print.  I love Christmas, but I’m not very into the traditional red and green colour combination.  I love this print because the green is toned down to a pale hue.  I also found this adorable white-on-green snowflake print online that matched perfectly. The finished measurement is 12.5″ x 36.5″.  You can make this longer by creating additional blocks; adjust the materials accordingly. Supplies Focal fabric: 4…

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    Green and Pink Brick Quilt

    Today I will be sharing the quilt that has been on my bed for the past year or so.  I’m a bit obsessed with green, brown and pink fabric.  I’m not sure how I managed to gather so many prints in this colour scheme without specifically planning to, but it happened, so this is one of many in this colour scheme.  The prints were collected over years at local shops, from my travels to the US, and from online shopping. There are polka dots, argyles, florals, cherries, mushrooms, ditsy dots.  There’s a lot going on over here! The finished quilt measures 75″x78″.  I cut the rectangles out at 6″x4″ and arranged them randomly into…

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    Autumn Apple Simple Strip Quilt

    This project that I’m sharing with you is one of my early quilting projects from when I was just beginning to get comfortable with the process of layering batting.  I didn’t follow a pattern; instead, I simply created a repeating pattern of rectangular bricks. I was a big fan of offset bricks when I started quilting, especially ones further divided by sashing, because this type of layout makes it so that you don’t have the line up corners perfectly.  Imperfections in piecing are easily hidden. I had two prints in my collection that featured a blue-jean shade of blue.  The golden-yellow, red, and white flowers with the green accents were the inspiration to bring all…

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    Geisha Circular Fan Quilt

    If I love a fabric print, I’m often guilty of holding onto it for years until I think of the perfect project for it.  Years ago I purchased an adorably bright fabric featuring ladies in kimonos off of eQuilter.  I absolutely love it. The scale of the print is fairly large, so I didn’t want to cut it up into small pieces and lose the essence of the print. I used the geisha fabric as the background for an enormous circular design.  The overall quilt is busy yet bright and happy.  It brings a smile to my face every time I look at it. This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you…

  • Home Decor,  Paper Craft,  Projects,  Sewing

    Cat Silhouette Crafts

    I love my cats, so I’ve made a few crafty items featuring cat silhouettes.  Call me a crazy cat lady, it’s alright.  As I’m typing this, I have the cat featured in the first craft resting in my lap in such a way that I can barely able to type properly.  That’s okay.  I wouldn’t have it any other way. Cat Silhouette Scrapbook Page Layout First up is this simple scrapbook layout. For this page, I used a polka dot paper and traced out a cat silhouette shape.  To make the silhouette stand out, I mounted the silhouette onto a solid blue cardstock and cut it out so that there…

  • Quilting,  Sewing,  Tutorials

    Designing a Quilt Using Microsoft Word

    I designed a yoga quilt for my best friend using Microsoft Word for planning. Usually I just doodle a design idea on a napkin, estimate yardage, and go for it, but in this case, wanted to visualize the sashing and figure out how much of each fabric I would need to purchase exactly. This method of quilt planning will work for quilts with simple square blocks. Open Microsoft Word.  I’m using Microsoft Word 2007, so keep in mind the menus might be slightly different if you are using a different version.  Insert a table with the number columns and rows you would like to to have in your quilt.  Insert…

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    How to Calculate How Much Fabric You Need for a Simple Quilt

    When I used to work at a fabric store, the most common question I received was this: “I’m making X, so how much do I need?” If you’re not following a pattern, you can get overwhelmed with the fabric measurements and either over buy or shortchange yourself. Either way, it’s unhappy for your bank account and your sanity. This article will guide you through the process of calculating how much fabric you will require for a quilt made with easy square blocks. How big is your quilt going to be? Crib size? Lap quilt? Table topper? California King? There are no rules when it comes to how large you want…