Love All Around Block

There is big stuff happening in our country today that a lot of us are not happy about. With all the gloom and doom and hate swirling around, it is important to focus on what is good, loving and kind. My good friend Lee (@maychappell.com) has a great idea to help us do that in what better way than with a quilt! You can read her blog post, here, but the idea is to make blocks throughout the year when you see or feel love, kindness, a helping hand, etc. and by the end of the year, you will have a big beautiful quilt full of hearts and love.

And because Lee is a generous and loving spirit, she has given us a tutorial to get started.

Here is my block, reds and pinks (of course) and neutral background fabrics to show them off. I have decided to quilt my blocks as I go with straight non-parallel lines of varying widths. I used 50wt. Aurifil thread in a light gray.

This is such a fun way to quilt – just start with a few lines criss-crossing each other and then add more where you think you need to.

And then, because I wanted to carry the spirit with me everywhere I go, I made a tiny one to pin to my shirt. This measures barely 2″ square and is just the cutest little pin!! I am thinking about making  more and giving them out to people!!

Thanks for visiting and spread the love!!

Tessa

 

Urban Scandinavian Sewing Book Tour & Giveaway

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Today is my stop on the Urban Scandinavian Sewing Bloggers Book Tour! and I am delighted to be sharing this refreshing new book from Kirstyn Cogan. The tour began last week and runs through Monday, August 31.  I am joining five other talented sewing bloggers who are sharing their projects  and reviews of the book. Urban Scandinavian Sewing is available now at C&T Publishing and Amazon.

Book Tour Schedule:

WEEK OF AUGUST 17

Nicole from Modern Handcraft

Hilary from Young Texan Mama

Nicole from Snips Snippets

WEEK OF AUGUST 24

Jennie from Clover & Violet

Tessa from The Sewing Chick (that’s me!)

Alli from More Please Thank You

 

I have always admired the Scandinavian style for its light colors, simple lines and organic nature. With a Scandinavian heritage, Kirstyn exemplifies the style beautifully in her projects for the home, fashion and baby.The instructions are well written and every photograph is a breath of fresh air.

Naturally, I wanted to make one of the quilty projects, and chose the Quilted Bed Scarf. Measuring 80″ long, it fits across up to a queen size bed nicely, but I knew from the beginning that I would hang it on the wall. I have a pesky, tall narrow wall in my living room that was crying out for something handmade!

 

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I have recently redecorated the living room (oh, let’s be real, I am still in the process of redecorating the living room) in a soft, coastal color scheme. The natural and white linens paired with a blue/green cotton evoke the elegant yet rustic, sand and sea feel I am going for.

 

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All the quilting is done with a 30-weight natural thread that blends well with the linen as well as the blue fabric. I spaced the rows apart at random widths to give it a bit more interest. I find the best way to keep my rows straight is to use the edge of my presser foot as a guide and move the needle position to get varying widths.

 

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The accent hand stitching is done with three strands of DMC cotton floss, color #3766. To get the stitches straight, I first drew lines with a Frixion pen – oh, I do love the Frixion pen!! Below is a little extra detail, just for fun!

 

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Wood buttons add to the organic feel…

 

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The back is a fun print – an older Dena Designs fabric that I just adore!  Nobody can see it, but I know it is there and that makes me happy!

 

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It’s not easy getting a good photo of something so long and thin, so I had to take it outside…

 

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And, if I change my mind, it can still go on the bed…

 

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Did I say something about a giveaway?? 

As part of the book tour, Kirstyn is giving away copy of her book and a FQ bundle of her new fabric line, Urban Scandinavian, that is shipping to fabric stores near you next month, to two lucky winners! Enter below in the rafflecopter giveaway, open through midnight, August 30.

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Be sure to also visit Kirstyn’s blog, http://www.kirstyncogan.com/blog/ for more inspiration and a round up of all the bloggers on the tour!

Thanks to Kirstyn for her beautiful book and thanks for stopping by,

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Hourglass Baby Quilt – A Finished Quilt

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THE QUILT PROFILE:

finished size: 36″ x 45″

80 hourglass blocks, an 8 x 10 grid of 4 1/2″ squares made from ten prints and Bella cotton in Bleached White

quilted with an allover freehand combination of flowers and leaves

tutorial at Cluck Cluck Sew (with variations)

all fabrics 100% cotton

batting is Warm and Natural Cotton

pieced with Aurifil 50wt. cotton thread and quilted with Superior Sew Fine 50wt. poly thread

 

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I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed making this quilt knowing who it was going to be gifted to. From choosing the fabrics to cutting, sewing and quilting was a true act of love, and I thought about little baby Anna and her sweet mama the whole time!

 

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The quilting design was chosen to lend a softness to the angular piecing, and flowers are so sweet and girly!  I used this tutorial as a reference, but of course mine doesn’t look exactly like hers. This may be a new favorite design for me – the leaves are perfect to fill in the areas that are too small to add another flower. I have found my Tiara quilting machine likes Superior’s Sew Fine 50wt. poly thread the best. I have tried to use cotton thread, but the speed of the machine leads to too much breakage. There was not one broken thread in the quilting of this!

 

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The back is one of the many colors from Studio M’s Quattro collection (Studio M is Moda’s in-house design team) and the binding is Art Gallery Squared Elements in a lovely raspberry to complement the pinks in the hourglass blocks. As per usual, the binding is machine stitched in the ditch from the front of the quilt, catching the edge on the back.

 

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Is there anything sweeter than pink for a baby girl? Combining various shades of pink with gray and white gives the traditional block a modern feel, which is my favorite style!!

 

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Folded up and on its way to its new home!

 

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Linking up today with Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts. Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Happy Sewing,

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A Finished Quilt – Jumbler

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Hello friends!!

Today I am sharing a finished quilt! Oh it is so gratifying to be able to say that! I made the top a couple of months ago and wrote a tutorial on the technique I used (see it HERE).

To complete it, I used some backing fabric that has been in my stash for several years now. It is called Casey Scroll and is from one of Jennifer Paganelli’s earlier lines, Bell Bottoms. It is to this day, one of my favorite fabrics ever!! I have it in several colorways, but this was my last big piece. It is hard to see it go, but ultimately that is what fabric is for, right?!?

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The quilt is busy with all the various prints, so an allover medium stipple was my quilting of choice. It gives it a nice texture without competing with the fabrics.

 

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The binding is a Lotta Jansdotter check from her “Echo” line. It is machine stitched from the front, catching the back in the stitches – my favorite method!

 

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Measuring 50″ x 60″, it is the perfect size for a throw quilt. We love to have a stack of them next to the sofa so everyone can have their own when watching tv or a movie.

 

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You can see I didn’t quite have enough of the Casey Scroll and added some leftover fabric from the front to make the back big enough. I love doing this as it enables me to use a smaller piece of a favorite fabric that I already have in my stash.

 

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I has some good helpers with today’s photo shoot. Well, one of them didn’t help much…

 

Sophie with Jumbler quilt

 

 

Oliver

 

 

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and as always,

Happy Sewing!

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Hourglass Baby Quilt — In Progress

My sewing of late has been interrupted by summer travels and some much needed redecorating of my house. A trip to the Ponderosa Quilt Retreat with some dear friends was just what I needed to refresh my creativity and get some sewing done.

First on the agenda was a baby quilt for a new grand-niece. It’s been many years since there has been a baby in the family – this is the first of the next generation – and it is the first since I have been quilting. Naturally, I was very excited to be making baby Anna her very own quilt.

Wanting a style that was classic, simple and pretty, I chose an hourglass design and used Cluck Cluck Sew’s tutorial for the inspiration and the measurements.

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I increased the size by adding one more row and one more column – a total of 8 x 10 or 80 squares that finish at 4 1/2″ each. I used ten different fabrics and cut 8 squares of each, plus 80 white squares to create the blocks.

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I spread out the grays and darker pinks as best I could, but didn’t get too strict about the placement. It is after all a baby quilt and not a quilt show exhibit!!  I am thrilled I finally used the pink elephants from my stash and don’t even get me started on the Heather Ross strawberries!!

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For the back, I am using this gray Moda print. This may be the first time I purchased backing fabric before I made the quilt top!

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Little Anna is two weeks old already so I better get this quilted up and in the mail. I hope she likes it!!

 

Happy Sewing,

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Tutorial :: Cat Weave Mini Quilt

This tutorial is for the mini sized quilt only. It measures 21″ square and has a total of nine cats. A basic knowledge of piecing and quilting is required.

 

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Supplies:

  • Background fabric – fat quarter or (2) 3 1/2″ strips x w.o.f.*
  • 9 different fabrics for cats – 3 1/2″ x 12″ strip of each
  • 3/4 yards for back
  • 24″ square of batting
  • binding fabric – about 5″ x w.o.f.*

*w.o.f. = width of fabric

CUT from background fabric:

  • (4) rectangles 3 1/2″ x 9 1/2″
  • (10) squares 3 1/2″
  • (18) rectangles 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″

BEFORE cutting the pieces for the cats, consider the diagram below. Notice there are two cats whose heads and bodies are separate pieces. Sorry kitties, it was necessary to avoid partial seams and facilitate the assembly! Decide which fabrics those will be – I suggest using small, busy prints here so that the seams won’t be noticeable.

 

 

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CUT from those two fabrics:

  • (1) square 3 1/2″
  • (1) rectangle 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
  • (2) rectangles 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
  • (2) squares 1 1/2″

CUT from the remaining seven fabrics:

  • (1) rectangles 5 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
  • (2) rectangles 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
  • (2) squares 1 1/2″

 

SEWING THE PIECES TOGETHER 


 

  • All seams are 1/4″
  • Press seams towards the darker fabric.

 

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UNIT A: Make two of these

  • Make two “legs” squares by sewing together three 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ strips – two of the same print with a background in between.
  • Sew a 3 1/2″ background square to either side of the legs square, be sure the legs are parallel to the seams.

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  • Make the ears by sewing two 1 1/2″ print squares to either side of a 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ strip. Mark a diagonal line through the corners, stitch on the line and trim to 1/4″. I like to press the seams open here.

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  • Sew an “ears” and  a “legs” to either side of a 5 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ rectangle (using all the same fabrics) to create a complete cat section.
  • Sew a 3 1/2″ x 9 1/2″ background rectangle to the left side of the cat section and the legs section from steps 1 and 2 to the right side of the cat section.

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UNIT B – Make three of these

Repeat the first and second steps in Unit A to create three more cat sections.

UNIT C – make two of these

  • Repeat the first and second steps in Unit A to create two more cat sections.
  • Sew the cat heads by sewing an ear section to a 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ rectangle of the same print.
  • Sew a 3 1/2″ background square to either side of the cat head square.
  • Sew a 3 1/2″ x 9 1/2″ background rectangle to the right side of a cat section.
  • Sew the head section to the left side of the cat section, the cat ears face towards the center.

 

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And lastly, sew a 3 1/2″ background square to a 3 1/2″ square of each of the two fabrics that you used for the heads in Unit C.

 

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER


 

Refer to the arrows in the diagram for the order to sew the sections together. Once the horizontal seams are sewn, sew the three columns together, lining up the seams where the legs and heads meet the bodies.

 

CAT WEAVE

 

 

FINISHING UP


 

As with any quilting project, press well and trim excess threads. Cut a 27″ square of backing fabric and a 24″ square of batting. Layer the back, batting and top; baste together. Quilt any way that you like, I simply stitched vertical lines spaced about 1/2″ apart.

You will need to cut two strips for the binding, one was a smidgen short! Cut in the width you prefer, I used 2 1/4″ since I hand stitched the binding.

Once again, here is a photo of the actual mini quilt:

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I hope that you enjoyed the tutorial. Please contact me with any questions or comments!!

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