Sunday, September 7, 2014

Juice Boxes Mini Quilt Tutorial

A couple months ago I participated in the Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt swap on Instagram (#schnitzelandboominiquiltswap). There were so many participants and things got a little hectic for the amazing swap mamas. So I volunteered to make an angel mini if they needed one, and they did. The lady they assigned me loves all the same things that I do. Sarah Jane, Lizzy House, Cluck Cluck Sew, etc. The first thing I did was pull out all my hoarded scraps from all my favorite lines/designers and decided to make her a mini quilt using a Cluck Cluck Sew pattern called Juice Boxes (find the original quilt patter HERE).

With her permission, I give you the Juice Box Mini tutorial. This tutorial is great for extra charm squares. So you will need 12- 5" charms for your backgrounds and 12- 1.5" squares for your centers.

From each of your charm squares cut the four following rectangles, 1.25" x 4", 1.5" x 1.25", 1.5" x 2.25", and 2.25" x 4". See pic above for a visual. Arrange your pieces how you would like them to look.I fussy cut my centers and a few of my backgrounds, so I had to lay them out exactly how I wanted them to make sure that my centers were spread out how I wanted them.

Once you find a good layout, start by sewing your three center pieces together. Press your seems open. Then add your two side pieces to your center piece. Continue for all 12 blocks.

Arrange into a three by four pattern and sew your rows together. Alternate pressing your seems in different directions for each row and sew each of your rows together.

Baste, Quilt, Bind, and give to someone special! Or keep it for yourself...I won't judge. ;)

Thanks to Allison (Cluck Cluck Sew) for all the great patterns she designs and puts together for us quilters enjoy! Her hard work is much appreciated!!

Pillow Fight Swap

Hey All!

It's been a while...again. A lot has happened in the past couple months. We moved into our own home!! Finally!

So I've been unpacking and trying to catch up on sewing projects. That little man up there in the picture started the second grade a little over a week ago and will be turning 8 next month. He's so excited to start Cub Scouts and is already making lots of friends in the neighborhood. This has been a long time coming and we couldn't be more thrilled with the house and town that we are blessed to raise our boys in.

My other "little" started pre-school last week and is still trying to master potty training.

In the mean time, my in-laws have moved in with us until they leave to serve a mission for our church. They brought along two big furry friends, a chocolate and a black lab. So its been fun so far and will continue to be fun for the boys to have a couple more loyal companions.

On the sewing front, I've been trying to catch up on sewing in between organizing the house, painting the house, getting kids started in school, and making the youngest go potty in the potty.

I finally braved paper piecing in order to make this little (and by little I mean 19") pillow cover out of economy blocks. I LOVE this block. It's so easy and fun to make! I used the Red Pepper Quilts tutorial that is free on Craftsy. You just download the template and go. There was a bit of a learning curve and I made a couple mistakes but once I got started those blocks were kind of addicting. At least I finally dug in to my scraps and used some of my favorites that have been in there for a long time.

Coming soon: A tutorial...yay!! Also, "before" and "in progress" pics of the house.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Sewvivor - Finding Sweet Land - Jayme Christensen

I love following along with the Sew-vivor competitions hosted by Rach of Family Ever After. If you aren't familiar with this competition. Here's a little about it in Rach's words:

What is Sewvivor? 
"It's a sewing competition that I created on my blog, and its loosely inspired by the show Survivor. We've had two successful seasons so far, with some outstanding sewing and competitors. The main idea is that anyone can audition, "sewlebrity" judges help choose our contestants, we have 4 weeks of sewing competition with specific challenges, and a couple Sew-vivor "twists" along the way. The judges and public vote for their favorites after each challenge. The winners score some amazing prizes at the end."

Many of the competitors from past seasons were seamstresses. Sewing garments has never been my strong suit. I tried entering a quilt in the first season and the competition is tough when you are competed against the cutest little girl dresses you've ever seen! So I skipped season 2 all together. But since this season is all about quilting, I'm all over it.

So on to my audition quilt!

I know you're probably sick of seeing this quilt, but it's my favorite quilt that I've made to date. It was entirely cut, pieced, pressed, basted, quilted and bound by me..for me. I'm absolutely in love with the Scout Pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew and I had to make it for myself.

I gathered the fabrics as I shop hopped the annual Eastern Idaho Shop Hop that includes Eastern Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming. It's a very long and tiring trip driving through all that country but it's absolutely wonderful to take a road trip like it every once in a while.

It was funny, the faces I'd get when I'd pull out my growing pile at each store. Those women must've thought I was nuts putting all these fabrics together. But I love what I love. Bright, scrappy, and a mix of modern and traditional prints in modern colorways. I've never been the type of person to make a quilt using only one line of fabric. I love to put together my own bundles.

Once I was done pieceing I knew that I wanted to quilt it in a couple of different tight FMQ designs all on my little Viking domestic machine. Since I knew that this quilt would be well loved, I wanted to make sure it held together over time. I used my favorite white Superior Threads Magnifico thread and used three different designs. A back and forth curve in the feathers similar to the quitling on the original quilt that Allison made. Then I tried something new in the sahsing and to date, it's my favorite design to use now, and a little rope design in the arrow portion of the quilt.

It's backed in the cutest little Alexander Henry print and my favorite print from Kate Spain's line Central Park. (and yes, I am in my pajama pants holding up a quilt in 90 degree weather)

I hope you enjoyed visiting my blog and learning more about this quilt. It has become a popular quilt in my house and my boys always grab it for themselves even though it's "Mom's quilt"!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Bloggers Quilt Festival

This week is Blogger's Quilt Festival over at Amy's Creative Side. Pretty convenient timing considering this weekend was also International Quilt Market. Was everyone as sad as I was that I couldn't attend? My jealousy levels spiked while perusing my IG feed this week. ;)

For this season's festival, I decided to enter in two quilts. 

The first one is this Birthday Quilt that I made back in January. You can find the original blog post HERE. There are 15 hand prints appliqued to this quilt and I really really love the way it turned out! I do wish that I had gotten better pictures of it before it was sent off to it's owner, but the weather just wasn't cutting it for such a springy quilt! I used mostly Marmalade by Bonnie and Camille for Moda.

 I am also entering in my Doll Quilt from a group swap on Flickr. I really enjoyed making this little whimsical doll quilt for my partner. It's got a little guy throwing a paper airplane and a little girl swinging on a swing. It's something fun and playful and imaginative!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Monday, February 24, 2014


This past month I've been completely addicted to my IG feed. But I did manage to get a few swap items made.

Of course, I completely forgot to take pics of my Sew Sew Modern items. And my partner is still waiting on it to arrive. But here is was my amazing partner sent me:

I now am the owner of my very own Weekender. I am in love.

The next swap I participated in was the MFSG. The lovely Leona was my partner and she sent me an awesome package:

That pezzy love. I've never used washi tape and I'm officially a fan! Can't wait to get my hands on more.

The next swap is the FLiPS swap. My partner is Ruth. She LOVES The Wizard of Oz and all of her pin cushions in previous rounds have been W.of.O themed. I googled "W.of.O themed pincushions" and after searching for a while, came across this post. I'm not normally a W.of.O person, but I LOVED that pincushion. So I hit up ebay and after some debating on whether I wanted to do Dorothy or the Wicked Witch, I actually decided on this guy, being that it was Valentine's day and all. I had a hard time trying to figure out how to make him stand on the stacked hearts. I called my husband over and the first thing he did was sit him down. Genius. So with a little glue this guy sits a top his thrown of hearts. They are filled with crushed walnut shells and fiberfill. I think that by picking one particular character to work with, that opens the door for Ruth's future partners who maybe aren't as familiar with the W.of.O as some of her previous partners were. I hope she likes it!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014


Wow it has been a while! These past couple weeks have brought about some much needed destashing, a couple of colds, very little sewing, more trips to the post office than most people make in a 6 month period, and the most dangerous...BUYING fabric on Instagram from #thegreatfabricdestash. It's been nuts. Seriously. If you have little to no self-discipline than DO NOT follow that hashtag on Instagram. It's dangerously expensive, and addicting. However, I did manage to snag quite a few prints that I, naively, did not buy 2 years ago while shop hopping. If I had, I would've saved a lot of time these past two weeks, and a lot of money. :(

Heather Bailey "Pop Garden"
Lizzy House "Castle Peeps"
Tula Pink "Acacia"
Mixed bundle of "Meadowsweet", "Happy Go Lucky", "Scrumptious", "Pearl Bracelets", "Remix" and others
Lizzy House "Red Letter Day"
Before the destash even started I had managed to purchase these beauties too.

Lizzy House "Outfoxed"
Lizzy House "Catnap"
Lizzy House "Catnap"
And some time in between all the destashing and stashing, I also put together this giant star baby quilt for a customer on Etsy. She sent me a picture she loved of a quilt made in "Hometown" by Sweetwater which is out of print and pretty hard to come by unless you have to the money to buy scraps here and there. So I did the next best thing and hit up my l.q.s. and bought fabrics that resembled the style of the line and that were similar in tone.

Hopefully it won't be too long before my next post. I've got more things to share. But somehow I have lost time in my day! Stay warm everyone!