Category Archives: Tutorials

Moda Bake Shop Day: Step Up

Hooray!!  It’s a Moda Bake Shop day!!  It’s a giveaway day too!  Our friends at Fat Quarter Shop have a special prize for one of our readers.  Keep reading and I’ll tell you about the giveaway soon.  First off, here’s our quilt!

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We are calling the quilt Step Up.  The design came to me when I was in the shower one day.  Amazingly, the shower has been where several quilt design ideas have come to me.  I wanted something simple and this was it.  All you do is sew two strips to a square…of course it’s not quite that easy…but close.   You can find the complete free pattern over at Moda Bake Shop.

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The quilt ended up really big, 84″ x 100″.  Kelli and I just have trouble making anything small.  You can easily make yours smaller by taking off a row.

For the quilting motif I played and played around hoping to come up with some that looked like paw prints being the fabric line is “Here Boy”.

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We used this fabric from the line for the backing….cute, right??


Our quilt will be donated to the Humane Society for their next fund raising event.  We hope it brings in some money to help some needy dogs.

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I love when simple designs come together and look cute like this quilt.

Quilting Fabric at the Fat Quarter Shop

So are you wondering what the Fat Quarter Shop is going to give one of my lucky readers….How about jelly roll of your choice??  That sounds great to me!

If you want a chance to win, just leave a comment telling what organization or group you volunteer for.  We’ll pick a winner next week!

Today I am hooking up with Michelle’s Romantic Tangle,  Confessions of a Fabric AddictCrazy Mom Quilts, and Link a Finish Friday.

Ins and Outs: An New FREE Quilt Pattern

I told you about a month ago that we had a few projects featuring jelly rolls in the works.  So far we’ve shown you “Jimmy John” and last week’s free pattern “Meet in the Middle“.  Today we have another new quilt with free printable pattern that we’re calling “Ins and Outs”.

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When we made ours we used one jelly roll then pulled from our scrap bucket to provide the rest of the fabric.  The jelly roll that we started with was Blooming Fresh from Moda.  It was bright and fun, perfect for the look we were going for.

You can see why we named the quilt Ins and Outs.  The colored pieces go in and out.

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I quilted it with a pastel thread in an all over edge to edge design.  I love looking at all the fun printed white fabrics.

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I found a backing piece in my stash.  It’s one I bought from the thrift store for $2.  I love it when that happens!!

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This is a great pattern for you to use up scraps…LOTS of scraps.

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There are so many options for this quilt.  I can see it with all dark back grounds and light columns.  I can see it as a Quilt of Valor.  I can see it as a two color quilt.  The options are really endless.

If you’re looking for the printable pattern, you can find that HERE.

Last week we featured a free pattern.  The weather wasn’t the best that day and I didn’t have many pictures of the quilt.  I took more pictures and added them to the old post.  Head on over HERE and check them out.

You can find MANY other free patterns on our site by looking under the free patterns tab at the top of the page under our banner.  Stop by again…

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We’ll be hooking up with Confessions of a Fabric AddictCrazy Mom Quilts, and Link a Finish Friday.

 

Fave Quilts Jelly Roll Book

I’ve said time and time again that organization just isn’t my strong suit.  I sometimes think it’s the product of having too many irons in the fire.  Time and time again I’ve had to apologize for not being on top of things and this is another of those times.

As I was going through my email inbox today….I mean all the way through it…down to the very-very bottom.  I only do this a couple times a year-even though I know I should do it more often.  I found a few notes that I should have answered sooner.  I found a few things that were buried in the spam…and I found this…

How to Make a Jelly Roll Quilt: 9 Jelly Roll Quilt Patterns
Fave Quilts put out a Jelly Roll Quilt ebook, “How to Make a Jelly Roll Quilt: 9 Jelly Roll Quilt Patterns” ..and we have a quilt that is featured in it!

Can you believe I didn’t tell you??  Mollyhall one of the great gals that works at Fave Quilts worked hard at putting the book together and she did a great job.  She’s the same gal that collects and organizes all the great patterns and tutorials you see at Fave Quilts.  If you have a jelly roll or two lying around, you’re sure to find a great pattern in this book.

You can read more about the book here…and you can download the book here.  The book is completely free so why not download it and give it a try.  Personally..I love the cover quilt.  There is an awesome chevron quilt with complete instructions as well.  It’s fun to take a look at all the great things that can be done with a jelly roll.

I’m not telling or showing off which of our quilts is in the book…you’ll have to check it out yourself.

So sorry to you readers and sorry to the great people at Fave Quilts for not letting you know about it sooner.  Enjoy the book!!..and if you haven’t been to Fave Quilts, pour yourself a cup of coffee and enjoy.  Their site is LOADED with free patterns and tutorials.

Table Topper and FREE PATTERN

If you are new to the blog, welcome.  You have reached an archived  free pattern.  We typically put up new blog post twice daily so there is always something new and fresh here.  Click HERE and see what’s new today…

You might remember a bit ago Kelli and I made this quilt -Chocolate Covered Cherries- and offered a free pattern for it. Find the free pattern here if you missed it.

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Well in the design process from start to finish of this quilt we had few debates and had made a test sample to see what we liked for colors.  We didn’t know if we wanted something scrappy or if we even wanted a two color quilt.  Kelli was itching to make a two color quilt so she tried some test blocks and put them together into this.

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Kelli didn’t like it and decided that making the quilt into a big two color quilt was not what she envisioned the quilt to be.  The little test piece got set aside.  Then when I was cleaning the sewing room this week I found and it.    Now with fall here and Halloween getting into swing, it’s been revived into a cute little table topper.

I took it and machine quilted and bound it.  I have to say it turned out cute as a table topper…dimple but cute.  I can see a display of mini pumpkins on looking all festive.  I don’t know why but this next picture makes it seem almost navy.  It’s not.  It is black.
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Anyway, we think it will make a perfect table topper.  Change it up for the seasons making it either two color or three color or scrappy.  I can see green centers and red nine patches for Christmas!!

For the quilting I used a brown thread.  Surprising right??  They say black and brown don’t mix so it was quite a debate for me….

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Okay, I’ll make the confession here.  I thought the brown thread would look good.  I almost changed to charcoal but I was lazy and brown thread was already in the machine so why not give it a try.  In the end, it was the right choice anyway.

We wrote a new set of printable directions for the table topper version.  You can find them here.  I gotta say BRAVO to Kelli.  She has become an awesome pattern writer!!

..and here is Betsy in her quilt modeling debut.  In reality these are the actual colors of the topper.  The other pictures wash it out.

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Betsy wouldn’t hold still so the picture is a little fuzzy but what a cutie!!

You can find MANY other free patterns on our site by looking under the free patterns tab at the top of the page under our banner.  Stop by again…

We’ll be hooking up with Confessions of a Fabric AddictCrazy Mom Quilts, and Link a Finish Friday.