Wednesday, April 13, 2016

How To Add A Hanging Sleeve To The Back Of Your Quilt

It's a great idea to add a hanging sleeve to the back of your quilt -- especially if they are wall hangings.

First, measure the top of your quilt.

Second, cut the sleeve fabric width, 9" for a large quilt or 6" for a small quilt.  Then cut the length 1" shorter than what your quilt top measured.  Fold the sleeve with right sides together.  Then sew both ends, back-stitching at the beginning and end.  Trim the corners and turn right-side-out.

Center the sleeve on the back of the quilt and pin in place.  Then baste it in place.  Sew the binding to the front of the quilt, catching the sleeve in the seam as you go.  Finish binding the quilt, sewing through the sleeve on the back as you go.

Create some fullness at the top of the sleeve by folding it just below the top edge of the binding.  Pin the bottom edge in place.

Sew the bottom in place by hand.  I use a blind stitch.

Here's the finished hanging sleeve.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Tulips & Rainbows -- Little Ditty For April

Here's my Little Ditty for April!

The grey, dreary rain clouds of April
Bring the beautiful colors of Spring.

My batik and hand dyed fabrics worked perfectly for this Little Ditty.  It gives it a rainy, watercolor feel.  The quilt measures 18" X 23".  The tulips are done with fusible applique.  And the rainbow and cloud are pieced.  The pattern has 6 pages of instructions.  And the price is only $4.50!

Here's a link to the pattern on Craftsy.

Here's a link to the pattern on Etsy.

Keep watching for my Little Ditty for May!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Announcing My Little Ditties!!!

Spring is my favorite season!  And it's a great time to start something new.  I've been working on some little quilts to represent each month of the year.  Today, I'm introducing my "Little Ditty" pattern line.  You can find patterns for these little quilts on Craftsy and Etsy, as pdf downloads.

Here's my Little Ditty for March, "Irish Pinwheels."

And here's the ditty to go with it...

It’s March! 

Open up
the windows
and let
my lovely fabrics
and I
breathe the
Spring air!

It's finished size is 24 1/2" X 24 1/2".  And each Pinwheel and Irish Chain block measure 4" square.

I'm not a very good quilter, but I've got to get my practice somehow!  So, here's my attempt at quilting my Irish Pinwheels.

You can also see that I've sewn the hanging sleeve into the binding, but still need to sew the other edge in place.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Tessellating Birds Pattern

This is my "Forever Project."  
It's all done by hand with English Paper Piecing.

 At my last count, I have 166 birds sewn in place.

I like to use freezer paper for my foundations.  I can iron it onto the back of the fabric, and it stays put while I baste it in place.

I sew them into groups of 4.

Then sew those groups together.

Here's a picture of a mini quilt I made with my tessellating birds.

You can get the pattern from Craftsy or Etsy.

Friday, September 18, 2015

NEW PATTERN! Activity Roll-up

In our church group, we collected items for Little Lambs. Little Lambs Foundation for Kids is a non profit Organization who provides Comfort Kits to Children ages 0-17 who are transitioning into Foster Care, shelter or who have been hospitalized by providing them with a little comfort in a bag.  Most children are not able to take anything with them.  Little Lambs provides a bag of items that can provide them with something they can call their own, and includes activity toys and hygiene items.

I had made one Activity Roll-up, just developing the pattern.  Then made a couple more to donate to Little Lambs.  It would be great if anyone would like to make and donate these to their favorite children's  charity.  Here are a couple pictures.

I've used horse and butterfly novelty prints for the outside.  The pattern has 19 pages, plus the tag that says, 

"You can practice Braiding, Weaving, Lace and Tie a Shoe, and Buttoning up.  Plus, there’s a Zipper Pouch to keep something special in.

Ages 4 to 8"

You can purchase the pattern at Craftsy or Etsy for just $7.50.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Mini Block of the Month for Quilt Guild

I've been working all Summer to come up with a Block-of-the-Month for the Sew Small Quilt Guild.  Here it is!  There are twelve different 4-inch blocks, eight 2-inch Shoo Fly blocks, and one 8-inch block in the center.  It finishes at 33" square, and there are a total of 556 pieces.

The plan, is to make the center block and the eight Shoo Fly blocks the first month.  Then make two 4-inch blocks for the remaining 7 months.  And, if anyone is able to keep up, they could have the top finished by the closing social.

I plan to make this pattern available as a pdf download, through Craftsy and Etsy.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Row By Row Experience 2015

Stylish Fabrics Bernina, in Logan, Utah, is participating in the Row By Row Experience again this year.  It's so fun to see all of the new faces in the store!  I got to design the row pattern again this year, and here it is.  It's the Bear Lake Monster!  Isn't SHE stylish!

June 21 through September 8, you can come into hundreds of quilt shops across the USA and into Canada, and ask for a FREE row quilt pattern.  Be the first in your area to make a quilt using at least 8 rows, and bring it to your local shop, and you could win a prize of 25 fat quarters!  Win an additional prize if you use the row pattern from that shop.

This year, we have lots of kits cut, and we got the license plate, too.

THE BEAR LAKE MONSTER ROW PATTERN is now available on Craftsy for $3.95.  Here's the link.