Monday, August 18, 2014

Jelly Roll Jam 2 - A Free Tutorial!! ...

I made a super fun and easy
 jelly roll quilt over the weekend...

The pattern is by Fat Quarter Shop
 and is another awesome pattern
from thier YouTube 
Short Cut Quilts Series:)
This quilt is a sequel to the 
original and very popular 

I could hardly wait 
to get started on this one!

I chose to make my quilt 
with this new fabric line called
Milk Cow Kitchen
I am a farm girl you know:)

I downloaded the 
 Fat Quarter Shop…
and sewed my
 Jelly Roll Jam 2 together 
while Kimberly held my hand
 each and every step of the way
 via YouTube and my iPad mini:)
Hi Kimberly!!!

Thanks so much…
it was fun having you right
 beside me in my studio again:)

I quickly sewed my strips together
and made my wide blocks 
and narrow blocks
just like Kimberly told me too:)

I layed out my rows on the 
floor of my family room
which happens to be next to my table.

I discovered that if I added 
one more wide and one more narrow block
 onto the end of my three rows...

 my Jelly Roll Jam 2
 would fit the top
 of my table perfectly!

So mine is just a bit longer
( 36 1/2" wide x 48" long)

I just used my leftover 
jelly roll strips 
to make the extra blocks and it 
worked out perfectly because...

the backing and binding yardage
that Kimberly called for in the pattern
were just the right size:)

After I sewed my three rows together…
I quickly pin basted it
and did a little quick and easy
 straight line machine quilting:)

Final step was to 
add the binding of course!

Jelly Roll Jam 2
 could easily be used 
as a baby quilt
or a small lap quilt too.

It's such a great little pattern 
and a fun way to 
play with a jelly roll:)

I love the way it turned out
and the way it looks on my table.

A little peek inside my
  cottage wall cupboard:)

So join in the fun and 
go ahead and grab yourself
 a cute jelly roll...  
to download the pattern
and then
to have Kimberly visit 
in your sewing room...

while you make your very own
Jelly Roll Jam 2!

Have a quilty kind of day!

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Nail Polish Mini Quilt - Free Pattern and Tutorial!!!

Today I have a fun new pattern to share with you!
The fingernail polish block is a free pattern 
I loved it so much I decided to whip up 6 blocks
and make a fun little mini!

In the pattern…
the bock finishes at 10" x 18"…
but for my mini I drafted the blocks down quite a bit!

It's a super adorable block designed by 
my good friend Kimberly
 who happens to be the owner of
Isn't it so cute?

 to download the free pattern and 
for the YouTube tutorial 
on constructing the block!

First I chose my fabrics for the background,
backing and binding.
I decided to go with a light pink
because I wanted the nail polish colors to really pop!

Kimberly gave me permission
 to give you the cutting
measurements for my 
Nail Polish Mini Quilt 
so that you can make one of your own!
Isn't she awesome?…thanks Kimberly:)

Background Fabric;
(A) Cut 4 - 1 1/2"x 9 1/2" and 1 - 1 1/2" x 17 1/2" 
for the sashing for in-between blocks and row
(B) Cut 4 - 1 1/2" x 19 1/2" for outside borders 
(add the side borders first)
(C) Cut 12 - 2" x 4" for the sides of the lid
(D) Cut 24 - 1" squares for Easy Corner Triangles

Lid Fabric;
(E) Cut 6 - 1 1/2" x 4"
(F) Cut 6 - 1" x 4"
(H) Cut 6 more 1" x 4" for the accent line on lid…
I used the same fabric for this
 but just flipped it to the wrong side!
I do this a lot when I need a fabric to coordinate that is just a shade lighter.
It always works perfectly!

From a light gray Fabric;
(G) Cut 6 - 1 1/2" x 4 1/2"

Nail Polish Color Fabrics;
From 6 DIFFERENT fabrics cut the following;
(I) Cut 1 - 2 1/2" x 4"
(J) Cut 1 - 2" x 4"
(K) Cut 1 -  1" x 4" for the brush 
from the same fabric..but use the wrong side again:)

From White Fabric for the bottle;
(L) Cut 12 - 1" x 5 1/2"
(M) Cut 12 - 1" x 5"
(N) Cut 24 - 1" squares for Easy Corner Triangles

From Binding Fabric -
(O) Cut 3 - 2 1/2" x Width of Fabric
 and prepare 90" of binding

My mini quilt finishes at
 19 1/2" x 21 1/2"

Sew your blocks together using
Then add your sashings and borders…
and quilt it!!
My quilting is a crosshatch
 1/2" apart using pale pink thread:)

I love how this sweet backing fabric
 looks on my Nail Polish Mini Quilt!

Thanks to Kimberly for such a
 darling pattern…
it was so fun to make
and I hope you have fun making your
Nail Polish Quilt too!

Have a quilty kind of day!!

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

My Scrappy Cross Roads Block Tutorial!!!

I've had several requests to show my
 Scrappy Cross Roads Block
here on my blog as well…
so here we go!

This is a traditional block that I have sewn
 many many times 
before and showed to you here
so I guess it's time I did 
a tutorial on it here too!

I love it because it's the 
perfect scrap buster block for

It uses up 2 1/2" scrappy stash squares 
and a solid you may have leftover from a previous project:)
Each block finishes at 16" square.

It looks complicated to sew but when you use my easy corner
triangle method…
it becomes easy to stitch it up quickly and accurately.

This is the background fabric for my quilt.
I chose to use my favorite new solid at the moment…
"Sweet Mint" 
It's a Riley Blake solid just in because it
 matches my new collection Flower Patch
which will be here in September…

For one of my Scrappy Cross Roads block
 you will need to cut 8- 4 1/2" squares
You can easily get 8 from
 one 4 1/2" x Width of Fabric strip…
so this means 1/8th yard of fabric = 1 block…
1 yard of fabric + 8 blocks and so forth:)

This is my 2 1/2" scrappy stash basket
 that I am cutting my squares from.

I have showed to you my method of creating
 and more importantly USING my scrappy stash several times.
But if you are new here or want to see it again…

For one of my Scrappy Cross Roads block…
You will need 48 - 2 1/2" squares

Obviously this is a great project for 
leftover 5" or 10" squares as well 
because they are easily sub-cut into 2 1/2" squares:)

Now that you are all cut…
Lets start sewing!
Choose 16 of your 48 -2 1/2" squares and
 lets make Easy Corner Triangles onto
 two opposite corners of your background squares .

Simply lay your print squares onto
 one corner of your solid square…
line up the edges evenly and
 sew a STRAIGHT LINE from corner to corner.
Do not guess!
Guessing always ends up with a
 crooked line no matter how good you are:)
Either mark a line or use an Angler 2 like I do.

I have a youtube tutorial on how I use an Angler 2…
(link to my tutorial is on the top right side of my blog here:)

Chain or clothesline stitch to save time and thread:)

Give each square a quick press
 to set the stitches before trimming:)

Trim them up like this…
by cutting an approximate 1/4" seam allowance
past your stitching line.

Press towards the triangles:)

Don't you just LOVE
 Easy Corner Triangles?
Now you still have a 4 1/2" square
 that you started out with…
But you have 2 scrappy triangles on two corners.


Now randomly pair up the remaining
 32 squares and stitch them together.

Press these seams open:)

Then pair them up again and stitch together
Eight 4-patch blocks.

Press these seams open as well:)

When you have all your little segments sewn together...

Lay them out on your design board
 the way that you want to sew them together.
Take it over to your sewing machine and sew!!!

I have shown you my design boards many times over the years…
Let me just say how important they are to me
during every step of making a quilt.
I use them when I cut my pieces…
layout my block…
 sew it and after pressing it.

I have a tutorial on how I make them and use them
 here on my blog…
I also have a youtube tutorial as well:)

I like to use these fork pins every now and then
(by CLOVER) when needed
to sew a difficult seam that just won't match up.
The beauty of a fork pin is that you can pin on each
side of the seam so that there is 
no slipping when it goes under the feed dogs.
(I remove mine just before they go under the needle)

Here is the back of my block…
seams pressed open
(Except the easy corner triangle seams)
I have been pressing my seams open for over 20 years
because I love how super flat my block ends up.
For those of you wondering…
I have not had any problems with seams coming open.

And here you have a finished
Scrappy Cross Roads Block
Wasn't that fun?

Here is what 2 blocks look like together.
This would make a great table runner 
and you could make it as long
 as you wanted by adding more blocks!

I'm making a 4 block quilt 
with mine and I'll show you
when it's finished:)
I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial by me…
and I want you to have fun with it!

I'm creating a Flickr page to upload your photos of your
Scrappy Cross Roads blocks that you made using this tutorial.
I'll add a link here when it's ready!

*On another related note…
This is my Two by Four block.
It also finishes at 16" making it perfect to mix and match
with my Scrappy Cross Roads block
so that you can use them together in the same quilt
and they look great!
I'll do a tutorial on these tomorrow:)
Until then…
Have a quilty kind of day!!!

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