Seattle Modern Quilt Guild BOM

Last year I kept saying I was going to play along with the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild block of the month, and I never did. This year I can’t get enough of it!

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You probably remember last month I made the Inside Out Pineapple Block. And then waited patiently for the next months border! I guess since were doing a medallion quilt, BOM stands for Border of the MOnth!

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The new border only makes me more excited about it! I kept with the greens, but added a punch of orange! We have a committee that is making the borders up as we go. The February designer, Yeechi,  did a great job with the border and the instructions! You can always quilt along here!

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Now March is back on me to design! I think I have an idea of what to do!!! I can’t wait to share it! I’m thinking there might be some triangles!

 

A Heart Tree Pillow

Have you decorated for Valentine’s Day? Sitting here writing this, I realized I didn’t really decorate this year! I made a wreath and a ton of kiddo Valentines and my own quilted postcards, which is all WAY more than I usually do for Valentines Day!

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I usually do a little something, but this year I’m in love with the hearts!

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But this year I was just having so much fun with the postcards, that I decided to make a pillow. But I didn’t really want pink for the house. That’s when the whole tree thing hit me!

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So I ran back to West Seattle Fabric Co and picked up some of the wood grain fabric from the Nutmeg line of Dear Stella! And got to work. Even ‘carving’ our family initials into the tree!

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There’s still time to make yours! It’s really super fast! The pattern is available here. And you can just throw together an envelope pillow and boom! I think I’m going to keep this one out all year!

The Kiddos BackPack

Ok, now this one is LONG overdue! This is probably one of my favorite projects from last year that I somehow never shared!

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There’s no tutorial. There’s no pattern. This was a labor of love! I totally made it up as I went along! In hindsight, I wish I had made a pattern as I went. But I didn’t! I knew I could make it. The kiddo was super excited to design his own backpack. So we went for it!

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The flap is the outside of the alien’s ship. And then when you open it, you see the alien driving his ship around in outer space!

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I’m so glad the kiddo likes it! I didn’t have to buy too much to make it. So in that sense, it was cheaper than buying one. But in the amount of time it took to think about it, design it in my head and then put it all together. Um…. I’m glad there are no dollar signs to add up there, because that would put it way over the cost of just buying one! But it was so worth it! And now I know how to make it again!

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I made a zipper top. I added in the flaps when sewing together the outside and lining. Topstitched and then added the zipper.

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The straps are padded and adjustable. And you have to have a hanging hook, of course!

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I also added little triangular pieces at the bottom of the sides for the adjustable strap. I got this detail idea off his last backpack that he said was oto baby for Kindergarten! But adding them to the side seam totally helps the bag lay right on his back!

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Each side has an elastic pocket. These get used for sneaking legos into school…. But they fit a water bottle, if needed!

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Yes, I added a name tag…. You know, just in case it was to get confused with someone else’s backpack… Ha!

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And I added a quilted, velcro pocket on the inside. And I’m not sure this pocket has ever been used… Oh, well! It’s there if we need it!

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As much work as it was, we had such fun putting it together! Dad was in on the alien design as well. It all started on a dog walk and the kiddo came up with a crazy idea. I had to tone ti down a little bit to fit on the back pack! I love how it changes from outer space to inside the spaceship!

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He loves it! His best friend’s mom told me a funny story! Her son wants a new backpack so they were looking. Then her son said, ‘Max’s mom MADE his!’ I don’t think his mom was happy with me! I think she still likes me though!

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Have you ever made a backpack? Maybe if I make another, I’ll make a pattern! I’m hoping this one lasts for next year too, though!

Valentine’s Day Quilted Postcards- a Tutorial

I’m super excited about this project! Our Seattle Modern Quilt Guild is doing a Valentine Postcard swap. When we first heard about it, I decided I was in, but I wasn’t super excited. Then I started making mine and got hooked!!! Obsessed!

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I came home and started looking around online for instructions and sizes so I could make some and mail them. I couldn’t find a tutorial that didn’t include an applique type edge. I wanted a more quilted look….

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The first one I made was this one. I used a bunch of 1 inch squares, but then couldn’t quite get the back to work. It’s also super thick for mailing with all the seams! So as much as I love this one, it’s not what I wanted for a quilted postcard valentine up taking the plunge into the mailbox!

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So I made some more! But this time I made patterns! More paper piecing for me! I couldn’t decide on just one, so the pattern actually has 3 patterns in it! I have the set of patterns in my Craftsy store, for $5.00. But the tutorial is free! So let’s get to it!

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You’ll need a little bit of fabric, a 4×6 piece of batting, a 4×6 piece of cardstock, patterns and I use basting spray. I used mostly scraps, so needless to say, you don’t need much fabric!

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Print and pick your favorite pattern. Each pattern has two outside lines. One for making a 4.5 x 6.5 inch block. The second is larger for making the postcards.

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Paper piece your hearts! If you’re new to paper piecing, my tutorial on that should help! Sew together and then tear off the paper.

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Center the batting on the quilt block. I use basting spray, but you can pin too. Spray the spray on the batting, not on the quilt block. You’ll have a little more than a half inch on each side.

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Quilt the block and the batting together.

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Iron the edges in half and over again.

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Spray baste the cardstock onto the batting.

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Time to do the ‘binding’! Fold the block over the edge of the card stock and start sewing. The corners are a bit tricky. Especially if you have a bunch of seams like I did in my first postcard. So following the pictures, fold, fold, fold and fold one last time. Then continue sewing!

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And you’re done! Ready for mailing!

 

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And just in case, I mailed one to myself, just to check… I did use a regular letter stamp instead of a postcard stamp. One, because I had it and I didn’t have a postcard stamp. And two, I though they might need extra postage since they are thicker than a plain postcard…..

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These are so fun! Pretty quick, too! Now I have to make more. I need some for the swap and now I want to send them on to family!

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Which one is your favorite!

A Wonky Block with a Tutorial

I usually don’t post my picks for my do.Good Stitches quilting months, but I posted a picture of the block coming together and I learned that some of my circle friends aren’t excited about wonky! And I learned a little something about wonky while I was making these, so I thought I’d share!

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The block we’re doing for the February Nurture Circle of do.Good Stitches is made up of 5 blocks and 2 solid pieces. And once you put them all together you end up with 1 12.5 x 24.5 inch block.

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I’m loving the look of these blocks. Log cabin wonky, my friend! Love it! For this large block you’ll need:

(1) 12.5 inch wonky log cabin block

(1) 8.5 inch wonky log cabin block

(3) 4.5 inch wonky log cabin blocks

(2) 4.5 inch solid back ground blocks, these can be pieced or just a simple cut piece of fabric. However you do it, it need to be all background color.

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You’ll need some fabric, of course! Ha! For the center piece you’ll need scraps. Any scraps. I’d prefer mostly solids, but…  And an array of whites and/or creams for the outside. For mine I used, Kona Snow, Kona White and Kona Oyster. I also added in a few white pattern on white fabric scraps.

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Here’s what I learned. When I start with a square, the wonky log cabins always turn out looking nicer.

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This is a big ole oops that didn’t make it into my block!  First off, I started with a wonky shaped center and tried to make it work. Secondly, I was using all scraps. So I sewed on this triangle. When I think wonky, I also think I can use odd shaped pieces. But, um, no. I mean I guess if you’re really good at it you can…. But mine always turn out nicer starting with a square.

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Then make your little log cabin. Mine stayed between 4 inches to 2 inches, approximately.

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Here’s the key to wonky (at least for me)- The wonky part of the whole thing comes in the cutting, not the piecing! After piecing I ended up with a traditional square. After cutting, I ended up with a wonky block! Just rotate that cutting square!

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Next you keep building on the center piece just like you would any log cabin. This one just happens to not be a square! For the do. Good quilt, I’d like these to have the colored center off center. The off center thing seems to go along with the whole wonky thing, don’t you think!

I use scraps, not straight pieces for the side of the log cabin. Different widths, some are pieced, most aren’t straight. This also helps add to the wonkiness!

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Just like you did with the center, you use the cutting square to cut your SQUARE off kilter from the middle. This is where you do want to cut a real square!

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Like I mentioned before, here are the blocks you need:

(1) 12.5 inch wonky log cabin block

(1) 8.5 inch wonky log cabin block

(3) 4.5 inch wonky log cabin blocks

(2) 4.5 inch solid back ground blocks, these can be pieced or just a simple cut piece of fabric. However you do it, it need to be all background color.

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The fun part… Arranging the ‘mini’ blocks to make the overall block.

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Then back to the sewing machine! Sew the pieces together so that you end up with a 12.5 x 24.5 inch block.

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I’m so exicted to see how this comes together for the quilt circle!!! Yea!!!

2014 Quilts

Last year I challenged myself to make 14 quilts in 2014. Welllllll….. I didn’t quite make it….

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I got 9 finished. Actually 8, since one was finished last year, but I didn’t show it off until this year…

The top two quilts are two little fleece quilts made from doggy themed fleece. These are both about 3’x3′. Baby quilts for sure! These were made for vicitims of the Oso floods here in Washington.

My family’s most favorite quilt this year is the half square quilt I made last fall for the Nurture group of do Good Stitches. This one ended up being about 5′ x 6′. We really didn’t want to mail this one away!

I also made a quilt top for a friend. It was my first t-shirt quilt! This year I want to make more progress on the kiddo’s t-shirt quilt.

Are you tired of hearing about the ‘Gator quilt? I hope not! I love it! I finished the yellow one just in time for a guild show we had in February! I’m keeping this one!

Then this summer I made the second ‘Gator quilt for our nephew!

The second quilt I headed up for our do.Good Stitches group was my hexagon quilt. I’d like to get this set up as a pattern this year.

And this sneaky Halloween one is the one that I actually made in 2013, but never blogged about until this year! It was my first time to use a panel. I think it came out pretty cool using the panel as a starting point for the spiderweb quilting and my Bat Block!

So I didn’t make my goal, but I’m happy with what I made. I’m shooting more realistically this year. I’m trying for 10 this year. I already have a few that are started and they are going to be finished this year! I don’t want to have any started quilts at the end of the year! That’s my goal! Think I can make it???

Blue Mountain Giveaway with a $250 Gift Card!

Recently I was contacted by Blue Mountain to join with them in sharing Letters to Santa and sharing a Blue Mountain Membership and $250.00 gift card to you! I couldn’t refuse!

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Do you know Blue Mountain? It’s basically an online card shop. A card shop that provides an easy way to stay in touch with friends and family using online eCards and printable cards! I love thier collection of printable cards! I wish I had known about them a couple of weeks ago!

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You know I love a good letter to Santa! And so do they! They have a great collection of letters to Santa and letters from Santa! Yep! We always sign up for a nearby town’s Letters From Santa program and the kiddo has always gotten a letter from Santa. He loves it! So now we can write our own!

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As a Member, you have access to tons of great cards for holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, and dozens of other events and occasions. Whether you want to say thanks, share birthday greetings, or just let loved ones know they’re in your thoughts! They have all sorts of things, like ‘postcards’ that you can email or post to Facebook and printable stationary and Desktop Calendar Wallpapers. That’s the really cool thing, the number of options!

Membership offers unlimited access to all of thier cards, but that’s not all! They also offer reminders, never forget another birthday, anniversary or holiday, and an address book, all your addresses in one place!

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There’s cards for all occasions, even coupons for special occasions like Mother’s Day and stationary! And I realized, you can edit almost of the cards, so if you like the picture, but not what it says… Just edit it!

Ready to WIN? You have FOUR ways to enter! And come back and leave a separate comment on this post for each entry!

1A. Post a picture of your Letter to Santa to Instagram using the social hashtag, #BMALettertoSanta. Leave one comment including your IG name. (one entry)

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Please do only 1 or 2, not both!

But there are a couple more ways to enter!

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That’s 4 possible entries! You must comment on this post to win. Open to both US and International readers. The giveaway will close on December 21st at 12 p.m. PST, and we’ll choose one winner using Random.org.

I have been compensated with either payment or product for this post. All opinions are my own, honest opinions!

 

 

 

 

A New Christmas Pillow

This project started out as a mistake, but turned into something I love!

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A new Christmas pillow!

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ChristmasPillow-Oops-ImFeelinCraftyI was making these blocks for our last do.Good Stitches quilt of the year and I totally made a mess out of the directions. I don’t know why I couldn’t seem to get it right. Anyway, I ended up having a bunch of little half square triangles that were smaller than they were supposed to be. I knew I had to do something with the pieces!

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The pattern is for the Moda Love block.

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With the input of awesome Seattle Modern Quilt Guild friends, I ended up adding the border and quilting the top to make into our new pillow!

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I added a zipper. I used to always do this, but then went back to the easier envelope back style. But this time I decided to add the zipper. I just happened to have a green one out on my table, so I used it!

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There’s nothing too special about the back….

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I’m so happy I didn’t just scrap my mistake pieces! I think it turned out just lovely for a Christmas pillow, or an any time of year pillow for that matter!

September do.Good Stitches Quilt

My second do.Good Stitches quilt for the Nurture Circle is a success! If I do say so myself!

SeptDoGood-Main-ImFeelinCraftyThe family loves it so much, they asked if I could donate money and keep the quilt…. Um, no. But I’m glad they like it!

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I’ve been wanting to do a half square triangle quilt for some time now. There is a ton of inspiring ones out there, for sure. But I wanted the blocks BIG! So we each did two 20″ squares! We followed the tutorial at That girl that quilt, method one. We started with (2) 15 inch squares of different colors, sewed around the edges and cut per the tutorial. This leaves you with (4) 10.25 HST squares. For more variation, you actually need to do it 3 times, which actually gives you enough for 3 blocks.

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I guess I could have made a super huge quilt, but instead I did something I have never attempted before… I made the back and front of the quilt the same! When I was basting it, I realized it was a little trickier than I realized it was going to be to match up all the lines. It’s not perfectly aligned, but it’s pretty close!

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The other problem with making the same front and back was that it was hard to come up with a quilting pattern. If I followed the triangles on the front, it wouldn’t be the same on the back… They are the same, but the triangles don’t necessarily go in the same directions! So I picked this grid pattern! I like it!

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SeptDoGood-Blocks-ImFeelinCraftyI also love the colors! Have you read The Invention of Wings? It’s fantastic! It’s about slave ownership and two sisters that grow to fight slave discredit and abolish the owning of slaves. Which doesn’t sound like a very fun topic, but trust me it’s awesome! The two main slaves in the story are the seamstresses for the family and they are also quilters. In the first few pages they describe a quilt they are making and it’s these colors, pink, orange, red and purple. And black. I was totally inspired. I knew I wanted to put these colors together with a half square triangle quilt!

 

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My original intent was to add in some black once I got the blocks. But I loved it just the way it was without the black. So then I was going to bind it in black…. But obviously, I didn’t do that either. I used a scrappy binding combining all the colors of the quilt.

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I also wanted all solids. I used Kona Solid Kumquat for orange, Kona Solid Tomato for the red and Kona solid Pink for (You guessed it) the pink. The purple is a Clothworks. The white is also Kona Solid White. Each person used at least 3 colors and white.

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Our group uses the labels and I love how perfect the colors matched!

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I’m also super excited that this one, plus two others from our circle, was nominated to be in the do.Good Stitches Quilt Show at Quiltcon! I’ll know soon if it made the cut or not!

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Our quilts go to My Very Own Blanket, an organization that give foster kids their very own blanket. I recently learned that they personalize each quilt with the child’s name. I certainly hope that whoever gets this one loves it as much as my kiddo does!

 

 

 

 

 

Stylish Slippers!

I’m still here! I got a little off track with blogging with some things going on in my world that actually put blogging on the back burner. But I’m back!

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And I’m back with a super fun project! I recently got to test my bloggin’ buddy’s, Mel from Filles a Maman, newest pattern for some super warm slippers!  The pattern is awesome since it’s one pattern for the whole family!

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The pattern is intended for both knit and fleece. For mine I used fleece on the outside and knit on the inside. The funny thing was I had this big bag of scraps that I was about to give away, but I had to grab it and pull it back downstairs to get the fleece scraps to make the slippers! See, I just kept saying I don’t need these scraps, but as soon as I go to get rid of them, I need them!  Anyway….

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And I made them for me! I’m glad I did, but Mel asked me to make my size. I still want to make some for the kiddo, too. And maybe even Dad! Maybe even the Grandparents…. So many options!

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The pattern is a very quick sew. I think it took about 1.5 hours, from start to finish! The pattern is very well written and the diagrams make it super easy to follow!

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The bottom calls for the non slip fabric that you put in the foot of pj’s. You can get this at Joann’s, or she tells you a secret of how to make it yourself! Well, I don’t know if it’s really a secret or not… Puffy paint!

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And best of all…. It’s only $5.95 on Craftsy for only a day or so more! So buy it now!

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