A Snuggly Quilt for my Dad

My dad, like a lot of dads out there, is really hard to shop for.  So this year for Christmas, I wanted to do something for him besides just buying another gift card.

When we got our “Generation Gap” panel in featuring the Pickles comic by Brian Crane, I just knew it would be perfect for my dad.  So, I got out some of my Moda Jelly Roll strips and other coordinating fabrics and got to creating.

The smaller comic strip blocks weren’t completely square so I decided to do a reverse applique technique.  Hope this inspires you to make something for that special dad/grandpa in your life!

~Happy Sewing!


Happy Birthday!

A few weeks ago, my amazing god-daughter turned the big 18!!!  I can still remember the day she was born like it was yesterday.  She has grown into an beautiful young lady, both inside and out.

She was my flower girl when she was 2-1/2 years old 🙂

Since I wasn’t a quilter when she was born, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to make a special quilt for her.  And what a better thing to use than our “Say it With Words” panels.  I chose to use the Prayer Shawl panel because of the great sayings it has.  But I’ll admit that is was also because it was charm pack friendly.  I chose the new LOL charm pack because of the great selection of colors, and her favorite is purple.  That, along with our quilter’s grid and basting spray, made this a wonderful handmade, but quick project (I did the entire thing on a Sunday afternoon).

 Happy Sewing!  ~Jill

Our newest quilter, Claire

Below is the story (short as it may be), written by my 11 year old about making her first quilt.

One day, I made the mistake of saying “I’m bored” at my Granny’s (Karen) house.  It was the 4th of July.  She gave me some grid and charm packs and told me I was going to make a quilt.  It took forever, but I was so happy to finish it.  I love how soft it is!  Sincerly, Claire – The 11 Year old Seamstress.

Here are some pictures along the way.

 Pressing it all down
Got it all laid out and pressed!
 Time to start sewing

And, here’s the completed picture!!!

Now, because summers get crazy and the school year is even crazier, she didn’t get much of a chance to work on it.  That’s why it took her until this summer to get it finished.  But I’m so proud of her.  She did the quilting and even the hand-sewn binding.  I guess it will soon be time for her to start another project… but I bet she never tells her Granny she is bored again 😉
~Happy Sewing!

Tutorial Thursday – Table Grace Coasters

A few weeks ago, I posted a tutorial for the Table Grace Table Runner.  Here is the follow-up that I promised.


I used the 6 small remaining squares from the Table Grace “Say it With Words” panel.  Each square measures approximately 3.5″.  You will just cut (2) pieces from your jelly roll (or scraps) 3.5″ long.  Sew the strips to the top and bottom of the square.  Press seams.  Measure overall height of block.  Mine measured approximately 5.75″.  Cut (2) 5.75″ strips from your jelly roll (or scraps) 5.75″ long.  Sew the strips to the sides of the block.  Press seams.  I then took the finished block and trim it to 5.5″ square.

Now, cut (6) square of fusible fleece and (6) squares of backing fabric to match the size of your complete blocks.  Iron the fusible fleece to the completed block.  Then take the front and back of the blocks and put them together, right sides facing each other.  Stitch all the way around, except for about 1.5″ section.  Trim your corners for easier turning.  Now, turn the entire piece right side out through the small section you left open.  I like to us my Pointer Turner by Lee for precise corners.  Press smooth.  Top stitch all the way around, making sure that the stitch closes the space you left open.  And, you are done!  Just repeat for the remaining squares.

Hope you enjoy!!!

Happy Sewing,

Our First Video tutorial & a Giveaway!

Have you been to one of our shows lately?  If so, you have been witness to Karen demonstrating our FAVORITE quilt product, Quilter’s Grid.

Well, we decided to share this fun, educational experience with the entire world.  We are starting a series of video tutorials that will help in your learning and knowledge of quilting and sewing.


Also, to get you started on the path to faster quilting, we are giving away 1 yard of grid, the Le Bouquet Charm Pack (featured on video), and the Prayer Shawl panel from our “Say it With Words” line of fabric panels.  All you have to do is comment below your favorite quilting notion.  You can get additional entries into the drawing by:

Happy Sewing!

A Tea Party…Tutorial

Hey there!  I wanted to share a Tea Party Play mat that I made for my little one.  She is the quintessential princess.  She wakes up and puts on her tiara and starts her day.  Well, any princess worth her salt has tea parties.  Her Mima bought her a tea set.  I was watching her play one night and thought she needed a little play mat to go along with it.  Here is a tutorial that I came up with on the fly.

8 Fabric pieces from Gypsy Girl Layer Cake
1/2 yard of coordinating fabric for sashing
1 yard of fabric for backing
1 yard of Fusible Fleece
!/2 yard of fabric for binding…I used 45″ Gypsy Girl Wishing Well Blue 
1/4 yard of Wonder Under

I was making this up as I went along…so not all the fabrics were pictured at first.

Start by picking 4 pieces of the layer cake to make your hearts.  I used a heart shape cookie cutter I had as a pattern.  
I just cut a piece big enough to trace the heart onto from each of the 4 pieces.  If you look real close you can see the Wonder Under underneath the fabric.  Cut pieces of that to be ironed on to the back of your squares and apply with a hot iron.
Trace your heart onto each of the 4 pieces of fabric
I used a black marker so you could see my tracing.
Repeat for all four squares

Next you want to iron each heart onto the remaining layer cake pieces.

For the sashing…I cut 2.5″ strips from my coordinating fabric.  I cut the strips a little larger than the layer cake squares.  I like to trim and square up after I have sewn things together.  So, since the squares are 10″  I cut the strips 11″ tall.  Start with 2 2.5″ x 11″ strips.

See how the strip is a little longer that the square.

Sew the strips into the middle of 2 square using a 1/4″ seam.  Again, the strips will be longer than the squares.  Press your seams towards the squares.

Trim the piece so that all sides are even.
Now you want to cut 3 strips 2.5″ x 23″.  Sew these strips to the top middle and bottom of your squares.

When I was pinning my piece together…I laid my bottom piece on top of the top piece so I could line the center sashing up.

Here is a close up of lining up the centers.  Sew the strips on and again, press all seams towards the sqaure pieces.  Once you have done this, trim off any excess fabric and square up sides.
Cut 2 2.5″ x 28″ strips.  Sew these to the sides of your mat.  
Trim and Press

Place your mat on top of your fusible fleece.  Trim the fleece so that it is an inch longer on all sides than the mat.  I do this to all for some give during quilting.

Fuse the fleece to your mat top.

Layer your backing fabric and mat together and start your quilting.  I went with a very simple design.  I felt like I wanted each square to be like a placemat.

Here is a close up of what I did.  I placed a zig zag stitch around each heart…and also added a little machine embroidery to each corner.

As far as the edges of the mat…I like to place a zig zag stitch around the perimeter.  This holds all the layers together and makes it much easier to add your binding.

Add your binding to your mat.  I am sorry, I didn’t get pictures of how to add binding.  I am going to work on a tutorial of how I do that.

Now your mat is done and your princess can have countless hours of tea parties with all her friends.

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial.  I also hope this will help all of your princesses have many tea parties.

Have a FANTASTIC day!

Faith, Hope, and Love

Well, I have been at it again.  Playing with our Say It With Words Panels.  Today I wanted to show you the Faith Hope and Love Panel.  When I first saw this one I was really unsure what I wanted to do with it.  I had never made anything on point.  I dragged my feet, just a little, but I did.  So let me start by showing you what I had to work with…

First off…


Then…and this was my favorite part…
When we went to the Dallas Quilt Market this spring, it seemed just about every quilt had these on them.  I would never have thought about putting crystals on a quilt.  They add a completely different depth to the finished project.

They are so easy to apply using this little tool…

So…now for my finished project…
I was going for a Christmas tree look.  If you look closely, you can see where I applied the crystals.  When you step away from this quilt and look at it, it just sparkles.  

I would love to hear what you think of the quilt.  Hope you are having a great start to your week!