Category Archives: baby quilt

My Little Sunshine Blog Hop Reveal

August 28th 2017

Welcome to my day of the Blog Hop, where I finally get to reveal the secret sewing I’ve been up to. (click here for the other blog hop posts)

It’s been a week of suspense as we see the special project each of the blog hoppers  has made with My Little Sunshine, the new fabric line by Cherry Guidry of Cherry Blossoms Studio. I shared a bit about her on my last post here. She designs for Benartex  and her style is pretty, sweet and fun! This line is no different with a baby theme covering onesies, animals and the alphabet.

Right from the beginning I knew I wanted to make a diaper bag.

These prints and colors in My Little Sunshine play so well together I wanted to display that in some patchwork shown on the front pocket of the tote. I also used the extra charm squares to make a little changing mat.

It fits perfectly into the back pocket.

I was inspired when I added the detail to the pocket because Rick Rack makes anything cuter!

I tried new techniques I hadn’t done before like the gusset zipper and the outside binding. It definitely is far from perfect but I love the happy colors and functionality of zippers.

I used some of the selvage on the zipper pull, just for fun.

The duck print is my absolute favorite. I used it on the outside pocket, lining and for the straps which I made extra wide, because the bag is pretty big and will likely be heavy for moms toting little ones and all their gear.

I added my label to the straps. I had a general idea for the bag but as I played with the fabrics it kind of evolved as I went. No pattern or videos! It is completely lined and quilted and I used Shape Flex for the pockets to give it some body.

Cherry picked the perfect colors that work for baby boys or girls, add more pink for girls and more blue for boys! It was so fun playing with her new fabric line.

And to celebrate Benartex is giving away a Fat Quarter bundle of My Little Sunshine to a lucky winner! The deadline is August 30th, US addresses only please. Just leave a comment telling me what print do you remember from baby days? Perhaps some of Cherry’s fabric will jog your memory?

My fixation with the duck fabric comes for a dress my neighbor gave my daughter with darling little yellow ducks, we still have it!

Good luck on the giveaway!

Winners will be announced here please make sure your email shows from the comments so I can contact the lucky winner!

Pop-ups: The Blog Hop

February 9th 2016

Have you made a Pop-up yet? They are so fun! During this blog hop you’ll get to visit various blogs to see all the neat ways you can adapt a Pop-up and get a chance to win some by just leaving a comment.

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First off, let me say how totally practical these things are. They come in three sizes and are great to use in the car for trash, to hold hair clips, craft items, keys, snacks, baby items, the uses are endless. But the best part is that you can make them as pretty as you want. Jo did an introduction of this blog hop yesterday on her blog, check it out here.

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Today I am featuring my Duck Duck Goose pattern,

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and how nicely this large matching Pop-up (using XL spring) goes with it.

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This makes a great Baby Shower gift, you can put the quilt and other baby goodies right in the Pop-up. It can be re-used as a waste basket in a bathroom or a baby’s room or fill it with toys, blankets or toiletries for baby. This Ducky Pop-up features two ducks and the pattern was easy to adapt. The Duck Duck Goose (PDF or paper) pattern is included in one of the giveaways. You can even customize the colors if you want. And who doesn’t love a rubber ducky, right?

For instruction sheet on how to adapt the pattern go here or click below.

Ducky Promo blog

Below is the  Just Keep On Swimming quilt (available in (PDF or paper), it has a great “boy” or “summer” look to it that would complement any boy’s room and any age can be accommodated since this pattern comes with 3 size options. It’s perfect for a nautical or fishing theme.

Just Keep on Swimming, fish quilt
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This Large sized Pop-up features 3 fish easily adapted from the pattern (PDF or paper) and it was a cinch! This design is great for mixing and matching favorite fabrics. For the inside, I used a fabric covered in little fishes, great for I Spy games too. This would be so cute for a beach home decor for a boy’s room.

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For instruction sheet to adapt the pattern go here. This Pop-up goes with a large sized spring not featured in today’s giveaway but available here.

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To make this Extra large Pop-up, I  adapted my Peppermints pattern and I love how it looks.  It’s a great holiday gift idea, you can fill it with a Pop-corn tin and other festive snacks and just hand it over to your party host or family.

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Of course you can also put a Christmas quilt in it too if you want to, for that special family member or friend.

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For pattern adaptation sheet, go here or click below.

Peppermint promo blog

Other featured Pop-up Partners are:

February 8th: The Patchwork Pearl

February 9th: Me, Summercrafter YOU ARE HERE!

February 10th: Triangle Frenzy

February 11th: Seams like a Dream

February 12th:Custom Quilt Kits

February 13th: Cabin in the Woods

February 14, 15th: Surprise!!

February 16th: On Point Quilter

February 17th: Happy Memories Quilts

February 18th: Poorhouse Quilt Design 

February 19th: Swirly Girl Design

For Blog Hop Headquarters head on over to the Fat Quarter Gypsy’s blog

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There you’ll see who is next on the hop and have a chance at the Grand Prize. All grand Prize entry emails will be shared with 11 designers in the blog hop.

I will be having two giveaways, items shown above, as a bonus I have included my Watercolor Sea Horse pattern (which is NOT Pop-up friendly). All you have to do it leave a comment telling me how you would made and use your Pop-up!

Thanks you all for visiting and commenting and for the drawing….

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Baby Dean

April 23rd 2015

A new baby is almost here! He’s due to arrive very close to my birthday which is also exciting. Although I probably won’t meet him for a while, I have enjoyed making soft things for his new room (and his brother.) His mom chose the color palette which is really great for a boy, he can grow up and never have to change his room!

Here is the pillow I made, more about that  here.

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The quilt pattern was very simple and masculine, squares and rectangles in a repeating color palette of blue, gray and orange with white.

I got the fabrics over at Stitchin’ Stash on Etsy. Julie always goes the extra mile showing me how fabrics look together. I used nine fat quarters, three of each color.

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From each fat quarter I cut two 4 1/2″ squares and two 4 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ rectangles, for a total of 6 per color. (I used the remaining fat quarters to make the pillow.)  From white, I cut thirty 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangles for in-between the shapes plus nine  2 1/2″ x WOF (width of fabric) for the sashing.

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I also found the perfect backing to accent the baby room decor.

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Then it was time to sew, it came together so fast!

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I also made some arrow pillows, couldn’t help myself!

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Choosing which thread to use for the quilting proved difficult. I had to make samples to be sure. While blue was the color of choice, the orange retained it’s integrity better over the blue fabric. So ORANGE it was!! I did go with the stipple design to offset all the straight edges.

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The quilt size is 38″ x 50″.

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I also tried machine binding which was perfect!

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I really LOVE, LOVE, how it came out!

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Happy Birthday Baby Dean!

Quilt Market 2014: The Experience Part 2

November 17th 2014

I hope you don’t think I am stretching the Quilt Market posts too long, it did end 3 weeks ago, but since it was my first time…. I want to indulge a little longer. If you missed the first post featuring the wonderful designers I met (or just took a picture with) click here.  For this post, I am just going to share the awesome booths and things I saw as we traveled up and down the aisles at Quilt Market Houston, 2014.

Fig tree & co booth

This booth belongs to Fig Tree & Co by Joanna Figueroa for Moda. Her colors are so bright. I am so glad I was able to get a bundle of her new line Aloha Girl read her MODA LOVE Blog Tour post here, I think we can see where her inspiration comes from.

booth vincent van gogh by robert kaufman

This booth by Robert Kaufman features panels and blender fabrics inspired by the works and palette of Vincent Van Gogh, complete with easel, brushes and canvas.

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Well, after walking that entire huge Quilt Market floor several times, I paused just a moment wondering if someone would scold me for sitting in these cozy chairs, but my husband stopped me before I could wonder any longer. This is the cozy and home-y booth by American Made Brand launched in 2013. Their motto is “All-American fabric. Not just made here. Grown here.” If you want to buy some or see what’s available you can check at Fat Quarter Shop for some bundles and solids.

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I cannot begin to tell you anything about this booth except I think that’s Anna’s dress from Frozen. Sorry! But if you know, please leave a comment.

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I believe this is the Janome, Hello Kitty Sewing Machine for little sewers and that lovely cart (without the fabric) is from IKEA. I want a sewing corner like that!

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I went by this booth several times enjoying it’s bright and cheery appeal and that toadstool in the corner. Really cute stuff from Kids Quilts New Zealand.

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But nothing stopped me in my tracks faster than Christmas quilts. This booth by Cindi Edgerton was full of small and mini quilts that were very detailed yet totally doable, or so I thought. The secret is paper piecing! I bought two patterns (tree and snowman found here) from her Little Bits collection, hoping I’ll be brave enough to try it. Each pattern comes with “paper” to make the pattern twice.

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Yep, it was the Gingerbread House that drew me in. The designer is Marcia Leyton  from Tampa, Florida which is close enough to me I say. Click here to learn more about her work. Her quilts are embellished with Yo-yos and are fun and festive.

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I was really looking forward to get my hands on this collection “Bandana” by Me and My Sister Designs but the box was left somewhere and didn’t make it to the fabric spree in time. Darn it! I really like that color palette, kinda reminds me of sorbet, the kind you get to clean your palette in those fancy restaurants.

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Frozen was everywhere. Look at this lovely display by Michael Miller Fabrics. Isn’t that just dreamy with those drapes of fabric. Heart!

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This booth is by Passionately Sewn all the way from Australia! I love those Kimono girls, aren’t they darling?

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Then there is MODA. (Big Sigh) Everything on their block was super sized and beautiful and very busy! Check out those Yo-yos and at the top of the display, giant jelly rolls and spools of thread, I just wanted to play there all day! Look at the chair covers, their fabric spree bag was similar (got one!) and on every wall a gorgeous quilt to look at. They also had a cross stitch motif on the sign in the center of the yo-yos.

I really enjoyed all the fabric eye candy, I’m hoping that next year Summercrafter has a booth, I have it all figured out!

High Seas

June 29th 2014

Well, it’s official, it’s been summer for about a week and to celebrate I have made this quick and easy pirate pattern called High Seas. Finished size 37″ x 37″.

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It was loads of fun to see the images come together with such ease!

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I used this great “Pirate Treasure Map” fabric on the back. I quilted it in a stippling pattern so it looks like the “route” the ships took.

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  I also loved coordinating tonal chevron for the binding.

Buying the pattern is super easy, just click below and I’ll send you the PDF!

HIgh Seas back of pattern blog

High Seas Pattern introductory price of $6.00 throughout July! You can also visit my Craftsy shop!

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