Friday, July 26, 2013

Bakeshop- Boho Stacked Squares Quilt

   I can't believe it but, I have never actually made a bakeshop quilt!  I was looking through the free patterns for moda and fell in love with this pattern the first time I saw it!  The original quilt uses 1 layer cake and 2 jelly rolls for a throw size quilt.  The pattern and pictures of it our here.  I wanted to make a baby size quilt so I modified the original "recipe" and here it is...

1 Boho charm pack
1 Boho jelly roll
1/2 yard of white fabric

  Cut your white fabric into 6 - 2 1/2" x WOF strips

  I used 30 of the charm pack squares.  I paired them with the jelly roll strips and white strips.  In order to get away with using only one jelly roll I cut the outer strips in half, long ways.  For the outer strips one jelly roll strip will be for 2 blocks.

For each block:
1- 5" x 5" square
2- 2 1/2" x 5"
2- 2 1/2" x 9"
2- 1 1/4" x 9"
2- 1 1/4" x 10 1/4" strips

  Block Assembly:

   Here is all the blocks finished, which would look good just like that but I'm gonna do something a little crazier.

  Once all my blocks where completed you cut them into 4 equal squares.  Each square should end up being 5" squared.

  You then lay them out on your design wall or floor, in an arrangement that pops out at you :)  I looked at the original pattern to get an idea on layout.

  Then carefully sew your blocks together and wa-la. 

  Here is the quilt all top stitched and ready for binding.  I used the extra squares on the back just like the original recipe.   I was excited I found a top stitch design so close to the patterns in my fabric.  I am very happy with how it turned out.  The quilt is 40" x 45" so an over sized baby quilt.


Thursday, July 25, 2013

Quilt in a Day - Ten Little Things

  I have been eyeing this cute fabric collection at my local fabric store and I thought I would just go for it before it disappears.   It's called Ten Little Things by Jenn Ski.  It's really nice when the collection has a lot of different fabrics to choose from.  I ended up buying 16 half meters and the panel. I will get at least 2 large baby quilts out of it.

  My sister had a baby earlier this year and I thought with all the quilts I make it would only be fair to make the little guy one too. 

  While I was waiting to get my fabric cut at the store I came across this basket of free patterns.  Even though this is for a Christmas quilt, it would transfer over perfectly for my ten little things fabric.

  This is a really easy quilt and very fast.  I changed the pattern sizes a little and ended up with am over sized baby quilt,  40" x 50".   I got the whole quilt done in a day :)

  I was very excited about the quilt and went and top stitched it the next day.  Since the fabric is already so busy I chose a very simple bubble pattern.   I used variegated blue and yellow thread.

    Well Colton I hope you like your quilt!


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Chopsticks Quilt- Serenade Fabric Collection by Kate Spain

  My sister gave me this beautiful Chopsticks quilt pattern by Jaybird Quilts.  I had quite a few of the fabrics from the Serenade collection by Kate Spain, so I thought I'd try it out. 

  I couldn't find the triangle cutting tool at my local fabric stores so I made a template instead.  After cutting most of the quilt out I ran out of a crucial fabric, the grey that goes around the triangles.  I could only find the fabric at Burgundy Buttons in the States for a decent price, so the quilt went on hold for 3 weeks or so.  Since I had to wait anyways I went around to some quilting stores to find the creative grids 12" equilateral triangle. This triangle ruler will come in handy for the one block wonder quilts I make as well.   Oh what a difference having the right ruler instead of a template makes!  Just so this is a true blog I will admit I screwed up on my template in the first place hence the reason I had to order more fabric.  I cut the strips wrong.... and even cut some of my triangles wrong.  Ahhh quilting my relaxing yet frustrating time to myself.

  After spending so much time cutting out this quilt I realized I have been a little spoiled with a lot of my recent quilts having the accuquilt GO! There was a lot of cutting for this quilt! At weird angles!

  All together I made 140 triangles.  I am hoping to make a queen size quilt and I think I might have enough for a throw quilt as well.  Funny enough I actually haven't made a quilt for my own bed.  This may be the one...maybe. 

  Having my new design wall makes me very happy!   I spent some time figuring out a pattern to see what my quilt could look like.

  I spent a couple days sewing together my rows,  I did 8 rows of 14.  My quilt will end up being around 90" x 92" once I cut the edges to make them straight.  I think I am going to add another row though,  I wanted it to be a little bigger then that for my queen bed.  The triangles were somewhat difficult at times to get them perfectly precise.  I got it most times but a couple I'm not really happy with. 

  Overall it's an interesting quilt, a fresh take on triangles.   Now I get to go have fun with the long arm.   It's really fun doing your own quilt on the machine opposed to a customers cause there is a lot less pressure.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Accuquilt Scraps Project

  I have used my Accuquilt GO! for quite a few projects now and the scraps are piling up... During our renovation and move I was quite tempted to get rid of all these bags but the thriftiness in me made me keep them.

 I thought I would start off with the lush Michael Miller fabric, I just finished a quilt using this fabric and I thought a throw pillow would be nice to go with it.  This is what most of the scraps looked like (below).  I could get some triangles and strips out of the scrap. 
  I started off by just cutting a whole bunch of strips and putting them in piles beside my machine.

  I was inspired by a scrappy piece quilt my grandma made.  I thought if I just keep sewing the strips around and around like a spider web it was bound to come out looking like something pretty cool. 

  I really underestimated how much time it would take to sew all those tiny strips together.  My blog should actually be called the impatient quilter.  Eventually it grew to a size that I could cut it into a square.  It ended up being 18" x 18". It is actually really neat and I think a good way to use up those 3/4" strips.   It might not be for everybody but it was kinda free to make so...


Monday, July 8, 2013

Hexagon Quilt Finished


  After putting this half finished hexagon quilt off to the side for a couple months, it was time to finish up this old project.  It is made out of the Michael Miller Lush fabric collection (the orange fabric is Valorie Wells).  I cut all my hexagons using my Accuquilt Go! cutter.  The original post is here.
  I decided to add some borders to make it a twin.  Before top stitching it, it was around 70 x 86. 
  I wanted to try out a new binding technique of folding over the backing.  In my case I decided to fold the front to the back.  In hindsight I should have folded the back to the front because I lost a lot of size to the quilt.  There's a great tutorial here for this method of binding.
  My finished quilt turned out to be  66 x 82.  Overall I am very happy with the way it turned out.  I did a loopy daisy pattern using Glide peacock (90256) thread.  The fabric really suits the hexagon design. 


Thursday, July 4, 2013

Grip-Lite Clamps

  After working with the original clamps that came with the gammill machine I needed a change.  They are strong clamps but they weigh down the quilt and only clamp a small part of it.   I ordered Grip-Lite clamps from  They came highly recommended so I thought we'd try them. 

  So guess what?  There wonderful.  There much wider and light weight.  The original clamps are 3/4" wide and these clamps are over 6" wide.  They have a special grip tape that holds onto the quilt really nicely.  My favourite part is the elastics, you can pull and clamp the quilt and it's tight without having to always run and adjust your velcro.  I would highly recommend them.  There about $26.99 for a pair but worth the money in my opinion.  Especially if you work with a lot of minky type backing, lightweight clamps are a must.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Grandma's Quilts

  My Grandmother sent my mother some quilt tops to finish and I thought I would feature them because they are so lovely.  I can always remember my grandma sewing cloths.  Beautiful matching dresses for me and my 4 older sisters.  We have many pictures of us all lined up or in a photo shoot with our pretty dresses.  One Christmas she sewed everybody 2 sets of pajamas each, that's like over 32 pajamas!  I never got to see any of her Quilts until now. 

  This first quilt is a patchwork quilt.  Each piece is hand embroidered and must of taken her years!  There is even some left over fabric from our dresses in there.  My mom put a paisley flower all over design on it. 

The other quilt she sent us was a diamond design quilt.  My mom put a grapes with leaves all over pattern on it to pick up the pattern in the fabrics. 
  It was really nice to see some of my grandmas quilts.  So many talented family quilters!!! (to compete with ;))