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Welded Quilt {a free tutorial}


Art Gallery Fabrics and Fat Quarter Shop have once again teamed up to bring you a new {free} quilt tutorial: meet the Welded Quilt.

The Welded quilt is the 3rd free tutorial in a series of 4.  You might remember the Birchen quilt I made earlier this year–Birchen was a quilt from the same series.

Birchen Quilt

So, glad the weather was a little bit nicer this time around! =p

For Welded, I chose a warm, sunny mix of Art Gallery Fabrics.

Fabrics 2

From top to bottom, the fabrics are from the following collections:  Cultivate by Bonnie Christine, Happy Home by Sew Caroline, the next 4 are all from Curiosities by Jeni Baker, and the bottom fabric is from Sketchbook by Sharon Holland.

Together these fabrics create that “sherbet-y” mix I am always drawn to.


 This quilt top comes together quickly and I would say it’s beginner friendly.  Even though the quilt is set on point, the construction method used is an easy one.


Fat Quarter Shop has put together a great video detailing the construction of this quilt.

   If you like the quilt fabrics used in the video, you’ll find a kit here and the backing kit here.

The free pattern can be found here.

And here’s one more look at my Welded quilt.  I had such fun making it–thanks for asking me to sew along FQS! =)

Quilt 2

Have a wonderful weekend!  By the way, this would be a great weekend project if you are looking for some fun sewing.

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Winged Blog Tour


Hello, Hello!–I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.  We made it through–complete with the requisite holiday germs.  What is it about holidays and the sickies?…almost seems like you can’t have one without the other!  The girls are mostly on the mend–with some lingering coughs..and I was lucky enough to not get hit with it until yesterday–only one holiday party had to be missed.  I call that a success! =)

A few weeks back, I shared this wonderful stack of fabrics.  All Bonnie Christine fabrics for Art Gallery–it’s a mix of Reminisce, Sweet as Honey, & Winged.  And they go so beautifully together.  As soon as Bonnie asked me to participate in the Winged blog tour (to showcase her latest line of fabric, Winged), I knew that I wanted to mix these collections together–it’s “sherbety” goodness.

Bonnie Christine

When, I first started my project for this blog tour I had something completely different in mind.  I was going to share a quilt top with you along with a quick tutorial.  However, when I finished up the quilt top a couple weeks ago, I was so happy with the way it turned out that I ended up submitting it to a magazine to be considered for publication.  There’s one elusive magazine I’ve had my eyes set on that I’m hoping to get into–so we’ll see what happens.

In the meantime, here’s a little peek at the quilt top.

Quilt top

So, that left me with a project still needing to be completed for today–and very little fabric left over with which to use.  I decided to make a table runner using my Stashbuster Blocks (1 & 2)


I added in a few more of the browns and charcoals from Sweet as Honey to add a bit more contrast.  I machine quilted the runner and surprisingly enough, I machine bound it as well.  The machine binding turned out very well, cutting my binding strips at 2 1/8″ instead of 2 1/4″ made a world of difference.  I almost always opt to hand stitch my binding–but decided to machine bind and it turned out wonderfully.


The completed runner measures 12″ x 36″ and will be a welcome addition to my coffee table.


The Winged Blog Tour will be running through the 18th of this month.  Yesterday, Jo, shared her Winged project &  tomorrow Taylor will be sharing her project.

Are any of you working with Winged right now?–what are you making if so?


Waiting in the Wings

Bonnie & Camille


You know when you finish(or at least, mostly finish) one project you have a million others just waiting for you to dive in?  Well, that’s where I’m at this morning.  I just finished up my Underground Railroad quilt top yesterday:

Underground Railroad Quilt Top

And, now I’m ready to start another project–I know I should finish the quilting on this one but there is something so much fun about starting a new project and cutting into new fabrics.


It’s a little bit like when you finish a book you’ve been reading for awhile, you’ve become quite familiar with the characters, have lived with them, know their flaws and imperfections, their strengths.  And then, the book is over…and the characters in the next book are waiting, waiting to surprise you with their quirks and personalities.  It’s a blank slate, another opportunity to fall in love with a new cast of characters.  Finishing and Starting a new quilt is kinda like that.


I have 2 stacks of fabric taunting me from the sidelines, this wonderful Bonnie & Camille stack which is a mix of a number of different lines.  I have the pattern written up for this one and am just ready to dive in.

And I also have another Bonnie stack waiting for me–this one from Bonnie Christine:

Bonnie Christine

A mix of fabrics from Winged, Sweet as Honey, & Reminisce.  For this quilt I have the pattern somewhat ready–I think that I am going to offer it in tutorial form on my blog so I don’t really need to make a fancy pattern.


So, two bundles just waiting to be made.  And of course my little houses bundle also anxiously waiting to be built.

Liberty & Essex

Oh how much fun it is having fabrics just waiting to be transformed into a quilt!

I’m not headed to Quilt Market this weekend so that means I will have some sewing time.  Now to decide which project to start on!

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Scrappy Faux Piped Binding Tutorial

Faux Piped Binding

On Friday, I shared a little sneak peek over on facebook of what I had been working on .  And today, I’m excited to bring to you a binding tutorial that I’m pretty excited about.

You all know that I was finishing up the binding on Elonie’s quilt and had pretty much decided to do a scrappy binding after getting all of your opinions.  But, it stuck in my head that several of you had mentioned that you felt a scrappy binding usually detracts from the quilt itself.


After mulling this over a bit, I decided to try a scrappy faux piped binding done completely by machine.  Now, I have tried machine binding methods before and I have n.e.v.e.r. been happy with the results…pin this, glue that, and after binding only 15.2 quilts you, too, will have great machine bound quilts.  I’m picky about my binding, and I want the back to look as good as the front(preferably on the first try–if you click the picture above you can see the back side of my quilt binding in larger detail)–which I have never had success with with machine binding.  I found this method to be less finicky than other machine binding I have tried and I was much happier with the results right out of the gate.  I’m also excited to have a machine binding technique that I am happy with so I can choose not to hand stitch!  So, I’m excited to share this tutorial with you and some tricks I learned along the way.

Make Binding

First off, you’ll cut your binding strips as you normally would with one exception–you will be cutting two sets.  Cut the strips for the piping 1 3/4″ x wof(these are the colorful strips) and cut the strips for the main binding 1 1/2″(these are the white strips).  Sew all of the piping strips together(I use a mitred seam) & sew all of the white strips together(again, I use a mitred seam).  Tip:  Cut your strips as accurately as possible.  This will help with the accuracy of the piping width and seam along the backside of the quilt when you sew the binding down.


Next, sew the binding strips and the piping strips right sides together using a 1/4″ seam allowance.


Press the seam to one side.  I pressed toward the piping fabric to bulk it up a little bit to give it more the look of actual piping.  Tip:  Be careful when pressing to keep your strips as even as possible–the less ripples the more accurate the final result will be.  Next, press the strips wrong sides together–be careful to align the raw edges.  You’ll end up with some great piped binding.

PIped Binding

The next step is to sew the binding to the back of the quilt using a 1/4″ seam allowance.  Complete this step as you normally would when initially sewing binding to a quilt.  Somehow, I managed to not take a picture of this step but I think you get the idea. =)  After sewing down the binding to the back of the quilt, flip the binding to the front and machine quilt it down.

Align Walking Foot

Initially when I started this step, I carefully pinned the binding into place to insure everything lined up.  But, somehow, everything didn’t line up.  So, I gave it a whirl with no pinning and I found out that on my Bernina with a walking foot, if I lined up the right side of the foot with the fold and the needle in the ditch of the piping/binding that the seam on the back was perfect.  As long as I kept everything lined up the back was fantastic.  Now, of course there were times when I veered off a tad but all in all, pretty good!–You can click the 2nd picture from the top to get a larger view of the back to see the stitching(the row with no piping is the back of the quilt).   For the corners, I mitred them together as I got to them–this will take a bit more practice to get perfect–the key here is to make sure when you initially sew the binding to the quilt that your corners are neat and tidy.


You should end up with a great alternative binding to hand stitching–and hopefully with less frustration than machine binding can be!

Piped Binding

And, here’s Elonie’s finished quilt.  I think the scrappy piping is just perfect it doesn’t overwhelm the quilt and it’s not as harsh as a solid might have been or as busy as a print might have been.

Hope you all enjoy the tutorial!

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Rainbow Rows Quilt

I got Elonie’s Rainbow Rows Quilt back from Abby who did the quilting for me.  I couldn’t be happier with the way that it turned out.  When I had initially talked to Abby about the quilting, I had been thinking about straight line quilting it.  Instead, she suggested using a chevron pattern.  Abby has some great quilts pictured on her blog that she has chevron quilted, of which I’d been eyeing,  so  using that pattern on Elonie’s quilt was a welcome suggestion.

Photo Courtesy of www.latimerlane.blogspot.com

For Elonie’s quilt, I asked that the zigzags run vertically on the quilt to emphasize the rows.

I think it works very well with the rather geometric nature of the quilt.

Elonie is so tickled to have her quilt nearly finished.  She wanted to sleep with it the day we got it but I had to tell her that it still needed the binding sewed to it.  Speaking of the binding, any suggestions for what you would choose?  I had been planning on using a solid grey.  But, now I’m leaning a little bit towards a script print–maybe one of these?:

Image Courtesy of www.fabricworm.com

Or one of the Art Gallery Squared Elements fabrics–maybe one of the greys?:

Image Courtesy of www.hawthornethreads.com

Which direction would you go in?  I suppose I could also do a scrappy binding using all of the solids in the quilt–I’ve always been happy when I go that route as well.

Hope you all are having a great week!


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Bee Purposeful September

My fabric choices for this month.

September was Toni’s month in Bee Purposeful.  For this bee, that means it was her month to choose our theme/colors and she will be receiving all of the blocks, piecing & quilting the quilt top.

 I was so excited about what Toni chose for her month–she wanted a variety of churn dash blocks and this was our fabric inspiration:

Photo Courtesy of www.hoosiertoni.blogspot.com

For those of you who followed along with the SuperSized Sampler quilt along you may recognize that back print as being from the Reminisce line of fabric…so pretty!

Toni asked for various sized churn dash blocks–she posted a great tutorial for us on her blog.  I ended up making 3 different blocks for her.

First up is a pretty standard 12″ churndash.

I also made 4 small 6″ blocks which, when sewn together makes a 12″ block.  This block was the first one that I made–it’s interesting to me because that aqua crosshatch fabric makes that churn dash block look totally wonky and yet it’s not.

And I also made a churn dash in a churn dash block.  In this larger sized block, the aqua cross hatch doesn’t have the same effect as in the smaller version.

Toni has received some great blocks and I really like her color palette.  I’ll be sure to share the finished quilt–I think it’ll be great!

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Rainbow Row Along {Row #12} Last Row!

We’ve made it 12 weeks and we are now ready for the last row of your Rainbow Rows quilt!  Yay!–I know Elonie is ready to have her quilt finished!

For this row, I am using Pure Elements Cabernet.  I had such a hard time photographing the true color of this dark purple fabric.  You can best see it in this post–so just pretend that all the pictures below are a nice dark purple and not some off shade of black! =p

Fabric Requirements:  1/4 yard Cabernet Pure Elements Fabric by Art Gallery and  1/2 yard Moda Bella PFD White

From the Purple fabric cut (2) 2 1/2″ x wof strips; subcut into (16) 2 1/2″ squares, cut an additional (2) 2 1/2″ x wof strips; subcut into (8) 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ rectangles

From the White Fabric cut (2) 6 1/2″ x wof strips; subcut into (7) 6 1/2″ squares and (2) 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ rectangles, also cut (2) 2 1/2″ x wof strips; subcut into (32) 2 1/2″ squares

Sew together two white 2 1/2″ squares and one 2 1/2″ purple square as pictured.  Make a total of 16 units.

Sew together two of the units made above and one 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ purple rectangle to make a plus block.  Make a total of 8 blocks.

Sew together the plus blocks and the white 6 1/2″ squares–alternate pieced/white squares beginning and ending with a pieced block.  Sew a 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ white rectangle to the top and the bottom of the strip.

Sew the final strip to the Rainbow Rows Quilt Top.

And we now have a completed quilt top!  I hope you have all enjoyed these weekly installments of the Rainbow Rows Quilt.  I am glad to have a finished quilt that I hope Elonie will enjoy for years to come!

If you have made or are making a Rainbow Rows Quilt of your own I would love if you would share it in the LMS flickr group!

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Rainbow Row Along {Row #11}

For this weeks row we will be making our last appliqued polka dot row.  Row #11 Details:

Fabrics:  1/4 yard Verve Violet Pure Elements by Art Gallery Fabrics & 1/3 yard of Moda Bella PFD White and 1/2 yard HeatnBond Lite.

From the White solid cut (3) 3 1/2″ x WOF strips, trim selvages and sew end to end, cut 1 strip 3 1/2″ x 96 1/2″

From here, I’m going to refer you to the directions for Row #3.  Make an identical row using the Verve Violet fabric.  Remember this handy tip:

When you are ready to iron the circles onto the white strip, place the long white strip directly over top and centered onto the pink polka dot row in your quilt top.  Then you can lay the purple circles in place without having to measure their placement & it will be identical to all the dotty rows.

Sew the violet strip onto your Rainbow Rows quilt top.

Next week we will complete our quilt top with one last dark purple row.  If you’ve been sewing along for the last 11 weeks you’ve now got a pretty cool quilt top!

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Rainbow Row Along {Row #10}

Whew!–What a busy week and weekend I just had.  Fortunately I was still able to keep on track with my next row of Elonie’s quilt.  I’ve been excited about this block since designing the quilt–and it turned out just as cute as I had hoped.

For this row you will need:  1/2 yard of Tile Blue Pure Elements by Art Gallery Fabrics & 7/8 yd. Moda Bella PFD White.

From the Blue Fabric cut: (2) 8 1/2″ x wof strips; cut into (8) 8 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ rectangles

From the White Fabric: cut (4) 2 1/2″ x wof strips; cut (16) 2 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ rectangles, cut (3) 2 1/2″ x wof strips; cut into (8) 2 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ rectangles, cut (2) 4 1/2″ x wof strips; cut into (16) 4 1/2″ squares, cut (1) 2 1/4″ x wof strip; cut into (16) 2 1/4″ squares

Place a 4 1/2″ white square right sides together in the corner of the blue rectangle.  Sew a diagonal line.

 Trim a 1/4″ seam allowance and press.   Sew a 4 1/2″ white square on the other top corner(on the 8 1/2″ side).  Sew a diagonal, trim a 1/4″ seam and press.

 In the same manner, complete the bottom two corners using the 2 1/4″ squares.

Sew a 2 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ white rectangle to the sides of the Raindrop block.  Press away from the center.  Sew a 2 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ rectangle to the bottom of the block.  Press away from the center.  Make a total of (8) 12 1/2″ Raindrop Blocks.

 Sew the Raindrops together to complete Row #10.

Sew the row onto the Rainbow Rows quilt top.

Next week we are onto the purples!

On a side note: For those of you following along on the SuperSized Block Along, I updated the the “Cutting Instructions for the Whole Sampler”.  If you saved or printed out the cutting instructions before Saturday morning double check to make sure that you have the current version on my blog.  I changed up the piecing on one of the blocks to make it a little bit easier.  If you have already cut the pieces for the entire sampler you will have just a few more pieces to cut.  It doesn’t change the yardage requirements at all.  

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Rainbow Rows {Row #6}

Our summer has come to an end and we are now going to have to get back into school routine mode.  Miss Chloe’s first day of 3rd grade begins today and with it our care free summer is gone.  With school comes bed times, early mornings, soccer practices/games, homework and all of the other things a new school year brings.  I always hate to see our summer come to a close.  I don’t know if I will ever be “that mom” that is excited to send her kidders off to school.  I’m sure if I had more than two my mind could be swayed in that direction. =p

This week brings us to Row #6 in our Rainbow Row Along.  Its our first green row.  For this week you will need:

3/4 yard of Dark Citron Pure Elements by Art Gallery & 3/4 yard of Moda Bella PFD White

From both the Green and White Fabrics cut (6) 4 1/2″ x WOF strips.

Next, sew the strips into 4 strip sets (2) Green/White/Green sets and (2) White/Green/White sets.  Press to the green.

Cut the strips sets into 4 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ rectangles.  You will need a total of (12) Green/White/Green pieces and (12) White/Green/White pieces.

Sew together the rectangles to complete the row.

And then sew the green row to your quilt top.

And another shot of the first 6 rows.

I hope you all are enjoying these fun quick rows!  Elonie is very anxious for me to complete this quilt.  Every time I complete a new row she has to try it out. =)  For those of you sending kidders off to school today I wish them all a great first week!