This week I’m working on creating templates for the 12.5″ block. They should be done and up on Craftsy by Friday.
I have a tutorial for my Clockwise Pinwheel Coasters! You’ll need:
- A copy of the templates
- 11 different scraps of fabric: 8 for the pinwheel, 1 for background, 1 for backing, and 1 for binding
- scrap of batting
Gather your supplies. I chose a rainbow of fabrics for the pinwheel. Download and print the templates. I like to iron a few layers of freezer paper to the back of my templates before cutting them out – they’re more durable and (I think) the extra thickness makes cutting easier.
Cut the following pieces:
- 5″ square of batting
- 5″ square of backing fabric
- 2″ x 24″ strip of binding fabric
- 8 triangles for the pinwheel
- 4 background A pieces
- 4 background B pieces
Lay out your coaster. Alternate background A and B pieces around the outside of the pinwheel.
Line up the background pieces right-sides-together with the triangles. On the right is Background A lined up with a triangle, on the left is Background B lined up with a triangle and ready to sew. Notice the colorful “ears” peaking out behind the background.
Stitch the pieces together using a scant 1/4″ seam allowance. Start stitching at the straight edge and stitch towards the “ears.” Press the seams open. Lay out your coaster again.
Stitch together pairs of triangles. Press the seams open.
Stitch the squares together. Press the seams open. Make the quilt sandwich (top-batting-backing) and quilt your coaster. Trim. Bind. Repeat 3x more for a set of coasters. Cheers!
This spring the MMQG hosted a “get inspired” challenge. The guidelines were to find inspiration and use it to make a quilty project. Inspirations and projects were shared at the April meeting, which I had to miss
I spent the first months of this year finding inspiration in everything… board games, sunsets, bookcovers. I noticed Evil Twin beers – their labels are fantastic and so many of them would translate easily into modern quilts. Their logo even looks like a quilt block.
Or the Two Carat Quilt Pattern:
Or the Pantry Staples Pattern:
Leave a comment by Sunday May 10th to be entered to win. I’ll notify the winner via email by Wednesday May 13th. If you need a prompt, let me know what size quilt you usually make. For a bonus entry, follow me on Instagram and leave a comment with your Instagram username.
I’m thrilled to release a new quilt pattern today – the Two Carat quilt. It’s a clean geometric design that works equally well with solids and prints. The pattern includes directions for two sizes – baby (36″ x 48″) and throw (60″ x 72″) – along with templates and detailed cutting diagrams. Fabric is used efficiently and there are minimal leftovers. You will not have a pile of half-diamonds left over from this project!
This is the baby size quilt in girly-girl pinks and blues. The quilt top requires (2) 1/2 yard cuts and (5) 1/4 yard cuts – so a total of only 2 1/4 yards.
I finished the quilt with simple straight-line quilting 1/4″ from the seams so it is extra crinkly and cuddly. I think this quilt would also look sharp with a baby’s name or birth year free-motion quilted in one of the large diamonds.
Here’s a second baby quilt with Elk Grove fabrics by Jay-Cyn. This fabric is gorgeous and so, so soft – perfect for a baby quilt! I used 8 different prints for this variation: 2 half-yard cuts of solids and 6 fat quarters in different prints.
The throw quilt uses the same size templates, just more pieces. The layout for the throw quilt includes 2 sets of large diamonds.
You’ll invest more time in the cutting than you will in the piecing. Cutting diamonds and triangles using templates takes a little more time (I think) than cutting rectangles with a ruler, but piecing the quilt top goes quickly. The pattern includes tips for accuracy in cutting and piecing. This pattern is suitable for intermediate or adventurous advanced beginners.
I’ve been working on a new pattern, and it’s finally ready to share! It’s a set of paper piecing templates for 14 different bottles and jars, and 15 different labels. It’s a choose-your-own-adventure kind of a pattern – you can mix and match the labels and containers, or make containers without labels. My favorite block I’ve made so far is the little red jar of cherry pie filling.
A close runner-up for favorite is the little blue jelly jar.
The little round spice jar is the smallest block, measuring just 2″ x 2″. I’ve been slowly gathering more text prints, to make cute labels like the one on the right.
The milk bottle is the largest block, measuring 4″ x 7 7/8″. The tulip jar on the right is modeled after the Weck canning jars that are so popular now.
I used the blocks to create a table runner, 12″ x 40″. I used straight-line quilting, spacing the lines using the edge of my walking foot.
This was such a fun pattern to make – drawing all the different jars and labels was quite addictive. I want to turn everything into a paper piecing pattern now!
I’ve been kicking around the idea of a plaid quilt for a while. This summer I did a lot of sketches, some math, bought some fabric and stitched a baby quilt. And then I wrote up the pattern.
I wanted a simple, bold, macro-view of a plaid pattern. I wanted the crossing of stripes to mimic a woven plaid, where two stripes combine to create a new color. I also wanted it to be efficient – quick and easy to piece, with minimal leftover fabric. Although the top of the quilt uses 10 different fabrics, there is not a lot leftover. For 5 of the fabrics only a fat eighth or 1/8 yard is required.
The finished dimensions are 36″ x 50″, which is big enough to cover a standard toddler bed. I made this quilt for a baby boy, but I know it would look equally cute in girly colors. I already have plans for a few more.
I quilted the background pretty densely and quilted into the plaid stripes by about 1/8″. I think straight lines at a 45 degree angle across the whole quilt or meandering in the background would also look great.
I’ve written up the pattern and it’s available in my etsy shop. The pattern includes tips for selecting fabric, detailed instructions and diagrams for cutting and piecing the top.
I want to put together a little set of knitted play food. I was inspired by all the fancy schmancy play kitchens I’ve seen lately and some adorable knitting patterns I found on ravelry. I’ve started with the fruit bowl:
Figure 1. Still life with fruit
Orange (ravelry link)
With US5 DPNs, cast on 6 stitches and join in round.
Row 1: Kfb all sts
Rows 2, 4, 6, 8, 10: knit
Row 3: K1, Kfb. Repeat 6 times
Row 5: K2, Kfb. Repeat 6 times
Row 7: K3, Kfb. Repeat 6 times
Row 9: K4, Kfb. Repeat 6 times
Row 11: K5, Kfb. Repeat 6 times
Row 12-15: knit
Row 16: K5, K2tog. Repeat 6 times
Rows 17, 19, 21, 23: knit
Row 18: K4, K2tog. Repeat 6 times
Row 20: K3, K2tog. Repeat 6 times
Row 22: K2, K2tog. Repeat 6 times. At this point, you should start stuffing your orange with fiberfill.
Row 24: K1, K2tog. Repeat 6 times
Row 25: K2tog. Repeat 6 times. Finish stuffing your orange with fiberfill.
Cut yarn, thread tail through remaining 6 stitches. Embroider a green asterisk
(*) on the top. Weave in all ends. Play with your food 😛
I just finished writing up a pattern for staghorn cable wrist warmers. The pattern starts at the wrist, so it’s easy to make them longer or shorter depending on the amount of yarn you have. Mine each used up a ball of yarn about the size of an apricot. These are a super quick knit and a great use for small amounts of yarn left over from other projects.
Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes, can substitute any worsted weight wool
Needles: US6 and US7 dpns
Gauge: 5 sts and 5.5 rnds per inch