Sunday, July 5, 2015

Christmas In July! {Poinsettia Table Topper}

Hi there! We are kicking off our annual Christmas in July series today! I am so excited to share all of the fun projects with you from the most fabulous and creative ladies!

Here is our schedule for the coming month: 

Today we are kicking things off with My Quilt Infatuation!

Hello, friends!  I'm Kelly, and I am so thrilled to kick off the Christmas in July project series!  I'm a modern quilter, blogger, pattern designer, wife, mom, and former teacher.  I wear lots of hats, as I know many of us do, and my blog home is My Quilt Infatuation.  I'm so excited to share my Poinsettia Table Topper using Kate Spain's brand new Christmas collection, Jingle!

I absolutely love Kate Spain fabric, and this line is no exception.  The colors and prints are classic, but they feel very fresh and modern.  They're clearly Christmas prints without being overly kitschy.

For this project you will need four different prints, plus backing and binding fabric.  I love fabric variety, so I used two different prints from the collection for a total of six prints.

To make this Poinsettia Table Topper, you will need-

1/3 yard- Jingle Incline Multi (binding)

Cutting your fabric-

Centers of flowers-
from 1/8 yd. Jingle Birds and Berries Snow, cut 
(4) 4.5 inch squares

Primary petals-
from 1/2 yard Jingle Noel Crimson, cut 
(16) 4.5 x 6.5 inch pieces

Secondary petals- 
from 1/2 yard Jingle Winter Wishes, cut 
(16) 2.5 x 4.5 inch pieces
(16) 2.5 x 6.5 inch pieces

from 1/3 yard Jingle Holly Cedar, cut 
(16) 4.5 inch squares 
(48) 1.5 inch squares

from 3/8 yard background fabric, cut
(64) 2.5 inch squares
(32) 1.5 inch squares
(2) 1.5 x 16.5 inch sashing strips
(1) 1.5 x 33.5 inch sashing strip

Okay!  Let's make the blocks!  This project is made from four blocks, and although it seems like a lot of pieces, they go together pretty quickly- I promise!

Each block requires-
(1) 4.5 inch center square
(4) 4.5 x 6.5 inch primary petals
(4) 2.5 x 4.5 inch secondary petals
(4) 2.5 x 6.5 inch secondary petals
(4) 4.5 inch leaves
(8) 1.5 inch leaf squares
(16) 2.5 inch background squares
(12) 1.5 inch background squares

This block requires corner to corner sewing, which can be done with a few different methods.  Some people like to draw a line on the back of each square, and some prefer to use a piece of painter's tape on your sewing machine and table to use as a guide.  Personally, I like to throw caution to the wind and just eyeball it.  Since these pieces are small, they are easy to keep aligned.

Now, I think it goes faster to piece this block in stages, working on one part for the whole block instead of running back and forth to my ironing board fifty times.  So, start by sewing four of the small leaf print squares to each corner of the center square.  This center square is a great place for fussy cuts, but I didn't take it that far.  I did, however, make sure that each center square had a little cardinal in it somewhere.

Then, sew two 1.5 inch white squares on one end, and two 1.5 inch leaf print squares to the other end of the primary petals as shown.  Go ahead and make all four of these!

Divide the secondary petals in half.  Each set should have (4) 2.5 x 4.5 inch pieces, and (4) 2.5 x 6.5 inch pieces.  You'll see why this is important in the next step.  Take one set of secondary petals and sew 2.5 inch squares to the narrow sides as shown by the arrow.

Okay, take special note of this next part because it's important- With the second set, sew 2.5 inch squares in the other direction.  I added arrows to my pictures to make sure this is very clear.

The final bit of corner to corner sewing is the leaves.  Sew the last two 2.5 inch squares to opposite sides of the leaf print.  You'll need to make four of these.

Now for the trimming.  This part is easy peasy!  Just trim the excess fabric 1/4 inch from each seam.  like this-

I know it seems like a ton of those little corners, but they go quickly when you get into it.  You can see how much slower it would be if you took each piece to the ironing board separately though, right? Now that they are all sewn and trimmed though, one trip to the iron is all you need.  Give those corners a press.  

Time to create the corner units!  This includes the leaves and secondary petals.  Sew two corner units like this-

and the other two like this-

This is why sewing the secondary petals in opposite directions was so important earlier.  This allows you to create two of the corner units and the other two with a mirror image.  I think keeping the longer dark red pieces aligned makes the finished block look more polished.

Once you're at this stage, the rest is a breeze!  Just lay out your block, and sew it together like a nine patch block!

Voila! A beautiful poinsettia block, measuring 16.5 inches (16 inches finished).  Trim to 16.5 inches if needed.

Once you have all four of your blocks put together, join them together in pairs, using the short sashing strips.

And join the pairs together using the long sashing strip.  After that, just quilt and bind as desired, and enjoy!  This little quilt finishes at 33 inches, so it's a perfect size for a table centerpiece, or even to hang on the wall.  I love the shape created by the negative space between the blocks.  It's almost like a snowflake!

I hope you enjoy making this project as much as I loved creating it, and I hope you'll hop over and say hello to me at my blog home, My Quilt Infatuation!

Thanks Kelly for the most lovely Table Topper! You can find Kelly:

Friday, July 3, 2015

Fabric Frenzy Friday #70

Happy Friday, and 4th of July weekend!! We are hosting the whole family over at our house this year and it's going to be one full house!  :)  I am excited to spend the weekend with my family - there's going to be lots of good food, games, and of course fireworks! 

I hope you all have a fun and safe Holiday weekend! :)


AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL is today's 8 piece Bundle Batch!  Celebrating America's Birthday, this bundle includes a fabulous USA map PANEL bundled with 7 fat quarters in red, white, and blue!

PANEL is approximately 24" X 44".

Please note - the white print is mini white stars on white.   It was difficult to capture in our photo!

Included in each bundle are one cut of each  (in order from top to bottom):
  1. USA Map PANEL - Timeless Treasures
  2. Mini White Stars on White - Timeless Treasures
  3. Pinhead Red - Michael Miller
  4. Spot On Red - Robert Kaufman
  5. Scarlet Net - Dear Stella
  6. Essentials Petite Dots Light Blue - Wilmington
  7. Stonehenge Land of the Free Stars Blue - Northcott
  8. Petit Point Indigo - Michael Miller

Now that we shared our fabric for the week, we want to see yours!  

Here is your chance to link up anything to do with fabric! You can link up finished quilts, a work in progress, a new fabric you just bought, a project made with fabric, or maybe you just want to show off some of your stash.  Anything goes--as long as it has to do with fabric! 

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

5 Things {Allison Harris}

Hi there! We are so excited to have Allison Harris from Cluck Cluck Sew stop by today for our 5 Things series! 

Allison is the talent behind Cluck Cluck Sew! She has been a long time blogger and pattern designer and has recently started designing fabric for Windham Fabrics.  Her newest collection Hazel will be out this fall! We love her new line and you can pre-order this lovely collection HERE.

Before we get to the five things, I asked Allison a few specific questions about her work and inspiration! I hope you enjoy getting to know Allison as much as I have! 

Where do you get your inspiration from?
Everywhere!  I've found inspiration in architecture, floors, rugs, stamps, never know when inspiration will strike!

What was the first thing you designed?
That would have to be barbie clothes when I was 10.  They were super ugly. 

What are you currently working on? 
Finishing some baby quilts and a fourth fabric line.  Deadlines are looming!

What does your creative space look like? 
Right now it looks like a mess...I'm shuffling things around, so it looks like a bomb when off in there.  I can't sew or work in a mess, so I need to get it cleaned up stat!

 Here are five things: 

1.  I met my husband on the sidewalks of Sevilla, Spain.  I was doing study abroad and he was on a Church mission, I knew I was supposed to marry him from the day I met him...but he took a little more convincing once he was home.  ;) 

2.  My degree is in Microbiology....germs are my jam. 

3.  I could literally eat cheesecake for every meal.  EVERY MEAL.  It has protein right?  

4.  I love financial books.  I've never been a big fan of fiction...but give me a stack of books on the stock market and I'm a happy camper.  So if you ever need advice on index funds...I'm your girl.  

5.  I like old music.  Gladys Knight's "Midnight Train to Georgia" will always be my favorite song for ever and ever.  I even told her that in person once...and I may have cried...and she may have called security.  Ok that last part didn't happen, but there were tears.  ;) 

I hope you enjoyed getting to know Allison as much as I have! You can find Allison:

Talk to you soon,

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

June Mystery Project #4 {Bonus Projects}

Hi there! So, I hope you saved up all your scraps from your June Mystery Bundle!  I have TWO bonus projects to share with you!  

Look at all these fabulous projects I've made with the June Mystery Bundle!

First up is this super cute and easy pincushion! You really can't have enough of these in my opinion! I am on a pincushion kick right now, and have made several in the last month or two! I love making them because they are so simple, but very functional! They also would make a great gift for your quilty friends! 

My inspiration for this pincushion came from Bee in my Bonnet, she made the most lovely pincushion a few weeks back, I had to make one of my own!

I love the fact that these have tiny little boxed corners--they are so very cute and make the pincushion sit nice and flat.   It is a lot easier than it looks, and once you've made one -- you will want to make several more!

You will follow Lori's tutorial, but to make my version, you will just make a simple 9 -patch block!

To do that you need:

Click HERE for Tutorial!  If you would like to make one just like hers, you can find her Apron Strings block in her new book Farm Girl Vintage! You can purchase in our shop!  HERE

Next up is a simple Sewing Machine Cover!  I made one of these a few months back, and thought I'd better make another one, because I have three sewing machines, and none of them had covers!  I figured I needed to fix that ASAP! ;) The one I am showing you today, I made for my main sewing machine - "Betty" my Bernina.  

This was super simple to make, and there is hardly any "thinking" involved in making this! You basically just sew strips together until you have the size you need to cover your machine.  Since my machine sits flush with my sewing table, mine is on the smaller side, but for those of you that have your sewing machine sit on top of your tables, you would just make yours long enough to fit over you sewing machine.  

I loved making this, and now Betty has a nice cover that is not only pretty, but functional too! :) 

I just used some coordinating ribbons for the ties, but you could easily use fabric strips and make them into ties if you didn't have any ribbon.  I also had to piece my backing so that I had a big enough piece for the back.

The cover I am linking you to is a little different then the one I made with my left over pieces, but you could make either one with your scraps!

Click HERE for Sewing Machine Tutorial

If you decide to make the one I made, you will just sew various strips together until you get a big enough piece to cover your sewing machine.  Then simply follow the same instructions in the link above for attaching the ribbons!

Well that's it for June's Mystery Projects! I hope you had fun making them! Please shoot me an email with pictures if you have made any of the projects! I would love to see them! (

Talk to you soon,

Saturday, June 27, 2015

June Mystery Project 3 {Ric Rac Tea Towels}

Hi there! Today I am excited to share the third mystery project with you! (I have a bonus project to share later this week, so be sure to keep all your scraps)  

I have a love for decorating my kitchen.  I love to collect old trinkets and vintage kitchen items and scatter them throughout my kitchen.  The rolling pin in the picture below was my grandmother's rolling pin. I love that it has yellow handles, and you can see that it was used a lot! There are a lot of markings and scuffs on it! My grandma was a great cook, and I imagine she made many yummy things with this rolling pin!  My grandma was also a great seamstress.  I like to think some of my love of sewing came from her.  I think she would have enjoyed making these towels for her kitchen and probably would have made several sets! 

Click HERE to purchase June Mystery Bundle!

I love to sew functional things! One of my favorite things to make are tea towels! They are a breeze to make, and I hang them everywhere!  I have a set hanging from an old vintage window, a set hanging from a ladder, and another set hanging from a corner iron shelf.  They add a fun touch to my kitchen, and I love switching them out with different holiday ones! So today, I thought I would share this very simple version of tea towels, that you can either use as actual towels, or you can just hang them up for decoration! :)  

I hope you enjoy making these as much as I did! :) 

Talk to you soon,

Friday, June 26, 2015

Fabric Frenzy Friday #69

Happy Friday friends! :) I had such a great weekend last week - I went on a little sewing retreat with some friends and my mom.  We had so much fun sewing together! I just love the quilting/sewing community so much, I feel blessed to be apart of it! I wish every weekend could be a sewing weekend! ;)  While I was there I worked on some secret sewing, and I can't wait to share it with you all!

I hope you all have a fun and safe weekend! Let's get to this week's bundle:

We have the most delicious bundle to share with you today! 

CHOCOLATE DIPPED is today's 8 piece Bundle Batch!  Indulge yourself in this delectable bundle full of chocolate goodness!

Included in each bundle are one cut of each  (in order from top to bottom):
  1. Les Chocolats - Timeless Treasures
  2. Love at First Bite Chocolate Dots - Windham
  3. Essentials Criss-Cross Burnt Brown - Wilmington
  4. Painter's Canvas Brown - Michael Miller
  5. Love at First Bite Sketched Cupcakes - Windham
  6. Essentials Petite Dots Espresso - Wilmington
  7. Impressions Moire Brown - Clothworks
  8. Miniatures Cream Dots Brown - Windham

Need more than a fat quarter? You can purchase this bundle in 1/2 yard cuts rather than fat quarters.

Now that we shared our fabric for the week, we want to see yours!  

Here is your chance to link up anything to do with fabric! You can link up finished quilts, a work in progress, a new fabric you just bought, a project made with fabric, or maybe you just want to show off some of your stash.  Anything goes--as long as it has to do with fabric! 

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*Please visit some other links and leave a comment! :) 

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

5 Things {Kate Spain}

Hi there!  We are continuing our 5 Things series! Today we get to learn more about the lovely Kate Spain! Jodie and I actually had the chance to meet Kate last year at Quilt Market, and she is just the sweetest and loveliest person!

Alright! Let's get started! 

Kate is a fabulous and well-known designer for Moda Fabrics.  She has designed some of our most favorite fabric collections and has a very unique style.  Among fabric designing, Kate licenses her drawings, patterns, and photographs to manufacturers around the world.(source) You can find Kate's lovely designs on anything from bedding, pillows, rugs, paper, and of course fabric! 

Before we get to the five things, I asked Kate a few specific questions about her work and inspiration! I hope you enjoy getting to know Kate as much as I have! 

Where do you get your inspiration from?

Absolutely everwhere! The patterns and designs I create are often a result of being a careful observer of the details all around me. You’d be surprised how the smallest motif from a decorative doorknob or flower buds and blooms can be the source for graphic inspiration. Photography is a way to document what/how I see and helps me to zoom in on the details to record what I encounter…flowers, leaves, colors, natural shapes and textures. There is inspiration everywhere and always something new to discover. Come follow along with me on Instagram! If you like cats...well...there are also plenty of feline photos. I can't help it.

What was the first thing you designed?
Ever? Hmm...when I was about 6, I designed stencils for my bedroom. One was a flower and the other was a bird singing my name in a speech bubble. With my Mom's help, we painted them onto the bubble-gum-pink walls. Fast forward, and the first thing I designed after starting my own business was a set of paper plates that were sold at Target stores. A "pinch me" moment for sure!

What are you currently working on?
I just completed the designs for my next Christmas fabric collection and am now designing two new quilt patterns for fall quilt market that will go with the fabric line I'll be showing there (more on that later). I'm also working on a new line of bedding, and a presentation to a stationery company. My newest Christmas collection, Jingle,  just shipped to stores (pattern is available in our online shop). 

Elements, my new thread collection with Aurifil is now available (also in our shop). 

Annnd, I'm getting excited for the release of Canyon! I've already seen some projects using precuts from Quilt Market and am loving what people are making with it. I have two patterns, Geodeand Desert Rose, available in our shop if anyone is interested. Never a dull moment around here!

Pre-Order Canyon HERE

What does your creative space look like?

It's bright, sunny, colorful and usually pretty clean *wink, wink*.

1. I love to cook. One of my favorite things to make is fresh pasta, especially ravioli. A friend recently taught me how to make ricotta cheese and honestly, I'll never go back to store-bought.

2. I have an inexplicable aversion to the color red that I'm always trying to work through! I don't know what it is, but I even have a hard time planting red flowers in our garden. Red flowers are the ones that attract hummingbirds, I make an exception for them :)

3. I love the ocean beyond words.

4. I absolutely love bicycling. When I was 14, I went on a group bike tour that was supposed to go from Portland, Oregon to San Francisco. However, on the third day of riding, I fell off my bike and broke my collar bone. Ever since, I have been able to predict rainfall within 24 hours more accurately than any weather person! I still love biking to this day, but every time I go down a hill, I have a small fear that still exists and I can't seem to overcome it.

5. I've held a hedgehog!

6. I still know every word to the Grease soundtrack. But believe me, you don't want to hear me sing it. I can't carry a tune to save my life (but it doesn't stop me from singing)!

Oh wait, that's 6 things! :)

I want to thank Kate for stopping by today and letting us have a little peek into her creative life! 

You can find Kate over on her website: 

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