Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Yeah, 30 Quilt Blocks in 30 Days Blog Hop!

Here is my "Yeah, Eights" quilt top!

I am calling this quilt "April Flowers" 

I have really enjoyed sewing this pattern.

I sewed this quilt for the

For instructions on how to make this block,
go to Carla's original tutorial ... 

Block 18 - Yeah, Eights

This is the layout I used, four blocks by six blocks.

Strip piecing this block pattern made it very easy to quick sew
the 24 blocks needed for this quilt.

This made a 46" by 66" quilt,
a good toddler or lap size quilt.

I used these Riley Blake fabrics from my stash to make the basic top.

First I cut

TWO 3" by WOF strips  of each of four colors.

EIGHT 3" by WOF strips of background fabric

I cut 3" strips and used an easy strip pieced method,
pairing the eight bright strips with the background strips.

Then I pressed to nest and paired the strip sets.

Then Maestro, who was very helpful while the making of this quilt,
and I cut 3" strip pieced units.

I chain pieced these units to make the center of the blocks.

Then I cut TWELVE 3" background strips and
cut them into 48 rectangles 10.5" x 3"
and sewed them on either side of the center units.

Then I laid out my blocks,
four blocks across and six blocks down.

Although I liked the color play,
 the top was a little more low-volume
than I expected ...

what to do ???

I was seeing "April Showers" on gray pavement
and my grand-darling splashing in the puddles in this top ...

... so my mind went to "May Flowers"

so ...

I pulled out my Orange Peel Template Set and some Heat n Bond
and selected the 5" template to make petals and leaves.

Machine Appliqued

I really like how the flowers made the background colors pop!

When it came time to quilt, the girls were very helpful.

We chose a puffy batting, outlined the flowers
and stitched in the ditch along the square lines.
This gave it a "puff quilt" effect.

I decided on a girly forest animal print for the backing fabric
and added a pink ruffle binding.

For photos and info on my method for this type of ruffled binding,
here is a link to a previous post ...
Ruffle Binding - Read More Here

I also added ribbon tabs to hang small toys for little fingers.

This quilt will make a fun floor quilt for a baby
or a bed quilt for a toddler.

That is ... if Maestro will give it up.

I really like this quick to sew pattern and think it is very versatile.

Note:  Sewing this layout with pre-cut 2.5" strips:
Using jelly rolls would make this pattern even easier.
2.5" strips would make the blocks 8.25" unfinished, using a scant 1/4" seam
and would make a 39" by 55" quilt.


Carla @ Creatin' in the Sticks

for more quilts and chances to win.

Thank you, Carla, for this pattern and including me in this fun blog hop.

Happy blog hopping!

Friday, April 13, 2018

Nesting Time!

Maestro and I are "nesting" today!

Sew exciting!

This is a special edition surprise mystery box from the 

I treated myself to this early bird special.

The early birds get this box.

If you want to nest, too, order your box now
before they are gone.

Am I happy with my new surprise box?


I have a new quilt to make and lots of new quilty goodies!

Maestro is happy, too, as she has a new toy.

No more sneak peaks

We would not want to spoil your happy surprise.

If you order through this link or via the Fat Quarter Shop Banner 
on the top right side of my blog,
Maestro and I receive a small affiliate reward.

Happy Nesting!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

An April WIP

Strip piecing ... Sew fun and easy

Especially when you have helpful little quilty kitties like Maestro.

More coming soon!

What are you working on this week?

Happy Sewing! 

Thursday, April 5, 2018

April Trees for the It's a Wild Life BOM

Here are my April Tree Blocks for the

This month's tree patterns are designed by

There are four tree blocks to choose. 
Download them now while they are free for the month of April.
Hope to see you sewing along!

Foe the big tree I chose this adorable applique pattern.

I am calling these "Ice Cream Trees"
This tree is four scoops of fabric fun! 
It is tempting to put a cherry on top ... ;)

Most of my fabrics are from 

I have a FQ bundle and a layer cake and a couple of small pieces of yardage.

My background and additional fabrics are mostly

These are two of my favorite fabric collections and designers.

I had sew much fun sewing these blocks!

A few years ago I did not like applique.
Now I love applique!

I just needed to learn and to practice.

I use a machine blanket stitch and set my stitch to small.

For the large pieces I set my Janome to

Mode 2
Stitch 37
2.5 and 2.0

For the very small pieces, like the eyes on the bird,
I set my stitch even smaller

1.5 and 1.0

I also slow down the speed on my machine .

I match my thread colors as best I can to the fabric on the applique piece.
Goo 100% cotton thread like Aurifil and Superiorwork best for me.
Coats Mercerized ELS  100% Cotton thread, available at Joann's, is also very good quality 
and works well for applique and machine quilting.

I was lucky to have a varigated green thread
that was a perfect match for the 
I do not have a lot of thread colors.
I like to buy my thread, like this one, at large quilt shows.
This one is 100% Egyptian Cotton
from WonderFil

This little bunny was my favorite part of this block!
I carefully cut this from the bear fabric and hid a face under the cotton tail.
I love the way it gives the bunny depth and texture. 

For the small tree I chose the small pieced pattern'and cute the pieces from  
the leftover fabric from the 10" squares 
that I used for the large applique tree. 

I could not resist adding the applique butterfly! 

To see all the pretty trees and to join our FB group, click on the link below ...

It is cold and very windy and sunny here today.
Tomorrow we have snow in the forecast again.

I am enjoy these April trees on my sewing table.
No spring flowers outside here yet.

Thinking Spring!  

As always, my little Maestro,
who is not so little anymore,
was a big help while making these blocks.

Maestro and I wish you happy sewing today ... :-)