weekly update

Happy First Day of Fall!

Autumn is my FAVORITE season of the year!  Too bad it’s almost 90 degrees today.  I’ve been so wiped out by my day job these last few weeks, I feel like all the quilting goals I’ve set for myself have been overly aggressive.  It seems like the only thing I’ve mentally be able to do is sew on binding.  I also apologize I’m behind on responding to comments too.  One of these days I’ll finally catch up with my life.  So here are some fun finishes that I’ve had this week since I only sewed binding.

This quilt is a hashtag quilt made up of Vintage Modern fabric by Bonnie and Camille.  It’s one of their older lines of fabric that I just adore and was lucky enough to get a cut up layer cake on Ebay a few months ago.  It took me a while to figure out what I could make with 2.5″ square and 2.5″x6.5″ rectangles.  This hashtag quilt was a great fit and uses a partial seam to create the block (read my partial seam tutorial here). Continue reading “Happy First Day of Fall!”

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Joining Binding and Diagonal Seams (A Tutorial)

One of my favorite parts of quilting is binding because it’s the last part that is needed to finish off the quilt!  I taught myself how to join the ends of my binding because I didn’t like the way the folded or tuck binding looked.  I also didn’t realize there was a huge market for all sorts of binding tools, so my method uses nothing but a marking tool and the knowledge on how to make a diagonal seam.

How do you calculate how much binding you need?

Add the length and width of the quilt together, then multiply 2 and add 10.  Take that number, divide by 40 (if using width of fabric (WOF)) and round UP.  For example, my quilt is 72×72.  So 72+72=144.  Multiply by 2 and add 10, 144*2+10=298. Then divide by 40 so 298/40=7.45.  And round up 7.45 => 8 strips of WOF needed.  The size of the strips is highly dependent on the quilter, some use 2 1/4″ width some use 2 1/2″.  Personally I have started using 2 1/4″ strips, but I began using 2 1/2″ and still write all my patterns to that size.

How to join binding: Continue reading “Joining Binding and Diagonal Seams (A Tutorial)”

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I Wish You a Merry QAL Block 5!

I am so proud to share the Snowman block I designed!  I used Moda Grunge Evergreen, White Paper, Onyx, and Red for the piecing portion of the block.  Mr. Snowman’s nose is a Moda Grunge Orange scrap.

When we first started planning this QAL, I jumped at the chance to make a Snowman block!  Snowmen are my favorite thing about winter and the holidays, especially cute snowmen.  As you can see, I made a lot of not-so-cute and not-so-proportional snowmen through the different iterations of the design I tried.

Continue reading “I Wish You a Merry QAL Block 5!”


Circular Illusion Quilt Pattern!

I am so excited to share my newest pattern with you today!  Introducing Circular Illusion!  When looking at this quilt from a distance, it gives an optical illusion of circles.  However, it looks like simple patchwork up close.

Circular Illusion is a beginner friendly pattern made with fat quarters or fat eighths and would look great using collections as well as scrappy fabric from your stash! Continue reading “Circular Illusion Quilt Pattern!”

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I Wish You A Merry QAL Block 4!

Block 4 is revealed! Jennifer Fulton of Inquiring Quilter designed Block 4, Christmas Memories. The week is a doubleheader so there is another post to show Block 3 (and there are separate prizes too)!


This ornament block has a lot of intricate applique. I used Moda Grunge White Paper as my background and all sorts of different metallic fabric for the ornaments. Using raw edge applique, remember to cut out the centers of the fusible material to make your blocks more pliable. I drew the smaller pieces inside the larger ones to utilize the fusible material.

I also laid out the all ornaments on the block before fusing everything at once. I did not have applique paper or parchment paper handy at the time so I couldn’t fuse the ornaments together before fusing to the background.

Continue reading “I Wish You A Merry QAL Block 4!”

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I Wish You A Merry QAL Block 3!

Block 3 is revealed!  Laura Piland of Slice of Pi Quilts designed Block 3, Santa’s Belt.  The week is a doubleheader so there is another post to show Block 4. (and there are separate prizes for that one too!)

Santa’s belt is a block that is constructed only with piecing.  I used Moda Grunge Basics Red, Onyx, and Sunflower for my 3 colors of the belt.  The block went together very quickly to become such an iconic belt!


Make sure you have an accurate 1/4″ seam, and you’ll be able to make this block very quickly!

Continue reading “I Wish You A Merry QAL Block 3!”

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I Wish You A Merry QAL Block 2!

Block 2 is revealed! April Adams from JANDA Bend Quilts designed this amazing block! The block is made with templates or paper piecing. Sticking with the Moda Grunge theme, my tree tops are Grunge Evergreen, the trunks are Grunge Basics Bison, and the background is Grunge White Paper.


I am not a big fan of making templates due to my lack of experience, but I LOVE paper piecing. If you have never paper pieced before, I wrote a very detailed tutorial on how to paper piece without any special paper or tools! You can check that here.

If you decide to do paper piecing, here are the cutting dimensions I used for my pieces. You will need to cut 8 of each.

  • Tree tops (green) – 3″x4-1/4″
  • Background (white) – 4″x4″

The background pieces I sliced in half on a diagonal. I folded the templates on the sewing lines and ensured I had enough seam allowance on both sides before cutting. You will cut 4 using the A1 side of the template and 4 using the A3 side of the template.


Note that the right side of the fabric should be facing down, since the printed part of the paper is always the back of the unit.

For the tree trunk, I followed the strip piecing instructions rather than the paper piece part. I did not trim the trunks until after I had sewn them onto the tree tops. I didn’t want to stress out about centering the trunks when I trimmed.

Don’t forget to submit your completed block on April’s linky party, the Facebook Group Page, and/or on Instagram with #iwishyouamerryqal to be entered into this block’s prizes! One lucky person will win a $25 gift card to the Fat Quarter Shop donated by Jan from Cocoa Quilts and a pdf copy of “Geese in Flower Pots” by April!


The prize entry window for Block 2 goes from 12AM Eastern on August 15, 2017 until 11:59PM Eastern on August 28, 2017.

If you are just now joining us in the QAL, I have a quick links page to catch up on the blocks in this QAL and my associated blog posts. You can also get to that page at any time by clicking the I Wish You a Merry QAL button on the right sidebar.

The sponsors for the grand prize have also announced. In order to be eligible for the grand prize, you must make a quilt top using all twelve of the QAL blocks by January 16th, 2018.


Happy Sewing! I can’t wait to see your blocks!

Be sure to check out all the other hosts!

Abbie @Sparkle On
April @JANDA Bend Quilts
Becca @Pretty Piney
Bobbi @Snowy Days Quilting
Diane @Cwilt
Jennifer @Inquiring Quilter
Laura @Slice of Pi Quilts
Sandy @SandyStar Designs
Sherry @Powered by Quilting (This is Me!)
Vanda @Quilt in Piece

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weekly update

Buying Fabric and Sewing are Two Different Hobbies


That was a quote photo on GoGoKim‘s Instagram earlier this week, and it could not speak the truth anymore clear.  I finally got a new cutting table that is the proper height rather than my plastic table set up.  I got a kitchen island from IKEA like the ones I had seen at the retreat center.


Because the cutting table doesn’t fit in my current sewing room, I am now permanently taking over the spare room next to the craft room. I started resorting all my fabric since it’s gotten way out of hand.  Kayla, who I met at the retreat a few weeks ago, took inventory of her fabric over the Christmas holidays and is keeping track of her purchases and usage.  I feel as if that is something I should do to help manage my stash.  I am still a little gunshy at actually trying to inventory my stash. Maybe later right? (…Or maybe I should buy more pretty fabric)

The best package came earlier this week for me!  3 of my quilts came back from Rhonda: the Modern Building Blocks, the Modern Heritage BOM, and my Vintage Modern hashtag quilt.  I am busy getting binding on all 3 quilt tops (plus on PBQ103 sample).  Do you machine bind or finish the binding by hand?  Up until now, I have always finished the binding my hand, but I am questioning that decision with so many quilts to finish up at one time! Do you have any tips to share for machine binding?


I also got a package for Month 2 of the Long Time Gone BOM I am participating in.  This block looks way harder than it actually is to make.  I also love using my design boards to help me lay out my block without losing track of how all the units are supposed to be laid out.

I also wanted to remind everyone that the Piece and Quilt with Precuts is coming up and starting on August 17, next Thursday!  There are going to be a several bloggers each day that showcase a different pattern in the book as well as giveaways along the way!  Make sure to check it out.  I’ll post a reminder next Friday to check out the other bloggers/quilters!

Piece and Quilt with Precuts Blog Hop

That’s all I have for now, have a spectacular weekend!  See you for the #IWishYouAMerryQAL Block 2 release on Tuesday!

8/11-8/18 Weekly Goal:
Available time for quilting:
Saturday AM, Sunday PM, travel week

Projects I want to work on:
I Wish You a Merry QAL
Peacock EPP

Goals for the Projects:
I Wish You a Merry QAL: Block blocks and more blocks!  Block 2 next week!
PBQ104: Get the Quilt Top sent out!
Peacock EPP: Get sections sewn together on the plane
PBQ105:  More design work, hopefully choose the next pattern!

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I Wish You A Merry QAL Block 1!

Today is the day! Block 1 is released, and I am so excited to share my version of this week’s block.  Vanda Chittenden of Quilt in Piece is the designer of this week’s Snowflake Block.  Check out her blog post for the tutorial and the pattern of the block.


My block is made of Moda Grunge Basics Navy with the snowflake in Grunge White Paper.  I used Heat and Bond Lite for my fusible adhesive and a blanket stitch to secure the snowflake.

A few tips on this block:

  • Cut the centers of the fusible, so that the block doesn’t get too stiff and bulky.  The adhesive really only needs to be on the edges of the each snowflake petal. I also did not cut the snowflakes apart when I ironed on the white fabric.  This helped stabilize the fusible sheet prior to ironing.


  • Lay out the entire block before ironing on the pieces so you can play with the exact layout.


  • If you do not have a blanket stitch on your machine, a simple zig zag or straight stitch on the edge will be just fine.

Don’t forget to submit your completed block on Vanda’s linky party, the Facebook Group Page, and/or on Instagram with #iwishyouamerryqal to be entered into this week’s prizes!  One lucky person will win a PDF pattern by Vanda Chittenden and a Sugar Plum Christmas thread box from Aurifil.


The prize entry window is open from 12AM Eastern on August 1, 2017 until 11:59PM Eastern on August 14, 2017.

As a reminder, I have a quick links page to catch up on the blocks in this QAL and my associated blog posts.  You can also get to that page by clicking the I Wish You a Merry QAL button on the right sidebar.

Happy Sewing! I can’t wait to see your blocks!

Check out the other hosts!
Abbie @Sparkle On
April @JANDA Bend Quilts
Becca @Pretty Piney
Bobbi @Snowy Days Quilting
Diane @Cwilt
Jennifer @The Inquiring Quilter
Laura @Slice of Pi Quilts
Sandy @SandyStar Designs
Sherry @Powered by Quilting (This is Me!)
Vanda @Quilt in Piece

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Nominated for the Liebster Award!

I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award by my fellow quilter Liz of Savor Every Stitch.  Liz also participated in the  New Bloggers Blog Hop earlier this year, and we bonded via our engineering backgrounds!  She is so inspiring with her quilting and how much she’s done in such a short time.


The Liebster award is a blogger to blogger nomination to help blogs gain more exposure.  It was started in 2011 and Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing and welcome which I have to say is what we quilt bloggers are all about.  I’m very honored to be nominated, so a big thanks to Liz!

According to the 2017 requirements for the nominations, I am to include a short commentary on a blog I follow and, this is where I can give a shout-out to Amanda Jean Nyberg of Crazy Mom Quilts.  When I first told my sister I had started quilting, she asked me if I followed Crazy Mom Quilts because my sister loved that blog even though she didn’t sew at the time.  I started following Amanda’s blog immediately and found out she also lives in Minnesota.  I haven’t met her yet, but I’m sure I will!  She make so many amazing things from tiny pieces of scraps, and I am always impressed!  I dislike using tiny pieces myself but have so much admiration for those who can create something beautiful from them.


As a part of the nomination is answering a few questions Liz has prepared:

Who inspired you to quilt/sew?
No one really.  I grew up hand sewing and ended up getting a sewing machine off Craiglist that collected dust until my mother came to visit.  She read the manual aloud to me so I’d know how to thread the machine.  I started little projects and then taught myself how to piece for quilting.  I completely failed on my first quilt when I tried to quilt it.  Who knew there was a thing called a Walking Foot?!  Not me.  I learned more at the Original Sewing Expo, and I was hooked!

If you could meet one Quilt Personality, who would it be?
Camille Roskelley or Bonnie Olaveson.  HUGE Bonnie and Camille Fabrics fan, and I would love to meet them someday.  Their fabric lines and quilt patterns are so unique and cute, and I really admire them working as a mother and daughter team.

Your preference while quilting (Listening to Music, Watching a Movie, Listening to a Book on Tape, Whistling or Total Silence)
I listen to music or podcasts.  My favorite podcasts are How I Built This, Planet Money, Modern Sewciety, Ask Me Another, and Our Fake History.

Do you have a favorite snack/munch while quilting?
I have water usually, and occasionally I’ll have coffee if it’s early in the morning.  However, I need to be super careful to not spill the coffee!

Do you look for quilts while watching a movie?
Uhhh…. I’m not sure since I can’t tell you the last movie that I watched. But I assume I’d look for quilts if I watched movies!

What comes first when you make a quilt: (buying stash then look for a pattern or buy the pattern first and then the fabric)
Buying a stash.  I have a lot of fabric, and I don’t sew nearly fast enough.  The good news is when I’m writing a new pattern, I have plenty of fabric to choose from!

What is your favorite quilt?
I love all my quilts, and each has their own aspects I love.  But if I had to chose a favorite, it’s probably the Moroccan Getaway quilt because the Ombre fabric I used by V&Co. is absolutely amazing.

Hand Quilt or Machine Quilt?
Machine Quilt! Or really send it to my longarmer Rhonda to get quilted!  I haven’t tried hand-quilting yet.  On one hand I feel I’ll love it, but on the other hand I think I’ll be so slow that I get frustrated!

Favorite Color?
Green or Blue!  But I love all the rainbow colors.  You also won’t find much brown at all in my stash.

Favorite Quilting/Crafting Item?
My Bernina. Absolutely love my machine…. Too bad it’s too big to travel with, but it’s my baby!

Do you work on one project or many?
I have more projects than I can count going at one time.  I use plastic containers to separate my projects so I can keep everything together. I do get into these “MUST FINISH EVERYTHING” phases, and I’ll finish a few projects (mainly so I can start new ones).


My Nominations!

April Adams of JANDA Bend Quilts.  April was a part of the New Bloggers Blog Hop earlier this year too, and we are cooking up a new Quilt Along for everyone coming up soon!

Pam Selkirk of Charlotte Loves Henry. Pam is the owner of Serendipity Woods and the fearless leader of a few BOMs I’ve participated in.  The Block of the Months are so much fun, and Pam creates a great community for all the BOM participants.

Becca Fenstermaker of Pretty Piney.  Becca and I first met at Sew Pro Convention last year.  She is an amazing quilter and a runner like me!  She is also absolutely hilarious, and I love reading what she shares!

Here are the questions I’d love to see them answer:

  • Who inspired you to sew/quilt?
  • What is your favorite quilt/sewn project/craft?
  • How do you bind a quilt? Tuck or Join the ends? Hand sew, or machine sew the binding?
  • What is your favorite color?
  • If you could meet anyone dead or alive, who would it be?
  • Do you work on one project or many at a time?
  • What is your favorite quilting/craft item you can’t live without, besides your machine?
  • What is your favorite podcast/movie/tv show?

I hope you check out everyone’s blogs during the Liebster Award season and discover new blogs to follow!

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