31 March 2017

Teenie Weenie Bikini quilt




It's always about this time of year that I wonder....

Will winter ever end?





This is the Teenie Weenie Bikini quilt, which I first blogged about at the beginning of February here. I was already thinking of spring then. And in an effort to banish the snow and cold, I got this finished top out and was determined to quilt it up the first weekend of March break.




I used 20 pieces of my "Pie Making Day" stack of 10" squares with some solids from my Kona stash. Champagne, Putty, Ice Peach, Pink, Maize, Mocha, Coffee, and Brown were used for the flesh tones and Silver was chosen for the background.






It's more of my favourite wavy line quilting, performed using my walking foot using a grey thread on top and plain white Gutermann thread in the bobbin for the back.





The binding is a Sun Print print called Endpaper in Azure. I used it for one of the bikinis and this print was last used in the making of my Flowers quilt.





It feels good to have this quilt finished and ready for some summer fun. But it didn't make the snow go away.... But what a fantastic backdrop!










This "Teenie Weenie Bikini" quilt finished at 48" x 72"
and was the 25th use of my 2nd edition of 100 labels
ordered from Ikaprint.






This new pattern is called Teenie Weenie Bikini and you can find it listed here in my shop. This pattern is Layer Cake friendly. You can use a stack of 10" squares or two pieces @ 5" x 10" of any piece from your stash to make the bikinis. 



4 block mini quilt finishes at 25.5" x 30.5"

Each block finishes at 9.5" wide by 12" tall. 


Using 2" sashing and 2" borders:

  • Single block mini quilt finishes at 14" x 16.5"
  • 4 block mini quilt finishes at 25.5" x 30.5"
  • 9 block baby quilt finishes at 37" x 44.5"
  • 16 block lap quilt finishes at 48.5" x 58.5"
  • 20 block beach blanket finishes at 48.5" x 72.5"
  • 25 block single bed quilt finishes at 60" x 72.5"





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29 March 2017

Let's Bee Social #170

Welcome to the Let's Bee Social! First of all.... I want to thank you all so much for your good wishes following having my appendix removed. I am recovering really well and am so glad to be able to share another Let's Bee Social weekly linky party with you!




Today I am thrilled to be sharing three quilts from different readers who have sent emails and have given me permission to share their story with you.

Christina writes, "I'm sure that you are fully aware that you have a lot of international fans. But here is some proof! I made a Dog Gone Cute quilt and took it to our local tourist attraction, the Eiffel Tower. This is the real one, by the way, not that fake one in Las Vegas. ;-)) I didn't have an assistant to hold the quilt up - that would have been better - but I hope you enjoy the picture anyway. And yes, I'm one of those 'weirdos' that don't have a blog or an Instagram account etc. Thanks so much for this pattern. Although my result does have some flaws, I really like this quilt! I will be giving this to my nephew who is turning 5 in a few days. The family recently got a dog that everyone is crazy about, so hopefully he will like these dogs, too. All the best from Paris."







Sharon sent me a photo of her Raccoon quilt. And says, "I loved the orange raccoon so decided to use two in the pattern. It is adorable. Thanks for the pattern and your help along the way. My grandson loved the quilt and has been sleeping with it every night. Really fun quilt. Thanks."




And Margaretha wrote, "I just wanted to share with you a picture of the Chihuahua quilt I made for my daughter. She will be visiting this weekend and I know she will love it. I named it "Chloe and Friends" since that's the name of her little Chihuahua. It was a lot of fun making and I even added an extra row to make it longer. I bought your pattern when you visited Kempenfelt Quilters Guild as our speaker last fall and next I will be making your Dog Gone Cute pattern. Thanks for all the wonderful, fun and easy patterns you are creating."



It makes me so happy to be able to share quilts made by other readers and to show how the patterns can be personalized to suit each quilter's ideas. Those Dogs at the Eiffel Tower are amazing! I love that Christina added both sizes of blocks for a pretty pack of pups. Seeing Sharon's Raccoon quilt makes me smile. Two orange raccoons are better than one... And I love the wavy line quilting - of course! And Margaretha's Ay, Chihuahua quilt is super sweet. I do prefer a rectangle quilt and I love that scrappy binding!


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27 March 2017

Sew Fresh Quilt Bee - March Link Up

I so happy to finally be sharing a finished BEE block quilt with you!




As I've said before, this type of piecing is not normal for me. I don't usually don't do improv. But I enjoyed making the wonky slab blocks and using up some familiar scraps.








Tackling this smaller 12 block quilt was just what the doctor ordered. It's a nice manageable size. And I quilted my favourite organic wavy lines with my walking foot using plain white Guetterman thread on top and in the bobbin.




The backing and binding are Doe Eyed from the Moon Shine collection by Tula Pink for Free Spirit. I bought about 4 yards of this when it went on sale at Mad About Patchwork quite a while ago. I am trying hard to work from stash this year. And it feels good to find a project that this fabric suits. Bees on the backing and binding for a BEE block quilt!




I still have enough blocks remaining to make a larger quilt for next month's link up. And then these quilts are on their way to London to be delivered to the Ronald McDonald House Children's Hospitals. It is my hope that all of the blocks and quilts we are making will bring a little joy and comfort to children in need. 









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To recap.... the SEW FRESH QUILT BEE will run until May 17, 2017. The deadline for mailing blocks and unfinished tops is May 30th. Mailing information can be found here. You DON'T have to be Canadian to participate. But you do have to be prepared to mail your blocks to this Canadian address.

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25 March 2017

Partridge in a Pear Tree

This is the sixth quilt block for the "Have a Jolly Little Christmas" quilt along!

All the details for the "Have a Jolly Little Christmas" quilt along are this page.


Please Note: These materials are COPYRIGHTED. This quilt along is free for PERSONAL USE ONLY. All photos and content are my own unless otherwise noted. Please DO NOT use or reproduce ANY content from this website without my written permission.



It is NOT necessary to purchase the pattern in order to participate. But if you would prefer the convenience of using a printable pdf pattern, the Have a Jolly Little Christmas Collection includes all 15 designs and is available for purchase in my pattern store here. The individual designs are also available for purchase.







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All photos and content are my own unless otherwise noted. Please DO NOT use or reproduce ANY content from this website without my written permission.









Partridge in a Pear Tree is a 12" quilt block.

Made using traditional piecing methods.




Sew Fresh Quilts – Partridge in a Pear Tree


Finished size of block is 12” x 12”

Fabric Require
Single Block
White
1/4 yard
Light Green
1/4 yard
Medium Green
1/8 yard
Dark Green
1/8 yard
Light Brown
1/8 yard
Medium Brown
1/8 yard
Dark Brown
1/8 yard




Read through entire instructions before beginning.  Press all seams open as you go.


STOP: Stitch, Trim, Open & Press. To perform the STOP method, align a square (A) or rectangle (C) on the corner of the unit (B) with right sides facing together. Draw a diagonal line and sew along this diagonal line. Trim a ¼” seam. Finger press the seam open and then press with a hot iron. Pressing the seams open to reduce bulk is recommended.












Single Block
White
A
25 @ 1.5” squares
F
3 @ 1.5” x 2.5”
G
3 @ 1.5” x 3.5”
B
3 @ 2.5” squares
H
1 @ 2.5” x 3.5”
K
1 @ 3.5” x 5.5”
Light Green
C
2 @ 3” squares
D
1 @ 3.5” square
E
1 @ 4.5” x 5.5”
Medium
 Green
C
2 @ 3” squares
Dark Green
C
4 @ 3” squares
Light Brown
A
6 @ 1.5” squares
F
3 @ 1.5” x 2.5”
L
2 @ 1.5” x 5.5”
B
2 @ 2.5” square
J
1 @ 2.5” x 4.5”
D
1 @ 3.5” square
Medium
 Brown
**
1 @ 0.75” x 1.25”
***
1 @ 0.75” x 1.5”
****
1 @ 1” x 1.5”
A
1 @ 1.5” square
F
1 @ 1.5” x 2.5”
H
1 @ 2.5” x 3.5”
D
1 @ 3.5” square
K
1 @ 3.5” x 5.5”
Dark
 Brown
*
1 @ 0.75” square
F
1 @ 1.5” x 2.5”



































Step 1:  Place the Light Green and Medium Green (C) squares on the Dark Green (C) squares. Draw a diagonal line, as shown in blue. This is your GUIDE line. Sew 1/4” on each side of the GUIDE line. Cut along the GUIDE line and press the seams open. Trim each HST to 2.5” square. Use the STOP method to add the White (A) squares on the corners.



Step 2: Use the STOP method to add the White (A) squares on the corners of the Light Green (D) square and (E) rectangle. Sew the White (G) rectangles to the sides of the (D) unit and sew the units together to complete the pear.







Step 3: Use the STOP method to add the White (A) square to the Light Brown (F) rectangle, then to add the Medium Brown (A) square to the other end of the Light Brown (F). Sew the Light Brown (A) to the top. Sew the White (A) square to the bottom of the Dark Brown (F) rectangle and sew this to the side of the first unit. Use the STOP method to add the White (B) square, then sew the White (G) rectangle to the side and the White (H) to the bottom.





Step 4: Sew the Dark Brown (*) square on the end of the Medium Brown (**) rectangle. Sew the Medium Brown (***) to the top and the Medium Brown (****) to the bottom, then sew the Light Brown (A) squares on the top and bottom. Also, use the STOP method to add the Light Brown (F) rectangle to the end of the Medium Brown (F) rectangle, then to add the White (A) and Light Brown (A) squares. Sew these two units together.






Step 5: Use the STOP method to add the Light Brown (B) squares to the Medium Brown (H) rectangle.



Step 6: Use the STOP method to add the White (B) square on the end of the Light Brown (J) rectangle.




Step 7: Use the STOP method to add the Medium Brown (D) square on the end of the White (K) rectangle. Measure up 1.5” from the corner of the White (K) rectangle. Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the Light Brown (F) rectangle and place it on the White (K) rectangle. Sew along the diagonal line, trim seam and press open.



Step 8: Use the STOP method to add the Light Brown (A) and (D) squares to the Medium Brown (K) rectangle. Sew the Light Brown (L) rectangles on top and bottom. Use the STOP method to add the White (B) square on the corner.





Step 9: Sew the White (F) rectangles to the Leaves. Arrange and sew the units together to complete the block. Block should measure 12.5” square.
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Here is my Partridge in a Pear Tree block.




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Twice a month, instructions for all of the individual blocks will be shared. A continuous never ending linky party will be available to share your Flickr and Instagram photos or your blog posts on the "Have a Jolly Little Christmasquilt along page. You can find it by clicking on the Quilt Alongs page tab found just below the blog header. As each post is published the live links will be added to the schedule.







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It is NOT necessary to purchase the pattern in order to participate. But if you would prefer the convenience of using a printable pdf pattern, the Have a Jolly Little Christmas Collection includes all 15 designs and is available for purchase in my pattern store here. The individual designs are also available for purchase.






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All photos and content are my own unless otherwise noted. Please DO NOT use or reproduce ANY content from this website without my written permission.









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