Showing posts from April, 2013

Sunday Morning update

I love blogging and sharing my quilting adventures with all of you. When I get notified that someone has made a comment or when I check my stats and they've gone through the roof, I am thankful that my voice is not getting lost out there in cyberspace! Image from This morning I woke up to a comment from Holli. She linked up to her blogpost here about making a baby quilt from my tutorial. Her quilt looks awesome! She's a teacher and tells such great stories about her students. Americanna Doll Quilt And yesterday, I checked my blog stats (I only check once or twice a week) and they were through the roof! has featured another one of my tutorials here . Thank you Favequilts! --Ann

WIP Wednesday - April 17

I have this Dresden Star pattern from Laundry Basket Quilts along with the templates that go along with it and I've made the block once before here: Dresden Star Mini Quilt And when I first showed it, my cousin said something about it looking like a sunflower and so I thought I would try making it in some bright yellow, sunflowery colors! Bright yellow and orange I have a few more yellows and oranges in my fabric stash than I had a few short years ago. The bright colors are growing on me and I'm making more from them all the time. Adding the star points The star points are just a folded triangle, set into the seams of the more traditional Dresden plate. Machine applique with decorative stitching  The first time I made this pattern, I hand-stitched the Dresden plate onto the background. This time, I turned to my sewing machine, chose a decorative stitch, and stitched it on by machine. So colorful!  I love this muted green background - it really makes

Double Four Patch Table Runner Tutorial

I've been making a few of these little quilted table runners in the last few weeks. They are quick, easy and you can use your scraps if you like! You will need: 2 contrasting fabrics for the center small four-patches (each 1 strip 2.5" x WOF) 1 main feature fabric for the larger squares (one fat quarter) and 1 contrasting fabric for the side triangles (one fat eighth) Cut your fabrics For your small center four patches, cut 12x light and 12x med-dark 2.5" squares from your 2.5" strips. From your main feature fabric, cut 10x 4.5" squares. From your contrasting fabric, cut 2x 7" squares. 7" squares cut twice on the diagonal  Take your 7" squares and cut twice on the diagonals so you will have 8 triangles with the straight of grain along the long edge. Arrange your pieces  Arrange all your pieces and lay them out so you can see how it will look all together. Piece your four patches and press seams toward the darker fabric. S

WIP Wednesday - April 3

It's Wednesday again! And the first one in April - I wonder what happened to March? We were just talking about whether it came in like a lion or a lamb! So, here's what's been happening in my sewing room this week: A matched pair of table runners  It's amazing how different they look even though they are both made of the same pattern and the same fabric line. Quilted Table Runner - FOR SALE  The fabrics are all from Moda's Cinnamon Spice collection - beautiful fabrics! Quilted Table Runner - FOR SALE I thought I had some in-progress photos, but they're not on my camera! Leave me a comment if you would like a tutorial for this one - and I'll make another just for you! --Ann Linking up with: Quiltsy WIP and Whatnots The Needle and Thread Network WIP Wednesday #84

Dr. Seuss themed Quilted Playmat

. . . is off to down under (Australia)! Here's the finished product: front (top) back (bottom)  I'm pretty sure this will be the last time it sees snow and I hope it's new owners like it as much as I do! One of the best things about selling quilts online is doing custom quilt orders for people. From picking fabrics to picking a design, the process is in their hands - and I get to make something that maybe I wouldn't even try otherwise! --Ann