Heather Ross "Happy Mail" Mini Quilt

I recently made this cute little mini quilt for my #hrossminiquiltswap partner and it got such amazing feedback I've decided to share the basics of the quilt with you incase you want to make your own! :)



The Envelope

First up, you'll need the "You've Got Mail" envelope paper piecing template from the book Patchwork, Please! sewn together and squared / trimmed. I got this for FREE with a Kindle Unlimited subscription from Amazon.

Once I downloaded it to my Kindle App on my iPhone there are "Download the template for this project" links at the beginning of each pattern in a yellow box - I clicked that link, it opened a PDF for the paper piecing template and I emailed it to myself and printed it from my laptop.

Alternately, if you already own the book you're good to go :) There are also some free tutorials for a block very similar to this on Pinterest but they don't finish at the same size as this one. Keep that in mind.


The Hexies 

I made about 25 small 1" hexies and 3 large 2" hexies. I ended up only needing 22 of the 1" hexies and 2 of the 2" hexies. But, the extras did give me room to play with various color layouts and designs, so it was nice to have a few more.

I always glue baste my hexies. I've linked some things below from my own site to help you incase hexies are new to you or you'd like to purchase some 1" cardstock templates from my shop. For the 2" hexies I used this free printable sheet (printed on cardstock) and cut them out myself.


Helpful Hexie Links:

Construction

Okay, now that you've got your hexies and envelope block ready there's only a little more left to do! I've included pretty detailed instructions but the basics are this: add borders and main top panel for exterior, quilt then add on your hexies and bind!

You'll need..
  • Batting and backing fabric approx. 22" x 12" each.
  • One fat quarter of main exterior fabric (for front)
  • 60 inches of double fold binding.
Instructions..
  1. Add a 2.5" wide strip to the left and right sides of your envelope block from your main exterior fabric. I cut mine a bit longer than the block, sewed them on then trimmed.
  2. Add a 1.5" x 10" strip to the bottom of your block from your main exterior fabric.
  3. Add a 14" x 10" rectangle to the top of your block from your main exterior fabric.
  4. Make your quilt sandwich. Backing on bottom, batting in the middle, and your main exterior piece (with envelope block on it) on the top. 
  5. Spray or pin baste in place and quilt as desired. I did vertical wavy quilting approx. 1/2" apart.
  6. Once your quilting is finished trim your mini quilt to be 20" long x 10" wide.
  7. Arrange your hexie is any design you want. I chose to do a random design with some hexies rotated in different directions and allowed them to natural cascade up the quilt creating some blank spaces to give it a more interesting look.
  8. Once hexies are arranged to your liking. pick them up ONE AT A TIME, remove the paper from the hexie and press with an iron. Use a bit of fabric adhesive (permanent or temporary) on the backside and place each hexie back down on the quilt until they're all basted.
  9. Using a topstitch thread that matches your individual hexie, and a bobbin thread that matches your quilt backing, stitch down each individual hexie until finished.
  10. Bind it and you're done!

I hope this was easy enough for everyone to understand, if you have any questions feel free to ask! Thanks for reading and I hope you love this quilt :)

Scrappy Quilt: Blogger's Quilt Festival 2016

This week kicks off the Blogger's Quilt Festival hosted by Amy's Creative Side. There are multiple categories and the winner of each group gets a prize from the sponsors! It is a great way to view people's finished quilts, get ideas for quilts of your own, or share your finished quilts for a chance to win!

Today, I want to share with you my entry for the Scrappy Quilt category. This is my son's Spell It With Moda quilt! As you may notice, this is also my most recent quilt finish that I blogged about a few weeks ago. But, if you're visiting from the Blogger's Quilt Festival and not a regular reader this may be new to you! :)

If you love my quilt, please nominate me for the Viewer's Choice award!!


Details:

I purchased the pattern for this Spell It With Moda Quilt from Fat Quarter Shop. I chose the printable PDF version and used the handy quilt layout diagram as a coloring sheet to plan my design.

I used crayons (my daughters LOL) that coordinated with my fabric choices and colored in the letters to ensure it had an evenly scrappy look and not too many of the same shades were placed next to one another.


Fabric

I chose a Modern Minis Rolie Polie (half a jelly roll) by Lori Holt for Riley Blake Designs. A few of the strips were too light to use with my cream colored background fabrics so I grabbed some various Bonnie & Camille prints from my stash to throw in as well.

And the binding is SUPER scrappy! I used tons of scrap fabrics fro my stash and leftover jelly roll strips from various lines to make a double fold quilt binding. It features prints from Bonnie & Camille, Lori Holt, Alison Glass, Maron Sutton, and many more!



The Quilting

My favorite part (although I love the entire quilt) is by far the long arm quilting that River House Quilting did on this beautiful ABC quilt! I chose a numbered long arm design called "Count Your Blessings" which features numbers 0-9 in various sizes all over the quilt. I love, love, LOVE it!



I may share more quilts throughout the week for the Quilt Festival! Hope you'll stop in and see! Thanks for visiting :)

If you love my quilt, please nominate me for the Viewer's Choice award!!


Rainbow Rays Sew Together Bag

I've been absent for the last few days on the blog, lots of busy things going on... work, family, and then I got sick :(. I woke up Sunday morning with the most horrendous dry / sore throat, sick to my stomach, etc. It has been awful but I'm slowly recovering -Thanks to everyone who sent well wishes on Instagram!



Okay, on to today! I've got a gorgeous new Sew Together Bag done in black, white, and rainbow colors! This idea has been swimming around in my head for a while, and when I saw the free Rainbow Rays foundation paper piecing pattern from kittensandthreads.com and I knew I had to use it!

I want to show you a couple pics, then I've got some info on how to reduce the Rainbow Rays pattern size to fit your Sew Together bag and some other helpful links if you'd like to use this on your bag as well!



Making your own Rainbow Rays STB panel...

First off, if you've never tried foundation paper piecing PLEASE please give it a whirl. Start with this easy pattern (with photo tutorial) from Michael Ann Made - once you try it everything clicks and all those questions you've got about just how it works will be gone. Everything will make sense, I swear!

I jumped from the easy pattern straight to much more difficult ones.

You will need..

Because the STB is a paid pattern, I have to give the instructions for this without giving too many measurements away. However, note that once the Rainbow Rays pattern is printed at 85% it is just slightly larger than what you need for the STB - which is good because if you plan to quilt this panel at all you'll need a little wiggle room!

First up...

I always make my exterior panel first when making my STB's. Start with your Rainbow Rays pattern, printed at 85% and assemble as shown in the pattern instructions.

Once finished, square it up and trim the edges so they're straight and even. Add a 1 1/2" x 10" wide strip to the top, and a 11" x 10" wide rectangle to the bottom. *This will be large than your finished STB panel and is not the measurement from that pattern. Keep reading for more...

Finishing the panel...

Once your exterior panel is assembled place on batting or Soft & Stable and quilt as desired. I did 1/4" straight line quilting in silver metallic thread - hard to see in the photos but very reflective and pretty in real life.

Trim to size indicted in Sew Together Bag pattern for exterior panel measurement and you're done with that! Follow the rest of the STB instructions and assemble bag.


I made my own zipper charms for this bag and decided to use a metal zipper for the main exterior opening. It give it a sturdier more durable feel which I really like considering these bags usually get a lot of use! ZipIt on Etsy has an awesome listing where you can get ALL the zippers you need for one Sew Together Bag for under $3.00. Thats cheap!

As you can see from the photos earlier in the post, this places the Rainbow Rays panel nearly at the bottom of the front of your STB. It almost looks like rainbow mountains!. I also considered flipping it upside down as if it were coming out of the top of the bag. I may do that with the next one ;)

The Details:

  • Fabric is mostly Cotton and Steel with some Alison Glass mixed in. Main exterior panel (black and white print) is from Doe by Carolyn Friedlander.
  • Zippers (metal and plastic) are from ZipIt on Etsy
  • Suede tassels from Etsy
  • Beaded zipper charms made by me, found in my shop as well!
Alternatley you can purchase a Custom Sew Together Bag from my shop!

Thanks for reading!


Mazarin - My First Quilt Pattern!

I am beyond excited to share with you today my very first quilt pattern - Mazarin!

Mazarin is inspired by the lesser known diamond cut, and features a generous 6" center block that's perfect for fussy cuts and showing off those gorgeous prints you want to preserve and cant stand to cut into! I hope you'll love this pattern as much as I do...


First off - these blocks are simple. You may recognize it, because I designed them for the recent Cloud9 New Block Blog Hop and they require a beginner - early intermediate level skill set. Each step of the block construction process comes with a detailed photo tutorial! It could not be simpler!

The block itself is free, but if you want the full quilt pattern with fabric requirements, cutting instructions, etc for a full quilt you'll need to buy the pattern.

You can purchase the pattern from My Shop, Payhip, or Craftsy


The details...

  • Block finishes at 12.5"
  • Quilt finishes at 54" x 54"
  • Photo tutorial for each step
  • Easy and fun - perfect for fussy cuts!
  • Nearly waste free (little to no trimming)

Fabric requirements...

  • (A) - 2 ¾ yards
  • (B) - ¾ yards
  • (C) - 2 ¾ yards
  • (D) - 1 yard
  • (E) - 1 yard
  • (F) - 1 yard
  • Borders 1 ½ yards
  • Backing 3 yards, pieced
  • Batting 56” x 56” approx.
*For a 54" x 54" finished quilt

My pattern testers...

Ok, I had THE BEST pattern testers! Sarai, Whitney and Alicia definitely did my pattern justice. They made some gorgeous quilts to show you just how versatile this pattern truly is. 

Photo Credit: Alicia Benn // @bequilting

Photo Credit: Sarai Schuk // @sarai_hobbies


Photo Credit: Sarai Schuk // @sarai_hobbies


Photo Credit: Whitney // @whitsknitsnstitches

Aren't these quilts beautiful? I could totally see this quilt done in Heather Ross, Lizzy House, or Cotton and Steel with some amazing fussy cutting. The best part? This block is so beginner friendly but will still give you that beautiful professionally made look - everyone will think you're an expert!

I hope you give this pattern a try! You can purchase it from My Shop, Payhip, or Craftsy


Feel free to use this blank coloring page for your blocks! Click to download.


Thanks for reading and if you use my pattern please use the hashtag #mazarinquilt or #mazarinblock to share your creations with us!



2016 Cloud9 New Block Blog Hop

Hello and Welcome to the 2016 Cloud9 New Block Blog Hop! My name is Amista Baker and I've got a quick great looking block for you thats perfect for fussy cuts with a step-by-step photo tutorial! On down in the post you can see this block used in a quilt to see how versatile it is!

Here's a little description of the blog hop and some more info from Yvonne / Quilting Jetgirl:
Cloud9 is generously sponsoring this New Block Blog Hop featuring their Organic Cirrus Solids. The blog hop hosts, Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl, Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs, and Stephanie @Late Night Quilter, have curated the “Berry Harvest” bundle, and Cloud9 is supplying each participant with a fat quarter bundle. Blocks made for the hop will be collected and made into quilts for donation.


My block is named "Mazarin" after the lesser known diamond cut. I designed it myself after sketching some ideas on graph paper. Three or four designs in I came up with this block and I totally fell in love with it! The thing i love the most? It's nearly waste-free. Myself and my pattern testers did very very little trimming to these blocks, making the block extremely effective at using up as much of the fabric as necessary with little to no waste!

I am always looking for that perfect block that allows you to use fussy cuts or prints you really want to showcase in the middle. This block does exactly that! I has a generous 6" center thats perfect for those prints you cant bear to cut up or really want to show off. Most of the outer corners are an easy "exploding" block technique, that if you have tried before you will totally fall in love with!

I had a few pattern testers as well, after the tutorial keep reading to see their beautiful quilts! ;)

On to the tutorial...

I’ll be constructing this block using organic Cloud9 Cirrus Solids in Sky, Amazon, Lilac, Iris, and Shadow. I will refer to the blocks by color name, shown in the photo below. Basic sewing / quilting supplies required.

Top to Bottom:  cloud9 Cirrus Solids in Lilac, Amazon, Shadow, Iris, Sky


Fabric Requirements: *for one block

  • 6” square center block in “Iris”
  • 6” square overlay block in “Amazon”
  • 7.75” square overlay block in “Sky”
  • 4 - 2” square blocks in “Lilac”
  • 2 - 1.75” x 10” strips in “Shadow”
  • 2 - 1.75” x 12.5” stripes in “Shadow”

    Finished block: 12 1/2" square

    and you can also purchase the quilt pattern from My Shop or Craftsy for this block with detailed instructions, fabric requirement lists, and cutting requirements to make a 54" x 54" quilt.


    Feel free to use this blank coloring block for designing your blocks! Click to download.

Block Construction:

  1. Lay your 6x6” Iris block down and put (1) 2” square Lilac block in each corner. Sew a diagonal line across all (4) Lilac blocks as shown below.

    Trim off excess fabric while leaving a ¼” seam on each corner. Press seams open.






  1. Take your 6x6” Amazon block and mark lines diagonally from each corner. Using a ruler and a rotary cutter, cut on the marked lines approx 3-4 inches from the center, allowing the triangle pieces to open up (but not all the way!)

    Place ontop of your previously made block (using Lilac and Iris) and pin in place.





  1. Sew a ¼” seam around entire block.

    Using small, very sharp scissors, finish cutting the lines we previously drew. Cut all the way to the seam you have sewn but DO NOT cut through the seam.

    Open the flaps, flip the block over and press seams toward one side so they lie flat. Do not press them open.





  1. Take your 7 3/4” square Sky block and mark lines diagonally from each corner. Using a ruler and a rotary cutter, cut on the marked lines approx 3-4 inches from the center, allowing the triangle pieces to open up (but not all the way! - just like we did in last step.)

    Place ontop of your previously made block and pin in place.





  1. Sew a ¼” seam around entire block. (This will look familiar, it repeats steps 2 & 3. Refer back to those photos if you need more help)

    Using small, very sharp scissors, finish cutting the lines we previously drew. Cut all the way to the seam you have sewn but DO NOT cut through the seam.

    Open the flaps, flip the block over and press seams toward one side so they lie flat.
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6. Take your two 10” x 1 ¾” Shadow strips and sew one to the top and one to the bottom of your block with a ¼” seam. Press open.

Then, use your two 12 ½”  x 1 ¾” Shadow strips and sew one to the left side and one to the right side of your block with a ¼” seam. Press open and you’re finished!





Interested in instructions for a quilt top?

I've written a detailed quilt pattern for this block as well. It includes tips and tricks, fabric requirements and cutting instructions for a 54" x 54" quilt top (with borders included). I take all of the guess work out of it for you!

Although the block itself is free, the quilt pattern comes at a small fee for those who don't wish to do all the math and planning themselves! Plus, it also has step-by-step photos :)

You can purchase it from My Shop or Craftsy.

Checkout the quilts my testers made...

Aren't these beautiful? I had some amazing pattern testers. They made gorgeous quilts in a short amount of time and provided me with great photos. Thank you so much Sarai, Whitney, and Alicia! You ladies were a lifesaver :)

Photo Credit: Alicia Benn - www.bequilting.com/blog - @bequilting


Photo Credit: Sarai Schuk- @sarai_hobbies

Photo Credit: Sarai Schuk- @sarai_hobbies

Photo Credit: Whitney - @whitsknitsnstitches

Photo Credit: Whitney - @whitsknitsnstitches



Custom Fabric Hair Bows



Earlier this week Alicia (@bequilting) sent me some fabrics in the mail and requested a custom bow order. I had SO. MUCH. FUN. making this set! Alicia picked the most beautiful and girly fabrics and I am totally in love with how they turned out!

She chose some gorgeous Magic prints by Sarah Jane, a Tiger Lily print (Roses in Blush) by Heather Ross and a cute white & black polka dot print. *Unsure of name, sorry.

You can order custom bows from my shop at any time :) I'll just leave you with a couple more pictures...





Thanks for reading!




NEW! Beaded Zipper Charms



Hello! This week I've been making these cute little metallic rainbow zipper charms and I've added a few to the shop for you! These are a great way to add a little unique flair to any handmade item with a zipper on it.

+ handmade by me
+ nickel-free silver hardware
+ glass metallic beads
+ approx. 2 inches long
+ 8 available colors


Each pre-made rainbow charm is only $1.99, or you can do a custom order and choose the colors you want on your charm! 8 beads can fit on one charm and I have the following colors available (red, rose gold, yellow, green, blue, lilac, purple, silver)

 


Stop by my shop to check out the charm listing for more info, and see my other listing as well :) Thanks for reading!


Modern Hexie Bib Pattern


Over the last few days I've been secretly working on a new bib pattern for you! It's called the Modern Hexie Bib and I think you're going to love it!

It's no surprise, right? I've been a bit obsessed with hexies lately but they really are a fantastic and simple way to add something special to any project. And this "modern" method of sewing them down  is my favorite!


The Info...

This PDF comes with a printable bib pattern, a sheet of printable hexie templates and a full photo tutorial! I guide you step-by-step through the entire bib and hexie making process from beginning to end!

+ great for ages 6-24 months
+ beginner level pattern
+ easy construction process
+ introduction to hexie making
+ full photo tutorial

I couldnt have made this tutorial easier and I think you're going to be pleasantly surprised with how a beginner could make a hexie bib like this!

Where to buy...

And as always, if you're interested in making your own Fussy Cut Hexie Template to aid you in making the perfect hexies you can click here to view my FREE tutorial.

Thanks for reading, hope you love the tutorial!




All About Hexies

Anytime I post hexie projects on Instagram I get lots of questions regarding how I baste them (thread or glue), Do I press with an iron?, How do I remove the paper? Why do I use papers with a hole in the middle? etc, etc. So, today I'm here to answer a few of those questions for you.




First - a lot of this information can be found in various places across the web if you look hard enough. However, I was new at EPP (english paper piecing) just a few short months ago and I have quickly come to learn everyone has their own style. Ive seen many different ways of thread basting just by viewing Instagram photos. So while you may find some of this on another blog, these are my own words and opinions on the matter from my personal experiences.


Papers

The #1 question I get asked regards the paper I use for hexies. A lot of people seem confused by why I would punch a hole in the middle and many ask how I remove the papers and where I buy them from. So, papers are first up...
  • I punch my own hexies from 110 lb. sturdy cardstock using an XL Fiskars Hexagon Punch then  I use a 1/4" Fishers Heart Punch to put a whole in the middle. (You can buy pre-punched hexies from my shop)
Why the hole? Two reasons: It allows you to place a pin through the center to secure your fabric to the paper hexie, and it allows for easier removal of the paper once you're reason to sew your hexies together.

 

Basting

I always glue baste. If you're a long time thread baster and you've never considered glue basting you should try it just for fun. I think you'll be surprised at how much faster it is and how easy it is on your hands. I easily get double the amount of hexies done with glue basting compared to thread basting.

I use a Fons & Porter Fabric Glue Stick (water soluble, from Joann Fabrics) when basting. The glue is blue so you can see it on lots of different fabrics, dries quickly and isn't as sticky or messy as the generic fabric glue sticks. Plus it's a narrow stick and allows for more precise basting.

Here's how I glue baste...(photo below)
  1. Cut your fabric 1/4" to 1/2" wider (on each side) than the size of your hexie. Center the paper hexie in the middle and with a quick swipe of glue place the hexie down. 
  2. Start with one side of the hexie first, place a bit of glue along one edge and fold the fabric over onto it. 
  3. Continuing on with each edge going around the hexie paper, now you will place glue on the *fabric only* and continue folding the edges over until you reach the last fold.
  4. Quickly press with a hot iron on both sides to heat set the glue. You'll be left with a crisp, flat hexie.
Tip: I know mini charms are great for making hexies but if you take the extra time to cut the fabric in the hexie shape you have MUCH less bulk on the back of your hexie.


On rare occasion I will thread baste. When doing this I never baste through the paper. I simply baste the fabric folds together on the back of the hexie paper only (never bringing my needle through the paper itsself) and I use black thread so It can be seen easily for removal.

Removing Paper

  1. If using a hexie with a hole in the middle, simply use a pin or seam ripper to loosen the first fabric fold that was glued to your paper.
  2. Put the pin or seam ripper tip in the hole and use it to pop the paper out from the hexie corners.
  3. Flatten paper back out with a hot iron so you can reuse it.
DIY Fussy Cut Template found on my blog

Fussy Cutting

This is another thing I am always shocked to learn that many EPP lovers do not do often. Fussy cutting is simply cutting a very specific piece of a fabric print for use on a hexie, generally the preferred print is in the middle. It's my favorite way to make hexies!

If you're unsure how to get the perfect cut, I have a great tutorial on making your own fussy cutting template from cardboard or cardstock without having to pay a lot for acrylic templates!


Sewing Them

My favorite way to stitch hexies down to a project is the "modern method". It's a bit hard to explain, but Modern Handcraft has a great tutorial for this. I also like to use coordinating threads and simply sew the hexies down using a very close seam along the entire outer hexie edge. (shown in photo above). 

I rarely sew the actual hexies together to create shapes like flowers (shown below) only because I tend to enjoy the more modern shapes and random designs of hexies like I used on my Mini Sew Together Bag.  I do understand this is the most common way they are used but it's just not my thing.


Get creative! Leave empty space to create an interesting look on your hexie project.


That's all!

I hope this post was helpful to you. If there is anything I didn't cover or you have questions feel free to leave a comment :) Thanks for reading!