Granny Square Block Swap


Welcome to the 2018 Granny Square Block Swap hosted by yours truly!

All of the information for this block swap including the sign up form and a super easy strip piecing tutorial for making these blocks will be found on this blog post. All you have to do is keep reading :)


The Details

You'll make blocks, send them to me, I'll switch them up and send some back to you made by other quilters. Send as many blocks as you see fit, but they will all be the same size (see tutorial here) and you'll only get back in the mail the amount you sent to me. EX: If you send 20 blocks, you'll receive 20 back.

20 blocks with a 6" border make a 52" x 62" quilt

All block backgrounds will be made with Kona White only.

Swappers will be put into teams determined by what type of fabrics they're using: Bonnie & Camille, Figure, Scrappy Brights (any designer), or Scrappy Low Volumes (any designer).

Sign up form: click here
Facebook group: click here



Shipping Info

When your blocks are ready you will ship them to me. My home address will be provided to you after you sign up using the form above.

You will be responsible for all shipping costs including mailing blocks to me, and getting blocks sent back to you. To make this work, you will send me your return shipping money via PayPal. I will provide a payment link to you after signing up.  With this money I will buy your return shipping label at the post office. I will not profit from any of this, it is simply postage costs. I will use USPS Flat Rate.

How much money do I send? US Participants will send $7.25 for return shipping and International participants will send $15.00 -- It must be paid BEFORE you ship your blocks to me!

Shipping Deadline: You must have your blocks in the mail to me by January 31st, 2018 if you're in the US and no later and January 17tht, 2018 if you're International. Any blocks shipped after this date will be returned as I will have already began the process of swapping them.

Please allow 1-3 weeks for me to swap blocks and get all packages sent back out.

Granny Square Block Tutorial:

We will be using the super easing strip piecing method from Moda Bakeshop (click here!) for our blocks. Each block will be trimmed down to 9.5" square before sending.

Note: This method produces 2 identical blocks from the same set. Send them both or keep 1 of each for yourself!


I hope you'll join us!

The sign up form has more detailed information so click it (at the top of the post) to checkout out. You'll have a few months to make blocks and ship them to me :)

Finished Quarter Log Cabin Quilt + Free PDF!



Happy Sunday! My Quarter Log Cabin Quilt is finally quilted and bound and I'm happy to be able to share it with you today!

I made this quilt for my Mom for her 53rd birthday, which just so happens to be 2 days after she has a knee surgery that requires her to have bone marrow extracted and placed onto degenerating parts of her injured knee. So it will be the perfect time to give her some handmade comfort :)




For the quilt top and binding I used a Jelly Roll from the Kate Spain "Sunnyside" fabric line. The backing is a beautifully simple Lotta Jandsotter print, and the background is Kona White. I think everything came together well, and I'm so happy with the finished quilt!

Speaking of Jelly Rolls.... Did you all take part in National Sew a Jelly Roll Day?? If you missed it and are still looking for a quick quilt, this is made from half a jelly roll! It finished at around 61" x 70" after adding borders (of course you could make it as large as you want by using more of the jelly roll) and it's the perfect throw size.

Download the free PDF here!






You can read all about the process behind this quilt pattern here, and grab the free tutorial at anytime.



Free Printable Tags for Handmade Device Stands


Happy Sunday! I hope you're all having an awesome weekend. Today I want to share with you these little free printable tags that you can use on any handmade tablet or phone stand. (Keep scrolling for the download)

I am busy making a handful of iPad / iPhone stands and decided since they will be gifts I most definitely needed a cute little tag to attach once they are given away. There are a few tutorials out there for items like this, but I make mine according to the one found on Factotum of Arts website.


I also made 4 of these for my kids + one of my nephews when we went on vacation, and a friend after we came back and we absolutely loved using them! They are so handy!

Click here to download the PDF sheet.



Thanks for stopping by! If you use these tags feel free to tag me @amistabaker on Instagram or Twitter! :)

Smitten: Large Hexagon One Tips & Tricks


Now that I've completed all of the Large Hexagon One blocks for my Smitten EPP quilt, I thought I'd share a few tips with you that I learned along the way as well as the notions I used to complete these blocks.

Check back in a couple weeks for my thoughts on Large Hexagon Two, as I have just moved on to it and have completed the first block. You can also visit my Instagram (@amistabaker) at any time to see my progress and follow along :)

Basting EPP pieces:

As I've posted my blocks in the Jen Kingwell Designs Group on Facebook, I've had a few questions about what the backs of my blocks look like and how I baste the smaller pieces.

The main thing to remember is to make the "points" of your folded fabric on the paper pieces to all go in opposing directions if possible (see below). This ensures there will be less bulk on the backs of your blocks. As you can see here, none of my points are facing one another and this is key in making a nice flat block, you don't want any points overlapping if you can avoid it.


Notions

For each block I have been using a simple whip stitch with each stitch approx. ⅛ inch apart. My favorite needles are #10 or #11 Milliners and I find using the Sewline Sure Guide Needle Threader is a total sanity saver!

For this project I'm using all Aurifil 40 wt. threads. Typically for EPP I would not use such a thick thread, in the past I have used 50 wt or even 80 wt, but for this quilt I wanted to make sure I used a nice thick, sturdy thread that would ensure my pieces are stitched together securely since I will likely be having this quilt top done on a longarm machine.

Preparing Blocks in Advance

Another great tip is to prepare a few blocks in advance. This means cutting fabrics and basting them to your paper pieces, gathering coordinating threads, and anything you may need to stitch them together. I like to keep all of my supplies in my Scrumptious Maker's Tote so I can easily take everything along with me if needed.

Since most of the block designs in this quilt only require you to make 5-6 of that particular block design, it's easy to precut and prep those blocks in advance and have them ready for whenever to opportunity to do some slow stitching presents itself.

I like to keep my prepared EPP pieces for each block in separate little baggies or containers.


I hope this has been helpful for you! As I said before, I'll be back again, blogging each quilt block individually with tips for basting those points and everything else!

Thanks for reading :)

Smitten Quilt: Large Hexagon One and Getting Started!


I am super happy to share that I have started my Smitten quilt! This project is something I have had my eye on for a very long time, and I finally took the plunge and ordered all the supplies (papers, acrylic templates, and pattern) from PaperPieces.com.

The pattern is by Lucy Caron Kingwell, and there are multiple ways to piece it, but I will be using the English Paper Piecing method for my entire quilt top and hopefully entering the finished quilt into our local county fair next Summer. (And by hopefully, I mean.. I hope it's finished by then LOL).


Aurifil 40 wt. threads from L to R: Light Salmon 2220, Blush 2415, Jade 4093, Medium Mint 2835

I chose the Sugar Pie fabric line by LellaBoutique for my quilt and a range of Aurifil threads from my collection to fabric. I chose these fabrics because wanted something that had a good color range, but not something too loud or crazy. Once I had all my supplies together, I started on a small Maker's Tote to hold everything for this specific project and quickly filled it to the brim with everything I needed. I'm beyond pleased with this bag. It easily held everything I needed!

I also purchased this little 6" x 8" Olfa cutting mat for less than $5 shipped on Amazon and it fits perfectly in my Maker's Tote as well which makes me super duper happy!



Don't you think the Large Hexagon One blocks turned out beautiful??

This has been a relaxing and really fun project so far! Yes, English paper piecing takes a lot of time and effort - cutting fabrics, organizing paper pieces for specific blocks, etc - but it is so worth it! I love that I can take this project in the living room (or anywhere else) and work on it when I have time and I'm not tied to my sewing machine.



I plan to update again once my blocks are finished and share my progress!

Have you done a quilt top entirely pieced using the EPP method before? What was your experience? Would you do it again? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Thanks for reading! <3 p="">

Quarter Log Cabin Quilt Tutorial


Today I've got a super cute quilt pattern tutorial to share with you using a Jelly Roll and a Layer cake and a little bit of yardage! It's a great throw quilt size, perfect for the couch, picnics, etc.

I initially saw a quilt similar to this by Cindy Clammon and was so inspired to make one for my Mom for her birthday, but I wanted different sized blocks and I used a different sashing method, etc. So I talked to Cindy and asked her if she minded I share my own tutorial, inspired by hers. :)

If you're unfamiliar with precuts, a Jelly Roll typically consists of 40+ strips of fabric that are 2.5" wide x WOF, and a Layer Cake is a stack of 10" squares. We'll only be using 10 strips from our jelly roll to make a lap size quilt, but you could essentially make a King Size quilt from an entire jelly roll (and another layer cake or 2 of course). This quilt is also an awesome way to use up scraps!


Download the free PDF or follow instructions below..

Fabric Requirements:

  • 10 Jelly Roll strips
  • 20 White Layer Cake squares (sashing strips)
  • 3 yards background fabric (border and setting triangles)
  • 4 ½ yards backing fabric
  • Half yard binding fabric
  • Batting
Finished quilt size: 53" x 74"

*Use a ¼" seam throughout.

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Tutorial:

1.   From your printed Jelly Roll, choose 10 strips. From each strip cut the following pieces:
    • Four - 2.5" squares
    • Four - 2.5" x 4.5" strips
    • Two 2.5" x 6.5" strips
    2.   Cut 10 Layer Cake squares into 1.5" x 6.5" strips, and the other 10 squares into 1.5" x 7.5" strips and set aside.You should yield 6 strips from each square, you will need 118 strips total. (59 each of each size)

    3.   Mix and match the pieces you cut from your printed Jelly Roll to make your blocks. Each block will require 3 separate prints as shown below. Make 59 blocks total.


    4.   Once all blocks are completed add a 1.5" x 6.5" strip to the left side, and a 1.5" x 7.5" strip to the bottom to finish off. Each block should finish around 7.5" - you will now trim them down to 7" each to square up the edges.


    Quilt Construction:


    5.   Using your background yardage, cut 24 - 7" squares for setting triangles. Assemble 11 rows on point as shown below, placing a white square at the beginning and end of each row.



    6.   Once your rows have been completed and quilt top has been pieced, trim off the excess fabric on each side to square your quilt.

    7.   To finish your quilt top, using your white background fabric, add a 2.5" border on all four sides of your quilt. Quilt and bind as desired.




    I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and find it useful! My quilt top has been sent to the long armer and will be back soon, I can't wait to share it with you!

    Scrumptious Maker's Tote


    Hello all! I hope you're having a wonderful Summer. We have been super busy with vacations, back to school prepping, 4H, etc. so I haven't been blogging as much as I would like to. I do keep up with Instagram daily though, so if you'd like to see my posts before they hit the blog, head over to IG and follow me @amistabaker :)

    Today I want to share with you a Maker's Tote (pattern by Noodlehead) that I made from some beautiful Scrumptious fabric by Bonnie and Camille which were gifted to me by a dear friend.



    I used Mochi Dot Linen in Putty for the exterior main fabric, along with a gorgeous (if I do say so myself ;)) hex panel done in Scrumptious fabric. Each hex is 1" and I needed nearly 50 for the entire panel. It took me a couple days to sew it together but it was well worth the effort!

    The interior pockets are made from a Hello Darling print and the lining + gussets from a Lotta Jansdotter print from her Follies line. I don't know why, but I absolutely LOVE that print. I even have it in orange :)


    I plan to use this Maker's Tote to store my Smitten EPP quilt while I work on it over the next several months. It will house completed and in-progress blocks as well as necessary EPP supplies.

    I'd also like to make some matching accessories to go with it soon... maybe a pincushion or a zipper pouch?

    Anyway, I hope you love this Maker's Tote! Thanks for reading :)

    Luisa Crossbody Bag


    I am so excited to share with you today the beautiful Luisa Crossbody bag that I tested for S.O.T.A.K Handmade..

    The Luisa bag features a hidden front zipper pocket, two back slip pockets, and one interior zipper pocket as well as a recessed zipper and cross body adjustable shoulder strap. Read below for more photos and details on the fabrics I used!



    What I used...

    I used a beautiful Sevenberry Petite Garden 2017 floral print that has hints of aqua, lime, and yellow. To compliment this print I chose to use Aquamarine Essex Died Linen and antique brass bag hardware.

    Instead of using SF101 as a stabilizer, I chose single-sided fusible fleece instead for extra durability. If I made another I would likely use Soft & Stable at least on the bottom panel.



    Pattern Review

    The bag construction process is easy for an experienced bag maker. Nothing about the construction was new or too hard. The zipper installations are simple and to the point.

    My only real suggestion would be to add about 10 inches to the cross body strap if you're a taller person or someone with a large chest (just saying). I am 5'7" and had to extend the strap as far as it would go for it to reach hip level on me.

    The size of this bag is somewhere in between small and medium. Its not tiny but it isn't large either, and because it's only 2-3" in width it makes it a good every day bag for the essentials. I also really love the recessed zipper top. Those are my favorite kinds of bags!!


    Overall I really enjoyed making this bag. Please go to S.O.T.A.K Handmade blog and checkout her Etsy pattern shop to see this pattern and more!

    A big thanks to Svetlana for allowing me to test the pattern. I love it! :)


    Pincushion Pouch Pattern


    I have another awesome pattern to share with you today!

    I've been working diligently on this Pincushion Pouch, after doing several trail runs and doing some testing with the help of my friend Ramona, ) finally have the finished pattern ready!

    (links for purchase at the end of the post)


    The Pincushion Pouch features a removable weighted pincushion, a thread spool holder, and a roomy zipper pouch. It's perfect for at home or on-the-go (even airplanes!) because it has the ability to rest on the edge of tables or on the arms of chairs thanks to the weighted pincushion!

    The zipper pouch keeps everything nice and safe while the thread holder makes measuring out lengths of thread a breeze, as small Aurifil spools will spin on the holder :)


    If you're interested in this advanced-beginner pattern, links for purchase are below :)

    Purchase here:

    This pattern requires skills in bias binding, zipper installing (very easy), and a bit of hand stitching.



    Traveler's Pincushion PDF Pattern



    Hello again! I have a brand new pincushion pattern releasing today!

    The Traveler's Pincushion is perfect for portable on-the-go sewing! Its not too big, not too small (finishing at approx. 1" high x 2.5" wide x 5.5" long) and can hold all the necessities! 

    (Links for purchase below)



    It features a felt needle landing, a pocket, and an elastic thread holder! You can easily fit a small spool of thread, a small pair of snips, small epp papers, 3-4 binding clips, multiple needles, and lots of pins on this pincushion! It also conveniently fits inside a Sew Together Bag, Bionic Gear Bag, etc. 

    This is a beginner level pattern complete with photos and detailed instructions.

    Where to purchase:


    I love how quickly this comes together, and because of all the extra added elements it would be great as a swap gift! You could easily make these while using minimal supplies but still give someone an awesome and useful gift!

    Thanks for stopping by! I hope you love the new pattern :)

    Double Zip Box Pouch, Pattern Review



    Happy Monday! Today I have a brand new, just released, pattern to show you from Aneela Hoey called the Double Zip Box Pouch.

    I have been fortunate enough to once again test a pattern for Aneela, and last week I whipped up this awesome pouch. I has two roomy large zippered areas housed in a boxed style pouch with a cute little carrying handle right on top!




    This pattern is very easy to follow and although it may look a little tricky, I assure you its simple enough to complete that an advanced beginner could do it with no problem!

    I chose some essex linen and a couple prints from Amy Sinibaldi's new fabric lines, Charleston and Les Petits (the two lines go beautifully together). My favorite is the "The Row" print with those cute little rows of houses and this adorable compass design (shown below).


    I added a little bit of hand stitching on the front which I absolutely fell in love with as soon as I was finished!

    This bag is currently housing my girls heatless "magic curlers" LOL. The two big compartments were perfect for separating the curler sizes (short and long) and it will be perfect to take with us when traveling. 

    You should totally buy this pattern! I can think of so many things this bag would be useful for.

    Tutorial: Rainbow Row Pillow Cover


    I finished cutting pieces for my new hexie project today from this gorgeous Tula Pink Spirit Animal fabric bundle fresh from Quilt Market! When I was finished, all I really had left were some small strips from each fat quarter.

    I trimmed them all uniformly then used 64 of those strips to make a super cute Rainbow Row Pillow Cover, and if you're interested in a quick tutorial just click here to download :)



    The pillow finishes at 16" square and has an easy construction method even a beginner could follow. 

    Thanks for stopping by! Please use #rainbowrowpillowcover hashtag for sharing on social media!


    Sewing Date Traveler, a Deluxe Pincushion and a new Sew Together Bag!

    This week I finished so many new projects! I'm not sure what got into me but I was totally motivated to make an entire set specifically for an upcoming large EPP project I have planned.

    I made a Sewing Date Traveler, a Deluxe Pincushion and a new Sew Together Bag! That is the most finishes I've done in a 4 day period in a very long time, especially consider one was rather large and another required multiple zipper and some tricky construction.


    Sewing Date Traveler

    First up, let's talk about this awesome Sewing Date Traveler! The pattern is free from Robert Kaufman's website and although I was rather intimidated by it at first I soon realized there wasn't much to be scared of. I had done all the steps of this tote on other projects before.

    The only difficult part, in my opinion, was the lining. I found it a bit hard to maneuver the zipper pouch that is sandwiched in-between the two lining piecing when attaching the lining to the bag exterior. However, that may be because I used fusible foam for the zipper divider - I wanted it to be sturdy and to hold up on it's own.




    Here is what I had in my tote:
    • a fat quarter bundle
    • a Deluxe Pincushion
    • a full size Sew Together Bag full of notions and supplies
    • a little tub with 20+ small thread spools in it
    • 3 small packs of paper piecing templates (100 pcs each)
    • 300 large 2.5" hexie templates (5" in diameter) 
    PLUS there was still two empty front exterior pockets with nothing in them!


    Deluxe Pincushion

    This is one of my favorite pincushion patterns. You can find it in the Sew Organized for the Busy Girl book by Heidi Staples. Its a rather large pincushion also, but thats because the pocket in the front is meant to hold small scissors, clips, etc. So its actually pretty good size for toting around the basics and being a pincushion also. 




    I used some super cute Heather Ross strawberries from the Briar Rose fabric line along with chartreuse and hot pink Mochi Dot Linen from Moda. The tiny wooden strawberry button came with a fabric order from Janum fabrics. I have been waiting to use it for a long time!

    Sew Together Bag


    The last of my projects was this Sew Together Bag, (my 4th time making one) which I really just made to replace my current binding kit. I found myself adding more and more EPP and/or binding notions to my kit and I had outgrown my previous one, so a new STB was the perfect solution - PLUS it fits like a dream inside the Sewing Date Traveler!

    I used another Heather Ross print, this time a linen, for the outside of the bag, a Cloud9 solid for the binding, Mochi Dot Linen for the side panels, and Moda Grunge in Raspberry for the inside.

    I did something a little different for the top this time though. I stitched the binding for the zipper to the actual exterior of the bag. This helps the zipper lie flat and makes the bag easier to open and close. 

    Now I can start my new EPP project!

    Im going to be doing a large quilt in 2.5" hexies. These newly finished projects will tote around everything I need for the quilt and make it easy to keep it separate from everything else as I plan for this to be a long term WIP.

    Thanks for stopping by and I hope you've enjoyed these makes as much as I have! :) And to my US friends, have an awesome Memorial Day weekend!!