When I recently saw the gorgeous prints of the new Bloom and Grow line by Simple Simon and Co. from Riley Blake, I knew those pretty designs needed to be turned into a fun bag as soon as possible! I wanted a bag pattern that would showcase the large florals and the By Annie Zip It Up case pattern definitely fit the bill. Plus, the By Annie patterns are so well constructed that I knew I’d end up with a high quality piece that played well with the different Bloom and Grow prints.

The main floral print in navy was a perfect choice for the outside of the case, and after falling in love with the tiny white floral print, I knew it had to be used on the inside of the case. I adjusted the pattern slightly to include two vinyl pockets on the inside (the pattern calls for one vinyl and one mesh pocket) and loved choosing zipper colors to match the Bloom and Grow fabric.

The Zip It Up pattern has two size options and to fully feature the large floral print, I made the larger size. I love that the large size can easily fit a notebook inside the pockets (I’m always wanting paper to write down ideas or notes) and the case would be a great gift for a sewer, quilter, or creative child.

I was only able to feature three prints from the Bloom and Grow line in my Zip It Up case, but wanted to include a photo of the whole line because I just loved the saturated burgundy color, too! You can find Bloom and Grow in quilt shops now, and the Zip It Up pattern is available on the By Annie website or Amazon.

Happy sewing!

It’s been a minute or two since I finished a quilt top (more like six months, actually) and this was the perfect project to get back into the swing of things! The quilt pattern is Scrappy Hearts from the book Playful Precut Quilts by Amanda Neiderhauser. When I originally flipped through the book trying to decide which one I’d like to make first, I knew this was the one. I just had to make it! Scrappy Hearts has the ease of using precuts (5″ x 5″ squares) but still gives off a wonderfully scrappy feel. Plus, that sashing?!? For once I was actually excited to do sashing on a quilt. Haha.

The fabric is New Dawn by Citrus & Mint for Riley Blake Designs and the background is Confetti Cotton Solid in Iron. Amanda’s Scrappy Hearts quilt from the book had a dark gray background fabric and I loved how it really highlighted the fun fabric, so I decided to go a similar route. The pattern calls for two charm packs, but I opted to use a 10″ Stacker of New Dawn and cut half the 10″ squares into 5″ x 5″ squares. This way, I could choose prints and colors that would work well together and with the dark gray background.

Along with the Scrappy Hearts pattern, Playful Precut Quilts has an additional fourteen patterns (quilts, baby quilts, table runners, and wall hangings). Amanda was so clever in writing this book because the blocks from all of the patterns are the same size, which means that you can mix and match the blocks within the different projects! It really adds a fun way to customize your own project so you can choose the block(s) you want plus the finished size you’re looking for.

Both Playful Precut Quilts and New Dawn fabric are in shops now (yay!). You can find Playful Precut Quilts on Amazon and I’ve seen New Dawn popping up in several Etsy shops (and from what I hear, selling fast, too!).

Happy sewing.

 

 

The Gobble Gobble Sew Along has officially come to an end and while I’m a bit sad it’s over, at least I have my cute Mr. Gobble to lift my spirits. 😉 It’s been so fun to follow along with the #gobblesewalong hashtag over on instagram and I hope you’ve enjoyed making your own pillow cover.

Even though my turkey doesn’t have his button eyes yet (I didn’t have any luck at the store I checked, but will find some!) he’s such a fun addition to our fall decor. Technically, I already have one Gobble Gobble pillow cover that I made for the magazine, but since we recently moved we don’t have any of our seasonal things with us yet. And really, two turkeys are better than one, right?

You can see that I decided to finish my pillow off a little different than the pattern instructions said. Since my original turkey pillow was finished off with an envelope back and binding around the edge, I decided to make this one a bit different with a quilted back panel and a zipper on the bottom. I love the weight that the quilted back gives it and I had the perfect tan zipper, so I feel it was meant to be.

If you didn’t get around to making your Gobble Gobble pillow cover with the sew along, you still have plenty of time! The pattern can be found HERE and you can be inspired by all of the fun projects on instagram by searching the hashtag #gobblesewalong.

Happy sewing!

Here we are on the last week of the Gobble Gobble Sew Along! It’s been so much fun to see all of your turkeys pieced together and this week we get to turn them into pillow covers. I have just a few items that might help as you get started on your pillow cover.

The Gobble Gobble pattern includes instructions for an envelope pillow back, but if you’d like to finish off your pillow with a zipper instead, you can follow this tutorial I wrote in 2019 HERE. The tutorial is my go-to method for adding a zipper to a pillow cover and is seriously so fast and easy. Plus, with this method you won’t have to add binding on at the end. I’ll let you decide if not having to do binding is a good thing or a bad thing-haha! Don’t be scared off by the word “zipper” either! It’s absolutely something that you can do!

The zipper pillow tutorial also includes info on how I like to quilt my pillow covers. For my Gobble Gobble pillow, I quilted it just as described in the tutorial–complete with using my favorite Odif 505 spray for basting and Clover Hera Marker for marking the quilting lines.

In the past I have done a lot of pin basting, but after trying Odif 505 Basting Spray a couple years ago, I pretty much exclusively spray baste my smaller projects. It’s so convenient and simple to use that I only use pins if I don’t have any Odif 505 around. A full step by step on how I use it can be found on my zipper pillow tutorial HERE.

I’m also in love with using the Clover Hera Marker for marking lines for straight line quilting. I combine it with a long ruler to make indents exactly where I want to quilt on my basted panel (can you see the faint lines on the right half of the turkey below?). Generally, I’ll make lines 1″ apart from each other, quilt straight lines right on top of those lines, then go back quilt in between the 1″ lines to get 1/2″ quilted lines across the top (I just eyeball the lines in between by keeping my walking foot evenly spaced between the quilted 1″ lines). Now that I have my routine down for straight line quilting, it all goes pretty smoothly and I really enjoy the process.

You can, of course, hand quilt your turkey instead! I’ve gone that route with several pillow covers and hand quilting definitely adds such a nice touch. Below, I’ve included a photo of a pillow I finished just last month where I hand quilted a crosshatch design. I spray basted with Odif 505, used the Hera marker to help me keep track of where I wanted the hand quilting to go, then followed the indented lines with a needle and embroidery thread.

After quilting, you’ll want to trim all three layers (pieced turkey, batting, and lining) to the same size. Don’t worry if the top doesn’t measure exactly 18″ when you trim. Quilting frequently causes the layers to shrink in a bit, so don’t be surprised if one or both sides are smaller than 18″. I generally just trim to the edge of the top pieced section, trying my best to square up the edges as I go.

After the quilting and trimming is done, it’s time to add the button eyes. Place them about 1/2″ above the flying geese beak and sew them on with a matching thread color–you don’t need fancy thread or anything, just whatever you have on hand. After the eyes are on, you can go ahead and finish off the pillow by using the envelope back instructions in the pattern, the zipper tutorial HERE, or your own favorite way to make a pillow cover.

There really are so many fun options for finishing off your Gobble Gobble turkey and I’ve been excited to already see some finished pillow covers pop up on the #gobblesewalong hashtag! For this week’s giveaway, I have an awesome bundle of ten fat quarters from the Flurry line by Ruby Star Society up for grabs. You have until next Monday, September 14th to post any progress or finished pillow photos to be entered to win.

Happy sewing!

 

 

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It’s week 2 of the Gobble Gobble Sew Along and we’re piecing our cute little turkey together this week! Today I’m sharing a few tips to keep in mind as you get sewing.

 

 

Whenever I sew together tiny pieces, I like to press the seams open. Pressing the seams open helps reduce bulk at the intersections and your turkey will lay flatter. I also feel that it improves accuracy when you’re dealing with such small pieces of fabric. As you can see from the photo below, I didn’t press every seam open. If I have a larger seam and it makes more sense to press to the side, I’m happy to do that, instead. 🙂

Remember to keep the seams at 1/4″. Whenever I deal with sewing tiny pieces together, I naturally start to decrease my seam allowance. I have to remind myself that even though the fabric pieces are tiny, the seams still need to be 1/4″. Even as I was piecing my turkey together a couple days ago, I realized that my feather units were a little too long because my seams were too small. It’s an easy fix though–just resew the seam at the correct 1/4″.

As you finish up your turkey, don’t be concerned if the finished size isn’t exactly 18.5″ x 18.5″. There are so many seams in there that it’s hard to keep everything right on target! Just keep the pillow front as is (don’t trim it) for the quilting we’ll do next week. It’s likely that the panel will be a touch smaller after quilting (quilting usually causes it to shrink a bit) and that’s totally fine. We’ll square everything up after quilting and it really doesn’t matter if your pillow cover ends up being a bit smaller than the suggested 18″ x 18″.

This week, I’m giving away two bundles of fat quarters from the new Shine On fabric line from Bonnie and Camille, so don’t forget to tag your photos on instagram with the hashtag #gobblesewalong!

Happy sewing!

Ready. Set. GO! It’s officially the start of the Gobble Gobble Sew Along and I’m so excited to have quilters from around the world joining in!

This week we are cutting out our fabric. If you’re still waiting on fabric to arrive in the mail, don’t worry! The cutting goes super fast and you’ll be able to catch up quickly. As I mentioned last week in the fabric tips post, I used a charm pack of All Hallow’s Eve for my orange prints. It made the cutting go even faster than I expected because I was dealing with smaller pieces to start with instead of trying to wrangle yardage.

If you are working from the pattern in my Etsy shop (as opposed to the pattern in Fall 2019 Quilts & More), you’ll notice that the last page has some helpful labels to cut out. I love to include these in my patterns that have lots of tiny pieces as they are really useful for labeling your pieces as you cut them out. When you have a pattern with lots of small, differing sizes of cuts, organization is key! These little notes help keep me on track (and help keep me sane, too). 😉 I usually just set them on top of the corresponding pile, but I’ve also pinned or clipped them to their stacks if I’m afraid they’ll get blown off from an open window (or kids wildly running by).

The Gobble Gobble pattern labels include the color of fabric, size and number of pieces to cut, and the letter the piece is referred to in the pattern (although, you might notice in the photo above that I erased the dimensions of the cut pieces to encourage readers to purchase the pattern instead of just looking here to figure out the dimensions based on the photo). 🙂  The below photo shows what the labels look like.

Personally, I like to wait to cut out the binding and backing/pillow back until I have the front finished. I am perpetually indecisive and always feel like I need to audition different options once the front is completed. Haha. So while I already have the front all cut out, I’ll wait on the rest just to make sure my mind is made up before I commit.

As you get started cutting into your fabric, remember to post your photos on instagram with the hashtag #gobblesewalong to be entered to win the weekly prize! Instagram quilter @christine.a.sherman was last week’s winner of a Gobble Gobble Pillow kit and this week, I’m giving away two bundles of six fat quarters each from the Midnight Magic line by April Rosenthal. Just in time for some more fall sewing!

Enough talk. . . let’s get those pieces cut!

Before we get started on the Gobble Gobble Sew Along (get the pattern HERE and you can sign up for the sew along HERE), I wanted to chat briefly about the fabric requirements–particularly for the front of the pillow.

The fabric requirements for the turkey direct you to get 1/4 yard total of assorted orange prints, and you can accomplish that several different ways. For my original Gobble Gobble pillow, I used all scraps from my stash! The orange pieces to be cut are all pretty small, so they are perfect to use up some orange scraps and as a bonus, you’ll get a good variety of prints to give the feathers a nice, variegated look.

Another way to get a good variety of orange prints is to cut what you need from fat quarters or yardage in your stash. If you are going for certain shades of orange, you can easily pick out your desired oranges and follow the cutting instructions using only those prints.

For the sew along, I’ve decided I’m going to be using charm squares (5″ x 5″ squares) for my orange prints. I picked up a charm pack in All Hallow’s Eve by Fig Tree & Co. as I love the shade of the oranges in it and there are also a good amount of orange squares to still have a nice variety of prints.

If you’d also like to use charm squares for the orange fabric requirement, I did a little math and figured out that at the very least you need six 5″ x 5″ orange squares. However, I’d recommend using 8-10 squares to get a better variety of prints and have a little bit of wiggle room when cutting the pieces out.

For all of the other fabric requirements, I’d recommend getting yardage as indicated in the pattern. The brown fabric has one piece to cut that’s larger than a charm square, so charm squares and other scraps wouldn’t work quite as well for the brown fabric.

Are you joining in? We’re starting on Monday, August 24th and will work on getting all of our fabric cut out that first week. Remember to post your weekly photos on Instagram using the hashtag #gobblesewalong to be entered to win prizes!

Happy sewing!

Do you remember my Vintage Checkerboard quilt pattern from the Best of Moda Bake Shop book? It’s a quick pattern that uses precut jelly roll (2.5″) strips and finishes at 72″ x 84″. You can find the full instructions in the book along with fifteen other fun precut friendly patterns.

The designers of the other quilts and I are participating in a Moda Bake Shop pillow parade event to showcase our quilt designs re-imagined into pillows. Pillows are one of my favorite things to make (they are fast and pack a big decorating punch) so of course I was up for the challenge!

For my Vintage Checkerboard pillow, I used the fabric line Flour Garden by Linzee Kull McCray for Moda and instead of keeping the center background square blank, I decided to add a fun hand embroidered saying. Some crosshatch hand quilting and a zipper in the bottom finished it off nicely. Super simple, but I love that it can be used year round or made with holiday fabrics (and a blank center or different embroidered saying) for a seasonal pillow.

This little pillow was so fun to make that I wanted to share my hand-lettered quote file for anyone else wanting to embroider it on their own pillow or project! You can click below to download the PDF file then transfer it onto a piece of solid fabric (I like using Frixion pens–they are erasable with a quick touch of a hot iron) and go to work embroidering!

Click here for the Always Grateful Embroidery PDF file

Happy sewing!

 

Are you ready for fall yet? Although I’ve been enjoying summer, I am always up for some fall sewing! The first thing on my list for fall sewing is my new Gobble Gobble Turkey Pillow Cover! This cute turkey pillow was featured in the Fall 2019 issue of Quilts & More and I’m so excited to now have the pattern available in my Etsy shop.

The Gobble Gobble Turkey Pillow cover finishes at 18″ x 18″ and is such a fun addition to your fall decor. The pattern has all traditional piecing (no foundation paper piecing) and is a great way to use up some scraps! The pattern has clear, easy to follow directions and full color graphics to guide you through all the steps.

There was so much excitement last year about this pillow that I’ve decided to host a sew along this year! We’ll start on Monday, August 24th and will have three weeks of sewing, tips, and of course prizes!

You can get the Gobble Gobble pattern in my Etsy shop HERE and sign up for the Gobble Gobble Sew Along HERE. I’ll be sending out weekly emails for the sew along to keep us all on schedule and give tips and tricks where needed. And remember to tag all of your social media sew along images with #gobblesewalong to be eligible for the weekly prizes. I’m so excited to get started and hope you are, too!

P.S. If you sign up for the sew along or share the information on social media (tag me and use the hashtag #gobblesewalong on instagram or facebook when you share), you’ll be entered to win a kit to make the front of the turkey pillow!

Happy sewing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Best of Moda Bake Shop book is here and I’m honored to have one of my quilts included! The book has fifteen precut-friendly projects, each by a different quilt pattern designer. There’s a wide variety of projects and definitely something for everyone! The cover quilt uses two charm packs (5″ squares) and was designed by Christine Weld. I absolutely love those cute houses and can’t believe you only need two charm packs to make them all!

The quilt that I designed is called Vintage Checkerboard. It’s part checkerboard, part Irish Chain, and super easy with a precut jelly roll! The fabric is Scarlet & Sage from Fig Tree for Moda fabrics and the background is Moda Bella Solid in Ivory. I love that the fabrics go so well with the vintage/heirloom feel of the quilt.

One of my favorite projects from the book is this mini quilt, Christmas Baubles, by Jen Daly. It uses one mini charm pack and is such a cute way to use those little squares of fabric! This quilt would also be perfect to use up scraps or for fussy cutting some favorite Christmas fabric to make the ornaments.

Another favorite is Twin Pop by the mom/daughter duo Diane Brinton and Audrey Mann. Seriously, such a fun quilt, right?!? Twin Pop uses jelly roll strips and has such a clever construction to make the popsicles look 3D.

The Best of Moda Bake Shop book is available now–ask for it at your local quilt shop or find it online HERE.

Happy sewing!