Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Dresden Coin Quilt

Thought I'd use today's post to reveal a recent finished project.

I followed the Missouri Star video tutorial to make this Dresden Coin quilt using Layer Cakes (10" precut squares) from the Benartex collection called "Urban Oasis".

This collection is bright, wild and extremely beautiful!!!
To watch the Missouri Star video click HERE.

I decided to make my quilt a little longer than the tutorial directions so I simply added more Dresden pieces to each row.  I had two Layer Cakes from this collection so there was plenty to go around.

In fact, because I had so many Dresden pieces cut.  I followed another Missouri Star video tutorial to make this gorgeous pillow. 

Truthfully, I made two of these pillows and still have Dresden pieces left to make something else.
To watch the Missouri Star video for the "Sprocket Pillow" click HERE.

Oh how I LOVE this fabric collection and I think it's great to make a quilt and matching pillows.

Both projects were super simple and fun to make.  The only issue I had was when attaching the center button on the pillow.  I used an extra long needle but it was still a challenge to get the needle through such a thick pillow and then do it again in order to pull the center of the pillow taut (with the button) to give the "poofy" finished look.

Give either or both of these projects a whirl!  You won't be disappointed!

On a completely different subject....over the past weekend, I realized how huge my plastic bag of tiny scraps was getting....the ones too little for crumbs but perfect to stuff my doggie beds.

Thankfully I'm getting closer to the end of this orange flannel with skateboarders.  It feels like I've been making doggie beds from this fabric for over a year (probably have).  There was enough scraps to stuff two more beds last night and I think there is enough orange flannel to make two more smaller beds or one large one when the scrap bag fills up again.

These home-made beds are always doggie approved. :)  Of course, my little Talia must try out EVERY new bed before the other fur children are allowed to use them.

What's been under your needle lately?

Monday, November 9, 2015

Ribbons In The Sky - Free Pattern - Accuquilt GO Friendly


Where have I been? - Right here at home.

Why have I not blogged in several months?  - Pure LAZINESS, no excuses!!!

As a form of apology for disappearing from the blogging world for a few months, I'd like to share with you a baby quilt I designed just a few weeks ago.  Please accept my apology and enjoy the free pattern!!!

This quilt pattern is Accuquilt GO friendly.  For the construction of the blocks you will use the 4" Finished HST's and the 4 1/2" square dies.  Borders can be cut with the 2 1/2" unfinished strip die and the 4 1/2" unfinished strip die.

RIBBONS IN THE SKY - Designed by Theresa Litz
46" x 46"
I'm challenging myself to use fabric from my stash whenever and as much as possible.  For fun, I sometimes sit and "make" fabric from my scrap pieces, chunks, and strips of fabric.  To reacquaint yourself with this technique, you can read this blog post from the past.  "Making Fabric on a Rainy Day".
I decided that a 4 1/2" square was a nice size to make, collect and adapt into future projects. 
A friend of one of my daughters recently gave birth to twin girls and I decided I'd like to make each one a quilt...similar but different.  This is the first quilt and I will share the directions for a second baby quilt in an upcoming blog post.
Using my EQ7 software, I came up with this design.  

In the center of each of the Ribbon Blocks, I used my "made fabric" 4 1/2" squares.  You can choose to simply use a particular fabric (as shown in the above design), or even fussy cut from a special fabric.  Just remember, if you want to fussy cut, the fussy cut square will be sitting diagonally in the quilt once the blocks are assembled and pieced together.

Fabric Requirements:


Ribbon Block Construction:  You will need to made a total of 5 of these 12 1/2" unfinished Blocks.  This is a very simple block using only Half-Square Triangles and a center 4 1/2" square.  (Disregard the strange purple piece sticking out of the block picture...don't know why my printer went crazy.)
 You will need a total of 4 Setting Triangles (top, bottom, right and left)

You will need a total of 4 Corner Triangles (left top, right top, left bottom and right bottom)

Inner Black Multi-Dot Border is made by cutting 2 1/2" x WOF strips.
Outer Lime Green Border is made by cutting  4 1/2" x WOF strips.
Here is a blank Coloring Sheet so that you can experiment and play around with colors/fabrics you would like to use in your own quilt.

This pattern was super quick and easy to piece together.  If you make one in the future, please send a photo so I can share it with everyone!!!

Until next time.....Keep quilting and sewing!