Friday, July 28, 2017

Block of the Month #6 - School of Fish meets Baby Playsuit

July will soon be over and the new block for the
Sun, Sand, and Sea Block of the Month will be revealed.

In the meantime, I've been playing with this month's block a little more.


Quilt blocks can be used for more than just quilts.


I used one of  the paper pieced "School of Fish" blocks to make this baby playsuit.

The block was the perfect size  and all I had to do was add fabric around the block before I cut out the pattern piece.


The Sun, Sand, and Sea Block of the Month is
Hosted by Amy over at 


This is the original block #6 ( the border of fish) and the original post is here.



The pattern for the playsuit is from the book, "cute clothes for kids" by Rob Merrett.


This book is full of fun patterns for little ones.
I want to make every one.

The pattern called for a pocket on top. 
 I modified it to use the quilt block for a little fishing buddy.
I just love making little clothes. 
 This one is 6 month size. 


If you follow my blog, you are probably wondering about all the little things that have been showing up on my blog lately.  Well, I am just preparing for a future announcement....

The pattern for the 
School of Fish Block
(A border for block #5) 
for the
Sun, Sand, and Sea
Block of the Month is available in my Craftsy pattern store HERE.
or
click on this button.


It's not too late to join the fun with the Block of the Month.
We gather on Facebook to share
our blocks and visit with other
participants about this quilt
and there is a link up every month with prizes!

Come back soon...






Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Eat, Sleep, Play - A Baseball Pillow Cover

Today, Thermoweb is featuring my newest project
for all the baseball loving families of summer.


My family is crazy about baseball and summer means countless days at the ballpark.  
With 3 boys, my sister barely has time to eat or sleep, but she never misses a game.  
I know a few boys who would love this pillow.



I love to applique, but Deco Foil is a quick way to add shiny letters to a quilting project.
Have you played with it?
It's so simple to trace the letters onto Hot Melt Adhesive, cut them out, iron the adhesive onto a project, and then cover the adhesive with foil.
Want to see more?
Check out my post on theThermoWeb Blog today for a tutorial and link to the pattern.


Don't just sit on the bench, come play with me.  ;)

This one's for you, Nathan
With lots of love.



You can download the PDF pattern from my Craftsy pattern store HERE.
or
click on this button.



Linked up to : 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Sun, Sand, and Sea - Block #6 - School of Fish - It's the border for block #5

Welcome!!


July is here and it's time to reveal my design for the 
Sun, Sand, and Sea
Block of the Month.

School of Fish
A border for block #5 
(the block we made in June)

A quilt celebrating "Sun, Sand, and Sea" has to have a fish or two or more, right?


Once this border is stitched to the center block (#5)
it will measure 24 1/2" x 24 1/2" unfinished.


There are so many choices for this border:
Color (endless possibilities)
Eyes (optional)
Foundation Paper Piece (for precise piecing and a great pattern for a beginner)
Fusible Applique (if you want)

The pattern includes the foundation paper piecing pattern
and
applique patterns.

Your choice on how to sew.

Before I share the pattern, I have to thank some fantastic sponsors.

Thanks to Clothworks, I'm stitching with  American Made Brand solid fabrics.
The colors so vibrant and they are so nice to stitch with!


For foundation paper piecing I love using EZ print Quilt Block Sheets by Thermoweb.
All you do is print the patterns on your ink jet printer and stitch. 
 They are transparent for easy fabric placement and the sheets are super easy to tear for removal.

To applique,
 I ONLY use my favorite fabric iron on adhesive by Thermoweb,

Block #6 -School of Fish Border


You can download the PDF pattern from my Craftsy pattern store HERE.
or
click on this button.


Here are some resources to learn paper piecing if you are a beginner:
This is a great video by Fons and Porter:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJM6QJbBgE0

or this one is a little more detailed in two parts:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNzg78tsF7g

Craftsy has a tutorial if you would rather read:  https://www.craftsy.com/blog/2014/10/how-to-paper-piece/

The Sun, Sand, and Sea Block of the Month is
Hosted by Amy over at 
Amy designed the first block, "Hello Sunshine"
Block #1 - February
You can find Amy's blog post HERE and the pattern HERE.


Carol over at Just Let Me Quilt designed the second block, "Sun, Surf, and Sea."
Block #2 - March
You can find Carol's blog post HERE and the pattern HERE.


Carla designed the third block, "Sun Birds."
Block #3 - April
You can find the blog post here and the pattern here


Joan over at MooseStash Quilting designed the forth block, "Grab Your Shovel"
Block #4 - May
You can find Joan's blog post HERE for the link to the pattern.


Carol over at Just Let Me Quilt designed the fifth block, "A Day at the Beach."
Block #5 - June
You can find Carol's blog post HERE and the pattern HERE.


It was so much fun adding a border to Carol's fun center block.
I hope you enjoy adding your own fishy border.
Wouldn't a little foil be fun?  hmmm...

It's not too late to join the fun.
We gather on Facebook to share
our blocks and visit with other
participants about this quilt
and there is a link up every month with prizes!





Tuesday, June 27, 2017

It's National Sunglasses Day - Make a Snappy Bag for your Sunglasses

Happy National Sunglasses Day.

June 27, 2017
Be super cool and wear those shades to protect your eyes from UV rays.

Why not celebrate by stitching up an adorable super soft snap bag to keep those sunglasses scratch free?


Today the full tutorial for this Boston Terrier sunglass case
is over on the 

I designed this for a very special friend who loves Boston Terriers, but this case would be great for anyone.  What's more cool that a dog with sunglasses?  
You with sunglasses!

Need more ways to celebrate?


Head over to the Thermoweb Instagram page.  
They are giving away a 30 dollar gift card to celebrate.
Who couldn't use 30 dollars of Thermoweb goodness?
Enter by sharing a photo of your sunglasses and tagging #thermoweb in your instagram post.



Then make this super sweet sunglasses case.

The sunglasses shine with Deco Foil!

Want the details?

You can download the PDF pattern from my Craftsy pattern store HERE.
or
click on this button.



Don't forget to celebrate #NationalSunglassesDay by posting a #SunglassSelfie in your favorite sunnies to social media.  


Saturday, June 24, 2017

Friday Finish - Being Prepared

It never hurts to be prepared.


You never know when you will be invited to a
 baby shower
or
 gender reveal party.

Whether it's a boy or a girl I like to show up with a gift.



Some say not to bring a gift to gender reveal parties, but I like to share my craft
and
if I can make a sweet little quilt top in an afternoon
I AM going to take a gift.

So here is the Friday finish for this week.

Two quilt tops ready to be quilted (lots of yummy negative space)
and
gifted.

Whether it's a boy

or a girl


I am prepared.

The pattern will be available once the quilts are finished
and then
you can be prepared too!