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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Fossil Rim Blog Tour ~ A Dino-mite Baby Ensemble!

Sometimes, the cutest fabric comes along, and you just gotta make stuff!

Baby Ensemble made by Debbie Proctor & Deonn Stott
featuring Fossil Rim fabrics designed by Deena Rutter for Riley Blake Designs
Boy fabrics seem to get cuter and cuter as the years go by, and this line is no exception!  My friend Debbie, (who just happens to have a new grandson!) agreed to collaborate for this fun blog tour.  When we saw that the line is also offered in knits, Debbie immediately thought of making a baby layette gown.

In her later years, Debbie's mother had made hundreds of these little gowns with matching booties and blankets for charity.

Debbie combined a couple of her mother's patterns to make the ideal baby gown that slips easily over the baby's head... 

...has cuffs on the sleeves to cover those sharp little fingernails so the baby won't scratch his face, and elastic in the bottom for easy diaper-changeability!  1 yard makes 1 baby gown, but you can get 2 gowns from 1-1/2 yards.  Download the PATTERN and INSTRUCTIONS, which will be available FREE until the end of October.  If you haven't sewn with these super-soft jersey knit fabrics, see my favorite TIPS<< .  

Speaking of diapers...this quilted diaper-changing pad was a breeze to make! (Of course, I had to  quilt something!)

Quilt a couple of fat quarters or yardage together.  This one turned out to be about 26 inches wide and 18 inches tall.  Nancy Haacke's adorable dinosaur tracks quilting design mimics the fabric! An iron-on vinyl product will protect the surface.

I centered a covered elastic loop on one side, then stitched a faux-piped binding by machine (see tutorial) for a decorative edge.  The elastic loops over a button to hold it closed.

Load it up with a diaper and some wipes and you've got a portable changing pad "To-Go"...  haha, get it? *Ü*

From the scraps of the layette gown, we were able to cut out a couple of "Dribble Bibs".  Who knew these cute little bandannas were so popular! I've seen some with toweling on the back, but this knit will absorb nicely.  You can also download this free pattern HERE.

Next, we wanted a little swaddling blanket, and Riley Blake Designs' double gauze was the perfect choice.  It's easy to square up the fabric by cutting along the lines.  This one was cut to about 45" square.  A small hem finished the edges, then I used a drawing by Debbie's daughter and machine-applique'd (< see tutorial) a little stegosaurus on the corner of the blanket.  A bit of ric-rac gave him the scales.

And finally, we enlarged the drawing and Debbie made a soft little stuffie from the knit scraps.  We used RBD Jumbo ric-rac this time.  You can get the free PDF pattern for the applique' and stuffie HERE.  Make the little Steggie two sided, or add a gusset on the bottom to give him legs.

None of these projects took much time to make, and each one will be a nice gift for a newborn!

Want to see how the baby likes them?

Yup.  We got a wiggly little thumbs up.

Looks like they're a hit for this little two-month-old!

Such an adorable range of fabrics, Deena, and a big thanks to the folks at Riley Blake Designs for sponsoring this post.  For more inspiration (and absolute cuteness), see previous stops on the tour and check back Wednesdays for the next couple of weeks.  Deena Rutter will host a giveaway on the last stop.

9/6 Miranda @ IHavePurpleHair
9/13 Kimberly @ SweetRedPoppy
9/20 Deonn @ Quiltscapes <<
9/27 Katie & Alicia @ MaytimeMoms
10/4 Deena @ DeenaRutter

Happy Sewing!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Quilt Show

Visited the Springville Museum of Art yesterday, where (by some miracle) two of my little quilts were curated into their prestigious Quilt Show, on display through September 16th. 

Bloomin' Garden Blossoms

This quilt is based on a combination of two designs:  
Quilt in the Garden (← Click to see my darling daughter's design)
and Bloomin' Blossoms (← pattern info).

And this one:
Bear In Mind, Owl Always Love You

You may have seen my Aunt Marjorie's quilt and the story behind it here:  Bear In Mind, Owl Always Love You. The digital version of this pattern is now available HERE!  

If you don't get a chance to visit the Museum of Art in Springville, Utah before September 16th, click HERE to see some of the amazing quilts on display!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Christmas in July - Quick Ornament Tutorial

Here's a tutorial using scraps to make quick little ornaments.  July is the perfect time to start thinking of Christmas, right?!

Make your favorite mini quilt block, any shape or style, about 4" to 5" inches in diameter.
For each ornament, you'll also need:
     2 @ 5" x 6" rectangles for backing
     1/4 yd. narrow ribbon

Knot the ends of the ribbon together to make a loop.  Center the ribbon with the knot at the top of your mini block and pin or glue in position.

Finish the back with an envelope fold:
Cut two 5" x 6" squares for each tree.  Fold each in half,  right sides out.  Lay out, overlapping folds about 1 inch at the center to measure 5" square.  This is your backing.

Lay the block with right side together over the backing squares and pin in place.   Stitch all the way around the perimeter of the shape using 1/4" seam allowance.  Overlap the beginning stitches.   

Trim edges even with your block or shape, clip corners or curves where necessary, then flip right side out through the back flap (I use a chopstick). 😁  Press flat.

If desired, sitch the flap closed, or just give it a good press and it's ready to hang on the tree!  Make one or make a ton!

Other ideas for these little ornaments:

*Make a few and give as a gift.  Your quilty friends will love it!  

*For that matter, you could even use one as a gift tag!  Write To: and From: on the back with a pigma micron permanent ink pen.

*For a sweet sachet, stuff with a little poly-fiberfil, add a drop of scented oil, then stitch the flap closed.

*Make a bunch and string them together for an adorable garland.

By the way, the Log Cabin Tree ~ Quilted Tree Skirt & Ornament pattern is now available!  Click HERE for a digital copy, and HERE for the paper copy.

Let the merriment begin!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Comfort & Joy Fabric Tour: Log Cabin Tree Christmas Ensemble

It's never too early to start thinking Christmas!

 Log Cabin Tree Tree Skirt & Ornaments by Deonn Stott & Debbie Proctor
featuring  Comfort & Joy fabrics by Dani Mogstad for Riley Blake Designs
{{Update:  Log Cabin Tree ~ Quilted Tree Skirt & Ornament pattern is now available!
HERE for a digital copy, and HERE for the paper copy.}}

I am happy to be participating in this fun blog tour - and even happier to have collaborated with my quilting friend Debbie for this project.

When thinking of what we could make with these sweet fabrics, Debbie showed me a tree skirt her mother had made for her, a Diamond Log Cabin Tree Skirt by Eleanor Burns, circa 1988.

Her mother had made both the tree skirt and a tablecloth, then used the scraps to make little matching log cabin ornaments.

She even signed them, which, now that "Grandma Gardner" is gone, makes these a treasure for her family.  So sweet.

I loved the idea of the log cabin-style project, because it could feature more of these adorable prints. Then the thought occurred to me to try a tree-shaped log cabin configuration, starting with a triangle instead of a square for the center.  

I checked my AccuQuilt dies and sure enough, there was an equilateral triangle die in my collection, #55429.  Yay!  Perfectly trimmed corners, notches for the centers, and you can cut 6 layers at the same time.  Debbie had a die cut with mini triangles which we used for the mini tree ornaments, plus some strip cutters which made quick work of cutting our strips.  Traditionally, a log cabin quilt block begins with a red square to signify hearth and home, so... red triangles became the center of our trees.

It's a 60-degree triangle, and as most rulers have that marking, it's an easy triangle to rotary cut as well.  Decide how tall you want the triangle and cut a strip 1/2 inch wider.  Then, just line up the 60-degree mark along an edge to make the first cut.

Turn the ruler around to find the next angle, then repeat.

After a couple of experimental trees, we liked the look of a "half" log cabin, just adding strips to either side of the center triangle, trimming with that 60-degree angle as you go.  

We also decided that with these prints, we could give a little dimension to the tree with the light prints on one side and medium prints on the other.  Debbie made all the blocks.

Finally, after taking family surveys of our background choices, the modern, clean look won out and we went with Riley Blake Swiss Dot tone on tone White:  
RED:  3  vs   WHITE:  5
(We didn't count Debbie's two sons' votes, because they are both color blind!)  The red seemed to look better in pictures, but the white really does look best in person!

Once the quilt top was made, it was time for quilting!  I quilted branches in to the tree, switching direction at the center seamlines.  

Maybe it's a little clearer in this picture of the back.  A little woodgrain in the tree trunk...

Then I couldn't help it, I had to quilt some little gifts under the trees... I think these would be super cute if done as applique'!

Then some easy swirls between the trees.  To me, it looks like a big snowflake and the swirls could be, well, snow? snowballs?  At any rate, it will eventually get covered up with presents anyway, right?

To me, the toughest part of the whole project is making myself cut a slice and center hole so the tree skirt can fit around a tree!  Whew!

All that's left is to bind the edges.  We used red snowflakes for the outer binding, more white Swiss Dot for the sliced edges, and applied all of it by machine.

Bias binding around the center hole with long enough ties to tie around the trunk.

Then, like Grandma Gardner, we used scraps from the tree skirt to make little matching ornaments.  (See ornament tutorial HERE.)

All set for Christmas!  And just so Debbie and I don't have to draw straws, of course we'll have to make another one ~ It went together so fast, it will be a breeze!  Now we are kinda giggling about calling it a "Tree Tree Skirt".  If you have any other suggestions, let us know!

Big thanks to the folks at Riley Blake Designs for sponsoring this project, and thanks to you for stopping by!  You can find the fabrics at Missouri Star Quilt Co. or Pine Needles in the store and online.  For more inspiration to put you in the Holiday spirit, visit these blogs both from last week and in weeks ahead.

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