Sawtooth Star Pin Cushion Video Tutorial

Sawtooth Star Pin Cushion Video Tutorial

Gosh I love pin cushions.  I have MANY.  But you need lots of pin cushions when you are getting really creative.  Otherwise those pins end up in piles EVERYWHERE! I also love making something cute and easy with a traditional quilt block!  A pin cushion is a perfect project to make- it’s all the fun of creating a quilt block without the huge time commitment 🙂 Here is the cute block before it was transformed into the pin cushion.  Adorable, right?  Above is the pin cushion version which I created by boxing the corners and adding a backing.  Very fun and easy, friends! Do you want to make one too?  Click the play button on the video below.  Check the description section of the video for all the measurements and materials needed.  Enjoy!...

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HST Quilted Pillow Tutorial Video

HST Quilted Pillow Tutorial Video

Have you been nervous to try quilting?  This is the project for YOU!  Or perhaps just looking to try something new (but really this is OLD) ?  This new tutorial over on my Youtube channel is an easy and modern twist on the classic Lamoyne star quilt block.  This block has been around a very long time!  Some theories link it to Versailles and others to the LeMoyne Brothers and the beginnings of New Orleans.  Cool, right?  It is also called the Lemon Star in New England. This new video teaches you an easy way to make perfect Half Square Triangles (HST) called the magic 8.  I am also not responsible for inventing the magic 8 either 🙂  I wish I knew who to give credit, because it is a brilliant and easy way to make HSTs.  Watch below and make your own… As discussed in the video, here is a “map” to help you create your pillow.  Click on the blue letters to download the PDF and print, or you can just use your phone or tablet to view. LeMoyne Block I would love to see how YOU would mix it up!  I am looking forward to adding some serious color to this project 🙂 . Here is one more photo of the pillow in action in my home…...

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Picnic Quilt in just 3 hours!

Picnic Quilt in just 3 hours!

Over on my Youtube channel today I shared a new tutorial to make this cute and fun Picnic Quilt!  I have had a great time collaborating with Organic Cotton Plus to make a few videos and I love how this one turned out!  Scroll down to get the PDF map of the quilt and print if you are here from Youtube 🙂 This was an easy and fun quilt to make.  I loved ripping the FQs and then using their size to determine the size of the quilt.  It really made it easy to assemble!  Miss Marion likes it too!   You can watch the video by clicking the play button below.  It is almost 20 minutes long which feels LONG for youtube!  But I will tell you- it’s really hard to show how to sew a whole quilt in less than 20 minutes!  I think it will be worth your time 🙂 Here is the PDF version of the quilt :  OCP quilt design.  Click on that link and print it out on your computer or use the image on your phone like I did in the video.  Here is a photo version you can view from your phone or computer while you sew.  Enjoy your quilt...

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Color Block Triangle Quilt

Color Block Triangle Quilt

It always feels great to complete a quilt.  Even the simple versions of quilts that I make!  I love how this one turned out.  Cal was ready to celebrate too… I made this by using a 1/2 yard of six solid fabrics.  For inspiration I visited this site which is great way to guide you for mixing solids.  I never would have thought to add the navy and it really makes the whole quilt pop.   Cut the 1/2 yards of fabric in 18" x 18" pieces (each color will make 2 squares for a total of 12 squares).   Match up the pieces with 6 different combinations.  Then use this method to make your HSTs.  Awesome tip!  The only change I made was to increase the size of the squares to 18" x 18".  I like the bigger pieces and it comes together really quickly.  Then just mess around until you have a fun pattern.   I quilted it by stiching in the ditch (along the seams) along the zig zag and then down the center of the triangles.  I like the fun pattern it made on the back!  The binding is simply more of the solids and then finished using this method by Jeni Baker.  You would have to purchase a little more than 1/2 yard of the solids to make the binding the same way.   I used Bella Solids by Moda.  They are lovely!  The backing is just pink flannel.  The finished size of the quilt is 47" x 62".  It's not big enough for a bed but more for the baby to play on the floor and for picnics or a cuddle on the...

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Fun with HST

Fun with HST

I bought a stack of solids and finally starting cutting into them using this method.  It's really cool to try if half square triangles interest you!  I love fun sewing tricks, don't you?  I enlarged the fabric pieces to 18" x 18" since I wanted bigger triangles.  The baby enjoyed chewing on the fabric pieces as Cal and I messed around with a quilt design. She is getting big!  Almost 5 months already.  My original idea was much more random piecing (like this) but my 5 year old was really interested in making a pattern.  I am feeling a little over the chevron look but we were both pleased that it all came together like magic since I didn't even plan on the pattern!  Quilting is super cool like that. I'll be sure to give more details as I get further along with this...

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Sheets Quilt- Finally Accomplished!

Sheets Quilt- Finally Accomplished!

When I ripped up all my sheets awhile back, I did it to sell the bundles in my shop but also so that I could make a quilt for Anne's bed with all their soft and pretty glory.  This was my first full bed size quilt.  Once I started it, I was on a mission to finish.  That is a a quality about me that is both a blessing and a curse- it probably would have been nice to do a little, put it aside and make something else, then come back for a little more.  From what I read on other blogs, this is how most people do their quilting.  But I worked on it for days and got it DONE. Anne and I looked through some simple quilt pattern tutorials and she chose this Plus quilt by Jeni of In color Order.  She does a great job with her directions.  I wish that I had made it a little longer but it is great for now.  Anne loved the plus idea since she likes numbers so much (like all Kindergarteners!).  She likes tracing out the plus signs over and over again. I did the backing with 20 eighteen inch squares of sheets.  I liked the thought of the the plus sign patterns showing through on the back.  It turned out really pretty.   I ordered some pretty fabric from Amy's shop for the binding but my impatience to be finished took over and I did a cheater binding.  Now I get to use my new fabric for something else! The size of my backing fabric gave me about 5" overhang on all sides so I cut it down to 2" and ironed it back toward the back.  I stitched this down with my machine with about a 1/4" seam allowance.  Then I ironed it back toward the front and double folded it under.  I wanted it to look like binding on both sides. The corners are not perfect but turned out pretty good.  I just folded the corner in the front to make it look like a mitered corner.  I need to hand sew the corner down though so it doesn't come unraveled with washing!  I figured I could easily take it off and do a real binding later if I ever feel the need. Anne loves the quilt.  She loves looking at the plus pattern and she loves all the colors.  Nothing muted for this girl!  She calls it rainbow colors.  I like how it feels like a family heirloom already- soft and sweet.  Now I need to make a matching sham to finish the look! The penguin will do for now!   Are you ready...

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Scrap Color Baby Quilt Tutorial

Scrap Color Baby Quilt Tutorial

Hi again!  As I mentioned earlier today, what I like about these quilts is the ease of coordinating the colors.  In decorating, I love it when a whole room is all blue or green and even though the greens or blues may not be exactly the same, the design works since the basic color carries throughout the room.  That is the thinking behind these little quilts too.  And, you get to use up a lot of those pesky fabric scraps that are cluttering up your sewing room! Begin by getting out your bag of scraps in your chosen color.  Don't have enough scraps in one color or you don't organize scraps by color?  Just gather a bunch of fabrics in one color and don't think too much about how well they do or do not coordinate. Cut out 2 pieces of paper- one should be 5 x 5" and the other 5 x 2.75".  You need to cut 28 of the 5"x 5" and 56 of the 5" x 2.75".   Make sure you cut consistently. You will also need 1 yard of UNWASHED cotton flannel, an iron, sewing machine, rotary cutter and mat, and coordinating thread. Cut your scraps with the grain!  Try to stick with cotton.  Sometimes I mix in some vintage sheet scraps that are a poly/ cotton blend and although it works out OK, they do not lay as flat or consistently as the 100% cotton scraps and in the end are a bit more poofy.  Lay your 5" x 5" pieces out on the floor or a big table top. 7 rows and 4 big blocks to a row.  Leave space for the smaller pieces in between.  It should look like the photo below.  Although I said earlier not to pay too much attention to the colors, do use some strategy about lights and darks, prints, stripes, polka dots, etc.  Make a quick attempt to spread them out evenly. Next add the smaller pieces.  I like to alternate the small pieces going horizontal on one row and then vertical on the next.   Just adds a little more interest!  Again, use some quick strategy about lights and darks.  See the picture below… Next start sewing your pieces all together.  Attempt to keep the design intact as you sew, starting with the bottom row and then moving on to the next one.  I usually move the entire row up to my sewing desk, complete the row, place it back on the floor and move on to the next row.  Sew all pieces together with a 1/4" seam allowance.  BE CONSISTENT with your seam allowance.  This really helps all you pieces come together nicely in the...

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Color Scrap Quilts

Color Scrap Quilts

I know I was supposed to be working on the Lola Owl pattern but I ran out of flannel (that is what i use to line the lolas)!  Until I could make it to the fabric store, I started making more of my color scrap baby quilts since my scrap bags were overflowing.  Once I made it to the fabric store, I bought extra flanel to back the quilts and make some owls.  I love how these quilts use up my scraps AND coordinate so well without me having to fret over the combinations!  And I do fret quite a lot about color coordinating:) First, I made a pink… Then I made a blue… and finally another green…   I made a tutorial!  I'll post it in the next couple of days.  It's easy and fun!  These 3 quilts will be for sale in my GingercakeSews shop...

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To Quilt or Not to Quilt?

To Quilt or Not to Quilt?

Over the last few days, I have tried to make a real quilt.  OK, it is a crib quilt, but I did actually quilt it and piece it evenly and attempted to bind it.  I know people devote entire blogs and websites just to quilting and now I can see why.  This craft is tricky!  But deeply satisfying too and I am already thinking of another quilt project. When someone comments on this blog or links to me, I like to return the favor and look at their work ( I have trouble commenting since I can't quite figure out typepad sometimes!) and lots of people who look at my blog are big time quilters.  Beautiful Quilters!  I am so flattered these skilled people are looking at my creations.   For this quilt I went into my pink scrap bag (seen here) since it had expanded into two overstuffed bags.  I cut any piece I could into a 5" x 5" square, and then the smaller pieces into 5" x 2.75" rectangles.  I love how it is all mish mashed and I can see all my former projects in the different scraps of fabric.  Doing this made me think about how interesting the history of quilting must be.  Resourceful people using scraps to make something useful and beautiful for their families that is handed down through generations.  Very cool.  The hardest part of this for me was the mitered corners.  What a mess!  I don't know why I couldn't wrap my brain around this.  I read directions and descriptions over and over again.  Finally I just did my own thing and it turned out OK.  I couldn't do the teeny tiny blind stitch recommended, but I may go back and fix it after I have the binding all attached. When I looked up binding the quilt, everyone recommended hand stitching the back to make it look nice and lay flat.  "Just sit down with your needle and thread and watch a good movie"  they said.  WELL, I watched a whole NFL playoff game with my husband and finished less than half of my crib quilt!  Those are some fast stitchers who can hand stitch a whole quilt in front of one hour & a half movie.  We have more football to watch today so hopefully I will finish it up. I can see now how quilts are a true labor of love and deeply satisfying to create.  I love the thought of it being in a baby room and being something that that baby will grow up and pass down to their own baby girl someday.  Do you think they will notice the messy corners?  Does it even matter?...

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