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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Four Qulits Made by a Non Quilter

Four Qulits Made by a Non Quilter

I was thinking a lot about all the giveaway comments and how I agreed with so many of the DIY challenges.  Then I realized that I actually have done many of those challenging things myself and shared them on the blog over the years.  I figured that maybe the fact that if I have done it, might inspire you to try too!   So, here are my quilts from over the years… My first quilts i made were baby quilts for friends.  In fact, I even made a fun tutorial for them if you want to try.  Baby quilts (or even mini quilts) are a great place to start!  The yellow quilt in the top right corner above is one of those baby quilts-  I called it the Sunshine quilt.  I loved all those yellow scraps together.  I still like to make these types of quilts- they are colorful and pretty and use up lots of scraps! My first BIG quilt was the twin size Plus quilt I made from vintage sheets above on the top left.  I used Jeni of In Color Order’s tutorial.  A plus quilt is a great place to start since it is just squares and comes together nicely.  I am not going to lie- the actually quilting on my machine was a big challenge.  Quilting a big piece on your regular home machine is not especially easy but it is do able.  And, I think going into it knowing that it is a long process, will make it easier.  My quilt was not perfect but it is loved and I am always proud of myself for completing it every time I see it on my 9 year old’s bed. It took me a few years to accomplish a large quilt again but this time I got a little wiser.  I loved the Joel Dewberry Heirloom fabric line and knew it would be a great for my own bedroom.  I made a queen size quilt using a simple large block (that I made up but it was extremely basic!).  That is the quilt on the bottom left.  I knew that I did not want to quilt that large size on my sewing machine so I asked at my local quilt shop if they had someone who would quilt it for me.  The answer was YES and I paid $100 to have someone with a long arm quilting machine take care of it.   I also found out later that I could have rented a long arm quilting machine at another quilt shop for only $25 an hour which might be fun to try some other time! For my oldest daughter’s birthday last May, I made her a...

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Simple HST Quilt in Solids

Simple HST Quilt in Solids

    Last month my oldest turned 10.  TEN!  Hard to believe ten years have passed since she was a little tiny sweet baby.  She is a great girl and into style and trends and all things bright and beautiful (like most 10 year olds!).  I made this Half Square Triangle quilt for her gift and it is a big hit.  It is similar to this picnic blanket I made last year. I used this technique to cut my HSTs and I used bella solds from Bloomerie fabrics.  The fabric was wonderful and the colors were so bright and bold.  It was exactly what I wanted.  The fabric colors I used were zen grey, amelia orange, peacock, peony, purple and buttercup.   I ordered a 1/2 a yard of each of the six fabrics and then cut the 1/2 yards into 18” squares that were cut down into the 8 HSTs.  I used the extra 6” strips to make squares to mix in and fill empty spots. Although I shopped and shopped online for the backing and binding, I ended up just going to Joann fabrics so that I could make sure that the colors matched.  I knew that I wanted something with a bold print for the backing and this cute peacock fabric worked great.  Also, the polkadot orange for the binding was fine.  I would have preferred a stripe but I just couldn’t find one I liked at Joann’s so this had to work! Below is my poor attempt at the classic outdoor photo of the quilt floating in the air~ The colors are wierd and the photo quality is poor since my fancy new camera still baffles me sometimes.  But at least you can see how all the squares fit together.  Although it was my intention to put it together randomly, I still paid attention to mixing colors and letting some triangles and squares block together.  I really liked how modern it felt in the end. Quilts are a challenge!  The biggest challenge for me is how time consuming they are and also the actaully quilting. It’s a pain to wrangle all that fabric on my machine.  But this half square triangle type is a simple and fun construction and a twin size is not too hard on your regular home machine.  Making a quilt always makes me admire quilters who create complicated tops and the even more complicated quilting...

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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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Green is the Queen

Green is the Queen

I hope you aren't sick of me showing off my color scrap quilts but I can't help it.  I think I mastered the whole mitered corners and easy binding.  Flannel is the way to go with making it wrap around for the binding and I used this easy tutorial to machine sew the corners.  Can you tell I avoid hand sewing at all costs? These are some easy quilts!  I love using my scraps and not worrying about matching and just throwing it all together.  I always have a period where I worry that it will look wrong or that I am using too much of something,  but in the end I like it.  Anne held this up for me outside in the grass.  It was spitting snow flurries.  She is a good sport my little middle child.  I had to crop out her poor little face since it was so cold out there and she was freezing.  I had these visions of a great outdoor photoshop but it was terrible out there.   Again with all the indoor shots except this last one.  Spring is coming soon I...

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