Many of you quilters are at QuiltCon, but I am just going to sew all weekend. I’m disappointed about missing out on all the fun, but it’s part of my resolution to get a better balance on my income versus expenses this year. That means only one sewing trip for me; fall market in Houston. For all of you quilters who didn’t make it to QuiltCon this year, what are you working on at home?
As I mentioned in a previous post, I’m working on a quilt for the kids’ school auction. The theme of the auction is kaleidoscope, so I immediately thought of the Shoeman’s Puzzle quilt in Denyse Schmidt’s latest book. I am making this quilt with a traditional kaleidoscope design, but I created templates so that I could paper piece it. I’ve shared my templates below if you’d like to make this block. Just click on the images for the .pdf file. Be sure to print full size (de-select the “fit to page” option). Although your outer lines may get cut off, the block with seam allowance is 8 1/2″, the width of standard paper.
If you follow me on Instagram, you saw yesterday that I was trying to decide whether to paper piece or use templates, so I increased the size of the block from 6″ to 8″, which means I only have to make 64 instead of 100 blocks. I like the precision of paper-piecing and I actually enjoy the process. Cutting fabric is one of my least favorite tasks, so this skips that step. Each of the pieces for the quilt was hand-dyed by the kids and when it all comes together, it should look something like this. I limited the colors to varying shades of blue, yellow and green so that the subtle patterns in this design will still be seen.
Hoping to get the quilt top made this weekend, so wish me luck!
String Art Time Elapse Video from Maptote.
Boucherouite Blush Box from I Heart Linen.
Origami Heart Lollipop Covers on the Chronicle Books blog (from Party Origami).
Printable Arrow Pencil Holder Valentines from Sweet Muffin Suite.
Paper Cut Inspired Wall Art from Kollabora.
Liberty Hot Pads from The Purl Bee.
Sweetheart Wristlet from Kimberly Gladman for Sew, Mama, Sew.
Geometric Felt Heart Garland from How about Orange.
Red Hot Buttercream Frosting from Made.
This year I compiled my top 100 list on Pinterest, so head over there and take a look at the board! See my lists from previous years here.
Sewing Machine Cover from 1, 2, 3 Sew.
Reversible Color-Blocked Tote from Made.
Plastic Animal Pincushion from Small Good Things.
Boxed Pouch from Terrabyte Farm.
Finger Knitting Hula Hoop Rug from Flax and Twine.
Granny Square Quilt Block from Blue Elephant Stitches.
Confetti Dish Towel from Make and Takes.
Backgammon Skirt for I’m Feelin’ Crafty.
Balloon Holly Garland from hellobee.
Abstract Printed Scarf from Rhythm of the Home.
Chocolate Chip & Oatmeal Quick Bread in a Bottle from Me and My DIY.
Mini Gingerbread Houses from Cake Time.
Printable Labels and Card from Wedding Chicks.
Tiny House Backpack from Sewing Secrets.
Washi Tape Tree from Modern Parents Messy Kids.
Straw Gift Toppers from Papermash.
Pretty Painted Birds from Alisa Burke.
Herringbone Hot Pads at Moda Bake Shop.
Birch Candles from A Night Owl.
Paper Strip Wreath from Mer Mag.
Should I call this a Make it Monday post? Anyone who has read this blog for a long time might remember that I posted tutorials regularly on Mondays. How did I have time to do that? Anyway, here’s the tutorial for the simple pleated tote that I posted about a couple of weeks ago. Just click on the .pdf file below to print the instructions.
Note that the instructions guide you to sew two rows of topstitching on the bag, which I did the first time around, but not on the bags pictured here. So I’ll leave the topstitching decision up to you. Also, the instructions don’t include any pockets or snaps, but feel free to add whatever you’d like. Here I made the bags with my Stamped collection in the pastel on charcoal cheater print and the purple ginkgo leaves. See my previous post for fabric availability.