March 15 is National Quilting Day! Our friends at Craftsy are sharing this cool infographic with us on the history of quilting + some super fun statistics. Click the image below to enlarge it!
If you’re looking for ways to celebrate, hop on over to their blog and check out 5 ideas they have for making the most of this holiday! See the blog here.
I have 20 more blocks done for my Tula Pink‘s City Sampler: 100 Modern Quilt Blocks. After working with only browns and tans for my first 20 blocks, it was so nice to dig through my stash and pull out teals and turquoises. Especially with the long winter we’ve been having, these happy colors were so fun to design with! (See my past blogs here.)
These 20 blocks really taught me about fabric selection! In my first set of brown blocks, I worked with only 10 fabrics (it’s hard to find good browns and creams that blend together). But with teals, I was overwhelmed with options. Teal is such a hot color right now, so I had a very large pile of fabric that I wanted to use! And while I thought the bounty of options would make the design process easier and more varied, it actually made it harder. After scrapping three blocks that didn’t mesh together like I wanted, I reevaluated the fabrics. I noticed what fabric combinations I loved and which I were gravitated to most often. And even though I loved certain fabrics by themselves, I didn’t love how they were playing with others. I got rid of ones that weren’t working–and you’ll never believe this, but I ended up with only 10 fabrics (the same as my first 20 blocks!).
My next set of blocks will be a mix of light and dark blues. I have 15 different fabrics pulled for these blocks, so we’ll see if I naturally narrow my selection down to 10 again. Either way, I’m totally motivated to finish these next set of blocks, so I’ll be more than halfway done! Follow our blog to watch my progress! And follow us on Instagram at @allpeoplequilt to see weekly pics of the blocks I’m making.
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Once a month, we highlight our favorite free quilt and sewing patterns around the web!
Scalloped Hand Towel from Fat Quarter Shop
Freshen your home this spring with a simple project. Whip up some cute and quick hand towels with a scalloped edge. They look great in any prints, so you can use your scraps or pull out your new favorite fabric!
This duffle is practical and super cute! It makes the perfect bag for the gym or for traveling. It’s roomy, has pockets and zippers, and is topped with ruffles for a stylish touch.
Your favorite fat quarters can be used to create these pretty baskets! At 7″ wide, they’re perfect for holding small sewing notions, little candies, or for a fun Easter basket.
Stitch two hems, sew two seams, and you’ve made an amazing pillow. Here you’ll find complete instructions for making pillow covers in four sizes! This project is courtesy of our sewing blog, howtosew.com. Visit daily for new sewing projects and easy home decor.
Fabrics: Stonehenge Out Of The World collection by Linda Ludovico for Northcott
- 1/2 yard print fabric
- 12″, 14″, 16″ or 18″ pillow insert*
*Instructions for sizes larger than 12″ are in parentheses.
Finished pillow cover for a 12″, 14″, 16″, or 18″ square pillow insert
Sew this project with 1/4″ seams.
From print fabric, cut one of the following:
- 12×29″ rectangle for 12″ pillow cover
- 14×33″ rectangle for 14″ pillow cover
- 16×37″ rectangle for 16″ pillow cover
- 18×41″ rectangle for 18″ pillow cover
Make Pillow Cover:
1. Turn under each short edge of print rectangle 1/4″; press. Turn under edges 1/4″ again and stitch each in place.
2. Place hemmed rectangle print side (printed side) up on work surface. Fold hemmed edges of rectangle to center, overlapping hemmed edges by about 4″ to make an 11-1/2×12″ (13-1/2×14″, 15-1/2×16″, or 17-1/2×18″) rectangle; pin top and bottom.
3. Sew across pinned edges using a 1/4″ seam allowance, removing pins as you go.
4. Turn right side out; press. Insert pillow form through opening to complete pillow.
Fabrics: Flora-C1793 in Gold from Timeless Treasures
See Jody’s first blog about her Round Robin experience here.
Would I do it again? Yes. The quilt top means the world to me because I know everyone put so much thought and workmanship into each round. It was fun to get the box each time to see what each person added. I liked that we did not have too many rules to follow. It is important to follow the deadlines established so everyone has the same amount of time to complete the next round.
Round 1: Jody
She says: The pieces for my Round Robin quilt center are 1/2″ hexagons from paper pieces. I fussy-cut a couple of the rounds. I like the look of two-color quilts, but also love super scrappy. After completing the hexagon portion, I appliqued it to a 12-1/2″ square.
Round 2: Elizabeth
She says: I have to admit I was totally intimidated by Jody’s beautiful quilt center. I’m in awe of these teeny tiny hexagons that were English paper-pieced. I tried a few different borders in Illustrator before actually doing any sewing (because I didn’t want to ruin the quilt!!). I settled on a checkerboard border whose squares were 1/2″ finished, which was the same as one edge of Jody’s hexagons. I didn’t want to overwhelm the quilt center and its beauty so I chose a muted colorway for the border.
Round 3: Nancy
She says: I wanted to add on to the lovely block, but still not overpower the original tiny hexagons. I liked the visual texture of mixing different sized patterns in the various red fabrics for the border but still needed a little something to jazz it up. I fussy-cut the fabrics for each of the corners using a larger flower pattern. There was one fat quarter with many blooms but no two alike so the corners were each different. The big flower prints in the corners repeat the reds, greens and neutrals from the first two rounds.
Round 4: Jill
She says: The adorable little hexagons on Jody’s quilt center had to continue to be the star of her quilt top. I wanted to echo the feeling of hexagons. I auditioned several attempts at the “final border” before I was finished. A few days before the due date the half-hexagon idea came to me. I made a pattern for a half-hexagon that was the same width as the squares in Nancy’s pieced border. Each of the half-hexagon is backed with a contrasting red print. Before adding the half-hexagons, I added a light print flat piping to the quilt center. This piping adds a visual stopping point between the large red print squares and the half-hexagon outer border. Bonus for Jody: the half-hexagon outer border doesn’t require binding; if she adds a backing, it’s complete.