Sunday, March 16, 2014

Pirate Treasure Map Quilt - FREE Pattern!

The Brand New Pirate Treasure Map Collection from Riley Blake arrived on Friday afternoon and from the moment I ripped open those boxes I knew it was going to be a late night! I quickly made bundles, took pictures...then I couldn't decide which bundle to start with! One of my biggest challenges to new projects is getting started because too many choices makes me SO indecisive!

I finally decided on this super cute Gray Pirate Treasure Bundle!

Gray Pirate Treasure Bundle
I opened up the panel (love, Love, LOVE this panel!!!) and set the other fabrics around it to create this pattern. The finished size of this quilt is 40" x 63", a really perfect size for kids to actually use! My "Kid Size" quilts are smaller than Twin Size quilts, intentionally. If I were making a quilt for a bed I would definitely make a standard Twin Size, but I make most of my quilts for kids to drag around the house with them! While I could definitely make my Kid Size quilts shorter, I really like the 60" - 65" length so that it is easy for them to use, yet long enough to grow with them.

The finished quilt, washed & dried!
I LOVE the "puckered" look that comes from sewing the unwashed fabric, then washing & drying the finished quilt. If you prefer a more traditional and smooth quilt then pre-wash and dry your fabric, and after future washes dry the quilt for 10 minutes on low-medium heat (to create the softness without the puckering), then remove from the dryer and hang or lay flat to dry. To me, the "puckered" look is the 'je nais se quois' that makes hand-made quilts priceless.
This Pirate Treasure Map Panel was SO much fun to quilt!!! I used a light gray thread and quilted around all of the fun map clues. After I quilted the Pirate Map, I underlined all of the waves and that is when the quilting started to make the images pop.
I already have two more quilts cut out and waiting to be made up, but for certain I will be making another Pirate Treasure Map Quilt in another colorway in the very near future!!! SO much FUN!!! To make this exact quilt the pattern is as follows:

Pirate Treasure Map Quilt

1 - Pirate Treasure Map Panel (36" x 44")
4 - 1.5" Strips of Red Treasure Search Lines (to frame the panel)[Purchase 1/2 Yard for framing strips and binding]
5 - 2" Strips of Red Treasure Search Lines (for the binding)
2 - 3" Strips of Skulls on Gray [Purchase 1/4 Yard]
2 - 3" Strips of Pirate Ships on Navy (I needed 8" to cut two strips with the pattern centered)[Purchase 1/4 Yard]
2 - 2.25" Strips of Gray Waves [Purchase 1/4 Yard]
2 - 5.5" Strips of Gray Pirates Kids [I used the same fabric for these strips AND the backing, so Purchase 2.25 Yards]
1.75 - 2 Yards of Fabric for the Backing
1 Piece of Batting 44" x 68" (I like the Warm & Natural Brand)

I trimmed the 1 yard panel just a bit, but other than that all of the seams were 1/4" and created a finished quilt of 40" x 63". Feel free to use these measurements as a base and customize your quilt to YOUR "perfect" Kid Quilt Size! One of my "perfect" qualifications is always that the quilt is 44" wide or less so I only need one length of fabric! ;-) That is just me, though!

We also have this bundle in two alternate colorways: Blue and Teal!
Happy Sewing!!!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Grand Opening GIVEAWAY!!!

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Unpaper Towel Tutorial Part 1

Recently on Facebook a conversation fired up about Unpaper Towels and how amazing they are - a must have! One of my customers, Heather, took the lead by posting multiple tutorials for several of you who asked for them, and she commented on the parts of each tutorial she liked and why. That was a really fun thread, thank you again to all of you who participated! I messaged Heather and asked her if she would be interested in writing a tutorial for all of us and as busy as she is, she said YES! Get ready to be impressed, these are gorgeous as well as my new favorite thing!!!

Unpaper towels have an unbelievable amount of uses that greatly help the environment as well as your wallet! A six pack of paper towels often runs around $2-$3 a roll and over time, that adds up to be quite a lot! Being that there are so many daily uses for paper towels, unpaper towels pay for themselves very quickly and are a one-time cost. When it comes to little ones, unpaper towels are very handy because we all know they like to make messes! Unpaper towels are great for cleaning spills, wiping the counter top, drying your hands and thrown right in the laundry. Easy enough! The addition of snaps make the unpaper towel even more beneficial as they can be clipped anywhere you might need one. In my extended amounts of time on the internets, I came across a great use for unpaper towels and ice packs. Putting an ice pack inside the unpaper towel and closing the snaps keeps the ice pack in place and looks cute! I could never run out of uses for unpaper towels and it makes me even happier knowing I have one less thing to remember at the store!

Start this wonderful journey by assembling your materials:
- Rotary Cutter
- Cutting Mat
- Quilting Ruler
- 2 Yards of Flannel (or 1 Yard Flannel & 1 Yard Terry Cloth)
- Snaps & Pliers
- Scissors

1. I chose Robert Kaufman’s Bermuda Remix Chevron flannel as well as Bermuda Remix Dots flannel from StitchStashDiva. I decided to make two rolls of unpaper towels and compare them at the end. One roll will be flannel on one side and terry cloth on the other. The second roll will be double sided flannel. The terry cloth I had already laying around in my stash. If you do not want to make a trip to the store for terry cloth, cut up any old towels you might have for an even cheaper option.
2. For once in my nine years of sewing, I started by actually washing and drying the fabric first. I am far too impatient to wash my fabric before cutting in to it..oops! I did one roll of half sheets and one roll of full sheets. For the half sheets, I cut my fabric into 12 pieces 11”x6”. If using a full yard, you could get about 20 sheets. For the full sheets, I cut 12 pieces 11”x9” which took up the whole yard.

3. Now it is time to head to the sewing machine! I recently bought a serge machine to make my life a little easier and will be using that to make the unpaper towels. Please excuse my not so perfect serging…I am still getting a hang of this machine! If you do not have a serge machine, the turned and top stitched method works but is just a bit more time consuming. Start by placing flannel and terry cloth pieces wrong sides together and go around all the edges of each piece.** For the alternate method, place flannel and terry cloth right sides together. Go around the edges with a ¼” seam allowance, leaving a small opening to turn right side out. I like to go around the edges before turning and clip the corners for a pointier corner. After turning right side out, go around all the edges with a 1/8” seam allowance, making sure to close the opening.

4. Time for the snaps! For a set of 12 unpaper towels you will need 48 caps, 24 sockets and 24 studs. In the picture I laid out the snaps to show the difference between caps, sockets and studs since that can be a bit confusing sometimes! For KAM snaps, please visit: I Like Big Buttons.

5. Use the awl provided in snapping kits and poke a hole in each corner at about a ¼” in from the edge. I never precisely mark my holes, I usually eyeball where the snaps should go with good results.

6. On the right side top and bottom holes I insert the cap into the hole from terry cloth side. Place the socket onto the cap and squeeze shut with the pliers. Do this for both holes on the right side.
7. On the left side top and bottom, I place the cap into the hole from the flannel side. Hold the cap in to place with your finger and flip the corner so that the terry cloth is facing you and place the stud on the cap. Squeeze shut for both corners on the left side.

Unpaper Towel Tutorial Part 2

8. This is what a finished piece should look like, caps facing up on the left side and sockets facing up on the right side.
9.Snap the sheets together and roll up or roll around a paper towel dispenser.

Experimentation time! I spilled some water on the table and wiped it up with both sets of unpaper towels. I would definitely recommend unpaper towels with a terry cloth backing as they are more absorbent and still offer a soft flannel side for wiping your face. The set of double sided flannel unpaper towels were slightly absorbent but not enough to my liking and would be better for using like a washcloth or wiping off faces and counters. In the end, either type of unpaper towels are a great addition to any home!

THANK YOU, Heather!!!

Heather is a mother of two children who are her inspiration for pretty much everything she does. She is in college full time as well as a Work-At-Home-Mom part-time. Her love for sewing and everything crafty began when she was 14 visiting her Great Aunt in the summer. She taught her all about sewing and shared an important life lesson with Heather from one fabric hoarder to a future one, “if you see a fabric you love, just buy a yard”…so she does! Heather's main passion is making quilts but since becoming a mother, and a frugal one at that, she has learned to make cloth diapers, bibs, baby shoes, baby toys and many other things. Knowing she's not the only one who loves to save money, she was thrilled to be given the opportunity to share her process for making unpaper towels.

Heather says :They are very simple to make and Robert Kaufman’s line of flannel fabrics are amazingly soft, perfect for little faces while also adding a pop of color anywhere in your house!"

Thank You, Heather!!!

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Happy Sewing!!!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Pink & Purple Unicorn Strip Quilt

While I was on bed rest with my last baby the Pink & Purple Unicorn fabric from Michael Miller arrived. It was absolutely painful to not be able to get my scissors into it back then, but I did today!!! I feel like a little kid in a candy store when I walk through my shop choosing fabrics, and creating this bundle absolutely made my day!

I wanted to make a quilt for my girls with these fabrics and decided on a strip quilt for several reasons but mostly because I LOVE making them!!! The strip quilt design is perfect for letting the fabric be the focus, rather than the piecing. The fact that I can quilt as I go feels like I'm skipping a step and saving time...although it takes me just as long to make one of these as it does any other quilt!

My Unicorn Quilt
The finished size of this quilt is my new favorite "Kid Size Quilt" or 40" x 60". The size of this quilt is perfect for your little to snuggle up with on the couch to read a book or watch a movie. We are big snugglers in my family, so we all LOVE and very much need our quilts to take naps, read books, watch movies...this is basic survival in this Diva's house! I used the seven fabrics pictured in the Unicorn Bundle (see above) and these are the cuts I made of each:

1) Pink & Purple Unicorns 14"
2) Pink & Purple Mini Chevron 8" (I cut 8" to create a 6" cut, details to follow)
3) Violet Mini Dots 5" for the top strip and 5.5" for the bottom strip
4) Once Upon A Time 14" (I cut 14" to create a 12" cut, details to follow)
5) Grape Ta Dot 6"
6) Pink & Purple Small Castles 12"
7) Pink & Purple Princess Chevron 8" (I cut 8" to create a 6" cut, details to follow)

To make a Quilt-As-You-Go Strip Quilt, you begin with the backing right side down.

Add the batting
Then, you begin by adding the first strip at the top. As messy as my layers look in these pictures, I actually spend a lot of time getting them lined up perfectly to start my first strip. After I have my first strip lined up I take the quilt sandwich over to my ironing board and iron all three layers at once. After ironing, I then pin a LOT to keep the quilt sandwich from shifting. I use straight pins because I am lazy and have gotten really good about not sticking myself constantly, but safety pins would be the smart choice!

The Quilt Sandwich
I like the heavily quilted look on my strip quilts so I spend more time than is really needed making my quilting lines, but this part is entirely up to you and the look you are after. I quilt in straight lines no more than three fingers between lines.
FUSSY CUTTING: The three measurements that I cut larger by 2" were to allow for fussy cutting the chevrons and Once Upon A Time fabric. Whenever sewing with directional, worded, or heavily patterned fabrics ALWAYS buy a little more fabric than you need! The extra 2" gives me enough wiggle room to be very specific and exact with my heavily patterned fabrics:

Fussy Cutting Chevron
After you have all 8 of your strips sewn/quilted as you like, you have this:

Quilting Completed!

The next step is to clean up the edges, so I use my rotary cutter and mat to cut the raw edges off.

Cleaned up and ready for binding!

So, as much as I LOVE to quilt as I go and make up a new pattern with every quilt I make, after I reached this step I realized I had planned to use the Grape Ta Dot as my binding fabric...but I had already used it for my backing. Sigh. I really love the look of contrasting fabrics so the thought of using the same fabric as the binding was too boring. So...I created a two-sided binding, problem solved!

Two-Sided Binding

To make this Two-Sided Binding I cut 5 strips of 1.5" x 44" of each fabric: Grape Ta Dot & Spot On Purple Mini Dots. 10 strips total, 1.5" x 44" each. I sewed all five strips of Grape Ta Dot together, then all five strips of Spot On Purple Mini Dots together. Next, I sewed both of these fabrics together. Next, I pressed the edges to the middle and voila - Two-Sided Binding, crisis averted! I have to admit, I REALLY LOVE Two-Sided Binding and it might just become my new favorite thing to add to my quilts!

My Pink & Purple Unicorn Quilt

The Pink & Purple Unicorn Bundle is BRAND NEW and made specifically for the launch of our new website: While we plan to carry all of these fabrics for a while we never know when fabrics will be discontinued. If you have a special little in your life who would LOVE to have a Pink & Purple Unicorn Quilt, buy your fabric today!!! To purchase, CLICK HERE.

Have you made anything with any of these fabrics!?! If so I would LOVE to see pictures! Please feel free to post them on our Facebook page WITH a link to your shop, if applicable!

Happy Sewing!!!