Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Falling Stars Quilt

Hi friends! I'm so happy to present you quilt #4 for this year "Falling Stars"!  This quilt is made with the new Yuletide fabric collection from FreeSpirit Fabrics designed by Tim Holtz. The fabrics are stunning and make this quilt shine. Pattern is Star Fall from Quilty Love Patterns designed by Emily Dennis. 

"Falling Stars"

Here is the Yuletide fabric collection available now at your local quilt shop. 
I used 10 of the 12 fabrics for the backgrounds of the stars. 

Fabric requirements for the the lap size 60" x 72" 

Star Backgrounds - 1/3 yard each of 10 fabrics 
3 - reds (Peppermint Stripe, Tidings, Snowflakes)
3 - blacks (Festive Greens, Tidings, Winter Plaid)
3 - greens (Golden Baubles, Festive Greens, Holiday Symphony)
1 - Winter Village 

White Star fabric - 2 1/4 yards
Binding - 1/2 yard
Backing - 4 yards


Star Fall by Emily Dennis is an instant download or you can always purchase a paper pattern. I love how easy Emily's patterns are to follow. 

I made the stars and this is the first layout for the quilt all the rows of color, but.....

I really liked the stars all mixed up. That way I could use more of the cute Winter Village fabric. 

Once I figured out the layout I sewed them all together. 

Here I am quilting with a decorative stitch on my machine. 

The stitch reminds me of little clouds. 

I washed the quilt and fell in love with the stitching. 

Look how fun the Peppermint Stripe Fabric is for the binding! 

What will you make with the new Yuletide collection? 
I already have my next project in sight. 

Thank for stopping by!
Richele

Monday, May 18, 2020

Yuletide Snowflake Pillow

Hello friends! Every year I add to my collection of holiday pillows so I decided to make one using the new FreeSpirit Yuletide fabrics designed by Tim Holtz. I'm smitten over this new Yuletide collection and I know you will be too. 


I'm in love with the simplicity of this pattern but you need to know I'm also a sucker for snowflakes! 

I found this wonderful pattern for a snowflake block by Amy Friend at During Quite Time. Amy's pattern has 3 different size snowflakes I used the 12" for my pillow. The pattern is paper pieced and easy to follow. It had been a long time since I had used this method so I hopped on line and watched a video. Easy peasy! 

I pieced all the sections following the numbers on the pattern. 

Once the sections were all pieced I sewed them together to create the snowflake.  I added a 2 1/4" strip all the way around the snowflake to accommodate my 16" pillow form. Tip: I like to size my block down about 1" for a snug fit. 

Next I created my own pipping with cording and a strip of fabric to go around the pillow. 

Sew the piping to the pillow front.

Create the pillow as desired. I used an overlapping back that you can insert the pillow through. You could also sew in a zipper.

 Insert the pillow and you have a beautiful pillow ready for the holidays. 

The FreeSpirit Yuletide fabrics by Tim Holtz will be available soon. Ask your local quilt shop when it will arrive. Click here if you'd like see the full line of Tim Holtz fabrics. 

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Richele

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Yuletide Trees All In A Row - Table Runner

Hello friends! Today I have a festive table runner that will be perfect for the holidays. The new Tim Holtz YULETIDE fabric collection by FreeSpirt Fabrics will be perfect for all kinds of holiday projects. Please look for the fabrics at you local quilt shop or your favorite on line store soon. 

Yuletide Trees All In A Row Table Runner 
Size - 17 1/2" x 48" 


Fabric Requirements:
1/4 yard each of the 12 Yuletide prints for trees
1 1/2 yards Osnaburg or Linen fabric for the background 
1 1/4 yard Symphony fabric for Backing 
1/3 yard for Binding
20" X 52" Quilt Batting
Sewing Machine
Rotary Cutter and Tools
Matching Thread

Cut trees 8" x 4 1/2" find the top center and cut the tree shape as shown above. I used my cutting mat to help keep things squared up. 

Cut 2 trees from the 10 different Yuletide fabrics. You will have 20 trees total. 

Cut 40 - 4" x 9", side panels from the background fabric.


Line up the top of the tree with the top of the side panel RST (right sides together) and sew  together with a 1/4" seam allowance. 

Press the seams towards the background and trim off excess fabric of the side panel at top of tree. 

Sew on another side panel lining up the tops of both pieces and press seams towards background. 
Square up tree blocks to 5 1/2" x 8" be sure to keep the tree in the center. 

 
Cut 2 strips 3 1/2" x WOF (width of fabric) from background fabric. Cut the Birch Plank fabric  1/4" x WOF sew strips together, press seams towards the center. 

Trim tree trunk pieces to 2" x 5 1/2". 

Add the trunk of the tree .



Lay out the tress and sew together and press. 

Next I created some different size stars to appliqué to my table runner. Print the stars and cut out with scissors. You can even draw the stars if you'd like. 

Cut fabric about 1/4" larger then the paper template. Adhere the edges of the star using a fabric glue stick like Sewline. 



Hand appliqué stars where desired folding the tip of the star as you go. 



Layer your backing, batting and top then bast layers together.

Quilt table runner as desired. 

Cut 4 stripes for binding 2 1/4" x width of fabric, sew together lengthwise, fold and press in half lengthwise. Sew binding to edges as desired with a 1/4" seam allowance. Fold over to the back and hand sew with a ladder stitch. 

 I love the trees in all the different prints. 

I can't wait to set the table for the holidays with my new table runner! 
Don't forget to ask your local Quilt Shop for these beautiful fabrics. 

The FreeSpirit Fabrics Yuletide by Tim Holtz will be available soon. 
Click here to see the full line of Tim Holtz fabrics. 

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Richele

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Memoranda - Plus and Minus Quilt

Hello friends! I hope your all doing well! 
I'm back with a lovely quilt using the Memoranda and Provisions fabric lines together. The fabric is from FreeSpirit Fabrics designed by Tim Holtz. 

I love how Provisions adds a pop of color for the plus signs.

Here is the pattern! If you're new to quilting this is a great pattern. the pieces are larger and the instructions are easy to follow. Emily Dennis from Quilty Love patterns is a favorite of mine. 

After I cut all my pieces I sewed the blocks together. 

Then laid the blocks and pieces out on the floor. I really need to make a design wall for this! 

I sewed all the pieces and blocks together then decided I wanted to add a border to make it a little larger. 

I prepped the layers for quilting. I'm using a new kind of batting to me. It's a Bamboo and Cotton blend and I really didn't notice any difference when I quilted it but when it was washed it puffed up so nicely. 

Stay Safe and healthy my friends. 

Thanks for stopping by!
Richele

Monday, March 23, 2020

Reverie Fabric by Shell Rummel!

Hello friends! Don't you just LOVE this gorgeous fabric! So many beauties to choose form. The fabric is designed by Shell Rummel for FreeSpirit Fabrics. Shell uses a very tranquil palette with soft colors. There is also some beautiful peach and turquoise colors in the line. Ask your local quilt store for availability. 

The pattern is the Redwood Tote by Anna Graham aka Noodlehead. 
I have made several of her totes, bags, backpacks and fabric pouches...the instructions are very easy to follow

 I wanted to showcase the beautiful orchid flowers down the center of the tote. Don't you just love it? The Cross Body Tote has handles and a long adjustable strap and is even large enough to hold a smaller lap top. 

Cant wait to fill it up, I know it will be a new favorite. 

Look at this fun geometric pattern for the lining! 

I love having a zipper pouch on the outside of my bag to keep my keys safe. 

The bottom of the bag has a reinforced panel for better wear. 
I used a gray cork to go with the fabrics for the bottom, strap and handles. 

There is even a nice deep pocket on the backside of the tote. 

Be sure to check out Shell Rummel's web site she does a lot more then just fabric.

Thanks so much for stopping by! 
Stay safe and healthy! 
Richele