Quickest Quilt Yet: Reversible Apples, and Barns and Sheep OH MY!

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My daughter has been visiting a nearby farm, first for summer horse camp and now for weekly lessons, for a few years now.  The owners are a husband-wife duo we have come to absolutely adore.  The owner’s daughter just had her first baby.  Back in August.  , Between the end of summer activities and the back to school chaos (right??) I ended up a bit behind on a gift to celebrate the new arrival.

This little quilt was the perfect project for immediate satisfaction (and last minute gift giving!).
From start to finish the top took a total of … five minutes… to cut even edges. The cheater print, Apples Barn Cow,  from the organic Free Range collection on the front made a quick start.  Bah Bah Black Sheep on the back and Polka Oot in Black for the binding round out the rest of the quilt.
When it was done I realized….it was reversible.  BONUS!
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I drew the lines on the quilt diagonally in both directions with my beloved Frixion pen and sewed the back and front together with the batting sandwiched in between.  An hour later of easy sewing I had a quilt ready for the binding.   Seriously….an hour!
Three episodes of Project Runway later and the binding was hand sewn on!
All told, the quilt took about an hour of assembly, creating the binding and behind the sewing machine and just over two hours of hand stitching.  Not bad for a completed quilt!
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I didn’t write up a full tutorial but if anyone wants more information just let me know.
Any one else have a QUICK quilt to share?
Linked up with Crazy Mom Quilts for a Friday Finish and Quilt Matters.

April Sew Along: Biggie Yoga Mat Bag and a Glimma Sneak Peak

Well I’m a bit behind on the Sew Along due to not one, not two, but THREE gigantic boxes of product that arrived in the shop a few days ago. I’m STILL getting it all photographed and listed! Check out glorious Glimma by designer Lotta Jansdotter! There are 24 cotton prints, including four solids and SIX canvas prints to choose from. SO pretty!


OK, onto the Yoga Mat Bag Sew Along!

You’ve done your cutting; now it’s time to start sewing! Remember these are my notes on this SUPER PERFECT tutorial. It’s not a complete tutorial but a supplement to the one I’m referencing. For the record I LOVE the way she did it! WIth that said…here’s how I did it!


*IF ADDING A POCKET: Right sides together, pin and sew the pieces for the pocket up one long side, across the short side and back down the other long side, leaving one short side un- sewn. Clip the corners, turn right sides out and press well. Top stitch with a 3/4″ seam allowance from the top and then again with a 1/2″ seam allowance down from that line.

*Pin and sew each of the four straps together on one short side. Press the seams open.April Sew along 001

*Take one strap from Fabric A and one from Fabric B. Place them right sides together, pin and sew. Make sure to START pinning at the seams, and pin out from there.April Sew along 003

*Turn right side out and press well.April Sew along 004

From here you can follow the tutorial at the Attach Your Handles section. I used that AMAZING Frixion pen to mark the lines.  If you hadn’t noticed I have a bit of a crush on it!April Sew along 006

At #2 – IF YOU ARE ADDING THE POCKET- With your straps in place, lay your pocket on top and center it. Then tuck your pocket  under the straps and pin.

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At #6 I made a bit of an adjustment. I marked/sewed the straps 1″ from the top of the bag as instructed in #5. However, she asks you to make a 1″ square. I marked one inch from the top and then 2″ down from that line. Larger strap, larger square.April Sew along 012

Carry on with Stitch bag piece and inning pieces together section.  Make sure BEFORE you pin, as they lay right sides together, to pull back each side to see if the straps are lined up.  This is time to make any adjustments needed!April Sew along 016

Next installation I will start back up with Create a Gusset. Never made one? No worries! They are really quite easy! The author of the tutorial goes into great detail and I’ll take bunches of pictures to help out!

HAPPY sewing!

p.s. I linked up with Fabric Tuesday over at Quilt Story to share my favorite yoga bag today.

Peaked My Pinterest – Spring

Spring weather always gets me excited for the skirts and dresses of summer!

Look at these lovelies I pinned for inspiration!

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And how to add pockets!  Every kid needs pockets!
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What is your favorite part of Spring?



Ironing Board Cover DIY! You Can Do It!

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As the southern half of the country starts to see Spring coming up in the form of tulips and daffodils,
it continues to snow and freeze here in the Northeast.
 It’s still grey and white with rare glimpses of blue sky. But that’s OK because there is color in the shop!
To cheer myself up I decided to make a new ironing board cover (which you probably saw a sneak peek of in my Fabric Friday post).
My daughter selected Sydney in Tangelo.  Her all-time favorite color!
I was thrilled when she selected it because it is just the pop of color I needed to remind myself Spring is on the way!
If you haven’t made one of these before it’s time to give it a try.
 I did not follow a tutorial this time as I have made several
of these at this point but I looked through this one and this one and they are generally what I did.
The only thing I did differently was to fold it over once, pin and sew then folded and
pinned a second time to create a 1.5″ pocket for the elastic.  Be sure to leave an opening to string the elastic through.
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I used whatever I had in the shop, which happen to be this twine and a closure.
Not the prettiest but it is tucked away so I opted for a finished project instead of
adding another unfinished project to the stack!
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Two yards will make you TWO covers, so I suggest making one
for your favorite sewing addict after you have completed yours!
How would you brighten up your sewing room? An ironing board
cover like I did? A sewing machine cover? Fresh flowers? New fabric?!?