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Arrows Away Quilt – Free Pattern!!

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(Pattern Download is at the bottom of this blog post)

Are you looking for a quick an easy quilt? Maybe you have a baby shower coming up. Or you have a son or daughter going to college soon and you want to give them a special gift. Well, this Arrows Away Quilt is perfect for making a super quick, easy and modern quilt!
The first time I made this quilt, was about a year ago. I love using big blocks! It makes the quilt go together super quick. Also, you can show of gorgeous big prints.IMG_3106

The first throws size version was slightly smaller that the pattern. After research, I found out more people prefer larger size throw than my original version. My research also showed people prefer a rectangle shaped quilt over a square size quilt. So I added a strip of sashing to the top and bottom of the original design to make it more of a rectangle.

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You can download your FREE Copy here: Arrows Away Quilt Pattern

Happy Quilting!
Andrea

 

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Lets Make Some Pot Holders…Free Tutorial

 

IMG_4807 (2)If you love to sew and quilt like I do,  you end up with a bunch of scraps! Well, I know what you can do with all those scraps, make some pot holders! Pot holders are a great way to use up fabric scraps and cotton batting scraps. It’s a great weekend project. They make great house warming gifts or hostess gifts too.

I like to make my pot holders with a layer of Insula-bright (insulated batting that makes them heat resistant) and a layer of cotton batting (for extra protection and to absorb any moisture). When you make pot holders you want to make sure all of your supplies (thread, fabric, and batting) are 100% Cotton. If you use polyester fabric, and they catch fire, the fabric would melt. If cotton fabric catches fire it will just smolder.

Supplies needed:

1 – 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch quilt block made of Cotton Fabric

(Strip Block shown below: 4 – 2 1/2 x 9 inch strips)

1 – 10 x 10 inch  piece of Cotton batting

1 – 10 x 10 inch piece of  Insula-bright (Insulated Batting)

1 – 10 x 10 inch piece of  Cotton Fabric

1 – 3 inch x width of fabric (typically 42 inches)

(if you prefer a thinner binding, use a 2 1/2 inch strip)

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First you will need to make your 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch quilt block (unfinished size). So you can pick your favorite 8 inch finished quilt block or you can use this super easy Strip block.

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Take your 4 – 2 1/2 x 9 inch strips. With right sides of fabric facing each other, sew your strips together to for a block. Press your seams to one side. Then trim your block to measure 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches.

Now it’s time to make our Pot Holder!

We will now make our mini quilt sandwich. First lay down your 10 x 10 inch backing fabric down wrong side face up.

Then place your 10 x 10 inch piece of Insula-bright down

Then place your 10 x 10 inch piece of Cotton Batting down

Then place your 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch quilt block on top. Pin in place.

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Quilt all four layers together. I like to quilt 1/4 inch from the seams

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Trim down to 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches. Sometimes it will end up slightly smaller about 8 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches due to quilting the puffy layers.

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Now you will take your 3 inch x width of fabric strip (about 42 inches). I prefer a large binding on my pot holder. If you want a thinner binding, you can use a 2 1/2 inch wide strip.  On one end fold in about 1 inch. Press wrong sides facing each other. Then fold fabric in half lengthwise,  wrong sides together and press flat.

Match up raw sides of the binding to the raw sides of the front of the pot holder. Take the binding end with the folded over edge, place it on the center of one of the sides. Start sewing your binding on to the front of the pot holder about 1 inch in, use a 3/8 inch seam allowance. Stop when you are 3/8 inch from the corner, backstitch. If your block has points, you may want to use a 1/4 inch seam allowance, so you don’t cut off your points.

Fold your binding up, lining up with the side of your pot holder, then fold it down to line up with the side of your quilt.

Start sewing 3/8 inch from the edge.  When you have reached the beginning point, trim to correct length,  tuck the end of the binding under the beginning of the binding, sew down.

Fold over binding and hand sew to the back or machine sew to the back. I prefer hand sewing my binding, just because I haven’t mastered machine sewing it. Also, it’s nice to have some hand sewing when I’m watching shows.

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Yay you have a pretty new pot holder for yourself or a nice gift for a friend! I’d love to see the pot holder you make! Use this hashtag on Instagram: #hccpotholder

Happy Sewing!!
Andrea

 

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Happy Flower Garden Quilt

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Who loves flowers? Well, I love flowers, but I do NOT have a green thumb. Even though I should have a green thumb. I took Horticulture and Landscaping classes in High School. I know what I’m supposed to do, but I’d rather be inside sewing. I know it sounds bad, but it is true.

When I started designing my Happy Flower Garden Quilt, it was actually a totally different design. And then I though ‘Hey, that looks like the top of a flower’. So I took that shape and made it into some tulip looking blocks. Since I love flowers so much, I thought this would be the perfect quilt for myself! I’ve been wanting to make myself a quilt for awhile, I just hadn’t picked the right pattern yet.
I have been hoarding some Macramé Fabric by Rashida Coleman-Hale for Cotton + Steel Fabrics. I thought this would be the perfect time to use some of this gorgeous fabric.

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I love how it turned out and am happy I finally cut into this beautiful fabric. I decided to go with a wavy line quilting. I usually go with straight line quilting. First I drew a wavy line from the top to the bottom of my quilt with a water soluble fabric marker. Then I started quilting from the top to the bottom of the quilt. I adjusted my walking foot guide to 1 inch and went along my first quilting wave. It’s not perfect, but I love it! One of my favorite parts is the bright pink backing!

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So if you like flowers too, then this quilt pattern is perfect for you too! It comes with directions for a baby/crib size and throw size quilt. This pattern is great for the adventurous beginner to intermediate. It has a lot of different pieces so keeping organized is key. I like to write my sizes on a little piece of paper and pin it to the stack of corresponding pieces.

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When I tested out my Baby Size quilt I decided to go for a floral sashing! I love this June Bug fabric by Dear Stella Fabric! I can’t wait to finish this one!

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This would be a great quilt to make for a new summer baby or a throw size for a graduate!

You can get your copy of the pattern in my Etsy Shop and in my Craftsy Pattern Shop.

Happy Quilting!
Andrea

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The Beauty of Solids

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Let me tell you a secret. I used to think Solid colored fabric was SO boring!!! I never purchased solids for my quilts or projects. I’d use a dot fabric or a fabric with a white on white pattern.

And then I joined Instagram. I saw all these gorgeous quilts that had solids in them! They looked so balanced, not too busy and so so pretty!

So I decided I’d go out of my comfort zone and make an all solids quilt! Yes ALL solids!! Crazy huh! I found the perfect pattern, a Tetris quilt for my husband. I loved how it turned out so much! The Kona Cotton fabric by Robert Kaufman is so vibrant!

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Solids can help balance out your quilt and showcase the block designs. If you have too many busy prints the design can get lost.

So I had some left over solids from my Tetris quilt and I decided to test out my Stepping Stone Quilt pattern with the solids too. I love how it turned out too!

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I bound it with a Black with White dash fabric called Thicket by Gingiber for Moda and the backing fabric is made by Riley Blake. This quilt is listed for sale in my Etsy shop here.

 

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Then I saw this awesome fabric from Arrow Flight by  Michael Miller fabric and got inspired to make the front of my quilt mimic the backing fabric.

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So I came up with my super easy Colorful tiles quilt pattern.

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This Colorful tiles quilt is also listed for sale in my Etsy shop here.

I used the Kona Cotton by Robert Kaufman Color chart to help pick some of the solids for the front of this quilt.

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This color charts is super awesome! It’s great for picking out backing fabric and coordinating solids. You can buy one online from a variety of quilt fabric shops. What’s also cool, is this color chart matches up with all of the Kona Cotton fabric sold a Joann Fabric Stores online and in store

If an all solids quilt isn’t for you. You can try to mix more solids in with your quilt to help the pattern pop. Like in my X Marks the spot quilt. The white fabric makes the design pop. You can find the pattern here.

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So if you haven’t made an ALL solids go try it!! Or at least try adding some solids to your next quilt, I’m sure you will love it!!

Happy Quilting!
Andrea

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Colorful Tiles Quilt Pattern, Super Easy Quilt!

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I love the simplistic design in my Colorful Tiles quilt. I had drawn out this design a while back after I had purchased this awesome backing fabric from the Arrow Flight collections by Michael Miller fabrics. The backing fabric gave me the idea for the front design.

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After I had drawn up this quilt design, I thought, this would be a great pattern for a beginner! I know some new quilters are a little scared of using triangles. I thought this was a great spin on the basic sew a bunch of squares together quilt top. This quilt pattern has color diagrams with step by step instructions for piecing your quilt top, piecing your backing fabric, making your binding and attaching your binding.

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I quilted this quilt in the ‘organic’ straight line quilting, that I love to do! It’s quick and easy. My sewing machine didn’t come with a walking foot, so I had to purchase it separately. I start out by using one of my long seams as a guide. I line my foot up on a middle seam, and quilt from the top to the bottom. Then I set the guide that came with my walking foot to about 1 inch (some quilts I go bigger). I quilt using my guide from my center of my quilt outward. I really love the texture the 1 inch quilting gives my quilts.
I also like to use cotton batting to give it that extra crinkle once it’s washed and dried.

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Whenever I make a quilt pattern I like to test each size the pattern makes. This is my Throw size tester quilt top.

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It has ended up in my finished quilt top pile and has not been finished yet. Hopefully I can work on that pile next month!! I used a variety of Cotton+Steel fabrics for my throw size quilt.
I love this pattern because it was very quick and easy! It went together in a day!

If you want to check out this pattern, it’s listed in my Craftsy Pattern shop and in my Esty Shop!
Happy Quilting!
Andrea

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Snowy Day Quilt Sampler Block Challenge

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Recently my Snowy Day Quilt Sampler was used in the National Quilters Circle Block Challenge! Over 24,000 signed up for the challenge and over 17,000 joined the Facebook Group.

It was a lot of fun meeting and interacting with all of these wonderful quilters. Seeing all of the Beautiful fabric and color combinations, makes me want to make more and more quilts.

The National Quilters Circle did a great job getting all these wonderful quilters together to make this quilt. I am so happy I had the opportunity to be part of it. You can see the Block Challenge recap by clicking here. I list a few of my favorite quilts from the challenge! There were so many beautiful quilts to choose from!

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I chose to go with straight ‘organic’ line quilting! It’s quick, easy and I love the texture it give the quilt!

When you use cotton batting your quilt will shrink 3% when you wash and dry it. It will get all nice and crinkled and it has a wonderful texture.

I used Macramé fabric by Rashida Coleman-Hale of  Cotton+Steel in the quilt I made for the pattern!  I love this fabric so much, I am also using it in my NEW Happy Flower Garden Quilt. The pattern will be coming out June 1, 2017! Yay! Stay tuned for photos!

During the block challenge I made two quilt tops with the group! My first quilt top was made with a mixture of Up Parasol and Clementine fabric by Heather Bailey for Free Spirit Fabrics.

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I loved how the blocks turned out! But there seemed to be a lot of pink. So I decided to add a pink border around each block. Then I added a scrappy teal/aqua sashing in between all of the blocks. I gifted this quilt to my parents for their 41st Anniversary!

The second quilt I made during the challenge was made with a variety of Cotton +Steel fabrics. I love how they all go so well together, even though they are from different designers.

Sprinkle by Sarah Watts, Cookie Book by Kim Kight and Paper Bandana by Alexia Marcelle Abeg

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I tried to make this a little different than my other two quilts. I did a border in white around each of the blocks and then I did a navy Paper Bandana sashing with the Red Sprinkle cornerstones. I’m excited to finish this one. I bought some Kona Cotton in Baby pink for the backing fabric.

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You can follow me on Facebook and Instagram to see the new patterns I’m working on!

Happy Quilting!

Andrea

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Hand Knit Dish Cloth Pattern

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These are my all time favorite dish cloths! My sister had made me a pair and I absolutely love them. They are great for scrubbing counters and dishes. It’s an easy knitting project you can do when relaxing and watching TV. My favorite type of yarn to use is Sugar n’ Cream 100% Cotton. They have a great variety of colors.

This is a very common pattern. I love how easy these are to make!

*You will need Sugar’n Cream 100% Cotton yarn (1 ball will make 2-3 dishcloths, depending on how tight you knit and what size needle you use)

*Knitting Needles size 6-9 US (4 – 5 1/2 mm), I like using size 8 US (5 mm)
K – knit
YO – Yarn Over (to increase)
k2Tog – Knit 2 Together (to decrease)

Cast on 4 stitches
k 1 row
Next row, k2, yo, k2
Next row, k2, yo, k to end of row
Continue to repeat the (k2, yo, k until end of row) until you have a total of 43 stitches on the needle (If you want a smaller dish cloth do Less)
Next row, k1, k2Tog, yo, k2Tog, k to end of row
Continue to do the (k1, k2Tog, yo, k2Tog, k to end of row), decreasing each row until you have 5 stitches are left on the needle
Next row, k2, k2Tog, k1.
Bind off the 4 stitches
Weave your end in.

Yay you have a beautiful finished dishcloth!

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These Clover knitting needles are my new favorites!!

Have fun knitting!!

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Happy Cloud Quilted Pot Holder Quilt Along

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If you like to sew or quilt, I know you have lots of fabric scraps! I know I sure do! So I thought it would be fun to run a Free Quilted Pot Holder Block Quilt-a-long with you all! Yay! You can download the Full length pattern here:
Happy Cloud Quilted Pot Holders Pattern

Each block is a basic design that would look great as a pot holder. If you are not interested in making pot holders, you can still join in! You can use your 8 1/2 inch unfinished blocks in a quilt. You could make a couple throw pillows. Or whatever your heart desires.

The first week you will receive the fabric requirements if you would like to complete all of your pot holders with the same fabric. Each 8 1/2 inch unfinished block requires a small amount of fabric, this would be a great way to use up some scrap. You will also receive directions how to assemble your pot holders (binding method and a non binding method). So by the end of the quilt-a-long you will have 6 pot holders (or 6 sets if you do two pot holders a week). These are a great way to freshen up your kitchen. They also make great gifts!

When picking out your fabrics and thread, make sure to only use 100% Cotton!! If you use polyester it will melt if it catches fire. If you use Cotton it will just smolder.

So join in the fun!! To join in, download the ‘Happy Cloud Quilted Pot Holder’ pattern from my Craftsy shop. Each week you will receive a new message from Craftsy letting you know the new PDF is ready to download.

The Fabric requirements are for ONE of each block (6 pot holder total). If you would like to make sets (2 of each block) DOUBLE the fabric amounts.

October 27st – Week 1 – Fabric requirements and Pot Holder construction directions
November 7th – Week 2 – Modified Log Cabin block
November 14th –  Week 3 – Flying Geese Block
November 21st – Week 4 – Sawtooth Star block
November 28th – Week 5 – Crazy Flying Geese block
December 5th – Week 6 – Diamond in a Diamond block
December 12th – Week 7 – Stepping Stone block

You can also join my Happy Cloud Quilted Pot Holder Quilt-a-long Group on Facebook to share all of your fabric choices, progress and  pretty finished blocks and what you decided to make them into!

Click Here

Happy Quilting!!

Andrea

Block Blog posts:
Block 1 – Modified Log Cabin
Block 2 – Flying Geese
Block 3 – Sawtooth Star
Block 4 – Crazy Flying Geese
Block 5 – Diamond in Diamond
Block 6 – Stepping Stone

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