Friendship Braid Quilt Top Update

I’ve made my share of baby blankets and have “quilted” only one. I say “quilted” because I didn’t actually have the batting. I simply sewed squares together, added a minky backing, and did a criss-cross stitching over the top. So, I suppose technically this will be my first time quilting. It took what seemed like forever to find the perfect backing for my quilt top. Some baby juggling and a few quilt shops later I found this gem! It’s another Moda fabric from the Ambleside collection that matches well with the whole color scheme of my quilt top and it will tie the whole thing together very nicely I think.

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Here’s a close up of the print. I so love the little details!

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I just order the batting for this quilt and will be working on it over the next week. I have a lot of scraps left over from the jelly roll I used and I’m really hoping that I will have enough to make a scrappy binding to finish it. I am so very excited and I can’t wait to show you all the finished quilt! Wish me luck!

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The Friendship Braid Quilt Top; Adding the Borders

Hello! Yes I’m alive and back from my little hiatus.  Life has certainly caught up to me these past weeks and I have neglected my quilt top. With a two year old and a two month old I have gotten pretty distracted, but I’m sure many have had their moments of distraction from their projects. So, on to the quilt top! 🙂

This jelly roll quilt has been quite a long task, not necessarily difficult just time consuming. I’d consider myself a beginner with sewing and I have to say that this quilt top turned out much nicer than anticipated. As I mentioned in my previous posts, I used the Missouri Star Quilt co. tutorial using a binding tool to get my pieces for the braids. The tutorial was pretty self explanatory but I wanted to add borders around my braids and not just one, but three borders!

This was my first time using a jelly roll and using borders and I didn’t have a whole lot to go on for the borders, so I winged it! I knew that I wanted the focal point to be the braids so I used a neutral cream color to frame the braids. I cut my strips at 2 1/2 ” by 44″, I lucked out because after I cut the braids they were an even 44″. I did still have the sew a couple together for the outer part of the first border.jelly roll quilt top

I sewed the strips to the long sides of the braid right sides together at a 1/4″ (everything that is sewn for this quilt is at 1/4″) and added each braid sequentially, i.e. braid>strip>braid>strip>etc, making sure to press each seam as I went along.

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From what I’ve seen on Pinterest typically the braids are sewn in the same direction, but I liked the added movement having them in opposite directions. I added the last two side strips and started on the top and bottom (not pictured). For the top and bottom I had to sew a couple strips together as they were too short for the total width. I sewed the strips together like you would for a binding, if your not sure how to do that use this tutorial (skip to about the 55 sec and you’ll see how to sew them together). Now my braids are nicely framed and ready for the second border, here’s a baby for scale :).

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I thought adding the scraps from my jelly roll would make a really nice contrast for the second border. Plus I got to use more of this lovely fabric! The scraps I had measured 2 1/2″ by 13″ and I used about four per side. A few pieces were cut short but I love it because it gives it a more scrappy look. (Keeping it real with toys and socks haha)jrquilttop10 “Sew” pretty! Yes I just used that dorky pun stop judging! 😛

jrquilttop11 When I finished my second border I looked at it and thought “I could totally leave it like this and love it just as much”. It was a pretty decent size at this point and looked very pretty. However I really liked the idea of more contrast for this quilt. So for my third and final border I used the same cream color and had just enough fabric to cut 6 1/2″ strips. Using the same method for the binding I sewed my strips together to have one long strip. Measuring the right side, middle, and left side of my quilt top I figured out the length for my side strips, which came out to 54 1/2″. I laid my strips right side down and pinned it in place. This is totally personal preference I usually end up taking the pins out and readjust it anyway.jrquilttop12So I have my sides on, now for the top and bottom!jrquilttop15

I measured the same way for the top and bottom strips as I did for the sides which came out to 64″. I pinned these strips the same and finished up my border.

Gah!!! It’s so pretty! And so much bigger than what I was planning for. There were a few mistakes made and some puckering here and there, but overall I am very pleased with how this turned out. It was certainly a learning experience and I will most definitely be getting more jelly rolls in the future!

I really want to try out FMQ with this one but I’m not sure if I have the space or the right machine for it. I know for sure I don’t have the right foot for my machine and I may end up doing stitch in the ditch around the braids, first and second borders, and maybe criss-cross for the outer border. At the very least this turned out to be a very beautiful quilt top and I’ll be happy once I’ve finished it. I may even have enough jelly roll scarps for a scrapping binding!

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Jelly Roll Update and a Very Happy Mothers Day!

My friendship braid quilt is coming along a lot slower than I anticipated, but man does it look pretty so far! I plan to add a cream colored border around each braid and I’ll be using what’s left over from the jelly roll for a second border. I’m hoping I’ll have enough cream colored fabric to make a third and final border all the way around it, but we shall see! 

  
This quilt has been a lot of fun to piece together. I love all the colors and the floral prints, but with two little ones that are always needed something from Mommy makes it go a lot slower. It doesn’t bother me one bit to tend to their needs though. I am truly thankful each and everyday for my beautiful little babies and I wouldn’t trade them for the world! 

Happy Mother’s Day to all the many hard working mothers out there! I hope you all have a wonderfully blessed day! Kick your feet up for a bit and admire all your hard work, you deserve it!

  

My First Jelly Roll

Just a quick update here! Lately all my projects have been to use up all the fabric in my stash and when organizing it all I came across my jelly roll! I found this Moda jelly roll while my Mother-in-law was visiting us a few months ago while we were quilt shop hopping. This was the first thing I saw when we walked into one of the quilt shops and I guess you could say it was “love at first sight”. I instantly fell for the beautiful floral print and could not pass it up!

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I want to turn these lovey strips into a nice lap quilt, something that I can snuggle with at the end of the day (aside from my wonderful hubby!). I’ve been browsing Pinterest, per the norm, and have been looking for a fun block to do for this quilt and I’ve found a few blocks that are really cute and look like they would be challenging. The quilts that I found that I loved the most were the friendship braid quilts. I think they are so pretty and they don’t look terribly difficult, especially since I’ll be using a jelly roll anyway, and I think it will be a great pattern to use to show off this beautiful jelly roll set. However I haven’t had the best of luck with the tutorials that are attached to those pins on Pinterest. I am very much a visual learner and video tutorials have been my friend when it comes to quilting. My go to for video tutorials is with Jenny at The Missouri Star Quilt Co. on Youtube, she has a short and easy tutorial for the friendship braid quilt that I’ll be using. 🙂

This will be my newest project and I’ll be sure to give you guys updates on how its going! If you enjoy my blog posts please click the follow button or subscribe via email. Thanks for reading and as always happy sewing! 🙂

A Lovey for Your Little One

My oldest daughter has this duck with a little blanket that its holding. Its dirty and even stays dirty looking even after washing it in hot water three times. At one point it was thrown in the trash because the security guard that found it when we lost it at the mall thought it was so beat up that it must be garbage. Needless to say this duck is my daughters “lovey”, her baby, her security blanket and I know that a lot of kids have them.

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So I thought why not try and make something for baby Amelia in hopes that one day this “lovey” will be hers and she won’t want to part with it. I had some left over minky fabric and some purple satin and thought that it would be perfect!

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What I had left were scraps from a pillow case and another blanket I had made and I’m pretty sure it was from one of the first blankets I made because the minky was cut really wonky. I ended up with these 11″ squares from what I cut. I figured that was a decent size for a little one to cozy up to.

Once I had my squares cut, putting right sides together, I pinned the two as best as I could. Sewing these two fabrics together was a little bit of a pain because they are both kind of slippery. The fabric shifted a lot more than I was expecting, even after pinning it the way I did. Looking back though I probably should have pinned more on the sides. lovey8

I sewed the edges all the way around and left a small opening on one end so that I could turn it right side out. I trimmed the corners as well because it helps to create that nice pointed corner when turning it right side out.lovey2

After I turned it right side out I pinned the opening in place so that it would blend nicely with the rest of the edges. I used a zig zag stitch all the way around to give it a little more character.lovey3
The final piece turned out ok, but I wasn’t entirely thrilled with it. I felt like (and still do) it needed a little bit more to it. I think I’ll add something I just haven’t decided what. (Suggestions?)lovey4 lovey5

*Update*

I actually found some scrap pieces from a nine patch baby quilt I had made a while back. The squares were 6″ and I made two more squares from some fabric I made burp rags from. Using the same minky and this self binding baby blanket tutorial I made a second lovey that I just love! Once I sewed all my squares together the front piece turned out to be an 11″ square. In the tutorial she is making a baby blanket and obviously the measurements were different, so I guesstimated the back piece and cut a 19″ square from the minky. These measurements worked out great for me and the lovey turned out so cute. I would still like to do something with the first lovey I made and I have been browsing Pinterest for some ideas. When I do find something I’ll be sure to give you guys an update! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, or rather my learning experience by trial and error haha. Be sure to click the follow button to get the weekly updates and as always happy sewing and thanks for reading! 🙂lovey11 lovey12

Lily’s Quiet Book

A few months before Amelia arrived I was trying to come up with something to give to Lily as a “Big Sister” gift. Something that she would love and use for a long time. I remembered seeing some tutorials for quiet books and thought that would be a great thing for her. Plus the versatility of it was very appealing to me since I could simply make and add more pages appropriate for her age.

This isn’t really a tutorial but more of a “sew and share”. I will include the links that I used as a guide for my quiet book. I didn’t follow the instructions for them exactly rather I used them as a guideline.

The whole project took me about a month and a half from start to finish. Some pages were a little bit more challenging than others, but that’s mostly because of the tediousness of it. Other than the first couple pages, which I only spent a day or two on, I spent about a week on each page. I used Pellon 70 for the pages and felt for all the pieces, and I used flannel for the cover.

The pages that took me the longest were the airport pages. So many tiny pieces! For those pages there was quite a bit of hand stitching, but I managed to use my machine for most of it. The airport pages are really my pride and joy of out of the whole book. I didn’t have a tutorial or a guide for the helicopters so I had my Hubby help a little with that one. I wanted the helicopters to look like the ones he flies and not something completely cheesy. I even went as far as googling pictures of R44 and Bell helicopters to get the right body shape. I can be a perfectionist like that haha!

The whole thing was a lot of fun to make and I’ll have fun adding more pages for Lily. I may even make another for Amelia to play with when she’s ready for one. 🙂

Quiet Book page tutorials:

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The Shapes and Numbers pages I did not use a tutorial. If you would like to know more on how I did it leave a comment and I’ll put together a tutorial for you. 🙂quietbook5Airport Page I mainly used this tutorial as a idea for what I wanted. If you would like more info on how I did it let me know and I’ll make a tutorial. 🙂 The hangar door actually opens and there is Velcro inside to stick the helicopters to it.

quietbook6Farm Animal Finger Puppets Pagequietbook7And lastly the Cover 🙂 *btw if you do use flannel for the cover be sure its decent quality. I had a really hard time sewing the darker color flannel.*quietbook1 quietbook2

This is what I put the quiet book in along with a few other big sister gifts. She was so excited and still plays with her quiet book! Can you tell I have a thing for owls haha 😉bigsisgift

Thanks for reading! I hope you guys enjoyed my “sew and share”. If you have any questions about the pages let me know in the comments or feel free to email me. Be sure to click the follow button to get weekly updates! Happy sewing everyone! 🙂

Conquering the King

And by king I mean the beast of a quilt that I decided to make for myself. For a while I had contemplated on buying a new bed spread because I was getting really tired of our harsh red, black, and white combination. We’ve kept the same color scheme through out our apartment since we got married and I was over it. I wanted something softer and more appealing. I found myself browsing Pinterest looking for ideas on how to tone it down and I discovered that I was very drawn to the blue, gray, and yellow decor that was seemingly all over Pinterest. So with that in mind I went shopping! But the more I looked for bed spreads to replace the current one I had the more I realized that there wasn’t any that I was crazy about. I had this specific vision for what I wanted and I wasn’t finding it. That was when I set out to make a quilt of my own. I had figured that since I started sewing and making blankets for my daughter, how much harder could it be to make one for my king sized bed. It wasn’t difficult per se, rather it was a much bigger project than I was anticipating.

Once i made up my mind about starting this endeavor I went to search for that perfect fabric. Not really knowing exactly what I was looking for because I had this idea and not an exact print in mind. Lo and behold to my surprise I found the perfect fabric, or at least the first pattern of the few fabrics I chose, at the first quilt shop I went to. I found this lovely bird and floral print and I instantly fell in love! It reminded me of a beautiful china plate and I thought it was just so elegant and classic. Unfortunately what I had found was the last of the bolt (about 1 and 3/4 of a yard) and I was told that they wouldn’t be ordering more. *sob*

ChinaplateSo with that in mind I went looking for the rest of the fabric I needed and found four other prints that went nicely with it. I got 2 and 1/4 of the other fabrics just to make sure that I had enough for the size quilt I needed. When I was deciding on what pattern to use I got a little overwhelmed with the wonderful patterns that I liked but knew that my experience with sewing was lacking. I’ve also never taken any quilting classes and figured it would be safer to go with a pattern that I had already done, so I chose the disappearing nine patch pattern. The first time I did this pattern I used the Missouri Star Quilt tutorial, as far as beginner patterns go I think this is probably the best one especially for such a large quilt.

The hardest part for me was probably figuring out the best sized squares that I wanted to cut without wasting any of the fabric. For some reason that is where I struggle the most when it some to sewing any kind of quilt. Could possibly be because I am absolutely terrible with math haha! Once I figured out the size of my squares (which came out to be 8 1/4″ squares) I laid them out, sewed them together and cut accordingly. I ended up with 64 blocks that were about 14″ (give or take think my math was off haha). Although I had all of my blocks I ended up putting off my project for a couple months, otherwise it probably wouldn’t have taken me so long to finish this. Collectively it maybe took me about a week to get the whole thing together, from cutting to sewing all my blocks together.

I also ended up with quite a bit of scraps and i think I will be attempting to turn those scraps into some cute throw pillows or pillow shams. Or if I have enough both!scraps

This is the largest quilt that I have made, although it was a little scary I would definitely do it again! It still needs batting and I still have to figure out what to do with the back (dark blue maybe?). But the whole thing turned out beautifully and I am so proud of myself! Albeit time consuming and a little tiresome, to be able to say “yes I made that big ass beautiful quilt on my bed” makes me feel pretty good about myself. I may not do another one of these anytime soon, but I’ve certainly learned from this experience and I think I may try a pattern a little more challenging next time.

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And voilà!

king quiltSorry for the terrible lighting it was really late when I finally finished piecing it all together. (Thank you to my awesome Hubby for holding up the quilt for me!) I did manage to get a nicer picture so you can see all the prints used. 🙂kingquilt

So tell me, what are some projects that challenged you? What are some things you learned during your own little adventure? Feel free to email or comment if you have any questions and as always happy sewing! 🙂