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Weekend Roundup- Free Quilting & Sewing Patterns 3/16/14

Happy belated National Quilting Day!  Did you get any quilting done?  I sewed some bibs then decided to enjoy the beautiful weather- maybe I’ll get some quilting done tomorrow during the expected snow!  Onto the weekly roundup!

Here’s this week’s collection of free quilting & sewing patterns that I found during the week.  Some will be new, some will be older, but hopefully you’ll enjoy them!

 

Happy Garden by Kona Bay Fabrics

copyright Kona Bay Fabrics

Happy Garden Sunshine Quilt by Kona Bay Fabrics (Part Trip Around the World, part Irish Chain, it doesnt matter- I love this layout!  I think it would also be a great way to showcase a beautiful border print!)

 

Layer Cake QAL

copyright Material Girl Quilts

Layer Cake Sampler QAL by Material Girl Quilts (This is currently going on now- she’s up to block 8.  While she’s using 2 layer cakes, I could see this being a great scrap quilting project!)

 

Patchwork Bunny

copyright Lilac Lane Patterns

Lilac Lane Patchwork Bunny by Melissa Stramel (Another cute Easter pattern & I love the idea of making it scrappy!)

 

Seashell Bag

copyright Come Together Kids

Seashell Collecting Bag from Come Together Kids (I know it’s hard to believe, but summer will be here quickly & if you’re planning a trip to the beach, this might come in handy!)

I hope you enjoy!  And if you make any of these projects, I’d love to see them!

Weekend Roundup- Free Quilting & Sewing Patterns 3/9/14

Here’s this week’s collection of free quilting & sewing patterns that I found during the week.  Some will be new, some will be older, but hopefully you’ll enjoy them all!

Hexagon Tutorial by Art Quilt Maker (this is an excellent tutorial on how to easily cut large hexagons & how to piece them.)

DIY Dino Toy by Imagine Gnats (this is an adorable soft toy for children!  She uses fleece, but cotton would work fine as well.)

Easter Rabbit Basket by Oliver + S (Lent just started this week, but it’s not too early to start planning as Easter will be here before we realize!  You do have to buy the book, Zakka Sewing, for the fabric basket pattern, but Liesl provides the free template for the ears )

Poltam Skirt with lining from Widi Creations (If you’re interested in learning garment sewing, but don’t want to make the dowdy gathered skirt, check out this tutorial.  You have to click through a lot of links for the complete tutorial, but it’s worth the effort!)

Also, are you participating in Scientific Quilter’s March A Long?  I’m trying but there’s lots of baby stuff still to do & I’m finding my energy decreasing……

However it’s a great way to make progress on some UFOs & maybe you’ll be able to enter them in Very Lazy Daisy’s 2014 UFO Challenge!

I hope you enjoy!  And if you make any of these projects, I’d love to see them!

Weekend Roundup- Free Quilting & Sewing Patterns 3/2/14

Here’s this week’s collection of free quilting & sewing patterns that I found during the week.  Some will be new, some will be older, but hopefully you’ll enjoy them all!

Star Quilt Block of the Month by Piece N Quilt (this BOM is from 2011, but somehow I missed it then, or forgot about it, or something.  Either way the tutorials are excellent & still available.)

Spectrum Candy by Robert Kaufman (this is a great use for 1 1/2″ precut fabrics or scraps from your stash or even a large piece of striped fabric can give the same effect.)

Fabric Storage Boxes by Make it & Love It (I’ve seen lots of patterns & tutorials for fabric boxes & they were all far more involved than what I was willing to put forth- but their method is ingenious!  I can’t wait to make one or two of these!)

Frozen Fox Ice Packs from It’s Taylor Made (Cute, adorable & practical.  Even if you don’t have a child to make one of these for, you might be tempted to make one for yourself…)

I hope you enjoy!  And if you make any of these projects, I’d love to see them!

Weekend Roundup- Free Patterns 2/23/14

I’ve been meaning to do this for a while, but I wanted to start regularly posting a collection of free patterns (both quilting & sewing) that I’ve found during the week.  Some will be new, some will be older, but hopefully you’ll enjoy them all!

Bailey’s Crossroads from Swim, Bike, Quilt (my fellow Northern Virginia friends will understand this reference!)

Beach Ball Baby Quilt Tutorial from Moda Bake Shop (Cute quilt using 2 1/2″ strips!)

Reusable Swiffer Cover pattern from Berlin’s Whimsy (She suggests using terry cloth, but I’d use towels purchased at a resale shop, or old towels from around the house)

Double Tulip Pincushion (paper pieced) from Samelia’s Mum (because paper piecing is fun & we all have little scraps!)

I hope you enjoy!  And if you make any of these projects, I’d love to see them!

Scrapitude Part 3

Sandy posted part 3 of the mystery quilt this past week & I was so excited I dove in on Thursday & completed this step:

Scrapitude part 3

It went very quickly so after the piecing & pressing I went ahead & trimmed all my dog ears on these blocks as well as the triangles in part 2.

So this quilt is put away for a while now & I’m working on other projects in the meantime.  Some baby things, some Block of the Month things & also just figuring out where I am on several projects.

Happy sewing!

 

Scrapitude Update!

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Things are actually settling down so I’m starting to be able to do some sewing!  I’m still not at a point where I can give a lot of attention to projects, so mindless sewing is what I’m craving.  Luckily there’s that mystery quilt Sandy is hosting I’ve been able to work on in small bits.

I started talking about it back before I moved & honestly wasn’t sure I’d be able to keep up with the clues.  Surprisingly I haven’t done too badly so either this is really an easy project or I’m doing a good job at procrastinating all the other stuff I’ve supposed to do!

But have I told you why I was drawn to this mystery quilt?  For the record, I’m not a mystery quilt fan.  I’m a control freak & there’s no/little control in mystery quilts.  That’s supposed to be the “fun” part of participating in them.  I don’t get it.  I have done a few, & regretted it.  In fact during packing I found one that needs to be quilted but there’s a huge mistake in it where I turned a block & I’m not happy with the overall look & honestly I just need to meander the dang thing & give it away & move on.  So that’s how I feel about mystery quilts.

Now I love scrap quilts!  The kind of quilts where you can put Christmas fabric next to baby fabric & it all works out in the end b/c it’s a hodge podge; where you can add in pieces of your favorite fabric & your “ugly” fabric & it all looks great in the end.  They’re also just so incredibly efficient!  No eliminating a block b/c it doesn’t go with the rest of the quilt, no need to visit 20 quilt shops to find that perfect shade of red.  You just use what you have & move on!

So I decided to join this mystery quilt since it was truly scrappy & being led by Sandy, I knew it would be a low pressure group.  The collecting & cutting of scraps went fairly quickly since I’ve started a scrap cutting “system.”  (I use that term liberally, it is a system & they are cut scraps, but I’m a little more inclusive about my sizes than many of the systems out there, but honestly that’s a whole other post.)  Everything used in this project came from stash, even the background fabric- it feels great to truly be using what I have & helping it move on to live it’s life in a quilt rather than sitting in a box in my studio!

Step 1 was fun.
4-patch pieces
Simple 4-patches where I used my seam twisting trick.  It was a nice break in between packing, decluttering, experiences the joy of morning sickness & wrapping up my life in Omaha. (Seriously, what the heck was I thinking taking on this project?)

Step 2 was released when we just got to our new home, so I didn’t get around it to until this past week.
pieced triangles
These went very quickly & I appreciated how Charlotte (the mystery quilt designer) had us assemble the triangles in ways that weren’t so obvious from the initial cutting directions.

So now I’m all caught up with clues & have to admit that I’m anxiously awaiting the next clue which should be released any day now!

Some Days You Need Scraps

The other day I happened to look over at my scrap bins & I noticed that 2 of my 3 scrap bins were over flowing:

At first I just turned my back to ignore them, but a thought came to my mind.  “I’ve been doing so many intricately pieced blocks that require very precise cutting.  It would be lovely to cut the same piece 100 times.  Wait a second!  I can cut 5″ squares & strips of various widths from those bins!”

So that was my day, ironing, measuring, cutting all while listening to podcasts.  It was great.  And while it wasn’t at all what I *needed* to be doing- I did need some down time & this was the perfect project.

Here’s my nice pile of 5″ squares:

Just 200 more where those came from & maybe I’ll have enough to do some of the Nickle Quilts by Pat Speth I’ve been admiring for years…..