Lots of projects to share on this beautiful sunny day in the Midwest. In addition to my projects, I’ll also be sharing information on a new quilting tool and creative idea later in this post.
But first things first. Here are the 7 Valentine cards I made for our grandchildren this week. All of these cards were made using my Silhouette Cameo and all of those images were purchased at the Silhouette Online Store. Not a lot of creativity on my part, since all of the cards were premade images. All I did was download the designs, choose the appropriate papers, cut the pieces and put the cards together. Still, they were made by me with love and care and at the end of the day, isn’t that what it’s all about?
The second project is a baby quilt I’ve been working on. I received a fabulous array of Riley Blake Sugar & Spice fat quarters last May in a blog contest I won over at the The DIY Dish. When our good friend’s daughter and hubby announced the birth of their daughter, I knew this Sugar & Spice fabric would be the crowning touch for a special baby quilt. To my surprise, when I showed the fabric to several family members they didn’t think it would work for a baby girl’s quilt. Without hesitation, I continued on the journey of making the quilt with this Riley Blake fabric because in my mind’s eye I thought it would be pretty. My stash held a Charm Pack of Bella White Solids by Moda that was begging to be used with these colorful Sugar and Spice fabrics, so I paired the two up and got to work. First I cut the fabric squares and pieced them all together. Several borders were needed and Fabric.com came to the rescue since they were the only source where I could find the fabric I needed for the backing, border and binding. However, my quest for fabric wasn’t over, so after a short jaunt to Blessings Quilt Shop I was able to purchase the Moda White Bella Solids for the border. Now, I had everything on hand to finish the quilt.
Personalizing the quilt was definitely needed, so I pulled out my trusty Bernina embroidery module and added the pretty pink lettering that would adorn the top of the quilt. After sewing on the borders, stippling and spending a few more hours adding the binding, the quilt was finished. It is now ready to be wrapped and sent to Baby Kennedy tomorrow.
In the end I think the quilt turned out quite nice, and to my astonishment my family loves it too, bright colors and all. Hopefully Kennedy and her proud parents will enjoy the quilt for many years to come.
Quick and Easy Baby Quilt:
18 – White 5″ squares (Charm pack or cut by hand)
18 – Variety of 5″ squares (great for charm pack or cut by hand)
2 1/2″ Border Strip (choose compatible color)
4 1/4″ Border Strip (white)
Binding Fabric (I used a double binding, but since it’s a small quilt I didn’t cut it on the bias. However, I did sew the seams on a diagonal to avoid a bulky seam)
The Binding Tool (Love, love, love this tool for making the perfect binding) I purchased mine at Missouri Star Quilt Company
Sew 6 rows of 6 – 5″ blocks together to form a square (alternating white with the colored squares)
Sew the upper and lower 2 1/2 border strip first, then sew left and right side border strip
Sew the upper and lower 4 1/4″ border strip, then sew left and right border strip
Quilt as you wish
Bind the quilt (I always use The Binding Tool to finish the binding on my quilt)
That’s it, easy peasy.
***As a side note, here is a tutorial from Jenny at Missouri Star Quilt Company using The Binding Tool. I’m telling you, if you make quilts then you’re going to love this tool!
Now onto my Friday’s are for Sharing Segment. I ran across a quick, easy and unbelievably cute and clever bookmark over at the Attic Window Quilt Shop (how is that for a few adjectives?). After searching for the source of the tool used to make the bookmarks I not only found the manufacturer but also an informative tutorial to create this beautiful effect on fabric. I couldn’t resist sharing this tutorial and one of the projects you can make using this tool. So without further ado, here are some bookmarks that I’ve re-posted from the Attic Window Quilt Shop Blog that were made with the Double Diamond Ruler.
Well that’s about it for today. A long post for sure, but it just seems I had a lot to chat about today.
Enjoy your weekend, be safe and God Bless!!!
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