Triangle baby quilt from 5 fat quarters

I have a dear friend whose sister is due with a baby this summer, and since no other babies are getting born that are close enough to me, I am totally sewing for this new baby.

I didn’t have a lot to go on for colors and fabrics from the mom-to-be, but then the genius idea struck to stalk her registry, and as it turns out she likes greys and blues. Then I hemmed and hawed for FOREVER picking these 5 fat quarters out, and I knew I couldn’t possibly add a single other fabric into the fold, so 5 fat quarters it is.

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Finished size: Approximately 31″ x 43″

To make this quilt…

5 unique fat quarters
1/4 inch foot
pins
ruler with 60 degree mark
rotary cutter and mat

Lay out one fat quarter and mark 4 lines going the length (20″ side) spaced 5 7/8″ apart.

Mark the diagonal lines using your 60 degree mark on your ruler making the sides of each triangle measure 6 3/4″.

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There is very little wiggle room on a fat quarter, but measure and mark carefully and you will get a total of 15 whole triangles and 6 half triangles.

Carefully stack all 5 fat quarters (putting your marked one on top) and cut out all the pieces using a rotary cutter and a fresh blade.

Lay out the triangles in 8 rows. Each row will have 9 whole triangles and 2 half triangles (at each end).

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Play with the arrangement until you like the look!

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Sew together each row, pressing seams open, and being careful to line up points as you go. Use the pin trick from See Kate Sew to line up your points!

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I haven’t finished piecing mine yet, but I needed to get all these numbers out of my head and somewhere to stay for reference 🙂

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Camper got a little make-over

The little pop-up camper looked like it could use some customizing, so it got some valances and pillowcases. There’s a quilt top ready and waiting to be quilted before the next season, too!

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Beginner quilting lesson

Lily requested to sew with me, so we set out to learn some quilting skills. I set her up on my machine with the speed turned down and the 1/4″ foot on, and she did great!

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I helped by clipping (not pinning) the pieces together for her, and she just slow-and-steadied the whole quilt top.

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I helped with the actual quilting process, but the pride is still evident…

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She has plans for more!

Li’l Purse for Lily

Lily and I agreed to enter the Sew Mama Sew Learn to Sew challenge and make a project together from BlueFig’s Learn to Sew kits! Lily has fancied herself a seamstress at all of 7 years of age, though her skill level is pretty beginner-ish (obviously). She understands a lot of sewing concepts–I can talk binding fabric choices with this kid, LOL–but execution still needs some practice. Her dolls have lots and lots (and LOTS) of tiny pillows and “quilts” that she has lovingly made.

We received the Li’l Purse Class 100 in the mail and Lily insisted on sewing the bag OMGRIGHTNOW. Who am I to stand in the way of enthusiasm for sewing? So we jumped straight into it.

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Lily had picked out the Peacock Blue color, which was a beautiful choice, and they send a surprise little adornment in with each kit. She got a bird! A hummingbird, to be exact, and she squealed “it’s like they know me!” Couldn’t have asked for a better surprise in the box 🙂

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To start, the instructions were super clear and she was able to begin all on her own. She needed a little help with pinning since she’s never done that in her sewing before, but then she got right into zig-zag stitching down the BlueFig emblem.

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The problem with using pins is…you stab yourself with pins, LOL. And, well, she stabbed herself with the pin while sewing. I switched it up to my favorite sewing clips instead (the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree around here, I much prefer my safe not-stabby clips while sewing, too).

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The strap placement was a nice little lesson in 1/2″ measurement for her–always a learning opportunity around here. After sewing on the strap she got to lining up and clipping the sides of the bag, another task she was able to tackle all on her own.

She was definitely excited with how much she was able to do independently for this project. Sometimes that ideas she dreams up of sewing involves a lot of me taking over.

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We flipped the bag right side out, opted to use permanent fabric glue for the pink bird, and ta-da!

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That is one happy kid! Once the glue was dry she immediately used the bag to bring some little treasures with her to Grandma’s house for dinner. The fabric is sturdy, but was easy to sew through, and looks great with no finishing the edges whatsoever–perfect for a young seamstress.

See the other completed challenge projects! (Links coming soon!)

LiEr of ikatbag
Alicia Brown of Felt With Love Designs
Cheri Paxton of Living DIY Style
Rae Ann Kelly
Vanessa Lynch of Punkin Patterns

Things I have sewn this past month

So, I sew. A lot. I have a UFO (un-finished object) list a mile long, but I still like to start new projects…obviously. I am, of course the president and founder of Project Starters Anonymous, and Rebecca at Hugs Are Fun was my first enthusiastic joining member. I’ve been recruiting others at my new job at the quilt shop, too 😉

First up is this Ponyo idea I had mulling around in my head for quite a while. The opening credits are so gorgeous in that movie, and I had been thinking it would make an amazing quilt. Since I wanted a quicker project I made a mini and I am quite pleased. I tea-dyed some Kona cotton solids to give them a more muted tone, and it turned out just how I imagined.

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This FPP sewing machine pattern had caught my eye for quite a while too, and once again in procrastinating working on finishing one of my bigger projects, I finished this selfish-sewing mini quilt, too.

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More selfish sewing! A Heather Ross patchwork bag…I have a problem with sewing lots and lots of bags. But, I like them, so it’s alright 🙂

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Dark rainbow jellyroll quilt! Also sewn selfishly…it lives on my sofa all day long, currently.

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Now, it feels like I started this EPP Ferris Wheel quilt a lifetime ago. In reality it was summertime, but boy, this one felt like it dragged on forever.

I took the given pattern and doubled its size, and then added additional low-volume whites around the edges with colored squares sprinkled in. And I kept going and going and going and going. Well, not really, but it felt like forever, and I am so thankful it is all quilted and complete!

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Next up, Lily’s requests for a birthday dress and a “soft calico dress” (can you tell she’s been reading about pioneer times?).

Her birthday dress is from the Coffeeshop Lace Dress pattern, cheap quilting fabrics picked out from Joann’s, but I think they look adorable. I added white piping instead of lace and I like the clean edges it creates with the pattern.

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For her “soft calico dress” I just sort of made it up as I went along, and let her pick out of the Calico Days line of fabric from my work.

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I sewed myself a GIANT TOTE from Heather Ross’s Weekend Sewing book and lined it with this adorable fabric from the First Crush line by Sweetwater for Moda.

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Annnnnd I sewed myself a purse. Because. Also, I just love the constellations from this Under the Stars line.

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And last up, some seasonal collaborative sewing with Lily! I bought this Lil’ Red panel from Quilter’s Quest and she made the pillow and the blanket while I made the doll, etc. The colors make me think of Valentine’s Day, so I also made a mini quilt that is hanging on our front door.

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Phew! That’s it…for now!

Schoolhouse Tunic

I was asked to make a shop sample of this pattern (for my new job at a sewing shop, Quilter’s Destination). Goodness, was I nervous setting out to make something exactly as a pattern calls for! That is typically not how I sew at all.

Thankfully, the Schoolhouse Tunic by Sew Liberated is a great, very well-written pattern. It took me about 4-5 hours start to finish on the first version, and a bit less once I knew what I was doing for my second go-round.

The shop owner had this particular line of fabrics in mind, so I chose my favorite of the lot, and went to town. The fabric, Regent Street Lawns by Sentimental Studios for Moda, is a cotton lawn, so it has a really nice drape to it, and it’s very smooth–like high quality bed sheets 🙂

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For my own personal version that doesn’t have to live in the shop for any time, I chose Carolyn Friedlander’s Carkai after seeing this sleeveless tunic out there in the blog-world from the same fabric. This time I shortened the sleeves (I think they still need to be about an inch shorter) and also added front pockets, which helps add some needed weight in the front to keep it laying flat (and avoid a pretend pregnant-pooch).

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I really like this pattern and I plan on making more! Maybe even short sleeves for some summer dresses would be nice…the possibilities are endless if you get a little creative!

If you’re local to the Chicagoland area and are interested, I plan on teaching a class on sewing this tunic at Quilter’s Destination in the coming months. I’m very excited for that as well!