Monday, November 4, 2019

Fingernail Polish Mini Quilt

I love doing new things and when The Fat Quarter Shop asked if I would be interested in doing a mini quilt that looked like a bottle of fingernail polish I couldn't resist.  I love getting my nails done.  This is a remix, the pattern has been out for a while. This fingernail polish mini quilt worked up in no time at all and would make the perfect gift for the nail tech in your life.  You could even personalize it by making it look like the nail tech's signature fingernail polish.  It would also make a great gift for anyone who is obsessed with fingernail polish.

free quilt pattern for fingernail polish mini quilt from fat quarter shop

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Why Do I Need A Cricut Maker For Quilting

I get asked a lot why I am such a huge fan of the Cricut Maker and if it is because they sponsored a spot in my holiday guide last year.  I only reached out for that sponsored spot because I was already a fan of the product.  What I had seen made me believe it could make quilting so much easier.  The Cricut Maker isn't going to replace your rotary cutter, rulers, and mat.  I'll explain why below though  I do think it will help you with your more difficult cutting since it takes away human error and shifting.

Learn how you can use the cricut maker in your quilting


Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Paper Pieced Pineapple Quilt Block

The pineapple quilt block is one of my favorites but it is tedious to make.  There are 45 pieces in the block.  FORTY-FIVE PIECES!  I don't like dealing with that many pieces but that's what makes the pineapple quilt block so striking.  Sometimes I have to just suck it up and deal with lots of pieces to get the look that I am going with.  With this quilt block, I used two colors but you use it to bust up your scraps. I would suggest keeping one constant, for example, the cream and replacing the pink with your scraps.  You always want a constant when you are doing scrappy so your eye has a place to rest.  

The pineapple quilt block is easy to do with paper piecing.  This is lesson 2 in the paper pieced series.


Friday, May 24, 2019

Charm Square Tree Skirt or Table Topper

So I finally ventured into the pre-cut world.  I have nothing against pre-cuts but when you typically design things outside of the normal sizes pre-cuts don't always work.  I didn't design this tree skirt though, it's from Fat Quarter Shop.  I toyed with joining this sew along because it is outside of my norm.  I don't do a lot of holiday-specific sewing, I don't typically use pre-cuts like charm squares or layer cakes, and it is one of my busiest times of the year.  I decided to join because I know a lot of you do like charm square projects and holiday sewing.  Plus having a deadline meant that I took time for myself to sew, even if it was a "have to" thing.

turning charm squares into a quick and easy tree skirt


Friday, April 5, 2019

Union Square Quilt Block

I'm so excited to share the Union Square quilt block with all of you.  This whole project put a lot of things in focus for me.  It made me realize that everything happens for a reason and you have to roll with the punches.  This is not my design, I'm collaborating with Fat Quarter Shop.  It's been a while since I've made someone else's block which was nice.  The Union Square block takes just two fabrics and if you don't want to pick fabrics Fat Quarter Shop is offering a kit.

Learn more about my experience making the Union Square quilt block by Fat Quarter Shop and get the pattern.