Monday, August 31, 2015

August ALYOF Complete! (and bundle winner)

My August ALYOF goal was to transform this pile of fabric into a quilt top for a soon-to-be-born nephew. 

Goal: Complete! 
I was excited to get this quilt top made! I checked back in my pictures and posts--I posted my goal on August 7 (on a tight deadline like usual) and stitched most of the quilt top that evening. Then it took me from the 7th until today, the 31st, to add the blue triangles to the corners, photograph it, and post! 

Nothing says "baby" like a little Grunge fabric, right?! 

We have plans to see our new nephew toward the end of September, so I need to get the quilting started on this so it doesn't come down to the wire. I'm planning lots of straight line quilting following the on point square shape. Then maybe a red binding? We'll see...

Speaking of babies, thanks to everyone who visited and left comments on my Baby Blocks in a Box post! The randomly selected winner is Linda Lawton!

Congratulations, Linda, please email me at lequilter (at) with your mailing address so I can pass it along to Windham.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Baby Blocks in a Box Tutorial

Happy Monday! It's hard to believe school (and fall) are both right around the corner...
although we still have two weeks of summer vacation left here in Michigan!

I'm starting out the week with a tutorial as part of Windham's Lotta Jansdotter blog hop

My oldest son is six and my youngest just turned one last week, so babies have been on my brain for, oh, about 7 years now. :)

When I saw the Stella fabrics by Lotta Jansdotter, I knew I wanted to make something baby related. I love the gray and citron addition to the basic blue and pink. Plus, some of the prints are corduroy! I decided to take advantage of the corduroy and make textured baby blocks. And, because toys are constantly spread out all over my house, I also made a "box" to store the blocks in. Both the box and blocks are super easy to make, and I think the box concept could have plenty of other uses, as well. Enjoy! 

The fabrics: Stella by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham
(Those bottom four are corduroy!!)

You'll Need:
1/2 yard gray star corduroy (for outer box and blocks)
3 additional corduroy fat quarters (for blocks)
4 cotton fat quarters (1 for box lining, 1 for box binding, and 2 for blocks)
2/3 yard Pellon Flex-Foam
1 yard medium weight fusible interfacing

From the gray star corduroy:
One 18" square
Four 4-1/2" squares

From each of the additional 3 corduroy fat quarters:
Four 4-1/2" squares

From 2 cotton fat quarters:
Four 4-1/2" squares

From the lining fat quarter:
One 18" square

From the binding fat quarter:
Two 2-3/4" x 21" strips

From the Flex-Foam:
One 18" square

From the fusible interfacing:
Twenty-four 4-1/2" squares

Making the Box:
Step 1: Layer the 18" Flex-Foam square on the wrong side of the 18" gray stars square and pin in place. Fold in half with right sides of corduroy touching and pin the sides. Sew both short sides using a 1/4" seam allowance.

Step 2: Cut 4-1/4" squares from the bottom (folded edge).

Step 3: Fold so the side seam touches the middle of the bottom on each side as shown and pin. Stitch with a 1/4" seam allowance to box the corners. 

Step 4: Turn the outer box right side out. Repeat steps 1-3 using the 18" lining square (without Flex-Foam).
Step 5: Position the lining inside the outer box with wrong sides facing. Line up the raw edges along the top. 
Step 6: Sew the two 2-3/4' x 21" binding strips short ends together. Prepare your binding and sew to the inside of the box (through all layers). 

Step 7: Press the folded edge of the binding over the top edge of the box and pin or use Wonder Clips to secure. Topstitch the binding to the outside of the box. Your box is done!

Making the Blocks:
Step 1: Press interfacing to the wrong side of each 4-1/2" square. 

Step 2: Sew four squares together in a row, starting and stopping 1/4" from the edge and then join the ends to make a "tube."
Step 3: Position a 4-1/2" square on top and pin to secure. Sew to the sides, pivoting at each corner to stitch along the next side. 

Here's what your block should look like now:

Step 4: Pin the remaining square to the opposite end and stitch in place, leaving one side open. 

Step 5: Turn block right side out, stuff with fiberfill, and slipstitch the opening closed. Make four blocks. 

Tuck the blocks into the box and you're done! Babies will love the variety of texture the corduroy provides! 

Windham is offering a giveaway of a bundle of the Stella collection! Visit the Windham Facebook page or blog and tell them you like these Stella fabrics. Then leave a comment below letting me know if you've ever sewed a baby gift for a chance to win the Stella bundle. Giveaway open through Thursday, August 27th at 11:59 pm EST.  

Friday, August 7, 2015

August ALYOF Goal

My sister-in-law is having her second little boy very soon and I promised her a quilt.
 I love making baby quilts! 
 I finally decided on a pattern, something I designed myself, and I took Ben, my almost 1-year-old, to the quilt shop with me last Saturday morning while my husband and the older two boys went biking. (This is how you realize life has changed--when only taking one kid to the fabric store seems like a luxury!) Ben giggled and shrieked his way through the store, delighting (I think!) the other ladies, while I pushed the cart and browsed. I had a color scheme in mind based on the nursery, and crossed my fingers I'd find the perfect fabric to inspire me. 

And I did! I found this helicopter fabric. Perfect because it contained the colors of the nursery AND matched the wall decals--helicopters! 
I picked out the coordinating prints you see here and have gotten started. We live three states away from this new little nephew-to-be, so hopefully I'll have the quilt finished by the time we get to meet him. For now, though, my August ALYOF goal over at Sew BitterSweet Designs is to piece the top!