Sarah Jane’s Airplane Quilt Pattern!

All images by Sarah Jane used with permission

Last spring I had the very fun opportunity to play with Sarah Jane’s new fabric collection, Children at Play, making some samples for her booth at Quilt Market.  I had been a fan of Sarah Jane’s art prints for a few years before I ever knew she’d design fabric too – so this truly was a ‘pinch-me’ moment! This quilt was designed by Sarah and then I put it together in fabric form.
I’ve had people ask about a pattern for that airplane and now Sarah Jane has published a free template for this quilt! You can see her tutorial at the Michael Miller blog and you can download the airplane applique template here.

You can find Children at Play fabric here, here and here.
Did you know that there is now Children at Play paper too?
I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!

Sponsored Giveaway from Green Fairy Quilts

Today I’d like to introduce you to one of my sweet sponsors, Green Fairy Quilts.  Green Fairy Quilts is a shop that specializes in Moda and Riley Blake pre-cuts at great prices.
Right now, Green Fairy Quilts is having a clearance sale on all their Jelly Rolls (rolls of pre-cut 2 1/2″ strips) including very new collections at a GREAT price. Only good through Monday night!
Moda Northcote Range Quilt Kit
They also carry a collection of quilt kits.  You know I’d be a sucker for this Union Jack kit using Northcote Range. Love it.  Another great feature at Green Fairy Quilts is that you can pre-order upcoming collections ahead of time.
Green Fairy Quilts is owned and operated by Judi and her husband Clint.  Judi is also a talented pattern designer and incredibly gifted quilter.  What she does with a long arm quilting machine blows my mind.  You can read more about her quilting adventures on her blog.
Today Judi is generously giving away one of these Tend the Earth Fat Quarter BUNDLES to one of you lucky readers.  Includes 34 Fat Quarters. Wow. That is a lot of fabric.
You have two opportunities to enter to win.  Leave a separate comment if you do one or both:
That’s it! Giveaway open until Friday, March 3 at Midnight. GIVEAWAY CLOSED Thanks so much, Judi!

WINNER IS: Dirt Road QuilterFeb 27, 2012 11:41 AM

I’m a fan of Judy’s and love finding her newsletter in my inbox! She always has something wonderful! Thank you for the pretty bundle giveaway!

Star Quilt Block Tutorial

Hello and welcome to any new friends. Today is my turn to share a block tutorial for the 
I was so excited when Jackie asked me to participate. Fun times!
This block is the 6th block in the series. If you haven’t joined the fun yet, it’s definitely not too late! You can find out more about this free Block of the Month party here.

I’m going to share a tutorial for this very traditional star block. I certainly don’t claim any credit for making it up, but I’ll show you how I made this classic design into a finished 8″ block (unfinished 8.5″).
Cutting list:

From your background fabric cut: 
  • [4] 3″ squares
  • [4] 2¼” squares
  • [4] 1½” x 4” rectangles. (not pictured. D’oh! Sorry)

From each of your 4 ‘point’ fabrics:

  • [1] 3″ square
  • [1] 2¼” squares
Center square:
  • [1] 1½” x 1½” square

Start this block by making each of your ‘points’.  Begin by matching up a 3″ colored square with a 3″ background square.  Draw one diagonal line on the back of the lighter fabric.  Carefully sew a scant 1/4″ seam along both sides of the drawn line.

Using a rotary cutter, carefully cut directly on the drawn line.  Press both blocks open, pressing seam toward the ‘point’ fabric.
Carefully ‘square-up’ both half-square triangle blocks to 2¼”
Take both half-square triangle blocks and match them up with the coordinating 2¼” colored square and 2¼” background square in this layout.

Sew top two squares together and bottom two squares together. Press seams away from the half-square blocks.

Now sew two rows together, butting the seam allowances up against each other to help line-up that center point.  *Optional: when pressing this portion, ‘pop’ the first couple of stitches in the center seam and open up where those four seams intersect to make it lie more flat. Press the seams as shown.* 
Repeat the same process to make all four of the points.  Take your [4] 1½” x 4” rectangles and your center 1½” x 1½” square and lay out the block like this. 
Sew the blocks together in three separate rows as pictured. Press the seams toward the center rectangle on the points rows, and press away from the center square on the middle row.  Sew three rows together.
And here is my version in a very different color scheme.  I love how versatile this block can be – modern or traditional, depending on the colors and fabrics used.
I have loved ALL the blocks so far. To see more block versions – or to upload your own – visit the BBOM flickr page.
Here are the other designers and their corresponding months: 

It’s also a great way to bust some stash.
Have fun!

Simple Four-patch Baby Quilt

I love to make simple quilts and let the fabric do all the work. Especially when the fabric is large-scale or busy.  I created this simple four-patch quilt to show off pieces of the Lecien Merry Bon Bon collection.  The cute, retro-inspired prints create a quilt with a very vintage nursery feel.

Adding to the vintage-y feel of this quilt, it came out of the dryer especially crinkly thanks to the linen in the Merry Bon Bon fabric. I love the finished effect. So soft and snuggly.
This quilt was made as a sample for American Quilting in Utah where I used to work.

Good Getaway

We took a nice little family getaway over the holiday weekend here in the U.S.  We visited southern Utah including Kolob Canyon (snow) and Snow Canyon (no snow). This time I did not have any quilts to make my husband pose with unlike our trip to Bryce Canyon National Park last fall. :)

We stayed in the town of St. George – I love the pioneer architecture in St. George – party because I’m just a sucker for old stuff and partly because some of my progenitors helped to build these buildings: St. George LDS Temple, Tabernacle, and Jacob Hamblin home. Couldn’t leave out the picture of the quilt! (My husband cracks up every time he sees me pull out my camera to take pictures of any quits that cross our path.)

I also got a lot of stitching done on the road. I love that time to talk with my husband and sit and stitch uninterrupted (well, mostly uninterrupted). Thank heaven I don’t get car sick.  And now, back to the craziness at home. Time to catch-up on laundry, emails, school work etc.  Sometimes I think you need a vacation to catch-up after your vacation.

Okay, thanks for indulging me in the travelogue.  Later this week I’ll be sharing my block for Jackie’s Block of the Month.  Now’s your time to catch-up on the others before Saturday. (At least, that’s my plan. 😉

Block of the Month at Shabby Fabrics

Check out this adorable quilt, Sweetheart Houses available as a new 10-month block of the month series at Shabby Fabrics.  The quilt is an original design by Jennifer Bosworth and available only at Shabby Fabrics.  This Block of the Month will start in July. For more information, go here. The detailed, color pattern is also available for purchase on it’s own.

For a limited time Shabby Fabrics is offering you lovely readers a 50% off discount on the sign-up fee for the Sweetheart Houses Block of the Month.  Enter code DIARY50 on the view cart page to receive this discount. (This is only valid for the Sweetheart Houses BOM sign up fee. Expires 4/10/12)

By My Hand BOM - Block of the Month Program  Carrot Patch BOM - Block of the Month Program Merry, Merry Snowmen BOM - Block of the Month

Shabby Fabrics has a great selection of many other Block of the Month programs available right now. Enjoy!