Wednesday, June 26, 2013


I made these block last year and got frustrated with them. I didn't know if to sash or not to sash. Well I have got them back out again and I am sashing them with a cute little aqua square were each corners meet. Its going to look darling.


I got the idea for these blocks from a video tutorial from the Missouri Star Quilt Company. They have some pretty awesom video tutorials.




I am just waiting on a little parcel with a new 7.5" square to square the blocks up and I can sew them together hopefully this weekend. Fingers crossed it doesn't rain and we can't get mail.

I bought a new square ruler because I like to square my blocks before putting a quilt together especially with a block like this one which has alot of seams that have been cut and put back together. 

Do you square your blocks?

Monday, June 17, 2013

Carpenters Star

Over the past few months i have been working on some carpenters start blocks using this tutorial I found on Cheries blog Sew and So Quilts. Its pretty much all HST and doesn't take long to piece. The only time consuming part of this block is the cutting, pressing and squaring of the blocks. If you work on a few at a time and chain piece it comes together quite quickly.

Here is my progress so far.

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I have three more blocks halfway through my sewing machine which need to be finished. 

P.S. sorry for the horrible photos I only had my phone.

What do you think of my effort?

Have you ever made a carpenters star?

Monday, June 10, 2013

Baby Quilt

So I have never made a baby quilt because I have never had the need to. Many of my friends and family are not at that stage of their life. But it just so happens that my partners sister had been expecting her third child so I was so excited!! Because now I had an excuse to make one. 

No one knew the sex so I had to wait till bub was born! After nine long months I got the news from across pond that it was a BOY! So online shopping I went for some boyish fabric. Btw if you have never looked at all the amazing fabric specifically for kids then you should. It makes me clucky just looking at it ( but for the wrong reason of course) I just want to make more quilts :). 

So after hours of window shopping I found one I thought would go great. 

Bungle jungle by Tim and beck. 

So I got 1 charm pack of that and 1 charm pack of moda Bella solids in white which made the whole quilt top come together a lot faster. 

I did a basic chevron pattern using HST and it came together in less then a few hours. I always forget to take process photos. 

I quilted this little baby myself which made it extra special. I had to add the red flannel on the back because this little beauty was going to the cold country of Ireland so this would have made it extra snugly. 
 Tip: if you are going to baste and quilt your own quilt I would recommend using way too many safety pins and a wool or cotton batting. 

My idea behind this is that if you are going to spend your hard earned money  and time on fabric and piecing and basting a quilt spend the extra money on the batting so that your quilt will be with you for a long time. I also find it easier to quilt with. Just my opinion though. 

So all wrapped up and sent off I hope that little bub enjoys it as much as I did making it. 

For now

- Jazz