Summer Houndstooth Quilt

Summer Houndstooth Quilt

I spent the morning going through worn out kids clothes and making a list of housework and projects that need doing.  Just like every other year I love the summer, but I look forward to fall schedules and getting the house clean and back in order!  

While I’m at it, I’m also catching up on my older work in progress quilts that I haven’t finished.  I made this scrappy houndstooth quilt top towards the end of 2014 using this tutorial to make the diagonal blocks.  

Summer Houndstooth Quilt

Summer Houndstooth QuiltThe navy backing is from Dixie in stores now, it coordinates so perfectly with the colors of this quilt.  I quilted simple straight-ish lines, bound it with an awesome red stripe and called it done!  

Next I’m going to tackle the boys room…I’m kind of scared to look under their beds.  

Summer Houndstooth Quilt




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Summer Squares and Strips Quilt

Squares and Strips Free Fat Quarter Pattern Tutorial

Have I mentioned I have a wonderful husband?  Last week he came home from work, took the cranky baby out of my arms and told me to go in my sewing room, lock the door, and have “mommy quiet time”, while he proceeded to feed the kids dinner, bathe them, and get them all in bed.  

I think he could tell I was teetering on the edge of crazy…which was true.  So I stuck my headphones in and started a new quilt.  

Squares and Strips Free Fat Quarter Pattern Tutorial

I forgot how much I love this pattern/tutorial I made 4 years ago.  It uses fat quarters or 1/4 yards, and goes together so quick.  I stacked all of my fat quarters and cut this out super fast, and had all of my blocks pieced in no time for a throw size. 

Squares and Strips Free Fat Quarter Pattern Tutorial

The floral print by Leah Duncan is amazingly beautiful!  It goes with so much of the fabric I already have, so it was really fun to pull fabrics for this quilt from all different lines. 

“Mommy quiet time” was just what I needed that night…and I was refreshed and ready to fetch snacks and wipe up the who-knows-what on the floor for the billionth time this summer.  🙂




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Dottie in Dixie

Dottie Quilt in Dixie Fabrics

  For the past 3 years I’ve used the color teal in every single quilt I’ve made.  Probably aqua too.  It’s not a bad thing…just a random fact I realized today while putting some quilts away.  

Maybe I should branch out and ditch the blues?  

Nah.  🙂

Dottie Quilt in Dixie Fabrics

This quilt was made to travel to shops for trunk shows with the Dixie fabric…and as soon as it was done it shipped out to hang in a shop.  Trish saved the day and pieced this quilt for me this Spring while I was massively pregnant, and Melissa quilted it.   

Dottie Quilt in Dixie Fabrics

The pattern is Dottie (here in PDF or here in paper format), the fabric is Dixie (you can use either a layer cake or fat quarters, I used fat quarters).  

You can find a kit for this Dottie quilt in Dixie here (they also have a Basket Case kit), and you can also find a Skipping Squares in Dixie kit here that is super cute.  Dixie fabric can also be purchased here, or maybe even at your local quilt shop!

Dottie Quilt in Dixie Fabrics

My week was completely made yesterday when 3 bolts of 108″ wide backs arrived on my doorstep.  The blues are from my Dixie line (the links above have them) and the newsprint backing is by Carrie for Windham fabrics.  I can piece a whole quilt top no problem…but it’s torture to sew one seam in a quilt backing!  😉  

Wide back fabrics




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Around the Corner Sampler Block 2

Are you surviving the heat wave??  I’m a hot-weather wimp.  When it gets over 80 degrees here in Seattle I die.  

If you’re sewing along with the Summer Sampler, today my second and last block was released.  It’s called “Around the Corner” for obvious reasons: 

Around the Corner Quilt Block

I made mine up there with some Dixie fabric.  Here are a few variations  with some white space added just for fun!  This one is in Desert Bloom…

Around the Corner in Desert Bloom

…and this one is in Hazelwood: 

Summer Sampler Block in hazelwood

A handful of these blocks would make a great baby quilt. 

You can find more info about the Summer Sampler here (and play catch up!).   Happy August 1st!!



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Friday favorites…on Saturday

Greatest Adventure Fabric

As you can tell from the title of this post…I had every intention to sit down and post yesterday and the day got away from me!  So Friday favorites are Saturday favorites too.  🙂  

I ordered some new fabric this week.  I replenished some basics and bought a few cute Riley Blake prints for a baby quilt (I think this line is called Great Adventure). 

Greatest Adventure Fabric

I also bought some of the new Dear Stella plus prints: 

Plus fabrics Dear Stella

They are “positively” awesome.  😉  Really though….the scale of these is perfect for quilting.

I saw this pillow on Pinterest this week, and it has me wanting to cut up all our old jeans pronto (like my maternity jeans…woohoo!).  

Hexagon Pillow from old jeans

My very first quilt was made out of jeans…I had no idea what I was doing and it was the ugliest thing ever made.

  This is my favorite old-jean quilt of all time made by Nicole.

One Line A Day, 5 year journal book

I filled up my One Line a Day, 5 year journal last week!!!  I ordered another one right away (this one is also cute for baby gifts).  I’ve never been able to stick with a journal before, but I love these for jotting down what we did that day or something funny my kids said before I go to bed.

  I’m constantly telling my husband what we did that same day in the last 5 years and driving him nuts.  😉  

Sew Sampler Box July

I had the best surprise yesterday when my Sew Sampler box from Fat Quarter Shop came with 10 Dixie fat eighths in it!  Since they barely shipped I’ll keep the rest of the box a secret…but it’s a great one!

Dixie Tile Prints

Speaking of  Dixie, it’s shipping and in stores now…finally!  Check with your local quilt shop or online shop and see if they have it yet!  

If you made it to the end of this super long post, have a great weekend!  




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