Finished Gingham Coral Quilt

Gingham Coral Quilt

I finished up this quilt a few weeks before Jane was born.  It is so so so soft and the best weight…even though she won’t need it much this summer, it’s a perfect size to grow with her through the fall and winter.  Size and quilt top info can be found in this post. 

Minky backed gingham coral quilt

I quilted it with super simple straight lines to exaggerate the gingham pattern a bit.  The backing is a super soft minky.  I get asked all the time how to quilt with minky on the back…I did a post about it you can find here.  Basically I just baste it like a mad woman and hope for the best.  :) 

Backing a quilt with minky

Turns out coral is kind of a nightmare color to photograph…it either looks orange and washed out or dark pink.  The picture below is pretty accurate I think…it’s more pink than it looks in all these pictures!  

GIngham Coral Quilt

You can see a peek of the matching crib sheets I made.  Crib sheets are so easy to make.  I use Dana’s video tutorial here.  This time I used the first method and left the selvages in place and sewed the stretched elastic right to the selvage.  

Coral Gingham baby quilt

Too bad there isn’t a scratch and sniff feature for your computer screen…because that fuzzy newborn head up there is the best smell in the whole world!



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4th of July Projects

Flag Quilt Block Tutorial

4th of July is my favorite holiday because I love decorating my home in patriotic colors, enjoying family time outdoors, and there is nothing to buy (except good food and fireworks)!

I’m re-sharing pictures from my favorite 4th of July projects...this Flag Pillow (or flag quilt block) is one of my favorite things to pull out since I’ve made it…and I leave it out all summer long. 

Flag Pillow Quilt Block Tutorial

You can find the tutorial here.  

Megan made this awesome quilt block into the cutest mini quilt ever: 

Flag Block Tutorial

I made my star quilt 5 years ago and it’s still one of my very favorites.  I love these stars too because there’s no points to match…super plus. 

Star Quilt Tutorial

The tutorial is here.  I used a variety of blues and reds…maybe 20 fabrics or so?  This one is best made scrappy!

July Star block tutorial

July Star Blocks Tutorial

Happy quilting with red, white, and blue!!

Thank you for all the baby Jane love…we are head over heels and even getting enough sleep (knock on wood)!  The kids love her, the boys love to hold her and talk to her.  We are trying our best to soak up every second, the newborn stage goes by way too fast! 

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6 days old


She finally arrived!  Jane Louise Harris was born Friday…and we are loving every minute of her.  I was pregnant with her a good 10 days longer than with my other kids…and she was a healthy 9 pounds 4 ounces because of it!  

I was induced Thursday because of hypertension, which ended up being a blessing in disguise.   For some reason I barely felt any pain until  I was already 8 cm dilated, and she was born just a half an hour or so after…so if I hadn’t been induced chances are I would have had her at home/in the car! 


She’s as sweet as they come, and even has let me get plenty of sleep this past week while I heal.  Sophie is over the moon excited to have a baby sister…and very “helpful”.  I’ve had to watch baby like a hawk so Sophie won’t pick her up without me…but so far she’s been good with her and is following the baby “rules”. 


Can I just say it’s also really nice to not be 10 months pregnant anymore!!!  I even sewed yesterday…I could fit at my sewing table!  :)  

Summer Slice Sampler Block

Aaaaand still no baby.   To say I’m over being pregnant might be the biggest understatement ever…but I’m also trying to just rest and enjoy being pregnant for the last time in my life.  DEFINITELY the last time.   😉  

For those of you that are sewing along with the Summer Sampler, one of my blocks should have been emailed out today!  This one is called Summer Slice, and I figured I’d show you the block I sewed up and a couple of variations.  

This is the block I made… 


…and here are two variations:

 I actually like this one in Sweetwater’s Treehouse fabric better than the one I made.  I just added two different fabrics for the edge pieces instead of all one fabric.  

Summer Sampler Block Treehouse

This one looks totally different, but the only difference is the white is now the print, and the outer edge strips are now white.  Kinda of fun to see the differences!  

Summer Sampler Block Sundrops

If you’re sewing along with the Summer Sampler 2016 (more info in my last post) share your blocks in the facebook group!  Have a great week and cross those fingers I have this baby…soon!!!  😉  


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Summer Sampler 2016

Well hey!  No baby yet, in case you were wondering…the last 2 weeks of being pregnant are the worst.  I’m just popping in to let you know about this fun Summer Sampler quilt along I designed a couple of blocks for: 



There are blocks from 10 designers, and full instructions for that weeks block emailed on Mondays (if you sign up late no worries…you can get all the block instructions anytime).  

Allison Harris of Cluck, Cluck, Sew

Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter

AnneMarie Chany of Gen X Quilters

Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts

Holly DeGroot of Bijou Lovely

Karen Lewis of Karen Lewis Textiles

Katie Clark Blakesley of Swim, Bike, Quilt

Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced

Lynne Goldsworthy of Lily’s Quilts

Nicole Daksiewicz of Modern Handcraft

Here’s a mock up of the blocks…it will be a fun summer challenge and a good way to learn some new skills! 


You can find out more info here, and the block of the month is for sale here.   The first block link emails on the 16th!  


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