Bits and Pieces and a Quilty Box

Hello!   I didn’t meant to take such a long break but this summer has had me busy busy!  I feel like everything I do lately is in bits and pieces.  A little bit here, and a little bit there is how I get things done these days! 

Grassy Doe Quilt with Free Tutorial

(This quilt has nothing to do with this post except I finished it woohoo!  The tutorial for this quilt can be found here. )

 This summer I’ve been able to enjoy my kids, without the anxiety of “needing to keep them busy and making sure they were having fun”…for maybe the first time ever.  Last summer I had a newborn baby and we stayed at home all summer and really did nothing, except play in the yard and go to parks.  I felt so bad, and felt so much guilt that I hadn’t made a “fun” summer for my kids.   After summer was over and school had started my friend asked my oldest how his summer was, and he said “it was SO much fun!”.   He said it like it was the best summer he’d ever had!!  I was the only person who thought we’d had a lame summer, and my kids were just happy playing on the slip n’ slide and eating popsicles all summer long.  They were in heaven!  So lesson learned…and I don’t stress out about summer anymore.  We still go do a lot of fun things, but we also spend a lot of time at home doing nothing and being together.  It’s kind of awesome, and I’m swearing off summer Mom guilt for good.  

(My 4th of July quilt that is still in pieces on my sewing machine…whoops!)

 

I was so honored to get to take part in July’s Quilty Box!  

Subscription boxes are so much fun…and I love that Quilty Box donates a portion of their sales to Quilts for Kids!   

I won’t giveaway all of July’s box details for those of you that haven’t received it…but it may have some Hello Jane in it, and how fun is this magnet!?  It is so strong, my husband promptly tried to steal it.  I can stick my snip scissors on it next to my sewing machine and it’s a perfect holding spot. 

I also designed a pattern for this Quilty Box that uses the fabric cuts provided in the box (except the white fabric).  

Flower Box Quilt

You can find out more about and subscribe to Quilty Box here, and I have a box to giveaway to one of you!  

I’m in the midst of working on a new fabric line…so to enter to win a Quilty Box, comment on this post what you look for in a fabric line, or a favorite color, or print you love to use!   Send me over your good inspiration!     I’ll choose a random winner later this week. 

 

 


A Pokey Puppy Quilt

A Pokey Puppy Baby Quilt, Cluck Cluck Sew

There is nothing better than a new baby.  Especially when it’s a new nephew!  

My sister in law loves Little Golden Books and purchased a Pokey Puppy panel she wanted made into a quilt (I couldn’t find a good link for the panel but you can Google it and there are some options).  The panel is really made to be a fabric book, but it also works great for a cute baby quilt.  It was a great challenge for me!  

A Pokey Puppy Baby Quilt, Cluck Cluck Sew

I cut the blocks 7 1/2″ square out of the panel, and added the 3″ pinwheels and 3″ x 7 1/2″ sashing strips to make it a nice crib size. 

It has minky on the back and a warm batting, so I quilted it with simple straight lines.  There wasn’t enough book blocks for the layout, so I added the ruler fabric (an out of print Moda fabric) to fill in the extra spaces. 

A Pokey Puppy Baby Quilt, Cluck Cluck Sew

A Pokey Puppy Baby Quilt, Cluck Cluck Sew

Before sewing the quilt top together I added his name to one block with an easy loop stitch.  

It was such a fun quilt to make for baby Bowen.   Also he smells like a newborn, and I miss having a newborn!  

A Pokey Puppy Baby Quilt, Cluck Cluck Sew

 

 

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Mini Pumpkins

Mini Pumpkins Quilt Pattern

It’s no surprise that I could hardly wait to make a mini version of the Pumpkins pattern!  

 I decided to make this mini a little bigger than my other minis.  It measures 23 1/2″ x 29″ finished, so it makes a perfect wall hanging by itself without being too small. 

Mini Pumpkins Quilt Pattern

 I used the same background as I did with my larger Pumpkin quilt, the Moda Crossweave in Grey Graphite.  I thought it might be a little tricky to use with these little pieces, but I starched it a few times before cutting and it prevented a lot of the stretching. 

Mini Pumpkins Quilt Pattern

I don’t hand bind very often anymore, but it looks so much better on minis.  Wonder Clips are my best friend when hand binding!   

Mini Pumpkins Quilt Pattern

The Mini Pumpkins pattern is in my shop here as PDF, or here as a Paper Version.  

It almost makes me a little excited for fall…almost.  🙂

Mini Pumpkins Quilt Pattern

 

 

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