Happy Pandas Quilt

Easy Stack, Cut, and Sew quilt Tutorial

Oh I love this cute quilt!  I’ve been wanting to update my Stack n’ Whack block tutorial for awhile now…and last week I started making blocks and I just couldn’t stop!

The panda print is from the line Urban Zoologie from Robert Kaufman, and it goes great with a punch of pink and black.  I love using one fun novelty print in a quilt with good basics and solids…it keeps it fun but still modern and clean looking. 

Easy Stack, Cut, and Sew quilt Tutorial

Easy Stack, Cut, and Sew quilt Tutorial

Jane will be 2 next month and I’m not okay with it.  How did I have her TWO years ago already??!!   

Every day after the big kids get on the bus, she chooses the same twirly dress to wear, and she twirls and sings in my empty bathtub while I take a quick shower.  It’s my favorite part of the morning.  Then she usually goes through all of my drawers and empties out all of my makeup and bosses me around.  ;) 

Easy Stack, Cut, and Sew quilt Tutorial

I did minimal quilting this time, as I usually do on my baby/crib quilts.  I never want the crib quilts to be too stiff, and just a little straight line quilting around each of the blocks and some of the center squares was just enough for this one.  The backing is from Wallflowers, my first line of fabric for Windham, and I’m not sure what the binding fabric is. 

I machine bound it with the method in this tutorial. 

Easy Stack, Cut, and Sew quilt Tutorial

I’ll post a tutorial for how to make this quilt in the coming days.  It’s one of my very favorite ways to make a quilt…and the best for beginners!  

 

 

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Slam Dunk Strike One

Slam Dunk Quilt Pattern

When I first wrote the Slam Dunk pattern, I made it with print/scrappy sashings in between the blocks.  I wrote the pattern, made the quilt, Kaitlyn quilted it, and then I took it to the park to photograph it….and I realized I didn’t like it!  Ugh!  

The dark blue print sashing was just too much and it drowned out the light blue prints around the basketballs.  Especially the pearl bracelets print…the print is crooked (drives me nuts!) but I didn’t really notice while I was making it. 

Slam Dunk Quilt Pattern

Long story short…I re-wrote the pattern to what it is now with the single fabric sashing strips, and it’s much easier on the eyes.  Here is my previous post on Slam Dunk, or the pattern is here.  This version with blue sashing is the exact same pattern but looks so different! 

I still love this version even though it didn’t make the cut for the pattern, and adding the extra prints can add some extra interest and variation with all the orange basketballs.   If you want to make it this way with print strips, you’d simply cut the needed sashing strips out of yardage or fat quarters instead of buying the background fabric.  You can get about 7 sashing strips from one fat quarter, so just count the number you’ll need in the layout diagram, then divide by 7 and that’s the number of fat quarters you’d need for the background.  Or just cut them from scrappy yardage.  Other than that the two patterns are identical. 

Kaitlyn did a fabulous job with the quilting, and the background is a really fun Robert Kaufman 108″ wide back. 

Slam Dunk Quilt Pattern

Since I can’t get enough of sewing basketballs (insert A LOT of sarcasm), I made one block for a pillow to give our babysitter in her team colors.  

Slam Dunk Quilt Pattern

Now I have two basketball quilts all finished just in time for baseball season!!!  

(No I am not making a baseball pattern anytime soon!)

Happy Baseball Season!  

 

 

 

 

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Cruising

Happy April!  

Whew March was a crazy one.  We have 4 birthdays smooshed into a few weeks and every March I feel like I make birthday cakes for a living!

In between birthdays I spent a week teaching quilting on a cruise with Sitchin’ Heaven in the Caribbean.  It was SO MUCH FUN. 

We had such a fun, laid back group of ladies and I really loved getting to spend time with them.   Teaching on a cruise was WAY out of my comfort zone and I was a little nervous about it for a year after I said yes…but I’m so glad I said yes.  It was a long time to be away from my babies though…10 nights!  

I taught my Dixie quilt...which still needs to be finished and ironed since it was packed in my suitcase.  

Dixie Quilt Pattern

Wilson (the cat) is unimpressed.  He tolerates me trying to cuddle and love him. 

Dixie Quilt Pattern

 

 

 

 

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