A Christmas Pixel Chain Quilt Top

Pixel Chain Quilt Pattern, Jelly Roll quilt

Both of these two need to stop growing!

(Quick reminder… my 25% off sale ends tonight!)

Pixel Chain Quilt Pattern, Jelly Roll quilt

I started making this quilt right after Halloween to be my “slow sewing” project through the season…but instead I ignored most my adult responsibilities and sewed it together within a week or two. 

I stink at slow-relaxing sewing projects…I can’t work on anything else until they are DONE.

Pixel Chain Quilt Pattern, Jelly Roll quilt

The quilt pattern is Pixel Chain, and I cut 2 1/2″ strips to use from my red and green stash.  I tried to use up all my random leftover bits of fabrics for this one!

The background is scrappy low volume prints instead of one solid.  I threw a solid white in there too, which ended up being a little too “off white” for my liking, but it’s not as noticeable sewn together.  

Pixel Chain Quilt Pattern, Jelly Roll quilt

My helper and I taped the blocks to the wall (with Diagonal Seam Tape LOL) because 4 kids + puppy + dirty floor + no design wall set up yet.  

There are only 30 blocks for this size, which ends up being a good large throw or even a twin size.  I’m going to keep this one folded at the foot of our bed.  

Pixel Chain Quilt Pattern, Jelly Roll quilt

The PDF version of Pixel Chain can be found here, Paper patterns can be found here.  

I sent this one off to be quilted with the softest minky backing ever.   I don’t think it will be done before Christmas but I’m going to love pulling this one out next year!  

 

 

 

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FALL SALE + Christmas Favorites

Suburbs Christmas

It’s that time of the year again (can you believe it?)!   

All patterns and Diagonal Seam Tape are 25% off in my shop this week, discount is automatically applied in checkout.  If you’ve wanted to try Diagonal Seam Tape, now is the time while it’s on sale.   Scroll down for a quick video of me using it to see how it can speed up your sewing.    

Suburbs Christmas Quilt with a Free Tree Block add on

I thought I’d post a few of my favorite past Christmas projects, starting with my favorite…the Suburbs quilt from last year, mixed with the free tree block pattern I made for it.   The quilting by Kathy really makes it. 

If you love making these easy trees there is also a free pattern (found here) for a tree quilt...wouldn’t these trees be cute in fun bright colors? 

Evergreen Tree Quilt Tutorial

Evergreen Tree Quilt Tutorial

Of course if you haven’t made this No Point Stars pattern…put it on your list!  The free pattern for 5 sizes can be found here.  

No Point Stars, a Free Printable Pattern in 5 sizes

Here is a quick video I made of me making a star block with Diagonal Seam Tape…it makes quick work of the diagonal seams without drawing lines (if you’re reading this in an email you may need to click this link to view the video).  

Christmas Stars, Free Printable Pattern in 5 sizes

Christmas Stars, Free Printable Pattern in 5 sizes

Lastly the Christmas Village table runner pattern from this pattern booklet has been on my table for a few days and already it’s been washed twice (kids and markers!).   I need to re-make it with a dark background asap.  

Modern Holiday Table Runners Pattern, Cluck Cluck Sew

Modern Holiday Table Runners Pattern, Cluck Cluck Sew

That’s it!  I hope you have a fun quilt to work on this season, and I’ll share my newest Christmas quilt next week that I’ve been slowly working on this fall.  

Patterns and tape are 25% off in my shop through 12/2, and the discount is automatically applied at checkout. 

Oh and I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!  

 

 

 

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Playground Quilt + Life

Fat Quarter Friday Quilt, easy beginner pattern for fat quarters

Well hi! 

I didn’t mean to take such a break from blogging, but life caught up with me as it often does.  So to make up for it….this is the longest blog post ever (sorry!).  

First about this cute quilt: 

I begged (bugged) Windham Fabrics to send me their newest line Playground by Dylan M ,it comes to stores in January.    It’s a soft, almost neutral color scheme with darling prints like those hand drawn animals.  

Fat Quarter Friday Quilt, easy beginner pattern for fat quarters

I used the Fat Quarter Friday pattern (this is the extra 2nd pattern in it) to make a fast quilt for a family member.  

Fat Quarter Friday Quilt, easy beginner pattern for fat quarters

Fat Quarter Friday Quilt, easy beginner pattern for fat quarters

The family I’m gifting it to has 4 small kids, so I backed it in the softest minky wideback 108″ and sent it to Kaitlyn for quilting (this is the Sashiko Clamshell design).   

I machine bound it using this tutorial

Fat Quarter Friday Quilt, easy beginner pattern for fat quarters

Jane is getting so tall…and I can’t cut her hair because then she won’t be my baby anymore (right?!!). 

I wish you could feel how heavy this quilt is, the denseness of the quilting, batting, and a heavy backing make it the perfect weight for snuggling.  

Fat Quarter Friday Quilt, easy beginner pattern for fat quarters

Other fall thing we’ve been up to: 

Harvesting SO many pumpkins this year!  Over 100 big/small/orange/white pumpkins.   

We had another crazy-but-fun Halloween with 1000+ trick or treaters and two pink/purple/blue haired princesses.  

My kids have been begging for a dog since ours passed away a few years ago…and NO WAY was I getting another dog.

I’ve held my ground for three years…and last Saturday I folded like a lawn chair.  

Seriously though… how could I not?!  My oldest is almost 13, and I knew I’d always regret not getting him a fuzzy best friend.

He’s a Golden Retriever, and he’s had about 5 different names, but for now I think it’s Finn.  

Golden Retriever Pup

Basically I have another baby now. 

Even though he’s the kids dog…we alllllllllll know he’s really Mom’s dog.

So far I’m surviving puppy-hood, but if you have any tips for what to give him for the chewing and biting I’d love them.  His vet recommended some little teething bones but he hates them…he much prefers our shoes/arms/clothes/hair/feet/furniture/pillows/remotes/couch/books/baskets/Jane.    :)

 

 

 

 

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