A finished Zookeeper quilt

A Zookeeper quilt, with instructions

Hi friends!  A lot has changed since my last blog post 11 days ago…sheesh. 

We’ve been hunkered down trying to stay healthy and finding a new “normal” for our family.  The kids are home now that schools are closed, my husband is working from home, but we have everything we need (and enough chocolate to get me through it).  We have so much to be grateful for…but it’s also a huge adjustment that will take some time.  

By Thursday I needed some “Mom quiet time”…so I spent a few hours finishing up this Zookeeper quilt  (with noise cancelling headphones on of course!).  

A Zookeeper quilt, with instructions

This quilt was made with the Zookeeper Prism ABC panel by Hoffman Fabrics.  I purchased mine from here, but you can also Google it and easily find one. 

I gave directions for how I cut the panel and made the blocks in this blog post when I made the top.   The letters/animals aren’t all the same size, so you need to carefully cut them, add borders, then trim all of the blocks down to the same size…the info is in the blog post.  

Zookeeper Prism ABC Quilt Panel

The panel would also be adorable left intact…just add a fun border or two, quilt it and done!  Super cute baby quilt.  

I had some questions last time about the color fastness of the panel, since it is digitally printed.  I haven’t washed my panel, but from what I can tell from others experiences and my own using digitally printed fabric, it should wash well…and the color fade should be comparable to other cotton fabrics from a mill.  I plan on gifting this to my kids’ school to be hung, so it probably won’t be washed a whole lot, but I wouldn’t be worried if it were.  If you’ve washed your panel, please let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

A Zookeeper quilt, with instructions

I quilted this top with free motioned loopty loops  all over the quilt.  It’s not perfect, but if you need a really great stress reliever during this time, I recommend learning how to free motion!  

Kwik Klip - a favorite notion!

Also, a public service announcement:  I saw that Paula Jean is retiring and will no longer be making or selling the Kwik Klip.  Guys…if you pin baste your quilts you NEED a Kwik Klip.  It saves your fingers and nails by  helping to close or open the pins quick and easy.   I bought an extra so I’ll never be without it.   I bought mine on amazon, but you can probably get one from your favorite quilt shop, or here.  It’s been my favorite notion for years.  

A Zookeeper quilt, with instructions

I put a green plaid on the back from my Hazel line of fabric (an old line), and I bound it with a gray Moda grunge basic.  

My machine binding tutorial can be found here, I haven’t posted that one in awhile and if you are new here it’s how I bind all of my quilts. 

A Zookeeper quilt, with instructions

A Zookeeper quilt, with instructions

I hope you all stay healthy and safe, and maybe even find some comfort in sewing and quilting during all the upheaval.   

Hugs to you all!!  -Allison




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Black and Gray Jelly Weave

Jelly Weave Quilt Pattern, jelly roll and beginner friendly

The second birthday cake of the week is in the oven so I have 17 minutes left to write this quick post! 

March is crazy busy around here with 3 kids having birthdays, but it also means there is leftover frosting in the fridge that I hide and dip pretzels into when no one is looking. 

Mom win!

Jelly Weave Quilt Pattern, jelly roll and beginner friendly

When I started writing the Jelly Weave pattern I realized the pattern would truly shine through in a two color quilt. 

The quilt on the cover is made with a jelly roll of Backyard Blooms (in stores in July!) with all the colors, but I wanted to show how great this quilt is if you only use two colors as well.     

If you want to make a two color version, you just divide the number of strips you need into 2 colors.  For example I made the Crib size, which requires 24 pre-cut 2 1/2″ strips…so I used 12 black strips and 12 gray strips.   The gray fabrics were almost all from this jelly roll,  the black fabrics were leftover from my Chicken quilts. 

Jelly Weave Quilt Pattern, jelly roll and beginner friendly

When you construct the block, use the opposite color for the center strips and outside strips in each block. 

When you lay out the blocks it makes the woven look of the pattern more pronounced with just the two colors.  

Jelly Weave Quilt Pattern, jelly roll and beginner friendly

I quilted it with simple straight lines, and of course I had to add in a pop of color with the backing and binding.   Both are from my older fabric lines, Hello Jane and Hazel

Jelly Weave Quilt Pattern, jelly roll and beginner friendly

It’s a crib size at 41″ x 57″, and went together fast!  Trimming the edges straight is the scariest part because of the diagonal/on-point blocks…the rest is easy.   

A couple of tips I use for trimming the edges of an on-point point quilt top straight…lay the cutting mat and quilt on the floor flat so there is no pulling or stretching, and start trimming the edges in the middle of a side (not in a corner).  It’s easier to trim when you have a top and bottom row seam as a guide.  I trim the sides, and then I go back with a square ruler and make sure my corners are all square (ish). 

 I should have thought to take photos of me trimming this quilt, but as usual…it was late at night and my brain had clocked out for the evening! 

Jelly Weave Quilt Pattern, jelly roll and beginner friendly

I hear an oven timer beeping at me so it’s time to go decorate a cake and celebrate a cute 10 year old tonight!  

Jelly Weave can be found here as a PDF, or here as a paper pattern.  




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A Bungalow Brightly Quilt

Brightly quilt pattern in Bungalow fabrics

My friend Amy released a new fabric line that came out last month and I ordered a fat quarter bundle as soon as I could.  

I knew it would be perfect for another Brightly quilt, and a good way to show what the quilt looks like when made with Fat Quarters instead of a Layer Cake like my first version.  

Brightly quilt pattern in Bungalow fabrics

 I made a super dumbo move…before I cut my fabric I planned on fussy cutting those cute little houses for the centers of the star blocks, and instead I chopped up all the houses without thinking.  

Oh well…now there are pieces of the houses strewn all over the quilt instead! 

Brightly quilt pattern in Bungalow fabrics

The Brightly pattern can use 13 fat quarters, and since I bought a fat quarter bundle I had this pretty low volume bundle leftover.  Won’t that make a cute baby quilt all on it’s own with some solids mixed in?  

Brightly quilt pattern in Bungalow fabrics

This quilt comes together really fast, and I like the pops of orange here and there in the finished top.  

Brightly quilt pattern in Bungalow fabrics

I went for fast and easy quilting with my go-to wavy lines (Bernina stitch 4, stitch length 3, stitch width 5), using the seams and points as my guides. 

 Smooshing this through my little Bernina gave me a good shoulder workout…my arms were sore the next day LOL.  Obviously I need to do more quilting right?

Brightly quilt pattern in Bungalow fabrics

Brightly quilt pattern in Bungalow fabrics

The print fabric is Bungalow, the white fabric is Bella Solids 200 (sold out here, but it’s my favorite!), and the pattern is Brightly

Have a fabulous week!  





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