Friday, December 15, 2017

Finished Baby Quilt!

And just like that, it's done!

I don't often piece backings, but when I ran across these pieces in my stash, I knew it was meant to be!

The above pictures were taken before washing. The rest are after washing. I love how quilts crinkle up and get soft in the process!

I hope you enjoyed seeing this little quilt come together. I'll be back tomorrow with another fun project.
Have a great day!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Baby Quilt Progress

This baby quilt pattern is so quick and easy and it will soon be done!

It quilted up quick as a wink.

I used this new pantograph to quilt it. Once I started, I decided I wasn't in love with it. But that's one of the great things about baby quilts, they are small!

I'm not great at binding by machine, but I'm working to get better at it. I have carpal tunnel and hand binding doesn't help.

Come back tomorrow to see the finished quilt!
Have a great day!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

My Go To Baby Quilt Pattern/Tutorial

It seems like every time I turn around, someone else I know is having a baby! I thought I would show you a quick way to make a baby quilt using just one charm pack and some background yardage. First, here are a couple baby quilts I've made with this pattern and gifted.

On to the tutorial. I got this charm pack free with a recent Craftsy order.

I'm going to cut 2 1/2 inch by 5 inch rectangles from both the charm pack and the back ground fabric. I love my die cutter and use it whenever I can, but I don't have a die this size and shape. No worries. I cut 5 inch strips and placed them on my 2 1/2 inch strip cutter die like this.

That made quick work of things! Next I placed my charm squares on the same die. Those two off to the side were not needed, so I didn't cut them.

Time to sew! I match up one background piece and one print piece and feed them through.

I ended up with 80 blocks to be set 8 by 10.

These blocks will measure 4 by 4 1/2 inches when sewn together. Time to throw them up on the design wall and play!

I think I'm gonna like this one too! Stay tuned.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

My Sewing Room

Today I thought I would share with you some photos of my sewing room. When I first started sewing, I had a shelf in the linen closet for my stuff. When we moved, I got a shelf and a drawer and I sewed in the family room. After some remodeling, I got some cupboards in the family room and part of a walk in closet. At our next house, I got a whole room! It was only 6 by 8 feet, but it was all mine! Now I am blessed to have a huge finished room in our basement.
I will walk you around the room from right to left. I use this old CD tower to store some precuts. The vintage tool cabinet belonged to my dad. My toy Jeep collection is on top.

Next is Harry Bell Avante, my long arm. My toy sewing machine collection is above the cabinets.

My design wall! It’s a decent size, but they never seem to be big enough.

I love my vintage hoosier with side cabinets! I store more precuts, long arm threads, and miscellaneous sewing stuff inside. I also collect vintage enamelware and use it to store all kinds of things.

Here is my sitting area that is really only used by my dog!

The door you see here goes to a walk in closet for games and such. The basket system for my stash is from a Ikea.

My Juki is new, but I’m falling more in love with it every day. I bough this steel case desk at Good Will and hubby cut a hole in the top to set a machine in.

Here is my desk and embroidery area.

And now we are back to the beginning.

But wait, there’s more! There is a support post in the center of the room. I created an island around it with two vintage tables, an ironing table, and my cutting table, built from Ikea units and a door.

I love my Accuquilt Studio Cutter. I’ve had it for five years and it might be my favorite thing in this room!

My ironing table was made from a vintage lab table that me dad gave me.

I have a whole herd of vintage machines and use many of them on a rotating basis. Here is one of my Singer 301s.

I hope you enjoyed this little tour! It is most definitely my happy place.
Have a great day!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Week 52 ~ KatyQuilts

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Week #51 LeahBebop

Welcome to my week on 52 Quilters. Please pardon my tardiness. My name is Leah and I live a very disorganized life in the Chicago suburbs with my husband, two kids, two dogs and two cats. My house is filled to the brim with fur and fabric. I am employed full time in beautiful downtown Chicago and I try to sew as much as possibly can when not running kids around or trying to maintain the appearance of cleanliness around the house.

I learned to sew from my mother as kid in Western Massachusetts. Back then I mostly made pillows and aprons and other Girl Scout endorsed projects.  In college I got my hands on her old Kenmore beast and started to make my own Halloween costumes. My sewing was not very skilled but no one cares about the accuracy of your seams when you are dressed like a dinosaur.

I started quilting in 2012. I dipped my toe in with a whole cloth tie quilt for my son and quickly moved on to a basic scrappy patchwork for my daughter.

I have been expanding my skills ever since and try to test myself every so often. I given away half of what I sew so even if something isn't perfect, the recipients do not seem to mind  the gift.

I collect vintage sewing machines. I started with an old turquoise Kenmore in 2016 and somehow have managed to amass over 40 of them. Most are Singers but I have a few other Kenmores, Whites and even a few Europeans like Necchi, Elna and even a Bernina. I only use four of five of them but have big dreams of restoring and working with the rest as well.

I love quilting and the community around it. I hope to get over my fears and join a local guild next year.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Quilter #50 - Lovingly, Lissa

Hello, Everyone out there in Quilt World!

I'm Lissa from Lovingly, Lissa.  I am an emerging pattern designer with my first publication happening this January in Make Modern Magazine.  I am also a wife and mother to three, all of whom are wonderful supporters and help as I enter the quilting world.

This week I'm going to share my favorite quilt with you. The Emoji Quilt.  I'll be doing a tutorial on instagram under @52quilters and at the end will have the tutorial on my blog,


Every year the school district has a silent children's art auction.  Each classroom creates an art piece that is auctioned off.  I volunteered to help create my son's 5th grade class piece and thought a quilt would be fun.  The students could design the blocks and then help sew them together.

I offered them a few design choices and they unanimously voted for emoji.  I gave them each a template and ask they draw and color any emoji they want.  Immediately a hand shot up, I looked at the child and before he even opened his mouth said "No poop emoji" he sighed and lowered his hand.  LOL!

The kids were great.  They were surprisingly very excited about creating this quilt.  After I  had appliqued each block I brought them in to show.  The class applauded and cheered as I held each one up.  I told them I would be back to have them each sew a seam or two to put the blocks together.

Sadly, the day I was to start sewing with them I received a phone call that my son had fallen in gym.  I brought him to the urgent care to find out he had a nasty concussion.  He was home for two weeks.  I apologized to the class that since we were on a time schedule I would have to sew the quilt myself.  They were more concerned about my son (especially some of the girls).

The quilt was finished and put up for auction.  I tried to start a bidding war to get the price up and then realized, I wanted the quilt back.  I won the bidding war and the quilt came home with me and now resides on my son's bed.  He was thrilled to have it and made sure to rub it in to some of his classmates who were sure their parents would win it.  ;)

This quilt has to be the most fun quilt I have ever made.  Each child designed three emoji and I picked one for the quilt.  Transforming their drawings to a quilt block brought me so much joy.  Their excitement over the quilt was quite contagious.  And the smile on my son's face when I walked in the door with it was priceless.

I hope you enjoy the tutorial for a 14" pillow to make with a young one you know.  At the end of my week I will post the measurements I used on the quilt.  You can see pictures of the quilt in progress on Instagram with #emojiquilt

You can also follow me on Instagram, @lovinglylissa and my blog,  If any questions about the tutorial come up, feel free to email me,