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Ok, one more baby kit. Ok, maybe another one very soon but let’s just start with this one. It deserves a post all on its own. It’s so stinkin’ sweet it makes my teeth hurt!

Milk sugar flower baby kits

This is Elea Lutz Milk, Sugar, Flower line from Riley Blake. I ❤️❤️ her fabrics soooo much! MSF is reminiscent of vintage fabrics and nursery decor. Sweet and full of cottage charm. Magpies, strawberries, & little bunnies and kitties all rolled up into my most favorite line of hers yet…at least until the next one comes out in April. And let me tell ya…I’m pretty excited about that one too!

Milk sugar flower baby kits

I figured what better way to show off these prints than in the Lucky Stars quilt pattern by Atkinson Designs. I’ts scrappy, just they way these fabrics would have been back in the day.

This pattern is super simple too. And don’t forget to check out the blog post I wrote about an easy way to square up your stars without the fuss. You can find that by clicking HERE.

Goodness, I just love retro and 30’s prints…The stars set on an aqua dottie background. I think that extra touch makes it feel even more vintage.

Milk sugar flower baby kits

This KIT can be purchased with or without the backing fabric. With the backing included, you’ll recieve a complete quilt kit, the fabrics for the top, the pattern, backing & binding. Each option can be found in the SewModDesigns Etsy shop.

Even better is that this quilt finishes to a child’s lap quilt, measuring 45″ x 60″. So that means the quilt will be with them from baby to toddler to child…a keepsake. Or if you’re like me, you’re keeping it for yourself!!

Daisy even loves this quilt!

Milk sugar flower quilt kits

Create your handmade heirloom for a special little girl!

Catch-up part 5…we’re almost done!

If you love it, you will save it. Every bitty piece of the line! This is not a typical trait of mine but I’m so glad that I did just that with Tasha Noel’s Vintage Market line.
Vintage market

I mean how the heck can you even discard this cuteness to the trash can anyway!?!

It came into good use when I decided to have a sew day with Paige. We worked all day on the Scrap Happy Purse pattern by Crazy Mom Quilts.

Scrap happy purse

We had a blast making these! We get so much accomplished during our sew days. I love to try to have the girls over once a month. We usually pick a Saturday and start bright and early, about 9am. I fix lunch, there’s always wine involved, and we usually end with a finished project. I like to keep everybody on track!

Scrap happy purse

You need about 200 skinny scraps for the front and back panel. That sounds like a lot but once you start cutting it really isn’t. I actually had leftovers…which I did not toss away…

The only difficult part of the pattern is attaching the handles. It takes time, working your needle through the leather. I’d suggest getting the tool to help with that, which Dritz makes, or puncturing the premade holes in the strap to help your needle slide in and out of easier. Check out this tutorial on how to use the Speedy Stitcher from Dritz at Sew4Home. This handy tool is definitely on my list to buy next time I come across one. Anyone out there ever use this?

Speedy stitcher

Just in case someone tried to run away with my sweet little purse, I added my name label to it along with a cute embroidered heart! Lol

Scrap happy purse

Paige decided on a more scrappy look, using up some of her leftover fabrics.

Scrap happy purse

The Scrap Happy Purse pattern can be found along with the cute red & white polka dot handles in the SewMod Etsy shop. Sadly, all of my Vinatge Market fabric is sold out but don’t fret, I’m awaiting a new shipment!

Now that we’re all caught up from last year, I’m going to try to stay on track. Oh…who am I kidding lol.

Catch-up part 4…

I knew when I saw this Riley Blake line by Emily Taylor that I had to have it and make something beautiful for us grown-ups! It reminds me of a ‘pretty cowgirl’ with all its florals and weathered pieces.

Riley Blake chatsworth

I especially love the blues. It reminds me of a repurposed piece of furniture that you’d find in a farmhouse.

And with any pretty cowgirl theme, there needs to be a star design. I chose to make this kit from Lella Boutiques StarStruck pattern. The large and small florals are featured in a star and snowball quilt combination. The kit assembles easily because the focus fabrics are precut 10″ squares.

Riley Blake chatsworth

Kit comes with fabrics for the top, binding and pattern. Quilt measures 62-1/2″ x 72″.

Riley Blake chatsworth

As of now, I have this quilt sample on display, draped over the couch. It makes my heart smile every time I see it!

Riley Blake chatsworth

I’m pretty sure this sample is one that will have a permanent home in my house!

As of this post, most of the Chatsworth fabrics have been sold. I have kits left and a couple of layer cakes and a FQ bundle along with one bolt of the dainty blue floral backing. If you’d like to check these out you can find them in the SewMod Etsy shop.

Playing catch-up…better late than never.

whew..the end of 2015 went by so fast my head is still spinning. And while I feel like I accomplished quite a bit over the holidays, I definetly slacked when it came to blogging, so I’m going to try to play catch up over the next couple of weeks. Which, btw, did you realize it’s already the third week in January!?! 

First up is the Classmate pattern from Atkinson designs. I can’t say enough about how well her patterns are written. Step-by-step instructions that are clear as day make something that looks a little difficult, seem sooo easy!

Atkinson classmate pattern

So ‘easy’ in fact that I made 4 of them in about 3 days! What a great tote to keep all your tools and supplies in for that quilt class or to take along with you to guild sew-ins.

The first thing I want to talk about is some of the ingredients needed for this project that I haven’t used before.

Annie’s Soft And Stable and Pellon’s Shape-Flex.

Shape-Flex is pressed onto the back of the fabrics before cutting. This is the best interfacing y’all! I’m totally going to use this more often and I’m just wondering how the heck had I not heard of it before now?! I read that it’s great for purses and backing my embroidery projects before stitching. It’s so nice and flexible. I think it just might help with that icky wrinkly effect that some interfacings give you even after its pressed onto the fabrics.

Atkinson classmate pattern

Annie’s Soft And Stable gave my project the stability it needed without feeling stiff. This is used as a replacement for your batting in projects like bags and totes. I wish you could touch my finished Classmate to see for yourself!

Atkinson classmate pattern

And never fear the zipper installment when working on a Atkinson pattern. Once you sew a zipper with her method, you’ll always refer back to it on all of your other patterns that need a zipper.

There’s also a great tip for sewing with vinyl. Just layer tissue paper between the presser foot and the vinyl. This helps the foot glide along without sticking. I just sewed mine right on top of the vinyl and pulled it away after I was was finished.

The other tip I have is to skip the basting and use the Roxanne’s Glue Baste-it. This sped up my sewing and didn’t give me any issues whatsoever for taking the short cut of not pinning anything. I glue basted the entire thing!!

Atkinson Classmate pattern

I did skip the step on adding the pen pocket. I never carry marking utensils and if I did, I’d keep them zippered up, so I just made that an extra pocket.

One last bit of advice…take the time to hand bind it and don’t forget to add your label. That’s the finishing touch.

My Classmates came out looking so professional if I do say so myself! I gave them away to the girls for Christmas presents this year. But don’t take my word for it. Check ’em out!

This one was made for Paige using Timeless Treasures ‘Sewing Words‘ fabric. Which I’m almost out out of, so if you love it like we do, then you’d better hurry!

Atkinson classmate pattern

I made these two for Shelley & Wendy using two different prints from the Paradise line from Camelot Fabrics.

Atkinson classmate pattern

I just love that little white floral print for the inside.

Atkinson classmate pattern

And this one I kept for myself!

Atkinson classmate pattern

Made with Riley Blake’s retro Sunglasses fabric and coordinating crimped green binding. And how cute are those tiny black hearts for my inside?…swoon…

Atkinson classmate pattern

I do hope that you take some time this year to make one of these. You won’t regret it. I promise!

Oh, and I also hope this year doesn’t speed by as fast as 2015. How do we make time slow down? Is there a secret?

Are you ready to make pillows?

Dinosaur pillow tutorial

I’m going to show you how to stitch a 3-1/2″ Road To Tennessee quilt block and construct an 18″ pillow cover. Let’s begin!

To make each Road To Tennessee block, you’ll need (1) 3-1/2″ Dinosaur square and (2) 2″ background squares for a total of (36) 3-1/2″ Dinosaur squares and (72) 2″ background squares to complete your pillow top. Draw a diagonal line on the back of each square with a pencil.

Dinosaur pillow tutorial

With right sides together, place a white square on each opposite corner of an 3-1/2″ square. Stitch on the line.

Dinosaur pillow tutorial

Trim a 1/4″ away from the stitched lines.

Dinosaur pillow tutorial

Press your seams open.  *This reduces bulk and makes it easier to match your seams on this particular block.

Dinosaur pillow tutorial

Lay your pillow out in a 6×6 setting and rotate the blocks as shown and sew.

Dinosaur pillow tutorial

Cut a 19-1/2″ piece of batting. This is where all those batting scraps come in handy!

Layer your pieced pillow on top of the batting, pin and quilt as desired. I quilted a 1/4″ on each side of my seams.

Dinosaur pillow tutorial
Trim to an 18-1/2″ square.

Dinosaur pillow tutorial
Cut (1) 18-1/2″ square of fabric. This will be your pillow lining. I use a lining on my custom orders because it hides all of the quilting/threads and batting for a more finished look.
Cut (2) 13″x18-1/2″ pieces for your pillow backing.
**Place your quilted pillow on top of the 18-1/2″ lining. ‘Square up’ and trim any excess to make them the exact same size. Sometimes after quilting your work, it ‘shrinks‘ a bit, so if your top doesn’t exactly measure 18-1/2″, that’s still ok. Just make sure that your pieces are the same size as your top. This will help when stitching through all of your layers when sewing your finished piece together.

For the pillow backing, turn under 1/2″ on the 18-1/2″ long side and press. Turn under again, press and top stitch the hem for each piece. Attach your label now if you have one. I stitched mine on the outer backing part of the hem. You now have 4 pieces for your pillow.

Dinosaur pillow tutorial

Layer them in the following order and pin, being careful to match all of your seams. Pin well.

Dinosaur pillow tutorial
Pillow liner right side down.
Pillow top right side up
Outer backing piece right side down
Inner backing piece right side down

Stitch around your pillow with 1/2″ seam. Clip your corners . Zig Zag around your raw edges to decrease fraying.

Turn your pillow cover right side out through the backing envelope. Push your corners out and insert your 18″ pillow form.

You’re all finished!

Dinosaur fabric 18" pillow tutorial

The possibilities are endless when it comes to these covers. Need a quick Christmas gift? Make them for any holiday. Make them with different 3-1/2″ quilt blocks or how about one quilt block. It just needs to be an 18-1/2″ unfinished square to make this pillow!

Here’s a patchwork Christmas pillow I made with some of my leftover Alpine Wonderland scraps.
Alpine wonderland pillow tutorial

Keep an eye on my Instagram feed. I’m sure there are more pillow examples coming this holiday season!

SewMod’s latest quilt kit is made using Lila Tueller’s fabric line Halle Rose from Rikey Blake. It has all my favorite colors…the teals, oranges and pinks of course!

Lucky Stars Quilt Kits

I used the quilt pattern from Atkinson Designs called Lucky Stars. You can’t go wrong with this one ya’ll. It’s so versatile. All you need is some background fabric and a bunch of beautiful fat quarters!

The great thing about Lucky Stars is that you can chain piece almost the entire quilt. I’m not kidding. And that means a quicker finish:) OK, so there’s several great things about this pattern aside from chain piecing…it’s simple with very little seams to match up, an entire line looks and works great with it so there’s no thinking about what fabrics to choose, it looks great with the star points scrappy(like mine) or all the same fabric, and the pattern has all of the different quilt sizes and fabric requirements. That means you can use it over and over. One for baby, one to keep your lap warm and one for your bed!

Paige quilted this one in a pretty, all-over design.

Lucky Stars Quilt Kits

I do have a a tip & short cut on trimming your blocks down to size. Trimming for me is so cumbersome and it never fails…I always screw up at least one block trying to figure out how to trim without having a lopsided block!

SewMod Lucky Stars quilt kit

Start by cutting a 9-1/2″ square from freezer paper, fold it into fourths and mark the center with a x.

SewMod Lucky Stars quilt kit

Fold your pieced block in fourths and finger press.

SewMod Lucky Stars quilt kit

Place your freezer paper on top of the right side of the pieced block, shiny side down, lining up your ‘X’ in the center. Lightly press to keep it from shifting.

SewMod Lucky Stars quilt kit

Trim the block using your rotary cutter and ruler to the 9-1/2″ square.

SewMod Lucky Stars quilt kit

Remove the freezer paper and repeat with all of your blocks. Easy peasy! Perfectly trimmed 9-1/2″ squares.

SewMod Lucky Stars quilt kit

To find the Lucky Stars KIT and/or pattern, visit the SewModDesigns Etsy shop. Kit includes fabrics to piece the lap sized quilt top(60″x75″), binding and the pattern, $68.75 plus shipping. There is also yardage available in the shop as well.

Lucky Stars Quilt kits

I want to thank the Country Quilters of McHenry quilt guild and all of our customers who stopped by last weekend to see us! We had a very successful show and we couldn’t have done it without you.

This coming weekend we will be in Minooka IL. please stop by if you’re in the area. We’d love to see you too!

“Fall Splendor” Quilt Show
Sponsored by Pieces From The Heart Quilt Guild
October 2, 2015 – 9:00 – 5:00
October 3, 2015 – 10:00 – 4:00

Chapin’s East
502 Twin Rail Drive
Minooka, IL. 60447

Here’s a few pics from last weekend if you couldn’t make it out.

Visit sewmod

Visit SewMod

Visit SewMod

Visit SewMod

Our biggest sellers last weekend was just about anything that my mom made as a shop sample!

Effie The Elephant was a big hit. A cute little pincushion pattern by Heather Bailey. The pattern comes with the template for the small one but we thought it would be fun to enlarge it 175% and make a big softie for baby too!

Effie the elephant

Happy Camper embroidered pillow from This & That.

SewMod happy camper

Of course her hand crocheted flowers. These make great embellishments for just about anything.

Sewmoddesigns crochet flowers

And the Good Natured Equilateral Baby Quilt kit.

good natured quilt tutorial

We sold out of all of these except the kits. There’s a few of those still in stock (here) and I’ve reorded all the patterns. I’m hoping to get those in by Friday’s show. I did ‘reorder’ the crochet flowers but you just can’t rush handmade!

Good natured quilt kit

Equilateral?! Yuck. Geometry. Pretty much the only class I actually cheated in during high school. If I’d only known I’d be doing it as a business and hobby! The truth is, we use geometry & math every time we quilt…hexagons, triangles, squares & fractions. But sometimes we tend to get hung up on the ‘words’ until we’ve tried it. An equilateral triangle simply means that all 3 sides are equal. I’m going to be showing you a 60 degree equilateral quilt today with 2 methods to cut out the triangles.

good natured quilt tutorial

I wrote this ‘little‘ tutorial for a new baby quilt KIT for the shop using equilateral triangles and Riley Blake’s fabric line called ‘Good Natured”. It really is a sweet quilt with the orange & mint…adorable nature friends… squirrels, baby deer, sweet little bluebirds and playful foxes among birch trees!

good natured quilt tutorial

I was both excited and nervous to make something with so many bias edges but it went together beautifully! Now that I know just how awesome it was, think of all the scrappy triangle quilts I could make. Oh, if I only had more time!

Since I learned a few tips along the way to make this quilt, I figured I’d pass it along to you guys.

Fabric supplies needed for a 35″x42-1/2″:
3/8 yard of 7 different fabrics
3/8 yard Binding- Cut (5) 2-1/2”
1-3/8 yard Backing
60 degree Creative Grids triangle ruler (method 1) or…
The Template. Grab some colored paper or craft foam & double sided tape (method 2)

Cut each of your 7 different fabrics into 3 strips of 4-1/4” wide. This is the same height as your triangle template or ruler.

A ¼” seam allowance is used for sewing and ALL seams are pressed open. Do not iron your triangles or rows. This will cause stretching. Press.

There are two methods I like to use to cut 60 degree triangles. To make the cutting as precise as possible, choose only one method per project to cut all of your equilaterals.

Method 1: Creative Grids 60 Degree Ruler
This ruler is found in the SewModDesigns Etsy shop.SewMod Equilateral Quilt tutorialPlace the ruler on the strip of fabric. The 4-1/4” mark should line up with the bottom of the strip and the squared off tip of the triangle should line up with the top of the strip.
The first thing we need to do is cut a 60 degree angle. Discard the extra fabric with the selvage on it.

SewMod Equilateral Quilt tutorial

Rotate your ruler so that the top of the fabric strip lines up with the 4-1/4” marking and the squared off tip lines up with the bottom of the strip. Use the edge of the ruler to cut your triangle out.

SewMod Equilateral Quilt tutorial
Flip your ruler, line up the markings, and cut again. Repeat this flipping method until you have made 6 cuts with the ruler, giving you 12 triangles per strip.

SewMod Equilateral Quilt tutorial

And for all of you hittin’ it old school…
Method 2: Using the template, found here, & a ruler
Cut the provided template out onto colored paper. We want it to be colored so that we can see it easily through the ruler. It makes it difficult to see if we use clear template plastic. I used a piece of craft foam for mine. I like the foam because it ‘sticks’ to the fabric while I’m cutting. These sheets can be found at your local craft & hobby store.

Place three pieces of double-sided tape to the back of your template. Turn your ruler over to the backside and adhere the template to it, lining up the bottom edge of the template along the side of the ruler. Don’t worry. It won’t leave your ruler sticky after you remove it.

SewMod Equilateral Quilt tutorial

The first thing we need to do is cut a 60 degree angle. Line the 60 degree mark on your ruler with the bottom of your 4-1/4” strip and trim off the selvage angle. Discard the extra fabric with the selvage on it.

SewMod Equilateral Quilt tutorial

Using the colored foam as the guide, line the foam triangle up with two sides of the strip…the top and the left side as shown in the photo. Cut.

SewMod Equilateral Quilt tutorial
Turn the ruler and line up the foam triangle with two sides of the strip…the bottom and the left side. Cut.

SewMod Equilateral Quilt tutorial

Repeat this turning method until you have made 6 cuts with the ruler, giving you 12 triangles per strip.

SewMod Equilateral Quilt tutorial

**All of your triangles have the top squared off. It determines the top & bottom of the triangle and keeps the straight of grain going in one direction for minimal stretching.

Using your preferred method, cut at least 216 triangles from the fabrics. The fabric requirements provide enough fabric for you to cut as many as 252 triangles so that you can mix it up to your liking and play with the placement or make baby a matching pillow with the extras!

Lay your quilt out in a setting of 18 triangles across by 12 rows down.

Referring to the photo…
1. Place triangle 1 & 2 of the first row right sides together, matching up the top and all the edges.
2. Sew these together down the side using a 1/4” seam allowance.
3. Press the seam open.
4. Layer triangle 3, right sides together, on top of triangle 2. Sew. Press open. Repeat this process until you have 18 triangles pieced together and 12 rows total.
Join your rows together.

SewMod equilateral quilt tutorial

Trim off all of the ‘rabbit ears’ and threads.

Here are a few tips I use to line up the points on the equilateral triangles.

1. Place row 1 & 2 on your ironing surface right sides together.
Match up the triangle points. Insert a pin directly into the back of the triangle point on the top row. This is your ‘push pin’.
2. Now insert that same ‘push pin’ into the bottom row directly into its matching triangle point.
3. Push that pin onto the ironing surface to secure the row at that spot.
4. Place one pin on each side of the ‘push pin’. Remove the ‘push pin’.
Do this for all of the triangle points in each row.
5. Sew a ¼” seam right through the intersecting point. Press your seams open.

SewMod Equilateral Quilt tutorial

That looks like a pretty good matching point, don’t ya think? Yes! It really is that easy!

SewMod equilateral quilt tutorial

Trim the side edges of the quilt top. Make sure to leave a 1/4 “seam allowance from the triangle points on the sides to attach the binding.

Quilt & Bind. I want to give a shout out to my friend Isis, who did the fabulous quilting on the sample!

good natured quilt tutorial

If you’d like the complete kit featured in the post and a free copy of the pattern, it can be found in the Etsy shop. Each kit comes complete with quilt fabrics, binding and backing.

It’s funny how creativity strikes when you least expect it! Remember this post for the CLMQG demo I did on the Spinning Star HST’s, Making Perfect Half Square Triangles? Well, several of those quilt blocks became the the inspiration for two new baby quilts. One is the adorable new addition to SewMod , called Seeing Stars. The other is going to be for sale shortly in the SewModMakes Etsy Shop As a finished baby quilt. (Post on that quilt coming soon)

I had made so many HST’s that they were running outta my ears. I kinda got carried away and seeing how fabric is not something to be wasted these days, I was determined to use them.

oh boy baby quilt kit sewmod

Seeing Stars
At first this quilt was just going to be a simple star to star block. No bells and no whistles. But how much fun would that be? I love appliqué. I love embroidery. I replicated the plane from the Oh Boy main fabric, positioned the planes horizontally and diagonally to give it the soaring effect through the quilt.

oh boy baby kits sewmod

Appliquéing the planes with different colors of thread and hand embroidering the smoke trails gave it the extra whimsy touch.

sewmod oh boy baby quilt kit

I used a Kona Ash to frame everything and before you knew it, I had a finished quilt. Paige quilted it for me in a loopy soar and I finished it off with the stripe binding and a polka dot backing…so sweet!

oh boy baby quilt kit sewmod

The quilt is always the fast part of the process. It’s been finished for about 3 weeks now. It’s the pattern writing that tends to send the creative process to a slow. turtle. crawl. It needs to be written, tested, and left for a bit do do it all over again…not something to be rushed. And it always helps to have a pattern tester.

So now that I’ve completed the pattern step, I get to blog about it and cut the kits! I love cutting the kits. Kit includes the free pattern, enough fabric for the front & binding…and enough HST paper to make your own perfect stars! The great thing about this baby kit is that there’s hardly any waste. I love that too.

If you’d like to purchase a Seeing Stars Kit, you can visit the SewModDesigns Etsy shop. Kit is $45.00 plus $5.75 shipping for US customers. International shipping rates vary.

They could be landing in your sewing room shortly!

oh boy baby quilt kit sewmod

I’ve made a resolution this year to hand make at least one shop sample a month. This can work out one of two ways…I’ll either be super prepared for quilt shows or I’ll be all sold out…either way it’s a win, right?!

January’s hand made cuteness is a baby quilt made from the Riley Blake line called “In The Ocean“. Schools of fishes,  seahorses , smiling jellyfish, and mulit-colored bubbles will make baby’s room bright and playful.

In The Ocean baby quilt

I used the panel fabric for the center. It features all the main characters for the quilt and framed it with a border and a flange in a Kona red called Lipstick.

In The Ocean Quilt

Multi bubbles are on the backing, and it’s bound in the red. I quilted it with a wavy stitch…wavy, like the ocean

In The Ocean quilt

If this quilt kit actually makes it to the shows, It will be sold with the sand pail, but as for now, that’s just a shop would be kinda hard to get that pail to the customers with cost effective shipping! Kit price is $40. That includes everything to make it, including top fabrics, binding, backing, pattern and is available in the SewModDesigns shop. If you’re looking for something simple, this one’s for you. I used one day to make it and one day to quilt it!

In The Ocean quilt

This kit makes a perfect snuggle blankie for baby. Use it to throw on the floor for playtime or decor for the nursery. It’s small enough to take with you for a stroller blanket or use with the carrier. Have a baby shower to attend? Bring handmade!

Or if you’re interested in purchasing the handmade quilt, it can be found in the SewModMakes shop!



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