Friday, October 21, 2016

Pumpkin Spice Maple Leaf Pillow or Mini Quilt with Fort Worth Fabric Studio

I'm so excited to share my Pumpkin Spice Maple Leaf pillow with you! I love the Friday Batch Bundle- Pumpkin Spice from Fort Worth Fabric is the perfect autumn bundle!  Such pretty browns and creams! I love the pumpkins and fall words fabric and didn't want to cut it up so I saved it for my backing. Check out the Pumpkin Spice bundle here.

Below I have a mini tutorial for you to make your own Pumpkin Spice Maple Leaf Project!  I love being able to create a full project with just the fat quarter bundle and a bit of scrap batting.

Below is a mini tutorial to make your own 9" finished Maple Leaf blocks that you can use to create a 20.5" square mini quilt or pillow or table topper or all three ;) I like to make a zippered closure or envelope backing on my mini quilts so I can use it as pillow or mini quilt or a table topper! I like the options :) 

1. Pumpkin Spice Bundle -Fat Quarter size. This will be enough for top, backing, and binding
2. Batting from stash
3. Zipper optional-for zippered pillow 

Maple Leaf Block  - 9.5" unfinished or 9"finished

Cutting for one block 
(Be sure to cut the fabric so that you can cut (4) 1.5"x 21" border strips later)

Background fabric
(2) 4" squares
(2) 3" squares
(1) 3.5" square

Leaf fabric
(2) 4" squares
(4) 3.5" squares


A. Half-Square Triangles 
1. Place one background fabric 4" square on top of leaf fabric 4" square with right sides together.
2. Draw line on back of fabric on the diagonal (from one corner to opposite corner)
3. Sew 1/4" away from drawn line

4. Cut on drawn diagonal line.  You should now have (2) half square triangles. 
5. Trim to 3.5" square
 6. Repeat steps above. You should now have (4) 3.5" half square triangles

B. Making Stem block
1. Draw diagonal line on back of (2) 3" squares of background fabric.
2. Place one 3" background fabric on top of 3.5" leaf fabric. (Line up corner and 2 edges)
3. Sew along drawn diagonal line (corner to corner)
4. Trim 1/4" away from sewn line and press.
5. Repeat steps 2, 3, 4 to complete stem
C. Assembling block
1. Arrange 3.5" squares and sew together as shown below. Maple Leaf block will be 9.5"unfinished.

To create pillow or table topper or mini quilt

1. Sew 4 Maple Leaf Blocks
2. Sew 4 Maple Leaf blocks together into a four patch. Finished size is 18.5" x 18.5"
3. Cut (4) 1.5" x 21" border strips
4. Sew (1) border strip to each edge (trim to size). Finished size is 20.5"x 20.5"

5. Quilt. 
I chose to quilt wavy lines as it reminded me of leaves blowing in the wind. 
- If making pillow: Only quilt top and batting together.  Then assemble pillow backing with favorite method (zipper or envelope).
- If making mini quilt/ table topper: Quilt all three layers together (top, batting, and backing)

Example of pillow backing below

6. Binding.
I cut (5) 2.5" x 21" strips from my left over fabric to make my binding.

7. Now enjoy your Pumpkin Spice Maple Leaf Project! Mine is pillow on our couch :) I like the idea of a table topper, but my kids are still young and messy at meal times ;) . 

Thank you again to Fort Worth Fabric Studio for having me create a project with this fabulous Pumpkin Spice bundle!!! Be sure to grab your bundle here. Tag your projects on social media with #sewingwithfwfabricstudio and @fwfabricstudio and me @mellierc

Have a great day !


Friday, October 14, 2016

Little Red Table Runner with Fort Worth Fabric Studio

I LOVE this week's Friday Bundle at Fort Worth Fabric: Little Red! Isn't the bundle just gorgeous! I always love shimmery and glittery fabric!

When I saw the metallic fabric plus cardinals...I knew it would be the perfect table runner for my Grandparents (my Grandpa makes bird houses and they love watching birds in the yard)! I used another block from the Holiday Wishes Book. I love how versatile and easy to follow her patterns are! Check out the mini tutorial below! I even made a bonus project ;)

4. 1 yard backing fabric
Optional: Alphabitties are super helpful and make sewing this pattern a breeze.

Table Runner  size approximately 15.5" x 72"

Cutting and Sewing

1. Make 3 blocks of Midnight Clear Block of the Month- Block 5 on pages 72-73.  I chose this block to highlight the cardinal fabric. For each block- substitute red fabric instead of background for 8 (C) squares.

Pattern Book
Middle Block

Left Block

Right Block
2.For each block- cut borders from chosen background fabric
(2) 2"x 12.5"
(2) 2" x15.5"

3. Sew borders on blocks. Each block should now measure 15.5" square (pictures above shows border)

4. Cut fabric for rectangles between blocks
A. Variety of Red Fabrics (4) 4.5" x 15.5" 
B. Metallic linen (I used) or Vincent VanGoh Notes (6) 1.5" x 15.5"

5. Sew as shown below

6. Quilt and bind (I used the left over fabric to make a scrappy binding and chose to stipple my table runner.)

Bonus Project:
I sewed sixteen 2.5" squares together and made a matching hot pad! Because if you always need a matching hot pad :)

Here is my cute Grandma opening up the table runner!

I hope you have fun making this table runner for yourself or it would be a great gift too (my Grandparents LOVE it!).

Thank you again to Fort Worth Fabric Studio for having me create a project with this fabulous Little Red bundle!!! Be sure to grab your bundle here and book here. Tag your projects on social media with #sewingwithfwfabricstudio and @fwfabricstudio and me @mellierc

Have a great day !


Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Timber Quilt with Fat Quarter Shop and Art Gallery plus GIVEAWAY

I'm so excited to share my Timber Quilt! It is a fabulous and FREE pattern with Fat Quarter Shop and Art Gallery Fabrics! I decided to mix Amy Sinibaldi's Playground and Maureen Cracknell's Nightfall collections and I just love it! This might be my most favorite quilt right now! Just look at the gorgeous fabrics.

The Timber quilt pattern is fun to sew and easy to follow! I just love all those lovely fall colors together! Plus the size is fabulous at 64.5" x 80.5" ! 

I decided to free motion quilt an all over stipple pattern on my Timber Quilt. This was the largest quilt I have stippled on my home machine (I dream of a larger sewing machine). It went really well until the quilt folded and I quilted the front to the back...eek...luckily I caught it quickly so I only had a little to unpick ;)

Here are the details to make your very own Timber Quilt!

Be sure to check out all of the lovely quilts from other Fat Quarter Shop Bloggers.

Tina from Emily Ann's Kloset
Melissa from Happy Quilting
Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl
Melanie from Mostly Crafty
Natalia from Piece N' Quilt
Megan from Quilt Story
Heather from Quilt Story
Afton from Quilting Mod
Erin from Why Not Sew


I was able to cut a fat-eighth bundle of 12 fabrics that I used in my quilt and I would like to share with one of my Instagram followers.  Be sure to check out the post on my Instagram account @mellierc 

Thank you for reading!  Have a great day!


Monday, October 3, 2016

Heading South Quilt with Round Elements Fabric

I'm so excited to share my Heading South Quilt (all 115 flying geese :) ) with  Art Gallery Round Elements. When Afton, from Quilting Mod, announced the challenge and lovely fabric....I jumped at the chance to join in!

This is the bundle that Afton sent me...I just LOVE it! The colors are perfect! Plus Art Gallery Fabric always feels so nice!

I knew I wanted to use every last piece....and with very careful cutting.....I did! I had a flying geese ruler and the Heading South Pattern by Material Girl Quilts that I've been wanting to here are my triangles for the 115 flying geese.

I was trying to decide between straight-line or wavy-line quilting...wavy quilting won! I always think I will quilt my lines farther apart, but then I just can't. I just love the crinkly look when quilting closer.

I was super excited to find the perfect backing fabric. It is Follow Me Peach from the Hello Bear Collection by Art's looks just like flying geese!

Thank you again to Afton for hosting such a fun challenge and for sending me the F8 bundle with goodies!!!

Have a great day!!!!