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UFO Complete

by Alisa

Back in June of 2013 I went with my Mom, Aunt Sue and several friends to the Shipshewana Quilt Festival in Indiana.

This is the only non-quilt photo I have from the trip!
I wasn't much of a quilter back then, but I fell in love with the charm pack from the Comma by Brigitte Heitland for Zen Chic for Moda collection.  I picked up a Bosal preprinted grid (1" Craft & Quilt Grid On Point 1 yard) to use with the charm pack to make a wall hanging for my living room.

I don't remember much else about this project until last week when I found it stashed in a project box in my closet.  I didn't want it for my living room any longer, but thought that it might brighten up my office, so I decided to finish it up since it was nearly done and all the materials were at hand.

The top was complete and the sandwich was fused using June Tailor Low Loft polyester Quilter's Fusible Batting.  The back was cut from orange yardage which I assume was from the Moda Bella Solid…

Advent Calendar Wall Hanging

by Alisa

I found this Makower UK 'Wrap It Up' advent calendar panel on Etsy when I was searching for another Makower UK fabric earlier this year.  I bought it and began planning to make it for my nephew and two nieces this Christmas.

The instructions for the calendar are printed at the top of the panel.  I found this video tutorial from Makower UK very helpful in putting it together.  They demo a different panel but the assembly is the same.

I started by cutting the panel and the pocket strips on the solid lines.   I then used my mini iron to prep the pocket strips - creating the hems and box pleats and then sewing them to the calendar panel.

After I had finished sewing all the pockets to the top, I played around with the fancy stitch options on my new machine and added some stars and a 'Merry Christmas' greeting to the borders.

I used coordinating fabric from the same line (ordered from Needle In A Fabric Stash on Etsy) for the backing.  

I added a sleeve of that fabric to …

More Memory Games!

by Alisa

I'm still going strong on memory games as gifts for babies and little kids. I've made two more sets in last year or so - the first is an update on the 'jolly jungle' set with a cute little pouch and the 2nd is no-sew!

Jolly Jungle Memory Game v2.0

I had enough flannel left over from the previous version of the Jolly Jungle memory game to make a set for a baby shower last December. I followed my original tutorial for the game and added in a pouch and a card with the game instructions. 
The pouch is from the design demonstrated by Sew Very Easy in their "Fat-Quarter Friendly Draw String Bags" video tutorial. The bag is great for this use because it has a handy pocket to hold a card with the instructions for the memory game.  
The instructions for play were adapted from rules for playing Memory.

No-Sew Memory Game

I wanted to make a new memory game for a friend's two-year-old granddaughter so I went looking for fabric and found the "Windy Day" co…

Moda PB&J lap quilt

By Alisa

We are finishing up a 5 year project at work and I have been thinking of making something to commemorate the completion. I ended up making the small quilt below for one of my teammates. It came together really easily and I love how it turned out.

Back in April I was rummaging around looking for something else and came across this single PB&J by BasicGrey for Moda charm pack. I don't remember where or how I got it, but I opened it up and really liked the washed out floral prints so I went on a hunt for more.

The only place I found with any of the fabric was Kammie LouLou. Honestly, I wasn't even sure what I was buying as the site only listed 'quantity'. I crossed my fingers that I was getting three yards of fabric and waited for the package to arrive. When I opened it, I had one yard each of three floral coordinates from the line: Aqua 'Fluffer Nutter'; Red 'Jelly' and Navy 'Picnic'. And, the red was 60" wide!

I wanted to do somethi…

Summer tote using preprinted batting

by Linda Theil

I made this quick-and-easy summer tote bag using quilt-as-you-go preprinted batting by June Taylor Co. that I got on sale from Missouri Star Quilt Co. The finished bag is 15 x 14 x 4-inches.

As with most purse/tote/wallet patterns, working with a heavy-duty sewing machine is very useful. 

To make this tote you will need backing fabric and batting 21 x 32-inches or approximately 5/8-yard of material. You will need the same sized piece of fabric or patchwork for the outer surface of your tote.

For this project I pulled a selection of fabrics from the "Strawberry Fields Revisited" collection by Fig Tree & Co. for Moda Fabrics, also cuts from Three Sisters Favorites: Lemon & Sea Grass collection also for Moda. If you wish to replicate the look of the tote in this blog post you can evaluate fabrics similar to this collection a…

First Birthday Quilt

by Alisa

Mom and I made a quilt for my niece Zoe's first birthday. It features Love You! fabrics from Sandy Gervais for Moda and a sweet custom tag from Border City Quilts. I designed and pieced the top and turned it over to Grammy for sashing, custom machine quilting, binding and a matching pillowcase!

The quilt is a  modification of the free Criss Cross Quilt pattern by Monique Jacobs for Bluprint in the Crib/Lap size. There is a great video tutorial available from Angela Waters of The Midnight Quilt Show. I really enjoyed making this pattern, it was very forgiving. I had to trim the columns a bit narrower than recommended, but it didn't impact the overall design at all.

For the top, I used a jelly roll from Love You! by Sandy Gervais for Moda along with 1 extra 2 1/2" strip from each of Love You Arrows Aqua and Love You Arrows Multi yardage. The top and bottom borders and the backing are 2 yards of Bella Solids yardage in White Bleached. The binding is cut from a yard of