Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy July 4th!

Wishing you and your families a very happy and safe 4th of July!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Receiving Blanket With Wide Binding

Focus Fabric – 1 ¼ yard
Backing Fabric – 1 ½ yard
Matching Thread
Erasable Marking Pen (I used a Frixion Pen)

  1. Cut focus fabric 37” wide x 45” long. (You may also make these larger or smaller by adjusting the yardage.)
  2. Find the center widthwise and lengthwise of both pieces of fabric.  I used a frixion pen to mark the centers in both directions.
  3. Baste two pieces together (wrong sides together) matching the center lines.  I used spray glue (Textile Spray).
  4.  Once the two pieces are basted together, trim backing to 2 – 2 ½” larger than the focus fabric.  (My picture shows 3” but I did not want that wide of a binding on the front, but if you have enough fabric and would like binding that wide please feel free to make it wider.)
  5.  Each of the 4 corners will now need to be trimmed.  Trim the backing fabric only.  Cut ¼” away from the focus fabric at a 45° angle.  Line the 45° line on your ruler up with the cut edge of the backing fabric aligning the ¼” mark at the tip of the focus fabric.
  6.  Mark ¼” from the edge of the backing on all 4 sides.  Press under ¼” on all 4 sides.
  7.  CORNERS ONLY! Fold corners back putting backing to backing (right sides together) and stitch at ¼”. 
  8.  Now fold corner right side out, finger pressing the seam to one side.  Lay the backing over top of the focus fabric.  The edge of the focus fabric should be under all of the backing fabric that is pulled over.
  9. Stitch 1/8” from the folded edge using a straight stitch or a decorative stitch.    * I did not use any batting, but you can highlight quilt around different motifs if desired.
  10. You are now finished with your receiving blanket! Wash and give to a special baby!!

1 Yard Panel
1 ½ yard Backing
Follow same instructions from above

Here is a PDF File to Print the Directions.

Always Changing Life

So when I started my blog back in January I was hoping to post several times a month.  Well, life has a way of changing things.  A few weeks after my first post I found out that I was going to be a mom again.  Baby #3 was on its way! I was/am so excited to have another baby!  The first few months tho were hard.  I would get home from work I didn't have a whole lot of energy left, so my quilting had to be put on the back burner. I didn't touch my sewing machine for weeks, but I am now back into it! I have several new patterns in the works and have redone a few of my older patterns with updated instructions and new fabrics.  I can not wait to share these with you.  Most of these quilts still need to be quilted before I take pictures to share.  

Until next time keep the sewing machine humming and the creativity flowing!


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Rewind to 1995

Rewind back to January 1995, I was 8 years old and making my first real quilt on a Singer Featherweight. My mom had bought the Featherweight at a flea market and was going to sell it in her quilt shop, but I begged and begged for her not to sell "my baby machine!" It was a very snowy January that year and my school was not open, so what else would an 8 year old do? My mom cut me a lot of 2 1/2" squares and I went to town sewing 9-patches on my baby machine. That's all it took......I was HOOKED on this thing called quilting! Now this was my first quilt that I made, I had made lots of other things sewing wise as all I knew was sewing and quilting.  My mother (Rose) and dad (Kenny) open their quilt store in December 1987, when I was almost 1.  Now I am 29 and have made close the 300 quilts, many purses and other sewing items.  I published my first pattern in 2006 called "Ride 'em Cowboy" and as of the end of December 2015 I published my 51st pattern!!  My first project was published to Moda's Back Shop in September of 2015 called Tumbling Mug Rug. There are other "free" patterns that I have written for my parents store.  I love fabric and can not ever seeing myself not working with fabric and quilting.    Well I think that is enough about me for now.

Until next time keep the sewing machine humming and the creativity flowing!


This is me, please feel free to e-mail me with any questions. 

My first project posted to Moda's Bake Shop!!