Sunday, November 17, 2013

Free Layer Cake pattern?

The fat quarter shop has always been a source of inspiration for me.
I find myself checking the New section on their website everyday.
The kits and vast selection of patterns
are inspiring too.
Then It's Sew Emma arrived.
The designs knocked my socks off!
Despite my stalking of the fat quarter shop,
I was truly surprised when they
began offering You-tube videos of free quilt patterns.
Not just any free quilt patterns,
but a pattern specifically for pre-cuts.
The first pattern they offered was Jelly Roll Jam
and now they've created a
layer cake pattern too.
It's called Layer cake Lemonade.

You can imagine how excited I was when they asked me to test the pattern.

With the Thanksgiving Holiday coming so soon,
I wanted to make a quilt that could express that fall feeling.
3-Sisters Vin Du Jour was the perfect fabric line.

I divided my fabric into light and darks as suggested.
The time to piece the quilt was about 2 hours.
In quilt terms...that's FAST!!!!
I absolutely love how it turned out.
Since Vin Du Jour yardage wasn't available I used a
feedsack Yuwa print for the backing.

I even quilted it myself on my regular sewing machine.
It's a great size and it's not too big to manage.

My layer cake had a few squares left over.
So I cut them into 2 1/4" strips and sewed them to together to create binding.

It wasn't quite enough binding,
so I cut the extra pieced strip into 2 1/4" x 48" strips
and added that to my other binding.
it was perfect, scrappy and used almost all the fabric.
With the bit of binding that was left I used to
sew a scrappy pillow to coordinate with the quilt
(well the top is done... I got sidetracked and finished a few other things first)

I'd like to make a couple more of these quilts and pass them on as gifts.
Turns out the fat quarter shop is offering their layer cakes at 20% off this week.
What luck!
I'm thinking of picking up the Honky Tonk layer cake...
guitars, mustaches and musical notes...who could ask for a better fabric combo?

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Fall inspiration

This is our backyard.
an amazing fall inspiration.

I have been stitching, sewing and creating
but not nearly as much as usual.
I actually can't believe it's been so long since I posted on my blog.

I finished this little stitchery tea towel just in time for
I have started a few tea towels for the Christmas holiday too.
I'll post as I finish them.
In the mean time, keep stitching...
back soon,