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Chapter 6 ~ Dear Daughter Quilt

May was such a busy month for me. I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy to see June!

I did manage to get my sewing time in though!

dear-daughter-quilt-373I made the June chapter entirely from my Turn Up The Volume bundle from Fat Quarter Shop.  UPDATE!!!! – THAT BUNDLE SOLD OUT ~ THE NEW BUNDLE IS TURN UP THE VOLUME 2 ~  (WHILE SUPPLIES LAST)fat quarter bundle giveawayI used the purple, orange and yellow for my log cabin circle but if you use one color I think it will look even more circular ~

dear daughter block of the month text quilt

The flying geese blocks went together fast and I like the progression of color from blue to yellow. :)  I have these square rulers in a few sizes and they are great for squaring up your blocks.  It makes a huge difference (at least for me!) and you can get them pretty cheap at Joanne’s when they have their coupons out … I use the 12 1/2 and 6 1/2 sizes the most but I also have 4 1/2 and 2 1/2. The smaller sizes are excellent for trimming half-square triangles.  I like to square up everything as I go to keep things straight as I’m joining blocks.

dear daughter block of the month text quiltYou might not notice at first glance but the triangles get darker toward the top so they contrast a little better against the yellow.

dear daughter block of the month text quilt

I didn’t get a shot this month of all the chapter blocks together, but you can see where this chapter fits into the quilt diagram below.

dear daughter block of the month text quilt

 I hope you enjoy the June Chapter!  dear-daughter-quilt-352Want to join in?

You can find the pattern

on CRAFTSY ~or~ in MY SHOP!


The Fat Quarter Shop and The Warm Company are sponsoring this quilt-a-long and the winners for June are:

Martha W from Texas ~ Fat Quarter shop $25 Gift Certificate

Claire S from California ~ The Warm Company Product

Loretta E from Australia ~ The Warm Company Product




More Dear Daughter Posts:


Big Stitch Hand Quilting with Aurifil 12 wt. thread

I’ve been waiting to share some pictures with you of my completed Sew Scrappy Sampler!  I did some big-stitch hand quilting with Aurifil!

big stitch hand quilting with aurifil 12 wt thread

Remember this picture of the finished top?

Block of the Month Sampler QuiltWell, I was busy earlier this year hand quilting it with big stitches… and Aurifil 12 wt. thread!  I got to do a guest post over at the Aurifil Blog on the basics of hand quilting with their 12 wt thread.  photo 2

You can check out the tutorial here.

While I was quilting, Spooky did her usual job of supervising… she’s my quality control expert!IMG_4332-2

When she thought I wasn’t looking she tried to steal my precious thread! ~ little thief!  Who could blame her really… it’s pretty irresistible!


You can literally find any color Aurifil thread you need!

DSC_0280Here are some of the colors I used in my sampler.

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For most of the blocks I did some simple outline stitches so the piecing or applique can be the focal point.


DSC_0324DSC_0336I also quilted a clam shell design around the center of the quilt…
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The border is all straight stitching, and I outlined an occasional flower for fun.

DSC_0297Some of you have asked what the back of my quilts looks like when they are hand quilted so I thought I’d show a couple pictures…

Look how pretty and fun!

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I hope you give it a try!
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Quilting details:

Pattern: Sew Scrappy Sampler

Hand Quilting: Big Stitches with Aurifil 12wt Thread

Quilting Hoop: Hinterberg 18″ Quilting Hoop and Stand

Thimble: Clover Open Thimble

Needle: Clover gold eye Chenille #24

Fabrics: Kaffe Fassett

Batting: Soft Soft High Loft from The Warm Company

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Don’t forget to take a peek at my tutorial on the Aurifil Blog!

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dear daughter quilt

Chapter 5 ~ Dear Daughter Quilt + Giveaway!

Today I have Chapter 5 of the Dear Daughter Quilt and a Fabric Giveaway to share!

First, here’s a look at my Chapter 5 of the Dear Daughter Quilt!

Make Time ~ For Yourself

dear daughter quilt I’ve got five of the twelve chapters complete…

dear daughter quilt chapter 1-5

I was working on this months chapter at a quilt retreat and accidentally made one of my blocks too small!  Apparently I was talking too much… One of the quilters at my table suggested I make a pin cushion out of it!  I took her advice and I think it came out pretty darn cute!

pin cushion

I stitched around the perimeter with Aurifil 12 wt thread.  You can see it better on the bottom…

pin cushion

I love it!

Quilters are so generous… two of the quilters at the retreat brought a tote of their stash and let me dig through it! I scored the green for my flower, AND the orange for the text… yup!

dear daughter quilt

LOVE!  And also… the fun little elephant fabric on one of the leaves on the vine!

dear daughter quilt

Generous right?  And now I have a fun memory of the quilt retreat sewn into the quilt! :)

Guess who else is Generous? I’ve got an EXTRA GIVEAWAY from Fat Quarter Shop to share this month!  If you follow me on instagram or facebook you might have seen my BUNDLE pics.

I curated a new bundle for Fat Quarter Shop

Turn Up the Volume

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You will be seeing a lot of this fabric in the months to come!  I can’t wait to cut into mine!

fat quarter bundle giveawayThere are TWENTY FAT QUARTERS in this BUNDLE! Five yards of fabric! And they are all dreamy!

fabric giveaway

If you are interested in what the individual fabrics are, the links are below…


Here is a list of the fabrics:

Left stack first from top to bottom:

Mini Perle Bracelets in sunshine ~ Andover Fabrics

Eden in mustard ~ Tula Pink, Free Spirit Fabrics

Rhoda Ruth ~ Elizabeth Hartman for Robert Kaufman 

Flow ~ Zen Chic for Moda

Flow Papyrus ~ Zen Chic for Moda

Lucky ~ Lotta Jansdotter Windham

Lazy Stripe ~ Tula Pink Free Spirit Fabric

Sun Print Hatch Dot ~ Alison Glass Andover Fabrics

Rhoda Ruth Fox Jewles ~ Elizabeth Hartman for Robert Kaufman

Sun Print outlines ~ Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics

Right stack from top to bottom:

Sun Print Flora ~ Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics

Lucky Super Emes ~ Lotta Jansdoter Windham

Eden Orchid ~ Tula Pink for Free Spirit Fabric

Eden Cerise Henna ~ Tula Pink for Free Spirit Fabric

Rhoda Ruth Blossom Starshine ~ Elizabeth Hartman for Robert Kaufman

L’s Modern Basics ~ Lecien Fabrics

Sunprint Orange Flora ~ Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics

Macrame Grape Guides ~  Rashida Coleman-Hale for Cotton + Steel Fabrics

Macrame Grape Knotty ~ Rashida Coleman-Hale for Cotton + Steel Fabrics

Sun Print Hatch Dot ~ Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics


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The Dear Daughter quilt is sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop and The Warm Company!

If you are new to my site, you can read about the Dear Daughter quilt in the first post to get caught up.  Of course, you don’t need a daughter to participate. Some are making this for their sons, grandchildren, even for themselves, which is awesome since we rarely do enough for ourselves!  If you want to join you can here…

Find the pattern

on CRAFTSY ~or~ in MY SHOP!


Chapters 1-5…

Dear Daughter Quilt by Sherri Noel rebeccamaedesigns.com

More Dear Daughter Posts:


dear daughter quilt blocks

Chapter 4 ~ Dear Daughter Quilt

Hello! I hope everyone is having a good month!  I’ve been enjoying all your messages and loving all the pictures you’ve been sharing with me on your quilt progress!  I can’t tell you how fun it is to see all the variations in color and text and block design… thanks so much for sharing this journey with me!!!

And here is Chapter 4!  Yay!

block of the month

If you are new to my site, you can read about the Dear Daughter quilt in the first post to get caught up.  Of course, you don’t need a daughter to participate. Some are making this for their sons, grandchildren, even for themselves, which is awesome since we rarely do enough for ourselves!  If you want to join you can here…

Find the pattern

on CRAFTSY ~or~ in MY SHOP!


This is what we have so far, chapters 1-4 are complete:

block of the month quilt dear daughterAnd they fit into the quilt top diagram like this…

block of the month quilt

I thought I’d share a few pics with you this month on the pinwheels in this chapter…

dear daughter quilt alongThey are not difficult to make but they can be tricky to manage with all those points coming together at the center.

pinwheel quilt block tutorialHere is how I made my pinwheels, and how to press your seams to avoid a big bump at the center of your pinwheel block:

I used the two half-square-triangle method demonstrated in the Techniques page of the pattern and rounded up to the closest 1/4″ so I could trim and square my pinwheel after.

Start with two squares of each color…

pinwheel-quilt-block-tutoriaPlace right sides together, mark line diagonally, sew 1/4″ seam each side, cut on marked line…

pinwheel-quilt-block-tutoriaOpen four half-square-triangle units and press seam allowance to the darker fabric.

pinwheel-quilt-block-tutoriaTrim off all the ‘dog ears’ to reduce bulk (important) and organize into the pinwheel block design…

pinwheel-quilt-block-tutoriaSew together in pairs… notice that the diagonal seams nest together nicely when the seams are all pressed toward the dark (or pressed to same fabric)…

pinwheel-quilt-block-tutoriaNow open the pairs up and press the center seams in the SAME direction as the seams in the unit.  Notice in the next picture that the seams in the top unit are all pressed to the right, and all the seams in the bottom unit are pressed toward the left.  When you sew these together the center seam will nest together and the bulk will be distributed…

pinwheel-quilt-block-tutoriaAfter you join these two units together you need to press the center seam in opposing directions and carefully open and separate the center where the points meet…

pinwheel-quilt-block-tutoriaNow you can see here that all my seams are going in the same direction around the center and the center is pressed open so I don’t have a big bump in the middle of my pinwheel…

pinwheel-quilt-block-41Opening the center takes a little fussing if you haven’t done it before, but when you get it right it will be like “oh, I get it now!”  I showed the same technique in this post if you want to see another example.

Now, to trim you will need to measure from the center out.  I want my block to be 3 1/2″ so I’m measuring 1 3/4″ from center in ALL directions.

pinwheel quilt block tutorial

pinwheel-quilt-block-Now I have some good looking squared up pinwheels to make my block!

pinwheel quilt block tutorial

As you know we have Two Generous Sponsors for the 2016 Dear Daughter BOM Quilt-a-Long!  Including International Subscribers too!

Fat Quarter Shop

Fat Quarter Shop

Every Month 1 Lucky winner will receive a $25 gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop!

Support FQS sponsorship and check out their new Sew Sampler monthly subscription box.
Full of surprise goodies each month!


Like my fabrics?

Check out my newly curated bundle


at The Fat Quarter Shop!

fat quarter bundle

Also, I’ve been getting questions on my background fabrics so I have some links to share.  These are some of my favorites that I have or they are on my wish list!

Paperie Stamped ~ Art Gallery Fabrics

Paperie Parchment ~ Art Gallery Fabrics

Modern Background Ink ~ Moda Fabrics

Modern Background Paper Graphite ~ Moda Fabrics

Ghost XOXO ~ Cotton and Steele

Blueberry Park Sunflowers ~ Robert Kaufman

Flow Fog Pearls ~ Moda Fabrics

Blueberry Park Shadow ~ Robert Kaufman

Story Chevron ~ Windham Fabrics

Lakehouse Favorites ~ Lakehouse Fabric

Mojito Mist ~ Windham Fabrics

First Crush ~ Moda Fabrics

Rhoda Ruth Grey Point ~ Robert Kaufman

the warm company

The Warm Company

Every Month 2 Lucky winners will receive Steam-a-Seam Lite 2 from The Warm Company!

I’m picking random winners from the subscriber list and

The April Winners are…

Fat Quarter Shop $25 ~ Sandra E.

The Warm Company products ~ Barbara W. and Brittany L.


block of the month ~ dear daughter quilt alongThanks for following along!  Here are some


Chapter 3 from Sandra!

Chapter 3 from Sandra!

Chapter 1-3 from Lisa!

Chapter 1-3 from Lisa!

Chapter 1 Susan

Chapter 1 from Susan!

chapter 1 brittany

Chapter 1 from Brittany!


Chapter 1-3 from Jan! :)

DD Chapter2 from Candy

Chapter 2 from Candy

Chapter 1-3 from Kathy!

Chapter 1-3 from Kathy!


Thanks for sharing!!!

Here are the links to all the previous Dear Daughter Posts:

Related Posts:

See you next month!


dear daughter block of the month quilt

Chapter 3 ~ Dear Daughter Quilt

It’s so hard to believe March is here already, and we are up to Chapter 3!


The Chapter 3 pattern has already gone out to subscribers, so if you’ve already subscribed in my shop and did not receive it in your email please contact me @ [email protected] verify your email address.

If you want the pattern you can find it here:

on CRAFTSY ~or~ in MY SHOP!


EACH CHAPTER includes:

  • Pattern ~ for all Chapter blocks
  • Templates ~ including entire alphabet to make your own text
  • Technique Instruction
  • Sneak Peek into next month (for the over~achievers in the bunch!)

Here are Chapter blocks 1-3… coming together!

block of the month

And you can see how they fit into the quilt top:

TOP Chapter 1-3 filled inI completed my text for Chapter 3 using the needle-turn applique technique.  It’s one of my favorite ways to applique. I love the look of the turned edges and I also love that it’s portable and I can work on it anywhere!  Plus it has a sort of organic look that I like.

I’ve included some pictures of how I completed mine but if you’re making the dear daughter quilt you can use the templates with any applique method on the Techniques Page of the pattern… or any other method you prefer!

Before we get into it I want to talk a little about supplies…

applique needle and thread

To set yourself up for success, use a good needle and thread for applique.  Here are some of my favorites:

Thread: I have a couple favorites…

I like the following threads because they are light-weight and disappear into the applique fabric.
Aurifil ~ 50 wt (the orange spools)
Superior Thread ~ Bottom Line (donut) or 50 wt Masterpiece (donut)
(I have some applique thread donuts available in my shop)


You will need an applique or straw/milliners needle.
I like the tulip #10 big eye applique needles for needle-turn applique. When I’m working on larger applique pieces I will sometimes use an 11 milliners/straw needle. The extra length helps when turning the seam allowance to the back.
note ~ I’ve taken several hand applique classes and something I’ve learned is that the recommended needle isn’t always the best choice for me.  I took one class from a woman who had tiny little hands and she recommended this needle that I could hardly hold it was so small… so use what works for you and feels like a good fit, but stay with a thin applique or straw needle.

This applique will be done much like the butterfly from last months chapter.  To start, trace your applique with a removable marking tool, loosely cut out shape with a generous 1/4″ allowance and baste in place right down the center.


After your piece is basted,  finger press all along the traced lines.  By finger pressing on the traced line your applique will go much smoother as the fabric will more easily turn under for you.  In the next picture you can see that I have my W (Wander) loosely cut out, basted and finger pressed.

needle turn applique

Make sure to bring your needle up from behind the applique piece on the traced line of the outer edge.  If you bring your needle up from under your background piece and through the traced line you will not be able to turn your seam allowance under.

needle turn applique

Use your needle to turn the fabric under and take your first stitch.  You can see in the next picture that the fabric is turning under easily and I continue to finger press a second time as needed while I sew.

needle turn applique

I also like to trim my seam allowance as I go. If I trim it close before I begin I would have to contend with my seam allowance fraying from being handled, and that wouldn’t be any fun!

Here are a couple tips on curves and points:

Concave Curves:

When you come to an inner curve clip slits into the seam allowance without cutting into the traced seam line.  This will help your turned edge lay flat and ease the fabric under as well.

Convex Curves:

For convex curves, clip notches out of seam allowance to reduce bulk.

Inner Points:

I find these to be the trickiest.  Taper the seam allowance as you near the inner point and clip at the inner point to the seam line right before you sew it.  Take 2-4 small stitches right in the point to hold the threads in place.  If your thread matches your applique fabric these stitches will hardly be noticeable.

Outer Corners:

For outer corners sew right up to the corner, placing a stitch in the very corner, sweep fabric under with your needle and turn the corner.


Sew the entire perimeter of the applique and then go back to cut out any holes in the applique.

needle turn applique

I used small scissors or a sharp seam ripper to carefully start the hole, being careful not to puncture or cut my background fabric.


Turn those seams under and applique in place.  It takes a little practice but that’s all there is to it!


As you know we have Two Generous Sponsors for the 2016 Dear Daughter BOM Quilt-a-Long!  Including International Subscribers too!

Fat Quarter Shop

Fat Quarter Shop

Every Month 1 Lucky winner will receive a $25 gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop!

(see my fabric links at the end of this post!)

the warm company

The Warm Company

Every Month 2 Lucky winners will receive Steam-a-Seam Lite 2 from The Warm Company!

I’m picking random winners from the subscriber list and

The Winners for March are…

Fat Quarter Shop $25 ~ Shaughna K.

The Warm Company products ~ Candy L. and Loralee M.

I will be in touch via email!  Yay!

block of the month quilt pattern

Lastly,  I’ve been getting some fabric questions, and since Fat Quarter Shop is so generous to sponsor this quilt I thought I’d link to a couple fabrics each month that are in my quilt blocks ~ so if you are interested in finding them you can just check out the links below!

The yellow text fabric is from Windham Fabrics and it’s called Paint by Carrie Bloomston for Such Designs.  I bought it at a local shop this past summer so I’m not sure if you can still find it…

I used a lot of different scraps but I’ve also used several fabrics from:

True Colors

Rhoda Ruth


Kaffe Classics

Like my fabrics?

Now you can get my newly curated bundle


at The Fat Quarter Shop!

fat quarter bundle


Chapter 1 from Kathy!

Chapter 1 from Kathy!


Chapter 1 from Lisa!

Chapter 1 & 2 from Lori

Chapter 1 & 2 from Lori!

Chapter 1 ~ Sandi

Chapter 1 ~ Sandi :)

Chapter 1 ~ Shaughna

Chapter 1 ~ Shaughna !

Sandra's Chapter 1

Sandra’s Chapter 1

Sandra's Chapter 2

Sandra’s Chapter 2

Candy's Chapter 1

Candy’s Chapter 1

Chapter 1 & 2 from Vickie!

Chapter 1 & 2 from Vickie!


More Dear Daughter Posts:



Sewing Machine Cover

I finished my sewing machine cover just in the nick of time for the Nature Walk Fabric / Michael Miller challenge.

nature walk challengeIn my original post I thought I’d make a sewing machine cover… and I stuck to that plan since I really needed an excuse and a deadline to make one!  Which is ridiculous, I have to admit, since it didn’t take that long and my poor machine has been suffering for no reason!  (the horror!) Well not any more!

sewing machine cover tutorial

I purchased all my Nature Walk and charcoal Cotton Couture fabric from Fat Quarter Shop.  There are two equally gorgeous color stories to choose from,  by the very talented artist Tamara Kate…nature walk fabricSeriously… how do you choose?  I have to say, I was kicking myself for not ordering some of the daydream butterfly fabric!

nature walk fabric

The detail work in the abc panel is so fun and whimsical, I kept finding tiny drawings I hadn’t seen before as I was sewing… photo _6 - abc nature walk detail - tamara kate

I was thinking that if my girls were still little I would totally make valances with the ABC fabric – it’s adorable!  But back to the machine cover…


While I was working on my cover I took some pics of how I put it together…  Here are some steps (you’ll have to do your own machine measurements):

Measure your machine and decide on size of cover.  I’m making my cover for my babylock BLQP.  My machine measured 8″ deep, 15″ tall (to top of thread cone) and 20″ wide.  I wanted my cover to be BIG ~ I don’t want to be fussing when I put the cover on, I want it to fit over easy and quick.  It goes together in three pieces, the body and the two sides…

Sandwich the body, batting and lining, then quilt.

sewing machine cover

To figure the length for the body of my cover I added the height x 2 + depth and added a couple inches to spare for roominess.

For the sides of my bag I used Pellon foam in the sandwich and it worked like a dream.  I quilted it with a couple straight line stitches, rounded the corners and then sewed 1/8″ around the edges to keep the edges in place.  If I didn’t plan to do a little hand stitching around my letters on the body I would have used the pellon foam for the body too – it helps your cover stand up quite nicely.

sewing machine cover

I bound the bottom edge of the two sides and the top and bottom edges of the body.  Since my corners were slightly rounded I made bias binding from the green ‘tall grass’ fabric.

sewing machine cover tutorial

I used wonder clips to hold it all in place for stitching.  These clips are so much better than pins!

sewing machine cover tutorialAfter the binding is stitched in place from the front, turn the binding to the side panels and hand stitch in place. See how nice it curves around the edge with the bias binding?

sewing machine cover tutorial

Done!  All snug and happy!

sewing machine cover tutorial



Chapter 2 ~ Dear Daughter Quilt

Hello Everybody!

I’m excited to be getting into Chapter 2 of our quilt~a~long!  If you’re just joining in you can find the original post here with all the information.  I’m making my quilt for my daughters and with them in mind… here is Chapter 2!

dear daughter block of the month

dear daughter quilt

Chapter 2 has gone out to subscribers, so if you’ve already subscribed in my shop and did not receive it in your email please contact me @ [email protected] so we can verify your email address.

You can find the pattern

on CRAFTSY ~or~ in MY SHOP!

EACH CHAPTER includes:

  • Pattern ~ for all Chapter blocks
  • Templates ~ including entire alphabet to make your own text
  • Technique Instruction
  • Sneak Peek into next month (for the over~achievers in the bunch!)

Now, I have a couple of exciting tid-bits to share with my quilt-a-long subscribers!!!!

We have

Two Generous Sponsors for the 2016 Dear Daughter BOM Quilt-a-Long!

International Subscribers are eligible too!

Fat Quarter Shop

Fat Quarter Shop

Every Month 1 Lucky winner will receive a $25 gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop!

(see my fabric links at the end of this post!)

the warm company

The Warm Company

Every Month 2 Lucky winners will receive Steam-a-Seam Lite 2 from The Warm Company!

I’m picking random winners from the subscriber list and

The winners for February Are…

Fat Quarter Shop $25 ~ Jackie B. 

The Warm Company products ~ Debra G. & Pam R.

I will be in touch via email!  Yay!

Here are Chapter 1 and 2 together:

dear daughter quilt

You can see how they will fit into the quilt top in the image below… Every chapter of the Dear Daughter Quilt will be a different size to fit into the unusual layout…

dear daughter quilt chapter 1 & 2

dear-daughter-quilt-36A little bit about this Chapter…

For the text applique in this block I prepared my applique text the same way as in Chapter 1 with Steam-a-Seam Lite 2, and for the applique stitch I used Aurifil 50 wt and matched my colors to the applique.  (Find thread & colors here)


The butterfly in this chapter is done using the needle-turn applique method.  Turned applique is my favorite, whatever the method (needle-turn, freezer paper etc) it’s just so pretty!

Here’s how I prepared my needle-turn butterfly.

Trace the templates right onto the fabric using a removable marker (whichever one works for fabric color).  Trim fabric leaving 1/4″ seam allowance.  Center the trimmed fabric parts and baste bottom layer lightly in place with fabric glue or a couple basting stitches.  I used Roxanne basting glue and carefully placed a couple spots of glue to tac fabric in place at least  1/4″ inside the marked edges of all my wings so I still had room to turn my edges under.


Starting with the wings (bottom layer)  I finger pressed along the marked line, then put my needle through applique piece only, coming up right on the line. Make sure you coordinate your thread to your applique piece ~ (50 wt thread is good)


Stitch around edge of applique.  Insert needle in background fabric right next to exit thread (on applique piece) take a bite out of the background and then come up catching the edge of the applique right on the drawn line.  Trim seam allowance to scant 1/4″ as you go (if necessary) and cut notches out of seam allowance at the rounded corers.  Use your needle to turn the 1/4″ seam under as you go in a counter clockwise motion.


After the bottom layer of wings are done repeat with the next layer of shapes.  Add the body and spots…

needle turn applique

So fun!

dear daughter quilt chapter

dear daughter quiltRemember, I’m providing the entire alphabet so you can create whatever text you like and with a little creativity you can gear your quilt for whomever you like!  Check out Sandi’s boy version of Chapter 1, look how she made the petals into a gear… genius! Thanks for sharing Sandi!

boy version dear daughter quiltThis made me wonder about a Man version, so I played with the idea for Chapter 1 & 2, I removed the flower and butterfly then doubled up the block on the right…  I also lopped off the rounded edge of the epp flower petal ~ changed the colors, added some song lyrics and… I think it looks pretty good!

mens quilt

Lastly,  I’ve been getting some fabric questions, and since Fat Quarter Shop is so generous to sponsor this quilt I thought I’d link to a couple fabrics each month that are in my quilt blocks ~ so if you are interested in finding them you can just check out the links below!

I used a lot of different scraps but I’ve also used several fabrics from:

True Colors

Rhoda Ruth


Kaffe Classics

You can also…

Check out my newly curated bundle


at The Fat Quarter Shop!

fat quarter bundle



Related Posts:

nature walk challenge

Nature Walk Sewing Challenge

I was having my coffee the other morning, playing on my ipad (in the internet rabbit hole of course) and I came across this challenge ~ OH What’s this?  Oh, isn’t that pretty, Oh, that’s fun… the next thing I knew I was placing my fabric order… It happens!  I don’t have to explain myself, you get it… Right? (resistance IS futile!)nature walk sewing challenge

I really didn’t need another sewing project but I could not resist this whimsical fabric.  I will admit, I am weak!  Five minutes into reading about the challenge I was at the Fat Quarter Shop placing my order!  Oops, Happy Mail!

nature walk challenge

The challenge runs for the month of February and you can find all the details on the Michael Miller Fabrics site.  Of course, as part of the challenge you have to make something fun with the fabric.

nature walk challenge

I ordered two panels of letters ~ hard to resist.  I didn’t want to be stuck needing an extra letter!  I immediately cut one panel up so I could play with the letters.

nature walk challenge and I had to spell my name of course…

nature walk challenge

Then of course it was SEW, QUILT, STITCH… I’m trying to resist cutting my other panel for the second ‘t’ in stitch…

nature walk fabrc challenge

I haven’t decided what I’m making for the challenge yet ~ but I have been wanting to make a cover for my sewing machine… FOREVER, if I do that,  maybe I’ll go with stitch ~ or maybe Sew Crazy…

nature walk challengeOR Maybe I’ll change my mind all together. To be continued!  If you want to make something too, you can find the fabric here.


block of the month

Chapter 1 ~ Dear Daughter Quilt

Chapter 1 of the Dear Daughter Quilt is available today!

2016 block of the month quilt


Thanks so much to everyone who has subscribed, I think it’s going to be such fun!  If you missed the original post, this is my new Block of the Month for 2016, but you receive a full Chapter of blocks rather than one block per month.  Here is where we begin with Chapter 1…

Dear Daughter quilt a long 2016

If you’ve already subscribed in my shop and did not receive it in your email please contact me @ [email protected] so we can verify your email address.

You can find the pattern

on CRAFTSY ~or~ in MY SHOP!

EACH CHAPTER includes:

  • Pattern ~ for all Chapter 1 blocks
  • Templates ~ including entire alphabet to make your own text
  • Technique Instruction
  • Sneak Peek into next month (for the over~achievers in the bunch!)

I’ve organized the Chapter 1 Pattern and Techniques page in a binder, if you’re following along you might want to do this too…

block of the month

I also included a spot to color in Chapter 1 with your own colors!

coloring block small

Here’s a couple pics I took of a some patchwork blocks in this Chapter…

block of the monthso fun :)

block of the month

For the text blocks I used Steam-A-Seam Lite 2 and printed from my computer onto printer ready sheets, but you can trace them as well.

dear daughter text quilt

Steam-A-Seam actually has paper on two sides, so after I printed it, I cut out the shape (leaving at least 1/8″ around template lines) and removed one side of the protective paper (non printed side.)  Then I ironed it onto the wrong side of my fabric…

text quilt block of the month

cut out each shape on the template lines…

block of the month

and removed the second layer of paper off the back of the trimmed letters.  NOTE ~ What I love is the back of your applique is tacky so you can position all your pieces and they won’t slide around but you can move them if you want to.   When you have them in position, just fuse.

dear daughter quilt Machine applique per the pattern.

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Check out my newly curated bundle


at The Fat Quarter Shop!

fat quarter bundle

Thanks for following along!  You can join in anytime!

dear daughter

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Sew Scrappy Sampler ~ Finishing!

I’ve Finished my top for the

Sew Scrappy Sampler, Block of the Month Quilt Pattern!

This top finishes at 90″ x 99″ (full/queen)

Block of the Month Sampler Quilt

I wish I had more pictures for you but it was freezing and actually lightly snowing when I took these pics and they just don’t do the color justice.

Kaffe has so many gorgeous large scale prints, I wanted to use one for the border and I’m so happy with the one I chose!  It’s called Frilly ~ Oh my goodness, it’s delicious!  Could you resist this?  I thought not!

kaffe fasett frilly fabric

You can see the fabrics I used for the background and circles in this next picture ~ I fell in love with them right away!

block of the month quilt in kaffe fassett

Now, here is some color!  yum!

block of the month quiltI just can’t get enough of Kaffe…

bom 2If you’ve noticed the quilt isn’t finished, that’s because I’ve decided to hand quilt, using big stitches (tute here) and I’m thinking maybe I’ve lost my mind all together?  It’s a large quilt…  but it really lends itself to hand quilting and after the journey of piecing all these fun blocks I just gotta do it!   Plus I’m dying to quilt around all those frilly flowers ~ DREAMY!

I’m going to use either Perle Cotton or I might try Aurifil 12 wt thread this time.  I’ve used the 12 wt in my machine, but not for hand quilting yet.  If anyone has used 12 wt for hand quilting please let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear your feedback!  I’m excited to get going on it.  First I have to make the back and sandwich it but I’m making progress!

Block of the Month Sampler Quilt

Thanks so much to everyone who’s been following along and all your nice comments along the way!  If you’ve got the block patterns and are interested in my top design ~ you can find it for individual sale in my shop!

Finishing Pattern for the Top

I will also be bundling the patterns all together for sale soon.  In the meantime you can still find all the individual blocks and finishing instructions in my shop!

I have already started my new 2016 Block of the Month ~ Dear Daughter.

2016 block of the month quilt

I hope you’ll join me!


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dear daughter block of the month


Hello everybody!  Happy New Year!   I’m hosting a new Block of the Month for 2016.  This is a quilt pattern that I’ve been wanting to make for some time, and why not open it up to anyone crazy enough to join me!

dear daughter block of the month quilt pattern

Dear Daughter is a sampler quilt that will include some text blocks.  It will be divided into 12 sections, so sort of like a block of the month but I’m calling them Chapters ~ (just for fun, since there is text and all…) Within the quilt there will be 80+ pieced (6″ blocks) plus several text blocks.  Here is an example a text block and 6″ block from Chapter 1.

2016 block of the month Dear DaughterThe text blocks will have little sayings or quotes…    I named my quilt Dear Daughter because my daughters are the inspiration for my quilt.  But your inspiration can be anyone or anything!

Each Chapter will be a combination of several blocks…

Here is a look at Chapter 1 ~ the graphic…

dear daughter quilt a long

Every month a new Chapter will be released.  Chapter 1 will be considered the first ‘month’.  To keep my sanity intact, and to stay on track, I’ll keep some of the blocks on the simpler side, like a five patch or log cabin block etc.

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Here is the top diagram I’ll be filling in as I go along… you can see how Chapter 1 fits in…

Dear Daughter quilt a long 2016

The completed quilt top including the side borders measures a generous 72″ x 90″.

I’ll be running this BOM quilt~a~long a little differently than in the past so read on…

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Here’s a Q & A to help answer questions ~ If I miss something and you ask a question in the comments I’ll add the answer to this post, so check back.

How do I sign up?

You can sign up by purchasing the pattern.

Find the pattern

on CRAFTSY ~or~ in MY SHOP!


What Can I expect after signing up?

After sign up you will receive a welcome email.  You will then be added to the monthly email list.  Each month (around mid month, or on the 16th) you will receive an email with the new chapter’s pattern.  Be sure to carefully check your email for accuracy when you sign up.  The first Pattern will be emailed mid January.

Can I sign up anytime?

Yes, if you sign up after January 2016, You will receive your welcome email, and then you will receive an email with the patterns to date.  Any remaining patterns will come monthly via email.

Will I be charged Monthly?

No, the sign up fee is a one time charge that covers the entire series from start to finish and you can sign up any time, it will not expire.

How will patterns be delivered?

As a printable PDF via the email you provide when you sign up.  These patterns are for personal use, please don’t share or copy them.

Will every block be different?

There are a lot of different blocks, and there are some blocks that will repeat throughout the quilt… for example the heart block from the Chapter 1 pattern might show up again in another Chapter.  There might be four identical 6″ blocks that come together to make one larger 12″ block…. you follow?

How much fabric will I need?

Good Question!  This quilt is intended to be scrappy, so I will not be posting a fabric list.  I am working from my stash on a month by month basis.  I have some wonderful saturated colored fabrics and some low volume fabrics to work with.  The blocks are small so little bits from your stash will work on most blocks.  You will need larger pieces for the text blocks.  I will keep track of my fabric consumption (so far my stash looks untouched) and put a list together at a later date that will give you an idea of approximate amounts in each color based on my colors.

Like my fabrics?

Check out my newly curated bundle


at The Fat Quarter Shop!

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UPDATE: That bundle is sold out ~ For a limited time you can find

Turn Up the Volume 2 

Do I have to use your text? Or any text at all?

No, I will provide you with my text to use if you like it ~ and the entire alphabet (in reverse for applique) so your quilt can say what’s on your mind!  You will only be limited to the space of the block.   As another alternative, You can repeat pieced blocks to fill in the space allotted for text.  This is Your Quilt, do what makes you happy!

Will I need to save previous patterns when I’m done with them?

Yes!  You will need to refer back to previous Chapters for repeating block information, so save them all.

Will you be posting progress?

Yes, I’ll post complete pictures monthly on my blog with my progress.

How else can we follow?

I will post progress on instagram @ rebeccamaedesigns using #deardaughterquilt.  And also on the rebeccamaedesigns facebook page.

What if I have questions?

You can ask questions through instagram (by commenting on my photos or tagging me on yours) or in the comment section of the blog.  If you ask in the blog comments section, I will answer there so everyone can benefit so please check back.

What type of applique will be used for the text?

I am using double sided fusible to applique most of the text, specifically steam a seam lite by the Warm Company. Some text will also be pieced.

What other piecing methods will be used?

I will be using a variety of methods, but mostly straight piecing, some english paper piecing and some applique.

Do I have to have a daughter to participate?

Haha… of course not!  This is your quilt!  You can mix and match some blocks if you need it to be more masculine (for example you might not want to add the flower applique) and you can also change the text to say something else as long as it fits in the same space.  Here are some alternate ideas…

Winter/Holiday (use Christmas fabric and sayings)

Wedding ~ (Use wedding dates, sayings and names)

Free Spirit ~ anything goes!

Sponsored By:

We will have some Monthly Prizes starting in February ~Generously Sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop and The Warm Company!

Fat Quarter Shop

the warm company

I hope you’ll join me!

dear daughter

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nine patch quilt block of the month

Quilt as You Go… Block of Month… Finished!


I’m so proud of this finish!  I was taking the last couple stitches on the binding and I couldn’t wait to spread it out and get a look at it all complete…   Yay!block of month w logo 64

As most of you know, I’ve been working on this quilt all year, and I’m feeling pretty proud of how it’s come out!


I usually struggle with a quilting plan ~ and sometimes the thought of quilting a large quilt top on my domestic machine makes me a bit anxious (will I totally mess up all my hard work trying to quilt it?) This is why I probably love hand quilting so much.  But using the quilt as you go method and quilting one block at a time, my quilt is now custom quilted, and that’s pretty darn good!


I want to share one last tip about putting together all the rows.  When you’re joining your rows,  join them in two smaller sections so it’s easier to manage sewing all the sashing strips on and then when you have the two sections complete, go ahead and join them to finish the quilt.  This way you don’t have to handle all the bulk until the last joining seam.  If you’re just joining in, here are the previous quilt~as~you~go posts:   Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5.  And you can find the pattern in my shop.

joining quilted rows

After the rows are all joined all you have left is the binding!

I’ve gone a little crazy with pictures in this post…

a couple more close ups of the front!

Block of the Month Quilt pattern in Tula Pink

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Lets look at the back now…

Remember the planning we did for the back of each block in this post?  Well it paid off!  Look at all that color, it’s so fun! ?


Loving all the Tula Pink fabrics!  It’s so happy and the fabric is so soft!  LOVE❣
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Thanks so much for following along with all the quilt as you go posts! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did and maybe you even learned something new!


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quilting with 12 weight thread

Color Play Mini Quilt for Moda Bake Shop

Hello Quilters!  You might remember I was on The Moda Bake Shop back in September with a Color Play Quilt ~ large orange peel style…  Well they asked designers to make a mini quilt based on their original quilt, and here’s mine… aren’t these colors so fun?

orange peel quilt pattern

I was so lucky to score some fabric from Moda’s Basic Mixologie collection to make my mini!  Gorgeous!

This mini quilt is 22 1/2″ x 22 1/2″ ~ perfect gift size or mini swap size!

You can find all the templates and instructions to make it HERE on the Moda Bake Shop.

Mini quilt pattern by Sherri NoelI had so much fun quilting this quilt… I added some extra batting behind the center motif which makes the grey peels pop out… hard to see in pic but it looks pretty sharp.  You can see how I added it to my mini in the original MBS post.

quilting with 12 weight thread

For all the top stitching I used this Aurifil 12 weight thread.  I actually bought it to try it out for hand quilting but you can use it in your machine too!    I’ve used it in my machine before but mostly to add fun stitching to my quilt labels before I applique them on. 

thread 12 weight aurifil

I think it looks Amazing! ~ I really love this look!

quilting with 12 weight thread

If you want to try it,  get yourself some 100/16 Top Stitch needles for your machine to accommodate the thicker thread.  I’m not sure what is recommended for the bobbin but I used a 5o weight that matched without any trouble.  Do a little test run on a fake quilt sandwich to get your tension mastered before going to town on your quilt.

quilting with 12 wght thread

This is a raw edge applique quilt but after I appliqued the shapes, I loved the thread so much that I went around each shape on the outside of the applique! Lookin pretty!  Look at this close up from the tutorial…

stitching orange peel quilt

Thanks for checking this out!

Quilting with 12 weight thread

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Orange Peel quilt design by Sherri Noel sherri

sewing machine ornament

Giveaway Day is Here!

Happy Holidays!  If you follow me, welcome back and if you’re new… Welcome!  Today is the annual December give away day hosted by SewMamaSew and I’ve got two bundles of goodies ~ one for USA residents and one for International

First for USA

I made up a Kaffe 5″ Bundle from my Sew Scrappy Block of the Month stash!  That’s 30 different Kaffe Fassett fabrics!

A pattern of your choice from My Shop.

And I’m including a sewing machine ornament ~ You pick… Green or Pink!

gifts for sewer or quilter gifts for quilters

For International Winners…

You Pick:

Any Full Quilt Pattern from My Shop


The Full Sew Scrappy Block of the Month Series!

RebeccaMaeDesigns by Sherri Noel

Here’s what you do…

Comments ~

Please tell me where you are from and what your working on (I love reading about all your projects!) OR your pattern choice and ornament color choice!

Followers ~

If you follow me leave one message telling me how (fb, email, bloglovin etc) for a second entry! And thanks for following!

Giveaway is open Thru Sunday 12/13!

Happy Holidays!

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Thanks so much for your wonderful comments ~ I had so much fun reading about all your projects!

Random Winners are…

Linda from Virginia!


Lyn from NSW Australia!

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Sew Scrappy Sampler ~ Block 12!!!

The final block in the Sew Scrappy Sampler series is done!


block of the month quilt

This block requires a bit of fussy sewing but it’s worth it in the end!  Most of the design is made from these clamshell shaped pieces… so fun!

block of the month quilt

Hope you like block 12!


find the pattern here on craftsy ~ Dahlia Pattern

block of the month ~ dahlia quilt block

Next month I’ll share my layout with you!  In the meantime, find all the related posts here:

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block 12

Block 12~ Power of Nine BOM

Here we are at block 12 in the Power of Nine quilt!  Time certainly flies…  this year was like, poof!

block of the month pattern

If you’re just catching up, here is the original quilt pattern in solids…block of the month quilt patternand here are the two blocks together in solid and scrappy versions…

block 12 block of the month quilt

I hope you enjoyed the quilt as you go version… Thanks so much for following along with me!  I’m really loving my quilt.  All I have left to sew is the binding so I’d better get on with it!

I will do a final post soon with a couple tips on completing the quilt top if you are quilting as you go… and I’ll show you this scrappy version all put together! Yay!

Here is the block 12 color diagram.  You can find this complete quilt pattern or the single block pattern on craftsy, and some of the related posts below…


block of the month

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Quiltmakers 100 Blocks ~ Volume 12 Blog Tour

Today is my stop on the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog tour!


My block is number 1108!

~Modern Pods~
quiltmaker's100 quilt blocks volume 12

This is my first block in Quiltmaker’s 100 blocks and I was pretty excited when I got the news my block was selected :) I hope you like it as much as I do!

quiltmaker block 128 logo

I used quilting cotton and wool for my applique design… and I couldn’t help but add some perle cotton embroidery stitching to make the little pods really pop!

quiltmakers 100 blocks vol 12 blog tourIf you haven’t tried these stitches before, no worries, the magazine includes all the embroidery stitching instructions too! quiltmakers 100 blocks blog tour

When I got the early release of the magazine a couple weeks ago and saw ALL the beautiful blocks I felt pretty special to be included!  I also felt inspired!

quiltmakers 100 blocks volume 12

I was immediately drawn to the Santa’s Reindeer block on the cover by Lorna @ SewFreshQuilts. I had to make it!

QM1550-MCMA Which made me wonder…

What would my block look like in Christmas Fabric?  Would it go with Santa’s Reindeer? Can you see where I’m headed here? Yup, down the holiday rabbit hole!  But I just love the holidays so I was happy to dive into my Christmas stash!

christmas quilting ~ Quiltmakers 100 blocksI think they look like sugar plums ~ Wait, what are sugar plums?

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Look at this guy!  Can you even stand how cute Santa’s Reindeer is?

quiltmakers 100 blocks christmas reindeer quilt block

I fussy cut the little stars in his eyes.

quiltmakers 100 blocks blog tour 30Look at them together…  Dreamy!

christmas quilt blocksI’ve already started another Modern Pods block for the other side of Santa’s Reindeer… I’m feeling festive :O)

 On to the give away!

I have four prizes and winners will be chosen randomly…

Two winners will receive a Quiltmakers 100 Block Magazine! One sent from Quiltmaker and one from me! (US Only)QM1550-COVER-200px

One winner will receive batting from the warm company for your next quilt project! (US only)


One winner will receive all of my PDF quilt block patterns for Sew Scrappy Sampler 2015! (See them here in my shop) Anyone can win!

Block of the Month in Kaffe Fassett

Leave a comment below to win!

Tell me what project you are working on


Help me decide what to make with my new Christmas Blocks

~ runner, pillows, tree skirt, wall hanging….. suggestions? ideas?

 The giveaway will run until 8 pm EST on Monday November 23rd.

Don’t forget to head over to the Quiltmaker site ~ they are giving away all 100 blocks!  Twenty winners will be chosen to win five blocks each!  Maybe you will win my block!  Plus other prizes!

Can’t find the magazine in your locally?  I have a few copies for sale in my shop!



UPDATE: Congratulations WINNERS!!!!!

Magazine 1: naomidumotdesigns
Magazine 2: kaholly
Batting: Wendy
Block of the Month Designs: Joye

Find Holiday Tutorials:

christmas mini quilt pattern

block of the month pattern

Sew Scrappy Sampler ~ Block 11

Where did 2015 go?  The Block of the Month Sampler is just about over with one more block to go!

Block 11 ~  Diamond Trail

block of the month quilt pattern

This block is great for using up all your strip scraps.

block of the month patternI used a foundation and strip pieced this block.  It’s very easy and forgiving… you can use strips of different sizes and make it entirely scrappy.

block of the month pattern

I hope you enjoy this block!  You can find the pattern in MY SHOP or on Crafsy!

Other Sew Scrappy Blocks:


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Block 11~ Power of Nine BOM

I’m excited to be at block 11 of the power of nine quilt!

block of the month quilt pattern

Here’s the original block 11 in the solid version of this pattern:

modern block of the month quilt patternI’m continuing to quilt my blocks as I go and I’m excited to say that I have ALL my blocks done now and they are all quilted and the top is together!  Only the binding left to do then I’ll show you the completed top!

http://iquiltmodern.bigcartel.com/product/power-of-nine-block-of-the-monthI did the same stitching design on the center of each of my blocks…

quilt as you go blocks

Here is the block 11 color diagram if you’ve been following along and like using the color sheet to figure out your color placement. It’s fun to see how different you can make the block look depending on fabric choices.

block of the month

Thanks for following along!

Find all the posts for this quilt here: Quilt as You Go Posts

Find the Single Block Pattern on Craftsy.


The Full Quilt Pattern in my shop.


You can find all the related posts below…

embellishment quilt with jean pocket

Embellishment Robin ~ Take 3

You might remember I began an embellishment robin with some quilty friends about a year ago. My project was the She Believed wall hanging that I sent off for to the other quilters in my robin group to be embellished.  Then I received Kathleen’s National Seashore project to work on.

Now I’d like to share the block I made for Deb’s project….embellishment quilt with jean pocket

Debs instructions were to make a quilt block (crazier the better) ~ no size requirements, use the fabric she had in her box of goodies (which was mostly Kaffe, batiks and silks), or use something from my stash and attach an embellished jean pocket to it.  Debs plan is to put all the blocks from each robin member together and make a crazy wall hanging for her sewing room that she can stash some goodies in (hence the pockets).

I started with this butterfly which is a scaled down version of my bom#3.  I used silk scraps Deb had in her box.  And I had some fun with embroidery stitches too!

embellishment quilt with jean pocket

I worked for some time decorating the pocket… I love using wool, and Deb had some beads and lace in with her goodies so I added some bits of that too.

embellishment quilt with jean pocket

The flower on the left was inspired by one I saw on pinterest.  It probably took me the longest to do… made of wool, yarn, beads, and lots of little French knots.

embellishment quilt with jean pocket

The leaves have some wool applique, and the stem was made from yarn strands.  I couched the yarn with x stitches which made it appear sort of braided.

embellishment quilt with jean pocketI especially like the “Sew… a needle pulling thread”  saying since Deb is also a singer in the local community chorus!  Pretty clever, right? I could hear Julie Andrews singing DO~RE~MI lyrics in my head for weeks! (smiles)

embellishment quilt with jean pocket

The partial wedge block that the jean pocket is attached to was left over from another project ~ I love finding homes for orphan blocks!

embellishment quilt with jean pocket

The last and favorite thing I added was this little guy… he’s about the only spider I’d call cute!  Did you know spiders (or is it spider webs?) were meant to be good luck on quilts?embellishment quilt with jean pocket

Thanks for checking out my project!  I’ve received my She Believed robin back and I can’t wait to show you!



Linking up with Finish it Friday!
sampler block of the month

Sew Scrappy Sampler ~ Block 10

‘Starry Eyes’ is Block 10 for the Sew Scrappy Block of the month!

sampler block of the month

This month we are working with templates… (and lots of bias) so I would recommend pressing your fabric with Best Press before cutting.  If your fabric is freshly pressed it will help with accurate cutting and piecing, especially with the bias in this block.

sampler block of the month We will put this star together in sections so it’s super easy!

sampler block of the month

If you’re following along ~ Only finger press as you piece, don’t press with your iron till the block is complete… I have two triangle sections complete in the next picture.  I’m going to join them and make a square, then repeat for each corner.

sampler block of the month
Join two sets of squares, pressing all joining seams in the same direction. I’m still only finger pressing, no iron yet!  Notice I’ve accidentally turned one of my diamond points the wrong way… I’m going to be upset when I finally notice that…

sampler block of the month

Now press from the back of your block.  Look at the seams ~ the diamond seams should be pressed in opposing directions and all in the joining seams are turning in the same direction… (I still didn’t notice my fopa!)

sampler block of the month

If you’ve got your seams pressed this way you can open up the little center so the center of the star can lay a bit flatter…

sampler block of the month

Ok, NOW I noticed my mistake!  Try to carefully join your block so you don’t mix up your points – Especially on this bias filled block… BUT if you do, get out your best seam ripper (the newest sharpest one) and carefully remove the whole square section (without pulling and stretching) and rework it.

Done! Yay!

sampler block of the month

Here is the pattern in MY SHOP!

Or find it here and add it to your Craftsy Library!

Other Sew Scrappy Blocks:



scrappy orange peel quilt in kate spain canyon fabric

Color Play ~ Canyon Quilt

I’m excited to show you this Canyon Quilt design I made for Moda.  It’s a large scrappy orange peel quilt.  You can find the instructions to make this quilt on the Moda Bake Shop.

orange peel quilt kate spain fabric

The fabric is called Canyon and it’s the newest collection from Kate Spain… it’s gorgeous!

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 I wanted to share a little bit about how I hand quilted this quilt with perle cotton.

If you haven’t tried this before, please read my tutorial

How to Hand Quilt with Perle Cotton

so you know how to start and end your stitching and the basics of making a stitch.


Ok ~ Here is a list of supplies I used on this quilt:

Quilters Hoop ~ I’m using a 14″  Dritz 14-Inch Quilting No-Slip Hoop

Thimble ~ I use this one  Clover Metal Open-Sided Thimble

Perle Cotton #8

Scissors ~ small pair

Needle ~ I’m using a Clover Gold Eye Chenille Needle #24

Erasable Fabric Marker ~ I’m using a Mark B Gone marker

Batting ~ I’m using Soft Soft High Loft 1/2″ loft batting

Quilters Ruler

and of course your Basted Quilt Sandwich

Let’s get to the quilt details…

I used DMC Perle Cotton #8 for my quilting.

big stitch hand quilting with perle cotton

The needle I used for this quilt is from Clover.  This is my first go with this needle and I really like it.  The eye accommodated the perle cotton, and with a little finessing, I could thread the needle without my threader.  It’s very sharp, and it just felt like a good fit for my hand… not too small or too big.  I think its a keeper!

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Before I made my quilt sandwich, I used the perle cotton to add a decorative stem stitch along the very edge of my applique peels and circles, just to add some fun definition.

quilting with perle cotton

big stitch hand quilting

Then I made my quilt sandwich using this Soft Soft High Loft Batting from The Warm Company which is quite nice to work with… look how my quilting stands out and makes the triangles in my border look like little pillows! So yummy…

hand quilting with perle cottonIt was also my first time using this batting.  I’m used to a low to no loft batting and I really love the comforter like feel to this quilt!  It’s very cozy, and requires less quilting than other batting.  Stitching can be up to 10″ apart!

I started hand quilting in the center of my quilt and quilted around all the peels… working my way out to the border and edges of the quilt.

big stitch hand quilting

When I made my quilt sandwich I gave myself a bit of extra batting and backing, extending beyond the quilt top for my hoop to grab onto when I’m working on the edges of the quilt…

big stitch hand quilting

And every time I move my hoop I turn to the back of my work to be sure that my backing fabric is secure and flat for stitching.  Looks good!

big stitch hand quilting with perle cottonAfter I finished quilting out to the edge I went back to quilt more in the space between the peels…

I used my quilters ruler to find the horizontal and vertical center lines and marked the lines with my water erasable marker (or other removable / disappearing marking tool).  Then I centered and traced the 3″ circle template from the pattern (here on the Moda Bake Shop).

hand quilting perle cottonI quilted directly on the drawn lines… which is so relaxing since I don’t have to think about anything but staying on the lines :)

big stitch hand quiltingWhen the quilting in that section is done, blot the blue lines away with a wet paper towel or mist with water… I love this part!big stitch hand quilting with perle cotton

Enjoy your finished Quilt!!!

orange peel quilt kate spain canyon fabric

Don’t forget to check out my tutorial:

how to hand quilt with perle cotton

See this post for another quilt that’s hand-quilted with perle cotton…

big stitch quilting ~ modern love xo quilt pattern by rebeccamaedesigns


modern block of the month 10

Block 10 Power of Nine BOM

We are really in the home stretch of the Power of Nine block of the month…  I’m done with block 10!


This begins the bottom (and final) row of blocks.  My last row is Green and Yellow… and I can’t wait to get it all together!

Modern block of the month quiltAgain ~ if you are just tuning in you can find the pattern and posts here:

Modern Power of Nine Quilt Pattern

All the Quilt-as-You-Go Posts.


If you like using the coloring sheet for the blocks you can find the download here:

Block 10 Color Diagram

Here is the full Power of Nine Quilt Pattern in my shop.

And if you want to make a single block find the Block 10 Pattern here on Craftsy.

I need to go get caught up with my quilting now… :)

block of the month quilt pattern
block of the month



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Quilt as you go Tutorial ~ Part 5

I’m here with Part 5 of the quilt-as-you-go tutorial in our quilt-a-long!

If you are following the Quilt~as~you~Go method this post covers joining the rows! Yahoo! Home Stretch!

Need the pattern?  Find it here:

Power of Nine Quilt Pattern 

You can find the instructions on completing a quilted block  (part 1),  a spacer block (part 2),  joining blocks and spacers into a row (part 3) OR making the spacer row (part 4) with the qaug method in previous posts.

Materials you will need:

  • Quilted Rows ~ Two Completed Rows of full blocks and spacer blocks (part 3)
  • Spacer Rows ~ At least one spacer row complete (part 4)
  • Sashing Strips – At least two for quilt top and two for quilt back , read Part 4 for cutting the top strips and see below for cutting the strips for the back of the quilt.

Quilt as You Go ~ Notes:

A walking foot for your machine is highly recommended.
This method will require additional fabric for attaching the blocks ~ (see previous post).

Lets look at our quilt diagram below.  Notice the dark grey ‘sashing’ between all the blocks and spacers of the quilt top in the graphic below.  In this post I will be covering how to join two Rows with a Spacer Row using this narrow sashing (for joining).

quilt as you go block of the month tutorial

Let’s get started!

Here is a picture of two rows (3 and 4) already joined by a spacer row and sashing strips so you can see how this will look when it comes together.

quilt as you go method

We will be joining these rows using an alternate method from what we did in Part 3 when we joined the blocks into rows.  I have found this method to be easier when working with these long sections.

You will still need four sashing strips for joining.  Two for the quilt front and two for the quilt back:

FRONT STRIPS: The two strips for the quilt front will measure only 1″ x width of the quilt.

BACK STRIPS: The two for the back will measure 1 1/2″ x width of the quilt. Press these strips in half lengthwise with the right side out (like you would a binding strip).

We will start by sewing all four sashing strips to the spacer row.  Place the two strips coordinating with the quilt top (white) right sides together along the long edges of the spacer row top (also white).  Place the two 1 1/2″ (folded and pressed) strips you’ve chosen for the back along the pieced side of the spacer row, raw edges at sides.  Pin well.

Sew along both long edges of the spacer row with a scant 1/4″ seam allowance, securing long strips in place.

quit as you go method of joining blocksPress only the white strips away from the quilted spacer row.  Then place it right (front) sides together with one of your block rows and sew 1/4″ seam along long edge…

quilt as you go tutorial

Flip it open and your top is joining strip is complete.

quilt as you go tutorial

Turn to the back side and press strip away from spacer row so it covers the back seam where the quilted sections but up against each other…

how to join quilted blocks tutorial

Here is a closer look…

quilt as you goNow hand stitch that strip in place just like you would sew a binding, only catching the backing fabric and batting (don’t sew through to the top).

Go ahead and repeat the process adding another block row to the other side of the spacer row…

quilt as you go methodDone!

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How to join quilt blocks using the quilt as you go method.





I’ve been working on this quilt all summer and I’m so excited to share it!

#Love Wins

love wins quilt pattern
You can find the pattern here.

I went out to get some pics last weekend ~  a beautiful day for it!

#Love Wins is a scrappy quilt made in eight sections with row-by-row construction. Perfect for using up scraps in your stash.

At 70″ x 60″ its a generous lap size quilt or beautiful wall hanging.

love wins quilt pattern by rebeccamaedesigns

Isn’t the heart outline fabric fun?  The collection is called Paint and the print is called Clippings in spackle by Carrie Bloomston.  It looks like news print and it’s wonderful to work with.

love wins quilt pattern

It’s got lots of fun text…


love wins quilt and paint text fabricI used it on the back too with another fabric from her collection in the center.

love wins back

Here is a close up since the last picture doesn’t show how fun it really is…

love wins quilt pattern by Sherri Noel ~ rebeccamaedesigns.com

My scrap pile still looks untouched… but I love scraps and it will go to good use!  I even did a little fussy cutting and if you have read my blog before, some of this fabric probably looks a little familiar :)

love wins quilt pattern by Sherri Noel

 You probably have some of these in your stash too!

love wins quilt pattern by sherri noelOk I need to point out this binding fabric… it’s called architectures from Carolyn Friedlander.  I heart it!

love wins quilt patten

And lastly ~ I wanted to show a close up of the fabric I used for the equals sign, it’s so fun and pretty… I don’t remember what it is but maybe you know already…

love wins quilt patternI love everything about this quilt, the meaning, the colors, the scrappy look, the straight line quilting the heart outline fabric, the binding… yup everything!

love wins quilt

Hope you like the design!

You can find the PDF pattern

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on Craftsy

Love wins quilt

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# love wins quilt patternLinking up with Fabric Frenzy, WIP’s be goneLAFFCreative Goodness, Finish it up Friday and I’m so thankful for this FINISH!

And let’s not forget the label!  (spoonflower label tutorial here)

love wins quilt pattern