Modern Love XO Quilt Pattern

My latest pattern

~ Modern Love ~

is now available in my shop!

modern love xo quilt pattern

I love scrappy quilts and this one is a paper pieced pattern so it goes together quick and is easy to join without any bulky points.

modern love scrappy quilt pattern

I did a lot of big stitch quilting with perle cotton on this quilt.

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If you are interested in hand quilting with perle cotton you can check out my tutorial here:

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For this quilt I began near the center of the quilt and hand quilted around each X and O.

big stitch quilting with perle cotton

Then I did some straight line stitching about an inch or so apart around the perimeter of the quilt.

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That dreamy gray fabric is Terra Australis by Ella Blue– Gray Bush Sticks.  I got it from The Hangar on etsy (see find fabulous fabrics for the link).  It’s the perfect gray… I love it!

Each X and O on the quilt has four hand-stitched hearts…

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The template for the hearts is included in the pattern for those who might want to hand quilt also.  The quilt has such a soft drape from the hand quilting that I just LOVE!  It makes it so soft and cozy.  The pattern gives instructions for three sizes~ Lap, Twin and Queen.

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big stitch quilting ~ modern love xo quilt pattern by rebeccamaedesigns

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Make Quilt Labels with Spoonflower

Recently I decided to try something new and print my own custom fabric labels using  I made some basic labels in four colors…

spoonflower quilt labels

You can write with a permanent fabric marker if you want to include your name/date/quilt title etc.

spoonflower quilt labels

I uploaded a simple design of four labels (one in each color) that I created in Adobe Illustrator.  When you upload to the spoonflower site, the pattern is automatically repeated.  Each label is 4.5″W x 3.5″H.  I ordered a fat quarter, printed on kona cotton, which gave me 24 labels in various colors.

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spoonflower quilt labelsThen I just cut them with my rotary cutter…

spoonflower quilt labels

If you like my iQuilt design you can order it yourself direct from    Since every order is custom printed expect to wait for your order.  I believe it took three weeks to receive my order, and you can view the order status right on the site.  So give yourself some time if you want to create some labels (or other fabric) and need your order by specific date.

You can go on their site and order yourself some design tools including a swatch kit for $1 and other tools like a color card and color map.

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The fabric swatch book includes a sample of each fabric which is handy when deciding what weight or type of fabric to print your design on. 

spoonflower quilt labels

I tried printing some with my name on them too… This time I printed on the Basic Combed Cotton.  It’s a bit stiffer than the Kona Cotton, but for labels it’s a bit easier to write on.

Here is one version with my name that I put on my Sampler Quilt…

spoonflower quilt labels

Another simple design with my name already printed.  I pieced this into a small block with scraps from the quilt top.

spoonflower quilt labels

I like to quilt the outline of the large letters with some perle cotton ~ like the Q for Quilt and here the S…

spoonflower quilt labels

It’s really fun to get your own custom labels printed ~ even if they are simple like mine.  Spoonflower has a great tutorial for creating your own design if your a little computer savy.  

Or you can check out the other quilt labels that have already been designed including my iQuilt design.

This wraps up Finishing your Quilt Sampler…

Complete the block patterns

Assemble/Sew blocks using block layout

Add a quilt border

How to make a quilt sandwich

Hand quilting tutorial √ 

Making bias binding

 Attaching the binding 

And finishing with a label 

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Tutorial ~ How to make quilt labels with Spoonflower



Finishing ~ How to Bind a Quilt

If you are ready to attach your binding then you should have your quilt sandwich all quilted.  If you need to make binding, check out the tutorial on making bias binding.

For this demo I’ll be binding my quilt block from the quilt sandwich tutorial so it’s easier to photograph.

Optional ~ before trimming the batting / backing and squaring up the quilt top I like to topstitch using a 1/8″ seam around the perimeter of the quilt top.  This extra step holds everything together for the binding.  Use a walking foot to evenly move the three layers through the machine.

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Trim away the excess batting and backing layers. (don’t sweat it if you trim into your top stitched edge a bit)

Lay prepared binding along edge of quilt top (raw edges together).

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Note ~ A 1/4″ seam allowance is most common but I will be using a 1/2″ seam allowance in this tutorial.  Read making binding for more info on seam allowances.

Leave a 10″ tail when you begin to allow for joining when you finish sewing around perimeter. 

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Begin sewing (backstitch to secure) and stop 1/4″ from edge of quilt top. Backstitch at stop.

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Fold binding to the right, finger press fold and place a pin to secure.  It is important that your edges align.  If your binding rests higher, you didn’t sew far enough, and if it rests lower, you stitched too far.  Adjust now to avoid wonky corners later. 

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Fold binding to left and align with raw edge of quilt top.  Make sure fold on right edge is aligned with side of quilt top.

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Turn your quilt and begin sewing at the edge.  Remember to backstitch to secure.  Repeat this process for each corner.

quilt binding tutorial

When you come to the end leave yourself some room to work the two ends together ~ I usually shoot for an aprox 12″ gap.  You should have two tail ends now.

In the next picture I’m back to the start.  You will notice my starting tail is on the left and ending tail is on the right. 

My binding strip is 3.25″ wide when unfolded.  I’m measuring that same measurement ( 3.25″) from the edge of my starting tail and I’ve placed a pin there to mark it. (note: if you have a 2.5″ binding, measure in 2.5″ and so forth)

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Overlap the starting tail with the end tail from the right and mark a cutting/trim line from where the pin is.

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Trim end tail on line. (do NOT cut through starting tail!!!)

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Gather your quilt top and clip or pin in place to give yourself some freedom to work the two ends together without tugging.

Note ~ I’m using these  wonder clips that are fantastic!  Get yourself some, they are well worth the money!

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Without twisting,  place your two ends right sides together in an “L” shape.  Mark outside corner to outside corner and stitch together.
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Trim excess leaving 1/4″ below stitch line.

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Remove clip holding quilt top and press binding seam open.

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Binding should lay flat and fit perfect.  Notice diagonal seam distributes bulk nicely.  Finish stitching down binding. 

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Fold binding to back of quilt and notice the corners miter without fussing. 

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The binding should extend to back of quilt and cover stitches nicely.  I’m using those fabulous wonder clips again…

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When I adjust the mitered corners on the backside of my quilt I face the little slit ‘opening’ in the opposite direction, which distributes any bulk more evenly.  In this next picture the ‘opening’ on the top side faces me.

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And here in the next picture the ‘opening’ on the back faces away.  Make sense?  ok :)

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Rather than clip the binding in place around the entire perimeter I usually just use a few clips to hold my binding in place to get going and then I move them ahead of my stitching as I go. 

I’m going to hand stitch the binding to the back. 

Choose a thread that matches your binding.  (mine is dark so you can see my stitches)

I’m using the knotless start method… 

Cut a length of thread.  Fold it in half and feed the loop through your needle.

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Slide needle to other end.

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Begin sewing your binding to the back along any side you choose.  Insert your needle right next to the binding and into the backing and batting only (not through quilt top) and then on your way up pick up the edge of the binding.

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Pull thread through until loop is close.  Feed needle (and thread) through loop.

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Pull tight to secure.

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Insert needle (into quilt back and batting only) right next to where thread comes out of binding.  Bring needle out aprox 1/4″ away, just catching the edge of the binding.

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Continue this same stitch all the way around the perimeter until your finished!  Admire your hand work!
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Admire your binding from the front too!

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And THAT is how you bind your quilt! :)

If you are binding around curved edges you start and end with the same method but you will simply curve your bias binding around the corners, pin in place, and stitch away.   DSC_0155 600x400

Piece of cake!



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Finishing ~ How to make Bias Binding

Want to learn how to make Bias Binding for your quilt?

You might need to grab a cup of tea or coffee for this post.  It involves math… need I say more?

You may call me crazy but the binding is really a favorite part of the quilt making process for me… It’s the home stretch after all, and you get to see everything come together… I just love it!!!  And I want you to love it too! 

Although bias binding is stronger (wears better) than straight grain binding, you really only need to use bias binding if your quilt (or other project) has curved edges.   Bias binding strips are cut on the 45 degree angle of the fabric, and therefore stretch easily around curves. There are several methods of making bias binding and I’m going to show you how I make it.  I typically purchase my binding fabric right off the bolt so I like to calculate how much I will need based on a yardage cut rather than a square cut of fabric as some tutorials demonstrate.   We will assume that your standard off the bolt fabric is aprox 42″ wide with selvages removed. So, let’s get started…

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bias binding ~ 1/2″ seam allowance

I’m using my Sampler quilt as the ‘math’ demo, and since it has rounded corners I needed to make bias binding.  You will need to know your quilt top dimensions and the desired width of your binding strips before you begin.

BINDING WIDTH The key to how wide to cut your binding strips is in your desired binding width or binding seam allowance.    The following chart helps to demonstrate what strip width to cut based on the binding seam allowance you are using.  When piecing your quilt top the standard seam allowance is 1/4″, therefore if your pattern extends to the edge of the quilt or you have points on the edge (no border) then you may need to go with a 1/4″ binding seam.  This ensures that your finished results (quilt top) will be correct (and you won’t sew into your points).  Still with me? Here is a chart showing typical seam allowances and possible strip widths:

Seam allowance

Cut binding strip width to:


2”, 2 ¼” or  2 ½”


2 ¼” or 2 ½”


2 ½”, 3” or 3 ¼”

You might be wondering… Why the variations in widths? If your using a low loft batting and quilting cotton (like my example) then you will go with a narrower width.  But if you are using a high loft batting and perhaps flannel or a heavier weight fabric then go with a wider width strip even though you are using the same seam allowance.  This will give you a little extra binding to accommodate the thickness of your quilt. 

Another thing to think about (as if that wasn’t enough) is if you like your binding tight, so when you fold it over to the back side it just covers your stitches or maybe you like it a little looser so it extends beyond your back stitches more.  If you’re a beginner, go with a wider binding that corresponds to your desired seam allowance, it might be the easiest option.  All these things factor into your width choice. Make sense? 

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Math for a 60″ x 74″ quilt top. 

I want to use a 1/2″ seam allowance

My batting is low loft but I have lots of seams along the edge of my quilt top so I’m going a little wider than usual to accommodate a little more bulk ~  3 1/4″ binding strips.


60 + 60 + 74 + 74 = 268″  perimeter

add 12″ extra (for piecing the strips, corners, finishing etc) = 280″ adjusted perimeter#

Now divide 280″ by 42 (useable width of fabric) = 6.6 and round this number up to 7 (next whole number)

Multiply 7 x the 3.25 (width of binding strips) = 22.75″



Does your head hurt now? I don’t want your head to hurt, so to make this easier, print off this EASY binding yardage worksheet to figure it out ~ just write in your numbers!   :)

Phew! Ok, so how do you cut your bias strips? I’m starting with my 22.75 width of fabric off the bolt and first I like to cut my selvages off ~ and I always cut 1″ off my selvage edge.

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As a side note I save all my selvages for a future project… so throw them in a vase or other fun container in your sewing space… you never know when you may want to make a fun selvage project…

how to make bias binding

Now that your fabric selvages are trimmed off, open your fabric up.

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fabric is right side down

Fold down top left corner to meet bottom edge.

how to make bias bindingPlace your ruler along the fold edge and cut the edge of the fold off.

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trim aprox 1/8″ from fold edge

Remove the cut triangle without turning.

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cut piece is right side up

Important ~ rotate the cut triangle counter clockwise so the bottom edge of the triangle (shown in picture above) is now the right edge of the triangle (see picture below).  Move the rotated triangle over to the right.

place RSD piece on top of RSU piece (now right sides together)and align right edges

place RSD piece on top of RSU piece (now right sides together)and align right edges

Slide the triangle under the larger cut of fabric so they are right sides together and align the right side edges.  Pin and sew the right edge.

triangle on bottom RST with right edges aligned

triangle on bottom RST with right edges aligned ~ sew right edge

Open seamed unit and you should have a parallelogram.  Press seam open.

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seam and press open

Bias strips will now be cut along bias (45 degree) edge. 

how to make bias bindingIf your ruler isn’t long enough to cover length of the bias edge, you can move it as you cut or you can fold your fabric keeping the bias edge aligned.

how to make bias bindingPlace your ruler along the bias edge and cut your desired strip width ~ for the example I’m cutting 3.25″ strips.

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cut strips on bias edge

The ends of your strips will be ready to piece together to form your continuous bias binding.

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Place two ends right sides together ~ notice ends are offset slightly ~ sew 1/4″ seam.

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Press the seam open and trim off ‘dog ears’.

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Note: If you are piecing together straight grain binding or bias binding with a straight end on your strip,  overlap your ends an sew on a diagonal from outside edge to outside edge.  Trim excess and press seam open

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Sew all strips together and press all seams open. Take this long piece to the ironing board, fold and press in half on the length to finish making your binding.  I like to use best press, which is a starch alternative, to make my binding nice and crisp.  I’m addicted to the Caribbean Beach scent, but it also comes in other scents or scent free.

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Now Your DONE with making your bias binding!!!


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Finishing ~ Hand Quilting

We all have our favorite part of putting together a quilt.  For some it’s the piecing, or maybe you love the binding (I do!) or perhaps it’s the quilting?  Free motion quilting is definitely fun but if you don’t have all the right equipment, getting a large quilt through a domestic machine can be daunting! 

When I was deciding on how to quilt my sampler I changed my mind more than once (shocker!) I debated, and thought, and finally decided to hand quilt.  After all, I had the time… (right?) 

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I have hand quilted smaller projects but this was my first large hand quilting project.  I loved the freedom of being able to quilt one block at a time.  It was fun to finish one block and then move to the next one and decide on how to quilt just that block.  I could multi task, watch Netflix (who got me hooked on fringe and mad men?) and quilt at the same time!  And I don’t think I used my seam ripper once!  BONUS!

Spooky thought it was a good idea too… she’s such a big help…

hand quilting tutorial

I used DMC Perle Cotton #8  for my quilting~ SO YUMMY!  It comes in tons of colors, is easy to work with and shows off your hard work with it’s pretty shine.

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Here are the colors I used:

purple 554, blue 519, yellow 725, green 3348, ecru, orange 947

I have this great DMC Color chart for choosing colors!


If you’re looking for a color chart you can also download this DMC Thread Color Card PDF or purchase a DMC Thread Printed Color Card.

hand-quilting with perle cotton

Gather your Supplies:

Here are some general supplies you’ll want before you get started.

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 ~ recommendations from DMC here

Needle Threader ~ optional but I couldn’t have done without one

Painters Tape ~ for help keeping stitches straight

Basted Quilt Sandwich

This is the type of needle threader I used.  It has a hook on each end that slides through needle eye to grab the floss and pull through.  Made threading SO much easier!  This needle threader from DMC would also work.  You’ll just need to be sure your needle eye can accommodate the hook.

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Getting Started:

It’s best to work from the quilt center out toward the edges, so position your hoop closest to the center of your quilt and secure.  I started my quilting on the center block of my quilt and worked my way around and out to the sides.  It worked out beautifully.  It’s a little more cumbersome when you’re working in the middle of the quilt, since there’s more quilt to wrap your arms around, but just adjust everything until you’ve got a comfortable set up.

Cut yourself a piece of perle cotton no longer than 30″ (manageable length).  Any longer and it will be awkward to work with and it will get fuzzy when you pull it through the quilt sandwich too many times.

Thread your needle and tie a simple overhand knot in the end of the cotton.

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Start by inserting the needle aprox 1/2 inch from where you wish to begin quilting.  Push your needle through the top and batting only and travel through quilt.  Bring your needle up at your starting point. 

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Pull the thread until the knot reaches the quilt top and give it a sharp tug ~ it will pop through the quilt top and embed itself in the batting.  You will get the hang of this after a few tries.

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Let’s get quilting.  I quilt toward myself at a slight diagonal, (rather than right to left) and I find it the easiest way for me.  Do what feels comfortable for you.  Start a stitch with the needle sticking straight down through the quilt.  I’m right handed and I have my right hand on top of the quilt making the stitch, and my left hand guiding the needle on the back of my quilt.  In the next picture my left hand is under the quilt sandwich and the needle is just poking through the other side resting on my finger tip.  (yes, this finger tip will get a little sore… occupational hazzard)

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When I feel the point of the needle come through the back of the quilt with my finger tip, I tilt the needle backward away from me.   Now, push that back finger up, creating a small bump on the quilt top where your needle is.  With your right hand thumb, push down on the quilt top in front of the needle, making the bump more defined, and now you can push the needle through that bump. 

hand quilting big stitch tutorialReview steps:

  • needle straight up and down just through quilt sandwich touching left hand finger tip

  • tilt needle back

  • push up with left finger from under quilt

  • push down with right thumb in front of needle to make the defined bump

  • push needle through bump

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Your thimble may feel unnatural on your finger, and you may struggle through the first several stitches but it will quickly get easier.  Stick with it!  Your left finger tips will get sore and there are some products you can use like another thimble or little ‘dots’ to stick on your finger to protect it but I couldn’t get the same results using anything on those left hand fingers.  I needed to be able to feel the needle.

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When you are ready for another length of perle cotton or done your quilting, you will need to tie off and embed the end in the batting.  Start by tying another overhand knot in the end of your perle cotton. 

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Pull the end of the perle cotton, sliding the knot down near the quilt top. 

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Knot should be right at the top of the quilt.

hand quilting with perle cotton

Insert needle back into hole that the perle cotton is coming out of and travel through the batting only, then back out of top about a 1/2″ away. 

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Pull needle through and give perle cotton a tug to embed knot in batting and carefully snip off the tail.

big stitch hand quilting tutorial

If you are quilting a long straight line and need a ‘guide’ try using painters tape and just stitch along side of it!  It helps and the tape pulls right off and you can use it a couple more times before the ‘stick’ is worn out.  big stitch hand quilting tutorial

That’s it!  If your new to hand quilting start on small projects like I did, then when your comfortable, move your way up to a large project…

Sampler Quilt – details and quilted blocks

Find the Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt pattern

 in My Shop AND on Craftsy.

sampler block of the month

I also hand quilted Modern Love if you want to go check out that quilt… And Warm Wishes is also hand quilted and includes a pdf pattern download.

I have a

Hand Quilting Bundle available in my shop

if you want to give it a go!  

Pearl Cotton Hand Quilting Bundle

I found these video tutorials very helpful:

This is another EXCELLENT free video tutorial if you want to get into hand quilting feathers:    how to hand quilt feathers video tutorial

If you are hard core into quilting ~ this looks FUN!   hand quilting motifs video tutorial

hand quilting tutorial

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Mitten Workshop Weekend!!!

It’s been a Wooly Weekend!  I had so much fun this weekend teaching my Mitten Workshop!  I brought my camera along to take pictures of all the fabulous mittens and do you think I took one picture?  Of course not!  (boo)  This sorta thing always happens to me when I get excited… I completely lose track what I’m doing and just get caught up in the moment.

BUT… All is not lost…  I managed to find some time to make some mittens TOO!

I made this pretty red and pink pair…

felted wool mittens

They have a super warm white fleece lining…. yummy

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They are slightly deeper red than they look in the picture – definitely prettier in person if you can believe it!  Find the red mittens for sale on etsy.

And check out these brown ones… toasty!

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I love the buttons on this pair (is that weird?)

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Earth tones with a little pop of color :o) Find this brown pair for sale in my Etsy shop.

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This pair is a nice hunter green and blue…

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The cuffs have all the colors of the mitten parts mixed in… find the green mittens for sale in my etsy shop.

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Another pair with pink and orange…

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You can find the pink and orange mittens for sale here on Etsy. This last pair I made for myself… I’ve been a purple fan since birth I think… pretty sure it might have been the first word I spoke… purple!  It’s only the second pair I have kept for myself and I love them!

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So there’s the latest!

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If you’d like a pair head over to my etsy shop where I sell the mittens…

or go to craftsy for the Madawaska Mitten Pattern




Coupon Holder – in Cloud Nine

The Extreme Coupon Holder ~ Organizer sewing Pattern!

I still had some Cloud 9 fabric from the Geocentric Bag Challenge so I made this Coupon Holder!  Want to make one? Here is the Coupon Bag Pattern.

Coupon organizer sewing pattern

This Coupon Bag has all the bells and whistles…

2″ of space for coupons!
a front pocket for grocery list, store cards and TODAY’s coupons!
a back pocket for checkbook and calculator!
a pen holder!
a clasp for keys and store cards!
it even hangs on the seat of your shopping cart!

Coupon Holder Organizer Sewing Pattern

Organize your coupons with space for up to 25 dividers… and a handy pen holder to cross things off your shopping list!  Use the front pocket for TODAYs Coupons, your phone and shopping list!
coupon organizer bag / holderThe other end of your coupon bag has a handy clasp for all those store cards… you’re ready for checkout!  And a second pocket on the back is a great spot for a calculator!

Check out the Geocentric Bag Challenge post


make your own coupon holder with the

Coupon Bag Pattern.

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Scrap Happy Sampler #8 Block of the Month

Carpenters Square is the block of the month for August!  Another great block for all those scrappy strips of fabric hanging around.

carpenters square quilt pattern

I chose three colors to work with – red purple and blue.  Then I just picked scraps in each color!  When sewing this block you work from the center out so it helps to press and square up your block as you go…

carpenters square quilt block tutorial

Hope everyone is having a good summer!  Have fun with this block!

As always, this months block pattern is free for the current month (August) and then I will list it.

Find the Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt pattern

 in My Shop AND on Craftsy.

 block of the month quilt

Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt Pattern

Thanks so much for following along!

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Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt Pattern


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Scrap Happy Sampler #4 April Block of the Month

It’s April and I’m thankful that spring is here…  although it’s a little difficult to believe after all the late winter storms.  I’m more than ready for the sun for sure and I’ve seen evidence in the garden that spring weather is coming.

I’ve put together a tutorial for a Burgoyne Surrounded Quilt Block this month that I think is pretty awesome.  I’m really quite hooked on the pattern and just might have to make a full quilt if the free time ever comes!  I hope you enjoy it!

burgoyne quilt bom tutorial


burgoyne quilt block tutorial

I hope you enjoy this months tutorial.  Please post pictures to the flickr group I love seeing them!  Thanks again to those of you that have posted your finished blocks or projects already!!!

burgoyne surround

Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt Pattern

Find the Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt pattern

 in My Shop AND on Craftsy.


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Easter Eggstravaganza!

The Holidays are all about tradition, family, friends and good times.  I got together with some of my ‘peeps’ (lol) last night and had some good times decorating eggs…

here is what we used: eggs, egg carton, paper, sharpie, pipe cleaners, felt, feathers, colored tissue paper, glue stick and some eyes!

It was eggcellent fun cracking eggstrodinary jokes all night…  Here are just some of the eggsamples of eggs we made…

Easter Egg Decorating cow

Easter Egg Decorating Sun

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Simple Checkbook Cover Tutorial

My daughter asked me to make her a checkbook cover so she didn’t have to use the ugly plastic one (gasp!) from the bank!  It seemed a shame that someone like myself who can sew,  had been using a plastic one too!   (the horror)

They are quick and easy to put together and great little gifts.  I thought you might enjoy a tutorial.  So here you go…


BODY – Fabric A cut 2 – 7 1/4” x 7”

POCKETS – Fabric B cut 2 – 6 1/2” x 7”

Fusible Interfacing cut 1 – 6 3/4″ x 6 1/2”

CHECKBOOK COVER TUTORIAL1) Fold pocket fabric in half matching long ends.

2) Sew 1/8” along fold edge (for decorative purposes only).

checkbook cover tutorial

3) Center and fuse interfacing to the wrong side of one fabric A piece.

checkbook cover tutorial

 4)  Place pockets on ends of second fabric A piece (right side up) with folded edges in middle.

5)  Pin pockets in place.

checkbook cover tutorial

6) Place interfacing/fabric A unit from step 3 on top of pocket unit.

7) Pin layers in place.

checkbook cover tutorial

8) With all layers together sew accurate 1/4” seam around edges, leaving generous opening to turn.

checkbook cover tutorial

9) Turn right side out.

10)  Sew 1/8” seam along outer edge, enclosing opening.

checkbook cover tutorial

11) Enjoy your new checkbook cover!

checkbook cover tutorial

Get the PDF Version of the Simple CHECKBOOK COVER PATTERN

checkbook cover tutorial checkbook cover tutorial




I hope everyone had a nice Valentines Day!  I just wanted to pass on another Craftsy Deal to you…

For Valentines day (through the 17th) Craftsy is offering classes at up to 75% off!  Craftsy is really great about offering deals and promotions – so when a class comes up that I want to take I watch for a discount!  And here it is!!!
Craftsy Valentine's Day Sale

Here are some of the classes I have taken…..

I just finished Design Your own Handbag – I will do a full review of this class but I’ll just say it’s fantastic.  You WILL be able to design your own bag after taking this class… I’m thinking of designing a messenger/laptop bag.  Just saying!
Online Sewing Class

If you like to quilt – Quilts from Small Scraps is a fun class!  Check out my REVIEW.  I really enjoyed this class – and what I really love is that I can go back and watch any lesson again – which is great if your memory challenged like me!
Online Quilting Class

If you are not familiar with Craftsy  – there are a bunch of FREEEEEEEEE classes!   Sewing, knitting, quilting, cooking, cake decorating – it’s endless fun!

This Free course on Creative Quilt Backs is FANTASTIC!

Online Quilting Class

I haven’t taken this Quick Easy Bags one yet – but looks good and it’s FREE!

Online Sewing Class

Another FREE one on my watch list!  Making Perfect Pizza at home!  Who doesn’t LOVE pizza?  Can’t wait to watch it!







Enjoy the deals!!!



Another We did it Wednesday!

Happy Wednesday!

Sometimes I feel so accomplished when I do a Wednesday post and sometimes… not so much!  Then I start my post and realize, wow, I kinda kicked butt! lol

I got my February Block of the Month – Hexi Flower  listed on my site – if you’d like to follow along – each month I list the new ‘block’ FREE on my site for the entire month – when the month is over I list the new block of month free and the previous one is still available on Craftsy!

Here is a pic of the February Block done in the english paper piecing method.

#2 february bom

#2 february bom

I’m also working on a row robin project with  my quilt guild.  I completed this row that I showed you in a previous WIP post

row robin quilt - row 1

row robin quilt – row 1

My row (above) was passed on to someone in my group and I received this super cute (all paper pieced) train row!  I’ve started to design a row that I will add on before it’s passed to the next quilter in the ‘robin’ group. This quilt is all about the building of the railroad and is supposed to ‘scream patriotism’ so my plan is to add red white and blue ‘smoke’ coming from the train… here is my first go at it…

train row for quilt

I used a dresden plate for cutting my smoke pieces…

train quilt row robin

Here is where I’m at now…  I still have to applique some ‘smoke’ down to the engine and who knows what else?


Last but not least –

I made a some mittens and a little painted ‘sign’ for my musical ‘secret valentine’.

See the mitten gallery here.

Find the mitten pattern on Craftsy.

wool mittens from sweaters

painted musical notes


link up with…


WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


How to make a kissing ball

A couple days ago I saw a Christmas Kissing Ball at my friend Suzanne’s house.  It kept catching my eye.  It looked…. traditional, fun, bright, and dare I say, romantic!  It just made me plain old happy!  I like feeling happy!  So I asked her about it, and to my delight she told me she made it!  And that’s not all, she would tell me how I could make one too!  Yippee!!!  I couldn’t help but wonder how many Christmas’ her kissing ball had lit up?  How many people have kissed under it? How many family members had gazed upon it while dreaming about their new years resolutions? (nostalgia!)

Kissing Ball

Kissing Ball

Bottom line was, I had to make one.  I love traditions and I was ready to start a new one…  The Christmas Kissing Ball.

Good news is – You can start one too…  Here’s what you need:

32 – 4.5 oz cone cups

1 set of mini Christmas lights (35-50 light strand) clear or colored

1.5 yard 1″ wide ribbon

32 Christmas ball ornaments 2.5″ – 3″


glue gun and extra glue sticks

15 feet garland (nothing too poofy)

Start by counting out 9 cups and staple them together.  Staple them 1″ down inside cup (mine shown were only .5″ which wasn’t really enough)

 Next place six cups on top of your set of 9 and staple in place.

 You have now completed 1/2 the ball.  Make another half identical to this half.  Fold ribbon in half and lay across the bottom side of one of the halves and staple on securely.

kissing ball tutorial

Next connect your two halves with staples and it’s time to start stringing your lights.  Take the end of your light string without the plug and start weaving the light string between the cones beginning at the bottom of your ball where the two ribbon tails are.  Depending on the number of lights in your string you may need to have two lights poking out in the same spot – just work them in as evenly as possible.  Use your stapler to close cup gaps up as needed  and to keep cords from poking out.  Finish at the top of your ball where the ribbon loop is.

kissing ball tutorial

Next get your glue gun ready and start gluing your ornament balls into the cups.  Put a thin ‘bead’ of glue around top edge of each cup and place your ornament inside.  Depending on the size of your cup and ornaments – they will sit up higher or deeper into the cup. 

kissing ball

 When you get to the end, you might have to really snuggle the last couple ornaments in.  I had ornaments of varying sizes so I got to cheat a little here.  If your ornaments are smaller, you may have more wiggle room between them – no worries – it will all fill in nicely when you add your garland.  You can also embellish and fill in with miniature ornaments.  There are no rules here!

kissing ball tutorial

When you are done with your ornaments it’s time for the last step!  Start at the top or bottom and weave your way around with the garland – applying glue from your glue gun here and there to keep it secure.

kissing ball tutorial

Now… Light it Up!  And test it with a KISS of course!  Magic. 

kissing ball tutorial

Here are a couple variations that my kids made for Christmas gifts…

This first one is for a girls room – pink and silver, very cute…

kissing ball tutorial

And another one with traditional Christmas colors…

kissing ball tutorial


I think these would be great in silver to make for weddings!  The sky is the limit… 

Thanks so much to Suzanne for sharing with me!


Mitten Factory…. (in overdrive)

I’ve been burning the midnight oil in the mitten factory!  I love this time of year, the holidays, the lights, the Christmas music… pretty sure I was an elf in a former life :o)

Been doing lot’s of cutting… (oH the DusT!!)


And lots of sewing….

felted wool mittens

wool mittens

and sewing….

felted wool mittens

felted wool mittens

  and sewing…

madawaska mittens

colorful wool mittens

 Want to make your own? 

Mitten pattern & Templates: MADAWASKA MITTEN PATTERN



Click here to see the full gallery of mittens.