Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Preppy - A Five Fat Quarter Fun Pattern by Andy Knowlton

It's August 1st and you know what that means!!!
It's time for another Five Fat Quarter Fun pattern!

This time, Amanda and I invited a special guest designer to create a free quilt pattern for you that uses just 5 fat quarters (plus backyard and sashing fabric).  She's our friend Andy Knowlton 
who blogs at abrightcorner.com.  I've known Andy for a long time.  Even roomed with her at Fall Quilt Market a few years ago.  She is such a talented pattern designer, long arm quilter and blogger + a super sweet person and friend!  Be sure to stop by her blog to see what she's up to!

Andy designed a fun pattern this month called, Preppy, that I absolutely love!

I'm not going to share too many pictures of her quilt here.  You need to stop by her blog to get the rest of the details about her cute, cute quilt and to get the free PDF pattern!

I made mine a little smaller than the pattern because I needed another baby boy quilt to gift.  I loved how quickly and easily it came together!

Choosing colors was the hardest part of making this quilt but once I decided on my 5 fat quarters everything else was smooth sailing! I knew I wanted to use primary colors and this text print as the jumping off point.  The scalloped print added balance.  The only fabric I had to buy for this quilt was the back.  It feels so good to use your stash doesn't it?

I found the backing fabric for 50% off (which is always exciting).
It's Wheels 2 in blue by Deena Rutter for Riley Blake Designs!  Isn't it cute?

My friend Jen Ostler quilted this for me. She free-handed little swirls on it and did a great job.  It's been a while since I've used a free hand quilter.  Do you prefer computerized or free hand quilting?

Preppy is one of those patterns that would be perfect in any color scheme.
I definitely think I'll use this pattern again and again!

Be sure to stop by Andy's blog HERE for the free pattern.
We want to give her a big thank you for helping us out with our
Five Fat Quarter Fun series this month!  It was such a treat to have her join our team!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Five Fat Quarter Fun - Rustic Pines

Well, good morning!  I'm writing to you from downtown Nashville, Tennessee!  I'm here, exploring this beautiful city with my little 12-week old nephew while my sister and a few of her friends enjoy one last hurrah together before my sis' BFF gets married in a few weeks!  I love the excuse to spend time with my sister and darling nephew, in this town that I've always wanted to visit!

Though I'm strolling the streets here in blazing hot Nashville, it doesn't mean we can't talk a little "Christmas in July", does it?  I've been working on another Five Fat Quarter Fun pattern and I'm so excited to finally share it with you!  Amanda suggested "Christmas in July" for the theme this month...so this simple tree pattern came to be!

When I walked into my local quilt shop (American Quilting in Orem, UT.) a few weeks ago, it didn't take long before I settled on these beautiful, subdued, soft as a babies' bottom, fabrics by Minick and Simpson for Moda.  The line is called Snowfall and it was glorious to work with!

Some people have asked if wovens unravel and stretch a lot, but I didn't have either of those problems.  I loved every minute of working with this line and the gentle colors make me happy.

As far as block construction goes, I decided to keep it really simple with a little raw-edge applique!  I think the frayed edges around the trees will add a nice touch to this already cozy quilt!  Plus raw-edge applique makes these 60 degree triangles a breeze to put together!

I have to thank my friend, Cathy Barney for doing a beautiful job quilting this.  I chose an off-set cable design that just screams "winter".  I used this same cable design on another Five Fat Quarter Fun quilt.  Any guesses which one it was?  Read to the end of this post to find out the answer!

This quilt finishes at 62" x 73 1/2" and all it takes are 5 fat quarters + some yardage.  I decided to mix things up a little bit this time and choose 6 different backgrounds (plus a 7th for the sashing and border!) to give it a really scrappy look!  I'm such a "scrappy" girl.  Maybe it's because I learned to quilt from my grandmother, who also loves scrap quilts and that make-do mentality?  So, are you a "scrappy" person or not?

So, if you're ready to get started on Rustic Pines, 
click HERE for the free pattern.  

If you decide to make this or any of our other Five Fat Quarter Fun patterns be sure to email or tag us on Instagram @gigis_thimble and @jedicraftgirl and use the hashtags #fivefatquarterfun and #rusticpinesquilt.  We'd hate to miss seeing your lovely creation(s)!  Stop by the Five Fat Quarter Fun home page (HERE) to see all the other free patterns!

Finally, we hope you'll stay tuned until next month!  We have a guest designer designing August's pattern.  We love her and her designs and can't wait to share another great pattern with you!

Xo, Amber (and Amanda, Jedi Craft Girl)

A: If you guessed Cabin Fever (from January), you were right!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Five Fat Quarter Fun - Star Spangled Pineapples

If nothing else, I'm making these Five Fat Quarter Fun projects!  I feel bad that not much else is happening around here but I AM having so much fun working with Amanda on these projects!  And a quilt a month?  That's not too bad, right?

So Amanda lives in California and I live in Utah.  We're in constant contact because of these monthly patterns we're publishing for you.  We're taking turns designing them each month and when I found out what Amanda's plan was for June I was so excited!  I hadn't jumped on the Pineapple Quilt bandwagon yet but when I saw her red, white and blue version (with pinwheels!) I knew she knocked it out of the park!  And I knew I just had to make it!

My quilt only has red and blue pinwheels (no white ones).  I guess since mine has a lighter background I thought it would look better with darker pinwheels.  Also, the placement of my red stripes are random and Amanda's are all the same.  So do whatever floats your boat.  I love scrappy so that's what I did!

Cathy Barney in Alpine, Utah quilted my quilt using a pattern called Diagonal Plaid.  I haven't used that design before but Amanda and I both thought it was perfect for a pineapple quilt.

Most of the fat quarters I used were from my stash.  The red striped binding (MODA) was from my stash too!  These projects are a great way to use up fabric from your stash!  I also love the idea that if you're walking through a fabric store, feeling over-whelmed and wanting to buy stuff but don't know how much...you can just buy 5 coordinating fat quarters and you're set!!!

Be sure to stop by Amanda's blog HERE for more photos and the free pattern.
This is such a fun quilt to make.  Perfect for summer!

Sooo.  Are you going to make this or any of our other Five Fat Quarter Fun projects?  If so, be sure to tag us on Instagram @jedicraftgirl and @gigis_thimble and use the hashtags #fivefatquarterfun and #starspangledpineapplequilt.  We don't want to miss any of your beautiful creations!

Happy quilting!
~ Amber

Monday, May 1, 2017

Five Fat Quarter Fun - May Flowers

It's May 1st and that means it's time for another 
FREE 5 Fat Quarter Fun project!

Amanda and I are having so much fun designing these free patterns for you each month!  Thank you to those of you who have emailed us with pictures of your 5 Fat Quarter Fun projects!  It's so fun to see the spin you put on them and we love to see that they're getting used!

[Amber & Amanda at Pine Needles in West Jordan, Utah.]

We were able to meet up at Gardner Village for lunch and retail therapy last month when Amanda was in Utah for a few days.  We made some fun plans for the next few months of Five Fat Quarter Fun projects so stay tuned!

Today we have an on-point quilt pattern for you called May Flowers!  

If you haven't made an on-point quilt (or you've been avoiding it because the term "on-point" intimidates you) then now is the perfect time to try!  This quilt finishes at 51" x 61" (so it's not super big) and we've already figured out the math for those corner and side setting triangles.  Assembly is pretty much the same as a regular quilt except you sew the rows together diagonally!  Easy peasy!

This month, Amanda and I both used the same fat quarters but chose different background fabrics.  My background (the white, speckled fabric in the middle, above) is Quilters Basic Harmony #MCS 16-77 by Stoff Fabrics.  The rest of the fabrics are from the lines Charleston and Les Petites by Amy Sinibaldi for Art Gallery Fabrics.  I can't wait to see Amanda's version.  Be sure to stop by her blog, Jedi Craft Girl, today to see her progress!

Cathy Barney in Alpine, UT. quilted mine with Modern Loops and did another fabulous job!

For some reason, I'm super obsessed with this backing fabric!  Navy = yum!

If you look close at the binding you can see some little umbrellas - so sweet.  
Charleston by Amy Sinibaldi is beautiful and so soft!

My sweet dog, Molly approves and I hope you do too!

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you will enjoy this free pattern.  Click HERE for the PDF.  Please email or tag us on Instagram @jedicraftgirl and @gigis_thimble if you decide to make May Flowers (or any of our 5 Fat Quarter Fun patterns!)  Be sure to use the hashtags #fivefatquarterfun and #mayflowersquilt.

Have a happy May friends!

Xoxo, Amber

Monday, April 17, 2017

Baby Beluga Quilt

I'm so excited to share with you a new quilt I finished recently! 

The pattern is from the book Quilts for Kids by Ten Sisters Handicraft.  Carmen Geddes is one of the authors (who happens to live near me) so I have the pleasure of running into her from time to time. She is one of the kindest people I've met and an amazing long arm quilter, pattern designer, teacher, etc.  

This book is full of 16 darling projects for children of all ages.  Each project uses the Ten Sisters Easy Piecing Grids - which are grid panels printed on fusible, lightweight interfacing.  The grids come in 1", 1.5" or 2" squares and in packages of 6, 12 or 20 panels.

I chose the Baby Beluga quilt pattern that uses 6 grid panels (retail price = $26.99) in the 2" finished squares.  I used low volume prints from my stash for the background and lots of blue and aqua prints for the whale and bubbles.  It took a long time to cut out all those squares (about 756 to be exact) but I LOVE how scrappy it is!

The quilt finished at 56" x 56" and was custom quilted by Marion McClellan.  It was my first time using Marion but she is a friend and an amazing quilter.  I knew she would do a good job and she did not disappoint!

I always love "grid-work" and the vertical rows of loops look like bubbles!
I love it!

In case you're wondering about these grids,
I will give you my two cents on them...

It was fun to try them.  It was kind of a different style of quilting and could appeal to people who have a hard time matching up seams or who don't want to pin at intersections.  You won't have to take the time to piece all of those individual squares together or pin but you will have to spend time laying out all the squares in the right places (which I thought was kind of fun) and then ironing the squares to the fusible side of the panels and then clipping the seams at each intersection so the seams will lay flat.  Once you get everything in place you can sew the rows up really quickly!  The cost of the grids adds one more expense to your overall quilt making cost but sometimes it's worth it if it saves you some brain cells, am I right? ;)  Oh, and the interfacing does add a little more weight to the quilt itself, but it's still really soft and I can't even tell it's in there!

I backed this quilt with aqua minky and bound it in a Cotton + Steel gray dot fabric.  It's super soft and snugly!  Also, it's for sale in my Etsy shop if anyone is interested.  It was made with lots of time and love (and favorite fabrics from my stash) and I hope it goes to a good home! 

If nothing else, I hope this post inspires you to try something new - a new technique, a new product, a new color scheme - the sky is the limit!  What is something you want to try or have tried recently that you are excited about?  Please share, I'm dying to know!

Happy quilting!
~ Amber 

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Five Fat Quarter Fun - Garden Path

Hello again!  Can you believe it's already April?  
That means it's time for another Five Fat Quarter Fun project!

This month's FREE Five Fat Quarter Fun project is called Garden Path and was designed by my partner in crime Amanda of the blog Jedi Craft Girl.  Be sure to stop by her blog to get the PDF pattern and see more pictures of her beautiful quilt!

Amanda and I both used Cotton + Steel fabrics donated to us by the Fat Quarter Shop!  I love The Fat Quarter Shop.  They were so helpful and they shipped my fabrics super quick without any problems!  Thank you to the Fat Quarter Shop for sponsoring our pattern this month!

I've been on a really "traditional" kick lately and I'm loving classic colors that won't go out of style - like blues and neutrals.  Who knew that you could get that feel with Cotton + Steel fabrics?  Usually their fabrics are more modern and whimsical (which I LOVE - don't get me wrong!) but I am really happy with the traditional feel of these fabrics.

I pulled my fabrics from a few different Cotton + Steel collections including their basics, solids, Bluebird, Flower Shop and the S.S. Bluebird collections.

I ordered a few extra fabrics (aside from what The Fat Quarter Shop donated) so that I could have options.    

For the quilting, I chose one of my favorite, go-to patterns - the continuous curve!  Cathy Barney in Alpine, UT quilted it for me and I love how it turned out! 

I love this simple quilt pattern too.  In fact, I love it so much that I wanted to make it bigger!  It's super easy and quick to put together.  But, I decided to stick with just the 5 fat quarters this time.  I don't do this very often, but I'm tempted to make a second Garden Path quilt (just bigger)!!!

Did you notice that my borders and binding are a little different than Amanda's?  

If you're interested in the fabric requirements and alternate border & binding instructions for my version, click HERE. Be sure to stop by Amanda's blog to get the main instructions though, you'll need those too (click HERE).

 We hope you are enjoying these FREE Five Fat Quarter Fun projects!  We are loving the challenge they are giving us to make at least one quilt a month.  Please let us know if you make any of them.  You can tag us on Instagram @jedicraftgirl and @gigis_thimble and be sure to use the hashtags #fivefatquarterfun and #gardenpathquilt.

Happy quilting!
~ Amber

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

By The Sea Project Tour + Smooth Sailing (A New Pattern)

I've always been a fan of nautical things so when I received an email a few months ago asking if I would like to participate in Dani Mogstad's project tour for her new fabric line, 
By The Sea for Riley Blake Designs, I said, "Definitely!"

The sailboats, anchors and whales mixed with stripes, arrows and text prints are a beautiful combination.  The colors spoke to me too, with subdued blues, greens and a touch of red!

For my project I decided to do something I've never done before and that is to make a sailboat quilt!
There are many sailboat quilts around but I couldn't help but design one with some simple striped sails.  These blocks are very easy and quick to put together.  It's a great pattern for beginners!

It's called Smooth Sailing and it finishes at 55 1/2" x 70 1/2".

Cathy Barney in Alpine, UT quilted the wavy lines for me.  She always does a great job!  And I guess I really like the pattern she did because I've used it several times now.

And my favorite...striped binding.  I love the stripes in this line!  They come in blue, green and red.

I had so much fun working with By The Sea and appreciate the opportunity 
to be a part of Dani's project tour.  

I hope you like my pattern!  
If you would like to purchase a copy of Smooth Sailing or any of my other patterns
click HERE to visit my Etsy shop.

Happy quilting!