Monday, October 31, 2011

All Framed Up Alternate's

So I was just giddy the other day when Leah from Burgundy Buttons told me that the All Framed Up Baby Quilt kits in Ruby had already sold out.  I guess you all really like that quilt design.  I can't tell you how happy that makes me to know that people are super excited to whip up one of my tutorials :)  

Leah also mentioned, that she had some special requests to make some alternate kits.  So the same design, but different fabric lines.  So she got right to it and just listed those alternate kits.  So I thought I would pass on the word in case you wanted a kit but they were already sold out in Ruby.  You know have 5 other options.
Love the look of bright warm colors?
  A kit made with Flora might make
 you feel warm and fuzzy all over!

If you're a girly girl, 
Sophie might have just the feminine touch you crave.

 A vintage kit made with Curio
 has a place in any romantics home.

If you're a homebody, 
Hometown might be right down
 your neighborhood ally!

 Pay tribute to days past
 with a retro kit made with Circa 1934.

 So there you have it.  
Don't you just love how the same design can look
 so different depending on the fabric you choose.  
I always think that is just the coolest. 
 Have a Happy Quilting Day!
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Friday, October 28, 2011

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Throw Back Edition

So I had intentions to make a new quilt to show for Blogger's Quilt Festival when it was first mentioned a couple of months ago.  But that just did not happen.  However, I am okay with that.  I have been busy with our new little bundle of joy (see here) and I already had a lot of previous commitments that I had to make some "escape to the sewing room" time for as it was.

So, I decided instead of sharing something new, I would share something old and it's little story.  Something from before I had a quilting blog that none of you have probably ever seen.  And more importantly, something that shows a technique from me that will probably never be seen again.  Hand Stitching!!!

I made this quilt in 2008 for my sweet Sister-In-Law upon the arrival of their first baby girl.  I absolutely love the pink and brown color scheme so I gathered up some of my scraps and set out to do something new.  See, at this time I was still fairly new to the quilting world and had stuck to just following patterns.  I had seen so many adorable baby stitches (mostly from my other SIL who stitches like crazy) and thought it would be fun to incorporate some into a quilt, but I couldn't find a pattern that had baby stitches in the quilt that I liked.  So at that point, I realized if I wanted it, I would have to make it up myself.  So I did.   I pulled out my trusty excel skills that I hadn't used since becoming a mommy and went to work trying my hand at designing for the first time.  This is what I came up with :)

Now this was my first attempt at designing so I stuck to squares and rectangles.  Nothing to fancy. (and it probably was good I did as I made a few errors in my math along the way and had to adjust later on :)  This was also one of mt first attempts at quilting.  My machine at this time, did not have free motion capabilities, so I opted for stitch in the ditch.  I learned a lot, especially a lot of what not to do's :)  But all in all I had a lot of fun with designing, piecing, and quilting this quilt and learned a lot along the way.

The quilt was fun, the stitching however, not so much fun.  I know many people love stitching and find it relaxing, I on the other hand found it slow and frustrating.  Hence, I don't think I have done much hand stitching since this quilt, and don't have plans to do a lot in the future :)    But I have to admit, even though I didn't like it, I really like the way the stitches turned out.  (So maybe some day I will suck it up and do it again :)

And here it is hanging above my nieces crib.  Her Mother loved it which made me love it all the more.

My favorite thing about a post like this . . .  To see how much I have learned since I made this quilt, how much better my skills are, and to imagine how far they will go in the future :)  It is a great thing!!
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Thursday, October 27, 2011

All Framed Up for the MBS and TNT

Today I am so excited to share with you my newest finish!!!   I call it "All Framed Up" and you can find the step-by-step tutorial to make  it over at the Moda Bake Shop!!!!

This baby quilt is super easy to make and honestly, I just can't get over how adorable it is!!!  I made it for the newest addition to our family, Baby Jocelyn!!  And isn't she just the cutest little model!!

And now that this Moda Bake Shop Tutorial has been published for a while, I can now post it here on my blog for your convenience ;)   So just follow along below for the full step-by-step tutorial.  And if you love it, you can get the printer friendly version here :)  

To make this quilt you will need :

2 Ruby Charm Packs
1 Yard of Moda Bella Solid White
1 1/4 of Backing Fabric - I used 55035 14
1/3 Yard of Binding Fabric - I used 55032 21
Several 5 x 5 squares of Heat -N - Bond


There is not too much cutting of your charm packs needed.

Select 36 charm squares that will not be cut.  Pull out 6 charms and set them aside (I choose to pull out the polka-dot prints because I wanted my all of my applique to match :)

From the second charm pack, cut 32 charms down to 3 3/4" x 3 3/4" squares (once again, the 10 charms I pulled aside were all the polka-dot prints).

From the 16 charms you pulled aside, cut out (16) 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" squares.  (I cut out 2 squares from each of the 8 polka dot prints).

Set your remaining charms and larger pieces of charms aside to use for the applique :)  This is what you should have:

Let's move to your Moda Bella Solid White yardage. Start by ironing your yardage and then cutting a nice straight edge.  From your yardage, cut the following strips: a 3" x WOF Strip, a 7 1/2" X WOF Strip, a 8 1/2" x WOF Strip, and a 12 1/2" x WOF Strip.  Trim the selvage edges off the top of all 4 strips.

Use the following 4 guides below to sub-cut your strips.  If you have trouble viewing the guide, click on the picture to make it larger.

For your 3" x WOF Strip cut as follows:

For your 7 1/2" x WOF Strip cut as follows:

For your 8 1/2" x WOF Strip cut as follows:

For your 12 1/2" x WOF Strip cut as follows:
You should have cut the following pieces...  

This is it for the cutting. Now you are ready to start putting your top together!!


Start by grabbing your pile of 5 x 5 charms and 1" x 5" white rectangles.  You will be adding a sashing strip to the side of each charm.  Lay a white rectangle along the side of your charm with right sides together (any side will do).  I don't pin a lot in this project, but if you prefer to pin, please do :)  Sew 1/4" along the edge.

You don't want to cut after each one, that takes too much time. Chain stitch instead (when you are finished sewing the first, feed the second pair through and keep feeding through pairs until you have sewn a sashing on all 36 charms).

Clip the threads between each set and press the seam toward the charm square.

Repeat the process on the opposite side.  Lay a white rectangle along the opposite side of your charm square with right sides together. Chain stitch a 1/4" seam along the side of all 36 charm sets, clip your threads, and press toward the charm square.

Now they are pressed and ready to be sub-cut.  Each charm needs to be sub-cut in half both ways.  From side-to-side, measure in 2" and cut. From top to bottom, measure in 2 1/2" and cut.  You should now have 144 little 2 1/2" x 2" squares that are sashed on 1 side.

Start sewing them together. Align 2 squares with the sashings on the same sides. Lay your first square on top of your second with right sides together.  (You did this right if the sashing is on top of the print.) Sew a 1/4" seam along the edge.  Don't pin, just align as you go.  Continue to chain stitch sets of 2 until you have used all of your squares.  Clip your threads and press.  You should now have 72 sets of 2.

We are going to turn those sets of 2 into sets of 4.  Same exact process.  Align two sets with right sides together, chain stitch a 1/4" seam along the edge of all your sets, clip your threads, and press.  You should now have 36 sets of 4.

And now we do it again one last time to turn sets of 4 into sets of 8. Align two sets with right sides together, chain stitch a 1/4" seam along the edge of all your sets, clip your threads and press.  You should now have 18 sets of 8.

There is one last step to finish your borders.  You need to unpick one seam.  (I know it seems silly to unpick, but trust me, it is way faster to sew them this way and unpick 18 seams then to do them without chain stitching :)  So unpick along the outer sashing of the 3 square (see the arrow).

You should now have 18 rows of 3 that have sashings on both ends and 18 rows of 5 that do not have sashing on either end.  You can set your borders aside for a minute.  Way to go!!!


For each block center you will need (4) 3 3/4" x 3 3/4" charm squares, (2) 1" x 3 3/4" white rectangles, (3) 1" x 7 1/2" rectangles, and (2) 1" x 8 1/2" rectangles.  Lay them out as follows.  (the 8 1/2" strips are along the top and bottom :)

Start by sewing your small center sashings to your top 2 charm squares.  Lay the sashings along the bottom of the charm squares with right sides together.  Once again, it isn't necessary to pin.  Sew a 1/4" seam along the edge of the two squares, clip your threads, and press.

Now you can sew your top sashed charms to your bottom charms. Lay the top charm square onto your bottom with right sides together.  Sew a 1/4" seam along the edges, clip your threads, and press.

Now that your charm columns are done, you can sew the sashings to the sides of them.  Lay your sashings onto your charm columns as follows.  Sew a 1/4" seam along the three edges, clip your threads, and press.

Now you can sew the 2 charm columns together.  This time it is important to pin so that you can make sure you align your center seam.  Once it is pinned, sew a 1/4" seam along the pinned edge and then clip your threads and press.

Lastly, you just have to add the top and the bottom sashings.  Lay the sashings along the top and bottom of the block with right sides together.  Sew a 1/4" seam along the edge of the top and bottom, clip your threads and press.

Now your block center is done.  Repeat this step to make another 7 block centers. You will have 8 block centers total :)


You are ready to use your block centers and borders to finish the blocks.  Start with a block center, 2 short borders, and 2 long borders.  Lay them out as follows. 

We'll start by sewing on the top and the bottom borders.  Lay the top and bottom border with right sides together along the top and bottom edge of the block center.  Make sure to pin and align your seams where the 4 arrows designate.  Sew a 1/4" seam along the pinned edge, clip your threads, and press.

And now... you guessed it, we are going to do the sides.  Lay your side borders with right sides together along the sides of the block center.  Once again, make sure to align your seams where the arrows indicate.  Sew a 1/4" seam along the pinned edge, clip your threads and press.

Now your block is completed!!!  Yippee Skippee!!  Repeat this process with the other 7 block centers so you have a total of 8 completed blocks.

Grab your 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" white square and use your remaining 4 borders to finish the block in the same manner.  You will use the exact same process of adding the top and bottom first, followed by the sides.


To give this quilt a super adorable and personalized look, I added applique to the center block.  This is optional.  Grab your leftover (mine are polka-dot) charm squares that you set aside at the beginning. Fuse your pre-cut squares of heat-n-bond to the wrong side of your charm square.  Now trace your letters onto the paper side of the heat-n-bond.  Remember, to do your letters backwards!!!!  (You can make your own letter templates by printing the name you'd like in any word program and then cutting out the letters.) Cut out your letters and wha-la!!  You have applique letters.  You can add flowers and such if you'd prefer.

Once you have your entire applique cut out, you are ready to add it to your block.  Play with the arrangement in the center block until you get something that is pleasing to you.  (I find it best to do this on your ironing board so you don't have to move it once you get it where you like.)  Once you have it set, go ahead and fuse your Heat-N-Bonded appliques to your center square.

Lastly, secure your applique by stitching around it.  You can do any type of secure stitch you like.  I chose to do a blanket stitch in white :)


Now that you have all of your blocks done, you are ready to piece the quilt top together.  Grab your 9 blocks, the (16) 1 1/2" squares and and the (24) 1 1/2" x 12 1/2" rectangles and lay them out as follows.  Go ahead and play around with your layout until you get a nice even mix of colors and it is pleasing to the eye. A great way to see this is to take a picture of it and then look at it on the computer screen, it really helps to give you a good overall look.

Start sewing your top together.  I like to do this one row at a time; it makes it easier not to change my layout on accident.  I start with the sashing rows.  Using a 1/4" seam, sew the squares onto the edges of your first piece of sashing in your first row.  Continue to add on to the row.  Add another sashing followed by another square etc. until you have sewn the entire row together.  Once the row is all sewn together, go ahead and press it.  Repeat for all 4 of your sashing rows.

Now that your sashing rows are sewn together, you can move onto your block rows.  This is done with the same process.  Start by sewing a sashing onto each side of your first block.  Then add a block, followed by a sashing, followed by a block etc. until you have sewn together the entire row.  Press it and repeat the process for the other 2 block rows.

Your quilt top should look like this.  You with me?  Almost done!!!

We are going to sew the sashings rows onto the block rows.  Same process, just on a larger scale. Lay your sashing row onto the top of your block row with right sides together.  Make sure to pin your seams to match where the arrows indicate.  Your bottom row will have a sashing pinned along the top and the bottom. Sew a 1/4" seam along your pinned edges, clip your threads and press.

Sew the 3 rows together.  Start by laying your bottom row onto your center row with right sides together.  Make sure to match your seams along those same points.  Pin your entire edge, sew a 1/4" seam along the pinned edge, clip your threads, and press.  Now just repeat the same process laying your top row onto your now sewn together center and bottom row.  Pin, Sew, Clip, and Press!!

And your top is complete!!!  Don't you just love it!!!  It is so adorable!!!


So now it is time to turn that finished quilt top into a finished Quilt ;)  Time to  Baste It, Quilt It, and Bind It!!!  Which is a whole lot in one little sentence.  If you are new to quilting, you can see my Finishing Your Quilt Series of video tutorials that will walk you through Basting, Quilting, and Binding step by step ;)

One adorable All Framed Up Quilt measuring approx. 40" x 40".

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and if you make your own All Frame Up Quilt I would love to see it!!  You can email me a picture at, post it to social media with #happyquiltingwithmc  or or add it to my flickr group here ;)  I can't wait to see your All Framed Up Quilts!!!

And now it's your turn for TNT . . . What did you try??? 
 I can't wait to see!!!  So write up your post and link it on up!!!  Oh, And please remember our 2 little ways to play nice with the linky.  1 - Please link back here with either words or the TNT button and 2 - Please give your fellow "linkers" some comment love :)

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