Locked Stocking for Christmas

If you are looking for a fun teen gift, white elephant gift, or just a way to make Christmas morning even more interesting, this Locked Up Stocking is perfect! It has a flap that folds over the top and is then latched in the front and secured with a lock. You can hide the key at the end of a scavenger hunt, in a special box under the tree, on the tree itself, or use the clues included in the pattern (or make your own) for a combination lock!

This pattern is simple to follow, and fairly easy to put together. But, I filmed a video that shows you how it all works. You will still need the pattern for the stocking template, the cuff measurements, and all the clues. But this will help you with the step-by-step sewing.

The stocking has plenty of room for gift cards, stocking stuffers, or even a lump of coal. These stockings are sure to be a hit on Christmas morning!

How to Sew a Pin Cushion

These pin cushions make perfect gifts for friends and family who like to sew. They are quick and easy to make, inexpensive, and can be personalized for each recipient with specific fabrics and buttons!

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Watch this video to see step-by-step how to make your pin cushion. Make sure that you download the pattern by signing up for my newsletter above. This will provide you with the supply list and basic cutting instructions.

Two very specific supplies that you’ll need when making the pin cushions are buttons and crushed walnut shells. You likely have a button collection (or a friend or family member with a button stash you can raid). But you may want specific buttons for these pin cushions. I purchased these sewing themed buttons from the Annie’s Catalog.

Another important supply in pin cushion making is the filling. Crushed Walnut Shells are excellent pincushion filler. You can find Crushed Walnut shells at the pet store (they are often used in reptile habitats), quilt shops also may carry crushed walnut shells for pin cushion filling. If you’re planning to make a stack of pin cushions as gifts, I found this 15lb bag of crushed walnut shells that will fill 40-45 of these pincushions.

Pocket Advent Calendars

I’m so excited to share with you my new Pocket Advent Calendar Pattern! There are so many things I love about Christmas, and Advent Calendars are absolutely one of them! A little gift every day as we lead up to the big day? Count me in!! I’ve designed two different versions of this Pocket Advent, and included instructions for both in the same pattern. The Wall Hanging Pocket Advent is 22 1/2″ x 28″, with 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ gusseted pockets. The Mini Pocket Advent is 12″ x 12″ and has 3″ x 3″ gusseted pockets. The gussets make the pockets so much roomier to fit in fabulous gifts!

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To make the Pocket Advent Calendar, you’ll need the Creative Grids Strippy Star Tool. This is one of my absolute favorite rulers. It is inexpensive, easy to use, and makes stars in so many sizes – and so easily! The Pocket Advent is at least the fourth time I’ve used the Strippy Star Tool. Get your Strippy Star Tool at the Fat Quarter Shop.

Learn how easy it is to use the Strippy Star Tool in this video:

You can add numbers to your Pocket Advent however you like. You can put tags on the gifts with numbers on them, you can embroider numbers on the pockets, you can cut vinyl numbers with your cutting machine to add them… I chose to use these Tim Holtz Number Charms to add the numbers to my Advent. They already have holes in the top, and were super quick and easy to stitch on.

The 12″ x 12″ Mini Pocket Advent fits perfectly on this 12″ wire frame. This allows you to stand the Mini Pocket Advent on a side table or on the mantel.

My versions of the Pocket Advent Calendar were made using Maureen Cracknell’s “Cozy and Joyful” fabric for Art Gallery Fabrics.

You can purchase the Pocket Advent Calendar here:

The Mini Pocket Advent, it turns out, is perfect for tucking in leftover Halloween Chocolates!

Christmas Gift Block

This Christmas (or holiday) gift block is perfect for any gift-giving occasion. You can change up the colors to make a fun birthday gift pattern or other fun seasonal gift! Make one block for a mini quilt, or several to make a full quilt!

This quilt block is part of Quilt Block Mania – a monthly series where I connect with other quilt pattern designers, and we all share quilt blocks around a theme. This month’s theme is Winter Celebrations … so there are lots of fabulous quilt block patterns! Some designers only offer their pattern free for the first month, so be sure to head over and get your free patterns while they are still free! I have links to all the patterns down below.

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Christmas Wreath by Slice of Pi Quilts
Baby Sue’s First Christmas
Celebrate by Inquiring Quilter
Gifts at Always Expect Moore
Snowflakes by Blockofthemodotcom
Gifts of Friendship
Fireworks at duck creek mountain quilting
Wreath & Chain at Stash Bandit
Christmas Star by Michelle Renee Hiatt
Adirondack Mountain Quilt Block
A Present from Penny
Candlelighting at Pretty Piney Quilts
Poinsettia from QuiltFabrication
Harbor Holidays at Blue Bear Quilts
Christmas Cracker at Perkins Dry Goods
Sparkling Spruce at Patti’s Patchwork
Jingle All the Way at Orange Blossom Quilt
Snowflakes & Candy Cane Trees at Quilt Moments
Tower of Gifts by Oh Kaye Quilting
Winter Memories by Carolyn Burgess
Holiday Block by Seams to Be Sew
Ticker Tape Tree at Devoted Quilter
Evergreen by True Blue Quilts
Merry and Bright at Around the Bobbin
Ski Vacation

The Knit Quilt

When I saw the AGF Hooked Fabric collection, I knew I wanted to make a quilt that made reference to fiber crafts beyond quilting. Which is how I came up with the knit quilt. Yes, I know that “hooked” refers to crochet, and that crochet and knitting are two different things. So, this is an imperfect reference. I apologize in advance to any knitters or crocheters who may think that I don’t know the difference. I do. My mom tried to teach me. And while I don’t have any yarn skills, she was able to teach me that there is a difference between knit and crochet.

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This quilt is incredibly easy to make. Only marginally more work than stitching squares together to make a quilt, and so much more impact! This pattern will become your go-to pattern for making baby quilts and comfort quilts. It uses half yard cuts of fabric, and has very little waste. It is quick to cut, and quick to piece. You can make a quilt from start to finish in a day using this pattern. It is that simple!

The Knit Quilt uses the Creative Grids 60 Degree Diamond Mini. You can get yours at your local quilt shop. If you don’t have a local shop, you can buy yours at the Fat Quarter Shop or get your 60 Degree Diamond Mini on Amazon.

In this video, I show you how easy it is to create so many different shapes using this ruler. For a small piece of plexiglass, it sure has a lot of ways to use it!!

The Knit Quilt is a Ruler of the Month Quilt. That means that for right now, the pattern is FREE! But once I create next month’s pattern, this one will get moved to the shop. Be sure to download your pattern today! You can get the download link by subscribing to my email newsletter:

 

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Showcase Quilt

Today I’m sharing something fun … I did a little pattern testing for Erin at Love Sew Modern. Yes, life around here gets busy, and having two kids at home doing pandemic school hasn’t made my life any less hectic … but I love being able to work with other quilters in the quilting community. Getting to pattern test is an opportunity to “play” in a whole different way. And usually, pattern testing takes a whole lot less time than writing my own pattern … so playing with someone else’s pattern is always a faster way to whip up a quilt!

Erin’s quilt is called the “Showcase” quilt. I made my version in Art Gallery Fabrics Spooky n Sweet. I used one of the panel designs for my center “showcase” block. This quilt is the baby size version of the quilt – perfect to clip up on my wall for Halloween or to throw over the sofa. The pattern comes in other sizes as well. And for those of you asking, the “showcase” design in the middle is seven inches finished – so it is the perfect spot to fussy-cut any favorite large prints that you’ve been hoarding!

I’m still working on getting it quilted … I wanted to do spiderweb quilting on all the background pieces. I did this same quilting on my Halloween Hexie Pillow and got a lot of questions. So, I made a quick video to show you the basics of how to quilt this design.

The baby version of this quilt came together pretty quickly – I had it done in about a day. So, it is a super fun make! Head over to Love Sew Modern to get all the details on the pattern, and to purchase your copy!

English Paper Piecing with Accuquilt

I’m so excited to share with you the newest Accuquilt Qube, which was designed specifically for English Paper Piecing. I got early access to these dies as I worked with Accuquilt to create patterns for the launch, and can’t wait to share all that I have been up to! If you’ve been around a while, you know that I love English Paper Piecing … so this project was an absolute joy for me to work on!

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This EPP Qube is a set of dies designed for English Paper Piecing that are incredibly well thought out. The set includes 8 dies – four for cutting the papers, and four for cutting the the fabric. The four shapes are a triangle, diamond, half-hexagon, and (of course) a hexagon. All the pieces have 1″ finished sides (except for the half-hexagon which has a long side that is 2″), and all the fabric is cut with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Because all of the units have a 1″ finished size, they all fit together perfectly!

I did a full unboxing video to show you all about the Accuquilt GO! EPP Qube:

How the Accuquilt Works

If you’re not familiar with the Accuquilt system, it is designed for quilters to help us with cutting fabric quickly and accurately. Accuquilt has lots of different quilting shapes – from traditional shapes like squares and half square triangles, to applique shapes like hearts and umbrellas, to specialty shapes like the double wedding ring.

To use the dies, you need an Accuquilt GO! cutting machine. There are different sizes of the machine, to accommodate the different sizes of dies. You can use the smaller dies in the larger machines, but you can’t fit the larger dies in the smaller machines. The EPP Qubes are just 6 inches, so you can use any of the Accuquilt GO! machines with the EPP dies.

I have the Accuquilt GO! fabric cutter, but the Accuquilt GO! me is great for a beginner, and can be used with all of the 6″ dies that Accuquilt makes. In fact, Accuquilt put together a GO! me EPP Starter Set that includes everything you need!

To cut your pieces, layer your fabric on the die, place a cutting pad on top. This makes your “sandwich.” All you have to do then is run the die through the machine. The machine compresses the sandwich so that the blades in the die are exposed, and cut through the fabric. In the video below, I show you how easy it is to use. I also show you how to cut the English Paper Piecing papers, which you can cut out of cardstock, or using postcard promotional mailers that come in your mailbox.

Now you’ll want to save all of those promotional mailers that come in your inbox so you can use them for English Paper Piecing!

How to Sew English Paper Piecing

Once you’ve cut your pieces, you’ll need to baste your papers to your fabric, and then you sew them together. This video shows you how to baste and sew your English Paper Piecing shapes. I also go over how to baste the different shapes – not just the hexagons.

One of my favorite projects I made for this launch was the Butterfly Tote Bag. The butterfly uses all 4 shapes in the EPP Qube, and the tote is made using the 2 1/2″ strip die. The butterfly tote pattern is free on the Accuquilt website and is also included in the booklet that comes with the EPP Qube. All the fabrics used in this tote are Art Gallery Fabrics Pure Solids.

Another project I created for the launch was this zippered pouch pattern. Great for storing all of your little pieces, these pouches are fun to make. And all the dies used to make them will fit through your 6″ EPP Qube!

One of my favorite things about this set is how easy it is to cut up my scraps to use for English Paper Piecing! I wanted to create a design that was simple to piece into units that I can turn into a scrap quilt. That is how I came up with the Radiant Block. I wrote up a full pattern for this block that you can use to start making a planned scrappy quilt, which is available in my pattern shop. And if you just want to try your hand at EPP without investing in the Accuquilt GO! dies yet, I do include printable paper template pieces in the pattern.

I also stitched up a fun Halloween pillow. This Jack O’ Lantern has a great grin, and is perfect out of scrappy fabrics or your favorite orange print. The Hexie Halloween Pillow pattern was designed to use the Accuquilt GO! Qube, but includes printable templates as well. You can get the Halloween Hexie Pillow Pattern in my pattern shop.

English Paper Piecing Books

To go along with the launch of the new EPP Qube, Accuquilt launched a new EPP book! I share a peek into that book as well as my own English Paper Piecing book, and some of my other favorite books for EPP inspiration in this video.

Here are the affiliate links to the books in the video:
English Paper Piecing Made Easy
Learn How to English Paper Piece
All Points Patchwork Book
The New Hexagon
The New Hexagon 2 Book
The New Hexagon Calendar
Hexa Go Go

You can purchase your Accuquilt GO! EPP Qube on Accuquilt’s website.

California Poppy Quilt Block

Hey quilting friends! I’m so excited about the California Poppy Quilt Block that I’ll be sharing with you today! This is part of a project I’m doing with a whole bunch of other Quilt Pattern Designers. Every week someone is sharing another block representing another state in the US, and all the blocks are free! If you follow along, you’ll be able to make a whole quilt representing all 50 states! Super fun, right?

I moved to California at age 4, and lived in the desert for most of my school-aged years. I’ve since moved around to different parts of California – and boy are they different! California has just about every kind of terrain you could want! Of course people know all about California beaches. We also have fabulous mountains for hiking and winter sports, rocky hillsides perfect for growing grapes (and making wine), beautiful agricultural lands, and the lovely desert where I grew up.

So, when I was tasked with coming up with a single 6″ quilt block that would represent the whole state, I was stumped! What is one symbol that can represent the whole state? And then I remembered our state flower – the California Poppy. When I was a child going on road trips with my family, there would be fields full of these beautiful flowers. People would plan trips to come out and see the poppies. It is very much part of California – and very much part of my childhood growing up here.

The California Poppy Quilt Block is a 6″ block, and is traditionally pieced. I used fabulous Art Gallery Solids to piece my version. You can get your free pattern below, and also get added to our mailing list of fabulous quilters.

 

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The poppy isn’t just the state flower for California. It has become a symbol of memorial. Originally, it was used to commemorate those who lost their lives in World War One, but has come to memorialize those lost in all conflicts since. It is specifically connected to the Royal British Legion, who say that the Red Poppy is a symbol of remembrance and hope.

Poppies in different colors have different meanings as well, Purple is to remember animal victims of war (in earlier wars, horses and dogs were common parts of the war effort), the Black Poppy is for Africa, Black, and Carribians lost in wars, and the white poppy is both a symbol of remembrance and a symbol of peace.

To honor all of these uses of the poppy as a symbol, I created the Memorial Poppy pattern. You can make your poppy in whatever colors you like, and surround them with a heart.

You can also use this pattern to take any of the 6″ state blocks from this series, and add a heart around it. When finished, the block measures 12″ x 12″. You can purchase the Memorial Poppy Pattern in my shop here.

One of the questions I get asked often is how to piece with such small pieces of fabric! This block finishes at 6″, and that means that some of these pieces are pretty small! My biggest tip when working with small pieces (and bias pieces, though this pattern doesn’t have any pieces sewn on the bias) is to starch my fabrics well. I made a video on starching fabrics that will show you my starching techniques.

If you’re just joining in the Around the Block – US tour, you can find all the details over at the Around the Block Headquarters.

If you’d like to find last week’s pattern you can go to Kissed Quilts, the week before can be found at Appliques Quilts and More. If you want to know where you’ll find next week’s pattern, it will be at Off the Wall Quilts, and the following week will be at Sarah Ruiz Quilts.

Cards from Fabric Scraps

Squaring up blocks is a necessary evil, when it comes to quilting. It is absolutely necessary to get points to line up and quilt tops to lie flat. But it is tedious and boring. And I’ll never love it. Though it is satisfying to see a pile of trimmings get larger on the side of my cutting mat.

Recently, I had a very pretty set of trimmings, and decided I needed to make something out of them. That same week, I dug through my stash of cards to discover I didn’t have any nice cards to send out. I thought I’d kill two birds with one stone and make some pretty cards with my scraps!

Making these cards is super simple. You need blank cards, your scraps, a glue stick (regular school glue stick is fine but you can use a fancy sewing glue stick), and your sewing machine.

Swipe a line of glue across the front of the card. Then start placing your tiny strips. Don’t worry about the length, that will all get trimmed down later.

Place strips all the way across.

Before you stitch across, make your stitch length longer. We just need to tack the strips down, we don’t need to perforate the paper.

Stitch all the way across. You can have straight lines, angled lines, curved lines, whatever you like. This is a great opportunity to use up old bobbin thread and spools that are almost empty.

Stitch multiple times for more interest and texture. I went with five times.

Trim off the ends. Different lengths adds more interest.

That’s it! Make a whole stack so that you have fun cards handy when you want to send a little note to someone.

Oh, and you can see that I made a second type as well. Same basic process, just overlapping some extra fabric squares and stitching over them. You can do all different kinds of fun designs, depending on what your scraps look like.

Make sure to pin this project to make later!

Cards from fabric scraps

Summer Sew Camp!

I am so excited to announce a project I’ve been working on for weeks and weeks… Summer Sew Camp! This is a week-long set of projects designed specifically for teaching kids how to sew.

Summer Sew Camp

First of all – YES! Adults can play along as well (of course!) But I have designed this with kids in mind. Before we get down to things, let me answer a couple of questions I know you’re going to ask:

How much does Summer Sew Camp cost?

It is free. The instruction pages are free. The videos are free. And they will stay free. It is my pleasure to pass on my love of sewing to the next generation.

How old do kids need to be to participate?

That is up to you. With 100% support from an adult, I think a child as young as 6 would have fun “helping” to make these projects. And older kids will be able to make them with little or no help. If children can operate a sewing machine, wield a hot iron, and are comfortable with scissors and pins, then they can make all of these projects.

What about rotary cutters?

No rotary cutters. I made all of these project instructions and videos without using a rotary cutter. Yes, really.

When does it start?

It is all live right now. You can scroll down to watch all the videos in the playlist. Or, if you prefer, you can subscribe below to get daily emails for a week with all the links you need!

I’m sure you have more questions … I answer lots of them in this video:

If you’d like to get started, you can download the introduction and get a detailed supply list by clicking hereyou’ll also find the full instruction packet here.

I also made a quick video just for kids … so if you’d like to show your child this video (it is less than 3 minutes long) to find out if Summer Sew Camp sounds like fun to them, check it out here:

You absolutely don’t have to subscribe to access Summer Sew Camp. You can head to the link above to download the files, and head to my YouTube Channel to watch all the videos.

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Welcome!

I always recommend buying supplies at a local quilt shop, whenever possible. Local quilt shops have experts right behind the counter who can help you with just about any project. Every place we have lived, finding my LQS (Local Quilt Shop) has been as essential as finding the grocery store and a new dentist! However, if you need a quick link to a couple of the supplies I mention in the video, you can use these affiliate links:

Pins at the Fat Quarter Shop
Fabric Scissors at The Fat Quarter Shop or Fabric Scissors on Amazon
Fabric Marking Pen at The Fat Quarter Shop or Fabric Marking Pen on Amazon
Rectangle Quilting Ruler at The Fat Quarter Shop or Rectangle Quilting Ruler on Amazon
Square Quilting Ruler at The Fat Quarter Shop or Square Quilting Ruler on Amazon
Sticky Back Velcro for Fabrics on Amazon
Sew-in Magnetic Snap on Amazon
Heavy Weight Interfacing on Amazon
Fusible Fleece at The Fat Quarter Shop or Fusible Fleece on Amazon
Polyfil Stuffing on Amazon

If you’d like to watch the whole series, it is all in this playlist. There are 13 videos and it is over 250 minutes that teaches over a dozen projects. I don’t recommend you binge it all in one day!

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