Spider Web Table Topper

If you’re looking for a fun and unique Halloween decor piece, look no further than this Spider Web Table Topper. While the lace-like technique used to put these pieces together is perfect for some spooky fun, it will work perfectly in seasonal decor of all kinds – just change out the thread color for a completely different look!

You can watch this short video below to see how it works. I’ve also included written instructions below to outline the steps.

Start by cutting 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ squares from Halloween fabrics. I used Spooky and Sweeter by Art Gallery Fabrics, and cut a total of 48 squares. You can cut more squares for a bigger table topper, and you can cut your squares bigger if you like. This project is completely customizable.

Pair up the squares, right-sides-together. Stitch around all 4 sides, leaving a 2″ gap on one side.

Clip the corners. Turn right side out. Use a turning tool to poke out the corners so that they are crisp.

Press flat. Top stitch all the way around the edge of the square, locking your stitches when you meet up with the beginning point.

Install the 5mm Bridging Plate onto your Baby Lock machine. It is as easy as removing the Bobbin Plate and replacing it with the Bridging Plate.

Thread your machine like you normally would. Select a decorative stitch (I chose 3-11) and set the width to 7mm so that it is wider than the 5mm Bridging Plate.

Switch to your N foot. Place one square on either side of the Bridging Plate, and carefully feed under the needle. Keep an eye on the spacing under the needle to make sure that it is catching both sides with each stitch.

Continue, making 8 rows of 3.

Stitch the rows together in the same manner to make the completed table topper. When you get to the gap, lift up your presser foot, advance the project forward under the presser foot, and then continue.

That’s it! The table topper looks upscale but it is easy enough for a beginner to make. The secret (as always) is having the right tools!

I stitched up this whole project on my Baby Lock Aria. If you’d like to learn more about the Baby Lock Aria or find a local dealer that carries the Baby Lock Aria, check out the Baby Lock website. You can also ask your dealer about getting bridging plates for your machine.

Headphones Quilt Block

I’m so excited to share this fun Headphones quilt block as part of the Sew Much Fun Quilt tour! There are lots of quilting-themed quilt blocks that have been shared as part of this tour. Sewing Machines, thread, and notions are all essential tools for quilters. But when I thought about making a quilt block that represented what I had in my sewing room, I wanted something a little different. I asked my friends what non-traditional (but essential) tools they have in their sewing room, and as we were brainstorming, Kendall mentioned Headphones. Which is where the idea for this head phones quilt block came from.

I agree! Headphones are a big part of sewing for me, too. I’m often watching a show or movie while stitching away. I love putting on headphones, tuning out the rest of the world, and spending the day cutting, sewing, and pressing. A headphones quilt block absolutely belongs in a sewing-themed quilt!

This block is part of the Sew Much Fun Quilt Tour. Each week a designer will be sharing a quilting-themed block. You can get all the details here.

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If you’d like to make a sewing-themed quilt, you can collect the weekly 6″ sewing themed quilt blocks by following along. A sewing-themed quilt made from sewing-themed quilt blocks is the perfect gift for a quilter or to make for yourself! And by just making one block each week, you’ll build up a stash of blocks that you can use to make a sewing themed quilt or other sewing-themed quilty projects.

Here are the other blocks that have already been shared:

Dragonfly’s Quilting Design Studio – Sew Much Fun and bonus logo block
Faith and Fabric – Spool of Thread
Slice of Pi Quilts –Thimble
Orange Blossom Quilt Design Studio LLC – Sewing Machine
Limeleaves Designs – Thimble in Christmas style
Appliqu├ęs Quilts and More – Pin cushion with strawberry
Duck Creek Mountain Quilting – iron
Patchwork Breeze – pencil
Katie Mae Quilts – Seam ripper

Here are the links to the next several weeks…

Scrapdash – Spool and Bobbin Block
Penny Spool Quilts – bobbins (FPP)
Craftapalooza Designs – Hand with heart

Mini Quilt Advent 2021

We’ve launched the Mini Quilt Advent for 2021 and I’m so excited! As a quilter, this is the Advent Calendar I always wanted. Everything in this Advent Calendar is unique, and designed to inspire you to create!

We’ve only made a limited number of these Mini Quilt Advents, so head over to Katrinkles to pre-order your Mini Quilt Advent now. Once you’re done there, head over to my shop to pre-order your fabric bundle, either the Mini Quilt Advent Two Fabric Bundle or the Mini Quilt Advent Fat Eighth Fussy Cutting bundle.

This Advent Calendar comes in a beautiful felt box with an engraved wooden button on the front. The button has a quilt block on it (of course). In the felt box, there are 12 numbered envelopes – one for each of the 12 days of this Advent. Each day you open a numbered envelope, and inside you’ll find a custom acrylic template and an exclusive mini pattern. The pattern shows you how to use this template to make a 3″ finished quilt block that you can use as an ornament, coaster, garland, or combine with the other blocks to make a mini quilt or table runner. All 12 mini quilts can be completed with just 2 half-yard cuts of fabric. OR you can fussy-cut a variety of fabrics to make your mini quilt blocks.

As part of this Advent Calendar, I’ll be sharing a video each day starting December 1st showing you how to stitch up the mini quilt for the day. The templates build on one another so that each day you may just use the template for that day, or you may combine it with templates from previous days to make your mini quilt block. And these templates are designed to mix-and-match, so the designs on the patterns are just a jumping off point!

These bite-sized mini quilts are simple enough to make that you’ll be to find time to sew them, even in the busy holiday season! The Advent Calendars and fabric bundles will ship in early November, and the daily videos will begin December 1st.

The Mini Quilt Advent will sell out. If it sells out before you order yours, make sure you add yourself to the waitlist.

Don’t wait! Head over to Katrinkles to pre-order your Mini Quilt Advent now. She also has custom Advent Calendars for Knitters and Crocheters. If you’ve been extra good this year, you might deserve more than one Advent calendar. Or, you might have a yarn-loving friend in need of an Advent Calendar.

Once you’ve secured your Advent Calendar order, head over to my shop to pre-order your fabric bundle as well. I can’t wait to get your Advent Calendar to you!

Ball & Chain Quilt

This month’s new quilt is the Ball and Chain Quilt. It uses the Scrap Crazy 6 Template from Creative Grids. The Scrap Crazy 6 template is designed for using scraps, but you can also use yardage like I did here to make a more curated looking quilt. And, these Scrap Crazy 6 Quilt Templates allow you to easily cut out pieces – you don’t need to double-check that you have the right markings on the ruler when you’re using these templates. Just cut out your pieces and you’re ready to quilt!

The Ball & Chain quilt is made using a simple method for making quilts. First you make all of the rows, and then you put the rows together to make a quilt. Many of these rows are made out of quilt blocks, but there are sashing-like strips between the rows. These give the eye a place to rest because the rest of the quilt has so much going on. Which is hard to believe because this quilt is really only made using 2 blocks!

Learn how to use the Scrap Crazy 6 Template by watching the video I created. You’ll see that these templates are perfect for scrappy quilts, but also so much more!

Get the Scrap Crazy 6 Templates using my affiliate link at Fat Quarter Shop, or if you’d prefer to buy through Amazon you can use my Amazon affiliate link to get the Scrap Crazy 6 Template set.

If you’d like to download the Ball and Chain quilt pattern, you can purchase it below:

Hamburger Quilt Block

When I think of picnics, I think of barbecue. And when I think of BBQ, I think of hamburgers! I had so much fun creating this hamburger quilt block. It has all of my favorite hamburger toppings – lettuce, tomato, and cheese (of course!). After quilting, if you like, you can add some french knots to the top bun to make it look like it has sesame seeds!

The pattern is free as part of this month’s quilt block mania! You can sign up below to get the free pattern – anyone already on the list when the pattern was released will have gotten the block in their email.

 

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There are lots of fun picnic-themed blocks in this month’s Quilt Block Mania. Check them all out below:

Hamburger Block at Always Expect Moore
Popsicle Picnic at Slice of Pi Quilts
Picnic in the Park
Let’s Fly a Kite at PhoebeMoon Designs
Picnic by Inquiring Quilter
Picnic Bouquet by Blue Bear Quilts
Kebabs at Patti’s Patchwork
BeeHive by Mom and Me Quilting Co.
Picnic Basket at The Quilting Room with Mel
Watermelon Wedge from QuiltFabrication
Labor Day Picnic
I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing
Picnic Fun at Perkins Dry Goods
“Cheers!” at Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Lemonade FPP Block at Penny Spool Quilts

Erasmus Bridge Quilt Block

Summer time is a great time to travel – or at least dream of traveling! That’s why I’ve come together with some of my quilting friends to share with you a series of travel-themed quilt blocks. The block I created is the Erasmus Bridge.

I knew I wanted to make a bridge block, and the Erasmus Bridge is one of my favorites. It is an iconic bridge in Holland, which means it pairs great with last month’s windmill quilt block. A combination of old architecture and modern, which is very typical of Holland. In so many areas you’ll find very modern buildings built right next to an old church. Incredible!

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Check out these other fun travel themed quilt blocks:

Bridge Quilt block by Carolina Moore
Lucky is on the road again at Puppy Girl Designs
Scenic Route by Slice of Pi Quilts
Travel to the Woods by Oh Kaye Quilting
Embark by Inquiring Quilter
Delectable Mountains at PhoebeMoon Designs
Treasure Chest Star by Blue Bear Quilts
Wanderlust by Heidi Pridemore
On the Water by Patti’s Patchwork
Come Sail Away by Mom and Me Quilting Co.
Wish You Were Here at Pretty Piney Quilts
Pack It Up by QuiltFabrication
Me and Bobby McGee at Orange Blossom Quilt Design Studio
Wild Blue Yonder at Perkins Dry Goods
Take a Hike by Devoted Quilter
Into the Blue at Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
T-Shirt Fun at The Quilting Room with Mel 
Stitch and Flip Mountain Block

Windmill Quilt Block

When looking for windmill quilt blocks, most of the blocks I found were more “pinwheel” than windmill. With this month’s theme being “International,” I wanted a windmill quilt block that looked like it could be a “molen” on the “polder.” I had so much fun with this “spin” on the International theme… be sure to scroll down to check out the other international themed blocks from this month’s Quilt Block Mania series!

This quilt block is traditionally pieced – no need for foundation paper. I always prefer making the blocks as straight-forward as possible! However, you will be making two small curved pieces for the windmill roof. Go slow and take your time when piecing these. If you’re worried, cut a couple extra pieces (the pieces are less than 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″, so not much fabric at all), and practice until you feel happy with it. Make sure that you clip the curve so that it lies nice and flat.

While I did like the traditional colors of the original block, I couldn’t help myself … I needed to make a block out of some Dutch Blue hues. I used “Her and History” fabrics by Bonnie Christine for the background. I love how this block is pieced exactly the same way, but gets a totally different look! You might not notice that I used the exact same fabrics for the blades of the windmill in both blocks – I only swapped out 3 fabrics to get this different look!

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And be sure to check out these other fun international themed quilt blocks:

Holland Windmill by Carolina Moore
Dutch Mill Tulips by Perkins Dry Goods
International Airport by The Quilted Diary
Three Amigos by Heidi Pridemore
Making Memories by Blue Heron Quilting
World’s Fair by Blue Bear Quilts
Highlander by Orange Blossom Quilt Design Studio
Love One Another by Faith and Fabric
International Space Station by Duck Creek Mountain quilting
Friends by QuiltFabrication
World Trip by Patti’s Patchwork
Hollyhock Flower by PhoebeMoon Designs
Olympic Rings by Slice of Pi Quilts
All Together Now by Inquiring Quilter
Butterfly Block by Oh Kaye Quilting
Coming Together by Cotton Street Commons
Friends Around the World by Appliques Quilts and More
Greek Cross by Mom and Me Quilting Co
Caracalla by Pretty Piney Quilts
Walking Together
Mystery Quilt: The Kids

Drawstring Backpack

When we go from spring to summer, I want to ditch my everyday purse for a quick and simple option, like this drawstring backpack! You can whip one up with 3 half yard cuts of fabric and about 90 minutes. The perfect summer backpack to toss in your necessities all summer long!

This drawstring backpack is made using two purse clasps to hold the bottom of the straps in place. This makes it perfect for attaching to a fence or gate when you’re not wearing the backpack – great for keeping your things off of the ground. This summer backpack is a simple sewing project – you’ll find yourself making them for your family and friends as well!

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And check out all these other fabulous summer sewing projects:

Ice Pop Holder from Chelsea at Sew Simple Home
Beach Towel Tote from Shelly at Coral + Co.
Cap-sleeve tee from Lisa at Cucicucicoo
Sunglasses Case from Heather at Heather Handmade
Bean Bag Game from Julie at Sum of their Stories
Bucket Hat from Anne at Orange Bettie
Summer Tote from Emily at Life Sew Savory

Sparkler Quilt

The Sparkler quilt pattern looks like an intense quilt to make, but is simple to make using the Starburst 30 Degree ruler by Creative Grids. Using two red prints and two blue prints in addition to a blue and white solid adds a lot of movement and interest to this quilt.

A small quilt that is perfect to use as a BBQ table topper or a simple picnic blanket, this will be your go-to quilt for summer festivities. And you’ll never tire of getting compliments on this quilt! Pick your favorite reds and blues to make a simple quilt that has a lot of style.

To make this quilt, you’ll need the Starburst 30 Degree ruler. (Affiliate Link) You can buy the Starburst 30 Degree Ruler here. This video shows you how easy it is to use:

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Raindrops Quilt Block

This month’s free block is all about April Showers – with this fun rain-themed quilt block! I had so much fun creating two creative versions of this block for you, scroll down to check them out, get details on downloading the block pattern, and get links to all the other fabulous rain-themed quilt blocks from other designers!

I made this block a couple different ways. I used the pattern to stitch up a block, but accidentally swapped two of the raindrops. Can you tell? I didn’t notice until after I had the whole block stitched together, and decided to leave it. If you stitch a bunch of these blocks together, you can shuffle around the raindrop blocks to get a really unique and varied look (the pattern has several different ideas for changing up the pattern, including two rows of raindrops in one block!

I also created a rainbow of raindrops. Seems fitting since after the rain comes the rainbow.

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And be sure to check out these other great rain-themed quilt blocks!

Rainbow of raindrops by Carolina Moore
Raindrops by Perkins Dry Goods
Rainy Day Walk Home by The Quilted Diary
Raindrop by Blockofthemodotcom
I Love Rainy Days by Heidi Pridemore
Petrichor by Althea Gyde
Gray Skies are Gonna Clear Up by Blue Bear Quilts
Rain from Heaven by Faith and Fabric
Umbrella and Gumboots by Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
April Showers by QuiltFabrication
Pouring Rain by Patti’s Patchwork
Spring Crocus by PhoebeMoon Designs
Playing in the Rain by Puppy Girl Designs
Rainy Day by Studio R Quilts
Rain Showers by Slice of Pi Quilts
Rain by Oh Kaye Quilting
Doves in the rain by Sara Flynn
April Showers by Inquiring Quilter
Rain Will Make the Flowers Grow by Devoted Quilter
I’ve Got Sunshine on a Rainy Day
Let it Rain
Splish-Splash by Pretty Piney Quilts
April Showers by Cotton Street Commons
Rain on the Window

Rainy Day Quilt Block Patterns