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Gingham Blocks Quilt

I’ve had this bundle of Cotton and Steel Ginghams on my shelf for a while now.  I finally decided what would be the perfect quilt to make with it.  The pattern I chose was Lunden’s Charity Block designed by Erin Jensen (@mommy2lu on instagram).

First, I found solids that matched my ginghams.  

This is such a fun block to make.  I just randomized my colors so that all the blocks are different.  I ended up making 20 blocks.

I had so much fun using my leftover fabric to make this fun backing!
Check out this amazing quilting done by my friend Kaylene Parry.

Trying to take a picture on a windy day is tricky!  Luckily, you can still see how amazing this quilt turned out.  It is my new favorite.

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Dresden Template Project – Kids Apron

The perfect way to dress up any simple project is to add a dresden flower.  Dresden flowers look fancy and difficult, but with the right tools, it’s easy!  I made this simple apron for my cute niece today, but it needed something to dress it up.  Adding the dresden flowers to the pockets was the perfect finishing touch.

To start make (or buy!) a simple apron.  Here are a few tutorials that might help.  Little Chef Apron, Kitchen Buddy Apron, and Child’s Apron.

Now the fun part — making it cute!  I cut my pockets 6.5 inches square, serged all 4 edges, and pressed the edges under.  Top stitch along the top of the pocket.  I used this awesome dresden template from Nancy’s Notions to make the flowers.  The best part about this ruler is that you can make so many different sizes of flowers, with only one ruler.  I cut my pedals 2 inches.  It’s a big template, but it still works great for small pieces!

It took 12 pedals to complete my flower.  The book that comes with the template gives a lot of great tips on how to make your dresden perfect.  Here is how the back looks all pressed and ready to go.

I top stitched around my edges and added my center circle.  Now my pocket is ready to be sewn onto the apron.

Now you are ready for fun time in the kitchen.  Don’t forget to lick the spoon!

It’s your lucky day!  This dresden template is on sale!  You can buy the template from Nancy’s Notions for 44% off now! (expires July 30, 2017)  

 

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Quilt Group Project – Row Quilt

I love being a part of a quilt group.  Getting together with friends that share my interest in quilting is so much fun!  My quilt group has done several different projects together, but this one will probably always be my favorite.  All my friends helped make a row quilt.  There are 12 people in our quilt group.  This process took ONE YEAR to complete.  Let me explain.

First, I chose the fabric/color scheme for my quilt and made a row of the desired width I wanted.  I put all my fabric and instructions in a box or bag and labeled it with my name and phone number (in case anyone had a question).

In our box we added instructions about what we wanted.  Examples:  Only use my fabric provided.  Add your own fabric to my quilt.  No applique.  Please use only pastels.  No rows bigger than 12 inches tall.  etc.

These are my blocks that I put together in one long row to start my quilt.

At quilt group each month we would rotate the boxes and make a row for someone else’s quilt.  At the end of the year, we had 12 rows made by 12 different people.

I brought all my rows home and added the navy sashing and I have a beautiful quilt with a lot of memories built in.

 

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