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Vintage Christmas 2 Quilt-a-long

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Everything is more fun with a friend, so I hope you will join me for the Vintage Christmas 2 quilt-a-long starting November 1, 2021. This is such a fun holiday quilt pattern, and I can’t wait to sew along with you!

I am going to break it up into four weeks, so we can get be ready for the holiday season. But of course, you can go at your own pace! Make sure to share your progress pictures using #vintagechristmas2qal so we can all see your work!

I’ll be posting my progress regularly on Instagram and Facebook so make sure to follow along with me there. And I’ll share little tips as we go in my IG and FB stories, so make sure to check each day for updates!

Quilt-a-Long Schedule:

November 1: Tree Blocks

November 8: Truck Blocks

November 15: Pinwheels and Holly

November 22: Sashing and borders

November 29: Assemble Top, Baste, Quilt, & Bind!

Supplies:

You will need:

  • 4-1/2 yards – white (background) 
  • Red (Trucks): 8 FQs or 2 yards red
  • Grey: 1 FQ or 1/4 yard
  • Black: 1 F8 or 1/8 yard 
  • Low Vol. (window): 1 F8 or 1/8 yard
  • Green: 6 FQs or 1-1/2 yards
  • Aqua: 2 F8s or 1/4 yard
  • Red (Border): 1/4 yard
  • Binding (Black): 3/4 yard
  • Backing/Batting: 5-1/2 yards 

Finished Size: 74″ x 83″

Fabric used: I used a mix of Sweetwater Christmas Prints for Moda, their new line, Red Barn Christmas, is perfect for this project!

Pattern Level: Beginner-Intermediate

This entire quilt is traditionally pieced! It does have several pieces, so I think it’s a beginner-intermediate level pattern. However, the pattern does include step-by-step graphic illustrations and written instructions, and you’re welcome to email me if you have any questions at all!

So I say if you like it, go for it!

To join in, just follow me on Instagram and Facebook and post any progess pics using #vintagechristmas2qal

See you November 1st for the quilt-a-long!

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Vintage Truck of the Month Quilt: November

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Finished Size: 20” x 24”

My Vintage Truck of the Month series is going to be so fun, and the blocks are adorable! 

If you are new to the Quilty Truck of the Month series, on the first of each month, I will be releasing a new Vintage Truck of the Month. Each month’s truck will be carrying a fun new surprise in the back, along with the month abbreviation on the bottom. The blocks are all traditionally pieced and finish at 20″ x 24″. While some blocks may have several smaller pieces, they aren’t too difficult at all! And they are a perfect way to use up your scraps because each block can be totally different!

If you didn’t already see it, you can get the previous month’s truck patterns here!

I plan to use them to decorate my sewing room, so I will change them out monthly just like you do a calendar. Because of this, I am basting, quilting, and binding them as individual blocks. But you can always save them up and sew them into a quilt when you are done as well! I can’t wait to get started, so without further ado, here is the block for November!

Get the Vintage Truck Block of the Month: NOVEMBER block pattern here!

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I used scraps from my FigTree FarmHouse stash for this block. It has my popular Vintage Truck carrying a cute little sunflower in the back! And of course our N-O-V letters at the bottom for November. 

I did my standard meandering quilt pattern on this block and I think it just turned out so cute! I chose this fun green binding from my stash and a cute blue floral from FigTree’s FarmHouse II line as well. I’m not sure about you, but I agonize over my backing fabric sometimes more than the front! I like it to be matchy-matchy.

Did I mention these blocks are so fast to put together too? It just took me one afternoon to complete this block, and now I can hang in my sewing room all month long! 

Stay tuned for December 1, when the next block will release!

I hope you will join me in my  Vintage Truck of the Month Series and I can’t wait to see what you all make! Oh, did I mention that I’m also doing a Vintage Truck of the Month Cross Stitch series!? I hope you enjoy both series, they are both beginner-friendly and a great way to get into quilting and stitching!

Get the Vintage Truck Block of the Month: NOVEMBER block pattern here!

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2021 Sew With Me – Ohio Star – Block 4

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Happy Thursday friends! It’s time for block #4 in my 2021 Sew With Me Sew-a-long! Join me as I teach you how to make some of the most fun and classic quilt blocks!

Throughout this series, I hope to teach you some new skills, tips, and tricks, and at the end of the series, we will have a fun selection of blocks to sew together into a sampler quilt! 

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Block #4 is such a fun and easy traditional quilt block to make, and there are so many ways to make it unique. It is called the Ohio Star block. And this is just one of the variations of this popular quilt block! I will be showing you the other variation later on in our Sew With Me series.

The Ohio Star quilt block pattern originated back in the 1800s. It gained popularity later on and appeared regularly in the Depression-era and Post-Depression quilts of the 1930s. Like other blocks, it is also known by other names such as the Variable Star, Eastern Star, and Western Star.

Like our other blocks, this one is well suited to scrappy designs, and today I will be digging into my stash bin! The star points can be made using half-square triangles, or Flying Geese and in today’s lesson, I am going to show an easy way to make the flying geese four at one time. The center features a diamond shape. We will be using a technique called “snowballing” and I’ll show an easy way to get perfect points on that center!

Ready to get started? 

Dive into your scrap bins and come sew with me!

->>Download the Ohio Star Block PDF Pattern here!

Watch my 2021 Sew With Me – Ohio Star Block – Block 4 video tutorial here! 

Supplies Used in this video:

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Vintage Christmas 2 Quilt Pattern

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My Vintage Christmas quilt is probably one of my most popular holiday patterns to date. And I have been dying to make a second version of it for awhile now, so I’m very excited to release my new Vintage Christmas 2 quilt pattern for you all today!

This pattern turned out so cute, and I love all of the extra added elements! And don’t worry, while this pattern does have a lot of pieces, it is traditionally pieced, so even a newer quilter can do it!

This quilt features cute vintage style trucks carring gifts in the back. I’ve added cute trees between the rucks, and then a fun pinwheel separator strip between the rows for added interest. I think my favorite new feature is the holly leaf border. It was easy to piece, and really adds that extra special touch!

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Get the Vintage Christmas 2 Quilt Pattern here!

Finished Size: 74″ x 83″

Materials Needed:

  • 4-1/2 yards – white (background) 
  • 8 Red FQs or 2 yards red
  • Grey: 1 FQ or 1/4 yard
  • Black: 1 F8 or 1/8 yard
  • Low Vol. (window): 1 F8 or 1/8 yard
  • 6 Green FQs or 1-1/2 yards green
  • Aqua: 2 F8s or 1/4 yard
  • Red (Border): 1/4 yard
  • Binding: 3/4 yard
  • Backing/Batting: 5-1/2 yards 

Fabric used: Mix of Sweetwater Christmas fabrics for Moda

The PDF pattern includes easy-to-follow step-by-step written instructions along with detailed graphic illustrations to make sewing this project a breeze! It’s a fairly easy traditionally pieced pattern, but there are some small pieces, so I consider it a beginner-intermediate level pattern.

I wanted to be fancy, so I added a label on the backside for an extra cute touch. And I chose a black binding for an added pop.

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How to Sew an Easy Gingham Pillowcase!

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Happy Tutorial Thursday friends! Today we’re making this super easy gingham pillowcase to match our gingham quilt top! This pattern comes with instructions for twin, queen, and king-sized pillowcases so you can make one that fits your bed perfectly.

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Watch the Easy Gingham Pillowcase video tutorial here!

I used Sweetwater Christmas fabrics for mine and I love it! But you can really make this pattern from any fabric you like. I think blue, aqua, and white would be so fun, and of course the traditional buffalo check of black, grey, and white would also be adorable!

Download the Gingham Quilt + Pillowcase PDF Pattern here!

(If the link above doesn’t work for you, try RIGHT clicking the link, then select ‘save file as’.)

Supplies Used in this video:

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How to Sew an Easy Gingham Quilt!

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Happy Tutorial Thursday friends! Today we’re making this super easy gingham quilt! This pattern comes with instructions for a baby, twin, queen, and king-sized quilt so you can make one that fits your bed perfectly. Plus it includes an extra bonus pattern for matching pillowcases!

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Watch the Easy Gingham Quilt video tutorial here!

I used Sweetwater Christmas fabrics for mine and I love it! But you can really make this pattern from any fabric you like. I think blue, aqua, and white would be so fun, and of course the traditional buffalo check of black, grey, and white would also be adorable!

Download the Gingham Quilt + Pillowcase PDF Pattern here!

Supplies Used in this video:

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2021 Sew With Me – Rolling Stone – Block #3

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Happy Thursday friends! It’s time for another block in my 2021 Sew With Me Sew-a-long series! Join me as I teach you how to make some of the most fun and classic quilt blocks!

Throughout this series, I hope to teach you some new skills, tips, and tricks, and at the end of the series, we will have a fun selection of blocks to sew together into a sampler quilt! 

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Block #3 is a super easy and cute quilt block. It is called the Rolling Stone block. This is classic quilt block originated somewhere around 1880’s. It is part of the equal 9-patch family of blocks, however, this block can also be adjusted to involve an uneven nine-patch grid. Depending on fabric placement, and grid size this pattern can result in more than 20 different names!  

As with our other blocks, the Rolling Stone also has had a variety of names over the years, some being the Letter O, Wedding Ring, Johnnie-Round-The-Corner, and Squirrel in a Cage to name just a few. As you will see in the video, this block can transform into so many different configurations just depending on your fabric selection!

But let’s get back to this our Rolling Stone block! This classic quilt block is so much fun to make, and it is a great block for beginners. Today I will be showing you a new technique called the “snowball” technique. We will also strip-piece the side blocks making this block so fast and easy to put together! 

Ready to get started? 

Dive into your scrap bins and come sew with me!

->>Download the Rolling Stone Block PDF Pattern here!

Watch the 2021 Sew With Me – Rolling Stone – Block 3 video tutorial here! 

Supplies Used in this video:

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Vintage Truck of the Month: September Quilt Pattern

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My Vintage Truck of the Month series is going to be so fun, and the blocks are adorable! 

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If you are new to the Quilty Truck of the Month series, on the first of each month, I will be releasing a new Vintage Truck of the Month. Each month’s truck will be carrying a fun new surprise in the back, along with the month abbreviation on the bottom. The blocks are all traditionally pieced and finish at 20″ x 24″. While some blocks may have several smaller pieces, they aren’t too difficult at all! And they are a perfect way to use up your scraps because each block can be totally different!

If you didn’t already see it, you can get the AUGUST truck pattern here!

I plan to use them to decorate my sewing room, so I will change them out monthly just like you do a calendar. Because of this, I am basting, quilting, and binding them as individual blocks. But you can always save them up and sew them into a quilt when you are done as well! I can’t wait to get started, so without further ado, here is the block for September!

Get the Vintage Truck Block of the Month: SEPTEMBER block pattern here!

I used scraps from my FigTree FarmHouse stash for this block. It has my popular Vintage Truck carrying a cute little sunflower in the back! And of course our S-E-P letters at the bottom for September. 

I did my standard meandering quilt pattern on this block and I think it just turned out so cute! I chose this fun green binding from my stash and a cute blue floral from FigTree’s FarmHouse II line as well. I’m not sure about you, but I agonize over my backing fabric sometimes more than the front! I like it to be matchy-matchy.

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Did I mention these blocks are so fast to put together too? It just took me one afternoon to complete this block, and now I can hang in my sewing room all month long! 

Stay tuned for October 1, when the next block will release!

I hope you will join me in my  Vintage Truck of the Month Series and I can’t wait to see what you all make! Oh, did I mention that I’m also doing a Vintage Truck of the Month Cross Stitch series!? I hope you enjoy both series, they are both beginner-friendly and a great way to get into quilting and stitching!

Get the Vintage Truck Block of the Month: SEPTEMBER block pattern here!

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2021 Sew With Me – Churn Dash – Block 2

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Happy Thursday friends! Today is so exciting because I am launching my 2021 Sew With Me Sew-a-long! Join me as I teach you how to make some of the most fun and classic quilt blocks!

Throughout this series, I hope to teach you some new skills, tips, and tricks, and at the end of the series, we will have a fun selection of blocks to sew together into a sampler quilt! 

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Block #1 is a super easy and cute quilt block. It is called the Churn Dash block. This is classic quilt block originated somewhere around 1800 to 1849. It is part of the equal 9-patch family of blocks. Its name is a result of the resemblance of the block to a butter churn, with the middle block resembling the “dash” (the stick that churns the butter).

This block also had a variety of names over the years, some being the Monkey Wrench, Shoo Fly, Hole in the Barn Door, Lincoln’s Platform, and the Quail’s Nest to name just a few. Folklore has it that the Churn Dash or Monkey Wrench block was used as a clue to gather all tools required for a fleeing slave’s journey to the Underground Railroad. Other quilt blocks such as the Flying Geese, Bear Paw, Bow Tie, Log Cabin, North Star, and more all had different meanings for those traveling by Underground Railroad as well. If you are curious about these legends, do an internet search for “Quilt Codes Underground Railroad” and you’ll find a fun rabbit hole to journey through!

But let’s get back to this our Churn Dash block! This classic quilt block is so much fun to make, and it is a great block for beginners. Today I will be showing you a new technique called the “four at a time” half-square-triangle technique. Of course, you can make the half-square-triangles in a variety of ways, but the four-at-a-time method will make this block so easy! We will also strip-piece the side blocks making this block so fast and easy to put together!

Ready to get started? 

Dive into your scrap bins and come sew with me!

->>Download the Churn Dash Block PDF Pattern here!

Watch my 2021 Sew With Me – Churn Dash Block – Block 2 video tutorial here! 

Supplies Used in this video:

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Pre-Cuts, Yardage, and Where to Buy Fabric Online

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Hi friends! Today I’m sharing all about fabric pre-cuts, yardage, how much fabric I purchase for a project, and where I buy fabric online!

So if you’re up for some fun eye-candy and information then stick around and let’s talk fabric!

Watch Pre-Cuts, Yardage, & Where To Buy Fabric Online here!

What is a pre-cut?

Pre-cuts are exactly what they say. They are pre-cut pieces of fabric that not only look adorable but make our quilty projects super easy too! Here are some common pre-cuts, keep in mind different vendors may have different quantities in their packs. Moda typically has 42 prints in their collections, while Riley Blake and other vendors tend to stick with 21 prints.

So just make sure to read the description if purchasing online. It should tell you the size of the pre-cut as well as how many prints you get in the bundle.

  • Mini-Charm = 2.5″ x 2.5″ squares
  • Charm Pack = 5″ x 5″
  • Candy Pack = 3.5″ x 3.5″
  • Layercake = 10″ x 10″
  • Jelly Roll = 2.5″ x WOF (Moda Jelly Rolls usually have 42 strips, WOF = approx 42″)
  • F8 Bundle = 9″ x 18″
  • FQ Bundle = 18″ x 21″

How Much Fabric To Buy:

Fabric purchases are totally personal! But I thought it might be helpful to share how much fabric I purchase when planning for a project. Especially if I don’t know what that project will be! So when purchasing projects for a quilt pattern, I simply follow the fabric requirements on the pattern. Most patterns over estimate just in case, but if you are worried you can always get a little extra.

If I don’t have a pattern in mind, I like to go with either a F8 or FQ bundle depending on how much I like the line. You can get a great quilt out of both sizes, and there are several options for them as well. You can check out the Moda Bake Shop, they have quilt designs based on the pre-cut, so you can search for your pre-cut and see what’s out there! Of course a simple internet search will do the same! For smaller projects like bags, I will use mini-charms and charm packs.

For quilt backings, I usually purchase between 4 and 5 yards of fabric. And for my bindings, I will typically get 3/4 to 1 yard of fabric. For bag outside and linings, I usually like to get about 1/2 yard.

I store my yardage on Comic Book Boards. They are very inexpensive and work great for keeping my yardage standing up, they are like little mini-bolts! I’ve also seen people use the foam core board for this, but in my opinion the foam board is too thick and takes up precious space I need for more fabric 😉

Where to buy: