By Laura B

Rainbow Mini Swap

All the Colors Mini Swap

I think it’s clear by now that I love craft swaps! I also love rainbows! So when I saw the All the Colors mini quilt swap on Instagram… I jumped right in!!

My partner mentioned she loved Quiet Play Patterns and her mosaic had several flying geese included. I decided to combine the two! I used Quiet Play’s mini geometric sewing pattern for the center, and surrounded it with a circle of flying geese from the free pattern here enlarged to fit the center block.

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For the quilting, I chose to use invisible thread in the top to ensure the quilting did not distract from the piecing. It was effective, but a huge pain to work with! It kept breaking, snagging, and bunching up on the back of the mini. But the effect is exactly what I hoped for! I chose a diagonal grid for the center and concentric circles for the flying geese. I finished it off with some rainbow binding using Katarina Roccella’s Avant Garde fabric! It felt like the perfect marriage of the rainbow foreground & low volume background.

Rainbow Pincushion

 For the extras, I started with a rainbow pincushion! I drafted my own foundation paper piece pattern for this design. I added some buttons to pinch it in the center.

Ruffle Pouch

My partner had a daughter & son. Her daughter was beginning to sew and loved picking out fabrics for her projects. So, I decided to make her a sweet ruffle pouch (tutorial here) and fill it up with orphan charm squares for her to use!

Unicorn Pincushion

I also made a pin cushion for her, so I chose this sweet unicorn print for the center of an economy block! I finished it up with some cute pom pom trim around the edge!

Misc Extras

For her son, I made a triangle pencil pouch using the tutorial here. I filled it up with fun pencils, erasers, and supplies! I also made my partner a rainbow bound edge key fob!

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Overall, I had an absolute blast creating this mini & these extras for my partner! I love that swaps push my creativity and allow me to make something special for another person! Crafting for others is one of my favorite things to do :)

Until Next Time!

Sig

P.S: If you want tons of cool inspiration, check out the links to the different Linky Parties I join on my Links page!

Acreage Quilt Market Throw Pillow

Acreage Quilt Market Throw Pillow

Last year I came across a post on Instagram from Shannon of Eva Blake’s Makery. She was looking for people willing to make some samples of her new fabric line from Moda- Acreage! I thought that it sounded very fun, so I contacted her and she graciously let me make a throw pillow for market!

Acreage Quilted Throw Pillow

Shannon sent me 3 gorgeous prints from the line and gave me free reign to design a pillow. I mulled it over it for a long time trying to decide how to best do justice to this beautiful fabric! I decided on a star pillow, using the awesome bike print to accent the middle star! The middle of the stars was the perfect chance to showcase this pretty floral. I love that this design strikes a balance between vintage and modern- something that Acreage does perfectly!

Acreage Quilted Throw Pillow

I chose some simple straight line quilting to make sure the fabrics could shine!

Acreage Quilted Throw Pillow

For the back, I used another small star and all three prints to do some stripes. I used a hidden zipper closure to finish this pillow off.

I had so much fun making this pillow! And seeing pictures of it in the Acreage lookbook and at Quilt Market was so crazy! The quilting community is so great and I am glad I could be a small a part of it! :)

Until next time!

Sig

P.S: If you want tons of cool inspiration, check out the links to the different Linky Parties I join on my Links page!

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Pouch Swap Package

Sooooo…. it’s been a while since I last posted! Life gets crazy sometimes… and last year, we bought a house! Who knew it would be this much work? (What? Everyone knew that except me?). But I have decided I want to start blogging again! So I am going to start with a swap I did last year :)

When I saw the zipper pouch swap on Instagram, I just had to join! I already shared the zipper pouch and the paper piecing pattern I made for the top. You can find the free pattern here! Today, I wanted to share the rest of the package I sent! :)

Zipper Pouch Swap-4For my first extra, I used the Mini Raspberry Kiss Tutorial to make a deluxe pincushion from the book Sew Organized for the Busy Girl! This was my first time making this and I loved it!

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My partner mentioned she liked tea- so I made her a tea wallet! This way, she can carry a few packets in her purse & keep it organized! I made my own pattern for this to fit the tea packets I sent her.

Zipper Pouch Swap Tea

I lined the wallet with this awesome Alison Glass print! Also pictured: 1 very curious kitty!

Zipper Pouch Swap

Overall, I had a blast creating these! It was outside of my personal style- but I am so happy with how they turned out! :)

Until next time! (Hopefully not another year though!! 😉 haha)

Sig

Rainbow Rays - Free Foundation Paper Pieced Quilt Block Pattern

Rainbow Rays – Free Quilt Block Pattern

When I saw the zipper pouch swap on Instagram, I just had to join! My partner liked modern designs- so I went with a modern rainbow for the pouch. I used Quilt Assistant to create my own foundation paper piecing pattern for the top. Now, I am offering the pattern for the top of the pouch for free! You can download the pattern by clicking here! The pattern includes the foundation paper piecing pattern, some tips/tricks, and coloring sheets you can use to try out colors! Basic foundation paper piecing instructions are not included, but there is a great tutorial here!

Rainbow Rays - Free Foundation Paper Pieced Quilt Block Pattern

I created the pattern to fit the top of the medium Open Wide Pouch Pattern, but you can enlarge/shrink if you need a different size! On its own, this block completes at 12in x 4.5in (unfinished) and 11.5in x 4in (finished). You can use the finished block as the top of an open wide pouch or make several to put together to make your own mini quilt! :)

Rainbow Rays - Free Foundation Paper Pieced Quilt Block Pattern

Overall, I am super happy with how this pattern & pouch turned out! If you use the pattern, I’d love to see what you make! Tag me on social media or send me an email at kittensandthreads@gmail.com!

 I hope you enjoy! :)
Sig

No Greater Love - Free Embroidery Pattern

No Greater Love – Free Embroidery Pattern!

This pattern was inspired by Easter, though it could be displayed all year long! The inspiration for this piece came from looking at all the bright pretty Easter things at the store. I was struck by how few pretty decorations they sell that celebrate the real meaning of Easter- Jesus’ sacrifice for us on the cross. Then, this idea popped into my head and I just had to make it! I decided to offer it as a free pattern as well! You can download it by clicking here. I hope you enjoy!

I tried out hand lettering for the first time with this pattern! I was originally going to use fonts, but decided to take a shot at lettering it myself. I was amazed it turned out since my everyday handwriting is terrible!

No Greater Love - Free Embroidery Pattern

I chose back stitching for most of the pattern. I used split stitching for the “Love” to accentuate the cursive! I also chose to applique the hill with some big running stitches along the top! Overall, I am very happy with how it came out!

I hope you enjoy the pattern! If you use it, let me know! I’d love to see your work!

Sig

 

Fabric Fun Friday

Fabric Fun Friday – Week 4!

Welcome to my weekly post- Fabric Fun Friday! Each week, I pick an image as inspiration for a fabric pull to practice pulling new fabric combinations! This week I was inspired by this pretty floral fabric I found at Joanns instead of a picture! I couldn’t help leaving with a small piece!

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Here is my fabric pull! The fabric info is below:

  • Navy: Unknown
  • Green:Calico by Dear Stella
  • Yellow: Joanns
  • Pink: Unknown- I’d guess this was from Joanns as well.
  • Floral: Joanns
Paperie Tea Wallet, Key Fob, and Basket!

Pretty Paperie!

I loved the fabric line Paperie from the moment I saw it pop up on Instagram. However, the colors seemed a lot softer than I usually use. So I decided to get 1/8 yard cuts from Serendipity Woods on Etsy so I could get a variety of prints without breaking the bank! And it came packaged super cute with a personal note! (This isn’t a sponsored post- I was just super happy to find 1/8 yard cuts on Etsy and the customer service was awesome!)

Paperie Tea Wallet

My first project I made was this cute little tea wallet! I used elastic for a super simple closure!

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Paperie Tea Wallet

Inside, it houses 2 tea bags! Perfect way to keep them safe in a purse or backpack!

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Paperie Pixie Basket

Next, I decided to make a pixie basket using the tutorial from Fabric Mutt! It was super easy and so tiny & cute!

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Paperie Scrappy Key Fob!

Finally, I used my scraps to make a scrappy key fob! These are one of my favorite quick easy projects! :)

I had so much fun using Paperie! Such a pretty fabric line! And I am giving these 3 away on Instagram! Click the Instagram link in the side bar to find my profile! To win, follow me & comment on the giveaway post with your favorite book! :) I’m drawing the winner on 2/26 at 9pm est!

Until Next Time!

Sig

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Try Something New Every Month – Paper Making (+Mini Tutorial)!

This year, I am participating in the Try Something New Every Month challenge hosted by Stephanie & Rebecca! You can read the details at Swoodson Says or Hugs Are Fun. The theme for February is Tactile Craft- I decided to try handmade paper! I’m not 100% sure this is tactile craft, but its close enough to paper mache!

Handmade Paper Heart Bunting

I looked up some tutorials- but I didn’t want to use a blender because the paper dulls the blades. Since I wasn’t sure if I’d do this more than once, I decided to do it inexpensively! The process was very simple, so I thought I’d do a mini-tutorial for how I did it! Here are the supplies needed (I bought them all from the dollar store!)

  • Red, pink, and white construction paper
  • White printer paper
  • A large jug with a tight cap (you will be shaking the watery mixture!)
  • A cookie sheet
  • A tea towel
  • A rolling pin (or Pam spray can!)

Handmade Paper

I started by cutting my paper into 1 in by 0.5 in strips. I then combined the strips in the jug and added enough water to cover. I let the mixture soak for 4-5 days, shaking the jug several times a day to help break up the paper.

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Once the mixture was nice and pulpy, I moved on to the next step!

Handmade Paper

I took handfuls of paper and squeezed most of the water out. I then placed it in a cookie tray from the dollar store and flattened it out as best as I could by hand.

Handmade Paper

Next, I covered the cookie tray with a tea towel and soaked up more of the water. I used a Pam spray can as a rolling pin and flattened it out with the towel over top.

Handmade Paper

 Once I was done, I just had to let it dry! Once it was dry, I drew heart shapes on the back of the paper. I then cut them out with regular scissors. Beware, the paper was a little weak- so be careful while you cut!

Handmade Paper Hearts

I then attached the hearts to the string approximately 2 inches apart. To be honest- I couldn’t find the glue so I just duct taped the string to the back! Haha!

Handmade Paper Heart Bunting

I ended up having enough for 2 strings, so I made one longer and one shorter. I hung them on the wall with tape and covered the ends with little hearts from Target!

I had a lot of fun trying paper making this month! It turned out much better than I expected and it wasn’t hard at all! I hope this post helps you if you’d like to make your own! Now to plot what to try for March!!

Thanks for reading!

Sig

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You’ve Gotta be Kitten Me! Two Mini Quilts!

Not only do I love lame puns- I am also a crazy cat lady… and proud of it! I have two adorable kitties, Chloe & Luna, who I love to pieces! So when I saw the Litter Blox pattern by Lillyella, I knew I just had to make one of my kitties!
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For Luna, I adapted the pattern to include a second flying goose block for her black chin.
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Chloe is a tortoiseshell, so she doesn’t have distinct markings- so I went with a brown fabric with black designs to represent her coloring and left out the white markings in the pattern. I decided to try some matchstick quilting on this one and I love the texture! I finished it off with some white polka dot binding done by machine. Overall, I loved this pattern! It was very well written and went together easily. I completely recommend it!
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And because I couldn’t help myself, here is a bonus kitty picture!!!
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 The second mini was really my first try at “complicated” quilt piecing! I used the Machine Sewing Mini pattern by Sew Lux. It was very well written! I added some patchwork at the top and bottom and kept the quilting simple. I also embroidered around the sewing machine to help it pop a little more!

 

Until next time!
Sig
Fabric Fun Friday

Fabric Fun Friday Week 3!

Welcome to my weekly post- Fabric Fun Friday! Each week, I pick an image as inspiration for a fabric pull to practice pulling new fabric combinations! This week, I was inspired by these beautiful zoanthid’s!

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Photo Credit: Dusky’s Wonder Site (Photo found on Pinterest)

Here is my fabric pull! The fabric info is below:

  • Navy Stripe: Blueberry Park by Karen Lewis
  • Navy Floral: True Colors by Anna Maria Horner
  • Medium Blue: Blueberry Park by Karen Lewis
  • Turquoise: Horizon by Kate Spain
  • Aqua: Canyon by Kate Spain
  • Green: Canyon by Kate Spain
  • Light Pink: Cottage Garden by The Quilted Fish
  • Dark Pink: Canyon by Kate Spain

This week I chose to pull from charm packs because that was about the only navy fabrics I had! This was fun to pull, much darker than I usually choose, but I love the result!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sig