By Laura B

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Quilted Pillow Swap!

I signed up for the Pillow Talk Swap on Instagram this year! My partner liked bright colors, high contrast, and radial patterns. So I designed a version of a Mariners Compass for her!

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I drew up this design based on my partners inspiration mosaic. I then scanned my drawing into the computer and used Quilt Assistant to make it into a foundation paper piecing pattern! This is my first time designing my own paper piecing pattern, so this was a fun adventure!

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I chose some topstitch quilting around the edges of each color. I wanted to keep the emphasis on the design. For the back, I pieced a simple design with a lapped zipper!

Deluxe Pincushion with Tallahassee Block

For the extras, I went with a blue & green theme (her favorite color combo and mine!). I started with a deluxe pincushion from the book Sew Organized for the Busy Girl. Instead of a 9 patch for the pocket, I made a mini Tallahassee block using the pattern from Quilter’s Cache.

Hexagon Fabric Tray with EPP Applique DetailFor my next extra, I made a hexagon fabric tray using the tutorial from A Spoonful of Sugar. I appliqued on an English paper pieced star and did a little echo quilting on the inner!

Patchwork Key FobFor my last extra, I made a cute little patchwork key fob! Each stripe is only 0.5in wide! I used strip piecing to make this less fiddly :)

Overall, this swap pushed me to try a lot of new things! I made my own foundation paper piece pattern, played with much more contrast than I usually do, and came up with a design outside of my comfort zone! I absolutely loved this journey and I am glad my partner liked it! :) Until next time!

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Fabric Fun Friday

Fabric Fun Friday – Week 2!

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 the Euphaedra Xypete butterfly!

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Photo Credit: Be Primitive (Photo found on Pinterest but it doesn’t show up on their website anymore)

Fabric Pull Week 2-1

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

  • Brown: Flea Market Fancy by Denyse Schmidt
  • Dark Yellow: Gramercy by Leah Duncan
  • Light Yellow: Crosshatch Sketch by Timeless Treasures
  • Pink: Unknown
  • Blue: Bias Gingham by Connecting Threads

This week was tough for me- I tend to work in cool color palettes so I had almost no warm colors! This was just about the only brown fabric I had! Overall it was a good challenge pulling a warmer color palette :)

Thanks for stopping by!

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Butterfly & Flower Baby Quilt

Double the Quilts, Double the Fun!

When I found out that my sister in law was having a baby girl, I knew I had to make the baby a quilt! I also decided to make her son a quilt as well! I even managed to finish in time for Christmas! These are my 3rd and 4th quilts ever, and I couldn’t be happier with how they turned out!

Butterfly & Flowers Baby Quilt - Details

For the baby girl’s quilt, I decided to do some paper piecing! I used the awesome butterfly pattern from the Tartan Kiwi for the centerpiece of this quilt. This is the most detailed paper piecing I have done, and I love how it turned out! I added a pink border then a ring of pretty flowers! I didn’t use a pattern for these. I finished with white and purple borders!

Butterfly & Flowers Baby Quilt - Border DetailFor the border, I decided to do something a little fancier- but that I could still do with my walking foot. I used my Cricut to design and cut templates for these scallops & corners. I then traced these on with water soluble markers and quilted with my walking foot (and a lot of arm muscle! Now I know why people say they wrestle their quilts!).

Butterfly & Flowers Baby Quilt - Minky Backing

I backed the quilt with the softest minky I have ever felt! I also loved how the minky showed the quilting on the back!

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 I also made a matching pillow! The butterfly pattern is also from the Tartan Kiwi.

Quilted Butterfly Pillow - Quilting DetailI chose simple quilting 1/4 in from the seams. I also stitched in the ditch around the butterfly’s wings! I was happy to see that it matched the baby’s room perfectly!Car Play Mat QuiltMy nephew is 2.5 yrs old, so when I saw this awesome race car panel from Deborah Edwards I knew it would make a perfect play mat quilt for him! I bought 2 panels and cut off 1 side border from each. I then rotated one side by 180 degrees and sewed them together. That means this quilt had a whopping 1 seam! 😉

Car Play Mat Quilt - Cross Hatch Quilting DetailI kept the quilting simple and did a 1.5in crosshatch. This took way longer than I expected but I love it!

Car Play Mat Quilt - BackingFor the back, I used a cool car print that I got from the Missouri Quilt Company. I finished it off with checkered binding!

Car Play Mat Quilt - In UseHere is my nephew enjoying his quilt on Christmas morning!

I loved making these and learned so much! I also can’t wait to start on my new projects for 2016! Until next time!

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Fabric Fun Friday

Fabric Fun Friday!

Welcome to my first weekly post- Fabric Fun Friday! Each week, I am going to pick an image as inspiration for a fabric pull! I tend to work in the same colors (usually blue & green or rainbow). So, I thought this would be a great way to challenge myself to go outside of my color comfort zone! This week, I was inspired by some beautiful birds:

Photo Credit: José Luis Rodríguez

Fabric Fun Friday Week 1Here is my fabric pull! The fabric info is below:

  • Pink: Folk Song by Anna Maria Horner
  • Yellow: Atrium by Joel Dewberry.
  • Blue: Daysail by Bonnie & Camille
  • Grey: Unknown- I think this may be from Joann’s
  • Navy: Unknown

This was very fun! I look forward to the challenge of picking out new color palettes each week! :)

Thanks for stopping by!

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Encircled Love - Free Mini Quilt Pattern

Encircled Love – Free Mini Quilt / Table Topper Pattern

This year, I decided to participate 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 January is Quilting! I decided to make this heart mini quilt / table topper (& free pattern!)

This was my first time writing a pattern, spiral quilting, making my own bias tape, and binding a circle! Lots of firsts here! I absolutely loved it! I am so happy to be able to share the pattern here free! You can download it by clicking here.

I thought of this idea in bed one night and I had to write it down before I forgot! It took a few months to have time to make the pattern, but after Christmas I finally had time to try this out!

Close up of my (slightly wiggly) spiral quilting! I used my walking foot and followed the tutorial here. It was harder to keep the circles consistent than I expected, but the effect is still pretty! I also added a teeny little heart at the center!

If you use the pattern, I’d love to see it! Tag it with #EncircledLove so I can see! :) And if you have any questions or issues, please let me know at Kittensandthreads@gmail.com!

Thanks!

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Cricut English Paper Piecing Template Tutorial

English Paper Piecing Template Cricut Tutorial

My sweet Mom surprised me last summer with a Cricut Explore! I haven’t done much paper crafting in the past, but I’ve found tons of uses for my Cricut from wood blocks, to iron on vinyl, to making the templates for my English paper piecing! It took me a while to work out how to get the right size/shape templates, so I wanted to write up a tutorial for anyone else who would like to do this! I include directions for hexagons, diamonds, squares, pentagons, and octagons below!

– Hexagon Tutorial –

Note: You will need a Cricut that interfaces with the online Cricut Design Studio- not one of the older models with the cartridges. If you have an older model that uses Cricut Craft Studio program, I made a similar guide which you can find here! (Note: You can only make hexagon, squares, and diamonds in this program. Also the holes cannot be added- but you can add them with a hole punch after!)

Tip: You can click on the images to open them in a new window for a closer view!


Open the Cricut Design Studio & start a new project.

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Click “Insert Shapes” and select a hexagon.


I like to add a hole in my templates for easy template removal. To do this, Click “Insert Shapes” again and select the circle. Click on the circle to adjust your circle size. I usually make mine around 0.4in.


Click and drag your circle to the middle of your hexagon.


Select the circle then hold the “Shift” key and select the hexagon. Click on the “Layers” tab in the sidebar and then click “Slice”. This cuts the circle out of your hexagon for you.


Select the circle in the middle and press delete on your keyboard. Select the circle and click delete a second time. You are now left with your hexagon template!


Adjust your hexagon width to your desired size per the table below. The height will update automatically!

Select your hexagon and click “Copy” then “Paste” until you have your desired amount of hexagons. No need to organize them in this view, Cricut will move them automatically when you go to cut.


When you are ready to cut, click “Cut” and follow the Cricut directions for making your cut. I like to use office supply cardstock for my templates. For mine, I set my Cricut halfway between “Light Cardstock” and “Cardstock”. Cut out your shapes and remove from your Cricut mat! You are all finished!

– Diamond Tutorial –

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Follow the same steps as above, but inserting a diamond instead of a hexagon.


Click on the diamond and click “edit”. Then, click on the lock symbol next to the sizes. This will allow you to change the diamond proportions.

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Use the size tables below to determine the right width & height for the size & shape diamonds you want!

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– Square Tutorial –

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Follow the same directions as hexagons but choose square.

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For the size, use the side length you want for both the width and height.

– Pentagon Tutorial –

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Follow the same steps as above, but inserting a pentagon instead of a hexagon.

Then use the size tables below to determine the right height. The width will update automatically!

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– Octagon Tutorial –

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Follow the same steps as above, but inserting a octagon instead of a hexagon.

Then use the size tables below to determine the right width. The height will update automatically!

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I hope this helps! If you have any questions, let me know! :)

Thanks!

Sig

Cricut English Paper Piecing Template Tutorial

Vintage Sheet Quilt - Kittens & Threads

Vintage Sheet Quilt

This is the first quilt I ever started- back at least 5 years ago! However, I got overwhelmed with the size and stashed it away with the rows pieced but not sewn together. (Note: Thanks to my sweet husband for holding this for me on a super windy day until his arms ached!)

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Fast forward 4 years and I decided to try a simple patchwork baby quilt for our friend’s baby (excuse the crappy phone pictures! I didn’t think to do real photos before I gifted it!) After I finished- I was hooked! So I decided to pull out my vintage sheet quilt again! Unfortunately, my tastes had changed and I didn’t like half of the fabrics anymore! So I unpicked and salvaged the ones I did like and found other sheets to use for the rest. I also mixed in some quilting tonal prints to coordinate with all the bright florals!

Vintage Sheet Patchwork Quilt

I ended up using 8in squares for this quilt. I backed it with a soft cuddly fabric! I tried spray basting for the first time and loved it! Way better than breaking my back pin basting!

Vintage Sheet Patchwork Quilt - Quilting Detail

For the quilting, I chose to go simple and quilt lines ~1/2 in from each side of the seams. Except it turns out I missed one side of a row that I only noticed recently, after months of use! Ah well- makes it more charming!

Vintage Sheet Patchwork Quilt - Flat

I learned a LOT making this quilt. Namely, the importance of accurate cutting & seam allowances. I also learned not to change the seams trying to make the squares line up. Especially not starting from the outside going to the middle- because you will end up several inches off! Oops! But that’s ok- it’s my first non-baby size quilt and I adore it! It adds such a brightness to our living room against our boring greige rental condo walls and makes me so happy every time I look at it! Now I can’t wait to make many many more quilts!!!

Thanks for reading!

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Personalized Zipper Pouches

Pouches, Pouches, and more Pouches

My close family has grown by 4 almost overnight! 2 new brothers and 2 new nieces! How? Exchange students! My mom & sister both are hosting 2 exchange students this year. [Note! Since writing this post one of my other sisters started hosting an exchange student as well! So we now have 5 in the family!]

My mom asked if I could make her 2 boys, Tony & Niki, some toiletry bags- and that sparked one serious crafting frenzy! Of course, I couldn’t just make generic pouches- I had to make customized pouches… for all four of them! The boys (Niki and Tony) liked soccer & football- so I set out to make some sport themes boxy bags! The girls I knew less about- so I went with a simpler open wide pouch and some cute fabrics & details. The pouches & some details are below!

Personalized Boxy Zipper Pouch - Soccer

For Niki’s pouch, I used English paper piecing to make a “mock” soccer ball pattern (you can’t use pentagons or else it will curve! So I used all hexagons which still looks like soccer ball pattern). I made 1 long panel and cut it in half to use as the middle panel. I surrounded it with black canvas (because English paper piecing takes some serious time!!). I used the Boxy Bag tutorial from Pink Stitches to construct the boxy bag and lined the bag with vinyl so it can be easily cleaned. Once it was done, I cut out his name from heat applied vinyl with my Cricut and applied it along the soccer detail. I love how this one came out!

Personalized Boxy Zipper Pouch - Football

For Tony’s pouch- I had to ask around for some help on how to incorporate football without looking cheesy. My step-brother suggested I make the whole case the football and use white zipper as the middle of the lacing! Genius! I made the cross laces & white end stripe details from white canvas & interfacing. I sewed them right sides together, turned them right side out, and then top-stitched them onto the brown. I used the same tutorial as Niki’s pouch and this one is also lined with vinyl and included the heat set vinyl name on the side in a football jersey font!

Personalized Open Wide Zipper Pouches

For the girl’s pouches, I made the open wide pouches using the tutorial from Noodlehead. I added little personalized name labels using the heat set vinyl again. May is more girly- so I went with a floral pattern for her pouch. For Patty, I picked a more geometric fabric. Both were lined with vinyl as well so they can be used for makeup & toiletries.

Overall, these were a surprising amount of work (I only had about 2 weeks to get them all done!) but I am so happy with how they turned out! And the kids seemed to really appreciate them! I absolutely love making things for people as it pushes me to try new things! This is also why I am addicted to craft swaps- which you will be seeing a lot of here over the next few months since I am signed up for 2 right now!

Until next time!

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Pineapple Mini Mini Quilt

Jumping on the Pineapple Bandwagon!

I just couldn’t resist the adorable pineapple block by Jackie Padesky Quilts any longer! After finding the #miniminiquiltswap on Instagram, I knew it was a match made in heaven! I present my mini mini pineapple quilt!

Pineapple Mini Mini Quilt

The finished quilt comes in at just over 3.5×4.5in (the squares are ~0.5in finished!). Since this was so small, I had to use some odd construction techniques. I used strip piecing for my yellow & bottom green rows which made it much less fiddly. There was a lot of trial an error used when figuring out how to do the half square triangles without having to piece 0.5 in squares accurately. I ended up using larger squares to make the HST’s and cutting them down to size after they were sewn for the top 2 green pieces. For the HST’s at the end of the strip piecing, I laid a larger white square on top and sewed across the strip square diagonally. I then pressed and trimmed it down to size.

Pineapple Mini Mini Quilt - Detail

For the quilting, I kept the border simple and chose a cross hatch pattern for the pineapple to mimic the natural pineapple texture. I also went outside my comfort zone and tried hand binding! I attached the binding to the front by machine then folded it over and hand stitched it to the back. This way it wouldn’t show if it was wonky! And of course I forgot to take a pic of it! I don’t love the ladder stitch- so I doubt I’ll ever do this on a full size quilt, but I’m glad I know how now!

Mini Quilt Wall

And here it is up on my mini quilt wall (posts on some of these to come!). Overall I am in love with this! I see many more mini mini quilts in my future! Side note: If you are wondering if my pineapple looks short- it does. I miscounted the number of yellow rows in the original block… Oops! But I still love my squat little pineapple!

Pineapple Mini Mini Quilt with Curious Kitty!

Bonus: Kitty Pic!

 

Thanks for reading!

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Quick & Easy Thanksgiving Banner Tutorial

Quick & Easy Thanksgiving Banner

I’ve never been much of a seasonal decorator. Partially because it can be a lot of work! But when I saw these chipboard letters, I knew this would be one holiday craft I could actually do! This took me less than 20 minutes including taking pictures. I wanted to share a tutorial with you so that you can make your own (if you can even call it that with how easy this is)! :)

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Supplies:

  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Ribbon of choice (I used 1/2in green burlap ribbon for mine!)
  • Chipboard letters – I found these in the $1.50 bins at Michaels!

Steps:

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Cut your ribbon into 2 pieces. These could be as long as you like- I ended up cutting my ribbon spool in half. Next, choose your saying and lay it out on the ribbon until you like the spacing. You could do this all on 1 ribbon if you wanted as well, I happened to like the 2 layer look :)

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Start at the middle and take one letter out.

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Apply hot glue to the top portion of the letter that overlaps the ribbon.

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Then stick the letter back into place. Repeat with each of the remaining letters, one at a time, until finished! Note: make sure you do this on a hard surface as the hot glue could soak through your ribbon and adhere to the surface!

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All done! Just use some tape or nails and hang it up wherever you’d like! Holiday crafting doesn’t get much easier than this! And it got tons of complements at my family’s thanksgiving dinner too (we celebrate early as we are usually all busy the day of)!

Until next time!

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