November 2015 archive

Sundance Dresden Pillow

By Melissa LeRay

 

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Hi friends!  I’m excited to show you the fun pillow I just finished.  Fat Quarter Shop has a great PDF pattern for the Sundance Dresden Pillow, and its a breeze to whip up.  The whole pillow came together in an afternoon – super quick for a pillow with this much detail!  The pillow finishes right at 16″ and is a nice sweet-spot size to go on a couch or bed.

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I used some of my favorite Leah Duncan Meadow by Art Gallery. Using the specialty Dresden 18 degree ruler with pieced together rectangles has your individual Dresden units created in minutes.  Once the Dresden pieces are sewn together, this is appliqued down (by machine or hand) and then quilted!  SUPER FAST!

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I chose to do a grid quilting pattern, and love the final result!

For the pillow back, I chose to insert an invisible zipper at the bottom (this method also eliminates the need for binding – which is always a plus in my book) and a single piece of Leah Duncan Meadow fabric for the back.

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If you want to create one yourself, Fat Quarter Shop already has kits available here.  They’ve also created a very helpful video to walk you through each step as well, and you can view it here.  I hope you’ll make one of these as well – I’m always looking for super quick projects, and this would be fun to use fussy cut prints as well, or customize for the seasons.

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Be sure to search the #sundancedresden tag to see all the gorgeous pillows!

Fat Quarter Baby Blog Hop!

By Melissa LeRay

Welcome to my stop on the Fat Quarter Baby blog hop! We’re celebrating the release of Fat Quarter Shop‘s new book “Fat Quarter Baby“! Twenty of us were lucky enough to sew up one of the baby quilts in the book to show off these amazing patterns.  I love that they have 10 girl styles and 10 boy styles.  I am always looking for cute and original baby quilt patterns and I was blown away by all the adorable designs in this book.  I was paired with the ‘Claire’ quilt, and it’s classic style is so precious with the sweetest baby rattles!

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The book calls for the 8 rattles to be constructed from four fat quarters, two of each design.  I used 8 fat eighths to vary it up a little.  I love the little bow on the handle of the rattle.  Once everything was cut, I was really surprised at how quickly each block came together.

I chose to use Lecien‘s newest Flower Sugar collection (due in stores Spring 2016) and I love how these cool colors and feminine prints create the sweetest girly baby quilt!

For the backing I used Riley Blake’s Le Creme Swiss Dots in Aqua, and the binding was pieced from two of the Flower Sugar prints.  I machine bind almost all my quilts – have you tried that time saver?

One of my favorite elements of this quilt is the floating block placement.  I realize that my habit is to just lay things out in a completely linear way, and I love the reminder that staggering them can create such a pleasing visual effect, and it’s also very forgiving if your blocks vary in size.

I loved watching this quilt come together. My dear friend Jennifer is due with her first baby in April, and I can’t wait to gift her this beautiful blanket!  Be sure to check out each of the other quilts revealed today:

Anne – Caroline of Sew Can She
Elizabeth – Pam of Pam Kitty Morning
Emma – Melissa of Happy Quilting
Hannah – Sherri of A Quilting Life
Gerri Robinson of Planted Seed Designs

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