Monthly Archives: September 2012

I’m ready for Fall with a Charm leaf tutorial

I’ve been wearing varying shades of brown nail polish for the last few weeks in anticipation of FALL! I just love the change of the seasons. After living in Arizona for so long and having only a long summer and short cool-ish season, I just love anything that changes. I find myself excited for whatever season is next.
I had this lovely charm pack from Sandy Gervais. I love leaves and thought I needed to magically turn the charm pack into leaves.
I sat down with my notebook and came up with this. For each leaf you are going to need:
2 – off white 2 1/2” X 1 1/2” strips
6 – assorted printed 2 1/2” X 1 1/2” strips
1 – printed 2 1/2” X 2 1/2” square
1 – off white 2 1/2” X 2 1/2” square
6 – off white 1 1/2” X 1 1/2” squares
2 – off white diagonal pieces
1 – assorted printed 1 1/2” X 1 1/2” square for the very center

From one charm square you can cut 6 – 1 1/2” X 2 1/2” strips. Cut several and them mix them up if you want it sort of scrappy like I did them.

I made a template to cut the tip of the leaf. I drew a square that was 2 1/2” X 2 1/2”. I measured over from one corner 1 1/4” and 1/4” down and put a dot. Measure the adjoining corner the same way and put a dot. Diagonally in the corner, measure 1/4” in and put a dot. Connect the dots. With your ruler, add a 1/4” seam allowance. This kite shape is what you will cut your patterned 2 1/2” square with.
The second template is for the off white triangles. I drew the same basic shape out on a 2 1/2” square grid. This time, I used the bottom angled piece and added 1/4 seam allowance to it and cut it out. For each leaf tip piece, you need to cut two off white pieces of this shape.

If you have the Lazy Angle Ruler or the RECS Tool, this is the same shape as that.

Sew your sides on, press the seams and trim to size. Should finish at 2 1/2” square.

For the pointy strips, you are going to do the corner flip or snowball. Put the 1 1/2” off white square on top of a 1 1/2” X 2 1/2” strip. Sew diagonally. Cut off the corner piece. To make the V’s match nicely, it is helpful to press the seams in alternating directions. They will snug up nicely when you sew.

Lay it out and then sew the top row together. Press the seams open.

Sew the bottom right four pieces together and press open. Sew the right row together and press open. Sew the bottom two parts together and then add it to the top row. Press all seams open.

I hand stitched some stems in brown. I did them freehand ‘cause I like that. 20120924_999_18
It may be hard to tell, but I stitched an extra layer of batting down behind each leaf shape. I trimmed the excess off and then made the quilt sandwich. So the little leaves sort of have a little more dimension. I also chose a stipple to help make the leaves stand out.
I love it. It fits perfectly at the front of our TV console. All the TV gadgets sit at the back of the table.
I still had some of the charm pack left, so I whipped up two little Irish Chain table toppers too.
Again, I chose a tight stipple to make the patterned fabric stand out. I really like dimension in my small projects. And I just love to stipple. I don’t know if it makes me strange, but it is so calming for me to do.
My sons even remembered the name of the design to tell their daddy when he got home from work. I love when my family gets into my creations.
Happy Fall!

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Girly Sailing

I finished the girly top. I have to purchase the backing to finish it. She is going to be red minky fabric because this quilt is made to snuggle.

I really love this design. This is so quick to whip up. I can see a lot of these quilts in my future. And I do so love using girly fabric. Actually, most of the fabric I have in my stash is girly. I live in a family with three males (two sons and a husband). It makes sense to have more masculine fabric. But the girly stuff calls out to me.


I shipped out the original Smooth Sailing today. He is getting his picture taken. It was like sending a little piece of me in that box. Hope he smiles pretty!

More Smooth Sailing

I can’t wait for this one to finish up. I just love how it is coming along. I got this far and put it up on my design wall. I had to stop for the day. But when I looked up at it all together like this, I got all excited. I love how it is coming together!

I was worried it wouldn’t work with scrappy center blocks. But I think it is going to be wonderful!

I always say how much I love my current project. But I really do. I can’t help it!

Smooth Sailing

I have a recent finish that I’m just over the moon with. I’m calling it Smooth Sailing. Of course giving homage to the block it is styled after, Storm at Sea, and the fabric line Seaside from Riley Blake.


The best part is it is my own design. I love it! It works perfectly with 10” Stackers/Layer Cakes by design of course. I’m always looking for a block that works for showing off a nice big print, or a favorite print. Aren’t these little kids on the beach just too cute?



All quilted up. For some reason, in this picture it looks as if the back isn’t smooth. But I promise it is. Kay? I love those green crocks coming out of the bottom. His arms were too tired to take more than four pictures I think. Holding a quilt up is tough stuff.



A fun treat, was that I got to try this lovely Legacy Soy Blend batting out. Pellon is making batting now! How cool is that?