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Tutorial Trial Thursday


My Grandmom’s Quilt!  You can read more about this quilt here

Hey Guys!

Today’s tutorial trial is from Stephanie who blogs at Sew With Sass-SKBurton Design.  She created the wonderful St. Louis 16 Patch, which I am currently in love with!  I thought I would put this tutorial on trial so you could be even more encouraged to attempt this block!    I would suggest you read the full tutorial, join the flicker group and follow along on Instagram so you can see what other people are doing.  This quilt comes together incredibly fast and with blow you mind!   Well that is enough of that….let’s get down to business ;0)

Let’s see the results:

  • How long did it take?  To create two blocks, it took exactly 21 min and 16 seconds.  I timed it to further convince you LOL
  • Was it easy to follow? The tutorial has a lot of pictures and clear instructions.  It is really easy to follow and after you do it once, you could really do it with your eyes close …it’s that easy!
  • Do you have any tips? I do have some suggestions for this block and will point them out in the pictures below.
  • Would you make it again?  Well …yes.  I have made three quilts like this already and am heading to a fourth…should I be ashamed?  I really love this block!

Here is what you have been waiting for the eye candy:


You need two fat quarters for two blocks so for this tutorial trial I thought I would time how long that would take.  I am a believer in starch and no steam when I iron.  I starch my fabric before I cut it and then press with just a hot iron as I am sewing it together. This really helped me with this block because the squares are so big you want all points to match.  Before cutting my strips I also square up one edge.  I didn’t do this one time and ended up with a wonky block ;0(


I like to layout what I am doing because I get easily sidetracked.  I finished all my ironing, cutting and sorting in five mins.  I think you will get it done faster because you won’t be taking pictures.


I chained pieced all my strips to speed up the process.


Once I cut my strips I laid them out again.  I have sewed the strips by just grabbing two and ended up with a different pattern.  It seems unlikely but it is possible.  I always pin my seams so I get matching points.  Also, the starch also helps the fabric from slipping keeping your fabric in place.  I finished the first block around 17 minutes.


Finished!  This block is too easy.  I will be back tomorrow with a finished quilt.  If you are following me on Instagram you have already seen some pictures of the pieced back.  I can’t wait to show yall these two quilts tomorrow for two special birthday boys.

Until then, Sew Pretty!



St. Louis Sixteen Patch Squared

Hey Guys!

Since I got back on Friday, I have been working on two little quilts for two special birthday boys!  I decided to do another St.Louis 16 Patch, which as I told you in previous post that it comes together really fast!  Well, let me first explain about the St. Louis 16 Patch.

I first saw it on Instagram, if you are not following me there I take lots of pictures!   Stephanie from SKBurton Designs posted a tutorial for this pattern.  It is super easy and here is the link.  You can read along there to find out how it came about.  There you will also find a flicker group to join or search for inspiration.  I hope you go check it out!

After making the quilt for my Grandmom because the boy’s birthday is on Saturday, I knew it was the right choice.  I used 18 fat quarters that I grouped into set of 2.



The fabric collection I am using is called Shore Thing and I got this particular fat quarter set from The Fat Quarter Shop online (and they ship everywhere in the world).  I added some fabric from my stash to get all 18 fat quarters and on Sunday my husband allowed me to sew even though I was still under the weather.  I finished all 18 blocks and used me design wall to figure the layout of each quilt. Here are the pictures:


Above (Quilt #1) At first I thought I would put a block from each fat quarter set in each quilt but the white center block and the flamingo print really did not make that work.  Then I decided to make the white block the center block and use sets of two…to make a plus sign.  Thank got for a design wall!

Below (Quilt #2)  I really like the flamingo print!  It was my favorite in the line but when it came to arranging these blocks I needed some help.  Darcy from Modern Cozy helped me out and i finally got it right!  If you get a chance check out her blog!



Today I worked on the quilt backs and I will be back tomorrow to share more about that.  But before I go, I wanted to pick my goal for the month of May for the Lovely Year of Finishes:

May Goal:  Finish Bentley quilt!  

Now that the top is done all I have left is to piece a back, baste and quilt!  I think that is totally possible. Until, next time Sew Pretty!



Fresh Start & New Finishes

My Grandmom and my son.

My Grandmom and my son.

Hey Guys,

I am sure you have been wondering where I have been…well I have actually been to Philadelphia.  I went to see my Grandmother who was recently in the hospital and today I heard news that she stood up and took two steps.   This means she is well on the road to recovery.  I am relieved now that I am once again at home with my sewing machine…I mean husband ;0).   I have so much to share with you guys!  I finally finished the Cloud Song!

Front of Cloud Song

Front of Cloud Song:  This quilt was much harder than I though but overall it was really fun to put together.  Quilting it was really hard to do …it was hard deciding what to do.  I ended up making diagonal lines 6 inches apart and I think I pretty happy with it. 

Back of Cloud Song

Back of Cloud Song:  The back I did some appliqué.  I used a blanket stitch to finish it off.  I think the blanket stitch is my new favorite.  

That is not all!   Even though I was unable to post for my lovely year of finishes, I did finish my quilt top for Bentley.  Here are the pictures:

I really love all the colors!

I really love all the colors!  I can’t explain why it too me so long to finish but I finally get to join the Scrappy Trip Around the world club.  :0) 

Last but not least, I have one more quilt to show.  As soon as I found out my Grandmom was is the hospital,  I started making a quilt for her recovery.  That is how much I believed she was going to be okay.   A friend helped me finish it a day before I left to go to Philadelphia and I carried this quilt with me on the train, then later to the hospital.  Here are the pictures:


Here is the quilt folded.  I used the pattern called the St. Louis 16 Patch.  This pattern comes together really fast..I mean we finished the quilt in one day!  The quilt measured finished 60 by 60 inches.  


Here the quilt is folded to show the back of the quilt.  The fabric is from the collection Madrona Road by Violet Craft.  You can buy it at the Fat Quarter Shop.  


Here is the quilt opened up.  I really love the colors! My Mom said it reminded her of candy because my Grandmom really loves every type of candy.  

Well that is all for now, I am sure that is enough!  LOL  I hope you are having a great day ;0)

Until, Next Time Sew Pretty!


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Work In Progress

Hey Guys!

Tonight I will revealing a finished quilt…maybe two finished quilts!  Last night I took a class with a friend and made two envelope pillows and finished another clutch.  I have been a busy girl.  Here is a picture of the latest clutch …this one is quilted!



Next I will be working on these two quilts:

work in progress

I have done all the cutting for this quilt and have to start piecing.  

The picture below is my goal for Lovely Year of Finishes.  This month is almost over so I really need to get a move on!


That is all for today, I will be back tonight (maybe) to post my finished quilt!

Until next time, Sew Pretty!



Free Motion Quilting

Hello Guys!

I have been finishing some quilting, working on others and having fun since the last time I wrote.  On Saturday, I participated in my first Sew In with the West Atlanta Modern Quilt Guild.  We came together and worked on projects, shared talked and laughed!  It was great fun!  Afterwards, I went to the Atlanta Sewing Center to take my first Bernina Class, which was on buttonholes.  I walked in, tired from the Sew In confused because the class was TWO hours long on BUTTONHOLES!   Let me tell you, buttonholes deserve two hours ;0) … plus the instructor showed me how to use my darning foot or “The Free Motion Foot.”   After she showed me, I went home and made this:


After playing around, I started reading Beginner’s Guide to Free Motion Quilting by Natalia Bonner.  If you are embarking on the FMQ journey like me, YOU NEED THIS BOOK!  You do, go get it!

On Sunday, I went to my Maple Leaf Rag Quilt class.  I worked on that quilt for awhile with my classmates/friends then I went home and made this:


This is the front.  I stabilized this nine patch by stitching in the ditch and then making a grid to practice making single arches. Some looks like arches others…not so much but it is practice.  Below is how it looks on the back. IMG_0396

Then I wanted to try stippling and loops on a block I made a long time ago.


This one, I feel better about then the previous one.  I will be doing a lot of practice so I can do one of these designs on a quilt. Below is the back.

This is a picture from the book Material Obsession 2.  Fabricate Studios is where I am taking this class, the Maple Leaf Rag Quilt.  It is made of scraps.  I have finished almost all of my kites, which make the star pattern.  jazzhands-mapleleafrag-600x3361After making all kites, I am ready to make a plan for the spider webs.  Here are my plans:



I plan to use low volume fabrics for the spider webs.  I have made kites in the color groups above and I am really excited as this quilt top comes together very slowly.  VERY SLOWLY ;0)

I will be linking up today to Better Off Threads, which I was very surprised to see my apron was featured on today’s post!  Make sure you check her out and link up!  If you are visiting from there today, please leave a comment!  I love getting comments ;0)

Until next time, Sew Pretty!




Work In Progress

Hey Guys!

I have been chugging along with my projects!   Today I did some quilting on my Cloud Song and I worked on some blocks for my Block of the month.  I am really loving this fabric!  Here are some pictures for you!


The fabric is Alexander Henry and some Kona Solids.  IMG_0381

The picture is at a weird angle but this block is called the Double Nine Patch.  I like it but I think it is a bit busy. IMG_0378

This is a variation of the Rail Fence block, more like a pin wheel.



This block is the Rail Fence but it looks more like chevrons to me.   Well that is all for tonight.  I think I will relax with the Happy Husband and prepare myself for the task of quilting, then on to the next project!  Until next time, Sew Pretty! ~Kare


Herringbone Clutch & More

Hey Guys!

Today I had a great time!  I made another clutch, finished up a block for my First Modern Quilt BOM, basted Cloud Song (for the third time) and hung out with a sewing friend.  I put almost every safety pin I could find in that darn quilt.  I will once again attempt quilting it with hopes of no bunching.  Have any of you had bunching problems?  This is a first for me and is VERY frustrating.  I have been working on projects at my new favorite place (Fabricate Studios) and working on another quilt for my Happy Husband.  As we watched TV on Sunday and Monday night I worked on his blocks.  I am really liking everything about the Herringbone block.

Here are today’s pictures:



I have been collecting fabric for my husband.  Every fabric has some type of meaning for him.  It’s going to be really special!  


I had a great idea to use the Herringbone block to make the fold over clutch.  I think I have been bitten by the bag bug.  I am planning to make another fold over clutch tomorrow but this time I will be quilting it!  I am so excited ;0) 


I will do a more detailed post on this block of the month class I am doing.  I am in love with these fabrics. 

I hope you are having a great night!  Until next time, Sew Pretty!