Reflections Quilt Pattern Review

Are you into awesome quilt patterns that hype up long lines and geometry? If yes, then I am 99% sure you already follow @SuzyQuilts. If you don’t, click this link right now. Suzy probably doesn’t know this, but she has been one of my quilt mentors for literal years. In 2014 when I decided to start an Instagram specifically to log my quilt progress, her account was one of the first I found that allowed me to see quilting as a fun modern thing that hip young people are into too. I loved that she played with crazy fun colors and shared just as much of her heart as her abounding creativity. I was drawn in by her cool downtown Chicago apartment (at the time), super cute dog Scrappy, and ability to break down quilting in a way that makes even tricky steps look easy.

OK, OK, that is enough about my obsession with Suzy. I am here to tell you about her newest quilt pattern: Reflections!

The Reflections Quilt Pattern is beginner friendly and comes in 5 awesome sizes: Baby, Throw, Twin, Full/Queen, and King! As per my usual, I decided to make the Baby size which finishes off at 40″ x 40″. Continue reading

AccuQuilt Go! // Precise Fabric Cutting Made Easy

Recently AccuQuilt has invited me into their influencer program in order to increase the precision and speed for cutting fabrics for my quilts. They sent me the Ready. Set. GO! which included the 8” GO! Qube and GO! Strip Cutter-2½” (2″ Finished), which are both incredible with So. Many. Possibilities!

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I’ll be honest, I was a little intimidated at first! To help me take the dive into learning how to use the new machine, I invited my mom over to help (that’s what moms are for, right?!). My mom (@JaneJustSew) has had the AccuQuilt GO! Baby for a while so I knew she’d be super helpful, and as always, we had a ton of fun together. Now, I know not everyone has someone to ask for help, so I’m writing this post to share my learning experience with all of you!

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Quilt Pattern Review: Misty Mountains

I recently finished making this pink-loving baby girl Misty Mountains Quilt. I did baby size which finished at 36″ x 36″.

The pattern for this quilt is called Misty Mountains and it is written by Eliane of @patchworkandpoodles. You can purchase the pattern here.

This quilt is unique in that it is the first one I’ve ever made where I did a mock-up of the exact fabric colors before cutting into the fabric at all!

To do this mock-up design, I used the colors from Art Gallery Fabric’s PURE Solids collection and just played around with colors until I found something I couldn’t NOT make.

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While the design is not quite perfect or a to-scale version of the actual quilt pattern, it gave me a good idea as to how the fabrics and colors will play out once in the design. Continue reading

First Gift Quilt: one great pattern with many possibilities

One quilt pattern, yet so many options!

I want to share with you my experience making the First Gift Quilt.

I recently made this super fun quilt that I couldn’t help but write up a little pattern review. You can purchase this pattern on Lo & Behold’s website HERE.

Brittany from @Loandbeholdstitchery created this pattern based on a quilt her grandmother had given to her when she was a baby. Talk about some beautiful history!

I did both my traditional and modern versions with fabrics by PaintBrush Studio. You can purchase them through Pineapple Fabrics for really good prices! See the photo captions to know exactly which colors I chose. The colors I used for the traditional quilt are: Sky, Haze, Revel, Aluminum, and Abyss, and the colors I used for he modern quilt are: White, Pale SilverPoseidon, Pale Aqua, and Abyss.

Traditional Quilt

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Modern Quilt

The things I love about this pattern are that it looks way more complex than it is, and can look drastically different based on what you do with it! There are so many possibilities and Brittany really knows how to break down each step for you. She even made the pattern into strip-pieced sections to save SO MUCH TIME. Seriously, the way she streamlines quilt piecing is amazing!

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How to Troubleshoot Sewing Machine Problems

Do you have a sewing machine but aren’t really sure the best ways to take care of it, or fix problems when they inevitably arise? We all want to treat our machines well in order to get the best performance out of them, and to have them around for a good, long time! Doing routing sewing machine maintenance will definitely keep your machine running smoothly and will expand it’s lifetime!

I recently was given the chance to sit down and chat with someone who runs a service center for the Husqvarna Viking sewing machines and pick his brain for all the best ways to address sewing machine issues.

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Learning how to English Paper Piece (EPP)

Brimfield Blocks – that’s what caught my EPP attention!

As I am somewhat new to the EPP world, I’ll be honest: I don’t really know what I am doing here, but I want to share this journey with you because I am having a blast learning along the way! I learned some English Paper Piecing tricks last month at quilt con and I haven’t been able to put it down ever since.

I saw the Brimfield Blocks and immediately fell in love, and knew I had to try it. And since I am the type of person to always dive right in, I got the paper pieces in 3 sizes: Bitty Brimfield, Baby Brimfield, and the regular size Brimfield. I plan to make all the sizes and incorporate them all into one quilt.

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PROJECT: Sewing Machine Pocket Pal

I want to share with you a little project I’ve been working on. I call it my pocket pal, but I got the idea and pattern from lillyella. She calls it an Under Cover Makers Mat and this is the pattern to download. *I adapted this pattern to fit my machine and sewing needs.

Pocket Pal under the Husqvarna Sapphire965Q

To begin, I downloaded the pattern and printed it out. I then took measurements of my machine and decided to increase the finished size of the mat – my final dimensions are 24″ by 27″. I had to then also change the pocket sizing as well to accommodate the wider finished mat. (My pocket panel finished size is 24″ wide.)

For my middle pocket, I decided to make my own block using pink, white, and grey scraps that I had on hand. I made 36 half square triangle blocks and rearranged them until I liked how they looked. To the left of the center pocket, I put a very wide pocket and a shorter one of the same width, and to the right I put a skinny pocket and my thread catcher bag.

Pocket Pal close up with thread catcher bag

My little pocked perfectly fits a little pair of scissors and the best seam ripper ever.

I was really happy with how the thread catcher bag turned out – I can’t get enough of these pom poms!

Overall, I love how the pocket pal/maker mat turned out! My sapphire 965Q is loving it too!!! I can’t wait to show you more projects as I work to get my new sewing space set up!

Happy sewing, pals!