Ivy League Quilt // pattern review

My friend Rachel over at @wren.collective released her very first quilt pattern: Ivy League! I tested the pattern and really love this pattern, and all the different variations I have seen so far from other testers too!

I made the baby size version of this pattern, and it finished at 39″ x 43″, but the pattern also includes a Wall Hanging size, and a Throw Size. To see lots of awesome colorways and the different sizes of this quilt, check out Wren-collective’s Ivy League pattern release blog post.

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Simply Retro // quilt pattern book review

Last week I shared a blog post showcasing my “Wiggling Quilt” from the book “Modern One-Block Quilts” and it kicked off a quilt pattern book review blog post series! Who doesn’t love a good blog series?! If you want to read about the fun and quirky book “Modern One-Block Quilts” and see cute pictures of an adorable baby girl floral quilt, click here!

Today’s stop on the Quilt Book Review Series is a book that has been around for a little while but will always be a winner in my eyes! My mom got Simply Retro by Camille Roskelley a few years ago and I have been looking through these beautiful patterns ever since! I’ve actually made FOUR baby quilts already from patterns in this amazing book, so you can definitely say I got my money’s worth! (That is a joke since I stole my mom’s book… thanks mom, you’re the best!)

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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!

AccuQuiltGo

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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How to make a Quilted Graduation Cap

Graduation Season is coming up!

Are you a quilter graduating this year? Do you know any students struggling to know how to decorate their graduation cap? Are you wondering exactly how to decorate your graduation cap with a quilt? I would love to help teach some things I learned while decorating my graduation cap by making a mini quilt! Read below to learn how I made my very own quilted grad cap for both my Undergraduate degree and then also for my MBA!

My experience making my first Quilted Grad Cap:

In December of 2015 I finished my undergraduate degree at the University of Florida (Go Gators!) and knew that I had to incorporate quilting into how I decorated my graduation cap, but couldn’t really find any examples of how it had been done before. So, naturally, I decided to wing it. I learned a lot through that process and really perfected it my second go around when I completed my MBA in 2017.

Albert and Alberta

I’ll walk you through the steps I took while making mine, so you can be confident when you make your very own quilted graduation cap!

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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!