3 Ways to Make a Patriotic Quilt // a Veteran’s Day Special

Regardless of your political beliefs, I think most of us can agree that if it weren’t for the hundreds of thousands of people who have been willing to serve in the military to protect our homeland, America would not be what it is today.

Over the past few months I’ve had this amazing opportunity to partner with one of my favorite veterans (my mom!) on a project where we can give back to some incredible service men & women. Today I’m going to share with you 3 ways we made Patriotic quilts using the AccuQuilt Go! I hope they spark some inspiration for you!

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Therapeutic Quilting and the Japanese Aesthetic of Wabi-sabi

Let me introduce you to my most recent quilt finish: Mod Mountains, a SuzyQuilts Pattern. I recently finished the very long process of making this quilt, and realized through it just how therapeutic quilting can really be when you let go of any stress and just let yourself get lost in the process. The quilt really does not have to take a long time to make, but for me, the time spent on it was so refreshing for my soul.

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Every Adventure Tote Pattern Hack

Can you believe I have been quilting for YEARS and just made my first quilted tote bag?! Whether you’re wanting to get into quilting and learn the basics, or are a quilt-making machine, this tote bag pattern is a really great project to try! This pattern hack not only follows a completely FREE tutorial, but is specifically designed to teach you how to add interior pockets to your very own Every Adventure Tote!

Here are some of my favorite things about making this Every Adventure Tote:

  • Uses way less fabric than a whole quilt
  • Finishes so much faster than a quilt
  • You can bring it anywhere
  • Every time someone compliments it, you get to say “THANKS I MADE IT!”

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Zakka Home // book review

Today’s stop on the Quilt Pattern Book Review Blog Series is a book that’s not even entirely dedicated to quilt patterns since sometimes you just gotta switch things up and break some of your own rules.

Quilting books have a very special place in my heart because I am a naturally budget-conscious, debt-free kind of girl, and I love how you can get literally tons of patterns for a fraction of the price if you were to purchase them individually! I also love how you can get books on a budget by using your local library or checking to see if your guild guild members have the one you are looking for!

I saw a few people on Instagram make some really cool projects from the book Zakka Home and it got me thinking of ways I can use my sewing and quilting skills to make other little things for my house. The first thing I knew I just had to make was the arm chair sewing caddy. This little organzational tool makes hand stitching so much tidier and is super cute too! Continue reading

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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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!

 

The Ultimate Guide to Hand Quilting Essentials

What are the best hand quilting supplies and tools out there?

I’ve recently tried hand quilting and completely fell in love with it, but I don’t think I would have loved it nearly as much if I didn’t use the tools that I did. This article will go over all the supplies and materials you will need to succeed at hand quilting!

Before we get too far into the Hand Quilting specifics, if you are new to quilting in general, I recommend you take a look at this complete beginner’s guide to making a Quilt! This post will teach you exactly how to go about making a quilt from start to finish.

While hand quilting really is relatively simple in terms of what you need, there are a few absolute essentials. (I have supplied amazon affiliate links to some of my favorite products for your convenience!)

  • Basted quilt top – When prepping a quilt for hand quilting, I like to spray baste and then add a few Curved Safety Pins for added security. You can click here to find my spray basting comparison blog post. I recommend using Quilter’s Dream Orient Batting because it is a literal DREAM to work with.
  • Hand Quilting Needles  – I have recently fallen in love with these big stitch needles, but its important to find what works for you and roll with it
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  • Thread – I love either 12 wt or 8 wt thread for some big stitches that stand out & colors that pop are always fun too!! I personally find it much easier to quilt with thick thread and big stitches, but that is really just personal preference. Its important to remember there’s no wrong way to do this.
    • I order my thread online from Millers Dry Goods – you can save 15% on select thread when you use code “HOMEMADEEMILYJANE”
  • Thimble– this one is leather and super comfy. Having a thimble that you love is very important!!!
  • Sharp Snips – I love these little ones from Havel’s but any sharp little scissors will do the trick!
  • Quilting Hoop – creates accurate tension on all layers of the quilt. I prefer 14 – 20 inch hoops. (optional)
  • Ruler – we all gotta stay in line somehow, amiright?
  • Hera Marker – this little tool allows you to put temporary crease marks on your quilt that will disappear with time. (a butter knife works too in a pinch)
  • Dome Threaded Needle Case – while this is not completely necessary, it really does make the process much easier with fewer interruptions to thread needles!

What to expect once you get started:

  1. Expect to stay in the same place for a while. Once you get started you’re not going to want to stop
  2. Expect your fingers to hurt. Remember: Thimbles are your friend!!!
  3. Expect it to take for.ev.er. Especially if you’re like me and love to sew really really fast on the machine.
  4. Expect to get better with practice. The more stitches you do, the better you become.

OK … Now that you have all your supplies and are mentally prepared for the journey ahead, let’s learn to hand quilt!!

Thread tip: If you use code HOMEMADEEMILYJANE on www.millersdrygoods.com you can save 15% off your total thread purchase! I suggest checking out their Perle Cotton size 8 or Aurifloss collections.

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