A Simple Charm Quilt Tutorial 2.0

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

As I write this blog post, the halls are decked (except for my
Christmas tree) and I am curled up under a new, large, 
Minky-backed Christmas quilt.  I wish I could say I had
some hot cocoa in hand but you're girl has got
to start laying off the treats!


Making this quilt was a necessity.  
You see, I made one just like it a few years ago 
and then one day my big sister was in town and started snooping
through my quilts.  She's never asked me for a quilt before 
but she said she loved it and had to have it!  But I actually had just given her 
another quilt as a gift so I told her she could have this one for $200.
It wasn't one I had intended on parting with as it was made to
go with my Christmas decor.  But how can you say no
when someone gets excited about one of your quilts?
She tells me all the time that she uses it every day
(the Christmas prints are subtle) so that makes me 
extremely happy.  

[This one was made in 2018.]

I started missing that quilt (probably because she kept talking about it :)).
So I collected some similar fabrics and recently finished this other one.  
I used my old tutorial called A Simple Charm Quilt.
(You can see the original post HERE.)
This pattern is so simple but it's perfect when you 
want a quick, easy project to show off some pretty fabrics.


I used parts of 2 French General Layer Cakes (Bonheur de Jour and
Fleur de Noel) plus a few fat quarters from the line 
Old Fashioned Christmas by Riley Blake (the Santas,
Candy Canes, and the text print).  They added the "Christmas"!


It's backed in beautiful cream Minky and quilted with one of my
favorite wintery pantographs, Even Simpler Cable.


My quilter, Jen Ostler in Highland, UT did her signature move and 
quilted a hidden object into the quilting.  Do you see it?


I have updated my original pattern to include 4
more size options plus info for using different cuts of fabric
besides 5" squares.  Click HERE for the free PDF.

This pattern is so simple but now all the math is done for you!
I hope you find this useful and if you decide to make
A Simple Charm Quilt please tag me on 
Instagram @gigis_thimble and use the hashtags
#gigisthimblepattern and #asimplecharmquilt
so I can see your version!

Oh, and in case you're wondering this is the twin-size quilt
finishing at 77" x 86".  I can't wait to snuggle up with it this holiday season! 


Feel free to pin this photo so you can come back to it anytime!

Happy quilting friends!

Harvest Days Quilt

Thursday, November 17, 2022

 When Liza Taylor of Liza Taylor Handmade 
posted pictures a few months ago of her upcoming pattern, Harvest Days
I immediately fell in love!


The day the pattern was released I quickly bought the PDF and got to work.
I love this sweet color palette using an assortment of peach, pink, and purple prints 
from different fabric lines!  I sprinkled in some olive green for the little stars and I just love it!


My quilter, Jen Ostler in Highland, UT quilted it with this
beautiful panto called Breeze.  I think it's perfect for this quilt!


I used the same fabric for both the back and the binding.
I've been doing that a lot lately!  It's a great way to use
up leftover backing (and you already know it matches)!
This purple/pink color makes me so happy!

In case you're wondering, the labels are from Everemblem.
I get the 2" cotton, fold-over, sew-in labels.
If you go to their site, you'll have to pick a cotton label 
and customize it from there.  I've loved the ease of these labels.
Now I don't have an excuse to not label my quilts!


This is such a fun pattern and you can make it as scrappy as you want!
I thought the stars were so fun and of course, I love the 
pumpkins and patchwork.

I am a big fan of Liza's.  Everything she makes is beautiful.
I love her taste in fabric and all of her patterns are really fun;
often involving multiple piecing/applique techniques.
You can check out her shop HERE.

Dream Big Quilt

Monday, November 14, 2022

 Good morning friends and happy Monday!
Today I have a quilt to share that I started back in March 2022
and finally finished the binding this weekend!


The pattern is from the book, Charming Baby Quilts by my friend
Melissa Corry.  I saw one of her trunk shows when we were both teaching
and presenting at an event in February.  She shared all of the baby quilts from her book
plus alternate, bigger versions!  I was so inspired by all of the great patterns in the
book, as well as, the dark backgrounds she used in many of the quilts.


So I decided to make the Dream Big pattern
with neutral prints for the blocks and a navy floral for the background.
My friend wanted to make it with me in the same colors
so we swapped neutral squares.  It was such a great way to get a large
assortment of prints and freshen up the fabrics I had to work with
without spending a dime (the ones I had and contributed
were all from my stash!)


Melissa has instructions on her blog for how to make the 
quilts from the book, bigger because she's awesome like that.
Click HERE for details.


I fell in love with the navy floral I used.  It's a tone-on-tone Liberty
fabric by Riley Blake Designs.  


It's from their Wiltshire Shadow Collection.  I believe
it's the royal blue color but I'm not 100% on that.


I actually finished the quilt top and got it quilted in May but it took me 
FOREVER to bind it because so many other projects took precedence around that time!  
The quilting was done by Jen Ostler in Highland, UT. and she used the Gemma 3 panto.
I think it complimented the blocks perfectly!


The backing and binding fabrics are from the line,
All Hallows Eve by Fig Tree Quilts (but it's not
Halloween-y at all!)  It's just a nice tan/cream floral.


I'm really happy with the way it turned out.
If you've followed me for a while you know I love blue and white
quilts.  I've made several.  They're classic and never go out of style!


My awesome nephew and his awesome girlfriend
just bought a house together so I am going to send this to them
as a housewarming gift!  I hope they like it!


I think this is such a great pattern; it would be
great in any colorway.  You can grab Melissa's book at many online retailers.
Just google, "Charming Baby Quilts by Melissa Corry"!

Have a great day friends!





The Quilt Keeper

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Hello!
I've got a unique, useful, and fun idea for a gift 
that you can give to yourself, a quilty friend, or a loved one
this holiday season!


It's called the Quilt Keeper and it's a quilt/comforter
storage and display piece.  I love it because it's one more place
where I can display a quilt and the best part -
it doesn't require installation!!!


It fits perfectly over standard-size doors and can easily be
moved from room to room if needed. This is such
a great addition to the guest room in our basement so guests don't have
to wonder where an extra blanket is on those cold, chilly nights!


If you have guest rooms, an Airbnb, or are simply
just tight on space this is a great storage solution!
Plus it's just a cute way to feature a beautiful
quilt in your decor.


A little birdie told me they're having a sale right now if you buy a pack of 3 
(plus there is a discount code listed at the top of their webpage to help 
offset some of the shipping costs).  Pro tip: you could break up the pack and 
give them as gifts!  I have some family members and friends that I know would love them!

Click HERE to visit the Quilt Keeper website.
Happy holiday shopping!

Positive Vibes Quilt Pattern

Thursday, November 3, 2022

 Today I want to introduce
my new quilt pattern, Positive Vibes


It's a confident beginner-friendly and fat quarter-friendly quilt pattern.


It comes with instructions for 2 different size quilts: baby and large throw.


I made this baby version in solid black and white
which I think is really striking!  It's nice that it's gender-neutral too
(for when I give it away...someday)!


I am all about large-scale prints for the back of quilts
and I'm especially obsessed with large-scale plaid prints at the moment!
This one is from the line Fleur Noire by Riley Blake.


Jen Ostler in Highland, Utah quilted it for me
with the Diagonal Plaid pantograph.  She hid an object in the quilting
per usual.  Such a fun game.  Can you find it?


I designed this pattern to go with my upcoming fabric line 
with Poppie Cotton called, Treasured Threads.
The little rectangles reminded me of stitching.

[Fabric featured here: Bloom True by Terri Conrad for Poppie Cotton]

Treasured Threads ships to stores in January 2023.
I will be hosting a quilt-along in March 2023
for the throw size Positive Vibes quilt.  A few quilt shops
will be offering kits for it.  I'll post more details at the beginning of the year.




If you'd like to snag a copy of Positive Vibes
you can visit my Etsy shop HERE.  It comes in paper and PDF.


For now, I am loving this b + w version and can't wait to make
a colorful, Treasured Threads version in a few months.

I'd love to hear what you think of Positive Vibes!
Tell me what you like about it or what colorway you would do it in.
Your feedback is always helpful and appreciated!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Jessica Dayon's Precut Parade Book Tour

Friday, September 30, 2022

 Hi friends!
Today I am sharing a project I made
from my friend, Jessica Dayon's new book,
Precut Parade.


Jessica's book includes 9 precut-friendly quilt patterns;
3 for Jelly Rolls, 3 for Layer Cakes, and 3 for Fat Quarters!
All of the patterns in the book are beautiful, traditional designs.
I chose to do this fat quarter-friendly pattern called Sparker!

[Photo courtesy of Martingale Publishing]

If you know me at all, you know that I love red, white, and blue quilts
 They're classic, striking, and never go out of style!
So Jessica's Sparkler quilt really spoke to me. 

I wanted to try something completely different though
so I tried a more colorful version using an assortment of 
colors and fabric lines from my stash.


There are two blocks in this quilt so it was really fun to make!


I used the border fabric
(which is from the fabric line, Summers End by
Alison Janssen for FIGO) as the jumping-off point
for my color palette.  I am a big fan of
Alison Janssen and I love the colors in that print -
oranges, pinks, lavenders, golds, and browns.
Perfect for this time of year!


For the back, I used Solar in Lavender 
from Ruby Star Society's Warp and Weft Heirloom collection 
by Alexia Abegg.  For the binding, I used Stitch in Saddle 
from the same line.  They're both wovens so they're very soft!


I had my awesome quilter, Jen Ostler in Highlalnd, UT
quilt it for me using the Interlocking Orange Peel design by Karlee Porter.


I always add one of the simple quilt labels
that I get from Ever Emblem on Etsy.  You can choose any of their labels
and customize them to your liking.  I get the 2" cotton fold-over, sew-in labels.


It's a big quilt; it finishes at 75-1/2" x 88-1/2".


This was such a fun project!  Jessica always writes
fantastic patterns and there are lots of other
quilts in the book that I would love to make!
Including this Layer Cake pattern, called Two Step:


Don't we all have some precuts in our stash that we
want to turn into a quilt? Precut Parade is just the ticket there!


My Sparkler quilt is actually for sale right now
along with a bunch of other quilts!
Visit my Etsy shop HERE to check it out!