Modern Baby Boy Quilt

Friday, November 17, 2017

Good morning friends!
Just popping in on this wet, gloomy Friday to share with you two things.

First, notice anything different?
My blog got a little makeover and I couldn't be more excited about it!
I started realizing how cold and blah my old blog was looking so I enlisted some help from Smitten Blog Designs to do a little redesign.  I love the warmth they added and think it looks so much more professional.  Yay!  I really hope you feel welcome and inspired as you search around now.  Also, did you notice that I switched my domain from alittlebitbiased.blogspot.com to gigisthimble.com?  Just wanted to keep things consistent with my brand.  So welcome to my new (blog) home!

The other thing I wanted to share is a little project I finished recently.
My daughter's friend's mother just had a baby so I jumped at the chance to make a baby quilt for them!  Their home is really modern so I found some inspiration off of my Pinterest board, Quilt Love and whipped up the quickest, most modern quilt I have ever made! 


I was really drawn to it because of the modern aesthetic, the boyish colors/stripes and mostly, the quilting!  To die for, right? 


I pulled out a bunch of navy blue striped fabrics from my stash and had this pieced in about 30 minutes!


In fact, I had all the fabric in my stash - which always feels so good to use, right?


The cable quilting was done by my friend Cathy Barney.  I actually started trying to quilt it myself (you may have saw me talking about it on my Instagram Stories a while back) but it just wasn't working out like my beautiful inspiration picture above.  I only got a little bit of the first row done and was kind of hating it.  So, I just cut that part off, unpinned my basting pins and took it to Cathy!  That's why the bottom blue rectangle below is smaller than the rest.  Haha.  It's okay.  I think it adds to the modern aesthetic.


Remind me (if I ever say that I'm going to free motion quilt anything again) that it's just not my thing.  It's partly because I'm a perfectionist and partly because I don't have the time to fiddle with it.  Too many other deadlines going on.  But I do admire the skill and look up to those of you that can do it!!!


I washed it up so it would be extra soft and crinkly when I gave it to baby Gray.  Then I tied it up with some gray bakers twine and a cute tag.  (You can download a PDF of these tags from Rad & Happy's Etsy Shop!  There are 3 different sayings on an 8 1/2" x 11" sheet for $10.)  I always use these tags when I am giving a handmade gift.  It's all about the details!


I hope Mama and baby Gray are loving their gift.

Now, if I only I had time to make the other 597 quilts I have pinned on Pinterest,
I would be a happy (and busy) girl!

Have a great weekend friends!

Five Fat Quarter Fun Contest Winners!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

5fqf contest
It's the moment you've all been waiting for! 
 November 1st is here and that means that we are announcing the winner of the Five Fat Quarter Fun Contest!!!! 

 First off Amanda and I want to thank you for all the love and support this last year! It has been such a fun journey to connect with all of you, to sew patterns together and to support each other. What an amazing quilt community we have. AND we would also like to thank everyone who participated in our Five Fat Quarter Fun Contest. We were absolutely BLOWN AWAY by the creativity, talent, and skill of all the entries. Truly, we wish we could send everyone a prize because we love them ALL!!!! A special thanks to Andy from A Bright Corner for being our 3rd contest judge. And we would also like to thank all our fabulous sponsors for the fabulous prizes!!! 

 And now, a drum roll please...........IMG_8130

ANNOUNCING THE 3RD PLACE WINNER....... 
 Caffeinated_in_the_studio - Paper Pieced Turtle Quilt 
 "Paper pieced turtle heads and tails with drunkards path bodies. 
Finished at 46x57, FQ’s are from the la vie boheme line by Riley Blake, a bit of kona espresso for heads and tails." IMG_4182 IMG_4183

3rd Place Prize Package 
 2 Rolie Polies from Riley Blake Designs 
1 Small Spool Collection from Aurifil 
 Vintage Vibe Book by Amber Johnson 
 1 It’s Sew Emma Book and a $15 Gift Card to the Fat Quarter Shop 
Notions from Therm O Web 
 I Love House Blocks Book from Martingale (donated by Amanda) 
 Scissors from Warm Crochet   
Product by Soak

ANNOUNCING THE 2ND PLACE WINNER..... 
 Melanie Collette from Hello Melly Designs and her Daisy Lane Quilt   IMG_4189 IMG_4190 

2nd Place Prize Package 
 2 Rolie Polies from Riley Blake Designs 
1 Small Spool Collection from Aurifil 
 Vintage Vibe Book by Amber Johnson 
 2 It’s Sew Emma Books and a $25 Gift Card to the Fat Quarter Shop Notions from Therm O Web 
 I Love House Blocks Book from Martingale (donated by Amanda) 
 Scissors from Warm Crochet   

Product by Soak

ANNOUNCING THE 1ST PLACE WINNER..... Suzanne Jackman from Splendidspeck and her Parachutes quilt IMG_4195

Grand Prize Package 
 Long-Arm Quilting on a 65″ x 75″ Quilt or smaller (.015 cents/sq. inch), Batting and Return Shipping from Kaylene Parry 
 2 Rolie Polies from Riley Blake Designs 
1 Large Spool Collection from Aurifil 
 1/2 Yard Bundle of Haven Collection by Stacy Peterson for Blend 
 Vintage Vibe Book by Amber Johnson 
 Biscuits and Gravy Layer Cake and Cake Mix Recipe Cards from Moda 
Moda Fat Eighth Bundle 
 Scraps Made Simple Book and Sew Cute Bookmarks by Lori Holt 
(donated by Moda)
$25 Gift Card to Brew Stitched Etsy Shop 
 Maker Valley Enamel Pins (2), Tote Bag and Pattern 
 3 It’s Sew Emma Books and a $50 Gift Card to the Fat Quarter Shop 
 I Love House Blocks Book from Martingale (donated by Amanda) 
 Scissors from Warm Crochet 
 Notions from Therm O Web   

Product by Soak

Can you believe those prizes!?!  We're so excited for our 3 winners!  But there were soo many great entries.  It was so hard to choose!

 Here is a little sampling of some of the amazing quilts that were entered in the contest. Be sure to search #fatquarterfuncontest on Instagram to see all the entries and maybe find some new friends!! 5fqf collage

Thanks again to everyone who participated in our contest and to those that made some of our free Fat Quarter Fun patterns this past year!  We hope all of you will keep on creating and challenging yourself as quilters!  

Happy quilting!
~ Amber

Four Peaches Fabric {A Quilt Shop + A Discount Code!}

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Today I want to introduce you to a new-to-me online fabric store called 

Four Peaches Fabric is probably the most unique shop you will ever hear about! 


Wendy and her husband travel extensively throughout the United States because of his job. When Wendy started Four Peaches Fabric, they knew they didn't want to be apart, so Four Peaches Fabric physically travels with them in their RV!  Wendy shares their travels, the interesting places they go and the people they meet, on their website and on social media. She believes quilting, like life, is a journey that should be shared and celebrated!  


 Four Peaches Fabric has cute fabrics and great prices!  
I am especially loving these collections!


Aqua and orange...one of my favorite color combos!


And guess what!  Wendy has so generously offered to give 10% off any order of $20 or more to my readers using the coupon code: GIGISTHIMBLE.  
This offer is good through 10/31/17 so stop by today!

Gather 'Round Table Topper {A Free Pattern}

Tuesday, October 17, 2017



A few months ago I was scrolling through Instagram and saw some lovely bolts of fabric from @sarahedgarprettyfabrics.  They were some of the same fabrics I used for my Rustic Pines quilt for the Five Fat Quarter Fun series (click HERE for the original post).  So I mentioned to Sarah that I had a free pattern that used those fabrics and we began chatting back and forth.


Sarah is so, so kind and her UK based shop, Pretty Fabrics & Trims, is well - the name speaks for itself.  I don't think there is a fabric in her shop that I don't love.  It seems like every bolt of fabric was chosen with care.

Sarah asked if maybe she could feature me on her blog (which I'm honored, to say the least!)  Click HERE to visit her blog ~ it's full of all sorts of loveliness!
Sarah also asked if I might design a quilt block to share with all of you today.
I hope you enjoy what I came up with!  


Instead of a block, I came up with this little table topper using a Fig Tree charm pack that I had in my stash.  The fabric line is called Mirabelle and the colors are perfect for this time of year, don't you think?


It was quilted by Cathy Barney with one of my go-to designs, the Interlocking Orange Peel.  I use that design all the time!


The finished size is 27" x 27".  It's pretty quick to put together and did I mention it's charm pack friendly?


I do hope you'll enjoy this free pattern!  Click HERE for the PDF download.



"Let our lives be full of both 
thanks + giving"
               ~author unknown

 Thanks to Sarah for her kindness.  Be sure to stop by her blog/shop today to see her version of this Gather 'Round Table Topper + all her pretty things.  

And thanks to all of YOU for all of your love and support!  I hope you have a wonderful day!
~ Amber


Brew Stitched Quilt Shop

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Happy Hump Day Friends!

I just wanted to pop in for a minute and let you know about a little collaboration I've been working on!  Sheryl at Brew Stitched Etsy Shop asked Amanda (Jedi Craft Girl) and I if we could each curate a few fat quarter bundles to go along with some of the Five Fat Quarter Fun patterns!  She has also put together some quilt kits for some of our patterns!  Sheryl has so many cute fabrics in her shop that it was hard for me to decide which fabrics to use!


Sheryl really wanted a bundle to go along with the May Flowers pattern (see original post HERE) so I chose these beautiful Woodland Fusion fabrics from Art Gallery Fabrics.  I am especially loving this floral fabric on top!

Sheryl also wanted a bundle to go along with Cabin Fever (see original post HERE).  I couldn't resist these little woodland creatures.  They are so cute.  This line is called Little Ones from 3 Wishes.

Isn't it perfect for Cabin Fever?


 You can find these fat quarter bundles HERE for $12 or less!  
Plus Sheryl has several more bundles to go along with Cabin Fever, May Flowers, Rustic Pines, All Stacked Up, Garden Path, Fresh Eggs and Star Spangled Pineapples.  Stop by her shop today to get yourself a bundle ~ where the fabric guesswork has already been done for you!

Have a great day!
~ Amber



A Piece of Cake Book Tour

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Good morning and welcome to a new day on the ~ A Piece of Cake ~ Book Tour!


Peta Peace lives in Australia but we became online friends a few years ago and then finally met in person at the Spring 2016 Quilt Market in Salt Lake City.  I am so happy that Peta asked me to be a part of her book tour!  She is so sweet, positive, thoughtful and extremely talented!  She really cheered me on when I wrote my book, Vintage Vibe a few years ago so I couldn't be happier that she has embarked on the author journey, herself!


As you can probably tell from the front cover, A Piece of Cake is a beautiful book featuring 14 fresh, happy projects made from Layer Cake squares.  I can attest that the instructions are clear and there are several projects inside that I would LOVE to make!

There are so many cute projects inside that I decided to "test out" several of the projects by making a block or two or three of each!


Now, I'm kind of going through a blue phase right now so I decided to make blocks that I can eventually put into a sampler of some kind.  But using these more traditional blues really puts a different spin on Peta's version of these blocks.  I want to show you both versions so you can see how different the quilts can feel depending on the colors you use!


Look how different it looks when repeated over and over:


It's such a clever block!  I just love Peta's version called Delight.

I also made a few blocks from her pattern, The Simplest Sampler.


Again, a super cute version by Peta!  I love her aqua background!
Here are my blocks in blues...


Her Confetti pattern is so darling too!  


The stars in Confetti really called to me so I made a couple of those.


Gosh, all of my stuff is looking so boring next to Peta's sweet, happy versions!
But I am going through a farmhousey, vintagy phase at my house, accenting with lots of blues so hopefully it will look cute in my house someday...

And finally, I made one block from her pattern called Spin.


The Spin block is such a unique block.  
I haven't ever seen or made one like it before!


I can't wait to make some more blue blocks for my blue sampler.  Every time I get the itch to make or design a new block I am going to make it in blues (until I have enough for a big quilt!)  I'll keep you posted...it may take a while though!

If you're new to Peta's book tour, here are the other stops:

14 Aug Sedef - Down Grapevine Lane

15 Aug Jemima - Tied with a Ribbon
16 Aug Samantha - Aqua Paisley Studio
17 Aug Andy - A Bright Corner
18 Aug Kirsty - Bonjour Quilts
20 Aug Alison - Cotton Factory
21 Aug Carrie - Moda Fabrics
22 Aug Nadra - Ellis and Higgs
23 Aug Angie - Gnome Angel
24 Aug Tara - Tara Sews
25 Aug Jules - The Creative Retreat
26 Aug Kristyne - Pretty by Hand
27 Aug Kimberly - Fat Quarter Shop
28 Aug Lissa - Moda Lissa
29 Aug Amy - Diary of a Quilter
30 Aug Kerry - Kid Giddy & Cat - Hello from Cat on Instagram
31 Aug Jane - Modern Makers Retreat
1 Sept Kate - Never Enough Hours
2 Sept Jodie - Vintage Ric Rac
3 Sept Sharon - Patches Indooroopilly (in store & online!)
4 Sept Amanda - Material Girl Quilts
5 Sept Amber - A Little Bit Biased
6 Sept Xanthe - Wife Made
7 Sept Rachel - Family Ever After
8 Sept Jenny - Martingale
9 Sept Amy - Nana Company
10 Sept         Peta - She Quilts A Lot

Be sure to stop by as many as you can for lots of inspiration and eye candy!

Congratulations again to Peta on creating a wonderful book!
It is definitely a "must-have"!

Happy quilting!
~ Amber

Five Fat Quarter Fun - Little Spooks

Friday, September 1, 2017

Happy Friday friends!  
Can you believe it's September 1st?!?
That means it's time for another Five Fat Quarter Fun pattern!

Raise your hand if you're getting in the mood for Fall!  I know I sure am!  Summers are hot here in Utah and I am looking forward to some cooler weather, sweaters and boots, and all the pumpkin things!  Yay!  


This fun little quilt is called Little Spooks and I had all the "Fall feels" when I was making it.  I pulled out a cute little beetle print that I had in my stash and bought a couple of rust colored woven prints that make it feel so soft and cozy! 



This is a small quilt with no borders (yay!)  
It does call for sashing but I just wanted a table topper so I left off the sashing so it wouldn't be too big for my table.

Here's Amanda's version with the sashing:


Isn't it soooo cute!?
Be sure to stop by her blog, Jedi Craft Girl to see more pictures and 
get the free pattern!


Don't judge, but I pulled out some of my fall decorations the other day.  
Is that too early for you?  It was still August when I did it, LOL!  It's just that I still had my Fourth of July stuff up and I was too lazy to put up other decorations for one month until October 1st rolled around.  Plus, what do you even display in September???


Okay, do you recognize this quilting pattern?  I use it all the time!  It's called Interlocking Orange Peel.  I just feel like it's a good basic.  It's almost like a stipple, to me!  And I'm so lucky to have a long-arm quilter a few houses down from me.  Her name is Cathy Barney and she is soooo good to me.  She does a great job and has a quick turn around!



This is a fun little pattern.  One you could whip up in a day or two, if time permits.  And it would be great in any color scheme, showcasing some of those theme prints you have laying around that you don't know what to do with!


I really enjoyed making these blocks and think they would make a really stunning full size quilt!


Well, if you haven't heard, this is the last pattern that Amanda and I are posting for this Five Fat Quarter Fun series.  We've really enjoyed coming up with quick, easy patterns that use just FIVE fat quarters (plus maybe a little yardage to finish it off).  Be sure to stop by the Five Fat Quarter Fun Home Page for all the details about how this idea came to be and to check out all 10 of the free patterns!  

Tell me though, have you made any of these Five Fat Quarter Fun patterns?  Have any of you tried to make all of the 5FQF patterns? Well, either way - you need to check out my blog post HERE.  Amanda and I are hosting a 5FQF contest that started a few days ago and ends October 25th.  We have TONS of great prizes and will be picking 3 winners.  It's a great opportunity to stretch yourself creatively so we hope you'll accept the challenge and get making!!!  The post has all the details so go check it out!

Have a great day!
~ Amber