2 Stars A Day Quilt Finish

Friday, July 22, 2022

 I finally got some photos of my
finished 2 Stars a Day quilt!
If you want the simple, free pattern
 for this project click HERE.


I was looking for a way to use up my
beautiful Liberty fabrics and got the wild idea to
make 2 stars a day for a month with them.  It was a fun
challenge project and a good way to practice a little
stick-to-itive-ness.


I had all the star fabrics in my stash, as well as, the two background fabrics
(which were both linen fabrics - one tan and one cream.  Sorry,
I don't know the names of the manufacturers or exact colors.)  I also
had the border fabric in my stash, which was a cream and tan
geometric print from the line Farmhouse by Fig Tree and Co.


I bought the plum color binding fabric and the 
floral backing fabric at Harmony in Provo, Utah.  
There wasn't any info on the selvage of the binding fabric
but the backing fabric is from the line Sevenberry
by Robert Kaufman.


The quilting was done by my friend Jen Ostler in 
Highland, Utah.  She used a panto called Domestic Stitches -
Squared by Leisha Kaye Farnsworth.  It was a new-to-me
design and I love it!  I thought it complimented the stars
and the heirloom feel of this quilt, perfectly!


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 quilt finished at 60-1/2" x 75-1/2";
a nice throw size quilt!


I love a good star quilt and don't seem
to have enough of them in my life!


By using two different background colors
along with sashing in the same colors, it created
an almost circular secondary design.
Do you see it?  If not, squint your eyes a little.


Well, what do you think of my 2 Stars a Day quilt?
It was a fun project to make and I'm really happy with
how it turned out.  This is a great stash-buster project.
Let me know if you end up making it.  If you post about it on
Instagram please use the hashtags #gigisthimblepattern
and #twostarsadayquilt so I don't miss it!

Happy quilting friends!

My Red, White, and Blue Quilts

Friday, July 1, 2022

Hey friend.  I've been meaning to share with you all of my 
red, white, and blue quilts - together in one place.  
Hopefully, if you're wanting to make a
patriotic quilt, you'll find some inspiration here!


First up is my Star-Spangled Pineapples quilt.
This is a free pattern that Amanda Niederhauser (@jedicraftgirl) 
and I created for our Five Fat Quarter Fun series a few years ago.


HERE is a link to the free PDF pattern and
HERE is a link to the original blog post with more photos and details.


Next up are my beachy, faded Stars and Stripes quilt
and my No-Point Stars quilt.


Both of these patterns are by other quilt pattern designers.
Stars and Stripes is by Camille Roskelly of Thimbleblossoms and it's available
in her shop HERE.  The No-Point Stars pattern is a free tutorial by
Allison Harris of Cluck, Cluck, Sew.  You can find it HERE.
I don't have blog posts up yet about my versions.
I want to share more details so I'll do that soon in another, separate post.

Another red, white, and blue quilt that I made
many years ago is my Scrap Jar Stars quilt.


This is a great stash buster project!
This pattern comes with instructions for 4 different size quilts
and is available in my Etsy shop HERE.

One last red, white, and blue quilt I've made is my United quilt.  


It has 50 really simple flag blocks (to represent the 50 states) 
plus 5 stars and a heart block!  It's a fun make and very beginner-friendly!
United finishes at 78-1/2" x 87-1/2".
You can find the pattern in my Etsy shop HERE.

I also think it would be cute to layer any patriotic quilts
with a simple red or blue quilt (like the ones that I made for my new book,
Quilt the Rainbow).

[Sew Delightful.  Photo courtesy of Martingale.]

[Patchwork Plaid.  Photo courtesy of Martingale.]

You can find both of those patterns in Quilt the Rainbow; available HERE.

I feel like you can never have too many red, white, and blue quilts!
In fact, I'm making another one right now using my 
Sawtooth Stars cutting chart (stay tuned!)  

I hope you found some inspiration here today!
Happy July friends!

Sawtooth Star Cutting Chart + Tutorial

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Today I have a little gift for you!
It's simple but hopefully, you'll enjoy it!
The Sawtooth Star block is one of the most basic,
yet classic quilt blocks around and today
I have a cutting chart for finished block sizes 3" - 20"!


Sawtooth Star Cutting Chart

FINISHED

BLOCK SIZE

BACKGROUND FABRIC

CUTTING

STAR FABRIC

CUTTING

3”

(4) 1 ¼” squares

(4) 1 ¼” x 2” rectangles

(8) 1 ¼” squares

(1) 2” square

4”

(4) 1 ½” squares

(4) 1 ½” x 2 ½” rectangles

(8) 1 ½” squares

(1) 2 ½” square

5”

(4) 1 ¾” squares

(4) 1 ¾” x 3” rectangles

(8) 1 ¾” squares

(1) 3” square

6”

(4) 2” squares

(4) 2” x 3 ½” rectangles

(8) 2” squares

(1) 3 ½” square

7”

(4) 2 ¼” squares

(4) 2 ¼” x 4” rectangles

(8) 2 ¼” squares

(1) 4” square

8”

(4) 2 ½” squares

(4) 2 ½” x 4 ½” rectangles

(8) 2 ½” squares

(1) 4 ½” square

9”

(4) 2 ¾” squares

(4) 2 ¾” x 5” rectangles

(8) 2 ¾” squares

(1) 5” square

10”

(4) 3” squares

(4) 3” x 5 ½” rectangles

(8) 3” squares

(1) 5 ½” square

11”

(4) 3 ¼” squares

(4) 3 ¼” x 6” rectangles

(8) 3 ¼” squares

(1) 6” square

12”

(4) 3 ½” squares

(4) 3 ½” x 6 ½” rectangles

(8) 3 ½” squares

(1) 6 ½” square

13”

(4) 3 ¾” squares

(4) 3 ¾” x 7” rectangles

(8) 3 ¾” squares

(1) 7” square

14”

(4) 4” squares

(4) 4” x 7 ½” rectangles

(8) 4” squares

(1) 7 ½” square

15”

(4) 4 ¼” squares

(4) 4 ¼” x 8” rectangles

(8) 4 ¼” squares

(1) 8” square

16”

(4) 4 ½” squares

(4) 4 ½” x 8 ½” rectangles

(8) 4 ½” squares

(1) 8 ½” square

17”

(4) 4 ¾” squares

(4) 4 ¾” x 9” rectangles

(8) 4 ¾” squares

(1) 9” square

18”

(4) 5” squares

(4) 5” x 9 ½” rectangles

(8) 5” squares

(1) 9 ½” square

19”

(4) 5 ¼” squares

(4) 5 ¼” x 10” rectangles

(8) 5 ¼” squares

(1) 10” square

20”

(4) 5 ½” squares

(4) 5 ½” x 10 ½” rectangles

(8) 5 ½” squares

(1) 10 ½” square


Click HERE for a printable version of this chart.
(Please do not redistribute this chart; it is for your personal use only.
But please do tell your quilting friends about this post so they can
check it out for themselves!)

Here's a quick tutorial on how to make a Sawtooth Star block:

1. Cut out the required pieces for your chosen block size.


2. Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of your smaller
squares from the Star fabric.  (You can skip this step if you have Diagonal
Seam Tape from Cluck Cluck Sew.  See product information for details).


3. Place a marked square on one end of a background fabric rectangle
with right sides together.  Stitch on the marked line.  Trim 1/4" from the line.  
Press the seam allowance toward the dark fabric.


4.  Repeat step 3 on the opposite end of the rectangle.  Make 4 Flying Geese units. 


5. Layout the 4 Flying Geese units, 4 background fabric squares,
and 1 large square from your Star fabric as shown.  Sew the pieces
together in rows.  Press the seam allowances toward the squares.


6. Sew the rows together and press the seam allowances toward
the block center.


And there you have it!  A very classic Sawtooth Star block!

Note: I am making 12" Stars for my project.  The cutoffs from making
my Flying Geese units are a decent size so I plan to
make those into Half-Square Triangles for a bonus project!

Also, if you are not using sashing between the blocks,
I would recommend pressing your seam allowances open.
I am using sashing between my blocks.

[6" Stars from my Two Stars a Day quilt]

I hope you find this cutting chart and tutorial
very useful, for many years to come!
Tag me on Instagram if you use them!
I'd love to see what you're working on!

Happy quilting!

Bloom True Fabric Tour + a New Quilt Pattern!

Friday, June 17, 2022

When Poppie Cotton emailed me to see if I would like to be a part of a fabric tour 
for their new line, Bloom True, I just had to say, "YES!"  I love this fabric line! 


The line was designed by Terri Conrad and
all of the fabrics have a beautiful vintage feel!
Pretty florals, damasks, and geometric prints in 
different shades of pink, mint, and golden yellows, 
with little accents of green, black, and white.
So pretty!


I designed a fun flower block to go with the line.
I'm calling this pattern, Flower Farm!


The flower blocks feature sweet pinwheels and the sashing
creates a fun secondary pattern!  I'd say this is
a beginner-friendly pattern!


It comes with instructions for 5 different sizes:
baby, throw, twin, queen, and king.


The quilting on my quilt is called Garden Trellis by Karlee Porter Designs.
Jen Ostler quilted it for me and I think it turned out so pretty!


I bound it in one of my favorite prints from the line.
It's called Flora Black and it's a small floral print
that has all of the colors from the line!

Flower Farm is fat eighth/fat quarter friendly!
The PDF pattern is available in my Etsy shop HERE.
The Paper pattern is available in my Etsy shop HERE.


A big thanks to Poppie Cotton for inviting me to be a part of the
Bloom True fabric tour!  I seriously love this line
and can see many more Bloom True projects in my future!

Garden of Quilts

Friday, June 10, 2022

 Hey friends!
I've been meaning to tell you that I will be teaching and presenting
at the Garden of Quilts this year!  I'm so excited!

If you haven't heard of the Garden of Quilts, it's a 4-day event for quilters at the
beautiful Ashton Gardens at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, UT.






It's a stunning venue!  
I've been to the Garden of Quilts once; 
there are quilts hung all around the 50 acres, plus tons of classes, vendors, and lectures!


Dates: September 14th - 17th, 2022.

I will be teaching 3 classes:

PINEAPPLE BLOCK
FOUNDATION PAPER PIECING 
Friday 2-5 p.m.
Sign up HERE.

STASH HASH
Saturday 9 a.m. - Noon
Sign up HERE.

UNITED
Saturday 2-5 p.m.
Sign up HERE.
Click on the link above each photo for details and prices for each class.

I also get to present all the quilts from my new book, Quilt the Rainbow!
(All lectures, trunk shows, and demos are included 
in the Garden of Quilts admission price.)


I'll be talking about how to create beautiful quilts 
with these 10 scrap/stash-friendly projects!  I can't wait to tell you 
all about the book and for you to see the quilts in person!

There are so many other awesome fabric and quilt designers that will
be presenting and teaching too.  It's sure to be an unforgettable few days so grab your 
friends or family and treat yourselves to a wonderful quilty weekend!
I can't wait to meet you!

Click HERE for all the details.

Another Boxy Quilt

Thursday, June 2, 2022

 I started this quilt on March 9th, 2022 and just finished
it yesterday, June 1st, 2022.  I somehow even talked my husband into going 
into the hills by our house yesterday to help me get some photos.


This is my second Boxy quilt.  It's such a quick, easy pattern to make!
The first one I made was in really bright fabrics so I wanted
to see what a softer version would look like.  
Click HERE to see the original version.


Plus I had these two Dover charm packs (by Brenda Riddle Designs for Moda)
in my stash that I thought would be perfect for this pattern!
The pattern calls for charm packs  + solids but instead of using
solids this time, I pulled a bunch of coordinating print fabrics from
my stash to make it extra scrappy!


The blocks are fun to make and very beginner-friendly.
Someone even suggested using a fussy cut fabric in the center
of the blocks and I think that would be a wonderful touch!


This pattern would be perfect in any colorway!
It comes with instructions for twin, queen, and king-size quilts.


The edge-to-edge quilting panto is called Moulin Rouge
and my friend Jen Ostler (@drycreekquilter on Instagram) quilted 
it for me.  I actually let her surprise me with the design
because I couldn't decide between that and another more
geometric design.  I think this turned out beautiful!


I had all of the fabric in my stash except for the binding fabric
(which is the aqua floral from the Dover line).
The background fabric is a cream linen fabric and the
backing is a cream and black plaid woven fabric that
I had in my stash for years!!  Glad I finally found a use for it!


If you want to snag a copy of Boxy, visit my Etsy shop
HERE.  I have paper and PDF patterns available.

Thanks for stopping by today!