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Valentine’s Mini quilt

Valentines mini quilt

I really haven’t sewn much in the last 6 months, so I’ve been eyeing some easy and quick projects to try to get me back into it. I found a heart block tutorial online and created a design to incorporate 4 heart blocks.

Valentines mini quilt

I used a large scale print fabric for the backing, I really didn’t want to have to cut into that bird and circle so I was excited that it fit perfectly on the back of this mini and now I can flip it over after Valentine’s Day and have a little picture quilt.

Valentine's mini quilt

I used mostly scraps for this mini (including the batting) and didn’t baste or attempt to secure the quilt sandwich whatsoever before quilting. I figured it would be fine because it was so small…well no, I learned that doesn’t tend to produce great results! The quilt warped quite a bit so I know not to skip that step next time, no matter how big or small the project. Especially with straight line quilting. Overall I really like how it turned out and am looking forward to more sewing this year.


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Follow the Leader – Minky Backing

This is another finish from the Modern Quilts Illustrated I received for Christmas this past year. I’ve been dying to use my Rock n’ Romance fat quarter bundle for so long but I wanted to find a pattern that worked well and showed off larger prints.

Follow the Leader

I chose a cream-colored minky with dimples for the backing, and I had a plan for free motion quilting in swirls and loops, but my machine did not co-operate no matter what I tried so I blamed it on the minky and settled for a random horizontal wavy look, with the walking foot. I don’t love it but it will do. I’m working on another quilt with a minky type fabric on the back and I decided that I HATE working with this type of fabric but LOOOOOOOVE how it turns out. It makes the quilt a bit heavier, softer and snuggly. So I just have to adjust my expectations when working with it.

Follow the Leader

My three-year old has claimed this as his blanket, which surprised me a lot, because I think it’s rather girly looking. He loves the backing however, and refers to it as his ‘soft blanket’

Follow the Leader


The binding is a Kona solid called Cedar and the background I believe is Mushroom, but I really can’t remember!

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oh, the Places you’ll go!

Oh the places you'll go quilt

This is a sample I made for the Quilting Bee…I really enjoyed working with this color palatte and building new blocks. I haven’t sewn anything ‘wonky’ yet and this was a really good introduction into throwing caution to the wind and cutting something up without measuring!
Oh the places you'll go quilt
This picture looks wonky, but is in fact square 🙂
There were some blocks with quotes from the Dr. Seuss book, ‘oh, the Places you’ll go!’
Oh the places you'll go quilt
These stair blocks were really fun to build, and out of all the fabrics used in this quilt, that rainbow looking print was my favorite.
Oh the places you'll go
This is the finished quilt top
oh the places you'll go quilt
What a colorful quilt!


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Deck-ade the halls – Vintage Ornaments

Deck-ade the halls by Mdcy9
Deck-ade the halls, a photo by Mdcy9 on Flickr.

Here is the next block in the Fat Quarter Shop QAL! This one turned out so cute, I love it! It did seem to take me forever to finish, definitely the smallest piecing I’ve done, especially compared to the large scale Heartthrob top I’ve been working on. But well worth it because these ornaments turned out adorably 🙂 I’m excited to get going on the next couple blocks of this quilt, now that the smallest blocks are out of the way.

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Test driving triangles

Test driving triangles by Mdcy9
Test driving triangles, a photo by Mdcy9 on Flickr.

This is a pillow cover I made to break in my new triangle template. I want to make a big quilt with bigger triangles so I thought I should practice on something smaller first 🙂 I learned some good lessons, like not sewing too wide a seam allowance over those points or else they disappear! Also to be careful because these guys are cut on the bias and they can stretch out quite a bit. The fabric is Cameo by Amy Butler and Free Spirit Designer Solids in Chamois. I’m so excited about doing more with triangles!

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Deck-ade the Halls – Star Studded

I completed block #2 for the Fat Quarter Shop Deck-ade the Halls QAL called Star Studded. I went back and forth for a while on fabric choices before settling on the aqua and red. These didn’t make a big impact on me initially after seeing a few in the Flickr group, it wasn’t until I spent HOURS working on this to finish it that I appreciated it. These little stars look so simple to make, and they probably are for some people, but I just don’t have the experience yet doing small size piecing to think it was so simple!

I love how they turned out, now I just need to get going on the next couple blocks…I’m definitely not keeping up 🙂


I have been looking for a Christmas quilt pattern for a couple months to use up my Joy by Kate Spain fat quarters. I sketched a design out but I don’t have any software at this point to make it digital and I’m far too lazy to figure out fabric requirements and measurements by hand. I don’t remember where I saw this QAL for the first time, but once I saw the finished quilt I thought it looked like a great pattern to use. The Fat Quarter Shop  is hosting this QAL on their blog and I’ve completed the first block, Three Wise Gingerbread Men.

I used a couple Christmasy stash fabrics, and the aqua color if from the Joy line. I think they turned out really cute, but I am not used to this fussy style of piece work, it felt like it took my FOREVER to cut out, sew and press this block.