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Hallelujah! It.is.done!


I know I’ve said it before, but oye vey! I have not enjoyed this quilt top! Thanks to all your advice and encouragement (and a little #selfishsewing project — more on that later in the week!) I was able to to get it finished. But now it’s done. Done. Done. Done! These elephants are literally made of four letter words — Good riddance little elephants!

Despite the hellish applique project that I brought upon myself, I’m so happy with how it came out.

I’m going to put it away for a week or so while I figure out how to quilt the darn thing. There is a *lot* of negative space, and I’m sort of at a loss. I spotted this paper pantograph called “Animal Crackers.” It looks, um, challenging. And I’m not sure what to make of the whole paper pantograph thing either. So, yes, I need to let things percolate before I figure out where I’m going next.

Which means, right now I’m all about celebrating the quilt top finish. Woohoo! And one last photo to commemorate the finish 🙂

Elephants On Parade WIP, by Stitchified

Happy Sewing!


(Why yes, I *am* still procrastinating about my economy blocks. Shhh! Moving on!)

I wish I could take credit for the idea behind my latest WIP, but I totally can’t. But first, a little back story… my husband’s cousin is expecting her first child in April. She designed a beautiful elephant-themed nursery on Pinterest, which among other things features Zoology by Michael Miller. Not that I was stalking her or anything 😉

I was feeling a little intimidated/uninspired since I’ve never designed a quilt with so much (unconscious) input from another person. Let’s be honest, usually I just decide what I want to make for someone and then I do it. Hehe! So, I scanned the internet hoping for inspiration to strike and stumbled upon this amazing quilt entitled “Dare to be Different” by Grapes and Hearts.  Once I saw her gorgeous patchwork elephant, I knew exactly what to do! Except I’ve never appliqued. No time like the present, right?

To start, I chose an elephant silhouette from a free-to-use clipart site (legit licenses comfort my inner legal geek). In keeping with the nursery’s color scheme, I limited myself to the colors in the Zoology print: pale gold, light blue, white, and two grey tones. After I pulled my fabric, I applied my Heat N’Bond to my fabrics and cut out my little elephants. Yield six happy elephants!

It wasn’t until  I tried to adhere the elephants to my background fabric that I ran into some serious trouble with the Heat N’ Bond. For some reason, it didn’t take well. The patchwork elephant was especially disastrous — look at his poor little feet swaying in the breeze! I ended up breaking out my perma-gluestick and sort of winging it with the applique.

Layout: Elephants on Parade!

I’m several applique sessions in to the quilt top, and I’m only half way there. Sort of a bad time to realize that applique isn’t my thing, huh?

Elephants On Parade WIP

So that’s what I’m (stuck!) working on this week. If anyone can share a pro-tip to help me through the last couple elephants, I would be *hugely* appreciative!

Linking up with Freshly Pieced and WIP Wednesday!

Edit to add: I have the nicest readers, thank you for your advice and encouragement! Several of you graciously pointed out that it was unclear what type of applique this was — eek! I should know better than to mix late nights and cold medicine with blogging! So, to clarify… Yes, this is definitely raw edge applique. And, yes, I was extra silly and choose to combine a satin stitch (I thought it might hold up better?) with a pretty detailed silhouette (what can I say, it was pretty!). In retrospect, that was both overly ambitious and a total rookie mistake. But on the plus side, I won’t swear off all future applique… at least not quite yet!

And here’s a little detail shot so you can experience my horror second hand. 🙂 

Elephants on Parade WIP, by Stitchified




One baby quilt down!


I’m happy to report that I found time to get this one bound and quasi-photographed. I have two more late winter babies to sew for, so it feels particularly good to get this one wrapped up.

I say quasi-photographed because I’ve been stuck at home with a fever enraged preschooler *all* week and there are about three feet of snow in the back yard (not lying!). I had wanted to do something more exciting with the photos, but as it was, sneaking outside for 10 minutes was quite challenging. Ah well, next time.

I have talked about this quilt before, so I’ll keep things short. I choose to bind the quilt with a teal stripe from Lotta Jansdotter’s Glimma collection. And because I love the candy stripe look I went to the trouble of making bias binding. Ooo fancy schmancy.

Little Lady Star, by Stitchified

The backing is from IKEA. I picked up a couple of yards of this print and now I wish I had grabbed more. It’s a little too sheer, but it’s awesomeness compensates for that and more. No wonder it’s so popular with fellow bloggers!

And that my friends is it — my new featherweight’s first piecing project and my first free motion flowers. Made entirely from my stash (yay!).

Interested in making a Little Lady Star for yourself? Check out my mini-tutorial here. It is stash friendly, just a half yard for each print! 🙂

Linking up with Crazy Mom and Finish it Up Friday!






Little Lady Star


I decided to take a little break from my Economy Blocks this week. I’m up to one hundred blocks (!!), and I can’t decide whether or not to keep going. Putting off that decision in favor of making a new quilt top seemed like the obvious choice. Besides, I know three babies who are due in early spring and they each need a baby quilt!

My design for this quilt top was inspired by Jeni Baker’s Giant Vintage Star Quilt, but mine is a slightly modified (and hugely enlarged!) version of the Two Colors Star from the Solstice Stars Quilt Along over at Fresh Lemons. I used a rose print from Glimma and a silvery grey print from Bella, which I think are the perfect pair for a baby girl quilt. The colors are feminine and dainty — perfect for my soon-to-be niece. If any baby was going to be a little lady from day one, it’s this one. (Note: not a quality my own offspring will be sporting!).

Piecing the quilt top was the perfect project to break in my new featherweight, too. I am so smitten with this little machine. I was finally able to finish restoring her, and wow. Just wow. I’m making it a point to spoil the old girl whenever I can — my most recent acquisition being the stork scissors you can see below. But I’m getting side tracked…

Featherweight making HSTs

The block requires eight (8) half square triangles in the dominant color, and four (4) half-square triangles in the secondary color. Here’s a mini tutorial in case anyone wants to make one of these for themselves. Requires a half-yard of each of color, and maybe 2.5 yards of the background color (don’t quote me on the background color though, I keep a huge bolt of white around). Yields one baby quilt (45″ x 45″). In my book, it’s a perfect size for tummy time, playing at the park, or tenting the stroller.

Cutting Instructions:

  • 9-inch square of dominant color (rose) — Cut Four (4)
  • 9-inch square of accent color (silver) — Cut Two (2)
  • 9-inch square of back ground color (white) — Cut Six (6)
  • 8-inch square of dominant color — Cut Four (2)
  • 8-inch square of accent color — Cut Four (4)
  • 15.5 inch square of background color — Cut Four (4)

Piecing Instructions:

  • Match one colored 9-inch square and one white 9-inch square, right sides together.
  • Use a pencil to draw a diagonal line across the white 9-inch square
  • Sew a 1/4 inch away on either side of your line (my featherweight is demonstrating this technique above).
    Note: If you are using directional prints, be careful of the direction you sew your half-square triangles in. To figure it out, just lay everything out before you stitch. Ask me how I know 🙂
  • Cut along your pencil line, separating the square into two half-square triangles. Press squares open. Repeat until you have eight (8) HSTS in your main color, and four (4) HSTs in the accent color.
  • Match the seam with the diagonal line on your ruler, and trim the HSTs to 8-inch blocks. Marvel at how pretty they look already.

Glimma HSTsAssemble your blocks into intermediate sized (15.5″) blocks: combine four of your HSTS for the center star, and then combine the HSTs with solid colored blocks to create the four “arms” of the star. The center and two of the arms are shown below:

Little Lady Star, by Stitchified

Combine your intermediate blocks with the 15.5″ background blocks, and sew the three rows together following the diagram below:

Little Lady Star, by StitchifiedTa da! One super fast, but super adorable quilt top! And of course, in this house, no photo shoot is complete until it has been properly photo-bombed by Hello Kitty.

When it came to the quilting, I got brave (I have been binge watching the Olympics!) and decided to get a little tricky with some custom quilting. The background is stippled, the grey has free form flowers, and the pink is sporting a serpentine stitch. Now, as you may know, I’m completely terrified of new free motion quilting patterns, and I’ve never attempted flowers before.  For some reason I decided to tackle the free-form flowers without practice, definitely a questionable decision. But! I pulled off some successful flowers, and I’m feeling pretty proud. The overall result is far from perfect, but I’m sort of okay with it.

And here is a shot of the (almost!) finished quilt. It’s still missing the binding, but I couldn’t wait to share! I hope to get the turquoise binding on in a few days. Final photos will have to wait though, the amount of snow outside is absolutely insane!

Little Lady Star by StitchifiedLinking up with Finish it Up Friday with Crazy Mom!


I was enjoying a very relaxing New Year’s morning catching up on my blog reader and instagram feed… until I came across the new #economyblockalong. The next thing I knew, I was scrambling downstairs to cut up fabric before 8AM (even though it was my turn to sleep in). Luckily for me, my husband knew better than to question the flurry of early morning activity, and left me to my insanity.

I followed Rita @ RedPepperQuilts’ tutorial (here) for five inch (finished) blocks. She recommends over-sizing the blocks and then squaring them up as you go, and let me just say, I am a *big* fan of that technique. It keeps everything neat and tidy, and totally feeds my OCD tendencies. Which may be why I finished sixteen blocks by the next afternoon. Can you say possessed?

economy block along

I had planned to stop at sixteen squares, but I caught the economy block bug in a bad way. Once the first sixteen were done I dove right back in to my stash. Nothing was safe — fat quarters, yardage, and even my coveted Heather Ross went under the rotary cutter (Briar Rose, not Kokka. Let’s not be completely crazy!).  

Before the weekend was over I had cut up another fifty squares and have been sewing them up through out the week.  I’ve been a long time admirer of scrappy quilts, and I’m so excited to finally have a stash that is capable of producing one. And also a little horrified. I’ve been sewing for 18 months now, which begs the question — where the hell did all this fabric come from? Yikes!

Economy Block Along

 I’ve never participated in a quilt along, but it was one of my goals for 2014. I’ve had so much fun playing along on instagram and admiring everyone else’s creations.

Of course, there are some of my blocks that I like more than others. Like this one, featuring the little rabbit from Good Night Moon. How perfect is he floating in a lime green frame? And I was also pleasantly surprised to find Momo’s Oh Deer! playing so well with Kate Spain’s flowers. Who knew?

 Economy Block Along

If you’ve somehow avoided the #economyblockalong, I encourage to give in to temptation and join in the fun! Each block is a little fabric adventure of it’s own. So much fun! And besides, it’s stash busting. It’s good for you!



Hipster Baby Quilt


This baby quilt was the perfect re-entry into quilting.  I had a lot of fun planning it, though I’ll admit to obsessing over the fabric selections. I wanted something whimsical with a nod to music, but not too girly. After spending hours on etsy I found a few great Japanese linens… shipping from China. I was nervous about the wait time, but they got here just in time. I scattered the little vignettes through out the quilt, and used geometric prints in black, creams and red to balance out the rest.

There are a lot of stash builders in here too, including: Sweetwater’s Mama Said Sew, several prints from Zen Chic’s Comma, Chicken Wire from Oink A Doodle Moo, Timeless Treasure’s Sketch, and American Jane’s Pezzy Prints. I’m happy to say that I have leftovers of most 🙂

I also tried out a scrappy binding for the first time. I really love how it keeps your eye moving around the quilt, and it is extra cute all rolled up:

This one is straight line quilted, and backed in flannel. And it is crib size, 36″ x 54″.  I gave the parents-to-be the quilt this morning at their baby shower, and they were so appreciative. I wasn’t expecting it to be such a hit, but it really made my day!