Changing Pad-the smaller version

OK, so if you are loving the quilts...but want to make 2 for the same amount of fabric...try the changing pads!
I did mine 18X25 and then sewed in some grosgrain ribbon.


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Your First Quilt-tutorial

You will need:

8 coordinating fabrics in the following sizes:
1 yard of the back of the quilt fabric
1/4 yard each of the 6 stripe fabrics
1/4 yard binding fabric

1 yard muslin
1 yard batting (or a 35X35 inch piece)

Decide which order you want your stripes.  Cut them out in different widths:
sometimes I change the size or order a little if I like one fabric more than another.  It is easiest to cut the widths first and then cut the length all at the same time.  (I cut mine on the folded at 17.5)
cut your binding fabrics
3  pieces of: 2 inches X the length of the fabric (cut one more piece if you arent putting inserts: see quilt below to see insert)
2 pieces of 2 X 9 (for the inserts if you want to do them)

Main fabric, Muslin & Batting
35X35 of each.
(it is easiest for me to lay out one of my fabrics on the batting and cut around it to make sure it is the right size)

Iron your pieces (ESPECIALLY your main fabric and muslin)

layer your main fabric on the bottom, then your batting, then your muslin and try to smooth out all the wrinkles

lay out all your stripes.  If you still have a little fold line left over after ironing, it will help you line them up.  just eyeball the distance between each one.  Make sure to leave a little extra room at the top and bottom because your binding will take an inch of the white space.

Pin them down through all 4 layers

Now you can sew your stripes leaving a quarter inch seam allowance.  NOTE:  I was advised to buy a "walking foot" to make this quilt.  It did help...but I believe you may make this quilt with your normal foot as long as your batting isnt really really thick.

cut your binding into the right size.  2 inches X 37 inches on all 4 sides
(if using the inserts, cut 37 inches on 2 of your strips.  Then use the left over 7 inches and sew it to the inserts, and then cut the last strip in half and sew those pieces to the other side of the insert.  You should have enough to make 4-37" long pieces. 

Iron your binding fabrics in half.  (if using inserts, first iron the seams down, then iron in half)

Pin your binding around the quilt by folding it around the quilt.

If you use the inserts, you can decide where to put those ones.  I have done it so that the inserts are along the stripe sides and one is high on one side and low on the other side. 

FOR THE CORNERS: every strip that you pin down should go under on one end and over at the other end.  Where it goes under the binding, you can sew it straight down, where it goes over the following binding, fold the raw edge under.  I hope you are not too confused...look at the quilt corners to understand.

sew the binding down using 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Now, go wash your quilt normally in the wash and then dry.  Then trim all of the millions of long strings.

WA LA...Your FIRST QUILT!  You should be so proud and one little muffin is going to be So excited!

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embellished tee

sometimes you just have to embellish your own tees (this one was from the dirty clothes pile...hence the wrinkles!)

I picked up a shirt at JCREW (for 49.00) just like this and thought...why dont I just put black flowers on a shirt and save 45.00?

Then...I decided to add letter beads to make it my own

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Scrappy Apron

After I made the quilts, I had LOTS of little scraps left over.  I was about to put them in the scrap fabric box...when it occured to me.  I could try to make an APRON!  I know I know, you have been making them for years...but these are my very first aprons.  I started with the little girl one (bottom left & far right) and then made one for myself.  I did NOT have a lot of large pieces to work with, so as you can see I just kept sewing pieces together to make it work.  
Hooray...no tiny scraps and a NEW apron! 

If you want a tutorial...let me know, Ill make one. 
I just kind of made up the design, but turned out cute if you ask me!
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May I suggest for your first quilt...

When I had baby Jane, my friend Kathy sent me this beautiful quilt.

 I loved it so much, and I thought it was the most thoughtful thing in the world that she would take the time to make me a quilt!  I wanted to make one...but have NEVER attempted to QUILT before..so I just left it hanging on Jane's wall...dreaming of becoming a quilter one day.
The other day I decided to stop dreaming and to start quilting.  So, I went to the fabric store...picked out 8 coordinating fabrics....and DID IT!  So...below are the 2 quilts I made:

I think for me, the hardest part was finding 8 coordinating fabrics.  It is easy if you buy online and can stick with one designer's collection, but our quilt shop only carries a couple from each. 
To make this quilt, You will need:
1 yard pretty fabric, 1 yard batting, 1 yard white muslin or white kona cotton, a quarter yard binding fabric (for the edge) and then 6 quarter yard pieces for the stripes.  (NOT fat quarters.  regular old quarter yards)

You pretty much just layer the cute fabric, batting, & muslin.  lay out the stripes.  Pin like crazy.  sew.  pin on the binding.  sew.  then wash to get frayed edges, and trim long strings. 
If you want an ACTUAL TUTORIAL...
PLEASE post a comment below and I will do one in the next week or 2.

A sweet baby gift.  and if you find cute an enough fabrics...maybe a cute YOU gift!

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