DIY Design Board

As mentioned in my Studio Reveal post, here is the DIY Design Board. It’s really easy to make one, and there are a few tutorials out there, but I worked with what I had and crafted this piece. So far its workout out perfectly.

DIY Design Board

I had a few pieces of foam core board lying around so I placed them on the floor and trimmed them up to make one big piece. I used packing tape to hold them together. Tape front and back.
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I then used strait sewing pins to attached blanket batting to the board. I only needed a crib sized piece, depending on the size of your wall/ design board you can determine how much batting you need. There are a few safety pins as well holding the corners. I saw that someone else had used duct tape, which isn’t a bad idea either. They also used a spray adhesive to attach the batting to to styrofoam. Both are good ideas, it just depends on how much work you want to put into it or how permanent you want it to be. DSC_0054

Careful not to stick the pins straight through the board but to just catch the board. You don’t want to be running your hand over the board and get pricked. DSC_0055

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I used command picture hanging strips to hang it up on the wall. DSC_0058

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Beach Quilt Top

Beach House

Beach Quilt Top

You may recall over the summer when I wrote about the Moda Beach House charm pack that I had purchased and was playing with. Well, I finally finished the blue top and sandwiched it all together! It’s now ready to be hand quilted. Sadly, I didn’t document the whole process. But who wants stitch by stitch photos anyways? Someday we may own our own beach house to display this fun quilt when its actually done.

If you’re unfamiliar with the fabric, its made by Moda, designed by Kate Nelligan and its called beach house. I managed to track down some of the fabric for the backing on Etsy from a wonderful shop called One More Yard. Its the turquoise small medallion, and let me tell you, this line of fabric is not easy to find anymore. I was lucky and I only needed 1.5 yards for the backing.

I found this really cool water drop fabric at my tiny local quilt store just up the street. They don’t have a huge selection but they do have some nice stuff. IMG_0327

The water drops add a nice fun boarder that doesn’t take away from the beach house line but still complements.

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My sketch of what I wanted it to look like. I didn’t have a pattern, just a picture in my head. It was somewhat inspired by this quilt that I saw on Pinterest.

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Ta-da? The somewhat finished product. Its all sandwiched with batting and basted now just trying to decide on a design to quilt. I’m thinking 1/4 inch on the color squares but something wavy on the white blocks. Thought?

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I still have the warm tone top to make at some point. But maybe it won’t be a top at all. Maybe it’ll be something else entirely.

Now that i’ve had a chance to play with charm packs, I think they’re really fun and I can totally see myself buying more in the future. I may even mix it up and get layer cakes, jelly rolls and mini charm packs hehe.

Quilt Block of the Month Bonus

Quilt Block of the Month is where I feature and make at least one quilt block that I think represents the month. The blocks that I feature every month you can do any number of things with. You could combine them all into a quilt, or use them individually for projects like pillows or table runners. The goal is to use scraps of fabric I already have. I’ll try to stick to patchwork quilts with little to no paper piecing and applique blocks. Click the hyperlinks to see FebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember and January.

block bonus

 

Happy Leap Day!! Here is a bonus round of quilt blocks to finish out the year. Sadly, I haven’t made any of these blocks. But hopefully once we move and I get that dream studio (wink wink) I’ll make them wall hanging size to display. Wouldn’t that be fun? This way I might actually get around to using some of those scraps I was supposed to use during this whole project.

Quilt Block of the Month Bonus

First up spool of thread by Bee in my Bonnet:

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Next up, sewing machine by Snapshots Quilt Along:

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Lastly, Moda Bake Shop:

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Now I can reflect back on the whole year long experience (that went by quickly didn’t it?!). It was a lot of fun, I learned a few new techniques and fine tuned others. I’ve started playing with my own pattern designs more and understanding pattern building and the math (yay fractions!). I tried so hard to use fabric I already had, but, oh darn, I just had to buy more. I’m really going to need a bigger space when we move (hehe).

Quit Block of the Month January

Quilt Block of the Month is where I feature and make at least one quilt block that I think represents the month. The blocks that I feature every month you can do any number of things with. You could combine them all into a quilt, or use them individually for projects like pillows or table runners. The goal is to use scraps of fabric I already have. I’ll try to stick to patchwork quilts with little to no paper piecing and applique blocks. Click the hyperlinks to see FebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovember and December.

Quilt Block of the Month January

Quilt Block

This block is a bit late this month, but hey at least its done? I went with a snow theme for January. The day I made the mittens it had actually snowed a tiny bit although February tends to be when we see the most snow. Hopefully not this year with El Nino.

This is the last block completing 12 months of blocks! Woo-hoo! Now what to do with them all?? There may or may not be a few bonus blocks next month. We’ll see.

Mittens by Bee in my Bonnet

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Nordic Snowflake. My own design. Follow the directions below to make your own.

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Cut from background:

  • (4) 4.5 x 1.5
  • (4) 2.5 x 2.5
  • (4) 3 x 3

Cut from main fabric:

  • (4) 2.5 x 2.5
  • (4) 3 x 3
  • (1) 1.5 x 1.5

Match up your 3 x 3 blocks wrong sides together. Draw a line from one corner to another. Sew 1/4 inch on each side of the line.

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Cut the blocks on the drawn line. You should now have 2.5 x 2.5 inch half square triangles. Square up the blocks to 2.5 x 2.5.

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Lay out your squares.

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Work in sections to complete the blocks.

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Looks a bit like the tulip block form April doesn’t it?

Did anyone do all 12 months of blocks? If so, please share!

Quilt Block of the Month December

Quilt Block of the Month is where I feature and make at least one quilt block that I think represents the month. The blocks that I feature every month you can do any number of things with. You could combine them all into a quilt, or use them individually for projects like pillows or table runners. The goal is to use scraps of fabric I already have. I’ll try to stick to patchwork quilts with little to no paper piecing and applique blocks. Click the hyperlinks to see FebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovember

Quilt Block of the Month December

A few days late but hey, I tried. Its the busy time of year for everyone. If you try these blocks out let me know or send pictures along. I’d love to see.

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First, the Present from Sew We Stitch. This was super easy! You could have a lot of fun with this one.

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Tree from McCalls Quilting. I halved the block size and took out a row from the tree. Would not recommend doing that, but I didn’t want a huge tree. Easy enough to complete in a few minutes.

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Vintage Ornament from Fat Quarter Shop. My favorite out of all three. I think it turned out better with the red fabric. The white patterned makes it hard to see the star. Pretty easy to make.

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