Thursday, February 26, 2015

good morning!


Hello there, and welcome to my stop on the blog hop! If you're new here, welcome. I'm Tammie, a busy momma of four who tries to carve out a little time for creativity every day. So I'm a big fan of Moda and their pre-cuts, anything that gets me sewing faster is a winner in my book! I'm glad to be able to share this fabulous new fabric line with you guys today. (There's another stop today as well, over at Young Texan Mama, so head there next!)



Gina Martin's newest line is called From Bump To Baby. Now, maybe you're not in the market for any baby prints right now. The good news is, the line includes several designs that are fresh and fun and would be at home in any quilt. The graphic patterns are cool, the teensy hearts are to die for, and the floral prints are pretty too.



That said, there are some adorable prints that ARE perfect for babies. I love the scatter print - even though my youngest is 4, I still find myself wanting to buy all that sweet baby stuff at Target, like divided plates and cute onesies! The text print is another favorite.The colors are a nice range, not the same old pastel pinks and blues.

When I got my pretty stack of fabrics, I decided to make a baby quilt. I used a simple layout with an easy to stitch block, commonly known as "sister's choice". I used this block pattern for the barn quilt I painted last summer. It's a favorite of mine, but one I hadn't actually used in a quilt before! Time to remedy that.




Here's how it goes together:

For one block you need:
white - five 2.5" squares and four 3" squares (for HST, corners, and center)
print A - four 2.5" squares for center 9 patch
print B - four 2.5" squares for outer
print C - four 2.5" squares AND four 3" squares for HST



Take one background 3" and one print 3" and pair up for half square triangles. (tutorial here)
Repeat, making 8 HST. Trim to 2.5".

Lay out your squares and stitch together. See, simple and fast! Perfect for chain piecing too.

Once you have your blocks completed (I made 9), it's time to sash them together. I used 2.5" wide sashing in both grey and white for my quilt top. Grey for the inner, white for the outside edge. You will also need four 2.5" squares for the cornerstones.



I stitched on a flange before adding the chevron binding. I used a 1 inch strip, folded in half and basted to the edge. I love how it frames it in without being a big border. Plus, I stitched my binding on by folding the flange up and stitching in the ditch underneath it. I wasn't able to get all the way into the corners, but I'd rather hand sew 4 corners versus an entire quilt! You could, of course, stitch on top of the flange. I was being lazy frugal with my time and didn't want to change my threads to match. ;)



My friend Laura did the machine quilting, with an allover design. I like how the pale grey thread looks with all of the fabrics! There's lots of room for some custom quilting in this quilt layout though. You could switch this up using any 12.5" unfinished block - or make each block different for a custom sampler.



Since this one went together so quickly, I whipped up a 2nd baby quilt using a pattern called Square Dance by Bits & Pieces. This is a popular pattern at Country Fabrics, where I work Friday afternoons. It uses 8 fat quarters and is super fast to put together! I just love these colors!



I changed it up a little and added a solid white in place of the prints for a few of the rows. I added a flange again. I love the text print for binding. Laura did the fun quilting on this quilt too. (Thanks Laura!)



I was going to borrow a friend's little girl to take some photos with, but poor Hattie got the flu and we had to cancel our photo shoot. So picture this sweet little dress on a happy 12 month old with cute curly hair :) I used the Snappy Toddler top tutorial at Prudent Baby.




Well, if you're still reading, thanks, I know that was a long post!! So how about a giveaway? Gina and Moda are letting me give one lucky reader a layer cake of From Bump To Baby! You know how I feel about precuts, and there are so many things you can make with a layer cake!

Enter to win the layer cake using the rafflecopter widget below. US only please. Winner will be announced Sunday afternoon, March 1st, and I will contact by email, so make sure I have a way to reach you! Thanks so much to Gina Martin and Moda for the giveaway!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Here's the list of stops, in case you're new to the hop. Each stop has a project to share and prizes to be won, so go check it out!

Monday the 23rd
Becca Bryan of Bryan House Quilts
Tuesday the 24th
Sally Keller of Sally's Angelworks
Wednesday the 25th
Brooke Sellmann of Silly Mama Quilts
Jessica Toye of Jess Toye Quilts
Thursday the 26th
Hilary Smith of Young Texan Mama
Tammie Schaffer of craftytammie
Friday the 27th
Gina Martin of Pattern & Hue

now, go sew something!

51 comments:

Gail Bastian said...

I like both of the quilts you made from the Bump to Baby fabric, especially the second one.

Lisa Marie said...

Given the block name, I was thinking "Sister Golden Hair" from the song by America. Or "Sister Act" after the movie.

Anita C said...

Love that you showed the fabric minus the baby prints. Shows the flexibility of the line. Love the grey & pink together. New granddaughter on the way getting lots of good ideas. Thanks

Patricia said...

Both quilts are wonderful. Thanks for the tutorial block.

Melissa Miller said...

Looks great! I love precuts, too. I like getting charm packs because they're great as a swatch set to get a good look at the prints in a collection. A layer cake is even better. I find jelly rolls the least easiest to work with but I like them fine.

Gill said...

I love both quilts - especially the first and I love the name 'criss cross applesauce'

Hilary said...

You made so many pretty things! I love the purple and blue one :)

Anonymous said...

Love criss- cross applesauce for a name- very cute! Love how this line is flexible and isn't overrun with baby specific prints- even if I'm making a baby quilt I want things that will grow with the child! Thanks! Sarah: crjandsbj(at)netzero(dot)com

Vicki H said...

I'm not good at naming quilts. I like both quilts, especially the second quilt.

EmileeHope said...

Cute name, I'm no good at that-would have said something like-cross star quilt-boring-I just don't have a great imagination for naming things!

Linda said...

HI,love both of the projects! Thanks for the tutorial! I'd call this quilt: "Xtra Cute"! Thanks for sharing a neat giveaway too!

msstitcher1214@gmail.com

Teresa Van de Castle said...

I like "Criss, Cross, Applesauce"!, very nice!

sherryberrybim said...

I have already bought a fat quarter from this line, but I too avoided the obviously baby patterns so that I could use the fabric in anything.

Kathy Davis said...

Summer Stars, because of the colors and the blocks look like stars.
Kathy Davis
kdavis1@centurytel.net

Bella Quilts said...

I love this fabric and the quilts you made from it. I am amazed at the number of projects you completed and like the breadth of the ideas you used. Thank you.

anna brown said...

very nice ty for sharing love your ideas....the fabric is very pretty for just about anything....

MtnJudy said...

Thank you for your giveaway! This fabric line is so cute ...any mom-to-be I know would love it for her baby.

Andrea York said...

Those quilts are adorable! and the tutorial is wonderful. I really like your flanged binding. Just the right classy touch to your fine work. I like the name criss cross applesauce!

Greta Honeycutt said...

Love this! Thanks for a chance to win.

Greta Honeycutt said...

I think crisscross applesauce is a good name.

Cheryl said...

Cross cross applesauce is perfect!

Kristine said...

The applesauce name is cute. I'm no good at naming to be honest! Maybe something with steps in the name too.

Melissa said...

LOL the applesauce name is PERFECT! That is what I would go with

Lee said...

How about Summer Stars... cute quilt!

Clooney said...

I would love to win this stash.

Cynthia Knapp said...

Your baby quilts are so pretty and sweet. I also love the little dress! Thank you for sharing with us! cknapp3626@sbcglobal.net

PK Sews said...

Both quilts are delightful! I can't improve on Criss Cross Applesauce - I think it's the perfect name! The only thing I can think of Sweets for the Sweet.

Tabitha Keener said...

Beautiful quilt! How about criss crossed stars? I'm pretty bad at naming, sorry! Lol!

tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

mlhummy said...

Love your 'sister' quilt. The name Criss-Cross Applesauce is cute. Use it! :)

Linda B said...

How about...."Your a Star...Your a Super Star"

Christine S said...

really love your criss cross quilt!!

Crickets Corner said...

I think Criss Cross Applesauce is perfect.

OhioLori said...

Your Quilts & the lil' sweet dress are all Awesome! Looove the name Criss-Cross Applesauce!! Think it is "The One"...Is perfect!

We have new Granbaby due end of April...this fabric line is sooo fun! would love to make a Quilt for our new lilttle person! Thanks for chance to win! :)

nicolesender said...

Your idea with applesauce is original! Great quilt! Love the fabric!

GranChris said...

That's a great name wish upon your star is another good one for a baby.

Claire Sutherland said...

Twinkle twinkle little star xxx

Jessica said...

Beautiful quilts and dress! Criss-cross Apples Sauce is super cute. You could also call it Twinkle Twinkle.

Quilting Tangent said...

How about sisters tic tack toe.
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Jacklynn Grimm said...

Cross My Heart comes to mind, but I like yours better. Thanks for the chance to win! jacklynnsteven at netzero dot com

Katy Marriott said...

Bright stars!

Sarah@123quilt said...

I love criss cross applesauce for the name. Thanks for the chance to win!

Margaret said...

I love your block but I am so bad at naming things. I love the name you chose.

Samantha said...

Cute quilt!!! I am awful at figuring out names for quilts. Good luck!

SeeAmySew- Amy Caldwell said...

I love the name you came up with. I'd like to add "Dreaming in Color". Beautiful quilt, would love to make one like this. Thanks for the chance.

sam said...

Love your projects. This line is so sweet.

Kathy E. said...

I'm in love with the name you've chosen. Criss Cross Applesauce is perfect and such a fun name! Coming from a teacher, I can identify with a catchy name like this!

Sarah said...

What about Baby Bows? It reminds me of hair bows. sarah@forrussia.org

Ellee said...

"Baby Sister" is the first name that came to my mind. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

annmarie said...

I think Criss Cross Applesauce is perfect! You have really been busy. Love the quilts & love, love, love the dress!

ittehgaps said...

Crisscross applesauce is really a cute name. I may suggest it for the little wall quilt my grand daughter is working on now. She is 9 and just finished her first quilt, big 10 inch sqs. A fast way to accomplish and feel the satisfaction. I hope she falls in love with quilting. GrannyO/ bluemoonstencils@yahoo.com

Shauna said...

I love the name you picked!!

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