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!

Monday, February 23, 2015

♥ From Bump To Baby Blog Hop!



The blog hop starts today!  Each stop will be sharing something fun that they made using Gina Martin's new fabric line, From Bump To Baby, and each one has a pre-cut to give away! Make sure to stop by each blog and enter for a chance to win. I'll be posting mine this Thursday, so I hope you'll come back and visit that day too :)

Here is a list of the hop participants. Be sure to check each site and register with each blogger for a chance to win precuts of From Bump to Baby. The winners will be announced on Sunday March 1st!

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 Crafty Tammie
Friday the 27th
Gina Martin, Pattern & Hue

Sunday, February 8, 2015

From Bump To Baby blog hop - coming soon!

Recently I jumped at the chance to help Gina Martin promote two of her new Moda fabric lines by participating in upcoming blog hops. Gina is a fellow member of the KCMQG and you might remember, I chose her Folk Art Holiday line for my Jelly Roll Jam 2 quilt.



The first hop will run from Feb. 23-27, and will highlight From Bump to Baby, which has beautiful colors and patterns - not just for the nursery! There are several prints in this line that would be great basics for any design. I think you're going to love them - even if you don't have a baby to sew for! Take a look at the line at the Moda site.

There are going to be prizes, and I am super excited to share a new project with you! Be sure to check back in on my day, Feb. 26th. I'll post a baby quilt tutorial. Hope to see you then!

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