December 18th, 2014

Christmas Mini Quilt

by Julie Hirt

Isn’t it cute?!


As soon as I saw the free pattern from Bunny Hill Designs I knew I had to make it.   I used the same line of Moda fabrics Bunny Hill used, which is 25th & Pine by Moda.

This is a great base pattern – I’d like to try it with a different center motif and other fabrics so I can look at it all year.


I did change up the deer shape a little but used the same style of quilting for the center.  In hindsight, I would add the deer AFTER quilting.  That was a lot of starting, stopping and tying off.


Going outside my comfort zone I tried something new with quilting around the charms.  I’m really proud of myself! Since it’s on the small side I used my regular machine for the quilting.


This was really fun to put together and it’s surprisingly quick. I think it took me 11-12 hours from beginning to end, including the binding.   If you’re out of time to make one this year, save it for next!





November 7th, 2014

A Quilt Finish! Equally Fancy

by Julie Hirt

I love this line of fabric! It’s called Fancy by Lily Ashbury for Moda. There are so many great stash builders in here.

When I first started quilting I had a jelly roll and didn’t know what to do with it. I liked the look of the rail fence but not the jumbled-ness with all of the fabrics. I realized using white gave it a crisp and clean look that I liked.

The first version I made was back in 2010 and I called it Big Whimsy, it was the 3rd quilt I made.

When I was thinking of ideas for the Bake Shop, I remembered Big Whimsy.  It’s beginner friendly and uses 2 jelly rolls so I put together a quick tutorial.


It’s such a simple, basic block but I really enjoy it.


This is also the first quilt I finished up on my newly acquired longarm.  I was soooo freakin nervous and now I have an overall better feeling for the machine and it’s not so scary.  The pattern I tried is kind of a swirl then echo it a few times, then swirl and echo, repeat.  Eventually I got in the flow and it went fairly well. I love the final texture!


Kind of hard to get pictures of the quilting, but there it is.

Next week I’ll be heading out of town for a few weeks (Bahamas, here we come!) but I do plan on getting quite a few things crossed off my to-do list when I return.



November 5th, 2014

Beginnings of a 9 patch

by Julie Hirt

As soon as I saw the Mimosa fabric line I *had* to have it.


Since I’m having a love affair with this line I wanted to make a new bed quilt for myself.   KING SIZE!  143 x  7.5″ blocks!  Yikes, what have I done?


It should look something like this and it will be a smaller size king using 143 blocks. I may need to add a little border but as long as it covers the mattress with a small overhang it will be fine.

I’ve only just started but I do have a handful of blocks finished.



In other news…….. Guess who now owns a longarm?!

YES!  I can’t tell you how excited I was when my husband gave me the “ok”.  I ended up with a HandiQuilter Avante 18.  It’s a few years old but less than 120,000 stitches (which is like 2 quilts I think) and she’s a beauty.  The lady I purchased her from is retired and having back problems so she never got around to using it.

So now that I have a longarm, I have decided to step up the game and make myself a king size quilt that I can quilt all by myself.

I finished my first quilt on Suzie (that’s what I’ve named her, it was the name of the lady she was purchased from) a few weeks ago.


I played around with a cheater panel a little but figured the best way to learn was to jump right in.  I saw a similar technique on YouTube and it was a good beginning pattern for me.

I’ll be sharing pics of this quilt soon, I just wanted to show you a bit of the quilting.  The quilt is a pattern for Moda Bake Shop that will be posted in the next few weeks – and I have another holiday pattern coming up right after that.

So I’ve been a little busy even though it’s been kinda quiet around here.





November 1st, 2014

Scrappy Bee – Round 7

by Julie Hirt

Signs ups are OPEN!





We use Quiltville’s Scrappy Trip Along the World tutorial using 6 fabric strips. The block you mail needs to measure 12.5″. It is very important that we all use the same tutorial and follow the pattern.

Quilt shop quality fabrics. You are receiving quality fabrics, make sure you are sending the same. This mainly means no Joann’s or big box store fabrics, with a few exceptions like Kona, Denise Schmidt and Juliana Horner. If you are questioning a fabric, ask the recipient or your group.

Mail your block out by the correct date. I know life happens and sometimes gets in the way. But, if you say you can’t mail out your blocks in time and your group sees you posting photos of other projects, it’s one of those “umm…” moments. You know? Just be considerate.

There are 6 people per hive, you will make 5 blocks and receive 5 blocks.

When you sign up you may suggest yours blocks be made with color preferences: dark center strip, no black, low volume, brights, etc. Do your best to honor your hives preferences.

Need to be willing to ship internationally. There are quite a few international members and that’s what makes this fun and truly a “Scrappy Trip Around the World”.  It can be expensive and I do my best to limit the international members to 2 per hive.

The rounds take place 4 times per year:

  • Sign ups May 1 – 6 | Must be mailed by July 15
  • Sign ups August 1 – 6 | Must be mailed by October 15
  • Sign ups November 1 – 6 | Must be mailed by January 15
  • Sign ups February 1 – 6 | Must be mailed by April 15

Sign up HERE.

Make sure you are a member of the Flickr Group and check in regularly!


October 10th, 2014

How To: Braided Rag Rug Coaster

by Julie Hirt




I’ve been wanting to make these for a while so I thought I’d put together a little tutorial.  It’s Jelly Roll friendly if you have any leftover strips lying around.   The final result is a 5″ wide, thick, absorbent coaster.

Fabric Options – 4 Coaster Set

  • 1 yard of fabric (cut into [12] 2.5″ strips)
  • or  1/3 yard each of 3 different fabrics (cut each into [4] 2.5″ strips)
  • or  12 Jelly Roll Strips



Grab 3 Strips


Start braiding with medium pressure, you don’t want it too tight or too loose.  To hold mine in place I pinned one end to the design wall.


Take one end and push the end pieces up against the sides to start your coil.


Set your machine to a wide zig zag stitch and tack a few stitches to start.

Keep stitching around and keep your braid laid flat.  Try to have the coil on the left and the braid on the right meet in the middle. This way the zig zag stitch will catch both sides.



When you near the end, trim two of your pieces so they are a little shorter than the 3rd.


Wrap the longer piece around the other two.


Fold the fabric end up and push it between the coil and remaining braid.


No raw edges on the end.




Here’s a quick little video:

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Here are a few examples of other fabric choices:



The plaid shirting is the same on both sides, so I didn’t have to worry about too much ‘wrong side’ showing on the braids.

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I really like these because they are thick, super absorbent, and fast to make.



I have a few sets available for sale in my Etsy shop here, here and here!





October 3rd, 2014

Free Split Hatchet Paper Piecing Pattern

by Julie Hirt

Last month I was featured in Online Quilting Magazine with a new paper piecing tutorial.  I call it Split Hatchet.


I was asked to provide detailed instructions for people that are new to paper piecing, so I wanted a simple block that still holds some interest.

At the time I was working on my Gypsy Wife quilt and had just finished a hatchet block. So there’s where the idea came from.


12c_indianhatchet_med image source – susan dague quilts


Here is a hatchet quilt that I’m totally in love with. Vintage perfection. It shows how changing the direction of the blocks creates an entirely different look.

You could do O’s (like I did), XO alternating, all one direction like above, every group of 4 a different direction, or even play with a zig zag look.


split hatchet 2


The templates come in sizes 3″, 4″, 5″ and 6″.  Mine is using the 5″ version.  The smaller template sizes really help eat up some of those tiny fabric scraps.

Download the Paper Piecing instructions, there are a lot of photos for guidance.

Download the templates here or here.


If you aren’t familiar with Online Quilt Magazine, you should sign up! It’s a free publication that is emailed to you each month.

Have a wonderful weekend -




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