Archive for March, 2014

March 30th, 2014

Candy Flowers Pillow

by Julie Hirt

I have a new tutorial up at Moda Bake Shop.

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I show my method of piecing several squares that I need to keep in a certain order and direction.  Not sure how others do it, but this works for me!

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It has a simple envelope style back.   To make this pillow all you need is a couple of Mini Charm packs (or 2.5″ scraps) and 3 fat quarters.  Tutorial is here.

Hope you’re having a great weekend.




March 27th, 2014

Triangle Quilt Along

by Julie Hirt

Head on over to The Sassy Quilter.  Today is the last day to link up your fabric choices for a chance to win a prize!  I love prizes.

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I’ve had these fabrics sitting in a pile since late last summer. They were originally destined to be made into a herringbone / scrappy style chevron quilt.  I’m kind of over that.

The fabric requirements are posted here.   I’m 2 fabrics short, but since these are half yard cuts I’ll be okay.  I could always add more… I may even go bigger!

I don’t have a fancy triangle ruler, but I have a quilting ruler with 60 degree angle markings. That’s all you really need!



I’m pretty excited to make this. Here is the only other equilateral triangle quilt I’ve made:

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Hope you join in the Quilt Along, I love triangle quilts and seeing all the different fabrics will be really fun.

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Isn’t she cute?  It’s a vintage thread holder I scored from @516vintage on Instagram.

Hey… I posted two days in a row!




March 26th, 2014

Gypsy Wife March + Fussy Cut Swap

by Julie Hirt

Here are my March blocks for the Gypsy Wife Quilt Along.

I’m forcing myself to work strictly from my scraps (I need a reason to keep them), so it’s pretty hodgepodge.

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A little rant…  If I’m going to be honest, I have to say this quilt pattern is kicking my ass.   The block sizes are for ‘finished’ blocks, which I could care less about.  I really need to know the size the blocks should be when I’m making them.  After it’s all put together, I don’t really care what size they are (finished).  The pattern seems to jump all around and I just can’t follow it very well. Hmph.

That being said, I think it’s totally worth doing because the end result looks insanely awesome.  I’m sure other people can follow this pattern perfectly; my brain just doesn’t mesh with this one.  I will say, it’s definitely making me think.


The Pershing block may be my favorite so far.  It was really fun picking out the fabrics.


Fussy Cut!  I love this swap.  It’s hosted with Amanda at What the Bobbin and I believe it will be an ongoing monthly swap with different themes.

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The theme was woodland. I may have missed the mark a little but fox live in the woods!  Probably not *these* fancy fox, but still.

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I think they look dapper.

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I’m also participating in a really fun Birthday Bash Swap with Stephanie at Quarter Incher.  I’m the first recipient and it’s freaking FANTASTIC!  I’m blown away by the generosity. I’ll have a separate post with all of those goodies.

Let’s see, what else…

  • Just finished up a small project for Moda Bakeshop and have another to work on. I think they’ll be published in April.
  • My design wall is –blank–.  Woot!  Which quilt to make next? I have a few ideas.
  • I need to make the April Birthday Girl her present.
  • Need to quilt a top I made last year, that I’m just not feeling.
  • Oh!  I still need to make my Scrappy Trip blocks for my hive. Yikes
  • A wall flag thing for my brother…

The list goes on but I’ll stop there.

So what are you working on?  Did you anything fun for Spring Break?





March 16th, 2014

Stars Quilt

by Julie Hirt

My nephew, Cole,  is getting his first twin size bed so I had to finish it up. This quilt has been a work in progress for a while.

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Originally I planned on making like 30 stars.  That was just not going to happen.  Adding the borders definitely helped make this a finish.

Measures: 62″ x 86″ – the length is huge for me!

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Yesterday was a bright, sunny, 70 degree day.  Today?  35, windy and snowy.  Thank you Kansas.

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I used a combo of 3 different star patterns from the Oh My Stars! QAL from Thought and Found.  This is the Quattro Stagioni.

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Chevron Star pattern is here.

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And the Dimaond-Hearted Star.  You can find an assortment of her star patterns here.

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I am soooo happy with the quilting and how it turned out.  Super crinkle love.

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This is the first time I’ve quilted circles and definitely want to do more of them. I love the look of quilted pebbles and that’s still intimidating, so this is a step in the right direction.

I used my trusty Aurifil 50 wt in white for piecing and most of the quilting, and 50 wt in medium blue for the straight line border quilting.

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The interior blocks I did a wiggle shape changing directions every 3″ or so.  I used the blocks as a grid.

I really wish you could touch the crinkly-ness through a screen.   The process is definitely worth the effort.

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Someone help me get into true free motion where I can go all over randomly.  For some reason I still need a defined area and order or it freaks me out.  Feathers? Puh-lease. Terrifying!

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The backing is WideScreen by Carolyn Friedlander. It may be the only backing I ever use again.  The pattern is fun, it comes in multiple colors, and doesn’t require piecing.

Instagram friends:  Thank you so much for putting up with all of my updates on this one!

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Has anyone finished a true Oh My Stars! quilt?  The stars take a lot more time that I thought they would.  I admire you.   Seriously, look at all of these!

I love the final look but making it could very well end my love of quilting.

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Thank you for putting up with my picture heavy post!  Today wasn’t the best day to take them but I definitely got a few.



March 4th, 2014

Fun Find

by Julie Hirt

The app is called Penultimate by Evernote.   You create different notebooks with fun background papers.

Know what it’s perfect for? Storing Free Motion Quilting ideas for at a glance reference.


How awesome is that? And it’s FREE.  Although I did purchase a couple of fun paper bundles for a dollar.


You can insert pictures and draw over them.

Know what’s even better than that?


Make your quilt or quilt block the background.  This will dim the image, then just finger quilt over it.

(The image background option is the + sign under the papers)


Heck, yeah. You can also change colors, pen size, erase and undo.


Cross stitch play!


Choose grid or dot paper to play with block layout.  You can also zoom in.


Quick post, but it was something I wanted to share.

I may create a little notebook for each quilt I’m working on to jot down ideas.






March 2nd, 2014

How ‘Bouts a Little Tour?

by Julie Hirt

I don’t have any big finishes to share and it’s a boring, snowy day.  Since my room is fairly clean I figured  now may be a good time to take a little tour.

After learning to sew on the kitchen table a few years ago, I know how lucky I am to have a room dedicated to crafty things.  Even though I stole converted the game/guest room, I don’t feel bad – it sees a lot more action now.

Here is a picture I stitched together so you can see most of the room.

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I’m proof that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to have a functional sewing/craft room.  I have several great Craigslist’s buys and ‘hubby-builts’.

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Starting with this awesome down stuffed chair.  Craigslist!  The dogs and I sure love it. (that’s Huey wearing a diaper – he’s a rescue and we can’t seem to fully potty train him)

That little side door opens up to attic storage. I have bins in there that store odd fabrics like vinyl that I don’t use often.  The red stool was a $1 garage sale buy. A little paint and some oilcloth fixed it up.

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The serger desk is only a few months old and is another Craigslist buy (along with the chair I refinished).  This summer my husband is going to paint it for me. I’m thinking color instead of white. Thoughts?

White box on the wall is a mini-split air conditioner.  Since this is a dormer room it gets miserably HOT in the summer.  This was a great investment and makes it possible for me to stand sewing in the summer.

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A hubby-built design wall made from some kind of foam and white flannel.   Only two more blocks left to go on the stars quilt top!

Blue dress is from a Retro Butterick pattern and it’s almost finished.  Just need to hem the skirt and make a belt.

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This is the first dress I’ve made and I love that it’s fully lined.

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Craigslist buy!  Stores my precuts and couple amigurimi.

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I. Love. My. Desk.   The ends are two Ikea Alex units and the top is a 6′ piece of some kind of wood. My husband just recently flush mounted my sewing machine and it’s amazing.  Seriously.

The little owl is my garbage bowl for cut threads and paper pieced trimmings.

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My hope chest, thread shelf (hubby-built) and a folding ironing table that I use a lot when paper piecing. Saves me from getting up/sitting down a thousand times per block.

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This end of my cutting table has vintage sheets and 3 bins of scrap batting for FMQ practice.

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I’m not sure if I could live without this table, which is another hubby-built.  The table is made with an inexpensive cube shelf on each side and topped with a large painted board. To make it pretty Paul added some trim.  The skirt hides two foot lockers that are stuffed with miscellaneous quilter crap.

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Scrap bins behind my cutting mat – when I’m cutting I can toss scraps and sort later.

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Jug o’ selvedges.

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Other side of cutting table holds books, chenille blankets and scrap bins. I sort by size, do you sort by size or color?  How do you store scraps?

My room is still messy but in better shape than normal.

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My fabric stash is pretty modest but it’s ALL MINE.  I’m sure some analogy about not sharing as a child fits in here somewhere.

The armoire is another Craigslist buy. It’s solid wood and so heavy that my husband says it stays when we move.

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My closet is a total catch-all.  Batting roll, weaving loom, raskog cart, scrapbook paper, embroidery junk, jewelry making supplies, some paints, kite paper, wax, inks… everything.

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My husband built the side shelves for me.  They are like 2′ deep and hold a lot.  When I just had the clothing bar it was a total clusterf*ck.

Well, that’s it.  I’d love to hear any of your organization ideas or thoughts on making my space more functional.  Hope you had a great weekend.




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