Archive for May, 2014

May 19th, 2014

Outdoorsy Birch Baby

by Julie Hirt

A friend of mine from high school recently contacted me and asked if I could make a patchwork quilt for her new son.  (So excited for her!)  She found some fabrics online that she loved and they were a variety of Birch organics (yes, she has great taste).

Using 6 half yards, 2 yards of camper fabric and 1 fat quarter of the orange bears (that print is so difficult to find),  I was able to make all of this:


The quilt is backed with Kona White and quilted in straight lines 1/4″ along each seam.


Here is the minkie backed camper blanket. I’d love one of these for myself, Birch fabrics are SO soft.


Two diaper covers.


Three bibs. I got to use my new KamSnaps!


Three burp cloths.


And a bear sack to hold the covers, bibs and cloths.


I literally have a handful of scraps left and that’s it.  Cheers to babies!



May 14th, 2014

Gypsy Wife April & May Blocks

by Julie Hirt

Woohoo! Got caught up before I fell too far behind.  Here are my April blocks for the Gypsy Wife QAL.

Gypsy Wife blocks (1)

Would you like to be loved by me for all time?   See that little square on the bottom right – the one with the little floral center and green trim?  The center fabric is by Barbara Jones for Henry Glass. It was one of my very first fabric purchases in 2010 (I think the line is from 2009) and it’s still my favorite print of all time.  If you find it, please buy it up for me!

May blocks:

Gypsy Wife blocks (2)

The aqua prints were a surprise gift from a Flickr user I met in the Gypsy Wife group.  It was a such a sweet mail day when I received them.

Half the reason I quilt is for love of fabric.  So it’s pretty cool how different prints have memories associated with them.   Considering I’m trying to make this entire quilt using only scraps (not cutting into large fabric pieces) I’ll associate a lot of these prints with different people and projects. Some examples of fabric memories in these 7 blocks:


  • Purple floral is from a baby romper I made my niece
  • Aqua prints were gifts from an online friend
  • Red & white print was used in gifts from Mara (Simon Says Sew)
  • The fox is leftover from a fussy cut swaps hosted by Amanda (What the Bobbin)
  • The plaid is leftover from a cowboy quilt for a co-worker
  • Outer yellow print is gift fabric from Sarah Schraw (Sarah Quilts)
  • Center yellow trim is leftover from a gift for Stephanie (Quarter Incher)
  • I could go on…


I’m not a “Gypsy Wife” but I’m excited that my quilt will have a lot of people and memories associated within.


And… I’ll leave you with this:


I find it hilarious.



May 12th, 2014

Sew Together Bag – Take 2

by Julie Hirt

This version was made for Snips Snippets turn in the Birthday Bash I’m participating in.

STB1 (5)

I really do love this pattern.  You can now buy it from Sew Demented HERE.

(Craftsy has removed the pattern due to another user copying the pattern and selling it as her own. Why both versions were removed is beyond me.)

STB1 (4)

The interior is pretty much an exact copy of my first Sew Together Bag.


I highly recommend buying this pattern if you don’t already have it.

Gah… I’ve been such a slacker lately.  I need to finish May’s Birthday Bash present for Stephanie, I still need to quilt my Triangle QAL and I have April and May blocks for the Gyspy Wife.  Yikes.  Hope you’ve been keeping up more than I have.




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