Archive for February, 2014

February 22nd, 2014

Triangle Quilt

by Julie Hirt

Gray and yellow baby quilt is finished!   So, hip hop hooray… ho… hey… ho…



I’m really happy with how it turned out. This quilt is for a friend who will be gifting it at a baby shower.




The colors requested were gray and yellow but we needed a pattern.  After looking through pictures for inspiration, I found this.  Perfect.  Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right?




I used a rotating mat for the first time and loved using it.  Curious to see what else I will use it for.  The mat is great for trimming up the half square triangles.

After learning about THIS*, the HST size possibilities are endless!

*TIP: Rather than dry erase, use washi tape. It stays put if you are cutting multiples.  Plus, it’s pretty and I’m always looking for reasons to bust out the washi.





  • Free Spirit Designer Solid in Manatee
  • Free Spirit Designer Solid in Slate Gray
  • Free Spirit Designer Solid in Winter White
  • Pat Bravo, Pure Elements, Solid in Mystic Grey
  • Hawthorne Threads, Solid in Mustard

Quilting: Straight lines, 1/4″ off each seam

Measures: 40″ x 50″




I’d make a larger one for myself if I didn’t already have a dozen ‘up next’ ideas in my head.





February 12th, 2014

Gypsy Wife Quilt Along – February

by Julie Hirt

This is my first actual Quilt Along and it’s pretty exciting!  I finally got my hands on Jen Kingwell’s Gypsy Wife pattern, then I saw Michelle‘s post about a Quilt Along. It was fate. I thought I’d have to play some catch up, but January was just figuring out fabric choices.

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m going to try and use fabric from my scrap bins only.  We’ll see.

The first 6 blocks were pinwheels, 4 with borders. Crazy luck, but I have a bunch of leftover HST’s from the Stars Quilt that are the perfect size.

pinwheel fillers

Since they are mostly blue and white I tried to throw in some more color.

The 7th block for February is a Color Wheel.


The fabric patterns wouldn’t be my typical choice, but they were in my scraps and I dig the actual color. So it works!

I love Jen’s quilt and hope to end up with something I love half as much.


The Quilt Along is spread out over a year and laid out in a format I can actually follow.  I think it’s around 7 blocks per month.   The pattern looks a  bit crazy to me with blocks of all sizes, and strips all over the place.  It will be nice to have a group of quilters to refer to with questions and suggestions.

If you are interested it’s definitely not too late!  Information can be found here.  The monthly schedule can be found here.  Huge thank you to Michelle at Factotum of Arts for organizing this.

Are you joining in?  If not, you totally should!


February 9th, 2014

Winner of The Brooksider Duffel pattern

by Julie Hirt

On Friday I released a pattern called The Brooksider: A Duffel Bag, with a pattern giveaway to celebrate.




The winner is Judy Tucker!   Thanks everyone for playing.   Judy, you’ll be receiving an email from me with the copy of the pattern.

If you didn’t win and would like to make the pattern, you can purchase it HERE or HERE.  You *can* sell items made from this pattern. I notice some patterns don’t allow that.

In other news, I have few baby quilts I’ll be working on.  I hope to share progress pictures of those soon.



February 7th, 2014

GIVEAWAY! The Brooksider: A Quilted Duffel

by Julie Hirt

My first bag pattern, if you don’t count smaller pouches. I’m pretty excited!


I was looking for a classic duffel (duffle? hey, I looked and either way is okay!) pattern and couldn’t find one I really liked.  So I decided to make my own and make it quilty.


There are strips running along the zipper to give it a little something.  The ribbon trim on the handles and ribbon pulls on the sides make me happy.


The inside is quilted with raw edges hidden away.


I have  few other bag ideas in my head and think I’ll stick to naming them with a Kansas City theme. “Brookside” is a neighborhood, which I love, in Kansas City.

All in all, I’m really happy with the bag and the pattern.   It feels solid and there is nothing flimsy about it.  Measures 22.5″ x 10″.


The pattern is heavily detailed with a picture for everything. My goal was to make it easy for a beginner to follow.

If you need zippers (this calls for a 22″),  Zipit has the largest, most affordable selection and you can save 15% at checkout using code: 627handworks.


To enter here:  Just leave me a comment.  For a second entry share on Facebook and comment that you shared.
Instagram: Giveaway for two patterns.  Follow me on Instagram (username is @juliehirt) and follow the directions from the image in my feed.

You can also purchase a copy of the pattern here or here.



February 6th, 2014

Little Things

by Julie Hirt

It’s been a hodge podge of sewing projects lately.   Someone in Instagram (who are you?) was posting little baby booties and I had to make a pair.

627handworks Briar Rose baby booties (1) Fabrics are from the Heather Ross Briar Rose collection.  The interior is white flannel and the soles are flax cotton linen.

I have a new niece coming in a few months so I’ll put these aside for her.

627handworks Briar Rose baby booties (2)

The pattern is for reversible booties and it’s FREE!  You can download it here.

Curved piecing has always scared me so I decided I needed to practice.  After watching a tutorial from She Can Quilt, I gave it a go.

627handworks curved block

The squares are 3″ and after finishing the block I made a couple more and turned it into a pillow cover.

627handworks curved flower pillow

What are you working on?


February 1st, 2014

Grumpy Cat Pillow

by Julie Hirt

It’s Grumpy Cat!  I think he’s upset the background is purple. hehe


The second I saw the pattern on Instagram, I bought it.  You can find the ‘Grouchy Cat’ paper piecing pattern here or here. Sew What Sherlock is a mad genius with this!

My cat has a teensy little mistake by his eye, but we’ll just ignore that.  This is the 18″ version and I added a 2″ border so I could make a pillow cover.

I’ve never paper pieced with such large pieces before, so it was a little interesting getting the angles for the fabric right.


This morning I turned my Scrap Medley blocks into a pillow cover.  You can purchase the pattern from my Craftsy store for a buck.

I’m determined to make 2014 a year of finishes for all of my WIP.


………. and I just got sidetracked for an hour looking at Grumpy Cat meme’s.


I don’t have a cat but I do have three dogs.  One of them really wanted in the pillow pics.


If you make a Grumpy Cat I must see it!



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