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.






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