Seasonal Basics...Finished Quilt

What does a pumpkin sew?

A pumpkin patch.

Hahaha. It was just too good not to share.

Today, I’m excited to share my finished Seasonal Basics mini quilt with you.

A few weeks ago, I shared more detail on the Seasonal Basics collection from Riley Blake Designs. Seasonal Basics is a curated collection of holiday favorites including some new additions from Lori Holt.

I decided to work with the Halloween Basics. Those include Halloween Gunny Sack, 1/8’’ Halloween Stripe, Halloween Pin Dot, and a Halloween mix of Shades Basics. There is also a Christmas and Americana Basics collection. While these are great mixed in with your favorite holiday collections as a coordinate, they’re also amazing on their own!

I purchased PrimRose Cottage Quilt’s Pumpkins on Parade table runner pattern and with a little math and some foundation paper piecing, I added my own twist to the pumpkins. I love how the Halloween Basics really pop against the Shades Basics. Shades adds so much depth to these pumpkins, don’t you think?

While I could have made a million of these adorable pumpkin blocks, I decided to stop at nine. I added 2’’ sashing between the blocks and rows and then finished the quilt top with a 2 1/2’’ border before sending it to Threaded Quilting Studio to quilt. She used an orange peel, or as she likes to call it, pumpkin seed. Hehe. This mini quilt finishes around 31’’ x 35’’, which, if you know me is relatively big in comparison to my other quilts.

Okay, I’m off to finish decorating for Halloween. When do you start? Is September too early? Be sure to check out RBD’s blog for additional Seasonal Basics inspiration!

cut, sew, repeat…

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RBDNotSoBasic...Shabby Basic

As MC Hammer famously said, “yo, sound the bell, school’s in.”

That’s right, it’s back-to-school for almost everyone across the country.

My latest #RBDNotSoBasic project is perfect for celebrating a new year of learning!

I was immediately inspired when I ran across Happy Sew Lucky’s pencil pattern. This foundation-paper-piece pattern is perfect for a pencil pouch, but if you know me, you know I like to take it one step further. And if you’re new to foundation-paper-piecing or FPP, don’t worry, this is a great pattern for you.

Shabby, a new basic from Lori Holt of Bee in the Bonnet features thin crosshatched lines with specks of paint on a shaded background. It comes in 34 amazing colors including some low volume colors which Lori calls Cloud.


Pencil Pattern + Shabby Basic = AWESOMENESS

I chose the following Shabby colors for the pencils: Tea Rose, Coral, Red, Cherry, Honey, Beehive, Holly, Green, Seaglass, Jade, Denim, and Navy. By choosing two colors, one light and one dark, you give the pencil dimension.

I selected various scraps of Shabby and Shades for the eraser, metal connector, wood and lead. You need a 3’’ x 3’’ square for each section.

For the background I went with my go-to-basic, Confetti Cottons in Riley White and for the backing. I used Blossom in Rainbow for the backing—I couldn’t think of a better choice for coordinating with the pencils. For the binding, I used Shades in Black. It pulls the entire project together. Doesn’t it remind you of the vintage composition notebooks?

You can find Berene’s patten, here. You’ll need to print 6 copies. I usually print more than I need. What? Mistakes happen. Lol.

If you’re new to FPP, I learned FPP from Vanessa of the Crafty Gemini. Her video, which you can find here, walks you step-by-step through the process. There are lots of amazing tutorials out there, so find one that works best for you.

Okay, you’ve made your pencil blocks, now you need to sew blocks 1/2 and 2/3 together with (1) 1 1/2’’ sashing. Sew blocks 3/4 and 4/5 together with (1) 1 1/2’’ sashing. Press the seams towards the sashing. Sew the top and bottom rows together with (1) 1 1/2’’ sashing. Press the seams towards the sashing. Sew (1) 2 1/2’’ border to the left and (1) 2 1/2’’ border to the right. Sew (1) 3 1/2’’ border to the top and (1) 3 1/2’’ border to the bottom. Press seams towards the borders.

I quilted my project with Aurifil monofilament thread and used the serpentine stitch on my BabyLock Journey sewing machine to give it, shall we say, a doodle effect. Monofilament thread was the perfect choice to let those amazing Shabby colors shine through.

If you want to give this project rounded corners, use June Tailor’s Round the Corner Ruler, which you can find here. They have an awesome video tutorial for using the ruler, which you can find here.

And there you have it, a back-to-school project that’s a grade above the rest!

The Shabby collection is just one of many basic collections Riley Blake Designs has to offer. Don’t forget to check out the new colors in Blossom which are available in October. Yay!

Follow the #rbdnotsobasic hashtag to see more awesome projects.

cut, sew, repeat…

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Under The Canopy Fabric Mini Quilt...

Oh hai. It’s me again. Back with another fun Under the Canopy fabric project.

Seriously, this fabric collection is the cutest. It’s available from my friends at Missouri Star Quilt Company as well as many local quilt shops around the country.

Designed by Rachel Erikson of Citrus and Mint Designs for Riley Blake Designs, the collection features tropical animals and plants in bright, optimistic colors.

For my second Under the Canopy project, I decided to make my Modern Mini Quilt Sampler. This 20’’ x 20’’ mini quilt is great for highlighting fabric collections and basics. Each block is 10 1/2’’ square and was made using the draw-your-own foundation paper piecing template method. You can find a video here for the flying geese FPP template method.

I used some of my favorite prints from the collection, including Rawr, It had to be Snakes, and In the Mighty Jungle as well as some of my favorite RBD Shades basics. I need to create more projects with these Shades colors: Cotton Candy, Bottle Green, Lavender, and Peach. They’re wonderful together!

Don’t forget to check out these adorable pom-pom accent pillows I made with Under the Canopy here. My friend and fellow RBD designer, Heidi of Fabric Mutt made these really cute drawstring bags with the collection. And now I want to make some too!

cut, sew, repeat…

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