Free Pattern to Celebrate Your Family

Every family has its quirky side — why not honor that uniqueness with a thoroughly modern quilt banner?

Sew up this quilt quickly and take it to display at this year’s summer family reunion. It could make you the most popular person in attendance.  Sandy and I will be rock stars at our family reunion next month!

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We wanted something bright, modern and of course quilted!  Pinwheels are a favorite of ours so we decided to play around with pinwheel layouts.  The pink and white blocks evolved and well, we love the results!

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We used scraps we had on hand.  We just selected a few coordinating scrap colors and used the hot pink for accents.  You can download this pattern by clicking on the link below:

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I (Cindy) learned a new technique while finishing this quilt.  I watched several on line tutorials about how to add a quilt binding at a 45 degree angle (instead of at the usual 90 degrees).  My favorite tutorial is by Marci Baker and you can link to it here.  Marci does a nice job of showing the step by step process of adding quilt bindings at different angles.

While I was attaching this binding, I had my laptop right next to my sewing machine.  I would  watch, sew, pause, watch, sew and pause until I had this binding sewn on just right.  Full disclosure–my seam ripper got a real work out that day!

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We will also be posting this pattern to FaveQuilts.com as this is our “GO TO” site for free quilt patterns.  You will be sure to find many quilt designs, no matter what your quilting style!  Give it a try for lots of summer quilting inspiration!

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Be sure to send us pics of your “FAMILY”!

Yes, I Reached A Decision!

In my June 1 post, I asked for your opinions about a quilt binding color.  I really appreciate all your comments because they helped me stay focused and motivated to finish this quilt.

Following Bev’s advice, I took the quilt with me to the fabric store AND reached a decision!

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Black was the ideal color to frame the quilt and to highlight the fabrics, especially the floral prints.  I used my machine to tack down the binding and am very happy with the results.

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Speaking of florals, I just have to share one of my favorite coleus plants with you this morning.  I am in love with this lime green and dark purple combination and of course the ruffled leaves!

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Happy Monday!

Leibster Award For New Blogs

Lori Brewer from quiltingneeds.com nominated us for the Liebster Award. Thank you, Lori!  Lori’s blog is fun to read and by reading her posts, you know she has a heart of gold.  She is an inspiration to all of us as we quilt our way through life!

What is the Leibster Award?

The Liebster Award 2017 is an award that exists only on the internet, and is given to bloggers by other bloggers. The earliest case of the award goes as far back as 2011. Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.

The official rules for the award can be found at the Global Aussie Website.  As nominees for this award, Sandy and I are to answer a few questions about ourselves.  Here they are:

1.) Who inspired you to quilt/sew?

Mom – she always let us sew on her machine, helped us solve sewing problems, encouraged us to be frugal but adventurous (Cindy)

My childhood friend (aka The Quilt Pusher (TQP)). She invited me to make a quilt with her about 5 years ago and I’ve needed rehab ever since. (Sandy)

2.) If you could meet one person you have never met, who would it be?

Ooops, left this one blank!

3.) What was the last movie you saw in the theater?

A Dog’s Purpose, yes I cried!  (Cindy)

Wonder Woman. (I cried for my little girl self who dreamed of being a strong woman) (Sandy)

4.) What kind of music do you like?

Jazz & Bluegrass (Cindy)

Motown and pop (Sandy)

5.) What is your favorite quilt/sewn project/craft?

I love pineapple quilts but have only made one! (Cindy)

My favorite is always the one I’m planning. I usually hate the one I’m working on. (Sandy)

6.) What is your favorite candy bar?

Almond Joy (chocolate, coconut, almond….what’s not to LOVE?) (Cindy)

Cadbury Fruit and Nut version (Sandy)

7.) Hand quilt or machine quilt?

Machine baby! (Cindy)

Jury’s still out, since I haven’t tried hand quilting yet. TQP has been proposing a hand-quilt project, but we haven’t organized it yet. (Sandy)

8.) What is your favorite color?

Teal (Cindy)

Purple (Sandy)

9.) What is your favorite quilting/crafting item?

I love my Bernina 145S machine, it’s my BFF! (Cindy)

I love my pin bowl and all of my pin cushions. (Sandy)

10.) Do you work on one project or many?

Many…but it creates anxiety for me if I have too many in the hopper! (Cindy)

Many – I have QADD (Quilting attention deficit disorder. (Sandy).

Our nominees for new blogs are:

Sparkle On with Abbie

Katy of KatyQuilts

Meg of Our House Quilts

We enjoy reading these blogs and want to share them with all our readers.

Abbie, Katy and Meg, we’d like to ask you the same questions that we answered above!

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My Poppies just opened this morning and I had to share these glorious colors with you!