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My Vintagy Star Quilt

This is another quilt that I made some time ago.

I used this pattern….

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Chain Piecing Quilt Blocks: The Beginner Sewing Series

Chain piecing is a great way to speed up the quilting process and it saves a little thread, so it also saves money. (Granted, not a lot of money, but still.)

I quilted for several months before I even heard of chain piecing. And when I learned about it, I was scared to try it. I don’t know idea why. It’s very simple.

So, what is chain piecing?

Well, it’s kind of like an assembly line for quilt squares. Your chain is your thread and you’re connecting your quilt blocks with that thread.

Here’e how to do it.

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Pinwheel Quilt Block Tutorial

My 5 year old has been asking me to make him a blanket for quite awhile and I’ve finally started on it. (If said 5 year old would ever give me more than 5 minutes to myself I could have made him a dozen blankets by now, but that’s a post for another day.)

I decided to make a little pinwheel quilt using some fabric that I bought quite several months ago. It’s probably a little babyish for him now, but he says he likes it, so I’m using it! It’s perfect, too, because it’s a dark and a light fabric, perfect for a pinwheel!

Step 1) Pick out 2 fabrics that compliment each other, one dark and light. (Of course you can use more than 2 colors, but if you’re new to quilting, I think it’s easiest to start this way, but you can do whatever you want.)

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How to Make a Nine Patch Quilt Block

If you’re new to quilting and want to make a quilt block without using a pattern, a good one to start with is a nine patch. They’re very simple to make.

Here are some 9 patch quilt block instructions using just 2 fabrics. I chose 2 coordinating fabrics, one light and one darker.

Cut 5 squares of your lighter fabric and 4 squares of your darker fabric. (You can reverse this and cut 4 lighter squares and 5 dark ones, I just used more of my lighter fabric because I have more of it.)

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Making a Quilt from a Moda Honey Bun: Part 1

I was going through my fabric the other day, trying to decide what to keep and what to get rid of, when I came across 2  Moda Honey Buns that I had completely forgotten I’d bought. I think I bought them a couple of years ago because they was on sale.

So I’ve decided to use them to make another quilt. I thought it might be interesting to blog about the entire process and document my thoughts along the way rather than just blog my fabric choice and then my finished quilt, so I’m going to start at the beginning. Since my fabric dictates my pattern, not the other way around, I’m more limited than normal as to the type of quilt I’ll make. I’m also looking for something super simple, since I have a lot going on right now, so that’s also affecting what I’ll make.

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