Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Winged Blog Tour Stop

bonnie christine, going home to roost,, Winged blog tour, Winged fabric

Welcome to my stop on the Winged Blog Tour.  This being my first blog tour, I'm very excited to be included in this group of talented artisans.  If you've been following along you've seen many creative projects using Bonnie Christine's Winged Collection. You can view the entire Winged collection here. 

Hope you enjoyed the blog tour so far. Yesterday's stop was at the very talented author of Quilt As You Go, Jera Brandvig from Quilting in the Rain. Tomorrow, December 18th, the blog tour comes to an end with Maria Hennlein. Be sure to head over there tomorrow to see what she makes. 

For my project I wanted to create a fabric basket large enough to hide all the ugly technology clutter accumulating on my coffee table, along with all the supplies I use at night for hand sewing quilt bindings.

I found a free, easy fabric basket tutorial online. The instructions are for a small basket, but with a quick pattern size adjustment I was able to make this great large basket.  You can find the tutorial here. To make a large basket, simply change the outer fabric and lining to 12" x 17". The basket handle sizes stay the same. To accommodate for the increase in size I used fusible fleece for more stability. 

The entire basket only takes two half yard cuts of complimentary fabrics, along with some scraps for the handles. I used the lining fabric for inside the handles.  

The other change I made to the instructions was the opening for turning.  
The pattern calls for leaving an opening in the top of the basket.
I wanted a really clean edge so I left an opening in the bottom of the lining. You can also leave a much larger opening in the lining than the top which makes turning a lot easier.

I top stitched the lining closed on the sewing machine, but you could whip stitch it by hand if you prefer.  The stitching is barely visible, plus with the basket full of stuff, no one will ever see it. 

I fell in-love with all the beachy aqua colors in 2012 when I had the opportunity to live in a beautiful beach house in North Carolina. When I moved back to Connecticut in March, 2014 I brought some of the furniture with me.  I've been slowly changing my color scheme to match. The gorgeous shades of aqua and teal in the Winged fabric compliment my new decor beautifully!  

I hope you enjoyed your stop here! I would love to hear from you. You can leave a comment here, or connect with me on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook

You can purchase Art Gallery Fabrics at my online shop
(I decorated my logo and shop for the holidays)

Don't forget, tomorrow is the last day of the blog tour so be sure to hop over to Maria's blog and see what she made.

Thanks for stopping by! 

Winged Blog Tour  photos property  of  Bonnie Christine and used with permission. 
All other photos are property of Tillalili, LLC and cannot be copied or duplicated without written permission by Tillalili, LLC.  
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Mini Stacking Blocks Quilt

After making the original Color Block Quilt  I thought it would look super cute smaller.  I had a collection of SusyBee fabrics  just waiting for the right quilt.... this was it!

So I proceeded to make the quilt the same way I made the original.  It wasn't until after I finished sewing on the last border that I realized I only had 5 rows instead of 6. I was way too far to turn back and add a 6th row.  Having no idea if it would even look right,  I added a few more borders, top and bottom, to add length.

It looks.....Adorable!

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This quilt, and other baby quilts, can be purchased here.
The fabric used to make this quilt is available here.

Photos property of  Tillalili, LLC and cannot be copied or duplicated without permission by Tillalili, LLC. copyright ©2014 Tillalili, LLC - all rights reserved

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Fat Quarter Friendly Stacking Blocks Quilt Tutorial

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I wanted to make a quilt that was fat quarter friendly.  After all, we all have a great stash of fat quarters, Right?  So here's a simple, easy, quick pattern that can easily be made using fat quarters.  The quilt top can be completed in just a few hours.   With machine quilting and binding, the entire quilt can be finished in a weekend.

Finished size approx. 37" x 47

WOF = width of fabric

1/4" seam allowance

What you will need:  (see diagram below for fabric placement)

  • 6 Fat Quarters - fabric A thru F
  • 1.25 yards if making vertical stripe as shown - fabric G & binding  (or -  1/4 yard fabric G, plus 1/3 yard binding fabric of choice)
  • 1/2 yard white for sashing & borders
  • 1.5 yards for backing
  • Batting of choice
  • Rotary cutter
  • Cutting Mat
  • Iron
  • Sewing Machine
  • White cotton thread

  1. Cut one 6.5" x 19.5" strip from each Fat Quarter (A - F)
  2. Cut one 6.5" x 6.5" square from each Fat Quarter (A- F)
  3. Cut the entire half yard of white into 2" x WOF strips.  Trim off the selvage. You can sub-cut 5 strips 19.5" long, and 5 strips 6.5" long, but it's easier and faster to cut them after they're sewn onto the rectangles and squares.
  4. Cut fabric G (depending on your fabric choice) 6.5" x 44" - or - 6.5" x WOF - trim selvage edge off of one end.

Refer to this chart for placement in instructions.


1.  Sew a 2" strip of white onto the bottom 19.5" side of rectangle fabric A.

2.  Repeat with rectangles B, C, D, E.  Not F.
3. Press seams.  Trim off excess.

Continuing with rectangles. 

4. Sew top of fabric B to the white strip on the bottom of fabric A.

5.  Sew top of fabric C to the white strip on the bottom of fabric B.
6.  Sew top of fabric D to the white strip on the bottom of fabric C.
7.  Sew top of fabric E to the white strip on the bottom of fabric D.
8.  Sew top of fabric F to the white strip on the bottom of fabric E.
9.  Press seams. Trim excess. 

10. With white fabric strips, or the 2" x 6.5" strips if you sub cut.
       Repeat the instructions above to sew together the 6.5" squares.

11. Press seams, trim to square.

You should now have two sections that look like this. (Photo coming soon)
(I clearly did not expect to publish a tutorial when I took this photo) ;-)

12.  Sew a 2" x 44" white strip (#2 & #3) to each side of fabric G.
        Press seams.  Trim edges. Set aside.

For these next steps, always start sewing at the top (fabric A) matching the trimmed edges, and sew to the bottom.  The sashing will be slightly longer.

13. Sew a 2" x 44" white strip to the right side of strip of squares (#1).  Press seam.  
14. Sew the left side of the strip of squares to white strip (#2).

15. Sew a 2" x 44" white strip (#4) to the left side of the strip of rectangles. Press seams.
16. Sew the right hand side of the strip of rectangles to white strip #3.  Press seams.  
17. Trim excess and square. 

18.  Sew a 2" x 37.5" white strip (#5 & #6) to top and bottom.
19.  Press seams. Trim and square.

20. Add batting and backing, and quilting of choice.
I did a simple meandering.

21. Trim and square quilt. Add binding.  Enjoy! 
(there are many great videos on squaring & binding on  YouTube)

Here's my finished quilt. 

Fabric used in this quilt are from

Photos, Pattern,  and Instructions are the property of Tillalili, LLC and cannot be copied or duplicated without written permission by Tillalili, LLC.

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