Easy Quilt Layouts for Beginning Quilters

Easy Quilt Block Layouts for Beginning Quilters

For this months edition of our “Quilt Block of the Month” we are going to show you how to use a PLAIN, SQUARE BLOCK to make a quilt.

That’s it…a block…a square piece of fabric…no cutting, ironing, or fancy moves…just a bunch of squares sewn together to create something fabulous.

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So, if you are ready to give quilting a try check out some of these ideas.  I swear if you can sew a (semi) straight line you can sew up one of these quilt tops!

If you haven’t sewn quilt tops before you may not have some of the tools that quilters frequently use like a rotary cutter, cutting mat, and quilting ruler.  If that is the case well, it’s  no problem!  All you need for these quilt tops are a pair of scissors, thread, and your sewing machine.

Now let’s get started!

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March 2015 Holidays

March 2015 Holidays

Today is the first Monday of the month so it should be our Quilt Block of the Month Day….but….I hijacked the blog tonight and am putting in the holidays for the month and then tomorrow we will do the quilt block of the month.  (And the quilt block of the month is a PERFECT one if you are just beginning to quilt.)

Soooo….since I stole the day let’s get to it!  Here are the days to celebrate this month:

March 2015 Holidays

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Think Big Pillow

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Think big pillow Title shot

When liZ and I have met up with Amy Ellis the last two times it has been on an airplane…and it really is a wonder that she still wants to hang out with me. For real.  I am THE most nervous Nelly flier that you will ever meet.  And both Amy and liZ can attest to it.  I make liZ (and everyone around me) nervous on airplanes….it’s a real problem.  The minute turbulence sets in I am white-knuckled with my hands to the arm rests and I have to keep telling myself, “it’s just bumps on the road, it’s just bumps on the road.”  It’s a problem that I hope to someday overcome ;)

Anyway, back to the post….Amy has flown with me at least four times and still wants to hang out—now there’s a true friend.  So, when she asked if I would join in her new Quilting Book Pattern tour…I had to say yes.  Simply because she’s seen me at my worst and still likes me.  And because Amy is awesomely amazing.  She has fabric lines, she has books, and she can free motion quilt like bananas (that’s a good thing).  And she is super, super nice.

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Easy Fabric Playhouse Tutorial

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For ages I have been wanting to share instructions for an easy to make fabric playhouse and today is finally the day!

When I was growing up we had a playhouse “tent” that we would put over a card table that would instantly turn that card table into a fortress, a mansion, a hideout, or a castle.  I loved it.  And I wanted to make one similar for my girls so for Christmas this year I put one together.

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I have seen quite a few of these that are amazing…with clear vinyl windows. flower boxes, etc…and they are fantastic but when I made mine I wanted it to be simple and old school just like the one I had growing up.  And so that is what I made.  It is a real easy sew and for the entertainment it provides it’s totally worth it!

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Rainbow Sparkle Playdough

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We have had the sickies around here….bad colds and crazy coughs.  But during the coughs I have still been trying to find inside activities to keep them busy.  I feel like we need these in the winter and then again in the summer when it gets so hot we can’t go outside in the middle of the day.  And my mom answer to a lot of days like this—playdough!  Playdough is great for all ages and after about 30 minutes of playing just with the playdough I bring out the playdough toys and we get another half an hour of play out of it.  It’s a win win for all of us.

Today we decided to add in another fun thing to our playdough—-sparkle glitter.  And I tell you what, it really sparkles. It is awesome!!!

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Easy Quilt Block Layouts for Beginning Quilters

Easy Quilt Layouts for Beginning Quilters

For this months edition of our “Quilt Block of the Month” we are going to show you how to use a PLAIN, SQUARE BLOCK to make a quilt. That’s it…a block…a square piece of fabric…no cutting, ironing, or fancy moves…just a bunch of squares sewn together to create something fabulous. So, if you are ready…

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March 2015 Holidays

March 2015 Holidays

Today is the first Monday of the month so it should be our Quilt Block of the Month Day….but….I hijacked the blog tonight and am putting in the holidays for the month and then tomorrow we will do the quilt block of the month.  (And the quilt block of the month is a PERFECT one…

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Thai Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

Today we are over at the Wayfair Homemaker’s blog sharing my new favorite Thai recipe.  It is so good…and I think the best part for me is that it cooks in the slow cooker so it is super easy!  See you over there!