Friday, January 28, 2011

Thank you...and a tutorial

to my sister who opened her house to me 
so I have a place to live.
So a thank you gift...a quilt...what else?!

My quilt was inspired by Kari Ramsey and her Moda Bake Shop tutorial.
I followed it through step #12. I made my borders differently.

Here's how I made it...

Select fabrics...

Origins by Basic Grey for Moda Fabrics

perfect for her house
 1 layer cake
1 yard Grunge in Brown Sugar
...half yard each for inner border and binding.
2 yards Aromatherapy in Vanilla
from one of my favorite shops, Fresh-Squeezed Fabrics

Pair up squares and stitch 1/4 inch around all four sides.
I did one light and one dark.

cut diagonally twice

and ...voila!  four half-square triangles 

trim to 6 1/2 inches

that's a lot of trimming!


Lay out in a nice pattern and sew together.
I sewed four together with the dark to the center. 
This made a 12 1/2" square.
And sewed them in rows and then sewed the rows together.

Add borders, Brown Grunge was cut into 2 1/2 inch strips 
for inner border,
measure strip length after you have sewn the squares together.
Floral was cut into 6 1/2 inch strips for outer border,
same here, measure after first border is sewn on.

Make your quilt sandwich then quilt. 
I quilted 1/4 inch away on all seams
Add your binding and you're done!
My finished quilt measured 60X72.

Then I  made this...actually two of them.
This is a table my dad made, we both have one, so they're on each side of the couch.
This is Sandi Andersen's  Candle Mat pattern from here.

I added a one inch inner border and a two inch outer border,
there's enough left over from making quilt. 

The table is from Norman Rockwell's Santa at his Desk,
it was on the Saturday Evening post Magazine, 
my dad drafted the plans for the table from the picture.
My dad also made the lamp...he's a crafty guy.
Thanks for visiting!


  1. Your dad sounds like my dad, Betsy. He loved woodworking and building. I have a bookshelf he made in high school that isn't fancy but I love it! Your sister is very lucky to get such a lovely thank you gift! And you are lucky to have a sister who will share her home. I think that's just a beautiful gift that the two of you can share your gifts! I love how extended the candlemat! I have thought about making a quilt with the design so it's on my "to do" list. I wish I could add "get extra time" to my list and that it would really happen. LOL!

  2. I love those patterns, it's so beautiful. Love your craft too..

  3. Thanks for sharing this really looks good!! I want to make one sometime.....but many things on my list before that!!