The Baby Ooo Quilt

The Baby Ooo Quilt is a modern and fun project!  One of our neighbors was getting ready to become a first time Grandma!  She asked for a quilt to match her soon to be Grandson’s nursery.  My inspiration for the Baby Ooo Quilt was from the full sized version of the Ooo Quilt I had finished a few months ago.  The Ooo Quilt was chosen from one of my Missouri Star Quilt Company Block books.  This was from Volume 1, issue 4.  In the book, this quilt was called “Jump Rings”.   I chose some really great, limited edition, fabric.  Let me show you all about this quilt so you can make one too!

This fun and simple baby quilt is a modern design. Watch the video demonstration and make one today! #forbeginners #easy #jellyroll #ideas #modern #baby #ToMake #Designs #Simple #Blocks #Tutorial #HandQuilting #Big Stitches #Embroidery #quilting #sewing #handmade #GiftForBaby #FreeMotionQuilting #Project #Patchwork #Contemporary #WalkingFoot #DIY #Fabric #BabyBoy #BabyGirl #Nursery #Bedding #SewMuchMoore #SewMuchMooreInStore #Hip #Trendy

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THE Baby ooo QUILT – MATERIALS LIST

THE baby ooo QUILT – SUPPLY LIST

  • Sewing Machine with a quarter inch presser foot
  • Cotton Thread (I recommend Aurifil 50 wt)
  • Rotary Cutter with sharp blade (no kidding about a sharp blade)
  • Acrylic Ruler
  • Cutting Mat
  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • Sewing Pins or Wonder Clips

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THE baby ooo QUILT – ASSEMBLY

Be sure to get yourself a copy of the Block Magazine.  In the pattern, you will find all the details for assembly.  The process is really simple.  Instead of using a jelly roll, I just cut up my fat quarters as show in the pattern.  Deciding upon the layout was fun.  It took me several times to finally settle upon a layout!

Deciding on a quilt layout is always fun. Learn how to make this cute baby quilt - It's fun and easy! #forbeginners #easy #jellyroll #ideas #modern #baby #ToMake #Designs #Simple #Blocks #Tutorial #HandQuilting #Big Stitches #Embroidery #quilting #sewing #handmade #GiftForBaby #FreeMotionQuilting #Project #Patchwork #Contemporary #WalkingFoot #DIY #Fabric #BabyBoy #BabyGirl #Nursery #Bedding #SewMuchMoore #SewMuchMooreInStore #Hip #Trendy

I numbered my rows, after I decided on the layout.  That really helps me to keep things straight when I get the blocks back to the machine for sewing.

TIP:  I used the following video tutorial as a general guide for assembly:

THE 000 QUILT – ALMOST FINISHED!

Once I had my quilt top assembled, I decided on some simple stitch-in-the-ditch quilting.  It’s simple and fun!  Be sure you have a Walking Foot!  There are different kinds of Walking Foot attachments, based upon the shaft of your specific machine.

I used my Walking Foot to quilt this baby quilt. Check out how the finished quilt turned out - It's fun and simple! #forbeginners #easy #jellyroll #ideas #modern #baby #ToMake #Designs #Simple #Blocks #Tutorial #HandQuilting #Big Stitches #Embroidery #quilting #sewing #handmade #GiftForBaby #FreeMotionQuilting #Project #Patchwork #Contemporary #WalkingFoot #DIY #Fabric #BabyBoy #BabyGirl #Nursery #Bedding #SewMuchMoore #SewMuchMooreInStore #Hip #Trendy

I also wanted to add a “special touch” to the quilt, so I added some Big Stitches with some special 12 weight thread from Aurifil.     I didn’t use a hoop because my quilt was already quilted.  I just added some big stitches on the inside boarder of each “O”.  What do you think?

I love how the Big Stitch Quilting turned out. It was fun, relaxing and simple to do! #slowsewing #forbeginners #easy #jellyroll #ideas #modern #baby #ToMake #Designs #Simple #Blocks #Tutorial #HandQuilting #Big Stitches #Embroidery #quilting #sewing #handmade #GiftForBaby #FreeMotionQuilting #Project #Patchwork #Contemporary #WalkingFoot #DIY #Fabric #BabyBoy #BabyGirl #Nursery #Bedding #SewMuchMoore #SewMuchMooreInStore #Hip #Trendy

Once I sewed on the binding, I could not wait to take some pictures of this amazing quilt!  I was also a little late in getting this to my neighbor, so I headed to the backyard and snapped this completed picture.  I think it is too cute!  And I will definitely be adding big stitches to more projects in the future!  Making this Baby Ooo Quilt was fun and easy!  I just loved making it and my Neighbor loved the result!  Yay!

This baby quilt is super fun and easy to make! This modern quilt is perfect for a quick gift. #ForBeginners #easy #jellyroll #ideas #modern #baby #ToMake #Designs #Simple #Blocks #Tutorial #HandQuilting #Big Stitches #Embroidery #quilting #sewing #handmade #GiftForBaby #FreeMotionQuilting #Project #Patchwork #Contemporary #WalkingFoot #DIY #Fabric #BabyBoy #BabyGirl #Nursery #Bedding #SewMuchMoore #SewMuchMooreInStore #Hip #Trendy

If I were ever to make this quilt again, I think I might try one for a baby girl.  Just think of the fabric possibilities!  I hope you make one of these quilts.  What fabrics would you choose?  Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Quilting!

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Modern Pillow Cover

I just love it when two Guilds come together for a swap.  I was fortunate enough to participate in the Modern Pillow Cover Swap with the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild (KCMQG) and the Houston Modern Quilt Guild (Houston MGQ).  During this swap, we had over 30 participants which accounted for over 60 modern pillow covers being made.  Let me tell you about the Modern Pillow Cover that I made!

Modern Pillow Cover - Flying Geese in Red

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When the swap first began, I decided to gather various sources of inspiration.  One of my favorite sources of inspiration is Pinterest.  I created a Modern Pillow Cover Pinterest board and started curating all the images that inspired me.  When I received my partner, I shared this board with her and asked her to choose something that she wanted to be made for her.  My partner gave me several ideas and this lead me to the Kwik Jeli Wonky Geese Pattern.  Here is what you need to make your own.

Modern Pillow Cover – Materials List

Modern Pillow Cover – Basic Supply List

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Once I decided on my color design (one of my favorite parts), then I got started sewing!  This project came together quickly and it was fun to use my scraps.  My partner wanted happy and cheerful fabrics.  She liked yellow, orange and red.  Luckily, I have an abundance of scrap fabric, which came in quite useful for this project.

Modern Pillow Cover - Flying Geese in Red Yellow Orange

I used my 16.5″ square ruler to trim off the sides and quilted the top with my walking foot attachment.  If you don’t have a walking foot attachment – you should get one!  It really helps to prevent your fabrics from shifting.

I love how this project turned out.  While it is not perfect, I hope that my swap partner will love it as much as I loved making it!

 

Modern Pillow Cover

I hope you try this fun and easy pattern.  If you have not tried Foundation Paper Piecing (FPP) yet, I would recommend that you check out my post about Foundation Paper Piecing.  You will be creating in no time!  Be sure to check out all the Instagram photos of this fun swap.  We even have our own hashtag!  #ModernPillowCoverSwap

I would love to hear what you think of this project, or if you have a pattern or project recommendation.  Comment below and share your thoughts!

Happy Quilting!

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Make a Stars and Stripes Quilt

Our family is very patriotic.  In fact, back in 1998, my husband and I said “I do” on Independence Day!  Our two sons simply love celebrating our country’s tradition by shooting fireworks.  My eldest son even helps a family friend at a local fireworks stand.  Needless to say, it was an easy decision for me to make a Stars and Stripes quilt.  Let me tell you how to make your own!

Stars and Stripes Quilt - choosing the fabric

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stars and stripes Quilt – MATERIALS LIST

  • Quilt Pattern by Camille Roskelley for Thimble Blossoms
  • Qty (8) Fat Quarters of Red Fabric
  • Qty (5) Fat Quarters of Blue Fabric
  • Qty (1.25) yards of White Fabric
  • Qty (2) yards of sashing Aqua Fabric
  • Qty (3.5) yards of backing Fabric
  • Qty (5/8) yards of binding Fabric
  • 64” x 80” cotton batting (this is the exact batting I used)

ps – checkout this Stars and Stripes Quilt Kit!  It has some amazing pre-selected choices to ensure a super cute quilt!

stars and stripes Quilt – SUPPLY LIST

I am an active member of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild, which is a highly inspirational gathering of talented quilters.  A fellow board member (Kelly L) organized a fun activity called “Block Lotto”.  Kelly chose this particular quilt pattern and color theme, so that all the blocks would be the same size and shape.  In order to play Block Lotto, you need to bring a completed quilt block.  In this case, participants would bring a completed flag block in exchange for a drawing ticket.  Each completed quilt block would render a separate drawing ticket.  At the meeting, there were over 180 quilt blocks turned in!  WOW!!!  That was enough blocks to make over 11 quilt tops!  We did a drawing at the end of the meeting and it was sooooo much fun!

Stars and Stripes Quilt - Block Lotto

These are just a few of the blocks that were turned in for the Block Lotto game at our Guild meeting

This quilt is a very simple project!    I started cutting and assembling my quilt blocks while I was on a visit to my Mom’s house.  The cutting was very simple.  It is my recommendation to layering a few like colored fat quarters to make quick work of this step.  I was actually able to cut, sew AND quilt this project in less than one week!  Normally, I don’t start and finish a quilt in that short of a time span, but I really wanted to show a completed quilt at our Guild meeting (which was incidentally Flag Day)!  I really love how it turned out.

Stars and Stripes Quilt Finished Quilt by Nicole Moore

This will be a great quilt to bring to the city fireworks show.  The kids are cuddling up with it already!  I hope you make one too!

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The Eight Point Star Quilt Block

The Eight Point Star Quilt Block has many names!  Some may call it the Evening Star Block, while others call it The Sawtooth Star Block.  Whatever you decide to name your block it is certainly one that has stood the test of time.  In this tutorial, I will show you how to construct this block by making Flying Geese units.  Flying Geese can be considered a staple in the quilting world.  There are many ways to make Flying Geese.  Let me show you one of my favorite Flying Geese techniques while making the Eight Point Star Quilt Block!

 

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Materials List

Supply List

 

 

Eight Point Star Quilt Block - Styled 1

Cutting & Marking

To get your cutting measurements, you have a couple choices:

Option 1: Download for free.

To download the cutting measurements for free, you can subscribe to the Sew Much Moore Newsletter.  AFTER you sign up, you’ll get a confirmation email – and you have to confirm or my email service can’t send you the free pattern access email. But once you do confirm, you’ll get access to not just this but several other free patterns. Woot!

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Option 2: Purchase your cutting measurements

Use this link to purchase the cutting measurements file. You’ll be emailed a download link for a file that references the instructions in this tutorial and provides the cutting measurements for this Quilt Block.  You’ll also be able to download this file in my shop.

Once you have your fabric pieces cut, follow the directions below.

For really accurate piecing, I would recommend marking your sewing lines on your cut fabric pieces.  Marking your sewing lines can help you maintain your quarter inch seam allowance, which leads to excellent quilt blocks!  One of my favorite marking tools are Frixon markers and pens.  The ink in these pens and markers will disappear when pressed with a hot iron – They are super duper handy!  Mark pieces (C) with a diagonal line.  Then mark your quarter inch seam allowance sewing lines on your remaining fabric pieces (A, B, & D).

 

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Flying Geese Units

  • Step One:  Begin by laying piece (C) on the top and right side of a piece (B).  Sew along the diagonal marked line.  Cut off the excess fabric and set your seam with an iron.  Open the seam and press.
  • Step Two:  Next, take another piece (C) and lay it on the top left side of the same piece (B).  Sew along the diagonal marked line.
  • Step Three:  Cut off the excess fabric and set your seam with an iron.  Open the seam and press.
  • Step Four:  Make the other (3) Flying Geese units.

Eight Point Star Quilt Block - Flying Geese collage

Assembling the Quilt Block 

Now that the Flying Geese units are all assembled, we just need to complete the rows.  Using your marked quarter inch seam, sew the pieces (A) to both ends of 2 of the flying geese units.  Sew the remaining two flying geese units to the center square.   Be sure to press your seams in the opposite direction so you can easily nest your rows.

Eight Point Star Quilt Block - Exploded View

Don’t you just love this block?  I especially love this color combination!  You could also use just one main fabric print for pieces C & D for a more traditional block.  Either way – the Eight Point Star is a really fun and simple Quilt Block.  I hope you make lots and lots of them!

Eight Point Star Quilt Block - Styled 3

I recently did a Facebook LIVE video, which shows you step by step instructions of how to make this block yourself!

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Scrappy Colored Pencils Mug Rug

One of my good friends asked me to make her some mug rugs.  She was looking for a “Back to School” theme and I came across the perfect pattern!  The Colored Pencils pattern by Kristy Lea of Quiet Play is a fun and easy foundation paper piecing pattern that is just perfect for using up your precious scraps!  I am a HUGE fan of Kristy’s patterns.  She totally gets the need for fun and contemporary patterns.  She even has quite a few modern patterns as well!  At the time I made this project, her Colored Pencils pattern was free.    Let me show you all about the Colored Pencils Mug Rug that I made for my friend Janelle!

Colored Pencils Mug Rug - 1

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Colored Pencil Mug Rug – Materials List

Colored Pencil Mug Rug – supply List

Colored Pencil Mug Rug – choosing the scraps

Colored Pencils Mug Rug Collage

If you have been quilting for a little while, it does not take much time to start accumulating scraps of fabric.  I love the fabrics that I buy and tend to keep many of the scraps that are generated with my various projects.  This project was fun to make because the scraps reminded me of all the past project I originally made!  Using some selvage edges, I added to the pattern along the bottom of the mug rug.  I think that really “MADE” the mug rug!

Colored Pencils Mug Rug - Finished 1

I highly recommend you try this pattern.  It is super fun and easy.  If you need some help with foundation paper piecing, I recommend you take this online course by Carol Doak.  She is an excellent virtual instructor!  I finished this project off with some leftover binding from a previous project.  I didn’t cut into any new fabric to make this fun Mug Rug!  My friend Janelle loved her new Mug Rug!

Janelle and her Mug Rugs

I had a hard time remembering all the names of the fabric that I used in this mug rug.  If you recognize one and know the name of it – please leave me a comment below!

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Hashtag Quilt Block Tutorial

The Hashtag Quilt Block is a Modern Quilt Block and very simple to make!  The first use of the Hashtag (as a means to search) became popular with Twitter.  Now Instagram, Facebook and just about every social media platform has integrated this symbol to help users to quickly find their keywords.  In this picture tutorial, I will show you how to put together this fun and easy quilt block.  Grab your pattern and let’s get started with this Hashtag Quilt Block Tutorial!

Hashtag Quilt Block Pinterest Pin

To get your cutting measurements, you have a couple choices:

Option 1: Download for free.

To download the cutting measurements for free, you can subscribe to the Sew Much Moore Newsletter.  AFTER you sign up, you’ll get a confirmation email – and you have to confirm or my email service can’t send you the free pattern access email. But once you do confirm, you’ll get access to not just this but several other free patterns. Woot!

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Option 2: Purchase this PDF pattern

Use this link to purchase a pattern file. You’ll be emailed a download link for a file that references the instructions in this tutorial and provides the cutting measurements for this pattern.  You’ll also be able to download this file in my shop.

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Hashtag Quilt Block Supply List

Basic Sewing Supplies Needed

hashtag quilt block tutorial

Iron your fabrics nice and flat to remove any and all wrinkles.  Sometimes, I like to spray my fabrics with my favorite spray starch to make it easier to manage.  Use your cutting measurements to get your pieces all cut and in order.  
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Sew all your light fabrics and only 2 of your dark fabrics together like in the image below.

Hashtag Step 3 Hashtag Step 4

Next, cut your block 3 times.  Your cutting measurement will match the width measurement of your original strips.  You will discard one of your strip sets.

Hashtag Step 5

Finally, you will add the remaining dark strip pieces in between your (3) units (as pictured below).  Sew these together and press.

Hashtag Step 6 Hashtag Step 7

Such a fun and easy quilt block!

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We would love to see your work!

Modern Quilt Block of the Month Group

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Ohio Star Quilt Block Tutorial

The Ohio Star Quilt block has an interesting history.  During the Civil War, we don’t know what they called this quilt block.  Since then, this block has been called many names.  Other published names include Variable Star,  Eastern Star and Western Star. Carrie Hall gave it several names in her 1935 index to patterns, The Romance of the Patchwork Quilt, among them Texas Star and Ohio Star.  One of the things I love about this quilt block is it’s simplicity and how it can easily make a beautiful statement!  Let me show you how it’s done!

Ohio Star Blog Graphic

To get your Pattern with cutting measurements, you have a couple choices:

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Option 2: Purchase this PDF pattern

Use this link to purchase a pattern file. You’ll be emailed a download link for a file that references the instructions in this tutorial and provides the cutting measurements for this pattern.  You’ll also be able to download this file in my shop.

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Ohio Star Quilt Block Supply List

Basic Sewing Supplies Needed

ohio star quilt block tutorial

Iron your fabrics nice and flat to remove any and all wrinkles.  Sometimes, I like to spray my fabrics with my favorite spray starch to make it easier to manage.  Use your cutting measurements to get your pieces all cut and in order.  Using your water soluble marker, mark two diagonal lines on each Dark Pink square.  Draw a second line on either side of just one of the lines, exactly 1/4 inch from the first line. These will be your sewing lines.  Take both Dark Pink and Teal Blue fabrics and place them right sides together.  Sew along the sewing line and cut at the cutting line for both units.

OhioStar Fabric is cut
Ohio Star single diagonal line image Ohio Star right sides together image
Ohio Star sew on line and cut on solid diagonal line image Ohio Star make second cut image

Open each sewn unit and iron to the Dark Pink side.  You will have a total of 8 sewn units.  Next you will sew these units together, making sure that touching colors are contrasting.

Ohio Star contrasting sides together image Ohio Star 4 sewn units image

Now you have four sewn units that should measure 4.5 inches.  Double check your measurements and trim down if necessary.  Now is also a good time to trim off those pesky dog ears!  Once you have everything measuring correctly, you can lay out your quilt block to prepare for assembly.

Ohio Star layout image

The block comes together easily!  Don’t you just love it!

Ohio Star completed block image

Make lots and lots of these to create an entire quilt!  Here is a FREE Quilt Pattern for the Ohio Star quilt block by AccuQuilt!

Until next time, Happy Quilting!

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Goosed Up about Rainbows

I love rainbows!  Rainbows remind me of God’s promise and new beginnings.  Not to mention they are beautiful!  When I found out about a Mini Quilt Swap that was themed on rainbows – I was in!  What is a mini quilt, you ask?  A mini quilt is like a regular quilt, only much, much smaller!  The Mini Quilt swap that I joined was called #RainbowMiniQuiltSwap. This swap was hosted by Kate Basti.  A swap host is called a “Swap Mama”.  All swap participants were sent an email with their secret partner’s name, mailing address and basic interest info. This email also contained reminders about checkpoint info and mailing date deadlines. The basic interest info contained the person’s fabric and design likes and dislikes and any other info they decided to include in their submission form. Once I received my partner info, I immediately started trolling her Instagram feed.  My secret partner was an accomplished quilter.  Her Instagram feed was full of lovely creations.  She posted a mosaic, which I used as inspiration for choosing the pattern and fabric for her Mini Quilt.  In her mosaic, I spied the Goosed Up foundation paper pieced pattern by Jeli Quilts.  I was definitely goosed up about rainbows!  Let me tell you what you need to make your own!

Goosed Up about Rainbows - Fabric Pull

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Goosed Up – Material List 

  • Goosed Up pattern by Jeli Quilts (sorry her patterns are no longer available)
  • Fabric from your stash
  • Foundation Paper for your printer (I used this paper – It’s my favorite)
  • Add A Quarter Ruler – this is a MUST have for foundation paper piecing!
  • Seam Roller (this is especially handy if you want to skip all that ironing)

Goosed Up – Basic Supply List

Once I got my pattern all printed out, I decided it would be a good idea to make a practice block.  I was still waiting on a few fabrics to arrive from my online orders, so I used my scraps and made this trial block, which is about the size of a coffee cup coaster.  The block was easy to make and my practice piece turned out great!

Paper pieced coaster

Finding all the right fabrics was my favorite part!  I already had many in my own stash to choose from.  For some reason, I was low on yellow and red choices.  I had an abundance of teal and blue (no surprise there)!  I got all my final selections organized and in ROYGBIV order!

Since I had already made a practice block, this one was a lot easier to put together.  It was exciting to watch the mini quilt take shape!  I decided to make the small geese shapes with the darker color and have the shadow of that color be a lower volume of the base.  I love the effect!

In progress Goosed up Rainbow Mini Quilt
Fons And PorterI had seen so many people use a plain white background, so I wanted to make this one a little differently.  I love how this low volume red fabric added a note of interest to the rest of the fabrics!  Once I had the sections all together, I sandwiched this all together and did some very intentional straight line quilting.  I was extremely pleased with the finished mini quilt!

Completed Goosed up Rainbow Mini QuiltFor the backing, I used a fun rainbow dot fabric.  I stumbled upon this at my LQS (local quilt shop).  I had to scoop it up and it turned out PERFECT!

As with all my swap packages, I love to send extras!  Going overboard was easy, but I just love rainbows (I think I mentioned that earlier).  Who doesn’t love handmade goodies!  I covered up my label to hide some sensitive info, but you can get the general idea of my secret partners swap package.  She loved it!  She loved all of it!!!

Complete swap package plus extras for the Goosed Up Rainbow Mini Quilt
I hope you decide to try this fun pattern.  One day, I would love to make an entire quilt from it – it is sooooo good!

If you would like to learn the Foundation Paper Piecing technique, I recommend you reach out to your local quilt shop.  I hope someone there would be able to offer this in a class for you.  If this is not available for you, or if you would like to learn at your own pace – Check out my YouTube Video on Foundation Paper Piecing!

I would love to see some of your paper pieced projects!  You can share your creations on my Facebook page, or tag me on Instagram!  If you are looking for some more Foundation Paper Piecing inspiration – checkout my Pinterest Board!

Goosed Up Foundation Paper Piecing Pattern

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Fancy Fox Pattern Review

I was fortunate to take a Fancy Fox class with Pattern designer and quilter, Elizabeth Hartman.  Elizabeth Hartman is a quilter, pattern designer, and fan of color from Portland, Oregon.  Elizabeth has been making things her whole life but, when she made her first quilt in 1999, she was hooked and has been making quilts ever since. For Elizabeth, quiltmaking is the perfect combination of creativity and technical challenge, all in the service of making a useful object.

I first noticed Elizabeth on my Instagram Feed.  I fell in love with her Fancy Fox pattern immediately!  During my class, I made 2 small Fancy Fox blocks.  I really didn’t have a plan for what I would do with them, I just wanted the experience of the making (alongside the pattern designer).  Elizabeth helped me with the directional fabric cuts and placement for the blue fox.  The aqua fox was a little easier because of the versatile print.

I kept hold of the blocks for a few months, with the intention of making more!  Isn’t that always the intention?  Well, the end of the school year was upon me and I was in need of a Teacher gift for my son’s 4th Grade Teacher.  I used Elizabeth’s Perfect Quilted Tote’s pattern and incorporated these blocks on each side.

I used essex linen for the top and base fabrics.  The rest of the fabrics were various scraps from my scrap bin and of course the blue Fancy Fox on the below image.

Fancy Fox Quilt block incorporated into a tote bag side panel

This next panel, I used the aqua Fancy Fox and some more of the fabric scraps from my scrap stash!  I knew there was a reason I keep all those little bits of fabric.  They really came in handy for this tote!

Once I had the side panels together and quilted down, the rest of the tote went together really quick!  Needless to say the Teacher LOVED it!  I wanted to keep it for myself, but lucky for me – I can make another one!

Here are a couple pictures of the finished tote.  It was fully lined and complete with an inside pocket and magnetic closure.
Completed Fancy Fox Tote bag

Fancy Fox

From Quilt Blocks to Tote Bag!

Pinterest Pin for Fancy Fox Tote Bag

Fancy Fox Tote Bag (Front and Back)

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Mary Fons Meeting – WOW!

As a member of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild, I have met many well known quilters, designers and overall super talented folks.  That is one of the things I love about being a member of the KCMQG!  This past week, KCMQG hosted Mary Fons for a two session event.  Mary spoke at an afternoon Trunk Show and also make a presentation at our monthly evening event.  I was able to attend the afternoon show and all I can say is “WOW”!

I have never left a truck show and felt as inspired and thoroughly entertained as when I had the opportunity to see Mary and her fantastic makes!  Mary’s overall mood was so cheery and bubbly – I was smiling from ear to ear for almost a solid hour!  We learned a lot about her process and some of the new things she is working on.  We got a sneak peak of her fabric line and were in awe of many of her quilts.

Mary brought several quilts to her truck show.  One of the most dramatic was her Half Square Triangle Quilt, she calls Pink Waves.  Mary explained that in this quilt, she perfected her technique of the half square triangle.  I should say so!  There are so many lovely bits of fabric in this quilt!  The quilting was just stunning!

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Mary’s talk was very animated!  She was very expressive in her words and actions, which was very entertaining to watch!  I loved all her personal stories that she shared about her life journey and her adventures along the way.  In these pictures below, Mary was showing us her quilt she calls “Mary’s Village”.

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As if Mary’s personality wasn’t entertaining enomarys-orphan-block-kimonough, she brought out her Orphan Block Kimono!  This was something that she put together, without a pattern.  She is so creative!  Mary explained that she had several blocks that were either left out of a quilt because there were already too many, or she only made a few of the certain blocks.  She said, “what do you do with these Orphan Blocks?”  She wrapped herself up in her projects half done outfit and was proud as a peacock.  I loved it!

I could see some Nine Patches, lots of Log Cabins, and she even fashioned a belt for the outfit!  She also put in a lining!  Mary explained that she had used it as a picnic blanket as well!  Such a highly functional piece!

So many in the audience were just giggling away at her story!

Mary gave a nice presentation on how to pick your fabric and showed more of her quilts.  Later that evening, she came back to the Kauffman Conference Center and was the Key Speaker for the KCMQG monthly meeting.  I was sorry to miss it, but was later informed that I was actually there in spirit!  I started receiving text messages and Facebook notifications that Mary had used a picture of me, which was previously published in the Kansas City Star.  I couldn’t stop giggling!  I was also glad that I decided against wearing this same outfit earlier in the day!

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Although we won’t get to see Mary on Saturday mornings anymore – I can be happy to have met her.  She is a truly amazing person and makes me proud to be a quilter!

Have you been fortunate to meet Mary?  Tell me what you thought!  I would love to hear from you!

You can follow Mary on her blog:  http://blog.maryfons.com