Thursday, September 3, 2015

Picnic Pinwheels: Free Pattern

This news is super exciting I am releasing my very own pattern, it was part of the New Block Blog Hop called PICNIC PINWHEELS. This little guy is made with scraps, but there are directions to use both scraps and/or Jelly Roll strips. 

If you are interested in downloading a FREE copy of this pattern head over to my Craftsy site. The quilt pattern is fun to make and a great way to get rid of some of those scraps laying around. I did make 4 extra blocks to get pieced into the backing as well! Clearly it was hard to stop.

Thanks for joining me in this exciting news. Hope you enjoy the free pattern!

-Patch & Chels

Monday, August 31, 2015

2015 New Block Blog Hop: Picnic Pinwheel

Welcome to the 2015 New Block Blog Hop! If you're new to the blog my name is Chels and I've been  blogging for about a year and a half. I am a full time teacher, so today is officially my first day back. Summer went by too fast, but I am savoring every last minute of this beautiful sunshine starting with this delicious Watermelon Summer Palette from Fabri-Quilt. Look below for links to other quilters  sharing their tutorials today. Now introducing ... 

Picnic Pinwheel Tutorial


Blue/Background: 4 - 4.5 inches square, 8 - 2.5 inches square
Chartreuse/Color 1: 4 - 6.5 by 2.5 inches
Aqua/Color 2: 4 - 4.5 by 2.5 inches 
Coral/Color 3: 4 - 2.5 inches square
Chartreuse/Color 4: 4 - 2.5 inches square 
**For this tutorial: all seams are sewn at a scant quarter inch, seams are pressed open, and diagonals are sewn using the Frog Tape Trick. RST = right sides together, 


1. Start by taking the four 6.5 by 2.5 inch pieces and four 2.5 inch background squares. RST sew diagonally across the white square. Trim away extra fabric and press open. 
2. Next, take the four 4.5 by 2.5 inch pieces and four 2.5 inch background squares. RST sew the opposite direction you sewed the diagonal in step one. Trim away extra fabric and press open.

3. Use the 4.5 inch background squares and the 2.5 squares of color to make the corner piece. RST sew diagonally across the colored square. Trim away extra fabric and press open.
4. Using the last 2.5 inch color squares, repeat step 3 to the opposite corner. Trim away extra fabric and press open.

5. Putting RST sew together the 4.5 inch square and the 4.5 inch rectangle on all four pieces. Press open.
6. Next, RST sew the 6.5 inch rectangle on all four pieces. Press open. Now each quadrant of the design is completed.

7. Lay out the four quadrants, rotating as shown above.
8. RST sew together the top two quadrants and bottom two quadrants. Press open.

9. RST sew the two sides of the block together. Press open. 
10. Admire the finished block! 

The block will finish at 12 inches square, unfinished 12.5 inches square. If you have any questions or need clarification on a part please feel free to email or leave a comment below. 

Stay tuned for Thursday, I am releasing my first (FREE) quilt pattern using this block! Here is a little sneak peak. Being a first I am super excited to share with everyone. 

Until then check out these other bloggers who are releasing a new block tutorial today!

-Patch & Chels

Monday, August 24, 2015

Meet Rosa

Ok, some you know from Instagram this little pug got adopted at the beginning of summer. Her name is Rosa! She is everything a Pug is supposed to be, snorting, snoring, little princess. Her main motivation in life is food, followed by her constant desire to get her belly rubbed. Rosa is quite lazy and not really a long walk dog, which will be great this winter! Her best qualities are she is sweet and very lovable. Rosa feels the need to become instant friends with anyone who walks through our doors! Her quirky and fun personality make everyday a new and exciting adventure. 

Welcome home Rosa! Hope you are enjoying your new home :) 

- Patch, Rosa & Chels

Friday, August 21, 2015

Round Trip Quilts: The Final Border!

Our Round Trip Quilts is nearing the end! This is Christina @Wips and Tuts autumn themed quilt. She said she wanted fall colors with a fall theme. I added in the left hand row. Nothing says fall like steaming hot mugs of cocoa and migrating birds.

Mary @ See Mary Quilt stole my idea of the foxes, when I saw this quilt and knew the theme I went out and bought the Fancy Fox pattern. So I was stuck moving on to Plan B! 

Mary left this little fox as an extra, so I had to include him as I loved his floral print face. If anyone knows what print this is, let me know!

Every one did such a great job following the theme of this quilt. Hopefully it's everything Christina wanted and then some. I am excited to get mine back too!  This whole project was so much fun :)

-Patch & Chels

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Happy Aunt!

July was all about Christmas, so my aunt proposed that August be all about Aunts. Clearly she wants her quilt finished. I have to give her credit for being patient she first saw the fabrics I choose back in January. It was time to get this WIP finished.

This quilt took longer than I had expected because of a few hic-ups along the way. First off, this quilt started as a 5 by 5 arrangement but it was too small. I had to make up 11 more blocks to create a 6 by 6 arrangement. At the last minute I decided to go around the stars with some hand quilting. Yep, I sure do love my aunt! 

Although this quilt has taken longer than expected, it came out better than I expected. The Star Pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew is hands down my favorite. I have done this pattern using multiple color schemes and it always comes out great.

Another quilt is officially off the WIP list ... only 12 more to go! 

-Patch & Chels

Saturday, August 15, 2015

HST Update

This year the New Hampshire Modern Quilt Guild is hosting a Modern HST Quilt Along. Of course, because I do nothing the correct way, I made my blocks 12 inches instead of 8 inches (who has time for those tiny HST??). This project is moving along quite nicely because I settled on 30 blocks instead of the 72 some of my (crazy) guild mates signed on for!

For fabrics I picked up a fat quarter bundle of Gypsy Caravan by Amy Butler, and paired each fabric with Kona Bone. Each fat quarter makes two blocks with some extra fabric for the scrap bin or for corner-blocks in the sashing (not sure about sashing yet). So far I love the colors in this line even though it strays from my typical colors. 

Only ten more blocks to go :) 

-Patch & Chels

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

2015 New Block Blog Hop {with Fabri-Quilt}


2015 Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop

Welcome to the 2015 New Block Blog Hop! The New Blogger Blog Hop has teamed up with Fabri-Quilt to have each of us come a with a tutorial for a 12.5 inch unfinished block to post on our blogs using the fat eights below. The hop will start on August 31st, so mark your calendars :) 

We are using the Watermelon Summer Color Palette: Chartreuse, Turquoise, Coral, Aqua, Lapis Blue, and white. This group of fabrics make such an awesome summer collection! Every tutorial in the hop is using the same colors, and sending the blocks along to make charity quilts. These are going to look absolutely stunning.
Watermelon Summer Color Palette
Stayed tuned for more information about the hop schedule! 

-Patch & Chels