Charming Hearts Quilt

As promised, you can find the tutorial for this quilt HERE, or by clicking the photo above.

This quilt was easier than it looks. The main quilt top is a repeat of 2 blocks, shown below.

The first photo above is a 9.5″ square with a heart appliqued in the center. For this quilt, I varied the way I appliqued these blocks to mix it up a little. The second photo are four 5″ squares sewn together. After assembling a certain amount of the above blocks as well as cutting some half square triangles, the main quilt top is assembled as shown below, and sewn together in diagonal rows (designated by the red lines).

I used pre-cut layer cakes (aka 10″ squares) and charm packs (aka 5″ squares) by fabric designer Moda. For easy to follow instructions, please check out my tutorial here, featured on Moda’s blog : )

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Fabric Hoarder, that’s me!

I’m a sick puppy. I went to two local quilting shops last weekend and added to my fabric stash… I took about 10 different shots of this photo from varying angles… what can i say, i’m a fabric junky!

On a different note, I finally finished quilting my Moda quilt… the tutorial will be posted on Monday. For the quilting design, I went with loopy-loops. Not sure if you can see the quilting too well below, but you can click the pictures to enlarge.

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Latest project and 120″ quilting frame…

A few weeks ago I received my batch of Moda fabrics for my next Moda Bakery project! I will be using Moda’s new fabric line called “Bliss.” I just love the colors.

Here’s a sketch of my quilt design which uses Moda’s layer cakes and charm squares. I’m just about finished and plan on quilting it tonight, so stay tuned for the next tutorial shortly.

Speaking of quilting, last night my husband and I were up until midnight extending my Imperial Quilting Frame from crib size (60″) to King size (120″). I’m intimidated by my quilt frame now – it’s completely taken over our upstairs and what was left of my husband’s guitar corner is no more… :- [] i owe him!!

Here’s the final set-up with the layers rolled up and ready to quilt!

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Vintage sewing machine

I snagged this sweet vintage sewing machine for free at a neighborhood yard sale. Apparently no one wanted this beauty so at the end of the yard sale they put up a “free” sign trying to rid of it. And along I came, perfect timing, and a happy camper 8-[) The machine still works too.

If anyone knows anything about this machine, please let me know!! I don’t even know what year it is…looks like it could be from the 70’s?

It came on this handy little table where the machine can flip under and be hidden away.

I hope to clean it up soon so i can admire it even more.

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Frayed Seams Quilt

Frayed Seams Quilt - Quilting Tutorials and Fabric Creations - Quilting in the RainThis is a fun and quick quilt that doesn’t involve binding. Since I didn’t use batting for this quilt I decided to use a semi-thick fleece for the backing fabric to keep a fluffy feel to it. I love how this quilt is basically an “inside-out” quilt, where the seams are all on the outside as opposed to hidden beneath the quilt top. After one wash, the frays on the quilt top will become super soft (skip down to the last picture to see), softer with each wash 🙂

Finished baby quilt measures 33”x38”.

Materials:

  • ¾ yards of 3 different fabric prints
  • 1 yard of semi-thick fleece
  • corresponding thread

Step 1 – From each of your 3 different fabric prints, cut 14 6.5” squares for a total of 42 squares. For quicker cutting, layer and fold your fabrics to cut multiple layers at once.
Frayed Seams Quilt - Quilting Tutorials and Fabric Creations - Quilting in the Rain

Step 2 –Arrange the squares in 6 rows of 7 squares each. In each row, sew the squares together: with wrong sides of fabric facing together, sew a ½” seam allowance. Start and end each stitch with a back-stitch.

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Step 3 – After you’ve sewn the squares together in all 6 rows, sew the rows together: with wrong sides of fabric facing together, align the corners and pin to keep in place. Then sew a ½” seam allowance. Start and end each stitch with a back-stitch.

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Step 4 – After all the rows have been sewn together, the quilt top should measure roughly 33”x38”. Lay the quilt top flat on top of the fleece. Baste to keep the quilt top and fleece in place: using jumbo size safety pins, pin where the seam intersections are (circled in red below). Start by pinning the center of the quilt and work your way out. Pin the sides and corners last.(Click pics to enlarge)

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Step 5 – Now that your quilt top and fleece backing are basted together, you can start quilting! When quilting, always start from the middle of the quilt going outward. Start and end each stitch with a back-stitch.
Frayed Seams Quilt - Quilting Tutorials and Fabric Creations - Quilting in the Rain

I quilted straight lines going vertical and horizontal, forming squares. Below: Front and back of quilt (click pics to enlarge)

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Step 6 – Trim the excess fleece backing around the perimeter of the quilt top. Then sew a ½” seam allowance around the perimeter of the quilt.

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Step 7 – You’re just about finished! Lastly, using sharp fabric scissors (I used appliqué scissors), cut little frays (roughly ¼” apart) within all of the ½” seams. Do not cut outside of the seam.
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That’s it! After a few washes, the frays will get softer and will look like this:
Frayed Seams Quilt - Quilting Tutorials and Fabric Creations - Quilting in the Rain

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