Category Archives: Quilting

Cute Elephant Quilt DIY-

This fun elephant theme quilt was lots of fun to make. The elephant theme is so cute to dress up any nursery and the colors will work for a boy or a girl.  It was a fun experience to make this one. The pattern is simple.

Cutting Squares

It is made of 10″ squares and sew down to about 9″ squares finished.


I drew the picture below of the elephant.  I have scanned it for you.  You should be able to print it .  Trace the pattern onto Pellon Wonder Under or similar bonding fabric. and then iron it on the fabric and cut it out after you have the pellon on it.     Follow the instructions that come with your iron on  fabric. Also trace  the ears and do the same.  I made the eyes by choosing the eyelet stitch on my machine.  You could hand embroider it or use a permanent marker.   

after sewing the finished squares together,  sandwich it with the batt.  I used cotton batting , and the back.  This quilt it backed with a dark gray minky that reminds me of soft elephants if there is such a creature.



I quilted this on my machine.  It is done with the free motion method.  this method requires a lot of practice so if you haven’t done it before look it up on You Tube or take a class and do a lot of practicing first.  It is fun to do but give it some time.  I would not recommend quilting this method with minky on the back as it is too hard to see the back and check to make sure you have done it right.  Next time, I will use a cotton fabric on the back but babies love minky so it is a good thing if you are an expert at machine free motion quilting.

You could also choose to do it by hand or have someone do it on a free arm quilting machine.

This quilt will look great in my great grandson’s crib.  Or on a nursery wall.

Cozy Cabin Quilt

phone may 26 058This cozy Cabin Quilt is called Twist and Shout and is found in the Quiltmaker magazine January/february ’06.  It is easy to assemble and fun to see all the color combinations. You can come up with so many combinations doing it.  It is a great one to use scraps or maybe even old shirts if you are after That cozy  cabin quilt look. phone may 26 057 phone may 26 056

The magazine has the directions for a king comforter or a crib quilt.  I made a twin comforter size and it easy to change the sizes on it.  the blocks for the bigger quilts are 3″15′ and for a crib quilt are a1/2 ” by 71/2 “.  It would be so much fun to put together a brightly colored baby quilt this way.  I might try that soon to use some of the great scraps I am collecting.

I am blessed to have the strips given to me by my sister in law.  She had already made two of them and didn’t want to do the third.  I am the very lucky and blessed recipient.  I put it together for a grandson who just graduated from High School.  What better thing to take with him to college or wherever he goes to remind him of home and the love his grandma has for him.  it is so much fun to play with fabrics and designs while you are making this project.

“Chop Suey ” Quilt

I love this  Interesting and clever design like this keeps your eyes moving around the quilt.

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This easy “Chop Suey ” Quilt is fun to do.   I found the pattern for it in the Quiltmaker magazine May/June of ’15 163.  It starts with easy blocks.  I used Batik fabrics as pictured in the magazine. The trick is arranging all those pieces so they all face the correct way. Finally, mixing up the colors to give it that “Chop Suey ” look.

Fabrics to choose

Batiks are perfect for this quilt to give it a special blended look of colors.  It is also striking with a black background and bright colors.  You can use seasonal colors and bring any season or holiday to life with it depending on your choice.  A nice baby quilt in soft nursery colors or bright primary colors would be perfect.  Sew it up quickly in a baby or lap  size.  Your imagination is the only limit you will have.

I made it into a king sized quilt with matching pillow cases for my son who chose this design from hundreds of choices.  It was a huge project because there were 49 of them.  It is backed with soft batik looking  flannel and looks great on a king sized bed.  I had it quilted with a long arm machine in just a simple design that would not take from the colorful blocks.

Minky Baby Quilt

This Mink Baby Quilt was so much fun to make.  I decided to use minky on the front and binding.

Minkey Quilt

the picture shows it a lot darker than it actually is.  it is a beautiful royal blue and is so soft and sweet.  The puppy dog theme was carried out in the quilting and if you look closely you can see that I machine quilted the word “arf” on the light blue rectangles.  The word is a repeat from the main fabric pattern.  the pattern is found in the Big Book of Baby Quilts by Martingale.

Easy Baby Quilt

This Easy Baby Quilt was such fun to make and was quite stress free.

Easy Baby Quilt

I Started with just three coordinating fabrics.

Aqua blue print with a matching brown and aqua with white print.  then I added a white on white print to give the contrast.  the thing that I like most about this quilt is the fabric and next the easy design.  there is not much matching to worry about.  Only the point of the center in each block.  With the blocks turned opposite for each row it keeps the eye moving around the quilt.

I also made a label to put on the back of the quilt with machine embroidery for the letters.  It includes the name and year and my name.

I love following a pattern when I can.  the pattern for this quilt is in a book called “the Big Book of Baby Quilts” by Martingale  (no they did not pay me to recommend them but I do.  there are 87 patterns in this book and I will be making more.  this is the second one from this book so far.

Quilted Bib



Quilted BqprinThis quilted bib is made from the Baprin pattern that I found on this site Found on  All moms are crazy about this great cover up bib.  Skill level is medium because you have a lot of bias binding to put on it but it is easy. 1-

I- cut out three layers. one for the top of cotton and the back is coordinating flannel.  Inside is a piece of light fleece I had left over from another project.

2 I layered them and then just sewed the quilting lines on it

3-Add the binding and your done.  Make sure you put the binding on in the right order.

first I like to do the arm holes

second the neck

third the rest with the ties continuing out 11 inches.

Hooray!  It’s priceless!  Great shower gift.

Happy Monster Quilt

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This Happy Monster Quilt Design from here,

Because I made it twin sized, I needed to create an extra monster.  I backed it with an extra soft fleece and bound it with the same type of fleece in a bright zebra stripe.

I drew each monster out on paper and then traced it onto “Wonder Under” after I had ironed it to the fabric I would use.  Then I cut out the design and ironed it onto the background fabric.  You can easily follow the directions that come with the “Wonder Under” when you buy it.  It is simple to use.

Choose bright and cheery colors for the monsters to give it a happy look.

It was lots of fun to do and made a little boy totally thrilled.  this quilt goes all over the house with him and when he comes to spend a night at my house, it comes along.

I used cotton fabric to applique by machine with a blanket stitch. It makes a nice border to set the designs off.

I found the ultra soft minky type fabric for the back of this quilt.  It adds so much comfort and fun.  I chose colors that matched the back to bring it all together.  I also added a second soft fabric to the back at the top and border.  It gives it that extra bright punch.

Finally, I quilted it on my machine just using straight stitch designs going up and down across each stripe.  It was easy because I didn’t do the free arm.  It turned out to be very attractive that way with no blunders.



Thrifty Denim Sports Quilt

denim quilt 2 demin q with pillowcase denim quilt lable football Nate This thrifty  denim Sports quilt is made from 6 and 8 inch strips of denim and backed with 4 strips of sports fabrics.  they are, Basketball, football, soccer and baseball.  I downloaded embroidery designs onto a thumb drive for my sewing machine, (Pfaff Creative 4.5) and embroidered them.  That was really fun to do.  It is  new adventure for me, so now I will be doing this more.  There are lots of free designs out there and some nice ones for just a few dollars.  I put his name in the middle to make it extra personal. He will have this forever! Don’t forget to use embroidery thread.  I used 100% polyester from Sulky and Floriani.

The label is made from a jeans pocket and machine embroidery for the words. for a treasure like this, always add a label with the recipient’s name and yours.  You should also date it and put who quilted it if it was done by someone else.

It is always an extra bonus to made a matching pillow case so this one is made from the scraps from the back with a strip of football fabric for the trim and also on the border of the quilt since this is his favorite sport.  Basketballs on the cuff and then the body is baseballs on one side and soccer balls on the other.  That should delight any boy who loves sports.

I machine quilted it horizontally about every 3 inches.

Quilted Table topper

This brightly colored table topper was so much fun to make

Quilted table topper Paper pieced

I took a lesson in paper piecing and this is the result.  It was so much fun to do.  Paper piecing is pretty easy to do but it is best to get a lesson from an expert either a friend or a book or youtube can show you how.

Do not forget that you are going to have to pull all that paper off the back when you are done.  Special paper can be used and a smaller project like this one makes it an easy task.

Just pick out your favorite colors and off you go.