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Quilting Inspiration – Fast and Easy Basic Quilt Layout

Bluebird Park Quilt

I’m putting this quilt on my “To Do” list because it gave me the quilting inspiration to turn it into something slightly different. Similar, but not quite the same. More like rhyming.

When I saw it, the light bulbs in my brain exploded like fireworks. That’s how I know it’s going on my list to become one of my favorite quilt layouts because the possibilities are endless. Here are a few of my thoughts.

  • It’s highly adaptable to horizontal or vertical layout.
  • And since it’s in rows, rows can be different widths just by varying the square-in-square block size.
  • The longer strips between the blocks can also be of varying widths and number.
  • Adapts well to an explosion of color or staying within a color scheme.
  • It’s oh so scrap buster friendly.
  • It’s quilt-as-you-go (QAYG) friendly. Also, the back can be as interesting as the front making it reversible.
  • Fast and easy basic quilt layout.
  • The perfect Charity Quilt.

You can see the original Jessica’s Bluebird Park Baby Quilt here. Thank you, Jessica!

I don’t like quilting projects with too many pieces unless they go together quickly, like my red scrappy string/coin quilt. It’s the type of mindless sewing where I drag my sewing table to the middle of the living room and watch all my DVR recordings and Netflix instant watch list and then complain, “Why in the heck did they cancel that series?  I loved it!”

Ok, back to this quilt. I love the simplicity of it, yet it’s interesting. And best of all, it sews up quickly. And even bester of all, it’s a prime candidate for a QAYG project.

Here is a 4-part Youtube series from Candy Glendening on how I do my QAYG projects with no sashing. I used that method for a quilt I did for my daughter and I loved how quickly it went. I did mine with a walking foot and wavy lines because I suck at free-motion quilting.

I hope you these ideas and quilt layout to your quilting inspiration list.


Zippered Wristlet from Selvages

Zippered Wristlet

I have a 3-day weekend to myself and got some sewing done. I made this little wristlet pouch from selvages. I didn’t take any pictures of the sewing process. I’m just horrible like that. I wanted something small enough to hold my cellphone various debit, credit, store cards when I’m not wearing pants… with pockets in them. Gotcha, didn’t I. LOL

Basically, it’s a quilt-as-you-go technique. I spray basted a piece of cotton batting to a piece of light colored fabric scrap. Then I started sewing selvages on the right side of the pouch panel, overlapping as I moved to the left. I like to leave some of the color from the fabric exposed so it doesn’t show just the pantones and writing. Showing some of the fabric makes a more colorful and interesting finished article.

  • I cut the batting and backing pieced 8″ x 6″. There are two sections, front and back.
  • I sewed the selvages vertically because I had a lot of short pieces. With longer ones, you can also go horizontally, starting at the bottom and working your way up.
  • When I was finished quilting the selvages, I trimmed both front and back sections down to 7.5″ x 5.5″.
  • I cut two pieces of lining to 7.5″ x 5.5″
  • I used a 7″ zipper and trimmed the tails off the end with the zipper stop to shorten it. Next time I’ll chop another 1/2″ off.
  • I sewed tabs onto both ends of the zipper. I guess they were about 1″ long.
  • I squared off the bottom of the pouch and lining so it form a box end about 1″ wide.
  • Somewhere along the line, I sewed in a loop and a D-ring. The loop was some Moda twill I had saved from a layer cake.
  • I pieced together short scraps of selvage to form the wrist strap.
  • I got both the D-rings and the spring closure from Joann’s. (Make sure you buy that stuff with a coupon so you don’t pay their inflated prices.)

HUGE TIP I:  On the zipper installing, I didn’t do any pinning. Instead, I ran a thin line of Elmer’s School Glue along the edge of the zipper then hit it with a dry iron. I learned that trick from a YouTube glue basting quilting video. OMG! It worked like a charm. That zipper didn’t slip at all during sewing. I did it on both sides of the zipper for the quilted part and the lining.

HUGE TIP II:  If you have a problem with the lining stretching while sewing, make sure you cut it parallel to the selvage side of the your fabric. That’s the warp. It doesn’t stretch. If you cut the long side of your lining with the weft (or woof), it’s going to stretch.