Monday, April 27, 2015

Fabrics N Quilts Giveaway!

 Here is my newest project ~ 
a new cover for Butterfly's favorite pillow!

For this project I started at the big beautiful new website at

I am loving there new look and all the new features ...

  • FREE US shipping-all day, every day, no minimum, no limit, no coupon  ~ PLUS great international rates, including first pound to Canada is free (which would include an order of up to 2 yards of fabric)
  • It is easy to shop by color, designer, brand, collection & style!  Just hover over those teal bars on the left & jump right to what you are looking for!  Of course you can also search by any keywords near the top of the page too.
  • You can now shop by the 1/4 yard
  • Once you have all your goodies in your cart, you can audition your fabrics in some quilt block designs!
  • Gallery - the virtual show & tell of customer quilts and our quilts is expanding
  • Gift certificates in any dollar amount - purchaser can even send a personal message to recipient, and the Gift Certificate is valid immediately after purchase
  • Preview fabrics that are on the horizon & sign up for email alerts for its arrival with a 5% coupon code when the fabric is in house. No payment in advance.
  • Even more Fabrics N Quilts patterns!  ~ Free patterns ~ are also on the new site & more will be coming soon including some video tutorials in the coming months too.
Did I mention FREE US SHIPPING?  Free shipping is one of my favorite things ... ;)

I made this pillow cover for my Butterfly's favorite pillow from these fabulous fabrics :

I started with this KIT .

The pattern was for a bedrunner but I easily adapted it to make this pillow cover.

For the pattern: Click Here
(then click on "Bedrunner" link)

These free projects were designed by Shannon at Fabrics N Quilts for Quilting Treasures

Since the pillow is smaller, I used the extra strips to make a pieced back to the pillow.

I also have a cut of the turquoise butterfly print and some extra fabrics and am working on designing a small toss pillow with the help of the

new preview and design feature.

It is really  nice to see how the colors and prints work together before purchasing the fabric.

I always find wonderful fabrics, notions, patterns and inspiration at Fabrics N Quilts

When Shannon @ Fabric N Quilts asked me if I would be interested in

helping her celebrate by posting on my blog,

I was very happy to help!

I love this shop and always find lots of beautiful fabrics and inspiration.

To celebrate, Shannon is offering a 

generous giveaway here on my blog!

One lucky reader will receive a 

$35 Gift Certificate and

This gorgeous Half-Roll of  Robert Kaufman strips!

To enter:

You must give me an email address where Shannon and I can contact you that you are winner.

Oh, no!  I am getting a lot of "no-reply" comments!
Please be sure I have your email address in order to be eligible to win!

Post all your comments HERE on my blog.

As my blog does not allow anonymous comments, if you cannot post a comment for any reason, you may email your comment in quotes to me and I will enter your comment for you. 

You have  FOUR chances to win ...

Comment Entry #1 

Visit Fabric N Quilts and browse the shop and come back and tell me what you would place in your cart if you are the winner of this wonderful giveaway

Comment Entry # 2

"Like" Fabrics N Quilts Facebook site and come back and tell me that you did.

Comment Entry # 3

Sign Up for the Fabrics N Quilts Newsletter and post a comment to tell me you did.

Comment Entry # 4

Follow the Fabrics N Quilts Blog and tell me how you follow.

This Giveaway will close at midnight EST on Saturday, 
May 9th.

The winner will be chosen at random from all comments
and will be announced on

Mother's Day, May 10th.

This giveaway is now closed.

Winner announced HERE

Congratulations, Lea Anne!

'Cause you know making and giving a quilt
is like sharing a warm motherly hug.

Butterfly says, "Thanks for reading and good luck!"


Sunday, April 26, 2015

Airmail Envelope Quilt Part 3 is up ~ and More Envelope Block Fun!

Airmail Envelope Quilt Tutorial

and a generous

I love making these blocks ...

sew I made a few more!

For my complete 

When I was designing this block,

I made this test block.  

Then I asked a few of my helpful stitchin' sisters to test 
the cutting and piecing instructions for me. 

This is the block that my friend Cherie made.

She was making blocks 12 inch blocks to bring to a guild event
so she sewed three more blocks and created this wonderful...

12.5" unfinished block

Thanks, Cherie!   I love this block!

So for my post today I decided to make up some more variations for a 12 inch block.

Sew I sewed four 6.5" envelope blocks

and came up with FOUR possibilities for a 12" finished block:

Block 1 : "Cherie's Inbox"

Block 2 : Mail Drop

Block 3 : Mail-a-Go-Round

Block 4 : Outbox

Which shall I choose to make a pillow?

1 ? ... 2 ?? ... 3 ???... 4 ????

Please help me decide .... :) 

Remember to visit and comment on the

Bear Creek Quilting Company Blog!

today to enter their giveaway!

Come back next Sunday for

Part 4 ~ Quilting and Finishing 

Shari @ Bear Creek Quilting Company

when the winner will be announced

and, by request, pdf files for all parts of the tutorial will be available on their blog.

Enjoy ... :)

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A Little Bird Told Me to Make a Wish ...

 ... and I caught these beautiful fabrics!

These are from the "Make a Wish" and "A Little Bird Told Me" collections from

I found them at

Catch some if you can, as they are going fast!

I have a new quilt pattern in the works for another tutorial on the

I will be sewing soon!

~ <3 ~

Monday, April 20, 2015

On My Cutting Table Today

Aren't these fabrics sew pretty?

 Bloom by Amy Weeks @ Quilting Treasures

They are really brightening a very gray and rainy day here.

I found them in stock at

There are TWO FREE PATTERNS  patterns for these fabrics on the the Quilting Treasures
 site for these pretty fabrics: 

These free projects were designed by Shannon at Fabrics N Quilts.

Which one do you think I am sewing?


Are you going to Quilt Week?

Are you going to 

I sure wish that I was.

One of the places I would be sure to stop by is to say hello to my friend

If you are going, please stop by her booth 

Booth # 4503 in the Pavilion 

and tell her

"Pat Sent Me!"

You just might find a little surprise waiting for you if you do ... ;)

Have a wonderful time at the show!

If you are not going to the show, you still can do some fun shopping at

Fabrics N Quilts

and do not miss a chance to enter one of Shannon's great giveaways.

Click Here to for the Fabrics N Quilts Giveaway Week 2 Details

This week there will be giveaways on the these blogs:

and  be sure to come back her to my blog next Monday, April 27th

for my turn to giveaway a $35 Gift Certificate and goodie bag from

Fabrics N Quilts!

Best of luck winning one of these wonderful giveawways!

~ <3 ~

Sunday, April 19, 2015

An Airmail Envelope Pillow!

I am guest blogging again today!

For more Airmail Envelope Quilt Block fun I have made this

Airmail Envelope Pillow

to match my quilt!

I made this pillow with leftovers from my

This pillow measures 14.5" by 17.5" finished including the piping.

Materials needed to make this pillow:

TWO 6.5" unfinished  Airmail Envelope Quilt Blocks

Also needed to make this pillow cover:

SIX 7.25" right angle triangles

Cut THREE 7.25" squares
Cut each square on the diagonal once to make SIX half square triangles (HST)

I used extras from my quilt.

Layout pillow top as shown in the photo above.

Sew one HST on either side of envelope block.

Sew block strips together.

Then sew one HST to each remaining corner

Trim the ends of the triangles off to 
make a 9" by 18" rectangle

Cut TWO 3" by 18" strips for the top and bottom borders.

Sew one strip lengthwise to each 18" side of the double envelope block.

The top now measures 14" by 18"

To add piping to the edge of the pillow you will need:

TWO 1.5" by width of fabric strips

2 yards cotton piping filler cord size 2

You may find this cord HERE

Sew the two WOF strips together to make one long strip and fold in half lengthwise ...

and fold over the cotton piping cord and pin or clip around the outer edges of the pillow top.

Use your ZIPPER FOOT to stitch the piping to the top making a 1/8" seam from the cut edges.

Start your stitch line about two inches from the end of the cording on one side of the pillow
so that you leave an end to close your seam.

These stitches will be hidden by the final seam.

Ease around the corners by rounding the corners by about 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch.

Continue around all four sides and corners.

To close your seam,  stop your stitching line about three inches from
where you started sewing the piping.

Cut the cords flush and wrap ends together with a small piece of tape.

Cut the fabric leaving a one inch end to close seam.

Fold one end over by 1/4 inch to hem and fold this end over the other end of the piping.

Stitch the seam closed.

Make the back of the pillow.

One of my favorite pillow backs is an easy fold over backing that leaves an opening in the center
of the back to remove the pillow for easy washing of the pillow cover.

To make this back of the pillow:

Cut ONE 5.5" by 14" center strip

Cut TWO 11" by 14" sides

Fold one 14" edge of the side back piece over by 1/4 inch and the fold 1/4 inch again
and stitch  1/4" hem.

Sew the 5.5" strip to the other side back piece
and the fold and sew a 1/4" hem on the outside edge of the center strip.

Topstitch the other side of the center strip 1/4 inch from the side.

Here are the top and back of the pillow.


and pin or clip front to back

Using the ZIPPER FOOT sew the top to the back.

Tuck the cord snugly against the fold in the piping tube.

Lay the open side of the zipper foot as close to the cord as it will go.

Allowing a 1/4" seam to cover the stay stitching of the piping to the top,
sew all around all four sides closing the seam.

Use your fingers to keep the piping snug and ease around the rounded corners as you go.

Here is the inside of my pillow.

Turn right side out through the opening in the back.

Here is the front of my completed pillow cover.

Tuck a 12" by 16" pillow form into the opening in the back.

You may find this pillow form HERE

Here is my soft and squishy new pillow!

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial.

As always, if you have any questions, please email me and I will do my best to clarify.

Please come back next Sunday for the

Airmail Envelope Quilt ~ Part 3 


I will have some more envelope block fun for you here on my blog next week, too!


~ <3 ~