Patchwork Heart Baby Quilt

My daughter’s teacher recently announced that she was having a baby.  That day, Penny came home asking if we could make a baby quilt for her. I told her that she had to do some investigating first and find out what colors her teacher was planning on using the in nursery.  She came home the very next day with all the details.  The room would be mostly white with touches of grey and pink.

She had also decided that we should make a heart quilt.  So we started looking through my pink stash and chose a bunch of prints that she liked.  She especially liked the fabrics with a little metallic so there are a couple of those in there.  Then she decided on solids for the background.  We decided to use up all my scraps of various shades of grey to do that. I cut all the fabrics into 3 1/2″ squares and then gave Penny a layout that I had created in EQ7.

I told her to look at the layout and count how many greys she needed to go across the top and put them on the design wall.  I suggested that she try to scatter the prints and shades evenly so that they were spread throughout the quilt.  She looked at the diagram and was able to lay the whole top out by herself without a problem. I think she did a good job mixing up the prints and colors.  I then sewed the top together for her in the order that she had chosen.  And I quilted it to her specifications–a stipple with a hidden quilted heart.

I made the quilt now because the next couple of months are going to be busy and I wanted to make sure we got this done before the end of the school year.  Silly me, I wasn’t thinking.  There was no way that Penny could wait that long to give the quilt to her teacher.  She brought it into school yesterday and was very happy to present it to her teacher.

Feel free to use our layout if you’d like to make a quilt. It finishes at 39″ x 42″.  It’s a nice baby size and the bonus…you don’t need to piece the back!  Woo hoo!  I love that about baby quilts.

 

 

Tell Me A Story Holiday Sewalong!

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You are invited to join my Tell Me A Story holiday sewalong! First off, credit where credit is due, this sewalong was inspired by my fellow guild member’s blocks.  Colleen made a Christmas themed Tell Me A Story block and the wheels started turning!

Here’s the idea.  Use the Tell Me A Story quilt block pattern found in my book, Intentional Piecing.  This time, we are going to tell holiday stories with our fabric selections!  Mine are very Christmas themed but feel free to simply go with a winter theme if you do not celebrate Christmas.

Tell Me A Story holiday block by Amy Friend

Here’s an example.  This little girl is happily skating around the pond, putting on an amazing performance, for her audience of snowmen that she built earlier that afternoon.  The stories can be simple or you can go crazy and name your characters, etc.  It’s completely up to you!

Because most of us are so busy this time of year, I thought pillows might be an obtainable goal.

Tell Me A Story Holiday Pillow by Amy Friend

For one 18″ finished pillow cover:

Supplies:

Intentional Piecing by Amy Friend

assorted holiday scraps for fussy cuts and borders

1/8 yard fabric for inner corners

1/2 yard fabric for outer corners

18 1/2″ square fusible fleece

5/8 yard fabric for pillow backing

18″ pillow form

optional 16″ invisible zipper

Project Directions:

Make 9 Tell Me A Story blocks found on page 27.

Assemble in a 3 x 3 grid.

Fuse pillow front to fleece and quilt.

Finish pillow following instructions on pages 56 and 57.

Feel free to make more than one pillow…they are addictive! I made these two and have one more in the works!  I will be sharing my blocks on Instagram and here on the blog, as well.  I hope you will join in!

Tell Me A Story Holiday Pillow by Amy Friend

To enter, simply share the Tell Me A Story Holiday announcement that I am sharing on IG today.  No purchase necessary.  For additionally entries, share each block and tell your story!  Always use the hashtag #tellmeastoryholiday because it is from that hashtag that I will draw 4 lucky winner’s names on December 31st.

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Thanks to our sponsors, the winners will win one of the following prizes:

A fat quarter bundle of Snow Day by Maude Asbury from the Fat Quarter Shop.
A fat quarter bundle of awesome striped fabric from Sew Me A Song which just happens to give you a really great start should you want to sew my Crazy Eights quilt (also found in the book).
An assorted color bundle of 16″ invisible zippers from Zipit, perfect for finishing your pillows (because remember, they don’t have to be done to win!).
A box of Pat Sloan’s Perfect Colors thread from Aurifil–12 spools in 50 weight–perfect for piecing or quilting!

I hope you are excited to play along. These blocks are paper pieced but suitable for the beginner.  I walk you step by step through making them in the book, including fabric placement, with color photos.  Enter as many times as you wish with as many blocks and/or finished pictures as you wish. Each tagged picture is an entry.  Most importantly, have so much fun digging through your stash and telling stories!

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Correspondence Tote

Correspondence Tote by Amy Friend

I made this bag as a Quilt Market sample for Tim Holtz’s booth out of his new Correspondence collection.  The blues in the collection just begged to be paired with denim!  I created a simple tote with slightly rounded corners. I really like the shape.  I used the plus block and made it pretty small–3″ finished blocks.  There were A LOT of seams and thick ones at that with the denim!

Correspondence Tote by Amy FriendI made a second version too where I arranged the pluses into a medallion.

Correspondence Tote by Amy Friend

I added a little hand stitching on this one, to accentuate the print that I also used for the handles. I like that touch!

This collection has just started shipping to stores!

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