Pinwheels in the House Quilt

Hello! I’m Kaye from Miss Print and I am so happy to be here! This is my first project at the Bake Shop, but hopefully it won’t be my last! 

This quilt was inspired by my love of mixing different quilt blocks and techniques together. I thought to myself, hey wouldn’t it be fun to mix a pinwheel block with a log cabin block? And so Pinwheels in the House was born…get it? Pinwheels inside of a log cabin block…Pinwheels in the House? Gosh, I kill myself sometimes…okay, on to the tutorial!

1 charm pack – I’m using Verna by Kate Spain
1 honey bun – Also Verna by Kate Spain
4 jelly roll strips
1 1/4 yard for backing
1/2 yard for binding

We’ll begin by creating the pinwheel centres for each block:

Select 13 charm squares and cut each into four 2.5″ x 2.5″ squares. Divide into 25 sets of 2 matching squares (since you only need 25 sets you will have one set extra).

Cut your jelly roll strips into 2.5″ x 2.5″ squares. You will need 50 squares and each jelly roll strip will yield 16 squares. Pair up two of these squares with each of the sets that you cut above – each pinwheel will require two solid squares and two matching print squares.

On the back of each solid square draw a line down the middle.

Pair up one solid square and one print square right sides together. Sew a 1/4″ seam on either of the line you drew.

Cut down the middle of the block along your pencil line.

Press seams away from the solid half of the block and snip off the little pointed seam ends so that the block is square. Repeat with the other solid square and the matching print square. You should now have four matching half-square triangles measuring 2″ square.

Line up the squares as shown in the photo above.
 

Sew the two top squares together and the two bottom squares together. Once again, press your seams away from the solid side.

Sew the top and bottom pieces together along the long side and press your seams open. You now have a pinwheel centre for your block! Repeat with your remaining 24 sets of solids and prints.

Now it’s time to add our log cabin borders to the pinwheel centre:

Here are the cutting directions for your honey bun strips:

Cut 2 honey bun strips into 3.5″ pieces. Each strip will yield 12 pieces.
Cut 5 honey bun strips into 4.5″ pieces. Each strip will yield 9 pieces.
Cut 7 honey bun strips into 5.5″ pieces. Each Strip will yield 7 pieces.
Cut 8 honey bun strips into 6.5″ pieces. Each strip will yield 6 pieces.
Cut 5 honey bun strips into 7.5″ pieces. Each strip will yield 5 pieces.
Cut 1 honey bun strip into five 4.5″ pieces, one 5.5″ piece, and two 6.5″ pieces.
From one of the leftover pieces from cutting the 7.5″ pieces, cut one 3.5″ piece.

Separate the pieces into corresponding size piles. You should have 25 pieces each of the 3.5″ and 7.5″ pieces; and 50 pieces each of the 4.5″, 5.5″, and 6.5″ pieces.

Arrange the honey bun pieces around your pinwheel as shown above. I chose to match up the honey bun pieces with each pinwheel before I began sewing the log cabin borders to ensure the colour variation was nice from block to block.

Sew your 3.5″ piece on first to the top of the block. Press seam out from the centre.

Sew a 4.5″ piece to the right-hand side of the pinwheel. Press seam out from the centre.

Sew your second 4.5″ piece to the bottom of the pinwheel. Press seam out from the centre.

Sew a 5.5″ piece to the left-hand side of your block. Press seam out from the centre. You’re inner border is now done!

For the outer border, begin with your 5.5″ piece at the top and work in the same clockwise fashion as you did for the inner border. Press all seams out from the centre.

Look at that – your block is done! Repeat the above steps with the rest of your 24 pinwheels and honey bun pieces.

Layout your blocks in a 5×5 grid and sew together to create your quilt top!

Sandwich it up, baste, quilt, bind… and you’re finished!

One 35×35″ quilt perfect for cuddling a new baby, using as a play mat for a toddler, or draping as a stroller quilt.

Kaye Prince

Spring T-Shirt Tutorial



White t-shirt
3 – different strips of fabric from a Honey Bun
3 – different 3 x 3″ fabrics
3 – buttons
needle and thread


From your three honey bun strips, iron in half length wise.

Pick three coordinating pieces of fabric.

Cut 1 – 3 x 3″ square out of each fabric. (This really does not need to be out of matching fabric, because you wont see it.)

Draw 3 different size circles on each of them. The sizes of the circles are 1 1/2″, 1 1/4″ and 1″. I found that the tops and bottoms of medicine bottles worked great.

Fold the edge of your fabric over onto the back about 1/4″ and start sewing. It’s hard to tell from the picture but the stitching is on the very edge of the fabric, only about 1/8″ in. Note – the raw edges of the fabric are on the inside touching the circle, and the fold is on the outside.

Sew a little less than 1/2″ and then stop. Raise your presser foot and do a 1/4″ pleat as close to the front of the presser foot as you can get. Sew until you’ve done 2 or 3 stitches in the pleat and then repeat, keeping fabric on the outside of the circle.

It should start looking like this.

Keep repeating until you’ve gone completely around the circle and about 1/2″ over the start of the circle. Now start working your way inwards. Start moving the fabric in about 1/4″ or less and keep repeating the pleats. Do this until you reach the inside of the circle and the majority or all of the background fabric is covered.
When you reach the inside of the circle and you’re ready to finish cut the fabric about 1/4″ from the end and tuck if under and stitch. Remember the middle doesn’t need to look perfect because it will have a button, and that button can be as big as you want it. 🙂

Not the greatest picture, but your flower should resemble this.

Now cut the excess fabric off of the back, around the stitching.

Sew a button onto the front of the flower. Place the flowers where you want them on the t-shirt and pin. With a needle and matching thread start sewing the flowers onto the t-shirt. Note – at first I did this with the knots on the inside of the shirt, but on the others I made I put the knots on the flowers, and tried to cover them by stitching them in between the rows. I was worried the knots would bother my daughter when they rubbed against her skin.


One super cute Spring / Easter T-shirt for your favorite little girl!
Come over and visit me at my blog – Our Cozy Nest, I’m having a little giveaway!

Bunny Eggs

Create some pretty bunny eggs that you can use year after year in your home decor for Easter.  This is a great project to do with your kids, grandkids, etc.  Adult supervision may be required.


1 Honey Bun – featured Verna by Kate Spain
Mod Podge
Paper Mache Eggs or Styrofoam eggs
Large paint brush
Scissors
Plastic table cover (one you can throw away)


1. Put all your eggs in one basket or bowl for easy access.  The next steps can get very messy so this is very helpful when you are in the middle of it.  I used two different size eggs.  Jumbo Eggs and regular size.

2. On the Jumbo eggs… apply a coat of Mod Podge in an area and then apply a honey bun strip on the coated area.

3. Working around the egg, continue to apply the Mod Podge, then a strip of fabric, then more Mod Podge on top to help seal the fabric on the egg.

4. Continue adding strips wrapped around the egg until all the egg is covered.  In the end you have some very colorful Jumbo eggs.

5. For the smaller eggs, cut the honey bun strip into 1/2″ sections for easy application.

6. Following the instructions above, apply Mod Podge, then a fabric strip, then Mod Podge again on top of the fabric. 
7. Continue until the egg is completely covered.  Please note… adult supervision may be required. 🙂
Beautifully decorating fabric bunny eggs to decorate your house with.
Hope you all have a wonderful Easter!

Verna’s Cutting Garden Tablerunner


I do think that Verna is my new best friend! After so much cold and snow here in Nebraska, everyone you talk to is ready for a much needed dose of spring.
(Note the snow on the lawn in my picture.)
As soon as I saw the Verna collection, I instantly thought of fresh flowers, just waiting to be cut for a bouquet. No matter the season in your neck of the woods, you can bring a dose of spring inside.
Enjoy – Julie Geiger
Find kits for this project and plenty of inpsiration at:

http://www.prairiepointjunction.com/
http://www.woolfeltcentral.blogspot.com/


Makes 1 Runner, 18″ x 36″
1 Verna Charm Pack
(Or if you collect jelly rolls – 1 jelly roll will make 4 runners – just add border and binding accordingly)
1/2 yard Clover Bella Solid for Inner Border and Binding
5/8 yard Verna Print for Backing


1. Choose 40 charm squares (5″ x 5″). A charm pack usually has 42 squares. You can go ahead and cut all 42, that will give you a few extra choices for color selection.

2. Cut each charm square in half to create two pieces each 2 1/2″ x 5″. I find that I can stack about 4-6 charms to cut at once. Cut as many layers at once as you feel you can accurately handle.

3. From each charm square, cut ONE of the 2 1/2″ x 5″ rectangles into two squares, each 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″. This will give you a total of eighty 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ squares.

4. Cut the remaining 2 1/2″ x 5″ rectangle into one 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ rectangle and one 2 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ rectangle. This will yield forty rectangles of each size. The 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ rectangles will be used for this project. Set aside the 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ rectangles to use for another project.

5. Your charm pack stack should now look like this:

6. Choose three of the 2 1/2″ squares to sew together side by side. Mix up the colors and patterns for each set. Make 10 sets of three squares. This unit should now measure 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″.

7. Choose two of the 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ rectangles to sew together end to end. Mix up the colors and patterns for each set. Make 20 sets of two rectangles. This unit should now measure 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″.


8. Select two units made from the 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ rectangles and one unit made from the 2 1/2″ squares. Arrange units as shown below.

9. Join the units together to form a block.


10. The block should now measure 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″. Make a total of 10 blocks.


11. Arrange the blocks in 2 rows of five blocks each. Rotate every other block a quarter turn to alternate the position of the blocks and add interest to your design.


12. Sew blocks into rows, then join the rows together. Unit should measure 12 1/2″ x 30 1/2″.


13. Cut three clover green strips 1 1/2″ x approximately 42″ for inner border.

Measure the length of the runner. Cut two border strips to this length. (Measurement should be 30 1/2″).
Sew border strips to sides of the runner.
Measure the width of the runner. Cut two border strips to this length. (Measurement should be 14 1/2″).
Sew border strips to the ends of the runner.


14. Choose 16 of the 2 1/2″ squares to form the side border. Sew squares side by side. Unit should measure 2 1/2″ x 32 1/2″. Make two units. Sew to sides of the runner.

Choose 9 of the 2 1/2″ squares to form the end border. Sew squares side by side. Unit should measure 2 1/2″ x 18 1/2″. Make two units. Sew to ends of the runner.

15. Runner should now measure 18 1/2″ x 30 1/2″.

Layer runner top with batting and backing.
Quilt as desired. I quilted 1/4″ inside the center square of the block and 1/4″ around the inside edge of each block. I also quilted two straight lines 1/4″ away from the inner green border, and 5/8″ from the outside edge of the runner (to accomodate for the binding).

16. Cut three clover green strips 2 1/2″ x approximatley 42″ for binding. Join strips together diagonally end to end. Fold strip lengthwise with wrong side together, press. Sew raw edges to edge of runner, mitering corners. Bring folded edge around to back of runner. Hand tack in place on back of runner.

17. Enjoy the first signs of spring!

1 runner approximately 18″ x 36″.

Like what you see? You can order a kit for this project on our website at http://www.prairiepointjunction.com/. See other projects and inspiration on my blog at http://www.woolfeltcentral.blogspot.com/

Thanks for sewing with me . . .

Easy as Cake


Hi! My name is Konda Luckau from Moose on the Porch Quilts. I love making quilts that are quick and easy, and I love how precuts speed up the quilting process. Kate Spain’s new line Verna is perfect for chasing away winter. I almost changed the name of the quilt to “Tut Tut Looks Like Spring,” but I got a blank stare in response, I left the original name. In case you also have a blank stare, it is a play on Winnie the Pooh and what I was thinking as I was photographing this wonderfully spring looking quilt in the snow.

This pattern would look great with absolutely any layer cake. What about A Breath of Avignon or Oz with white sashing, Butterfly Garden or Looking Back with tan sashing, Blush with light pink sashing, or Attitude Girls with black sashing? I think I might need to make another one.

1 Layer Cake
3 1/2 yards for Sashing and Borders
6 yards for Backing
3/4 yard for Binding


1) Take your layer cake and separate it into three groups: 30 squares to use as the blocks, 5 squares to use as the sashing posts, and 7 squares that aren’t used. (The 7 squares not to use was the hardest pile for me to make.)


2) Take the 5 blocks for the sashing and first cut 2″ off one side. Cut the remaining 8″ x 10″ rectangle in half horizontally and vertically as shown below.

Now there are 20 — 4″ x 5″ sashing posts and 5 — 2″ x 10″ strips set aside for the 2nd border.


3) Take the 30 squares for the blocks and cut 2″ off one side.

Now there are 30 — 8″ x 10″ blocks and 30 — 2″ x 10″ strips set aside for the 2nd border.


4) Take the yardage for the sashing and borders. Cut the following:
  • Seven 4″ strips for sashing
  • Five 5″ strips for sashing
  • Eight 3 1/4″ strips set aside for the 1st border
  • Eight 5″ strips set aside for the 3rd border

5) Take the 5″ sashing strips. Subcut into 24 — 5″ x 8″ horizontal sashing rectangles.

Take the 4″ sashing strips. Subcut into 25 — 4″ x 10″ vertical sashing rectangles.


6) Lay out the quilt 6 blocks across and 5 blocks down as shown below.


7) Assemble the quilt center.

8) For the 1st border, take the eight 3 1/4″ strips. Sew them into 4 double strips. Sew one onto the left side of the quilt and another onto the right side of the quilt. Then sew one onto the top of the quilt and the last one onto the bottom of the quilt.

9) For the 2nd border, take the 35 — 2″ x 10″ strips. Sew them randomly into 4 sets of 8 strips so there are 4 long skinny strips for the 2nd border. (You will not use 3 of the 2″ x 10″ strips.) First sew on the left and right borders, then sew on the top and bottom borders.

10) For the 3rd border, take the eight 5″ strips. Sew them into 4 double strips. First sew on the left and right borders, then sew on the top and bottom borders.

11) Quilt as desired and bind as shown below. You will need nine 2 1/2″ strips for the binding.


One 82″ x 85″ Queen size quilt perfect to put on a bed, take on a picnic, or give as a wedding present for someone special.

Skinny Verna

Skinny Verna 9″ X 30.5″
By: Vickie E
• Moda Charm pack Verna sku#27000PP
• or  Jelly Roll Verna sku#27000JR
• or Honey Bun strips/scraps Verna sku#27000HB
• 1/3 yard Moda Bella Solid White border  and binding sku#9900-11
• cotton batting  11″ X 32″
• 1/3 yard backing sku#2708 14 budding green

Cut 40 pieces 5 inches X 1.25 inches. It is not critical for all the strips to be the same width and variations of width will make your runner much more interesting! I used scraps of Verna leftover from a jelly roll.
Arrange the strips in the order that you would like them to appear.
Sew them side to side as shown.
Continue sewing a strip of the 40 pieces approximately  5 inches X  31 inches.
This becomes your center.
Again the length of your center strip will vary depending on the width of your scrap strips.
Measure your center strip to determine the length of your border.
Cut 2 border fabrics 2.5 inches X approxiamately 31 inches /or your measurement.
Sew borders to the long sides.

Your runner will measure about 9.5″ X  31″.
Layer, quilt and bind.
I quilted my runner with a 1/4 inch width of plain straight stitch.
I was trying a technique to create a more modern look. I also machine stitched my entire binding. Having done the entire piece by machine allowed me to create this in about 3 hours. The quilting took THE most time. I had no idea that straight stitching could take so long. The effect was worth it to me.
TIPS:
Change your center strips to a different fabric line or use your Moda scrap bags/boxes and mix lines! Here are some ideas: Fresh Cotton, Frolic, Make Life, and Botany.
Use a grey,green or black solid to create a totally different look.
Roll it up and place it in a basket as part of a housewarming gift!
A Skinny Verna Table Runner
9″ X 30.5″
I hope this has inspired you to create today!!
Vickie E

Quilted Ironing Board Cover

Hi! My name is Jenny and I am so excited to be a designer here at the Bake Shop! This is my first recipe.

If your ironing board cover is dull as dishwater, it may be time to spruce it up! I guarantee ironing will be a little more fun when you have something pretty to iron on, like Kate Spain’s gorgeous Verna line.

1 Jelly Roll – Verna by Kate Spain

2 Yards of Muslin

Luna Batting – Crib Size

3 Yards of 1/2″ Wide Ribbon

Coordinating Thread

* Note: all seams are 1/4″

1. Sew three jelly roll strips right sides together along long sides. Press. Repeat with three additional jelly roll strips.

2. Layer pieced jelly roll strips right sides together. Stitch along each long end to create a tube.

3. With a 10″ square ruler (or 10″ square template made of posterboard), cut tube into 5 blocks as pictured:

4. Press blocks open.

5. Repeat Steps 1-4 four more times for a total of 5 tubes and 25 blocks.

6. Arrange blocks into a grid of 3 blocks across and 8 blocks down. You will have one leftover block from Step 5. Sew the blocks into rows, then join the rows together. Press well.

7. Lay your pieced quilt top right side down on the floor. Place your ironing board on top. Add 3.5″ to the perimeter of the ironing board. Trace. Cut along traced line.

8. Cut batting and muslin to match quilt top. Sandwich batting between muslin and quilt top. Baste and quilt as desired.

9. Serge, pink, overcast, or zig-zag perimeter to prevent fraying.

10. Press and pin perimeter 3/4″ to the wrong side. Edge stitch perimeter to create a channel for the ribbon drawstring. Be sure to leave a 3″ opening in the back of the cover to thread ribbon!

11. On the center back of quilt top (directly above 3″ opening), sew a buttonhole parallel to stitched line. Slice open with an X-acto knife.

12. Thread ribbon through button hole and entire ironing board channel. Hand stitch 3″ opening closed, leaving only enough room for threaded ribbon. Place quilted cover on ironing board. Pull ribbon snugly and tie in a bow!

One sassy ironing board cover!

Enjoy!