Mar 012012
 

Did any of y’all have an Easy Bake Oven growing up? I absolutely LOVED mine. I was making cakes all the time even making them for neighbors on their birthdays. And although they weren’t the best cakes ever, I was so proud of them! The Easy Bake got me started and my love for baking grew from there.

It’s so fitting that the first quilt I ever made and finished was the Easy Bake by Cluck Cluck Sew.

Easy Bake Quilt

This quilt, quite honestly, could not have been easier. One – you can use a layer cake which means half the work is already done for you.

For those who don’t know, a layer cake is 10″ by 10″ squares of fabric from an entire collection. You usually get a couple of squares of each fabric in the collection. We have several in the shop now under Precuts & Fat Quarters. They really do make things a whole lot easier when making a quilt.

And two – you can stack up several layer cake squares and cut them all out once, yes! I’m all about saving time and getting to the sewing!

The most time-consuming part for me was trying to figure out which fabrics to use for the individual blocks. For this one, I kept most of the red, purple, and green fabrics in one block set and the blues in another. Then it was just a matter of spacing the blues throughout the quilt so they didn’t get bunched up.

For the back, I used Kona Solid in White and a charm pack from the same collection.  A charm pack is the same as a layer cake only it’s 5″ square rather than 10″ squares.

Easy Bake Quilt Back

I kept the quilting pretty simple. I just lined the edge of my presser foot up against a seam and sewed a straight line on either side of the seam. Anywhere there was a seam, I sewed my straight lines.

Easy Bake Quilting

Although the quilting was pretty easy, I love how it looks on the back.

Easy Bake Quilt Back

Truth be told, I have yet to actually stray from straight-line quilting yet but I’m working up the nerve.

I’ve got one more finished project to share, a rag quilt that turned out pretty cute and some strip quilts that are just about finished.  Other than that, I’m still chugging along on my Swoon quilt for the Swoon-Along although I’ve run out of Kona Snow and it won’t be back in stock until next week – boo! And I cut some fabric for my third Schoolhouse Tunic .. yep, I said third! My love for the Schoolhouse will need a blog post of its very own.

I would love to know what y’all are working on and whether or not I’m the only one with project-ADD? I mean seriously .. it’d be great if I could just focus on one project at a time but that’s just not happening!

xo, Jen

 

Sep 022009
 

I have said before that I love charm packs.  They are packs of 5 inch squares made from the entire collection of a particular line of fabric.  The packs usually contain around 40 squares.  The cost is generally about $8 and gives you a nice sampling of the line of fabric.  Obviously, you can also use the charm packs, but a lot of people are at a loss as to what the heck they are supposed to do with these little squares of heaven.  Here are a few ideas:

Little Charms

  • Arrange and rearrange all the pretty squares of fabric (just for entertainment)
  • Camera Strap Cover (just blogged about that)
  • Cards (visit Craft Apple‘s blog)
  • Little Girl Skirts
  • Little Girl Pants
  • Little Girl Pinafore Top
  • Dish Towels (jazz up plain ol’ towels)
  • Quilts  (TONS of patterns out there using charms & combos of precuts)
  • Apron (pieced diagonally – seriously cute!)
  • Tote Bag
  • Pincushions
  • Patchwork Memo Board (Just saw this on Moda Bake Shop!)
  • Yo-yos
  • Notebook Covers
  • Patchwork Pillow cases
  • Applique Bibs
  • Applique or patchwork burp cloths
  • Applique Onesies
  • Applique T-shirts
  • Applique Pants
  • Patch holes in Pants
  • Patchwork placemat
  • Decoupage furniture
  • Decoupage picture frame
  • Decoupage mirror frame
  • Patchwork Scarf
  • Patchwork anything and everything you could possibly think of sewing.

So that last one is totally cheating – but basically true.   :-)   Also be sure to check out Moda Bake Shop.   They have tons and tons of ideas for precut fabrics (not just charms).

Jan 272009
 

The path to becoming a precut junkie is an easy road to take.  I resisted at first – but now I’m on the path and I am here to stay.  Honestly, it took me a while to warm up to the little sweets -but now I love them so!  Let’s do a quick lesson for those of you, who like me, are new to the precut world.  These pictures are from Lila Tueller’s newest collection, Soiree.  The precuts are here and the yardage should arrive next month!

The Jelly Roll:

This sweet little bundle contains 40 2 1/2 inch strips from the collection. That’s about 3 yards of fabric – and you didn’t have to cut one single strip!!!!  Just imagine what a time saver that is for you!!!!  It’s huge.  :-)

And for those of you, who like me, are not avid quilters – there are other uses!   I plan to make Haley a strip work skirt with this little beauty!  Can you just imagine what a cute little spring outfit this is going to be?  I can’t wait.  (And if I can get my work done today, sewing this skirt is precisely how I plan to spend my evening!  And just FYI, it’ll make several skirts – you’ll just need yardage for the waist band and bottom ruffle if you choose!)

The Charm Pack:

Perfectly cut 5 inch squares!

PERFECTLY CUT! Now listen, I’m not so bad with my rotary cutter.  And I can get a few perfect 5 inch squares here and there- but to get the ENTIRE collection of fabric in perfect 5 inch squares….well that’s another story! Moda has made it so easy!

I love the charms.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE them!  I’ve made Haley skirts and jumpers – I’ve made patchfolio covers, quilt tops, and pincushions  I just love them!

The Layer Cakes:

Here we have 40 precut 10 inch squares.  What, oh what can you do?  A LOT!  Obviously you can leave them as 10 inch squares.  You can also cut them into 4ths for 5inch squares (aka 4 charm packs!), cut them diagonally once or twice,  cut strips, and the list goes on!

I can see these getting more use in my future, for sure!  In my opinion, if you don’t know exactly what you want to make, this is the perfect precut, because the possibilities of cuts from these squares are so great!  You can make it into charm packs, jelly roll strips, turnover triangles, etc. etc. etc.

At fall market, Moda introduced 2 new precuts as well.  I had a chance to talk with Mary Jacobson from Me and My sister Designs about these new precuts.  They are the Honey Bun and the Turnover.  I’m not sure why I didn’t order any while I was there.  That must have been before my precut understanding!  ;-)  So anyway, I don’t have them in stock, but watch for these to arrive as well!

The Honey Bun: precut 1 1/2 inch strips. (a smaller version of jelly roll love)

The Turnover: precut 6 inch triangles

There are a tons of quilt patterns that take advantage of precuts – and when using precuts, you have little or no cutting!  A huge huge time saver!!!  But remember, precuts are not just for quilting.  :-)  Also, I should mention that I am working (it seems like non stop) on making improvements to my website!  I added a new section just for precuts!!!  It’s not the biggest section yet, but I can guarantee that it’ll be growin’.

PS The cupcakes we made at my sewing group were from Sandi Henderson’s cupcake pattern.  They have sold out on my site, but will be restocked soon!