Quilt Porch Parade Week 1

I decided to follow American Patchwork & Quilting’s suggestion and place a quilt out on my front porch daily for either as long as this isolation/quarantine lasts OR until I run of out quilts. I imagine we’ll be out of quarantine long before I run out of quilts, but only time will tell. It’s been really fun to share this side of me with my neighbors and also for me to see some of my old “friends” that usually live in a closet. I am going to post my weekly quilts here so I can keep a record for myself, but also as a great resource for long-forgotten patterns from talented pattern designers.

This is my take on Thimbleblossom’s Vintage Tulip quilt that I made 5ish years ago as a nod to my wedding bouquet.

Elizabeth Hartman’s bunnies were up next since we had just celebrated Easter. I love the solids and prints mixed in this fun one.

This is Half Dash made in confetti cottons by Riley Blake as well as Swiss Dots. It is a pattern I designed and is available in my Etsy shop.

This is Geo Weaver by Pen and Paper Patterns made in a variety of reds, pinks, and purples and quilted in rainbow hearts in neon pink thread. This is my favorite valentine’s day quilt.

My 8 year old got to pick out the quilt for Saturday and he chose his BB8 quilt. I love that he wanted to share this with everyone. The BB8 is a free pattern by @huntersds on instagram that I turned into a twin sized quilt.

I chose to put up my Dwell block swap quilt on Sunday. The center house has an embroidered panel that says “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” The blocks were all made when I swapped blocks with a group of friends in 2016.

Stay tuned for next week’s quilts and maybe the next. 🙂

Scaredy Cat Bats Quilt

Is it too early to be making Halloween quilts? I don’t think so! This year has been incredibly strange, to say the least, and it has helped me a lot to feel a sense of normalcy as I’ve been making quilts for upcoming holidays. Halloween is one holiday that seems to be overlooked as far as quilts are concerned. I have several Halloween quilts and plans to make several more. It’s a fun way to decorate for halloween without having to cover your house in fake cobwebs, unless that’s your thing and you like it! 🙂

I made a Bats quilt (by Cluck Cluck Sew) out of this super fun fabric line, Scaredy Cat, that is coming out into the world soon from Riley Blake Designs!

Amanda designed some really fun prints and also some great blender prints for this line. I focused a bit more on the “blender” prints and threw in a few fun ones to give it the child-like appeal I was looking for. I backed it in Blossom in Pumpkin, also by Riley Blake, and bound it in the amazing grid print from Scaredy Cat. Guys.

My kids LOVE this quilt. It is easily one of their favorites that I’ve made. Maybe it’s because there are bones on it. Maybe it’s because there are bats on it. Maybe it’s because it’s reminding them that Covid isolation will end someday and we’ll get to trick or treat and have fun.

Spread a little Joy with Cricut Joy Insert Cards

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cricut. All opinions are 100% mine.

This is such a weird, weird time in our lives right now. Many of us are feeling isolated, at home with family, some are alone. Life feels a bit overwhelming if we let it. It’s hard to get out of my own way and help others at times. I am so excited to share a fun project I made on my Cricut Joy with you today.

Cricut Joy is the newest (and smallest!) addition to the Cricut machine family. It is amazing what such a small machine can do! My family and I have had a fun time playing with it and doing different things over the past month. Today I’m going to share with you how to make a complex looking card which is actually quite simple, thanks to the Cricut Joy. Here’s what you’ll need:

Cricut Joy

Cricut Joy Card Mat

Cricut Joy Insert Cards, Princess Sampler

Cricut Joy Metallic Markers

Cricut Joy Starter Tool Set (if you have tools from a different Cricut machine, those will work just great)

Cricut Joy Tote (this is obviously optional, but it is SO wonderful for storing your Cricut Joy!)

To begin, you’ll need to set up your Cricut Joy and link it to your phone or iPad or tablet or computer via Bluetooth. This is extremely easy and Cricut has done a great job of including instructions on how to do that with the actual Cricut Joy packaging. You will also want to make sure you have downloaded Cricut Design Space, which is where you will find Cricut Joy insert card ideas and files for cutting.

Once in Cricut Design Space, you will want to filter the results in alllllll of Cricut Design Space to just those for “Cricut Joy Insert Cards” as shown in this screenshot.

I chose to make 3 different cards which I sent to 3 different people on the frontlines of this COVID-19 fight. For my NP neighbor, I made the “Hearts Rising” card. For my paramedic/firefighter neighbor, I made the “Out of this World”card. For my dear police officer friend, I made the “You Are My Hero” card. All 3 were incredibly easy to cut out and make. If you haven’t made any cards on the Cricut Joy yet, I recommend reading this awesome how-to created by the folks at Cricut to show you the process.

Remove the film on the Cricut Joy Card Mat, then place insert the plastic in between the two layers of your card. Push down on the front of the card so it adheres to the sticky part of the plastic. 🙂

For this demo, I made the “You Are My Hero” card. Choose that file in Cricut Design Space, and click “Make It” in the lower right hand corner. You will then be prompted to make the card, which does require you to start off with a Cricut Joy maker in the housing. I used a black marker, but a metallic marker would make this card stand out even more!

Once the machine is done drawing the outlines of all of the letters, it will prompt you to change out the marker and insert the blade. From there, the Cricut Joy will take over and cut this awesome card out for you. Use your tools to carefully weed all of the excess cardstock and then remove the card from the cutting mat.

Now comes the fun part! Insert the holographic piece behind the cutout, write your message inside, and voila! We are hooked on making card with the Cricut Joy. My boys picked out family members and sent them cards. You could send card to a nursing home nearby and thank the staff for their work. You could send a card to anyone. We all need a little Joy in our lives right now and sending a card can be that pick-me-up someone needs!