Have you been bitten by the scrunchie bug like I have been?? I keep thinking I should *maybe* stop making them, but I also keep thinking of new ways to use different fabrics to make cute scrunchies…… so I guess I’ll never stop!
I recently made a fun set out of Riley Blake 1/8″ gingham fabrics. I think gingham is one of those styles that will never go out, or at least I hope not. It is such a classic pattern and is really versatile as a binding, quilt backing, feature fabric for a quilt top, hair accessory, basically anything!
For my scrunchies, I like to use the Martha Stewart tutorial (HERE) , which calls for essentially 3 1/2″ x 22″ of fabric plus 9″ of elastic. I bought a huge roll of elastic from amazon because it was cheaper than buying onesies twosies here and there. It makes it fun to feel a little like Oprah. “You get a scrunchie! You get a scrunchie!”
I used 1/8″ gingham in the following colors:
Navy, Gray, Lavender, Hot Pink, Coral, Yellow, Aqua, Teal, Black, Red, and Baby Pink
Now tell me. How do you feel about gingham? Is it an undying love or a trend you hope will fade?
I am so excited to be a part of Andy Knowlton’s book tour. Andy is the real deal. She is one of the kindest humans I have ever had the privilege of meeting and knowing. She is genuine and fun. Her curly hair is amazing and gives me hope that I can one day embrace mine with good results! 🙂
Andy has written her first book, Fresh Fat-Quarter Quilts. Guys…. it is AMAZING. There are so many books and patterns out there for yardage and precuts, but what is the first thing we all gravitate towards in a fabric shop? FAT QUARTERS! What is the hardest thing to actually cut into and use? FAT QUARTERS! Andy has broken her book down based on how many fat quarters each quilt requires. It. Is. Genius.
I had a hard time picking just one quilt to make, but I finally settled on her Stellar Quilt.
This quilt uses fat quarters for the background AND for the stars. I looooooved coming up with a plan for this quilt. I settled on using my favorite low volumes with pink and different pinks for the stars. This makes my pink-loving heart sing. It is such a fun quilt. This quilt finishes as a really good sized kid quilt. It’s the perfect size for snuggles or dragging around everywhere or an extra layer for cold nights.
This quilt uses 12 fat quarters. 9 for the background and 3 for the stars. I am pretty sure most of us could make this quilt several times over and still not make a dent. It is a fast quilt and if you have a little one who “needs” a gift for this holiday season, this quilt would be perfect!
Over the next few weeks, several other quilters will be blogging about their quilts from Andy’s amazing book. Be sure to tune in on instagram and on their blog’s to get more of a preview of Andy’s book!
If you’re interested in snagging yourself a copy (you should!), you can find it on Amazon (affiliate link), Fat Quarter Shop, or directly from Andy herself!
Last July after I finished my gorgeous, glorious, rainbow-tastic Bow Tie quilt, I had the idea to submit it as an idea for a pattern to Make Modern Magazine. I had been trying to be more bold in getting my ideas out there and the worst they could say was no (which they did not!!). This beautiful quilt was made with the help of my BFF Birthday Bee mates, who made about 1/3 of the blocks of this quilt following my request for low volume (whether whisper quiet or I don’t have an inside voice low volume) and any color but brown for the print. They did such a stunning job. I filled in the rest of the blocks with prints from my stash to create this one of a kind quilt. We love this quilt so much, we used it in our family photos taken last year. It adds just the perfect touch of personalization we were hoping for.
I also submitted an idea to Make Modern about writing an article about the impact of using just one, simple quilt block to create a stunning quilt. They liked that idea as well. I am so happy to say that my article, One Block Wonder, as well as the pattern for this Epic Bow Tie quilt are both in issue 22!
Last Friday I received the huge, surprise honor of seeing my quilt on the cover of the magazine when they posted it on Instagram. I never, ever imagined I’d ever make anything that was magazine cover worthy and I feel so humbled to have my quilt featured there. Head to www.makemodern.com.au to purchase issue 22 and if you do so before May 6th, use the code MM22 to bring the price to $6AUD. There are over 120 pages worth of amazingly inspiring things in this issue!
The moral of the story is don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. Sometimes the answer is no, but sometimes the answer is yes and you learn a lot during the process and realize you love writing quilt articles and patterns!!