Today The Fat Quarter Shop is releasing a new, FREE, easy and fast quilt tutorial called Jolly Bar Bon Bons. It uses 1 jolly bar (or half of a layer cake) and a bit of yardage to make a fun and easy quilt. I used Garden Variety by Lella Boutique as well as trusty Bella 97 for background. I had a bit of fun practicing some free motion quilting and I love how it turned out.
I don’t particularly care for square quilts so I added an extra row to make it rectangular and an easier size to gift. This one went to my mom and I can now say that every single family member (my sisters, my husbands sisters, my husband, my dad, my mom, my boys) all have a handmade quilt by me! It was so fun to gift to my mom. She is a quilter so I hoped she’d appreciate the extra detail and time it took to do the free motion quilting.
If you are hoping to make one of your own, you can find the free tutorial on The Fat Quarter Shop blog, the Jolly Jabber.
Each year I set a goal for myself to try something fabric related that is new to me. Sometimes the things I try I end up hating. Sometimes they are a total flop. Other times, I do something that turns out to be so fun and liberating and enjoyable that I want to keep making it over and over again. This is the case with these fun espadrille shoes. I bought a kit from Melissa at A Happy Stitch. I cannot believe the attention to detail she puts in to each kit. It was really like opening up a present to myself. The instructions are easy to follow and everything is included to make these adorable shoes. I started off with a wedge kit and have since purchased a kit to make myself some flats for the summer. I get compliments every time I wear my wedges to church and it never gets old to be able to say, “Thank you. I made them!” If you’re looking for something to ignite the creative spark, I cannot recommend these shoes enough.
Moda Bake Shop is hosting such a fun holiday quiltalong right now. They post a new block every single day that will turn into a fun Christmas sampler quilt. The instructions for each block are given in 6″ and 12″ sizes, so it is a great resource for blocks for swaps or other things! I designed this present block for the quiltalong. I am not going to lie, I have big plans for this block, once Christmas sewing calms down and I can dive in head first. For the instructions, head on over to Moda Bake Shop blog!