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Mermaid Quilt Quilt-along! Week 2

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WEEK 2: Mermaid applique block #1!
In week 1 we covered the gathering and cutting your fabrics. This week we begin appliqueing all the blocks! Since there is so much to applique for this quilt, I’ve broken down exactly how I do it for this first week. Then you can just rinse and repeat for the following weeks 😀



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1. Print & trim the pattern. Print off the pattern for this week’s block by clicking off the icon below. Be sure to print at 100% scale so it’s true to the actual size of the project.
Once it’s printed, trim off any of the margins that didn’t get printed on. This will make the next step much easier.
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2. Tape the pages. Each block in this project is made up of two pages, so this part’s simple. Just align the two pages together so the A1-A2 segments align. The paper should overlap just a bit. You can double-check your work by making sure the gray corners at the bottom and top of the page line up as well. When everything’s aligned, tape the pages together.



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3. Trace the design. Layer your fusible web over the paper pattern with the adhesive (bumpy) side down. The smooth, paper side of the fusible web should now be facing up. With a pencil, trace the lines from the design onto the fusible web. If you have trouble seeing the lines, you can consider moving to a light box, over a window, or even just working off of a lighter-colored table can help.



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4. Trim around the outlines. Generally cut out the shapes from the paper. If your mermaid and cameo are to be different colors, be sure to cut them out separately.



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5. Iron the fusible web. Place your fusible web with the tracing onto the back of your chosen fabric, the adhesive side facing the wrong side of the fabric. Fuse it in place with your iron using a medium heat and moving the iron around every few seconds until you have a complete bond. Repeat with the cameo piece as well if you’re using a different fabric.



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6. Cut the shapes. Allow the piece to cool for about 5-10 minutes, then cut out the shape. This is the part that can take some time. The pieces are detailed, so take it slowly and carefully.



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7. Prepare your background block. Take one of your 15½” x 15½” (A) blocks from Week 1 and fold it in half lengthwise and widthwise, creasing the folds with your fingers or the light touch of an iron. This will make creases as shown that point out the center of the block.



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8. Place & fuse the applique. Lay your cameo frame first onto the background block, using the creases to center it up horizontally and vertically. You’ll see most of the cameo frames have details on the bottom and top that mark the center, such as the little flower shape in the photo here. Once you have the frame all centered, place the mermaid inside. Smooth everything out, then press it lightly with your iron – heat for a few seconds at a time, then lift and move to another area to avoid shifting the applique.



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9. Stitch the edges. Of course there are loads of ways to finish off an applique, but the way I’ve chosen for this quilt is to do a basic zigzag stitch around the edge. After washing, the edges will get a little fuzzy, but aside from that I feel this method creates a very unnoticeable finish.
I set my machine to a stitch length of about 2 and a stitch width of 2-2.5. If you have an applique foot, now would be a good time to break it out as you’ll see here. Sew the zigzag around the edge of the applique so the outside of the zigzag lands in the background fabric and the inside edge lands in the applique fabric. If you get to a tight corner, don’t hesitate to stop and pivot your work so you can manage the curves more carefully. Keep going like this until you’ve sewn entirely around both the mermaid and her cameo frame.



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10. Finish the block. This is what your finished block should look like 🙂 It helps to give it one final press, as all of that zigzagging can sometimes warp the fabric a little. When you finish the block should still be 15½” x 15½”, but you can trim it if you need to.

That completes the first week of actual sewing! Pat yourself on the back ^-^ Next week we’ll be tackling a much easier block, so that’ll make a nice break from all the details of this one.


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Mermaid Quilt Quilt-along! It Begins!

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I made a new quilt this year! Specifically it was a birthday gift for my boyfriend’s co-worker’s daughter, a sweet little girl who is currently in love with mermaids! Since I just had a few weeks until her birthday, I thought I could make something simple out of some Disney Little Mermaid fabric. But sadly I couldn’t find any at my local Joann’s. So immediately I got an artistic itch and said that I would just draw my own mermaids! So here we have the result 😀 a simple and modern quilt made of 9 blocks: 5 of mermaids in their own unique cameo frames and 4 of different sea life.

Now that the quilt-along is over, you can download the whole pattern via .pdf here:

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My newest book! Quilting Simplified debuts!

Quilting Simplified: Fresh designs and easy instructions for beginners

Quilting Simplified: Fresh designs and easy instructions for beginners

Though my posts have been a little less frequent as of late, I do have something to show for it! Officially up for sale is my latest book, Quilting Simplified. It’s a great beginners book for those that want to give modern quilting a try but have been too intimidated to do so.

I’ve been quilting for nearly as long as I’ve been sewing, because it’s a great way to use up fabric scraps. When I decided to make my first quilt, I knew there was no way it was going to be as good as the experts, so I always kept my ears and eyes open for techniques that were beginner-friendly and foolproof. I’ve been using them for years to help me get the quilts I wanted without a lot of the headache. So in this book you’ll find all the skills you need to get started quilting, from the tried-and-true basics to underrated tips that shave hours off your sewing time.

Inside are 8 quilt projects with a modern, fresh feel. This type of style I think is great for beginners because mistakes can look purposeful and improvising is encouraged. If you’re more experienced and know exactly what you want, each project also comes with the fabric requirements to make the quilts in every other blanket size, from baby to king.

So if you’re still curious, you can check out more info about the book or see purchase details if you think it might be something for you 😀


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Nyan Cat Quilt Giveaway!

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Hello everyone!

I’m pleased to announce that on Saturday I met another one of my kiriban goals! This time for deviantArt pageviews: 123,456! A silly number, I know, but choosing a more even number like 150k or 200k seemed too far :B So, starting today, I’m holding another giveaway!

The winner of this giveaway will receive this handmade Nyan Cat quilt! You might recognize it from the Nyan Cat quilt-along I did last year. I knew as soon as I made it that I wanted to give it away as a prize, and now seemed like an ideal time because I have some current projects that are still a few weeks off from being ready to share.

Since the giveaway is due to my kiriban on DeviantArt, I’m actually hosting the giveaway there 🙂 So to get all the details and enter you’ll need to visit my DeviantArt page directly (and make an account if you don’t already have one). I just wanted all of my followers on here to get the heads up as well ^o^

Good luck to everyone who enters!


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The Nyancat Quilt-along FINAL WEEK!

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Today we’re finally finishing the quilt! The quilting always takes a while for me, but get ready, when you’re done you’re going to have a finished quilt on your hands!

If you need to catch up:
Week 1 we covered materials
Week 2 we did section C1 – the top left corner of the quilt
Week 3 we did section A1 – the top part of the quilt above the pop tart
Week 4 we did section C3 – the bottom left corner of the quilt
Week 5 we did section A3 – the top right corner of the quilt
Week 6 we introduced Nyan Cat’s feets – section B3 – the bottom stretch of the quilt
Week 7 we started on the pop tart – section A2 – the upper stretch of the pop tart
Week 8 we did a large chunk of the pop tart – section B1 – the square to the left of Nyan Cat’s head
Week 9 we did section B2 – Nyan Cat’s head
Week 10 we completed the last section – C2 – the rainbow trail 😀
and Week 11 we assembled the sections and prepared the quilt for quilting

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The Nyancat Quilt-along Week 11

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Today we’re finally putting together all of the sections ^-^ Then we move onto quilting the layers!
If you need to catch up:
Week 1 we covered materials
Week 2 we did section C1 – the top left corner of the quilt
Week 3 we did section A1 – the top part of the quilt above the pop tart
Week 4 we did section C3 – the bottom left corner of the quilt
Week 5 we did section A3 – the top right corner of the quilt
Week 6 we introduced Nyan Cat’s feets – section B3 – the bottom stretch of the quilt
Week 7 we started on the pop tart – section A2 – the upper stretch of the pop tart
Week 8 we did a large chunk of the pop tart – section B1 – the square to the left of Nyan Cat’s head
Week 9 we did section B2 – Nyan Cat’s head
and Week 10 we completed the last section – C2 – the rainbow trail 😀

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The Nyancat Quilt-along Week 10

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Today we’re doing the last section of the quilt! Section C2 – the rainbow!

If you need to catch up:
Week 1 we covered materials
Week 2 we did section C1 – the top left corner of the quilt
Week 3 we did section A1 – the top part of the quilt above the pop tart
Week 4 we did section C3 – the bottom left corner of the quilt
Week 5 we did section A3 – the top right corner of the quilt
Week 6 we introduced Nyan Cat’s feets – section B3 – the bottom stretch of the quilt
Week 7 we started on the pop tart – section A2 – the upper stretch of the pop tart
Week 8 we did a large chunk of the pop tart – section B1 – the square to the left of Nyan Cat’s head
and Week 9 we did section B2 – Nyan Cat’s head

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The Nyancat Quilt-along Week 9

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Today we’re tackling probably the hardest section of the quilt: B2 – Nyan Cat’s face!

If you need to catch up:
Week 1 we covered materials
Week 2 we did section C1 – the top left corner of the quilt
Week 3 we did section A1 – the top part of the quilt above the pop tart
Week 4 we did section C3 – the bottom left corner of the quilt
Week 5 we did section A3 – the top right corner of the quilt
Week 6 we introduced Nyan Cat’s feets – section B3 – the bottom stretch of the quilt
Week 7 we started on the pop tart – section A2 – the upper stretch of the pop tart
and Week 8 we did a large chunk of the pop tart – section B1 – the square to the left of Nyan Cat’s head

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The Nyancat Quilt-along Week 8

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Today we’re getting even more of the pop tart done 😀 We’re doing section B1, the area just to the left of Nyan Cat’s head.
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If you need to catch up:
Week 1 we covered materials
Week 2 we did section C1 – the top left corner of the quilt
Week 3 we did section A1 – the top part of the quilt above the pop tart
Week 4 we did section C3 – the bottom left corner of the quilt
Week 5 we did section A3 – the top right corner of the quilt
Week 6 we introduced Nyan Cat’s feets – section B3 – the bottom stretch of the quilt
and Week 7 we started on the pop tart – section A2 – the upper stretch of the pop tart

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The Nyancat Quilt-along Week 7

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Today we’re introducing even more colors and getting started on the pop tart! That is section A2, the long section of pop tart above Nyan Cat’s head ^-^
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If you need to catch up:
Week 1 we covered materials
Week 2 we did section C1 – the top left corner of the quilt
Week 3 we did section A1 – the top part of the quilt above the pop tart
Week 4 we did section C3 – the bottom left corner of the quilt
Week 5 we did section A3 – the top right corner of the quilt
and Week 6 we introduced Nyan Cat’s feets – section B3 – the bottom stretch of the quilt

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