Jandi in Stitches

Sewing projects, ideas, successes, and utter failures.

NEW BLOG, NEW GIVEAWAY February 21, 2010

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I have recently changed addresses.  Please visit me at my new blog and enter to win my giveaway!


A New Pattern Company and a giveaway February 20, 2010

Amber has a pattern company called Gigi’s Thimble and is giving away patterns this week!  She is amazing, so head on over to her blog and get yourself entered!


Hot Pad Tutorial November 9, 2009



I made this matching set today.  You can click on the Free Tutorials tab above to find the link for the oven mitt.  This hot pad was also very easy.  You can use your own block pattern or follow my tutorial for my block.





Cut one 6″ square for center of block.

Cut four 3′” squares for corners of center block.








Sew 3″ squares to your larger square from corner to corner as shown.  You can mark lines to follow with a fabric pencil but I am lazy and didn’t bother.








Cut the excess triangles from each corner leaving a quarter inch seam allowance.

















Cute two 1″ x 6″ and two 1″ x 7″ strips for the inner border.  Sew on the 6″ long strips to opposite sides.  Press.  Then sew on the 7″ strips to the two remaining sides.  Press.  Trim off any excess.








Cut two 3″ x 7″ and two 3″ by 10″ strips from the outer border fabric (I used the same fabric as the inner triangles).  Sew on the short strips first.  Press.  Then sew on the long strips.  Press.  Trim excess.








Layer finished block, Insul-bright, and backing in a quilt sandwich.  Baste as desired (I didn’t bother since they were so small.).  I used my walkingfoot to quilt a quick grid pattern.








Once your block has been quilted, trim the excess.  Cut one 2 1/2″ by width of fabric (usually about 44″) for binding your hot pad.  Use the double binding method as you would on any quilt.








Wrap up your completed set for a great gift this season or enjoy them in your own kitchen.


Blogland Giveaway October 19, 2009

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Brenda over at Pumpkin Patch Primitives Quilt Shoppe is giving away a Fat Quarter Bundle of Red Rooster’s Pumpkins & Spice Fabrics by Whimsicals.  That’s 27 fat quarters!  Awesome!  These fabrics are sooo delicious!  Go over and get yourself entered and check out Brenda’s fabulous blog!



Finished! October 17, 2009

Just pulled this little beauty from the dryer.  I’m very happy with the way it turned out.  Unfortunately, my camera died after the first picture and I don’t have time to head over to the store before the baby shower.


You can view the free tutorial here.


Blogland Giveaway

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Sew Cindy is giving away a great kit for a quilt top on her blog.  I hope I win, but if not, maybe one of you will.  Go get yourselves entered!



Scrap Quilt Tutorial October 15, 2009


Monday night I came home from work, checked my email, and found an invitation to a baby shower waiting in my inbox.  Oh good, I get to make a baby quilt!  Oh crap, the shower is THIS Saturday!  Ack!  Not only am I now working full time, I also only have a few days to sew a quilt top and get it quilted.  And there is that pesky problem of being flat broke…

So, after much deliberation, and searching through all of my scraps, I came up with this quilt top.  It isn’t anything special but it was a great use of scraps and I think it turned out fine.  So I’ve decided to share it with you all.  Here goes:

Materials for top:

1 charm pack or 36- 5 inch squares in various coordinating prints

1/3 yd. for inner border

2/3 yd. for outer border

Step One:

Lay out 36 five inch squares six rows with six squares in each row.  Sew rows together with 1/4″ seams.


Step Two:

Press.  Press all seams down on first strip and all seams up on second strip.  Continue alternating pressing on each strip.


Step Three:

Pin strips together and sew with 1/4″ seams.  Press.


Step Four:

Cut border into four 2 1/2″ x 44″ strips.  Sew one strip on each side.  Trim and press.


Step Five:

For outer border, follow same steps as for inner border but make strips 5 inches wide.  Sew, trim, and press.


And now you have your quilt top finished.  I hope that was simple enough.  I made this entire baby quilt using the leftover fabric from the quilt I made for my mom recently (see it here).  I only had to purchase the fabric for the inner border.  I think this would be cuter with an actual charm pack which would give a better variation of light and dark fabrics.  It would probably also help if I quit taking pictures at night because it always makes the colors look a bit funky!  LOL

I will post the finished quilt later this week!  Happy quilting!