Stellar Quilt from Fresh Fat-Quarter Quilts

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!

Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts from Amazon

Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts from Fat Quarter Shop

Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts from Andy

Making Tote Bags with Cricut Easy Press 2

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

With the Holiday season coming up, I wanted to showcase an easy project that might be fun for little ones to receive this year that uses the Cricut Easy Press 2. I wanted to make my boys some tote bags that they could use for whatever their hearts desired. I don’t know about the little ones in your life, but mine LOVE bags. They love having a way to carry around their treasures, stuffed animals, things they want to hide from their brother, you name it!

I started by searching the internet for SVG files. This is a specific file type that you can use to cut out designs on your Cricut Explore Air 2 or other Cricut cutter. It stands for scalable vector graphics, which is essentially design talk for simplified shapes that can be resized easily. I found a few that I thought my boys might like and from those they chose a Death Star and Pikachu.

We used my Cricut Explore Air 2 to cut out these files on Everyday Iron-on Vinyl by Cricut in their desired colors. Don’t forget to mirror your image when doing iron on!!! Then the magic happened. Guys, the Easy Press 2 is AMAZING! It is easy to use, has a clear display, and I could even do it one handed while holding my baby! 🙂 Cricut has a heat guide available on their website when using the Easy Press 2. You chose the base cloth and then it tells you exactly how to set up your Easy Press 2 for success.

We used these tote bags for trick or treating and I know they will be the best library bags ever. What would you use a tote bag for??

“I Smell Children” Doormat with Cricut Explore Air 2

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

Late last month I received a fun, new addition to our home. We have had so much fun getting to know and use our new Cricut Explore Air 2 machine. I have never used any sort of cutting machine before and it has really exceeded my expectations. I look forward to sharing projects in the future that work into the wheelhouse of sewing and quilting. Did you know you can use fabric that has been bonded and cut out shapes that way? Heat n bond lite is my usual go-to and I can’t even imagine how nice it will be to not have to cut out shapes by hand any more.

The first thing that I noticed about the Explore Air 2 is that it is very well thought out. Cricut has included everything you need to make a little sample project as you are setting up your machine for the first time. I love that this gives you the flexibility to test out the machine on something that you aren’t 100% emotionally committed to. If it goes wrong (which it won’t!) then it isn’t something you’ve spent money in materials to make.

For my first project, I wanted to make something for Halloween. I have loved paying a bit of attention to my front porch this past year and thought I’d make a new doormat. I found many, many wonderful existing tutorials on the “how to’s” of the actual stenciling and cutting out existing cricut designs, but I wanted a nod to a classic 90’s Halloween movie.

My husband helped me by creating a file I could use to cut out “I SMELL CHILDREN”. Once we had the file made, I found the Cricut Explore Air 2 to be very, very easy and straightforward to use. We used the weeding tools to peel out the letters, and then I followed the instructions I found on Everyday Jenny’s site.

I dont imagine this will be my last doormat. I LOVED making it and was giddy as I peeled off my template. Can you imagine how fun it would be to make one for every season or major holiday? For a $10 blank mat (I found mine at a popular orange colored home improvement store), your time, and your existing cricut machine, it makes a perfect porch refresh project.