Pink Chevron Quilt

If someone mentioned chevrons to me a couple months ago, my first thought would have been this:

Although I’m not a traffic engineer, my day job involves public infrastructure which includes roadways and traffic signs.  FYI..this particular sign indicates a sharp turn in the road.

You can kinda guess where my train of thought was regarding chevrons, so when I saw a Pinterest post from a friend of mine regarding her chevron wall, I initially thought it was kinda odd that a traffic sign was being used as inspiration for home decor.  Then realized that it was a brilliant idea! Chevrons serve as inspiration for fabrics, rugs, home design, cards, scrapbooking, shoes and quilts!

Of course…QUILTS!  I just had to get to work on a chevron quilt when I first saw them on Pinterest, and started this project a few months before Lauren was born.

I’ve been meaning to do a blog on Lauren’s Chevron Quilt for some time now, but could never get the right picture to post. The quilt doesn’t seem to show up nicely in indoor photos, so I brought it outside.  I must say, this quilt looks a lot better in real life than on this blog.  Hmmm…not sure what I’m doing wrong with my pictures.  I either need a better camera (than my iPhone 4S) or I should take some photography classes.

I used the pink prints from Robert Kaufman’s “Pick a Bunch”  layer cake that I bought from Missouri Star Quilt Company, and a pink and grey print that I picked up from Walmart along with a white Kona solid for the zig-zag pattern.  The flower border also comes from the “Pick a Bunch” collection, that I bought separately at Sew Special on Maui.  The binding was a purple Kona fabric.

Here’s a close-up shot of the quilt…

I also got to play with my free-motion quilting foot, but only used it on the border.  The more I practice, the better I’ll get….but yay!  I love being able to do free-motion quilting!

If you’re a beginner quilter, like me, you may want to consider a chevron quilt for one of your first projects.  A chevron quilt is a great beginner’s project because it involves squares and triangles, and piecing them into a predictable pattern. Here’s a link to a great tutorial from The Crafty Traveler, entitled Chevron Quilt.

Enjoy! =)

DIY, quilting, Sewing, toddlers, Uncategorized

A New Diaper Bag! (With Link to Tutorial)

These past few weeks, I’ve been admiring a number of Vera Bradley tote bags at a store in our local mall.  Each time my husband and I would pass by the storefront, I’d often stop and tell him how much I like the vibrant colors and patterns, and the design of the bags.  They’re beautiful!  But I just couldn’t see myself buying one knowing that I could probably make it myself.  And so began my next challenge…a new diaper bag!

I made a diaper bag a few weeks ago using a tutorial from Moda Bakeshop. It had blues and greens in it, perfect for my son!  This time however, I decided to use fabrics in pink and yellow, and to use a tutorial from Andrea’s Originals.  It’s a more “boxier” style than my first diaper bag, but what I like about it are the pockets and that it’s much bigger.  I modified the size a bit to make a wider bag.  My finished bag measures 16″x12″x5″.

I started with these fabrics from Robert Kaufman’s “Free to Grow” collection by Nancy Mimms.

I already had the yellow fabric in my stash, but needed the others for the front and back pockets and the handles.  These fabrics were from Sew Special, one of our local fabric stores on Maui.  The girls there were great in helping me find what I needed!  What I don’t have pictured here is a hot pink gingham print that I used for my lining.

When I pieced the bag together, I decided to sew all the panels first, rather than sew them on to the bottom of the bag.

After sewing the panels, I pinned the bottom section to the panels and sewed around all four sides, starting with the long sides first and finishing off with the shorter sides.

A couple nights ago, I showed my husband my new diaper bag and asked him what he thought.  He asked where I had bought it from.  I found that to be the most perfect compliment!

The cost of the materials added with the time I spent on this bag probably amounted to the same as the cost of those Vera Bradley bags that I saw at the mall, but it was worth the effort and time.  It was sure worth knowing that it was something that I could make for myself!

DIY, Pregnancy, Sewing, toddlers, Uncategorized

Weekend Projects: Boppy Pillow Cover, Rocket Applique T-Shirt, Echo Pillow Cover

I woke up on Saturday morning at about 5:00 a.m. wanting to make a couple things.  Both Trey and Herman were still asleep, so I quietly walked into the craft room to get started.

First thing I started on was a Boppy pillow cover.  Boppy pillows are a great thing to have when you’re nursing or if you need extra support while holding baby in your arms.  My first pregnancy was a C-section, so having a Boppy pillow made nursing a little more comfortable.  When Trey was born, my husband bought me a Boppy pillow with a boyish cover; a blue print with cute green alligators.  Since we’re having a girl in a few weeks, I decided to use some existing “girly” fabric that I had in my stash.  This time, I used a grey and pink asian inspired print for the front, and a coordinating pink print for the back. Here are a few pictures:

I found the tutorial and pattern for this cover on a blog called Vanilla Joy.  The pattern was simple enough to piece together and easy to understand.  The pattern however, called for an invisible zipper.  I had never sewed zippers before, and was pretty fearful of what the end result would look like, but it came out well!  Here are a few more pictures:

It’s not quite an “invisible” zipper, but it does the job.  Best part?  I didn’t break a needle while sewing it on to my fabric!

And finally, here’s what the two prints look like next to each other.  I believe I used a 1/4 inch seam allowance when I sewed the front and back pieces together.  The cover fits the pillow perfectly!

Next project was a no-sew applique project.  My son has been talking about rockets and using words such as, “mission control” or “blast off to space”, so I thought it would be cute to make him a t-shirt with a rocket applique.

Here’s what it looks like and the fabrics I used…

I found a few pictures of rocket appliques from several websites to use as examples, and drew a rocket on to a piece of paper to create a template.  After creating the template pieces, I transferred them on to a piece of Heat n Bond paper, making sure to reverse the template pieces and tracing them on to the bumpy or adhesive side of the Heat n Bond paper.  The next step was to iron the pieces on to the fabric, cut them out, lay them on to Trey’s shirt, and iron.  That easy!

I had just finished the t-shirt when Trey woke up and walked into my craft room.  After wishing him a good morning, I showed him the shirt, and his words were, “Oooh, Mommy…it’s a rocket ship!”  At that moment, he tugged at his pajama shirt as if to take it off so that he could wear his new rocket ship shirt.  I’m so happy that he liked it!

Some things I’d want to do the next time I work on an applique project:

First, use a more thicker shirt.  For this shirt, I used a Hanes shirt that I think is more of an undershirt. We had a couple of these that we bought for his Halloween costume and for wearing under a Barong.   You can’t tell from the picture, but these kinds of shirts look a bit transparent…I really didn’t like that.

Next, although this was meant to be a quick and easy project with no sewing involved, I think I’d want to try an embroidery stitch and outline the design.  I’ve seen other designs where the image was outlined.  It just looks more tailored.  But like I said earlier, this was a fun, quick and easy project that anyone can do!  Here’s a great applique tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Company:

Okay, last project…I didn’t quite complete this on Saturday morning, but on Friday night.

I had some leftover jelly roll pieces from my Echo quilt, and I decided to use them for a cover for my 12″x16″ pillow.

Yup…another quick and easy project!  I’ll probably make a few more slip covers using the rest of the left over jelly roll strips in the next few weeks!

That’s it for now.  Hope you all had a great weekend!

Sewing, Uncategorized

My First Quilt

I finished my first quilt last week. Yay!

I’m not sure what inspired me to get out and buy fabric, dust off my sewing machine (after a 5 year hiatus) and piece together these cute little squares.


I think my baby girl, who I’m expecting in April, played a big role in having me reunite with my sewing machine and fall in love with quilting.

One of the first things I did was find a great four-part tutorial on YouTube from Missouri Star Quilt Company on how to make a baby quilt from start to finish. As you can tell from the photo above, I decided on a pink and green theme. Choosing your fabrics can be time consuming and overwhelming, but I made it a point to have some fun in picking out the colors and designs.

After cutting my fabric into four-inch squares, I laid them out in a patchwork pattern.

ImageThen I sewed the pieces together…


After sewing the pieces, I just fell in love with what I had at that point (..about 1:30 in the morning…was I tired? No…). The cutting and sewing (and lots of thinking and reviewing the YouTube video) took about 4 hours. I know that seems like a lot of time spent just to get to this point in the quilting process, but I had the energy, and I thought it was all worth it to create something pretty for my baby girl.

The next day, I got back to work on my quilt and started on the borders. I used some of the leftover green fabric to create the inside border, and a different pink fabric for the outside border. I also used this pink fabric for the bottom layer of my quilt. The completion of the borders signaled the completion of the topper!


I secured the topper to the batting fabric and the bottom layer with safety pins, and got started with my stitching. Since this was my first quilt, I decided to use a stitching technique called “stitch in the ditch”.


After that step, I cut out the excess material using a rotary cutter.

I think the most challenging part was creating the binding.

Although the binding doesn’t look too bad in this photo, I struggled a bit with this step. I think the challenging parts were creating the mitered corners and tucking all of the fabric and batting material into the binding.

When everything was complete, I was pretty satisfied with the final product and so proud of it. I’m really looking forward to using this quilt this Spring!