A Quilt for the Little

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This beautiful quilt top has been sitting, neatly folded, in my sewing room for ages. This is the “8th Grade Quilt” pattern from Precut Primer written by Me and My Sister Designs. I loved this little book the moment I saw it. It’s been read so much, I’ve had to re-staple the center just to keep it together.

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Have you ever picked something twice on accident because you liked it so much? Well, that kind of happened here. I saw the Prairie Collection by Corey Yoder in my local quilt shop and had to have it. I bought a layer cake, came home and began this quilt pattern. I didn’t even realize until I started assembling the blocks that the fabric is the very same fabric I had chosen! I guess you like what you like, right?! I’m glad I had decided to go with a darker border!

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Once complete, I couldn’t make up my mind on how to quilt it. Should I hand sew it? Of course! So I spent two days marking and marking and, you guess it, more marking. After all that marking, I just decided I didn’t like the quilting design and eventually folded it away to make room for new quilts and ideas. And  there it stayed for a long time.

The little eventually started asking (hounding really) about her quilt. And, I honestly was a little guilt ridden that I’d finished other quilts and not hers. So with a week off work for spring break, I decided the top of my to do list was to get her quilt done.

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As you can see, I decided NOT to hand quilt and went with free motion quilting. I surprised myself a little by how well it came out. FMQ is pretty new to me but it’s coming along! I even attempted flowers in the corners. You can barely see it below.

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And I added a flange to the binding. The flange just gives it something extra. Like an extra pop of color that isn’t over powering.

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It was actually a lot of fun to quilt it. The little set up her perler bead crafts in my sewing room and we got to share many hours together while I quilted and she crafted. A sweet memory that I will cherish forever.

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Happy Quilting, Happy Crafting, Happy Living







Cabin in the Woods

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Introducing this super cute paper piece pattern now available for sale here.

I hope this will be the first of many!


Cabin/Tree: Finished Size 15.75” x 8”

Cabin: Finished Size: 11.75” x 8”

Happy Quilting, Happy Crafting, Happy Living


Quilter’s Cut’n Press Makeover


I am preparing for my very first Quilting Retreat next month! I’m so excited, I already started going over my “don’t forget this” list. When my mind fell to a portable ironing board (since I like to do a lot of paper piecing), I wasn’t too impressed with this guy.

The poor thing has been cut with a Rotary Cutter, burned, dirty, and the fabric was beginning to peek out from the back.


I have never recovered and ironing board before but, I mean, how difficult could it be! And if all else fails, I have my handy dandy husband who can fix anything. 🙂

I’m a visual learner so for those that are, today is a good day. I took PLENTY of pictures. First things first, rip that cutting board off. Go a head and RIP it!!!


After you have ripped that sucker off, your going to be able to see the fabric underneath. The next thing to do is get the fabric off. This went fairly quickly for me, just a lot a pulling and prodding, use some elbow grease (do people still say that?).


 Chances are, after getting all the fabric off, you will have all these little staples left behind. We need to remove them. I couldn’t get them out by hand, and the nearest thing to pliers that was in my sewing room was wire cutters. They worked great, just don’t squeeze too hard! I did have one that just didn’t want to budge. I used a flat head screwdriver to pry it up. PSA, keep up with the staples. DO NOT drop them on the floor. Ask my why I know this…

Now to that foam. It was glued to the backboard. I had a feeling that if I tried to remove it, it would just come off in chunks and I would end up creating more work for myself. So, I fixed the cut. I pulled the cut sections apart slightly and put TINY dabs of hot glue on the inside cut and squeezed the pieces together until they stuck. If you use too much hot glue, you are going to be able to feel a hard lump in your foam.

From here, I’m going to add TWO layers of batting (I wanted mine nice and fluffy). Then the heat resistant ironing board fabric, and finally, the pretty stuff!



Couple notes on the batting. I didn’t want any to overlap to the back so I trimmed pretty close to the edge…. and as you will see below, a little too close in one area…


oops… I clipped the foam in the process…


I flipped it over onto the WRONG SIDE of the ironing board cover. See what I mean about the batting? There isn’t any to fold over. I didn’t want the extra bulk. How you do your corners on this step won’t matter. Its all going to be covered. I put hot glue down one of the edges of the board and folded the fabric up and over it. Then did the next side etc. Remember to STRETCH. You don’t want any slack on the front side.


And here it is all glued down. Not pretty but it doesn’t have to be at this point.


Nice and tight on the front side… Already looking better than the original!


I used home decor weight fabric for the outer layer. This step is the same as the last except for the corners. The corners WILL be visible so you want them to be neat looking. There are other methods I’m sure, but this is how I did them.

I could take pictures of this step because I needed both hands… Let me see if I can explain it. I folded the corner up on the diagonal and glued it down. Then I folded both sides in (like you would wrapping a present), then folded them up and glued them down. Just play with this step until you find something you like.


All glued down and ready for the cutting board!


For this step, I just basically put hot glue alllllllll over the back. I didn’t get too close to the edge at this point. Pressed the wrong side of the cutting board down and pressed hard for a minute. Then, I pulled the corners of the board back just a bit and squirted a generous amount of hot glue in the gap, and held it down again for about a minute.

And that’s basically it! This whole project took me about 30-45 minutes. I spent about 30 minutes between start and finish trying to talk my husband into letting me use the staple gun. Then after he caved, I realized every staple he had was going to be too big and would go right through the board. I didn’t count this time in my total… since you can do it without the staple gun entirely.


I feel pretty good about taking this to retreat! The original was just embarrassing!

Happy Quilting, Happy Crafting, Happy Living


Vintage Truck Pillow


Vintage trucks are really popular right now in Christmas decor. They are literally EVERYWHERE. And, I’m ok with that because I love them! My dad always had one or two old chevy trucks he was restoring and for me it brings back childhood.

This pillow cover was super simple to whip up to add some vintage feel to your home. The plaid background is fun touch too!

I couldn’t find a truck applique pattern that really fit what I was looking for, so I drew my own. You can download the template here. It will print on an 8.5″ x 11″ paper. Be sure to adjust your scale if you are making your pillow bigger than 10″. If you plan on using fusible interfacing, flip your image before printing or your truck will be facing right instead of left on the pillow cover.

The tree I found here. Lots of little points but totally worth it!


Since this is destined to be a couch pillow, I new the poor thing was going to get slept on, sat on, tossed around, pushed to the floor and generally abused. Thus, I opted for both fusible interfacing and raw edge applique. To be honest, I usually don’t like raw edge applique, since I prefer hand turned applique. In this case, though, I opted for the easier method. I mean, I’m a perfectionist but I’m not crazy… did you see all those points on that tree?


Merry Christmas,


Paper Pieced Feathered Star Pattern – 18″ Block


It has been a busy week in our household! Cheer tryouts for the little (she made the squad!), a lot of late nights at the job for my husband and guild meetings for me.

Back to the fun stuff! On my bucket list has been a feathered star quilt. Let me just say, I hate set in seams or Y seams, so I went in search of a paper pieced feathered star pattern. I found one, got all of the little pieces sewn, went to put it together and some of the pieces didn’t match. I checked and double checked to make sure it wasn’t my printer (or me) scaling them wrong. It was odd, 3 of 4 pieces were correct or 1 of 4 pieces were correct. There wasn’t a pattern to the incorrect/correct pieces. Anyway, I had to toss the whole thing.

Then it hit me, why not just make my own! And then to coin a phrase, a star is born!

You can download the free pattern here. Make sure the one inch squares on the pages are exactly one inch when printed!

I have also included a cutting chart for easy reference. I separated two ways on the chart: by piece and by color. Just a note here, the chart will give you pieces that are over sized so there will be some waste but plenty of room for error. I used the chart for my pieces. If you are more comfortable with paper piecing, you can download the templates here. Be aware, if you use the templates there is NO room for error. Consider yourself warned.


You will also need some thin cardboard (think cereal box cardboard), a ruler, a rotary cutter for fabric, and a rotary cutter for paper (gasp! yes, i have one that I just use to cut paper).

Here are all my pieces cut out.


I’m going to walk you through some of the steps that can be confusing. Let’s start with the N piece.


Paper piecing is sewn backwards so to speak we start on the back of the paper and we sew in the order on the front of the paper. N one is point of the star, which for mine, is purple. Begin by lining up the piece at the bottom left hand corner and pin it.


This is what it looks like on the other side. See how the fabric covers the entire N1 area?


Now, place your cardboard right at the line between N1 and N2. Bend the paper back over the cardboard and crease.


Use your ruler to cut 1/4 inch away from the crease. Tada! You just created your seam allowance!


Flip the piece back over. You can barely make out the lines of the triangle in the corner of the piece because its on the front of the paper. We are going to add this piece.


I have highlighted the corner triangle lines in green for explanation purposes. When you add your next piece, it needs to mirror the piece its going to be. See how the hypotenuse (the un-highlighted side) is touching the hypotenuse on the fabric triangle and it mirrors? Line up the edge of the fabric triangle with the edge of the purple fabric and pin.


Now the sewing! No quarter-inch foot needed here! I’m using an open toe foot. Flip the whole thing over, make sure your pin isn’t going to be sewn over, drop your needle down exactly at the intersection, then drop your foot. It’s important to drop the needle first so you can move the piece around as needed.

Couple points here:

-Shorten your stitch length. I usually set it to a 1.2.

-Some people recommend a larger needle like a denim needle but I just use regular sized piecing needle. Both work well.

-Back stitch at both the beginning and the end of the line


Sew ON THE LINE until you reach the next intersection. Don’t forget to back-stitch!


Clip your threads. I’m not sure how I missed taking a picture of this step but its easy. Flip your piece to the back where the fabric is and flip the fabric triangle open. Use a hot dry iron, give it a good press.

This is what it will look like on the paper side. See how it covers the whole corner area! Don’t worry about the extra fabric around the edges, we will trim that later.


Continue the process all the way up the paper. Just repeat the steps over and over! It may help for you to color code your pieces just so you remember which are back ground and which are your feathers. The first piece is the hardest. Once you get the hang of it, its easy and you get super accurate results!

It always helps to have a nice bright light so you can see through your paper for reference.


Second background triangle sewn.


Remember how I said to mirror the pieces? I wanted to show you what the other triangle “mirrored” looks like. Again, I’ve outlined the next triangle on the front of the paper in green. See how its mirrored? The hypotenuse is facing out on the green triangle and the fabric triangle? Remember, after you sew on the line, the piece flips up and must cover the whole area outlined in green.


Alright, this is the whole piece put together. It doesn’t look like much yet but just wait.


Take your ruler and line up the 1/4″ line on the DARK outline. The edge of the ruler should be right on the LIGHT outline. Trim the extra with your PAPER rotary cuter. Ignore my nails. Yes I bite them. Yes I tried everything in the book to quit. Don’t judge me.


This is the front after you have trimmed all 4 sides.


And the back after trimming! Check out those points!


All of the pieces are pieced exactly the same way. Follow the number order.

After you have all the pieces sewn, its time to put them together! The layout is below. Start in sections. KFD, GMB, HLE, and IJC are pieced the same. Sew K to F. Then sew D to KF. Do the same for the other sections. Sew Q to T, O to U, N to R, and P to S.

At this point, you can sew it together just like a regular old nine patch. Top row, middle row, bottom row. Then sew the rows together.


Here is the back!


18″ finished – 18.5″ unfinished block


Good luck!!! I’d love to see if you make any!! Use #sococharmsfeatheredstar and comment to let me know! As a bonus, here is a coloring page for you to start your creativity!


Summer Solstice QAL – Top Complete


The top is finally FINISHED!!! Unfortunately, this is the best picture I could get with the wind blowing. Still, I love the way it turned out!

I want to give a big thank you to Melissa over at Happy Quilting for organizing and hosting this Quilt-A-Long. It has been so much fun!

With the long weekend, I managed to get a few projects off my plate.


This is one of two charity quilt tops I completed over the weekend. Aren’t those seeds packets cute?


My local guild donates to charities in our area. Mostly for children and the elderly. We spend months putting tops together, then we all get together and have a tying party (we tie the quilts instead of quilt them) its quick and easy and allows us to donate more.


Quilt Top number two – a simple rail fence. Love these colors!

I finished our Christmas stockings too, but that is a post later to come.

Now, I’m off to get that top basted, quilted and bound before the 15th!

I could use another 3 day weekend….

  • -Heather

Quilted Bible Cover Take 2

SocoCharms - Quilting Bible Cover 2 - Closed

Today’s finished project, another book/bible cover! On a trip home a couple weeks ago, a family member spotted my cover that I made and posted about here.

SocoCharms - Quilting Bible Cover 2 - Back2

This one is a little bigger, than the original but I think I like it better! I used Little Miss Sunshine by Lella Boutique.

SocoCharms - Quilting Bible Cover 2 - Inside

I made the handles longer and added this cute book mark!

SocoCharms - Quilting Bible Cover 2 - Top

I really enjoy making these! They are quick and easy and super cute!

SocoCharms - Quilting Bible Cover 2 - Open

And of course, we had to get one modeled by the little. 🙂

SocoCharms - Quilting Bible Cover 2 - Model

Finishing the Blocks – Summer Solstice QAL

This is my favorite part of any quilt! I love seeing the pieces come together! We didn’t have to finish the blocks this leg of the QAL but I managed to get some free time so I sewed my little heart out and got them ALL done.

Remember my first post about this QAL? Well, I drug out my original planning guide and pinned it to my basting wall for easy reference.

Planning - Summer Solstice QAL

I organized them, stars on the left, corners in the center, and sides on the right. Then I started piecing!

Stacking - Summer Solstice QAL

Here are the beginnings of my corners all strung out like pretty bunting.

Goofing - Summer Solstice QAL

Fast forward 800 hours later, ok maybe 12 hours lol, and you get all the stars, corners and sides put together. The stars are fabulous! I could make a whole quilt out of these alone. I like them enough to even sew more drunkards path blocks again sooner than…well sooner than never. 🙂

Sides, Corners, Stars - Summer Solstice QAL

And I’m thankful for the hubby for helping me pin the ones at the top. And adjust the ones at the bottom. Never mind my messy sewing room, I create mess when I sew and clean between projects. Don’t judge me.

Hunny Helper - Summer Solstice QAL

And here are my finished blocks. I’m SOOOOO happy the way these turned out! It was quite a job to get these all done, but like I said, I love this part so it went by like a flash.

Finished Blocks - Summer Solstice QAL

So excited to see how everyone else’s blocks turned out as well!

Thank you Melissa for designing this awesome block/quilt!

Summer Solstice – Drunkards Path

Let me begin this post by saying, THANK GOD THESE ARE DONE! Definitely more of a love/hate relationship than I was prepared for.

Starting off, I was having trouble cutting the stupid things out.

Cutting DP - Summer Solstice QAL

Finally figured out that I needed a small rotary cutter, so off to Joann’s I went with my trusty 40% off any regular price item coupon. Thank goodness for that.

New Rotary Cutter - Summer Solstice QAL

And here she is! The newest member of the household. Afterwards, cutting when much more smoothly.

I did not even attempt to finger press. I find that I am prone to stretch the material when I finger press. So, I just pressed them all with the iron. And look how pretty these look!

Ironed - Summer Solstice QAL

And the final product, drunkards path blocks, sewn and pressed. Most, I’m happy with. Then again, I was just REALLY glad to get these off my to do list! I can tell you that I will not be doing any more of these in the near future. I won’t say never, but definitely not near future.

Finished DP - Summer Solstice QAL

Summer Solstice QAL – HST

Finally got all my half square triangles sewn, trimmed, and ironed.

Finished HST - Summer Soltice QAL

I literally tried to marathon sew all of these in one afternoon. My little organizer helping me get them ready for trimming.

Sewn HST - Summer Solstice QAL

I trim before I iron them. I couldn’t get a great picture of this. I was fighting ruler glare lol. It also could have something to do with it being 1 am when I took the picture….

Trimming - Summer Solstice QAL

I can’t begin to tell you how satisfying this pile of trimming is :). I cut in the order the little had organized and I got this pretty rainbow. I admit I have yet to through it away. It’s hard work trimming all those dang triangles and it just is proof I finished.

Trimmings - Summer Solstice QAL

Finished HST - Summer Soltice QAL

It was worth it. I love these colors coming together.

I now vow not to wait until the last minute to do the next set, drunkards path blocks. Check out Melissa’s blog Happy Quilting to see all the HST from the rest of the folks quilting along with her!

  • -Heather