TUTORIAL: The Bear Paw Block

REFERENCE GUIDE: Bear Paw Block Layout PDF

I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for this block…

Perhaps it’s because it was one of the first ‘traditional’ blocks I ever constructed. (And come to think of it, I’m pretty sure it was one of the first times I ever made half square triangles!)

So, in a bid to mix the traditional with the modern (one of the things I love best to do in my quilting practice), I hovered over to my quilt book library and dug out this book. Full of simple and oh-so-delightful patchwork blocks, I found the one that I wanted and adapted it for this little tutorial.

Next came finding the right fabrics that would help make the unique design of the block stand out. In the end, I chose to construct the block using two solids – pink and grey – both so scrumptiously modern! LOVE IT!!

(Looking for the measurement & cutting instructions? Click of the PDF link at the start of the post and there they’ll be!)

Trailing off on a side note: some of you might not know that this December, a brand new little baby girl will be arriving in our family! No, it’s not me – I’m not pregnant… But my brother and sister in-law are expecting their fifth child after having four glorious boys! So this means, I can finally get into my pink cutesy fabrics and make something so girly that you’ll become so clucky you’ll want to have your own little baby girl!!

:D

But anyway, I’ve casually been on the lookout for a quilt design to make for my new niece and I’m quite sure I’ve found it in this little tutorial!

Bear Paw 1

I am so simply in love with these two colours together that I almost feel a little uncomfortable by it… They don’t seem to over dominate each other; they quietly sit side-by-side, emitting a beautiful message of unity and history so much so that it almost makes me feel a bit teary! (Or it could just be my ever-loving monthly hormones wrecking havoc all over the place!)

So what I’m trying to say, after all of that weird emotion, I’ve decided to make a baby quilt for my pending niece using the Bear Paw block. YAY!

Have you made this block before? If so, let me know! And if you have a photo of the quilt, I would love to see it!

Also, if you have questions or feedback about this block/tutorial or have any other suggestions for tutorials or crafty things you would like me to demonstrate, comment down below or send me an email at 3and3quarters@gmail.com

In next weeks tutorial, I’ll be delving into the open possibilities of Quilt Labels! Should be a hoot!

Come join me!

Happy Sewing Friends!

xx

A Weekly Vlog | Musicals & Parties!

The Week That Was...

The Week That Was…

Yeah, it’s been a while since I’ve made a weekly vlog. The simple reason for this is the shear lack of interesting tales and highlights that happen in my day-to-day life. Shame.

My usual day comprises of the following…

I wake up.

I eat breakfast.

Shower.

Check emails/messages & have some basic Internet time.

Then, I either proceed with uni study or spend time getting my next YouTube video ready for Sunday.

Break for lunch.

Continue on with my pre-lunch activity.

(Or I procrastinate with some sewing! Te-he!)

Cook/eat dinner.

Telly time!

Bed.

So as last week rolled into life, I knew that some exciting times were ahead, threatening to break my daily monotony.

So of course I had to make a weekly vlog about it!

Yes!

The week started with a lovely sewing sesh, where I filmed the making of The Sailboat Block Tutorial. I like showing behind the scenes footage of how I make my YouTube videos as it adds another dimension to how these videos come together and what it takes to edit these content-heavy videos.

Wednesday, my folks and I ventured off into the city to see the The Lion King: The Musical at the Captiol Theatre in Sydney. We jumped on a train, got off at Central Station and had lunch at this little petite French café on Eddy Ave. It’s was a pretty cool little restaurant. The walls adorned famous French artworks (Renoir and Seurat) along with an array of past and present film, screen and music artists like Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison etc. The meals were quite basic: burgers, sandwiches and rolls – but still delicious!

We then ventured into the wintery artic winds blowing along the streets in a short walk to the theatre.

The show was brilliant! If you ever get the chance to see this production, DO IT! You won’t be disappointed!

(On a side note: I think this would be the perfect show to introduce the whole ‘musical theatre’ experience to kids. Possibly those aged 5 and up will appreciate and enjoy it!)

This week in particular, it’s hit me just how fast time really does fly! It’s crazy to think that my little newborn nephew I introduced you to here, just turned the big O.N.E! That’s just CRAZY!

This little guy was the highlight for the rest of the week.

Xavier

Xavier

We saw him on his actual birthday, which was Friday, and then enjoyed a more ‘official’ type of birthday party on Sunday with extended family and friends.

I’m so happy with the footage I was able to get of him at his party – these images will be cherished for a long time come!

So that’s the week that was!

I loved every minute of it!

Happy Sewing Friends!

xx

TUTORIAL: The Sailboat Block

Boy, these tutorials sure are coming on thick and fast! (Oh my, that was not intended to sound as rude as it does!)

Ahem! Moving on…

This week’s tutorial is The Sailboat Block!

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It’s a wonderfully versatile and super-simple block to construct that has deep traditional roots but still possess an edge of modernity to it.

I love it!

Why only yesterday, on Facebook, one of the many quilting pages I follow posted a heritage quilt made up entirely of the Sailboat Block. I couldn’t believe it! Everything was in exactly the same place/design as the one I demonstrate in my tutorial! I was amazed, with my love, passion and appreciation for patchwork growing just that little bit more!

Here’s a link to the quilt and its details on The Quilt Index website.

Here are the measurement & cutting instructions if you want to make this block yourself:

For the Sails cut:

- x2: 3&3/8″ white squares

- x2: 3&3/8″ print squares

For the side of the Sails cut:

- x2: 2″x5&1/2″ white rectangles

For the Boat cut:

- x2: 2&1/2″ white squares

- x1: 2&1/2″x8&1/2″ print rectangle

For the Sea cut:

- x1: 1&1/2″x8&1/2″ print rectangle

Making this block again brings back beautiful memories of the quilt I made for my oldest nephew (who is now 7!) in celebration of his 2nd birthday.

Caleb's Sailboat Quilt | May 2009

Caleb’s Sailboat Quilt | May 2009

This quilt was made way back when even before I started my blog! Almost seems like a lifetime ago!

Let me know if you’re going to give this block a go! It is so delightfully boyish that I think any little man will adore and treasure it! (Ha! Get it? Treasure…it!)

Oh dear…

Happy Sewing Friends!

xx

TUTORIAL: Jacob’s Ladder Block

Hello Good Morning to you on this chilly Australian winter morning!

The heater is pumping, Coldplay are repeating their mellow tunes through my computer speakers and a hot cup of Earl Grey is happily steaming next to me. But most importantly, my fingers are itching to present to you a new Quilt Block Tutorial!

One of the most viewed posts here on my blog is this one. It’s where I first begun sharing the creation of my Jacob’s Ladder Quilt.

Quilt Top Construction

Quilt Top Construction

And now, two years later, I’ve created a tutorial for those who would like to make this block themselves!

Here’s a quick low-down of the measurement and cutting instructions…

For the 4-Patch Units cut x20 assorted 2.5″ squares.
For the HSTs cut x2 white 4&7/8″ squares and x2 grey 4&7/8″ squares.

The finished size of the 4-Patch & HST units should measure 4.5″.
The finished size of the block should measure 12″.

Blooper Collage!

Blooper Collage!

If you’re planning on making a fair size quilt with this block, I made 16 blocks to make this quilt…

My finished Jacob's Ladder Quilt!

My finished Jacob’s Ladder Quilt!

Like I said at the end of the video, if you’re going to give this block a go, take a photo of it and send it to me! You can email me (3and3quarters@gmail.com), Tweet me (@3and3quarters) or Instagram me (@3and3quarters)!

I would LOVE to see what you make!

Happy Sewing Friends!

xx

Inspiration for this block:
CRAFTSY | http://goo.gl/7qp40g

 

TUTORIAL: Finn The Human Pillow

Click this link for the free pattern –>> Finn The Human Pillow 

For weeks now, I’ve been promising this little tutorial to you all.

I’ve been teasing, procrastinating and stressing out over it for ages until I finally said, ‘Sod it! Just get it done already!!’

And here it is!

I’ve been hella nervous to publish this pattern & tutorial for so many reasons.

Here are just a few…

#1: This is the first ‘pattern’ I’ve ever really made and created. I’m sure somewhere there will be a crucial element I’ve missed or half explained that I will need to address sometime in the future. I’m super nervous that the pattern pieces are incorrect and won’t all match-up. And I’m desperately praying that the pattern link downloads and opens easily for everyone who clicks it! (The original plan was to have a PDF pattern but that wasn’t working, so I’ve uploaded it as Word docx. instead! Fingers crossed!)

Finn For Blog 1

#2: OMG, it’s Adventure Time! This cartoon series is huge at the moment and I’ve been so conscious to get the design pretty much perfect to the original design of Finn so that it doesn’t just look like another one of those ridiculous try-hard crafting nightmares!

Finn For Blog 3

#3: I suppose, in all honesty, I’m worried about the feedback I’ll get from this project. Will people hate it? Will they not understand the pattern? Are there elements of the design that just don’t work?

Finn For Blog 2

Hmm… I don’t know… I think I’m letting my mind run away with this issue far too much than I really should. I need to remember: Any feedback is good feedback (as along it’s constructive and helpful of course!).

If you’re new to the crafting/sewing game and would like to make this, I recommend watching the video first, that way you’ll grasp a better understanding of each step and not get too befuddled with what needs to be done next.

Best of luck to you all!!

Happy Sewing Friends!

xx

Christmas In July

With only three days to go until ‘Christmas in July’, I thought I’d share with you a special series I made last year for Christmas called 12 Days of Christmas Crafts.

Some of you out there may be looking for some quick little crafts to make to mark the occasion OR are looking for an early dose of inspiration before December 25th comes around!

Here’s a preview of all the things I made in the series…

And here’s the link for the playlist if you’re interested in watching more…

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Feel free to share this amongst friends who you know are searching for some last-minute Chrissie crafts!

I’m hoping to create another series for Christmas 2014 – all depending on how well I can organise my life between now and then! Christmas is busy, busy, busy!

I might be a little early to the party - so to speak – but if you have any suggestions of any Christmas type craft you would like me to demonstrate making, let me know! Comment below or send me an email at 3and3quarters@gmail.com!

Well, it’s only Tuesday and I’ve already got a whole lot of sewing under my belt this week! Whoop!!! Stay tuned at the end of the week and I’ll let you know (and see!) everything!!

Happy Sewing Friends!

xx

Bloggin’ Old School & A Fabric Haul!

For today’s post, I’m harking back to my earlier days of blog writing and am just going to write about everything that’s been happening in my little sewing world!

Sound good?

Excellent!

Right, let’s start with a WIP!

January this year, I uploaded this video. Here I chatted about my intended intentions (say that ten times fast!) of getting all of my WIPs finished this year!

I was keen and ready to jump in!

And seven months later, I’ve finally decided to begin honoring this New Year Resolution! (As you do!)

Monday night I felt restless and itchy to get my mind and hands stuck into some sewing. So instead of starting something new like I always do, I reached out for one of my WIPs.

And it was this one I chose…

Paper Pieced Union Jacks

Paper Pieced Union Jacks

I only had two more paper-pieced blocks to make until I could begin piecing the quilt top together. So that’s what I set out to do.

At about 9.30pm (which is pretty late for me to be sewing), I dug out a pretty floral and some sweet pastel fabrics from The Stash and begun piecing together.

About an hour later I had made this…

UnionJack2Out of all 11 blocks I’ve made, this is my favourite! Uber chic and girly – LOVE IT!!!

This afternoon/evening, I hope to tackle the last block for this quilt. I’m still umming-and-ahhing over fabric choices but I have a fair idea what I want this block to look like.

Bring on my wild Saturday night! Whoo!!!

Speaking of fabric, I took advantage of a great End of Financial Year Sale at Kelani Fabric Obsession during the week and treated my self to some    b-e-a-utiful fabrics!

Fabric

Here’s a list of the fabrics I bought…

#one

Cherry Dot on Blossom Pink | Oh Deer! By MoMo for Moda Fabrics

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#two

Memoir in Zest | Alchemy Quilting Collection by Amy Butler for Rowan

Fabric3#three

Pineapple Slices | Acacia by Tula Pink for Free Spirit

(My first ever cut of Tula Pink fabric!)

Fabric2#four

Vivienne Stripe in Blush | By Alexander Henry

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#five

Toyland Twinkle in Orange & Blue | By Alexander Henry

Fabric7

#six

Sweet Tweet in Pastel | By Alexander Henry

Fabric6

#seven

Simpatico Minty Staws (100% Organic Cotton) | By Cloud 9 Fabrics

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#eight

Minimalista in Confetti Turquoise | By AGF Studio

Fabric4I can’t wait to get stuck in and use these little beauties… I don’t know what for yet… But a day will come when I was glad I spent a small fortune on a lovely array of fabric!

And lastly, although it was uploaded this time last week, I wanted to share with you my latest Weekly Vlog.

This particular week I made a visit to the Sydney Craft & Quilt Show where my little Golden Trail Mini Quilt was on show.

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I didn’t get to film much of the show due to copyright etc but I did manage to capture some awesome footage of the Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House and the city!

We also celebrated my Dad’s 68th birthday! It was wonderful!

So I think that’s about it at the moment.

A WIP is on its way to be completed (sorta) and I’ve soothed my fabric lust for just a few days!

Hopefully I’ll act get my act together and show you a finished quilt top in my next post…

HA! Don’t hold your breath!

Happy Sewing Friends!

xx