Quick Quilting Tips: Pinning Alternatives

Welcome to readers of Amy Smart’s Fabulously Fast Quilts blog hop! I’m happy to visit today to share my favorite quick quilting tip, along with the other bloggers on the tour.…

Summer Skirts with Simplicity 2606

  Over a year ago, a friend proposed a trade. Jayne would take photos of our family and newborn son and I’d make her a couple skirts. Over a year…

Sew Easy Burp Cloth Tutorial

The other evening, I was trying to pull double duty. I held the baby on one hip while tossing some vegetables in the skillet. My husband walked in the kitchen…

Quick Quilting Tips: Pinning Alternatives

Welcome to readers of Amy Smart’s Fabulously Fast Quilts blog hop! I’m happy to visit today to share my favorite quick quilting tip, along with the other bloggers on the tour.…

Four Robbins Designs Quilt Patterns + Giveaway!

Krista Robbins Did you catch the Four Robbins Designs blog hop and giveaway last month? (It was to announce a new quilt pattern, “Star Crossed.”) I first met Krista Robbins right here through the Craft Buds blog, and it’s been fun to see her move toward her creative business goals of releasing a line of quilt patterns!

Krista and her husband have two sons, Andrew and Sam (14 and 12). She used to be a bookkeeper but now she works from home, as well as homeschooling her boys. I had a chance to ask Krista some questions about getting her craft patterns business off the ground. Here’s what she had to say:


How did you start quilting? 

I was inspired by traditional quilts at Houston Museum of Fine Arts about 10 years ago. I’m self-taught through trial and error, reading books and magazines, blogs, etc. I joined bees, BOM’s and the St. Louis Modern Quilt guild as well as starting my own BOM in 2013 on my blog sewwhatscooking.com, and I learned even more.


What led you to your goal of turning your crafty hobby into a business?

As far as going from hobby to business, I submitted a quilt design to Quilty last year on a whim and it was accepted and published in the Nov/Dec 2013 issue.  I had another, “Twists and Turns,” published in Quilty Jan/Feb 2014.  I have four more quilts being published this year as well.

I tell my boys to follow their dreams and try to do what they love for their career since I didn’t.  I’m trying to follow my own advice because I love fabric and sewing and quilting.  I love to come up with my own patterns and to share them.  And I love to teach people to quilt.  I decided to come out with my own patterns and hope to venture into fabric design as well  So I started Four Robbins Designs and am following my dreams.


How did you go about designing your first quilt pattern?

I like history and traditional blocks and the stories behind the quilts and find a lot of inspiration there. I draw up blocks in an illustration program and then play with it until I get a design I like.  Then I import upcoming fabrics to create my designs.

To write my patterns I use a desktop publishing program. I do all the math myself. (I love math.)



Would you like to win a PDF pattern of Krista’s “Star Crossed” quilt pattern? To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment on this post with your favorite quilt block. We’ll choose a random winner one week from the date of this post. Good luck!

Congrats to commenter #11, Tyler F.!

Pretty Petals Pillow

Flower Pillow DIY 3

In honor of National Craft Month, I took inspiration from spring trends presented by Jo-­Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. The themes include: Radiant Orchid (Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year), Floral, Nautical and Geometric. Taking my cues from the floral trend, I created this Pretty Petals Pillow Cover using a pillow form, thread and Accuquilt GO! circle cutter from Jo-Ann. You, too, can celebrate National Craft Month with a $5 off $25 or more coupon from Jo-Ann and lots of spring crafting inspiration!

Grace Fabric by Anna Griffin

This fabric line is Grace by Anna Griffin. Isn’t it pretty and perfectly girly? Let’s get started!


- 12 x 16 Pillow form
- 1/2 yard plain fabric for pillow case- (6) 1/2 yard cuts of floral fabrics for petals
- Accuquilt GO Circles die and cutting machine (or, 5″ round circle template)
- Sewing machine, thread and sewing pins

Accuquilt GO Baby Fabric Circle Cutter

To make this project, I used 7 total half-yard cuts of fabric.

From the pillow case fabric, cut one piece 12 x 16 and one piece 12 x 18. Cut the 12 x 18 piece in half so you have two pieces 12 x 9. Set aside.

Cutting Fabric Circles

From each of your floral fabrics, cut four strips 6″ x 18″. Layer two strips on top of one another, and fold into thirds, so you have a square approximately 6″ x 6″ with six total layers of fabric.

Cutting Fabric Circles 2 Run the fabric through your GO! Baby die cutting machine using the 5″ circles die, or use your favorite method for cutting fabric circles.

Folding Fabric Petals With the right side facing out, fold each circle in half. Then fold into quarters. Then fold in half again, making a small cone. Fan out the folds as pictured and pin at the base.

Pretty Petals Pillow

Pin the fabric cones to the right side of your 12″ x 16″ pillow cover (front panel), making a row. Each cone’s point should be spaced about 1″ apart. Stitch a straight line from across the entire row, catching each of the points.

Pretty Petals Pillow 3

Arrange your next row of fabric cones (in another color) over top of the stitched points, just covering them. Stitch a new row of fabric cones to the pillow front.

Pretty Petals Pillow 4

Continue in this way until you have six rows of folded flower petals. Once you are happy with the look of your pillow front, follow the directions to make a simple envelope pillow cover.

Flower Pillow DIY 4

You can choose to trap the edges of the fabric cones in the sides of the pillow case (this is what I did), or make sure to pin them away from your stitch line around the pillow cover’s edges. If you trap the edges, it will give a nice, smooth finish to the edge of the pillow.

Flower Pillow DIY 2

If you make this project, we’d love to see it in the Craft Buds Flickr group, or you can leave us a comment!

This post is part of the Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores® National Craft Month campaign. I received compensation for this review; however, this is my personal, honest opinion based on my experience.

Linking up to SewJo Saturday!

Playing Cards Quilt in Safari Moon Fabrics

Playing Cards Quilt

Hello, and welcome to my stop on the Safari Moon Blog Hop! I am so happy to share my latest quilty finish, which I made from a new line from designer Frances Newcombe and Art Gallery Fabrics.

Frances Newcombe: Safari Moon

Before I dive in, I have to say that Frances Newcombe is a lovely person, and I had the privilege to meet her at Quilt Market in October. I fell in love with her Safari Moon booth, where we chatted a bit about fabric and babies (I was very pregnant at the time). She is a mom to an adorable little guy and we’ve become Instagram friends since!

Playing Cards Quilt

The quilt pattern I used is called “Playing Cards” and it was designed by Jennifer of Ellison Lane Quilts for my book, Modern Bee: 13 Quilts to Make with Friends. I chose this pattern because it has large blocks, which I thought would be perfect for showing off the variety of prints. I also chose it because it’s goes together fairly quickly and is a manageable size to quilt on my home machine.

Playing Cards Quilt

When it came time to quilt this project, I ran into some issues with my free-motion foot. Breaking thread, tension issues . . . it wasn’t pretty. Time to visit the sewing machine doctor! I compromised by switching to my walking foot and quilting organic wavy lines. I’m really happy with the texture that resulted (and can’t wait to see how crinkly it looks coming out of the washer/dryer).

Playing Cards Quilt

When I saw this collection at Quilt Market, I immediately fell in love with the rich, saturated colors. I tend to stick with very dull colors in my own home and wardrobe, but when it comes to quilting fabric . . . the brighter, the better!

Playing Cards Quilt

I joined four different fabrics together to sew a scrappy binding. It’s actually, my first binding made from multiple fabrics. I tend to use a single solid fabric for my bindings, but I’m really happy with how this scrappy version turned out!

Playing Cards Quilt

My favorite print in the collection is the stamped leaf motif, shown in both green and blue. I could see this print as a really cute summer dress or bag.

Playing Cards Quilt

The background fabric is FreeSpirit Designer Solids Cream. For the quilt back, I used a Parson Gray print I’ve been holding onto from a huge fabric sale. I bought 4 yards, so I may have enough for another small quilt back!

Playing Cards Quilt

Thank you Frances for including me on the Safari Moon Blog Hop!

For your chance to win a fat quarter bundle of
Safari Moon, head over to the giveaway post!


Follow along with the rest of the blog hop to see more projects made with this stunning fabric!

2/24  Faith Jones  Fresh Lemons Quilts

2/25    Lindsay Conner   Lindsay Sews / Craft Buds

2/26   Sarah Lawson  Sew Sweetness

2/27  Cristy Fincher   Sew Much Like Mom

2/28   Amy Smart  Diary of a Quilter

3/3  Lee Heinrich Freshly Pieced

3/4  Teri Harlan Sew Fantastic

3/5  Jane Davidson Quilt Jane

3/6  Lynne Goldsworthy Lily’s Quilts

3/7  Sandy Whitelaw  Upstairs Hobby Room

3/10  Katy Jones  Imagingermonkey

3/11  Victoria Findlay Wolfe  Victoria Findlay Wolfe Quilts

3/12  Megan Bohr Canoe Ridge Creations


Winners! Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along

Our lovely guest judges have chosen their favorite entries in the Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along. Judges were asked to choose their five favorite projects, which were assigned 1-5 points. It was a very close race between several entries, and we were so inspired by your creativity!

Without further ado . . .

First Place

Katy’s (Lethargic Lass) and her Teeny, Tiny Mosaic Tiles Pillow!


Second Place

The Two in One Tote by Marci Girl Designs


Third Place

Katie’s Alternate Layout


Honorable Mentions

Marni’s Table Runner * January’s Baby Quilt * Keizer Quilts: Mini Mosaic Tiles

iPad Mini Case * Spring Garden by S.Novitch * Tisha’s Reverse Mosaic Tiles

Mosaic Tiles 2014 * Lisa D.’s Quilt * Rita G.’s Quilt


Thank you to our amazing quilt along sponsors: Aurifil, OLFA, Pellon, Robert Kaufman Fabrics, Simplicity Creative Group and Stash Books!

Mosaic Tiles Sponsors

We are thrilled to see all of your amazing entries! For many of you, this was your first quilt, or first online quilt along. I encourage you to celebrate the year by continuing to push forward and experience a number of “firsts.”

And how about joining your first quilting bee?

If you’d like to keep the quilt along fun going, you can join the Modern InstaBee (#moderninstabee2014) on Instagram. There are currently 14 “hives” (groups of 12 quilters who trade blocks via postal mail) based out of the U.S./Canada and 4 hives out of Australia! For more details, e-mail lindsay.conner(at)gmail(dot)com!

Swedish Fish Valentine Printables


Happy Almost Valentines Day! I designed these cute and quick valentines for my son earlier this week and thought I’d share. I’ve seen other variations of this idea, but they tend to use candy fish that have been opened and repackaged in clear bags. Of course you can do that with this printable, or if your school requires original unopened packaging for food use the mini bags of Swedish fish like I did.

To get started, download the free printable here: Swedish Fish Valentine The file is a pdf that will open in a new web browser window and you can save or print it using the buttons in the lower right corner of the page.


Next, use the back of a butter knife to score along the dotted lines on the sides.


Then cut along the solid black lines.



Fold along your score lines, then wrap the paper around the Swedish fish bag so the Swedish Fish logo is showing. Attach with clear packing tape.



Have your child write the “To” and “From” and names and you’re done!




Imagine Gnats Sewing Patterns + Giveaway!

Every so often at Craft Buds, we like to feature an indie pattern designer who is working toward making their crafty dream a reality. When I met Rachael Gander, I immediately knew that she had both the talent and the drive to turn her hobbies of sewing, blogging and graphic design into an actual business.

It gives me great joy to share the news that Rachael is expanding her successful PDF pattern business into a run of print patterns! Read more below about how you can support Rachael’s handmade business while also scoring some great goodies for yourself.
Here’s what Rachael had to say about her indiegogo campaign!

Imagine gnats started as a little etsy shop, selling small sewn items to help support my family and also to give me a creative outlet in a corporate world. It’s come a long way in just five years… from a hobby to a full-time job. My love of sewing and design has grown as well, and now my own sewing patterns help and inspire others to create.

bess tops1

I am proud to have created patterns for garments that are easy to sew and easy to wear. Imagine gnats patterns feature classic silhouettes with a modern twist that incorporate clever details and practical techniques.

Currently, my patterns are all offered as printable PDFs. the money raised on indiegogo will help cover the costs of an initial run of paper patterns, which means sharing my designs with even more sewists and inspiring more people.

For the cost of one pattern, you can help me reach my goal AND be one of the first to get the printed pattern of your choice. for a little bit more, you can get a full set of imagine gnats printed patterns. plus, early bird specials offer even better deals for the first contributors!

meridian for kids imagine gnats

My initial print run will include 500 each of my existing five garment patterns. all of the money raised will go directly to that effort. once patterns are printed, i begin the selling and distribution phase.

I would love for you to tweet, share on Facebook, e-mail your friends and family… anything that will get the word out. Every share helps and is so appreciated.

i heart imagine gnats

Let’s rally around Rachael and make sure her handmade dreams come true!



Would you like to win a set of 5 imagine gnats garment PDF patterns, including the Tumble Tee, Roly-Poly, Meridian for Kids, Meridian for Women, and Bess Top?

1. Just leave a comment on this post for a chance to win a complete set.

2. If you donate to Rachael’s campaign at any level, please leave a second comment for another chance to win!

International entries welcome, and we’ll choose one winner on February 28 (through the end of the fundraising campaign)!

Congrats to commenter #58, Dana!

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