August in a quilt top


Ah, the end of summer. I both hate to see it come, yet enjoy the change of seasons, all at the same time. This year feels like it brings a bigger change as Max will be heading off to Kindergarten (what? how did that happen so fast?). I enjoy the thought of getting a bit more time for sewing, but we’ll see how that goes. I have big plans to get unfinished quilts done, so hopefully it’ll actually happen!


But this quilt. This one wasn’t one I was planning, which makes it all the better. As I mentioned, I enjoyed getting the chance to pick a bundle for the Stash Fabrics Design Star club. As a bonus, I received this bundle in the mail (thank you, Stash Fabrics!), and felt that since it was the bundle for August, I should do my best to sew up a quilt top before the end of the month.


I decided on this simple, yet fun design which pairs a square in square block with a plain square of fabric, sewn like a half square triangle (clear? wait, what? quick tutorial if you’d like…). I swear there was something I saw online that triggered this idea, but I’ve spent a while looking and can’t seem to find the inspiration… if you’ve seen it, let me know – I’d love to credit! (As an aside, anyone have any experience with memory loss after children? Mine’s not coming back, and it’s bad!!)

Edited to add: I found it! (inspiration photo here) I knew I would if I looked long enough! Interestingly enough, the colors even match those I used for this quilt (I didn’t remember that being the case – kinda funny!)


I played around with the design for a while – having the little inner triangles face various different directions, and playing with the colors – and ultimately decided I liked the randomness of this layout. I cheated and added a couple extra solids to get this up to a larger size, but for the most part this is just the fabrics included in the fat quarter bundle.


I already ordered the perfect backing (here, in case you’re wondering), and look forward to getting this one finished!

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August design star bundle


I was so flattered when Beth from Stash Fabrics asked me to participate in her fabric Design Star club! I love putting together fabric bundles so I knew it would be fun to put together one for this club.


I was given the month of August, so I started thinking about what colors I associated with late summer. My mind immediately went to navy and coral and lighter pinks along with a little gray added in for good measure. For me it reads warm sunsets over the lake, and I’m really pleased with how it turned out.


If you sign up before August 5th I think you can still receive this bundle plus the 9 remaining months (fat quarter or half yard memberships available). I can’t wait to make something out of this bundle and can’t wait to see what you might make! And now, a few more pictures to entice you…




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ps. three posts in three days? what??!

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Henry – months 5 & 6

Looks like I’ve missed a couple months here! Here’s a quick catch-up…

5 months –


(munki martian quilt)


6 months –


(a quilt soon to be listed for sale, part of the kitchen patchwork quilt collection – ha!)



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