Saturday, June 28, 2008

Four Patch Doll Quilt Sew-Along Part Two!

Ok,now that we've got our 4 patches sewn, we'll start working on the background.

Cut 6 -4" squares of the background fabric

Then we will cut the triangles for the sides:
Cut 3 -7 3/4" squares.
Cut the squares into quarters diagonally.
Lay these triangles around the edges of the quilt.


Here's a little extra info :) You can make this quilt in any size and to figure out what size to cut your side triangles, you need this formula:
Count how many side triangles you need. Then divide that number by 4 rounding UP to the nearest whole number. Then take your block and measure it across the diagonal. Add 2" to that measurement. That is the size you want to cut your squares.


Next we will cut the triangles for the corners.
Cut 2- 5 1/2" squares of background fabric.Cut into half diagonally.

Yep, there's a formula for this, too. Take the measurement of your blocks (not diagonal this time) and add 1 1/2".

Now we get our first glance of how it will all look together. Lay out the blocks and triangles on your work area. The triangles will overlap, don't worry.


Now, it's time to sew them in diagonal rows. Don't worry about the corner triangles yet. Take the top right diagonal row and sew the 4 patch and two triangles together. Make sure that you match up the bottom of the triangle to the 4 patch. I like to keep the quilt laid out, rather than picking up all the rows at once. It helps me keep things in the right order.


Continue sewing all the diagonal rows together. Next, sew the rows to one another, making sure that you match up the seams rather than the edges. You can see in the picture below that the points of the triangles stick out a bit.

Time to add the corners. Center each corner triangle, right sides together, using the center seam of the 4 patch to place it. Sew together. Trim off all of those little points sticking out.


The top is pieced!! Next post will be quilting and binding :)

Thursday, June 26, 2008


Creative title, eh? Sorry, I'm plain worn out from packing and cleaning and hot weather.

Great day today. I ran 5k on my treadmill! I've been doing the couch to 5k program, hoping to run in a race on the 4th of July. I truly couldn't imagine being able to run that far when I started. I'm just so stoked....and a little sore.

On the crafty side, which has been very sparse lately, I whipped up some baby bibs for my cousin and his wife expecting their first little one.


Sunday, June 22, 2008

Shopping with the kids

So, on Thursday, I packed up the three kiddos and headed to Traverse City to do some shopping. With gas at (gasp) over $4 a gallon, I hate to travel that far, but we had quite a few things that we couldn't get closer to home. It is our closest Jo-anns, however, and I never fail to find a few minutes to stop in and look for some goodies.
I didn't NEED anything, but with all the red tag stuff 1/2 off, I managed to find a few things that came home with me.

First, I found this poly knit. I've had this Simplicity pattern for a while. Normally I don't even bother with Big 3 patterns, much preferring Kwik Sew, Ottobre, even Burda. This pattern had great reviews at and I really liked the shaping of it, so I want to give it a try. I was thrilled to find an inexpensive knit to try it on.
Simplicity to sew

Next, I found this subtle dot on a dark sagey green to use as the background for my woodland animal swap squares. I think it will work nicely.
woodland background

Finally, here is what comes of shopping with kids. My 3yo just HAD to have this. It was only $1.50 a yard....and it's cute....I just have no idea what it's going to be yet :)
Shopping with  mark

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Four Patch Doll Quilt Sew-Along Part One
Finished Quilt size- 20" x 15 1/2 "

Ok, I'm going to do this in installments. There are quite a few pictures and I'll try to be as detailed as I can for those who aren't quilters. Those of you who are more experienced can just skip over all of my prattle Remember to have fun! It doesn't have to be perfect.

Select your fabrics:
Easy- choose 12 different coordinating fabrics. You'll need just one 5" square of each. Or just use 4 fabrics and all of the 4 patches will be identical.
Easier- -choose 1 fabric for a solid block instead of a 4 patch. This would be a great way to use a novelty. You'll need 12- 4" squares.

You will also need a setting block or background fabric. 1/3 yard should be plenty.I

t's time to think about what you would like to use for your binding and backing also. You'll need about 80-90" of 2 1/4" strips for the binding. That means two strips the full width of the fabric.

For the batting, you could use Warm and natural or any other thin batting OR flannel works really well in doll quilts, too.

The backing and batting pieces will need to be about 20"x 25"

Cutting and sewing the 4 patch squares.

Cut your 5" squares into quarters or 2 1/2" squares. Lay one square on top of another with right sides together and chain piece all of them into sets of two. (Chain piecing just means that you don't want to cut your thread between squares, just keep on sewing, keeping the pieces close to each other. It will save time and thread )


NOTE: If you are only using 4 fabrics, only cut your 5" squares in half and then sew those short strips, right sides together, to another strip. Then press open and cut in half perpendicular to your seam. This will save you a little bit of time.

Cut the threads that connect them and press open, pressing the seam to one side or press seams open if you prefer. Usually in quilting, if you press to the side, you'll want the fabric pressed to the side of the darker fabric. This way the darker fabric wont show through the front.

Take the sets of two and sew them to another set of two. Chain stitch these,too!
It's more important to match up that middle seam than it is to match the edges.


We'll do some trimming to get our blocks nice and straight. Now you have your 12 Four Patches!

We'll take them to the cutting board and square them up. Using the middle seam as a guide to mark your center, trim up the block to 4" Make sure you don't just trim the excess off of one side, but all four!


OK, that's all for part one.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Playing, playing, playing

closeuphedgiedollquilt, originally uploaded by kelli_s1.

I'm still doing lots of experimenting with this blog. I need to try and figure out how to get my flickr photos to show up here.

A close up of the 9 patch hedgie doll quilt.

Why I named by blog Itty Bitty Quilts

Simple really. I just love doll quilts. I love making them. I love receiving them. I love seeing the ones other people make. I make lots of other stuff, too, but this is my main pre-occupation at the moment.

Here are just a few of the doll quilts that I have completed in the last couple of months.
I created a sew-along for this doll quilt on I might go ahead and post it here soon. We'll see.


These next two quilts were both for a quilt swap at

Flickr Fun Meme

Flickr Fun Meme, originally uploaded by kelli_s1.

I'm so excited to be actually posting something! I honestly don't know if I'll share this blog with anyone, or if I'll keep up with it, but here's a start, whatever lies ahead.

Here's what this collage is all about.

a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.

b. Using only the first page, pick an image.

c. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd's mosaic maker.

1. What is your first name?

2. What is your favorite food?

3. What high school did you go to?

4. What is your favorite color?

5. Who is your celebrity crush?

6. Favorite drink?

7. Dream vacation?

8. Favorite dessert?

9. What you want to be when you grow up?

10. What do you love most in life?

11. One Word to describe you.

12. Your flickr name