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ABC Adventure Blocks Tutorial

ABC Adventure Block Tutorial
ABC Adventure Blocks Tutorial

Todays tutorial is part of the Dream Big with Dr.Seuss Challenge with Fat Quarter Shop.

Fat Quarter Shop challenged a few bloggers to create something fabulous with the newest Dr.Seuss Fat Quarter Bundle by Robert Kaufman.

Dr.Suess FQ Bundle

This FQ Bundle also includes a super cute alphabet panel you can see in Fat Quarter Shop’s, “Big A, Little A Quilt”, FREE Pattern and YouTube Tutorial below!

So here is how to make these quick and easy ABC Adventure blocks!

ABC Adventure Blocks Tutorial


(26) 5″ squares of batting

(26) 6″ squares for backing your blocks

Trim each of your 26 letters from the panel with a 1/2″ border, about 6″ square.

ABC Adventure Block Tutorial

Layer each of the letters with a backing, batting and letter. Center the batting on the back of the letter block.

ABC Adventure Block Tutorial

On each block, stitch a zig zag stitch along the edge of the colored square surrounding your letter.

Then trim about 1/4″ around each square with some pinking shears to prevent the edges from fraying.

ABC Adventure Block Tutorial

Easy right!?! You could even quilt the centers of these blocks if you like.

Now how about that bag?

ABC Adventure Block Tutorial

From two of your remaining FQ’s, cut two pieces measuring 15″ x 17″.

Place them right sides together. Make sure if you are using the ones with words that you have them oriented correctly:)

Luckily I caught my mistake before I sewed it together!

ABC Adventure Block Tutorial

Sew a 1/2″ seam around three of your sides, leaving the top of your bag open.

You can use a zig zag stitch to serge the edges so your bag doesn’t fray on the inside.

ABC Adventure Block Tutorial

On one side of the opening of your bag…..

Un-sew about 3″ and fold those edges back, then stitch them down.

This creates a hemmed area where your drawstring comes out of your bag….sorry this pic is not the greatest, but these are hemmed individually and not connected…I can put my finger between those.

ABC Adventure Block Tutorial

Now…. we have to make our string for our drawstring bag!

Cut (2) 2.5″ strips from the long side of one FQ. Connect them together to create one long strip.

Press in half lengthwise.

ABC Adventure Block Tutorial

Press again so that the edges meet in the center.

ABC Adventure Block Tutorial

Fold in half again and use your zig zag stitch to close up your string.

ABC Adventure Block Tutorial

With your bag still inside out…

Double fold the opening and tuck your string into the fold.

ABC Adventure Block Tutorial

Stitch down this fold all the way around the opening of your bag…. being careful not to catch the string in your stitches!

ABC Adventure Block Tutorial

Tie the ends of your string together and give them a tug and your ABC Adventure Blocks are all set and now you have a perfect bag to keep them in:)

I hope you guys enjoy this tutorial and share it with a special little one.

P.S. This would make a great handmade Christmas gift!!!

Get your Dr. Seuss FQ Bundle HERE!

Enter to win a FREE Jelly Roll in this weeks Sassy Saturday Giveaway HERE!

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Paper Doll Dress-Up!

My Quilt Infatuation

Do you follow Kelly over at My Quilt Infatuation?

Well, guess what…..She has a gorgeous new pattern for you guys called Paper Doll Dress-Up! Kelly is just the sweetest and I had a blast testing out this super cute pattern for her.

Quilting: Paper Doll Dress-Up

She is giving away 3 FREE PATTERNS, so click HERE to jump over and get your name in the drawing!

If you just can’t wait, you can purchase this pattern in Kelly’s Etsy Shop or in Craftsy’s pattern store.

Here is my top, fresh off the machine:



I used a stack of Riley Blake FQ’s in Summer Song and Rainy days and Mondays. I have been staring at these two bundles for 2 years! Feels so good to actually use some of my older fabric:) Can’t wait to get this one quilted!

Good Luck in the drawing! and check out the rest of Kelly’s blog. She just finished a beautiful quilt called Absolutely Positive that I am just drooling over!

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Scrumptious Charm Quilt Finish!

Scrumptious Charm Quilt

Scrumptious Charm Quilt

Finished up my Scrumptious Charm Quilt this weekend! (I know…my names for quilts are lame!) This quilt used a Scrumptious by Bonnie and Camille charm pack and a white Kona snow charm pack. I added some yardage for borders and that’s it! I wanted a really simple quilt that was easy to put together AND actually let me use up some of this fabric that is in my sewing room just staring at me:) This is a great quilt for a beginner. I will share some more details on this pattern soon. I know for beginners the specifics for those borders, backing and binding really help.

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I totally got busted taking pics on my neighbors fence!!! Which is electric…yikes, only one buzz so that was a success(take note of the white rope). I gave her a quilted table topper as a peace offering so she is not pressing charges, ha ha! She was really just worried I would get electrocuted. If you grew up in the country you have most likely touched one of these bad boys…you won’t forget it, but not so bad. Does this make me seem crazy???

Scrumptious Quilt

For the quilting I used Aurifil 100% cotton, 50wt. in white. I started by quilting the center panel with some basic straight lines and then moved to the 2nd border and quilted more straight lines. I wanted to break up the lines so I did a simple loop de loop in the inner border. This wasn’t too bad because you have a defined space. You are doing just a simple row of loops. Now what for the outer border????

Scrumptious Quilt

The outer border was pretty wide, about 5″. I was feeling pretty brave after the inner border….okay, let’s do a feather! I had been practicing those a while back and was improving. I marked a blue chalk line along the center of the border to help( you can still see some of those)…..so where are those feathers??? Well, let’s just say it was like starting all over! It has been many months since my previous adventures and a lesson was learned. Use it or lose it!  I opted for lots more loop de loops. They came out okay, but I definitely got a little lost sometimes.

Now, I am just analyzing this to explain my process, but in reality I think it is just fine and when washed up will be perfect:)

Scrumptious Quilt Binding

I used a machine binding technique to finish my quilt. You can find the tutorial HERE. In my tutorial I tell you to stitch in the ditch along the binding, but as of late I really am liking to stitch just on top of the binding for a top-stitched look. It also makes it less noticeable if you veer off a bit.

Scrumptious Quilt Binding

Here is the back…..P.S. don’t you love the Scrumptious paisley backing! I really loved working with this line of fabric.

Scrumptious Quilt Binding

side note….Isn’t it funny how the white thread looks teal on the binding?


The winner of last weeks Cotton Bliss Giveaway is….


Congratulations and enjoy your 10 FQ’s of Mirabelle from Cotton Bliss.

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Sugar Block Catch up!


I spent this weekend catching up on some of my Sugar Blocks!

2014 Sugar Block Club

The one above is the Febuary block called Explore. This one really got on my nerves! If I had enough fabric I would probably redo it. You may be able to see some distortion…I was trying to press it into submission:) Well, the block won. It should finish at 12.5″, but it is 12″. I am going to just make do and leave it. I suspect that do to a lot of seams that I slowly ate up a little seam allowance here and there and it caught up to me. If I have to I can border it and then square it up to the proper size.

MercySugarblockThis block is called Mercy.

This one I thought would be harder, but it wasn’t! I think I could have used more contrast in the star points….more red. As I grow as a quilter I am trying not to over analyze everything and just keep moving forward. Less ripping, more stitching. So this one will stay as it is too!

Now to finishing April’s block and I will be back on track.


For all you guys doing the Triangle Quilt Along….

If you opted not to trim the zig zag edges of your quilt, Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts shared a great tutorial on how to bind those and work inside those tricky corners! This is a great tutorial even if you are not using it for this quilt, so check it out and say hello from The Sassy Quilter!

Binding inside corners tutorial at SewFresh Quilts

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Sunday Stash and Oblongagons!


So happy to say I have finally got my Oblongagon quilt top done! This one is packed full of Y seams and took me a minute.

This is part of the Oblongagonalong over at Sew Fresh Quilts. I changed my original plan from the chevron layout to the flower design. When I saw how Lorna’s was coming together I just had to try it. I haven’t actually done a lot of Y seams…just a few here and there, but not an entire quilt!

It is only a baby sized quilt but I do love it. A little creative piecing required here and there:) Fabrics are from the Cuzco line by Kate Spain.

Sunday Stash…

Here is my latest stash report! All the goodies I binged on during my recent trip to the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival.


Thought the Keep Calm print would be nice to recover a sewing room chair??? I recently saw a FB post that said, Keep Calm and overuse a slogan…haha! I might be a little late on this trend but I like it anyway:) Loved these blueprints!




These are some 30’s I matched up for some unknown project…you know I had to have those umbrellas!


Stocked up on some Swirly Girls Poppy Love:)


Trying to add to my low volume and text prints….love the linen texture!


Never too much gray and black.


These were just the cutest earrings…all made from antique buttons. These were from around 1900 and 1920. Those mini cameos are so teeny. I love teeny jewelry!

Last chance to enter the FWFS giveaway! Click HERE to enter:) Ends Sunday at midnight, open internationally.

Fort Worth Fabric Studio

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February Happenings…

Balkan Puzzle, 2012 Craftsy BOM

Chunky Chevron, 2012 Craftsy BOM

Recently I have done a few more informative posts and haven’t really shown what I have been working on. So here are a few pics of all the latest sassy stitchery!

At my Sassy Quilters Guild meeting we did our February blocks for the 2013 Craftsy BOM, Balkan Puzzle and Chunky Chevron. I am using Carnaby Street by Pat Bravo for Free Spirit.

Oblongagons in Cuzco

I finally got all my Oblongagons cut for the Oblongagonalong over at SewFreshQuilts! Starting to piece these together. I am using Cuzco by Kate Spain for Moda:)


Finished up my Scrumptious Quilt Top.


Making progress on the Star Light Star Bright quilt along @ Happy Quilting. I am doing the one block design as a baby quilt.


I am pretty excited about getting to do some pattern testing for Susan@ Swirly Girl Designs! And I get to use her gorgeous fabric line Daydream in Jewel for Michael Miller Clubhouse.


Don’t you love these colors!

Remember my “Feel the Love”, Valentine Wall Hanging? Look at these fabulous recreations that Norma and Leesa did using my tutorial!


Valentine Wall Hanging by Norma Wilder

Love Norma’s quilting!

Leesa's Valentine Wall Hanging

Valentine Wall Hanging by Leesa Burr-Bates

Love Leesa’s scrappy binding addition, so cute!

Yes, February has been busy so far! All these snow days have been productive:)

If you haven’t already…check out my upcoming Triangle Quilt Along! It starts March 21st, so you have plenty of time to ponder:)


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Cotton Bliss, New Sponsor!

Those of you who have been visiting me here for a while have heard me mention this online shop before! I love their fun and fresh fabrics and their prices even better:) I am so happy to introduce them today as one of my sponsors!!! Getting to know Stefanie has been a joy and I know you guys will enjoy working with her too on any fabric purchases you make or even just drooling over her fabric pics on Facebook and Instagram:) I want to be completely honest with you guys and tell you I would never let anyone be a sponsor that I didn’t already LOVE<3

Let me…let Stefanie…tell you a little about herself!

Cotton Bliss opened in October 2013 to fill a void in the online quilting community for quality designer fabrics at an affordable price point. An avid quilter and confessed fabric junkie, owner Stefanie Williams is committed to providing an outstanding level of personal service and the best value in the industry by offering same day shipping on in-stock items and an everyday discount of 20% below retail price. Cotton Bliss carries a wide variety of designer pre-cuts by Moda and select collections on the bolt. As our business grows, so will our selection. We invite you to visit us at www.shopcottonbliss.com, where you will find something new each week. Connect with us on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram, for all the latest news and happenings. We love to hear from our customers, so please reach out if we can answer a question, assist with an order or just to chat!    -Stefanie

I hear she offers some crazy deals over there on Instagram! So be sure to follow and keep your eye out.

As a matter of fact, I first met Stefanie when I ordered a Scrumptious and a White solid charm pack and some yardage to make this quilt top! It was super easy and I will share the pattern with you soon.


What have I got my eye on next?

Daydream Charm Pack

This Daydream by Kate Spain charm pack is only $7.60! Unfortunately Scrumptious precuts are sold out…but, there is yardage available so you better grab it quick.

And for all my Sassy friends Stefanie is offering a 10% off coupon code:)



(Coupon expires 3/31/14. Not valid on previous purchases, sale merchandise or gift certificates. Cannot be combined with other promotion codes or discounts. Code must be entered during check-out.)


If you are participating in the upcoming Triangle Quilt Along, this is a good deal to get those fabrics!

If you haven’t got your ruler yet Joann’s has them for 7.99(50%off) and one cent shipping until mignight! Click HERE.


Click HERE for more info on the Triangle QAL.


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Quilt Blocks- January


January, Block 1 – wonky pound

When it came time for come up with a project for my quilt guild for 2014 I decided we should all do the Craftsy 2012 BOM taught by Amy Gibson. Amy’s blog is Stitchery Dickory Dock and she hosts the famous Sugar Block Club. The Craftsy BOM class is free and has great videos and written instructions! This way each member can come to the meeting with their fabric cut and ready to sew. I downloaded this class actually in 2012!!!, but just never had the time to get started. I like the way Amy Gibson teaches it and the quilt itself has been a favorite of mine. The quilt blocks in this sampler are just so fresh and fun!


January, Block 2 – asterisk

Some months, like January have 2 quilt blocks, but only because they use similar techniques.  I am using a bundle of Carnaby Street by Pat Bravo for my fabric selection for this quilt! Leah Day has a FMQ Craftsy class that I took where she teaches you how to quilt this sampler on your home machine…loved that class too!

Quilts on a fence...

My Quilts…

I updated the My Quilts tab this week….so if you haven’t checked it out before you can find it here!

So, if you are not a member(free) of the Craftsy website you should totally sign up and take advantage of all their free classes, you can buy fabric there too. For those of you who have taken classes there, I would love to hear which ones and how you rated them:)

Don’t forget the Kona Solids blog hop is still in progress, here is where you can go today!  My stop will be on Mon. Jan 13th so be sure to come back and see:)

January 10


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Quilting Projects – Progress

~Quilting Progress~


Quilting progress on my quilting projects…

I managed to get all 16 of my Virtual Quilting Bee Blocks in their setting triangles, which is basically a square-in-a-square layout.

Virtual Quilting Bee

**Note** Directions were given to cut 6 1/2″ squares, but then changed to 7″! I had already cut mine, which is okay, but the larger block gives you room to square up if everything wasn’t perfect….like that ever happens;)


The tricky thing about these blocks is that when I was making them I really wasn’t thinking about this layout! The first pic is how it will be in the quilt. The second is how I envisioned it. Some blocks are pretty similar, but some look very different.


“On Point” may be a new quilt word for a beginner. It just means that the block appears to stand on its point or corner, rather than the flat base of the square.

The Square-in-a-square setting puts the block on point…but, lets you sew them together like regular quilt blocks. Without the setting triangles, you would have to sew your quilt top together in diagonal rows. It can definitely give a quilt an entire different look.

Little Miss Shabby has some great pics of how this layout can change a quilt here.

My Memory Quilt that I am working on is also pretty much DONE! I am counting it as a finish because I just have to quilt a little more in the border and that’s it:)


I will get some better pics and share the details on this one.  I had hoped to wrap up my Piper quilt top, but alas my Sunday nap got in the way! All together a successful weekend.

Before I forget…

Nov. 21st I will be participating in Quilting Gallery‘s,  Giving Thanks Blog Hop Party!

There will be lots of giveaways so be sure to put this one on your calendar.

Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways

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Quilting Projects – Throwback Thursday


Welcome to Throwback Thursday!

It’s been a little quite this week because frankly I am being over run by my own quilting projects! Too many starts and no finishes going on over here. Just take a look at the craziness happening in my living room/ kitchen area….

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Kitchen table: haven’t seen it…

Quilting Projects - Throwback Thursday

Project table in living room: piled high…


Sofa table: where is the home decor that used to hang out here…


Counter top: If you look close you can see my lunch bag and the small area for food prep…


Oh, little phone table: a little quilty goodness for you too…


So here is the Throwback part of Thursday….a fall wall hanging I made a couple years ago that we can flash back to:) I used a panel and just added some simple borders to it. Easy and quick, so if you have a panel you don’t know what to do with…remember it doesn’t have to be too complicated!

Oh yeah…some selvedges I’m saving and a bin for my cutting scraps made it over there too:)

And here is another throwback project I have recently dragged out to finish up…


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These are panels for making a sewing tote! and little zipper pouches(yikes, first zipper!). Finished the applique like a year ago, just need to quilt the panels here and make the bag/pouches. I think know I am procrastinating on this one!

So….people, this is what a single person with no children’s house looks like when left to their own quilt madness, mine anyway! I am locking myself in this weekend and not coming out until I have some serious finishes and can see at least three of these surfaces again:)

Thanks for looking at my awful, beautiful, quilt mess…

Keeping it Sassy and loving every minute of it, you do the same






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