Monday, June 12, 2017

Arbor Blossom Hourglass Pillow

Arbor Blossom Hourglass Pillow by Heidi Staples for Fabric Mutt

There are a few designers who just have a knack for creating sweet floral prints, and Nadra Ridgeway of Ellis & Higgs is one of them. I want a whole bouquet of her flowers on fabric! Her new collection Arbor Blossom is just as lovely as her previous two lines, and I really enjoyed turning these prints into a simple patchwork pillow using a traditional hourglass block.

Arbor Blossom Hourglass Pillow by Heidi Staples for Fabric Mutt

The pillow feels so vintage to me. I tried to pair similar colors in each block within both the feature and background prints. The white borders and colorful cornerstones let the blocks stand out a bit within the pillow top.

Arbor Blossom Hourglass Pillow by Heidi Staples for Fabric Mutt

My favorite print in the whole collection is this blue floral -- so lovely! I tried making my first button closure for the envelope backing, and I love the way it turned out.

Arbor Blossom Hourglass Pillow by Heidi Staples for Fabric Mutt

The faux weave on the button surface makes me think of lattices and wicker furniture, playing nicely with the Arbor Blossom theme.

Keep your eyes out for other projects on the Arbor Blossom blog tour this week. Here's the schedule:


6-12-2017   Heidi Staples at fabricmutt.blogspot.com
6-13-2017   Kim Kruzich at retro-mama.blogspot.com
6-14-2017   LeAnne Ballard at everydaycelebrate.blogspot.com
6-15-2017   Allison Jensen at woodberryway.com
6-16-2017   Veronica Am at vividfelicity.wordpress.com
6-17-2017   Nadra Ridgeway at ellisandhiggs.com

Happy sewing, friends!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Soulful Sewing

Soulful Fabric Project Samples by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt

Last month I had the chance to make a few small projects for my friend Maureen's booth for Quilt Market using her new Soulful collection which is just starting to hit stores now. Maureen is the queen of bohemian chic, and this collection proves it. Her designs are organic and lovely and remind me of exotic destinations. The coin pouch above is probably my favorite sample. Those patchwork squares finish at 1", and I love the rounded edges on the bottom corners.

Soulful Fabric Project Samples by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt

Two larger zipper pouches show off more patchwork. I love pairing the quilting cottons with AGF denim.

Soulful Fabric Project Samples by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt

This log cabin block makes a sweet tiny pincushion.

Soulful Fabric Pixie Basket by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt

For my last two projects, I used a few of my own tutorials. Pixie Baskets are always handy.

Soulful Fabric Pinnie Pennant by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt

And I loved featuring one of Maureen's global inspired prints at the top of this Pinnie Pennant. Instead of twine or string, I used leather cord for the loop at the top which felt like a good match with these prints.

Soulful seems like just the thing for summer sewing. Be sure to check out the whole collection here!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Five & Dime Goes to Market


My Five & Dime fabric made it's debut at Quilt Market last weekend. I wasn't able to attend, but the dear people at Riley Blake/Penny Rose were kind enough to let me have a corner of the main booth for a small display. I spent several weeks sewing up as many things as I could before everything had to be mailed off. It was so much fun to finally get to play with my own fabric!

I love the Girl Friday Sewing Case from my book which you see at the top of the post. It has so much room inside for tools and projects on the go!


This Trinket Case was the perfect chance for fussy cutting. I spotted that gum ball machine charm at Hobby Lobby and just couldn't resist!


I had to make a Deluxe Pincushion (also from my book) with all my tiniest fussy cut pieces.


These baby shoes make my heart melt. The pattern is from Zakka Handmades by Amy Morinaka.


This Boardwalk Mini Tote is from the Fast Fabric Gifts booklet I did for Issue 41 of Love Patchwork & Quilting last year. It makes such a fun reusable gift bag.


I can never get enough patchwork pillows. This cover features a large courthouse steps block.


It's so great to see a spectrum of all the colors and prints in one place on this pillow cover, and I love the way they look against the gray background. These diamonds can be pieced so quickly, making for a great fast finish.


My last project was a quick half apron in my Packaging print, complete with a bow and pom-pom trim.


Thanks to Cindy Cloward, I was able to get a glimpse of my display on Instagram. The biggest project in my display was my new Storefronts Quilt, which will be a free pattern on my blog. Would you believe that I was in such a rush to get it bound and mailed off to St. Louis that I completely forgot to take a finished photo? But I'll have a photo (and a pattern) for you coming soon...promise!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Blossom Pillow

Fat Quarter Style Blossom Pillow with Charleston and Les Petits fabrics by Heidi Staples for Fabric Mutt

I'm guest posting over at the Fat Quarter Shop blog today, sharing this patchwork pillow I made using the Blossom quilt block pattern from Fat Quarter Style. Pairing Amy Sinibaldi's lovely new Charleston and Les Petits collections with some Sevenberry dotted canvas and this simple quilt block might just be the best decision I've made all week -- I'm definitely in love with the results. Head over to the blog to check it out!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Gingham Girls Stationery Kit

Gingham Girls Stationery Kit by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt

When I was a little girl, my mother sewed clothes for me and my sister whenever she could. After getting a glimpse of Amy Smart's new collection Gingham Girls for Penny Rose Fabrics, I was almost certain that she'd gotten a peek at my childhood closet. These prints would be right at home among those handmade dresses.


Light and happy and just a touch patriotic, Gingham Girls couldn't be more perfect for summer sewing.

Gingham Girls Stationery Kit by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt

I haven't stitched up a Stationery Kit from my tutorial in a while, and it always makes for a fun afternoon of sewing. While I love using these projects to hold note cards and stickers, they make sweet little sewing kits with just the quick addition of a felt rectangle for needles and pins.

Gingham Girls Stationery Kit by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt

I especially like using them for paper piecing. That snap pocket is just the right size for 1" hexagon paper pieces!

The more I work with Amy's fabric, the more I love it. I introduced her prints to my fabric stash too and found that it played really well with the rest of my collection. The kit was an early Mother's Day gift for my mom -- and a not nearly big enough "thank you" for all the gorgeous clothes she made for me over the years. I love you, Mom! You're amazing!!

Gingham Girls Stationery Kit by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt

Be sure to check in at Amy's website for more stops on the Gingham Girls tour in the next few weeks!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Hair Bow Pouch

Fat Quarter Baby Hair Bow Pouch by Heidi Staples for Fabric Mutt

I'm guest posting over at the Fat Quarter Shop blog today for this month's Pattern Makeover post. A fun block from Fat Quarter Baby has become the sweetest little pouch for hair accessories...donut charm included. Head over there to check it out!

Modern Triangle Quilts & Giveaway


It's an understatement to say how proud I am of my dear friend Rebecca Bryan. I've known this girl since the early days back when we were both starting our blogs and chasing toddlers around the house at the same time. She has completely blown me away as she's tackled challenge after challenge in the quilting business, always inspiring others with her creative work. I can't believe how many projects she can balance at once, and she has even more wonderful surprises up her sleeve that you'll be hearing about soon, I promise!


One of her most recent finishes was a gorgeous new book for Stash Books called Modern Triangle Quilts, and it was a joy for me to have a tiny part in it.


This clever take on sampler quilts features nothing but triangle blocks -- in equilateral, right, and isosceles versions, no less. It's such a great concept, and the patterns are so interesting to make.


All of the quilts in the book are made using only solid fabrics...with three exceptions: the sample blocks that Becca asked me to make featuring prints. I had an absolute ball playing with her patterns to come up with these mini quilts, and it was a wonderful challenge to see how I could highlight different aspects of the fabric designs. The mini quilt at the top of my post is the best example of this kind of fussy cutting -- so much fun!


Instead of a typical blog tour, Becca wanted to do something special to publicize her book. She asked a number of quilters to sew a block from Modern Triangle Quilts following a predetermined color scheme, and she has pulled them all together in a lovely new pattern called the Well Wishes Quilt. The pattern is currently on sale for a limited time through her blog for just $5 right here, and everyone who purchases the pattern will be entered for a chance to win the quilt. All proceeds from the pattern sales will be donated to Living Water International, a Christian group that digs wells for communities who have no access to clean water. You can read all the details at her blog post here.

Stash Books is giving away one copy of Modern Triangle Quilts to my readers (a hard copy to a U.S. resident or an e-copy to an international winner). Just leave a comment on this post to be entered to win, and be sure to include an email address if you're a no-reply commenter! The giveaway will close on April 18th.

Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour below!

Monday April 3rd: Jessee Maloney - www.artschooldropout.net
Monday April 3rd: Stash Books - www.ctpub.com/blog/
Tuesday April 4th: Heidi Staples - www.fabricmutt.blogspot.com/
Wednesday April 5th: Felice Regina - www.sewscatterbrained.com/
Thursday April 6th: Giuseppe Ribaudo - @giucy_giuce
Friday April 7th: Christa Watson - www.christaquilts.com/
Saturday April 8th: Christopher Thompson - thetattooedquilter.com
Monday April 10th: Karin Jordan - www.leighlaurelstudios.com/
Tuesday April 11th: Kitty Wilkin - nightquilter.com/
Wednesday April 12th: Nicole Daksiewicz - modernhandcraft.com/
Thursday April 13th: Sarah Thompson - www.sariditty.com/
Friday April 14th: Amy Sinibaldi - www.nanaCompany.typepad.com/
Saturday April 15th: Rebecca Bryan - www.bryanhousequilts.com

Happy sewing, friends!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Bountiful Four Patch Quilt

Art Gallery Fabrics Bountiful Four Patch Quilt by Heidi Staples for Fabric Mutt

The first time I saw my brilliant friend Sharon Holland's new Bountiful collection for Art Gallery Fabrics, I thought, "She drew Texas!" Over and over again as I sewed, I felt as though I was l working with scenes from my own neighborhood in the hill country. Sharon has created a beautiful set of designs that feature a soft rainbow of colors and lovely pastoral themes. I quickly decided that I wanted to go old school with my quilt, settling on a simple four patch block set against a quiet background.

Art Gallery Fabrics Bountiful Four Patch Quilt by Heidi Staples for Fabric Mutt

I paired Sharon's prints with a pure white solid, tossing in a few cream colored squares for interest. I quilted a quarter inch from each side of every seam, and for my backing, I used prints from Sharon's Tapestry collection which blend perfectly with the colors of Bountiful.

Art Gallery Fabrics Bountiful Four Patch Quilt by Heidi Staples for Fabric Mutt

The quilt is bound in my favorite shade of AGF linen, Adobe Clay. I love using linen binding on quilts whenever I can. It's such a nice detail and makes a great contrast with the quilting cottons.

Art Gallery Fabrics Bountiful Four Patch Quilt by Heidi Staples for Fabric Mutt

My oldest daughter is absolutely thrilled to be getting this as her new bed quilt for the spring and summer months. It's sweet and just a bit more grown up than anything else I've made for her. I think it will serve her well in the years to come. She and her sisters had a ball taking the quilt outside for playtime yesterday. They decided that it makes a lovely spot to sit outside in the fresh spring air.

Art Gallery Fabrics Bountiful Four Patch Quilt by Heidi Staples for Fabric Mutt

It was such a joy as always to work with Sharon's fabric. Be sure to visit the other stops on the Bountiful tour listed below!

Tuesday, April 4
Emily Dennis
Blog: quiltylove
Instagram: emily_dennis_

Wednesday, April 5
Minki Kim
Blog: Minkikim
Instagram:@zeriano

Thursday, April 6
Heather Andrus
Blog: quiltstory
Instagram: quiltstory 

Friday, April 7
Sharon McConnell
Blog: colorgirlquilts
Instagram: @colorgirlquilts 

Monday, April 10
Silvia Sutters
Blog: astrangerview
Instagram: @astrangerview 

Tuesday, April 11
Elina Temmes
Blog : elinatemmes
Instagram: @elinatemmes 

Wednesday, April 12
Kim Niedzwiecki
Blog: gogokim
Instagram:gogokim

Thursday, April 13
Katie Skoog
Blog: TheSimpleLifeCompany
Instagram: @SimpleLifePatterns 

Friday, April 14
Cindy Wiens
Blog: liveacolorfullife
Instagram: @liveacolorfullife 

Monday, April 17
Maureen Cracknell
Blog: maureencracknellhandmade
Instagram: @maureencracknell 

Tuesday, April 18
Name: Lynn Harris
Blog : LynnCarsonHarris
Instagram: @LynnCarsonHarris 

Wednesday, April 19
Anjeanette Klinder
Blog : anjeanettek
Instagram: @anjeanetteklinder

Thursday, April 20
Mathew Boudreaux
Blog: misterdomestic
Instagram: @MisterDomestic 

Friday, April 21
Alexis Wright
Blog: mysweetsunshinestudio
Instagram: @myysweetsunshine 

Sue Stone
Blog: needleinafabricstash
Instagram: @needleinafabricstash

Art Gallery Fabrics Bountiful Four Patch Quilt by Heidi Staples for Fabric Mutt

Happy sewing, friends!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Lily Pouches

Lily Pouches by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt

We are so ready for spring at my house. With deer frolicking in the front yard and wildflowers blooming everywhere, it seems like it's finally here to stay. I love it when my sewing is a perfect match for the season, and these pouches made with the Lily collection by Sue Penn for Penny Rose Fabrics feel exactly right for this time of year.

Lily Pouches by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt

Over spring break, I had the chance to fly back to California to visit my sister and her family. It was a lovely trip, full of sweet visits with family and friends. I brought these pouches along as gifts for a few special people. Whenever I need a quick gift, I almost always go with a pouch. They're simple, fast, and useful for just about everyone.

Lily Pouches by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt

These came together in just two afternoons of sewing. I sewed small strips together and quilted on either side of each seam. I usually like to mix up my prints, but this time I decided to stick with a separate colorway for each pouch. Going with a more cohesive color scheme for each piece was a nice change, and I will definitely do it again in the future.

Lily Pouches by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt

At about 4 x 6", these are just the right size to tuck into a bag. As always, I added leather ties as zipper pulls and twill tape loops to the sides of each pouch.

Happy sewing, friends -- and happy spring!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Pieced Gingham Coasters

Gingham Coasters from Farm Girl Vintage by Lori Holt sewn by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt

I'm guest posting at the Fat Quarter Shop blog today for a new series called Pattern Makeover where I'm sharing these pieced gingham coasters that I made by adapting a pattern from Farm Girl Vintage by Lori Holt. Head over there to take a peek!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Pinnie Pennant Tutorial

Pinnie Pennant Tutorial by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt

My dear friend Julie of The Intrepid Thread asked me to come up with another fun tutorial for this year's Quilt Non event (for all of us who can't make it to Quilt Con East), following in the footsteps of last year's Pixie Basket tutorial. So I wrote up a quick little patchwork pennant with a landing spot for pins and needles that I'm calling the Pinnie Pennant. This little project takes 30 minutes or less to sew, and it's tiny enough that you can even hang it on the hand wheel of your sewing machine. I think this would make a cute little extra for swaps too!

Pinnie Pennant Tutorial by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt

If you make one of these, please share it on Instagram and use the hashtag #pinniepennant (and #quiltnon2017 if you're making it for the weekend challenge!). Be sure to tag me too @fabricmutt!

Happy sewing, friends!

Pinnie Pennant Tutorial
by Heidi Staples
Finished size: 3 1/2 x 4 1/2”




Fabric
For
Cut
Charm square of linen
Main body
1 rectangle, 3 3/4 x 4”
7 print scraps, each at least 2” square
Patchwork border
1 rectangle, 1 x 2”, from each print
Mini charm square of gold stripe print
Needle landing spot backing
1 rectangle, 2 x 2 3/4”, edges cut with pinking shears
Mini charm square of cream felt
Needle landing spot
1 rectangle, 1 1/2 x 2 1/4”
Charm square of batting
Interfacing
1 square, 5 x 5”
String or baking twine
Hanging loop
1 piece, 7” long
Charm square of floral print
Pennant backing
1 square 5 x 5”



Additional Materials
Adhesive basting spray
Twill tape (optional) for decorative loop
Basting clips
Pins & needles


Notes
All seams 1/4” unless otherwise stated.
RST = right sides together
Press seams open wherever possible.



1. On the linen square, use a pencil to mark 1” up on the left and right edges (the 3 3/4” long sides) and mark the midpoint on the lower edge (a 4” side). Use your rotary cutter to trim a straight line from the midpoint to the left 1” marking. Do the same from the midpoint to the the right 1” marking. (See photo above.)



2. Sew the 1 x 2” patchwork border rectangles together in a row, sewing along the 2” edges.


3. Sew the patchwork row to the top straight 4” long edge of the linen piece. Use adhesive basting spray to fuse the wrong side of the pennant to the batting square. Quilt as desired and then trim off the excess batting. (I stitched on either side of each seam on the patchwork as well as on the seam joining the patchwork to the linen piece.)



4. Place the ends of your string on the top edge of the pennant, lined up with the first patchwork seam from each side with the loop pointing down. Stitch in place 1/8” from the top edge.

5. Use the front panel of the pennant as a guide to trace and cut out the pennant backing piece. Place the front and back pieces RST, secure them with pins or basting clips, and stitch all the way around the pennant, leaving a 2-3” gap on the right or left edge. Be sure to backstitch when you start and stop.




6. Trim the corners and then turn the pennant right side out through the gap, gently pushing out the corners with a chopstick or turning tool. Tuck the raw edges inside the gap, press the pennant, and then sew 1/8 - 1/16” from the edge all the way around the outside of the pennant.



7. Use adhesive basting spray to fuse the felt rectangle to the right side of the needle landing spot backing piece, making sure that it’s centered. If you like, tuck in a decorative twill tape loop centered at the bottom between the felt and the backing piece.Then use adhesive basting spray to fuse that piece to the center of the linen part of the pennant. Stitch around the felt piece, just inside the edge of the rectangle, to secure in place.

Pinnie Pennant Tutorial by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt

8. Tuck your pins and needles into the felt, hang up your pennant, and enjoy!

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