This is our Gumball Quilt, and while one of the most simple quilts I have made in both technique and fabrics, it is one of my all time favorites. To me it screams happy, joyful and warm summer days! It is just wonderful for a baby quilt, for a little one to use outside on the lawn or as a stunning wall decor. The finished size is 38″ X 45″. This quilt was very popular in kits for our shop, but as it is now retired I thought we would share it as a FREE pattern with you.
It is great for beginners and experts alike, quick to make and you can easily machine quilt it on your regular sewing machine with ease (which is what I did on this one). You can make this with prints, but I just LOVE the solids and most of us have a ton of those on hand right now. Plus lookie how cute with this polka dot backing and of course stripe binding! I am not sure I can think of a quilt that I have EVER made that does not have striped bias binding. It is always my fave!
Our kits came with a acrylic template, so if you already own one of those you can go ahead and use it. You will want a template that measures 4 1/4″ from the middle top to bottom & 9 1/4″ from side to side and the widest point. But if you do not have one, you can easily make your own template with Freezer paper! We will show you how in the tutorial linked below, it takes minutes. If you are making your own template, make sure to print out the Hexie template & Freezer Paper Template Tutorial in addition to the Gumball Quilt pattern.
We hope you make one or even a few of these, enjoy!
Gumball Quilt Pattern
Gumball Hexie Template
Making a Freezer Paper Template
We made these sweet fabric headbands for Easter for the little members of our family and I totally want to steal them for myself. They are absolutely adorable and will look perfect with the fancy Easter attire in your photographs. I posted a pic the other day and many of you wanted a pattern, so here is a free tutorial. I know the holiday is just around the corner, but they will only take you about an hour so there is plenty of time to get some finished for your little’s. Grab some fabric from your stash, purchase some simple headbands to cover, print our patterns below and your set.
Bunny Bow Headband Pattern
Ear Bow Pattern Pieces
This is my Bea’s Blooms quilt, just finished for my daughter Beatrix. I kinda love it! I was asked to be a part of Shari Butler’s Blog Tour for her new collection “In The Meadow” for Sweet Bee Designs. I received the fabrics and really fell in love!
I loved the happy colors and especially appreciated how many different really fun white background prints there were. I decided I wanted to make a quilt that really featured the backgrounds. Bea’s Blooms is made completely with Half Hexie’s , using the layout to create simple flowers. I made this quilt pretty small in size, because in my experience those are the quilts that will become “woobies” for little ones, as they can easily carry them around themselves.
See, she loves it already!
Click the links below to download our PDF pattern to make one of your own. You can make your own template with our pattern, or use the Riley Blake 5″ Half Hexie Ruler to make life really easy. Sewing these Half Hexie’s is really simple and quick, the only thing you need to pay attention to is the layout in order to create the flowers with fabric placement.
Bea’s Blooms Half Hexie Pattern
Make sure to check out all of the other stops on the “In the Meadow” Blog tour! There are some fantastic designers and projects!
I even used some of my In The Meadow Fabrics for my Row #7 in my Row Along Quilt. It’s the row on the bottom, doesn’t it look great!?
This is our Aiden & Ava Bib, we made these years ago and they are still one of our most popular patterns. It makes total sense that they are always a favorite because they are adorable, reversible, stay on your child and simple to make. The only part that seems to make people a little nervous is attaching the bias binding edge, but it is so simple! And to show you how easy we decided to make a little tutorial. This bias binding edge is also a great way to finish off any bib you design, pockets, a neckline and many other sewn items. Click the following link to download our tutorial, and get sewing whether its with our bib design or one of your very own. Simple Bias Binding Edge Tutorial
If you would like to give our Aiden & Ava Bibs a try, we offer them in kits with the same adorable fabrics we have used, plus pre-cut bias strips. Or if you like to pick your own fabrics, you can just get a PDF version of the pattern.
The picture below shows the back view of our bibs, which when turned inside out is the reverse side of the bib, it can be worn on either side.
My Beatrix looking pretty adorable in her Aiden & Ava Bib.
This is one of my very favorite dresses made for me by Jeanette (my MIL and the other Pipers Girl). It also has the same bias binding edge around the collar and on the edge of the short sleeves.
This is our Happy Hedgehogs Quilt. I am so excited to announce that it will be featured in a new book called Baby Quilts for Beginners from That Patchwork Place & Martingale, available July 5th. We will have books & kits for sale in our SHOP . But also, Make sure to ask your local quilt shop to get it. It even made it to the cover! Yay! There are many fantastic, yet simple to make projects in this book. We are proud to be in the company of so many wonderful quilt designers. Pick it up, we promise you won’t be disappointed.
This is our latest Quilt design, Rainy Day. I just love it! I am going to try to steal it for myself to hang on the wall in my daughters room. It is mostly applique, with only pieced borders to add a little scrappy fun. The finished quilt is 48″ X 60″, perfect for a little ones bed or to hang as I want to do. We used the Apliquick tools and machine applique for this quilt, check out our tutorial if you would like to give them a try. Remember April showers bring May flowers!
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