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Star Wars Quilt | May the Fourth Modern Designs!

May the Fourth be with you! Happy Star Wars day! I thought it would be fun to share how I have made a modern Star Wars quilt. I love a challenge, and for me, using character prints in a way that felt fresh and modern was definitely that challenge. I love how both these quilts turned out! Just a quick note, I made both these quilts a while back and I’m just now getting aroundContinue reading

Spyglass Patchwork Chore Coat

I made Riley’s quilt coat back in the fall, and I did it with the intention of making myself a matching one. But I didn’t have enough background fabric, and it took a while for me to sit down and do some calculations and order it! During that time, I started developing the Patchwork Chore Coat, so I switched gears and decided to use my coat pattern for this quilt coat instead of my originalContinue reading

Modern Crossing Baby Quilt | Flutter

I made two baby quilts for PBS Fabrics’s 2020 Quiltcon booth, and in the rush to get these made I never created blog posts about them! This Modern Crossing baby quilt was made with the Flutter collection by Ampersand Studios for PBS Fabrics. Want to see the second quilt I made for the PBS Fabrics booth? Check out the Etoile Baby Quilt here! I love the Modern Crossing quilt pattern because it has so manyContinue reading

Etoile Baby Quilt | Circus

PBS Fabrics reached out to me about making some baby quilts for their 2020 Quiltcon booth. These quilts never got their own blog post, which is a shame! So, better late than never ;). Let’s start with this Etoile baby quilt! Want to see the second quilt I made for the PBS Fabrics booth? Check out the Modern Crossing Baby Quilt here! This baby quilt was made with the Step Right Up collection by SuzyContinue reading

Etoile Quilt | Made with Thrifted Materials

I made a different type of quilt recently when I made a sustainable quilt with all thrifted and upcycled materials! This is something I’ve wanted to do for a while and with Earth Day around the corner I had the motivation to get this done! Why use upcycled materials? I wanted to challenge myself to create a quilt out of all upcycled materials for a couple of reasons. The first reason, simply, I like aContinue reading

Unruly Nature Nordic Star Quilt

This Unruly Nature Nordic Star quilt came out of my partnership with Ruby Star Society. They featured Nordic Star in this new Unruly Nature fabric collection in their lookbook, and I was able to actually sew one up! Unruly Nature was designed by RSS Guest Designer Jen Hewett. The collection is soft, beautiful, and complex. For my Nordic Star quilt, I selected fabrics from the yellow, peach, and pink colorways. It reminds me of pinkContinue reading

Scrappy Half Square Triangles Tutorial

These scrappy Half Square Triangles are a great way to use up scraps and you can incorporate them into your next quilting project. Or check out these fun tutorials: Scrap Heart Quilt Block Scrappy Throw Pillows Mini Heart Block Tutorial Today we’re going to use the 2-at-a-time method to create 5.5” finished half square triangles. Finished size is the size when they’re sewn into your project. If you’d like to make a different size, orContinue reading

Zero Waste Quilting & Scrap Management

Someone recently tagged me in an Instagram post about Zero Waste quilting, and I thought the subject would be a fun one to elaborate on in a blog post, specifically about how I approach zero waste quilting and scrap management in my own quilting practice here at Patchwork & Poodles. What is Zero Waste Quilting? Zero waste quilting is the concept that everything gets used – from the fabric to the thread – and nothingContinue reading

Fat Quarter Friendly Patterns

Got a fat quarter bundle and you’re not sure how to use it? There’s plenty of Patchwork & Poodles patterns that are fat quarter friendly! Keep reading below to see how many fat quarters you’ll need to sew up your favorite throw size P&P pattern! 8 Fat Quarters The throw sizes of Zippy, Spyglass, Zesty, and Modern Crossing all use 8 fat quarters! Related Blog Posts: Scrappy Modern Crossing Quilt Zippy Quilt Zippy Quilt –Continue reading

Using Fat Quarters for the Nordic Star Quilt

One of the questions I field the most is whether Nordic Star is fat quarter friendly. The short answer is no. The long answer is, yes, you can use fat quarters for the Nordic Star quilt, but it’s complicated. Nordic Star was written to use yardage. The ombre version is a gradient and each color gets used more than once. So as written, the pattern is not fat quarter friendly. However, if you wanted toContinue reading

Creating Coordinating Quilts

I’m a big fan of coordinating, or companion quilts. Quilts that work well together in a room but aren’t exactly the same. Quilts that use the same fabric collection but different patterns or styles. In my mind, I always call these sister quilts. I grew up with one older sister, and she’s an amazing person. Kind, generous, thoughtful, always willing to help. She’s the quintessential older sister and I’m so lucky to have her. WeContinue reading

Printable Color-Your-Own Valentines (Free!)

I have something a little different for you today! If you’re looking for a DIY candy free valentines option for your kid’s school party, this is for you! My free printable color-your-own valentines are here! There’s two different options for you to use. Printable Color-your-own Valentines are a great gift for kids because it gives them an activity to do (win), without the sugar high (double win!). Pair this printable color-your-own valentines with crayons orContinue reading