Simple Hexagon Quilt Pattern (Craftsy Learn to Quilt: Colorful Bed Quilt Class)

quilt pattern for hex and triangle with "Little House on the Prairie" fabric
Craftsy Colorful Bed Quilt (hexagon quilt pattern) in the “Learn to Quilt” class series. Little House on the Prairie fabric.

I finally finished another quilting project using Little House on the Prairie fabric & quilt kit! I decided to complete Craftsy’s Learn How to Quilt class series with Amy Gibson’s Colorful Bed Quilt. This quilting class teaches you how to quilt a large (queen size) quilt with triangles and hexagons. The pieces are quite large so cutting them out and piecing them is a fairly quick process, and you can complete this class quite quickly. To keep with the simplicity of the quilt, I decided to stitch in the ditch for my quilting process. A double binding adds visual interest to the boarder.

I made this quilt for my mom, so I chose somewhat traditional floral fabric. I also chose non-directional fabric so I could complete the cutting and piecing quickly without worrying too much about placement accuracy.

Hexagon quilts are a classic design but because they feature clean, simple lines they can look quite modern. Crafty has good resources on learning to make a hexagon quilt.

I am very happy with my huge queen size quilt! The craftsy class was good, but perhaps a tiny bit rushed in spots. I think I feel ready to tackle a quilting pattern on my own now.

little house on the prairie fabric hexagon quilt pattern
Hexagon quilt in Little House on the Prairie quilting cotton fabric

Online Quilting Class

stitch in the ditch on hexagon quilt
Craftsy’s “Learn to Quilt: Colorful Bed Quilt” class with Little House on the Prairie fabric. My quilt top is a little loose… Better make more quilts for practice.

Beginner Quilting: Craftsy Cozy Throw Quilt

throw quilt by craftsy online quilting class
Amy Gibson’s Craftsy Cozy Throw Quilt

It has been a loooong time, but I recently finished my latest quilting project! I made another one of Amy Gibson’s quilt patterns in the Learn to Quilt Series on Craftsy, the Cozy Throw Quilt. I couldn’t be more happy with the online video class or with my finished throw quilt.

This Craftsy class teaches you how to strip quilt. Strip quilting allows you to build you quilt blocks in a quick and efficient way. Although the individual blocks themselves look complicated to make but because they are actually cut from strips of fabric sewn together, the process is easier and faster than you might guess. It took me a long time to finish this throw quilt, but only because various family emergencies and baby sleep regressions made this easy quilt pattern into a rather drawn out process. It was hard to find a block of time to actually sew, and whenever I tried to, someone wandered over to unplug my sewing machine or push all the buttons on my sewing machine.

strip quilting: kona cotton solid quilting fabric
kona cotton solids quilting fabric strips
how to strip quilt
how to strip quilt
finished craftsy cozy throw quilt pattern from amy gibson
finished craftsy cozy throw quilt pattern from amy gibson
machine quilting with walking foot in diamond pattern
I machine quilted this easy strip quilt in an all over diamond pattern with my walking foot

Amy Gibson gives very clear instructions and is a very good teacher. She teaches you how to accurately measure and cut strips of fabric for strip quilting. Then she teaches you how to make quilt blocks from those strips. My quilt is far from perfect but I love it.

Craftsy offers a pre made quilting kit for this class. It is a beautiful set of bright, feminine quilting cotton solids. I chose to make my own mix of muted colors in kona cotton quilting solids from fabric.com. If you don’t want to cut fabric strips then you can buy pre-cut jelly roll quilting fabric.

Craftsy Learn to Quilt Cozy Throw Quilt
Craftsy Learn to Quilt Cozy Throw Quilt
strip quilt pattern
throw quilt with kona cotton solids fabric
kids on quilt on couch
my throw quilt on the couch about to get very dirty

Learn to Quilt: Custom Table Runner (Craftsy class project)

Christmas pinwheel quilt table runner
Table runner quilt with half square triangle pinwheels for Christmas

My latest beginner sewing project is the fantastic and easy Custom Table Runner Quilt by Craftsy. This simple quilting project uses half square triangles in a compact quilt. I got practice making pinwheel quilt blocks and machine quilting the top of the quilt, but because this is a small scale projct I did not feel overwhelmed or frustrated. In fact, this class would help a beginner quilter learn new skills and increase their sewing confidence!

pinwheel christmas table runner
Custom quilted table runner for christmas table setting. Half square triangles for pinwheels.
quilt binding rippling
A little rippling on my quilt binding. Oh well.

Since I don’t often use a table runner, I opted for a holiday quilted table runner. I decided to use Christmas fabric and challenge myself to make a pinwheel quilt design. I am thrilled with my Christmas table runner quilt. Its not perfect, but I never thought I would be able to make a half-square triangle or a pinwheel design. The Craftsy sewing class instructor, Amy Gibson, made the quilt chain piecing process clear and straightforward. I know can now easily apply the skills taught in this class to another table runner or even a bigger quilting project.

One thing I need to do differently next time is be more exact with my binding. I have to make sure my quarter inch seam is accurate when machine binding the quilt. I had to pull the binding quite tight on the other side of my quilt to try to cover my stitching seam,so there is some rippling on the edge of the quilt binding. I decided to finish the quilt by machine binding it, because the hand stitched binding was too painful and frustrating for me.

christmas pinwheel quilt table runner
Christmas table runner quilt with half square triangle pinwheels
pinwheel quilt with matchstick
Pinwheel quilt pieced by chain piecing. I used a half inch straight line (almost matchstick!) to machine quilt the top using my walking foot attachment on my sewing machine.

Learn to quilt: charming baby quilt (Craftsy)

Craftsy Learn to Quilt: Charming baby quilt
Craftsy Learn to Quilt: Charming baby quilt

Now that my baby is a year old, he is starting to sleep through the night. Sometimes when he doesn’t wake up in the middle of the night, I have been able to wake up early. This change has given me the opportunity to start sewing again.

For my return to sewing, I wanted a simple but useful project. I felt like I barely remembered how to thread my machine! The first class in the Craftsy Learn to Quilt series was a perfect fit for me. This “charming baby quilt” online sewing class featured a simple baby receiving blanket quilt using square charm packs of fabric. No risky measuring and cutting for those unsure of their sewing skills! The quilt is even self bound, so there is no need to worry about binding the quilt.

Baby quilt with ties instead of a quilted top
Baby quilt with ties instead of a quilted top.
I loved this quick and easy quilting project. The instructor, Amy Gibson, did a great job of answering all the basic and common sense questions I had while sewing. The instructions were clear and perfectly detailed. This class was a great foundation for moving on to any other sewing projects.

self bound quilt
Self bound quilt (no sewn on binding)
I used Cool L’s Modern Basics by Lecien for my fabrics. I wish I would have realized that Craftsy has a super cute baby quilt kit that coordinates with this class. It would have taken all the guess work and waste out of buying my own fabric.

I liked this class so much that I have already signed up for the next class in the series: Learn to Quilt: Custom Table Runner.

beginner quilt pattern
Simple quilt pattern using fabric charm squares

Sew Burp Cloths (Easy Baby Sewing Project!)

Since I am going to have another baby in a month and a half, I have to get some baby supplies together. Most of my old stuff is still perfectly good, but I need more burp cloths! I decided to sew myself a little stash of soft, absorbent burp cloths for the new baby. This turned out to be a quick and easy sewing project for a baby! Plus it is very cost effective considering the cost of burp cloths from a store.

Sew Burp Cloths
Sew Burp Cloths for a Baby

I used the burp cloth tutorial from Dana Made It.

sew burp cloths flannel chenille
Flannel and Chenille Burp Cloth Sewing Project
I used flannel fabric for the backing and chenille fabric for the absorbent layer of fabric. Of course the minor problems I ran into were related to the burp cloth fabrics. The flannel shrunk and the edges shredded when I pre-washed it more than I expected. The soft chenille stretched a lot when I was sewing it AND it made an unholy fluffly mess all over when I cut into it.

As a result the sizes of my burp cloths are a little inconsistent. In the end I decided that the burp cloths might not be perfect, but they are good enough to be puked on.