Atlantic Waves quilt


We are super excited to show you a sneak peek of an upcoming quilt available on newstands April 1st. The quilt titled Atlantic Waves uses fabric from Janet Clare’s debut collection, Hearty Good Wishes. The quilt was made and quilted by Cindy Sharp of Tops to Treasures.

Great job, Cindy!

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The quilt pattern is available in the May June issue of McCall’s Quilting. Subscription issues began shipping March 18, 2014. By April 1, 2014, the issue will be available on newsstands, as well as in print or digital download format at . Hearty Good Wishes by Janet Clare is available from your favorite quilt or specialty store.

Mix & Match


Having fun “mixing and matching” fabrics is something I never tire of. As a new quilter I didn’t have an extensive fabric stash, and my grandmother would often let me go “shopping” in her sewing room to pick out bits and pieces of her fabrics that would add that special touch to my projects. Sometimes finding fabrics to mix and match seems to come easily–as with all of the Bonnie & Camille fabrics I mixed and matched to make my “Mini Rise & Shine” quilt pictured above (pattern by Camille Roskelley).


Mixing and matching fabrics in my recent mini quilt projects has also led me to have fun with mix and match collections in bigger projects as well.  And not only is if a lot of fun to mix and match prints from a variety of your favorite Moda fabric collections….

DSCN3180From Top: Moda Bella Bleached White 9900 97, Moda Bella Ruby Ice  9900 169, and Moda Bella Aqua 9900 34

But it is also fun to mix and match the Bella Solids. Whether by the bolt or in a bundle, playing with the endless variety of possible combinations is a lot of fun for me. Color trends in home decor and clothing often influence my color choices for quilts, and I’ve found that mixing and matching with solids is just as much fun as coordinating prints and patterns from different designers or playing with different groups from the same designer.


Recently I was excited to realize how well Moda Bella Aqua (34) pairs with Color Me Happy by V & Co. I also love this same Bella Aqua with April Showers by Bonnie & Camille…


And that got me thinking…that if both of these collections look good with the same aqua solid…maybe I could mix and match some of the prints from these fabric groups! The possibilities are almost endless once you gather a few collections along with some fun solids.

DSCN3193Mirabelle by Fig Tree & Company

I’ve also loved the beautiful soft color palettes of the Fig Tree collections for several years. (The soft and timeless Mirabelle is in shops now). I often pair my Fig Tree Fabrics with Moda Bella Snow for a background. And another one of my favorite “mix and match” projects is my “Farmer’s Wife” quilt in which I mixed and matched as many Fig Tree collections as I could.


Sometimes I used fabrics from a single collection in a block, and sometimes I mixed and matched collections in the same block. The end result was a quilt that reads “scrappy” but is actually beautifully coordinated.


Do you have favorite Moda collections that you routinely mix and match?

Moda DIY Design Party

Moda DIY design party Appliques

You may remember the Onesie Party I threw for my best friend, Jessica, a few years ago.

Group Onesies

Well now her sweet baby girl, Liv, is 2 years old and expecting a little brother in April!


You know I just HAD to make her something special to wear at the hospital. 🙂

So I ran to Target and got this adorable white denim jacket and began my BIG SIS project.


I followed the same instructions from the Onesie Party just using a jacket and a Moda Layer Cake instead of onesies and Moda Charm Packs.

Moda Fabric used on jacket: Avant Garden (coming in July!!)

It was so fun to make and I love how it turned out. And Liv loved it too!

She is so excited about her new brother if you can’t tell…  

MIY big sis jacket

I couldn’t leave little Landry out so I made him a few onesies.

MIY lil bro onesie

I can’t even begin to tell you how EASY and addictive these are to make. (Don’t worry, I will tell you my secrets. And even give you some free printables! )

I discovered this Iron-On Transfer Artist Paper that made this project so fast.


For more precious photos visit my BeauTiedAffair blog.

Ok, are you ready to learn how and make your own?! 🙂

I have designed 2 easy to follow PDF’s with designs included for you to make EITHER

1. AppliqueDesigns (such as the BIG SIS jacket) -this set includes holiday and birthday designs too!


2. Iron-On Designs (such as the LIL BRO & little DUDE onesies).

Head over to our DIY Onesie Party post for instructions on the jacket and to download the PDF!


Moda DIY design partyTransfers

And now for your Transfer HOW-TO…

Start by gathering your supplies. 

Transfer Supplies


1. OUTFITS & ACCESSORIES – get an assortment of onesies, shirts, bloomers, bibs, swaddle cloths and any other accessories you can think of to decorate.
Make sure to get a variety of colors/patterns/sizes. This makes it more FUN! 🙂

2. DESIGNS – These are included in my set for you. The designs are mirror image but will come out correctly when ironed down.

3. IRON ON TRANSFER PAPER – I use C&T’s Lesley Riley’s TAP Transfer Artist Paper– Iron-On Image Transfer Sheets.
***Make sure your paper is an iron on transfer paper.***

4. INK JET PRINTER – You MUST use an INK JET printer.
Laser printers will heat the paper too much and destroy it.

5. SCISSORS – I love my Karen Kay Buckley scissors.


MIY onesies

PRINT DESIGNS – Load your INK JET printer with the transfer paper. You want your designs on the WHITE side of the paper so make sure to load your printer accordingly.
My Transfer Artist Paper has a white side and a slightly creamy purple side. Follow the printing instructions on your transfer paper package to ensure you print on the correct side. The designs will appear backwards but that is how they should look. You can print any design of your own as well but make sure it is the mirror image.
1. If you are unsure which way to load your paper try a TEST page with regular printer paper.
– Label the bottom facing side FACE DOWN and the top facing page FACE UP. Print the designs and see which side they printed on. Then you will know which way to load your transfer paper.
2. Choose “Fit to Page” when printing so the designs do not get cut off around the edges.
Cut around designs Cut closely around your designs.

Little Dude 1


POSITION Using a sturdy, smooth surface, position your design on your onesie, shirt or accessory
exactly where you want it.

Little Dude 2
IRON With your pre-heated iron on the hottest setting (with NO steam), iron your design down.
Iron for approximately 10-30 seconds.

Little Dude 3

Test it by peeling the paper back to see if the design has transferred.

If not, gently put the paper back down and keep pressing until the design has completely transferred.

Little Dude 4

Some areas and colors may take longer. It is normal for some ink residue to remain on the paper.
PEEL Make sure to peel the paper off while it is still heated.

*Note that some fabrics will not take the ink as well as others. Notice on the bib below that some parts didn’t take but I actually really like the way it looks because it looks a little vintage and roughed up. 😉 My onesies and other cottons worked just fine though.

Little Dude 5
IRON Once the paper is removed iron the design again, making sure to apply sufficient heat and uniform pressure. This will fully bond the design, which impacts colorfastness. It may feel a littl stiff but it will soften when washed.

SHOW OFF Show off your finished design!
To protect your design, wash inside-out in cold water, on a delicate cycle, and hang to dry.

Here is the PDF to download and use for your DIY Design Party!

PDF Moda transfers


Have we inspired you to make anything?! The possibilities are endless! What will you make? 🙂

Who loves candy?


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We recently visited with Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie’s fame and asked her about her inspiration behind her Little Bites patterns.

I love candy and Moda Candy is the best.  

Inspiration?  As always, there are two things that inspire me for the patterns.  The first is what I still call the “puzzle” part of it all.  It’s the geek-thing, the quilt-wonk part of my brain that wants to see what I can make from the “parts” I’m given.  There are only so many ways that you can cut a 2 1/2″ square.  I think it’s also the original “make it do” mentality of quilters from centuries ago – this is all I’ve got and I want to make something pretty with it.  That’s also why I also set the completely arbitrary limit of only two mini charm packs per Little Bite quilt.  I can add background, sashing, border fabric, etc., but that’s it.  

The second inspiration is the fabric – of course.  So often I have a base block and then the colors and prints in a particular collection will give me an idea for a variation that I hadn’t thought of until that fabric.  Playing with the mini charm packs is just that – its a chance to play with something new, different and perhaps even outside my comfort zone.    

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There are eight new Little Bites patterns coming for Market.  As with the first eight patterns, each new title will have at least two different projects.  Some have three . And each title is a synonym for a “little bite” or “bit” – Slice, Scintilla, Titch, Ort, Whit, Grain, Sample, and one other that I can’t think of right now. 

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The flying geese are one of the variations in Whit – it’s my favorite right now.
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The little quilt made with Scrumptious and Moda’s cross weave is from Titch.

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These three are the three variations of Trace. Hope you enjoy seeing  some of my projects in process.     – Carrie


Carrie, Thanks for sharing a glimpse into your new Little Bites line of patterns. Can’t wait to see what else you have up your sleeve at Quilt Market.



Sew Clothing? Yes, You Can!

 If sewing clothing intimidates you, it’s time to reconsider. A plethora of independent designers are creating patterns for new sewers, as well as for those who know their way around a machine but may not have stitched a French seam or sewn a hem in awhile. Two whose patterns are available through United Notions are April Rhodes, creator of the au courant Staples dress, and Bonnie Ferguson of Fishsticks Designs.

April Rhodes

April Rhodes

Though April started sewing when she was eight and she and her mom opened their Columbus, Ohio shop, Sew to Speak, six years ago, it was barely a year ago that she published the Staples dress. She designed it after searching for a pattern to teach. “I couldn’t find one with fewer than eight pieces and that’s just too much cutting time,” she says. “So I created the dress that could be made in two class sessions of two to three hours each. I wanted it to be easy enough for beginners, but also interesting for an advanced sewer. I figured if we needed a pattern like that, other shops might too.” April’s since published two more patterns: The Date Night Dress and the Riding Peplum.

The Staple Dress April Rhodes

The Staple Dress by April Rhodes

Bonnie, a mother of six and grandmother of one, started sewing children’s clothing for her own brood. “I was frustrated because I couldn’t find cute clothing for boys, so I designed some,” she says. Her pattern company, Fishsticks Designs, was born when friends asked her to share her skills in online tutorials. Since 2007, she’s created 35 patterns for children and adults. The instructions feature photos of each step and designs include pajamas, tee-shirts, jumpers, and hoodies. “I like to make practical stuff that you’ll use everyday,” says Bonnie. “Moms and grandmothers are busy and if they’re going to take the time to make something, it’s nice to see kids wearing it often.”

Bonnie Ferguson

Bonnie Ferguson

April and Bonnie encourage both brand new sewers and experienced quilters to give sewing clothing a try. April recommends perusing social media to see what people are making and what looks good on various body types. “There are so many great independent patterns out there now and when you spend time on something you want it to fit and be flattering,” she says. “Ask questions, take classes, and connect with others in your local quilt shop or online. You never know what you’ll learn from another sewer.”

Fishsticks Pajama Party PJs

Pajama Party PJs by Fishsticks

Bonnie suggests that those new to sewing clothing start with pajamas. “If they don’t turn out perfectly no one will see them, and once you master PJs you’ll have cute Christmas morning pictures each year” she says. “Or start with something small: a basic tee-shirt or even underwear is great.”


The Date Night Dress by April Rhodes

The Date Night Dress by April Rhodes

April and Bonnie both note the satisfaction and excitement of wearing clothes they’ve created themselves and encourage others to step outside their comfort zones.

“Choose a simple pattern to start, and don’t be afraid,” says April.

Fishsticks' Little Fishies Undies

Little Fishies Undies by Fishsticks

“Buy some fabric and try it,” says Bonnie. “Just like quilting, the more you do it, the more comfortable you’ll be with it.”