Time to Quilt


I have entered a phase in life where I look at my quilting projects and think “What can I get done quickly but beautifully?” Oh I know a table runner or mini quilt!!!, On top of that it requires less fabric which is very nice for my budget.

I mostly sew, like most busy people, in the early morning, nap times and many a late nights. Don’t get me wrong I absolutely love doing quilts, there is no other feeling than what you get from finishing a nice cuddle up quilt, even though it takes me a while to actually get up the nerve to treat it as a quilt and not some museum artifact. But I love table runners and mini quilts because I can tinker with new techniques without the time it may take to do it as a large quilt. But another bonus that I especially like is that it is so nice on my pocket-book. With just the purchase of a couple of fat quarters or digging in to my scrap stash I can have a project that will keep me busy and help me expand my knowledge. I’ve found so many wonderful patterns on Pinterest that have left my tinkering brain and fingers wanting more. Here are my top 5 table runners and mini quilts I’m ready to dive into…

Love this Contemporary Table Runner pattern with its fabulous half square triangles from The Stitching Scientist. Find her great pattern here.


This runner is easy and pleasing to the eye pattern. It has interest and simplicity all wrapped into one. “Whip it up” table runner pattern made by Samelia’s Mum find it here.


Next is a Mini Quilt by Threadbare Creations and I am in love!!! The combinations of the half square triangles and squares is fantastic! Find her free pattern here.


Tumbling Spools by Hyacinth Quilts is next up and it is divine! it seems complex but is really doable and explained very well. Find the pattern here.


Last but not least is this bright and cheery Diamond motif runner I found on Fons and Porters Website designed by Pam Biswas. It’s lovely and has some very nice free space for quilting. Find the pattern here.


There you have it my top 5 table runner and mini quilt picks. I hope you find some tinker time to work on your project large or small and find inspiration to keep doing what brings you joy and peace!

Tinker on



Halloween Table Runner


The time is upon us… That’s right y’all, it’s Fall! Like any other red blooded human being I love Fall. The crisp Autumn air, Colorful leaves, Boots, Sweaters, Cider, and so much more plus the best Sunrises and Sunsets of the year. Then of course you have Halloween we cannot for forget the fun of Halloween. Now looking around my house you would think I hate Halloween, I have no decorations besides a picture of a pumpkin my lil’ colored taped to the fridge. I actually really like Halloween but with my previous job I worked most Halloween’s and just figured “whats the point” but now that I have a lil’ to celebrate with I really want to have fun with decorating for the holidays for years to come. That being said I dug out the one actual Halloween decoration I have… A Spider treat box I made years and years ago, but it looked so lonely sitting on my table so I decided to make a table runner to keep it company.


Enter the Ghouls and Goodies Riley Blake fabric line, which you can view in full here. It was the perfect mix of scary cute I was looking for. Not to mention the bright fun colors. But I have a secret for you…it glows in the dark. I didn’t figure that out until I saw something glowing in my projects basket and realized it was the cute little ghost and eyes.

I then I poured over Pinterest for ideas (of course) I settled on strip pieced Half square triangle and followed this little tutorial here by Teresa Down Under on her fun blog Sewn Up. It was a fun easy technique that gave a variety of looks dependent on the look your going for.

I then busted out my neon green thread and quilted the borders with straight lines. I used a simple quilting motif because the fabric and piecing is a little on the busy side. I then put it away for 3 weeks while we got out basement finished. but alas out of the UFO’s it came to have a skinny almost piping like binding put on it and now just like that I’m festive and my spider is no longer lonely.


I hope you and yours have a fun and spooky Halloween, ending with sneaking candy from the kids stash. I promise I won’t tell, my mouth will be filled with mini snickers and I was taught not to talk with my mouth open.

Best Stitches and Tinker on,


Wild hair for Herringbone….

For my birthday this year my big gift to me was an iPad mini (thanks for the good deal bro) I immediately bought a case for it, but if you know me you know that, that is just not enough. So I decided to make a little sleeve bag for it.
I had just recently visited a (new to me) quilt shoppe in the area and they had some great fat quarters on clearance for a dollar SCORE!!! They also match my case perfectly. Then I hit up my favorite site…Pinterest (shocker, right) and perused the tutorials. Looked through a couple and started to map out my own design. I knew I wanted an exterior pocket, a quilted design, and a whole lotta cute!

I got to work sketching up what I wanted and started cutting my fabric. I found an awesome Herringbone tutorial here(link). It was pretty easy to follow and I caught the hang of it pretty quick. Until it came to joining my two pieces together. I must have unpicked that middle line about 8 times. It isn’t perfect but it’s pretty darn close.

I made the front piece next. I took the left over strips and made an uneven patchwork motif. I then made my quilt sandwich and did a little free motion on both the front and back pieces. Made my pocket and added a magnet snap, put it all together and Ta-Da! A lovely, cozy, and safe home for my new little friend.

Best Stitches & Tinker on

What’s your space?


Space: the portion or extent of this in a given instance; extent or room in three dimensions
Zone: any place that is distinguished for some purpose
Retreat: a place of refuge, seclusion, or privacy….(or my personal favorite) an asylum, as for the insane….Totally applies don’t you think.

I’ve had a few sewing spaces… Basement, Kitchen tables, a card table in front of my t.v., and of late our spare bedroom that is an office/craft space.


In my most current space I have a few things that help me stay on track. The cream picture fame is a board where I keep a list of all my projects. The Black picture frame is my Idea cork board where I place current patterns and such that I’m using. I gotta have a lil’ sugar around to make it a legit space(for me anyway) hence the jars for footie chews and chocolate. The under the table storage has parts of my stash, patterns, and other crafting stuff. And it’s all complete with a small ironing board and my trusty partner, my machine. One of the projects I’m currently working on is a jean peekaboo quilt (it’s the magazine that is in the picture.)  So there’s my space. It’s small compared to some but works for me and is just what I need right now.
Now I will share with you some dream spaces of mine…Goody, here’s a little sewtastic space love…

(Love the seprate cutting table)


(Look at that awesome peg board storage)


(Ode to that wall o’ fabric)


( Just a bright happy space all together)

Now, Enough about me let’s talk about you! What does your space look like? Do you love it? What’s your favorite part of it? How do you keep it organized or is that part of its character? Whatever it is, I hope you enjoy it whenever you can!

Best Stitches & Tinker on


Spring Quilt Along: Sea Glass Quilt Tutorial


Well it’s here…

You’ve picked your fabulous fabric, Pressed it perfectly, and Carefully made your cuts. So the time has come to put needle to thread & foot to petal. Lets get started with the first step in making our Sea Glass Quilt, The Half Square Triangle.

Half square triangle (HST)’s are made from a square that has been cut diagonally in half, Resulting in 2 separate triangles.

The tools I’m using to day:

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To start: Using a non permanent marking pen/marker, draw a line diagonally (corner 2 corner) on the wrong side of your white square.

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Then place the middle of your 1/4 inch seam ruler on that line and draw a line on both sides of ruler. If you are using a regular clear ruler from the drawn line measure 1/4th inch on both side and mark.


Place a colored fabric square right side up with a white square on top so that your fabric squares are both right sides together.

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Time to sew…Ready? Just remember, that all seams for this quilt are 1/4th inch seams.

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Sew down both outside lines. (I’ve used pink thread to illustrate where I’m sewing, but it is best to use a white or coordinating thread and be sure to use the same thread on top and bottom.)

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Now that your squares are sewn together, using your trusty rotary cutter and ruler, cut up the middle line. Separating the squares.

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Last 2 steps… Press your seam open and trim off the dog ears and square it up.

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Your end result should be a tidy little 4 inch square.

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AWESOME JOB! Now repeat, repeat, repeat. (to make it a little easier I like to do it assembly line style…marking all, sewing all,cutting all ext…)

Can’t wait for the Block party!!!

Till then Best Stitches and Tinker On!


Pattern info:

  • Sea Glass Quilt Kit By Pat BravoFeatured In Quilt-It…Today April 2014 Issue

Proud Member of FAA (Fabric Addiction Anonymous)

The smell of fresh pressed and starched cotton, The feel of silky smooth fibers weaved together, The perfectly printed patterns.

This is my home away from home. Hi, my name is Emily and I have a fabric addiction I have been clean for 24 hours but I’m not sure how long that will last… (Hi Emily)

Fabric, where the high of making a quilt is just the beginning. I have to restrain myself from buying this or that for my stash. You can never have too much right? Isn’t that the golden rule of quilting. Wait that rule according the Mr. Holice Turnbow is Accurate Cutting (accurate measuring and accurate sewing.)

I have a love affair with good fabric. I remember going to the fabric store as a child and running through rows with my arms outstretched and hiding in the silks and chiffons. Sitting at the pattern table for what seemed like hours (mostly without  complaint) skimming through pattern books with my mom, talking her into all sorts of projects (it wasn’t very hard).

I joke with my husband that his love of books and bookstores is akin to my love of fabrics, quilt shops and craft stores. I can spend hours looking and picking fabrics. Which I think he figured out on a most recent outing with my mom to a local quilt shop. We were there for an hour and a half perusing this small shop for just the right prints and patterns. He walked around for a bit then kept himself busy at the kids table coloring till we were done (with no complaint) He’s a good egg that one and I shall keep him, but I don’t think he’ll be coming along anytime soon and I don’t blame him.

On that trip I made my most recent purchase for a Quilt Along I am having with a group I’m involved in. We are going to be making the Sea Glass quilt that is on the cover of the March/April issue of Quilt-It…Today Magazine. Feel free to follow along as I will be posting tutorials about every 2 weeks on this blog starting April 4th. Here are my fabric and the quilt we will be doing. The fabric above is part of my stash I have saved for another project, The  bottom fabrics is what I’m using for the quilt-along it is mostly if not all Adorn-It Fabrics (which is a local company here in Utah who is getting national attention for there designs in Fabric and scrapbooking…I LOVE THEM!!! PLEASE ADOPT ME!!!!).

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So to all my Fabric addicted sisters we must stand united. Just remember when getting your next fix ask yourself these three questions.

  1. Do you NEED it? ALWAYS
  2. Will you USE it? ALWAYS
  3. Does it make you happy? ALWAYS

Best Stiches & Tinker on ~Emily


I’ve got the Fever!!!!


Well I finally caught it… The Quilting bug… I was starting to wonder when it would hit. My grandmother was a quilter, my mother is a quilter, and now it has hit me hard. Not mention the fact that I’ve found the perfect excuse for my love affair with fabric. I have made a few quilts in the past couple of months and cannot stop myself. I am currently working on a jean quilt and have another quilt waiting in the wings for me. I decided that to start documenting my adventures as a budding quilter and hope to learn and share some of my experiences along the way.


So lets begin with a little bit of my history in sewing.

I remember sitting with my mom at a young age about 4 years old watching her sew. My mom is a very industrious and resourceful woman who’s creativity knows no bounds. She made her share of clothes, dresses, and blankets for our large family and others (lets not forget those tiny finicky Barbie clothes).  I remember taking random scraps and a needle and sewing little outfits for my troll dolls by hand. Growing my skills sewing aprons, scrunchies, pillowcases, skirts and anything else I could use my mom’s copious amounts of her fabric stash for. I loved going to the fabric store with her and talk her into helping me make this dress or that shirt. We dreamed and swooned over dress ideas. Made amazing costumes for school plays and stayed up many a night working on projects. I did my first quilt when I was a senior in high school. It was a snowman piece quilt that I would take to school and hand sew on the pieces during down times. It comes out every year at Christmas.

I got my first sewing machine when I was 24. I wore that thing to the ground on a lot of projects. Purses, Gifts, Clothes, and whatever I could dream up. Eventually that machine had seen it’s and day bit the dust so I moved up in November 2013 from my beginner to an intermediate… A brother innovis-40E. I took the free classes that came with my machine and learned so many new things. I jumped back into quilting with both feet and have not wanted to get out of the water since.


I have started to really embrace the art and creativity of quilting. The precision I’m still working on, but the look and feel of fabrics, patterns,  and lines coming together is exhilarating for me. I hope you enjoy this journey with me and if I can help or inspire one person I consider it a win.

Tinker On ~Emily