Shazaaam!

I’m not the world’s fastest quilter by any means, but it really doesn’t get much easier than this:

1 yard of fabric for the front
1 yard of fabric for the back
1 yard of batting for the inside
free motion quilt with some meandering stitches
bind with 3/4 yard of fabric

Add a teddy bear to up the cuteness factor. 

 Jacob's quilt 2

Mix together and Shazaaaam! – a quilt for a little boy that should be joining us any day now.

Jacob's quilt1

I use a stitch regulator foot on my machine, but it’s possible to free-motion quilt without one. There’s a link to free-motion quilting that might help here.  Be sure to read the comments below the answer for some tips on whether or not to lower your feed dogs.

This can be done in an evening.  And I am someone who rarely gets anything done from start to finish in an evening.  The fabric is Kitty Yoshida’s City Girl from Benartex.  I really like this fabric – so much so that I considered purchasing some of the floral prints by the bolt – but thus far have exercised the necessary self control.  I even made a seamstress apron from it:

Seamstress Apron

and then proceeded to poke a hole in it with my seam ripper during the photo shoot. *sigh* At least it isn’t a noticeable hole and will still make an adequate shop sample one day.

33 Responses to “Shazaaam!”


  1. 1 Hannah C. July 23, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    Do you have a quilting machine? Or did you use a regular sewing machine to quilt that?

  2. 2 craftapple July 23, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    Hey Hannah,

    I use a stitch regulator foot on my machine, but it’s possible to free-motion quilt without one. Here’s a link to free-motion quilting that might help: http://www.quiltersreview.com/article.asp?article=/tip/expert/010813_b.asp

    I hope this helps!

    Linda

  3. 3 shellyfish July 24, 2008 at 12:21 am

    You make it sound so darn easy! And thank you for that link – I don’t have a regulator foot for my machine, but I admit I would like to try this, just have to find the right material.

  4. 4 Tacha July 24, 2008 at 3:05 am

    Love the fabrics. I should not have clicked on your link though as now I WANT those floral prints.

  5. 5 SilverLining Designs July 24, 2008 at 6:40 am

    I love the colour combinations in that blanket – lucky boy and the apron fabric is delicious too! I can see why you want to buy the whole bolt. Too bad about the seam ripe…but then it is a good excuse to keep it for yourself.

  6. 6 Beth July 24, 2008 at 7:06 am

    I love both the quilt and the apron! Sorry to hear about the seam ripper incident. I’ve had several sewing tool problems myself. 🙂

  7. 7 rebecca July 24, 2008 at 9:09 am

    very nice quilt. and so quickly it came together, too. love the seamstress apron. cute fabrics!

  8. 8 Mary July 24, 2008 at 9:11 am

    Oh, I love those fabrics! It looks great. And bummer about the apron, but the hole isn’t noticeable at all from here.

  9. 9 Lisa July 24, 2008 at 11:39 am

    Great inspiration. I’ve been thinking of making my cousin’s son something for his birthdya. This quick and easy quilt is great. I love the colors in yours.

    Take care,
    Lisa

  10. 10 randomrevelations July 24, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    That looks so cute. Just her style!! She’s gonna love it. It may even battle mine. I want one for myself now…but since I only buy my fabric in 1/2 yards, it might be hard!!!!

  11. 11 caila611 July 24, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    Love the quilt. The fabrics are so cute! I got your packages today! I can’t wait to get started.

  12. 12 Sarah July 24, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    I just found your blog…adding another to the list of favorites! That quilt sounds perfect and simple. I will have to give it a try when cooler weather returns.

  13. 13 Stacey July 24, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    Looks great! Makes me wanna give it a whirl!

  14. 14 Melanie July 24, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    Looks great! I haven’t opened an account with Benartex yet, though one of my reps does sell for them. 🙂 Hmmmm…am I ready for that expansion?!?!? Maybe I should borrow some of your self control.

  15. 15 Apryl July 25, 2008 at 4:15 am

    both the quilt and the sewing apron are lovely.. sorry about your incident with the seam ripper… but at least it was the apron and not yourself… I’d probably gravely injur myself if I actually learned to sew… I’m dangerous ehough with beading tools, and paint brushes… I actually dunked my paint brush in my coffee the other day.. then forgot and picked the coffee up and had a sip…mmmmm acrylic…

  16. 16 Mon July 25, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    I love that quilt!

  17. 17 Lil' d July 25, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    It’s gorgeous. Your evenings must last a lot longer than mine do, though… Maybe if I gave away the kids and moved to the arctic circle I could do this on a summer evening.

  18. 18 Sew Spoiled July 25, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    Wonderful quilt!! I love the gorgeous fabrics! I will have to give this a try.

  19. 19 thedomesticdiva July 26, 2008 at 5:11 am

    Love it!!! Those fabrics are perfect for a boy!

    With friendship,
    Lisa

  20. 20 jmillen July 26, 2008 at 7:11 am

    Love the quilt! I’m going to have to try that some day soon. Thanks again for sharing.

    Julie

  21. 21 Ravenhill July 26, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    Great quilt and the apron is wonderful!
    ~Emily

  22. 22 Blue Castle July 26, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    Shazaam! indeed! I love that idea! The fabric totally makes that quilt rock. I am going to try this. Thanks for sharing!

  23. 23 kristin July 26, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    So lovely🙂 I love the simplicity of it too – beautiful🙂

  24. 24 Judy July 27, 2008 at 9:45 am

    This is such good stuff!
    Beautiful work!

  25. 25 Stacy T July 27, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    Georgeous work mama… You make it sound easy. lol.

  26. 26 Amii July 28, 2008 at 8:06 am

    Hi! I’ve been lurking (so creepy sounding!) on your blog for sometime now but wanted to say that I too made a dress similar to this and after I slipped it on I thought it was atrocious. But for whatever reason, I was determined to make this dress work and I had recently bought a belt that is supposed to be above your waist/below your chest (read:high) and I put that on and now it is so chic and mod looking.

    Anyhow, just wanted to say that as a beginner sewer I enjoy reading your blog and seeing your tutorials!

  27. 27 pam July 28, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    what a great tip, I will have to try it some time, I was always afraid to try.

  28. 28 Beth July 29, 2008 at 9:34 am

    I am working on a quilt with the same fabric (just blogged about it!!) and I love it as well! I haven’t worked up the nerve to actually quilt it yet…

  29. 29 Pretty Jane July 30, 2008 at 6:43 pm

    I bought this EXACT pattern, had the exact same thoughts, and am now using it in two ways: cut three sizes smaller than they think I should wear, and cut on the size they recommend but worn as a maternity dress. I’ve found I almost always take two-three sizes below what their measurements tell me I should take–and I recently read that the “bust” measurement should be taken at the TOP of the bust, i.e. under the armpits, and THAT measurement used to find your size. Since I tend to be a little top-heavy, this works better for me, since I can accommodate my boobage but still see that I have a waist (when I’m not pregnant for the third time, that is…).

    Happy sewing! You do SUCH cute things–don’t give up on clothes!

  30. 30 Denise Felton July 31, 2008 at 11:23 am

    This quilt is wonderful! I can’t wait to share it with my readers. I’ve scheduled a link to your blog to go live this afternoon (Central USA time). Thank you so much for this resource.

    Denise
    http://needlework.craftgossip.com

  31. 31 Pat August 1, 2008 at 2:15 am

    Loved your quilt and will certainly give it a try. Someone elses always looks so easy though!!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Pat


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An apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? Well, crafting is my apple. It's what I do to maintain my sanity while taking care of my family. I homeschool my three boys, ages 12, 13, and 14), am a quilter, a bagaholic, and a pattern designer.
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