Mountain View – 2016 Paintbrush Studio New Block Blog Hop

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Welcome to the 2016 Paintbrush Studio New Block Blog Hop!  During the next three days, you will see a flurry of uniquely designed 12″ x 12″ (finished) quilt blocks.  The best part?  These are all FREE patterns!  For a full list of participants, please visit the host of each day’s hop:

Monday, March 28th – Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl

Tuesday, March 29th – Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs

Wednesday, March 30th – Stephanie @Late Night Quilter

Ocean Sunrise Palette

The challenge with this blog hop, was to use at least 3 colors of Painter’s Palette Solids in the Ocean Sunrise bundle.  You can find all the details of the chosen colors here.  Do you use your quilts on the beach or by the water?


Mountain view Block

This call to design a new block was indeed a challenge for me.  I usually always have a design idea that’s been brewing in my head.  However, this time I was drawing up blanks.  I played with many ideas until I saw a sun catcher with this similar design.  It really inspired me with it’s simple lines like ones in Log Cabin style quilts.  But this block is set apart by it’s angles and the negative space produces a great chain design.

Mountain View Block Labeled


As with all sewing projects, please read through full instructions before beginning. 

Cutting instructions:

Below are illustrations of every piece of the block.  The dotted line represents where you cut.  A large quilting rule with 45 degree angles is required.  Please see block illustration above for reference.  TIP:  Check and double-check your angle placement on printed fabric before cutting.a


MV cuttingpiecing Instructions

Please note a 1/4″ seam allowance

Mountain View Piecing Collage

  1. Layout the block with your intended fabric placement
  2. Line up the short edge of piece B to piece A right-sides together (RST) and sew down the long side. Repeat for piece C but on the opposite side.
  3. Line up the short edge of piece D to ABC.  You should have a 1/4″ overhang off the block. Repeat for piece E of the opposite side and then add piece F.
  4. Line up the long-side of piece G to ABCDEF.  You will have 1/4″ overhangs on both sides of the trapezoid.
  5. Line up the long-sides of H to each corner.  You will have 1/4″ overhangs on both sides of the triangle.
  6. Make sure to press all seams out as you go and you will have a nice flat back as shown.

Trim the block to 12 1/2″ square.

Additional Quilt variations:

With the play of colors and negative space, there are quite a few different ways you can lay this quilt block.  Here a just a few other ideas.


This placement puts the “chain” in the center of the quilt and you can play with the smaller triangle (H) to get solid squares in between.


This variation plays with the chevron you can create.  Leave the smaller triangles (H) colored, and you get an arrowhead look or leave them the same color as your background to let the chevron stand on it’s own.

Visit Painter’s Studio’s blog, Inspired by Fabric and/or Quilting Jetgirl (two separate giveaways) to get your chance to win a whole HALF-YARD bundle of Ocean Sunrise!!! {Edit – Giveaway closed}


 Don’t forget to get additional FREE quilt block designs and tutorial by visiting the following:

Host: Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl

Jess @Quilty Habit

Silvia @A Stranger View

Cristy @Love You Sew

Kelly @Quilting It Out

Renee @Quilts of a Feather

Bernie @Needle and Foot

Terri Ann @Childlike Fascination

Chelsea @Patch the Giraffe

Mary @Quilting is in my Blood

Diana @Red Delicious Life

Sarah @123 Quilt

Thank you for visiting and I hope you get to try out this block along with all of the others on the 2016 Painter’s Studio New Block Blog Hop!

Happy Stitching,





This blog hop was sponsored by Painter’s Studio.  The quilt design, tutorial and all opinions are original and my own.

Chalk and Paint Fabrics Blog Tour {Crimson and Clover Traincase}


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Welcome to the kick-off for the Chalk and Paint Fabrics Blog Tour!  I am so happy to share my project with these new Art Gallery fabrics with you.  Sew Caroline has quite an amazing line-up ahead for the next few weeks and I know each blogger will have something amazing with Chalk and Paint.


I have been a long-time admirer of Sew Caroline‘s garment patterns (umm..hello, Kimono and here…)   It is no exception when it comes to her fabrics.  All of her collections are youthful and so fun.  But this newest line has a more muted pastel palette, which I just adore!

Traincase Top

When I saw Untaped Splatter Frost, I knew it was going to be my next Crimson and Clover Travelcase (pattern by Sew Sweetness.)  I love this case because it holds everything…and it’s not even the larger size.  The interior side pockets are so nice for organization and lord knows I need all the help I can get!

Traincase Open Full Polishes

As I was sewing this bag, I realized why I put the two together….it was my sewn version of a Caboodle!  This exterior fabric has an 80’s vibe and being the child of immigrant parents, I never had one.  “What..a shoebox wasn’t good enough to hold your junk?”  They never understood the need for adolescent acceptance…haha.

Traincase Open Empty

For the interior, I used Writings on Boards as a darker complement to hide any spills or smudges which may occur (yes, I know myself well.)  How cute is this text fabric, right?  I love the inspirational words to welcome me every time I open this bag.

Traincase Front Zipper CloseUp

For the piping, handle and interior pocket accents, I used Dripping Paint Cooling.  You get so much color and texture in such a small amount of yardage, that it was just perfect for that extra “pop.”  Now…I think my “Caboodle” is pretty rad, isn’t it? ;)

Don’t forget to visit all of these amazing blogs for more Chalk and Paint projects!

Cristy // Love You Sew –> Right here!

Katie // The Simple Life

Jenn // Quilts and Conversations

Robin // Pattern Revolution

Alicia // Love Knot Photo

Holly // Holly Gets Quilty

Chris // The Tattooed Quilter

Alexis // My Sweet Sunshine

Adrianna // Hey June Handmade

Taylor // Taylor Made Creates

Casey // Casey Taylor Threads

Hayley // Welcome to the Mouse House


What would you make with the Chalk and Paint collection?  You have a chance to WIN a Full FQ Bundle on Instagram by (re)posting your favorite image from the blog tour using #chalkandpaintgiveaway and tagging @sewcaroline. (Full Details are on Caroline’s blog.)


Good luck!


***This post may contain affiliate links which help me on the back end to fund this site.  Compensation is only through your own purchase. 

Coastline Blog Tour {Swim Cover-Up}


The Coastline Blog Tour has been well underway and I’m so happy to be a part of it!  Coastline by Sharon Holland for Art Gallery Fabrics is just stunning.  The cooler color way, Northshore, reminds me of my times down in Jersey.  I spent a lot of time as a child and even more in my 20’s.  When I was just out of college, I rented beach houses with friends and live there on the weekends…Oh the memories!  The warmer color way, Southshore, sends me to the other side of the country.  It reminds me of SoCal…along Huntington and Newport Beaches.  The fabrics are warm and very soothing…They are laid-back and relaxed.  Whichever fabrics you select, Coastline is certainly going to transport you somewhere special.

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When I found out I was going to sew for this tour, I was immediately drawn to the Tropical Breeze voile.  The palms with the layers of teal and navy are so chic and beautiful.  I have used Art Gallery’s voiles before and I just love the feel and drape of the fabric.  It’s light, airy and dries quickly…making it the perfect choice for a Swim Cover-up.


To make the Cover-up, I used fellow Art Gallery designer, Sew Caroline‘s FREE Kimono pattern found here.  It’s a very simple garment to make given that its a one-size fits most pattern.  To make it appropriate to for the beachside and to add some sass, I made a few alterations :)


The most noticeable is the dropped hem-line and fringe.  Five inches was added to the front and back pattern pieces to hide my bum and upper thighs.  (Age and babies have caught up to me so I wanted to keep those areas under wraps!)  I’m only 5’3″, so if you are taller or shorter, you may want to adjust length accordingly.  The hem was then gradually cut up to the front opening to provide a smooth slope upward.


Along the hem, I added fringe…because who doesn’t love fringe?!?  It adds fun and playful movement to the Cover-up and the weight helps it stay in place when those ocean breezes come along.  I found this 4.5″ fringe at my local JoAnn’s and still can’t believe there was a perfect color match there!  I battled between encasing the fringe in the hem or showing off the top.  As you can see, I decided to sew the fringe right on top of the finished hem.  It adds some nice texture and dimension.


To keep some modesty, I also added a tie right at the bust line.  I used my 1/4″ Bias tape maker to create two 16″ long ties.  Now “things” can stay put ;)

FinishedFrench Seam

Since this Cover-up would be thrown over beach chairs and worn open often, I wanted the seams to have a nice clean look and did not care to see serger stitches.  I opted for french seams  and added an additional 1/8″ all around each pattern piece to accommodate the change.  If you are unfamiliar with french seams, Grainline Studios has a great tutorial found here.


The sleeves were kept simple to balance out the fringe.  No trim was used and I just folded the hem under by 1/4″.  If you have issues folding the voile, you can sew a 1/4″ seam to help the fabric fold itself over.

This stylish Swim Cover-up is exactly what I need for the warmer months ahead.  I can already here the beach calling for me!

Coastline Blog Tour Giveaway-01

Now onto some more fun stuff….

:: Want to WIN the Full Fat-Quarter Bundle of Coastline?  Find out all the details on Sharon’s Blog here

:: Looking for more Coastline projects?  Head over to the Look Book here and/or the full line-up of the Blog Tour here.

:: Don’t forget to visit to visit Color Girl Quilts on Monday for another gorgeous Coastline project and if you missed yesterday’s post by the Simple Life Pattern Company, you can find it here.

I hope you are having fun on the Coastline Blog Tour and have found some inspiration!


Hugs and Stitches,




Hawthorne Threads Roam Fabric Blog Hop

blog hopWhen Hawthorne Threads asked me to participate in this blog hop for Roam, I just about jumped out of my seat!  I had the pleasure of working with some of their digitally printed fabric for my niece’s nursery bedding so I already knew just how lovely this fabric would be.

Roam is a soft, dreamy rustic collection in both a Dawn and Dusk palette.  I tend to lean toward blues when I select fabric, but for some reason I couldn’t resist playing with the Dusk fabrics.  There is something about the earthly yellows, purples and pinks that is just so incredibly soothing…

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I selected The Plains in Sage and Prairie Flowers in Dusk to make the Desert Rose Dress by Caila Made.  This is such a cute dress pattern for toddlers and the Roam fabric was just a perfect playful fit for the design.

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With the contrasting top and skirt, I couldn’t help but add a little extra pink pom-pom action….because…who can resist, right?!?  If you have not worked with pom-pom trim before, I suggest basting it in before you attached the top to the skirt.  It makes it MUCH easier to attach and stay even as you sew!

I Love You Sew-2Along with the dress, I made a Side-Snap Infinity Scarf.  The Buffalo Plaid in Honey is such a gorgeous coordinate.  I love how it picks up the yellow from the skirt and adds a hip stylish look for a little one.  The best part is the side snap placket which allows you to wrap the scarf without having to slip it over those big heads ;)

I Love You Sew-3You can also play with how you attach the scarf to change the look.  Snap it right in the middle and fold it over allows the scarf to work as a caplet.  If you use all the snaps, the scarf can stand up better to ensure full neck coverage on chilly days.  If you leave the snaps undone, you get a cute little shawl as shown.  Now who doesn’t love a multi-tasking accessory?!?


To make the Side-Snap Infinity Scarf:

  • Use 1/3 – 1/2 yards of 42-44″ wide main fabric (depending on how much volume you would like.)
  • Fold the fabric with right sides together and sew down the length creating a long tube.
  • Pull the fabric so right sides are facing out and press
  • For the placket – {A} Take the accent fabric, cut (2) 3″ x 10″ strips (if using 1/2 yd for main fabric) OR cut (2) 3″ x 7″ strips (if using 1/3 yd for main fabric)
  • {B} On the short sides of the accent strips, fold a 1/2″ hem and press on both sides
  • {C} Fold in half length-wise and press.  {D} Open and fold lengthwise again but match the sides to the center line.  Press and make sure you keep a nice rectangle shape with sharp corners.
  • {E} Attach the placket by sewing in the the first crease of the placket closest to the end of the scarf tube.
  • {F} Flip the scarf over and sandwich the open end of the main fabric tube in-between the opening of the placket.  Top-stitch all around with a 1/8″ seam allowance {H.}  Repeat for the other side of the scarf. TIP: Use some washable fabric glue to keep the placket in place as you top-stitch
  • {I} Add plastic snaps such as these KAM ones by marking 5 sets approximately 2 1/4″ apart (for 1/2 yd scarf.) *Yes, I know that one left snap was incorrectly attached, but I didn’t realize it until all the pictures were already taken. It’s been fixed since ;)

Dusk Giveaway Bundle Image

***Giveaway is closed***  Now who’s ready for the giveaway??? Comment with how you would like to use this Dusk color-way for a chance to win the entire fat quarter bundle!  This is open internationally and a winner will be announced once the blog hop is complete.  Make sure to visit everyone on the hop for beautiful ideas and additional chances to win this gorgeous fabric!!!

The complete Hawthorne Threads Roam Blog Hop Schedule:
Tuesday, December 1st – Fabric Mutt
Wednesday, December 2nd – Coffee + Thread
Thursday, December 3rd – Love You Sew
Friday, December 4th – Olivia Jane Handcrafted
Saturday, December 5th – Hawthorne Threads


12/15/2015 Update – Randomly Selected Winner is  Veronique Oudard!  Congratulations!!!


Hugs & Stitches,



***The blog hop was sponsored and fabric was provided by Hawthorne Threads.  All opinions  are my own and have not been influenced by outside parties.

Instagram Giveaway for 500+ Followers

There ARE some perks to following my different social media outlets…different Giveaways!!!

I have hit the 500 Follower milestone and I really can’t believe it!  It took me awhile to jump on the Instagram band-wagon…mainly because I ran out of memory on my old phone.  Pictures of my kids were WAY more important than any other ones and of course, I couldn’t delete any of my babies :)  But after receiving an amazing birthday present (thanks hubs!) in the form of a new smartphone with a ton of extra memory….I revved up my account. I am truly humbled that this many people want to follow my sewing, my life and put up with my ramblings.  But I am honored and hope to add a little life to your feed and inspire some fun sewing projects!  Thank you…thank you..thank you!!!

Head on over to Instagram and follow me @loveyousew_ if you are not already and “LIKE” the photo that you see above, plus tag a friend :) One entry per person please.

I’m gearing up to giveaway a brand new Omnigrid® Tote-size FoldAway™ Portable Cutting and Pressing Station! This is an 8.75″ x 11.75″ (22.2cm x 29.8cm) folded gem. It has a black canvas outside cover and Velcro-closure to keep everything together.

It is my favorite tool for Foundation Paper Piecing (FPP) so I don’t have to keep getting up to trim or press my fabric. I keep it to the right of my sewing machine and it allows me to keep my projects moving! I love this size as it is slightly larger than a sheet of paper and travels very nicely, as needed.

Giveaway will be open until June 5, 2015 8pm EST and a random winner will be announced then.

>>Edited>> The contest is now over and winner was announced on Instagram.

***This is not endorsed by Omnigrid® or by Instagram. Open to US and international parties. If you are outside the U.S., you are agreeing to pay your own shipping minus $5.50USD and any associated insurance, tariffs, customs costs etc.




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