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Girls Sewing Day

We had such a great day sewing. To be able to have a sewing day with my girls is a rare occasion. I decided to share a tutorial on a quick and easy baby quilt. This quilt works out to be about 47" x 47"  This is great for using up your scraps.I chose 7 different prints.
 The first thing you will want to do is cut 2 1/2" strips. Sew one section with the color print on both outside edges and plain on the inside and one section with the solid on both outside edges and the print on the inside.
 You can see here the colors I chose for the pink and the gray. You can do all your blocks different colors if you would like. This really is a great block for scraps. 1/2 a strip (40" in length) will make 8 sections of the
2 1/2" strips. It takes 3 sections to make a block.

Cut the sections into 2 1/2" strips.
 Lay your strips out into the desired colors you would like.

 Sew each row together to create the 9-Patch block.

 Cut sashing strips 1 1/2" x 6 1/2" to go between each block.
Cut 5 sashing strips 1 1/2" x 27 1/2" to go between each sewn row. Cut 2 strips 1 1/2" x 29 1/2" for the sides.
 Sew rows together. Starting with the center rows then finish with the sides.
 Now for the borders. I cut  2 strips 3 1/2" x 29 1/2" for the sides and 2 strips 3 1/2" x 35 1/2" for the top and bottom. Sew the sides borders first and then the top and bottom borders.
 For the outside border I cut 2 strips 6 1/2" x 35 1/2" for the sides and 2 strips 6 1/2" x 47 1/2" for the top and bottom. Sew the sides borders first and then the top and bottom borders.
 Quilt by layering your top, batting and back. Bind your quilt and enjoy!
She loves it. It is simple and quick.
Here is another fun project that Tahmor created.She sewed random rows of fabric together. Pressed and stretched the fabric across the cardboard that came with the frame. She glued the antique doilies and buttons in place. I think it turned out darling. It will look so cute hung in her nursery.
We made a few minky blankets with flannel on one side and minky on the other.
And of course, a baby is never complete without headbands. Before they were even in style I had my babies in headbands and hats. They were embellished with ribbons and bows bigger than their heads. They were so cute.I made one for every outfit and you would never see my baby without something on it's head.
What a fun day. Enjoying sewing with your friends is the best. I encourage you all to plan and organize a day quarterly to sew. It is amazing what you can accomplish when you have a plan and lots of helping hands. Of course you have to have good food too!

Happy Sewing!



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