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Today I’m sharing yet another Plus Squared quilt.   This is the third one I’ve made and each one has been a favorite.   This Plus Squared quilt uses Handmade fabrics by Bonnie and Camille.   I used the new treat size moda precuts for this one.

You can find the Plus Squared quilt pattern in my shop.

quiltylove_emilydennis-8733 I thought the snow was looking kind of pretty on the trees today so I ventured outside for a few photos.   Plus I just got a new lens the other day that I kind of wanted to try out.   quiltylove_emilydennis-8769 I decided to go for free motion quilting on this plus quilt!   I’m not a very confident free motion quilter but know the only way to get better is to do more of it.   My stitches are quite uneven and there are more jagged edges then there should be but when you stand back and look at it overall it’s not bad.   That goes for all quilting!   If you are getting discouraged, look at it from a distance and it’s never as bad as you think.  quiltylove_emilydennis-8778 quiltylove_emilydennis-8747 quiltylove_emilydennis-8773 quiltylove_emilydennis-8754 quiltylove_emilydennis-8755 quiltylove_emilydennis-8764 quiltylove_emilydennis-8776 I do love a subtle backing!   I chose this polka dot print from the Handmade line and absolutely love how it looks.   I want a bolt of this stuff now!   I finished it off with a bias striped binding.  Really into the black and white striped bindings again :)  quiltylove_emilydennis-8777 quiltylove_emilydennis-8779 quiltylove_emilydennis-8762 quiltylove_emilydennis-8742 quiltylove_emilydennis-8737

This a throw size and uses 4 treat precuts.   Pattern is in my shop as a PDF download or a hard copy.

Handmade by Bonnie and Camille for Moda
Grey:   Kona in Silver by Robert Kaufman
White:   Kona in White by Robert Kaufman
Batting:   Warm and White


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  • Sophie - I love it Emily ! I think the silver background and white borders add a lot of depth to it ! And yes to embracing quilts imperfections! I really started free motion recently and I love it too ! It is like drawing!!ReplyCancel

  • Melanie - Love the pattern! Always lovely to see your quilts in it. Might have to give it a try, too. And beautiful photos again :)ReplyCancel

I have yet another Cargo Duffle to share today.   This one brings my total Cargo Duffle makes up to 6!   Apparently I really like making these bags ;)   Or maybe it’s the only one I’m currently brave enough to make.

My retreat friends and I did a Christmas swap so I made this for my friend Brianne.  I knew she was a fan of Liberty fabrics so I thought it would make for a beautiful bag!

You can find this free pattern by Anna of Noodlehead on the Robert Kaufman website.
Anna makes the most beautiful things!   Be sure to check out her website:  Noodlehead

quiltylove_emilydennis-8146 I customized this bag a bit to add some additional fun features ;)   If you are going to tackle this one, I recommend following the pattern exactly the first time and then making your changes once you understand how the bag is constructed.

First off, I made this one a little wider.   I’ve found I really like it about 8 inches wide.   This change is easy to do by just changing the width of the gusset pieces.  The front and back panels stay the same.

I added side pockets which I’m pretty sure I hack in.   I don’t know the proper way to add these pockets to bags but I’ve figured out a way that works.  I’m sorry to say I’ve yet to take photos of this step so I’m sorry I can’t share the how to with you all.

I sew in a lining.   I have a video tutorial to do that in this cargo duffle blog post.

I use soft and stable instead of batting.  I usually buy it from amazon.  It offers a lot more support and keeps the bag a little more sturdy.

quiltylove_emilydennis-8150 quiltylove_emilydennis-8152 quiltylove_emilydennis-8153 quiltylove_emilydennis-8156 quiltylove_emilydennis-8160 I like to add a pocket zipper to the back of my bags for a little extra storage.  I quick google search will pull up tutorials on this. quiltylove_emilydennis-8162 quiltylove_emilydennis-8164 quiltylove_emilydennis-8159 quiltylove_emilydennis-8165 quiltylove_emilydennis-8169 quiltylove_emilydennis-8171 quiltylove_emilydennis-8144

Supplies Used:

Liberty Fabric
Bottom:   Essex Linen by Robert Kaufman in Flax
Soft and Stable
Coverall Metal Zipper
Black Size 24 snaps


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  • Kay - This is absolutely stunning. I love Liberty fabrics and this is one of my all time favourite fabric designs and colours. Your friend is one lucky lady. xReplyCancel

  • Claudia - Your Cargo Bag is so perfect and very pretty! A lovely make! Congratulations and thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

This Christmas season I went from zero Christmas quilts to two Christmas quilts!

I started this scrappy Expanding Stars quilt a bit ago and finally finished it up days before Christmas.   This is my Expanding Stars quilt pattern using fabrics from my stash.   The original pattern requires yardage but it’s easy to make a scrappy version by choosing a variety of 12 inch squares.

expanding stars quilt expanding stars quilt I used a lot of V&Co Color me happy fabrics along with Karen Lewis’ Blueberry Park for my scrappy Expanding Stars.   I was thrilled to find this out of print Color me Happy green dots for my backing.   Very festive! expanding stars quilt This one is quilted with simple straight lines following the seams using my walking foot. expanding stars quilt expanding stars quilt expanding stars quilt expanding stars quilt expanding stars quilt You can find the Expanding Stars Quilt Pattern in my shop.

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I spent a good part of the day yesterday photographing quilts!  It’s our dreary part of the year where we are lucky to see the sun once a week and yesterday it made it’s appearance intermittently.  So I took advantage and photographed some quilts.

This Cotton and Steel Triangle Hexies quilt was one of them :)   I actually started this quilt 6 months ago and then it sat as a quilt top for 4 months until I got around to finishing it.   And now that I’ve photographed it I can finally wash it and put into rotation or gift it.

This is my Triangle Hexies Quilt pattern available in my shop.

Cotton and Steel Trianlge Hexies Quilt I pretty much adore anything Cotton and Steel puts out and their black and white lines are no exception.   I debated between all black and white or adding the color.  I went with the color for a little added contrast.  Cotton and Steel Trianlge Hexies Quilt This quilt pattern goes together pretty quickly and does not have any Y seams.  It’s a fun one to make.  This is the second Triangle Hexies I’ve made.  I blogged the other one here. Cotton and Steel Trianlge Hexies Quilt I realized this summer that I have a large outdoor surface to spray baste on!   I took my quilts to the back deck this fall for basting.   The wind and you know, blowing leaves add a little extra challenge but no icky fumes in the house.  :) Cotton and Steel Trianlge Hexies Quilt I free motion quilted this Triangle Hexies quilt!  I have only free motioned a handful of times but enjoy it each time I do.   I did a stipple pattern on this one.   It’s far from perfect but it’s a very forgiving pattern to free motion.  The overall effect looks decent even if you feel like your stitches are terrible.  Crazy Mom Quilts has a really good blog post about free motion quilting.   I never knew where to start and where to go but her post really helped with that.  Cotton and Steel Trianlge Hexies Quilt Cotton and Steel Trianlge Hexies Quilt Cotton and Steel Trianlge Hexies Quilt I backed this one with my favorite Cotton and Steel black and white print.. those adorable bears!  So cute! Cotton and Steel Trianlge Hexies Quilt Cotton and Steel Trianlge Hexies Quilt Cotton and Steel Trianlge Hexies Quilt Cotton and Steel Trianlge Hexies Quilt Cotton and Steel Trianlge Hexies Quilt Cotton and Steel Trianlge Hexies Quilt
Pattern:  Triangle Hexies Quilt
Cotton and Steel Black and White line
Cotton and Steel Basics
Grey:   Kona by Robert Kaufman in Silver

Spray Baste:

Triangle Ruler:


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