Happy Anniversary Giveaway!

I cannot believe its been one year since I started this blog! What an incredible journey its been for me. I initially started this creative path to make new friends, connect with my fellow crafters, share my projects and learn from others. This blog has far exceeded my expectations. I have received so many positive reviews and made so many new friends within the last year.

A year ago, I had no idea what a fat quarter was, how to tread a needle or what a seam meant! I remember coming home with my machine and doing trials after trials learning to sew a straight line. I couldn’t imagine actually using my foot pedal to sew and thought for sure I would be stuck in the slow beginners mode forever:-). Thanks to all of you, I have learned so much about myself through this journey. I appreciate all the support.

Here is where the blog stands one year in the making: close to 100 posts, ~2500 followers via email, ~2000 followers on Pinterest, ~6700 followers on Facebook, ~370 followers on Instagram, ~380 followers on Twitter, close to 80,000 page views per month. I get emotional just writing these numbers as a year ago, I didn’t even know what Pinterest was!

Here are some of the most viewed and well received projects to date.

From top left Oval Messenger Bag, Simple Duffel, Puff Sleeve Dress, Ruffle Skirt Leggings, Carnaby Carry All Bag, Baby Mary Jane Shoes, Ipad Mini Case, Lap Top Case, Fit and Flare Dress, Pencil Skirt, Baby Dress, Fat Quarter Quilt, Peplum Dress, Ruffle Edges Dress, Glam Bow Clutch, Sock Snake, Jelly Roll Jam Quilt, Fabric Flowers, Heart Tree Pillow, Lunch Bag.

As a thank you for all your support, I and doing a simple giveaway. This one is special as it’s not money, free fabric or sewing essentials but rather a handmade gift from me. As a working full time single mother, my time is the most valuable item I can give to anyone. So, to thank you for hanging on with me for the last year, I will make the lucky winner a project from my list of popular posts this past year. You will be able to choose from an Evening Glam Bow Clutch, a Sock Snake, a pair of Fabric Flowers or a Sexy Knit Pencil Skirt.

Enter here to win your personal handmade gift by The Stitching Scientist!

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Charming Jelly Roll Summer Picnic Quilt with Free Pattern

Hi Guys! Hope everyone is enjoying their summer so far. It’s so hard to stay inside and sew when the whether is calling for us to be outside. On one of my online fabric hunts, I stumbled across Little Apples by Aneela Hoey. I fell in love instantly with this line. I love the playful mixture of red, turquoise and gray with a background of children and trees. I decided to buy a jelly roll and a charm pack to create a nice summer picnic quilt.

I like doing quick sewing projects that gives me instant gratification. That being said, doing a quilt that takes months or weeks to complete doesn’t work for me. I decided to create a super easy beginner quilt top pattern that can be finished in a few hours. This quilt uses one jelly roll and one charm pack (hence the name “charming” jelly roll quilt)  of the Little Apples line. I hope you enjoy the free pattern and tutorial!

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I had Melissa from Sew Shabby Quilting do the design on this quilt for me. She surprises me every time with her creativity and talent. For this design she did a vine where the charm pack is and small leaves throughout the rest of the quilt. The design works perfectly with the apple and tree pattern on the fabric. I also used to a full size sheet for the back which I got for around $8 at Walmart.

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You can see how cool the long  wines look on the charm packs here.

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For the binding, I was lucking to find this perfectly matched turquoise 7/8″ quilt binding at Joann’s. I ended up using just over 6 yards to complete the quilt. With little time and no patience, I decided to do machine binding which ended up looking just as good as handing binding in my opinion.

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It’s been a while since I was this excited about a fabric line but I am absolutely in love with Little Apples. The colors goes so well for a summer day at the park. Here is a close up of some of the patterns from the line. I think my favorite is the red apples on the blue/turquoise background.

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Well, there you have it! I think I am going to hang this up on my wall after the summer is done. It’s just too pretty not to show off year round:-)

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Your Supplies

1 Jelly Roll

1 Charm Pack

6.5″ yards of binding

1 full size bed sheet for the back

3 yards batting (if you are quilting yourself)

You can download the free pattern HERE. The download has step by step instruction on how to create the quilt top. The finished top with 1 jelly roll and 1 charm pack measures ~ 75″x45″.  This pattern and instructions is for the quilt top only. If you would like to know how to actually put the top, the batting and the back together, you can follow my table runner tutorial.

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Thanks for visiting and Happy Sewing,

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