Tips and Tutorials Tuesday

Pincushion Tip

May 26, 2015

Last week, I mailed out a secret package to a new friend I connected with through the Late Night Quilters Club Flying Fabric Box.  To read all about the swap, you can click here to read my last post about it.

Today, I thought I might show you the handmade gifts I sent along to the next participant, and sneak in a tip for Tips and Tutorials Tuesday.

You may recall that this was the gorgeous fabric I received in the box last month:

Flying Fabric Box 2 Late Night Quilters Club 2015

After giving it some thought, I decided that my theme for the gifts I would make using this fabric would be pincushions. I came up with three simple, but fun little cushions to send to the next recipient of the Flying Fabric Box.

A Ball jar pincushion, a mini hexapuff cushion, and a quilted cushion with a little butterfly embellishment in one of my favorite fabrics…

Butterfly Pincushion by Stephanie Palmer of Late Night Quilter

(Butterfly in Budquette Dayspring Cream Floral from the Emmy Grace line, by Bari J for Art Gallery)


What do you think of the little raw-edge butterfly?  I must admit, I’m a little obsessed.  I’m just finishing up another project that highlights them. I can’t wait to get some photos of it and share it with you.

Butterfly Pincushion Close Up by Stephanie Palmer of Late Night Quilter

This butterfly pincushion brings me to my tip of the day…

Last month, I purchased several solid, 2″ round magnets from Amazon to place inside all my pincushions (these are bigger than the little magnets I put inside the hexapuff in my last tutorial). When the cushion is filled with the big round magnet, and some crushed Walnut Shells, it has a nice heft to it, so it’s also a perfect pattern weight that is always within reach on my cutting table. I top off each cushion with a puff of poly-fill for softness.

With the magnet inside, each time I drop all my pins on the floor (a daily occurrence in my house), I simply wave the cushion over the floor, and like magic, all the pins hop right back on board instead of hiding in the carpet.

Here’s what the  2″ Round Base Magnets, available on Amazon, look like:
round magnet

I hope the next recipient of the Flying Fabric Box liked her gifts and the new fabric I put in.  I have no idea what happened, but I completely forgot to take a picture of the adorable short stack of vintage-looking, polka-dotted and solid red and aqua fabrics I put in the box for her.  It must have had something to do with the four screaming children covered in elmer’s glue, flour and magic marker (don’t ask… it was a long day).

If you have a tip or a tutorial you’re ready to share, please link up below!  And if you know anyone who has posted an awesome tutorial recently, please invite them to join our party.



Blogger's Quilt Festival

Bloggers Quilt Festival 2015, Entry #2 – Laundry Day Mini Quilt

May 21, 2015

As I mentioned in my post yesterday, I’m so excited for the 2015 Blogger’s Quilt Festival hosted by Amy’s Creative Side. This is a fun, low stress event that encourages us to take a look back at all our favorite quilts made by our favorite bloggers this past year.  Voting for your favorites begins on May 22nd.

For my second entry, I’ll be entering my Laundry Day Mini Quilt.  This quilt is my favorite thing I’ve ever made!  It combines all of my favorite things: gorgeous fabrics in Cotton + Steel beachy tones, loose, whimsical quilting, and hand embroidery.

Laundry Day Mini Quilt

Laundry Day Mini Quilt

I am so excited about this little wall hanging because it has freed me up to go a whole new direction in my quilting. I have lots of ideas about the next several quilts I’d like to make that use similar methods of construction and design. And that’s a thrilling feeling… to have ideas tickling my brain all hours of the day and night.

Laundry Day Mini Quilt by Stephanie Palmer from Late Night Quilter

I hope to release a pattern for this mini quilt sometime soon. It’s a fun recipe that encourages creativity and imagination.

Here’s the background I started with.  I love to practice quilting designs on neutral fabric, and then figure out what I can make with them.

Swirly wind

Swirly wind

And here are the little paper dresses I make with my 7 year old daughter (she’s an origami pro) that inspired this whole quilt design!

paper dresses

Now, I’m heading over to Amy’s Creative Side before bedtime (or before one of my kids wakes up) to check out all the entries.


Blogger's Quilt Festival

Bloggers Quilt Festival 2015 – Paint Chip Quilt

May 20, 2015

It’s time for the 2015 Bloggers Quilt Festival over at Amy’s Creative Side.  We are allowed to link up two quilts to enter and most importantly, we can all visit and drool over lots of quilting eye-candy.

Last year, seconds before the deadline for the Bloggers Quilt Festival at Amy’s Creative Side, I finished my Paint Chip Quilt and put up a blog post saying I planned to enter it.  Lo and behold, I hesitated too long, and missed the entry cut off. So I really wanted to enter it this year, to meet my own goal. I’m entering it into the ROYGBIV category.


Paint Chip Quilt designed and quilted by Stephanie Palmer of Late Night Quilter

I made this quilt for a very sick little boy named Cody. It has words of strength and survival hand-embroidered on it, and it has a minky back with soft Quilter’s Dream batting.

Paint Chip Quilt blocks by Stephanie Palmer of Late Night Quilter

I quilted it with some straight[ish] lines on my long-arm (I couldn’t for the life of me force that minky and batting through my domestic!)

Believe block from Paint Chip Quilt by Stephanie Palmer of Late Night Quilter

It’s small, 50 inches by 28 inches – but Cody is pretty tiny too, so I think it works. If nothing else, it sure is cozy.

I’m happy to report that a year later, Cody has had the brain surgery he needed, and is doing quite well.  His family is filled with joy that he is full of laughter and energy and is on the road to recovery.

Paint Chip Quilt by Stephanie Palmer of Late Night Quilter

 Quilt Inspiration and Design

A long time ago, I saw these brilliant paint-chip placemats by Emily at Crazy Old Lady Quilts. I loved their simplicity, and daydreamed about make them into a quilt.

But I couldn’t find the fabric she used anymore, and after scouring the internet, I couldn’t find a pattern for a paint chip quilt that looked like the one in my head. Unfortunately for me, the measurements for her placemats didn’t work  for a quilt.

So what’s a quilter to do?

Make her own pattern, of course!

So I pulled my Kona Cotton jelly rolls in Sunset and in White off the shelves. And I came up with a plan.  I was fortunate to have this helper as I sewed the quilt together.

Emmie playing on paint chips edited watermark

Fight… Believe…. Live…. Laugh…. Survive… Grow…. these are the words that I embroidered. These are the wishes I have for Cody.

Favorite Paint Chip Quilt Up Close

I hope you like it.



Tips and Tutorials Tuesday

Ouch! Removing Blood Stains with the Spit Trick

May 19, 2015

Hey there! It’s Tips and Tutorials Tuesday! And I’ve got a good little tip for you today…..

I Run with Scissors

Quilting is clearly THE MOST DANGEROUS hobby on the planet. And we quilters are a fearless bunch.

We juggle blades, pins and needles every day like it’s nothing.  Just as there are 50 ways to leave your lover, there are at least 50 ways to injure yourself while quilting.

Blood???  Tsk.  Tsk.  What’s a little blood?

Happens all the time in our chosen field. We’re not wusses.  We just wipe it off, slap on a bandage and move on.  Tetanus shot?  We don’t need no stinkin’ tetanus shot.  We’re QUILTERS.


What happens when you get a tiny drop of scarlet blood on that pristine white quilt top laying on your sewing table? Gasp. The very thought of it strikes fear in my heart, especially given that I frequently quilt for others. In fact, I’m about to custom quilt a lovely white quilt top with the MOST GORGEOUS paper pieced stars by Rachael, a talented quilter who recently took Lee Heinrich’s negative space class at Quiltcon. Needless to say, there’s a lot of beautiful white space that’s about to be quilted to death over here. And it makes me shudder to think of anything, much less blood, marring the perfection of this quilt top.

Paper Pieced Star 2 by Rachael

Not long ago, in our Late Night Quilter’s group on Facebook, there was a conversation about what to do if you ever get blood on your quilt.  The word on the street is that your own spit does the trick.

Have you heard this too??  After reading it on Facebook , I remember feeling doubtful (I know, how dare I question the collective intelligence of over 2500 quilters!?!)  Then this month Jeni Baker wrote the same tip in the latest issue of Love Patchwork and Quilting, one of my favorite magazines. I trust Jeni Baker immensely.  But she didn’t actually cut herself to prove that the spit test worked!! I was heartbroken.

I’ve actually been dying to try out this tip for awhile now.  But cutting myself on purpose to test this myth did seem a bit extreme (I couldn’t really blame Jeni or the editors for not doing it).  Although, there really is no better way to prove my undying dedication as a quilt blogger, is there?

But lucky me!  As I stupidly tried to rub some gunk off my scissors yesterday, I sliced my finger.  Turns out those Ginghers really are sharp.

My first thought?

Ack!  Quick!  Bleed on something important to see if the spit trick works!

I quickly calmed my excitement and grabbed some muslin nearby.

Warning!  If you are squeamish at the sight of blood, HALT now.  Do not look!

(But if you’re curious, go right ahead).

Blood Stain

My family has always called me a bleeding heart…. ba dump bump.


Blood Stain after the spit test

Blue Line Eraser used on the left.        Saliva used on the right


As you can see from the photo on the right, the spit test worked quite well.  There is a faint shadow where the bood was, but all in all, I’d call it a great success.  Blue Line Eraser, on the other hand, a product that I love and use for removing stubborn blue quilting guide-lines, did not work so well.

I know, spit is gross.  But, priorities people. Blood on a quilt is a dire emergency.  If it was blood on your quilt, you’d want to spit on it to save it; you’d probably even let someone else spit on it to save it. It’s like asking the guy next to you at the beach to pee on you to soothe a jellyfish sting.  Some things just lose their grossness in a true emergency.

I hope this public service announcement has been helpful.  And that you don’t hate me too much for making you read about blood and spit first thing in the morning.

Oh, and if you’re wondering why spit works so well…. The Google says that saliva is full of enzymes that break down the protein in blood. Who knew….

Now, Bloggers Unite! Link up your tips and tutorials and show us how brilliant you are.

And, if you’ve made it this far reading my science experiment, please stick around and check out what other goodies the blogosphere has to offer you this week.



Tips and Tutorials Tuesday

Tips and Tutorials Tuesday – DIY Magnetic Hexapuff Needle Minder {& Giveaway Winner}

May 12, 2015
Magnetic Hexapuff Needle Minder Final Title Page

Welcome to Tips and Tutorials Tuesday!

Without further ado…. the winner of the gift certificate for free longarm quilting goes to:


Happy Mother’s Day, Karen.  I’m so happy I’ll get to quilt for you!

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Now on to my tutorial for the day. And please don’t forget to scroll to the bottom of this post to see the fabulous links for other tips and tutorials for the week.

Needle Minder Title by Stephanie Pal

I am so excited to share this simple, utilitarian idea with you today!  This little 3″ wide hexapuff serves triple duty: it sticks to my sewing machine where I can easily place pins in it as I take them out while sewing, it’s magnetic, so if I just brush a needle against it, it stays, and it smells heavenly, as it is stuffed with dried lavender and fluffy filling.

Like any good quilter, I love hexagons.  In fact, I loved hexagons way before I was a quilter… back when I defined myself as a knitter.  I loved knitting hexapuffs, stuffing them with soft, fluffy filling and dried lavender.  Recently, as I stared at my pile of pretty knitted hexapuffs, I wondered why I had never made them out of fabric before.

And suddenly, an idea was born! They’re quick to sew and fun to make.  And they’re the perfect little gift for all your sewing friends.

Here’s how you make them:

Printable PDF of the Hexapuff Tutorial:  Hexapuff Tutorial by Late Night Quilter 


  1. Two 4″ x 4″ squares of fabric
  2. Hexagon template or Accuquilt die (see below for links)
  3. Iron
  4. Chopstick
  5. Dried Lavender
  6. 3/4″ Magnets
  7. Sewing Machine, Rotary Cutter, Scissors and Thread

Step 1:

Cut out two 3″ wide hexagons.  Each side of the hexagon should be 1.5″, and the diameter of the hexie should be 3″ wide.

Step 1 Cut two 1.5 hexagons

I use my Accuquilt to cut these hexies quickly and accurately. There is a fantastic AccuQuilt GO! Hexagon die (**affiliate link) with 3 different sizes of hexagons that is useful for so many different projects. I cut out my fabric using the center hexie for this project. If you’d like a free template though, check out this link to Love Patchwork and Quilting, where you can download 5 different size hexie templates!

Hexagon Accuquilt Die

Accuquilt Hexagon Die. Gotta Love It!


Step 2:

Press one side of each of the hexies under 1/4″, toward the wrong side of the fabric.  This is just to make your life easier at the end of the project when it is time to hand stitch the opening of the hexie puff.Step 2 Press One Side of Hexie 14 To the Wrong Side

Here’s what you’ve got so far:

Hexies with 14 Turned Under Sides

Step 3:

Place the hexies right sides together, with the turned under sides matching.

Step 3 Place Hexies Right Sides Together

Step 4:

Sew all the way around the hexie, leaving the turned-under side unstitched so you can turn and fill your hexie.

Tip: For sharp points on your hexie’s corners, sew all the way off each edge.  Don’t stop 1/4″ away from the end of the hexie to pivot and keep sewing.  Sew off each side, break thread, and then start at the top of the next side to get the prettiest hexie corners.

Sew All the Way Around Leaving One Side Open for Turning and Filling

Step 5:

Turn your hexie right side out and use a chopstick to gently push out the points.

Step 5 Use a Chopstick to Poke out the Corners of the Hexie

Step 6:

Press the hexie and make sure your corners look pretty.

Step 6 Press Hexie

Step 7:

Fill with 1/2 teaspoon of dried lavender, and stuff with fluffy Poly-Fil (**affiliate link) .

Step 8 Fill with 12 tsp dried lavender

Step 8:

Insert a small, 3/4″ magnet.  You can purchase a small package of 3/4″ magnets at your local craft store for about $5, or a larger package online at Amazon (Creative Hobbies® Round Ceramic Disc Magnets Grade 5 Strong! -Wholesale Box of 100 Pcs – **affiliate link).Step 8 Stuff with Poly Fill and a Magnet

Step 9:

Stitch the top closed.

Step 9 Hand Stitch the Top Closed

Step 10:

Use a sticky Scotch brand Mounting Square to secure the Magnetic Hexapuff Needle Minder to your sewing machine. Here is a photo of the double-sided sticky mounting squares I used. They are 4″ x 4″, so I just cut them down to 1″, which fit my hexie perfectly.
Scotch Mounting Squares

If you’ve never done a ladder stitch before, here’s a handy diagram.  It’s a lovely stitch that is very difficult to see when done properly.  It also works well when binding your quilts.

ladder stitch

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! I’ll be making a lot of these, especially when I just need a few minutes to relax.  And I have a feeling these Hexapuffs will appear in a few other projects in the weeks to come too.


Now, Bloggers Unite!  Please click below to link up and share your brilliant ideas!



Sunday Stash – The Late Night Quilters Club Flying Fabric Box 2015

May 10, 2015
Flying Fabric Box 2 Late Night Quilters Club 2015

Hi there, and Happy Mother’s Day!  We had a busy, but wonderful day here.   A family brunch, a First Holy Communion party,  a trip to the book store, a stroll through the garden center, and baseball practice…all while dragging around the kids. If that’s not a full Mother’s Day, I don’t know what is.

Michelle mentioned on the phone earlier that she had a slightly more relaxing day of shopping while her husband and daughter planted flowers for her and cooked her a fancy dinner. (For those of you who have recently started following the blog, Michelle is my good friend and a contributor here.)

Hmmmm.  Interesting concept…Maybe I’ll re-think my plan for next year…

Anyway, if you are curious who won our big giveaway, stay tuned for Tuesday’s post where I will announce the winner of a free Longarm Quilting Gift Certificate from yours truly. I’m so grateful to those of you who read the blog regularly and leave comments and share ideas.  It’s the essence of what makes the quilting community so strong.

In the meantime, check out the Happy Mail that appeared in my mailbox as a part of the Late Night Quilter’s  Flying Fabric Box Swap.  My new friend Sarah sent me these 4 lovely fat quarters, along with an adorable handmade gift.  Sarah and I are part of the unique swap dreamed up by Late Night Quilter’s Club (click to join the group) member, Anna Veach.

Flying Fabric Box from The Late Night Quilters Club Facebook Group

The Flying Fabric Box is a mystery collection of fabric and a handmade gift that makes its way from person to person in the swap.  When you receive the box, you take out the fabric, make something with it, and send the box along to the next person with 4 new fat quarters and the gift you made.

Did you notice the first fat quarter in the picture? It’s a Texan’s fabric-dream come true!  In my favorite shades of sea green!  And how did Sarah know I’m a sucker for ombre and chevrons?

Here’s the cute zipper pouch Sarah made for me from her own stash (Sarah started this swap off, so she used her own fabric to make the first gift that would be sent on to me, the second person on the list). Sarah used the Open-Wide Zippered Pouch Tutorial by Noodlehead. I’d love to have 4 more, just like this one!

Airplane Bag By Sarah Jimenez Flying Fabric Box Late Night Quilters Club 2015

The pouch was perfectly made.  Let me tell you, this girl has skills!

And it will be a lovely addition to the gorgeous new purse I received from my mom for Mother’s Day.  I love to have multiple zipper pouches in my purse to keep my beautiful mess organized.

Thank you, Sarah, for a lovely gift and inspiring fabric.  I better get the kids to bed so I can finish up the little gifts I’ll be sending on to the next friend in the swap.

Zipper Pouch by Sarah Jimenez Flying Fabric Box Late Night Quilters 2015

Linking up with Molli Sparkles, Anything Goes Mondays, Monday Makers, Pink Doxies, and Patchwork Times.


Spring Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day

May 6, 2015

Welcome to Giveaway Day!  If you haven’t yet heard about giveaway day, you’ve got to check it out over at Sew Mama Sew.  It only happens twice a year.  What fun! Oh, the prizes, oh, the possibilities!

Meanwhile, I have been quilting away over here, in the land of late, late nights and crying babies.

So, Michelle and I thought it only seems right for our giveaway prize to be:

Giveaway Day May 6, 2015, Late Night Quilter

Enter today by leaving us a comment below 1) what your favorite go-to quilting design is 2) How you follow us

You have a chance at two entries!

1)Please leave us a comment below telling us what your favorite quilting design is.

2) If you choose to follow our blog, or you already do,  please comment separately about how you follow.

Entries will close Sunday night, and the winner will be chosen at random, right before I hit the sack.

I will quilt something for the winner, up to a twin size, with an edge-to-edge design that complements your piecing, to be decided by you and I together. (*Shipping costs of the quilt top TO ME will be the responsibility of the WINNER, and I will cover shipping costs back TO YOU. I will ship BACK internationally, but the cost to you in shipping to me might be a consideration in whether you’d like to enter).

Here are some examples of some of my favorite edge to edge designs, to give you some ideas.  But really, there are so many options!

2014-09-09 10.40.05  filigree pantograph quilting design, by Urban Elementz  Swirl Feathers by Stephanie @ Late Night  Arrow Quilt

After you comment, please hop on over to my friend Kitty’s blog, Night Quilter (we met when we stumbled upon each other’s blogs and realized we were living parallel lives).  Kitty has a fantastic pattern and fabric giveaway for you that you just can’t miss! And also check out Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl.  She has an awesome gift certificate for extra wide backing fabric (a great thing for quilts you plan to have longarmed).

If you’re a new reader, thank you so much for checking out our blog.  You can read a little about Michelle and me here.  We love to post about our favorite quilting projects, DIY tutorials, and we host a weekly linky party called Tips and Tutorials Tuesday, where we post our favorite quilting tips, and other bloggers link up with their recent helpful ideas.

Here are a few of our favorite posts:

DIY Sewing Table Hack: Yes, You Can!

Sometimes It’s Worth It : An Ikea Fabric Story

An Unexpected Friendship

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen that I was able to give a couple of sneak peeks this past week of some works in progress I had going on.

I was lucky enough to quilt for my designer idol, Lee Heinrich from Freshly Pieced. Lee sent me two quilts that she will be unveiling at Spring Market, as her new patterns.  They are absolutely gorgeous.  Although quilting for Market deadlines is always a challenge, I enjoyed every minute of it. Now the quilts are back with Lee, and she is probably furiously binding away as I write this…

I can’t show off the entire quilt, because that is Lee’s job over the next couple of weeks as she releases the patterns for sale.  But I can show you bits and pieces.

Here’s my favorite part of my quilting:

Lee included lots of negative space in her first pattern, which allowed me to play with motifs that would complement her clean, bright paper-piecing in other areas of the quilt. I referred to an old tutorial by Green Fairy Quilts, and some skills I learned in a class with the amazing Kimmy Brunner.

Compass Star by Stephanie Palmer of Late Night Quilter

Next, I think it’s safe to show you this secret block… Lee posted it last week, so I’ll follow her lead.  The colors are so gorgeous and sharp.  My goal in quilting it was to echo the shapes, so as not to take away from her piecing, which really speaks for itself.

Paper Pieced Block by Lee Heinrich, Quilted by Stephanie Palmer of Late Night Quilter

And here’s a glimpse of her Moroccan Lanterns pattern.  Wait til you see the whole thing!  It’s so lovely.  In this picture you can see a traditional block that appears throughout the quilt, but the pattern really sings because of the new Moroccan themed block Lee designed (to be released at Spring Market and in quilt shops very soon!). Lee comes up with the most wonderful ideas.  She has such a gift for pattern writing.

Moroccan Lanterns, pieced by Lee Heinrich and Quilted by Stephanie Palmer

I had so much fun quilting the stars with continuous straight lines all the way around.  And of course, straight lines love to be surrounded by swirls!  To mix it up this time, I chose to use a hook swirl instead of a traditional swirl.

Thank you for visiting and reading along.  I look forward to meeting you through the comments.  I try to respond as often as possible, but sometimes my kids revolt, and I lose my computer time.  But please know, Michelle and I greatly appreciate each and every comment.  We love this powerful quilting community!

Stephanie and Michelle's signature, Late Night

Tips and Tutorials Tuesday

T-shirt Quilt Preparation Tips

May 5, 2015


Tips and Tutorials Tuesday at Late Night Quilter

Welcome back to Tips and Tutorials Tuesdays!

 We had so many great bloggers link up their tips in last week’s post.  Did you see Quilting Jetgirl’s video on how she temporarily hangs her quilts to get perfect photographs?  And how about My Carolina Home’s 2015 Scrap Dance Mystery Quilt Along – it’s not too late to jump in if you need a well-guided, fun scrap project.

Don’t forget to scroll down and see what new tips and tutorials the blogosphere has to offer this week!

We’ve had several questions lately on our Late Night Quilters Facebook group about the process behind making t-shirt quilts, so it was easy to decide on a topic to share with you for our tip this week:

How to stabilize your t-shirts before attempting a T-Shirt Quilt!

Over the past year (which I shall call the biggest year of t-shirt quilting in my life) I’ve learned the importance of properly stabilizing and prepping your materials for t-shirt quilts.

Stephanie and I live in a very sports fanatical enthusiastic town. It’s Varsity Blues and Friday Night Lights all rolled up into one.

It’s no surprise, then, just how many moms in our community want t-shirt quilts made of for their All-Star athletes. I’ve also made several memory quilts made out of baby clothing, and although they are more intricate and time consuming, they are stabilized the same way, so I’ve included photo examples of these in this post too.

I’ve done a lot of digging and have created a Pinterest Board with loads of inspirational memory quilts and helpful blog posts for you to check out as well.


Important Materials needed:

 June Tailor Non Stick Pressing Sheet 18×18″- I love this product and use it all the time.  It’s available on Amazon Prime, too, which means free shipping if you’re a part of that program.  Stephanie is an Amazon Prime addict, so I know she, if no one else, will appreciate this link.  (*this is an amazon affiliate link, which means if you purchase the pressing sheet via my link, I receive a small commission, at no increased cost to you).

Pellon Shape Flex 101 – This comes in black or white. I  use white since I buy it by the bolt, and I’ve had no problem at all, even when working with dark quilts. I provided a link to the product at Joanne’s, where a bolt is $52.90 (not an affiliate link).

Side note: Do you like to applique cute little motifs on baby onesies?  You can use this same interfacing to iron on the inside of the onesie and protect baby’s delicate skin from irritation.   



One thing I love about Pellon Interfacing is that is comes with written instructions, tucked inside every yard of the material. You just can’t do it wrong! On the downside, the width of fabric is 20 inches, so you’ll need a lot of yardage for a big quilt.

Cost saving tip: save those Joann’s 50% off coupons and buy it by the bolt if you plan multiple projects with it. I use approximately 7 yards of stabilizer per t-shirt quilt (60 x 60 inches on average).


Step 1: Cutting raw materials

Cut the shirts about an inch bigger in width and height as you’d like the final square to be. This will allow you some room to square up after you fuse it to the interfacing.



Step 2: Introduce Yourself to the Pellon

Roll out your Pellon SF101 with the bumpy side up. Greet the Pellon warmly.  You two are going to be great friends by the end of this project.  Respect the Pellon.  The bumpy side of the interfacing is the ‘glue’ side, and it will melt and stick to your iron if it comes into contact with it. Avoid contact with the iron unless you REALLY want a fancy new iron. Place the t-shirt right side up on top of the Pellon interfacing.


Step 3: Pressing.

Place the teflon pressing sheet over your t-shirt and Pellon sandwich. Only iron on top of the teflon pressing sheet. You will need to iron over your sandwich very slowly so that each part of the shirt has had the iron on it for about 10 seconds. Avoid shifting the pressing pad, as sometimes the plastic from the shirt logos will melt and will need to be wiped off the pressing pad before contact with heat and the shirt again (I found this out the hard way…).  If you don’t take a second to wipe off your pressing sheet, you’ll risk getting sticky plastic residue on the next t-shirt you press.


Repeat until all shirts have been fused.

Step 4: Cutting

Tshirt quilt


I like to cut out and use all the logos from a shirt whenever space allows. I fuse each logo to Pellon, then applique them onto a cut-out square of t-shirt with a zig zag stitch (unless it’s a patch…I sew those thick suckers on with a straight stitch, which just seems to work better).


Here are a few of the quilts I’ve done over the past year using Pellon interfacing: Stephanie has quilted around most of these on her longarm. We have learned, that if you are going to applique on booties, and 3-D pieces of clothing on a memory quilt, it is best to do this AFTER the quilting has been completed.  It’s hard to quilt around these bulky pieces, and if you are quilting with a longarm, the changes in thickness can wreak havoc on tension (patches and pockets are ok to stitch on before quilting though).


baby onsie quilt

baby onsie quiltTshirt quilt memory quilt baby first year




baby memory quilt

baby memory quilt onsie babys first year





After you’ve cut up all those t-shirts, you are going to have a ton of scraps! C’mon, you know you can’t throw those away when they could possible become a gorgeous crochet rainbow rug (thank you, ye gods of pinterest).

Old T-shirts Make a Beautiful Rug!

For more t-shirt scrap ideas and unique quilt layout options, be sure to check out my T-Shirt Quilt Pinterest page.

Now, bloggers of the world, unite and link up to show us your goods!

Finish it Up Friday

A Cotton and Steel Hotpad and A Sewing Snack: Dill and Parmesan Quick Bites

May 1, 2015

I’m back from my journey to Roatan and have so many fun and exciting things to share with you! One big highlight was meeting a group of Artisans on the remote Island of St. Helene and seeing how they recycle plastic shopping bags and use the material to crochet with. You will be stunned when you see what they make with the material! It was amazing to sit and stitch with them. I will share more of my trip in a few days (once I have uploaded and gone through the hundreds of photos) but for now I will share my Friday Finish and one of my favorite sewing snack recipes with you.

 Friday Finish – Cotton + Steel hot pad

I am happy to finally have a matching hot pad to my Selvage Oven Mitt. I love these Cotton + Steel selvages and they add such a fun and funky vibe to my kitchen.


Sewing for my kitchen feels totally different than sewing a quilt for someone else. It’s so freeing! I could care less about being perfect because I make kitchen items to be well-used and abused. It’s a totally different sewing experience, and I need to do it more often!

 Selvage sewing hotpad diy tutorial cotton + Steel

Along with my little Friday finish, here is my favorite sewing snack. It’s a 2-minute, 4-ingredient recipe that you’re gonna love.

Dill and Parmesan Quick Bites

 Dill and Parmesan Quick Bites by Michelle @ Late Night Quilter

As busy moms, Stephanie and I have become masters at eating quickly. Breakfast is usually in the car on my way to drop my little one off at preschool (if I haven’t been called in to substitute teach that day). Lunch, if not a Cliff bar and a handful of whatever I can quickly grab from the pantry, is usually spent at my sewing table while I catch up on emails.

I’m sure you can relate! So I wanted to share with you this super fast recipe that makes a great sewing snack. Best part of all; my picky-eater loves them, and she can help me in the kitchen without a gigantic mess to clean up afterwards. It’s the perfect on the go, or sitting-down-to-sew snack.

Adams reserve oyster crackers quick bites

Ingredients: Oyster Crackers, Adams Reserve Parmesan Dill Rub, Olive oil, Salt

Step 1: Pour a half bag of Oyster crackers into a gallon Ziploc bag

Step 2: Pour 1 Tablespoon of your favorite Olive oil into the Ziploc

Step 3: Add a 1 Tablespoon of Adams Reserve Parmesan Dill Rub.

Step 4: Add a pinch or two of salt (to taste)

Step 5: Seal the Ziplock bag with plenty of air inside and shake it like a Polaroid picture! This is the part my little one loves. We usually sing Taylor Swifts “Shake it Off!” , and get silly. Try it.  It’s part of the recipe.  It’s sure to get a few smiles.

Step 6 (optional): Stephanie turned me on to this option. She likes to throw them in the oven for 15 minutes at 350 degrees, or until golden brown, and it makes them crunchier!  If you’re pressed for time you can skip this step and they will still be great.

Just look at those crunchy, salty, morsels….

Dill and Parmesan Quick Bites - the perfect late night snack while quilting

If you make a similar recipe, post in the comment sections how you like your Oyster Crackers! I love getting new ideas and trying different recipes. What’s your all time favorite sewing snack?

Be back soon and until then,