Modern Quilting

  • Converting a Quilt to a Baby Sleeping Bag // Tutorial


    A while back I saw the cutest little baby sleeping bag floating around Pinterest. It linked to a shop listing for the Jamboree Snuggle Me that was no longer available for sale. Had I been able to find one to buy I would have totally purchased it. For a while after that I couldn't get it out of my head, so I decided to make my own version of a baby sleeping bag. I put together a tutorial to share with you today. This is not a tutorial for the hexagon quilt (sorry), but it is a tutorial on how to take a unbound...
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  • Technicolor Galaxy // Finished Quilt


    Well it's time to share another finished Skill Builder Block of the Month quilt! I think I say this every time I finish a quilt, but this was the most fun and challenging quilt that I have made and designed yet. Out of all the things I do at Pile O' Fabric my utmost favorite is the Skill Builder Block of the Month. I enjoy seeing an idea I have come to life, not only in my version of the quilt but in your versions too. I also really love the quilt-as-you-go format of the Skill Builder Block of the Month. I...
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  • Altering a Children's Pant Pattern


    Being primarily a quilter and bag maker I don't have a ton of experience in clothing pattern alteration. I like to make clothing for myself or children from time to time, but I don't do it much. This month I finally got fed up trying to find pants or shorts that fit my 6 year old daughter. She is about a size 4 in the waist and a size 7 in height, she prefers to wear her pants high up on her waist, she doesn't like super tight pants, and refuses to wear adjustable waistbands because the rub her hips....
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  • Scrappy Patchwork Valance // Tutorial


    We recently moved into a new house and I really wanted to dress up the kids bedrooms a little. Being so sick lately I haven't sewn in months. I knew that the only way I would finish a project right now is if it was super easy. These Scrappy Patchwork Valances come together really quickly and easily. You Will Need Note: To determine the width (--) to cut the fabric pieces, you will need the width of your window. Take the width of your window x 2 ÷ 14 + ½" and you will get the width (--) you need to cut your fabric pieces. For...
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  • Cross Stitch Heart Quilt Pattern


    It has been very quiet around the blog. As most of you know I have been very ill due to a complicated pregnancy. I am still struggling greatly, but trying to keep busy on my computer so I don't go absolutely crazy. This month I decided to take a quilt I made a few years ago and turn it into a full Pile O' Fabric PDF pattern. The Cross Stitch Heart Quilt is a fun quilt that uses classic X blocks or what I call Cross Stitch blocks to bring cross stitching to the quilting world.    Years ago I posted...
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  • Juki MO-654DE Overlock/Serger Machine Review


    I recently added the Juki MO-654DE Overlock/Serger Machine to my family of sewing machines. I have been sewing with it for a little over a month and today I would like to share my review of the machine. Serger Features The Juki MO-654DE has been in the Juki lineup for many years and being a favorite among sewers I don't think they will be retiring it any time soon. Here are some of the key features: Convertible 2/3/4 thread serging with automatic rolled hem capability. Color coded threading and breakaway looper for easy, correct threading. The upper knife moves out...
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  • Curvy Spiderweb Quilt Pattern


    For the past few months I have been working on a new Pile O' Fabric PDF pattern. The Curvy Spiderweb Quilt is a fun curvy take on the traditional Spiderweb Quilt. While working on the pattern I tested about six different curve piecing techniques to find the technique that worked the best for the Curvy Spiderweb Quilt. The pattern includes step-by-step instructions and tips for piecing the curves using a mix of classical curve piecing and glue basting. The pattern also includes instructions for three different methods of transferring your templates to your fabric, that way you can choose the option that...
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  • Triangle Wheel Block // Foundation Paper Piecing Tutorial


    Almost three years ago I posted a tutorial for the Triangle Wheel Block. In this tutorial I showed you how to make the block using basic patchwork piecing. Though it was "basic" it wasn't the easiest block to conquer. All of the bias edges on the triangles can make the block stretch and warp easily. Since writing that tutorial I have learned so many ways to stabilize bias edges, making blocks lay flatter and points align better. Today, I would like to re-address the Triangle Wheel Block tutorial, but this time we will be using foundation paper piecing. You Will Need In order to make one...
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  • Making a Concerto Crib Quilt


    This weekend I finished my first quilt of the entire year. I used to bust out about 12-15 quilts a year, but this is my first completed quilt in 2015! If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you may have seen all the videos and photos I posted as I worked on a Concerto crib quilt for a baby gift. But, for those of you who did not see the posts I figured it would be nice to share my progress making the Concerto quilt here on the blog too. First, I starched, pressed, cut all my fabric, and laid...
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  • Modern Beauty Block // Raw-Edge Applique Tutorial & Pattern


    This month I had the pleasure of collaborating with Patchwork Threads, on a new t-shirt with the design of my Modern Beauty quilt block from the Skill Builder BOM 2013. You can get this awesome shirt for yourself at Patchwork Threads. In light of this awesome new quilty t-shirt I thought it would be fun to put together another tutorial for the quilt block. Originally during Skill Builder BOM 2013 the block was made using turned-edge applique, you can check out that tutorial here. For this tutorial I would like to show you how to make the block using basic raw-edge applique. This is a...
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  • Butterfly Lagoon Bundle + Giveaway // Pile O' Fabric Stash Share


    These summery fresh prints were chosen for a bundle by Karin Jordan of Leigh Laurel Studios. This week Karin is giving away a fat quarter Butterfly Lagoon Bundle in Prints and Solids over on her blog. You can enter to win here. This bundle includes (left to right): Miniflores in Sunbathed, Remix Crisscross in Green, Rumpled in Sour, Adventure in Springs, Prisma Elements in Larimar Sea, snd Butterfly Box in Green  Coordinating Solids This bundle includes (left to right): Kona Cotton in Persimmon, Kona Cotton in Chartreuse, Kona Cotton in Kumquat, Kona Cotton in Kale, Kona Cotton in Breakers, and Kona Cotton in Silver. Get Your Butterfly Lagoon Bundle Share any projects you make with Stash...
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  • Blanche Barrel Bag // "In the Studio" + Review


    Today, I would like to share a bag I made using the Blanche Barrel Bag pattern by Alicia Wietholter for Swoon Patterns. All of the bags in the Swoon Pattern lineup have a really professional, "store bought" look and shape. I don't make and sell items often, but for those of you who do, you will love Swoon Patterns. They give you full permission to make and sell their bags! If you're looking for some Swoon bag inspiration then you must check out Erin Morris (@diedelbughandmade), she makes and sells bags using Swoon Patterns and they're so beautiful.   Since it has been quite a while since...
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  • Emery Dress and Patchwork Leather Belt


    The last sample my very talented sister, Sherrana made for QuiltCon was the Emery Dress by Christine Haynes. She enjoyed making the pattern so much, she made two. She has written about her experience making the Emery Dress version one in plaid and version two in linen on her blog at Needles and Nails. For the dress she made for me I picked out Folk Plaid, a print from Maureen Cracknell's beautiful collection Wild & Free from Art Gallery Fabrics. The dress comes with options for short sleeves, longer sleeves, collar, or a bow waist. I asked Sherrana to make the dress with a collar and longer sleeves....
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  • Crafty Mixup Bundle // Pile O' Fabric Stash Share


    Minty aloe, reds, black and blues this mixup makes for a pretty palette. This bundle includes (left to right): Dotted Boulevard by Sara Lawson, XOXO in Night Owl from Cotton and Steel, Geo Braid in Navy from Camelot Fabrics, Herringbone in Turquoise by Joel Dewberry, Oval Elements in Saffron from Art Gallery Fabrics, Metro Living Loops in Iron from Robert Kaufman. Coordinating Solids This bundle includes (left to right): Kona Cotton in Black, Kona Cotton in Nautical, Kona Cotton in Windsor, Kona Cotton in Aloe, Kona Cotton in Tomato, and Kona Cotton in White. Get Your Crafty Mixup Bundle Share any projects you make with Stash Bundles using hashtag #madewithpileofabric  Crafty Mixup Bundle in Prints | Crafty Mixup Bundle in Solids What...
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  • Luck of the Irish Bundle // Pile O' Fabric Stash Share


    This weeks bundle is an awesome stash builder. The Luck of the Irish Bundle is a great assortment of green prints and solids just in time for St. Patrick's Day! This bundle includes (left to right): Take Flight in Jade, XOXO in Picnic Gold, Dottie in Picnic, Remix Crisscross in Green, Eyelet in Green, and Forest Geo in Calico. Coordinating Solids This bundle includes (left to right): Kona Cotton in Spruce, Kona Cotton in Jungle, Kona Cotton in Grasshopper, Kona Cotton in Parrot, Kona Cotton in Chartreuse, and Kona Cotton in Bonsai. Get Your Luck of the Irish Bundle Share any projects you make with Stash Bundles using hashtag #madewithpileofabric  Luck of the Irish Bundle in...
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  • 241 Tote // Pattern Review


    A few years ago I made the 241 Tote Noodlehead for the first time. You may recall an old blog post I wrote with pictures of two 241 Totes I made as gifts for my sisters. Since then the pattern has been revised and comes in a printed version. I stock the 241 Tote and other Noodlehead patterns in my shop. One of the things I really love about the 241 Tote is how simple and easy it is to make. I would definitely consider this a beginner entry level bag. Sometimes you make a bag with a pattern and...
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  • Marilyn Dress // Pattern Review


    This week I will be sharing some pictures with links to a few pattern reviews. Before QuiltCon my very talented sister, Sherrana made a few samples of patterns I sell in my shop. She has written reviews for these patterns on her blog at Needles and Nails. Meet Sherrana Sherrana builds creations from reclaimed pallet wood, sews many gifts, and likes to make handmade cards and other crafts. Some of her creations are available for sale in her Etsy shop.   The Marilyn Dress The third project Sherrana made was the Marilyn Dress by Serendipity Studios. It was made using Sunday Clippings, Les Points in Rose,...
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  • The Pocket Tote // Pattern Review


    This week I will be sharing some pictures with links to a few pattern reviews. Before QuiltCon my very talented sister, Sherrana made a few samples of patterns I sell in my shop. She has written reviews for these patterns on her blog at Needles and Nails. Meet Sherrana Sherrana builds creations from reclaimed pallet wood, sews many gifts, and likes to make handmade cards and other crafts. Some of her creations are available for sale in her Etsy shop.   The Pocket Tote The second project Sherrana made was the Pocket Tote by Jen Fox Studios. It was made using with dark denim, Mustang...
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  • The Sunburst Sling Bag // Pattern Review


    This week I will be sharing some pictures with links to a few pattern reviews. Before QuiltCon my very talented sister, Sherrana made a few samples of patterns I sell in my shop. She has written reviews for these patterns on her blog at Needles and Nails. Meet Sherrana Sherrana builds creations from reclaimed pallet wood, sews many gifts, and likes to make handmade cards and other crafts. Some of her creations are available for sale in her Etsy shop.    The Sunburst Sling The first project Sherrana made was the Sunburst Sling by Jen Fox Studios. It was made using one of...
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  • Summertime Fun Bundle // Pile O' Fabric Stash Share


    This weeks bundle is inspired by a summer filled with fun at the polo club. Enjoy horseback riding, crossword finds, baking and jacks. This bundle includes (left to right): Hot Cross Buns in Natural, Netorious in Mixing Bowl Gold, Jacks in Aqua, Mustang in Metallic Olive, Wordfind in Navy, and XOXO in Bright Plum. Coordinating Solids This bundle includes (left to right): Kona Cotton in Putty, Kona Cotton in Ice Frappe, Kona Cotton in Aloe, Kona Cotton in Yarrow, Kona Cotton in Nautical, and Kona Cotton in Gumdrop. Get Your Summertime Fun Bundle Share any projects you make with Stash Bundles using hashtag #madewithpileofabric  Summertime Fun Bundle in Prints | Summertime Fun Bundle in Solids What would...
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Alyssa Lichner from Pile O' Fabric

Welcome to the Pile O’ Fabric blog, my name is Alyssa Lichner, I live in sunny Gilbert, AZ. I am a freelance web and graphic designer turned avid sewist. I write modern quilting tutorials and share techniques and inspiration here at Pile O’ Fabric… Read More

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