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Gifts to Sew Blog Tour


Happy Birthday Ti! 🎂 I hope you are enjoying your birthday week!

I love to sew and I love to sew things to gift to others! Usually it’s for family, but sometimes it’s for friends or charity. When Ti of Simply by Ti chose this theme for the blog tour this month, I was excited! It’s an easy one to do! I started this quilt in February when an event showed up in my Facebook feed from the 52 Week Sewing Challenge. The idea to finish it for Ti’s Gifts to Sew Birthday blog tour popped into my head right away! The original event went on for a month or so, but we had visiting family in town. I didn’t sew for most of March and didn’t get my quilt done. I’d seen this World map pattern several years ago and thought my son would love it if I made him one some day. So when the event popped up, I was excited to get started with others sewing along. I decided to make a United States quilt instead, using the pattern from Flamingo Toes. My parents will be having their 55th Anniversary this summer and I thought it would be a nice gift. Sometimes they drive from Michigan to Arizona; so how about a car lap quilt for that long long trip!


Stitching the states

The states printed out bold but with lots of thinner squiggly lines in some areas, most being on the east coast. I ended up Googling line drawings of the individual states to try to figure out where to trace and cut. I didn’t follow the directions from Flamingo Toes blog but did it my own way. After my United States were taped together, I traced them onto Heat n Bond lite, leaving a small space between each state. I cut the Heat n Bond apart, leaving my paper pattern of the whole US intact. After choosing fabric for each state, I ironed on the Heat n Bond and cut them on the traced state lines. Then it was just laying them all out in the correct order and pressing them on. My iron and I had to do this big job on our tile floor!


Next was zigzagging the states together which I did with variegated thread. Batting and backing were put on with basting spray. That stuff works sooo good! This is the brand I have.


The fabrics are from my stash, collected over several years. Some are fat quarters similar to this from Joann’s.  The background is a new piece because I didn’t have the right size at home. The back is pieced so I could use stash.


I used blue thread to match the background to sew around each state, quilting it to the backing. Here are a couple of close ups…


The blue background represents water in this quilt. I took the liberty of putting “water” around the whole US, leaving off Canada and Mexico 😬 to make my quilt easier. Nothing against either country, I promise! I just wanted an excuse to use my wave scallop stitch! I like the look of the waves though! What do you think?


P.S. Remember, it’s a secret! Don’t tell my parents!

Here is the tour schedule where you just might find the perfect gift idea for your family and friends…

Sunday, April 22nd: Sewing By Ti (intro), With Love In Every Stitch, Sewing With D

23rd: Stitched By Jennie, Tales from a Southern Mom, Aurora Design Fabrics

24th: Sewjourns, Big Fly Notions, Sewing Blue, JOT Designs USA

25th: Sewing By Ti, Auschick Sews, Hazelnut Handmade

26th: Sewing With D, EYMM, Middle River Studio, Aurora Design Fabrics

27th: Our Play Palace, My Sewing Roots, Make it Sew with the Bear and Pea, Seams Sew Lo