Summer Dreamin’ Blog Hop – Summer Shades Quilt Tutorial & a Giveaway!


Welcome back to those of you have been here before.  If you’ve never stopped by before, hello!  I’m Jessica Toye, a long-arm quilter & quilt designer living in Kansas City, MO.  Gina Martin, a friend of mine from KCMQG, was looking for bloggers to partake in this tour a while back and I volunteered.  She gave us total freedom on what we’d like to make for the blog hop, so I decided to make a quilt using from half-square triangles & appliqué.  The appliqué is done with the same raw-edge, fusible web method I shared in the last blog hop & tutorial post I wrote.  If you gave the diaper pin quilt a go, you’ll know that this method is super quick and easy.  Basically, all that’s involved is tracing, ironing, and outlining the shapes in a zig-zag stitch.


How fun is this fabric?  When I see it I just want to sing “Happy” by Pharrell Williams.  It’s so cheerful & summery.  The whole quilt top you see below is made from fabrics from the Sanibel line Gina designed for Moda.


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I couldn’t pick just one of these photos to share with you.  How cute is my little guy?  This was possibly the first photo shoot with him that didn’t involve tears.


Okay, this one might be my favorite of him.


I had planned on making a baby quilt for this tutorial, too, but when my sister said she liked the fabric, I jumped the finish quilt to a throw size instead of a smaller one.  I like to have an idea of where the final project is going before I start it, so I don’t add to my collection of homeless quilts.  I keep telling my husband they add to the insulation of our house, but I’m not sure he believes me.

Are you ready to give it a go?  Check out the tutorial below.



  • All seams are 1/4″ unless noted otherwise.  Read all instructions before beginning.
  • If you like to plan your final block arrangement instead of leaving it to fate, feel free to use a design wall as you go to organize your arrangement before sewing anything together.

Supplies & Materials:

  • Sharp scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Ballpoint pen
  • Lightweight, paper backed fusible web (I like Pellon #805)
  • Printed templates for sunglasses appliqué (get it here: Sunglasses Templates)
  • 1/4 yard each of the of 30 different prints from the Sanibel fabric line
  • Backing fabric (I started with 14″ of each of the 30 different Sanibel fabrics & pieced the backing out of the leftovers from the quilt top & had some fabric to spare.)
  • 1/2 yard red solid fabric for binding
  • Thread (I used white thread for piecing, zig-zag stitching the appliqué & quilting.)
  • Batting


From each print, cut one 7″ strip x WOF (Width of Fabric).

  • From 5 of these strips, cut one rectangle from each to measure 12-1/2″ wide x 6-1/2″ tall for the background of the applique blocks.
  • From 5 other strips, cut one rectangle from each to measure 10-1/2″ wide x 4-1/2″ tall for the sunglasses rims.
  • From 5 other strips, cut two squares from each to measure 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ for the sunglasses lenses.
  • From each of the 30 strips, cut 3 squares from each to measure 7″ x 7″ for the half-square triangles.


On the glue side (bumpy side) of fusible web, use your ballpoint pen to trace Sunglasses A – Rim.  Write a little “A1” next to the line on the outside of your shape to label it.  Set aside.


Repeat to trace all of the templates the number of times listed in the list below.

  • Sunglasses A – Rims: Trace 2
  • Sunglasses A – Lens: Trace 4
  • Sunglasses B – Rims: Trace 1
  • Sunglasses B – Lens: Trace 2
  • Sunglasses C – Rims: Trace 2
  • Sunglasses C – Lens: Trace 4


Once you have traced all of the parts, cut them apart leaving a margin around the lines you traced.  Make sure you don’t cut off the letter you labeled each piece with.



Choose one of your fabrics for Sunglasses A – Rims.  Lay this fabric right side down on your ironing board.  Place the fusible web that you traced Sunglasses A – Rims on top of this fabric with the glue side facing down (glue to wrong side of fabric).  Iron the fusible web to the fabric according to the manufacturer’s instructions.  This will sandwich your pen outline between the glue and the backside of the fabric.  Repeat until you have all of your fusible web rims attached the backside of a piece of fabric.

Use the same method to attach the fusible web to the backside of the lens fabrics.  Be sure to choose the same fabric for both lenses of the same glasses.  Set aside.


Peel the paper off the backside of each of your appliqué pieces.  Discard paper.  See how your pen marks are still there?  Magic!


Use your sharp scissors to cut exactly along the ballpoint pen line you traced.  Set aside & repeat for each of the appliqué pieces.


Once you have each of your appliqué pieces cut, you can start to fuse them to the background fabrics.  This is how:

Lay one of your background fabrics right side up on your ironing board.  Press it to get any remaining wrinkles out.  Finger press to find the center of the background fabric.  Center the sunglasses rims on the rectangle and press according to the manufacturer’s instructions.


Place the two lenses for the sunglasses on top of the rims.  Press according to the manufacturer’s instructions.


Repeat for remaining sunglasses blocks.

Now is the time to break out your sewing machine.  Set your machine to do a basic zig-zag stitch.  Place your needle into the rim fabric at the corner using the fly wheel on your machine.


Bring your needle back out of the fabric to pull the bobbin thread to the top of your work.  Pull both the bobbin and top threads to make a tail that is about 6″ long or so.  Hold onto your tails of thread and zig-zag stitch around the outer edge of the appliqué pieces.  Be sure to move slowly around the curves to keep your stitches as even as possible.  Continue following the colored fabric’s edge until you have outlined the entire thing.  When you reach the point you started at, raise your needle and pull a tail of thread about 6″ long before snipping it.  Use a pin, awl, or other sharp object to pull the thread tails from the front of your work to the back.  Tie a knot with the tails as close to the fabric as you can.  Trim the thread tails to about 1/4″ – 1/2″ long.  Repeat to outline the lenses of the glasses in a zig-zag stitch.  Repeat for remaining sunglasses blocks.

Note: If you’d like to see photos of the above process, check out the diaper pin baby quilt tutorial.  

Making the Half-Square Triangles

If you’ve never done half-square triangles (HST’s) before, this is a fabulous tutorial for doing them.

Pair the 7″ squares and lay them right sides together.  Mark a line diagonally from corner to corner across the lighter colored fabric.


Stitch 1/4″ away from your drawn line on both sides.



Slice down the drawn line of the HST.


Press seam to one side.

Trim square to 6-1/2″ x 6-1/2″.

Piecing the Quilt Top:

Use a design wall if desired to arrange the HST & sunglasses blocks before proceeding.

Piece the blocks together in pairs.  Continue piecing the pairs together until you have rows.

Piece the rows together until you have a completed top.

Note: When piecing a quilt top, press the seams in each row in opposite directions.  (1st row, all seams pressed to the right.  2nd row, all seams pressed to the left.  3rd row, all seams pressed to the right.  Etc…)

Make Your Quilt Back:


You can use a solid piece of fabric or piece one; it’s up to you!  You just need to end up with something that is around a little bigger than your top.  Mine was about 64″ x 72″.  I cut 6-1/2″ wide strips of the leftover fabric and pieced them together into strips and cut them to 64″ wide.

Make Your Quilt Sandwich:

Cut your batting to the proper size.

Decide how you want to finish your quilt.  I use my longarm machine to quilt, so I don’t need to baste my quilt sandwiches.  If your method requires basting, do it now.


Quilt as you like.  My sample is filled with orange peels in all the blocks but the appliqué blocks.  Those are outlined around the glasses and the background is filled with a different filler in each.



Use your rotary cutter to trim the excess batting and backing fabric even with the edges of the quilt top.

Trim the selvedges off your orange binding fabric and sew the strips together to create one long strip.  (You can get fancy and 45 the ends of each strip to reduce bulk if you like.)  Press the seams open.  Fold binding in half lengthwise (right sides together) to make a double layered strip that is a little bigger than 1” wide. Press.

Sew the raw edges of binding along the raw edges of the quilt on the top side. Be sure to leave a tail on each end.

Sew the two ends together to make a snug binding. Cut off the excess tail of binding.

Wrap the binding around to the back side of quilt. Hand stitch in place if you’re feeling ambitious  If not, machine stitch it down(like me!).

And that’s it!  You’re all done!

D E T A I L S   O F   T H E   S A M P L E    Q U I L T


Approximate size: 54″x66″

Block Sizes:

  • Appliqué Blocks: 6″x12″
  • Half-Square Triangles: 6″x6″

Fabrics used: Moda’s “Sanibel” line by Gina Martin, binding in Kona (an undetermined specific name) red

Thread used: So Fine #50 – Color #401

Batting: Quilter’s Dream Orient

Quilting Design:

  • Sunglasses are outlined & background of appliqué is filled with a different background.
  • Orange peel quilting

A few notes:

  • Thanks to Gina for letting me participate in this blog hop!  Baby quilts are some of my favorite things to create, so this project was extra fun for me.  Hope you all enjoy it as well!
  • I’d love to share your versions of this quilt on my facebook page.  Send photos of your finished projects to JessToyeQuilts (at) gmail (dot) com and I may share them on the facebook page or this blog!
  • The blog tour goes from April 6 – 10.  Here are the other sites participating: Sarah Lowry of Stitching and Bacon, Tammie Schaffer of Crafty Tammie, Sally Keller of Sally’s Angel Works, Donna Shervington of DONNALEEQ, Denise Bane of I Am A Quilter, Brooke Sellmann of Silly Mama Quilts, Trish Price of Hadley Street Quilts and Gina Martin of Pattern and Hue.

G I V E A W A Y 


Gina is giving away 2 charm packs of Sanibel to one of my readers who comments on this blog post.  Tell me, what is your favorite project to make for summer?  Placemats for your patio table?  A new beach tote bag?  Leave a comment by 11:59pm on Sunday, April 12 to be entered into the giveaway.  I’ll pick a winner on Monday, April 13, so be sure to leave your contact info in case you’re the lucky winner!  Also, make sure you visit the other sites in the blog hop.  Each stop is giving away a different prize and will be sharing a different project made from the fabric. 

This giveaway is now closed.  Thanks for participating!

Marsha’s Science Fair

I did this quilt a really long time ago… like, wordpress says I started this draft for a post a year ago.  Oops.  I’m really bad about blogging the quilts I’ve finished for others.

Top 01

I did this Science Fair quilt for Marsha.  Aren’t the colors gorgeous?

Detail 01

Detail 05

I can’t remember a whole lot of the details on this one, so it’s going to be mostly photos.

Detail 03 Back 01

The back of it is pretty, isn’t it?

Detail 06

I know that this quilt was one of the first ones I did the topography quilting on.  This may have been the quilt I fell in love with that design on.

Detail 04

Details (that I can remember):

Pattern: Science Fair by Jaybird Quilts


  • Orange Peel in many of the blocks.
  • Some blocks have stars & wavy lines.
  • Topography quilting in the negative spaces

Orange + White Houndstooth

I like quilting for Maggie.  She’s usually pretty okay with me quilting whatever I want to on her quilts.  This quilt, she told me she wanted “happy” quilting.

Houndstooth 02

We decided on this loopy design going from point to point.


Pretty cute, right?


Approximate Size: 70″ x 102″

Pattern Used: Houndstooth Quilt by V & Co.

Quilted: Loops in alternating directions following the piecing design.

Thread: So Fine#50 – I think the color was #451.

Batting: Quilter’s Dream Cotton – Request Loft

A Photo Quilt

Linda picked up my business card and contacted me asking if I could make a “photo memory quilt”.  She wanted this quilt to be for her daughter’s bridal shower.  All of the photos include her daughter.

Front 01

We met at my favorite local fabric shop, Modern Makers, to discuss our plan for the project and choose fabric.  She wanted the colors of her daughter’s wedding to make up the quilt.  Purple, orange, and platinum.  Elizabeth was awesome at helping us choose the fabrics that I made this quilt from.

Detail 02

Linda sent me a quilt she had found that was similar made by someone else.  It was a trip-around-the-world pattern, so that’s what we went with.

Detail 01

It went together easy enough.  The trickiest part to deal with was my design wall being too small to hold the entire quilt at once.

Back 01

The quilting design was an orange-peel on every square except the photographs.  The photographs are outlined in a stitch-in-the-ditch pattern to avoid any deterioration because of needle holes.


Quilt Pattern: No pattern used, just a Trip-Around-the-World

Fabrics Used:

  • Photographs were printed using spoonflower
  • Orange: Moonshine by Tula Pink – Static Dot in Tangerine
  • Dark Purple: Moda Grunge – Egglplant
  • Light Purple: Paint by Carrie Bloomston – News Print in Not Pink
  • Grey: Paint by Carrie Bloomston – Painted Solid in Schmutz
  • Backing: I think it was a Modern Solids, not sure of the exact color name.

Thread: So Fine #50 – Color #504

Batting: Quilter’s Dream – Dream Cotton

Approximate Size: 75″ x 85″

Quilting Design: Orange peel on all squares except the photographs.  Photographs were framed in a stitch-in-the-ditch.

Tammie’s Zippy

Do you know what’s exciting for me as a longarmer?  Seeing the quilts that I’ve worked on for other people go out into the world.  I was really excited to when Joni’s Cabbages & Roses won a ribbon at the fair.  It’s really fun now to see that Tammie’s quilt “Zippy” has gone on to become a Moda Bake Shop recipe.

Zippy 02

This wasn’t exactly a surprise to me that it was going.  I knew that from the beginning.  It’s just fun and exciting to see things like that happen for the people I quilt for.

Zippy 04

Tammie & I decided that some wavy lines would make the perfect background texture while still making the quilt nice and snuggly.  We went for the orange peel in each triangle of the zippers & I love the way it turned out.

Ziippy back 03

I didn’t realize until now that I don’t have a photo to show you of the entire quilt.  I only took up close shots of the quilting.  You’ll have to visit Tammie on her blog (craftytammie) for a photo of the whole quilt.


Quilt Name: Zippy

Pieced by: Tammie Schaffer

Fabric used: Elementary

Pattern: Zippy now available in Moda’s Bake Shop

Thread: So Fine #50 in a white to match (I didn’t write down the exact color)

Approximate Size: 47.5″x59″

Quilting Design: orange peels in zig zags, wavy lines in white.

Joni’s Cabbages & Roses


The was a big quilt.  It’s approximately 95″x94″ in size and made up of a ton of white space.  Sorry for the awful photos.  I have a really hard time photographing large quilts, so there’s not a ton in each photo at once.

Front -- Center

When Lesley brought this quilt to me to do for her mom, she said they wanted something similar to the way Angela Walter’s had done on the Moda Bake Shop pattern.  It’s a little intimidating to be asked to quilt something similar to Angela.  I LOVE Angela’s quilting.  I am a student in the majority of Angela’s craftsy classes.  I own most of her books (can’t wait for her latest book to get here!  I got a confirmation that it’s shipped!) and they are often the first I go to when I need an idea on how to quilt something.  It’s just a little scary when someone asks you to do something with a quilt like her because she’s SO GOOD at what she does.  I can try to replicate her work all day long and my swirls will always look like my swirls and not like she did it.  Anyway….  I did as close to the Angela version of this quilt as I could get while still making it my own stitches.

Front - Feathers

Once I got started on this quilt it was a lot of fun to do.  There were loads of white space to fill up with feathers and swirls & I hope I did it justice.


Here’s a few up-close shots of the quilting.


Pieced by: Joni Latham

Approximate Size: 94.75″x93.5″

Pattern Used: Cabbages & Roses on Moda Bake Shop

Thread: So Fine #50 – Colors #403 & #413

Batting: Warm & White

Quilting Design: Custom quilting featuring feathers in the border, shell shapes in the center blocks & ribbon candy in the red. 

And check out Lesley’s post about this quilt on instagram.  Joni entered this quilt into the North Central Kansas Free Fair and it won Best of Fair!




Ann’s Modern Patchwork Giraffe Quilt

I love the modern quilts. I love how they appear sleek and simple, but are still soft and quilty.

Top 01

This quilt was made by my new friend, Ann.  Ann & I didn’t know each other until the first time we met to exchange this quilt, but we now see each other at guild meetings & are constantly running into each other at the fabric store or other quilty places.  Aren’t quilt friends awesome?

Anyway, Ann made this quilt for to her future grand-baby who has yet to be adopted.  Lots of details about the baby are still unknown, like the gender, so the nursery theme decided upon was giraffes.

Top 03

When I met with Ann she had specific types of quilting she wanted in each area.  I think she nailed it with her choices.  I especially love how the patchwork strips turned out.  The quilting is kind of an echoed square chain.

Top 04

How cute are the animals?  Love it!

Top 02

In the main negative spaces we did a quilting texture to mirror the fabric.  It’s just a wavy line back and forth.  It added such a nice texture and Ann told me that it puffed up so nicely after being washed.

Back 01

The back had a strip of the patchwork, too.  I love fun backs, don’t you?  I like to think they are kind of a secret.


Approximate Size: 36″x 48″

Thread matched the white.  

Batting was Quilter’s Dream Cotton

I love how this little quilt went together & Ann told me her daughter-in-law is in love with it.  I hope the new baby-to-be gets loads of use out of it and has fun looking at the animals his grandma put into it for him.

Have a fantastic Easter weekend!