Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Typewriter Quilt (Tutorial Coming Soon!)

Cotton + Steel Typewriter Quilt by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt

Way back when I was first designing the projects for my book, I knew that I wanted to make a typewriter quilt. You all know my love for vintage things, and typewriters just seem to be one of those iconic pieces that never go out of style. I had so much material that I wanted to pack into Sew Organized for the Busy Girl that, in the end, the typewriter mini had to be cut from the final draft. Thankfully, though, Stash Books is letting me release it to you as a free tutorial this Monday on the C&T blog. I'll also be doing an Instagram takeover for them next week (Monday through Friday) where I'll be sharing some pictures of all that goes on behind the scenes here at Fabric Mutt, so be sure to tune in!

Cotton + Steel Typewriter Quilt by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt

Ever since I sent my mini quilt off to the Stash offices a year ago, I've been thinking about how much fun it would be to make a larger version. When I saw the first pictures of Melody Miller's Playful collection last year, I decided immediately that I wanted to make a lap quilt sized typewriter quilt using only Cotton + Steel Fabric. And the rest, as they say, is history...

Cotton + Steel Typewriter Quilt by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt

The keys are a rainbow of prints from all the Cotton + Steel designers. I used my favorite green floral print from Cookie Book for the typewriter (how I would love to have one in real life that looked exactly like this!) and the Playful word find print could not have been more perfect for the sheet of paper. The background is a dark navy XOXO print from the basics collection which is framed in Playful viewmaster reels for the binding. The entire quilt top is traditionally pieced, by the way -- nothing fancy going on here beyond squares, rectangles, and half square triangles. I quilted the entire piece using a wavy stitch on my machine which reminds me of how I used to make "pretend writing" on my pictures back when I was a little girl and didn't know how to make any real letters.

Cotton + Steel Typewriter Quilt by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt

This quilt is the first time I've ever used double cotton gauze for backing, and I tell you, it will not be the last! The Cotton + Steel Bespoke collection is unbelievably, gloriously soft, like your favorite t-shirt that's been washed a hundred times until it's the most comfortable thing you own. I can't wait to curl up under this quilt tonight while I watch television with my husband before we go to bed. Out of all the quilts I've made over the years, this may possibly be my very favorite.

Be sure to visit C&T on Monday for the mini typewriter quilt tutorial. I can't wait to share it with you!

21 comments:

  1. You are so talented! Using the C and S prints for this is a genius move!

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  2. Such a great idea. It looks fantastic and seems like a really good way to showcase a collection of favourite prints.

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  3. this is absolutely adorable. How fun to share it in a free tutorial! Thanks!

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  4. Oh this is just delightful :-) What a brilliant design, and the double gauze on the back must make it so snuggly :-)

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  5. Oh, this is so cute! Wouldn't it be fun to embroider words on the 'paper'!!!

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  6. Very cute, I look forward to the tutorial as well as your book. Thanks for the reminder of be-tend writing, we definitely did that too :)

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  7. I'm absolutely in love with that quilt -- and anxiously awaiting the tutorial!

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  8. At first I thought - a typewriter? But then I got into the idea and thught how cute it would be to use particular fabrics for the keys. So for the "a" key, maybe apples, "b" could be bananas, etc. now I want to make a mini-typewriter! I love how quilters can play off from each other. Thanks for the posting!

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  9. So cool! Looking forward to your tutorial! I have a large text print, maybe that would work.

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  10. It is really fabulous and such a great idea. Good for you for making a bigger version.

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  11. This is such a cool quilt Heidi, I just love vintage typewriters too! My mum is a secretary and I learnt to type on her typewriter when I was very young. So this reminds me of her and of that time!

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  12. Sew cute Heidi! That backing is awesome too! xo jan

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  13. This is such a fun quilt! You are on fire girl!!

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  14. I really love this! I can't wait for the tutorial!

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  15. This is really so cute! Thank you for sharing the tutorial. I will have to get me some text fabric for sure!

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  16. I haven't missed the tutorial yet, I hope!

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