Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Illegally Stealing Blogger Content - Important!!!

I have received quite a few emails about La Bella Colori blog posts showing up on a web site at Quilt Patterns Pro. 

They have taken content from many bloggers without permission or linking back to the original site. The web site is a Scraper site with the sole purpose to collect revenue off of your hard work and your blog post! Don't let this happen, please contact Go Daddy, who hosts the web site.

For more information visit The Bitchy Stitcher here and here.

If you find out your blog content has been comprised  Alison at Little Bunny Quilts has graciously created a copy and paste letter you can email to Go Daddy.

Ok, done with my rant!

Kira xoxo

Monday, April 7, 2014

Fresh Flowers - Introduction and Fabric Requirements

Welcome to my very first quilt along!! I am super excited at the response the Fresh Flowers quilt along has received! I am overwhelmed by how sweet everyone's comments have been, thank you!

Fresh Flowers was inspired by the beautiful spring blossoms we are seeing during this time of the year. The blocks are simple and easy to construct. They are the perfect project for beginners and first time quilters. The finished block size is 12" x 12", using rotary cutting and traditional piecing methods.

In my quilt and the examples I am using Kona Snow as the background, but any solid fabric would work just as well. With fabrics like Kona, Bella solids and other dyed fabrics, both sides of the fabric are right sides. Unlike printed fabrics, there is no way to mistakenly cut angles wrong. This is one of the many reasons I love dyed or yarn dyed solids. However you may choose to use a printed fabric for your background (which has a right and wrong side), and I will be adding optional cutting instructions for that as well.

In my quilt and the examples I am using Hothouse Flowers by Mo Bedell for Andover fabrics for the petals and centers. When choosing your petal fabrics decide if you want a planned or a scrappy look to your quilt. You can use a layer cake (10" by 10" squares) for a more planned look to your quilt or pull from your stash for a scrappy look - this is up to you!

 Our 3 layout options are:

Wall Quilt or Large Pillow
Finished size: 24" x 24"
1/2 yard of solid background fabric 
5 - 10" squares for petals and centers

Baby Quilt
Finished Size: 48" x 48" 
1 3/4 yards of solid background fabric
17 - 10" squares for petals and centers

Lap/Throw Quilt
Finished Size: 60"x 72"
2 3/4 yards of solid background fabric
31 - 10" squares for petal and centers

Fresh Flowers Quilt Along

The next post is April 21st with the cutting instructions, that gives us two weeks to pull from our stash or gather fabrics. Looking forward to seeing what fabrics everyone is going to use. I have added a link up party below if you would like to share your fabric choices.

April 7th - Introduction and Fabric Requirements
April 21st - Cutting the Fabrics
April 28th - Creating the Petals
May 5th - Assembling the Flowers
May 12th - Completing Blocks
May 19th - Piecing the Top

If you have any questions please ask away!!

Hugs and many thanks,

Add your link to your fabrics here:


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Fresh Flowers Quilt Along

It's official - I am going to host my very first quilt-along! I am super excited!! I have always loved participating in QALs over the years and now, finally I will be hosting one. We are going to have such fun!! The pattern is so cute and just in time for the spring weather.

After a dreary, cold and record breaking winter, aren't we ready for spring?! And what would be more cheery and spring-like than a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers. 

We will have 3 size layouts and color placement options - all starting April 7th. The schedule will be as follows:
April 21st - Cutting the Fabrics
April 28th - Creating the Petals
May 5th - Assembling the Flowers
May 12th - Completing Blocks
May 19th - Piecing the Top

This schedule should allow plenty of time for fabric shopping (and stash shopping of course), for everyone to complete their blocks and a few late comers to the party also. 
Fresh Flowers Quilt Along

I hate to repeat myself - but I am super excited and hope you join me in this quilt along! 


Monday, March 24, 2014

Wonderful New Beginnings

“A new baby is like the beginning of all things - wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.” - Eda J LeShan

My dear friends have a baby boy on the way, such a great blessing for a very deserving couple!! I wanted to make something they could enjoy and celebrate with their new baby.  I had to keep it a secret as the new momma-to-be watches my posts, but now that the baby shower is over I can share :)

Carter's quilt was made using Amanda of Jedi Craft Girl's Monster Truck Quilt Tutorial. Her tutorial is perfect! It was quick and easy, and so cute too! The finished measurements on this quilt is 36" by 48". I used the 12.5" blocks (12" finished) in a 3 by 4 layout, total blocks used were 12. Instead of a monster truck, I went with a cute elephant applique very similar to the couples nursery decorations. I found the applique at Sew4Home's post 'Super Cute Animal Applique Pillows'.


The nursery colors are navy, green, gray and taupe. Which made this a great quilt to use Riley Blake's chevrons and dots fabric prints, along with Kona navy, ash (gray) and green. I use a raw-edge applique technique for his name and the cute elephant, and stitched down with a simple zigzag stitch. It is quilted with a simple meandering quilting design with gray thread.

For the banner/bunting I also used raw edge applique and the same fabrics as in the quilt.

Using Noodlehead's Divided Basket pattern and fabric scraps from the quilt, I finished up this cute fabric basket just in time. I highly recommend the Divided Basket pattern - great instructions and very well written!

I love all the room in there!!

And also to add in the basket - 5 burp cloths and a flannel receiving blanket.  Had a wonderful time at the baby shower and the couple love all the gifts they received. Looking forward to meeting Carter!! xoxo

~A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten, and the future worth living for.~ Anonymous 

Monday, March 17, 2014

How I Create Diagrams for Tutorials in MS Paint

Recently I was asked how I create the diagrams I use in the tutorials I make here and for the ECMQG blog lottery block tutorials. The answer is kind of funny but I use the basic old program that comes with just about every Windows based computer - Paint. This is a very quick tutorial of MS Paint - if you have any questions please let me know I would be glad to answer them.

MS Paint is a very basic drawing program, and while it won't do what other more advanced programs will, you can learn to use it when needed.

With Paint you build from the bottom up as Paint doesn't have 'layers' like more advanced programs. The trick is to save as you go, but save different versions just in case you change your mind, and the last change is not what you wanted. **Also when saving make sure to use .jpg file extension which is easier to use in other programs.

I will walk you through how I created this diagram for cutting squares for a block tutorial.

Open up Paint

Make sure the working area is the size you need it, the bigger the better! You can crop away excess later. To make the work area larger left click and hold the bottom right corner and stretch. 

Next I clicked on the shapes rectangle tool (it makes squares too) and made sure I have selected the color 1 as black (you see it highlighted in orange in the picture below).

To the right of the shape tools there is the size box, if you click on the arrow a drop down box appears and you can change the line thickness. 

To create the square left click and hold then move the cursor until you are happy with the square size and shape. You can always click the return arrow in the upper left hand corner and start over.

Now to make the 'red' cutting line, click on the shape tool that looks like a line. Also select color 1 as red and choose your line thickness.

Just like creating the square, I used left click/hold with the cursor starting in the bottom left of the square at the corner and and dragging to the upper right corner to draw the line from one corner to the other. Again if it is not where you like it you can always click the return arrow to start over.

At this point I save it with a generic name. That way I can work on it and if I happen to make a mistake I can go back to the original and start over.

Now to make the text.

You want to click on the 'Text' tool to select it and click on your choice of text color by selecting color 1.

Again left click hold and drag to create a text window or box. 

Above you can see after you have created a text box the text tools open up - this is where you can change the font and size.

After choosing the font and text size, enter ythe text. **Do not click outside this text box, if you do you will not be able to edit the text anymore. (Paint does not have spell check so carefully check your spelling) 

As long as the box is open you can edit the text, you can move the text box and add to it. Once you have the text where you want it click outside the box and it is now locked into the picture.

Continue to add text or shapes until you have the picture the way you would like. Save again at this point.

Now let's crop it to a manageable size, select 'Select' -- yes my bad, but its funny :)

And place your cursor at the top left of the area you want to keep. If the dotted outline is not where you want it to be just click somewhere out side the selected area and start over. 

When you have the area selected, go back to the tool bar and select 'Crop'.

Save and use.

Now go have fun in Paint, play around and learn what a simple basic free program can do :)

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