Calculator Quilt + Old Book Blog Hop

Friday, February 22, 2019

This week, Bea of Beaquilter is hosting the "Dust Off a Quilt Book" Blog Hop. The idea is to use a quilt book that you've had sitting around on a shelf for awhile, but have never gotten around to making something from it. I *know* you can all relate to that! Just this little push of getting together with some blogging friends for a blog hop helped me move a "want to make" quilt to the top of the done pile!

Calculator quilt from Sew Adorkable by Samarra Khaja

In my small stash of quilty books, I have one of my all-time favorites, Sew Adorkable. The book is by Samarra Khaja and was published in 2015 (and still available on Amazon for a great price!). I absolutely love so many of the projects in the book (a notebook paper shower curtain, a pencil skirt with pencils appliqued on it, a candy dots quilt...), but there's one project that I've wanted to make ever since I first saw it: a calculator quilt. (I'm a math geek through and through!)

Sew Adorkable by Samarra Khaja

The quilt in the book is a giant 71" x 94 1/2". I decided to halve all the measurements to make a baby version that would be 35 1/2" x 47 1/4". I love making quilts where the backing can be WOF (width of fabric)!

Fabrics for calculator quilt

I found the cutest geeky flannel print at Jo-Ann's for the backing, then found solids in my stash to match. Some are Kona, some are JoAnn, and the light gray is Island Batik.

Solid fabrics for calculator quilt

To make the calculator numbers, I used Lite Steam-A-Seam 2 and Kona Black.

0.7734 HELLO calculator spelling

Once traced, cut, and pressed into place, I used 50wt Aurifil in Black to stitch about 1/8" from the raw edges of the numbers to secure them to the quilt top.

Applique numbers on quilt top

The quilt came together super quick!

I pin basted the quilt with Warm & Natural batting.

0.7734 Hello calculator baby quilt

Using 50wt Aurifil #2605 Grey, I used my domestic machine to free-motion quilt squares and rectangles.

Geometric free motion quilting

After quilting, I machine sewed (tutorial here) the binding using Kona Black.

Machine sewing binding

As a math geek, this quilt gives me all the feels!

Calculator quilt from Sew Adorkable by Samarra Khaja

And when I added a baby in a pi onesie. Oh! I can't take all the cuteness!!

Calculator quilt from Sew Adorkable by Samarra Khaja

I mean, seriously. (Elijah is 5 months old already!)

Calculator quilt perfect for math geeks

I can't believe it took me this long to finally move this quilt to the top of the queue! Thank you, Bea, for the push to make something from my favorite quilty book!

How about you?? Do you have a stash of quilty books screaming for their day in the spotlight? Take a look at what you have and make something!

Be sure to visit the other bloggers participating in this fun hop! I loved seeing what they all decided to make!

Monday, February 18th
Turid at densyendehimmel
Pamela at Pamela Quilts
Joan at Moosestash Quilting
Anne at Seems Like a Plan
Susan at DesertSky Quilting
Selina at Selina Quilts
Kathleen at Kathleen McMusing

Tuesday, February 19th
Cindy at Stitchin' at Home
Jennifer at Curlicue Creations
Stephanie at Steph Jacobson Designs
Kathy at Kathy's Quilts
Shasta at High Road Quilter
Theresa at Bumbleberry Stitches

Wednesday, February 20th
Sharon at Vroomans Quilts
Suzy at Webster Quilt
Nancy at Patchwork Breeze
Karrin at Karrin's Crazy World
Denise at Craftraditions

Thursday, February 21st
Anita at Domestic Felicity
Leanne at Devoted Quilter
Jennifer at Dizzy Quilter
Carla at Creatin' in the Sticks
Lee Anne at Podunk Pretties
Andree at Quilting Learning Combo
Lyndsey at Sew Many Yarns

Friday, February 22nd
Bea at Bea Quilter
Barbara at Bejeweled Quilts
Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts <-----That's me!
Sherry at Powered by Quilting
Pat at Life in the Scrap Patch
Carol at Just Let Me Quilt
Kathy at Kathy's Kwilts and More
Marian at Seams to be Sew
Brenda at Songbird Designs

Calculator quilt

Linking up with Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, TGIFF at Alycia Quilts, Friday Foto Fun at Powered by Quilting, Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt, What I Made Monday at Pretty Piney, Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River, Midweek Makers at Quilt Fabrication, Wednesday Wait Loss at The Inquiring Quilter, and Needle & Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation.

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  1. Oh my gosh, that is soooooooooooooo cute! The baby is adorable

  2. totally cute, I was wondering about the numbers then realized it's Hello upside down... duh. Great quilt

  3. What a sweetheart! The quilt is cute too, but I'm a big fan of the baby.

  4. I love it! I'm a fellow math geek who remembers doing riddles using the calculator. I just adore the addition of the Pi onesie on that sweet little baby! And the backing is perfect!

  5. Sew adorkable quilt. Simply adorable baby. Thank you for sharing in the hop ... :) Pat

  6. This is such a perfect baby quilt...especially for a math dork! I have this book too and now need to go back to look through it again. I didn't see the "hello" at first, but now I can NOT see it! Love everything about this!

  7. That "cutie Pi" is just too cute!! Both the baby and the onesie, lol!!! Oh and the quilt is great too by the way, but like you said who can get past that cute smiling baby?

  8. Elijah is the cutest, a happy baby. And his little onsie is too cute. Oh my your quilt is wonderful. Thanks for sharing and inspiring. quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

  9. TOO cute!!! I will make that quilt... one of these days. Glad

  10. ... to see that Bea's Blog Hop got your project done!

  11. Really cool quilt! Math is cool. Enjoy your weekend! :-) :-) angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

  12. Great quilt, but your little cutie is even better!

  13. The quilt is very cute, but that little man is just flat out adorable! That little grin, from ear to ear! What a cutie!

  14. Love the smile on your cutie pie! Great job on the quilt! ✅

  15. Fantastic finish and great baby model. I like that you were able to reduce the size and get a quilt that looks as cute as that. The color choices are so great. I've been doing the machine stitched binding for about a year on all my quilts that are going to be well-used. It goes fast and it looks nice. Repetition allows me to continue improving my technique.

  16. I can't decide which is cuter - your quilt or your cutie pi!!

  17. He is so cute. He makes the background pop. Great piece glad you finally got it done.

  18. Oh my goodness....this is too adorable. And the baby is pretty darn adorable as well. ☺

  19. Oh my goodness, this quilt brings up memories of 7th grade math class and figuring out what words you could create on the calculator screen! Though I do not recall ridiculously cute babies in that class. This is super fun, and I now really want a pencil skirt with pencils on it.

  20. So many things to comment on it's hard to know where to begin, lol! I love that picture of Elijah where the quilt is folded over him and he has the biggest grin. How adorable! The quilt is so fun and fabulous and brings back memories of making words on the calculator in class :) The pencil skirt on the cover of the book is great, too.

  21. Oh my gosh! I've seen that book and have wanted to make that quilt too! Yours turned out gorgeous and a great idea to make it half the size. I like quilts that don't require pieced backing too! Of course I don't have a Cutie Pi to model it so it is better that you made it!

  22. What a fun book and quilt! Thank goodness you had a cutie π to put on it. He is looking great and growing so fast!

  23. How adorkable! ha ha - and the baby - oh my the cuteness overload!!

  24. Well, hello! I was a math major in college. My daughter is a math teacher and all my grandchildren are mathematically inclined - imagine that. I love the calculator. That is adorable to the limit. Elijah is a cutie and a happy baby.

  25. Elijah is too cute for words on the quilt. Well done :-)

  26. Omg, Elijah is ADORABLE. And a calculator quilt is a perfect choice for you to make. Beautiful work as always (on both the quilt AND the baby).

    Thanks for linking up to What I Made Monday!

  27. Very Adorkable! Pi-Day will be coming up in a few weeks, too!

  28. Hi Laura! Aww, this is the cutest thing I've seen today . . . and the quilt isn't bad either. Little Elijah really makes the quilt all the more lovable if that's even possible. What a fun and easy concept and I love your choices for the fabrics and quilting. ~smile~ Roseanne

  29. that is so cute, well done! Visiting from Wednesday Wait Loss

  30. Oh, YES, your baby quilt is adorkable!! The Cutie "Pi" seems to love it, too. :-)

  31. This is a blog hop I should have participated in! Man do I have a lot of books I've never made a quilt from. Oh well. Love that geeky book. Gonna check it out. Thanks for sharing your calculator quilt on Wednesday Wait Loss.


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