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Throwback Thursday

Hello and Happy Thursday!

We had a great time visiting  family last week.  The drive up north was absolutely beautiful — fall was definitely in the air, the colors of the leaves was breath taking. I just love driving through the mountains!

It was my grand daughter’s first birthday – she was overwhelmed with so many faces!

I got her dressed for the party —

Evelyn BD

Later — after the smash cake, with her dad and my two other kids!

Evelyn kids

 

Today I pulled out the last of my Autumn decor — oldies but goodies! Both wall quilts feature the maple leaf quilt block.

Autumn throwback thursday maple 2

Maple Plus Wall Quilt

The wall quilt below was made with a charm pack!

Autumn throwback Thursday maple

Maple Star Embroidery

I really do love fall….

 

Until next time – Happy Sewing 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pick A Pumpkin Blog Hop

Thanks for joining me today for the Pick A Pumpkin Blog Hop sponsored by Carla Henton from Creatin in the Sticks.

Button for November smaller

This is my first time participating in a blog hop. I’ve been sewing for more than 50 years but started my quilting journey in 2010. The hop started on Monday and all of the projects I’ve seen have been amazing!
I absolutely adore all things fall, it is my favorite time of the year! I had several pumpkin related projects on my to do list so I was super excited when I saw Carla’s post about the  Pick A Pumpkin Blog Hop – the only requirement was to include a pumpkin somewhere in our project. – YAY!! 🙂
Before I introduce you to my hop project I’d like to share a few other pumpkin goodies  I’ve made.
pumpkin - batik topper

pumpkin batik table runner

patchwork pumpkin tr 3

patchwork pumpkin tr 3

pumpkin - wonky star mini

pumpkin – wonky star mini

November 2017 wall hanging

November 2017 wall hanging

I participated in Carole’s From My Carolina Home  2018 Autumn Jubliee. I’ve got the quilt top finished….
autumn jubliee QAL borders

Autumn 2018 Jubliee QAL borders

My favorite quilt block is the log cabin block so for the blog hop I made both a pumpkin potholder (8 x 9 inches) and a mug rug ( 7 x 9 inches) — items I use daily :). Potholder has a pocket in the back.
I started with a 6 inch log cabin block, rounded the corners with 1.5 inch squares. Added stem, pieced leaf and finally borders. I enjoy sketching out designs, figuring the math and using fabric to bring the design to life — this time my plan worked 🙂
Fall 2018 Pick A Pumpkin Finish

Fall 2018 Pick A Pumpkin Finish

I’d like to thank Carla  for hosting this festive event! Today is the last day of the blog hop.  Stop by the bloggers listed below to see their pumpkin goodies!

WIP – Wednesday

Happy Wednesday!

Yesterday I was pulling strips from my scrap container to make string blocks for the Hurricane Michael String Quilt Drive hosted by That Fabric Feeling, and found a bundle of  red and green Riley Blake Fat Quarters inside — what a joy 🙂

While making the string blocks I was dreaming of what to make with my new found goodies. After debating with myself I chose a modern cross quilt block.  Although the prints in the fabric aren’t “Christmas” the colors most definitely are,  so the Greek cross quilt block seemed appropriate.

I love big and easy quilt blocks – this block is 15 x 15 inches. No pattern I sketched the block out myself.

The bundle included 12 fat quarters which will make a decent lap throw.

My layout twelve blocks later :

Christmas 2018 Mod Cross WIP

Modern Cross WIP

 

I took the scraps and made strip sets for my second project in Roseanne & Sue’s from Home Sewn By Us no stress quilt along the Triangle Quilt.

Christmas 2018 Mod Cross Scraps

Modern Cross Scraps

 

This was my first attempt at working with equilateral triangles.  I’m hoping to make a wall hanging with one star block.

Christmas 2018 Mod Cross Scrap Star

Scrap Star Layout

 

Until next time – Happy Sewing!

PS — I made 10 string blocks for the Hurricane Michael String Quilt Drive and got them in the mail yesterday!  Please visit the link here if you would like to help out!

Weekend Finishes – Gift One Done

Happy Monday!

We had a quiet weekend, hubby played golf and I spent time in my sewing room.

Hubby’s daughter is an artist – a very talented painter.  One of her popular items is personalizing/painting glass including stemware. Below is a couple of wine glasses she gifted me a few years ago – my son played for the New York Giants and wine is my favorite beverage 🙂

November Giants Wine Glasses

NY Giants Wine Glasses

I chose Jenny Doan’s Tumbler quilt pattern, the shape reminds me of of many of the glasses my step daughter decorates.

The tumbler quilt was easy to assemble. I used a Moda layer cake – Mixologie by Studio M. I love the modern prints and colors, especially the coral and yellow.

I used my walking foot for quilting, simply echoing the seam lines. I backed the quilt with a gray Minky – it is super soft!

The quilt measures 55 x 78 inches – perfect for snuggling!

Until next time Happy Sewing!

Friday Finishes

Happy Friday!

We had a few scary moments earlier this afternoon when a tornado touchdown near our city here in Florida.  Thankfully no damage!

I spent most of the week relaxing and making travel plans.  After reading Wendy’s post DrEAMi ( Drop Everything and Make It) I realized I needed a tote bag for our road trip next week.

I made two test bags, one with batting and one with heavy interfacing.  I added pockets to each bag and made a matching phone cover for the one made with batting.  I’ll need to purchase buttons this weekend to finish them.  So far I prefer the one with batting it stands on its own and seems to be quite sturdy.

Library Bag Monogram

Library Bag Monogram

 

Library Bag Phone Cover

Library Bag and I Phone Cover

 

I didn’t use a pattern or a tutorial for either – What’s your favorite tote bag pattern or tutorial?

Until next time – Happy Sewing!

Halloween Finally…

Happy Tuesday!

My guests have left and my small dinner party was a success! Now that I have time and a smaller house I truly enjoy decorating with quilty goodies 🙂

Today I’d like to share the last of my 2018 Halloween projects.

I did all the cooking and baking so I had to have new kitchen towels and potholders – right?!!!

Halloween 2018 Kitchen Towel Applique

Halloween 2018 Jack O Lantern Applique

Going back and forth between the stove and sink I needed a rug….

Halloween 2018 Kitchen Rug String Finished

Halloween 2018 QAYG Kitchen Rug String Finished

My guests enjoyed spending time in my sewing room – so I made a mini quilt to hang over one of my machines…..

halloween 2018 mini house quilt

Halloween 2018 mini house quilt

 

We had to eat…dinner was the reason for the gathering!  New topper and napkins….

Halloween 2018 Homespun TT

Halloween 2018 Homespun TT

Finally gifts for my guests….

halloween 2018 kitchen gift set

Halloween 2018 kitchen gift set

Hope you have a wonderful Halloween!

Linking with Freemotion by the River.

Until next time happy sewing!

Halloween Runners For My Girls

Happy Wednesday!

Now that I have more free time I’m able to make home decor projects for my daughter and daughter- in- law.

I actually finished and mailed these earlier this month but realized today I hadn’t shared pictures.

Halloween Friendship Braid runner measures 18 x 42 inches. I used 9 ten inch squares (cut in half) with my Hex & More ruler to create the braid. Any half hexie ruler or template can be used. The braid comes together easily and would look fantastic in any fabric. Here’s a great tutorial if you like to make one yourself.

halloween 2018 Braid TR

Halloween 2018 Braid TR

2018 Halloween Braid TR A

2018 Halloween Braid Table Runner

 

Halloween Hexagon runner measures 20 inches across the widest point. I used scrap fabric, but would be perfect for a jelly roll.

Halloween 2018 Hexagon TR A

Halloween 2018 Hexagon Table Topper

Halloween 2018 Hexagon TR back

 

Remember my orange/black log cabin runner?

orange black log cabin

orange black log cabin

 

I made 6 inch log cabin coasters to match ! It was my first attempt at fussy cutting!

Halloween 2018 log cabin coasters

Halloween 2018 log cabin mug rugs

 

Until next time Happy Sewing!

Fall Shenanigans Quilt

Happy Tuesday!

I’m sure I’ve mentioned before that I am a big fan of Jenny Doan and the Missouri Star Quilt Company. Jenny was definitely the final inspiration for me beginning my quilting journey.

Last year when Jenny did the YouTube tutorial for the Fall Shenanigans  wall hanging, I knew I had to have one for myself.

In the original tutorial Jenny used Halloween fabrics – I decided to use batiks in traditional Halloween colors. My wall hanging measure 42 x 42 inches.  The quilt  is hanging in our entry way and I absolutely love it!

fall shenanighans

Fall Shenanigans 2018

 

Linking with Linky Tuesday at Freemotion By The River.

Until next time — Happy Sewing!

 

Up From Here

Happy Monday!

Earlier this summer I joined a quilt along hosted by Roseanne & Sue with Home Sewn By Us.  No rules, no deadline and best of all 3 quilts to choose from!

I chose to do the quilt Up From Here first – the name itself is so positive and motivating! The tutorial/pattern can be found here.

The block in the pattern finishes at a whopping 24 inches! I was excited because I love big blocks. I needed a new Halloween quilt and didn’t want want to buy any fabric so I adjusted the pattern to make a 18 inch block.

My Halloween version of Up From Here measures 54 x 54 inches.

QAL - Up From Here - A

QAL – Up From Here

Looks great on our recliner and matches a pillow I made several years ago.

QAL - Up From Here - CU

QAL – Up From Here – CU

Thanks again to Roseanne & Sue for hosting a stress free quilt along.

Linking to Main Crush Monday!

Until next time Happy Sewing!

Scrappy Wonky Star Placemat – Tutorial

Welcome and Happy Friday!

Today I’d like to share how to make a 12 x 18 inch wonky star scrappy patchwork placemat.  They make great gifts for you or someone special.

wonky-star-placemat-single.jpg

Wonky Star Placemat Single

Materials: (for one placemat)

  • 23 – 3 ½ x 3 ½ inch squares for patchwork
  • 1 – 3 ½ x 3 ½ inch square for star center
  • 4 – 3 x 3 inch squares for star points – cut once on the diagonal
  • 1 – 14 x 20 inches batting
  • 1 – 14 x 20 inches backing fabric
  • 66 inches of 2 ½ inch wide binding

You only need 9 squares to make the wonky star, to make the placemat we will start with 16 (3 ½ x 3 ½ inch) patchwork squares to vary where the center of the star will be. Arrange 16 patchwork squares in a pleasing 4 x 4 layout.

step 01

Placemat – Step 01

 

Once you decide the star center replace that spot with the 3 ½ x 3 ½ square star center fabric.

step 02

wonky star step 02

 

Lay your star point triangles over the squares surrounding the star center.

 

step 03

wonky star 03

 

Finger crease a center point in your star point patchwork square.

step-04.jpg

wonky star step 04

 

Place one triangle on a patchwork square, right sides facing. Tilting your star point and slanting it in various direction will add the “wonk” to your wonky star. I try to place one end of the triangle near the crease mark.

step 05

wonky star step 05

 

Stitch the star point to the patchwork square fabric using a ¼” seam allowance.

step 06

wonky star step 06

 

Flip the star point along the stitching line – finger press. Be sure that when folded open after sewing the star fabric will cover all the background area to the edge of the block.

step 07

wonky star 07

 

Once the first star point is done, sew the second one in the same way. I use the Clover Roll Press to use for “finger pressing”.  Best tool I own!

Flip your block over so it is face down. Use your patchwork square as a guide to trim up the star fabric so its even with the patchwork square. Once you have trimmed the star fabric you can trim away the fabric underneath to reduce bulk.  *** BE CAREFUL ***

 

Continue to make the 3 other star point blocks. Lay your block like this.

Sew your blocks into rows, and press your seams in opposite directions or open depending on your preference.

step 10

wonky star step 10

 

Create your left and right side borders – 1 x 4 arrangement as shown below.

Sew and press borders to your wonky star unit.

step 11

wonky star step 11

 

Make quilt sandwich: pin or spray baste

  • Backing right side down
  • Batting
  • Placemat right side up

Quilt – I did simple echo stitching along the seams.  This would be a great opportunity to practice FMQ. Trim excess batting and backing.

step 12

wonky star step 12

 

Bind and admire your wonky star placemat!

wonky star placemat single

Wonky Star Placemat Single

 

I made a set of 4 to give as a gift.

wonky star placemats finished

wonky star placemats finished

Please let me know if you have any questions!  I would love to see the placemats you make using this tutorial.

Linking with: Finished Or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts

Linking with : Show Off Saturday at Sew Can She

Until next time Happy Sewing!

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