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Falling Diamonds – HRT Wall Hanging

Hello everyone – happy Tuesday!

Ever since I made my half rectangle triangle pillow cover

great room hrt pillow

great room hrt pillow

earlier this year I’ve wanted to try other HRT quilt layouts. Using, fall colored scraps, Kona Snow for the background and my extremely useful/handy Creative Grids Perfect Triangle ruler, I created the falling diamonds wall hanging.

falling diamonds hrt

falling diamonds hrt

I love the graphic simplicity of the design. For this wall-hanging the half rectangle triangle units finish at 3 x 6 inches.  The Creative Grids Perfect Rectangle ruler features a 2 to 1 ratio to cut proportional half rectangles up to a finished length of 9 inches, which will be perfect for a larger quilt I plan to make. Another bonus feature to this ruler is having two engineered notches for perfect alignment when sewing.

My wall hanging measures 36 x 36 inches, I used scraps for the binding and used my walking foot for straight line quilting . I love the floral batik used for the backing.

Falling Diamonds HRT back

Falling Diamonds HRT back

It’s Linky Tuesday with Connie at Freemotion By The River. If you get a chance stop by to see all of the inspirational projects.

Happy Sewing & Quilting!

Who Let The Dogs Out?

Happy Tuesday!

I’ve been wanting to make something using a Moda Cake Mix, which is a “recipe” for sewing layer cakes ( 10 x 10 inch squares) really easy! It is a unique triangle paper, 45 sheets in each recipe book with several block layouts for inspiration.

I used Cake Mix 2  for my small quilt and chose the “T” block layout. One assembled recipe card in Cake Mix 2 makes two 6.75 inch finished blocks. If you need a mindless sewing project these recipe cards are fantastic – just stitch on the dotted lines and cut on the solid lines!

The shape of the “T” block reminded me of a dog’s head so I added a few buttons and magically the puppies appeared!  My small quilt measures 27 x 34. I plan to hang it in my sewing room — I just love it!

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Who Let The Dogs Out -1

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Who Let The Dogs Out – 2

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Who Let The Dogs Out – 3

Linking up at Linky Tuesday with Connie at Freemotion by the River.

Happy Sewing & Quilting!

Christmas In July – Peppermint Pinwheels

Happy Monday!

After seeing so many inspiring projects in the many Christmas in July blog hops, it motivated me to finish my only Christmas PHD –  Peppermint Pinwheels.

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Peppermint Pinwheel TR

I used my Creative Grids Scrap Crazy 6 templates to create the table runner. Together the templates create a 6 inch finished block. One of the templates is a equilateral triangle, I used the stripe fabric with this template in each block, rotating four blocks creates the pinwheel. I used green scraps for the other templates to surround the striped fabric. Twelve blocks creates a 12.5 x 36 inch table runner.

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peppermint pinwheel cu

 

I’m so happy to have this table runner finished, and I’m happy with how it turned out, and even happier how quickly it was to put together. I created each block then used a QAYG method to finish it. I definitely will make this again to give as a gift.

Below are three projects I fell in love with during this past week Christmas in July blog hops and plan to add to my Christmas to-do list are:

  1. Michelle from Creative Blonde – Christmas Stocking for pet dog
  2. Wendy from Pieceful Thoughts – Christmas Tree Mini
  3. Missouri Star Quilt Company – Christmas Tree Wall Hanging

Linking up with Main Crush Monday with Beth from Cooking Up Quilts.

Happy Sewing & Quilting

 

Scrap Attack

The fourth of July in our area was a rainy day so I used it as an opportunity to work on a few fall projects.

Fall is my favorite season and orange/black is my favorite fall color combination. I focused my efforts on making projects using my scraps in orange and black.

I’m on a log cabin kick right now so I created a table runner.  My log cabin blocks finish at 8 inches; I cut the strips to size before sewing making it easy to chain piece each block. After completing a round I used my log cabin trim tool to square up each block. Once all of the blocks were finished I tried several layouts but liked this one best.

orange black log cabin

orange black log cabin

orange black log cabin backing

orange black log cabin backing

Last year I won a copy of the April/May 2017 edition of McCall’s Quick Quilts from one of my favorite pattern designers Abigail Dolinger. I used her pattern from the magazine “Travel Plans” to create these scrappy orange/black his and her place mats.

travel plans his

travel plans his

travel plans her

travel plans her

travel plans backing

travel plans backing

Another pattern “Charmville” also created by Aby is one of my all time favorites.  This time I used the pattern to create mug rugs for us.  Charmville was published in the February/March 2014 edition of McCall’s Quick Quilts.

Charmville mug rugs

Charmville mug rugs

Aby has lots of tutorials and great posts about ways to use your scraps.  You can find her at abyquilts.wordpress.com

Not bad for one day….still have lots more scraps!

Joining Linky Tuesday with Connie at Freemotion By The River.

Happy Sewing!

Another UFO Finish – Yay!!

Happy Monday!

I’ve been sewing like a mad woman this past week. We will be traveling again so I wanted to get a few items finished to stay on track fulfilling my 2018 goals.

According to my records I started this bed runner project in 2016, found it 2017 before our move, and found it again last month. The pattern is “Spinwheel Bedrunner” by Tricia Lynn Maloney, which I found in the magazine “Annie’s Quilting With Pre-cuts”. The pattern uses half lengths of 20 jelly roll strips, so I was able to make a matching wall hanging with the scraps.

I used Sumatra Batiks  by Blank Quilting, which is beautiful collection of prints.  I used Kona Cotton in black as the background fabric. It was the first time I combined a quilting cotton with a batik – it was a match made in heaven.

The picture below is the actual spinwheel block – it’s a funky pinwheel! Very easy to construct.

batik spinwheel block

batik spinwheel block

My bedrunner measures 16 x 90 inches and definitely adds some color to one of our very plain guest bedrooms.

batik bedset

Batik bedset

I used the scraps to create a strip pieced heart wall hanging. I used the Tender Hearts tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Company to create the wall hanging. I’m not sure what I did wrong with the center block so I added the cornerstones to make it fit 🙂  Or should I say it was a design choice?

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Batik Hearts WH

Linking up with main crush Monday with Beth at cookingupquilts – be sure to stop by to see what other creative minds are making!

Happy Sewing!

 

 

 

Mystery Quilt Along Reveal

Happy Saturday!

We’ve spent the last month traveling to visit with family and friends.  It’s great to be home again and even better to be sewing again.  Taking a small break has been a great motivator for me to start finishing up projects 🙂

I participated in my first QAL this past quarter.  It was a mystery quilt along hosted by Cindy at In a Stitch Quilting and Tracy with It’s a T-Sweets Day. I loved their QAL concept of using a focus fabric to create any project of your choosing.

The focus fabric for this past quarter  was “Tea Flowers” from the English Tea collections by Connecting Threads. It is a vintage small floral print but the tomato red color made me think of Christmas.

tea flowers

Camille Roskelley’s Swoon block has been on my to do list for quite awhile. This QAL was the perfect opportunity to make it happen!

My swoon table topper/wall hanging measure 30 x 30 inches. Although the front doesn’t scream Christmas – my backing certainly does!

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Mystery QAL Swoon

mystery qal backing

Mystery QAL Backing

Thanks for stopping by – Happy Sewing!

May – OMG Finished…

Nothing like waiting until the last day…

I often struggle balancing sewing as my job with sewing as my hobby! The last couple of weeks sewing as my job has has been the clear winner.

I am super happy to say I was able to finish my One Monthly Goal for May.

My trip around the world quilt measures 55 x 65 inches.  It is a very late birthday present for my daughter 🙂

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Trip Around World – May OMG

Until next time happy sewing!

Finishes — New and Old

Happy Wednesday!

The past week has been hectic with work and other crazy life stuff.  I did manage to get in some quality sewing time to finish a UFO and work on a couple of new projects.

The rail fence quilt block is an old traditional block that is super simple to construct. Looks great with all fabric themes – modern, solids, 30’s reproduction prints, civil war, etc. I love the rail fence quilt block because it is jelly roll friendly!

rail fence diamond quilt

rail fence diamond quilt

I used the RJR Redwork meets Bluework roll of 2.5 inch strips to make my rail fence picnic quilt. The prints in the roll were red, white, and blue making it perfect for us to use at our local patriotic festivals. I used the thick but soft Blizzard fleece from JoAnn Fabrics for the backing and did not use any batting. I finished the quilt as a blanket; no binding. I did quilt it with a large meandering stitch.  The quilt measure 54 x 65.

Using left over charm squares from a project last year I made a couple of pillows to match. I quickly took the hst scraps and made the star block. Pillow on the left I made using my embroidery machine.

 

I still needed a table runner for May and found the tutorial Stars and Stripes from A Bright Corner  online. I was able to make it start to finish in two hours. If you like applique or just learning how to applique this is a super project. Directions are great.  My runner measure 13 x 36 inches.

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stars and stripes tr

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stars and stripes tr back

 

My new project for the week was using sashiko, which is a decorative form of stitching/embroidery from Japan. When Martingale  had a sale on ebooks over the holidays I purchased  Sensational Sashiko by Sharon Pederson.

sashiko book Martingale image

This book has beautiful quilt projects featuring Sashiko designs — so many of them I hope to make. There are templates in the book if you want to do hand embroidery , and also a list of sites of where to purchase sashiko machine embroidery designs.

Using the machine embroidery option I made place mats and mug rugs. I used a heavier 35 weight rayon thread to give it a more authentic look. The stitch out is absolutely beautiful, you can see stars and diamonds. Each is a single design with a continuous stitch. The placemat sashiko design is 8 x 12 inches and the mug rug sashiko design is 8 x 8 inches. The beauty is the front and back are identical! I can’t wait to start one of the projects from the book.

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sashiko placemat

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sashiko mug rug

Until next time happy sewing!

 

Wednesday – New WIP

Happy Wednesday!

My floating event for the first three days of this week on my calendar/planner was to baste my May OMG quilt.  As usual I’m procrastinating. 🙂

In my defense I weighed basting vs starting new project on my joy scale — basting lost 🙂

I am happy to share with you my smaller version of Missouri Star Quilt Company Totally Tulip Quilt Pattern. The link will take you to the MSQC video if you are interested in making one for yourself.

I used 2 charm packs of Lily Ashbury’s Fancy. I love the bright colors! My quilt top measures 60 x 72 inches.

Totally Tulips - WIP

Totally Tulips – WIP

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Totally Tulips – WIP cu

Good news is it’s still light outside so I can baste my OMG quilt and do laundry – another low ranking item on my joy scale!

Until next time ~Happy Sewing~

 

 

 

Weekend Quilting

Happy Sunday!

I spent most of the weekend finishing small projects and working on a few WIP.

I was able to finish the daffodil topper I wrote about here. I decided to use it as a cover for one of my sewing machines.  I love it 🙂

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daffodil topper finished

 

Finishing the the small curvy log cabin table topper I made to test using the 8 inch curvy log cabin trim tool was another small accomplishment. I used a leaf shaped feather embroidery design to quilt the center. After creating 4 blocks and rotating the larger logs to the center creates a “circle” . I added a two inch border so the topper measures 19 x 19.

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curvy log cabin finished

I started making my Ohio Star Flag table runner a couple years ago. Happy to have another UFO finished. Finished size is 16.5 x 54.  I’m gifting this to my DIL to use as part of her patriotic holiday decor!

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Ohio Star Flag Runner

 

I finished piecing my batik hourglass quilt today. I first wrote about it here. I love love the colors! Now I have an excuse to shop for fabric — I need backing fabric!

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hourglass batik quilt top – wip

 

When I have spare time I’ve been working on this 4 star table runner.  I’m using strip piecing technique with charm squares. Not sure if I like it or not but plan to finish it.

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patriotic 4 star wip

 

Until next time – happy quilting!

 

 

 

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