My Sewful Retirement

A Quilting Journey

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!

 

 

 

One Monthly Goal – May 2018

Happy Wednesday!

Oh my goodness its hard to believe its May already!

I’m sure picking a random project for my OMG would be best and more challenging but I prefer to consult my calendar before making a selection. May will be a travel month for us so I needed to be realistic with my choice.

The winner : My black batik “Trip Around the World” quilt which I started back in 2015.

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OMG – Batik trip around the world

 

One of the blogs I follow Aby Quilts posted a tutorial on April 10, 2018 for her Daffodil table topper. The topper is a simple half square triangle layout very similar to the layout I used for the batik quilt. Aby challenged her readers to make their own topper either in yellow or some other color combination.

I had a few green and brown half square triangles from a previous project that was perfect to use to make this topper. It   was also the perfect opportunity to test my quilting plan for the batik quilt. I hope to get the binding on tomorrow.

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Daffodil topper

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daffodil topper back

I did straight line quilting with one inch intervals on the background fabric and stitched in the ditch on the print fabric. I need to work on my starts and stops in the center section – other than that I’m OK with the quilt plan.

Linking up with Patty at Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal!

Until next time Happy Sewing and Quilting!

One Monthly Goal – April Finished

Happy Monday!

I finally finished my wonky Red Cross quilt!

I’m so appreciative that Patty at Elm Street Quilts hosts the challenge One Monthly Goal. The challenge definitely motivates me to finish a project as well as seeing what other creative souls are doing! Win-Win all around!

I started piecing this project sometime in 2014. I had left over 10 inch squares from the layer cake Shades of Black by Me and My Sister. I was drawn to this collection for the cool black and white prints. I decided to use scrappy red fabrics to create the plus/cross sign. During the planning process for this project my vision was using the quilt as a wall hanging in my guest bedroom that we’ve decorated in black/white and red.

To create the wonky cross I used the slash method Amy Gibson taught in the Craftsy 2012 Block of Month course. I made one cut on each 10 inch square at least two inches from the edge either horizontally or vertically, inserted a 2.5 inch strip, then made a second cut in the opposite direction to insert the second strip. Very little waste with this method.

My quilt measures 43 x 55. I’m happy the wonky red cross quilt is finally finished and hopefully will find a home for it soon!

I plan to work on my patriotic UFO’s this week — what are you planning to work on?

Happy Sewing & Quilting

Accessories Can Be Necessities

Happy Wednesday!

Hubby plays softball on Tuesday and Friday’s in a league for seniors while I work. Yesterday he called to let me know he and another player were injured during the game and on their way to the hospital. Injuries were minor but wanted to be on the safe side.

Later he texted me asking if we had a heating pad, the doctor suggested he alternate using a heating pad and ice pack for his groin injury.

I found our heating pad. I’m sure I purchased the heating pad 20 years ago! The cover was a bit raggedy and unattractive to say the least. I wanted to spruce it up before he got home 🙂 Any excuse to sew works for me!

After measuring the original cover I created a quick sketch to make a replacement. Below is what I came up with. Final Size 12.5 x 15 inches.

Heating Pad Front

Heating Pad Back

  • Using seven (7) 2.5 inch x WOF I created a strip set
  • Cut the strip set in half – approximately 21 inches
  • I cut one of the half pieces into 2.5 inch segments
  • Sew the 2.5 inch segments back together alternating ends to create the patchwork
  • Once I reached my desired size – I stitched the patchwork piece to the remaining half strip set along the sides
  • Created a lining (same size as previous step) using flannel then inserted into the patchwork piece
  • Created a half inch facing around the top
  • Added a snap
  • Voila – finished – 30 minutes at best
  • I took the scraps and made a cord cover.

I have a small craft table in my sewing room and I struggle with keeping the tools I use frequently organized and handy. A few years ago I made makeup brush organizers that roll up and tie with ribbon as gifts for my daughters friends and thought something in that format would work for me.

I’m happy with how this turned out as well.

Sewing Tool Organizer

Sewing Tool Organizer closed

Did you notice the butter knife? It’s my point turner!

Granted neither one of these two projects are original but it was terrific just creating the pattern myself and bringing them to life 🙂

What accessories have you created that become necessities?

Happy Sewing and Quilting!

Rainy Day Sewing

Happy Monday!

We received much needed rain in our area this past weekend making a perfect opportunity to finish another UFO project!

Sometime last year I purchased a couple of yards of Robert Kaufman’s Elemental Batik Collection in Chestnut as a possible backing for my southwest mountain quilt. A few months later I watched a youtube video by Jordan Fabrics on quilt pattern named Cutting Corners. My chestnut batik was one of the feature fabrics that Matt and Donna used.

I was really excited once I watched the video and decided to use my fabric to make the cutting corners quilt for my hubby. After watching the video I cut the fabric as the pattern required put the squares in a Ziploc bag never to be found until this past weekend!

The quilt measures 36 x 55 — not large but big enough for afternoon naps on the couch 🙂 The pattern was super simple to make. Basically it’s a half square triangle quilt – I love how the layout gives the attic quilt block 3D affect. I used a Sulky variegated rayon thread for quilting that was a perfect match. I used a cotton/bamboo blend batting – It was lightweight suitable for the Florida weather.

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cutting corners quilt

 

Whenever I finish a UFO I reward myself  by starting new projects!

Using my Creative Grids curvy log cabin trim tool has been on my to do list since Christmas! I pieced 4 blocks using scraps to create this small table topper. Curvy log cabin uses a narrow strip (the dark leaf print) and a wide strip (the orange paisley). When 4 curvy blocks with the wide strips to the center are sewn together the illusion of a circle appears. Pretty Cool — don’t you think ??

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curvy log cabin test

 

Connecting Threads had a great sale last Christmas so I purchased their 10 inch stack of the Tradewinds batik collection to start this scrappy hourglass quilt- 15 bocks down 15 more to go! The lone block is my test block 🙂

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hourglass wip

 

Any fun sewing for you this past weekend?

Happy Sewing!

 

 

 

 

Southwest Mountain Quilt

Happy Wednesday!

The past few days have been rainy – perfect for working on my UFO projects.

When we moved last year I started several quilty projects hoping to use to decorate our home.

We have an oversized and odd shaped ottoman I wanted to cover for a little color in our great room. The furniture in that room has a southwest vibe to it so I searched Pinterest for a quilt block that would complement. I decided on the delectable mountain / lantern quilt block.

I used Bonnie Hunter’s tutorial for creating the delectable mountain block. I have to admit I struggled with the layout, eventually I figured it out. I was going for an overall Aztec look. After the slow start I finally managed to finish the quilt which measures 51 x 41 inches.

Aztec Ottoman Finished

 

I used the leftover fabric to make matching pillows. A few years ago I got several Creative Grid rulers for Christmas. One being Karen Montgomery’s Perfect Rectangle Ruler, which I used to make the HRT pillow. I know rulers aren’t always necessary – I liked this one because there isn’t any waste and it has notches on both ends of the ruler for perfect placement.

great room hrt pillow

great room hrt pillow

I used another ruler by Karen Montgomery – Scrap Crazy Six – to make the 18×18 crazy quilt block pillow. This 4 piece set was so much fun to use– easy and the possibilities are endless.

great room scrap crazy pillow

great room scrap crazy pillow

 

What projects are you working on?

Linking up with Connie at Free Motion By The River. If you get a chance stop by her blog, lots of inspiration and great tutorials.

Happy Sewing!

Friday Finishes

Happy Friday! I hope everyone has had a great week.

I was able to spend lots of time in my sewing room this week so all is good with me 🙂

I love reading and seeing blog hops. I get inspired seeing how other quilters display their creative talents using fabric.

When I read the blog posts displaying the fabric line Makers Home by Natalie Barnes it was love at first sight for me. The collection is made with beautiful modern prints in bold colors and several black and white low volume prints.

I immediately bought a couple of charm packs and a few fat quarters to get my creative juices flowing!

My Makers Home Projects:

  • Simple patchwork placemats – finished size 12 x 18 inches
  • Drunkards Path flower mini quilt – finished size 19 x 19 inches
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mini quilt dp

  • Plus X table runner – finished size 14 x 68
  • I used 55 – 5×5 charm squares
  • Another opportunity for me to practice free motion quilting, this design is called loopy meandering. Far from perfect – I’m just proud I didn’t chicken out at the last moment and do walking foot quilting. I like the texture this design creates, I’m sure I will be using it again and again!
    • I really enjoyed determining the fabric placement. I tried to have every other block showcase the dominant color as the plus or cross design.
makers home table runner

makers home table runner

makers home table runner

makers home table runner

makers home table runner

makers home table runner

makers home table runner

makers home table runner

I also started a new baby quilt, hope to finish this weekend .  What quilty plans do you have this weekend ?

Linking up with Myra at Busy Hands Quilts Finished or Not Fridays!

Until next time Happy Sewing!

April One Monthly Goal

Happy Wednesday!

 

I’m choosing one of my easier UFO’s for  April’s One Monthly Goal.  It’s a wonky cross quilt using left over  10 x 10 inch squares from the Me and My Sister Layer cake Shades of Black. I believe I started this project sometime in 2014. My goal is to use some of the techniques I learned in Angela Walter’s “Dot to Dot” Craftsy class.

FMQ (free motion quilting) really scares me….

2018 OMG April

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To prepare myself I made a set of placemats to practice my stippling. Normally I am a warm colored kinda gal but I decided to step out of my comfort zone and try soft pastels!

Voila set of 4 free motion quilted placemats — not bad??

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placemat practice FMQ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are you working on?

 

Until next time Happy sewing and quilting !

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