My Sewful Retirement

A Quilting Journey

New Day New Project

Today I fooled around with my Creative Grids 60 degree Equilateral Triangle ruler. I’ve seen many table toppers shaped as hexagons and of course I had to have one alsoūüôā

Using a Christmas fat quarter bundle I purchased from JoAnn Fabrics several years ago.

  • I cut three 2.5 inch strips each from 5 fat quarters
  • sewed 3 matching strip sets ( 5 strips per set) pressing seams in one direction
  • using the Creative Grids 60 degree equilateral triangle you can cut 2 triangles per strip set at the 10.5 inch line

I came up with this — I am really pleased with the results! I can’t wait to finish it!

Christmas Strip Hexie CU

Christmas Strip Hexie CU

Christmas Strip Pieced Hexagon Table Topper

Christmas Strip Pieced Hexagon Table Topper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was so excited I wanted to share!  Break time over back to work!

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Maple Leaf Obsession

Ohhh… I sew love¬†the maple leaf quilt blockūüôā

There are several versions of the maple leaf block. I like this one because it’s quick and easy!

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maple leaf batik pillow

This maple leaf quilt block can be made with any color; it can be the actual color of leaves- green for spring and summer or golden brown for fall. You could also make it scrappy with all the leaf pieces being a different color.

My latest maple goodies are:

Hello Fall maple leaf table topper

Maple Leaf Table Topper  Stats:

  • Quilt Block – Maple Leaf
  • Size – 24 x 24 inches
  • Fabric – Hello Fall charm pack; Sandy Gervais for Moda
  • Quilting – Machine Straight Line using my Babylock Ellisimo
  • Thread – Superior #906 – Autumn Days – a ¬†variegated thread
  • Binding – machine stitched front and back

I love the rich fall colors and whimsical prints in this fabric line. I used a cream fabric for the body of the leaf. The print charm squares were used as the background fabric in the maple leaf quilt block, as well as the border; giving the illusion of a single in leaf in a bed of color.

Maple Leaf Star Wall Hanging

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maple star embroidery

Maple Leaf Star Wall Hanging Stats:

  • Quilt Block – Maple Leaf
  • Size – 28 x 28 inches
  • Fabric – Basically Patrick – Sunflower and Lily’s Garden Spice; Patrick Lose for RJR ; Ivory Basics for Windham Fabrics
  • Quilting – Machine Straight Line using my Babylock Ellisimo
  • Thread – Aurifil 50 wt – #2026
  • Embroidery – Eat Drink and be Thankful from Embroidery Library¬†
  • Binding – machine stitched to front hand stitched in back

I’m a precut junkie – especially charm packs. ¬†They’re cute and cheap. I’m always thinking of ways to use them in projects and teaching myself new techniques. In this wall hanging I used the prints with fall colors¬†from the two Patrick Lose charm packs and the background pieces from the Ivory Basic charm pack.

I created 4 scrappy maple leaf quilt blocks omitting the stem, rotating each block so that the empty “stem” block went to the center. This created the area for the embroidery. With the remaining charms I created the border.

Maple Leaf Nine Patch Wall Hanging

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Maple Fall Nine Patch

Maple Leaf Nine Patch Wall Hanging Stats:

  • Quilt Block – Maple Leaf and Nine Patch
  • Size – 42 x 42 square
  • Fabric – Kona Solids, Keepsake Calicos and V&Co Simply Colorful
  • Quilting – Machine Straight Line using my Babylock ellisimo
  • Thread – Superior #906 Autumn Days
  • Binding – machine stitched to front hand stitched to back

In our foyer I have a great spot to showcase many of¬†wallhangings. I’m using this wall hanging for this month November.

Linking up with Busy Hand Quilts Finished or Not Friday! and Fort Worth Fabrics Friday Frenzy

I love autumn themed quilts and home decor. If you need a little more maple leaf inspiration with pictures and instructions please check out:

Autumn Jubilee from My Carolina Home. I just found this site last week so I was too late to participate in the quilt along.  I have plenty of scraps to make this project later.

Aiming for Accuracy Maple Mini Quilt — free download — excellent written instructions.

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Leaves – The flowers of Fall

This past October son #1 married his lovely fiancee. It was a beautiful celebration for both families.

 

2016 George Heather

 

2016 George Heather

2016 George Heather

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2016 George David

They had a Las Vegas destination wedding.  The ceremony was held in the Garden Chapel at the Flamingo Hotel. The chapel was most definitely a tropical setting with waterfalls, palm trees, flowers, trailing ivy and of course lovely flamingos!

George and Heather shared their special moment with 45 friends and family — My son’s good friend from Taiwan was able to attend. It was such a pleasure meeting and spending time with him.

I hadn’t been to Las Vegas in several years and it was my husband’s first visit; so we planned a vacation around the wedding. We visited the¬†really awesome Madame Tussauds wax museum, toured both Hoover Dam and the West Rim of¬†the Grand Canyon.

Pete with his favorites — Tiger Woods and Arnold Palmer (wax museum)

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2016-lv-pete-wax tiger arnold

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tour at Hoover Dam and Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Bridge

 

West Rim Grand Canyon

 

 

 

The kids bought a new home in April. The basement is my son’s “man cave” and is decorated in earth tones. I made a quilt for them to snuggle under while in the basement.

I used the Double Slice Quilt Pattern one of the many inspiring tutorials from Jenny Doan with Missouri Star Quilt Company. This was a great pattern for me being quilting newbie. Double Slice is super easy and pretty quick. I used one layer cake – Robert Kaufman’s Grove Artisan Batiks for my 50×60 quilt. I fell in love with all of the fabric — the colors of the leaves match each season! My hope for George and Heather – may their love continue to grow as each season changes.

I definitely plan to use this pattern again — adding borders to make it a little larger.¬†I love using precuts because they give your quilt the organized scrappy look.

If you like to make your own click here for the tutorial.

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WIP Wednesday

I love starting new projects! I wish I loved finishing them just as much, it would certainly help empty out the many “new project” plastic containers I have in my sewing room.ūüôā

I wanted a new table runner for November that had a simple modern look. The Greek Cross quilt block came to mind.

Creating the blocks were quick and easy.  We have a small dining area so three blocks will make the perfect table runner.  Best news I used fabric from my stash!!  Each block finishes at 12 inches square. I really love the brown background fabric.

Greek Cross Quilt Block

Greek Cross Quilt Block

Greek Cross Table Runner

Greek Cross Table Runner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had so much fun creating the blocks for the table runner I dug out a couple of Alison Glass 2015 Sun Print charm packs and started creating blocks for a baby quilt! I was inspired by this tutorial from Faith at Fresh Lemons.

Greek Cross - Sun Print Baby Quilt

Greek Cross – Sun Print Baby Quilt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What did you work on today?

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Happy Halloween

Growing up I wasn’t a big fan of Halloween – I’m not into scary things. ¬†When my kids were small their dad had trick or treating duties. ¬†If he wasn’t available I would take them to organized church events that had costume guidelines.. Yeah yeah I’m boring.

Eventually I got over my “Halloween Fear” and embraced it was only one day.¬†I do love the orange/ black colors of Halloween and tend to decorate with¬†those colors in mind.

Below are a few of the items I made for my home to celebrate Halloweenūüôā

Throw  coin quilt for my couch, I used one charm pack РMidnight Masquerade.

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Midnight Masquerade Coin Quilt

Various Pillows:

  • Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun : front made completely with my embroidery machine
  • Chevron and plus pillow more walking foot quilting practice
  • Colorado block — two color pillow to emphasis the pinwheel center also quilted with my walking foot

 

 

Coasters:

  • coasters using the Missouri Star Quilt Company Periwinkle template
  • tutorial¬†¬†if you want to make your own
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Periwinkle Template Coasters

Table Toppers:

  • Granny Square table topper made using 5 inch charm squares
  • Midnight Masquerade Dresden — one charm pack
  • Half Hexie Table Runner — another Missouri Star Quilt Tutorial
  • Quilt As You Go (QAYG) table runner

 

And lastly a little something for the front door!

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Boo Star Door Hanger

 

 

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Hello Fall

It’s the end of October, time to pull out my GO BLUE Michigan sweatshirts! We’ve had a couple of chilly days here in MD.

Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the colors of the leaves as they fall to the ground – the deep hues of orange, yellow, green and red are so comforting.

Fall is synonymous with football in our house — my son played football for University of Michigan beginning in 2006¬†and graduated in 2010. ¬†We still follow the team as if he were still playing!

Gotta have some quilty goodness to go along with football — right??

I made this supersized maple leaf quilt last year. Not really large enough to snuggle under but perfect to throw over my legs while watching games on TV and/or reading.

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Maple Leaf Throw

Quilt Stats:

  • Quilt Block – Maple Leaf
  • Quilt Size: 50×50
  • Fabric: Stash
  • Quilting: Straight Line using walking foot on my Babylock Ellisimo Gold

I practiced more walking foot quilting with pillows to match the quilt. ¬†The yellow/gold pillow I used a decorative stitch from my machine, the burgundy pillow, I marked a large X and echoed each quadrant. It was my first time using a chalk pencil — I didn’t test it — and it didn’t come out until several washes later.

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2015 maple pillows

 

I love the maple leaf quilt block. ¬†It is a very beginner friendly block — you learn how to make half square triangles (HST), trimming to size and stitching them together so that you don’t lose the points. ¬†The floor rug below was my first attempt — lots, lots of mistakes. Finished is better than perfect right?ūüôā

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If you are interested in seeing a great video tutorial for creating the maple leaf quilt block, check out Amanda from 3and3Quarters.

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Welcome

Thanks for stopping by my online journal. ¬†From the time I was eight years old I’ve been a garment seamstress. My mom, grandmother, and aunts had a hand in teaching me. ¬†I attended a Catholic High School, Fridays were the only day we didn’t have to wear our uniform — believe me there weren’t many Fridays that I didn’t wear a new outfit that I had made!

I was shopping at a JoAnn Fabric Store looking for supplies to alter a prom dress for the daughter of a good friend and stumbled upon a machine embroidery demo. OMG I was hooked and as they say the rest is history.

I opened Embroidered Treasures¬†an Etsy shop selling handmade and personalized baby bibs, burps, and bodysuits. As my business grew I needed to buy an additional embroidery machine, we purchased a Babylock Ellisimo from a local quilt shop. ¬†The shop offered a free beginning quilters class with the purchase of the machine. I have always admired quilts but never thought I’d ever want to make one myself. ¬†I had visions of my grandmother and aunts getting together to hand quilt and thought how could that possibly be fun?!!

The quilting classes completely changed my opinion. ¬†I love the idea that you can cut up fabric — stitch it back together to¬†create art–AMAZING.

I started my first quilt in 2010– I combined machine embroidery with patchwork — never finished it– still have it and happy to share it with you. ¬†Lots of mistakes but we all had to start somewhereūüôā

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first quilt

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baby quilt 2010

 

 

 

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