My Sewful Retirement

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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.

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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

totally tulips

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!

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