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Love Lives Here

Happy Monday!

I’m happy to finally have time to start posting again! Sometimes life gets in the way of my sewing and writing. We live very close to Disney World and our home is very convenient when family and friends are visiting 🙂

I love blog hops; they are a great way to meet new people, learn new techniques and of course my favorite drooling over others creative talents. I was so inspired seeing the cool quilt projects displayed during the September 2018 Welcome To My House blog hop hosted by Carol with Just Let Me Quilt.

I had to create my own wall art using a house block. I had some left over nine patches that measured 6.5 inches from another project.  I quickly figured out the math to create the “house” block.

My house mini quilt measures 25 x 31 inches.  I added a little embroidery in the center to add a little interest.  Not crazy about my fabric choices but my quilt math was accurate so I will definitely make another house quilt. I didn’t catch my layout mistake until after I added the border….

fall 2018 house love

fall 2018 house love

I used the roof flying geese scraps to make a candle mat.  Quilt block is Dutchman Puzzle.

fall 2018 candle mat

fall 2018 candle mat

fall 2018 candle mat 2

fall 2018 candle mat 2

 

Until next time Happy Sewing!

 

Karla’s Sunflower

Happy Wednesday!

Living in Florida there are no visual clues to indicate changes to the seasons. Using my active imagination I pulled strips from my batik stash that made me think of fall on the east coast; warm hues of blue, purple, brown, gold, red and green to create what I’m calling Karla’s Sunflower 🙂

I used Jenny Doan’s Checkered Dresden tutorial. I prefer a chunky dresden so I modified the pattern by using the 1 1/2 inch mark on the ruler as my starting point to cut each blade.

I added machine embroidery to the center circle with my daily mantra “Give Thanks”. The border were added in log cabin style using 4 of the fabrics used in the dresden. I used a blanket stitch around the blades – definitely getting better!  I made the mug rugs using the Creative Grids Spider Web ruler to create the 4 point star.  They look great! Hubby and I really use our mugs…everyday!

dresden - give thanks wh

dresden – give thanks wall hanging

dresden - give thanks mug 2

dresden – give thanks mug rug 2

dresden - give thanks mug 1

dresden – give thanks mug rug 1

dresden - give thanks cu

dresden – give thanks close up

dresden - give thanks backing

dresden – give thanks backing

 

 

I made this dresser scarf for my guest room. Another opportunity for using the tube method.  I made several mistakes, at one point I wanted to toss it in the trash!  Ever had moments like that?

Sunflower TR 1

Sunflower Dresser Scarf

 

Lastly I wanted to show you a custom order I finished for one of my customers.  She sent me a photo and asked if I could re -create it for her son’s fourth birthday.  I’m SO happy with how it turned out!

custom shirts

custom shirts

 

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Be sure to stop by and see what others are creating!

 

Happy Sewing!

Feeling Fall

Happy Monday!

I love fall! I love the rich palette of colors from sunflowers, leaves, mums, and pumpkins!

I’ve had making a pumpkin quilt or table runner on my to do list for quite awhile. I was delighted to find several great patterns to inspire and motivate me to sew. This year I finally can check pumpkin off my to do list 🙂

This first table runner I made using Amy Smart’s patchwork pumpkin tutorial found here. My wonderful daughter in law is kind enough to display my quilty gifts in their home. I used soft orange cotton prints and grey linen as the background to match their decor. The tutorial was well written making it a quick project to complete, I even got to practice  stippling!  The runner measures 15 x 57 inches.

 

One of my favorite blogs Freemotion by the River hosted by Connie shared a pumpkin quilt block tutorial on September 17 and I made mine the same day.  Connie loves batiks as much as I do so I made another table runner using batiks 🙂  You can find the tutorial here.  Connie has lots of wonderful projects on her site and her directions are well written with lots of pictures. My runner measures 14 x 30 and looks great on my coffee table.

pumpkin - batik topper

pumpkin batik table runner

 

Using Connie’s basic layout I came up with a couple of projects on my own.

Mini Quilt – White Pumpkin and wonky star with a little embroidery! Mini quilt measures 11 x 13 inches. Not crazy about my leaf design but it will do for now.

pumpkin - wonky star mini

pumpkin – wonky star mini

 

Mini Charm Pack Pumpkin Placemat – my goal was to create a 12 x 18 placemat. I like the pumpkin shape using Sandy Gervais’ Hello Fall mini charm pack and happier with this leaf design. I don’t like the cream background fabric — looks plain.  What do you think?  I’ll probably take it apart….but once I get it together I plan on writing a tutorial to share.

pumpkin - placemat wip

pumpkin – placemat wip

 

 

Thanks for stopping by and letting me share my pumpkin obsession!

Linking with Beth from Main Crush Monday — be sure to stop by to see what others are creating!

 

 

 

Paper Pinwheels Quilt

We’ve been traveling the past 12 days spending time with the grand kids in Indiana.  It was heavenly but also good to get home and get another project completed.

I consider myself a transitional quilter — half the time I love the look of modern designs and the other half of me is in love with more traditional designs.

I am always extra excited when I come across a pattern that takes a modern twist on a traditional quilt block such as  Fons and Porter’s Paper Pinwheels pattern from the September/October 2015 Quickly Quilting magazine.

I’m sure I own fabric from each of Moda’s Zen Chic collections since 2012 with an abundance of the Modern Background – Paper line, which was used in this pattern.

paper pinwheels 1

paper pinwheels 1

The Kona cotton turquoise pinwheels really pop against the neutral low volume text background fabrics. I modified the pattern to make a baby quilt or wall hanging. I used a turquoise tonal print with dragonflies on the back.

paper pinwheels back

paper pinwheels back

 

I’m loving the diamond shape secondary design created from the layout.  My quilt measures 36.5″ x 36.5 inches. I used the same Kona turquoise for the binding and really appreciate how it really frames the quilt.  I used an allover meandering stitch for quilting.

Hope you were able to get some sewing in on this wonderful Thursday!

Happy Sewing!

 

WIP – Wednesday

Hello everyone – happy Wednesday!

This past week has been really good; no deadlines and my daughter came for a visit.  One of her best friends got married in Tampa so she stayed with us for a week.

My favorite part of the quilting process is cutting and piecing – to me it’s like putting together a puzzle something I find challenging and relaxing.

I’ve gotten much better at setting aside time for quilty projects daily. I took some time to starch fabrics and get them cut out and made a list of what to do each day for a week. Since I’m such a list/task oriented person I don’t know why I haven’t done this before!

Anyway these are the new projects  I’ve got started in last few days:

Kansas Star quilt block –quilters are drawn to star blocks.  I fell in love with this one, I plan to add borders to make the finished size 14 x 14. Eventually I will make it a tote bag for grocery shopping. I used 10 inch squares from a Cotton and Steel pre-cut package to create the block. I used Amanda Rolf’s video tutorial, you can find it here.

wip- kansas star

wip- kansas star

My all time favorite quilt block is the maple leaf.  Each year I make something using this block. I found a table runner on Pinterest I liked and decided to create something similar using a charm pack.

wip - rainbow maple leaf

wip – rainbow maple leaf

I’m always looking for ways to use my charm packs. I sketched a star on graph paper and came up with this.  I’m sure it’s not original but it worked for me and it only took one charm pack.

wip - charming star

wip – charming star

Lastly I started a project that I won’t need until October 2019. The pattern is Double Trouble from Quilts and More Fall 2016. I’m using scraps so I’ve modified the pattern a bit to match my scraps.  It’s a 12 inch skinny churn dash block with several variations.

wip - Halloween double trouble

wip – Halloween double trouble

 

Lesson I learned this week:

  • planning ahead is everything!
  • completing daily tasks earn me a glass of wine 🙂

Before my daughter arrived in Florida, she and my youngest son had just returned from vacationing in Thailand. They purchased beautiful fabrics for me that I will share at a later date.  I wanted to show a couple of my favorite pictures they took.

kids- nikki stevie elephant

kids – nikki stevie elephant

kids - nikki stevie bengal tiger

kids – nikki stevie Bengal tiger

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Thanks for stopping by — Happy Sewing!

Finally A Finish

Hello and Happy Tuesday!

It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve posted, we’ve been busy and having fun 🙂

I’m happy to have another project finished – Yay!! I started my scrappy batik hourglass quilt earlier this year.  On my project planner I had this quilt marked with a need by date of September 1, so I moved it to the top of my priority list.

I was drawn to the Tradewinds batik collection by Connecting Threads for the autumn hues – colors that warm my heart. There are several ways to create an hourglass quilt block. My fabric was cut in strips so I used my companion angle ruler to cut the strips into quarter triangles to assemble the blocks.

My quilt measures 50 x 60 inches. I know that stitch in the ditch quilting isn’t sexy, but it’s quick, relaxing and quite satisfying for me.

hourglass - batik finished

hourglass – batik finished

I had lots of bonus half square triangles from the strips so I made a couple of pillows to match.

hourglass scrap pillow 1

hourglass scrap pillow 1

 

hourglass scrap pillow 2

hourglass scrap pillow 2

It’s Linky Tuesday with Connie at Freemotion By The River. If you get a chance stop by for some great inspiration!

Happy Sewing!

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!

Who Let The Dogs Out -1

Who Let The Dogs Out -1

Who Let The Dogs Out -2

Who Let The Dogs Out – 2

Who Let The Dogs Out - 3

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.

peppermint pinwheel 2

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.

peppermint pinwheel 3 cu

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!

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