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Scrappy Fun

Happy Wednesday!

I spent Tuesday relaxing and doing some mindless sewing. I pulled out my scrap bag of 1.5 inch wide strips and got busy. I recently joined a book club that meets on Friday nights at one of the local Starbucks. I wanted to make something to keep everything I need for the book club in one place.

I went to my trusty “someday” list and decided to make the Fat Quarter Shop Simple Zipper Pouch. I altered the pattern to use my scraps and went with a broken herringbone design. I made 3 panels for the front, using a QAYG method. The panels were pieced directly onto a 4 x 11 inch scrap of batting . Once I joined the panels I followed the Fat Quarter shop tutorial in its entirety. My pouch finishes at 11 inches tall and 12 inches wide.

I really liked this pattern and would make it again. You can see the video here.

After I got in the groove of making the herringbone design I made a matching cover for my IPhone and a cozy for my water bottle. My kindle, journal and phone all fit comfortably in the pouch. Do you have a favorite pouch pattern?

Herringbone zipper pouch
Scrap Accessories

Below are pics from the weekend with two of my kids and son in law.

Happy Sewing!

Friday Finishes – Quilted Tote Bag

Happy Friday!

My youngest turns 30 next week and I will turn 60 at the end of the year! Kids and I decided to take a mini beach vacation this weekend to celebrate both milestones 🙂

I needed a larger tote bag for all my beach necessities ♥

I just finished taking a wonky log cabin class at our LQS and decided to use those blocks to make the tote. I used leftover layer cake squares cut into 2.5 inch strips to make the blocks. It was a fun technique to learn, I am a creature of habit so my blocks tend to look the same — but I’m OK with that.

I had 12 blocks finished — not exactly beach colors but what the heck!

  • I used 9 blocks for the front and 3 on the back.
  • The blocks were 6.5 inches unfinished.
  • I added borders around the blocks to make a 20 inch square
  • Quilted the front and back using fusible foam – Pellon Brand
  • Created the lining (20 x 20 inch square) fused with Shape Flex Interfacing – added pocket 14 x 20 inches –subdivided into 4 sections
  • Sewed front pieces to back pieces for both the exterior fabrics and lining, leaving an opening on the lining for turning
  • Cut out a 3 inch square for boxing out corners
  • fabric for handles 5 x 30 inches – I used fusible fleece in the handles
  • fabric for button loop 4 x 10 inches – used shape flex interfacing
  • assembled the bag normally and edge stitched around the top
  • finished size 19 x 16 – I still need to find a button 🙂
wonky log cabin tote bag
wonky log cabin blocks
wonky log cabin tote bag
wonky log cabin tote bag back

I’ve made several totes in the past, this was the first time I used foam. It was wonderful to work with. The body of the tote is amazing — soft and very sturdy — stands on its own.

Hopefully hurricane Barry doesn’t interfere with the kids flying out of Houston — if not I will post a picture of us next week.

Have a great weekend!

Quilty Summer Favorites

Happy Thursday!

As a child growing up I spent my summers living with my grandparents on their farm in Georgia. My grandfather’s sisters lived on the same rural route so most of my cousins spent their summers visiting also.

My grandmother and aunts were all home economics teachers — handmade goodies were everywhere. Presentation to them was everything — even simple servings of refreshments were a big deal! We’d have fruit as our “meal” before bed; one of my fondest memories of my grandmother was her watermelon pie — slices of watermelon arranged on a circular pan – in the center of the pan were crafty cut pieces of paper with bible verses for each of us to learn.

My cousin’s son is getting married and all of us “older” cousins are getting together. I made a watermelon pie table topper for the hostess as tribute to our younger summer visits!

watermelon table topper
watermelon table topper

I enjoy having a glass or two of wine every night. Normally I drink Merlot wines — during the summer I switch to sweet fruity wines. Strawberry is my favorite sweet wine. We travel to Wisconsin every year so I can purchase Door County Wines –they have the best fruity wines!

Recently I finished a custom order using fabric with strawberry prints. The scraps included an orphan nine patch quilt block, 6 bonus half square triangles, some squares and one large scrap of fabric. I was enjoying a glass of my Door County Strawberry wine and decided to use the scraps to make myself a strawberry wall quilt for my sewing room.

strawberry mini quilt
strawberry mini quilt

Have you ever made a quilt to remind you of a favorite time in your life?

Happy Sewing and Quilting!

Friday Finishes

Happy Friday!

After reading/seeing Wendy’s post about the beautiful reversible placemats she made I knew it was time for me to pull out a similar UFO to get them finished so we can use them this summer!

I purchased a small fat quarter bundle of Katarina Roccella Avant Garde fabric a couple of years ago. I loved the bright colors and the modern prints. The Avant Garde fabric collection is poplin, a 100% cotton that feels like silk but is still strong. The poplin was great to work with — except it wasn’t frixion pen friendly!

I cut the fat quarters into 5 inch charm squares and sewed them into a nine patch arrangement to make the placemats.

quilted round placemats
quilted round placemats

I also made a small quilt also using the 5 inch squares.

beach ball quilt
beach ball quilt

Using the scraps from the quilt and placemats I did some crumb sewing to make mug rugs and a trivet.

scrap fabric 1
scrap fabric 1

Step 2 – quilted the crumbs

scrap fabric 2
scrap fabric 2

Step 3 – cut the crumbs into circles

scrap fabric 3
scrap fabric 3

Step 4 – bind and finish!

scrap mug rugs
scrap mug rugs

Hope you have a wonderful weekend that includes some quilty fun!

2019 Red White & Blue

Happy Monday! I can’t believe it’s July already — don’t know about you but this year feels like it’s going by quickly!

We’re leaving for another trip in a couple of weeks so hubby and I have a quiet day planned for July 4th. We’ve been working on a couple of patio projects — we mounted a TV on the outside wall in the lanai that can seen and heard from the pool and hot tub. Now I have my own private resort area in my backyard! I can layout and drink, read, listen to music and watch TV . Our other project was adding an outdoor antenna. We gave up cable a few ago and decided to stream TV shows and movies..we added the antenna to get local news –especially weather updates.

Not the best picture — it’s raining but you can see the reflection of the antenna. Everything is against the wall to keep it rain free.

The items below are patriotic projects I’ve made over the past few months but not shared here on the blog.

My continual obsession with embroidered pillows: The USA design I purchased from Itch 2 Stitch. It is a sketch design — super quick stitch out comes in several sizes. The “God Bless America” design was purchased from Embrotique — also a quick stitch that comes in several sizes.

2019 Patriotic Quilted Pillows w Embroidery
2019 Patriotic Quilted Pillows w Embroidery

Our May club project was a QAYG table runner using RWB fabrics. Our starting block had to include a patriotic embroidery design. We used this YouTube video by Scrappy Patch for making the table runner. This was a great scrap busting project also perfect for jelly roll strips or any other pre cut 2.5 inch strips. I made placemats to match. I purchased the flag heart embroidery designs from Planet Applique.

This was my attempt at making a QAYG hexie mug rug. I didn’t do a good job — it’s very distorted — the shape is weird!

Log Cabin Hexie Mug Rug
Log Cabin Hexie Mug Rug

I used the free pattern Yankee Doodle Flag Gems found on the Quilt Inspiration blog which is home to lots of free patterns and inspiration to make the wall hanging below. I plan on adding fusible white stars in the blue section and some embroidery to one of the white stripes. Another scrappy project great for 2.5 inch strips.

RWB Strip Pieced Flag Wall Hanging or Table Topper
RWB Strip Pieced Flag Wall Hanging or Table Topper

Runner and log cabin coasters for my coffee table.

I did take my Juki sewing machine on our travels to make this RWB log cabin quilt. I basted the quilt this past weekend and plan on quilting and binding it today.

RWB Log Cabin Lap Quilt
RWB Log Cabin lap quilt

I guess that’s enough for today! Hope you are having a relaxing Monday 🙂

Thanks for stopping by ♥♥

Happy Pineapple Day

Happy Thursday!

It’s been a long time since I posted something to my journal. We’ve spent the past couple of months traveling…spending time with family and friends. It was a lot of fun but I’m happy to be home sleeping in my own bed again 🙂

Our club members decided to make table runners using the pineapple quilt blocks for June. I was super happy with this choice, the pineapple block is one I’ve never made before and I was gifted the Creative Grids pineapple trim tool a few years ago and finally had an opportunity to use it.

I used Missouri Star Quilt Company Pineapple Table Runner pattern from the early winter 2017 edition of their Block magazine along with Jenny’s video tutorial using the trim tool to make my runner. You can watch the video here. The trim tool is fantastic —

Pineapple Quilted Table Runner
Pineapple Quilted Table Runner

I used Kona solids and Zen Chic modern background paper for the pineapple blocks. The border is a Kaufman digital floral print. All scraps from my stash- YAY !! Table runner measures 16 x 36 inches.

Our club focuses primarily on projects using machine embroidery. I designed a machine appliqued pineapple design for the group. I made two placemats measuring 12 x 16 inches to showcase the design.

Pineapple Machine Applique Placemats
Pineapple Quilted Placemats

The body of the pineapple is a friendship braid – also made with my embroidery machine. I included quilting lines for the pineapple body and leaf top. I used a zig zag stitch for the applique finish. I’m really pleased with the design and can’t wait to see how the other ladies use their pineapple design!

Happy Sewing & Quilting!

Baby Quilts – Work In Process

Happy Wednesday!

I’m working on gifts for two beautiful babies.

One of the father’s loves to fish so I created this quilt to honor his hobby. I sketched out a fish block on graph paper and made it come to life with fabric. The exaggerated eyes are fused on and I will stitch them down while quilting.

fish baby quilt
Gone Fishing Baby Quilt WIP

The second quilt is for a baby girl. Her room is decorated in bright colors. The wall paper border in her room has really cute spinning tops as part of the design. I wanted to create something to complement the border.

flying geese quilt
Spinning Top Quilt WIP
pieced flying geese quilt
Spinning Top WIP

Hope you are finding time to sew this week 🙂

Friday Finishes

Happy Friday,

Once a month the quilting group I belong to does a “meet and eat” with a crafty gift exchange.

My partner this month is new to the area and is also an East Coast transplant like myself. She loves Fig Tree fabrics and pears are her favorite fruit.

I had some Somerset scraps, an older Fig Tree collection from an earlier project so I made a few potholders and small runner for her.

I exceeded the gift exchange requirement so I’ll give her the runner after lunch. 🙂

quilted table runner
Somerset Pears

Happy Easter!

New Machine Obsession

Happy Wednesday!

My new machine arrived last Friday and I have literally been sewing non stop ♥♥

Juki DX7
New Juki Sewing Machine

This is the first time I’ve ever owned a Juki machine, so far I’m loving it. The Juki DX7 is replacing my Viking Designer SE that I’ve owned for 19 years! Thankfully I didn’t need another embroidery machine at this time so my search focused on something small to take to classes and travel with.

My background in sewing is primarily garment and home dec items and I have purchased many, many types of presser feet accessories over the years. I was super happy to find that many of my favorite Viking accessories are compatible with the Juki.

My favorite presser foot is the Interchangeable walking foot – I have the quarter inch foot, stitch in the ditch, open toe and decorative stitch foot, they are all snap on and I truly love using them. I wish you could have seen me do my happy dance when I found out they worked with the Juki. I did purchase a ruler foot and Angela Walter’s quilting rulers with the new machine — hopefully I will get brave and start practicing free motion quilting.

Below are a few of the items I’ve started and finished over the past few days…

Lastly a picture of Miss Evelyn…I bought a personalized chair for her. My DIL says she loves it!

Happy Sewing!

Friday Finish – Modern Triangle Baby Quilt

Happy Friday!

This week has been busy!

I’d like to share with you my first commissioned quilt! The customer wanted something in yellow and gray and left the design choice to me and most important wanted the quilt in the mail by Friday (today) for a shower next week.

I had a few yellow and gray fat quarters in my stash so I got busy.

  • cut the FQ’s into 2.5 inch strips
  • sewed 3 strips together
  • cut each strip into 6.5 inch squares
  • paired each pieced square to a white 6.5 inch square to create half square triangles
  • squared the hst’s to 6 inches
  • arranged the blocks into a 6 x 6 layout
  • added a 1.5 inch inside border
  • added a 3.0 inch outside border
  • straight line quilting along the seams with my walking foot
Modern Triangle Baby Quilt
Modern Triangle Baby Quilt

I usually gift most items I make so it was weird/good to get paid 🙂

Hope you have a pieceful weekend!

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