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Archive for the month “November, 2016”

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 also ūüôā

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 block ūüôā

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016 George David

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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