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Archive for the month “November, 2017”

Churn Dash or Churn Dash ?

Hello and happy Wednesday!

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! Relax time over; back to work for me!

I should use my free time to work on UFO’s but what fun is that when starting something new is SEW exciting 🙂

On my list of quilt blocks to make is the Churn Dash – a simple classic pattern which has many variations and known by many other names such as hole in the barn door, monkey wrench and Lincoln’s Platform, I’m sure there are many more names.

The churn dash quilt block pattern is a simple nine patch comprised of half square triangles, strip piecing and solid squares – quilting basics!

For me churn dash equals charm pack opportunity!

I used 9 charm squares (5 x 5 inch squares) to make one 12.5 unfinished churn dash quilt block. Using one Crazy for Red by Minick and Simpson charm pack I created 4 blocks. I love the barn red and tan color combination.

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Crazy For Red Churn Dash

Not sure if I will turn the four blocks into a small table topper or create something larger. I have one more Crazy for Red charm pack plus a couple of French General favorites charm packs that are similar in color. I’ll keep you posted!

As I mentioned earlier the churn dash has many variations. One of the blogs I follow GenXquilters.com has a section titled “Patchwork Auditions” where she offers different layout options for a few classic quilt blocks including the churn dash.

I was really intrigued with her “H” option for the churn dash. I printed out the coloring sheets, pulled out a few Kate Spain Solstice fat quarters and got busy!

The table runner below is 4 blocks using her “H” option.

Amazing — I can’t believe its the same block!  The secondary diamond design in the center is so cool.  The entire layout has an overall “X” like look — I just love it!

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Solstice Churn Dash Variation

 

What do you think?

Until next time…

Thankful

Hello everyone!

A few months ago the talented ladies from Gray Barn Designs released a free pattern “Thankful Table Runner”.

It was love at first sight for me and knew it would be the perfect display on our dessert table for Thanksgiving.  The pattern is super easy, and well written.

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Thankful table runner

 

I also made matching courthouse quilt block placemats to use as hot pads.

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Courthouse Quilt Block Placemant

 

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Quilted Thankful Set

 

I had hoped to make a pumpkin quilt this fall but never found time, instead I made a mini quilt wall hanging.

 

November 2017 wall hanging

November 2017 wall hanging

My first grandchild was born this week and I am extremely thankful! We are leaving in the morning to meet her and spend time with the family.

I wish you all a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

 

Until next time…

 

 

 

 

New Tool – New Quilty Love

Hello — I hope everyone had a great week!

I am really enjoying learning to use the specialty rulers I’ve collected over the past few years.

This past week I’ve been focusing on the Creative Grids Round Up Tool.

round up tool

Creative Grids describes the usages for the round up tool as:

  1. Rounding corners
  2. Cutting 8 & 10 inch Circles
  3. Creating appliqué shapes
    • Drunkards Path
    • Orange peel
    • Petals
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  4. Great for pre- cut charm squares and layer cakes

It’s no secret that I have an obsession for pre cuts! I also love the look of curved quilt patterns but am terrible with sewing curves. After watching the Creative Grids You Tube video I knew the round up tool would be perfect for me!

Fast forward 3 years and I’m finally using the ruler!

Below is my practice block sunflower drunkard path block measuring 18.5 x 18.5 inches.

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I used 5 inch squares for the background and the 4 inch drunkard path shape found on the round up tool. Cutting the shapes was extremely easy and smooth. I used both a 45mm and 28mm rotary blade cutter – both worked. I do recommend having a rotating  mat which definitely enhanced the smooth cutting.

I felt my test block was successful so it was time to move on to a charm pack project. I fell in love with several butterfly mini quilts made with the drunkards path block on Pinterest and wanted one badly for my sewing room.

roundup butterfly

I used the charm pack Modern Roses by Stephanie Ryan for Moda for my mini.  It measures 24 x 24 inches.  This time I used 4.5 inches with the 4 inch drunkards path applique shape. I found the border fabric in the red tag section at JoAnn’s it was a perfect match!

While on a roll I made another table runner using the round up tool. This time I used the 5 inch drunkards path shape with 5.5 inch background squares. I used batik fabrics with floral prints in green and rust. The rust is a leafy print and the green has both sunflowers and leaves.  Sorry not the best photo!

fall drunkards path TR

fall drunkard path TR

fall drunkards path TR CU

Below are my sample projects using the petal and orange peel shapes on the round up tool. I used the Bonnie & Camille Miss Kate charm pack for the orange peel and yardage from my stash for the petal shape. Hopefully I will be able to finish them in the near future 🙂

round up tool orange peel

round up tool orange peel

 

round up tool petals

round up tool petal

 

As you can tell I’m so loving the versatility of this tool — if you enjoy these applique shapes as much as I do add this ruler to your list of must have tools!

Until next time!

 

 

 

 

Small Finishes Using Pre-Cuts

Happy Monday!

I hope everyone had a great weekend.  This past week was hectic, it is the busy season for my Etsy Shop.

I did manage to find a little time here and there for “me sewing” 🙂

I began piecing my Gardenvale  Dizzy Daisy wall hanging in January of this year and finally finished it earlier this week.  The quilt measures 35 x 35 inches and definitely added some color to this room. I love the funky retro floral prints in this line!

Gardenvale Ditzy Daisy

Gardenvale Ditzy Daisy

 

I used 9 ten inch squares from my Gardenvale by Jen Kingwell layer cake. I made my wall hanging before Missouri Star offered a tutorial for the same block. If you’d like to make one for yourself here is the link to the YouTube video.

We recently purchased a new washer and dryer – I had to make runners to cover them! I had two charm packs of Basic Mixologie by Studio M for Moda, I felt would be perfect for this quick project.  I love the colors and the cool modern prints .

Super easy block to make — the runner measures  approximately 18 x 36.  I used 36 charms. Twelve of the charms are cut in half and then sewn to the remaining 24 charms. I alternated the rotation of the blocks to make the arrangement more interesting.

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Laundry Runner 1

Second runner is a simple coin stack with borders.  Measures 14 x 32. I used 9 charms for the coin stack with 4.5 inch borders.

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Laundry Runner 2

 

What do you think?

 

With the remaining charms I made a color wheel dresden.   I really love it!

Quilt measures 22 x 22 inches.

Be The Good Color Wheel

 

Until next time….

 

 

 

 

 

 

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