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Weekend Finishes

Hello and happy Sunday!

I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season and enjoying the time leading up to the big day — December 25!

This past week was really busy for me finishing up customer orders promised with before Christmas delivery dates.

I finished a gift  for one of my neighbors this week. They helped my hubby and I survive hurricane Irma this  past summer. The tube quilting technique that Jenny Doan from Missouri Star Quilt company demonstrated intrigued me and I decided to give it a try. The steps are easy enough but working with a bias edge can be tricky so extra care is needed. If you are unfamiliar with tube quilting you can watch the you tube video here.

The table runner I finished using the tube quilting techniques measures 19 x 60 inches.  I used fabric from my Christmas stash.  The colors  used complement her Christmas decor perfectly. I love the fabrics and the design layout — I didn’t want to ruin it with my not perfect free motion quilting so I opted for safe “stitch in the ditch”. Seeing her face after opening the gift was priceless — definitely made my day 🙂

tube table runner 2

Tube table runner 2

tube table runner 1

tube table runner cu

 

Other small gift finishes:

Flag tumbler table topper:

Flag tumbler tr

Green Bay Packer Modern Christmas Tree wall hanging: made entirely with my embroidery machine.

Packer Modern Xmas Tree

Green Bay Packer Modern Xmas Tree

Mini wall hanging with embroidery:

Christmas mini embroidery

Christmas mini embroidery

Quilted Pillow with embroidery:

Christmas pillow embroidery

Christmas pillow embroidery

 

 

Until next time — happy sewing!

Kate Spain Christmas

Hello and happy Monday!

I’m sure everyone is crazy busy with Christmas quickly approaching!

We are not traveling this year nor are we hosting a Christmas gathering this year, so we’ve decided not to decorate outside and unfortunately have become the odd ball house in the neighborhood.

I gave away all of my Christmas decorations before moving not realizing how expensive it would be to replace. I’m waiting for the end of season clearance pricing so I can start over and be prepared for Christmas 2018.

I am a big fan of Kate Spain, especially her Christmas fabric lines – Joy, Solstice and Jingle. I love her modern prints in bright red and greens with a splash of aqua. Last year I made a table runner, quilt and pillows using Joy and Solstice.

 

I still had a layer cake of Jingle in my stash and decided to make a few more items in the same color way. This was the year I had planned to make Christa Watson’s Modern Christmas Trees wall hanging. Unfortunately the quilt along tutorial was no longer available.

Using 15 ten inch layer cake squares below I sketched out my own triangle in a square modern tree design.

jingle xmas tree layout

Jingle Xmas Tree Layout

 

Jingle Xmas Tree

Jingle Christmas Tree

 

The only positive thing I can say is it’s finished— the individual “tree blocks” were simple enough to create and measured accurately. My math was off on the calculations for the background fabric side pieces for completing each row.  The design shape still resembles a tree but not what I had hoped it would be. I will definitely chalk this one up to experience.

To get the larger triangle in square blocks I used my Creative Grids Triangle Squared and Perfect Rectangle rulers.  You don’t have to have both rulers to make the modern tree block but there is less fabric waste using the set as a companion. These Creative Grids rulers are similar to the tri recs ruler which I used to create the wall hanging below last year. The creative grids perfect rectangle ruler offers an additional notch for perfect placement making the triangle in a square block super easy to create.

Christmas Tree Tri Recs

Christmas Tree Tri Recs Ruler

After cutting the triangle shape from my ten inch squares I had the following scrap pieces.

jingle xmas tree scraps

Jingle Xmas tree scraps

 

I can’t wait to show you how I used  those scraps!

Until next time…

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