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Friday Finishes

Happy Friday,

I have two more small finishes for the week.

Beach Ball Baby Quilt  measures 40 x 40.  I used Island Batiks from my stash.  The quilt block is the Shoo- Fly. A great beginner quilt block. I used the Simple Simon and Company tutorial for the block. One block finishes at 14 inches square. Very easy and quick.  If you’d like to make one the tutorial is here.

beach ball shoofly baby quilt

beach ball shoofly baby quilt

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beach ball shoo fly baby quilt cu

I’ve always wanted to make something using the Hunter’s Star Quilt Block. I finally finished  a table runner today… The runner measures 15.5 x 34.5 inches.

Hunter Star

Hunter Star machine applique

 

Look closely — its applique! Again I used batiks this time spring greens and blue. Each block was made using my embroidery machine. Piecing and quilting with batting all done in the hoop. Each block measures 5 x 5 inches. Once you join the blocks the Hunter Star design is created. After all the blocks are assembled I added the backing, stitched in the ditch, and added the binding.

I used the 5 inch design for the table runner but a larger block can be used to make a larger quilt. I purchased the design from Chantell’s Creations. She offers other quilting designs as well.

I hope everyone has a safe and fun weekend!

Until next time… Happy Sewing & Quilting 🙂

UFO Update

Happy Thursday!

I’m slowly working on finishing some of the quicker items on my UFO list. I am truly enjoying being semi – retired 🙂  I work on Etsy orders in the morning and if hubby and I don’t have errands I can work on quilting projects in the afternoon while he plays golf! So far it’s working great…

First I want to introduce you to my first grandchild — Evelyn.  Isn’t she a cutie?!!  She looks beautiful on the charm pack bear paw quilt I made for her!

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I’m calling the quilt below Rustic Christmas. When Joann Fabrics introduced their premium cotton line I purchased quarter yard pieces of several prints.  Rustic Christmas is made with 7 fabrics from one of their Christmas collections. I love the deep reds and greens — so warm and inviting! I often struggle with what to do with big prints – since I only had quarter yard cuts I had the brilliant idea of just sewing them all together.

The quilt measures 42 x 63. Very simple straight line quilting echoing the seams. I machine stitched the binding. Thankfully my local JoAnn’s still had fabric available that I was able to use for the backing. This quilt will be perfect for my office couch this Christmas!

rustic christmas quilt

rustic christmas quilt

rustic christmas backing

rustic christmas backing

close up of each of the prints I used. The Reindeer fabric is my favorite 🙂

 

We have friends visiting from Maryland so I made a gift for them for the Easter Season.  You know how much I love to mix in a little embroidery with my quilting! The designs I used were purchased from Embroidery Library. I used Sulky Rayon threads for the embroidery and quilting– it was a perfect match! The banner measures 12 x 21 inches.

I love florals — this blue and cream is beautiful!

Easter Banner

Easter Banner

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banner cu

banner backing

banner backing

 

Until next time – Happy Quilting and Sewing

Catching Up

Wow – I can’t believe how much time has passed since I lasted posted in my journal!

I spent most of January trying to stay warm, organizing my fabric and identifying UFO’s. When we made the big move last year I packed all of my jelly rolls, layer cakes, charms pack and a few fat quarters in 22 Hefty storage containers! I spent the first half of January going through the containers documenting what I have. In my previous life I was a cost accountant and Excel was my BFF so I quickly created a spreadsheet with all the necessary fabric info – labeled all of the containers.  Going forward I’m hoping/praying this will help me tremendously 🙂

I did manage to get some sewing done! I have spot in my entryway where I can display wall hangings that I make.

Winter Blues – 36 x 36.  I used various blue snowflake prints.  My quilt is a smaller version  inspired by Patchwork Posse tutorial found here.

winter blues quilt 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also finished my February entryway display.

Feb 2018 entry way

The heart quilt is 36 x 36.  I used scrap red batiks for the heart and in the background I used the Star Flower white yardage from Natalie Barnes Maker’s Home Fabric Line. I sew love that fabric line it has a great mix of black and whites and bright colors.  I sketched out the heart pattern on paper – I knew the finished size had to be 36 inches square or smaller.  The heart is a 32 inch square with borders.

The runner and pillow also made with scraps.  Pillow tutorial by Lindsey Weight with Fort Worth Fabric Studio you can find tutorial here.

XOXO table runner inspired from a Shabby Fabrics video on Youtube.

 

All 3 items were super easy and quick to make. I’m really happy with how they turned out.  Over the past few weeks I’ve seen more cute Valentine projects for me to make for next year.

 

I had to have a new table runner for February also!  When Project Red by Sweetwater came out I thought it was perfect for a Valentine’s table runner the prints are beautiful reds and taupe.  I bought a charm pack and a couple of fat quarters to make this table runner.

I used the Flirty pattern by Missouri Star Quilt Company.

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flirty TR

 

I love the backing I used from my stash! Big florals make the best backings — do you agree?

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flirty TR back

 

I used the scrap half square triangles to make coasters.

 

Lastly a  couple of heart felt mug rugs for hubby and me!

heart mug rugs 2018

heart mug rugs 2018

I hope you all have a happy and wonderful Valentine’s Day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course I had to have a new table runner for February 🙂

When the Project Red fabric line from Sweetwater

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