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One Monthly Goal – April Finished

Happy Monday!

I finally finished my wonky Red Cross quilt!

I’m so appreciative that Patty at Elm Street Quilts hosts the challenge One Monthly Goal. The challenge definitely motivates me to finish a project as well as seeing what other creative souls are doing! Win-Win all around!

I started piecing this project sometime in 2014. I had left over 10 inch squares from the layer cake Shades of Black by Me and My Sister. I was drawn to this collection for the cool black and white prints. I decided to use scrappy red fabrics to create the plus/cross sign. During the planning process for this project my vision was using the quilt as a wall hanging in my guest bedroom that we’ve decorated in black/white and red.

To create the wonky cross I used the slash method Amy Gibson taught in the Craftsy 2012 Block of Month course. I made one cut on each 10 inch square at least two inches from the edge either horizontally or vertically, inserted a 2.5 inch strip, then made a second cut in the opposite direction to insert the second strip. Very little waste with this method.

My quilt measures 43 x 55. I’m happy the wonky red cross quilt is finally finished and hopefully will find a home for it soon!

I plan to work on my patriotic UFO’s this week — what are you planning to work on?

Happy Sewing & Quilting

Accessories Can Be Necessities

Happy Wednesday!

Hubby plays softball on Tuesday and Friday’s in a league for seniors while I work. Yesterday he called to let me know he and another player were injured during the game and on their way to the hospital. Injuries were minor but wanted to be on the safe side.

Later he texted me asking if we had a heating pad, the doctor suggested he alternate using a heating pad and ice pack for his groin injury.

I found our heating pad. I’m sure I purchased the heating pad 20 years ago! The cover was a bit raggedy and unattractive to say the least. I wanted to spruce it up before he got home 🙂 Any excuse to sew works for me!

After measuring the original cover I created a quick sketch to make a replacement. Below is what I came up with. Final Size 12.5 x 15 inches.

Heating Pad Front

Heating Pad Back

  • Using seven (7) 2.5 inch x WOF I created a strip set
  • Cut the strip set in half – approximately 21 inches
  • I cut one of the half pieces into 2.5 inch segments
  • Sew the 2.5 inch segments back together alternating ends to create the patchwork
  • Once I reached my desired size – I stitched the patchwork piece to the remaining half strip set along the sides
  • Created a lining (same size as previous step) using flannel then inserted into the patchwork piece
  • Created a half inch facing around the top
  • Added a snap
  • Voila – finished – 30 minutes at best
  • I took the scraps and made a cord cover.

I have a small craft table in my sewing room and I struggle with keeping the tools I use frequently organized and handy. A few years ago I made makeup brush organizers that roll up and tie with ribbon as gifts for my daughters friends and thought something in that format would work for me.

I’m happy with how this turned out as well.

Sewing Tool Organizer

Sewing Tool Organizer closed

Did you notice the butter knife? It’s my point turner!

Granted neither one of these two projects are original but it was terrific just creating the pattern myself and bringing them to life 🙂

What accessories have you created that become necessities?

Happy Sewing and Quilting!

Rainy Day Sewing

Happy Monday!

We received much needed rain in our area this past weekend making a perfect opportunity to finish another UFO project!

Sometime last year I purchased a couple of yards of Robert Kaufman’s Elemental Batik Collection in Chestnut as a possible backing for my southwest mountain quilt. A few months later I watched a youtube video by Jordan Fabrics on quilt pattern named Cutting Corners. My chestnut batik was one of the feature fabrics that Matt and Donna used.

I was really excited once I watched the video and decided to use my fabric to make the cutting corners quilt for my hubby. After watching the video I cut the fabric as the pattern required put the squares in a Ziploc bag never to be found until this past weekend!

The quilt measures 36 x 55 — not large but big enough for afternoon naps on the couch 🙂 The pattern was super simple to make. Basically it’s a half square triangle quilt – I love how the layout gives the attic quilt block 3D affect. I used a Sulky variegated rayon thread for quilting that was a perfect match. I used a cotton/bamboo blend batting – It was lightweight suitable for the Florida weather.

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cutting corners quilt

 

Whenever I finish a UFO I reward myself  by starting new projects!

Using my Creative Grids curvy log cabin trim tool has been on my to do list since Christmas! I pieced 4 blocks using scraps to create this small table topper. Curvy log cabin uses a narrow strip (the dark leaf print) and a wide strip (the orange paisley). When 4 curvy blocks with the wide strips to the center are sewn together the illusion of a circle appears. Pretty Cool — don’t you think ??

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curvy log cabin test

 

Connecting Threads had a great sale last Christmas so I purchased their 10 inch stack of the Tradewinds batik collection to start this scrappy hourglass quilt- 15 bocks down 15 more to go! The lone block is my test block 🙂

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hourglass wip

 

Any fun sewing for you this past weekend?

Happy Sewing!

 

 

 

 

Southwest Mountain Quilt

Happy Wednesday!

The past few days have been rainy – perfect for working on my UFO projects.

When we moved last year I started several quilty projects hoping to use to decorate our home.

We have an oversized and odd shaped ottoman I wanted to cover for a little color in our great room. The furniture in that room has a southwest vibe to it so I searched Pinterest for a quilt block that would complement. I decided on the delectable mountain / lantern quilt block.

I used Bonnie Hunter’s tutorial for creating the delectable mountain block. I have to admit I struggled with the layout, eventually I figured it out. I was going for an overall Aztec look. After the slow start I finally managed to finish the quilt which measures 51 x 41 inches.

Aztec Ottoman Finished

 

I used the leftover fabric to make matching pillows. A few years ago I got several Creative Grid rulers for Christmas. One being Karen Montgomery’s Perfect Rectangle Ruler, which I used to make the HRT pillow. I know rulers aren’t always necessary – I liked this one because there isn’t any waste and it has notches on both ends of the ruler for perfect placement.

great room hrt pillow

great room hrt pillow

I used another ruler by Karen Montgomery – Scrap Crazy Six – to make the 18×18 crazy quilt block pillow. This 4 piece set was so much fun to use– easy and the possibilities are endless.

great room scrap crazy pillow

great room scrap crazy pillow

 

What projects are you working on?

Linking up with Connie at Free Motion By The River. If you get a chance stop by her blog, lots of inspiration and great tutorials.

Happy Sewing!

Friday Finishes

Happy Friday! I hope everyone has had a great week.

I was able to spend lots of time in my sewing room this week so all is good with me 🙂

I love reading and seeing blog hops. I get inspired seeing how other quilters display their creative talents using fabric.

When I read the blog posts displaying the fabric line Makers Home by Natalie Barnes it was love at first sight for me. The collection is made with beautiful modern prints in bold colors and several black and white low volume prints.

I immediately bought a couple of charm packs and a few fat quarters to get my creative juices flowing!

My Makers Home Projects:

  • Simple patchwork placemats – finished size 12 x 18 inches
  • Drunkards Path flower mini quilt – finished size 19 x 19 inches
mini quilt dp

mini quilt dp

  • Plus X table runner – finished size 14 x 68
  • I used 55 – 5×5 charm squares
  • Another opportunity for me to practice free motion quilting, this design is called loopy meandering. Far from perfect – I’m just proud I didn’t chicken out at the last moment and do walking foot quilting. I like the texture this design creates, I’m sure I will be using it again and again!
    • I really enjoyed determining the fabric placement. I tried to have every other block showcase the dominant color as the plus or cross design.
makers home table runner

makers home table runner

makers home table runner

makers home table runner

makers home table runner

makers home table runner

makers home table runner

makers home table runner

I also started a new baby quilt, hope to finish this weekend .  What quilty plans do you have this weekend ?

Linking up with Myra at Busy Hands Quilts Finished or Not Fridays!

Until next time Happy Sewing!

April One Monthly Goal

Happy Wednesday!

 

I’m choosing one of my easier UFO’s for  April’s One Monthly Goal.  It’s a wonky cross quilt using left over  10 x 10 inch squares from the Me and My Sister Layer cake Shades of Black. I believe I started this project sometime in 2014. My goal is to use some of the techniques I learned in Angela Walter’s “Dot to Dot” Craftsy class.

FMQ (free motion quilting) really scares me….

2018 OMG April

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To prepare myself I made a set of placemats to practice my stippling. Normally I am a warm colored kinda gal but I decided to step out of my comfort zone and try soft pastels!

Voila set of 4 free motion quilted placemats — not bad??

placemats

placemat practice FMQ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are you working on?

 

Until next time Happy sewing and quilting !

March Finishes

Happy Monday!  Hope the new month of April brings many blessings to you!

Sometimes life gets in the way of my sewing and writing in my journal.

I tried to update my embroidery software on my laptop and got the blue “death” screen. Recovery was a failure…I was so angry and disappointed the laptop wasn’t even a year old!

The best part of March was my daughter’s wedding in Punta Cana. Our family and friends enjoyed 7 days of fun in the sun.

My 3 beautiful kids:

2018 Punta Canta my kids

2018 Punta Cana – My Kids

2018 Punta Canta Nikki J

2018 Punta Cana Nikki and J

 

I did manage to finish my March one monthly goal before the wedding but didn’t get to write about it — no laptop 😦

OMG - March 2018 - Finished

OMG – March 2018 Finished

OMG - March 2018 Finished Block

OMG – March 2018 Envelope Quilt Block

OMG - March 2018 Finished Back

OMG – March 2018 finished Back

 

My quilt measures 48 x 72 inches. I experimented using fleece as the backing. I used a 60% coupon at JoAnn Fabrics and purchased their LUXE fleece fabric  which is  59 inches wide. I found the Luxe fleece to have a luxurious silk like feel to it, very similar to a minky fabric but a little heavier.

My original plan was to not include batting but quickly changed my mind because the backing fabric was slippery. Using batting with the Luxe fleece was a great stabilizer which made the quilting much easier.

After getting the quilt basted my next problem was not having enough Aurifil color 2000 thread to complete the project. I used my trusty Gutermann all purpose thread that I use to make the items I sell in my Etsy shop. I had no problems and didn’t experience or notice an unusual amount of lint build-up. I did use a 100/16 needle due to the thickness of my quilt sandwich. Using my walking foot I did straight lines echoing the seams and I machine stitched the binding on.  All in all it was a great learning experience!

I used the scraps from the quilt and pieced a smaller half hexie project.  I haven’t decided if this will be a table runner or a floor rug.  I wanted to use my Hex -N-More ruler, and this was a great practice project.

OMG- March 2018 hexie scraps

OMG – March 2018 hexie scraps

 

I stumbled across the blog, Kitchen Table Quilting who offers a Giant Block Tutorial Series. I love big blocks.  Below is my version of the March 36 inch giant block. This was super simple to make.  The quilt top measures 72 x 72 inches.

Giant Block - March 2018

 

In March I made mug rugs to go with my Irish Chain table topper I made last year for St. Patty’s day. My hubby is really liking all of the monthly mug rugs!

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My last project for March was a custom order for a baby blanket. I’m really happy with how it turned out! I’m getting better with my machine applique stitching!

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Nevaeh custom 2

 

nevaeh custom

 

Until next time Happy Quilting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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