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Archive for the month “May, 2018”

May – OMG Finished…

Nothing like waiting until the last day…

I often struggle balancing sewing as my job with sewing as my hobby! The last couple of weeks sewing as my job has has been the clear winner.

I am super happy to say I was able to finish my One Monthly Goal for May.

My trip around the world quilt measures 55 x 65 inches.  It is a very late birthday present for my daughter 🙂

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Trip Around World – May OMG

Until next time happy sewing!

Finishes — New and Old

Happy Wednesday!

The past week has been hectic with work and other crazy life stuff.  I did manage to get in some quality sewing time to finish a UFO and work on a couple of new projects.

The rail fence quilt block is an old traditional block that is super simple to construct. Looks great with all fabric themes – modern, solids, 30’s reproduction prints, civil war, etc. I love the rail fence quilt block because it is jelly roll friendly!

rail fence diamond quilt

rail fence diamond quilt

I used the RJR Redwork meets Bluework roll of 2.5 inch strips to make my rail fence picnic quilt. The prints in the roll were red, white, and blue making it perfect for us to use at our local patriotic festivals. I used the thick but soft Blizzard fleece from JoAnn Fabrics for the backing and did not use any batting. I finished the quilt as a blanket; no binding. I did quilt it with a large meandering stitch.  The quilt measure 54 x 65.

Using left over charm squares from a project last year I made a couple of pillows to match. I quickly took the hst scraps and made the star block. Pillow on the left I made using my embroidery machine.

 

I still needed a table runner for May and found the tutorial Stars and Stripes from A Bright Corner  online. I was able to make it start to finish in two hours. If you like applique or just learning how to applique this is a super project. Directions are great.  My runner measure 13 x 36 inches.

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stars and stripes tr

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stars and stripes tr back

 

My new project for the week was using sashiko, which is a decorative form of stitching/embroidery from Japan. When Martingale  had a sale on ebooks over the holidays I purchased  Sensational Sashiko by Sharon Pederson.

sashiko book Martingale image

This book has beautiful quilt projects featuring Sashiko designs — so many of them I hope to make. There are templates in the book if you want to do hand embroidery , and also a list of sites of where to purchase sashiko machine embroidery designs.

Using the machine embroidery option I made place mats and mug rugs. I used a heavier 35 weight rayon thread to give it a more authentic look. The stitch out is absolutely beautiful, you can see stars and diamonds. Each is a single design with a continuous stitch. The placemat sashiko design is 8 x 12 inches and the mug rug sashiko design is 8 x 8 inches. The beauty is the front and back are identical! I can’t wait to start one of the projects from the book.

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sashiko placemat

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sashiko mug rug

Until next time happy sewing!

 

Wednesday – New WIP

Happy Wednesday!

My floating event for the first three days of this week on my calendar/planner was to baste my May OMG quilt.  As usual I’m procrastinating. 🙂

In my defense I weighed basting vs starting new project on my joy scale — basting lost 🙂

I am happy to share with you my smaller version of Missouri Star Quilt Company Totally Tulip Quilt Pattern. The link will take you to the MSQC video if you are interested in making one for yourself.

I used 2 charm packs of Lily Ashbury’s Fancy. I love the bright colors! My quilt top measures 60 x 72 inches.

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Totally Tulips – WIP

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Totally Tulips – WIP cu

Good news is it’s still light outside so I can baste my OMG quilt and do laundry – another low ranking item on my joy scale!

Until next time ~Happy Sewing~

 

 

 

Weekend Quilting

Happy Sunday!

I spent most of the weekend finishing small projects and working on a few WIP.

I was able to finish the daffodil topper I wrote about here. I decided to use it as a cover for one of my sewing machines.  I love it 🙂

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daffodil topper finished

 

Finishing the the small curvy log cabin table topper I made to test using the 8 inch curvy log cabin trim tool was another small accomplishment. I used a leaf shaped feather embroidery design to quilt the center. After creating 4 blocks and rotating the larger logs to the center creates a “circle” . I added a two inch border so the topper measures 19 x 19.

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curvy log cabin finished

I started making my Ohio Star Flag table runner a couple years ago. Happy to have another UFO finished. Finished size is 16.5 x 54.  I’m gifting this to my DIL to use as part of her patriotic holiday decor!

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Ohio Star Flag Runner

 

I finished piecing my batik hourglass quilt today. I first wrote about it here. I love love the colors! Now I have an excuse to shop for fabric — I need backing fabric!

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hourglass batik quilt top – wip

 

When I have spare time I’ve been working on this 4 star table runner.  I’m using strip piecing technique with charm squares. Not sure if I like it or not but plan to finish it.

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patriotic 4 star wip

 

Until next time – happy quilting!

 

 

 

One Monthly Goal – May 2018

Happy Wednesday!

Oh my goodness its hard to believe its May already!

I’m sure picking a random project for my OMG would be best and more challenging but I prefer to consult my calendar before making a selection. May will be a travel month for us so I needed to be realistic with my choice.

The winner : My black batik “Trip Around the World” quilt which I started back in 2015.

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OMG – Batik trip around the world

 

One of the blogs I follow Aby Quilts posted a tutorial on April 10, 2018 for her Daffodil table topper. The topper is a simple half square triangle layout very similar to the layout I used for the batik quilt. Aby challenged her readers to make their own topper either in yellow or some other color combination.

I had a few green and brown half square triangles from a previous project that was perfect to use to make this topper. It   was also the perfect opportunity to test my quilting plan for the batik quilt. I hope to get the binding on tomorrow.

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Daffodil topper

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daffodil topper back

I did straight line quilting with one inch intervals on the background fabric and stitched in the ditch on the print fabric. I need to work on my starts and stops in the center section – other than that I’m OK with the quilt plan.

Linking up with Patty at Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal!

Until next time Happy Sewing and Quilting!

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