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Falling Diamonds – HRT Wall Hanging

Hello everyone – happy Tuesday!

Ever since I made my half rectangle triangle pillow cover

great room hrt pillow

great room hrt pillow

earlier this year I’ve wanted to try other HRT quilt layouts. Using, fall colored scraps, Kona Snow for the background and my extremely useful/handy Creative Grids Perfect Triangle ruler, I created the falling diamonds wall hanging.

falling diamonds hrt

falling diamonds hrt

I love the graphic simplicity of the design. For this wall-hanging the half rectangle triangle units finish at 3 x 6 inches.  The Creative Grids Perfect Rectangle ruler features a 2 to 1 ratio to cut proportional half rectangles up to a finished length of 9 inches, which will be perfect for a larger quilt I plan to make. Another bonus feature to this ruler is having two engineered notches for perfect alignment when sewing.

My wall hanging measures 36 x 36 inches, I used scraps for the binding and used my walking foot for straight line quilting . I love the floral batik used for the backing.

Falling Diamonds HRT back

Falling Diamonds HRT back

It’s Linky Tuesday with Connie at Freemotion By The River. If you get a chance stop by to see all of the inspirational projects.

Happy Sewing & Quilting!

Who Let The Dogs Out?

Happy Tuesday!

I’ve been wanting to make something using a Moda Cake Mix, which is a “recipe” for sewing layer cakes ( 10 x 10 inch squares) really easy! It is a unique triangle paper, 45 sheets in each recipe book with several block layouts for inspiration.

I used Cake Mix 2  for my small quilt and chose the “T” block layout. One assembled recipe card in Cake Mix 2 makes two 6.75 inch finished blocks. If you need a mindless sewing project these recipe cards are fantastic – just stitch on the dotted lines and cut on the solid lines!

The shape of the “T” block reminded me of a dog’s head so I added a few buttons and magically the puppies appeared!  My small quilt measures 27 x 34. I plan to hang it in my sewing room — I just love it!

Who Let The Dogs Out -1

Who Let The Dogs Out -1

Who Let The Dogs Out -2

Who Let The Dogs Out – 2

Who Let The Dogs Out - 3

Who Let The Dogs Out – 3

Linking up at Linky Tuesday with Connie at Freemotion by the River.

Happy Sewing & Quilting!

Christmas In July – Peppermint Pinwheels

Happy Monday!

After seeing so many inspiring projects in the many Christmas in July blog hops, it motivated me to finish my only Christmas PHD –  Peppermint Pinwheels.

peppermint pinwheel 2

Peppermint Pinwheel TR

I used my Creative Grids Scrap Crazy 6 templates to create the table runner. Together the templates create a 6 inch finished block. One of the templates is a equilateral triangle, I used the stripe fabric with this template in each block, rotating four blocks creates the pinwheel. I used green scraps for the other templates to surround the striped fabric. Twelve blocks creates a 12.5 x 36 inch table runner.

peppermint pinwheel 3 cu

peppermint pinwheel cu

 

I’m so happy to have this table runner finished, and I’m happy with how it turned out, and even happier how quickly it was to put together. I created each block then used a QAYG method to finish it. I definitely will make this again to give as a gift.

Below are three projects I fell in love with during this past week Christmas in July blog hops and plan to add to my Christmas to-do list are:

  1. Michelle from Creative Blonde – Christmas Stocking for pet dog
  2. Wendy from Pieceful Thoughts – Christmas Tree Mini
  3. Missouri Star Quilt Company – Christmas Tree Wall Hanging

Linking up with Main Crush Monday with Beth from Cooking Up Quilts.

Happy Sewing & Quilting

 

Scrap Attack

The fourth of July in our area was a rainy day so I used it as an opportunity to work on a few fall projects.

Fall is my favorite season and orange/black is my favorite fall color combination. I focused my efforts on making projects using my scraps in orange and black.

I’m on a log cabin kick right now so I created a table runner.  My log cabin blocks finish at 8 inches; I cut the strips to size before sewing making it easy to chain piece each block. After completing a round I used my log cabin trim tool to square up each block. Once all of the blocks were finished I tried several layouts but liked this one best.

orange black log cabin

orange black log cabin

orange black log cabin backing

orange black log cabin backing

Last year I won a copy of the April/May 2017 edition of McCall’s Quick Quilts from one of my favorite pattern designers Abigail Dolinger. I used her pattern from the magazine “Travel Plans” to create these scrappy orange/black his and her place mats.

travel plans his

travel plans his

travel plans her

travel plans her

travel plans backing

travel plans backing

Another pattern “Charmville” also created by Aby is one of my all time favorites.  This time I used the pattern to create mug rugs for us.  Charmville was published in the February/March 2014 edition of McCall’s Quick Quilts.

Charmville mug rugs

Charmville mug rugs

Aby has lots of tutorials and great posts about ways to use your scraps.  You can find her at abyquilts.wordpress.com

Not bad for one day….still have lots more scraps!

Joining Linky Tuesday with Connie at Freemotion By The River.

Happy Sewing!

Another UFO Finish – Yay!!

Happy Monday!

I’ve been sewing like a mad woman this past week. We will be traveling again so I wanted to get a few items finished to stay on track fulfilling my 2018 goals.

According to my records I started this bed runner project in 2016, found it 2017 before our move, and found it again last month. The pattern is “Spinwheel Bedrunner” by Tricia Lynn Maloney, which I found in the magazine “Annie’s Quilting With Pre-cuts”. The pattern uses half lengths of 20 jelly roll strips, so I was able to make a matching wall hanging with the scraps.

I used Sumatra Batiks  by Blank Quilting, which is beautiful collection of prints.  I used Kona Cotton in black as the background fabric. It was the first time I combined a quilting cotton with a batik – it was a match made in heaven.

The picture below is the actual spinwheel block – it’s a funky pinwheel! Very easy to construct.

batik spinwheel block

batik spinwheel block

My bedrunner measures 16 x 90 inches and definitely adds some color to one of our very plain guest bedrooms.

batik bedset

Batik bedset

I used the scraps to create a strip pieced heart wall hanging. I used the Tender Hearts tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Company to create the wall hanging. I’m not sure what I did wrong with the center block so I added the cornerstones to make it fit 🙂  Or should I say it was a design choice?

batik hearts cu

Batik Hearts WH

Linking up with main crush Monday with Beth at cookingupquilts – be sure to stop by to see what other creative minds are making!

Happy Sewing!

 

 

 

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