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Archive for the month “August, 2018”

WIP – Wednesday

Hello everyone – happy Wednesday!

This past week has been really good; no deadlines and my daughter came for a visit.  One of her best friends got married in Tampa so she stayed with us for a week.

My favorite part of the quilting process is cutting and piecing – to me it’s like putting together a puzzle something I find challenging and relaxing.

I’ve gotten much better at setting aside time for quilty projects daily. I took some time to starch fabrics and get them cut out and made a list of what to do each day for a week. Since I’m such a list/task oriented person I don’t know why I haven’t done this before!

Anyway these are the new projects  I’ve got started in last few days:

Kansas Star quilt block –quilters are drawn to star blocks.  I fell in love with this one, I plan to add borders to make the finished size 14 x 14. Eventually I will make it a tote bag for grocery shopping. I used 10 inch squares from a Cotton and Steel pre-cut package to create the block. I used Amanda Rolf’s video tutorial, you can find it here.

wip- kansas star

wip- kansas star

My all time favorite quilt block is the maple leaf.  Each year I make something using this block. I found a table runner on Pinterest I liked and decided to create something similar using a charm pack.

wip - rainbow maple leaf

wip – rainbow maple leaf

I’m always looking for ways to use my charm packs. I sketched a star on graph paper and came up with this.  I’m sure it’s not original but it worked for me and it only took one charm pack.

wip - charming star

wip – charming star

Lastly I started a project that I won’t need until October 2019. The pattern is Double Trouble from Quilts and More Fall 2016. I’m using scraps so I’ve modified the pattern a bit to match my scraps.  It’s a 12 inch skinny churn dash block with several variations.

wip - Halloween double trouble

wip – Halloween double trouble

 

Lesson I learned this week:

  • planning ahead is everything!
  • completing daily tasks earn me a glass of wine 🙂

Before my daughter arrived in Florida, she and my youngest son had just returned from vacationing in Thailand. They purchased beautiful fabrics for me that I will share at a later date.  I wanted to show a couple of my favorite pictures they took.

kids- nikki stevie elephant

kids – nikki stevie elephant

kids - nikki stevie bengal tiger

kids – nikki stevie Bengal tiger

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Thanks for stopping by — Happy Sewing!

Finally A Finish

Hello and Happy Tuesday!

It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve posted, we’ve been busy and having fun 🙂

I’m happy to have another project finished – Yay!! I started my scrappy batik hourglass quilt earlier this year.  On my project planner I had this quilt marked with a need by date of September 1, so I moved it to the top of my priority list.

I was drawn to the Tradewinds batik collection by Connecting Threads for the autumn hues – colors that warm my heart. There are several ways to create an hourglass quilt block. My fabric was cut in strips so I used my companion angle ruler to cut the strips into quarter triangles to assemble the blocks.

My quilt measures 50 x 60 inches. I know that stitch in the ditch quilting isn’t sexy, but it’s quick, relaxing and quite satisfying for me.

hourglass - batik finished

hourglass – batik finished

I had lots of bonus half square triangles from the strips so I made a couple of pillows to match.

hourglass scrap pillow 1

hourglass scrap pillow 1

 

hourglass scrap pillow 2

hourglass scrap pillow 2

It’s Linky Tuesday with Connie at Freemotion By The River. If you get a chance stop by for some great inspiration!

Happy Sewing!

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