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Karla’s Sunflower

Happy Wednesday!

Living in Florida there are no visual clues to indicate changes to the seasons. Using my active imagination I pulled strips from my batik stash that made me think of fall on the east coast; warm hues of blue, purple, brown, gold, red and green to create what I’m calling Karla’s Sunflower 🙂

I used Jenny Doan’s Checkered Dresden tutorial. I prefer a chunky dresden so I modified the pattern by using the 1 1/2 inch mark on the ruler as my starting point to cut each blade.

I added machine embroidery to the center circle with my daily mantra “Give Thanks”. The border were added in log cabin style using 4 of the fabrics used in the dresden. I used a blanket stitch around the blades – definitely getting better!  I made the mug rugs using the Creative Grids Spider Web ruler to create the 4 point star.  They look great! Hubby and I really use our mugs…everyday!

dresden - give thanks wh

dresden – give thanks wall hanging

dresden - give thanks mug 2

dresden – give thanks mug rug 2

dresden - give thanks mug 1

dresden – give thanks mug rug 1

dresden - give thanks cu

dresden – give thanks close up

dresden - give thanks backing

dresden – give thanks backing

 

 

I made this dresser scarf for my guest room. Another opportunity for using the tube method.  I made several mistakes, at one point I wanted to toss it in the trash!  Ever had moments like that?

Sunflower TR 1

Sunflower Dresser Scarf

 

Lastly I wanted to show you a custom order I finished for one of my customers.  She sent me a photo and asked if I could re -create it for her son’s fourth birthday.  I’m SO happy with how it turned out!

custom shirts

custom shirts

 

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Happy Sewing!

Feeling Fall

Happy Monday!

I love fall! I love the rich palette of colors from sunflowers, leaves, mums, and pumpkins!

I’ve had making a pumpkin quilt or table runner on my to do list for quite awhile. I was delighted to find several great patterns to inspire and motivate me to sew. This year I finally can check pumpkin off my to do list 🙂

This first table runner I made using Amy Smart’s patchwork pumpkin tutorial found here. My wonderful daughter in law is kind enough to display my quilty gifts in their home. I used soft orange cotton prints and grey linen as the background to match their decor. The tutorial was well written making it a quick project to complete, I even got to practice  stippling!  The runner measures 15 x 57 inches.

 

One of my favorite blogs Freemotion by the River hosted by Connie shared a pumpkin quilt block tutorial on September 17 and I made mine the same day.  Connie loves batiks as much as I do so I made another table runner using batiks 🙂  You can find the tutorial here.  Connie has lots of wonderful projects on her site and her directions are well written with lots of pictures. My runner measures 14 x 30 and looks great on my coffee table.

pumpkin - batik topper

pumpkin batik table runner

 

Using Connie’s basic layout I came up with a couple of projects on my own.

Mini Quilt – White Pumpkin and wonky star with a little embroidery! Mini quilt measures 11 x 13 inches. Not crazy about my leaf design but it will do for now.

pumpkin - wonky star mini

pumpkin – wonky star mini

 

Mini Charm Pack Pumpkin Placemat – my goal was to create a 12 x 18 placemat. I like the pumpkin shape using Sandy Gervais’ Hello Fall mini charm pack and happier with this leaf design. I don’t like the cream background fabric — looks plain.  What do you think?  I’ll probably take it apart….but once I get it together I plan on writing a tutorial to share.

pumpkin - placemat wip

pumpkin – placemat wip

 

 

Thanks for stopping by and letting me share my pumpkin obsession!

Linking with Beth from Main Crush Monday — be sure to stop by to see what others are creating!

 

 

 

Paper Pinwheels Quilt

We’ve been traveling the past 12 days spending time with the grand kids in Indiana.  It was heavenly but also good to get home and get another project completed.

I consider myself a transitional quilter — half the time I love the look of modern designs and the other half of me is in love with more traditional designs.

I am always extra excited when I come across a pattern that takes a modern twist on a traditional quilt block such as  Fons and Porter’s Paper Pinwheels pattern from the September/October 2015 Quickly Quilting magazine.

I’m sure I own fabric from each of Moda’s Zen Chic collections since 2012 with an abundance of the Modern Background – Paper line, which was used in this pattern.

paper pinwheels 1

paper pinwheels 1

The Kona cotton turquoise pinwheels really pop against the neutral low volume text background fabrics. I modified the pattern to make a baby quilt or wall hanging. I used a turquoise tonal print with dragonflies on the back.

paper pinwheels back

paper pinwheels back

 

I’m loving the diamond shape secondary design created from the layout.  My quilt measures 36.5″ x 36.5 inches. I used the same Kona turquoise for the binding and really appreciate how it really frames the quilt.  I used an allover meandering stitch for quilting.

Hope you were able to get some sewing in on this wonderful Thursday!

Happy Sewing!

 

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