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Archive for the month “October, 2018”

Halloween Finally…

Happy Tuesday!

My guests have left and my small dinner party was a success! Now that I have time and a smaller house I truly enjoy decorating with quilty goodies 🙂

Today I’d like to share the last of my 2018 Halloween projects.

I did all the cooking and baking so I had to have new kitchen towels and potholders – right?!!!

Halloween 2018 Kitchen Towel Applique

Halloween 2018 Jack O Lantern Applique

Going back and forth between the stove and sink I needed a rug….

Halloween 2018 Kitchen Rug String Finished

Halloween 2018 QAYG Kitchen Rug String Finished

My guests enjoyed spending time in my sewing room – so I made a mini quilt to hang over one of my machines…..

halloween 2018 mini house quilt

Halloween 2018 mini house quilt

 

We had to eat…dinner was the reason for the gathering!  New topper and napkins….

Halloween 2018 Homespun TT

Halloween 2018 Homespun TT

Finally gifts for my guests….

halloween 2018 kitchen gift set

Halloween 2018 kitchen gift set

Hope you have a wonderful Halloween!

Linking with Freemotion by the River.

Until next time happy sewing!

Halloween Runners For My Girls

Happy Wednesday!

Now that I have more free time I’m able to make home decor projects for my daughter and daughter- in- law.

I actually finished and mailed these earlier this month but realized today I hadn’t shared pictures.

Halloween Friendship Braid runner measures 18 x 42 inches. I used 9 ten inch squares (cut in half) with my Hex & More ruler to create the braid. Any half hexie ruler or template can be used. The braid comes together easily and would look fantastic in any fabric. Here’s a great tutorial if you like to make one yourself.

halloween 2018 Braid TR

Halloween 2018 Braid TR

2018 Halloween Braid TR A

2018 Halloween Braid Table Runner

 

Halloween Hexagon runner measures 20 inches across the widest point. I used scrap fabric, but would be perfect for a jelly roll.

Halloween 2018 Hexagon TR A

Halloween 2018 Hexagon Table Topper

Halloween 2018 Hexagon TR back

 

Remember my orange/black log cabin runner?

orange black log cabin

orange black log cabin

 

I made 6 inch log cabin coasters to match ! It was my first attempt at fussy cutting!

Halloween 2018 log cabin coasters

Halloween 2018 log cabin mug rugs

 

Until next time Happy Sewing!

Fall Shenanigans Quilt

Happy Tuesday!

I’m sure I’ve mentioned before that I am a big fan of Jenny Doan and the Missouri Star Quilt Company. Jenny was definitely the final inspiration for me beginning my quilting journey.

Last year when Jenny did the YouTube tutorial for the Fall Shenanigans  wall hanging, I knew I had to have one for myself.

In the original tutorial Jenny used Halloween fabrics – I decided to use batiks in traditional Halloween colors. My wall hanging measure 42 x 42 inches.  The quilt  is hanging in our entry way and I absolutely love it!

fall shenanighans

Fall Shenanigans 2018

 

Linking with Linky Tuesday at Freemotion By The River.

Until next time — Happy Sewing!

 

Up From Here

Happy Monday!

Earlier this summer I joined a quilt along hosted by Roseanne & Sue with Home Sewn By Us.  No rules, no deadline and best of all 3 quilts to choose from!

I chose to do the quilt Up From Here first – the name itself is so positive and motivating! The tutorial/pattern can be found here.

The block in the pattern finishes at a whopping 24 inches! I was excited because I love big blocks. I needed a new Halloween quilt and didn’t want want to buy any fabric so I adjusted the pattern to make a 18 inch block.

My Halloween version of Up From Here measures 54 x 54 inches.

QAL - Up From Here - A

QAL – Up From Here

Looks great on our recliner and matches a pillow I made several years ago.

QAL - Up From Here - CU

QAL – Up From Here – CU

Thanks again to Roseanne & Sue for hosting a stress free quilt along.

Linking to Main Crush Monday!

Until next time Happy Sewing!

Scrappy Wonky Star Placemat – Tutorial

Welcome and Happy Friday!

Today I’d like to share how to make a 12 x 18 inch wonky star scrappy patchwork placemat.  They make great gifts for you or someone special.

wonky-star-placemat-single.jpg

Wonky Star Placemat Single

Materials: (for one placemat)

  • 23 – 3 ½ x 3 ½ inch squares for patchwork
  • 1 – 3 ½ x 3 ½ inch square for star center
  • 4 – 3 x 3 inch squares for star points – cut once on the diagonal
  • 1 – 14 x 20 inches batting
  • 1 – 14 x 20 inches backing fabric
  • 66 inches of 2 ½ inch wide binding

You only need 9 squares to make the wonky star, to make the placemat we will start with 16 (3 ½ x 3 ½ inch) patchwork squares to vary where the center of the star will be. Arrange 16 patchwork squares in a pleasing 4 x 4 layout.

step 01

Placemat – Step 01

 

Once you decide the star center replace that spot with the 3 ½ x 3 ½ square star center fabric.

step 02

wonky star step 02

 

Lay your star point triangles over the squares surrounding the star center.

 

step 03

wonky star 03

 

Finger crease a center point in your star point patchwork square.

step-04.jpg

wonky star step 04

 

Place one triangle on a patchwork square, right sides facing. Tilting your star point and slanting it in various direction will add the “wonk” to your wonky star. I try to place one end of the triangle near the crease mark.

step 05

wonky star step 05

 

Stitch the star point to the patchwork square fabric using a ¼” seam allowance.

step 06

wonky star step 06

 

Flip the star point along the stitching line – finger press. Be sure that when folded open after sewing the star fabric will cover all the background area to the edge of the block.

step 07

wonky star 07

 

Once the first star point is done, sew the second one in the same way. I use the Clover Roll Press to use for “finger pressing”.  Best tool I own!

Flip your block over so it is face down. Use your patchwork square as a guide to trim up the star fabric so its even with the patchwork square. Once you have trimmed the star fabric you can trim away the fabric underneath to reduce bulk.  *** BE CAREFUL ***

 

Continue to make the 3 other star point blocks. Lay your block like this.

Sew your blocks into rows, and press your seams in opposite directions or open depending on your preference.

step 10

wonky star step 10

 

Create your left and right side borders – 1 x 4 arrangement as shown below.

Sew and press borders to your wonky star unit.

step 11

wonky star step 11

 

Make quilt sandwich: pin or spray baste

  • Backing right side down
  • Batting
  • Placemat right side up

Quilt – I did simple echo stitching along the seams.  This would be a great opportunity to practice FMQ. Trim excess batting and backing.

step 12

wonky star step 12

 

Bind and admire your wonky star placemat!

wonky star placemat single

Wonky Star Placemat Single

 

I made a set of 4 to give as a gift.

wonky star placemats finished

wonky star placemats finished

Please let me know if you have any questions!  I would love to see the placemats you make using this tutorial.

Linking with: Finished Or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts

Linking with : Show Off Saturday at Sew Can She

Until next time Happy Sewing!

Evaporation

Happy Wednesday!

I love when my planner has nothing but sewing on the “to do” list!

My finish today is a wall hanging. Pattern name is Evaporation found in Quilts and More Spring 2018 magazine. It is another modern version of the Log Cabin quilt block.

It was super easy to make — I spent more time cutting the fabric than actually sewing.  The wall hanging measures 52 x 52.  I used Moda Grunge fabrics – I love the distressed look of the grunge fabric line. I’ve got it temporarily hanging on the wall with straight pins (oh NO….) until I get a dowel rod to hang it properly 🙂

evaporation modern courthouse steps

evaporation modern courthouse steps

Of course I made another pillow with the scraps 🙂

 

great room star pillow

great room star pillow

Until next time – Happy Sewing!

 

Feeling Fall With Kona Solids

Happy Tuesday!

The Courthouse Steps Block is a variation of the Log Cabin block, and was introduced to the quilting world during the civil war. I have to admit it is truly one of my favorites.

Using fall colored Kona solids and a newsprint fabric I created a table topper to get a modern look on the very traditional courthouse steps block. Topper measures 19 x 19 inches.

fall 2018 ch topper

fall 2018 courthouse steps topper

My inspiration came from the book I Love Log Cabins by Karen Burns. I fell in love with so many of the patterns found in the book. I’m sure I will find a way to make smaller versions of each 🙂

As always I love making mug rugs to match my runners.  After seeing Wendy’s from Pieceful Thoughts acorn mini quilt blocks and Abbie from Sparkle On pineapple quilt blocks I had to make some for hubby and I.

I prefer my mug rugs to be rectangular in shape so I added a strip to each block,  they finished at 6 x 7 inches.

Sew cute don’t you think?!!

fall 2018 mug rugs

fall 2018 mug rugs

 

Linking up with Connie at Freemotion by the River.

Until next time – Happy Sewing!

Love Lives Here

Happy Monday!

I’m happy to finally have time to start posting again! Sometimes life gets in the way of my sewing and writing. We live very close to Disney World and our home is very convenient when family and friends are visiting 🙂

I love blog hops; they are a great way to meet new people, learn new techniques and of course my favorite drooling over others creative talents. I was so inspired seeing the cool quilt projects displayed during the September 2018 Welcome To My House blog hop hosted by Carol with Just Let Me Quilt.

I had to create my own wall art using a house block. I had some left over nine patches that measured 6.5 inches from another project.  I quickly figured out the math to create the “house” block.

My house mini quilt measures 25 x 31 inches.  I added a little embroidery in the center to add a little interest.  Not crazy about my fabric choices but my quilt math was accurate so I will definitely make another house quilt. I didn’t catch my layout mistake until after I added the border….

fall 2018 house love

fall 2018 house love

I used the roof flying geese scraps to make a candle mat.  Quilt block is Dutchman Puzzle.

fall 2018 candle mat

fall 2018 candle mat

fall 2018 candle mat 2

fall 2018 candle mat 2

 

Until next time Happy Sewing!

 

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