This has been a super busy sewing week for me. When time permits I try to make seasonal table runners for my daughter and daughter-in-law. I’ll be seeing them soon so I got busy!
I love the simplicity of the Ohio Star Quilt Block. I used Fig Tree’s All Hallows Eve fabric to make the 16 x 40 inch table runner. I added a small machined appliqued pumpkin with the text Live Love Laugh to the center of each block —
I made matching placemats. Two of the mats I built a courthouse quilt block around the embroidery, the other two I added a simple border alongside the embroidery.
Using V&Co metallic confetti fabric in black and white I made a simple 17 x 41 inch pumpkin table runner with the text – Blessed, Grateful, Thankful embroidered to the center of each block.
I made another table runner using the maple leaf quilt block. I was inspired by the pattern Pressed Leaves from the McCalls Quilting Sept/October 2015 magazine designed by Tonya Alexander. I modified the pattern to use a charm pack to make a larger leaf block. No surprise I made a matching placemat!
My daughter’s best friend had a baby girl this week. I started a quilt for baby Bella using Jordan Fabrics shooting star quilt pattern.
Using the Scan N Cut DX, I was able to quickly cut my confetti dots fat quarters into 5 inch squares. I opted to go with a piano key board border.
Our embroidery/quilt club this week focused on using the Tri-Recs tool.
The Tri-Recs ruler combination is the easy way to make triangles with in a square – a popular feature in many patchwork quilt patterns. I find it to be one of the handiest ruler sets I own. There is a cut off angle on the recs portion of the combo set that makes aligning and sewing the units extremely accurate.
Initially I had trouble with the set but after watching Bonnie Hunter’s videos the light bulb came on and I’ve loved the Tri-Recs rulers ever since.
The recs portion of the tool allows you to make half rectangle triangles — which is my favorite. The tricky part is understanding if you need a right or left diagonal seam – it’s best to sketch out your design before cutting the fabric — I learned the hard way 😦
Our first project was piecing simple hrt units for placemats using the recs only portion of the tool. The placemats are 12 x 18 inches, each half rectangle unit measures 3 x 6 inches – you need 12 units to make one placemat. The fabric I used was from Moda’s V&Co ombre basics line.
For our table runner I created a petal block and used the 6.5 x 6.5 inch square of background fabric in the center for the embroidery. The petal block finishes at 12 x 12 inches. Each triangle in a square finishes at 3 inches — you need 8 units to make the petal block, you also need (4) 3.5 x 3.5 unfinished squares of background fabric for the corners.
Again using recs only portion I designed a funky pinwheel block that also finishes at 12 inches. Each quarter section of the pinwheel is made with a 3 x 6 half rectangle triangle, a 3.5 x 3.5 inch half square triangle, plus (1) 3.5 x 3.5 unfinished squares of background fabric for the corners.
After adding sashing and border the table runner measures 15 x 41 inches.
I absolutely loved the backing fabric used for both placemats and table runner. I found it a JoAnn’s!
I also displayed another table topper using the tool — I hope to have it finished soon.
If you are interested in making larger triangle in a square units or half rectangle units, Creative Grids offers the Perfect Rectangle and the Triangle Squared Rulers. Definitely more pricey and aren’t sold as a set.
I used the Creative Grids rulers to create a candy corn pinwheel – my sample pillow block is pictured below.
Have you tried the Tri-Recs tool? If so what’s your favorite quilt block to make using this ruler set?
While planning my fall themed projects for our home this year I decided to use ombre fabrics with a black grunge background. Hubby likes bright colors and I like rust/gold/burgundy for fall. So to keep peace and make both of us happy I chose ombre/black fabric combinations.
Are you wondering what ombre fabrics are? Ombre fabric fades from light to dark over a length of the fabric. It’s all the same hue but different tints and shades over the length.
I used both Moda’s Basic Ombre and Wilmington’s Ombre Washart fabrics along with Moda’s Grunge in Onyx for most of my projects.
I fell in love with fellow blogger and friend Roseanne’s Las Vegas Leaves Quilt and knew I wanted to make my own version. I decided to go smaller and make a table runner for the family room.
When I was sketching out potential layouts for the maple leaf quilt block, I discovered if I removed the stem block I was able to get really cool secondary designs — the plus sign and a cross — how cool! My wall hanging was created from that realization!
Of course I had to make a few pillows
Finally for myself a wall hanging in rust, gold and dark red♥♥
I love applique and spend a lot of my crafting time doing applique with my embroidery machine. I chose the Brother ScanNCut primarily because it works with my embroidery files easily and it’s super easy to scan images for other applique projects I want to make.
After practicing the basics I decided to make a project using both the quilting and applique features.
I used the ScanNCut to cut the tumbler shapes for the background – once the image was scanned in I was able to add in the seam allowance in the editing mode. The fabrics for the sunflower applique pieces were cut to size so I didn’t need to stop my embroidery machine to do any trimming — that alone is worth every penny I spent on the machine!
You can also scan in hand drawn images – which is what I did for the placemats.
The machine is quiet and user friendly. My husband will need to make a table for it — I have it set up in my office which is a little inconvenient right now, other than that I’m quite happy with the purchase!
Its been awhile since I last posted. I’ve been busy creating fall projects for the embroidery/quilting club I’m a member of.
Fall is my favorite time of year and was more than happy to volunteer to lead our group for a few weeks.
Pumpkins seem to be the universal symbol of fall and my brain has been swimming with ideas! Our group tends to focus on budget friendly small quilting projects that can be made quickly.
Inspiration for this project came from a refrigerator magnet I saw at Cracker Barrel! As soon as I saw it I was hooked and couldn’t wait to bring it to life with fabric.
For the quilt top I used (8) 2.5 x WOF strips of Kona Cotton in fall colors, 1/2 yard of a cream tonal print and a scrap of brown fabric measuring 2.5 x 4.5.
Using my Fons & Porter Quarter/Half Square triangle ruler I cut the needed triangles – 44 quarter triangles and 6 half square triangles. If you don’t have the Fons and Porter ruler, the easy angle and companion ruler work also. Or any other quarter triangle ruler that uses strips for cutting.
I laid out 32 quarter triangles into 8 hourglass blocks and stitched them together with a quarter inch seam. The hour glass blocks are 4.5 x 4.5 inches unfinished.
The remaining 12 quarter triangles were stitched together with the 6 half square triangles creating the leaf and corner blocks which also measured 4.5 x 4.5 inches unfinished.
To create the stem I used the stitch and flip method using a 2.5 x 2.5 inch square of background fabric with the brown 2.5 x 4.5 rectangle.
I arrange the assembled blocks into the pumpkin shape, added a 4.5 x 6.5 rectangle of background fabric to the left of the stem and sewed all the rows together.
Finally I added a 3.5 inch border all around. I then quilted the pumpkin – I prefer to do my quilting before adding the embroidery.
I chose 4 embroidery designs from Embroidery Library to use for this project. The members of the group aren’t required to use the same designs. I did give the members heads up on what I was planning because the designs were on sale when I created this project.
After quilting I added the embroidery designs. To attach the backing I used mono-filament thread on top to stitch in the ditch around the pumpkin, stem and leaves. I used the remaining pieces of the 2.5 strips to create a scrappy binding.
The mini quilt measures 22 x 22 inches and I’m looking forward to hanging it in my office.
I spent Tuesday relaxing and doing some mindless sewing. I pulled out my scrap bag of 1.5 inch wide strips and got busy. I recently joined a book club that meets on Friday nights at one of the local Starbucks. I wanted to make something to keep everything I need for the book club in one place.
I went to my trusty “someday” list and decided to make the Fat Quarter Shop Simple Zipper Pouch. I altered the pattern to use my scraps and went with a broken herringbone design. I made 3 panels for the front, using a QAYG method. The panels were pieced directly onto a 4 x 11 inch scrap of batting . Once I joined the panels I followed the Fat Quarter shop tutorial in its entirety. My pouch finishes at 11 inches tall and 12 inches wide.
I really liked this pattern and would make it again. You can see the video here.
After I got in the groove of making the herringbone design I made a matching cover for my IPhone and a cozy for my water bottle. My kindle, journal and phone all fit comfortably in the pouch. Do you have a favorite pouch pattern?
Below are pics from the weekend with two of my kids and son in law.
My youngest turns 30 next week and I will turn 60 at the end of the year! Kids and I decided to take a mini beach vacation this weekend to celebrate both milestones 🙂
I needed a larger tote bag for all my beach necessities ♥
I just finished taking a wonky log cabin class at our LQS and decided to use those blocks to make the tote. I used leftover layer cake squares cut into 2.5 inch strips to make the blocks. It was a fun technique to learn, I am a creature of habit so my blocks tend to look the same — but I’m OK with that.
I had 12 blocks finished — not exactly beach colors but what the heck!
I used 9 blocks for the front and 3 on the back.
The blocks were 6.5 inches unfinished.
I added borders around the blocks to make a 20 inch square
Quilted the front and back using fusible foam – Pellon Brand
Created the lining (20 x 20 inch square) fused with Shape Flex Interfacing – added pocket 14 x 20 inches –subdivided into 4 sections
Sewed front pieces to back pieces for both the exterior fabrics and lining, leaving an opening on the lining for turning
Cut out a 3 inch square for boxing out corners
fabric for handles 5 x 30 inches – I used fusible fleece in the handles
fabric for button loop 4 x 10 inches – used shape flex interfacing
assembled the bag normally and edge stitched around the top
finished size 19 x 16 – I still need to find a button 🙂
I’ve made several totes in the past, this was the first time I used foam. It was wonderful to work with. The body of the tote is amazing — soft and very sturdy — stands on its own.
Hopefully hurricane Barry doesn’t interfere with the kids flying out of Houston — if not I will post a picture of us next week.
As a child growing up I spent my summers living with my grandparents on their farm in Georgia. My grandfather’s sisters lived on the same rural route so most of my cousins spent their summers visiting also.
My grandmother and aunts were all home economics teachers — handmade goodies were everywhere. Presentation to them was everything — even simple servings of refreshments were a big deal! We’d have fruit as our “meal” before bed; one of my fondest memories of my grandmother was her watermelon pie — slices of watermelon arranged on a circular pan – in the center of the pan were crafty cut pieces of paper with bible verses for each of us to learn.
My cousin’s son is getting married and all of us “older” cousins are getting together. I made a watermelon pie table topper for the hostess as tribute to our younger summer visits!
I enjoy having a glass or two of wine every night. Normally I drink Merlot wines — during the summer I switch to sweet fruity wines. Strawberry is my favorite sweet wine. We travel to Wisconsin every year so I can purchase Door County Wines –they have the best fruity wines!
Recently I finished a custom order using fabric with strawberry prints. The scraps included an orphan nine patch quilt block, 6 bonus half square triangles, some squares and one large scrap of fabric. I was enjoying a glass of my Door County Strawberry wine and decided to use the scraps to make myself a strawberry wall quilt for my sewing room.
Have you ever made a quilt to remind you of a favorite time in your life?