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Rainy Day Sewing

Happy Monday!

We received much needed rain in our area this past weekend making a perfect opportunity to finish another UFO project!

Sometime last year I purchased a couple of yards of Robert Kaufman’s Elemental Batik Collection in Chestnut as a possible backing for my southwest mountain quilt. A few months later I watched a youtube video by Jordan Fabrics on quilt pattern named Cutting Corners. My chestnut batik was one of the feature fabrics that Matt and Donna used.

I was really excited once I watched the video and decided to use my fabric to make the cutting corners quilt for my hubby. After watching the video I cut the fabric as the pattern required put the squares in a Ziploc bag never to be found until this past weekend!

The quilt measures 36 x 55 — not large but big enough for afternoon naps on the couch 🙂 The pattern was super simple to make. Basically it’s a half square triangle quilt – I love how the layout gives the attic quilt block 3D affect. I used a Sulky variegated rayon thread for quilting that was a perfect match. I used a cotton/bamboo blend batting – It was lightweight suitable for the Florida weather.

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cutting corners quilt

 

Whenever I finish a UFO I reward myself  by starting new projects!

Using my Creative Grids curvy log cabin trim tool has been on my to do list since Christmas! I pieced 4 blocks using scraps to create this small table topper. Curvy log cabin uses a narrow strip (the dark leaf print) and a wide strip (the orange paisley). When 4 curvy blocks with the wide strips to the center are sewn together the illusion of a circle appears. Pretty Cool — don’t you think ??

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curvy log cabin test

 

Connecting Threads had a great sale last Christmas so I purchased their 10 inch stack of the Tradewinds batik collection to start this scrappy hourglass quilt- 15 bocks down 15 more to go! The lone block is my test block 🙂

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hourglass wip

 

Any fun sewing for you this past weekend?

Happy Sewing!

 

 

 

 

Southwest Mountain Quilt

Happy Wednesday!

The past few days have been rainy – perfect for working on my UFO projects.

When we moved last year I started several quilty projects hoping to use to decorate our home.

We have an oversized and odd shaped ottoman I wanted to cover for a little color in our great room. The furniture in that room has a southwest vibe to it so I searched Pinterest for a quilt block that would complement. I decided on the delectable mountain / lantern quilt block.

I used Bonnie Hunter’s tutorial for creating the delectable mountain block. I have to admit I struggled with the layout, eventually I figured it out. I was going for an overall Aztec look. After the slow start I finally managed to finish the quilt which measures 51 x 41 inches.

Aztec Ottoman Finished

 

I used the leftover fabric to make matching pillows. A few years ago I got several Creative Grid rulers for Christmas. One being Karen Montgomery’s Perfect Rectangle Ruler, which I used to make the HRT pillow. I know rulers aren’t always necessary – I liked this one because there isn’t any waste and it has notches on both ends of the ruler for perfect placement.

great room hrt pillow

great room hrt pillow

I used another ruler by Karen Montgomery – Scrap Crazy Six – to make the 18×18 crazy quilt block pillow. This 4 piece set was so much fun to use– easy and the possibilities are endless.

great room scrap crazy pillow

great room scrap crazy pillow

 

What projects are you working on?

Linking up with Connie at Free Motion By The River. If you get a chance stop by her blog, lots of inspiration and great tutorials.

Happy Sewing!

Friday Finishes

Happy Friday! I hope everyone has had a great week.

I was able to spend lots of time in my sewing room this week so all is good with me 🙂

I love reading and seeing blog hops. I get inspired seeing how other quilters display their creative talents using fabric.

When I read the blog posts displaying the fabric line Makers Home by Natalie Barnes it was love at first sight for me. The collection is made with beautiful modern prints in bold colors and several black and white low volume prints.

I immediately bought a couple of charm packs and a few fat quarters to get my creative juices flowing!

My Makers Home Projects:

  • Simple patchwork placemats – finished size 12 x 18 inches
  • Drunkards Path flower mini quilt – finished size 19 x 19 inches
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mini quilt dp

  • Plus X table runner – finished size 14 x 68
  • I used 55 – 5×5 charm squares
  • Another opportunity for me to practice free motion quilting, this design is called loopy meandering. Far from perfect – I’m just proud I didn’t chicken out at the last moment and do walking foot quilting. I like the texture this design creates, I’m sure I will be using it again and again!
    • I really enjoyed determining the fabric placement. I tried to have every other block showcase the dominant color as the plus or cross design.
makers home table runner

makers home table runner

makers home table runner

makers home table runner

makers home table runner

makers home table runner

makers home table runner

makers home table runner

I also started a new baby quilt, hope to finish this weekend .  What quilty plans do you have this weekend ?

Linking up with Myra at Busy Hands Quilts Finished or Not Fridays!

Until next time Happy Sewing!

April One Monthly Goal

Happy Wednesday!

 

I’m choosing one of my easier UFO’s for  April’s One Monthly Goal.  It’s a wonky cross quilt using left over  10 x 10 inch squares from the Me and My Sister Layer cake Shades of Black. I believe I started this project sometime in 2014. My goal is to use some of the techniques I learned in Angela Walter’s “Dot to Dot” Craftsy class.

FMQ (free motion quilting) really scares me….

2018 OMG April

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To prepare myself I made a set of placemats to practice my stippling. Normally I am a warm colored kinda gal but I decided to step out of my comfort zone and try soft pastels!

Voila set of 4 free motion quilted placemats — not bad??

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placemat practice FMQ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are you working on?

 

Until next time Happy sewing and quilting !

March Finishes

Happy Monday!  Hope the new month of April brings many blessings to you!

Sometimes life gets in the way of my sewing and writing in my journal.

I tried to update my embroidery software on my laptop and got the blue “death” screen. Recovery was a failure…I was so angry and disappointed the laptop wasn’t even a year old!

The best part of March was my daughter’s wedding in Punta Cana. Our family and friends enjoyed 7 days of fun in the sun.

My 3 beautiful kids:

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2018 Punta Cana – My Kids

2018 Punta Canta Nikki J

2018 Punta Cana Nikki and J

 

I did manage to finish my March one monthly goal before the wedding but didn’t get to write about it — no laptop 😦

OMG - March 2018 - Finished

OMG – March 2018 Finished

OMG - March 2018 Finished Block

OMG – March 2018 Envelope Quilt Block

OMG - March 2018 Finished Back

OMG – March 2018 finished Back

 

My quilt measures 48 x 72 inches. I experimented using fleece as the backing. I used a 60% coupon at JoAnn Fabrics and purchased their LUXE fleece fabric  which is  59 inches wide. I found the Luxe fleece to have a luxurious silk like feel to it, very similar to a minky fabric but a little heavier.

My original plan was to not include batting but quickly changed my mind because the backing fabric was slippery. Using batting with the Luxe fleece was a great stabilizer which made the quilting much easier.

After getting the quilt basted my next problem was not having enough Aurifil color 2000 thread to complete the project. I used my trusty Gutermann all purpose thread that I use to make the items I sell in my Etsy shop. I had no problems and didn’t experience or notice an unusual amount of lint build-up. I did use a 100/16 needle due to the thickness of my quilt sandwich. Using my walking foot I did straight lines echoing the seams and I machine stitched the binding on.  All in all it was a great learning experience!

I used the scraps from the quilt and pieced a smaller half hexie project.  I haven’t decided if this will be a table runner or a floor rug.  I wanted to use my Hex -N-More ruler, and this was a great practice project.

OMG- March 2018 hexie scraps

OMG – March 2018 hexie scraps

 

I stumbled across the blog, Kitchen Table Quilting who offers a Giant Block Tutorial Series. I love big blocks.  Below is my version of the March 36 inch giant block. This was super simple to make.  The quilt top measures 72 x 72 inches.

Giant Block - March 2018

 

In March I made mug rugs to go with my Irish Chain table topper I made last year for St. Patty’s day. My hubby is really liking all of the monthly mug rugs!

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My last project for March was a custom order for a baby blanket. I’m really happy with how it turned out! I’m getting better with my machine applique stitching!

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Nevaeh custom 2

 

nevaeh custom

 

Until next time Happy Quilting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Monthly Goal – March 2018

Happy Wednesday!

To my friends on the east coast I pray that you are surviving the “Nor’easter”. Spring will be here soon 🙂

Deadlines motivate me to get things accomplished so I am joining the Elm Street Quilts – One Monthly Goal challenge.

I began the project “You’ve Got Mail” sometime in 2013 after viewing the Missouri Star Quilt Company Tutorial.  I’d managed to create the half square triangles and put them in a ziplock bag. During our move I found the bag and labeled it UFO.

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you’ve got mail omg march

Today I squared up the half square triangles, stitched out the envelope quilt blocks and laid the quilt out on my design floor. My goal for March is to finish this quilt — It’s about time wouldn’t you agree?

I also started a new baby quilt project – nine patch madness a variation of the disappearing nine patch quilt block. I was able to make nine blocks  using the charm pack Extravaganza by Lila Tueller for Riley Blake. I’m so loving the pinks and purple.

nine patch madness

nine patch madness wip

nine patch madness wip

nine patch madness wip

Until next time Happy Sewing and Quilting!

Spring Is In The Air

Happy Tuesday!

One of my 2018 goals is to keep my entryway decorated with quilted wallhangings. Knowing that the first of the month is always around the corner provides me with a deadline which motivates me to get something created.

For March and April to celebrate Spring and Easter I created a supersized plus quilt measuring 36 x 36 inches. I’m a bit obsessed with plus and cross quilts. I used simple straight line machine quilting with one inch intervals making this easy to make and finish.

plus supersize quilt

plus supersize quilt

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plus supersize quilt cu

plus supersize quilt back

plus supersize quilt back

 

The beautiful fabric I used for the plus sign was paper garden digitally printer color collage by Flaurie & Finch for RJR. The colors and flowers remind me of spring; I don’t remember when I purchased it but was happy to find it in my stash. I used Basic Grey’s for Moda Grunge Basics in navy as the background fabric. I found the backing fabric in the clearance section at JoAnn’s – perfect match.

My inspiration for the table runner in the entryway came from Samelia’s Mum: Tulip Time Quilt Pattern. Again I used Grunge basics for each block’s background.  I used the last of my Fresh Cut charm pack for the tulips. Both the background and tulip fabrics were designed by Basic Grey for Moda. The runner measures  10 x 44 inches.

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Tulip runner cu

tulip runner

tulip runner

 

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

Until next time Happy Sewing and Quilting!

 

Quilting As Time Flies….

Sometimes life gets in the way of  spending quality time working on my quilty projects!

We had friends from Norway visiting for 10 days, the weather here in central Florida was beautiful and it was a pleasure spending time with them.

I was able to spend a few minutes each day in my sewing room finishing up  items on my UFO list that only need quilting and binding.

A finish is a finish — right? 🙂

sun ray patriotic wall hanging

sun ray patriotic wall hanging

I love quilts that feature star blocks. I made this 36 x 36 inch batik patriotic wall hanging using the “Peaky & Spike” tall star points. I used my Tri-Recs ruler set to create the star points, I believe the name of this star block is named sun ray. The Shoo – Fly quilt block was my alternating block which created the plus/cross secondary pattern in the center of the quilt!

 

Sun Ray Patriotic WH CU

Sun Ray Patriotic WH CU

Have I mentioned how much I LOVE  plus and cross quilt blocks?!! — and a star in the center — oh happy day 🙂

My second UFO finish for February is Autumn Stars. My version was inspired by another Missouri Star Quilt Company tutorial.  The quilt measures 45 x 45 inches. I used Kona Cotton solids in fall colors to cut my own 2.5 inch strips.

Autumn Stars

Autumn Stars

I hate to admit I really had a hard time with this pattern. I was getting awfully comfortable with my seam ripper so after nine blocks I was done :(.

I love the backing fabric!

autumn stars CU back

autumn stars CU back

My last UFO finish for February was my batik Jacob’s Ladder quilt. Free pattern from the Fat Quarter Shop – Classic and Vintage Series.

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2017 Jacobs Ladder Finished

 

3 down — 10 to go!  What do you with the UFO’s you have no intentions of finishing?

Until next time — Happy Sewing & Quilting!

Friday Finishes

Happy Friday,

I have two more small finishes for the week.

Beach Ball Baby Quilt  measures 40 x 40.  I used Island Batiks from my stash.  The quilt block is the Shoo- Fly. A great beginner quilt block. I used the Simple Simon and Company tutorial for the block. One block finishes at 14 inches square. Very easy and quick.  If you’d like to make one the tutorial is here.

beach ball shoofly baby quilt

beach ball shoofly baby quilt

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beach ball shoo fly baby quilt cu

I’ve always wanted to make something using the Hunter’s Star Quilt Block. I finally finished  a table runner today… The runner measures 15.5 x 34.5 inches.

Hunter Star

Hunter Star machine applique

 

Look closely — its applique! Again I used batiks this time spring greens and blue. Each block was made using my embroidery machine. Piecing and quilting with batting all done in the hoop. Each block measures 5 x 5 inches. Once you join the blocks the Hunter Star design is created. After all the blocks are assembled I added the backing, stitched in the ditch, and added the binding.

I used the 5 inch design for the table runner but a larger block can be used to make a larger quilt. I purchased the design from Chantell’s Creations. She offers other quilting designs as well.

I hope everyone has a safe and fun weekend!

Until next time… Happy Sewing & Quilting 🙂

UFO Update

Happy Thursday!

I’m slowly working on finishing some of the quicker items on my UFO list. I am truly enjoying being semi – retired 🙂  I work on Etsy orders in the morning and if hubby and I don’t have errands I can work on quilting projects in the afternoon while he plays golf! So far it’s working great…

First I want to introduce you to my first grandchild — Evelyn.  Isn’t she a cutie?!!  She looks beautiful on the charm pack bear paw quilt I made for her!

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I’m calling the quilt below Rustic Christmas. When Joann Fabrics introduced their premium cotton line I purchased quarter yard pieces of several prints.  Rustic Christmas is made with 7 fabrics from one of their Christmas collections. I love the deep reds and greens — so warm and inviting! I often struggle with what to do with big prints – since I only had quarter yard cuts I had the brilliant idea of just sewing them all together.

The quilt measures 42 x 63. Very simple straight line quilting echoing the seams. I machine stitched the binding. Thankfully my local JoAnn’s still had fabric available that I was able to use for the backing. This quilt will be perfect for my office couch this Christmas!

rustic christmas quilt

rustic christmas quilt

rustic christmas backing

rustic christmas backing

close up of each of the prints I used. The Reindeer fabric is my favorite 🙂

 

We have friends visiting from Maryland so I made a gift for them for the Easter Season.  You know how much I love to mix in a little embroidery with my quilting! The designs I used were purchased from Embroidery Library. I used Sulky Rayon threads for the embroidery and quilting– it was a perfect match! The banner measures 12 x 21 inches.

I love florals — this blue and cream is beautiful!

Easter Banner

Easter Banner

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banner cu

banner backing

banner backing

 

Until next time – Happy Quilting and Sewing

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