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Work In Progress Wednesday

Happy Wednesday!

I’ve been going through my plastic container of UFO’s trying to decide should I keep or should I toss? ūüôā

A few of my UFO projects needed binding only so I was able to finish those over the weekend during our road trip to Florida.

I made this wall hanging for our entryway in shades of blue and grey to celebrate the wintry season.

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Icy Blues

 

Quilt pattern  is Icy Blues by Jocelyn Ueng with the Fat Quarter Shop. It is a free pattern found on the All People Quilt website.

This wall hanging was another opportunity to practice my free motion quilting skills. Thankfully I used a thread that was a PERFECT match to the front and hides my horrible stitching.

 

 

I tried to stitch in the ditch with the FMQ foot and practice a couple of the dot to dot design that Angela Walters demonstrates in her Craftsy class. As you can see on the back the stitches are crazy looking. Finished is better than perfect – right?

The icy blues wall hanging measures 22 x 42 inches.

I¬†didn’t want the¬† wall-hanging to be alone so¬†I ¬†finished my half hexie snowman table runner. ¬†This table runner is one of the popular free pattern/tutorial by Jenny of the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

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half hexie snowman table runner

 

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half hexie snowman

Isn’t he cute!!

Half Hexie table runner measures 18.5 x 44.5 inches. I used various shades of blue fabric from my stash.

 

In 2015 I participated in the Spring Petals Quilt Along hosted by The Crafty Quilter. She taught us different techniques for applique. It was the first time I ever tried applique and fell in love with the raw edge technique. For my project I used a charm pack to create the orange peel petals – Color Theory by V&Co for Moda. I honestly don’t remember why I didn’t finish the table runner…

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color theory petals

 

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color theory petals back

Auditioning for spring!

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Color Theory Petals TR

 

This next wall hanging went into the “toss” category. Have you ever made something and didn’t like it? When I first saw the pattern I loved it and had to make it– I love all things Dresden and I like applique.

My friend’s grandmother likes to hand quilt and I’m so happy to pass this along to her!

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Dresden Flower Pots

 

Have you worked on any UFO’s lately?

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Classic Quilt Blocks

Happy Thursday!

I finished piecing a small wall hanging using the Jacob’s Ladder quilt block.

Jacob’s ladder quilt block is beginner friendly.¬†Below is the layout for the quilt block. Easy to assemble with 5¬†four patches and 4 half square triangles.

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The pattern for making the quilt block  is a free download you can find here. The Fat Quarter Shop is also offering a quilt pattern to make different sizes. If you are interested you can purchase it here.

If you’re like me and like visual instruction you can watch Kimberly Jolly’s YouTube video creating the Jacob’s Ladder quilt block.

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I added a small inner border using the background fabric to frame the four quilt blocks with an border using the floral fabric. The floral print has both the teal and plum used in the quilt blocks and ties it all together nicely!

I’m happy with the results and looking forward to adding it to my finish column!

The other classic block I made was the Bear Paw Рanother free download from the Fat Quarter Shop.

The block unfinished was 14.5 x 14.5 inches. I wanted to try something different so I turned the quilt block into a quilted tote bag. It’s not pretty but very sturdy. I needed something to keep projects handy. ¬†We are traveling for a week and I’ll be able to get some binding stitched down.

Front of bag:

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Bear Paw Tote

 

Two pockets inside:

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Bear Paw Tote inside

 

one pocket on back

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Bear Paw Tote Back

my feeble attempt at quilting –it was midnight

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Bear Paw Tote Close Up

Good news — another finish!!!

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Work In Process – Wednesday

Hello РI hope everyone is having a good week!

One of my new year’s resolutions was to include quilting projects on my daily planner. The goal is to spend at least 10 minutes a day (Monday – Thursday) on quilting. Since I sew for a living I need extra motivation to work on personal projects. I’m also competitive so checking off items on my “to do list” gives me great pleasure.

I know 2017¬†is still new but all in all I’m on track with my goal.

Remember this from last week?

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Batik HST

Here’s the latest

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batik hst around the world

Chain piecing is such a wonderful thing ūüôā¬†Haven’t come up with a quilting plan any suggestions?

I made a new wall hanging for my sewing room using scrap charm squares — don’t you love the embroidery design?!! I purchased the design from Embroidery Library.

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Happy Place Wall Hanging

I spent today catching up on my blog reading and have seen several beautiful projects using The Fat Quarter Shop new classic and vintage¬†pattern ¬†– Jacob’s Ladder.

I’m hoping to use this stack of fabric to create my own wall hanging. I love batiks. I will let you know how it turns out.

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Pieceful Weekend

Happy Monday!

I had this past weekend entirely free – no catching up on orders – no rush requests. Believe me it doesn’t happen often.

The cold and windy forecast made it easy to stay inside and sew. ūüôā

On the first of February I pulled out my quilty home decor items used to celebrate the month of love. I was surprised to find out I didn’t have a quilted table runner designated for February! Needless to say I had to make something quickly.

Last year I made this 18 inch XO pillow using a tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Company.

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I used yardage instead of a charm pack as shown in the video tutorial. The name of the quilt block is “Road To Tennessee” which is a very easy and beginner friendly. When you combine 4 quilt blocks it forms the “X” and the secondary pattern is the “O” — the hourglass design is the center of the “O”.

I decided to use the same design for my table topper but wanted the X and O to stand out individually.

I used pink and gray  fabrics from my stash. One of the pink prints is tie dyed and and looks kinda funny in the pictures.  The topper is 34 x 34 inch square.

 

My other February quilty projects from last year.

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Jan 2016 UFO-Paper Hearts

The heart quilt was a kit from the Fat Quarter Shop using French General fabrics.

 

I created this mini quilt with the half square triangle scraps from the heart quilt.

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Jan 2016 paper hearts hst scraps

 

I love my door banner!

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February Door Banner

 

Lastly a good friend will be bringing home her son tomorrow. ¬†He’s a preemie and I made a little quilt for him.

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XO baby quilt

 

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XO baby cu

 

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Works In Progress

Happy Wednesday,

I’ve spent the past couple of days going through my closet packing up clothes to give away. I ¬†worked as an accountant in large manufacturing company for 22 years, and taught accounting classes at the local college — going through the piles of clothes bought back so many memories.

I rewarded my packing accomplishments by starting a couple of new quilting projects.

Have you heard of fold and sew?

I watched a you tube video from National Quilters¬†Circle demonstrating this technique¬†and decided to give it a try. I used the Our Town charm pack¬†by Michelle D’Armore for Contempo Studios and Kona White 10 inch ¬†squares pack. In a short time I had 25¬†blocks completed.

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Stitch n Fold Quilt Block

To make the block center a 5 inch square of print fabric on a 10 inch square of background fabric. Fold the sides of the background fabric (left and right) onto the 5 inch square making sure the 5 inch square is enclosed in the fold and stitch a quarter inch seam. Repeat the process with the top and bottom. I plan to add a 2 1/2 inch border around each block. I think it will make a cute baby quilt.

I found a bag in my sewing room with these batik quilt blocks — not sure what I was planning to make.

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Batik Steps Quilt Blocks

After playing around I came up with this interesting pinwheel block.

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Batik Spin Pinwheel

I had 20 blocks in the bag and I think it will make a nice bed runner.

My daughter’s birthday is in April and I’ve started a quilt for her. I made all of the half square triangles during the first half of the super bowl- the Patriots were loosing so I decided to sew and listen instead of watching. Second half of the game was so exciting I gave up sewing:)

Monday evening I came up with this layout.

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Batik HST

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Friday Finishes

Happy Friday!

The last couple of day¬†I’ve been ¬†able to finish up a few small projects. The free motion quilting instructors from my Craftsy classes all stress the importance of practicing.

I love making mug rugs and mini quilts, these were great for practicing scale with my FMQ designs. I even tried adding a few loopy designs. These mug rugs measure 7 x 9 inches. I did invest in a Supreme Slider and noticed a big difference in my stitch consistency. The slider definitely helped move the quilt sandwich easily. The applique designs were purchased from Embroidery Library.

Caroline with Sew Can She is hosting a series of monthly mini quilts. ¬†January’s mini was a friendship star. ¬†I used scraps from Minnick & Simpson’s Grant Park line. My mini finished at 10 x 10 inches.

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friendship star Jan 2017 mini

I also finished a couple small projects for Abigail Dolinger’s ¬†Pre-Cut Challenge. Every now and then my neighbor’s son spends a couple of hours with me when his parents schedules overlap. Usually he just wants to play video games. I had fabric scattered on the floor and asked him if he wanted to help me build a snowman.

Please meet Patrick’s¬†Snowman — he is so cute!

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Jan 17 Pre-Cut Challenge – FQ

I used fat quarters, the wall hanging measures 12 x 24.  I have enough squares remaining to piece another one since Patrick took this one home with him!

I used V & Co Color Theory mini charm pack to make this 12 x 24 topper for my laundry room.

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pre-cut challenge january

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color theory topper

 

I’m trying to get a head start on Christmas gifts. Not sure who will be the recipient but one down… I am a sucker for potholders!

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penguin gift set

 

Linking up with Lindsey and Fabric Frenzy Friday!

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Fast Easy Layer Cake Quilt

One of the quilt patterns on my to do list was the Layer Cake Lemonade; this quilt pattern is also from the Fat Quarter Shop short cut quilt series.

A friend asked if I could make something quick for her grandmother to use at the nursing home while she sat in the activities room. Her only requirements were:

  1. fabric had to be bright, cheery, and floral
  2. toddler size – something to throw over her lap
  3. perfection – optional ūüôā

We had our conversation on Tuesday and she wanted the quilt before her Saturday visit.

Digging through my totes I found my Fresh Air Moda layer cake. Fresh Air is a 30’s reproduction print in very bright and pastel florals.

On my pattern to do list I had noted that the layer cake lemonade didn’t require any background fabric – which made the pattern selection a no brainer.

I had the quilt top finished Tuesday evening. Deciding which prints to use took more time than the actual cutting and stitching.

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layer cake lemonade feb 2017

I used muslin for the backing with a bamboo cotton blend batting. Simple quilting with my walking foot.  Quilt measures 48 x 62 inches. Third finish for 2017!

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layer cake lemonade back feb 2017

 

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Learning to FMQ

For a few weeks I’ve been taking several free motion quilting classes on Craftsy.

Stippling is one of the most popular free motion quilting designs. In Leah Day’s class Free Motion Quilting A Sampler, she begins teaching you stippling /meandering by stitching wiggly “U” shapes. That simple piece of information was perfect for me. Writing the letter “U” was a skill I could easily repeat with my sewing machine.

Not fancy nor perfect, but all in all I’m happy with my first attempt with stippling on my modern cross table runner. Finished is better than perfect right? ūüôā

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Modern Cross TR

 

I made a couple of potholders to match the table runner and practiced stippling around the applique. Do you still have your first FMQ project?

 

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One Monthly Goal – Layers of Charm

Nothing like waiting to the last day to reach a goal!

Finished is finished and I’m happy to have my second finish of 2017.

Layers of Charm is one of my favorite quilt patterns from the Fat Quarter Shop. This pattern is part of their short cut quilt series and believe me this was super easy to make. The pattern requires one layer cake and one charm pack. Not only do you get the free pattern you can also watch this video where Kimberly demonstrates how to make one yourself.  The pattern includes instructions for many sizes including a table runner!

I used the Robert Kaufman Artisan Batiks – Noel Metallic layer cake and yardage from the Robert Kaufman Fusions line as my “charms”.

I added a little embroidery to the center of one block. The prints of the layer cake have a winter theme including snowflakes so I chose a design that would complement the fabric. I purchased the design from Embroitique.

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Layers of charm embroidery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I keep a journal with walking foot designs and decided to try the double parallel straight lines with this quilt.  I used my favorite masking tape technique for marking.

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Layers of Charm Basting/Marking

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Basting CU

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After washing my quilt measures 57 x 57 inches.

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Jan 17 One Monthly Goal Finished

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m linking up with Patty of Elm Street Quilts for the OMG Challenge Finish. ¬†Be sure to stop by to see the lovely projects other quilters are working on for inspiration.

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Work In Progress – Wednesday

I’ve been spending time going through my fabric containers making a list of projects I can realistically start/finish before we move in June.

I came across these six petal blocks I’d made sometime last year.

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Gardenvale Petal Blocks

I decided these would make a great table runner.  The fabric is  Gardenvale by Jen Kingwell for Moda. The prints are funky, modern and retro and the colors are beautiful. I used ten inch squares cut into four Р5 inch squares with 2.5 inch squares to create the diagonal corners which gives each block the the petal look.

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Gardenvale Table Runner

Needless to say I thought I was done! I was going through one of my large drawers that I keep supplies for my Etsy shop and found 3 more petal blocks — do you ever misplace quilt blocks?

I figured nine block would make a great wall hanging, and I really need bright spot in my sewing room. Adding the three additional blocks created a new problem – I didn’t have anymore of the fabric I’d used for the cornerstones. I found a scrap Cotton & Steel jelly roll strip in black that matched.

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Gardenvale Wall Hanging

 

Now — I guess I will remove and remake the bottom row of sashing using the Cotton and Steel fabric and my sense of balance will be restored:)

I truly hate ripping out stitches!

If you would like to make a similar table topper or wall hanging  Allison Harris with Cluck Cluck Sew has a great tutorial name Floret Table Topper.

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