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Quilt As You Go

I am fascinated with the Quilt As You Go (QAYG) technique.  Cutting and piecing are my favorite parts of the quilt making process – I truly dread the actual “quilting”.

Fortunately there are several books, online articles and tutorials teaching this unique technique. My go to reference is Jera Brandvig books Quilt As You Go Made Vintage and  Quilt As You Go Made Modern.

In both books she teaches different joining methods.

With the placemats below I stitched six 3.5 x 12.5 inch strips directly onto a 13 x 19 piece of batting and backing. After stitching I trimmed the placemats to 12 x 18, then I added binding.

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QAYG Batik Placemats

 

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QAYG Batik Placemat Front

For the table runner – I stitched/quilted jelly roll strips on to twelve individual 9.5 inch squares of batting, trimmed squares to 8.5 x 8.5, joined the squares to create the table runner, added backing, stitched in the ditch and added binding. Finished size for my table runner is 16.5 x 46.5.

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QAYG Batik Table Runner

 

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QAYG Batik TR Close Up

Both projects were quick and easy, I’m happy with the results.

I really, really love QAYG 🙂

Until next time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Halloween Doodle Quilt

I love Fall! October being my favorite month with the color combination of orange and black being at the top of the list.

I needed a new throw in my office/tv room for the couch. I purchased a few really cute quick stitch Halloween embroidery designs from Embroidery Library last year and never got a chance to use them.

I wanted the throw to be simple, quick, show case the embroidery designs and most importantly made in  black and orange fabrics. Although you can’t see in the photo the black fabric is a tonal leaf pattern same as the orange.

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2017 Halloween Doodle Quilt Back

The quilt measures 52 x 52 inches. I’m so loving the black and white plaid fleece on the back.  I didn’t use any batting and the fleece was wonderful to work with.  I used a Sulky variegated orange rayon thread for quilting on the top and Aurifil black as the bobbin thread. I used my home machine and stitched quarter of inch away from the seam lines. I machine stitched the binding to the front and back.

Every sofa throw needs a matching pillow!

2017 Halloween courthouse pillow

This courthouse style quilt block pillow measures 20 x 20.  The embroidery design (also from Embroidery Library) was stitched on 8.5 inch square of Kona White cotton. I used 2.5 inch strips to create the logs.  The backing is a simple envelope style.

2017 Halloween courthouse pillow back

 

This Dresden quilt block used to be a pillow but I converted it to a wall hanging. I used a charm pack of Deb Strain’s Midnight Masquerade. The wall hanging measures 21 x 21 square. The embroidery applique design (BOO) was purchased from Embroidery Library also.

My office is completely decorated to finish out October!

During my packing/unpacking I found several rulers that I didn’t even remember that I had!  I’m slowing figuring out how to use use them.

First up : Creative Grids Spider Web Ruler

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Creative Grids Spider Web Ruler

 

You can make 4 different style of blocks with this ruler in many sizes.  My first test was a 4 point star.

 

I used left over charm squares —  To create the star ( 4 blocks) I used 12 squares. I found the written instructions to be more helpful than the video. I had to take apart a couple of times before I got it right. After I finally understood how to stitch correctly it was easy to put together.  I’m looking forward to making something larger!

My finished size is 9 inches.  I plan to use as a mug rug.

Until next time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charming Bear Paw

I’m sure I’ve mentioned before that I am a pre-cut junkie! Charm packs are my weakness and I have several waiting to become quilted projects.

I fell in love with the Fat Quarter Shop classic and vintage video demonstrating how to create the Bear Paw Quilt Block. After printing the pattern I realized I could make one supersized block using a charm pack.

I’m sure this isn’t an original idea — I used 24 charms from the Fresh Cut line by Basic Grey for Moda and some yardage.  I loved how it turned out and I can’t wait to wrap baby Evelyn in it once she arrives.

 

The quilt measures 38 x 38 inches. I machine quilted it myself with a crazy stipple stitch. I loved the backing fabric! I found it at Hobby Lobby ! The colors in the Fresh Cut line remind me of France so when I saw the backing fabric I knew it was a perfect match!

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Until next time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long Time No Sew!!

Hello everyone ! It’s hard to believe 7 months have passed since I last posted anything to my quilting journal.

Life has come between me and my sewing passion!

Hubby and I both had unexpected surgeries in February. We put our house in Maryland up for sale in March – sold in 4 days – the buyer needed/wanted a quick closing and move in – an unexpected surprise:)  Packing and moving was a whirlwind experience I hope not to repeat.

My girlfriend has a daughter who enjoys sewing as much as I do – I gave her  lots of fabric and my extra serger! The appreciation on their faces made my heart do somersaults.

I spent the next 6 weeks in our empty house in Florida ( I did have TV and internet) so I wasn’t completely alone 🙂 supervising the remodeling. Finally in June hubby retired, we moved into the Florida home. We are 25 miles from Disney and have a swimming pool,therefore, our kids and a few friends have visited us this summer.

We survived Irma — had roof damage, lost a couple of trees, no electricity, no AC but learned a lot about hurricanes quickly — welcome to Florida!

My big news: Daughter got engaged, Son #1 and wife are pregnant due in November, Son #2 retired from NFL ( 30 years old, retired and set for life) — no shame in mentioning I’m jealous.

Now that were somewhat settled in I’m finding time to sew. My sewing room is so much smaller but I like it.  I have seven machines but only have 4 set up. I’m finally getting cabinets –so the setup right now is not ideal but workable. I have a cutting table in the center of the room and an ironing station (not shown) . I’m glad I put hardwood flooring throughout the house — basting my projects is much easier!

 

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Organized yes — tidy no!  Can’t have everything 🙂

Can’t wait to share my new projects with you!

Until next time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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? 🙂

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 – another 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 – I 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 🙂 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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Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. 🙂

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

 

Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

 

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!

Thanks for stopping by !

 

 

 

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