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Gift Sewing Madness – Day 3

Happy Tuesday!

I had another productive sewing day today!

Decorating kitchen towels and making potholders are another favorite gift item I like to make. This year I decided to give everyone the same set — time wise it was best for me.

Christmas 2018 Towels Group

Christmas 2018 Gift Towel Set

 

The towels are 16 inches wide,  I band them with a 5.5 inch strip of fabric and half inch grosgrain ribbon. I love the modern and whimsical embroidery designs.  The ornament design I purchased from Planet Applique – everything else I created myself. Now that I have time I’m finally learning how to use my digitizing/embroidery software!

Christmas 2018 Towels

Christmas 2018 Kitchen Towels

 

The floating star potholder is my go to design when I need quick.  I love it because I never loose my star points! It is commonly called “the dandy star”.  A simple nine patch arrangement.  To make one star block you need

  • eight (8) 3.5 inch squares of background fabric,
  • one (1) 3.5 inch square print fabric for  star center
  • eight (8) 2.0 inch squares print fabric for star points
    • use the stitch and flip method to create the star points
  • layout
  • sew together

I added a pocket to the back of one of the potholder.  The potholders measure 9 inches square.

Christmas 2018 Potholders

Christmas 2018 Potholders

Christmas 2018 Potholders FB

Christmas 2018 Potholders

Lastly a gift for my youngest son…he graduated from University of Michigan in 2006, played football while there and is a BIG BIG Michigan fan! He has a really cute tree on his dining room table with all kinds of Michigan ornaments — so I made a table runner for the tree!  I’m sure it will be a surprise 🙂

Christmas 2018 Michigan TR

2018 Michigan Half Hexie Christmas Tree

 

Christmas 2018 Michigan CU

Christmas 2018 Michigan CU

 

Linking with Linky Tuesday at Freemotion By The River.

Until next time – Happy Sewing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gift Sewing Madness – Day 2

Happy Thursday!

I started sewing early this morning because today is “Date Night” and I need to make an unscheduled trip to the hair salon! This week we are doing dinner and theater!  Our local community theater is excellent – tonight’s musical is “Nunsense”!

I made this table runner earlier this fall for son#1 and his family.  It is a half hexie Christmas tree — one of the popular Jenny Doan tutorials.  I’d made a similar one a few years ago and my DIL loved it.  I had plenty fabric left over so I made one for them.

Christmas 2018 Hexi TR

Christmas 2018 Hexi TR

Today I made matching placemats, using the Fat Quarter Shop Pocketed Placemat video tutorial. It is a great pattern and very easy to make.  Each placemat measure 12 x 18 inches, you start with any 12.5 inch unfinished quilt block add borders and a pocket – and voila you’re finished with the top.  No binding — YAY!!

I machine appliqued a tree onto a 12.5 background square. I used a small blanket stitch with metallic thread. My photos aren’t great but the backing fabric with the Reindeer is sew cute!

Christmas 2018 Hexi Reindeer Mats

Christmas 2018 Hexi Reindeer Mats

Christmas 2018 Hexi Mat Front

Christmas 2018 Reindeer Front

Christmas 2018 Hexi Mat Back

Christmas 2018 Reindeer Back

 

 

I laid the entire ensemble out on my floor…..

Christmas 2018 Hexi Tree

Christmas 2018 Half Hexi Christmas Tree

 

 

Happy Sewing!

 

Gift Sewing Madness

Happy Wednesday!

We had a great time traveling up north for Thanksgiving. It was great visiting family and eating delicious food!  The cold weather however did not agree with me – I have been sick the past week.  Today is the first day I haven’t had all day coughing spells and getting out of bed wasn’t a chore.

I was happy and grateful to spend all day at my sewing machine!  Like many of you I have many holiday gifts/projects to finish and not enough time! 🙂

Place mats and table runners are my go to gifts for family — I try to have them finished early  so they can use them during the holiday season.

My girl friend requested place mats with multi colored (warm colors) poseys.  I found the fabric in the clearance section at JoAnn’s.  I love how they turned out!

Autumn 2018 modern posey placemat

2018 modern posey placemat

2018 posey placemats

2018 posey placemats

 

We took our young grandsons to see  The Grinch movie over Thanksgiving. They loved it. When I saw this fabric I had to make a set of place mats for them to remember us!

Christmas 2018 Grinchmas FB

Christmas 2018 Grinchmas

Christmas 2018 Grinchmas Front Cu

Christmas 2018 Grinchmas

 

I actually started this last set of QAYG place mats before Thanksgiving. My daughter loves bling!  I found a jelly roll that had several pieces of fabric with metallic threads.

Christmas 2018 QAYG-P Front

Christmas 2018 QAYG-P Front

Christmas 2018 QAYG-P FB

Christmas 2018 QAYG-P FB

Christmas 2018 QAYG-P Back

Christmas 2018 QAYG-P Back

 

Linking with Connie at Freemotion By The River!

Day 1 of Gift Sewing madness has ended ….hopefully I will be as productive tomorrow!

Happy Sewing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Throwback Thursday

Hello and Happy Thursday!

We had a great time visiting  family last week.  The drive up north was absolutely beautiful — fall was definitely in the air, the colors of the leaves was breath taking. I just love driving through the mountains!

It was my grand daughter’s first birthday – she was overwhelmed with so many faces!

I got her dressed for the party —

Evelyn BD

Later — after the smash cake, with her dad and my two other kids!

Evelyn kids

 

Today I pulled out the last of my Autumn decor — oldies but goodies! Both wall quilts feature the maple leaf quilt block.

Autumn throwback thursday maple 2

Maple Plus Wall Quilt

The wall quilt below was made with a charm pack!

Autumn throwback Thursday maple

Maple Star Embroidery

I really do love fall….

 

Until next time – Happy Sewing 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pick A Pumpkin Blog Hop

Thanks for joining me today for the Pick A Pumpkin Blog Hop sponsored by Carla Henton from Creatin in the Sticks.

Button for November smaller

This is my first time participating in a blog hop. I’ve been sewing for more than 50 years but started my quilting journey in 2010. The hop started on Monday and all of the projects I’ve seen have been amazing!
I absolutely adore all things fall, it is my favorite time of the year! I had several pumpkin related projects on my to do list so I was super excited when I saw Carla’s post about the  Pick A Pumpkin Blog Hop – the only requirement was to include a pumpkin somewhere in our project. – YAY!! 🙂
Before I introduce you to my hop project I’d like to share a few other pumpkin goodies  I’ve made.
pumpkin - batik topper

pumpkin batik table runner

patchwork pumpkin tr 3

patchwork pumpkin tr 3

pumpkin - wonky star mini

pumpkin – wonky star mini

November 2017 wall hanging

November 2017 wall hanging

I participated in Carole’s From My Carolina Home  2018 Autumn Jubliee. I’ve got the quilt top finished….
autumn jubliee QAL borders

Autumn 2018 Jubliee QAL borders

My favorite quilt block is the log cabin block so for the blog hop I made both a pumpkin potholder (8 x 9 inches) and a mug rug ( 7 x 9 inches) — items I use daily :). Potholder has a pocket in the back.
I started with a 6 inch log cabin block, rounded the corners with 1.5 inch squares. Added stem, pieced leaf and finally borders. I enjoy sketching out designs, figuring the math and using fabric to bring the design to life — this time my plan worked 🙂
Fall 2018 Pick A Pumpkin Finish

Fall 2018 Pick A Pumpkin Finish

I’d like to thank Carla  for hosting this festive event! Today is the last day of the blog hop.  Stop by the bloggers listed below to see their pumpkin goodies!

WIP – Wednesday

Happy Wednesday!

Yesterday I was pulling strips from my scrap container to make string blocks for the Hurricane Michael String Quilt Drive hosted by That Fabric Feeling, and found a bundle of  red and green Riley Blake Fat Quarters inside — what a joy 🙂

While making the string blocks I was dreaming of what to make with my new found goodies. After debating with myself I chose a modern cross quilt block.  Although the prints in the fabric aren’t “Christmas” the colors most definitely are,  so the Greek cross quilt block seemed appropriate.

I love big and easy quilt blocks – this block is 15 x 15 inches. No pattern I sketched the block out myself.

The bundle included 12 fat quarters which will make a decent lap throw.

My layout twelve blocks later :

Christmas 2018 Mod Cross WIP

Modern Cross WIP

 

I took the scraps and made strip sets for my second project in Roseanne & Sue’s from Home Sewn By Us no stress quilt along the Triangle Quilt.

Christmas 2018 Mod Cross Scraps

Modern Cross Scraps

 

This was my first attempt at working with equilateral triangles.  I’m hoping to make a wall hanging with one star block.

Christmas 2018 Mod Cross Scrap Star

Scrap Star Layout

 

Until next time – Happy Sewing!

PS — I made 10 string blocks for the Hurricane Michael String Quilt Drive and got them in the mail yesterday!  Please visit the link here if you would like to help out!

Weekend Finishes – Gift One Done

Happy Monday!

We had a quiet weekend, hubby played golf and I spent time in my sewing room.

Hubby’s daughter is an artist – a very talented painter.  One of her popular items is personalizing/painting glass including stemware. Below is a couple of wine glasses she gifted me a few years ago – my son played for the New York Giants and wine is my favorite beverage 🙂

November Giants Wine Glasses

NY Giants Wine Glasses

I chose Jenny Doan’s Tumbler quilt pattern, the shape reminds me of of many of the glasses my step daughter decorates.

The tumbler quilt was easy to assemble. I used a Moda layer cake – Mixologie by Studio M. I love the modern prints and colors, especially the coral and yellow.

I used my walking foot for quilting, simply echoing the seam lines. I backed the quilt with a gray Minky – it is super soft!

The quilt measures 55 x 78 inches – perfect for snuggling!

Until next time Happy Sewing!

Friday Finishes

Happy Friday!

We had a few scary moments earlier this afternoon when a tornado touchdown near our city here in Florida.  Thankfully no damage!

I spent most of the week relaxing and making travel plans.  After reading Wendy’s post DrEAMi ( Drop Everything and Make It) I realized I needed a tote bag for our road trip next week.

I made two test bags, one with batting and one with heavy interfacing.  I added pockets to each bag and made a matching phone cover for the one made with batting.  I’ll need to purchase buttons this weekend to finish them.  So far I prefer the one with batting it stands on its own and seems to be quite sturdy.

Library Bag Monogram

Library Bag Monogram

 

Library Bag Phone Cover

Library Bag and I Phone Cover

 

I didn’t use a pattern or a tutorial for either – What’s your favorite tote bag pattern or tutorial?

Until next time – Happy Sewing!

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!

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