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Friday Finishes – Cross Body Purse

Happy Friday!

I finished my purse last night — just in time to use it this weekend! YAY!! We are going to Atlanta to spend time with family.

My inspiration came from this video by the Fat Quarter Shop. No dimensions were given in the video because a pattern was available for purchase. The video was still very helpful allowing me to create my own design.

  1. My bag measures 13 inches tall and 14 inches wide with a 3 inch depth
  2. I used 24 black/gray/and white 5 inch squares to create the front and back of the purse from Moda’s ombre confetti metallic dots fabric line.
  3. The layout was a 3 x 4 grid for both front and back
  4. I quilted the front and back in a diamond cross hatch design using a light gold metallic thread
  5. To give the bag support and body I used Pellon TP971F Fusible Thermolam Plus and Pellon SF101 Shape Flex Woven Interfacing
  6. To make the adjustable strap I started with a 4 x 60 inch piece of fabric.
  7. I used an adjustable buckle, two lobster claws, and 2 D-rings all 1 inch for the hardware.
  8. Unfortunately I didn’t have any metal zippers on hand so I used a 12 inch nylon zipper — going forward I will definitely purchase purse zippers.
  9. The inside lining has three pockets — one pocket has a zipper.

Looking forward to using the purse this weekend before I start making gifts for my girls!

Have a wonderful weekend and happy sewing!

Gingham Pumpkin Quilt – Finished

Happy Halloween!

I finished my custom quilt order today. My customer wanted a pumpkin quilt to use as a coverlet on her guest bed, matching pillow and topper for a round table.

The complete gift —

Quilted Gingham Pumpkin Gift Set

The gingham pumpkin quilt measures 46 x 60 inches. I used Luxe Fleece for the backing fabric. The feel of this heavy weight fleece is soft and thick so no batting was necessary. I did use a Schmetz Microtex 100/16 needle for quilting.

Gingham Pumpkin Quilt

Pillow – 14 inch scrappy log cabin block with pumpkin applique using the same pumpkin fabric as the quilt. I added binding to the pillow.

Topper – I used scraps to make the hexagon topper – perfect for left over jelly rolls strips . Starting with a 6 inch equilateral triangle, I added 2.5 inch wide strips in 10 inches (round 1), 12 inches (round 2) and 14 inches (round 3) to the bottom of the triangle. After each round I trimmed the strip keeping the same angle as the triangle. I made 6 sets then arranged in the hexagon shape, and sewed them together. The topper measures 28 inches across at the widest point.

strip pieced hexagon triangle
Pieced Triangles for Hexagon Topper
hexagon quilted table topper

Happy Sewing!

Recent Finishes and Weekly To Do

Happy Tuesday!

Between traveling and hurry up sewing I haven’t taken the time to post.

Today is my first time joining the To-Do Tuesday Linky party hosted by fellow blogger and friend, Roseanne at Home Sewn By Us.

Currently I find myself with several projects and deadlines looming so I’m hoping keeping a list will keep me organized and focused 🙂

Sit back grab a drink …this will be a long post 🙂

First I’d like to share the projects I’ve finished over the past two weeks.

  • Bella’s Shooting Stars – quilt finishes at 52 x 52 inches. I originally wrote about this quilt here.
Ombre Mettalic Baby Quilt, Charming Stars
  • October projects from our LQS ruler/template club
    • Creative Grids 60 degree Equilateral Ruler – strip pieced hexagon table runner
    • Creative Grids Spider Web Ruler – Striped pieced spider web wall hanging with applique
  • Quilt As You Go Improv Log Cabin Wall Hanging with machine embroidery. This quilt finished at 32 x 32 inches. I used larger scraps from borders in previous projects and Jera Brandvig tutorial from the Pellon site as a guide. You can find the tutorial here.
QAYG Improv log cabin
  • Quilt as Go Improv Wall Hanging- up until now my quilting journey has only included traditional piecing. Slowly I’m trying new techniques. I’m having a hard time with Improv — my OCD tendencies won’t allow me to work with out structure. I watched a video of Nicole from Mama Loves Quilts about improv piecing and finally had the aha moment! I pulled out a bunch of batik scraps to match a wooden plaque and gave it a try. I struggled with the angles to give it a wonky look but got better by block 9. Like everything else in quilting I’ll get better with practice.
improv piecing quilt as you go wall hanging

To -Do List for the week of October 29th through November 4th, 2019

  • Autumn Jubliee Placemats – Tutorial found here
  • Autumn Fly Away Table Runner – inspired by Missouri Star Quilt Company – video tutorial found here. Tutorial uses a jelly roll, I’m using a charm pack.
charm pack flying geese quilt wip
  • Finish test purse using my own cross body purse pattern
cross body charm pack purse
  • Finish commissioned gingham pumpkin/star quilt – customer showed me a picture of what she wanted so I created a pattern. The stars are created in the sashing.

Happy Sewing/Quilting – thanks for stopping by!

Linking up with Home Sewn By Us To-Do Tuesday!

Spooky Minis

I love Halloween – it’s my favorite holiday. With a costume and a little make up I can pretend to be something or someone else for a day 🙂

We don’t have any kids or grand-kids around to spook but I still like having a little Halloween decor around the house.

Pumpkin Curvy Log Cabin Table Runner :

Curvy log cabin table runner Halloween

Pillows are always great for holiday pops of color:

quilted embroidered Halloween pillow
quilted embroidered Halloween pillow

Mug rugs for my morning coffee:

spooky quilted mug rugs

Smiling Greeters for the front door:

quilted Halloween mini quilt

I entered a Halloween mini quilt in a local contest . The category I chose was “Make Modern” . I selected the quilt block Dutchman puzzle and attempted to give it a modern spin.

Traditionally the Dutchman puzzle is arranged as in the first picture below.

fall 2018 candle mat

I simply rotated the direction of the flying geese to get the secondary friendship star design instead of the pinwheel.

Viola…my entry! I purposely put the Jack Skellington fabric on top to give the illusion the text was coming from them!

modern mini quilt Halloween

How cool?

Happy Sewing & Quilting!

Friday- Finishes and Almost Finished

Happy Friday!

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 —

Ohio Star embroidery
Ohio Star Pumpkin

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.

Pumpkin Embroidery
Pumpkin Placemats

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.

pumpkin embroidery
pumpkin tbl runner

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.

Shooting stars wip
Shooting Stars WIP

Happy Sewing — and have a wonderful weekend!

Tri Recs Ruler Fun

Happy Thursday!

Our embroidery/quilt club this week focused on using the Tri-Recs tool.

tri recs ruler combo
tri recs ruler combo

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.

Tri Recs placemat
Tri Recs placemat

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.

tri recs petaal
tri recs petal

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.

Tri Recs Pinwheel
tri recs pinwheel

After adding sashing and border the table runner measures 15 x 41 inches.

tri recs
tri recs table runner

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.

tri recs
tri recs wip

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.

tri recs candy corn
tri recs

Have you tried the Tri-Recs tool? If so what’s your favorite quilt block to make using this ruler set?

Happy Sewing!

Sew Ready for Autumn

Happy Friday!

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.

ombre fabric fall table runner
maple table runner

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!

ombre fabric maple quilt
maple wh

Of course I had to make a few pillows

and coasters….

scrap coasters
fall coasters

Finally for myself a wall hanging in rust, gold and dark red♥♥

hst fall wall hanging
fall wall hanging

Have you started decorating for fall?

Hope you have a great weekend and happy sewing!

Sharing Techniques

Happy Friday!

Life in our small town here in Florida has been quite feverish with the anticipation of Hurricane Dorian! I haven’t gotten nervous yet….

Our embroidery/quilt club meeting focused on techniques this week. The ladies wanted to know how I design my quilt projects using embroidery.

I am self taught so I’m sure there are better ways of designing quilt projects incorporating machine embroidery but I was happy to share my techniques with the group.

I brought in a few smaller quilt samples. I gave each member graph paper, pencils and crayons to follow along as we discussed each sample. I talked about:

  • should you create the quilt first
  • should you do the the embroidery first
  • simple quilt math
  • stabilizing the fabric before embroidery
  • using heavy weight rayon threads
  • Centering designs
  • the importance/value of printing embroidery templates when designing quilt projects

Samples I displayed:

It was a good class, the two hours went by quickly — we had fun and I really could tell they were absorbing what I had to say — they asked excellent questions!

The “homework” assignment was to create the wall hanging almost a log cabin using their own designs similar to the layout I used below.

Log cabin mini
Log cabin mini

Hope you have a wonderful weekend — be safe!

Scattered sunflowers

Happy Monday!

I got a new toy last week, a Brother ScanNCut DX. I spent the weekend learning how to use it.

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.

Brother ScanNCut Quilt Applique
sunflower tumbler
ScanNCut Quilt Applique
sunflower tumbler

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.

Brother ScanNCut Project
hand drawn sunflower

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!

Happy Sewing!

Fall Will Be Here Soon!

Happy Monday!

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.

Pumpkin Mini Quilt
Pumpkin Mini Quilt

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.

Pumpkin Mini Quilt
Pumpkin Mini Quilt w embroidery

The shading on the leaf designs is awesome!

fall mini quilt
leaf shading

Happy Sewing!

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