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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
I spent Tuesday relaxing and doing some mindless sewing. I pulled out my scrap bag of 1.5 inch wide strips and got busy. I recently joined a book club that meets on Friday nights at one of the local Starbucks. I wanted to make something to keep everything I need for the book club in one place.
I went to my trusty “someday” list and decided to make the Fat Quarter Shop Simple Zipper Pouch. I altered the pattern to use my scraps and went with a broken herringbone design. I made 3 panels for the front, using a QAYG method. The panels were pieced directly onto a 4 x 11 inch scrap of batting . Once I joined the panels I followed the Fat Quarter shop tutorial in its entirety. My pouch finishes at 11 inches tall and 12 inches wide.
I really liked this pattern and would make it again. You can see the video here.
After I got in the groove of making the herringbone design I made a matching cover for my IPhone and a cozy for my water bottle. My kindle, journal and phone all fit comfortably in the pouch. Do you have a favorite pouch pattern?
Below are pics from the weekend with two of my kids and son in law.
My youngest turns 30 next week and I will turn 60 at the end of the year! Kids and I decided to take a mini beach vacation this weekend to celebrate both milestones 🙂
I needed a larger tote bag for all my beach necessities ♥
I just finished taking a wonky log cabin class at our LQS and decided to use those blocks to make the tote. I used leftover layer cake squares cut into 2.5 inch strips to make the blocks. It was a fun technique to learn, I am a creature of habit so my blocks tend to look the same — but I’m OK with that.
I had 12 blocks finished — not exactly beach colors but what the heck!
I used 9 blocks for the front and 3 on the back.
The blocks were 6.5 inches unfinished.
I added borders around the blocks to make a 20 inch square
Quilted the front and back using fusible foam – Pellon Brand
Created the lining (20 x 20 inch square) fused with Shape Flex Interfacing – added pocket 14 x 20 inches –subdivided into 4 sections
Sewed front pieces to back pieces for both the exterior fabrics and lining, leaving an opening on the lining for turning
Cut out a 3 inch square for boxing out corners
fabric for handles 5 x 30 inches – I used fusible fleece in the handles
fabric for button loop 4 x 10 inches – used shape flex interfacing
assembled the bag normally and edge stitched around the top
finished size 19 x 16 – I still need to find a button 🙂
I’ve made several totes in the past, this was the first time I used foam. It was wonderful to work with. The body of the tote is amazing — soft and very sturdy — stands on its own.
Hopefully hurricane Barry doesn’t interfere with the kids flying out of Houston — if not I will post a picture of us next week.
As a child growing up I spent my summers living with my grandparents on their farm in Georgia. My grandfather’s sisters lived on the same rural route so most of my cousins spent their summers visiting also.
My grandmother and aunts were all home economics teachers — handmade goodies were everywhere. Presentation to them was everything — even simple servings of refreshments were a big deal! We’d have fruit as our “meal” before bed; one of my fondest memories of my grandmother was her watermelon pie — slices of watermelon arranged on a circular pan – in the center of the pan were crafty cut pieces of paper with bible verses for each of us to learn.
My cousin’s son is getting married and all of us “older” cousins are getting together. I made a watermelon pie table topper for the hostess as tribute to our younger summer visits!
I enjoy having a glass or two of wine every night. Normally I drink Merlot wines — during the summer I switch to sweet fruity wines. Strawberry is my favorite sweet wine. We travel to Wisconsin every year so I can purchase Door County Wines –they have the best fruity wines!
Recently I finished a custom order using fabric with strawberry prints. The scraps included an orphan nine patch quilt block, 6 bonus half square triangles, some squares and one large scrap of fabric. I was enjoying a glass of my Door County Strawberry wine and decided to use the scraps to make myself a strawberry wall quilt for my sewing room.
Have you ever made a quilt to remind you of a favorite time in your life?
After reading/seeing Wendy’s post about the beautiful reversible placemats she made I knew it was time for me to pull out a similar UFO to get them finished so we can use them this summer!
I purchased a small fat quarter bundle of Katarina Roccella Avant Garde fabric a couple of years ago. I loved the bright colors and the modern prints. The Avant Garde fabric collection is poplin, a 100% cotton that feels like silk but is still strong. The poplin was great to work with — except it wasn’t frixion pen friendly!
I cut the fat quarters into 5 inch charm squares and sewed them into a nine patch arrangement to make the placemats.
I also made a small quilt also using the 5 inch squares.
Using the scraps from the quilt and placemats I did some crumb sewing to make mug rugs and a trivet.
Step 2 – quilted the crumbs
Step 3 – cut the crumbs into circles
Step 4 – bind and finish!
Hope you have a wonderful weekend that includes some quilty fun!
Happy Monday! I can’t believe it’s July already — don’t know about you but this year feels like it’s going by quickly!
We’re leaving for another trip in a couple of weeks so hubby and I have a quiet day planned for July 4th. We’ve been working on a couple of patio projects — we mounted a TV on the outside wall in the lanai that can seen and heard from the pool and hot tub. Now I have my own private resort area in my backyard! I can layout and drink, read, listen to music and watch TV . Our other project was adding an outdoor antenna. We gave up cable a few ago and decided to stream TV shows and movies..we added the antenna to get local news –especially weather updates.
Not the best picture — it’s raining but you can see the reflection of the antenna. Everything is against the wall to keep it rain free.
The items below are patriotic projects I’ve made over the past few months but not shared here on the blog.
My continual obsession with embroidered pillows: The USA design I purchased from Itch 2 Stitch. It is a sketch design — super quick stitch out comes in several sizes. The “God Bless America” design was purchased from Embrotique — also a quick stitch that comes in several sizes.
Our May club project was a QAYG table runner using RWB fabrics. Our starting block had to include a patriotic embroidery design. We used this YouTube video by Scrappy Patch for making the table runner. This was a great scrap busting project also perfect for jelly roll strips or any other pre cut 2.5 inch strips. I made placemats to match. I purchased the flag heart embroidery designs from Planet Applique.
This was my attempt at making a QAYG hexie mug rug. I didn’t do a good job — it’s very distorted — the shape is weird!
I used the free pattern Yankee Doodle Flag Gems found on the Quilt Inspiration blog which is home to lots of free patterns and inspiration to make the wall hanging below. I plan on adding fusible white stars in the blue section and some embroidery to one of the white stripes. Another scrappy project great for 2.5 inch strips.
Runner and log cabin coasters for my coffee table.
I did take my Juki sewing machine on our travels to make this RWB log cabin quilt. I basted the quilt this past weekend and plan on quilting and binding it today.
I guess that’s enough for today! Hope you are having a relaxing Monday 🙂
It’s been a long time since I posted something to my journal. We’ve spent the past couple of months traveling…spending time with family and friends. It was a lot of fun but I’m happy to be home sleeping in my own bed again 🙂
Our club members decided to make table runners using the pineapple quilt blocks for June. I was super happy with this choice, the pineapple block is one I’ve never made before and I was gifted the Creative Grids pineapple trim tool a few years ago and finally had an opportunity to use it.
I used Missouri Star Quilt Company Pineapple Table Runner pattern from the early winter 2017 edition of their Block magazine along with Jenny’s video tutorial using the trim tool to make my runner. You can watch the video here. The trim tool is fantastic —
I used Kona solids and Zen Chic modern background paper for the pineapple blocks. The border is a Kaufman digital floral print. All scraps from my stash- YAY !! Table runner measures 16 x 36 inches.
Our club focuses primarily on projects using machine embroidery. I designed a machine appliqued pineapple design for the group. I made two placemats measuring 12 x 16 inches to showcase the design.
The body of the pineapple is a friendship braid – also made with my embroidery machine. I included quilting lines for the pineapple body and leaf top. I used a zig zag stitch for the applique finish. I’m really pleased with the design and can’t wait to see how the other ladies use their pineapple design!
One of the father’s loves to fish so I created this quilt to honor his hobby. I sketched out a fish block on graph paper and made it come to life with fabric. The exaggerated eyes are fused on and I will stitch them down while quilting.
The second quilt is for a baby girl. Her room is decorated in bright colors. The wall paper border in her room has really cute spinning tops as part of the design. I wanted to create something to complement the border.