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Karla’s Sunflower

Happy Wednesday!

Living in Florida there are no visual clues to indicate changes to the seasons. Using my active imagination I pulled strips from my batik stash that made me think of fall on the east coast; warm hues of blue, purple, brown, gold, red and green to create what I’m calling Karla’s Sunflower 🙂

I used Jenny Doan’s Checkered Dresden tutorial. I prefer a chunky dresden so I modified the pattern by using the 1 1/2 inch mark on the ruler as my starting point to cut each blade.

I added machine embroidery to the center circle with my daily mantra “Give Thanks”. The border were added in log cabin style using 4 of the fabrics used in the dresden. I used a blanket stitch around the blades – definitely getting better!  I made the mug rugs using the Creative Grids Spider Web ruler to create the 4 point star.  They look great! Hubby and I really use our mugs…everyday!

dresden - give thanks wh

dresden – give thanks wall hanging

dresden - give thanks mug 2

dresden – give thanks mug rug 2

dresden - give thanks mug 1

dresden – give thanks mug rug 1

dresden - give thanks cu

dresden – give thanks close up

dresden - give thanks backing

dresden – give thanks backing

 

 

I made this dresser scarf for my guest room. Another opportunity for using the tube method.  I made several mistakes, at one point I wanted to toss it in the trash!  Ever had moments like that?

Sunflower TR 1

Sunflower Dresser Scarf

 

Lastly I wanted to show you a custom order I finished for one of my customers.  She sent me a photo and asked if I could re -create it for her son’s fourth birthday.  I’m SO happy with how it turned out!

custom shirts

custom shirts

 

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Happy Sewing!

Falling Diamonds – HRT Wall Hanging

Hello everyone – happy Tuesday!

Ever since I made my half rectangle triangle pillow cover

great room hrt pillow

great room hrt pillow

earlier this year I’ve wanted to try other HRT quilt layouts. Using, fall colored scraps, Kona Snow for the background and my extremely useful/handy Creative Grids Perfect Triangle ruler, I created the falling diamonds wall hanging.

falling diamonds hrt

falling diamonds hrt

I love the graphic simplicity of the design. For this wall-hanging the half rectangle triangle units finish at 3 x 6 inches.  The Creative Grids Perfect Rectangle ruler features a 2 to 1 ratio to cut proportional half rectangles up to a finished length of 9 inches, which will be perfect for a larger quilt I plan to make. Another bonus feature to this ruler is having two engineered notches for perfect alignment when sewing.

My wall hanging measures 36 x 36 inches, I used scraps for the binding and used my walking foot for straight line quilting . I love the floral batik used for the backing.

Falling Diamonds HRT back

Falling Diamonds HRT back

It’s Linky Tuesday with Connie at Freemotion By The River. If you get a chance stop by to see all of the inspirational projects.

Happy Sewing & Quilting!

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