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Fall Has Arrived

Happy Monday!

Fall has finally arrived in our area of Florida.  It was wonderful to wake up and feel chill in the air. I do miss having the piles of leaves we had in our yard in Maryland, but I don’t miss raking them!

Hubby had to have minor surgery on Friday so I got to spend the entire weekend sewing 🙂 while he slept.

My family are big football fans especially Big Ten College Football. I finished a baby quilt for friends that are both Purdue graduates.

Quilt Measures 38 x 38.  I used  10 inch squares from my Simply Colorful – Yellow layer cake by V&Co for Moda. Some of the blocks are rectangles some squares to match the wonky star in the center. I used one of the prints from the Modern Background – Ink line by Zen Chic for the star and binding. The print of the black fabric has math calculations all over which I thought was perfect since the dad is an engineer.  I added a little embroidery “You Are My Sunshine” to one of the blocks.  I’m happy with the results.

 

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2017 Wonky Star Finished

 

 

2017 Wonky Star Embroidery

2017 Wonky Star Embroidery

 

My youngest son graduated from University of Michigan and also played football for them- so I am a BIG BIG fan. I’m sure I’ve mentioned that I love the maple leaf quilt block, I made a table runner in Blue and Maize — I hope my son likes it.

I used the QAYG technique where you create the block traditionally and quilt each block individually before joining. Below are the individual blocks.

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The finished table runner measures 14 x 68.

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Batik Maple Leaf Table Runner

I quilted with straight lines alternating the direction on each block.

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Batik Table Runner block 3

 

I stitched in the ditch with mono-filament thread on top and matching navy thread in the bobbin to attach the backing.

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Batik Table Runner Back

 

My favorite block 🙂

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Batik TR CU

 

Of course I made placemats and coasters to match!

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Batik Maple Placemat Coasters

 

Hope you had a great weekend also!

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Plus Side of Halloween

One of my favorite sites for inspiration is Fort Worth Fabric Studio. Every Friday Lindsey Weight has a lovely fat quarter bundle for sale. As a bonus she offers a free project to go along with the bundle.

I love making quilted table runners. They are a quick way to dress up a kitchen table or dining area. One of my favorite table runner projects from Fort Worth Fabric Studio is “A Spot of Tea”.

I love any quilt block that showcases a plus sign or a cross. Fortunately for me this table runner design has both!

I went with orange black fabrics to get the fall festive look with a hint of Halloween.

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The blocks are large and go together very quickly. My table runner measures 13.5 x 40. I used Spooktacular Scaredy Cat by Maude Asbury for Blend Fabrics as the backing. Isn’t it gorgeous!

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I used the scraps to make coasters.

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It was the first time I used the folded corner clipper tool for the diagonal seams. It was perfect! We all have our own preferred method of doing stitch n flip seams. A friend suggested I give this tool a try and I’m really glad I did.

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Folded Corner Clipper

 

If you get chance stop by Fort Worth Fabric Studio to see all the lovely projects and mystery quilt-a-longs they offer.

Until next time 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maple Leaf Obsession

Ohhh… I sew love the maple leaf quilt block 🙂

There are several versions of the maple leaf block. I like this one because it’s quick and easy!

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maple leaf batik pillow

This maple leaf quilt block can be made with any color; it can be the actual color of leaves- green for spring and summer or golden brown for fall. You could also make it scrappy with all the leaf pieces being a different color.

My latest maple goodies are:

Hello Fall maple leaf table topper

Maple Leaf Table Topper  Stats:

  • Quilt Block – Maple Leaf
  • Size – 24 x 24 inches
  • Fabric – Hello Fall charm pack; Sandy Gervais for Moda
  • Quilting – Machine Straight Line using my Babylock Ellisimo
  • Thread – Superior #906 – Autumn Days – a  variegated thread
  • Binding – machine stitched front and back

I love the rich fall colors and whimsical prints in this fabric line. I used a cream fabric for the body of the leaf. The print charm squares were used as the background fabric in the maple leaf quilt block, as well as the border; giving the illusion of a single in leaf in a bed of color.

Maple Leaf Star Wall Hanging

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maple star embroidery

Maple Leaf Star Wall Hanging Stats:

  • Quilt Block – Maple Leaf
  • Size – 28 x 28 inches
  • Fabric – Basically Patrick – Sunflower and Lily’s Garden Spice; Patrick Lose for RJR ; Ivory Basics for Windham Fabrics
  • Quilting – Machine Straight Line using my Babylock Ellisimo
  • Thread – Aurifil 50 wt – #2026
  • Embroidery – Eat Drink and be Thankful from Embroidery Library 
  • Binding – machine stitched to front hand stitched in back

I’m a precut junkie – especially charm packs.  They’re cute and cheap. I’m always thinking of ways to use them in projects and teaching myself new techniques. In this wall hanging I used the prints with fall colors from the two Patrick Lose charm packs and the background pieces from the Ivory Basic charm pack.

I created 4 scrappy maple leaf quilt blocks omitting the stem, rotating each block so that the empty “stem” block went to the center. This created the area for the embroidery. With the remaining charms I created the border.

Maple Leaf Nine Patch Wall Hanging

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Maple Fall Nine Patch

Maple Leaf Nine Patch Wall Hanging Stats:

  • Quilt Block – Maple Leaf and Nine Patch
  • Size – 42 x 42 square
  • Fabric – Kona Solids, Keepsake Calicos and V&Co Simply Colorful
  • Quilting – Machine Straight Line using my Babylock ellisimo
  • Thread – Superior #906 Autumn Days
  • Binding – machine stitched to front hand stitched to back

In our foyer I have a great spot to showcase many of wallhangings. I’m using this wall hanging for this month November.

Linking up with Busy Hand Quilts Finished or Not Friday! and Fort Worth Fabrics Friday Frenzy

I love autumn themed quilts and home decor. If you need a little more maple leaf inspiration with pictures and instructions please check out:

Autumn Jubilee from My Carolina Home. I just found this site last week so I was too late to participate in the quilt along.  I have plenty of scraps to make this project later.

Aiming for Accuracy Maple Mini Quilt — free download — excellent written instructions.

Enjoy your day — thanks for stopping by!

 

 

Happy Halloween

Growing up I wasn’t a big fan of Halloween – I’m not into scary things.  When my kids were small their dad had trick or treating duties.  If he wasn’t available I would take them to organized church events that had costume guidelines.. Yeah yeah I’m boring.

Eventually I got over my “Halloween Fear” and embraced it was only one day. I do love the orange/ black colors of Halloween and tend to decorate with those colors in mind.

Below are a few of the items I made for my home to celebrate Halloween 🙂

Throw  coin quilt for my couch, I used one charm pack – Midnight Masquerade.

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Midnight Masquerade Coin Quilt

Various Pillows:

  • Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun : front made completely with my embroidery machine
  • Chevron and plus pillow more walking foot quilting practice
  • Colorado block — two color pillow to emphasis the pinwheel center also quilted with my walking foot

 

 

Coasters:

  • coasters using the Missouri Star Quilt Company Periwinkle template
  • tutorial  if you want to make your own
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Periwinkle Template Coasters

Table Toppers:

  • Granny Square table topper made using 5 inch charm squares
  • Midnight Masquerade Dresden — one charm pack
  • Half Hexie Table Runner — another Missouri Star Quilt Tutorial
  • Quilt As You Go (QAYG) table runner

 

And lastly a little something for the front door!

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Boo Star Door Hanger

 

 

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