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Paper Pinwheels Quilt

We’ve been traveling the past 12 days spending time with the grand kids in Indiana.  It was heavenly but also good to get home and get another project completed.

I consider myself a transitional quilter — half the time I love the look of modern designs and the other half of me is in love with more traditional designs.

I am always extra excited when I come across a pattern that takes a modern twist on a traditional quilt block such as  Fons and Porter’s Paper Pinwheels pattern from the September/October 2015 Quickly Quilting magazine.

I’m sure I own fabric from each of Moda’s Zen Chic collections since 2012 with an abundance of the Modern Background – Paper line, which was used in this pattern.

paper pinwheels 1

paper pinwheels 1

The Kona cotton turquoise pinwheels really pop against the neutral low volume text background fabrics. I modified the pattern to make a baby quilt or wall hanging. I used a turquoise tonal print with dragonflies on the back.

paper pinwheels back

paper pinwheels back

 

I’m loving the diamond shape secondary design created from the layout.  My quilt measures 36.5″ x 36.5 inches. I used the same Kona turquoise for the binding and really appreciate how it really frames the quilt.  I used an allover meandering stitch for quilting.

Hope you were able to get some sewing in on this wonderful Thursday!

Happy Sewing!

 

One Monthly Goal – March 2018

Happy Wednesday!

To my friends on the east coast I pray that you are surviving the “Nor’easter”. Spring will be here soon 🙂

Deadlines motivate me to get things accomplished so I am joining the Elm Street Quilts – One Monthly Goal challenge.

I began the project “You’ve Got Mail” sometime in 2013 after viewing the Missouri Star Quilt Company Tutorial.  I’d managed to create the half square triangles and put them in a ziplock bag. During our move I found the bag and labeled it UFO.

youve got mail omg march

you’ve got mail omg march

Today I squared up the half square triangles, stitched out the envelope quilt blocks and laid the quilt out on my design floor. My goal for March is to finish this quilt — It’s about time wouldn’t you agree?

I also started a new baby quilt project – nine patch madness a variation of the disappearing nine patch quilt block. I was able to make nine blocks  using the charm pack Extravaganza by Lila Tueller for Riley Blake. I’m so loving the pinks and purple.

nine patch madness

nine patch madness wip

nine patch madness wip

nine patch madness wip

Until next time Happy Sewing and Quilting!

UFO Update

Happy Thursday!

I’m slowly working on finishing some of the quicker items on my UFO list. I am truly enjoying being semi – retired 🙂  I work on Etsy orders in the morning and if hubby and I don’t have errands I can work on quilting projects in the afternoon while he plays golf! So far it’s working great…

First I want to introduce you to my first grandchild — Evelyn.  Isn’t she a cutie?!!  She looks beautiful on the charm pack bear paw quilt I made for her!

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I’m calling the quilt below Rustic Christmas. When Joann Fabrics introduced their premium cotton line I purchased quarter yard pieces of several prints.  Rustic Christmas is made with 7 fabrics from one of their Christmas collections. I love the deep reds and greens — so warm and inviting! I often struggle with what to do with big prints – since I only had quarter yard cuts I had the brilliant idea of just sewing them all together.

The quilt measures 42 x 63. Very simple straight line quilting echoing the seams. I machine stitched the binding. Thankfully my local JoAnn’s still had fabric available that I was able to use for the backing. This quilt will be perfect for my office couch this Christmas!

rustic christmas quilt

rustic christmas quilt

rustic christmas backing

rustic christmas backing

close up of each of the prints I used. The Reindeer fabric is my favorite 🙂

 

We have friends visiting from Maryland so I made a gift for them for the Easter Season.  You know how much I love to mix in a little embroidery with my quilting! The designs I used were purchased from Embroidery Library. I used Sulky Rayon threads for the embroidery and quilting– it was a perfect match! The banner measures 12 x 21 inches.

I love florals — this blue and cream is beautiful!

Easter Banner

Easter Banner

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banner cu

banner backing

banner backing

 

Until next time – Happy Quilting and Sewing

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.

 

2017 wonky star finished

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 🙂

Batik Table Runner 3

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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Charming Bear Paw

I’m sure I’ve mentioned before that I am a pre-cut junkie! Charm packs are my weakness and I have several waiting to become quilted projects.

I fell in love with the Fat Quarter Shop classic and vintage video demonstrating how to create the Bear Paw Quilt Block. After printing the pattern I realized I could make one supersized block using a charm pack.

I’m sure this isn’t an original idea — I used 24 charms from the Fresh Cut line by Basic Grey for Moda and some yardage.  I loved how it turned out and I can’t wait to wrap baby Evelyn in it once she arrives.

 

The quilt measures 38 x 38 inches. I machine quilted it myself with a crazy stipple stitch. I loved the backing fabric! I found it at Hobby Lobby ! The colors in the Fresh Cut line remind me of France so when I saw the backing fabric I knew it was a perfect match!

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Welcome

Thanks for stopping by my online journal.  From the time I was eight years old I’ve been a garment seamstress. My mom, grandmother, and aunts had a hand in teaching me.  I attended a Catholic High School, Fridays were the only day we didn’t have to wear our uniform — believe me there weren’t many Fridays that I didn’t wear a new outfit that I had made!

I was shopping at a JoAnn Fabric Store looking for supplies to alter a prom dress for the daughter of a good friend and stumbled upon a machine embroidery demo. OMG I was hooked and as they say the rest is history.

I opened Embroidered Treasures an Etsy shop selling handmade and personalized baby bibs, burps, and bodysuits. As my business grew I needed to buy an additional embroidery machine, we purchased a Babylock Ellisimo from a local quilt shop.  The shop offered a free beginning quilters class with the purchase of the machine. I have always admired quilts but never thought I’d ever want to make one myself.  I had visions of my grandmother and aunts getting together to hand quilt and thought how could that possibly be fun?!!

The quilting classes completely changed my opinion.  I love the idea that you can cut up fabric — stitch it back together to create art–AMAZING.

I started my first quilt in 2010– I combined machine embroidery with patchwork — never finished it– still have it and happy to share it with you.  Lots of mistakes but we all had to start somewhere 🙂

first quilt

first quilt

baby quilt 2010

baby quilt 2010

 

 

 

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