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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.

 

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.

Batik Table Runner 6

Batik Maple Leaf Table Runner

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

Batik Table Runner 5

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.

Batik Table Runner 4

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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