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Classic Quilt Blocks

Happy Thursday!

I finished piecing a small wall hanging using the Jacob’s Ladder quilt block.

Jacob’s ladder quilt block is beginner friendly. Below is the layout for the quilt block. Easy to assemble with 5 four patches and 4 half square triangles.

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The pattern for making the quilt block  is a free download you can find here. The Fat Quarter Shop is also offering a quilt pattern to make different sizes. If you are interested you can purchase it here.

If you’re like me and like visual instruction you can watch Kimberly Jolly’s YouTube video creating the Jacob’s Ladder quilt block.

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I added a small inner border using the background fabric to frame the four quilt blocks with an border using the floral fabric. The floral print has both the teal and plum used in the quilt blocks and ties it all together nicely!

I’m happy with the results and looking forward to adding it to my finish column!

The other classic block I made was the Bear Paw – another free download from the Fat Quarter Shop.

The block unfinished was 14.5 x 14.5 inches. I wanted to try something different so I turned the quilt block into a quilted tote bag. It’s not pretty but very sturdy. I needed something to keep projects handy.  We are traveling for a week and I’ll be able to get some binding stitched down.

Front of bag:

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Bear Paw Tote

 

Two pockets inside:

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Bear Paw Tote inside

 

one pocket on back

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Bear Paw Tote Back

my feeble attempt at quilting –it was midnight

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Bear Paw Tote Close Up

Good news — another finish!!!

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Work In Process – Wednesday

Hello – I hope everyone is having a good week!

One of my new year’s resolutions was to include quilting projects on my daily planner. The goal is to spend at least 10 minutes a day (Monday – Thursday) on quilting. Since I sew for a living I need extra motivation to work on personal projects. I’m also competitive so checking off items on my “to do list” gives me great pleasure.

I know 2017 is still new but all in all I’m on track with my goal.

Remember this from last week?

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Batik HST

Here’s the latest

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batik hst around the world

Chain piecing is such a wonderful thing 🙂 Haven’t come up with a quilting plan any suggestions?

I made a new wall hanging for my sewing room using scrap charm squares — don’t you love the embroidery design?!! I purchased the design from Embroidery Library.

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Happy Place Wall Hanging

I spent today catching up on my blog reading and have seen several beautiful projects using The Fat Quarter Shop new classic and vintage pattern  – Jacob’s Ladder.

I’m hoping to use this stack of fabric to create my own wall hanging. I love batiks. I will let you know how it turns out.

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Works In Progress

Happy Wednesday,

I’ve spent the past couple of days going through my closet packing up clothes to give away. I  worked as an accountant in large manufacturing company for 22 years, and taught accounting classes at the local college — going through the piles of clothes bought back so many memories.

I rewarded my packing accomplishments by starting a couple of new quilting projects.

Have you heard of fold and sew?

I watched a you tube video from National Quilters Circle demonstrating this technique and decided to give it a try. I used the Our Town charm pack by Michelle D’Armore for Contempo Studios and Kona White 10 inch  squares pack. In a short time I had 25 blocks completed.

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Stitch n Fold Quilt Block

To make the block center a 5 inch square of print fabric on a 10 inch square of background fabric. Fold the sides of the background fabric (left and right) onto the 5 inch square making sure the 5 inch square is enclosed in the fold and stitch a quarter inch seam. Repeat the process with the top and bottom. I plan to add a 2 1/2 inch border around each block. I think it will make a cute baby quilt.

I found a bag in my sewing room with these batik quilt blocks — not sure what I was planning to make.

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Batik Steps Quilt Blocks

After playing around I came up with this interesting pinwheel block.

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Batik Spin Pinwheel

I had 20 blocks in the bag and I think it will make a nice bed runner.

My daughter’s birthday is in April and I’ve started a quilt for her. I made all of the half square triangles during the first half of the super bowl- the Patriots were loosing so I decided to sew and listen instead of watching. Second half of the game was so exciting I gave up sewing:)

Monday evening I came up with this layout.

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Batik HST

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Leaves – The flowers of Fall

This past October son #1 married his lovely fiancee. It was a beautiful celebration for both families.

 

2016 George Heather

 

2016 George Heather

2016 George Heather

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016 George David

2016 George David

They had a Las Vegas destination wedding.  The ceremony was held in the Garden Chapel at the Flamingo Hotel. The chapel was most definitely a tropical setting with waterfalls, palm trees, flowers, trailing ivy and of course lovely flamingos!

George and Heather shared their special moment with 45 friends and family — My son’s good friend from Taiwan was able to attend. It was such a pleasure meeting and spending time with him.

I hadn’t been to Las Vegas in several years and it was my husband’s first visit; so we planned a vacation around the wedding. We visited the really awesome Madame Tussauds wax museum, toured both Hoover Dam and the West Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Pete with his favorites — Tiger Woods and Arnold Palmer (wax museum)

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Tour at Hoover Dam and Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Bridge

 

West Rim Grand Canyon

 

 

 

The kids bought a new home in April. The basement is my son’s “man cave” and is decorated in earth tones. I made a quilt for them to snuggle under while in the basement.

I used the Double Slice Quilt Pattern one of the many inspiring tutorials from Jenny Doan with Missouri Star Quilt Company. This was a great pattern for me being quilting newbie. Double Slice is super easy and pretty quick. I used one layer cake – Robert Kaufman’s Grove Artisan Batiks for my 50×60 quilt. I fell in love with all of the fabric — the colors of the leaves match each season! My hope for George and Heather – may their love continue to grow as each season changes.

I definitely plan to use this pattern again — adding borders to make it a little larger. I love using precuts because they give your quilt the organized scrappy look.

If you like to make your own click here for the tutorial.

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