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Happy New Year

Hello! Happy Friday and Happy New Year!  I’m sure 2018 will be full of great and creative adventures for each of us. 🙂

Hubby and I had a quiet relaxing holiday, surprised to have cold weather here in Florida. I’m loving the cold without the snow.

I’ve been catching up with the blogs I follow. I loved reading the “year in review” posts. There are so many talented quilters out there who produce beautiful items, seeing their creative efforts make my heart smile.

My only resolution for 2017 was to not purchase new fabric unless I needed backing or binding to finish a project I was currently working on. Honestly, that worked perfectly for me! It kept me focused – downside I didn’t get any new fabric 😦

I’m thinking my plan for 2018 will be the same. I have the same three UFO’s from 2016 that need finishing.  I’ve been wanting to make a few items for our home and I need to make a quilt for my youngest son — that should take care of the BIG items on my to do list for 2018. Now that I’m semi-retired I’m hoping that I can get more accomplished.

Remember these scraps?

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Jingle Xmas tree scraps

 

I cut them into 1.5 inch strips and created this log cabin wall hanging! Fortunately I did have it done before Christmas and proudly hung it my foyer. I so love the reds, green and turquoise! You can’t tell in the photo but the white tonal print has an allover holly design. Because the scraps had an odd shape to them I did have to piece some of them together, the beauty of it — you can’t tell!

Christmas 2017 Log Cabin CU

2017 Christmas Log Cabin CU

 

Christmas 2017 Log Cabin

 

I used my Creative Grids log cabin trim tool. I know I’m a ruler/template fanatic but this tool was so worth the money! Each block was a perfect 6.5  x 6.5 square unfinished. The beauty of this ruler is squaring up after each round. Sewing was pretty quick once I cut the strips to length I needed. This particular version of the tool includes both 6 inch and 12 inch blocks. You can create log cabin blocks, courthouse steps and half log cabin quilt blocks. I was so impressed that I asked Santa to get me the curvy log cabin and the pineapple log cabin trim tools for Christmas.

My goal in December was to use up the Kate Spain Jingle layer cake. First was the modern Christmas Tree quilt, next the log cabin wall hanging. My third finish using the layer cake was a wonky nine patch wall hanging — sew cute! I used the Willy Wonky pattern from Fons and Porter Quickly Quilting magazine as my inspiration. I modified the layout from the pattern so I could include the tree applique blocks. Sorry for the blurry photo.  This was a fun wall hanging to create and I will definitely use the pattern again!

Jingle Wonky Nine Patch

My fourth project using the Jingle layer cake and finish was a rag hexi wall mini quilt. Using the Creative Grids hexagon trim tool I was able to cut (3)  hexagons from a 10 inch square. I used the smaller 3.5 inch hexagons for the  hexi raggy Christmas tree. The edges around each hexi has been snipped; I haven’t washed it yet to get the true raggy look.

 

 

My fifth project – not finished was a table runner.  I bought a few of the Moda Layer Cake Recipe packets. Using one of the layouts from recipe #2 I pieced this table runner. I loved the layout because I can add embroidery to the center of each block. I can’t say enough about how much I enjoyed this type of paper piecing. Kudos to Carrie Nelson for creating the recipe booklets – if you like easy and have a layer cake on hand this is for you! Three practice sheets are included with each recipe booklet. The design I used you get two blocks with one 10 inch square of print and one 10 inch square of background.

Jingle Cake Recipe WiP

Jingle Cake Recipe 2 WIP

 

I still have 6 ten inch squares remaining from the Jingle Layer Cake — enough for at least one more project!

Again Happy New Year!

Until next time….

 

 

 

 

 

Weekend Finishes

Hello and happy Sunday!

I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season and enjoying the time leading up to the big day — December 25!

This past week was really busy for me finishing up customer orders promised with before Christmas delivery dates.

I finished a gift  for one of my neighbors this week. They helped my hubby and I survive hurricane Irma this  past summer. The tube quilting technique that Jenny Doan from Missouri Star Quilt company demonstrated intrigued me and I decided to give it a try. The steps are easy enough but working with a bias edge can be tricky so extra care is needed. If you are unfamiliar with tube quilting you can watch the you tube video here.

The table runner I finished using the tube quilting techniques measures 19 x 60 inches.  I used fabric from my Christmas stash.  The colors  used complement her Christmas decor perfectly. I love the fabrics and the design layout — I didn’t want to ruin it with my not perfect free motion quilting so I opted for safe “stitch in the ditch”. Seeing her face after opening the gift was priceless — definitely made my day 🙂

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Tube table runner 2

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Other small gift finishes:

Flag tumbler table topper:

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Green Bay Packer Modern Christmas Tree wall hanging: made entirely with my embroidery machine.

Packer Modern Xmas Tree

Green Bay Packer Modern Xmas Tree

Mini wall hanging with embroidery:

Christmas mini embroidery

Christmas mini embroidery

Quilted Pillow with embroidery:

Christmas pillow embroidery

Christmas pillow embroidery

 

 

Until next time — happy sewing!

Kate Spain Christmas

Hello and happy Monday!

I’m sure everyone is crazy busy with Christmas quickly approaching!

We are not traveling this year nor are we hosting a Christmas gathering this year, so we’ve decided not to decorate outside and unfortunately have become the odd ball house in the neighborhood.

I gave away all of my Christmas decorations before moving not realizing how expensive it would be to replace. I’m waiting for the end of season clearance pricing so I can start over and be prepared for Christmas 2018.

I am a big fan of Kate Spain, especially her Christmas fabric lines – Joy, Solstice and Jingle. I love her modern prints in bright red and greens with a splash of aqua. Last year I made a table runner, quilt and pillows using Joy and Solstice.

 

I still had a layer cake of Jingle in my stash and decided to make a few more items in the same color way. This was the year I had planned to make Christa Watson’s Modern Christmas Trees wall hanging. Unfortunately the quilt along tutorial was no longer available.

Using 15 ten inch layer cake squares below I sketched out my own triangle in a square modern tree design.

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Jingle Xmas Tree Layout

 

Jingle Xmas Tree

Jingle Christmas Tree

 

The only positive thing I can say is it’s finished— the individual “tree blocks” were simple enough to create and measured accurately. My math was off on the calculations for the background fabric side pieces for completing each row.  The design shape still resembles a tree but not what I had hoped it would be. I will definitely chalk this one up to experience.

To get the larger triangle in square blocks I used my Creative Grids Triangle Squared and Perfect Rectangle rulers.  You don’t have to have both rulers to make the modern tree block but there is less fabric waste using the set as a companion. These Creative Grids rulers are similar to the tri recs ruler which I used to create the wall hanging below last year. The creative grids perfect rectangle ruler offers an additional notch for perfect placement making the triangle in a square block super easy to create.

Christmas Tree Tri Recs

Christmas Tree Tri Recs Ruler

After cutting the triangle shape from my ten inch squares I had the following scrap pieces.

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Jingle Xmas tree scraps

 

I can’t wait to show you how I used  those scraps!

Until next time…

Friday Finishes

Happy Friday!

The last couple of day I’ve been  able to finish up a few small projects. The free motion quilting instructors from my Craftsy classes all stress the importance of practicing.

I love making mug rugs and mini quilts, these were great for practicing scale with my FMQ designs. I even tried adding a few loopy designs. These mug rugs measure 7 x 9 inches. I did invest in a Supreme Slider and noticed a big difference in my stitch consistency. The slider definitely helped move the quilt sandwich easily. The applique designs were purchased from Embroidery Library.

Caroline with Sew Can She is hosting a series of monthly mini quilts.  January’s mini was a friendship star.  I used scraps from Minnick & Simpson’s Grant Park line. My mini finished at 10 x 10 inches.

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friendship star Jan 2017 mini

I also finished a couple small projects for Abigail Dolinger’s  Pre-Cut Challenge. Every now and then my neighbor’s son spends a couple of hours with me when his parents schedules overlap. Usually he just wants to play video games. I had fabric scattered on the floor and asked him if he wanted to help me build a snowman.

Please meet Patrick’s Snowman — he is so cute!

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Jan 17 Pre-Cut Challenge – FQ

I used fat quarters, the wall hanging measures 12 x 24.  I have enough squares remaining to piece another one since Patrick took this one home with him!

I used V & Co Color Theory mini charm pack to make this 12 x 24 topper for my laundry room.

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pre-cut challenge january

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color theory topper

 

I’m trying to get a head start on Christmas gifts. Not sure who will be the recipient but one down… I am a sucker for potholders!

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penguin gift set

 

Linking up with Lindsey and Fabric Frenzy Friday!

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A Well Dressed Table

Hello Friends – I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas.

I love a well dressed table! Quilted table runners add quick color and style to my small but cozy dining area.

Table runners also make great gifts. Below are a few I made for friends and family this holiday season.

Wreath Table Runner –  Easy charm pack project

  • Size – 16 x 52 inches
  • Pattern – Fons & Porter Quickly Quilting Winter 2013
  • Fabric – Kate Spain Solstice Charm Pack
  • Quilting – Random straight and radiant lines
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Solstice Wreath TR

Half Hexie Christmas Tree Runner – another easy and quick pattern by Jenny Doan with Missouri Star Quilt Company.  This tutorial will get you started!

  • Size – 19 x 50 inches
  • Pattern – MSQC Holiday Tree Runner
  • Fabric – Hobby Lobby Christmas Fabric
  • Quilting – Walking Foot – decorative Stitch
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Half Hexie Xmas TR

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Patchwork Star – Simple charm pack patchwork table runner. A single star is created within the layout using the stitch n flip (diagonal seam) method.

  • Size – 19 x 38 inches
  • Fabric – Holly’s Tree Farm by Sweetwater for Moda
  • Quilting – Walking foot – echoing seams
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Patchwork Star TR

 

Penguin Pinwheels – I believe this was my favorite table runner this month! The red and aqua is so bright and cheery and the penguins are just too cute 🙂

I used the Simple Pinwheel tutorial by Abigail Dolinger. I used yardage for my table runner, the pattern however is jelly roll friendly. This was a quick and easy  – I will definitely use this pattern again.

Size: 23 x 38 inches

 

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Penguin Pinwheel TR

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Penguin Pinwheels

I am linking with Fort Worth Fabric Studio – Fabric Frenzy. Lindsey always offers a cool fat quarter bundle with an inspiring project.

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Hashtag Merry Christmas

Hello Friends — Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your families.

I’m not a big social media participant, I do enjoy following certain “hashtags” on Instagram to see quilt projects.

I signed up for Camille Roskelley’s Craftsy Class: Pre-Cut Piecing Made Simplewhere she teaches you how make a hashtag quilt using a jelly roll and yardage. Pattern seems to be quite simple and the visual instructions are super terrific.

I needed/wanted a Christmas quilt but didn’t have a Christmas jelly roll on hand, instead I had a couple of Kate Spain’s Joy and Solstice charm packs and decided to make a super sized hash tag — although at my age I call it a number sign 🙂

After sketching it out on graph paper this is what I came up with. Quilt measures 56 x 56 inches.

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Hashtag Super Size

 

Fleece is a fabric that has a pile and can be found mostly in sports wear and jackets.  I’ve sewn with fleece in the past making sweat pants, scarves and blankets.  I find it a joy to sew with because it doesn’t fray and stitching mistakes don’t show ! Because of my blanket experience I thought I would try fleece as a quilt backing. We are moving to Florida in a few months so I decided to not use batting with the fleece.

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fleece backing

Here’s a quick tutorial if you would like to make a Super Sized Hashtag  Quilt for yourself.

For a 56 x 56 inch quilt – 5 x 5 setting

Fabric:

  1. 2 charm packs (5 x 5 inch squares) you will use 64
  2. 2 yards of background fabric (will have plenty left over)
  3. 1/2 yard for binding
  4. 2 yards fleece (60 inches wide) for quilt back

Cutting

  • Background fabric – WOF = width of fabric
    • 3- 9 1/2 x WOF strips – sub-cut into nine (9)- 9 1/2 x 9 1/2 squares
    • 6 – 5 1/2 x WOF strips for borders
  • Binding fabric
    • 7 – 2 1/2  x WOF strips

Assembly – all seams are 1/4 inch

  1. arrange and sew the 64 five inch squares into sixteen (16)- 4 patches; completed 4 patch block should measure 9 1/2 inch square.
  2. Arrange by row as follows: B = Background 9 1/2 x 9 1/2 square   4 = 4 patch square
    1. Row 1 – B  4  B  4  B
    2. Row 2 – 4  4  4  4  4
    3. Row 3 –  B  4  B  4  B
    4. Row 4 – 4  4  4  4  4
    5. Row 5 – B  4  B  4  B
  3. Sew together blocks in each row. Press seams open.
  4. Join rows together. Press seams open.
  5. BREATHE – quilt center is finished 🙂
  6. Borders
    1. cut 2 of your 5 1/2 inch x WOF strips in half.
    2. Sew one of the half pieces to the ends of each of the four (4) remaining border strips.
    3. Attach the left and right side borders to your quilt center; trim extra fabric on ends
    4. Attach top and bottom borders to your quilt center; trim extra fabric on ends
    5. Starch and press quilt top
  7. Layer, Mark & Baste
    1. Lay fleece backing right side down
    2. Lay Quilt Top right side up on backing
    3. I used masking tape to create diagonal lines that formed an “X” through each block. If you are unfamiliar with using masking tape as a quilting marking tool I recommend watching this video by Leah Day.
    4. Pin base with safety pins ( or your preferred method)
  8. Quilt
    1. I used my walking foot to stitch along side the masking tape.
    2. In the borders I did straight line quilting in random widths
  9. Binding
    1. Join your seven (7) strips of 2 1/2 x WOF
    2. bind using your preferred method — I prefer machine binding and this is the tutorial I use.

I use my hashtag quilt as throw for our couch — of course I had to have matching pillows!

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2016 Hashtag Charm Quilt

 

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X Plus Quilted 20 inch pillow

Using Amada Rolfe’s you tube tutorial for the X Plus Quilt Block as my inspiration, I made two 20 inch pillows. Now I’m set for binge TV watching — gotta get caught up on my shows!

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New Day New Project

Today I fooled around with my Creative Grids 60 degree Equilateral Triangle ruler. I’ve seen many table toppers shaped as hexagons and of course I had to have one also 🙂

Using a Christmas fat quarter bundle I purchased from JoAnn Fabrics several years ago.

  • I cut three 2.5 inch strips each from 5 fat quarters
  • sewed 3 matching strip sets ( 5 strips per set) pressing seams in one direction
  • using the Creative Grids 60 degree equilateral triangle you can cut 2 triangles per strip set at the 10.5 inch line

I came up with this — I am really pleased with the results! I can’t wait to finish it!

Christmas Strip Hexie CU

Christmas Strip Hexie CU

Christmas Strip Pieced Hexagon Table Topper

Christmas Strip Pieced Hexagon Table Topper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was so excited I wanted to share!  Break time over back to work!

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