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Sun Kissed Carrots

Happy Thursday!

Tomorrow is my day for “sew and tell” with my sewing group. Our local senior center offers a large room with tables, folding chairs, power strips and ironing boards twice a week for quilters that are snowbirds a place to sew for a very low fee. I live here now but I still use the room to fellowship and baste quilts !

During “sew and tell” an item the assigned maker has made is displayed while she talks about her process, things learned, as well as mistakes made. I love learning new techniques from others!

In February we were shown how to create a double friendship star block with a square in square center block easily using two Creative Grids rulers – flying geese ruler and square on square trim tool. I thought it was brilliant and had to go home and try it immediately ♥♥ It really was an efficient way to make the block come together easily without waste. I made a Christmas table runner – using batiks I had in my stash. I’m super happy with the results.

Christmas, table runner, quilted, star
Twisted Star Table Runner

I love raw edge applique and keeping with the Spring/Easter theme I designed a carrot table runner for my sew and tell project . I have a bundle of hand dyed batiks in bright colors and used the orange ones to create the triangle shaped carrots. I used one of the green fat quarters to make orange peel shapes for the leaves. Both (carrot and leaves) were appliqued to a background fabric alternating the carrots leaving approximately a half inch between the carrots to give the illusion of sashing. The carrots on the end were cut in half. The runner measures 16 x 36 inches.

I’m hoping the ladies will find this a fast and fun project as much as I did.

Easter,quilted table runner, carrot applique
sun-kissed carrots table runner

Happy Quilting!

Christmas In July – Peppermint Pinwheels

Happy Monday!

After seeing so many inspiring projects in the many Christmas in July blog hops, it motivated me to finish my only Christmas PHD –  Peppermint Pinwheels.

peppermint pinwheel 2

Peppermint Pinwheel TR

I used my Creative Grids Scrap Crazy 6 templates to create the table runner. Together the templates create a 6 inch finished block. One of the templates is a equilateral triangle, I used the stripe fabric with this template in each block, rotating four blocks creates the pinwheel. I used green scraps for the other templates to surround the striped fabric. Twelve blocks creates a 12.5 x 36 inch table runner.

peppermint pinwheel 3 cu

peppermint pinwheel cu

 

I’m so happy to have this table runner finished, and I’m happy with how it turned out, and even happier how quickly it was to put together. I created each block then used a QAYG method to finish it. I definitely will make this again to give as a gift.

Below are three projects I fell in love with during this past week Christmas in July blog hops and plan to add to my Christmas to-do list are:

  1. Michelle from Creative Blonde – Christmas Stocking for pet dog
  2. Wendy from Pieceful Thoughts – Christmas Tree Mini
  3. Missouri Star Quilt Company – Christmas Tree Wall Hanging

Linking up with Main Crush Monday with Beth from Cooking Up Quilts.

Happy Sewing & Quilting

 

New Tool – New Quilty Love

Hello — I hope everyone had a great week!

I am really enjoying learning to use the specialty rulers I’ve collected over the past few years.

This past week I’ve been focusing on the Creative Grids Round Up Tool.

round up tool

Creative Grids describes the usages for the round up tool as:

  1. Rounding corners
  2. Cutting 8 & 10 inch Circles
  3. Creating appliqué shapes
    • Drunkards Path
    • Orange peel
    • Petals
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  4. Great for pre- cut charm squares and layer cakes

It’s no secret that I have an obsession for pre cuts! I also love the look of curved quilt patterns but am terrible with sewing curves. After watching the Creative Grids You Tube video I knew the round up tool would be perfect for me!

Fast forward 3 years and I’m finally using the ruler!

Below is my practice block sunflower drunkard path block measuring 18.5 x 18.5 inches.

sunflower mini 2

I used 5 inch squares for the background and the 4 inch drunkard path shape found on the round up tool. Cutting the shapes was extremely easy and smooth. I used both a 45mm and 28mm rotary blade cutter – both worked. I do recommend having a rotating  mat which definitely enhanced the smooth cutting.

I felt my test block was successful so it was time to move on to a charm pack project. I fell in love with several butterfly mini quilts made with the drunkards path block on Pinterest and wanted one badly for my sewing room.

roundup butterfly

I used the charm pack Modern Roses by Stephanie Ryan for Moda for my mini.  It measures 24 x 24 inches.  This time I used 4.5 inches with the 4 inch drunkards path applique shape. I found the border fabric in the red tag section at JoAnn’s it was a perfect match!

While on a roll I made another table runner using the round up tool. This time I used the 5 inch drunkards path shape with 5.5 inch background squares. I used batik fabrics with floral prints in green and rust. The rust is a leafy print and the green has both sunflowers and leaves.  Sorry not the best photo!

fall drunkards path TR

fall drunkard path TR

fall drunkards path TR CU

Below are my sample projects using the petal and orange peel shapes on the round up tool. I used the Bonnie & Camille Miss Kate charm pack for the orange peel and yardage from my stash for the petal shape. Hopefully I will be able to finish them in the near future 🙂

round up tool orange peel

round up tool orange peel

 

round up tool petals

round up tool petal

 

As you can tell I’m so loving the versatility of this tool — if you enjoy these applique shapes as much as I do add this ruler to your list of must have tools!

Until next time!

 

 

 

 

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