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Karla’s Sunflower

Happy Wednesday!

Living in Florida there are no visual clues to indicate changes to the seasons. Using my active imagination I pulled strips from my batik stash that made me think of fall on the east coast; warm hues of blue, purple, brown, gold, red and green to create what I’m calling Karla’s Sunflower 🙂

I used Jenny Doan’s Checkered Dresden tutorial. I prefer a chunky dresden so I modified the pattern by using the 1 1/2 inch mark on the ruler as my starting point to cut each blade.

I added machine embroidery to the center circle with my daily mantra “Give Thanks”. The border were added in log cabin style using 4 of the fabrics used in the dresden. I used a blanket stitch around the blades – definitely getting better!  I made the mug rugs using the Creative Grids Spider Web ruler to create the 4 point star.  They look great! Hubby and I really use our mugs…everyday!

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dresden – give thanks wall hanging

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dresden – give thanks mug rug 2

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dresden – give thanks mug rug 1

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dresden – give thanks close up

dresden - give thanks backing

dresden – give thanks backing

 

 

I made this dresser scarf for my guest room. Another opportunity for using the tube method.  I made several mistakes, at one point I wanted to toss it in the trash!  Ever had moments like that?

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Sunflower Dresser Scarf

 

Lastly I wanted to show you a custom order I finished for one of my customers.  She sent me a photo and asked if I could re -create it for her son’s fourth birthday.  I’m SO happy with how it turned out!

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custom shirts

 

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Happy Sewing!

Small Finishes Using Pre-Cuts

Happy Monday!

I hope everyone had a great weekend.  This past week was hectic, it is the busy season for my Etsy Shop.

I did manage to find a little time here and there for “me sewing” 🙂

I began piecing my Gardenvale  Dizzy Daisy wall hanging in January of this year and finally finished it earlier this week.  The quilt measures 35 x 35 inches and definitely added some color to this room. I love the funky retro floral prints in this line!

Gardenvale Ditzy Daisy

Gardenvale Ditzy Daisy

 

I used 9 ten inch squares from my Gardenvale by Jen Kingwell layer cake. I made my wall hanging before Missouri Star offered a tutorial for the same block. If you’d like to make one for yourself here is the link to the YouTube video.

We recently purchased a new washer and dryer – I had to make runners to cover them! I had two charm packs of Basic Mixologie by Studio M for Moda, I felt would be perfect for this quick project.  I love the colors and the cool modern prints .

Super easy block to make — the runner measures  approximately 18 x 36.  I used 36 charms. Twelve of the charms are cut in half and then sewn to the remaining 24 charms. I alternated the rotation of the blocks to make the arrangement more interesting.

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Laundry Runner 1

Second runner is a simple coin stack with borders.  Measures 14 x 32. I used 9 charms for the coin stack with 4.5 inch borders.

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Laundry Runner 2

 

What do you think?

 

With the remaining charms I made a color wheel dresden.   I really love it!

Quilt measures 22 x 22 inches.

Be The Good Color Wheel

 

Until next time….

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Halloween

Growing up I wasn’t a big fan of Halloween – I’m not into scary things.  When my kids were small their dad had trick or treating duties.  If he wasn’t available I would take them to organized church events that had costume guidelines.. Yeah yeah I’m boring.

Eventually I got over my “Halloween Fear” and embraced it was only one day. I do love the orange/ black colors of Halloween and tend to decorate with those colors in mind.

Below are a few of the items I made for my home to celebrate Halloween 🙂

Throw  coin quilt for my couch, I used one charm pack – Midnight Masquerade.

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Midnight Masquerade Coin Quilt

Various Pillows:

  • Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun : front made completely with my embroidery machine
  • Chevron and plus pillow more walking foot quilting practice
  • Colorado block — two color pillow to emphasis the pinwheel center also quilted with my walking foot

 

 

Coasters:

  • coasters using the Missouri Star Quilt Company Periwinkle template
  • tutorial  if you want to make your own
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Periwinkle Template Coasters

Table Toppers:

  • Granny Square table topper made using 5 inch charm squares
  • Midnight Masquerade Dresden — one charm pack
  • Half Hexie Table Runner — another Missouri Star Quilt Tutorial
  • Quilt As You Go (QAYG) table runner

 

And lastly a little something for the front door!

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Boo Star Door Hanger

 

 

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