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Happy Monday!

I’m happy to finally have time to start posting again! Sometimes life gets in the way of my sewing and writing. We live very close to Disney World and our home is very convenient when family and friends are visiting 🙂

I love blog hops; they are a great way to meet new people, learn new techniques and of course my favorite drooling over others creative talents. I was so inspired seeing the cool quilt projects displayed during the September 2018 Welcome To My House blog hop hosted by Carol with Just Let Me Quilt.

I had to create my own wall art using a house block. I had some left over nine patches that measured 6.5 inches from another project.  I quickly figured out the math to create the “house” block.

My house mini quilt measures 25 x 31 inches.  I added a little embroidery in the center to add a little interest.  Not crazy about my fabric choices but my quilt math was accurate so I will definitely make another house quilt. I didn’t catch my layout mistake until after I added the border….

fall 2018 house love

fall 2018 house love

I used the roof flying geese scraps to make a candle mat.  Quilt block is Dutchman Puzzle.

fall 2018 candle mat

fall 2018 candle mat

fall 2018 candle mat 2

fall 2018 candle mat 2

 

Until next time Happy Sewing!

 

WIP Wednesday

I love starting new projects! I wish I loved finishing them just as much, it would certainly help empty out the many “new project” plastic containers I have in my sewing room. 🙂

I wanted a new table runner for November that had a simple modern look. The Greek Cross quilt block came to mind.

Creating the blocks were quick and easy.  We have a small dining area so three blocks will make the perfect table runner.  Best news I used fabric from my stash!!  Each block finishes at 12 inches square. I really love the brown background fabric.

Greek Cross Quilt Block

Greek Cross Quilt Block

Greek Cross Table Runner

Greek Cross Table Runner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had so much fun creating the blocks for the table runner I dug out a couple of Alison Glass 2015 Sun Print charm packs and started creating blocks for a baby quilt! I was inspired by this tutorial from Faith at Fresh Lemons.

Greek Cross - Sun Print Baby Quilt

Greek Cross – Sun Print Baby Quilt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What did you work on today?

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Hello Fall

It’s the end of October, time to pull out my GO BLUE Michigan sweatshirts! We’ve had a couple of chilly days here in MD.

Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the colors of the leaves as they fall to the ground – the deep hues of orange, yellow, green and red are so comforting.

Fall is synonymous with football in our house — my son played football for University of Michigan beginning in 2006 and graduated in 2010.  We still follow the team as if he were still playing!

Gotta have some quilty goodness to go along with football — right??

I made this supersized maple leaf quilt last year. Not really large enough to snuggle under but perfect to throw over my legs while watching games on TV and/or reading.

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Maple Leaf Throw

Quilt Stats:

  • Quilt Block – Maple Leaf
  • Quilt Size: 50×50
  • Fabric: Stash
  • Quilting: Straight Line using walking foot on my Babylock Ellisimo Gold

I practiced more walking foot quilting with pillows to match the quilt.  The yellow/gold pillow I used a decorative stitch from my machine, the burgundy pillow, I marked a large X and echoed each quadrant. It was my first time using a chalk pencil — I didn’t test it — and it didn’t come out until several washes later.

2015 maple pillows

2015 maple pillows

 

I love the maple leaf quilt block.  It is a very beginner friendly block — you learn how to make half square triangles (HST), trimming to size and stitching them together so that you don’t lose the points.  The floor rug below was my first attempt — lots, lots of mistakes. Finished is better than perfect right? 🙂

2015-maple-rug

If you are interested in seeing a great video tutorial for creating the maple leaf quilt block, check out Amanda from 3and3Quarters.

Thanks for stopping by!

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