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Quilting As Time Flies….

Sometimes life gets in the way of  spending quality time working on my quilty projects!

We had friends from Norway visiting for 10 days, the weather here in central Florida was beautiful and it was a pleasure spending time with them.

I was able to spend a few minutes each day in my sewing room finishing up  items on my UFO list that only need quilting and binding.

A finish is a finish — right? 🙂

sun ray patriotic wall hanging

sun ray patriotic wall hanging

I love quilts that feature star blocks. I made this 36 x 36 inch batik patriotic wall hanging using the “Peaky & Spike” tall star points. I used my Tri-Recs ruler set to create the star points, I believe the name of this star block is named sun ray. The Shoo – Fly quilt block was my alternating block which created the plus/cross secondary pattern in the center of the quilt!

 

Sun Ray Patriotic WH CU

Sun Ray Patriotic WH CU

Have I mentioned how much I LOVE  plus and cross quilt blocks?!! — and a star in the center — oh happy day 🙂

My second UFO finish for February is Autumn Stars. My version was inspired by another Missouri Star Quilt Company tutorial.  The quilt measures 45 x 45 inches. I used Kona Cotton solids in fall colors to cut my own 2.5 inch strips.

Autumn Stars

Autumn Stars

I hate to admit I really had a hard time with this pattern. I was getting awfully comfortable with my seam ripper so after nine blocks I was done :(.

I love the backing fabric!

autumn stars CU back

autumn stars CU back

My last UFO finish for February was my batik Jacob’s Ladder quilt. Free pattern from the Fat Quarter Shop – Classic and Vintage Series.

jacobs ladder finished

2017 Jacobs Ladder Finished

 

3 down — 10 to go!  What do you with the UFO’s you have no intentions of finishing?

Until next time — Happy Sewing & Quilting!

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.

jacobs-ladder-layout

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.

jacobs-ladder-wh

jacobs-ladder-wh-cu

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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