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WIP Wednesday – Heart Blocks

Happy Wednesday!

I love anything with hearts in it, and I’m sure I’ve mentioned how much I love the log cabin quilt block.

Since Valentine’s Day is coming up quickly I decided to make a log cabin heart table topper. I found lots of inspiration online for log cabin heart quilts to help me draft my own layout.

I’m a fan of specialty rulers and based my sketch/layout using both the Creative Grids 6 inch curvy and 6 inch regular log cabin trim tool I came up with my very low tech quilt pattern! 🙂

curvy heart layout

Using 4 scraps batiks fabrics I had this:

curvy log cabin heart wip

I also wanted placemats and came up with the brilliant idea of using my creative grids round up tool to make a drunkard’s path heart block. Again same pattern, this time 4 inch blocks.

curvy heart placemat wip

Not going to win any contests but it was fun thinking outside the box and I have something that we will definitely use.

If you are looking for more traditional valentine ideas Julie from The Crafty Quilter has some great ideas in this post.

Linking with Linky Tuesday at Free Motion by the River!

Happy Stitching!

Getting In the Christmas Mood

Christmas will be here soon and I am just now beginning to “feel” it 🙂

Friend and fellow blogger Roseanne from Home Sewn By Us mentioned once I got the tree up I would start getting in the Christmas Spirit — she was right!

The weather was gloomy today in the sunshine state, so I spent most of my time in the sewing room.

I have an ongoing love affair with the log cabin quilt block! You can create many many layouts – I plan to try several.

I started my Log Cabin Star Wall hanging back in July.  My inspiration came from a pattern on Moda Bakeshop by Marlene Biles.

I used a junior jelly roll of metallic reds ( curated by my LQS) and prints from the Robert Kaufman Holiday Flourish collection.  My quilted wall hanging measures 44 x 44 inches.

I love it!

2018 Log Cabin Star WH

2018 Log Cabin Star WH

 

Happy Stitching!

 

 

 

 

 

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?

jingle xmas tree scraps

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….

 

 

 

 

 

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