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Friday Finishes

Happy Friday,

I have two more small finishes for the week.

Beach Ball Baby Quilt  measures 40 x 40.  I used Island Batiks from my stash.  The quilt block is the Shoo- Fly. A great beginner quilt block. I used the Simple Simon and Company tutorial for the block. One block finishes at 14 inches square. Very easy and quick.  If you’d like to make one the tutorial is here.

beach ball shoofly baby quilt

beach ball shoofly baby quilt

beach ball shoofly baby quilt cu

beach ball shoo fly baby quilt cu

I’ve always wanted to make something using the Hunter’s Star Quilt Block. I finally finished  a table runner today… The runner measures 15.5 x 34.5 inches.

Hunter Star

Hunter Star machine applique


Look closely — its applique! Again I used batiks this time spring greens and blue. Each block was made using my embroidery machine. Piecing and quilting with batting all done in the hoop. Each block measures 5 x 5 inches. Once you join the blocks the Hunter Star design is created. After all the blocks are assembled I added the backing, stitched in the ditch, and added the binding.

I used the 5 inch design for the table runner but a larger block can be used to make a larger quilt. I purchased the design from Chantell’s Creations. She offers other quilting designs as well.

I hope everyone has a safe and fun weekend!

Until next time… Happy Sewing & Quilting 🙂

Modern Patchwork Christmas Trees

Hello Friends — between work, visiting family and looking for a new house I haven’t had time to  chat. Usually I’m organized and plan ahead with my Christmas gift giving– not this year 😦

I finished my  Christmas hexagon table topper that I started before Thanksgiving.

Christmas Hexie TR

Christmas Hexie TR








I used fat quarters for this topper and had large scraps left over.

Christmas Hexie Scrap

Christmas Hexie Scrap









Because of their odd shape my first inclination was to toss them out – then I had the famous “aha” moment by realizing I could cut the scraps into smaller triangles using my tri-recs ruler set.

Christmas Hexie Tri Recs

Christmas Hexie Tri Recs









One of my favorite quilt pattern/tutorials is Christa Watson’s Modern Trees. Using the tutorial as inspiration I created 4 mug rugs from the scraps.








One gift down many more to go!

Hexie Gift Seft

Hexie Gift Seft


Topper : 23 inches

Mug Rug /Snack Mats : 7 x 9 inches

Fabric: Christmas bundle JoAnn Fabrics

outline quilting with walking foot



Gift #2

My husband’s family are big Green Bay Packer Fans. I made this wall hanging for my mother in law. Each panel was created with my embroidery machine including the quilting. I stitched the panels together added a backing, stitched in the ditch and added binding. If you have an embroidery machine and would like to make one you can purchase the Fabric Strip Trees design from Chantell’s Creations. I used the 7.8 x 11.7 inch file to create my wall-hanging.


I did manage to find time to make a small modern trees  wall hanging for myself!

Quilt measures 20 x 33. Fabric from my stash.

Christmas Patchwork Trees

Christmas Patchwork Trees










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