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Feeling Fall

Happy Monday!

I love fall! I love the rich palette of colors from sunflowers, leaves, mums, and pumpkins!

I’ve had making a pumpkin quilt or table runner on my to do list for quite awhile. I was delighted to find several great patterns to inspire and motivate me to sew. This year I finally can check pumpkin off my to do list 🙂

This first table runner I made using Amy Smart’s patchwork pumpkin tutorial found here. My wonderful daughter in law is kind enough to display my quilty gifts in their home. I used soft orange cotton prints and grey linen as the background to match their decor. The tutorial was well written making it a quick project to complete, I even got to practice  stippling!  The runner measures 15 x 57 inches.

 

One of my favorite blogs Freemotion by the River hosted by Connie shared a pumpkin quilt block tutorial on September 17 and I made mine the same day.  Connie loves batiks as much as I do so I made another table runner using batiks 🙂  You can find the tutorial here.  Connie has lots of wonderful projects on her site and her directions are well written with lots of pictures. My runner measures 14 x 30 and looks great on my coffee table.

pumpkin - batik topper

pumpkin batik table runner

 

Using Connie’s basic layout I came up with a couple of projects on my own.

Mini Quilt – White Pumpkin and wonky star with a little embroidery! Mini quilt measures 11 x 13 inches. Not crazy about my leaf design but it will do for now.

pumpkin - wonky star mini

pumpkin – wonky star mini

 

Mini Charm Pack Pumpkin Placemat – my goal was to create a 12 x 18 placemat. I like the pumpkin shape using Sandy Gervais’ Hello Fall mini charm pack and happier with this leaf design. I don’t like the cream background fabric — looks plain.  What do you think?  I’ll probably take it apart….but once I get it together I plan on writing a tutorial to share.

pumpkin - placemat wip

pumpkin – placemat wip

 

 

Thanks for stopping by and letting me share my pumpkin obsession!

Linking with Beth from Main Crush Monday — be sure to stop by to see what others are creating!

 

 

 

Friday Finishes

Happy Friday! I hope everyone has had a great week.

I was able to spend lots of time in my sewing room this week so all is good with me 🙂

I love reading and seeing blog hops. I get inspired seeing how other quilters display their creative talents using fabric.

When I read the blog posts displaying the fabric line Makers Home by Natalie Barnes it was love at first sight for me. The collection is made with beautiful modern prints in bold colors and several black and white low volume prints.

I immediately bought a couple of charm packs and a few fat quarters to get my creative juices flowing!

My Makers Home Projects:

  • Simple patchwork placemats – finished size 12 x 18 inches
  • Drunkards Path flower mini quilt – finished size 19 x 19 inches
mini quilt dp

mini quilt dp

  • Plus X table runner – finished size 14 x 68
  • I used 55 – 5×5 charm squares
  • Another opportunity for me to practice free motion quilting, this design is called loopy meandering. Far from perfect – I’m just proud I didn’t chicken out at the last moment and do walking foot quilting. I like the texture this design creates, I’m sure I will be using it again and again!
    • I really enjoyed determining the fabric placement. I tried to have every other block showcase the dominant color as the plus or cross design.
makers home table runner

makers home table runner

makers home table runner

makers home table runner

makers home table runner

makers home table runner

makers home table runner

makers home table runner

I also started a new baby quilt, hope to finish this weekend .  What quilty plans do you have this weekend ?

Linking up with Myra at Busy Hands Quilts Finished or Not Fridays!

Until next time Happy Sewing!

UFO Update

Happy Thursday!

I’m slowly working on finishing some of the quicker items on my UFO list. I am truly enjoying being semi – retired 🙂  I work on Etsy orders in the morning and if hubby and I don’t have errands I can work on quilting projects in the afternoon while he plays golf! So far it’s working great…

First I want to introduce you to my first grandchild — Evelyn.  Isn’t she a cutie?!!  She looks beautiful on the charm pack bear paw quilt I made for her!

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I’m calling the quilt below Rustic Christmas. When Joann Fabrics introduced their premium cotton line I purchased quarter yard pieces of several prints.  Rustic Christmas is made with 7 fabrics from one of their Christmas collections. I love the deep reds and greens — so warm and inviting! I often struggle with what to do with big prints – since I only had quarter yard cuts I had the brilliant idea of just sewing them all together.

The quilt measures 42 x 63. Very simple straight line quilting echoing the seams. I machine stitched the binding. Thankfully my local JoAnn’s still had fabric available that I was able to use for the backing. This quilt will be perfect for my office couch this Christmas!

rustic christmas quilt

rustic christmas quilt

rustic christmas backing

rustic christmas backing

close up of each of the prints I used. The Reindeer fabric is my favorite 🙂

 

We have friends visiting from Maryland so I made a gift for them for the Easter Season.  You know how much I love to mix in a little embroidery with my quilting! The designs I used were purchased from Embroidery Library. I used Sulky Rayon threads for the embroidery and quilting– it was a perfect match! The banner measures 12 x 21 inches.

I love florals — this blue and cream is beautiful!

Easter Banner

Easter Banner

banner cu

banner cu

banner backing

banner backing

 

Until next time – Happy Quilting and Sewing

Weekend Finishes

Hello and happy Sunday!

I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season and enjoying the time leading up to the big day — December 25!

This past week was really busy for me finishing up customer orders promised with before Christmas delivery dates.

I finished a gift  for one of my neighbors this week. They helped my hubby and I survive hurricane Irma this  past summer. The tube quilting technique that Jenny Doan from Missouri Star Quilt company demonstrated intrigued me and I decided to give it a try. The steps are easy enough but working with a bias edge can be tricky so extra care is needed. If you are unfamiliar with tube quilting you can watch the you tube video here.

The table runner I finished using the tube quilting techniques measures 19 x 60 inches.  I used fabric from my Christmas stash.  The colors  used complement her Christmas decor perfectly. I love the fabrics and the design layout — I didn’t want to ruin it with my not perfect free motion quilting so I opted for safe “stitch in the ditch”. Seeing her face after opening the gift was priceless — definitely made my day 🙂

tube table runner 2

Tube table runner 2

tube table runner 1

tube table runner cu

 

Other small gift finishes:

Flag tumbler table topper:

Flag tumbler tr

Green Bay Packer Modern Christmas Tree wall hanging: made entirely with my embroidery machine.

Packer Modern Xmas Tree

Green Bay Packer Modern Xmas Tree

Mini wall hanging with embroidery:

Christmas mini embroidery

Christmas mini embroidery

Quilted Pillow with embroidery:

Christmas pillow embroidery

Christmas pillow embroidery

 

 

Until next time — happy sewing!

Happy Jack

Hello and happy Wednesday!

I seldom have time to start and finish a project in one day!  I wanted a little something near the front door for Halloween- nothing like waiting till the last minute 🙂

While drinking my coffee this morning I sketched out a jack o lantern, by dinner time I’d come up with this:

Happy Jack measures 22 x 27.  I used fabrics from my stash.

2017 Happy Jack CU

Happy Jack CU

Isn’t he cute?

Until next time….

 

 

 

 

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