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Christmas In July – Peppermint Pinwheels

Happy Monday!

After seeing so many inspiring projects in the many Christmas in July blog hops, it motivated me to finish my only Christmas PHD –  Peppermint Pinwheels.

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Peppermint Pinwheel TR

I used my Creative Grids Scrap Crazy 6 templates to create the table runner. Together the templates create a 6 inch finished block. One of the templates is a equilateral triangle, I used the stripe fabric with this template in each block, rotating four blocks creates the pinwheel. I used green scraps for the other templates to surround the striped fabric. Twelve blocks creates a 12.5 x 36 inch table runner.

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I’m so happy to have this table runner finished, and I’m happy with how it turned out, and even happier how quickly it was to put together. I created each block then used a QAYG method to finish it. I definitely will make this again to give as a gift.

Below are three projects I fell in love with during this past week Christmas in July blog hops and plan to add to my Christmas to-do list are:

  1. Michelle from Creative Blonde – Christmas Stocking for pet dog
  2. Wendy from Pieceful Thoughts – Christmas Tree Mini
  3. Missouri Star Quilt Company – Christmas Tree Wall Hanging

Linking up with Main Crush Monday with Beth from Cooking Up Quilts.

Happy Sewing & Quilting

 

Quilt As You Go

I am fascinated with the Quilt As You Go (QAYG) technique.  Cutting and piecing are my favorite parts of the quilt making process – I truly dread the actual “quilting”.

Fortunately there are several books, online articles and tutorials teaching this unique technique. My go to reference is Jera Brandvig books Quilt As You Go Made Vintage and  Quilt As You Go Made Modern.

In both books she teaches different joining methods.

With the placemats below I stitched six 3.5 x 12.5 inch strips directly onto a 13 x 19 piece of batting and backing. After stitching I trimmed the placemats to 12 x 18, then I added binding.

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QAYG Batik Placemats

 

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QAYG Batik Placemat Front

For the table runner – I stitched/quilted jelly roll strips on to twelve individual 9.5 inch squares of batting, trimmed squares to 8.5 x 8.5, joined the squares to create the table runner, added backing, stitched in the ditch and added binding. Finished size for my table runner is 16.5 x 46.5.

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QAYG Batik Table Runner

 

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QAYG Batik TR Close Up

Both projects were quick and easy, I’m happy with the results.

I really, really love QAYG 🙂

Until next time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Halloween

Growing up I wasn’t a big fan of Halloween – I’m not into scary things.  When my kids were small their dad had trick or treating duties.  If he wasn’t available I would take them to organized church events that had costume guidelines.. Yeah yeah I’m boring.

Eventually I got over my “Halloween Fear” and embraced it was only one day. I do love the orange/ black colors of Halloween and tend to decorate with those colors in mind.

Below are a few of the items I made for my home to celebrate Halloween 🙂

Throw  coin quilt for my couch, I used one charm pack – Midnight Masquerade.

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Midnight Masquerade Coin Quilt

Various Pillows:

  • Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun : front made completely with my embroidery machine
  • Chevron and plus pillow more walking foot quilting practice
  • Colorado block — two color pillow to emphasis the pinwheel center also quilted with my walking foot

 

 

Coasters:

  • coasters using the Missouri Star Quilt Company Periwinkle template
  • tutorial  if you want to make your own
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Periwinkle Template Coasters

Table Toppers:

  • Granny Square table topper made using 5 inch charm squares
  • Midnight Masquerade Dresden — one charm pack
  • Half Hexie Table Runner — another Missouri Star Quilt Tutorial
  • Quilt As You Go (QAYG) table runner

 

And lastly a little something for the front door!

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Boo Star Door Hanger

 

 

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