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2019 Red White & Blue

Happy Monday! I can’t believe it’s July already — don’t know about you but this year feels like it’s going by quickly!

We’re leaving for another trip in a couple of weeks so hubby and I have a quiet day planned for July 4th. We’ve been working on a couple of patio projects — we mounted a TV on the outside wall in the lanai that can seen and heard from the pool and hot tub. Now I have my own private resort area in my backyard! I can layout and drink, read, listen to music and watch TV . Our other project was adding an outdoor antenna. We gave up cable a few ago and decided to stream TV shows and movies..we added the antenna to get local news –especially weather updates.

Not the best picture — it’s raining but you can see the reflection of the antenna. Everything is against the wall to keep it rain free.

The items below are patriotic projects I’ve made over the past few months but not shared here on the blog.

My continual obsession with embroidered pillows: The USA design I purchased from Itch 2 Stitch. It is a sketch design — super quick stitch out comes in several sizes. The “God Bless America” design was purchased from Embrotique — also a quick stitch that comes in several sizes.

2019 Patriotic Quilted Pillows w Embroidery
2019 Patriotic Quilted Pillows w Embroidery

Our May club project was a QAYG table runner using RWB fabrics. Our starting block had to include a patriotic embroidery design. We used this YouTube video by Scrappy Patch for making the table runner. This was a great scrap busting project also perfect for jelly roll strips or any other pre cut 2.5 inch strips. I made placemats to match. I purchased the flag heart embroidery designs from Planet Applique.

This was my attempt at making a QAYG hexie mug rug. I didn’t do a good job — it’s very distorted — the shape is weird!

Log Cabin Hexie Mug Rug
Log Cabin Hexie Mug Rug

I used the free pattern Yankee Doodle Flag Gems found on the Quilt Inspiration blog which is home to lots of free patterns and inspiration to make the wall hanging below. I plan on adding fusible white stars in the blue section and some embroidery to one of the white stripes. Another scrappy project great for 2.5 inch strips.

RWB Strip Pieced Flag Wall Hanging or Table Topper
RWB Strip Pieced Flag Wall Hanging or Table Topper

Runner and log cabin coasters for my coffee table.

I did take my Juki sewing machine on our travels to make this RWB log cabin quilt. I basted the quilt this past weekend and plan on quilting and binding it today.

RWB Log Cabin Lap Quilt
RWB Log Cabin lap quilt

I guess that’s enough for today! Hope you are having a relaxing Monday 🙂

Thanks for stopping by ♥♥

Happy Pineapple Day

Happy Thursday!

It’s been a long time since I posted something to my journal. We’ve spent the past couple of months traveling…spending time with family and friends. It was a lot of fun but I’m happy to be home sleeping in my own bed again 🙂

Our club members decided to make table runners using the pineapple quilt blocks for June. I was super happy with this choice, the pineapple block is one I’ve never made before and I was gifted the Creative Grids pineapple trim tool a few years ago and finally had an opportunity to use it.

I used Missouri Star Quilt Company Pineapple Table Runner pattern from the early winter 2017 edition of their Block magazine along with Jenny’s video tutorial using the trim tool to make my runner. You can watch the video here. The trim tool is fantastic —

Pineapple Quilted Table Runner
Pineapple Quilted Table Runner

I used Kona solids and Zen Chic modern background paper for the pineapple blocks. The border is a Kaufman digital floral print. All scraps from my stash- YAY !! Table runner measures 16 x 36 inches.

Our club focuses primarily on projects using machine embroidery. I designed a machine appliqued pineapple design for the group. I made two placemats measuring 12 x 16 inches to showcase the design.

Pineapple Machine Applique Placemats
Pineapple Quilted Placemats

The body of the pineapple is a friendship braid – also made with my embroidery machine. I included quilting lines for the pineapple body and leaf top. I used a zig zag stitch for the applique finish. I’m really pleased with the design and can’t wait to see how the other ladies use their pineapple design!

Happy Sewing & Quilting!

Winter Blues and a Charm Pack

Happy Thursday!

You might think Winter Blues sounds odd coming from a person who lives in the sunshine state! I am very happy we no longer have to shovel or drive in the snow! However, I do miss the beauty of snow falling from the sky.

Out of habit I decorate with blue and white during the month of January. I recently read a good post written by Carole Carter from My Carolina Home about decorating with white in January – maybe in 2020 I’ll start a new decorating habit.

One of my ongoing goals is to use more of my pre-cut stash with patterns made for pre-cuts. I started working on a charm pack project and discovered the cutting instructions were wrong. I was angry with myself, I bought the magazine 5 years ago, I checked online and yes there was a pattern correction — shame on me 😦 .

Originally I was going to throw out the fabric and chalk it up to experience but I could hear my mother saying “pick up your chin and keep moving”! I cut the fabric into smaller squares and usable rectangles to make something I can use– more potholders and a pillow cover!

I’m still finding time for embroidery projects…

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Baby its cold outside pillow

Today I started a table runner using this tutorial from Free Motion by the River. I replaced the chisel blocks with plain blocks to use for the snowflake embroidery designs. Hope to finish it tomorrow.

Winter Blues WIP

Linking with “Linky Tuesday“. Stop by to see what others are creating!

Happy Stitching!

Gift Sewing Madness – Day 3

Happy Tuesday!

I had another productive sewing day today!

Decorating kitchen towels and making potholders are another favorite gift item I like to make. This year I decided to give everyone the same set — time wise it was best for me.

Christmas 2018 Towels Group

Christmas 2018 Gift Towel Set

 

The towels are 16 inches wide,  I band them with a 5.5 inch strip of fabric and half inch grosgrain ribbon. I love the modern and whimsical embroidery designs.  The ornament design I purchased from Planet Applique – everything else I created myself. Now that I have time I’m finally learning how to use my digitizing/embroidery software!

Christmas 2018 Towels

Christmas 2018 Kitchen Towels

 

The floating star potholder is my go to design when I need quick.  I love it because I never loose my star points! It is commonly called “the dandy star”.  A simple nine patch arrangement.  To make one star block you need

  • eight (8) 3.5 inch squares of background fabric,
  • one (1) 3.5 inch square print fabric for  star center
  • eight (8) 2.0 inch squares print fabric for star points
    • use the stitch and flip method to create the star points
  • layout
  • sew together

I added a pocket to the back of one of the potholder.  The potholders measure 9 inches square.

Christmas 2018 Potholders

Christmas 2018 Potholders

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Christmas 2018 Potholders

Lastly a gift for my youngest son…he graduated from University of Michigan in 2006, played football while there and is a BIG BIG Michigan fan! He has a really cute tree on his dining room table with all kinds of Michigan ornaments — so I made a table runner for the tree!  I’m sure it will be a surprise 🙂

Christmas 2018 Michigan TR

2018 Michigan Half Hexie Christmas Tree

 

Christmas 2018 Michigan CU

Christmas 2018 Michigan CU

 

Linking with Linky Tuesday at Freemotion By The River.

Until next time – Happy Sewing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mystery Quilt Along Reveal

Happy Saturday!

We’ve spent the last month traveling to visit with family and friends.  It’s great to be home again and even better to be sewing again.  Taking a small break has been a great motivator for me to start finishing up projects 🙂

I participated in my first QAL this past quarter.  It was a mystery quilt along hosted by Cindy at In a Stitch Quilting and Tracy with It’s a T-Sweets Day. I loved their QAL concept of using a focus fabric to create any project of your choosing.

The focus fabric for this past quarter  was “Tea Flowers” from the English Tea collections by Connecting Threads. It is a vintage small floral print but the tomato red color made me think of Christmas.

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Camille Roskelley’s Swoon block has been on my to do list for quite awhile. This QAL was the perfect opportunity to make it happen!

My swoon table topper/wall hanging measure 30 x 30 inches. Although the front doesn’t scream Christmas – my backing certainly does!

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Mystery QAL Swoon

mystery qal backing

Mystery QAL Backing

Thanks for stopping by – Happy Sewing!

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

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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!

Work In Progress Wednesday

Happy Wednesday!

I’ve been going through my plastic container of UFO’s trying to decide should I keep or should I toss? 🙂

A few of my UFO projects needed binding only so I was able to finish those over the weekend during our road trip to Florida.

I made this wall hanging for our entryway in shades of blue and grey to celebrate the wintry season.

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Icy Blues

 

Quilt pattern  is Icy Blues by Jocelyn Ueng with the Fat Quarter Shop. It is a free pattern found on the All People Quilt website.

This wall hanging was another opportunity to practice my free motion quilting skills. Thankfully I used a thread that was a PERFECT match to the front and hides my horrible stitching.

 

 

I tried to stitch in the ditch with the FMQ foot and practice a couple of the dot to dot design that Angela Walters demonstrates in her Craftsy class. As you can see on the back the stitches are crazy looking. Finished is better than perfect – right?

The icy blues wall hanging measures 22 x 42 inches.

I didn’t want the  wall-hanging to be alone so I  finished my half hexie snowman table runner.  This table runner is one of the popular free pattern/tutorial by Jenny of the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

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half hexie snowman table runner

 

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half hexie snowman

Isn’t he cute!!

Half Hexie table runner measures 18.5 x 44.5 inches. I used various shades of blue fabric from my stash.

 

In 2015 I participated in the Spring Petals Quilt Along hosted by The Crafty Quilter. She taught us different techniques for applique. It was the first time I ever tried applique and fell in love with the raw edge technique. For my project I used a charm pack to create the orange peel petals – Color Theory by V&Co for Moda. I honestly don’t remember why I didn’t finish the table runner…

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color theory petals

 

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color theory petals back

Auditioning for spring!

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Color Theory Petals TR

 

This next wall hanging went into the “toss” category. Have you ever made something and didn’t like it? When I first saw the pattern I loved it and had to make it– I love all things Dresden and I like applique.

My friend’s grandmother likes to hand quilt and I’m so happy to pass this along to her!

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Dresden Flower Pots

 

Have you worked on any UFO’s lately?

Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

 

A Well Dressed Table

Hello Friends – I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas.

I love a well dressed table! Quilted table runners add quick color and style to my small but cozy dining area.

Table runners also make great gifts. Below are a few I made for friends and family this holiday season.

Wreath Table Runner –  Easy charm pack project

  • Size – 16 x 52 inches
  • Pattern – Fons & Porter Quickly Quilting Winter 2013
  • Fabric – Kate Spain Solstice Charm Pack
  • Quilting – Random straight and radiant lines

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Solstice Wreath TR

Half Hexie Christmas Tree Runner – another easy and quick pattern by Jenny Doan with Missouri Star Quilt Company.  This tutorial will get you started!

  • Size – 19 x 50 inches
  • Pattern – MSQC Holiday Tree Runner
  • Fabric – Hobby Lobby Christmas Fabric
  • Quilting – Walking Foot – decorative Stitch

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Half Hexie Xmas TR

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Patchwork Star – Simple charm pack patchwork table runner. A single star is created within the layout using the stitch n flip (diagonal seam) method.

  • Size – 19 x 38 inches
  • Fabric – Holly’s Tree Farm by Sweetwater for Moda
  • Quilting – Walking foot – echoing seams

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Patchwork Star TR

 

Penguin Pinwheels – I believe this was my favorite table runner this month! The red and aqua is so bright and cheery and the penguins are just too cute 🙂

I used the Simple Pinwheel tutorial by Abigail Dolinger. I used yardage for my table runner, the pattern however is jelly roll friendly. This was a quick and easy  – I will definitely use this pattern again.

Size: 23 x 38 inches

 

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Penguin Pinwheel TR

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Penguin Pinwheels

I am linking with Fort Worth Fabric Studio – Fabric Frenzy. Lindsey always offers a cool fat quarter bundle with an inspiring project.

Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

 

Maple Leaf Obsession

Ohhh… I sew love the maple leaf quilt block 🙂

There are several versions of the maple leaf block. I like this one because it’s quick and easy!

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maple leaf batik pillow

This maple leaf quilt block can be made with any color; it can be the actual color of leaves- green for spring and summer or golden brown for fall. You could also make it scrappy with all the leaf pieces being a different color.

My latest maple goodies are:

Hello Fall maple leaf table topper

Maple Leaf Table Topper  Stats:

  • Quilt Block – Maple Leaf
  • Size – 24 x 24 inches
  • Fabric – Hello Fall charm pack; Sandy Gervais for Moda
  • Quilting – Machine Straight Line using my Babylock Ellisimo
  • Thread – Superior #906 – Autumn Days – a  variegated thread
  • Binding – machine stitched front and back

I love the rich fall colors and whimsical prints in this fabric line. I used a cream fabric for the body of the leaf. The print charm squares were used as the background fabric in the maple leaf quilt block, as well as the border; giving the illusion of a single in leaf in a bed of color.

Maple Leaf Star Wall Hanging

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maple star embroidery

Maple Leaf Star Wall Hanging Stats:

  • Quilt Block – Maple Leaf
  • Size – 28 x 28 inches
  • Fabric – Basically Patrick – Sunflower and Lily’s Garden Spice; Patrick Lose for RJR ; Ivory Basics for Windham Fabrics
  • Quilting – Machine Straight Line using my Babylock Ellisimo
  • Thread – Aurifil 50 wt – #2026
  • Embroidery – Eat Drink and be Thankful from Embroidery Library 
  • Binding – machine stitched to front hand stitched in back

I’m a precut junkie – especially charm packs.  They’re cute and cheap. I’m always thinking of ways to use them in projects and teaching myself new techniques. In this wall hanging I used the prints with fall colors from the two Patrick Lose charm packs and the background pieces from the Ivory Basic charm pack.

I created 4 scrappy maple leaf quilt blocks omitting the stem, rotating each block so that the empty “stem” block went to the center. This created the area for the embroidery. With the remaining charms I created the border.

Maple Leaf Nine Patch Wall Hanging

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Maple Fall Nine Patch

Maple Leaf Nine Patch Wall Hanging Stats:

  • Quilt Block – Maple Leaf and Nine Patch
  • Size – 42 x 42 square
  • Fabric – Kona Solids, Keepsake Calicos and V&Co Simply Colorful
  • Quilting – Machine Straight Line using my Babylock ellisimo
  • Thread – Superior #906 Autumn Days
  • Binding – machine stitched to front hand stitched to back

In our foyer I have a great spot to showcase many of wallhangings. I’m using this wall hanging for this month November.

Linking up with Busy Hand Quilts Finished or Not Friday! and Fort Worth Fabrics Friday Frenzy

I love autumn themed quilts and home decor. If you need a little more maple leaf inspiration with pictures and instructions please check out:

Autumn Jubilee from My Carolina Home. I just found this site last week so I was too late to participate in the quilt along.  I have plenty of scraps to make this project later.

Aiming for Accuracy Maple Mini Quilt — free download — excellent written instructions.

Enjoy your day — thanks for stopping by!

 

 

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