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Classic Quilt Blocks

Happy Thursday!

I finished piecing a small wall hanging using the Jacob’s Ladder quilt block.

Jacob’s ladder quilt block is beginner friendly. Below is the layout for the quilt block. Easy to assemble with 5 four patches and 4 half square triangles.

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The pattern for making the quilt block  is a free download you can find here. The Fat Quarter Shop is also offering a quilt pattern to make different sizes. If you are interested you can purchase it here.

If you’re like me and like visual instruction you can watch Kimberly Jolly’s YouTube video creating the Jacob’s Ladder quilt block.

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I added a small inner border using the background fabric to frame the four quilt blocks with an border using the floral fabric. The floral print has both the teal and plum used in the quilt blocks and ties it all together nicely!

I’m happy with the results and looking forward to adding it to my finish column!

The other classic block I made was the Bear Paw – another free download from the Fat Quarter Shop.

The block unfinished was 14.5 x 14.5 inches. I wanted to try something different so I turned the quilt block into a quilted tote bag. It’s not pretty but very sturdy. I needed something to keep projects handy.  We are traveling for a week and I’ll be able to get some binding stitched down.

Front of bag:

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Bear Paw Tote

 

Two pockets inside:

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Bear Paw Tote inside

 

one pocket on back

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Bear Paw Tote Back

my feeble attempt at quilting –it was midnight

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Bear Paw Tote Close Up

Good news — another finish!!!

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Work In Progress – Wednesday

I’ve been spending time going through my fabric containers making a list of projects I can realistically start/finish before we move in June.

I came across these six petal blocks I’d made sometime last year.

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Gardenvale Petal Blocks

I decided these would make a great table runner.  The fabric is  Gardenvale by Jen Kingwell for Moda. The prints are funky, modern and retro and the colors are beautiful. I used ten inch squares cut into four – 5 inch squares with 2.5 inch squares to create the diagonal corners which gives each block the the petal look.

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Gardenvale Table Runner

Needless to say I thought I was done! I was going through one of my large drawers that I keep supplies for my Etsy shop and found 3 more petal blocks — do you ever misplace quilt blocks?

I figured nine block would make a great wall hanging, and I really need bright spot in my sewing room. Adding the three additional blocks created a new problem – I didn’t have anymore of the fabric I’d used for the cornerstones. I found a scrap Cotton & Steel jelly roll strip in black that matched.

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Gardenvale Wall Hanging

 

Now — I guess I will remove and remake the bottom row of sashing using the Cotton and Steel fabric and my sense of balance will be restored:)

I truly hate ripping out stitches!

If you would like to make a similar table topper or wall hanging  Allison Harris with Cluck Cluck Sew has a great tutorial name Floret Table Topper.

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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.

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Christmas Hexie TR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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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.

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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.

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One gift down many more to go!

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Hexie Gift Seft

 

Topper : 23 inches

Mug Rug /Snack Mats : 7 x 9 inches

Fabric: Christmas bundle JoAnn Fabrics

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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.

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Christmas Patchwork Trees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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