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Recent Finishes and Weekly To Do

Happy Tuesday!

Between traveling and hurry up sewing I haven’t taken the time to post.

Today is my first time joining the To-Do Tuesday Linky party hosted by fellow blogger and friend, Roseanne at Home Sewn By Us.

Currently I find myself with several projects and deadlines looming so I’m hoping keeping a list will keep me organized and focused 🙂

Sit back grab a drink …this will be a long post 🙂

First I’d like to share the projects I’ve finished over the past two weeks.

  • Bella’s Shooting Stars – quilt finishes at 52 x 52 inches. I originally wrote about this quilt here.
Ombre Mettalic Baby Quilt, Charming Stars
  • October projects from our LQS ruler/template club
    • Creative Grids 60 degree Equilateral Ruler – strip pieced hexagon table runner
    • Creative Grids Spider Web Ruler – Striped pieced spider web wall hanging with applique
  • Quilt As You Go Improv Log Cabin Wall Hanging with machine embroidery. This quilt finished at 32 x 32 inches. I used larger scraps from borders in previous projects and Jera Brandvig tutorial from the Pellon site as a guide. You can find the tutorial here.
QAYG Improv log cabin
  • Quilt as Go Improv Wall Hanging- up until now my quilting journey has only included traditional piecing. Slowly I’m trying new techniques. I’m having a hard time with Improv — my OCD tendencies won’t allow me to work with out structure. I watched a video of Nicole from Mama Loves Quilts about improv piecing and finally had the aha moment! I pulled out a bunch of batik scraps to match a wooden plaque and gave it a try. I struggled with the angles to give it a wonky look but got better by block 9. Like everything else in quilting I’ll get better with practice.
improv piecing quilt as you go wall hanging

To -Do List for the week of October 29th through November 4th, 2019

  • Autumn Jubliee Placemats – Tutorial found here
  • Autumn Fly Away Table Runner – inspired by Missouri Star Quilt Company – video tutorial found here. Tutorial uses a jelly roll, I’m using a charm pack.
charm pack flying geese quilt wip
  • Finish test purse using my own cross body purse pattern
cross body charm pack purse
  • Finish commissioned gingham pumpkin/star quilt – customer showed me a picture of what she wanted so I created a pattern. The stars are created in the sashing.

Happy Sewing/Quilting – thanks for stopping by!

Linking up with Home Sewn By Us To-Do Tuesday!

Quilt As You Go – Quick Gift Ideas

Happy Friday,

I started and finished a few projects this morning using one type of the Quilt As You Go (QAYG) method!  They were so easy I wanted  to share them with you.

I love pot holders! I cook 5 out 7 days each week and use pot holders constantly.

Christmas 2018 QAYG Potholders

Christmas 2018 QAYG Potholders

 

QAYG – Potholders

  • Start with 2 squares of Insul-Brite measuring 10 x 10 inches for the front and back of your potholder
  • Strip piece 4- 2.5 x 11 inch rectangles directly onto both squares of Insul-Brite
    • finger press your seams
  • Add a piece of cotton batting between your front and back piece – quilt along the seams to join the 3 pieces
  • trim potholder to 9 or 9.5 inch square
  • sew a basting stitch around the entire potholder
  • Bind – I used one 2.5 x WOF for each potholder

Enjoy your potholder!

QAYG – Table runner

I needed a runner for my coffee table.

Christmas 2018 Candy Cane TR

Christmas 2018 Candy Cane TR

My requirements were:

  • 12 to 16 inches tall and 32-34 inches wide.
  • inspiration : candy cane
  • use red & white metallic fabrics

After I found scrap batting in the size I needed. I cut the white strips 4.5 x WOF and the red strips 2.5 x WOF.

Starting in the center I pieced the fabrics directly on the batting at a slant to give it the candy cane illusion.

  • trim the sides
  • add backing
  • echo quilt along seam lines
  • bind

Christmas 2018 Candy Cane CU

Christmas 2018 Candy Cane CU

Christmas 2018 Candy Cane Backing

Christmas 2018 Candy Cane Backing

QAYG Placemats

Christmas 2018 QAYG RB Placemats

Christmas 2018 QAYG Placemats

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Christmas 2018 QAYG RB Placemats

These placemats measure 12 x 16. Fabric is from Timeless Treasures.

I used 4 strips 3 x 16.5 inches per placemat.

  • I sewed the strips on to the batting
  • Added backing – placing right sides together
  • sewed around leaving opening
  • turned right side out
  • top stitched around entire placemat to close the opening
  • echo quilted along seams

 

Happy Stitching

WIP – Wednesday

Hello everyone – happy Wednesday!

This past week has been really good; no deadlines and my daughter came for a visit.  One of her best friends got married in Tampa so she stayed with us for a week.

My favorite part of the quilting process is cutting and piecing – to me it’s like putting together a puzzle something I find challenging and relaxing.

I’ve gotten much better at setting aside time for quilty projects daily. I took some time to starch fabrics and get them cut out and made a list of what to do each day for a week. Since I’m such a list/task oriented person I don’t know why I haven’t done this before!

Anyway these are the new projects  I’ve got started in last few days:

Kansas Star quilt block –quilters are drawn to star blocks.  I fell in love with this one, I plan to add borders to make the finished size 14 x 14. Eventually I will make it a tote bag for grocery shopping. I used 10 inch squares from a Cotton and Steel pre-cut package to create the block. I used Amanda Rolf’s video tutorial, you can find it here.

wip- kansas star

wip- kansas star

My all time favorite quilt block is the maple leaf.  Each year I make something using this block. I found a table runner on Pinterest I liked and decided to create something similar using a charm pack.

wip - rainbow maple leaf

wip – rainbow maple leaf

I’m always looking for ways to use my charm packs. I sketched a star on graph paper and came up with this.  I’m sure it’s not original but it worked for me and it only took one charm pack.

wip - charming star

wip – charming star

Lastly I started a project that I won’t need until October 2019. The pattern is Double Trouble from Quilts and More Fall 2016. I’m using scraps so I’ve modified the pattern a bit to match my scraps.  It’s a 12 inch skinny churn dash block with several variations.

wip - Halloween double trouble

wip – Halloween double trouble

 

Lesson I learned this week:

  • planning ahead is everything!
  • completing daily tasks earn me a glass of wine 🙂

Before my daughter arrived in Florida, she and my youngest son had just returned from vacationing in Thailand. They purchased beautiful fabrics for me that I will share at a later date.  I wanted to show a couple of my favorite pictures they took.

kids- nikki stevie elephant

kids – nikki stevie elephant

kids - nikki stevie bengal tiger

kids – nikki stevie Bengal tiger

Linking up today with:

 

Thanks for stopping by — Happy 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!

Plus Side of Halloween

One of my favorite sites for inspiration is Fort Worth Fabric Studio. Every Friday Lindsey Weight has a lovely fat quarter bundle for sale. As a bonus she offers a free project to go along with the bundle.

I love making quilted table runners. They are a quick way to dress up a kitchen table or dining area. One of my favorite table runner projects from Fort Worth Fabric Studio is “A Spot of Tea”.

I love any quilt block that showcases a plus sign or a cross. Fortunately for me this table runner design has both!

I went with orange black fabrics to get the fall festive look with a hint of Halloween.

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The blocks are large and go together very quickly. My table runner measures 13.5 x 40. I used Spooktacular Scaredy Cat by Maude Asbury for Blend Fabrics as the backing. Isn’t it gorgeous!

Halloween Plus Cross TR 1

I used the scraps to make coasters.

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It was the first time I used the folded corner clipper tool for the diagonal seams. It was perfect! We all have our own preferred method of doing stitch n flip seams. A friend suggested I give this tool a try and I’m really glad I did.

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Folded Corner Clipper

 

If you get chance stop by Fort Worth Fabric Studio to see all the lovely projects and mystery quilt-a-longs they offer.

Until next time 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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.

Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

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