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One Monthly Goal – May 2018

Happy Wednesday!

Oh my goodness its hard to believe its May already!

I’m sure picking a random project for my OMG would be best and more challenging but I prefer to consult my calendar before making a selection. May will be a travel month for us so I needed to be realistic with my choice.

The winner : My black batik “Trip Around the World” quilt which I started back in 2015.

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OMG – Batik trip around the world

 

One of the blogs I follow Aby Quilts posted a tutorial on April 10, 2018 for her Daffodil table topper. The topper is a simple half square triangle layout very similar to the layout I used for the batik quilt. Aby challenged her readers to make their own topper either in yellow or some other color combination.

I had a few green and brown half square triangles from a previous project that was perfect to use to make this topper. It   was also the perfect opportunity to test my quilting plan for the batik quilt. I hope to get the binding on tomorrow.

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Daffodil topper

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daffodil topper back

I did straight line quilting with one inch intervals on the background fabric and stitched in the ditch on the print fabric. I need to work on my starts and stops in the center section – other than that I’m OK with the quilt plan.

Linking up with Patty at Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal!

Until next time Happy Sewing and Quilting!

Friday Finishes

Happy Friday!

The last couple of day I’ve been  able to finish up a few small projects. The free motion quilting instructors from my Craftsy classes all stress the importance of practicing.

I love making mug rugs and mini quilts, these were great for practicing scale with my FMQ designs. I even tried adding a few loopy designs. These mug rugs measure 7 x 9 inches. I did invest in a Supreme Slider and noticed a big difference in my stitch consistency. The slider definitely helped move the quilt sandwich easily. The applique designs were purchased from Embroidery Library.

Caroline with Sew Can She is hosting a series of monthly mini quilts.  January’s mini was a friendship star.  I used scraps from Minnick & Simpson’s Grant Park line. My mini finished at 10 x 10 inches.

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friendship star Jan 2017 mini

I also finished a couple small projects for Abigail Dolinger’s  Pre-Cut Challenge. Every now and then my neighbor’s son spends a couple of hours with me when his parents schedules overlap. Usually he just wants to play video games. I had fabric scattered on the floor and asked him if he wanted to help me build a snowman.

Please meet Patrick’s Snowman — he is so cute!

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Jan 17 Pre-Cut Challenge – FQ

I used fat quarters, the wall hanging measures 12 x 24.  I have enough squares remaining to piece another one since Patrick took this one home with him!

I used V & Co Color Theory mini charm pack to make this 12 x 24 topper for my laundry room.

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pre-cut challenge january

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color theory topper

 

I’m trying to get a head start on Christmas gifts. Not sure who will be the recipient but one down… I am a sucker for potholders!

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penguin gift set

 

Linking up with Lindsey and Fabric Frenzy Friday!

Thanks for stopping by !

 

 

 

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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