Saturday, December 3, 2016

Return to Christmas Corner: Gifts and Attic Window Pillow

After a Christmas sewing hiatus, I finally restarted!  Tis the Season!
I've been working on some candle mats to go with the 48 votive candles in glass I got from Amazon ($32.99).

The link to the pattern for the trees is here (I made my trunks narrower) and the coaster mats here (looks complicated but so easy!)
  These gifts go along with the Christmas message to Light the World to do small things each day in December to brighten and lighten lives.  Here's a link to the advent calendar of suggestions and a link here to the inspirational video.

And here's the attic window pillow using winter scene yardage.

I made an attic windows tutorial for a Christmas in July project back in 2013 with The Crafty Quilter (she has lots of wonderful things on her blog).  You can see my tutorial here.

I started with some old fabric I bought years ago.  It's craft grade so not suitable for a quilt but just fine for a wall hanging or pillow.

I cut out this 12 inch piece

Cut it into nine 4" squares

The sashing is 1 1/2" with 2" squares cut diagonally to make the corner angle.

And the window grids are 1" strips.

I'm now thinking maybe I should have kept it a wall hanging rather than a pillow.  But I've got more of that fabric and I think I'll do a little more fussy cutting to get the scenes in the windows more to my liking.
Thanks for dropping by!
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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Patchwork Friends Mini Quilt Show

Joining a swap is a nice way to make new Patchwork Friends.  My new friends are Lynn and Karen and Mara I've met in a swap before!!  It's time for the reveal for the Mug Rug swap.
The Sachet swap was organized by Karen at Easy Patchwork.  The mug rug swap was organized by ladies in Kathy Tracy's Small Quilt Yahoo Group.  Kathy also has a facebook small quilt group with lots of wonderful photos.

I love that Lynn from Louisiana made
this darling mug rug depicting the two of us
having a little tea party.
Karen from TX made the sweetest sachet, all
ready to add some potpourri.  And
the little Needle Wisdom booklet is
full of vintage sketches, sayings and poems.
I love it!

Lynn also included extras: some tea and a darling tiny tea spoon and even the
instructions to make the mug rug.
(The free pattern is by Red Brolly and can be found here.)

And here's the sachet I made for Mara, along with some fun cloth labels for embellishing.

And lastly, here is the little mug rug I made for Lynn.  It was Sept. and I was wanting to sew for fall but not necessarily with fall colors and so I created my own tiny 2 1/4" maple leaves (you can see the tutorial here) and I used Jenny's sewing machine block pattern for Pat Sloan's Splendid Sampler sew along and you can find that free pattern here (I reduced the size down).
Thanks for checking out the show!
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Friday, November 11, 2016

It's a Small Quilting World After All

On a whim, I joined in a sachet swap held by Karen at Easy Patchwork.  Coincidentally, my sachet partner is someone I made a needle book for a few years ago, in another swap.  It's a small quilting world!

Mara loves bright colors, things in nature, the sea and blue.  

I made the mermaid sachet cover (4 x 4 3/4") and a liner.  Per our instructions these items will be mailed off and filled by the recipient with their favorite potpourri.  This way there is no problem with some countries quarantining for biological hazards.
The back

The mermaid picture is from a stamp which I printed out and then colored in with fabric markers.

Black binding completes this little crow quilt made last month.

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Another Maple Mini

Yesterday I sewed a few more mini maple blocks and then sewed them all into an 11" square with 1/2" sashing and corner stones.

I like this picture with the light from the back.
You can make these 2 1/4" (finished) maple leaf blocks with tutorial here.

Here's the crow with maples I'm thinking of putting a block polka dot border on.  Don't want to rush until I'm sure.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Mini Maples

Making miniature  (2 1/4" finished) maple leaf blocks with tutorial here.
The sun hitting the orange leaves really makes them pop against the black!
Just needs binding.  Black polka dot, I think.
Here's a link to a tutorial to make a crow block.

These maples will soon be a mini quilt hanging or maybe a pillow.

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Wonderful Autumn Leaves and a Tutorial

Resplendent, inspiring, intoxicating!

Snapped this picture while on a walk today.  I'm soaking up as much as I can before the colors fade !
I started sewing my own autumn leaf collection!  See below for tutorial to make these 2 1/4" (finished) maple leaf blocks.

I was so happy to find some Fall UFO's...
....and to put out some favorite....

...fall things from the past!

My porch is ready for trick or treaters!

I made a crazy pumpkin quilt block into a Pumpkin potholder.

Miniature Maple Leaf Block Tutorial
Cut the following pieces for each block

When sewing around the 2 1/4" squares (right sides together) use a scant quarter inch seam.
Cut diagonally as shown.  Press open and square up to 1 1/4"
For the stem, sew the triangles (from the 1 5/8" squ. which was cut diagonally once) to each side of the stem piece.
Now you can assemble the pieces as shown in the picture.  Square up to 2 3/4"

Come back to visit soon and hopefully I'll have made a mini quilt to show, with 12 of these maple leaf blocks. 

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Bright and Colorful!

I love how vibrant and happy this quilt is!
Another coworker is retiring and my manager and her daughter pieced together this bright and colorful quilt top! 

I'm so glad I can help out a bit in the process by doing the machine quilting on my Sunshine 16!  The colors and designs in the fabrics make you want to dance and so the quilting is wavy free motion lines that are swaying to the music!
Each block is made of a 3 inch center square and then 2 inch strips as shown.  In this quilt, right in the center of all the colorful strips, is a black and white checked square. 

The recipient is 70 and still going strong.  I'm sure she will love this!

These blocks turned out a bit smaller than the others and so Maggie sewed them into the backing.  

Sew, sew cute!!

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