Saturday, February 18, 2017

Eagle Medallion Quilt Progress

This project is sort of like figuring out a puzzle since I'm designing and writing and testing the pattern as I go.  Don't worry about that lower border not lining up correctly, it's not sewn on or even cut yet.

It's very exciting figuring out what the next section will look like.  I modeled the center medallion after a quilt I saw on Amish Country Quilts but wanted the setting triangles to be more interesting but hope it's not getting too busy.  My daughter doesn't like the yellow but it can be a symbol of hope, remembrance, peace, and honor.  I do love the look of the mitered red and white stripes at the corners.  What do you think?

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Works in Progress

I wish I had a few things finished but at least there is progress and I have all day to sew! 
Here is the start of a crib bumper that is for my first little grandchild coming next month.  It's made from a panel called A Child's Garden of Verses.  I'll show you this later in Teddy's white crib.

My coworker, Katherine will be honored in March and I'm working on a retirement quilt for her.  I've chosen a patriotic theme for her quilt as she and her husband are patriots!
Here's an eagle I sketched out on heat and bond and ironed onto fabric.  Now to choose a back ground fabric to applique it on.  I am making a version of this quilt I saw on Amish Country Quilts.

Here is a bit of progress.  I'll include some cutting instructions in a future post.
Lastly another coworker is having a baby girl, due the same time as my little grandson.  My manager usually makes baby quilts and retirement quilts for my coworkers but her sewing foot is broken so luckily I can help out.  She had a UFO-- some 12 disappearing 4 patches (DFPs) blocks and gave them to me along with the left over layer cake she made them from.
 I decided to make star blocks but couldn't incorporate the all the DFPs so bordered for of them and each block is 15" and so the quilt will be approximately 43" square.  Aren't the little owl's cute?

To finish it off I'm going to make a prairie point border from 2" squares.  I hope the prairie points will bring all the bright colors together and flatter the stars!
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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Candle Mat Gifts with Tutorial

I been sewing these quick coasters that make perfect candle mats.

A Sea of Candles and Candle Mats
Packing up each one into a cellophane bag and adding a few kisses creates...
A Sweet little gift!

Candle Mat Tutorial
1.  Cut out 5 squares 1/2" larger than the desired finished size.  (Mine are 4 3/4")
                             2.  Fold 4 of them diagonally and press.    

 3.  Place triangles in the configuration above
4.  Use a Glue stick to secure the configuration (works much better than pinning)
5.  (Optional) Sew on a label on the 5th side (create with freezer paper method)

6.  Sew the 5th square to the triangle sections, right sides together all around the perimeter.
7.  Clip the corners and then turn right side out and press.

Original Coaster tutorial here.
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Saturday, December 17, 2016

And a Little More Christmas

Merry Christmas to You!
When I saw a Christmas pillow post on A Quilting Life, I really wanted to make one.
I made little houses and trees blocks and then used the tutorial from Nana Co. that has been so popular for years, for the small block border and embroidery.  This is a pillow cover.

For the pillow, I reworked this piece that I made in a Free Motion Quilting challenge a couple years ago.
Lastly, here it is with the Christmas Quilt I made in the Quilt Along with Quilt Doodle Doodle a few years ago!
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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.
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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.