Saturday, October 10, 2020

Five Day Jump Start on Christmas Quilt Along

I would love to get a jumpstart on Christmas sewing, there are three cute patterns and 100% of the $10 fee goes to the great cause of providing quilts to fire victims.
Here is the link to Modern Handmade in case you want to join in on the fun!

The first project is this market tote bag and you should see all the cute ones people have made.  I made mine with 3 colors on the outside and a 1/2" black an white polkdot flange for a little extra pizzaz.  It's a nice size and I think I'll make a few more as they will make nice gifts and only take an hour or two.

A few other projects working on simultaneously...
This quilt is for my cousin who is very sick.  The patchwork center, on point, is made with a Squirrelly Girl charm pack (Bunny Hill) and fabrics I had on hand.  The border will be from the Sugar Squirrels Quilt pattern.

Squirrels, acorns, and leaves ready to applique.

Spock is coming along....

  Linking up with Alycia QuiltsConfessions of a Fabric Addict

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Halloween Pumpkin Patch

Tonight's Full Moon is called a Harvest Moon
Hence the name: Harvest Moon Pumpkin Patch Topper
And we will have a 2nd full moon this month on October 31st (a blue moon)!  Very exciting!

I also thought of calling it Cinderella's Pumpkin Patch because it's sort of magical!

I have a Halloween gift for you!  A tutorial so you can make your own!
MOON (make 1)
Cut out (21) 2 1/2" moon squares and make (4) 2 1/2" HSTs using method below or your favorite method 
(Note:  If you want a trip around the world pattern, you will need to lay it all out so you'll know which background colors go where.)
The STARS (make 4)
Cut (16) 2 1/2" background squares and (4) 2 1/2" center squares,  make (16) half square triangles HSTs.  Sew together as shown into a 9 patch square which will be 6 1/2"
HALF SQUARE TRIANGLES (HSTs) four at once method
(Apology:  I just updated the size of squares to cut to make these HSTs)
NOTE:  You can make (4) 2 1/2" HSTs at a time by cutting a featured color and background square
Cut: 4 1/4" squares,  place right sides together, sew around perimeter and cut diagonally twice, press open and trim to 2 1/2"
For the 1 1/2" HST cut 3 1/4" black and background color and follow the same method above
The BATS (make 4)
Cut (12) 2 1/2" black squares and (16) 2 1/2" background squares; (16) 1 1/2: background squares; and make (16) 1 1/2" HSTs (see method above)

Sew all sections together and square up to 6 1/2"
(Note:  I wish I would've used all lighter colors around the bat, instead of the dark blue)
Using a variety of orange fabrics, cut (4) scrappy strips 2 1/2 x 7 1/2"; (8) 2 x 7 1/2"; and (8) 1 1/2 x 7 1/2"
Cut (16) 2 1/2" ; (2) 7 7/8" ; (2) 8 3/8" squares of background fabric
Step 1. Sew strips together as shown

Step 2.  Snowball all the corners by sewing a 2 1/2" back ground square diagonally to each corner right sides together and trimming seam to 1/4" Press open.
Step 3.  To make the pumpkin block on point, cut the 7 7/8" squares diagonally twice and sew to the sides of the pumpkins and cut the 8 3/8" squares diagonally twice and sew to the top and bottom of the pumpkin block.  Square up to 10 1/2"
(Note:  You could also do applique pumpkins or patchwork pumpkins  I would like to do patchwork if I make this again)

You could make yours all scrappy or if you want to make it like a trip around the world, cut out 2 1/2 squares and layout as shown and sew together into sections.


To make the vines, I used the clover bias tape makers as you can see and cut some leaf and stem parts and appliqued them on.  I usually use light weight heat and bond but this time I just used Elmer's school glue sticks and stuck the leaves and stems on and I ironed and pinned the vines into curving shapes, and then zig zagged with a small.  (or use your favorite applique method)
I did some of the applique prior to sewing all the sections together to make a little easier.
Quilted with a simple stipple.

I hope you'll show me if you make one too!

Happy Halloween!

Linking up with My Quilt Infatuation
and For the Love of Geese
and Confessions of a Fabric Addict
and Alycia Quilts

Monday, September 21, 2020

Hello Fall! Update regarding wool batting!

I washed and dried this quilt and experienced the terrible bearding phenomenon!  It's when the batting fibers come right through the fabric and makes it fuzzy.  I think my mistake was drying the quilt with heat.  So beware if you use wool batting.  There is washing instructions on the packaging, so my fault, but a terrible mistake! 

I'm so happy to join Carla of Creatin in the Sticks for this wonderful Fall hop!

I cut out all the pieces for this Halloween patchwork quilt three years ago but never got back to it.

Six inch squares set on point. Here's the original post that has some cutting instructions for the setting and half square triangles.  (never mind, that link doesn't work, don't know why)

I love the creamy setting squares with the polka dot binding.  Do you see the little free motion quilted bats?

The backing is flannel gingham and I used wool batting for the first time.

Please visit all the blogs showing their beautiful projects today!

Some favorite quilted projects that I love to put out in autumn.



Last but not least...

Come back soon to see a new table topper.  I ran out of time to finish it before the hop.   I'm still trying to decide what to call it:  Pumpkins in Moonlight or Moonlit Pumpkin Patch.  I'll give you some instructions and show you how to make these cute bats!

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Hello Fall Blog Hop Starts Tomorrow

The first day of Fall is right around the corner.  Are you sewing anything with a Fall or Halloween theme yet?

I made this little topper last month for my neighbor's birthday.

We harvested our pumpkins and set them out by the waterfall and this little cutie claimed one that is just her size.


Carla, from Creatin in the Sticks, has organized a great group quilters who took the Autumn sewing challenge.  Here's the line up:

Monday, September 21st

Tuesday, September 22nd
Wednesday, September 23rd
Thursday, September 24th

Follow the Pinterest Board for all the links.

Don't miss this fun blog hop with a little something for everyone
including a giveaway or 2...

For the past three days I didn't leave the house or put on make up or do much but sew!  My body is sore, just like if I'd run a marathon.  Hope you'll come back Tuesday and see my creation. 

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Christmas in July 2020 Jelly Roll Quilt Along at Fat Quarter Shop

Have you been working on this quilt along?  I love to look forward to Thursday when the next clue comes out.

I painted a painting of this wolf for a quilting friend who misses living in Alaska

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Some Patriotic and Other Finishes

Charm square table runner made a long time ago, using a tutorial from the Missouri Star site.

Happily it finally got quilted!

A Mini, only 11 1/2 inches square

Baby Quilts with Corner 3 D Pinwheels

Castle Block label on back

Christmas in July mystery quilt along from The Fat Quarter Shop

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Sunflower Table Topper

This table runner was a gift for my friend, Donna.  She just sent me this photo with these darling pumpkins!

Pumpkin fabric on back

Five Day Jump Start on Christmas Quilt Along

I would love to get a jumpstart on Christmas sewing, there are three cute patterns and 100% of the $10 fee goes to the great cause of provid...