Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Scrappy Purple and green table topper in Progress

I found 10 scrappy UFO blocks and the purples and greens made me enthusiastic to figure out what to do with them so....

I sewed a 9 patch then...
I cut a square of purple about an inch bigger than the 9 patch and cut that square diagonally twice to make the corner square triangles.

Now I'm wondering if I should add some borders and make it larger

This green and maybe another purply?
If you want to make some of these blocks, here are some cutting instructions.
The small square is 3 1/4", the borders are 1 7/8" (once sewn together you get a 6" square).
The bordering triangles are made from a 7 3/8" square and then cut diagonally twice (Cut one square for each block).  Randomly border each side with a contrasting triangle (the resulting block is 8 1/4"). 

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Hour Glass Trellis Quilt Top

Just finished flimsy waterfall backdrop.
What a difference a day makes.
Yesterday there was a snowstorm and today it's sunny and nice.

The parent squares are 12 1/2" sewn diagonally and cut to get 2 HSTs.  Then iron open hst.  Place two different HSTs rst and again sew and cut on the diagonal to get an 11 1/2" unfinished hour glass blocks.  Sashing is 2" strips.

Here's yesterday's snowstorm.

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Pastel Bunny Mini Quilt with some instructions

Easter Mini Wall Hanging with a little patchwork and a little applique.
All finished!

Some of the fabrics even match this little table runner I made a few years ago.
I embroidered on some eyes for the bunnies and chicks and some bows on the bunnys' necks and on the easter basket.  I used all 6 threads.
I added some machine free motion quilting on my domestic machine.
I'm going to add another line of embroidery between the bunny and basket and between the basket and chicks, like I did below the pink bunny.

Finished size is 12 1/2 x 14 1/2"

Supplies needed
Light weight heat and bond
embroidery floss
batting and backing 12 1/2 x 14 1/2"
(1) 8 1/2 x 10 1/2" background
(22) 2 1/2" squares for the border
matching scraps for the appliqued bunnies, chicks, basket and eggs

Prepare background for applique by sewing (5) 2 1/2" squares together for each side of the
8 1/2 x 10 1/2" background piece. 

 Then sew (6) squares in a row and sew all the strip sets to the sides and the top and bottom.

Prepare the pieces for appliqueing
Print this out and trace onto adhesive iron on paper then cut out shapes and iron onto preferred fabric.  (To print out, click on the picture, hit "print the screen" key, go to the Paint program and hit "Control V", then use the "select" function in Paint to "cut out" just the portion you want to print, and hit "control X".  Now go to your word processor, to a blank document and hit "control V" and you'll now have a printable.  You can adjust the size as needed.  Contact me if you need further help.)
Iron on to your chosen fabrics and then cut out.
Arrange pieces onto the background piece (which you have already sewn the patchwork squares border, not shown).  (Note, the eggs are a little long so you can over lap them and only applique the raw edges)
Peel the backing off and iron on as desired.
Applique onto the background with your preferred method.  I realized that using a small zig zag stitch works best for me and it helps if you don't pierce the outer edge of the piece you're appliqueing with the sewing machine needle, just overlap it.  That helps the edge to not fray.  

Add some embroidered details.  Eyes, bows on bunny's necks, and basket handle.  Eyes, beaks and feet on chicks and a bit of grass under the chicks (optional).  
You could embellish with buttons and ribbon bows in lieu of embroidery.

Layer top, batting, and backing together.  Quilt and bind with preferred method.  Add a hanging sleeve and display with your favorite Easter decorations.
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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Eagle Medallion Finish and Quilt project for Teddy

Infatuation I was able to present a finished quilt to honor my coworker at her retirement party.
I probably shouldn't say so, but I love how it turned out.
 The idea for the quilt design began because she and her family are patriots.  Her husband served in the Navy and her son is currently serving in the Navy in some kind of special operations.  
The eagle is special because a few years ago, as she was hiking up Mission Peak in Fremont, she snapped a photo of an eagle and to this day has that as her cover photo on her phone.  (The quilt should be displayed with the feet of the eagle down)
My grandson, Teddy (Theodore) is 20 days old.  I'm still working on just the right project for him
This is the crib bumper I was working on, but stopped since crib bumpers aren't recommended.
  Now I'm trying to decide whether to make it into something else like a quilt.  I think I could cut it apart and sew pieces of the vertical striped fabric to connect the pieces and then requilt those areas, but I don't feel very enthusiastic for now anyway.
So I started making granny squares with some 2" squares.

The bunny center is fussy cut from some Tasha Tudor RJR fabric I love.  (blurry --I really need a new camera)

Squares finish at 7" unfinished.

This unfinished quilt is for Thea, a little baby born to a coworker a few days after Teddy was born.  I think I can get it loaded on the quilting machine soon.

It will be cute with the prairie point border, especially if I can get a better camera!  Looks much better in person than in these photos.

 Teddy's parents took him to a work picnic but it seems kind of cold and blustery out so hopefully they'll get home soon.  Thanks for visiting.  Linking up with My Quilt Infatuation and Crazy Mom Quilts

P.S.  I have a little hole in my heart for my dear Riley, only 2 1/2 years old, lost last Friday to mouth cancer.  I hope to greet her in heaven some day and hug her tightly.

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?

Thanks for stopping by!
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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!
Thanks for stopping by!

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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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