Sunday, February 7, 2016

Valentine's Day Gifts and Cozy Catz Quilt Along

Are you making Valentine's Day gifts?  Here are a few ideas to make:

I used Amy's pattern to make this cute heart mug rug.
Here's a little zipper pouch I made last year.  Check out the original post and link to the pouch pattern I used.
This block is 16 1/2 x 14 1/4".  Click here to find out more about this Quilt Along
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Cozy Catz Quilt Along

If you know a cat lover, I hope you'll quilt along with me this year to make Cozy Catz (cats on quilted cushions).  These can be made in holiday colors or favorite colors.  There will be at least 6 different Cozy Catz blocks.  Hope you will join me!  Let me know if you complete a block so I can feature it in a future Cozy Catz Post!
Valentine Cozy Cat is the first block.
Block is 14 1/4 x 16 1/2

Cutting Instructions

Cut the following pieces:
From cat fabric
Ears 2 7/8" square, cut in half diagonally
Face 5 1/2" square
Lower body 2 1/2 x 6 1/2"
Tail 2 1/2 x 3 1/2"
Haunch 3 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Right neck piece 1 1/2" square
(2) 2" squares for half square triangles for upper heart
3 7/8" square cut diagonally to border the lower heart

From background
Left upper border 3 1/2 x 11 1/2"
Left lower border 3 1/2 x 1 1/2" not shown
Right lower border  2 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Upper right background 6 1/2" square
Tail rounding pieces 1 7/8" squ. and 2 7/8" square.  Cut each square diagonally once (need only one of each size triangle)
Back of ears 2 1/2 x 5 1/2"
To round the haunch 3 7/8" square cut diagonally once (need only one triangle)
Left and right cushion border 2 1/2" squares (2) (not shown)
Four 1" squares to round the cushion (not shown)

Heart block.  
(5) 2" red squares (2 for HSTs and 3 cut diagonally -- see picture below)
1 1/2 x 6" strips of reds,

Constructing the heart block  (there are some instuctions on the cutting diagram above or use the following instructions)

Sew 2 sets of the 1 1/2" strips together, leaving one alone.

Make 4 half square triangles (HSTs) by drawing a diagonal line along the 2 red 2" squares.  Place a red and white square with right sides together and sew 1/4" to each side of the diagonal line. 
Cut the squares apart and then cut along the diagonal lines.
Press open and square up as shown, placing your ruler's 45 degree line along the diagonal seam and trimming each side until you have a 1 1/2" HST

Now you can lay out your pieces to make your heart (disregard the extra HSTs (you only need 4).  Cut the remaining 2" red squares diagonally to get 6 more red triangles.

Lay out pieces for heart as shown here and sew all pieces together as shown in the following photos.  

 Press heart block and square up to 6 1/2".

 Pinwheels  (For the cushion)
Cut six 3" squares of two fabrics each for each pinwheel
Place 3" squares together and sew around the perimeter.  Cut each diagonally twice.
 Press open half square triangle (HST) and square up to 1 1/2". Then sew together as shown to make the pinwheels

Sew 6 pinwheels together to make the cushion.  Round the 4 outside corners by placing a 1" square on each corner and sewing along the diagonal line.

Take 2 1/2 x 5 1/2" background piece and lay triangles (cut from 2 7/8" cat fabric square that was cut diagonally to form 2 triangles) as shown.
Lay triangles onto background as shown so points extend over edge about 1/4".  
Sew 1/4" seam
Press open as shown.  Trim to 2 1/2 x 5 1/2"
Haunch Section
Place background triangle (from 3 7/8" square) on 3 1/2 x 8 1/2" cat haunch piece as shown.  (Note photo of background triangle is not accurate -- the triangle will be larger.)
Sew using 1/4" seam.  Trim, press open, square to 3 1/2" x 8 1/2"
Tail section
Place the 1 7/8" triangle on the tail piece as shown and sew 1/4" seam.  Trim and press open.

Repeat process with bigger triangle.  Trim, press open and squ. up to 2 1/2 x 3 1/2"
Sew sections in this order:
1.  Ears to head.
2.  Head section to right background.
3.  Heart section to bottom cat.
4.  Tail to left lower background.
5. Haunch to right lower background.
6.  Tail section to left upper background
7.  Sew the 3 colums together
8.  Side background pieces to cushion section and cushion section to completed cat section.

This picture doesn't show cushion rounded.  And the haunch is inaccurate.

Block would also be cute for pillow or wall hanging or come back soon for the instructions for the next Cozy Catz quilt block!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Baby Pillow finish and a Valentine Sneak Peek

Sweet little baby pillow

Goes with the X quilt made for my coworker

This is actually a pillow cover and I made a pillow to go inside 
 The "Sweet Dreams Little one" is a free embroidery design from Nana & Co. you can find here.  And her free darling pillow case tutorial is here.  Mine finishes at 15 x 11"

Sneak Peek
Here's a Valentine post and tutorial I'm working on.  So stop by soon! 
Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Christmas Corner January 2016

Welcome to Christmas Corner!  A place to share Christmas Projects through out the year.
For this month, I have nothing new to show, but Christmas WIP progress, which is also good!
This is from a Quilt Along from 2014.  I pieced together a backing out of this reindeer flannel fabric and loaded the quilt on the quilt frame and even quilted a row.
Here are a few other Christmas WIPs that I still love and hope to make progress on.
Big Scrappy Christmas Stars Quilt

Little Joys Quilt Blocks
I'm linking up with Celtic Thistle Stitches Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew, monthly Christmas Link Up.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

X Quilt Complete!

A baby shower for my coworker and her husband was my entertainment last evening.  

I wanted my quilt for the baby to have a modern feel and created my own X design and used mostly scrappy blues and greens.

The baby's theme is woodland animals and specifically foxes, as is popular today.  This fox fabric was found at Quilt Crossings in Boise.
Here is the label for the back of the quilt.  The design is traced on with micron pen and some color added with fabric markers.  The "Sweet Dreams Little one" is a free design from Nana & Co. you can find here.  And her free darling pillow case tutorial is here.

Here is a pillow case in process based on the pillow case design from Nana Co.

I thought about creating a sleepy fox design for the embroidery, but in the end went ahead and bought this cute design from Nana Co. for $3.50 since I love it!
Thanks for stopping by!
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Quilt Specifications:  This quilt finishes at 44" square.  There is not a specific block, but I cut out the pieces and laid them out and then sewed them together in 4 sections before sewing them all together. Here are the cutting directions for future reference: the long part of the X is 4 1/2 x 12 1/2" and the side squares and background squares are all 4 1/2".  The setting triangles are 5" squares cut in half diagonally once and the corner square triangles and 5 1/2" cut diagonally twice.  
A few more pictures by PJ, from the shower:
                         Fox bucket with advice cards.             Cookies made by Liz (can you spot the foxes)!
                 Dave loves to dress up!     So many darling clothes, books, and all kinds of wonderful!

The sweet couple were a little overwhelmed and very appreciative. I'm so lucky to work with such a talented and generous group!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

New Quilt Top and 2nd Completed UFO

It feels nice to begin a new year with a new quilt, which will be a retirement gift for a friend.

(7) Name: 'Quilting : Scrappy Cats Quilt Pattern
Here's the pattern image and if interested, you can find it here.

While all the piecing is complete, there are still stars to applique, button eyes to sew, and embroidered faces to apply!  What labor, but a labor of love!

Since I prefer piecing to applique, I designed a new setting triangle.

It also feels nice to finish up a second UFO, which just needed some binding!  I joined the Crafty Quilter, to work on a UFO each month, but I guess if I finish more than one, that's good too!

 This patchwork quilt started when my niece, Briana stopped by with some fabric she'd just purchased.  Together, we worked on her first quilt, but then it got put away for a few years and never completed.  I'm excited for her to stop by and pick it up!

P.S.  The new blog header was made using instructions from Blissfully Domestic, and Picasa.

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