Friday, September 12, 2014

Darling Tea Towels

It's always good to make something quick and darling to enjoy or give away.
I love Prairie Points but haven't been ambitious enough to apply them to a quilt yet so what a great way to enjoy them quickly!

I ordered this dish towel kit from Fort Worth Fabric Studio and received the pattern but it is also free on their website, along with some other great free patterns and tutorials.
The Moda toweling is nice and soft and will be very absorbent.  I changed the pattern a little --the top strip, I left 5" (instead of 4") wide because that's the size they send and the bottom strip I made 2 1/2" wide (instead of 3 1/2").  I like the proportion and there's no waste.

After sewing one from the kit, I pulled out some coordinating fabrics.   I used Kona cotton to make the towel and think it will hold up pretty good, although maybe not as absorbent as the Moda toweling
This focus fabric has little fruits and jam jars -- for the person who loves pink, it would be very cute to give this with a little jar of homemade preserves! 
This summer floral would be a great gift combined with a cook book or oven pad and apron!

 These take very little fabric and each one takes less than an hour to make and what great birthday, hostess gifts, or just thinking of you gifts they could make!

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

An invitation to participate in the Around the World Blog Hop came from Susie of Susie's Sunroom, out in Pennsylvania, to me, here in Newark, California.  I tried finding the origin (got back to May) of this blog hop but was unsuccessful.  I did find out that it's not just for quilters.

Susie became a wonderful blogging friend last year, when she participated in my Quilts in the Pumpkin Patch Blog Hop.   (I included the link since it's that time of year again and you might want to see the fall projects we all made.)

sunshine in the attic

The participants of the Around the World Blog Hop are to answer a few questions and then tag another blogger so we can all meet and learn about new blogs and bloggers from all over the world.

This cute decorated tea towel kit.  The pattern is free here and I am also working on handmade Christmas items (see my monthly Christmas post on the 25th of each month) so will use this pattern and make some Christmas tea towels because what a bright, cheery, and useful gift they will make!

I am also working on two Quilt Alongs:  Quilt Doodle, Doodle and Sew Kitschy
And I recently saw some new quilt alongs that I really want to begin, but... finding the time??

 Question #2; How does your work differ from others of your genre?
I'm not that different.  I'm still learning a lot about quilting and trying different things.  I love variety so may never fit into a little niche.  With the quilt alongs, I tried paper piecing and applique, and made some triangle quilts for the first time this year.  I seem to steer away from extremes (traditional or modern) and prefer something in between.  I tend to lean towards more randomness and less symmetry.

Question #3: Why do you create what you do?
  It's fulfilling, it's fun, it's wonderful to have and to give beautiful and useful homemade gifts.  I love holiday sewing, I love finding the right color and fabric combinations, I love completing a project and  blogging about it. 

Question #4: How does your creative process work?
I often prefer to create my own patterns.  I sketch out ideas for blocks and layouts or for piecing animals or other shapes and then encounter trial and error until it's right.   I look on the blogs and Pinterest for beautiful projects for inspiration (they say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery).  I have really enjoyed doing the quilt alongs and sometimes follow a pattern, but it's not unusual that I tweak something to please myself.   

Let me know in a comment or email me at if you'd like to become the next stop on the Around the World Blog Hop!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Finished with July and August Quilt Doodle blocks/strips

I'm catching up on my Quilt Doodle Quilt Along
This block for August is called Sweet Tooth-- such a cute name!

The Sweet Tooth strip goes below the hot cocoa cups which were the July blocks/strip

For September there will be another pine tree so the little cabin will reside in the pines.
I wonder what the October block will be?
I will be linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday.
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Monday, September 1, 2014

Sew Kitschy July and August blocks

I'm all caught up on these July and August blocks and ready to work on the last block of this sew along with Kristy of Quiet Play.

The utensils block was amazingly pretty easy and quick.  I may redo the pitcher and cups block.  It sure is a process figuring out which fabric combinations work sometimes.

It's been good to learn and practice paper piecing and I like it but sometimes don't because it seems I have to pick out and redo quite a bit.  But it is amazing how you can get an interesting picture with all the angles and make a pretty block!
Check out Kristy's paper pieced blocks-- they're not very expensive and there's even a lot of cute free ones too.
Linking to Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday
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Friday, August 29, 2014

Finish it up Friday!

I love to finish something and Friday is such a great day!
Earlier in the year I followed Amanda at Material Girl Quilts as she hosted a layer cake quilt along.  

I ended up making a few more blocks and making two lap size quilts instead of a queen size-- one in cooler purples and one in warmer purples.

Today I finished the quilting and binding.  Almost ready for gifting (just needs a label).

Linking up with Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom quilts.
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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Christmas Star Pillow

****Welcome to August's Christmas Corner!****
This Christmas pillow is constructed with an Ohio star block.  I have taken photos for a tutorial if there is any interest.

Also completed, two pot holders and some matching aprons in process (aprons not shown)

Did you see the Christmas Windows Wall hanging, I made from some scenic fabric last July?  
There's a complete tutorial for this project too.  Link here.
And here's a cute pillow tutorial from the Fort Worth Fabric Studio that's another item on my to do list:
Link is here.

Thanks for visiting Christmas Corner!

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Postage stamp quilt with red scallop border

Today I finished the quilting and binding on this postage stamp quilt I began a couple years ago. 
The blocks are made with four 9-patch blocks sewn together for a 36 patch block.  The blocks are made with 2 1/4 inch strips.

The blocks are set on point and bordered in red scallops.  The border took at least 3 times longer to bind so while I love the look, I'll definitely think twice before doing a scallop border again.

Update:  Some daytime photos:
There's a quilt show at a nursery, called Alden Lane, in Livermore, CA where beautiful quilts are hung high up in the trees each September.  It's such a lovely idea, I tried it out.  Next time I'll see if I can hang the quilt higher.

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Sweet Little Blue and Pink Quilted Table Runner

Scrappy 9 patch Table Runner (pattern found here)

Since it's sort of sweet in pink, blue and cream, I decided to FMQ a little wild flower on a vine design.

I got the cute little castle candle holder at Yankee Candle Co. quite a few years back.

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Red, white, black, and grey quilt finished

I made this quilt top last year after seeing a pin on Pinterest and was so inspired, I pulled out fabrics similar in color and stitched up a quilt top.  Since then it's been waiting...
Until now when I quilted it up and put on the binding.
Quilted with big and little swirls-- more good practice. 

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts
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In case you're wondering about the pin-- here it is with a link.
This modern quilt from Kimberly Jolly for It’s Sew Emma uses the Mama Said Sew collection by Sweetwater for Moda. Big enough to use on the bed, Sew Little Time is a one-block project you’ll be able to whip up with ease.