Saturday, November 15, 2014

Turkey Place Mats and More

Are you doing anything different for your Thanksgiving  table this year?  Usually I use table pads and table cloth.
Lori Holt at Bee in My Bonnet did a tutorial for this cute little Turkey and so I followed her lead and got started on making some place mats.  Here's her link to the Tom Turkey block.


I made 3 turkeys and found some unfinished pumpkins from a few years ago and I was thinking it would be very cute to have a black pilgrim hat with the gold buckle too (design only in my head so far).

You've probably seen these bias tape makers?  They are amazing!  I got a set from Amazon -- not a name brand so not expensive and they work great!  I'm going to put several vines (bias tape) and applique some leaves onto this pumpkin and make it into a place mat.

I made one more Sew Sweet Simplicity block with a little pieced house in the center.
Lastly, I'm going to join in a Mini Nordic Quilt Along with The Crafty Quilter.  Since I haven't begun, I'll show you a picture from Julie's blog with the link, in case you want to join in too.

Nordic Mini QAL by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter
Here's Julie's link for this darling block.
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Friday, November 7, 2014

Sew Sweet Simplicity

I've joined in this new quilt along called Sew Sweet Simplicity.
I sewed the block on the left and wasn't that happy with the colors, although when I get all the blocks done, they will probably still look nice together.  I have at least one relative I want to make another purple quilt for, so decided to do another set in purples, lavender, and a bit of aqua.

Jacquelynne created this block to contain an embroidered or appliqued design in the center.  I decided to leave my center blocks plain, although now I'm reconsidering and may do one more set with some embellishments.

Click the picture below for the link, in case you want to join in too.


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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Quilt Doodle Doodle Quilt Along

I was so glad to finish up the light blocks strip for my Quilt Doodle Quilt along.  But now I think I may sew some more light block strips to border the other 3 sides!

Cindy's last free pattern for this quilt along is the borders and some embellishments (like snow for the roof and chimney, a wreath for the door, a snowman and deer for the yard-- cute stuff).  You can find it all here.
I'm not sure if I want to do more work with the embellishments but I did add some embroidery to the heart on the roof, the door, and even a little Christmas tree in the window.

Cindy hosted such a great quilt along -- I looked forward to the 1st of every month to see what the next block would be.  It's hard to believe it's been nearly a whole year since it began.

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Quilt Doodle Doodle September and October in progress

Working to complete my quilt alongs so I can begin a new quilt along.

Here is a sneak peak that I'll tell you more about in the November Christmas Corner post.
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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Christmas Corner -- October

 Welcome to Christmas Corner.  A monthly post on the 25th, to share quilted holiday gifts and tutorials.

This Month's Projects are:
A pot holder to match this decorative dish towel.

This cute little potholder has a free tutorial here at the Moda Bakeshop.
This little topper, called the Little ZZ (a pattern by Evelyn Young) You can find the free instructions here
I taught a class to make this potholder and made a tutorial for the students to follow
You can find the instructions here
Last year, this Winter Wonderland table topper was fun and easy to make, The link to the original post is here.
Visit Sarah Rose Quilts for the tutorial here
I hope you're finding some time to make Christmas items!  Thanks for stopping by Christmas Corner!
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Friday, October 24, 2014

Mini Quilt

I've seen some other blogging quilters showing their mini quilts and wanted to make some too.  
This mini quilt is 14" square, made with half square triangles and bordered in white and dark blue print.  
I embroidered a little vine with some pink flowers on each side.
 I wanted to hand quilt it and started the process but it wasn't going too well.  I watched some hand quilting videos and determined that I need a special thimble by the thimble lady and probably special thread and needles too.  Being too impatient to wait, I went ahead and machine quilted it.
I'm planning for my next mini quilt to have a red border.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Simplest Potholder

Here are some instructions to make the easiest and quickest potholder and you can even use up scraps for this project.

Cut pieces as shown in the diagram.  (Cut front and back squares 9 inches.  Cut batting and two inside squares 8 3/4".  Cut 2" x 4" piece for the loop.)  

Make 2 quilt sandwiches by assembling 3 layers (one with a front and one with a back square) with batting in the center
Stitch approximately 2" from the edge through all three layers of each quilt sandwich.  (note:  you can sort of see that the metal plate of the sewing machine is 2 inches from the needle, so I used that as my guide and didn't measure)
Measure out 4 inches x 4 of your trim.
Lay the 4 strips inside the box you've sewn.
You could mark this 4 inch box with a pen or just carefully lift up each piece and using the edge of the glue stick, apply a thin layer to the place where you want to stick the trim.

Repeat the previous step for each side and then stitch your trim down using a straight stitch, being careful to catch in the corners and you might want to back stitch at each corner to secure the trim a little better.  (Note: you could sew on a label now.)
Making a Loop
Fold the 2" x 4" piece in half lengthwise and press.
Open and fold in the raw edges to the center and press.
Press closed and stitch as shown
Fold the raw edges of the loop together and overlap and pin to the center of the top of the potholder.  (note in this photo you can see that I zigzagged that bottom trim piece.  The straight stitch seems to work better)
Place the two quilt sandwiches, right sides together, matching sides together (don't worry about the batting and inside layers, the important part to match is the front and back.)  Stitch 1/2" from the edge, LEAVING a 3 inch opening for turning.
Trim the corner fabric and also the inside layers and batting close to the seam and then turn right sides out.
Press the open edges in and stitch closed, either by machine or hand (hand looks nicer).
If you have a label you can add it to the bottom (note: you could stitch the label on before you sew it all together)

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