Sunday, January 23, 2022

Time for Red and White Sewing

I took out my Valentine Day decorations and realized I have no quilty runners or toppers or wall hangings.  I checked Pinterest for ideas and then pulled out all my red and white scraps.  Here is some progress.
This little topper is 3 1/2" squares sewn together and the scallop border is made with 3 1/2 x 2” rectangles with two corners snowballed with 1 3/8” squares

All quilted with hearts and swirls and bound with white

These scrappy hearts are made with 2 1/2” squares and half square triangles

I found a cute X O pillow tutorial from a Quilting Life so have been making some

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Timeless Treasure Tuscan Poppies Sunset Panel Quilt


My first finish of 2022.  I actually ordered three panels which came in a continuous cut, so I was able to cut my sections a little wider.  The sunset looks like a very hot day which is in contrast to the bit of snow you can see in the photo.

I'm so happy the Tuscan Poppy quilt is complete.

The 3D poppies are made like 3D pinwheels except you fold back the top edge of each section to round the petal and also the inside corner just a little so you can see the black center. I sewed some beads inside the poppies to imitate real poppy centers.  Most of the poppies I made with 3 petals and then a green folded square to make the part that attaches to the stem.

It was a lot of appliqué which is not my favorite, but I love how it turned out and it's even prettier in real life.

Buffalo plaid flannel backing.  I washed the quilt and the red ran onto the back but luckily found some quilter advice and soaked in dawn dishwashing liquid (only briefly) and then washed with color catchers and as you can see, no red or pink left!  Not sure if the Dawn helped or not.  I'll send the rest of the box to my cousin for when she washes it.

Monday, January 3, 2022

Winter 2022 (Ravelry) UFO Club

 I have some projects I really would like to finish soon and saw this UFO club on The Joyful Quilter blog, for the first quarter of the year and figured it might give me some extra motivation.  There are some rules which are pretty easy to follow.  List your projects and complete at least one (I hope to finish at least three).  Encourage others.  So here is my list!

Perfect for Valentine's Day post here

I have about 8 of these log cabin blocks made and with another 4 or 8, would be lovely for Valentine's Day or any day really!  Original Post here.

This would be a cute wall hanging to finish post here

This quilt top is ready to be quilted

Another Pink one would love to finish for February.  Post here

I love Irish chains and would love to finish this scrappy one!  Post for this and the shamrock one here

This is another Irish quilt which would love to finish before St. Patrick's day

Winter Table Runner original post here

One more winter project.
I would love to use the winter artic animals to make a quilt for my grandson.  original post here

This quilt just needs the borders completed and will be ready to quilt.  It's made from a Tuscan poppy panel with packed poppy and tossed poppy borders and the final border is 3D poppies and vines.

This is a half square triangle sampler quilt made with French General Fabrics.  I have some fabric ordered to make a final border.  Original post with link to the quilt along

Gosh I just kept finding UFO's that fit in the winter category.  Well the French General and Poppy Quilt are actually ones I've been meaning to finish along with many others so I can give my Valentine Day birthday cousin a choice of quilts since I promised her one ten years ago!  So that is my number one priority.         
I'm going to ask her to choose an unfinished one that I will finish or she can choose the tree quilt that is lovely and all finished and get it in the mail ASAP!  

                 Linking with the Joyful Quilter, Alycia Quilts, From Bolt to Beauty, and Elm Street Quilting

Friday, December 31, 2021

Happy New Year's Eve

The Christmas season goes by too fast so still enjoying a few more Christmas Projects

I made a last minute placemat out of some patchwork and a little house I had on hand.  I added a Christmas greeting in Freemotion embroidery

This tree skirt is not yet done but making progress for next year.

I'm using the tutorial by Nana Bluebird  I made 4 sections but think I will need 6, since my strips must be less than 10 degrees

I love the little Tannebaum tree.  I watched this tutorial from Shabby Fabrics and made my own template.  It's very fun to make and nostalgic because we made 3-D paper Christmas trees in school long ago in the good old days!
Linking up with Sarah; Alycia; and the Joyful Quilter

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Wedding Quilt

 The wedding quilt was finished a while back and now delivered to my friend, who will deliver it to her son and daughter-in-law 

 It’s about 72”square.

Shows some quilting detail and the debonair striped binding

It was fun adding lots of varying quilting designs 

Christmas Baubles Wall Hanging

Our little sewing group had an ornament exchange.  Mine turned out quilted.

In case you'd like to make a Christmas Bauble, here are some cutting instructions.
(4) 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 rectangles (3 are background, one is the ornament top)
(2) 2 1/2 inch background squares
(4) 2 1/2" green center squares
(4) 2 1/2" red squares
(4) red and background HSTs (half square triangles)  An easy way to make 4 at once is, place two 4 inch squares of fabric (background and color) right sides together, sew around the perimeter and then cut diagonally twice)
Not shown are borders (2) 2 x 10 1/2” and (2) 2 x 13 1/2”

Alternate is scrappy border:  add (22) 2 1/2” squares around the outside

Sew all the pieces together
Layer with backing and batting and add some quilting

Finish with binding and a bow

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Christmas Corner Catch up: Last minute Ideas and Thoughtful Gifts

Still time to make Potholders for a treasured friend (see tutorial at the end)

Add some ribbon and an ornament for an elegant and festive mirror (a tip from my friend, Faith)

A Pillow makes a Thoughtful gift and is fairly quick to make (Photo at Trish's.  Her tree is so elegant!)

This charm square on point pillow is from a tutorial by the Missouri Star Quilt Company.  I also have their charm square zig zag table runner ready to quilt on which the pillow is sitting.

A couple of the ladies in my little quilting group, Sarah and Trish, also made pillows.  Aren't they lovely together?  All you need is 36 charm squares and a few more things, check out the tutorial above

This pillow is brighter and whimsical

Another idea:  Finish up something from the past to place a centerpiece upon

It's nice to take out old projects and finish them up.  I added borders and some holly and swirls, free motion quilting, in goldish thread

I started to make this 9 patch runner years ago from a tutorial by Sherri McConnell and so happy to have completed it. 

Here's one in a winter theme
A winter wonderland version with fussy cut 2 1/2" squares, ready to quilt.

For these setting triangles I had to cut a 7 inch square and cut diagonally only once so they would be going the proper direction (note: cut your square on point, so your print will be right side up)
For the corner square triangles it works to cut a 7 1/2" square two times diagonally.  You will be able to put each one in the corner so it is going the correct direction.

Close up of the fussy cut artic animals

Potholder Tutorial
Every autumn, I have enjoyed the little pumpkin potholder I made years ago.  I see some potholder tutorials you could follow but couldn't find the original tutorial I followed, so decided to make some Christmas-y ones and make them a little larger since they tend to shrink.  Here is a tutorial.

Cut your pieces (this is for TWO potholders)
(2) 7 1/4 x 1 1/4" for the top border; 
(4) 1 1/2 x 3 1/2 for the sides of the trunk; 
(4) 5 1/2 x 1 1/2" for the side borders; 
(2) 3 1/2 x 6 1/2 with right sides together, cut as shown in the picture for the sides of the tree
Tree:  Cut (2) triangles as shown (see close up below)
Trunk:  (2) 1 1/2" squares
(2) 7" squares
(4) 7 x 9 1/4" rectangles
(2) 7 x 7 1/4"
(2) 7 x 7 1/2"
Backing:  (2) 7 x 9 1/4" rectangles
Binding:  Not shown  (2) width of fabric 2 1/2" strips and (2) 2 1/2 x 7" piece for the pocket

Here's a close up of how I cut the triangles.  They are 5 inches at the bottom and a little less than 60 degrees.

You will make two parts and later place together which forms the pocket.
1.  Create the front part
Step one:  Sew the pieces together as shown here and then the top border and tree trunk together.  Trim block to 7 x 7"

 (sorry just noticed a bunch of lint, ugh)
Step 2: Layer the front, one piece of batting and the front lining and do some type of simple quilting.  Step 3:  Fold a binding piece in half, lengthwise, place binding across the top and sew raw edges to the top of the back

Step 4:  Sew the binding down to the front

Step 5:  Optional sew a little tag (mine says hand made)

Assemble the Back 
Step 6:  Sew the color squares together and then sew to the lining of the back piece 

Step 7:  Layer the 2 pieces of the batting, the backing and the piece with the colored squares and do some simple quilting

Showing the front and back of the piece in step 7

Step 8:  Baste the two pieces together

Step 9:  Bind and your potholders and they are complete!  You can place some cooking items in the pocket or maybe some fat quarters for your favorite quilter.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas!

Linking with Alycia Quilts  TGIFF and Wendy's Quilts

Time for Red and White Sewing

I took out my Valentine Day decorations and realized I have no quilty runners or toppers or wall hangings.  I checked Pinterest for ideas an...