Sunday, February 9, 2020

Pinks and Valentine's

Little pink fabric basket would be a cute Valentine's gift with some fat quarters or hand soaps and candles.

Ayumi's tutorial.  For my reference (not patchwork), cut 
(2) rectangles [ 9 1/2 x 3 1/2" ] (sides)
(1) rectangle [ 6 x 9 1/2" ]  (bottom)
(2) 1 rectangle [ 1 3/4 x 10 1/2" ] one in main and 1 in coordinating fabric (handles)
(1) rectangle [ 12 x 9 1/2 ] lining

Table topper
This is a storm at sea designed into heart shapes.  Find the pattern here.

I love the secondary ribbon design going through the hearts

The amazing thing is I had all the fabrics in my stash!  It was gratifying to make something beautiful with what I had on hand.  It was a little tricky figuring out which colors to put where though

Pink baby quilt in process

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Winter Blues Blog Hop and More!

I'm so happy to join a fabulous group of quilters for the Winter Blues Blog Hop.

What could be nicer than joining in on the Winter Blues Blog Hop?   Completing your Winter Blues table topper AND looking at your topper, out your window, onto a Winter Blues Wonderland!

Close up of snowflake and swirls quilting on completed topper (still need to bind)

Star Burst Tutorial from the Missouri Star Quilt Company  Basically take two 10" squares (background and a color), place right sides together, sew around the perimeter, slice in half diagonally twice, to get four half square triangles. I made 100 HSTs (25 for each quadrant).   Mine turns out to be about 56" square.

topper ready to quilt

Other Winter Blue Projects:
Winter full moon painting

Winter Blue Snowflake table topper Gift (from the Snow Flake Sew Along)
Blues Log cabin and birds with tutorial

Blues Starry Night 
A Spring time Blues project.  This was a tutorial by the Crafty Quilter.  Quilt Along 1st week link with tutorial is here.  My original post for this project is here.
  Be sure to stop by the other blogs to get a bigger dose of Winter Blues (the good kind) and leave a sweet comment to warm their hearts!
Wednesday, January 22nd

Karen's Korner
Made By Marney
Podunk Pretties

Sunshine in the Attic 

Find the rest of the schedule by clicking HERE

Thanks so much for stopping by!
P.S.  To my fellow hop bloggers:  Although I am posting comments to your blogs, there are only a small percent that actually publish for some reason.  But I am thoroughly loving to see your beautiful and creative projects!

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Merry Christmas!

A couple of homemade Christmas gifts!

Painting of a full moon on Christmas Eve .  Inspiration from a painting on Pinterest but I added the deer and bunny and message.

Snowflake table topper. Pattern from the snowflake quilt along.
Photo Aug 14, 12 34 54 PM (1).jpgNicole's quilt pattern is modern looking with a large partial snowflake, but I wanted a full snowflake as you can see.  You can find the pattern here.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Maggie's Quilt

Our wonderful manager, Maggie, is retiring soon.  Of course since our tradition is to give a quilt to the retiree, I had to come up with a plan.  The quilt design was to symbolize our love for her!  We had a nice dinner, a skit, and some dance numbers, all put on by my wonderful talented coworkers!

One of my coworkers is a professional photographer, hence the photos (and videos).  And one is an artistic cookie baker and she made "quilted" cookies to go with the theme!  It was a memorable night!
Here are a few photos of the quilting and quilt under construction.

I made a tutorial for the heart and chain blocks here, in case you want to make one like this.

Maggie's Quilt Tutorial

I recently completed Maggie's retirement quilt.  Here is a tutorial for the blocks I used although, warning, the instructions are written from memory, and haven't been tested.
For this quilt, make:
a) 25 heart blocks and 21 chain blocks.  
b) 16 half chain blocks
c) 12  4 1/2 x 7 1/2" plain background blocks that go between each 1/2 chain blocks 
d) (4) 4 1/2" background squares for the corners.

Heart Blocks
Cutting instructions:
(1) 4 1/2 x 2 1/2"
(1) 2 1/2 x 2 1/2"
(2) 3 1/2" square cut diagonally
(1) 2 1/2" square cut diagonally (bigger one to be used in center as shown and the other to be cut in half again as shown)
For the borders cut two of each: 2 1/4 x 5" rectangles and 1 3/4 x  7 1/2" rectangles
Lay out as shown
1.  Sew smallest triangles on first
2.  Sew one middle size triangle to 2 1/2" square
3.  Sew 2 1/2" square unit to 4 1/2 x 2 1/2" unit
4.  Sew large triangles on as shown
Next you will lay your ruler onto your square, making sure the 2 1/2" line is centered.
Then you will slice off a bit of the side and top heart, leaving 1/4" seam allowance at the bottom.  Flip around and trim to 4 1/4" (top to bottom) x 5" across
This will give the heart a bit more roundness
Add the borders.  Top and bottom are 2 1/4 x 5" rectangles and sides are 1 3/4 x  7 1/2".  Square up the block to be 7 1/2" square

Chain Blocks

1.  For the chain blocks, cut many 1 1/2" x the width of the fabric (wof) of main fabric and also many 1 1/2" x wof of background fabric (not shown)

2.  Also Cut many 3 1/2" and  5 1/2" x wof, strips of background fabrics

3.  For the HALF chain blocks, also cut 2 1/2" and 4 1/2" x wof background strips

1.  Sew all of the 1 1/2" strips of your main color and background strips together as shown.

2.  Slice these strips into 1 1/2" pieces
Assemble the center 9 patch and then add two layers of borders.
1.  Construct the center 9 patch as shown (you will need 1 extra 1 1/2" square of main color)
2.  Add a 1 1/2" x 4 1/2" strip to the side of the 9 patch as shown
3.  Add the corresponding pieces to each side as shown.
I press to one side but open as shown to reduce the bulk where the four seams meet.  Sometimes, often actually, I have to clip the seam to achieve this.

First layer of border

Second layer of borders
After adding the second layer borders, square up to 7 1/2"
Construct the half chain blocks similarly to the main chain blocks, except, leave off the last section of the middle 9 patch and the side background strips will be 2 1/2 and 4 1/2"

Sew all the blocks together.
For finishing the quilt top, I added a background border of 1 1/2" and then the red border is 2" and then another 6" background border.

These instructions haven't been tested, so if you run into a problem, you need clarified, email me at and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.  Also if anyone makes one of these quilts or you put your own spin on it, I'd love to see it!

Sorry I don't have the exact yardage, but I think the background is about 4 yards and I used a charm pack and some stash fabrics for the hearts.  The chain block main fabric was about 1 1/2 yards.