Starched And Ready To Trim


Twelve and done…

I finished the last panel for my green scrappy braid quilt top yesterday.

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Whew!! So glad to be done sewing all the strips together. There are 92 strips per panel. 12 panels = 1104 strips. And it was all add strip, sew, stop, add strip, sew, stop, add… :D You get the picture. There was no way (that I know of) to do chain piecing.

But it’s done.

And now I tackle the trimming and sewing the panels together. Somewhere on the net, I read if you starch the panel BEFORE you trim the sides, the fabric (which is on the bias) will be more stable. Not sure if this is true, but since I am still new to quilting, I figured I had better follow what the experts are saying.

So, I sprayed each panel, pressed the heck out of it, hung them back up on my design wall. I wanted to make sure they were completely dry before touching them. I am thinking later today, I will get started.

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Wish me luck.

For-Ever-Green: Didn’t Want To Rush Christmas


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I have been wanting to make one of these quilted trees. Ever since I first saw them at About.com. Each with something I liked. But I wanted my points on the sides to look different. So I took what I liked and made my own. (I borrowed these photos from About.com. Links are at the bottom of this post.)

At first, the plan was to make a Quilted Christmas Tree.

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But the more I looked at it. With the red border and the red pom-pom garland… I was SO NOT READY for Christmas.

I decided my tree would be just a tree.

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An Evergreen. To hang on the wall. Or adorn a table top. All year. Without the desire or urgency to pack it away out of sight until the next Christmas season. Year round enjoyment.

Here’s how I made it.

First, I gathered up my green and beige scraps. Sorted through them looking for any scrap 2 1/2″ square or larger. Also flipped through my charm packets and pulled out any I could use. Lastly, I eyeballed my green and beige stash looking for what else I could use.

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After the discards (beiges too dark and greens too busy), I pressed out the wrinkles and started trimming. 3″ for Half-Square Triangles. 2 1/2″ for those not HST’s.

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For the HST’s, I didn’t do the “usual”. Didn’t draw a line down the center of the lighter square. Instead, I folded the 3″ beige squares in half and pressed.

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Then sewed one fourth inch seams on both sides of the creases.

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So easy. So much faster. I saw this tip somewhere on the internet. Can’t remember which site. So glad I found it.

Then came the fun part. Playing with the squares.

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Frequently rearranging, trying for a mix of colors and patterns. Being careful not to have the same pattern adjacent or too close by. My camera was a huge help. Looking at the placement through the lenses caught several would-be goofs.

OK. Moving along. Except for the bottom two rows with the tree trunk, I was ready to begin sewing. After sewing the upper part, I worked on the bottom. The trunk took up four spaces. (I rummaged through my brown scraps and found a fabric that resembled a tree trunk. I was delighted to find it. Left over from my Very First Quilt.)

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Deciding on which borders to use or IF I even wanted a border was an all day task. I auditioned about ten different fabrics. I tried all different border arrangements. Light on top of dark. Dark on top of light. But kept going back to this combination.

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That last fabric, the chevron… I purchased it over a year ago. But it sat and sat waiting for the right project. I love it with this quilt. For the binding.

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The back would be somewhat scrappy. I pieced together three sections of dark green leaves with a small section of avocado polka dots. Had just enough avocado to fit in that space.

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Whew!! OK!! Now, time to baste and quilt.

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Maybe I will make another tree when it gets closer to Christmas time. Have lots of ideas. Yo-yo’s, buttons. Even tiny ornaments.

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And I would REALLY like to make another Evergreen but with purple and lavender instead of beiges. I think that would be pretty. With smaller squares perhaps. OH!! What about a pillow!! So many ideas. Only two hands. :D

Have you been thinking of Christmas/Holiday crafts?


Go here for more details on the About.com quilted trees.

http://quilting.about.com/od/quiltpatternsprojects/ig/Wallhanging-Patterns/Christmas-Tree-Wallhanging.htm

http://quilting.about.com/od/picturesofquilts/ig/Christmas-Quilts/Charlene-s-Tree-Quilt.htm

http://quilting.about.com/od/picturesofquilts/ig/Christmas-Quilts/Christmas-Treat-Quilt.htm

Two Hour Mug Rug… Made and Shipped


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With my attention focused on jewelry for the last week, I totally forgot I needed to make and send off a mug rug to one of the ladies in my quilt group. I signed up to participate and then tucked the mail out date deep down in my brain.

Only after I had finished my Bead Soup project did I surface to the top to exhale. I realized my error yesterday. I thought the mail off date was March 9, today. It was actually March 1st!! :(

Boy, did I feel bad, sad. I sucked. All the others had mailed theirs off. I even received a pretty mug rug with shamrocks from the person who had me in the exchange. Got it yesterday.

I hate it when I agree to do something and then don’t. I feel like I let myself down as well as let down the person it was intended for.

So… since I thought the mail out date was today… I got busy and made it.

It took me two hours from start to finish.

These are some of the fabrics I worked with.

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As you can see in the photos, I now have “for real” St Patrick’s Day fabric. Shamrocks!! Two weeks ago I went to JoAnn’s and bought some. Only half yards and Fat Quarters. (I didn’t even need that much.)

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I had been looking at this block and wanted to try it. Fabric folding mostly. It was super easy to make. This is the tutorial I used.

http://spottedstone.blogspot.com/2010/07/cathedral-window-tutorial.html

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I added two quick borders. One in green with swirls and one in black with green shamrocks.

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Didn’t bind it. That would have made it the Three Hour Mug Rug. :D Just stitched around the seams, turned it inside out and stitched along the outside edges.

Then I did a quick quilting. Just loopy loops. Kind of like the green fabric with whirls.

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The shamrock on the back was just something I thought to add at the last minute. It was ironed on using Steam-A-Seam2. I love that stuff!!

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And done. Now I feel better. Don’t feel like such a loser. It will be late. But better late than never. Hope she likes it. I shipped it off today. Got to the post office with 15 minutes to spare.


Several things I want to mention, in case you plan to make this Cathedral Window block…

  • The 2 1/4″ center square didn’t completely cover the folded square so I recut it and added an extra 1/4″. Otherwise you will see the background fabric after folding up the flaps.
  • I used my zipper foot to stitch down the flaps to make the “windows”. I could see where I was sewing the whole time and that helped keep the stitches straight.
  • I used my walking foot to sew around the seams when sewing my quilt sandwich. I stopped about 1/4″ from each corner before pivoting to the next side. Made the end points nicer on the outside.
  • Going to try this block as a pincushion. Should be cute!!

SS Holiday: St Patrick’s Day Table Topper


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I wanted to make a St Patrick’s Day quilt. Something small. Table topper for my SS Holiday series or a wall hanging. Maybe even a mug rug. I have a St Pat’s Mug Rug project due soon in my quilt group that I needed to be thinking about.

I have lots of green fabric but none in what I would consider a true St Pat’s green. A bright kelly green. And nothing even close to a traditional St Patrick’s Day fabric (think green shamrocks). Not wanting to add to my ever increasing stash, I decided to make do. Make it work!!.

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And “making it work” means just that. Time to put on the BLINDERS. Time to block out what has gone on before. Time to just make what I want with whatever colors and fabrics I want.

This was my Inspiration Fabric. Some green. Even cups and mugs. Perfect!!

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These are the fabrics and colors I picked from my stash. I cut little 1 1/2″ squares from each.

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Brown polka dots would be the center, the base to build around.

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I Googled shamrock template and found a couple I could use. The largest one, I enlarged it twice to make two slightly bigger shamrocks. Then I ironed lightweight Pellon to the backs.

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Here I am testing shamrock placement and a green border.

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I used Steam-A-Seam2 to hold the shamrocks in place.

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And now ready to applique.

Well, actually ready to test out the Blanket Stitch on my sewing machine. But first, since I had dusted off my sewing machine manual and WAS READING IT (be still my heart)… I did a bit of Twin Needle stitching. Yuck!! Don’t know about you but not my cup of tea. It bunched in the back so I removed all of it.

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OK, back to applique blanket stitching. Here’s my practice piece. (You can see my twin needle practicing here too.)

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Ready to sew. Blanket stitching we go!! My 1st time ever doing it.

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Applique done. Quilting done.

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Ready for the binding. I selected this color to bring in the shamrock navy.

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And FINISHED!! Ready to place on a table or hang on the wall. It measures 22″ by 17″.

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You can read about my SS Holiday series here.

http://thisyearsdozen.wordpress.com/2011/12/23/s-s-holiday-table-runners-for-the-holidays/


What are your plans for St Patrick’s Day? Are you sewing anything?


Linking up to:

http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/2012/03/finish-it-up-friday-week-17.html

http://www.confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com/2012/03/can-i-get-whoop-whoop-busy-week.html

http://conniekresin.blogspot.com/2012/02/linky-party-tuesday_28.html

http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com/my_weblog/2012/03/pink-saturday-march-17-2012.html