Added Borders To My String Circle Blocks


Want to see what I have been working on for two days?

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I decided to give my String Circle blocks some love. Last you saw them I was pondering whether to add borders on all four sides of each block.

As you can see, I went with just two. An “L” design. That way I don’t have so much of a color conflict on all sides. Looking at the blocks, one kind of flows to the next without being a standalone block.

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Six blocks across and six blocks down. Each block measures 11″ by 11″. I started off with a 10″ square for the back and added 1 1/2″ borders. For the borders, I selected two fabrics from the circle.

I am thinking I may add a seventh row. I have 10 blocks leftover. But for now, I am going to start sewing the rows together.

Wish me luck that the seams line up!!

Happy Thanksgiving.. don’t eat too much turkey and pumpkin pie. :D


Linking to…

http://www.confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com/2012/11/can-i-get-whoop-whoop-better-late-than.html

http://richardquilts.blogspot.com/2012/11/link-finish-friday-42_23.html

http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/2012/11/finish-it-up-friday-112312.html

Yay!! My Sewing Machine Is Back

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That was fast!! The repairman only had my sewing machine three and 1/2 days. (It sat 3 days while he was off on Holiday!!)

I am happy and sad. :) Happy to have it back. :( Sad. The stippling is STILL off. Maybe I am sewing too fast. I am going to adjust the tension, try again. And if I am not happy, back it goes.

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I have to say… IT DID GOOD!! It sewed all the blocks together, the sashing and borders. My original plan was, if I had to quilt it on Itty Bitty, to sew straight lines down the center and on the sides. Just to connect the layers.

As you can see, I was conflicted. On the design layout. From the beginning. And right up to the final two days. The block with the “arrows” kind of threw me. Without them, I would have finished sooner. I couldn’t decide where to place them.

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I wanted a matching set of blocks. The same colors for the two. Throughout. So I ended up with this design.

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I like it. Hubby loves it. It measures 40″ by 40″. Perfect laptop quilt. And I am thinking it would make a nice table topper too. The back is black polka dot. You can see it in this photo.

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Wish I could take better photos. Maybe I will take it outside and photograph it on the grass. It needs outside light.

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Now… back to sewing. Need to catch up on some quilting. Finish the stuff I made on Itty Bitty. BTW, I left it connected. It helped me out in a pinch. So its reward will be staying on the table a while longer. :D


Instructions for the blocks can be found here.

http://www.quilterscache.com/M/MonasteryWindowsBlock.html

Switching To Cats… A Quilted Pillow That Is Also A Tablemat

OK, moving right along. Another Idea Sandwich completed.  At the speed I am going, I’ll have to make up more sandwiches.

This is the BEFORE photo. How the fabric looked when I showed it to you earlier this month.

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And now it is a Double Sided Pillow. Which can be used as a Double Sided Table Topper. One side one day. The other side the next.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it. I finished it four days ago. Have been staring at it.

Time to share it with you.

If I hadn’t of run out of the rust puzzle print fabric, this look never would have happened. I even went to JoAnn’s to see if I could find more. No, nope. Then spent about an hour searching the net. No luck. So as any creative crafter would do… I moved on to Plan B.

This black floral with the butterflies filled in. And mighty nicely, I’ll say.

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After deciding on it, that is when I was flooded with ideas.

Why not do a two sided pillow? And quilt both sides. Two separate quilt tops. AND how about making it versatile. Make it so it could be used as a table topper. So… with all of these ideas, I got started.

There’s a lot of FIRST’s in this project.

  • My 1st triangle blocks.
  • My 1st quilted pillow. (And a recycled pillow, at that!!)
  • My 1st quilted item with a zipper.
  • My 1st quilted item with multiple quilting designs. (stippling, boxes, triangles)

Anyhoo… let me tell you about it.

I worked on the front, then the back. I didn’t spend a lot of time taking measurements. I just sewed. Luckily when I finished, there was only an inch difference in the two quilt tops.

The front has a larger panel of cats in the center with log cabin type borders. Each border a different width.

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I quilted the faces with a square box about an inch from the seam. And stippled the rust and black borders. The last border, with the cat fabric, I quilted triangles. If you look close, you can see them.

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Making The Back.

The triangle blocks were fast to make. Draw a line down the center diagonally, sew 1/4 inch on both sides of the line. Cut in the center. And you have two blocks from the one. Then I had to press and trim them. I didn’t know what I was doing… obviously… since the cat faces point up, down and all around. LOL!! And only a few of the end points lined up correctly. LOTS of room for improvement.

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Quilting the back was easy. Squares for the cat faces. Stippling for the rest. To make the square lines, I used my square rulers and marker pencil. And sewed slowly. I think they came out great.

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OK, both tops are quilted. Now what? I had to think about how to put them together.

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Remembering what I did to make pillowcases, I made French seams. Adding the zipper was a bit of a challenge, since I did it a**backwards. (It’s been a LONG time since I sewed in a zipper.)

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It took longer than necessary. And the zipper could have been about an inch longer. But as Tim Gunn from Project Runway would say, “Make It Work!!” And I did.


Want to see the finished pillow?

OK, let’s go…. And you get to see it also as a table mat.

THE FRONT

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THE BACK

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REVERSIBLE TABLE MAT

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Well, there you have it.

Another original idea/creation from This Year’s Dozen.

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You know the drill. What you can or can’t do.. But I would be honored if you wanted to try making this for yourself. Just link back to my post. Thanks for sticking around to the end of this long post. :D