I Am Having A Tea Party


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Welcome to my Tea Party!! 😀

I had sooo much fun making this Tea Party set. Table mat, rug mug and oven mitt.

It started off with this fabric which I LOVE. (Tea Patchwork (Color B) Japanese fabric by Yuwa Live)

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Fussy cutting the sections I wanted to use stopped my heart a bit. Had to breath in deeply and just do it. Sad that I had to ruin the sections around the one I wanted. But I am thinking what great “scraps” I will have. And you know how much I love scraps. I will use the ruined pieces in other projects.

Anyhoo… I made the rug mug first. Loved the look. Decided it needed something to sit on. Made the table mat. And after eyeballing the leftovers, knew I could stretch them and make one more item. An oven mitt!! Perfect to complete the set, don’t you think.

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Loving the yellow. Loving the blue. I rarely work with either. The yellow is just the right touch to bring thoughts of Spring. The feeling of sun warming your face. In my parts, the sun can’t make up its mind. Here one minute. Gone the next. It is still kind of cool. The heat is still on. So looking forward to being able to open all the windows in the house.

Well, thanks for joining me for tea. Stay a while, put your feet up. Sip a bit. 😀

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(Oh, I forgot to tell you. I quilted the set on my new sewing machine. So far it is working out great!!)


Linking up to…

http://simplymissluella.blogspot.com/

http://www.conniekresin.com/2013/04/linky-tuesday.html

http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/2013/03/kid-potential.html

http://richardquilts.blogspot.com/2013/03/late-link-finish-friday-60.html

http://www.confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com/2013/03/can-i-get-whoop-whoop-whats-your-big.html

http://www.sew-much-ado.com/2013/03/we-did-it-wednesday_26.html

http://aroundtheblockdesigns.blogspot.com/2013/03/really-random-thursday-32813_28.html

ScrappyTripAroundTheWorld: Design Wall Update


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Any clue why this block is called Scrappy? I didn’t use scraps. I had to cut fresh 2 1/2″ strips from stash. I guess because it “looks” scrappy.

Anyhoo, I have been accumulating blocks since I first showed them to you up on my design wall the beginning of February. (On the bottom left)

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I had been making them on and off in between my other projects. After finishing the Crossroads to Jericho quilt top, my attention turned to Scrappy Trip Around The World (STATW).

When I first started making these blocks, the process seemed easy enough. Cut the strips, sew them together, press, sew one side to create a tube, trim the top for a clean straight edge, cut into six 2 1/2″ sections. Whew!! I am tired just typing that.

HERE ARE THE STEPS IN PHOTOS.

Cut and sew together six strips. 2 1/2″ by 15″

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Press with seams in opposite directions.

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Sew one side to form the tube.

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Cut tube into six sections of 2 1/2″ each.

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But wait!! Not finished. Next comes the fun part. Getting out the thread ripper and removing the seams you just sewed. Yep, you have to “undo” the seams to create those pretty columns. I prepared a few at a time so they would be ready to sew back together when the urge hit me. Pinning to match up the seams was sooo time consuming but I preferred it instead of ending up with unabutted (is that a word, 😀 ) seams.

MORE PHOTOS OF THE STEPS.

Ripping out seams to form strips.

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The first time I did this, I was so confused and ripped out the wrong seams. It was a head-scratcher. Until I figured out the trick. The trick is this. Whatever fabric is on the BOTTOM is the fabric you rip the seam for next. It is like you are going bottom to top.

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Ripping done. All six strips lined up with the burgundy fabric going diagonally down the center.

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Each seam pinned before sewing columns together.

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And done… perfectly abutted.

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I pressed the blocks so I could see them all nice and flat up on my design wall.

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Not happy with the “pink” sections. They stand out too much. Thinking about pulling them and making a little quilt with just them. Right now the blocks measure 76″ by 76″. Six across and six down.

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One thing… I am so glad I decided to used a burgundy color for the centers. Easier to see the diamond pattern.

BTW, in case you are wondering… I am happily bonding with my new sewing machine. Janome Horizon Memory Craft 7700 QCP.

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It seems to sew quieter and is much faster than my old one. I had to dial the speed down. Couple things I have to get used to. The Up and Down Needle Setting won’t stay engaged. I am constantly pressing one or the other. My old Janome had a selection on the screen and when I selected it, that setting overrode the button I pressed on the machine. Does that make sense? So.. not happy with that and also it is awkward having to reach all the way to the back of the machine to lift up the Foot Lifter. My old one was on the side. Closer to me. Oh well.

But so far, those are two things I am adjusting too. Still reading. Still learning. The main reason I got it was for quilting. (Well, actually hubby “got” it. He paid for it. He was tired of me complaining I did not have enough quilting space. 😀 What a guy!!) It has three separate quilting feet. Loving that. Going to try them out today or tomorrow. Wish me luck!!


Have you jumped on the STATW bandwagon? How many blocks did you make? Do tell…

Go here if you would like to make your own STATW.

http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2005/06/scrappy-trips-around-world.html

Binding Day: Done, Done and Done


OK… as you know, I had a “quilting day” last Saturday. It was National Quilting Day. I showed you the three projects I finished quilting.

Well, yesterday was Binding Day.

Binding Project #1.

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I used this Michael Miller yellow fabric with huge white dots to bind my little Tea Party rug mug. Binding is 2 1/2″ folded, machine stitched to the front, then machine stitched in the ditch from the front to sew the backside. I pinned from the back and then slowly sewed while keeping an eye on the pins on the underside. I removed the pins as I approached.

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I used deep plum thread on the top and yellow bobbin thread. I have to tell ya. I LOVE how this turned out. And definitely will make another.


Binding Project #2.

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I bought this WILD fabric (Alexander Henry) a couple years ago and have been auditioning it for many, many projects. But it got tossed back on the shelf more times than not. BUT for this little ticker tape mat, it was perfect.

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I was trying for a wider look so I cut the binding 3″. But wish now that I had cut 2 1/2″ instead. It folded up on the back a tad bit more than I wanted. But other than that, it came out ok when I machine stitched the backside.


Binding Project #3.

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I call this fabric the “tape measure” fabric because that is what it reminds me of.

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This one I did cut 3″ binding strips and left an eighth inch of batting showing to give the binding a wider look.

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Not sure of the brand name/manufacturer for this yellow fabric. Will have to dive into my selvage bin to see if I still have it.

So, that is what I did on my Binding Day.

Have you tried machine stitching the binding back? Or do you prefer to hand stitch the back? Do tell..


Linking up to…

http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/2013/03/soft-kitty.html

What I Did On National Quilting Day


Last Saturday was National Quilting Day. So, I thought I would stop all that piecing and sewing and quilt something. Something easy. Easy and quick. Nothing like instant gratification to put a smile on your face.

I started with this little mug rug. (It could be a mini wall hanging.)

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I fussy cut the cup from this fabric. I love it!!

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Simple Log Cabin style. As I was just about finished and ready for the last round, I remembered my American Jane fabric had similar flowers as those around the tea cup. And what do you know. They were perfect. Quilting was a few straight lines. Didn’t want to quilt the tea cup.

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This is the back.

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Now just have to decide what to use for the binding. Probably the yellow.


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Next I quilted this table mat. Triple wavy lines.

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I created the mat months ago… from all those small scrap pieces I have lots of. To bring a bit of order to the scrappiness, I purposely mixed in the yellow tape measure fabric here and there.

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The back is just as functional as the front. Tired of the front? Flip it.

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For the binding, if I have enough, I will use the yellow tape measure fabric.


Lastly, I quilted something I started months ago. A ticker tape little quilt with the raw edged pieces sewn on top of pre-quilted white fabric.

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It was the 2nd one I made and had planned to finish it and put both in my Etsy shop. BUT the first took so long to make (after I kept adding stuff), that I was plum tuckered out and didn’t finish the second one. It ended up in the dust collecting UFO pile. Quilting was diagonal lines following the pattern of the pre-quilted fabric.

This is what the first one looks like finished.

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Now I wish I had put the Go Green on the second one. Kinda cute, huh?

So… that is how I spent last Saturday, National Quilting Day.

What all did you do? Do tell.


Linking up to…

http://www.conniekresin.com/2013/03/linky-tuesday_19.html

Crossroads Quilt Top, Leaders and Enders Quilt Blocks and Charity Pillowcases


It’s been awhile since my last post. But I am still here. Alive and kicking.

Want to see what I have been working on?

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I finished the quilt top for my Crossroads to Jericho blocks near the end of February. Nine rows across and eight rows down. 72 blocks. Each block is 9″ square. I ended up with 20 extras and could probably make the quilt top wider or longer. But for now, I think I will leave it as is. 78″ by 70″.

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It wasn’t until I was sewing Rows 3 and 4 together that I figured out an easier way to get the points to line up correctly. It isn’t perfect but I am happy with how it turned out. Here are a couple closeups.

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And in between making that quilt top, I made all of these blocks.

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I am calling them my Leaders and Enders scrappy quilt blocks because that is how they were made. Sewing this way slows you down a bit but time I have. I wasn’t in a rush. There are 56 blocks up on my design wall. Ready for me to sew together.

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Each block measures 10″ square. Most are Log Cabin or my version of the Log Cabin. I let the fabric speak to me and placed it where I thought it looked best.

These are my favorites.

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The BEST PART… I now have my scraps totally under control. I started off with a handful of each color (except brown, saving them for later). I thought about cutting and trimming each scrap, Scrap Management, and doing what the “experts” say to do. But then I would still be cutting and trimming. I decided to Grab and Sew working from a huge pile of scraps plunked down right in the center of my work table. I even used my stash when I ran out of longer strips for the last round (10″ strip). That felt really great. Scraps and Stash. Even selvages were used for several blocks.

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Did I use up all of my scraps? Nope. Still have lots left. But I did take the time to somewhat organize what was left by size. Long strips, squares/rectangles/odd shapes. And bits. LOTS of bits. A huge bag full of them. Tiny pieces 1 1/2″ or smaller. I couldn’t part with them. I will use them for smaller projects like doll quilts.


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I also made my charity pillowcases the L and E way. In between everything else. Hubby said it looked like a tornado had hit my sewing room. I have to admit, I had stuff everywhere but it was organized stuff. I knew where everything was. Originally I was setting aside two or three days a month to make the pillowcases. But sewing them as enders has worked out great.

Don’t you love these fabrics!! Bright. Bold. I made 22 for February and already have seven started for March.

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Sorry I didn’t do a February roundup to show you what I made. I didn’t make a lot of stuff. Mostly I worked on Crossroads to Jericho blocks, Scrappy Trip Around the World blocks and my BOM blocks. Oh, and I made a heart themed mug rug for a swap in one of my quilt groups. I will post photos on my sidebar.

Hope you have been crafting and doing what you love. Did you miss me? 😀


Linking up to…

http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/2013/03/mini-sunday-morning.html

http://www.confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com/2013/03/can-i-get-whoop-whoop-little-designing.html

http://richardquilts.blogspot.com/2013/03/link-finish-friday-58.html

http://aroundtheblockdesigns.blogspot.com/2013/03/really-random-thursday-31413.html

http://www.sew-much-ado.com/2013/03/we-did-it-wednesday_12.html

http://www.conniekresin.com/2013/03/linky-tuesday_12.html