FQ Challenge… OK, I Can Now Show You


Made. Shipped. And Delivered.

Don’t you hate keeping secrets? I do. I have been wanting to do a Show And Tell for about a week. But couldn’t. Since what I was making needed to be shipped and delivered first.

It all started with this. This really pretty Fat Quarter.

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You know how much I like signing up for stuff. Well, I signed up for a FQ Challenge in one of my quilt groups. Each person had to mail off a FQ to their swap partner and that person would make something with the FQ adding up to three additional fabrics.

Since the Friendship Braid was still fresh in my mind, that is the design I decided on with a twist. I added cornerstones. I had seen them on quilts around the net, liked them, and wanted to give it a try.

Day 1: The Auditions

I tried out numerous fabrics and color combinations. I really wanted this white to work but it stood out like a sore thumb. The solids? Nope. Bright avocado? Nope.

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Still undecided. So, I let the camera decide for me.

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I ended up selecting four fabrics to add to her fat quarter. Yep, one additional. For balance. I doubt the Number Police will be coming to arrest me. 😀

You can see the four here. With cornerstones.

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I made two short panels, sewed them down the middle, added a few borders.

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No quilting. I just could not decide on which quilting design would least mess it up. So I pieced a back, added batting and with right sides together, stitched all around the edges. I turned it inside out and hand stitched the turning opening closed.

And DONE!!

The Front.

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The Back.

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My swap partner said she loves it and plans to hang it in her sewing room.

I have a few scraps of her FQ leftover and will make ME something pretty. Guess what I did with the cut off ends of the two panels? Cute, huh!!

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My fabric came from Connecting Threads and JoAnn’s.


Linking up to…

http://www.conniekresin.com/2013/01/linky-party-tuesday_29.html

Patriotic Mug Rug… Is Finished!!


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That didn’t take long. I spent a couple hours making this mug rug today. The longest part was cutting the squares and after sewing them, trimming to exactly 3 1/2″. Even with my 3 1/2″ square little ruler and revolving cutting mat, it still took time and patience to get the squares cut right. I don’t do “points” well, hate flying geese, or whatever they are called. Only because I can’t seem to get the points lined up nicely. So I carefully trimmed the squares.

I think I did OK with these. May even give “on point” another try.

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I wanted to make a beverage cozy to go with the mug rug but ran out of time. Maybe I will put it on my To-Make list for later. It is one of those small projects I keep meaning to try.

This is what I used as inspiration to design my mug rug. Mine is more like a placemat. A little larger than the usual mug rug.

http://quilterscache.com/G/GloryinScrapsBlock.html

Starting with the large star half triangle in the upper left corner and two rows in diagonally. Then I just did the reverse coming down to the bottom right corner. I liked the original design and plan to make a few blocks per the pattern.

This is the back. Plain and simple.

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Hope my Swap Partner likes her Patriotic Mug Rug. I added a little something extra to make up for my tardy mailing. 😀


Linking to…

http://www.sew-much-ado.com/2012/07/we-did-it-wednesday.html

One Quilt Finished And Another Started


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I finished my Red Hot Chili Peppers Spool Block Quilt. I machine sewed the binding. I am getting used to how a machine sewn binding looks. Flat on the top. But wider looking which I like.

It is larger than the first one. Nine spool blocks for this one.

This is how I made the back.

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I was going to be lazy and just do all one fabric but didn’t have one piece large enough. So had to do a pieced back.

And the binding I wanted to use… the white with black speckles… didn’t have enough of that one either. Only had one Fat Quarter left.

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So went with this black with white swirls instead. I think it looks OK. Just the “pop” it needed. Not too much. Just right.

Quilt measures 35″ by 37″. Colors are cranberry, forest green, white and black.

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This is my favorite photo. Stippling. Oh how I love you!!

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When I am stippling, I feel so free. Free to go left, right, wiggle around. Go whichever direction I want. But always thinking ahead about an exit strategy. Don’t want to be boxed in or cross over any stitches. I flip over the back every few minutes looking for tension issues. So glad I took the time to watch numerous videos on how to stipple.

I love the crinkled look.

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And DONE!!

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You can read more details on how I made it here.

https://thisyearsdozen.wordpress.com/2011/12/15/my-christmasy-red-hot-chili-peppers-quilt/

Go here for the Freda’s Spool Block tutorial.

http://fredashive.blogspot.com/2010/01/string-spool-tutorial.html


My next project…

Since it took several days to make and finish the Red Hot Peppers quilt, I wanted my next project to be something I didn’t have to “think” about. Or worry about. Just sew. Strip by strip. It is a quilt-as-you-go table runner. I saw the directions somewhere on the net. Have to find the site so I can link to it.

For now, this is where I am.

Fabrics gathered.

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Back decided on and sewn along the batting top edge.

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And a few strips sewn and pressed.

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The PRESSING is a pain. PITA!! But it is necessary to have a straight seam before adding the next strip. So, I will be Slow and Steady.

Update 12-23-11: Found the site.

http://www.diaryofaquilter.com/2010/08/table-runner-tutorial.html

My “Christmasy” Red Hot Chili Peppers Quilt


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It sorta looks like Christmas… Not Christmas fabric but the red, green and white makes it seem so.

Just finished making this spool block mini quilt top this morning. This is my 2nd spool block quilt. I am still practicing, improving my skills so when I go to make the “big one” I will have ironed out all the kinks.

I already showed you the 4 1/2″ scrap blocks I made last month. So after deciding on which other fabrics to use, I got started.

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First. String sewed the sides.

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Next. Added the spool tops and bottoms.

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I added additional tops and side sashing to balance out the spools.

The look went from this…

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To this.

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Isn’t this much better? Not chopped off looking.

And I wanted LOTS of borders. Even thought about five. But just went with three. Green tonal from Arbor Lane Quilt of the Month Series.

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And cranberry with tiny white stars.

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This will be the binding (unless I change my mind) when I get to that step.

White with black speckles.

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Right now as I type this (I am taking a break), I am thinking about how to make the back. Probably wide rectangular strips using some of the fabrics used for the top.

More to follow. You will have to check back for the finished quilt. 😀

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Back-To-School Quilt

I am still working through my “old” novelty fabric stash. The fabric on the right with the black background and colorful alphabet letters has been around for years.

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I used some of it to make a couple of quick simple purses and had about a yard left. I only recently discovered some of the letters of the alphabet were missing. I couldn’t spell out my name. How weird is that!!

With schools opening soon, the idea of making a Back-to-School quilt seemed like a good idea. A mini quilt or lap quilt for a child. I gathered up several other fabrics and got started cutting out the pieces. Dresden Plate wedges. One of my favorites to work with.

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I changed my mind after making this block and decided to go longer.

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Added two more wedges to balance it out. 10 wedges per strip.

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Here are four strips sewn together with black fabric with tiny white dots for sashing. And also black polka dots. (You knew polka dots would be here somewhere, right? 😀 )

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Let’s see… we have Math, Spelling… how about some Music!!

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Making progress. Two complete sections done.

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When deciding on the final borders Log Cabin style, I really wanted to somehow bring this yellow numerical fabric into the mix. I tried it on the sides. But it stuck out too much. Even consulted my “color expert” (hubby). He has a great eye for color. I looked at him and he was shaking his head. OK. No bright yellow.

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As you can see here, I used my Go-To-Fabric, my beautiful black polka dots. Always handy. I am thinking of buying an entire bolt the next time a JoAnn’s 50% off coupon lands on my doorstep.

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So… the quilt top is finished. And now I have to decide on the fabric for the back, quilt it and add the binding.

Unless I change my mind, this will be the binding.

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Right now it measures 42″ by 54″.