I Love Home Quilt Finish

Hello Everyone! Today I get to share my finished “I Love Home” quilt from Jacquelynne Steve’s Block of the Month. You can find the finishing instructions here. I also listed this quilt as a finish for the 2017 Finish-A-Long. You can find my list here. This month’s prize is a $25 gift certificate for Thermoweb products. They are the makers of Heatnbond fusible webbing. I used Heatnbond Light in all the applique for this quilt. You can find out how to win at the bottom of this post.

Now that business is taken care of, let’s get on to the finished quilt.

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I am so happy with this quilt. I love the design, the colors and the quilting. This was such a fun quilt to make with its hand appliqued houses with some touches of embroidery added to them. The piecing was easy and I learned how to make half rectangle units. Because “Home” will be a wall quilt I didn’t add the top and bottom borders. Otherwise, I kept Jacquelynne’s original border design except to make the middle border scrappy.

To make the scrappy middle border, I picked 6 color groups, then selected 4 fabrics from each group. You need a total of 48 prints and 48 solids to complete the border. Instead of cutting each square individually, I strip pieced the prints with the cream (you only need a 6″ strip of each or a charm square). From each strip set, you’ll get 2 units, two of each print. You’ll need to save two prints and two solids to sew to the ends of each border individually. Sew the units together to get your scrappy border.

I used Bella Ivory for the sashing and the solid squares in the middle border. The inside and outside borders are from Lulu Lane by Corey Yoder, which is also the frame for the house blocks. The fabrics in the blocks are from Chestnut Street and Coney Island by Fig Tree and Co. and Sundrops by Corey Yoder. All fabrics are Moda.

Now for the quilting, one of my favorite parts.

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I used Aurifil 50 wt thread for all my quilting and two layers of Quilter’s Dream Select for the batting. All the quilting was done on my domestic Pfaff Quilt Expression 4.0 by me.  I stabilized the quilt using So Fine Bottom Line thread, a fine thread, in the top and bobbin. I used my open toe spring motion foot to stitch in the ditch along all the sashing and house blocks. I find this much easier than using a walking foot so I’m not always turning the quilt. I left the border alone because I wasn’t sure how I was going to quilt it.

I quilted the house portions of the block all the same. First, I outlined all the major portions of the applique using a matching color. Then I quilted a McTavishing filler (created by Karen McTavish, a longarm quilter) in the background. To keep some consistency across the quilt, I stitched in the ditch for the yellow frame, then quilted a tiny swirl in the cream print frame. I also quilted all the block corner units the same. I got the idea for the quilted heart sashing from Lori Kennedy of the The Inbox Jaunt, one of Jacquelynne’s featured bloggers. I’ve been following Lori’s blog for years and have learned a lot from her quilting technics. I’ve used a few of her quilting ideas on my quilts in the past, especially for sashing.

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To determine how I was going to quilt each block and the border, I used the coloring sheets again. This was a great way to sketch out my ideas and see how they would look on the quilt. I quilted two of the blocks just as I sketched them, one changed slightly and the other one changed completely. Here they are:

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This last block was the one that I changed completely. I was going to do continuous curves in the squares, but after deciding I was going to that in the border, I changed my mind. I quilted diamonds and curves, which looks good on the back, but it’s hard to see them on the front.

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As for the border, you can tell from the sketch, I had a hard time deciding what I wanted to do. I finally decided on the continuous curve, but when I pulled the quilt out and looked at it, I realized the middle and outer border were not the same size, so another change was needed.

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From the beginning, I wanted to quilt flowers in the border. I finally decided to quilt a tiny flower in the solid squares, a continuous curve variation in the print squares and piano keys on the inner and outer border. I marked registration lines and centers in the middle border squares with a purple disappearing pen. To make the quilting flow better, I came up with a quilting plan to so I didn’t have to backtrack over my quilting.

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I quilted the middle border about halfway down the border, leaving the flower and half the curve section incomplete, then I quilted back up and finished the designs on the way. Next I quilted the outside border using my ruler foot and a ruler, then quilted back up for the inner border. This worked out well. I could have done the entire border at one time, but I found it easier moving half the quilt at a time. I am very pleased with borders, even though they are not “perfect”.

Now for the giveaway!

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For your chance to win a $25 gift certificate from Thermoweb, leave a comment on this post by Sunday, December 10 by 11:59 PM, and tell me if you plan to make gifts this year and if you’ve started them. I have a few small things in mind, but haven’t started anything yet!

Be sure to visit all the bloggers for additional chances to win

Don’t forget to post pictures of your Home quilt at the following places:

I would like to thank Jacquelynne for allowing me to be part of this Block of the Month. I had a lot of fun making the quilt and love her designs. I also want to thank her for the goodies I recently received in the mail:

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I’ve already been looking at applique designs to put on the dish towel. The chocolate bar was delish, but I need to get some fresh hot chocolate mix, (mine was a little hard) for the stir sticks. My son ate one just out of the box though.

I would also like to thank each of you who have checked in each month to see the progress on my Home quilt. I hope I was able to give you some new ideas on adding extras to your quilt. I hope you’ll keep checking in from time to time to see what progress I’ve been making on all my projects.

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November Minis and More and FAL

Hello Everyone! I hope you had a pleasant Thanksgiving and are now in December/Christmas mode. We had a busy one with our daughter only home from school for a short break. There are a few pictures of our outing at the bottom of this post.

Today is Minis and More Parade day hosted by Sherri and Michele. Visit their sites to see more minis. This is also a finish for the 2017 Finish-A-Long. You can find my list here. This month, we made Camille Roskelley’s “Vintange Holiday Mini”. You’ve seen some of my blocks because I was entering them in an Instagram contest.

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I had a lot of fun piecing these tiny blocks (4 1/2″). All of the half square triangles in these blocks came from trimmings of my red and green swoon blocks. I was glad I saved and had already sewed them into squares. All I needed to do was trim them to their teeny tiny size.

I free motion quilted the mini using Aurifil 50 wt cotton thread. Because the blocks were small, I outlined quilted the ornaments, then did several different fillers for the background. The fabric in the ornaments are all Bonnie and Camille from their different lines and came out of my stash. The background is from their new line “The Good Life”. The sashing is from Holly’s Tree Farm by Sweetwater and the binding is Moda Grunge by Basic Gray. The little silver tops was from a scrap of something that I had saved.

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I haven’t decided whether to use this as a table topper or make a mosaic of my Christmas minis and hang them on the wall. My house still looks like fall. Only my daughter’s room looks Christmasy. She decorated it before she went back to school. Her little Christmas friends look fun with the mini.

I also finished last month’s Minis and More, Mini Dashing, the Christmas version.

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I had fun quilting it in an all over free motion feather swirl. You can read more about it here.

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When my daughter comes home, she always likes to go to the mountains and this time she wanted to go to a water fall. I found one that wouldn’t be too far away in my North Georgia Hiking book, but was glad I looked it up on the internet because it was closed due to trail damage during one of the fall storms. We ended up going to Amicalola Falls State Park instead, which is just over an hour from our house.

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This is a view from the first platform. It was beautiful cool morning and we arrived early before a lot of people. We walked up to the top platform, but decided to drive to the top of the falls instead of walking up 400 plus steps, then having to walk back down.

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This is the view from the top of the falls. It was a perfect day. There was still a little color left in the trees and not a cloud in the sky. When we left the park about 11:30, the parking lot was full and there was a line of cars waiting to get in. We weren’t the only ones giving up great shopping deals on Friday to enjoy the mountains!

We went on to the small town of Dahlonega, GA, shopped a little, had lunch, then home again. It was a great day.

I’m off to bind the “I Love Home Quilt.” Be sure to check in on Monday for the final month. Thanks for stopping by.

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WIP Update

Hello Everyone! Hope you’re having a great week. I have just a few things to share that I’ve been working on this past week.

First up, Moda Block Head Blocks:

 

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Moda Blockhead Number 36

 

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Moda Blockhead Number 37

The Blockhead BOW is getting closer to the end. Only 11 more to go. I have a setting in mind, and have been looking for fabric, but I would like to use a black print that would go with the fabrics that I’ve been using. Most of the black prints are over 5 years old and leftovers from a quilt I made my brother-in-law. I may have to go with a solid.

In my last post, I showed you a few pictures of the Vintage Holiday Mini blocks from the Instagram contest. I have the mini finished, but don’t have pictures of it yet. While I was posting pictures of things that I have made with Bonnie and Camille fabrics and patterns, I posted this picture of a swoon block:

IMG_5373.1Somebody pointed out to me that the part of the block was backwards. I looked at it, and couldn’t see it until I looked at a few earlier blocks,

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Can you see the difference? The white triangle on the corner units should be on the inside, not the outside. I made three of them wrong. I hope to get these fixed by the end of the month so I can show them for the contest. I probably would not have noticed them until I had the whole quilt put together. Then, they would have stayed.

I told you that I was going to see my daughter swim in Melbourne, FL last weekend. It was great to see her swim and we were able to have lunch together a couple of the days. I found four quilt shops to visit one afternoon, so that was fun, then we went to Melbourne Beach and had lunch one day.

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The Atlantic is much prettier in Florida than it is further up the coast. On Sunday, the morning session was over about 11:15 and my flight didn’t leave until 5:30 so I had some time to kill. I drove to Sebastian Inlet State Park and had lunch and spent some time exploring then killed a few hours working on some embroidery for an upcoming month of Jacquelynne Steve’s Art of Home Club. This was my view:

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Lovely to sit there for a few hours. This is a sneak peek of what I’ve been working on,

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I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgivingwith family and friends. We have some outings planned for the next few days ourselves. Thanks for stopping by.

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November Embroidery Finish

Hello Everyone! I have a finish for you today for the 2017 Finish-A-Long. You can find my list here. It’s the November Mini Embroidery quilt from Jenny of Elefantz’s “a year in the garden”.

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I actually finished this several weeks ago, but my computer has been out for repair, so I haven’t been able to blog. The border fabric is from Chestnut Street by Figtree and Co.

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The above picture shows the embroidery a little bit better. I used DMC floss, Aurifloss and Sue Spargo perle cotton. I quilted it with Aurifil 50 wt. cotton.

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Here it is on the background quilt. I love the fall colors. I  haven’t started December’s yet, but I think I will go back to the light background quilt or I might have to do a special one just for December. We’ll see how the time goes.

I have been busy with an Instagram contest using Bonnie and Camille fabrics, #12contestsbonnieandcamille.

These are a few of the blocks. The pattern, Vintage Holiday Mini, is also by Camille of Thimbleblossoms. I just have to bind it. The mini is also this month’s Minis and More project.

MINI_Vintage_Holiday_cover-01You still have time to make it if you want to join in and send a picture to Sherri or Michele.

I’ve also been busy with other things, but I’ll update you sometime next week on those. I’m off to Melbourne, FL (by myself) to watch my daughter swim at her mid-season swim meet. I’m looking forward to some warm weather and maybe a little beach time. I also have that December embroidery to work on while I’m there.

I hope you have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by.

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I Love Home Block 4

Hello Everyone! It’s time for Block 4 of Jacquelynne’s I Love Home BOM. This is the last block and next month, we’ll be finishing the quilt. Our sponsor this month is Olfa and they are offering an incredible prize. More at the end of this post.

Now for my block this month:

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This is another great block, but it does have the Half Rectangle Units again. Don’t forget to use Jacquelynne’s tutorial to make them. The fabrics are a mix of Fig Tree’s Coney Island, Chestnut Street and Strawberry Fields Revisited. There are also a few of Corey Yoder’s Sundrops and a few Bella Solids, all by Moda.

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Here is a close up of the applique/embroidery. I didn’t use any new stitches this month, but I did use the chain stitch around the flower centers. Instead of appliqueing the leaves and small hearts on the roof, I made them using a satin stitch.

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Don’t all the blocks look great together? I’m ready for the sashing and borders. I’ve been doing a little planning using Jacquelynne’s color sheets. Have you used them?

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These are two of the designs I’ve been playing with. Is one of these the final one? You’ll have to wait until next month to see what I decided to do. These coloring sheets will also be handy to plan the quilting designs.

Now for the Giveaway this month:

ILoveHomeBOM-NovemberGiveawayThis is an awesome giveaway, I know because Olfa sent all the bloggers the exact same package. I’ve been using mine since I received it. I did wait to put the endurance blade in until I knew I was going to do a lot of cutting in August.

There’s over 500 squares and rectangles in that container. I’ve been using the blade every since and I’ve done a lot of cutting. I will definitely replace this blade with another endurance blade. The mat is also a great size. It folds in half so it’s easy to take to retreats or classes.

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And for me, it fits perfectly by the small table I keep by my sewing machine. No more running to my cutting table to trim blocks.

Now, for the Giveaway.

***Please note that this giveaway is open to US winners only this time, due to shipping costs.

For your chance to win this awesome giveaway, tell me if you’ve kept up with making the blocks and are ready to make Block 4.

Leave me a comment on this blog post by Sunday, November 12 at 11:59 PM EDT. Be sure to check out all the other bloggers to see their wonderful Block 4 and enter on their sites for a chance to win, too.

You can also follow along and post your own pictures on social media using #ILoveHomeQuilt on Instagram and Jacquelynne’s Sew Quilty Friends page on Facebook and on Pinterest.

Thanks for stopping by.

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October Minis and More and 1st FAL

Hello Everyone! Today is the Minis and More Parade for October. It’s also my first finish for the 2017 Finish-A-Long. You can find my list here.

This month’s pattern is Mini Dashing by Corey Yoder. I felt rather ambitious a few weeks ago and started two versions of it. I completely finished one and need to quilt and bind the second.

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You can almost say I made three versions. This is my second try at the Halloween version.  I used leftover charm squares from Deb Strain’s Happy Howl-o-ween by Moda and Riley Blake’s Halloween Crayola Fabric Colors. In the original version, I only used a few of the solids and used two prints for the churn dash blocks.

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This is my Christmas version. I also made one new block for this one. I had an aqua star block where the red star block is in the upper right corner. I would probably have made a few more changes if I had more time, but I wanted to get the border on at least to show for the parade. The fabrics in this version are Sweetwater’s Christmas Tree Farm and Cookie Exchange and Basicgrey’s Juniper Berries all by Moda.

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I used this cute owl print for the back, but I don’t know who the designer is. I’ve had it in my stash for several years. I quilted in the ditch with 50 wt Aurifil Thread. I’m not sure how I’ll quilt the Christmas one yet. Maybe an allover design of some kind.

Make sure you visit Sherri and Michele to see the rest of the Mini Dashing Parade. It’s always fun to see how everyone makes the same pattern their own.

I have a lot of catching up to do this week. I have two Moda Blockheads, plus the new one on Wednesday to make and the Quilting Life BOM blocks for October to catch up on. Going away for a week is fun, but there is always lots to do when you get home.

Have a great week and thanks for stopping by.

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Fall Camping Trip

Hello Everyone! We just got back from our camping trip to Fall Creek Falls State Park near Spencer, TN. This was a new park for us and it was beautiful! We left on Monday and fortunately, the forecast rain came early and we only had a few light showers during out 2 1/2 hour drive. We were able to set up and enjoy a little of the afternoon before more showers and a cold front moved through.

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I will warn you, this post is heavy with photos, but the park and waterfalls were so awesome I hope you don’t mind if I share our week with you.  Wednesday and Thursday mornings, we had temperatures in the low 30’s, probably the coldest we’ve camped in. We just bundled up and cooked our breakfast outside, then took it in the camper to eat. Tuesday and Wednesday were in the mid 50’s, but after the coldest morning on Thursday, the day warmed up to the mid 60’s and was gorgeous.

Fall Creek Falls SP has a nice lake, an inn and cabins that are right on the lake, and golf course. We didn’t have time to explore those areas, but we did drive around the park to try to see it all. For us, the main attractions were all the waterfalls. We hiked between 3.5 and 5 miles each day to see the falls and view the gorges. The trails ranged from pretty easy to strenuous. There was a lot of up and down, and the trails could be rocky and rooty.

On our first day, we hiked from the Nature Center near the camp ground to Fall Creek Falls. Just as westarted out from the Nature Center, we passed the Cane Creek Cascade and went over a long suspension bridge.

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Cane Creek Cascade

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Suspension Bridge over cascades

 

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Cane Creek Falls (right), Rockhouse Falls (left)

We continued to hike along the edge of the Cane Creek Gorge rim, stopping at all the overlooks until we came to Fall Creek Falls.

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Fall Creek Falls

Not a lot of water falling, but still pretty. Fall Creek Falls is one of the tallest falls east of the Rockies

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Base of Fall Creek Falls

The trail to the base of the falls was very rocky and steep. We needed about a 10 minute rest after returning to the top before hiking back to the Nature Center.

The next day, we waited for it to warm up a little, then hiked the Paw Paw Trail. According to the trail map, it looked like a 1 1/2 mile loop. Either we are really bad at reading the maps (not) or the mileage wasn’t marked correctly. It ended up being about 3.5 miles. You hiked up from the Nature Center on the other side of Cane Creek Gorge, then it was mostly flat. It was a cool, but beautiful day.

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Walking through the woods on the Paw Paw Trail

After we finished the hike, we went looking for gas (which there wasn’t much around the park) and ended up driving out of the north entrance and through a scenic windy road through the northern parts of the park and into Spencer. We thought we might find lunch there, but couldn’t really find anything. We ended up getting a bar-b-que sandwich at a gas station/market/hardware store before heading back into the park from the west entrance.

As mentioned earlier, Thursday morning was the coldest yet, definitely low 30’s. Fortunately, it warmed up quickly and away we went. Our hike on this day took us to the Fall Creek Falls parking lot and from there, we hiked the Piney Creek Trail, mostly through the woods, then we took the Millikan’s Trail to the overlook. From the overlook, we walked out to Buzzard’s Roost, a steep bluff overlooking Cane Creek Gulf.

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View through Cane Creek Gulf, looking north

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Buzzard’s Roost

This was as close as I wanted to get to the edge!

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Looking towards our next overlook

You can see in the picture above what some of the rocky bluffs look like. This was the next overlook on the trail. After that one, there was not trail, but we hiked back to Fall Creek Falls on the scenic road, hitting all the overlooks along the way.

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My hiking partner (and hubby) on top of the world

Once we got back to the Fall Creek Falls parking lot, we drove along the scenic road to Piney Creek Falls and had lunch.

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Piney Creek Falls from Overlook

We hiked down to the falls and crossed another suspension bridge. We actually went out to the top of falls, although the trail didn’t look like it was being kept up any more. We had to get down to the creek and walk across the rocks to get to the top. It was worth the walk.

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Top of Piney Creek Falls

My husband was braver than I was, he stood close to the edge to get this picture, I wanted to see down into the gorge, but didn’t want to stand. This was a great way to get a look.

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Piney Creek

 

Piney Creek was beautiful. My husband is a trout fisherman and thought the creek was perfect for fishing. Next time we go, he’s going to look into fishing in the area.

Thursday was our longest day, almost 5 miles of hiking, but it was perfect. When we got back to the campground, we had a surprise. Our empty cul-de-sac now had was filled with vintage RV’s. There was a rally that weekend. Our neighbors were kind and we were able to see the inside of a couple of them.

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Except for the one in the middle, they were all small inside. Very cute though.

We will definitely plan another trip to Fall Creek Falls SP. Maybe when it’s a little warmer and we can do some lake activities. It would also be fun to rent a cabin that’s right on the lake. I hope you enjoyed the travelogue. This is a fun way for me to remember our trips, too.

I’ll be back in a few days with the Minis and More for October. Thanks for stopping by.

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