A Quick Check In

Hello Everyone! I wanted to do a quick check in. It’s been pretty busy here and I’m home between traveling. This past weekend, we went to Pensacola to see my daughter’s first home swim meet of the season.

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She’s in there somewhere. They are getting ready for the 1st event, a relay. We had a nice visit even though it was short. Now, we are getting ready for our camping trip to Falls Creek Falls State Park in Tennessee. After the rain and the front goes through, it’s supposed to be the coldest temperatures of the season. We are taking just about every coat we own! It should warm up by the end of the week though.

On the quilting front, I completed another Moda Blockhead Block 32. I’m going to get behind on those again, oh well. They usually only take a couple of hours to make.

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I also made my hexies for the week for the Instagram #100hexies100days2017 with @sewfoxymama.

IMG_5125 The theme last week was the Sky’s the Limit. The first day, I made these 7 3/4″ hexies and plan to make a coaster out of them. For the next 6 days,

IMG_5151I made the five white hexies in the middle and then for the last day, the mug rug was my hexie. The print and star fabric are leftovers from a quilt I made my son about 15 years ago. I hand pieced it together and hand quilted it in the car going to Pensacola.

The other project I worked on last week was October’s Minis and More Parade mini. I was ambitious and thought I would make two. I knew I probably would only get one quilted, but that was okay. Let’s start with the first one:

I wanted to make a Halloween mini just because I haven’t made anything specific for Halloween in a long time. I had these leftover fabrics by Deb Strain for Moda from my last project and thought I could use them. I picked up the Crayola Fabric Colors by Riley Blake during a mini shop hop the week before. Perfect for this project.

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I had the rows all sewn together and something just didn’t feel right about it. Too busy, too something. This picture doesn’t show the original layout because I had already taken some of the blocks out.

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This is what I plan to do now. I hope I can get the new pieces cut out before we leave. Maybe I shouldn’t have used the black and orange dot for the background, but I’m hoping that the solids will be a bit more calming.

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I wasn’t completely happy with the Christmas version either. I counted the black and red block in the middle as red and made three of each color, but I don’t like my colors to touch so I’m going to replace the aqua star block in the upper right corner with a red star. The pattern for this is called Mini Dashing by Corey Yoder. You still have time to get in on the parade. Just get the pattern and make your own, then send it to either Sherri or Michele.

If you’re still looking for a small fall decorating project, don’t forget my Scattered Leaves and Pumpkin Pillow or Mini. It would be a great addition to your fall décor. You can find it in my Craftsy shop here.

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Thanks for stopping by and have a great week.

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Scattered Leaves and Pumpkins Pillow or Mini Quilt Pattern

Hello Everyone! I’m excited about a new project I’ve been working on, the Scattered Leaves and Pumpkins Pillow or Mini Quilt.

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I made this after the August Minis and More, Mini Pumpkins mini quilt. The inspiration for making the pillow came from Sherri and Hildy on Instagram. It was fun to make and even though there are some small pieces, it went together quickly. Definitely a weekend project.

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I wanted to make my pumpkins different than the mini quilt, so I set the scrappy pumpkin squares on point. I had played around with this pumpkin design last fall for a pillow, but never got it made. The maple leaf blocks are also simplified. Instead of making them from all squares and HST squares, I made them with rectangles and the flip and sew method. This means less sewing and matching seams!

After I made the top, I liked it so much that I thought I would try to write a pattern. I showed the pillow at my quilt guild meeting and was encouraged by the members to give it a try. So I did. I’ve spent the good part of two weeks writing it and creating diagrams (the hard part).

I’ve listed the pattern on the Craftsy platform and you can find it here if you want to take a look. The Pillow is 16 1/2″ x 16 1/2″ and uses a standard 16″ x 16″ pillow form and the Mini Quilt is 17 1/2″ x 17 1/2″. I used scraps of orange for the pumpkins and I wrote the directions to use a 5″ square for the leaf blocks because I had some from charm packs I wanted to use.

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I made an envelope back for the pillow and the instructions are included in the pattern.

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Don’t you love the pumpkin? I quilted in the ditch around the pumpkin pieces and the leaves, then free motion quilted a paisley pattern in the background. I added a cute little swirl to the leaf blocks.

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The pillow looks great on my foyer bench. Because this is my only fall pillow, I added my Maple Leaf Log Cabin quilt that I made about 9 years ago from a pattern that was in an issue of American Patchwork and Quilting.

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The top also looks good as a table topper and it would also look good hanging on a wall. The background fabric is Indigo and Cheddar by Nancy Gere for Windham Fabrics. The Pillow Backing is Beauty-Fall by Sandy Gervais for Moda Fabrics and the pumpkin and leaf fabric came from my scrap stash and 5″ charm collection. The binding is orange Moda Grunge.

I hope you’ll go to Craftsy and take a look at the pattern. I have the pattern listed at and introductory price of $5.00 through Monday, after that I’ll be listing it for $6.50. If you make Scattered Leaves and Pumpkins, please send me pictures and I’ll include them in a post.

Thanks for stopping by,

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Works in Progress Update

Hello Everyone! I just have a few things I’ve been working on to show you today.

First I want to congratulate Jayne from the U.K. who won the I Love Buttons package for the I Love Home Block 3 Giveaway. I hope you all are keeping up with your blocks. We have one block left, then the borders and you’ll have a new quilt!

I had four weeks worth of Moda Blockhead blocks to catch up with. I worked on those last weekend.

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The first one is an alternate block by Lisa Bongean. Another one with over 80 pieces in it. It is a challenge, but makes me be very careful in the piecing. A tip for you when you are working on these little pieces, starch! Then more starch! At least the last two were easy. I finished sewing the last one in about 20 minutes. This week’s is all about flying geese.

I’ve also been keeping up with the #100hexies100days2017 with @sewfoxymama on Instagram. Last week the theme was travel, so I took some time out from using Grandma’s vintage fabrics and had some fun with them.

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I played around with my photo editor, Coral PaintShop Pro X9, and merged my two pictures together. This is my daughter with the dolphins on the sound side of Jekyll Island.

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Using Adventures fabric by Amy Ellis, I made a few to represent places we’ve been and that we like to camp.

IMG_E5058I thought I might put these on some black grunge and use the Adventures fabric and make a zippered pouch. I might try to get that finished next week.

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My friend, Lydia, gave me this fabric which she bought on her Alaska trip. It was perfect to represent all the animals that we saw during our trip to Yellowstone NP. I think I’ll make a mug rug with this one.

I’m hoping that by Friday, I’ll have my new pattern available. Here’s a peak at the Scattered Leaves and Pumpkins Pillow or Mini Quilt.

scatterd leaves pillow, blogWriting the pattern has kept me busy for the past week or so.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Q4 2017 Finish-A-Long List and Q3 Wrap-up

 

Hello Everyone! It’s been a busy week trying to catch up with household chores and sewing projects since our beach vacation last week. It’s fun to go away, but tough when you get home!

If you are looking for the “I Love Home BOM” go here. You have until Sunday night at midnight to enter the giveaway on that blog post.

I’m linking my list up at Charm About You. Now for my list for the Q4 of the 2017 FAL:

They are from left to right:

  1. Jake’s Disappearing 4-patch. This has been on my list for a year, but I am actually quilting it now.
  2. November’s “a year in the garden stitchery” designed by Jenny of Elefantz.
  3. Mini Dashing for the Minis and More Parade for October. Pattern by Corey Yoder.
  4. I Love Home BOM designed by Jacquelynne Steves.
  5. On Point quilt started during National Jelly Roll Sew Day. Need to add 3 more rows and finish.
  6. I am participating in @sewfoxymama #100hexies100days2017 on Instagram. I have several things in mind to make with them.
  7. December’s “a year in the garden stitchery” designed by Jenny of Elefantz.
  8. Woodland Retreat quilt using Woodland Retreat flannel by Jan Shade Beach.
  9. Make this Candy Dish Mini by Sherri K. Falls of This and That Pattern Co.
  10. (Not pictured) November’s Minis and More mini, pattern unknown at this time.

This should keep me busy, especially now that swim season has started for my daughter and we plan to attend some meets in Florida and we will be camping later this month.

Now for the Q3 Wrap-up:

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Caitlyn’s T-Shirt Quilt

 

 

 

 

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July Minis and More, Mini Tulip Market

 

 

 

 

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The Moneta Dress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Blocks On the Go for Quilts That Grow Finish!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mini Pumpkins, August’s Minis and More

 

 

 

 

 

 

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September Embroidery from “a year in the garden”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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October Embroidery from “a year in the garden”

 

 

 

 

 

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Berry Basket Mini, September Minis and More

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had a good quarter. I had 9 items on my list and I finished 8. I also continued with the Moda Blockheads and have kept up except for the last couple of weeks. I’ve made all the blocks for the Quilting Life BOM, and Jacquelynne Steves BOM. I made three more swoon blocks this past quarter and started the On Point quilt. I also made a pillow from this

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The pillow is finished and I’m almost through writing a pattern for it. I plan to sell it on Craftsy as a PDF download by the end of the week.

I hope you enjoyed the wrap-up and if you want to join in, you have until Saturday, Oct 7 at 11:00 PM EDT to link your list up here.

Thanks for stopping by!

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I Love Home Block 3 and Giveaway!

Hello Everyone! For those of you looking for the Minis and More Parade, you can go here or scroll through this post about a lovely house BOM (and add your chance to win a giveaway).

Today I get to share Block 3 for the I Love Home BOM by Jacquelynne Steves, but first, this month’s sponsor. It’s a great assortment of buttons and charms from I Love Buttons, Etc.

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I know for myself, it’s always fun to add embellishments to my applique.  Read to the end of this post to see how you can win this great giveaway.

Now for this month’s block…

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Again, another great block by Jacquelynne! She has added a new to me technique in the star units this month, Half Rectangle units. I want to give you a tip about piecing the Half Rectangle units. Read the instructions carefully! Even after I read them and looked at the diagram, I still sewed the star half rectangles wrong. Fortunately, I noticed the mistake before I cut the fabric. Jacquelynne has created a tutorial and video to walk you through making and trimming the units to size. They are not hard, but you do need to pay attention to the directions.

It seems like each month, I’m adding a few more details of embroidery to the applique. I really like the way the embroidery gives the applique some depth. Maybe a few buttons could be added to these blocks after they’ve been quilted. (Wink, Wink)

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This month, I used Aurifloss by Aurifil, DMC Floss and Sue Spargo’s Eleganza Perle Cotton.

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Instead of using a fabric center for the flower, I used the chain stitch to outline the center. Again it just adds some dimension to it. The windows are also outlined with the chain stitch.

I used Sue Spargo’s variegated thread as the leaves on the flower this month. Can you tell which stitch I used inside the leaves? It’s the buttonhole stitch! The outside of the leaf is backstitched, then I used the buttonhole stitch for the center stem inserting the thread into the bottom of the leaf.

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Here is another example of using the buttonhole stitch by itself. For those new to embroidery, you don’t just have to use it to outline your applique. These flowers were designed by Jenny of Elefantz.

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Another new detail I added this month was the scallops over the window. These are in the embroidery design so I thought I would add them here. Last month I added them, but didn’t fill them in. This month with the lighter fabric on the house, I thought the satin stitch again added dimension to the house.

I hope you think about adding some details to your applique. Maybe you’ll be the lucky winner of the button package this month.

You can win “The I Love Buttons” package by leaving me a comment telling me if you’ve ever used embellishments on your quilts or embroidery. The contest is open to everyone, international readers included. Leave me a comment on this blog post by Sunday, October 8 at 11:59 PM EDT. Please note this is a day earlier than the other posts.

Be sure to check out all the other bloggers to see their wonderful Block 3 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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September Minis and More and Last Finish for Q3 for the 2017 FAL

Hello Everyone! Today I have my last finish for Q3 of the 2017 Finish-A-Long. You can also check out all the finishes from the participants for Q3 here. You can find my list for the quarter here. Thanks, too, for all the sponsors of the FAL. I haven’t won anything this year, but I did last year 🙂

The Minis and More Parade is usually on the first day of the month unless it’s on the weekend, which this month it is. I’m posting mine early because I need to add this to the FAL by Sept 30 and the I Love Home Block 3 post will be on Monday. So let’s see this month’s mini.

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This is host Sherri’s (A Quilting Life) pattern, Berry Basket Mini Quilt, using her new Creekside fabric. You can find the pattern here.  I wanted to keep mine a bit smaller, so I made 5 baskets instead of 8.

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I thought I would keep this mini very traditional. I knew I wanted to use fabric from a charm pack I have of Minick and Simpson’s Snowfall, which seems very traditional to me with the paisley prints and the soft colors. Unfortunately, I could not find any yardage or layer cakes at my LQS’s. I did find some charm packs, so I added two more to the one I had and set about reworking the directions to be used with a charm pack. The border fabric is also an older Minick and Simpson that I found in my stash.

Since the block size is small, I was able to make the two main parts of the basket with two charm squares and I was also able to make the 8 HSTs for the handle and bottom out of two charm squares using the 8 at a time method. This is also a very quick way to make the HSTs.

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To make, mark a diagonal line from corner to corner in both directions, then sew 1/4″ on each side of the lines.

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Next, cut the pieces apart on the vertical, then horizontal, then diagonal lines. This gave me 8 2″ HST which I trimmed to the correct size.

I knew when I started this, that I wanted to do some pretty quilting in all the open spaces of the corners and side triangles. I used two layers of Quilter’s Dream Select to help show off the quilting and Aurifil 50 wt thread for the quilting.

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For the baskets, I free motion quilted continuous curves in the handle and basket bottom, then used my ruler for the straight lines in the basket. I had to really practice the little swirls in the sashing. For some reason, those are difficult for me, I have to really concentrate to keep the swirls going in the right direction.

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I used my 12″ QP (Quilted Pineapple) curve ruler for the side and corner curved cross-hatching. The lines are quilted 1/4″ apart. Of course, I had to do a feather in the outer border!

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This was a fun little quilt to make and I’ll enjoy hanging it on my wall.  On Monday, October 2, Sherri and Michelle will be hosting the September parade. I hope you will stop by and see all the other quilty goodness.

I’m writing this post from Nags Head, NC in the Outerbanks. We’ve had a couple of inside days because of hurricane Maria. Fortunately, we didn’t get the rain that was originally predicted, but we did get the wind. The house we are staying in is on stilts and sits just over the dune from the beach. We could really feel it rocking around.

The first pictures are from Sunday and Monday morning. It was still windy, but Sunday was a beach day, but by Monday afternoon, we were spending our time at the pier bar where we had an afternoon cocktail. We have been to the Outerbanks lots of times, but I have never seen the ocean like this.

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These last three pictures were taken on Wednesday, when Maria was just off shore. The wind was so strong, that you couldn’t stay out long.

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In the middle picture, you can see the edge of one of the bands. Maria became a hurricane again during the day and you could definitely tell the winds picked up and waves got higher. In these pictures you can see the wind blowing off the top of the waves.

We had two beautiful beach days on Thursday and Friday. Definitely a good time and hopefully we’ll be back in a few years.  Thanks for stopping by.

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A Finish for the 2017 Q3 Finish-A-Long

Hello Everyone! Today I want to share another finish for the 2017 Finish-A-Long. You can find my list here.

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This is the October stitchery from Jenny of Elefantz’s “a year in the garden”. For fall, I changed the background mini quilt and am using Fig Tree fabrics for the border around the embroidery.

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I used Aurifloss by Aurifil for most of the stitches, but the flowers are stitched with a Sue Spargo 8 weight perle cotton by Eleganza Thread. I really like the look of the variegated thread for the flowers. I just did some simple echo quilting around the circle. It looks like I still need a little practice keeping the echo spacing consistent.

I have November and December to finish. I better get on it since I haven’t started either of them. Thanks for stopping by.

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