Hello Everyone! I hope you had a great weekend. I’ve had a very busy couple of weeks. This past week we’ve had the outside of the house and the kitchen cabinets painted which meant moving things partially from the cabinets, drawers and counter tops. I did take the time to get rid of things I don’t use anymore before putting things away. I also attended a workshop with my quilt guild and it was the fall Corn Maze (shop hop) at the local quilt shops. The week before, I started cleaning up my flower beds and replanted some of my flower containers with mums and pansies. I also managed to get some quilting done, too.
Back in the spring sometime, I finished these two blocks from Jacquelynne Steves The Art of Home Club Mystery quilt. I never got around to completing anymore of the blocks from the quilt, so I turned these two into pillows.
The basket block finished at 10″ x 16″, two inches short of fitting into a 12″ x 16″ pillow form and the pumpkin block would fit a 12″ x 22″ pillow form, but it was very curved and you wouldn’t be able to see the top or bottom of the block easily. To solve both problems, I added an extra piece to the top and the bottom. I also ended up making my own pillow form for the pumpkin pillow so it would be flatter than a store bought form.
It was very easy to make. I used muslin and fiber fill and made it in less than an hour.
Now you’re able to see the leaves at the bottom of the pumpkin. Both of these blocks were machine appliqued using what I call invisible machine applique, using a very small zig zag or buttonhole stitch with matching or invisible thread.
I quilted a triple cross-hatch in the background using my straight ruler and ruler foot. I like the effect this has with the applique.
I outlined the swirls on the large pumpkin piece and added some veins in the leaves. The lines on the gourd and the pumpkin are free motion quilted using the foot as a guide for the distance between the lines. The center circle covering the leaf ends is fussy cut from a large print.
For the basket pillow, I outline quilted the flower and leaf pieces, added some horizontal lines on the basket and McTavish quilted in the background. I learned this technique from Amy Johnson. You can find a whole series of tutorials for McTavishing by Amy here, who also quilts on a domestic machine. (After looking up the link, I think I need to view the videos again as a refresher, so many good tips).
I needed some fall pillows for my foyer bench and the fabrics I used go well with the fall quilt that I have hanging in the foyer.
The pattern is called Atlantic Flyway by Deb Tucker and most of the fabrics are Forest Fancy by Deb Stain for Moda.
I plan on adding one more pillow using the Twirl pattern by Fig Tree. This is going to be my Minis and More for the month, the theme is anything fall. I do like to make pillows that I can change out for the seasons and holidays.
This past Monday, I took a machine applique workshop with Sandy Fitzpatrick of Hissyfitz Designs. She has all kinds of whimsical applique quilt designs and I chose the Candy Cane Trio table runner. I decided to only make one candy cane block and will make this into a pillow, too. The green fabric is Moda Grunge and is the same fabric that’s in my Swell quilt. The black plaid is Juniper Berry by Basic Grey for Moda. I had to order fabric to finish the Swell quilt and it’s here, so that’s one of the things I’ll be working on soon.
I also went on a little shop hop at the end of the week. Five shops within 30 minutes of my house do a Corn Maze shop in the fall. Jacquelynne asked if I would design two collections for her next year and of course I said yes!
Can you guess what one of themes is going to be? Now is the perfect time to collect the fabrics since I only have a small collection. You may get some peaks along the way, but it will be August before you can see the final results. Right now, both collections are mostly in my head!
I hope you are having a great week and are enjoying some nice weather where you live. Fall is finally here for us! Thanks for stopping by and I’ll be back soon.