Hello Everyone! Well it’s past the 4th of July so I guess summer is half over or at least that’s the way I always think about it. When my kids were in school, we’d be thinking about school starting soon around here. It seemed like every year it would get earlier and earlier, even starting as early as the last week of July. I’m glad we are out of that stage of our lives now, and I do feel for all you parents who have the uncertainty of a new school year to consider. I hope things work out for everyone!
Today, I have the last of my patriotic quilt projects to share.
Tootsie Pops designed by Fig Tree and Co is finished! I really love my version made with Mackinac Island Fabric by Minick and Simpson for Moda. My blocks are a little smaller than the original pattern because I used a charm pack and the Cupcake Mix papers to make the half square triangles. I also only made 10 blocks instead of the 14 so the table runner isn’t as long. I plan on using it on a chest that sits at the top of the stairs. I changed the border design also. I’ve used this one several times and I’m starting to think of it as Brenda’s Border.
I quilted Tootsie Pops on my Pfaff QE 4.0 using Aurifil 50 wt thread with Quilter’s Dream Select batting. I just quilted loops in the background and little swirls in the sashing. I quilted a wavy line on the inner border, then decided to quilt another wavy line “sort of” mirroring it. I would usually mark this type of quilting motif, but I just winged it and I think it looks fine. I used matching thread, so unless you look really close, you just see the texture. For the whirligig legs and outside border, I used a ruler to help keep the lines straight.
So I would have a large enough variety of HSTs to choose from, I made extras. The fabric has some lighter blues and pinks that I thought I would use in the final runner, but I decided not to after laying the blocks out. I used some of the extras to make this small table mat.
I wanted to give the allusion of a binding, but didn’t want to make one, so I added an extra little border to the outside. I placed the front and back right sides together and added the batting, then sewed around the edge and turned it right side out. It’s quilted along the outer edge to close the opening, then quilted in the ditch around the legs of the whirligigs.
I was into using up my extra cut fabric on Tootsie Pop and Stars and Stripes Forever as you can see from this little mug rug. These are actually the pieces left over from the Star Pillow.
These are the little projects I made using the scraps from Stars and Stripes Forever and Tootsie Pops. The only extra pieces I had to make were the stars in the pillow. The checked pin cushion is from Stars and Stripes and the HSTs on the Star Spangle Spectacular cross stitch were leftovers from Tootsie Pops. I should try to use up the scraps more often instead throwing them in a box never to be used again. If I started doing this, I might have a nice collection of gifts when needed.
I have two quilts to be quilted and I’ve gotten behind on my rainbow quilts I’m doing for a guild challenge. I think I will be concentrating on these things over the next few weeks before I start thinking about fall. I always like to do a fall project and I have several in mind.
I hope everyone is still safe and well and thanks for stopping by!