The Blue Angels and Some Quilting

Hello Everyone! I’ve been busy working on the T-Shirt quilt and I made this weeks Moda Blockhead block. But mostly I want to share some pictures my daughter took of the Blue Angles Air Show over Pensacola Beach last Saturday.

First, I finished the T-Shirt quilt top and have started quilting it.

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I used two rulers and the Hera marker to mark registration lines. I set this five pound weight on the rulers to keep them from slipping. Hope to finish this up by the end of the week.

Next, I finished Block 18 of the Moda Blockheads BOW by Carrie Nelson at Moda Fabrics.

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It’s called Rocky Mountain Puzzle and is one of my favorite blocks so far. I can see a whole quilt made from this block in southwestern colors.

Now onto the airshow.

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My daughter was able to attend the Blue Angel Banquet on the beach the night before the air show as the date of one of the Pensacola Beach Lifeguards who were invited to it. She’s the one of the left with her twin Brazilian swim team mates. She’s with Blue Angel 5 and 6, the solos. Number 6 grew up right here in our county.

The group she was with camped on the beach so they could beat the crowds. This was their sunrise the next morning. You can see that they weren’t the only ones camping out.

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Fortunately, the storms stayed away and it looked like they had a perfect day for the show. By the way, these pictures are unedited, just the sun shining on the clouds early in the morning.

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One of my favorites!

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I hope you enjoyed seeing the pictures like we did. We’ve seen the Blue Angels lots of times at different airshows, but we would love to see them over the beach! If you’ve never seen them or the Air Force Thunderbirds, you should make every effort to see them if they do a show close to you. It is well worth it!

Thanks for stopping by.

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2017 Finish-A-Long Q3 Projects and Q2 Recap

Hello Everyone! I hope all my American followers had a great 4th of July. It was noisy around here. A few years ago, Georgia legalized buying fireworks in the state. You used to have to go to Alabama or South Carolina to but them. On the 4th around here, the fireworks started going off around 7:00 and continued non-stop and in surround sound until 11:00. We were only able to see a few, but definitely could hear them.

2017-fal-button-125Now onto my list for the third quarter of the 2017 Finish-A-Long. I’m going to link my list up Charm About You.  I’m keeping the list a bit smaller this quarter because I’m involved in three block of the months and want to continue to work on my swoon blocks.

 

  1. Caitlyn’s T-Shirt Quilt
  2. Jake’s Quilt. This quilt has been on my list for a year. I just need to quilt it now!
  3. A new dress made from an Art Gallery Fabrics knit.
  4. Quilt the Blocks on the Go for Quilts that Grow.
  5. September’s “a year in the garden” embroidery
  6. July Mini’s and More, mini Tulip Market by Cory Yoder
  7. Not pictured – October’s “a year in the garden” embroidery, the embroidery is already traced.
  8. Not pictured – August Minis and More
  9. Not pictured – September Minis and More

These should keep me busy along with the Quilting Life block of the month,

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the Modablockheads Block of the Week, here’s the lasted one:

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Block 17, Trail of Tears, by Lisa Bongean.

and Jacquelynne Steves “I Love Home Block of the Month”. Here’s a sneak peak:

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I also want to continue to work on my swoon block.img_2869

Now to recap my Quarter 2 List.

I had 11 items on my list and finished 9:

This was a good quarter! You can read about my finishes here.

Thanks for stopping by!

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June Minis and More and Last FAL for 2017 Q2

Hello Everyone and Happy 4th of July Weekend! The project for our Minis and More Parade for June was anything summer which is appropriate going into this weekend.  This is also my last finish for the 2017 Finish-A-Long and you can find my list here.

I actually made three things this month that qualify for the minis, but the original one I started with is a kit I received for a Christmas present by Sherri Falls of This and That.

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The pattern is A Season of Minis – Summer and the kit came with all these darling fabrics mostly from Little Ruby by Bonnie and Camille for Moda.

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My finished size is 14″ x 14″, slightly larger than the pattern because even though it fits nicely on my stand, I turned it into a pillow.

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And it goes nicely with my other spring and summer pillows! I can also pick it up and take it camping with us. I couldn’t really do that with just a flat piece, we don’t have walls  and not much flat space in our pop up camper.

One of the other summery things I made this month are my Picnic Placemats.

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I made these for charity through a guild service project. You can read more about them and find my tutorial on making them here.

The last summery thing for the month is Block 16 for the Moda Blockheads BOW. Week 16’s block is by Jan Patek. Jan’s block was two applique flags. I didn’t think it would really fit into my quilt, so I made the alternate block provided by Lisa Bongean. I did make a version on Jan’s block though.

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It’s an embroidered version using leftover scraps. You can see in the picture below that I just used what I had and trimmed after sewing. Much faster for a small project than cutting to size.

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I started with these wavy lines made with a disappearing marker, then used my walking foot to quilt. I had a bunch of starts and stops, but it is a mug rug, so they just got cut off. I quilted in the ditch in the HST.

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This is the alternate block and I finally found a block that I could use the red print in. Now it’s onto Week 17.

I hope you enjoyed my summery sewing. I actually had “something fun” on my list of things to do for June! That means something just for me. Even though all three were made for a purpose, they all qualify as fun!

The Minis and More Parade is hosted by Michele and Sherri and will be posted on July 3. I hope you remember to stop by to see what everyone else has made. Thanks for stopping by.

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Lindsey’s Quilt and a FAL

Hello everyone! I’m back with Lindsey’s graduation quilt. This is also a finish for the 2017 FAL, Q2. You can find my list here.

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Lindsey will be attending the University of Kentucky so I thought a blue and white quilt was in order. The pattern is Crosshatch by Amy Smart from her Craftsy class Pre-cut Shortcuts. The blue fabrics are all batiks and the white is Kona Cotton. The pattern calls for using pre-cuts, but I cut my own so I could get this variety of blues in similar shades. It was another easy quilt to make.

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I used my Hera Marker to mark the squares on the fabric, then used my open toe foot to quilt it.  Since the quilt is so large, I quilted half of the squares in a row, then turned the quilt and quilted the other half. That way, I didn’t have to turn the quilt all the way around for each block. I did one that way and thought of the better way to do it.

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I used the free motion foot to quilt different designs in the center of each square. The one above is Paisley and Pebbles.

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I also quilted swirls, pebbles and did a little MacTavishing. I quilted Ribbon Candy in the sashing. It’s still a work in progress, but the more I quilt it, the better it gets.

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Originally, I was going to add a border, but I liked the way it looked without it. I used the border fabric on the back, but didn’t have enough. Unfortunately, the shop didn’t have any of the border fabric left so I bought something else and pieced the back.

Well,  I wish I could say that’s it for the graduation quilts, but I still need to quilt my son’s who graduated a year ago. Oh well, he’s going to have to wait a little longer. Today I’m going to start a T-shirt quilt that I’ve been commissioned to make.

Thanks for stopping by.

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Corbin’s Graduation Quilt and a FAL

Hello Everyone! I’ve got a finish today for the 2017 Finish-A-Long, Q2 and it’s Corbin’s Graduation quilt. You can find my list here.

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This is a coin quilt and is based on one that Pat Sloan made. My quilt is larger, 72″ x 83″ and the “coins” are larger, 9″ x 3″. I wanted the quilt to go together quickly.

IMG_3933I used  a fat eighth bundle of “Adventures” fabric by Amy Ellis  for Moda to cut the coins. Many of the pieces of fabric are directional, so I had to be careful when cutting, although I did cut at least one piece in the wrong direction. I do love the fabric with the text on it.

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I used my Creative Grids Stripology Ruler again to cut the coins. It made quick work of it. I ended up with this stack of coins and leftover fabric.

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I also have a layer cake in this fabric, so I might have enough to make another lap size quilt out of what I have left.

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I quilted non-uniform wavy lines down the length of the quilt using my walking foot with Aurifil 50 wt thread.  The backing is a flannel that I picked up on sale during an in shop quilting retreat last fall.

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I really am pleased with this quilt. I hope you enjoy it Corbin! He will be attending Radford University in Radford, VA, in God’s country as my husband will say. It’s just down the road from Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!) and one of the prettiest places to be.

You’ll be hearing from me a few more times in the next couple of days as I’m trying to get my posts written for the FAL by the end of the month. Thanks for stopping by.

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Picnic Placemat Tutorial

Hello Everyone! Do you remember going on picnics and using a red and white checkered tablecloth?checkerd tablecloth When I decided to make placemats for my Guild’s service project for Meals on Wheels, I thought it would be fun and summery to make a placemat version of the tablecloth. Well I made four, all from fabric on hand. They were fast and easy to make so I decided to write a tutorial for them. I hope you make your own and if you do, send me pictures or post them on Instagram and tag me @thequiltingnook.

 

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Here are my four. I really didn’t want to give them away, but I did. I especially liked the red one on the bottom. I plan on making some for us using fabric left over from my Whaley project

The placemats are 16″ x 12″.  For each placemat, you’ll need a dark, medium and light. I used fat quarters and some 2 1/2″ strips that I already had cut.  Let’s get started…

Materials for one placemat:

  • dark   2 – 2 1/2″ x 17″ strips
  • medium   4 – 2 1/2″ x 17″ strips
  • light   2 – 2 1/2″ x 17″ strips
  • 18″ x 14″ piece of fabric for backing
  • 18″ x 14″ piece of batting
  • Binding  2 – 2 1/2″ width of fabric for a total of 66″

Sewing:

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To make strip sets:

  • sew a medium, dark, medium, dark together
  • sew a light, medium, light, medium together

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  • Press seams towards the medium fabric. The sets are 8 1/2″ wide.

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  • Cut each strip set into 6 – 2 1/2″ strips. There is enough length to give you a generous clean cut. I used my Creative Grids Stripology Quilt Ruler to make the cuts. This ruler is worth every penny!

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I layered my strip sets carefully and cut two sets at a time.

  • Sew 2 – 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″  medium/dark strips together on the short side making sure that the colors alternate. Repeat two more times.
  • Sew 2 – 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ light/medium strips together on the short side making sure that the colors alternate. Repeat two more times.
  • You will have 3 medium/dark strips and 3 light/medium strips

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  • Sew 1 medium/dark strip to 1 light/medium strip. Repeat two more times for three sets.

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  • Sew the three sets together as shown above.

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  • Press the seams open for less bulk.

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  • Layer the top, batting and backing. I used my walking foot and quilted in the ditch in all the seams, running off into the batting and sewing to the next seam. That way I was able to do all the quilting in one pass.
  • Sew the binding on in your preferred method. I usually hand sew my binding, but I finished these up on the day they had to be turned in so did this binding by machine. It wasn’t perfect, but not bad either!

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These are the other three that I made. I made these in a couple of days while I was working on other things.

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial. Send pictures if you make them and I’ll post them here on the blog. Thanks for stopping by.

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This and That and More Info On BOM

Hello Everyone! I hope you’ve had a good week. Ours has been rainy! I think we had rain almost everyday, plus we had rain from the Tropical Storm. The rain always makes it easier to stay inside and work on fun stuff though. I have several works to update you on, but first I want to give you some more info on Jacquelynne Steves ” I Love Home” BOM.

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Here is the quilt. Those house blocks are just so cute! Jacquelynne is offering the fabric kit on sale until June 27 if you would like to make the quilt using her fabrics.

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I showed you some of my fabrics here,

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but I’ve added these Bella solids by Moda to them. Fig Tree had their Peaches and Cream bundle back in stock, so I ordered it. It has all these half yard cuts plus about 6 half yard cuts of low volume prints in the bundle. These solids go perfectly with my fabrics and I don’t have to try to search for them myself. I will not be using the black, but I already have a blue Bella solid that will go nicely with this group. You can sign up for the Free BOM here. Don’t wait, the first block will be sent to you the first Monday in August!

Now, on to other works in progress.

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I finished quilting both of these graduation quilts last week and the bottom one for my nephew is completely finished! It’s just been too cloudy to get good pictures, so hopefully the sun will shine today so I can get this sent to him. I need to hand sew the binding onto the blue quilt, then that one can be sent off as well.

Last Monday was the last night of the president’s term for my quilt guild, The Silver Comet Stitchers. Instead of making her a quilt, the vice-president suggested that we each make something for charity. One of the guilds service projects is placemats for Meals on Wheels.

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I made these placemats and just finished them in time for the meeting on Monday. I wanted something summery and these hit the mark. They remind me of picnic table cloths. It was sort of hard to give them up after I made them, but they didn’t take long to make, so I think I will make a set for me. I will have a tutorial to make these in a couple of days, if you want to make your own set.

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I also made block 15, T-block, by Jo Morton for the Moda Blockheads BOW. They now have all the blocks and instructions listed here in one place if you want to get started. This weeks block is an applique and an alternate pieced block. I’m doing things a little different this week, so stay tuned for my finish next week.

Since it’s nearing the end of the month, it was time to start June’s Mini and More project.

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This is it so far. I think I’ll make a pillow from it, that way, I can take it in our camper if I want. The pattern called for some thread embroidery around the banner, but I’m going to add a little hand embroidery to it. Hope to have this finished by the end of the weekend.

Thanks for stopping by.

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