Tree Table Topper

I’ve started my Christmas sewing and it was looking super festive on my cutting table this weekend.I had this plan in my head for a Christmas Tree table runner and I was inspired by a particular pattern as I was lounging on the couch under a Block of the Month quilt that I had made. The inspiration block just happened to be the December block and was a tree theme. I thought it would look awesome in red, green, and white and went digging through my sewing room for the pattern.

Turned out that it was from the Sugar Block Club from 2016 that Stitchery Dickory Dock had put on. I found the pattern, made some copies for paper piecing, and got some fabrics together that would work for my plan.I was already super happy with it at this point and knew I had to keep going. The plan was for 3 blocks with sashing to create a decent sized table runner. I had recently purchased a Christmas fabric that would work really well for some fussy cutting in between the sashing.The end result is so much better than I had envisioned.I bordered it in the snowflake fabric with a small red border in between and it just brings the whole thing together. I quilted 1″ spaced lines in a V shape from the outside to the center snowflake.I had the perfect amount of this Christmas Tree fabric in my stash to use for the backing and you just can’t go wrong with a polka dot binding.Now, I need to decide if I need to keep it or if it can be gifted in one way or another. I have a few more Christmas sewing ideas in mind so I may just wait until I have everything done before I decide it’s fate.

I’ve also decided that I need to use this pattern to make a large Christmas quilt and have already put some fabric aside to do so. I really love it!I hope everyone is having as much fun prepping for the holidays as I am. Happy Sewing!

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Pretty Pouch Panels

My Christmas sewing is off to a good start with some Wide-Open Pouches, by Noodlehead Designs, in the works. I found a bunch of Disney fabrics at JoAnn’s Fabrics to use as the bottom section of the pouch exteriors. I’m also using a free pattern off of Craftsy – Rainbow Rays – for the top part of the pouches. I’m attempting to pull colors off the Disney prints to use in the top section. Matching up those fabrics is actually my favorite part.I want to quilt the panels but I was out of Fusible fleece so I’ve only got the exteriors done but they look amazing and my next step (after quilting) is to find matching zippers from my stash.I picked up some Disney movie poster fabric to use as the interiors and I’m hoping to get them all together pretty soon and mark them off the list.

Christmas sewing is my favorite type of sewing. How about you?

I have lots of projects in the works and in my head and hope I can a few of them done in the next 2 months. Happy Sewing!

Flamingo Flair

National Sew a Jelly Roll Day was this last weekend and I wanted to take part so I hit my stash and found 2 jelly rolls (2 1/2 x 42 inch strips of fabric all from the same fabric line) that I have been hoarding.I had Daydreams by Kate Spain which I decided would be perfect for making some flamingo blocks. I also had Authentic by Sweetwater which was just dying for some improv strip piecing. I started my sewing with the flamingos (Florence Flamingo pattern) and pulled out different color families from the jelly roll.

First up – bluish purples:I did this one as a test block before cutting out anymore fabric. Once this was complete, I cut out the background for 5 birds. That took a bit of time but made the piecing a lot easier for each block. Miss unorganized me even put each piece in a jewelry baggie and labeled them for ease of use since a lot of the cuts were very similar in size and I’m glad I did.

Next up was the token Pink Flamingo:Followed by green and yellow:I may be stopping at 4 and not make the orange one but substituting several geometric flamingo paper pieced blocks of the same colors. I have some fabric left over from the flamingo bodies that I can use for those other blocks. And I don’t mind mixing and matching different patterns in the same quilt to get the effect that I want.

I also dug into the other jelly roll which made my cutting table look like this…..More on that project next time….until then…..Happy Sewing!

Playing Catch-up

I’ve been playing catch-up on my Block of the Month blocks for the Classic Meets Modern Quilt-a-long. I was able to complete 3 months worth! It’s been really fun pulling out the fabric and finding the perfect combination for each block. I’m using all Alison Glass fabrics for this project. So, let’s get started.

April:

This Block of the Month is using Modern color interpretations of classic blocks. April was Rolling Stone and Susannah.

May:

May consisted of the Double Arrow and Crossroads blocks.

June:

June included the X-Plus and Ribbon Star blocks.

I’m super happy that I was able to get all of this completed this weekend. It’s been a while since I’ve had the energy to sew and it was wonderful!

This quilt is going to be so eclectic and colorful and I cannot wait to see it come together.

I’m hoping to complete another big batch of blocks next weekend.

Until then – happy sewing!

Stash Statement – College Prep

Welcome to my stop on the Stash Statement blog tour! I was honored when Kelly asked me if I wanted to participate and make a pattern from her new book. That pattern is College Prep and has an argyle design incorporated in it with improv in the background. I love improv piecing as I am not a big planner and like to just create as I go. That made this type of piecing was right up my alley.

Kelly gives great instructions about how to best make your improv slabs. However, we have a different idea about what makes a scrap piece. She laughs at me every time she sees my scrap bins and it cracks me up. My scraps tend to be pretty small as I lean toward foundation paper piecing and sometimes that requires a tiny piece of fabric. The smaller your scraps then the more scraps you’ll need to make your slab. The texture is amazing with the smaller scrap pieces and gives the piece a whole different look.

I ended up making two argyles which sized up to the perfect floor pillow size. This was a ‘takes a village’ project as I have been going through some medical treatments that cause fatigue and lack of focus. Luckily my guild mates are super helpful and offered to help me finish up this pillow. I had the two argyles done at the time and supplied the rest of the fabric for them to use to finish it up for me. My friend, Camille, lovingly sewed them together, quilted it, and created the envelope closure for the pillow. I love how it turned out and the colors of blue and yellow together. It’s always been one of my favorite combinations.

Be sure to head to Kelly’s blog and pick up a copy for yourself. You won’t be disappointed. There are so many great projects in this book and definitely a few I need to make once I get my energy level back. I also love all the little tips she gives about improv piecing. Like the one about errors in cutting. There are no errors in cutting – just sew it to another piece! Also, check out all the stops on this tour to see all the great interpretations of her patterns.

Stash Statement Blog Tour Schedule-

4/16- Grand Bazaar    Shelley @ Cora’s Quilts

Connie @ Freemotion by the River

4/23- Louvered  Lindsey @ Primrose Cottage Quilts

Diann @ Little Penguin Quilts

4/30- Precarious  Jess @ Quilty Habit

Myra @ Busy Hands Quilts

5/7- Beach Retreat  Sarah @ Sarah Goer Quilts

Liz @ Savor Every Stitch

5/14- Fire Pit   Alison @ Little Bunny Quilts

Preeti @ Sew Preeti Quilts

5/21- Detour    Laura @ Slice of Pi Quilts 

Shelley @ The Carpenter’s Daughter Who Quilts

5/28- Murrina    Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl

Leanne @ Devoted Quilter

6/4- Scattered    Jayne @ Twiggy and Opal

Christine @ Triangles and Squares

6/11- Bloom Chicka Boom   Chris @ made by ChrissieD

Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty

6/18- Regatta   Susan @ Quilt Fabrication

Debbie @ A Quilter’s Table

Christa @ Christa Quilts

6/25- Catch a Falling Star  Cynthia @ Quilting is More Fun Than Housework

Anja @ Anja Quilts

7/2- College Prep   Hilary @ by Hilary Jordan

Lori @ Crossquilt

7/9- Take Flight (bonus digital pattern)  Kelli @ Seriously, I Think It Needs Stitches

Paula @ The Sassy Quilter

Classic Meets Modern QAL – Jan/Feb

I had to finish the quilt top for my Epic Cat Quilt and got slightly behind on the quilt-along being hosted by My Quilt Infatuation. I got all caught up (and a little ahead) last weekend. Let’s revisit my fabric choice. I’m mixing lines but will be exclusively using Alison Glass designed fabrics.

I was super happy to find that text bundle on Etsy! The other two bundles came directly from Alison Glass during her big Christmas sale and will work just fine. So, let’s jump right into the blocks.

Bethlehem Star:

I chose a fabric from the Handcrafted 2 line – military green with splashes of Ochre and Fire – and took inspiration for the other colors from there.

I plan on using a text fabric in each block for a bit of cohesion. This block is a biggie – coming in at 24 1/2 in square and is a great showpiece for these fabrics.

Antique Tile:

I tried a little fussy cutting for the center of this one and strove to get the complementary colors positioned around it. This one is a normal size of 12 1/2 square.

The two blocks are assigned to be the top left and top right of the pattern. I love how they look together.

Nestled Churn Dash:

This is the first block for February and I went with a little bit of a darker palette but still keeping some of those oranges and yellows involved. And this is another big 24 1/2 in square block which allows those fabrics to really shine!

That middle white, between the Handcrafted and the magenta, is really a light grey that did not photograph as such so it works better in person.

Greek Cross:

Two smaller blocks here. I’ll admit that I messed up on one of them and will probably fix it later.

I’ve got half of the March blocks done but I will save those for later. This quilt is going to be fabulous and I’m excited to keep making these blocks!

Anyone else sewing along?

Lori’s Epic Cat Quilt

I’m working on a quilt for my cats to use instead of the super awesome quilts that I have already made. The patterns I decided upon are all designed by Kristy Lea of Quiet Play and I made them all geometric in nature. You may remember that I started with two blocks that were the same colors as my cats.Then I decided to continue on in that vein but with smaller cats. I found a seated cat in an issue of Make Modern Magazine and then bought a pattern that was just the face with whiskers. The combo of all those cats would be perfect for the new plan. Now, this was not the original plan. The original plan was to find all kinds of different cat blocks or use cat themed fabric to make the quilt top but sometimes you need to follow your gut and change up your plan. This one worked out so good once I decided to rainbowtize those kitties. Check out all the finished blocks!I was trying to figure out how to connect them and didn’t just want to put them together in a grid format. I then decided to connect them all with some geese and that was the decision that was needed to change up that grid format a little bit.Once those geese were done and the math was attempted then I was able to get this top complete. I adore it!The back will be made up of all those cat fabrics that I mentioned earlier. Scrappy and happy will be the way to go for that. I cannot wait to get this one finished up and loved by Jasper and Gryffin.I’ve got some cat themed text fabric that will work well on that scrappy back to bring it all together. I’ve got some other deadlines before I can even start that backing but I am definitely looking forward to it.

Happy Sewing!