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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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

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!

Santa’s Workshop is Open

My stepfamily has requested a few handmade items for Christmas this year. Once I️ told them that Santa’s Workshop was open the orders came flooding in. The main request was for microwave safe fabric bowls. I️ found this great tutorial from Happy Hour Stitches. It uses 10″ squares of 100% cotton fabric, batting, and thread. Perfect for those layer cakes you may have laying around.

I️ went to work cutting and sewing and I️ now have seven of these great bowls. Then I️ realized that the batting I’m using (Warm & Natural) has scrim which is not 100% cotton. I️ found some Wrap-N-Zap on Amazon, which is also made by The Warm Company, and placed my order. So I️ have seven super cute bowls that should not be used in the microwave. I️ may have to tell the gift recipients to use them for other things like hair ties, candy, keys, bracelets, etc. There are lots of uses for them that don’t involve the microwave, right?

I️ was also working on a computer sleeve for my niece. I️ wanted to add a pocket for the cord and a wrap around zipper.So far, so good. My computer is bigger than hers so hers should fit just fine. It’s not perfect but the zipper works and it’s super cute. Now the cord pocket….Looks great, right? But, it’s positioned right below the zipper tab on the top and cannot be accessed…..sigh…..I️ may have do do a little surgery and shorten the pocket while it’s sewn into the bag.

I’ll be honest. I️ have a coupon for Vera Bradley and she may be getting one of theirs instead. It won’t have the cord pocket or the love but it will work just fine. She’s getting other handmade stuff from me this year.

After those two defeats I️ needed a quick design to work on. I️ love making holiday themed wall hangings, pillows, and table runners. I️ scrounged through my scraps and found some charm squares left over from a tree skirt I️ made a few years back. You know what would look awesome on a few four-patches of Charm squares? Snowmen!

I️ cut some circles for the bodies and appliquéd them onto my four-patch background slab. Something was missing so I️ added the word ‘Joy’ in one corner and then the snowmen needed some accessories. You can’t have a naked snowman! That’s just not right.I’m not sure where this one will end up but I️ love it!

I️ hope everyone is enjoying their holiday sewing as much as I️’m enjoying mine!

Epic Cat Quilt – phase 1

I’ve decided the cats need a quilt of their own.  It’s really a selfish decision as I’m tired of having an extra dose of cat hair on the ones that I use.  So, I’m planning to make a scrap-only quilt using cat fabrics or cat inspired blocks.  

First up is the Geometric Kitty block by Kristy Lea of Quiet Play.  This pattern was included in the Mini Quilt extra bonus edition of Make Modern Magazine and also in Issue 5 which you can buy separately.  I wanted the colors to represent my two cats.  First up was Jasper – an orange tabby.  Here is his likeness in a partially completed state.Next up is his brother – Gryffin.  Gryffin is a grey tabby with brown undercoat.  His likeness came out like this.To get them to be a mirror image of each other, I traced the pattern lines on the back side of the paper it was printed on.  The pattern is foundation paper-pieced so it was easy enough to accomplish.  Together they look amazing!It’s a bit difficult to get a pic of the cats together so this is the best I could do……See what I mean about them sleeping on human intended quilts. Anyway – I have a few more patterns picked out.  There are more geometric kitties (seated ones), the Kittens by Elizabeth Hartman, and some others that I located online.  This will probably be a long term project and I will only be using fabric that I already have.  I like the low volume backgrounds on the first two blocks so will continue in that vein for the rest of the blocks.  I will choose fabric as I go so that color selection will really depend on my mood that day.  It’s going to be fun seeing it come together.  Then I will puzzle piece it together at the end.  I’m excited to keep going on this one.
Please share any exciting project s you are working on.  Inspiration is everywhere.  Happy Sewing!

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