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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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!

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 Inspiration

My guild mate, Kelly from My Quilt Infatuation, is hosting a quilt-along beginning in January. Her theme is Classic Meets Modern and will involve classic blocks in modern colors within a modern quilt design. I got inspired to participate and hope that a number of our guild mates will also participate. It will be fun each meeting to see all the blocks that are being made using the different fabric selections.

I have chosen to use a combination of Alison Glass Fabrics from a bunch of different lines.I’m going to use the low volume and text as the white and grey required for the design. Thoughtful placement of the prints will need to be done to make sure that those Handcrafted prints shine against the bright Sunprints.

I located some more of those text prints on Etsy and was super excited to be able to add these to this project!

I can’t wait to see what the first set of blocks will be!

In the meantime, I am furiously sewing up Christmas presents and Christmas decorations. I finished this Snowman Mini Quilt for my office door at work.

I really like this sweet print that I chose for the back. It’s from Joann’s and I picked it up over Black Friday weekend at a great price. I bought enough to use on multiple projects. My main plan was the exterior of a small candy bowl or bucket for my desk. I haven’t quite found the pattern I want to use yet so it will probably not be done for this holiday season. Gives me some fun sewing to look forward to.

Teal Fizz

I pulled another old work-in-progress out of hiding and went about figuring out how I wanted to finish it.  The blocks are from The Beehive Quilts quilting bee that I took part in a few years back.  I had chosen the Fizzy Block as my block with teals and charcoal greys as my color choices.  My sample blocks showed the placement of the colors.The group was supposed to send 2 blocks to each member of the ‘hive’.  I actually did not receive all the blocks that I was supposed to receive but that is the chance you take signing up for this type of group.  So, I went to work making more blocks to get up to the quantity of 24 that was required of the bee.It was smaller than I wanted and didn’t give quite the punch that I was expecting.  I want those curves to really shine.  So, I cut out more blocks and more blocks and more blocks.Now, I’ve decided that I want to put it on my bed.  So, guess what?  I need to cut out even more blocks to get it to be a queen size quilt.  I think I’m now at about 48 of the 12″ blocks, in varying degrees of completion, with the possibility of more to come.  I may need at least 8 or 10 more.  Keep in mind that each block takes four sections of the large drunkards path block and I really am getting tired of cutting them out.  I also had to recut my template piece as it was getting a bit distorted in shape and was messing with my block sizing.  All this cutting is really digging into my teal and charcoal stash and I will be sad if it depletes too much more.

But, I do believe that it will be totally worth it when it’s done!  It’s already beginning to shine!

Stash Enhancement:

Well, I haven’t increased my teal or grey stash but recently got in the newest monthly Cotton + Steel Basics bundle from Pink Castle Fabrics.Not a teal or grey in the bunch but still a pretty sight to see.  I just love the metallics in this Basics collection.  They shimmer so bright and will add just the right amount of glitter to any project.

Happy Sewing!

Random Roundup #20

Pouches!

My local guild is having a pouch swap.  It’s a three-way secret swap (and I’m going to post about it anyway…)  I make something for someone, they make something for someone else, and someone makes something for me.  I’ve been picking out fabric in my head and trying to figure out pouch patterns to use.  I wanted to make a smaller version of the Sew Together Bag.  By smaller, I mean less pockets but just as cute and functional.  I tried to make some adjustments myself but just ended up with a short and skinny version.  I really like it so it’s still in the running to give away in this swap.  The pockets may not be deep enough for much though so I’ll still look at other options.One of those options is this Foldover Pouch by Aneela Hoey.  So stinkin’ cute and useful!  It’s got a pincushion, a needle book, a scissor pocket, and a clear vinyl zipper section to keep stuff contained.This one is definitely in the running and I love this Cotton + Steel bird print. It’s so fun!She also has another pattern that I’m thinking about stitching up.  It’s an All-in-One Box Pouch.  It is a large box pouch with a fold down opening with storage on the front and two slip pockets on the back.  I’ve got time.  Our swap isn’t complete until our October meeting. There’s lots of time for making and choosing.  I’ll keep what I don’t give.  I don’t think you can ever have too many pouches.  Or, I can save one until our guild’s Christmas gift swap.  That’s also a great option. Hmmm….

Stash Enhancement:

I am part of the Cotton + Steel Basics fabric club hosted by Pink Castle Fabrics.  So, I get all the basics in all the colorways that were released this year.  It contains Dottie, Add it Up, Netorious, and Sprinkle.  All such good blenders.  I couldn’t pass up the limited time entry earlier this year.  We’re in month 2 and I’m still delighted with what I received and it was a good price.  This one is closed but they have other clubs available so go take a look.I’m off to ponder the next pouch I’m going to make.  I love the planning in my head part!  Happy Sewing!

Inverted Stars

I’ve been working on some gender neutral baby quilts for a guild charity project and found a great pattern that I wanted to use.  The pattern is the Fence Rail Star by Missouri Star Quilt Company.  The star points are white in the pattern but I don’t play that way and had to invert the color selections.  Oh, and I don’t use white much so had to go with a grey background.  It is my favorite background color as many of you all already know.The background Rail Fence blocks are made from a jelly roll of Behind the Scenes by Jen Kingwell.  I made it a point to have a light, medium, and dark print in each Rail Fence section and flipped them around until I liked the layout for each star block.As previously mentioned, I adore a grey background and this jelly roll did not disappoint.  The colors do run a bit more beige-based than pure grey but the bright star points really shine.  I made two 36″ square quilt tops and had 4 jelly roll strips remaining.  I want to make myself a big girl quilt with this pattern so I may have to order a few more jelly rolls.  I love the pop of color against the subdued background of the grey.I’ve got enough super soft cuddle fabric for the back of both which will make these both doubly awesome!

I should use this new-to-me fat quarter bundle for the bright points in the big girl quilt – Architexture Crosshatch!  I adore it and it might just be perfect for a quilt I’m keeping for myself.  I think I’ll ponder that option for a bit….

Yoga Sling Strap

I also needed a bag or sling for my yoga mat and I found a tutorial online by Doodles and Stitches for a nice looking sling.  She had cut her strip four inches wide and folded in half then top stitched but I figured that I had enough leftover binding strips that I could just sew them together and get the same width for my strap.  I can’t be the only one with a pile of leftover binding strips.I love how colorful and fun the strap is!  It will make carrying my mat through the gym so easy and it won’t take up a lot of space along the studio wall while I’m using it during class.

Are there other great uses for leftover binding strips?  Let me hear ’em.

Happy sewing!