November 18, 2015

Triangle Table Runner

I am having a difficult time finding binding fabric for this table runner (not good day for pictures)! I have a bunch of gray fabrics, none work. I ran out of the gray I used on the runner as that would have been an easy solution. I went out and got some fabric that I thought would work, got home and did not like the combination. Ai, ai, ai...

The idea for this table runner came from a quilt I made a while ago (see it here), minus the embroidery. The flowers were fused with HeatnBond Lite and machine appliqued with Aurifil 40wt thread. Quick project!

Quilting it was a lot of fun and problem-free as I used Aurifil 40wt thread. Using triangles on the quilting motif was a cool idea and I am pretty happy with the results. If I could only figure out with what fabric to bind it!

It is a cloudy, cold day here in Utah. I am swamped with school stuff and haven't been able to be in my quilt studio as much as I'd like. Maybe this weekend... I can dream, can't I?

Happy quilting,

November 9, 2015

Dancing Colors

"Dancing Colors" is my latest pattern for Moda Bake Shop, published yesterday on their blog. The pattern was perfect for the Prints Charming line by Sandy Gervais for Moda but will work with your 2-1/2" strips from other projects, too.

Jelly rolls save us so much time! I used yardage for the background and border. The 9-patch blocks, flowers and leaves were made with leftovers from the stratas. I used 3/4" green ric-rac for the vines and matching Aurifil thread for the applique and piecing.

The free motion quilting was 'loopy' as I was waltzing with the colors... I love how this quilt turned out. My daughter-in-law will get it as a birthday gift because she likes teal with browns.

If you like the pattern, pop over to Moda Bake Shop and download it. Then, send me a photo of your version of Dancing Colors. I am linking to Crazy Mom Quilts and Confessions of a Fabric Addict on Friday!

In the meantime, have a great Monday!

November 2, 2015

Sunbonnet Sue

I am calling this wall hanging "Age Old Lesson"... It all started with the middle block which was going to be used in a round robin quilt. However, the block measurements were off a little bit so I decided to turn it into a wall hanging instead. Then, as I thought about adding more applique to it I went to my library in search of one of my favorite books with Sunbonnet Sues.

The book "Precious Sunbonnet Quilts" by Betty Alderman has beautiful designs for embroidery and applique quilts. I chose two of Betty's designs and had the most wonderful time figuring out the fabrics for their clothes and hats. The book, published by AQS (American Quilter's Society), features 11 projects which look great either as embroidery pieces or applique'. There is a softness to her Sunbonnet Sues which speak to my romantic side. Mixing traditional and new creations, Betty's book is a must-have for anyone who loves these girls.

And so this project was born. On the top border the two sisters are tending the orchard and on the bottom border they are exchanging the fruits of their labor... I quilted tiny hearts everywhere using Aurifil 50wt white because I needed a thread which would add to the softness of the theme without interfering with it. Perfect choice in my opinion!

I fused all the shapes with HeatnBond Lite, including the tiny fruit. The leaves were added with fabric marker, and so were the trees.

I am trying to decide if I should keep this one or if I should give it as a Christmas gift. It will be a tough decision... By the way, I am linking this post to Creating My Way to Success, and Sew Can Do on Monday, and to Crazy Mom Quilts and Confessions of a Fabric Addict on Friday.

It is a gorgeous Fall day where I live in Utah today. I hope you are as inspired by all the colors around you as I am!

October 31, 2015

Halloween Quilt

What do you think of this Halloween Quilt made by my friend Deb? I absolutely love it and wish I had made it myself because it would be adorning my house this very moment! The pattern for this quilt is found in the book "Simply Color: Orange - A Crayon Box for Quilters" by Vanessa Christenson. The Simply Color collection also features Red, Yellow, Green, and Blue books - I am thinking I need them all!

What made this quilt so special for me is the fact that Deb changed the color of the stars to black, giving it a Halloween flair without needing to resort to the more common Halloween themes.

Quilting was done by Melissa Kelly of Sew Shabby Quilting (I have seen Melissa's work on Deb's quilts and it is always wonderful!). Deb's choices for backing and binding fabrics complement her theme very well. Do you see now why I like this quilt so much?

Deb is a very accomplished quilter - her work is the 'fabric version' of perfection. She has been quilting since her teenage years, now working to pass along her skills to the neighborhood girls and to her own. Deb has a keen eye for color combination and design - I am blessed to have her as a quilting friend, whom I can go to for opinion on my own projects or for just plain quilting fun time.

Thanks, Deb, for letting me showcase your work. Happy Halloween to everyone!

October 30, 2015

Upcycled Jeans Bag

How about a Christmas gift, instead of ornament or wall hanging, for a change of pace? I had started this bag many years ago and never finished it. When I started working with Deco-Foils (by Therm-O-Web) I remembered this project and thought this would be a great opportunity to finish it. Oh, I like how it turned out!

The lining is of the same fabric as the decoration on the handles. I kept all the pockets from the pants in place and made sure I did not stitch over them so they are functional.

The decorations on the front add flair to what could have been just 'another' upcycle project. The Deco-Foil flowers under the buttons add dimension and shine. I already have a recipient in mind for this gift...

I hope you enjoyed this week's posts with ideas for your Christmas projects. Next week I will show you a project I am loving so much I am not sure it will ever leave my house!

Have a great weekend,

October 29, 2015

Snowman Decor

This Snowman is a quick ornament that doubles as wall decor, is quick to make, and could be a great gift for your friends at Christmas. I am totally smitten by him! It was fun designing and making it so I decided to post a tutorial just in case you like him, too.  I used Michael Miller's Fawn Memories Christmas fabrics - they were perfect for this project.

Here is what you will need:

Two Xmas fat quarters [or (1) 12" square of one fabric and 4" x 6" rectangle of another]
(2) 6" x 6" squares of white fabric
(1) 6" x 6" square of batting
scrap of black felt for eyes
scrap of red felt for hanging loop and heart (heart is on back)
Deco-Foil in red for the nose
Hot Melt sheet
Star button for hat
template plastic
Fabric marking pen
Hot glue gun
Aurifil 50 wt thread for sewing and topstitching

Download template by clicking here, and trace shapes onto template plastic. Cut shapes on the outline. Arrange 2 squares of white fabric RST and place them over square of batting. Trace circle template onto top fabric, pin and stitch over its outline using small stitches (1.8 setting on my Bernina). Using sharp scissors, cut 1/8" away from circle as shown above.

Carefully, pull away one of the fabric layers using a seam ripper and make a little whole. With the scissors, cut a 1" slit. Pull all layers through the slip so the batting will be sandwiched between two white fabrics. (See below how I covered the slit which will be on back of snowman).

Fold one of the fat quarters in half with RST, trace hat template onto top fabric and cut 1/2" away from outline. Cut (2) 1-1/2" x 6" rectangles from the other Xmas fabric, place the right side of each rectangle over the wrong side of the wide end of the hat fabric and stitch together. Repeat with the other rectangle and other side of hat. 

Press seams open, then fold in about 1/4" of the hat bands and press. Pin band in place but away from sides of hat.

Stitch hat over the outline, trim excess bands, press and flip it to the other side. Press again. Slide it over the snowman's head and topstitch band as shown above. Trace nose template onto Hot Melt sheet, cut nose on outline and position it on face with paper side up. Iron for 30 seconds using a circular motion and no steam. 

Using the hot glue gun, cover slit on back of snowman with a heart cut out of scraps of red felt. Fold hat as shown above. Position hanging loop on back and stitch button to front making sure to stitch through hat and hanging loop. 

Once nose is at room temperature, peel off paper, place Deco-Foil over nose with red color facing up and iron it for about 35 seconds using a circular motion and no steam. Once at room temperature, peel foil carefully. Attach eyes with hot glue gun. Also, place a drop of glue onto hanging loop where your stitches show to seal the stitches and prevent them from loosening.

There you have it! I really like this ornament!!! I have already been 'commissioned' to make one for each of my sons... It will be a pleasure. I will use other fabrics from Michael Miller's Christmas collection because they are really cute.

Next week I will post tutorials for two other ornaments I made with the same collection. Don't forget to stop by! In the meantime, tomorrow I will show you my last project using Deco-Foil (see previous projects here, here, and here) - it turned out so cool...

I will be linking to a few parties: My Quilt Infatuation today, and Crazy Mom Quilts and Confessions of a Fabric Addict tomorrow.

Hope you are having a fun day,

October 28, 2015

Xmas Tree

There is nothing more fun than decorating a Christmas Tree with children! My boys still help me and enjoy hanging all their favorite ornaments. When they were little I bought [safe] ornaments made of resin so they could hang them on the bottom part of the tree. I handled the breakable ones to their chagrin because those were the shiny ones.

This wall hanging, "My Kids' Tree", pays homage to those times (yep, pictures are not that great but I don't have these projects with me to retake them - they are hanging at Quilt Market in Houston right now!). The hexies remind me of the ornaments they could hang, and the balls decorated with Deco-Foil (by Therm-O-Web) are the ones only I could hang.

The green scraps of fabric were fused to the background using HeatnBond Lite by Therm-O-Web and appliqued using blanket stitch.

The balls were prepared with fabric and batting: I cut 2 circles of solid fabric, placed them with right sides together over circles of batting, stitched all around, poked a small hole through one of the fabric layers so I could turned them inside out, and pressed them. Then, I cut the hearts with the die cutter using the Hot-Melt sheets, ironed them over the circles, let it cool and peeled the paper. Positioning Deco-Foil sheets with the color facing me, I ironed them onto hearts, let them cool and peeled the Deco-Foil off. Easy!

Before the ornaments were 'hung' on the tree with tacking stitches, I used Aurifil 50 wt white to freemotion quilt the strands of garland on the tree and quilt the background with simple meandering. I like it!

I am a little ahead of the game for Christmas and that is good because I am getting busier and busier at school. Deco-Foil is fun and easy to use (be careful not to iron anything too close to it once it is applied to the project - ask me how I know!).

Perhaps you got some Christmas inspiration with this and the other two projects I posted this week (see them here and here). That was the goal! I will be linking this post to Crazy Mom Quilts and Confessions of a Fabric Addict on Friday.

Happy Day,


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