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One Monthly Goal – Layers of Charm

Nothing like waiting to the last day to reach a goal!

Finished is finished and I’m happy to have my second finish of 2017.

Layers of Charm is one of my favorite quilt patterns from the Fat Quarter Shop. This pattern is part of their short cut quilt series and believe me this was super easy to make. The pattern requires one layer cake and one charm pack. Not only do you get the free pattern you can also watch this video where Kimberly demonstrates how to make one yourself.  The pattern includes instructions for many sizes including a table runner!

I used the Robert Kaufman Artisan Batiks – Noel Metallic layer cake and yardage from the Robert Kaufman Fusions line as my “charms”.

I added a little embroidery to the center of one block. The prints of the layer cake have a winter theme including snowflakes so I chose a design that would complement the fabric. I purchased the design from Embroitique.

Layers of charm embroidery

Layers of charm embroidery










I keep a journal with walking foot designs and decided to try the double parallel straight lines with this quilt.  I used my favorite masking tape technique for marking.

Layers of Charm Basting/Marking

Layers of Charm Basting/Marking

Basting CU

Basting CU










After washing my quilt measures 57 x 57 inches.

Jan 17 One Monthly Goal Finished

Jan 17 One Monthly Goal Finished







I’m linking up with Patty of Elm Street Quilts for the OMG Challenge Finish.  Be sure to stop by to see the lovely projects other quilters are working on for inspiration.

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Work In Progress – Wednesday

I’ve been spending time going through my fabric containers making a list of projects I can realistically start/finish before we move in June.

I came across these six petal blocks I’d made sometime last year.


Gardenvale Petal Blocks

I decided these would make a great table runner.  The fabric is  Gardenvale by Jen Kingwell for Moda. The prints are funky, modern and retro and the colors are beautiful. I used ten inch squares cut into four – 5 inch squares with 2.5 inch squares to create the diagonal corners which gives each block the the petal look.

Needless to say I thought I was done! I was going through one of my large drawers that I keep supplies for my Etsy shop and found 3 more petal blocks — do you ever misplace quilt blocks?

I figured nine block would make a great wall hanging, and I really need bright spot in my sewing room. Adding the three additional blocks created a new problem – I didn’t have anymore of the fabric I’d used for the cornerstones. I found a scrap Cotton & Steel jelly roll strip in black that matched.


Gardenvale Wall Hanging


Now — I guess I will remove and remake the bottom row of sashing using the Cotton and Steel fabric and my sense of balance will be restored:)

I truly hate ripping out stitches!

If you would like to make a similar table topper or wall hanging  Allison Harris with Cluck Cluck Sew has a great tutorial name Floret Table Topper.

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First Finish of 2017

It feels great to have something checked off my to do list!

I still consider myself a quilting newbie so I don’t have lots of UFO’s – instead I have lots of fabric with magazine clippings or handwritten patterns attached. I am participating in the 2017 All People Quilt UFO challenge ,  using the chart provided  to list my project goals for 2017.


Purple Starburst

My youngest son lived in NYC for a few years and became friends with the sweetest young woman named Kim. She quickly became my friend too 🙂

Kim graduated from Northwestern University whose school colors are purple and white. When I saw the Jenny Doan Starburst tutorial I knew it was the perfect pattern for my V&Co Simply Colorful – Purple layer cake.

I love fabric with text prints. I used Inspirational Words by Whistler Studios for  Windham fabrics for the quilt backing. Seeing the words ” Believe in Yourself”, “Smile, laugh, love”, ” Today is a new day” are so encouraging!

The quilt measures 59 x 59 inches. I’m still not confident enough with my FMQ  abilities so I did straight line quilting with my walking foot.

Finished and mailed!! YAY!!

I’m linking up with Lindsey of Fort Worth Fabrics and her Fabric Frenzy Friday.

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Happy New Year

Hello Friends – Happy New Year!

I wish many blessings to you and your family throughout 2017.

I had a small medical procedure last Friday and yesterday was the first day I was able to sew again!!!

In my household we are at 75 days and counting to the day my hubby retires. He likes to leave notes for me that read “DOWNSIZE” — he evens texts that message to me 😦  Our new house is smaller than our current house so I’ll need to adjust.  Good news is my sewing room in the new house is larger but I will loose the storage area I currently have.

As I sort through my many containers of fabric I realize I need an extra dose of motivation (deadlines)to get projects started and finished to achieve my forced goal of downsizing.

Normally my New Year’s Resolutions are goals I set for my Etsy shop, this year I’ve decided to include my quilting projects in my 2017 resolutions.

I’m following along with Abigail Dolinger’s 2017 Pre-Cut Challenge. I am definitely a pre-cut junkie so this challenge is perfect for me! The first quarter challenge is to use quilter’s candy (2 1/2 inch squares) or fat quarters to create a quilt. I’m starting with two quick small projects to get myself moving.


January Challenge Moda Candy


Jan 2017 FQ Challenge

I ‘m using Moda’s candy Color Theory by V & Co to create a color block table runner.  I plan on making a banner for my front door with the fat quarters.

“One Monthly Goal” hosted by Patty with Elm Street Quilts is my second challenge for this year. My January goal is to finish my snowball nine patch wall hanging and my version of Fat Quarter Shop – Layers of Charm Quilt.


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