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Gingham Pumpkin Quilt – Finished

Happy Halloween!

I finished my custom quilt order today. My customer wanted a pumpkin quilt to use as a coverlet on her guest bed, matching pillow and topper for a round table.

The complete gift —

Quilted Gingham Pumpkin Gift Set

The gingham pumpkin quilt measures 46 x 60 inches. I used Luxe Fleece for the backing fabric. The feel of this heavy weight fleece is soft and thick so no batting was necessary. I did use a Schmetz Microtex 100/16 needle for quilting.

Gingham Pumpkin Quilt

Pillow – 14 inch scrappy log cabin block with pumpkin applique using the same pumpkin fabric as the quilt. I added binding to the pillow.

Topper – I used scraps to make the hexagon topper – perfect for left over jelly rolls strips . Starting with a 6 inch equilateral triangle, I added 2.5 inch wide strips in 10 inches (round 1), 12 inches (round 2) and 14 inches (round 3) to the bottom of the triangle. After each round I trimmed the strip keeping the same angle as the triangle. I made 6 sets then arranged in the hexagon shape, and sewed them together. The topper measures 28 inches across at the widest point.

strip pieced hexagon triangle
Pieced Triangles for Hexagon Topper
hexagon quilted table topper

Happy Sewing!

Recent Finishes and Weekly To Do

Happy Tuesday!

Between traveling and hurry up sewing I haven’t taken the time to post.

Today is my first time joining the To-Do Tuesday Linky party hosted by fellow blogger and friend, Roseanne at Home Sewn By Us.

Currently I find myself with several projects and deadlines looming so I’m hoping keeping a list will keep me organized and focused 🙂

Sit back grab a drink …this will be a long post 🙂

First I’d like to share the projects I’ve finished over the past two weeks.

  • Bella’s Shooting Stars – quilt finishes at 52 x 52 inches. I originally wrote about this quilt here.
Ombre Mettalic Baby Quilt, Charming Stars
  • October projects from our LQS ruler/template club
    • Creative Grids 60 degree Equilateral Ruler – strip pieced hexagon table runner
    • Creative Grids Spider Web Ruler – Striped pieced spider web wall hanging with applique
  • Quilt As You Go Improv Log Cabin Wall Hanging with machine embroidery. This quilt finished at 32 x 32 inches. I used larger scraps from borders in previous projects and Jera Brandvig tutorial from the Pellon site as a guide. You can find the tutorial here.
QAYG Improv log cabin
  • Quilt as Go Improv Wall Hanging- up until now my quilting journey has only included traditional piecing. Slowly I’m trying new techniques. I’m having a hard time with Improv — my OCD tendencies won’t allow me to work with out structure. I watched a video of Nicole from Mama Loves Quilts about improv piecing and finally had the aha moment! I pulled out a bunch of batik scraps to match a wooden plaque and gave it a try. I struggled with the angles to give it a wonky look but got better by block 9. Like everything else in quilting I’ll get better with practice.
improv piecing quilt as you go wall hanging

To -Do List for the week of October 29th through November 4th, 2019

  • Autumn Jubliee Placemats – Tutorial found here
  • Autumn Fly Away Table Runner – inspired by Missouri Star Quilt Company – video tutorial found here. Tutorial uses a jelly roll, I’m using a charm pack.
charm pack flying geese quilt wip
  • Finish test purse using my own cross body purse pattern
cross body charm pack purse
  • Finish commissioned gingham pumpkin/star quilt – customer showed me a picture of what she wanted so I created a pattern. The stars are created in the sashing.

Happy Sewing/Quilting – thanks for stopping by!

Linking up with Home Sewn By Us To-Do Tuesday!

Spooky Minis

I love Halloween – it’s my favorite holiday. With a costume and a little make up I can pretend to be something or someone else for a day 🙂

We don’t have any kids or grand-kids around to spook but I still like having a little Halloween decor around the house.

Pumpkin Curvy Log Cabin Table Runner :

Curvy log cabin table runner Halloween

Pillows are always great for holiday pops of color:

quilted embroidered Halloween pillow
quilted embroidered Halloween pillow

Mug rugs for my morning coffee:

spooky quilted mug rugs

Smiling Greeters for the front door:

quilted Halloween mini quilt

I entered a Halloween mini quilt in a local contest . The category I chose was “Make Modern” . I selected the quilt block Dutchman puzzle and attempted to give it a modern spin.

Traditionally the Dutchman puzzle is arranged as in the first picture below.

fall 2018 candle mat

I simply rotated the direction of the flying geese to get the secondary friendship star design instead of the pinwheel.

Viola…my entry! I purposely put the Jack Skellington fabric on top to give the illusion the text was coming from them!

modern mini quilt Halloween

How cool?

Happy Sewing & Quilting!

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