My Sewful Retirement

A Quilting Journey

Happy Valentine’s Day

Again I’ve been MIA…I went back to Texas to spend time with my new grandson! The two grandmother’s are taking turns babysitting while the parents work. My daughter is a traveling nurse and works nights so we’re taking turns helping out. It’s been an unbelievable pleasure spending so much time with baby Jaxon ♥

While I was away my sweet hubby covered my hours at the shop and mailed all of my online orders – I am eternally grateful and thankful for his help, unfortunately he can’t do any sewing. I’ve spent the past few weeks marathon sewing to restock the shelves before my next trip in March.

Here are a few of the items I finished in January.

Charming Diamond Table Runner –this simple HST is one of my favorite “go to” table runner layouts. I used the Riley Blake charm pack Sending Love to make the runner.

With the few remaining charm squares I made a set of matching potholders/trivet showcasing the “X & O” quilt blocks.

I keep a journal listing my “someday” projects. I can now check off the Red Braid Table Runner by Anoria Morris of Samelia’s Mum off my list. I used 9 scrap 2.5 inch Kaffee strips from my stash along with a newspaper print low volume fabric. This was definitely a fun and quick to sew runner. Next time I plan to make a longer version using a grunge jelly roll in Halloween colors. If you’d like to make one yourself the pattern tutorial can be found here.

I didn’t participate in the Moda Stitch Pink QAL, but I did purchase the fabric used. I have a serious obsession with Moda’s Grunge fabrics, the bundle was full of luscious pink and red! I cut some of the fat quarters into 2.5 inch strips and made a few strip pieced hearts for another table runner. The inspiration for this runner came from Kristina Brinkerhoff with Center Street Quilts, you can find the tutorial here.

I’m getting better with organizing my scraps so I can use them. I pulled out my valentine scraps to make set of 4 placemats. I used the courthouse step block — again it’s a quick block to construct and adapt into placemats.

The rail fence quilt block is another go to choice when I need to make quick runners.

My all time favorite is making mug rugs and potholders for me and my girls!

Finally with the scraps from the braid and heart runner I made myself a pixel heart mini quilt!

pixel heart mini quilt

Enjoy your day and stay safe!

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4 thoughts on “Happy Valentine’s Day

  1. Hi Karla! You have been busy and with just the best kind of activity – babysitting! Isn’t it just THE BEST?! All that special bonding time with Jaxon is priceless. I’m so glad you get to go back in March. DH is definitely a keeper! How fab that he could man the shipping department for you! All of your projects you’ve shared today are great! I’ve always wanted to make a braid runner – thanks for sharing the link. It’s also on my someday list – now maybe sooner than later! {{Hugs}} Enjoy that baby. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  2. Susan Nixon on said:

    What wonderful restocking items! I think it’s marvelous that you could spend this special time with your new grandson. Any price is worth that time.

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