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Archive for the month “May, 2021”

Celebrating Red, White & Blue

Happy Friday!

Memorial Day is just around the corner so today I pulled out all of my red, white and blue quilts, table decor and pillows that I use to decorate our home with through the summer.

While getting things arranged I realized I hadn’t written about or shown you the red white and blue items I made earlier this year for the shop.

Stars & Stripes Placemats

My inspiration for these placemats was the Missouri Star Quilt Company Stars & Stripes pattern. I followed the pattern for the star and used the coin quilt block to border the star representing the “stripes”.

Fabric: jelly roll Back Porch by Me & My Sister Designs for Moda.

Placemats measure 13 x 18 inches.

Starstruck Table Topper / Wall Hanging

Red, White, Blue Quilted Table Topper, Handmade, Jelly Roll Friendly, Back Porch Moda Fabrics
Starstruck Table Topper

My inspiration for this Wall Hanging was another Missouri Star Quilt Pattern – Starstruck. Using 16 jelly roll strips I was able to make two of these.

Fabric used Back Porch by Me & My Sister Designs for Moda.

Table topper / wall hanging measures 42 x 42 inches.

Quilt As You Go – Table Runner

Quilt As You Go Handmade Table Runner, Red White Blue, Back Porch Fabric for Moda
QAYG – Backporch

After making the stars and stripes placemats and the two starstruck table toppers I had 10 jelly roll strips left over and made a gift for my stepdaughter.

Table runner measures 12 x 40 inches.

I tend to make smaller projects and a jelly roll is a great starting point!

Wave Your Flag Placemats

Handmade Quilted Placemats, Wave Your Flag, Patriotic Home Decor
Wave Your Flag Placemats

Inspiration for this set came from Fat Quarter Shop’s Wave Your Flag Table Runner tutorial/pattern.  I modified the pattern to make 13 x 17 inch placemats.  Fabric used Redwork meets Bluework by RJR and Boathouse by Sweetwater for Moda.

Scrappy Flag Table Runner

Handmade, Scrappy Patchwork Flag, Kaffe Fabrics
Kaffe Scrappy Flag

This was my favorite! I used Kaffe Fassett scraps in my stash. The runner measures 25 x 36 inches.

I hope you have a fun and safe Memorial Day!

Until next time Happy Sewing

QAYG – Pre Printed Batting

 Happy Wednesday!

While in Texas I became a YouTube junkie! I learned a lot and was inspired by many. One of my favorite channels was Shabby Fabrics.

Shabby Fabrics offered several video tutorials using many of the June Tailor QAYG designs that are printed onto batting that allows you to complete a project in one step.

The finished projects Jen Bosworth demonstrated were absolutely beautiful and the process seemed simple and straightforward:

  • Cut your fabrics
  • Sew by number
  • Trim
  • bind

Below are the placemats I made for my shop.

June Tailor – Jakarta Placemats

QAYG Handmade Halloween Placemats, Harvest Moon Fabric
Jakarta Quilt As You Go Placemats, June Tailor Batting

Fabric- Harvest Moon by Grace Popp for Studio E

Finished Size 18 x 13 inches

Perfect for jelly rolls or other 2.5 inch precut fabric strips

Approximate time to complete: less than 30 minutes for one placemat

June Tailor – Casablanca Placemats

Quilt As You Go June Tailor Casablana Christmas Placemats
Christmas Casablana Placemats

Fabric – Christmas Fabric from my stash

Finished Size 19 x 15 inches

Approximate time to complete: 30 minutes for one placemat

My thoughts about the June Tailor QAYG designs:

  • Easy technique and truly quick
  • Being accurate (sewing on the line and cutting the fabric) was important
  • Suggested cut lengths are key – there is no wiggle room
  • Normally I prefer using Pellon Fusible Thermolam
  • or Pellon Fusible Foam in my placemats but I can definitely live with the results using the June Tailor product.

All in all a good product, I also purchased the Venice Placemats, Christmas Tree Skirt,  Christmas Stocking and the wine tote bag pre printed designs. I’ll show you once I get those finished!

Each package comes with 6 pre printed placemat designs – I did a sample placemat from each package, washed the placemats after sewing and they washed up nicely, not much shrinkage and they ironed up well.

Another UFO Finish

My friend shopped my UFO pile and picked something to gift to her niece. I used Cuddle fabric on the back.

Pattern was Bordered Periwinkle from the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

Fabric Alison Glass Sun Print 2016.

Yay another UFO finish!

Until next time Happy Sewing!

Finally a UFO Finish

I can’t believe the end of May is upon us! I’ve spent the past two months spending time with my grandkids.

Jaxon is now 6 months old! His mom, my daughter, is a traveling nurse and I happily tag along to care for this sweet baby while she works.

After 7 weeks with Jaxon I went to Indianapolis to care for my granddaughter, Evelyn, while her parents went on an adults only vacation.

Being a grandmother is the best job ever !!

Now that I’m home to get my sewing mojo going I decided to work on UFO projects.

Fall is my favorite time of year – leaves falling and changing colors, hot apple cider, pumpkin patches and my all time favorite watching FOOTBALL games.

I love Grunge fabrics and this fall fat quarter bundle of grey, orange, gold, cream and black did not disappoint.  I chose the table runner pattern Oxford by Doug Leko from his book Tabletastic.

I purchased my copy of Tabletastic from the Fat Quarter Shop.

Tabletastic includes several great table runner patterns! Oxford is a simple wonky star table runner, charm pack friendly, quick and super easy to make. If you need a quick handmade housewarming gift this pattern fits the bill perfectly.

I made this Christmas fabric basket using a pattern by Christina Camelli. I bought the pattern on Craftsy a few years back. The link for the pattern isn’t currently available.

I loved how she designed the cuff as a separate piece. The finished basket is very polished,the lining is fitted and the bottom portion sits upright nicely.

Her pattern only included one size so I did a little math and came up with a design for a taller version that can be used as a vase. 

I need to tweak the pattern a little, but overall I’m happy with the vase and think it will be a great addition to our fall home décor. My husband thought I was crazy bringing out my Halloween goodies in May!

 I’ve made something for myself. Next up is working on new items for the shop, can’t wait to show you what I’ve made.

Are you working on any UFO’s?

Until next time Happy Sewing!

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